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DECEMBER 2017 FREE EDITION

Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Worcestershire

Property | Beauty | Fashion | Motoring | Lifestyle | Health | Celebrity | Food & Drink | Business Directory


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Welcome

IN THIS ISSUE

Hello and welcome to your Christmas edition of the Cornfield Magazine.

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This year, Christmas came early to the Cornfield headquarters. For the past month we have thrown ourselves whole-heartedly into the Yuletide spirit to prepare for our wonderfully festive December issue. From ‘Sensational Stocking Fillers’, to ‘Spectacular European Christmas Markets’, our December edition includes magical winter reads just for you. This month we’ve been busy interviewing Disco divas Sister Sledge, looking stylish at the Birmingham Music Awards and watching a live set from Reggae-legend Sean Paul. Read our feature on Gwen Stefani’s upbeat new album, ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’, including a review of the retro-inspired and revamped tracks. With a mixture of original Stefani material and covers of Christmas classics, this album promises to bring merriment to all who listen.

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Wondering how to make a statement at a festive event? Our ‘Christmas Party Essentials’ round up is guaranteed to jazz-up any winter wardrobe. We explore ‘New Year Around the World’ as the annual celebration quickly approaches, and give you insight into the exciting events coming to Birmingham soon (including details on how to get hold of tickets for Bolton’s finest comedian). For the Strictly fans, we bring big news! Following an exclusive interview Anton Du Beke, we reveal details of the debut album from one of the nation’s best-loved dancers as he branches out into a musical career.

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Thank you for supporting our magazine throughout 2017, we’ve loved creating each monthly edition. Here’s to another great year exploring what our wonderful city has to offer - happy reading! Whatever you do, have a great month. Thanks again for continuing to support this great magazine. Enjoy the 'now' and most of all, keep it local. There's a lot of great stuff around you! ;)....

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Santa Claus Is

Coming To Town! Read our round up of great spots to take the little ones to see Santa Claus on his visit from the North Pole this Christmas. Magical Lantern Festival

Sea Life Centre, Birmingham

Santa will be available to meet in the log cabin.

Santa’s Antarctic grotto is open for children to visit the Gentoo penguins, underwater Christmas tree and meet Santa.

24th Nov 2017 – 1st Jan 2018 Tickets available online, £10.00 per child Kings Heath Park, Brent Road, Birmingham, B30 2TP

Birmingham Botanical Gardens The special Christmas Light Trail, featuring a magical Santa instillation, will see the Botanical Gardens transformed into a spectacular Christmas wonderland. Although there is no meet and greet, children can interact with Mr. Claus as they walk past. 29th Nov 2017 – 30th Dec 2017 Westbourne Road, Edgbaston, B15 3TR Tickets £12.00 family ticket, under 4s free

25th Nov 2017- 23rd Dec 2017 Brindleyplace, Birmingham, B1 2HL Tickets available online, included in general admission, £20.00 OTD, book in advance online for discount.

Touchwood, Solihull The Touchwood Christmas Grotto will be returning this year offering a magical experience and a ‘Seeing is Believing’ theme – meet Santa and his team of elves for a Christmas gift! 18th Nov 2017 – 24th Dec 2017

House of Fraser, Birmingham

Touchwood Shopping Centre, Homer Road, Solihull, B91 3GJ Tickets £5.00 per child

The annual meet and greet grotto will feature Santa and a special festive theme.

The Fort Shopping Park

30th Nov 2017 – 24th Dec 2017 Corporation Street, Birmingham, B2 5JS Tickets £6.00 per child, photos start from £7

Meet Santa at his magical grotto, with a surprise Christmas theme! 1st Dec 2017 – 24th Dec 2017

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Fort Parkway, Birmingham, B24 9FP Tickets £6.00 per child

Santa will host a meet and greet at his grotto, with glistening lights and snow on weekends.

Webbs Wychbold, Droitwich

2nd Dec 2017 – 17th Dec 2017 Chamberlain Square, Birmingham, B3 3DH Tickets £5.00 per child

Cadbury World Christmas celebrations and Santa shows have been arranged at this wonderful venue each weekend. 18th Nov 2017 – 17th Dec 2017 (weekends) 21st Dec 2017 – 23rd Dec 2017 (every day) Linden Road, Bournville, B30 1JR Tickets available online, £12.30 per child

West Midlands Safari Park Join Santa on his exciting Santa Safari, offering animated sleigh rides, a meet and greet in his log cabin and receive a gift from his workshop elves. This year, Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen is open for business! Cookies and drinks will be given to little ones, and delicious mince pies and mulled wine is available for the adults. 11th Nov 2017 onwards (weekends) 25th Nov – 24th Dec 2017 (everyday) Spring Grove, Bewdley, DY12 1LF Tickets available online, £18.00 per child, £6.50 under 3s

Choose a gift from the toy warehouse and explore Santa’s winter wonderland! Workshops to create reindeer food and decorate a wooden Christmas tree decoration are also available. An ice rink will open next to a Christmas Café serving warm drinks and snacks. Ice rink - 4th Nov 2017 – 2nd Jan 2018 Grotto – 11th Nov 2017 - onwards Worcester Road, Wychbold, Droitwich, WR9 0DG Tickets for grotto £10.00 per child, ice rink £4.50

ElfShelf Magical Ideas Looking for inspiration to delight your little ones this festive season? We’ve rounded up our favourite ideas for the Elf on the Shelf festive tradition to captivate your children in the count down to Christmas. Sent by Santa from the North Pole to check on children before 25th December, the Elf on the Shelf has become a popular British Christmas custom. Each morning, before the family wakes up, the cheeky Elf on the Shelf gets up to all kinds of activities for the children to discover! Here are some of our festive favourites: Elf on the Shelf parachute – place your Elf hanging from a shelf attached to a little parachute, making it look like he has just arrived for the winter season Elf caught emailing Santa – position the Elf to sit in front of a computer or laptop screen, drafting an email addressed to Father Christmas. For added fun, include information about Christmas surprises to excite any curious children… Elf on the Shelf drinking syrup – let your little ones catch the Elf sneakily sipping syrup from the bottle Elf on the Shelf takes a marshmallow bath – place the Elf in a tissue box or container filled with marshmallows, and fashion a shower cap out of tissue paper for extra giggles when he is found Elf on the Shelf snow angels – pour flour on a kitchen surface and position your Elf laid on his back making little snow angels (a little messy but worth it for the funfactor!) Elf on the Shelf being cheeky – place a chocolate drop underneath your Elf to make it look like he has been very rude during the night!

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A spectacular event that promises

to spread festive cheer Birmingham’s annual Frankfurt Christmas Market, together with the Christmas Craft Market, offers over 180 stalls selling delicious cuisine, handcrafted gifts and hot beverages. The market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, and boasts a huge range of traditional food and beverages. An exceptional live music programme is organised to entertain visitors as they stroll past vendors and take in the delicious scents of Pretzels, Schnitzels and roasted almonds. To accompany the array of foods available at the market, of course, hot Glühwein and thirst-quenching Weissbeer will be sold in plentiful amounts. Select individual, interesting gifts for your friends and family this Christmas – delicate glass baubles and carved wooden decorations will also make the perfect festive additions to your home. The traditional Glühwein stall is one of the most popular in the market…and for obvious reasons! The distinctive and aromatic drink is created via a blend of red wine, spices, sugar, cloves and cinnamon to warm up the cold winter nights. Try authentic German Christmas Cake, also on offer, created from a mixture of flour,

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butter, raisons, almonds, marzipan, candied peel, water, yeast, spices, salt and rum. The traditional cakes are baked in cast iron tins, and are served with clotted cream as a wonderful advent treat. Visit the Christmas market this year at Victoria Square and New Street. The market is open from 16th November to 24th December, 10am – 9pm daily.


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20% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during December Tel: 01564 732750 Loch Fyne Knowle, The Bank House, High Street, Knowle, B93 0JU T&Cs apply. Food only. Excluding Friday & Saturday after 6pm. Not available in conjunction with any other discounts offer or promotion. We reserve the right to remove this offer at any time.

We are one of the UK's best known and most successful restaurant companies. We have 37 restaurants, including 4 sites with hotels so there are plenty of opportunities for career progression across the Company. Our success is based on being the best – we have stunning properties, award-winning food and, we believe, the best people in the industry. Our restaurants look great, our food is unbeatable and our staff are outstanding. Working with us at Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill, you will feel a part of our family with like-minded people who progress their careers with us utilising our career path, offering Leadership and Management Development programs, Chefs Academy and Apprenticeships for all roles and levels. All of our people get to develop their skills and knowledge of fresh fish and seafood too. Great performance is rewarded with our management bonus schemes (quarterly and annual), tronc, annual conference and awards, trips to Loch Fyne in Scotland to understand our heritage and company benefits which include Pension, Healthcare, Share Save Scheme, 33% employee discount, shopping vouchers to name a few. Great team, great place, fun environment rates of pay depending on experience. Job Type: Full-time and part time Required experience: Chef: 1 year Email your CV to: knowle@lochfyne.net


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Nochevieja – Madrid, Spain Literally meaning ‘old night’, the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Spain involve lots of drinking, fireworks... and grapes. In Madrid, citizens gather in the Puerto del Sol, watching as the historical clock strikes midnight. On New Year’s Eve it is traditional for Spaniards to place 12 grapes in their mouths - one for each chime on the clock during the countdown. This fruity superstition is said to help citizens avoid back luck the following year. The tradition was started by grape farmers in the early 20th century as a way to dispose of the leftover produce from the year’s harvest. After the countdown, (when grapes have been eaten), the city erupts into colour and life, with lively music, spectacular fireworks and crowds singing, dancing, and wishing ‘Feliz año nuevo’ to all.

Hogmanay – Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations combine tradition with modernity for a night of Scottish merriment, vibrancy and high spirits. The Scots bring in the New Year with live music from popular musicians, candlelit concerts, street parties and incredible firework displays, receiving thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. The traditional Torchlight Procession, open for all to join, marks the opening of Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations on the night of 30th December. The procession lights up the streets as it makes it way down the Royal Mile towards its final destination of Holyrood Park, accompanied by pipers and drummers. This year the finale of the procession will see torches spell out one word chosen by the young people of Scotland through the social media campaign ‘#ScotsWord’ – a word set ablaze that best describes

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what makes Edinburgh’s youth most proud to live in the capital city. Traditionally, it is a Scottish custom to bring a gift of whisky, bread, coins or a lump of coal to friends and family’s houses after midnight to bring good luck – this is known as ‘first-footing’.

Oshogatsu/Shõgatsu & Gatan- Tokyo, Japan In Japan, January 1st is considered one of the most important days of the whole year, referred to as ‘gatan’ or ‘ganjitsu’ and working is thought to be exceptionally bad luck. New Year is considered a time for reflection, and visiting friends, family and loved ones in Japanese culture, and citizens of the capital often travel to Japan’s countryside to spend time with relatives. For this reason, tourists often struggle in Tokyo due to the closure of major attractions, shops, restaurants and banks over the holiday season. Food plays a huge part in Japan’s New Year celebrations, with each traditional dish holding a special meaning. For example, ozoni, a soup with mochi, is served alongside toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles) to symbolise longevity. Japanese citizens often give money to children during New Year’s celebrations in a custom called ‘otoshidama’. Families often visit temples and shrines for ‘hatsumōde’, meaning Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine attracts several million people over the three days of celebrations. Bonenkai parties (or ‘year forgetting parties’) are held to leave the year’s worries and troubles in the past to begin a fresh, clean and positive New Year.


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Win a pair of tickets for “Let’s Have a Rock & Roll Party” at Genting Arena, NEC , Birmingham on Friday 29th December 2017. Prize includes a 'Meet & Greet' with the stars of the show. To enter, please send your details (name, address, contact details) with the subject line ‘ELVIS’ to ‘win@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk’ and name your favourite Elvis song. DEADLINE TO ENTER 15th December, 2017 Cornfield Magazine | 9


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Touchwood Christmas Opening Hours

Kingfisher Shopping Centre Offering #SoMuchMore this Christmas! Home to a great range of eateries and providing entertainment for the whole family, a visit to Kingfisher is no ordinary shopping trip. With over 140 fantastic stores and restaurants, including a seven-screen Vue cinema, Pure Gym, new The Range store, and a 360 Play Family Entertainment Centre, Kingfisher Shopping Centre is the perfect location to visit this Christmas. From the latest fashion trends and styles, to festive home inspiration, shopping at Kingfisher ensures you will always stay ahead of the curve. Want to avoid the last-minute shopping panic this December? Kingfisher Shopping Centre is the place for you. Ensure your purchases reach you quickly, conveniently and in time for the festive holidays with Kingfisher’s CollectPlus service or utilise our Amazon Lockers for seamless online ordering and collection.

The Fort Christmas Opening Hours

Find the perfect gift for your loved ones at your own pace, and enjoy the added leisure time during the extended Christmas opening hours. Free parking after 6pm means there’s no rush this winter at Kingfisher. Visit Kingfisher Shopping Centre to guarantee a magical shopping experience for all this Christmas… and discover #SoMuchMore. Kingfisher Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Redditch town centre - conveniently located just 10 minutes from either J2 or J3 off the M42. 01527 405 800 www.kingfishershopping.co.uk @shopkingfisher Walford House, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4HJ Cornfield Magazine | 11


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To enter for your chance to win, simply answer this question: Q: What is the name of the faraway place where Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and other mystical creatures live? Email your answers to: win@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk along with your, Name, Address and Contact Number. Good luck.

PETER PAN – CHRISTMAS IN NEVERLAND TO SPRINKLE ITS MAGIC ON ARENA BIRMINGHAM Comedy legend, actor and presenter Bradley Walsh and the fearsomely attractive Spandau Ballet, EastEnder, and ‘Let It Shine’ judge Martin Kemp will be headlining the epic arena size adventure from 20-24 December at Arena Birmingham, formerly the Barclaycard Arena, this festive season. Set to transport audiences to a world of spectacle and comedy, this perfect festive treat is brought to life by a cast of over 100

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performers across three arena stages, including a thrilling team of flying trapeze and West End artists, BMX bike stuntmen and also Matt Knight (of BBC’s Let It Shine) who’ll play Peter Pan. Bradley Walsh said: “It's going to be bigger, better and funnier than ever. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there and playing the funny pirate ‘Mr Smee’.” Martin Kemp added: “I’m thrilled to be playing “Captain Hook” this Christmas, and what really makes this production different from any other is the scale and size of everything.” A giant 60 feet wide LED screen with both computer graphic imagery and live close-up

TV relay of the action will ensure audiences never miss a moment of this sensational family adventure! The production will feature a twenty-five-foot animatronic crocodile on a movie style Neverland set, a 10,000-gallon water wall, and life-sized galleon that sails around the Arena. Tickets for Peter Pan- Christmas in Neverland are on sale now via www.ticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222. *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £27.90/£41.40/£52.20 /£60.30 (Prices include admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.


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English

Cheeses by Barry Chacksfield

Cheese making dates back about 5000 years. Archaeological evidence suggests that Ancient Egyptians took a jar or two of ‘Long-dated Nile Valley Cottage’ on their journey into eternity. Cheese has a long history but has, it seems, had little influence on human affairs, except that Louis XVI, trying to escape from revolutionary France, lingered so long over a delicious dish of Brie that the Republican Guard caught up with him and returned all the family, with fatal consequences, to Paris. Nowadays, there is an ever-increasing range of excellent British cheeses, many of them locally crafted and produced. Some have unusual names, like ‘Cornish Yarg,’ allegedly a reversal of Gray, a former owner of the farm where it was invented. There is also ‘Stinking Bishop’, presumably our answer to ‘Pie d’Anglois’, which is medieval French for ‘Englishman’s Foot’! We even have international hybrids like Somerset Brie and Canadian Cheddar and we know that cheese is a highly important grocery item, because supermarkets allocate it almost as much space as dog food. Of course, there are many popular varieties of European cheese, e.g. French, Italian, Dutch etc. It may however prove interesting, since Christmas is a great time for cheese consumption, to look at the background to three of our national cheeses, one each from the north, centre and south, and which bear the name of the place where they were first produced. Wensleydale was originally made by monks from about the 12th century. After the Dissolution of the Monasteries the recipe was passed to local farmers’

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wives. In 1897, the first creamery was built in Hawes, North Yorkshire. Surviving difficult trading conditions in the 30s, it was sold to Dairy Crest in 1966. In 1992 it was rescued from closure by a group of former managers and a local businessman. It re-opened, with skilled help from former workers, in time for Christmas of the same year! Now it has 200 staff and a turnover of £27 million. A wonderful example of community enterprise, if ever there was one! This cheese is delicious, eaten the Yorkshire way, with a slice of Christmas cake. Blue Stilton is probably the king of English blue cheeses. Its history can be traced back to the early 18th century and although it is clear that the recipe used has changed quite dramatically over the years, it remains one of the world's best-known and favourite cheeses. Stilton is an EU Protected Food Name and can only be produced in the three counties of Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire It is named after the village just south of Peterborough, where it is said the cheese became popular at the Bell Inn, which still exists and was a coaching stop on the road to Edinburgh. Stilton's unique flavour makes it suitable not only for those special occasions when only the best will do (it is wonderful, marinated in, or drunk with, port!), but also in everyday recipes and snacks. With its slightly open texture and creamy background it melts and crumbles easily and is one of the few cheeses that freezes well. So, if you over-order for Christmas you can easily preserve it.

Cheddar is probably the most consumed cheese in the world. Very unfairly nicknamed ‘mousetrap’, it has a wide range of textures and flavours. It originated from Somerset around the late 12th century and took its name from the Gorge or caves in the town of Cheddar, which were ideal for storing the cheese. There are ancient records of the cheese being ordered in great quantities for the royal table. The town also gave its name to a unique part of the cheese making process – known as Cheddaring - which is the process of turning the slabs of curd and piling them on top of each other in a controlled way to help drain the whey. It also stretches the curd. The process helps to create a harder cheese with firm body and is unique to Cheddar making. The name Cheddar is not protected and therefore many varieties of it are produced all over the world. However, the designation ‘West Country Farmhouse Cheddar’ is licensed by the EU to only 14 makers in Dorset, Devon, Somerset and Cornwall. Storing cheese If you can't find or don't want to buy cheese paper, wrap it in wax or parchment paper, then put it in a partially sealed plastic bag. The paper creates a barrier between the cheese and the plastic, while the plastic keeps it from getting dry.


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For those considering a winter escape this Christmas, what’s more appropriate than exploring a European city with a magical Christmas market? Take in the wonderful aromas of roasted chestnuts and spiced mulled wine, and find incredibly unique handcrafted gifts under glistening lights. Experience Europe’s Christmas markets to bring an abundance of festive charm to your winter getaway.

Dresden, Germany The Striezelmarkt is claimed to be Germany’s oldest Christmas market, with its name deriving from the sweet delicacy Hefestriezel. Set in the Altmarkt Square, the market is surrounded by incredible historical buildings, lit by thousands of twinkling bulbs. The focal point of the market is a truly outstanding, 14 metre high Christmas pyramid. Individual wooden stalls packed full of traditional handmade crafts line the square with lovingly created pieces from the Erzgebirge Mountains, Lauscha and Lusatia. Visitors are able to purchase quirky gifts for friends and family, including Pflaumentoffel – a traditional chimney-sweep figure crafted from dried prunes, unique to Dresden.

Budapest, Hungary Budapest hosts two popular Christmas markets each winter, with the oldest being held in the striking Vöroösmarty Square. Throughout November, the Crafts Market is open for visitors wishing to purchase

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a selection of bespoke gifts. The market is brimming with festive cheer, jovial songs and enticing smells – sausages, mulled wine and traditional Kurtoskalacs are amongst some of the delicacies on offer. The Christmas market on St. Steven’s square, in front of the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Basilica, is home to stalls owned by hundreds of Hungarian Folk Artists who sell their skilfully created crafts to visitors each year. The Basilica’s façade is illuminated with projections of Christmas visual narratives each day, and the incredible ‘light painting’ is visible clearly from the ice rink that sits beneath the building. Choirs, charity concerts and folk dancers also perform at the market as part of the Christmas celebrations.

Copenhagen, Denmark Although the city hosts several Christmas markets during winter, the most famous is held in the impressive Tivoli Gardens. With over 60 stalls, the market sells a variety of hot drinks to warm-up visitors from the cold air, delicious traditional food, crafts, handmade ornaments and sweets. The Copenhagen Christmas market also presents Light Shows, creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere alongside the plethora of rides and games that run throughout the season.


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Prague, Czech Republic The main two markets in Prague are located within the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Visitors can stroll past the decorated huts and sample local delicacies including Klobása (barbequed sausages) and Trdelník (hot sugar-coated pastries). Several stallholders even demonstrate how their cuisine is made for visitors to observe. The Old Town Square market features a stable full of animals next to a picturesque Bethlehem Nativity scene, which imbues a charming, festive atmosphere. Classical performances and ballets also run throughout the winter period, with one of the most popular performances being ‘The Nutcracker’.

Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt’s Christmas market is one of the largest in Europe. Located within St. Paul’s Square, on the Römerberg, the market boasts an exceptional Christmas tree and warm, friendly atmosphere. An official opening ceremony, hosted by Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor, begins the celebrations, which include advent concerts, the chiming

of church bells, and a historical steam train. The origins of the market have been traced back to 1393, when the event was accompanied by performances of ‘mystery plays’. Three types of biscuits are traditionally sold at the market, named Brenten, Bethmaennchen and Quetschemaennchen, and are loved by locals and visitors alike. Guided walking tours, in both German and English, are also available for visitors to partake in, and include a visit to the breath-taking rooftop balustrade of St. Nicholas Church.

Vienna, Austria A city of romance, culture, and history, Vienna undoubtedly makes the list of Europe’s best Christmas markets. There are six different markets scattered throughout the city, found in front of City Hall, MariaTheresien Platz, Spittelberg, Belevedere Palace and Schonbrunn Palace. With seasonal treats and a scent of roasted chestnuts, the Viennese Christmas markets are the perfect spot for visitors to get into the festive spirit. The City Hall acts as the stunning backdrop to one of the markets, and creates an unparalleled sense of significance and beauty. The market found at Spittelberg holds a sublime atmosphere in the revitalised heritage distrist. Objects d’art, ceramics, jumpers, rugs and jewellery are lovingly handcrafted for visitors to purchase, whilst soaking in the historical surroundings.

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This month, Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director at Solihull Health Check Clinic, talks about how you can make simple changes in your daily lifestyle, to help prevent 2 of the major killers in the UK; heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for all diseases of the heart and circulation, including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and atrial fibrillation. There are an estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK. There are around 155,000 deaths each year from conditions related to heart attacks and strokes, with a death rate of 425 people each day, or one every three minutes. Even if you have already been diagnosed with any condition related to heart disease or Stroke, research has shown that with medications, lifestyle changes and rehabilitation programmes, you can continue to live a healthy and long life.

cholesterol breaks off and flows to an artery in the brain or heart, where it can develop into a clot, causing either a stroke in the brain or a heart attack. If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia, there are things you can do to lower it. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, for example, cheese, butter, full-fat milk, meat. Increase your intake of olive oil, natural nuts and oily fish.

So, how do we do it? Make sure you are aware of your cholesterol blood levels, by having a very simple blood test, that will give you immediate results. Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood and there is “good” (HDL) cholesterol and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Too much of the “bad” cholesterol builds up in your arteries and causes fat to line your blood vessels, stopping effective blood flow to the heart and brain. Sometimes, a fragment of “bad”

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Increase your physical activity, by walking, swimming, cycling. Reduce your intake of pastries, cakes, biscuits, crisps and processed meat. Some GP’s will prescribe a drug called a Statin to reduce cholesterol.


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sleep disturbances, facial wrinkles, dry skin and numerous other unpleasant conditions. There is also a lot of help that you can receive to give up, including Smoking Cessation classes, chewing gums, patches and counselling. It really is the single most effective way of preventing heart disease and high blood pressure. If after reading this article, you feel you need help and support to address any of the conditions highlighted, consider contacting the Clinical Team at Solihull Health Check Clinic. Look at the website at www.solihullhealthcheckclinic.co.uk or call 0121 745-7400. Make today the first day of the rest of your life and take charge of your own health, before someone else has to. Another factor for stroke and heart attack is being overweight and having a high BMI (Body Mass Index). A BMI of over 25 indicates that you are overweight and a BMI of 30 or above demonstrates obesity. A wide waist is also a contributory factor for stroke and heart disease, so try and reduce your weight and waist size. A healthy waist size for a man is below 38 inches and for a woman is 31.5 inches. An increased waist can lead to cardiovascular disease/stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. For white European men, a waist size of 40 inches means “severe” risk and urgently needs addressing to reduce the high risk of heart attack or stroke. Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure and means that the systolic figure (top number) is 140 or above and the diastolic figure (bottom number) is 90 or above. In the UK today, there are 16 million people with hypertension and 8 million of them do not even know they have it. High blood pressure is one of the biggest silent killers in the UK and has no visible signs or symptoms. However, the consequences of high blood pressure can be catastrophic at worst and maintained at best, if diagnosed early and managed effectively. High blood pressure is particularly dangerous because it is symptomless and causes damage to the arteries, which in time, if not treated can lead to heart failure, enlarged heart, Ischemic heart disease (IHD), heart attacks and Stroke. Things you can do to lower your blood pressure include:

Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic Solihull Health Check Clinic The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane Dickens Heath B90 1FF 0121 745 7400

Maintaining a healthy weight and waist measurements. Take no more than 4.5grams of salt a day – ¾ teaspoon. Keep alcohol to a minimum as alcohol increases blood pressure. Exercise for 30 minutes, 3 time per week; walking, yoga, swimming. Your GP may prescribe medication called anti-hypertensives. Another risk factor for cardiovascular disease is smoking. Smokers double their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Smoking cigarettes allows hundreds of toxins to enter your blood steam and make your blood thicker, cause clots, increase your blood pressure, increase your heart rate and narrow your arteries causing reduced oxygen to vital organs including the heart and brain. All of these physiological changes caused by smoking, contributes to heart attacks and strokes. Carbon monoxide from the cigarette smoke and toxic by-products, including tar and nicotine will make the heart and circulatory system work much harder, because the blood becomes thicker and stickier, making blood flow slower and arteries narrower. The single most important gift that any smoker can give themselves and their family, is to STOP smoking. Smoking not only causes cardiovascular disease, it also has been proven to cause stomach cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, mouth and throat cancer, cervical cancer, brittle bones, gum disease, halitosis (bad breath),

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Brandwood Clinic Changing Lives Every Day: Sam’s Story Director of Cornfield Publishing, Sam Fraser, is undergoing Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) with Brandwood Clinic in Monkspath. After many years of feeling self-conscious and embarrassed about his hair loss, Sam is completing a three-stage process that aims to rejuvenate his natural hairline and in turn, enhance his overall confidence. Brandwood Clinic’s Director-Practitioners Paul Clark and Simon Lane are two of the most experienced and highly regarded SMP specialists in the world. The two experts created many of the techniques in popular use and developed the most natural approach to replicating realistic-looking hair follicles. Paul and Simon ensure the SMP is accurately matched and blended to the client’s hair for a flawless result. As innovators and artists, Brandwood Clinic’s trained practitioners produce effective hairlines using a natural organic pigment to perfectly replicate a hair follicle at its shortest length. The treatment Sam is receiving will significantly reduce any visible signs of baldness, thinning hair and hair loss. Cornfield Magazine is following Sam’s journey through the three stages of his treatment, documenting the changes to his physical appearance and personal confidence.

SMP Solutions

Scalp Micropigmentation is becoming an increasingly popular means of addressing hair loss for both men and women. The procedure replicates hair follicles at their shortest length and can either enhance your existing look or create a fresh appearance of closely-cut hair.

Whether it’s a receding hairline, diffuse weakening of the hair on the crown, alopecia areata or total baldness; there is an SMP procedure and hairline choice to create your desired outcome. SMP works for any man experiencing hair loss, regardless of age or ethnicity. A non-invasive process, SMP rejuvenates both hairlines and clients, reversing the effects that baldness and thinning hair can have upon an individual’s self-confidence. Amongst their treatments are many exclusives, so advanced that they are difficult for other technicians to copy. The combination of experience, artistic ability and skill allows Paul and Simon

to deliver authentic-looking techniques, such as the 3D Scatter Technique. This development alone, with its textured effect and unparalleled realism has revolutionised SMP treatments. Adding this to the numerous hairlines pioneered by Paul and Simon puts Brandwood Clinic in pole position amongst Scalp Micropigmentation providers. Clients travel from all over the world to consult them and you’re fortunate enough to have them on your doorstep.


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Consultation Stage: Sam’s Story “In my 20s, when I first started noticing signs of hair loss, I decided to shave my hair completely. Since then, my hair has never fully grown back. I hope the SMP treatment will significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of my hairline.”

Stage One: Visible Results “The fact that the technicians take the time to complete the treatment intricately and carefully is very reassuring. The result so far is very subtle, and gives my thinning hair a much fuller appearance.” “I hope, by the end of the treatment, the result will have a noticeable affect on my confidence and in turn, my lifestyle. I already feel less self-conscious about my hairline than before, after only the first step of the process!”

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Stage Two: Enhanced Confidence “Looking back at my initial thoughts towards the treatment, I can say my feelings have only become more positive. In the first consultation with Paul and Simon, I remember feeling slightly apprehensive, despite being optimistic towards SMP overall. I was still unsure of whether the outcome would be completely to my expectations. After stage one of the process, I was really happy with the appearance of my scalp and hairline. The first stage of the treatment did produce noticeable changes but I felt that people hadn’t completely noticed the difference unless they were prompted, and so still felt self-conscious about my hairline. “This time, after the second stage of treatment, everyone seemed to notice the change. People would stop me at work and compliment my hair, or ask whether I had stopped shaving my head that week. The comments I received were all positive, and people couldn’t believe I was undergoing SMP treatment – some even thought it was natural hair growth despite knowing me for years! “Now, my hairline looks much more defined, and the areas where I experienced thinning before have been evened out almost completely. I didn’t think there could be another stage – as the end results of the second stage are so great. I’ve found several people also experiencing hair loss have asked me about my treatment after seeing the article in the November issue, and would like to try the treatment for themselves – I couldn’t recommend it more!”

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Readers are able to follow Sam’s journey in Cornfield Magazine’s next issue, which will review the complete process of Sam’s treatment following the final stage of his SMP.

0121 296 9280 | www.brandwoodclinic.com | info@brandwoodclinic.com Brandwood Clinic Limited, Shelly House, Farmhouse Way, Monkspath, Solihull B90 4EH


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Surprising Uses for

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Decongest Your Chest. On Your Tootsies. Achy Breaky Muscles. Get Rid of Nasty Nail Fungus. Stop Your Cat from Scratching. Pet Pee-Pee Deterrent. Headaches Be Gone. Humidify Your Sleep. 1. Defer Mosquitoes Apply a small amount of Vicks on your clothing and skin. It will keep the mosquitoes away from you.

4. Stage Tears Need to shed tears on cue for a photo shoot or stage performance? Just pat small quantity of Vicks VapoRub under your eyes.

2. Sinus Headaches Vicks VapoRub is a good home remedy for treating sinus headaches. Apply Vicks under your nose. Breathe deeply. The menthol present in it will calm the headache.

Note:- Don’t apply it into your eyes or on your eyelids.

3. Alleviate Acne It might sound a little crazy, but Vicks VapoRub helps in clearing your skin. Apply it on acne several times a day. This will soothe and dry out acne.

5. Natural Insect Repellant Rub Vicks VapoRub on your neck, inner knees, elbows, and behind your ears. It will keep insects away from you. To ward off flies, open the bottle of Vicks on the picnic table. Isn’t it the best eco-friendly trick to apply with insects? 6. Dissolve Bruises Mix a pinch of salt in Vicks VapoRub. Apply it on a fresh bruise. It will break up the bruise quickly. 7. Mitigate Sore Muscles Gently rub Vicks VapoRub on sore muscles. Then, cover the affected area with a warm and dry towel. Lie down or slightly lift the paining limb, till soreness reduces. Practice it thrice a day. 8. Skin Moisturizer Vicks VapoRub is an excellent moisturizer for dry skin. Rub it on your dry skin and feel the magic! 9. Tennis Elbow Are you suffering from tennis elbow? Rub Vicks VapoRub and get rid of the pain. Menthol and camphor, present in it, will heal the aching elbow. Re-apply till the elbow stops aching.

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10. Heal Cracked Heels Spread a thick layer of Vicks VapoRub on your heels and feet. Then don the cotton socks. Wash your feet in the morning, with warm water. Use pumice stone to exfoliate the softened skin. Employ it every night, for maintaining the healthy and smooth heels. 11. Fingernail or Toenail Fungus Rub Vicks VapoRub on the infected toenail or fingernail, two times a day. Cover your feet with cotton socks, at bedtime. Frequently trim the nails, till infected part is entirely removed. 12. Chest Decongestant Apply Vicks VapoRub on your throat and chest, to get relief from congestion symptoms and cough. 13. Prevent Your Cat from Scratching To prevent your mischievous Miss Kitty from tarnishing windows, walls and doors, rub a small quantity of Vicks VapoRub to these areas. 14. Heal Splinters or Cuts For speeding up the healing time and preventing infection, apply Vicks on any splinter or cut. 15. Reek-free Racehorses On the race day, professional racers rub Vicks VapoRub below the nostrils of racehorses. It deters the horses from the fascinating stench of the female pony, thereby keeping them focused on the race. 16. Stretch Marks Apply Vicks VapoRub on the stretch marks. You will notice the result within two weeks of regular application. 17. Deter Pet Pee-Pee If you want to prevent your pet from wetting the rug or any area of the house, put an open bottle of Vicks VapoRub in those areas. 18. Get Rid of Eczema Apply Vicks VapoRub on the eczema affected skin. It will lessen the inflammation and itchiness. 19. Ear Pain Reliever Apply Vicks VapoRub on a cotton ball. Put it in aching ear. It will provide you instant relief. 20. Athletes Feet To heal athlete’s feet, apply Vicks VapoRub two times a day.

The Midland

Hand Clinic When

Lightening Strikes

Do you find that you're waking up in the middle of the night with buzzing in the hand? Do you have problems doing your shirt buttons up due to decreased feeling in the fingers? You may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which can affect about 5% of the population. Hand sharp shooting pains, pins and needles, numbness of the fingers and weakness are all symptoms. At the Midland Hand Clinic we can diagnose immediately with same day nerve tests. We offer injections if required or surgery at competitive prices at a time to suit you.

I was suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome with numbness, pins and needles and pain. Since having the operation I have got all sensation and feeling back in my fingers. The operation was only six weeks ago but I’m fully recovered thanks to an excellent surgeon and the aftercare.

Put Your Hands In Our Hands Arthritis, including minimally invasive key hole to knuckles, thumb, wrist and elbow nerve injury including carpal tunnel Sports injury including fractures and ligament injuries Tennis related injuries including tennis elbow Golf related injuries including golfers’ elbow Finger contractures including Dupuytren’s disease Catchment area: Solihull, Central Birmingham, Sutton, Warwick and Worcester

Hand Clinic PA: Alison James Email: alison@medicalpa-solihull.co.uk Call: 0121 364 1600 or 07830 774 476 All patients welcome whether you have private medical insurance or you are self-paying Midland Hand Clinic lead by Mr G Shyamalan FRCS NHS consultant hand surgeon.

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1. Make Your Own Box Of 3x Bars The Grown Up Chocolate Company £25.00 2. Scarf Royal Robbins £40.00

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A M Y H I C K E Y ’ S M O N T H LY B E A U T Y T I P S

How to be a

r e k c a r C s a m t s i C hr

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I love my job even more at Christmas, as there’s beauty and gift sets galore! Christmas sets are full of surprises and are always fabulous value. I've picked out some great goodies for you and loved ones...

Urban Decay Naked Vault3 With a range of shades and finishes, this set is ideal for Christmas. Go bronze with Naked pallette, or channel a taupe vibe with Naked2. Recreate that sultry, golden-hour light with rose-hued Naked3, or be daring with Naked Smoky. From ultra-smooth mattes to gorgeous pearls and glimmering metallics, it’s all here. And since each one of these palettes pairs beautifully with the indispensable matte shades in Naked Basics and Naked2 Basics.

ASOS Beauty Calendar Kick off December with this incredible calendar. I'm loving this years marble design and the incredible mixture of brands behind each window. ASOS have it spot on this year with brands from Caudalie to St Tropez. Clarins Festive Treat This is a perfect stocking filler or secret Santa gift!

Too Faced Under the Kisstoe Four different finishes for a variety of melted lip looks. Inspired by the intense glossy form of liquid lipstick, these little beauties are long lasting, highly pigmented and visibly gorgeous.

MAC Snowball Bag Gift Set This is 100% Christmas glam. These on-fleek kits are the life of the party. Outfitted in a silver sequin statement bag, complete with a mirrorballed tassel.

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Looking for festive fashion inspiration for the holiday season? We’ve pulled together our favourite items guaranteed to make you stand out from the party crowd (for all the right reasons) this winter.


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Belted Essential Wool Coat in Red, Biba, £129.00 - Illuminating Tan Mist , James Read, £30.00 - Women's Black Ruffle Court Heel Mules, River Island, £58.00 Jessa Bardot Shift Dress, Coast, £139.00 - Hearts and Stripes Necklace, Sara Priesler, The Sara Priesler Gallery, £159.00 Hearts and Stripes Silver Oxidised & Gold Heart Earrings, Sara Priesler, The Sara Priesler Gallery, £99.00 - Bond High Heels in Black, Kurt Geiger London, £199.00 Jewel Box Clutch in Black, Karen Millen, £112.50 - Mantaray Silver Beanie Hat, Debenhams, £20.00 - Solid Lambswool Scarf, GANT, £45.00 - Phoenix Watch, GANT, £120.00


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The Pet Lover’s For those amongst our readers who adore their furry companions…

These natural wool products are handcrafted in Nepal, biodegradable and have no synthetic filler ensuring teeth are kept clean and dogs won’t ingest harmful substances.

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Pamper your pets with this mild cleanser infused with lemon rind, tea tree lead and spearmint leaf and packed full of deodorising properties. Massage gently and generously into a soaked coat to cleanse thoroughly and calm sensitive skin. Animal Skin & Fur Wash Aesop £25.00

Treat your lovelies with some naturally wholesome treats during the countdown to Christmas! Filled with delicious treats, your pet can enjoy the festive surprise behind the calendar doors each morning. Advent Calendar for Dogs Lily’s Kitchen £9.95

Treat your cheeky chappy to this adorable toy with a strong rope edge – perfect for a pet who loves tug of war games. The toy is sure to make hilarious photos with the most mischievous animals. It Wasn’t Me Speech Bubble Marks & Spencer £9.50


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These handmade treats, presented in beautiful hand illustrated tins, are sure to bring Christmas joy to your pets! The unique flavours of cheese and chive, sundried tomato and peanut butter are sure to show your dogs how much you care – a donation from each set bought will be made to Dogs Trust. Doggy Treats Gift Set Biscuiteers £22.00

Your feline will be the trendiest in the neighbourhood with this chic, cool and luxurious collar. Comes complete with a cute compact box and bell for Christmas jingles. Pair with the C&W ‘Fur Bae’ charm for extra gorgeousness - found online. Flamingo Luxury Cat Collar Cheshire & Wain £55.00

Think you can out-smart your dog? Get ready for a challenge with Woof – the only board game in which your pet can play with you…and actually win. A unique present guaranteed to create festive family fun this Christmas. Woof Board Game The Present Finder £24.99

Organically grown in North America, this small but wonderful package contains catnip that has been carefully selected for its high quality and potency. Use sparingly – a little goes a long way! Sprinkle on your fur baby’s favourite toy or scratching post for a lovely treat. Loose Organic Catnip Cheshire & Wain £7.50

These funky designs are the perfect gift for your fur-balls this winter. Jazz up your pet’s neckpiece for a fashionable statement. ‘Fur Bae’ Collar Charm Cheshire & Wain £10.00

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You Make It Feel

Like Christmas We take a look at award-winning superstar Gwen Stefani's brand new Christmas album - a wonderful blend of original and classic tracks that perfectly capture the festive spirit. The idea of musicians creating successful Christmas tracks post-Wham! and Band Aid is a slightly dubious prospect. Gwen Stefani’s brand new Christmas album ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ shakes any skeptical assumptions away. Three-time Grammy award-winning superstar Gwen Stefani released her first ever holiday album on Interscope/Polydor Records back in October. The album features a mixture of original and classic holiday tunes, and includes a special duet with singer/songwriter Blake Shelton. Produced by busbee and Eric Valentine, the album stays faithful to loved Christmas classics but includes a Stefani twist. ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ features six original songs alongside remakes of six wellknown Christmas hits, making for wonderful festive listening. An exclusive Deluxe Edition of the album is also available for fans wanting that little bit more. The special version includes a hard-back book with 24 pages of exclusive images from the making of the album, as well as Gwen’s personal holiday photos, giving a rare

glimpse into the singer’s life behind-the-scenes. Released alongside the album were holiday bundles and merchandise including the CD, white vinyl, T-Shirt, Christmas cards, ornament, which are currently available at Gwen Stefani’s official website. The first single and album namesake ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ was co-written by Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, busbee and Justin Tranter. The single fuses a 1960s feel alongside the fresh vocals of Shelton and instantlyrecognisable voice of the pop princess. The couple alternate verses, creating an upbeat, trumpet-filled track featuring charming harmonies – this single is sure to leave all who listen inadvertently tapping their toes.

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‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ will without a doubt spread festive cheer to many a household this winter

The album begins with the jolly Christmas classic ‘Jingle Bells’ but by no means feels old and tired. Stefani’s version puts a retro spin on the old classic, reminiscent of 1950s swing and alluding to the chirpy tempo of Bobby Day’s ‘Rockin’ Robin’. Mixed in amongst a tribute to the late, great George Michael (which does the Wham! hit justice) and a cover of Irvin Berlin’s magical ‘White Christmas’ is a brilliant, romantic original entitled ‘Never Kissed Anyone With Blue Eyes Before You’. ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ will without a doubt spread festive cheer to many a household this winter. Album is available for download now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Target Deluxe and Amazon. Purchase ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ on vinyl online at www.gwenstefani.com, released on 1st December 2017. @gwenstefani

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Mind-Blowing Gwen Stefani Facts Only a Superfan Would Know

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Stefani often uses very personal material in her songs. Inspiration for the lyrics to some of her songs comes from her past failed relationships and insecurities.

Stefani’s incredible vocals feature on Moby’s popular single ‘South Side’ and Eve’s hit ‘Let Me Blow Ya Mind’ which led her to win her very first Grammy. The film ‘The Aviator’ (2004) features Stefani as Jean Harlow, starring alongside heartthrob Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Anton Du Beke: “I’ve been singing for almost as long as I’ve been dancing" Anton Du Beke recently released his much-anticipated debut album ‘From The Top’ on November 24th through Polydor. One of the nation's best-loved stars and most wellknown as the celebrated ballroom dancer of Strictly Come Dancing, Anton was a key player in the phenomenon that brought dancing not only back in favour, but onto primetime ratings-topping television - entertaining 11 million+ audiences since 2004. ‘From The Top’ will feature the classic songs, which have inspired him throughout his illustrious career. “I’ve been singing for almost as long as I’ve been dancing," says Anton, "I’ve sung at my dance shows and I’ve sung on Strictly but I never believed I would finally get the chance to make an album." ‘From The Top’ sees Anton backed by the successful vocal harmony quintet The Overtones and Lance Ellington from the Strictly Come Dancing band. The album is a joyful celebration of pure old school swing. ‘From The Top’ is a tribute to both his beloved wife Hannah and his close friend, the late Bruce Forsyth. “Bruce was always a huge hero of mine and I was lucky enough to call him a friend. We’d play golf, we’d have a laugh and we both loved all the old stars like Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jnr. He was so supportive. When I did a tiny show at the Hippodrome in London, he did me the greatest honour by coming down and singing with me.”

Look out for our exclusive interview with Anton released soon…

Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour Confirms Rescheduled Dates for All European Shows Live Nation has confirmed that the European leg of Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour has been fully rescheduled for 2018. The tour resumes in North America this November and December followed by the rescheduled European concerts. Relaunching in Barcelona on Sunday, January 14th, Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour will then visit all of the previously scheduled European concert cities, finishing in Berlin on Feb. 23, 2018. . The Joanne World Tour comes to Arena Birmingham 31st January 2018 and Genting Arena 1st February 2018. Tickets for the newly announced Birmingham dates are on general sale online at www.theticketfactory.com and via telephone on 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £45.80/ £62.68/ £90.80/ £118.93 (includes admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order. Tickets purchased for Lady Gaga’s original 2017 Birmingham dates (12th October, Genting Arena and 15 October, Arena Birmingham) will still be valid, so please keep hold of these. If required, refunds can be obtained at point of purchase for a limited period.


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Peter Kay Returns to Stand-up With Added Birmingham Dates One of Britain’s best-loved comedians, the multi award winning actor, writer, director, author and producer Peter Kay, is finally returning to his most successful hobby, stand-up. His last tour in 2010, which still officially ranks with the Guinness Book of World Records as the biggest selling comedy tour of all time, played to over 1.2 million people. So why a return to stand-up now? Peter says: 'I really miss it. I know how lucky I am to be making television series and have really loved these past few years working on Car Share but I miss doing stand-up. As terrifying as it is, when it works there's nothing more fun and exciting. Plus, a lot has happened in the last eight years, with Trump, Twitter and my Nan getting her front bush trimmed at the age of 96. I can't wait to get back up on stage.' Peter Kay’s new stand up tour starts April 2018 in Birmingham and visits all major UK and Ireland arenas right through to 2019. Peter Kay will be performing his much-anticipated stand-up show at Genting Arena and Arena Birmingham. Genting Arena 21st – 23rd, 27th – 28th April 2018 1st – 2nd, 5th-7th May 2018 + Arena Birmingham 24th – 25th May 2019 Tickets for the stand-up show can be purchased online at www.theticketfactory.com or via telephone on *0844 33 88 222. *Calls cost 7p per minute plusyour phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £39.40/£50.40/£61.40 (includes admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order. Tickets are limited to persons 15 years old or over.


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Six important reasons

to make a Will

1. Determine who inherits your estate Unmarried partners, friends, step-children or charities will not benefit unless you name them in your Will. 2. Don’t pay more Inheritance Tax (IHT) than necessary New and complex IHT reliefs on residential property came into force this year and now is the time to seek professional advice about IHT planning. 3. Care fee planning for couples Care funding is complex and it is important to plan for the future and consider your options. 4. Appoint Guardians to look after your children Make sure that the Courts or Social Services would not get involved if you left children under 18. 5. Name people you trust to be your executors If you don’t make a Will, your administrators would be appointed on a “first come first serve” basis. 6. Peace of mind Once you’ve made your Will you can stop worrying about it and get on with enjoying your life!

Contact Edward Jones STEP Practitioner at Thursfields for further advice on 0121 227 3377, e-mail EJones@thursfields.co.uk or visit us at 9 The Courtyard Solihull West Midlands B91 3DA

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Inspired

Kollektions

Inspiring Products at Inspiring Prices Inspired Kollektions, based in Sutton Coldfield, specialises in supplying high-quality home furnishings and bespoke art pieces to suit any interior and décor. The large showroom welcomes visitors to browse the luxury home accessories on offer from stockists at the forefront of interior design, and one-off art pieces by local artist Sarah Clayton.

Bespoke Art Pieces Sarah Clayton Art is sold exclusively at Inspired Kollektions, and the completely unique collection is stocked both online and in-store. Sarah specialises in bespoke Liquid Art pieces with distinctive, quirky designs. Sarah Clayton’s artworks are created especially for her clients, meaning no two pieces are ever the same. The most popular pieces available at Inspired Kollektions are created with Liquid Resin, a medium that transforms images to give a unique 3D quality. As Liquid Resin can be altered and manipulated, Sarah offers her clients the option of adding glitter pigments to the material to create an eye-catching effect. All art pieces by Sarah Clayton stocked by Inspired Kollektions, have been made in Britain and are hand-finished, not machine moulded.

their personalised artworks, and loves to encourage individual flair and originality.

Affordable Artwork As an artist, Sarah is keen to work with her clients to create commissioned pieces, specially made to suit individual preferences, tastes and needs. Her commissions are individually priced and fit with Sarah’s personal aim to create pieces with unparalleled, affordable price tags. With an exceptional range of artworks, from Comicon and Celebrity Fan Art to contemporary LED and 3Dpieces, Sarah Clayton’s collection at Inspired Kollektions holds something for everyone. Sarah Clayton Art as a brand encourages consumers to create and imagine artworks especially for themselves, believing that art is for everyone. Personalised artworks are available upon request. Call, email or visit the showroom for a no-obligation quote. Inspired Kollektions Unit 24A The Lanes Shopping Centre Wylde Green Birmingham B72 1YG 0121 448 1900 enquiries@inspiredkollektions.co.uk @inspiredkollektionsltd

Customer Satisfaction Investing in a commissioned art piece enables customers to express their personality and style, to create talking-pieces for the any environment. Framed in the latest high quality frames with no additional cost, Sarah’s statement artworks are ready-to-hang for all customers. Alternative options are also available upon request. Since Sarah began creating Liquid Art, she has been able to fulfil all customer requests regarding commissioned pieces - be it sizing, pigmentation or content. Sarah is more than happy to discuss clients’ ideas and wishes for

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It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid At Christmas time, we let in light and banish shade And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world At Christmas time

1. Which motorway links Birmingham and Lancaster? 2. Who played the possessed child in the film `The Exorcist`? 3. Which member of the `A Team` was a pilot? 4. How many strings does a ukulele have? None, four or six? 5. Which female singer had a number one hit with `Mi Chico Latino`? 6. Who had a hit single in the 1980s with `Pass The Dutchie`? 7. In which year did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour? 8. Who had a number one hit in 1998 with `Frozen`? 9. Who played Mel Gibson`s sidekick in the `Lethal Weapon` films? 10. What was the title of the Beatles` first single? Answers on page 54

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auto BIOGRAPHIES

Renault Koleos 2017 The Renault Koleos won’t rock your world, but it’s a decent enough SUV. It looks a bit too like many other SUVs out there – most noticeably the Skoda Kodiaq, but it’s an impressive car, nonetheless. I got behind the wheel of the flagship trim level – the Signature Nav, which has a generous amount of Kit, comprising big 19-inch alloy wheels, a sat-nav, a touchscreen and leather-bound seats. The car’s infotainment system, accessed via the touchscreen is easy and selfexplanatory to use, and the Renault is practical, offering cubby holes and four USB slots. What’s more, the Koleos is endowed with good quality soft-touch plastics and the hide wrapping the seats and steering wheel is top notch. The top-of-the-tree 2.0 dCi 175 AWD XTronic Koleos I drove really is the bee’s-knees, in terms of out-and-out technology and cabin refinement. The layout is well thought out for driver and passengers, and room is more than respectable. The wheelbase is the same as the X-Trail’s at 2,705mm – and this equates to awesome legroom. Better still, the Koleos’ load area is 29 litres bigger than the Nissan’s – measuring 579 litres. Alas, take a tape-measure to the similar-looking Skoda Kodiaq and the Czech-made car’s boot is 630 litres. Oh well, you can’t have everything. Strangely the Gallic car brand isn’t providing the Koleos with a seven-seat option, though. This could be a deal-breaker as Skoda’s Kodiaq does. Renault gets away with it, however, by explaining that you can always go for the Grand Scenic if you need all those seats. On the road, the Renault Koleos is wellbehaved and easy to like. Zero to 62mph arrives in 9.5 seconds and the top speed is 125mph, so the car has plenty of ‘go’ for motorway commutes or for overtakes on lesser roads. The Koleos has 174 horses under its ample bonnet to provide such power, and this helps tug the car along, even with five-up and a fully laden boot. The auto ‘box isn’t bad, even though it’s a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This means the transmission shifts through a constant range of ratios. Alas, CVTs don’t always work as seamlessly as they should, resulting in a rather jerky driving experience. Nevertheless, I’m pleased to report Renault has stuck an advanced CVT into the Koleos

that uses technology to copy a sequential ‘box. This makes the car painless to operate. The Koleos’ ride is super comfy, with its soft suspension making you all but forget the existence of potholes. But the squidgy springs don’t wreck the handling; if anything, the French SUV comes across as predictable and steady. The Koleos I drove had all-wheeldrive, so I also tested it off-road. Because the car has good ground clearance I could drive it over stones and hummocks without fear of ripping bits off the underneath of the Koleos. Furthermore, the Renault grips well in mud and anything not resembling tarmac. It’s no Land Rover, but it’s a great asset to have if you live in the sticks, or you plan on lugging

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Quiz Answers.

1. M6

2. Linda Blair

3. Murdoch

4. Four

5. Geri Halliwell

6. Musical Youth

7. 1941

8. Madonna

9. Danny Glover

10. `Love Me Do`

Sister Sledge: “Joni’s life was laid down with a gift

and that gift is eternal.” Words by Evie Kissack

World-famous musicians and 80s Disco sensation Sister Sledge have recently announced their new UK tour ’40 Years of Disco’ will be heading to Birmingham’s Genting Arena in 2018. The sisters are headlining alongside other huge names in Disco, making the event one you do not want to miss. The legendary ladies have sustained an incredible, life-long musical career, having collaborated closely with renowned artists such as Nile Rogers. I caught up with Kim Sledge, speaking on behalf of both sisters, who reflected back upon her incredible career, transitional yet optimistic present, and positive hopes for the future. So your new tour ‘40 Years of Disco’ is coming to Birmingham and will see Sister Sledge headlining alongside other musical legends. How does it feel to be part of such an incredible line up? Well, these are artists that we have come across at different points in our career and we’ve seen each other along the road as we’ve performed in different countries – just us all coming together is going to be a lot of fun, a lot of laughs. We love it, because – for lack of a better word – it’s a lot of ‘old school’ artists who have been trained in the art of performing and interacting with different audiences. It’s always fun because it’s a party, you know. It’s a party on stage [laughter]. So, we are looking forward to that.

How did your musical career first begin? Of course, we sang for our grandma. She was an opera singer, and she would pull us to the piano and teach us in the form of classical music. She taught us about breathing techniques, annunciation and pronunciation, and the basics for performing. We were a cappella singers from the beginning, so we really had to train our ears to hear the notes in order to harmonise. One of our instructions from her was, “Always be ready to perform without music if all else fails”. So, that’s how we were trained. Our grandma was a disciplinarian, she was as sweet as pie, but she was serious about performing, serious about her craft. I am really grateful for that. I really began to become grateful later on, and realised that a standard of excellence is important, but it’s the performance that counts. It’s such a gift to be out there [on stage]. An audience comes to enjoy the music – I mean, that’s why people go out. You know, people work all week and go out on a Saturday to have a good time! You've had a phenomenal career over the past 40 years - but of course you’ve also experienced times of heartbreak. Yourself and Debbie have spoken very openly about the affect of your sister Joni's death upon the Sledge family - when did you both come to the decision to continue performing together? Well, we actually had concerts booked! After she passed we had to fulfil a contract. Others might have thought, “How could you do that?” but it was actually the best thing in the world. I remember one performance in New Orleans, and it was so precious because the audience were like one big family to us. We all wept together, and embraced the


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moment, and we all embraced Joni’s presence. So, it was actually very comforting. Your music crosses genres delving into Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel and World Music. How did you initially become part of the Disco music movement? It’s so interesting because we didn’t even know we were [laughter]. For us it was just always dance. It was always dance music, so when the charts for different genres came out and we were hitting the Disco charts we felt we were simultaneously Disco and R&B and Pop. It would be the same song on different charts. For us, it was whether a song had a good dance beat. We'd think, "Can we harmonise. Can we really sing this?" That’s what it was always about. I can say, however, it’s an honour to be associated with any form of music because I think there is excellence in all forms of music. I really believe that music is about healing, and is a life giver – it inspires people and influences people. To have been given the gift of that tool, to take it around the world and make somebody’s day better is such an honour. It really is. I thank God everyday for the privilege that we have been given to do that. You mentioned music has the power to inspire people. Are there any musicians that have inspired you throughout your career? Absolutely - James Brown. I cannot sit still if a James Brown beat comes on, I’m up - from very early on and even to this day. I can be in a gown and it doesn’t matter, it’s just gunna’ happen. I love all kinds of music, from Roberta Flack to Shakira. I love Adelle, I love Bill Scott, oh my gosh... there are so many genres out there and I really admire being able to influence - to believe in music and be positive. There’s nothing

wrong with music being political – goodness gracious I could go back and think about some of the spiritual songs like 'A Bridge Over Troubled Water'. That’s classic but also spiritual. Even 'You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King'. For me, music should be used to encourage and inspire. It hurts a little – it hurts a lot actually – when I see music encouraging people to do negative things because it’s not supposed to. Music is a life-giver and a healer. Finally, for the upcoming tour, of course we will all be looking forward to hearing the classics. But, I’m itching to know…is there any new music in the pipeline? Well, actually we do have some new music, and you will be hearing some of it. We actually have some stuff we worked on with Joni too. Wow. We have some incredible stuff. Some songs Joni actually had just finished before she died, and we want to absolutely feature those too. If music is good, it is timeless. I have to say on a spiritual note – and I’m going to say this because this is where our hearts are - we know that Joni is with the Lord, we are believers. Joni’s life was laid down with a gift and that gift is eternal. Her gift is music. That may seem a little surreal and hard to wrap our arms around, but if you think about it, music is timeless and can help us to appreciate and love. Her saying was, "It’s easier to love". That’s the name of a song from one of our albums and she used to sing it when we performed. It was so true. It’s easier to love than to hate - and that’s so truthful. The interview ended with this beautiful message – and Kim movingly explained that herself, Debbie and Kathy are able to remember Joni through the music they created together. The sisters’ decision to continue performing as Sister Sledge is both brave and empowering, allowing the message that, “Nothing is greater than love” to be spread through their uplifting music. 40 Years of Disco comes to Birmingham’s Genting Arena 17th March 2018. For the full Sister Sledge interview and details on how to get tickets, visit the Celebrity Interviews section on our website. www.cornfieldpublishing.co.uk


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BBC Sports Personality of the Year by Alex Dudley

The 2017 BBC Sports Personality of the Year will take place on 17th December from the Echo Arena in Liverpool. This is the night where Britain can celebrate the country’s successful athletes from the past calendar year. Here, we will look at the main contenders for top prize this year. Anthony Joshua The heavyweight champion of the world is this year’s bookmakers favourite. Joshua increased his unbeaten record with two more victories in front of capacity crowds at Wembley Stadium and the Principality Stadium. On 29th April, Joshua took on Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley in front of 90,000 fans - the biggest attendance for a boxing event ever. The two superstars of the sport were competing for the vacant WBA Super Title. Many experts were stating that this was the biggest boxing match in over 50 years and that the build up was refreshing as there was no grudge between the fighters. The fight itself did not disappoint, with both fighters knocked down before Joshua won by TKO in the eleventh round. This cemented Joshua's place as one of the UK's best ever heavyweights. AJ followed this victory up by taking on Carlos Takam (who was standing in for the injured Kubrat Pulev) in Cardiff on 28th October. The limited preparation time and a strong resilient opponent made for an uncomfortable evening for the Brit.

Eventually, Joshua broke down his opponent, winning in the tenth round with what some experts believe was a premature stoppage. 2018 already looks like it will be a massive year for Joshua, with a mega fight against the unbeaten American, Deontay Wilder, already pencilled in.

Lewis Hamilton 2017 was another stellar year for Lewis Hamilton. Hamilton won his fourth World Championship, becoming the most successful British F1 driver of all time, and is now only behind Michael Schumacher and Juan Manual Fangio. This season he also eclipsed F1 legend Michael Schumacher with the most pole position starts. Hamilton won the title with two races to spare, with the gap to closest rival Sebastian Vettel unassailable. Wins for the fourth year in a row in the English and the Canadian Grand Prix's were the big turning points in the season for him as it spring boarded him in extended his gap at the top of the table. His list of achievements is astounding - he is also the youngest ever winner of the World Championship. The 32-year old will be hoping to build on his successful season when the 2018 campaign starts early next year. Hamilton will be looking to achieve a feat that he has accomplished once before by winning back-to-back championships.

Chris Froome The British-Kenyan cycling superstar has been dominant once again on the roads around Europe. This year, he completed his first double of the two hardest races on the circuit - the Tour de France and Vuelta a España, making him the first Brit to do this and only the third man in history. His Tour de France win this year was his closest to date with his main rival Rigoberto Uran, only trailing him by 54 seconds. Froome's exceptional time trialling skills were the decisive factor in his fourth championship triumph. He could class himself as very unlucky, never to have had a top three finish in the big awards bash after winning the Tour de France for the past three years, surely this year would be the year that this record will be rectified. Only a fool would bet against Froome regaining the yellow jersey once again at next year’s Tour. You can watch and vote for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year on the night of Sunday 17th December on BBC One.


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Christmas Day

Television Preview by Alex Dudley

Christmas Day is always a big day for television and this year promises to be no different. Take a look at the programmes scheduled to entertain us over the festive period.

Netflix's hottest shows reviewed - by Alex Dudley

Doctor Who

Strictly Come Dancing

The BBC hit ‘Doctor Who’ promises a momentous piece of television for the Christmas Special. This year’s episode entitled 'Twice Upon a Time' includes the final scenes of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. This Christmas we are introduced to the thirteenth doctor of the series, Jodie Whittaker, the first ever women to play the Doctor.

Strictly is always one of the most watched programmes over the festive period, making it a mainstay on Christmas Day television for the past five years.

Along with all of this, it was recently announced that the special will see the return of the very first incarnation of Doctor, William Hartnell. The only clue the BBC have given away is that Hartnell's final episode as the Doctor is very prominent throughout the special and that both episodes are linked. Doctor Who always delivers on the big day and this year’s episode will surely be no different.

Coronation Street This year has been thrilling on the cobbles and the intensity shows no sign of stopping as it looks set to reach fever pitch over Christmas, as Pat Phelans reign of terror will not be stopped. The Street has blown all of its soap rivals away over the past year, with intense and explosive story lines, shocking twists and heart-wrenching moments. An old favourite also returns to the street on Christmas Day, perhaps spelling trouble for a couple of the residents in Weatherfield, we can possibly expect an old flame or two.

Great Festive Bake Off The first season on Channel 4 has just ended of the popular baking competition. The Bake Off was the stations most watched series since Big Fat Gypsy Wedding was aired six years ago. ‘Festive Bake Off’ will see past bakers return for a two part special, competing against each other to see whom the true Bake Off winner is. The special will be fronted by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, while the judges will once again be Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

This year’s special will see past winners compete against each other once again! Ex-competitors Judy Murray, Kimberley Walsh and Robbie Savage are set to feature on the programme – meaning it is sure to be a mesmerising watch. The special will be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. With Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas on the judging panel. No doubt this will be one of the most watched programmes over the festive period, so don't miss out on the dancing extravaganza.


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What's On

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Welcome to our local what’s on guide, giving you the latest in event listings local to Barnt Green, Alvechurch and surrounding areas. Whether it is arts, entertainment, fitness or a local community group, we are on hand to help promote your event listing. For further information or to send through your event details email local@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk and we will be happy to spread the word on what is happening near you.

6-5 Specials Skiffle Band

call 01543 502722 or visit www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

The quartet, made up of retired volunteers, is dedicated to raising money for Dementia UK through their music. Based in Alvechurch, the 6-5 Specials Skiffle Band is available for hire, including (but not limited to): charity concerts, private gigs and performances for dementia sufferers at ‘Memory Cafes’. Keep an eye out for their new album ‘The Circle – It’s Skiffle But Not As We Know It’, out soon. All proceeds go to charity. For more information or booking requests, please contact John Davies on 0121 4450177 or 07904391584. Follow the band on Facebook: @65specials.

KINGFISHER PROBUS CLUB The club provides the opportunity for retired and semi-retired men to meet people in a friendly situation Monthly meetings are held at The Foxlydiate Arms, every second Thursday of the month at 11-30 am. Lunch is followed by an interesting talk given by a visiting speaker. Partners/ friends are welcome at our Walks,Trips,Golf,Skittles and Special Lunches. We are now recruiting, so come along to a meeting or contact Max Sayer on 0121 445 4724

Saturday Night social Dance Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night social Dance, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Midlands Bloodbikes at Kidderminster Harriers Social Club, Hoo Road, Kidderminster on Saturday 30th December, 2017. Ballroom, Latin & Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby Doors open at 7.30pm Dancing from 8pm - 11pm - pay on the door £5 per person. Please

Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night Social dance, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Midlands Bloodbikes at Lickey End Social Club, Ancestor Road, Lickey End on Saturday 20th January, 2018. Ballroom, Latin & Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby - Doors open at 7.30pm, dancing from 8pm 11pm - pay on the door £5 per person. Please call 01543 502722 or visit www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

Bromsgrove Speakers Club The club, a member of the national Association of Speakers Clubs, meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at the Bell at Belbroughton. Members learn how to become better speakers, presenters and leaders in a friendly learning atmosphere. For details please visit www.bromsgrovespeakers.org.uk

ART IN THE VILLAGE Learn how to draw and paint or improve your skills. Small friendly groups in home-studio setting in Barnt Green village with plenty of one to one tuition.All abilities welcome. Daytime and evening classes available. Contact Jo Pardoe on 07967 041446

Yoga Mavericks Alvechurch based yoga guide. Strala trained. Flow class Sundays 10am Alvechurch Village Hall. £8 per session. A modern approach to a traditional practice, great music, suitable for all. Spots must be reserved due to limited space. Add my facebook page, or message 07960320656. Private

sessions available.

YOGA, MINDFULNESS MEDITATION & DEEP RELAXATION For Stress Relief, Fitness, Vitality & a Good Night’s Sleep. Classes in Blackwell & Alvechurch. Individual sessions available. To book contact Sally: 0790 366 3085, classes@MyYogaMind.co.uk www.MyYogaMind.co.uk

The WorcesterBirmingham & Droitwich Canals Society The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society meets at the Alvechurch Boat Centre on the first Tuesday of every month, except July & August when we have Summer walks. There is usually a guest speaker and raffle. Non members are very welcome to attend. Meetings start at 7.45pm. Please visit our website: www.wbdcs.org.uk for more information.

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