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AUGUST 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 August edition of the Cornfield Magazine.

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August is here and we are excited to bring to you our second edition of our Barnt Green, Alvechurch and Worcestershire Magazine. Everyone is heading off on their summer holidays in August, but that doesn’t stop us from bringing you some fantastic reads. This month we plan ahead with our back to school guide where we discuss how to help your children fight the holiday blues, through to travel etiquette when using public transport. We talk all things gin, from mothers ruin to our top favourite gins and we have also put together a list of those picnic essentials.

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We have also spent some time out and about reviewing the recently launched Spot-On Wake in Wootton Wawen and we visit the Shirley Carnival, whilst also taking the kids on a bear hunt for this years Big Sleuth. It has been another great month for everyone here at the Cornfield Magazine and as always we love to hear from our readers and appreciate all of the feedback that we receive. We look forward to hearing from you and we are excited to bring you our August edition!

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What ever 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! ;).... Until next month folks....

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Solihull

Summer Fest 26th-27th August 2017 by Gemma Harris

It is festival season, which means Solihull Summer Fest is returning to Tudor Grange Park for its second year. The two-day event will take place over the August Bank Holiday weekend from Saturday 26th to Sunday 27th August. Each day will run from 12 midday until 10pm featuring live music, food and drink stands, an exclusive VIP area, plus children’s entertainment, including fun fair rides, face painting and bracelet making. Last year saw UB40, The Hoosiers, X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan, plus Scouting For Girls take to the stage and 2017’s line up is set to be just as exciting. Artists performing on the Saturday include Peter Andre, Lulu, Gabrielle and Lemar, as well as X Factor’s famous double act Reggie and Bollie who will be supported by the world-renowned tribute artists, including The Upbeat Beatles and Navi as Michael Jackson. Sunday will see Feeder headlining, whilst The Wonder Stuff return for a second year. They will be joined by The Pigeon Detectives, Toploader, the Noisettes and Andy Bennett from Ocean Colour Scene in addition to local Solihull bands: 2 Weeks Notice, The Wedding Crashers and Chasing Deer. Virgin Trains will be joining the artists at the festival as the events official partner entertaining festivalgoers with a range of activities, including a Kids’ picnic, cheese and wine tasting, as well as offering the Virgin Trains’ experience through a dedicated VIP area. Exclusive VIP tickets include entry to the VIP area, a private cocktail and prosecco bar, luxury toilets and gold circle access at the front of the stage. An estimated 3,500 people attended the 2016 event each day. 6,000 guests per day are expected this year.

All ticket profits will go to Help Harry Help Others (HHHO), which is a local cancer support charity established in memory of the late schoolboy Harry Moseley who died, aged 11, in 2011. Ian Rogers, Festival Director and Trustee for HHHO, said: “We have condensed the number of artists this year to allow people to see their full set as if they would in concert. “There is 10 hours a day of good music which gives people the chance to see artists in their home town, which they may not normally have. “It’s nice to see the stage lit up and people enjoying themselves. It is great to create an event which people can put in their calendar each year and look forward to whilst supporting a charity.” Event Manager, Sarah Elliot, added: “The Solihull Summer Fest brings the local community together for a family-friendly weekend of live music and entertainment. More importantly, it also raises money for HHHO, which is very close to our hearts. Day tickets are £30 for adults and £20 for children, with free entry for under 4-yearolds. Weekend tickets and family passes are also available.” For tickets, please visit www.theticketfactory.com or the ticket outlet located in Touchwood. T- shirts, in 3 colours, are also available to purchase from the ticket outlet. For more information please visit www.solihullsummerfest.co.uk


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Most of us will be able to refer to gin as the drink of the summer, but in actual fact it is one of the world’s fastest growing spirits that offers flexibility and simplicity, along with a great taste. Gin can be enjoyed in many different ways, be it infused with garnishes, mixed with tonics or used in cocktails. Due to the spirit being so easy to distill, the gin craze is back and there are many craft gin distilleries and gin bars popping up all across the UK. We have produced a new generation of gin connoisseurs, plus this drink has an immense amount of wealth and history proving that gin is at the top of its game.

in the East Indies drinking a few gins before a big fight. The second relates to the use of gin, to boost ones courage.

Dutch Courage

Distillation & William of Orange

The Dutch were recognised as Britain’s closest neighbour during the reign of Elizabeth I. Both were recognised as enemies, however were observed as co-religionist allies, and of course very important trading partners. Then we have the Dutchman William who became the King of England in 1689. The connections are evident in our language and the slang we often use with popular expressions, such as, ‘Going Dutch’, ‘Dutch Auction’ and ‘Dutch Uncle’.

Distillation began taking place on a small scale in England during the 17th Century. Due to high demand there was a need for gin to be produced to a much greater grade. The quality was not known to be the best and the drink soon became a firm favourite with the poor.

‘Dutch courage’ derives from two possible origins with the first originating from a man named Johnny Foreigner. Johnny had supposedly sailed up the Meadway and spent time with the locals

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The first known production of Gin was made during the 17th Century in Holland by Dutch Physician, Franz de le Boe. The British troops that fought in the Low Countries were given Dutch courage during long campaigns and when in damp weather, which produced the warming effects of gin. Gin was not as palatable back in the 17th Century, which led to adding juniper berries, that had many medical uses of their own.

King William III, otherwise known as William of Orange made a series of structures, which aimed to encourage the distillation of English spirits. People were able to distill gin quite easily and often this was distributed to workers was used as an alternative to wages. Soon enough the volume sold was increasing on a daily basis, exceeding the sales of beer and ale.


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Gin Riots On the 29th September 1736 at midnight the Gin Act was introduced. This created many changes, with one major factor being that gin became prohibitively expensive. A licence to retail gin cost £50 and the duty was raised fivefold to £1 per gallon. Many opposed the Act, including the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole and Dr. Samuel Johnson. Both felt it would not be enforced with the common people. They thought correctly; riots broke out and mass law breaking took place, leading to violence. Only two licenses were taken out and gin was illegally distilled, resulting in cases of poisoning.

Rhubarb-Fennel

Gin Cocktail Fall in love with gin this summer with a fabulous gin cocktail that is simple and easy to mix for the perfect summer drink.

Mothers Ruin In the 18th Century gin developed another popular name for itself. Gin rendered men impotent and women sterile, contributing to a major reason as to why the birth rate in London was exceeded by the death rate. The spirit was available in chemists and was used to treat stomach related conditions, gout and gallstones.

Ingredients SERVES 8 ¼ of a fennel bulb, untrimmed, coarsely chopped 1 375ml bottle of dry vermouth

The consequences of women drinking what people like to call ‘Mother’s Ruin’ led to neglected children, daughters being sold into prostitution and often if a nurse could not console a baby, they would give the baby a large enough dose of gin. Gin became the opium of the people, however this guided people down an evil pathway of madness and suicide. The popular drink was also used as a contraceptive and was recommended that the cure for pregnancy was to drink a pint of gin, whilst taking a very hot bath.

1 large rhubarb stalk, thinly sliced and shaved, for serving ½ a cup of sugar ¾ of a cup of fresh lemon juice ¾ of a cup of a cup gin

Method Regaining Respectability The gin production process became refined and evolved into becoming a drink of subtle flavours. As the Gin Act became unenforceable, a new policy came into place, in which distillers had contributed to. Gin had regained its respect and was produced to a higher quality, which remains today. Soon enough there were major manufacturers and the openings of gin palaces that were large, sometimes thought to be imposing, but luxuriously furnished. This led to the beginning of gins ascending into High Society.

Gin Today Gin today is recognised as a cosmopolitan spirit and a refreshing alcoholic beverage. London dry gin uses subtle flavourings making it easy to mix. Gin soon became a fashionable drink when mixed with tonic, producing the favourite G’n’T, whilst also popularising cocktail parties. This also resulted in an excellent career for mixologists, inventing an array of magnificent cocktails.

1. Combine the fennel and vermouth in a glass measuring jug or container. Cover and chill for 2 days. Keep the vermouth bottle for the next step. 2. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve straight back into the bottle. 3. Bring the rhubarb, sugar, and ½ a cup of water to a gentle simmer in a small saucepan over a medium heat and simmer until the mixture is pink and slightly syrupy, 14–16 minutes. Leave to cool, then transfer to a blender and purée until smooth (you should have about ½ a cup of rhubarb purée. 4. Combine 12 oz. of the fennel-infused vermouth, rhubarb purée, lemon juice, gin and 2 cups of ice in a large pitcher. Stir until cold then pour the cocktail into an ice-filled glass and garnish with shaved rhubarb. 5. Enjoy this refreshing gin cocktail!


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A mouth-watering menu of surprise treats is being cooked up for this year’s Royal Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival to tempt another record crowd to the biggest event in the town’s calendar. Located in the heart of the town centre, this FREE family-friendly event always has a tasty line up! Returning for its tenth year over 150 traders are guaranteed to tickle the taste buds of an anticipated 25,000 visitors from across the UK. The two-day extravaganza, which is recognised as one of the best autumn food festivals in the country, will make its return on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. BID Leamington, which organises the festival with the support of local businesses, is finalising this year’s line-up, which will feature surprise additions and regular favourites. Local chefs will again be demonstrating throughout the weekend on the Live Cookery Theatre and there will also be the return of the popular Kid’s Cookery School, giving budding young chefs the chance to learn culinary skills, with support from Nandos, Pizza Express and Yo! Sushi. The Great Leamington Bake Off will be held on Saturday 9th September, which invites keen amateur bakers to enter cakes and have them judged by local chefs, Jenny Hudson, of Sweet As Cakes and Laura Hamilton, of Queans. With age categories for 5 to 11-year-olds, 12 to 16-year-olds and over 16’s. So, if you think you’re the next Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood, register now and you could be crowned the ‘Leamington Bake Off’ winner! Aubrey Allen’s ‘Home Cook of the Year’ competition is returning for its third year, as the hunt continues for Leamington’s Finest Amateur Cook of 2017. On Sunday 10th September, three finalists will find themselves battling it out at the Live Kitchen, as they take to the stage to prepare and cook their right royal dishes in front of a highly experienced judging panel! Applications are available to download from www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk. The closing date for all entries is 3rd August. The Royal Pug, Elma, The Drawing Board, Queans, The Cakery, Coffee Architects and Leamington Wine Company will be among some of the local favourites making a comeback. The I Love Leam section celebrating non-food retailers will include Boots, Driftwood and Berylune to name a few. The cherry on the top has to be the amazing live entertainment lined-up for this year! The bandstand will be home to upbeat music. New music for 2017 from Chaos, The Peas, The Folly Brothers and Letitia George and Honky Tonk Rose return to the stage on Sunday. This is a fantastic showcase for local food and drink producers and retailers as well as the town itself, and a hugely-popular event with something for everyone to enjoy, so September 9th and 10th is a definite date for the diary! Bring your appetites, shades and remember summer is a great time to explore the town centre and its beautiful parks and gardens. For more information visit: www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk, www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk

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for the weekend… August Bank Holiday Fun - 26th – 28th August 2017

Looking for something to do over the August bank holiday weekend? Then you need look no further. From music to food and fitness to family fun, here is our guide to some magnificent events taking place near you… Henley-in-Arden Music Festival The Henley-in-Arden Music Festival is an annual event, which takes place over the August bank holiday weekend in the quaint market town. The festival is open to all who visit Henley-in-Arden. Local venues, including The Bluebell, The Black Swan, Nags Head and many other local establishments venues. To keep up to date with the latest on new artists that will be performing visit: www.henleymusicfestival.com

The Magical Travelling Story Circus – Kenilworth Castle Roll up! Roll up! The Magical Travelling Story Circus arrives at Kenilworth Castle this August bank holiday. When it comes to exciting the kids and entertaining the adults the Fairytale Acrobatic Theatre Company will be captivating audiences of all ages with theatre, song, dance, acrobatics and much more. www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/kenilworth-castle

Outdoor Cinema at The Custard Factory - Digbeth The Mockingbird Cinema is teaming up with the Factory Cinema Co to present 3 days of outdoor cinema screenings at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. The outdoor Digbeth Arts Centre will be transformed with a huge outdoor cinema screen, plus there will be street food, popcorn and post screening parties. Tickets will cost £13.33. www.mockingbirdcinema.com/august-bank-holiday-outdoor-film-screenings/

Bank Holiday Family Fun at Avoncroft Museum The kids will be sure to enjoy a fun packed bank holiday at Avoncroft Museum with Avoncrofts historic buildings, gardens and wildlife. There is something for the whole family to enjoy. www.avoncroft.org.uk

The Big Feastival If you fancy something a little further afield then The Big Feastival may be your go to event for this August. The festival is held on Alex James’ farm in the Cotswolds and is a family fun event that includes a selection of food and drink exhibitors, music from many artists, including the likes of Olly Murs, Madness, Ella Eyre and many more. Plus, the farm park, vintage fun fair, lifestyle village and tree climbing to name only a few of the attractions. www.thebigfeastival.com

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Wandering Pizza Co The catering industry has popularised in recent years with many unique and quirky concepts that cater towards a host of different outdoor events across the UK. The Wandering Pizza Co, situated on the outskirts of Birmingham has recently launched its brand new vision to create an impressive and unique vehicle conversion that can bring woodfired pizzas straight to your event. This specialist catering business is run by a husband and wife team that have been working with woodfired sourdough pizzas for the last 3 years. After considerable research founder, Sam Tyler brought his ideas to life in 2016 and trialled various events across the UK to gain the feedback and knowledge required in order to move this outdoor catering concept forward with commissions in mind. The Wandering Pizza Co establishes the perfect alternative to the traditional mobile event catering company for weddings, parties and other prominent celebrations and public events. If you are looking for something a little different at your wedding or garden party, then you need look no further, The Wandering Pizza Co serves freshly made woodfired pizzas from an elegant and well designed Piaggio Ape vehicle conversion, which always puts a smile on everyone’s face, when it arrives at your event. The Wandering Pizza Co are on hand to help discuss your ideas and budgets in order to tailor a bespoke quotation for you, dependent on location, numbers, timings and requirements.

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Sam and the team are happy to work with you to bring your event requirements to life with an exceptional selection of pizza toppings to suit all with a good crust. From a classic margarita, beer pulled chicken and chorizo, roquito peppers and pepperoni, ham and pineapple and brie and caramelised onion, there is something for everyone and you can even choose your own pizza desires, as well as vegan pizza toppings on request. Plus, Sam and the team can provide mini calzones and a small selection of dessert options. The Piaggio Ape has been converted with the ultimate in wood fired ovens, by Bushman, the renowned manufacturers of woodfired inventions that has seen the rapid expansion of the street food catering scene. The ovens are reliable in all weather conditions using a highgrade wood, meaning that the ovens are smokeless and scentless. The ovens are also heated so that they remain at a constant temperature that can consistently cook a pizza in less than a minute, with an output of 420 slices in 1 hour, that’s 70 pizzas in total! The Wandering Pizza Co can provide their private event vehicle hire to all locations that are accessible with an entrance width of 1.2m and a height of 2.4m. Unfortunately, the vehicle is unable to access locations that use steps. Overall, this phenomenal woodfired pizza extravaganza is distinctive and allows all event attendees to gain a full experience and insight into how the pizzas are cooked, producing not just the best quality pizzas, but also an entertainment that cannot be beaten. For further information or to enquire for your bespoke quotation call 0121 746 3006, or email sam@thewanderingpizza.co.uk www.thewanderingpizzacompany.com Facebook - @thewanderingpizza Twitter - @pizzawandering

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Nailcote Hall Are Nominated For Prestigious

Golf Awards The idyllic and picturesque hotel, golf and country club, Nailcote Hall has recently been nominated for ‘Worlds Best Par 3 Golf Course’ ahead of the ‘Worlds Golf Awards 2017’. The fabulous nine hole ‘Cromwell Course’ has been developed and designed over 25 years by owner Rick Cressman, who has ensured that this course is suited to a range of abilities, providing an experience for all golfers of all ages, and of course not to forget the various challenges. Nailcote Hall has created Warwickshire’s answer to the Par 3 at Augusta and spans across 1048 yards with holes ranging from 95 to 146 yards. This years British Par 3 Championships will be taking place from the 8th-11th August and will feature many familiar celebrity personalities that will be in attendance, including Peter Shilton OBE, Ron Atkinson and Nigel Mansell CBE, to name only a few. To send your votes for ‘Worlds Best Par 3 Course’ at the ‘World Golf Awards 2017’ for Nailcote Halls, Cromwell Course visit: worldgolfawards.com/vote/cromwell-golfcourse-at-nailcote-hall-2017 www.nailcotehall.co.uk

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Picnic

Essentials

Get those picnic baskets at the ready! There is nothing worse than forgetting the absolute essentials, so check out our picnic packing checklist to make sure you have your picnic adventure covered. Foods – Foods, such as sandwiches and finger food are the ultimate picnic must haves. Avoid mayonnaise-based foods that can be affected by the heat unless you have an ice bag to keep everything chilled. If you have less time to prep sandwiches then why not take a look at Marks & Spencer’s selection of food to go orders with an assortment of tasty sandwiches for all. Their classic sandwich selection includes 30 assorted quarters, costing £18.50, or alternatively if you prefer wraps, they provide a selection of 20 mini wraps for only £12.50. And no panic if you are allergic to gluten and wheat, Marks and Spencer cater for you too. Drinks – Do not forget the drinks! Whether it is alcohol or soft drinks make sure you have it covered. From wine, prosecco or spirits, there is plenty of choice on offer. Rather than taking a whole bottle of gin or rum, why not purchase mix spirit cans from supermarkets across the UK and there you have it, a ready to drink, G’n’T, Pimms and lemonade or rum and coke. And, don’t forget bottled water, you will need to keep hydrated in warm weather. Condiments –You can’t forget the sauces and dips, from ketchup to mustards. You can even put the sauce into mini kilner jars for easy packing. Lightweight Resealable Containers – To save throwing away any left overs and to keep food fresh it is worth investing in resealable containers, which can be found in supermarkets and High Street stores. Utensils – Always opt for reusable utensils, including as salad pinchers and serving spoons, that these are lightweight and easy to transport. Cutting Knife – Looking for a knife with a cover is key, especially for safe transportations, or alternatively wrap the blade in a tea towel. Corkscrew/Bottle Opener/Bottle Stop – Don’t let the fizz disappear from a good bottle of prosecco or champagne, so be sure to take a handy bottle stop. There would also be nothing worse than turning up to your chosen picnic spot to find out that you have forgotten your corkscrew or bottle opener. Napkins/Hand Wipes – Disposable napkins are perfect for picnics, especially when eating messy foods. When you don’t have access to running water, antibacterial wipes can also come in handy as an alternative for making sure cutlery is clean. Picnic Baskets with Cutlery, Cups and Plates – Not only do picnic baskets look great, but they are also light, easy to carry and most come with cutlery, cups and plates. Picnic Blanket – Picnic blankets are great for laying out to display your picnic spread, whilst being ideal for relaxing in warm weather. Ice Bags/Ice Packs – Of course, ladies will be looking forward to a chilled bottle of fizz and gents will be able to enjoy an ice cold beer. Your picnic would not be the same without ice bags or packs, plus they will keep food chilled. Alternatively, you can fill resealable bags with ice cubes, which you can also use in drinks. Tumblers/Wine Glasses – A glass of wine or prosecco is not the same without the accompanying glass. There are many unique designs on the market, that you can keep and reuse outdoors in the garden. Portable Radio – Having a little background music always adds to the atmosphere, when enjoying an outdoor picnic with family and friends. So, why not take your portable bluetooth speaker along to your picture perfect picnic spot.


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August is the time where we begin to focus on the children going back to school. Of course, it’s been a wonderful time over the 6-week holidays to spend precious time with the family and for children to enjoy all of the activities that are on offer over the summer period. Plus it’s been the perfect time to discover the great outdoors. Soon enough September will arrive and your child will be going back to school or joining a brand new school. As much as our children begin to feel nervous, it can also be an extremely stressful time for parents and guardians. This is why it is highly recommended to plan ahead to save any last minute dramas. Take a look at our back to school guide, which is full of tips and inspiration on where to start. The Fears Of Public Transport – Getting Prepared Sending your child off to school on their own can be a major fear factor when it comes to their safety. We tend to focus on the negatives, when in actual fact we need to focus on the positives and making sure we are aware of all the things that go hand in hand with gaining more independence. Going over simple rules and making them aware of the school travel route is crucial for new starters. First things first, to make your child aware of transport times, the dangers involved and how to deal with them. If your child is travelling by bus, tram or train then you will need to get to know the timetables and you can now download timetables via the internet or apps on your phone. Being 10 minutes

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early for the bus is always recommended, as you never know if transport may be cancelled or delayed. To save the hassle of finding extra change for your child’s bus or train ticket it’s worth purchasing an advanced pass or ticket and this is a great way to track what you’re spending on your child’s journey. During the winter evenings get darker, so ensure your child knows to stay away from quiet locations and to stand well back when waiting for a bus or behind marked lines on train platforms. Travel Etiquette Tips Wait for people to depart the bus, tram or train before entering. Remind your child that they should always offer their seat to the elderly, disabled or pregnant women. NO PUSHING! Always place school bags under seats, in luggage areas, on laps, or if standing, between legs.


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Be respectful to the driver and always say thank you. Manners cost nothing. Stay seated, use handrails and don’t gather by doorways.

For a light snack or alternative to crisps, why not try veggie sticks, which could include chopped carrot, pepper or cucumber. If veggie sticks on their own are not enough you could make a homemade hummus or salsa dip.

If feeling unsafe make the driver aware. When crossing the road wait until the bus has moved off. Stop, Look, Listen and Think. It is always a good idea to do a trial run of your child’s journey to and from school for the first time, in order for them to gain confidence. Fight Off The Back To School Blues If your child is not looking forward to heading back to the classroom then you may be able to make the home to classroom transition easier. Before returning to school plan something fun. Kids love an adventure, whether it be a cinema trip, day at the zoo, swimming or a nature trail; this will help fight off those blues. Make Mornings Fun Mornings can be hectic for mums and dads when a child needs to get ready for school and you need to get yourself ready too. The best way to deal with the mornings is to ease routine into your child’s lifestyle. Getting your child to go to bed early will mean they will rise earlier. Preparation is key, so make sure that your child puts some time aside the night before to pack their bag for the next day. Introducing a morning chart with images works wanders and will keep young children focused. You can purchase many visual time trackers on sites, including Amazon to help make morning time more fun. Liven Up Lunch We should be ditching the biscuits and crisps and taking on a new outlook of providing a healthy lifestyle for our children. First off make sure your child has plenty of water for school. To make this more exciting and tasty you can add a few slices of lemon or lime for a fruity twist.

And, last but not least the sweet fix. Try natural yoghurt mixed with frozen fruit, a perfect alternative without the added sugar. A great website for foodie inspiration for school lunches can be found on www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk Beat The First Day Nerves It can be an extremely daunting and scary experience for those starting primary school or moving to secondary school. These appear as such big worries to children and they may ask themselves, “what if I don’t like school? And “will people want to be my friend?” Change takes time, but you can help in making the process easier. Be prepared and keep on top of literature, this way your child will communicate about the school day. Familiarise your child with the local surroundings of the school and they will begin to feel more comfortable over time. Don’t forget you are their role model; communication is key, ease them in by telling them about your first day at school and let them ask questions. This will help them to overcome any troubles they may be worried about facing. Often an object from home, a keyring, book or badge may help them to feel less anxious.

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The Afternoon tea is one of the most quintessential customs of Great Britain that has become even more popular today, whilst becoming an indulgence for special occasions. Whether you enjoy a scone with clotted cream, a traditional sandwich or a blend of different teas, the afternoon tea has gone from strength to strength in becoming a much loved activity for all to enjoy.

The History of the Afternoon Tea Drinking tea dates back to the 3rd millennium BC in China, but first became popular in the 1660’s by King Charles II and his Portuguese wife Catherine de Braganza. The great British afternoon tea didn’t actually come about until the mid 19th Century. This was first introduced to England in 1840 when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford began to feel peckish at around 4pm in the afternoon. This was due to the Duchess household meal being served fashionably late at around 8pm. Lunch would often be served at 12pm, which left a rather long time before the evening meal was served. Due to this the Duchess soon asked that a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake would be served to her room at 4pm. As time went on and as word was passed around, the afternoon tea became a fashionable and highly successful social event for upper class and society women to enjoy. Women would even dress up for the event in long gowns, gloves and hats. The afternoon tea was often served in a drawing room between 4pm and 5pm. Traditions of the Afternoon Tea There are many traditions that are associated with the afternoon tea, which would consist mainly of a selection of dainty sandwiches, which soon introduced a filling with one of the most traditional fillings being thinly sliced cucumber. Scones, which were provided with clotted cream, preserves, cakes and pastries. Another tradition involved a variety of teas, which would be poured from different teapots. For example, teas from India would be poured from silver teapots into a delicate bone China cup.

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Modern Day Afternoon Teas Nowadays, the afternoon tea has evolved and been developed with many a modern twist on the traditional afternoon tea. In our own homes and daily lifestyles we have all become much busier and the afternoon cup of tea has become a more regular occurrence to our day. Instead we now prefer a cup of tea in the morning, mid morning, at lunch, during the afternoon and after our evening meal. Often a biscuit of choice or a slice of cake accompanies a cup of tea. Tea at The Ritz The afternoon tea became a quintessential experience in England when the Ritz in London first began to serve a traditional afternoon tea at its grand opening in 1906. The Ritz continues to be one of the best world famous 5 Star legendary hotels that celebrates all of the elegance and splendor, as well as a spectacular service. The afternoon tea is served in the hotels ornate and eloquent Palm Court and you can be served with all aspects of a traditional afternoon tea including dainty finger sandwiches with fillings including smoked salmon and roast ham. The Ritz also serves fresh raisin scones and cakes, which are served on a tiered stand. Typically a champagne afternoon tea can cost anywhere between £54 to £70. Afternoon Tea Etiquette - Dress code – An afternoon tea is a formal occasion, however, many venues are more relaxed with a smart casual dress code. A suit and tie is not essential unless specified and it’s the perfect opportunity for ladies to get dressed up.

- Types of Tea Occasions - Knowing the difference between tea occasions is all a part of knowing tea etiquette. A ‘traditional afternoon tea’ consists of a selection of sandwiches and cakes, served with tea. The British afternoon tea can also be referred to as ‘High Tea’, especially from visitors from overseas. A ‘Royal Tea’ is used to signify the addition of champagne and is known as the type of tea to be enjoyed on an extra special occasion. - Don’t Dunk Those Biscuits When in the comfort of your own home it is perfectly acceptable to dunk a biscuit in your tea. However, when having an afternoon tea within a hotel it is etiquette to leave this habit at home. - What comes first, the cream or the jam? We all love a freshly baked, warm scone. But, what should come first? The cream or the jam? Both the Cornish and Devonshire people have a debate relating to this subject with the Devonshire tradition being the cream first, topped with jam and the Cornish tradition is to spread the jam first with cream on top. The conclusion is all left down to personal preference. - How long should we let tea brew for? Dependent on the taste and type of tea used, you can alter the brewing time to suit the tea. The longer you leave the tea to brew the higher the level of antioxidants, called flavonoids, which leads to many health benefits. It is recommended that the perfect brewing time can be anywhere between 3 to 6 minutes and no longer, otherwise the flavour of the tea will be spoilt.


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GIN-TASTIC Gins We have sipped, shaken and mixed our way through an assortment of gins to bring you our top 5 Gin-Tastic gins on the market.

Ableforths Bathtub Gin £39 - ableforths.com

Distilled in: Oldbury, Birmingham About: This award winning gin is made using the traditional method known as cold compounding. This gin uses botanicals such as juniper, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel and clove, all of which are infused in a top quality copper pot still. Garnished with: A touch of pepper or a slice of lime.

Cotswolds Dry Gin £34.95 - cotswoldsdistillery.com Distilled in: Stourton, Warwickshire About: This gin has a delectable blend of nine botanicals, including a mix of Cotswolds lavender, bay leaf, grapefruit, black pepper and cardamom seed, all distilled into their bespoke Holstein pot still, to then be finished with the naturally refined Cotswolds water. Garnished with: A slice of grapefruit or pomegranate.

Edinburgh Gin £29.95 - edinburghgin.com Distilled in: Leith, Edinburgh About: Edinburgh gin, otherwise known as the original masterpiece is distilled to a classic London dry style and is clean, zesty and juniper forward. Edinburgh Gin have got this GIN-Tastic gin just right, balancing the softness with citrus notes. This gin has a unique blend of 13 botanicals, including lavender, pine buds, mulberries and cobnuts, along with lemon grass and lime peel. Then of course we can’t forget the pine, heather and milk thistle, all of which are sourced from the Scottish Highlands. Garnished with: Best garnished with orange peel.

East London Liquor – London Dry Gin £22 - eastlondonliquorcompany.com Distilled in: Bow, East London About: Distilled using the finest 100% British wheat spirit. This gin is one of the best and is both vapour and directly infused with fresh lemon, grapefruit peel, coriander, angelica root, juniper berries, cubb berries and cardamom. With a hint of spice the East London Liquor Company brings a quality-handcrafted spirit back to London’s East End. Garnished with: A wedge of lime.

Original Eden Mill St Andrews Gin £35 - edenmill.com Distilled in: St Andrews, Edinburgh About: Eden Mill has its own take on a classic London Dry Gin. This unique gin is made from Fife’s sea buckthorn berries, also known as a super food that grows within walking distance of the St Andrews Distillery. Eden Mills flavourings are different from most with a tart berry flavour combined with citrus elements. Garnished with: Citrus Fruits.

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IVY ROUGE’S FASHION MUST HAVES

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Beachwear Instagram: @ivy.rouge Twitter: @ivyyrouge

August already? Seriously where does the time go? As you get older the year’s go quicker and feel shorter. I can’t believe we are in month eight of 2017.

August in my eyes is the holiday month. It’s when the kids break up from school and offices (Some! Not mine) shut over the Summer and the holidays begin; those memorable family holidays that every woman craves and looks forward to every single year, without fail. Unfortunately for me, I won’t be indulging in a summer holiday this year but that doesn’t stop me looking at the trends in this final summer phase and shopping the top looks.

My mother is going away this year for the first time in many years and she has purchased about 10 of every holiday essential and that is not an overstatement.

As tradition, I have dedicated the month of August to beachwear with those super sexy, printed swimsuits that is every woman’s essential garment for their jollies.

So, if you have left your holiday shop until the last minute or you are looking for the best buys and bargains this month you have come to the right place.

Here are a few of my faves this year!

This gorgeous set is one of my top picks this year! From Victoria’s Secret, the plunge halter neck is so comfortable and easy to wear. It’s not irritable in the heat and will be ideal for those wanting to sunbathe topless. The set is only £67.99. I think you are onto a winner! It’s the perfect summer bikini. The good thing about this is you can mix and match, switch it up a little and swap the top and bottoms with another set. This is also a good way to get away with only taking 2 swim sets on your holidays, as you can mix tops and bottoms and it won’t look as if you’ve been wearing the same set all week. Available at Victoriassecret.com and selected stores. See store finder on website to find your local branch.

I love this TU clothing (only at Sainsbury’s) bikini top and bottoms. Brought individually, but can be paired with other mix and match styles. The colour is divine, the pattern is divine and the style and shape are divine! Perfect and affordable for your get away this year! Top: ONLY £7 - Bottoms: ONLY £7 Available at tu clothing sainsburys.co.uk or selected Sainsbury’s clothing stores.

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This all in one swim set from Debenhams has a gorgeous print and beautiful back detail. It is perfect for the beach and this year’s holiday season. It’s also very versatile as you can wear this to lunch by just pulling on a pair of shorts. Ideal and quick, saving time and hassle during your relaxing break. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Multicoloured tropical print front zip tummy control swimsuit Now £29.40 - Was £42.00 Available at Debenhams.com and selected stores.


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03 Almasanta Bikini £270.00 www.almasanta.co.uk

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04 Teva Universal Sandals £35.00 www.teva.co.uk 05 Lipault Weekled Bag £79.00 www.lipault.co.uk

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06 Ted Baker Ellysia Big Button Bracelet £29.00 www.jewellery4.co.uk 07 Almasanta Glasses £153.00 www.almasanta.co.uk 08 Ted Baker Emmalyan Big Button Necklace £39.00 www.jewellery4.co.uk

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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

Take on the heat this Augustwit h water pr o of make up. . When you hit the beach, shed a tear for a wedding or simply have watery eyes, it’s essential that your beauty products can withstand water. The best waterproof makeup products have breathable textures and high-octane colour that’s designed to withstand the sea, sweat and humidity, preventing your make up from melting, sliding or fading. Below, i’ve listed my favourites that haven't failed me.

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Blinc Mascara

Clinically tested to be non irritating and ideal for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Blinc mascara forms tubes around each individual lash and cannot run, smudge, clump or flake, even if you cry and rub your eyes!

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Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow Stick

This is a must have for the wedding season and any occasion that may trigger a few teardrops, including the dreaded hey fever. Bobbi has got it perfectly formed with gorgeous colours, unique pigments and a fantastic shimmer finish that’s 100% waterproof and lasts upto 8 hours without falter.

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Too Faced

The award winning texture locks down eye shadows and intensifies colour to ensure it’s crease-proof, fade proof waterproof for upto 24 hours. The featherweight feel formula glides effortlessly onto lids to create a smooth, even canvas for seamless shadow and stay-put look every time.

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Smashbox Liquid Liner Pen

This is the best eyeliner i've tried to date, not only does the tip make it incredibly easy to apply, it also somehow survived a dip in the sea and a tear shed watching my friend get married!

Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation

This waterproof oil free foundation glides on the skin leaving it feeling and looking flawless for 24 hours. Doubled up as a concealer this is a great product to free up some space to take away with you.

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Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint - Joy 10ml

A natural liquid stain for a long lasting cherry red colour with a rosehip extract and organic beetroot pigments to brighten your skin. A little joy goes a long way. Use sparingly for a softer colour or apply freely for a strong intense red if desired. Roll-on, easy to use and waterproof.

T: 07733 237 767

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For on trend summer styling, Mexican Fiesta is at the heart of the fashion world, with bold brights and flamboyant prints.

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06 Almasanta Sandals £103.00 www.teva.co.uk 07 Almasanta Dress £103.00 www.almasanta.co.uk 08 American Tourister Soundbox £125.00 www.americantoruister.co.uk

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The world of fitness is evolving by the minute with hundreds of new trends taking over our gyms, studios and fitness groups across the UK. There’s something for everyone to enjoy with more variety than ever before, plus these fitness trends will be sure to make you feel the burn this summer.

Water Workouts

Virtual Boxing

Water workouts have become increasingly popular this summer and I don’t mean workouts that use brightly coloured floats. We are talking high intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT, which (excuse the pun) has hit gyms across the UK. This offers a tougher workout, all of which can be enjoyed within the swimming pool. So, out with the aqua aerobics, Virgin Active Gyms now offer a session called Hydro, a water based workout, consisting of sprint sessions, resistance activities and endurance exercises. www.virginactive.co.uk/classes/hydro

The zeitgeist workout of 2016 was Boxing, however for 2017 the competition is stricter and boxing has officially gone digital. The Boxx Method is an online workout programme and is known to be the world’s first virtual boxing experience. The workout comprises of 30 minute choreographed sequences, which can be performed from the comfort of your own home. This is the ultimate workout for unleashing your inner fight and is a great way to let off some steam. The sequences alternate between high intensity intervals and end with a knockout round as the finale. Each class burns 600 calories, improving speed and coordination, and what’s even better is that you will continue to burn calories 12 hours after the workout has been completed. www.theboxxmethod.com

Fitness Tech Gone are the days of a simple pedometer. The world of fitness tech has stepped up a notch with fitness trackers being developed and improved each year. Fitness apps are progressing at an even faster pace, allowing you to workout in the comfort of your own home. Sworkit is one of the most flexible fitness platforms you will come across and the app features a number of fitness sessions that are designed to be fun and diverse, whilst giving great results. There are a number of fitness plans created by Personal Trainers to help users achieve their own goals. There is something for everyone from a 7minute workout to yoga for runners. www.sworkit.com

Mindfulness Exercise Mindfulness has taken over with many of us looking to find peace and tranquillity within our busy lifestyles, whilst reducing stress. Regular high quality yoga practice improves physical performance, increasing core strength, flexibility and body control. Restorative yoga is the focus for 2017 with many styles including, ‘Yoga Nidra’ or a yogic sleep, a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, also identified as deep relaxation and meditation. Another form of restorative yoga is ‘Qigong’, a traditional Chinese movement and practice.

Parkour & Free Running Parkour is a sport that was originally termed Art du Deplacement, which can also be referred to as free running, founded in France during the 1980s by a group of nine young men. Parkour is a competitive physical discipline that involves moving freely over various terrains using only the abilities of the body through movements, such as, running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. This sport encourages selfimprovement on all levels, including strength, fitness, balance, spatial awareness, coordination, precision and control, plus having a creative vision. Parkour is not only a sport that you can enjoy but it is part of a wide community too. For more information on a Parkour community near you visit www.parkour.uk

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A real insight into the world of

an angel without wings Eileen Fegan, Founder and Clinical Director of the Solihull Health Check Clinic, teaches us the importance of flexibility, as we follow her clinical career from the very beginning to now, its setbacks, and how she has adapted within this ever changing profession. Throughout her recent transition from nursing clinically within the NHS, to starting a Nurse Led Clinic, Eileen Fegan has learned a lot about herself. “I’ve learnt that if you think your instincts are right, go with them. If I can practice compassion, kindness, tolerance and patience every day, I will go to bed happy ”, she says. Indeed, the Solihull Health Check Clinic, which Eileen and her husband Patrick now own and run, was conceived during a time of uncertainty and loss – a time when following one’s was difficult. “ The Clinic came out of tragedy”, Eileen explains. More specifically, her decision to leave the NHS at the untimely and tragic death of her Father, Patrick. Then a diagnosis of her own; an optic nerve tumor. However, even with all this tragedy and uncertainty, Eileen followed her own internal compass, and has found a new, contented equilibrium. “Looking back, in hindsight, I was a real mover. I went for any promotion or any opportunity for learning”. Eileen explains her long climb through both the public and the private sectors. “When I qualified in 1994 there weren’t any jobs in the NHS, so I secured a staff nurse role in brain and spinal surgery and oncology at the private Priory Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham”, she says. “During my time at the Priory, I studied for and graduated with a BSc(Hons) degree, in Triple Science and won the Foundation of Nursing Studies Mallabar Award, for my thesis, which looked at research into the Care of Stroke Survivors. With the financial prize, I funded my teacher training studies and graduated as a Further Adult Education Teacher in 1999. I then secured a Sisters post at a local NHS hospital, where I supported the development of local Stroke Services and dedicated Stroke Care.” And, after getting her postgraduate diploma in Public Health, she went onto specialize in Intensive Care, being awarded her ITU certificate from

Wolverhampton University. After a successful career in High Intensity Nursing, Eileen went onto become Head of Health Care at Winson Green Prison, before finally being offered her dream job, as Head of Stroke Services and Clinical Lead for Birmingham East and North PCT for about 10 years. She also studied for and obtained her MhSc in Health Care Management from Worcester University. On the rewards of working with Stroke patients, Eileen muses, “The outcomes can be so radical and life changing. If you can get your hands on a stroke patient very quickly, you can determine the rest of their life”. However, spending almost 10 years as Lead Clinician for Stroke Services within the NHS, Eileen found herself out of a job, following the Coalition Governments decision to make 75% of Senior nurses redundant. “Five years ago, I was made redundant from the NHS and after 22 years as a nurse, realised that life was about to change”. Around this same time, a personal tragedy also rocked her


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world, which eventually led to her Clinic’s inception. “My dad’s GP missed a urine infection. As a result, my Father didn’t start antibiotics on time and passed away from Urosepis, a week later”. Eileen goes on to explain that, “It wasn’t long after that, I was diagnosed with an optic tumor. I started treatment the following day and underwent 8 months of appointments and laser treatment, to reduce the lump. After I was given the all clear, That’s when I had the brainwave to start an Early Screening Clinic, as Prevention is better than Cure”. Trusting her own idea, Eileen and Patrick decided to start the Solihull Clinic in order to prevent what happened to her Father from happening again to anyone else, and to promote more early action diagnosis, which made such a difference to her own health. “You don’t hear people talking about their health before they get sick. You wouldn’t leave your car with bare tyres. Don’t do that to yourself”, she says. Eileen and the team at Solihull Health Check Clinic, enjoy the peace of mind they are able to offer their clients. “We meet people who are really scared when they come in, but they are usually soothed when they leave. That’s really rewarding”. As a result, the Clinic have been awarded the ‘Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Future Face of Business Award’, as well as winning the Solihull Chamber of Commerce ‘Customer Care Award’ two years in a row. In 2016, Eileen was awarded the West Midlands Woman of the Year for her “Outstanding Contribution to Health and Well-Being”. However, even though she is part of a team who manage the Clinic, Eileen still works in the NHS and identifies as a nurse. “I am still clinical,” she explains. I work on the weekends at a head injury unit. And, I absolutely love that. I adore getting my hands on the patients again. I like going back to the NHS because it keeps me grounded.” However, Eileen notes, she is not doing for the awards; she’s doing it because nursing is a part of her. “Nursing is a true vocation, it’s not just a job. Working all the nights, the weekends, the unsociable hours and the well-publicised lack of financial reward, is not for everyone. If it's not in your blood and in your bones, you shouldn’t bother.”

Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic RGN, BSc(Hons), CertEd, PGCert, CertITU, MhSc, ILM Solihull Health Check Clinic, The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane, Dickens Heath, B90 1FF

0121 745 7400

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Hand Clinic

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 Practice Base Address: Solihull Parkway Hospital Catchment area: Solihull, Central Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Warwick and Worcester

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Have you a hand, wrist or elbow problem? Have you been recommended hand surgery? The Midland Hand Clinic can offer wide awake minor hand surgery on the same day as consult. Ask about our competitive self funding prices.

Interesting facts 1. Most hand conditions can be treated with splints, hand therapy and rest. We are happy to advise. 2. Injections with steroid can offer rapid pain relief and functional return. We do these in clinic. 3. Carpal tunnel surgery, trigger finger release, Dupuytren’s disease and ganglions are the most common minor procedures we do.

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. www.midlandhandclinic.com


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By Gemma Harris

We’re going on a bear hunt, we’re going to catch a big one! Following the success of The Big Hoot, in 2015, other animals are now leaving pawprints across Birmingham for this year’s public art trail. However, in 2017 it is the growl of bears rather than the hoot of owls, which can be heard as Wild in Art and Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity (BCHC) have teamed up to bring you The Big Sleuth. The sun bear, the world’s smallest bear species, is the inspiration behind the trail whilst the term sleuth is the collective noun for group of bears. You may have encountered some of the furry friends already, but with a trail that stretches an estimated 70 miles, across Birmingham where there are 100 bears to be discovered. Harriet Hopkins, The Big Sleuth PR Manager for BCHC, said: “The Big Sleuth is a mass participation public art project; trails like this get art out of the gallery and into the public domain – bringing the talent and creativity of artists, businesses, schools and community groups onto the streets, into parks and open-spaces across the region and have a positive effect on society. “They unite the city, inspire civic pride and encourage people to become tourists to discover the area’s cultural gems, green spaces and leisure attractions, often uncovering areas they may never have explored previously.” In Solihull, you can see: ‘I Just Wanna Be Your Teddy Bear’, located in Library Square, this bear is a tribute to Elvis designed by Janet Fishwick.

‘The Sun Bear-Neath the Sea’, also in Mell Square, was designed by Emma Channell. The trail began on July 10th and will be here until Sunday September 17th. In October, the bears will be auctioned to raise funds for the BCHC. The Big Hoot attracted approximately 800,000 visitors, 26% of whom were outside the West Midlands, and raised over £500,000. This year’s trail hopes to increase visitor numbers to 1 million. Harriet added: “The money raised from The Big Sleuth will provide vital funds needed to make a real difference to all the children treated at our hospital. “It may fund new research, a newly refurbished playroom or ward, a state-of-the-art piece of equipment or be as simple as providing a toy at Christmas. “The Big Sleuth will boost health and wellbeing by motivating Birmingham to get active. This year we want to encourage even more residents and tourists to walk, jog, run or cycle the trail of bears to keep them healthy. “It will also drive family time, encouraging generations of families to take part in the trail together. “We also hope The Big Sleuth will raise awareness of BCHC and encourage people to consider donating, download the app or take part in our fundraising challenges and activities.” You can download The Big Sleuth app for £1.99 from the App Store or Google Play. Visitors are also being encouraged to share their photos on social media using #TheBigSleuth. For more information visit www.thebigsleuth.co.uk

‘Grandpa Bear’ designed by Caroline Greyling. ‘Build a Bear’ designed by Antonio Roberts. ‘Flower Bear’, situated in Mell Square, was designed by Sarah Jane Richards.

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Set to welcome its first guests in June 2017, Dhigali, the newest island resort from Universal Resorts matches contemporary luxury with the pure natural beauty of the Maldives. Located in the Raa Atoll, Dhigali brings modern minimalist design to this wonderfully remote part of the Maldives. The resort is just a 45-minute journey by seaplane from Malé Airport; domestic flights from Ifuru/Dharavandhoo Airport, are also available and including transfer by speedboat, takes just 70 minutes. Surrounded by a pristine coral reef and crystal clear lagoon, this 5 star sanctuary invites guests to cast away in unspoilt luxury and rich Maldivain culture. A large island of 45.7 Acres, the resort’s 8 room categories are all spacious hideaways featuring contemporary décor and natural textures. The island itself is corralled by 20 Beach Bungalows and 33 Deluxe Beach Bungalows to the south, and 63 Beach Villas, which line the north and south western beaches. Nestled under a canopy of palms these beach front sanctuaries provide luxurious intimacy, effortlessly marrying the interior and exterior. At 115sqm the Beach Villa’s spacious room layout can sleep 2 adults and 2 children, making it the perfect choice for families. Deluxe Beach Bungalows are slightly larger and include open air bathrooms. Outside, spend your days relaxing in the private deck’s day-bed or opt for the Beach Villa with Pool, which includes a private plunge pool overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. Dhigali’s overwater bungalows dot the island’s azure perimeter. Extending from the south eastern side of the island is a jetty hosting 24 Water Villas, each one rising out of the lagoon on stilts. These villas offer unfettered views over the stunning Indian Ocean, and Dhigali’s house reef, from floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the expansive bedroom, or via the over-water deck leading down to the crystal clear waters below. Similarly, from the south-east of the island snakes a further jetty housing 16 larger Lagoon Villas with pools. For those looking for the pinnacle in luxury escapes, Dhigali offers 2 Suite categories, 3 Beach Suites with a Pool and the exclusive Dhigali Suite, each representing unparalleled splendour. All have private expansive pools, and at 400sqm the Dhigali Suite is the ultimate sanctuary, with its own courtyard, open-air bathroom and sprawling infinity pool. All of the resort’s accommodation comes equipped with an array of modern amenities as standard.

largest seasonal groupings of manta rays, a variety of stunning corals and huge schools of tropical marine life, as well as the opportunity to spot Whale Sharks, arguably one of nature’s most magical experiences. Dhigali’s innovative and authentic cuisine explores the spices of Asia, the classic tastes of Europe and traditional Maldivian flavours in its 5 restaurants whilst their 2 bars, Haali and East are perfect settings to enjoy a cocktail. There will be a particular focus on fresh Asian dishes, including the specialist Asian restaurant, Battuta. Guests can choose to stay on bed and breakfast, half board, or full board. Alternatively, indulge in luxury- Dhigali style- by going allinclusive, which includes access to all à la carte restaurants on the island, and an enticing array of indulgent refreshments. Hidden amongst the island’s idyllic tropical gardens, the Dhigali Spa is a lush sanctuary with 12 treatment rooms, making it one of the largest in the Maldives. Featuring an outdoor plunge pool surrounded by lush natural greenery, the spa offers indigenous therapies and healing traditions. For those looking for more adventure, Dhigali offers a comprehensive and diverse programme of activities, including PADI courses for divers of all ability, water-sports, snorkeling, a fully-equipped fitness centre, as well as a variety of excursions and extraordinary experiences. The expansive Children’s Club includes complimentary outdoor and indoor programmes for children aged 3-12. This remote coral cay promises unforgettable moments, exquisite romance and true Maldivian beauty. Lose yourself in this luxury hideaway with a difference.

The natural beauty of the island is the heart and soul of this unique resort experience. Guests can unwind on superb golden beaches, including Dhigali’s private sandbank, during season extending up to 250m from the island or explore the island’s house reef, teeming with marine life. Small caves are located on the south western part of the reef where lion fish, eagle rays, turtles and manta rays can be found. Dhigali offers access to Hanifaru Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where divers and snorkelers can discover the

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CHARLIZE THERON A WOMAN CAN DO ANYTHING Charlize Theron kicks ass to a 1980s soundtrack in brand new spy thriller ‘Atomic Blonde’… YOU KICK ASS IN THIS CHARLIZE, HAVE YOU EVER ACTUALLY HAD A PHYSICAL FIGHT IN YOUR LIFE? Yeah. [laughs] I had one fight, I can’t even call it a fight. It wasn’t a fight. I very clumsily when I was young got into an altercation with a girl at a bar and before I knew it I threw a punch. And it was not like Lorraine at all. In my head I thought it was that. And then I was shaking and I remember just kind of going, ‘Did I just do that?’ But that was my only kind of young stupid moment where I punched a girl.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE ‘80S TRACK? I had a bit of a princess moment about Depeche Mode. I might have pressured everybody to put Depeche Mode in this movie. To me, it’s a real nostalgia for me, this whole era is very nostalgic for me, it’s when I grew up. But yeah, it was definitely the one thing where I was like, ‘We need a Depeche Mode song.’ [laughs]

THIS FILM CHANGES THE RULES IN HOLLYWOOD OF WHAT WOMEN CAN AND CAN’T DO. HOW DO YOU FEEL ABOUT THAT AS A PRODUCER AND AN ACTRESS? That’s a great question and I thank you for asking that because I don’t think a lot of people realise that women in the industry don’t get to play by the same rules but also when we make movies, we don’t get to play by the same rules. And I think a huge part of the development of this script was the experiment of seeing what it would be like to take a woman and to put her in a world that belonged to men for so long and to have her play by the same rules that they get to play by. And so it eliminated all this kind of manufacturing of emotion, this kind of like manipulation of emotion when we have women in these roles we almost have to justify why they are behaving this way. So they either have to be on a revenge story or their husband died and now they’re revenging that or their kids or we have to let the audience know every five minutes that they are a woman so please forgive them for all of this stuff. And with men we don’t do that. With men we celebrate that they are conflicted and that they can kind of live in this world in a way that’s maybe not very pretty but they’re doing their job. And with women we don’t do that. So I really wanted to create a character that was completely unapologetic for what she was doing and who she was just because that was her job. She’s an 32 | Cornfield Magazine

MI6 agent and she’s really good at her job and I didn’t want to know anything about her. I didn’t want to have a massive backstory that’s supposed to make you cry. I didn’t want any of that stuff. I wanted any emotion that you feel for her or empathy that you feel for her to come from the consequences of her world, which is the bruises on her body. And so that was the experiment and I’m very proud of us being able to pull that off and kind of showing that you can make these kind of movies and it’s OK. I think women appreciate it, I think it’s empowering. I think this movie shows women in a light that’s empowering and not kind of cowering to manipulation.

DO YOU THINK A FILM LIKE THIS COULD HAVE BEEN MADE 10 YEARS AGO? Look, I feel like Ripley is one of the greatest characters that ever lived and for me that’s a character that I go back to not just for action but for any good storytelling. I just think that that was a woman that, to me, was inspiring. I watched that movie and she was created in a way that I’d never seen a woman. I wonder sometimes why we get it so right and then we don’t do it for so long or we get it so wrong. And so I’m fascinated in how we can sustain this kind of engine for women where we can create these characters that feel real and it’s not about wanting to be a man, it’s just having women be represented in a way that feels a little bit more honest to who we really are. We are capable but we’re truthfully ourselves. So I think that, to me, is the question. I don’t know how we sustain this. So I talked to a lot of studios and stuff and I’m always kind of picking their brains, you know, how can we get more of these movies made because I know that there is a bunch of other women out there who would shine in roles like this.

DO YOU THINK THE NEXT JAMES BOND COULD BE A WOMAN? Yes I think we can do anything! If it’s not known by now, my religion is that a women can do anything. People are like, ‘Do you think we can have a female president in America?’ I’m like, ‘We are so late to this game.’ The rest of the world has already been there and back so it’s just kind of I think a thought process that needs to change in our world.


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THERE IS A LINE IN THE FILM, ‘EVERYTHING YOU WANT IS BEHIND YOUR FEAR’ – WHEN DID YOU DECIDE TO GET BEHIND YOUR FEAR? Oh from a very young age. I come from a country that taught me that nothing is easy. I think that’s one of the privileges that you get from growing up in a country that has any kind of strife. South Africa was filled with political turmoil and suffering from its own identity and I think as a child growing up in that I think that’s my earliest memories of having to kind of rise above that and find my strength on the other side of that. I grew up in a family life that wasn’t that happy, I grew up with an alcoholic and all of these things are small things in your life that teach you that you can either be defined by those things or you can come out on the other side of them. And I think that’s something that anybody can relate to, not just me. I think that that’s a universal thought.

WHAT BROUGHT ON THIS ACTION SURGE IN YOUR CAREER? WITH ‘MAD MAX’ AND ‘FAST & FURIOUS’ ETC? You know I think honestly, I don’t think it’s an action thing. I think that there’s a little nostalgia for me in wanting to do storytelling in the physical, which is what my first career was. I was a ballerina for most of my life and so that was how I was taught to tell stories. And I think I’m still someone in love with that. And I think this is just another way for me to kind of experience that. And I’ve been very lucky to have had brave people like George Miller kind of back me in that thought and I don’t think I could have made this movie the way we did with so little dialogue if I hadn’t experienced ‘Mad Max’ and saw the power in stripping away words and just having somebody telling you who they are through the physical. And that doesn’t mean a big fight scene but just how they carry themselves and how they walk and so I think it’s the old broken dancer in me [laughs] that still wants to live but can’t be a ballerina.

WILL WE SEE LORRAINE AGAIN? IS THERE A SEQUEL? Yeah, we’re very actively talking right now about where we could go with her and Universal is in full support of wanting to do that. They absolutely love this movie and we’ve been so lucky to have them as partners. So yeah, we’d love to do it.

FINALLY, THERE’S BEEN SUCH A GREAT REACTION TO ‘WONDER WOMAN’, WHICH IS ANOTHER FEMALE DRIVEN FILM. WILL THIS HELP THIS FILM AND A RETURN FOR FURIOSA [‘MAD MAX’] AS WELL? Well Furiosa lives and breathes with George Miller and I think everybody respects that and understands that. And until George calls us and tells us where to show

and at what time it’s not going to happen, no matter how much any of us want to do it. And look, Patty Jenkins [‘Wonder Woman’, ‘Monster’], I worked with her 17 years ago and I always knew that she could do anything that she put her mind to. She is a real representation of understanding the conflicts of women and to have that in a filmmaker and having that represent women in film is always going to powerful. And so I’m incredibly supportive of her and what she’s done. And yeah, how can it not right? Let’s play worst case scenario and this film doesn’t do well, it’s still great that that film did what it did and hopefully that will break the glass ceiling, maybe that will be the one that gives more female directors the chance to work with bigger budgets and be trusted. I mean talking about it just feels so old to me, we shouldn’t be talking about this stuff anymore but I’m hoping our little film can hopefully do the same.


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Charlize Theron is a South African-born actress, best known for her roles in such films as North Country and Monster, for which she won an Academy Award.

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Charlize Theron was born in Benoni, Transvaal Province, South Africa, on August 7, 1975. Charlize was named after her late father, Charles Theron.

She attended a local primary school where she has said she did not feel she fitted in. "I wore really nerdy glasses because I was blind as could be and the boys didn't like me," she told People magazine in 2011. "I actually got a lot of the mean girl stuff from the ages of 7 to 12. I was pretty much a mess in primary school", she explained.

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Charlize is a mixture of French and German heritage. She grew up on a farm and she enjoyed being outdoors and being together with nature. Her pet goat Bok "was like my best friend," she said in an interview. She loved dancing and started taking ballet lessons at the age of 4.

She had a huge crush on Tom Hanks growing up after seeing him in the movie Splash. As luck would have it, she later starred in Hanks' directorial debut, ‘That Thing You Do’!

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Her first language is Afrikaans. It is an offshoot of several Dutch dialects spoken by the mainly Dutch settlers of what is now South Africa, where it gradually began to develop independently in the course of the 18th century. In case you were wondering how to pronounce her last name, its "There-on". The correct pronunciation in South Africa is "Thrown." She changed it when she moved to the US because she was told that it sounded more American.

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She says she learnt to speak with the American accent by watching US movies and TV shows and singing along to American songs on the radio.

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She had a traumatic childhood. Her mother shot and killed Charlize's alcoholic, abusive father in 1991 when he attacked both of them. The shooting was ruled to be in self-defense, so Charlize's mother faced no charges.

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That same year, her mother entered her into a modelling competition. She won and received an offer from an Italian scout and she travelled to Milan to begin her modelling career.

She later moved to New York City after being offered a modelling gig. Charlize decided to stay longer and pursue her ballet career by enrolling at the Joffrey Ballet School. Charlize unfortunately suffered a knee injury which quickly ended her dancing days. However, not all is lost. She decides to move to Los Angeles to try acting in 1994.

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Charlize was then discovered by talent manager, John Crosby in 1994, when he spotted her throwing a"little tantrum" in an L.A. bank over the bank teller's refusal to cash her cheque.

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Her first major movie role was in Two Days in the Valley, in which she gets into an epic underwear catfight with Teri Hatcher.

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She auditioned for the lead in Showgirls, the 1995 movie about the rise and fall of a Las Vegas stripper (the role eventually went to Elizabeth Berkley). After the movie bombed at the box office, Charlize said her failure to land the part was a blessing in disguise.

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If you have any local gossip please contact Charlie on: 0121 796 6800 or email charlie@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk

I cannot believe we are in August! Doesn’t time fly? Last month I discussed reflection and how we look back to the beginning of the year to try and focus on what we have achieved so far. Now, is the time for me to focus my attention and motivation on how we can take the plunge into making change happen. August can be a hit and miss month when it comes to the weather, but I can keep my fingers crossed that we will have a few weeks of blazing hot sunshine. Back in June I got engaged, whilst on holiday in the Highlands in Scotland, in which case this month I have been spending a lot of time looking into wedding related inspiration and I have had to stop myself as it can become a minefield of expensive venues, décor, catering and entertainment options, but I must say we are extremely lucky to have an array of beautiful wedding venues, from rustic wedding barns, manor houses and unique one off finds. I have decided to park my thoughts for the meantime with so many other priorities, but I am sure that next year I will be bringing you a selection of unique wedding finds. Apart from this I have been discovering lots of new local places to dine, plus it’s always the time to enjoy a light bite with a glass of pimms outdoors. We are spoilt for choice in the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire for al fresco dining hot spots, with some of which include the Crabmill in Claverdon, The Throckmorton in Coughton and the Queens Head in Bromsgrove. So, why not get out and about to enjoy the last of the summer, especially with the August bank holiday approaching.

Being based in Henley-in-Arden and working as a local writer and Content Editor for the Cornfield Magazine. I have a keen passion for all things lifestyle, food, fitness, fashion and interiors. Each month I will be using this page to bring our readers the latest local news, launches, awards and events all happening within Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham.

Visit Ragley Hall This August Ragley Hall, Park and Gardens is one of the most popular venues for family days out, with a jampacked calendar of events. Children can be entertained for hours with the adventure playground, 3D maze, boating on the lake or woodland walks. This month Ragley Hall will be playing home to some fantastic events including the Battle proms on the 12th August, MITCAR, the Midlands Italian Car Day held on the 20th August and Camper Calling, taking place from the 25th-28th August. For further information on events held at Ragley Hall visit www.ragley.co.uk

I’m Engaged!!! It feels extremely weird to say that yes, I am one lucky girl; I got engaged on my recent holiday in Scotland to my amazing fiancé Richard. The main reason I wanted to give this a mention is because as many of you may be aware Birmingham is a popular choice for those who are looking to find their dream ring. Sapphires have always been my favourite stone and Richard had one of his mums rings redesigned at Bickerton jewellery in Hockley by an expert team of master craftsman and CAD designers. www.bickertonjewellery.com

EF MEDISPA Introduces the 30-minute Hangover Cure You’re dehydrated and the headaches kicked in! Sound familiar? Well, you no longer need to suffer. A miracle cure is coming to Birmingham and it costs just £50. Set to open later this year, EF MEDISPA Edgbaston will bring a selection of unique treatments to the region. MEDISPA, will be arriving at Greenfield Crescent this autumn. For further information visit www.efmedispa.com/birminghamedgbaston


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The summer is of course a time to enjoy the warm weather and the great outdoors, but none of us actually think about the surroundings and environment we live in and how they can have an affect on our health, which is why we wanted to warn readers about the Giant Hogweed, known as Britain’s most dangerous plant, which can be found growing in parks, alongside pathways and on riverbanks to name only a few places. Heracleum Mantegazzianum, or commonly known as Giant hogweed, is sweeping through the UK this summer. The recent warm and humid conditions have created the perfect climate for this plant to grow. Giant Hogweed was brought over to the UK in the 19th century from Afghanistan and Iraq as an ornamental plant. The Giant Hogweed has a stout, bright green stem that is frequently spotted with dark red and hollow red-spotted flat stalks that produce sturdy bristles. These stems can grow up to 2 metres tall and the hollow stems vary from 3-8cm in diameter. Each dark red spot on the stem surrounds a hair with large coarse white hairs, which occur at the base of the leaf stalk. The plant has a deeply incised compound with leaves, which can grow up to 1 metre in length. Hogweed is considered a noxious weed that is also phototoxic. The sap of the Giant Hogweed causes Phytophotodermatitis (severe skin inflammation) where the skin turns red and starts itching. In severe cases the skin can blister within 48 hours of contact with the Giant Hogweed. The blisters can form black or purple scars that can last several years, leading to hospitalisation in many cases. Authorities advise that children should be kept away from Giant Hogweed and that protective clothing, including eye protection, should be worn when handling or digging the weed. If skin is exposed, the affected area should be washed thoroughly with soap and water, and the skin should be protected for several days from exposure to the sun. 36 | Cornfield Magazine


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KLR Interiors Providing the Best in Bespoke Kitchen Design Situated in Studley, Warwickshire, KLR Interiors are a well-established family run business that has over 20 years experience in the kitchen and interiors industry. Owners, Kelly and Pete are delighted to welcome you to their Warwickshire based showroom to discover all that is on offer when looking to implement and achieve your ideas in order to create the optimum in kitchen and home renovation. The business has gone from strength to strength in offering a range of diverse services, including the best in exquisite kitchen design, as well as bedroom and bathrooms. Plus, not to forget the finishing touches, including appliances, lighting and flooring from brands such as Bosch, Abode and Amtico to name only a few. KLR Interiors prides themselves on providing high quality ranges that can be tailored to suit any budget. The kitchen is at the heart of your home, which is why this exceptional kitchen specialist caters for both the residential and trade customers, specialising in bespoke and dynamic inframe kitchens, which are handmade and hand painted to perfection. Kitchen Budgets are also catered for with a choice of traditional, contemporary and handleless kitchens. KLR Interiors have all kitchens manufactured locally with all kitchens being built to order. The kitchens are designed by Pete, who

will help to bring your ideas to life, with space and functionality in mind. Kitchens will also be designed to the customer’s lifestyle and personality, whilst also carrying out an efficient and speedy installation, with the utmost care and focus on the attention to detail for a brand new fully functioning kitchen. If you are interested in great home interiors for a reasonable price then look no further and give the team a call on 01527 850 027 or 07388 365 939. Alternatively, for further information on KLR Interiors visit www.klrinteriors.co.uk KLR Interiors 21B Alcester Rd Studley B80 7AG

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Peace of mind With holiday season underway everyone is making last minute preparations for their yearly retreat to the sun, planning days out with the children to keep them entertained, and you sane. Homes are often left unattended for days or even weeks at a time. It’s a sad thought but there are plenty of opportunists around who will not think twice about checking out an obviously empty property.

motion sensing and smart tracking cameras, even the ability to link up to a 24hr monitoring centre who will be alerted by any unexpected visitors. No matter how many cameras are on a property they will not stop intruders, but should the unfortunate happen then the footage could be vital in assisting the police in their investigations. For more information on protecting your home or business please don’t hesitate to contact us and arrange a free consultation.

A few tips to deter would be intruders are fairly straight forward, locked windows, timers on lights, car keys out of plain sight, get a neighbour to call round every few days to pick up the post and check things over. But a more successful deterrent is a professionally installed CCTV system. A competent company will ensure that the most vulnerable areas are covered, High Definition IP cameras are used, ample local storage for weeks of footage and live viewing from smart phones and tablets, so that you can check in on your home whenever you like. There are a multitude of additional options to ensure that your property is secure, including

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Connected Home Systems Integrating Technology into Your Home www.connectedhomesystems.co.uk

Jon Knight is a director at Connected with over 20 years in the Audio Visual and Smart Home industry and are members of Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). If you are looking to incorporate multiple devices into your home or perhaps your existing amount of tech has got out of hand and requires a little stream lining, you may consider services such as ours. You may even be building or renovating; if so it’s the ideal time to speak to us, your local Technology Integrator about the installation of the correct Smart Home infrastructure to ensure a “Future Ready” home.


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£649,950 BEAUTIFULLY PRESENTED EXTENDED DETACHED BUNGALOW SET WITHIN A GENEROUS PLOT BOASTING SPLENDID COUNTRYSIDE VIEWS Immaculately presented and extremely spacious, four bedroomed bungalow set in a private road with rural views, only a few minutes from the centre of Barnt Green village. The centrally heated accommodation includes entrance hallway, dual aspect lounge with feature fireplace and gas fire, second good sized ultra modern lounge/family room with ceiling lantern and door to study, spacious kitchen/diner with hobbies room off and access to large utility room, cloakroom and side access.

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TESTIMONIALS* Estate Agents are quick to sing their own praises, we prefer to let our clients speak for us. Here are a small selection of recently received genuine testimonials Nothing is too much trouble, truly exceptional experience 'Bonus in Order!' We believe your staff perform above & beyond their pay grades (how do you improve on excellence?!) Without question, the whole experience was trouble free. As you can see from our previous comments we have been so pleased with the level of service & commitment to detail given during our sale. Our sincere thanks go out to Romily & Jade as they made our lives so easy during what is a stressful time. Love you Ladies. Mr & Mrs H - Droitwich

All processes carried out quickly & professionally by the Barnt Green Team they impressed us immensely on our purchase. Jane was very knowledgeable & friendly. Selling through Charles Howell was a positive experience. Mr N - Alvechurch

Jade at the Bromsgrove office was approachable and very helpful. Regular contact was great. We would recommend CH because of their staff. Mr & Mrs S - Surrey

The staff were always at hand to answer any questions and constantly made sure we were kept up to date with all proceedings. Couldn't fault them in any way.

Staff were all exceptionally helpful & very good to deal with. They went out of their way to help even when our buyer’s solicitors were slow. Profile, photography & brochure quality influenced us to use Charles Howell Estate agents who we would happily recommend in the future. Mr & Mrs R

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Last month’s winner: Tracy Briggs from Redditch

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You must understand Though the touch of your hand Makes my pulse react That it's only the thrill Of boy meeting girl Opposites attract

1. With which sport was Suzanne Dando associated? 2. What is the smallest breed of dog? 3. Who is film star Warren Beatty`s famous sister? 4. By what name was the British film actor Sir Charles Spencer better known? 5. What is Hypnophobia the fear of? 6. If you were born on New Years day, what would your star sign be? 7. Which trumpet player is said to have invented the word `jazz`? 8. Branches of which tree appear on the UN flag? 9. What commonly used item means `little shade` in Italian? 10. Who had a hit in 1988 with `My Perogative`? Answers on page 57

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Peugeot 3008 SUV 1.2 GT Line It is not unusual to see some big changes between an older and newer generation of the same model, but the all-new Peugeot

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer www.carwriteups.co.uk

3008 SUV looks radically different to the outgoing one. That exiting generation, introduced in 2008, was a frumpy, chubby SUV that did little to inspire buyers. The all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV, though, is a different animal, burying the clumsy image of the last car six-feet under and achieving the European Car of the Year crown. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate SUVs out on the road because most of them drive alike. Many are set up for comfort, and that’s what the all-new 3008 is tuned for. The small steering wheel and light handling gives a feeling of sprightliness, even if that’s not the case, as it’s a tall, heavy car. However; that’s not a complaint, the designers and engineers have done a good job covering the traditional flaws of an SUV’s dynamics. There’s a wholesome medley of engines on offer, as with most Peugeot models: two petrol’s in the shape of a 131PS 1.2-litre unit and a 165PS 1.6-litre turbo. Then there are a couple of turbo diesel engines of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre capacity. What suits you best is largely going to depend on what sort of driving you do. Short urban trips suit the 1.2-litre petrol more, whereas longer journeys will fit the potential 70mpg obtainable from the 1.6-litre diesel. I drove the 1.2 petrol in GT Line spec with 131PS, fitted with a manual gearbox. Behind the wheel, things feel dynamic, and the weighting of the

steering is spot on. The car grips bitumen like a cat’s claws cling to flesh, and mid-range pulling power is good, so you can pick up the pace easily. The sixspeed transmission is slick shifting, and the car delivers a hushed ride. Tyre roar and wind whistle is kept out of the cabin, too. All this just adds to the 3008’s sense of refinement. The Peugeot offers a composed ride with seats that provide the sort of comfort and support required for long distance motoring. Furthermore, the car’s suspension sops up potholes without complaining. Significantly, the all-new 3008 doesn’t tip into bends. Indeed, body roll is very well contained. This surprised me, as smaller SUVs aren’t always the type of vehicle to stay so unflustered on twisty tarmac.

FAST FACTS • Max speed: 117 mph • 0-62 mph: 10.8 secs • Combined mpg: 55.4 • 1199cc 3-cylinder turbo petrol • Max. power (PS): 131 • CO2: 117 g/km • Price: £25,655


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The new 3008 comes in four levels of trim: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. Factory fitted safety kit includes automatic emergency braking and rear parking sensors. The GT Line hasn’t got any extra safety equipment - just sportier looks. But, it has all the safety kit you really need, and as with all 3008s, it has a top five-star Euro NCAP safety score. A car can look great and have all the equipment in the world crammed into it – but it’s no good if it isn’t economical and it doesn’t drive decently. There are no concerns to be had in this area with the 3008 SUV. The 1.2 GT Line’s average fuel consumption of 55.4mpg and 117g/km of CO2 means low running costs, combined with effective performance. 0-62mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds and the Pug’s maximum speed is 117mph. The all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV’s entry price is £21,795, but expect to fork out £25,655 for the petrol-powered GT Line I drove. A basic Nissan Qashqai costs £18,545, and the new SEAT Ateca is priced from £17,990. But, I think the 3008’s extra cost is justified because it feels more upmarket inside than these two rivals. Cabin materials include brushed chrome, large areas of carbon decoration and textiles. They even cover some areas less commonly found in SUVs, such as the dashboard inlay. It’s all very contemporary and attractive. The Peugeot is just as stylish outside, and it drives well, while delivering a comfortable ride for all.

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A Review by Richard Cornfield & Sam Fraser

Ready for the Big Splash

at Spot-On Wake, Wootton Wawen Situated in the idyllic countryside of Warwickshire in Wootton Wawen is none other than the recently launched Spot-On Wake, a custom made wakeboarding park, like no other and Sam and I were the lucky ones to put this ever growing water based sport to the test. It’s fair to say that we were both feeling a little apprehensive leading up to the day, with many different scenarios crossing our mind that we kept asking ourselves, such as ‘how deep would the water be?’ ‘How safe is wakeboarding? ‘, and ’Is it dangerous?’ But we can assure you that if you are looking to unleash your inner thrill seeker then wakeboarding is for you. However, I must say the sport is nothing like what we had both envisioned.

It was difficult to begin with, but once on the water we had 15 minutes of non stop tuition that the instructor, Nancy provided us with, along with tips on how each of us could improve the new skills we were learning. Nancy Creedy has recently achieved 3rd place in the ‘British National Wakeboarding Championships’. It is amazing how 15 minutes felt like an hours’ worth of solid tuition, as they say time flies when you’re having fun.

On arrival we were greeted by an enthusiastic and dedicated team who immediately put our fears to the backs of our minds. The views alone at Spot-On Wake are simply stunning and Spot-On Wake takes place in a relaxed and informal setting with a quaint log cabin onsite, which is where we were greeted on arrival to sign our health and safety waiver forms, whilst reading up on the all- important information. This is where the attention to detail stood out for Sam and I, as first time wakeboarders.

It will certainly leave us needing a few more lessons to feel comfortable with the basics, but we have already recommended Spot-On Wake to our friends and are hoping to go back soon for further tuition, in order to progress to the advanced line where we will be able to learn a range of techniques, and tricks.

Once we had completed the initial briefing, it was on with the wetsuits, safety helmets and boyance aids, leaving us ready to become wakeboarding pros (although we may need a little more practice). The wakeboarding session took place on an impressive lake, which is of bespoke design with its Sesitec System 2.0 cable. There are two main pools offering the ultimate wakeboarding experience that all can enjoy. Once we had been briefed on the dos and don’ts we moved on to learning how to stand on the board correctly. This lasted for 15 minutes on dry land before moving to the water. We were slightly concerned about having our feet strapped to the board, but we were slowly eased into the water before transitioning what we had learnt on the land to the water. We could not fault the tuition, which was second to none and the team were not only friendly, but passionate and keen to help us progress, whilst making everything easy to understand.

Wakeboarding at Spot-On Wake should be on your list of activities to enjoy this summer. This fantastic activity is not only fun, but wakeboarding is also challenging, whilst being an excellent alternative for keeping fit and the sport leaves you with that feel good factor upon completion of your first lesson, especially when surrounded by breath-taking views. If you would like to book you first lesson with Spot-On Wake then why not give the team a call on 01564 330498, or alternatively visit the website for further information – www.spotonwake.co.uk Spot-On Wake Ltd, Wootton Park, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire B95 6HJ Sat Nav - B95 6HH

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Solihull Service Centre

Named UK’s Best Garage Motoserv-UK, a car service centre based in Monkspath Business Park, Solihull, which opened three years ago, has beaten hundreds of automotive service and repair businesses across the UK to the title of ‘Garage of the Year 2017’, as well as picking up the winner’s cheque for £1,000, the trophy was awarded at Automechanika, Europe’s largest automotive aftermarket exhibition, staged at the NEC in Birmingham. The West Midlands workshop, owned by 35-year-old Solihull entrepreneur, Kamran Saleem, was up against 12 other garage finalists, but gained the most public votes in the final battle for the top spot. Motorserv-UK employs 15 staff offering the cheapest MoT across the Midlands. The company recently won the accolade of ‘Business of the year’ for the second time at the 2017 ‘Best of Solihull Awards’. Fed-up with the motor trades reputation for unscrupulous behaviour and shoddy workmanship, Saleem put his entrepreneurial skills to the test by launching customer-focused initiatives such as, ‘no pass, no fee MoT’ and ‘brake pads for life.’ His company’s continual investment in staff training, equipment and customer facilities impressed the judges in both competitions. Commenting on this National achievement, Saleem, who has been a resident of Solihull all his life, said: “We’re thrilled at Motorserv-UK to

be recognised as ‘garage of the year’. We strive to be the best through constant improvement and focus on delivering beyond the expectations of our customers”. Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, who chaired the judging panel, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and the quality of businesses made it difficult for us to narrow down a shortlist, but MotorServ-UK is a well-deserved winner. Their entrepreneurial drive, willingness to invest in new equipment, technologies and first-class customer service”. MOTORSERV-UK, 26 Monkspath Business Park, Highlands Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 4NZ Tel: 0121 405 0821 www.motorservuk.com

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The Big

Kick Off by Alex Dudley

Aston Villa

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Villa's fall from grace has been well documented following their first relegation, but at times last season it looked as if there might be positive things ahead for Villans. Steve Bruce's arrival brought with it a lot of optimism as a man who is renowned for getting sides out of the division. With this, his first full season at the club, he has already made his mark bringing Chelsea legend, John Terry to Villa Park. His experience, composure and undoubted quality will surely make a difference to the leaky Villa defence. The club will be looking to improve on last seasons 13th place finish; the play offs would be a realistic goal come May 2018.

Birmingham City Following last seasons dreadful league campaign, Blues will be looking for a much more stable year. Despite being in seventh position in December, three points off third position, Gary Rowett was dismissed. Following on from that point. Blues got through two further managers before having to rely on veteran manager, Harry Redknapp to get them out of their sticky situation. Two wins in their last three matches ensured that their Championship status was maintained, with the crucial second win coming on the final day. Redknapp will of course bring some much-needed stability to the club and could get the club back challenging for the play-offs.

West Bromwich Albion Another solid Premier League season for the Baggies last campaign, finishing in the top half of the league table. The only dampener for the club would have been their end of season form, which resulted in the loss of points, which could have put them in a stronger league position. Their early FA Cup exit also resulted in fury from the fans who believed they were well set up in the league to have a good cup run. Albion will be looking on improving on last seasons final position but will have to do it without former Captain, Darren Fletcher- who has moved to Stoke City. However, it's not all doom and gloom for the Baggies as they have recently signed highly thought after Southampton striker, Jay Rodriguez. He will undoubtedly offer the side something different in the tight games.

Wolverhampton Wanderers This is believably the happier of the Midlands sides in the second tier last season; finishing 15th having went through four different managers. Following the conclusion of the last season, Paul Lambert left the club, to the surprise of the fans. New Head Coach, Nuno Espirito Santos was brought in and thus far has had a productive transfer window. He will be hoping to leave a good impression on the English game, having only managed abroad previously. The big Wolves news over the summer was the capture of Porto Captain, RubĂŠn Neves for a club record fee and a player that is sure to excite fans all season. Other players brought in include the ever reliable - John Ruddy and Ryan Bennett. All Midlands sides are looking strong and ready for the new season kicking off in mid August. Let the excitement, craziness and passion of the football season begin!


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2017 Number Plates Set For Release In September Many drivers hold off on purchasing a new car when the plates are about to change. They often will wait until the release of the new plates. These plates signify that a car was registered between the start of September and February the following year. We thought it would be a good idea to feature how you can identify the different letters and digits displayed on a number plate, so here are a few things to look out for‌

What to Identify‌ 1. The first two letters you see on the image above represent the local memory tag, showing where the vehicle was registered. 2. The first letters also correspond to the region and the second the DVLA local offices. 3. Next are the two-age identifier numbers, which show the age of the car down to a six-month period - March to August or September to February. The current number plate system was first introduced in 2001. Below are a list of dates and numbers that can help you to identify the age of a car since its introduction:

2001/02: 01/51 2002/03: 02/52 2003/04: 03/53 2004/05: 04/54 2005/06: 05/55

2006/07: 06/56 2007/08: 07/57 2008/09: 08/58 2009/10: 09/59 2010/11: 10/60

2011/12: 11/61 2012/13: 12/62 2013/14: 13/63 2014/15: 14/64 2015/16: 15/65

2016/17: 16/66 2017/18: 17/67 2018/19: 18/68

When will the 2017 plates be released? The brand new 2017 plates first came out in March 2017. It is the age identifier number that changes every 6 months in March and next month in September. The 17 plates are run until the end of August before being replaced by a 67 plate.

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Quiz Answers. 1. Gymnastics

2. Chihuahua

3. Shirley Maclaine

4. Charlie Chaplin

5. Sleep

6. Capricorn

7. Louis Armstrong

8. Olive

9. Umbrella

10. Bobby Brown

Top 5 Reads

This Summer

What defines a really good beach read? A romantic novel? Or a twisted thriller? The truth is that all of these are the perfect choice. Reading a good novel on holiday allows you to top up those tans and relax into your holiday surroundings. Plus, it is also ‘National Book Lovers Day’ on the 9th August, so why not take a look at our top 5 reads for summer 2017. 1. The Answers – A Novel by Catherine Lacey A novel about an oppressed woman, named Mary Parsons, who is caught between an onslaught of medical bills and credit card debt. She has been pushed to the brink and finds herself being hounded by debt collectors, whilst also having bizarre symptoms that the doctors are unable to diagnose. Mary seeks a holistic treatment and needs to source a second job, which turns out to be even stranger than her symptoms with her job title being ‘the ‘Emotional Girlfriend’, which is all part of a ‘Girlfriend Experiment’. A mesmerizing read that leaves you looking for answers.

2. Do Not Become Alarmed – A Novel by Maile Melay A novel of suspense and a thriller that involves Liv and Nora, who both decide to take their husbands and children on a cruise. The ship is an adventure for the children and a relaxing get away for the adults until the ship goes ashore for an adventure in Central America. A series of minor misfortunes and miscalculations leaves both families further away from the safety of the ship and the children disappear. This is a must have this read this summer, one that is impossible to put down. 3. Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King A cat and mouse thriller packed with suspense featuring a retired homicide detective who’s haunted by cases that are left open, with one in particular, the pre-dawn slaughter of 8 people among hundreds gathered in line for the opening of a jobs fair, when the economy was guttering out. A lone driver ploughed through the crowd in a stolen Mercedes and since the incident the detective is taunted by the possible perpetrator. Will the killer strike again?

4. A Curious Career by Lynn Barber Lynn Barber has always suffered from a compelling sense of nosiness. Lynn was an inquisitive child who constantly questioned everyone; she knew about the details of their lives. With her lack of fears she turned out to be the perfect celebrity interviewer. Lynn talks her years as a journalist at Penthouse and the book features a selection of eye opening transcripts making this a great memoir of Britain’s most ferocious interviewer.

5. Frog Music by Emma Donoghue In 1876, a stifling heat wave and small pox epidemic had engulfed the City of San Francisco. Deep in the streets of China Town lived 3 former stars of the Parisian circus. An eccentric outsider joins their circle, secrets unravel and everything changes, leaving one of them dead. Frog music is inspired by true events and is a novel of intrigue and murder; certainly one to read.


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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. Alcester Male Voice Choir Alcester Male Voice Choir - the 80 strong choir are holding their annual open evening on Wednesday 20th September at the Jubilee Centre in St Faiths Road, Alcester, B49 6AG, starting at 7.30pm. The choir extend a warm welcome to Gentlemen who would like to join a choir, to come along and find out what its all about and to meet the music team and existing members and join in for an evening of singing. There are no auditions, and no pressure to join. All the Choir ask is that if you do join you attend the weekly rehearsals on a Wednesday evening and when you feel confident take part in concerts which are usually held once a month. It is fun, you will make new friends and you will have some wonderful experiences. Interested then for further information contact the Choirs Founder and Director of Music Judith Land, BEM, FRSA on 07886 139781 or email her on judithamvc@hotmail.com

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 or visit www.MyYogaMind.co.uk

The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canals Society meets at the Alvechurch Boat Centre (meeting room behind The Weighbridge pub) 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.

Weekly Quiz at the Crown Inn. Monthly Tea Dance. August Dance which will be on Tuesday 29th August , 2pm – 4pm at Parkside Hall, Parkside, Market Street, Bromsgrove B61 8DA. Dancing to Brian’s Super Sounds. Admission £4 (includes coffee, tea and biscuits),everyone welcome ! The event is monthly and will continue to run throughout the year on the last Tuesday of the month.

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Are you looking for help in resolving your wasp nest problem this summer? Then you need look no further as damaging a wasps nest yourself can be a dangerous task, without the professional expertise. There is only one main pest that can make enjoying the warmer weather rather unpleasant, which is why in order to prevent wasps from invading your home or garden during the summer months, it is highly advisable to seek professional help. You should never remove wasps yourself, especially when using a D.I.Y method, such as fire or water, which is not an effective or successful procedure to use for the removal of wasps. That is where we are on hand to help with a professionally trained specialist pest control technician, who is trained to handle and remove the wasps nest safely and efficiently using safety equipment and professional products. The trained technician also has the expert knowledge on wasp behaviours and instincts, plus is also able to work in smaller locations, including attics.

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