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


First off we would like to say a huge hello to all of our new readers! Here at Cornfield we have all been super excited to introduce our brand new magazine to Barnt Green, Alvechurch and the surrounding areas for some time! Our Solihull magazine is well established with local readers and businesses and has gone from strength to strength, in which case we came to the decision to launch a brand new magazine in your area.


We have been super busy this month and we have some fresh new reads that we hope you will all enjoy for July, including a very useful parents survival guide into coping with the 6 weeks holidays and we raise awareness of the positives vs. negatives of soaking up the sun this summer, whilst highlighting our top picture perfect picnic spots.

Contact Us Tel: 0121 796 6800 Email: Web:


Richard Cornfield - Managing Director

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Cornfield Publishing Ltd, Wythall Business Centre, May Lane, Birmingham B47 5PD

Adelle Toomer - Sales Executive 07914 820 627



Overall, it has been a fantastic month and we would love to here from our readers and appreciate all of the feedback we receive, so please do get in touch to let us know your thoughts on our brand new magazine. We look forward to hearing from you! Enjoy!

Richard & Sam



Of course, we have spent some time exploring our new areas Barnt Green and Alvechurch. We also attended the Collectomania 24 at the NEC, where we met Frank Bruno. We then had a fantastic day out with the kids exploring Kenilworth Castle and the Butterfly Farm in Stratford-uponAvon. We also had the chance to go and see comedian Rich Hall live at The Palace Theatre in Redditch.

Until next month folks....


Sam Fraser - Managing Director

Andy Wilman - Sales Executive 07951 460 711

Charlie O'Neill - Content Editor

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All About

Cornfield Publishing Here at Cornfield Publishing, we wanted to give you a further insight into who we are and what we do, whilst introducing our brand new local lifestyle magazine to an area near you with magazines being distributed to the areas of Barnt Green, Alvechurch, Bromsgrove and Redditch. Our monthly publication, the Cornfield Magazine brings all things local and lifestyle to our readers. We support our local trades and businesses by delivering the perfect platform to promote their business, whilst producing vibrant content and quality coverage, all combined with a striking design. The Cornfield Magazine was first launched 4 years ago by Directors, Richard Cornfield and Sam Fraser who had an ambition to produce a fun, fresh magazine, in which would attract an array of readers. The magazine has achieved just this and the publications have grown and developed into what it is today with a consistent passion, as well as a friendly, driven and professional team. The magazine is aimed at a wide audience, which is eclectic, fresh and diverse. Our South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire magazine is a well-established and trusted lifestyle magazine that is read by young professionals through to the retired household, the demographic that holds the nations wealth. Each month we produce content that covers local events, attractions and locations. We also have our dedicated contributors, bringing the latest in beauty trends from make-up artist Amy Hickey, fashion must haves and style tips from Ivy Rouge, health, wellbeing and medical advice from Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic, plus, a local news column with myself, Charlie O’Neill. Readers can also enjoy entering our monthly competitions where they will be in with the chance of winning a selection of fantastic prizes.

Having a dedicated team of distributors is key to the magazines success, in which we deliver directly to homes and businesses alike, whilst all deliveries are tracked by a unique GPS tracking system to ensure our readers and advertisers will receive the magazine, delivered on a monthly basis. Keeping an online presence is crucial to us and we enjoy sharing local news, events and business openings online via Cornfield News. We also have celebrity interviews, as well as products, hotels, spas and restaurant reviews. All of our online content is shared via our social media sites, including, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and businesses can also have the opportunity to advertise online via our website, making this an excellent tool for our readers and website visitors. It’s an extremely exciting new venture for us and we are proud to introduce the brand new magazine to Barnt Green, Alvechurch and the surrounding areas. We hope you enjoy reading our brand new monthly publication. We always appreciate our reader’s feedback; so feel free to send your comments on the new magazine through to,

Richard Cornfield Managing Director

Sam Fraser Managing Director

If you would like to book a spot in this great new lifestyle publication, please call one of our sales tem on: 0121 796 6800

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Barnt Green Alvechurch We felt that it was only right to introduce our brand new areas to the Cornfield magazine, which include the beautiful Barnt Green and Alvechurch. We delve into the history of these two picturesque and idyllic locations, and wanted to let all our readers know exactly why they should visit these fantastic areas that surround us in Worcestershire.

Spotlight on Barnt Green Barnt Green is a quaint and scenic village that is steeped in history and this sought after area originates from the development of the railway making a great location to live for those commuting to Birmingham for work. The earliest establishment of the villages was the ‘Victoria Public House’, originally built as a temperance hotel and coffee house at the start of the start of the 20th century. The village was developed mainly in the 20th century with the main development being carried out between the World Wars and housing developments between 1940 and 1970. In 1985 Barnt Green was surrounded by farmland with no industry nearby. The village is not too different today; the only real change was the construction of the M42. The landscape is dominated by lush green fields and rolling hills with farmland used for grazing and land used to grow crops, such as wheat, oats, barley and potatoes. Barnt green is also on the cross-city train line from Redditch to Lichfield, making this a great commuters line into the City. The Barnt Green Inn (Barnt Green House) Situated in the heart of Barnt Green is the oldest recorded house in Barnt Green, The Barnt Green House, known today as The Barnt Green Inn. This Grade II listed house was built in 1651 and was once a residence to the local nobles, the Earls of Plymouth and Queen Victoria is said to have stayed in this building overnight. The Barnt Green House was however refurbished in a Tudor style during the 19th Century. Today the house still remains, but is now a well-known wine bar and gastro pub, which brings many visitors to the area. The Inn has kept its rustic charm combined with modern flair and this impressive structure is the perfect place to dine this summer with its outdoor space perfect for al fresco dining. Out and About in Barnt Green Even though the village of Barnt Green is still fairly small, there is plenty to do in and around the local area and surrounding villages. Barnt Green has all the local amenities for shopping, as well as a local sports club, cricket club, quacker and Baptist and Church of England Churches. There are also a selection of local activities,

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including Barnt Green Sailing Club, and the nearby Avoncroft Museum. Birmingham’s vibrant City Centre is only a 30-minute drive away and Cadbury World, the Sea Life Centre and the Barber Institute of Fine Arts is on the doorstep.

Spotlight on Alvechurch Alvechurch is a large village and civil parish of the Bromsgrove district in Worcestershire. This village lies in the valley of the River Arrow and is close by to Redditch. The word Alvechurch also stands for "Ælfgyth's Church”, which was founded by Ælfgyth himself in the 8th Century. King Offa of Mercia gave land forming the Parish to the Bishops of Worcestershire in 780. The Parish was mentioned in the Doomsday book as ‘Alvievelcherch’ and had a very small population of fewer than 20 people. In the 13th century the Bishop of Worcester built a Palace in the village and a weekly market and annual fair were soon established. The Palace was pulled down in the 17th century and the only remains included part of the moat that once surrounded the Palace and a Yew tree, which stood within the grounds. From the 19th Century to the mid 20th century there was a brick factory in the hamlet of Withybel at the edge of Alvechurch, amongst other local industries. The village has a number of half Medieval halftimbered buildings, as well as a mixture of Georgian, Edwardian and Victorian homes. Alvechurch is also known for its local football team in the village, Alvechurch FC, founded in 1929, and this is not the only sport popular in Alvechurch, as they also have a local cricket team. Out and About in Alvechurch It is not hard to see the attraction with the village of Alvechurch, with its excellent community and country feel. There are a number of great local pubs, including The Red Lion, as well as local shops and good schools. If your visiting the area there is the opportunity to hire a boat on the Scarfield Wharf, plus you can relax in the Meadows playing fields, during the summer months.

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The summer holidays is a minefield of stress and pressure when trying to ensure that our children have the most amazing time of their life, or a holiday full of experiences, so that they can share them with friends, when they return to school in September. Take a read of some of the essential key survival tips that will help you through the six weeks holiday. WORK & CHILDCARE It’s great to spend time at home with the children if you are a stay at home mum or dad. But, for those who have to spend the six weeks holiday at work, childcare can be an extremely difficult situation to deal with, especially during the 6 week holidays and the summer holidays is a rare opportunity for family to spend time together. Survival Tip There are many play schemes available and often they are activity based, which can be so much fun for children of all ages, especially during the holiday period, some schemes are often known as summer camps. A great resource to use in order to find out about the local schemes available near you is This website gives you a number of schemes, which can be found locally and your child can enjoy a number of activities from outdoor

adventure, sports coaching, creative arts, horse-riding, performing arts, watersports and much more.

BOREDOM STRIKES… KEEPING THE KIDS ENTERTAINED There is nothing worse than when boredom strikes your child. Gone are the days when the simplest of things, such as a pile of wood or a simple cardboard box would keep your child entertained. There is so much more available for kids to enjoy, it’s just a matter of knowing how to control your child’s boredom, especially when you have so much to catch up with, including those despised house hold chores, which have to go to the back of the queue. Survival Tip You can often solve the boredom by enjoying some quality time with your child in making crafts, baking and decorating cupcakes, or a traditional game of hide and seek. Plus, you will enjoy it too.

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But, there is always the time when you really do need to complete that all-important chore or task and you will require an alternative solution to prevent boredom. There are some really fantastic creations that seem to do the trick, such as loom bands, which are easy to purchase, with kits being available in stores such as Hobbycraft and The Works. Children love a spot of adventure and enjoy the great outdoors. So, why not take them on a mini adventure hike to the local woodlands or park. You can even set up a wildlife treasure hunt for your child to discover and explore all of the nature that is surrounding us.

“MUM, DAD, I’M HUNGRY!” FOOD, FOOD & MORE FOOD You will just have fed them breakfast or lunch and they will still be hungry. You then begin to question, “WHERE on earth do they put it all?” Or “WHY don’t they put on any weight?” The kitchen becomes like an open buffet? The fridge begins to empty? You’ve only just done the weekly food shop and there is nothing left in the cupboards? Does this sound familiar? No need to panic, you are not alone. All of a sudden the £2 a day that you spend on your child’s hot school lunch, which includes pudding and fruit, suddenly, doesn’t appear all that bad. Especially when you compare it to what you spend during the 6-week holidays.

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Survival Tip The best thing to do when it comes to food is to continue keeping lunch’s interesting and intriguing. Getting your children to help prepare lunch is also a great way of keeping them entertained. A packed lunch can become quite boring for children and it’s understandable that they no longer enjoy a simple ham sandwich. They are more open to experimenting with different foods and want to try new things. Making home cooked pizza is a fantastic idea and your child can choose their pizza toppings, whilst getting as creative as they wish.

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“ARE WE THERE YET?” THE DREADED CAR JOURNEY Children can really test your patience and travelling with the children in a car can be a huge ordeal. If going on a holiday or if you are out travelling for the day, a child will always ask the question, “Are we there yet?” which is often followed by a temper tantrum. Survival Tip There are actually many ways to keep a child entertained during a long car journey and I-Spy is only fun for 5 minutes before the boredom sets in. The alternative to playing games would be to invest in an in car DVD player or Nintendo DS, as well as an in car charger. Alternatively, a great game to play for a long car journey or when stuck in traffic is ‘Yellow car’. This is a great way to kill time and target the issue.

Summer Holidays at the British Motor Museum 22 July - 3 September Discover our new British Motoring Treasures Exhibition and enjoy a treasure trove of summer family activities. Enjoy family tours and trails, get creative with our themed craft activities and come and meet our costumed explainers. Whether you're learning to drive a pedal car or had your license for years, come and tell us about your first car with our 'My First Car' project. Tell us what it looks like, how it drives, create a drawing or compose a few words. Tuesdays to Saturdays throughout the holidays you can come and make your own motoring treasure out of all sorts of bits and bobs in our family craft workshops! There are family tours with costumed guides, outdoor space for picnics and a play area to enjoy. For more information visit or call 01926 641188.

“MUM, DAD, I’M NOT A CHILD YOU KNOW!” ENTERTAINING TEENAGERS Entertaining a teenager can be just as difficult as entertaining a child. A young teenager begins to become more independent. Teens can be difficult to deal with and knowing how much independence to give them is tricky. A teenagers likes and dislikes change drastically and they begin to think that they are mini adults and want to experience more of adult life. Survival Tip Discovering what your child likes can be a difficult task, however getting involved in their new interests can mean you can both experience a new found fun activity that can be enjoyed by both parents and children alike. See below a list of a few great ideas of how you can enjoy the holidays with your teenager, from having a movie night with friends to learning a new skill with many colleges and specialist groups holding special courses during the holiday period. Invite friends over for a sleepover Movie & Popcorn Evening Bowling

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Bike Riding Learning a new skill – trampolining, rock-climbing, bouldering, textile & design, photography and music courses Most girls start to discover beauty and fashion, which is why we recommend a girls day out shopping or a pamper day. Lush cosmetics are a perfect example of providing something a little different for the ages of 8 to teenage years. Teenagers can visit a local Lush cosmetics shop and create their very own bath bombs, which can be used on a pamper evening. For boys, they may enjoy a young drivers experience, for under 17’s. Children will have the chance to prepare and learn the basics that a new driver will need to know before they are able to drive.

“CAN WE GO?”… OR “CAN WE HAVE?” MONEY, MONEY, MONEY Even the most basic of days out will leave you spending over £10, easily. However, a day out to the theme park, zoo, or an attraction can cost a small fortune when it comes to organising a family day out. There are many days out that can be enjoyed for free or that are less costly, including visiting a museum, a picnic with kite flying, fruit picking, visiting the beach for the day, or ice-skating. Survival Tip If your child has always wanted to visit a theme park or zoo, then knowing how to get cheaper tickets is a great way too save those pennies. There are many 2 for 1 deals and offers to cheap attractions out there. It is always worth taking a look at Martin Lewis’ to find out about the latest deals available.

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D.I.Y. Projects There are many D.I.Y. project ideas that can be enjoyed during the summer time with a few different ideas listed below:

1. Nature Hunt Bingo 2. Making Popsicles 3. Squirt Gun Painting 4. DI.Y. Den 5. Outdoor Obstacle Course 6. Dress-up 7. Write a school holiday journal or create a fun scrapbook The D.I.Y. Bug House The D.I.Y. bughouse is a fun project that will keep children entertained for hours, during the summer months. What you need… Round Container – Cardboard or Ice Cream Tub Nylon Screening Paint Hot Glue & Glue Gun / Strong Craft Glue Scissors or Craft Knife

Quick and Easy

Canapés Are you having friends or family over for your summer garden party? If so you may be looking for some simple light bites that guests can enjoy. Quick and easy canapés is the perfect choice when it comes to summer weather. These smoked salmon pancake wraps will be sure to impress friends and family this summer.

Smoked Salmon Pancake Wraps Makes 40 – Takes 30 minutes Ingredients 250g cream cheese Grated zest and juice of 1 lemon 8 ready made pancakes

Instructions STEP 1 – Take your container and let your kids draw on the windows and doors to the bug house.

300g of thinly sliced smoked salmon 8 cornichons, finely chopped 3 tbsps. of fresh dill, chopped

STEP 2 – Using scissors or a craft knife, cut out the windows and doors, but make sure you supervise children at all times. You may even need to do this part of the activity for them yourself. Be careful!

Method 1. Mix the cream cheese, lemon zest and juice in a bowl, and then spread over the pancakes.

STEP 3 – Cut a large hole in the lid of the container.

2. Top with the slices of smoke salmon, then scatter with the topped cornichons and dill.

STEP 4 – Let your child get creative and design the outside of the bug house. Use paint and craft materials to decorate. Leave to dry.

3. Roll tightly from one side into a roll. Trim and discard the ends, then slice to an angle into 3cm slices. 4. Arrange on a large serving plate and your ready to go.

STEP 5 – Use the nylon screening and cut out a length of the screen to cover windows and doors. Use the circumference of the container to help do this. Apply hot glue using a glue gun or a strong craft glue to secure the nylon screening to the inside of the container. There you have it, the bug’s very own windows! STEP 6 – Cut out a circle larger then the original lid and secure in place with strong glue. STEP 7 – Here’s the fun bit. Let your child select a range of leaves or rocks to decorate the inside of the bugs house. STEP 8 – Then let your child explore the insect world by collecting the bugs from your garden and introduce them to their new home. Make sure your child only keeps the bugs inside their new home for a short duration. Cornfield Magazine | 11

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Hillscourt Situated in a beautiful location, Hillscourt is the place to visit with 25 acres of picturesque grounds, surrounding this magnificent venue in Birmingham. The venue ensures that guests will have a relaxing stay in an idyllic setting. The Victorian style Manor houses many original features, making this a popular choice with weddings, plus the staff are second to none, making your wedding day an experience to remember. Whether you are looking for a venue to host your special celebration, be it a birthday party or christening, these fabulous grounds will create the ultimate setting to celebrate with your loved ones. The conference facilities are to the highest of standards with traditional meeting rooms, catering up to 150 guests. Hillscourt also plays home to 55 stylishly furnished ensuite bedrooms, perfect for if you are after a short break away in a comfortable and tranquil environment. If dining at Hillscourt you can expect high quality catering using fresh quality ingredients. For further information on this fantastic venue visit: Tel: 0121 457 6100 Hillscourt, Rednal, Birmingham B45 8RS

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Picture Perfect

Picnic Spots

There is no better way to celebrate the summer than to go out into the great outdoors and enjoy a picnic, which gives the perfect opportunity to catch up with friends and family over good food and even better company, whilst enjoying a spot of sunshine. This is the most popular way to eat alfresco, with our stunning countryside views. Here are some of our top picnic spots and places to stop off for a tasty treat this summer…

Blenheim Palace, Woodstock Blenheim Palace is located slightly further afield, but will make a fantastic day out. With its picture perfect stately home, which sits in 2000 acres of beautifully landscaped parkland and formal gardens making this idyllic spot to enjoy a family picnic this summer. Plus, there is the gorgeous great lake, the majestic water terraces, the Dukes private Italian garden, a tranquil secret garden with hidden treasures, the Church Hill memorial garden and delicate rose garden. This is a great place for the family and the kids will enjoy the Marlborough maze and butterfly house.

Charlecote Park, Stratford-Upon-Avon Located near Stratford-upon-Avon, Charlecote Park is one of the National Trusts most beautiful locations in Warwickshire. There is plenty to keep everyone busy and the parkland is a great place to enjoy a picnic, whilst children can enjoy flying a kite in the beautiful grounds, and you can even make your own kite onsite. Children will also enjoy meeting the historic fallow deer, which have been situated at Charlecote Park for centuries.

Jephson Gardens & Mill Gardens, Leamington Spa The Jephson gardens and Mill gardens are beautifully designed, whilst being located in Leamington Spa. This is a perfect place to enjoy a family picnic with colourful flowerbeds and interesting sculptures, making a picturesque setting. Both of these gardens have won numerous awards and there is plenty to see including a sensory garden and the Glasshouse, which has an array of tropical plants, a goldfish pond and observation beehive, plus the onsite Aviary Café. You can even enjoy boating at the Leam Boat Centre at Mill Gardens.

Cotswold Water Park & Beach, Gloucestershire Fancy somewhere a little different? If the answer is yes, then the Cotswold Water Park and Beach should be on your list of places to visit this summer and it’s not too far away from Warwickshire and the West Midlands. There is so much on offer, including a paddling beach, playgrounds, lakeside walks, BBQ hire and mini golf, to keep everyone entertained. There are also a number of water activities, which can be enjoyed, such as water zorbing and paddle boarding. You can enjoy sitting back and relaxing with a picnic or BBQ.

Priory Park, Great Malvern This large Victorian park is close by to the Town Centre of Malvern and is a beautiful spot to enjoy alfresco, with its stunning surroundings, ornate bandstand, waterfowl lake, enclosed children’s play area and a members bowling green. You can explore all that Malvern has to offer with the rolling Malvern Hills, where you can enjoy the great outdoors and this hidden gem situated in the beautiful countryside of Worcestershire.

Picnic spots near you… Coughton Court, Alcester – Broadway Tower, Cotswolds – Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Edgbaston – Lickey Hills Country Park, Cofton Hackett – Bancroft Gardens, Stratford-upon-Avon – Hanbury Hall & Gardens, Worcestershire –

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We do not realise how much beauty we have surrounding us in the West Midlands and Warwickshire and our canal network is one of those spectacular and unspoilt parts of our heritage and history. Our canals are a world away from everyday life and they are free open spaces that can be enjoyed by all, whether you are a keen cyclist, walker or fan of boating. Canals are often over 200 years old and we are responsible for an enormous Network of bridges, embankments, towpaths, aqueducts, docks, reservoir’s and much more. Over time towpaths need to be improved for cyclists and walkers alike and it is crucial to look after the wildlife habitats around us.

The Grand Union Canal operates as the main link from Birmingham to London, passing through industrial towns and quaint picturesque villages. This is one of the longest canals passing through Northamptonshire, Warwickshire and the Chiltern Hills.

We all love a place to escape to, which is why raising awareness of maintaining our canals and rivers is key to making them the best that they can be.

Then we have the Birmingham to Worcester canal, which stretches across 58 locks. If you love the countryside then this is the canal route to experience and is a popular cruising route, known for the transportation of chocolate crumb to the Cadbury Factory. You also go through the Lickey Hills, which features three long tunnels and this canal also links up to Stratford-uponAvon and the Tardebigge Wharf, which remains the main base for maintenance of the canals. If you are looking for the perfect day out then this canal route goes past the Hanbury Hall and leads down to the Diglis Basins in Worcester.

The Birmingham Canal Network There is much talk to suggest that Birmingham has more miles of canal than Venice, however the exact number depends on where you draw the boundary of Birmingham. Overall, the Birmingham Canal Network stretches across 100,000 miles of intricate canals with the main hub of the Birmingham Canal network being situated at Gas Street Basin, where visitors to Birmingham can see the colourful boats and historic sights, whilst venturing amongst the vibrant cafes, bars and restaurants. This is one of the busiest canals, however in the North there are waterways that are rarely visited. Gas lighting was installed beside the locks, so that they could be used at all hours. Some of the main canal lines include the Birmingham and Fazely Canal, which begins at the Gas Street Basin and leads out to the great countryside of the West Midlands. This canal takes you past many Birmingham landmarks, including the Post Office Tower and the Farmers Bridge Lock Flight, plus dramatically floodlit archways and dark tunnels. This is one of the most atmospheric links in the modern City.

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This History of Victorian Birmingham & The Black Country The industrial revolution played a huge part in the history of Victorian Birmingham. Heavy, bulky goods, including coal needed to somehow be transported around the country in order for business to progress. Some goods were transported by horse and cart, however there would always be a limit to how heavy the load was and this took a longer amount of time to transport, in smaller loads. The roads were also in bad shape during the Victorian times.

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The solution, of course, was the build of man made waterways, know as our famous canals, that would all link together to create an efficient and easy transportation system from City to City. The narrow boats were able to carry these larger loads and were originally towed by horses that walked alongside the boat on the canal towpaths, pulling the boat through the waters. In 1840 there was a big change and railways were being developed, which was a much faster way of transporting goods, which then led to the decline of our canals, that had been at the heart of the Industrial Revolution. Some of the stories that surround our famous canals are those of the people who worked the boats during the canal age. From boatmen and women, the children that led the boat horse and those that grew up on board. We also cannot forget to mention some of the most pioneering engineers and navvies who made our canals continue to strive in the way that they have today. The canals and waterways have played a vital role in the history of England and Wales, which have been a major benefit to our society. They play home to almost 3000 examples of industrial heritage, engineering and over 2,700 listed structures, 50 ancient monuments and 5 UNESCO world heritage sites. Canals are extremely popular with walkers and during a 20minute walk along a canal you will be sure to come across numerous parts of heritage from smaller iconic milestones, to the working structures, which include aqueducts, locks, gates, swing bridges and other engineering projects, such as timber and cast iron bridges, which were predominantly built in Birmingham and the Black Country.

Thee BBC series, Peaky Blinders has put Birmingham on the map when it comes to the history of our City and today there are many tours available in and around Birmingham where visitors can roam the streets where the Shelby’s once walked and that were once known for gangland warfare, poverty and murder. For more information on tours available, head to Family Days Out & Walks If you are looking to get out and about this summer there are many canal walks that can be enjoyed by the family. The Hatton Locks, otherwise known, as Hatton Flight is a great place to visit with 21 locks on the Grand Union Canal, that spans less than 2 miles, with a rise of 45 metres. Hatton Locks was first opened in 1799 on the Warwick to Birmingham canal. It was renamed the Grand Union Canal in 1929 and the canal stretch was widened for cargo traders, popular for a route to deliver coal, tea, sugar and spices. The flight was known as “the stairway to heaven”, due to the difficulty of the flight. If visiting Hatton Locks this summer, you can head down to the Hatton Locks Café or The Hatton Arms Pub and Restaurant for a spot of brunch or Hatton Shopping Village and Adventure World, also close by.

Life on the Canal During the first days of the canal, teams of men would work on the boats and the work was well paid. As the work was crucial to so many businesses, working on boats was a highly sought after job, more so than working in a factory. When the railways took over, the boatmen’s wages were cut and families needed to save money, so were forced to live on board the boat. As most of the space on the boats, were required for the transportation of goods, a family only had 3 to 4 metres of space to live in. Children that lived on board the boats were also expected to work on the boats and had the job of leading the horses and opening locks. Due to the amount of travelling involved with the job, children found it difficult to attend regular schooling. There were also regular workers who were required to keep canals routes operating efficiently, in which case they needed somewhere to live in order to do this job, which is how the lock keepers cottage evolved. There was often a small team involved with the upkeep and maintenance of the canals, which consisted of lengths men, lock keepers and most importantly, toll collectors. The Peaky Blinders and the Canal Network The underworld for the Peaky blinders was a dark, intriguing and interesting part of history surrounding Birmingham and the Shelby family in 1919, just after the First World War. With their famous razor blade flat caps, the Peaky Blinders lived in a world of illegal trading and transporting illegitimate goods through the Birmingham canal network.

A special thanks to: Jcwoody Photography, Ian Rogers and Fay Loewy for the photography

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Preparing for that long awaited holiday abroad soon creeps upon us rather quickly. Do you leave your organising until the last minute? The answer is most likely yes, which then triggers us to panic about getting those holiday essentials that we leave to purchase a couple of weeks before setting foot on the plane. All it takes is some dedication, designated time and organisation in order to avoid that pre-holiday disaster. We want to help take the stress out of packing those suitcases, so take a look at our travel checklist and make sure you have those all important suitcase essentials. Make a List Making a list may seem a little boring, however if you’re anything like me, you already love a list, but for those of you that don’t, an idiot proof list, believe it or not is an excellent solution to having a stress free holiday and is a great way to work out the essentials from the desirables. Invest in a Lightweight Suitcase Investing in a lightweight suitcase can make all the difference when it comes to allowing more space for heavier items. When it comes to packing your children’s luggage, it may be worth purchasing a Trunki suitcase, which turns carrying their own luggage into a fun activity. Check the Weather Come rain or shine it is always worth checking the weather to make sure you pack the correct attire. Weather forecasts can be your holiday’s best friend

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or biggest foe. It is always recommended to plan ahead and check forecasts a couple of weeks before you set off on your holidays. You just don’t know when a Pac-a-mac or trustworthy umbrella may come in handy. Travel Documentation & Passports The most important thing to have on you at all times when travelling is your passport, so make sure you keep all travel documentation with you at all times. These can include your driving license (especially if hiring a car abroad), travel insurance documents and all flight and accommodation information. You can also download various different apps that will allow access to your boarding passes. Don’t Forget the First Aid Kit and Medication Having a first aid kit is always a great idea to have to hand. There is nothing worse then suffering from a

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migraine, fever or stomach upset, whilst away on your holidays. Medication may be limited wherever you are travelling to, so make sure that you pack those paracetemol, plasters and antiseptic creams. If you need to take a prescription medication or syringes on board a plane, then pack these items into your hand luggage, and where possible in the original packaging with an accompanying letter from your doctor to support the prescription you are taking. This will then avoid the airport security and delays. Check Restrictions If your airline states that your luggage weight must be up to 23kg then, they mean 23kg, so be sure to weigh your bags before you get to the airport, or you may end up spending more money then planned. We’ve all tried to squeeze in those extra pair of holiday sandals, but restrictions are there for a reason and that reason is safety, so observe and prepare.

reasonably priced too. Alternatively, you can visit your local supermarket, Boots, Superdrug or Bodycare where they sell a range of travel size toiletries. Taking fewer cosmetics of course means there will be less chance of finding your luggage destroyed in creams or gel like substances on arrival. If you really can’t cope without that expensive cleanser or cream then why not purchase some travel size bottles. Don’t forget to pack these handy items… Sunglasses & Sun Hat SPF Sun Protection & After Sun Swimwear Travel Appliances, Chargers and Adaptors Reading Material Children’s Toys Digital Camera Travel Guide An Itinerary

Pack Strategically Packing strategically is all part of the holiday packing process and rolling garments instead of folding is a preferred technique to use when preventing those special items from getting creased, whilst saving plenty of room for extra items. It is also worth placing required items at the top of your case so that they can be accessible.

Bug Repellent Glasses or Contact Lenses Bank Cards, Foreign Currency or Travel Money Cards

Categorising your clothes is also a great idea, for example shorts, swimwear, trousers, underwear or shoes, which makes it easier when unpacking your suitcase. You can even purchase specially designed storage bags for certain garments. Planning out your outfits can also save yourself from over packing and overspending. Keep Valuables Safe Always make sure you pack your valuables carefully in your hand luggage. There could always be that slim chance that your suitcase could get lost, so from expensive cameras to jewellery, keep them safe. Toiletries and Cosmetics Getting ahead of yourself by purchasing those cosmetics and toiletries can save the hassle of those last minute packing worries. You can purchase shampoos and conditioners when you arrive at your destination, plus they are

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Mid Seasonales


Summer has only just begun but in every High Street, designers and vintage retailers they have already gone into their mid-season sale.

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Mid-season sales are blowing up right now with huge discounts and bargains across all retailers. I had a little snoop yesterday at the sales and they are great this year. Bargains all around!!

It is the perfect time of the year if you only just paid off your holiday or only just thought about booking an august get away to get your summer essentials. Summer stock, including bikinis, dresses and sunglasses are already up to 75% off in stores all over the UK. Spring and winter stock left over’s are also lingering in the sale racks, the majority of older stock has had further markdowns and have been reduced in price even more! If it was once too expensive or you felt you were not getting your monies worth, take a look again and grab everything whilst you can!

Burberrys very own gorgeous lightweight silk georgette shirt dress in a painterly floral print. Painterly Floral Print Silk Georgette Frill Detail Dress WAS £950 Now £475 Item 40424471

Just to remind you, us Brits love a good sale, so make sure you get yourself onto the websites or into stores as soon as possible so you don’t miss your sizes and styles. Once they have gone, that’s it I’m afraid. As always, I have hunted through the summer sales and picked out the best discounts saving you those extra pounds and pennies. I have chosen to look into sales dresses from your favourite High Street and designer retailers.

The Collection Green palm tree print dress Was £45.00 Now £22.50 50% Off - Save a total of £22.50 Item No.0280308244 Available at Debenhams Online and in selected stores.

Available at also in selected stores, including concessions throughout Selfridges and Debenhams.

Quiz Muti coloured lace abstract print tunic dress Was £29.99 Now £19.99 Available at QUIZ online and in store and also at a discounted price online at

This beautiful tropical tunic from TED BAKER, available online at or in selected TED BAKER stores and concessions. TED BAKER Tropical oasis cut-out tunic dress Was £149.00 Now £104.00

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Red Herring Multi-coloured tropical floral print maxi dress. Was £25.00 Now £12.50 Item No.1030308145 Available at Debenhams Online and in selected stores.

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Top 5 Summer Scents

for Men & Women Now the summer has arrived, it’s out with the old and in with the new, when it comes to finding the perfect scent. The summer brings citrus smells and floral notes to those of us who are fragrance lovers. Ladies and gents, you need look no further with our guide to the top 5 fragrances for summer 2017.



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1. Tom Ford – Mandarino Di Amoufi – 50ml - £155 2. Bleu de Chanel – EDT Spray 100ml - £72 3. Issey Miyake – L’eau Dissey Pour Homme 100ml - £85 4. Versace – Pour Homme 100ml - £68 5. Maison Margiela Replica - Jazz Club EDT – 100ml - £95

1. Tom Ford - Fleur de Portofino – All over body spray 150ml - £44 2. Jo Malone – Nectarine, Blossom & Honey Cologne 100ml - £88 3. Molton Brown – Coastal Cypress & Sea Fennel EDT 100ml - £78 4. Estee Lauder – Bronze Goddess EDP 100ml - £88 5. Sisley Paris – Izia 100ml - £149

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The Ultimate


The High Street has done us proud this summer with an array of beautiful summer dresses, which are a key must have for your wardrobe as the weather heats up.


01 LEEA Tropical Oasis Cut Out Shoulder Tunic Dress £149.00 02 Sam Edelman - Yardana Woven Leather Sandals £150.00 NET-A-PORTER.COM



03 Daniel Wellington Classic Bondi Watch in Rose Gold £139.00


04 Raffia Bucket Bag £39.99 05 Victoria Beckham Cut Away Kitten cat-eye sunglasses £165.00


06 Rose Gold Tone Snake Chain Choker £7.00 07 Tiana Tassel Statement Earrings £10.00


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

Jazz up July

p u e k a m l u f r u lo o c h it w To make your transition as smooth as possible, I've scoured the beauty market for the prettiest pastel make-up options for your lips, eyes, cheeks, and nails. From vibrant blushes to eye-popping polishes... get your pen ready to circle your fave items listed below... I call it summer loving.

It’s time to break out the pastels, and your beauty routine is the perfect place to start. While vampy lips and smoky eyes were all the rage the last few months, swapping these moody tones for delicate shades of pink, purple, green, and blue will instantly brighten up your look (and mood).


MAC Patel Eyeshadow Palette


A well edited palette of pastels offering countless colour combinations. It provides textures from matte to satin and frost for creating looks for both day and night.


Naked Palette 3

With smooth mattes, shimmering pearls and gleaming metallics. These versatile colours are a must this summer.

Nars Bouthan Eyeshadow

Duo modern, unique with a beautiful finish. This longwearing and crease resitant colour glides on like silk. Perfect for a wedding.


Shu Uemura - The Notice

This gorgeous array of pinks can be worn by any colour tone. You can wear alone or enhance with soft black eyeliner and lots of mascara.


Too Faced Sweetheart Blusher

Beautiful packaging and equally stunning interior. This blush had 3 shades that can be worn individually or mixed together.


Maybelline Color Sensation Lipsticks

It’s 100% about the pastels here. Setting aside the washed out lippies this range is bringing the lip to life with their colour bloom technology.


Deborah Lippman Pastel Nail Polishes Finish your new make-up with gorgeous handy work.

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The Shorts


Whether you need shorts for your holidays or just enjoy wearing them for comfort during these warmer months, take a look at the must have shorts for summer 2017.

01 Cotton Twill Combat Shorts £25.00



02 Surplus Vintage Cargo Shorts £30.00


03 Superdry Core Heavy Field Cargo Shorts Stone £50.99 04 Maharishi Olive Vintage Dyed Cargo Shorts £145.00


05 Napapijri Mens Marine Noto B Shorts £64.00


06 CP Company Navy Bermuda Shorts £160.00 07 Surplus Airborne Vintage Shorts Washed Beige £31.00 08 Stone Island Burnt Orange Cargo Shorts WAS £165.00 NOW £89.00

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Tough Mudder Midlands 2017 Our Director, Sam Fraser and his team of fellow runners took part in Tough Mudder Midlands 2017, presented by Merrell and held at an awesome venue, Belvoir Castle, located in Leicestershire. On the 4th June Sam and his team took on the awesome new course designed and created within the 16,000 acre grounds of this epic venue with 12 miles of torturous course and a twisted collection of 20 classic and brand new Tough Mudder obstacles, which included steep hills, woodlands, water and tons of mud! The annual Tough Mudder event raises money to support Help for Heroes, helping those who have suffered injuries and illness sustained whilst serving in the British Armed Forces, giving them the support that is needed to lead active, independent and fulfilling lives.

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This month, I want to talk about a silent killer called SEPSIS. Awareness of the condition is shockingly low despite it being more common than heart attacks and costing the NHS £2.93bn a year. World Sepsis Day is on 13th September, however I feel that awareness of sepsis should be highlighted now. My own Father died in July 2013 from sepsis that led to septicemia, after he developed a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI), which was not treated quickly enough. He went from a 68 year old strong man to a man who looked like a prisoner of war victim. He died within one week. This article is dedicated to him; Noel McGeoghan. So what is sepsis/septicaemia? We see a lot in the news about people dying from sepsis, but do we all really know what it is. Basically, sepsis is blood poisoning – an infection in the blood. It is often mistaken for everyday illnesses such as influenza or a virus and it is more common than heart attacks. Every year, 150,000 people in the UK develop sepsis and of those, 44,000 die. Interestingly, sepsis kills more people in the UK than prostate cancer, breast cancer and bowel cancer combined and it costs the NHS £2.93billion a year. Even with these alarming statistics, awareness of sepsis remains incredibly low. Very few people know what the signs and symptoms of sepsis are and even doctors find it difficult to diagnose. Septicemia can quickly become life-threatening. It must be treated in a hospital, because if it is left untreated, septicemia can progress to sepsis. Septicemia and sepsis aren’t the same. Sepsis is a serious complication of septicemia. Sepsis is when inflammation throughout the body occurs. This inflammation can cause blood clots that then block oxygen from reaching vital organs, resulting in multi organ failure. Septicemia occurs when a bacterial infection elsewhere in the body, such as in the lungs or skin, enters the bloodstream. This is dangerous because the bacteria and their toxins can be carried through the bloodstream to your entire body. There have been many recent medical developments in diagnosis, treatment, monitoring, and training for septicemia. This has helped reduce mortality rates. According to a study published in Critical Care Medicine, the hospital mortality rate from severe sepsis has decreased from 47 percent (between 1991 and 1995) to 29 percent (between 2006 and 2009). The National Institutes of Health (NIH) estimates that over 1 million Americans get severe sepsis each year. Between 28 and 50 percent of these patients may die from the condition. When the inflammation occurs with extremely low blood pressure, it’s called septic shock. Septic shock is fatal in many cases.

The most common infections that lead to septicemia are: urinary tract infections lung infections, such as pneumonia kidney infections infections in the abdominal area Bacteria from these infections enter the bloodstream and multiply rapidly, causing immediate symptoms. People who are already in the hospital for something else, such as a surgery, are at a higher risk of developing septicemia. Secondary infections can occur while in the hospital. These infections are often more dangerous because the bacteria may already be resistant to antibiotics. You’re also at a higher risk of developing septicemia if you: have severe wounds or burns are very young or very old have a compromised immune system, which can occur from diseases such as HIV or leukemia have a urinary or intravenous catheter are on mechanical ventilation are receiving medical treatments that weaken your immune system, such as chemotherapy or steroid injections The symptoms of septicemia usually start very quickly. Even in the first stages of the illness, a person can look very sick. They may follow an injury, surgery, or another localised (confined to one location) infection, like pneumonia. The most common initial symptoms are: chills elevated body temperature (fever) very fast respiration rapid heart rate

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More severe symptoms will begin to emerge as the septicemia progresses without proper treatment. These include the following: confusion or inability to think clearly nausea and vomiting red dots that appear on the skin reduced urine volume inadequate blood flow (shock)

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It’s crucial to get to the hospital right away if you or someone else is showing signs of septicemia. Never take a “wait and see” approach or try to treat the problem at home. Diagnosing septicemia and sepsis are some of the biggest challenges facing doctors. It can be difficult to find the exact cause of the infection. Diagnosis will usually involve a wide range of tests. Your doctor will evaluate your symptoms and ask about your medical history. They’ll perform a physical examination to look for low blood pressure or body temperature. The doctor may also look for signs of conditions that more commonly occur along with septicemia. These conditions include pneumonia, meningitis, and cellulitis. Your doctor may want to perform tests on multiple types of fluids to help confirm a bacterial infection. These may include the following: urine wound secretions and skin sores respiratory secretions blood

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Your doctor may look for your cell and platelet counts and also order tests to analyze your blood clotting. Your doctor may also look at the oxygen and carbon dioxide levels in your blood if septicemia is causing you to have breathing issues. If signs of infection are not obvious, your doctor may order test to look more closely at specific organs and tissue, such as: X-ray MRI CT scan ultrasound Bacterial infections are the underlying cause of septicemia. See a doctor right away if you think you have this condition. If your infection can be effectively treated with antibiotics in the early stages, you may be able to prevent the bacteria from entering your bloodstream. Parents can help protect children from septicemia by ensuring they stay up to date with their vaccinations. If you already have a compromised immune system, the following precautions can help prevent septicemia: avoid smoking avoid illegal drugs eat a healthy diet exercise wash your hands regularly stay away from people who are sick

1. You can still have a fracture with a normal wrist x-ray. 2. Most minor sprains should settle by two weeks. 3. Tendonitis is a common wrist complaint

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It’s only natural to want to get out and about in the sun at the first signs of blue sky’s and warm temperatures. As many positives as there are surrounding the sun, we all seem to forget all of the negatives that come with being exposed to the sun. That is why raising awareness is key, whilst also recognising the positives and how we can make the most of sunlight.

The Positives The sun triggers Vitamin D and boosts our immune systems Vitamin D is essential for healthy bones to absorb calcium and phosphate from our diet. We need vitamin D from sunlight exposure and these minerals are all important for not only our bone health, but also the health of our teeth and muscles. The lack of vitamin D can cause bones to become soft and weak, leading to bone deformities, such as Osteomalacia, causing bone pain. The sunlight also encourages the production of white blood cells, which boosts the immune system, fighting off infection. Helps with Skin Conditions When our skin is exposed to the sunlight, especially with skin conditions, you can notice that the skin begins to heal and show signs of improvement. Up to 30 minutes of exposure a day, during the summer months can help with skin conditions including, psoriasis, acne or eczema. Improves Mood A little bit of sunshine does a whole lot of good to our physical and mental health. The sunshine boosts levels of

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serotonin, the hormone that makes us happy and changes our mood and energy. The sun can help with depression, especially if combined with exercise, which creates more endorphins. Prevents Diabetes and Disease Vitamin D may help to prevent the onset of diabetes. At least 15 minutes a day in the sunlight can help towards preventing diabetes and other diseases, such as heart disease, MS and certain cancers. Boosts Fertility The sun reduces our levels of melatonin, which can suppress fertility, making it more likely that women will conceive during the summer months, making them more fertile. Sunlight also boosts the testosterone levels in men.

The Negatives Skin Caner More than 90% of skin cancers are caused by over exposure to the sun and the use of tanning beds and sun lamps.

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The risk of skin damage and skin cancer is all dependent on the number of sunburns a person experiences during their lifetime, with the risk being higher in those of us with lighter skin. Learning what to look for and how to monitor the skin for any changes, including moles or sores is vital. The uncontrolled growth of abnormal skin cancer can result in tumors, which are either malignant or benign. The three main types of skin cancer include Basal Cell Carcinoma, Squamous Cell Carcinoma and Melanoma. The Basal and Squamous cell cancers can also be described as Non-Melanoma skin cancers that are highly treatable when caught early. Melanoma is the most serious form of skin cancer, which is made up of abnormal skin pigment cells, that when left untreated can spread to the organs making the disease more difficult to keep under control. Sunburn & Sunstroke Getting the perfect tan is never healthy or safe and can cause a number of health related issues, such as sunburn and sunstroke, which all increase the risk of skin cancer, and believe it or not our skin can even burn when it’s exposed to cloudy conditions. When treating sunburn it is recommended to sponge sore skin with cool water, then to apply a soothing after sun or calamine lotion. Paracetamol or Ibuprofen will ease pain with inflammation, which causes sunburn. If feeling unwell or if the skin swells and blisters, stay out of the sun, until all signs of redness and any discomfort have disappeared. Other signs can include abdominal cramps, weakness, flu like fevers, chills, headaches and a rapid pulse rate, which are often signs that lead to sunstroke. Damage to our Eyes Protecting our eyes from the sun is crucial. Without the correct eye protection and if spending the day on the beach, the sun can cause a temporary painful burn to the eyes surface if not protected. There are many artificial lights, which are the most dangerous, including tanning beds. Reflected sunlight from snow, sand, concrete and water can all be dangerous, without you even realising, so be sure not to forget those sunnies. Ageing our Skin High exposure to UV light from the sun can cause premature ageing and wrinkling of the skin. Skin damage affects five major pats of the skin, including the epidermis, dermis, blood vessels, sebaceous glands and melanocytes. Changes to the appearance of the skin are both cosmetic and medical with changes including, leathering of the skin and the skin becoming more easily irritated and bruised.

Top Sun Safety Tips Spend time in the shade when the sun is at its strongest. These times tend to be between 11am-3pm from March to October. Wear suitable clothing to cover up and prevent your skin from burning. Wear a wide brimmed hat to protect as much skin as possible, including the ears, neck, head and face. Take extra care with children, as their skin is much more sensitive. When purchasing your sunscreen for your holidays always make sure that the letters UVA, which appears in a circular logo are displayed on the packaging with a four star protection. Always check the expiry date of sunscreen. When swimming your sunscreen will wash off and with the cooling effect of being in the water, you will not realise that you are getting burnt. Water reflects UV rays and increases exposure to the skin. If you are going to be near to water, make sure you use water resistant sunscreen or reapply once you have left the water. Always reapply sunscreen at least every 2 hours. Who should take extra care in the sun? Some of us need to take a little extra care in the sun. If you are paler skinned, have freckles, moles, red or fair hair, you will need to be more aware of how the sun can affect you. How can we make sure we get the balance right? Knowing how much sun is too much for our own bodies is pivotal when it comes to sun exposure. Everyone is different and some of us can endure more benefits than others when it comes to enjoying the summer sun. The fact is that, we all need to be aware that our bodies need sunlight in order to produce vitamin D, but we must also be aware of how to look after our skin following all of the above safety tips. Too much sun can mean more danger than good, so it is advised to keep aware, stay sun safe and be mindful when enjoying those summer rays.

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In 2015, The Big Hoot was a huge success and for 2017 the event is back and is set to bigger and better than before. This year the Birmingham Children’s Hospital is once again working alongside creative producers, ‘Wild In Art’ to bring ‘The Big Sleuth’ to the West Midlands for summer 2017. The Big Sleuth aims to showcase the very best that the region has to offer, whilst inspiring pride across all generations. The Big Sleuth also looks to motivate all to explore parts of Birmingham they may not have come across before. The whole concept is truly important to the Birmingham Children’s Hospital as people can get active and enjoy walking, jogging, running or cycling around the City, making this a fun activity for all to be involved with. Improving health is key and this all helps to promote a healthy lifestyle to families taking part The Big Sleuth.

To most people,

the word ‘sleuth’ means a private

detective, but it’s also the collective noun for a group of bears! Bizarre

For 10 weeks this summer over 100 individually designed large bear sculptures will be located all over parts of Birmingham, on streets, open spaces and parks, showcasing the artistic talents and wealth in the West Midlands. With support from its partners, Birmingham Children’s Hospital Charity hopes to raise in excess of half a million pounds through the sale of the bear sculptures, which will be auctioned in October when the project comes to an end. The money raised will then be injected back into the hospital to support the life changing and pioneering work it does every single day. For further information on this spectacular event visit

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Chats with Hollywood stars Johnny Depp and Orlando Bloom on what audiences can expect from ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge’…

JOHNNY DEPP SO JOHNNY, BEFORE PLAYING JACK SPARROW YOU’D NEVER PLAYED THE SAME CHARACTER TWICE. WHAT IS IT ABOUT HIM THAT MAKES YOU COME BACK FOR A FIFTH TIME? I’m addicted to Jack Sparrow. For me, it’s very satisfying to be in that skin. It feels good. Jack Sparrow can do a lot of things that I could never. So, when I have the opportunity to be Captain Jack, I get that opportunity to just be as irreverent and as dumb as I feel is necessary [laughs]. Just to clown around and make people laugh. He’s a really fun character to play.

IT DOES FEEL THOUGH LIKE JACK SPARROW IS JOHNNY DEPP AND VICE VERSA? Each character comes from some part of you, for sure. Captain Jack is probably that one thing that we all have in us, that one sort of thing where we’re inhibited in a sense to say what we feel or to have an opinion. And Jack has no great character arcs, he just goes through like that. He’s only ever going to be what he is. He’s like a lizard or something. And yeah, just to be able to represent that ‘id’ inside us all that wishes we could say something incredibly irreverent to someone and not care.

CAN YOU TALK ABOUT JAVIER BARDEM, WHO IS PLAYING SALAZAR? I think what Javier has done with the character is amazing because he’s taken this villain, but you see the sort of birth of that villain, you see how it happened. And somehow he amazingly makes you feel for that character. You have empathy for him. It’s a beautiful performance. 32 | Cornfield Magazine

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It’s very touching. It’s moving to be received with such a warm welcome. Especially for a film and a character that’s been around for a while.


I mean of course I bookend the movie right? So it’s not like I’m all the way… but when I saw it and when I was first pitched the idea of coming back into the franchise I was like, ‘Was it an authentic thing to do?’ And then I saw that it was. And what they were trying to achieve with the film was to bring back some of the simplicity of the narrative for the first film whilst giving an audience all of the bang for buck for those special effects that are cutting edge.

Each time out it’s always something new, between Geoffrey and I. Geoffrey Rush’s character Barbossa and my character are like a husband and wife team. They just sort of bicker at each other.


SO FINALLY, CAPTAIN JACK, WHY SHOULD WE SEE YOUR LATEST FILM? [Speaking as Captain Jack] Why you should see the film? Because I heard that the seats are very comfortable, specifically the seat, and then the film itself is very comfortable and uncomfortable at the same time. So, it says yes without saying no – twice.

I have such fond memories of making the first three films and they were such an important part of my career and life really. So I was initially kind of wondering how they would introduce me back into the franchise and it seemed the perfect way. I bookend the film. I’m there at the beginning and send my son off on a journey to do what I did through the first three films, which is to reconnect, you know, sort of mirroring that father/son story. And I think it plays really well for the film.


ORLANDO BLOOM FIRSTLY, WE’RE HERE AT DISNEYLAND PARIS, HAVE YOU HAD A CHANCE TO GO ON ANY OF THE RIDES? We just got in. But I love Disney. I have to say, I’ve always loved Disney. We were just in Shanghai and it’s a great place to do the rides. But I’ve always wanted to come to Disneyland Paris, so I’m sure there’ll be time.

HAS YOUR SON WATCHED THE ‘PIRATES’ MOVIES? He loves them. I mean part of it for me is I really didn’t want to ruin.. like I didn’t want him to see me as an actor but at the same time there were kids in his class talking about it, so I was like, ‘I’ve got to nip it before anyone else does.’

You know I think when you watch a film like this it’s always the effects and the way that they can do things with special effects and visual effects today that we couldn’t do ten years ago and it’s really pretty amazing.

AND YOU’RE GOING TO BE IN THE NEXT ONE RIGHT? JUDGING BY THE OPEN ENDING OF THIS ONE? Do you think so? I think the studio will make a decision based on how people respond to this film. I think kids are always going to love pirates. It doesn’t matter whether it’s ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, the first thing they want to do is dress up as a pirate, from kids’ storybooks that I was reading my son. It’s something that’s really beloved. And if the audience are still enjoying it then perhaps there will be more. We’ll see.

FINALLY, WHAT CAN FANS EXPECT FROM THE FILM? THIS ONE IS QUITE SCARY THOUGH? Yeah it was a little intimidating but he saw it and, you know, covered his eyes a couple of times. But it’s a fun film this one. It definitely goes back to some of that great work and narrative that we saw in the first film.

I think the first movie was, you know, arguably one of the favourites and I think that people will respond similarly to this film. I think this will bring back some of that similar narrative from the first film and excite the imagination in that way with a sort of simpler story but all the amazing visual effects and of course Johnny doing what Johnny does so well. Cornfield Magazine | 33

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Let’s talk about the Guinness World Record holder in 2012 for the highest paid actor with $75 million: Johnny Depp. While you may know him for his quirky roles and frequent partnerships with Tim Burton, here are a few lesser known facts about the multi-talented man. Want to learn more about him? Below we shared some unknown interesting Johnny Depp Facts,


Depp was born in Owensboro, Kentucky in 1963 to Betty Sue Palmer, a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.


When Cage fell into financial trouble in 2007, Depp reportedly offered to pay off his debt as a way to say thank you for kickstarting his career.





He and his family moved frequently during his childhood, living in more than 20 different places before settling in Miramar, Florida. Prior to becoming an actor, Depp dreamed of becoming a rock star. He was trying to make it as a musician in Los Angeles when he transitioned to acting.


When 12, his mother gave him a guitar. After playing in several garage bands, the future actor dropped out of high school to pursue music.


He was even listed in the 2012 Guinness Book of World Records as the highest paid actor, netting a total of $75 million in 2011.

Depp's most financially successful films have been the "Pirates of the Caribbean" franchise and "Alice in Wonderland," which have grossed $3 billion and $1 billion, respectively.


He reportedly went back to school two weeks later, but the principal encouraged him to follow his dreams and be a musician. After enjoying modest local success, Depp and his band The Kids moved to Los Angeles to get a record contract.

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The Kids once opened for legendary punk rocker Iggy Pop, but they struggled to have greater success.


Depp credits Nicolas Cage with helping him get his first acting job after Cage hooked him up with his first agent. Depp has seemingly never forgotten.

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Despite several critically acclaimed roles, the actor has never won an Oscar. He won a Golden Globe in 2008 for his role in "Sweeney Todd." His first acting role was in Wes Craven's 1984 classic "A Nightmare on Elm Street."

He has collaborated with director Tim Burton on eight films, beginning with "Edward Scissorhands" (1990) and most recently starring in "Dark Shadows" (2012).


He has twice been named the "Sexiest Man Alive" by People magazine in 2003 and 2009.


Despite five (known) engagements, Depp has only been married one time. He was wed to Lori Anne Allison in 1983 and later divorced in 1985.


After his marriage, Depp was engaged to actresses Jennifer Grey ("Dirty Dancing") and Sherilyn Fenn ("Twin Peaks") in the late 1980s.

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In 1990, the actor also became engaged to his "Edward Scissorhands" co-star Winona Ryder. He even got a tattoo -- "Winona Forever" -- to commemorate their love. Following their breakup, Depp altered the ink to read "Wino Forever." With over a dozen tattoos, Depp has said his "body is a journal in a way. It's like what sailors used to do, where every tattoo meant something..." After calling it off with Ryder, Depp began dating British supermodel Kate Moss, who has a thing for musicians and actors.

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l a c o LNEWS

h wit Charlie O’Neill

If you have any local gossip please contact Charlie on: 0121 796 6800 or email

Here we are, over half way through the year already and I have to ask myself, what have I done this year so far? All the goals I had set myself to achieve, places I would visit, friends I would catch up with and new things I would learn, have once again been pushed to the back of the queue! I do this every year and I’m sure most of you will feel the same too. Our busy lifestyles take over with work, the unfinished housework, habit and being generally tired and unmotivated! It’s only now that on reflection, I have asked myself the question, ‘what have I achieved against my original plan?’ Ok, I have returned from Scotland, which was absolutely fantastic and such a beautiful place to visit and I’m just about to throw myself into doing up my home, ready to put on the market this year! That’s two things, I guess, however, they’ve taken up so much of my time! But, what about all of the other things on my list? (Yes I am a woman that loves a list or three!!) From January I was absolutely certain that I was going to learn to snowboard or ski, have some swimming lessons to conquer my fears of deep water, get my blog up and running once again, do a course in swimwear and lingerie design, go and see a few of my favourite bands in concert, get into the studios to complete some more music, to go and see friends I haven’t seen since my college days, to get in the best shape I’ve ever been and to become gluten and dairy free, plus much more. The list is endless! Maybe I’m being a little overambitious with achieving all of these goals! Life is hard and we often put things off, whether it is due to our financial situation, laziness or the fact that other things have had to take a priority. Either way we need to remain focused and planning ahead is key! I have decided I need to push myself this year to book things in advance, and take on the ‘I Can’ attitude rather than the ‘I Can’t’ or the ‘it can wait’ attitude, because before you know it time goes by so quickly. July is always my time for reflection and is a positive time to think ahead and make change happen! So get planning ahead and start thinking 2018, it creeps up quickly!

Stay at Hillfarm What better way to spend my mums 60th then at Hill Farm in Priors Hardwick, Southam! My family and I had organised a special overnight stay in Hillfarms Glamping Shepherd Hut. We organised a private outdoor afternoon tea with the family, where my mum could sit back, relax and enjoy her birthday celebrations, whilst having an overnight stay with my Father, just what they both deserve. Fancy an overnight stay somewhere a little different, but not too far away, then you need look no further and visit

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.

Kat Lavender Art My good friend and local artist, Kat Lavender has recently launched her brand new online store via Etsy, where you can purchase an array of prints and greeting cards from her latest collection. Kat is a vibrant and upcoming artist that is currently working on building her portfolio of works. Each piece of art that Kat produces has a small narrative, which is all linked to form a larger on going story, which she is currently in the process of writing. Some elements of this have already been written with her creative thought process in mind. Kat also held her first art market at the ‘Harborne Family Carnival’ on the 18th June and is hoping to exhibit at the next ‘Arts in Redditch’ (AIR) pop up gallery, this Winter, with final dates to be confirmed. Take a look at Kat Lavenders art collection online via Facebook/Instagram/Twitter - @katlavenderart

Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz and Blues Festival This month the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz and Blues Festival will be taking place from the 14th – 23rd July. Once again the festival will take place across 101 venues in the region. The festival boasts a number of different acts coming from all across the world, including Australia, Lithuania, the USA, France, Holland, Spain, Israel and Italy, all combined with an array of home grown musicians. The festival is a lot more than just music. There will be dance sessions, sketching, painting, photography and the opportunity to play the Ukulele and Harmonica.

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Caring For Our Trees Built upon providing a professional and quality service, Hopwood Tree Services has an excellent reputation and a team that are committed to providing expert tree care, from tree surgery and planting a single tree, right through to tree management and maintenance. We are extremely lucky to have an array of beautiful trees surrounding us and often we forget that they need to be looked after, not only to protect the environment but for safety too. Devon Finney and his Father David first set up the firm in 2010. The business has gone from strength to strength with its vast knowledge and experience in domestic and commercial premises, as well as the Local Authorities. The team are qualified with NPTC level and specialise in many aspects of tree work, including topping, reductions, trimming, pollards, lifts and cut backs, such as tree felling, removal and stump grinding, whilst being endorsed by They also cater to emergencies with a 24-hour call out service. “How do I know if my tree requires care or removal?” Hopwood Tree Services offer a thorough tree inspection, which is performed by a professional arborist that will provide you with expert advice on your trees health, and whether the tree is safe or unsafe. During the inspection the arborist will be looking for signs of sickness or hazardous conditions, such as dead or cracked branches, severely leaning trees, root rot, trunk decay, insect attack or fungal infections. “Apart from trees, you can look after hedges”? Hedge work is also a popular choice for many and the skilled team can be on hand to help prune any size hedge, whether it’s ornamental, wild, rural, needs a reduction in height, width or a simple clipping. The works will be carried out with as little disruption as possible and debris will be cleared once the works are complete. “What is tree felling?” Tree felling and dismantling is completed by a qualified tree surgeon that will use advanced rigging techniques to bring down those unsafe, awkward and dangerous trees. For a free quotation and advice call 0780 532 690 or email 36 | Cornfield Magazine

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The botanical trend is here to stay this summer. From tropical ferns, palm leaves and florals the trend is key to stylish living for 2017. Take a look at our top picks for creating your botanical living space this summer.



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06 1) Jardin Tropical Paste the Wall Wallpaper Set, WP20104 – John Lewis - £150 2) ASTANA round bamboo mirror – Maison Du Monde - £71.99 3) Diamond Shaped Glass Vase Succulent Terrarium – - £40 4) Extravagant Rattan Peacock Chair – Out There Interiors - £565 5) Ornate Wooden Beads Hanging Lamp – Eternity - £185 6) Artificial Natural Bamboo – Blooming Artificial - £49.99 7) Athos Leaf Side Table – Sweet Pea and Willow - £170 8) Clarissa Hulse Espinillo Cushion – Amara - £45 9) Gold Palm Stick Candleholder – Rockett St George - £36

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Wildlife is such an important part to our environment and there are so many benefits to attracting wildlife into our own gardens. Apart from saving the decline of our native species, garden wildlife also acts as a natural pest control, preventing the need to spray harmful chemicals all over the entirety of your garden. If you grow fruit and vegetables, you’ll need the help of bees to pollinate many of the crops. Well maintained hedges and shrubs are perfect for nesting birds and insects, and a flowing herbaceous border will attract all sorts of insects to your garden. You could even create a container garden for wildlife using plants. Here’s how we can help… Plants for bees The number of bees in the UK is declining at an alarming rate, yet there are few explanations as to why. It is thought that the decline in native and wild flower grassland could be the very reason. Bees play a key role in pollinating many crops and 35% of our diet depends on pollination of crops. Bees are active between April and October and it is crucial that they have enough food during this time to help them through the winter and early spring.

Plants for Butterflies There are 58 species of butterfly native to the UK and many of these are under threat of extenuation. You can do your bit to help the butterflies by planting nectar rich flowers in your garden.

Plants for Birds Birds are welcome visitors to the garden and will eat aphids, caterpillars and slugs for you! You can attract birds into your garden by installing a bird table and birdbath. It is also a good idea to leave extra food out during the harsh winter months. You can grow a wide range of plants for birds, which produce berries, seeds or nuts at the end of season. Plants can also be used to provide shelter or nesting sites for birds, protecting them from predators.

Top tips when planting for wildlife Choose single flowered varieties of plants. Bees and butterflies can’t access double flowers for pollen or nectar. Leave some of your culinary herbs to flower, as they are a rich food source for bees and butterflies. Leave your autumn clear up until spring. The dead remains of plants and the pests will be eaten naturally by ladybirds, spiders, small mammals and birds.

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Genevieve Bennett f or

John Lewis John Lewis is delighted to announce its latest exclusive collection from celebrated British designer, Genevieve Bennett. John Lewis is delighted to announce its latest exclusive collection from celebrated British designer, Genevieve Bennett. Building on the success of Genevieve’s furnishing fabrics, rugs, wallpaper and soft furnishings, this season sees the introduction of Genevieve’s first bed linen and towelling collection. With two beautiful and timeless ranges, Deco Palm and Deco Flower, Genevieve continues to explore how technique and pattern can be subtly combined to create sumptuous texture and intriguing surface effects. Genevieve Bennett comments: “Deco Palm is inspired by the bold elegance of Art Deco motifs, translated into a rich jacquard weave; it is beautifully soft and resonates understated luxury. Deco Flower comprises precise graphic geometry that is worked into indulgent embroidered bed linen for a contemporary finish”. “I was particularly pleased to have the opportunity to expand our existing collection

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of rugs with John Lewis. Working with master craftsmen in India, I was drawn to the possibilities for sculptural relief through a specific hand carving technique. Here the wool is sculpted and carved with relief pattern, much in the same way I work with leather for my own collection of one off pieces, which is exciting.” Philippa Prinsloo, Design Manager Home comments: “Bedding and bathroom textiles are the perfect addition to Genevieve’s collection. Inspired by vintage textiles from the Art Deco period, there is a real sense of calm and balance to these beautiful and refined patterns. The John Lewis Design Collective is a series of exclusive collaborations with some of the best design talent from the UK and beyond. The Genevieve Bennett for John Lewis collection will launch in April 2017 and will be available in all stores and online.

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Market Comment SALES Last year proved to be a year of considerable change, surprise and yes turmoil yet despite this Charles Howell Estate agents continues to thrive with both sales offices reporting record levels of business. Despite initial anxieties and the anticipated economic uncertainty following the Brexit vote and recent General Election, the local market continues to forge ahead. As ever, well priced and presented family homes remain popular and excellent prices are often the result. Many of the houses we sell are best described as “lifestyle” driven homes hence why (in conjunction with our sellers or Clients) we compile high quality brochures where professional photography is absolutely essential. The old adage still applies that a single photograph is worth a thousand words”. Simply put, superlative presentation remains key to a successful marketing campaign and outcome together with a clear eye for detail. Bringing a Clients home to market requires formulating a bespoke marketing strategy appropriate to both the property and Clients circumstances. One of our more successful initiatives remains the pre-marketing of homes new to the market to individuals who are either cash buyers or sold. This enables our Clients to secure a sale with the minimum of dislocation and fuss, often realising a premium price with buyers anxious to secure their dream home and willing to pay the asking price (or even above!) in order to prevent the property reaching the open market. The market continues to evolve and one of the major challenges currently is the post-sale management of the sales process. In recent times lenders have become more circumspect in applying ever more rigorous lending criteria and we consequently go to great lengths to ensure that buyers have documentary proof that they have access to funds before agreeing a sale. Anecdotally within the industry the percentage of sales and chains that collapse is computed at around 33%. However, due to our due diligence in vetting buyers, their circumstances, timeframes and details of their sales chain our “fall through” rate remains under 10%. Simply putting a sales chain together is not sufficient unless the

Agent has the experience, time and commitment to monitor and troubleshoot when and where appropriate. Delivering a high quality of customer care and satisfaction remains a central tenant of our business model (see testimonials on our website). The first half of 2017 began much as the old year ended with continued demand across the region although levels of activity have been adversely affected by a well-reported reduction in the levels of homes coming to market. This ensures that prices remain at or near historically record levels. Some Agents have indeed been guilty of over-valuing houses in a bid to secure scarce instructions but such homes then stand out as not selling at a time when correctly priced homes have sold, doing the Clients a profound disservice.

Charles Howell Estate Agents are offering some highly competitive packages for instructions received by 31st July, 2017. For further information, please contact your local office for details Barnt Green 0121 445 2050 Bromsgrove 01527 572020

LETTINGS Some 18 months ago, Charles Howell Lettings was launched, headed by one of the area’s premier and best known lettings agents Michelle Mehjoo with Julie Lawton (both formerly of John Sanders) and Caroline Page (ex-Simply Lets). Between them, they boast in excess of 40 years collective experience and a profound, in-depth knowledge of the local market. The success of the new lettings department has wildly exceeded our expectations and already Charles Howell Lettings has become established as a major player in this specialist field. As with the sales offices, the lettings department has flourished by means of “word of mouth” recommendation and a commitment to upholding the values common across the brand.

During 2017, the letting department is running a promotion whereby members of the public recommending landlords to us (leading to a paid account) would be eligible for a £50 Marks & Spencer voucher or case of wine. For further information, contact our lettings department on 01527 572029

NEW WEBSITE We've recently launched our new website (by Infusion of Bromsgrove – designed to facilitate rapid and simple access to the various homes for sale and to let across the area. The new website is responsive, meaning the layout automatically adapts to best suit a variety of different devices (laptops, tablets, smart phones etc). The supporting software incorporates an advanced administrative area allowing us to make changes easily and in a timely manner, able to respond quickly to Client requirements. The principle driver behind the new website is to optimize the presentation of our portfolio of properties in the most appropriate and easily accessible manner.

STAFF NEWS We are delighted that long term Barnt Green resident Denese Delve has joined the team at our busy Barnt Green office. After a highprofile career with British Airways she then successfully embarked upon a second career as an Estate Agent. Well known within the village and sharing our passion for delivering an exemplary customer service, we are delighted that she has joined us.

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Welcome to Darren Blower Estate Agents Darren Blower Estate Agents opened its doors in Alvechurch in 1996. We work hard to provide a community minded service, which values all our customers. We appreciate that selling, buying, letting and renting can be an extremely testing time, so we do everything we possibly can to provide a professional, honest and friendly service. The office is managed by Deborah Molesworth who has nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial and estate agency industry. Deborah is supported by staff with an exceptional local knowledge enabling them to offer a comprehensive and trustworthy service. Our philosophy is that we are passionate and dedicated to all aspects of property selling and letting. We ensure we have a thorough knowledge of our properties and go above and beyond to meet the needs of our customers, our testimonials say as much.

It could be argued that there are uncertain times ahead of us following the Election and Brexit, however here at Darren Blower we ensure that the customers sale, let, purchase or rent is in safe hands as this is ordinarily the biggest investment that most of us make. To give a real service, you must add something, which cannot be bought or measured with money: sincerity and integrity.

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Blackwell House, Station Road, Barnt Green

£775,000 Blackwell House is a charming five/six bedroom detached period family home set over three floors located within the desirable village of Blackwell Superb Open Plan Kitchen Breakfast/Family Room, Opulent Lounge & Dining Area, Sitting Room Boasting Fireplace & Walkin Bay, Study/Office, Good Sized Downstairs Shower Room, Laundry Room, Spacious Master Bedroom With En-Suite, Luxury House Bathroom, Three Further Bedrooms, Fifth/Sixth Bedroom To The Second Floor With Potential For Teenage/Hobbies Suite, Basement/Storage Area, Landscaped Private Rear Garden With Good Sized Storage Shed, Block Paved Drive, EPC=F

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2 Swan Street, Alvechurch, Worcestershire, B48 7RP

ÂŁ329,950 A unique and characterful double fronted period cottage enjoying exposed beams throughout, set in the heart of this sought after village of Alvechurch. The accommodation has been tastfully extended to the rear and comprises of: Downstairs; Hallway, Sitting Room with a multi fuel burning stove, bespoke Kitchen/Diner and a Summer Room with French doors leading to the rear garden. Upstairs there are Three Double Bedrooms and Family Bathroom. Side access leads to the beautifully landscaped rear garden with varying terraces, lawned areas and herb garden. There are lovely views from the top garden across the village and beyond. The property has an EPC rating D We understand from the Vendor that the property is Freehold.

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Give Your Car

a Health Check This Summer

Keeping your car healthy during the summer months is just as important as keeping it in check at winter. Maintenance with cars is not an easy task and it can be costly too. Doing a health check on your own can be difficult, especially if your not sure on what needs to be checked. Essential Checks… 1. The Car Battery If you are concerned about your car battery then you can take your car for a battery test at a local garage to confirm if there are any issues that need to be put right. 2. Light Bulbs Driving with broken or faulty lights is illegal so be sure to keep a regular check on light bulbs and replace if necessary. 3. Windscreen Wipers It is always recommended to carry a bottle of windscreen wash to avoid dirty windscreens. This also only works if wiper blades are in good condition. If these are worn, they will irritate the problem further. Always replace these as and when required for a clear view. 4. Oil Levels Your car needs oil just as much as your car needs fuel, so check the oil levels regularly. This is really simple to do, you will just be required to open the hood of the car with the engine turned off, and find the dipstick. Once you have found this wipe clean and insert back into the tube. Pull out once more, this will then give you an indication of where the oil levels are reaching. Too much or too little oil can cause damage. 5. Air Conditioning There are so many benefits to having a top air conditioning system, but it does need regular attention to ensure it works efficiently and effectively. Car manufacturers recommend that your air con system be recharged every two years. This is not part of a regular vehicle service, however a local garage will be able to offer a complete recharge service that you can book in advance. So, if your car is over two years old it is likely that it will need recharging.

7. Cooling Fan If the engine overheats the cooling fan will automatically turn on. This will draw in cool air through the radiator to cool down the engine. To check this, turn your heater to cold and run the car to a normal temperature (which should read in the middle of the gauge). Once you have found this, park your vehicle somewhere and leave the engine running for 5 minutes. The fan should automatically kick in. If this doesn’t work and the temperature goes up, you should turn the engine off and contact a local mechanic. 8. Body Work During the summer there are roadwork’s and maintenance projects that cause loose debris to hit the car, such as, stone and tar. To prevent this from happening it is recommended to leave a safe distance between cars when driving and to stick to the speed limit. 9. Tyres The most common cause of summer breakdowns are punctures from high temperatures that can aggravate previous damage. Checking tyre pressures on a weekly basis is recommended during the summer months and the tread depth should be 1.6mm by law. The bigger the tread the more control you will have of the vehicle. Why should we check these areas? This essential checklist should help you to eliminate any problems you may have with your car and its health and the safety, so be sure to give your car the love and care it needs with a health check this summer.

6. Engine Coolant Levels Checking the coolant levels on a regular basis is vital, especially if you want to prevent overheating. If levels drop you need to make sure you take your car to a local garage to take a further look. Your coolant fluid level should be between the minimum and maximum.

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New Toyota Prius

Plug-in Hybrid

Let’s get one thing answered – the new 2017 Toyota Prius Plug-in

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

Hybrid is not exciting, okay? But, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad car. This is one very ingenious machine, with some awesome features –


the most outstanding being the solar panel roof that can place just

Max speed: 101 mph 0-62 mph: 11.1 secs Combined mpg: 283 Engine layout: 1798cc 4-cylinder petrol electric Max. power (PS): 122 CO2: 22 g/km Price: £34,895

enough ‘go’ into the Toyota’s drive battery for an extra few free miles every day. The Prius PHV - as it’s abbreviated to - also has a refreshed electric powertrain. A large 8.8kWh lithium ion battery is housed under the floor of the Toyota’s boot, together with a hi-tech electrical arrangement to move clout through it. This works well and provides, what is essentially a fourth-generation Prius, some worthwhile shove, especially as the car also has a twin motor hybrid powertrain. This raises pure electric power from 72PS to 103PS. All this gives the Toyota five-door hatch a maximum speed of 84mph when driven in unadulterated electric mode. Mind you, you can only get away with this form of propulsion for so long – the electric range is 39 miles, but expect 2025 miles real-world. The Toyota Prius Plug-in Hybrid also has a 1.8 petrol engine, and along with the electric wizardry, 122PS is produced – giving a zero to 62mph time of 11.1sec and a maximum speed of 101mph. Hardly exciting, as I said earlier – but it’s not abysmal performance, either. More importantly, the Prius PHV breaths out a tiny 22g/km of CO2 and it’s possible to get 283mpg out of the car. No, that’s not a typo – that’s the claimed figure. Of course, reality doesn’t always match up to what we’re told, and on a long motorway stretch, I only managed to get 59mpg – but then I did have my foot down – and hardly used electric mode. Instead, I mucked around with the ‘Normal’ ‘Eco’ and ‘Power’ settings, seeing what difference they made to the 50 | Cornfield Magazine

car. It’s difficult to tell much difference between ‘Eco’ and ‘Normal’ – but the ‘Power’ mode does give you a bit of a push in the back – and a lot more noise – reminiscent of a slightly unhinged vacuum cleaner. Anyway, away from the tech and figures, the new Prius PHV is similar to the normal Prius – apart from a couple of things. Unlike the regular model, it’s only got two seats in the rear – so it’s a strict four-seater and the boot is smaller. This is all due to the bigger, newer battery. Oh, and I nearly forgot - there is one other notable way of telling the

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PHV apart from the usual Prius: its rear lights are horizontal, not vertical. I think it looks better this way. On the move, the car is hushed, due to extra sound-deadening materials, and, when I did venture off the motorway onto Spanish rural routes, the Prius handled corners with barely any lean at all. This is down to retuned suspension springs and dampers. However, the tauter set-up means the car does bang and crash over potholes. Yet, back on smooth surfaces, the Toyota feels refined and, when using electric-only mode, I found the car almost silent. Only the whoosh of wind and tyre rumble disturbs the otherwise library-like calm in the cabin. Once I’d stopped hooning the PHV and started using the electric settings, I achieved a hybrid-mode fuel economy figure of 69mpg – which is better than many Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs) will do. Alas, that’s only a tiny fraction – probably about 5mpg - better than you’d eke from a run-of-the-mill Prius. It’s also hard to recommend this car over the regular Prius – due to its strict four-seater configuration and its shallower boot.

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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.

How do I know I have a problem with a nest? Large number of wasps going in and out of a hole, usually using at least one entry point High levels of wasps in or around the home The method used in wasp nest removal will either be a direct application using a professional powder or spray. The results are very quick, often all activity will be gone within 24-48 hours, and if the problem persists beyond 7 days we will come back to re-treat the problem free of charge as part of our guarantee.

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Fulford Heath Golf Club The Ultimate Experience in Golfing Situated on the outskirts of Birmingham in Wythall, Fulford Heath Golf Club was designed by five times open winner and member of the “World Golf Hall of Fame”, James Braid. The golf course first opened its doors in 1933, being over 6,000 yards in length. The course is a challenging 18 hole, par 70 course, perfect for those keen golfers, but is also open to all levels. Fulford is a parkland course set amongst the River Cole, 3 lakes and mature trees. Fulford Heath Golf Club also features a selection of fantastic facilities, including the 18th green overlooking a picturesque setting. The Club House also provides a full range of bar and catering facilities, which can be tailored to meet your needs. Plus, a professional swing studio and well-stocked shop, which all visitors and members are welcome to browse, with a selection of leading brands and buggies, which are also available for hire both in the daytime and evening, whether it be a corporate function or family get together. The club also plays host to an array of entertainment from BBQ’s, quiz nights, formal dinners and discos with a full social calendar that can be enjoyed by all. The staffs are also on hand to help improve your golfing techniques, helping players to achieve your goals, whether you are a professional player or new beginner. This expert golf club has a selection of offers available at great rates and all members can boast an array of benefits and discounts available. Some of the packages include the “Starters package”, which gives non-golfers the opportunity to improve on their golfing skills, with the package costing £250. There is also the chance for Juniors to enjoy all that Fulford Heath Golf Club has to offer with under 10’s having the opportunity to play free of charge with memberships available for ages up to 16 years at £25, plus many more membership opportunities. Mick Joiner, Chairman of Fulford heath Golf Club, said “The club has an excellent

reputation as being friendly and member focused, a healthy ladies section coupled with our new membership packages for under 35 year olds demonstrates our desire to continue to attract golfers who wish to play a quality established course. Fulford Heath is worth a visit - you may well find that this becomes the club of your choice”. Playing Golf has a huge selection of benefits for our health and fitness with an average round of golf accumulating around 10,000 steps. Golf is known as the sport of leisure and is well received worldwide. Being outdoors is a main benefit to our health when it comes to mind and body. It is a great way to relax and reduce stress levels to improve anxiety. Golf is also an excellent social sport, as well as being a great way to burn calories, especially when playing a large course as there is lots of walking involved and golfers can often burn up to 1000 calories in one single game. Golf is also an excellent way to strengthen those leg muscles, whilst also lowering the risk of heart disease and decreasing bad cholesterol. For the ultimate golfing experience you need look no further. Fulford Heath Golf Club will provide you with a day to remember. For further information and prices visit Fulford Heath Golf Club, Tanners Green Lane, Wythall, Birmingham, Worcestershire B47 6BH

Tel: 01564 824 758

Fulford Heath Golf Club will be offering an exclusive offer to all Cornfield Magazine readers when booking a four-ball golf game. The offer will run throughout July only and will cost £80 between Monday and Friday, and £100 on weekends. To book this offer and to check the availability call 01564 824758 and quote “CORNFIELD”.

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Oh, when you walk by every night, Talking sweet and looking fine, I get kind of hectic inside, Oh, baby, I'm so into you, Darling if you only knew, All the things that flow through my mind.

1. The Hoover Dam in America was built on which river? 2. What is the medical name for the funny bone? 3. How many canine teeth does a human have? 4. In which country was Arnold Swarzenegger born? 5. In the human body, what is the proper term for the thigh bone? 6. In which harbour did the Mary Rose sink in 1545? 7. Which actress played Dorien in the TV sitcom `Birds of a Feather`? 8. How many teaspoons go into one tablespoon? 9. Which famous person from history opened the 1936 Olympic Games? 10. Who hosted the TV show `The Krypton Factor`? Answers on page 57

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Local Events

What's On

This area is for local events, what’s on, clubs and societies. These listings are FREE. If you would like to add your info on this page, then please email the details to: If you would like your event in a black box, it’s a minimal charge of £20 per month. Or if you would prefer to sponsor the page with the banner at the bottom, please call our sales team on 0121 796 6800 for more info.

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 and we will be happy to spread the word on what is happening near you.



at Alvechurch Village Hall committee room, Tuesdays 9:30am. Sessions £2.60 for the hour. No need to book, just turn up with a smile! For more details contact Hayley Gwilliam at Sports Development on 01527 881404.

provides free delivery of books to people in their own homes. If you are housebound or unable to visit the library then please call Alvechurch Library on 01905 822722 to find out how they can provide you with brilliant reads.

A WEEKLY QUIZ takes place every Thursday at The Crown Inn, Withybed Green, Alvechurch, starting at 9pm. Entry is only £1 per team member – cash prizes available for winners and runners up. At the end of the quiz there is a chance to win the jackpot on “Play Your Cards Right”.

FORGET-ME-NOT is a group for people who have been bereaved, whether recently or at some point in the past, and would like to meet with others in a similar situation. Members meet twice a month in the upper room of the ARK at St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, and new members are always welcome! To find out more call Sue Phillips on 0121 445 3620.

BURCOT NIDDIE NODDIES BROMSGROVE & REDDITCH BADMINTON CLUB welcomes players for social and league play. Playing Sunday evenings 17:40 to 19:40. Details from Steve Whittaker 07805 051456.

LONGBRIDGE LADIES CYCLING CLUB wants lovely new members! Weekly Wednesday and Sunday rides, hotel and hostel weekends away, cycle camping adventures, social outings and much more. Beginners and seasoned cyclists welcome. Call Deb on 07738982161, email or see

BARNT GREEN FISHING CLUB manages angling on the Bittell Reservoir complex. Trout and coarse fishing are available. For further information and application forms email the Membership Secretary at

spinning group meets on the 3rd Sat each month, 10am-1pm at Burcot Garden Centre, B60 1PW. Open to all crafters, not just spinners. Bring your own chair. Phone Kim Neale on 0121 445 1677, or drop by, for more details. Cost £3 to include a drink and cake.

SILVER THREADS the Alvechurch club, meets on the first Weds each month at 2pm in Alvechurch Village Hall. You’ll be sure of a welcome in this friendly atmosphere, where members can chat over a cup of tea. There are regular bingo sessions, and occasional days out. New members welcome. More info from Pat on 0121 447 8630.



also trips for retired and semi-retired gentlemen. There is a range of other activities where partners are able to attend. The Kingfisher Probus holds monthly midday meetings at The Foxlydiate Arms on the second Thursday of each month. New members will be made very welcome. Come along to a meeting to meet everyone or contact Max Sayer on 0121 445 4724.

3rd Monday of each month at Bromsgrove Rugby Club (Finstall Road, B60 3DH). Doors open at 7:30pm, speakers begin 8pm. Admission free on your first visit; refreshments available. More info on 01527 908331 or

BEACON LADIES CLUB meets at 8pm on alternate Wednesday evenings at The Hawthorns Social

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Quiz Answers. 1. Colorado

2. Humerus

Club, Rednal Hill Lane, Rednal. There is a varied programme of speakers and outings, including occasional visits to the theatre. New members of all ages welcome. £10 annual membership, plus £1.50 fortnightly. Please ring Barbara on 0121 445 3456, Wendy on 445 3574 or Anita on 445 3770.

3. Four

4. Austria

5. Femur

6. Portsmouth

7. Lesley Joseph

8. 3

9. Adolf Hitler

10. Gordon Burns

growing membership includes those with interests in both film and digital techniques, wide-ranging subjects from highly-skilled photographers to novices. The club meets on Tuesday nights, 8-10pm at the Avoncroft Arts Centre. New members and visitors welcome. For more information, please visit

COMMON THREAD is a friendly group of women who enjoy crafts including sewing, knitting, crochet, and more, together with tea, cake and chat. For more info contact Maggie on 0121 439 9324 or Jayne on 0121 445 1113.

COFFEE, CAKE AND CHAT meets from 10:30am to 12noon on the fourth Friday of the month (not August) in The Wheel at St Catherine’s Church, Blackwell. All welcome. If you would like a lift please call Rodney on 0121 445 2070.


Spanish and French language courses Patrick’s ongoing Spanish and French language courses at Alvechurch Library have a few spaces. These classes run three times a week on Tues, Thurs and Fri. Contact Patrick on 07708 027372 or email to see if you can join in. For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online using your debit or credit card. For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email, or visit or the Facebook page.

Fun Run for refugees

as a branch of the Guide Association, is now open to anyone over the age of 18. Make new friends, travel, explore, serve the community and help Guiding and Scouting in your area. The Guild meets at Barnt Green Scout & Guide Centre (off Blackwell Road, Barnt Green, B45 8BT) every second Weds 7:30pm-9:30pm. For more information call 0121 445 3907 or 0121 445 2813 or visit

A Fun Run in support of refugees takes place at Sanders Park, Bromsgrove on Sat July 15. The Gimme Shelter 3k Fun Run starts at 9am, and you can run, jog or walk! £8 entry for adults/£4 for under-18s.Live music on the bandstand, goody bag for all participants and lots more. Register at ‘Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees’ is a voluntary community group helping refugees locally, in camps in Northern Europe and beyond.


Wheels & Toes Wheelchair Dancing

Under 12s: FREE. Join us for a funfilled ‘end-of-summer’ celebration in the heart of the village, two nights of Live Music, Open Air Cinema, Gourmet Street Food, Local Ales, Craft Beers, Prosecco, Gin, Cocktails, DJs and lots of other festival shenanigans. Venue Barnt Green Sports Club, Margesson Drive, Barnt Green, B45 8LR

on the second Weds each month (except January) at Alvechurch Social Club at 12:30pm. They are looking for new members, so if you have ever served in any branch of the forces and are free at lunch time, please go along and join in.

No longer able to dance? Try Wheelchair Dancing instead! Wheels and Toes meets in Harborne each Thurs, 6.15-8pm. Wide variety of dances. More info from Barbara on 0121 458 3686 or


Barnt Green Weekender

The Worcester-Birmingham & Droitwich Canels Society

Friday 8th September 2017 - 18:00 till 1am. Saturday 9th September 2017 18:00 till 1am. Adult tickets: £20.00 Teen tickets (age 12-17): £8.00

meets at the Alvechurch boat centre,Scarfield Hill ( by Weighbridge Pub) First Tuesday every month at 7.45pm or visit

is a friendly, active and mutually supportive club for those interested in photography and digital imaging. The

Astwood Bank Angling Club Astwood Bank Angling Club has 8 lakes,including 2 just outside Alvechurch. Annual membership £57 adult. Contact Paul on 01527 522 704

Bromsgrove folk Club meets on the second and last Thursday every month. Full a full list of events call Bob Bignell on 0121 476 5938.

Blackwell & Barnt Green Theatre Group has been in existence for over 40 years. Fore more information call 0791 273 3226 or 0797 100 7604.

The Lily Mae Foundation Balsall Common Fun Run. We have applied to hold the Run on Sunday 17th September 2017. Please pencil this date in your diary whilst we await confirmation from Solihull MBC.

Due to the popularity of this page, we are now having to limit the amount of words for each post. If the post is too long, it may be edited by us or not included at all. We will also only keep a post for a few months to make space for new events etc. So, please keep it short and to the point!

Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Cornfield Magazine cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in this magazine. The Cornfield Magazine cannot be held responsible for any breach of copyright arising from any material supplied. Published monthly by Cornfield Publishing Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission from the publisher.

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It’s that time of the year again when the Wimbledon tennis championships take place. The annual event is the oldest tennis tournament in the world and is also considered the most prestigious. Wimbledon is also known as one of four Grand Slam Tennis tournaments, with others including the Australian Open, the French Open and the US Open with Wimbledon being the only major that is still played on grass. The event takes place across two weeks in early July, which culminates with the ladies and gentleman’s singles final.

W.Spencer Gore, a Harrovian racket player. The final lasted for 48 minutes with Gore winning the title against Marshall. In 1878 at the 2nd Wimbledon tournament, Gore lost his title to Frank Hadow.

History In 1877, the all England Croquet and Lawn Tennis Club began its first lawn tennis tournament at Wimbledon. The tournament was held at Wimbledon and had a turnout of 21 amateur tennis players that turned up to take part in the men’s singles tournament, which was the only event held at the first Wimbledon. The winner would then take home a 25-guinea trophy.

It wasn’t long until the ladies singles was introduced at Wimbledon with Maud Watson winning the first championship. The men’s doubles championships were also introduced on the same year. By 1913, the mixed women and men’s doubles were introduced.

Tennis has its origins in a 13th Century French handball game called ‘Jeu de Paume’ also known as ‘game of the palm’, which developed an indoor racket-and-ball game called ‘real ‘or ‘royal’ tennis. This form of tennis grew into lawn tennis, played on grass, which became a popular sport in the late 19th Century. In1869, the club was first established on 4 acres of meadowland outside of London and the club was originally founded to promote croquet. It was decided upon a rectangular shaped court that measured 78 feet long by 27 feet wide. They soon adapted the real tennis method of scoring based on a clock face (i.e. 15, 30, 40 game). It was then established that the first player to win 6 games wins a set, allowing only one fault to the server. The rules were mainly created by Dr. Henry Jones and are still used in today’s modern game of tennis. The first ever tournament started with 22 men who registered, however only 21 showed up on the 9th July. There were then 11 survivors, which reduced down to 6 on the 10th July. This finally went down to 3 on the 12th July where the semi finals were then held. The tournament was unfortunately suspended due to the Eton vs. Harrow cricket match. However, the final was rescheduled to the 16th July, but due to the bad weather the match was rained out. Of course, the final had to continue, so on the 19th July, 200 spectators paid a shilling each to see the match between William Marshall, a Cambridge tennis player, who battled it out against

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In early 1900 Wimbledon gained its all world status and in 1922 the club moved its base to a large stadium on Church Road. Then in 1950 tennis was known as a professional sport and the tournament became an equally as professional event. In 1968 Wimbledon welcomed only the professionals and regained its world top tennis tournament status. Wimbledon 2017 As we all know Wimbledon is a highlight of the British summer, so get your strawberries and Pimms at the ready with the 2017 edition of the tournament, which has been running for 140 years. This years tournament is being held a little later than usual with this years ladies singles and doubles final taking place on Saturday July 15th and the men’s singles and doubles, which will be taking place on Sunday 16th. You can expect to see some of the biggest names in tennis including Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer playing this spectacular annual event.

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Barnt Green July 2017 issue  

Our BRAND NEW Barnt Green magazine is here and we are so excited for you to take a look at some of our refreshing summer reads. This month w...

Barnt Green July 2017 issue  

Our BRAND NEW Barnt Green magazine is here and we are so excited for you to take a look at some of our refreshing summer reads. This month w...