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JULY 2018

Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire Edition

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

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Meghan Trainor reveals details on how she found working with loved ones on her brand new album - featuring hit single ‘No Excuses’.


We pick out our favourite summer wedding pieces, guaranteed make your big day unique and memorable.

Our gin-tastic feature includes recipes and recommendations to help you to create the perfect summer menu.

Hello and welcome to your July edition of Cornfield Magazine. This month, we bring you an interview from our July cover star, the Grammy-award winning artist Meghan Trainor. Our July issue celebrates the fantastic music scene available right on our doorsteps. Discover the latest music events and festivals hosted by Birmingham, Warwickshire and Worcestershire over the next few months. You’ll want to save a few dates in your diary – trust us. We also chat to Snow Patrol’s Jonny Quinn following the release of the new album ‘Wildness’ and tour announcement. Planning a summer wedding? Find accessories, decorations, blooms and centrepieces in our July Wedding Guide. If gin is your thing, we’ve got you covered. Take a look at our favourite ways to enjoy an ice-cold beverage on a sunny summer’s evening.

From The Cornfield Team x

Contact Us Tel: 0121 796 6800 Email: Web: Cornfield Publishing Ltd, Wythall Business Centre, May Lane, Birmingham B47 5PD

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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Venues Selecting the right venue for your summer wedding is arguably the most important decision you will make during the planning process. There are hundreds of venue types to choose from; boutique hotels, modern bars, heritage sites, historical pubs, grand historical halls, manor houses, contemporary converted barns…the list is endless. Whether you’re looking to host a festival-inspired outdoor reception in a marquee, or arrange a sophisticated dinner party in a medieval castle, picking the right venue to fulfil your wedding vision is essential. The best piece of advice to follow when searching for your wedding venue is to firstly decide upon the kind of atmosphere you would like to create. Consider whether you would you prefer to dine in a more formal and glamorous setting, or if you’d rather see your guests kicking off their shoes to dance in a casual, relaxed environment?

Whatever your preferences may be, agreeing upon the style and tone you would like to achieve for your wedding reception is a crucial first step. Once you have an idea in mind, book viewings for several venue options – the only way to truly know which venue is right for you is by experiencing what it has to offer first hand. Be sure to consider the size of the venue, whether catering facilities are available, if a band or DJ is provided, and if there are any additional costs for bar staff. Always address your concerns and wishes with the venue owner or manager before agreeing to book an establishment.

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Centrepieces Birdcages make fantastic, unique centrepieces for summer weddings, adding eccentricity to more formal dining settings. Fill birdcages with candles, fairy lights or flowers to add an element of whimsy and magic to your wedding venue. Alternatively, try lanterns as centrepieces (this is particularly suited to wedding receptions taking place outside and in the late-evening). Lanterns can be purchased in a variety of styles and colours to compliment a range of wedding themes, for example vintage or Moroccan pieces are widely available. Candelabras chosen in a material and colour to match your colour scheme act wonderfully as classic centrepieces and add a touch of elegance and drama.

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Accessories & Decorations In recent years, less formal weddings have become a popular trend amongst couples wishing to tie the knot in an untraditional way. Quirky accessories such as bunting, pom poms, flower garlands and honeycomb lanterns adorned to walls and ceilings of outdoor tipis or marquees create funky focal points. For lovers of all-things-rustic, bespoke wooden letters, freestanding blackboards and personalised welcome signs are a great way introduce guests to wedding venues. Adding fun, interactive accessories to your wedding venue is a brilliant way to get guests involved in your big day. Miniature post boxes designed to hold guests’ well wishes and comments is an alternative to a traditional wedding book. This will allow you to collect handwritten, personal notes from friends and family as keepsakes, which can be bound in a book, framed, or used in whatever way you wish to display them. Personalised memory boxes work wonderfully as places to store notes, keepsakes and objects of meaning from your wedding day, and will be kept safe over the years to be reflected upon for years to come.

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Silk Flower & Plant Centres

Established for over 50 years, Whittingtons Silk Flower and Plant Centres are packed with quality products, not just for florists and flower arrangements, but for any kind of business. We pride ourselves on our outstanding product knowledge and excellent customer service. Based at 15 locations nationwide, Whittingtons remains a family-run business, renowned for our exceptional advice and product knowledge. We are proud of our reputation as a florist supplier of choice. The majority of our staff have been with us for many years and are highly experienced to help you make the most of our products. Our sourcing process is global, ensuring we offer high quality products representing exceptional value for money. We stock a variety of sophisticated and fun products in our Event Décor and Weddings range to help you to create an occasion to remember. Whether you’re looking for decorations to spruce up your venue space – be it eye-catching table centrepieces, bespoke wedding favours, personalised stationary or

wedding gifts - at Whittingtons we can help. Find everything from bunting and balloons to chair sashes to make your venue picture perfect. We stock unique items guaranteed to create a memorable and special function. Catering for a variety of tastes to suit any party For lovers of sophistication, rustic centrepieces and intricate vintage-inspired lanterns will lift your décor to beautiful heights. Those wishing to host a phenomenal party can find quirky, eccentric accessories to create a fun atmosphere for all guests. Find everything you need to create a beautiful wedding or event at Whittingtons Silk Flower & Plant Centres.

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Flowers The great thing about selecting flowers for your summer wedding is that most species will be in full bloom for this season, meaning you’re guaranteed to be able to create bouquets to match any colour scheme. When selecting flowers for your summer wedding, it’s important to consider the practicalities demanded of your flower choice - namely, surviving the hotter temperatures of summer days. Garden roses, celosia, thistles and pincushion protea are among some of the species to choose for summer wedding bouquets, as these blooms are able to stand higher temperatures without wilting. Alternatively, artificial flowers and silk bouquets are a popular option amongst couples opting for a summer wedding. For an ‘English garden-inspired’ bouquet, try flowers such as roses and lavender, with additions of green foliage to create accents of contrasting colour. As well as looking exceptional, this bouquet should be less prone to wilting in the summer sun. Using dahlias, succulents, or jasmine (a plant well-adjusted to hotter climates) will create an eclectic mix of blooms for an interesting, summer-proof bouquet. Gypsophila, (more commonly known as baby’s breath), is an excellent flowering plant to incorporate into bouquets to add volume and texture.

If you decide to use fresh flowers for your wedding day, request a cold place on-site to store bouquets in before your ceremony – a fridge will do! Keep a spray water bottle to hand during photo shoots, and when the photographer isn’t taking pictures, give your flowers a quick spritz to keep them hydrated and cool. This should keep your flowers looking fresher for longer. Sourcing flowers from garden centres, florists or specialists local to your chosen wedding venue area is vital. Flowers can therefore be delivered on the day of your wedding, ensuring they are fresh for the hours to follow. Choosing professional artificial flowers suppliers will guarantee your flowers won’t suffer in hot summer conditions, and will remain looking perfect for your whole day. Silk flower experts, or florists, can help you to customise bouquets and posies to cater for your style preferences and personal tastes. If in doubt, always ask for advice on what blooms to select for your wedding ceremony and reception.

Sunflowers, although an obvious choice for summer wedding posies, are a fun, playful alternative to more traditional blooms. Daisies are another flower species to consider for summer weddings. Add twine or hessian ribbons to tie the flowers together and create a rustic, charming edge to any bouquet.

Save the Dates Selecting your wedding stationary might not seem like the most important task to many, but your save the dates will be the first impression many people will get for your wedding day. However you decide to encourage people to save the date – whether you choose beautiful cards, handy fridge magnets, bookmarks or handcrafted wooden ornaments – your save the dates should compliment your theme and colour palette. Remember to include important information such as your ‘plus ones policy’, your wedding date and time, ceremony and reception venues, RSVP requirements, parking information, menu choices (including dietary

requirements), whether children are able to attend, and specific gift list details (such as charity donations). Although this seems like an obvious thing to state, you should send out your save the dates as soon as you have booked and confirmed your venue so guests have enough time to keep the date free of other commitments.

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Food & Drink Arguably the biggest wedding trend for this Year is an alternative take on traditional wedding food. Opting out of sit-down, four-course meals, couples are instead seeking more informal methods of dining. From food trucks, to sharing platters and gourmet buffets, wedding cuisine has been altered in recent years to suit individual tastes and preferences. Why not try Food Yule Love Hog Roasts or Indian street food for the main course, or create a dessert table filled with an abundance of sweet treats for your guests to choose from? By dining in a less formal way, guests are able to choose their own portion sizes, sample fantastic cuisine and hopefully reduce the amount of leftovers in the process!

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Favour Boxes, Bags & Gifts You should definitely give your guests and wedding party members favours or gifts - adding a personal element will show your loved ones how much you appreciate their attendance. Adding nametags with ribbon to bottles of champagne, wine, or beer, or wrapping your favourite sweets and chocolates in delicate silk bags are excellent ways to say ‘thank you’ to wedding party members. Boxes filled with jewellery or cufflinks are a lovely way to give tokens to close friends and family that have been involved in the wedding planning – especially the Best Man and Maid of Honour. Why not try something completely different for your wedding favours? Homemade, edible favours are a nice way to give your guests something a little unusual yet memorable. Small pots of local honey or jams are useful (and rather cute) favours, as are delicious homemade brownies or jars of old-fashioned sweets. Personalised packets of seeds for guests to take home are a great idea for couples opting for an outdoor wedding.

If you are creating a wedding gift list, or would like your guests to donate to a charity of your choice instead of buying material items, make sure this is highlighted well in advance of your big day. Consider including details on your save the dates, or writing to people several months prior to your wedding to ensure your guests have enough time to plan accordingly.

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

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Cornfield Loves

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All Things Gin The Gin Vault Cornfield Recommends The Gin Vault is an independent bar in the heart of Birmingham's historic Canal area, offering 200+ gins, personal service, a relaxed atmosphere and the expertise of the Gin Vault team. Not a gin connoisseur? Try The Gin Vault’s Gin Experience package, allowing you to sample several favourites and unusual brands. The gin-loving team are always on hand to assist customers with advice on the HUGE range of gins stocked. New gins are added every week so keep checking in to their Facebook page for regular updates (or alternatively, swing by every week to sample a few…whatever works!). Every gin served is created with flair and passion and made perfect for each customer. Not the biggest gin fan? No fear! The Gin Vault also serves beer, cider and wine, as well as a delicious tapas menu to taste as you sip your drinks. 16 Gas St, Birmingham B1 2DS - 0121 769 0166

Calling All Cocktail Lovers… Birmingham Cocktail Weekend will return this summer for a three-day celebration of margaritas, martinis, mojitos and more! Ready to shake up the city from 13-15 July, the cocktail spectacular has announced its brand new hub location at the Mailbox at the first venues taking part. Embark upon a citywide cocktail voyage! Award-winning Edinburgh Gin has taken up the top spot as headline sponsor for the event, which is in its fourth year, and the brand will be located at the centre of the action at the city’s most sought after shopping and lifestyle destination. Birmingham Cocktail Weekend 2018 is set to be the biggest festival yet. With wristbands already flying of the shelf, more cocktailrevelers than ever before are expected to visit the participating venues, where each will create an exclusive signature cocktail available for just £4 to wristband wearers throughout the duration of the weekend. Wristbands are on sale now, priced at £10 from

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Summer Cocktails The New Classics - From Brockmans Gin Summer evenings beckon and with this in mind the mixologists from the gin brand like no other, Brockmans Gin, have created four new summer cocktails, three of which are contemporary twists on classic drinks.

The complex and seductively smooth combination of botanicals in Brockmans lends this spirit to being shaken and stirred into some equally easy, yet deliciously different, cocktails. Make 2018 a summer of surprises...

BROCKMANS AVIATION COCKTAIL The sky’s the limit with this contemporary take on a classic 50ml Brockmans Gin 10ml Crème de Violette 15ml Lemon Juice 10ml Maraschino Liqueur Garnish: an edible flower such as a violet; a Maraschino cherry ; or an ice cube embedded with dark fruit such as blackberries. Fill a shaker with ice. Add all the ingredients and hard shake. Strain into a Martini glass. Decorate with your choice of garnish.

SUMMER NEGRONI A delectable new take on the classic Negroni 50ml Brockmans Gin 25ml Antica Formula 25ml Aperol 4 Raspberries Garnish: a slice of dehydrated orange (see Garnishes) Muddle 4 raspberries in a shaker and then add ice cubes and all the other ingredients. Shake till chilled. Double strain into a rocks glass over an ice ball. Garnish with a slice of dehydrated orange.

Brockmans tastes mysterious but fortunately there is no mystery when it comes to obtaining it. You can buy Brockmans Gin in over 130 M&S branches, Wine Rack, Oddbins, Harvey Nichols and Booths as well as many specialist and online retailers. It is priced at around £34.

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In Review:


Laser Hair Removal Treatment

Laser Hair Removal at EF MEDISPA harnesses the power of the most advanced Soprano Laser technology to significantly reduce hair growth. What makes Laser Hair Removal unique is that it can provide astonishing long-lasting results. The Soprano Laser uses an award-winning, advanced diode laser technology, which passes light through the skin and into the hair root to destroy the cells so they can no longer produce hair, leaving the rest of the surrounding tissue untouched. All treatments are tailored to individual clients, and personal experiences and results may vary. Booking a oneto-one consultation with Treatment Coordinators to discuss your treatment options is a great way to discover a course to suit your needs. With more than 10 years of experience in performing aesthetic treatments, EF MEDISPA is always at the forefront of modern technologies and strives to provide the most effective and wellresearched beauty treatments to clients. Laser Hair Removal has evolved throughout the years, and EF MEDISPA offer only the most cutting-edge Soprano Laser technology to achieve optimum results with minimal discomfort delivered by qualified Practitioners. Some of the most common areas of unwanted hair for men are the chest, stomach, back and face, ears and nose. Our Director, Richard Cornfield, tested out the Laser Hair Removal treatment and reviewed his experience: “I have always found keeping my beard and facial hair in prime condition rather tiresome. After being recommended the Laser Hair Removal treatment at EF MEDISPA for my facial hair, I decided to give it a whirl. I initially met with my Practitioner, Sarah, to discuss my medical history and ensure the treatment I was opting for suited my personal requirements. “I had several sessions of the Laser Hair Removal treatment, and although I was concerned it would hurt, it simply felt like a warming sensation – no more painful than having any of my tattoos done. Of course, as this treatment was on my face, it was slightly sensitive, but by no means unbearable. “Throughout the process my Practitioner and the EF MEDISPA team were very helpful, and explained each stage of the treatment fully. After the first two sessions, it was clear to see where the hair follicles under my skin had been targeted, and by the third session in these areas no stubble grew back at all. “I am very happy with the end result. My beard lines are very defined, and I don’t have to worry about shaving clean-cut lines, as this has been done for me. I highly recommend this service and EF MEDISPA, the treatments are great for men – after all, we should pamper ourselves too!” Edgbaston, 11 Greenfield Crescent, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B15 3AU 0121 667 3541

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The Midland

Hand Clinic Sports

Upper limb injuries

From Tennis elbow to Golfer’s elbow and Boxer’s fractures to Skier’s thumb, the list of sporting injuries is endless. We want you to play and enjoy your sport but early diagnosis and treatment will enable rapid return.

Put Your Hands

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

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

Ask us about our self funding prices for minor hand surgery

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Temple Fields CEMETERY

A natural burial ground and nature reserve in the heart of the Warwickshire countryside

Temple Fields Cemetery is a natural burial ground with which to commemorate your loved ones within wild flower meadows and woodland. We provide an ecological alternative from traditional gravestones, set within a beautiful, natural landscape. About the site Set in the countryside neighbouring two nature reserves with uninterrupted views, Temple Fields Cemetery is renowned for it's florna and fauna. The burial ground shares Warwickshire Wildlife Trust's ideaoligy of enhancing and protecting biodiversity that has a rich history dating back decades. We provide ecological burial and cremation plots within the natural environment in a 20acre site neighbouring two 15acre Warwickshire Wildlife Reserves.

available from our website located on the 'Arrangements' Page. Memorial Plaques are a wonderful gesture for those wishing to engrave a few words to honour the life and memory of a loved one which are fixed to memorial trees or our location marker posts. All other information can be found on our website where you can reserve/purchase a plot, alternatively contact one of the preferred Funeral Directors.

Temple Fields is unique to the Solihull Borough which offers natural burial & cremation plots where loved ones may be peaceably laid to rest and commemorated with a living memorial.

Natural Burials and Services Natural burials are simple yet beautiful and offer an environmentally friendly approach, which does not disturb the local wildlife and its surroundings. Natural burials encourage a personal approach and the option to plant a memorial native tree is also available. Please note - all caskets for natural burials must be made of natural, biodegradable materials. Your funeral director can advise on this.

Temple Fields has nominated three preferred Funeral Directors who can offer the service you require, namely Taylors in Dorridge, Braggs in Knowle, & Deeleys in Balsall Common, all of who's details are

We also offer the option of scattering ashes within the perimeter of our woodland or amongst the newly formed coppices.

Custodian Paul Cureton who oversees the management of the site ensures the original ethos and diverse ecology is preserved.

Connect with nature and enjoy the tranquillity of your surroundings in a place of reflection. Please Quote Cornfield Upon Booking For information, to buy or reserve a plot, or to book a site visit, please contact Paul Cureton on 07711 121099 or email All other information can be found on our website at

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Victoria Claire

Organic Hairdressing

Organic, eco-friendly products; natural, healthy-looking results A Salon with a Difference


Victoria Claire Organics specialises in advanced colouring, creative cutting and styling. We aim to create fashion-forward looks through our modern colouring techniques, freehand application methods and ‘from the earth’ ingredients. At Victoria Claire we are dedicated to using professional, organic products from renewable and sustainable resources wherever possible.

At Victoria Claire Organics, our distinctive and relaxing salon provides the perfect environment for you to escape and be pampered. We offer a range of beauty treatments including facials, massages, manicures and pedicures, again embracing the ethical ethos of Victoria Claire Organics. We provide a commitment to natural wellbeing, and ensure the products we use in all of our treatments reflect this.

Our Vision We believe in creating natural results with environmentally friendly products. Our experienced team passionately uphold the eco-conscious ethos of Victoria Claire Organics, headed by founder Victoria Claire. We share the vision to achieve exceptional results by using refined techniques in order to achieve the looks clients’ desire. All of our highly creative stylists have received extensive training, and bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the salon.

Hair We offer a range of hair care treatments, including the latest hairdressing techniques. Our Freestyle Colouring techniques have been introduced to our stylists to allow us to use freehand application methods and encourage greater levels of artistry. We are able to create the latest on-trend looks, such as pastel shades, ombrè and balayage, using a non-drip formula to create multi-dimensional tones. This technique uses no foils, which allows our stylist to paint, lift, highlight and create natural, sun kissed results.

We aim to use the least damaging products, and seek the highest levels of natural and ethical purity – carrying out treatments with brands such as the plant and mineral based products from ILA, handmade in the Cotswolds, world-leading Bio Sculpture Gel Nails and Vita Liberata professional tan as seen on Victoria Secrets runways.

Extensions Our professional hair extension services, including cutting by trained professionals, will dispel any misconceptions you may have about extensions. Add volume, restore length and achieve natural-looking results with Micro Bead extensions. Pre-bonded, real hairstrands are used that require no glue, no sewing, no heat and no braiding. Application is made by using a clamp to lock the extension on to your natural hair. Siliconelined aluminium beads hold the extensions securely in place, without the need for any harsh glues or chemicals. Drop into the salon or give us a call to book your no-obligation consultation or appointment today.

We swear by the Kevin Murphy organic range, which weightlessly delivers natural, strengthening and transformative results. At Victoria Claire, we stock all organic products we use in our salon for clients to purchase and take home.

Open: Tuesday: 10.00am to 5.00pm Wednesday/Friday: 9.30am to 5.30pm Thursday: 9.30am to 7.00pm Saturday: 9.00am to 4.00pm

All hair products are sulphate and paraben free. We use natural-based colour containing no ammonia and no PPD.

116 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 5BS 01564 792828

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The “Summer of Fun” has begun in

Royal Leamington Spa… Royal Leamington Spa’s ‘Summer of Fun’ has begun! Until September, the town centre will host a feast of yummy, action-packed community events. If you’re ready to experience summer vibes like never before, make sure to put these dates in your diary! In July, Leamington Carnival will meander around the streets of Leamington on Saturday the 14th. With spectacular floats, drummers, energetic dancers, colourful costumes, live bands and much more. This is your chance to be part of this fun community event, celebrating the town’s diversity, creativity and energy whilst supporting local charitable organisations. The Carnival will wind its way to the Royal Pump Room Gardens where the celebrations will continue at the Summer Festival with 50 local stalls, food for all appetites, entertainment and Barkers Amusements Funfair will be there to welcome you! Make sure you’re ready to get creative in August when Art in the Park returns for its fifth year on 5th and 6th in Jephson Gardens. The theme this year is about ‘Trees’ to celebrate Leamington’s historic Jephson Gardens, a hidden tree paradise and host to a magnificent 4 day ‘Festival of Oaks’ in Victorian times. Enjoy a jam-packed weekend of art, creativity and fun as over 120 local makers, musicians and performers show and display a mix of crafts and arts and to fuel the fun a little more, local eateries will provide a variety of high quality food and drinks for all appetites. Warwickshire Pride, Saturday 18th August, has continued to go from strength to strength; getting bigger and better each year, while retaining its identity as a grassroots, community Pride event. Warwickshire Pride is now an established festival in Warwickshire's event calendar, welcoming masses of people each year for a celebration of LGBT+ culture. Now in its eleventh year the annual Royal Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival will take place over the weekend of September 8th and 9th at the Royal Pump Room Gardens. Visitors will find an exciting variety on offer, with exhibitors displaying culinary skills and cuisines ranging from delicious Caribbean food to gourmet toasties, to Indian street food and Persian delights accompanied with an array of local brews and exotic aperitifs. The Home Cook of the Year, organised by Aubrey Allen, also returns to crown Leamington’s finest amateur chef who will be judged on a three course cooking challenge and children will also be able to get their hands dirty by cooking scrumptious dishes at the kid’s cookery school all washed down with local live entertainment to enjoy all weekend. To find out more visit;;;; & ADMISSION IS FREE!

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Putting clients’ care at the heart of every treatment Dentelle is a centre of excellence in natural facial rejuvenation and non-surgical, natural aesthetic interventions. The Solihull-based, multi award-winning clinic is one of the select few in the Midlands accredited with Save Face. To guarantee the health and safety of all clients, Dr Clare Quinn, a registered, dental professional, carries out all procedures at Dentelle. Experts in facial rejuvenation and skin care With over 20 years of experience working in dental practice, and having refined her gentle injectable techniques over the past 10 years within the field of aesthetics, Medical Director Dr Clare Quinn LDS RCS (Eng) is well known in achieving natural cosmetic injectable results. By attending regular training programmes, Clare continuously keeps up-to-date with the latest non-surgical techniques, meaning her experience and expertise guarantees clients are in safe hands. Save Face accredited Dentelle is one of the select few clinics in the Midlands accredited with Save Face – a national register of practitioners who provide non-surgical cosmetic treatments recognised by the Professional Standards Authority, the Government, The Department of Health, NHS England and The Care Quality Commission.

AlumierMD Brighter ideas in skin science Dentelle stocks the AlumierMD skin care line – delivering effective formulations by using optimal medical-grade ingredients. The AlumierMD brand was born out of an understanding that everyone wants clear, beautiful skin. Using 100 years of combined experience, the experts behind AlumierMD products have created luxurious formulations to address multiple skin concerns and deliver exceptional results over time.

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The benefits of receiving regular aesthetic treatments Medically qualified Dr Clare Quinn reveals why it’s important for clients to receive regular aesthetic skin care treatments: “Noticeable improvements in skin tone, texture and radiance can be achieved by regularly having non-surgical aesthetic and facial therapies. For example, a course of HydraFacials can vastly improve the appearance of skin and utilise the full potential of the hydradermabrasion technology. Although HydraFacials do achieve noticeable results from just one session, regular ongoing monthly treatments are proven to diminish fine lines, congestion and pigmentation and improve skin quality by increasing the activity of skin cells to generate more collagen”

HydraFacial Fire and Ice Facial Guinot Hydradermie Environ Vitamin Facial Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Wrinkle Smoothing Injections Lip Treatments IPL Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation Acne Treatments Manicures and Pedicures Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments Relaxing Aromatherapy Massage Professional Makeup Artist (for glamour and bridal) Dermal Fillers (For lifting and improving facial contours) Profhilo Skin Refreshing Dentelle is recognised as a Diamond Award Finalist by the Safety in Beauty 2018 campaign – dedicated to paying special tribute to outstanding businesses within the beauty and aesthetics industry.

Call the clinic now to book a no obligation, confidential consultation or book your treatment now! Call: 01564 770770 - Email:

Exclusive Summer Offers

Get your glow back with a range of packages on offer this July at Dentelle. Try these treatments designed to refresh, renew and rejuvenate your skin.

Refresh Package

Renew Package

2x Areas Anti-wrinkle Injections 1x Fire & Ice Facial or Hydrafacial FREE Skincare Consultation

1x Ml Filler 1x Fire & Ice Facial or Hydrafacial FREE Skincare Consultation



Rejuvenate Package

20% Off Course of 3 Facials

2x Areas Anti-wrinkle Injections 1x Ml Filler 1x Hydrafacial 1x LED Phototherapy 1x Fire & Ice Facial FREE Skincare Consultation


Choose from: Hydrafacial Environ Facial Fire & Ice Facial Guinot Hydradermie Facial

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Summer tooth whitening offer

Only ÂŁ199 A great smile can often be achieved simply and by using very conservative, non-invasive, painless techniques. These may include: Our revolutionary Air Flow, unsurpassed at removing difficult stains

available until 31st August

More advanced procedures include: Ceramic facings (veneers)

Safe, effective tooth-whitening

All-ceramic crowns

Fillings blended in to match the natural colour of your teeth

Implant-retained restorations to replace dentures

Tooth alignment with orthodontics, often without the need for braces

Please quote Cornfield

Our team are happy to discuss how modern cosmetic dentistry may help you.

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Skin Care System


CLEANSE - BIOGLYCOLIC® FACE CLEANSER Bioglycolic Face Cleanser offers deep cleansing in a non-irritating cream base. This product leaves the skin soft and hydrated and eliminates the need for a post-cleansing toner or astringent. REJUVENATE - C-ESTA® SERUM Lift, firm and tighten the appearance of facial contours with this exceptional, antioxidant cocktail featuring Vitamin C and DMAE for powerful free-radical protection. RESURFACE - BIOCLEAR® LOTION All's clear with Bioclear! A powerful combination of glycolic, salicylic and azelaic acid provides a broad-range of benefits for dramatically smoother, clearer, more luminous looking skin. HYDRATE - TRANSFORMATION FACE CREAM Go beyond simple hydration with this luxurious, patented growth factor, peptide and antioxidant solution. The ultimate in advanced hydrators to reduce the appearance of aging and damaged skin. PROTECT - ANTIOXIDANT DAILY FACE PROTECTANT SPF 33 The ultimate in wearability! This fan-favorite combines waterresistant, broad-spectrum UVA and UVB protection with oil control and advanced hydration for the skin.

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Natural Complexions Aesthetics Clinic

Imagine a place where you can escape the pressures of everyday life – an idyllic sanctuary where you can leave the hectic world, a place to relax, rejuvenate and rebalance your mind, body and soul…welcome to Natural Complexions. Based in the heart of Wythall, Natural Complexions offers a wide range of skincare treatments to clients from near and far. Our treatments are designed to improve, perfect and care for your skin, and are complemented by our great range of skincare products to prolong the results of your treatment.

Facial Treatments

Owner and aesthetician, Keith Newell, who has over 40 years of medical experience in dentistry and facial aesthetics, heads the Natural Complexions team. Keith’s professional experience includes the new Level 4 training in mesotherapy, Level 4 skin needling, skin peel treatments and noninvasive surgery, combined with redermalisation and collagen replacement.


Keith has used his knowledge and experience to create a skincare business that delivers a personal service for every single customer. Whether you visit our clinic at Becketts Farm, or order skincare products via our website, you can rest assured that you are in safe hands.

Body Treatments There are various issues with our bodies that we often feel concerned about. Our range of body treatments aim to leave your skin feeling soft, smooth, relaxed, tightened and slimmer. The idea behind our body treatments is that it’s just as important to have your body felling as good as your face.

No matter what your skin type, we have a selection of facials that are suitable for your skin. People with tired, dull looking skin, acne, Rosacea and facial lines can all benefit from our treatments. Our facials are full of vitamins and minerals to give your skin a boost and to help repair damage caused by every day life.

Everyone can benefit from a peel treatment, from boosting your skin for a special occasion to treating a specific type of problem skin, or just as a pick-me-up. The peel treatments we offer here can actively reduce the look of acne or acne scars, age pigmentation, fine lines and wrinkles, freckles, rough skin and scaly patches, scars and sun damaged skin on the face, neck, décolleté, hands and body.

Medical Treatments Our medical treatments will address the bigger concerns with your skin, from total hydration to rebuilding your collagen levels helping to reduce lines and add volume. Medical needling aims to help with stretch marks and scarring, whilst mesotherapy can tackle hair loss in men and women. We have dermal fillers for peri-orbital (nose to mouth) and peri-ocular (eyes) area. √ Great treatments √ Great products √ Great service

FREE consultations available – individual skin assessments and advice, no obligation. Give us a call today on 01564 824114 for more information or book your free consultation. Visit: to browse our skincare range.

Address: Old Office Buildings Becketts Farm, Alcester Road, Wythall B47 6AJ

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Lovely days out

to try with the family this summer

Woodland Walks With tons of beautiful parks and woodlands in the Midlands, you shouldn’t be short for nature trails to explore this summer with your family. Saltwells Local Nature Reserve, Moseley Bog, Cannon Hill Park and Leasowes Park are the perfect places to take a walk through acres of parkland and enjoy stunning natural landscapes. Take a backpack full of colouring pencils and paper so younger children can create pictures of the things they discover. Bring a checklist of things for your kids to find along walks to encourage them to discover the natural world, e.g. acorns, chestnuts, maple leaves, daisies, buttercups. If your little explorers discover everything on the list, reward them with a prize of your choice (chocolate always works as a good incentive!). With lots of National Trust sites scattered around the Midlands, there’s plenty of heritage sites to visit over the summer holidays. Invest in a National Trust annual membership for worthwhile discounts – family memberships are available, with under 5s going free. Museums and Attractions The Midlands is home to hundreds of interesting historical sites and fantastic museums waiting to be discovered. The Black Country Living Museum will take your kids back in time, providing intriguing historical

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information and an amazing open-air interactive exhibition. Kenilworth Castle is a fantastic attraction suitable for all ages, and makes a brilliant day out for the whole family. The medieval ruins are the perfect place to marvel at the history of the monarch and learn about the Tudor ways of life. Ask the staff at these attractions for guidebooks and children’s activities to complete as you walk around – this should make for a day of family fun and provide great entertainment for the kids. The Severn Valley Railway in Worcestershire runs original steam-hauled passenger trains that offer marvellous views of the scenic River Severn. Spot the 200ft Victoria Bridge featured in the film ‘The 39 Steps’. Of course, you can always explore Birmingham’s famous canal network for an interesting and picturesque series of walks – see how many different designs you can find on house boats along the way and tell kids the history behind the intricate Canal Navigations.

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An Interview with

Meghan Trainor On her new music, working with loved ones and women in the music industry


rammy-award winning artist Meghan Trainor reveals details about the making of her new singles ‘No Excuses’, ‘Let You Be Right’ and ‘Can’t Dance’ ahead of the release of her third full-length album. Known for her confident lyrics and catchy tracks, Trainor has risen to the status of pop star with several multi-platinum singles, sell-out headline tours and chart-topping albums to her name.

Can you tell us something about the new album that we may not know? What else can I tell you about my album…did I talk about my dad being on the album? My dad’s a feature on the album he’s playing piano and organ, singing background on every song. What was that like? Amazing. A dream come true, because he used to play on my first albums when I was growing up, the albums that I produced myself and he would help me, so I would always put his name down for playing piano. So it was like a big ‘Thank You’ moment, of like ‘Oh we used to do this when I was younger.’ It’s kinda weird, because the song’s called ‘Good Morning’ and it’s about ‘I don’t need coffee I just need your sweet loving in the morning’. So it’s a little weird that my dad’s on this song! But we all got over that. And I don’t say anything dirty, so like... a toddler could sing it and it would just be a sweet song of like, ‘I just need you and

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not coffee to wake up’. A good brushing your teeth song, you know? Featuring my dad! With ‘No Excuses’, you’ve touched on how important it is - that message of respect getting out there. Because of the Time’s Up movement and #MeToo, was that something that was going on and you thought ‘Okay, we’ve gotta get this one out now’ and that was an overriding reason of why you wanted to start off the album with this track? Yeah, it wasn’t the main reason. It wasn’t reading the news and thinking ‘God we gotta write a song for them’. But, after I wrote about my personal experience, I realised ‘Man, this never ends.’ And we always need a reminder of respect. I loved when Aretha Franklin came out with R-E-S-P-E-C-T, and was like ‘Dang we still sing that song today and there’s nothing more powerful than that concept. I wish I could write one of those’. And then I did and I thought it’s so important right now

and it could help so many people out there, and it could be a great anthem for the women that are coming out and speaking out, and I’m very proud of them and I hope this song helps them and encourages them to keep doing what they’re doing. Writing empowering music is important to you. How do you think it is within the music industry now? Do you think we’ve got a positive shift forward for women in music? I hope so, yeah! I’m seeing a lot of women take over the charts and I’m proud of them. A lot of hardworking women like Camila [Cabello], not easy for her to go from her girl band to go solo, and she did it and killed it and is working her booty off and is slaying, you know? I’m so proud of her. But I think we’re all standing up and we’re all very powerful and it shows in our hard work when our songs are up in the top and we’re singing at award shows about how special we are, and there’s room for everybody, too.

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Both your previous albums, Title and Thank You are sonically very different since Title has a lot of do-wop influences and then Thank You had a lot of early 90s pop elements, where would you place the new album? Where would you say that progression has been made between those two? It’s funny, I was thinking about this today. Right in the middle. Right slap in the middle. Right stuck in there. I’ve got a lot of funk, I have a lot horns on this album, but I’ve also got a lot of pop and a lot of 80s pop. And kind of Whitney pop, you know? And … but you get those modern feels and that’s the songwriting that I learned from Max Martin. It’s all math, it’s all laid out, it’s perfectly symmetric and it’s easy to hear and sing back right away, that’s my favourite stuff. Easy to consume.

You previously said the biggest thing you’ve learned over the past two years is how to look after yourself and put yourself first. What do you think is the biggest change that you’ve made that’s had the most positive impact on you? Being healthy. Like actually being healthy, like working out and eating well and not doing anything that could hurt my body. I just stopped drinking booze, not because I had a problem with it or anything - I just

hated hangovers and I hated my skin being so dry and just was like, ‘this is poison and I’m gonna just stop and be J.Lo and have a pretty face forever’, you know? I’m hoping for that, when I get older. We’ll see. But I noticed that helped my mental health a lot, and my fiancée Daryl inspired me to enjoy working out, which is a whole new thing. I don’t believe in runners’ high, but I believe in like the aftermath of no matter what happens

today, I worked out and I look great and feel great. Look out for Trainor’s new album, coming soon. The fantastic singles ‘Let You Be Right’, ‘No Excuses’ and ‘Can’t Dance’ are out now via Epic Records. Visit for more info.

With more music and surprises soon, get ready for the ‘Summer of Meghan Trainor’!

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Dawn’s frustrating experience is the motivation behind the launch of a new

Solihull care service Fast growing Solihull wet room and bathroom specialists OT Bathrooms are expanding into the care industry. Olton Care will be headed by Dawn Shuttleworth, a member of the OT Bathrooms management team, who has been motivated by the distressing experiences of the poor care her ailing parents endured in the latter stages of their lives. “The level of professional care and support that both my parents received when they had dementia in the latter stages of their lives was very poor, and it has made me determined to help other families avoid going through the same as I did,” said Dawn. Olton Care will work with families to put together a bespoke package to include personal care administering medication shopping daily chores the preparation of meals sitting with the client for company

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staying over if need be liasing with social services providing information about grants that are available regular communication with the family. “My goal is to provide a service that makes life as easy as possible for families, and as comfortable as it can be for their elderly relative,” said Dawn. For further information about Olton Care call Dawn Shuttleworth on 0121 707 8612

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Thomas Hearn Providing Quality Service & Premium Brands Visit Thomas Hearn this summer for your chance to take advantage of our fantastic offers! For a limited time only, Thomas Hearn is offering customers huge discounts on best-selling items.

The best prices in the Midlands – we won’t be beaten on price, guaranteed.

Located in Kenilworth, Thomas Hearn is a supplier of both modern and traditional furniture that will to suit any room within your home. With over 70 years of experience, our family business prides itself on offering a friendly and expert service at competitive prices.

Summer Savings! Find great deals on quality products Thomas Hearn offers a range of popular premium brands whilst also supporting smaller manufacturers, stocking a wide variety of products from renowned names such as Hypnos, Tempur, Vispring, Cavalier Carpets, Parker Knoll, G Plan and Stressless. Our customers can rest assured the dedicated team at Thomas Hearn are on hand to provide expert advice for any customers seeking assistance in their furniture selection and the styling of their homes.

Exceptional summer sale items from leading premium brands Visit our showroom, have a browse, and take advantage of our wonderful spring offers.

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Customers are offered a unique shopping experience at Thomas Hearn. Browse at your leisure, hassle-free!

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Shirley Aquatics

Experience the Difference

Experts in fish keeping since 1939 Specialists in unique aquariums, pond supplies & water features What We Do Shirley Aquatics is a family run business that has been at the forefront of the aquatic and reptile industry for nearly 80 years. Their custom built facility at Becketts farm, Wythall is the brainchild of father and son, John and Richard Cook. “A lot of hard work has gone into our new centre, and whilst we still have a lot of potential for future development the store is fully operational and looking incredible.” - Richard Cook.

Pond and Aquarium advice Interest free credit Amazing aquarium showroom

be believed. Some of the country’s best Koi carp and pond fish held in custom made tanks all with amazing viewing panels to make your selection even easier. Their pride and joy, a 95cm Yamabuki Ogon (a pure gold koi carp) is held in the main 60,000 litre pond and she can be yours for only £12,000! Stocking a range of reptiles, tropical fish, aquatic plants and the latest marine equipment, Shirley Aquatics can cater for all of your reptile or fish keeping needs. Aquariums & accessories Ponds, pumps, filters, food and treatments Reptiles and everything they need Koi, goldfish, sturgeon and more Tropicals, marine fish (including Nemos!) Goods available instore or online

Managing Director Richard Cook is incredibly proud of the new centre and all the work the team have put in. “We pride ourselves on delivering excellent customer service and ensure we provide the best advice possible for each individual client. At Shirley Aquatics, we hope to grow a lasting relationship with all of our visitors through a shared passion for every aspect of the hobby”.

The Shirley Aquatics Experience Whether you’re looking for a new water feature for your garden, a state of the art marine aquarium, some goldfish for your pond, or professional guidance on how to house a tortoise, they have it all! The New Shirley Aquatics facility has one of the country’s best aquarium showrooms; a tropical fish house with thousands of tropical fish, marine fish, corals and invertebrates; thousands of products to suit every need; a one of a kind reptile room; a cold-water section packed with koi and cold-water fish from Israel and Japan; an aquatic plant and water feature courtyard… oh, and Wythall’s very own shark tank!

Hundreds of plants for ponds, bog gardens and patio features Our Brand New Koi Pond - Now Open Shirley Aquatics has always been the place to go for Koi and pond fish but the new cold water department has to be seen to

Our new outdoor space stocks a huge range of pond plants, water features and waterfalls designed to make any garden look spectacular!

Shirley Aquatics 0121 744 1300 Open Monday – Saturday: 9am – 6pm, Sunday: 10am – 4pm Heath Farm, Alcester Road, Wythall, Bromsgrove, B47 6AJ

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Summer House Sounds at Ragley Hall Warwickshire’s Ragley Hall will welcome a brand-new series of nationwide concerts in 2018 with Summer House Sounds. Presented by live music promoters Cuffe and Taylor, Summer House Sounds is about bringing music to the people in unique and beautiful locations. Alcester’s Ragley Hall will see headline concerts and performances from music legend Tom Jones, British pop icons Madness, and the world’s most successful classical crossover group Il Divo over three consecutive nights in July. The Summer House Sounds series will also see headline concerts at some of the UK’s most historic and beautiful stately homes and castles further afield in Berkshire, Northumbria, Suffolk, Hampshire and Leicestershire. Tom Jones 12 July 2018 Madness 13 July 2018 Il Divo 14 July 2018 Tickets to all Summer House Sounds concerts are available from For more information go to

We’re delighted to be presenting Summer House Sounds across the UK this July and are especially delighted to be doing so at Ragley Hall. We’ve not worked with Ragley Hall previously, so to be bringing such a stellar line-up to this most magnificent location this year is very exciting. And to be presenting a series of concerts for the first time at Ragley Hall is something we are very much looking forward to. Peter Taylor, Cuffe and Taylor Director

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It's written on the wind It's everywhere I go So if you really love me Come on and let it show 1. What is a group of chickens called? 2. How did Captain Hook die in Peter Pan? 3. Who played the Riddler in the 1995 film `Batman Forever`? 4. With which band would you associate Jack and Meg White? 5. Which rock group had a hit with `The Final Countdown`? 6. What was Oliver Reed`s last film? 7. Who did Muhammad Ali fight in `The Thrilla In Manila`? 8. Who`s last words were translated as `You too, Brutus`? 9. From what country does the chihuahua dog originate? 10. Which planet in the solar system would come third alphabetically? Answers on page 58

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Quiz Answers. 1. A brood

2. Killed by a crocodile

3. Jim Carrey

4. The White Stripes

5. Europe

6. `Gladiator`

7. Joe Frazier

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Snow Patrol’s

Jonny Quinn

On the Band’s New Album, ‘Wildness’ Back in May of this year, Snow Patrol released their highly anticipated new album ‘Wildness’ - their first album in seven years. Returning to the music scene with impact, the band also announced a huge supporting tour that will head out across the United States, before returning to Europe at the end of the year and into the beginning of 2019. After an extended period of time away from recording, the new album continues Snow Patrol’s repertoire and takes it in a new, glorious direction. ‘Wildness’ attempts to find this connection and clarity in the midst of the frantic modern world. The album is a bold, emotional and refreshingly honest work, one that raises Snow Patrol to an entirely new artistic level. Evie Kissack speaks to Jonny Quinn, Snow Patrol’s eminent drummer, about the band’s return to the recording studio and the sensitive messages behind the songs.

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So ‘Wildness’ was released on 25 May – the first album in seven years! How did you feel leading up to the album’s release? It’s nerve-racking, but comes with a sense of relief at the same time. We just did our first gig, which was great fun. You know, it felt like people were really happy to see us back. We were quite well rehearsed this time, which is always nice… [Laughter] How has it been getting back in the studio to work on an album after such a long break? Well we had several attempts over the years to record, each month we thought we were ready to go…and Gary’s been well documented about his writing block. The music was there, but I think he needed something to write about, which was important. So it’s not just for the sake of it. He probably needed to get it right in terms of that. It was definitely longer than we had imagined – the break – but it’s better late than never. It has definitely been worth the wait. I’ve just been listening to the album - it’s quite different to some of your previous works. It feels raw and organic, but keeps the classic ‘Snow Patrol sound’. Can you tell me a little about the title ‘Wildness’? I suppose it relates to the wildness of the world at the moment. It might be just a perception thing, because of the media, but it seems fitting with the chaos that often surrounds us. Lyrically, a lot of the songs relate to what Gary has personally gone through. He’s talked a lot about his depression, and overcoming that. Him being able to give up booze was a huge thing, for the last two years. He’s been talking about that, and his dad’s dementia…various subjects. It’s a very moving, personal album. In the studio, do you tend to work from the lyrics Gary produces? He would send a lot of stuff through GarageBand and he would go into the studio with Jacknife [Lee] to lay the tracks down, and then we would all come together. We had about three different recording sessions, we used our producer’s house, which is like a tiny little garage – it really isn’t a fancy studio at all. I suppose that whole ‘organic rawness’ you’re talking about is due to that. Musically, actually, we had a really good time. I think you do get the ‘red light syndrome’ that people talk about. When you’re in the studio you get the feeling of ‘Right, we’ve got to write a hit’ so I think there’s a kind of honesty about the sound of it this time. We just didn’t rely on layers of guitars; we’ve had walls of guitars with loads of strings before. It’s written very acoustic-based, so I think the ‘Snow Patrol sound’ comes from Gary’s voice a lot of the time. But even then, there are a couple of times where he sounds like Rod Stewart, or something [Laughter]. It’s not us repeating ourselves, anyway. That was one of the key things. I agree. It has such a distinct sound, and it is very honest – something that probably stems from the writing and recording conditions. You mentioned you have worked again with your producer Jacknife. Why do you think this collaboration works so well? Well, we just know each other very well. Jacknife works on a lot of other albums in-between times, so he brings a lot of stuff to the table, experience-wise. I guess we should have tried working with someone else at some point, but you know, the collaboration seems to be working well. How do you think the band’s Irish heritage has influenced the Snow Patrol sound, if at all? I don’t know – I’ve never really thought about that. I think with Irish bands there’s a certain Celtic-ness. It tends to come through in rock music – I don’t know what that is exactly, but there is an Irish sound that comes through. It’s hard to put your finger on, but it’s definitely there. I suppose it does. Maybe it’s something we ourselves aren’t aware of.

I guess it’s also a question of your musical influences too, and whether anyone has particularly inspired you? We love The Undertones; they are an amazing Derry band. We like A.S.H. as well. We were always fans of them…and of course U2. As a kid I was into them when they were a relatively small band, when the ‘War’ record came out. I’ve watched them come from that to where they are now. I don’t know if those things have affected us, but that’s for someone else to say. [Laughter] When did you first realise, then, that you wanted to pursue a career in music? I remember listening to Police records – Message In A Bottle – when I was about ten, and loved Steward Copeland. I really got into music because of his drumming. I just thought ‘I would love to play drums’. There were a lot of record shops about when I was growing up, I used to have drums up in the attic and the doorbell would go and my mum would just send everybody up with guitars…bass guitars…I just picked it up from an early age. Then I started putting on gigs; I got a small business start up grant because I used to put gigs on across Belfast. That’s where I found Snow Patrol – they were called Shrug at the time. I met them all, and that’s how I got into the band. I bought a tape off Gary for like 2 quid, and the rest was history. [Laughter] Fantastic! I know you’ve also set up Polar Patrol Publishing to help promote new artists. Why do you think it’s important to nurture and support new talent? It’s something we’ve always really liked. We’ve always picked our support bands; it’s something Gary as well especially wanted to be in control of. A lot of record companies would choose the support bands but I’ve always thought it was good to give people a leg up. I’ve also found it’s fascinating to watch bands improve and follow where bands have come from too. There’s a band called Brand New Friend who we are taking on tour, they’re young guys in their 20s and they’re a really energetic guitar band – they’re brilliant! It’s really good fun for us to see where these guys are going and give them help. It’s just about supporting new music. It’s really hard for bands now as there aren’t many venues at the grassroots level, so it’s brilliant to give support to people when they need it. Has working with Polar Patrol given you a deeper insight into the industry as it is currently? It’s a very different task working with the publishing company now. With our time off it’s great to have something to do. It keeps you out of the pub. [Laughter] To book tickets to see Snow Patrol on 25 January 2019 at Arena Birmingham visit

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Welcome to our new Events page. As of May, we have expanded, adapted and improved. Our new distribution points, revised to reach a wider audience, means our Events section will include listings from a much wider area.

Saturday Night social Dance Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night social Dance, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer at Fairfield Village Hall, Fairfield, Nr Bromsgrove on Saturday 21st July. Ballroom, Latin & Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby - Doors open at 7.30pm Dancing from 8pm - 11pm - pay on the door £5 per person. For further details please call 01543 502722 or visit

Centre Stage Balsall Common Friday14th & Saturday 15th September Centre Stage Balsall Common are performing "Time of

my Life", a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn, at the Heart of England School in Balsall Common on the 14th & 15th September. Gerry Stratton has organised a family dinner with is sons Glyn & Adam at his favourite restaurant to celebrate his wife Laura's 54 birthday, but what happened before and after..? It is a play not to be missed. Tickets are £8 and can be obtained from Linda on 01676 534406 or via the website "

Yoga classes As yoga classes often close for the summer we are running a ten week summer school every Thursday with ten different fully qualified teachers. Classes are open to everyone regardless of ability, age or gender.

Wear comfortable clothing; bring a mat and a blanket. Being held at Shirley Community Centre 274 Stratford Road, Shirley B90 3AD. £8.00 per session. 19:30 to 21:00 / 0121 250 5005 for further details Please come along and give us a try and if you like yoga why not get your friends to come along too.

Round the Corner Quilters Round the Corner Quilters are holding an exhibition on 23rd February 2019, to show quilts created by ladies in this local group, together with workshops and demonstrations. The exhibition will be held in Shirley on 23rd February 2019 Proceeds will be donated to Alzheimer’s Society. I would like to list the exhibition on your local what’s on page, for South Birmingham, Solihull, and Warwickshire Could you let me know if there is any charge and also

Wednesday Night Football Are you in year 9 at school, going into year 10 in Sept 2018? Do you want to play football for fun? 7pm to 8pm every Wednesday at South Bromsgrove School 3G pitch from 16th May. Call Paul on 07977 042 907 for more info

your magazine deadline date. It would need to be in the magazine in a January at the latest.

Parlez-vous francais or Hablan espanol? Small group meet in Henley. More infos about, feel free to contact me at 07891390947

Warwickshire Watercolourists Art Exhibition August Bank Holiday Weekend Saturday 25th - 27th August 2018. Open 10am - 5pm Berkswell Reading Room Meriden CV7 7BE. Free Entry with disabled access and easy car parking. Refreshments with home made cakes available, proceeds to charity. Over 200 items of artwork will be on display, most of which will be for sale together with a wide range of prints and notelets. The Warwickshire Watercolorists are recognised as one of the leading leisure painting groups in the area.

YOGA WITH ANNA, SOLIHULL Monday 6-7pm, Wednesday 7:158:15pm and Friday 6-7pm all at Solihull Sixth Form College. Plus Wednesday 9:15 - 10:15am at Oliver Bird Hall. All classes £7. For more info or any questions please email or visit the website

GCSE Maths Revision Courses Located in Solihull 9 - 12 during the school holidays cost £60 per session. Small group sizes to ensure individual attention, places are limited to 5 students per course. Focus on core topics, develop good question-answering skills and examination technique, boost students' self-confidence and motivation.see or ring Jackie on 07952 150928

ROSEHILL FLOWER ARRANGEMENT SOCIETY meets at the Trinity Centre (Lickey Parish Hall) Old Birmingham Road, B45 8EU, on the second Monday each month (except January). Meetings start at 2.00 p.m. Join us for flowers, fun and friends. For further info please call Belinda on 0121 447 7477.

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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.

National Trust, Solihull Centre Art Classes Art Classes at the Core Courtyard Gallery, The Core Solihull and Central England Arts in Hampton in Arden. Thursdays 10am-12pm and 12.30-2.30pm. Join our friendly group of artists and watch Artist Vicki Gorman demonstrate drawing and painting techniques then try them out yourself, and develop your own style. Beginners to advanced, all abilities are welcome. To book a place and to get more details please contact the box office on 0121 7046962 or contact Vicki on 07940483320 or email New Art classes are also starting on

Tuesdays 10-3pm and 1pm-3pm at Central England Arts, Hampton in Arden call Vicki on 07940483320.

PILATES WITH HELEN For improved flexibility, better posture and enhanced muscular strength. Mondays : 9.30-10.30am & Thursdays: 7.00-8.00pm at Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley. Wednesdays : 9.3010.30am at Dorothea Mitchell Hall, Station Road, Claverdon. £6.00 per session. No booking required. Please bring a workout mat. Email :

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!

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The Formula 1 2018 Rolex British Grand Prix is returning to Silverstone ®


F1 drivers call the Formula 1 Rolex British Grand Prix at the iconic Silverstone Circuit ‘insanely fast’. We simply call it one of the world’s greatest sporting events. Throw in a great weekend-long party and the race is on.

BRITISH GRAND PRIX 2018 Come along and enjoy the atmosphere at Silverstone when British legends once again take on one another at the 2018 F1 BGP. Lewis Hamilton will be aiming to impress the loyal British fans at his home race and hoping to mount the steps of the Silverstone podium again. Fri 6 Jul – Sun 8 Jul 2018

70th Anniversary Parades 70th Anniversary parades will take place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday and will feature a host of cars and drivers that have played a key part in the history of Silverstone and Formula 1 with seven decades of motorsport represented from 1948 through to modern day. Cars confirmed to date include: 1948 ERA 1948 Maserati 4CLT 1955 Lancia D50 1958 Ferrari 246 Dino F1 1969 British Grand Prix Winning Matra MS80-02 driven by Sir Jackie Stewart 1969 Lotus 49B ex Graham Hill 1987 Arrows A10 BMW 2010 British Grand Prix winning Red Bull RB6 2013 F1 W04 V8 and 2016 F1 W07 BGP winning Mercedes

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The Open 2018 By Alex Dudley

The 147th British Open kicks off over the weekend of 15 - 22 July at the prestigious Carnoustie course in Scotland. The R&A (Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews) event will link up players from the European, PGA and Japanese tours for this special weekend of golf. The 71-par event consists of 156 players with over 7,421 yards of golfing green to execute the perfect game plan. The weekend always offers so much for players and fans alike. The final qualifying round is due to take place over four courses across Scotland and England, with three qualifying places available for each region. Past champions include the USA's Jordan Spieth and Tiger Woods, Northern Ireland's Rory McIlroy and Sweden's Henrik Stenson.

Harry Vardon holds the honour of winning the most Open majors with an unprecedented six wins to his name during the years 1896, 1898, 1899, 1903, 1911 and 1914. The unluckiest player in the Open's history without a doubt is Jack Nicklaus, who shockingly came runner-up seven times, in 1964, 1967, 1968, 1972, 1976, 1977 and 1979. However, Nicklaus has won the Open three times – a significant amount less than his six victories at the Masters and five PGA wins.

The British Open is the oldest of all four major championships in professional golf and is the only major tournament to be played outside of the US. Scotland's Willie Park Sr. was the first winner of the championship back in 1860. This major is the second of the year, following the US Open, which is played in early June.

Stenson, before achieving his crowning moment in 2016, achieved the feat of the lowest ever score in the Open with a final score of 264 shots over 72 holes.

Last years champion, Spieth, returns again looking for backto-back wins after achieving gold at Royal Birkdale. He could become the first champion to regain their crown in ten years since Pádraig Harrington's triumphant return in 2008 following his 2007 win. He could also potentially become the 15th player since the Open began to achieve this feat. Prize money is, as ever, a great incentive for all players alongside the prestigious title. The winners this year will be heavily rewarded should they be victorious, receiving the joint-highest competition fee of £1.42 million.

You can be a part of this event steeped in history by watch the drama unfold on Sky Sports, with the BBC showing extended highlights following the close of play on each day.

If the bookmaker’s odds are to be believed, this could be the closest major in years. @TheOpen

The oldest winner of the competition, Thomas Mitchell Morris, otherwise known as Old Tom Morris, was 46 years old when he tasted success for the final time in 1867. The youngest winner of the Open was his son, charmingly known as Young Tom Morris, who won his title aged just 17 in 1868. Young Tom would then go on to win four Opens before he turned 21, making him the only person to ever achieve this feat. This success was achieved four years before Young Tom tragically died aged 25 in 1875, never taking over his father’s legacy.

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Isuzu D-Max Arctic Trucks AT35 When it comes to getting the job done, there aren’t many pick-ups more hardcore than the Isuzu D-Max – a muscular all-rounder that just works. Master of all trades and the perfect blend of rugged capability, whether off-road or load-lugging; paired with performance and comfort. The D-Max is masculine enough on its own. But marry it with Icelandic vehicle modifier, Arctic Trucks, and it gets an extra dose of testosterone. The customised, off-road inclined D-Max AT35 has been offered in Nordic territories for some time, but over the last couple of years, UK consumers have been able to have a slice of the action. The Arctic Trucks conversion can be had in two variants: the four-door Double Cab I drove, and the extended cab. Both are built on the existing D-Max Utah specification, but add a few grand to the price-tag.

but it has bags of torque from low down to tug you out of bother.

The biggest difference between the AT35 and a normal D-Max are the outsized 35inch tyres and the broader track. The truck has also been elevated by an extra 55mm. The tyres are so substantial that Arctic Trucks reckons the D-Max can glide over slush and snow, rather than plunge into it. Other outer surface conversions include burlier side steps, and wider wheel-arches.

What does amaze is the AT35’s talent to achieve and sustain motorway speeds without much tyre roar. The ride is very easy-going, too, although it does become quite wallowy the quicker you go, due to the balloonlike tyres. Hypothetically, you could use this special version of the D-Max to do the daily commute, but that would almost be an insult to its mudplugging abilities.

The standard Isuzu suspension has been given a seeing to as well, with superior Fox Performance dampers made to endure the toughest impacts. The additional ground clearance means you won’t ground it out on any off-tarmac obstructions you’re likely to find in Britain. What’s more, the approach and departure angles enable it to confront almost perpendicular inclines without throwing a wobbly. The D-Max still goes about its business without upmarket hill descent control, but the low-range four-wheel drive and manual gear selector on the automatic transmission lets you do things the oldschool way, via engine braking. The 164PS 2.0-litre oil-burner might not be as hard-hitting or sophisticated as Mitsubishi’s L200 pick-up on the asphalt,

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Not surprisingly, the Isuzu D-Max AT35 isn’t meant to be a motor you can hoon around twisty back roads; both performance and handling are impacted by the embellishments. It won’t outmanoeuvre BMW’s X5 if that’s what you imagine, but then that’s a long way from the intended market.

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

FAST FACTS • Max speed: 112mph • 0-62 mph: 15 secs (est.) • Combined mpg: 36.2 • 1898cc four-cylinder diesel turbo • Max. power (PS): 164 • CO2: 220 g/km • Price: £45,535

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Fortress Boxing Harness Your Power

An interview with entrepreneur and creator Matt Sharp

Fortress Boxings’ patent pending design features takes hand wrap performance to never before seen new levels. We chat to creator and entrepreneur Matt Sharp about his innovative boxing products. When did you first develop an interest in boxing? From an early age I have always enjoyed the sport, predominantly as a spectator more than anything. I have many memories of staying up all hours, usually to watch Mike Tyson finish the fight in 30 seconds. I never got involved physically myself until my early 20s when I started to give it a go and really enjoy the sport more intensely. What makes the Fortress Fastwrap gloves so special? The Fastwraps are designed to give the user the ultimate protection and convenience. Fastwraps are put on like a glove as oppose to traditional methods consisting of several meters of bandage...the patented design consists of multiple interactive features, which create a great, customised fit for each user. Can you customise the Fastwraps to fit individual hand shapes and sizes? Yes, you can order your very own made to measure, bespoke fit Fastwraps. We have the option to choose the colour of each component from our wide range of available state of the art fabrics - to create your very own unique set of Fastwraps. When did you first come up with the concept? I would and still do see professionals, and not just pros, but pros at the very top level that spend 20- 40 minutes wrapping their hands on a daily basis. I thought, ‘Why are these top athletes having to go through this process, surely there’s a better way?’ And that’s how it started. I would spend hours drawing concepts and once I was happy with a design I would make models from fabric and existing products. Soon enough I had to teach myself how to sew and I would create models that I could trial. Once I was happy with the design I started to work with a seamstress to perfect the concept. How does it feel to have elite, professional boxers endorse the gloves? Great. It’s such a rewarding feeling when you see a top pro just going about his or her day wearing Fortress. What is the benefit of incorporating the mouldable exoskeleton into the Fastwraps’ design? The Exoskeleton aspect was integrated into the design as a little added rigidity to the model. Hand fractures are all too common in combat sports and the inclusion or the splint structure adds that extra support. What future do you hope to see for Fortress Fastwrap gloves? I’m determined to grow the brand, improving on the existing products and bring more innovative products to market over time. | Birmingham, England

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Cornfield Magazine Birmingham, Solihull & Warwickshire July 2018 edition  

This month, we bring you an interview from Grammy-award winning artist Meghan Trainor, our July cover star, discussing how the artist found...

Cornfield Magazine Birmingham, Solihull & Warwickshire July 2018 edition  

This month, we bring you an interview from Grammy-award winning artist Meghan Trainor, our July cover star, discussing how the artist found...