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

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Read our exclusive interview with Claire Richards who will be embarking upon her first ever solo tour this winter. The intimate live dates for 'My Wildest Dreams' will see the singer performing tracks from her debut album of the same name.

Heading to Birmingham Symphony Hall this month, Katie Melua will perform songs alongside the Gori Women's Choir, as part of her European tour.


Mike Crawshaw of The Overtones reflects on how the death of friend and bandmate Timmy Matley has affected the creative process.

Hello and welcome to your November edition of Cornfield Magazine. November is here! And with it, we bring you a round up of the very best of this season’s upcoming gigs and events, interior trends, expert hair and beauty tips, sports fixtures, travel hotspots, and more. Our cover star this month is the wonderful Claire Richards. As a longserving member of Steps, Claire chats to our Editor about her exciting new solo venture – including her debut album ‘My Wildest Dreams’ and supporting UK tour (coming to Birmingham Town Hall this December).

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Find your Spa*kle

in Royal Leamington Spa this Christmas time with fun filled shopping and fabulous FREE activities for all the family to enjoy! Combining a unique mix of independent stores, national retailers and great places to eat and party, you will discover something for everyone. From finding the perfect Christmas tree to perfect pressies, Royal Leamington Spa has all you need to ensure your Christmas is packed with festive spa*kle! Stroll around town and enjoy the town’s beautiful Christmas Lights and Christmas themed windows galore offering inspiration for the wonderful gifts you will find inside. You will also be able to enter our new Spa*kle competition, just download our Leam Spa*kle App and collect stars from participating retailers for a chance to win fabulous prizes. Plus our wonderful Christmas Angels will be on hand to offer help and advice and make your shopping experience twinkle. Shop ‘til you drop with Late Night Shopping on Thursdays (starting from 6 December with FREE parking in the Royal Priors after 5pm) and Sunday Yuletide markets with FREE weekend parking at Riverside House (CV32 5HZ – starting from 18 November). You’ll find plenty of inspiration as you work your way through your Christmas shopping list to find that special gift for family and friends. Look out for Santa too! – he will be sure to put in an appearance along the way, shhhh… might even find him in Royal Priors Shopping Centre! And don’t forget to treat the family too… The Royal Spa Centre's 'purrrrfect' family panto this year is Dick Whittington. Join us on Sunday 2nd December to light up Leamington at our spectacular ‘Luminate’ Leamington event in Jephson Gardens incorporating our Lantern Parade. There will be entertainment, real reindeer and hundreds of colourful handmade lanterns lighting up the town centre! To top it off, this stunning Regency town which boasts beautiful buildings and tree-lined avenues, is right here on your doorstep! Just 25min from Stratford or Coventry you will also find easy all day parking in the Covent Garden multistorey (CV32 5QB) for £3. For more information about what’s on this Christmas please visit

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BBC Good Food Show One of the nation’s most-loved food events, BBC Good Food Show, returns to NEC Birmingham this winter for a four-day festive day out from Thursday 29th November – Sunday 2nd December.


The flagship event will run just in time for Christmas and will bring together some of the biggest names in the industry for a foodie celebration. Visitors can enjoy live cooking demonstrations from the likes of Tom Kerridge and Mary Berry, get insight from local heroes, and get into the spirit of the season as more than 400 exhibitors will be showcasing their products and produce. This year, the famous Big Kitchen will welcome some of the most recognisable chefs in the country; James Martin, Nadiya Hussain, Michel Roux Jr and more will all be cooking live on stage and sharing exciting recipe ideas to make your Christmas treats extra tasty. Whether it’s taking a seat in the Seasonal Kitchen and picking up festive inspiration, getting involved in hands-on masterclasses led by the experts at the Skills Schools, or discovering your favourite chef’s secrets to success in live interviews at the BBC Good Food Stage – this year’s event is set to be the ultimate day out for food lovers. For those looking for the perfect Christmas gift ideas, The Producers’ Village is packed full of small artisan producers who pride themselves on the quality and provenance of their product. For full information on how to purchase tickets, what’s on and to see a full list of exhibitors, please visit


VISIT OUR WEBSITE TO ENTER NOW! Write your answer in the ‘FEEDBACK’ section of the online form at *Full list of terms and conditions can be found online Deadline to enter 22 November 2018 Winners announced 23 November 2018

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In Conversation with:

Nadiya Hussain Appearing at BBC Good Food Show Winter Interview by Evie Kissack

Nadiya Hussain - self-professed mama and maker, builder of Lego and baker of cake - reveals how her life has changed since winning The Great British Bake Off, ahead of her appearance at one of the country’s biggest foodie events. So, you’re appearing at the BBC Good Food Show here in Birmingham this winter. What do you love most about the Show? What’s nice is that I get to see lots of different people and other chefs. I still can’t quite believe that I’m doing this! I’m always like, “Oh my god these are people that I watch on television.” I find that so exciting. I’m like, “How did this happen?” What recipes will you be taking to the Big Kitchen? So, I’m doing ‘Spinach and Paneer Kati Rolls’, which are lovely because they’re just so quick and so easy; it’s a lovely recipe that one. Also I’m making ‘Date and Orange Crescents’, which are perfect for winter and Christmas. During Christmas we like to give baked stuff away to our neighbours, we wrap them all up and give them out, so that’s going to be our theme this year! [Laughs] I know you also write a weekly column for The Times, as well as publishing your own fiction novels - and of course successful cookbooks. Have you always held a passion for writing? I’ve been writing for a lot, lot longer than I’ve been cooking or baking. I started writing when I was seven and have carried on up until now, and of course since winning Bake Off I’ve had so many amazing opportunities. For me, writing and being in the kitchen are things that I’ve always done; to be able to combine the two and do a job that I absolutely love, and raise my family is amazing. I try to show my kids that it’s important to have a good work ethic, and have a balance I suppose. For me, sometimes it gets to Friday and I don’t even know where the day has gone! I just tell myself, “You have to stop.” So I’ll relax and play a board game or something…it’s all about balance and I’m still very glad that I get to do what I love and call it my job, because it doesn’t feel like one. Having judged the Junior Bake Off and having created children’s cookbooks, why do you feel it's important to involve little ones in the kitchen and encourage them to develop a love for cooking? Because I think it’s really important as young adults to be self-sufficient, and by young adults I mean even eight year olds! I can proudly say my kids are able to clean the toilet, or maybe do the ironing…I always

say to my kids, “I’m new at doing this mum thing and you’re new at being a kid, we can only do this job once! If we are going to do it badly, can we do it together?” [Laughs] I think there’s so much honesty between us, and we are honest in the fact that some days we just aren’t very good at being parents, and some days they aren’t very good at being kids! But we do it together! [Laughs] I want to prepare them as much as I can for the world. I can’t stop bad things happening, and I have to prepare them for reality. They can’t just have this expectation that everything is going to get done for them, it’s just not real. Can you remember the first thing you ever baked? The first thing I ever baked was in school, and it was a scone, and it was terrible. I didn’t know what scones were supposed to taste like because I’d never had one before, so I ate it and thought, “Oh that tastes nice…” and the teacher told me, ”No that’s not what a scone is supposed to taste like.” [Laughs] But, when you’ve never tasted them before, you assume it tastes right!

always used to look at Delia and think, “I want to be just like her!” Yeah, I definitely aspired to be like her. Rick Stein too – I loved watching him because he cooked and travelled. The fact that he could go out into the big wide world whilst I couldn’t, meant he would see the world for me. So, I used to love watching him. Nigel Slater and the way he writes…I just adore it. I definitely like all of those elements of those chefs. Do you hope to travel and cook more in the future? Oh yeah! Definitely. I’ve got a travel book that comes out in December, so that’s very exciting. I travelled to Thailand, Cambodia and Nepal, and this was by far one of the richest experiences I’ve had. I can’t believe I’ve gotten to go out to those parts of the world.

Do you have a favourite dish you like to bake? If it’s going to be cake, it’s always carrot cake - with cream cheese. Ooh, nice choice. If it’s going to be savoury it depends upon my kids – my kids go in waves of what they like to eat. At the moment it’s mushroom lasagne. Do you cook many festive dishes at this time of year? Like most families there’s lots of biscuit tins, lots of chocolates. We don’t celebrate Christmas, but it’s my birthday on Christmas Day, so in the lead up we are always cooking in the kitchen as a family. Usually, everyone comes up to my house for dinner, and I have a big family…there’s 24 of us in total. So, it’s quite a lot of people for a small house – I can’t always fit everyone in. [Laughs] But, we manage. My sisters will bring a dish, and we kind of mix and match – it’s very continental. How lovely! Who are your food heroes? I used to always love watching Delia [Smith] – she lived this life that felt almost unachievable. You know, she had a beautiful kitchen island, and she used to cook for her family…she was so softly spoken. I

Watch Nadiya in the Big Kitchen at BBC Good Food Show Winter on 30 November at the NEC.

Photo credit: Chris Terry

Recipes: Spinach & Paneer Kati Rolls – Nadiya’s Family Favourites by Nadiya Hussain (published by Michael Joseph), £15.00 Date and Orange Crescents - Nadiya’s Bake Me A Celebration Story (illustrated by Clair Rossiter) (published Hodder Children’s Books), £14.99 @BegumNadiya

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Changing Lives Every Day: Richard’s Story After experiencing the effects of a receding hairline and thinning hair, Richard Cornfield underwent Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) with Brandwood Clinic. “Having suffered with thinning hair and a receding hairline that unfortunately resulted in a loss of confidence, I decided to contact Brandwood Clinic. I had previously heard excellent reviews of the SMP treatments available from practitioners at the forefront of their field. After an initial consultation, I was recommended the Scalp Micropigmentation solution – a treatment that would achieve excellent results following a non-invasive procedure. “I have to say, I am over the moon with the outcome of my treatment. By combining experience, artistry and skill, the Brandwood Clinic team have created a completely authentic-looking hairline for me. By using their impressive 3D Scatter Technique, my hair has been given the appearance of a close shave, which has vastly improved my self-esteem. Brandwood Clinic’s treatments are truly revolutionary – I couldn’t be happier with the end results.”

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Chiropractic Clinic As an extension to the care provided at the long-established Solihull Chiropractic Clinic, they have recently opened a new clinic in Dorridge. This new clinic is located next to the Sainsbury’s, under the GP surgery on Avenue Road. ‘Our team consists of three Chiropractors and a Massage Therapist, all of whom are committed to providing the best care they can in order to get you back to full fitness. We are a fully regulated profession with the General Chiropractic Council, and we have all undergone at least four years of university training. Our chiropractors are dedicated to listening to your concerns: a full examination will consist of observation, palpation and other special tests. If, after this, we still think further investigation is needed, we have access to our own X ray unit and we have established good links with a private MRI facility, as well as with local doctors.’ Chiropractic care consists of gentle mobilisations, soft tissue massage and manipulation, all of which are aimed at improving the efficiency of joint biomechanics and the nervous system. This then promotes the body’s healing ability. Chiropractic treatment is well recognised as one of the most effective therapies in the treatment of lower back pain. However, chiropractic care can also provide relief from many other conditions so if you have any aches and pains, why not give their dedicated team a call! 01564 400121 Dorridge Surgery, The Basement, 3 Avenue Road Dorridge, Solihull B93 8LH

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Monthly Hair Care Tips

With Celebrity Hair Stylist

Jay Birmingham Tackling Winter Weather Winter is tough on your hair, and the drop in temperature can often result in dry and brittle ends that snap and break. It is really important to care for your hair even more than usual during the cold months, as this is when your hair is at its most vulnerable. Treating your hair to regular trims is one of the most effective steps you can take to avoid split, damaged ends. I recommend visiting your stylist once every six weeks all year round and possibly even once every five weeks in the winter to keep on top of any split ends that can cause further breakage. I also believe at home hair care plays a crucial role in your hair health, you need to invest your time and energy into taking care of your hair and this is heightened throughout winter. Treat yourself to a luxurious hair mask once per week and be sure to use heat protection and other nourishing products to inject some moisture and lustre back into your hair.

My favourite products for dry hair The Oribe Signature Moisture Mask is one of my favourites. It transforms dry and fragile hair into luscious, strong locks after just one use. It is super easy to use, just apply to your hair after shampooing and leave on for around 5-10 minutes. This product is at quite a high price point, so I do recommend using it sparingly - you can even use it once every two weeks and substitute with a more affordable alternative on the weeks in-between. The Pearl Nourishing Argan Oil Mask from Beautyworks is incredible for extensions and it is super affordable yet still works wonders on your hair. It works to restructure your hair so is perfect for use during wintertime as it combats damage and revitalises each strand to reveal healthier hair after each use. The Ouai Leave In Conditioner is another fave of mine; think of it like a moisturiser for your hair. You wouldn’t leave the house without moisturising your face and your hair shouldn’t be any different, especially during winter. Spray onto

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damp hair after washing or use this daily to tame frizz and moisturise your ends, you don’t need a lot of this just a couple of sprays will be enough.

Top tips and tricks to care for your hair during winter There are a few tips and tricks you can follow to reduce breakage and strengthen your hair during the winter. Aim to use heated styling tools every second day to make a conscious effort to reduce your usage. Always be sure to use heat protection prior to styling your hair too, this will act like a barrier and protect against potential damage. Why not pop to your local salon and treat yourself to a blow dry once every couple of weeks too? This will leave you feeling a million dollars and your hairstyle should last around three to four days depending on your hair type. I also recommend ditching the bleach during winter and opting for a softer, less harsh colour. This will give your hair a break from the damaging effects of lightening your hair and darker, more wearable shades are super on-trend during A/W too! Never go outside with damp hair. Wet hair will swell if you go outdoors when it’s really cold outside, and this leads to breakage and can cause your colour to fade faster – avoid this at all costs and make sure you blow dry your hair properly. As long as you treat your hair with care and are super gentle with it you should be able to combat damage and maintain healthy, shiny hair during autumn and winter this year. Follow my top tips and I promise your hair will look stronger and silkier than ever!

Having my own salon in my home city of Birmingham is definitely one of the key highlights in my career so far.

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Jay Answers Your Questions Q.

“I have naturally curly hair, and find during the winter months my hair gets very dry and coarse; it’s particularly hard to style in November and December. I would love to know what you would recommend for tackling this hair care problem?”

You need to give your hair some major TLC! Just like your skin, your hair does dry out naturally during the colder months and it is super important that you add some moisture back into your hair and take extra care of it. Use a moisturising mask once per week and keep a hair oil handy to add one or two pumps through the ends of your hair to reduce split ends and add a little definition to your curls too.



“What hairstyles are on-trend this season that would be suited for Christmas events and festive parties?”

Think boho chic for this season, loose undone waves with a bit of texture and movement. This style works so well with all hair types and looks incredible on all lengths too. For any Christmas nights out or festive parties, try a textured ponytail. I created this look on Lucy Fallon and it was simply stunning! Style your hair into a loose, beachy wave first and then tie into a ponytail around the middle of your head, making sure to leave a piece of hair out around one inch thick. Wrap the loose piece of hair around the hair tie to cover this and add a sophisticated luxe edge before gently pulling a couple of pieces of hair out around your face to soften this style.



“I have been considering getting extensions for some time now, but I’m unsure what length will suit my face shape. How do I know what length to go for?”

I always recommend keeping your extensions as close as possible to your natural length if you can. If anything, I recommend adding a few inches to give your look an updated edge but extensions tend to look best when worn natural and this tends to be when you haven’t added too much length. For my celeb clients it is easy to experiment with longer looks as I work with them so regularly and we can change it easily, however for my salon clients I want you to get the most out of your hair and would recommend keeping them as natural looking as possible.


Have a question for Jay? Send in your hair care queries to for the chance to have your question answered in one our upcoming issues! @JayBirminghamHair

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Arthritis in the Hand and Wrist Arthritis is a common condition that causes inflammation, tenderness and pain in a joint. Around 10 million people in the UK are affected by arthritis.

In the severe cases, either the joint is prevented from moving (fused) or the joint can be replaced.

Arthritic joints can be painful and can interfere with daily life. The symptoms of arthritis differ depending on the type of arthritis you are diagnosed with. Muscle weakness, joint stiffness with restricted movement, as well as warm, red skin over the affected joint are a few of the main symptoms of arthritis.

If you are experiencing symptoms of arthritis, it is important to get an accurate diagnosis. Receiving the correct treatment for arthritis of the hand and wrist is crucial.

Arthritis of the hand and wrist is a common condition - finger and wrist joints can wear out in the same way as hip or a knee joints. There are several ways to treat arthritis in the hand and wrist: Non-operative treatments range from simple pain relief, activity modification and steroid injections. Keyhole surgery can help ‘wash out’ joints and also help diagnose the severity of the arthritis. Procedures can also be targeted at removing the pain nerves supplying a joint.

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Create the Ultimate

Christmas Party Look

With Professional Makeup Artist, Naomi Halliday

Party season is well and truly on its way and I have created the perfect makeup look to get you in the festive mood! Glittering eyes that pop and a beautiful winter berry lip gives a modern alternative to a classic smokey eye/red lip combination, and is sure to get you noticed. So go on, have some fun!

Step 1:

Create the perfect base. Start on cleansed, moisturised skin and apply a good primer for longevity (MAC Prep + Prime Skin Base Visage, £22.50) - you should, after all, be dancing until the early hours! Using a foundation brush, apply a foundation (YLS Touche Eclat Foundation, £35.00). This foundation works well on most skin types and its light reflecting particles have the power to turn dull winter skin into bright, glowing skin, whilst also providing great coverage. Next, conceal any blemishes and dark circles using a creamy concealer (MAC Pro Longwear, £18.50). Set your base using a fine setting powder and a fluffy brush (Illamasqua Loose Setting Powder in ‘Translucent’, £26.00). Fill in any gaps in your eyebrows using a brow pencil of the same shade, or slightly darker than your brow colour (MAC Eye Brows Styler in ‘Spiked’ £15.50).

Step 3: Create beautifully defined eyes. 1. Apply a light coloured glittery eyeshadow to your eyelid (Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eyeshadow Pencil in ‘Champagne Diamonds’, £19.00). 2. Blend a deep burgundy shade into the crease of your eyelid using a fluffy blending brush (Charlotte Tilbury Luxury Eyeshadow Palette in ‘The Vintage Vamp’, £39.00). 3. Blend the same burgundy shade under the lower lash line using a small pencil brush. 4. Using a black gel eyeliner (MAC Pro Longwear Fluidline in ‘Blacktrack’, £17.00) and a thin eyeliner brush, draw a line from the inner corner of your eye along the upper lashline to the outer corner. Next, draw a diagonal line from the outer corner of your eye to create a wing, following the natural shape of your eye. This should almost look like an extension of your upper lash line. Coming back towards the eye, create a ‘V’ shape, joining it back to the original line. Fill in the V to perfect the flick. 5. Apply a shimmery white/cream shade of eyeshadow to the inner corner of your eye to really open them up. I also used a waterproof nude eyeliner on the lower waterline to brighten the eye (Rimmel Exaggerate Eye Definer in ‘In The Nude’, £3.99). 6. After applying a layer of black mascara to your upper and lower lashes you can really make your eyes pop by adding a pair of false lashes (Ardell Demi Wispies, £5.49).

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Step 2: Create a flawless face. Add warmth to your complexion by applying a bronzer, (Chanel Soleil Tan de Chanel, £40.00), buffing it in circular motions along the top of the forehead, down the temples, and across the cheeks with a kabuki brush. For extra definition, apply a contour stick (Illamasqua Contouring Gel Sculpt in ‘Silhouette’ £25.00) to the hollows of your cheeks, along the top of your forehead and temples, down the sides of your nose, and along the bottom of the jaw line. Blend in with a contour brush to soften the edges.

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Luxurious Beauty

Step 4: Create a beautiful party glow. For a subtle touch of seasonal sparkle, apply a sweep of highlighter along your brow bones, the tops of your cheeks, down your nose and just above your cupid’s bow (Becca shimmering skin perfector pressed powder in ‘Opal’, £30.00). Add a rosy glow to your cheeks using a soft blush (Morphe 8C Cool Pro Blush Palette in shade ‘Queen’, £20.00).

Step 5: Create a beautifully defined lip. Using a lipliner in the same shade as your lipstick (NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lip Liner in ‘Sweet Tooth, £4.00), carefully outline your lips for staying power and a more precise look. Next, fill in the lip with a berry shade of lipstick (NYX Professional Makeup Suede Matte Lipstick in ‘Sweet Tooth’, £8.00) to complete the look!

Essentials To keep you looking and feeling fabulous Elemental Herbology Body Essentials Coconut Shell Cream Body Scrub The ultimate in skin nutrition. Created to gently refine and smooth, this body softening scrub has been formulated with coconut shell and hydrating coconut oil to leave skin velvety soft, nourished and glowing. £32.00,

Bramley Bath, Body and Shower Oils Bramley use the finest essential oils, which have remarkable qualities and give their range its purely natural fragrance. The products contain 100% natural oils, meaning there are no nasty chemicals or artificial colours and nothing is tested on animals. £20.00,

Pro Tip The key to a perfect pout? Taking proper care of your lips! Make sure you exfoliate them regularly with a facial care product or, even better, with a formula specifically designed for your lips. Then treat them to some deep nourishment with a rich balm. If you’re applying the balm just before the lipstick, make sure you remove the excess with some facial tissue to ensure a better hold.

Lanolips Tinted Balm SPF 30

Photography by Si Cox Instagram @sic0x


Words and makeup by Naomi Halliday Instagram @naomihallidaymakeup Facebook @naomihallidaymakeup

Creates soft, hydrated and pretty lips. Superb lanolin-rich lip conditioner and sheer pretty colour tint, designed to enhance natural lip colour. Available in four colours: rose, rhubarb, perfect nude and red apple.

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Temple Fields CEMETERY

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

Temple Fields Cemetery is set within meadows of wildflowers and centuries of untouched rural landscape, two miles from Knowle village centre. We provide an ecological alternative to traditional gravestones, offering tranquil places of rest in a beautiful, natural landscape. About the Site Set in the countryside amongst a nature reserve and untouched landscape, Temple Fields Cemetery is renowned for its beautiful sceneries, diverse wildlife and natureprotecting ethos.

Our woodland plots, church-facing plots and meadow burial areas are accompanied by a meadow that can be accessed by a mown footpath. The cemetery has unrestricted opening hours; giving visitors the freedom to visit loved ones without restrictions or appointments and to connect with nature.

biodegradable materials, which are freely available from your Funeral Director.

The burial ground shares Warwickshire Wildlife Trust’s ideology of enhancing and protecting biodiversity and holds a very rich history that dates back for hundreds of years. Our unique site provides a place of reflection for visitors, with memorial options to honour the memories of those peacefully laid to rest.

Natural Burials and Services

We also offer the option of family cremation ashes plots or scattering ashes within our woodland. 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 can be affixed to memorial trees or perimeter marked posts.

Temple Fields accommodates most types of service that can be tailored in conjunction with your Funeral Director. Natural burials are simple yet beautiful – this environmentally friendly approach does not disturb the local wildlife and its surroundings. The option to plant a memorial tree, native to the area as opposed to a traditional headstone, is also available and gives places of rest a personal touch. All caskets for natural burials are made of natural,

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Struggling to find the perfect Christmas gifts for the special people in your life? We've rounded up a few of our favourite products that we'd love to unwrap this December 25th to give you a little festive inspiration!

Becoming by Michelle Obama Inspire those around you this Christmas with this intimate and empowering memoir by the former First Lady of the United States. Released 14 November 2018. £12.50 (Hardback)

Emporio Armani Crewneck Jumper in Virgin Wool Available in six colours, this jumper can be effortlessly worn over shirts and paired with slim fitted trousers or jeans. Some garments transcend fads and fashions, becoming classic wardrobe staples – this jumper is one of them. £200

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François Demachy, Dior’s renowned perfume creator, delivers the mysterious scent of Sauvage Eau de Parfum through a combination of woody, smoky Ambroxan and Papua New Guinean vanilla essence. This delicious and sensual scent is the ideal gift for ‘that special someone’ this Christmas.

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OSMO Grooming Gift Pack Give the gift of textured control and styling definition this December. The Grooming Gift Pack includes OSMO Clay Wax, OSMO Fibre Sculpt, and OSMO Matt Salt Spray to ensure style conscious gents have the ultimate styling experience at their fingertips.

COS Leather Shoulder Bag



A Short History of Europe by Simon Jenkins

Made from smooth suede, this small shoulder bag has a cotton-twill lining with an internal patch pocket for functionality. Designed to be worn short over the shoulder or long across the body, the pop of colour will add vibrancy to any winter outfit.

Whistles Funnel Neck Wool Knit

Zara Cut-Out Court Shoes in Electric Blue

This concise, single-volume history of the continent is the ideal gift for any history lover or bookworm. Released 15 November 2018.

This elegant wool knit is the perfect autumn/winter staple. Contemporary and cool in equal measure – see its irresistible colour and cropped, boxy fit.

These beautiful blue shoes with pointed toes are a brilliant staple for any woman’s closet. With cut-out details on the side, these simple shoes are elevated to sophisticated new heights.

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Papier Personalised Hardback A5 Notebooks Papier’s personalised hardback notebooks feature sturdy covers that feel silky to the touch. Inside, you’ll find the smoothest paper pages waiting to be filled with daily ideas, thoughts and inspiration. The ideal gift for a stationery lover. Luca Red Notebook by Luke Edward Hall Rosebud Notebook by Danielle Kroll £12.99

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Claire Richards “I turned 40 last year, and everything seemed to fall into place.” Interview by Evie Kissack


s part of her first ever solo tour, Claire Richards will be heading to Birmingham’s Town Hall to perform songs from her debut solo album, My Wildest Dreams, this December. Featuring the passionate singles On My Own and End Before We Start, My Wildest Dreams is the product of both a life-long dream and Claire’s discovery of her true sound – set to be released via Sony Music on 1 February 2019. As 1/5 of the hugely successful Brit dance-pop group Steps, and still soaring from the band’s most recent tour, Claire has used the last year to create something she has wholly connected with; an album the singer hopes others can personally respond to and identify with in a genre she has coined “grown-up pop”. Inspired partly by her own experiences, and motivated by her recent 40th birthday, Claire embraces the mindset of: if not now – then when? In a series of intimate performances, the live dates will see Claire share her moving tracks – both original and covers – with her fans, on an exciting solo journey of ‘firsts’.

How is your day going so far? It’s going all right thank you! I’ve been at Center Parcs with my family, but I’m actually now heading to an awards event, so I’ve kind of left them there. I’m on my way into town but I’m a little bit exhausted already. [Laughs] That’s two very different extremes! [Laughs] Yes, but it’s fun, it’s fun. Water slides this morning and spectacles this afternoon. The best of both! So, you’re coming to Birmingham this December as part of your first solo UK tour supporting your new album, My Wildest Dreams. Are you looking forward to the live shows? Well, it’s a bit of a mix between nerves and excitement really. Obviously, it’s going to be very different to any Steps shows. My shows won’t be as big or as elaborate, but I’m excited because I just get to sing for an hour and a half, and do what I love doing the most. It’s a bit of a weird one – it is a bit of a mixture of feelings, and not having the back up of the other four is nerve-wracking. But, I’m looking forward to the shows now. I can’t wait to get out there and let everybody hear what I’ve been up to. The response to the lead single On My Own has been extremely positive, and End Before We Start is following suit! How has it been working on your solo album and these tracks? Do you know what? It’s been great. I’ve had such a good time doing it. I only wrote one song on the album - I deliberately I didn’t want to insist on writing everything as I’m quite an impatient songwriter. I’ve done it in the past, and I’m happy with what I’ve come up with for the

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album. Sometimes it’s not that easy, and you really have to reach right down into the bottom of your gut and wrench out stuff, I guess. [Laughs] Sometimes it doesn’t always work. We spent a lot of time just searching for amazing songs and amazing songwriters to work with, as well as getting the right producers to work on the album. I think we’ve managed that. The singers that I love and grew up listening to are people like Karen Carpenter, Whitney Houston and Celine Dion, and they didn’t write all of their own songs – Karen Carpenter definitely didn’t. I feel like I’ve spent a lifetime learning how to portray somebody else’s lyrics…how I feel they should be interpreted, and make an audience believe it, which is what I love about listening to music. On My Own is such a powerful ballad, telling the story of the ups and downs you’ve experienced throughout your life and career. The lyrics are certainly very empowering. Was the recording process a cathartic experience for you? I think so, yeah. I turned 40 last year, and everything seemed to fall into place. It wasn’t so much that I knew what I wanted the album to be, more that I knew for certain what I didn’t want it to be. So, I followed that path. It really helped choosing the songs. I don’t think I entirely knew style-wise what it was going to end up being. But, I knew lyrically that the songs had to make sense to me, and they had to be relevant to me – as well as to the people who would listen to my music. I think, by doing it that way, we’ve come up with an album that everybody will be able to listen to, and one way or another people will be able to put themselves in that situation. It doesn’t always have to be the same situation – you can put yourself in the point of view of the person singing it (i.e. me) or the point of view of the person who is being sung about…I think it’s been quite interesting in getting that balance.

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The songs that you’ve chosen absolutely allow for different interpretations. I think that is something you should be able to do with music, really. I want songs to make me feel something. If I cry when I listen to a song, then that’s me sold. [Laughs] You know, I obviously don’t want to make anyone cry…but if I can move somebody then I’ve done my job and I love it. If people can make me do that then I’m sold for life. You mentioned becoming 40 was a huge turning point for you. Why now have you chosen to embark upon this solo path? It was a combination of a couple of things, really. Turning 40 was a massive deal for me, and as I was approaching it I thought if didn’t go solo soon, it was just never going to happen. For someone to start a solo career at 40 – or 41 as I am now – is quite unusual really! But it’s something I’ve always wanted to do. Also, obviously with the success of the Steps tour last year, we knew that we were going to have this year off, and next year we will be recording. So, I knew I had this gap, and rather than go off and do a load of nonsense stuff that I didn’t really want to do, or stay at home and not do anything, we all thought we could go off and do what we wanted to do for a change! We just thought - if we can’t do what we want now then we are never going to be able to. How do you love to spend your time when you’re not touring, recording or writing? It’s like I am two different people – it’s a bit odd! [Laughs] Like today really. When I’m at home with the family - I’m at home with the family and that’s it. I am very much a family-orientated person. We spend all of our time together. When I’m not at work I pick the kids up from school…we just do normal stuff. I’m not very ‘showbizzy’ at all…[Laughs] Sometimes I wish I were! But most of the time, I’m not. You seem like you’ve conquered the home/work balance though! I like to think so…most of the time I think so. Although, you still get the ‘parent guilt’ every time you have to leave your children. When the kids ask you, “What time do you have to leave?” it’s a little bit heart-wrenching. [Laughs] But, they get it and they understand I’ll be back when they wake up in the morning. They know exactly when I’m there and when I’m working – they can deal with it and they’re fine. We have got quite a good balance between my husband and me. I’m sure in a few years’ time they’ll no doubt be at the gigs themselves! Well, yeah, they do come even now! They love it. They definitely love a Steps show, I’m hoping they won’t get bored at my solo shows. [Laughs] They have this thing in their heads that they want to come on stage all the time now because they did it at Wembley with us… [Laughs] They may follow in your footsteps then! How would you describe the sound of your album as a whole? Gosh, it’s really hard. It’s a lot more ‘pop-y’ than I first thought it would be. I’ve been through every single genre of music trying to figure out where I sit, I suppose, but I’ve got my roots in pop. So, I guess it made sense for the album to be ‘pop-y’. I suppose it’s what you’d call ‘grown-up pop’, if that’s such a thing? I love that. It’s got all of the elements of pop – it’s big, it’s bold…lyrically it’s got something for everybody, and hopefully something that will mean something to everybody. It’s go big or go home, as they say!

And go big she has. Catch Claire at Birmingham Town Hall on 3 December 2018 as part of her solo tour supporting her fantastic new album, My Wildest Dreams. Tickets available from For more information or to pre-order the album, visit

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Trends These key pieces will transform your home into a sophisticated haven this winter. Think blues, teals, mustards and gold accents to update your décor to new levels of luxury. 1. Cushion, Quilted Velvet, in Mustard £42 Eclect Design 2. Cult Living - Penelope Accent Chair, Velvet Upholstered in Teal £169 Cult Furniture 3. Winter Tealight in Navy £11 April and the Bear 4. Green Globe Glass Vase £48 AUDENZA 5. Large Slate Grey Garden Lantern £106 Lapuan Kankurit 6. Golden Eye Mirror £34.99 Lights4fun 7. Lush Velvet Alarm Clock, Forest Green £29 Cult Furniture 8. Arteriors Jacoby Lamp £557 Arteriors 9. Gold Table Lamp With Blue Pattern Shade Off Sue Ryder £24.99

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The New Collection

Little Greene Paint

Fine Paints in Association with the National Trust Since the beginning of 2018, Little Greene has been working in collaboration with the National Trust. As a result, an extensive paint research project has been undertaken in National Trust houses and gardens throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to find original colours, and to tell the stories of the people who first enjoyed them. Little Greene has identified an unrivalled selection of 31 beautiful greens, each with a noteworthy origin, and each with an important place in contemporary interior design. There are 20 National Trust-derived shades, plus several important greens from Little Greene’s archives and the current colourcard have also been included. As a stockist of Little Greene paints and wallpapers, Joal Interiors can offer expert design advice and style tips on all Little Greene products. Give us a call on 01675 442 888 or email

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Bruce Foxton

of The Jam

Bruce Foxton, legendary bassist of The Jam talks about the legacy of the band and what the future holds ahead of From The Jam’s All Mod Cons 40th Anniversary Tour.

Forty years ago – in RAC Studios, Paul Weller, Bruce Foxton and Rick Buckler of The Jam were recording their 3rd album, All Mod Cons, which would go on to reach number six in the UK album charts. The album would push The Jam into the forefront of the British musical landscape with hits like ‘Down In The Tube Station At Midnight’, ‘David Watts’ and ‘’A’ Bomb In Wardour Street’. Forty years on, I sit down with Bruce Foxton to talk about what he remembers from recording the album, as he sets off to perform the album live with From The Jam. “It doesn’t feel like 40 years and it doesn’t sound like 40 years,” says Bruce. Yesterday was the first rehearsal with lead-singer and guitarist Russell Hastings. “The songs yesterday in the rehearsal room sounded really fresh.” Having heard From The Jam live on multiple occasions, it is amazing how well the songs stand the test of time in the live arena, with songs like ‘Tube Station’ eliciting a frenzied cheer from an audience that clearly has a deep emotional connection to the song. “We’ll be playing the album in its entirety, but like Eric Morecambe, not necessarily in the right order,” Bruce laughs. “They’ll be all the hits in there too, that’s what got us to where we are today.” It’s refreshing to see an artist so at ease with their back catalogue of hits. Some acts shy away from them and others rely on them too much – but From The Jam have struck the perfect balance of honouring the legacy and emotion of the songs, with all songs still being played with as much passion, energy and excitement as when they were debuted. All Mod Cons came at an important time for The Jam. After middling reviews for their sophomore record ‘This Is The Modern World’ “it was a make or break album for The Jam” as Bruce puts it. “We had the In The City album which came out to good exciting reviews, and we followed it up with This Is The Modern World, which I still really like and think there are some great songs on there, but the press…” Bruce tails of. “We felt they wanted ‘In The City 2’.” He lets out a small sigh. “Come the third album the record company were looking at us saying “we’ll see what the lads come up with”. If it was another This Is The Modern World I don’t think I’d be doing this interview with you…” Bruce chuckles.

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Did you feel any pressure in the studio at the time when you were recording? “We just had a really good feeling about it, we weren’t too bothered about it being a make or break album and putting too much pressure on us, so we just went in the studio to record a great album and I think we came out with it.” It’s interesting to hear Bruce speak about the recording process of such a seminal album so matter-of-factly, but the more I speak to him – the clearer it becomes that Bruce is modest, and would much prefer to praise the support of the fans and his co-collaborator Russell Hastings than to talk about his wildly successful personal achievements. “What keeps me and Russell going is we just love it. We love playing those songs and there is an audience for it. As long as there is an audience I’d like to think we’ll keep on doing it.” The last I saw From The Jam was at Rewind Festival, where they played a blinding set of hits that left the crowd roaring with applause. “It was great! We’ve done a lot more festivals now so

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we’re much more comfortable with playing to an audience where not everyone is there to see From The Jam. I remember in 1978, we played at Reading festival and we just didn’t know how to deal with it in those days. The audience was vast and we were used to playing intimate little club shows so it was quite a transition to make between a club date and a festival date and we didn’t handle it very well. But 40 years down the line I’ve kind of got it now,” Bruce laughs with a wry smile. So what’s next for From The Jam? After two extremely successful Foxton & Hasting albums (Smash The Clock, their last album reached the UK Top 20), Bruce says another one is in the pipeline. “We’ve got a lot of ideas for a new album, Russ and myself, on various iPhones. We have loads of ideas but what we don’t have is loads of free time. Because we’re so busy it’s hard to get some studio time, but it’s definitely something that WILL happen and hopefully if Paul is up for it we’ll do it at his studio.” Bruce has been on record for a while now stating that he and Paul are on friendly terms, so I ask if he ever could imagine doing a more stripped back acoustic album much like Paul’s latest release? “The acoustic shows are really popular … so that’s something that we have considered. It’s a possibility at some point, that we’d do a From The Jam acoustic album.” It’s not just in the UK that From The Jam are finding favour, with shows across the globe in Hong Kong, US, Japan and Australia already ticked off the list. “We’re off to France too for a show, so we’re spreading our wings a little bit!” With their biggest tour to date ahead of them, it’s a testament to Bruce and Russell for making From The Jam a band not being pulled along by their hits, but pulling those hits into new and ever expanding global audiences. From The Jam’s ‘ALL MOD CONS 40th Anniversary Tour’ heads to The Assembley - Leamington Spa this November. Visit for more details.

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Katie Melua

Announces Winter 2018 European Tour Featuring Gori Women’s Choir

Multi award-winning recording artist Katie Melua has announced an extensive European tour for winter 2018, including 13 UK dates. Katie will be joined by a cast of stellar musicians, as well as members of Gori Women’s Choir who featured on the silvercertified 2016 album ‘In Winter’. ‘In Winter’ was recorded in Georgia, and commanded some of the finest reviews of her career. The associated 2016 tour, which saw Katie and the choir undertake 28 performances across eight countries received universal acclaim from music critics and audiences alike. This winter will see another expansive set of live performances, which will include songs from ‘In Winter’ alongside brand new recordings and catalogue classics adapted for the stage. The announcement follows the release of the 2xCD Special Edition of ‘In Winter’, which includes the BBC Children in Need 2017 single ‘Fields Of Gold’. The second disc, recorded at Admiralspalast, Berlin, includes live renditions of the entire ‘In Winter’ album, as well as new choral arrangements of hits such as ‘Closest Thing To Crazy’, ‘Nine Million Bicycles’, and ‘I Cried For You’ performed with the Gori Women’s Choir. Katie and her family emigrated to Belfast when she was 9 years old. She has released 7 studio albums to date and is one of the UK’s highest-selling female recording artists of all time. Katie Melua will be performing on 30 November at Birmingham Symphony Hall. For more information and tickets visit

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Classical treats at

Bromsgrove Concerts

this month

The last 18 months of working with Gori Women's Choir in Georgia has been so inspiring. I am immensely looking forward to performing with them across the UK and Europe this winter.

Bromsgrove Concerts will be welcoming the foremost British wind quintet of their generation to perform at Artrix on Friday 9th November. As the Associate Ensemble-in-Residence at the Royal Birmingham Conservatoire, the Atéa Wind Quintet, mentor some of the finest up-andcoming musicians in the country. Their varied programme includes works by Bach, Bridge, Nielsen, Eugène Bozza, and Mike Mower’s Jazz Suite from 2010, which consists of five movements in a number of different foot-tapping jazz styles including Dixieland, Bebop, Monk and Coltrane Ballads, and finally a Bossa Nova. On Friday 30th November, Clarinettist Robert Plane joins the Gould Piano Trio - Benjamin Frith piano, Lucy Gould, violin, and Richard Lester, cello - in a thrilling arrangement of Rimsky-Korsakov’s ever-popular ‘Scheherazade’. The performers will also introduce a new work; a Piano Trio written specially for them by the British composer, Huw Watkins, which they premiered recently at the Three Choirs Festival. Bromsgrove Concerts at Concerts start at 8.00pm. Tickets available on the door or online: Artrix Arts Centre, Slideshow Drive, Bromsgrove B60 1PQ Tel: 01527 577 330 Free parking. Cornfield Magazine | 55

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Mike Crawshaw


Mike Crawshaw of The Overtones reflects on how the death of friend and bandmate Timmy Matley has affected the creative process behind their new album and tour. There’s a much-loved thread that runs through from the earliest days of popular music; the idea of male voices blending in delicious harmony. It goes right back - The Ink Spots in the ‘30s and ‘40s, the 1950s doo-wop boom, and bedded deep in this tradition for the last decade have been The Overtones. With their innate charm and adherence to vintage-modernist style, The Overtones are a bridge between pre-rock’n’roll classicism and lively 21st Century entertainment. A stratospheric course of TV appearances (they performed 9 songs on Dancing On Ice) led to hundreds of thousands of record sales for their debut album ‘Good Ole’ Fashioned Love,’ and they’ve performed for the Queen, shared stages with Paul McCartney and Stevie Wonder, and have celebrity fans in and Tom Hanks. More than a million record sales and countless sold out headline tours later, the group are releasing their 6th album, simply titled ‘The Overtones’, on which they come to terms with becoming a four piece after the untimely passing of their bandmate and friend Timmy Matley. “The reason we called it ‘The Overtones’ is because we felt like this was a celebration of what we as a five have achieved over the years. As a result of losing our friend and brother Timmy, all those sentiments needed in some way to reflect what we were going through and our thoughts and our feelings.” Mike Crawshaw, resident tenor of The Overtones is speaking to me over the phone. He comes across as charming, funny but also still deeply affected by the loss of his friend. It’s a sensitive topic, but I ask if there are any specific tracks on the new record dedicated to Timmy, “there’s a song called ‘You To Me Are Everything’, it’s a great song and an upbeat number and it would get people tapping their feet and dancing and singing along. That song we specifically put in because when Timmy was a young child he always thought it was called ‘You Timmy, Are Everything’.” He chuckles to himself and after a beat continues. “It’s those nice little things, we wanted to make sure there are those elements of reflection and elements of sadness because in this situation it’s ok to be sad. If popping on certain songs on this album brings a tear to your eye, that’s actually ok.” 56 | Cornfield Magazine

There’s been a great movement recently in regards to the mental wellbeing, especially in men, and Mike doesn’t shy away from the positive effect this album has had on the band. “The whole process was very therapeutic. This album served not only as a celebration of what The Overtones was with our friend Timmy, it’s also an introduction to The Overtones ‘The Next Chapter’ if you like. It’s been a very useful few months recording this album.” Mike is very clear that this isn’t an album full of reflective numbers though, “at the same time we are The Overtones and are famed for making people happy and putting a smile on people’s faces, so of course there are elements of this on the record too. We really are very proud of what we’ve achieved on this album and we can’t wait for everyone to hear it! We’ve got a great version of My Girl, which turns it on its head, it’s not the same My Girl that you’ve heard before. At the moment I have a love affair with every song on this album.” With a 22 date winter tour to support the record, it’s clear that seeing the effects of their music on their fans is one of the most important parts of the job.

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“Touring is the frontline of what we do. You can tuck yourself away in a studio or you can stand in a TV studio singing into a camera, but you can never get a sense of the reaction of the fans and the audience until you’re singing in front of them. And you see then what those performances do to them and the amazing reaction. The amount of feedback we get that we’ve helped people through tough times. It really is beautiful for us.” Mike promises that the live shows will be fantastic experience for all that come, and cites Love Is in the Air as the song he’s looking most forward to performing. “I can just imagine us on stage, stood there singing our hearts out, taking full lungs of air before we start singing with big smiles on our faces, looking at everyone else smiling. In my mind’s eye I can see that and it brings me a little bit of joy.” I jokingly ask what would be on an Overtones rider, not seeing them as a band that would be destroying a tour van and drinking a venue dry! “We’re not very rock n’ roll on tour because the voice is quite a sensitive thing. Our rider is really simple, it’s not at all what you’d imagine Divas to have. No blue M&Ms,” he laughs. “It’s just fruit honey, ginger, lemon, a kettle and water and a few beers afterward. Maybe a few nuts if we’re feeling rebellious!” Before he goes, I ask Mike what he hopes for this record, as it’s clear in the way he talks about the music how important this is to all four members. “I just hope that the album has the same effect on the listener as it did, and does, for us when we recorded it. It means the world to us and we just hope that our close fans and people that have been emotionally effected by the loss of Timmy can take something and use it.” ‘The Overtones’ is out October 19th via Gambling Man Records. The Overtones tour starts on 22nd of November and heads to THSH Birmingham on 8th December. *Added matinee performance due to phenomenal demand* For full ticket info head to

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1. What was the title of Kylie Minogue`s first UK top 10 single? 2. What would an American call a baby`s nappy? 3. In which city is the soap opera `Brookside` set? 4. In which battle was Nelson killed? 5. What is the northernmost American state? 6. What is the highest number on a roulette wheel? 7. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, what word is used for `A`? 8. How many members were in the band All Saints? 9. Honolulu is the capital of which American state? 10. On TV what is the real name of the `Naked Chef`? Answers on page 64

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Welcome to our new Events page. We have expanded, adapted and improved our distribution points. This means our Events section will include listings from a much wider area. Complimentary Therapy Salon

Based in central Stratford upon Avon now offer tarot readings on a contribution only basis mature lady reader with 30 years experience telephone or text for an appointment on 07562912542

Quilting Exhibition, Shirley, Solihull Quilts and Projects by local group, Round the Corner Quilters. There will be something for everyone, young and older. Demonstrations, sale of accessories by local companies, raffles and prizes. Proceeds of the raffle in aid of Alzheimers Society. Warwick Room, Shirley Institute, Church Road, Shirley, Solihull, B90 2AX February 23rd 2019 10am - 4pm.

Archery Promotions and Concert Productions Supporting British composers and the artists who perform them * artistic and programme coordination * concert promotion and management * media campaigns * publicity * launches * event support music societies - trusts - festivals artists t: 07973 175 588

Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, 24th November, 10.00am – 3.00pm, at St. Philip’s Church Hall, Manor Road, Dorridge. There will be refreshments all day as well as a selection of Craft and Home Produce Stalls, Tombola and Bottle Stall. Father Christmas will be visiting.

National Trust, Solihull Centre


Our National Trust meeting on Friday November 30th is at Solihull Methodist Church, Station Approach commencing at 2pm in the Hall. Dr Graham Cope will present ‘The Grand Old Duke of York – A Right Royal Scandal’. Prince Frederick, the second son of George 3rd, was a soldier from an early age and rose to be Commander of the British Army in 1793. He had many mistresses and one particular scandal resulted in his resignation. All are welcome and enquiries to Tony Fryer on 01564 776001.

"HOOK, LINE and STINKER" Peter Pan as you have never seen it before! Join Captain Hook in the Neverglades with Croc O'Doyle, Stinker Bell and Crusoe Robinson and also travel on the wind with Peter Pan, Wendy Darling and a host of other 'darlings'. from the pens, pencils and quills of Tim Perkins and Barrie Bennett 4th - 8th December 2018 Blossomfield Club, Widney Lane, Solihull B91 3JY (aka Theatre Royal Widney Lane!) Every evening at 7.45pm For tickets, £9: Email Mobile/text - 07746 636745

Little Hay Miniature Railway Bonfire Night Saturday 10 November 2018 Little Hay Lane, Shenstone There will be bonfire party, fireworks and unlimited rides on the mini train! Enjoy refreshments that will be on sale on the night, Hot Potatoes with fillings. , Hot & cold beverages, Hot dogs & beef burgers. Gates open at 18.00 for a 18.15 start and light fire. Fireworks 19.15 unlimited train rides, food and refreshments available, free parking off site. Advanced ticket entry only : Adults £12, children £8, toddlers £1 .

Saturday Night social Dance Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night social Dance, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer at Lickey End Social Club, Bromsgrove on Saturday 1st December. 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

Arden PTFA presents:Fireworks Festival Saturday 10th November 2018 Venue - Arden Academy, Station Road, Knowle B930PT Gates open - 5pm Junior Display - 6pm Main Display - 7.15pm Advance Entry Tickets - Family (2A+2C) £15/ Students (3-18yrs) £3/ Adults £5 At the Door - Family (2A+2C) £20 / Students (3-18yrs) £5 / Adults £7 Join us for - Street Food Units, TWO amazing displays with DJ and Music, Real Ale, Mulled Wine and Prosecco Bars, Stalls and more! Book online at ardenfireworks

KNOWLE CAMERA CLUB Interested in Photography? Want to improve your skills? We are a friendly club who meet at Dorridge Methodist Church, Mill Lane, Dorridge. Meetings take place fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 7.45 pm. Meetings comprise of visiting speakers, training evenings and member

competitions. The first two meetings are free, so why not come along and see for yourself? For more information please contact Tony Albutt on 01564-782175 or visit our website

WYTHALL COMMUNITY CHOIR We are a community choir, with 60 regular attendees. We have a professional musical director and accompanist though the rest of us have varying abilities in singing. We meet Monday nights, during term time, 7.15pm - 9.30pm at the scout hut in Wythall Park. Generally, we are rehearsing for a concert or performance. Come and join us. No audition necessary. Just turn up from Monday 10 September onwards or contact

West Midland Safari Park Firework Festival Where: West Midland Safari Park, Bewdley, Worcestershire, When: Saturday, November 10, and Sunday, November 11 Tickets: Adult £69, child £64

Personal Training at your home or in the gym. Each session is designed especially to help you meet your health and fitness goals, from weight loss and toning, muscle building, training for an event or just wanting to look your best for a special day. I will work with you one to one, one to two or in small groups, the choice is yours.I also offer body conditioning and aerobic workouts, which is a great fun way to tone up and keep fit. Email me for more details:

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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.

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB HENLEY FLOWER CLUB meets on the second Tuesday each month at 7.30pm at the Henley Baptist Church Hall. Visitors £6.00 Next meeting 11th September 'Green Fingered Flower Arranger' by Linda Seabrook

26th Lions Festive Walk Thursday 27 December 2018 26th Lions Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton National Trust House and make a donation for SoLO Life Opportunities and The UK Sepsis Trust, as well as local causes After the disappointing snowy weather last year which prevented many walkers taking part the Lions are hopeful that the choice of 4 routes between 1.4 miles to 8.6 miles through beautiful Warwickshire countryside will offer a choice to suit everyone whatever the weather this year “We hope readers will put the date in their diary now and invite friends and relatives to join them for this traditional Twixmas walk off the Christmas pudding”. visit the Lions website to download the free entry form to complete and bring along on the day. Every year we say “Every £ donated will go to charity, when all our costs have been more than covered by our generous sponsors”.

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.

Read Easy Solihull Each day, we help those with little or no reading skills, in personalised, one-to-one reading lessons. As we approach our second birthday in November, we celebrate the successes we have seen, and the opportunities we have had the privilege to create. Readers have met personal challenges, accepted new career prospects and grown in confidence. Word is spreading; However, we cannot grow to meet these extra demands without more people on our Management Team. Roles in the team are varied and very flexible. At present, we particularly need support in the following areas: Publicity - Fund Raising Admin support - Referral Agency Networker Please get in touch with Lynn or Deborah if you have a few hours to spare each month, and would like to get involved with the organisational aspects of Read Easy Solihull. Further info:

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

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

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.

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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Sporting Events Alex Dudley takes a look at the upcoming sporting events we have to look forward to over the next few months.

Fed Cup Final 2018

England Internationals

The Fed Cup once again returns to Europe after an absence of over three years. The final of the tournament will take place at the O2 Arena in the Czech Republic. This year’s final will see the two most decorated Fed Cup sides go head-to-head for supremacy. The Fed Cup is the women’s international tournament where the players join the international teams.

2018 has been a great year for the Three Lions - maybe one of the best in recent memory. Who could have foreseen that England would have reached the semi-finals of the 2018 World Cup?

The current holders are the United States and they will be looking to retain their crown, facing off against the number one ranked side in the world, the Czech Republic. The Czech side over came the much-fancied German side in the last round, with captain Peter Pals securing their passage in a tight game. Czech Republic won their first ever Fed Cup in 1975, with their most recent success coming two years ago in a team that featured Karolína Plísková and Petra Kvitová. The Americans, on the other hand, have won eighteen titles, with their record against the Czech’s also brilliant. They have won ten of the last twelve meetings between the sides. USA reached the final comprehensively, sweeping aside a French side in Aix-en-Provence. The decisive wins in the match-up coming from Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys. However, the Czech team have previous wins to their name having won three Fed Cup titles in their home country (2012, 2014, 2015). The 2018 Fed Cup Final starts on 10 November and will conclude the following day. You can catch all the action live on Euro Sport.

Movember 2018 This month sees men growing their moustaches in the name of spreading awareness for men’s health – including prostate cancer, testicular cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Sport takes the charity month that has now been called ‘Movember’ very seriously, with a range of stars taking part in the growing of their facial hair. Famous names that have previously taken part include Match of the Day presenter, Gary Lineker, Gillette Soccer Saturday host, Jeff Stelling, Graeme Souness, Toby Flood, Jonny Bairstow and many other sporting professionals. Charity sports fixtures are set up throughout the whole month, no matter whether it is football, rugby or cricket. Get yourself down to local events in your area and support this worthwhile charity. Visit for more information on how to get involved or donate this #movember.

Gareth Southgate will hope that his team can end the year on a positive note by beating the USA in an international friendly at Wembley on 15 November, having made amends for their semi-final defeat by beating Croatia three days later in the UEFA Nations League. England produced possibly their greatest performance since the 2001 5-1 victory over Germany in their last outing in Seville. In a fixture that many expected to be dominated by Spain, Southgate’s surprised all. Two goals from Raheem Sterling and one from Marcus Rashford saw England dismantle Spain in the first 45 minutes. The first time Spain had ever conceded three goals in a first half of a game taking place in Spain. Ultimately, the damage was done in the opening half and England held on for a 3-2 win, their first in Spain since 1987. The Nations League has so far been a success, but with the introduction of relegation and promotion for international football, England will be hoping to avoid defeat against the Croatian’s to remain in the League A section of the competition. You can catch all the action from England’s concluding UEFA Nations League game live on Sky Sports.

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Quiz Answers. 1. I should be so lucky

2. A diaper

3. Liverpool

4. The Battle of Trafalgar

5. Alaska

6. 36

7. Alpha

8. 4

9. Hawaii

10. Jamie Oliver


SsangYong Musso 2018 You can try putting lipstick on a pig, but it still won’t make it beautiful – unless you’re into pigs. And that’s the point here. Unless you like pick-up trucks, you won’t be into the Ssangyong Musso. Now this name might be familiar to you. It’s a moniker that was used way back in the early 90s on a pug ugly SUV. This vehicle though is a strict pick-up with 4x4 capability. I happen to think it’s handsome too – and I’m not even into swine. There’s a reason for its good looks - the Musso has the identical body-on-chassis construction as the Ssangyong Rexton SUV. Indeed, it even has the same dashboard, which makes it feel quite upmarket. There are pliable materials covering the dash, the steering wheel is fully adjustable, and the switchgear doesn’t feel like it’s out of a Tonka toy. The South Korean made pick-up is also furnished with kit such as an infotainment system, which is decent by any standards. The 9.2-inch display in some models is large, luminous and easy to operate. It also boasts Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. In addition, the Musso houses a remarkably hi-resolution reversing camera which even enables you to observe the tow bar. This is handy if you are lining-up up a trailer to lug. Towing is something that the new Ssangyong Musso is brilliant at. It’s the only pick-up in its segment that can haul a 3.5-tonne trailer while carrying up to a tonne in the load bed. The Mercedes-Benz obtained 2.2-litre oil-burner it uses is also enjoyed in the Rexton. However, the Musso is fitted with a six-speed automatic transmission rather than the seven-speed auto employed by the Rexton. It has lots of grunt and is smooth compared with, say, Ford’s Ranger. There’s plenty of space up front, and when it comes to rear passenger room, the Musso beats its rivals, with only Nissan’s Navara coming close. And behind the wheel, whether towing or not, the pick-up feels okay-ish – in a straight line at least. The only fly in the ointment for the Musso is its rear springs. They bounce pugnaciously over ruts, while the somewhat soft damping battles to keep

the pick-up’s frame in check. Things do recover, however, when the South Korean’s cab is full. And with a tonne of cargo in the rear load bed, it irons itself out considerably. Mind you, Ssangyong says it’s thinking about changing the rear springs to make things a little more manageable for UK driving. It still won’t make it a pick-up to hurl around bends though – but let’s face it, not many are suited to that. It feels substantial, and always will. That means it rolls a lot and will never match the Rexton or any other SUV for handling. The pricetag of the Ssangyong Musso makes you forgive its so-so handling. It’s cheaper than Mitsubishi’s L200 for starters. There are four trim levels to select, too. While the entry level EX is the most workhorse-like, it sits on alloy wheels and contains lots of factory-fitted equipment, including air conditioning, Bluetooth, and DAB radio. Over that, the Rebel boasts heated and cooled faux leather seats, and an eightinch touchscreen. It also wears distinct external graphics. The flagship Saracen and Rhino Mussos add real leather, that earlier mentioned 9.2-inch screen, and a heated steering wheel. What’s more, the Rhino rolls off the production line with

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

FAST FACTS • Max speed: 115 mph • 0-62 mph: 12.2 secs • Combined mpg: 32.8 • 2.2-litre four-cylinder diesel • Max. power (PS): 182 • CO2: 226 g/km • Price: £26,245 (exc. VAT)

ready-to-go all-terrain tyres, and black 20inch alloys. Also standard on the Musso is a segmentleading seven-year, 150,000-mile warranty. That, more than anything, demonstrates how much faith Ssangyong has in its new model. Certainly, this pick-up is no pig in a wig – and you can forget the lipstick, too.

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Arena Birmingham Poised for

Unibet Premier League Return

The Unibet Premier League will return to Arena Birmingham on Thursday April 25 2019 as the sport's top stars continue their battle for the prestigious title. The ten-player tournament features league nights across the UK, Ireland, Netherlands and Germany in 2019 during a four-month tour. The success of previous visits to Arena Birmingham will see next year's tournament return to the Midlands on April 25 for the 13th night of the season. Four matches on the night are set to see the likes of world number one Michael van Gerwen and current World Champion doing battle on the oche. The full field of players will be confirmed in January, with the top four players on the PDC Order of Merit qualifying by right and joined by six invited players. Premier League Darts 2019 25 April 2019, Arena Birmingham Tickets are on general sale 10am 08 October 2018 via or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £27.00/£46.50/£53.00 (includes admin fees and £1.20 facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.

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Cornfield Magazine November 2018 Central Birmingham, Solihull & Warwickshire Edition  

November is here! And with it, we bring you a round up of the very best of this season’s upcoming gigs and events, interior trends, expert h...

Cornfield Magazine November 2018 Central Birmingham, Solihull & Warwickshire Edition  

November is here! And with it, we bring you a round up of the very best of this season’s upcoming gigs and events, interior trends, expert h...