JUNE 2017 FREE EDITION South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire
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IN THIS ISSUE
Hello and welcome to your June edition of the Cornfield Magazine.
The summer has officially arrived and June is here. Father’s Day is fast approaching and we have put together a gift guide of ideas to treat your dad. We also share our inspiration with readers on how to create the perfect outdoor sanctuary. Our celebrity interview is with none other than the legendary Sir Tom Jones, ahead of his UK Tour. We attended the 2017 BodyPower Expo, held at the NEC Birmingham where we had the chance to meet the fitness professionals and attend the World Premiere of ‘Generation Iron 2’. We also had the opportunity to visit the British Motor Museum in Gaydon to attend the Classic Land Rover Show and we had the chance to see comedian Andy Parsons perform his latest tour Peak Bullsh*t.
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This month we have a special announcement to make! We are super excited to share the news that we will be launching a brand new magazine to Barnt Green, Alvechurch, Bromsgrove and Redditch! So keep a lookout for our brand new edition this July!
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Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors With legal experience of over 30 years, and now situated in Shirley, Solihull, Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors have recently relocated their offices and continue to provide high quality legal advice and assistance to individuals needing help, whether moving home, getting divorced, following an injury or when losing their job. The firm is on hand to help clients through a difficult circumstance and the expert team at Ellis Hass & Co will offer high quality legal advice at a sensible cost. Ellis Hass & Co provide a speedy and fixed cost conveyancing service as they understand that moving home can be a stressful experience, and clients can be provided with a free conveyancing quote to help you get started. The firm also offers high quality family law advice on divorce and separation issues, often at an extremely difficult time during the breakdown of a relationship, especially when children are involved. By providing sensible advice whilst maintaining a firm stance they will help resolve the issues, which arise. Ellis Hass & Co also deal with serious high value personal injury claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. Ellis Hass & Co will give you the best advice to help you to handle your injury claim and put the pieces back together.
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Are you hosting your own summer garden party? Or are you looking for an alcoholic refresher to cool off on a relaxing weekend at home? If the answer is yes, then why not try something a little different. A cocktail recipe is always good to have to hand and experimentation has become even more popular with summer being the season for fresh herbs and fruits. Why not try out one of our top sizzling summer cocktail picks. The Coconut Margarita and the Raspberry Limoncello Prosecco will not disappoint.
Coconut Margarita Serves 2 Ingredients 1½ Oz Tequila ½ an Oz Cointreau 1 Oz Coconut Cream 1 Oz Coconut Milk ½ Oz Fresh Lime Juice A Splash of Syrup (1/2 cup sugar, ½ cup water brought to a boil until sugar dissolved, then cooled) Lime wedges for garnish Method 1. Shake and strain all of the above ingredients into a glass. 2. Serve on the rocks with a lime wedge.
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Learn how to Wakeboard
at Spot-On Wake, Wootton Wawen Wakeboarding has become an increasingly popular sport over the last few years and is known to be one of the most fun and exhilarating water based sports. It involves riding a wakeboard over the surface of the water being pulled by a cable. The sport developed from using a combination of water skiing, snowboarding and surfing techniques. Located on the outskirts of Henley-in-Arden and situated in the picturesque grounds of Wootton Park, Spot-On Wake recently launched the impressive water park at the end of April this year. They have excavated the lake along the Alcester Road in Wootton Wawen from scratch to create a bespoke body of water for the brand new wakeboarding and water-based activity site in Warwickshire. With two different lines being available, Spot-On Wake is ideal for a range of different riding abilities and levels. Whether it’s your first time trying wakeboarding, or if you have previous experience, then this is the ideal place catering for all your wakeboarding needs. The two lines consist of ‘The Base Line’ and ‘The Gap Line’. Designed for both beginner and intermediate levels, ‘The Base Line’ helps riders to develop and progress their wakeboarding skills. If you are a more experienced rider and want to challenge yourself, then the 2nd line available at Spot-On Wake is ‘The Gap Line’, which features a double pool gap and obstacles designed for those who want to continue their love for this truly awe-inspiring sport. All sessions are taught by qualified cable operators and include one to one instruction. However, it must be noted that riders must pass the ‘Gap Line Assessment’ before using ‘The Gap Line’ itself. This assessment costs £49 and consists of a 15-minute assessment followed by a session on ‘The Gap Line’. During the assessment individuals can demonstrate their proficiency in wakeboarding as well as the various skills, postures, stance and techniques required to use ‘The Gap Line’. If you’ve always thought about learning how to wakeboard then Spot-On Wake is the place to learn with beginner lessons starting from £29 for a half hour session, inclusive of hire. Riders will spend half of the session learning on dry land and the final half will be spent taking the skills learnt to the water. Adults and children age 8 and above are all welcome. As the beginner to intermediate levels progress, there is a ‘Progression Pack’ available where riders can begin to learn their first wakeboarding tricks. These cost £125 for ten sessions, bringing the cost down to £12.50 per session. Equipment hire is at an additional cost. If you are ready to ride ‘The Base Line’, then prices start at £22.50 for an arrive and ride session. Plus, riders can enjoy a day pass for £50 as well as the various packs and memberships that are available for purchase. If you’re ready to hit the advanced ‘Gap Line’, prices start from £32 for a 1 hour arrive and ride session. This jam format session is for a maximum of 3 people per hour. Various packages and memberships are also available for this more advanced line. Why not try something that bit different and visit Spot-On Wake to enjoy all of the brand new wakeboarding facilities and expert tuition that is on offer. For further information visit www.spotonwake.co.uk Tel: 01564 330498 - Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Spot-On Wake Ltd, Wootton Park, Wootton Wawen, Henley-in-Arden B95 6HJ (Use postcode B95 6HH for satnavs)
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IVY ROUGE’S FASHION MUST HAVES
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Wedding season is on the horizon as every year, June is said to be the most popular month for weddings as it’s the start of the summer season. Everyone who gets to attend weddings in June, July or August tend to start prepping their outfit ready for the big day. It’s not the case of purchasing a simple outfit, it has to tie in with the whole wedding. So, for us women it is essential that every last detail is perfect!
I went to a wedding last year and I wore a gorgeous royal blue lace dress from NEXT. It was just wedding season perfection! There are loads of dresses you can find perfect for your style and shape. It all comes down to personal preference. I have noticed a lot of evening dresses recently being added to the High Streets websites ready for this
I adore this beautiful hot pink stunning ruffle dress from Debenhams. This is the perfect outfit choice for a wedding guest this year for wedding season. I’ve added piece style add-ons from Debenhams to create the perfect outfit choice. I’ve chosen to add a royal blue tone and floral bag to add that extra florescent vibe. Star by Julien Macdonald pink cold shoulder ruffle detail dress. Was £49.00 Now £39.20 – 20% OFF selected items Available at Debenhams online and in selected stores.
I have picked these stunning pale blue add-ons from ASOS for you. These will work perfectly and be the perfect match to your metallic gorgeous outfit. And they are only £50.00. BARGAIN for such an on trend piece this year! Plus these shoes will go with everything and you can re-wear them all summer. For a friends BBQ, pub garden weather and even on a cheeky date night with jeans and a blouse.
perfect occasion. As always I have selected my favourite picks from the newest ranges in stores and online. Last year was very popular for bardot style dresses and tops and what I have seen, this year is no different. The bardot off the shoulder is more popular than ever.
If you are not so confident with the vibrant bright colours, why not try this metallic ‘less in your face’ garment. Now I love this outfit choice, from NEXT. This is beautiful, loose and the perfect style for a distant relative that just wants to be seen at the back. I know some of you often worry what to wear if you’re not close to the bride or groom. So why not try this laid back look. This perfect outfit will work stunningly with a pastel pair of blue open toed sandals. This item is from NEXT, item code: 406-855
And finally for all you ladies who love a tutu style skirt, I have chosen this beautiful pop-up skirt from ASOS. It is adorable and will look amazing with the outfit choice that ASOS has selected. This skirt will also look beautiful, with a tank top, bardot top, long sleeve lace top and so much more. This skirt will go beautiful with almost anything, will you play it safe by just wearing a simple top and heels, or will you be eccentric and gamble with prints and colours? ASOS Tulle Prom Skirt in Poppy Print £65.00
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Crawford & Jaynes Organic Hairdressing Beauty and Wellbeing at the Heart of Henley-in-Arden Salon Nestled in amongst the vibrant and bustling High Street of Henley-in-Arden is Crawford & Jaynes Organic Hairdressing. The salon focuses on providing some of the best styling and colour treatments, using only the best organic hair products that are free from ammonia, parabens and other chemical nasty’s. Whether it’s a personal choice to use organic products or if it is an essential part of a clients every day requirements, due to allergies or health related issues, clients can feel rest assured that they are in safe hands. Looking after the environment that we live in is so important in today’s world and the team at Crawford & Jaynes believes that using safe products and raising awareness of key environmental issues is essential to looking after their client’s health and wellbeing. The difference with Crawford & Jaynes is that as important as it is to use only organic products, they want the client to be aware that they can still have that beautiful hair, which they strive for. Clients will receive a unique and personalised service to make their hairdressing experience as easy and hassle free as possible, whether it be a cut and style, blow-dry, or an up-do for that all important occasion. The team will be on hand to look after you and will help clients achieve their desired results using natural products. The team consists of highly trained and experienced stylists, with over 30 years of combined hairdressing skills, which have stretched across many high-end salons located in Central London, and both of which have been organic and non organic. Also, If you are looking for someone to style your bridal hair for that all important special day, then Crawford & Jaynes also offer a range of bespoke packages to the bride-to-be and their bridal party, with packages and inspiration to suit every bride. For your free quotation give the team a call on 01564 794400. Once the bride-to-be has had their first consultation, a package will be individually tailored to the bride with further costings. Crawford & Jaynes will also be introducing a brand new beauty room to the salon very soon. The qualified therapist will be offering an array of treatments, including facials, massages, waxing and much more using a selection of fantastic organic products, including John Masters Organics. Clients can also use the special online booking system via Crawford & Jaynes website, making it convenient for those of us with a busy schedule to arrange at a time to suit our diaries. So, if you want to take the next step into making sure you look after your hair with the use of organic products, whilst also having the best service and expert advice, then you need look no further, Crawford & Jaynes are on hand to help with all of your hairdressing needs. For further information visit www.crawfordjaynes.co.uk Opening Times: Monday & Sunday – Closed, Tuesday – Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 9am – 4pm. Later Appointments are available during the week on request. Tel: 01564 794400 Crawford & Jaynes Organic Hairdressing, 169 High Street, Henley-In-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 5BA
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The summertime is here and it’s time to start packing for that long awaited getaway. Here are our top picks for the perfect beach to bar outfit. 01 Jaded London Palm Leaf Lace Up Swimsuit £55.00 jadedldn.com
02 MOTO KIRI Frill Hem High Side Shorts £28.00 topshop.com
03 Military Style Shirt in Khaki £29.99 zara.com 04 Karinda Embellished Thong Sandals £32.00 uk.accessorize.com 05 Whistles Interest Weave Sun Hat - Black/Multi £55.00 whistles.com 06 Straw Clutch Bag in Gold £12.99 hm.com 07 Tom Ford Aviator Sunglasses in Gold £259.00 stylebop.com
08 Triple mixed Row Bracelet Pack £10.00 warehouse.co.uk
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For the promise of that summer glow and that miracle in a bottle, you need look no further. We have selected our top 5 self-tans of 2017. For those of us needing a summer pick me up, then here are some of the best streak free and easy to apply tans that you will find on the market. Vita Liberata Self-Tan Dry Oil SPF 50 £39 - Space NK This tan is not just one of the best self tans, but it also has SPF 50, making this product even better. The tanning oil sinks into the skin, offering a warm shimmery glow, which can be built over a few days.
Xen-Tan Transform Luxe Daily Self-Tan £24.99 - feelunique.com This is the tan to buy for a natural finish, enough so that you can pass it off as being your own tan.
St Tropez Self Tan Express Bronzing Mousse £33 - ASOS.com This easy to apply tan lets you control the depth of the colour you wish to achieve and also has long lasting results with an even fade.
James Read Express Glow Mask Body £35 - lookfantastic.com James Read is the master of providing celebrity spray tans and his tanning products prove just how excellent this man is. The express glow mask creates a golden natural finish that you will instantly fall in love with.
La Mer Face & Body Gradual Tan £75 - House of Fraser For true luxury this should be your tan of choice, which will not only leave you feeling good, but it will also leave you looking great.
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A M Y H I C K E Y ’ S M O N T H LY B E A U T Y T I P S
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I love my make-up and love my job helping clients feel fantastic. I also like beautifying myself and getting glammed up, but, sometimes the thought of blending several shades of foundation and four shades of eyeshadow before breakfast all gets a little too time consuming... I love my sleep too much! The question is, When did makeup become so complicated? The answer, it really doesn't have to be! That’s why multipurpose makeup products - colour cosmetics that can be used simultaneously on the lips, cheeks and eyelids - have
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Available in a range of neutral and blush pink hues, Nudestix pencils are prefect for matching cheek and lip combos. They even come with built-in sharpeners, so you'll never have to worry about using a dull pencil.
Lancome Teint Visionaire This beautiful, easy to apply foundation is also teamed with a concealer to help save space and create easy application and save time and space.
been my best friend lately on myself and even with my photoshoots. Have you ever been in a rush and used the same lipstick on your lips and cheeks? That’s what a multipurpose product does, only it’s specifically designed for multiple areas of the face. Below i’ ve listed various multitalented products to help shorten the daily make up routine, lighten up the make up bag and keep you looking and feeling great all day long!
This soft cream colour for lips and cheeks comes in a mirrored flip-top compact for on the spot application.
This oil free, high definition, high performance foundation 'stays all day' and helps deliver a flawless finish... Just whats needed on a summers day. This multi-tasker also contains a creamy full coverage concealer, cleverly hidden inside the cap, along with a handy mirror.
Sleek Face Contour Kit
This ultimate face definition kit is one neat compact designed to suit all skin tones. I love how these colours are soft, easy to apply and all in one palette. It’s also lighter on the wallet.
Stila Stay All Day Foundation, Concealer and Brush Kit
Barry M Chisel Cheeks
Also, cheeks are mentioned in the title, I think these are fab used on the eyes too. Soft, long lasting and versatile colours that will suit all eye and skin colours.
The original rose-tinted stain is kiss proof, see through colour for lips and cheeks that lasts for hours. I truly love this little gem!
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Dentelle Excellence in non–surgical aesthetic treatments and skin care
A patient’s safety and health are at the heart of every treatment that Dentelle provides and the Dorridge based clinic is proud to be listed as one of only a few clinics in the Midlands that is accredited with Save Face, an organisation, which verifies qualifications and procedures with practitioners who are individually assessed against a comprehensive set of objective standards. Dentelle prides itself on being a centre of excellence in natural facial rejuvenation and non-surgical aesthetic interventions. ‘Dentelle’ is a French translation for ‘lace’ and this symbolism is used to convey a light touch to aesthetic treatments, being gently provided and giving natural looking results. Founder Dr. Clare Quinn has gained over 20 years of experience working within dental general practice and has over 10 year’s experience in aesthetics. Clare believes that safety comes first and delivers the highest quality treatments mixed with her artistic abilities. Since opening the clinic in 2014, Dr. Clare Quinn continually updates her skills in non-surgical aesthetic interventions by attending regular training programmes at the Royal college of Surgeons and The Royal Society of Medicine. Dentelle provides an array of top treatments, including: Anti Wrinkle Injectables Dentelle believe that looking good and feeling great is key to confidence. Clare provides wrinkle-relaxing treatments and dermal fillers, which simply soften signs of ageing, helping slow down the process of ageing, whilst improving eyelid ptosis, restoring hydration and adding volume to the skin. All anti wrinkle injectables are non-invasive with an excellent safety record, leaving clients with a healthy and youthful appearance. HydraFacials The HydraFacial is the advanced medical facial for ultimate skin health and is a favourite with celebrities including Kate Winslet and Beyoncé. This hydra-dermabrasion treatment combines detoxifying and rejuvenating infusions that reduce signs of fine lines and wrinkles, enlarged pores, oily and acne prone skin, hyperpigmentation and under eye puffiness, targeting problem areas in one quick session. Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Radiofrequency helps to restore a natural radiance to the skin. This popular treatment works well under the eyes, cheeks, midface and around the jawline, as well as improving loose skin on the neck. Radiofrequency is also suitable for all skin types.
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Environ Facials & Skin Care Environ is a leading skin care brand that provides outstanding results for those suffering with skin related issues, including, sun damage, dryness, premature ageing, acne and red and uneven skin tones. At Dentelle we provide advanced Environ facials that help to stimulate the production of collagen and elastin, whilst leaving skin hydrated for long-term health. IPL Therapy for Acne Rosacea & Pigment This treatment can also be referred to as intense pulsed light skin rejuvenation, where a non-invasive light wave passes through the skin, targeting melanin, blood vessels and bacteria proteins. IPL destroys bacteria that causes acne and reduces unwanted course hair. Beauty As well as aesthetic treatments, Dentelle provides a selection of beauty treatments, including advanced electrolysis and quality waxing with Adam & Eve products, CACI and Guinot facials, manicures, pedicures and holistic massage.
Clare can always be relied upon to give a very attentive professional service with a smile. Her sunny disposition and kind caring attitude always enhances any treatment that you may choose to have.
Tailoring treatments to suit the individual client is key when it comes to how Dentelle work, leaving clients feeling re-assured that they are in the safest of hands. In the past two years the clinic has won a number of prestigious awards being Highly Commended in the national ‘My Face My Body’ Award for ‘Best New Clinic’ and ‘Best Clinic Team’. Dr. Quinn works alongside her passionate and highly experienced team of therapists to deliver exceptional results, giving clients the confidence to be the best version of themselves. Tel: 01564 770770 Web: www.dentelle.co.uk Email: email@example.com Dentelle, 11 Station Approach, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8JA
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Those are the four desperate and heart wrenching words, that you cannot believe you are actually saying. Well that is what happened to me in March of 2017. I found a large breast lump and the first thought that came to me was that it was Cancer. I decided to leave it for a week to see if it would go away. Maybe it was a cyst? Afterall, 80% of lumps turn out to be benign. However, 10 days later it was still there. I rang my GP Practice and they were just amazing. I had an appointment within the hour. My GP was incredible and very reassuring, explaining that it was probably nothing sinister, however, she would refer me to the NHS for a fast track appointment. There was no point using private health insurance because the NHS Constitution states that this type of condition should be seen within 14 days. This is where it all fell apart. After a few days, I rang the NHS local hospital, to find out when my appointment was and was told that there were no clinics available for the foreseeable future. After a lot of worry and angst, I was seen privately and eventually found out that the lump was definitely benign. What a huge relief. All I could think about before the mammogram and ultrasound, was how am I going to tell my 2 small children that Mummy has cancer and might die? My husband was amazing and kept reassuring me that there was no point worrying until we found out exactly what we were dealing with. My family and friends were incredible too, offering support and hope. What came out of this horrendous experience was a feeling of perspective. I now see life completely differently and realise that none of us are invisible. Life is for living and the best things in life are free; friends, family, children, a walk in the park, reading a book, sitting in the sunshine... I also discussed my predicament with the Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer team and received a huge amount of support, help and advice. The LFBC Charity is something I have supported since 2016, by being a Trustee on the Board, so how ironic that I end up being on the other end. At least I have a much more rounded and compassionate insight into what our patients are going through. I suppose that what I want to get across to everyone reading this, is that Breast Awareness is so important. With 154 women diagnosed
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with breast cancer every day and 300 men being diagnosed every year, a self examination once a month can save your life. It is quick, simple and very effective, so why not get used to performing your own breast screening examination.
I was one of the lucky ones; make sure you are too.
Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic RGN, BSc(Hons), CertEd, PGCert, CertITU, MhSc, ILM Solihull Health Check Clinic, The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane, Dickens Heath, B90 1FF
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Please let us help you with those painful lumps and unsightly bumps. Hand lumps are rarely serious but can cause problems from their pressure effects. Ganglions are the most common hand and wrist lumps, originating from joints or tendons. Traditionally, you were encouraged to hit them with a heavy book. Let the experts take a look at those resistant lumps.
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We are very lucky in this country to have the NHS. For all its trials and tribulations and complaints it is still free at the point of source. Like all very large companies, costs have to be cut. Sometimes, things get overlooked, forgotten about, or missed. When it comes to cost cutting, it is easier to tick the services box and the new equipment box. Since the year 2000 Veronica Kumeta, who set up Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer and her volunteers have tried to bridge that gap with over 1 million pounds worth of essential equipment going into the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, equipment above and beyond NHS means. Since 2012 we have expanded our fundraising to include services as well as equipment. Services such as support groups, wigs that are more feminine, stylish than what the NHS are able to provide, mastectomy bras, treatments, special memory holidays for families and providing a premises for a choral support group. In the last 17 years all of this has been done without any government funding, lottery funding or any major subsidiary funding from the corporate. It has been raised by the good, the great and very generous people of Birmingham and the greater West Midlands. Everything from a cake sale to throwing themselves out of an aeroplane, knowing that all the funds raised would stay in the area, helping people in this area and helping people now. Sadly without funding local charities wouldn't exist - and without local charities - people would be overlooked, forgotten about, or missed. Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer needs your support. Make a difference, a local difference, to local people in your area.
Facts about Breast Cancer The number of people being diagnosed with Breast Cancer is increasing, but survival rates are improving! Every year nearly 55,000 people are diagnosed in the UK. That’s the equivalent of 150 people every day or one person every 10 minutes. 1 in 8 women in the UK will develop breast cancer in their lifetime. Nearly 12,000 people die from breast cancer in the UK every year. Breast Cancer is the second most common cause of death from cancer in women in the UK, after lung cancer. The biggest risk factor, after gender, is increasing age – 80% of breast cancers occur in women over the age of 50. Breast Cancer also affects men, but it’s rare – around 400 men are diagnosed each year. Not all breast cancers show as a lump, and not all breast lumps are Breast Cancer.
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Father’s Day is celebrated throughout the world as a way to honour and thank our Fathers, Father figures and Grandfathers for all that they do, the support they have given us and the love that they provide to sons and daughters across the globe. Father’s Day is always celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June for many people in the UK. This special day is celebrated with family and children often send their fathers gifts to show their thanks, whilst enjoying a Sunday dinner, family activities, playing games or enjoying a summers walk. Even though this day is celebrated many of us forget how the day first came about. Unlike Mothers’ Day, Father’s Day is more of a recent celebration. Historians believe that a lady called Grace Golden Clayton was the founder of the first ever Father’s Day. A town called Monongah suffered a tragic mine explosion, which killed 360 men, with over 200 of which were Fathers. The tradegy left behind their widows and over 1000 sons and daughters. In Fairmount, West Virginia, on 5th July 1908, a lady named Grace Golden Clayton was extremely moved by this incident, in which case she went to her Pastor, Reverend Robert Thomas Webb, to discuss and initiate the idea of paying respects to all Fathers on a special day, every year in order to honour and remember those that lost their lives. Grace chose the 5th July as the date to celebrate Father’s Day, as this was the nearest date to her father’s birthday, whom she missed dearly. Unfortunately, this day did not take off for various reasons. Two years later in 1910, a Washington lady named Sonora Smart Dodd, recognised the need for a Father’s Day, having heard of a Mother’s Day Sermon in Church, Dodd felt that fatherhood deserved recognition too. Having lost her Mother at the tender age of 16, Dodd was bought up by her Father, William Smart, a Civil War Veteran. With Dodd’s passion, she believed that Father’s Day should be added to our calendars, in which case she visited her Pastor who fully supported the
idea of this special day. Keen to make Father’s Day equal to Mothers’ Day, Dodd spent the day delivering Fathers Day gifts to all Fathers across the City who were ill and unable to leave their homes. It took many years to mark Father’s Day as an official holiday and it wasn’t until 1966 that the 3rd Sunday of June soon became an annual event to be celebrated by all. Traditions In 1910, it was tradition that sons and daughters would wear a red rose to church to show the admiration of a living Father and those paying tribute to a deceased father would wear a white rose. Many Dads enjoy breakfast in bed made by sons and daughters, as a special treat. Family gatherings and a traditional roast dinner is enjoyed by many across the UK. Schools and children’s clubs often design handmade cards and gifts to encourage the child and father bond. The most popular gifts sent to fathers on Father’s Day include socks, ties, slippers, chocolates, your dads favourite drink, garden and D.I.Y. tools and personalised gifts, such as mugs, novelty items and now experience days, which have become extremely popular.
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Dear Dad, From Me To You This Father’s Day why not treat your dad to something a little different, something special or unique. Whether your dad enjoys to sit back, relax and unwind in the comfort of his own home, or maybe he enjoys a spot of adventure. Whatever you decide we wanted to give readers some inspiration with our top picks for the ultimate Father’s Day gift guide.
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Aston Martin Thrill - £115 – virginexperiencedays.co.uk UGG M Ascott Sheepskin Lined Suede Slippers - £90 – House of Fraser Barbour Drywax Wash Bag in Olive - £59.95 – John Lewis Craft a Brew White House Honey Ale - £44.99 – thefowndry.com Cross Calais Lacquer Rollerball Pen - £35 – John Lewis Wooden Valet Tray and Charging Station by Jodie Byrne - £44.99 notonthehighstreet.com
7. Harris Tweed Hip Flask - £24.99 – Amazon 8. Personalised Leader Golf Scorecard by Carve On £55 – notonthehighstreet.com 9. Vintage Watch Movement Cufflinks Rectangular by Chee Designs - £45 – notonthehighstreet.com 10. Ultimate Ears Wonderboom Bluetooth Speaker in Stone Grey - £89.99 – Amazon 11. Blue beards Revenge Cut-Throat Razor Kit - £34.99 – bluebeards-revenge.co.uk
The BodyPower Expo 2017 had another successful year at the NEC Birmingham. Fitness fans and industry professionals gathered from across the globe to visit the 2017 exhibition, which aims to inspire people to get involved in the world of fitness and visitors had the opportunity to meet their idols face to face, whilst also being able to shop for hundreds of leading brands. The event played host to the PCA Super Series, Battle of the Bars, BPU Powerlifting, the BodyPower Gym and much more. The Expo also held the World Premiere of 'Generation Iron 2' at the Cineworld Cinema at Resorts World, Birmingham. The sequel to the original docudrama 'Generation Iron', was produced by the Vladar Company and focuses on the next generation of bodybuilders and fitness personalities as they push their physiques to the next level. Attendees of the World Premiere also had the chance to meet some of the cast featured within 'Generation Iron 2', which included Calumn Von Moger, Rich Piana, Dana Linn Bailey and local man Martyn Ford.
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JONES SIR TOM JONES: “GOING AROUND ON STAGE WITH MY SHIRT OPEN WASN’T INTENTIONAL. I WAS UNDOING MY SHIRT BECAUSE I WAS HOT.” Take a read of the latest interview with singing legend Sir Tom Jones, who will be touring the UK and Europe this summer… FIRSTLY, YOUR REAL NAME IS WOODWARD, DO YOU REMEMBER HOW YOU GOT THE NAME, TOM JONES? My real name is Thomas John Woodward and when I signed my record deal with Decca records in 1964, I was going under the stage name Tommy Scott (even though I’m Welsh). But, they already had a Tommy Scott recording, so I said, ‘what shall we do? ‘I don’t want to change my first name because I want to be always known as Tom or Tommy.’ At the time, the movie Tom Jones was very popular (but, he turned out to be a bastard) and my agent said why don’t you drop the Woodward and become Jones. Of course, my mum was very happy because her maiden name was Jones.
YOUR FIRST BIG HIT WAS ‘IT’S NOT UNUSUAL’ IN 1964? Yes, it was written by Gordon Mills and it was supposed to be for Sandi Shaw, but when I did the demonstration for her and listened to it back. I said, ‘I want this song, and if I don’t get this song, I’m going back to Wales.’ That’s how adamant I was. Gordon said: ‘Oh no don’t. I can write a million of those songs’, which of course he never did. It’s the song that changed my life.
YOU HAVE BEEN IN THE INDUSTRY FOR OVER 60 YEARS AND I DON’T THINK THERE IS ANYONE YOU HAVEN’T MET. IS THERE ANYONE YOU DIDN’T MEET AND WHO WOULD YOU STILL LIKE TO MEET? I never met Fred Astaire and Bing Crosby. I knew Sammy Davis Jr very well and of course, I spent time with Elvis Presley. I met him in 1965 on the Ed Sullivan show in LA, and they said ‘Elvis
is here and he’d like to meet you.’ And, I said ‘I didn’t even think he knew I existed.’ He walked towards me singing my song ‘With These Hands’. If the boys back home could have seen me. When I was singing in the clubs in Wales, I’d say ‘I’ll meet Elvis one day’ and they would say, ‘Tom, of course, you will.’ He said to me ‘How the hell, do you sing like that,’ and, he had the three singles that I had released. Those days are mind boggling for me. The best was when were both working in Vegas and after the shows, we would go back to his place and we’d get his backing singers up and do gospel songs all night.
YOU DEVELOPED A KIND OF SE-XUAL REPUTATION AND WOMEN STARTED THROWING KNICKERS AT YOU. HOW DID YOU COPE WITH THAT? I was always scared in case someone got a photo of me picking up a pair. I would just leave them on the floor. Going around on stage with my shirt open wasn’t intentional from the beginning. I was undoing my shirt because I was hot, but it seems to work for the fans.
DO YOU MISS BRITAIN AFTER LIVING IN THE USA FOR SO LONG? I think I will spend my latter years here in the UK, but it’s still early days, so I am still trying to decide. I love coming back as it’s where I am from and whenever I’m back I’ll try and pop to Wales. My cousins used to come out to the States a lot to see me and see the shows.
DID YOU ENJOY YOUR ROLE AS A COACH ON ITV’S ‘THE VOICE UK’ AND WILL YOU BE BACK FOR THE NEXT SERIES? Yes, very much so. I love helping people. In the last series, the coaches were encouraged to be friendly with each other, instead of been pitted against each other, which isn’t my style. We are talking about the next series at the moment. I’d love to do it again, but I’m going to ask for a pay rise (laughs).
‘THE VOICE’ MUST HAVE BEEN QUITE STRESSFUL, HAVE YOU EVER HAD HEALTH ISSUES IN THE PAST? I’ve been very lucky health wise. I did have TB when I was a kid, but otherwise, I have been lucky.
AFTER ALL THESE YEARS YOUR VOICE STILL SOUNDS FANTASTIC, HOW DO YOU DO IT? First of all, God has been very kind to me, but I do look after my voice more than I did when I was younger. You have to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated and not smoke too many cigars.
IS THERE ANYONE MUSICALLY YOU WOULD STILL LIKE TO COLLABORATE WITH? First of all, with a duet you have to have the right song, I would have loved to have sung with Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston, they both had wonderful voices.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE YOUNGER MUSICIANS PURSUING A CAREER? Have a plan B. These days it seems much harder for youngsters to sign a record deal than it was when I started. Nowadays, the way music is listened to is different and it’s not something I’m in touch with. The one main thing for me as a performer is to always listen and take advice. And, you must stay true to yourself.
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST JOB BEFORE MUSIC? I worked in a glove factory, I was an apprentice glove maker and then I wasn’t making enough money in that, so I started selling vacuum cleaners door-to-door. Anything, so I could make enough money during the day and be able to sing at night.
WOULD YOU EVER CONSIDER GETTING MARRIED AGAIN? No, because my wife Linda passed away last year and I’m still trying to get over that. I don’t think I ever will, so the last thing on my mind is marriage but never say never.
WHAT DO YOU THINK IT IS THAT KEEPS YOU GROUNDED? You have to be true to yourself and that’s the way I am. I couldn’t be any other way. I would say friends and family are very important and I was lucky enough to come from a close-knit Welsh family. Now I have a son, daughter-in-law and two grandchildren of my own and that helps a lot.
FINALLY, WHAT IS THE GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT OF YOUR CAREER? To be knighted by the Queen, I never expected it because I never expect anything. I got the OBE first of all and I was thrilled with that and thought that would be as far as it would go. I never dreamt about it when I was younger. I just wanted to be a professional singer. Then when I was told I was being considered for a knighthood, I said, ‘Do I have to change my ways?’ I didn’t know if I would have to act differently. The Queen give me my knighthood at Buckingham Palace and I kneeled before her, it was wonderful.
Sir Thomas John Woodward OBE (born 7 June 1940) is a Welsh singer known by his stage name Tom Jones. His career has spanned six decades, from his emergence as a vocalist in the mid-1960s with a string of top hits, regular touring, appearances in Las Vegas (1967– 2011), and career comebacks - to coaching on The Voice UK from 2012. Jones's powerful voice has been described as a "full-throated, robust baritone".
His breakthrough hit, ‘It’s Not Unusual’ wasn’t written for him. His manager Gordon Mills wanted Sandie Shaw to perform the song but her agent turned it down. Tom had sung the demo but pleaded with them to give him the chance to record it.
The Welsh singer, whose songs also include ‘Delilah’ and ‘What’s New Pussycat’, was first thrown a pair of knickers by a woman in the audience at the Copacabana Club, New York, in 1967. He grew to dislike it, thinking it deflected attention from his voice.
If his mother and father, Freda and Thomas, had a row and were not speaking, young Tom would be sent to wash the coal dust and grime from his father Thomas’s back as he washed in the old tin bath after a tiring day down the mine.
When ‘It’s Not Unusual’ was released, the first press statement’ said Tom was 22, single and a miner. In reality, he was 24, had a wife called Melinda, and a young son, Mark, and the nearest he had been to the mines was, of course, washing his dad’s back.
Tom was just 16 when Melinda gave birth to Mark. He didn’t go to the maternity hospital with her because he was on night shift at a local factory where he was an apprentice glove cutter.
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The first time Burt Bacharach played Tom ‘What’s New Pussycat’? he thought it was a joke. It’s his least favourite of all his famous songs, because, he says, ‘It’s just not me.’
Tom was never in the school choir in his home village of Treforest, Pontypridd, South Wales, despite being the best singer. He preferred to go solo, even pretending he was sick when his friends called round to take him carol singing. When they had gone, he would slip out to perform alone: ‘I made more money singing by myself,’ he said.
His famous hand gestures were devised as code for the band so that they were always in perfect synch when they performed.
He never forgot the advice of his Uncle George, who told him, ‘Let people see what you are singing about.’ From his earliest concerts, Tom would pick out a young woman in the audience and sing one of his greatest love songs directly to her as if she were the only girl in the room.
Soon after his 12th birthday, Tom complained of being very tired with no energy. An X-ray revealed he had tuberculosis and, as a result, he was confined to his bedroom for two years.
Tom’s favourite performer was Jerry Lee Lewis and he saw his hero in concert in Cardiff. After the show, he spotted Jerry Lee leaving in a limo, so jumped into a taxi and followed him. At a traffic light, he jumped out and asked for an autograph.
Tom’s least favourite singer was Cliff Richard and he hated having to sing The Young Ones at the local dance halls around Pontypridd, even though his band, The Senators, loved playing it.
Tom hated his miss shapen nose, which had been broken many times in fights when he was a Teddy Boy. Eventually, he persuaded his manager to let him have it fixed in an operation that was officially to ‘repair some nasal cartilage’. He had regular cosmetic surgery for the next 40 years.
Songwriters Les Reed and Barry Mason originally wrote ‘Delilah’ for Tom’s sixties rival PJ Proby. The Texan, however, loathed the song so they ended up giving it to Tom instead.
Tom didn’t enjoy 100% seduction rate with famous women. Lulu, Sandie Shaw, Dionne Warwick and Darlene Love all managed to resist his charms.
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Finally, I am summer ready! I can actually begin to enjoy the great outdoors, whether it be an afternoon relaxing in the garden, a day out walking and exploring the beautiful countryside that surrounds us, or getting ready for the annual summer holiday. Instead of going on my annual summer holiday to a blazing hot destination, (Mauritius, Morocco or the Maldives would spring to mind…). I have opted for somewhere a little less obvious this summer, Scotland! I have always wanted to venture out to this wonderful part of the UK and will be combining my visit with many different stop offs, including Edinburgh, where I can enjoy all that the fantastic City has to offer, including an underground ghost tour, visiting the Edinburgh Castle, the Royal Yacht Britannia and of course a tour of a few of the famous whiskey distilleries. I will then move on to explore Loch Lomond, Fort William and Ben Nevis, to then finish off my adventure in Loch Ness. As much as I love a relaxing beach holiday, I am very much so an explorer and like to keep busy on my holidays, finding out about the history and culture that each place I visit has to offer! June is also an extremely busy month with birthdays and of course Father’s Day, which means more gifts and more money is to be spent! On my travels in finding my Dad the perfect gift for Father’s Day, I have come across some excellent finds locally, with some great independents, including Vinegar Hill, located In Stratfordupon-Avon and LIV, located in Solihull to name only a few.
Being based in Henley-in-Arden and working as a local writer and Content Editor for the Cornfield Magazine. I have a keen passion for all things lifestyle, food, fitness, fashion and interiors. Each month I will be using this page to bring our readers the latest local news, launches, awards and events all happening within Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham.
Take a visit to Packwood House Being a member of the National Trust has been one of the best things I have joined; especially during the summer months and we have some beautiful houses located in and around the West Midlands, Warwickshire and the Cotswolds. One of my favourite places to visit is Packwood House, situated in Lapworth. Delve into the history of how Graham Baron Ash created his very own world at Packwood House where he threw great parties. You can relax in the contemporary style gardens with its herbaceous borders, wildflower meadows, orchard and kitchen garden. Packwood House is the perfect place to spend your weekend this summer and is a great day out for the family. www.nationaltrust.org.uk/packwood-house
My Latest Art Purchase – Keith Maiden
As you may or may not be aware, I love my art and have recently purchased a piece from local artist Keith Maiden. I have been a huge fan of his work for quite a while and was particularly drawn to my purchase of ‘Private Everything II’. I have always been one for dark and moody art, which is why I love Keith’s work. The art in which he creates focuses on human emotions depicting the society we live in, and how vulnerable we are in certain aspects of life. To check out more of Keith Maidens work visit www.maidenart48.com
For all things lifestyle, antiques and interiors you need to venture down to Bonds Lifestyle located in Dodwell, Stratfordupon-Avon. This fantastic antique shop is way more than just antiques. It is refreshing, eclectic and unique and there is something for everyone, whether you like vintage, retro, new or upcycled. Bonds houses 40 different concessions for all to enjoy, whether it be for your home, garden or a gift for that special someone. If you are looking for a great afternoon out then Bonds Lifestyle is one of the best destinations and an experience for all. Plus, Bonds also hosts a selection of workshops and pottery painting craft classes, for those who enjoy getting creative. www.bondslifestyle.co.uk Cornfield Magazine | 33
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English Since 1920 Ercol is at the heart of English furniture making and design and was founded in 1920 by Lucian Ercolani. The furniture produced is beautiful and honest, being made by an expert team that are the cornerstones of the company. The sustainable factory is located in the Chiltern Hills and uses the latest technology mixed with time honoured craftsmanship, in creating a range of unique pieces. Thomas Hearn stocks most of the Ercol ranges, which include the Windsor collection, featuring classic designs of the signature Ercol style, made using traditional craft techniques and modern machining. The Romana range consists of light oak dining furniture with a contemporary and understated design. For distinctive bedroom furniture the Bosco collection is the perfect choice with exposed joints and curved edges. Then there is the Rimini range, recognised for its defined simple clean lines and gentle curves, using a contemporary light oak throughout this elegant bedroom collection. If you are looking
for luxury living, then the Renaissance collection is created by steam bending solid wood to shape a light, strong and durable frame, whilst using deep upholstered cushions for comfortable living. The Novara collection provides clean lined modern upholstery, with deep cushions and pale oak legs, ideal for casual and formal living spaces, with a selection of natural weaves and accent fabrics. For a comprehensive dining and living collection the Capena range contrasts smooth lines and includes a flip top table in this characterful Ercol dining collection, ideal for compact homes.
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It’s time to open up a world of possibilities with outdoor living. We all find peace with the great outdoors and that is why as the seasons change we find ourselves craving fresh air and a place of tranquillity to unwind from our busy lifestyles. Creating your garden sanctuary may be a difficult task when putting your aspirations into action. Whether you have a cosy courtyard, a large open space, love to entertain, or want to discover all of the health and wellbeing benefits of outdoor living, then here’s a few tips and ideas in how to help get you started this summer. Bold Brights Jazz up your outdoor living space with a splash of colour. The power of bold brights is key this summer with lime greens and bright blues. Mixing the two creates a match made in heaven. Predominantly, blue works well on outdoor upholstery, with hints of lime green introduced to outdoor interiors, such as, lanterns and plant pots. Bohemian Living Often when bohemian is described, people think of saturated colours and graphic patterns, mixed with eclectic antiques and exotic furnishings. Adding boho flair to your garden involves mixing and matching colour schemes, whilst layering patterns and textures. Don’t forget the soft pillows and dreamy lighting. Hanging copper and Moroccan lanterns adds a touch of bohemian, along with scattered sandalwood candles, wicker chairs and hanging macramé planters for a botanical feel. Hot Tub Heaven & Nordic Style Saunas We would all like to have a garden retreat. The key is optimizing your space; this is where the investment of a hot tub can make
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the perfect addition to your home, especially if you love to socailise with friends. There are many designs and materials to choose from, including rustic wood, concrete, stone and metal. Do your research and be cautious if buying online. It’s highly advised to visit a hot tub showroom to gain as much advice as possible before taking the plunge into choosing your new investment. There are many things to consider, such as, hot tub placement, size, shelter, if you would like a combined music system and of course how to protect your hot tub.
Alternatively, barrel saunas have become increasingly popular, adding a spot of Nordic luxury to your home, with electric or wood burners being available. Styling your hot tub or sauna area with fairy lights is also perfect for a summers evening. Al Fresco Dining with Pizza Ovens & Barbecue Cabins Al fresco dining is on the rise in order to tempt you outside this summer and offers the opportunity to style and decorate your garden by sourcing outdoor furniture and table decorations. Why not invest in a wood fired or gas stone operated pizza oven, great for slow cooking and for those who enjoy making artisan pizzas, which can be enjoyed without the need to step inside an Italian eatery.
Decking vs. Patio A good decking can increase a homes value by up to 10%, all dependent on style and decking is the less expensive option, especially when tackling slopes. The lifespan of a wooden structure is about 7-8 years, if left uncared for. Pressure treated wood sees new technology, preserving your decking for longer. With patios, the house value is likely to increase by up to 12%. A well built patio can exceed 25 years, and there are no pests, rot, mold or natural elements involved that will breakdown the stone quickly, making your outdoor space more useable for longer.
If space and money is no issue, itâ€™s worth looking into barbeque cabins, manufactured by hand, using natural methods and top quality grade timbers. The cabins provide a cosy and intimate environment, featuring specially adapted benches, a central BBQ grill and fitted table for diners. They can even be adapted into a guest room, den for the kids, or an impressive man cave. For alpine inspiration, the cabins look spectacular with additional snuggly deerskins for that designer feel. Grow Your Own Ever fancied starting your own herb garden? Then nowâ€™s your chance, Herbs are perfect to grow during the summer months, but be mindful of where you look to plant your herbs, which should always be located where there will be enough light. First and foremost, you must prepare the soil, and herbs need to be watered when the soil has dried, but be careful not to over water. Temperature and humidity is key and herbs will be required to be harvested, which involves cutting off the branches when reaching maturity. Popular herb choices to grow include, basil, chives, coriander, mint and parsley, to name only a few. Water Features The sound of gently trickling or flowing water triggers feelings of peace and serenity. One of the many benefits of owning a water feature is that they block out background noise. You may wish to opt for a formal water feature with a raised basin or bowl and there are many decorative options available, including tall vases through to a traditional Moroccan fountain. Maintenance is important when owning a water feature and making sure a qualified professional installs it is essential. Your local garden centre will be able to advise the best way to maintain your features water quality.
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Riverside Shepherd Huts Situated between the border of Worcestershire and Warwickshire is the well-known and reputable Riverside Shepherds Huts, which have gone from strength to strength, whilst, developing the perfect alternative to a guest room in your garden, an extra space for entertaining, or for the children to enjoy. Founders Dave and Jeannie specialise in designing and creating personalised shepherd huts, which are manufactured at their Worcestershire unit. All of the shepherd huts are housed in a beautiful setting in Hanbury where potential customers can view the selection of huts that are on offer, with a relaxed atmosphere to enjoy.
Comfy Seating Enjoying your garden and having comfort should be your main focus, which is why outdoor seating is essential. Whether it’s rattan, hanging cocoons, egg chairs or ottomans, there is a world of inspiration with many independents, garden centres and High Street stores that provide various designs for your outdoor space. The Art of Upcycling Ever found an unwanted item that needs a new lease of life? Instead of simply throwing it away, why not get some inspiration on Pinterest and transform your item into something useful for your garden. Upcycling is cost effective when sprucing up your outdoor sanctuary and can include anything from painting and hanging a vintage mirror outdoors to collecting old jars for tea lights.
The shepherd huts are flexible, practical and adaptable, whilst being inspired for our everyday genuine needs. Riverside Shepherd Huts have worked on various projects, which have consisted of the wall bed hut, which simply involves a pull handle to lower the bed that is built into the wall and converts back to a seating area, making this a convenient choice. Huts are often purchased and used as guest rooms, extra B&B solar huts, which have acted to many businesses as an eco friendly escape for guests. Alternatively, huts have been created for many different aspects of life, including a creatives dream art studio, an equestrian escape, outdoor café, garden office and even a sauna hut. Discover quality and personality at Riverside Shepherd Huts, with an expert team that can advise you on your next outdoor project for the ultimate garden sanctuary. Riverside Shepherd Huts will next be exhibiting at the BBC Countryfile Show at Blenheim Palace, Oxfordshire on the 3rd 6th August and The Glamping Show at Stoneleigh Park in Warwickshire on 21st – 27th September, if you fancy taking a look at what the Riverside Shepherd Huts has to offer. Tel: 01527 821848 www.riversideshepherdhuts.co.uk Riverside Shepherd Huts, Riverside Cottage, Hanbury, Worcestershire, B96 6TG
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The Garden Bar Having the space in your outdoor sanctuary to entertain is on many people’s wish lists. As much as we love going out to explore the local pubs and bars, we would all love to be able to have our very own garden bar to use, in the summer months. Work From Home For a growing number of business owners, starting your own business from home involves having the space to work. Having a dedicated space leads to innovation within a working environment. Today many people purchase office builds, available in all shapes, sizes and structures, whilst being well insulated and double-glazed. However, check regulations with local planning before beginning construction and be sure to take out insurance once complete. Utilize Your Courtyard Garden Unfortunately, we don’t all have the beauty of having a garden with endless possibilities. Many of us have small gardens or courtyards, which can be a little demotivating when getting creative. The first rule of thumb is to never add too much to a small space; too many pots cause a cluttered effect. Always use comfortable seating and a great tip is to hide the join between floors and walls, making your sanctuary more appealing.
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Following on from last months blog on seeking the correct advice when looking to purchase your new smart home products, we have taken a bit of our own advice and given ourselves a brand new name. AVICCI never rolled of the tongue and nobody really knew what it was an acronym for, not even those who worked here! Connected Home Systems better encompasses the services we offer, well nearly… The truth is as home technology professionals we deal with all sorts of “connected” devices each having its own remote control or app and it is our role to ensure these products are correctly installed, correctly configured, simple to use and where possible integrated together to create a complete system within the home. Taking this into account we think our new name will give a head start when trying to explain what we do and do for you, the end user, to make the right decision when looking for a company to help with your tech. Whether its existing products, new products or you’re not really sure where to begin, we offer all levels of service tailored to meet your needs.
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Jon Knight is a director at Connected with over 20 years in the Audio Visual and Smart Home industry and are members of Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). If you are looking to incorporate multiple devices into your home or perhaps your existing amount of tech has got out of hand and requires a little stream lining, you may consider services such as ours. You may even be building or renovating; if so it’s the ideal time to speak to us, your local Technology Integrator about the installation of the correct Smart Home infrastructure to ensure a “Future Ready” home.
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I thought I saw a man brought to life He was warm, he came around like he was dignified He showed me what it was to cry Well you couldn't be that man I adored You don't seem to know, don't seem to care What your heart is for
1. Who played Fred in the 1994 film `The Flintstones`? 2. Who directed `Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels`? 3. Which actor has the real name of Maurice Micklewhite? 4. In the boxing film `Rocky`, what was Rocky`s surname? 5. What word is used to describe animals which can live on land or in water? 6. In which year did the Titanic sink? 7. Who plays Ross in friends? 8. Who wrote `Of Mice And Men`? 9. In the human body, what is the proper term for the thigh bone? 10. Who had a number one album in 2002 called `Escapology`? Answers on page 55
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New Ford Grand C-Max Ford’s Grand C-Max is a car designed to carry up to seven people safely and
By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer www.carwriteups.co.uk
comfortably. It’s got all the things that make life easier. Things such as sliding rear doors that mean the children can get in or out without bashing the doors on walls or other cars. What’s more, the Grand C-Max is roomy inside, with a smart set-up that enables the centre chair in the second row to fold beneath one of the other seats, leaving a space to walk through. I should add, the Grand C-Max Ford loaned to me was the Titanium X 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift. Basically, I was handed the top of the range version - the one with all the bells and whistles. However, whether you get the entry level or the top level Grand C-Max, its function is the same – it’s a car that’ll hold lots of people. Granted, the third row of seats are tucked away for most of the time in the boot floor, and even though they’re only for kids, they’re still very handy. There’s also a ‘normal’ Ford C-Max, which is a spacious five-seater - so don’t feel you must go for the ‘Grand’ version. On test, I didn’t need to use the third row all that much, so the two spare seats often remained where they were. This was no bad thing, as without the third tier of seats in operation, the boot stays big. With the seats up, the load area is only good for about three bags of shopping, but with them down, you can knock yourself out filling it up. Not literally, you understand. Standard equipment on the Ford Grand C-Max is generous. It includes Ford's Quickclear windscreen, sports-style seats, air conditioning and DAB radio. Upgrade to the flagship Titanium X trim and you get a panoramic sunroof, bi-xenon headlights, a partial leather interior, heated front seats, dualzone climate control, rear parking sensors, and keyless start and entry. There’s also Ford's Sync 3 infotainment system, with an easy-to-read eight-inch touchscreen. But the best thing is that the Grand C-Max is a surprisingly good drive. I say ‘surprising’ because I was a man who used to dislike MPVs because of their apparent dearth of dynamism. The 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift model is smooth and has lots of low down shove. It works particularly well with the six-speed automatic transmission. In fact, it doesn’t drive like a bus – it behaves just like a decent 2.0 litre turbo diesel car should do.
What’s more, it holds the road well, feeling planted on motorways and through twisty sections of tarmac. It’s also got a cheeky punch to it, with the Titanium X 2.0 TDCi 150PS Powershift variant able to do 062mph in 10.7 seconds. It’s efficient too, consistently doing mid to late 40s realworld mpg. So, I’ve got to say, as a dad-of-three, I’m impressed. In fact, I’m seriously considering buying the Ford Grand C-Max now I’ve lived with it for a while. I just might not be able to dig deep enough for the flagship version.
FAST FACTS Max speed: 124 mph 0-62 mph: 10.7 secs Combined mpg: 56.5 Engine layout: 1997cc 4-cyl turbo diesel Max. power (PS): 150 CO2: 129 g/km Price: £28,865
Arden Ladies Night Ladies! Mums, Sisters, Daughters, Aunties and all... Please come along on June 8th from 7pm to 9pm to the Arden Ladies Night 2017. Join us for a hot drink or maybe a glass of wine while you have a fabulous night of shopping, beauty and fun with lots of special offers on the night just for you. £2.50 on the door Main Hall, Arden Academy, Station Road, Knowle B93 0PT. More info www.arden.solihull.sch.uk or Sharon on 01564 732601
Weekly Hatha Yoga Sessions in Solihull Margaret M. McGarry Located in Solihull, Margaret M. McGarry runs weekly Hatha yoga classes for mixed abilities. Classes take place on Wednesdays from 4.30pm – 5.30pm and 5.30pm – 6.30pm at St Catherine’s Village Hall in Catherine de Barnes, Solihull, B91 2TJ. The classes will take place in a beautiful old building that is well heated and the perfect place to relax and unwind with meditation and exercise combined. For 6 1-hour sessions it will cost £39, weekly, or alternatively £8 per session or a drop in fee. For further info or if you are interested in attending one of Margaret’s classes call 07812 728235 or visit www.margaretmmcgarry.co.uk
Knowle Society The society for the preservation and improvement of Knowle. Join our 3000+ members to support our work – bulb planting, village green preservation, maintaining our green spaces, working to improve our public areas. Visit the archive of life in the village at our History Centre in the Library, come along to our monthly talks, receive the best quarterly newsletter and keep in touch with Knowle life. Membership £5pa, £7pa for joint membership. Contact email@example.com or 01564 773894. Visit our website knowlesociety.org.uk for details of events.
Henley in Arden Drama Society (HADS) HADS will be performing “Female Parts”, a comedy written and directed by Ray Evans about a Village Hall AmDram Group declining for lack of men….! Can they really put on a production of Jane Eyre and stave off the demise of the Society? Come along to find out – performances are on Thursday 29th June until Saturday 1st July at the Memorial Hall in Henley–inArden at 7.30pm each night. Tickets priced at £8 each will be available on our web site from early June (hads.org.uk).
EARLSWOOD METHODIST CHURCH Corner Wood Lane and Rumbush Lane. B94 5JR. LOTS OF STALLS, SIDE SHOWS, CHILDREN’S GAMES, NEW ‘HIT THE BELL’ BIG ‘SPLAT THE RAT’. NEW YOUNGSTER’S FOOTBALL SHOOT. ARENA EVENTS, PAT the CLOWN. LIVE MUSIC BY ‘THE V60s’. MINIATURE TRAIN RIDES (Courtesy of Elmdon Model Engineering Society), LOVELY HOMEMADE CAKES, PRESERVES, REFRESHMENTS & AFTERNOON TEAS. ‘Lucky Number’ Programmes and a Raffle. FREE CAR PARKING. ADMISSION £1 SATURDAY 1ST JULY 2.00pm - 4.30pm Supporting PARKINSON’S UK & Church Funds
HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Enjoy learning about flowers at Henley Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm on the 2nd Tuesday each month when there is a demonstration followed by refreshments. On June 13th Jill McGregor presents 'The Power of the Flower' Visitors £5. Contact 01564 792837.
GCSE Maths tuition Aspire Maths Solihull Spaces available for Easter Revision courses maximum 5 students. Also taking bookings for weekly tuition starting in June Contact Jackie McMullen on 07952 150 928 or jackie@aspiremathssolihull for details
ROWINGTON BRIDGE CLUB meets every Monday evening in Rowington Village Hall at 7.15 to start play at 7.30. Friendly and sociable group would welcome new players. Contact Catherine Sheridan 01564 782011
Millpool Art Club, Solihull. Join us and paint, any medium, on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00. Contact Particia Coward 0121 705 4379.
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Knowle Camera Club Our Club meets once a fortnight on a Thursday evening at 7.45 pm at Dorridge Methodist Church. Why not join friendly, like -minded people and improve your photography. The first two meetings are free. For more information please contact Tony Albutt on 01564-782175 or visit our website www.knowlecameraclub.co.uk
Shirley Floral Art Club We meet at 2.00pm at Shirley Institute Church Road, Shirley, Solihull. B90 2AX on the second Tuesday of the month. Come along for a relaxing afternoon, where you can enjoy professionals demonstrate the art of flower arranging. We organise trips and other social events. Visitors are always welcome. Further details call Jane 01564 823117
The Stitched Textile Group The Inspire Stitched Textile Group 10th Anniversary Exhibition, a celebration of work created by members over the last 10 years, features a wide variety of embroidery, stitched textiles and mixed media pieces, using contemporary and
traditional techniques. The event is on Friday 16th and Saturday, 17th. June from10a.m - 4p.m. Venue is St.Swithin's House,Barston. Admission is free and there is parking and wheelchair access, plus refreshments.
CHANTERELLE LADIES CHOIR is a friendly group, singing a wide range of songs, to raise money for charity. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at URC church hall, Brookvale Road, Olton. Call 07954 422483 for information or see us on Facebook - Chanterelle Ladies Choir. We have our next Concert on Friday 16th June, 7. 30pm at St James the Great Church, Shirley, to raise money for the new centre "Breast Cancer Haven".
BLOSSOMFIELD PLAYERS are holding an open audition evening, on Thursday, 29 June at 8pm, for our Christmas 2017 musical production of "Back to the Woods" (see Sherwood Forest in a different light!). Actors, chorus members and backstage helpers required. Performance dates 3-
Quiz Answers. 1. John Goodman
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Shirley Carnival Sat 8th July, Shirley Park. Come and enjoy all the fun of the fair at Shirley Lions ever popular event which this year has an Edwardian theme. Side stalls galore and a full programme of entertainment during the afternoon. The fun starts at 12.00 noon, finishes at 4.30 pm and admission is £1 per person. To book a stall pitch for your organisation please email email@example.com or telephone 0845 833 9547.
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The Lily Mae Foundation Balsall Common Fun Run. We have applied to hold the Run on Sunday 17th September 2017. Please pencil this date in your diary whilst we await confirmation from Solihull MBC. The Biggest Wedding Party 2017, Saturday 24th June, details attached. This is a new event for us. You can come to our Party as a Bride Groom, Bridesmaid, Best Man, Usher or Guest. Tickets now on sale on our website. Book a table of 10 and save £100 via our early bird offer. Please do not hesitate to call me, 07960199184.
Solihull Pensioners’ Convention We are a friendly, non-party-political and non-denominational group of pensioners who meet at the Solihull Methodist Church Hall on the fourth Wednesday morning of each month. The National Pensioners’ Convention campaigns to improve the quality of life for pensioners during their retirement years. New members will be very welcome. contact: 0121 705 3342
SILHILL BRIDGE CLUB
Age UK Solihull Friday 7 July, 7.00pm til late 'Hooray for Hollywood' Summer Charity Ball. In aid of Age UK Solihull and Solihull Sustain St John's Hotel, Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 1AT. Tickets: £40, or £400 for a table of 10. Includes welcome drink, 3 course dinner and live entertainment, including dancing to 'The Score'. To book, contact 0121 704 7842, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org The Big Knit for Age UK Solihull Do you enjoy knitting? Support us by knitting little bobble hats for the top of Innocent Smoothie bottles. We need 4,000 by 14 July! Patterns and more information available from Age UK Solihull on 0121 704 7842 or email email@example.com
Solihull Badminton Club We are a friendly club playing social (non-league) badminton on four courts throughout the year, now welcoming new members. We play every Tuesday 8pm - 10pm at Solihull 6th Form College. Come along for a free trial session. For further details contact Steve on 07770703101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
meets at St. Helen’s Church Hall in St. Helen’s Road, Solihull, on Mon and Thurs evenings for duplicate bridge, and Wed afternoons for rubber/Chicago bridge. We pride ourselves on being a friendly group open to new players of intermediate standard and above. Wed afternoon sessions are particularly helpful to people wishing to improve their standard of play. Further details 01564 782232 or the Web: www.bridgewebs.com/silhill
Solihull Local RSPB Group. Meetings held on second Tuesday in the month at 7-30 pm at the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road, from September until April. Interesting talks, no knowledge necessary, just enthusiasm for wild life. £4 non members £3-50 members. Monthly walks led by an expert.Further information Tel. 0121 707 3101.
Solihull Writers Solihull Writers is a friendly writing club meeting every second and fourth Wednesday at the Solihull Methodist Church, 7:30-9:30pm. For details call Helen on 07946 075233 or see www.solihullwriters.co.uk
KNOWLE FLOWER CLUB we meet at 1.30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Knowle Village Hall, St. John's Close, Knowle. If you enjoy flowers, we have a demonstrator on the 1st Thursday, when you can sit and watch and a practice class on the 3rd Thursday, when you can learn how to flower arrange. Visitors are very welcome. 01564 777588 or 0121 704 2211.
Heath Pavillion. Friday 10.30 - 12am Beginners Hockley Heath Baptist Centre. For availability or for more info contact Jane (experienced qualified Yoga Teacher) on 07734284144 or email@example.com.
Local Yoga Classes Monday 7.45pm- 9.15pm Mixed Ability: Highfield Hall (beginners welcome) Tuesday 10.30am 11.45am Ladies Only (all abilities) Highfield Hall. Thursday 11am - 12.30 Intermediates Hockley
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