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2014: New Branch Manager

New Focus

Prices starting from £199,950 McCarthy & Stone Later Living One & two bedroom retirement apartments

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Local estate agency Shipways is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Branch Manager, Paul Keeling, at its Knowle office. Paul’s arrival coincides with the launch of the branch’s new and enhanced marketing package designed to make customers’ properties stand out from the crowd.


School Road, Knowle Large dormer bungalow £799,950 Rural location Six Bedrooms

Paul brings many years of estate agency experience to the Shipways team. He believes his commitment to providing a high quality estate agency service will set the team apart from its local competitors.

Four reception Rooms

Wilton Court, Kenilworth

Shipways is a well-known and trusted local estate agency brand. Our new marketing package will give customers the edge when showcasing their homes and is already proving to be effective at selling apartments, bungalows and all sizes of family home, as well as achieving higher prices.

Prices starting from £249,950 24 hr, 365 days a year on-site staffing

Personal care packages

says Paul Keeling

2014 is shaping up to be another busy year across the housing market. Paul will be responsible for making sure Shipways estate agents is helping as many home buyers and sellers as possible take advantage of improved market conditions. Following a very successful 2013, Paul is looking to build upon the branch’s success in the months ahead. Shipways’ new marketing package includes professional photography and enhanced advertising features on property websites such as Rightmove to ensure our properties stand out from our competitors, helping us to achieve more interest and a better selling price for our clients. If you’re looking to achieve a better selling price when marketing your property for sale then call us today.

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Paul Keeling - Branch Manager 3 Chester Court, High Street, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0LL T: 01564 775264 E: W:

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Raising Money to Supply Resources to NEO-NATAL Units in the Midlands


Libby Mae’s Little Angels has been formed in memory of our daughter Libby Mae Sharratt who was born on 26/04/2013 at Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Following her birth by C-Section she experienced difficulty with her breathing and was transferred directly to the NeoNatal Unit, where she was placed on 100% Intensive Care. Over the next few days Libby had several tests and scans which revealed she had a heart condition, her medication and treatment were changed accordingly and her overall condition seemed to improve; she woke up, we were able to hold her, got to see her beautiful eyes and feel her grip our fingers. On 02/05/2013 Libby was transferred to Birmingham Children’s Hospital Paediatric Intensive Care Unit where she had further scans where they found that the vein from her heart to her left lung had not developed and advised that she would never be able

to breathe for herself and that there was nothing they could do to save her. Libby passed away peacefully in our arms on 09/05/2013 (2 weeks old). Our hearts have been broken and our world torn apart at the loss of our beautiful daughter. Had the wonderful staff at Birmingham Women’s Hospital not reacted so quickly and cared for Libby the way they did then we do not believe we would have had the chance to spend a day with our little girl never mind the 2 precious weeks we did have. We are raising money to provide resources to Neo-Natal Units across The Midlands and will provide equipment that will help save babies lives. Website: Facebook: Twitter: @libbymaesangels


Our charity is going from strength to strength and in less than 6 months we have raised £37,500.00. On 26th July, we will host our very first Charity Ball, this will be at The Burlington Hotel in Birmingham where we hope we will raise lots of money. There are sponsorship opportunities available for the evening and we are also looking for support from local businesses to supply prizes for our raffles and auction which will take place on the night. Tables of 10 are available at a cost of £550 or £750 VIP or single tickets at £55 / £75 (VIP) each this includes a reception drink, 3 course meal with wine followed by tea and coffee. VIP tables are in a prime position by the stage and each guest will receive a glass of champagne in addition to the above. The event is black tie and glamorous with a hint of pink.

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What do you throw out when you want to use it, but take in when you don't want to use it? Answer on page 11.



1. According to the legend, how did St. Patrick drive the snakes from Ireland? 2. What is the longest river in Ireland? 3. The river in which North American city is dyed green each March 17th? 4. What is the name of Michael Flatley's celebration of Irish dance? 5. What spirit is used in Irish coffee? 6. The first celebration of St. Patrick's day in the USA took place in 1737, in which city? 7. What did St. Patrick use to teach the Irish about the Holy Trinity? 8. What is meant to be at the end of a Leprechaun rainbow? 9. What is an Irish dance called? 10. Who sang for Ireland when they first won the Eurovision Song Contest? Answers on page 11.

Name the Celeb Text 07917 541 117 or email your answer with your name and address for your chance to win £20. Winner will be drawn on 17th March. Text messages will be charged at the standard message rate.

Last months WINNER Premal from Henley-in-Arden

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Good olde fashioned food A Warm Welcome To All All Day Breakfast Lunches & Take Away Food We also have B&B rooms available upon request

Tel: 01564 782970 Liveridge Hill, Henley-In-Arden, West Midlands B95 5QX

Join Us For Mother’s


Orders welcome by telephone Air conditioning Eat in or takeaway All major credit cards accepted

10% OFF FOOD BILL Upon presentation of this voucher Excludes Mothers Day

Mondays Senior Citizens 2 Course Lunch Call for details

01789 204 656 Birmingham Road, Pathlow, Stratford Upon Avon CV37 0RQ

March 2014 only

£5 off Dine in Only

or Take Away over £25 Collection Only


You must bring advert in to redeem special offer

Closed on Mondays Noon - 2pm | 6pm - 11pm 71a High Street, Henley in Arden, B95 5AT

7 Station Road Knowle, Solihull B93 OHL

01564 792 104

Offer only applies March 2014. Dine In Only. Conditions apply.

Tel: 01564 775 777 Please see our website for full menu

Mothers Eat


FREE WINE WITH TAKE AWAY free delivery 4 mile radius - minimum order £20 PROMOTION (Limited period only) Collection - 15% off and free bottle of wine. Delivery - Free bottle of wine Wine applies when order over £20

Buy two Main Courses and get the third FREE Dine in only

You must book to receive discount. Offer only available on the 30th March

t: 01564 793745 35A High St, Henley-in-Arden, Solihull B95 5AA

Delightful wines & splendid food Our stylish, cosy restaurant provides the perfect ambiance, serving a full range of Italian and contemporary European inspired meals with a la carte, light lunch and daily fish specials available.

Tel: 01564 792 135 97 high street, henley-in-arden, warwickshire B95 5AT

25% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during March Tel: 01564 732750 Loch Fyne Knowle, The Bank House, High Street, Knowle, B93 0JU. T&Cs apply. Food only. Excluding Sat after 6pm and Mother's day. Not available in conjunction with any other discounts offer or promotion.

Fantastic array of dishes from light bites and sandwiches at lunchtimes to full a la carte, pub classics and daily specials available throughout the day.

Pub classics from £10 Traditional Sunday Lunch 2 courses £17.50 & 3 courses £21.50 We are open daily - 12 noon - 11pm (10.30pm Sunday) Food served times: 12noon - 9.30pm Monday to Saturday 12noon - 9pm Sunday 21 Bearley Road, Aston Cantlow, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 6HY

01789 488242

A FREE bottle of wine for every table Monday to Thursday

Any 2 pizza for £10 Monday to Thursday

Offer can not be used in conjunction with any other offers. Minimum of 2 people. One voucher per table. Must present this voucher to receive offer.

Bring this voucher to redeem offer

0121 745 6357 227 Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull, West Midlands B90 3AH

01564 784800 2571a Stratford Road, Hockley Heath, Solihull, West Midlands B94 6NL


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Blame, Shame, Respect & Responsibility



Why do I want to become a teacher? Let’s be clear straight from the start, I’m not a parent. That’s probably a good thing… for many reasons. Having worked in retail for (say it quietly) 20 years now, I can honestly use the old cliche, “I’ve seen it all”. Luckily, I’ll be leaving this profession, which has served me well, for pastures new. Making the decision to leave something, I’m extremely comfy doing, for me is a life changer. Actually stepping out of my comfort zone and doing something that I believe strongly in: giving something back! This isn’t about throwing about accusations, but hopefully putting some perspective onto something that bothers the hell out of me. Responsibility & Blame. Both, to me are like yin & yang. You can’t have one without the other, that doesn’t mean, however that we should make it easy to label one more easily than the other. Everyone, including myself has hit out and blamed ‘some’ of the current generation for dragging community through the dirt. For being thugs, thieves and… desperate. Desperate for any kind of attention. What amazes me is that parents take ALL the blame for their kids. They often blame themselves. Some shouldn’t. I’m sure my parents blame themselves for some of what I got up to as a youth. They shouldn’t. My actions were my own and I knew the difference between right and wrong. Most of it taught by my parents. Some by watching films and reading books. This is the thing though, I KNEW the difference between right & wrong. And so do the

youth now. The ones that cross the line choose to. Their parents didn’t tell them to beat up an old man, Steal a car. That teen made their own choice. That’s where accountability becomes unfair. The parent takes the flak for the action of the child. They get the blame if their child skips school. They get stared at, spoken about if their kids takes the wrong path. Be better than that. We are better than that. Rather than just throwing blame about, lets look at the bigger picture. Some kids are just going to go off the rails. Thats the way it goes. It’s sad, but that’s where a parents love comes in. The parents take the blame for their kids, but get none of the credit for turning their wayward kids life around. Why do I want to become a teacher? So that I can help to make a difference. Even if its only getting one child interesting in English or art, then i’ve done my job. I won’t be happy though. I’ll always want to encourage more, Teach more, Support more.

Solihull Horticultural Society (affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society)

Meetings are held at the Bentley Heath Community Hall Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull on the FIRST THURSDAY OF EACH MONTH (unless stated otherwise)

from September to April Doors open 7.15pm talks start at 7.45pm Admission: £1.00 per head for members, £1.50 for visitors. Membership fee £10.00 per year per person. Tea/coffee & biscuits included. We have two flower shows each year and outings are arranged to gardens of interest.

March 6th 2014 - Scented leaved Geraniums, Rev. Brian White

But a teachers job is kind of like a parents, without the guilt or responsibility. And there’s the rub… teaching should be a responsibility. We owe it to the parents and more importantly, the young to try and make a difference. Be a great influence. Way back when, we cared about our neighbours, built amazing things, made ungodly advances in technology. We put men on the moon, explored the universe. With outstretched fingers we reached for the stars and tried to touch the face of God. We were inspired by intelligence, we didn’t put it down. We didn’t try to make people feel inferior. We certainly weren’t identified by who we voted for in the last election. We were able to do all of these things, because we were informed and more importantly inspired by great men and women. People we revered. The first step in putting right a wrong is to recognise there was a wrong in the first place.

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Quiz Answers. 1. By banging a drum 2. River Shannon 3. The river Chicago, in Chicago 4. Riverdance 5. Irish Whiskey 6. Boston 7. The Shamrock 8. Pot of gold 9. Jig 10. Dana Brain teaser An anchor.


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Hot Cross buns

Ingredients 625g strong white flour 45g chilled butter 45g golden caster sugar, plus 2 extra tbsp 1 tsp each salt 1 tsp ground cinnamon ¼ tsp ground allspice ¼ tsp grated nutmeg 1½ tsp fast-action dried yeast 1 egg 275ml milk, plus 4 extra tbsp 100g raisins 25g chopped mixed peel Oil, for greasing

Sift 500g of the flour into a large glass or ceramic bowl. Cut up the butter and rub in with your fingertips until it resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in 45g caster sugar, salt, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and yeast. Beat the egg in another bowl, then mix it into the dry ingredients with 275ml milk, until you have a soft, pliable dough. Tip the dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead for 5 minutes, until smooth and elastic. Gradually work in the raisins and peel. Return to the bowl and cover loosely with oiled cling film. Leave in a warm place for 1 hour, until doubled in size. Tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead well to knock out all the air, then cut into 12 pieces. Put your lightly floured hand - slightly cupped, with fingers open - over 1 piece, then rotate your hand in a circular motion, pressing down on the dough to create a neat ball.

Repeat with the rest of the dough. Put on 2 greased trays, spaced apart. Cover with oiled cling film and leave in a warm place to rise for 30 minutes. Preheat the oven to 200°C/fan 180°C/gas 6. Sift the remaining flour into a bowl and stir in about 125ml tap water to make a smooth wet paste. Spoon into a freezer bag, snip off the corner and pipe a cross over each bun. Bake for 15 minutes until golden. Meanwhile, put the extra milk and extra sugar into a pan. Heat gently to dissolve the sugar, then boil for 2-3 minutes until syrupy. Brush the glaze over the warm buns. Transfer to a wire rack to cool. Serve split open and toasted with lots of butter.

Recipe by Anna from Dorridge. Age 33

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Local Events

This area is for local events, clubs and societies. These listings are FREE. If you would like to add your groups information on this page, then please email the details to:

Crufts 2014 - NEC Birmingham

Knowle & Dorridge Lions Club - Knowle Fun Run

Crufts is the BIGGEST and BEST celebration of dogs. It’s a wet nosed, tailwagging, fact finding, show stopping, un'fur'gettable family day out. It's more than a dog show! Shopping Heaven - over 400 stands with special treats and offers for you and your dog. Fun in the Arena – The arena is jam packed with agility, displays and new for 2013 the Scruffts final and Crufts Factor! Best in Show - over 22,000 dogs striving for the title of Crufts Best in Show 2013

Entries are open for this year’s Knowle Fun Run which is on Sunday 18th May. Hundreds of runners have already made their New Year's resolution to run in Solihull's biggest fundraising event of its kind. More details and entry online at

New Club for the over 60s

Farmers Market - Solihull High Street

Come along for a chat. Meet monthly at the Old Hall, Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, Temple Balsal. Run by Age UK. Call 01564 773 205

A traditional farmers market full of local produce all produced within a 30mile radius ensuring everything is fresh and most importantly local. So come along and support your local farmers and find out more at

DMS IN CONCERT 2014 - A Fusion Of Music And Dance

Friends in retirement Art Group We meet at the Knowle British Legion, Warwick Road. Every Wednesday afternoon from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. (But you can come when its most convenient). For further details, please call 0121 704 4136

Arden Fitness 4 Sport 7.30pm - 9.30pm, Arden School, Station Road, Knowle Non profit making, provides men and women with great opportunities to combine fitness and have fun at the same time. For further details, please call John on 07774 932 706

Knowle Camera Club 7.45pm - 10.00pm, We meet most Thursdays. Please join us at Dorridge Methodist Church, Mill Lane.For further details, call Tony on 01564 782 175

Sunday 16th March - 7 pm Over 300 musicians will perform music to suit all tastes from rock to classical, ELO to Queen. Special celebrity guests include BEV BEVAN of ELO. Also appearing THE BIRMINGHAM COMMUNITY GOSPEL CHOIR. Supporting RSPCA Birmingham and Born Free Foundation. For tickets call DMS 01564 772831 / e.

SING! BENTLEY HEATH community choir SATURDAY 5th April - A Spring Sing! 7pm at Knowle Parish Church, High Street, Knowle B93 0LN Community choir Sing! Bentley Heath are performing a Spring concert with a range of popular music for all ages. There will be tea, coffee and cake in the interval as well as a raffle. All are welcome and the ticket prices are £6 for adults, £4 for concessions or £16 for a family of two adults and children. All profits and collections will go to the choir’s two nominated charities this year - Solihull Mind and Warwickshire Air Ambulance. For more information see their website For tickets, please ring or text 07582083651 and tickets will also be available on the door.

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Cornfield Advertiser March  

Welcome to the March issue of the Cornfield Advertiser Knowle & Dorridge area.