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APRIL 2017 FREE EDITION South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire

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

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Welcome Hello and welcome to your NEW LOOK April edition of the Cornfield Magazine. April has officially arrived and Easter is approaching, which only means one thing… over indulging in the chocolate treats!!! Yes, it’s not just the kids that can enjoy Easter but so do us adults. In actual fact our April edition isn’t just about the Easter eggs, we have some exciting reads for all to enjoy including, sprucing up your pets for spring, the reason behind why our clocks change and mathematics awareness! This month Disney’s ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes to the big screen, and we feature the latest interview with the cast, plus we had the chance to visit the Crufts show in March and MCM ComiCon at Birmingham’s NEC. We also spent some time in the Malvern Hills and Balsall Common and have a fantastic feature for readers to enjoy based on the destination itself. New luxury sweets shop, Henley Treats opened its doors in March, so we had the pleasure in celebrating its launch in Henley in Arden. We would also like to welcome our new member to the team, Monica Talbot.


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What ever you do, have a great month. Thank’s again for continuing to support this great magazine. Enjoy the 'now' and most of all, keep it local. There's a lot of great stuff around you! ;).... Until next month folks....

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Roasted Shrimp

& Quinoa Spring Rolls Packed full of protein these delicious roasted shrimp and quinoa spring rolls are the perfect substitute to rice noodles, whilst being the ultimate healthy choice for a spring time lunch that takes only 25 minutes!

Ingredients 1 pound medium shrimp, peeled and deveined 12 (16-cm) rice paper wraps 1 green-leaf lettuce (leaves separated, rinsed and dried) 7oz cooked quinoa 1 cucumber, sautĂŠed 1 carrot, peeled and sautĂŠed For the Spicy Peanut Sauce 57g peanut butter 59ml cup water 1 Tbsp. hoisin 1 Tsp. Sriracha, or more, to taste

Directions 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Lightly oil a baking sheet or coat with a non-stick spray. 2. To make the dipping sauce, whisk together the peanut butter, water, hoisin and Sriracha in a small bowl; set aside. 3. Place the shrimp onto the prepared baking sheet. Place into the oven and roast just until pink, firm and cooked through, for about 6-8 minutes. Leave to cool before slicing in half lengthwise. 4. Working one at a time, wet the rice paper for 10 seconds and transfer to a work surface; place a lettuce leaf in the centre of each wrapper and top with 2 Tbsps. of quinoa, 3 slices of cucumber and carrot sticks on each. Plus, 3 shrimp halves, cut sides down. 5. Bring the bottom edge of the wrap tightly over the filling and then fold in the sides, rolling from the bottom to the top until you reach the top of the sheet, being careful not to tear the rice paper. Repeat with remaining wrappers and filling. 6. Serve immediately with the spicy peanut sauce. 6 | Cornfield Magazine

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Often people forget that Easter celebrates Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the dead and it is also one of the most important holiday dates in the Christian diary. It can also be described as a moveable feast as it doesn’t fall on a set date unlike most other holidays, in which case Easter can fall anywhere between March 22nd and April 25th, annually. What is Easter? Exact origins are unknown and the word Easter actually derives from ‘Eostre’, a Teutonic Goddess of Spring and fertility. Easter is also traced back to the Latin term ‘Hebdomada alba’ or white week, an ancient reference to Easter week and the white clothing was worn by people during that time. The term later appeared as ‘Esostorum’ in Old High German, which eventually became Easter in English words, derived from the Greek and Latin Pascha, otherwise known as Passover. Jesus crucifixion and resurrection occurred after he went to Jerusalem to celebrate Passover, the Jewish Festival, which commemorates the ancient Israelites’ exodus from slavery in Egypt. This is how Easter was known to exist.

How did the Easter Bunny and eggs come to be? The Easter bunny remains to be a bit of a mystery however has many different theories. One theory describes how the symbol of the rabbit stems from pagan tradition, specifically the festival of Eostre; a goddess of fertility whose animal symbol was the bunny, which traditionally symbolizes fertility. Eggs represent new life and decorating eggs dates back to the 13th century. The 2nd theory is that the Easter bunny

arrived in America in the 1700s with German immigrants. The Germans egg laying hare, the ‘Osterhase’ laid eggs and children would make nests for the creature to hatch its coloured eggs. Eventually this turned peoples heads to commericialisation, becoming a retail opportunity for many chocolatiers and shops that would retail chocolate eggs and other types of candy and gifts. Children now also make and decorate baskets for sweet treats, which represents the nest. Then children would also leave out a carrot for the bunny, in case they became hungry. Bunnies are not the only animals to be associated with Easter; other countries identify Easter with foxes and cuckoo birds. Easter is the second best selling candy holiday after Halloween. The jellybean also became widely associated with Easter in the 1930s.

The Easter Bonnet This fancy piece of headwear was worn at Easter by tradition, along with wearing new clothes with the promise of spiritual renewal and redemption. In popular culture the Easter bonnets were worn at the Easter Parade in New York City, plus children now enjoy making their own bonnets when entering Easter competitions.

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

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Women’s Style

SPRING p e t s ur

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Now Spring is here it's time for ladies to embrace femininity with pastels, pinks and subtle checks. 01 Dune Brown 'Gizele' Metal Insert Sunglasses £30.00


02 Mantaray Tan Woven Belt £12.00 03 Navy Ivory Pink Check Shirt £17.00 04 PETITE Super Ripped Jamie Jean £45.00

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05 Converse White All Star Hi Trainers £50.00 06 Michael Kors XS Messenger Backpack Vanilla £165.00 07 Dyrberg/Kern Crystal Hinged Bangle, Silver £99.00 08 Michael Kors Norie Quilted Leather Watch £209.00

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April o wers


The month of April, are we really in April already? Where does the time go? Instagram: @ivy.rouge Twitter: @ivyyrouge

April is the month of April showers, every April without fail. It always rains? Not necessarily a fact, just a judgement statement that has always been said, since I was a little girl.

Science says that April showers take place so that nature can get ready for summer. The showers feed growing flowers, plants, trees ready for the summer season. If you’re well prepared, like I am every single year, you will have your umbrellas packed as an essential in your handbags or in the boot of the car ready for the rain. The last few weeks we have already seen the sun shining as well as a forecast of torrential rain. So has April showers happened sooner than expected this year? Who knows with the British weather!

Every woman fears the rain. The rain will ruin your hair, smudge your makeup, dampen your clothes and just ruin your whole day. If you’re like me, if I know it’s raining, I will tie my hair up and wear loads of extra layers of clothing. To some, rain can destroy fashion and style. I disagree. Rain can be fashionable; you just need to know the right places to look. A stylish umbrella can make rain look pretty. I always look at people’s umbrellas; there are so many different shapes, sizes, colours, prints. I am the boring person who walks around with a plain black umbrella, only because black is my

Stay protected whatever the weather throws at you in this grey frosted rain mac with pink binding detail and anthracite trims. In a cool clear style, team with a bright knit and ripped jeans underneath. 100% Polyurethane. Wipe clean with a damp cloth or sponge. TOPSHOP – available in selected stores and online. Click and collect is also available. Rain Mac - Code: 11M06LGRY - £50.00

favourite colour and it simply just goes with everything. Black just makes everything classy and contemporary. To be organised and ready in case this year we do see a formidable amount of rain in the following month, I have selected some beautiful raincoats for you. There is nothing more unflattering than wearing a huge winter coat, soaking wet with smudged makeup and wet hair. The phrase is “drowned like a wet rat”. Let’s stem away from this phrase and allow fashion to step up and make the rain look beautiful with this gorgeous sample pick I have chosen for you.

Another beautiful similar style I have selected that is also from TOPSHOP is this stunning Metallic Shimmer Rain Mac by Glamorous, Topshop. Code: 62R28KPNK £62.00

Finally to conclude this month’s blog, I have picked this simple umbrella to go with every outfit and every style, a translucent umbrella that is the perfect shape to protect your whole look from the horrible wet rain. For those who are interested in different styles, I have chosen this stylish Rain mac cape. This one by far is my favourite, its classy, minimal, stylish and just me! “This waterproof cape (or poncho if you wish) will save you from any unpredicted downpour. Our advice is keep it close all year round. For festivals, a trip to the beach or even a trek into town - it's always worth keeping it to hand. Probably the most stylish poncho we've ever made, too.” CAPESEA WATERPROOF RUBBER CAPE Only available in ONE colour: Marine Navy - £129.00 Available at

Totes Black stripe pvc dome umbrella Item No.0250105328 - £18.00 Available to purchase at Debenhams online and in selected stores.

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Men’s Style

Spring Must-Haves

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Keeping it casual, it's time for men to refresh their Spring wardrobe with hints of blue, and various checks. 01 Tom Ford Pilot Sunglasses £228.00


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

Sweeten up your Easter

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As we’re are gearing up for a relaxing, fun filled chocolate indulging weekend just around the corner, even the most devoted sugar addict starts to feel nauseous and all egged out… So, this Easter surprise your loved one with a welcomed gift, gorgeous make up and luxury bodycare with a chocolate twist. I can guarantee what I’ve listed below will leave a longer lasting, sweeter taste and will be better money spent.


Two faced chocolate bar palette Indulge your craving for chocolate with these 16 antioxidant-rich cocoa powder infused matte and shimmer shades of natural browns, delicate pinks and luscious plums. I love this palette, pure genius.

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The Body Shop Chocolate Butter Cream Body Scrub Too much chocolate makes you feel lethargic – boost your lymphatic drainage system and slough away dead skin with this sugary salt scrub from The Body Shop. Warning: despite its delectable scent it’s not edible.

Tom Ford Eyeshadow Quad in Cocoa Mirage Four tempting eye shadow finishes in one super-luxe palette from Tom Ford. Covering sparkling, satiny, matte and shimmering, so you can customise your chocolate hued eye and choose how intense you want to go.

MAC Eyeshadow in Swiss Chocolate For chocolate smoky eyes use this richly pigmented russet shade from MAC in an almond shape on your lid and blend with a brush.


Essie Nail Varnish in Chocolate Cake Usually I would reserve this sort of rich chocolately nail shade for autumn/winter manicures but its just to irresistible this Easter.

Piece Full Size Face Collection. Discover a delicious, chocolate-dipped twist on bare-faced beauty with this effortless full face collection. Start off fresh and flawless with Spackle primer and brightening foundation, swirled with artisan-baked pigments for colour correction and weightless coverage. Finish with warm, chocolaty neutrals for eyes and lips, plus a tempting touch of drama for lashessoft, sensual, and deliciously delightful!


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Setting your health and wellbeing goals can be tricky at the beginning of the year when its cold and miserable outdoors, whereas now we have approached spring we have a clearer mindset and more motivation in order to progress with achieving our goals. Below are a few tips of how we can kick-start, whether it be weighing a few pounds less, earning more money or focusing on eating healthy, or even updating your work wardrobe or style, having a strategy is key. That is why it is important to set clear and specific goals. Take a look at a few tips below on ways in which we can set our clear health, nutrition and wellbeing goals. Keep hydrated First things first, we all need to keep hydrated and we are often given this advice over and over again but many of us never follow the advice. Drinking water impacts on everything from our energy, how hungry we feel, and how are concentration is affected, even although alternatives such as flavoured waters and fruit juices, which of course will contribute to keeping hydrated but our bodies still require pure water. So, be sure to keep yourselves hydrated. Rest up Rest is vital and we need to keep motivated. No rest leads to a lack of many things. Recovery is essential to get through feeling fatigued. The body will struggle to keep 16 | Cornfield Magazine

up if it doesn’t relax, making you weaker and breaking down our tissues rather than building them up. If you don’t rest you will lose lean muscle mass, gain a slow metabolic rate and your immune system will find it difficult to fight off disease and illness. So, the simplest advice would be to listen to your body and don’t neglect it. Choose at least one health goal Choosing at least one health goal a month is key. Aesthetic goals on the outside can be easy to achieve but it is what’s on the inside that counts. Exercise is important but only when done correctly, the same, as it is when it comes to having a healthy balanced diet. Most people find it hard to maintain an aesthetic achievement. Often these types of goals fade quickly. If you believe in having

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a healthy lifestyle to improve your overall health and not just your appearance, then you will gain more results in the longer term. Try out a new activity Habit can become dangerous and we all get bored of the same old, day after day. This is why trying out a new activity once a month can help considerably, changing the type of cardio and trying out new resistance techniques, from weights through to canoeing, skiing or running. This can all help when achieving your health goals. Work Life Balance We all need the right balance. Stress management, sleep and relaxation are all relevant when it comes to having an overall healthy lifestyle and work balance. Life’s too short to stress about the daily work stresses you need to look after you. Think Finance Needing to cut back or set some financial goals, then budgeting is most important, whether it means saving for example on fuel costs and using the alternative of cycling to work or painting your own nails rather thank spending

an absolute fortune on getting them redone for that all important meeting. But, don’t forget it is also nice to treat yourself every once in a while. Book into see the Doctor Having a physical assessment of your general health is a great starting point. Depending on your results you may be referred to other specialists, dietician or nutritionist, all of which will guide you in the right direction, whether it be to lose weight, quit smoking or just to feel in better health for a better wellbeing.

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So, we always concentrate on Womens Health, talking about Breast Cancer, Ovarian Disease, Post Natal Depression, alcohol over use and so on. Eileen Fegan feels it is about time we discussed the health of the men in our lives. Men predominantly find it much more difficult to discuss their health.

British men are paying the price for neglecting their health with more than 100,000 men a year dying prematurely, because they do not talk about their health openly. On average, men go to their GP half as often as women. Men need to realize that it is vitally important for them and their families, to be aware of changes to their health, and to arrange to see a Clinician immediately if something is not feeling right. In this article, we will uncover the myths and the facts of Mens Health Care. There are health conditions that only affect men, such as prostate cancer, testicular disease and low testosterone. Many of the major health risks that men face, like colon cancer or heart disease, can be prevented and treated with the introduction of early diagnosis. Screening tests can find diseases early, when they are easier to treat. It is important to get the screening tests when a disease or condition is in its early stages, so that prompt intervention and treatment can be started, to save lives and add years to life. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in men aged 20 to 35, with almost

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2,000 men being diagnosed with testicular cancer each year in the UK. Between 2012 and 2014, Testicular Cancer mainly affected men aged between 30 and 34 years of age, with 2,114 being diagnosed in 2014. Unlike other cancers, Testicular cancer is strongly related to age, with the highest incidence rates overall being in younger males. Research has not proved any risk factors for developing Testicular Cancer and this is an area that is not well understood. The most important thing that any man can do to prevent death from Testicular Cancer, is to perform a Self Awareness Test every month. This is a very simple and non invasive self test to check for lumps. Testicular Cancer is curable, if lumps are found early and treated quickly. High blood pressure also affects men more than it affects women. High blood pressure increases the risk of heart disease and stroke and is caused by smoking, a high saturated fatty diet, obesity, stress and diabetes. High blood pressure is also a silent killer, as it can lead to kidney disease and bleeding in the brain. It is important to have a bllod pressure check at least every year, and more often if you are diagnosed with hypertension.

Medication can be prescribed to manage particularly unmanageable high blood pressure. High Cholesterol also has numerous health implications, including heart disease and stroke. Maintaining a “safe� cholesterol is vital to maintain a healthy circulatory system and cardiac health. Again, high cholesterol is a silent killer and it is very important to monitor cholesterol blood levels every year. Bowel cancer is common in men, being the third most common cancer, with around 22,800 cases diagnosed in 2014. Smokers are 25% more likely to develop bowel cancer than non-smokers. Since the late 1970s, bowel cancer incidence rates have increased by 14% in Great Britain. The increase is larger in males where rates have increased by around a fifth (19%), than in females where rates have increased by less than a tenth (3%). The top causes of death in men in England are: Heart and circulation conditions (37%), including ischaemic heart disease, stroke and arterial disease

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Cancer (27.7%), including lung and trachea cancer, prostate cancer, stomach, oesophageal and pancreatic cancer Respiratory disorders (14.3%), including COPD and asthma Disorders of the nervous system (5%), including Alzheimer's disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson's disease Digestive disorders (4.9%), including liver disease Kidney disorders (2.3%), including kidney (renal) failure So, the most important thing for all men to remember, regardless of age, is to check yourself regularly, monitor your blood pressure, ensure safe cholesterol blood levels, stop smoking, maintain a healthy diet and safe weight.

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 0121 745 7400

If you are concerned about your health, contact Solihull Health Check on 0121 745 7400.

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Hand Clinic Sports

Upper limb injuries

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

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

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Each year in March in the very early hours of a Sunday morning we lose 60 minutes from the clock and again this happens later on in the year, during November. It’s as if by magic we lose precious time, however this is otherwise known as daylight saving time, which works out better for our mentality and mind in the long run. What is daylight saving time? Known as ‘summer time’, ‘daylight saving time’ was created so that we make greater use of sunlight hour during the summer. This is the main reason as to why we change our clocks twice a year, bringing them forward, moving the hour to the evening. On the first Sunday in November the clocks go back an hour to return to standard time. Back in 1784 Benjamin Franklin wrote an essay in which he mentioned how it would be beneficial to save daylight time in which he later proposed in 1907 to British Parliaments, William Willett. This didn’t become a standard practice until 1966 in the US during WWI and WWII in the US. This was brought in to take advantage of the longer daylight hours, which also saved energy for War production. Supporters on the proposal argued that the scheme would reduce domestic coal consumption whilst increasing the supplies that were available for manufacturing and the First World War effort. Daylight saving time is of more use to those who love he furthest away from the equator where daylight hours are much longer in the summer than during the winter. To those living closer daylight hours and nighttime hours are the same in length throughout the year. Currently there are 70 countries that participate in daylight saving. Many also support daylight saving time suggesting that this helps to reduce crime and automobile accidents, whilst also improving energy conservation, which promotes using less energy to light businesses and homes.

How dark does the UK get during the winter? Here in the UK we have the maximum of 16 hours and 50 minutes of sunlight on the longest day in June (the summer solstice), which goes down to only 7 hours and 40 minutes during December in the winter solstice. Should we ditch or keep ‘Daylight Saving Time’? Those against believe that its not clear if energy savings are made and our health could be at risk. Darker mornings are claimed to be dangerous for youth travelling by foot to school. However, individuals in favour believe that keeping daylight stops accidents, reducing traffic agents, saving energy, boosting tourism and outdoor exercise opportunities. Preparing for the change When clocks first go back, the mornings become lighter; so ensure that you keep your bedrooms dark. Using blackout blinds can help greatly with this. To adjust to a new time alter your bedtime routine by 10 minutes a few days before. Maintain your bedtime routine. Turn off those phones, TV’s and tech at least an hour before going to sleep. Enjoy a warm or milky drink before bed to encourage sleepiness. However, avoid food and alcohol just before bedtime. Make sure your clocks read correctly.

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Balsall Common This popular and well-located village is part of a larger rural settlement in the Met Borough of Solihull, 7 miles west of Coventry and 8.5 miles East of Solihull. The name itself dates back to Anglo Saxon times, with the name ‘Balsall’ deriving from the word ‘Baelle’, meaning corner of land and ‘Heale’, meaning a sheltered place. Most of the homes and shops located within Balsall Common were built in the 20th Century and are popular with commuters in Birmingham and Coventry. Balsall Common is home to an array of businesses to explore and that offer a variation of services, plus there is a local Farm Shop, restaurants and eateries, which can be enjoyed surrounding this prosperous community village. Also, this popular destination is recognised highly amongst walkers and cyclists, with a diverse selection of routes that can be enjoyed, including the Heart of England Way.

Select Estate Agents Located on Station Road, Select Estate Agents rebranded after the sale of John Shepherd making them the established independent agency in Balsall Common. “At Select we still have the same hard working team, but our approach is more family run business than corporate which suits the flexibility of being an independent agent” says owner Carl Stokes. “It also allows us to be highly competitive and with a full range of property services – sales, lettings and mortgages under a single roof, we won’t be beaten on customer service or fees”. Select pride themselves on providing the right property marriage, not only to buyers and sellers but equally to landlords and tenants. Time is taken to manage individual needs and expectations so they can provide the perfect property match. Select’s friendly and open approach backed with years of experience, local knowledge and supportive guidance goes a long way in making the whole process of buying, selling, letting or renting as easy and pain free as possible. For further information and full range of services visit 170 Station Road, Balsall Common, Coventry, Warwickshire, CV7 7FD

Sales: Tel – 01676 534411 Lettings: Tel – 0121 733 5488 Email:

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To all the team at Select thank you so much for a fantastic service, you will come highly recommended

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The Tanning Boutique Located in Balsall Common, The Tanning Boutique should be on your list of places to visit for your feel good safe tanning boutique, run by proud mother and daughter team. Roo and Scarlett who will be on hand to make customers feel their very best, whether using one of the top range tanning beds or if you prefer to use the spray tanning services, using quality tanning brand, Brazillian Gold, used by many high profile celebrity’s and Strictly Come Dancing contestants. The Tanning Boutique will also be offering acrylic nails from May and unlimited monthly access to their state of the art Flabelos machines, which gives you a full body workout, helping to tone those problem areas. The salon also provides medical beauty procedures such as Botox, once a month with a qualified practitioner. The Tanning boutiques beach hut inspired décor and interiors will leave you feeling as if you have escaped on a mini vacation. For further information visit Opening Hours: Mon-Fri -10am-7pm, Sat – 10am-4pm & Sun – Closed The Tanning boutique, 287 Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common CV7 7EL Tel: 01676 532007

Mckees Brasserie and Haigs Hotel Haigs Hotel and Mckees Brasserie is a family run hotel and restaurant located in Balsall Common. The restaurant offers Modern, British cuisine in a relaxed setting. We have a monthly changing set menu, in addition to our a la carte menu. Several times during the month we have theme evenings with menus inspired from different cuisines/ countries or seasonal holidays these include French evenings, fish nights and pudding evenings. Looking for rooms in the local area, we have 22 bedrooms, all ensuite and offer competitive room rates starting from £50 per night. Bring in the voucher and receive 10% off your food bill. (Valid Monday-Friday until 31st May 2017, excludes theme nights and can’t be used in conjunction with any other offers) One voucher per booking. 273 Kenilworth Road, Balsall Common, Near Coventry CV7 7EL Tel: 01676 533 004 Email: -

The Lily Mae Foundation The Lily Mae Foundation based in Balsall Common is on hand to help and support the Parents and Families that have been affected by the death of a baby. The Lily Mae Foundation focuses on helping to change the public’s perception of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death by continuing to commit to its Charitable Objectives. The aim is to Work collaboratively to improve and enhance the professional practice with health and social care professionals for the benefit of bereaved parents and their families. The Lily Mae Foundation was set up in July 2010 in memory of a very special little girl. It was formed to create a lasting legacy to not only Lily Mae’s parents and family, but also to many others who were not fortunate enough to meet her. Tel: 01676 535716 - The Annex, Fernhill Court, Balsall Street East, Balsall Common CV7 7FR

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l a c o LNEWS

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

It has been a very positive month for myself and now that April is here I am back in high spirits. This month I have been very proactive and have been one to join in with the annual spring clean. With a hectic lifestyle my home needed some much loved TLC, in which case I have been super busy in mastering the art of decluttering, which is easier said than done. I had decided that it was about time I got rid of some of my more memorable outfits that I have been hiding away in my wardrobe since I was about 18 and I wont lie I did give a few of the dresses one last try before I said my goodbyes and at this point I didn’t feel so bad. Plus, I can now actually see what I have got to wear, leaving me with a much clearer mind, so, I highly recommend you get de cluttering this Spring! And, how can I forget it’s Easter time, which means it’s the time of year to over indulge in chocolate eggs, even though this means only one thing… DANGER… to my waistline that is! But, whilst I have been out and about I have seen some spectacular Easter eggs on the market, including local independents such as, Chocolate Deli at the Jinneyring Craft Centre, 1683 Chocolates in Knowle, and of course Lindt at Resorts World Birmingham and Hotel Chocolat.

Shakespeare’s Birthday Party Last year we celebrated 400 years of Shakespeare and again the birthday celebrations take place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd April with an array of activities for all including a Knights and Nymphs garden party on the 22nd, which will be held at Halls Croft in the Old Town of Stratford-upon-Avon from 12pm-4pm. There will be activities for all to enjoy from a tasty BBQ, face painting and Tudor storyteller, all to keep the children entertained, whilst adults can enjoy a refreshing glass of strawberries and prosecco. For further information on events being held in honour of Shakespeare’s birthday visit

Being based in Henley in Arden and working as a local writer and Content Editor for the Cornfield Magazine. I have a keen passion for all things lifestyle, food, fitness, fashion and interiors. Each month I will be using this page to bring our readers the latest local news, launches, awards and events all happening within Warwickshire, the West Midlands and Birmingham.

The Fuzzy Duck at Armscote Often on a weekend my other half and I enjoy having a drink at one of my favourite bars and restaurants, just on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon, called The Fuzzy Duck, located in the village of Armscote. For a relaxing and idyllic setting and a tasty Sunday Brunch this quaint countryside pub should be on your list of places to visit. Even if you fancy getting away for an evening, but don’t want to travel too far out, then The Fuzzy Duck is the perfect place to stay for the evening with its stylish bedrooms mixed with a spot of luxury. For further information visit

Pintoxs Tapas Being a lover of tapas I was extremely excited to find out about the new opening of Pintoxs on Edmund Street in Birmingham, which is set to open this April. The venue will seat up to 40, whilst also having Al Fresco Dining available in the back garden, perfect approaching the summer months. Rural Leisure group is opening Pintoxs with the idea to bring something different to the City, mixing the traditional concept of serving simple dishes, using fresh ingredients. Customers will be able to buy three tapas dishes for £9.

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One of the leading manufacturers, Charlton’s Furniture produces living, dining, bedroom and occasional furniture. Charlton’s is a family owned and managed business with a history that extends beyond 100 years. The award winning design teams behind the brand have developed an array of traditional and contemporary collections from various ranges including the Bretagne range, Lilli ranges and the acclaimed new vintage. There are also a choice of finishes, colours, fabrics and accessories available at their Somerset based paint shop at the design studios.

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With master craftsmanship, Hypnos continues to use traditional time honored skills whilst using the finest natural materials, producing quality made beds that are 100% recyclable and have been made for the British Royal Family, and used widely in hotels. You can find a selection of the Hypnos products available in the Thomas Hearn showroom in Kenilworth.

GPlan Upholstery The New and Improved Malvern At Thomas Hearn they are suppliers of both modern and traditional furniture, which is retailed within the Kenilworth based showroom, with designs sold to suit every room within your home, whilst offering an unrivalled friendly service. They offer free of charge delivery within a 50 mile radius. The expert delivery staff will also unpack and set up your new purchase within your chosen room and can also arrange for the disposal of your old furniture. Staff at Thomas Hearn have a vast experience in helping customers choose the right furnishings for their home at unbeatable prices. For further information visit or alternatively visit the showroom located in Kenilworth.


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Tel: (01926) 854884 GPlan have recently re-launched the much-loved Malvern sofa back at the January Furniture Show. The new improved Malvern has been a proven best seller for GPlan and has evolved, whilst offering a fresh new look for 2017, offering continued comfort and new seat fillings with interchangeable cushions, plus styling refinements, such as removing the seam on the front of the seat cushion and side of the arm pad, whilst providing a two-cushion three seater option, which has been introduced to create a more contemporary look. This brand new sofa is also available at the Thomas Hearn showroom in Kenilworth. With 12 design changes the new Malvern is fresh and relevant for todays customers.


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It’s that time of year again, big clean and declutter happening in homes across the country also true of many a high street store and online retailer having spring cleans of their own to make room for new stock. As we start to see all sorts of audio visual equipment with new model numbers popping up you will also notice that there are bargains to be had on last year’s kit. Technology moves so fast, it seems there’s something new released every other week and unless you have done some serious research then one TV looks the same as the next (even more so with the thin bevel design), the difference between this AVR and that one is unclear and why is that CCTV system so much more expensive than the other when they are both marketed as doing the same thing? This is where the expertise and experience of a home technology professional really comes into its own, we spend every day installing and configuring technology in real life scenarios, in real life homes not just selling the equipment from a shop floor. Over the years you can bet we have met many a challenge which would have proven inconceivable to the average Joe, utilised all sorts of hardware and learnt which is fit for purpose and which is not. The key point to take on board is that no matter what piece of technology you are looking to purchase seek out the correct advice from the correct sources, do your research and take time in your decision making. So many are put off from technology down to poor advice or bad installation, technology is now part of everyday life and should be a benefit and joy to use.

Jon Knight is a director at Avicci 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. AVICCI Ltd Integrating Technology

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Spring is in the air and we are all ready for the warmer days and lighter nights, but so are our pets too. No longer do we need to feel cooped up indoors. Our beloved pets can now begin to enjoy all that the outdoors has to offer, a chance to stretch their legs and have some fun, so this month we wanted to take into consideration all the things we need to do in order to spruce up our pets this Spring. Take a look at our below tips to help get you started…

Prevent Heartworm Heartworm is a parasitic worm that lives in the heart and pulmonary arteries of an infected animal that is spread through mosquitos. Keep on top of heartworm prevention medication all year round; however, it is vital that you make sure a preventative treatment is carried out, as the weather gets warmer. To prevent the disease, a dog or cat can take a monthly chewable, which will be prescribed by your veterinary practice. A test is normally taken out before any medication is supplied. Plus, it’s important to make sure you carry out flea and tick prevention on your pet. Get the Correct Gear Our pets enjoy fitness just as much and most likely even more so, being better equipped than ever before. Having the right gear for your pet can open up doors to new activities, increasing enjoyment for you both. Gear to add to your list includes, high quality harnesses, portable

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water bowls and new outdoor toys. Everyday we should have these essentials to hand for our pets, which allows them to explore more. Other items to have a think about purchasing are doggie backpacks, protective clothing, glasses, life vests and water toys. Protect Those Paws Your pet will always sweat from their paws, so keep them protected. Often, for example, dogs will reduce their body temperature by panting. On humid days or if your pet is confined to a small space be mindful that your pet will need cooling down. So, be sure to protect those paws when they touch hot surfaces. Get your Garden in check for Spring Lillie’s can be fatal when digested by your pet and chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs, so keep away those Easter eggs and don’t leave them lying around your home and keep flowers out of reach. As we are back in the mode of preparing our gardens, it is also worth brushing up on what plans are safe in your garden. Daffodils and

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tulips can be highly toxic to dogs and cats alike. And do not forget to use pet safe fertilizers and pesticides in your garden. Spring Clean Carefully When doing that big Spring clean you need to make sure you use pet friendly products, keeping chemical products out of reach. All types of flooring and upholstery can benefit from a professional spring clean, which will also keep your pet feeling fresh and clean. Clean your Pets Bed Regularly washing your pets bedding will keep your pet content. There is nothing worse then the smell of a dog bed that has not been cleaned. Choosing your pets bed should be chosen wisely. It is also important to also check the cleaning methods before purchasing. Use a disinfectant solution or detergent that is safe, this is critical. Also, be sure to vacuum the bed over first, then go over this with a lint roller or duct tape to remove any unwanted hairs, particulates, dander, allergens and insect eggs. Update your pets Vaccinations Now that your pets begin to enjoy the outdoors again, they will enjoy socialising with other pets that may not

have been vaccinated. Vaccines help build their immune systems to fight the invasion of disease-causing organisms. It is important to manage the health of your pet and it is always worth discussing your pet’s lifestyle and travel habits with your veterinarian. Pamper your Pet with Spa Supplies Our pets love a bit of pampering, just like us. The upkeep and maintenance of maintaining your pets coat, skin and hygiene is crucial with many groomers offering specialist treatments, whilst using gentle and natural shampoos and conditioners to suit your pets needs. Dogs can even enjoy a hydro bath, which penetrates the skin and massages muscle tissue, whilst providing a deep yet gentle clean. Other treatments include colouring; paw massages, nails and ear treatments. You can also purchase a range of products to use in the space of your own home, including paw balms, tooth and drinking gels for bad breath and eye cleansers. Enjoy a Spring Picnic Treat your pet to a picnic in the garden or at the park for dogs. Enjoy a spot of lunch and warm weather treats, which could include special frozen yoghurts, specially made cakes, popcorn and even a special beer, which has been designed for dogs.

Pussy Galore Located in Ullenhall on the outskirts of the charming and quaint market town of Henley in Arden is one of Warwickshire’s most safe, secluded and welcoming fully licensed cattery’s run by owners Richard and Kathy Burman who have resided at the farm now for over 36 years both having been born locally. They have created the perfect environment for our feline friends to relax and enjoy a holiday whilst we too are away on our holidays! Pussy Galore cater exclusively for vaccinated cats only, whilst making sure to attend to all their special dietary requirements and any special needs together with administering any medications as necessary - all at no extra cost to the client! Nothing is too much trouble. The cattery provides heated chalets with outside runs too this allowing them to relax and enjoy the sunshine in a beautiful rural location. Richard and Kathy offer inspections at anytime at their cattery during opening hours without a prior appointment being necessary! They also play home to an onsite horse livery business nestled in some 50 acres of grazing. For any further details on the above - for the cattery please contact Richard and for the horse livery business please contact Kathy. Everyday (7 days a week) 9:30am - 12. Midday In addition on Weekdays only - 4.00 pm - 6.00 pm Tel: 0156479 2558 - Email: Mount Pleasant Farm, Mount Pleasant Lane, Henley in Arden B95 5NG

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Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month ‘Mathematics and Statistics Awareness Month’ is held each year during April, and was first introduced in 1986. This special months goal aims to increase the publics, understanding, appreciation and perception of mathematics as a whole. Studying mathematics can be a tricky subject to learn at school and it takes some students longer than others to find simple yet effective methods to solve mathematical questions and workings out and it can also be difficult for many adults alike. Mathematics is a crucial element in the progression of our economy and society, and is used throughout many diverse industries, such as medicine, computer sciences, manufacturing, space exploration, business, government, biotechnology, healthcare and many other skilled trades. Mathematics Awareness aims to encourage the study of mathematics that can be utilised into our every day lives, attracting a wider audience. Math’s is an essential skill that all children throughout schools must learn. It can even be something as simple as working out change when serving a customer within a business, timings and working out our own financial budgets. There are also the more complex math’s subjects that are extremely useful, such as percentage growth and profit and loss sheets. There is no escaping the fact that mathematics plays such a big part in our lives. Many schools, colleges, student groups and associations often hold special events, lectures, competitions, festivals, exhibits and activities at the beginning of the month to raise the awareness of how mathematics can make a difference by promoting the importance. Innovation is on the increase and Math’s is an important factor in the growth of world economies. The advances and applications of the mathematical sciences have become drivers of innovation as new systems and methodologies become more complex. This is why we should all get involved with raising awareness for the future of learning Mathematics.

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Kingswood School Where Individuals Matter Kingswood School, situated in a quiet, secluded setting in Shirley is an Independent Preparatory School catering for children aged between 3 and 11 years.

There is a pleasant atmosphere of calm in the School which is very evident to visitors as they arrive and, if you look into any classroom during the working day, you will be met by happy, smiling faces of children who are fully engaged in their studies.

Class sizes are small (maximum 18) enabling teachers and support staff to see all children as individuals. There is a rich ‘family’ atmosphere in which children of all ages know all other children in the School. Older children play with younger children at playtime in just the same way as they would at home and everyone looks out for everyone else.

But don’t take my word for it. Telephone the School Secretary (Dr Smith) right now. The Headmaster (Mr Luckham) will be very happy to show you around and talk about your child’s specific needs and how the School can cater for those. But, most of all, soak up the Kingswood ‘spirit’. You can’t fail to be captivated!

The small, family-type atmosphere encourages all children to become properly self-confident and enables every child to achieve his or her true potential. This is borne out by the School’s enviable reputation for it’s Year 6 leavers gaining places in local Grammar Schools and Independent Schools.

For more information, please contact the school on 0121 744 7883.

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At some point in our lives, we all may require some advice related to various legal matters, which may require specialist help and knowledge in order to gain the correct legal information in helping to access justice regarding your current situation. This could involve anything from family and relationships, retirement, business matters and employment law, injury claims and other specialist subject areas… the list is endless.

There is a wide range of professional legal services available locally to the West Midlands and Warwickshire. It can be a daunting experience, knowing where to start or how to deal with a certain situation, and often we just need to know where we stand and how to handle a situation, in which needs to be addressed. That is why this month we wanted to round up a few essential starting points of things to consider when seeking legal advice.

Where do I start? Decide the Legal Issue It is always important to identify what the legal issue is and whom you need to talk to dependent on areas of practice. For example if you’ve been injured by another person or business, then you would need to contact a lawyers specialising in this field of work. Similar to if you have an accident involving a vehicle, then you would need to be in touch an attorney that focuses on auto related accidents or insurance claims.

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Start by listing potential Attorneys Once you have decided what type of lawyer or advisor you need to speak to then you need to start by booking a consultation to discuss the matter itself. A good place to start is by contacting an experienced attorney that offers a full spectrum of services, otherwise known as general practice lawyers. If you have never had to face dealing with a legal issue then this is the best place to start. It is always worth creating a list of the potentials, calling each one, and during the phone call it is crucial to explain your situation in full, asking the attorney if they have handled cases like your own. If the answer is no then it is always advisable to ask for a recommendation for an attorney that will be able to help. Find out costing’s Always ask about the fees and how much it will cost. Consultations can be free for up to a certain amount of time before an hourly rate is charged for further advice, so make sure you are aware of the terms.

Ask for references & years of experience It is advisable to ask for references from other clients along with the years of experience they have had working in law and legal issues. And of course as with any other decision we make in life, make sure you have a good feeling about who you are working with and you should also be comfortable I communicating your concerns and thoughts with your chosen attorney. Taking Notes Make sure that when meeting with a professional service, that you take note and document all of your discussions for your own protection.

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The Disney’s live-action remake of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ has been released. The film, directed by Bill Condon, stars Emma Watson as Belle - a bright, beautiful and independent young woman who is taken prisoner by a beast (Dan Stevens) in his castle. Despite her fears, she befriends the castle’s enchanted staff and learns to look beyond the Beast’s hideous exterior and realize the kind heart and soul of the true Prince within. ‘Beauty and the Beast’ also stars Luke Evans as Gaston, the handsome, but shallow villager who woos Belle; Oscarwinner Kevin Kline as Maurice, Belle’s eccentric, but lovable father and Josh Gad as Lefou, Gaston’s long-suffering aide-decamp. Golden Globe-nominee Ewan McGregor stars as Lumiere, the candelabra alongside Oscar nominee Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, the mantel clock and two-time Academy Award- winner Emma Thompson as the teapot, Mrs. Potts. Emma Watson, Dan Stevens, Luke Evans, Josh Gad and Bill Condon sat down recently to take part in a live chat on Facebook. Here’s what they had to say....

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FIRSTLY, IF YOU COULD CAST YOURSELF IN A ROLE OF ANY OTHER DISNEY MOVIE WHAT WOULD IT BE AND WHY? JOSH GAD: I’d do Olaf in ‘Frozen’ [laughs] just because I just feel like that’s a character I can relate to. No, the role that I would do is the genie in ‘Aladdin’. It’s just that movie, you know, Robin Williams, all of it was just perfect to me. What about you Dan? DAN STEVENS: Zazu in ‘The Lion King’, for example. Or anything in ‘Tron’. JOSH GAD: OK, I didn’t see that question going there but OK. EMMA WATSON: Beast. DAN STEVENS: Really? EMMA WATSON: Yes! Because I feel like Beast and Belle are two parts of the same whole.

WHAT WAS YOUR FAVOURITE DISNEY FILM GROWING UP? JOSH GAD: ‘Son of Flubber’. LUKE EVANS: ‘Fox and the Hounds’ EMMA WATSON: [GASPS] That was your favourite? That made me cry so much. Wow, that and ‘Bambi’. DAN STEVENS: ‘Bambi’ yeah. ‘Bambi’ made me cry. EMMA WATSON: But hang on, we are talking about favourites. ‘Pocahontas’, because who doesn’t want a raccoon that comes around with them everywhere. JOSH GAD: Mine was the uplifting film ‘The Black Cauldron’. It was so hopeful and I just was like ‘I see myself in that world’.

DAN STEVENS: I’d make a great Belle. JOSH GAD: I smell a sequel! EMMA WATSON: ...but in reverse! This is a great idea. No but seriously I feel like there’s something so interesting about the darkness that is in Beast and how he kind of finds redemption


JOSH GAD: Anything in ‘Tron’?

JOSH GAD: It’s self explanatory! [laughs]

EMMA WATSON: ‘Tron’, yeah sure I’ve got time. [laughs] LUKE EVANS: I’d be Aladdin to your genie.

EMMA WATSON: I was going with like teapot because I feel like tea is an institution in the UK.


DAN STEVENS: It’s the British cure all.

LUKE EVANS: Yeah I think that could be fun.

EMMA WATSON: It is. It’s what gets all of us through world wars and difficult mornings.

EMMA WATSON: Basically we are just pitching ourselves. JOSH GAD: Basically we’ve read that Disney are doing remakes of all of these so we are literally asking you to cast us. [laughs] Bill, what would you want to direct other than... BILL CONDON: ‘Son of Flubber’ I think. JOSH GAD: Yes! That was great.

JOSH, WHAT IS THE BIGGEST DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FILMING A MUSICAL MOVIE AND PERFORMING LIVE ON THEATRE OR AT A RECORDING STUDIO? JOSH GAD: Ok, well the biggest difference is that when you are doing a staged event, when you are doing a musical in theatre, you’re feeling the audience, you have that audience. It’s a little tricky when you are doing a musical on film because that same energy is something that you need to sort of create. So it’s almost like you’re rehearsing, right, or you’re like creating it for the main event but you don’t have that immediate response. You don’t have that immediate energy that the audience gives you. Having said that it’s actually even more rewarding in some ways because you get to experiment while you’re doing it. You get to try new things during the course of filming. Same in a recording studio, when you’re laying down the tracks, so much of it is give and take and, you know, figuring out what’s going to work for the character literally in that moment. LUKE EVANS: I’ve forgotten the question that answer was so long! BILL CONDON: One thing too is on stage it’s got to be out there right. And you get to do both in the movie. You guys are huge in the movie and then you get to do those tiny little things. DAN STEVENS: That’s the special thing, that you don’t get to do in theatre. JOSH GAD: That is. So my answer was wrong, is that what you are saying? [laughs]

JOSH GAD: It’s our Twinky. LUKE EVANS: It’s way better than a Twinky.


DAN STEVENS: What would you be Luke? You haven’t said what you would be.


LUKE EVANS: Um, a table. A trusty, sturdy table. I’ll be around people all the time. I can observe and listen. Also I’m a reliable source of level ground.

DAN STEVENS: Well, I don’t know, the good thing about the dancing was that we had each other.

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EMMA WATSON: I was going to say, we had each other for moral support. I felt like we could hold each other and look into each other’s eyes... DAN STEVENS: ...And try not to step on your toes. EMMA WATSON: Yeah you’re like, ‘It’s going to be ok’. LUKE EVANS: Did you not just get a stiff neck the whole time looking up at him while you were dancing? EMMA WATSON: To be honest the hardest thing was not looking down at my feet which I was terrified were about to be broken by Dan’s steel-tapped hoof things that he was wearing. DAN STEVENS: They were bizarre. I did not break any of these toes. EMMA WATSON: That was like the most recurrent note. ‘Emma stop looking at your feet, ‘Emma stop looking at your feet’. JOSH GAD: What was more intimidating, seeing the stilts or seeing Dan in a onesie? [laughs]

round the table and it was just meant to be people looking at their books and like Beauty and the Beast comes in and Emma just surprised everybody, stood up, and danced the number and it’s such a privileged moment, you know, just to see that. Do you remember the reaction to that? It was pretty incredible.

JOSH GAD: Do you wear glasses as you’re directing too?

EMMA WATSON: Yeah, it was really emotional.


JOSH GAD: Do you remember when I said I won’t sing in the meeting, I said I’m not going to do whatever because I don’t want to because I don’t want to embarrass myself. [laughs] You were fearless, no you guys were fearless.

WHAT IS ONE TRAIT YOU HAVE IN COMMON WITH THE CHARACTER YOU PLAY IN THE MOVIE? DAN STEVENS: Pretty grumpy when I’m hungry. JOSH GAD: I break out into song when I need to say something. [laughs]

JOSH GAD: I will say, a bunch of us came to watch ‘The Beauty and the Beast’ dance sequence and the chill that it sent through... do you remember that day? Just all of us who were watching it, it was that definitive moment where we were like, ‘This is exactly what we dreamed of’. This is the moment where we know the film is going to work. It was so magical, the two of them had been working for so long and so hard at it that them bringing it to life gave all of us just this enormous sense of pride that what we were doing was going to be so significant and special.

EMMA WATSON: I get really excited about libraries and books.

BILL CONDON: Sure, and even topping that for me, we did this read through remember, six weeks before we started shooting, everyone is

BILL CONDON: I’d say we’re the same. [laughs]

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JOSH GAD: Yes, we know that. LUKE EVANS: I like eggs. I quite like eggs. I eat a lot of eggs. Not as many as Gaston, not five dozen but a good six a day. EMMA WATSON: Bill, How are you like Bill Condon the director of the movie? BILL CONDON: I have no idea what that means. LUKE EVANS: Very similar. [laughs]

BILL CONDON: I do yes and drink Diet Cokes, yes.

DAN STEVENS: That’s an interesting question isn’t it? I suppose we see a little bit of his back story, you know, we learn a little bit more about this vain, spoilt, rich kid son of a billionaire who treats women like objects and lives in a ridiculous luxury tower... BILL CONDON: His literacy right? I mean that’s the thing, in the original film he couldn’t read. DAN STEVENS: That’s true, he’s been taught to read, yeah, with our one it’s more like he’s forgotten that he has this wonderful library and Belle reminds him of the wonderful things around him. BILL CONDON: But more than that, the entire cast, we worked so hard for so long around a table, everybody brought so much to the characters but for you, he was a sophisticated man who had a sense of humour, you know. So I think that too. The fact that he tells very smart jokes all the time. EMMA WATSON: I was going to say, that for me was the biggest difference, was that the Beast that’s in our version is incredibly kind of witty and has this very dry English sense of humour which Dan doesn’t have at all. [laughs] He does well as Beast. JOSH GAD: We love you Dan. I don’t care what the reports coming out of this interview will say.

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Emma Watson is best known for playing the character of Hermione Granger, one of Harry Potter's best friends in the 'Harry Potter' film franchise.

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Her full name is Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson. Despite being British, she was actually born in Paris, France on April 15, 1990. Her parents, both British lawyers, are Jacqueline Luesby and Chris Watson.

Her parents divorced when Watson was 5, and she moved back to Oxfordshire in England with her mother and brother.


Emma has a younger brother Alexander, half brother from her biological father that is named Toby, and half twin sisters also from her father that are called Nina and Lucy.


Watson attended the Stagecoach Theatre Arts school at Oxford. She studied singing, acting and dancing, and performed in school plays.


Emma plays field hockey, tennis, rounders and netball. She also dances in several different styles, like break dancing and modern, and likes to take art classes.


Her favourite school subjects are art, history and English. Her least favourites are math and geography.


Watson had never acted professionally when her theatre teachers suggested her to agents looking to cast an upcoming movie based on the first novel of the best-selling Harry Potter series.

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She auditioned eight times for the role of Hermoine Granger which catapulted her to international fame. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling wanted Watson for the role of Hermoine from her first screen test.


She was 11 years old when the first movie Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone was released in November 2001. It grossed more than $974 million worldwide. On opening day in the United States, the film made a recordbreaking $33.3 million.

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She was falsely reported to have broken her wrist during the filming of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002). For the next decade Watson stayed busy filming the Potter series. Emma thinks of her character Hermione Granger as a potential role model for young girls and as a female action hero who "rocks."


Emma has said she thinks the chances are slim that she will ever be involved in another project that is as successful as "Harry Potter."

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Her favourite book from the Harry Potter saga is Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Emma had to wait until she was fifteen before she was allowed to have her ears pierced.


In 2004 Emma joined Pierce Brosnan, Kenneth Branagh, and Samantha Morton to serve as a jury to select the teenaged film-makers' "First Light Film Awards" ceremony held in London's Leicester Square.


Emma wore braces for four months in 2005, saying it's important because a smile is for life.


In 2007, Forbes Magazine estimated her earnings for the year at $4 million. At the time she was 17 years old. She was also named the 'Highest Grossing Actress of the Decade' by the Guiness Book of World Records. Her film work in the past decade has grossed over 5.4 billion dollars.


Emma lent her voice to Princess Pea for the animated movie The Tale of Desperaux in 2008.

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GAMES PAGE LAST MONTH’S WINNER: Yvonne Kinchin from Solihull

I stop and stare at you, walking on the shore, I try to concentrate, my mind wants to explore, The tropical scent of you, takes me up above, Girl when I look at you, oh, I fall in love.

1. What two colours make up the Polish flag? 2. What disease`s name comes from the Latin word for crab? 3. Which animal is the source of cashmere? 4. With which sport was Suzanne Dando associated? 5. What colour of beret do the special forces of the American Army wear? 6. What was the name of the pop-group All Saints` first UK hit single? 7. In the phonetic alphabet, what word represents the letter `Z`? 8. What was the surname of Wendy and her brothers in `Peter Pan`? 9. If you were born on New Years day, what would your star sign be? 10. `No Angel` is the debut album by which female singer? Answers on page 52

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The family that

scoots together By Dominic Bliss

As a father to two young daughters, I’m constantly battling to get them to do sport with me. By the time I’ve cajoled them into the correct clothing and footwear, coaxed them out of the front door, and made it to the park, I’ve started to lose the will to live. This is where scooting wins hands down. Scooting doesn't need special clothing or equipment. We just jump on our scooters and we’re already exercising the second we’ve left the house. But you need to be a little bit crafty to get your children away from their screens and on their wheels instead.


You’ll be amazed how scooting wins you respect from your young ones and their friends. Many children only ever see their parents travelling in the front seat of the car. Scooting will make you appear younger and cooler.


Here are my top 10 tips for getting the whole family scooting:


Scooting is a great equaliser. If parents scoot too fast for their young ones, they can zig-zag rather than scoot in a straight line so they don't have to slow down.


The whole family gets exercise: on average, scooting burns around 300 calories an hour. Build some gentle uphill sections into your ride and you’ll burn even more.

According to a recent NHS survey, only 24% of girls and 32% of boys in England do enough physical activity to stay healthy.

Micro Scooters offer adjustable scooters for children that can increase in size as they grow bigger.


Have a goal at the end of your ride. You’ll be surprised how much more energy your children have if they know they’re on the way to the cinema, or the pizza joint, or a tasty picnic.


No problems with parking. Fold up the scooters in seconds and let everyone carry their own set of wheels.


If you end up scooting too far and the children are tired, just fold up all the scooters and catch a bus home.

Scooting helps children develop their balance and coordination skills which are useful for all sports. You’ll be amazed how quickly they’re doing basic stunts and showing up the grown-ups.


Family outings seem to be rarer than ever. According to the Office for National Statistics, the average family spends only two hours a week of quality time together. Scooter time is definitely quality time.

2) We have the biggest range of scooters available in the UK.

Incorporate fun games into your family ride. Do sprint races. Play follow the leader. Spot nature as you scoot through the park. Do obstacle races in the playground. Take turns in being the leader of the group, dropping to the back once you’ve had your turn at the front.

5) We are the experts of all things scooter. You will simply not get better advice or after sales service anywhere else.




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A Fusion of Music and Dance 2017 Presented by DMS Heart of England Music Academy Leigh Perry, principal at DMS and producer of the concert said, "This years concert is set to have the strongest and most varied line-up yet. We have got a host of celebrity acts performing with our staff and students it's really exciting". The concert brand is being staged at the Symphony Hall for the seventh time on May 7th and is raising money for Birmingham Dogs Home, the MS Society, as well as raising awareness for delete blood cancer. From BGT, finalists Richard and Adam are performing. The 'classical brothers' have risen in popularity since their BGT appearance in 2013 and have signed a multi-album deal with Sony Music. They have a dedicated fan base and are currently touring far and wide. Beau Dermott got Amanda Holden’s golden buzzer and made the final of BGT in 2016. Beau will be singing Defying ‘Gravity’ from 'Wicked' the musical, backed by DMS musicians. The track was her first audition piece on the show. She has a flourishing career and has just been invited to perform at the London Palladium for Dame Vera Lynn's 100th anniversary celebrations. Also, at a Fusion of Music and Dance 2017’, there will be the amazing town hall gospel choir singing a dedication for former DMS pupil, Riya Dandekar. Birmingham's rock legend Bev Bevan is playing drums in a Rock medley, percussion in the finale and will also be co-host on the night. Back through popular demand is young opera talent Faith Tucker, singing a classic 'Les Miserables' ballad and duetting with Richard and Adam. Recently announced and joining the guest artistes are BBC1's ‘Let it Shine’ contestants, Kyle Passmore and fellow Birmingham singer songwriter, Jake Maddocks. Wrapping the show up will be National music tribute award winners 2016, ‘Soul Kinda Wonderful’, with an all Soul and Motown finale, backed by Leigh's own band DMS Fusion! The perfect night out… Tickets £7 Grand Tier and £18.50 Stalls and Circle Further seats maybe available via THSH Box office For further enquiries E: Twitter: @leighmusicangel Facebook: DMS Knowle

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Quiz Answers. 1. Red and white

2. Cancer

3. The goat

4. Gymnastics

5. Green

6. `Never Ever`

7. Zulu

8. Darling

9. Capricorn

10. Dido


2017 Ford Kuga The new Ford Kuga is a delight to drive. I should know, as I spent

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

24 hours in one motoring from Warsaw in Poland to Vilnius in Lithuania. And let me tell you, Eastern Europe’s roads are not as


kind to cars as Britain’s are – and that’s saying something. Many

Max speed: 124 mph 0-62 mph: 10.1 secs Combined mpg: 38.2 Engine layout: 1498cc 4-cyl turbo petrol Max. power (PS): 182 CO2: 171 g/km Price: £30,180

of the roads in Poland and Lithuania are peppered with potholes, broken up by the odd stretch of motorway, but often with roadworks. The new Kuga made light work of the potholes, due to its excellent suspension and well-padded seats. The only real grumble came from the car’s petrol engine. My Kuga was fitted with the 1.5-litre Ecoboost engine, in four-wheeldrive 182PS guise. It returns 38.2mpg and 171g/km of CO2, and it’s quite noisy when you put your foot down for overtakes. That said; the melodramatics are soon over, and the car is happy to settle into a less raucous cruise when it sees the open road ahead. Inside, the Kuga’s cabin is cleaner – in the sense that there aren’t as many buttons littering the dashboard. An electronic parking brake has also joined the party. Ford’s new Sync 3 system is responsible for doing away with many of the switches. It consists of a large touchscreen and comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality. It also enables you to control functions using voice instructions. While it’s really a face-lift, the new Kuga does have some new stuff going on underneath the bonnet, too. There is a new 120PS 1.5-litre TDCi diesel unit with front-wheel-drive, which delivers up to 64.2mpg and 115g/km of CO2. If you prefer more clout, there is a 2.0-litre TDCi engine with 150bhp, and you can choose to have it with all-wheel-drive or front-wheel drive. This variant will return up to 60.1mpg, while emitting 122g/km of CO2. If you want even further power, there’s an Intelligent All Wheel Drive version with 180PS. This does

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54.3mpg on average and CO2 emissions are135g/km. The 1.5-litre Ecoboost petrol engine stays, and comes in two states of tune – 120PS or 150PS. Finally, as mentioned earlier, the four-wheel-drive 182PS variant of this petrol engine, driven here, returns up to 38.2mpg and emits171g/km of CO2. All-wheel-drive Kugas, like the one I drove, also include semi-autonomous Perpendicular Parking tech. This helps you to park, without using your hands, in tight spaces alongside other vehicles. I found this particularly useful when trying to park up in a congested area of Warsaw – as you do.

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The new Kuga can be bought for £20,845 in entry-level Zetec trim, and the Titanium model is priced from £24,245. The ST-Line model is on sale from £25,845, while the more luxury oriented Kuga Vignale comes in at £30,745. The Kuga is an affordable car, if bought at the lower end of the range. It comes well equipped and has enough space for a family of four. The car is comfortable and makes mincemeat out of long trips. The six hours I spent travelling from Warsaw to Vilnius would be gruelling for any car, but the new Kuga coped well, and, more importantly I did, too. Everything in the new Kuga is simple to use, and there are lots of handy storage compartments for things such as cash for toll booths, and cup holders for bottles of water and mugs of coffee. The boot is also a good, square size, and you can load things in easily due to the low load lip. All in all, the new Ford Kuga offers good value for money. It is certainly worth buying or leasing if you need a main car that isn’t too big, yet is large enough to cope with a family of four. In four-wheeldrive guise it also turns into a useful tool for the winter months – something many parents, like me, will find invaluable on frosty school-runs using ice-rink-like rural routes.

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Local Events

What's On

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.

Bank Holiday Barston Charity Treasure Hunt Join in the fun on Monday May 1st. Get out in the fresh air and raise money for charity by joining in the Barston Association charity treasure hunt. It starts from The Bull at Barston with registration between 10.30am - 12.30pm. The treasure hunt will guide you through approximately 4 ½ miles of countryside; it will take 2-3 hours and who knows where it will lead? £2 per person & upto 5 in a team. A great family day out! All proceeds go directly to Barston Association which last year gave out £10,000 to local charities!!

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

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

EARLSWOOD SPRINGWATCH Saturday 13th ay 10am – 4pm, at the Log Cabin Camping Ground, Wood Lane, Earlswood, B94 5JP. Free event, with free parking, for all ages interested in wildlife and local signs of spring. Static displays, practical activities, craft activities for children, demonstrations and guided walks. Suitable footwear required for woodland walks. Sorry no dogs. Hosted by Earlswood Wildlife Partnership in

partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Canal & River Trust. Contact Barbara on 07734 228500 or email for further details.

The Inspire 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.

Shirley Carnival Saturday 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 or telephone 0845 833 9547.

National Trust, Solihull Centre Our 43rd Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 11 April at Solihull Methodist Church, Station Approach commencing at 7.45pm in the Church. Our President, Mr David Bradnock, Deputy Lieutenant of the West Midlands, will give the opening address. For further information please contact Tony Fryer 01564 776001. Also there will be an all day outing to Tewkesbury, a delightful historic town, on Wednesday 14th June. The cost per person is £25 which includes morning coffee/tea, admissions to museums and afternoon tea with scones. Bookings to Mrs Chris Cox 01564 702420 with cheque payable to Solihull National Trust, Solihull Centre.

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 page Chanterelle Ladies Choir.

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.

The Revels Drama Group presents Summer End A Comedy/Drama, By Eric Chappell Knowle Village Hall May 11th, 12th, 13th 2017 Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening performances 7.30pm Doors open 45 minutes before performances start, May and Emily share a room at Summer End retirement home. When Emily starts to wonder about the fate of a previous resident, the scene is set for an intriguing mystery. Just what did happen to Bella Bottomly? And more importantly, how will it impact on the present inhabitants of Summer End? Come and find out! Tickets on sale from April 3rd (Adults £8.00, OAP/Child £7.00, Members £6.00) Telephone 01564 772585 to book tickets or write to Pauline Murdoch, 55, Ullenhall Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 9JD enclosing a stamped, self-addressed envelope for reply Tickets also available in person from Palmers, Knowle High Street

Peterbrook Players 'They say that life is about learning to dance in the rain.... Well Peterbrook Players 'Singing in the Rain' certainly does that - it is full of life, dancing and rain! Come and see the charming Don dazzle the beautiful Kathy, as the beaming Cosmo makes everyone laugh and the formidable Lina screeches her way to the top. Full of laughter, love and fantastic song and dance, this is a show that will put a smile on your face and a skip in your step....don't miss out! 'Singing in the Rain' by Peterbrook Players, 4th - 8th April 2017, The Core Theatre, Solihull.'

and companionship. We meet the first Thursday of each month at the Royal British Legion, Union Road at 7:15pm with invited speakers etc, followed by tea, coffee and a chat. Come and join us in our Golden Year - you will be made very welcome. For more information call Carol 0121 705 0874

Age UK Solihull Thursday 11 May, 5.30pm-7.30pm Fashion Show at John Lewis Solihull with Age UK Solihull See what's 'hot to trot' for this season at our Fashion Show. Canapes and a glass of fizz on arrival, sit down for the show at 6.00pm. Tickets: £13.00 (plus booking fee if booked online). To book, contact Age UK Solihull's Fundraising Team on 0121 704 7842, email us: or book online via Eventbrite. 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 Age UK Solihull's Fundraising Team on 0121 704 7842, email us: 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


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

"Third Week in August" Sue is looking forward to a caravan holiday on her own away from everybody. However, she soon realises she has booked into the caravan site from hell!! Come along to find out what goes wrong Tuesday, 21 March - Saturday 25 March 2017 - 7.45pm Tickets £9 - please call 0121 705 7432 to book We are located at: Blossomfield Club The Wardens, Widney Lane, Solihull B91 3JY

SOLIHULL LIONS CARNIVAL Solihull Blossomfield Townswomen Guild Celebrates their 50th Birthday this year with a celebratory outing in May and a special lunch in October. We have a lot to offer ladies of all ages throughout the year - theatre trips, social/craft afternoons, a lunch club

June 10th 2017. Stall holders are now required for the annual Carnival in Tudor Grange Park. Proceeds to local Charities apply Lions Paul Jolly 0121 704 3118 Active Lions Club meet Ramarda Hotel monthly require new members & help to organise Come and Join us

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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

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. Evening Dinner Dance, following our Golf Day, Friday 21st April at The Belfry again. Tickets and further details will be advertised on our website and Facebook page shortly. 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. Hoping to see you at each of these events. If you have any questions or need any further information, please do not hesitate to call me, 07960199184. Thanks once again for your superb and continued support for The Foundation; we really appreciate it.

Knowle Fun Run Sunday 21st May Entries are open for next May’s Knowle Fun Run. Now with a choice of 5k or 10k runners have no excuse not to get fit for Solihull’s longest running Fun Run with a great community atmosphere on traffic-free streets and help raise funds for Prostate Cancer UK, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Motor Neurone Disease Association and local causes; or run for your own cause. Enter online at

Film Club Join us at TANWORTH- in-ARDEN Village Hall. Our Film Club meets at 7.15pm 2nd Thursday of the month October to April. Watch great films in good company.We have a bar.Contact Mike on 01564742106 or Jo on 01564742374.

HENLEY-IN-ARDEN BADMINTON CLUB We play at the Memorial Hall, Station Road, Henley-in-Arden every Friday and Sunday evening from 8pm-10pm. The season runs from mid September to end April. We are looking for new members to join our friendly club playing good social badminton. If you would like to visit and play, just turn up (visitors fee £3). Or contact us for further details 01564 793320.

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. As a local branch we have speakers on important issues affecting pensioners such as care, health, sheltered housing and specialist holidays but also mixed with lighter topics. New members will be very welcome. contact: Alan Thomas, Secretary 0121 705 3342

SILHILL BRIDGE CLUB 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 from the Secretary on 01564 782232 or the Web:

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.

HENLEY BRIDGE CLUB meet Tuesdays at 7pm for a friendly game of duplicate bridge at The White

Swan, High St, Henley in Arden. Contact the Secretary 01564 792993 or the Treasurer 0777 887 1930

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

Knowle Ramblers We are a friendly walking club meeting at weekends on a fortnightly basis. Our walks are usually about 7 miles in length with occasional shorter walks. We meet at Knowle Village Hall Car Park and lifts can be provided to the walk's location. New members are welcome, please bring walking boots and a picnic lunch. Details of our programme can be found on our website,, or by contacting Margaret on 01564 776355 or Glenys on 0121 705 1059

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. Further information please contact 01564 777588 or 0121 704 2211.

Knowle & Dorridge Lions Knowle & Dorridge Lions invite you to visit our website and consider whether you would like to join our active & thriving club and help put something back and organise some of the most popular fundraising events in the area – Knowle Fun Run, Lions Festive Walk and Heart of England Bike Ride. Call President Richard Buckley on 0845 33 58 94

Tots and Tales Tots and Tales is a new group for babies and preschool children with a parent and carer. Thursdays, term time, 10-11.30am at Solihull United Reformed Church, 741 Warwick Road, Solihull. Opposite House of Fraser. Push chair access and limited parking

via Union Road. Twenty minutes organised time of nursery rhymes and stories followed by craft, refreshments and free play. All welcome. No charge.

DISTRIBUTORS WANTED We are after people to distribute the Cornfield Magazine each month in the areas of Knowle, Dorridge or Henley-in-Arden. Must have their own transport. Good rates of pay. Very Reliable. Must be available on the first week of every month. If you are interested, please contact us on: 0121 796 6800

Solihull Ramblers We are the local group of the Ramblers' Association, which is a registered charity caring for the countryside. We provide led walks of various distances between 3 and 15 miles. Our walks take place 3 times a week throughout the year, on Sat, Sun and Tues. Also weekly evening walks during the summer months. Other activities include social events and weekends away. Newcomers are very welcome to join us. Further details at or call the group secretary on 0121 705 5753.

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 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

Cottage Garden Society We are a friendly group and meet on the first Saturday afternoon of each month from September-April, 2.30pm at Bentley Heath Community Centre, Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull B93 9BQ. We have a talk every month on a variety of garden related topics. All welcome. Contact Margaret on 01564 783475 for further info.

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FFC Landscape Architects Bringing Landscape and Garden Design to the Cornfield area. FFC Landscape Architects will be launching a brand new design base within the Cornfield area, which will offer Garden and Landscape Design services to clients in the Midlands and beyond. As Chartered Landscape Architects and Garden Design Consultants, the studio has over 30 years of specialist experience, winning several local and major awards. With a flair for Garden design the designers have gained many recommendations from clients across the UK. Francis Colella has an extensive knowledge of construction from a dual qualification in Building and Architecture providing drawings and documentation, which emphasise clear and skilful design solutions, meeting the highest of standards, as well as offering onsite inspection services. This is all undertaken independently of any Contractor, acting as your specialist Consultant. FFC Landscape Architects offer a bespoke design service, individually tailored to each client, similar to using an Interior designer, producing an agreed scheme so that contractors can tender your preferred scheme rather than coming to you with different

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Our April edition is here and focuses on all things Spring and Easter, and it’s time to overindulge in chocolate treats. We have some exciti...

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