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MARCH 2017 FREE EDITION South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire

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

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Hello and welcome to your NEW LOOK March edition of the Cornfield Magazine.


We really have been super busy this month and it’s hard to believe that we are already in March. Where does the time actually go? However, on the plus side, the nights are getting lighter and we can begin to enjoy all that the great outdoors has to offer. March brings an array of diverse reads for all readers to enjoy! Over March, we had the chance catch up with local singer, songwriter and musician Sam Ostler, over a game of pool in the Cornfield Office, all ahead of his 2017 UK tour and EP release, plus we had the chance to visit the Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village in Wootton Wawen where we had the opportunity to meet the onsite independents. We also spent some time in Knowle and Dorridge and have a fantastic feature for readers to enjoy based on these two picturesque villages.

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We also feature Heart of England Conservatories as Spring approaches and we took the kids to enjoy a day of exploring, whilst enjoying the Big Top Bonanza Circus Spectacular at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick.


We also enjoyed a team get together over a spot of lunch and would like to welcome Andy Wilman and Steve Picker to the Cornfield Team.

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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....

Richard & Sam

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The Alternative

Healthy Breakfast This is way more delicious than that protein bar you were planning to eat. Skinny Fried Egg and Avocado Toast A healthy and delicious alternative to the most important meal of your day. This simple breakfast recipe only takes 5 minutes to prepare and even works as a power-packed snack.

Ingredients 2 Eggs (fried) 2 Slices of Bread (toasted) 1 Small Avocado 1 Tsp. Lime Juice Sea Salt & Black Pepper Parsley (optional for topping)

Instructions 1. Prepare your toast and fried eggs to your own personal preference. 2. Peel and mash the avocado and add the lime juice, sea salt and black pepper. Mix to combine. 3. Spread the avocado mix evenly to each slice of toast, and then top each with a fried egg. Add additional seasoning to your taste and serve immediately.

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The origin of Mothers Day dates right back to the era of the ancient Greeks and Romans. The roots can be traced back to the 1600’s in the UK, where Mothering Sunday was first celebrated and has since become more of a recent phenomenon. The day first came into fruition, all with thanks to the hard work of some of the most pioneering women of the time. The day has since been celebrated across 46 different countries on various dates. Mothering Sunday has become one of the most popular dates in the yearly diary, allowing sons and daughters to honor their mothers by thanking them for their efforts, support and for providing all a mother can. When did the earliest history of Mothers Day begin? Mothering Sunday dates back to the ancient annual Spring Festival that the Greeks dedicated to all maternal goddesses. Greeks used the special occasion to honor Rhea, the wife of Cronus and the main mother of Greek mythology. The Ancient Romans Celebrations took place at the Spring Festival, called Hilana, which is dedicated to Cybele, a mother goddess. It is believed that some of the ceremonies began 250 years before Christ was born. The celebration was made on the Ides of March, where offerings are made in the temple of Cybele. The Festival lasted for 3 days, and featured parades, games and masquerades. Celebrations were known to be notorious and followers of Cybele were often banished from Rome. Early Christians celebrated Mothers Day on the 4th Sunday of lent, to honor the Virgin Mary, Mother of Christ. In England Mothering Sunday included all mothers and soon became known as Mothering Sunday. Mothering Sunday dates back to the 1600s in England. Traditionally, children would buy gifts, flowers, or fruit filled pastries, otherwise known as Simnel cake, a rich fruitcake with a layer of almond paste on top and in the middle. The cake is made with 11 balls of marzipan and icing on top, which represent the 11 disciples. The fruitcake would then be boiled in water, then baked, and lasted right up until Easter, all in aid of paying tribute to their mothers. Servants,

apprentices and other employees that were staying away from home were encouraged by their employers to make time and visit their mothers. These traditions died out almost completely in the 19th century, however after World War II, American servicemen brought the custom and commercial enterprises in for the occasion, which focused on sales for various trades. Present Day Today Mother’s Day is widely celebrated not only in the UK, but the US, Denmark, India, Italy, Finland, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan and Belgium, all of these countries pay tribute to their mothers thanking them for all of their love and support. Since then the event has become commercialised, with florists, card manufacturers and gift services, seeing huge business potential in this occasion. High Street stores, independents and restaurants alike, all of which spend time focusing on their Mothers Day advertising campaigns, similar to other occasions such as Fathers Day and Valentines Day. What can you buy your mum on this special day? Many common celebration ideas include children making their mothers breakfast in bed, a handmade card, bouquet of flowers, jewellery, dining out with family, experience days, or even something a little different such as a beauty hamper. If you are a father or grandparent and are looking for some creative ideas for your child or grandchild to surprise their mum, then why not organise a variety of games and activities, which can all be planned ahead. The day should revolve around making mum feel special, with children making the extra effort to show their appreciation, giving mums a rest from all of their hard work. Some other great ideas include helping mum with the household chores, acknowledging the importance of all she does whilst making sure things run as smoothly as possible. Plus, Mothers Day is the perfect day to catch up with family you have not seen.

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Yew Tree Farm Courtyard

Shopping Set in the heart of Shakespeare’s County is the spectacular Yew Tree Farm Courtyard Shopping. Enjoying a rural countryside location steeped in history and situated between the picturesque towns of Stratford upon Avon and Henley-in-Arden it’s the perfect place for a great day out in Warwickshire. Here you can enjoy a varied selection of independent shops. The Wild Hare provides beautiful and unique hand-crafted jewellery with a wide choice of exclusive handmade greeting cards, gift boxes and more, all made in their on-site workshop. Della&James, a luxury lingerie boutique offering everyday basics to elegant designs, is on hand to help you find fun, sexy and sophisticated garments from bridal accessories, hosiery, swimwear, loungewear and mastectomy bras with a fitting service. There is also a lifestyle clothing boutique situated on-site, Beyond the Blue. Catering for ladies, men and children and stocking some of the best quality brands all year round including Weird Fish, Joules, Ness, Lazy Jacks, Kipling Bags and much more. If luxury fashion is your thing, then Gosh Boutique offers Jay Ley Premium Fur, faux fur jackets, Emu Australian Footwear, ILC Cashmere knitwear, Nour costume jewellery, leather handbags, gloves and accessories. Horologist Matthew Butler’s clock & watch restoration and repair shop, A World of Time, provide expert servicing and repairs for premium brands such as Rolex, whilst offering a selection of rare and collectable clocks and watches. At the far end of the Courtyard is Sims Vintage Antiques Centre where you will find all things antique and vintage plus a selection of collectables with over 25 dealers selling items including jewellery, gold, silver, militaria, porcelain, glass, curios and lots more. If it is French style antiques that you are after then Le Grenier are the specialists to see, providing original French beds and tables, hand painted furniture, restorations and upholstery services. Greys Teas are also located here. Specialising in large leaf, grade loose teas with over 150 varieties available from all across the world, including black, green, Oolong, white and flavoured teas, plus English blends and herbal infusions. You can even arrange to taste the teas on-site. Make the most of your day by visiting The Cowshed Eaterie which serves award winning Arabica coffee, delicious home-made cakes and the best all-butter scones. The scrumptious menu provides breakfast, brunch and lunch dishes, freshly cooked to order. You can also enjoy the fresh air and birdsong in the enclosed tea garden. There is an on-site hairdressers, a large garden furniture centre, handmade chocolatier and farm shop. All shops work as a close community offering that extra special service to all who visit. Yew Tree Farm Courtyard Shopping, Pettiford Lane, off the Stratford Road, Wootton Wawen, Warwickshire, B95 6BY Cornfield Magazine | 9

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Espresso bar, bistro and wine house arrives in Knowle‌ We had the chance to attend a wine tasting event for the espresso bar, bistro and wine house, Viola, located in the popular knowle.

The successful wine tasting event showcased a range of wines for tasting, and canapĂŠs. Viola stock a range of Turkish wines, whether you enjoy a light, medium or rich taste, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Plus, if wine is not your thing then Viola serves some of the best organic coffee that you will find, as well as herbal teas. If you have a sweet tooth then you can also enjoy pastries, cakes and desserts, some of which are home-made. Alternatively, if you fancy a spot of lunch when visiting Knowle then Viola provides an extensive menu, from Greek to Turkish, Moroccan to Spanish, and Italian to French cuisines. There is a wide selection of tasty dishes that you can try. For further information visit Tel: 01564 779468 - 1590 High Street, Knowle B93 0LF

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Celebrating our women Be Bold for Change This March we celebrate International Women’s Day on the 8th March, which recognises social, economic, cultural and political achievements. Even since the early 1900s women have suffered with the great expansion and turbulence in the industrialised world, with the 8th March being a reflection, and celebration of advocacy, action and unity. For over a Century women’s rights have gone from strength to strength and in 1908 there was great unrest and critical debate amongst women who were vocal in campaigning for change, in which 15,000 women marched through New York City, demanding shorter hours, better pay and voting rights.

Women’s equality and emancipation has had a significant change and attitudinal shift in the society of women. Today there is greater equality and legislative rights for women and we have many impressive role models in all aspects of life. Nowadays, we have female astronauts and prime ministers and schoolgirls are welcomed into Universities. Women can work and have a family, as well as all other equal choices. Here in the West Midlands and Warwickshire we have a selection of very successful women that are all role models in their own right for their talents and entrepreneurship mentality. Take a look at the below leading ladies that we honour and celebrate, all in aid for International Women’s Day…

Julie Walters Born in Edgbaston, Julie Walters is known as an award winning English Actress and writer that has been portrayed in many leading roles, which have won her 2 BAFTA film awards, 4 BAFTA TV awards, plus, Julie received the BAFTA Fellowship in 2014. Julie has worked within the industry since the 1970s and first became an international prominence in 1983, when she played the title role in ‘Educating Rita’, which she had created on the West End stage, earning her academy award nomination for ‘Best Actress’, and of course is most known for her characters from films such as Billy Elliot, Calendar Girls, and Mama Mia, to name only a few. Julie was never an academic at school, however trained as a nurse at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham at the age of 18.

Laura Mvula Mvula is known for her soulful vocal talent and songwriting skills. Laura grew up in the Birmingham suburbs of Selly Park and Kings Heath and was the Director of the Lichfield Community Gospel Choir, which was founded by Black Voices and Lichfield Festivals back in 2009. Laura also graduated from the Birmingham conservatoire at Birmingham City University where she was awarded a degree in Composition. In 2016, Laura Mvula collaborated with Nile Rodgers in 2016 and Laura has also written the music for the RSC’s 2017 show, ‘Antony & Cleopatra’.

Emma Willis English TV presenter and former model, known for her work with TV and Radio with Channel 5, the BBC, ITV and Heart FM. Willis is most known for presenting Big Brother and Celebrity Big Brother, since 2013, plus the Voice UK, since 2014. Emma was born in Birmingham and attended the John Wilmott School in Sutton Coldfield. Willis also started her modeling career, aged just 17, being featured in a range of magazines and retailers, including Marie Claire, Elle, Vogue, GAP and Chanel. For further information on International Women’s Day 2017 you can visit for this years campaign, #BeBoldForChange. The campaign aims to call on the masses to help forge a better working gender inclusive world.

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What to buy your mum

this Mothers Day? Stuck for some inspiration with buying your mum the perfect gift this Mothers Day? Then have no fear; we are here to help with our ultimate gift guide featuring a variety of unique and special gifts for that very special lady in our life… For Crafty Mums Annie Sloan Mini Project Pack (Paints & Waxes) - £29.95 This is the perfect gift for those mums that love to upcycle a piece of old furniture, choose the paint and wax from an array of different colours from Annie Sloan’s range of chalk paints and waxes.


For those Special Memories ‘Dear mum, from you to me’ Journal - £13 Looking for something a little special and a gift that highlights important memories that can be passed down the generations, then this is the ultimate gift for your mum.


For Active Mums Fitbit Alta - Activity Tracker - £89.95 John Lewis If your mum is into her fitness then she will love the Fitbit Alta, which motivates you to move, delivering fitness progress and real-life updates straight to the device, which is worn on your wrist. The device tracks steps taken, distance covered, calories burned, exercise sessions and sleeping patterns.


For the Fragrance Lover Dior – Miss Dior Eau De Parfum - £24.95 - £124.50 The Perfume Shop and other leading stores… You can’t go wrong with a fragrance for mum this Mothers Day. The Miss Dior EDP is bold and elegant, revealing the timeless chic of Miss Dior in a chypre floral fragrance.


Time to Relax UGG Scufette Taupe Suede and Shearling Slippers - £75 Harvey Nichols Being comfy and having some me time is just what a mum needs from time to time, so a pair of Ugg Slippers is the perfect addition to compliment some time to relax.


For those that Love a Cuppa Personalised Tea Box with Pukka Teas - £23.95 If your mum enjoys a good cup of tea, then this fabulous personalised tea box is an excellent gift idea for tea enthusiasts and features a range of Pukka Teas.


For those with Glowing Skin Temple Spa – Skin Truffle - £85 Mums love a spot of pampering, so why not treat your mum to Temple Spas Skin Truffle, the must have miracle cream, which gives instant radiance, reviving tired and dull skin, regulating moisture levels and protecting the skin from age spots.


For the candle lover Jo Loves Plum & Leather Home Candle - £55 Mums love to fill their homes with scented candles. Jo Loves, Plum and leather candle combines the scent of sweet plumb liqueur and crushed cinnamon infused with smoked cedar wood, and a hint of soft warm leather.


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 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

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It's time to focus on footwear ladies. Winter boots are out and ankle boots are in as the seasons change. Here are a few of our favourite picks for March.

01 AVA Tan Snaffle Ankle Boots Was £45.00 Now £12.00

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02 ATTENTION Black Ankle Boots Was £80.00 Now £10.00


03 Bertina Brown Boots WAS £99.95 NOW £35.95 04 Ego Light Grey Patent Sock Boot £34.99


05 PEBBLE Block Heel Suede Ankle Boot WAS £115.00 NOW £57.00


06 Faith Navy 'Bailey' High Ankle Boots £55.00 07 Isabel Marant Nerys Suede Ankle Boots WAS £645 NOW £387 08 Eden of Yazd Ankle Boots £289.00

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March is a tricky month to forecast Fashion. It is the in-between month where you are stuck in your thick winter coats, but ready to shop for spring’s fashion. The shops have introduced their Spring/Summer collections, but the weather is just not there yet for you to purchase and wear that frilly floral blouse you have seen.

You can however purchase something girly, flowery and special for those number one women in our lives. March is the month to celebrate the love and appreciation of your mother dearest. Some will say you do not need one day a year to treat your mum like a Queen, I agree, but it is a day that is recognised to spoil your mother, just for an excuse! If you have a mother like mine then you can buy her anything. My mum likes everything! I can come home with a top, pair of shoes, bag or makeup, absolutely anything!! And her reaction is ALWAYS “ooh oh I like it, I like it”. – Without fail. So I am really lucky because my special woman appreciates everything and anything. Now, if you are not so lucky and seem to be struggling to find that one special gift for your mum this year, then you are in luck! I have picked out a few of this years fave spring pieces. Now, back to the florals – every woman loves a good floral piece, especially of this time and year, and it is the perfect print for your mothers to show off looking young and fabulous! Here are a few gift ideas for you to help decide on that perfect gift for 26th March, 2017. Or, maybe your mother is a purse hoarder? So, keeping to the original floral print, what about this designer style floral purse from Debenhams? ONLY £25.00

What about this gorgeous Satin wrap from Debenhams?

Star by Julien Macdonald White floral print purse Item No.0930116144

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The perfect relax therapy, is this JO MALONE bath oil. It is perfect for a stress free moment for all your mothers, tell her to grab a magazine, get the candles and indulge with this perfect bath oil. JO MALONE LONDON Lime Basil & Mandarin bath oil 30ml. AND ITS ONLY £18.00 – By far, the best relaxing gift this Mothers day. Available online and in store - Selfridges.

Finally, to al l of your mothers out there HAPPY MOTHERS DAY!

FLORAL-FILLED SHIRT 061018-MUL - £38.00 Available at OASIS Selected stores and online.

Older Girls Natural Floral Western Boots Only £20.00 Product Code: 70866-NATURAL If any of these ideas are not your mothers cup of tea and you are still struggling for gift ideas, how about you keep it simple and stick with the traditional bouquet of flowers, box of choccies and a nice brew!

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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

Warm up March

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Hooray! March is here, the clouds are lifting, the nights are getting lighter and summer isn’t too far away. This time of year we start thinking about revamping our look.... This is the perfect time to add a bit of colour to your make-up bag and jazz yourself up. You can simply add a coloured eyeliner, lipstick, or go full on with bright eyes, cheeks and lips. The most important thing is that you have fun, enjoy it and wear it with confidence.... let the compliments roll in.

Below I’ve listed some fabulous colours for eyes, cheeks and lips. Let’s get shopping! Lift and brighten your eyes with coloured eyeliner



Urban Decay razor sharp liquid eyeliner in Intergalactic. This is a soft, beautiful colour.



Smile and get noticed with luscious lips Nars audacious lipstick, I love the shade Stefania.


Barry M Define liquid eyeliner in Forest, gives eyes instant definition and glow.

Too Faced liquid liner in Papaya Peach is a warm colour that’s sure to brighten up any eye colour.


Lipstick Queens Red Sinner, is simply gorgeous and lasts for hours

NYX Lipgloss in Doll Pink, is bright and glossy for instant WOW.

Blushing fashionably with these beautiful colours


Nars famous blusher in orgasm, this is a limited edition, so you need to add it to your shopping bag quickly!


Mac Fuchsia Blush, applied lightly gives the perfect flush to your cheeks.

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We all know Tom Hardy from his success as an actor. He has been in multiple Best Picture Oscar nominated films, and is one of the biggest leading men in Hollywood and England. Here are some things not everyone knows about good ol' Tom.

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His full name is Edward Thomas “Tom” Hardy. In 1998, Hardy won The Big Breakfast’s Find Me a Supermodel competition at age 21.



The little finger on his right hand is permanently bent - he stabbed a knife into a chopping board and severed a tendon in his finger. This took three operations to be able to close his finger to make a fist, but it cannot straighten.

His other notable films include the science fiction film Star Trek: Nemesis, the crime film RocknRolla, the biographical psychological drama Bronson, the science fiction thriller Inception, sports drama Warrior, the Cold War espionage film Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, crime drama Lawless, the drama Locke, and mobster film The Drop.


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For the film Bronson he put on three stone (19 kg/42 pounds). Hardy battled addictions to alcohol and crack cocaine in his early-to-mid20s. He entered rehab and has been sober since 2003. At drama school, he was in the same class as Michael Fassbender, an actor Hardy said was the most talented in the school. He trained under Sir Anthony Hopkins, former mentor at the London Drama Centre. He made his debut in the war film, Black Hawk Down.

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Speaks French fluently. As a child, he grew up going to the South of France with his parents.


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Tom has two dogs, both rescues, one of which Hardy appeared with in a PETA advert to promote pet adoption.


He loves to drink coffee, Coke, fizzy water, fruit drinks, Red Bull and tea.


Tom Hardy used to wear three inch heels throughout the entire Batman series.

Hardy married Sarah Ward in 1999, but the marriage ended in divorce in 2004.

In September 2008, he appeared in Guy Ritchie’s London gangster film, RocknRolla; Hardy played the role of gay gangster, Handsome Bob.

Hugh Jackman has expressed his desire to see Hardy playing Wolverine, the character that made him famous.

Leonardo DiCaprio convinced him to read the script of The Revenant (2015) and take on the role of John Fitzgerald. They became friends after starring together in Inception (2010).



Hardy was named one of GQ Magazine’s 50 best dressed British men in 2015. In 2015, he starred in a dual role as London gangsters Reggie and Ronnie Kray in the crime thriller Legend.

In 2010, Hardy became an ambassador for the Prince's Trust, a leading UK youth charity which provides training, personal development, business start up support, mentoring and advice.


Hardy has referred to Gary Oldman as "the greatest actor that's ever lived", and described Oldman as his hero, adding "Everybody [at drama school] used to quote him in all of his films."

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Men’s Style

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Get Up


Skip the movies this time and do something that offers the opportunity to actually talk to each other.


01 Woven Leather Bracelet £25.00


02 Gant Men's Diamond Oxford Shirt in White £72.00 03 Barbour Lambswool Crew Neck Sweater £79.00 04 Levi's 511 Berry Hill Slim Fit Black Jeans £85.00


05 Brandit M-65 Classic Jacket in Camel £45.00


06 Eastland Sherman 1955 Boot WAS £175.00 NOW £80.00 07 Hollister Longer-Length Trunk £12.00 08 Stance College Mazed Socks £16.00

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Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Health Care at Solihull Health Check Clinic, previously held the position of Head of Stroke Services for Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust. In this article, Eileen explains the signs, symptoms, causes and effects of this devastating condition. Every year in the UK, 120,000 people have their first Stroke and more than 30,000 people have a recurrent Stroke. Stroke will kill 53,000 people a year. Stroke is a leading cause of adult disability in the UK and costs the NHS more than £2.8 billion annually. Stroke is the third biggest killer in the UK, after heart attacks and cancer. Stroke is non-discriminatory and can affect absolutely anyone, from children through to adults of all ages. A Stroke occurs in the brain. The World health Organisation in 2014, describes a Stroke as an interruption in the supply of oxygen to the brain. There are 2 types of Stroke and they are called a) Haemorrhagic Stroke and b) Thrombotic/ischemic Stroke. A Haemorrhagic Stroke, or bleeding in the brain, will affect 20% of the population and generally affects younger people, whereas a Thrombotic or blood clot Stroke affects 80% of the population, who tend to be above 40 years of age. The long term affects are the same for both types of Stroke. The damage to the brain and the disability that the individual is left with depends on

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how quickly the Stroke is identified and managed by health professionals, as well as the part of the brain that the Stroke happens in. So, what causes a Stroke to occur; Hypertension or high blood pressure is the biggest contributory factor causing a Stroke. Hypercholesterolemia or high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, increased stress levels and high consumption of alcohol can all contribute to a Stroke occurring. Unfortunately, there are 16 million people in the UK who suffer with high blood pressure. 8 million people know they have it and can manage it, whereas 8 million people are completely unaware of their high blood pressure and are therefore, at risk of suffering a Stroke. The effects of a Stroke can be devastating, from loss of speech (dysphasia), swallowing problems (dysphagia), walking/mobility, understanding and managing continence. Depending on the area of the brain that is affected by the bleed or blood clot, depends on the deficits and disability experienced by the Stroke sufferer. The initial signs of a Stroke are usually typical, easily recognisable and can include weakness down one side of the body, a droopy mouth, loss of speech or slurred

speech, loss of understanding and awareness and occasionally, a seizure. The most important thing to do, if you suspect someone has had a Stroke, is to dial 999 and report that you suspect a Stroke. The ambulance will be despatched as a category A, which is Emergency level. The most important thing for the person suspected of having a Stroke, is to get to hospital within an hour and have a CT Scan (Computerised Tomography) or an MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) within 3 hours. If the Stroke is caused by a blood clot, then a Hyper-Acute Stroke Unit or HASU for short, can administer a procedure called Thrombolysis, which will “bust” the blood clot and allow the blood to start flowing through the brain again. The Thrombolysis procedure includes giving the patient an intravenous injection, to break down the blood clot quickly and prevent extensive oxygen deprivation in the brain, to reduce the long term disability and deficit. If the blood supply to the brain is only briefly interrupted, a mini-stroke or TransIschemic Attack can occur and will be resolved within 24 hours. The symptoms of a TIA are very similar to the symptoms of a Stroke, but last for 24 hours or less. Even though it is a TIA, it is vital to seek medical attention, to prevent the risk of a full blown

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Stroke. Research shows than in the 90 days following a mini-stroke, the risk of a full blown Stroke exceeds 10%. Long term care for those affected by Stroke often involves 24 hour personal care, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, speech therapy and psychological counselling. 50% of Stroke survivors go on to develop depression within the first 12 months and may benefit from psychological input, to support them to accept the life changing and long lasting effect that a Stroke can bring.

A very helpful and useful organisation for those affected by Stroke is the Stroke Association at The support they provide is designed around the needs of the Stroke survivor and their families, in the days, weeks, months and years following the Stroke. For more information on Stroke, you are welcome to contact Solihull Health Check Clinic on 0121 745 7400.

A brain scan showing a massive Stroke

Preventing a Stroke is obviously the best solution and the following will help; If you smoke, give it up. Smoking can cause clots that cause Stroke If you are overweight, lose the extra pounds Do as much exercise as possible and stay active

Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic RGN, BSc(Hons), CertEd, PGCert, CertITU, MhSc, ILM

Maintain a healthy blood pressure

Solihull Health Check Clinic, The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane, Dickens Heath B90 1FF

Keep your cholesterol level low

0121 745 7400

If you have been diagnosed with a Stroke caused by a blood clot, you may well be prescribed aspirin or warfarin, to prevent further Strokes and thin your blood.

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The Midland

Hand Clinic When

Lightening Strikes Do you find that you're waking up in the middle of the night with buzzing in the hand? Do you have problems doing your shirt buttons up due to decreased feeling in the fingers? You may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which can affect about 5% of the population. Hand sharp shooting pains, pins and needles, numbness of the fingers and weakness are all symptoms. At the Midland Hand Clinic we can diagnose immediately with same day nerve tests. We offer injections if required or surgery at competitive prices at a time to suit you.

Put Your Hands

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Knowle and Dorridge are both prosperous villages in the Solihull area close to the Warwickshire border. They attract many commuters who are looking for a village lifestyle whilst having some great connections. The high street of Knowle is full of independent shops and services with florists, jewellers and bakeries. A number of unique cafĂŠs can also be found around the village for some traditional afternoon tea served to perfection. Knowle has a great community spirit with a number of societies and active groups that are shared with the neighbouring village of Dorridge. The Knowle Society and Knowle Local History Society help to preserve the history of Knowle and maintain the current character of the village. The Knowle and Dorridge round table and Ladies Circle host regular social events for their members and also organise events for both villages.

The Ale Rooms Knowle plays host to its very first Micro Brewery located within a warm and friendly environment. The Ale Rooms boasts a relaxing atmosphere and serves a range of traditional ales and delicious wines, plus a wonderful selection of craft beer, premium lager and wide selection of gin and spirits. You can sit back and enjoy the rustic, yet unique ambience and style within this exceptional bar and restaurant. The ale Rooms is not just about the ales that are served, but if you are feeling a little peckish, you can enjoy a weekly selection of wholesome, tasty and flavorsome pies from none other than the award winning Pie Minister. It may even be that you are looking for a venue to host your event, whether it be a daytime meeting, an after party or celebration with friends and family. If this is the case then the Ale Rooms are happy to discuss your event requirements. This new addition to Knowle is open from 2pm-10pm, 7 days a week, and if you are a fan of trying different ales, then this bar is highly recommended. For further information on the Ale Rooms visit 1592 High Street, Knowle, Solihull B93 0LF Tel: 01564 4000 40

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Glasstower Jewellery Glasstower Jewellery are a family run and owned business with a fully equipped jewellery workshop onsite, where all work is carried out on the premises, covering all aspects of jewellery repairs, from ring sizing to full restoration and stone replacement. They also offer a bespoke handmade jewellery making service using all metals and a choice of certified diamonds on request. The shop has a wide range of silver and costume jewellery to cater for all tastes and budgets, whether you are treating yourself or buying a special gift for someone. A same day jewellery cleaning and plating service is also available and engagement and wedding rings are also a speciality of Glasstower jewellery, adding that personal touch to your special occasion. For all enquiries please call Adrian or Kay. You can also Instagram @jewellerjosh for a small selection of previous commissions. Glasstower Jewellery, 1582 High St, Knowle, Solihull B93 0LF Tel: 01564 777775 -

Dorridge Butchers If you are looking for a local butcher that sells a range of quality meats and deli options, then Dorridge Butchers should be on your list of butchers to visit, established in 2003 and with over 45 years of experience, they specialise in providing a range of quality tender Scotch beef, English lamb and pork, a range of homemade sausage made on the premises, plus a range of quality cooked meats, meat pies and locally sourced free range eggs and much more. The meats are all sourced locally, where possible and are packaged and prepared on the premises. All meats can be cut to suit the customer’s requirements and cater to local residents as well as those living further afield, with its popular location and excellent service provided. If you are after a wide selection of meats ask for Tony at Dorridge Butchers who will be happy to accommodate all customers. Opening Times: Mon-Fri - 7.30am-5pm, Sat - 7.30am-4pm, Sun - Closed Tel: 01564 772051 Dorridge Butchers, 472 Station Rd, Dorridge, Solihull B93 8HE

PSL Probate Solicitors PSL is the only specialist Wills and Probate Solicitors in Solihull. Well established at 1705 High Street, Knowle, PSL also deal with Lasting Powers of Attorney, Estate Planning, Inheritance Tax Issues, Asset Protection and other related services. We offer a friendly, free, no obligation initial meeting; home visits and fixed fee quotations. Richard Arney and Caroline Wilden, the principals of the firm, are both experienced Solicitors with specialised qualifications in this area of law. Our clients say we are: professional, friendly, efficient, committed, caring, understanding, flexible and reasonable, which has resulted in our clients returning to us and recommending our services to others. Our client Graham said: “I would like to place on record my sincere thanks for the professional expertise shown to me, which gave me complete satisfaction. I have no hesitation in recommending the firm.” For more information call us on: 01564 758055 or visit our website

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GARDEN STUDIO NOW ON DISPLAY IN HENLEY Heart of England Group, located near Henley-in-Arden, have earned an enviable reputation for building beautiful Orangeries, Conservatories & Log Cabins. Using this extensive knowledge & experience, they now offer a fabulous new concept for stand alone garden buildings that will provide the perfect solution for your home office, summerhouse, creative studio or outdoor entertainment room.

The unique, new Garden Studio features: Durable composite timber construction requires no painting - ever! Fully insulated walls allow hidden electrical wiring Rubber bonded pent roof or pitched roof design with weatherproof tiles are fully insulated for all-year round protection Choice of building designs and colours Woodgrain PVCu double glazed windows and French doors, or optional Bi-folding doors

Full design & build service includes groundwork, lighting, heating, electrics and optional floor tiles & under-floor heating. These unique, composite wood garden studios are superbly finished with a concealed joint system, so there are no fixings on show. The highly durable material provides natural beauty with the look of real wood thanks to the 60% timber content.

Purpose built Log Cabins Heart of England’s extensive range features 44mm of interlocking logs built to the highest standards of quality and craftsmanship. You can choose from their wide range of styles and sizes, or they will build bespoke to your exact requirements to create your garden office, summerhouse, gym or workshop. For more information visit the website:

HEART OF ENGLAND GARDEN BUILDINGS Liveridge Hill • Stratford Road Henley-in-Arden • B95 5QS T / 01564 792 900 • E /

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Somnus British by Design

Founded by William Rhodes, Somnus bedding was established in 1840 and holds over 175 years of experience in creating luxury bespoke handmade beds and mattresses’, that have been crafted in Britain, through five generations. All materials are locally sourced and filled with natural upholstery fillings inside each pocket sprung mattress. Somnus are also the proud winners of two Queens’s awards for Enterprise of innovation and sustainable development, the UK’s most prestigious business award. Not only are Somnus bed experts, they are sleep specialists too, that use traditional craftsmanship, in order to create a superior level of comfort in every bed for the best nights sleep. Attention to detail is key and nature plays an important contribution to a Somnus bed, using a unique blend of luxurious upholstery fillings including layers of Yorkshire Dales eco wool, handteased long stranded horsetail, mohair, tree silk cotton, cashmere, flax and hemp, with some materials being grown on their very own farms with their very own flock of sheep and alpacas. Luxury and comfort come first with heritage being born in every stitch. Somnus focus on having superior springs with the latest innovation of Sensa intelligent pocket springs, which help maintain excellent posture. The zenith range have revolutionized the world of bed manufacturing by developing the I_Tuft, featuring invisible tufting that contains natural latex, made from milk of the tropical rubber tree, perfect for ventilation, durability and pressure distribution. Somnus beds also strive to revive the art of weaving and have recently invested in state of the art weaving looms, which are used on the Yorkshire based manufacturing facility. For resilience and breathability, you need look no further when it comes to finding the perfect bed or mattress. For more information you can view a range of Somnus beds at Thomas Hearn in Kenilworth for further information. You can also find out more about what this luxury hand made brand has to offer by visiting

Thomas Hearn

Luxury and comfort come first with heritage being born in every stitch

Providing Quality Service & Premium Brands Located in Kenilworth, Thomas Hearn are suppliers of both modern and traditional furniture made to suit any room within your home. With over 70 years of experience, this family business prides itself on offering a friendly and expert service at competitive prices. At the showroom in Kenilworth you will be able to view a huge selection of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, including beds, all to suit a variety of tastes and styles. The team at Thomas Hearn strives to offer ‘best practice’ and will help ensure customers make the right choice when styling their homes, supplying some of the best premium brands, as well as some of the smaller manufacturers. In addition to Somnus Thomas Hearn provides brands such as, Hypnos, Tempur and Vispring as well as other popular brands including Cavalier, Parker Knoll, Stressless, plus many more.


Customers can have the confidence in Thomas Hearn and can rest assured that Thomas Hearn will be on hand to help with all customer requirements.

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Upcycling is all about bringing life to old items, giving them a new lease of life, be it home interiors, furniture or even an item of clothing. You don’t have to be an upcycling genius to complete these projects and each month I will be delivering a range of unique and creative upcycling inspirations and

creative project ideas, for all readers to embrace, and of which can be enjoyed by the kids, a quick fix idea, or a project that may take a long weekend. Wether you are a beginner or expert, you need look no further, Adelle is on hand to help with all of your upcycling needs.

Project for the Weekend… What will you need? The Pallet Wine Rack In need of somewhere in your kitchen to display all of those lovely bottles of wine? If the answer is yes, then the pallet wine rack could be just what you need. These rustic wine racks make the perfect addition to a country kitchen and add that rustic character to your home.

• 1 Pallet • Circular Saw or Handsaw • Hammer or Pry Bar • Sand Paper or Electric Sander • Level • 2-2.5 inch screws • 3 inch screws • Clamp • Studs • Stain or chalk paint

How to Upcycle? 1. Use a circular saw or hand saw, cut in the indention of the pallet where a fork lifts forks would normally lift the pallet. The height of your wine rack should be between 16-17 inches tall. 2. You will need 2 boards for the bottom of the wine rack. Use the center of the pallet for those boards using a hammer or pry bar to loosen the boards off.

6. When ready to hang the wine rack, all you will require is the 2/2.5 inch screws. It is advisable to put the screws in the studs, due to the weight of the wine bottles, dependent on where you hang the rack. Use a level between screws. 7. Finally, display your wine bottles and enjoy your brand new pallet wine rack.

3. Pallets are rough, so the next task is to sand down the wood to make sure they are not only smooth, but overall they will look better and this prevents you from getting splinters. 4. Line up and pencil in the holes on the board. Use a clamp to hold the sections together on a workbench or table. Pre drill all of the required holes and use 3-inch screws to put the rack together. 5. Add a stain or chalk paint to finish off your wine rack or keep natural if you prefer. Allow to dry…

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Kickstart the gardening season After a restful winter it seems that gardening season kicks into high gear overnight. One minute the landscape is quietly hibernating, and the next it’s screaming for some love and attention. The sudden onset of Spring always brings in an overwhelming number of gardening chores to set you up for the year ahead. Prioritize those cleanup tasks Before you do anything its best to approach your gardens preparation with a Spring-clean. Your garden can be exposed to harsh winter weather causing broken branches and debris to collect. We recommend starting by clearing all of your garden beds a lawn from these elements. It is important to do this sooner rather than later so that bulbs and plants have a clear space to grow, avoiding damage. The same applies to trees and bushes, so make sure that you trim off any broken and dead branches. It’s also the perfect time to prune those trees. It always pays to take a bit of time to plan what needs to be done and when. Prep Garden Tools Pull out all of those tools that have been hiding away. Making sure your tools are ready to do the job is crucial, so begin by cleaning of your tools with soap and water, also use mineral spirits on wooden handles, which will prevent the wood from splintering. Cut back Ornamental Grasses It is essential to work on ornamental grasses before tackling anything else. By the end of winter they’ve all been flattened by snow. Cutting them back in early spring tidies up the garden for an immediate impact. Trimming also encourages new growth. Clip Perennials Clip the stems of any perennial plants left standing through the winter. It is recommended to use sharp pruners to cut the stems cleanly, and either chop or drop the stems to use as mulch, or collect them for the compost pile.

Give Soil some TLC Make sure, that your soil is ready for planting. Turn your soil over with a pitchfork, clearing any weeds that may have grown. Add fresh compost from your compost bin. If you don’t own a compost bin, then use store bought compost or manure, which will add all of the nutrients that your soil may need. It is best to do this a couple of weeks before planting. This allows the compost to mix well with your soil and wont burn the roots of new plants. Pull back Mulch Next on the garden cleanup list is to pull back some of the mulch that may be hiding any new shoots. If you fall behind on this task, the green leaves will start to grow right through the dry leaves, in order to find the sun. Fertilize the Lawn Taking care of the lawn should be the final step to preparing your garden. After raking the turf, it’s important to consider whether the grass looks like it needs a boost or not. If the lawn wasn’t fertilized in fall, then it is worth giving it a light fertilizer feed in April and then another dose in early June. Fertilizing this way lets the roots get a good foothold before the heat of the summer kicks in. Maintain your Garden Upkeep is key. Once flowers are blooming it’s a good time to plant annuals to supplement perennial flowers. Deadheading is also good for more flower growth and can only be described as cutting off drooping or fading flowers from the rest of the green healthy stem.

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l a c o LNEWS

h wit Charlie O’Neill

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

March is here, the nights are beginning to get lighter and I’m starting to feel a little more motivated. The healthy eating has started, I’ve had to be rather strict with myself, so no more office pizza for me…. and I have come out of hiding from evenings wrapped up on the sofa, with a hot chocolate in hand, whilst being fixated with Netflix. So, I have decided to get back to it with my local fitness classes I attend with the fantastic Michelle Waldron, at ‘Keep Fit with Michelle’ in Mappleborough Green. And, I cant lie, having a couple of months off, made me realise just how unfit I was. My usual combination of Legs, Bums and Tums, and Clubbercise to follow on a Monday, left me feeling exhausted and achy. As a 26-year-old woman I should be so much fitter, but with a little bit of determination, I will soon enough get back into a regular routine! Michelle’s classes are truly phenomenal and I always feel so much better for pushing myself to do 2 to 3 classes a week! Finally, I can start to plan ahead with my year’s activities and holidays. I must admit I have spent a lot of time locking myself away in the recording studios producing some new music (when I can in my spare time). Mothers Day is also on the horizon. I have been looking around for the perfect gift for my mum and I must say Mothers Day has upped its game this year with so many quirky present ideas, whether it be an afternoon tea at Eckington Manor, a spa day at the Club & Spa at The Cube, or perhaps even a night at the theatre in Birmingham.

Temper Returns with Timeless Collection Following a year of tragic deaths in 2016, artist Temper returns for 2017 with a collection that celebrates cultural icons, loved and lost from Bob Marley to Pablo Picasso. Tempers collection captures the essence of the muchmissed personalities using his intricate use of spray paint. For more information on his latest collection 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.

Bottle Green Cordials & Sparkling Presses This month we reviewed the phenomenal selection of the Bottle Green Drinks co. cordials and sparkling presses and I must say I think this now has to be one of my new favourite soft drinks that is currently on the market. Elderflower is one of my favourite flavours and is matched perfectly with gin, in which case I couldn’t wait to try the sparkling elderflower presse with a local gin, to use as a mixer, and all I can say is Wow! This is certainly going to be a perfect addition to the summer months with its freshness & fruitiness and the company itself derives from not too far away in Gloucestershire. For more information visit

Beyond Beauty at Earlswood Lakes Craft Centre I am so lucky to have such a great array of independents surrounding me in Henley in Arden and just a 15 minute drive away in Earlswood there is a fabulous beauty salon onsite at The Earlswood Lakes Craft Centre, called Beyond Beauty. I have been going back and forth to owner Claire West’s Salon for the last 3 years and I have recently had some fantastic treatments including the Hopi ear Candle and Dermalogica Facial, which has left my tired skin looking refreshed and feeling revived. If you are looking for a Mothers Day gift then I suggest a treatment voucher with Claire in a quaint countryside location would be the ultimate gift for your mum, whether it be a massage, gel nails or reflexology. For more information on treatments available call Claire on 07792488512.

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Disney On Ice

celebrates 100 Years

of Magic

in Sensational Skating Spectacular This Ultimate Disney Experience Featuring More than 50 Disney Characters. Grab your Mickey ears and get ready for the celebration of the century at Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic. Produced by Feld Entertainment, this fanfare production features more than 50 unforgettable Disney stars, a sing-along score of melodious masterpieces, stunning choreography, beautiful costumes and intricate sets. Tickets for this monumental ice skating spectacular is coming to the UK this spring are available at Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy take to the ice with their friends from beloved Disney movies that span decades from Pinocchio to Frozen. Travel to the heart of Africa with Disney’s The Lion King, come along for an adventure in friendship with the gang from Disney • Pixar’s Toy Story and watch in amazement as Belle breaks the Beast’s curse in the tale of Beauty and the Beast. Guests will also enjoy a special appearance by royal sisters Anna and Elsa from the number-one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen. Enter the kingdom of Arendelle and journey up the North Mountain with hilarious snowman Olaf and rugged mountain-man Kristoff as they help the sisters discover that true love conquers all. “This particular production is by far the largest Disney On Ice show we currently have touring bringing together everyone’s favorite Disney characters from Snow White, Donald Duck, Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse to Elsa and Anna,” said Producer Nicole Feld. “Our vision is for audiences everywhere to dance and sing along to their favorite Disney songs, so we’ve included 30 tunes that they know and love.” The collection of Disney melodies includes family favorites like “Hakuna Matata,” “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” and “Let It Go.” Rock out with Squirt and his rambunctious turtle friends from Disney•Pixar’s Finding Nemo with the original song “Turtle Rock.” Fall in love with a musical montage of dazzling prince and princess pairs skating to “At Last I See the Light,” “A Whole New World” and more. “This is a show, more than any other, that is truly for everybody,” said Producer Kenneth Feld. “When I sit with the audience, I see those that are grandparents, like I am, enjoying a lot of the classic Disney stories, while young kids and young parents really respond to Frozen and all the latest Disney stories and animation.” Disney On Ice celebrates 100 Years of Magic will also feature an energetic ‘Fit To Dance’ pre- show. Last year Disney On Ice launched the ‘Fit To Dance’ program, which aims to inspire families to have fun and be active through storytelling and dance. Developed with EBC Education ‘Fit to Dance’ feeds children’s imagination and encourages imaginative storytelling. The program also reflects the creative process used in Disney On Ice shows, where stories are developed by a writing team and then choreographed into spectacular dance routines.

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Hugely entertaining and cannot wait till next year

Sam Fraser - Managing Director, Cornfield Publishing


ARENACROSSTOUR Back on January 21st, here at the Cornfield Magazine, we had the opportunity to attend the Arena Cross Series at Birmingham’s Genting Arena. Many of you may be thinking, “What exactly is the Arenacross?”… Well, it was everything we had expected and more, which can only be described as an insane, yet equally phenomenal event, also known as the indoor offspring of Motocross Racing, which was first introduced in America during the 1970’s. The event includes all elements of outdoor racing which mixed together forms a cocktail of racing ingredients, of which are all performed in arenas, with purpose built dirt tracks. It’s not all about the racing but also on viewing this spectacular event, there are a number of exciting triple jumps, killer mogul sections and extremely fast corners, which are all designed to produce an epic performance, as well as a thrill for all. The Birmingham event for Arenacross was in its third round after Manchester and Glasgow. From start to finish, the crowd enjoyed a spectacular evening of non-stop entertainment. They also had the FMX riders showcasing their talents, also known as the Freestyle Motocross, where all the action takes place 40 feet above ground. Riders take to the purpose built ramps with each rider competing for the winning place by performing their best tricks and flips, all of which take place above the track on 100kg motorcycles. Overall this was a truly awe-inspiring and impressive tour. The Arenacross should most definitely be on your list of events to attend in 2018. For further information on the Arenacross Tour, visit Cornfield Magazine | 41

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Tom Hardy opens up about the inspiration behind hit TV drama ‘Taboo’, his brooding character James Keziah Delaney, what we can expect from the rest of the series and more… The Hollywood star strips off for his role as James Keziah Delaney, a rogue 19th century adventurer in the series which was created by both Hardy and his novelist father Chips. ‘Taboo’ is written by ‘Peaky Blinders’ scriptwriter Steven Knight and also stars Oona Chaplin and Jonathan Pryce. Here’s the plot: In 1814, James Delaney reappears in London, a changed and haunted man, presumed dead in Africa many years before. His return finds his father, Horace Delaney, dead and a country at war with France and the United States. 42 | Cornfield Magazine

Set to inherit what is left of his father’s shipping empire, James’ arrival not only threatens to disrupt the plans of his half sister Zilpha [Chaplin] and her husband Thorne [Jefferson Hall], but also the political ambitions of the ubiquitous East India Company, chaired by Sir Stuart Strange [Pryce].

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SO TOM, WHAT DID YOU SEE IN THE MATERIAL THAT MADE YOU WANT TO BE THE LEAD AND THE PRODUCER OF IT? Well, it started off, to be fair, it’s just a conversation that I had with my father about nine years ago when I’d finished playing Bill Sikes in ‘Oliver Twist,’ and I really enjoyed playing that. And I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to take somebody like Bill Sikes, who is kind of a villain, but then put him inside a gentleman’s body, as well, and mix the two together and create a sort of hero in a sort of classic period drama that could transcend all classes between the sort of splendorous, sort of opulent world of the high end, of upper classes, and also the sort of underworld, as well, of London? Wouldn’t it be great to sort of put a bit of Marlow in the ‘Heart of Darkness’ in that as well, Dad? And wouldn’t it be great also that maybe he could also have a bit of Jack the Ripper? Wouldn’t it also, Dad ‑‑‘ He’s like, ‘Tom, that’s an awful lot of people to put into a story. Do you have a story?’ I said, ‘No. I just want to play this character.’

WHAT ABOUT THE TIME PERIOD? IS THERE SOMETHING SPECIFICALLY ABOUT THAT TIME? IS IT BECAUSE YOU’VE DONE THEATRE BEFORE? Nothing specific. I’ve always wanted to. I love acting, and I’ve done it for almost the best part of 20 years now, and the intention was always to do my own work at some point and be part of a production and to learn how to be part of the industry from the other angle rather than being employed, employing even myself, would be helpful to grow into the business that I’ve started as an actor. So it’s a bit more common sense, and obviously I trained to be an actor, and it was just an actual evolution, I suppose.

DELANEY STOMPS AROUND LONDON IN THE WAY YOU WOULDN’T USUALLY THINK OF AS A GENTLEMAN. IS THIS BECAUSE HE’S BEEN AWAY FOR SO LONG? HE MOVES VERY DIFFERENTLY FROM THE GENTLEMEN AROUND HIM. He’s a bristly pig. This is a man who horse rides, so he’s bowlegged. He’s a man who has probably got very achy joints, and yeah, he stomps about because it’s muddy and slippery. There’s not a lot of grip on shoes. It’s a physical, brutal sort of terrain. He’s a man who can do things. I think he does do a fair amount of mincing around the court if he has to. Those boots didn’t allow for one to sort of soft shoe it around in an elegant and sophisticated manner. And also, to throw up a direct flagrant and brazen disassociation with social etiquette was essential, an essential element, because he is the fly in the ointment or the embarrassment, as it were.

DID YOU HAVE TO WORK AT BEING BOWLEGGED AS WELL? No. I am genuinely bowlegged. I had rickets as a child. Thank you – [laughs] -- for pointing that out.

THE OTHER THING THAT’S DISTINCTIVE BEYOND JUST THE SORT OF PHYSICALITY IS THE VOICE, AND IT’S SO VERY DIFFERENT FROM THE VOICE THAT IS YOUR NATURAL VOICE? There’s, again, a warthog bristly pig to him, and there’s a brash tonality, which is slightly Burtonesque but is something of

Johnson, the writer, that sort of Johnson gentleman, which was much more brazen, and a little bit of Marlow, as well, as opposed to the mellifluous tones of the received pronunciation of English aristocracy, of gentrified people. He was considered, actually, and measured in his tonality to be giving away nothing, yet at the same time, his choice of language is very specific between when you see him interacting with whoever’s in front of him. He changes his dynamic somewhat in, I would say, in rhythm or speech or cadence of speech, but his tone is specific, and there’s no ‑‑ it’s pretty unaffected with a simplicity of ‘I want.’ I intend to get ‑‑ there’s no colour. There’s no colour in him.

HOW DO YOU APPROACH IT WHEN YOU ARE PLAYING A CHARACTER? WHAT IS YOUR PROCESS? It depends what I’m playing. I see things in script and pictures in my head and then I follow what I see in my head.

SO WHEN YOU WERE COMING UP WITH THIS CONCEPT DID YOU HAVE ALL THOSE RIGHT AWAY? I had Delaney, so I knew what Delaney was from nine years ago. I just didn’t have a story.

DO YOU HAVE ANY PREFERENCE FOR REVENGE STORIES? No not really, there’s only a little bit of revenge in this story, there’s other things going on. That’s a theme within this season, about multiple father issues really and patriarchal society and the disappointment of the son at multiple layers, not just a literal father.

DID YOU FEEL A DIFFERENT KIND OF PRESSURE PLAYING A CHARACTER FOR YOUR OWN PROJECT RATHER THAN BEING AN ACTOR FOR HIRE? For this one it was more of a question of every single character in it was an extension of Steven’s [Knight] and my father’s [Chip Hardy] desire to create the show which had a lot of life in it so acting was five per cent of this job. It helped that I knew who he was nine years ago so that I could start looking at how the other parts of the story and more producing and being a witness to all the departments and the evolution of the story and the characters and then I had to go and play James as well. So it was a different experience and a huge responsibility because if it goes wrong I feel personally responsible because it was me who went out and asked people to join me. And that was something that I’d say to the team if they felt uncomfortable is that they can’t make a mistake, if it goes wrong it’s my fault.

‘MAD MAX: THE WASTELAND’ IS LISTED ON YOUR IMDB PAGE. CAN YOU CONFIRM THAT IS HAPPENING AND THAT YOU’LL BE IN IT? Yeah as far as that I’ve signed to do three of them, so it’s a question of when. I know that one is called, I’m not sure it’s called ‘The Wasteland’ or not because you never know these titles change all the time but there is definitely another ‘Mad Max’ project pending.

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WHAT’S EXCITING ABOUT THE PROSPECT OF GOING BACK TO THAT CHARACTER AGAIN? I love working with George [Miller] and the fact that his mythology is so deep.

WHAT HAVE BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING CHARACTERS TO DATE? I think if you’re not challenged you’re not doing your job properly so they’re all challenging for different reasons and that’s how we try to stay sharp. Doesn’t mean you’re going to be successful because something is challenging but if it’s not challenging then probably you got lucky today. [laughs]

YOU CAN BE SO INTIMIDATING ON SCREEN? HOW DO YOU DO THAT? It’s just about changing a room isn’t it? Intimidation I suppose in its basic form is about changing the temperature in the room and knowing how to do that.

BUT YOU DO IT SO MARVELLOUSLY? I’ve experienced in my life a lot, it’s happened to me. So it’s something you can observe and reflect as an artist and something that I’ve experienced in real life and is truly horrible. So the best place to put it is on a screen as opposed to doing it in real life. But I’m very sensitive to temperature drop and status and power games, the games that all of us play in our lives no matter who we are behind our public persona or our life persona.

DID YOU DRAW ANYTHING FROM THE OTHER CHARACTERS THAT YOU’VE PLAYED INTO DELANEY? Not really. If you look into any large collective of people who let’s say are capable of changing the temperature in a room, each one is an individual in their own right. So there’s a massive difference

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between Napoleon and Stalin isn’t there? Even though they’re both dictators and committed heinous crimes or whatever, there’s a nobility to them, they’re people who worked 24 hours a day, obsessive compulsives... they’re still fascinating characters that need to be depicted as an artist for me and also they are fascinating and completely different but at the same time they could easily be labelled as those crazy, psychotic, brooding types. There’s multiple...why do people specialise in a particular subject? Do you see what I mean? I can see the diversity in the same colour, if that makes sense. There are different shades of grey but that doesn’t mean that I’m entirely exclusive to that palette it just means I obviously enjoy that terrain to find new discoveries.

BECAUSE YOU SEEM TO BE SO BUSY WITH UPCOMING PROJECTS AND MOVIES, IS ‘TABOO’ THE KIND OF TV SHOW THAT YOU SEE YOURSELF INVOLVED WITH FOR FIVE YEARS? AND ARE YOU GOING TO SET TWO OR THREE MONTHS EVERY YEAR TO SHOOT A NEW SEASON IF THE RATINGS ARE GOOD? Yeah. Absolutely. Absolutely. The point of setting up from actually working on ‘Taboo’ over the last couple of years and developing it was creating a mythology of a vehicle that I would like to see, like to fully immerse it, and also to grow. And how we work as a team as well, it being a process, which is really genuinely collaborative and great fun, that’s how I like to work. I enjoyed that. So to have a home base, where I can go to, yeah, I would love that. Subsequently, there’s growth and expansion. This is an introduction to a character inadvertently who, as the episodes go along, which leads you to sort of a band of miscreants, who become, as it were, whether or not they make it out of this particular saga, Season 1, onto the ‑‑ onto their journey, a sort of odd family of mercurials ‑‑ actually, you mentioned in that clip, ‘The Legion of the Damned.’ They become a group, an entity, that then go kind of west, and can be whatever they want to be. Part of the unvoiced, the unliked, the people who ‑‑ there is a certain adversity, and a collection of thinking that gathers ‑‑ the central futile force being James Delaney. I am not saying that because it’s my show. I am saying that because that’s the character.

THAT MERCURIAL GROUP, THEY COME TOGETHER TOWARD THE END OF THIS SEASON, OR IS THAT FOR ANOTHER SEASON? We don’t really want to give too much away. Don’t really want to. We obviously want to get more episodes out to people. We have to make sure they’re nice and polished. It’s a slow start. The first three are an introduction. We establish a sort of Gothic horror vibe, but it doesn’t stay there. It’s just a slow burn. You have to establish a lot of relationships and people that we want you to go on a journey with. Then they start to accrue. New characters come in that you won’t expect to, and it goes off on different tangents. It’s not quite ‑‑ just please stick with it.

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Magic Read this to yourself. Read it silently. Don’t move your lips. Don’t make a sound Listen to yourself. Listen without hearing anything. What a wonderfully weird thing, huh? NOW MAKE THIS PART LOUD! SCREAM IT IN YOUR MIND! DROWN EVERYTHING OUT. Now, hear a whisper. A tiny whisper. Now, read this next line with your best crotchety old-man voice: “Hello there, sonny. Does your town have a post office?” Awesome! Who was that? Whose voice was that? It sure wasn’t yours! How do you do that? How?!

Must be magic. 1. What is a motorway called in Germany? 2. Who discovered gravitation and invented calculus? 3. What was the name of the butler in `The Addams family`? 4. What are cave structures called that grow from the ground up? 5. What was the family name of the family portrayed in the Godfather films? 6. In which film did Whoopi Goldberg win an Oscar playing the character of Oda May?

You get the gray skies outta my way, You make the sun shine brighter than Doris Day. Turn a mere spark into a flame, My beats per minute never been the same

7. What nationality is lager company Grolsch? 8. As at January 2001, what is the highest grossing film of all time? 9. In which year did Geri Halliwell leave The Spice Girls? 10. How is the gas Nitrous Oxide better known? Answers on page 52

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It's one of the most familiar scenes in British movie history- a thin, shaven headed twentysomething legging it through the streets of Scotland's capital, being chased by the police, as the commanding drums of Iggy Pop's Lust for Life pound out a rhythm so powerful it threatens to crack the pavement beneath those feet. The original Trainspotting had it all- sex, violence, drugs, a pessimism so inherently British it was almost as addictive as the heroin the lead characters were chained to. So good was the film that it established Danny Boyle in the upper echelons of directors- back then alternative and cool, now establishment but nevertheless truly talented; and managed to make an international name out of Ewan McGregor. Anyone who was there to witness those original moments of nauseating, Class-A fuelled mayhem- the toilet dive, the dead baby on the ceiling, the American tourist robbery- will understand the trepidation that came with the announcement of T2

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Trainspotting , a sequel that moves the story into our time, 20 years on. Well, fear not, because although this second installment in the story was never going to live up to the impact of that original, it's a decent film indeed, and one that refuses to simply rehash the old. Instead, from themes to plot, this is also pretty fresh. Albeit not a patch on our initial outing. Renton (McGregor) is now based in Amsterdam. Turning his back on the life of petty crime and needles that summarised our inaugural outing with this iconic character, he has- perhaps as we hopedset up a new life for himself in the stunning Dutch capital. Sadly, though, even he cannot avoid the passing of time, and personal and midlife crises lead him to return to Edinburgh, where he finds a very different city from that which he left behind, along with the old guard of Sick Boy (Johnny Lee Miller), Spud (Ewan Bremner), and Begbie (Robert Carlyle). Each have their own things going on- from coping with the emotional ravages of lifelong drug abuse to running an escort-cum-

blackmail operation (we'll leave it to you to find out who is doing what), but ultimately all have the same cross to bear. No longer young, no longer able to 'get away with it', safe in the knowledge their bodies can probably recover. This is the new era, the middle age, the point at which all men must stare into the abyss and realise they will never be a professional footballer like Archie Gemmill. Overall then, this is arguably more depressing, more stark and more fatalistic than Trainspotting ever was, and, perhaps most terrifyingly, it achieves this by being more universal- we may not all love injecting smack in a run down council flat, but we all grow up, and grow old.

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Sweet, charming and full of bounce are just a few of the words that have been used to describe what could, perhaps surprisingly, be this month's biggest blockbuster hit. It certainly won critics over en masse since first appearing at the Venice film festival last summer. La La Land, in case the massive ad campaign has passed you by, may or may not be just what the doctor ordered. In a month wherein we've been very quickly, and bluntly, reminded of 2017's home truths such as America's penchant for public shootings, the imminent arrival of Donald Trump in The White House, and the fact that nobody in the UK knows that the hell is going on with Brexit, perhaps all we really need is some good old MGM-style song and dance. Major musical movies are a funny bunch. Some people loathe them on principle- why would anyone, ever, break into impromptu lyricism in order to get their point across. They are so darn sweet and innocent and 1950s that half of you feels jealous- why don't you live in a time when the Dream was still alive and all was good apart from behind closed doors nightmares. Then the other half of you is grateful for actually being able to switch over to something sardonic, cynical, and befitting this post-millennial reality.

Leads coming in the shape of Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone don't harm its chances of winning over both male and female audiences either. Then you have the final big sell- this is made by Damien Chazelle, director of the drumming masterpiece Whiplash . In terms of the plot, Stone plays a young lady called Mia, who has ambitions of becoming a movie star. She's sweet and innocent and so 1950s you just know her counterpoint is going to be nothing like that. And he's not. Gosling is Seb, jaded, moody to the point of being a bit of an arse, and definitely not the sort of guy prone to breaking into song about normal things. But he does, again and again, as the pair strike up a love affair that will simultaneously reaffirm your faith in finding the one, and confirm your worst fears about life lacking the happy ending so many of us are promised. In the end, the tragedy is jarringly everyday, and lacking in melodrama, but a dramatic finale sees us dropped back in our own time- an era of loneliness, heartbreaks and void of ever afters. Amazing stuff.

La La Land makes the latter difficult, and the former easy. Yes, it's chintzy, unbelievable and silly. But it's also incredibly well made, touching and truly moving.

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UB40 team up with

Pledge Music for the

bands latest campaign Pledge music is all about connecting artists and fans that reach’s beyond a download or CD/Vinyl sale. Through Pledge Music Artists promote and offer the opportunity for unique experiences, offering limited edition collectables and concert passes, all for your favourite artists, using a platform for artists to engage with their fans, within a tight community that understands and appreciates the love of music. Many artists who are currently run campaigns with Pledge Music, including Robbie Williams, Jethro Tull, Nelly Furtado, Papa Roach and Status Quo. Today, UB40 are currently in the process of getting ready to start recording their next studio album through Pledge Music, where they will be sharing the journey with fans from start to finish. UB40 first formed in a welfare line in 1978, where the multiracial line up reflected on the working class community that they came from. The band combined their street credibility with political topics, that appealed to the youth and from fans of the waning 2 Tone ska revival movement. The new album is available on pre-order and UB40 will be offering limited number of signed copies on CD, as well as the 200 Deluxe Dub Edition. Plus, not only this, the band will have VIP Concert Upgrades and tickets available for the upcoming London Brixton and the Birmingham Academy Shows, all through an exclusive pre-sale window.

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When pre-ordering your copy of the album through PledgeMusic, pledgers will also gain access to a wide range of exclusive information on UB40, including future recording updates, bonus content, video clips and much more. UB40’S band member Earl Falconer has also recently revealed two of the tracks featured on the album, including a song called “What Happened to UB40”, which as you can guess talks about members leaving the band. To find out more you can head to for exclusive, behind the scenes information from the band themselves, where you can follow their progress. There will also be a new range of new merchandise available leading up to the album release date in 2017.

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MUSIC An Interview Sam Ostler This month we had the chance to catch up with the very talented local singer and songwriter, Sam Ostler ahead of his 2017 UK Tour and new EP release, available from the end of March to the beginning of April. Sam’s career has gone from strength to strength, after finishing a fantastic tour in London last year, which then lead to various headline shows and performances, plus national radio coverage. And here at the cornfield Offices the team got to catch up with Sam over a game of pool! So, How have you been? The last few years been fantastic, I was on BBC introducing, and since then its my music career has really taken off. I’ve had national radio play; some of the tracks have had 3 to 4 million listeners tune in. How did you get into BBC Introducing? Funnily enough, I played years ago and then I stopped for a while. There was a charity gig at a pub I performed at. There were about 500 people there, it was just carnage. I then got a gig at The Academy in Birmingham where my friend was playing, who I supported and it went on from there. His producer who I worked with, Elliot messaged me saying he liked my music, but the production needed work, so we sat down, re-worked my music, had a chat and discussed getting it on the radio. When did you first discover that you wanted to become a singer songwriter? I did it years ago when I entered a talent competition where I performed ‘Hey Jude’. It was one of those things where I did it and then forgot about it. Then 2 years later I started playing again, someone gave me a piano, which they decided they wanted to get rid of, so I started up again. If not a singer songwriter, what career path would you have chosen? I play a lot of cricket, which runs in the family as my Uncle played for England. I sometimes coach cricket too. I used to love it, like I loved music but the music soon took over. I hear you are going on tour? What are your plans for 2017? Yeah, I’m going around London and doing a few different venues, which I’m really looking forward to. I played at the Troubadour in London a year ago,

it was a really small intimate venue, but it’s a legendary venue, where many great icons have performed. Where is one place that you would love to perform or travel to and why? I’ve always wanted to play at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas (and I know it sounds ridiculous) but as you may or may not know my idol is Elton John and he does a slot every year at Caesars Palace, which only holds about 20,000, but that would be my top venue to perform. Who are your musical influences and what is it that you love about them and their music? I am a huge Elton John fan, and infact I have been known to go to his front door and leave CD’s on his driveway. Has he contacted you yet? No, not as yet but I had an argument with his neighbor. I found out that Ed Sheeran did the same thing and he is actually on Elton’s label, so I thought why not, I’ve got nothing to lose. He has a smaller house in London, so I turned up with my girlfriend, knocked on the door and no one answered, so I left a few CD’s and wandered off. Then as we were walking off I soon relaised I had knocked on the neighbor’s door. She came to the door and said, “have you just put these CD’s through my door?” and I of course said, “Yes”. I explained that I thought Elton John lived there and apologised and she continued to give me a bit of a telling off, so I just went next door. If you don’t ask you don’t get. What has been your biggest challenge within the music industry? Probably getting your name out there and getting your music heard. For example the XFactor, all of the artists are all signed to Simon Cowell and it is a money-funding circle. I actually went on the XFactor years ago, we got through to the second round and it went well, but I wouldn’t have done it again. For the latest news on Sam Ostler and to find out more about his UK Tour you can visit


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Quiz Answers. 1. Autobahn

2. Isaac Newton

3. Lurch

4. Stalagmites

5. Corleone

6. `Ghost`

7. Dutch

8. `Titanic`

9. 1998

10. Laughing gas


Range Rover Evoque Convertible You have got to ask why people spend so much on a piece of metal with a wheel attached to each corner. It almost seems a bit nutty when all most of us want is a tool to get us from A to B.

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

FAST FACTS Max speed: 121 mph 0-62 mph: 10.3 secs

But cars aren’t always about transportation. They can be about our emotions and our egos. Some of us use a new car as a status trophy – a badge of honour to show how well we’ve done in life.

Combined mpg: 49.6 Engine layout: 2.0 litre 4 - cylinder turbo diesel electric motor Max. power (PS): 180

I suppose if we have a head-turner of a car in the Western world it’s about pleasureseeking, too – and having an easier life. Let’s face it; we would rather have a shiny, luxurious car to travel around in than a rust bucket. And that need for self-satisfaction can overrule the down-to-earth side of us when we are selecting a car. Some of us kick the word ‘practicality’ to the kerb anyway. I mean, good grief, in Great Britain we purchase more convertibles than many other countries in the EU. Why is this? After all, the UK is often dank and cloudy. Again, it comes down to that feel-good factor. Going topless when there’s sunshine in our country produces a massive rush well, it does for me, anyway. It’s a better remedy for melancholia than a happy pill from the GP, I’d bet. But being prescribed a drop top car isn’t likely to happen at the doctor’s! Speaking of fresh-air motoring, the Range Rover Evoque Convertible has been launched recently. The looks of this SUV take a bit of getting used to, but they grow on you. As the fifth fellow of the Range Rover club – and the first convertible – Land Rover believes the all-new car will play a key part in continuing Range Rover’s tale of success, forging a

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CO2: 149 g/km Price: £51,700 fresh SUV sector. If industry professionals’ prophecies about a 20 per cent expansion in the international SUV market over the next five years prove accurate, then, the car firm has nothing but sunbeams heading towards it. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible has a material roof that can be triggered on the move – as long as the SUV isn’t doing more than 30mph.The five-layer top will fold down in around 18 seconds and it will go back up in approximately 21 seconds.

Inside, the colossal InControl Touch Pro nav is pleasing – and, more crucially, it works very well. Genuinely, the pinch-to-zoom function is as quick as Apple’s iPad or iPhone. The Range Rover Evoque drop-top will seat four people and, for a convertible, it has an adequate 251-litre load area, too. The other good thing is that the roof opens and closes inaudibly and it tucks away compactly, instead of piling-up on the car’s tailgate.

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You can go for either a petrol unit or a diesel engine, buoyed by turbo power. This is all linked up to a smooth-operating nine-speed automatic ‘box, and all-wheel drive. The 2.0 turbo diesel is the best engine if you’re after economy, returning around 49.6mpg on average.

The diesel Evoque Convertible shifts from zero to 62mph in 10.3 seconds, which is 1.3 seconds longer than the hard-top Coupe’s sprint - but both manage a top end of 121mph. The 240PS petrol propelled power unit is nippier, getting to 62mph in 8.6 seconds. On and off-road, the non-tin-top SUV seems just as gifted as its hard-topped sibling – with indistinguishable clearances, and a mutual 500mm wading depth. Indeed, at the car’s European launch in the French Alps, the Evoque Convertible worked its way up, down – and through everything asked of it – including deep snow. I doubt many motorists going for a roofless Range Rover will take the trouble with the off-roading part – but it is reassuring to know the SUV can do more than just look sexy in affluent suburbs. The all-new Range Rover Evoque Convertible is being made at Land Rover’s Halewood plant, alongside the five-door and Coupe versions, and it is on sale in over 170 markets around the world. Prices kick off at around £47,500, which is £5,200 more than a Range Rover Evoque Coupe with a roof.

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Local Events

What's On

National Trust, Solihull Centre Our National Trust meetings in March are held at Solihull Methodist Church, Station Approach. The evening meeting on Tuesday 14th at 7.45pm in the Church is on ‘The National Memorial Arboretum’, near Alrewas which now has almost 300 memorials. Our afternoon illustrated talk is on Friday 31st at 2pm in the Hall when John Yates, formerly the Genealogist at Birmingham Register Office, will present ‘More Register Office Funnies (part 3). All are welcome and enquiries to Felicity Simpson 705 7329.

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

BLOSSOMFIELD PLAYERS "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 Photographic Society Tuesday 14th March. Annual Nature Competition with independent judge Louise Hill. - Tuesday 21st March. Two talks by David Keith Jones: “The long walk to Annapurna” and “Nomads of Kenya”. All meetings start at 7.30pm and finish at 10pm, and are held at the WI Hall, Warwick Road, Solihull. Visitors will be made welcome. £3 at the door please. And, during the afternoon of Saturday 4th March we hold our 39th Open Exhibition of British Photography comprising prints and digital images, at Solihull School. Free entry. Further information can be found on our website

SOLIHULL LIONS CARNIVAL 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

Earlswood Village Hall Earlswood Village Hall (B94 6BZ) 'Flicks in the Sticks' presents 'Me before You' based on the UK bestseller by Jojo Moyes on Friday March 17th. Doors/Bar open from 7pm. light snacks available during interval. Admission £4 members, £5 non-members - pay on door. More information

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

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Sing! Bentley Heath SPRING SING! 7.30pm Saturday 8th April, Christ Church URC, 741 Warwick Rd, Solihull B91 3DG. Modern community choir Sing! Bentley Heath welcomes Springtime with an evening of popular songs from the sixties to the present day. Their concert includes songs by Stevie Wonder, Take That, Billy Joel, McFly - and many more! The evening is suitable for the whole family and will raise much-needed funds for two local charities, Solihull Carers and Newlands Bishop Farm. Tickets (in advance only) are £8.50 including refreshments from The Core Box Office tel 0121 704 6962 or

Dawns Jitterbug Comes To Solihull Regular classes held in 2 venues. Venue 1: West Warwickshire Sports Club, Grange Road, Olton, Solihull B91 B1DA Classes are held on Tuesdays 8pm - 10pm The Irish Centre, 14 High Street, Digbeth, Birmingham B12 0LN. Classes are held on Wednesdays 8pm to 10.30pm We teach Beginners and Intermediates. No partner required as we rotate in the class making sure everyone is dancing.

Arden Academy PTFA are holding another one of their very popular Table Top Sales on Sunday 19th March 2017 10.30 –12.30 at Arden Academy, Station Rd, Knowle B93 0PT. Stallholders - £8 for a table/£5 for a clothes rail Entry - Adults 70p Children FREE Website for booking or contact Sharon at 01564 732610

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

Balsall Common Lions March 3rd Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm 17th Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm 25th VIVO in Concert. Tickets £17.50 (to include Hot Supper). Licensed Pay Bar. 7.00pm. for 7.30pm. Heart of England School, Gipsy Lane, Balsall Common, CV7 7FW. For Tickets contact: Lion Ross Collins 01676 534820 / 07813 937921 31st Balsall Common Lions Bingo, Village Hall, 7.30pm

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.

Open Mic Nights, at The Punchbowl, Lapworth Every Wednesday night from 8.30, 'The Rock Bottoms' will be at The Punchbowl, Lapworth. All are welcome to come along for a sing song or to join in. The 'Rock Bottoms' featuring Merrymakers Dan Sealey, (Ex Ocean Colour Scene) and Adam Barry (Ex Merrymouth), along with singer songwriter Nikki Petherick host an open MIC NIGHT every Wednesday Night at The Punchbowl, Lapworth from 8.30pm. Everyone is welcome to come along with their voices/instruments, or come and join in with the band.

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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). Free car park. 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

Mother's Day Come and join us at Crowne Plaza Solihull on Sunday 26th March Mother's Day Sunday 26th March 2017. Treat 'Mum' to a delicious Lunch and make her day Extra Special. All mums receive a gift Booking is essential. Call the team at Crowne Plaza on 0871-942-9201 to book your table

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.

Pauline Quirke Academy Spaces now available at Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts, Solihull. PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy, based at Lighthall School, Shirley. We provide tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. We are currently enrolling for all our age groups, to come for a FREE taster session please call Helen on 07772 897655.

Solihull Local Group RSPB Meetings are held the second Tuesday in every month, from September until March 2017. They take place in the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill, Solihull at 7-30. Talks are varied and interesting. Admission charge for talks is £3-50 members, £4 non members. For further information please contact 0121 707 3101.

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 Saturdays, Sundays and Tuesdays. Also weekly evening walks during the summer months. Other activities include social events and weekends away. Newcomers are very welcome to join us on 3 "taster" walks. Further details at or call the group secretary on 0121 705 5753.

BARSTON U3A Small. friendly branch, meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30, welcomes new members. Further details from the Membership Secretary 01564 777262 or at

Friendly Folk Folk Dance Friendly Folk meet at 7.45 every Monday evening from September. We meet a t Elmdon Heath Community Centre, Cornyx Lane, B91 2SF Folk dancing is probably the simplest form of dancing with no fancy footwork to learn. If you have ever been to a barn dance and enjoyed it, why not give it a go? Newcomers are always welcome, with or without a partner. For further information contact Neil on 0121 444 1492 or Jim 01564 773929

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

KNOWLE BADMINTON Knowle badminton club play at Arden school sports hall every Tues evening from 7.30-10pm. Currently looking for new members to join our club. We are a friendly, welcoming club and have a mixed and mens team in the Coventry league. We use feather shuttles and are looking for good social/ league standard players. Please contact me if you are interested in coming along or just turn up and join in. Pauline 07770140249.

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.

BRIDGE From Beginner to Grandmaster – new members welcome. West Mids Bridge Club is situated in our own licensed premises in the centre of Solihull. Bridge is available every day with duplicate sessions to suit every level of player. Lessons and practice play with qualified English Bridge Union tutors for beginners, improvers and beyond. Visit our website at 909 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3EP (on the corner of Hampton Lane and Warwick Road). Or, email or call Christine on 07747 115320

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