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MAY 2017 FREE EDITION South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire

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


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Welcome

IN THIS ISSUE

Hello and welcome to your May edition of the Cornfield Magazine.

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We are getting ever so slightly closer to the summer. Spirits are high and May opens the doors to a world of new activities and fun that can be enjoyed in the great outdoors. Our May edition features a selection of reads, including dementia awareness, National BBQ Week, which features your essential check list, the top tips on creating the perfect hanging basket and a round up of local Spring and Summer Festivals for 2017.

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This month we feature our latest celebrity interview with Ed Sheeran and have had the opportunity to enjoy a relaxing Hotel and Spa at Cotswold House Hotel and Spa break in Chipping Campden. We also spent some time exploring Henley-in-Arden with our latest location feature, whilst also having the chance to take the kids to see the grand launch of ‘The Octopus Hideout’ at the National Sea life Centre Birmingham. Plus we had the chance to celebrate ‘100 Years of Magic’, at the Genting Arena in Birmingham.

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

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Finally BBQ season has arrived and it’s time to get those Barbie’s lit and those summer garden parties booked in the diary. May also celebrates the UK’s biggest BBQ focused campaign, ‘National BBQ Week’, which is in its 21st year, being held between the 29th May and 4th June 2017. Here in the UK BBQ culture is huge, and is often the best time of the year for Butchers to bring in those sales. National BBQ month has made changes to consumer attitudes and aims to encourage more gastro grilling, making sure that everyone from families, friends, pubs, restaurants and hotels, embrace the BBQ season. Kick starting the Summer, BBQ’s do not always have to be unhealthy, especially for those of us who may be on a summer diet and struggling to find a healthy alternative, if so you have not been forgotten, National BBQ week now attracts over 120 million BBQ occasions during May. It is not 100% certain where the word BBQ had originally derived from but it is thought that when the Spanish arrived in the Caribbean they used the word ‘Barbacoa’, to refer to the native ‘Taino Indians’ way of slow cooking and smoking meat over a wooden structure. By the 19th Century, culinary techniques were well established. Pork became a primary meat that was used and corn on the cob soon emerged as being the most popular side dish of choice. A BBQ soon became the go to menu choice for large gatherings outdoors, including church festivals and picnics. This month we thought it would be suitable to highlight the BBQ essentials, with our handy checklist, in order to get you ready for your BBQ’s this summer: 6 | Cornfield Magazine


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Cotswold House

Hotel and Spa Tranquillity at its Best by Richard Cornfield

Cotswold House Hotel and Spa offers a luxurious escape in the heart of picturesque Chipping Campden in Gloucestershire, having recently undergone a substantial refurbishment throughout, perfect for those visiting the Cotswolds for a weekend away to enjoy the peace and tranquillity that this unique hotel has to offer. This month we had the opportunity to experience this stunning boutique hotel along with all of the facilities on offer. With a contemporary style, Cotswold House Hotel and Spa is known as one of the most idyllic country hotels in the UK, delivering exceptional service and the perfect location for a romantic getaway. It had been a beautiful start to the weekend and on entering the Cotswolds, you gain this feeling of total relaxation, owing to the picturesque country settings and beautiful stone buildings. There is so much to explore and this was the perfect chance for my wife and I to relax and unwind on a busy Mother’s Day weekend. On arrival we were truly excited at how stylish and unique, this hotel appeared. It housed pure tranquillity. Upon setting foot inside this beautiful building, we were greeted by a welcoming team at the hotel that checked us into our rooms for the evening. On entering the rooms all I could say was “wow”, each bedroom had its own sense of individuality, plus our room had our own private outdoor terrace area, making it extra special, the perfect choice when watching the sun go down over a chilled glass of wine. The rooms had all been stylishly designed, with elegant features and opulent interiors, with a gorgeous mix of traditional and contemporary furnishings, making the accommodation refreshing and offering all we had wished for and more. Plus, one of the main features that stood out was the freestanding bathtub, which could be enjoyed with a glass of fizz.

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After visiting our rooms for the evening we took a look around the hotel itself to see what they had to offer. We had the chance to enjoy the onsite spa facilities, where attention to detail was second to none. The spa played host to some excellent features. Being small and intimate, this hotel makes the perfect chance to enjoy a spot of pampering, in order to recharge those batteries after a busy week in the office. The Spa was surprisingly different to what we expected, it had a warming ambience, whilst being hidden away at the top of the hotel’s landscaped garden. Secluded and away from the hustle and bustle, the Spa at the Cotswold House Hotel was more beautiful then we could have imagined. Unfortunately, we did not have the chance to book treatments due to our later arrival, however the treatments would without a doubt enhance the overall experience, using the highly recommended Decleor products. The Spa facilities themselves included 7 treatment rooms, a hammam, hydrotherapy pool with Jacuzzi and relaxation area, along with aromatic steam rooms. We also had our very own complimentary robes and slippers, which were provided on arrival and if you like herbal teas, then these could be enjoyed at your own leisure. In the evening we headed down to the hotel’s restaurant to dine in absolute style. With so much choice it was difficult to decide on the menu options. We were presented our menus and had decided to opt with the tapas starter selection, which consisted of a range of different dishes, including, marinated goats cheese and


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confit cherry tomatoes, stuffed peppers with feta cheese, mini chorizo with piquillo pepper puree, a bread selection and cheese and tomato Arancini Balls, served with a tomato puree. With hints of spice and Mediterranean style dining, this was the perfect choice for a light bite. After taking in the beautiful décor and catching up over drinks and a scrumptious starter, we were ready to enjoy our mains, we chose the sea trout, cooked to perfection, served alongside new potatoes and broccoli, and to finish drizzled with Hollandaise sauce. As a second choice we opted for the 8oz rump of beef, served with hand cut chips and a pepper sauce. Again, the steak was succulent and juicy, cooked just to my other half’s taste. Once we had let our mains go down, we decided it was only right that we ordered a dessert, in which case we went with the sticky toffee pudding, served with a

butterscotch sauce and caramel ice cream, this dish was an absolute delight, with all of the gorgeous flavorings of caramel and toffee combined. The second dessert choice was the classic warm brownie served with vanilla ice cream; again this dish was absolute chocolate heaven. After a fantastic evening meal we decided to retire to bed to enjoy our comfy and spectacular room after a fantastic stay at the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa. After a pleasant and restful night’s sleep, we woke up feeling truly refreshed and ready for the Mother’s Day activities, before ending our fantastic overnight spa stay, we had a spot of breakfast, which set us up for the day, where we had the chance to enjoy a full English.

Overall we had a terrific overnight stay at the Cotswold House Hotel and Spa and we hope to return very soon for another stay at the welcoming and incredible hotel and spa that made our break away a weekend to remember. For further information on what the hotel has to offer, or if you are looking to enjoy a weekend away from the norm, visit www.bespokehotels.com/cotswoldhouse Cotswolds House Hotel and Spa Lower High St Upper High Street Chipping Campden GL55 6AN Tel: 01386 840330

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As summer approaches, festival season arrives and it’s time to enjoy all the local festivals that are on offer. Take a look at our festival guide, which will give you some inspiration to fill your weekends throughout May, June and leading into September.

May Birmingham Pride 2017 27th – 28th May 2017 Birmingham City Centre Birmingham’s annual celebration, Birmingham pride, includes a fantastic line-up of artists, such as, Dua Lipa, Basement Jaxx, Jamelia, Gabrielle, Jonas Blue and Louisa Johnson. Also, the annual parade will take place through the streets of Birmingham City Centre on the Saturday. For further information visit www.birminghampride.com

June Ragley Hall Fantastic Food Festival 17th – 18th June Ragley Hall - Alcester Celebrate Fathers Day weekend at Ragley Hall Food Festival. The festival will be fun filled with activities for the family, craft beer, cider and barbecued food. Visitors can sample food and drink from over 40 food and drink stalls, plus talks and live demos. There will also be an adventure playground to keep the kids entertained and boating activities on the lake. www.ragley.co.uk

July River Festival – Stratford-upon-Avon 1st – 2nd July 2017 River Avon The Annual Stratford River Festival will be making its return this July. The two-day celebration is organised by Stratforward, who represent over 465 shops, cafes, restaurants and other local businesses. The event will play host to 2 days of live music, an onsite bar, food stalls, arts and crafts and activities for all of the family to enjoy. For further information visit www.stratforward.co.uk/events/stratford-river-festival/ 12 | Cornfield Magazine


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Brindley Place Film Festival 17th – 21st July 2017 The Brindley Place Film Festival returns to Birmingham for 1 week only during July. The free outdoor festival sees a big screen, located in Central Square, which will showcase a wide range of fantastic movies. www.brindleyplace.com

August Solihull Summer Fest 26th-27th August 2017 Tudor Grange Park - Solihull The Solihull Summer Fest returns to Tudor Grange Park this August Bank Holiday weekend with acts including Peter Andre, Lulu, Gabrielle, Lemar, Feeder, Toploader and the Noisettes, who will all be performing across the two-day event. There will also be an exclusive Bottegga Bar and garden onsite, along with a range of food vendors. For further information on ticket prices visit the festival website on www.solihullsummerfest.co.uk Henley Music Festival 25th-28th August 2017 Various Locations – Henley-In-Arden The historic market Town of Henley-in-Arden will be playing host to a bank holiday weekend of live music, which will be showcasing an array of local talent within venues across the high street, including The Black Swan, The Nags Head, The Butchers Social, The Bluebell, Sans, Costa coffee and La Dolce Piazza, plus the Guild Hall and Jubilee Gardens. www.henleymusicfestival.com

September Birmingham Gin Festival 1st-3rd September Market Hall, The Custard Factory - Birmingham If you are a gin lover then you should not miss out on the ‘Gin Festival Birmingham’ this September. Making its 4th historic year in Birmingham and being located at The Custard Factory with over 100 gins to try, including some of the most exclusive and brand new gins that you wont be able to find anywhere else. There will also be gin masterclasses and the opportunity to meet the gin distillers themselves, plus, a cocktail bar, live music and delicious food. www.ginfestival.com Leamington Food & Drink Festival 9th- 10th September Royal Pump Gardens - Leamington Spa The popular Leamington Food and Drink Festival returns to the Royal pump Gardens. Now in it’s 10th year, the free event will have a fun packed programme over 2 days, with over 150 exhibitors, a cookery theatre, kids cookery school and live entertainment. www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk


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IVY ROUGE’S FASHION MUST HAVES

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We are leading up to summer and it’s nearly time to get those short shorts out and spend most of our days in the sunshine.

The most important thing a women can do is to have one essential statement piece to wear for any occasion and any day. This year, the most popular print is Gingham. The lead up to summer has been all about this print. It’s a must have! You can style it up or dress it down. It’s a basis print but very on trend this year after London and Paris

Fashion Week made it a must have print of 2017. Gingham: lightweight plain-woven cotton cloth, typically checked in white and a bold colour. As always, I have chosen some of my favourite Gingham pieces of 2017 from our very own High Street.

One of my favourite pieces is this gorgeous skirt with a side frill from Debenhams. It is just perfect for everyday style or even for a cheeky night out for a few drinks. You can literally play around with this style all day and match it with anything. Another must have, and again one of my favourites – I loved this item so much I actually purchased this one myself. Topshop Gingham embroidery flower boots! MY FAVE! They are stunning! Stunning fabric, stunning style, stunning fit, stunning everything! These boots have now gone into the sale and are currently priced at ONLY £45.00 reduced from £89.00.

Zara has over stepped the platform with this incredible skirt and crop top two piece. GINGHAM CHECK SKIRT AND TOP DETAILS £29.99 Product code: 3440/048

I purchased my boots from Topshop in Selfridges, However, they are still available at TOPSHOP. I would recommend you look on Topshops website rather than in store, because, I can guarantee these will be sold out in stores. Item Description: Madame Gingham Floral Ankle Boots Available at: Selfridges.co.uk and Topshop.co.uk

Another piece from Selfridges is this divine dress, with a tie-up bow detail on the front. Again, Perfect for any day, occasion and style. MAJE Richy gingham pure-cotton dress £185.00

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AND finally, from my favourite High Street collection of Gingham are these popular style crazy Gingham ¾ flare trousers from Zara. These are also ranking high in the High Street and have proven to be highly popular and “most wanted” as fashion bloggers and social media is blowing up with the response to these. GINGHAM TROUSERS WITH POMPOMS DETAIL £29.99 Product Code: 6895/060


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A couple of years ago I was absolutely adamant that mental illness just didn't exist. I thought that mental illness was made up by weak people, who wanted an excuse to not work, to not leave the house or just to claim benefits. Ironically at the time, I was suffering with anxiety and depression and didn't even realise. Very simply, put I was that person that stops others talking, the very reason people don't want to talk about their mental illness'. Where does this even come from? I personally believe this problem is down to education- we are taught to look after ourselves physically from a young age by our parents, school and our friends. If we have a cold or a physical pain, we are taught to communicate that from an early age. We are taught that this is ok, and we need to look after ourselves, to give ourselves time to heal. We receive sympathy from people around us. That's the norm. Why is it any different with our mental health? If our brain and mind aren't functioning correctly, why are we so embarrassed to discuss it or admit it? Because of a lack of education. I don't ever remember having any conversations at any point in my life regarding mental health until recently. I'm fairly certain that's why I was so damn adamant that mental problems can’t be real. 'Nobody's ever told me that before...how can that be true....' It wasn't until my girlfriend at the time, suggested I was depressed after living with me for 6 months, I started to consider that maybe mental illness'

weren't made up. So I did some reading. I educated myself and guess what? I realised actually mental illness is a thing. So that started my journey on becoming better, self-healing, I'm not there yet but I still find it difficult to open up and talk to people. And the reason I'm still so scared to talk, is because there are too many people like I used to be. Judging me, watching me and making me feel worse. We need to educate people that mental health is just as important as physical health. The only way we can do this is trying to help stop the stigma attached to it through discussing this, and trying to get as many people as we can to discuss it, so we know its ok to talk. Having a mental illness is no different to any other illness. It’s not your fault you have a cold, and it’s not your fault you suffer with mental illness. Let’s help each other to get better and stop the stigma around talking. I’m running a Vlog on raising awareness of mental issues especially with men, by sharing my own personal experiences. My YouTube channel is filipoberio and twitter handle @filipoberio

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Thursday 22nd June ROYAL ASCOT ‘LADIES’ DAY in THE MARQUEE Enjoy a Champagne reception, buffet lunch & live big screen TV coverage of The Races, followed by afternoon tea! Sing-a-Long with West End star David Lawrence and party with Bootleg Barlow, a sure bet for a great day!

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

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It’s all about hydrating the skin this month... Dehyration has huge physical ageing effects on the skin, the good thing??? It can easily be corrected. Dehydration, is the skins inability to retain its limited moisture in the epidermis, it’s very often mistaken for dryness, dryness is lack of oil in the skin and is much harder to correct, dehydration is lack of moisture.

help us hydrate and keep our skin in the best condition, but sometimes we fail to abide by these little rules... To make life a little easier and more fun i’ve listed a few make up products to help you along the way.

We all know we should be drinking lots of water, drinking less alcohol and keeping out of the sun will

Prime your skin by using a hydrating primer. Here are 3 of my top recommendations below...

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Hydrating primer instantly quenches the skin's thirst by helping boost and refresh tired skin. Formulated with a specific H20 complex, it provides moisture transforming dehydrated skin into supple, healthy and with a plump surface for flawless make up all day long.

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Stila Hydrating Primer This beautiful, lightweight primer is a great base for all skin types. It’s a perfect combination of hydration and protection with a SPF of 20.

Smashbox Hydrating Primer This oil free primer immediately quenches skin and seals in moisture for hours after thanks to its magical ingredient hydraplex, an extract derived from desert plants.

Not only can the sun leave us with pigmentation or reddened blotchy skin, it’s good to cover up with the help of foundation or tinted moisturiser. Here are my favorites... Nars Oil Free Tinted Moisturiser I love the texture, protection and coverage this product gives. It may be oil free, but the ingredients are super hydrating and help lock moisture in the skin. Fantastic for all skin types.

Arbonne Cc Cream Skincare meets cosmetics to create a beautiful, healthier complexion, with its light coverage that builds to conceal any blemish, whilst reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Although we want our skin to be hydrate, we don't want to look like we are perspiring out of control. This magic product Created BY TERRY is a must have powder this summer, it not only helps keep your skin shine free, but locks in moisture with high levels of hyaluronic acid. Whats not to love?

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In 2014, 46,690 men were diagnosed with Prostate Cancer. 11,287 men died from Cancer of the Prostate. 84% of men survive Prostate Cancer for 10 or more years. We would like to thank BXT Accelyon - LDR Brachytherapy for successfully treating prostate cancer for 25 years. bxt-accelyon.com. The information below is accredited to BXT Accelyon.http://ww.bxt-accelyon.com

Eileen Fegan, the Lead Health Screening Consultant and Clinical Director of Health Care from Solihull Health Check Clinic, wants to highlight Prostate Disease and Prostate cancer. Who gets prostate cancer? Prostate cancer occurs mainly in older men. The average age for a man to be diagnosed with prostate cancer is about 66. Prostate cancer in men under the age of 40 is rare. How is prostate cancer detected? Two tests are commonly used to screen for prostate cancer: 1. Digital rectal exam (DRE): A doctor or nurse inserts a gloved, lubricated finger into the rectum to estimate the size of the prostate and feel for lumps or other abnormalities. 2. Prostate specific antigen (PSA) test: Measures the level of PSA in the blood. PSA is a substance made by the prostate. The levels of PSA in the blood can be higher in men who have prostate cancer. The PSA level may also be elevated in other conditions that affect the prostate. As a rule, the higher the PSA level in the blood, the more likely a prostate problem is present. But many factors, such as age and race, can affect PSA levels. Some prostate glands make more PSA than others.

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What is the prostate? The prostate is a gland in the male reproductive system that produces the majority of fluid that makes up semen, the thick fluid that carries sperm. The walnutsized gland is located beneath a man's bladder and surrounds the upper part of the urethra, the tube that carries urine from the bladder. Prostate function is regulated by testosterone, a male sex hormone produced mainly in the testicles. The prostate is a gland found only in males. It sits below the urinary bladder and in front of the rectum. The size of the prostate changes with age. It grows rapidly during puberty, fueled by the rise in male hormones (called androgens) in the body, such as testosterone and dihydrotestosterone (DHT). The prostate usually stays about the same size or grows slowly in adults, as long as male hormones are present. In younger men, it is about the size of a walnut, but it can be much larger in older men. The prostate’s job is to make some of the fluid that protects and nourishes sperm cells in semen, making the semen more liquid. What are the signs & symptoms of prostate cancer? Different people have different symptoms for prostate cancer. Some men do not have symptoms at all, especially in the early stages.

Some symptoms of prostate cancer are: Difficulty starting urination Weak or interrupted flow of urine The need to urinate more often, especially at night Difficulty emptying the bladder completely Pain or burning during urination Loss of bladder control Blood in the urine or semen Pain in the back, hips, chest (ribs) or pelvis that doesn’t go away Weakness or numbness in the legs or feet Difficulty getting an erection (erectile dysfunction) Painful ejaculation It is important to understand that the PSA test is not perfect. Most men with elevated PSA levels have non-cancerous prostate enlargement, which is a normal part of ageing. Conversely, low levels of PSA in the bloodstream do not rule out the possibility of prostate cancer. However, most cases of early prostate cancer are found following a PSA blood test. If your prostate specific antigen (PSA) test or digital rectal exam (DRE) is abnormal, doctors may do more tests to find or diagnose prostate cancer. 1. Transrectal ultrasound: A probe the size of a finger is inserted into the rectum, and high-energy sound waves (ultrasound) are bounced off the prostate to create a picture of the prostate called a sonogram. This test may be used during a biopsy.


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2. Biopsy: A small piece of tissue is removed from the prostate and looked at under a microscope to see if there are cancer cells. Gleason score: This score is determined when the biopsy is looked at under the microscope. If there is a cancer, the score indicates how likely it is to spread. The score ranges from 2–10. The lower the score, the less likely it is that the cancer will spread. If prostate cancer is diagnosed, other tests are done to find out if cancer cells have spread within the prostate or to other parts of the body. This process is called staging. Staging is a way of explaining how far the cancer has spread, if at all. It can also help to determine treatment. Prostate cancer classified as stage 1 is present in only a tiny portion of your prostate. It is not fast growing and hasn’t spread beyond the original location. Stage 2 means the cancer is small, but fast growing. It can also mean that the tumor is large or has spread through the entire prostate gland. In stage 3 prostate cancer, cancerous cells have invaded seminal vesicles or adjacent tissues. Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from the prostate to other organs. Usually, it spreads to the lymph nodes, bones, bladder, or lungs.

What are the treatments for prostate cancer? Depending on how advanced the cancer is, men may be offered a range of treatments, or forms of monitoring called watchful waiting or active surveillance. Possible treatment options include: Watchful waiting or active surveillance Surgery Radiation therapy LDR & HDR brachytherapy Cryosurgery (cryotherapy) Hormone therapy

Chemotherapy Vaccine treatment Bone-directed treatment For a Well-Man Health Check or a simple Prostate Specific Antigen blood test, please contact our clinical team at Solihull Health Check Clinic on 0121 745 7400 or go to our website at www.solihullhealthcheckclinic.co.uk

Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic RGN, BSc(Hons), CertEd, PGCert, CertITU, MhSc, ILM Solihull Health Check Clinic, The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane, Dickens Heath B90 1FF 0121 745 7400

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When a flower doesn’t bloom, you fix the environment in which it grows, not the flower. Often we have all experienced a loved one or family friend that has suffered or is currently suffering from dementia. Dementia is set to be the biggest 21st Century killer, which is why raising awareness and an understanding about the disease itself is crucial. It is not only about the person who is living with the disease, but the family members too who are left to face it all alone with no clear plan of how to deal with the situation, or where to look for help and gain support. Dementia Awareness Week is all about everyone coming together to take action, raising awareness, improving the care and urgency to find a cure. There are plenty of ways to support the week and we can all play a part in helping to make changes by fundraising during the awareness week itself. There are many resources available to those seeking further information and there are many local events that are being held in and around the West Midlands. What is Dementia? Dementia is described as a set of symptoms, which affect our minds, causing memory loss, difficulties to think effectively, problem solving and speech related issues. Symptoms can start off as minor, however, gradually they will get worse over time as the mind and memory deteriorates, causing severe changes to a persons lifestyle, behaviour, mood and general perception of the world we are in.

Vascular Dementia Symptoms occur when the supply of blood to the brain is reduced due to diseased blood vessels. In order for the brain to function correctly, cells need to have a constant supply of blood to bring all of the nutrients and oxygen required to the brain. As the vascular system becomes damaged, blood vessels begin to leak and become blocked. The brain cells then eventually will die, causing memory loss, problems with thinking and reasoning, impacting on daily life. There are various types of vascular dementia. Dependent on the damage and the part of the brain that is affected, symptoms can differ and some can progress more than others. There are various different types of vascular dementia, which include stroke related dementia, post-stroke dementia, single infarct and multi infarct dementia, subcortical dementia and mixed dementia, all of which have similar, yet various different symptoms as the vascular system becomes damaged. Symptoms and Signs Development of issues related with planning, organising and problem solving. Following simple instructions can become difficult, including cooking a meal, using a television or dialling a phone number. Individuals suffering with dementia often work to a much slower speed. Mild memory loss - Struggling to recall certain names and events that have happened. Speech difficulty. Visuospatial Skills – Perceiving certain 3D objects.

Types of Dementia Understanding the types of dementia can be difficult when trying to recognize the differences involved in each type. We have highlighted the types of dementia and how they affect those who are suffering...

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Mood Change - Apathy, Depression and Anxiety. Emotions are higher – tearful or overly happy. Paralysis and weakness of limbs. Loss of bladder control.


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Clumsiness and lack of facial expressions. Pronunciation of words. Irritability, agitation, aggressive episodes, hallucinations and disturbed sleep patterns. Severe cases need help with walking and eating, whilst becoming increasingly frail. There are many different causes of dementia, including an underlying cardiovascular disease, a stroke, diabetes, sleep apnoea or heart disease. Age, is the main link with dementia in the UK, with the majority of people suffering with dementia being over the age of 65. Men are also at a slightly higher risk of developing dementia than women. Diagnosis Diagnosing dementia earlier always has its benefits and your GP will be able to help you or your family member by discussing signs and symptoms, and what to expect, plus, they will give you access to treatment, advice and support, allowing those it affects to prepare and plan ahead for the future. Treatment and lifestyle can often help to slow down the progression. Symptoms can also be related to other infections, vitamins or thyroid deficiencies, so your GP will be able to help diagnose this further. Generally patients are referred to a specialist who will be able to assess the symptoms with various tests. This may be followed up by a brain scan with a CT or MRI. This will then help a loved one to follow the next steps to finding a treatment or a cure. There are many organisations at hand to offer support with daily living, hospital care, finding a care home, health and social care, advice on assistive technology, staying independent and also the

legal financial issues that may arise for families that need advice on paying for the care of a loved one or becoming the power of attorney. The Alzheimer’s society are on hand to help with a number of services, being located across the UK, with local offices in Solihull, Leamington, Coventry and Droitwich. The Alzheimer’s Society also has a comprehensive services directory called Dementia Connect. For further information visit www.alzheimers.org.uk

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Do you struggle to open jars? Are your fingers painful and stiff? Do your thumbs hurt after a day of activity? Arthritis affects us all, increasing with age. From advice on pain relief to small joint replacement we can help.

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

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GARDENER RUSS TELLS YOUNG JOINT SUFFERERS ‘DON’T LIVE WITH THE PAIN’ Everything in the garden is rosy for Russ Phillips who is back at work just weeks after having a full hip replacement. At just 43-years-old, landscape gardener Russ was worried that, despite almost constant pain, he might be too young to be considered for hip replacement surgery. But, as he prepares for the busiest time of his working year, Russ, who lives in Knowle with partner Louise and five-year-old daughter Emily, is now telling people in similar circumstances that they don’t have to live with the pain until they ‘feel they are old enough for the operation’. He explained: “Like many people I thought I was too young for a new hip but the pain was affecting my quality of life to such an extent, I knew I had to get something done.” Russ met with Consultant Orthopaedic Surgeon, Mr Habib Rahman at Spire Parkway Hospital, who convinced him that pain rather than age should dictate when a person is ready for surgery.

“I was having trouble sleeping, I could hardly bend down to put my shoes and socks on and work was becoming almost impossible,” said Russ. “Worse still I couldn’t play with my daughter Emily – she’s very energetic and I struggled to keep up with her!” But, just six weeks after the operation former Motocross enthusiast Russ was back at work – first on small ‘tidy up’ jobs but now in full swing with spade, fork and wheelbarrow. He said: “People had told me I was too young and that if I had a replacement hip I would wear it out and have to have another fitted. However, I chose to live for today – if I need another hip in years to come then so be it – at the moment I am just enjoying being pain free and able to do the things I love.” Mr Rahman, who specialises in hip and knee surgery added: “People should not worry

Russ back at work in the garden with help from his five-year-old daughter Emily Rose

about modern-day replacement hips wearing out – they will last a long time – and if you are lucky enough to ‘outlive’ a replacement joint then there is nothing to stop you having another one. “When your hip or knee is affecting your quality of life then that is the time to act. Stop telling yourself you are too young. If your joint is stopping you from doing the things you want to do then that is the right age for a replacement.”

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Henley-in-Arden Situated in Warwickshire is one of the most quaint, idyllic, yet busy and vibrant market towns, Henley-in-Arden. Known for it’s picturesque High Street, Henley-in-Arden plays home to a host of historic buildings, some of which date back to Medieval times. The High Street is a one-mile long conservation area and is central to many locations within the Midlands, including Birmingham, Warwick, Stratford-upon-Avon and Redditch. Steeped in history in the 11th Century, Thurston De Montfort constructed the Beaudesert Castle. In 1140 the Empress Matilda granted the right to hold a market at the Castle, which soon after became a prosperous Market Town. During the 2nd Barons War in 1263 Peter De Montfort, died fighting at the battle of Evehsam. As the Royalist forces won, the castle was burnt down in reprisal. The historic castle where the mount once stood is now a popular attraction for walkers and visitors of Henley-in-Arden. There are many different reasons to visit Henley-in-Arden with a close-knit community and an array of restaurants, bars, cafes, boutiques, interiors, antiques and much more. There is something for all to experience in Henley-in-Arden.

The White Hair and Beauty Co Founded by Lisa White 15 years ago, The White Hair and Beauty Company offers an array of services and treatments to the highest of standards. The team keep themselves up to date and educated with the latest trends and techniques, ensuring clients get a bespoke treatment to the individual. The in house Beauty Specialist Lisa White has a wealth of experience and ongoing knowledge. “My longevity is due to constant progression and advancement of new treatments. My renewed enthusiasm and passion keeps my clientele on trend with new procedures. Educating my clientele gives them the perfect service they require.” If it's hair colour your after, Tilly Hall our Colour Technician has a strong passion in this area. Whether it's a balayage, contouring or a simple root touch up, she will ensure it's a colour that is unique and suited to you. Stephanie Hayes is the White Hair and Beauty Company’s Cutting and Styling Specialist. As well as excelling in cutting over the years, Stephanie has built up a respectful portfolio in Bridal Hair and has worked on red carpet events and fashion weeks all over the world. Drawing from years of experience Chiropractor and Sports Injury Specialist, Gemma Roe uses neuro-muscular-biomechanics to diagnose and create a bespoke rehabilitation plan, utilising chiropractic, soft tissue work and prescription orthotics. The team pride themselves on a welcoming and relaxing environment for all their clients. As summers fast approaching, pay them a visit to accommodate all your holiday needs.

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The Bluebell Nestled on the High Street of Henley-in-Arden, is the beautifully quaint Bluebell Pub & Restaurant, run by brother and sister team, Joe and Kate Adams. This quaint venue caters towards drinkers and diners alike and boasts a cosy country feel, with a casual, yet personal service. The food is second to none, delivering classic British dishes, with a modern twist, using raw ingredients, whilst sourcing the best quality and professional suppliers to turn a dish into something spectacular, matched with both new and old world wines. The Bluebell provides a full A La Carte menu and a weekly changing lunch menu, with Tuesday steak night using Aubrey Allen prime steak, plus live music every Thursday. If you’re looking for somewhere to dine, then you need look no further, Kate, Joe and the team are happy to welcome you to The Bluebell. The Bluebell, 93 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5AT Tel: 01564 793 049 - www.thebluebell-henley.co.uk

Mount Pleasant Farm Livery Situated in Henley-in-Arden is the Mount Pleasant Farm Livery and Cattery, Pussy Galore. Owners Richard and Kathy Burman, who have resided at the farm for over 36 years, run the livery, which has an extensive range of facilities onsite with 50 acres of pasture for grazing and a secure friendly yard, catering for those equine enthusiasts. Mount Pleasant Farm is located in a rural countryside setting, away from main roads, ideal for off road riding. The farm is home to a DIY livery, featuring a large secure outdoor floodlit mĂŠnage and also houses spacious indoor and outdoor stabling and well maintained paddocks. Facilities are second to none with tea and coffee making amenities, a solarium and washroom and easy to function horse walker. Security and safety is key with 24 hour CCTV surveillance and supervision, in operation, as well as lorry and trailer parking for liveries. Mount Pleasant Lane, Henley-in-Arden B95 5NG Tel: 0156479 2558 - Email: burmans.kr@gmail.com

Sans Oriental Restaurant Sans Oriental Restaurant is situated in the popular destination of Henley-inArden High Street and serves an eclectic menu, in which incorporates both traditional Chinese cuisine and Asian Fusion style dishes that are home cooked in a warm and inviting atmosphere. The restaurant is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, serving a unique combination of flavours, using fresh and wholesome ingredients, leaving you spoilt for choice. This is the perfect venue for family and friends to relax and dine in style, whilst enjoying authentic oriental cuisine. Owner, Dennis Yau and his team take pride in supporting the local community and host regular pop, swing and jazz nights for all to enjoy. There is also a delicious takeaway menu available for those who wish to dine in the comfort of their own home. Plus, there is also a Sans special takeaway 2 course lunch menu, perfect for an alternative lunch option to share with colleagues. Tel: 01564 792104 Email: sansrestuarants@gmail.com Sans Oriental Restaurant, 71A High Street, Henley-in-Arden B95 5AT www.sansrestaurants.co.uk


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Sew2It Situated on the outskirts of Henley-in-Arden, Sew2it is a friendly specialist Sewing School offering a wide range of courses for all levels, from beginners to those wishing to expand their skills. There are a variety of day and evening classes offering courses on Dressmaking, Pattern Cutting, Lingerie and Sewing as well as one off workshops. Owner Stephanie Harvey is a passionate and qualified Further Education teacher with over 35yrs experience working within the Fashion and Theatre Costume Industry. Also on offer are Kids After School Clubs, age range from 8-18yrs where kids can learn new skills in sewing for those interested in the Fashion Industry. Sew2it also offers Kids Sewing Parties. Sew2it, Tanworth Lane, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5RA Tel: 07778 650 923 or 01564 792083 Email: info@sew2it.co.uk - www.sew2it.co.uk Follow us on Facebook and Twitter - @sew2it

Griffin Bespoke AV Specialists Griffin Video, located in Henley-in-Arden delivers the ultimate in security and AV installation. Working as a family run business, Griffin video prides itself on having an outstanding reputation providing a highly specialised, flexible service, supplying bespoke audio visual equipment, CCTV, IT Solutions, automation and access control systems, to commercial and domestic sectors, supplying the likes of West Midlands Police, with a prime motivation for the clients requirements. Griffin have a busy and enthusiastic sales and installation team that believe in providing a quality service using the latest technology and collective years of experience. Griffin deliver commercial AV SMART presentation equipment, video conferencing and bespoke AV housing technology. They also offer domestic AV, Multi rooms AV and home cinema systems. Other services include DVD and CD duplication, disc printing and computer systems for education, whilst also holding video maintenance contracts. www.griffinvideo.co.uk - Tel: 01564 700011 3 Arden Court, William James Way, Henley-in-Arden, B95 5GF

Peter Clarke - The Complete Agent Peter Clarke Henley-in-Arden opened its door in May 2016. David Hawkins who leads the team had for the previous 15 years traded from the same office with the same award winning staff as Hunters. The decision to change and join forces with the County’s leading independent Agency was, as they say, “a no brainer”. Henley is now part of a 6 network of offices across Warwickshire stretching down into the Cotswolds. This year the firm celebrates 25 years in providing solutions to every property problem. We sell homes and rent them. Undertake commercial sales & lettings, professional RICS survey work and of course we have the region’s largest and most successful New Homes Department. Due to continued success and expansion we constantly need a supply of homes to sell or rent. We promise you industry-leading levels of marketing, service, care and attention. We believe we are the best at what we do, which means for you whether you’re selling or letting a property we will get you the very best price. Why not put us to the test? Call, visit the office or email and put us to the test. You will be delighted that you did. Tel: 01564 797 757 - www.peterclarke.co.uk - henley@peterclarke.co.uk Peter Clarke, 66 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5BX

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Victoria Claire Organics At Victoria Claire Organics our distinctive and relaxing salon provides the perfect environment for you to escape and be pampered, whilst our stylists create individual looks using refined cutting and colouring techniques. We are currently offering 20% off your first visit to the salon, when booking in with our graduate stylists. Here at our organic hair salon we use a range of Kevin Murphy products which are all made from renewable and sustainable resources, which are created using pure essential oils and natural antioxidants. Plus, all of our hair products are sulphate and paraben free, containing no ammonia or PPD, whilst being natural based. For further information on our stylish and organic hair salon, located in the idyllic Henley-in-Arden, visit our website www.victoriaclaireorganics.com Victoria Claire Organics, 116 High Street, Henley-in-Arden B95 5AS Tel: 01564 792828

John Sheppard Interiors John Sheppard Interiors provides not just interior design and construction services, but also covering a range of building work, based in Henley-in-Arden, and working on houses across Warwickshire. The team caters to all clients’ homes renovation requirements, focusing attention to the finer details. During the process clients will be kept up to date on the progress of their project. John Sheppard have a professional, skilled and friendly team who take great care and pride in completing each clients project to the highest standard. With an expert approach to diagnosing problems and finding the appropriate solution with a wide range of experience in housing repairs in the domestic and public sectors, as well as churches, historic and listed buildings. John Sheppard Interiors also provide free site surveys and quotations, plus free design services for kitchens and bathrooms, having an excellent reputation and passion for carpentry and bespoke joinery. Tel: 01564 794655 - Facebook: @johnsheppardinteriors

Henley Golf & Country Club Henley Golf and Country Club has been established as one of the Midlands favourite Golf Clubs situated in a picturesque countryside location. The Club features an 18 hole, par 3 golf course, suitable for all levels, plus a putting green, foot golf, driving range, and a well stocked professional golf shop. The Henley Golf Club also provide golfing lessons and keen golfers can enjoy the onsite clubhouse. This magnificent venue is extremely popular with hosting weddings and functions, acting as the perfect venue for your special day. Henley Golf and Country Club also provide bar meals at its very own Benn’s Bar, Sunday lunches and vintage afternoon teas. There is an array of facilities on offer, with venue hire to suit all occasions, so whether it be a golfing break, weekend away or a family celebration, Henley Golf and Country Club will make your visit one to remember. Tel: 01564 793715 - Email: enquiries@henleygcc.co.uk Henley Golf & Country Club, Birmingham Road, Henley-in-Arden B95 5QA www.henleygcc.co.uk

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Equine Learning Equine Learning is a community equestrian centre located at Wootton Park, Wootton Wawen, a beautiful 360-acre estate near Henley-in-Arden. The centre offer riding lessons in a new 20 x 40m outdoor arena and covered round pen, in addition to relaxing off road trail rides around the estate, including 2 hour 'picnic rides' at a cost of £45 per person. Equine Learning is a linked Pony Club Centre, running Saturday morning sessions at £25 for two and a half hours, with after school riding lessons running Tuesday to Friday at £15 per hour. There are also adult lessons and a 'return to riding' sessions for adults on Wednesday afternoons, for £30 for two hours, with pony days for children during the holidays at £50 per day. This fully licensed and insured riding establishment also provides therapeutic horsemanship for disabled and disadvantaged, children, young people and adults, and everyone is welcome to come and enjoy spending time with the horses. Tel: 01564 642101 Email: info@equinelearning.org.uk Wootton Park, Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen, Henley-in-Arden B95 6HJ www.equinelearning.org.uk

Creative Touch Design Creative Touch Design are based here in Henley-in-Arden, designing and producing artwork for over 30 years. ‘We look after corporate businesses and small companies alike, working together to make stronger brands. We produce new identities for start-up businesses right through to full signage or exhibition graphics, making us the one place to go. So, relax and let us take care of the whole of your next graphic project.’ Our in house services include:Advertising, Artwork Support, Bespoke Bid Documents, Brand Design, Brand Guidelines, Brochure Design, Catalogues, Clothing Print & Embroidery, Copywriting, Direct Marketing, Email Marketing, Exhibition Design, Large Format Graphics, Logo Design, Packaging & Label Design, Photography, Press Advertising, Print Banners, Signage, Vehicle Livery, Web Design & Build and more! The studio is open Mon-Fri 9 - 5.30 and some! 32 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warks B95 5AN Tel: 01564 797580 www.creativetouchdesign.co.uk - enquiries@creativetouchdesign.co.uk

Spot-On Wake On the outskirts of Henley-in-Arden, situated in the grounds of picturesque Wootton Park, ‘Spot-On Wake’ launched this Spring. Excavated from scratch the lake along Alcester Road, Wootton Wawen is a bespoke body of water dug out with cable wakeboarding in mind. Have fun on the water at this brand new wakeboarding and water activity park. There are two different cables to experience for all levels of rider. 'The Base Line' is designed for beginner and intermediate riders to develop their skills, whereas 'The Gap Line' caters for more advanced riders. The advanced cable features 'gaps' where the rider can use ramps and rails to transfer from pool to pool. Beginner lessons start from £29 with equipment and qualified instruction included. Membership deals, progression packs and equipment hire are also available. Tel: 01564 330 498 - Email: pete@spotonwake.co.uk Spot-On Wake Ltd, Wootton Park, Wootton Wawen, Henley-in-Arden B95 6HJ (Use postcode B95 6HH for satnavs) www.spotonwake.co.uk

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The White Swan Hotel, Bar & Restaurant Located in the heart of Henley-in-Arden, The White Swan is known as the perfect place to visit, whether it be for business or pleasure. The White Swan is run by it’s passionate and welcoming hosts, Nigel and Maria who have both developed this stylish venue, which boasts a historic character, whilst providing a warming atmosphere and a high quality service, that is second to none emphasising all that is on offer. The White Swan plays home to Jesters and Jazz, The White Swans very own, first class live music and comedy club where you can enjoy an evening of entertainment with performances from local artists, including the likes of Andy Bennett and Bev Bevan, plus many more artists from further afield. This venue can only be described as a stylish and vintage jazz joint, a place for those who appreciate excellent music and entertainment, as well as stand up comedy and good old-fashioned cabaret shows. This summer the Jesters and Jazz will be hosting a range of performances for all to enjoy, including, ‘The Legends and Laughter Show’, which will be taking place on Friday 16th and Saturday 17th June from 7.30pm on both evenings. The show will feature the popular tribute act, which focuses on some of the late greats, including Frank Sinatra and Tommy Cooper, to name only a few. Tickets will be priced at £20 each. For a unique and unforgettable experience Stoneaged is the must try restaurant in Henley-in-Arden, with lava stone dining. Stoneaged offers the perfect chance to enjoy and experience social dining at its best, all within a relaxed, friendly and informal setting. Their speciality being prime steaks sourced from Devon and Cornwall that have been aged for 28 days. Steaks are presented on stone, otherwise known as lava rock, which derives from one of the oldest methods of cooking. Stoneaged offers an exciting choice of stone baked pizza and pasta, served in stone bowls. To make an experience complete, The White Swan also offers an elegant selection of accommodation for guests to enjoy, whilst on a break away in Shakespeare’s County. The White Swan, 100 High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire B95 5BY Tel: 01564 792623 Email: enquiries@thewhiteswanhotel.com www.thewhiteswanhotel.com

Henley-in-Arden is a vibrant and unspoilt town, surrounded by picturesque countryside. There is a close-knit community in Henley-in-Arden, which takes great pride in hosting a selection of events throughout the year for locals and visitors alike, to enjoy. This summer the historic market town will be holding a selection of fantastic events: -

Court Leet Day & Artisans’ Market – June 2017 Jazz in the Garden – Guild Hall Garden – July 2017 Henley Music Festival – 25th - 28th August 2017 – Various Venues For further information and updates on event dates for Henley-in-Arden, visit www.henleynews.co.uk Cornfield Magazine | 27


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WE BOTH HAD CRUSHES ON EACH OTHER Ed Sheeran on finding love with former school pal Cherry Seaborn, why he moved back to his home town, the downsides of fame and money, how he spent his year away from the limelight, plus what fans can expect from his brand new album ‘Divide’. SO ED, YOU’RE BACK WITH YOUR NEW ALBUM ‘DIVIDE’ WHICH HAS A COOL BALANCE BETWEEN THE FUNNY, THE LIGHT-HEARTED AND SERIOUS. ED SHEERAN: Do you like it? YEAH… ED SHEERAN: I think it is an improvement on the last two records. WAS THAT THE AIM? TO IMPROVE ON THE LAST TWO RECORDS? Yeah, I think it was really important to make sure that it was a seminal record. Like the last two records I’ve made have been very successful for me but they haven’t necessarily been... like you know when you look back at Bruce Springsteen’s career or Bob Dylan’s you can pinpoint the albums that it just went nuts for them. I haven’t had the Adele’s ‘21’ or Bob Dylan with ‘Blonde on Blonde’ or something like that. Or Springsteen with ‘Born in the USA’ – I don’t think I’ve had that yet. So that’s why I spent a lot of time with this record making it perfect. AND, SO NOW YOU THINK IT IS TIME FOR THE CLASSIC ED SHEERAN RECORD? Yeah, well maybe not classic. But I do think this is the album I’ll be known for, as opposed to the other two. SO DID YOU WORK HARDER ON THIS THAN ON THE FIRST ONES? OR DID YOU JUST GET BETTER AT YOUR CRAFT? Yeah, I did work harder. But also I wasn’t complacent. When I finished the album I left it for a month and then came back to it and then chose which songs weren’t classics and then chopped them off and tried to write new ones. So yeah, it’s definitely had more thought. YOU ALWAYS SEEM QUITE RELAXED… Yeah, but every now and then there’ll one thing and then it will be like.... if on a scale from 1 to 100 my dad’s temper is like a 10 on a daily thing and he’ll snap my mom’s, when she snaps will be like 110. And you just don’t wanna go there. I don’t know when the last time I got really angry was. But not for like five years probably. WHAT HAS BEEN THE BEST ADVICE YOUR FATHER HAS GIVEN YOU? Well for the music industry he said don’t talk about religion or politics. And it seems to have worked. [laughs] There is actually a song where I said ‘My daddy told me don’t get involved in politics or religion.’ IS IT TRUE YOU POSTPONED RELEASING THE ALBUM DUE TO ALL THE DONALD TRUMP MADNESS, WHILE THE ELECTION HAPPENED? Yeah, well I mean it was not for one reason or another. It was just everyone’s attention was turned to one thing – if they agreed with it or they didn’t agree with it, they were more interested in watching that than they were in music at that time. BUT PEOPLE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO LISTEN WHEN YOU RELEASE MUSIC? Yeah but I think it’s better to do it now where people can actually focus in on the songs.

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YOU MAKE PROBABLY MORE MONEY THAN YOU CAN SPEND? Yeah, but it is like ‘earn a penny, spend a penny’ with me. As soon as it comes in it goes out. I don’t have that much value on it. I have more value on my friends and family being ok. A lot of my money goes to charity, like there’s a children hospital near where I live. I have enough to be comfortable and get by and then the rest kind of goes to helping people, I guess. FAME HASN’T TOUCHED YOU MUCH THOUGH? YOU ALWAYS SEEM SO DOWN-TO-EARTH? It changed the people around me more than it changed me. And that in turn changes you because when the people around you change towards you get very paranoid and weird. Fame is a weird thing. Like, I can’t walk outside my house without putting on a baseball cap, sunglasses and a hood. And even then you can’t really go anywhere. So that’s a bit weird. That’s kind of why I moved back to my home town, like everyone treats me normally there. YOU TALK ABOUT YOUR MATES IN ‘CASTLE ON THE HILL’ AND WHAT HAPPENED TO THEM AND HOW THEIR LIVES EVOLVED. DO YOU HOOK UP WITH OLD FRIENDS OFTEN? Yeah, I see all of those friends twice, actually more than twice a year, I saw them at the weekend. We go on holiday twice a year together and then they all live probably about an hour away from me in London. So most weekends they have a party at their house that I go to. SO YOU DON’T DO ALL THE PARTIES ROUND YOUR HOUSE? Yeah, their house is more of a party house. My house is like... I have cats that would get scared of a lot of people. I’ve had a party house but I’m growing up a little bit now. My house is very relaxed and chilled but their house is like, it’s ten boys in one house. So it is just all my mates all in one house. So their house is a party house and they are more than fine with that. The house in Framlingham was the party house but now I’ve got all the kitchen re-done to make it homely, wooden floors, country kitchen, big AGA, so it’s no longer the party house now. WHAT ABOUT THIS SECRET TUNNEL YOU’VE BUILT UNDERGROUND? So there’s going to be a pub. That’s the party pub. But the house is like completely separate.

YOU’VE SAID ABOUT YOUR GIRLFRIEND [CHERRY SEABORN] THAT SHE IS THE FIRST REAL LOVE OF YOUR LIFE, IS THAT RIGHT? Yeah, I mean, it is the first time I’ve had time to put into anyone. I’d never been able to have a proper relationship. I’ve had a relationship with a messenger on my phone with someone who is 40,000 miles away or something. I spent every day of last year with her and almost every day since July the year before with her. Now going to do promo runs I just feel very secure, whereas before I didn’t really know if it was a relationship or not. IS SHE GOING WITH YOU ON TOUR? No, she has a job, she actually has a really good job. AND BECAUSE YOU’VE BEEN TOGETHER FOR 18 MONTHS YOU’RE SOLID NOW SO SPENDING TIME APART WILL BE EASIER? And do you know what? It’s not difficult to get to Berlin on a weekend if I’m on tour, or even to get to New York, it’s only six hours. If you fly on a Friday night you can have the whole of Saturday and then fly back on a Sunday. So it’s not out of the realms of possibility to see each other every weekend. IS ‘SHAPE OF YOU’ ABOUT HOW THE TWO OF YOU GOT TOGETHER? Not really. ‘Shape of You’... it was meant for someone else when I was writing it. I guess subconsciously it might be but it’s not specifically. Specifically it would be like, ‘Perfect’, ‘Dive’, ‘Hearts Don’t Break Around Here’ and ‘How Would You Feel’... those would be the specific ones. DID YOU HAVE A CRUSH ON HER BACK THEN? Yeah well we kind of both had crushes on each other. But it’s a very innocent thing when you’re that age. YOU SAY ‘DARLING YOU LOOK PERFECT TONIGHT’ WAS THIS INSPIRED BY SOMETHING PARTICULAR? Er ‘Wonderful Tonight’, you know, the Eric Clapton song. I wanted to write a version of that because I think that’s such a perfect line, you know, ‘Then she asked me do I look alright, I said my darling you look wonderful tonight.’ That’s just such a line. YOU’RE FRIENDS WITH ERIC CLAPTON NOW RIGHT? DID YOU PLAY IT TO HIM? I haven’t. I’ve told him about it though. He’s heard some of the tracks on the album. He knows Cherry as well.

YOU TOOK A WHOLE YEAR OFF BUT WERE YOU WRITING THE SONGS WHILE YOU WERE AWAY? Yeah, so before the year off I had ‘Castle on the Hill’, ‘Perfect’, ‘Happier’ and ‘How Would You Feel’. So I had four tunes before the year off. And then I took like six months travelling and six months making the album and that’s when all the other songs came out. But ‘Shape of You’, ‘Eraser’, ‘Hearts Don’t Break Around Here’ and ‘Galway Girl’ all came two months ago. So like really, really recently. WHERE DID YOU GO WHEN YOU WENT TRAVELLING? I went to Japan. Japan is very much like England for Americans. Like when Americans come to England they go to London and they go, ‘Oh London was amazing’, but that’s not England, that’s London. So people are like, ‘How was Japan?’ And I’d be like, ‘Tokyo is amazing’ and they’d be like, ‘Tokyo is here but you’ve got the whole...’ So I wanted to see from the north to then very south. So Hokkaido to Okinawa over two months and it was incredible. Really nice. THE JAPANESE ARE VERY FRIENDLY? Really friendly and I remember one day we were late for breakfast and they were apologising to us. I was like, ‘We were late, we’re sorry.’ And they were like, ‘No, we’re so sorry.’ So they are very, very polite. Almost too polite. DO YOU EXERCISE MUCH? I do ten minutes of running a day. I think it is better to do ten minutes a day, every day, than an hour once a week. You just do little and often and it kind of keeps the wolves at bay. I’ll never have a six-pack though. FINALLY, YOU SAID A WHILE BACK THAT YOU WANT TO HAVE A FAMILY BY THE TIME YOU ARE 30. ARE YOU ALREADY THINKING ABOUT IT? Do you know what? I think the wheels should be in motion by the time I’m 30. But, it is not really up to me. It is kind of a two-way-street. It has to be up to the partner as well. But yeah, we’ll see. The wheels should be in motion though.

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Ed Sheeran was born in February 1991 in Halifax, England. He began playing guitar at a young age and soon after started writing his own songs. When he was just a teenager, he moved to London to pursue his music, and his outpouring of creativity added up to several early EPs and hundreds of live shows. Getting a lot of attention with his online performances, Sheeran hit No. 1 on the iTunes chart before he ever signed with a record label.

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He shares the same birthday as Paris Hilton.

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In 2012, Ed supported Snow Patrol on their US tour. He has been romantically linked with fellow British folk singer, Nina Nesbitt. In April 2014, Ed released a song that was about how Ellie Goulding cheated on him with One Direction singer Niall Horan.

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Taylor Swift contacted Sheeran after hearing his music while touring Australia in March 2012. He later co-wrote and provided vocals for "Everything Has Changed", a single featured on Swift's fourth album Red. Released in October 2012, it was the biggest-selling new album of 2012, and was nominated for ‘Album of the Year’ at the 2014 Grammy Awards.

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Ed auditioned for ITV’s musical drama ‘Britannia High’, which featured music written by Gary Barlow. Ed failed to get a part in the ITV show, as did Pixie Lott who had also auditioned. When he was younger, Ed wanted to be a train driver. He names his guitars. They are: Lloyd, Felix, Cyril, Trevor, Keith, Nigel and the one that does battle re-creations at weekends, James The Second.

He was discovered by Jamie Foxx. The first of Sheeran’s numerous big breaks came when he landed a slot on Jamie Foxx’s radio show in LA. He ended up hanging out in Foxx’s Hollywood mansion as the major labels began circling.


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If you have any local gossip please contact Charlie on: 0121 796 6800 or email charlie@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk

May is here and I am feeling so much brighter in my mood and physical health. Plus, I have many plans to keep me super busy, not only throughout May, but also for the rest of the year. It’s time to get those BBQ’s out and living in an apartment during the summer months, when everyone’s enjoying their BBQ’s can leave you feeling rather deflated, like myself. Although, I can’t complain too much, I have had a fair few invites to BBQ’s already, however, it leaves me craving my very own garden. As National BBQ week commences on the 29th May through until the 4th June, it’s time to get those barbies cleaned up, so why not head down to your local butchers or farm shops to see the range of meats and treats on offer. The health side of things can be quite tricky when it comes to BBQ’s. We all need to keep healthy and I personally find it difficult to find a tasty alternative, but when it comes to finding inspiration I always go to my favourite online resource, Pinterest, leaving you the chance to plan ahead and prepare, creating your own pin boards, especially if hosting your own BBQ garden party. You can even source some unique and quirky garden party ideas at the same time.

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

The Barn Studley As always, I often stumble across interior and antiques shops and could spend hours mooching showrooms for the perfect find, in which case I never come away empty-handed. I am sure I should have become an Interior Designer with the amount of time I spend styling my own home. When I recently came across The Barn at Studley, I knew I was in my element. The Barn can only be described as an Aladdin’s Cave, offering an eclectic mix of unique garden furniture, planters, pots, fireside accessories and vintage and reclaimed interiors for your home, and all at affordable prices. I will certainly be returning very soon. For further information visit www.thebarnatstudley.co.uk

The Cardio Shop at Wootton Wawen

Stratford Gin

People who know me will realise I am into my fitness. I do love to find out about the latest fitness tech, equipment, classes and new openings. I recently came across The Cardio Shop, located at Yew Tree Farm Shopping Village at Wootton Wawen, which provides a select range of innovative fitness products designed specifically to make it easier to exercise from the comfort of your own home. The showroom supply’s core muscle equipment, exercise bikes, treadmills, massage machines, nutrition products and much more, as well as rental equipment. Why not take a visit to the showroom in Wootton Wawen or take a look at the website. www.thecardioshop.uk

When visiting one of my local bars on a relaxing weekend, I decided to try one of the latest local gins, Stratford Gin, made by Shakespeare’s Distillery. This spectacular gin is linked with Tudor England and the time of William Shakespeare, which was a creative era for spirit producers and the Stratford Gin is inspired by bygone pioneers, featuring hints of local home grown flavours using Tudor garden botanicals, such as, rose, lemon balm, rosemary and old English Lovage, fused with juniper, coriander and lemon peel. A refreshing new gin with a twist! www.shakespearedistillery.com Cornfield Magazine | 39


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A summer garden is often enhanced by the sight of beautiful hanging baskets. They are a great way of helping you utilise all of your available space and can brighten up a sunny wall, or with the right choice of plants, even add colour to those tricky shaded areas.

The removal of all the first flowers, as well as pinching shoot tips, will enable the plant to put all its efforts into growing stronger roots and in turn, will lead to thousands of flowers growing throughout the long season.

Remember when choosing baskets size is everything! The bigger the basket, the bigger the spread and height of the display.

Regular maintenance is important to grow a stunning basket to last the season. Deadheading and trimming when the plants start to look straggly will encourage many more blooms.

Always use good quality compost as plants are grown in a small area and need the best possible start. Choose the right plants for your basket, as not all plants are suitable. Plant your baskets in April and May to allow the plants to establish, before hanging your baskets outside, when the risk of frost will have passed.

Water regularly, being particularly vigilant in hot weather. Investing in good quality plant food is important.

Here is a list of the top ten plants for hanging baskets: 1. Begonia 2. Black Eye Susan Vine 3. Fuchsia 4. Lantana

Side planting is essential to grow an avalanche of colour. Don’t be tempted to purchase cheaper, smaller baskets, as they’ll dry out within hours in the hot weather.

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To have interesting baskets all year round, it’s essential to have two sets, so that you don’t have to wait for your summer baskets to finish flowering before planting up your winter baskets.

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6. Million Bells 7. Pelargonium

9. Portulaca 10. Sweet Alyssum


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Stressless

Comfort is in the design Creating comfortable furniture goes deep into the Nordic roots and tells the story of craftsmanship perfected by families over time. Stressless has produced fine furniture from generation to generation and are designers of some of the most comfortable seating you will experience. The innovative designs plays with art and science to define and master streamlined and functional products. Founder Ekornes is now one of the largest furniture manufacturers and introduces its brand new leather studio at Thomas Hearn, which sells a wide range of Stressless recliners, sofas, home office seating, home cinema seating and accessories.

To receive 5% off your purchase at Thomas Hearn, present this voucher to the team at the Kenilworth Showroom. Voucher valid from 1st May-31st May 2017.

Redeem your 5% discount at Thomas Hearn, 102 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL

Thomas Hearn

Providing quality furnishings for your home

Thomas Hearn are suppliers of both modern and traditional furniture, which is displayed within their Kenilworth showroom, with designs sold to suit every room within your home, whilst offering an unrivalled friendly service. They offer free of charge delivery within a 50 mile radius. The expert delivery staff will also unpack and set up your new purchase within your chosen room and can also arrange for the disposal of your old furniture. Staff at Thomas Hearn have a vast experience in helping customers choose the right furnishings for their home at unbeatable prices. For further information visit www.thomashearn.com, or alternatively visit the showroom. Thomas Hearn 102 Warwick Road Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 1HL Tel: (01926) 854884 Cornfield Magazine | 43


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Windows Are Us Located on the outskirts of Stratford-upon-Avon, Windows Are Us is a family run business that focuses on providing quality products, whilst creating an experience and providing excellent customer care. Windows Are Us offer a fantastic range of UPVC wood and aluminum products, allowing the customer to achieve the desired design and style for their home, whilst working towards their budget. If a customer is looking for a trusted provider, they need look no further as Windows Are Us believe in building relationships based on trust and reliability, putting the customers needs first when it comes to fresh and innovative home improvements. The team will look at all aspects and angles of providing an extensive range of quality products using various materials, styles and configurations. Whether it’s a garage door, alternative timber product or a roofline, the team will be on hand to help. Customers will have the opportunity to sit down with a highly knowledgeable representative who will be able to assist you in making the correct decision for your home, plus all consultations are 100% free.

If you need help in improving your homes energy efficiency, meaning bills are lower, then Windows Are Us can supply triple glazed windows, as well as creating wellstructured orangeries and traditional conservatories, using modern techniques. You can enhance the look of your home with a choice of windows, composite doors, warm roofs, fascia’s, soffits and guttering. For further information or to book your free no obligation quote call 01789 299 910 or visit www.windows-are-us.co.uk Visit Windows Are Us Showroom at: Windows Are Us Units 1-2 Bearley Mill Snitterfield Road Bearley Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 0SA

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Shooting4fun Located in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, Shooting4fun should be on your list of places to visit when it comes to sourcing an indoor or outdoor activity to enjoy as we approach the summer in the West Midlands. There is something for everyone to enjoy whether it be a birthday party, corporate day or taking part in a clay pigeon shoot. Shooting4fun provide high quality equipment and a professional presentation which ensures that your day can be enjoyed as much as possible, whilst using state of the art laser systems and offering fully attached outdoor laser clay pigeon shoot systems, which provides an authentic feel to a shooting activity. Clay pigeon shooting options are also available, and is still the most popular outdoor corporate activity within the Midlands, hosted by professional instructors, ensuring that all guests can tackle the art of shooting clays, using top quality Over & Under Shotguns and light recoil cartridges, suitable for ages above 14. Recently, Shooting4fun has also introduced a brand new combat game, laser tag, the perfect choice for children’s and adults parties alike. Guests can take part in Indoor laser tag with 5-1 indoor shotgun target shooting, using

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programmable static shotgun targets on themed backdrops, which can feature anything from moons and planets, right through to the wild west, or your own bespoke theme. This acts as a great team building exercise or even just for some fun. Corporate team building is a huge element of what Shooting4fun provide and of course having great teamwork is essential for a company to achieve excellent results. Team building activities can help increase confidence; communication and motivation within a business and Shooting4fun provide various activities for all to enjoy. For further information or if you wish to trial an outdoor or indoor pursuit, then Shooting4fun on hand to make your experience as fulfilling as possible. For enquiries telephone: 01527 575141 or email: mark@marksmanleisure.co.uk www.shooting4fun.co.uk


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Sound

Advice

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

Jon Knight is a director at Avicci with over 20 years in the Audio Visual and Smart Home industry and are members of Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). If you are looking to incorporate multiple devices into your home or perhaps your existing amount of tech has got out of hand and requires a little stream lining, you may consider services such as ours. You may even be building or renovating; if so it’s the ideal time to speak to us, your local Technology Integrator about the installation of the correct Smart Home infrastructure to ensure a “Future Ready” home. AVICCI Ltd Integrating Technology www.avicci.co.uk

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

You could never know what it's like Your blood like winter freezes just like ice And there's a cold lonely light that shines from you You'll wind up like the wreck you hide behind that mask you use

1. What type of bird can swim the fastest? 2. What nationality is singer LeAnn Rimes? 3. The Copacabana beach is situated by which city? 4. What is a male swan called? 5. In which American state was Elvis Presley born? 6. In the NATO phonetic alphabet, what word is used for `I`? 7. Who wrote the novel `The Three Musketeers`? 8. Who was the Roman Goddess of beauty and love? 9. In Monopoly, how much does Park Lane cost? 10. At what age does a Jewish boy celebrate his Bar Mitzvah? Answers on page 55

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We would like to introduce our brand new ‘Creative Kidz’ colouring competition to our May edition of the Cornfield Magazine. The ‘Octopus Hideout’ has recently launched at the National Sea Life Centre in Birmingham and we have a fantastic opportunity for all little artists to enter our competition and win all the prizes below and work their artistic and design magic on our 8-legged friend ‘Bev’ from the National Sea Life Centre Birmingham. To enter the competition send your finished masterpiece, along with your Name, age, parents name, and contact details to Cornfield Publishing Ltd, Wythall Business Centre, May Lane, Birmingham B47 5PD or alternatively email to info@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk We will be selecting our winning competition entry on Wednesday 31st May and will be in touch with the lucky winner who will have their masterpiece printed in the upcoming edition and win all the prizes below. Lets Get Creative!

WHAT YOU CAN WIN One Day Pass to the Phys-Kids Sports Camp at Tudor Grange during the Summer Holidays 2017

£20 voucher to spend in store

Family ticket for the adventure golf and a family ticket for 200 range golf balls and free club hire

A Family Ticket. Includes admission to the National Sea Life Centre

Phys-Kids Sports Camp

Zebra Kids

Four Ashes Golf Centre

National Sea Life Centre

01564 773340 www.zebrakids.co.uk 1703 High St, Knowle, Solihull B93 0LN

For All The Family

The Waters Edge 3 Brindleyplace Birmingham B1 2HL

Age: 6-13. Times: 9am – 4 or 6pm £18 per day, £80 for the full week Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, Blossomfield Road, Solihull B91 1NB

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Local Events

What's On

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

Solihull Photographic Society - Tuesday 18th April. Members' Showcase Evening - Tuesday 25th April. Annual Print Competition (Colour, Mono, Landscape, Portrait) - Tuesday 2nd May. Presentation by Malcolm Ranieri - Tuesday 9th May. Informal Mobile Phone Competition - Tuesday 16th May. AGM and Annual Awards. 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. Further information can be found on our website www.solihullphotographicsociety.co.uk

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 trafficfree 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 www.knowlefunrun.org.uk.

The Strolling Players a Knowle singing group, proudly present "Gilbert and Sullivan Meet Lerner and Loewe"on Saturday , June 3rd at Knowle Village Hall - 7.30 p.m.The concert includes highlights of shows such as "The Mikado" and "H.M.S Pinafore "as well as "Brigadoon" and "My Fair Lady". Advance tickets are £8.00 , from 01564 772071. This year the Players' chosen charity is Guide Dogs for the Blind, charity number 209617.

ROWINGTON BRIDGE CLUB meets every Monday evening in Rowington Village Hall at 7.15 to start

play at 7.30. Friendly and sociable group would welcome new players. Contact Catherine Sheridan 01564 782011

Millpool Art Club, Solihull. Join us and paint, any medium, on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 9.00. Contact Particia Coward 0121 705 4379.

Knowle Camera Club Our Club meets once a fortnight on a Thursday evening at 7.45 pm at Dorridge Methodist Church. Why not join friendly, like -minded people and improve your photography. The first two meetings are free. For more information please contact Tony Albutt on 01564-782175 or visit our website www.knowlecameraclub.co.uk

Shirley Floral Art Club We meet at 2.00pm at Shirley Institute Church Road, Shirley, Solihull. B90 2AX on the second Tuesday of the month. Come along for a relaxing afternoon, where you can enjoy professionals demonstrate the art of flower arranging. We organise trips and other social events. Visitors are always welcome. Further details call Jane 01564 823117

EARLSWOOD SPRINGWATCH Saturday 13th ay 10am – 4pm, at the Log Cabin Camping Ground, Wood Lane, Earlswood, B94 5JP. Free event, with free parking, for all ages interested in wildlife and local signs of spring. Static displays, practical activities, craft activities for children, demonstrations and guided walks. Suitable footwear required for woodland walks. Sorry no dogs. Hosted by Earlswood Wildlife Partnership in partnership with Warwickshire Wildlife Trust and Canal & River Trust. Contact Barbara on 07734 228500 or email ewp.springwatch@gmail.com for further details.

The Inspire Stitched Textile Group The Inspire Stitched Textile Group 10th Anniversary Exhibition, a celebration of work created by members over the last 10 years, features a wide variety of embroidery, stitched textiles and mixed media pieces, using contemporary and traditional techniques. The event is on Friday 16th and Saturday, 17th. June from10a.m - 4p.m. Venue is St.Swithin's House,Barston. Admission is free and there is parking and wheelchair access, plus refreshments.

This area is for local events, what’s on, clubs and societies. These listings are FREE. If you would like to add your info on this page, then please email the details to: sam@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk If you would like your event in a black box, it’s a minimal charge of £20 per month. Or if you would prefer to sponsor the page with the banner at the bottom, please call our sales team on 0121 796 6800 for more info.

CHANTERELLE LADIES CHOIR is a friendly group, singing a wide range of songs, to raise money for charity. We meet on Wednesday mornings at 9:30 at URC church hall, Brookvale Road, Olton. Call 07954 422483 for information or see us on Facebook - Chanterelle Ladies Choir.

Solihull Blossomfield Townswomen Guild Celebrates their 50th Birthday this year with a celebratory outing in May and a special lunch in October. We have a lot to offer ladies of all ages throughout the year - theatre trips, social/craft afternoons, a lunch club and companionship. We meet the first Thursday of each month at the Royal British Legion, Union Road at 7:15pm with invited speakers etc, followed by tea, coffee and a chat. Come and join us in our Golden Year - you will be made very welcome. For more information call Carol 0121 705 0874

Age UK Solihull 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: events@ageuksolihull.org.uk 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 events@ageuksolihull.org.uk

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


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Quiz Answers. 1. The penguin

2. American

3. Rio De Janeiro

4. Cob

5. Mississippi

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 www.blossomfieldclub.co.uk/drama

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

Solihull Badminton 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: www.bridgewebs.com/silhill

SILHILL BRIDGE 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 stevearms@gmail.com

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 pauljolly4@gmail.com Active Lions Club meet Ramarda Hotel.

The Lily Mae Foundation Balsall Common Fun Run. We have applied to hold the Run on Sunday 17th September 2017. Please pencil this date in your diary whilst we await confirmation from Solihull MBC. The Biggest Wedding Party 2017, Saturday 24th June, details attached. This is a new event for us. You can come to our Party as a Bride Groom, Bridesmaid, Best Man, Usher or Guest. Tickets now on sale on our website. Book a table of 10 and save £100 via our early bird offer. Please do not hesitate to call me, 07960199184.

Solihull Pensioners’ Convention

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

6. India

7. Alexander Dumas

bring walking boots and a picnic lunch. Details of our programme can be found on our website, knowleramblers.tripod.com, or by contacting Margaret on 01564 776355 or Glenys on 0121 705 1059

Shirley Carnival Sat 8th July, Shirley Park. Come and enjoy all the fun of the fair at Shirley Lions ever popular event which this year has an Edwardian theme. Side stalls galore and a full programme of entertainment during the afternoon. The fun starts at 12.00 noon, finishes at 4.30 pm and admission is £1 per person. To book a stall pitch for your organisation please email enquiries@shirleylions.co.uk or telephone 0845 833 9547.

KNOWLE FLOWER CLUB we meet at 1.30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Knowle Village Hall, St. John's Close, Knowle. If you enjoy flowers, we have a demonstrator on the 1st Thursday, when you can sit and watch and a practice class on the 3rd Thursday, when you can learn how to flower arrange. Visitors are very welcome. 01564 777588 or 0121 704 2211.

8. Venus

9. 350 pounds

10. 13

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. www.solihullurc.org.uk

Solihull Ramblers We are the local group of the Ramblers' Association. We provide led walks of various distances between 3 and 15 miles. Our walks take place 3 times a week throughout the year, on Sat, Sun and Tues. Also weekly evening walks during the summer months. Newcomers welcome to join us. www.solihullramblers.org.uk or call on 0121 705 5753.

Local Yoga Classes Monday 7.45pm- 9.15pm Mixed Ability: Highfield Hall (beginners welcome) Tuesday 10.30am - 11.45am Ladies Only (all abilities) Highfield Hall. Thursday 11am - 12.30 Intermediates Hockley Heath Pavillion. Friday 10.30 12am Beginners Hockley Heath Baptist Centre. For availability or for more info contact Jane (experienced qualified Yoga Teacher) on 07734284144 or janiperjuniper@gmail.com.

Solihull Writers Solihull Writers is a friendly writing club meeting every second and fourth Wednesday at the Solihull Methodist Church, 7:30-9:30pm. For details call Helen on 07946 075233 or see www.solihullwriters.co.uk

Knowle Ramblers

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

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

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