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NOVEMBER 2016

South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire

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


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Welcome

IN THIS ISSUE

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

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The holiday season is already upon us. The wintery pub lunches and Christmas markets are getting closer and we are now in our favorite season of the year.

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If it’s food you enjoy sharing with friends and family, we have some great restaurants for you to try. Be sure to check out Hillfield Farm in Solihull for their Festive Menu. We’ve had a busy one this month. We were invited to the Jesters & Jazz Pre-Launch Party at the White Swan in Henley-in-Arden. Where we met Bev Bevan and Andy Bennett formally from Ocean Colour Scene and he talks to us about his new upcoming album. We had a beautiful sunset over Birmingham in October which we quickly took a snap of. We went to the Cycle Show at the NEC where we had Press Passes, we took the kids to the ‘New Adventure Golf’ at Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge. Highly recommend this as it was great fun and we also spent a little time in London taking in the sights and obviously enjoyed a beer or two.

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PS. if there anything you feel is missing or you would like to see more of in your Cornfield Magazine, please do get in touch. 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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Autumnal

Treats Here are a few ideas to keep you and your family warm and cosy during this time...

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Jesters & Jazz at The White Swan in Henley-in-Arden

Pre-Launch Party New music and comedy club opening officially on 21 October with Neil J Duncan - sold out performance.

Imagine the glamour and seduction of the old style night clubs and jazz joints and you've got the NEW Jesters & Jazz, something completely different for Warwickshire. Lucky enough to have the support of music and comedy icons local to the area.

Pre-launch party special guest artists were:Bev Bevan formerly of ELO Modjango New York Minute Shampoo Synergy

Experience first class hospitality and expect to see cabaret nights, up and coming stand up comedians and sketch shows as well as a wealth of great live music.

Andy Bennett formerly of Ocean Colour Scene Ruby Rouge

Follow The White Swan Hotel on Facebook and Twitter for the Billboard coming soon.

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30% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during November Easy, delicious cake-like bites which tastes exactly like a pumpkin spice latte but much healthier

Ingredients 1 3/4 cups gluten-free oat flour (can sub for rolled oats, oat bran or quick oats) 1/4 cup coconut flour (can sub for almond or extra oat flour) 2 T granulated sweetener of choice 1 T pumpkin pie spice (or a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and a dash of ginger) 1/2 cup pumpkin puree 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/4 cup cashew butter (can sub for any nut butter) 1/4 cup brown rice syrup (can sub for any sticky sweetener) 1 T + dairy free milk of choice Cinnamon and granulated sweetener of choice, to coat bites in (optional)

Instructions 1: In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, sweetener, pumpkin pie spice and mix well. 2: In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, heat your nut butter with your sticky sweetener until combined. Mix in your vanilla extract. Pour your wet mixture and pumpkin to the dry mixture and mix well. Depending on consistency, either add dairy free milk of choice or extra flour until a firm texture is formed. 3: Using your hands, form into small bite sized balls. Roll balls in optional cinnamon/sugar mixture and place on a baking tray or plate. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes to firm up.

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Tel: 01564 732750 Loch Fyne Knowle, The Bank House, High Street, Knowle, B93 0JU T&Cs apply. Food only. Excluding Friday & Saturday after 6pm. Not available in conjunction with any other discounts offer or promotion.


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Peel’s restaurant Awarded 3rd AA rosette Peel’s Restaurant, at Hampton Manor, has joined the region’s leading restaurants with the prestigious award of a 3rd AA Rosette. Only a handful of restaurants in Birmingham have made the big jump form 2 to 3 rosettes including Simpson’s, Purnell’s, Adam’s, Love’s and recently Turners. It is the first time a restaurant in the borough of Solihull has achieved this status. 10 months ago Hampton Manor completed a significant change to the hotel, relocating their restaurant into the original dining room of the manor house, converting the drawing room into a sumptuous lounge and opening an 8 seater tasting room with kitchen window that allows guest to enjoy a unique connection with the chefs whilst watching them prepare the food. The new restaurant only caters for 28 diners and is open Tuesday to Saturday for dinner only, allowing the chefs the opportunity to be highly focused on preparing innovative and delicious cuisine. Head Chef, Rob Palmer, credits his team and career mentors for the superb achievement. All of the Chef’s have grown up within 20 miles of the estate and have worked hard together to make this leap. The foundations of the restaurant were laid by former Michelin Starred Chef, Martyn Pearn, who trained the team from

2009 – 2013, nurturing the talented young locals and preparing them for this step. The emphasis of the restaurant is simplicity, focusing on sourcing good produce and delivering dishes with clean flavours that marry together harmoniously. Over all the new dining experience has focused on deformalizing the country house experience, providing a comfortable but relaxed evening with high quality cooking. The staff set the scene dressed stylishly in casual tweed jackets, no ties, chinos and brogues. The dining experience starts in a sumptuous and contemporary lounge with canapés where diners can choose from A La Carte or Tasting Menus. For the less adventurous there is the option of Rib Eye or a Chateaubriand to share, cooked on the Big Green Egg BBQ and served with triple cooked chips or truffled dauphinoise. The evening continues in the dining room with comfortable bucket seat chairs and leather tables. Whilst escaping the formality of traditional dining rooms, the intimate and alluring space still offers a timeless quality. Every element of the dining experience has been carefully crafted including handmade plates from Cotswolds potter Neil Alcock, bespoke wooden trays from Shirley based craftsman, William Self and furniture designed by creative director, Fjona Hill.

highly sophisticated tastes but want to be relaxed and at ease when they go out. Fine dining as we’ve known is becoming an increasingly limited market and restaurateurs are having to rethink everything. What doesn’t change though is the importance of sourcing the best produce and cooking it well.” The restaurant is hoping to harvest its first produce this year from its walled garden. Head Gardener, Darren Rutherford, is responsible for delivering a 10 year landscaping plan to help bring the grounds back to their former glory. The independent hotel is owned by Janet & Derrick Hill, who have invested over £6million in the redevelopment of the estate since acquiring it in 2008. They have been in hospitality for over 25 years and praised the “focus and determination of the team” for this achievement. Hampton Manor is a 45 acre estate with 15 boutique bedrooms accredited as 5 star gold by the AA. The house was built by Sir Frederick Peel, son of Prime Minister, Sir Robert Peel in 1885. The facilities include spa treatment rooms and also offers a separate dedicated events space that hosts meetings, dinners and weddings for up to 120 guests. t: 01675 446 080

Managing Director, James Hill, comments “We’ve worked hard to try and craft an experience that makes guests feel at home. We now have a generation of diners that have

e: info@hamptonmanor.com Hampton Manor, Shadowbrook Lane, Hampton-In-Arden, Solihull B92 0DQ

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Women’s Style

Over the

Knee Boots

fall trend

For one of those perfect autumnal days which occur more frequently in memory than in life

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01 Oversized Plaid Scarf LA FIORENTINA £38.00 nordstrom.com 02 Chloé Silk, mohair and wool-blend turtleneck sweater WAS £700 NOW £315.00 theoutnet.com 03 Arizona Blue Relaxed Skinny Jeans £69.00 mintvelvet.co.uk

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06 Proenza Schouler Leather backpack WAS £1382.00 NOW £690.00 theoutnet.com

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Welcome to

Evoke

Evoke is a lovely little boutique located on the High Street of the beautiful village of Knowle, near Solihull, in the West Midlands. The shop opened on the 11th of March 2015 and since then has been going from strength to strength, gaining a following of lovely friends and loyal customers along the way. We are the home of fantastic clothing brands and accessories. Our mission is to provide you with the latest, top quality fashion and accessories, all at affordable prices. Our number one priority is our customer care, to provide you with a pleasant and enjoyable shopping experience, in a bright, friendly, no pressure environment. With a range of beautiful new pieces arriving regularly, you are always welcome to pop in, weather you are just passing and fancy a browse, looking for something specific for yourself, or a gift for someone else!

You will discover a fantastic range of styles and sizes to suit. Clothes that will make you feel beautiful, feminine and classy, and like you are wearing something â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;a little bit differentâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;. To complete your outfit we also have an excellent range of fashion jewellery, scarves, handbags, purses, clutch bags, gifts etc.

To get in contact with Evoke: email: info@evokestyle.co.uk - telephone: 01564 898070 1586 High Street, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands B93 0LF

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Men’s Style

Winter

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Read on for the top trends you need to master now for autumnal season 01 Wool Scarf in Camel £150.00 bally.co.uk

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02 Superfine Cotton Low V-Neck T-Shirt £40.00 sunspel.com

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03 Pete Brown Leather Jacket £270.00 stuartslondon.com 04 Jacob Cohën Tailored Stretch-Denim Jeans £128.00 matchesfashion.com 05 Classic Belt with Antique Silver Buckle £25.00 freedom-uk.co.uk 06 Satchel with Front Pocket and Handle £75.00 vidavida.co.uk

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IVY ROUGE’S FASHION MUST HAVES

Boots, Boots

Welcome to our NEW fashion article by local girl Ivy Rouge. Each month she will bring you the best fashion from the designer gear to the High Street retailer. Studies fashion business and promotion BA Hons at Birmingham City University. Currently working full time at H&M and aspire to one day work as a buyer in the fashion industry. Hobbies; I like to keep up to date with fashion trends by following fashion pages on social media!

Instagram: @ivy.rouge Twitter: @ivyyrouge

Boots

November already - best get the winter boots out to keep those toes of yours all snug and warm! There is nothing worse than going out on a colds day and not being prepared and wearing the wrong footwear! Toes are frost bite and you just want to curl up and tuck your toes into your body. There’s so many types of boots, it all depends what kind of person you are and how you style your boots. There’s the gorgeous ankle Chelsea boots – to me they’re my fave! With rolled up black denim Levi Jeans and a nice pair of black ankle socks! Perfection! Although I do admit sometimes my little ankles do get quite cold. But that’s just my way of styling a boot.

My mother on the other hand loves a knee high boot worn over a thick pair of leggings or tights. Again, no matter how old you are any boot can be styled to how you like it. I’m 24 and my mother is in her early 50’s and she even pulls off boots better than me! Boots are an ESSENTIAL this time of year so get yourself into the shops and get your star buys whilst they have them stocked up in your size!!

OFFICE Jamie Suede Chelsea Boots £40.00 Available in Black Suede Only - Office stores and online.

DUNE Thunder quilted wellington boots £60.00 Available in Black Synthetic CARVELA COMFORT Vivian knee-high leather boots £170.00 Available in Black Only - Selfridges Store and Online.

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Here as always, is a selection I have picked out to show you my faves and the best stores to purchase from: STEVE MADDEN Raskal double-strap suede boots WAS £99.00 - THEN £79.00 NOW ONLY £59.00 !!! Available in Black Suede.

A cheeky open toed boot is also one of my faves! I even wear a frilly fashion sock to style them out when the weather is a little chilly! ALDO Jacqueline leather and suede open-toe boots £36.98 Available Only in Black - Selfridges Store online and in Store.

DUNE Social leather boots £170.00 Available in Black Leather

All Boots can be found in ANY Selfridges Store and Online @ www.selfridges.com

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Awareness of

Mental Health Awareness of Mental Health and Mental Illness is something that most of us have absolutely no knowledge of. With the stigma surrounding people who suffer from mental illness, not much is really known about who, how, why and when mental health issues affects anyone. Actually, we are ALL affected. Every year in the UK, at least one person in four is diagnosed with a mental health condition. By 2020, it is estimated that depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease (World Health Organization). It is so important for everyone to be able to identify when someone is suffering and struggling with a mental health issue. We all have a responsibility to look after each other and help those in society who need our kindness and compassion, in times of stress, difficulty, sadness, bereavement, loneliness, depression, mania, low mood... There is no shame in suffering with a mental health problem. It may be short term, as associated with a bereavement, other loss, divorce or financial problem OR it can be a longterm diagnosed illness such as Bi-Polar, schizophrenia, paranoia or clinical depression. What is important, is to identify it, accept it, treat it and manage the symptoms. supporting someone through a mental illness can be challenging and exhausting, however, the person suffering, is really going through a very traumatic and frightening time. No matter how uncomfortable it is for you, watching the person with the condition and the condition presenting itself compares minutely to the feelings and fear they will be experiencing. Learn how to identify the signs and signals so you can support someone who is suffering.

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Mental health problems are disturbances in the way in which people think, feel and behave. Terms include mental disorder, mental breakdown, burnout, mental illness, mental ill health, nervous breakdown, stress, work related pressure and psychiatric illness. In 2004, 168 million working days were lost, due to health related illnesses and 56 million of those days were due to stress, anxiety and depression. Everyone, without exception will go through one of these 3 illnesses at some point, if not ALL of them throughout their life. The difference is the severity at which we all suffer them. For example, a new mum may experience a mild form of depression, called the "Baby Blues" usually occurring at 4-6 weeks post giving birth and lasting for a few weeks to a couple of months. A similar situation may result in a mum developing depression, which is longer lasting, deeper in low mood, more severe in symptoms and potentially harmful to both mum and baby. This could be diagnosed as post-natal depression or PND. There are also varying degrees of PND, which need to be managed carefully and compassionately. So, even an "off day", not wanting to get out bed, feeling worthless, loss of appetite or just being

fed up, is a form of mental health and we all go through these episodes. As for employers, analysts reckon that this sickness absence costs £8.4 billion each year, plus another £15.1 billion in reduced productivity. A further £2.4 billion is lost replacing staff who leave work because of mental ill-health. Overall, recent estimates put the cost to UK employers at £30 billion to deal with stress and anxiety, according to a recent survey by OfficeTeam. This may be because of two related problems. The first is the stigma surrounding mental illhealth, despite its prevalence. One in four of us will at some stage suffer from mental illness. Employees are often reluctant to come forward and discuss mental issues with their employers, and by the same token, evidence suggests many employers underestimate the extent of the problem among employees each year. In the face of such figures, it's surprising that more employers don't make it a priority to promote positive mental health in the workplace. By taking some practical steps to improve management of mental health at work, it's estimated that employers should be able to cut


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losses by about a third. Even so, more than one in four HR directors said that they had no formal process. The important thing is not to think you are immune to experiencing any form of mental health issue. As we think, breath, eat and drink we are also programmed to "mal-function" in times of stress, worry and anxiety. Identifying this change in our Mental Health is the key to managing it and understanding what makes us tick. Sadly, the suicide rate amongst men has rocketed in the last couple of years. Every day in the UK, 14 men take their own life. The statistics are higher in the Republic of Ireland. There is no age distinction or trend and there are often no warning signs. In a 3Ts report called Suicide in Ireland published in May 2014, Dr. Kevin Malone, a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Psychotherapy and Mental Health at University College, Dublin, looked at 104 Irish families, bereaved through suicide between 2003 and 2008 and found worrying results. It was already common knowledge that most suicide victims are male, roughly 80%; what people hadn’t realized is how serious the problem was among younger men.

rates are more than three times higher than females. The highest suicide rate was among men aged 40 to 44 at 25.9 deaths per 100,000. In England, suicide rates were highest in the northwest and lowest in London. World Mental Health Day is on October 10th every year, focusing on Awareness, Education and Advocacy. My message to you is please don't ignore the signs and symptoms of someone who is suffering and in need of help. If you don't feel able to offer direct support, let someone else know, so that something is put in place to help. Look at Mental Health First Aid Training as a way of identifying those in need and to become confident in offering support. www.mhfaengland.org. At Solihull Health Check Clinic, we see many patients who present with physical conditions, which actually have manifested themselves, because of mental health issues. A Well-Man/WellWoman health check, can help you identify any worries, concerns and questions around your own mental health. For more information, go to www.healthchecksolihull.co.uk or call 0121 745 7400.

Dr. Malone’s report found that suicide was the leading cause of death for young men in Ireland and that the country was the fourth highest in the EU in the 15 to 24 year old age group. By analysing almost 12,000 suicide deaths in those aged 35 and under, the report identified a four-fold accelerated suicide count up to age 20, levelling off from the age of 21 onwards. The Office for National Statistics official figures show that in the UK, male suicide

Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic Solihull Health Check Clinic The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane Dickens Heath B90 1FF 0121 745 7400

TV- Quick fire interview,

Anastacia Strictly Come Dancing

She was famously “outta love”, but hopefully pop queen Anastacia won’t be outta luck too, as she is one of the new contestants in the 14th series of Strictly. Why are you taking part in Strictly this year? I'm taking part in Strictly for my own challenge as a woman recovering from so many different health issues. Most recently, I had a double mastectomy so for me it was kind of getting in touch with my female body and relearning to use my body on stage. Dancing brings you closer to your womanly side and I'm kind of getting in touch with my female parts that are new. 2013 was pretty much a whole year of surgeries and I just recently had a smaller surgery. Everything is good now but there is a lot of back and forth with surgeries. What do you think your biggest challenge will be? Trying to get out of my head properly and get into the movement. That whole outer body experience where I'm doing the move and it looks really weird but when your partner does it, it looks really great. What dance are you looking forward to? Any Latin situation I'm cool with. Those rhythms are something that I grew up with living in New York so I'm comfortable with those movements, not that I'm great at them but they feel more natural.

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Sleep in a time-starved world We're all in the same position these days. You're either juggling kids and career, career and breakneck-speed social life, or all three. It doesn't leave much room for anything else.

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Judge Rinder Strictly Come Dancing Why are you taking part in Strictly Come Dancing this year? I really love the show and I really love dancing, even though I'm not very good, I'm a private secret dancer and I love to dance. The main reason is as my grandparents get older it's a show they absolutely love. Although they've always been unconditionally proud of me I think there is something magical about being able to take part in something which gives them such joy and escapism especially as they suffer from all sorts of illnesses. Which judge do you want to impress the most and why? Well I would say Craig Revel Horwood, the only difference is unlike him I'm actually able to raise a judicial eyebrow... But actually I like to impress them all as I think they're all amazing. I was a massive fan of Darcey Bussell even before she started Strictly and I've seen her in a number of ballets and as a huge fan of hers I'll be actually quite intimidated to meet her - I'd really like her to say something nice, although I should say something nice as well. Have you been given any helpful advice or tips from any previous contestants? Yes, Susanna Reid typically told me just to be nice (I looked at her slightly perplexed thinking how on earth am I supposed to do that?) and Rachel Stevens who I grew up with said try to remember the steps and be talented (again that's alright if you're Rachel Stevens). She is amazing; she has always been super talented even when she was little. We used to play as kids; we've known each other since primary school.

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From nighttime meetings to midnight feeds with baby and 1am feasts with friends after a Friday in the bar, it's safe to say that on the whole Britain is staying up later and getting less rest the more we adopt the 24/7 mentality. Even in regional cities such as Manchester and Leeds it's now possible to party right through until the first train to anywhere on a Sunday morning, and as the world adapts to the whole globalisation thing, there's no doubt people will increasingly burn the candle at both ends, professionally. The problem is, none of this is going to do us much good in either the health or looks department. Indeed, it's often said that the best remedy for a multitude of ailments, from bags under the eyes to stress, is a good night's rest. But have you ever stopped to think about whether or not you're taking the right steps to ensure that your sleep pattern is helping you look and feel ravishing, no matter what the situation? According to research done on behalf of one of Britain's biggest bed manufacturers, Silentnight, 19% of Britons took a day off in 2012 as a result of sleepdeprivation, with a total cost to the economy of ÂŁ600million, and women are far more prone to suffering than men. Common issues include problems dropping off, problems staying asleep, poor quality of sleep, too much sleep, nightmares and sleepwalking. Chances are, you are one of the

79% of respondents who has experienced one or two of these in their time. So what can be done to avoid such nocturnal pitfalls? Well, according to sleep expert Dr. Nerina Ramlakhan, some pretty easy steps should begin erasing those big black circles without the need for cosmetics. First, consider restricting caffeine intake so that you only drink tea, coffee or other pick-meups before 2pm. Then make sure you're switching off properly before bed - so no computers or smartphones for at least one hour in the run-up to calling it a night. Instead read, or watch something relaxing on the box. It's also imperative that if you need to organise things for the next day, you do so prior to your relaxation time. Make a physical checklist of what needs to be done around the house or when you get to the office tomorrow, then descend onto the couch and it should be far less likely you'll spend the night thinking about getting those tasks ticked off. And, finally, if you are having trouble getting off after hitting the hay then under no circumstances should you check the time - this will only compound the situation by making you worry about lost sleep.


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A spotlight on what's inspiring and what's positive. Each month the Cornfield Magazine will take a look at some GOOD NEWS stories from across the globe. Heartwarming Moment Policeman Helped Calm Struggling Toddler By Getting Down To His Level A policeman found the perfect way to settle a crying toddler and the heartwarming moment was caught on camera. The member of Indiana State Police explained the young boy was having a “tough morning” and had sprawled out on the floor in a shopping centre. The boy’s mother told the man this was how her son had been “expressing himself” lately, so she had stepped back and let him lie there.

McDonald's 'refuses' homeless woman water – so man in queue does something amazing Jonothon Pengelly, from Cardiff, went to get some food after a night out with friends says his "heart was broken" after a woman was said to be denied the "basic human right". "I finished my night out, ended up in the dreaded McDonald's queue," Pengelly explains. "I couldn't help but notice the lady in front me, all she asked for was a cup of hot water. "The member of staff told her no. I don't know what was going through their mind but a lady, clearly homeless was asking for a basic human right; and for a multi billion pound company, for them to say no is disgusting!" The reveller, moved to act, offered to buy the lady some food. She ordered a single cheeseburger, he mentions in his Facebook post. Pengelly writes that he and his friends bought her as much as they could carry. But when it came to say goodbye, he decided to do more. "So full of life and enthusiasm and they literally have nothing! "I cried my eyes out," he adds. Pengelly says that he invited Polly and her friend back to his home and cooked her more food for the coming nights. Polly and her friend had showers, brushed their teeth, and said they "have never felt so appreciated", writes Pengelly. Pengelly's story has been shared more than 30,000 times. He hopes it'll inspire others to do similar "small acts of kindness". A McDonald's spokeswoman said: “There is no McDonald’s policy to ban homeless people from our stores and the vast majority of such requests are granted by our restaurant teams.

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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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As the weather gets colder, the light days are drawing in and the central heating is in full swing. Dehydrated flaky patches, reddened skin and those dreaded little pimples that seem to make an annual appearance are

all signs that our skin is suffering. Below I’ve listed various make up and skincare that can help comfort your skin in the cooler months.

My must have product this month, great for all skin types Kalme Chameleon concealer face cream A velvety and luxurious formula with advanced tone-matching technology and airbrush-effect particles for correcting red and uneven complexions for a flawlessly smooth finish. Anti-redness actives from young caper buds reduce underlying redness and inflammation. Prebiotic ingredients increase the production of good skin bacteria to help repair and strengthen the skin barrier and reduce capillary leakage. Intensely moisturising actives combat dryness and increase the skin’s elasticity.

Extra Protection Adding a primer to your daily skin routine this winter is like adding an extra layer of clothing to keep you warm and comfortable. Primers promote hydration add nutriants and keep your foundation looking its best throughout the day and night.

No matter what age bracket you’re in or what trend you follow, one way to jazz up a dull day is add a bit of sparkle. You can add just a touch or go full on bling. Below are my recommendations for this November. A featherweight eye shadow formula that instantly lights up eyes with a combination of shimmering pearls and fine sparkle. Its famous for its crease-free, long-lasting wear and creamy-soft powder feel.

My top 3 primers this winter Chanel's Le Blanc De Chanel Multi-Use Illuminating Base manages to mattifies skin whilst also providing a dewy glow without even the slightest hint of sparkle or shimmer - as well as evening out discoloured areas. Also great mixed with foundation for extra radiance and staying power.

Hourglass Veil Mineral Primer SPF15. For the more oil prone blemished skin, This lightweight primer glides easily on, leaving a velvety finish and keeping make-up in place all day long - say goodbye to that mid-afternoon shine. Plus, the SPF protection saves an extra step.

More than just make-up, Eve Lom's Flawless Radiance Primer brings together multiple plant extracts and vitamins to moisturise, nourish and protect as it works. Add to that an easily-absorbed formula and clever light-diffusing particles and you've got pretty much the perfect primer.

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Charlotte Tilbury palette. This palette is a dreamy, pretty, flattering combination of champagne golds, Ibizan sunset golds, and pale, angelic, softer bronzes…

Cailyns mineral eyeshadow. A highly pigmented eye shadow powder infused with shimmer. If eyeshadow is a must in your makeup routine, Cailyn's Just Mineral Eye Polish is definitely a travel friendly essential. Fuss-free and messfree, the 100% natural pigment comes with a sponge applicator stored in the lid for an effortlessly blended application no matter where you are. The velvety smooth texture of the finely milled powder sweeps flawlessly across the lid allowing you to create a number of enviable results.

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November 16th 1960 King of Hollywood is Dead Dubbed “King of Hollywood,” Gone with the Wind actor Clark Gable epitomized Hollywood's Golden Age, and was a legend for his on- and off-screen romances. Born on February 1, 1901, in Ohio, Clark Gable initially had a hard time getting Hollywood roles, due to his big ears. After signing with MGM, he was cast with stars like Greta Garbo and Joan Crawford, and his popularity soared. He hit box-office gold with such films as It Happened One Night and Gone with the Wind. His final film, The Misfits, was also Marilyn Monroe’s last film.

November 19th 1828 Death of Franz Schubert Franz Schubert German was an Austrian composer. Schubert died before his 32nd birthday, but was extremely prolific during his lifetime. His output consists of over six hundred secular vocal works seven complete symphonies, sacred music, operas, incidental music and a large body of chamber and piano music. Schubert is ranked among the greatest composers of the late Classical and early Romantic eras and is one of the most frequently performed composers of the early nineteenth century.

November 27th 1868 Custer Kills Chief Black Kettle Lieutenant Colonel George Armstrong Custer led an early morning attack on a band of peaceful Cheyenne living in western Oklahoma. The surprise attack, known as the Battle of the Washita River, is hailed as one of the first substantial American victories in the wars against the Southern Plains Indians.

November 30th 1900 Oscar Wilde is Dead Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde was an Irish playwright, novelist, essayist, and poet. After writing in different forms throughout the 1880s, he became one of London's most popular playwrights in the early 1890s. He is remembered for his epigrams, his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, his plays, as well as the circumstances of his imprisonment and early death.

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ANNOUNCES THE UK LEG OF HIS WORLD TOUR HIS BIGGEST UK ARENA TOUR IN 15 YEARS

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It has been the most talked about and relevant return to music by an artist in decades! Having sold over 15 million albums, achieving 16 Top Ten hits and multi-platinum status in more than 20 countries, taking over festival stages around the world, selling out headline tours in seconds, to securing a residency at the iconic Ibiza Rocks Hotel … It’s official, Craig David is back and in a big way! Ahead of the release of his highly anticipated new album, ‘Following My Intuition’ out 30th September, Craig announces the UK leg of his World Tour and his biggest UK arena tour in 15 years. The ‘Following My Intuition Tour ‘will see

Craig perform at 15 venues throughout the UK between 16 March 2017 – 07 April 2017. Including a date at the Barclaycard Arena on 24 March 2017. Craig says “I’m beyond excited to announce this tour! It’s been 15 years since I did an arena tour here in the UK and I want to enjoy every single second this time around. I don’t take anything for granted and this tour honestly means the world to me. I feel so lucky to be able to travel the UK and perform tracks off my new album as well as some of my classics and to invite everyone to enjoy the TS5 experience too. I have no words for how amazing this year has been for me and I want to thank you all for the incredible love and support you have shown me. I can’t wait to see you on tour!” Demand for Craig’s live shows are higher than ever following the incredible success of his world famous, critically acclaimed ‘TS5’ shows. Starting out as the most exclusive pre-party in Miami, hosted in his penthouse home, Tower Suite 5, ‘TS5’ has gone on to become the must-see live event of the summer with Craig playing sets at the biggest festivals and clubs around the world, including his takeover of Glastonbury’s Sonic Stage; This brought over 25k people to the tent,

and achieved the record for the biggest crowd at the stage in Glastonbury history. Craig has also spent his is summer in Ibiza with his residency at Ibiza Rocks Hotel. Craig is proud and excited to be taking singersongwriter, Lauren Faith with him on this tour as his special guest. 21-year-old Lauren worked with Craig on his new album providing stunning vocals and co-writing on tracks ‘Got it Good’ and ‘Sink or Swim’. Lauren says, “I’m so excited to have been invited to work with Craig on this tour. This is a real game changer for me.”

I have no words for how amazing this year has been for me and I want to thank you all for the incredible love and support you have shown me.

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Craig David wasn’t your average British pop star, oh no, there was so much more to this fellow from Southampton.

And now he’s back, buffer than ever, soon to release Following My Intuition, his eagerly-awaited 2016 album.

Not only did he introduce Garage music into your life, but he also made beanie hats the coolest accessory to have and named his first album after a line from Charlie And The Chocolate Factory.

Basically, he’s just all sorts of amazing and here’s why.

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Craig Ashley David was born on May 5, 1981 in Southampton, Hampshire.

Music was always likely to be Craig's career choice. It was in his gene pool as his carpenter father George was the bassist in reggae group Ebony Rockers. The group are credited with bringing the reggae sounds of inner-city Southampton to the rest of the UK at the ends of the '70s.

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"Six nominations, no Brits for C.D," was David's infamous line at the 2001 Brit Awards, where he was cruelly snubbed six - yes six! - times. Despite being one of the biggest-selling acts of the early '00s, David has still never won a Brit gong. With 12 nominations in total, he can count himself pretty unlucky to have never done so. A1, Basement Jaxx, Ms Dynamite and Lemar are among the acts to have ruined Craig's parade.

Craig is a self-confessed trainer addict. There's nothing he loves more than a massive sniff of some fresh sneakers. "That box fresh smell is incredible," he claims. "I put them in a special cupboard in my dressing room. I'm excessive but never too excessive. There's four or five [pairs] of the same trainer maybe that is excessive."

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He may have become a figure of fun in recent years, but Craig has an impressive record of scoring hits. He became the youngest ever male artist to score a number one when he released his debut 'Fill Me In' in 2000. Since then, he has scored ten more Top 10 hits and released two multi-platinum albums. A record not to be sniffed at.

He may not be popular with the Brits panel, but David has some indie credibility at least thanks to the Arctic Monkeys. The Sheffield band's drummer Matt Helders confesses to knowing all the words to CD's Born To Do It disc. "I don't know why I love it, but I just can't help but sing along," he said. Oasis, Nirvana, Pixies, REM, Prince, Eminem, The Smiths... pah! Craig knocked back all these acts and many more in a recent MTV 'Greatest Album Ever' poll. David's Born To Do It debut finished second, with only Michael Jackson's Thriller beating it.

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Give Craig David a football to kick around with and he can compete with the best of them. The popstar took

the 'Man Of The Match' title at the 2008 Soccer Aid game, which featured major international footballers such as Alan Shearer, Paolo Di Canio, Teddy Sheringham and David Seaman.

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Craig's efforts and impact on the music industry were finally rewarded in 2008 when he was given an honorary degree as Doctor of Music by Southampton Solent University. So show him some respect, people!

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Craig was overweight as a child and suffered at the hands of bullies. He’s now almost as famous for his six-pack as his singing and used to train for almost three hours a day. He says: “It went from one extreme to another. Some people become addicted to drugs, alcohol or smoking. For me it was the gym”.

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Martin LEWIS

Mortgages Is now the perfect time to cut the cost of your mortgage? Rates are at historic lows - for the first time a two-year-fix is below 1% and a ten year fix is 2.39%. Many people can cut their mortgage costs by £1,000s. Yet after Brexit many are asking if could it get even cheaper.

TV- Quick fire interview,

Greg Rutherford Strictly Come Dancing How do you rate your dance skills and have you ever had any previous dance experience? I have zero dance skills and I have zero dance experience so that's part of the concern I have! To be honest we just did a fitting for the outfits and I thought great I don't mind doing any of that at all - I have to usually jump in a very tight vest and shorts so I'm fine with that stuff but it's more the fact that I hate not being good at things because normally anything I ever try like a sport or anything else I have some idea I can pick up quite quickly, so I'm hoping I can pick this up. What will be your biggest challenge? At this time of year I normally completely switch off for six weeks. I stay at home a lot sitting around in my pants eating cakes because I don't really get to do that the rest of the year and this is going to be one of the first years in a long time that I'm training through. What are you most looking forward to about the entire Strictly experience? You know what's the weird thing? When you do sport and meet people who you deem as famous if you like, it's always a bit odd. I'm always like oh wow it's so and so and I'm still like that now so it's going to be interesting meeting people. One thing I've seen and heard is that people get quite friendly with each other so that's the part of it I'm really interested in and as I say, learning to dance because that's a big thing for me.

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My mailbag’s been rammed with messages from nervous mortgageholders wondering whether they should do anything with their mortgage due to the uncertain economy right now. I don’t have a crystal ball and don’t know what the future holds, but in short here’s my analysis on the situation… 1) Will fixes get cheaper? The rate at which fixes are set is based on complex 'long-term City swap rates'. And the markets' gloom has pushed those down, so fix rates could (there's a lot of crystal-ball gazing here) trickle down a touch further. 2) What about variable rates? There’s certainly pressure on them to drop, Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has indicated cuts that may happen, though the last meeting of the bank it kept them on hold. So should people wait? The big picture... mortgages are at historically cheap rates already. If you can slash £1,000s off your cost and get peace of mind that you can afford it (and if you're worried about uncertainty, go for a longer fix), then do it. Yes, there's a chance it could get even cheaper, but if you're bagging something that's easily affordable, that safety and certainty has a value too. Playing the market is never a sure-fire win. And big savings are possible, such as Kperat’s, who emailed me: "Following your email we did some research, fixed at 1.24% for 2 yrs,

reduced term to 13 yrs without paying much more a month. Will be saving about £20,000, even after fees. THANKS." Just how cheap are mortgages? HSBC is offering a 0.99% two-yearfix, though you’ll need a good credit score, to be borrowing less than 65% of your house’s value and pay a huge fee of £1,499. Yet see this is an example of the type of rates available. At 90% of your house’s value you could get 2.49% fee-free for two years, or if you want to fix for longer, there are five-year-fixes in the 2%s too. So examine what your rate is now; many people are on their lender’s standard variable rate, the rate you go to when a fix or discount ends. So for Barclays, RBS, Halifax, NatWest and most Nationwide customers, it’s around 4%, though this is likely to drop if there is a rate cut. And just remember, every 1% point you cut off your mortgage is around £80/month less per £1,000 of mortgage. How to find the cheapest mortgages For easy benchmarking, to see what’s out there, start with a comparison site that includes all deals, including ‘direct only’, those that aren’t offered by broker. These include my Mortgage Comparison at www.mse.me/mortgagebestbuys or sites such as TotallyMoney.com. Yet it’s not just the rate that counts: these days getting accepted isn’t easy. Both your credit score and whether you’re deemed able to afford the mortgage count. (The


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latter is often calculated as if interest rates are far higher than they are, so you can still pay if rates do rise.) Matching your characteristics to available mortgages is something a good mortgage broker can do that you can’t do yourself. But do ask if the broker will check all deals available to them and not just a panel of lenders. Also, check how much using a broker will cost and ensure you use a qualified one. Some phone-only brokers such as www.LandC.co.uk are fee-free but if you want face-to-face help, ask friends for a local broker recommendation or use www.Unbiased.co.uk or www.VouchedFor.co.uk to find one. Don’t ignore the fees The smaller your mortgage, the bigger the impact of fees, especially on smaller mortgages. A good way to compare mortgages is to divide the fee across the discount or fixed period. So a £1,200 fee on a two-year (i.e., 24-month) deal is £50 a month – add that to the monthly repayment. And if you use www.mse.me/mortgage bestbuys to compare, the ‘total cost’ function does this automatically for you. Fix or variable rate? The advantage of a fix is you get price and budgeting certainty that the rate won't move for a set time. Variable deals move

with UK interest rates – and sometimes just at the provider's whim. Generally, you pay a little more to fix, but not much. Ask yourself how much you think rates will rise over the period. If safety's what counts for you, err on the side of fixing, and fixing for longer. Got savings? They could get you a better mortgage For this, you need to find your current loanto-value (LTV), the proportion of the value you're borrowing. E.g., £80k on a £100k property is 80% LTV. At every 5% LTV threshold from 95% down to 60%, deals tend to get better, so a little extra can have a big impact on your rate.

then be at 90% LTV where the top 5yr fix is 2.84%, saving c. £1,600/year in payments. Martin Lewis is the Founder & Editor in Chief of Money Saving Expert. To join the 10 million people who get his Martin’s Money Tips weekly email, go to www.moneysavingexpert.com/latesttip

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If you are contemplating a 2017 move, please do get in touch and allow us to carry out a free, no obligation market appraisal of your property. We are delighted to have agreed sales on over 100 properties this year and are on hand to look after you! Until then, have a fantastic end to the year! Please call Dominic Murphy now on 0121 775 0101 to arrange your free market appraisal.

November’s Top Tip Vacate your property for viewings and let your agent take care of the work, there is nothing worse than trying to get honest feedback from an applicant whilst you’re sat on your sofa in your pyjamas!

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Fisher-price Code-A-pillar, £49.99 Age 3+ One of a new breed of coding toys for preschoolers,the Code-A-pillar is made up of 8 segments which can be mixed around to move in a certain direction or to do an action. Clever and educational.

Must Have Toys for Christmas 2016 Nerf Modulus tri-strike, £59.99 Age 8+ Not one, not two, but THREE different kinds of darts in the same blaster... a surefire way of ending up with a missile to the head on Christmas day!!!

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Entertaining At Home is on the Increase! The homeward bound cocooning trend has made stay at home entertaining vastly more important to consumers. Games rooms are becoming an essential feature in many homes with the provision of activities to amuse the entire family paramount. Availability of design led homes games equipment now reflect this change in market trend. Quality, finish and aesthetics are everything. What products are most popular in a home Gamesroom? We have found the essential is always the pool table. Usually American pool (Spots and Stripes) as opposed to British pool (Reds and Yellows) or Snooker. The reason for this preference is that American pool uses bigger balls and bigger pockets, making the fun of potting more accessible to more participants, plus the range of designs and styles for American pool is far greater due to its bigger demand worldwide. However, all types of cue sports games can be played on any table by the provision of different ball sets, just as long as the table is rectangular and has 6 pockets.

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quality, toy type versions. A wobbly pool table with small plastic balls, or an Air Hockey where the puck runs too slow or lifts off, makes for a less than ideal experience and even novice players will notice the difference from what they enjoy playing in arcades, pubs and clubs.

Why has this trend emerged? Going out for entertainment is reducing in all sectors. Staying in to enjoy electronic gaming, quality dining, home cinema experiences and now Gamesrooms. It seems this trend is across the board and growing. There are numerous reasons behind this change in people’s habits. Expense is an obvious one with a night out costing potentially £100’s. Taxis, meals, drinks, plus entry fees or pay per play all add up. This money can be invested in improving the home (adding capital value), plus providing a good time and entertainment in a faster, impulsive and more convenient manner.


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Safety is another concern with the media driven fear of late night trouble spots. Home feels safer! Undoubtedly the drink driving consideration plays a part. Sensible to stay at home and have a beer or two whilst shooting pool than to frequent the pub and abstain or taxi.

Aren’t Gamesrooms only viable in extremely large homes? Gamesrooms are now being placed in all sorts of domestic locations. Garages are common, typically the modern car is quite at home if kept out in all weathers year round and most garages are now left empty or get filled with junk. Attics and basements, work equally well. Most pool and snooker tables will breakdown into smaller component form and allow access through loft hatches and tight stairways, opening up numerous possibilities. Outbuildings such as sheds are increasingly being constructed to house what is often referred to as a ‘Man Cave’, although the modern stylish Gamesroom is as much appreciated by the Ladies in the home. The times I have been advised by happy customers that the only negative to buying a pool table, is “now the wife is a better player than I am”.

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If space is still an issue there are now Dining tables which easily convert to a pool table. This concept allows almost any home to take advantage of the benefits of having a Gamesroom. Tables which offer this dual purpose approach are now available in a vast range of sizes and finishes to fit perfectly in the home. The styling is now so good that no one would even know that discreetly built into the stylish new dining room suite is a stealthy American pool table just waiting to be revealed.

For over 20 years my company has been a market leader in the supply and support of Pool and Snooker tables along with Air Hockey and Table Football. These products have been very popular in thousands of entertainment venues throughout the UK and further afield. However we have witnessed a marked trend with these products becoming an essential in domestic environments. Sales are booming with home owners demanding a broader spectrum of design led offerings. We now cater for customers who want pool tables wrapped in leather, finished in a full spectrum of colours, supplied with matching poker and dining tops, even glass tables are possible. Gary Drage, Managing Director of SAM Leisure, our showroom is located at Atlantic House, Falkland Close, Coventry, CV4 8AU, call 02476 461234, email gary@samleisure.co.uk, or visit www.samlesiure.co.uk I have been in the Cuesports business since the late 80’s and started SAM leisure in 1994. We are the UK’s leading supplier of Pool and Air Hockey tables to the commercial trade with our equipment gracing almost every bowling centre, snooker hall and family entertainment centre in the Country. Additionally we stock the UK’s largest range of professional cues and case in our Coventry showroom along with a selection of the finest Gamesroom tables.

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Take Control

Voice Control Hands full as you walk through the door on a dark Autumnal evening “I’m home” you announce and the lights fade up creating a path through to the kitchen.

Last month I touched on the backbone of a smart home and its importance, this time round I’m going to go through some of the various ways to control your smart home from smart phone apps to voice control there’s a solution to suit everyone.

Pros - Ease of use, voice activated scenes, relatively low cost addition. Cons - New technology, advanced programming required.

Apps Smart phone or tablet, these days there is an app for “that!” Pros - Free or low cost, great for visual feedback and as a secondary point of control. Cons - Slow and cumbersome to initiate, phone or tablet out of use whilst controlling.

Dedicated Touch Screens In wall or portable some manufacturers supply dedicated touch screens for their control systems. Pros - Always on and ready to go for instant control. Great for visual feedback. Cons - Cost, lack of tactile feedback.

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Universal Remote Control

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We’ve been using remote controls for over 25 years so why stop now?

Lighting control is a big part of a smart home so why not utilise the switches to control other things? Blinds up and down, one touch and your TV’s on to your favourite channel the possibilities are endless.

Pros - Familiarity and tactile feedback making for ease of use. Great for AV control. Cons - Easily misplaced, not so good for visual feedback and whole home control.

Pros - Programmable and configurable buttons, always in the same place. Cons - Fixed location, advanced programming required.

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.

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Cast your mind back to 2001, when a young lady called Bridget Jones was stumbling, falling, tripping but somehow still overall winning her way through life after exploding onto the screen from the pen of Helen Fielding- the journalist's newspaper column had created a character that, for some at least, perfectly represented all that a modern woman was and could be. Well, sort of. So Jones (Renee Zellweger) was a career girl who still found time to have a good time, and dip her toe in the murky lakes of romance. For some then perhaps the whole female role model thing begins to disintegrate once you realise quite how dominant matters of the heart were to the leading lady, but we'd more argue that all humans- boy and girl- are ruled by an inherent desire to find a partner. As such the depiction was pretty much bang on accurate.

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After all, what else do we have to hold on to as people, other than a rapidly diminishing supply of pub co-drinkers as friends beat us to settling down, and work, which should never be anyone's solution to tracking down that elusive meaning to life. Digressions aside, what you thought of Jones then probably hasn't changed since- what with the woeful second movie, The Edge of Reason , clocking in amongst the worst films ever made and doing nothing to improve any previous bias. It was so bad, in fact, that you have to wonder whether this had any bearing on Hugh Grant's refusal to return for this third instalment.

Whatever the truth, Bridget and her new child might not win any naysayers over, but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll definitely have fans returning with a renewed passion. As it sounds, part three is all about making babies, and we join our urbandwelling heroine on the eve of her 43rd birthday. In truly modern fashion, she proceeds to become pregnant but there are questions over the identity of the father, with familiar face Mark Darcy (Colin Firth) and new addition Jack 'American Guy' Quant (Patrick Dempsey) both in the running, even if they might not neccessarily want to be. Cue a web of uncertainty and bemused awks moments the likes of which we've rarely seen at cinemas since the very first of Bridget's movies. A definite return to form, then, here's just hoping people are forgiving enough to forget about the travesty that came before.


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They say you can't, and shouldn't touch a classic. Ever. Hollywood has never really been very good at listening to them, though, as the endless (and seemingly increasingly rapid) stream of remakes has long since gone to show. So then, it's with some real trepidation that we learnt of the new version of what may or may not be the finest Western of all time. Even if you wouldn't go that far, The Magnificent Seven remains a real benchmark both of genre filmmaking but also of filmmaking in general. Directed by John Sturges, with more than a little assistance and style from the likes of Steve McQueen, Eli Wallach and Yul Brynner, we watched as seven hired guns rode out on their steeds, constantly looking to right the injustices of the frontier, and offer some help to the helpless. Based on another landmark work of cinema, Akira Kurosawa's Seven Samurai , it's the kind of flick that answers all the questions- relentlessly entertaining, incredibly easy to watch, yet heartfelt in its performances and poignant in terms of narrative. Few movies are rated so highly, and so Antoine Fuqua has some real living up to do when it comes to this, his 2016 remake, which very much seems to be about paying homage to the original plot, rather than redrafting the whole thing almost from scratch. Of course there are some significant updates. The music is modern, the editing style disorientating in its speed and therefore very contemporary-action. And, needless to say, we have a new band of gunslingers vying for our affection- Chris Pratt ( Guardians of the Galaxy , Jurassic World ), Vincent D'Onofrio ( Full

Metal Jacket ), Byung-hun Lee ( G.I. Joe), Martin Sensmeier (TV's Salem ) and Manuel Garcia Rulfo ( Cake ). Meanwhile, Denzel Washington heads up the entourage, making for a truly diverse cast list. The catalyst for the story itself can be found in Haley Bennett ( The Girl On The Train ), who plays Emma Cullen, a young townswoman whose husband is gunned down by a nasty industrialist by the name Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard). This jump starts are avenging heroes into life, who proceed to get all six shooter on the situation. Let's leave it at that for the synopsis, and just say that considering just how big the shoes were that needed filling with this re-reading, the cast and crew have done a rather commendable job, even if you might not instantly agree there was a need for this one in the first place.


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Another award for Solihull Health Check Clinic Solihull Health Check Clinic are delighted to have been awarded the top prize for a second year in a row, for the prestigious Customer Care category, presented by Solihull Chamber of Commerce, at an awards ceremony, held at the Holiday Inn, Birmingham Airport on October 7th. Eileen Fegan, who is the Clinical Director of Health Care at the Clinic, along with her husband Pat, who not only manages the day to day strategic running of the Clinic, but also runs a Nursing & Care Agency, are thrilled to have been chosen for a second year running. This award , identifies an organisation that demonstrates exceptional Customer Care and has been recognised and nominated by clients, customers, stakeholders and colleagues. The judging panel, made up of local business owners award the first place to the organisation that they feel shows their commitment to customer service, going above and beyond what is normally expected of them, to ensure the client receives an outstanding and memorable service. They also look for examples of behaviours and skills that can include and demonstrate initiative, dedication, willingness to help, are supportive, hard working, committed to Corporate Social Responsibility and are open and friendly, having empathy and compassion. Eileen and Pat Fegan said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;as a team, we work extremely hard, making sure our services are exceptional, and being presented with this award, tells us that all our efforts are worth itâ&#x20AC;?. Solihull Health Check Clinic was founded in 2014, to offer health screening and Well-Man/Well-Woman health checks. The services offered include health screening for individuals as well as corporate clients, who want to offer their staff on-site facilities for health checks. The Clinic is multi award winning, after receiving the Chamber of Commerce Business Award in 2015, as well as the Customer Care award and the Outstanding Contribution to Social Change. 52 | Cornfield Magazine

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With Helen Curtis About Helen: Single mum to a beautiful daughter, I have grown up in Knowle and feel the local area is close to my heart. I work part time in admin. Hobbies: I like to ‘try’ to keep on top of my fitness by going to the gym, I do love food though and spend the autumn and winter months cooking and comfort eating. I do enjoy a pint of cider and a gossip down the pub. I will be using this page to bring you exciting news and information, with focus on local events, awards and all things good going on in the area.

Firstly, the upcoming annual and ever popular, Knowle Christmas light switch on, on Monday 28th November. There will be a visit from Santa and carols by the Church, wrap up warm and bring the whole family to what is always a wonderful evening for all. This is followed by Knowle Late Night opening in aid of Marie Curie on Wednesday 30th November. Each year this event becomes even more popular with around 20 shops getting involved and into the spirit of Christmas, raising around £8000 over the last 5 years, this year certainly wont let you down! We are promised one off promotions, special offers, nibbles and a raffle. There will be entertainment from local choirs and a visit from the Mayor and Mayoress of Solihull. All shops and restaurants in participation will be displaying a large gold bow so as not to be missed. So make sure you visit Knowle and get ahead of the Christmas rush!

Another few bits of good news and things to keep an eye out for in future issues:

Sleeping Rough

If you would like to sponsor John and support the homeless veterans, you can do so by visiting www.gofundme.com/home4heroes

Local lad, former British Army Soldier John Loveday, is braving the imminent cold weather and will be spending two nights sleeping rough in Birmingham City Centre on 5th and 6th November. This is to be in support of the veterans of the British Army, many of whom are found to be homeless upon returning to the UK. John will have just a sleeping bag and rucksack, with no money for food, he is raising the money he will need to eat. I will be catching up with John following his ordeal, with a detailed account of his day to day experience, look out for this in the next issue!

Thursday 17th November sees the Solihull BID Excellence Awards 2016 return to St John’s Hotel after the huge success of the awards in 2015. The awards celebrate both people and businesses in the Solihull area that have stood out and achieved great things over the past year. Categories include: Best Customer Service, Best Hospitality and Leisure, Outstanding Team of 2016

Recent Awards and Nominations The Hampton Health & Fitness Club, of Old Station Lane, Hampton in Arden, have been shortlisted in the National Fitness Awards 2016 in the ‘Community Involvement’ Category. This is for their ongoing, fantastic support in the local community. The awards are being held on 2nd December at Leicester Tigers Arena, stay tuned to see how they get on www.thehampton.co.uk

(NEW), Outstanding Innovation and Enterprise, Best Apprentice/ Trainee and Best Independent.

Find out about the winners in next month's issue.

To support the event and join in celebrating local excellence you can buy tickets to the event at a cost of £30 each. This includes a 3 course meal and entertainment from the Duelling Pianists. Ticket line 0121 285 1370.

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Each month we take a look at the newest albums that are charting now. Young As The Morning, Old As The Sea

Passenger A seventh album of inviting folk music.

Chapter and Verse Bruce Springsteen A companion piece to Springsteen's 500 plus page autobiography.

Illuminate Shawn Mendes The econd studio album by Canadian singer and songwriter.

FEAR Marillion Marillion's 18th studio album. Marillion used crowdfunding to finance this album.

Wild World Bastille Wild World is the second studio album by British indie pop band Bastille.

We will also pick a golden oldie thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s worth a listen. Ladies & Gentlemen George Michael The Best of is a greatest hits collection released in 1998.

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BOOK CLUB The Last Fiesta

Beneath The Surface

One for fans of Hemingway and J.M. Coetze, Andy Rumbold's tale of a road trip through flamboyant Spanish culture is what you might call the perfect holiday read. Or at least it is in our opinion.

Secrets, lies, heartbreak and abandonment. The latest novel from Heidi Perks is hardly a barrel of laughs, reading more like a list of psychological issues than anything else. Nevertheless, it's impossible to put down.

We've all had friends that have, for one reason or another, become acquaintances. We've all felt compelled to reunite after all this time, and dedicate a week or two to their company. And, those of us that have managed to do just that, will understand there will always be highs and lows that come from that reunion.

Picture the scene, you're a teenager called Abigail Ryder, and, arriving home from school one day you find the house empty. But not empty in that usual, everyone's yet to get home from the hard day before kind of way. Things are missing, and your stepsister's room is completely barren.

This fact forms part of The Last Fiesta, Rumbold's debut novel and one that promises much for the future of the writer in question. A bunch of pals decide to get back together and hit the dusty trails, with the main intention being attending the famous fiestas of San Fermin, along with the town's iconic and hugely controversial bull run. Penned with such visceral language it's impossible not to picture each and every scene (or chapter), we're also privy to the secrets, hometruths and realities that make up each of the characters, meaning we're also drawn into their lives as though they were our own former besties.

Such is the catalyst for Beneath The Surface, which comes from full time writer and mother of two Perks. A surreal situation turned into a living, waking nightmare for the young female protagonist, the premise is made all the more distressing when police get involved, but, as is so often the case with minors, seem intent on dismissing her concerns, or, worse still, accusing her of some misdeed or other.

Part travelogue, then, and part tale about why sometimes we have to forget the past, or at least put it behind us, it's easy to understand why the pages in question have been in receipt of so much praise from critics and peers alike. It's reflective yet tense, poignant, heartbreaking and genuinely intriguing. Or, to put it in a far more concise way, the best word to describe this work is utterly remarkable. Unique from beginning to last, by now you should already be guessing that, despite there being a pile of literary material waiting to be reviewed sitting on our far-toosmall desks, this one is definitely coming with us for the next jaunt to sunnier climes.

Going from bad to worse, even grandmother Eleanor doesn't really want to get involved in the mystery at hand- instructing the high schooler to give up hope, move on and forget the obvious trauma this would cause. It's not until a decade or so later, when Abi has met Adam, and the happy couple are preparing to become parents themselves, that this distressing past comes back to haunt the once-abandoned child. In a bid to try and safeguard her sanity, and finally lay these troubles to rest, Abi embarks on a personal investigation to try and figure out exactly what happened fourteen years earlier, and the circumstances leading to her losing almost all of her family. Unearthing hometruths that nobody wants to know in the process, what follows makes for a dark, challenging read, but one that we enjoyed thoroughly from beginning to end.

Check out our new releases for all the info on the latest video games. Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare is an upcoming first-person shooter video game developed by Infinity Ward and published by Activision. It is the thirteenth primary installment in the Call of Duty series and is set to be released for Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on November 4, 2016. Similar to the previous games in the series, Infinite Warfare is a first-person shooter. As the game introduces a new setting, outer space, new gameplay mechanics, such as zerogravity environments are included. Emily Kaldin and Corvo Attano return as supernatural assassins in Dishonored 2 for Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. Travel to the majestic coastal city of Karnaca to remove an otherworldly usurper and restore Emily to the throne.

Watch Dogs 2. Join Marcus Holloway and the notorious group of hackers Deadsec in Watch Dogs 2 on Playstation 4, Xbox One and PC. Expose those who have done wrong with various hacking skills and weapons to bring back the freedom to the citizens in San Francisco. An upcoming open world actionadventure video game. The sequel to 2014's Watch Dogs, it launches worldwide on November 15, 2016.

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Key facts and statistics: stillbirth and neonatal deaths Every day, 11 babies are stillborn and six newborn babies (Neonatal Death) die in the UK – that’s 6,500 baby deaths a year. One in every 200 babies delivered in the UK is stillborn (that is, the baby has died during pregnancy or birth anytime from 24 weeks of pregnancy onwards). The percentage of pregnancies that end in stillbirth has remained largely unchanged in the UK for the past 15 years.

The Lily Mae Foundation was set up in July 2010 in memory of a very special little girl. It was formed to create a lasting legacy to not only Lily Mae's parents and family, but also to many others who were not fortunate enough to meet her. Today, 17 babies will die; all the tragic victims of stillbirth or neonatal death. This statistic is showing no signs of decreasing and for every stillborn or neonatal death there is a family that is devastated following the loss of their baby. This shocking statistic, the loss of 6,500 babies every year, is something the public is not generally aware of. Most people think stillbirths don’t happen in the 21st century. Stillbirth and Neonatal Death are taboo subjects, yet stillbirth in the UK is 10 times more common than cot death. The Lily Mae Foundation is determined to change public perception of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death. Despite its frequency, there is little public perception of the frequency of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death. There has also historically been a lack of funding for research into Stillbirth and Neonatal Death. Donations to The Lily Mae Foundation will be used to help and support Parents and Families that have been affected by the death of a baby. The Lily Mae Foundation aims to help change public perception of Stillbirth and Neonatal Death. On behalf of all the Trustees of The Lily Mae Foundation I just wanted to say a massive thank you for your superb sponsorship support for our Fun Run and for making it such a huge success once again. Just over 600 runners enjoyed the day. They were watched by some 300 people at the start and finish line and by an estimated 750 people around the Fun Run route.

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Other high-income countries have achieved significant reductions in stillbirths in recent years, demonstrating more can be done to decrease the incidence of Stillbirth or Neonatal Death Almost 15 times more babies are stillborn than die of cot death (‘sudden infant death’) every year in the UK. One in every 300 babies born in the UK dies in the first 4 weeks of life (this is termed a Neonatal Death). A common perception is, lethal congenital anomalies (birth defects that are incompatible with life) are the common cause of Stillbirth. This is not true. Congenital anomalies account for fewer than 10% of stillbirths. The majority of stillbirths happen in pregnancies which were considered ‘low risk’, and the baby’s death is unexpected. In one in three stillbirths, the reason for the baby’s death is unclear and often described as ‘unexplained’. This is largely because we don’t as yet fully understand the causes of stillbirth and more research is needed. One-third of stillborn babies – that’s around 1,200 babies every year - die at term (37–41 weeks’ gestation), just as the baby is ready to be born. The death of a baby has a profoundly devestating effect and lasting impact on parents, wider family and friends.

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Volkswagen Golf The splendid VW Golf GTI has been in the motoring arena for over four decades, and its appeal is still red-hot. The word ‘hot’ is significant here, because the Golf GTI is the original ‘hot-hatch’ and it has generated many copycats. Curiously, key adversaries come from inside Volkswagen Group’s inner sanctum. These motors include Skoda’s Octavia vRS and SEAT’s Leon Cupra. Both cars are brilliant in every respect, apart from the absence of the ‘VW Golf GTI’ badge. And, to be blunt, they produce comparable performance for less cash. But, that’s because they are not the celebrity that is the Golf GTI – and Volkswagen knows motorists will fork out more for that reason alone. The modern day Golf GTI is just such awesome fun behind the wheel. It is a grin-making motor that makes every mile travelled an utter delight. Toss the Golf along motorways and it stays as planted as a 100-year-old oak tree at 70mph. The 2.0-litre TSI 220PS fivedoor version, on test here, has wads of power on tap, masses of grip, alert and meticulous steering, and virtually no body roll. Regardless of this, the suspension is efficient enough to keep the hot-hatch comfy. So, as well as being a champ of commuting on the straight sections, picking its way along snaky country roads and making mincemeat of tight bends is where the VW Golf GTI really comes into its own. Under the hood, the 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine, adjoined to a six-speed manual gearbox, gets you from 0-62mph in 6.5 seconds on the way to a maximum speed of 152mph. 60 | Cornfield Magazine

Stimulating as these numbers are, they’re accompanied by extraordinarily meagre running costs. The GTI manages an average fuel consumption of 47.1mpg, while discharging only 139g/km of CO2 emissions. This mix of parsimony and performance makes the appeal of the present Golf GTI even more delicious. You can instantaneously tell a VW Golf GTI from a standard Golf by the larger 18-inch alloy wheels, the red styling on the lower front bumper, and the attractive roof spoiler. Peep inside and there’s a suggestion of retro, with the

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archetypal Golf GTI tartan upholstery and the gear knob formed to look like a golf ball. Regardless of the Volkswagen Golf GTI’s sporty standing in the automotive amphitheatre, the five-door car is as practical as any other hatchback. The cabin and load space are the same as


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the ordinary VW Golf. This means the car will seat five people and the boot is big enough to accommodate anything from a baby’s pushchair to family-sized bags of shopping. The Golf GTI comes festooned with interior gadgetry and kit, too. Included is a touchscreen infotainment system, sat-nav, a DAB radio and Bluetooth. Automatic lights, parking sensors adaptive cruise control, keyless entry and automatic windscreen wipers are

At the end of the day, we like a family vehicle to be safe. Well, on top of the rapidity, driving dynamics, economy, pragmatism and comfort, I’m pleased to say that the latest VW Golf GTI scored the maximum five-star rating possible under Euro NCAP crash safety assessments. So, what’s not to like about the modern day Volkswagen Golf GTI? It stirs the spirit as much as it ever did – and it still warrants the respect it first netted forty years ago.

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Glamavanning is now a popular trend in the UK The Motorhome and Caravan Show is ideal for both traditional caravanners and ‘glamavanners’ alike

‘Glamping’ has become a familiar holiday option, but another recent trend is ‘glamavanning’ - this is all about adding a touch of personalised luxury to your temporary home away from home. Caravanning has reinvented itself to become one of the coolest ways to holiday with celebrities such as Kate Moss and Jamie Oliver being fans of the great outdoors. There may be some outdated stereotypes associated with caravan holidays, some of which aren’t particularly positive, but these are rapidly being banished with the rise in popularity of a novel way to pitch up. The freedom offered and the fact that caravanning holidays are excellent value, particularly for frequent short breaks, means that there is a growing number of caravanners, both young and old. They bring a little luxury with them on their holiday adventure, from hi-tech equipment and sophisticated apps to e.g. control on-board lighting and heating, to quirky personalised interiors full of retro chic. 62 | Cornfield Magazine

“The versatility of a caravan holiday isn’t just limited to your choice of destination, but includes how you decide to holiday too.” commented John Lally, Director General of NCC (National Caravan Council). “Yes, there are beds as comfy as the ones at home. Certainly, there’s superbly designed kitchens, Wi-Fi and satellite TV. I’ve seen everything from recreated Swinging Sixties interiors, to caravans decorated with fairy lights and even a projector showing a film on the side of someone’s caravan whilst they watch on bean bags! A caravan holiday can be your perfectly-created personal holiday space and it’s great to see the younger generation now embracing the benefits.” Whether you are new to, or a seasoned lover of caravanning, this year’s Motorhome and Caravan Show was held at the NEC in Birmingham on the in October It is the biggest leisure vehicle event of the year and where all the newfor-2017 motorhome and caravan models are revealed. Record numbers attended this year’s show as the popularity of staycations and the leisure vehicle industry continue to grow,

contributing over £6 billion per annum to the UK economy. Over the six-day event, visitors had access to nearly 400 exhibitors. In addition to all the latest product launches, the show was also attended by a number of well-known celebrity faces keen to share their love of the great outdoors. This year’s line-up included Olympic cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins alongside well-known TV presenters George Clarke, Matt Allwright and Julia Bradbury. Visitors could also try their hands at caravan towing, motorhome and campervan manoeuvring, enjoy inspirational talks in the LIVE Theatre from leading industry experts and celebrities, as well as cooking demonstrations. The show has something for everyone and with kids going FREE it’s a great family day out.


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Tickets for Motorcycle Live 2016 are on sale now, and with the return of an all-inclusive price, plus significant savings and on-thespot-prizes for online advance buyers, there’s never been a better reason to prebook your trip to the UK’s biggest bike show. The all-inclusive Motorcycle Live ticket means that every live feature and event at the show will be absolutely FREE. That’s seven opportunities to ride a bike, non-stop interactive entertainment, classic, custom and special anniversary displays, celebrity appearances and the incredible FMX Live Arena! Over 33 of the world’s leading motorcycle manufacturers will be present showcasing not only their existing models, but also their 2017 machinery for the first time in the UK. An advance adult ticket is priced at just £19.50 – a massive £5.50 less than the on-the-door price. Families will also benefit from the new pricing structure, with kids aged 11-16 paying just £1, both in advance and on-the-door, and kids aged 10 and under getting in FREE. This means the entry fee for a family of four now comes in at well under £50. Those buying in advance online could be in with the chance of receiving one of hundreds of Golden Tickets, and will find out instantly whether they have won a prize. The Golden Ticket prize pool includes anything from keyrings, caps and t-shirts, to motorcycle clothing, helmets and boots, VIP racing tickets and experience days.

Motorcycle Live 2016 takes place at The NEC, Birmingham from 19-27 November. Advance tickets are on sale now, priced at just £19.50 per adult, £12 for Seniors, £1 for 11-16 year olds* and FREE for children aged ten and under (accompanied by a paying adult). There is also a £25 advance ticket, which includes entry to the show and a Spada bag worth £29.99**. To book, call 0844 581 2345 or visit www.motorcyclelive.co.uk. *Advance ticket price, closing date for advanced tickets midnight on 18 November 2016. There is a £1.50 fulfilment fee per order. **Limited offer while stocks last All information correct at the time of release.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets for ‘Motorcycle Live 2016’ simply email your full contact details to: competition@cornfield-advertiser.co.uk with the subject heading ‘MOTOTCYCLE LIVE’ and like our facebook page www.facebook.com/cornfieldmagazine

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Andy Bennett Debut solo album ‘Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’ On 25 November 2016, singer and guitarist Andy Bennett will release his solo album ‘Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’ through Swan Music on CD and vinyl. The album will be preceded on 18 November 2016 by the single ‘A Little Love’. Known not only for his frequent gigging (this is a musician that just loves to play!) but also his work with Ocean Colour Scene with whom he performed and recorded with as 2nd guitarist, bass player and occasional drummer from Sept 2004 to Feb 2015, Andy is a truly versatile artist. The album is a beguiling collection of lovingly-wrought songs that are a blend of both the newly-minted and honed versions of tracks that Andy has been developing over time. The album also features a new version of the OCS album track ‘Old Pair Of Jeans’ which he wrote and was on their ‘Saturday’ album. “I’ve lived with some of these songs for a while, this was just the right time to record them. I’m really pleased with how it’s turned out, it has a real sense of reality to it. I don’t like to label myself, but I’d say this album has a feel more like the Beatles than Oasis, but with my fingerprints all over it of course! I’m pleased with the version of ‘Old Pair Of Jeans’ too, I didn’t get to sing on the last version so thought I should do my own.” Working hand in glove with co-producer Danny McCormack [MD for Roy Wood and Tony Christie] has meant that the creative process was both pleasurable and successful. Whilst some songs came from demos that were awaiting their moment in the sun, ‘Drift Away’ and ‘Delusion & Faith’ both came into being during the album sessions. “I’ve always been a fairly prolific writer, and with many of the demos I loved the songs but not the way they were recorded, so it was time to get that right.” The recording approach differed throughout; five of the tracks on the album were laid down pretty much live with his band, whilst the other five feature Andy performing everything bar the strings and piano. In fact, despite being known for his picking skills [the album features a host of fantastic guitars - Epiphone PR350s 6 string acoustic & PR350 12 string acoustic, Hofner Western 1964 acoustic, Fender telecasters etc] he has a surprising admission to make. “I’ve always loved drums,” he laughs, “my favourite instrument, but I was never allowed a set as a kid!” This is an album that will live long in the memory, and garner Andy Bennett yet more fans along the way. “It’s impossible to pick a favourite track,” he says, “I love the production on ‘I Just Can’t Pretend’ and I love the message on ‘Don’t Forget Who You Are’”. With quality in depth, Andy Bennett has created in ‘Thinkin’ Drinkin’ Singin’’ something that just gets better over time. Much like an ‘Old Pair Of Jeans’ in fact…

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Alcester choir on board again with Johnsons Coaches Henley in Arden based Johnsons coaches have once again agreed to sponsor the Alcester Male Voice Choir for a further twelve month period. This will be the fifth year in succession the choir and Johnsons have worked together and it is an arrangement that has worked well for both organisations. John Johnson , Director Johnsons Coach & Bus said “ as a company we have a built an excellent reputation for delivering high standards of service to our customers on holidays, excursions and coach hire and with our bus services, and it is vital that any organisation we support mirror those high standards, and with The Alcester Male Voice Choir that is certainly the case. The choir work very hard to ensure they deliver top quality professional performances time after time and over the years have raised many thousands of pounds for charities. The profile of our customers and the choirs audiences is a natural fit therefore the arrangement works well and we are delighted to support the choir once again” 70 | Cornfield Magazine

Judith Land BEM, FRSA Director of Music and Founder said “ we are once again grateful to Johnsons for their sponsorship. Apart from the sponsorship they are always available with sound and reliable

advice when we need coach transport and always put a lot of effort into ensuring our trips go well, both home and abroad, they are a pleasure to work with”


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Local Events Henley Drama Society Henley-in-Arden Drama Society Presents "Step into Christmas", at The Guildhall, Henley on 15th, 16th, & 17th December at 7.30 pm. Tickets £8 from Dukes, hads.org.uk or on the door. Join us in word & song with a selection of Christmas sketches, Poems, Carols & Songs, including Memories & Favourites from the Beatles Era Wine bar available. Come & Join in the Festivities!

Solihull Pensioners’ Convention We are a friendly, non-party-political and non-denominational group of pensioners who meet at the Solihull Methodist Church Hall on the fourth Wednesday morning of each month. The National Pensioners’ Convention campaigns to improve the quality of life for pensioners during their retirement years. As a local branch we have speakers on important issues affecting pensioners such as care, health, sheltered housing and specialist holidays but also mixed with lighter topics. New members will be very welcome. contact: Alan Thomas, Secretary 0121 705 3342

Earlswood Village Hall 14th December: Jez Lowe's 'Snowed In'. Jez Lowe's Christmas tours have become something of a tradition of festive winter-tainment with a night of songs, banter and seasonal Scrooge like tomfoolery. Tickets £14 (to include a light supper) available from Fiona on 01564 703 674. Friday 16th December. ' Flicks in the Stick's presents 'The Bridge of Spies'. Doors/Bar open 7pm, light snacks available during the interval. £4 members £5 non-members - pay on the door. 17th December. Pre-School cinema. Bring your little ones to sample the experience of the Big Screen without the worry of them disturbing others. Toys and snacks also available. Doors open at 10am. £3 per child (must be accompanied by an adult); adults free.

SILHILL BRIDGE CLUB meets at St. Helen’s Church Hall in St. Helen’s Road, Solihull, on Mon and Thurs evenings for duplicate bridge, and Wed afternoons for rubber/Chicago bridge. We pride ourselves on being a friendly group open to new players of intermediate standard and above. Wed afternoon sessions are particularly helpful to people wishing to improve their standard of play. Further details from the Secretary on 01564 782232 or the Web: www.bridgewebs.com/silhill

Solihull Local RSPB Group. Meetings held on second Tuesday in the month at 7-30 pm at the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill Road, from September until April. Interesting talks, no knowledge necessary, just enthusiasm for wild life. £4 non members £3-50 members. Monthly walks led by an expert.Further information Tel. 0121 707 3101.

HENLEY BRIDGE CLUB meet Tuesdays at 7pm for a friendly game of duplicate bridge at The White Swan, High St, Henley in Arden. Contact the Secretary 01564 792993 or the Treasurer 0777 887 1930

SOLIHULL CHANDOS CHOIR Solihull Chandos Choir with the St Alphege School "SongSquad" invite you to join them for their traditional Christmas Celebration at 7.00pm on Wed 14 Dec 2016 at Shirley Methodist Church. Tickets £10; children £4 (including refreshments). Further details, or to book online go to www. solihullchandoschoir.org or call 01564773951

Solihull Vision Team Solihull Vision Team present Carols for Life in aid of Cancer Research In St Alphege Church, Solihull , on Thursday, December 15 at 7.30pm £10 for adults £5 for children (including wine and mince pies) Tickets call 01675 443274 or 07802637902

Christmas Tree Festival & Craft Fair 2nd Dec an evening of “Cava, Canapes and Christmas Trees” 7-9pm. Tickets £10 available from St Philip’s Parish Office (01564 -775652) and Vernon James Butcher in Bentley Heath and must be bought in advance. Sat 3rd Dec – Christmas Tree Festival 10am-6.30pm free entry. Vote (£1) for your favourite tree in each category and also enjoy a Christmas Craft Fair 10am-3.30pm with handmade gifts and decorations, cakes and home produce with refreshments. Sun 4th Dec –Advent Carol Concert 6.30pm featuring the Sing Bentley Heath Choir plus other guests. Tickets are £10 (to include mulled wine and mince pies), available from the Parish Office and must be bought in advance. The church will be decorated with many of the Festival Christmas trees and the winners will be announced by the Bishop of Bham.

ARDEN ARTISTS We are a small friendly group of painters aiming to expand our membership. We meet every Tuesday afternoon at Knowle Village Hall for a tutored session covering all aspects of watercolour painting, with occasional ventures into ink and wash, and pencil and charcoal drawing. All levels are welcome, so even if you have never tried before, why not come and have a go? For further details please either call in one Tuesday afternoon or call the number 0121 705 2784

The Strolling Players a singing group based in Knowle, present their annual concert at Knowle Village Hall on Saturday, 10th December. "A Medley of Song" is being performed

This area is for local events, clubs and societies. These listings are FREE. If you would like to add your group’s information on this page, then please email the details to: sam@cornfield-advertiser.co.uk

in aid of the R.N.L.I and begins at 7.30p.m. Tickets cost £8.00 ,available from 01564772071 or from any of the Players.If you are interested in joining the Group, please contact 01564778163 for more details. We would love to find another Alto, a top Soprano and some Tenors.

Christmas Craft Fair at Knowle United Reformed Church, Station Road on 19th November from 10.00am till noon. Entrance is 50p to include a drink. Come and choose your Christmas presents!

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

Lions Festive Walk Invite your friends and relatives to walk off the Christmas pudding. This year’s FREE Festive Walk from Baddesley Clinton NT House on Tuesday 27 December offers a choice of 3, 6 or 9 mile signed circular routes and an opportunity to make a donation for the Prostate Cancer UK, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, Motor Neurone Disease Association, and local causes. Details online at www.knowleanddorridgelions.com/walk or call 08458 335 894

Catney Christmas Craft Fair Come along to our craft fair in Catherine de Barnes Village Hall, Solihull, B91 2TJ, next to the Boat Pub, from 11am to 4pm on Saturday 26th November. Tea/coffee and homemade cakes. A celebration of local art and craft. Plenty of quality handmade Christmas gifts, stocking fillers, ceramics, jewellery and Christmas decorations for sale. This activity will raise funds for the Village Hall.

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

KNOWLE FLOWER CLUB we meet at 1.30 pm on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month, at the Knowle Village Hall, St. John's Close, Knowle. If you enjoy flowers, we have a demonstrator on the 1st Thursday, when you can sit and watch and a practice class on the 3rd Thursday, when you can

learn how to flower arrange. Visitors are very welcome. Further information please contact 01564 777588 or 0121 704 2211.

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

Tots and Tales Tots and Tales is a new group for babies and preschool children with a parent and carer. Thursdays, term time, 10-11.30am at Solihull United Reformed Church, 741 Warwick Road, Solihull. Opposite House of Fraser. Push chair access and limited parking via Union Road. Twenty minutes organised time of nursery rhymes and stories followed by craft, refreshments and free play. All welcome. No charge. www.solihullurc.org.uk

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

Shirley Photographic Society Interested in Photography as a hobby then why not come at Shirley Photographic Society. We meet on Thursday evenings each week between Sept and April, and have a lively programme of visiting speakers and competitions, as well as regular social/ photographic activities and outings. Shirley Methodist Church, Stratford Road, Shirley (Opposite Aldi Supermarket) 8pm start, doors open 7.30 pm. Our first meeting for the new season is Thursday 8th Sept, and new members will be very welcome. For further info please visit our website: www.shirleyphoto.org or contact the society secretary on 07870 234913 email: secretaryshirleyphoto@hotmail.co.uk

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members, £4 non members. For further information please contact 0121 707 3101.

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

BARSTON U3A Small. friendly branch, meeting on the second Tuesday of the month at 2.30, welcomes new members. Further details from the Membership Secretary 01564 777262 or at www.u3asites.org.uk/barston

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

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

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.

ST PHILIP’S CENTRE BUILDING APPEAL is holding a Dinner Dance on Friday 18th November 2016 at Hogarths Hotel, Dorridge. Tickets are £50 per person and include a welcome drink, 3 course meal, raffle, auction and entertainment

and music by “Morganisation”. If you would like tickets please contact Sally on 01564 779109 or St Philip’s Parish Office on 01564 775652

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

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

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB Enjoy learning about flowers at Henley Baptist Church Hall at 7.30pm on the second Tuesday each month when there is a demonstration followed by refreshments. Visitors welcome £5.00. Telephone 01564 792837.

Calling all current and past Slimming World members.

Cottage Garden Society

Rotary Club Knowle and Dorridge

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

Solihull Job Seekers Advice Group Do you need help finding a job? Come to 'the Meeting Place' in Union Road, which is opposite House of Fraser on Warwick Road, on Monday Mornings. We meet between 10.30 and 12.30. Join us for free tea,biscuits, advice on CVs, interviews and Networking etc. For more information contact. Jenny on 0121 711 1244 or email: j.ladbrooke@outlook.com Tim. on 07929786893. or timfreeman1000@yahoo.co.uk

Solihull Photographic Society - Tuesday 8th November. Guest speaker Gerry Coles who will show examples of his creative photography work. - Tuesday 15th November. Members' Activity Evening on the use of flash. - Tuesday 22nd November. Solihull leg of the 3Ss inter-club competition. - Tuesday 29th November. "Now for something different" - a presentation of photographs by MIchael Krier. - Tuesday 13th December. Our President's Evening. All meetings start at 7.30pm and are held at the WI Hall, Warwick Road, Solihull. Visitors will be made welcome. £3 at the door please.

Vacancy at Henley-in-Arden Slimming World group for a consultant! Full Training provided Call Tina Bishop for further details 07983 398859

The Rotary club of Knowle and Dorridge are a long established club who support local and international charities, community events and meet for fellowship and speaker evenings most weeks at The Greswolde on Mondays 6:30pm. If your interested in finding out more about the club and our activities then please call Barry Allaway on 01564 739126

Friday Coffee Morning Knowle Village Hall for the past 28 years and with the help of volunteers, baking home-made cakes and serving tea and coffee for the elderly and people who are lonely or living on their own who would like a drink and a chat in a friendly environment affiliated to the Knowle Village Hall which in itself is a registered charityall proceeds go back into the funds to provide annual Easter and Christmas parties with gifts and monthly raffles for all who attend. 10am till 12noon every Fri morning. Call June & Keith - Tel: 01564 779445.

Hall Green Probus Club meets second Friday of every month 12.30 pm at The Bridge Club corner of Hampton Lane and Warwick Road in Solihull. This is a luncheon club for retired business and professional men, where for a couple of hours one can indulge in a pleasant lunch and conversation. Guest speakers on variety of topics. New members very welcome. Just call Secretary Brian Parry on 0121 704 3999

SOLIHULL CHILDREN'S SPECIAL NEEDS ASSOCIATION Do you have some time to spare, and would you like a rewarding volunteer opportunity? Or maybe you are the parent or carer of a child with special needs. SCSNA's playgroup in Green Lane, Shirley caters for pre-school children with a range of disabilities in warm, friendly and well-equipped premises and is currently extending its services by enrolling additional children and new volunteers. Open on Mon, Tues and Thurs during school term times. There is more info on SCSNA's website, www.scsna.org.uk or phone Lois on 0121 430 3811 or Beryl on 01564 779635

Friends in Recreation Group If you are 50+ come and meet us at the Bentley Heath community centre Widney Road, Bentley Heath, Solihull, West Midlands B93 9BQ. Every Wednesday afternoon from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. (But you can come when it’s most convenient). To paint for pleasure. For further details, please call 0121 704 4136

Knowle Scottish Country Dance Knowle Scottish Country Dance Club meets on a Thursday evening in the hall of The United Reformed Church, Knowle, B93 0HN. Phone 01564 779 853 for more details. We are a small friendly club dedicated to Scottish dancing. We welcome anyone willing.

KNOWLE BRIDGE CLUB KNOWLE BRIDGE CLUB Meets every Wednesday at 7.00pm for friendly duplicate bridge at Knowle Village Hall. Visitors welcome. For more information contact 01564 776498 or 01564 205363. www.bridgewebs.com/knowle

Solihull Blossomfield Townswomen Guild Welcomes ladies of all ages. We meet at Royal British Legion, Union Road on the first Thursday of the month at 7:15pm. We have a full and varied programme to offer with outings, theatre trips, social afternoons including a Lunch Club. Come along and try us for a couple of months before you decide whether to join or not. For lots more info phone Carol 0121 705 0874 and I will arrange for a hostess to meet you at the door so you will not be alone on your first evening.

HOARDING SUPPORT GROUP If you struggle with hoarding issues please join us at Solihull Community Fire Station, Streetsbrook Road, Solihull, B91 1QY. Every last Tuesday of the month 79pm. Contact Heather 07939 059470

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