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FEBRUARY 2017 FREE EDITION South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire

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


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Welcome

IN THIS ISSUE

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

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February has arrived and as we all know, it is better known as the month of Love and Romance with Valentines Day being just around the corner. With the January blues being long gone, we are all starting to finally enjoy entering 2017. This month we have a variation of reads for you all to enjoy! During January, we had the chance to experience two phenomenal overnight stays at the beautiful Eckington Manor in Worcestershire and The Fat Fox Inn, in Oxfordshire, where we caught up with some much needed time to relax and unwind after a busy start to the year.

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We also visited Autosport International at the NEC, Birmingham where we had the chance to view some of the most iconic cars you will find. Plus, we also attended the 2017 Arenacross Tour at the Genting Arena. In our March edition, you will be able to check out the follow up to this truly awesome event.

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We also spent some time in Grand central birmingham and tried some delicious Crepes at the ‘CrepeAffaire UK’

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

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Valentines Day, as we know it, may be all about showing our loved ones just how much they mean to us, but in this day and age a commercial adventure for many and we can often forget the history and meaning behind the day of love, across the world. It is difficult to determine the truth behind Valentines Day during the Roman period with its fanciful legends. The roots of Valentines Day stem back to the Ancient roman Festival, Lupercaila. This Pagan Festival is also known as a Christian feast day, declaring St Valentines Day on 14th February. It wasn’t until the 14th Century that the feast day was associated with love.

The Legend of St Valentine The story of the Patron Saint Valentine still to this day remains a mystery. February is a month of romance and we often ask ourselves who was Saint Valentine and how did he become associated with the 14th February. The Catholic Church actually recognizes 3 different Saints named Valentine, all of which were martyred. One legend in particular talks of how St Valentine was a priest who had served during the 3rd century in Rome. The Emperor Claudius II believed that single men made better soldiers than those who were emotionally tied to wives and family. Claudius outlawed marriage for young men and Valentine knew of this injustice, however continued to perform marriages for young lovers in secret. When this was discovered, Valentine was soon ordered to be put to death.

There are many other stories, which suggest he may have been killed whilst attempting to help Christians escape the harsh Roman Prisons, where prisoners were subjected to brutal torture. There is also the legend, which explains how Valentine fell in love with a young girl who visited him, whilst he was confined in prison. Valentine had supposedly fallen in love with the young girl and was thought to of wrote her a letter, signed “From your Valentine�, the expression which is used widely today. It is unknown as to which of the legends is fact or fiction but from these stories we can clearly see how and why Saint Valentine is depicted as one of the worlds most romantic and heroic figures.

Tradition of Valentines Cards As Valentines Day evolved, gift giving evolved and in the 18th Century handmade cards were exchanged in England, that were made using ribbons and lace, whilst also featuring cupids and hearts. The giving of cards eventually spread to American colonies. Today this is continued on our High Street and within Independents as Valentines Day is marketed in a much wider scale. According to the Greeting Card association, over 150 million cards are exchanged on the 14th February, making this day the 2nd largest card sending holiday of the year. Cornfield Magazine | 7


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Quality Steaks Served in the City The Macdonald Burlington Hotel, located in Birmingham has recently launched it’s onsite restaurant, The Scottish Steak Club, and here at the Cornfield Magazine we had the opportunity to try out a selection of scrumptious and flavorful dishes from the menu, which is open to both hotel residents and visitors alike. The Scottish Steak club is ultimately known for serving only the finest quality produce and Scottish cuisine, all served within a contemporary setting. It is also clear to see how the restaurant focuses on providing raw ingredients, which are sourced directly from local suppliers. On being seated within this modern and stylish restaurant, we were presented with our menus and were truly spoilt for choice with the extensive options, which included an evergrowing variety of organic food and drink. We opted for a trio of artisan stone baked breads, which were served alongside caramelised garlic, balsamic vinegar and extra virgin olive oil, perfect as a lite bite to start off our evening of exquisite dining. When choosing the starters we decided to select three very different dishes, which consisted of the skewered tiger prawns, with avocado and mango salsa to compliment, and a spicy wasabi mayonnaise. As a second choice we went for the John Ross Jnr smoked fish platter, with slices of oak smoked salmon, smooth potted mackerel pate and hot kiln roasted Scottish salmon with pickled cucumber, citrus crème fraiche and toasted sour dough. If you are seafood fan then you need look no further. This platter to share, should certainly be on the top of the list at The Macdonald Burlington. As a third choice from the starters selection we opted for the smoked baby back bibs, featuring a tasty hickory smoked barbeque sauce and coleslaw, which can also be enjoyed as a main, served alongside a portion of skinny chips. Already the starters had gone down extremely well. It was now time to select our mains, which included a sirloin steak, thickly cut from the centre of the loin, at 220g, and in which was topped with a red wine jus sauce, which

complimented the succulent and juicy sirloin. Plus, the dish also included a grilled beef tomato and flat cap mushroom with hand cut chips. It only seemed right to choose another steak dish from the renowned restaurant so we went with the fillet steak and a flavorsome Strathdon blue cheese sauce, which was again cut from the centre of the fillet, at 200g, and served with the grilled beef tomato, flat cap mushroom and hand cut chips, all cooked to perfection. To also try something a little different we opted for one of the restaurants classic dishes, the free range corn fed chicken Kiev, coated in crumbs, whilst being filled with a melted and tasty garlic butter, the Scottish Steakhouse ketchup, hand cut chips and a chargrilled 1/2 corn on the cob. This can only be described as a classic dish served with a contemporary twist. After feeling quite full, however, I must say in a positive way, we thought it would be obscene to ignore the mouthwatering variety of desserts on offer, so decided on the dark chocolate brownie, served with salted caramel cremeux, morello cherries and Arran Dairies vanilla ice cream. All I can say is wow, absolute chocolate indulgence. This dessert was truly divine. The second choice was the baked New York cheesecake, served with a blood orange sorbet and sesame tuile. This is certainly one for those of you with a sweet tooth. Finally, the last dessert option was the classic tiramisu, an Italian specialty of whipped mascarpone cream with espresso and rum soaked sponge. Again this was a pure tiramisu delight, one of the best I have tasted in a long while. For an evening of quality food and excellent service then you need look no further when visiting Birmingham. The Scottish Steak Club at The Macdonald Burlington is second to none. This is a must try restaurant for all steak lovers when visiting the City in 2017.

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Surprise your loved one with these totally irresistible heart-shaped churros with chocolate sauce. Perfect for Valentine’s day!

Ingredients For the churros 250ml | 1 cup water 3 tsp sugar ½ tsp salt ½ tsp vanilla extract 130g | 1 cup plain (all purpose) flour, sifted 25g | 2 tsb butter (can replace with vegetable oil) 2.3 lt | 2 quarts of sunflower oil (or vegetable, canola etc) Cinnamon sugar 100g | ½ a cup granulated sugar 1-2 tsps ground cinnamon Chocolate sauce 100g | 3.5oz of milk chocolate (or dark if you prefer) 125ml | ½ a cup double or whipping cream A pinch of chilli powder (optional)

Instructions Mix the sugar and cinnamon on a large plate and set aside. Line the tray with baking paper. Heat the water, sugar, salt and butter in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to the boil then turn heat off and immediately add all the flour. Stir the flour vigorously with a wooden spoon until the dough forms a ball. Set it aside for a few minutes to cool down a little. Fit a large piping bag with a large closed star tip. Spoon the dough into the bag and carefully pipe the hearts on the baking paper. If you mess up, put the dough back in the bag and try again! Heat the oil in a large, deep pot. If you have a candy thermometer clip it on. The oil is ready when it reaches 190C | 375F. To check if the oil is ready without the use of the thermometer drop a small cube of bread in it. It should brown within a minute. Lower the hearts into the oil using a wooden spoon (they keep their shape remarkably well). Do not fry more than 2 at a time as the oil temperature will drop. Use chopsticks to flip and fry until golden about 2-3 minutes on each side. Drain on kitchen towels then roll in the cinnamon sugar. To make the chocolate sauce, heat the cream until just boiling then pour it over the chopped chocolate. Let it stand a couple of minutes then stir until chocolate is melted. Stir in the chilli powder if using. Serve the churros plain or dip them in the chocolate sauce.

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Tranquility & Dining at

The Fat Fox Inn Nestled in the centre of the small market town of Watlington and on the edge of the Chiltern Hills, is The Fat Fox Inn, situated in the quaint and idyllic surroundings of Oxfordshire. Being located only 45 miles outside of London; this hidden gem plays home to commuters travelling to London and Oxford and is a part of a thriving community. This month we had the opportunity to review the fantastic Fat Fox Inn. On entering the Inn we were greeted by the team, who I must say offered an outstanding service during our stay. The Fat Fox Inn features an attractive bar, within an incredible setting that is home to a cozy and comfortable inglenook fireplace, with a burning stove within the bar area, just what you need when relaxing on those winter evenings. First of all we were shown to our rooms for the evening, which were located within the rustic, yet spectacular coaching barn at the rear of the property, housing a total of 7 of the 9 ensuite bedrooms. The accommodation is designed to perfection, each with its own identity and individuality, featuring traditional furniture combined with a mix of modern and vintage style interiors. We were delighted with the relaxing atmosphere within this country location. After spending some much needed time relaxing within the comfortable settings and facilities we were ready for a spot of dinner. We were seated within the recently developed dining room, which incorporated its eclectic style and elegant design. Once seated within the dining room we were presented with our menus for the evening. The seasonal menu offered a variety of British inspired dishes mixed with French culinary traditions, plus influences of Spanish and Italian cuisine and a few more of the complex dishes. The choices on the menu all appeared mouthwateringly delicious when described on paper and were just as tasty as we had expected, using fresh vegetables, meat and game, provided by local farmers and suppliers who provide an array of fresh herbs, fruits, vegetables and eggs. Of course, we chose rustic bread to start off the evening, along with flavoursome Jamon Croquetas, which also make the perfect light bite before the evening meal, and which were thoroughly enjoyed by all. To start we opted for the country pate, served alongside a spiced chutney and toast, again you can really tell that the meat and pate has been sourced locally, making this starter an appetizing choice. The next choice we selected from the menu was the plaice goujons served alongside a cocktail sauce and salad, perfect for those of you with a taste for seafood and the most unusual

option from the starter menu was the spicy curried samosas with cauliflower, served on a bed of spiced lentils and sweet and sour sauce, a surprising yet impressive, palatable combination. Once we had settled into the evening it was soon time for our mains to be bought to our table, again we chose the Fat Fox Inn beef burger, which also had cheddar, slaw, straight cut chips and a burger relish. This is everything you would want out of a quality beef burger and is a must try option on the menu if you happen to be within the Oxfordshire area. We also opted for the Bavette steak, served with a bordelaise sauce and straight cut chips, with the steak being cooked to perfection, tasting as succulent and juicy as we had hoped for. After the starters and mains we all started to feel rather full, although still managed to find room for dessert, in which case we chose a classic and simple chocolate mousse, which can only be described as pure chocolate indulgence and also the Lemon financier & thyme ice cream, an absolute must have if you have a sweet tooth. Overall, we had a fantastic evening dining at The Fat Fox Inn and the service from the staff was second to none. The bar also serves a selection of draught ales and lagers, including Brakespears Bitter, the Oxford Gold and two guest ales. Plus, if you enjoy a glass of wine when dining, then there is a selection of old world focussed wines, as well as new world wines to enjoy.

The overnight stay at The Fat Fox Inn was a fantastic experience and is not too far if you are looking to spend a weekend away from the norm. So, whether you are looking for a relaxing break away or something that involves a little more adventure, then we highly recommend you to stay at The Fat Fox Inn, in Watlington. For further information on The Fat Fox Inn visit www.thefatfoxinn.co.uk The Fat Fox Inn 3 Shirburn Street Watlington Oxfordshire, OX49 5BU


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Eckington Manor demonstrates the ultimate blend of traditional elegance mixed with quintessential English charm, making this Manor hotel the idyllic country getaway for pure relaxation within beautiful surroundings. Located In the heart of Eckington and nestled in the delightful Worcestershire countryside, Eckington Manor provides its guests with a warm welcome, whether you are staying for the weekend or a longer break away. With a passionate team and an outstanding reputation, Eckington Manor is a venue of pure captivating elegance that can be enjoyed when exploring the local area. The Manor was lovingly restored in 2004 and the farm and its buildings were transformed into spectacular accommodation where design and attention to detail has resulted in providing simply stunning bedrooms and suites, plus the Manor plays home to a cookery school that offers a plethora of courses teaching everything from basic knife skills to advanced courses for professional chefs. It had been a rather dreary day and on arrival, I knew I had come to the right place to relax and unwind from my busy schedule. On arriving to the Manor you clearly are able to tell that this beautiful building is on the borders of the picturesque Cotswold’s. I instantly felt a warm sense of comfort and tranquility. The Manor is furnished to perfection and on entering it was as if I was stepping into a world of timeless opulence and we were provided with a very warm reception by the team, who confirmed our dinner reservation for the evening. Once we had checked in, Julie and I were shown to our room, where the accommodation was just as luxurious as what we had already seen throughout the manor. After a quick nosey around to see what our room had to offer it was clear that the Manor boasted everything we had expected and more.

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The attention to detail was second to none and the room boasted a mix of antique interiors mixed with modern furnishings and lighting, plus the comfiest Siberian goose down feather pillows. Eckington Manor demonstrates its design perfection within its accommodation and all of which have their own unique stamp. After having some time to relax and catch up, before Julie and I knew, it was time to head down towards the Manors exquisite restaurant for our evening dinner reservation. After being shown to our seats by the delightful waiting staff and after ordering our drinks, we were both presented with our menu for the evening. The Manor specialises in providing fresh home grown food, after all this is the teams main passion and it is clear to see that this is the case, as Eckington Manor boasts an award winning farm, orchard, vegetable and herb gardens, which makes this restaurant standout and they focus on using seasonal ingredients and eating healthy and wholesome foods, whilst continuing to enhance the flavours of fantastic local produce, which is the key behind what Eckington Manor is about.


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The restaurant again had a fantastic atmosphere and ambience, which lead us to opting for our starters. Everything on the menu appealed to my tastebuds, which made my choice even more difficult. After a serving of the rustic bread we were served our starters. I whittled down my choice to the potato risotto, served with celery, onion skins and divine truffle brie to start; a combination of foods that just made me look forward to devouring more of the wonderful dishes on offer. Julie went with the crab & prawn, relish, sesame mayo and mango, which tasted as meaty and exotic as it sounded, whilst remaining a light and flavorsome dish. After a short breather, we were soon ready for our chosen mains, which included the roasted and raw parmesan lasagne, served with pickled grapes and capers. This dish really stood out for me, with its individuality and take on such a classic dish, which tasted absolutely scrumptious. Then of course there was one of Eckington Manors signature dishes, called the Eckington Manor fillet of beef and braised shin, served with heritage carrot and marrow bone crust, with a charcoal emulsion, cooked to medium rare. The fillet of beef was just as juicy and tender as hoped for and after having a sample of each other’s dishes, I have to say, I can see why this is a winning menu choice within the restaurant. Surprisingly, we both felt as though we had eaten just enough, but leaving a little room for some dessert indulgence. Being a fan of vanilla, I decided to go with the vanilla parfait, served with clementine granit and pistachio granola. Having a sweet tooth, Julie opted for the chocolate delice with praline, olive oil biscuit and salted milk ice cream, absolute chocolate heaven. I was trying my hardest not to be impossibly jealous. After finishing our drinks and sublime desserts we decided to retire to our beds for the evening. Just a short distance away, it always makes me wonder why I don’t get away to relax more often. By morning and after our lie in, we were feeling refreshed after a peaceful night’s sleep and were ready for our breakfast. The menu was incredible, tea and coffees were served, freshly baked croissants and a selection of cereals and fruits, all things you can expect from Eckington Manor. We both opted for the full English breakfast, we both had the task of clearing the plate and we both did, without any issues. After our visit to Eckington Manor, Julie and I both cannot recommend it enough. For a quintessential English abode and an evening of delectable dining then you need look no further. I would like to thank Eckington Manor and the staff for an unforgettable stay at this hotel of excellence. If looking for somewhere special to visit, to get away from the everyday hustle and bustle, then Eckington Manor should be on your list of places to visit. For further information and to find out more about what’s on offer at Eckington Manor visit the website www.eckingtonmanor.co.uk or telephone 01386 751600. Eckington Manor Hammock Road Eckington Worcestershire WR10 3BJ


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Romantic Starter’s for

Valentines Day

Sipsey

Lingerie

Strawberry Bruschetta Preheat your oven's broiler. Spread a thin layer of butter on each slice of bread. Arrange bread slices in a single layer on a large baking sheet. Place bread under the broiler for 1 to 2 minutes, just until lightly toasted. Spoon some chopped strawberries onto each piece of toast, then sprinkle sugar over the strawberries. Place under the broiler again until sugar is caramelised, 3 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately.

Seared Scallops with Tropical Salsa Ingredients

Fact or Fiction? #1

Wearing a bra is always uncomfortable

Fiction. If you can’t wait to take your bra off at the end of the day, you’re probably wearing the wrong size, just as 70% of other women. By going to a professional fitter, they can help find you a style and size that suits your breasts best, and we promise you, when you find the right bra, it will just feel like another part of you.

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Lace doesn’t provide support

Fiction. Go to any specialist lingerie boutique and they’ll tell you the same thing. It’s all about the brand, quality and components. Specialists only stock well established lingerie brands who create bras specifically to provide the essential support breasts need as well as to look beautiful. – Yes, even for cup sizes DD+!

1/2 cup diced fresh pineapple 1/2 cup diced fresh mango 1/2 cup peeled and diced cucumber 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper 3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro 4 teaspoons fresh lime juice 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and minced

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You should always hand-wash your bras

Fact. Bras are extremely delicate; they’re not created to withstand the heat and pressure of a washing machine, which essentially shorten a bras life span. The washing machine is the main culprit for your bra’s underwire escaping & the reason why the elasticity is lost so quickly!

Salt and pepper to taste 1 pound sea scallops, rinsed and drained

Combine the pineapple, mango, cucumber, bell pepper, bell pepper, cilantro, lime juice and jalapeno. Season to taste with salt and pepper, and set aside. Heat a large, nonstick fry pan over a medium-high heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Season the scallops with salt and pepper. Add half of the scallops to the pan; sear until golden brown on both sides, about 2 minutes per side. Transfer the scallops to a warmed plate; set aside. Repeat with the remaining scallops. Divide the scallops among four warmed plates. Spoon the salsa over the scallops, and serve immediately.

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I don’t need to be fitted regularly

Fiction. Your body is a phenomenal thing; it’s constantly changing! Certain factors can often speed up this process; weight loss, pregnancy & weight gain, so it’s highly recommended that you get yourself fitted at least every 6-9 months by a specialist fitter. Poor breast health is linked closely with back pain, neck pain & shoulder pain, wearing the right size can make all the difference in the world. Don’t forget that your body is a temple & you are a Goddess, you wouldn’t wear the wrong size shoes, so why wear the wrong size bra? Get yourself fitted! Sipsey Lingerie Mell Square 39 Drury Ln Solihull B91 3BP Tel: 0121 704 3314 www.sipseylingerie.com

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Sipsey Lingerie Keep it classic and chic

this Valentines Day Introducing the best lingerie looks for this Valentines Day. Keeping it classy and chic is key when finding the perfect set. Take a look at some of the latest picks from none other than Sipsey Lingerie…

Grey Set Bra: £99.00 Italian Brief: £72.00

Pink Set Briefs: £22.00 Waspie: £66.00 Bra: £44.00

Sugared Almond Body - £84.00

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Women’s Style

style

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Burgundy has stepped into the spotlight this February. Keeping it casual, yet smart is key as we continue into the winter.

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IVY ROUGE’S FASHION MUST HAVES

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The month of love. 14th February is every woman’s favourite day! A day where for once, the men in our lives actually pay attention! Welcome to our NEW fashion article by local girl, Ivy Rouge. Each month she will bring you the best in fashion from designer gear to High Street retailers. Ivy studies Fashion Business and Promotion BA Hons at Birmingham City University and is currently working full time at H&M, whilst Ivy aspires to one day work as a buyer in the fashion industry. Ivy’s hobbies: “I like to keep up to date with fashion trends by following fashion pages on social media!”

What do you normally do on your special night? I normally cook a homemade meal and set up the whole dining room with love rose petals, confetti, balloons and candles. I’m very cheesy and romantic like that. I cook a 3 course meal that I actually put time and effort in to as normally I am no chef. A lot of you lovely ladies like to go out and get wined and dined. If that is you this year, what are you going to wear? A gorgeous red frock with killer black heels and the right accessories would be perfect for this year’s valentine’s outfit. Red the colour of LOVE Here as always I have picked the perfect outfit for this one special night.

Instagram: @ivy.rouge Twitter: @ivyyrouge

Jolie Moi Red scalloped v neck lace dress Was £85.00 Then £59.00 Now £55.00 Item No.60514_FFN0043979 Available at Debenhams Online and in store.

Lands' End Red ponte jersey surplice dress Was £60.00 Now £39.00 35% Off - Save a total of £21.00 Item No.61132_477127N43 Available at Debenhams Online and in store.

Half Moon Place Clutch bag from Radleys London. £99

Pointed toe Mid Heel Court Shoe ABBIGAIL – BLACK ONLY £70.00 Available at DUNE London online, in store and also now available in Selfridges Store, Dune London Concession.

Finally, to accessorise all of these gorgeous classy outfits, are these stunning rose metal heart-shaped stud earrings from Pandora. Who knows, these could be your valentines gift. Make a hint ladies and wear them in style!! Captured Hearts Stud Earrings

For the lucky ladies who have an extra special night planned, I have chosen this beautiful red sequin lace one shoulder floor length gown. Jessica Wright for Sistaglam Berry 'Alison' sequin lace one shoulder maxi dress £85.00 Item No.63563_1578

Item #280528CZ Crafted from pink PANDORA Rose metal, these heartshaped stud earrings are embellished with glittering stone accents. £50.00

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Love him or hate him, businessman, television personality, author, and now the President of the United States, Donald Trump has managed to astound and astonish the world at large. He is also one of the richest people in the world and is listed in Forbes among the world's wealthiest 500 billionaires.

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Trump was born on June 14, 1946 in Jamaica, Queens, New York. He was the second youngest out of five children. Trump's oldest brother, Fred Jr. died in 1981 from alcoholism.

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His parents sent him away to New York Military School at 13 years old. They thought he needed more discipline. He made $375,000 per episode for his reality hit, "The Apprentice". Trump doesn't drink alcohol. His brother was an alcoholic and died because of his addiction in 1982. Trump's residence, Trump Tower, was used as the fictional Wayne Enterprises in "The Dark Knight Rises". Even if Trump hadn't gone into real estate, he would still be rich. His father left him sizable inheritance.

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Trump’s hair is real. He gets his haircuts from his wife Melania.

SPY Magazine once sent some of the world’s richest people checks of 13 cents to see who would cash them. The only people to do so were an arms dealer and Donald Trump. Trump is one of the least charitable billionaires in the world and donated $3.7 million to his own charity over a period of 20 years, which is less than what WWE donated to his charity in 2007 alone.

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Donald Trump tried to sue an author for $5,000,000,000 because he called Trump a millionaire instead of a billionaire. The character Biff Tannen from the Back to the Future trilogy was based on Donald Trump. Trump has been sued 3,500 times by his business partners, contractors, clients, employees and banks.

You can find his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2007, Trump became the 2,327th star to receive the honor for his role as producer of NBC’s The Apprentice.

He’s currently married to Slovenian model Melania Knauss, but he’s also been married to an alternate on the 1968 Czech Olympic Ski Team (Ivana Zelnickova Winklmayr) and actor Marla Maples. He cheated on Winklymayr with Maples, which led to a confrontation between the two women on a ski slope in Aspen, Colo. in 1991. In 2016, Forbes ranked Trump as the 336th wealthiest person in the world and 156th in the United States, at a net worth of $4.5 billion.

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At 70 years old, Trump will be the oldest person ever to assume the presidency.

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An avid golf-lover, Trump owns or manages about 18 courses. In 2015, his golf courses created about $382 million in revenue.

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Trump's last name was originally spelled "Drumpf" or "Drumpft." It morphed into "Trump" during the Thirty Years' War in the 17th century. Donald Trump is terrified of going bald and considers it a sign of weakness. He once commented that "the worst thing a man can do is go bald.


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Men’s Style

Back to

BLACK

Without needing to try to hard, black is back, this fall. Black is simple, classic and sophisticated and is on trend for men this February.

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Remembering the

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2016 bought to us a year of tragic celebrity deaths and we’ve said goodbye to some of the most famous faces of the past. So, we felt it was only right to pay our respects and say our goodbyes to those who we have loved and lost. From music, films and comedy, 2016 has been a sad year for celebrities but their legacies will always live on.

David Bowie

Paul Daniels

8 January 1947 - 10 January 2016

6 April 1938 - 17 March 2016

Known as a music legend, as well as a fashion inspiration and actor in movie roles including Ziggy Stardust and the Labyrinth. David’s hit songs include “Space Oddity”, “Fame” and “Lets Dance”. David sadly lost his 18th month battle to cancer in January 2016.

Paul was a famous English Magician and star of the BBC’s “Paul Daniels Magic Show” for 15 years. Paul sadly passed away in March after being diagnosed with an incurable brain tumour.

Alan Rickman 21 February 1946 - 14 January 2016 Best known for his role as Severus Snape in “Harry Potter” and other film roles in films such as, “Love Actually” and “Die Hard”. Alan was also known for his outstanding performances on stage as well as on screen. Sadly Alan lost his battle with Cancer in January 2016.

Ronnie Corbett 4 December 1930 - 31 March 2016 Comedy icon, Ronnie was one of Britain’s best comedians and was the star of “The Two Ronnie’s”. Corbett had been diagnosed with Motor Neurons Disease in 2015 and sadly passed away at the age of 85, surrounded by family.

David Guest Sir Terry Wogan 3 August 1938 - 31 January 2016 Known for his work with the BBC radio and television. Terry Wogan was also well known for commentating the Eurovision Song Contest and presenting Children in Need. Wogan was officially knighted on 11th October 2005. Terry sadly passed away in January 2016 after battling Cancer.

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11 May 1953 - 12 April 2016 American entertainer, comedian, producer, Michael Jackson collaborator and TV Personality David Guest died in April 2016 after suffering a stroke in his hotel room, aged just 62 years.


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Victoria Wood

Gene Wilder

19 May 1953 - 20 April 2016

11 June 1933 - 29 August 2016

Victoria Wood was a lady of many talents and was known for being a comedian, actress, singer, songwriter, screenwriter and Director. Victoria was diagnosed with terminal cancer in late 2015 and sadly lost her battle with the disease in April 2016.

American film actor and theatre comic actor, as well as screenwriter, Film Director and Author, famously known for his portrayal of Willy Wonka in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Gene Wilder passed away in his home in 2016 after facing complications with Alzheimer’s disease.

Prince 7 June 1958 - 21 April 2016 Music legend and the man behind “Purple Rain”, “When doves cry”, “1999”, “Kiss” and “Batdance”, amongst many other hit singles, died in April 2016 after being found unconscious in his home at Paisley Park in Minnesota, America.

Muhammad Ali 17 January 1942 - 3 June 2016 Boxing legend, born Cassius Clay, died in June 2016 after his long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Mohammad is widely regarded as one of the most significant and celebrated sports figures of the 20th century.

Rick Parfitt 12 October 1948 - 24 December 2016 Rick was an English musician, best known as a singer, songwriter and rhythm guitarist for rock band Status Quo. Parfitt died aged 68, from Sepsis, after being admitted to a hospital in Marbella, following an infection of a pre-existing shoulder injury.

George Michael 25 June 1963 - 25 December 2016 George Michael was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham In the 80’s. He was best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit singles such as “Wake me up before you go-go” and “Last Christmas”. George sadly passed away on Christmas Day in his Oxfordshire home.

Carrie Fisher 21 October 1956 - 27 December 2016 Carrie Frances Fisher was an American actress, writer and humourist. She first became known for playing Princess Leia in the Star Wars film series. Fisher died of cardiac arrest 4 days after experiencing a medical emergency during a transatlantic flight from London to Los Angeles.

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The Internet is of course a positive thing for business and is used throughout our daily lives, but it can also be a dark and damaging place for children using the world wide internet. That is why this February there is one specific day dedicated to raising awareness for safe use of the Internet. The Safe Internet Day takes place in 2017 on Tuesday 7th February, with this years campaign, “Be the change: Unite for a better Internet”. The day is dedicated to promoting safe, responsible and positive use of digital technology for children and young people across the globe. Hundreds of organisations including, schools, youth groups, companies, charities and police services, work to help inspire a better internet this ‘Safer Internet Day’, that is celebrated globally and is coordinated in the UK by the Safer Internet Centre, which consists of a partnership of three leading charities, Childnet, The Southwest Grid for Learning and the Internet Watch Foundation, that all work together to provide resources for children, schools and families by delivering tools on how you can get involved via their website. This special day is celebrated in over 100 countries, coordinated by the joint network Insafe/INHOPE, with support from European commission and the National Safer Internet Centre’s across Europe. The day aims to offer the opportunity to highlight positive uses of technology to explore the role of helping to create a safer online community, which is why it is important that young people, parents, carers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, companies and policymakers, all join forces to create a better internet for all. 24 | Cornfield Magazine

Last year the Safer Internet Day reached 2.8 million children and 2.5 million parents, which is why this years campaign needs to continue raising awareness for a brighter and better future for the Internet and its users. For more information on this years campaign visit www.saferinternet.org.uk How to keep your children safe? Start discussing online safety at an early age, making your child aware of the dangers of the Internet. Implement the phrase ‘If you wouldn’t talk to someone face to face, then don’t do it online’. It is also important to make children aware that once they have written something online via social media or other internet sources, that it cant be deleted. This will make your child think twice before writing his or her opinions and views online for anyone to read. Monitor what you can through software and tools. Become friends with contacts on your child’s social networking sites. Learn about something yourself if you don’t know what something means. It’s always good to explain to your child that boundaries will bring freedom.


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Heart of England Academy Rock Legend Bev Bevan speaks of his pride of being Patron of DMS Heart of England Music Academy. Rock drummer Bev Bevan is looking forward to returning to the stage at symphony hall on May 7th this year when Leigh Perry the principal of DMS Music Academy in Knowle presents its concert brand 'A fusion of music and dance' for the 7th time. There’s lot’s to celebrate this year! 2017 is the fifth anniversary of Bev becoming the school's patron, as well as recently receiving the exciting news that he as a founder member and drummer of ELO has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in America. Bev said 'this will be the 4th concert that I have done with Leigh now; I love the Symphony Hall and being a part of it. This time I will be both playing and co-hosting, as well as getting involved in the rehearsals before hand. It is a great family day and it's fantastic to see so many musicians and students from DMS being given this incredible opportunity to perform live at one of the countries best theatres. It's so impressive seeing Leigh stage the show. She is such a confident performer and is in charge of all the performers on the night. The concert will support 3 fantastic charities the Solihull MS Society, Bham Dogs Home and will raise awareness for delete blood cancer. The founder of a fusion of music and dance, Leigh Perry has had a busy year or two. DMS celebrated its 30th anniversary last year and Leigh won Businesswoman of the Year in the Birmingham awards just a few months ago. Also nominated for a 'Woman Who award 2017' she said “It's an honour that Bev agreed to be patron of DMS performs at the event and is so supportive. It's also fantastic that along the way we can support our chosen charities”. There is a coach going from Knowle £7.50 return. Concert Tickets are available now £13 / £15.50 / £18.50 Cornfield Magazine | 25


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Breast Cancer is the most common cancer in the UK, with 55,222 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in the UK in 2014, leading to a total of 11,423 deaths from breast cancer in the same year. Eileen Fegan talks about what Breast Cancer is and the signs and symptoms to Breast Cancer not only affects women; men are at risk too. In 2014, there were 390 cases of breast cancer diagnosed in men. On average, 150 women every day are diagnosed. Most breast cancers in men are invasive. This means the cancer cells have spread outside the lining of the ducts and into surrounding breast tissue, so, even though breast cancer in men is rare, it is still a risk. There are different types of invasive breast cancer: Invasive ductal breast cancer - Most invasive breast cancers in men are this type (80–90%). Invasive lobular breast cancer - This cancer is rare in men because there are few, if any, lobules in men’s breasts. A lump in the breast is still the most common sign of breast cancer. The best advice that any women (and man) can receive, is to understand and learn what your breasts feel like, over time. Learn what natural changes take place during your periods and at other times. Look at your breasts when you change your clothes. Look for changes that seem

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look out for, to prevent yourself from becoming a victim of the most common cancer in our Society. Worldwide, it is estimated that more than 1.68 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2012, with incidence rates varying across the world.

unusual for you. In a lot of cases, it is the partner of the woman who finds the lump, as they often recognize strange and unusual bumps and lumps. Signs and symptoms of breast cancer can include: a change in size or shape a lump or area that feels thicker than the rest of the breast a change in skin texture such as puckering or dimpling (like the skin of an orange) redness or rash on the skin and/or around the nipple your nipple has become inverted (pulled in) or looks different (for example changed its position or shape) liquid (sometimes called discharge) that comes from the nipple without squeezing constant pain in your breast or your armpit a swelling in your armpit or around your collarbone. It is important to remember that the breasts are not usually the same size as each other and they may also feel different at different times of the month. It is recommended to

check your breasts every month, following a shower or bath. The density of the breasts changes as women get older, for example, younger women have more glandular tissue in their breasts, which makes them dense. Once a woman has gone through her menopause, the glandular tissue is gradually replaced by fat, which is less dense. During breast screening it is harder to read a mammogram if the breast tissue is dense and this is why mammograms are not as reliable when performed on younger women. Specialists have found that older women who take hormone replacement therapy (HRT) have denser breasts than would be expected for their age. This is related to the HRT. It isn't a problem in itself, but it may make mammograms less accurate for this group of women. It is important to remember that most breast lumps are not cancerous. They are usually fluid-filled lumps called cysts, which disappear in a couple of weeks; or a fibroadenoma, which is made up of fibrous and glandular tissue. It is still very important


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to get any lump or change in breast colour, texture or density, checked by a GP as soon as possible. Breasts are made up of fat, supportive (connective) tissue and glandular tissue containing lobes. The lobes (milk glands) are where breast milk is made. They connect to the nipple by a network of fine tubes called ducts. The lymphatic system helps to protect us from infection and disease. It also drains lymph fluid from the tissues of the body before returning it to the blood. The lymphatic system is made up of fine tubes called lymphatic vessels that connect to groups of lymph nodes throughout the body. Lymph nodes or lymph glands are small and bean-shaped. The lymph nodes filter bacteria from the lymph fluid. When you have an infection, the lymph nodes often swell, as they fight the infection. Sometimes, cancer can spread through the lymphatic system. If the cancer cells spread outside the breast, they are most likely to go to lymph nodes in the armpit as the breast tissue extends into this area. There are also lymph nodes near the breastbone and behind the collarbone. You will usually have your lymph nodes checked for cancer cells. Types of breast cancer include; ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) invasive ductal breast cancer invasive lobular breast cancer

Invasive ductal breast cancer About 1 in 10 (10%) of invasive breast cancers are lobular. It can sometimes be difficult to diagnose on a mammogram. If you are under 35, your specialist is likely to suggest that you have an ultrasound instead of a mammogram. Mammography is possible in women who have had breast implants but may take a little longer. Mammography can be uncomfortable because the breasts are put between two metal plates and a little pressure is applied. But most women describe this as mild to moderate discomfort. It only lasts a few minutes. The pressure doesn't harm the breasts. Specialists will do tests on the cancer to help decide which treatments are best for you. They look at whether the cells have receptors (proteins) for hormones or a protein called HER2 (HER2 positive breast cancer). Breast cancer that has no receptors is called triple negative breast cancer. So, there are a number of options if Breast Cancer is diagnosed and these include; Surgery. An operation to remove the tumour is the main treatment for many types of cancer. It is usually used for cancers that are in one area of the body.

HER2 positive breast cancer triple negative breast cancer inflammatory breast cancer Paget’s disease of the breast malignant phyllodes tumour Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) This is the earliest form of breast cancer. In DCIS, cancer cells are in the ducts of the breast, but they haven't started to spread into the surrounding breast tissue. DCIS shows up on a mammogram and is usually diagnosed when women go for breast screening.

Radiotherapy. High energy x-rays are used to destroy the cancer cells. By targeting the area affected by cancer, there is as little harm as possible to the normal cells. Other treatments treat the whole body. These are called systemic treatments and include; Chemotherapy. This uses anti-cancer (cytotoxic) drugs to destroy cancer cells. There are many different chemotherapy drugs. Which you are given depends on the type of cancer you have.

Hormonal therapy. These therapies reduce the level of hormones in the body or block the hormones from reaching cancer cells. This can stop the cancer growing. Solihull Health Check Clinic are holding a Breast Awareness event at the Clinic in Dickens Heath, on February 11th, to highlight the importance of women checking their breasts, to understand what healthy breasts feel like and what abnormalities to look for. There will be a number of specialist Breast Consultants on hand, to offer advice about all types of breast surgery as well as options for post breast cancer support. The Breast Expert are on hand to speak to women confidentially about any concerns or queries about breast surgery options. The event starts at 3pm, with talks from the professionals starting at 3.15pm. Call 0121 745 7400 for more details. www.solihullhealthcheckclinic.co.uk Thanks goes to Cancer Research UK, for their support in writing in this article. Further advice can be obtained from www.cancerresearchuk.org.

Lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS) LCIS isn’t breast cancer. In LCIS, there are changes to the cells lining the lobes, which slightly increases the risk of developing breast cancer later in life. Most women with LCIS never develop breast cancer. It’s monitored with regular breast screening and mammograms. Invasive breast cancer Most breast cancers are invasive. This means the cancer cells have spread outside the lining of the ducts or lobules into surrounding breast tissue.

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


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Winter Hair Care Matthew Curtis, runway stylist and founder of Matthew Curtis Hair Design in Stratford-upon-Avon, gives his expert tips for winter hair care:

What happens to our hair and scalp in the winter? Be it wind, rain or sub-zero temperatures, we are at risk of a number of bad hair days during the winter season. Not only this, but our hair is most prone to damage and breakage in these adverse conditions. When exposed to extreme coldness our hair almost contracts, which causes the cuticles to lie flatter and tighter, shrinking the hair cortex so hair feels thinner and becomes weaker. What can we do to protect our hair and scalp from the harsher weather conditions? To help prevent the cold harsh temperatures from damaging your hair and scalp, you need to consider a daily hair care regime that goes beyond cleansing and conditioning. As soon as the air starts to get cooler, we naturally go for our winter boots, trusty woolly jumpers and invest in a moisturiser to treat our drier skin. However, it can take a lot longer for us to show the same attention to our hair care, sometimes leaving it too late. Using a great shampoo and conditioner helps, yes, but the care we give our hair needs to be daily, whether it’s applying a nourishing masque once a week, or soaking our hair in natural oils while we sleep. What tips do you have for keeping hair nourished and soft during the winter months? Hair will feel drier during winter so it’s important to keep it feeling healthy. Try and wash your hair as little as possible to avoid making it even dryer. To combat the elements, apply a nourishing masque or leave-in treatment when you do wash your hair. I highly recommend the Leonor Greyl Masque Fleurs de Jasmin; not only does it smell amazing, it’s free from parabens, silicone and SLS. If you’re on a budget, then why not carry out a DIY treatment at home using coconut oil. Simply rub through midlengths and ends and let your hair soak up the natural goodness.

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Are there any products or ingredients we should avoid when it comes to winter hair care? Avoid anything that is going to excessively dry out your hair and cause ends to become brittle - swap your sea salt spray for a texturing serum such as Kérastase Elixir Ultime Metamorph Preparatory Oil Balm. Is there a brush/ bristle type that’s better for reducing static, and a way of reducing static when you blow-dry? ‘An ionic brush will help to reduce static, or try using a natural boar bristle brush as these spread the scalp’s natural oils along the hair shaft to moisturise hair and create a weightier barrier. Application of heat defence sprays and other styling products will help by adding weight to hair – and heavier hair is less likely to fly-away. Use an ionic comb and hairdryer too, if possible, as these neutralise the electric charge that creates static in the first place and will also prevent static from transferring from your body and hands into your hair.’ Any styling products that keep fly-aways at bay in the Winter months? ‘Shine and finishing sprays will help to keep hair where it should be. Spray onto a soft bristle brush and brush gently through the hair to distribute evenly. A light mist of hairspray will also help keep things tame.’


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Treat your man this Valentines Day with Gruhme Are you looking for the perfect gift for your man this Valentines Day? You can’t go wrong with Gruhme fragrance & male grooming, an alternative and unique brand, deriving from Birmingham. Take a look at a selection of top gift ideas for your loved one this Valentines. - Gruhme Reed Diffuser - £25.00 Sensual, aromatic and woody. The perfect addition to your home. - Gruhme Original Fragrance EDT - £35.00 This fragrance uses top notes of juniper berry, organic black peppercorn, bergamot, lemon and lavender, a heart of patchouli and cedar on a base of oakwood amber musk’s, with traces of cumin, celery seed and petit grain. - Gruhme No.14 Fragrance - £45.00 One of the bestsellers within the Gruhme range, using the same notes as the original fragrance. This fragrance is perfect for eveningwear.

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Quality made in Bavaria Thomas Hearn also provides furniture from Himolla, a small family business that has transformed into one of Europe’s leading manufacturers of upholstered furniture, turning dreams into reality, with over 1600 items produced every day. There are a large selection of models and countless possibilities for variation. The design is more than jut styling; it is about the art of integrating function with aesthetics, resulting in comfort and attractive designs, an unbeatable combination. Customers can also choose from a large selection of fabrics and leathers in a variety of colours, whether it is sofas and suites, or recliners.

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Introducing the

Kobold VK200 The Vorwerk VK200 is the ultimate must have homecare system and here at the Cornfield Magazine we had the chance to test out this fantastic piece of technically excellent cleaning equipment. Known for its innovative products, Vorwerk, have a clear passion to create innovative products, for over 130 years. After testing the VK200 in our offices. All we can say is, wow, this upright Vacuum cleaner is powerful, easy to use, compact and highly maneuverable, making lives so much easier, making this the ultimate addition to your home. The team were extremely impressed after having a demonstration to learn about all of the features that come with this work of art that uses automatic floor detection, where ultrasonic sensors detect the floors condition, which then is automatically adjusted to provide the right performance power to the floor setting, whether it’s hard floors or carpets, the VK200, can do it all. Considering our office is vacuumed on a daily basis, we were amazed at how much dirt remained within the carpet, when testing the Kobold VK200, leaving our offices with unbelievable results. The VK200 also has an easily adjustable telescopic handle along with its lightweight construction and swivel/pivot joint, which is good for better back posture and the power switch is conveniently located on the handle grip. Other features include the vacuum’s remarkable suction power and maximum economy for first-class cleaning results, low energy consumption, if cleaning carpets, tiles or parquets. There is also the LED Filter level display, automatic start, stop function, plus, this vacuum cleaner is Class A energy efficient and is perfect for those of you that suffer with allergy’s. The vacuum, uses filter bags that are innovative and simple to set up, as demonstrated. Once switched on the Kobold FP200 3 in 1-premium filter bags unfold automatically, but also improve air quality for allergy sufferers. 99% of allergy particles will be captured leaving you with a clean house, with clean air.

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The VK200 is an adaptable homecare system making this one of the most versatile you will find, using a variety of different attachments to suit all of your cleaning requirements. This includes the EB400 automatic electric brush attachment, which again is energy efficient, and is an intelligent way to clean, ensuring that carpets and hard floors are cleaned thoroughly, yet gently. The EB400 can only be described as simply revolutionary. The EB400 is the best at detecting your floor type, instantly. The next attachment we were shown was the Kobold SP530 DuoClean, perfect for hard floors. This attachment can be used to not only vacuum hard floors but to also mop, all at the same time, saving you half the time. This can be used on parquet, laminate, tiles and stone. If you want to save time on your cleaning regime, then the SP530 DuoClean is for you. This is an effortless choice, especially when reaching those difficult areas, underneath furniture. Again, this couldn’t be simpler to use. All you need to do is moisten the appropriate cleaning cloth (dependent on floor) with 5ml of koboclean, topped up with water, then you attach the cleaning cloth to the cloth holder and insert into the SP530 DuoClean, close the air flap and your good to go. Then we tested the Kobold VF200 carpet freshener attachment, which can be used on rugs or carpet, making our carpets stay beautiful for longer giving impressive results. This attachment is also made for hygienic deep cleaning and features an anti soil effect, whilst being maintenance free for a long service life


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and is TUV approved. Again, this is ideal as a 2 in 1 cleaning option that dispenses and massages a special carpet dry cleaning powder into the carpet for a deep clean. We found it hard to believe that this homecare Kobold system could do anything more with regards to all of its features, well we were wrong. The Kobold VK200 also has a fantastic mattress and upholstery cleaning set, consisting of the Kobold PB440, which loosens pet hair, crumbs, lint and deep sealed dirt, working well within cars and on delicate fabrics, removing all of that stubborn dirt. The set also includes MP440 mattress cleaning attachment and the MR440 deep cleaning mattress attachment. Often we can forget to clean our mattresses and that’s where these two attachments will come in handy, playing an important role in obtaining a healthy and restful nights sleep, deep cleaning the mattress surface. And that’s not all; the VK200 also has a full accessory pack that can be used to target specific areas. The pack includes the SD15 soft nozzle, which works well when removing dust

from delicate surfaces, using it’s soft bristles. Again we tested this on our office computer keyboards and it’s a ten out of ten from us. Then there is the CRV15 crevice nozzle set, which targets dusty corners, skirting, whilst catching drill dust. This is easy to use with its flexible joint and extension. The unique crevice tool also attaches to uneven walls. There is also the FD15 Flexo nozzle, the perfect tool for your homes cleaning cupboard and has many uses, from cleaning textiles, surfaces, cracks and crevices. Multifunctional and flexible, this works well on car interiors or curtains and cushions. Also, featured within the set are the ESS150/140 powered hose and the TR15 Telescopic tube, perfect to rid of those unsightly cobwebs from ceilings and curtains. Overall, the Vorwerk Kobold VK200 is most definitely one of the best cleaning systems we have come across and can tackle a variety of different areas within your home. For further information on the Kobold Vorwerk products visit https://kobold.vorwerk.co.uk

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D M & C O . H O M E S - Y O U R L O C A L , P R O A C T I V E E S TAT E A G E N C Y

As the New Year kicks off, and you are shaking off those January blues, many of you will be thinking of selling your house… ‘New Year, New Me’! You will have seen advert after advert stating how online agents can sell your house for ‘not a lot of money’ and may be thinking that it’s the right choice for you… But is it? The simple answer is No. Yes the appeal of selling through online agents for ‘not a lot of money’ I can understand, but as online agents basic packages start from little more than £500, what do you get for that? You have to arrange and carry out your own viewings, chase your own contracts, and deal with your own offers. You basically become an estate agent yourself! Yet your local independent estate agents know what they are doing. We know the best way to market your property, the best way to carry out viewings and have the valuable experience of dealing with offers to get you a) the best price and b) the smoothest sale. Yes, you will be paying more for

the use of an estate agent but we will work to get you every penny that your house is worth, and our open houses have been achieving record prices. Last year we achieved asking price or over on 98% of all transactions. Online agents have such a large portfolio of properties on the market that it’s just another figure for them to add to Rightmove and up-front money in the bank. With an independent estate agent every sale matters to us and we pride ourselves on the level of service to make a stressful process as easy as possible for you, and make sure you get the best price and the best experience. Still not convinced? Phone the office TODAY on 0121 775 0101 and book your free valuation so we can prove that we are worth spending that little bit extra.

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tailored towards the needs of today’s busy lifestyle. In this new era of home moving, buyers want to search for property at their fingertips and at a time convenient to them. Ginger has a strong emphasis online whilst delivering a personal service. Our bespoke offices in Balsall Common is the perfect relaxed environment for clients to discuss their property requirements with our local property experts. No pushy commission lead sales people, just honest, experienced property people. Unlike many High Street agents, ginger is available 8am – 10pm, every day of the year, and importantly we carry out accompanied viewings including evenings and weekends. We don’t tie our clients into long-term contracts nor do we charge VAT. Discover the difference with ginger’s bespoke property service, call a member of our friendly team today 01676 533 585. Blacksmith's Corner, 68 Balsall Street, Balsall Common, Coventry CV7 7AP

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New Year New Tech January saw the biggest global technology event haled as “the worlds gathering place for all who thrive on consumer technology”. The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) this year drew record breaking numbers of visitors to the 2.47 million square feet of exhibition space to see what the leading tech companies had in store. Here are some of the highlights from the show. All of the TV manufactures were showing their new models but LG stole the show with its W-Series wallpaper TV, which at only 5mm thick attaches to the wall via magnets.

Cars have always been at the forefront of technology, some of the big (and small) manufactures showed off there self-driving and connected cars, although Toyota’s concept-i pictured here will never see the production line.

Voice control had a big presence at the show including Amazons Alexa announcing more integration with smart home tech and Microsoft’s Cortina teaming up with BMW.

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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Using IT, helps to keep your brain healthy! Did you know that Computer Use May Improve Memory in Elderly People? Do you think using a computer is good for your brain? Most of us probably try to limit our screen time to avoid getting headaches or hurting our hands. And there’s good reason for that: getting outside, or at least up on your feet, is an important way to keep healthy as you age. But new research shows that some amount of time on the computer might actually be good for elderly people! Why’s that? Computer use requires multiple brain functions including attention, planning and memory. While we don’t yet know for sure what these findings mean, it could very well be that the brain exercise you can get from using a computer helps keep you sharp even through your golden years. Research shows brain activities that engage your attention and other cognitive resources – are a significant factor in preserving brain function. Do some crossword puzzles, play a few board games – and spend a little time on the computer! It’s just what the doctor ordered. For IT Training & Support give one of our friendly team a call on 0121 704 9648 or search online for “Tech Smart Training”.


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

I can’t believe I am actually writing about February already. Where does the time go? February is actually a busy month for myself, as well as also being one of my favourites. Of course, it’s the month of romance and love, with Valentines being just around the corner. Again, February is still a month of rejuvenating and I am just about getting to grips with progressing into my New Years resolutions, which for me includes learning how to ski and snowboard, which is scary but exciting at the same time, as well as the obvious, getting into shape and eating healthily, which is difficult when you have boxes of chocolates and alcohol hiding away in your kitchen cupboards. So, February almost acts as my January. Valentines Day is fast approaching, so its time to get finding the perfect gift for your loved one and there are some fantastic gift boutiques locally within the West Midlands and Warwickshire where you can find some unique and distinctive gifts. There isso much on offer and if you are needing some inspiration fellas then why not head to a luxury lingerie boutique, such as Sipsey Lingerie based in Solihull or if you wanted to purchase a box of luxury chocolates why not head to 1683 Chocolate Place, located in Knowle. I often forget that we should be so thankful that we have an array of excellent independents on our doorstep here in the West Midlands and Warwickshire.

It’s all about the Gin at Cotswold’s Distillery Ever since visiting this hidden gem of a distillery 2 years ago, this local distillery has only gone from strength to strength in producing one of the best dry gins you will find! What’s even better is that you can now purchase a bottle of what I like to call gin heaven from none other than Marks & Spencer’s and Amazon, plus the Gin is now available in 15 Countries. For more information head to www.cotswoldsdistillery.co.uk

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

Yogahaven Are you finally getting round to tackling those fitness resolutions? If you are looking for an activity that will give you the results to transform your body then I can highly recommend Yogahaven located in Solihull. Yogahaven is all about the hot yoga and not only will you feel great after just one session but you can also use the time to relax and unwind after a long day at work. Yogahaven offers a variety of classes including hot flow, hot yoga basics, vinyasa flow, Candlelit yin yoga, hot yoga fusion and hot restorative yoga, with classes running 7 days a week. Check out the classes available on www.yogahaven.co.uk

New Art West Midlands This fantastic event returns this February, showcasing some of the most exciting emerging art talent from across the region. Art will be exhibited at the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, MAC Birmingham, Worcester City Art Gallery and the Wolverhampton Art Gallery. Opening its exhibition’s on Saturday 18th February, there will be a range of painting, sculptures, photography, video, animation and digital artworks for all to see. New Art West Midlands will continue its exhibitions until 14th May 2017. For further information visit www.newartwestmidlands.co.uk


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Local Events

What's On

Solihull Badminton Club

The Lily Mae Foundation

We are a friendly club playing social (non-league) badminton on four courts throughout the year, now welcoming new members. We play every Tuesday 8pm - 10pm at Solihull 6th Form College. Come along for a free trial session. For further details contact Steve on 07770703101 or email stevearms@gmail.com

1) Balsall Common Fun Run. We have applied to hold the Run on Sunday 17th September 2017. Please pencil this date in your diary whilst we await confirmation from Solihull MBC. 2) Pub Quiz, details attached. Sunday 5th February at The White Horse, Balsall Common. Teams of up to 6 people. Just turn up for a 7.30pm start. 3) Evening Dinner Dance, following our Golf Day, Friday 21st April at The Belfry again. Tickets and further details will be advertised on our website and Facebook page shortly. 4) The Biggest Wedding Party 2017, Saturday 24th June, details attached. This is a new event for us. You can come to our Party as a Bride Groom, Bridesmaid, Best Man, Usher or Guest. Tickets now on sale on our website. Book a table of 10 and save £100 via our early bird offer. Hoping to see you at each of these events. If you have any questions or need any further information, please do not hesitate to call me, 07960199184. Thanks once again for your superb and continued support for The Foundation; we really appreciate it.

Jumble Sale 11th March 10.30am, Kingswood and Lapworth WI are holding a jumble sale at Lapworth Village Hall, Old Warwick Road, Lapworth. Proceeds go to support our WI funds, helping us to continue to provide a social community group for women of all ages.

Teeny Tiny Den Building Thursday 23 February. The Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, B91 3HW 12.00pm to 1.00pm. Why should den building be just for the older kids?! Head out and help us make dens for teddy and maybe even a toddler or two. Suitable for children aged 2-5. Entrance costs £3.50 per child. Prebooking is recommended

Arty Winter Wander Thursday 23 February. The Parkridge Centre, Brueton Park, B91 3HW 10.30am - 11.30am. Find out about hedgehogs and their night time lives what do they eat? Where are they in winter? Make a mud hedgehog too! Suitable for children aged 2+. Entrance costs £3.50 per child. Pre-booking is recommended - visit www.warwickshirewildlifetrust.org.uk/ whats-on

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

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

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

Solihull Photographic Society Tuesday 7th February. Audio Visual Competition with guidance from expert judge Malcolm Imhoff. Tuesday 14th February. "In the Eye of the Beholder" A talk on contemporary photography

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by Tessa Mills FRPS. Tuesday 21st February. Bob Uuderhill - "Photography is my Passion". All meetings start at 7.30pm and finish at 10pm, and are held at the WI Hall, Warwick Road, Solihull. Visitors will be made welcome. £3 at the door please. Further information can be found on our website www.solihullphotographicsociety.co.uk

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

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

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

VALENTINES BARN DANCE Earlswood Lakes Fundraising are organising a Valentines Barn Dance. Please could you include the following information in your local events section? VALENTINES BARN DANCE Earlswood Village Hall, Shutt Lane on Friday 17 February 2017 at 7.30pm. Licensed Bar, reasonable prices, so no need to bring your own. Raffle. Tickets are £10.00 per person (family ticket 2 x adults and 2 x young people under 16 - £35.00) and this includes a

fish and chip supper. Tickets available from Pam on 01564 702145. Loads of fun and laughter. Book early to avoid disappointment. Any questions please contact me.

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

National Trust, Solihull Centre Our meetings in February feature Local NT Properties and are held at Solihull Methodist Church, Station Approach. The evening meeting on Tuesday 14th at 7.45pm in the Church is on Charlecote Park. Our afternoon illustrated talk is on Friday 24th at 2pm in the Hall when the Head Gardener of Packwood House will tell us about his work. All are welcome and enquiries to Felicity Simpson 705 7329.

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

SILHILL BRIDGE CLUB meets at St. Helen’s Church Hall in St. Helen’s Road, Solihull, on Mon and Thurs evenings for duplicate bridge, and Wed afternoons for rubber/Chicago bridge. We pride ourselves on being a friendly group open to new players of intermediate standard and above. Wed


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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

Brueton Parkrun Weekly Free 5km Run Brueton Park Run takes place every Sat at 9:00am Brueton Park Run is entirely organised by volunteers. Here are a few facts about the event: Its a 5km Run Held Every Saturday at 9.00am In Brueton Park, Solihull It costs nothing to join in - but you must register your first run. You only have to register once. parkrun.org.uk/register/ All those taking part do it for fun

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

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 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.

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

Knowle Ramblers We are a friendly 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.

Solihull Local Group RSPB Meetings are held the second Tuesday in every month, from September until March 2017. They take place in the Oliver Bird Hall, Church Hill, Solihull

at 7-30. Talks are varied and interesting. Admission charge for talks is £3-50 members, £4 non members. For further information please contact 0121 707 3101.

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

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.

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

BARSTON U3A

HENLEY FLOWER CLUB

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

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.

Friendly Folk Folk Dance

Cottage Garden Society

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

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.

Open Mic Nights, at The Punchbowl Every Wed night from 8.30, 'The Rock Bottoms' will be at The Punchbowl, Lapworth. All are welcome to come along for a sing song or to join in. The 'Rock Bottoms' featuring Merrymakers Dan Sealey, (Ex Ocean Colour Scene) and Adam Barry (Ex Merrymouth)

FILM CLUB 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

BRIDGE From Beginner to Grandmaster – new members welcome. West Mids Bridge Club is situated in our own licensed premises in the centre of Solihull. Bridge is available every day with duplicate sessions to suit every level of player. Lessons and practice play with qualified English Bridge Union tutors for beginners, improvers and beyond. Visit our website 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

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

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