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Issue No. 75 Complimentary

Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire Edition

n i h g u o r Breakt h 2020 and take your performance to new levels

A New Year, A New You

A New Smile

g n i spr

Exercise that adds a

to your step

The transformation

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Welcome

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FUN and fitness are often intrinsically linked and a great example of this is when it comes to trampolining. The act of jumping lifts our hearts and it’s no surprise that people are happier when they’re jumping up and down.

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Welcome to the Transformation Issue. For 2020, Cornfield Magazine has branched out to the new area of Sutton Coldfield. Offering the great same content that focuses on all things local as well as the hidden gems from further afield. Fitting for the New Year issue – a time to set resolutions and goals for the months ahead – the latest editions celebrate Cornfield Magazine’s transformation and showcases the very best of the region. Our cover story this month features Jump In Trampoline Park in Warwick. They challenge you to all come down and book an open jump session, as studies by NASA scientists show that rebounding on a trampoline is 68% more effective than jogging and yet requires less effort! Come on mums and dads, grannies & uncles give trampoline park fun a try, we promise you will love it! All of the above plus more can be found in this month’s issue.

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Henley Lash House Eyelash Extension Specialists Anna Cornfield, owner of Henley Lash House, has been in the beauty industry for 15 years and has perfected her lash treatment technique over the last five years. Specialising in Russian Volume eyelash extensions, Anna is an expert technician in semi-permanent lashes, achieving fantastic results for all clients. What are Russian Volume lashes? Designed to give the ‘wow-factor’, Russian Volume lashes are applied to match the natural curvature of the eyelid. Their ultra-fine, lightweight design allows technicians to apply multiple synthetic extensions to each natural lash, creating more volume than classic lashes and often lasting longer. How are they applied? Anna carefully applies individual extension fibres to a single natural eyelash, building up both volume and length in the process. Depending upon her clients’ desired outcome, Anna can apply two to eight extensions on a single natural lash. The Russian Volume lashes are applied in a ‘fan-like’ shape, giving an eyecatching, impactful look. Are Russian Volume lashes safe? It’s important to book a specialist technician for all eyelash extensions. Eyelash extensions can only damage your natural lashes if applied incorrectly. Untrained, amateur technicians may not have the skills and equipment to correctly isolate individual natural lashes and safely apply extensions. When it comes to your beauty and health, always go professional. Anna guarantees all clients are given aftercare advice and receive patch tests before any appointments take place.

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Veganuary

Beauty Inspiration l ove!

l l i w n i k s r u o y kind beaut y

Professional Makeup Artist, Naomi Halliday, shares her favourite products to leave you looking (and feeling) scrumptious this New Year. Vegan and cruelty free products are becoming more and more popular and we are so lucky to have so many new and exciting products and brands to choose from! Why not try something new this year, whether or not you’re partaking in Veganuary?

100% natural and award-winning, Chamomile & Rose Beauty Balm Moisturiser, £10.00 (ecoearthstore. co.uk), is packed with nourishing & soothing biodynamic organic herbal extracts and regenerative oils, making it perfect for soothing even the most sensitive skin. It can be used as a cleansing balm, moisturiser, face mask, lip balm and a cuticle nail/balm – a real multi-tasking miracle balm!

100% organic, natural and vegan, Zao Duo Shine-Up Powder, £23.50 (zaoessenceofnature.co.uk) contains both a pink and gold coloured highlighter, perfect for adding a glow to your complexion when applied to the tops of the cheeks, brown bones, tip/bridge of the nose and the cupids bow. This great multi-tasking product can even be used as an eyeshadow to brighten the eyes. It comes in a beautiful sustainable bamboo case and bamboo drawstring pouch, perfect for popping in your handbag!

Hourglass Unreal High Shine Volumizing Lip Gloss, £28.00 (spacenk.com/uk) is available in 18 gorgeous shades, my favourite being ‘Fortune’. Infused with the powerful active ingredients, VolulipTM and hyaluronic acid, this wonder product delivers intense moisture to amplify lips’ natural shape – resulting in long-lasting volume. Light-reflecting shimmer and brilliant lustre provide a multi-dimensional shine that’s unreal, all whilst being cruelty free and Vegan.

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Marble Brush Roll & Brushes, £69.00 (uksoulbeauty.co.uk) - This stunning brush set includes 13 super soft synthetic brushes that will apply your makeup flawlessly. Featuring gorgeous matte grey handles with rose gold detailing, they don’t only look great but also feel great on your skin and are completely vegan and cruelty free. What’s more, they also come in a stylish brush roll, making them easy to store and transport with you wherever you go!

Inika is 100 per cent natural, cruelty-free and vegan, and carries the Vegan Society logo. Inika Liquid Foundation with Hyaluronic Acid, £33.00 (inikaorganic.com) is enriched with aloe vera and jojoba, which plumps and hydrates your skin while also providing that soughtafter natural, dewy coverage.

Lily Lolo Laid Bare Eye Palette, £21.00 (lilylolo.co.uk), features eight vegan matte and shimmer eye shadows in wearable, neutral shades for every skin tone, perfect for creating a natural daytime look, with darker shades for a more dramatic evening look It’s all sleekly tucked inside a gorgeous slimline compact with a double ended applicator.

Words by Naomi Halliday For makeup booking enquiries info@naomihallidaymakeup.co.uk / 07912 646363 www.naomihallidaymakeup.co.uk @naomihallidaymakeup.co.uk


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Monthly Hair Care Column

With Celebrity Hair Stylist

Jay Birmingham I cannot believe we are into not only a new year but also a new decade! I love this time of the year because, whilst I don’t believe a new year is a new chapter as such, it is a great time to reflect on the past year you have had and look at what you have achieved and what you’d like to achieve in the year to come. My schedule is always crazy busy so it isn’t often I get time to sit and reflect or even just to spend time with family which is why I love the Christmas period so much. With that being said, I do really look forward to January too as it does feel like a bit of a fresh start to set yourself new goals and head into the new year feeling good. I am so excited for 2020! I will be opening my second salon which I am really looking forward to as it will be much bigger than my first salon and I will be creating my own team of amazing stylists to make sure I can fit in all my clients and create a gorgeous space. During 2019 I worked with lots of amazing celebrities and I loved being part of their campaigns and projects. This is something I am super excited to continue in 2020 and as always, I will be sure to bring you guys along for the ride with me so watch this space! Following December your hair can feel lack lustre and dehydrated just like your skin. This is because our lifestyle and diet impact our hair just as it does our skin. Classic new year detoxes may seem a little cliché but I really do recommend them for your health all round and especially your hair. To help boost your hair back to its vibrant self in no time, treat yourself to regular at home moisturising treatments and visit your hairdresser for a freshen up trim if possible. And of course, remember to drink lots of water! Here’s to a new year, a new decade and new goals to smash!

Love, Jay x Jay Birmingham Hair Highfield Wellness & Beauty, 23A Highfield Rd, Birmingham B15 3DP @JayBirminghamHair www.jaybirmingham.co.uk

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At Paul Lowe Dentistry in Solihull we believe that everyone should enjoy excellent oral health. We want you to experience the remarkable benefits to health and well-being that first class dental care can deliver. Our welcoming environment combines friendly, personal service with the professional expertise of a highly accomplished dental practice. • Family Care Plans • Quality Treatments • Affordable Dentistry • Finance plans available

Meet our Dentists

We are first and foremost a family general dental practice providing high quality dental care and advice for those of all ages. Each member of our team will always treat you as an individual and put your needs and expectations first.

Paul Lowe

BDS Ncle MMedSci - Dentist GDC Reg No. 56612

Paul has over thirty years’ experience in both dental and general hospitals and general practice. He has a particular interest in dental implants, having obtained a Masters degree in 2005. In addition to being part of the Practice team he is also a clinical lecturer at Birmingham University and a specialist in oral surgery at Birmingham Dental Hospital.

Gilly Mackenzie

BDS - Dentist GDC Reg No. 63946

Gilly is a highly experienced dentist who has been with us for over 20 years. Her gentle and caring approach makes her highly popular with her patients. She has completed advanced training in restorative dentistry and has a particular interest in crown and bridge work and cosmetic treatments.

Iain Roe

BDS MSc MFGDP(UK) - Dentist GDC Reg No. 78090

Iain has a wealth of experience and has been awarded a Masters degree in Advanced General Dental Practice, during which he was awarded the prize in Periodontology. He is also a clinical tutor at Birmingham University. His gentle and caring approach is much appreciated by his patients.

Kalpesh Prajapat

BDS Liv 2016 MFDS RCS (Edin) – Dentist GDC No 264109

Kalpesh has a passion for cosmetic dentistry and facial aesthetic treatments, ranging from Invisalign to wrinkle-reduction and dermal fillers. He has obtained his Membership diploma of the Royal College of Surgeons in recognition of postgraduate training and received the distinction of being “Highly Commended” in the Best Young Dentist category at the Private Dentistry Awards 2019.

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How to beat

the winter blues

Christmas has been and gone and for many of us we have experienced a fun fuelled December calendar, with endless festivities, however for some of us Christmas can be a lonely and sad time of year for various different reasons and this often can catapult those of us experiencing this, into the lowest of times as we enter a brand new year. Many of us enter the New Year feeling positive, it’s a time for new beginnings, the next chapter and its time to get ticking off those resolutions, but unfortunately, for many of us this couldn’t be further from the truth. Divorce rates are higher, relationships come to an end, the stress of getting back to reality, the anxiety kicks in, we become lethargic, depressed and debilitated, leading us to reach our lowest point. That’s it… You’ve guessed it! And you’re not alone; you’re experiencing what they call, the dreaded winter blues, otherwise known as SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder). The scientific evidence proves that daylight is the answer to our problems. Light that enters the eye causes changes in our hormone levels throughput the body. January is by far the worst month in our calendars; we find that we have overindulged in food, which leaves us feeling overweight and sluggish, leading us to believe that the latest diet fad will be the answer to all of our problems. Other challenges we face include having no money due to our spending habits at Christmas and then, of course, the miserable weather, that makes us go into hibernation over the winter period. Feel like there’s no way out of the winter depression? Well your wrong! Here are some tips in how you can help fight off those winter blues…

Get outside as often as possible

Escape from the indoors, don’t keep yourself locked away, this will only make you feel worse. Even sitting next to a window can help. Our bodies need to be stimulated by light, so, get out and about. There are some fantastic deals around, so, why not book a last minute winter break, somewhere sunny, even if it is only for a long weekend. Make the most of getting the fresh air.

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Create a Budget

Believe me, creating a budget at the start of the year will be one of the best things you can do to get ready for the year ahead. Budgeting is necessary for having control over your finances and when used correctly budgeting can actually be a really fun task. All you will be required to do is to track your expenses and income, make a list of both of these things, incorporate your financial goals and keep check of your budget on a monthly basis.

Consider Light Therapy

Its cold and dark outside and we just want to snuggle up in front of a warm fire and make as minimal movement as possible. The darkness has many negative affects on our body and light is necessary to reducing symptoms of SAD. Research has also shown that blue light may be more effective in reducing symptoms. Many individuals are now considering light therapy, and in 80% of all cases, SAD symptoms have been reduced. You can now purchase your own light box from Amazon for less than £40. Doctors recommend sitting near or underneath your light box for 30 minutes, each morning. It is also important to get natural light into your home so make sure you keep blinds and curtains open during the daytime.

Eat Your Way to Happiness

No, that doesn’t mean eat everything and anything. It’s all about eating well and eating healthily. Making sure that you eat the right foods is crucial. We often crave all the comforting foods, including pizza and pasta, which leave you feeling sluggish and it is also important to stay away from foods that are high in sugar, yes forget those Christmas chocolates for a little while, everything in moderation, as they say.

More complex carbs take longer to digest, which will prevent spikes in blood sugar, creating different moods and increased levels of serotonin in the brain. Instead you should opt for whole grains, spinach, yams, broccoli, beans, lentils and skimmed milk. These foods will fill you up whilst providing long lasting nourishment and don’t forget to eat your five a day.

Get Active

Keeping active and maintaining your fitness is proven to improve your mental state and is actually one of the most important factors to beating the winter blues. If you take part in 30 minutes of exercise, 3 times a day you will begin to feel more active. Exercise is the key to beating depression and changing your mood by regulating the serotonin chemical in your brain.

De Clutter

Having a winter clean can be one of the most beneficial moves that you make in beating the winter blues.

Try Something New

Having a new interest keeps the mind active, diverting your attention away from stress and depression. A new hobby or activity could be as simple as reading a new book, watching a new TV series on Netflix, joining a gym or writing a blog. If you have something to look forward to and focus on, you will have a much clearer outlook and rid of any surrounding negativity.


Breakthrough in

2020

and take your performance to new levels

Supporting you to identify and achieve your life goals. A sense of achievement isn’t just something we yearn for once in our lives, it’s what keeps us going, the reason that we push and challenge ourselves time and time again.

Paul Wright is a certified Mind Factor and NLP Coach.

We must set goals in all areas of our lives whether they are to improve our mental wellbeing, personal growth, physical fitness, personal development, careers or family relationships.

Paul brings a unique blend of educational and real-world experiences to the world of mental performance that gets results.

Setting ourselves goals, no matter how challenging or trivial, give us something to strive for, and completing them gives us an incredible feeling of satisfaction. On the contrary, when we don’t achieve our goals we get a feeling of disappointment and frustration, leaving us feeling deflated and uninspired.

All the tools and techniques you will learn have been applied at the highest levels of business, professional sport and life.

If you have achieved something, keep on achieving, don’t let it end there. If you have lost your way, then re-evaluate your goals and get back on track to living a long and fulfilling life. If you’re unsure of where to go next, you’ve been stuck on the same goal for some time, or maybe you just don’t know if what you want is actually achievable, we can help you find your way and take steps to achieve everything you ever wanted.

Call Paul 07977 042 907 to arrange a free initial consultation.

How Can We Help? • Get your life back on track • Tackle professional or personal challenges • Improve your performance • Progress your career • Make difficult decisions • Create and follow your own personal plan • Be in control of your life • Achieve your goals

Keep on achieving!

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How to Maintain

A Vegan Diet Beyond Veganuary

This year it is estimated that over 350,000 people will attempt a vegan diet for ‘Veganuary’. Whether it’s motivated by environmental concerns, health reasons or self awareness of meat consumption, veganism should be approached safely and not as a free pass to the ready meal and crisps isle. As more and more food production companies are cashing in on this New Year pledge, it’s important to recognise that just because a packet carries the label ‘vegan’, it doesn’t necessarily mean ‘healthy’.

WHAT IS VEGANISM? In a nutshell (pun intended) it’s a diet based on plant foods that excludes all animal products such as dairy and meat. Unfortunately, vegan quarter pounders, vegan sausage rolls, vegan bacon etc might appear to be ideal options when swapping out your usual meaty meals, but we encourage you to be aware of the ingredients in these highly processed products. Many vegans expect to lose weight and ‘feel better’ when becoming vegan, and while this is true in most cases, it doesn’t always work that way. Processed vegan foods (anything from a packet that has a list of ingredients attached) tend to come with added sugars, harmful fats, additives and preservatives and often food colouring. We recommend you always read the packet before you buy and check the ingredients.

FOLLOWING A VEGAN DIET BASED ON WHOLE FOODS HAS PRETTY SIGNIFICANT HEALTH BENEFITS • Weight loss • Lowered blood pressure • Lowered cholesterol • Less cardiovascular risk • Improved blood sugar control Eating more plants inevitably increases useful nutrients and vitamins such as fiber, folate, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium and magnesium and of course less saturated fats that come from animals and dairy.

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BUT THERE ARE DOWNSIDES TO BE AWARE OF... There are nutrients that vegans are at risk of becoming deficient in such as: Iron B12 Calcium Vitamin D Omega 3 fatty acids Why are these so important? Iron deficiency develops because the vegan diet eliminates heme iron (from animals) which is more easily absorbed in the body than the non-heme version found in plants. B12 deficiency can occur as this is naturally found in the animal products that are excluded on a vegan diet, and inadequate B12 intake leads to certain types of anemia, fatigue, loss of appetite and potential neurological symptoms.

VEGAN DIET CHECK LIST - Choose organic where possible. Look up the Dirty Dozen and Clean Fifteen online as it’s not always necessary to buy everything organic. - Ensure you are having adequate protein from beans and legumes - Steer clear of processed packaged foods labeled as ‘vegan’ where possible

Calcium and Vitamin D is often found together in foods and these two nutrients work together to maintain bone health. Inadequate intake of one has an effect on the other.

- Check ingredients on packages and monitor sugar intake

Omega 3 fatty acids play key roles in heart, brain and eye health and reduce chronic inflammation. The best sources are fish and eggs, but they can also be found in some nuts and seeds such as flaxseed, chia seeds and walnuts.

- If veganism works for you and you decide to adopt this way of eating long term, we recommend you supplement with a good quality B12, Vitamin D and Omega 3 supplement to support your health. Vegan options are available (but more expensive), always ask a nutritionist for their recommendations.

Alongside nutrient deficiencies eating out can be difficult for vegans. If you live near a major city you are more likely to find vegan restaurants and some fast food outlets that are now offering vegan alternatives. However, remember these come at a cost of added sugars, unhealthy fats and additives. If your motive for following a vegan diet is weight loss, you might be surprised to discover that many people experience the unexpected side effect of weight gain. This is due to the surprising amount of processed foods available for vegans. Cookies, crackers, cakes, ready meals, sauces, ice cream, vegan cheeses... the list is endless and high intake of these foods cancels out the benefits of a true vegan diet.

OUR VERDICT

- Don’t bow down to peer pressure. If veganism isn’t for you, that’s fine! There are other ways to support your personal goals and values. Increase your plant intake anyway, and choose ethically sourced animal products in moderation. Be an ethical flexitarian!

A vegan diet can be a healthy approach for individuals who ensure they are meeting all of their nutrient needs such as calcium, iron, B12, calcium, vitamin D and omega 3 fatty acids. It’s possible to follow a vegan diet of unhealthy processed foods. Following a healthy version may require more planning and time in the kitchen cooking and thinking ahead when arranging a meal out. We can all benefit from increasing plants in our diet, without eliminating animal products completely. Environmental and ethical beliefs are personal and no one should ever feel pressure to follow a vegan diet if it doesn’t sound appealing or support their personal health goals. Nutrition is personal.

‘Get in touch’ details for Karen & Amy are: Website: www.meraki-nutrition.co.uk Email: info@meraki-nutrition.co.uk Telephone: 01926 490801 Cornfield Magazine | 15


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How to Keep your

New Year’s

Resolutions

It’s traditional to start the New Year off with a comprehensive list of resolutions, albeit, an often unachievable list. Most of us desire to eat healthier, exercise more and cut out ‘sins’, and set targets in an attempt to achieve these (difficult) goals. As the weeks progress, it’s also traditional for us keen, wellintentioned individuals to lose track of our goals and move further and further away from our ultimate targets. But, how do we resolve this resolution-quitting, frankly frustrating problem? The first solution is setting targets that are actually achievable. We have all made the inevitable mistake of compiling lists of insurmountable resolutions in an attempt to tackle the upcoming year. More often than not, these lists contain resolutions only the most switched-on, over-achieving organisation-fanatic might accomplish. No matter how good our intentions might be, New Year’s resolutions often fade to a distant memory within the first few weeks of January. Here’s a few simple ways to ensure you stick to your resolutions as much as humanly possible in 2018, to give you a bigger chance of becoming a better person this New Year.

Be realistic

Don’t set unattainable targets. It’s easy enough to say, “I’m going to quit smoking this year, forever” and, “I won’t let another drop of alcohol touch my lips in 2018”, but in reality these huge life changes – and they are pretty huge – will be extremely difficult to stick to (especially bad habits that stem from stress-induced states). Instead, be realistic about your ability to quit cold turkey. Most likely, these goals will be achieved over a longer period of time than in just a few short weeks – and this isn’t necessarily a terrible thing. Instead of vowing to never eat a chocolate bar again, set a goal to significantly cut down your intake of whatever it might be you wish to banish from your life. It’s perfectly fine (and natural) to struggle to give up items you have thus far relied on to get you through your daily life. By setting more achievable targets such as, “I will cut down my daily amount of ‘x’ each month”, by the end of 2018 you will have come closer in leaps and bounds to your ultimate goal.

Include your loved ones

Setting goals to achieve the best version of you is wonderful. However, mixing-in resolutions that also help loved ones around you is the way forward for New Year’s vows. Rather than pledging to join your local gym that you fine-rightly know you will visit once before never mentioning again, try a resolution that makes

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others feel good, as well as you. Call your parents. Arrange a coffee with colleagues once a week. Spend more time with your children on the weekends. Prioritise the people who you value and care about most in life, and set your goals to show them how much you appreciate them. Honestly, this tactic will make you feel much better than any running machine ever could.

Don’t be disheartened

Giving up something you enjoy, or rely upon, is an extremely difficult and arduous task. When making your resolutions, take into account the fact that you might, at some point, relapse back to your old habits. However, this does not make you a bad person or a failure. It simply makes you human. As long as you keep your target in clear sight, and stick to your goals 98% of the time, eventually you will get there. By making your resolutions this way, you won’t feel absolutely disheartened by your late-night trip to the fridge for a Cadbury Dairy Milk bar or a mid-week after-work beer and give up completely. You will instead take your natural human inclination to resort to your comfort items on the chin, and eventually move on from relying upon these items, one step at a time. As long as you are actively trying to achieve your goals and are focused on your intentions, you will progress! With these key ideas in mind, remain positive and enthusiastic towards your goals, and make 2018 your best year yet.


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Naths Netters Local Grassroots Football Training for Kids Nath’s Netters offers weekly football sessions for kids in a safe environment with an FA qualified coach. The mission of the weekly club is to provide children with high quality football training using the latest equipment, in order to improve kids’ fitness levels, encourage exercise, and most of all allow little ones to have fun! Nathan believes football coaching is a brilliant way to help kids to stay on the right path and build confidence. The club teaches kids to work together as a team, stay active, and make lots of friends. Whether your child hopes to train for a professional club in the future, or just simply wants to have fun playing sport with their mates, Nath’s Netters is the place to be. Sign up for an introductory lesson for your child today for just £3 per session, with no contract required. Nath’s Netters makes football fun for boys and girls - perfect for ages 4+

www.facebook.com/nathsnetters/ Call Nathan for more info on: 07805 305129

Nath’s Netters is highlight of my children’s Saturday. They absolutely love it. Nathan is great and makes sure all players get a good amount of time with the ball.

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Quinton House Engage and re-lift the senses

At Quinton House we understand the needs of every individual. It’s not just about the first class care, it’s about every facet of someone’s life. It’s about what newspaper they read, knowing their favourite breakfast, where they went on holiday as a child - the list is exhaustive. By understanding each individual we are able to help them settle quickly, and enjoy the benefits that community living in such a special place can offer. You’ll notice from our reviews that our staff’s attention to each resident is exemplary and it’s this genuine interest coupled to compassionate care which keeps our residents so content. Visit our community and you’ll know you’ve arrived somewhere special. This is a family-owned home and has been for over twenty years. This continuity coupled to our team’s dedication enables us to deliver ever more impressive levels of compassionate care; the best Warwickshire has to offer.

New sensory room Our new sensory room is a specially designed environment that provides a sensory experience to our residents, with a wide variety of different abilities. A sensory room is designed to help people engage with the world around them. We have sand, sea, seagulls and seaside background music. Chips in a cone or ice cream. We aim to engage and re-lift the senses of all our residents.

At Quinton House, we are passionate about what we do and how we care for the older people we work with. Our insight and reputation is built on 20 years of experience in care. We are committed to providing all of our residents, with exactly the right level of care and support, where and when it is required. We understand the value of maintaining our residence independence and that privacy and choice are important. Our dedicated and highly trained care staff know that no two people are the same, which is why we make sure we listen to our residence needs and always create bespoke support packages that are tailored to the residence personal circumstances and lifestyle preferences. Top 20 Small Care Home Groups 2019 Quinton House and Gardens Nursing Home are pleased to announce that we have won this Award and we couldn’t be any happier. Our staff has worked hard over the years to not only make a difference to our residents but, to also assure families that their loved ones are in safe hands. The carehome.co.uk Group Awards 2019 highlight the most recommended Care Home Groups in the UK. The awards are based on over 120,000 reviews from care home residents as well as their friends and family. Quinton House Nursing Home, Main Road, Lower Quinton, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8RY Tel: 01789 720247 Email: info@quintonhouse.net

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New Year

New You

I trust that we are all in agreement that we are all ready to start the year off with some positivity as we begin to put things in place for new beginning and a fresh start, all for a brand New Year and a brand new you. The old you is out and 2017 is here upon us. The old you may have a track record of failing when it comes to creating New Year resolutions and implementing change. We all get that ‘January Feeling’, where we are in need of a clean slate and yes, all you actually need to see this through is a little bit of willpower and productiveness. Sometimes, we just need a push in the right direction to begin our transformation. There could be a number of reasons that you want to tackle becoming a new you. It may be that you have a tendency to eat the unhealthiest of foods and aim to lose weight by joining the gym, you may have had a disastrous year of relationships and dating and don’t know where to start, you may hate your job, need a new hobby or new friendships. It may be that you have just neglected yourself, which is exactly why you should take some time for you. Go on a weekend break away, or enjoy a spa day and beauty treatment, get your hair styled, enjoy a few little treats just for yourself. It’s way too easy to reflect on everything that has gone wrong the previous year and all the things we didn’t achieve. Many of us use the cliché of ‘my new years resolution is to not have any new years resolutions’. Is it just me or is this far too easy to say? We all need some goals to aim for, from time to time. So, we wanted to come up with an essential list to prepare for the new you, next year… Slow Down Set aside some time for you, to relax, unwind and do nothing. We all need a night in from time to time; we often need to maintain a sense of control over our busy lifestyles.

Follow the 60% Rule No one is perfect and perfectionism is simply an illusion. Trying to be too perfect can be damaging. If you are in the position of rating your work, friendship and relationship, and it adds up to 60%, then you really are not doing too badly. However, do be careful with the all or nothing approach, workaholism, fear of failure and being too sensitive to other people’s judgments. Nourish Your Body It is proven that the food we eat has a large impact on our mood and our serotonin levels. Surrounding yourself with greens, probiotics and dark chocolate, all has a positive effect on our bodies. Switch off all Tech The glare from our phones backlight can have a negative effect on how our bodies function, especially when we should be relaxing and before we go to sleep. Our bodies need to switch off and we all need up to 8 hours sleep. Trick Yourself into Saving We spend so much over the year and realise that we don’t require half of the things that we purchase or spend money on. It is always wise to have a good clear-out in January, so why not have a financial clear-out, clear out the subscriptions, look at lowering the bills, prepare a packed lunch and make your coffee form home. You will have saved without even realising. Change your workout Switch up your usual workouts. Doing the same fitness regime can sometimes appear tedious and a little boring, so why not try something a little different. There is so much choice with new fitness trends including PXT, Core Fusion Extreme and Bodhi, to name only a few.

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The Floating Spa Benefits of Floatation By relieving the stresses of gravity, floating takes the weight off strained bones, joints and muscles, and increases the efficiency of blood circulation. This includes a multitude of physical and mental benefits which can be enjoyed by anyone and everyone. The benefits of regular floating are not only great in number but also backed up by scientific research. Not to mention the continued medical research proving the benefits of floatation for a wide range of medical challenges. Below are listed just a few of the many benefits: General Well-Being Relaxation Stress Relief Rehabilitation and Recovery Meditation and Mental Harmony Medical and Health care CONTACT US to find out more, discuss your specific objectives and book your float. The Floating Spa 23-24 Hall Street Jewellery Quarter Birmingham B18 6BS info@theoatingspa.com - www.theoatingspa.com 0121 448 7977

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Winter injuries

patient event

30th January 2020

in association with Spire Parkway Hospital

Start the New Year as you mean to go on and get those aches, pains, lumps and bumps looked at with this great opportunity to meet the expert at a free patient event with Spire Parkway Hospital. Come along to meet Mr Shyamalan, Consultant Hand Surgeon and hear a talk about common winter injuries and hand conditions such as skiers thumb, arthritis, carpal tunnel and Dupytren’s disease. Learn about causes of pain, prevention of injury and treatment options. There is also an opportunity for a free 5 minute consultation to discuss your hand, wrist or elbow health concerns. Time: 6pm - 8pm Date: Thursday 30th January Venue: West Warwickshire Sports Club, 78 Grange Road, Solihull B91 1DA

Places will be limited so please call 0121 704 5596 or email parkwayevents@spirehealthcare.com to book your place today.

Midland Hand Clinic lead by Mr G Shyamalan FRCS NHS consultant hand surgeon. All patients welcome. Ask us about our self funding prices for minor hand surgery. Hand Clinic PA: Pam Dziubany Email: pdziubany@hotmail.com Call: 07815 460786 01827 892952 www.midlandhandclinic.com


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Exercise that adds

a spring to your step

FUN and fitness are often intrinsically linked and a great example of this is when it comes to trampolining. It’s important to entice your children to cut down on their screen time and into an activity that will boost both their physical and mental health – and the popularity of trampoline parks is reaching new heights! Let’s run through the main health benefits of trampolining... It’s great for your heart - Like any aerobic exercise, jumping gets your heart to increase the rate at which it pumps blood around your body. It also strengthens the muscles needed for a healthy cardiovascular system. Jumping gives the same benefits as jogging in a third of the time - NASA (yes, NASA!) studies show that jumping on a trampoline for 10 minutes is equivalent to a 30-minute run. It’s easy on your joints - Trampolining is a low-impact exercise, because the bouncy mat absorbs the force when you land, preventing jarring of your ankles, knees, hips and spine. It’s easier on your joints than running or jogging. It helps you build strong bones - Repetitive jumping puts your bones under a small amount of stress, which is needed to encourage them to build up mineral content. This increases the density of your bones and reduces your chance of developing conditions such as osteoporosis. It builds strong muscles - Jumping strengthens the muscles in your legs, as they work hard to push you upwards. With repetitive jumping, your muscles have to contract more often than they do with most other exercises, which increases their stamina. It helps with co-ordination - You need to concentrate to maintain balance, achieve different positions, jump high and prepare for the next position – all at once. Practising this improves motor skills and helps with co-ordination. It’s good for relieving stress and boosting your mood - Trampolining releases endorphins, the feelgood brain chemicals. These can help to reduce stress and ease anxiety and depression. It’s fun and can leave you feeling invigorated. It helps to tone your body - Trampolining uses a variety of muscles, including your legs and stomach, because you use your core muscles to stay balanced. Bouncing on a trampoline on a regular basis can help to keep your stomach and bottom toned. It can assist you in losing weight - Jumping on a trampoline burns calories. It can also boost the rate at which your body metabolises food, which will help it to burn fat. It helps your lymphatic system to do its job - the lymph system, which carries toxic substances out of your body, needs gravity and body movement to work properly. Bouncing on a trampoline stimulates the lymphatic drainage system to get rid of toxins, bacteria and waste from your cells, effectively cleansing them.

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Special needs catered for JUMP IN trampoline park in Warwick runs Rebound Therapy classes aimed at children and adults with autism or heightened sensory needs. The trampoline therapy forms part of inclusive relaxed sessions where those with special needs are encouraged to explore unassisted play with their families and carers in a safe, lower sensory environment. Trampolines are key to this specific type of exercise therapy which benefits those across virtually the whole spectrum of disabilities. It has been proven to provide a huge number of potential therapeutic and physiological benefits, from cardio-respiratory, muscle tone and balance and posture through to perception and communication. Benefits that are more specific to autism include: improvements in calmness, focus, concentration, eye contact, memory, following instructions, motivation, self-esteem, confidence, potential for learning across the curriculum, and happiness. Other benefits would be: reduction in tactile defensiveness, anxiety, agitation, shimming, rocking, self-harming, hitting, and antisocial behaviours. Jump In Rebound Therapy-qualified instructors are on hand to work either one to one or in groups after a full assessment of needs is carried out. Rob Borg, Regional Manager for Jump In Warwick, said: “Freedom to play and move unaided is often something that children and adults with special needs can be restricted on when participating in many physical activities. Trampoline parks can go some way towards offering more scope for unassisted play.”

It improves energy levels - more oxygen flows around your body when you bounce on a trampoline and this can result in a rise in energy levels. Meanwhile, getting extra oxygen to your brain can improve mental alertness. It improves our mental health -Trampolining makes us happier, more self-confident and more positive about ourselves since when we jump, our body releases endorphine hormones.

He added: “Trampolines at our parks offer great physio benefits for those with low muscle tone who need to maintain/build their core strength. This is because trampolines encourage the participant to constantly correct their balance when jumping and landing, this also helps with co-ordination which has been linked to learning and neurological development.” “Special needs schools and day centres have reported on how the trampoline has great benefits for autistic children and adults with heightened sensory needs. The trampoline can be very a very stimulating piece of play equipment for these individuals.” Paul Kaye, CEO of ReboundTherapy.org (international body and training course provider for Rebound Therapy) said: “I am delighted to see so many trampoline parks introducing Rebound Therapy into their programme. By providing Rebound Therapy, trampoline venues are able to provide a much-needed ‘fully inclusive’ service by offering sessions to learning disability care homes, special needs groups, schools and charity agencies and health groups.” To find out more or book an assessment for the Rebound Therapy-specific session, with a qualified Jump In Level 2 Rebound Therapy practitioner email hello@gojumpin.com and an area expert will be in touch with more information. Further information on Rebound Therapy can be found here: www. reboundtherapy.org/

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Jump have you covered

for after-school fun

and fitness

AN end to the festive holidays doesn’t have to mean an end to the fun as Jump In Trampoline Park in Warwick has you covered. In fact there’s no better time to check out what one of the region’s best family attractions has to offer with fun-packed value-for-money deals to keep the kids active throughout – and beyond - the spring term. After a day in the classroom, what better way to let off some steam than a visit to Jump In’s After School Deal which offers a whole hour of jumping after 4pm Monday to Thursday every week during term time. And there’s even the chance to satisfy those after-school munchies with a slice of pizza washed down with water or squash, also offered as part of the session. It doesn’t have to mean sacrificing those important homework deadlines either as there’s plenty of areas in which to take time out and hit the books for a while. A spokesperson for Jump In Warwick said: “After a few hours in the classroom what better way to end the school day than jumping around our trampoline park and taking advantage of our fantastic Jump In After School Deal.” If your youngsters are craving more of a party vibe, they can’t go far wrong with Jump In’s Friday Night Takeover events. Recently relaunched, the fun-packed party nights are the perfect way to end a busy school week for any child aged four and over. The lights are dimmed and the speakers cranked up as a dedicated DJ for the night takes music requests and creates a buzzing party atmosphere - the perfect tempo to really get Warwick jumping. There will certainly be plenty of showboating as youngsters compete to throw the best shapes - both on and off the trampolines! A spokesperson for Jump In Warwick said: “Trampoline party nights are the perfect way to end the school week and start the weekend, so come on down and show us your best moves. “They’ll love having the chance to be independent too because, if they are 12 years and over, there is no need to bring a grown up, they just need to sign a waiver and then head off to Party Central and dance - and jump - the night away.”

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The perfect party destination PLANNING the perfect birthday party for your child can be daunting. As parents, all we want to do is put a smile on our little one’s faces, make them feel special and chalk the day off as a success. So much better then if we can achieve all of that without having the responsibility of making it all happen. Booking a children’s birthday party package at Jump In Trampoline Park in Warwick is a popular option because they organise it all for you, allowing the adults to enjoy the day as well. Too many birthdays can go by in a blur because mum and dad were too busy running around in a fluster to properly appreciate their son or daughter’s special day.

If your party animals don’t want the fun to end – and why would they – look out for news of the Great British Sleepovers coming very soon to Jump In Warwick. And no one is excluded with the introduction of a weekly after-school Relaxed Jumping Session for children and adults with special needs. Between 5-7pm every Wednesday Jump In Warwick Trampoline Park will be adapted to the needs and comfort of its visitors as soft lighting and soothing music provide a safe and friendly sensory space in which to play.

These sessions cost just £7 with carers jumping for free. Relaxed jumping sessions can also be arranged between 2-4pm term time for organised groups. Contact: Rob.Borg@gojumpin.com Further details of all these sessions are available at: www.gojumpin.com/ locations/trampoline-park-warwick

Jump In’s award-winning children’s birthday parties are now bigger, bolder and better than ever with the launch of two additional party packages including VIP Party and the UK’s first Interactive Dome Party in Warwick. These, along with the standard children’s birthday party, offer a two-hour package of non-stop fun for up to 10 children and come complete with: - Check in and safety briefing - Jump In socks for all guests - One hour to enjoy all the Jump In facilities - Dedicated party host - Water whilst jumping - Pizza (choice of pepperoni or Margherita) or hot dogs - Plates, cups, plasticware and napkins A range of optional birthday party extras can also be purchased, including party bags, popcorn, ice cream and sweet pots. But essentially, all you need to bring is your guests and the cake! The 360-degree Interactive Dome Party includes 30 minutes of private ‘partying’ with surround sights and sounds on a film, TV show or soundtrack of your choice as the perfect backdrop to a themed party. Jump In birthday parties in Warwick can also be shared if you’re working to a budget, plus, there’s never any need to be nervous about the weather! And what’s better than being able to leave all the clearing up to someone else at the end of all the fun? Time to head home and open those birthday presents instead! Further details on the party packages are available at: www.gojumpin.com/ activities/birthday-parties?location=warwick Or email: hello@jumpin.com or call 01926 356290.

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Detroit Soul Collective

with Albie & Lonnie’s

January is always a time for making plans for the new year and for us at Albie & Lonnie’s, it’s no different. We’re kicking off 2020 with a busy month not just when it comes to fashion, but in the fun department too. January 11th sees us as the match sponsor for Coventry City FC - one of our official partners - in their match against MK Dons, then just a week later we’ll be showcasing everything Albie & Lonnie’s has to offer at The UK National Midland Wedding Show. Held at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena on January 18th and 19th, the show is one of the biggest out there. We’ll be on the catwalk four times over the two days with more than 1,000 people watching each one. Alongside this, we’ll be among the 100-plus exhibitors at the show, giving grooms a sneak peek at everything they need for their big day. If January wasn’t already busy enough, we’ll be finishing the month with another epic event at our flagship store in Rugby, Warwickshire. On Thursday, January 30th, we’ll be hosting an evening with top soul/motown and funk band Detroit Soul Collective. Usually fully booked at the Jam House in Birmingham, they’re sparing a night to come and play all of your Soul, Funk & R&B Classics and help us raise money for our chosen charity Coventry & Warwickshire Mind. Fronted by some of the UK’s finest singers and musicians - who have worked with artists from Mariah Carey to Madonna - they’re guaranteed to make it a fabulous night. Our guests will also have the opportunity to browse all of our collections ahead of Valentine’s Day with exclusive on the night discounts and giveaways. Tickets will be £5 each, including a complimentary glass of fizz on arrival, with proceeds going to Coventry and Warwickshire Mind. There will also be a pop-up bar selling beer and prosecco. All that just in January, and it’s only the beginning. This year is set to be a great one for Albie & Lonnie’s. Last year saw us move to our new flagship store on Albert Street in Rugby which not only gives us more space to stock all the latest formalwear and menswear but has allowed us to build a real hub for the community we’ve created. The store offers a unique experience that has proved a hit with people from across the country. Stocking formalwear and menswear in a range of designers and sizes, we provide everything from outfits for grooms and their groomsmen to prom suits, dinner suits and menswear for all occasions. We’re one of the largest independent stockists of Marc Darcy and hold plenty of stock of other brands including Gibson London and

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Fratelli Uniti, as well as Blend, Casual Friday, MAC Jeans and Jiggler Lord Berlue. All of our ranges are hand-picked by our experienced buying team who will spend time getting to know you and making sure you walk out with something that makes you feel good as well as look good. We’ve got more ranges than ever in 2020 - something for everyone, as the saying goes - setting us up to make even more people happy this year. Along with all of that, we’re continuing our partnerships with Coventry City FC and Coventry Rugby Club, kitting out all of their players in their pre and post-match outfits. Watch this space, it’s going to be a great year!

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Valentine’s gifts for him

1. Player One Valentines Day Card - £2.75 - www.etsy.com 2. Farrar & Tanner Solid Sterling Silver Large Square Hinged Cufflinks - £85 - www.etsy.com 3. ‘You Complete Me’ Gin & Tonic Enamel Pin Badge - £6.99 - www.oflifeandlemons.co.uk 4. Nintendo Controller Premium A5 Notebook - £9.99 - www.yesiwantit.com 5. Stainless Steel Shaving Gift Set - £110 - www.wearthlondon.com 6. aFunk Portable Bluetooth Speaker Black Edition Cuckooland - £95 - www.cuckooland.com 7. Chocolate Kettlebells - £8.99 - www.funkyhampers.com 8. Ribeye Steak Cufflinks by Schickie Mickie - £42.35 - www.etsy.com

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FOOD & DRINK

Think all things

Pinkster on Valentine’s Day

Whether you and your partner are sharing a romantic day together or you are gathering friends for Valentine’s Day, Pinkster Gin will add some spark. Give your partner or best-friend an elegant and sophisticated gift, that you too can enjoy and create these simple Valentine cocktails at home: Pinkster 70 cl bottle - the original pink gin made with real raspberries which is deliciously dry with a hint of fruit and an exceptionally smooth finish. Perfect to enjoy with your loved one at home. RRP £36.00 for 70cl available from www.pinkstergin. com, Marks & Spencer, Fenwick, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges and Majestic Wine, Ocado, 31Dover.com, Master of Malt Pinkster ‘Gin & Jam’ 50ml Pinkster Gin 15ml lemon juice 15ml sugar syrup 1sp raspberry jam A handful of raspberries Shake all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Shake and strain into a Rocks glass filled with crushed ice. Garnish with fresh raspberries Pinkster Royale - Perfect for a Valentine’s cocktail this raspberry liqueur is made from gin-soaked recycled raspberries. Best of all there is no added sugar so just add to a flute glass and top up with your favourite fizz to make the Pinkster Royale Fizz. RRP £25 Available from www.pinkstergin.com/pinkster-royale Pink ster Peerless Hamper - RRP £65 - includes a 35 cl Pinkster bottle, 35 cl Pinkster Royale bottle, 1 x Gin Jam, 1 x Boozy Berries, 1 x Buttermilk fudge 1 - the ideal present for the Gin lover in your life. Available from www.pinkstergin.com

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Benefits of

Green tea is probably the healthiest beverage on the planet. It is loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. These include improved brain function, fat loss, a lower risk of cancer and many other impressive benefits. 1. Green Tea Contains Bioactive Compounds That Improve Health It is loaded with Polphenols like Flavonoids and Catchins, which function as powerful antioxidants. 2. Compounds in Green Tea Can Improve Brain Function and Make You Smarter Green tea contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function. 3. Green Tea Increases Fat Burning and Improves Physical Performance This is because green tea has been shown to boast the metabolic rate. 4. Antioxidants in Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Various Types of Cancer Green tea is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, so it makes perfect sense that green tea could reduce the risk of certain cancers‌ Breast cancer-Prostate cancer-Colorectal cancer. 5. Green Tea May Protect Your Brain in Old Age, Lowering Your Risk of Alzheimers and Parkinsons The bioactive compounds in green tea can have various protective effects on neurone and may reduce the risk of both Alzheimers and Parkinsons, the two most common neurodegenerative disorders. 6. Green Tea Can Kill Bacteria Which Improves Dental Health and Lowers Your Risk of Infection The catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health and reduce bad breath. 7. Green Tea May Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes Some controlled trials show that green tea can cause mild reductions in blood sugar levels. It may also lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes in the long term. 8. Green Tea May Reduce Your Risk of Cardiovascular Disease Green tea has been shown to lower total LDL cholesterol, as well as protect the LDL particles from oxidation.

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FOOD & DRINK

January blues

hitting you hard?

You’re not alone. At Cornfield, we reckon the best way to get through them is to keep making plans and treating yourself and where better than Stratford-upon-Avon’s number one restaurant, Loxleys? The family-run restaurant on Sheep Street kicked off 2020 in style with a New Year’s Eve gala dinner that included entertainment from the X Factor’s Georgia Burgess, proving a hit with all of its guests, regulars and new faces, and even saw one couple get engaged on the night! The fun for 2020 doesn’t stop there. Family-run restaurant Loxleys has a reputation for serving top-notch food in gorgeous surroundings all year round. The A La Carte menu offers a range of dishes showcasing a passion for local produce and freshly-prepared ingredients. There are small plates and starters, classics like lasagne and fish and chips, as well as modern British dishes designed by the restaurant’s own innovative, passionate chefs. Try chargrilled lamb cutlets and braised shoulder with broccoli puree, mint potato terrine and green olive jus or slow confit pork belly and Applewood smoked cheek with shallot puree, black pudding potato cake and apple jus. For those on a new year wellness kick, there are healthy options like the Loxleys ‘Super 12’ Salad and delicious fish dishes such as lemon sole ‘on the bone’, with brown shrimp, herb and caper butter, mint potato terrine and buttered kale. And for those doing Veganuary, the restaurant has meat-free and plant-based options including its hit vegan dish of smoked tofu with puy lentil and aubergine fritters, ‘buffalo’ cauliflower, pepper puree and tomato and smoked chilli salsa. Don’t forget the steaks either - Loxleys serves up 28-Day, dry-aged Hereford beef with cuts from Chateaubriand to fillet medallions and all the garnishes. Of course, we get that budgets can be a bit tight in January but that doesn’t mean you can’t pay Loxleys a visit. They have a great range of offers that pause for the festive season but have started up again in the new year. If you’re heading to Stratford for the theatre, try the two or three-course pre-theatre menu daily up until 6.30pm for £16.95 for two courses or £20.95 for three. Visit on a Tuesday for Loxleys’ steak night - buy two courses from the steak menu and get a bottle of red wine free to enjoy with them. Thursday is fizz night, where you get a free bottle of Prosecco if you choose any three courses.

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If you fancy popping in for breakfast, the Sheep Street restaurant serves up breakfast on Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings and of course, we can’t forget Sundays at Loxleys when they serve up a cracking range of roast dinners from £13.95. Choose from roast rib of beef, loin of pork, leg of lamb, roast chicken and nut roast served with goose fat roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and seasonal greens. Always very popular so make sure you book ahead. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch or dinner, a special treat or to take advantage of a cheeky offer, Loxleys is definitely worth a look. Just a stone’s throw from Stratford’s famous theatres and tourist attractions, the restaurant is set across two floors of a historic building. As well as great food and top-level service, the independent restaurant has an extensive wine list, Illy coffee, expertly-crafted cocktails and a full range of spirits. Sponsor of the Stratford Town Centre Food Festival and a finalist in the Best Restaurant category in the Muddy Stilettos Warwickshire Awards 2019, it also offers private dining and a covered courtyard for al fresco dining in the summer. So start the year as you mean to go on, and check out one of the most popular places to eat in Stratford-upon-Avon.

3 Sheep Street, Stratford Upon Avon, CV37 6EF T: 01789 292 128 E: info@loxleysrestaurant.co.uk Opening Hours Mon-Thur: 11:30 - 23:00 Fri, Sat, Sun: 9:30 - 23:00(Sun 22:30)

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the

Detox Myth In recent years, the buzzword ‘detox’ has captivated consumers and fitness-addicts across the globe. But what exactly is detoxing? The Collins English Dictionary defines detoxing as a “treatment that is intended to remove poisonous or harmful substances from your body,” that is “given to people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol in order to stop them from being addicted.” The word detoxing, however, has been taken away from the medical realm of rehabilitation and instead has been redefined in the health and fitness industry as a way to banish harmful toxins that ‘build up’ in the body. This marketing myth aims to convince unsuspecting buyers to purchase various ‘detoxing kits’. Put simply, detox dietary claims are often very exaggerated, completely ill informed, and actually are often more damaging and harmful than beneficial. A prolonged lack of protein (as suggested by many detox plans) can result in a weakened immune system, and has the potential to break down muscles. Fasting for periods of time can appear to result in weight loss, but this is simply loss of water, rather than fat. By not eating healthily or regularly, you are likely to feel symptoms such as tiredness, dizziness, nausea and irritability. Depriving your body of essential foods and nutrients through strict detoxing methods is in itself potentially dangerous. Qualified, registered dietitians have dismissed many claims made by socalled detoxing gurus, and instead promote simple, healthy, balanced lifestyles.

The Truth

Eating healthily significantly increases energy levels, improves the functioning of liver, and has a beneficial impact upon skin condition, appearance, and complexion. Physical changes to appearance can in turn promote positive emotional health. By making changes to our daily lifestyle and eating habits, it is possible to boost our overall wellbeing and secure a healthier future in years to come. Eating healthily is about balance. Instead of falling for the ‘detox myth’ and subjecting your body to unhealthy crash diets or ‘quick fixes’, begin your healthy lifestyle this New Year. We’ve all heard the positive effects of eating ‘5 a day’ and exercising regularly – and it really is that simple. 36 | Cornfield Magazine

Cook from Scratch

Although it seems like a very time-consuming task, unsuitable for busy lifestyles, cooking from scratch can be made easy. By creating meals from a range of raw, organic ingredients, we know exactly what is going into our meals. Cooking from scratch gives us an opportunity to develop cooking skills and explore the exciting flavours and ingredients on offer. Signing up to monthly subscriptions can help to alleviate the pressure of shopping for a variety different ingredients. Companies such as Hello Fresh provide pre-proportioned ingredients and weekly recipes from around the world to your doorstep, and encourage cooking convenient delicious meals with healthy produce. Check online for more information at www.hellofresh.co.uk.

A Diverse Diet

It isn’t only fruit and vegetables that are good for you! To ensure you keep a regular, balanced diet, make sure you fill your kitchen with a variety of fish, lean meats, low fat dairy products, fruit, vegetables and nuts. Eat food filled with nutrients such as fibre, minerals, proteins and good fats to ensure you provide your body with enough energy and goodness. Stick to recommended portion sizes, and always read the label to check saturated fats, sugars, and salts content.

Drink H2O

Drink plenty of water. It’s that simple. Water is completely natural, free, cheap and good for you! Replace fizzy energy drinks packed full of sugar with a glass of milk or water – this is especially important for children. If you don’t particularly enjoy drinking water, try adding a lime wedge or drink a bottle of sparkling water. It’s recommended we drink six to eight glasses of fluid every day – and water is the best option!


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NEW MAGAZINE

Introduction to

Sutton Coldfield History

Sutton Coldfield was an extensive parish lying between Birmingham and Lichfield in the county of Warwick. The population increased throughout the nineteenth century when many people moved to the area, notably many manufacturers and businessmen such as Walter Showell, an Oldbury Brewer who resided in Walmley House. In 1871 there were four ecclesiastical districts of Sutton Coldfield (Holy Trinity), Hill (St James), Boldmere (St Michael) and Walmley (St John the Evangelist) with a total population of 4,936. As Sutton moved to the beginning of the twentieth century it had grown and comprising the addition of Maney (St Peter) and Wylde Green (Emmanuel) had a population in 1911 of 20,132. Of course, this led to building programmes for new houses and public buildings. The first Mayor of Sutton Coldfield was Sir John Benjamin Stone (18381914) conservative MP and amateur photographer. He announced the foundation of the National Photographic Record Association (NPRA) to catalogue historical buildings and items of interest. One such historical building in Sutton was ‘New hall’. Built in c.1200 in a castellated style it was said to be the oldest residential house with a moat. Throughout its varied history it became a college for boys and a luxury hotel. Moor Hall was built by Sutton’s greatest benefactor John Harman, Bishop of Exeter also known as Bishop Vesey. His birthplace was believed to be Moor Hall Farmhouse, the design of which he copied in the 51 cottages he built in Sutton. Characteristically they were built of stone and included a spiral staircase. The remaining Vesey Cottages are High Heath, Whitehouse Common Road; Ford keepers Cottage, Wylde Green Road; Old Stone House, Maney Hill Road; Vesey Cottage, Weeford Road; and Vesey Grange, Birmingham Road. Vesey also endowed the Grammar School and brought many improvements to the town, including the gift of Sutton Park. Four Oaks Hall and Park became the home of John Hartopp who in 1827 entered an exchange of land to gain an area of Sutton Park. To do this Hartopp was required to create a new Park entrance and a road from the town which became known as ‘Town Gate’ and Park Road. Four Oaks Hall and estate was sold by 1880 to a limited company who planned to build a magnificent racecourse on the land with stands for spectators. The Grand National Hunt Steeplechase was held there in March 1881 and Pride of Prussia came in 1st place. Unfortunately, despite reported crowds arriving at the new Four Oaks Railway station the company met with financial difficulty and was sold in August 1890 to the businessman Marquis of Clanrikarde. The estate was laid out for the development of exclusive housing, many of which were listed for their architectural value. Carhampton House was built on the site of the demolished Four Oaks Hall, but the gate posts still survive. Many architects came to Sutton, not just to see their plans come to fruition within Four Oaks but throughout the whole Sutton area and to meet the needs of the growing population. Rossbret

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All About

Cornfield Publishing Here at Cornfield Publishing, we wanted to give you a further insight into who we are and what we do, whilst introducing our brand new local lifestyle magazine to an area near you with magazines being distributed to the new area of Sutton Coldfield. Our monthly publication, the Cornfield Magazine brings all things local and lifestyle to our readers. We support our local trades and businesses by delivering the perfect platform to promote their business, whilst producing vibrant content and quality coverage, all combined with a striking design. The Cornfield Magazine was first launched nearly 7 years ago by Directors, Richard and Sam who had an ambition to produce a fun, fresh magazine, in which would attract an array of readers. The magazine has achieved just this and the publications have grown and developed into what it is today with a consistent passion, as well as a friendly, driven and professional team. The magazine is aimed at a wide audience, which is eclectic, fresh and diverse.

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Our Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire magazine is a well-established and trusted lifestyle magazine that is read by young professionals through to the retired household, the demographic that holds the nations wealth. Each month we produce content that covers local events, attractions and locations. We also have our dedicated contributors, bringing the latest in beauty trends from make-up artists, reviews, resturants, health, wellbeing and medical advice, plus, local news columns.

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Our two editions are distributed to thousands of outlets across the Midlands - The Birmingham, Solihull & Warwickshire Edition, and The Sutton Coldfield Edition. We aim to help companies and businesses to promote their services, grow their customer base and heighten their brand awareness. Cornfield Magazine is available from a range of pick up points, including: restaurants, coffee shops, hotels, hair salons, jewellery shops, shopping centres and independent traders. If you’d like to advertise with us and promote your business or event, or register your business as a magazine collection point, please don’t hesitate to contact our team on 0121 796 6800. Keeping an online presence is crucial to us and we enjoy sharing local news, events and business openings online via Cornfield News. We also have celebrity interviews, as well as products, hotels, spas and restaurant reviews. All of our online content is shared via our social media sites, including, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and businesses can also have the opportunity to advertise online via our website, making this an excellent tool for our readers and website visitors. It’s an extremely exciting new venture for us and we are proud to introduce the brand new magazine to the Sutton coldfield area. We hope you enjoy reading our brand new monthly publication. We always appreciate our reader’s feedback; so feel free to send your comments on the new magazine through to, info@ cornfieldpublishing.co.uk

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PROPERTY

YOUR. NEW. HOME. A Premium Estate Agent with a Premium Approach. Find out more about what DM & Co. Premium can do for you by contacting Dominic Murphy on 01564 777 314

Winterlea Guide price: ÂŁ1.25m Agent: DM & Co Premium Tel: 01564 777 314 Winterlea is a fantastic, detached family home in a wonderful location. This six-bedroom residence offers a diverse and adaptable living space which is sure to cater for any needs. Enjoying wonderful country views along with easily accessible local amenities, the location of this property is truly unnrivalled. The inside of the property is well laid out for any occasion. The open reception/dining area is a grand

entrance to welcome your guests with. The open plan kitchen area with AGA oven opens up into a large conservatory. The downstairs will also find you a study, utility, W.C. and two sitting rooms. Walking up the bifurcated stairs you will pass under a grand chandelier as you make your way to the large landing. This invites you to five bedrooms, two with en-suites and a family bathroom. All of the bedrooms benefit from fitted wardrobes. The second floor contains the spacious master suite, which benefits from a large walk-in wardrobe and its own private bathroom with twin sinks and a centrally placed Jacuzzi bath.

Wood End House Guide price: Price on Application Agent: DM & Co Premium Tel: 01564 777 314 Wood End House is a stunning period family home accompanied with magnificent, sheltered grounds. Built in 1903 and developed with some contemporary touches, this traditional home is nothing short of breathtaking. Located in the desirable village of Tanworth-in-Arden and backing onto Ladbrook Park Golf Club, this property is surrounded by beautiful greenery both in the grounds and further afield.

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Wentworth House Guide price: Price On Application Agent: DM & Co Premium Tel: 01564 777 314 Set well back from Broad Lane, each house is reached via solid oak, electric-controlled gates that open onto long, resin-bonded driveways with block paving and private garden to the front. South facing rear gardens, each with its own access to Ladbrook Park Golf Course.

Chestnut House Guide price: £1.35m Agent: DM & Co Premium Tel: 01564 777 314 Chestnut House is a well-designed five bedroom executive detached property boasting spacious accommodation across ground and first floor level. Upon entering the property you are welcomed into a light hallway with doors that provide access at the front of the property to the dining room, study, W.C. and lounge. All of the entertaining space is to the rear of the property which benefits from a large open plan luxury fitted kitchen and family room with two sets of bi-fold doors that provide access to the terrace. There is a utility off the kitchen that also provides access to the side of the property.

As I am sat writing this about to close the doors on 2019, I am not only proud but also absolutely delighted to report that we have helped more people move this year than in any of our previous years. Our hard work has achieved an increase in sales at 145% year on year, while we have also recruited the best team I have ever had the pleasure of working alongside. This year would not have been possible without every single member of Team DM & Co. firing on all cylinders. The Christmas Party was a brilliant way to round off the year together with the 6 sales that we’ve agreed in the final trading week of 2019! I am incredibly excited about 2020 and cannot wait to see our plans come to fruition. I would like to personally thank each and every one of you that have supported and used DM & Co. since opening the doors in 2013, I’d like to sincerely thank you all for your continued support, referrals and outstanding testimonials. We have succeeded in creating a superb business built on both excellent customer service and strong business ethics. I look forward to helping more people move home in 2020 than ever before and look forward to you playing a part in it!

Thank you for a super 2019, here’s to a Happy, Healthy New Year and a 2020 to be immensely proud of! Best wishes, Dominic Murphy Managing Director

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Home and Garden section, Sponsored by

M & J Mahoney + Sons Ltd Builders Merchants and DIY Centre M & J Mahoney + Sons Ltd is an independent family run business, established in 1975. Mahoney’s have a network of branches in Solihull, Birmingham & surrounding areas. Serving the Trade and Public with quality products for over 40 years! We have a wide range of goods to enable you to be able to complete any project from building a house, or tackling those odd jobs around the home or garden. Our experienced and friendly staff are always on hand to help and have the necessary knowledge to assist you with any DIY task, advise on materials, quantities and costs. We also offer a free cutting service on all timber and sheet metal, with a speedy delivery service available 6 days a week. We are committed ensuring our cutovers get great value for money and a second to none service. Joinery Shop - Free Timber cutting Service at our Solihull Branch Delivery Service - 6 days Everything you need under one roof - A one stop shop! Follow us on twitter@mahoneysdiy all the latest news and offers!

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Kavanagh’s Kitchens and Bathrooms is an established supplier of leading manufacturers of bathroom and kitchen products, providing a full design and installation service. The family-run business has been delivering exceptional workmanship to clients for over 28 years. Specialising in complete bathroom and kitchen refurbishments, Kavanagh’s will create bespoke expert designs to bring clients’ dreams to life, managing the whole project from start to finish. With excellent workmanship, Kavanagh’s are able to mange the entire installation of a project including plastering, electrics, worktops, doors, wet rooms, shower panelling, tiling, and under floor heating. The company’s up-front quotations mean there are no hidden costs, and customers can rest assured their homes or businesses are in safe, expert hands. For enquiries, please call 0121 604 6464 or email mark@kavsbathrooms.co.uk or beckykavanaghs@gmail.com www.kavsbathrooms.co.uk 32 East Meadway, Tile Cross, Birmingham, B33 0AP

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Hoods Flooring A trusted name in carpet fitting services and supplies As a long-established, family-run business, Hoods Flooring can offer you an exceptional wealth of experience and high-quality service.

Breathe life into your home this autumn with a professional floor renovation Creating a fresh new look for your home is the perfect way to start summer. Why settle for out-dated carpets and worn down floorboards, when you can have more? Together with Hoods Flooring, you can create a bespoke, practical living space by installing high quality flooring to suit your personal style, budget and taste. Founded in 1939 by Hilda Hood, Hoods Flooring was established with the aim to provide a first class flooring supply and fitting service to customers throughout Birmingham and Solihull. Now in its third generation, Hoods Flooring continues to fulfil this ambition. Over the years, we have established long and happy relationships with hundreds of valued customers, both

commercial and private. Our large two-storey showroom stocks a huge range of flooring product options, allowing customers to select the perfect floor covering to suit their needs. We supply a wide range of carpets and hard flooring, including Karndean designer flooring, Marmoleum tiles and rubber flooring.

Transform your interiors – trust in Hoods Flooring Award-winning and certified team members Hoods Flooring’s award-winning team are all NICF (National Institute of Carpet and Floorlayers) certified. We receive on going, inhouse training and attend regular manufacturer training courses to ensure we stay up-to-date with industry standards and maintain our high standards of service. Our team are fully trained and qualified to handle flooring projects, specialising in providing excellent carpet fitting services and expert advice for our clients.

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Midland Grounds Machinery specialises in providing sales, service and support to the grounds care industry. Headed by Dave Tullett, who has over 27 years experience, the company prides itself on offering an extensive selection of products for sale or hire, as well as sourcing machinery to match your budget, backed by an exceptional level of customer care. Products range from ride on mowers and compact tractors to chain saws, log splitters, mulchers and shredders. MGM is an authorised dealer for most major brand names, including Mountfield, Brill, Atco, Bosch, Pellenc, Scag, Dormak and many more. Phone: 01564 773614 Email: enquiries@mgmsolihull.co.uk Address: Midlands Grounds Machinery, 18 Station Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0HT.

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Advertising Pays Ignorant Bob wakes up in the morning after sleeping in an advertised bed with advertised sheets. He will shower in an advertised shower, with advertised soap and have breakfast of advertised juice, advertised cereal and advertised bread. He will then put on advertised clothing and look through his advertised Smart Phone and scroll through a highly advertised Facebook, Twitter and instagram. He will then drive to work in an advertised car. Ignorant Bob has a local business, but he doesn’t advertise. He says that “advertising does not pay”. So finally, when his un-advertised business goes under, Ignorant Bob will advertise it for sale...

Don’t be an ignorant Bob!!! If you want people to know about your business and really shout about it, call Cornfield Publishing. Promoting and supporting local businesses is what we do best. Call: 0121 796 6800 to see how we can help you reach thousands every month.

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ENTERTAINMENT

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Three New Entertainment Venues

For Digbeth

More reasons than ever to visit Birmingham’s Creative Quarter Three new entertainment venues have launched in Birmingham’s creative quarter, Digbeth. Gaming concept Chance and Counters is based in the Custard Factory, and ‘social sports bar’ The Floodgate and The Great Birmingham Bake Off, an interactive baking experience, are based on Floodgate Street. The businesses bolster Digbeth’s burgeoning and eclectic leisure, retail, hospitality and live music scene which includes Digbeth Dining Club, Baked in Brick, The Mill, The Arena, Dig Brew, The Mocking Bird and Ridding & Wynn. The Floodgate is the brainchild of three school friends, Stephen O’Reilly, Mike Gregory and Chris Ross, who pooled their skills and interests to create the social sports bar. The new venue brings social sports, such as Pit-Pat Table Golf, Baseball cages and even Curling, together with cocktails in an interior boasting a plethora of UV murals, hand painted by leading Birmingham street artists, Gent48. Previously a converted warehouse, The Floodgate Spans 10,000 square feet and also has an upstairs area for live music and the arts, private parties, conferences and corporate events. Chance and Counters blends the nostalgia of over 500 board games – both old and new - with local beers and ciders and an extensive food offering, which includes brunch, burgers and tacos. With two popular sites in Bristol and Cardiff already, the 3,500 square foot, 100-seater Digbeth venue marks their biggest venture yet. The interior features secluded booths and a bright, open area overlooking the river. The creators of London’s highest rated event, The Big London Bake, are bringing their awardwinning concept to Digbeth. Launching this weekend, the Big Birmingham Bake is based in a fully kitted out marquee on Floodgate street, complete with 12 idyllic bake stations, a treasure trove of customisable decorations and is led by a team of professional bakers who will give hints and tips to help create the winning bake. The businesses launch as Oval Real Estate, the owners of the Custard Factory and 98 other buildings and sites in Digbeth, announce plans for a consultation on long terms plans for the Digbeth Estate. It is anticipated that these new elements will include new places to live, work and play including offices, shops, restaurants and cafes, new public realm, arts and culture spaces, capable of hosting a range of events and activities. The Framework will also introduce homes to the area, providing the opportunity for people to live and work within walking distance of each other. The plans are available to view at www.consultdigbeth.co.uk James Craig, Founder of Oval Real Estate said, “We’re excited to welcome Chance & Counters, The Floodgate and The Great Birmingham Bake Off to Digbeth. We’re really proud of the eclectic and rich leisure offer we’re building across Digbeth; with so much to see and do the area is fast becoming a destination in its own right.” The Floodgate 104 - 108 Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5SR www.thefloodgate.co.uk Chance and Counters Courtyard Studio 8, Custard Factory, B9 4AA www.chanceandcounters.com/birmingham/ The Birmingham Bake Off Floodgate Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B5 5TL www.thebigbirminghambake.com

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in Review:

A Wonderful Stay At

Winchcombe Farm

We decided to go and explore the magic of Winchcombe Farm recently, and because it is a place which is suitable for kids we took them along too. There was no doubt that the place was incredibly pretty to look at and we had a nice time overall. Of course, specifics are just as important, so let’s see if we can try and explore them in a little more detail. We stayed overnight, which is an important thing to remember going forward. So let’s talk about the place itself. It is definitely a rural retreat, far away from the noise and chaos of the big cities. That in itself makes it good for people who want to try and enjoy life away from the hustle and bustle. The area itself was absolutely lovely. It was very rural and very disconnected from the world, which meant that you could enjoy yourself without having to worry about whether you hear a car or a van go past, because this was fairly infrequent. Everything that we could possibly want was thought through and there was no expense spared. It made it easy to unwind and enjoy ourselves, because when you’re staying away you don’t want to have to worry about whether or not your accommodation will have this or that. It was our firm belief that we had everything that we needed and then more, which was incredible considering what it was that we experienced. The getaway itself has very few issues. We might have encountered a small handful of different issues, but there is no doubt that they were fixed quickly and efficiently. We wanted to have the best possible experience and I’m pleased to say that we did. It was lovely to be part of something where the customers were the clear and main focus. We want to enjoy ourselves when we go away, because it is only natural. What else is there to say? The interior was nice and very pleasantly decorated. The furniture was luxurious and comfortable - as we previously said there was no expense spared. We know how important it can be for people to have the best, and so we were pleased to see that we had it here and now. It was obvious that we were being exclusively catered to and it made all the difference. The rooms were plenty big enough and the whole area was definitely family friendly. It was easy to see just how families could come here on a regular basis.

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CALLING ALL JAWSOME RANGERS SEA LIFE LAUNCHES ‘JAWSOME’ QUEST IN PARTNERSHIP WITH TOP TRUMPS It’s no secret that we like quality stays. We only go to the best places and so here was one that we hoped to have meet our expectations. Because that’s what it is really all about at the end of the day. We want people to meet our expectations and to feel like we can have what we are looking for. This provider did incredibly well, and I’m so glad that we went. It was the perfect time to recharge and rest - to really step back and appreciate what we had. A loving family and the resources to enjoy ourselves means that it’s easy to try and make the most out of the time that we had. So let’s recap. We wanted the best and we felt like we got it. I really enjoyed my time here. My partner and kids both felt the same way. We all agreed that there was not a lot that could have been improved on. In fact, this is such a good place that we intend on booking it for Christmas in 2020, because I really can’t praise this enough. Being in the middle of what can only be described as exasperation with modern life means that I was so grateful to be able to go away and realise what was important in life. I had a chance to stop worrying about the little things and could instead focus on what was vital for moving forward. It was all thanks to this place. The views were wonderful, the experience was enjoyable and there was a real sense of enjoyment and fun. Being in the countryside is always a recharging thing, and it was so wonderful to be able to enjoy ourselves and to realise exactly what it was that we all wanted out of the holiday - the chance to spend time with each other and to focus on what was important. It was a wonderful time and I really do praise all the staff who worked hard to make sure that we had the best experience. They were the real heroes of the experience, and I thank them. Book a stay at Winchcombe Farm at www.winchcombefarm.co.uk or call Jo on 01295 680190.

WHAT: Jawsome Sharks and Friends with Top Trumps - immersive trail to meet Sea Life’s aquatic creatures and help Professor Finn find the missing Top Trumps cards to become a Jawsome Ranger WHERE: SEA LIFE centres across the UK WHEN: 15th Feb – 31st May* PRICE: From £9.95 This spring, SEA LIFE is launching the Jawsome Sharks and Friends quest to help Professor Finn find the missing Top Trumps cards, so he can teach everybody about the incredible sharks and sea creatures that live at the aquarium. The mad professor is hoping to recruit a new team of Jawsome Rangers for 2020 to help him in his mission to locate all of the missing cards and place them in the correct order. Once the rangers have qualified, the new recruits will receive a very special reward to take home and continue to learn and develop their passion for exploring. Guests will learn fun facts along the way about the species of sharks and other amazing creatures that call the aquarium home. This latest activity marks an exciting new partnership with family favourite, Top Trumps card games, which many of us know from the endless hours of fun provided as children. At the end of the trail guests will meet the crazy Professor Finn, who will be so relieved to have his cards back that he’ll be able to share his vast knowledge on all of the sea creatures that were spotted. Visit your local SEA LIFE centre to take part in the Jawsome Sharks and Friends adventure! Running from 15th Feb to 31st May at various locations, this jaw dropping experience is perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Entry starts from £9.95 with price varying across centres. So, what are you waiting for? Book your tickets via www.visitsealife.com and trump all of your friends to become the next Jawsome Ranger!

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First Look!

Cast of Snow White

and the Seven Dwarfs on stage

in costume for the first time Ahead of their opening performance tomorrow, Saturday 21 December, the cast of the fairest panto in the land gathered on stage for a first look at the dazzling costumes and sets featured in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs which plays at Birmingham Hippodrome until Sunday 2 February 2020. The spectacular production features stunning costumes and sets along with outstanding special effects direct from the sold-out London Palladium production in 2018. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs features Lesley Joseph as the Wicked Queen, Matt Slack as Muddles, Joe McElderry as The Spirit in the Mirror, Faye Brookes as Snow White, Flawless as The Wicked Queen’s Men, Doreen Tipton as The Lady in Waiting, Andrew Ryan as Nanny Annie Aspirin and Jac Yarrow as The Prince. They are joined by Josh Bennett, George Coppen, Simeon Dyer, Craig Garner, Lee Hill, Jamie John and Blake Lisle as The Magnificent Seven. The production is once again directed by Michael Harrison who has been at the helm of the Hippodrome pantomime for the last ten years. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs is produced by Qdos Entertainment, the world’s biggest pantomime producer. Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Saturday 21 December 2019 - Sunday 2 February 2020. To book visit birminghamhippodrome.com or call 0844 338 5000 (4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

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On the Red Carpet at the Media Night

for Snow White

and the Seven Dwarfs

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs opened to sensational five-star reviews at Birmingham Hippodrome where it runs until Sunday 2 February.

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Grace Rhodes, getting ready to release ‘Boy That I Used To Know’. One to watch, Grace Rhodes, a fully versatile vocalist and performer trained at one of the best performance schools, Laine Theatre Arts is ready to share her second single after the success of her debut single “Me Too’ which was released in September 2019.

Amongst special guests on the red carpet were celebrity chef, Glynn Purnell, Great British Bake Off’s Michael Chakraverty and Olympic medallist, Katharine Merry.

The upcoming single ‘Boy That I used to Know’ is accompanied by a video that saw Grace utilise her acting skills as well as show off those amazing vocals of hers.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs features Lesley Joseph as the Wicked Queen, Matt Slack as Muddles, Joe McElderry as The Spirit in the Mirror, Faye Brookes as Snow White, Flawless as The Wicked Queen’s Men, Doreen Tipton as The Lady in Waiting, Andrew Ryan as Nanny Annie Aspirin and Jac Yarrow as The Prince.

This new release is hot on the heels of her single ‘Me Too’ a song that stemmed from the Me Too movement in America and was all about the positives you can make from bad experiences.

They are joined by Josh Bennett, George Coppen, Simeon Dyer, Craig Garner, Lee Hill, Jamie John and Blake Lisle as The Magnificent Seven.

Whilst promoting her last single Grace appeared on BBC Radio London and BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester where she has been supported as a BBC Introducing Artist.

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs runs at Birmingham Hippodrome from Saturday 21 December 2019 - Sunday 2 February 2020. To book visit birminghamhippodrome.com or call 0844 338 5000 (4.5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge).

Her single ‘Me Too’ was played on the radio by BBC Music Introducing who have been very supportive in seeing and showcasing her talent. In fact, there is no question for anyone that listens to Grace, that they hear she is a Versatile Vocalist and Performer. Born and raised in Worcestershire she went on to train at BOA where she learned to control and maximise her raw talent. She is signed by Uprise Records, founded by Ositadimma “Osi” Umenyiora a British-born sports pundit and former American Football defensive end who played in the National Football League (NFL). Grace is tipped for success being surrounded by a great team and has already had the chance to work with a Creative Director and choreographer who work with the likes of Pharell Williams, Neyo, Chris Brown and Tyga.

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The Prince of Darkness

Ozzy Osbourne Ozzy Osbourne Announces Rescheduled “NO MORE TOURS 2” 2020 UK and European Dates Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy®-winning singer and songwriter OZZY OSBOURNE has just announced rescheduled shows in the UK and Europe on his “NO MORE TOURS 2” tour. The “Prince of Darkness” will now return to Resorts World Arena, Birmingham for a hometown Halloween show 31 October 2020. Says OZZY: “I can’t wait to get off my ass and get going again, but you’re just going to have to be a bit more patient. I want to be 100% ready to come out and knock your f***ing socks off. I’m not retiring, I’ve still got gigs to do and also there’s a new album on the way. To the fans, I sincerely thank you for your patience, your loyalty, I love you.” Judas Priest remain as special guests across all dates completing the heavyweight metal line up. Says Rob Halford “We are very grateful for the rock solid support from our wonderful UK & European fans as Ozzy gets well and strong. The UK/European tour will showcase the very best British Metal from the ones that started it all and we proudly look forward to celebrating our 50 Heavy Metal Years together with you!” Tickets remain valid for all rescheduled tour dates. Refunds can be sought at point of purchase.

RuPaul’s

Drag Race

The Largest Drag Show of all Time, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World, Travels Back to Europe in 2020. Arena Birmingham – 12 May 2020 Drag queens time warp from Aberdeen to Vienna in sickening transcontinental Extravaganza. UK (November 4 2019) The biggest drag show in the world, RuPaul’s Drag Race: Werq The World, returns with an all-new production, hitting European Arenas from Aberdeen to Vienna in May and June next year. The show comes to Arena Birmingham on 12 May 2020. Acclaimed for their amazing production values, this is the fourth iteration of the ground breaking tour in the UK and Europe. In 2020, an experiment gone wrong has sent Drag Race judge and Strictly Dancing star Michelle Visage spiraling through time with no way of returning “home”. Join Asia O’hara Detox, Kameron Michaels, Kim Chi, Monet X Change, Plastique Tiara, Shea Coulee, Vanessa ‘Vanjie’ Mateo, Yvie Oddly and the soon to be announced Season 1 Winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race UK, as they journey through iconic periods of history in the hope they will find their way back to present day. The 2020 tour steps it up once again, debuting at Europe’s largest arenas with production value rivalling any major pop concert - a first for any drag production. With the inaugural show set to shock Aberdeen on May 6th and leave Antwerp reeling on June 14th, don’t miss out on the world’s largest drag production as it sashays* across the continent. RuPaul’s Drag Race World Tour is presented by Voss Events in collaboration with World of Wonder and VH1. Tickets go on sale Friday 8 November 2019 at 10am via www. theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. *See the dictionary according to Ru Paul, in Notes to Editors under Dragtionary.

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Michael Bolton ANNOUNCES LOVE SONGS GREATEST HITS TOUR 2020 Sat 17 October 2020 - Resorts World Arena, Birmingham Multiple Award-Winning Singer, Songwriter and Social Activist Michael Bolton will return to the UK in 2020 for the Love Songs Greatest Hits tour including a date at Birmingham’s Resorts World Arena. Known for hits such ‘How Am I Supposed to Live Without You’, ‘How Can we Be Lovers’, ‘When A Man Loves A Woman’ and ‘Time, Love And Tenderness’, Michael Bolton has sold more than 65 million albums and singles worldwide. Michael continues to tour the world every year, all while writing, recording and taping for a wide array of projects spanning music, film, television and branded entertainment. He also remains committed to social cause, especially to his foundation The Michael Bolton Charities, now in its 27th year. In recognition of his artistic achievements, Michael won 2 Grammys for Best Pop Male Vocal Performance (nominated four times), 6 American Music Awards, and a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. As a songwriter, he has earned over 24 BMI & ASCAP Awards,

including Songwriter of the Year, 9 Million-Air awards, and the Hitmakers Award from the Songwriters Hall of Fame. To date, Michael has seen 9 studio albums rank in the Top Ten, with 9 #1 singles. His most recent album Symphony Of Hits, celebrates 50 years in the entertainment industry. The collection of greatest hits newly recorded with complete symphony orchestra was recorded at All Saints College Performing Arts Centre in Perth, Australia. Known for his soulful voice and timeless charm, Michael has also showcased his incredible humor in the viral Saturday Night Live video “Jack Sparrow” and the Netflix comedy “Michael Bolton’s Big Sexy Valentine’s Day Special”, as well as in cameos on Two and a half Men, Fresh off the Boat, Glee and hit series Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. In his autobiography, “The Soul of it All” (Hachette/ Center Street), Bolton states he is just teeing off on the back nine of his career.

Bolton has written with some of the greatest and most diverse talent of our time, including Bob Dylan, Paul Stanley, Lady Gaga, Diane Warren, and David Foster. Bolton’s songs have been recorded by the likes of KISS, Kanye West, Jay Z, Barbra Streisand, Cher, and Marc Anthony. Continuing to tour the world each year, Michael has performed with legacies such as Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo, Jose Carreras, Renee Fleming and BB King. Michael Bolton’s new dates follow three sold out tours across the UK. Tickets for Michael Bolton’s Love Songs tour 2020 go on sale 10:00AM, Friday 06 December via www. theticketfactory.com www.michaelbolton.com https://twitter.com/mbsings https://www.facebook.com/MBsings

Harlem Globetrotters The Original Harlem Globetrotters Pushing the Limits World Tour 2020 Arena Birmingham – 2 March 2020 The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to Arena Birmingham as part of their 2020 Pushing the Limits World Tour. Featuring a star-studded roster, every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequalled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign auto-graphs and take photos with fans. The Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivalled in the world of family entertainment. Tickets go on sale 10am on 27th September 2019 via www.theticketfactory.com or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge.

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Solihull Summer Fest Get Down and join Kool and The Gang and many more at The Solihull Summer Fest 2020 taking place on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July! Grammy Award Winners, Kool and The Gang, will be headlining an incredible line-up at the two-day Solihull Summer Fest 2020. Now celebrating its 5th year, the festival at Tudor Grange Park in Solihull has already confirmed eight great acts for what looks set to be the biggest year yet on July 25 and 26. R&B legends, Kool and the Gang, promise a high-energy, soulful and funky set on Saturday 25 July, featuring hits such as ‘Celebration’, ‘Get Down On it’, ‘Ladies’ Night’, ’Jungle Boogie’, ‘Fresh’, “Let’s Go Dancin’ (Ooh La, La, La)” and ‘Cherish’. They’ve earned two Grammy Awards, seven American Music Awards, 25 Top Ten R&B hits, nine Top Ten pop hits, 31 gold & platinum albums and sold over 70 million albums worldwide. They’ll be joined by 80s soul superstars, Shalamar, who had massive hits with ‘A Night to Remember’, ‘I Can Make You Feel Good’, ‘The Second Time Around’, ‘Friends’ and ‘Make That Move’. They promise to be a powerful and energetic act. UK acid jazz and funk royalty, The Brand New Heavies, will be gracing the main stage on the back of sell-out shows across Europe, 2m album sales and 16 Top 40 hits including ‘Midnight At The Oasis’, ‘Some-times’’, ‘Dream On Dreamer’, Dream Come True’. ‘Stay This Way’ and ‘You Are The Universe’. Also appearing on Saturday are electronic dance duo, Snap!. Having had two Number 1 hits with ‘The Power’ and ‘Rhythm is a Dancer’, their other powerful hits include ‘Oops Up’ and ‘Mary Had a Little Boy’. First to be announced for Sunday’s line up is one of pop’s greatest vocalists, Tony Hadley, who fronted 80s New Romantic band, Spandau Ballet. The band had numerous chart-topping singles and albums all over the world, including the epic “Through the Barricades”, the international number one “True”, and the un-official London Olympics theme “Gold”. Also on Sunday’s line-up is the internationally acclaimed Belinda Carlisle, who successfully pursued her solo career after leaving the Go-Go’s in 1984. She had 18 solo singles in the UK Top 40 Charts including ‘Heaven is a Place on Earth’, ‘Circle in the Sand’, ‘Leave a Light on’, ‘(We Want) The Same Thing’ and ‘Live Your Life Be Free’. With a career spanning four decades, Leo Sayer, is sure to get the crowds singing along on the Sunday. His first seven hit singles in the UK all reached the Top 10 – including “Thunder In My Heart’, ‘When I Need You’, ‘You Make Me Feel Like Dancing’, ‘Moonlighting’ and ‘The Show Must Go On’. Out of the punk explosion during the summer of 1976, come ‘From The Jam’ – featuring Russell Hastings, Bruce Foxton and Mike Randon. With Bruce Foxton being the original bassist from The Jam band, they will be playing all of The Jam’s greatest hits on the Sunday.

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Organiser, Ian Rogers, said, “We’re excited that The Solihull Summer Fest is attracting big names that have and still bring so much enjoyment to so many of us. The response to next year’s event has been positively overwhelming and just confirms that Solihull is now firmly on the summer festival map for an unmissable weekend of incredible live music and entertainment for all ages. “There are still plenty more amazing acts to be announced – including our headliner for the Sunday – but you’ll all have to wait until February!” Tickets are currently on Super Early Bird prices - with VIP and Premium options available. For more information and to buy tickets online visit www.solihullsummerfest.co.uk or visit the High Street shop in Solihull, B91 3SX (opposite the Masons Arms).

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Kia ProCeed

By motoring journalist, Tim Barnes-Clay - Twitter @carwriteups Instagram @tbarnesclay

“It’s oddly shaped, but I like it”. These words streaked through my mind when I first clapped eyes on the Kia ProCeed. Sure, it’s not the sexiest of names, and it’s not the “Kate Moss” of the automotive catwalk, but it’s got something. This auto brand wasn’t so cool in years gone by. Its cars had the aerodynamics of bricks, but they were safe - and very family-oriented. The family bit hasn’t gone – indeed, the marque is producing SUVs like nobody’s business. Take the XC40 on test here. The model is chunky, yet sleek – and doesn’t resemble a brick – that’s for sure.

The XC40 isn’t a cheap package to buy or lease, and it’s expensive to run in T5 form, but you’ll still want one the moment you go for a test drive. What’s more, if your kids are anything like mine, you’ll have no choice in the matter. This is a car that’ll please not just you as the driver, but all the family. And, who knows, some of that Swedish cool might even rub off on you.

Fast Facts: Kia ProCeed 1.6 CRDI GT Line DCT7 • Max speed: 124 mph • 0-62 mph: 9.8 sec • Combined mpg: 54.3 • Engine layout: 1598cc, 4-cylinder turbo diesel • Max. power (PS): 136 • CO2: 110 g/km • Price: £25,785

In R-Design trim, you get a car that has an athletic edge – but it’s the interior that gives it the advantage. Gorgeous suede-effect materials and a perfectly screwed together cabin make the XC40 a delightful place to be. The SUV will seat four adults comfortably - and five at a push. The boot is large enough for everyone’s luggage, and things like the powerful sound system make every journey a pleasure. It’s difficult to get stressed in this car, even when stuck in a queue. What’s more, should a bad thing happen, like an accident, you’re in one of the safest smaller SUVs money can buy. The drive can be dynamic as well as chilled, especially in ‘T5’ petrol turbo guise, as tested here. There is a downside to this engine, though – I never got more than late 20smpg out of it all week. Maybe it was my heavy right foot? It’s claimed to do around 39mpg. Volvo has a ‘premium’ image more than ever these days – and justifiably so. There’s no vacuous marketing spin around this brand – it really does deliver– from quality to ride comfort, and from safety to looks. I know it’s shallow, but this is an SUV you’ll be glad to see parked outside your home. It’s not got the kind of looks only a mother could love – which can’t be said for some high-riding vehicles on the market.

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Fix Auto UK

celebrate three years

with Arenacross

Fix Auto UK - the fastest-growing professional automotive repair network in the UK, joins the 2020 Arenacross Tour as the Freestyle Motocross partner in their third year of partnering with Europe’s leading action-sports show. With more than 700 bodyshops worldwide and over 105 of those in the UK, Fix Auto UK is part of a global business repairing more than 150,000 vehicles per annum. Operating in nine countries, the UK branch provides its bodyshops and its insurer clients with exceptional operational, marketing and procurement support. Ian Pugh of Fix Auto UK said; “I am delighted that we are partnering with Arenacross for the third year running. With the tour heading to Wembley this year, the level of exposure and audience the tour will reach is only going to increase on the previous two years. Having Dan Whitby on board as our Brand Ambassador is also a huge asset for us as we look to raise our profile. I am looking forward to seeing all of the Fix Auto UK branding taking centre stage in the arena when the tour lands in Belfast on 17th January!” Matt Bates, promoter of The Arenacross Tour added; “It’s great to see Fix Auto supporting Arenacross for the second year where we’re all hugely grateful of their support and vision. Last year saw one of the UK’s largest vehicle repair centres get involved with our incredible sport, and now they’ve stepped up as a major partner as we move in to the 2020 series. Arenacross connects brands and fans in a way like no other – indoor venues, comfy seats, an amazing show and some of the best race action on two wheels at a time of year that we’re starved of every kind of Motorsport - and we’re proud that Fix Auto have chosen Arenacross to launch their marketing objectives.” Freestyle Motocross is a huge crowd favourite at Arenacross and Fix Auto UK will be at the forefront the insane flips, whips and tricks with some of the world’s best Freestyle Motocross riders including Fix Auto UK Ambassador and Bolddog FMX legend Dan Whitby. FMX, or Freestyle Motocross, takes the high-flying action of MX and lets it loose 40 feet above your head on a purpose-built Fix Auto UK branded ramp! Following a record year, the 2020 Arenacross Tour heads back to The SSE Arena, Wembley, joining Resorts World Arena, Birmingham and The SSE Arena, Belfast in what’s set to be a stunning winter showdown from Europe’s leading action-sports show. The 2020 Tour will see two nights of entertainment at every venue; The SSE Arena, Belfast (17th and 18th January), Resorts World Arena, Birmingham (31st January and 1st February) and the grand finale firing into London’s SSE Arena, Wembley (21st and 22nd February).

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Six Nations Takes Over England will have little time to dwell on their World Cup final defeat as the Six Nations will get underway in the middle of February. Wales are the defending champions, but how they deal with the loss of Warren Gatland will be crucial for their chances. Eddie Jones’ side were unlucky in the World Cup, and fell just short against the tremendous South African side. Ireland will also feel like they will have a good chance at reclaiming their title, while France may also think that they will have an outside chance. Italy and Scotland will also be involved, but neither are likely to be competition for the title. The action gets underway on the 8th, as Ireland face Wales and England square off against Scotland.

Conor McGregor’s Return To The Octagon One of the most talked-about sporting superstars on the globe makes his long-awaited comeback to the UFC in January, where he will face off against Donald Cerrone in Las Vegas. The Irishman hasn’t been seen in the Octagon since his defeat against Khabib Nurmagomedov. McGregor was forced to submit in the fourth round against the Russian, and MMA fans are already hoping that a re-match could be on the cards later this year. In order to make that dream fight happen, he will first have to navigate his way past Cerrone. Cowboy is one of the most respected fighters in the UFC, and he currently holds the record for the most bouts with the company. Cerrone has been in disappointing form recently, and was beaten in his last two outings against Justin Gaethje and Tony Ferguson. You can catch all the action on BT Sport Box Office on Sunday 19th January.

Super Bowl LV As is typically the case, the Super Bowl will take centre stage on the 7th February. The New England Patriots crashed out in the playoff round, which means there will be a new name on the Vince Lombardi trophy this year, and there will be a host of sides believing that they could have a big night in Miami. The action will get underway around 10 pm on the evening, with the action finally coming to an end in the early hours of the morning. The half time show is one of the biggest drawing factors for the event, and this year’s honour will reportedly fall on the shoulders of Jennifer Lopez. Even if you aren’t a big American football fan, the Super Bowl is always a sporting event that should be checked out.

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WE NEED MORE LOCAL EVENTS. It’s completely FREE to place your event in this section. From classes, groups, shows and bootsales you can place your event here. Please email sam@cornfieldpublishing.co.uk to place your event.

Burns Night

Friday 24th January 7:00pm until 11:59pm. Moor Hall has hosted a Burns Night celebration for over 10 years and it is always a very popular event. The evenings include all that is best from the north of the border: a traditional piper to escort the haggis, a delicious four course dinner with a Scottish flavour and dancing to an authentic ceilidh band. £41.50 per person, includes a four course dinner and entertainment or £154 for two people to include Burns Night celebration and an overnight stay with full English breakfast. (Please note that full pre-payment of the tickets is required at the time of booking). Dress: lounge suit or kilt Please note that parties of fewer than 8 may be seated at large tables with other guests. Over 16s only. Deposits are non refundable and non - transferable.

FITCAP BOOTCAMP Do you want to improve your fitness, but don’t know where to start? Work through a range of exercise routines and workouts in a supportive environment, and build up your strength, lose weight, and boost your fitness levels. The friendly Fitcap instructors ensure everyone feels welcome, safe, and comfortable, and tailor group exercises to suit the abilities of the class. Mondays 7.30 - 9.00pm. Fridays 7pm - 8.30pm FITNESS FOR ALL LEVELS. ONLY £3 A SESSION. 07501 097388 www. facebook.com/fitcapbootcamp Sheldon Community Centre, Sheldon Heath Rd, Birmingham B26 2RU

Personal Training

Personal Training, nutrition and lifestyle coaching in a lovely private gym on the outskirts of Henley in Arden. All ages and abilities catered for including over 50’s and pre and post-natal specialist programmes. Contact jan@ salveocoaching.co.uk for details of our summer special offer.

Art/Adult day Classes at the Core Gallery, The Core Thurs 10am-12pm and 12.30-2.30

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pm starting in September Fri 10-12.00. Join a friendly group of artists and watch Artist Vicki Gorman demonstrate drawing and painting techniques then try them out yourself, and develop your own style. Beginners to advanced, all abilities are welcome. To book a place and to get more details you can contact the box office on 0121 704-6962 or contact Vicki on 07940483320 or email vicki_kilgour@yahoo.co.uk. Art classes are also on Tuesdays 1pm-3pm at Central England Arts, Hampton in Arden and Mondays South Yardley Libray call Vicki for more details.

Parlez-vous francais or Hablan espanol?

Small group meet in Henley. More info about, feel free to contact me at 07891390947

Henley Art Group

A mixed group of artisans meeting every Thursday 1.30-4.00. At Henley Baptist Church Hall. Paint/sketch/ whatever takes your fancy, or just sit and have a convivial chat. £3.00 per session paid 4 weeks in advance with coffee/tea/biscuits included. With occasional relaxed mini tutorials and group sketching exercises inc. Still Life, Portraiture, Landscapes and Life Drawing (clothed) adding to the mix. Contact Colin Fisher 01564 794339. Or just simply stroll on up and have a chat and a cuppa.

WYTHALL COMMUNITY CHOIR

We are a community choir, with 60 regular attendees. We have a professional musical director and accompanist though the rest of us have varying abilities in singing. We meet Monday nights, during term time, 7.15pm - 9.30pm at the scout hut in Wythall Park. Generally, we are rehearsing for a concert or performance. Come and join us. No audition necessary. Just turn up from Monday 10 September onwards or contact wythallcommunitychoir@gmail.com

Solihull Embroiderers

We meet 1st Tuesday monthly 7.30pm at Solihull Methodist Church Hall for talks on creative textiles and hold Saturday workshops. Open to everyone interested in stitch - regardless of ability. For info: www.solihullembroiderersguild. blogspot.co.uk or email: solihullsec@

embroiderersguild.co.uk

NATH’S NETTERS Nath’s Netters offers weekly football sessions for kids in a safe environment with an FA qualified coach. The mission of the weekly club is to provide children with high quality football training using the latest equipment, in order to improve kids’ fitness levels, encourage exercise, and most of all allow little ones to have fun! Nath’s Netters makes football fun for boys and girls - perfect for ages 4+ www.facebook.com/nathsnetters Call Nathan for more info on: 07805 305129 King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy, Sheldon Heath Rd, Birmingham B26 2RZ

Pride & Prejudice Murder Mystery

Friday 21st February 7:00pm until 11:00pm. Join members of the Bennet family as you sit down to a delicious three course dinner at the biggest social event of the year. You will meet

Elizabeth, Jane and Mr Darcy to name a few and watch a love story unfold. Can love conquer all when a murder takes place? Are you ready to become a suspect in this comedy filled story of family values, betrayal and greed? Price: £41 per person, includes 3 course meal and entertainment, or from £175 per couple to include an overnight stay with full English breakfast and access to the leisure facilities.

Jeremy Vine “What the Hell is Going On?!”

Friday 20th March 7:00pm until 8:30pm Get ready to laugh and cry as Jeremy tries to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all!. Jeremy Vine is one of the UK’s most successful broadcasters. Increasingly he finds himself asking “What the hell is going on?” as information and misinformation get mixed together and the sheer volume of news that gets thrown at us all is mind blowing. Get ready to laugh and cry as Jeremy tries to make sense of a world that increasingly makes no sense at all!. PRE-EVENT BOOK SIGNING* in the Sir Doug Ellis Bar from 6pm Jeremy Live on Stage 7pm ~ 1 hour plus 30 minutes audience interaction session *Books available to purchase will be ‘First Call’ and ‘It’s All News To Me’.


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