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Welcome Hello and welcome to your March edition of Cornfield Magazine. Spring has arrived! Finally, after what has felt like an endless winter, the sun is in sight, and with it comes some very exciting news. Multi-platinum selling artist Britney Spears recently announced her huge tour for 2018, ‘Britney: Piece of Me’, coming to Birmingham in August. An obvious choice for our covers this month, the Grammy-award winning star will perform at Genting Arena as part of the European leg of her tour. Our ‘Home & Garden’ feature offers advice on the latest decorating trends that will breathe life into your interiors, with seasonal gardening tips to help you to spruce up your garden this spring. Struggling to think of the perfect gift for Mother’s Day? We’ve provided some thoughtful ways to celebrate the special lady in your life this March 11. Discover the fantastic places to wine and dine in our vibrant city in our special ‘Food & Drink’ feature. Birmingham is home to an array of fabulous restaurants and trendy bars, making it an Aladdin’s cave for those with a distinguished palate. As always, thank you for your continued support for our publication. We’ve had a fantastic month exploring what our wonderful city has to offer, and can’t wait to discover more. Happy reading!


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Experiences this Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day Thank the special lady in your life this Mother’s Day

Is your mum always rushed off her feet? Does she go above and beyond for everyone she knows, yet expects nothing in return? Booking experience days for you and your mum to enjoy together is a wonderful way to show her how much you care this Mother’s Day. Thank her with these fabulous gift ideas, and celebrate all that she does.

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Spa Experiences Organising a spa experience day is the perfect way to show your mum how much you appreciate her this Mother’s Day. Let her put her feet up, relax and be pampered! Why not book a tranquil facial massage, or perhaps a manicure session for you both to enjoy? Spa experience days offer a fantastic opportunity to spend time together, whilst giving you the chance to relieve any stress and tension – leaving you feeling revived and refreshed. Unwind in a Jacuzzi before luxuriating in sauna rooms and celebrate Mother’s Day the right way!

Afternoon Tea or Prossecco Spoil your mum this Mother’s Day Sunday and arrange an afternoon of prosecco-sipping and eating delicious delicacies. Lots of fabulous restaurants across the West Midlands offer afternoons filled with traditional miniature sandwiches complimented with a glass of fizz at a very reasonable price. With a chance to catch up and spend some quality time together, what more could you wish for Mother’s Day Sunday?

Just for Her Book an appointment at your mums favourite hair salon, or organise an hour of beauty treatments at a local salon. It might be the case that your mum never gives herself time to indulge in beauty treatments – so arrange it for her this Mother’s Day. Call her favourite salon and leave her in experts’ hands. Whether she loves having her nails done, fancies having her eyebrows threaded, or has always wanted to have eyelash extensions, there’s plenty of local salons throughout Birmingham offering fantastic Mother’s Day deals this March.

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

Glowing Mums Highlighters and illuminators. It seems like every day another glow-giving palette arrives on the scene, claiming to give our skin the most flattering and radiant glow yet. And while all the choices are exciting, the seemingly endless options can lead to confusion (and very light wallets). How do you pick the best highlighter palette for you?

Cover FX Perfect Highlighting Pallette A six-colour highlighting palette for all skin types. For the face and eyes, Perfect Highlighting Palette contains 6 powder highlighters that add a radiant, multidimensional glow. To be used alone or together, layer and blend to customise your look and create an intense, eye-catching finish.

Revlon Highlighting Palette Provides natural colour highlights for a soft, healthy and sun-kissed glow. The price is a steal, whats not to love?

in March

To make sense of it all, we decided to round up some of the Beautylish community’s fan favorites. Whether you’re seeking a supersubtle, natural sheen, or you want to outshine a disco ball, here are the best glow palettes for every taste and style.

Urban Decay Afterglow Palette Give your skin a luminous glow that won’t quit with Afterglow Highlighter Palette. Afterglow 8-Hour Powder Highlighter looks great on any skin tone. Use them individually or mix them to create your very own custom highlight.

Smashbox Highlighting Palette An easy-to-use, highlighter palette that spotlights your favorite features, adds dimension and gives you a buildable glow. Available in 2 shades: pearl and gold.

Huda Beauty 3D Highlight Palette The eagerly-anticipated secret to the ultimate strobed glow, Huda Beauty's 3D Highlight Palettes boast four, beautifully buttery colours to make your best assets stand out. Ideal for exaggerating cheekbones, brow bones, collarbones... anywhere you deem deserving of attention. These must-have quartets are essential for that beautiful finish.

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Dentelle MARCH Aesthetic Skin Solutions

At Dentelle, we pride ourselves on being a centre of excellence in natural facial rejuvenation and non-surgical, natural aesthetic interventions. Our Solihull-based, multi award-winning clinic is one of the select few in the Midlands accredited with Save Face. We prioritise our clients’ health and safety and put their care at the heart of every treatment. Combining expertise with passion, our team takes the time to understand individual needs and expectations to guarantee a high level of comfort and satisfaction for all clients.

Be the best you.

At Dentelle March is the Month for Mums because just one Sunday isn’t enough Take the time out of your busy schedule to sit back and indulge with our magnificent range of skincare treatments. As experts in skin health, our experienced team can guide you towards selecting the best treatment for yourself or a loved one. Planning an effective course of therapies and treatments to suit the needs of our clients is something we specialise in at Dentelle. We offer a range of treatments that have been clinically proven to have psychological benefits and create greater levels of confidence with regards to skin appearance.


Lip Treatments

Fire and Ice Facial

IPL Hair Removal and Skin Rejuvenation

Guinot Hydradermie Environ Vitamin Facial Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Profhilo Skin Refreshing Dermal Fillers (for lifting and improving facial contours) Wrinkle Smoothing Injections

Acne Treatments Manicures and Pedicures Eyelash and Eyebrow Treatments Relaxing Aromatherapy Massage Professional Makeup Artist (for glamour and bridal)



Designed with mums in mind. Why treat your mum for just one day? Our bespoke Pamper Packages are on offer until 31 March 2018 to ensure all mums are properly spoiled this spring! We believe our clients deserve to feel confident in their own skin. Our carefully selected Pamper Packages are designed to ensure the special lady in your life feels cherished. Surprise your loved ones (or treat yourself!) with our luxurious treatments, tailored to target problem areas and guaranteed to boost happiness levels.

Show your love by giving the gift of gorgeous skin this Mother’s Day. Grab a ‘With Love’ gift set from Dentelle. Includes: Full size AluminEye at half price (saving £26), Bright & Clear Solution and Ultimate Boost Serum. AND enjoy a FREE Alumier MD Enzyme Retexturing treatment with a purchase of this gift combination suitable for all skin types.

Call the clinic now to book a no obligation, confidential consultation or book your treatment now!

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Birmingham: a multicultural and vibrant city with a unique character, charming architecture and an intriguing history.

Food & Drink It comes as no surprise that Birmingham’s food and drink scene is a reflection of the aforementioned. As the ‘Home of the Balti’, hub for contemporary pop-up bars and with its fair share of Michelin-starred restaurants, Birmingham’s culinary scene is as wonderfully diverse as its population. The city has seen a growing number of speciality cafés selling vegan, cruelty-free and organic products, and a rise in restaurants selling food from around the world, meaning there’s no shortage of options to suit individual tastes. Even if you attempted to work

your way through the many menus found throughout Birmingham for months on end, you would barely scratch the surface of everything it has to offer. From the hundreds of independent coffee shops scattered around the city, to the quirky themed bars found in the centre, Birmingham provides its residents and visitors a surfeit of places to relieve their thirst. Discover where to book your next meal, take a partner for romantic drinks and how to perfect your coffee shop order in our ‘Food & Drink’ special feature.

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Intriguing Cuisine It’s impossible to write a ‘Food & Drink’ feature focusing on what Birmingham has to offer without mentioning the city’s signature dish, the Balti. Referring to the metal bowl the dish is traditionally served in, the Balti began to appear in restaurants and curry houses throughout Birmingham around 40 years ago. The metal dish, as well as keeping the curry hot, is designed to retain the delicious flavours present within the Balti curry. Of course, one of the best areas to try this delicacy is the Balti Triangle, home to an abundance of Asian and Indian restaurants serving exemplary cuisine. A flavoursome and aromatic curry, Balti dishes usually include a base of garlic, onions, turmeric, garam masala and various other spices. Not only should Birmingham be recognised for its fantastic curry houses, but for its fantastic range of mouth-watering eateries, featuring menus inspired by food found all over the globe. Housing several

20% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during March Tel: 01564 732750 Loch Fyne Knowle, The Bank House, High Street, Knowle, B93 0JU T&Cs apply. Food only. Excluding Friday & Saturday after 6pm. Not available in conjunction with any other discounts offer or promotion. We reserve the right to remove this offer at any time.

Michelin-starred restaurants, including Simpsons, Carters of Moseley, Adam’s, and Purnell’s, the city is as well-known for its fine dining experiences as it is for its spice. A complete foodie treasure trove, Birmingham has a perfect mix of high-end service, food from various cultures and tantalising dishes.

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A Quick Guide to Coffee Coffee was imported to England in bulk during the height of the British Empire, and soon became one of the most popular hot beverages consumed throughout the country. In 2018, it’s hard to walk ten paces down the street without finding an independent coffee joint serving mouth-watering carrot cakes and caramel lattes to caffeinated consumers. We’ve selected some of the most popular speciality coffees to help you to perfect your order, so you will (hopefully) no longer be left to puzzle over coffee shop menus for extended periods of time. Espresso: Italian coffee with a kick for the connoisseur with a harder palate. Much like the brewing style, the taste of espressos packs a punch; hot water is forced through finely ground coffee beans under high pressure to capture a condensed shot of liquid. Although espressos can be served as a concentrated cup of coffee, it also serves as the basis for several other popular coffee drinks. Drip coffee: no fuss, no faff - just plain filtered coffee. Made with simplicity in mind, hot water is poured over coffee grounds resting in a filter, collecting the beans’ aromas and essences before accumulating into a mug or pot. Latte: a milky favourite for those wanting a quick hit of caffeine. Café au lait traditionally combines espresso coffee with steamed milk and is popular throughout the world; variants include using soy or almond milk, or replacing the coffee with masala chai or matcha as a base. Iced lattes are also available in many cafés and offer an interesting twist on the Italian beverage. Americano: diluted but by no means weak, this coffee is the choice for those that prefer a larger ‘cup of Joe’. Rumoured to originate in WWII when American soldiers attempted to transform their Italian drinks into something more familiar, the Americano consists of either one or two espresso shot(s) mixed with hot water. Cappuccino: an Italian blend of water, coffee, steam and foam. The frothiest of coffees has developed throughout the centuries, and is now the indulgent masterpiece we know today. Notoriously difficult to create, ordering a cappuccino at your local coffee house will always be more satisfying than trying to make your own at home (unless you’re a trained barista, of course). Flat white: an Australian original adored by Melbournians that has taken the coffee world by storm. If you haven’t already tried a flat white, you should. Again, this espresso-based drink combines coffee with milk, but has little or no foam (hence the name ‘flat’). Flat whites are slightly stronger than cappuccinos and have a higher coffee-to-milk ratio – the perfect beverage to sip in a warm café on a cold day.

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Birmingham’s Bar Scene A Peaky Blinders-inspired pub, hidden 1920sthemed speakeasies and elegant cocktail lounges - and who said one city couldn’t have it all? Whether you’re looking for an intimate, cosy pub with hearty meals and real ale on tap, or want to find the best wine bars for a sophisticated drink with colleagues, Birmingham is the place to be. Try the city centre and Jewellery Quarter for excellent drinking spots; find gin and whisky bars to delight any connoisseur and comfortable lounges serving craft beers and wines on side streets. Moseley is an excellent place for a pub-crawl – with live music at several venues every night of the week, this village is one that isn’t shy of welcoming a few merry drinkers. Digbeth is the ideal location for students or those wanting to partake in fun events such as themed pub quizzes. The graffiti-clad walls of renovated factories now play host to lively crowds enjoying the industrial look of several popup bars and weekly nights, like the famous event, ‘Digbeth Dining Club’. Old public houses with interesting histories are also easy to find in the city. The Boot Inn based in Studley is an excellent gastropub with a low ceiling, exposed beams

and log fires, and only one example of the gorgeous drinking spots Birmingham plays host to. In the summer months, explore the beautiful beer gardens hidden behind Birmingham’s popular bars and pubs – The Flapper on Kingston Row offers punters canal-side views, live gigs and a well-used pool table, whilst the Kitchen Garden Café in Kings Heath hosts regular acoustic music nights in the tranquil, leafy surroundings. If you love tasting ales and ciders sourced from around the country, the award-winning venues, The Pup and Duckling based in Solihull, and Ale Rooms in Knowle, are the ideal drinking spots for you. Carefully selecting ales to satisfy a range of palates, including pale, dark and golden brews, the owners of these fantastic venues thrive on offering their customers a taste of something different. Knowle’s very first microbrewery, Ale Rooms, serves cold ales on tap for punters every day of the week, whilst the popular Pup and Duckling supplies 9 regularly-changing fruity ciders as part of their interesting drinks menu.

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Fibromyalgia is a relatively common illness. It is as common as rheumatoid arthritis but can be much more painful. People with mild to moderate cases of fibromyalgia can usually live a near normal life, with the appropriate lifestyle modifications, introduction of strengthening exercises and appropriate, prescribed medication. Fibromyalgia is the second most common condition affecting the bones and muscles. However, it is often misdiagnosed and very misunderstood. The classic symptoms of Fibromyalgia (FM) are widespread muscle and joint pain accompanied by extreme fatigue. The National support and awareness Charity, Fibromyalgia Action UK (FMA UK), state that people with fibromyalgia may look okay on the outside, but are definitely hurting on the inside. It is a condition that is often invisible to others, however, research supports that FM is a distinct clinical condition. It is not a life threatening illness but is very often life changing. FM is recognised by the Department of Health and is listed on the NHS Direct website.

at Newton Wellesley Hospital in Newton, MA and a medical advisor for the Arthritis Foundation.

According to Government statistics, FM is seen in about 2% of the UK population, affecting men, women and children of all ages, race and economic levels. The most common age group to be diagnosed with FM is between 20 and 60 years of age. Women are 9 times more likely than men to be affected. 14,000 people are diagnosed annually. There is no test that can diagnose fibromyalgia. Instead, because the symptoms are so similar to other conditions, the doctor will want to rule out illnesses such as an underactive thyroid, different types of arthritis, and lupus. It is common to be offered blood tests to check hormone levels and signs of inflammation, as well as X-rays.

Some possible triggers of FM are: some sort of trauma such as a fall or car accident a viral infection hormonal problems an operation muscle physiology problems—decreased oxygen supply to muscles may account for some of the pain mechanism or it begins without any obvious trigger

"If you feel severe burning, global tenderness and pain and fatigue for 6 months or more and don't know the cause, suspect fibromyalgia," says Don Goldenberg, MD, director of the Arthritis-Fibromyalgia Center

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Scientists have found that certain things can suggest if a patient is more likely to get FM and these include: Being an adult female You have another painful disease, such as arthritis. You have a mood disorder, like anxiety or depression. You were physically or emotionally abused or have PTSD. You rarely exercise. Other family members have it.

Unfortunately, there is no cure for FM, however, a combination of drug therapy, exercise, stress management and healthy lifestyle habits can help to ease the symptoms, so that you can live a normal, active life. Low-impact activities that build endurance, stretch and strengthen the muscles, like yoga, tai chi, Pilates, and walking,

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Some patients use caffeine to compensate for not sleeping well, which can lead to a circular problem where the ‘solution’ of taking caffeine to stay awake is actually causing the problem of not sleeping at night," says Dr Holton. Caffeine can set you up for a crash and, if sipped later in the day, may disrupt sleep schedules. Dr Holton recommends antioxidant-packed decaffeinated green tea as a healthier alternative. Finally, People with fibromyalgia typically have good and bad days. Though it's tempting to use the good days, to manage all of your activities in one go, it is advisable not to do this "Trying to push yourself will just cause added stress, and that can exacerbate your pain and fatigue," says Rooks. Cram your good days with too much stuff, and you'll just wind up with more bad days, reports the American Academy of Family Physicians. can prevent stiffness. Exercise also releases endorphins, which fight pain, stress and low mood. Taking a swim in the pool is one of the easiest exercises for fibromyalgia as it works your muscles without putting too much weight on them, and the water itself can be stressrelieving.

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

Research has shown that activities including massage, Reiki and relaxation therapies, can improve the symptoms of FM. Depending on your symptoms, your doctor may prescribe pain relievers, antidepressants, muscle relaxants, and night sedation, to help you sleep. The three drugs approved specifically for fibromyalgia pain are Duloxetine (Cymbalta), Milnacipran (Savella) and Pregabalin (Lyrica). There are also a number of specialist support groups and on line forums, that understand the difficulties and challenges that FM can bring with it. FM is a very complicated condition, that is difficult to diagnose, manage and explain. FM often has more than one factor involved with it and may even stem from a genetic predisposition. It may be possible to eventually identify triggers, but the exact mechanism of how fibromyalgia develops from any trigger is not fully known. Scientists have identified that a deficiency in Serotonin in the central nervous system and a resulting imbalance of Substance P (a transmitter substance that sends pain messages to the brain), causes FM. The effect of this is a disordered Sensory Processing (the brain registers pain, which is amplified, when others might experience a slight ache or stiffness). Research now strongly indicates that a central nervous system dysfunction is primarily responsible for the increased pain sensitivity of FM. If a patient’s symptoms are very severe, it is possible that they will have to greatly modify their day, to be able to cope with the symptoms of FM. Some patients find that they cannot hold down a job or enjoy a social life with friends and family. Many adults are deficient in vitamin D to begin with, but this sunshine vitamin can be vital to fibro patients. "Vitamin D deficiency can mimic some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia. All patients should be screened for deficiency," says Holton. Studies show that vitamin D deficiencies can cause bone and muscle pain, and upping levels of this hard-to-get vitamin may help.

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We believe that everyone should enjoy excellent oral health. Here at Paul Lowe Dentistry in Solihull we want you to experience the remarkable benefits to health and well-being that first class dental care can deliver. We also want you to enjoy a welcoming environment which combines friendly, personal service with the professional expertise of a highly accomplished dental practice.

It’s never too soon (or too late!) to have good dental habits! We pride ourselves on the health of our patients’ mouths and the excellent condition of our children’s teeth. Too many adults can remember bad dental experiences when they were young but modern dentistry should confine such times to the past. Furthermore, fluoridation of the water supply in our area gives children a kick-start towards having great teeth. However, there is no room for complacency; tooth decay is still the main reason for hospital admissions for children, with nearly 41,000 operations being performed to remove teeth from children and teenagers in the UK last year.

Tooth decay occurs when the hard protective enamel is dissolved by acid formed after eating or drinking sugar. Teeth may also be attacked directly by naturally acidic drinks, such as fruit juices, or any fizzy beverage. Signs of decay in the milk teeth is a warning sign that should be acted upon at the earliest opportunity and certainly before the permanent teeth come through. We recommend that children should come to us with their parents as soon as possible to ensure that there are no problems and that correct advice is given, when appropriate. Early visits also enable your child to gain familiarity and confidence with the dental team and their surroundings.

Our Practice is preventative-based around a team of friendly dentists and dental hygienists. We will give the most up to date advice regarding home care and diet to help ensure that you and your family have the healthy mouths. We offer free routine dental examinations for children of parents registered at the Practice.

Offering Denplan discounts As a Denplan-registered practice we offer a number of Plans to enable individuals and families to budget for their dental care. Children registered under Denplan see a dental hygienist or therapist for preventative care and a family discount of up to 15% is available. For more information please call and talk to one of our team.

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From Tennis elbow to Golfer’s elbow and Boxer’s fractures to Skier’s thumb, the list of sporting injuries is endless. We want you to play and enjoy your sport but early diagnosis and treatment will enable rapid return.

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

Hand Clinic PA: Alison James Email: Call: 0121 364 1600 or 07830 774 476 All patients welcome whether you have private medical insurance or you are self-paying Midland Hand Clinic lead by Mr G Shyamalan FRCS NHS consultant hand surgeon.

Ask us about our self funding prices for minor hand surgery

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“All of the good, none of the bad.” Want a younger, more youthful look? Want to regain softer, smoother and more luminous skin, free from wrinkles and fine lines? An entrepreneurial duo is offering you the opportunity to visually turn back the clock and embrace the look of youth! Solihull-born James Neale and Emma Watts have teamed up with award-winning, anti-ageing, skin care and beauty company, Nu Skin, to launch their new business. The couple started their exciting venture less than 6 months ago; their aim being to deliver high quality products and treatments that help people appear younger, feel more confident and look their very best.

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An incredible device that you can even carry around in your handbag. Treatments are carried out using a specially-designed handheld device that sends a Galvanic current through the skin to refresh and re-energise, helping to improve: The appearance of lines and wrinkles Pore size Skin impurities Puffy eyes Skin hydration

The LumiSpa is Nu Skin’s brand new, state-of-theart facial cleansing device. This device is one-of-a kind. It has a silicone head and is a dual action device that is clinically proven to remove 6x more dirt, oil and make up than regular cleansing. It also has 7 key benefits for the skin.

Non-surgical Body Treatment The ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa A fantastic device that helps to tone up loose, baggy skin, as well as reduce the appearance of cellulite and stretch marks by using magnetic currents and gel that repel each other to push the gel deeper into the skin. The ageLOC Galvanic Body Spa: Minimises the appearance of body fat and cellulite for a slimmer looking body Provides the body with a smooth, contoured appearance Improves skin firmness and overall condition of skin Helps energise, purify and hydrate the skin Use the Body Shaping Gel to smooth the appearance of cellulite for a firmer, more toned body

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More Products Nu Skin has more than 200 products and treatments in their line. These include polishing peels, chemical peels (equivalent to a professional microdermabrasion), marine mud masks, teeth whitening toothpastes, and much more!

Free Pamper Parties James and Emma are offering special ‘one off’ FREE Pamper Parties for groups of 6-12 people. Each Pamper Party ‘host’ receives a free product too! So why not speak to your friends, bring a bottle of bubbly and have a fun girls night in? Contact James and Emma on the details below to arrange your Pamper Party now!

Email or call James (07866 502 102) or Emma (07827 920 511) for more information.

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World Oral Health Day 20 March 2018 Say Ahh: Think Mouth, Think Health World Oral Health Day, organised by FDI World Dental Federation, is celebrated annually all over the world on 20 March. The World Oral Health Day campaign officially began in 2013 with the aim to raise awareness of the importance of good oral health and its impact upon general health and well-being. Promoted locally by national dental associations in over 140 countries globally, the international awareness campaign helps thousands of people to avoid risk factors, adopt good oral hygiene habits and have regular dental check-ups to protect mouths and bodies. “Oral health is much more than a nice smile. Oral diseases can impact every aspect of life, from personal relationships and self-confidence to school to work to even enjoying food.” – FDI World Dental Federation

Unhealthy diets, smoking, and high consumption of alcohol are all risk factors that contribute to the development of oral diseases. “Maintaining a healthy mouth is crucial to keeping it functioning correctly and for maintaining overall health and quality of life. It’s never too early or too late to start looking after your mouth; your body will thank you.” – FDI World Dental Federation Join the campaign today and start your journey towards excellent oral health! Visit to find out more. #SayAhh #WOHD18

If your mouth is unhealthy, you could be subject to nutritional deficiencies, various diseases and poor general health. Adopting good oral hygiene habits can contribute significantly to enjoying better quality of life.

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Piece of Me Tour Comes to Birmingham

Limited Tickets Available for New European Dates of Britney Spears’s Award-Winning and Record-Setting Show Due to Overwhelming Demand Due to overwhelmingly rapid sales of legendary pop icon Britney Spears’ exclusive last time ever, limited tour of her award-winning and record-breaking show, ‘Britney: Piece of Me’, four additional European shows have been added due to demand, including a show at Birmingham’s Genting Arena! Britney has also announced that Grammy-Award winning, multi-platinum selling artist Pitbull will be joining her for the European dates on the exclusive run.

entertainment in Las Vegas in Planet Hollywood’s world-class theater. With over 250 shows, the record-setting residency was sold out on a regular basis, generating over $140 million gross revenue and selling nearly 1 million tickets.

For the first and only time, ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ will visit East Coast US and Europe for a very limited engagement for fans that were not able to see the show in Las Vegas.

‘Britney: Piece of Me’ was voted the ‘Best Resident Performer’, ‘Best Production Show’, ‘Best Bachelorette Party’ and ‘Best Bachelor Party’ by readers of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Hollywood’s biggest names, such as; Beyoncé, Jay Z, Lady Gaga, Anna Kendrick, Nick Jonas, Miley Cyrus, Kirsten Dunst, Chloë Grace Moretz, Calvin Harris, Sia, Selena Gomez, Katy Perry and Steven Tyler have all attended “Piece of Me.”

This tour follows Britney’s record-breaking, four-year headlining residency, ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ at The AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, where Britney received rave reviews from both critics and fans alike since opening in Dec. 2013. As the first contemporary superstar resident in the city, Britney and Caesars Entertainment pioneered the groundbreaking paradigm shift and revitalized the modern era of

This exclusive US East Coast and Europe tour is the last time anybody will see the show. Elizabeth Arden, the exclusive global licensee of the award-winning Britney Spears fragrances since 2004, will be one of the sponsors of the ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ tour. Pepsi is a proud partner of the US East Coast ‘Piece of Me’ tour, continuing a relationship with Britney that has lasted for more than 15 years.

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Britney Spears ‘Britney: Piece of Me’ Plus support: Pitbull 31 August 2018, Genting Arena Tickets are on general sale from 10am 13 February 2018 via or by calling 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £63.35/£74.65/£97.25/£142.45 (including admin fees and £1.20 facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.

For more information visit:

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Spruce Up Your

Home & Garden this Spring! From the latest decorating trends and fashionable furnishings, to seasonal gardening tips, our March ‘Home & Garden’ feature is designed to help you to make the most of your living spaces this spring. Find inspirational content on how to create quirky rooms, reinvent small spaces and prepare your garden for the upcoming months.

Interiors Discover innovative storage techniques, find the ideal kitchen for you, and be inspired by bold colour schemes this spring. This month, we’ve delved into the wonderful world of interior design, offering advice on how to select on-trend home accessories and create unique focal points in any given room.

Your home says a lot about you. Living spaces can be transformed from blank canvases to reflect personalities and be tailored to suit different lifestyles, providing a retreat to relax in away from the stresses of daily life. Whether your style is shaped by history, or you’re a lover of all things modern, read our guide on how to spruce up your home this spring.

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Small Spaces, Big Impact The key to good interiors is maximizing the space you are working with through the use of clever design. Small spaces need not be used merely for storage. When working with a small room, it is important to be as creative as possible. Installing innovate storage systems can completely transform a room from a tiny cupboard-like space to a private reading room or chic home office. Banish clutter with these storage ideas and make the most of your space. For the music lover, create a space to house that huge record collection through mod shelving. For foodies, floating shelves can provide additional spaces for umpteen ingredients to be stored.

Multi-purpose Furniture Select furniture with built-in storage. There’s no better way to hide magazines, newspapers, remotes and general clutter than in covert spaces

tucked inside furniture. Ottomans and pouffes with lifting lids are a well-known design secret for hiding household mess, whilst sofas that double as guest beds can make small spaces flexible.

Novel Storage Floating shelves are a brilliant way to store books or ornaments in contemporary spaces and have the added bonus of not taking up tons of wall space. To disguise built-in units, paint shelves the same colour as the walls they are affixed to, to ensure they blend in and give the illusion of added space – choose a bold colour to make a statement and make a small space pop. Never over-fill shelves; spacing out items gives a room order and creates interesting focal points.

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Rooms that Tell a Story If you’re proud of your trinkets and treasures, why not display items on bespoke shelving units and let your pieces speak for themselves? You might think a vintage photo frame doesn’t fit with a modern sculptural ornament, but placing different items around a room can create an eclectic feel and give your space personality and life.

Patterned Wallpaper & Murals Although some may shy away from patterned wallpaper, we urge you not to. With thousands of designs to choose from, why be bland when it comes to wallpaper? Whilst floral and naturebased wallpapers were on-trend for 2017, this year it’s all about unusual designs, monochrome prints and artistic sketches. Architectural landscape wallpaper designs bring the outdoors in, and can jazz-up any home office space in an instant. Bold prints of your favourite cityscape will enshrine landmark buildings in an interesting home mural and create a talking point for guests. Large quirky printed wallpapers and custom-made children’s murals can bring any youngster’s bedroom to life. Try kooky printed wallpapers to bring energy and fun to a space. For a nostalgic touch, why not experiment with a retro vibe? For the travellers, satisfy your wanderlust with a vintage map mural covering an entire wall.

For Literature Lovers If you love Austen, Orwell and Steinbeck more than the average person, spend hours engrossed in Dickens and get lost in Shakespeare’s poetry, why not devote a space solely designed for you to enjoy your literary passion? Transforming your living space into a room librarians would be jealous of will surround you with your favourite texts and best-loved authors to create a literature sanctuary. Put your books on display with a modern bookstand and create your very own literary feature wall – this will be completely unique and showcase your personal collection!

Simple Kitchen Ideas Funky tiles with geometric shapes add a splash of eccentricity to kitchen spaces without looking garish or too loud. Keep cabinets and units a uniform, subdued colour and paint walls in a lighter shade to keep the space feeling clean, fresh and bright. A tranquil cooking space is essential for those who love cooking, so avoid clutter by investing in decent storage units. Patterned tiles will add a little ‘oomph’ to lack-luster spaces. Checkerboard flooring is a fantastic nod to Parisian style and design, and will instantly add style to drab interiors. A collection of spice jars to replace ugly plastic packets is an excellent way to integrate ingredients into the décor and add a splash of colour to kitchen spaces.

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blocc Interiors | Dream Design Formed in 2009 by Managing Director and industry expert Dawn Kitchener, blocc Interiors are regarded as a highly reputed interior design house, specialising in luxury residential projects. Delivering a personalised, dedicated service, the experienced team strive to meet individual clients’ needs both in the commercial and private sector. blocc Interiors guarantees to combine a creative timeless approach with a signature, elegant and luxurious style to all projects. The in-house library, studio space, consultation lounge and Interiors Store No.37 work on a collaborative basis and provide a bespoke selection of services for all clients. Whether you're looking to design a new marketing suite or communal area for your offices, redesign the rooms in your residential home or simply find interior inspiration, blocc Interiors should be your first port of call. The team will ensure all ideas are heard, and work with clients throughout the whole creative process to develop designs to suit individual tastes, preferences and budgets. Visit blocc Interiors today, and discover your dream design.

No. 37 Interiors Store Opening Times Monday / Tuesday – Closed Wednesday – 9am – 4pm Thursday – 10am – 7pm Friday – 9am – 4pm Saturday – 9am – 4pm Sunday – Closed

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Parkfield Building Services Ltd Parkfield Building Services Ltd is a family run building company formed in March 2008 by husband and wife Ernest and Janet Bick and their two sons Dean and Craig. The family formed Parkfield having all worked across the industry gaining a wealth of experience and knowledge. It was only a matter of time before coming together to offer a comprehensive service based on their family values. At the heart of the company’s ethos is a sincere and honest level of service with a down to earth attitude, complimented by a high-quality finish and a product delivered promptly and precisely. For Parkfield the client is the most important aspect of any project and it is important that all areas run smoothly and within budget and programme. In 2018 Parkfield celebrates its 10 year anniversary. We are proud to have established ourselves as a ‘go-to builder’ for a high-end and trustworthy service. We continue to offer complete refurbishments, renovations, extensions, decorating and maintenance of residential

properties but are increasingly growing our own commercial developments and projects within our portfolio. We wish to thank all of our customers, suppliers, partners, staff and friends whose support, encouragement and faith has helped us achieve this important milestone. With such a bright and exciting future this is surely only the first decade in business with many more to come. Thank you, Dean Bick Sales Director Parkfield Building Services Ltd 0121 241 2959

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Gardens Watching your garden wake up after a long (and very cold) winter is one of life’s little joys. Spring is the busiest time of the year for gardeners, so make sure you control your weeds swiftly before they take over! Hoeing and mulching are must-do chores at this time of year. There are lots of general maintenance tasks to be completed this month – so grab your gardening gloves and trowels and get started!

Small Garden Inspiration Utilising as much wall space as possible for smaller gardens means that what the space lacks horizontally it will make up for vertically. Secure rustic wooden shelves to brick walls to create a lovely balance between two textures. Alternatively green walls or hanging floral installations are an easy way to cover exposed brick walls and introduce greenery and shrubbery – green wall hangers are available to purchase online to help you to start your vertical garden.

Prepping and Cutting March is the time of year for gardeners to jump into action – cut back overgrown winter shrubs to make room for new blooms, protect new spring shoots from slugs and prepare your seed beds. Although garden pests such as slugs are active all year round, spring seedlings are most at risk of being eaten, damaged or killed. Top your flowerbeds and plant pots with fresh compost, and prune bushes and climbing roses to make sure they are ready for spring.

Planting Plant onion and shallot bulbs at this time of year to ensure your crops are ready to harvest mid- to late summer. Sow onions around three inches apart, and shallots around seven inches – only a few inches depth is needed as these essential vegetables will grow in shallow beds. By now, spring-flowering bulbs sown in autumn will be beginning to bloom meaning your garden will be beginning to shake away the frosty winter conditions and breathe life and colour again. Plant summer-flowering bulbs such as gladioli now in the early stages of spring in borders or containers.

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We have teamed up with The Photography Show to offer two lucky readers and their ‘plus one’ the chance to attend 2018’s most exciting photography event, absolutely free!* The Photography Show, the event for everyone passionate about photography and moving image, returns to the NEC Birmingham from 17-20 March 2018 featuring the latest kit from big brands and a jampacked speaker line-up. Get hands-on with new products from Canon, Epson, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, Manfrotto, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma and Sony to name a few, plus tripods, albums and accessories you didn’t even know existed from over 220 exhibitors. The Great Outdoors, a new stage for 2018, will feature live demos and expert advice on image capture outside, including dramatic landscapes, getting close to nature and special occasions whatever the weather. The enhanced Mobile & Social Stage will offer the opportunity to explore mobile imaging technologies and how social media can make (or break) a photographer, and the dedicated Video Stage will showcase cuttingedge products alongside technical and creative help on how to get the best out of moving image production skills. Plus, catch exciting live action tutorials on the Live Stage, find out about intriguing photography projects and techniques in Behind the Lens, discover how drones can enhance your projects in the Drone Zone and hear thrilling insights into the journeys of world-renowned photographers at the Super Stage and more…

Watch this space for further announcements… For more information, please visit:

To be in with a chance of winning, simply email us at: with your name and address details. If you are selected, you will receive a FREE pair of tickets. Tickets are limited to one pair per winner and are valid for one day only. To redeem the prize – you will need a valid email addres. So what are you waiting for? Send your entry today!

GET YOUR TICKET To guarantee that you’ll be at the show in March, you can buy tickets to the show by visiting Tickets to Super Stage sessions, masterclasses and for the VIP package are limited so book early to avoid disappointment. *Free tickets are for entry to the show plus a selection of theatre and stage programmes. Additional tickets must be purchased for the Masterclasses, Super Stage sessions and VIP upgrades.

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Henley-in-Arden: A Reflection Back Part two of a three-part series Written by Evie Kissack in collaboration with Gerald Smith

A few months ago, I had the pleasure to interview Henley-in-Arden’s long-term resident, Gerald Smith, about his experiences living in the small town surrounded by the Warwickshire countryside. During the interview, Gerald spoke about his extensive involvement with the community, which consisted of various projects with local schools, charity events and the annual ‘Henley in Bloom’ competition. It was evident from my time spent with Gerald that Henley-in-Arden is not just a place to live for him. To Gerald, as to many other residents of the town, Henley-in-Arden is a communityled area that holds a carefully preserved and cherished collective history.

Part Two: Gerald’s scrapbooks are arranged in chronological order, dating back to the 1970s and continuing right through to the present day. His five carefully kept books document the notable events and occurrences that have happened in the town over the years, with books number two and three spanning the 1980s and 1990s. After discussing the emergence of hardware shop and revealing how he and his family originally moved to the town, Gerald began to delve into the years that followed, again referring to his handwritten notes, personal photographic collection and newspaper cuttings. In 1989, Gerald noted the appearance of a road sign that marked the town’s main street, and in 1988 began documenting the ‘Henley in Bloom’ competition that he was heavily involved in. Gerald told me that in 1995, a street party occurred in the town, where residents brought homecooked food and drinks and celebrated together. Gerald recalled this time as one of his fondest memories, and remembers a sing-a-long involving the attendees, that captured perfectly the community spirit of the town. The annual pram race, that raised money for local charities, was another welldocumented event in Gerald’s scrapbooks - he reminisced nostalgically about placing third in the 1982 race, beaten by the Johnsons’ Coaches team (who apparently were notorious for always taking the winning spot). The amount of detail

preserved in the pages of Gerald’s scrapbooks was very awe-inspiring to see first-hand. The total of £565.08 is recorded to the penny on one page, marking the amount raised for the Save the Children fund and Henley Youth Centre in 1984 by Henley’s residents. The annual ‘Henley in Bloom’ competition sticks out prominently in Gerald’s mind from his 45 years living in the town. The former-Court Leet member worked alongside a close friend and fellow Henley resident to encourage town members to take part in the event, which the town was nationally recognised for. After a successful first year, Henley continued to participate in the prestigious floral competition, and the community continued to work together to improve the look of the town before the judges’ arrival. School children helped to clean the streets, residents tended to their gardens and many people helped to plant community flowers. Gerald’s keenness to share his personal memories and experiences of life living in his town has helped to shape my idea of the kind of place that Henley-in-Arden was, and still continues to be. It seems to me to be a wonderful community-led area, filled with residents that hold pride for Henley’s rich heritage and work together to encourage a positive future for the town. Next month, I will use Gerald’s personal reflections, memories and scrapbooks to explore the history of Henley-in-Arden throughout the early 2000s to the present day.

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The King is Back: Ben Portsmouth is Elvis We spoke to award-winning singer and Elvis impersonator Ben Portsmouth ahead of his appearance at Arena Birmingham in ‘The King is Back: Ben Portsmouth is Elvis’. How has your day been? All good, I’m still alive. You’re currently on tour and coming to Birmingham 29 April, how are the gigs going so far? I’m playing at Margate tomorrow night (all the glamorous locations). They’ve been going really well – great audiences and I’ve been getting away with it. [Laughs] When did you first begin performing as Elvis? The real story is my dad was sitting in the car with me as a kid and would listen to Elvis, Buddy Holly and similar artists and that’s how I became aware of him. My dad had a tape in the house so I put that on and listened to Elvis, and he had a guitar so I picked that up and learnt the chords. I’ve always been a musician really, because that’s all I can do. [Laughs] I just picked it up as I went along. I just started imitating him

and tried to sing like him, and I just really loved the music side of it all. I went out and began performing it, singing it, and before I knew it I got a band together and we started in the pubs and the clubs and it just escalated from there really. Your live performances are truly uncanny to the King himself. How did you perfect your impersonation and tribute act? Did you study his mannerisms and vocal inflections from videos? I mean, nobody can truly look or sound exactly like Elvis because he’s quite unique… obviously looks-wise I try to create a mirage on stage and use make up, obviously I have watched all of the DVDs. But you can’t copy it too much, because then it begins to look staged and a bit awkward really. You have to feel it really and hopefully if you’re feeling it then the audience are feeling it.

I have to congratulate you on winning the Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist Contest and the title of Worldwide Ultimate Elvis Tribute Artist. You were the first artist to have ever won the award from outside of the U.S – how did it feel being recognised in this way? I felt incredible, to go all the way over there and perform in Elvis’s home city of Memphis - it was great. I never thought I’d win because I never thought they’d give it to a non-American. I got down to the last five, and we had to choose our last song, and I think I chose ‘If I Can Dream’ and then they called my name…and it was fantastic. Do you have a favourite Elvis song? It’s difficult because it varies, but I like the later years. I like ‘American Trilogy’, that’s a good one.

Checkout the Cornfield Website on how to win tickets! The King is Back - Ben Portsmouth is Elvis - 29 April 2018 - Arena Birmingham

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'LOVE ON THE BEACH' a comedy by Raymond Hopkins. Recently widowed Tom moves to the coast, to the dismay of his daughters. Their efforts to lure him back involve Brenda, a family friend-detested by Tom! Things go from bad to worse when the local Vicar and an escort agency also become involved and Tom's dreams of a quiet life by the sea begin spiralling out of control! TUESDAY10th - SATURDAY 15th APRIL 2018 Performance commences 7.45pm Tickets £9 bookings/enquiries please email

Modern community choir Sing! Bentley Heath invites you to welcome Springtime with an evening of popular songs from ‘across the pond’. The singers will be sharing favourite hits from stars as varied as Jackson 5, Ed Sheeran, John Denver, Bryan Adams, The Three Degrees and the Beatles. The concert is on Saturday 21st April 7.30pm at The Core in Solihull. Tickets (£9.50) are available from The Core Box Office tel 0121 704 6962 and are also on sale at Palmers (school uniform and clothing shop) on Knowle High Street. Kindly sponsored by Standley and Co Solicitors, Knowle. Profits and collections go to this year’s charities: The Dyspraxia Foundation and The Men’s Shed Group (Marie Curie Solihull).

GCSE Maths Revision Courses Located in Solihull 9 - 12 during the school holidays cost £60 per session. Small group sizes to ensure individual attention, places are limited to 5 students per course. Focus on core topics, develop good question-answering skills and examination technique, boost students' self-confidence and motivation.see or ring Jackie on 07952 150928

Easter Coffee Morning Easter Coffee Morning from 10.30am on Saturday, 31st March at Knowle United Reformed Church. Hope to see you there!

National Trust, Solihull Centre Our National Trust meeting on Friday March 23rd is at Solihull Methodist Church, Station Approach commencing at 2pm in the Hall. Carole Preston will present ‘The history and people of Baddesley Clinton’. Carole is a volunteer at this National Trust property working as a room guide and archivist. She enjoys making new friends and talking to likeminded people about this glorious house and its 500 year history. All are welcome and enquiries to Tony Fryer on 01564 776001.

Art Classes Art Classes at the Core Courtyard Gallery, The Core Solihull and Central England Arts in Hampton in Arden. Thursdays 10am-12pm and 12.30-2.30pm. Join our 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 please contact the box office on 0121 7046962 or contact Vicki on 07940483320 or email New Art classes are also starting on Tuesdays 10-3pm and 1pm-3pm at Central England Arts, Hampton in Arden call Vicki on 07940483320.

AGE UK Thursday 3 May 2018 An Evening with Eddie the Eagle Presented by Age UK Solihull in partnership with Solihull School and sponsored by Midland Eye. It’s 30 years since ski legend Eddie ‘The Eagle’ Edwards won the nation’s hearts at the Winter Olympics in Calgary in 1988. Join us for a fun and inspiring evening as Eddie talks about his fascinating life on and off the piste. 7.30pm Bushell Hall, Solihull School, Warwick Road, Solihull B91 3DJ. Tickets: £16 adults, £14 children aged 16 and under Book at The Core Box Office, either in person, call 0121 704 6962 or visit Friday 13 July 2018. Summer ‘Out of Africa’ Charity Ball Join us for an evening of delicious food and great entertainment at our flagship, black tie annual fundraiser – this year, with an ‘Out of Africa’ theme. Three course dinner, dancing to a live band and other surprises during the evening. Tickets: £45 each, £400 for a table of 10. To book, call 0121 704 7842 or email: 7.00pm St John’s Hotel, Warwick Road, Solihull B91 1AT

Players proudly present their next musical Monty Pythons Spamalot, being performed at The Core Theatre (Solihull) 10th – 14th April 2018. Spamalot is a new musical lovingly ripped off from the film Monty Python and the Holy Grail and taken from the original screenplay by Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin.Spamalot tells the legendary tale of King Arthur’s quest to find the Holy Grail. It features shenanigans including a bevy of beautiful show girls, flatulent Frenchmen and killer rabbits. Peterbrook Players are a talented local society with a great following so early booking is recommended as Singin' in The Rain (2017 show) sold out with a month to spare! Running time: Approx 2 hours and 40 mins, including a 20 min interval. Tickets: £16 Box office: 0121 704 6962 Website:

PILATES WITH HELEN For improved flexibility, better posture and enhanced muscular strength. Mon : 9.30-10.30am. Thurs : 7-8pm. St. John’s Church Hall, Beaudesert Lane, Henley in Arden. £6 per session. No booking required. Please bring a workout mat. Email :


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Cornfield Magazine Solihull March issue 2018  

Spring has arrived! Finally, after what feels like an endless winter, the sun is in sight, and with it comes some very exciting events. Mult...

Cornfield Magazine Solihull March issue 2018  

Spring has arrived! Finally, after what feels like an endless winter, the sun is in sight, and with it comes some very exciting events. Mult...