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


This year, Christmas came early to the Cornfield headquarters. For the past month we have thrown ourselves whole-heartedly into the Yuletide spirit to prepare for our wonderfully festive December issue. From ‘Sensational Stocking Fillers’, to ‘Spectacular European Christmas Markets’, our December edition includes magical winter reads just for you. This month we’ve been busy interviewing Disco divas Sister Sledge, looking stylish at the Birmingham Music Awards and watching a live set from Reggae-legend Sean Paul. Read our feature on Gwen Stefani’s upbeat new album, ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’, including a review of the retro-inspired and revamped tracks. With a mixture of original Stefani material and covers of Christmas classics, this album promises to bring merriment to all who listen.





Wondering how to make a statement at a festive event? Our ‘Christmas Party Essentials’ round up is guaranteed to jazz-up any winter wardrobe. We explore ‘New Year Around the World’ as the annual celebration quickly approaches, and give you insight into the exciting events coming to Birmingham soon (including details on how to get hold of tickets for Bolton’s finest comedian). For the Strictly fans, we bring big news! Following an exclusive interview Anton Du Beke, we reveal details of the debut album from one of the nation’s best-loved dancers as he branches out into a musical career.



Thank you for supporting our magazine throughout 2017, we’ve loved creating each monthly edition. Here’s to another great year exploring what our wonderful city has to offer - happy reading! Whatever you do, have a great month. Thanks again for continuing to support this great magazine. Enjoy the 'now' and most of all, keep it local. There's a lot of great stuff around you! ;)....

Richard & Sam

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Richard Cornfield - Managing Director

Adelle Toomer - Sales Executive 07914 820 627

Sam Fraser - Managing Director

Tim Hackett - Sales Executive 07806 807 573


Eibhlin Kissack - Content Editor 0121 796 6800

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A spectacular event that promises

to spread festive cheer Birmingham’s annual Frankfurt Christmas Market, together with the Christmas Craft Market, offers over 180 stalls selling delicious cuisine, handcrafted gifts and hot beverages. The market is the largest authentic German Christmas market outside of Germany and Austria, and boasts a huge range of traditional food and beverages. An exceptional live music programme is organised to entertain visitors as they stroll past vendors and take in the delicious scents of Pretzels, Schnitzels and roasted almonds. To accompany the array of foods available at the market, of course, hot Glühwein and thirst-quenching Weissbeer will be sold in plentiful amounts. Select individual, interesting gifts for your friends and family this Christmas – delicate glass baubles and carved wooden decorations will also make the perfect festive additions to your home. The traditional Glühwein stall is one of the most popular in the market…and for obvious reasons! The distinctive and aromatic drink is created via a blend of red wine, spices, sugar, cloves and cinnamon to warm up the cold winter nights. Try authentic German Christmas Cake, also on offer, created from a mixture of flour,

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butter, raisons, almonds, marzipan, candied peel, water, yeast, spices, salt and rum. The traditional cakes are baked in cast iron tins, and are served with clotted cream as a wonderful advent treat. Visit the Christmas market this year at Victoria Square and New Street. The market is open from 16th November to 24th December, 10am – 9pm daily.

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Nochevieja – Madrid, Spain Literally meaning ‘old night’, the New Year’s Eve celebrations in Spain involve lots of drinking, fireworks... and grapes. In Madrid, citizens gather in the Puerto del Sol, watching as the historical clock strikes midnight. On New Year’s Eve it is traditional for Spaniards to place 12 grapes in their mouths - one for each chime on the clock during the countdown. This fruity superstition is said to help citizens avoid back luck the following year. The tradition was started by grape farmers in the early 20th century as a way to dispose of the leftover produce from the year’s harvest. After the countdown, (when grapes have been eaten), the city erupts into colour and life, with lively music, spectacular fireworks and crowds singing, dancing, and wishing ‘Feliz año nuevo’ to all.

Hogmanay – Edinburgh, Scotland Edinburgh’s Hogmanay celebrations combine tradition with modernity for a night of Scottish merriment, vibrancy and high spirits. The Scots bring in the New Year with live music from popular musicians, candlelit concerts, street parties and incredible firework displays, receiving thousands of visitors each year from all over the world. The traditional Torchlight Procession, open for all to join, marks the opening of Edinburgh’s New Year celebrations on the night of 30th December. The procession lights up the streets as it makes it way down the Royal Mile towards its final destination of Holyrood Park, accompanied by pipers and drummers. This year the finale of the procession will see torches spell out one word chosen by the young people of Scotland through the social media campaign ‘#ScotsWord’ – a word set ablaze that best describes

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what makes Edinburgh’s youth most proud to live in the capital city. Traditionally, it is a Scottish custom to bring a gift of whisky, bread, coins or a lump of coal to friends and family’s houses after midnight to bring good luck – this is known as ‘first-footing’.

Oshogatsu/Shõgatsu & Gatan- Tokyo, Japan In Japan, January 1st is considered one of the most important days of the whole year, referred to as ‘gatan’ or ‘ganjitsu’ and working is thought to be exceptionally bad luck. New Year is considered a time for reflection, and visiting friends, family and loved ones in Japanese culture, and citizens of the capital often travel to Japan’s countryside to spend time with relatives. For this reason, tourists often struggle in Tokyo due to the closure of major attractions, shops, restaurants and banks over the holiday season. Food plays a huge part in Japan’s New Year celebrations, with each traditional dish holding a special meaning. For example, ozoni, a soup with mochi, is served alongside toshikoshi soba (buckwheat noodles) to symbolise longevity. Japanese citizens often give money to children during New Year’s celebrations in a custom called ‘otoshidama’. Families often visit temples and shrines for ‘hatsumōde’, meaning Tokyo’s Meiji Shrine attracts several million people over the three days of celebrations. Bonenkai parties (or ‘year forgetting parties’) are held to leave the year’s worries and troubles in the past to begin a fresh, clean and positive New Year.

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Ale Rooms Wishing our customers a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! To celebrate this year’s festivities and thank our wonderful customers for supporting our bar, Ale Rooms will be open for business on Christmas Day and New Years Eve. Ale Rooms, based in the heart of Knowle village, is delighted to announce the launch of their brand new Ale Rooms Gin! Designed and created by Mark and Amanda Caldicott , founders of the niche brewery, Ale Rooms Gin will exclusively be sold on the official Ale Rooms website and at the bespoke venue. Following the success of Knowle’s first Microbrewery, the entrepreneurs have expanded their already-impressive menu to include a stylish new addition for ginconnoisseurs and spirit-lovers alike. Ale Rooms is renowned for their fantastic range of alcoholic beverages and warm, welcoming atmosphere. Customers are able to enjoy a selection of traditional ales, delicious wines, craft beer, premium larger and a great selection of spirits – with a weekly range of award-winning Pie Minister pies to compliment any drink. Customers looking to enjoy a locally-brewed drink can soak in the unique and stylish environment at Ale Rooms every day of the week, and try the popular tasting boards – now including a Gin Tasting option. The intimate, rustic and flexible space is the perfect venue to host any event – be it a private party for friends and family or a business event with colleagues. The friendly Ale Rooms team is on hand to discuss any requirements and answer any queries customers might have. From ale connoisseurs to strictly spirit drinkers, Ale Rooms has something for everyone. Regular opening hours: 2pm-11pm, 7 days a week. Festive opening hours: Christmas Day – 12am – 4pm New Years Eve – Open till late

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For those considering a winter escape this Christmas, what’s more appropriate than exploring a European city with a magical Christmas market? Take in the wonderful aromas of roasted chestnuts and spiced mulled wine, and find incredibly unique handcrafted gifts under glistening lights. Experience Europe’s Christmas markets to bring an abundance of festive charm to your winter getaway.

Dresden, Germany The Striezelmarkt is claimed to be Germany’s oldest Christmas market, with its name deriving from the sweet delicacy Hefestriezel. Set in the Altmarkt Square, the market is surrounded by incredible historical buildings, lit by thousands of twinkling bulbs. The focal point of the market is a truly outstanding, 14 metre high Christmas pyramid. Individual wooden stalls packed full of traditional handmade crafts line the square with lovingly created pieces from the Erzgebirge Mountains, Lauscha and Lusatia. Visitors are able to purchase quirky gifts for friends and family, including Pflaumentoffel – a traditional chimney-sweep figure crafted from dried prunes, unique to Dresden.

Budapest, Hungary Budapest hosts two popular Christmas markets each winter, with the oldest being held in the striking Vöroösmarty Square. Throughout November, the Crafts Market is open for visitors wishing to purchase

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a selection of bespoke gifts. The market is brimming with festive cheer, jovial songs and enticing smells – sausages, mulled wine and traditional Kurtoskalacs are amongst some of the delicacies on offer. The Christmas market on St. Steven’s square, in front of the awe-inspiring St. Stephen’s Basilica, is home to stalls owned by hundreds of Hungarian Folk Artists who sell their skilfully created crafts to visitors each year. The Basilica’s façade is illuminated with projections of Christmas visual narratives each day, and the incredible ‘light painting’ is visible clearly from the ice rink that sits beneath the building. Choirs, charity concerts and folk dancers also perform at the market as part of the Christmas celebrations.

Copenhagen, Denmark Although the city hosts several Christmas markets during winter, the most famous is held in the impressive Tivoli Gardens. With over 60 stalls, the market sells a variety of hot drinks to warm-up visitors from the cold air, delicious traditional food, crafts, handmade ornaments and sweets. The Copenhagen Christmas market also presents Light Shows, creating a wonderfully festive atmosphere alongside the plethora of rides and games that run throughout the season.

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Prague, Czech Republic The main two markets in Prague are located within the Old Town Square and Wenceslas Square. Visitors can stroll past the decorated huts and sample local delicacies including Klobása (barbequed sausages) and Trdelník (hot sugar-coated pastries). Several stallholders even demonstrate how their cuisine is made for visitors to observe. The Old Town Square market features a stable full of animals next to a picturesque Bethlehem Nativity scene, which imbues a charming, festive atmosphere. Classical performances and ballets also run throughout the winter period, with one of the most popular performances being ‘The Nutcracker’.

Frankfurt, Germany Frankfurt’s Christmas market is one of the largest in Europe. Located within St. Paul’s Square, on the Römerberg, the market boasts an exceptional Christmas tree and warm, friendly atmosphere. An official opening ceremony, hosted by Frankfurt’s Lord Mayor, begins the celebrations, which include advent concerts, the chiming

of church bells, and a historical steam train. The origins of the market have been traced back to 1393, when the event was accompanied by performances of ‘mystery plays’. Three types of biscuits are traditionally sold at the market, named Brenten, Bethmaennchen and Quetschemaennchen, and are loved by locals and visitors alike. Guided walking tours, in both German and English, are also available for visitors to partake in, and include a visit to the breath-taking rooftop balustrade of St. Nicholas Church.

Vienna, Austria A city of romance, culture, and history, Vienna undoubtedly makes the list of Europe’s best Christmas markets. There are six different markets scattered throughout the city, found in front of City Hall, MariaTheresien Platz, Spittelberg, Belevedere Palace and Schonbrunn Palace. With seasonal treats and a scent of roasted chestnuts, the Viennese Christmas markets are the perfect spot for visitors to get into the festive spirit. The City Hall acts as the stunning backdrop to one of the markets, and creates an unparalleled sense of significance and beauty. The market found at Spittelberg holds a sublime atmosphere in the revitalised heritage distrist. Objects d’art, ceramics, jumpers, rugs and jewellery are lovingly handcrafted for visitors to purchase, whilst soaking in the historical surroundings.

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Touchwood Christmas Opening Hours

Kingfisher Shopping Centre Offering #SoMuchMore this Christmas! Home to a great range of eateries and providing entertainment for the whole family, a visit to Kingfisher is no ordinary shopping trip. With over 140 fantastic stores and restaurants, including a seven-screen Vue cinema, Pure Gym, new The Range store, and a 360 Play Family Entertainment Centre, Kingfisher Shopping Centre is the perfect location to visit this Christmas. From the latest fashion trends and styles, to festive home inspiration, shopping at Kingfisher ensures you will always stay ahead of the curve. Want to avoid the last-minute shopping panic this December? Kingfisher Shopping Centre is the place for you. Ensure your purchases reach you quickly, conveniently and in time for the festive holidays with Kingfisher’s CollectPlus service or utilise our Amazon Lockers for seamless online ordering and collection.

The Fort Christmas Opening Hours

Find the perfect gift for your loved ones at your own pace, and enjoy the added leisure time during the extended Christmas opening hours. Free parking after 6pm means there’s no rush this winter at Kingfisher. Visit Kingfisher Shopping Centre to guarantee a magical shopping experience for all this Christmas… and discover #SoMuchMore. Kingfisher Shopping Centre is located in the heart of Redditch town centre - conveniently located just 10 minutes from either J2 or J3 off the M42. 01527 405 800 @shopkingfisher Walford House, Redditch, Worcestershire, B97 4HJ Cornfield Magazine | 17

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20% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during December 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.

We are one of the UK's best known and most successful restaurant companies. We have 37 restaurants, including 4 sites with hotels so there are plenty of opportunities for career progression across the Company. Our success is based on being the best – we have stunning properties, award-winning food and, we believe, the best people in the industry. Our restaurants look great, our food is unbeatable and our staff are outstanding. Working with us at Loch Fyne Seafood and Grill, you will feel a part of our family with like-minded people who progress their careers with us utilising our career path, offering Leadership and Management Development programs, Chefs Academy and Apprenticeships for all roles and levels. All of our people get to develop their skills and knowledge of fresh fish and seafood too. Great performance is rewarded with our management bonus schemes (quarterly and annual), tronc, annual conference and awards, trips to Loch Fyne in Scotland to understand our heritage and company benefits which include Pension, Healthcare, Share Save Scheme, 33% employee discount, shopping vouchers to name a few. Great team, great place, fun environment rates of pay depending on experience. Job Type: Full-time and part time Required experience: Chef: 1 year Email your CV to:

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This month, Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director at Solihull Health Check Clinic, talks about how you can make simple changes in your daily lifestyle, to help prevent 2 of the major killers in the UK; heart attack and stroke. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an umbrella term for all diseases of the heart and circulation, including coronary heart disease, stroke, heart failure, cardiomyopathy, and atrial fibrillation. There are an estimated 7 million people living with cardiovascular disease in the UK. There are around 155,000 deaths each year from conditions related to heart attacks and strokes, with a death rate of 425 people each day, or one every three minutes. Even if you have already been diagnosed with any condition related to heart disease or Stroke, research has shown that with medications, lifestyle changes and rehabilitation programmes, you can continue to live a healthy and long life.

cholesterol breaks off and flows to an artery in the brain or heart, where it can develop into a clot, causing either a stroke in the brain or a heart attack. If you are diagnosed with high cholesterol or hypercholesterolemia, there are things you can do to lower it. Reduce your intake of saturated fat, for example, cheese, butter, full-fat milk, meat. Increase your intake of olive oil, natural nuts and oily fish.

So, how do we do it? Make sure you are aware of your cholesterol blood levels, by having a very simple blood test, that will give you immediate results. Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in the blood and there is “good” (HDL) cholesterol and “bad” (LDL) cholesterol. Too much of the “bad” cholesterol builds up in your arteries and causes fat to line your blood vessels, stopping effective blood flow to the heart and brain. Sometimes, a fragment of “bad”

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Increase your physical activity, by walking, swimming, cycling. Reduce your intake of pastries, cakes, biscuits, crisps and processed meat. Some GP’s will prescribe a drug called a Statin to reduce cholesterol.

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sleep disturbances, facial wrinkles, dry skin and numerous other unpleasant conditions. There is also a lot of help that you can receive to give up, including Smoking Cessation classes, chewing gums, patches and counselling. It really is the single most effective way of preventing heart disease and high blood pressure. If after reading this article, you feel you need help and support to address any of the conditions highlighted, consider contacting the Clinical Team at Solihull Health Check Clinic. Look at the website at or call 0121 745-7400. Make today the first day of the rest of your life and take charge of your own health, before someone else has to. Another factor for stroke and heart attack is being overweight and having a high BMI (Body Mass Index). A BMI of over 25 indicates that you are overweight and a BMI of 30 or above demonstrates obesity. A wide waist is also a contributory factor for stroke and heart disease, so try and reduce your weight and waist size. A healthy waist size for a man is below 38 inches and for a woman is 31.5 inches. An increased waist can lead to cardiovascular disease/stroke, high blood pressure and diabetes. For white European men, a waist size of 40 inches means “severe” risk and urgently needs addressing to reduce the high risk of heart attack or stroke. Hypertension, more commonly known as high blood pressure and means that the systolic figure (top number) is 140 or above and the diastolic figure (bottom number) is 90 or above. In the UK today, there are 16 million people with hypertension and 8 million of them do not even know they have it. High blood pressure is one of the biggest silent killers in the UK and has no visible signs or symptoms. However, the consequences of high blood pressure can be catastrophic at worst and maintained at best, if diagnosed early and managed effectively. High blood pressure is particularly dangerous because it is symptomless and causes damage to the arteries, which in time, if not treated can lead to heart failure, enlarged heart, Ischemic heart disease (IHD), heart attacks and Stroke. Things you can do to lower your blood pressure include:

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

Maintaining a healthy weight and waist measurements. Take no more than 4.5grams of salt a day – ¾ teaspoon. Keep alcohol to a minimum as alcohol increases blood pressure. Exercise for 30 minutes, 3 time per week; walking, yoga, swimming. Your GP may prescribe medication called anti-hypertensives. Another risk factor for cardiovascular disease is smoking. Smokers double their risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Smoking cigarettes allows hundreds of toxins to enter your blood steam and make your blood thicker, cause clots, increase your blood pressure, increase your heart rate and narrow your arteries causing reduced oxygen to vital organs including the heart and brain. All of these physiological changes caused by smoking, contributes to heart attacks and strokes. Carbon monoxide from the cigarette smoke and toxic by-products, including tar and nicotine will make the heart and circulatory system work much harder, because the blood becomes thicker and stickier, making blood flow slower and arteries narrower. The single most important gift that any smoker can give themselves and their family, is to STOP smoking. Smoking not only causes cardiovascular disease, it also has been proven to cause stomach cancer, kidney cancer, lung cancer, mouth and throat cancer, cervical cancer, brittle bones, gum disease, halitosis (bad breath),

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At the Heart of Dental Care The Dentist Dorridge, supports a preventative approach to private dental care, offering the very best oral health advice, up-to-date dental knowledge and the latest innovative techniques. As a fully registered Denplan Dental Practice, we offer a range of dental payment plans to suit every oral health need and budget to ensure our patients enjoy healthy teeth and gums for life.

Experts in Children’s Oral Health At The Dentists Dorridge, we understand the importance of introducing your child to the Dentist. Our experienced Dentists can offer advice to help you to create a positive dental health care routine for your children from an early age. Dentist and Clinical Director Dr Emma Deacon BDS Birm LDSRCS Eng is dedicated to helping her clients improve their overall selfconfidence through aesthetic procedures, such as veneers, crowns and facial aesthetics. Now offering Anti Wrinkle Treatments and Dermal Fillers, Dr Emma Deacon is available for consultation appointments for all patients considering Facial Aesthetics treatments or cosmetic dentistry.

Combining Passion with Expertise Supported by our qualified Hygienist, Dental Nurses and Practice Manager, Implant Dentist Dr Will Murphy BDS MFGDP UK DiplmpDent RCS ENG, consistently high-quality dental treatments to significantly improve the oral health of our patients. For further details and to see the full range of available treatments please visit our website.

Lightening Strikes

Do you find that you're waking up in the middle of the night with buzzing in the hand? Do you have problems doing your shirt buttons up due to decreased feeling in the fingers? You may have Carpal Tunnel Syndrome which can affect about 5% of the population. Hand sharp shooting pains, pins and needles, numbness of the fingers and weakness are all symptoms. At the Midland Hand Clinic we can diagnose immediately with same day nerve tests. We offer injections if required or surgery at competitive prices at a time to suit you.

I was suffering with carpal tunnel syndrome with numbness, pins and needles and pain. Since having the operation I have got all sensation and feeling back in my fingers. The operation was only six weeks ago but I’m fully recovered thanks to an excellent surgeon and the aftercare.

Put Your Hands 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

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E: The Dentists Dorridge, 9 Station Approach, Dorridge, B93 8JA

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.

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Paul Lowe Dentistry 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. A long-established family Practice Paul Lowe grew up locally and, after graduating from Newcastle Dental School, worked in hospitals and general practices in London and the south followed by a year in New Zealand before returning to the area to help establish the Practice in 1988. He obtained as Masters degree in dental implantology in 2005 and is recognized as a specialist in oral surgery by the General Dental Council. In addition to working at the Practice Paul is a clinical lecturer at Birmingham University and an oral surgeon at Birmingham Dental Hospital. As a practice we provide a full range of modern dentistry except orthodontics (we work with excellent local orthodontic practices), including dental implants. Modern dentistry is a fusion of art and science and we strive to stay at the forefront of innovation in dental care and materials. All members of our team are extremely passionate about what we do and, although a general practice, our dentists feature on four specialist lists. Our philosophy is one of prevention as we firmly believe in the importance of a healthy mouth and its relation not just to eating but to self-confidence and systemic health benefits. Our dentists and hygienists work together to provide you with a personal maintenance programme. If repair work is required we will discuss treatment options with you and use the finest materials. We recognize the importance of a good smile and our dentists all have an interest in cosmetic dentistry. This can range from simple but effective teeth whitening to ceramic veneers, crowns and bridges. We use nationally acclaimed laboratories for these restorations.

A Practice for the whole family At Paul Lowe Dentistry our philosophy is to treat our patients as individuals and place their needs and expectations first. We welcome children as it is never too soon to establish good dental routines. As a family practice we offer free check-ups for children if one or both parents are registered with us.

Offering Denplan discounts We offer Denplan for those who wish to budget for the cost of their dental care. This may be Denplan Essentials (which covers two check-ups, two or four hygiene visits per year) to full Denplan Care which covers all treatment necessary to keep you dentally fit.

A new addition to the team As of January 2018 we will be welcoming Iain Roe to the team. Iain has a wealth of experience both in general dental practice and in teaching dental students at Birmingham University. He is currently completing a Masters degree in Advanced General Dental Practice at the University of Birmingham. Paul Lowe Dentistry will be offering half price new patient examination for all patients registering with Iain Roe in January. Please bring a copy of Cornfield Magazine’s December issue to the Practice to claim this offer.

There is a family discount through Denplan of up to 15% when patients join Denplan payment plans. Call the Practice for further details on how to take advantage of this great offer.

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Dentelle Aesthetic Skin Solutions Exclusive Deals for the Festive Season Save over the festive season with our fantastic range of treatments for skin health and relaxation to keep you feeling and looking great! 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. At Dentelle, we prioritise patients’ health and safety and put their care at the heart of every treatment. Combining expertise with passion, at Dentelle we take the time to understand individual needs and expectations to guarantee a high level of comfort and satisfaction for all clients. Being the French word for ‘lace’, Dentelle reflects its significance in every aspect, as our highly trained team gently provide a light touch to skin health treatments. Medical Director Dr Clare Quinn LDS RCS (Eng) will produce natural looking cosmetic injectable results every time.

Be the best you Get ready to combat the wintry weather and have the perfect party glow with our range of skin-boosting treatments. Whatever your skin concerns may be our experienced team can guide you towards the best treatment to suit, and plan an effective course of therapies and skin care. We can help you relax from the Christmas shopping too and enjoy those finishing beauty touches for your Christmas Party! HydraFacial Fire and Ice Facial Guinot Hydradermie Environ Vitamin Facial Radiofrequency skin tightening Profhilo skin refreshing Dermal fillers for lifting and improving facial contours Wrinkle smoothing injections Lip treatments IPL hair removal and skin rejuvenation Acne treatments Manicures and pedicures Eyelash and eyebrow treatments. Relaxing aromatherapy massage Professional Makeup Artist for glamour and bridal. We highly value our clients’ loyalty, and would love to give something back this Christmas. See our Christmas Cracking deals on the adjoining page for all our effective facials. Book now to arrange your bespoke pamper package in time for the festive celebrations OR why not pop in to purchase a gift voucher and save money on treatments for Christmas and the New Year!*

Call: 01564 770770 Email: *Offers can only be used singly. Vouchers not to be used in conjunction with any other offer.

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Brandwood Clinic Changing Lives Every Day: Sam’s Story Director of Cornfield Publishing, Sam Fraser, is undergoing Scalp Micropigmentation (SMP) with Brandwood Clinic in Monkspath. After many years of feeling self-conscious and embarrassed about his hair loss, Sam is completing a three-stage process that aims to rejuvenate his natural hairline and in turn, enhance his overall confidence. Brandwood Clinic’s Director-Practitioners Paul Clark and Simon Lane are two of the most experienced and highly regarded SMP specialists in the world. The two experts created many of the techniques in popular use and developed the most natural approach to replicating realistic-looking hair follicles. Paul and Simon ensure the SMP is accurately matched and blended to the client’s hair for a flawless result. As innovators and artists, Brandwood Clinic’s trained practitioners produce effective hairlines using a natural organic pigment to perfectly replicate a hair follicle at its shortest length. The treatment Sam is receiving will significantly reduce any visible signs of baldness, thinning hair and hair loss. Cornfield Magazine is following Sam’s journey through the three stages of his treatment, documenting the changes to his physical appearance and personal confidence.

SMP Solutions

Scalp Micropigmentation is becoming an increasingly popular means of addressing hair loss for both men and women. The procedure replicates hair follicles at their shortest length and can either enhance your existing look or create a fresh appearance of closely-cut hair.

Whether it’s a receding hairline, diffuse weakening of the hair on the crown, alopecia areata or total baldness; there is an SMP procedure and hairline choice to create your desired outcome. SMP works for any man experiencing hair loss, regardless of age or ethnicity. A non-invasive process, SMP rejuvenates both hairlines and clients, reversing the effects that baldness and thinning hair can have upon an individual’s self-confidence. Amongst their treatments are many exclusives, so advanced that they are difficult for other technicians to copy. The combination of experience, artistic ability and skill allows Paul and Simon

to deliver authentic-looking techniques, such as the 3D Scatter Technique. This development alone, with its textured effect and unparalleled realism has revolutionised SMP treatments. Adding this to the numerous hairlines pioneered by Paul and Simon puts Brandwood Clinic in pole position amongst Scalp Micropigmentation providers. Clients travel from all over the world to consult them and you’re fortunate enough to have them on your doorstep.

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Consultation Stage: Sam’s Story “In my 20s, when I first started noticing signs of hair loss, I decided to shave my hair completely. Since then, my hair has never fully grown back. I hope the SMP treatment will significantly improve the aesthetic appearance of my hairline.”

Stage One: Visible Results “The fact that the technicians take the time to complete the treatment intricately and carefully is very reassuring. The result so far is very subtle, and gives my thinning hair a much fuller appearance.” “I hope, by the end of the treatment, the result will have a noticeable affect on my confidence and in turn, my lifestyle. I already feel less self-conscious about my hairline than before, after only the first step of the process!”

Before Treatments

Stage Two: Enhanced Confidence “Looking back at my initial thoughts towards the treatment, I can say my feelings have only become more positive. In the first consultation with Paul and Simon, I remember feeling slightly apprehensive, despite being optimistic towards SMP overall. I was still unsure of whether the outcome would be completely to my expectations. After stage one of the process, I was really happy with the appearance of my scalp and hairline. The first stage of the treatment did produce noticeable changes but I felt that people hadn’t completely noticed the difference unless they were prompted, and so still felt self-conscious about my hairline. “This time, after the second stage of treatment, everyone seemed to notice the change. People would stop me at work and compliment my hair, or ask whether I had stopped shaving my head that week. The comments I received were all positive, and people couldn’t believe I was undergoing SMP treatment – some even thought it was natural hair growth despite knowing me for years! “Now, my hairline looks much more defined, and the areas where I experienced thinning before have been evened out almost completely. I didn’t think there could be another stage – as the end results of the second stage are so great. I’ve found several people also experiencing hair loss have asked me about my treatment after seeing the article in the November issue, and would like to try the treatment for themselves – I couldn’t recommend it more!”

Stage One

Stage Two

Readers are able to follow Sam’s journey in Cornfield Magazine’s next issue, which will review the complete process of Sam’s treatment following the final stage of his SMP.

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You Make It Feel

Like Christmas We take a look at award-winning superstar Gwen Stefani's brand new Christmas album - a wonderful blend of original and classic tracks that perfectly capture the festive spirit. The idea of musicians creating successful Christmas tracks post-Wham! and Band Aid is a slightly dubious prospect. Gwen Stefani’s brand new Christmas album ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ shakes any skeptical assumptions away. Three-time Grammy award-winning superstar Gwen Stefani released her first ever holiday album on Interscope/Polydor Records back in October. The album features a mixture of original and classic holiday tunes, and includes a special duet with singer/songwriter Blake Shelton. Produced by busbee and Eric Valentine, the album stays faithful to loved Christmas classics but includes a Stefani twist. ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ features six original songs alongside remakes of six wellknown Christmas hits, making for wonderful festive listening. An exclusive Deluxe Edition of the album is also available for fans wanting that little bit more. The special version includes a hard-back book with 24 pages of exclusive images from the making of the album, as well as Gwen’s personal holiday photos, giving a rare

glimpse into the singer’s life behind-the-scenes. Released alongside the album were holiday bundles and merchandise including the CD, white vinyl, T-Shirt, Christmas cards, ornament, which are currently available at Gwen Stefani’s official website. The first single and album namesake ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ was co-written by Gwen Stefani, Blake Shelton, busbee and Justin Tranter. The single fuses a 1960s feel alongside the fresh vocals of Shelton and instantlyrecognisable voice of the pop princess. The couple alternate verses, creating an upbeat, trumpet-filled track featuring charming harmonies – this single is sure to leave all who listen inadvertently tapping their toes.

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‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ will without a doubt spread festive cheer to many a household this winter

The album begins with the jolly Christmas classic ‘Jingle Bells’ but by no means feels old and tired. Stefani’s version puts a retro spin on the old classic, reminiscent of 1950s swing and alluding to the chirpy tempo of Bobby Day’s ‘Rockin’ Robin’. Mixed in amongst a tribute to the late, great George Michael (which does the Wham! hit justice) and a cover of Irvin Berlin’s magical ‘White Christmas’ is a brilliant, romantic original entitled ‘Never Kissed Anyone With Blue Eyes Before You’. ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ will without a doubt spread festive cheer to many a household this winter. Album is available for download now on iTunes, Spotify, Apple Music, Target Deluxe and Amazon. Purchase ‘You Make It Feel Like Christmas’ on vinyl online at, released on 1st December 2017. @gwenstefani

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Anton Du Beke: “I’ve been singing for almost as long as I’ve been dancing" Anton Du Beke recently released his much-anticipated debut album ‘From The Top’ on November 24th through Polydor. One of the nation's best-loved stars and most wellknown as the celebrated ballroom dancer of Strictly Come Dancing, Anton was a key player in the phenomenon that brought dancing not only back in favour, but onto primetime ratings-topping television - entertaining 11 million+ audiences since 2004. ‘From The Top’ will feature the classic songs, which have inspired him throughout his illustrious career. “I’ve been singing for almost as long as I’ve been dancing," says Anton, "I’ve sung at my dance shows and I’ve sung on Strictly but I never believed I would finally get the chance to make an album." ‘From The Top’ sees Anton backed by the successful vocal harmony quintet The Overtones and Lance Ellington from the Strictly Come Dancing band. The album is a joyful celebration of pure old school swing. ‘From The Top’ is a tribute to both his beloved wife Hannah and his close friend, the late Bruce Forsyth. “Bruce was always a huge hero of mine and I was lucky enough to call him a friend. We’d play golf, we’d have a laugh and we both loved all the old stars like Fred Astaire and Sammy Davis Jnr. He was so supportive. When I did a tiny show at the Hippodrome in London, he did me the greatest honour by coming down and singing with me.”

Look out for our exclusive interview with Anton released soon…

Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour Confirms Rescheduled Dates for All European Shows Live Nation has confirmed that the European leg of Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour has been fully rescheduled for 2018. The tour resumes in North America this November and December followed by the rescheduled European concerts. Relaunching in Barcelona on Sunday, January 14th, Lady Gaga Joanne World Tour will then visit all of the previously scheduled European concert cities, finishing in Berlin on Feb. 23, 2018. . The Joanne World Tour comes to Arena Birmingham 31st January 2018 and Genting Arena 1st February 2018. Tickets for the newly announced Birmingham dates are on general sale online at and via telephone on 0844 33 88 222 *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £45.80/ £62.68/ £90.80/ £118.93 (includes admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order. Tickets purchased for Lady Gaga’s original 2017 Birmingham dates (12th October, Genting Arena and 15 October, Arena Birmingham) will still be valid, so please keep hold of these. If required, refunds can be obtained at point of purchase for a limited period.

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1. Edinburgh Gin Advent Calendar John Lewis - £100.00 2. Cheese Advent Calendar - #CHEESENOTCHOC ASDA - £8.00 3. Zoella 12 Days of Christmas Advent Calendar Boots - £50.00 4. The Grooming Advent Calendar ASOS - £55.00 5. Kikki K Stationary Lovers Advent Calendar Selfridges - £90.00 6. Yankee Candle Advent Calendar Tealight Wreath Temptation Gifts -£19.99


7. Newby House of Newby 2017 Advent Calendar Newby Teas - £55.00 8. Sockshop Advent Calendar SockShop - £79.00

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Thomas Hearn Providing quality furnishings for your home

Located in Kenilworth, Thomas Hearn is a supplier of both modern and traditional furniture made to suit any room within your home. With over 70 years of experience, this family business prides itself on offering a friendly and expert service at competitive prices. The showroom displays a great selection of living room, dining room and bedroom furniture, chosen to suit a variety of tastes and styles. Thomas Hearn specialises in high-quality home furnishings, including dining and occasional furniture, beds and bedroom furniture, upholstery and carpets. The team at Thomas Hearn strive to deliver exceptional customer service, assisting clients in their furniture selection and the styling of their homes. Customers are offered a unique shopping experience – at Thomas Hearn you will not be hassled by commission-hungry sales staff, but have the freedom to browse at your leisure.

“The best prices in the Midlands – we won’t be beaten on price, guaranteed.” Thomas Hearn supplies popular premium brands whilst also supporting smaller manufacturers, stocking a wide variety of products from renowned names such as Hypnos, Tempur, Vispring, Cavalier Carpets, Parker Knoll, G Plan and Stressless. Customers can rest assured that the dedicated team at Thomas Hearn will be on hand to help meet any personal requirements and provide expert advice to ensure customers are content with their purchases.

Thomas Hearn 102 Warwick Road Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 1HL Tel: (01926) 854884

A look back on our year… from Thomas Hearn 2017 has proven to be an excellent year for the team here at Thomas Hearn and our customers. From luxury Hypnos beds and Somnus bedding, to new and improved GPlan Upholstery, here at Thomas Hearn we have embarked upon a mission to deliver exceptional quality products for our visitors all year round. By offering free-of-charge delivery within a 50-

mile radius throughout 2017, we have ensured our products reach homes and businesses safely, securely and conveniently.

broaden the range of products we stock, enabling us to cater for modern tastes as well as more traditional British styles and brands.

This year at Thomas Hearn we have offered range exclusive discounts, and plan to continue rewarding our valued customers in the New Year. The newly extended showroom has allowed us to

We would like to extend a large thank you to our loyal customers for supporting our family business this year, and look forward to another great year!

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Inspiring Products at Inspiring Prices Inspired Kollektions, based in Sutton Coldfield, specialises in supplying high-quality home furnishings and bespoke art pieces to suit any interior and décor. The large showroom welcomes visitors to browse the luxury home accessories on offer from stockists at the forefront of interior design, and one-off art pieces by local artist Sarah Clayton.

Bespoke Art Pieces Sarah Clayton Art is sold exclusively at Inspired Kollektions, and the completely unique collection is stocked both online and in-store. Sarah specialises in bespoke Liquid Art pieces with distinctive, quirky designs. Sarah Clayton’s artworks are created especially for her clients, meaning no two pieces are ever the same. The most popular pieces available at Inspired Kollektions are created with Liquid Resin, a medium that transforms images to give a unique 3D quality. As Liquid Resin can be altered and manipulated, Sarah offers her clients the option of adding glitter pigments to the material to create an eye-catching effect. All art pieces by Sarah Clayton stocked by Inspired Kollektions, have been made in Britain and are hand-finished, not machine moulded.

Customer Satisfaction Investing in a commissioned art piece enables customers to express their personality and style, to create talking-pieces for the any environment. Framed in the latest high quality frames with no additional cost, Sarah’s statement artworks are ready-to-hang for all customers. Alternative options are also available upon request. Since Sarah began creating Liquid Art, she has been able to fulfil all customer requests regarding commissioned pieces - be it sizing, pigmentation or content. Sarah is more than happy to discuss clients’ ideas and wishes for

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their personalised artworks, and loves to encourage individual flair and originality.

Affordable Artwork As an artist, Sarah is keen to work with her clients to create commissioned pieces, specially made to suit individual preferences, tastes and needs. Her commissions are individually priced and fit with Sarah’s personal aim to create pieces with unparalleled, affordable price tags. With an exceptional range of artworks, from Comicon and Celebrity Fan Art to contemporary LED and 3Dpieces, Sarah Clayton’s collection at Inspired Kollektions holds something for everyone. Sarah Clayton Art as a brand encourages consumers to create and imagine artworks especially for themselves, believing that art is for everyone. Personalised artworks are available upon request. Call, email or visit the showroom for a no-obligation quote. Inspired Kollektions Unit 24A The Lanes Shopping Centre Wylde Green Birmingham B72 1YG 0121 448 1900 @inspiredkollektionsltd

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Six important reasons

to make a Will

1. Determine who inherits your estate Unmarried partners, friends, step-children or charities will not benefit unless you name them in your Will. 2. Don’t pay more Inheritance Tax (IHT) than necessary New and complex IHT reliefs on residential property came into force this year and now is the time to seek professional advice about IHT planning. 3. Care fee planning for couples Care funding is complex and it is important to plan for the future and consider your options. 4. Appoint Guardians to look after your children Make sure that the Courts or Social Services would not get involved if you left children under 18. 5. Name people you trust to be your executors If you don’t make a Will, your administrators would be appointed on a “first come first serve” basis. 6. Peace of mind Once you’ve made your Will you can stop worrying about it and get on with enjoying your life!

Contact Edward Jones STEP Practitioner at Thursfields for further advice on 0121 227 3377, e-mail or visit us at 9 The Courtyard Solihull West Midlands B91 3DA

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Christmas Treats

for Little Ones


1. Reindeer Slippers H&M - £9.99 2. Scribble Lunch Bag British Library Shop - £8.50 3. Converse Pink Glitter Trainers Schuh - £32.00 4. Star Wars The Force Awakens Graphics Book The Present Finder - £7.99 5. Little Chick Has Lunch On The Moon Book – #LittleChick (For every book purchased, one will be donated to a child in need) Little Bird - £15.00


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Local Events

What's On

6-5 Specials Skiffle Band The quartet, made up of retired volunteers, is dedicated to raising money for Dementia UK through their music. Based in Alvechurch, the 6-5 Specials Skiffle Band is available for hire, including (but not limited to): charity concerts, private gigs and performances for dementia sufferers at ‘Memory Cafes’. Keep an eye out for their new album ‘The Circle – It’s Skiffle But Not As We Know It’, out soon. All proceeds go to charity. For more information or booking requests, please contact John Davies on 0121 4450177 or 07904391584. Follow the band on Facebook: @65specials.

opportunity to draw or paint from life; a program can be sent by email on request. We meet weekly on Friday evenings at 7.30pm until 9.30pm in the church hall at the rear of Christ Church, Solihull United Reform Church on Warwick Road. The car park entrance is in Union Road, all members having a permit for use on meeting evenings. Membership is limited to 40 members but there are a number of vacancies at the moment. The annual subscription is £50. Potential members or visitors are welcome to attend single sessions at a cost of £5 per evening. Contact Terry or Edith Buckle on 0121 705 1941 or Gayle Hodges on 0121 604 2369

French or Spanish

Children's Art Classes

We meet up and speak French or Spanish - come and join us! We are located in Henley in Arden. The group is not a French or Spanish class - so if you're totally new to the language, you might want to find out about classes We are located in Henley in Arden Feel free to contact me for more details. M- 07891390947

Saturdays at Centre of England Arts. Two classes. 7-11 years and 12- 16 years £50 for five weeks. Booking essential. See for details or contact 01676 523357

Drawbridge Art Group has been running for more than 40 years with many of the original members still attending each week. Drawbridge offers something extra and different from most other groups, meeting weekly and offering the

LUNCHTIME RECITALS St Alphege Church hosts free lunchtime recitals every Wednesday featuring professional players, students and members of the church music staff. The recitals last around 45 minutes, starting at 1.10pm, with home-made refreshments available from 12.30, an ideal way to have a relaxing break in the middle of the week. An up-to-date programme can be found at www.stalphegemusic.

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

ReCOM Tablet/IPAD Training We are a small registered charity offering training on your own Tablet/IPAD in the local Community. Whether you are a complete beginner or want to improve your existing skills on your Tablet/IPAD our small, friendly and relaxed Classes could be for you. All makes and models of Tablets are welcome. We run classes in various venues throughout the Solihull area. We also run Computer/Laptop classes in various venues. Please call Claire on 0121 663 0335.

All About The Sew sewing workshops Fancy learnign to sew? We are a small, friendly and sociable classes in the Knowle and Lapworth areas. Sewing machines are provided to use and for most workshops all materials are supplied. No experience is necessary for beginners classes. Come along and have a go - you'll be hooked in no time! Booking essential. For more details see, ring Lorna on 07963 734756

Knit and Natter Elmdon Knit and Natter meets at 1.45 on the second and fourth Wed of each month at the church hall, Coppice Road, Solihull, B92 9JY. We knit items for the premature baby units in local hospitals, items for the Friends of Solihull Hospital, teddies for Malawi and Kenya. Items for the Christmas Bazaar in aid of funds for the church hall and have taken part in two special fundraising events. New members are welcome and wool and needles are provided.Further info is available by emailing

SOLIHULL STAMP & POSTCARD CLUB If you are interested in stamps or postcards, then we are here to support your interests. Our meetings include short talks and displays by members on favourite items from their collections and an opportunity to buy, sell or exchange items . We meet on the second Thursday of the month from

September through till April at the Solihull Tennis/Cricket Club, Marsh Lane, Solihull B91 2PF from 10.30am – 12.30pm. £1.50 including tea/coffee & biscuits. Further details visit or phone Paul 01564 776 879

SOLIHULL HEALING GROUP We provide FREE Drop-in one-to-one Energy Healing sessions of about 20 minutes each for relaxation and to relieve stress. We meet on the first and third Saturdays of each month in the Knowle Suite on the First Floor of the Hub, Touchwood (access by way of the lift in the coffee meet-up area opposite the 3 Store) between 10.00am and 12.00am. Donations gratefully accepted to cover the cost of the rooms. Please call Paul on 0121 704 3735 or Peter on 0121 779 3220 for more details.

BABY MASSAGE COURSES Solihull – Mondays at 10am at the Womens Institute, central Solihull Hobs Moat – Tuesdays at 10.15am at St Marys Church Hockley Heath – Wednesdays at 12pm at the King George Memorial Hall. Come and learn all the baby massage strokes to help your baby with sleeping, relaxation, trapped wind, constipation and colic in a warm welcoming environment. To find out more email:

PILATES WITH HELEN For improved flexibility, better posture and enhanced muscular strength. Tues - 7-8pm Thurs - 9.30-10.30am Lowsonford Village Hall, Rookery Lane, Henley in Arden, B95 5ER £7 per session. No booking required. Email:pilateswithhelen

YOGA WITH ANNA, Wednesday 9:15 - 10:15am, at Oliver Bird Hall and Fridays 6 - 7pm at The Dance Studio, Solihull Sixth Form College. Classes are open level and welcome to all, £6 per session, pay at the door. For more information or any questions please email or call 07539277644.

Due to the popularity of this page, we are now having to limit the amount of words for each post. If the post is too long, it may be edited by us or not included at all. We will also only keep a post for a few months to make space for new events etc. So, please keep it short and to the point! Whilst every care has been taken to ensure that the data in this magazine is accurate, the Cornfield Magazine cannot be held responsible for any errors, omissions or endorse companies, products or services appearing in this magazine. The Cornfield Magazine cannot be held responsible for any breach of copyright arising from any material supplied. Published monthly by Cornfield Publishing Ltd. No part of this publication may be reproduced without the permission from the publisher.

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Local Yoga Classes Mon 7.45pm- 9.15pm Mixed Ability: Highfield Hall (beginners welcome) Tues 10.30am - 11.45am Ladies Only (all abilities) Highfield Hall. Thursday 11am - 12.30 Intermediates Hockley Heath

Pavillion. Fri 10.30 - 12am Beginners Hockley Heath Baptist Centre. For availability or for more info contact Jane on 07734284144 or

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It's Christmas time, and there's no need to be afraid At Christmas time, we let in light and banish shade And in our world of plenty, we can spread a smile of joy Throw your arms around the world At Christmas time

1. Which motorway links Birmingham and Lancaster? 2. Who played the possessed child in the film `The Exorcist`? 3. Which member of the `A Team` was a pilot? 4. How many strings does a ukulele have? None, four or six? 5. Which female singer had a number one hit with `Mi Chico Latino`? 6. Who had a hit single in the 1980s with `Pass The Dutchie`? 7. In which year did the Japanese bomb Pearl Harbour? 8. Who had a number one hit in 1998 with `Frozen`? 9. Who played Mel Gibson`s sidekick in the `Lethal Weapon` films? 10. What was the title of the Beatles` first single? Answers on page 54

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Last month’s winner: Mike Greenfell from Barnt Green

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Renault Koleos 2017 The Renault Koleos won’t rock your world, but it’s a decent enough SUV. It looks a bit too like many other SUVs out there – most noticeably the Skoda Kodiaq, but it’s an impressive car, nonetheless. I got behind the wheel of the flagship trim level – the Signature Nav, which has a generous amount of Kit, comprising big 19-inch alloy wheels, a sat-nav, a touchscreen and leather-bound seats. The car’s infotainment system, accessed via the touchscreen is easy and selfexplanatory to use, and the Renault is practical, offering cubby holes and four USB slots. What’s more, the Koleos is endowed with good quality soft-touch plastics and the hide wrapping the seats and steering wheel is top notch. The top-of-the-tree 2.0 dCi 175 AWD XTronic Koleos I drove really is the bee’s-knees, in terms of out-and-out technology and cabin refinement. The layout is well thought out for driver and passengers, and room is more than respectable. The wheelbase is the same as the X-Trail’s at 2,705mm – and this equates to awesome legroom. Better still, the Koleos’ load area is 29 litres bigger than the Nissan’s – measuring 579 litres. Alas, take a tape-measure to the similar-looking Skoda Kodiaq and the Czech-made car’s boot is 630 litres. Oh well, you can’t have everything. Strangely the Gallic car brand isn’t providing the Koleos with a seven-seat option, though. This could be a deal-breaker as Skoda’s Kodiaq does. Renault gets away with it, however, by explaining that you can always go for the Grand Scenic if you need all those seats. On the road, the Renault Koleos is wellbehaved and easy to like. Zero to 62mph arrives in 9.5 seconds and the top speed is 125mph, so the car has plenty of ‘go’ for motorway commutes or for overtakes on lesser roads. The Koleos has 174 horses under its ample bonnet to provide such power, and this helps tug the car along, even with five-up and a fully laden boot. The auto ‘box isn’t bad, even though it’s a continuously variable transmission (CVT). This means the transmission shifts through a constant range of ratios. Alas, CVTs don’t always work as seamlessly as they should, resulting in a rather jerky driving experience. Nevertheless, I’m pleased to report Renault has stuck an advanced CVT into the Koleos

that uses technology to copy a sequential ‘box. This makes the car painless to operate. The Koleos’ ride is super comfy, with its soft suspension making you all but forget the existence of potholes. But the squidgy springs don’t wreck the handling; if anything, the French SUV comes across as predictable and steady. The Koleos I drove had all-wheeldrive, so I also tested it off-road. Because the car has good ground clearance I could drive it over stones and hummocks without fear of ripping bits off the underneath of the Koleos. Furthermore, the Renault grips well in mud and anything not resembling tarmac. It’s no Land Rover, but it’s a great asset to have if you live in the sticks, or you plan on lugging

By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer

FAST FACTS • Max speed: 125 mph • 0-62 mph: 9.5 secs • Combined mpg: 47.9 • 1995cc four-cylinder diesel turbo • Max. power (PS): 174 • CO2: 156 g/km • Price: £34,200 a tin-tent to a grassy caravan park or suchlike. The Koleos is a car that is roomy and wellappointed. It also flies the luxury SUV flag for Renault. This means it could attract fresh customers to the brand who are looking for an SUV with a bit of French flair.

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PETER PAN – CHRISTMAS IN NEVERLAND TO SPRINKLE ITS MAGIC ON ARENA BIRMINGHAM Comedy legend, actor and presenter Bradley Walsh and the fearsomely attractive Spandau Ballet, EastEnder, and ‘Let It Shine’ judge Martin Kemp will be headlining the epic arena size adventure from 20-24 December at Arena Birmingham, formerly the Barclaycard Arena, this festive season. Set to transport audiences to a world of spectacle and comedy, this perfect festive treat is brought to life by a cast of over 100 performers across three arena stages, including a thrilling team of flying trapeze and West End artists, BMX bike stuntmen and also Matt Knight (of BBC’s Let It Shine) who’ll play Peter Pan. Bradley Walsh said: “It's going to be bigger, better and funnier than ever. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone there and playing the funny pirate ‘Mr Smee’.” Martin Kemp added: “I’m thrilled to be playing “Captain Hook” this Christmas, and what really makes this production different from any other is the scale and size of everything. You won’t have seen anything like it.” A giant 60 feet wide LED screen with both computer graphic imagery and live close-up TV relay of the action will ensure audiences never miss a moment of this sensational family adventure! The production will feature a twenty-five-foot animatronic crocodile on a movie style Neverland set, a 10,000-gallon water wall, and life-sized galleon that sails around the Arena. Tickets for Peter Pan- Christmas in Neverland are on sale now via or by calling 0844 33 88 222. *Calls cost 7p per minute plus your phone company's access charge. Tickets priced at £27.90/£41.40/£52.20/£60.30 (Prices include admin fees and 90p facility fee) + £2.55 fulfilment fee per order.

To enter for your chance to win, simply answer this question: Q: What is the name of the faraway place where Peter Pan, Tinkerbell and other mystical creatures live? Email your answers to: along with your, Name, Address and Contact Number. Good luck. 52 | Cornfield Magazine

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Christmas Day

Television Preview by Alex Dudley

Christmas Day is always a big day for television and this year promises to be no different. We take a look at the programmes scheduled to get us hooked on the box over the festive period.

Netflix's hottest shows reviewed - by Alex Dudley

Doctor Who The BBC hit ‘Doctor Who’ promises a momentous piece of television for the Christmas Special. This year’s episode is titled 'Twice Upon a Time' and we will see the final scenes of Peter Capaldi as the Doctor. This Christmas we are introduced to the thirteenth doctor of the series, Jodie Whittaker, the first ever women to play the Doctor. Along with all of this, it was recently announced that the special will see the return of the very first incarnation of Doctor- William Hartnell. The BBC is keeping their cards close to their chest this year. The only clue they have given away is that Hartnell's final episode as the Doctor is very prominent throughout the special and that both episodes are linked. Doctor Who always delivers on the big day and this year’s episode will surely be no different.

Coronation Street This year has been thrilling on the cobbles and the intensity shows no sign of stopping as it looks set to reach fever pitch over Christmas, as Pat Phelans reign of terror will not be stopped. The Street has blown all of its soap rivals away over the past calendar, with intense and explosive story lines, shocking twists and heart-wrenching moments. An old favourite also returns to the street on Christmas Day, perhaps spelling trouble for a couple of the residents in Weatherfield - perhaps we can expect an old flame or two.

Great Festive Bake Off The first season on Channel 4 has just ended of the popular baking competition, with it being the stations most watched series since ‘Big Fat Gypsy Wedding’, six years ago. ‘Festive Bake Off’ will see past bakers return for a two part special, competing against each other to see whom the true Bake Off winner is. This special even includes past bakers from the show when it was broadcast on the BBC.

Channel 4 is keeping the lid on which bakers will actually be returning, only announcing that three nameless bakers will feature. The specia will be fronted by Noel Fielding and Sandi Toksvig, while the judges will once again be Paul Hollywood and Prue Leith.

Strictly Come Dancing Strictly is always one of the most watched programmes over the festive period, thus making it a mainstay on Christmas Day television for the past five years. This year’s special will see past winners compete against each other once again! Ex-competitors Judy Murray, Kimberley Walsh and Robbie Savage are set to feature on the programme – meaning the programme is sure to be a mesmerising watch. The special will once again be hosted by Tess Daly and Claudia Winkleman. With Craig Revel Horwood, Darcey Bussell, Bruno Tonioli and Shirley Ballas on the judging panel. No doubt this will be one of the most watched programmes over the festive period, so don't miss out on the dancing extravaganza.

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Quiz Answers.

1. M6

2. Linda Blair

3. Murdoch

4. Four

5. Geri Halliwell

6. Musical Youth

7. 1941

8. Madonna

9. Danny Glover

10. `Love Me Do`

Sister Sledge: “Joni’s life was laid down with a gift

and that gift is eternal.” Words by Evie Kissack

World-famous musicians and 80s Disco sensation Sister Sledge have recently announced their new UK tour ’40 Years of Disco’ will be heading to Birmingham’s Genting Arena in 2018. The sisters are headlining alongside other huge names in Disco, making the event one you do not want to miss. The legendary ladies have sustained an incredible, life-long musical career, having collaborated closely with renowned artists such as Nile Rogers. I caught up with Kim Sledge, speaking on behalf of both sisters, who reflected back upon her incredible career, transitional yet optimistic present, and positive hopes for the future. So your new tour ‘40 Years of Disco’ is coming to Birmingham and will see Sister Sledge headlining alongside other musical legends. How does it feel to be part of such an incredible line up? Well, these are artists that we have come across at different points in our career and we’ve seen each other along the road as we’ve performed in different countries – just us all coming together is going to be a lot of fun, a lot of laughs. We love it, because – for lack of a better word – it’s a lot of ‘old school’ artists who have been trained in the art of performing and interacting with different audiences. It’s always fun because it’s a party, you know. It’s a party on stage [laughter]. So, we are looking forward to that.

How did your musical career first begin? Of course, we sang for our grandma. She was an opera singer, and she would pull us to the piano and teach us in the form of classical music. She taught us about breathing techniques, annunciation and pronunciation, and the basics for performing. We were a cappella singers from the beginning, so we really had to train our ears to hear the notes in order to harmonise. One of our instructions from her was, “Always be ready to perform without music if all else fails”. So, that’s how we were trained. Our grandma was a disciplinarian, she was as sweet as pie, but she was serious about performing, serious about her craft. I am really grateful for that. I really began to become grateful later on, and realised that a standard of excellence is important, but it’s the performance that counts. It’s such a gift to be out there [on stage]. An audience comes to enjoy the music – I mean, that’s why people go out. You know, people work all week and go out on a Saturday to have a good time! You've had a phenomenal career over the past 40 years - but of course you’ve also experienced times of heartbreak. Yourself and Debbie have spoken very openly about the affect of your sister Joni's death upon the Sledge family - when did you both come to the decision to continue performing together? Well, we actually had concerts booked! After she passed we had to fulfil a contract. Others might have thought, “How could you do that?” but it was actually the best thing in the world. I remember one performance in New Orleans, and it was so precious because the audience were like one big family to us. We all wept together, and embraced the

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moment, and we all embraced Joni’s presence. So, it was actually very comforting. Your music crosses genres delving into Jazz, Soul, R&B, Gospel and World Music. How did you initially become part of the Disco music movement? It’s so interesting because we didn’t even know we were [laughter]. For us it was just always dance. It was always dance music, so when the charts for different genres came out and we were hitting the Disco charts we felt we were simultaneously Disco and R&B and Pop. It would be the same song on different charts. For us, it was whether a song had a good dance beat. We'd think, "Can we harmonise. Can we really sing this?" That’s what it was always about. I can say, however, it’s an honour to be associated with any form of music because I think there is excellence in all forms of music. I really believe that music is about healing, and is a life giver – it inspires people and influences people. To have been given the gift of that tool, to take it around the world and make somebody’s day better is such an honour. It really is. I thank God everyday for the privilege that we have been given to do that. You mentioned music has the power to inspire people. Are there any musicians that have inspired you throughout your career? Absolutely - James Brown. I cannot sit still if a James Brown beat comes on, I’m up - from very early on and even to this day. I can be in a gown and it doesn’t matter, it’s just gunna’ happen. I love all kinds of music, from Roberta Flack to Shakira. I love Adelle, I love Bill Scott, oh my gosh... there are so many genres out there and I really admire being able to influence - to believe in music and be positive. There’s nothing

wrong with music being political – goodness gracious I could go back and think about some of the spiritual songs like 'A Bridge Over Troubled Water'. That’s classic but also spiritual. Even 'You’ve Got A Friend – Carole King'. For me, music should be used to encourage and inspire. It hurts a little – it hurts a lot actually – when I see music encouraging people to do negative things because it’s not supposed to. Music is a life-giver and a healer. Finally, for the upcoming tour, of course we will all be looking forward to hearing the classics. But, I’m itching to know…is there any new music in the pipeline? Well, actually we do have some new music, and you will be hearing some of it. We actually have some stuff we worked on with Joni too. Wow. We have some incredible stuff. Some songs Joni actually had just finished before she died, and we want to absolutely feature those too. If music is good, it is timeless. I have to say on a spiritual note – and I’m going to say this because this is where our hearts are - we know that Joni is with the Lord, we are believers. Joni’s life was laid down with a gift and that gift is eternal. Her gift is music. That may seem a little surreal and hard to wrap our arms around, but if you think about it, music is timeless and can help us to appreciate and love. Her saying was, "It’s easier to love". That’s the name of a song from one of our albums and she used to sing it when we performed. It was so true. It’s easier to love than to hate - and that’s so truthful. The interview ended with this beautiful message – and Kim movingly explained that herself, Debbie and Kathy are able to remember Joni through the music they created together. The sisters’ decision to continue performing as Sister Sledge is both brave and empowering, allowing the message that, “Nothing is greater than love” to be spread through their uplifting music. 40 Years of Disco comes to Birmingham’s Genting Arena 17th March 2018. For the full Sister Sledge interview and details on how to get tickets, visit the Celebrity Interviews section on our website.

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