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AUGUST 2017 FREE EDITION
South Birmingham, Solihull and Warwickshire
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IN THIS ISSUE
Hello and welcome to your August edition of the Cornfield Magazine.
August is here and we are excited to bring to you some excellent new reads. Everyone is heading off on their summer holidays in August, but that doesnâ€™t stop us from bringing you some fantastic reads. This month we plan ahead with our back to school guide where we discuss how to help your children fight the holiday blues, through to travel etiquette when using public transport. We talk all things gin, from mothers ruin to our top favourite gins and we have also put together a list of those picnic essentials.
We have also spent some time out and about reviewing the recently launched Spot-On Wake in Wootton Wawen and we visit the Shirley Carnival, whilst also taking the kids on a bear hunt for this years Big Sleuth.
It has been another great month for everyone here at the Cornfield Magazine and as always we love to hear from our readers and appreciate all of the feedback that we receive.
We look forward to hearing from you and we are excited to bring you our August edition!
What ever 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! ;).... Until next month folks....
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Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors With legal experience of over 30 years, and now situated in Shirley, Solihull, Ellis Hass & Co Solicitors have recently relocated their offices and continue to provide high quality legal advice and assistance to individuals needing help, whether moving home, getting divorced, following an injury or when losing their job. The firm is on hand to help clients through a difficult circumstance and the expert team at Ellis Hass & Co will offer high quality legal advice at a sensible cost. Ellis Hass & Co provide a speedy and fixed cost conveyancing service as they understand that moving home can be a stressful experience, and clients can be provided with a free conveyancing quote to help you get started. The firm also offers high quality family law advice on divorce and separation issues, often at an extremely difficult time during the breakdown of a relationship, especially when children are involved. By providing sensible advice whilst maintaining a firm stance they will help resolve the issues, which arise. Ellis Hass & Co also deal with serious high value personal injury claims on a No Win, No Fee basis. Ellis Hass & Co will give you the best advice to help you to handle your injury claim and put the pieces back together.
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Finally, if you are losing your job and have been handed a Settlement Agreement, Ellis Hass & Co will give you the advice you need. Whether you require family law advice, are looking to move house, or if you have an injury claim, or are losing your job, Ellis Hass & Co will work closely with clients to help find the right legal solution to resolve their situation. If you need to get in touch with the team of well-respected and trustworthy lawyers then look no further and contact the office, located in Shirley. Tel: 0121 746 3002 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.ehsolicitors.co.uk Ellis Hass & Co, Suite 5, Avon House, 435 Stratford Rd, Shirley, Solihull, B90 4AA
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Recognising Our Local Heroes
Safety Comes First We feel that it is important to recognise our local heroes, which is why this month we wanted to focus our attention on Keith Hickinbottom, a local resident of Henley-in-Arden who has shown his ongoing support to St Mary’s Catholic Primary School and Henley-in-Arden CofE Primary School by safeguarding children from busy roads, ensuring that they arrive and leave school safely, whilst making sure cars park responsibly and by directing the busy traffic on the surrounding dangerous roads. Keith devotes his own time to spend a couple of hours in the mornings and afternoons from Monday to Friday ensuring that children get to and from school safely. Keith first began this kind act of help and assistance when he would take his own grandchildren to and from school. Community is key in Henley-in-Arden and Keith is a member of the Henley-In-Arden Church and has made many local connections across the market town, whilst also running a special mum and toddlers group, called Jolly Tots. The group runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays and is a great way for children to interact socially with games and an outdoor play area, which all takes place at the Church Hall in Henley-in-Arden. The group runs on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am-11.30am and on Thursday afternoons from 1pm-3pm.
All of the pupils (and adults) at St Mary's love Keith. He keeps us safe, he stands in the road every day even when it’s raining he helps us cross the road. He is always happy and talks to us as we walk into school. He is also a brilliant Father Christmas and comes into school every year to give us all a present, but we're not supposed to know it’s him! We don't know what we'd do without Keith.
Caitlin Prescott and Jaicob Ford – Head girl and Head boy
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FOR CHILDREN With the summer holidays approaching, parents in Solihull will be looking for worthwhile activities for their children. The Phys-Kids Summer Sports Camp prides itself on ensuring that children have fun, get fit and make new friends in the holidays. Based at the extremely well equipped Tudor Grange Leisure Centre, children have the opportunity to choose from a daily timetable of over 20 different sports. These include: Football, swimming, tennis, dance, cricket, hockey, dodgeball, athletics, baseball, badminton, plus much more. Now in its 17th year, the Ofsted registered scheme attributes its success to the quality of the staff working on the scheme. Celine Gilmore is the Camp Manager 'as a qualified and experienced Primary School Teacher myself, I am aware of the importance of training our staff to the highest standard. All of our staff are either qualified school teachers or professional coaches who have been through a stringent training process - they wear their Coaches uniform with pride!' Book online www.phys-kids.co.uk For more information, please call 07855 487 324 Cornfield Magazine | 7
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Most of us will be able to refer to gin as the drink of the summer, but in actual fact it is one of the world’s fastest growing spirits that offers flexibility and simplicity, along with a great taste. Gin can be enjoyed in many different ways, be it infused with garnishes, mixed with tonics or used in cocktails. Due to the spirit being so easy to distill, the gin craze is back and there are many craft gin distilleries and gin bars popping up all across the UK. We have produced a new generation of gin connoisseurs, plus this drink has an immense amount of wealth and history proving that gin is at the top of its game.
in the East Indies drinking a few gins before a big fight. The second relates to the use of gin, to boost ones courage.
Distillation & William of Orange
The Dutch were recognised as Britain’s closest neighbour during the reign of Elizabeth I. Both were recognised as enemies, however were observed as co-religionist allies, and of course very important trading partners. Then we have the Dutchman William who became the King of England in 1689. The connections are evident in our language and the slang we often use with popular expressions, such as, ‘Going Dutch’, ‘Dutch Auction’ and ‘Dutch Uncle’.
Distillation began taking place on a small scale in England during the 17th Century. Due to high demand there was a need for gin to be produced to a much greater grade. The quality was not known to be the best and the drink soon became a firm favourite with the poor.
‘Dutch courage’ derives from two possible origins with the first originating from a man named Johnny Foreigner. Johnny had supposedly sailed up the Meadway and spent time with the locals
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The first known production of Gin was made during the 17th Century in Holland by Dutch Physician, Franz de le Boe. The British troops that fought in the Low Countries were given Dutch courage during long campaigns and when in damp weather, which produced the warming effects of gin. Gin was not as palatable back in the 17th Century, which led to adding juniper berries, that had many medical uses of their own.
King William III, otherwise known as William of Orange made a series of structures, which aimed to encourage the distillation of English spirits. People were able to distill gin quite easily and often this was distributed to workers was used as an alternative to wages. Soon enough the volume sold was increasing on a daily basis, exceeding the sales of beer and ale.
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Gin Riots On the 29th September 1736 at midnight the Gin Act was introduced. This created many changes, with one major factor being that gin became prohibitively expensive. A licence to retail gin cost £50 and the duty was raised fivefold to £1 per gallon. Many opposed the Act, including the Prime Minister, Sir Robert Walpole and Dr. Samuel Johnson. Both felt it would not be enforced with the common people. They thought correctly; riots broke out and mass law breaking took place, leading to violence. Only two licenses were taken out and gin was illegally distilled, resulting in cases of poisoning.
Mothers Ruin In the 18th Century gin developed another popular name for itself. Gin rendered men impotent and women sterile, contributing to a major reason as to why the birth rate in London was exceeded by the death rate. The spirit was available in chemists and was used to treat stomach related conditions, gout and gallstones. The consequences of women drinking what people like to call ‘Mother’s Ruin’ led to neglected children, daughters being sold into prostitution and often if a nurse could not console a baby, they would give the baby a large enough dose of gin. Gin became the opium of the people, however this guided people down an evil pathway of madness and suicide. The popular drink was also used as a contraceptive and was recommended that the cure for pregnancy was to drink a pint of gin, whilst taking a very hot bath.
Regaining Respectability The gin production process became refined and evolved into becoming a drink of subtle flavours. As the Gin Act became unenforceable, a new policy came into place, in which distillers had contributed to. Gin had regained its respect and was produced to a higher quality, which remains today. Soon enough there were major manufacturers and the openings of gin palaces that were large, sometimes thought to be imposing, but luxuriously furnished. This led to the beginning of gins ascending into High Society.
Gin Today Gin today is recognised as a cosmopolitan spirit and a refreshing alcoholic beverage. London dry gin uses subtle flavourings making it easy to mix. Gin soon became a fashionable drink when mixed with tonic, producing the favourite G’n’T, whilst also popularising cocktail parties. This also resulted in an excellent career for mixologists, inventing an array of magnificent cocktails.
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A mouth-watering menu of surprise treats is being cooked up for this year’s Royal Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival to tempt another record crowd to the biggest event in the town’s calendar. Located in the heart of the town centre, this FREE family-friendly event always has a tasty line up! Returning for its tenth year over 150 traders are guaranteed to tickle the taste buds of an anticipated 25,000 visitors from across the UK. The two-day extravaganza, which is recognised as one of the best autumn food festivals in the country, will make its return on Saturday, September 9th and Sunday, September 10th. BID Leamington, which organises the festival with the support of local businesses, is finalising this year’s line-up, which will feature surprise additions and regular favourites. Local chefs will again be demonstrating throughout the weekend on the Live Cookery Theatre and there will also be the return of the popular Kid’s Cookery School, giving budding young chefs the chance to learn culinary skills, with support from Nandos, Pizza Express and Yo! Sushi. The Great Leamington Bake Off will be held on Saturday 9th September, which invites keen amateur bakers to enter cakes and have them judged by local chefs, Jenny Hudson, of Sweet As Cakes and Laura Hamilton, of Queans. With age categories for 5 to 11-year-olds, 12 to 16-year-olds and over 16’s. So, if you think you’re the next Mary Berry or Paul Hollywood, register now and you could be crowned the ‘Leamington Bake Off’ winner! Aubrey Allen’s ‘Home Cook of the Year’ competition is returning for its third year, as the hunt continues for Leamington’s Finest Amateur Cook of 2017. On Sunday 10th September, three finalists will find themselves battling it out at the Live Kitchen, as they take to the stage to prepare and cook their right royal dishes in front of a highly experienced judging panel! Applications are available to download from www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk. The closing date for all entries is 3rd August. The Royal Pug, Elma, The Drawing Board, Queans, The Cakery, Coffee Architects and Leamington Wine Company will be among some of the local favourites making a comeback. The I Love Leam section celebrating non-food retailers will include Boots, Driftwood and Berylune to name a few. The cherry on the top has to be the amazing live entertainment lined-up for this year! The bandstand will be home to upbeat music. New music for 2017 from Chaos, The Peas, The Folly Brothers and Letitia George and Honky Tonk Rose return to the stage on Sunday. This is a fantastic showcase for local food and drink producers and retailers as well as the town itself, and a hugely-popular event with something for everyone to enjoy, so September 9th and 10th is a definite date for the diary! Bring your appetites, shades and remember summer is a great time to explore the town centre and its beautiful parks and gardens. For more information visit: www.leamingtonfoodfestival.co.uk, www.royal-leamington-spa.co.uk
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Get those picnic baskets at the ready! There is nothing worse than forgetting the absolute essentials, so check out our picnic packing checklist to make sure you have your picnic adventure covered. Foods – Foods, such as sandwiches and finger food are the ultimate picnic must haves. Avoid mayonnaise-based foods that can be affected by the heat unless you have an ice bag to keep everything chilled. If you have less time to prep sandwiches then why not take a look at Marks & Spencer’s selection of food to go orders with an assortment of tasty sandwiches for all. Their classic sandwich selection includes 30 assorted quarters, costing £18.50, or alternatively if you prefer wraps, they provide a selection of 20 mini wraps for only £12.50. And no panic if you are allergic to gluten and wheat, Marks and Spencer cater for you too. Drinks – Do not forget the drinks! Whether it is alcohol or soft drinks make sure you have it covered. From wine, prosecco or spirits, there is plenty of choice on offer. Rather than taking a whole bottle of gin or rum, why not purchase mix spirit cans from supermarkets across the UK and there you have it, a ready to drink, G’n’T, Pimms and lemonade or rum and coke. And, don’t forget bottled water, you will need to keep hydrated in warm weather. Condiments –You can’t forget the sauces and dips, from ketchup to mustards. You can even put the sauce into mini kilner jars for easy packing. Lightweight Resealable Containers – To save throwing away any left overs and to keep food fresh it is worth investing in resealable containers, which can be found in supermarkets and High Street stores. Utensils – Always opt for reusable utensils, including as salad pinchers and serving spoons, that these are lightweight and easy to transport. Cutting Knife – Looking for a knife with a cover is key, especially for safe transportations, or alternatively wrap the blade in a tea towel. Corkscrew/Bottle Opener/Bottle Stop – Don’t let the fizz disappear from a good bottle of prosecco or champagne, so be sure to take a handy bottle stop. There would also be nothing worse than turning up to your chosen picnic spot to find out that you have forgotten your corkscrew or bottle opener. Napkins/Hand Wipes – Disposable napkins are perfect for picnics, especially when eating messy foods. When you don’t have access to running water, antibacterial wipes can also come in handy as an alternative for making sure cutlery is clean. Picnic Baskets with Cutlery, Cups and Plates – Not only do picnic baskets look great, but they are also light, easy to carry and most come with cutlery, cups and plates. Picnic Blanket – Picnic blankets are great for laying out to display your picnic spread, whilst being ideal for relaxing in warm weather. Ice Bags/Ice Packs – Of course, ladies will be looking forward to a chilled bottle of fizz and gents will be able to enjoy an ice cold beer. Your picnic would not be the same without ice bags or packs, plus they will keep food chilled. Alternatively, you can fill resealable bags with ice cubes, which you can also use in drinks. Tumblers/Wine Glasses – A glass of wine or prosecco is not the same without the accompanying glass. There are many unique designs on the market, that you can keep and reuse outdoors in the garden. Portable Radio – Having a little background music always adds to the atmosphere, when enjoying an outdoor picnic with family and friends. So, why not take your portable bluetooth speaker along to your picture perfect picnic spot.
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August is the time where we begin to focus on the children going back to school. Of course, it’s been a wonderful time over the 6-week holidays to spend precious time with the family and for children to enjoy all of the activities that are on offer over the summer period. Plus it’s been the perfect time to discover the great outdoors. Soon enough September will arrive and your child will be going back to school or joining a brand new school. As much as our children begin to feel nervous, it can also be an extremely stressful time for parents and guardians. This is why it is highly recommended to plan ahead to save any last minute dramas. Take a look at our back to school guide, which is full of tips and inspiration on where to start. The Fears Of Public Transport – Getting Prepared Sending your child off to school on their own can be a major fear factor when it comes to their safety. We tend to focus on the negatives, when in actual fact we need to focus on the positives and making sure we are aware of all the things that go hand in hand with gaining more independence. Going over simple rules and making them aware of the school travel route is crucial for new starters. First things first, to make your child aware of transport times, the dangers involved and how to deal with them. If your child is travelling by bus, tram or train then you will need to get to know the timetables and you can now download timetables via the internet or apps on your phone. Being 10 minutes
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early for the bus is always recommended, as you never know if transport may be cancelled or delayed. To save the hassle of finding extra change for your child’s bus or train ticket it’s worth purchasing an advanced pass or ticket and this is a great way to track what you’re spending on your child’s journey. During the winter evenings get darker, so ensure your child knows to stay away from quiet locations and to stand well back when waiting for a bus or behind marked lines on train platforms. Travel Etiquette Tips Wait for people to depart the bus, tram or train before entering. Remind your child that they should always offer their seat to the elderly, disabled or pregnant women. NO PUSHING! Always place school bags under seats, in luggage areas, on laps, or if standing, between legs.
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Be respectful to the driver and always say thank you. Manners cost nothing. Stay seated, use handrails and don’t gather by doorways.
For a light snack or alternative to crisps, why not try veggie sticks, which could include chopped carrot, pepper or cucumber. If veggie sticks on their own are not enough you could make a homemade hummus or salsa dip.
If feeling unsafe make the driver aware. When crossing the road wait until the bus has moved off. Stop, Look, Listen and Think. It is always a good idea to do a trial run of your child’s journey to and from school for the first time, in order for them to gain confidence. Fight Off The Back To School Blues If your child is not looking forward to heading back to the classroom then you may be able to make the home to classroom transition easier. Before returning to school plan something fun. Kids love an adventure, whether it be a cinema trip, day at the zoo, swimming or a nature trail; this will help fight off those blues. Make Mornings Fun Mornings can be hectic for mums and dads when a child needs to get ready for school and you need to get yourself ready too. The best way to deal with the mornings is to ease routine into your child’s lifestyle. Getting your child to go to bed early will mean they will rise earlier. Preparation is key, so make sure that your child puts some time aside the night before to pack their bag for the next day. Introducing a morning chart with images works wanders and will keep young children focused. You can purchase many visual time trackers on sites, including Amazon to help make morning time more fun. Liven Up Lunch We should be ditching the biscuits and crisps and taking on a new outlook of providing a healthy lifestyle for our children. First off make sure your child has plenty of water for school. To make this more exciting and tasty you can add a few slices of lemon or lime for a fruity twist.
And, last but not least the sweet fix. Try natural yoghurt mixed with frozen fruit, a perfect alternative without the added sugar. A great website for foodie inspiration for school lunches can be found on www.childrensfoodtrust.org.uk Beat The First Day Nerves It can be an extremely daunting and scary experience for those starting primary school or moving to secondary school. These appear as such big worries to children and they may ask themselves, “what if I don’t like school? And “will people want to be my friend?” Change takes time, but you can help in making the process easier. Be prepared and keep on top of literature, this way your child will communicate about the school day. Familiarise your child with the local surroundings of the school and they will begin to feel more comfortable over time. Don’t forget you are their role model; communication is key, ease them in by telling them about your first day at school and let them ask questions. This will help them to overcome any troubles they may be worried about facing. Often an object from home, a keyring, book or badge may help them to feel less anxious.
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The Afternoon tea is one of the most quintessential customs of Great Britain that has become even more popular today, whilst becoming an indulgence for special occasions. Whether you enjoy a scone with clotted cream, a traditional sandwich or a blend of different teas, the afternoon tea has gone from strength to strength in becoming a much loved activity for all to enjoy.
The History of the Afternoon Tea Drinking tea dates back to the 3rd millennium BC in China, but first became popular in the 1660’s by King Charles II and his Portuguese wife Catherine de Braganza. The great British afternoon tea didn’t actually come about until the mid 19th Century. This was first introduced to England in 1840 when Anna, the 7th Duchess of Bedford began to feel peckish at around 4pm in the afternoon. This was due to the Duchess household meal being served fashionably late at around 8pm. Lunch would often be served at 12pm, which left a rather long time before the evening meal was served. Due to this the Duchess soon asked that a tray of tea, bread, butter and cake would be served to her room at 4pm. As time went on and as word was passed around, the afternoon tea became a fashionable and highly successful social event for upper class and society women to enjoy. Women would even dress up for the event in long gowns, gloves and hats. The afternoon tea was often served in a drawing room between 4pm and 5pm. Traditions of the Afternoon Tea There are many traditions that are associated with the afternoon tea, which would consist mainly of a selection of dainty sandwiches, which soon introduced a filling with one of the most traditional fillings being thinly sliced cucumber. Scones, which were provided with clotted cream, preserves, cakes and pastries. Another tradition involved a variety of teas, which would be poured from different teapots. For example, teas from India would be poured from silver teapots into a delicate bone China cup.
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Modern Day Afternoon Teas Nowadays, the afternoon tea has evolved and been developed with many a modern twist on the traditional afternoon tea. In our own homes and daily lifestyles we have all become much busier and the afternoon cup of tea has become a more regular occurrence to our day. Instead we now prefer a cup of tea in the morning, mid morning, at lunch, during the afternoon and after our evening meal. Often a biscuit of choice or a slice of cake accompanies a cup of tea. Tea at The Ritz The afternoon tea became a quintessential experience in England when the Ritz in London first began to serve a traditional afternoon tea at its grand opening in 1906. The Ritz continues to be one of the best world famous 5 Star legendary hotels that celebrates all of the elegance and splendor, as well as a spectacular service. The afternoon tea is served in the hotels ornate and eloquent Palm Court and you can be served with all aspects of a traditional afternoon tea including dainty finger sandwiches with fillings including smoked salmon and roast ham. The Ritz also serves fresh raisin scones and cakes, which are served on a tiered stand. Typically a champagne afternoon tea can cost anywhere between £54 to £70. Afternoon Tea Etiquette - Dress code – An afternoon tea is a formal occasion, however, many venues are more relaxed with a smart casual dress code. A suit and tie is not essential unless specified and it’s the perfect opportunity for ladies to get dressed up.
- Types of Tea Occasions - Knowing the difference between tea occasions is all a part of knowing tea etiquette. A ‘traditional afternoon tea’ consists of a selection of sandwiches and cakes, served with tea. The British afternoon tea can also be referred to as ‘High Tea’, especially from visitors from overseas. A ‘Royal Tea’ is used to signify the addition of champagne and is known as the type of tea to be enjoyed on an extra special occasion. - Don’t Dunk Those Biscuits When in the comfort of your own home it is perfectly acceptable to dunk a biscuit in your tea. However, when having an afternoon tea within a hotel it is etiquette to leave this habit at home. - What comes first, the cream or the jam? We all love a freshly baked, warm scone. But, what should come first? The cream or the jam? Both the Cornish and Devonshire people have a debate relating to this subject with the Devonshire tradition being the cream first, topped with jam and the Cornish tradition is to spread the jam first with cream on top. The conclusion is all left down to personal preference. - How long should we let tea brew for? Dependent on the taste and type of tea used, you can alter the brewing time to suit the tea. The longer you leave the tea to brew the higher the level of antioxidants, called flavonoids, which leads to many health benefits. It is recommended that the perfect brewing time can be anywhere between 3 to 6 minutes and no longer, otherwise the flavour of the tea will be spoilt.
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Wandering Pizza Co The catering industry has popularised in recent years with many unique and quirky concepts that cater towards a host of different outdoor events across the UK. The Wandering Pizza Co, situated on the outskirts of Birmingham has recently launched its brand new vision to create an impressive and unique vehicle conversion that can bring woodfired pizzas straight to your event. This specialist catering business is run by a husband and wife team that have been working with woodfired sourdough pizzas for the last 3 years. After considerable research founder, Sam Tyler brought his ideas to life in 2016 and trialled various events across the UK to gain the feedback and knowledge required in order to move this outdoor catering concept forward with commissions in mind. The Wandering Pizza Co establishes the perfect alternative to the traditional mobile event catering company for weddings, parties and other prominent celebrations and public events. If you are looking for something a little different at your wedding or garden party, then you need look no further, The Wandering Pizza Co serves freshly made woodfired pizzas from an elegant and well designed Piaggio Ape vehicle conversion, which always puts a smile on everyoneâ€™s face, when it arrives at your event. The Wandering Pizza Co are on hand to help discuss your ideas and budgets in order to tailor a bespoke quotation for you, dependent on location, numbers, timings and requirements.
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Sam and the team are happy to work with you to bring your event requirements to life with an exceptional selection of pizza toppings to suit all with a good crust. From a classic margarita, beer pulled chicken and chorizo, roquito peppers and pepperoni, ham and pineapple and brie and caramelised onion, there is something for everyone and you can even choose your own pizza desires, as well as vegan pizza toppings on request. Plus, Sam and the team can provide mini calzones and a small selection of dessert options. The Piaggio Ape has been converted with the ultimate in wood fired ovens, by Bushman, the renowned manufacturers of woodfired inventions that has seen the rapid expansion of the street food catering scene. The ovens are reliable in all weather conditions using a highgrade wood, meaning that the ovens are smokeless and scentless. The ovens are also heated so that they remain at a constant temperature that can consistently cook a pizza in less than a minute, with an output of 420 slices in 1 hour, thatâ€™s 70 pizzas in total! The Wandering Pizza Co can provide their private event vehicle hire to all locations that are accessible with an entrance width of 1.2m and a height of 2.4m. Unfortunately, the vehicle is unable to access locations that use steps. Overall, this phenomenal woodfired pizza extravaganza is distinctive and allows all event attendees to gain a full experience and insight into how the pizzas are cooked, producing not just the best quality pizzas, but also an entertainment that cannot be beaten. For further information or to enquire for your bespoke quotation call 0121 746 3006, or email firstname.lastname@example.org www.thewanderingpizzacompany.com Facebook - @thewanderingpizza Twitter - @pizzawandering
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Nailcote Hall Are Nominated For Prestigious
20% off A-La Carte menu with this voucher during August 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.
The idyllic and picturesque hotel, golf and country club, Nailcote Hall has recently been nominated for ‘Worlds Best Par 3 Golf Course’ ahead of the ‘Worlds Golf Awards 2017’. The fabulous nine hole ‘Cromwell Course’ has been developed and designed over 25 years by owner Rick Cressman, who has ensured that this course is suited to a range of abilities, providing an experience for all golfers of all ages, and of course not to forget the various challenges. Nailcote Hall has created Warwickshire’s answer to the Par 3 at Augusta and spans across 1048 yards with holes ranging from 95 to 146 yards. This years British Par 3 Championships will be taking place from the 8th-11th August and will feature many familiar celebrity personalities that will be in attendance, including Peter Shilton OBE, Ron Atkinson and Nigel Mansell CBE, to name only a few. To send your votes for ‘Worlds Best Par 3 Course’ at the ‘World Golf Awards 2017’ for Nailcote Halls, Cromwell Course visit: worldgolfawards.com/vote/cromwell-golfcourse-at-nailcote-hall-2017 www.nailcotehall.co.uk
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GIN-TASTIC Gins We have sipped, shaken and mixed our way through an assortment of gins to bring you our top 5 Gin-Tastic gins on the market.
Ableforths Bathtub Gin £39 - ableforths.com
Distilled in: Oldbury, Birmingham About: This award winning gin is made using the traditional method known as cold compounding. This gin uses botanicals such as juniper, coriander, cardamom, cinnamon, orange peel and clove, all of which are infused in a top quality copper pot still. Garnished with: A touch of pepper or a slice of lime.
Cotswolds Dry Gin £34.95 - cotswoldsdistillery.com Distilled in: Stourton, Warwickshire About: This gin has a delectable blend of nine botanicals, including a mix of Cotswolds lavender, bay leaf, grapefruit, black pepper and cardamom seed, all distilled into their bespoke Holstein pot still, to then be finished with the naturally refined Cotswolds water. Garnished with: A slice of grapefruit or pomegranate.
Edinburgh Gin £29.95 - edinburghgin.com Distilled in: Leith, Edinburgh About: Edinburgh gin, otherwise known as the original masterpiece is distilled to a classic London dry style and is clean, zesty and juniper forward. Edinburgh Gin have got this GIN-Tastic gin just right, balancing the softness with citrus notes. This gin has a unique blend of 13 botanicals, including lavender, pine buds, mulberries and cobnuts, along with lemon grass and lime peel. Then of course we can’t forget the pine, heather and milk thistle, all of which are sourced from the Scottish Highlands. Garnished with: Best garnished with orange peel.
East London Liquor – London Dry Gin £22 - eastlondonliquorcompany.com Distilled in: Bow, East London About: Distilled using the finest 100% British wheat spirit. This gin is one of the best and is both vapour and directly infused with fresh lemon, grapefruit peel, coriander, angelica root, juniper berries, cubb berries and cardamom. With a hint of spice the East London Liquor Company brings a quality-handcrafted spirit back to London’s East End. Garnished with: A wedge of lime.
Original Eden Mill St Andrews Gin £35 - edenmill.com Distilled in: St Andrews, Edinburgh About: Eden Mill has its own take on a classic London Dry Gin. This unique gin is made from Fife’s sea buckthorn berries, also known as a super food that grows within walking distance of the St Andrews Distillery. Eden Mills flavourings are different from most with a tart berry flavour combined with citrus elements. Garnished with: Citrus Fruits.
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IVY ROUGE’S FASHION MUST HAVES
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August already? Seriously where does the time go? As you get older the year’s go quicker and feel shorter. I can’t believe we are in month eight of 2017.
August in my eyes is the holiday month. It’s when the kids break up from school and offices (Some! Not mine) shut over the Summer and the holidays begin; those memorable family holidays that every woman craves and looks forward to every single year, without fail. Unfortunately for me, I won’t be indulging in a summer holiday this year but that doesn’t stop me looking at the trends in this final summer phase and shopping the top looks.
My mother is going away this year for the first time in many years and she has purchased about 10 of every holiday essential and that is not an overstatement.
As tradition, I have dedicated the month of August to beachwear with those super sexy, printed swimsuits that is every woman’s essential garment for their jollies.
So, if you have left your holiday shop until the last minute or you are looking for the best buys and bargains this month you have come to the right place.
Here are a few of my faves this year!
This gorgeous set is one of my top picks this year! From Victoria’s Secret, the plunge halter neck is so comfortable and easy to wear. It’s not irritable in the heat and will be ideal for those wanting to sunbathe topless. The set is only £67.99. I think you are onto a winner! It’s the perfect summer bikini. The good thing about this is you can mix and match, switch it up a little and swap the top and bottoms with another set. This is also a good way to get away with only taking 2 swim sets on your holidays, as you can mix tops and bottoms and it won’t look as if you’ve been wearing the same set all week. Available at Victoriassecret.com and selected stores. See store finder on website to find your local branch.
I love this TU clothing (only at Sainsbury’s) bikini top and bottoms. Brought individually, but can be paired with other mix and match styles. The colour is divine, the pattern is divine and the style and shape are divine! Perfect and affordable for your get away this year! Top: ONLY £7 - Bottoms: ONLY £7 Available at tu clothing sainsburys.co.uk or selected Sainsbury’s clothing stores.
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This all in one swim set from Debenhams has a gorgeous print and beautiful back detail. It is perfect for the beach and this year’s holiday season. It’s also very versatile as you can wear this to lunch by just pulling on a pair of shorts. Ideal and quick, saving time and hassle during your relaxing break. Butterfly by Matthew Williamson Multicoloured tropical print front zip tummy control swimsuit Now £29.40 - Was £42.00 Available at Debenhams.com and selected stores.
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The world of fitness is evolving by the minute with hundreds of new trends taking over our gyms, studios and fitness groups across the UK. There’s something for everyone to enjoy with more variety than ever before, plus these fitness trends will be sure to make you feel the burn this summer.
Water workouts have become increasingly popular this summer and I don’t mean workouts that use brightly coloured floats. We are talking high intensity interval training, otherwise known as HIIT, which (excuse the pun) has hit gyms across the UK. This offers a tougher workout, all of which can be enjoyed within the swimming pool. So, out with the aqua aerobics, Virgin Active Gyms now offer a session called Hydro, a water based workout, consisting of sprint sessions, resistance activities and endurance exercises. www.virginactive.co.uk/classes/hydro
The zeitgeist workout of 2016 was Boxing, however for 2017 the competition is stricter and boxing has officially gone digital. The Boxx Method is an online workout programme and is known to be the world’s first virtual boxing experience. The workout comprises of 30 minute choreographed sequences, which can be performed from the comfort of your own home. This is the ultimate workout for unleashing your inner fight and is a great way to let off some steam. The sequences alternate between high intensity intervals and end with a knockout round as the finale. Each class burns 600 calories, improving speed and coordination, and what’s even better is that you will continue to burn calories 12 hours after the workout has been completed. www.theboxxmethod.com
Fitness Tech Gone are the days of a simple pedometer. The world of fitness tech has stepped up a notch with fitness trackers being developed and improved each year. Fitness apps are progressing at an even faster pace, allowing you to workout in the comfort of your own home. Sworkit is one of the most flexible fitness platforms you will come across and the app features a number of fitness sessions that are designed to be fun and diverse, whilst giving great results. There are a number of fitness plans created by Personal Trainers to help users achieve their own goals. There is something for everyone from a 7minute workout to yoga for runners. www.sworkit.com
Mindfulness Exercise Mindfulness has taken over with many of us looking to find peace and tranquillity within our busy lifestyles, whilst reducing stress. Regular high quality yoga practice improves physical performance, increasing core strength, flexibility and body control. Restorative yoga is the focus for 2017 with many styles including, ‘Yoga Nidra’ or a yogic sleep, a state of consciousness between waking and sleeping, also identified as deep relaxation and meditation. Another form of restorative yoga is ‘Qigong’, a traditional Chinese movement and practice.
Parkour & Free Running Parkour is a sport that was originally termed Art du Deplacement, which can also be referred to as free running, founded in France during the 1980s by a group of nine young men. Parkour is a competitive physical discipline that involves moving freely over various terrains using only the abilities of the body through movements, such as, running, jumping, climbing and quadrupedal movement. This sport encourages selfimprovement on all levels, including strength, fitness, balance, spatial awareness, coordination, precision and control, plus having a creative vision. Parkour is not only a sport that you can enjoy but it is part of a wide community too. For more information on a Parkour community near you visit www.parkour.uk
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Take a look at this month’s trend, the ‘Gelato Mix’, featuring a round up of distinctive ice cream inspired pieces for August.
01 Lipault Lady Plume clutch £35.00 www.lipault.co.uk
02 Almasanta Lemlem Shorts £186.00 www.almasanta.co.uk
03 Almasanta Bikini £270.00 www.almasanta.co.uk
04 Teva Universal Sandals £35.00 www.teva.co.uk 05 Lipault Weekled Bag £79.00 www.lipault.co.uk
06 Ted Baker Ellysia Big Button Bracelet £29.00 www.jewellery4.co.uk 07 Almasanta Glasses £153.00 www.almasanta.co.uk 08 Ted Baker Emmalyan Big Button Necklace £39.00 www.jewellery4.co.uk
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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
Take on the heat this Augustwit h water pr o of make up. . When you hit the beach, shed a tear for a wedding or simply have watery eyes, it’s essential that your beauty products can withstand water. The best waterproof makeup products have breathable textures and high-octane colour that’s designed to withstand the sea, sweat and humidity, preventing your make up from melting, sliding or fading. Below, i’ve listed my favourites that haven't failed me.
Clinically tested to be non irritating and ideal for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. Blinc mascara forms tubes around each individual lash and cannot run, smudge, clump or flake, even if you cry and rub your eyes!
Bobbi Brown Cream Eyeshadow Stick
This is a must have for the wedding season and any occasion that may trigger a few teardrops, including the dreaded hey fever. Bobbi has got it perfectly formed with gorgeous colours, unique pigments and a fantastic shimmer finish that’s 100% waterproof and lasts upto 8 hours without falter.
The award winning texture locks down eye shadows and intensifies colour to ensure it’s crease-proof, fade proof waterproof for upto 24 hours. The featherweight feel formula glides effortlessly onto lids to create a smooth, even canvas for seamless shadow and stay-put look every time.
Smashbox Liquid Liner Pen
This is the best eyeliner i've tried to date, not only does the tip make it incredibly easy to apply, it also somehow survived a dip in the sea and a tear shed watching my friend get married!
Mac Pro Longwear Nourishing Foundation
This waterproof oil free foundation glides on the skin leaving it feeling and looking flawless for 24 hours. Doubled up as a concealer this is a great product to free up some space to take away with you.
Ere Perez Beautiful Beetroot Cheek & Lip Tint - Joy 10ml
A natural liquid stain for a long lasting cherry red colour with a rosehip extract and organic beetroot pigments to brighten your skin. A little joy goes a long way. Use sparingly for a softer colour or apply freely for a strong intense red if desired. Roll-on, easy to use and waterproof.
T: 07733 237 767
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A real insight into the world of
an angel without wings Eileen Fegan, Founder and Clinical Director of the Solihull Health Check Clinic, teaches us the importance of flexibility, as we follow her clinical career from the very beginning to now, its setbacks, and how she has adapted within this ever changing profession. Throughout her recent transition from nursing clinically within the NHS, to starting a Nurse Led Clinic, Eileen Fegan has learned a lot about herself. “I’ve learnt that if you think your instincts are right, go with them. If I can practice compassion, kindness, tolerance and patience every day, I will go to bed happy ”, she says. Indeed, the Solihull Health Check Clinic, which Eileen and her husband Patrick now own and run, was conceived during a time of uncertainty and loss – a time when following one’s was difficult. “ The Clinic came out of tragedy”, Eileen explains. More specifically, her decision to leave the NHS at the untimely and tragic death of her Father, Patrick. Then a diagnosis of her own; an optic nerve tumor. However, even with all this tragedy and uncertainty, Eileen followed her own internal compass, and has found a new, contented equilibrium. “Looking back, in hindsight, I was a real mover. I went for any promotion or any opportunity for learning”. Eileen explains her long climb through both the public and the private sectors. “When I qualified in 1994 there weren’t any jobs in the NHS, so I secured a staff nurse role in brain and spinal surgery and oncology at the private Priory Hospital in Edgbaston, Birmingham”, she says. “During my time at the Priory, I studied for and graduated with a BSc(Hons) degree, in Triple Science and won the Foundation of Nursing Studies Mallabar Award, for my thesis, which looked at research into the Care of Stroke Survivors. With the financial prize, I funded my teacher training studies and graduated as a Further Adult Education Teacher in 1999. I then secured a Sisters post at a local NHS hospital, where I supported the development of local Stroke Services and dedicated Stroke Care.” And, after getting her postgraduate diploma in Public Health, she went onto specialize in Intensive Care, being awarded her ITU certificate from
Wolverhampton University. After a successful career in High Intensity Nursing, Eileen went onto become Head of Health Care at Winson Green Prison, before finally being offered her dream job, as Head of Stroke Services and Clinical Lead for Birmingham East and North PCT for about 10 years. She also studied for and obtained her MhSc in Health Care Management from Worcester University. On the rewards of working with Stroke patients, Eileen muses, “The outcomes can be so radical and life changing. If you can get your hands on a stroke patient very quickly, you can determine the rest of their life”. However, spending almost 10 years as Lead Clinician for Stroke Services within the NHS, Eileen found herself out of a job, following the Coalition Governments decision to make 75% of Senior nurses redundant. “Five years ago, I was made redundant from the NHS and after 22 years as a nurse, realised that life was about to change”. Around this same time, a personal tragedy also rocked her
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world, which eventually led to her Clinic’s inception. “My dad’s GP missed a urine infection. As a result, my Father didn’t start antibiotics on time and passed away from Urosepis, a week later”. Eileen goes on to explain that, “It wasn’t long after that, I was diagnosed with an optic tumor. I started treatment the following day and underwent 8 months of appointments and laser treatment, to reduce the lump. After I was given the all clear, That’s when I had the brainwave to start an Early Screening Clinic, as Prevention is better than Cure”. Trusting her own idea, Eileen and Patrick decided to start the Solihull Clinic in order to prevent what happened to her Father from happening again to anyone else, and to promote more early action diagnosis, which made such a difference to her own health. “You don’t hear people talking about their health before they get sick. You wouldn’t leave your car with bare tyres. Don’t do that to yourself”, she says. Eileen and the team at Solihull Health Check Clinic, enjoy the peace of mind they are able to offer their clients. “We meet people who are really scared when they come in, but they are usually soothed when they leave. That’s really rewarding”. As a result, the Clinic have been awarded the ‘Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Future Face of Business Award’, as well as winning the Solihull Chamber of Commerce ‘Customer Care Award’ two years in a row. In 2016, Eileen was awarded the West Midlands Woman of the Year for her “Outstanding Contribution to Health and Well-Being”. However, even though she is part of a team who manage the Clinic, Eileen still works in the NHS and identifies as a nurse. “I am still clinical,” she explains. I work on the weekends at a head injury unit. And, I absolutely love that. I adore getting my hands on the patients again. I like going back to the NHS because it keeps me grounded.” However, Eileen notes, she is not doing for the awards; she’s doing it because nursing is a part of her. “Nursing is a true vocation, it’s not just a job. Working all the nights, the weekends, the unsociable hours and the well-publicised lack of financial reward, is not for everyone. If it's not in your blood and in your bones, you shouldn’t bother.”
Eileen Fegan, Clinical Director of Solihull Health Check Clinic RGN, BSc(Hons), CertEd, PGCert, CertITU, MhSc, ILM Solihull Health Check Clinic, The Lighthouse, 8 Gorcott Lane, Dickens Heath, B90 1FF
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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 Practice Base Address: Solihull Parkway Hospital Catchment area: Solihull, Central Birmingham, Sutton Coldfield, Warwick and Worcester
Have you a hand, wrist or elbow problem? Have you been recommended hand surgery? The Midland Hand Clinic can offer wide awake minor hand surgery on the same day as consult. Ask about our competitive self funding prices.
Interesting facts 1. Most hand conditions can be treated with splints, hand therapy and rest. We are happy to advise. 2. Injections with steroid can offer rapid pain relief and functional return. We do these in clinic. 3. Carpal tunnel surgery, trigger finger release, Dupuytren’s disease and ganglions are the most common minor procedures we do.
Hand Clinic PA: Alison James Email: email@example.com 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. www.midlandhandclinic.com
Dentists With a
Difference The Dentists Dorridge has recently undergone a complete refurbishment of the West Midlands based practice. Dr. Emma Deacon and Will Murphy are delighted to invite all new and existing patients to this exceptional dental practice with a difference. With over 25 years of experience in working in dental procedures, Emma, Will and the team aim to provide the highest service to patients that not only live locally to Dorridge but also to the wider community within the West Midlands. All patients can expect to receive excellent care and treatments, all of which are carried out in a calm and relaxed environment. The team believes in delivering treatments promptly and ethically, whilst making patients feel as comfortable as possible. The practice also provides facial aesthetics, including anti wrinkle injections, helping to improve signs of ageing, often caused from the lifestyles that we lead. To book your consultation call 01564 779 868 or to find out further information visit www.thedentistsdorridge.co.uk The Dentists Dorridge, 9 Station Approach, Dorridge B93 8JA
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Set to welcome its first guests in June 2017, Dhigali, the newest island resort from Universal Resorts matches contemporary luxury with the pure natural beauty of the Maldives. Located in the Raa Atoll, Dhigali brings modern minimalist design to this wonderfully remote part of the Maldives. The resort is just a 45-minute journey by seaplane from Malé Airport; domestic flights from Ifuru/Dharavandhoo Airport, are also available and including transfer by speedboat, takes just 70 minutes. Surrounded by a pristine coral reef and crystal clear lagoon, this 5 star sanctuary invites guests to cast away in unspoilt luxury and rich Maldivain culture. A large island of 45.7 Acres, the resort’s 8 room categories are all spacious hideaways featuring contemporary décor and natural textures. The island itself is corralled by 20 Beach Bungalows and 33 Deluxe Beach Bungalows to the south, and 63 Beach Villas, which line the north and south western beaches. Nestled under a canopy of palms these beach front sanctuaries provide luxurious intimacy, effortlessly marrying the interior and exterior. At 115sqm the Beach Villa’s spacious room layout can sleep 2 adults and 2 children, making it the perfect choice for families. Deluxe Beach Bungalows are slightly larger and include open air bathrooms. Outside, spend your days relaxing in the private deck’s day-bed or opt for the Beach Villa with Pool, which includes a private plunge pool overlooking the sparkling Indian Ocean. Dhigali’s overwater bungalows dot the island’s azure perimeter. Extending from the south eastern side of the island is a jetty hosting 24 Water Villas, each one rising out of the lagoon on stilts. These villas offer unfettered views over the stunning Indian Ocean, and Dhigali’s house reef, from floor-to-ceiling glass doors in the expansive bedroom, or via the over-water deck leading down to the crystal clear waters below. Similarly, from the south-east of the island snakes a further jetty housing 16 larger Lagoon Villas with pools. For those looking for the pinnacle in luxury escapes, Dhigali offers 2 Suite categories, 3 Beach Suites with a Pool and the exclusive Dhigali Suite, each representing unparalleled splendour. All have private expansive pools, and at 400sqm the Dhigali Suite is the ultimate sanctuary, with its own courtyard, open-air bathroom and sprawling infinity pool. All of the resort’s accommodation comes equipped with an array of modern amenities as standard. The natural beauty of the island is the heart and soul of this unique resort experience. Guests can unwind on superb golden beaches, including Dhigali’s private sandbank, during season extending up to 250m from the island or explore the island’s house reef, teeming with marine life. Small caves are located on the south western part of the reef where lion fish, eagle rays, turtles and manta rays can be found. Dhigali offers access to Hanifaru Bay, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve where divers and snorkelers can discover the
largest seasonal groupings of manta rays, a variety of stunning corals and huge schools of tropical marine life, as well as the opportunity to spot Whale Sharks, arguably one of nature’s most magical experiences. Dhigali’s innovative and authentic cuisine explores the spices of Asia, the classic tastes of Europe and traditional Maldivian flavours in its 5 restaurants whilst their 2 bars, Haali and East are perfect settings to enjoy a cocktail. There will be a particular focus on fresh Asian dishes, including the specialist Asian restaurant, Battuta. Guests can choose to stay on bed and breakfast, half board, or full board. Alternatively, indulge in luxury- Dhigali style- by going allinclusive, which includes access to all à la carte restaurants on the island, and an enticing array of indulgent refreshments. Hidden amongst the island’s idyllic tropical gardens, the Dhigali Spa is a lush sanctuary with 12 treatment rooms, making it one of the largest in the Maldives. Featuring an outdoor plunge pool surrounded by lush natural greenery, the spa offers indigenous therapies and healing traditions. For those looking for more adventure, Dhigali offers a comprehensive and diverse programme of activities, including PADI courses for divers of all ability, water-sports, snorkelling, a fully-equipped fitness centre, as well as a variety of excursions and extraordinary experiences. The expansive Children’s Club includes complimentary outdoor and indoor programmes for children aged 3-12. This remote coral cay promises unforgettable moments, exquisite romance and true Maldivian beauty. Lose yourself in this luxury hideaway with a difference.
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The summer is of course a time to enjoy the warm weather and the great outdoors, but none of us actually think about the surroundings and environment we live in and how they can have an affect on our health, which is why we wanted to warn readers about the Giant Hogweed, known as Britainâ€™s most dangerous plant, which can be found growing in parks, alongside pathways and on riverbanks to name only a few places. Heracleum Mantegazzianum, or commonly known as Giant hogweed, is sweeping through the UK this summer. The recent warm and humid conditions have created the perfect climate for this plant to grow. Giant Hogweed was brought over to the UK in the 19th century from Afghanistan and Iraq as an ornamental plant. The Giant Hogweed has a stout, bright green stem that is frequently spotted with dark red and hollow red-spotted flat stalks that produce sturdy bristles. These stems can grow up to 2 metres tall and the hollow stems vary from 3-8cm in diameter. Each dark red spot on the stem surrounds a hair with large coarse white hairs, which occur at the base of the leaf stalk. The plant has a deeply incised compound with leaves, which can grow up to 1 metre in length. Hogweed is considered a noxious weed that is also phototoxic. The sap of the Giant Hogweed causes Phytophotodermatitis (severe skin inflammation) where the skin turns red and starts itching. In severe cases the skin can blister within 48 hours of contact with the Giant Hogweed. The blisters can form black or purple scars that can last several years, leading to hospitalisation in many cases. Authorities advise that children should be kept away from Giant Hogweed and that protective clothing, including eye protection, should be worn when handling or digging the weed. If skin is exposed, the affected area should be washed thoroughly with soap and water, and the skin should be protected for several days from exposure to the sun. 32 | Cornfield Magazine
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Thomas Hearn Providing quality furnishings
for your home
Thomas Hearn are suppliers of both modern and traditional furniture, which is displayed within their Kenilworth showroom, with designs sold to suit every room within your home, whilst offering an unrivalled friendly service. They offer free of charge delivery within a 50 mile radius. The expert delivery staff will also unpack and set-up your new purchase within your chosen room and can also arrange for the disposal of your old furniture. Staff at Thomas Hearn have a vast experience in helping customers choose the right furnishings for their home at unbeatable prices. For further information visit www.thomashearn.com, or alternatively visit the showroom. Thomas Hearn has a huge selection of ranges available with the summer sale, making this a fantastic time to purchase furnishings for your home. Thomas Hearn 102 Warwick Road Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 1HL Tel: (01926) 854884
To receive 5% off your purchase at Thomas Hearn, present this voucher to the team at the Kenilworth Showroom. Voucher valid from 1st August - 31st August 2017.
Redeem your 5% discount at Thomas Hearn, 102 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL
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LEAFLET DELIVERY SERVICE Tracked via GPS
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Thursfields sets out growth plans for Solihull office Thursfields Solicitors is doubling the size of its Solihull office as part of its plan for growth. The Solihull team has moved into a 3,000 sq ft space at The Courtyard, Warwick Road, Solihull, close to their current premises. The new offices, at 9 The Courtyard, have a main road frontage and provide room for the firm to grow its current staff of 15 up to 30. In total, Thursfields employs 140 people across the West Midlands. Nick O’Hara, managing director, explained: “The move is part of our plan to become the ‘go to’ local firm in Solihull and north Warwickshire. We have a solid core of high calibre lawyers already working in Solihull providing services to commercial and private clients. Solihull is a vibrant and thriving economy and we have further capacity to recruit additional corporate and commercial lawyers to enhance our offering in this vital part of the West Midlands.”
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New Edge Interiors The Emporium of Luxury Design Quality and customer service is crucial when it comes to finding a business that provides the utmost care and attention to detail. This is where New Edge Interiors have all aspects covered, whilst being the purveyors of exquisite tiling for both walls and floors, whether it is a feature wall or complete design project, Paul Cadman and the team are on hand to help all new and existing clients, with their combined knowledge and expertise. Customer service is second to none and the door is always open at the well-established showroom, otherwise known as the emporium of beautiful and luxurious products, located in Solihull. For competitive prices and distinctive products you need look no further, New Edge Interiors source quality tiles from craftsman across the globe, including specialist natural stone, porcelain, glass, mosaic and marble from designers, such as Laura Ashley, Ted Baker, HD Technology and many more making your home come to life. New Edge Interiors also uses a unique selling point through their specialist ecommerce website, which features 200,000 individual tiles, giving a wider choice for all, as the team believe in meeting a clients demands. The team can source customers a free of charge sample, with delivery to the client within 24 hours and the site also checks availability, floor space requirements and delivery, whilst also calculating a final price.
â€œWow, visited the showroom last week to take a look around as looking for new tiles and a possible kitchen revamp. The showroom is a hidden gem in Solihull and is packed full of high quality unique tiles, flooring and even kitchens. The prices are extremely lower than Porcelanosa. Service was great, whilst making the order to fit my budget.â€? - Rachel Taplin For further information visit: www.newedgeinteriors.co.uk Tel: 0121 709 0901 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Tweet - @NEI_Solihull Instagram - @newedgeinteriors17 Facebook - @SolihullTiles
Visit the New Edge Interiors Showroom and quote FRISKY BADGER for your 15% Discount.
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Peace of mind With holiday season underway everyone is making last minute preparations for their yearly retreat to the sun, planning days out with the children to keep them entertained, and you sane. Homes are often left unattended for days or even weeks at a time. It’s a sad thought but there are plenty of opportunists around who will not think twice about checking out an obviously empty property.
motion sensing and smart tracking cameras, even the ability to link up to a 24hr monitoring centre who will be alerted by any unexpected visitors. No matter how many cameras are on a property they will not stop intruders, but should the unfortunate happen then the footage could be vital in assisting the police in their investigations. For more information on protecting your home or business please don’t hesitate to contact us and arrange a free consultation.
A few tips to deter would be intruders are fairly straight forward, locked windows, timers on lights, car keys out of plain sight, get a neighbour to call round every few days to pick up the post and check things over. But a more successful deterrent is a professionally installed CCTV system. A competent company will ensure that the most vulnerable areas are covered, High Definition IP cameras are used, ample local storage for weeks of footage and live viewing from smart phones and tablets, so that you can check in on your home whenever you like. There are a multitude of additional options to ensure that your property is secure, including
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Connected Home Systems Integrating Technology into Your Home www.connectedhomesystems.co.uk
Jon Knight is a director at Connected with over 20 years in the Audio Visual and Smart Home industry and are members of Custom Electronic Design & Installation Association (CEDIA). If you are looking to incorporate multiple devices into your home or perhaps your existing amount of tech has got out of hand and requires a little stream lining, you may consider services such as ours. You may even be building or renovating; if so it’s the ideal time to speak to us, your local Technology Integrator about the installation of the correct Smart Home infrastructure to ensure a “Future Ready” home.
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Alcester Male Voice Choir
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Solihull RSPB The local Solihull RSPB Group meets monthly September until April 2018, on the first Thursday in the month. The new venue is Bentley Heath Community Centre, Widney Road, B93 9BQ. Speakers each month covering all aspects of wildlife.£4 no members £350 members. All welcome. Monthly walks led by an expert. No experience necessary, just a love of nature. Enquiries- 0121 707 3101.
BIRMINGHAM CRUISE SHOW The Birmingham Cruise Show (NEC, 16-17 September) will be packed full of information and inspiration, bringing together the leading cruise lines, specialists and holiday providers all under one roof. A perfect opportunity to learn more about cruise, pick out a dream holiday and enjoy exclusive show-only special offers and deals, whilst listening to talks from a host of celebrity speakers and global explorers, all bursting with travel ideas and practical advice that’s bound to inspire. To secure your free tickets www.cruiseshow.co.uk/birmingham
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Last monthâ€™s winner: Tracy Briggs from Redditch
You must understand Though the touch of your hand Makes my pulse react That it's only the thrill Of boy meeting girl Opposites attract
1. With which sport was Suzanne Dando associated? 2. What is the smallest breed of dog? 3. Who is film star Warren Beatty`s famous sister? 4. By what name was the British film actor Sir Charles Spencer better known? 5. What is Hypnophobia the fear of? 6. If you were born on New Years day, what would your star sign be? 7. Which trumpet player is said to have invented the word `jazz`? 8. Branches of which tree appear on the UN flag? 9. What commonly used item means `little shade` in Italian? 10. Who had a hit in 1988 with `My Perogative`? Answers on page 55
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Peugeot 3008 SUV 1.2 GT Line It is not unusual to see some big changes between an older and newer generation of the same model, but the all-new Peugeot
By Tim Barnes-Clay, Motoring Writer www.carwriteups.co.uk
3008 SUV looks radically different to the outgoing one. That exiting generation, introduced in 2008, was a frumpy, chubby SUV that did little to inspire buyers. The all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV, though, is a different animal, burying the clumsy image of the last car six-feet under and achieving the European Car of the Year crown. Sometimes it can be difficult to separate SUVs out on the road because most of them drive alike. Many are set up for comfort, and that’s what the all-new 3008 is tuned for. The small steering wheel and light handling gives a feeling of sprightliness, even if that’s not the case, as it’s a tall, heavy car. However; that’s not a complaint, the designers and engineers have done a good job covering the traditional flaws of an SUV’s dynamics. There’s a wholesome medley of engines on offer, as with most Peugeot models: two petrol’s in the shape of a 131PS 1.2-litre unit and a 165PS 1.6-litre turbo. Then there are a couple of turbo diesel engines of 1.6-litre and 2.0-litre capacity. What suits you best is largely going to depend on what sort of driving you do. Short urban trips suit the 1.2-litre petrol more, whereas longer journeys will fit the potential 70mpg obtainable from the 1.6-litre diesel. I drove the 1.2 petrol in GT Line spec with 131PS, fitted with a manual gearbox. Behind the wheel, things feel dynamic, and the weighting of the 48 | Cornfield Magazine
steering is spot on. The car grips bitumen like a cat’s claws cling to flesh, and mid-range pulling power is good, so you can pick up the pace easily. The sixspeed transmission is slick shifting, and the car delivers a hushed ride. Tyre roar and wind whistle is kept out of the cabin, too. All this just adds to the 3008’s sense of refinement. The Peugeot offers a composed ride with seats that provide the sort of comfort and support required for long distance motoring. Furthermore, the car’s suspension sops up potholes without complaining. Significantly, the all-new 3008 doesn’t tip into bends. Indeed, body roll is very well contained. This surprised me, as smaller SUVs aren’t always the type of vehicle to stay so unflustered on twisty tarmac.
FAST FACTS • Max speed: 117 mph • 0-62 mph: 10.8 secs • Combined mpg: 55.4 • 1199cc 3-cylinder turbo petrol • Max. power (PS): 131 • CO2: 117 g/km • Price: £25,655
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The new 3008 comes in four levels of trim: Active, Allure, GT Line and GT. Factory fitted safety kit includes automatic emergency braking and rear parking sensors. The GT Line hasn’t got any extra safety equipment - just sportier looks. But, it has all the safety kit you really need, and as with all 3008s, it has a top five-star Euro NCAP safety score. A car can look great and have all the equipment in the world crammed into it – but it’s no good if it isn’t economical and it doesn’t drive decently. There are no concerns to be had in this area with the 3008 SUV. The 1.2 GT Line’s average fuel consumption of 55.4mpg and 117g/km of CO2 means low running costs, combined with effective performance. 0-62mph is achieved in 10.8 seconds and the Pug’s maximum speed is 117mph. The all-new Peugeot 3008 SUV’s entry price is £21,795, but expect to fork out £25,655 for the petrol-powered GT Line I drove. A basic Nissan Qashqai costs £18,545, and the new SEAT Ateca is priced from £17,990. But, I think the 3008’s extra cost is justified because it feels more upmarket inside than these two rivals. Cabin materials include brushed chrome, large areas of carbon decoration and textiles. They even cover some areas less commonly found in SUVs, such as the dashboard inlay. It’s all very contemporary and attractive. The Peugeot is just as stylish outside, and it drives well, while delivering a comfortable ride for all.
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Solihull Service Centre
Named UK’s Best Garage Motoserv-UK, a car service centre based in Monkspath Business Park, Solihull, which opened three years ago, has beaten hundreds of automotive service and repair businesses across the UK to the title of ‘Garage of the Year 2017’, as well as picking up the winner’s cheque for £1,000, the trophy was awarded at Automechanika, Europe’s largest automotive aftermarket exhibition, staged at the NEC in Birmingham. The West Midlands workshop, owned by 35-year-old Solihull entrepreneur, Kamran Saleem, was up against 12 other garage finalists, but gained the most public votes in the final battle for the top spot. Motorserv-UK employs 15 staff offering the cheapest MoT across the Midlands. The company recently won the accolade of ‘Business of the year’ for the second time at the 2017 ‘Best of Solihull Awards’. Fed-up with the motor trades reputation for unscrupulous behaviour and shoddy workmanship, Saleem put his entrepreneurial skills to the test by launching customer-focused initiatives such as, ‘no pass, no fee MoT’ and ‘brake pads for life.’ His company’s continual investment in staff training, equipment and customer facilities impressed the judges in both competitions. Commenting on this National achievement, Saleem, who has been a resident of Solihull all his life, said: “We’re thrilled at Motorserv-UK to
be recognised as ‘garage of the year’. We strive to be the best through constant improvement and focus on delivering beyond the expectations of our customers”. Simon Albert, Event Director of Automechanika Birmingham, who chaired the judging panel, said: “We were overwhelmed by the number of entries and the quality of businesses made it difficult for us to narrow down a shortlist, but MotorServ-UK is a well-deserved winner. Their entrepreneurial drive, willingness to invest in new equipment, technologies and first-class customer service”. MOTORSERV-UK, 26 Monkspath Business Park, Highlands Road, Shirley, Solihull B90 4NZ Tel: 0121 405 0821 www.motorservuk.com
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Rotary Club of Knowle and Dorridge
2017 Charity Pro-Am Golf Competition
The annual Pro-Am Golf Competition organised by the Rotary Club of Knowle and Dorridge was held at Copt Heath Golf Club where over £7,200 was raised in support of a local charity project. On Monday 12th June the Cornfield Magazine were asked to join the Rotary Club for their 33rd annual Charity Pro-Am Golf Competition at Copt Heath Golf Club in Knowle, Solihull. Copt Heath is a classic heathland course offering golfers of all levels a high quality experience in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Harry Vardon designed the original layout in 1907. This was enhanced by Harry Colt in 1913. Colt’s strategically placed up-swept bunkers, which adorn the course with every shot. This year’s event was extremely successful and saw 24 teams competing for the prestigious Silver Cup. The competition 52 | Cornfield Magazine
surpassed all expectations with Russell Heritage, representing the Four Ashes Golf Centre in Dorridge. Russell triumphed with a superb score of 65, 6 under par. James Freeman from Retford Golf Club came in second with 4 under par and joint third. Daniel Wood of Golfers Choice and Shane Naisbett represented Chesterfield GC with under par. Team Prosperity, led by Sahne Naisbett, included golfers James Bailey, Marie Bailey and Martin Bonyage who recorded a record breaking best two medal score of 21 under par to win the teams competition with five shots clear of the Farmfoods team with Eric Herd, Johnstone Mackie, Tyrone Hanion and professional
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Stuart Davis. Phil Beswick also recorded a hole in one at the 13th hole, striking a perfect 6 iron across 167 yards. The charity event raised money, which will be used to support the Rotary local community project at Newlands Bishop Farm (NBF) in Catherine de Barnes where the provision of the bespoke BBQ area will generate income to support the continued growth in facilities at the farm and in turn enable more project worker activities. Thanks were given to those who entered the competitions, sponsored the holes and donated raffle prizes and auction lots. Plus, the commitment and organisation from the team of Club Rotarians Inner Wheel Ladies, PGA Midlands Staff, the Copt Heath Secretariat, caterers and greenkeepers, who all made 2017 a year to remember. Cornfield Magazine | 53
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A Review by Richard Cornfield & Sam Fraser
Ready for the Big Splash
at Spot-On Wake, Wootton Wawen Situated in the idyllic countryside of Warwickshire in Wootton Wawen is none other than the recently launched Spot-on-Wake, a custom made wakeboarding park, like no other and Sam and I were the lucky ones to put this ever growing water based sport to the test. It’s fair to say that we were both feeling a little apprehensive leading up to the day, with many different scenarios crossing our mind that we kept asking ourselves, such as ‘how deep would the water be?’ ‘How safe is wakeboarding? ‘, and ’Is it dangerous?’ But we can assure you that if you are looking to unleash your inner thrill seeker then wakeboarding is for you. However, I must say the sport is nothing like what we had both envisioned.
It was difficult to begin with, but once on the water we had 15 minutes of non stop tuition that the instructor, Nancy provided us with, along with tips on how each of us could improve the new skills we were learning. Nancy Creedy has recently achieved 3rd place in the ‘British National Wakeboarding Championships’. It is amazing how 15 minutes felt like an hours’ worth of solid tuition, as they say time flies when you’re having fun.
On arrival we were greeted by an enthusiastic and dedicated team who immediately put our fears to the backs of our minds. The views alone at Spot-On Wake are simply stunning and Spot-On Wake takes place in a relaxed and informal setting with a quaint log cabin onsite, which is where we were greeted on arrival to sign our health and safety waiver forms, whilst reading up on the all- important information. This is where the attention to detail stood out for Sam and I, as first time wakeboarders.
It will certainly leave us needing a few more lessons to feel comfortable with the basics, but we have already recommended Spot-On Wake to our friends and are hoping to go back soon for further tuition, in order to progress to the advanced line where we will be able to learn a range of techniques, and tricks.
Once we had completed the initial briefing, it was on with the wetsuits, safety helmets and boyance aids, leaving us ready to become wakeboarding pros (although we may need a little more practice). The wakeboarding session took place on an impressive lake, which is of bespoke design with its Sesitec System 2.0 cable. There are two main pools offering the ultimate wakeboarding experience that all can enjoy. Once we had been briefed on the dos and don’ts we moved on to learning how to stand on the board correctly. This lasted for 15 minutes on dry land before moving to the water. We were slightly concerned about having our feet strapped to the board, but we were slowly eased into the water before transitioning what we had learnt on the land to the water. We could not fault the tuition, which was second to none and the team were not only friendly, but passionate and keen to help us progress, whilst making everything easy to understand.
Wakeboarding at Spot-On Wake should be on your list of activities to enjoy this summer. This fantastic activity is not only fun, but wakeboarding is also challenging, whilst being an excellent alternative for keeping fit and the sport leaves you with that feel good factor upon completion of your first lesson, especially when surrounded by breath-taking views. If you would like to book you first lesson with Spot-On Wake then why not give the team a call on 01564 330498, or alternatively visit the website for further information – www.spotonwake.co.uk Spot-On Wake Ltd, Wootton Park, Wootton Wawen, Henley in Arden, Warwickshire B95 6HJ Sat Nav - B95 6HH
Fun, Exhilarating and Addictive!
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Welcome to your August edition of Cornfield Magazine. August is here and we are excited to bring to you some excellent new reads. Everyone i...