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


Our September issue has got you covered for exciting ideas on how to make the most of your month… from romantic weekends away to planning your next family adventure. This month we took a fantastic trip to Warwick Castle and checked out the medieval myths, beautiful interiors and family-friendly activities. It’s been a very sporty few weeks and we’ve embraced our competitive streaks whilst playing golf at Copt Heath Golf Club and attending the must-see golf event at Nailcote Hall!


Explore our fabulous wedding feature offering advice on how to tackle prewedding stress, manage your budget and find the perfect location for your big day. Find inspiration for everything from colour schemes to choosing the right dress and tie the knot in style. We’ve even got catering covered! Why not take a look at our top City Breaks and book your next getaway today? We’ve carefully selected some of the best locations for a relaxing long-weekend escape to shake up your September. If that’s not enough, we also take an exclusive look at the new release, Kingsman: The Golden Circle and delve into the critically acclaimed Netflix sensation Narcos to give you the ultimate viewing experience.

Richard & Sam

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Richard Cornfield - Managing Director



Cornfield Publishing Ltd, Wythall Business Centre, May Lane, Birmingham B47 5PD

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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! ;).... Until next month folks....



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by Barry Chacksfield

We are fortunate in this country that, thanks to organisations like The National Trust and English Heritage, many historic houses are open to the public. Whether you view them as testaments to the style and good taste of their mainly aristocratic owners or as monuments to a class system, the legacy of which still overshadows present day society, the fact remains that they are an indisputable part of our heritage. Many houses were designed and furnished to manifest wealth and power but Baddesley Clinton is somewhat different, in that even today it has the aura and proportions of a comfortable gentleman’s home. It is an historic house in which one can actually imagine people living everyday lives, rather than perpetually making a social statement.

The great hall with its impressive stained glass was constructed in the 1570s and is dominated by a stone chimneypiece, which was originally located elsewhere in the house. From here one can visit all the other rooms such as the drawing room, the chapel, library, and Henry Ferrers’ bedroom. The visitor cannot fail to be impressed by the decoration, panelling and furnishings of the interior.

The house is accountably an almost perfect example of a moated manor, of which there is not a great number in this country. The moat was dug in the 13th century and the first house dates from the 14th century, although much of what one sees today dates from the early 16th century. For five centuries it was the home of twelve generations of the Ferrers family, who maintained their loyalty to the Catholic faith, in the dangerous times of the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries. Giving refuge to Catholic priests was an act of treason and, even in our secular age, one cannot but admire the courage and religious conviction the family displayed. When Baddesley Clinton was given over to the National Trust in 1980 the estate covered much the same area as at the end of the 17th century.

Some of the most interesting features of the house are the three priest's holes, hidden chambers, which protected Jesuit priests from the ‘priest hunters’. Arrest for a priest meant imprisonment, and often torture and execution, which was the fate of Saint Nicholas Owen, allegedly the builder of the hiding places. There were also very severe penalties for those sheltering a priest.

The Building The frontage is an architectural gem with its combination of bridge, moat and crenelated gatehouse, plus stonework and windows of different periods. The courtyard is a 19th century creation, featuring brick paths and a central lawn planted with the coat of arms of the Ferrers family.

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It may seem as if it is too early to begin planning the works Christmas party, but in actual fact December will creep upon us rather quickly and venues, restaurants and attractions will be booked up well in advance. So, if you are in charge of the organising and are struggling for ideas, then we have put together a selection of quirky and diverse ideas to make your work’s Christmas party one to remember.

Glamour at the Casino For corporate Christmas fun and entertainment the Casino is the place to be and this acts as a great attraction, which can be enjoyed by all. The Genting Casino at Resorts World has all of the entertainment and glamour of Las Vegas, which however can be found right on the doorstep. The Casino at Resorts world provides a 24 hour gaming experience and visitors can make a night of it with Roulette, Black Jack, 3 Card Poker and Baccarat. The Casino comprises 100 slots and VIP rooms.

Festive Cocktail Making Are you looking for something fun and interactive for your work colleagues to enjoy? If so, then festive cocktail making may be the answer and it is excellent for smaller companies. You can learn a selection of tricks, whilst gaining skills from expert mixologists. Plus, this provides a great opportunity for team building and acts as a great way to enjoy a cocktail or three! We have some terrific bars in the Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire, including The Jekyll and Hyde and The Botanist, both of which are located in Birmingham and The Kenilworth in Warwickshire, to name only a few. or

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Medieval Dining Why not go back in time to experience history relived with a Christmas Medieval Banquet. Many venues, including Warwick Castle and Coombe Abbey host a range of spectacular festive feasts, so if you would like to embark on an evening of mirth, merriment and festivities, it is worth taking a look at what is on offer. or

Enter The Roaring Twenties Enter the world of the roaring twenties, when prohibition was in full swing, with saxophonists and a teacup of prosecco on entry. This exclusive party night will feature a toe tapping jazz band and guests will enjoy a four-course dinner. For afters there will be special performances from a troop of acrobatic artists and aerialists. You can then continue to dance the night away or enjoy a game of black jack in the gambling den.

Comedy at Christmas There’s nothing better than having a good laugh during the festive period, which is why a comedy show is always a popular choice for many businesses. One of our top comedy show picks is Barnstormers Comedy, which hosts two Saturday evening shows taking place on the 4th November and the 2nd December at the Artrix in Bromsgrove, where the compere will be introducing three top comedians from the London and National comedy circuit. For further information or to book your tickets visit

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As we wave goodbye to the warmer weather and get ready to switch to our autumn wardrobe, what better way to tackle the end of summer than to arrange an exciting weekend away? A short city escape to break up your working week and free you from daily stress is the perfect way to avoid post-summer blues.

Edinburgh When imagining your next holiday getaway, it’s probably seldom that you picture Scotland. But the capital city is the perfect location for an extraordinary break. Without a doubt the Edinburgh offers a little something for everyone. An unforgettable day out… Step back in time and visit the breathtaking castle for a day of historical discovery and adventure. Book online to tour the grand ceremonial rooms, with children under 5 going free! After a morning of exploration, try trendy George St for luxury shops and charming independent cafés.

For the Adults… Why not spend an evening discovering the lowland’s distinctive produce and quench your thirst with Scotland’s national drink? Edinburgh is renowned for its brilliant whisky distilleries. For a more intimate experience, try The Bow Bar - with a capacity of 88 it’s often standing room only. Awarded Best Whisky Bar in the UK (twice!), this no-fuss establishment is the proud home to over 310 single malts.

For the Family… Go outdoors to the Royal Botanic Gardens or pop over to Edinburgh Zoo and take part in a wide range of family-orientated activities. The Camera Obscura and World of Illusions make learning fun, X-Rays, giant Kaleidoscopes and hypnotising holograms will captivate children’s imaginations and create a truly unforgettable interactive experience!

Vienna This beautiful city can be reached in just over 2 hours from Birmingham Airport; with several airlines providing discounted long-weekend deals! Whether you’re looking for family-friendly fun or a romantic escape, Vienna is the perfect place to be. For a day trip visit the Belvedere Palace with fantastic exhibitions and jawdropping gardens, or head over to the Museum Quarter for a cultural afternoon in Vienna’s Museum of Modern Art. To avoid busy tourist spots try locals’ favourites like the cosy Café-Bar Lukas or scrumptious Puerstner restaurant, specialising in delicious Austrian cuisine. In the evenings kick back in the city’s hidden bars, tucked away next to the Danube River and enjoy popular Hugo-Spritzers, whilst the rest of the city sleeps.

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Join a globetrotting tour of Disney destinations when Disney On Ice presents

passport to adventure comes to Birmingham Join Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse as they take audiences on a fun-filled tour in Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure. Journey to the most memorable Disney destinations with all of your favourite characters and get swept away by classic tales that have captivated the world. The show will be in Birmingham from 18th to 29th October and tickets are available at You and your family will explore the African Pride Lands with Simba, Timon and Pumbaa, voyage deep under the sea to Ariel’s mystical underwater kingdom and tour London with Peter Pan and Wendy, before flying to Neverland to meet up with Tinker Bell. You’ll also be whisked away to the wintery wonderland of the number one animated feature film of all time, Disney’s Frozen, for an extraordinary adventure with sisters Anna and Elsa, rugged mountain man Kristoff and everyone’s favourite huggable snowman Olaf, as they journey to discover that true love is the most magical power of all. If that isn’t enough, don’t miss the pre-show party! Enjoy every second of this sensational show – starting with the chance to warm up at the fun Fit to Dance pre-show featuring Zootropolis! The arena will be filled with music and magic in every scene as you discover four unique landscapes filled with boisterous pirates, Caribbean beats and tender moments. With Academy Award® winning musical scores brought to life by world-class skating, Disney On Ice presents Passport to Adventure and is an experience your family will cherish forever. “It’s an extraordinary show and a family vacation all rolled into one incredible night,” says Producer Kenneth Feld. “You really get a sense you are travelling right alongside Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse and their friends.” 12 | Cornfield Magazine

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Are you looking for a delicious dessert for family and friends this summer, but want to keep it simple and easy? This no bake peach yum yum recipe is your answer to a tasty and fruity dessert for all to enjoy with its creamy layers and peach pie filling. This is sure to be a hit with guests!

No Bake Peach Yum Yum Serves 10

Ingredients 18oz. of crumbs (Graham Crackers Crumbs) 6 Tbsps. unsalted butter, melted 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 pinch ground cloves 1 (8 oz.) package cream cheese, softened 6oz. + 3 Tbsps. granulated sugar, divided 8oz. whipping cream 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract 1 (21 oz.) can of chopped peach’s

Method 1. PREPARE CRUST: In a bowl, combine the crumbs, cinnamon, and ground cloves. Add melted butter and blend with a fork until crumbs are moistened. Set aside 2 tbsps. of crumbs to sprinkle on the top. 2. Press crumb mixture into the bottom of a 9x9-inch pan (sprayed with non stick cooking spray)

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3. PREPARE FILLING: With an electric mixer, cream together softened cream cheese and 6oz of sugar until smooth. In a separate bowl, whip the cream, 3 tbsps of sugar, and vanilla extract until peaks form. By hand, mix the whipped cream and cream cheese mixture until well combined. 4. ASSEMBLE YUM YUM LAYERS: Spread a little less than half the whipped cream/cream cheese mixture evenly over the crust. Evenly spread peach pie filling over the whipped cream layer. Top the pie filling with the remaining whipped cream/cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with the reserved graham cracker crumbs. 5. Refrigerate overnight.

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The Ultimate in

Wedding Inspiration When you first get engaged you believe that planning your wedding is going to be so much fun and will be a rewarding exercise. Of course the organising can be very enjoyable, but it can also be one of the major stresses that a couple can experience during their life together. There are so many different elements to be explored





through to choosing your dream venue. Planning & Your Budget

Finding The Perfect venue

Planning your wedding can be a little overwhelming when it comes to keeping track of everything you need to organise. From caterers, open days, entertainment and designing the invitations, you need not panic and from the experience of currently planning my own wedding, I can highly recommend purchasing a wedding planner, which sets out dedicated pages for each and every part of your wedding. My wedding planner is designed by the brand, ‘BusyB’ who have thought of every last detail. Planning your wedding can seem like a full time job in itself, which can be extremely draining when you already work full time.

Choosing your dream venue is undoubtedly, one of the most difficult choices you will make, so consider your options early on. Your desired venue will determine the amount of guests you can invite and styling too. If you’re anything like me, it may be that you want a low-key and intimate wedding surrounded by family and close friends. You should then begin your guest list, which will determine those numbers. Booking your venue 12 to 18 months in advance is advised but if time is of the essence, have no fear, there are plenty of last minute bargains to be had. For a glamorous wedding you may want to look into boutique hotels, or if you have always dreamed of marrying your Mr. Darcy, then a country manor may be the way forward. If you want a combination of everything, then a tipi or marquee can cater to all your wedding needs. Finally, when selecting your venue, be savvy, careful and keep in mind how far your guests may need to travel.

A wedding can be a huge expense with the average wedding costing £27,000 in the UK, unless you are strict with your budget. It all costs, which is why setting yourself a budget is a great way to keep track of your expenses.

Set The Date Selecting your wedding date is one of the most important decisions that you will have to make, as this can impact everything from availability with suppliers, through to what you will wear, whether your wedding will be indoors, outdoors or abroad. Plus, in peak season, booking costs can change dramatically. Securing your date and venue at least 12 months before your wedding is crucial to avoid disappointment.

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Open Days & Events There are a great selection of wedding fayres and open days in the West Midlands, Warwickshire and Worcestershire. It is always an excellent idea to attend these types of events in order to gain a whole host of information, special offers and supplier potential. Some of the best shows to attend: include The Midland Wedding Show, which will be held on Sunday 10th September at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham and The National Wedding Show held at the NEC in Birmingham on Friday 29th September to Sunday 1st October.

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Colour Schemes Picking your wedding colour palette isn’t as simple as it sounds. The best way to choose a colour scheme is by collating some ideas from your wedding setting. A simple entrance rug or a statement piece of furniture can spark a range of colour influences. Why not consider creating a mood board of things you come across from magazines, fabrics and website findings. Or alternatively, if you do not have enough time to get creative, why not save a pinterest board of all of your favourite discoveries. Focus on the season with pinks and pastels, which work well with spring, whereas brighter corals are a staple colour during the summer. Silvers, ivories and reds are fantastic choices for winter.

The Dress This is a major focus for the bride. From previously managing a bridal boutique I have picked up on so many do’s and don’ts of sourcing the perfect gown. I have seen so many families argue over what the bride should wear. I cannot emphasize it enough, but you are going to be the one wearing the dress and not everyone will like the same thing. So, go with your instinct and follow your heart. You will know when you find the dress of your dreams. But, also don’t be afraid to try on something you would never have envisioned yourself wearing. You may be pleasantly surprised. I would suggest that you only take two people to a dress fitting. Plus, you will want your dress to be a surprise to the rest of your bridal party. Again, leave 10-12 months when ordering your dress, to allow the designer and seamstress time for last minute alterations.

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The Groom’s Attire For the Groom, picking out a wedding suit or tux can be a fun experience. There are a few things to bear in mind when it comes to choosing formal wear. The first rule is never to overshadow your bride. You should complement each other. The second rule is to make sure you outshine your groomsmen. Also, know your wedding, a black tux is smart for the night time, tweed may be appealing for a winter wedding in the countryside, whilst a light grey suit may be the perfect choice for summer. If money is an issue then why not look at hiring a suit for the big day. Also, be mindful when choosing trendy over timeless; a classic look cannot be faulted. Most importantly you should research your tailor and go easy on the accessories. Remove wrist watches, bracelets and chains, although a pocket watch can add a touch of class. Keep cufflinks simple and invest in those shoes.

Wedding Stationery Making sure you don’t miss a thing is crucial when it comes to wedding stationery. If you have always wanted to display your artistic ability, design your own, portraying your personalities. This can be a therapeutic and satisfying activity. Eco friendly stationery has become popular, which allows you to use recycled paper. Or you could go that step further and create your own website, which reduces printing costs and paper usage. There are many craft websites to gain inspiration from and stores such as Hobbycraft that have a great selection of wedding crafts.

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Unique Catering The catering is always one of the stand out features of a wedding. Are you in a dilemma, whether to choose meat or fish? Well let me stop you right there! The catering should reflect personality, in which case there are many wondrous unique and quirky finds that all can enjoy. Sharing plates instead of starters are a great way to get your guests to interact, whilst being relaxed and informal. If you prefer to graze, then why not have gourmet-grazing stations, from champagne and oysters to a tiered cheese

station. If you still want a meal, but want to avoid the norm, you can try Spanish paella, cooked in sizzling pans. This also makes for great entertainment Alternatively, you could try a hog roast, burritos, wood fired pizzas, a gelato van for dessert, or a vintage sweet station for those with a sweet tooth.

Photography & Videography The photos are the key to holding those memories and are a great way to look back and recall your special day. Dependent on budget, finding a great photographer can be difficult, so do your research. Plan to meet with your photographer and show them your ideas, ask questions, create a list of styles you like and most importantly in engaging your photographer or videographer, make sure you are comfortable working with them. This is often why many couples trial an engagement shoot with their chosen photographer, which helps you both to gain confidence in front of the camera.

Flowers All flowers are beautiful but seasons and colours dictate the types of flowers you choose. Prioritise flowers into ‘must have’ and ‘nice to have’. This allows your florist to talk you through your options. Gypsophila, peonies and carnations are all suited to a vintage style wedding and the most common wedding flower is the rose, which is

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Wandering Pizza Co Providing the Ultimate in Bespoke Catering The Wandering Pizza Co, situated on the outskirts of Birmingham, has recently launched its brand new vision! An impressively unique vehicle can now bring fresh wood-fired sourdough pizzas wherever they are needed. The perfect alternative to the traditional catering company, The Wandering Pizza Co is available for weddings, parties, public events and other important celebrations. A husband and wife team runs this specialist catering business and have both worked with wood-fired pizzas for the last 3 years. After considerable research, founder Sam Tyler brought his ideas to life in 2016, trialing various events across the UK to gain the feedback and knowledge required to move this outdoor catering concept forward and win commissions. If you’re looking for something a little different for your wedding or event, then you need look no further! The Wandering Pizza Co serves freshly made wood-fired pizzas from an elegant and well-designed Piaggio Ape vehicle. Sam and the team are always on hand to discuss your ideas, thoughts and budget in order to tailor a quotation just for you, with prices starting from £500. The Wandering Pizza Co are happy to help you bring your catering desires to life, offering an exceptional selection of 9/10” pizza toppings. Personalise your toppings from a carefully selected list of specialties including classic margarita, beer pulled chicken and chorizo, roquito peppers and peperoni, ham and pineapple and brie and caremelised onion. Dietary requirements are taken into careful consideration, and The Wandering Pizza Co are able to provide vegan pizza toppings on request. For a larger wedding or event, mini calzones and an assortment of desserts are also available. The Piaggio Ape vehicle has been fitted with an outstanding oven from Bushmans, a renowned manufacturer of wood-fired inventions, ensuring the highest quality pizzas are always produced. The ovens are created with a high-grade wood, meaning they are smokeless and scentless and are reliable in all weather conditions - so your wedding or event will always be catered for. Designed for maximum output, the ovens remain at a constant temperature to ensure they are able to consistently cook a single pizza within less than a minute. Your guests will never go hungry, as The Wandering Pizza Co are able to provide 420 slices in 1 hour, making up to 70 pizzas in total! Sam and the team also offer event attendees the opportunity to gain insight into how the pizzas are cooked and prepared – producing not only the best quality food but also a unique experience for all to enjoy. Contact The Wandering Pizza Co to guarantee your wedding or event is supplied with an outstanding and reliable catering service for an unforgettable day. The Wandering Pizza Co are able to supply their private event vehicle to all locations with an entrance width of 1.2m and a height of 2.4m. Unfortunately, the vehicle is unable to access locations that have steps. For further information or enquiries regarding a personalised quotation for hire call 0121 7463 006, or email Website: Facebook - @thewanderingpizza / Twitter - @thewanderingpizzaco / Instagram - @thewanderingpizzaco

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A little something different wedding gifts is a family run business which provides beautiful unique silver jewellery, with an Italian twist! Being half Italian, I wanted to bring a little bit of 'Italy' to the UK. I have therefore designed the pieces which have been inspired by an Italian tradition to add individuality and that extra something special. Our aim is to provide not only unique bridal jewellery, but pieces with true meaning as well as adding a touch of class and elegance on your Wedding Day. The range for the bridal jewellery is called 'Five Wishes,' and is based on the five sugared almonds traditionally given at an Italian Wedding. Each almond has its own specific individual meaning and these are: health, wealth, happiness, fertility and longevity. The actual significance of there being five almonds is that the number five is indivisible which symbolizes a strong bond between the newlywed couple that will never be broken or divided. Tel: 07879443274 Email: Web:

associated with love and passion. The bridal bouquet is the ultimate accessory for the bride with the rule of thumb being that the bigger the dress the bigger the bouquet. If real flowers are not for you, then opt for silk flowers or specially made vintage paper designs, which you can cherish forever.

Hair, Beauty & Make-up Finding the right hairstyle for your wedding day can be tricky but stylists will be able to make your hair ambitions come to life. Creating a pinterest board of inspiration for your stylist will give them a real insight into what you are after. Having a hair trial for your bridesmaids and yourself will put your mind at ease and the stylist can learn how to work with the different hair types.

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One lesson I have learnt when it comes to make-up is to have a couple of trials and communicate your concerns with your chosen make-up artist. You will also want to look like a natural beauty on your wedding day. If you are a make-up expert then there is no harm in doing your own make-up. This will save you lots of money and give you plenty of time to practise.

Entertainment Inspiration Entertainment can be costly, but it goes down a treat with guests, whether it is an acoustic guitarist for background music. A caricaturist leaves guests able to take away a little amusement, whilst a magician leaves guests wowed. Alternatively, to keep guests entertained, you can choose from a selection of outdoor games, such as giant jenga, or a host of traditional games, perfect for the children. Why not organise a fun quiz for the bride and groom or even for the guests and you can leave this task to the best man and bridesmaids.

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Are your physical symptoms of illness actually a result of

STRESS AND ANXIETY Mental and physical health is fundamentally intertwined. There are numerous links between mental health and chronic physical conditions that significantly impact on people’s quality of life, demands on health care and other publicly funded services, and generate consequences to society. The World Health Organization (WHO) defines: health as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity. The WHO states that “there is no health without mental health.” Nowhere is the relationship between mental and physical health more evident than in the area of chronic conditions. The associations between mental and physical health are:

a role in somatic symptom disorder, which is characterized by physical symptoms such as pain, nausea, weakness, or dizziness that have no apparent physical cause.

1. Poor mental health is a risk factor for chronic physical conditions.

Anxiety has been implicated in several chronic physical illnesses, including heart disease, chronic respiratory disorders, and gastrointestinal conditions. When people with these disorders have untreated anxiety, the disease itself is more difficult to treat, their physical symptoms often become worse, and in some cases they die sooner. Research shows that stress can lead to;

2. People with serious mental health conditions are at high risk of experiencing chronic physical conditions. 3. People with chronic physical conditions are at risk of developing poor mental health. There are many social factors that impact both chronic physical conditions and mental health. Key aspects of how to reduce ill health include increasing physical activity, access to nutritious foods, ensuring adequate income and being part of a social circle of friends and other networks. This creates opportunities to enhance protective factors and reduce risk factors related to aspects of mental and physical health. Understanding the links between the mind and the body is the first step in developing strategies to reduce the incidence of conditions that manifest themselves as a result of stress and anxiety. Evidence suggests that people with anxiety and stress are at greater risk for developing a number of chronic medical conditions. They may also have more severe symptoms and a greater risk of death when they become ill. Anxiety prepares us to confront a crisis by putting the body on high alert. However, the physical effects can be counterproductive, causing light-headedness, nausea, diarrhoea, and frequent urination. When it persists, stress and anxiety can manifest itself in a number of physical conditions including alcohol and substance abuse, that can result from attempts to quell the feelings of anxiety. And it's often overlooked in the myriad symptoms of chronic conditions like irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) or migraine headache. Nearly two-thirds of the estimated 40 million adults with anxiety disorders are women. What people with these disorders have in common is unwarranted fear or distress that interferes with daily life. Anxiety also plays

Irritable Bowel Disease/stomach ulcers/gastrointestinal concerns Heart attacks and cardiovascular disease Headaches, tension, muscle tightness, aching joints Irritability, impatience, intolerance, aggression, anger and worry Frighteningly, awareness of Mental Health and Stress is something that most of us have absolutely no knowledge of. With the stigma surrounding people who suffer from stress and anxiety, not much is really known about who, how, why and when mental health issues affects anyone. Actually, we are ALL affected. Every year in the UK, at least one person in four is diagnosed with a mental health condition. This can range from feeling low in mood, work related anxiety, difficulty coping with every day issues to depression, panic attacks, bipolar, OCD and many more manifestations of illness of the mind. By 2020, it is estimated that depression will be the second leading contributor to the global burden of disease says the World Health Organization. It is so important for everyone to be able to identify when someone is suffering and struggling with a mental health issue. We all have a responsibility to look after each other and help those in society who need our kindness and compassion, in times of stress, difficulty, sadness, bereavement, loneliness, depression, mania, low mood.........

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There is no shame in suffering with a mental health problem. It may be short term, as associated with a bereavement, other loss, divorce or financial problem OR it can be a long-term diagnosed illness such as Bi-Polar, schizophrenia, paranoia or clinical depression. What is important, is to identify it, accept it, treat it and manage the symptoms. Supporting someone through a mental illness can be challenging and exhausting, however, the person suffering, is really going through a very traumatic and frightening time. No matter how uncomfortable it is for you, watching the person with the condition and the condition presenting itself compares minutely to the feelings and fear they will be experiencing. Learn how to identify the signs and signals so you can support someone who is suffering. Mental health problems are disturbances in the way in which people think, feel and behave. Terms include mental disorder, mental breakdown, burnout, mental illness, mental ill health, nervous breakdown, stress, work related pressure and psychiatric illness. The UK’s chief medical officer, Dame Sally Davies, has estimated that about 70 million working days are lost every year as a result of stress and mental ill-health, costing the nation between £70bn and £100bn. A further £2.4 billion is lost replacing staff who leave work because of mental ill-health. The cost of “presenteeism” – where people come to work unwell and are unproductive as a result – could be higher still. And, even though it affects so many of us, mental illness remains a taboo subject. According to a poll of workers by mental health charity Mind, of the 20 per cent of respondents who had taken sick leave in the preceding year owing to stress, only one in 10 had told their employer the true reason for their absence.

Employees are often reluctant to come forward and discuss mental issues with their employers, and by the same token, evidence suggests many employers underestimate the extent of the problem among employees each year. The important thing is not to think you are immune to experiencing any form of mental health issue. As we think, breath, eat and drink we are also programmed to "mal-function" in times of stress, worry and anxiety. Identifying this change in our Mental Health is the key to managing it and understanding what makes us tick. Sadly, the suicide rate amongst men has rocketed in the last couple of years, in the UK and Ireland. Every day in the UK, 14 men take their own life. The statistics are higher in the Republic of Ireland. There is no age distinction or trend and there are often no warning signs.

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

0121 745 7400

Everyone, without exception will go through either stress, anxiety or depression at some point, if not ALL of them throughout their life. The difference is the severity at which we all suffer them. So, even an "off day", not wanting to get out of bed, feeling worthless, loss of appetite or just being fed up, is a form of mental health and we all go through these episodes.

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How to manage

Low Back Pain NHS England reports back pain to be “the largest single cause of disability in the UK”, so knowing what to do if you are experiencing back pain is really important. So what should you do? Most Low Back Pain is what we call Mechanical Low Back Pain, which means it stems from the muscles, joints and soft tissue around the spine. It is often centred in the lower back and doesn’t go into the legs. Mechanical Low Back Pain usually settles down within a few weeks or so and resting for more than a few days can actually make the situation worse. As you rest the muscles around your spine can start to get weaker and the joints in the spine a bit stiffer. This can make movement more difficult and in turn have an adverse effect on the pain. Research has shown that for the majority of cases the best way to manage mechanical Low Back Pain is through exercise. Doing gentle exercises, as far as you are able, and gradually building up. It is fine to continue with your normal activities but do so within your limits of pain and build back up to your regular exercise levels. Some people may find heat helpful to reduce muscle spasm and ease pain. For example, a heat pack that is warm, not too hot, applied for 10 minutes can help to relax the muscles around the back*.

What happens if I have pain into my leg, often referred to as Sciatica? I would always advise that you seek advice from a health professional such as a Physiotherapist or your GP if you are experiencing pain into your leg. Especially if there is any weakness in the muscles, pins and needles, numbness or the pain goes into both legs. They will be able to assess what is causing the pain and give you more specialist advice. Even with leg symptoms we encourage people to keep as mobile as possible, moving as pain allows and not rest in bed. Local application of heat or cold may help to reduce pain.* If you are uncomfortable at night placing a pillow long ways between the knees when lying on your side can help keep the spine in a good position and make you more comfortable. Back pain associated with leg pain can take a little longer to settle down and may last for 4-6 weeks. If your symptoms worsen, are not settling or the pain goes into both legs, seek advice.

Take a deep breath in and allow your ribs to relax into the mat as you breathe out. Take a breath in to prepare and as you breathe out slowly allow your back to gently roll into the mat and feel your tailbone curl upwards. As you breathe in gently return to your starting position. If you have your hand on your tummy you will feel it slightly dip in. Rock slowly within your limits of pain. Repeat 6-8 times and then come to rest so your spine is lengthened along the mat. Ready for the next exercise.

Allow the movement to slowly spread into your upper back and then hold the position as you breathe in. Breathing out slowly to return to the starting position, tailbone first then gradually working your way back to the start. Repeat 6-8 times

Hip Twist This exercise is good for getting the spine moving and opening up the small joints at the side of the spine. Allow your arms to move now slightly out to the side and make sure that you are comfortable. Bring your knees and feet together and keep your spine lengthened along the mat. Imagine your legs are now glued and as they move, they move as one. Take a breath in to prepare, as you gently breathe out start to roll your knees over to one side. Think about the knees leading the movement then allowing your pelvis to follow, continue as you feel a comfortable stretch but do not push into pain. Keep your shoulder blades and upper back on the mat. Breathe in to hold and breathe out to return to the starting position. Even if the movement is small don’t worry, work to your own limits. Repeat to the opposite side, alternating 6-8 times.


Pelvic Tilting Start lying on your back with your head supported by a small towel or cushion. Allow your arms to relax by your side or place one hand on your lower tummy.

Watch points: Watch that your shoulders don’t tense towards your ears and as you return to the start position don’t allow your lower back to dip in and your stomach to drop towards the mat. The best way to prevent recurrence is to keep fit and keep moving. Pilates can be a great way to maintain and increase movement in the spine as well as strengthening the muscles. One of the most important things is to choose a form of exercise that you enjoy. After all, if you don’t enjoy it, you won’t stick at it! This article should not be taken as any form of diagnosis or a substitute for medical advice. These exercises are designed to gently mobilise the spine and should not increase your pain. However, some discomfort when starting to exercise is normal. If you are in any doubt or your symptoms change, seek advice from a Health Professional.

*Care: When applying heat or cold place a towel on your back to protect the skin and test the temperature on the unaffected area.

Here are some gentle exercises that are designed to keep the back moving and can be performed daily within your limits of pain.

Take a breath in to prepare and as you breathe out start to tuck your tailbone underneath you, allowing your back to round and your stomach to arch away from the mat.

Cat Stretch This is a good way to mobilise the whole of the spine but is NOT suitable for people with Osteoporosis. Start on your hands and knees, with your hands on the mat aligned under your shoulders and knees aligned under your hips. Try to maintain a level spine.

Zoe Rex Specialist Physiotherapist Physio 2 Pilates, Solihull

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The Midland

Hand Clinic

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

Do you have bent fingers? Are they painful, stiff or just get in the way? Here at the Hand Clinic we aim to give a same day diagnosis and a treatment plan. MALLET FINGER

Interesting facts 1. A very common injury with a bent finger tip is a mallet finger- early treatment with a splint yields very good results.


2. Trigger finger is common and can be treated successfully in 60% with an injection and 99% with minor surgery. 3. A common cause of a painless bent finger is Dupuytren’s disease.


4. Arthritis is common in small finger joints but may not necessarily be painful. FINGER ARTHRITIS

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Dentelle Excellence in skin care and natural medical aesthetic interventions

Award-winning medical clinic Dentelle is pleased to announce the introduction of their new exclusive celebrity treatment Fire & Ice. Dentelle prides itself on being a centre of excellence in natural facial rejuvenation and non-surgical aesthetic interventions. As a French translation for ‘lace’, Dentelle reflects its namesake in every aspect by gently providing a light touch to aesthetic treatments and giving natural looking results every time. The Dorridge-based clinic is proud to be one of the select few clinics in the Midlands accredited with Save Face putting patient’s health and safety at the heart of every treatment. Dr. Clare Quinn, the founder of Dentelle, has over 20 years of experience working within general dental practice and has perfected her craft over the past 10 years within the field of aesthetics. By attending regular training programmes, Clare continuously keeps up-to-date with the latest non-surgical techniques. Combining expertise with passion, Clare takes the time to understand individual needs and expectations to guarantee a high level of customer satisfaction, comfort and care.

The New Fire and Ice Resurfacing Treatment Used by celebrities globally, this highly sought after treatment provides maximum results by tackling problematic skin and stimulating cellular renewal. As the only clinic in the area licensed to issue this anti-acneic and anti-ageing treatment, a visit to Dentelle will be truly unparalleled. The popular treatment consists of two masques that aim to reduce fine lines whilst safely reviving and reawakening tired skin. The Fire stage of the treatment provides clients with a powerful Intensive Resurfacing Masque, followed by the cooling Ice stage – a Rejuvenating Masque formulated with a unique blend of antioxidants that calms, hydrates and soothes the skin. The Fire and Ice Resurfacing Treatment is a great way to end the summer months and reinvigorate skin after prolonged exposure to the sun. Suitable for all skin types and particularly acne-prone skin, the treatment will undoubtedly raise your confidence sky high.

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Dr. Clare Quinn recommends combining the treatment with an advanced medical HydraFacial, which is also offered at the Dentelle clinic, to maintain a more youthful glow for longer! The quick and painless HydraFacial treatment is a favourite among A-Listers including Kate Winslet and Beyoncé, and targets clients’ problem areas to achieve ultimate skin health. Other non surgical procedures offered at Dentelle include: Anti Wrinkle Injectables Radiofrequency Skin Tightening Environ Facials & Skin Care IPL Therapy for Acne Rosacea & Pigment Hair Removal Dr. Quinn works alongside her dedicated and highly experienced team of qualified aesthetic therapists to deliver exceptional results and increase clients’ inner contentment. Book your very own pamper package or no obligation consultation today and let the Dentelle team help you to become the very best version of yourself! Tel: 01564 770770 Web: Email: Dentelle, 11 Station Approach, Dorridge, Solihull, B93 8JA

Clare is very professional and gets the balance right with her clients… between pleasing them and giving realistic results. I am over the moon with the work Clare has done-painless, great results

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From the producer of Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and director of Kick-Ass comes the sequel to the highly praised Kingsman: The Secret Service. The much-anticipated followup film features a diverse celebrity cast, including American heartthrob Channing Tatum who has unusually stepped out of his professional comfort zone to play a morally ambiguous secret agent role. Julianne Moore, Taron Egerton, Mark Strong, Halle Berry, Pedro Pascal, and Jeff Bridges make up the rest of the star-studded cast. In a last attempt to vamp up the impressive cast list to match (if not out-do the last film), Sir Elton John makes a surprise cameo appearance - setting the bar very, very high. The plot largely follows a similar pattern to the previous film, with the exciting added addition of an American counterpart. When members of Kingsman discover the world has been held hostage and their headquarters have been obliterated, the team of secret agents embark upon a mission that puts their strength and intelligence to the ultimate test. An American organisation known as Statesman joins forces with Kingsman to unite under a shared goal: to take down a common and merciless enemy, played by the incredible (and unexpected) Julianne Moore. Taron Egerton returns as the much-loved protagonist Eggsy who is made to face unexpected ghosts from his past. The trailer - a slight spoiler in that it features several characters presumed dead - is action-packed from the get-go and promises not to disappoint thrill-seeking audiences. To the delight of his loyal fan base, Matthew Vaughn’s new film is crammed with extreme, stylised violence and is certainly not for the faint hearted. With slightly offbeat comedy and eccentric characters throughout, Kingsman: The Golden Circle makes for excellent viewing. Vaughn seemingly masters the balance between absurdity and plausibility to create a film that sits somewhere between a Bond-parody and seriously gripping action-packed adventure. For those who delight in over-the-top, hyperactive and exhilarating film experiences - Kingsman: The Golden Circle is definitely one to watch. If there is one thing for sure, we can certainly expect more tongue-in-cheek puns, intensely violence scenes and several satirical nods to Vaughn’s cinematic inspirations. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is released 29th September 2017 – be sure to add this date to your diary. 32 | Cornfield Magazine

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Interesting facts about

Channing Tatum Channing Tatum was born on April 26, 1980 in Cullman, Alabama. He's of Native American, Irish, and French descent. Channing struggled with dyslexia as a child. His mom was an airline employee and his father worked in construction. Channing spent his childhood living in Mississippi right off of the Bayou and he once had to catch an alligator because it was getting "too big." He was sent to a military school in ninth grade, where he joined the football team and intended to get a scholarship to play after graduation. Received a full athletic football scholarship at Glenville State College in West Virginia, but he dropped out of college. Before hitting it big, held a variety of odd jobs including bricklayer, broker and a department store clerk. During his time in school, he played football, soccer, track and baseball. When he was a child, his grandparents raised him during the summers. Till today, he still goes with his family to visit them. Before becoming an actor, he was a model for major brands Abercrombie & Fitch, Emporio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana. His favourite song to perform on stage to was Ushers "You Make Me Wanna." One of his favourite movies is The Goonies (1985) and he loves the movie so much, he can recite the whole movie.

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Top travelling tips

for holidaying with your dog

It’s summer and for many that means it’s time for a holiday – the chance to spend quality time together with loved ones in the sunshine and recharge those batteries. While we look forward to getting away often this excitement can be overshadowed by the thought of leaving behind our pet dogs. But you needn’t think going abroad means you can’t take your furry canine family member with you. It’s easier than you think to take your dog abroad, meaning they don’t have to miss out on the family fun. There are a few important things to remember to ensure you and your four legged traveller have a safe and enjoyable trip. Siobhan Griffin, Veterinary Nurse and Learning and Development Executive and from Lintbells, manufacturers of premium natural pet supplements, has put together a list of top tips to make sure your holidays goes without a hitch:

Do your research Although you can now take your dog to many countries with ease it is still important to check out the country you’re visiting as rules and requirements can vary from place to place. Don’t leave it until the last minute to pick your destination, do your research within plenty of time and consult your vet to make sure you and your pooch have everything required to safely enter the country. It’s also important to research your accommodation to make sure they will accept dogs, whether it be a hotel, apartment or caravan.

Plan ahead Planning your transport is another must, check the company you are travelling with will accept pets for travel and how many, if you are planning to take more than one. Some companies may also require proof that your canine companion is fit and healthy for travel, either in the form of a letter from your vet or their pet passport.

Pet passports A passport for your pooch is one of the most important things you will need to organise before your trip. To go in and out of the UK you will need an EU Pet Passport, this needs to be sourced from a government-authorised vet known as a Local Veterinary Inspector (LVI). Sections I-V of the passport needs to be filled in by your vet detailing your pet’s vaccination records and evidence of their microchip.

Microchip For identification purposes your dog must be microchipped before your holiday, this is also now a legal requirement in the UK, this can be done by your vet. This must be done before they get a rabies vaccination, and you will need to record this microchip number in your pet passport.

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Vaccinations You must ensure your four legged friend has a rabies vaccination before any travel, along with a tapeworm treatment before coming back into the UK. Tick treatments also need to be up to date, as they can pass on dangerous diseases to your dog and this risk can be much higher when travelling. Depending on where you are travelling to you may also want to research mosquito and fly protection for your pooch. It’s important to consult your vet before any travel, to make sure your dog is fully protected, as different countries will have different requirements.

Get an authorised pet travel carrier Once everything is sorted and you are ready to begin your big adventure there are a few things to remember whilst you are travelling. Make sure you have an authorised pet travel carrier so your pet is safe and secure during your journey. If you are travelling by car your pet will either need to be in a crate or have a car harness or dog seat belt attached.

Watch the temperature Keep an eye on the temperature; never leave your dog your dog in a hot car. When you reach your destination country it may be much warmer than your dog is used to so remember to make sure your dog is cool enough, and take regular breaks to ensure they can have a drink and go to the toilet.

Keep calm and carry on If your dog is prone to sickness or anxiety during travel you can speak to your vet before you go who can advise on the best treatments to combat this. You can prepare your dog for a trip by taking a calming supplement such as YuCALM, by Lintbells, at least three weeks in advance. This can help your pooch to become a happier and calmer traveller. A fast acting digestive supplement such as YuDIGEST PLUS can also be a benefit to your pooch, as it can support any digestive upsets that may be caused by the stress of a new environment and/or different foods.

But most importantly enjoy your trip. For more information about Lintbells please visit 01462 416866.

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The Most comfortable beds in the World

Quality ingrained

Hypnos produce award winning and handcrafted, comfortable and beautiful beds and is a well known British family run business, that reflects an outstanding reputation with all products being made and sold with a 10 year guarantee. Their latest campaign ‘Wake up beautifully’ expresses stylish and inspirational designs that are on trend, whilst following a global artisan look, along with sublime comfort that focuses on enhancing your health and wellbeing, leaving you feeling rejuvenated after a good nights sleep. Hypnos have been practising and perfecting the art of making luxury pocket spring beds by hand since the Edwardian days.

One of the leading manufacturers, Charlton’s Furniture produces living, dining, bedroom and occasional furniture. Charlton’s is a family owned and managed business with a history that extends beyond 100 years. The award winning design teams behind the brand have developed an array of traditional and contemporary collections from various ranges including the Bretagne range, Lilli ranges and the acclaimed new vintage. There are also a choice of finishes, colours, fabrics and accessories available at their Somerset based paint shop at the design studios.

Thomas Hearn Providing quality furnishings for your home

With master craftsmanship, Hypnos continues to use traditional time honored skills whilst using the finest natural materials, producing quality made beds that are 100% recyclable and have been made for the British Royal Family, and used widely in hotels. You can find a selection of the Hypnos products available in the Thomas Hearn showroom in Kenilworth.

GPlan Upholstery The New and Improved Malvern At Thomas Hearn they are suppliers of both modern and traditional furniture, which is retailed within the Kenilworth based 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 or alternatively visit the showroom located in Kenilworth.


Thomas Hearn, 102 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire CV8 1HL

Tel: (01926) 854884 GPlan have recently re-launched the much-loved Malvern sofa back at the January Furniture Show. The new improved Malvern has been a proven best seller for GPlan and has evolved, whilst offering a fresh new look for 2017, offering continued comfort and new seat fillings with interchangeable cushions, plus styling refinements, such as removing the seam on the front of the seat cushion and side of the arm pad, whilst providing a two-cushion three seater option, which has been introduced to create a more contemporary look. This brand new sofa is also available at the Thomas Hearn showroom in Kenilworth. With 12 design changes the new Malvern is fresh and relevant for today’s customers.

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To receive 5% off your purchase at Thomas Hearn, present this voucher to the team at the Kenilworth Showroom this Month. Voucher valid from 1st Sept-30th Sept 2017.

Redeem your 5% discount at Thomas Hearn, 102 Warwick Road, Kenilworth, CV8 1HL

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Ginger, the Balsall Common based estate agent and property consultancy launched early in 2016 has been revolutionising the industry by delivering a refreshing and fun approach to the property market. A modern approach built on traditional values. ginger founder and local Property expert Carl Hemming, has spent 20 years' buying, selling and investing in property. Carl has created a bespoke, relaxed and personal property consultancy that is always available when home movers need a reliable, caring and knowledgable property expert by their side throughout their home moving journey: Ginger are available everyday of the week from 8am-10pm, including bank holidays. No tied in contracts Ginger offer accompanied viewings, including evenings and weekends. Variety of selling packages to suite all types of property. Mortgage and conveyancing partners ready to help with your move. Ginger: your personal property expert by your side all the way, always available when you need. Discover the difference with ginger, your local, independent property experts.

01676 533 585

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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 227 337, e-mail or visit us at 9 The Courtyard Solihull West Midlands B91 3DA

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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 which 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 straightforward: 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 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

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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Local Events

What's On

National Trust, Solihull Centre Our National Trust meetings in September are held at Solihull Methodist Church, Station Approach. The evening meeting on Tuesday 12th at 7.45pm in the Church is a fully illustrated talk on ‘The Cathedral Builders’ by Keith Cattell. Our afternoon colourful presentation is on Fri 29th at 2pm in the Hall when Roger Butler will present ‘Canal History and Heritage’. All are welcome and enquiries on 01564 776001.

Street Collection Day Saturday 9 September - annual Street Collection Day for Age UK Solihull. Can you spare an hour to hold a tin and collect spare change from passers-by in the Solihull borough, to raise money for those facing the challenges of later life? or call 0121 704 7842

Shirley Photographic Society Celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2017 Why not join this friendly group of photographers of all abilities? New season starts 7th September 2017 - all are welcome, whatever your ability. Meeting at Shirley Methodist Church on Thursday evenings, 7:30 for an 8:00 start. For more info see our website at Visitors always welcome, just turn up between 7.30 and 8pm, the meetings finish around 9:30 and include a wide variety of subjects, including optional competitions which can be attended even if not entering the competition.

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 Woodness 01564 776 879

KNOWLE CAMERA CLUB Interested in Photography? Want to improve your skills? We are a friendly club who meet at Dorridge Methodist Church, Mill Lane, Dorridge. Meetings take place fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 7.45 pm. Meetings comprise of visiting speakers, training evenings and member competitions. The first two meetings are free, so why not come along and see for yourself? For more information please contact Tony Albutt on 01564-782175 or visit our web

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.

Ladies in Retirement The Revels Drama Group presents Ladies in Retirement A thriller by Edward Percy & Reginald Denham. Knowle Village Hall. October 12th, 13th, 14th 2017. Thursday, Friday & Saturday evening performances 7.30pm. Retired actress Leonora Fisk lives in a remote house in the Thames estuary, with her Housekeeper/ companion, Ellen Creed, and Lucy, their maid. When Ellen’s two sisters arrive on a visit, they outstay their welcome and the scene is set for a thriller that will keep the audience on the edge of their seats until the final curtain. Tickets on sale from September 4th (Adults £8.00, OAP/Child £7.00, Members £6.00) Tel 01564 772585 to book tickets

Earlswood Village Hall Flicks in the Sticks at Earlswood Village Hall. Our Village cinema operates on the third Friday of each month from September to April. On Friday 15th September, 'Bridget Jones's Baby' and on Friday 20th October, 'Moonlight'. . Membership £2 per season and £4 per film, non

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.

members £5 per film. Licensed bar and snacks available during the interval. Doors/Bar open from 7pm. Visit our website for film details:

Alcester Male Voice Choir the 80 strong choir are holding their annual open evening on Wed 20th Sept at the Jubilee Centre in St Faiths Road, Alcester, B49 6AG, starting at 7.30pm. The choir extend a warm welcome to Gentlemen who would like to join a choir, to come along and find out what its all about and to meet the music team and existing members and join in for an evening of singing. Further info contact the Judith Land, BEM, FRSA on 07886 139781 or email her on

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:

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

St Thomas Church, Hockley Heath We are organising a Black Country Evening in aid of the church on September 16th at 7.30pm in King George Memorial Hall, Stratford Road, B94 5NH featuring Dandy. Tickets £15-00 include a pie and chip supper. Bar and Raffle contact Di 01564783708 or email

Studio 52 Studio 52, in Wychwood Avenue Knowle, offers small, personalised classes before and after work and during the day for Pilates, HIIT and Body Conditioning. Also available are 1-1's on the Pilates Reformer and HIIT & Body Conditioning.All equipment and mats provided. Pilates Mon 9am, 10.30am, 6.30pm & 7.45pm Wed 9.30am (over 65's) HIIT (interval circuit training) Tues 7am & 6.30pm Body Conditioning Wed 7pm Thurs 9am Contact Rachel on 07831 429989

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.

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

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.

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1. What type of berries are used to flavour gin? 2. What colour is cobalt? 3. Which two actors play the title roles in `Dumb and Dumber`? 4. What word in English is derived from the Greek for `master builder` 5. Who was the Roman Goddess of beauty and love? 6. Which famous singer had a twin brother called Jesse who died at birth? 7. What is the name of the highest waterfall in the world? 8. The film `Saving Private Ryan` is set around which war? 9. Who played Fred in the 1994 film `The Flintstones`? 10. In which year did the Titanic sink? Answers on page 55

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VW Passat GTE The GTE badge was first ushered in with the VW Golf and it eventually made its way to the more conservative Passat. Bolting a plug-in petrol-electric propulsion unit to a model that is best known for its diesel pulling power was perhaps a brave move for Volkswagen. But it seems to have paid off with the Passat. Like the Golf, the VW Passat GTE’s looks are characterised by C-shaped LED lights accommodated in its bumper, and the blue bar that stretches across the headlights and grille. It’s a restrained fine-tuning of the Passat’s tailoring, although, given the intense hue of blue, the use of which even expands to the car’s brake callipers, the GTE model is simple enough to distinguish from diesel Passats. The battery capacity and output have been given a bit of a boost, but the petrol-electric set-up is fundamentally the same as in the VW Golf GTE’s. The 156PS 1.4 TSI petrol unit and 115PS electric motor combine to make 218PS, giving a 0-62mph sprint of 7.4 seconds. Top speed is 140mph, but unless you’re on a German autobahn, you’re unlikely to risk finding out what that feels like. Step into the cabin and the Passat GTE houses a few understated touches, such as blue piping, blue stitching, aluminium trim and GTE emblems. Other than that, the switchgear and seats are the same as in any other Passat. And, as with all Passat saloons, space is generous. Even with the car’s lithium ion drive battery beneath the rear seats, the VW has good room and a boot that is big enough for a family’s needs. The Volkswagen’s electric charging time is easy to cope with. Plugging the car’s sevenpin charge cable into a 16A wall socket, I got the 9.9kWh battery from a quarter charged to 100 per cent in under two hours. The GTE runs well on electric-only juice, with a possible range of 31 miles on zero emissions.

In Hybrid form the VW saloon responds admirably, even when the petrol engine has closed, which it’ll do at moderate motorway speeds. The power unit restarts effortlessly when it needs to, while the car’s cruise control allows it to store its own impetus and cruise economically. The Passat GTE’s handling is as good as its performance. You can thrust the saloon through bends and its tyres will dig into the tarmac strongly. There’s very little body roll, and the steering, while not delivering that much feedback, is precise. Here’s the important bit, though. VW claims the Passat GTE will do 156.9mpg on the combined cycle. But, as with all cars, this model’s economy will depend on what your driving is like. On a 60-mile run, beginning with a fully charged battery and driving on a mix of roads, I achieved 80.1mpg. Volkswagen’s Passat GTE is, without doubt, a talented car and an attractive vehicle in a wider sense than a conventional highperforming, fully loaded volume-marque. By blending large car pragmatism with a sophisticated plug-in hybrid system, VW has produced one of the greatest reasons yet to think about swapping from a standard oilburning business saloon to an electrically powered one.

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FAST FACTS • Max speed: 140 mph • 0-62 mph: 7.4 secs • Combined mpg: 156.9 • Engine: 1395cc petrol + electric • Max. power (PS): 218 • CO2: 40 g/km • Price: £37,025

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Farewell to a

Legend Bolt's lasting legacy - by Alex Dudley

Following Usain Bolt's final individual race during the 2017 World Championships in London, we look at what his lasting legacy for the sport of athletics will be. On one of very few disappointing evenings for the Jamaican superstars, Bolt was upstaged by controversial Justin Gatlin during the recent World Championships in London. In fact, he was only able to scrape third in his penultimate race. This loss will sit alongside his disqualification in the 2011 Daegu World Championships, rather than his world best times in 2008 and 2009. That night in Berlin's Olympic stadium in 2009 will forever be the night that Bolt established himself as the top athlete not only in athletics, but in world sport. Not only did he storm to victory in the final of the 100m but he did it will aplomb, beating his own world record he set the year before in Beijing. That 9.58 time looks very unlikely to be beaten anytime soon. Gatlin, the winner of the race- was greeted by a chorus of boos when crossing the line- the man who has failed two drugs tests was hugely unpopular when he came back from his second drugs ban, many fans even believe that he should never been able to return. The fact that Bolt lost to a past drugs cheat on his big night will no doubt not sit well with him, especially after all his hard work in cleaning up his sport. Lightning Bolt's legacy was no doubt still intact however- his eight Olympic golds and 11 World golds looks unsurpassable in modern athletics. The sport will undoubtedly suffer from his absence. His character made it fun and enjoyable and pretty trendy to watch athletics again. There are in fact, very few athletes who can draw a crowd as well as Bolt- the whole stadium audience, as well as all the viewers around the world would all be in the palm of his hand- pre and post race. As was evidently clear following his loss in London, his sportsmanship is something all younger athletes will have learnt off him. To congratulate Gatlin with such grace and professionalism is a true reminder of how special the Jamaican is. In clips before and after races it's also evidentially clear that Bolt doesn't act like a superstar and is pretty happy to help the young and up-and-coming sprinters in the practice areas.

Bolt will always be remembered as the main man who transformed athletics from a dying sport to one which was a singular, smiling superstar. Following the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he was the shining light that guided athletics away from the darkness. The previous six years leading up to the games, three gold medals were returned by Marion Jones and Gatlin also had a record stripped following failed drug tests. Speaking about long term rival Tyson Gay's drugs ban, Bolt stated: "it really bothered me- really, really bothered me." The treble world record holder will leave an enormous gap in athletics, one which will be near impossible to fill. But, sport never stays still and the new era will have to start, the question is, who could possibly replace the greatest?

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Netflix's hottest show reviewed - by Alex Dudley

Ahead of its third season release date on the 1st September, we look at how the drug cartels of Colombia have become Netflix essential viewing. The series is based on true events throughout the bloodiest period of Colombian history. Narcos follows the rise and fall of the notorious and unmistakeable Pablo Escobar- played by a brilliant Wagner Moura. It focuses on how Escobar continues to elude the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agents), CIA and Colombian police.

Some scenes in the second season are particularly gruesome but they need to be to show the realism and truth of the story that the producers, José Luis Escolar and Paul Eckstein are trying to get across. Especially, during the many battles between the Medellin and Cali cartels and the Colombian police.

One of the show’s main pulling points is its ability to be different to every other long running television series. The story is narrated by a DEA agent named Steve Murphy (Boyd Holbrook), who along with his partner Javier Peña (Pedro Pascal) is set with the task of bringing down Escobar and the cartel.

Things continue to heat up and Escobar begins to feel the pressure of the DEA on his back. Moura does an excellent job in his portrayal of Pablo Escobar, hence his two Golden Globe nominations. In a very strange way you actually feel sympathy for a man who is a clear criminal, you feel like in terms of Narcos, that the good guy is in fact Escobar.

The first season chronicles the life of Pablo Escobar from the late 70's to July 1992. It focuses on the evolution of the Medellin Cartel and how Escobar shifted his focus from dealings on the black market such as moving trucks with illegal goods to the cocaine business.

The season ends with Agent Peña passing over intelligence on the Cali Cartel- planting obvious seeds for the upcoming season’s plot.

If you are unaware of the history of the drug cartels in Colombia it's a fascinating watch and it will keep you guessing right to the last second of every episode. The first season ends again with Escobar escaping the law through the unlikeliest of scenarios, involving La Catedral Prison (the prison Escobar himself built.) Another strength of Narcos is how well paced it is. When it needs to be slow, it is but the majority is very fast of paced. The second season picks straight up from the ending scene from the first and within the first few seconds shows how much influence Escobar had in Colombia. This season focuses on how Pablo manages to remain untracked by the authorities and the levels to which he would go to remain out of the firing line. The second season also beings to plant the seeds for what could possibly happen in the third season with the Cali Cartel beginning to raise their profile and the cracks beginning to show in Escobar's armour with members of his organisation switching sides.

Season three will again follow straight on from the end of season two and will show how the actions of the DEA will have consequences and how the end of one empire isn't necessarily the end of the war as the Cali Cartel are very much still alive. There are so many Colombian drug cartel documentaries and television shows on Netflix at the moment but Narcos easily ranks as number one. In fact it's head and shoulders ahead of any of the competition.

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The 84th Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship round-up: Richard O’Hanlon wins his second Pro-Am Championship, as Robbie Fowler and Max Evans win on their debuts Another four days of thrilling golf came to a close at Nailcote Hall, as the curtain came down on the 2017 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship. With packed crowds, this year’s tournament was the biggest and best yet, reflected by the stars who graced the prestigious Cromwell Course. The 2017 Championship got under way with Tuesday’s CelebAm, with heavy rain hitting the course early on Tuesday morning, leaving a slick, tricky course for the assembled players. Scottish rugby star Max Evans, did enough to take the Celeb-Am title, birdying the 110-yard sixth hole, and finishing his round with a score of 36 points, on level par. Harry Potter actors James and Oliver Phelps appeared, with Oliver on caddy duty, helping his brother to second place, with a score of 33 points in the process, while ex-England cricketer James Taylor managed 31 points for third spot on his debut at the Championship. England’s most capped player Peter Shilton OBE, former Wales forward John Hartson and ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ star Len Goodman also took to the course, but none could rival Evans’ earlier round. BBC TV presenters Naga Munchetty and Manish Bhasin, Scotland manager Gordon Strachan OBE, former Aston Villa and Bayern Munich striker Alan McInally and Westlife’s Brian McFadden and Boyzone’s Keith Duffy, also entertained the crowd. The first day of play led to many of the star celebrity names turning out for the Charity Gala Ball at Nailcote Hall that evening, with comedian Dominic Holland hosting proceedings for the evening, and a live charity auction, with proceeds going towards Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. The audience were then brought to their feet as they were treated to an exclusive live performance from BoyzLife, comprising of McFadden and Duffy, with a medley of tunes such as ‘Uptown Girl’, ‘Mandy’, ‘Words’ and ‘Swear It All Over Again’, providing a fantastic accompaniment to the night. With Wednesday came the start of the Professional Championship. After a rain delayed morning which resulted in the day’s play being reduced to 9 holes, 2010 champion Richard O’Hanlon was -3 for his nine holes, scoring three birdies at the 3rd, 4th and 8th holes to end Wednesday as the undisputed leader. 1991 Masters champion Ian Woosnam OBE, Irish star Mark Murphy and local qualifier Ashley Mason closely trailed him, going into Thursday’s decisive day. The likes of women’s golfing legend Dame Laura Davies, Australian Ladies European Tour winner Rebecca Artis and rising stars, Amy Boulden, Annabel Dimmock and Meghan MacLaren were all just a handful of shots back, on level par. Upon conclusion of the day’s play, the Player’s Banquet took place, with Dominic Holland again on hosting duties. Tournament host Tony Jacklin CBE hosted a Q&A with Dame Laura Davies and Paul Lawrie OBE, before soprano sensation Faith Tucker wowed the audience with her renditions of classic songs. Entertainer Kev Orkian then had everyone in stitches with his award-winning routine going down a storm. Following a three-course meal, guests were invited to take part in a live charity auction, hosted by Team GB’s athletics star Derek Redmond, raising vital funds for Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Come Thursday, O’Hanlon held his nerve across a tense final day to secure the victory and win his second Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship, and the accompanying €50,000 prize by

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two shots on -5, ahead of 2014 British Par 3 champion Eddie Pepperell and qualifier Mason on -3. There was a four-way tie for 4th place, with MacLaren turning in the best performance by a female player in the Championship’s history, alongside the country’s greatest amateur player, Gary Wolstenholme MBE, European Senior Tour star Andre Bossert and European Tour player Steven Tiley, with all finishing on -2. O’Hanlon said: “I feel unbelievable! It was a rollercoaster and my emotions are still all over the place, to go from second last year to my second win now, I’m delighted. “I’m a club and teaching pro, and this is European Tour money, this is out of this world!” O’Hanlon thanked all involved, including title sponsors Farmfoods’ CEO Eric Herd who O’Hanlon described as “having changed his life”. The Super Senior category was shared by Ian Woosnam and four-time Super Senior winner Carl Mason, with a score of +1. The Norma C Herd Silver Salver prize, awarded to the best ranking amateur, went to Michael Lawrie, son of 1999 Open winner Paul Lawrie OBE, with a score of +5. While the Team prize went to O’Hanlon and his amateur partner Tony Lymn, with a combined score of -13. An emotional O’Hanlon received the trophy in-front of a packed grandstand, with a capacity crowd showing their appreciation towards the worthy winner, as well as the winners of the other categories. The final day of the 2017 Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship saw the celeb stars hit the Cromwell Course, concluding with former Liverpool and England striker Robbie Fowler winning the final Celeb-Am. He claimed victory with a score of +3, clinching the title with a fantastic round which saw him hit three birdies. Former 1992 F1 champion Nigel Mansell CBE, BBC news and sports host Dan Walker, Strictly Come Dancing star James Jordan, and Coronation Street star William Roache MBE all took to the Cromwell Course too on a glorious day of sunshine. The fun of the Grand Finale Ball took place later on Friday night, with Olympic hero Derek Redmond hosting proceedings. Prize giving ceremonies took place, alongside a three-course dinner and quality entertainment. Highlights of the 2017 Championship will be shown on on Sky Sports Golf during September. Next year's Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship will take place from Tuesday 7th- Friday 10th August 2018 at Nailcote Hall. If you are interested in playing or sponsoring next year’s event, please visit: for more information, and to apply for free spectator tickets. The Farmfoods British Par 3 Championship would like to thank title sponsor Farmfoods and event partners Nailcote Hall, Champions (UK) plc, Browns Food Group, The Eagle Tour, ITV, The Birmingham Post, Total Motion, Glenmuir, Bentley Leicester, Inspirational Magazine, Finest Catch, Champions Celebrity, VPAR Live Golf, Liberty, Golf Punk and Champions After Dinner Speakers and chosen charity for the event Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People. Returning media partner, Sky Sports have also supported the event with its usual excellent coverage.

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Cornfield Magazine September 2017 Solihull  

Welcome to your September edition of Cornfield Magazine! Autumn is upon us, and this month we have some fantastic features for you to dig in...