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‘ArtsMile’ boost for High St

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Artists Craig Gilman (left), Catriona Heatherington, Shirley Speight and Tom Jones pictured at the Fallen Angel Bakery, one of the venues for the ArtsMile walk event on August 3


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The long-standing tradition of the Harborne Mile – a laddish night out at pubs in the village – has been given a 2013 makeover and transformed into the ArtsMile.

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Local artists are teaming up with ten Harborne businesses to bring a holiday atmosphere to the High Street on August 3 by offering an afternoon of free creative fun for all the family. Storytellers, poets, artists, musicians and a digital photographer belonging to the Edgbaston Arts Forum will be basing themselves at pubs, cafes and shops between 2pm and 5pm and encouraging families to be creative together by seeing, listening and making.

It is the idea of Tom Jones, of Clarendon Road, organiser of the Edgbaston Arts Forum, one of ten District-based arts engagement groups set up and part-funded by Birmingham City Council. “We would love people to come into Harborne, stroll along the High Street, enjoy the delicious food and drink at the venues and then either ‘have a go’ at one of the activities or simply watch and listen to what’s on offer,” said Tom.

“It’s a great way for people of all ages to engage with the arts in a practical way as well as a unique opportunity to grow the community spirit between the public, the arts and local traders. “High Streets everywhere are feeling the pinch and I think they need all the support they can from the local community. The ArtsMile walk is an exciting and alternative way to do exactly that – and there is an incredible amount of enthusiasm among the artists to make this a success.” The ten venues and artists taking part in the ArtsMile walk are: The family-run Café Boutique. Come and be spell-bound by Catriona Heatherington telling exotic stories with a Turkish theme - and savour the best Turkish coffee and baklava cake on the High Street. The Proverbial pub. Quinton artist Shirley Speight Turn to Page 11

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To your July edition of EH News We have been working hard over the last couple of months to focus on becoming an authentic voice of the community, seeking out local stories about local people and ensuring that EH News is exactly that - Edgbaston and Harborne news. This month sees us with even more local content and pictures, bringing you the events and happenings just around the corner. In addition we have strengthened our team, to bring you more editorial integrity and areas of interest. June saw the Edgbaston Priory Club proudly hosting the Aegon Classic tennis, an event that is set to become bigger and better next year, and we have a great four pages of coverage for you. In the weeks ahead, we have many things planned that will help you get the best from your local newspaper, including our new website and some interesting competitions for the autumn. But it is you, the readers, who are at the heart of our work. We hope you like what we are doing but it needs your voice, your thoughts and your local content. So please tell us about your stories and events in Edgbaston and Harborne, share your thoughts and send us your pictures. Contact us by email at or just give us a call on 0121 439 6991; we love to hear what our readers have to say. Until August, enjoy the weather.

June 2013

Golly, Ghosh! Architect Bob loves historic Harborne house so much that he decides to buy it

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EH News Reporter Interest in the homes at The School Yard has exceeded expectation with almost one third of the residential properties already reserved by early registrants ahead of the formal launch, including the historic Headmaster’s House which has been bought by the scheme’s own architect, Bob Ghosh. A director of K4 Architects, Bob and his team are appointed as lead designer on the project and are responsible for the complex designs for the entire scheme - and now plans for The Headmaster’s House at EDG Property’s The School Yard in Harborne have been unveiled. The property, which is part of the listed buildings at the development, was originally built in 1891 as a home for the school’s headmaster. New designs will see it returning to its former glory as a family home and transform the neglected property into a contemporary four-bedroomed home for Bob and his family. It is certainly in a perfect position for Bob’s wife, Jayne Bradley, who is director of the Kitchen School of Food and Cookery, which is part of The School Yard development. Bob said: “This is the most exciting domestic project that I have ever worked on, given its unique location and quirky nature. The opportunity to design your own home, at a scheme that your own architectural practice is responsible for is a dream come true for an architect. “I am passionate about bringing historically valuable properties back into use and when the designs for The School Yard began to take shape, the opportunity to be involved on a more personal level by buying a unique property there was a chance not to be missed. “There are two distinct parts to our work on The School Yard – one being to sensitively work with the listed buildings; and the other to complement the Victorian architecture in the contemporary new build element.

“So aside from the restorative aspect, we will be making a series of modern additions to the listed buildings with clear legibility between historic elements and the 21st century interventions. This is our philosophy on any listed building project.” The Headmaster’s House also has a walled garden which will provide an unexpected and peaceful oasis off the High Street. The old coal chute will be glazed to provide light to the cellar, which Bob plans to convert into a music and cinema room. The loft will also be converted into a guest suite. Neil Edginton, director of EDG Property which is developing the scheme, said: “This is a real boon for confidence at The School Yard – construction onsite is progressing well; interest in the homes has exceeded our expectations; and announcing the plans for the headmaster’s house and its sale to one of the project’s lead team members is a true seal of approval. “There is an element of history repeating itself as the first apartment sold off-plan at my last project, The Cube, was also to the building’s lead architect.” The Grade II listed property, which includes the Headmaster’s House and the new commercial units, was designed and built as part of the Birmingham Board School initiative of the late 19th century. It was one of more than 40 schools in the city designed by architectural partners Chamberlain and Martin, who were also responsible for Oozells Street School which is now better known as Ikon Gallery in Brindleyplace. The trademark architectural style of Chamberlain and Martin work includes use of red brick and terracotta, gabling with steep roofs supported by large arches of internally exposed ironwork. The Pall Mall Gazette in 1894 that stated that “you may generally recognise a board school by its being the best building in the neighbourhood… the best Birmingham board schools have quite an artistic finish.”

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Tantalising taste of the future The EH News is given an exclusive mid-term report on restoration work taking place at The School Yard in Harborne

There’s an infectious charm about property developer Neil Edginton as he talks about a particularly tasty bricks-and-mortar dish that is on schedule for completion in 2013. His enthusiasm is both appropriate – the project is called The School Yard – and understandable. The multi-million pound development by his company, EDG Property, will transform the Grade II listed former Victorian Board School building into a new food hub with a new private square and apartments. The Clock Tower building on Harborne High Street has stood empty for years, encased in scaffolding because of structural problems. But Neil saw through the mask of metal tube work and came up with the concept of using the 1891 building to house restaurants, a cookery school and mezzanine coffee shop. A workforce of around 30 people from contractor GF Tomlinson has been steadily stripping out the interior, replacing the roof and restoring exterior brickwork. Months of diligent work still lies ahead – but Neil is keen for people to get a glimpse of the progress and invited the EH News to see the inside story so far. “There will be two entrances to the building, one from York Street and one from the High Street. They will be stunning, with the highest quality of finish including timber panelling on the walls,” said Neil, whose previous projects include The Mailbox and The Cube. “If you enter from York Street, you will have the Kitchen School of Food and Cookery on your right, Urban Coffee ahead of you and the Prezzo Italian restaurant on your left. Prezzo is in the old school hall and it’s an impressive space. We’ve also opened up parts of the wall to enable part of the corridor space to be used as dining areas. “There are two areas to cookery school. One is for domestic-style training, so if you buy your friend a day’s course that’s where they’ll be. There is also an area for professional chef training. “Urban Coffee is the only business that will go upstairs as well. The steel work is just going in for a second floor. Customers will be able to sit

Lowered windows at the Urban Coffee section of the building.

up there and look at the private square through the windows that we have worked hard to restore and improve. “Windows have been one of the major challenges of the project – they were too high. This was a Victorian Board School and the windows were high so that the kids couldn’t see out. We’ve had to lower them all and now the views are quite amazing. “This is a very complex refurbishment of a heritage building and trying to find brick matches has been a challenge. But the team working at The School Yard are experienced in heritage projects - and that’s what makes it good fun.” The main entrance to the building will be from Harborne High Street. Prezzo will be on the right and a Metro tapas-style continental restaurant on the left. Interior walls have been shot-blasted down to bare brick. Straight ahead will be a new and stunning private square. The old school playground will shortly be ripped up and replaced with natural granite stone imported from China. A hopscotch pattern will be built into the paving as a reminder of the building’s heritage. “The private square will be open during the day, with external seating for dining,” said Neil. “Once the restaurants are closed at night, it will become a private locked-off oasis for the residential apartments.” Neil says that interest in the residential apartments, which were launched at the MIPIM land and property show in France earlier this year, has been keen. Almost a third are reserved. “There’s quite a varied cross section of purchaser interest, ranging from empty nesters looking to downsize, to young city professionals and doctors at the QE Hospital. “Harborne has always been one of Birmingham’s favourite suburbs to live in - and I definitely feel that that The School Yard’s mix of restaurants, cookery school and apartments will be good for the community and help to bring about a revival in the local economy.”

Neil Edginton surveys the conversion work done so far at The School Yard. Pictured is the cookery school area.

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June 2013

Duel under the sun Members of the Guild of Students Battle Re-Enactment Society gave an action-packed display to visitors attending the University of Birmingham Community Day

Snowdonia views inspire Sue to new watercolour success


Harborne artist Sue Howells, now recognised as one one of the UK’s leading watercolour artists, has won another top national honour. Sue’s painting, Moonlight Shadows, won the 2013 Alec Morison Charitable Trust Prize for best watercolour in the Prize exhibition staged by the Royal Birmingham Society of Artists. The Prize exhibition at the RBSA Gallery in St Paul’s Square, in the Jewellery Quarter, regularly attracts entries from talented artists across the country. Sue started watercolour painting in 1983 after just one art class at the former Clock Tower adult education centre in Harborne after dropping off her younger daughter Louise at the crèche. Now a grandmother to four, Sue and her husband Gary - a familiar face to visitors to her gallery at 2, Gordon Road - regularly visit Pembrokeshire, Cornwall, Devon and Italy seeking ideas for new work. Sue said: “It was a last minute decision to enter the competition and it was a great surprise to win the £500 prize and to be recognized by my fellow artists. “The inspiration for Moonlight Shadows came from driving through Snowdonia in Wales and seeing isolated farmhouses.” Sue, who likes to say that she has spent over 30 years becoming an overnight success, works in a distraction-free converted cellar in her Harborne home.

Moonlight Shadows by Sue Howells

Like one of her influences, L S Lowry, she has no idea of the time or the weather, “so I can be distanced from my surroundings to let my imagination do the work.” On July 2, Sue revealed some of her secrets

to watercolour painting at a special one-day workshop arranged by the Society of Women Artists at The Mall Galleries, London SW1. The event was filmed by the Sky Arts satellite TV channel for future broadcast.

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Charity appeals for help to stay on the road Birmingham-based charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands is appealing to the general public, businesses and charitable trusts for support in replacing their main, ageing minibus. The minibus is a 1989 Ford Transit, which has an electric lift for wheelchair users. The Transit has proven to be vital in supporting people in accessing the community. Since January, the vehicle has broken down four times, and the charity’s organisers are worried about the possibility of it failing completely, as they would not be able to fund a new vehicle from their running costs.   Gary Watson, centre manager of Cerebral Palsy Midlands, said “We are extremely worried about the possibility of replacing the Transit. “The vehicle has worked well since 1989, and we use it daily to support people in accessing the community, especially when local public transit can be limited. “Transport can sometimes be an issue for people, and we do not want our transport operations to be impeded in any way for our people. “We are encouraging donations, as specialist transport is vital in the services that we provide.”   If anyone could help in any way, please ring and speak to Adam on 0121 427 3182, or email at “Any offer of help would very much be appreciated,” said Gary. Cerebral Palsy Midlands is based in Victoria Road, Harborne.

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Paws for thought (left to right rear): Marion Jaep (receptionist), David Thompson (Guide Dog Mobility Instructor), Antony Cobley (Senior HR Manager), Marinda Wells (Guide Dog Trainer), Colin Vince (Mobility Team Manager), Sonia Sinclair (receptionist), Jacqui Peel (Front of House Manager). Front Row: Vicky Evans (Guide Dog Trainer) with Usher, and boarder Angela Luck with Maddie.

Summer crackdown on drink drivers More than 1,400 motorists were stopped on roads in the West Midlands in the first half of June as part of a police crackdown on summer drink drivers. 
During the stops more than 700 breath tests have been conducted and, as a result, 22 people have been arrested after being found to be over the legal limit. 

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Inspector Greg Jennings, from West Midlands Police, said: “I want to remind motorists that we continue to carry out road side stop checks across the region at all times of the day and night. “While the number of positive breath tests so far is relatively low, the total of 22 is still 22 too many.”

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A Birmingham hospital is providing a special crèche – reserved for a particular kind of fourlegged friend. In what is believed to be the first project of its kind in the country, University Hospitals Birmingham and Guide Dogs have teamed up to create a rest area for the very important canines. Visually-impaired patients visiting QEHB can now leave their guide dog in a designated area while they are escorted to their appointment by their carer or a specially trained hospital volunteer. The first guide dog to use the special rest area was Lyle, a three-year-old black Labrador, who accompanied his owner, Simmy Gould, 25, from Solihull, to her clinic appointment. Simmy was diagnosed with Alstrom Syndrome, a rare genetic condition which affects eyesight, when she was aged seven. The national centre for Alstrom Syndrome moved to QEHB from Torbay Hospital in Devon 12 months ago. The scheme is designed to build on links between the hospital and Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, which resulted in QEHB hosting a week-long awareness event last October. Volunteers at the hospital have also been taking part in Guide Dogs sighted guide training sessions to help blind or partially-sighted visitors to get around.

UHB Senior HR Manager Antony Cobley said: “We already enjoy a good relationship with Guide Dogs, and they have already trained a number of volunteers at the hospital. “It became clear that guide dogs couldn’t be allowed into all areas of the hospital because of the health risk. We haven’t been able to let them into certain areas, such as critical care. “But we identified a rest area behind the main I nformation Desk so blind and visually impaired people can now leave their dog secure and happy while a volunteer guides them to their appointment and then guides them back.” Mr Cobley said Guide Dogs would supply a bed and a bowl for the new canine rest area at the hospital. Simmy, who was accompanied by her mother Mary, said: “It is wonderful to have this area for Lyle because it is stressful when you go to a clinic, and you are more aware of having a dog with you getting in the way.” Her mum added: “This is much nicer and better for the dog, because with the fresh air coming through it helps keep them cool. It is someone thinking outside of the box.” David Thompson, Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, said: “We thought it would be a good idea to have a crèche for dogs because there are areas of a hospital where it isn’t appropriate to take a dog. This area behind reception is totally enclosed, where a dog can be tethered.”

Funding to work, rest and sail Edgbaston Sailing Academy, based at Edgbaston Reservoir, is celebrating after receiving a £300 donation from the MARS Milk Fund. The academy, which has been running for four years, holds weekly sailing tuition for six to 18-year-olds of all sailing abilities. Currently there are 15 permanent members, who once a week head out on to the water to learn various sailing skills. Ben Julian, the Academy’s Commodore, said: “The sailing academy is a great place for young people to develop an interest sailing and hopeful-

ly encourages them to go further within the sport. “The award from the MARS Milk Fund will help us to give 20 children from disadvantaged areas of Birmingham the opportunity to try a taster sailing session. This will enable them to try out a non-traditional sport that may otherwise be inaccessible to them.” A recent survey conducted by MARS Milk revealed that despite seven out of ten of us starting the week with intention of spending at least two hours on our favourite sport or hobby, cost and tiredness invariably put paid to these plans.

Free wifi access across key parts of the city centre forms part of a plan to improve broadband coverage due before Birmingham City Council’s Cabinet in July. The Next Generation Wireless Connectivity Contract would see a wholesale broadband provider given permission to use city street furniture (lamp-posts and CCTV columns) to enhance 3G and roll out further 4G capacity. Harborne Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “This project ensures that Birmingham will be one of the best connected cities in the UK.”

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June 2013

As Birmingham commuters get ready for the summer closure of the A38 road tunnels under the city, perhaps there’s never been a better incentive to... Birmingham residents, businesses and visitors are being advised to plan ahead as the A38 tunnels through the city centre are set to close for six weeks this summer. The St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels will be completely closed to all traffic from July 19 to September 2 while essential refurbishment is carried out. The closure will be preceded by four weeks of overnight closures, from 10pm to 6am, and followed by up to two weeks of similar overnight closures. Residents in Edgbaston and Harborne are being encouraged to consider how they will travel into the city during the six-week closure period, with train, bus and cycling all being viable alternatives to driving. Amey, working in partnership with Birmingham City Council, has launched a dedicated website,, which will be updated regularly with the latest news from the construction team, public transport providers and key organisations in the city. The website also has information on detailed localised traffic management plans in order to help residents understand the impact of the A38 tunnels closures at a very localised level. These measures include, amongst others, restricted access to Paradise Circus from Broad Street and temporary traffic signals where the Hagley road joins the Five Ways roundabout. The restrictions on Broad Street will mean that inbound access to Paradise Circus from Broad Street will be restricted to bus, taxi and cyclists only. The restriction will be in place between Bridge Street (opposite the ICC) and Paradise Circus. A number of localised diversion routes will be signed including via Sheepcote Street/Sand Pits. The outbound carriageway is not affected. Signage of alternative routes, which will be identifiable by a tunnels icon, is intended to direct people away from potential hotspots and into the city centre via more suitable corridors however the advice to motorists is to consider alternatives. As well as promoting public transport, Birmingham City Council is working with Bike Right! West Midlands to organise a series of ‘bike trains’ along three major commuter routes into the city - including one from Selly Park. These led rides offer commuters a chance to cycle with other people, led by a qualified ride leader, whilst providing support and encouragement to choose cycling for everyday journeys. The rides from Selly Park (Pershore Road/Bristol Road) A441/A38 start at 8.00am at the Nature Centre, Cannon Hill Park and rides to Victoria Square on July 19, 26 and August 2. There is no charge or registration – just be there 15 minutes before the start time with your bike. CENTRO is providing information on tickets and changes to bus routes during the closure and commuters can take advantage of the public transport journey planner on its passenger info website

Get on your bike! Schoolgirls saddle-up for road safety

Pupils at St Paul’s School for Girls in Vernon Road, Edgbaston, have been taking advantage of free Bikeability cycle training offered by the Smarter Choices Team operated by Birmingham City Council. A week-long programme of 90 minute training sessions saw the girls progress from Bikeability Level 1 basic skills lessons in the playground to Level 2 advanced on road training, with a view to continuing next term to Level 3. Jenny Coombs, Sustainable Promotions Officer with the Council’s

Smarter Choices Team, said: “The girls have really enjoyed themselves and their confidence quickly grew. Cycling is not only a sustainable way to travel, it’s good form of exercise too. “Now they’ve learnt the safety aspect, they might consider riding to school in the future.” Left to right: Smarter Choices Team instructors Khurram Ahmed and Jenny Coombs, and St Paul’s schoolgirls Shedonee Miller, Lauren Sim, Rhea Wright and Leigh Burke.

“Hassle free” cycling hope south of the city Cyclists along one of South Birmingham’s busiest routes are being given a pedal powered boost thanks to a project to create and improve cycle lanes in the area. Transport authority Centro has teamed up with Birmingham City Council to extend and adjust cycle routes along the Bristol Road as part of a £677,000 package of upgrades taking place over the next two years.  The improvements aim to better connect residents to jobs, education and training opportunities and will provide links to key

destinations including Selly Oak railway station, the University of Birmingham and Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Other developments will include new bus shelters, junction enhancements and improved footways for pedestrians.  Part of the money comes from Centro’s £50 million Smart Network, Smarter Choices project with the remainder coming from Birmingham City Council.  Cllr Judith Rowley, Centro’s lead member for green and accessible transport, said:

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“The south of Birmingham holds some of the city’s most important locations and thousands of people travel to Queen Elizabeth Hospital and the University of Birmingham every day. “As the Bristol road is so well used, congestion is often a major problem but by putting this infrastructure in place we can give people a real alternative.  “There are already some cycle lanes along this route but many are incomplete so we felt it was important to plug any gaps so that those wanting to travel on two wheels could do so hassle free.”  Work on the cycle routes will be carried out in three stages to firstly connect the ring road to Selly Oak before extending to include Northfield and the city’s border at Rubery.  Developments have started on the first phase which will provide links to Selly Oak railway station, the University and QE Hospital.  New lanes will be created and gaps in existing routes will be filled to ensure a continuous cycle path from the ring road to Selly Oak.  Cllr Tahir Ali, Cabinet Member for Development, Jobs and Skills, said: “This is about having a joined-up approach to transport, thereby easing congestion, keeping the city moving and improving access to education and employment.” More info at

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The wheelie bins have landed... EH News Reporter

Love them or hate them – more than 7,000 wheelie bins for recycling have been trundled out to homes in Harborne, replacing the old system of blue and green boxes. The first collections took place in the week starting June 24 as part of a £30 million plan by Birmingham City Council’s fleet and waste management’s department to bring the city’s refuse services into the 21st century. Haborne Councillor James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said that 82 per cent of local authorities across the country have introduced wheelie bins – including all of the top 100 performers for rubbish reduction. “All the evidence shows that they have had a significant effect on improving recycling rates, and also bring cleaner streets, free from piles of unsightly, torn bin bags which blight neighbourhoods,” said Cllr McKay. “We do all we can to keep our streets clean, but

the current system of bags makes this an almost impossible job.” Harborne and Brandwood, in Kings Heath, are the first two wards in Birmingham to introduce the wheelie bins. The system will be rolled out across the city over the next three years. To avoid any confusion during the delivery, the wheelie bins were clearly marked with house property numbers. Householders also received a leaflet with their new wheelie bins that gave practical information on how to store them, what to put in them and key safety advice. “The distribution went very smoothly,” said a city council spokesman. “Customer satisfaction is important and we will be looking for feedback from residents in the weeks ahead.” Residents had the option of either keeping their boxes or old bins for other uses or taking them to the local Household Recycling Centre. A special council collection of old boxes from outside homes took place on July 6. All of the old boxes and bins will be recycled. Green garden waste collections will continue as

a sack service until the end of November only, with an opt-in paid-for (£35 annual charge) service due to start in 2014. As of April 1 of this year, Birmingham City Council had stopped the provision of sacks for rubbish and green waste as part of the effort to meet government budget cuts. Householders had to provide their own. Properties judged by the council as unsuitable for wheelie bins will continue to be served by a bags and boxes refuse collection system. A city-wide independent survey of residents prior to the roll-out showed a majority in favour of wheelie bins. Sixty-one per cent of residents agreed that wheelie bins would help to reduce the number of vermin in their neighbourhood, (25% disagreed, 14% unsure). Fifty-eight per cent agreed that wheelie bins would reduce the amount of rubbish spilt onto the street, (31% disagreed, 11% unsure). Fifty-one per cent agreed wheelie bins would improve the cleanliness of their neighbourhoods,

Children at St Mary’s Primary School gather round the mock alien spaceship crash site.

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Wheelie bins are delivered to Gordon Road (35% disagreed, 14% unsure). Fifty per cent agreed that wheelie bins would be good for the city, (36% disagree, 14% unsure). Cllr McKay said: “There are obviously some residents who are unsure, and that is only to be expected with such a big change planned. But based on the experiences of other councils who have made this change, I am confident that residents’ acceptance of the new system will increase once they are introduced.”


...and a close encounter sparks young imaginations at St Mary’s

By MEHREEN HAMDANY Teachers at St Mary’s Primary School, Harborne, engineered the crash site of an alien spacecraft, to incite the students’ creative writing and investigative skills. The ruse came complete with a video showing the UFO losing altitude over the school grounds before exploding as hit the earth. Mr John Blaney, a Year 4 teacher at St Mary’s said: “The staff met and discussed ways to engage the children in a very exciting way, to stimulate their imaginations to write about something all the children in school would find interesting. “We felt that instead of opening a book, or showing a video, it would be more exciting if the children wrote about something that they

could actually ‘buy into’ as an actual event. Our Year 1 teacher, Mr Chris Speakman had the brilliant idea of setting up the whole scene by scattering ‘space debris’ on the school field. “We knew that we would have to convince the children to suspend their disbelief for a hour or two, to believe in the event we had carefully staged for them. “We used scrap metal, old engine parts, a defunct interactive whiteboard and toy slime to make the space debris as convincing as possible.” Early morning on June 18, in a quickly convened assembly, the children were told by a ‘representative of the Ministry of Intergalactic Communication,’ that the site was safe to inspect, so long as they maintained a safe distance.

Juniors had the whole day to examine the rubble and collect clues as to what might have happened, while Reception children were encouraged to imagine and create the kind of aliens that might have been aboard. Children were later interviewed by a journalist to give their eye-witness accounts, and share their theories regarding the event. Accounts ranged from, “I think it was aliens from Saturn looking for an energy source,” to the more skeptical Year 5 and Year 6 students, who thought it might have been a US government spy mission gone wrong, that might have been gathering information during the G8 summit. Students were informed at the end of the day, that the whole incident had been an exercise to invigorate their minds.

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“All the teachers were extremely surprised and pleased that almost all of the children, and especially the younger ones, bought into the drama of this story so readily,” said Mr Blaney. “The children were gratified that the event had happened in their own school field and thrilled that they had the opportunity to write all about it. They developed their own ideas of this event to produce great art, newspaper reports and stories that displayed their creativity to maximum effect.” By the end of the day most of the older ones suspected something was not “quite authentic” about the strange happenings out in the field. When told the truth, they said they had enjoyed the whole experience, which was, “a nice break from the usual school routine,” and could not “wait until the next time the aliens visit B17.”

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Royal opening at ‘home from home’ for war wounded EH News Reporter

The Prince of Wales has opened a £4.2 million ‘home from home’ for families of military patients being cared for at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Edgbaston. After cutting the ribbon he was given a tour of the two-storey 18-bedroom Fisher House, the first of its kind in the UK, and chatted to some of the families staying there whilst their loved ones recover at the hospital just a short walk away. Prince Charles also unveiled a commemorative stone at the special dedication ceremony which celebrated the unique partnership between Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB) Charity, Help for Heroes and American charity Fisher House Foundation. It awarded a grant of US$2 million to the project.

Mike Hammond, chief executive of the QEHB Charity, greets The Prince of Wales at the offical opening of Fisher House (inset).

Mike Hammond, chief executive of QEHB Charity, said: “The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is the receiving hospital for all injured British forces personnel. “We have long provided world-class medical care for our troops and now, with the opening of Fisher House, we are able to give the same quality of care and support to their family members.” Fisher House offers free accommodation for families and patients, enabling them to spend time together away from the hospital ward. As well as being a haven for families whose loved ones have been injured in current conflicts, the home will also be open to families of those returning for on-going medical treatment at the hospital. Kelly Gemmell and her family have been staying at Fisher House whilst her husband is being cared for at QEHB. Kelly said: “Fisher House is amazing. I’ve been bowled over by Sgt Pride GakaChisoro, of the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, with Warwickshire all-rounder Steffan Piolet.


the support we’ve received from everyone here. It’s wonderful to be able to stay so close to the ward and have the chance to chat to other families in the same position here at the house. “When you’ve got to split yourself between your loved one here at the hospital and your family at home, having somewhere like Fisher House to call ‘home’ makes things that little bit easier.” The QE Hospital is home to the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine, the main receiving unit for all military patients injured overseas, which was previously located at Selly Oak Hospital. Fisher House costs £250,000 a year to run. By pledging £25, member of the public can provide a night’s accommodation for a family of a military patient and become a Friend of Fisher House. For more information on how to make donations please visit

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Warwickshire support Fisher House Warwickshire County Cricket Club is to host a charity match between the Armed Forces XI and a Warwickshire Legends XI in honour of Fisher House, the UK’s first purpose-built home for the families of injured squaddies. The match will take place at Edgbaston Stadium on Saturday July 20. The Fisher House facility at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital was officially opened last month. Mike Hammond, chief executive of the QEHB Charity, said: “We are very proud that the UK’s military patients are treated here in Birmingham, and the hospital charity works to support the patients and their families. “We are grateful to everyone across the Midlands who help make that support possible, and

we would particularly like to thank Warwickshire CCC for their partnership.” Colin Povey, chief executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “As a part of our commitment to the local community we are delighted to be supporting this worthy cause. “This facility will no doubt improve the rehabilitation of wounded soldiers and we are proud to do our bit and be a part of the Fisher House project.” The match will take place after the Warwickshire Bears Friends Life t20 fixture against Northamptonshire Steelbacks, with all ticket buyers for this match being invited to watch the charity fixture. Gates open at 11am, with the Warwickshire Bears fixture starting at 1pm.

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Thieves targeting performance cars in Harborne Vehicle Crime

Harborne Ward continues to show a slight increase in crime and this in part is due to more vehicle crime than for the same period last year. The patterns tend to be in the North West of the Ward (out towards Hagley Road and Bearwood) and would include roads along the Hagley road corridor into City.   Advice is to ensure that vehicles are secure and that no items of value are left inside of the vehicle.  Please remove signs that SatNavs have been used (rubber marks on windows) and ensure that no tools are left inside of work or commercial vehicles.  Performance vehicles are also being stolen across the Harborne and Edgbaston areas.  Thieves will target certain cars, mainly BMW cars manufactured beween 2007-2011 so you are advised to seek an upgrade to the soft ware from your dealer.  Harborne Team distributed letters on the Moor Pool Estate after BMWs were being targeted in this area.  One owner from Careless Avenue took police advice and sought an upgrade to the software from BMW.  Consequently, when thieves later tried to take his car they could not start the ignition.  The owner expressed his gratitude for the efforts of the local Team to advise him of the vulnerabilities of his vehicle and the fact that the area was being targeted by a criminal fraternity.  

Shop Theft

Shoplifting offences are also seeing an increase in Harborne and Edgbaston and this is reflected across the West Midlands Force area. The aim of the local Team is to pro-actively police the High Street in an effort to deter offences. The Team will also work with individual stores and support them in developing their business cases for employment of security guards.  The Police favour visible security rather than “store detectives” as there appears a considerable variance in offences between the larger stores that do employ visible security officers and those that do not.  A number of offenders have been arrested.  One prolific shoplifter was sentenced to 23 months for several offences including theft of meat

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Police in the community


Sgt Mark Hickman with members of the Harborne Police community team, PCSO David Vaughan (left) and PCSO Ian Lowe

One prolific shoplifter was sentenced to 23 months for several offences including theft of meat from Waitrose

from Waitrose. Another received an eight-week sentence for theft of DVDs from WH Smith.  The Police are also actively working with “PubWatch” to ensure that stolen property is not distributed in pubs in Harborne.   People accepting stolen property are exposing themselves to the risk of being arrested for handling stolen goods but will certainly be banned by a liscensee for bringing their pub into disrepute - they don’t want to be associated with any form of crime and have the local Police Sergeant increasing his visits.  

Operation Scarlett

If they continue to offend, officers will apply for an ASBO to keep them out of the area.  It may also be that when they are dealt with at Court, any punishment is really a formal signposting activity to agencies that can help them with their problems, such as drug addictions.  Forty cautions have been issued to sex workers with seven arrests made. Twenty-six kerb crawlers will be interviewed and a decision will then be made about charge (naming and shaming at Court) or a referral to a scheme that will leave them with a Police Caution and a course around the impact of their behaviour.  

This is the Operation that has been targeting the sex industry in the Hagley Road area of Harborne and Edgbaston, an area that is often associated with kerb crawling and prostitutes. Prostitutes, or sex workers, are now very much seen as victims in society and Police will work with partners such as SAFE to ensure that they are given an opportuunity to talk through their problems and receive support with them.However, if a sex worker does not engage, receives a third caution for soliciting, they are likely to be arrested and placed before the Court.

High Street Regeneration

M & S development, spent. There are a number of options including business-owned CCTV, better radio links with the Police and improved signage to car parks. The local Police also want to see businesses manage their car parks more responsibly - keeping them clean and secure.  This has been highlighted as an issue following the fire at Stead & Simpson where access by burglars was gained via a multi-business car park that was not being effectively secured and managed.     And Finally:

Harborne Police are very keen on helping and supporting local businesses.  A safer High Street will make Harborne a more attractive and pleasant area to live, work and otherwise visit.  The work at the Clock Tower, the opening of other new stores and outlets is welcomed and the Police are working with Harborne Business Association and Harborne Traders to consult all High Street businesses about how they wish to see about £35,000 of money, made available following the

PC Kharaud of Edgbaston Team should be congratulated for an off-duty incident in Sandon Road, where he detained a person following a burglary at a nearby premises. This man is now on bail pending further enquiries but his effort goes to show that Officers in Harborne and Edgbaston are committed to serving their local community. Burglary offences in Harborne are showing a reduction of 25 per cent compared to the same period in 2012.

Local shoppers support hospice Local shoppers and staff at Sainsbury’s Selly Oak have chosen Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice as their Charity of the Year. For the next 12 months, the supermarket will be supporting the Hospice through a variety of fundraising activities. Sarah Barber, fundraising projects officer, said: “We would like to say a really big thank you to all the shoppers and staff who voted for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice. We are absolutely delighted to have been chosen as Selly Oak’s Sainsbury’s Charity of the Year. “The supermarket is just around the corner from our Hospice, so we’re going to be working closely together to raise awareness and much-needed funds.”

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Fun and advice on offer at Grove Park Harborne Neighbourhood Watch and Harborne Neighbourhood Team have booked Grove Park for a Family Fun Day on Wednesday August 14, after securing funding from the Police Property Fund. As well as a fun day out at the park – including a bouncy castle, face painting and a children’s dressing up competition to keep younger ones entertained, the event (10am-2pm) will also be offering advice to visitors. Advice agencies invited include BRAVE, who provide support for anti-social behaviour victims, and Woodgate Valley Fire Service. Harborne NHW will be working alongside the Policing Team offering Crime Prevention Advice.

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Storytelling festival takes root EH News Reporter

Tales of gory gods and gruesome Greeks, rip-roaring adventure yarns plus new stories created live with the audience on the day, entertained all ages at the Martineau Gardens Storytelling Festival. The family friendly day of storytelling, arts and music, plus crafts for children was a jointly organised by Community Garden Martineau Gardens and the Traditional Arts Team. Despite the rain showers, a full programme of entertainment took place throughout the two-and-a-half acre leafy community garden in Priory Road, Edgbaston. Backdrops ranged from a marquee to woodland glades and a sundial lawn. Caroline Hutton, Director of Martineau Gardens, said: “The Storytelling Festival is a fantastic community event – with performers sharing their creative skills and volunteers giving up their time. “The atmosphere was really special, live storytelling outdoors, it was a wonderful, dramatic experience.” The day began with ‘Storytelling Dressing Up’, with Selly Park storyteller Catriona Heatherington leading a group of youngsters through an imaginary world. Later, storyteller Kit Bathgate performed ‘Strange Neighbours’, a tale about ‘Fair Folk’, “some are so ugly they hide in the shadows, others so beautiful that one look will enchant you forever. Leave them a dish of cream and they’ll help you in any way they can; offend them and you’re in deep trouble.” Sharon Carr and Dawn Powell took the audience on a fun ‘Story Walk’ through the raindrops called ‘Gory Gods and Gruesome Greeks’ in which the audience had to help mythical hero Odysseus return to his home in Ithaca after the Trojan War. Down at the ‘Earth Oven’ - a hand-made cob oven - the audience gathered to feast on food and stories with storyteller Catriona and Antonello Turca, owner of the Byzantium Restaurant, Kings Heath. They made focaccia ‘of the poor’ using burned flour and the focaccia ‘of the rich’ using black squid ink with Antonello. The bread Storyteller Kat Quatermass had her face painted to cheer up the audience in the rain. was a curious inky-blue colour, but tasted amazing. The audience then walked round the garden to collect the herbs for the focaccia, and watched it cooking in the earth oven. Storyteller Graham Langley and illustrator Graham Higgins presented a combination of their talents, called ‘The Eye and The Ear.” As one Graham told, the other Graham drew. Stories came alive on the lip, the ear, the pen and the eye, with the audience leaving with a picture. Kat Quatermass delivered a high-energy storytelling session, mixing rip-roaring traditional tales of adventure with entirely new tales created live with the audience and topped off with a selection of family-friendly word games to take away and try at home. Fun for children included ‘The Singing Bottles’ - artist Kika Kozar made singing bottles, wind chimes and wind catchers. The Martineau Gardens pottery studio was open and there was a teddy bear’s storytelling picnic for the very young. The day culminated in a Rainforest Dance display from children from the Liquid Dance Storytellers,musicians, artists, organisers and school. There was also live music from the Moseley Village Band. volunteers from the Traditional Arts Team (back row Edgbaston artist Tom Jones was ‘a wandering artist’, making in- left to right): Tom Jones, Shirley Lawton, Charles Tandy, Catriona Heatherington, Graham Langley, stantaneous drawings of visitors and performers as souvenirs. Delicious food was available from ChangeKitchen CIC, winner of Caroline Hutton. Foreground: Sol Cline-Williams, Anunita Chandrasekar and Kit Bathgate. Birmingham’s Green Restaurant Award 2012. Illustrator Graham Higgins.

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invites you to help in creating a large artwork based on a well-known proverb, and your own tak-away artwork. The Junction pub. Let multi-media artist Craig Gilman help you become someone else with ‘photo-booth dressing up’ and take-away digital images. Waitrose supermarket. Make a donation to a local charity and ArtsMile walk organiser Tom Jones will produce an instantaneous drawing of yourself at the checkout. Fallen Angel Bakery café. It is a case of angels all around: Naziah Angel will help you make take-away crystal paintings of cupcake designs. The Arco Lounge bistro-café. A mehendi artist will draw henna patterns on people’s hands and on tiny canvases at the tables. Mine Bulturk Guntac, co-owner of the Cafe At Costa, drop in for a coffee and listen to a Boutique, and storyteller Catriona Heatherington

quartet from OnTheEdge Youth Orchestra play cross-over jazz, and try playing an instrument. The White Horse pub, just off the High Street in York Street. If you have ever doodled on a beer mat, upgrade your skills with Anne Brierley to make personalised re-usable mats. At the stylish Nook Interiors shop, try your hand at crafting artworks with Sally Harper, and be surprised by what you can make with ordinary materials. The Sabai Sabai Thai restaurant promises “walking sculptures” - family fun with Eva Bennett in ways you have never imagined, so bring your camera. A leaflet guide with a map of the ArtsMile walk will be available shortly from shops, cafes, pubs and Harborne Library. Neil Edginton, chair of the Harborne Business Association (HBA) and director of EDG Proper-

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ty, which is developing The School Yard on the High Street, said: “It’s fantastic to see local businesses in Harborne getting involved with the Arts Mile walk and adding to the strong community spirit that already exists. “We have big plans at the HBA to do more events-based activities on the High Street and hope that the arts will form a big part of our plans.” The Edgbaston Arts Forum is a network of imaginative artists, arts groups and organisations working and/or living in the wards of the Edgbaston District: Bartley Green, Edgbaston, Harborne and Quinton. Established in 2010, the Forum is dedicated to engaging people in arts and cultural events. The Forum is supported by Birmingham City Council and works closely with Edgbaston Arts Champions, SAMPAD and Birmingham Hippodrome.

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some fine and award-winning wines, you load your tasting card with a minimum of £10 and then work your way through the wines, selecting the sample Born and bred in Harborne, Phil Innes always size you want. With samples starting at only 25p, had a vision of opening his own business in the it is a very cost-effective way to improve your village. After spending five years in the wine appreciation of wine. The wines are updated regularly so returning visitrade, this was where his passion lay, and fuelled tors won’t get bored, and if you fancy a bottle, you his desire to have his own wine company. It is hardly a saturated market in Birmingham, but can purchase one to relax with in the upstairs tasting Phil wanted to do something a little different, and room for a nominal corkage fee of £5. The concept is simple but effective and Phil told so his business, Loki Wine, set up in Great Western us:“It has been a roller coaster year since opening, Arcade. However, this story of success was possibly born but we have exceeded all expectations.” Judging by the number of customers when we more out of frustration with the local commercial property market than any overwhelming need to be visited, that looks set to continue. Phil’s knowledge and enthusiasm about his wines in the city centre. Phil looked at many options locally, but found is infectious, and his success was further cemented that rents in Harborne were a little too expensive in May when Loki won the prestigious Harper’s for a new venture, so with a plethora of independent wine and spirits magazine New/Emerging UK retailers in Great Western Arcade, that is where Loki drinks business of the year 2013. It is a novel concept and a fine way to while away Wine Merchant and Tasting House was born. Loki Wine is quite unique in Birmingham and the a couple of hours exploring your palate, but it is also model is rarely seen outside London. Although a tra- good to see a local resident making such a success ditional wine merchant, with an excellent range of of a new business. Perhaps just a shame it is not in DBS Law Advert 125mm x 155mm_Layout 1 30/05/2013 12:07 Page 1 wines, Loki offers you the opportunity to sample 24 Harborne! Loki Wine can be found at 36 Great Western wines at any one time. Using state-of-the-art preservation machines for Arcade in Birmingham.


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Business leaders believe UK economic outlook improving A new poll of over 1,000 business leaders brings good news on the economy. Nearly two-thirds (62%) of Institute of Directors members think that the outlook for the UK economy is now brighter than at any stage since the financial crisis of 2008. Directors are also feeling more confident about the performance of their company over the coming year, with the majority (59%) saying they have high confidence. On a confidence scale of one to 10, the average rating for the next 12 months was 6.7, up from 6.3 in the first quarter of 2013, but still only showing a medium level of confidence. There was also good news on business investment. The proportion of business leaders expecting their investment to be higher in 2013 than 2012 exceeds those expecting it to be lower by 23%. IoD members’ confidence does not extend into 2014, when 39% of members expect the economy to grow less than the 1.8% forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility. IoD Chief Economist Graeme Leach said: “Just as the weather gets hotter the econo-

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my seems to be warming up as well. Business leaders clearly believe that the UK economic outlook is improving and they are even more optimistic about the outlook for their own companies. “Let’s hope they’re about to dust off plans for business investment and recruitment which have been sitting on the shelf over recent years.” DOZENS of the region’s biggest employers have signed up to a free scheme to shrink their carbon footprint by helping employees travel in greener ways. Transport authority Centro and the region’s seven city and borough councils are supporting businesses with grants of up to £10,000 to help staff take greener forms of travel to work as part of its Smart Network, Smarter Choices project. Grants will be provided to match money invested by organisations choosing to install

green travel equipment such as secure bicycle storage or real time information screens.

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Debbie calls time on the ‘mind monkeys’ By PHIL BROWN

Legal eagle Adrian Barnes is Head of Employment at local solicitors DBS Law. He is here here to help EH News readers with their legal queries. So go on, Ask Adrian at

Manager’s worry about redundancy Ella from Bartley Green asks: I’ve just been told by my employer that I’m being made redundant at the end of the month. I’ve been in my job as shop manager for five years and it doesn’t seem fair others in the store have worked here a lot less time than me. Is there anything I can do?   Adrian says: The first thing to remember in any redundancy process is that it is a job that is redundant, not the employee. If you are the shop manager, the first question I would be asking is who will manage the shop when you are no longer working there. If a new manager is put into your position there was obviously no genuine redundancy situation and your dismissal would be unfair. Redundancy must always be the last resort after all other avenues have been explored and a fair process must be used to decide who is to lose their job. In most situations all employees, working in the business that do a similar job, should be put in a selection pool and the candidate for redundancy would be chosen from that pool. The selection criteria are usually based on objective criteria such as job skills, attendance, timekeeping and disciplinary record, although different businesses often choose to use different criteria. While length of service is often used as one of the criteria it is not usually used on its own. The previously popular “last in first out” method has lost favour because of its potential to discriminate against women. You should be invited to consultation meetings and these meetings are your opportunity to raise any issues. In your situation I would be asking about the selection pool. Who will be doing the job when you are gone? And what selection process was used for them to arrive at the conclusion that you should be made redundant? If you are not invited to consultation, you must raise a grievance stating that you do not believe a fair and reasonable process is being followed. When all else fails and you are finally made redundant you can appeal the decision, appeal details should be in the letter advising you that you are redundant. If the appeal is unsuccessful you may need to make a claim at the Employment Tribunal and any such claim must be made within 3 months of your termination date, therefore if you are made redundant on 1 July you claim must be with the tribunal by 31 October. If you need help with an employment issue or any other legal matter, can call Adrian on 0844 27 70 800


The number one issue that is killing the confidence of women in business is a phenomenon called ‘mind monkeys’ – a critical inner voice that can sometimes ground even the highest of fliers in the corporate world. Eliminating that inner saboteur is a key strand of work for Debbie Golec, who set up her own company, Pink Coaching, in 2011 to specifically help professional women elevate their career trajectory and navigate the challenges of working in a primarily male environment. Debbie recently completed the ‘Pink Coaching Tele-Summit’ – a marathon set of 22 online interviews with inspirational women from the UK and USA, each lasting 45 minutes. Impressively, she researched and produced it all from her office desk at home in Edgbaston using just a laptop (which doubled up as a voice recorder) and a telephone hooked up to ‘instant teleseminar’ software technology. There was one other vital piece to the production jigsaw – a hand-written note on Debbie’s front door telling visitors not to ring the bell because “recording was in progress.” Interviewees included Beth Goodrham, a personal stylist who lives in Harborne, social media expert Annmarie Hanlon and holistic business coach and mentor Kimberley Lovell. “I wanted the interviews to be helpful to business women trying to climb the career ladder, or corporate professionals who’d had enough and wanted to get out and set up their own business,” said Debbie. “I also wanted to create something which I could I give to people that was free and beneficial, interviews that would help you attract more clients, earn more money and have confidence to get what you’re worth. “And whilst the core of my coaching work is women, the interviews and three key themes which emerged from a listener survey afterwards are just as relevant to men. “The number one issue is what I call ‘mind monkeys’ – the critical voice that’s going on in our head that prevents us doing things and kills our confidence. The arguments, the put downs, the questioning ‘am I good enough?’ Sixty-six per cent of people said that eliminating the mind monkeys of self-doubt is an issue. ”Women trying to find time just for themselves is another. Women have what I call the guilt halo. We wander round wanting to please everyone before we please ourselves. That’s just our DNA make-up but it’s high on the agenda for women and causes a lot of stress and challenge. ”Self PR is the third concern. Women are really bad at self-publicity. Again, I think it’s an evolution thing. A lot of women I’ve worked with sit there and think ‘I work really hard, I do lots of things and I don’t see why I should have to tell somebody that I’ve done a good job, they should notice anyway.’ ”Unfortunately in the busy corporate world it doesn’t work. Men are far more linear and focused and they are very good at self-PR. They are

Debbie Golec of Pink Coaching. generally very happy to tell you they’ve done a good job, not brag or boast, they just do it, it’s natural. They don’t consider it as an issue because they don’t attach emotion to it. Women do - we work on emotions from the minute we wake up in the morning. “We are designed to care and nurture, have children and look after them. It’s what women are built to do. And we put similar emotion into the work environment. We look at individual pieces of work and try and fathom out how to make it better. That approach can be a real inhibitor for women and I believe that we’ve got to learn how to just do it and not think about it too hard.” Debbie worked at Yorkshire Bank for 30 years, moving to Birmingham in 2000 to head up the bank’s private sector banking in the West Midlands. She became a managing partner – “nothing too unusual in that but I was the first and only female at that level of senior management,” said Debbie. “The role involved coaching and mentoring a team with 45 people in it, including senior partners who were themselves coaching peo-

ple. I loved it, and when the opportunity came for voluntary severance, I took the life-changing decision to go and do my own stuff.” Debbie wanted real credibility as a coach and after securing an NLP qualification, she studied over two years for a Post Graduate Diploma in Coaching & Mentoring Practising Psychology at Oxford Brooks University. Debbie set up AIM business coaching and mentoring in 2008 to help both men and women in the corporate sector. Pink Coaching was started up 2011. A Yorkshire girl, Debbie is married to John and has a teenage son, Jake. She loves rugby union, is a big Leicester Tigers fan and travelled to see the British and Irish Lions play in Australia. She’s lived in the city for 12 years. “I love Birmingham. It’s a big city with friendly people. I was quickly accepted into the business community, which itself has real village atmosphere and everyone knows each other.” Her inspirational figures are businesswoman Karren Brady – “love her or hate her, I think she is an incredible woman” – and Michelle Obama, for her “incredible presence” and a “rod of iron will that goes through her.” Debbie added: “I don’t work exclusively with women – I coach men as well. I have worked with some great guys and I would never have got to the position I did without their help. But I think it’s crucial for men and women to learn to work together more cohesively and understand and respect each other.” Looking ahead, Debbie will be launching a new coaching programme around the findings from the tele-summit and will continue to help women raise their career trajectory. She will also be working with corporate businesses on the topic of people intelligence – “Getting them to understand why it’s important to know what makes people tick and understand why personality clashes occur in the workplace,” said Debbie. “Managing people is a big and time-consuming part of any business. I think that when you get your teams to understand the DNA of each other, there will be less likelihood of misunderstandings and frustrations. “That can impact on a number of things important to business – it cuts down on staff absence and staff attrition and increases loyalty. Basically, happy people are profitable people; if your workforce is contented and happy, feeling valued and respected, then they will perform at a much better level.”

Institute of Directors ‘Blueprint for Growth’

Overseas trade and the effective use of Sage business software were the key topics discussed at the IoD breakfast briefing ‘Blueprint for Growth’ at The Botanical Gardens. Left to right: Phil Snowe, Sage consultant at CPiO, John Phillips, IoD, Tom Dutton, Squire Group, Chloe Alcock and Greg McCall, Barclays.

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June 2013

From Park Edge to Paddington Ian Harvey reports on one man’s inspired walk for Cambodia

We often give to charity because we feel we should, but in some cases it is the inspiration of others that captures our hearts and makes us go one step further. That is exactly the case with native Australian and now long-time Harborne resident, Peter Argus. One Saturday in May, Peter set off from his home in Moor Pool to undertake the long and lonely 145 mile walk along the Grand Union Canal to London, raising £3,100 in the process for the Ponheary Ly Foundation in Cambodia. This is a charity that does vital work for impoverished children in rural Cambodia, providing crucial items that allow them to go to pri-

mary school, whereas they otherwise would have no access to education. Peter said: “It was whilst living in Malaysia that I met Ponheary Ly and was impressed by the work she was doing for the children in Cambodia, and how as little as $20 could make the difference between a child getting an education or not. “Ponheary was originally working as a tour guide at Siam Reap until she chose to set up the foundation full-time in Cambodia. “Her foundation is now supported by a loyal group of volunteers within Cambodia and also the USA, Canada, Australia and the UK. “The tireless dedication of Ponheary and her team was a major contributor to inspire me to do something.” The idea of the walk came from a reflection of just how far some of these children had to walk to school,

so Peter set out to complete the walk to London in six days with great support from friends and family. He said: “The walk was harder than expected, but a daily fried breakfast and a good supply of Curly Wurlies helped a lot.” Peter explained that the solitude of the walk, being close to nature, no work phones and a disconnect from reality was quite meditative. It gave him the chance to reflect on the lives of some of the people he would be helping, and he showed the EH News the details of how Ponheary Ly keeps expenses to an absolute minimum, thus ensuring that most of the money gets directly to the children. It now supports over 2,000 youngsters. It is good to see the commitment of a local resident making such a differPeter Argus (fourth from left) had plenty of support from family and friends. ence, so far away.

Trading Standards team tough on counterfeit goods Community spirit brings smiles Dedicated Trading Standards staff who stop the sale of counterfeit goods across the city have been recognised for their work at the 2013 Anti-Counterfeiting Group Awards. Birmingham City Council’s Specialist Services Team – part of Trading Standards – was recognised for exceptional achievements in anti-counterfeiting. The council was the overall

department winner in this category. Throughout the year, the Team has investigated 221 complaints of counterfeiting relating to various household products, including: clothing, DVDs, alcohol, tobacco, cosmetics, computer software and car parts. A total of 85,051 items have been seized suspected of being counterfeit with a street value of £3,050,234.

Goods have been seized from street sellers, retailers, wholesalers, manufacturers and importers leading to 19 formal interventions. Jacqui Kennedy, Director of Regulation and Enforcement, said: “This award recognises the hard work by council staff who work tirelessly putting a stop to the sale of counterfeit goods across the city.”

Let some stylish sunglasses put you in party mood So eventually the sun has come out in force, and I’ve just watched the first British winner of Wimbledon in 77 years, writes MATT ROSE. It’s been a great 12 months with the Olympics and celebration of the Coronation. It really feels like the UK is finally coming out of the doldrums. Closer to home, in Harborne, we have seen the resilience of the High Street with several vacant units being quickly snapped up, plus very visible work now going on in the new School Yard development. The scaffold eventually coming down after many years has once again revealed the

Rayban Aviator with interchangeable lenses Above right: Cash Frame by Orgreen

wonderful old building which has been the hub of the High Street for over a hundred years. At Brittain’s we have had a really exciting six months since our new shop fit, rounded off by our first Sunglass Party on June 15. We have made a big investment in our sunglasses collection this year, so next time you’re in Harborne make sure you pop in and have a look at our eclectic mix of the best sunglasses from around the world. With all this good news going on it’s important to remember that at this time of year sun protection is of paramount concern. For my part the facts and figures about eyes are really important. Several eye conditions are caused by UV damage, most commonly cataract. The most common skin cancer affects the fragile skin around eyes. Children’s eyes are particularly susceptible to UV damage. If you would like more information about UV damage and the eye please email me or visit our website to read more about sunglasses.

Matt Rose is manager of Brittain Opticians 97 High Street, Harborne.Tel: 0121 426 1007

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to all at Edgbaston Beaumont Edgbaston Beaumont care home recently took part in the first ever National Care Home Open Day. The idea behind the day was to encourage local people to visit care homes in their neighbourhood and work together to develop better relationships between the home and the community. This important connection is something that Edgbaston Beaumont has nurtured since opening in 1988 and the home is already acting as a community hub, including contact with MPs, healthcare professionals, local businesses, charitable groups and older people in the neighbourhood. Edgbaston Beaumont hosted an Art Exhibition and Musical Interlude, under the theme of celebrating life through the arts. Children from Selly Oak Trust

School and Busy Bees Nursery joined the Home’s residents to produce an array of different works with the title of ‘What Makes You Happy’. The children, residents, staff and teachers were all very pleased to have the opportunity to meet and chat with Lord Michael Bichard, chair of the Social Care Institute for Excellence, and to show him their work. Diane Bland, general manager at the home, said: “This has been a great way to showcase the excellent services on offer and the fantastic work that goes on at Edgbaston Beaumont. “Some people still have misconceptions about care homes so we were keen to dispel any myths that are out there and for people to come and have a look around.”

Lord Michael Bichard, Edgbaston Beaumont staff and children from Busy Bees Nursery.


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STYLE at Edgbaston Priory

The vibrant 2013 Aegon Classic at Edgbaston Priory Club has catapulted the tournament into the premier division of tennis in this country. The Lawn Tennis Association has invested £5 million pounds into six superb state of the art indoor courts and a 2,000-seat permanent Centre Court. It is a very shrewd investment. In 2014 the Aegon tournament will be upgraded to a WTA Premier 600 event with prize money in the region of US$700,000. It will encourage more of the Top 20 WTA players to enter and will firmly establish the Edgbaston tournament alongside Eastbourne. Edgbaston now has two top class sports venues at Priory and Warwickshire County Cricket Club. The ability to attract high calibre sport to the City

of Birmingham has never been better. It was fitting in 2013 that the elegant and classy Daniela Hantuchova won the 2013 tournament on the new Ann Jones Centre Court. During her stay in the city, the 30-year-old Slovakian swapped her racket for the fashion runway at Birmingham’s Harvey Nichols store for a perfect match of elegance and sporting style. Daniela first entered the tournament in 1999 and after seven attempts finally achieved winning the coveted Maud Watson Trophy. The future is very bright for this prestigious tournament which now can achieve new heights of excellence – and the EH News is delighted to present its readers with a four-page pull-out of the week’s best moments on and off the court. BOB MALDEN


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June 2013

Daniela makes a splash Left to right: Britain’s Heather Watson and Laura Robson and Casey Dellacqua of Australia. Whatever the weather, spectators found a way to enjoy themselves.

By BOB MALDEN Sports Editor

The Aegon Classic Tournament at Edgbaston Priory was different, very different in 2013. Against the backdrop of a permanent new Centre Court and a superb state of the art clubhouse, the scene was set for a tremendous week of tennis. And of course little did anyone know that the eventual winner, the delightful Slovakian Daniela Hantuchova, would add another unique first - jumping into to Priory swimming pool to celebrate her triumph. The entry was interesting in that for the first time in the history of the tournament no top 20 player was in the entry list. To be fair Roberta Vinci (ITA) and Marion Bartoli (Fra) had entered but withdrew. The players that had entered were very interesting in that a whole host of young players had entered Edgbaston for the first time. The first weekend on the Saturday and Sunday was for qualifying into the main draw - 32 players for just eight places. Sixteen qualifiers were seeded and 10 survived the first round of matches. Several players took the eye: No 1 seed Caroline Garcia (Fra), No 2 seed Maria Sanchez (USA), and No 9 seed Ajia Tomljanovic (Cro) all looked classy competitors. The second round of the qualifying saw five seeds ease through to the main draw, but a big surprise saw Caroline Garcia lose to the Australian Casey Dallacqua 7/6 (7) 6/4. Maria Sanchez and Ajia Tomljanovic moved smoothly into the main draw, but a very dangerous floater in the draw was Alison Riske (USA) who had won her two qualifying matches for the loss of only seven games. Alison loves grass, is a very formidable competitor and has a great record at Edgbaston. The four British players that received wild cards just did not perform at all, four heavy defeats and they only mustered ten games between them. The main draw started on Monday and interest was in how would Laura Robson and Heather Watson perform because they had some formidable opposition to contend with. A host of new talent is coming through the WTA tour such as 18 year old Madison Keys (USA), 20 year old Kristina Mladenovic (Fra), Jamie Hampton (USA), Eugenie Bouchard (CAN) and 16 year old Donna Vekic (Cro). The 2012 champion Melanie Oudin (USA) lost in the first round on the Monday, well beaten by Ajia Tomljanovic 6/3 6/1. Number 10 seed Su-Wei Hsieh (TPE) lost to Jamie Hampton (USA) 6/2 6/3. British interest centered round Tara Moore, who has the right attitude and played a splendid match against a nervous Mladenovic and after over two hours just lost 5/7 7/6 (5) 6/4. But it was close and Tara should have won this contest. The British wild cards Melanie South lost to Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) pretty easily 6/4 6/2 and former British No 1 Anne Keothavong to Alison Riske (USA) 7/5 6/2. Tuesday saw the first appearances of the top two British players Laura Robson and Heather Watson. The performances were pretty different. Watson, seeded 14, was busy, efficient and was

too strong for Melanie Czink (HUN) winning 6/4 7/6 (0). Laura Robson gave a lack-lustre performance going down to Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) 6/3 6/4. Tamira Paszek (AUT), the No 4 seed, was beaten by the dangerous Alison Riske 2/6 6/2 6/3. Donna Vekic outplayed world No 40 Urszula Radwanska (POL) 6/3 6/2 and looked a future star in the making. The No 2 seed Ekaterina Makarova (Russia) crashed against Marina Ekakovic (NZ) 7/6 (6) 3/6 6/0. The last 16 players looked to be likely to produce some top matches and so it proved. No 1 seed Kirsten Flipkens (Bel) could not cope with Rybarikova losing 7/6 (5) 6/2. Madison Keys took apart No 6 seed Mona Barthel (GER) 6/3 6/2, Sorana Cirstea in a very odd scoreline beat Bojana Jovanovski (SRB) 6/1 1/6 6/1. Donna Vekic had a struggle against the tough American Maria Sanchez before winning 4/6 6/2 6/2. Sabine Lisicki (GER), a previous winner of the tournament, won a tough match against Mirjana Lucic-Baroni (Cro) 7/5 2/6 6/4. Alison Riske crushed Alla Kudryavtseva (Russia) 6/1 6/2, Daniela Hantuchova had a tremendous match against Kristina Mladenovic eventually winning after over two hours 6/7 (8) 6/4 7/6(3). Francesca Schiavone (ITA) eased past Marina Ekakovic 7/6 (3) 6/3.

The last eight looked to be four very interesting contests. Rybarikova against Keys looked a tasty contest but the experienced Rybarikova won easily 6/3 6/0 but Madison will have learnt a lot. Donna Vekic against Sorana Cirstea. World 23 against world 79, Cirstea won the first two games and then got completely taken apart losing 6/2 6/1. Lisicki, the highest surviving seed at No 5, found Alisin Riske in superb form and the American prevailed 7/6 (2) 2/6 6/4. The last match between Hantuchova and Schiavone was just tremendous – three hours 22 minutes of fantastic tennis, and you never new who was going to be the winner until almost the last point. First set Schiavone 7/6 (8), second set Hantuchova 6/4, tie-break third set, Schiavone 3/0 up until Daniela won seven brilliant points in a row and victory. Both semi-finals were very competitive, Vekic against Rybarikova, experience against youth. Vekic won a tight first set 7/6 (5) but Rybarikova

won the second set 6/1. The third was very close before the brilliant Vekic edged home 6/3. In the second semi-final Alison Riske blazed through the first set 7/5, before the experience of Hantuchova and superb control won the next two sets 6/1, 6/4 and reached the final and fully merited the honour. The final was a classic. Could the brilliant Vekic just win one more match or could Hantuchova the Maud Watson Trophy after seven attempts? The standard was very high and full of quality. The first set was very tight Hantuchova winning in the tie break 7/6 (5). Vekic fought so hard to win the second set but after nearly two hours play Hantuchova won the set 6/4 and at last the title. It was a very popular victory for the elegant Daniela. She was elated and with her coaching team dived into the Priory swimming pool to celebrate. Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua (AUS) won the doubles title. They defeated Cara Black (ZIM) and Marina Erakovic.

Daniela Hantuchova lifted the Maud Watson Trophy at the seventh attempt after beating 16 year old Donna Vekic of Croatia in the final.


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Above: Tim Henman and Heather Watson talk tactics. Below: A budding six year old tennis player called Henry made a big impression on Greg Rusedski

Greg Rusedski, Tim Henman, Ann Jones, Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea. Pictures by THOMAS DAVID KAVANAGH

A magical day of Centre Court

The Edgbaston Pre-Wimbledon tournament first started in 1982, when Billie Jean King and Tracy Austin graced the Edgbaston courts. The tournament was then known as the Edgbaston Cup, and over the years has been known as the Dow Chemical Tournament, The DFS Classic and since 2009 the Aegon Classic. Many wonderful women international players have taken part and indeed won the coveted Maud Watson Trophy. In the early days Billie Jean King twice, Pam Shriver four times, Zina Garrison Jackson twice, Nathalie Tauziat twice and of course the superb Martina Navratilova and Maria Sharapova in recent times. In 2008 Vera Zvonareva (Russia), Agnieszka Radwanska (Poland) and Victoria Azarenka (Belarus) and a certain future Wimbledon winner Petra Kvitova (CZE) all entered, but due to injury or being in the final stages of the French Open did not play. Steffi Graf played twice and in 1998 reached the final against Nathalie Tauziat, but the British weather prevented what was going to be a great final against the talented French star.That was the only time the tournament could not be completed. The event has always been very popular with the Birmingham public, and much loved, but for the organisers the Centre Court had to be built and was not a permanent feature. The cost was considerable, and after the tournament the whole centre court had to taken down piece by piece. Indeed, when Nathalie Tauziat came to Edgbaston with her French juniors for a week’s training on grass she saw the Edgabaston club in a different light and appreciated how much


A new tennis era has dawned at Edgbaston Priory. Sports Editor BOB MALDEN reports hard work had to be done for the tournament. The Lawn Tennis Association, The Edgbaston Priory Club and Warwickshire LTA had a vision for the future which was to change the whole club in many ways and make it a serious player in world tennis. The project was hugely ambitious - six indoor courts, a completely new centre court with permanent seating, a rebuilt clubhouse, increased car park space and four new state of the art squash courts.

This was not for the faint hearted, but the plans were completed in time for the 2013 Aegon Classic. The new Centre Court was to have 1,000 permanent seats, but the opening had to be special, very special. Who would open the court? Would it have a name? A special match with star names? It was obvious it needed a special appeal to attract the public. The organisers did not fail. Who better for the court to be named after

Ann Jones spoke with passion and a lovely touch of humour.

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Soprano Laura Wright

than 1969 Wimbledon champion Ann Jones who won the title defeating Billie Jean King. Ann is also president of Warwickshire LTA and a legend in her own right, a perfect decision. Players for the exhibition? Look no further than two of Great Britain’s finest - Tim Henman and Greg Rusedski with the delightful Heather Watson and Sorana Cirstea (Romania). It was a pity that Laura Robson was not available for this special day.          The weather was just perfect, a packed Centre Court, and great entertainment for the crowd. Laura Wright, the glamorous soprano, lit up the atmosphere before the exhibition mixed doubles match with Tim and Heather taking on Greg and Sorana. It was played in a wonderful relaxed way and great entertainment for the spectators. However when the match reached one set all, the champions tie break was highly competitive.  Greg and Sorana shaded it 13-11. The court was opened with an excellent address by Peter Bretherton, the LTA president. Ann was very generous in her honour that the new Centre Court was in her name. She spoke with passion and a lovely touch of humour. Mark Curry, the compere, was very professional and four spectators were given the chance to see if they could return the Rusedski bullet serve. Greg, ever the gentleman, discovered that Henry, a wonderful little six-year-old boy, could and did return the slightly gentle serve with a top spin forehand that looked pretty special to Greg. The whole occasion was magical and the start of a new era for this proud club and tournament. 2014 could and should be a great occasion for tennis lovers in Birmingham.


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June 2013

Ladies Day

Tennis was certainly served with style as beauty and fashion off the court mixed with sensational shots on court during Ladies Day at this year’s Aegon Classic held at Edgbaston Priory Club in support of Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer. Glamorous Liberty X star Michelle Heaton, the face of the tournament’s ladies’ day, looked fabulous in her dress by Rena Honor Gold. Hundreds of glamorous ladies attended the Ladies’ Day and enjoyed lots of pampering, fashion and champagne alongside some sensational tennis.

Bracelet making at Norfolk House School: Kai Gabriel, aged 8, Georgie Moseley, Heather Watson and Rhea Ratti, aged 8. Picture by THOMAS DAVID KAVANAGH

Charlotte Harper (Edgbaston Priory Club), Michelle Heaton (Liberty X star, and Ladies’ Day Ambassador), Veronica Kumeta (Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer)

Heather’s school run to Help Harry

British tennis star Heather Watson revealed one of her hidden off-court talents when she visited children at Norfolk House School in Edgbaston, writes PHIL BROWN. Heather sat down at the classroom table and helped the children make beaded bracelets in support of the charity Help Harry Help Others. The Birmingham-based organisation was the Lawn Tennis Association’s charity partner for the Aegon Classic tournament at Edgbaston Priory. The charity was established in memory of 11-year-old schoolboy Harry Moseley, from Sheldon, who raised more than £750,000 by selling homemade bracelets in the last two years of life. He passed away with cancer in 2011. “Harry said that all his bracelets were handmade with love for

all people with cancer,” said his mother Georgie Moseley. “Harry proved that regardless of age, wealth, lifestyle and well being, you can achieve anything if you are passionate enough. “It’s wonderful to see Heather Watson here today. The children were excited about meeting a star and really got involved in making the bracelets.” Heather said: “It’s important to give something back to the community and get involved with an important charity such as Help Harry Help Others. “I remember when I was a kid at school and guests would come in and spend time with us. It was a big deal and a great experience. “Today has been a real treat. I’ve been able to talk to some of the kids about tennis and I hope it might inspire some of them to pick up a tennis racket and have a go.”

Emily Surman (Virgin Money), Michael Lister (Lister Property), Sarah Hume (The Finance Room), Tiffany Noble (Spire Healthcare)

High St traders serve a winner

Tennis player Tamira Paszek enjoyed a taste of Harborne High Street when she visited a number of shops including Madison and the Fallen Angel Bakery.

Tamira Paszek, of Austria, one of the top seeds in the Aegon Classic, visited Harborne High Street ahead of the tournament to judge the best dressed window competition. The competition involved shops creating their own tennis-inspired windows in the run up to the tournament. Amongst the shops taking part were Nook Interiors, Davenports, Suyo Hairdressers, Madison and Resonate Menswear. Each shop received a complimentary pair of tickets to the tournament with the winning window enjoying finals day tickets along with a three-course lunch and afternoon tea in the hospitality marquee. Tamira also managed to drop into the Fallen Angel Bakery for a cup cake tasting. Fallen Angel Bakery staff also came along to the tournament and entertained the players with a cup cake making session. After some deliberation, Tamira decided upon the winner – Madison gift store. In the end the grumpy cuddly-toy umpire that was part of the display swung it for her.

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Francesca Kelly, Lisa Jones, Fiona Williams, all of Moet & Chandon

Front row: Joanne Fahy, Sue Towler, Amanda Goode, Jackie Cummins. Rear row: Jayne Hutchings, Clare Osman, Emma Iannarilli, Sarah Arnold.

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Gisela praise as Orchid Dinner raises £8,000

The Edgbaston Orchid Dinner, arranged to mark the 60th anniversary of a woman MP representing the Edgbaston constituency, raised over £8,000 for charity. Female politicians have been elected in Edgbaston since Conservative Dame Edith Pitt took her seat in 1953. Dame Jill Knight took over the seat in 1966, followed by Labour’s Gisela Stuart in 1997 – the first non-Tory since 1898. The Orchid Dinner, compered by Kay Alexander MBE, raised funds for the Tiny Babies Big Charity Appeal to equip the Orchid Room in the Neo Natal unit at the Birmingham Women’s Hospital. Funds were also raised for a local community group, Breastfeeders Aloud, who are fundraising to initiate a weekend Breastfeeding Peer Supporters training course in Birmingham, in order to support women in the local community to breastfeed for longer. Gisela said: “I am proud to confirm there is a great deal of goodwill and generosity in Edgbaston. “On the night over £8000 was raised in a series of raffles and a successful auction. “The evening was lively with a wide range of guests from the business, education and health sector, along with many local residents. “My special thanks go to the companies that provided the fantastic raffle and auction prizes – the list of contributors is extensive.” Thanks went to Andrew Kerr for his auctioneer skills and to Liam Nolan for arranging entertainment; Clive Stone and Redcliffe Catering for their long term support and to Waitrose Harborne for providing the gorgeous orchids for the table raffle; John Lewis for the cute range of toddler toys and baby set; Chiltern Railways for sponsoring the welcome reception drink and a lively free train ticket scramble; to the Marriott Hotel and the Holiday Inn Express for prize accommodation; and Patrick Fuller, of the Creative Jewellery Group, for providing exquisite sets of jewellery.

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Star-studded charity ball raises £20,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance Rugby union stars Mike Tindall and Andy Goode were among the famous faces who attended the Midlands Air Ambulance Recognition Awards and Charity Ball held at Edgbaston Stadium. The glittering event attracted 450 guests from the world of business, sport and entertainment, who all came together for a night of fundraising for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity. In addition to the sporting greats, local media celebrities Jo Malin, Phil Upton, Michael Collie and Nina Hossain attended the evening. Held in conjunction with the West Midlands CARE Team, the black-tie event started with a drinks reception and the arrival of two of the service’s red helicopters, which landed on Edgbaston Stadium’s famous pitch. Guests were then treated to a fantastic four-course dinner, followed by live entertainment, casino, silent auction and prestigious raffle.

During the evening, which raised £20,000 for the charity, the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity Recognition Awards highlighted some of the great work of supporters, staff and patients in raising awareness and funds for the region’s much loved charity. On the night the winners were: Volunteer of the Year – Geoff Woodford, from Rowley Regis Young Fundraiser of the Year – Matthew McLean, from Rugeley, in Staffordshire Fundraiser of the Year – Eddie Heath, from Dilhorne, in Staffordshire Extreme Fundraiser of the Year – Claire McQuoid, from Warstock, in Birmingham Business Partnership of the Year – Capgemini, based in Telford Medic of the Year – Claire Bosanko, from Penkridge, and Matt Boylan, from Tewkesbury Airlift Hero – Claire Davies, from Hereford

Special Recognition Award – Midland Expressway, operators of the M6 Toll Hanna Sebright, chief executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “I am always humbled by the overwhelming generosity and support we receive, which is why we wanted to recognise those who have helped make Midlands Air Ambulance Charity what it is today. “All our winners are very deserving and the nominees narrowly missed out and I can’t thank them and the general public enough for their great work and unbelievable commitment to our service. “The night was a sell out and we raised £20,000. Bearing in mind each mission costs £2,500, this total will go towards saving numerous lives across our region.” Out & About picture special - Page 26

Memorable trip to Malverns for girls from St John’s

Eastside Park success

Birmingham City Council’s flagship £11.7m Eastside City Park – the city’s first urban park in 130 years which opened six months ago - picked up four awards at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Midlands and East Awards at a ceremony at Millennium Point. The park is now shortlisted to compete against London’s Olympic Park for a prestigious RIBA Stirling Award.


Malvern magic (clockwise from bottom left): Guide Leader Abi, Guide Lydia, Brownie Emmy and Ranger Claire.

Cal’s hard work pays dividends for Harborne

Harborne Rugby Football Club has been awarded Greater Birmingham Community Club of the Year by the North Midlands RFU for contributions to the development of rugby for all, most noticeably through the delivery of the Birmingham franchise of the RFU supported O2touch rugby programme. Treasurer Cal Reynolds also won the Greater Birmingham Senior Volunteer of the Year title for his many years of service and most recently his involvement in securing a 15-year lease on a new permanent ground at West Hill. Harborne have registered over 100 players for the O2touch version of the game and regularly have up to 50 participants playing aged between 14 and 62, men and women. Harborne recently took a team down to Twickenham to for an RFU sup-

ported O2touch rugby competition and were the only team that took equal numbers of men and women, demonstrating the club values of inclusivity and encouragement for all abilities. Harborne O2touch sessions continue throughout the year every Wednesday, 6.30pm to 8pm at the Birmingham University pitches. The securing of the West Hill site, the first permanent home in the club’s 18 year history, is a real coup for the club and reward for the efforts of Cal Reynolds in particular. It also reflects the development of the club, which in recent seasons has put out up to four sides on a Saturday. Two successful competitive teams are also supported by social teams and an eager group of veterans. The club is open to all ages and abilities and provides supportive training sessions for both competitive and social players.

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More than 100 Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Rangers from St John’s Church in Harborne together with their leaders enjoyed a memorable weekend camp at the Blackmore Guide Centre in the Malverns. It was the first time that all the groups at St John’s had organised a holiday together. The Brownies stayed in the Mills Holiday House and the Guides in the Barn. The Rangers slept in the Rambler, a log cabin, and there was also the opportunity to camp out in tents or bivouacs. The Rainbows joined up for the day on Sunday. As well as eating around the campfire, activities included scavenger hunts, archery, crafts, trails and face painting. There was also a “Promise Space” where the girls were challenged to reflect on the meaning of the promise they made when they joined. The promise has a faith element, a service element, a ‘looking out for each other’ element and a ‘looking after our world’ element. Rachel, a Brownie leader, said: “The camp was a most enjoyable experience for all involved. “It gave the opportunity for all ages to work together in groups. “Seeing the older ones teaching the younger ones and them being enthralled at what they were learning was fantastic to see.”

Try a scuba dive

If you have ever wanted to try out scuba diving, a “try dive” under expert supervision is available at the UBH675 scuba club at the Morris Sports Centre, in Mindelsohn Way, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. The club has exclusive use of the private member pool every Thursday evening from 7.30pm. Please contact club training officer Jeff Faint on 0121 426 4316 or email for more information.


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June 2013

Students are inspired to help Footsteps4Harry Young people in Birmingham have taken a giant step forward in helping Harry to help others at the launch of a new national scheme that sends unwanted shoes to Africa - and they are calling out to schools, companies and families to get involved and donate their old shoes too. Footsteps4Harry has been created by Birmingham-based charity Help Harry Help Others, set up in memory of 11-year-old schoolboy Harry Moseley, from Sheldon, who raised more than £750,000 for fellow cancer sufferers in the last two years of his life. Children from Norfolk House School in Edgbaston and students from South and City College Birmingham, alongside TV presenter Ben Shepherd and Harry’s mum, Georgie Moseley, attended the launch of Footsteps4Harry in Digbeth. They loaded the first pairs of shoes onto a BCR Global Textiles lorry to start their long journey to Africa. They each tied a label to their donated pair of shoes with a personal message for the new owner who receives them in Africa. The scheme aims to collect 60,000 pairs of shoes a year that youngsters have grown out of and send them to impoverished communities in West Africa. For every pair of shoes that are donated, the charity gets 35p towards their goal of finding a cure for brain cancer, and to support children and their families who are affected by cancer. The college have shoe bins in each of their campuses across the city where people can drop off unwanted shoes. Other schools, colleges, companies and families are being urged to get involved, and to donate their old but functioning footwear. Shoe bins can be ordered online for schools and workplaces. Existing bin locations can be found at www.  Georgie Moseley said: “I am, and will always be, so proud of what Harry achieved and how many people he helped. So much of what he did was about trying to inspire other schoolchildren to do just a little bit more to help others. “Footsteps4Harry is a great way for schools and children alike to help those people here at home, and around the world, to face the battles they fight every day knowing that there are others out there thinking of them.”  Adam Rickitt, who is the CEO of the charity, said: “Footsteps4Harry is an amazing way for children,

Teach First contract win for BCU

Pupils from Norfolk House School help load the donated shoes on to the van to take to Africa. at very little effort or cost, to be able to help those people who are sadly suffering. It allows them to see just how much difference they can make to those around them, and will hopefully encourage them to follow in Harry’s footsteps.” Ben Shepherd said: ““Harry was such a special boy, a friend, an inspiration and one of the kindest souls I have ever known. This initiative is an amazing legacy for Harry and will help show other schoolchildren just how much their support for

others can change the lives of those people around them here at home, and across the world.” Amira Albokaii, a student at the college said: “I think this is a great idea to send shoes to Africa as they will go to someone who needs them more than me. “My message said: ‘I wore these to my first sewing class as part of my college course, and I have just finished my second year in college. I hope you get to do something you love in these shoes too.’”

Birmingham City University has won a new contract to be the West Midlands regional provider for the pioneering education charity Teach First. The university was recognised for its achievements as one of the leading providers of primary and secondary teacher training in the UK, training more teachers than any other university in the West Midlands. It is anticipating more than 185 students from the Teach First cohort will be taught at the institution this year on the Initial Teacher Training course, with numbers rising over the next two years. Janet Hoskyns, Head of School of Education at BCU, said: “We have an excellent track record in this area, having worked with Teach First on a smaller scale previously. “This will offer us additional opportunities and we look forward to playing a much bigger part in the whole programme.” BCU said its ITT courses covered the entire range of school phases from early years to post-compulsory education, at every study level from undergraduate to PhD. Reuben Moore, Acting Director of Leadership at Teach First, said: “All our providers share Teach First’s passion and purpose to address educational disadvantage. “This partnership will deepen our relationship with schools, tailoring the ITT to the needs of the pupils and allowing schools to contribute to and inform our training. “We believe that by having an increased accountability for the training of our teachers we can make an even greater impact for the pupils and schools we work with. “We will be continuing to work in close collaboration with education professionals who are already delivering great work in schools to end educational disadvantage.”
 Teach First is a charity that works to ensure that all children, regardless of their family income, receive a first class education. The charity partners with some of the country’s leading universities to train inspirational primary and secondary school teachers.They recruit, train and support graduates as teachers to work in schools in low income communities.

Hats off to design girl Anmol

Model Rebecca Fisher (left) wearing the hat, student designer Anmol Hasinah and milliner Sally Harper-Kenn

A hat designed by a South and City College Birmingham fashion student was on show at Ladies’ Day at the Aegon Classic tournament held at Edgbaston Priory Club. In partnership with a local milliner, 100 fashion students at the college were tasked with designing a hat suitable to be worn at Ladies’ Day. Ten designs were shortlisted, but Anmol Hasinah, aged 18, who is studying a BTEC Fashion and Textile Level 3 course, designed a striking blue and white hat complete with tennis balls, which really stood out and was picked to be created. Sally Harper-Kenn, from Sharper Millinery, an award-winning Birmingham-based milliners said: “It was a very hard decision as the students work was of a really high design standard. They had really considered the designs carefully, thinking about appropriate materials, weight and how the hat would sit on the head. “Anmol’s design really stood out because of its simplicity, but also bold use of colour and shape. I could see how I could create it straight away from the design. It’s been a pleasure to create and I hope that it reflects her design in 3D form.”

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Anmol said: “It was the first time I had designed a hat, but I really enjoyed the experience and I think it is something I will consider more in the future. “I am really pleased that my design has been made by a professional milliner. It looks just how I imagined it when I designed it. I’d like to thank the college for this opportunity and for Sally at Sharper Millinery for choosing and making my hat.” Eileen Simons, assistant director of Fashion Studies at the South and City College said: “We like our students to get as much fashion experience as possible and this has been an excellent opportunity for them to get a taste of millinery. “Thank you to Sally who came and spoke to our students, and to Aegon for providing our students with this great experience.” Katie Leach, marketing manager for the Aegon Classic said: “It’s great to have been able to work with South and City College and Sharper Millinery on this project. Birmingham has so much to offer and it’s great to involve the local community at this international event. The winning design looks fantastic and I hope Anmol enjoyed seeing the design come to life.”

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Campus high-fliers

Whether you were aged three or 93, there were plenty of free attractions to keep all the family happy at The University of Birmingham’s Community Day. Now in its fourth year, the event was blessed with sunshine and as a result thousands of visitors milled around the historic Edgbaston campus. Staged as a fun event with a strong educational element, there was also access to facilities on campus such as the Barber Institute and Munrow Sports Centre. Free attractions included wall climbing, pictured left, a funfair, build a rocket, create a dinosaur and much more. Events officer Eleanor Leftwich said: “As popular as ever, this year’s Community Day was a fantastic local event and we were delighted to welcome more guests than previous years. “The range of activities an­­d the enthusiasm of our academics and staff – along with the glorious summer weather - made the day thoroughly enjoyable for all.”

University School consultation

Following approval from the Department for Education (DfE) for the new University of Birmingham School and Sixth Form to open in 2015, the University is launching a public consultation on a range of areas including the proposed admissions policy, curriculum and new building plans. Extending the University’s excellent academic education to 11-18 year olds in region, the purpose-built school is to be located close to the main Edgbaston campus on the University’s Selly Oak site, subject to necessary permissions. The school will take in pupils to years 7 and 12 in September 2015, growing to full capacity of 1,150 over 5 years. Strong ties with the University will enrich education provision by channelling world leading expertise in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM) as well as significant strengths in fields as diverse as music, sports and languages.

Working closely with the University’s School of Education, the School will integrate teacher education, school improvement and research-informed practice into school life. The fully comprehensive, free to attend and co-educational school will meet a need for more secondary places in the region. It will seek to bring together children from all over Birmingham and beyond into a single learning community to create an environment where all have the opportunity to excel. Professor Edward Peck, Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Chair of the University School and Sixth Form, said: ‘The vision of the University of Birmingham School and Sixth Form is to transform lives by bringing pupils together from across the city in a vibrant learning community that will maximise every individual’s personal and academic achievement. “The School will have high academic standards with an emphasis on personal development. “The relationship between the University and the School is an

essential part of the unique nature of this school. As one of the UK’s first University Training Schools, it will embed teacher training and trainee teachers into every aspect of activity and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers for the region.” Further information about the proposals for the school, are available on the dedicated University School website. A public consultation on the plans for the school, including the draft admissions policy, proposed curriculum and the building and site, was launched at the University’s Community Day in June and will run until 2 August. In addition to an online survey, the University is holding a range of drop-in session for the parents and guardians of prospective pupils and other interested parties across Birmingham as an opportunity to learn about different aspects of the planned school, including admissions and curriculum and to express views on the plans.

A public consultation on the school plans was launched at the University of Birmingham’s Community Day in June and will run until 2 August.

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Don your panamas It’s barbecue season with a difference


Wine Column At a barbecue recently I noticed that most people tended not to bring any Old World (European - French, Italian, Spanish etc) wines. I was no exception as I had brought a Uruguayan Tannat/Merlot blend. Many people might expect the bigger, fruitier New World (United States, Australia, South America and South Africa) style wines to partner better with barbecued food, but there are alternatives. There are some excellent partnerships, such as Argentinian Malbec with steak, but there are also times when something less overtly fruit-forward will work better. I generally look at the sauce that will be used in a particular dish as a guide. A rack of spare ribs doused in a fruity barbecue sauce would be likely to go very well with a big tannic New World Shiraz, but what about those dishes that are reliant on more subtle flavourings, like herb-marinated lamb chops?


Old World wines with a good tannic structure, but which are slightly drier and less intensely fruity would work better here. So without further ado here are two dishes matched with two excellent Old World wines, so that next time you roll out the barbecue set you’ll be armed with something new to try. FOR butterflied and rolled leg of LAMB studded with sliced garlic and cooked with fresh rosemary and thyme (extra marks for

smoking some sprigs of the herbs on the coals). Cune Reserva Rioja 2008 – Waitrose £12.99 A lovely blend of Tempranillo, Garnacha and Graciano produced by one of the most respected Rioja Bodegas. Along with the classic cherry fruit one expects from a good Rioja, this also has a noticeable spice influence from the oak ageing which will work well with the smoky influence from the barbecue coals. A great match for lamb.



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Jayne Bradley

Welcome to my regular column, exclusive to the EH News, where I will be taking you through the trials, tribulations and exhilarations of opening my cookery school in Harborne. It will be part of The School Yard, the exciting transformation of the former Clock Tower building in the High Street by EDG Development. Each month I will be updating you on our designs for the school, the stages of the refurbishment and our emerging programme as we prepare to launch the cookery classes and open in December 2013. For those of you who don’t know about Kitchen School, let me familiarise you. We are a not-for-profit school presenting a range of cookery classes and demonstrations for the absolute beginner to the next budding Masterchef. We will hold classes in the day and evening throughout the year. One classroom can hold up to 18 people and we have two spaces for cooking. You will all have noticed the scaffolding is slowly coming down on The Clock Tower as the roof is repaired. There are lots of changes taking place internally, it looks amazing. I expect to get my keys in September where I will begin to shape my classrooms. Below is a sneaky look at the renovation of the original wooden screen that once divided the School Hall. Kitchen will be reinstating this to create two classrooms, or one big space if a class is really popular! Next month I will be discussing the designs for the school with you – which would you prefer? A traditional domestic kitchen or a fashionable café look? I simply can’t decide. Jayne Bradley is the Director of Kitchen School. Send your comments to

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A fine way to spend a Sunday morning There is something incredibly comforting about finding a local pub you like, and with the plethora of chain establishments around the area, something even better when it’s a good independent. Although not one to frequent pubs too often in the evening, it took no persuasion to entice me to meet friends for Sunday brunch, although the prospect of a full fry up was not quite appealing. So, hence we agreed on The Plough in Harborne. This quirky establishment with its random objects around, eclectic décor and somewhat (pleasantly) school canteen feel about it, is actually the result of award winning interior design, and it gives the place a relaxed and comfortable vibe. With four of us deliberating over the

brunch menu, it was great to see not only the traditional breakfast, but some of my favourites such as smoked salmon, eggs benedict and eggs florentine; I opted for the latter. We also knew that The Plough had a top flight coffee machine so my first test was the expresso. Perfectly creamy, delicious and served with a shot of water on the side, very continental and without the weird looks you get in Starbucks when you ask for this. The food wasn’t too long to follow, my eggs were perfectly cooked and with beautifully fresh spinach, my partner’s sausage sandwich was awesome; something that certainly took away any hunger for many hours to come; and our friend’s smoked salmon looked sublime.

So far environment, coffee and food all top notch, but it is fair to say that this is complimented by some of the best service around. You never have to wait at The Plough, even when it’s busy, they seem to have these magic genie staff who appear just when you need them, as if they have some sixth sense customer service skills, and all very friendly. Perhaps they should go into business training some of the area’s other establishments. On balance it is hard to fault The Plough, a great local success and easy to see why. We’ll definitely be back for brunch (and possibly the beers that followed well into the afternoon). Ian Harvey

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Picnic perfection at Botanical Gardens Open-air events are ideal opportunities for a sumptuous picnic and one of the finest settings is on our very own doorstep here in Edgbaston – Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Now that summer has seriously arrived with suitably soaring temperatures, there is much for arts lovers to enjoy. Simply bring low seating, rugs and a well-stocked picnic hamper for a relaxed evening of theatre and music. The open-air theatre season on the Main Lawn continues with: On August 7 there is an MDCC Theatre Company production of Shakespeare’s Julius Caeser, followed on August 8 by Antony and Cleopatra. Both these performances are in partnership with the Base Tikes company with their stunning

modern takes on these two famous classics. On August 14-15, the Rain or Shine Theatre Company presents Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. On August 21, Heartbreak Productions brings the Gardens’ theatre season to a close with David Kerby Kendall’s dramatic interpretation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula. Opera fans are also in for a special treat on July 25. Opera Anywhere is beaming Puccini’s Tosca live from the Royal Opera House to the Gardens in the Terrace Suite. And on July 31, it is presenting Gilbert & Sullivan’s lively operetta The Pirates of Penzance, also in the Terrace Suite. Music lovers are enjoying a feast over the summer with live music every Sunday from the Bandstand. On August 11, there is a fantastic special

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event. Swingtime In The Gardens will bring some foot-tapping sounds throughout the day. Top swing bands – The Jive Aces, Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra and Antonio Socci and His Band - will be performing live all day, plus vintage stalls and dancing. Admission will be £18 on the day, all day for all visitors, and (for this day only) free for Gardens’ Members. During the day there are 15 acres of beautiful landscaped gardens in full summer bloom, four glasshouses, the Butterfly House and a lawn aviary for plant lovers to enjoy and explore. The Children’s Playground and Discovery Garden, Children’s Trails and Family Explorer Backpacks all offer extra fun for youngsters. 


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St Andrew's, the home of Birmingham City Football Club, was the striking venue for the May Birmingham Business Breakfast Club. Guests welcomed Adam Rickitt, CEO of the Help There was an excellent turn out for the Harry Help Others charity, which puts its efforts into not only helping to find a cure for brain cancer but also supporting children and families affected by any cancer. Adam also found he June meeting of the Birmingham Business still had many fans from his Coronation Street days. He gave a great insight into the work of the charity and showed a moving presentation recorded by Harry himself. Breakfast Club. Chairman Adrian Hindmarsh was delighted If you would like more information on joining the club, please contact Philippa Lloyd-Harris, Vice Chairman, to welcome fellow solicitor Mary Kaye as the guest speaker. Mary has just completed her year as president of The Birmingham Law Society. Eilee Schofield She gave a most entertaining, amusing and (Birmingham Law informative talk about her time as President Society), Fiona and also life as a modern solicitor. Mary also Audley (The Irish Post), Clare emphasised the need for the legal profession Bramley (Canis to forge close links with business. Media), Adrian At next’s month’s event on July 17, BBBC will Hindmarsh (Artis Legal), be joined by Tim Watts, chairman and driving Mary Kaye force behind Pertemps, a true Birmingham(Birmingham Law Society), Pat based success story. For more information Wright (Irish in visit Birmingham) and Ian O’Donnell (Real Point Design)

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EFR Luxury Travel and Lifestyle Event

EFR Travel Group hosted a luxury Travel and Lifestyle event at the Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar on the 25th Floor of The Cube on Tuesday 23rd April - It was attended by celebrities and sportsmen such as Darren Moore, Darren Carter and many more.

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Midlands Air Ambulance Recognition Awards & Charity Ball The Midlands Air Ambulance Recognition Awards and Charity Ball, held at Edgbaston Stadium, attracted 450 guests from the world of business, sport and entertainment, and raised ÂŁ20,000 for one of the most popular charities in the region.

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Mike Tindall, Hanna Sebright, CEO of Midlands Air Ambulance, and Andy Goode

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THIRD XI FIRST XI: Back row L to R: Andrew Lloyd, Matt Parker, Naheem Sajjad, Greg Adams, Naren Ratwatte, Matt Tigg, Niru Raveenthiraraja. Front row L to R: Jimmy Clifford, Guriq Randhawa, Malcolm Willcox (President), Raj Sen (Captain), Darren Franklin.


Harborne a force to be reckoned with By BOB MALDEN



Harborne Cricket Club was founded in 1868. The ground at Old Church Avenue is in a beautiful setting and is one of the most picturesque grounds in the Birmingham League. Some very notable and famous cricketers have represented Harborne over the years such as Alvin Kallicharran, the wonderful gifted player who represented the West Indies, Warwickshire players Mark Wagh and Michael Powell, and the current England Number 3 Jonathan Trott. Harborne field six teams on a Saturday, and also play in the Warwickshire Sunday League. To field so many teams is a notable performance by any stretch of the imagination, and is due to the diligence and hard working committees that keeps the club vibrant and successful. The First XI is currently in the Birmingham League Division 2, captained by Raj Sen. The Second XI is in the Premier Division of The Birmingham Second XI teams. The captain is Alistair Lyttle, who is also chairman of Harborne CC. The Third XI is captained by Chris Fowell, the Fourth XI by Kesta Henry, the Fifth XI by John Pravin and the Sixth XI by Navid Anjum. Harborne CC also have a very well organised and successful youth policy fielding no less than eight junior sides from under9s to under 17. This is always an excellent sign that the youth players are encouraged to progress and hopefully some will make the transition to the first team in the future. The 2013 season started off in very promising style for the First XI with wins against Fordhouses, Oswestry, Coventry and NW, Eastnor and Stratford-upon-Avon.

HOW THEY LINE UP AT HARBORNE CRICKET CLUB IN 2013 SECOND XI: Back row L to R: Alan Wild (Hon. Fixture Secretary), Andy Jones, Jimmy Clifford, Rees Davenport, Tom Arnold, Alex Kirkpatrick, Will Savage, Zahir Ziarab, Tony Orton (Umpire). Front row L to R: John Dyer, Alistair Lyttle (Captain), Robert Powell, Greg Easter. THIRD XI: Back row L to R: Adam Yates, Jimmy Clifford, Matt Wookey, Iqbal Kasana, Rees Davenport, Zahir Ziarab, Baldev Raj. Front row L to R: Tim Clay, Chris Fowell (Captain), Alex Reynolds, Ian Powick. FOURTH XI: Back row L to R: Zak Sinkinson, Tom Burn, Jonathan Ward, Jamie Hall, Dileepa

After five matches, they were proudly on the top of the table. However since then things have not gone quite as well. A bad loss against Water Orton, a losing draw against current leaders Old Elizabethans, a winning draw against Stourbridge, and an abandoned match against Whitchurch. Harborne were in fifth place at the end of June but the division is so tight, only 13 points separate second from ninth, so the whole situation can and probably will change in the next three months. The Second XI are having a very promising season. A well balanced side, they have an experienced and shrewd captain in Alistair Lyttle and at the end of June were in second place behind the leaders Knowle and Dorridge. All the teams are having a good season,but it is barely at the halfway stage, and we shall report progress in future editions of the EH News. The weather plays such a vital part - it could prevent matches being played - but Harborne are a force to be reckoned with and are ambitious for success. Membership enquiries should be made to Hon. membership secretary Max Feltham on 07500 009502.



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Nathavitharana, Oliver Dixon. Front row L to R: Max Feltham, Dave Rankin, Kesta Henry (Captain), John Pravin, David Coglan. FIFTH XI: Back row L to R: James Midgley, Greg Siddell, Sam James, Harith Jayakody, Mustafa Babar. Front row L to R: Aqib Iqbal, Yogish Toora, John Pravin (Captain), Jaz Johngir, Hiras Hizbullah. SIXTH XI: Back row L to R: Sarban Hoonjan, Darpit Shah, Sukhi Bharaj, Sanitha Ragunath, Hamza Naeem. Front row L to R: Karan Bharaj, Stefan Kowalik, Navid Anjum (Captain), Mike Harvey, Sam Preece.

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2013 JuneJULY 2013

Edgbaston delivers first class ICC innings By BOB MALDEN and SAM GRANT

The ICC Champions Trophy featuring the top eight teams in the world is a fabulous event in the world of cricket.

Warwickshire CCC held no less than five key matches featuring England v Australia, South Africa v Pakistan, Australia v New Zealand, Pakistan v India and the final which after some superb matches across the country resulted in England facing India to win the Champions Trophy. Edgbaston had unfortunately not been awarded a Test match this summer against Australia, but this was a golden opportunity to showcase the considerable merits of Edgbaston as an international venue. Many gripping Test matches have been played at Edgbaston and this was a chance to show the world of cricket that Edgbaston was worthy of holding a final that would be shown around the world. Cricket fans from 220 different countries watched the final, whilst almost 105,000 visited Birmingham across the tournament. As a result, the £15.5 million economic impact to the region was almost £3 million more than expected.  Colin Povey, chief executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “There was a global television audience and all the teams have gone away thrilled, and the feedback from the sponsors has been great. “We have got global cricket tournaments that England and Wales are due to host in the next five years, so in terms of putting down a marker for having the final here, and away from Lords, it was important.” The final had all the hallmarks of a classic between two very good teams. The weather did its best to upset things, but this was when Edgbaston rose to the challenge in a magnificent way. At one stage it looked as if the match would not get underway. No reserve day had been put in place, and the trophy would be shared if no

A jubilant Indian cricket team and Warwickshire’s Ian Bell in England action all helped create a memorable ICC Champions Trophy final at Edgbaston.

play was possible. The Warwickshire ground staff produced miracles and at 4.20pm a 20over match started. England restricted India to a total of 128, with a professional display of bowling and ground fielding. Ravi Bopara produced an excellent spell of 3-20 in four overs. Could England produce a batting display in a very emotional atmosphere to win the trophy? The Indian spinners took four early wickets, but when Eoin Morgan and Ravi Bopara joined forces with a fine stand of 64 it looked as if England would win. But cricket has many turns and twists. Needing just 20 off 15 balls it looked odds on, especially as Ishant Sharma was smashed for six by Morgan and then bowled two no balls. But in the space of just two balls both Morgan and Bopara were dismissed by Sharma, panic set in and after looking in control of the situation fell short at 124 for eight wickets from the 20 overs. England could and should have won but also give credit to a fine India side that won all the five matches they played. England can now look forward to an Ashes series.

An epitaph to this Champions Trophy has to be how superbly Warwickshire produced such a brilliant spectacle for cricket lovers from all over the world. They have further enchanced what was always top class - and other cricketing nations further realise what a great management team is based at Edgbaston. One final note to the ECB: We can produce at Edgbaston and we have proved it. WARWICKSHIRE all-rounder Darren Maddy has confirmed that he will retire from all forms of professional cricket at the end of the current season following a glittering 23year career in the game. Maddy captained the Bears between 2007 and 2008 and has won three trophies in seven years at Edgbaston, including the LV= County Championship 2012, the CB40 in 2010, and the County Championship Division 2 title in 2008. He also won three Test, eight ODI and four t20 caps for England, as well as an additional three major domestic trophies in a 13-year career at his native Leicestershire, prior to joining the Bears ahead of the 2007 season.                                   

Pedigree ticket offer for legendary derby game Marston’s Pedigree, the official beer of Warwickshire County Cricket Club, is giving away 5,000 tickets in local pubs for the Friends Life t20 match between the old county rivals Warwickshire and Worcestershire on Friday July 26. The tickets, worth £15 each, are being given away on a ‘Buy One Get One Free’ basis over the bars of 73 Marston’s Pedigree stockists in a 30-mile radius around Edgbaston or online from promotional cards given with every pint of Pedigree purchased. Participating bars in the B15 and B17 postcodes include Edgbaston Priory Club and Edgbaston Golf Club. Gareth Roberts, commercial director at Warwickshire, said: “Our Friends Life t20 match versus Worcestershire at Edgbaston is our biggest domestic match of the year, with a legendary atmosphere generated by the thousands of fans in attendance. “Marston’s are a long-standing supporter of the Bears. We hope that this promotion will give many more fans the opportunity to get behind them.”

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