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Neil Edginton (left), of EDG Property, and Jeremy Nicklin, director of music at Blue Coat School, pictured with the Blue Coat School Choir.

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LOCAL developers EDG Property have reached a major milestone at The School Yard scheme in Harborne as the first phase completes.

Marked with a celebratory, festive event held in the new central courtyard at the heart of the £5m development, Christmas cheer was the order of the day as local children from The Blue Coat School performed carols by candlelight. Playing on the scheme’s original use as a school, local glitterati, including Harborne residents, traders and business people were welcomed by a mock headmaster as they enjoyed the Christmas market atmosphere with mulled wine, stalls and more entertainment from a Victorian “flash mob” dance troupe. With coffee emporium Urban Coffee Company recording excellent trading figures and Birmingham’s first Prezzo restaurant now open for business, the developer has also confirmed the

second phase of the scheme will start in the New Year as well as hinting at two further lettings for the scheme, which includes the community food school. Neil Edginton, of EDG Property, said: “Slap bang in the middle of Harborne, this beautiful listed building had become something of an eyesore, shrouded in scaffolding and with an uncertain future. When we acquired the site in 2011, though it was loved by the local community, it was falling into disrepair. “Fast forward less than two years and it’s fantastic to celebrate the completion of the first phase of its redevelopment by inviting our neighbours, friends and colleagues into The School Yard to kickstart the festive season. “With two of our retailers, Urban Coffee Company and Prezzo, both open and recording excellent trading figures, we will be in a position to announce two further lettings very soon and are looking forward to the next phase of the development starting in the New Year.”

Lord Mike Whitby of Harborne said: “This development is a real winner. It’s going to work wonders in terms of bringing more visitors to the High Street to dine out and shop.” The second phase comprises a small number of apartments and townhouses. EDG Property launched a design competition earlier this autumn to find the architects who will design it and the final shortlist comprises two Birmingham-based practices, Bryant Priest Newman and ADP. The outcome will be reported in EH News. Edginton added: “Our aim is to bring heritage and contemporary style together, and feedback has been phenomenal, particularly for the wonderful public courtyard at the heart of the development and the best bits of the listed building have now been restored and are back in use.” The development has also seen the £30,000 restoration of the building’s original listed clock tower and the clock itself, which is now keeping time for the first time since the mid-80s.

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need during a difficult time, but with the safety of 24-hour care from the hospice’s specialist medical team. Georgina Moseley, Help Harry Help Others founder and chairman, said: “I know how important it is for families to be together when a loved one is living with terminal illness, so it’s wonderful for us to be able to support Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice to help more families to spend that precious time in comfort and safety.” Tina Swani, Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice chief executive, said: “We pride ourselves on the support we offer to the entire family of an individual living with terminal illness. We encourage families to spend as much time as they need at the Hospice, and this new centre will help us to give families greater comfort, space and privacy during that important time together.”

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HARBORNE POLICE ROUND-UP by Sgt MARK HICKMAN THE end of the year is always a time when we can reflect on our own behaviour and how it may effect others. I have spoken about the subject of general issues around parking and speeding before.

Children from St Mary’s Catholic Primary School “police” their own school gates, encouraging drivers to park safely and well away from zig zag lines.

Do not abuse them. The police may then become involved as you may commit a crime. From our point of view, we will continue to support the schools around a variety of issues including parking. We will come and knock your door if your details are passed to us and we will arrest you and give you a criminal record if you act inappropriately towards teachers, parents or children who you abuse when it is you who has parked illegally and more important, dangerously. LAST month I spoke about various issues leading up to Christmas, particularly burglary and violence around the pubs in Harborne. I would just ask you to enjoy the Christmas period but please be mindful of advertising your property to thieves and be careful with how much you drink over the festive season. Please also consider neighbours and the vulnerable and perhaps lonely people who you know or who live near you. Leading up to Christmas, please be aware that thieves will pray on our older generation who often still carry cash about with them. We have had a number of incidents where victims have been followed from a bank or building society and engaged in conversation, the cash being stolen whilst the offender and victim are talking, perhaps after the offender has asked for the time. I WISH all readers well for Christmas and the New Year. As always, if you need some help or wish to discuss an issue, please contact us on 101 extension 7863 6667 or place Harborne Neighbourhood Team in your search engine and send us an e-mail via our website.

Lord Whitby will tell real Birmingham story Lord Mike Whitby of Harborne has announced that he will not be seeking re-election in the 2014 Birmingham City Council elections. In a statement released by the Conservative Group Office in Birmingham he said that it had been a huge honour to serve the people of Harborne since he gained the seat through a by-election in 1997.

He added that as a peer in the House of Lords, he would be be well placed to articulate an accurate portrayal of Birmingham’s aspirations and achievement and to challenge the current administration’s cries of doom and gloom which he says are affecting Birmingham’s reputation as a dynamic, progressive city and are totally unacceptable.

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This month, I wish to concentrate on an area where feelings are running very high amongst many who live, work or visit Harborne. This subject is the parking of vehicles in and around Harborne schools. The issues have never gone away but are likely to get worse as some of the schools are expanding - Chad Vale Primary School and St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, for example. Parents continue to drop their children on zig zags, park on double yellows, abuse their disability badges, turn around dangerously and also abuse and threaten those who try to educate them about their behaviour. Following a near miss at St Mary’s school on Vivien Road - a driver parked dangerously and waved a child across the road when a car was coming - there has been considerable anger amongst the school communities about the behaviour of quite a few parents/guardians who take and collect their children to and from school. This led to a partnership meeting chaired by Harborne Councillor James McKay. Problems were highlighted at each and every school in the Harborne area. The following schools were all represented - St Peter’s, St Mary’s, Chad Vale, Harborne Primary School, Lordswood Boys’ and Girls’ Schools, George Dixon Academy and George Dixon Primary School. I think it is accepted that the police cannot be at each school each day. In fact when we are present, there are few issues around the schools - people park responsibly! But we can’t always be there, and it is when we are not there that there are problems as there is a perception that there will be no sanction against inconsiderate drivers. St Mary’s were represented amongst others by the head boy Samuel and head girl Ellie. They form part of a group that carry placards and wear high visibility jackets. They “police” their own school gates. This is an innovative way to tackle the problem. There is also something very charming about children teaching grown-up people how to behave. The problems around schools in Harborne, and actually the whole city, are truly shocking. There is real concern that an accident with a child is not too far away. Parents, teachers and children are all going to be working together to deal with this problem.

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Neighbourhood success

THE Harborne Neighbourhood Policing Team have handed over a cheque for £2,000 to local charity Cerebral Palsy Midlands.

The donation helped the charity meet its target of raising £25,000 to purchase a new minibus. The police were first alerted to the charity’s urgent need for new and reliable transport in the summer – and PCSO Sue Dufficy and PCSO Marc Pearson from the

Harborne Team made a successful application for funding from the Police Property Act Fund. “It was wonderful to see the members’ faces light up when we handed over cheque,” said PCSO Dufficy, pictured above. “You could see how much it meant to them.” Adam Siviter, development officer at Cerebral Palsy Midlands (CPM), in Victoria Road, Harborne, said: “On behalf of everyone at the

charity I would like to thank the police and the ladies from Harborne Neighbourhood Watch who helped to make this happen.” CPM is a Birmingham-based charity for people with cerebral palsy and other related conditions. The charity relies heavily on public donations and grants from charitable trusts. The charity’s community centre provides day care to adults 19 years and over, as well as projects in art,

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music and life skills. CPM also provides advocacy and advice for people. The charity has managed to purchase a replacement minibus from the funds that have been raised including public donations and the grant from the Police Property Act Fund. The minibus has replaced the charity’s original 1989 Ford Transit, which had broken down four times this year.

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Waste collections over Christmas

ARRANGEMENTS for the collection of household refuse and recycling over the Christmas 2013 period have been confirmed by Birmingham City Council. The plans are in line with those used for many years in the city – which means that there will be no collections on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, but that all other collections will be as normal. Christmas period collection dates: Christmas Day – Wednesday 25 December – no collection. Boxing day – Thursday 26 December – no collection
. New Year’s Day – Wednesday 1 January – normal scheduled collections. For those residents who normally receive a refuse collection on a Wednesday or Thursday (falling on December 25 and 26) will receive a collection on Wednesday (January 1) or Thursday (January 2). Residents who have a recycling collection service due on Wednesday or Thursday (falling on December 25 and 26) will receive a collection on Wednesday (January 8) or Thursday (January 9). Residents who use wheelie bin services in the Harborne and Brandwood wards will have the same arrangements, although additional side waste and recycling will be collected. The city’s five Household Recycling Centres will be open as normal each day, except on Christmas Day and Boxing Day, for any residents with large quantities of waste or recycling that they wish to dispose of between their scheduled collections. There are also a wide variety of recycling banks around the city for those who may be unable to get to any of the recycling centres.

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10 years of success at Sabai Sabai sets stage for Harborne expansion It has been difficult enough over the last 5 years for any restaurant to survive, but after originally opening in Moseley 10 years ago, it is testament to Sabai Sabai’s appeal that they are not only doing well, but investing in the refurbishment of the second restaurant in Harborne, which enjoys a prime position on Harborne High Street. Sabai Sabai is pleased to welcome Mat McKillop as their new Harborne manager. With over 20 years’ experience in restaurant development, together they are planning an exciting new cocktail area, giving a vibrant lift to the total Sabai Sabai customer experience. A lively calendar of events includes a spectacular New Year’s Eve Hollywood Glamour Ball. Plans for the new cocktail bar are certainly exciting and will offer a stylish and somewhat forward-thinking addition to the High Street. But this is a far cry from where Sabai Sabai began, with the dream of a little girl selling food on the streets of Thailand. That little girl was Jureerat Dykins. She took her dream of wanting to own her business all the way to Wales where she arrived aged seven. At Bradford University Business School, Juree carefully unpacked her dream into an idea for a restaurant bar where she would sit every evening, relaxing and drinking wine. After graduation, she set out to pursue this wonderful dream with Torquil Chidwick whom she’d met at university. Naturally, the "relax" part of the dream was quickly replaced by 6 days a week of hard graft. But the "chill" remained true for the customers. Today Jureerat and Torquil are proud owners of both restaurants known for their intimate space, welcoming atmosphere and delicious recipes. Whilst Sabai Sabai Moseley is still the undisputed home of laid back funk, Harborne has stepped up into contemporary style, the successful marriage of sleek East meets West chic. With 270 degree panoramic floor to ceiling windows, every detail in the restaurant has been meticulously planned such as matching flower etchings in the glass with the delicate floral menu designs, all executed in their rich shades of pale oranges and purples. Both are immensely well suited to their geographic locations. With all this progress in only 10 short years, Harborne can now look forward to stylish and inventive cocktails as well as good quality Thai cuisine. Matt told us “there is huge family influence in the restaurant, driving and developing the menu, and you can’t really get much more authentic than that.” Sabai Sabai are also offering a special Christmas menu, giving diners the option to sample the menu at a very competitive price. That seems a great reason to visit and perhaps come back and sample a few cocktails when the cocktail bar opens in the New Year. To book a table call 0121 426 2688 for Harborne or 0121 449 4498 for Moseley

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Puppy litter given new hope of finding homes for life ANIMAL-loving friends Lesley Hill and Tina Stockton have been involved in the rescue, fostering and re-homing of dogs and cats in the Bearwood area and beyond for the past 16 years. They are now facing one of their toughest challenges. They were recently alerted to the plight of a heavily pregnant young Rottweiler cross, Charley, who had been abandoned. The dog went on to have a litter of 12 puppies – 10 by natural birth and two by caesarean. Lesley and Tina, from Rover Rescue, with the help of their friends at Wild Acre Rescue have set themselves the task of re-homing Charley and the 13-week-old puppies who are currently in foster homes in and around the Harborne and Sandwell area. Rover Rescue is a local animal rescue service. Rover stands for “Raising of Veterinary Expenses for Rescues.” Lesley said: “We need to find some really responsible, loving, permanent homes for the puppies. “A good home is where there’s an adult at home for a lot of the time. These puppies will grow into big boisterous dogs so potential owners need to be adults, with no young children in the home, and have large dog experience. Gardens need to be

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safe and enclosed and ideally the owners should be able to attend puppy training. We always carry out a home check as part of the service too.” The care of animals has been a way of life for Tina Stockton. She became a part owner of Linella Dog Grooming in 1971 before taking over the business 16 years ago. It was around that time that she met Lesley. “She helped me track down a lost dog and we’ve been friends ever since,” said Tina. Her business provides customers with a full range of dog grooming, bathing, teeth cleaning and nail clipping services for their dogs where Lesley also helps out. There is also a dog creche facility. Owners who want to pop out for a couple of hours but

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don’t want to leave the dog at home can leave their pets in safe hands at Linella’s for a minimal charge. Tina provides her dog grooming services free to Rover Rescue and helps to raise funds towards the payment of vet bills. “It’s a passion - it’s all I do,” said Tina. “I do it for the animals, to see them go out looking totally different and obviously happier for what you’ve done to them, it makes life worthwhile.” Rover Rescue and Wild Acre Rescue, are also looking to re-home adult neutered cats. All animals are vaccinated, wormed and micro-chipped before going to a new home. Lesley added: “There are just so many animals out there that need help. “People often bring in some very sorry cases. We’ve had dogs come in with their fur so matted you can hardly tell what breed they are. With the fantastic help and support from Tina, the dogs are transformed in appearance and become a lot more socialable as they will have had the chance to mix with other dogs at Linella’s.” If you think you can provide a “forever home” for a puppy or any animal in their care please call Lesley on 0121 439 6991, Lyndsey on 07735 516756, Angie on 01384 565501 or visit the website: www. wildacrerescue.co.uk

Proud day for RSPCA

HIS Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester (pictured above) has officially opened the RSPCA’s flagship Animal Centre and Hospital at Newbrook Farm in Frankley. Civic dignitaries from across the West Midlands attended the prestigious event – and were joined by RSPCA staff and volunteers and the charity’s chief executive Gavin Grant. The RSPCA is immensely proud of its Birmingham presence. Newbrook Farm - featured in the last issue of EH News - is the charity’s national centre of excellence for animal welfare, offering the highest standards in nursing and treatment to many of the most damaged, abused, injured and neglected animals in the country. Mr Grant gave His Royal Highness a tour of the innovative facilities and introduced him to the society’s staff and volunteers. Mr Grant said: “Nothing gives me greater pleasure than being able to show people the admirable work which the RSPCA does day in day out for the benefit of all animals who have been rescued from imminent danger. “People who visit the Birmingham centre can see first hand the work we are doing in leading the fight against a growing animal cruelty crisis – it truly is a remarkable place.”

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The man making maths fun

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Clifford, also known as Mr NK, has developed an innovative way of quickly teaching adults and children their times tables using song, rhythm, movement and catchy rap-style lyrics. He was invited to St Paul’s by headteacher Dr Dawn Casserly as part of the school’s “Year of Maths” to reinforce the message to their girls that maths is possible, is important and is no more difficult than any other subject. The EH News joined the school’s Year Seven assembly of 160 11-12 year olds who were all captivated by Mr NK’s infectious energy, enthusiasm and easy going manner. And they learned their seven times table inside 30 minutes too. Dressed casually (“this kind of thing doesn’t work in a suit and tie”), it took only a brief introduction from Clifford before he launched into the seven times table challenge for the morning. Pupils and teachers alike quickly picked up melody and lyrics such as: “2 x 7 is 14, you can be brainy and sporty; 4x7 is 28, tell the teachers don’t be late.” Clifford’s journey to his current business success as owner of the New Kreations company (hence Mr NK) is both remarkable and inspiring. He is dyslexic, left school without any qualifications and didn’t learn his times tables until he was 29 years old. Towards the end of his teens, his grandparents and mother in Birmingham passed away in quick succession and he moved to hostel accommodation in Snow Hill – a building full to the brim with “negative energy” and he prayed to God to “get me out of that place.” He secured a job as a sports assistant at Greet Primary School in Sparkbrook where a teacher spotted his potential and encouraged him to take up a role as a learning mentor. Clifford also heard about the Prince’s Trust charity – and put together a business plan (“the hardest thing I’ve ever done”) to start his own children’s party company. He was awarded £4,600. But Clifford still wanted to give something more to the children. He had always noticed how bored they looked in the class room when they were learning their times tables. The trigger for action came when a pupil asked him “Sir, what’s 8 x 8” and he didn’t know the answer. He went away, and with a friend to write it down, he devised what was to become Tunes Times Tables. “I wanted to make time tables cool,” said

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PUPILS at St Paul’s School for Girls had a maths lesson with a difference when Pride of Britain award winner Clifford Harding made his way to Edgbaston to deliver a lesson from his unique “Tunes Times Tables” programme.

High energy: Clifford Harding, also known as MR NK, of Tunes Times Tables, taught the seven times table to pupils at St Paul’s School for Girls.

Clifford. He’s achieved that. Not only did he repay the Prince’s Trust award in record time, his company now employs two full-time staff plus people that do the children’s party packages. His programme has been delivered to hundreds of schools and other organisations in the UK, New York and the Houses of Parliament. In 2010 with the help of local schools, NK Kreations broke the Guinness Book of Records for the largest maths class using the Tunes Times Tables format. That record has since been beaten in Indonesia but one of Clifford’s targets in 2014 is to get the record back. In 2013, he received a Pride of Britain Award from HRH The Prince of

Wales for recognition of his work. But Clifford, a father of four who now lives in Erdington, also tells a positive message to everyone he teaches. “Dreams can come true if you work hard,” he says. “And it doesn’t matter what people call you. If they call you names, let it go over your head, it’s what’s in your heart that counts. “If you believe in yourself anything is possible. Look at me and where I came from. Who would have thought I would end up here like this? “So believe me when I say that if you sacrifice and work hard, I guarantee you will get anywhere you want to go.”

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New choir commemorates WW1 centenary BIRMINGHAM Bach Choir is working with the Royal British Legion to develop a new military choir in the city as part of a project to commemorate next year’s centenary of the First World War. Members will perform the song ‘A Shared Singing’ at Birmingham’s Symphony Hall in September 2014, as part of Unfinished Remembering, a new choral symphony. The words are from a poem by Euan Tait and have been set to music by Paul Spicer, the

conductor of the Birmingham Bach Choir, and dedicated to The Royal British Legion. Many Armed Forces service personnel, from all branches, are based in Birmingham, together with reservists, cadets, medical staff and veterans – and the choir is open to all connected with the military and their families aged over 16. The choir meets every month at King Edward VI High School for Girls, in Edgbaston Park Road. For more information contact westmidlands@britishlegion.org.uk

Dr Dawn Casserly told pupils: “I saw Mr NK when I was watching TV and he received the Pride of Britain Award from the Prince of Wales. Mr NK is known throughout the country and I think he will become an even greater superstar.” She added: “I thought today was excellent. There was humour, there was relevance and the girls enjoyed it, and because they enjoyed it they will remember it. “I also liked the bigger message which is about dreaming your dreams and making them a reality.” For more information on Mr NK visit his website at www.tunestimetables.com

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An early drop of Christmas laughter REVIEW:

SEASON’S GREETINGS Moorpool Players

AN energetic and refreshingly youthful cast succeeded in putting sell-out audiences into Christmas mood at Moor Pool Hall with an impressive performance of Alan Ayckbourn’s devilish black comedy.

Probably every household has a story to tell about a Christmas get together that’s gone down in family folklore thanks to the antics of mildly eccentric grandparents, fussy aunts or grumpy uncles. And it’s no different at the home of Belinda (a bustling Caroline Alderton) and Neville (Des Lea) as they prepare for Christmas. Belinda juggles her time between decorating the Christmas tree (admirably on a stage in front of 300 people) and managing the kitchen. Her laid-back husband Nev might know a thing or two about electrics but is about as interesting as a dud Christmas cracker.

What Neville lacks in personality is made up for by his fond-of-a-tipple sister Phyllis (a boisterous Mary Ruane). You can’t help but think that she was driven to drink by her hopelessly inept GP husband Bernard (Andrew Miles). Marital communication is also a problem for jobless Eddie (Richard Quarmby), a friend of Nev’s, who is constantly turning a deaf ear to his pregnant wife Pattie (Emma Suffield). Added to the unhappy household mix is the quirky Uncle Harvey (a wonderfully twitchy Mark Earey), a cruelly sarcastic ex-security guard and TV addict who has never seen the harm in buying young children guns for Christmas. It’s the appearance of outsider Clive (a svelte Dan Birch), one-time author and ‘not boyfriend’ of Belinda’s straightlaced sister Rachel (Sam Bloxham) that raises the Christmas excitement stakes - for Belinda at least, who goes into night-dress seduction mode. Their fruity romp under the Christmas tree at midnight is interrupted by a toy

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Season’s Greetings: (from left) Mark Earey, Emma Suffield, Caroline Alderton, Andrew Miles and Richard Quarmby.

REVIEW:

A CHRISTMAS CAROL The Birmingham Rep

tin drummer, and Nev’s slack work wiring an infra-red remote control sets off the musical Christmas tree lights that wake up the rest of the household. The audience are warned in the programme of loud sound effects in Act 2. It’s not the catastrophic collapse of Bernard’s puppet booth during an hilariously bad performance of Three Little Pigs (well done Andrew Miles). It turns out Uncle Harvey goes on the loose with a gun.

This was a performance for Moorpool Players to be proud of, and the show must have brought back happy memories for director John Healey who played the part of Bernard when the Players staged Season’s Greetings 25 years ago. Behind the scenes, lighting was by John Bolt, sound by Brian Phillips and construction of an authentic set was by Tex Mason, John Healey and Brian Phillips.

AN open-air ice rink is doing a tidy business a few steps away from The Rep entrance. All I can say is get your skates on to the theatre to see a bright and breezy performance of Charles Dickens’s great 1843 story. Spooky whispering spirits appear from the mists swirling around Victorian backto-backs and immediately transport the audience to the 19th century. The ingenious set by Ti Green is lit superbly throughout by Mark Doubleday. Joe Servi is excellent as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge - a performance all the more remarkable because he had only learnt the part two days before. Original lead Matthew Ashford had a broken jaw. A tight-knit cast seamlessly double up on one or two characters, including Guy Lewis who flips from the Ghost of Christmas Past to the impoverished Bob Crachit. The Ghost of Christmas Present is not too scary for the children, a giant puppet operated by the six of the cast, War Horse-style, and resembling a turkey carcass sporting spiky claws. The most threatening voice of the show booms out from Marc Akinfolarin as Jacob Marley. There are some colourful and appealing song and dance routines - and Joe Servi offers up a Scrooge who wouldn’t look out of place on Strictly. Until January 4. Box office: 0121 236 4455. Online: www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Onneley Centre, Re-launch Friday 20th December, Everyone Welcome The Onneley Centre is a place for older people to socialise, exercise and enjoy a cooked meal. The centre has been in existence for over ten years some older people have been attending since its original opening. Age UK Birmingham recently took over management of this centre in July and have already set about making improvements that will enhance the experience of users at the centre. The dedicated kitchen staff have served the centre and it’s users for ten years also and are passionate about providing balanced, nutritious meals. The centre also holds extend exercise classes, computer sessions, nail care as well as lunch clubs. Cat Hayward CEO says “we are really glad to have taken on the management of the Onneley Centre and will strive to continue to make it a centre that is vibrant, a great community space for people in later life”

Why not come and see us on 20th of Dec between 9.30 and 12.00 to meet the team and centre users? The centre will be re-launching on Friday 20th December and all are welcome to come and meet our Information and Advice team, find out about our city wide services and see what the centre has to offer. There will also be a raffle, buffet, sample exercise classes and the official ribbon cutting by The Rt Hon Gisela Stuart MP for Edgbaston.

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Classic Diamonds a cut above the rest DIAMONDS will forever be a girl’s best friend, particularly at Christmas when there’s a seasonal peak of interest in buying by husbands and boyfriends looking to surprise their partner with an extra special present.

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“We try to develop lasting relationships with clients, who become advocates of our professionalism, dedication and of the quality of service and advice that we provide; referrals are comfortably our biggest source of new clients, so we must be doing something right” - Andrew This is evidenced by the fact that many companies and individuals have been with him for all of his 26 years in the financial services industry. The St. James’s Place approach that clients have access to through Andrew is distinctive, in that they believe that no single investment house has a monopoly on investment expertise. This approach to fund management allows investors to diversify their investments by spreading their money across funds in different sectors throughout the world, run by fund managers with different styles.

Andrew Whiting joined St. James’s Place in December 1991 and was one of the original Partners at the inception of J. Rothschild Assurance Group, as it was then known. Andrew and his trusted team cover all aspects of financial planning, specialising in wealth creation, protection and management aspects of business exit strategies, retirement planning and inheritance tax planning. His 1300 clients are looked after by his advisers and support staff of legal graduates and qualified paraplanners, and typical clients include CEOs and Managing Directors, solicitors, barristers, accountants and entrepreneurs – many of whom choose to entrust Andrew to keep them on target to help them achieve their financial goals. Through regular face-toface meetings and a holistic approach to wealth management, Andrew and his clients create a roadmap from where they are now to where they would like to be in the future, using their targets and aspirations in either their career or their family life as a guide.

Andrew Whiting Wealth Consultancy LLP is also an active participant and contributor to the philanthropic arm of the organisation, the St. James’s Place Foundation (www.sjpfoundation.co.uk), where every pound donated by employees and Partners in the St. James’s Place community is matched by the company. Over the years Andrew has completed triathlons, and conquered the Ten Tors and the Three Peaks challenges. Most recently he was part of a team that trekked to Everest base camp with one member having the privilege to be allowed to summit Everest itself, raising £750,000 – part of a record-breaking year that saw over £5m raised by the Foundation. Andrew hopes to continue with his charitable work next year and try to help break this record again. As for the future of his consultancy, Andrew anticipates taking on additional staff to match the speed at which the business is growing. He will also be running specific advice seminars throughout the year where topical issues around finance or changes in legislation are presented and discussed for the benefit of legal professionals, accountants, entrepreneurs and business owners. For further information, please contact the office on the details below.

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A helping of football and faith By PHIL BROWN

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CYRILLE Regis gave an enlightening talk about his career in football and his faith in God to over 120 guests gathered together for a men’s breakfast at St John’s Church in Harborne.

He became one of the first black players in First Division football when he joined West Bromwich Albion in 1977, and was affectionately known by supporters as one of the “Three Degrees” when he played alongside Brendan Batson and the late Laurie Cunningham. His professional football career spanned 19 years with spells at West Brom, Coventry – where he helped win the FA Cup in 1987 - Aston Villa, Wolves, Wycombe Wanderers and Chester. He was capped five times for England. The audience saw clips of some of Regis’s famous goals and he said afterwards: “It’s surreal watching myself back then, especially with hair! But to do something you love for 19 years was an absolute pleasure and that’s what I tell young people today – find something you love and make money from it.” Now aged 55, he has worked as a football agent for the past 15 years, mentoring young players and helping them find football clubs. But with only two per cent of players making it to the top flight, he always advises youngsters to have another career to fall back on. Regis himself qualified as an electrician while playing semi-pro. He recalled the moment when Albion manager Ronnie Allen promoted him from the reserves (“the stiffs”) to play in the first team proper. He had been used to crowds of 500 at Hayes – and found himself playing in front of 15,000 people against Rotherham. He scored twice in a 4-0 win, including a penalty. Under manager Ron “Mr Bojangles” Atkinson, he played alongside Cunnningham and Batson. There was only one other black player in the league at that time, Viv Anderson at Nottingham Forest. “We were like no other team at that time and I loved playing at West Brom. It was a great time. The fans were fantastic - the warmth, appreciation, and affection for us was phenomenal.” But that wasn’t the case at every stadium. Racist chanting raised its head at other grounds. “And you’re not talking one or two fans – you’re talking about thousands chanting against you,” said Regis. “There were so many bananas on the pitch you could have opened a stall. “I’m asked ‘How did you deal with it?’ I’d say mental strength. It made you angry but you’d internalize that anger and use it to run and work that little bit harder to put the ball in the back of the net.” Regis said his greatest sadness was that Albion never won any major trophy.“We were a great side. Sometimes you get a team where the chemistry is right, the style of football right, the personality is right, and you go out and play football and it’s an absolute joy.” Regis moved on to talk about his personal life – which was totally different to Regis the footballer. “We all have two faces - the face you want people to see, and the face people don’t quite see. They don’t really know you. “Back in the 70s, football meant you worked hard and played hard. If you had a good game, you celebrated with a drink, and if you had a poor game you had a drink. One pint, two pints or five pints. It was a drinking culture – and after the pub or bar you went to the night clubs.” It was lifestyle that would eventually take its toll on his first marriage. Over that period, Regis told the audience he was weak on character. “I wanted to change and tried to change but I couldn’t help myself.” The spur for change was triggered after the tragic death in a car crash of best friend and Real Madrid player Laurie Cunningham in Spain in 1988. Cyrille had been in another car accident with Cunningham two years before – but they had both walked home after a lucky escape. “A snap of the fingers and Laurie was dead. It shook me. I had everything in the world that says

Cyrille Regis talks to the men’s breakfast audience at St John’s Church. Inset: Sharing a joke with visitor Brian Ngarwa. Pictures by PHIL BROWN

you’re successful – but I questioned myself. Why was I putting so much value on those things and I couldn’t take them with me? I needed those questions answered.” Regis told the St John’s audience how encouragement from Christian friends had led to him becoming a Christian. He recalled one particular day when he had prayed and repented and he had felt an enormous sense of peace came over him. “I knew Jesus Christ was in my room. I didn’t see him but I knew he was there. From that day onwards my life changed. “It took me about a year to seek, to find but from that day onwards I lived my life as a Christian. I know the meaning of grace and where my true worth is; it’s not because I’m a footballer; it’s because God loves me, God died for me and it’s free.” Regis, who has remarried and is the father of two grown-up children and has three grandchildren, said that the most important relationship any human being can have is not with your mother, brother or sisters, but with God. “Through that everything flows. You know how to treat everyone else.” He added: “It’s a privilege to be here to tell you about my life. Yes, sometimes it can be embarrassing... As a man I know the insecurity a man has, the bravado, the front we put on in life, we think ‘don’t tell our friends, I’m struggling with this, with money, with work, with my mind.’ We put on a brave face. “Christianity tells you to be open. The Heavenly Father has got it all covered. Be who you are. Be authentic. God gives you the platform to say ‘This is who I am.’ To anyone not a Christian, I say search, seek and you will find.” After the talk, gifts were handed out to the ladies of St John’s who had helped to prepare and serve the breakfast. The welcome introduction was from Brian Thomas (Middlesbrough fan), the blessing was by youth pastor Jon Tattersall (Tottenham fan) and music was provided by Vinod ‘Nod” Bhatia (Manchester United fan).

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Lawyers launch campaign to freeze business rates

June 2013

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BIRMINGHAM Solicitors DBS Law is launching a campaign to persuade Government ministers to freeze business rates until a revaluation of property values takes place to protect high street traders in the Midlands.

Business rates are set to rise by 3.1 per cent across the whole country next April after years of painful increases that have hit Midlands business hard. Since 2008 the tax has risen by 30 per cent making the UK rate the highest in the EU. The tax set in Westminster takes no account of regional variations in property values or economic performance. DBS Law’s corporate clients have identified rates as an acute problem for businesses outside the south east. They would have seen a reduction in their costs if a revaluation had been undertaken as property prices in our region have fallen by eight per cent in real terms since 2008. Government-imposed delay to the reassessment of rateable values due in 2015 is going to hit local traders hard for some time to come. Currently 14 per cent of High Street property is vacant accounting for 70,000 missing jobs in the region. To mark the opening it’s DBS Hearne office on Bearwood High Street, DBS Law are launching an e-petition on behalf of local businesses calling on the Government to freeze business rates until the revaluation takes place. 100,000 signatures would guarantee a debate in Parliament on the issue. Rob Bhol, DBS Law CEO, said: “Our investment here in Bearwood is part of our strategy to bring high quality legal services to the doorsteps of local people. “We want to revitalise the high streets in the city, and with them, local communities. This is no easy task, there is a lot weighing against high street businesses at the moment.

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How to handle the Christmas party Question: Petra from Bearwood asks, I’ve been at my company for 11 months. It’s a very serious law firm in the city, and has a much stricter policy on behaviour and appearance than in any of my previous companies. Now the Christmas party is coming up and I’m a little worried about letting my hair down as it were. The party is outside working hours but I wonder can you get into trouble at work if you over indulge in the Christmas spirit? Roger Hearne (DBS Hearne) and Rob Bhol (DBS Law) offically open the DBS Hearne office in Bearwood.

“Without a change in the rules for setting business rates or a dramatic improvement in the economy many traders providing local service could be a risk. That’s why we are

petitioning the Government for a rate freeze.” The DBS Hearne office at 120-121 Poplar Rd, Bearwood, was officially opened at a ribbon cutting ceremony on November 26.

Calthorpe reveals village centre vision

AS part of its vision for enhancing Edgbaston, Calthorpe Estates has developed a masterplan on how future leisure and retail could be developed to create a high quality urban village within a mile of Birmingham city centre. The area will be called The Village, and includes developing a vibrant centre that would cluster facilities around those which are already present, such as the Morrisons Five Ways scheme and new leisure attractions, in addition to creating new and linking current public open spaces to establish a mixed use core centre. The Planning Framework is in the early stages and it is being discussed with Birmingham City Council before going forward to a consultation period, which could start shortly. Ralph Minott, director of development at Calthorpe Estates, said: “We have a strong business and residential community on the Estate and we believe a Village heart to Edgbaston is something both residents and non-residents would like. “It would enhance the area, increase the selection and choice of quality leisure and retail facilities, as well as build on Edgbaston

as a prime commercial centre. The area we are considering stretches from Five Ways down Harborne Road in a triangle down Highfield Road and back down Calthorpe Road. This falls in a conservation area and we would ensure we maintain the heritage and the attractive buildings and settings. “Although it is good to have a vision, planning and moving schemes like these take careful planning and consideration. Key to The Village’s success will be attracting the right mix of operators that will complement what is already here.” If the proposals are well received the masterplan will form the basis of future discussions with key partners and Calthorpe Estates will look at changing the use of specific buildings for leisure and retail purposes, undertake public space landscaping, and create strong street signage to connect areas together. Edgbaston has excellent rail, bus and transport links

and has some of the best leisure facilities, including the Edgbaston Stadium cricket ground, The Priory Tennis Club, Edgbaston Golf Club, the Botantical Gardens, The MAC at Cannon Hill, Winterbourne Gardens and the Elmhurst School of Dancing. In addition, it has the award winning Simpsons restaurant, The Blue Piano and The Swan. Peach Pubs will soon be opening a gastro pub, and The Edgbaston, an exclusive cocktail bar and boutique hotel, is also planned in Highfield Road.

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ADRIAN says: This is a fairly common question at Christmas and to be fair the office Christmas party can cause as many worries for the employer as it does for the employee. In effect whether or not the party is held on work premises or in a local pub the employer will often be liable for the health and safety of employees - and employees would do well to remember that the boss will still be the boss the day after the party. Most firms will have a party to show their appreciation of the work done over the year, however it is very simple to let your guard down and say something when fuelled by alcohol that you would never dream of saying when in the office. Remember it is impossible to take back the words when they are out there. The same can be said of comments on social media, there is now case law regarding dismissals because of careless comments posted on Facebook. All employees should remember that the boss may well overlook small indiscretions at the party but there is also the possibility that he will remember exactly what you have said to him. You should also consider your interactions with other members of staff and make sure that all behaviour is appropriate, over indulgence in alcohol is unlikely to be considered as a reasonable defence for a sexual harassment claim. Remember that although your employer has a responsibility to provide a safe environment for you, you also have a responsibility to yourself and to your colleagues. In days gone past indiscretions were usually quickly forgotten about, however now that everyone has a smart phone and internet access anything can find its way to the internet in seconds, the last thing that you want is for inappropriate or embarrassing pictures to be Tweeted while you are still partying. As I said before - once it is out there it is never going away. These days any prospective employer is sure to Google your name and find out what the internet says about you even before you have had an interview, it is wise to keep your internet ‘profile’ as appropriate as possible. My advice would be to have a good time without over indulging and to think of the party as being an extension of the workplace. Let me also take this opportunity to wish all of my readers a very Happy Christmas and a Prosperous New Year – I look forward to answering your questions in 2014. IF you need help with an employment issue or any other legal matter, you can call Adrian on 0844 27 70 800.

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Dixons extends Birmingham reach by acquiring local lettings agent EH News Reporter

LOCAL leading estate and lettings agency Dixons have increased their lettings footprint in Birmingham with the recent acquisition of Chamberlain Lettings, incorporating all four lettings branches covering Harborne, Moseley, Selly Oak and Solihull. West Midlands lettings director Jack Simpson said: “We are delighted to have acquired such a strong lettings team with a reputation for customer service and quality. “Chamberlains Lettings complements our existing South Birmingham estate agency and lettings offering in these four key locations and will continue to be supported by the existing team and senior management. “The strength of these two businesses combined means that our customers will receive unrivalled experience and coverage from a lettings and estate agency perspective.” Louise Wright, regional sales director, Dixons, said: “I have been responsible for the office above the Dixons branch in Harborne for over 15 years. “ I am very excited about how the integration of Chamberlains Lettings can assist in the growth of the brands.” Dixons was established in the 1930s and now has a network of 35 branches across the Midlands.

All staff are highly trained and offer customers the best advice possible whether customers are looking to buy, sell, let or rent property through one of their branches. All of Dixons’ dedicated estate and lettings agents are committed to ensuring every customer’s sale and rental proceeds to completion once a buyer or tenant has been found, keeping customers informed at every stage with regular feedback and communication, and giving customers complete peace of mind. Dixons is part of Countrywide plc, the UK’s largest integrated property services Group, including the largest estate agency and lettings network, operating more than 1,300 associated branches across the UK. Countrywide plc helps more people move than any other business in the UK, selling approximately one in 11 of all homes in the UK. Countrywide plc is also the UK’s largest mortgage brokerage, a leading provider of residential valuations and surveys and is also one of the UK’s largest transactional conveyancing businesses. Countrywide plc is passionate about delivering the very best customer service to its clients and its award-winning service has earned the business 148 high-profile industry awards in the last five years, with customers voting Countrywide Best Large Chain – National category, at the 2013 ESTA awards and most recently Best Large Lettings Agency (Gold) at The Negotiator Awards 2013.

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Cottons capitalises on market growth

COTTONS Property Consultants, based on Hagley Road, has expanded its operation after securing a new £200,000 finance package. The team at Dixons in Harborne are advising The company used the funding to purchase local people who are thinking of moving home adjacent premises to provide additional space to instruct an estate agent now rather than wait for its Auctions, Lettings and Estate Agency until the New Year in order to take advantage of departments. the peak in on-line leads between Christmas and The new premises were officially opened by the New Year. Edgbaston MP Gisela Stuart. “The New Year is traditionally a busy period The move will enable the firm to expand for the housing market as buyers flock to the the estate agency side of the business; a move market after the Christmas period has ended,” which has already resulted in several new jobs said Jonathan Simpson, managing director of and grown the company’s workforce to more Dixons. than 30. “The local housing market is currently very Andrew Barden, managing partner at active and now is a good time to instruct an Cottons said: “We are very positive about the estate agent to sell your property.” current market conditions and the future. We Continued improvements in the housing are seeing movement on both the sales and market and developments in mortgage lending rental side of the business and I personally believe that confidence is returning to the have encouraged first and second time buyers market. and those wanting to move home. “We saw this as an opportunity to expand Gareth Pegg, branch manager of Dixons in the estate agency side of our business which Harborne, said: “The demand for property in the supports our overall strategic goal. In addition Harborne area is outstripping supply and this is we have taken on key staff with expertise in underpinning house prices in the local area. the estates and lettings markets which has “ Properties that are correctly priced and proallowed us to capitalise on the market.” actively marketed are selling well and we expect Financial support for the business has been this upturn to continue well into the New Year.” provided by Barclays. If you would like further information Cottons has recently been appointed as about Dixons and the services it can offer a recommended agent for the Extra Care to customers, or if you require advise on the Hagley Road Village, Edgbaston, a newlysales and lettings market, contact Dixons in constructed development of 240 retirement Harborne on 0121125mm 695 9288x or visit the branch 1 30/05/2013 DBS Law Advert 155mm_Layout apartments.
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Andrew Mclachlan with Marcus Harrington, Omar Omar, Anir Gantugs and Maryam Rana.

AN evening of celebrations at Harborne Academy resulted in over 50 students being presented with certificates of achievement in recognition of their academic and personal progress over the last year.

Students from Year 7 to Year 11 had been nominated by their teachers for achieving excellence in curriculum areas ranging from art to business studies and ICT, to English and mathematics. The ceremony, hosted by ITV weather girl Emma

Jesson, was held in the Academy’s newly-opened, refurbished building containing a glass atrium, large studio spaces, sports facilities and Samsung suites for the development of ICT skills. Interim headteacher at the Academy, Andrew McLachlan, said: “Our awards evening has been about our learners celebrating success with their families, friends and teachers. The staff and I are immensely proud of them all for achieving their goals and finding new ambitions to pursue.� Four learners were also named STAR Learners

of the Year, for demonstrating a real commitment to their studies and becoming shining examples to others, through their positive attitudes and eagerness to support others. These were Anir Gantugs, Marcus Harrington, Maryam Rana and Omar Omar. “I really hadn’t expected to win,� said Year 10 Learner of the Year, Omar Omar. “I think I’ve done well in my studies this year. I’ve enjoyed maths and engineering and being with my friends. Being in the new building is good too – it’s going to make a different to our school life and our learning.�

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Edgbaston’s Ryan a winner A SOUTH and City College Birmingham student from Edgbaston has been named Employee of the Year in the Youth Achievement Awards 2013. Ryan Goodman, aged 19, who is nearly at the end of his Apprenticeship in Retail Level 2 at the college, works for Specsavers in Northfield. He was shortlisted in two categories for Role Model of the Year and Employee of the Year in the Awards. He was nominated for the awards due to his enthusiasm, professionalism and commitment to learning and developing himself in all aspects of optical and retail care, as well as helping and guiding others. The annual Youth Achievement Awards organised by Community Foundation seeks to recognise and celebrate the achievements of young people in the community, as well as to encourage them to continuously develop themselves further and inspire and motivate others. Ryan said: “I am very pleased and surprised to have won this award. I knew my tutor had nominated me, but never thought I would be chosen. It was a shock to learn that I had been nominated for two categories, never mind to win one of them. My colleagues at the branch are all very pleased for me.�

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Parent power helps Harborne When parents pool their skills and experience, work together and volunteer their time, there’s no end to what can be achieved, writes SARAH GRAY, one of the Friends of Harborne School

Working together: Pupils at Harborne Primary School pictured with (from left) parent Sarah Gray, assistant headteacher Julie Hallam, and parents Emma Dunstan and and Helen Smith.

PARENTS of children at Harborne Primary School can feel very proud of their fundraising efforts over the years. The “Friends”, a fundraising PTA group, has reached its target of £20,000 giving the parents, staff and children plenty to celebrate. After consultation with the children, the money has been set aside for fun improvements to their playground space. Children in all year groups voted for their favourite playtime activities. There was no surprise when climbing and imaginative play topped the votes – and work on the playground is now a major priority. The Friends of Harborne School’s fundraising year is a busy one. Termly, children are invited to take part in school discos and film clubs. These are well attended, fantastic social events that the children love - and healthy ticket sales have ensured that the Friends have moved ever closer to their target. Despite the inevitable June rain, a bustling, successful summer fair went ahead and the introduction of the popular “Animal Man” meant a record number of people ignored the weather and came along. Children pre-booked places to see and hold spiders, snakes, lizards and the biggest rabbit ever witnessed here in Harborne. This year’s Christmas Fair took place on December 7. However, fairs, discos and films are only a small part of what the Friends do. Other events include the brilliant ‘Bingo and Chips’ night. Always a sell out, it’s best to get your tickets in advance and arrive prepared to play - and good and hungry. The quiz night is well loved by families who enjoy pitting their wits against each other. It’s always a coup to beat the staff team too. Another highlight for the children is the Friday in April, when after school, they are allowed to monopolise Hickory Dickory’s soft play zone in Kings Heath and let off some steam. The ‘Autumn Chillax’ held at The Proverbial pub was hugely successful and enjoyed by staff

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and parents alike who celebrated the forthcoming half term by chilling out and listening to a live band. Again, amazing amounts of money were raised. The Friends of Harborne School show that when parents pool their skills and experience, work together and volunteer their time, there’s no end to what can be achieved. Whether they have supported events by bringing children along, or helped to run stalls, bake cakes, put up posters, decorate the Grotto, plan the new playground etcetera, they have all played a part in the terrific fundraising achievements. Many local businesses have donated to the Friends and they are hugely reliant on the good will of these individuals and companies. A huge thank you to all. If you are a parent who would like to be more involved, please contact school on FriendsHarborne@virginmedia.com.The Friends would love to hear from you. Likewise, if you have a business and would like to support us with fundraising in any way, get in touch via FriendsHarborne@virginmedia.com

Top 100 national ranking for Norfolk House School ON Sunday 17 November 2013, The Sunday Times published its annual Parent Power League Tables of both state and independent secondary and primary schools. Norfolk House School, an independent school in Edgbaston, was once again ranked in the table of the Top 100 Independent Prep Schools in the country. This year we are proud to have been placed at position 45, (41st in 2012), the highest ranked school of our type in Birmingham; a position which we have now maintained for seven out of the last eight years. The tables are based on the results of Key Stage 2 tests in Maths and English which are taken by Year 6 at the end of their time in

Lordswood’s students in the pilot seat STUDENTS at Lordswood Boys’ School and Lordswood Girls’ School are benefitting from an exciting initiative which allows them to purchase a tablet device to be used in school and at home. The scheme is being piloted with Year 9 students and sees teachers encouraging the students to use the handheld devices for enhancing their learning. The creation of the Lordswood Academy Trust has provided the opportunity for both schools to build a shared vision regarding ICT developments. Staff across both schools are experimenting with allowing students to use the tablets alongside pen and paper. Amongst other things, students are utilising the tablets to impact numeracy and literacy, for researching projects and sharing information. “This initiative, run by Birmingham e-learning foundation enables students to own a tablet. The aim is to increase engagement and support learning to ultimately raise achievement,” said Mrs L Finucane, Academy Strategic Director of ICT.

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primary school. An average child in Year 6 is expected to achieve at level 4, but the tables are created using percentages of children who achieve Level 5, which is way above the nationally expected result. We are proud of our children and their achievements. Norfolk House School goes from strength to strength, maintaining its high academic standards year after year. Please look at our website for further information www.norfolkhouseschool.co.uk or contact the school to arrange a personal visit. We look forward to welcoming you. Helen Maresca, Headmistress


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Understanding Psychosis: Across the South of Birmingham, a public health campaign has been helping young people and their families to seek help for Psychosis. Alongside bus adverts throughout the City, the campaign team have been out and about at events in South Birmingham, working closely with community and youth groups and carrying out youth mental health training. The campaign aims to improve young people’s knowledge about psychosis and when, where and how to seek help – emphasising the importance of seeking help early for better outcomes. Psychosis occurs in 2 in every 100 people and can be experienced by anyone from any walk of life. It is more common in young people (aged 14 to 35) and in males. Psychosis is a term used to describe the experience of a person who has lost touch with reality. This may include symptoms such as change of mood, paranoia, being socially withdrawn, experiencing delusions, hallucinations or disordered thinking.

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“When I was unwell I started to think that everything around me was significant to me. I thought that traffic lights and phones ringing were a sign that people were after me. I felt that everyone around me was watching me or hiding from me and that I was under surveillance. I felt that everyone was in on a plot to make something bad happen to me. I could only trust my husband and would not leave the house or go anywhere and would hear voices putting me down anytime I left the house telling me I looked ridiculous and that I should not trust people.”

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"Thanks to my husband, I was persuaded to see my GP. I got the right help and the right treatment. I still don’t trust people 100% but I am a lot better now I realise what’s been happening. I knew deep down before, that something just wasn’t right. All of my friends and family have been supportive and I think it’s important to have a supportive network around you. They are there to always remind you that you do not need to suffer alone and will help you as much as they can.”

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The EH News has scoured the wine aisles to bring you our best recommendations for the festive season, so you can shop for wine with confidence. Enjoy!

Tupungato Chardonnay, Argentina, 2012 M & S £8.49 This Burgundian style wine from one of Argentina’s top winery displays juicy apples and stone fruit combined with a hint of creamy oak and a balancing acidity that makes it perfect with white sauces, smoked salmon and an ideal white for the Christmas turkey.

Finca Flichman Malbec Rose 2012 Waitrose £7.99 A delicious rich coloured rosé, full of fresh summer fruits and a slightly off-dry finish that gives this wine great balance. A definite wine for the rose doubters, this makes a wonderful aperitif and a really different but very complimentary match with smoked salmon.

Ara Pinot Noir, Marlborough, 2012 Waitrose £11.99 Classic quality of fruit from a single vineyard site, with bags of cherry, raspberry and orchard fruits. A touch of spice adds character and with low tannins and a supple and juicy palate, this wine presents itself as the perfect red for the roast turkey or lovely with breast of duck.

Minarete Ribera Del Duero, Spain, 2012 Aldi £5.49 A much better-value alternative to its famous neighbour Rioja, this 100% Tempranillo just oozes bright red fruits and displays an amazing plumpness that creates a most appealing wine with soft tannins. This is a great all-rounder, perfect with pizza and ideal for parties.

Santa Maria Del Cami, Mallorca, 2012 M & S £9.99 A blend of native Manto Negro with Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot, this is a superbly crafted wine with red and black fruits, a hint of spice and a delightful herby finish. Great with lamb and a lovely match with roast pork and crackling.

Ravenswood Lodi Zinfandel, 2011 Majestic £10.99 Blockbuster of a red from California bursting with concentrated fruit, berries, plums and a nice touch of black pepper. Vanilla and spices fill the mouth and a rounded fruitiness, balanced with good acidity, make this a real treat with hard cheeses and just perfect with rib of beef.

Philippe Michel Cremant Du Jura, 2010 Aldi £6.99 Amazing value alternative to Champagne, from the small Jura region. Lively citrus notes, a fresh palate and a toasty finish deliver the quality that one would only normally expect at a much higher price. A delight with scrambled eggs on Christmas morning.

Ruinart Blanc de Blancs NV, Champagne Majestic £45.00 One of the most stylish and elegant Champagnes, this is 100% Chardonnay from one of the oldest houses in the region. Clean and crisp with delicate stone fruits and lemon, the fine bubbles caress the tongue giving a delightful, very soft feel in the mouth. True pleasure.

Williams and Humbert 12yo Oloroso Waitrose £8.69 (37.5 cl) A classic, amber coloured sherry, with intense aromas of walnuts, almonds and candied fruit. Rich and intense with great acidity, this is a dry style that is perfectly balanced with a lingering finish. Serve well chilled with olives, nuts and antipasti.

Elysium Black Muscat 2011 Andrew Quady Majestic £12.49 (37.5 cl) Displaying an intense richness, with bags of red fruit and an almost fortified character, this is a rose-scented dessert wine that keeps you coming back for more. If you have one thing with Christmas pudding, then this should be it, and it’s also a fantastic match for the challenge of chocolate.

Fletchers Ruby Port Aldi £6.29 A stalwart of the festive drinks cupboard and a traditional match to blue Stilton, Ruby ports don’t come much better value than this. Concentrated red fruits, a hint of treacle and a velvety feel make this characteristic Ruby a perfect addition to any Christmas table.

Rabl Gruner Veltliner Kamptal, 2011 M & S £7.99 Austria’s native white grape provides a beautiful expression of apple and elderflower with a keen minerality. Medium bodied with hints of white pepper, this is a fantastic accompaniment to seafood and would work well with oysters, scallops and salmon.

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Stairway to Mela spice heaven Hailing from a Bangladeshi family, having a father and brother as chefs, and with having spent most of his working life in restaurants, it seemed an obvious move for Monir Ali to open a restaurant. Whilst working at the previous incarnation of Mela, it was a chance opportunity that arose, allowing him to take over. However, Monir’s ambition was different. He wanted to create Harborne’s premier Indian restaurant, a combination of food, service, staff and ambience that all worked together to create a perfect customer experience. Although his previous experience was mainly front of house, he developed a very keen interest in the kitchen and combined those skills to oversee what is, without doubt, one of most stylish Indian restaurants in the area; a testament to Monir’s passion for his business and now the results are easy to see. Tucked away on a first floor on Harborne High Street, (although the brightly changing colours of the signage do suggest something exciting inside), the entrance gives way to a very contemporary space; perfectly white table linen, highly polished glassware and modern white leather furniture combining perfectly to give an altogether sophisticated interior. Smart, uniformed staff complete the look. As we tasted our way through dishes from the carefully crafted menu, it became obvious the quality of the food excels. Monir explained that “the blend of spices we use is totally different to traditional Indian cooking, and the care taken in the kitchen is superior”. Diners are able to select a dish exactly as they would like it, and it is Monir’s balance of customer service skills and his knowledge of the kitchen that allow him to communicate the component parts of each dish to the customer. This level of detail and choice really does add significantly to the dining experience at Mela. And it was evident in some of the dishes we tasted; the Modu lamb was billed as being infused with honey and mint in a thick sauce which on first reading seemed quite unusual, but it was perfectly balanced and absolutely sublime. The garlic chilli chicken was delivered with all the heat you would expect, but without the burn. As Monir told us “we roast the chilli first so retaining the character and heat without the side effects”. Again, attention to detail in the kitchen that sets Mela apart from the ubiquitous ‘let’s add some meat to a sauce’ that is so prevalent in many Indian themed restaurants. And as for the future, “we are looking to add a few more dishes to the menu and increase the range of fish on offer, a staple of traditional Bangladeshi cuisine, whilst we continue to deliver excellent customer service”. Mela is a hidden gem on Harborne High Street which can only go from strength to strength and most definitely well worth a visit.

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young and young at heart for the TAKE a note of the cars driving around Edgbaston and Harborne and you’re sure to see rather a lot of the trendy Fiat 500.

The reason is simple. Britain is the biggest market for the Fiat 500 outside Italy. But for hundreds of potential customers the little two-door car is just, well, too little. But now the Italian car maker has come to the rescue of the mum and dad who hanker after a 500 but need more space for the family. The new Fiat 500L has all the style, all the panache of the 500 but in a larger form. In fact it’s so cool you can even have a proper espresso coffee machine fully integrated into the dashboard to give you genuine Lavazza coffee. And while the new car might look like a stretched 500 the L is a totally new model in its own right, designed to provide the space and practicality that its little brother can’t. It might be classed as a mini MPV but it’s got just the right trendy image to make it appeal to people who want a functional family five-door, five-seater - but one with flair. And age isn’t really a factor when it comes to buyers. In fact Fiat says this is a car “for the young and young at heart.”

If you want to personalise it there is no limit to what you can do. You can not only choose the body colour but the roof colour and the dashboard colour, as well as adding any of more than 100 accessories. The 500L is available with a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines, not to mention three trim levels. In petrol you can have a 1.4-litre, 95bhp or the lively turbo-charged 875cc, 105bhp TwinAir. In diesel you can take your pick from either a 1.3-litre (85bhp) or 1.6-litre (105bhp), averaging 67mpg and 62mpg respectively. The larger diesel has a top speed of 112 miles per hour and will hit 62 mph from standstill in 11.3 seconds. The trim levels are designed to suite the personalities of prospect buyers. There’s Pop Star - with a vibrant youthful feel; then there’s Easy for owners seeking more comfort and equipment like rear electric windows and parking sensors, and finally the range-topping Lounge, for those looking for the highest spec they can get. The Pop Star and Easy models both cost the same, with prices from £14,990, while the Lounge will set you back an extra £1,400 but has £2,000 worth of extra equipment including a suede dashboard.

Standard equipment on all models is high, however, with all trim levels getting features like cruise control, air conditioning, and fully adjustable leather steering wheel with audio controls. On the practical side the 500L has a 400-litre boot which, to put it into perspective, is 50-litres more than a Volkswagen Golf. There are also 22 handy compartments to cater for everything from a mobile phone to an umbrella. If you need even more space the rear seatbacks fold down in one easy action to create a completely flat floor. From behind the steering wheel the 500L offers excellent allround visibility thanks to the narrow twin windscreen pillars rather than one thick one and the elevated seat position, available because of the high roof. If you want even more light in the car you can order your 500L with a huge glass panoramic roof, a great feature for passengers when driving through cities dominated by high rise buildings. The 500L has nice chunky feel to it and the ride and handling are good while noise levels are low, giving a refined feel to the car. It’s unlikely the 500L will even match the sales of its baby brother the 500, but in the coming months you’re sure to see more and more of them on local streets as it makes a determined effort to try.

Kankkunen is ice on the cake at Bentley driving experience BENTLEY returns to the snow-covered wilds of the far north of Finland this winter with a new and extended edition (February 6 - March 6, 2014) of its Power on Ice driving experience. It will give the opportunity for even more guests to spend time developing advanced techniques with the four-time World Rally Champion and honorary ‘Bentley Boy’, Juha Kankkunen (right). A further highlight of Power on Ice 2014 is the debut of the new Flying Spur sedan on the series of challenging and exhilarating snow and ice circuits especially designed by Kankkunen, who in addition to his 23 world rally victories, has twice broken the world ice speed driving record behind the wheel of Bentley’s Continental cars. ‘SLOW’ is not a word that will often be associated with the new 310bhp Audi RS Q3, but it certainly applies to the pace at which it depreciates, according to leading trade guide CAP Monitor. The first ever Audi RS SUV is notable for achieving a higher percentage of estimated value retention after three years than all-bar-one of the thousands of new cars currently available on the UK market.

HALFORDS Autocentres has lowered the cost of its service pricing for cars with smaller, more fuelefficient engines. The move reflects the growing popularity of more economical vehicles and will benefit the owners of cars with engines of 1300cc or less through the introduction of a new entry level price – under £80 – for all vehicle services.

THE SEAT Toledo was already a car with unquestionable value for money on its side - but it’s just got even better. That’s because SEAT has added a load of extra equipment to the spacious five-door hatchback for no extra cost. In fact it costs less, thanks to the decision to chop £2,500 off the price of every

Toledo until at least the end of 2013. That means the starting point of the Toledo range is now just £10,000, for a Toledo E 1.2 12V, while a top-ofthe-range Toledo SE 1.6 TDI Ecomotive costs just £15,340. The specification upgrades apply to S and SE models.

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SKODA is the official car partner of Young Driver, the UK’s only nationwide provider of driving lessons for children aged 11 to 17. The organisation will take delivery of 110 Skoda Citigo cars before the end of December. They will be used at Young Driver’s 30 training sites around the UK for the next two years. Young Driver is sponsored by Admiral and has delivered more than 100,000 lessons to date, all on traffic-free areas such as shopping centre car parks, schools and Academies. Complete and realistic road systems are created including junctions and roundabouts, road signs, traffic lights and parking areas, giving youngsters a head-start in learning car control skills and safe motoring.


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ONE city with two distinct languages – that’s laid back Montreal.

Listen in to a conversation in a shop or restaurant and you could be forgiven for wondering whether you are in Europe or North America. It’s a bit of a culture shock to find the person who addresses you in perfect French with an accent that would not be out of place in Paris can suddenly switch to English with a strong Canadian accent when they realise you are from the UK. Look at the signs in Montreal and it’s Rue rather than street and you almost feel you should be paying in euros rather than Canadian dollars. But it’s a city that has a warmth to it, and if you speak to residents they are fiercely proud of it and of how different it is to the rest of Canada. It’s certainly a city that has a lot going for it and there is a lot to see – even with a week’s visit you barely scratched the surface. The city is divided into a number of distinct districts. The old town, the downtown district, little Italy and China town, and all have their own characteristics. In my favourite – the old town – you have cobbled streets, boutiques, art galleries and a plethora of cafes and restaurants with terraces to make the most of the hot summers the city enjoys. The number of caleches – decorated horse drawn carriages in various colours – all add to the old town’s charm as they take visitors around buildings which reflect the periods of both the English and French dominance. But while popular in daylight hours there was a time when the old town virtually closed down at night as visitors headed back to their hotels, mainly in the downtown area. Then it was decided to turn some of the stylish industrial and commercial buildings into boutique hotels and that has brought new life to the evenings in this part of the city. Each boutique hotel has its own character and each is unique. Collectively they now offer more than 7,000 rooms. The city started life in 1642 when French colonists anxious to educate the “savages” started the colony of Ville Maria, although the indigenous Indians had been there for some 4,000 years prior to that. The market in beaver furs was one of the main assets at the time and Lewis Carroll’s character the Mad Hatter, from Alice in Wonderland, was created from this period because hat makers used to drop the beaver skins into mercury to ensure they held their shape. Many of those who worked

Main picture: A Caleche waits for passegers in Montreal. Inset: Schwarz’s eatery is one of the city’s institutions. Below: The Montreal skyline.

Holiday shorts ONE Eleven (www.111resorts.com), the recently opened adultonly nine private-pool villa sanctuary in Seminyak, Bali is not an establishment that does things by halves, nor in miniature. Hence why guests in each of the 350 square metre villas enjoy a ‘maxibar’ stocked with full-size bottles rather than a mini-bar, and savour a daily cocktail-hour visit by a private mixologist. At any time of day or night OneEleven guests can summon their butler to create a favourite cocktail or enjoy a tempting tipple from the amply-stocked maxibar: prior to arrival guests are invited to detail their preferred champagne label, spirits brand or wine region or any other special requests to ensure an enjoyable stay. RUNNERS keen to tackle one final challenge before the festive season gets into full swing are being offered the chance to head to Spain to compete in the Second La Manga Club Mountain Race from just £48 per person. After the success of the inaugural event last year, which was staged as part of the luxury resort’s 40th anniversary celebrations, the 10.5km race will again be held in and around La Manga Club, with the discount package including race entry, one night’s accommodation in the four-star Las Lomas self-catering apartments, breakfast and VAT.

in the trade for long period suffered from the effect of the mercury – some going mad. The city is one of contrasts but is also one with a strong community spirit. It is said to be Canada’s festival city and there is something going on all the time to ensure that the locals – many of whom live in apartments – get more opportunity to socialise. Like the French the residents of Montreal love food and like their Gallic cousins tend to linger longer over it. Today there are some 5,000 restaurants in the city. An institution in downtown Montreal is Schwartz’s, where they have been serving smoked meats since 1928. The beef is marinated for 10 days, smoked for eight hours and then steamed for three hours until it’s tender enough to melt in your mouth. Every day there is queue of customers waiting to get served in a establishment which has changed little over the years. And the speed with which the staff slice the beef with a huge knife is a wonder to behold. One lesser known aspect of Montreal is that it’s Canada’s animation city. Numerous animated

Taking place over six miles of stunning Mediterranean scenery on Sunday, December 15, the testing event is open to men and women aged 18 and over with trophies on offer to the top three in the two age categories - 18-39 and 40-plus. And after the race, competitors can relax and ease any aches and pains by taking advantage of complimentary access to the awardwinning venue’s luxury spa including saunas, steam rooms, indoor pool and gym. For more information and to book call 00 34 968 17 5577, email reservas@lamangaclub.com or visit www.lamangaclub.com A NEW resort – Obzor – on Bulgaria’s Black Sea coast and ‘Adult Only’ hotels, are new features in Balkan Holidays (www. balkanholidays.co.uk) Summer 2014 Second Edition brochure to Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia and Montenegro. A leading tour operator to Eastern Europe for 48 years, Balkan Holidays is offering ‘Adult Only’ hotels for the first time featuring the Hotel Metropol, Golden Sands, and the Marina Palace, Nessebar, both in Bulgaria. The four star Hotel Metropol has been completely rebuilt and renovated in 2013 in a stylish modern design and enjoys stunning views of the Black Sea. Adults staying at the hotel will be offered an all-inclusive package

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films have been made here – like Toy Story and Jurassic Park. For sightseers the Basilica of Notre Dame is a must, and getting around Montreal is easy thanks to its Metro system which runs under the bulk of the city. There is also a city beneath the ground linked by the Metro where it’s said you can get everything except get buried. Montreal gets some severe winters and the underground city ensures people can shop and socialise even in the harshest of winters. What is slightly strange to UK visitors is that the Metro uses pneumatic tyres like those on a car, so noise levels are much lower than on the London Underground. And talking of underground, in the heart of the Montreal near the waterfront, you can visit a museum built on the site of the original settlement, and excavations even show the original city walls. While at the museum have stroll along the waterfront where locals take the air and go people watching most summer evenings. Montreal truly is a great city to explore and one well worth getting under the skin of.

in a sea view room, plus facilities including an outdoor infinity swimming pool. ALMOST 25 per cent of UK holidaymakers don’t obtain the relevant vaccinations and medications required before they go away – despite the fact they could be travelling to areas that have lifethreatening infectious diseases. “This causes problems when trying to claim under medical expenses on a travel insurance policy, “ says PayingTooMuch.com’s travel insurance expert, Beth Macer. “If treatment is required for a tropical disease, insurance companies will not cover expenses for a claim of this nature if you have not had the recommended inoculations or taken the relevant preventative medication. So it is really important to check the advice and entry requirements for the country you are visiting.” FOLLOWING a complete renovation of the hotel’s public areas The Park Tower Knightsbridge has launched its “Distinctly Knightsbridge Afternoon Tea”, inspired by the iconic hotel’s Knightsbridge surroundings. The Distinctly Knightsbridge Afternoon Tea, created by the hotel’s Executive Head Chef, Pascal Proyart, is served daily from 3pm to 6pm in The Knightsbridge Lounge and costs £37 per person.

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EDGBASTON Priory Club recently played host to The Celebration Art Show featuring the work of world renowned artist and sports illustrator Paul Trevillion and Graham Ibbeson including 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 maquettes and original fine art work of Freddie Harry Help Others puts itsStatue. 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 Trueman, Dickie Bird charity, and thewhich Celebration Sponsored by Birmingham profits from still had many fans fromBentley, his Coronation Street days. He gave a great insight into the work of the charity and showed a moving presentation recorded by Harry himself. the sale of artwork on the night were donated to the funding of the Celebration Statue which is to you would like more information on joining beIfunveiled in West Bromwich Town Centre in July the club, please contact Philippa Lloyd-Harris, Vice Chairman, www.bbbc.biz 2014 as a tribute to Cyrille Regis, Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham. In a career spanning over 60 years, Trevillion is perhaps best known as the creator of ‘Roy of the Rovers’ and the cult classic football strip ‘You are the Ref’. Described as the “Leonardo of Line Drawing,” he is the author and illustrator of 20 books featuring sporting greats such as Gary Player, George Best and Pele and his illustrations feature regularly in national newspapers and television shows. Trevillion entertained members and special guests, including Dickie Bird MBE, Keith Hackett, Cyrille Regis and Brendon Batson, with tales from his illustrious career, including his chance encounter with the great Sir Winston Churchill over a cup of coffee, which resulted in his portrait of Churchill becoming the only signed portrait in existence. For further information please contact Jim Cadman on 07971 624627 or email jwc@ Cyrille Regis, Paul Trevillion, Brendan Batson and Rob Bray. celebrationstatue1979.com

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Midlands Air Ambulance launches networking event Birmingham Business Breakfast Club THE Midlands Air Ambulance Charity recently St Andrew's, 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 welcomed overthe 90 guests from the corporate Harry Others charity, which puts its efforts world toHelp its first business networking event, which 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 was the Regency Hyatt Birmingham. stillheld hadatmany fans from hisinCoronation Street days. He gave a great insight into the work of the charity and showed a moving presentation recorded by Harry himself. The evening was a sell-out success and thanks to support from one of the charity’s corporate partners, If you more information joining the club, please contact Philippa Lloyd-Harris, Vice Chairman, www.bbbc.biz DBS Law,would guestslike were treated to a drinkson and canapés reception, as the event’s key speaker, Paul Kehoe, chief executive from Birmingham Airport, delivered a speech on the future of Birmingham. In addition to taking full advantage of the networking opportunities available, those who attended helped to raise over £1,000 for the vital life saving work of the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity.

Helen Stevens (Midlands Air Ambulance), Bob Malden (Leisure Care Promotions) and Michelle McCracken (Midlands Air Ambulance).

Tessa Rhodes, Lisa Outram and Joanne Vipond (Wilkes Partnership).

Rob Bhol (DBS Law), Paul Kehoe (Birmingham Airport), Hanna Sebright and Brendan Connor (Midlands Air Ambulance).

Vishal Sharma (DBS Law), Kully Singh (Star TV), Susie Godwin (Midlands Air Ambulance) and Zeeshan Mahmood (DBS Law).

Moseley Rugby Club Autumn Supper OVER 130 Moseley Rugby Club members and guests gathered for the club’s Annual Autumn Supper on November 22 - the tenth anniversary of England’s historic Rugby World Cup win in Australia. The event was organised by the Moseley Players Association. Guest speaker for the evening was the indomitable Gareth (Cooch) Chilcott who played over 400 games for Bath, was capped 22 times for England and also played for the British & Irish Lions. In a hilarious 40 minutes, Chilcott reminisced about his time with Bath, England and the Lions with a series of highly amusing stories and anecdotes, but also reflected on how good it was to be addressing proper rugby people at a proper rugby club. The raffle and auction alone raised over £1,000 and the proceeds of the evening, which was supported by The Legion Worldwide Group, will go towards fitting out Moseley’s new stand and club facilities, construction of which is expected to start early next year. Moseley hope that the project will be completed in time for the 2014 Autumn Supper to be its inaugural event.

Paul Atkins (Wilson Field), Peter Whitehead (Baker Tilly), Mike Packham (Standley & Co) and Andrew Griffin (AG Forward Consulting).

Laura Power (QEHB Charity), Sharon Bunger, Farhat Akbar (DBS Law) and Ian Graves.

Emma Hardicker at Harborne Art Gallery

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Above: David Allen, Committee member, Gareth Chilcott, Jeremy Summers, Players Association Hon. Secretary & MC for the evening. Below: Gareth Chilcott with Moira Boot, Hon. Secretary of the Mini & Junior Section.

THERE is a delightful solo exhibition by artist Emma Hardicker (pictured above) at the Harborne Art Gallery over Christmas and New Year. Living Room features her latest and most popular limited prints alongside new items from her fabric range. Emma, aged 32, from Kings Heath, quit her day job as a studio photographer five years ago to develop a full-time career as an artist.

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Her business is flourishing with the help of her family. Her mum Gay frames the pictures and her younger sister Rosie hand-makes canvas bags using Emma’s floral designs. “It’s lovely to exhibit here in Harborne, this is a perfect space to fill and it’s lovely to work with gallery director Dominique Bleuel,” said Emma. Living Room is presented by Harborne Art Gallery at frametec, 8 Greenfield Road, until January 11.


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If you look at the people that stay lean, fit and healthy all year round they will be training in December and January

AS we hit December and winter kicks in, most fitness and exercise plans go out of the window. To add to this, the supermarkets have started stocking chocolate coated everything just in time for Christmas.

The fitness industry has a mad panic at this time of year trying to convince people to keep on training even though the dark nights are here and everyone wants to stay home and keep warm. Speaking from my own experience as someone that has lost five stone and kept it off for the last eight years, I find this behaviour a little bit strange. I mean to be honest we store fat all year round so there shouldn’t be any need for us to treat our health as seasonal. The first point I want to make in the nicest possible way is that you can’t expect to hibernate for winter and expect this to be a doddle in January. Weight loss is hard enough and giving up for two or three months will only serve to make this even harder. There are some simple things you can do over winter if you want to avoid the January crash. Here are my top three tips (check me out with the list and everything). 1. Food, food and food As I mentioned before, you body does not care what time of year it is. It will store fat if you give it the wrong signals. This means that all that

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festive cheer will go straight to your rear if you are not careful. I would recommend planning ahead and only “cheating” on days when you are going out to parties or similar. Don’t eat caught up in the comfort food trap as this is a slippery slope. 2. Exercise Okay, you may not be as eager to go out running or rolling round in the mud when it’s cold and wet but stopping training in the winter is a classic reason for long term weight gain.

It is far better to do something than nothing as well. Even if you need to do an exercise DVD indoors three times per week or go walking five times per week this is better than nothing. My advice is keep doing something at all costs. I promise you this will make everything easier come January. 3. Mindset Think about it for a moment. We are becoming a nation of mostly overweight and obese people. If we follow everyone else, won’t we end up like everyone else? Sorry to say it but we choose popularity over our own health sometimes (I still do that to this day sometimes). If you look at the people that stay lean, fit and healthy all year round they will be training in December and January. The mental benefit

of training through adverse conditions is massive. Trust me on this one. Most people will generally follow the crowd and hibernate. I guarantee that if you maintain a healthy lifestyle when the halls are decked with holly, you can enjoy it more. I see people in the New Year and it’s like the world has ended come January 5. This happens every year and one of the reasons is the heroic food intake and lack of activity that the festive period brings. Quick disclaimer here, I am not saying that you shouldn’t enjoy Christmas, because I will! (brandy snaps, people). What I am saying is that we can have fun and maintain healthy living with a plan and some preparation. Have fun everyone and please contact me at john.hill@inspiring-fitness.co.uk if you need any support.

Your view sought on cycling vision

TRANSPORT bosses are asking the public for their views on landmark new plans which outline a vision for the future of cycling across the West Midlands. Centro, the region’s transport authority, has worked with seven local authorities to draw up its draft Cycle Charter, a blueprint for getting For  more  information  call   more people to travel on two wheels over the next two decades. 0121  643  2200   The charter targets boosting the number of The  Cube,  Mailbox  District,   cycle trips from one per cent of all journeys Birmingham  B1  1RN                                                          to          five           per cent over the next ten years, then doubling that figure in the following ten years.   The document also calls for: - Creating a coherent cycle network across AND…  we  are  also  including  these  great  extras:   the West Midlands. 2  guest  passes  worth  £30  ·∙  Back,  neck  &  shoulder  massage  worth  £35                                                                              - Better integration of cycling with public transport. Personal  training  session  worth  £25  ·∙  £5  lounge  voucher   - Promoting an extension of 20mph zones in All  this  for  only  £99!  (T’s  and  C’s  apply)                    sales@theclubandspabirmingham.com     urban areas.

 

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- Affordable cycle training for all adults and children. -Further funding to improve cycle infrastructure. - Cross-party political support for cycling. - The appointment of a high profile local cycling champion. Centro is asking the public to submit their views on the 14 point plan. Currently around 25 pence per head of the West Midlands population is invested in improving cycling facilities but the Charter wants to see that figure rise to between £10 and £20. Views on the charter must be submitted by December 20. For more information and to give feedback on the Charter visit: www.networkwestmidlands.com/Cycling/ CycleCharter.aspx


June 2013 By ROGER SAUNDERS HARBORNE RFC continued the winning streak that has seen both First and Second XV teams reach the top of their respective leagues.

The First XV have not lost in the Midlands Four West North since September 14 and completed a brace of hard fought November wins with a narrow victory of Bromyard. Having stolen a last minute 28-23 win against Bishop’s Castle the week before, Harborne had to resist a late surge in their latest match, due in part to losing a player to the sin bin for the last ten minutes following a tackle that lifted the player off his feet. However, hold on they did for their seventh league win in a row, again running in a bonus point by collecting a number of tries. Harborne are the only team to have scored over 300 points, one of only two teams to have a points difference over 180 and both these figures reflect the free flowing running game that has been adopted this season.

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Harborne’s expansive style sends them top Mark Wright heads the individual scoring table, largely from an unerring right boot, while Emir Hirji leads the way in tries, with another hat-trick against Bromyard in the final match of November. All this is set against a backdrop of having used nearly 40 different players since the start of the season due to injuries and availability and this reflects the strength in depth of the current Harborne squad. The quality of the squad is echoed in the performances of the Second XV, who in the last two weeks have beaten Birmingham Wyvern away 76-0 and most recently Yardley & District 83-0.

The Seconds have not lost a league match since the opening game of the season. They have now scored over 400 points in nine games and have a points difference of over 300, double the second team in the table. Again their performances reflect a style of play that has seen passing through hands take priority over contact situations, which has lead to a far more exciting and expansive game. The Seconds have seen contributions from over 50 players, many of whom have gone on to play for the Firsts, which again reflects the hard work of the coaches and captains of dealing with injury and availability issues.

Harborne continue to put out a Third XV who play friendly matches against a variety of local teams. While wins have been hard to come by, performances have shown grit, determination and skill. The Thirds provide an invaluable opportunity for new players, older players and those returning from injury to learn or gain the match fitness necessary to push for Second and in some cases First team positions. The appearance of a regular Third XV is also testament to the continued success of Harborne in attracting new players.

Where there’s a Will there’s a try: Harborne’s Will Harding (left and above) hit the try groove in the 85-3 win against St Leonard’s. Avove right: Joe Dove makes a break.

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Make a Friday night cricket Farquharson and Fitzpatrick date with Birmingham Bears give it their all in men’s contest WARWICKSHIRE County Cricket Club has confirmed that its team will be known as the Birmingham Bears in the new NatWest t20 Blast tournament. Colin Povey, chief executive of Warwickshire CCC, said: “Birmingham and Edgbaston has been the club’s home since 1886 and we believe that adopting the Birmingham Bears name for the NatWest t20 Blast presents a great opportunity for us to engage even more closely with fans living and working at the heart of the city. “Asian families, business men and women working in the city’s commercial districts and local cricket clubs are three particular audiences the club is seeking to work with more next season. “T20 games in 2014 will predominantly be played on Friday evenings, so this fixed slot gives supporters a time that we hope will be associated with the Birmingham Bears; similar to Saturday afternoon football or rugby. “However, despite our t20 name change, we will continue to maintain the proud history of the club and play under the Warwickshire banner in the other two more traditional formats.” Birmingham Bears play seven games at Edgbaston in the NatWest t20 Blast, with five matches scheduled on Friday evenings. They begin their campaign at home to Yorkshire Vikings on Friday 23 May, and take on local

rivals Worcestershire in the eagerly awaited West Midlands derby on Friday 11 July. Councillor Ian Ward, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “The Birmingham Bears t20 team is an incredibly exciting proposition that can unite sports fans across the city on Friday evenings next summer. “The club and the redeveloped stadium provide so many great opportunities for the local communities to play and watch world-class cricket here in Birmingham.” As well as being home to the Bears, Edgbaston is currently the home of the NatWest t20 Blast Finals Day for the next three summers, with the event scheduled to be staged in Birmingham in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Neil Rami, chief executive of Marketing Birmingham, added: “Birmingham has a reputation for hosting some of the most compelling tournaments in sport, which is one of the reasons why we attract nearly 34 million tourists to the city each year. About a quarter of our visitors come here because they are attending or participating in a sports event. “Edgbaston has already proved to be a prestigious sporting venue - and the new t20 matches will provide another opportunity to showcase both the revamped stadium and the city as a whole.”

TENNIS ROUND-UP By BOB MALDEN

Joris De Loore, for the third time in three weeks.

INTERNATIONAL tennis returned to Edgbaston Priory in October and November. Priory have had three women’s tournaments, now it was the turn of the men. The October tournament was a $10,000 event and British players turned up in force. The qualifying was 64, with eight byes, so 56 players were vying for just eight places: 43 British and just 13 Europeans. Six British and two Europeans made the main draw of 32. Twenty-three GB and just nine Europeans were striving for success. This was the last tournament of three, previously at Loughborough and Tipton. A fine young Lithuanian player, Laurynas Grigelis, had won at both the earlier tournaments. After just one round the GB players had reduced to nine, alongside seven Europeans. By the quarter-finals just three GB players had survived, but Tom Farquharson lost in straight sets to Grigelis 6-2 6-4. Warwickshire player Andrew Fitzpatrick lost to the Italian Erik Crepaldi 6-4 6-2. The final saw Gregelis beat the Belgian,

THE first Aegon Junior International (Tennis Europe Junior Tour) took place on the Priory indoor courts for a week in November. The entry was strong from Europe and the best young British hopefuls.. The standard was pretty high, and the two finals were between two GB players and two French players. Honours finished even with Jake Hersey from Warwickshire and Edgbaston Priory Club High Performance beating Le Blanc Claverie, and unseeded Clara Froget beating Elizabeth Maloney.

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DATE FOR THE DIARY NEXT year, the Aegon Women’s Tennis Classic takes place on June 9 to June 15. This year the tournament is being upgraded to a top 20 tournament, up from top 50 - so the standard is likely to be very high. EH News will keep readers informed when tickets are available, and players as they are announced.


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HARBORNE’S TOUCH OF CLASS

Five club players clinch places in England squad FIVE players belonging to Harborne RFC’s O2Touch Centre have been selected to the England Touch rugby squads - including two ladies who had never played rugby before joining the club, writes PHIL BROWN. Touch rugby is the country’s most popular non-contact sport played by mixed teams, with its popularity growing in the countdown to the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup. Brother and sister Adam and Katie Boot will be representing Harborne at England Under 18 squad level. Ella Grima and Tanja Schnitzer - who only took up the game after joining Harborne RFC - are in the mixed open squad. The pair join the more experienced Clark Hobson, who has been a fixture of the England Touch squads for a number of years and regularly helps to train the club squad on a Wednesday night. Gary Lambert, O2Touch rugby coordinator at Harborne, said: “This is an

amazing achievment for all five of our players. “We’re incredibly proud of them. “It’s an exciting time ahead with the Touch rugby European championships next year and the World Cup in 2015.” Ella Grima is a psychologist and Tanja Schnitzer is a part-time music student at Birmingham Conservatoire and works with special needs children. “I’ve always loved sports, like tennis, basketball and volleyball. Touch rugby was something very different but I love it. “There’s a great team spirit and everyone enjoys it. “Gary Lambert suggested I should go to the England trials at Droitwich and it was an incredible surprise to be selected but I’m absolutely delighted.” Katie Boot, aged 17, from Cotteridge, plays at Lichfield Rugby Club, and her brother Adam, aged 15, plays at Moseley Rugby Club. Harborne top of table - Page 27

England call: (from left) Tanja Schnitzer, Katie Boot and her brother Adam. Inset: Ella Grima. Picture by PHIL BROWN

Sports world supports gentleman Jonathan

SPORTS COMMENT By BOB MALDEN Sports Editor CRICKET is an incredibly demanding professional sport. It brings pressures to bear which a lot of people maybe do not realise. Those pressures intensify when you add the backdrop of an Ashes Series between England and Australia, perhaps the greatest cricketing contest of all, jampacked with rivalry and desire to win.

The return home of England and Warwickshire’s popular batsman Jonathan Trott with a stress-related illness from the current Ashes tour deserves every ounce of sympathy that the cricket world can summon. The First Test Match in Brisbane in the current series was full of tension. Australia had lost successive Ashes Series and England were subjected to a barrage of aggressive fast bowling. Jonathan bore the brunt of this attack and

realised he had a problem which forced him to withdraw from the series, and return home to his family and close friends. The abuse he received from one of the Australian players was just not acceptable, and the sympathy he has received from his Warwickshire colleagues and lovers of cricket has been heart warming. Dougie Brown, Director of Cricket at Warwickshire CCC, said: “Jonathan’s health and well-being is obviously our utmost priority during this period. He is an outstanding cricketer and the Warwickshire squad will give its full support to him and his family over the next few weeks.” A closer examination of Jonathan’s cricket CV gives an insight into a hugely determined player you would love to have in your side. Ian Jonathan Leonard Trott born April 22, 1981, is a South African-born English Test cricketer. Domestically he plays for Warwickshire, a right-handed top order batsman and occasional medium pace bowler. A class act, Jonathan was the ICC and ECB Cricketer of the year in 2011. He was born in Cape Town to a South

African family of English descent, educated at Rondebosch Boys High School and Stellenbosch University. He played for South Africa at both Under 15 and Under 19 level. He made his Warwickshire Second XI debut in 2002, and compiled a record score of 245. The following year he scored 134 on his County Championship debut for Warwickshire and in the same season a haul of seven for 39 wih his occasional seam bowling, his maiden first class five-wicket haul. Trott hit four first class centuries for Warwickshire during the 2005 season. His 1,161 first class runs in 2005 was the second highest tally of the Warwickshire season, only behind Nick Knight. Before his first international Test call up, Trott had hit 8,121 runs at an average of just under 44 - very impressive statistics. In the 2009 Ashes Series, on August 4 during a strong county season for Warwickshire during which he was averaging over 97, Trott was included in the 14-man Ashes squad, to play against Australia in the Fourth Test at Headingly. He did not play in that Test match but was then

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named in the team for the key match of the series at The Oval. He batted solidly in the first innings scoring 41 runs. But with a brilliant 119 in the second innings - also becoming the 18th England player to score a hundred on debut - England went on to win the Test and the Ashes Series. A lovely postscript was that Jonathan, a life long supporter of Tottenham Hotspur, was presented by manager Harry Redknapp wih a signed shirt to congratulate him on the part he played in winning the Ashes and a Test century. His record in Test Cricket from 2009-2013 is superb. In 48 Tests he scored 3,744 runs, nine 100s, and 18 scores over 50, at an average of 47.39. That is top draw in international cricket. In 2014 Jonathan has been awarded a benefit for his outstanding services to Warwickshire cricket. He is a much respected cricketer and person across the country, and along with so many cricket lovers, we at EH News in the coming months wish him every support, friendship and guidance, for a speedy recovery - and that he returns refreshed for his benefit year. Jonathan Trott you are a credit to the game of cricket.


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