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Your Local Community Newspaper: The only source for local news & community information Issue 16 June/July Edition 2018 Published in Coleshill, North Warks


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Esther Mcvey: Thousands Of youngsters inspired into the world of work through jobcentre sessions Having already seen youth unemployment fall by 43% since 2010, the Department for Work and Pensions is going further by introducing the Youth Obligation Support Programme as Universal Credit rolls out, as well as supporting schools with jobs advice for students. From taster days at Google in Birmingham to ‘Girls into Construction’ events in Merseyside and work placements at a pharmaceutical company in Kent – Jobcentre Plus is preparing youngsters for the future world of work by helping to arrange work experience sessions for students in over 1,400 schools. Now Work & Pensions Secretary, Esther McVey is rolling the scheme out across the country, to ensure young disadvantaged kids aged 12-18 get on the right track and make the most of the opportunities including work experience to learn about the world of work and consider future career options. The Minister highlighted a pioneering jobcentre in Enfield which is working with the Octagon Academy, a Pupil Referral Unit in Wood Green, Tottenham. Jobcentre Plus advisers work with the school and its students to find opportunities that help them build soft skills while trying out the world of work, including placements with the Tottenham Hotspur FC Foundation. So far, the partnership between Jobcentre Plus and local schools has resulted in around 12,000 sessions for pupils, parents and teachers

“I really believe we have some of the most hard working, creative and The Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools programme targets young helping to prepare pupils for the world of work. Knowing how innovative young people in the world. We need to harness their talents people ages 12-18 who are at particular risk of being out of education, important this is Ms McVey is encouraging all jobcentres across the and get them thinking about how to make the most of their unique employment or training (NEET) or who face disadvantages when looking for work. It began in November 2016 as a pilot across 10 skills.” country to get involved. districts, and has since rolled out nationally across England with over Alex Atherton, Head of School at The Octagon AP Academy: Work & Pensions Secretary, Esther McVey said: 1,400 schools participating following positive feedback from teachers “We want young people to open up the huge range of choices they “It is so important that our students have time and space to discuss and pupils. their options and how they go about achieving them. For our young have for future careers, and that is why we are organising taster sessions For the last 20 years Ms McVey has written several career books for people having the confidence to pursue their chosen careers is across a whole range of industries from construction to hospitality and school pupils based on real life role models. The career books, titled ‘If everything. As a result of this programme they have been focused in Chloe Can’ set out career options for girls and young women by looking everything in between. school for their examinations this year.” at real life role models, and how fellow women have achieved in their “Now we are rolling out the scheme across every area of England so Jacinto De Carvalho, year 11 student at The Octagon AP Academy: career. It encouraged young people to think about their career plans that our young people can learn about the world of work at an early age, “The sessions really helped me to have an insight of how the real world and set out a series of case studies with advice on different industries. and form the essential work skills often regarded as ‘soft skills’ they actually works. I want a career in physiotherapy and I now understand If Chloe Can was turned into a play by the National Youth Theatre and need to succeed. the steps I need to follow.” have been performed around the country as well as London’s West End.

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Six things to do if you hate the World Cup

With the biggest event in the 2018 sporting calendar in full Go for a white knuckle ride swing, football fever has officially hit the UK. Whether you’re Whether you are looking for a family trip or a group of friends, theme a dedicated football fan or a fairweather supporter, it will be parks are a great day out for those looking for an adrenaline rush. Most impossible to escape the World Cup over the next four weeksof the parks across the UK offer discounts throughout the summer, and or will it? For those who have no interest in watching Gareth Southgate’s team compete in the global event, TeamSport Indoor Karting has compiled a list of alternative leisure activities to take part in this summer if you’re looking for a substitute to the football.

Check out the latest blockbuster Although the cinema might not be your first thought for a summer activity, especially when the weather is warm, heading to watch a

visiting on a day where England is playing means less time in the queue! The Wicker Man at Alton Towers, The Walking Dead: The Ride and Icon

Catch some rays With reports we will be having a heatwave over the next month, there is no better time to hit the beach. Rather than waste the sunshine sat in front of a screen, why not pack the car up and make the most of the British countryside? Parks and beaches should be crowd-free during the major games, making it the perfect time to work on your summer tan.

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If you are looking to embrace the summer of sport without getting wrapped in football mania, why not try out something new? Climbing Get your heart racing (no penalties involved) is becoming a popular alternative, and is the perfect sport to do solo or in a group, and with the International Olympic Committee adding Go karting is the perfect activity for a group of friends, especially for sports climbing to the programme for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, those with a competitive side. With 25 tracks across the UK, TeamSport taking it up as a new hobby might lead to a new sporting career! at Blackpool are just some of the latest rollercoasters to open this year.

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Festivals are a summer institution, as thousands of music lovers gather to watch their favourite bands. For those who prefer rock stars bet that you’ll be avoiding the usual weekend crowds. Jurassic World: features multi-level tracks, banked corners, ramps and insanely fast to footballers, Latitude (12th -15th July) is the perfect festival to Fallen Kingdom, Solo: A Star Wars Story and Hereditary are just some straights, and track lengths up to an epic 1000m. To view TeamSport’s attend. Alt J, Dylan Moran, Rag’n’bone Man and Wolf Alice are just a of the critically acclaimed films showing at the moment. latest deals and offers, visit: few of the acts set to perform on the day of the World Cup final. blockbuster on an evening when England are playing is a pretty safe

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After 20 years Coleshill has finally tasted its last ‘Big Dick Special’ It a was sad day all round for regulars of Coleshill Fish Bar as Chloe Loizou, daughter of part owner Louis Loizou took to Facebook to confirm that after two decades the family business was turning off their friers for the last time. She confirms that a breakdown between the two owners Louis and Paul over many years had made the pair drift apart. In turn business became ‘hard to handle’ causing a

‘toxic relationship’ which inevitably lead to the self destruction. She goes on to say, ‘I am absolutely gutted to let this chip shop go, it’s really close to all of our hearts.’ Sentiments that seemed to be echoed amongst the entire Coleshill community. One regular shared his passion stating, ‘I’m heartbroken! My Friday night tradition was a big dick special after work. It’s not going to be the same anymore.’

Chloe did go on to confirm that a new chip shop will be opening in Coleshill, formerly the HSBC bank but under new management. One thing is for sure is that it will have a long way to go to find a place in the hearts of the Coleshill community quiet like the fish bar did. From it’s cheese burger meals to dick specials, this establishment has satisfied the tastebuds of a community for over 20 years and for that Chloe, Louis, Paul and everyone else that has played their part Coleshill humbly thanks you.

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West Midlands council worker who championed rights for terminally ill workers wins GMB Union Award Birmingham’s inspirational woman’ wins Eleanor Marx Award at GMB Union’s 2018 Congress in Brighton A Sandwell Council worker who fought to make sure terminally ill people could not get sacked for their condition won a prestigious award. Sarah Louise James, 37, picked up the Eleanor Marx Award [1] at GMB Union’s 2018 Congress in Brighton today after persuading Sandwell Council to sign up to the ‘Dying to Work’ campaign. Sarah, full time union rep at Sandwell Council, was commended for her outstanding work to recruit and represent members – her tireless commitment has helped many in the workplace and beyond. She campaigned for more rights for terminally ill workers after Jacci Woodcock, a 58-year-old GMB member, was forced out of her job after she was diagnosed with fatal breast cancer. Sarah’s region has described her as ‘Birmingham’s inspirational woman’ for the crucial role she has played in championing women’s rights and encouraging and inspiring new women activists to become active.

Sarah’s passion and commitment has played a big part in the launch and success of the Birmingham Organised Sisters Society (BOSS) since 2014. From her involvement in campaigns to end period poverty, raise awareness of domestic violence and mental health issues, Sarah has worked tirelessly to promote equality and inclusion. Sarah said: “Eleanor Marx was a trailblazer, a woman of words and action. “To be successfully nominated and following on from previous inspirational winners is very overwhelming and I am immensely proud to be receiving an award in her name.”

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AcroCadabra Dazzle Local dance and theatre school Spotlight Stage school hit our screens last month performing in the Britain’s got talent semi final. The troop of thirty three named AcroCadabra wowed both the judges and audience with their acrobatic and magic skills. Their routine involved contortions whilst pole sliding, fire breathing, gymnastics and of course magic! Whilst performing to the well known song ‘Black magic’ by pop group Little Mix. Sadly the young troop all aged 17 and under didn't make it through to the final round of show, however the semi final they were competing in was arguably the toughest of the week, receiving the highest amount of votes all week at 1.3 million. The competition that night also included Robert White (comedian) who later went on to receive second place and finalist favourite Gruffydd Wyn (singer). As the opening act of the show AcroCadabra were branded as “spectacular” by Celebrity judge David Walliams, he said “it was as though the troop had packed 3 hours of entertainment into 3 minutes; it was incredible”. Fellow judge Amanda Holden complemented the performance saying “It felt like we’d bought tickets to a really slick The Troop professional show”. After a perfect first audition receiving four yes votes, the dance school somehow managed to top their performance by adding more gymnastics and magic tricks. But critical judge Simon Cowl dismissed the amazing performance the team put up, after an unexpected appearance was made by a crew member awkwardly caught on stage during the performance. Coincidently the semi finals week was marred with several other mishaps, including a stage invader who pressed the judges red buzzers and total blackout reportedly due to “weather problems”. Overall the the magic performing gymnastic group put on a dazzling display enjoyed by many viewers across the nation. The Birmingham stage school (voted as 2017’s best dance school) represented the true talent our local area possesses and didn’t fail to make us proud. Well done Spotlight!

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Our Mom (AKA Auntie Noreen) Noreen Ramsey will be 80 this year. A well known figure around Coleshill for the last 60 years or so that some of you may call Auntie Noreen, to us its ‘Our Mom’. Quite a milestone I’m sure you will agree, and to celebrate she will be spending a weekend away in Herefordshire at an old country house with her family (shh it’s a surprise). There are sons, daughter in laws, granddaughters and grandsons…32 of them actually. All in the same place at the same time for the first time I can remember in a very long time. Good times. Born in Newcastle in 1938 and having lived through World War 2 Our Mom married her darling Doug (Our Dad) in 1960 before she was 21. She moved down to Birmingham and into her mother in laws house in Small Heath the same year, later moving to Coleshill in 1961. It was Norton Road that would be her home from that day until this, in a house she overlooked being built when the bottom of Coleshill was just fields. Houses took longer to build then, but for her, that house could not be built quick enough! It was the swinging 60s that saw her have the first 4 of 6 children, all boys, Craig, Karl, Kurt & Keir. She never wanted girls, she always said they were too much drama! Strange how her life through the 70s and 80s mainly revolved around teaching dance, tap and ballet…to girls! It wouldn’t be until 1991 that a female Ramsey would enter the house as a grandchild in Claire, much to the delight of Grandad Doug who had made at least 5 attempts for a girl! For the 60 years spent in that house she has also been part of the larger Coleshill community and touched the hearts & minds of hundreds of people over that time in many, many ways. But its hard to believe just how many. These are just the ones that come to mind and shows what she gave whilst still being home each night to wash, iron and cook dinners for 6 lads and her husband. The 70s came along and so did 2 more boys Kerry and Cavan, saving the best (unplanned) one until last. She gave up learning to drive due to this last child and was destined to walk up the High Street towing 6 lads for the most of her life! It was also in the 70’s and into the 80’s that Father Hudson Homes & the Coleshill Carnival Committee played a large part in her life as did the people that surrounded it. Our Mom was involved here along with St Andrews home with the late Canon Coyne amongst others and helped loads of under privileged kids out, some of which are still present in Coleshill today with their own families. Father Hudsons also had strong links with the Coleshill Carnival Committee back in the 80’s. They were responsible for the running of the carnival, back then it was massive. Floats used to go from the Wheatsheaf pub all the way past the Community Centre reaching nearly as far as the Norton. It was in the 80s that saw the start of the Coleshill Carnivalettes. Not content with being part of the carnival arrangements, she then decided that the carnival needed to be led by a dancing troupe… and the Coleshill Carnivalettes were born (she didn’t like the name majorettes). Girls ranging from 4 to 16 with green and white pom poms and frilly knickers and came together every Saturday to practice. Many a 50 year old woman reading this will now be having fond memories of the dance routines on the memorial park after having led the carnival procession around Coleshill. It was at this time that she also formed a Ballet & Tap school running on Fridays and Saturdays for all ages. Our Mom didn’t like the formal way dance schools were run and felt the fun had gone out of it for the kids, so what did she do? Set up her own where kids were encouraged to dance for fun whilst at the same time still able to gain IDTA exam qualifications. It was during this time that she also ran sessions for Coleshill Scout Group

This brought her into contact with many, many parents who at the time had ideas about keeping fit. And so Keep fit classes were next on her list. Think Jane Fonda (if you are old enough) and the leg warmer craze of the 80’s. Mums at the school she worked at wanted in on this, so Our Mom started running fitness classes twice a week. Parent and teachers from the school where she also was a classroom assistant attended regularly She called time on the dancing and Carnivalettes as interest from kids dwindled and the Carnival itself ground to a close through lack of volunteers. Which brings me onto her next career move as her classroom assistant role at St Edwards School evolved into a special needs co ordinator. This role meant she forged a very special relationship with Tom Bowell for his entire primary school years. A relationship she still holds dear to her heart today, so does Tom and his family, Brian, Sheila and Matthew. She also held down a job as dinner lady supervisor before startling her new venture. It was also at this time that she met what was to become her best friend in Jill Owen, future head of St Edwards. The 90s saw a new challenge for her after Toms departure, and not content with being a dinner lady. That of Nursery Manager at the newly formed St Edwards Nursery. Parents had often asked about childcare for pre school siblings. Jill Owen, the head teacher said: ‘wouldn’t it be good if St Edwards had a playgroup’. So Our Mom went about setting one up along with her friend and future playgroup partner in crime for the next 20 odd years, Jean Painter. They asked for donations of toys and equipment and started the first session in a classroom on the old st Edwards school site in Coventry Road. There was no money, and what did come in from parents paying for their kids went straight back into the group for new equipment. With a leaking roof and heating that didn’t always work the playgroup was born. It later moved to Packington Lane, but not without a fight when the school was threatened with closure due to the state of the disrepair on the building. St Edwards Wrap Around Club that many kids and parents know & enjoy today started here. It could have been quite different without the protest at Shire Hall from all involved including

Our Mom. For nearly 20 years this would become everything to her, meaning more to her than anything she had ever done before. The Sacred Heart of St Teresa Catholic Church also features heavily in her life, although she gets there less these days. Our Mom, as a Catholic, has always had a strong faith and also paid an active role in her local church over 50 or so years and is well known there too. 6 baptisms, 6 communions, 6 confirmations and a a few weddings too! And this was just her own kids. Her links to the school and the Church meant she was heavily involved in Communion for years with the kids going through school too. In 2001 her husband died quite suddenly, Our Dad, Doug. To this day a massive gap in her life and she tells us her faith helped her with this but she still misses him dearly. So why am I talking about this? Well, like I said she is 80 this year and has been a big part of her own family’s lives, her sons, her daughter in laws, her grandsons and her granddaughters (and soon a great granddaughter). 50 year old grown men and women still shout from the other side of the high street ‘Hi Auntie Noreen’ like they were 6 years old once more. Parents look on her fondly as the person that enjoyed good times and helped their kids through the tough times too. Teachers look at her as a solid rock of support that was always there to help. And in no instance did she ever ask for anything in return. Every action by her was always for someone else, entirely selfless. I would like all those that know her to wish Auntie Noreen, Our Mom a truly happy 80th birthday and just for a moment appreciate the contribution she has made in so many lives. And, if you see her power walking up the High Street, stop her and say hello.

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D Day veterans invited to register now for 75th anniversary of Normandy landings next year

The Royal British Legion and the UK Government asks D Day veterans to register at On the 74th anniversary of the D Day landings, The Royal British Legion and the UK Government are asking the country’s remaining D Day veterans to register their intention to attend the 75th commemorations of the Normandy Landings next year.

The Legion and the Government are working with partners including the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the Normandy Memorial Trust and the Spirit of Normandy Trust, to plan significant commemorations to mark D Day 75, both in France and across the UK.

D Day veterans will be asked to register on The Royal British Legion’s purpose-built website: The public is also being asked to help spread the message and assist any D Day veteran they may know in accessing the website or contacting the Legion to ensure as many veterans as possible are able to attend the poignant commemorations. Veterans are being encouraged to get in touch early so they can mark the occasion according to their wishes. Commonly referred to as D Day, the Normandy Landings began on the 6th June 1944, when allied forces launched a combined naval, air and land assault on Nazi-occupied Europe.

Defence Secretary, Gavin Williamson said: “The Normandy Landings were the vital springboard to the liberation of Europe and the end of the Second World War. The breath-taking bravery and ingenuity shown during those days still echo through today’s Armed Forces. At D Day 75 the eyes of the world will be on these men once more. To enable us to do them justice it’s important we find as many veterans as possible and let them know how to participate. We will never forget the debt we owe for the peace and freedom we now enjoy on this continent.”

Charles Byrne, Director General of The Royal British Legion, comments: “D Day 75 is only a year away and significant plans are already afoot. We want to ensure that every veteran can mark this incredibly important occasion exactly where and how they want. To ensure the utmost care and attention can be given to the exservicemen, now in their nineties, the Legion and its partners need the public’s help to make sure as many come forward as soon as possible. If you are a friend or family member of a D Day veteran, please help them to get in touch with us.” Memorial services are set to take place in Normandy, the South Coast, the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, Scotland, Wales, and Northern Ireland. Registering on the Legion’s D Day 75 website will enable the partners to communicate with the veterans and their families as plans are confirmed and more details are released.

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Barbara Adams community work residents Nick Adams and Brian Whitehouse to do the painting, which they did and were featured on the Coleshill Town Council website. The same graffiti removal company also gave a very good quote for other areas in Coleshill St Peters Walk and the Croft - which were done in August 2014 and paid for by the Town Council. The Market Hall in Church Hill has graffiti on so Barbara Adams contacted the land Agents Fisher German in Worcester and they were very prompt in getting it removed 148 High St is looking in a terrible state of repair and Fisher German will carry out the work in the spring 2017.

Barbara Adams is a resident of Coleshill, North Warwickshire and when she had a break of work in March 2014 she soon realized that the town had become strewn with litter and age old graffiti that she hadn’t noticed whilst being at work and away from Coleshill. Taking pride in her home town she contacted NWBC to get some black bags and a litter picker, so every Sunday she goes out to litter pick around the town. And most days

Next she tackled the graffiti in the Memorial Park, the Leisure Centre and the Cricket Pavilion. After contacting a local graffiti removal firm and asking them if they would do a community project so it would be done for free, they agreed to this for her and have now removed the graffiti. The next thing on her agenda was to get the litter bins restored to their original state so that people would be more inclined to use them and not drop litter. Hawthorns Hardware in Coleshill High Street agreed to give Barbara the paint free and after asking

A British Telecom Green Box near St Paul's Crescent also had graffiti on it so Barbara Adams contacted the Chief Executive of BT and within a month it was re-painted. Near there too is an old Shell petrol station which is for sale and its borders were weed infested and very overgrown, so again she contacted the land agents in London and they sent someone up to cut the bushes back. Nearby is a very old dilapidated bus shelter, and one further up the High St, she contacted Coleshill Town Council and Colin Greatrex asked her to get some quotes for replacements which she did and now they are replaced.

Barbara has also set up and organized a competition to keep Coleshill tidy (see the attached letter) where she personally posted 800 letters through residents and businesses doors and codesigned posters that have now been put up in shops and pubs in the town. The closing date of the competition was 7 Oct 2014. The prize money was kindly given by a local businessman Mark Jones. An elderly disabled lady in Coleshill needed help in getting her very overgrown garden back into shape so after speaking to her friends Pam Cumberlige and Mike Ford-Terry they agreed to help so Barbara and co restored the lady’s garden in one afternoon. Barbara also secured free shrubs from the local Garden centre to cover a wall to deter any further vandalism. Barbara at times attended a meeting at Warwickshire County Highways with Peter Fowler to arrange any graffiti removal from road signs. I also requested for the double yellow lines to be repainted, especially one area where cars were blocking pedestrian access to the extent that it was a hazard for one of our disabled resident a former serviceman who uses a wheelchair and was forced to use his wheelchair on the actual road.

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Which lead to a Queens Garden Party invite Whenever Barbara sees any litter or fly tipping she reports it online to NWBC, with a photograph if possible. Barbara was on Coleshill in Bloom committee and helped to get local businesses to sponsor the flower planters, so far Lyndon Scaffold, Sainsbury’s, McCarthy and Stone, BMW and Sertec have been secured as sponsors with further donations secured from Jaguar Land Rover. There Secondary School here in Coleshill, which can cause extra litter, but after sending an email to the school, asking if they can have a talk to the pupils to refrain from dropping litter and to use the bins provided. It’s worked so far. The next activity is to help increase the footfall for the businesses in Coleshill. Working with Rosemarie Day Barbara helped organise markets in the Town Hall promoting local businesses, shops and producers with free advertising, Saturday 6th December at Coleshill Town Hall Please feel free to contact Councillor Adam Farrell, or Town Mayor Harry Taylor or Councillor Peter Fowler (now moved on ) for any references on the work carried out. Barbara has never received any funding for the work.

In the past 12 months Barbara has raised nearly £1000 for Help for Heroes, raised money for massive Daffodil planting (1000) on the 4 TMO Estate to enhance the surroundings. Helped raised money and support to have a new play area at Abbey School Erdington Birmingham for Junior and Infant Children. Also on the estate helped by doing a raffle raise money for the Malcom Locker Community Centre, so the children could have a day away from the Lyndhurst Estate Erdington Birmingham. The Wheatsheaf on Station Road Coleshill the exterior had been for many years painted in a purple colour, this was not in keeping with Coleshill heritage. Barbara contacted the CEO of Mitchell’s & Butlers concerning dismay of the state of their business, it was duly refurbished and re painted in cream, more in keeping with the area. Barbara contacted The Post office senior office to get the Post Boxes in Coleshill re painted, there is just one left to do which is on the corner of St Paul Cres this will be done this year. On November 26 - 2015 at The Motorcycle Museum Barbara won a National Gold Award for Communities in Keeping Coleshill Clean presented from CIWM

To promote foot fall in Coleshill, after contacting the Franchise dept. at Costa Coffee to tell them of vacant premises, they will be opening in April. Barbara has a influence over people to get things done and bring people together to make a better community and better place to live Barbara is dedicated to the community.

The Community work that I have done in Coleshill meant on Thursday 31 May I was at the Queens Garden Party in recognition of my work along with others (8k) all together. It was a fabulous day and one to remember! Barbara Adams

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June/July 2018

Message from The Chair Person

Colin Is Hanging up his Boots I do not think there is anyone in the village that does not know Colin Brookes, the man whom for the last 8 years has been the grounds and handy person employed by the Parish Council to look after the areas of the village the Council is responsible for. You will have seen Colin driving his tractor and turning his hand to everything from positioning the dog bins to marking out the Football Pitch, just two of many things Colin has been doing over the years. Well Colin is now stepping down I could say retiring but I do not think Colin will ever fully retire, as he is so active. I could list many things that Colin has done to make Water Orton a better place to live but it would take up the whole of this newspaper. As chair of the Parish Council I wanted to thank Colin not only on behalf

of the Council but also for the Village on the dedication and hard work in all weathers he has shown over the years. I am sure that we will all miss seeing Colin around the village, however, if any one deserves to take it easier it is Colin. So on behalf of everyone thank you mate for all your work, good humor, and dedication in making Water Orton a great place to live, you will be missed. So what of the future with Colin stepping down? The Parish Council has recently interviewed five extremely strong candidates to take on the role of Grounds and Handy Person and it was very difficult to select Colin’s successor. A decision was reached and Mr. Paul Bellis has been appointed. Paul who has lived most of his life in the village and is well known will be meeting with Colin to discuss a handover of responsibilities. So best wishes to Paul in his new role.

photo taken by Holly Brookes

Au revoir to the Old Salts Finally, after 64 years, the Old Salts have said ‘Au Revoir’ to Water Orton for the time being, having handed possession of the playing fields and car park to DfT/HS2. The Club originally moved to Water Orton in 1964. In those days there was only one rugby pitch and players changed in a wooden shack located pitch-side nearby, housing a communal bath tub! Soon after, a war-time prefabricated concrete structure was salvaged from Sutton Park and re-erected to form a more permanent clubhouse with changing rooms, baths, toilets, kitchen and clubroom with a splendid open fire and surround – much admired by visitors from far and wide. In the late 70’s the Club were forced to contemplate the age of the motorway, when plans for the M42 motorway were first announced. Bad news for the Club! The proposed route crossed Watton Lane and meant that the clubhouse would be lost. This loss proved to be a major gain as the Club were able to erect a new purpose designed brick-built structure, including the latest design essentials, baths, showers, spacious clubroom, committee room, bar and importantly, the open fire! New pitches were laid out to meet the needs of increasing membership and the advent of mini and junior rugby. The new building was opened in 1983.

With the approach of the 21st century, further motorway works were announced, the M6 Toll Road was to be constructed and join up with the M6/M42 on the outskirts of Water Orton, more precisely, requiring Gilson Road to be moved east to accommodate the motorway works. The implications of this for the Club, once again were considerable and disruptive. The main pitch adjacent to Watton Lane was forfeited and the car park considerably reduced by the diverted Gilson Road. Discussions and negotiations with the Highways Agency resulted in compensation to fund additional car parking and the acquisition of new land to accommodate a new playing area along-side Lichfield Road. Rugby at Watton Lane flourished unhindered until 2010, when plans for the High Speed Railway, HS2 were promulgated. This time there would be no compromises or escape! Occupation of, and rugby at Watton Lane/Gilson Road would no longer be possible if HS2 were to proceed. The proposed Coleshill Junction would obliterate the Old Salts site. The passage of time has confirmed these proposals, Old Salts were forced to relocate in order to survive and continue. The search for a relocation site and negotiations with HS2 and VOA have been long, difficult and frustrating. Eventually, the proposed site for relocation in Coleshill Road, Vicarage Lane and Gypsy Lane,

Water Orton was identified and agreed in principle. Negotiations with HS2 and VOA continue, conditional planning permission for relocation has been approved by NWBC. Unfortunately, lengthy negotiations have resulted in the loss of the Club’s existing facilities and site, before completion of land acquisition and commencement of construction of the new clubhouse, car park, access road and layout the replacement playing areas. In the meantime, Salts will be relocating, temporarily, to Shard End No. 6, Playing Fields, Kendrick Avenue. The Club have negotiated leasehold use of this site for training, senior league matches and mini and youth activities for the next two to three years until development of the new clubhouse and playing fields in Coleshill Road, Vicarage Lane and Gypsy Lane, Water Orton are complete in 2020/2022. The new season will commence in August 2018. In the mean-time much work is required to bring the playing fields up to standard for rugby, comprising improved ground drainage and grass playing surfaces. The Club will be using the existing pavilion building but will require floodlighting for winter training and additional car parking for mid and weekend training and playing activities. In addition a temporary single storey structure will be provided for post-match social activities for members and visitors.

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Water Orton Bowling Club

Calendar of meetings for the ensuing Council year, all dates are the last Wednesday in the month

Honours this month goes to Paul Johnson and Kevin Hackett, Paul a worthy winner of the Men’s Club Championship held on June 3rd. Kevin who won the W.C.P.A .Veterans Individuals Merit at Coleshill B.C. on Sunday June 10th, playing against very strong competitor’s . On the green all our league teams as we approach half way of the season are giving good account of themselves, the Saturday Parks are on top of Division 1 they also won their Quarter-Final game on Saturday June 9th. Thursday evening team doing well on top of the table, also Wednesday evening ‘A’ on top of the table. We do have two vacancies on our Committee, the first is a General Secretary and secondly a League Secretary, you do not have to be someone who has played bowls but has good organising skills. For more details contact John Mob. 07791225761 John Cheatham or e-mail

2018 July 25th August 29th September 26th October 31st November 28th No meeting scheduled for December. Notices are placed within the notice boards and updates will be posted as and when they arise.

Volunteering is never and easy task; your heart is willing, your mind ready to tackle the task and you are off. Suddenly when you are flat out, chasing one thing after another you receive a blow , one which can take the wind out of your sails and one which may ,just may, make you think twice about the time you have so willingly given and the work you have taken on. I believe at some point in our lives whether paid or unpaid we may have received one of these blows and wondered why. If only we all knew the answer to why. The ever increasingly wonderful question our young ones may ask us… but why? Is one we ask ourselves. As a Parish councillor I feel I do the best I can with the time I have , the passionate team around

me also feel the same. There are times questions do not have the answers straight away, other people we need to seek out and clarify, forms to complete and ensuring we do the best we can for the village we serve. We welcome constructive and positive feedback, welcome suggestions around improvement and development, offers of support but on the occasions we receive a blow against the integrity of the parish council it blows the wind out of our sails.

The Water Orton War Memorial project team is working towards the provision of a permanent open space war memorial for village residents who died in World War I and II. This will be sited on the triangular piece of land between Coleshill Road and Watton Lane.

sufficient monies to place an order with Co-operative Memorials. This money includes generous donations from the village residents and local businesses, either by individual giving or fundraising activities.

The cost of the memorial, with planning and admin fees will be £23,500. We have now raised

I consider myself lucky to live in a wonderful environment, be part of a passionate council and have the ability to walk out of my house feeling the wind has really deflated my sails, only to have it brought back by the

THANK YOU We have recently been informed of, and are awaiting, grants of £2000 from Birmingham Airport, £250 from Coleshill Masonic Lodge and £10,000 from the HS2 Community Environment Fund.

Parish Council Meeting Dates

calmness on my walk, the fields I see around me and the considerate and polite people I see along the way. It is warming to feel as a community, we lookout for each other, being mindful of others and their times of work ensuring we are not encroaching on some of their free time, but finding the right way to communicate .It is then I know I am doing the best I can with the time I have it is then I ask the question again, why? I do it because I want to and because I care. I know that this will also reflect from the rest of our councillors.

meeting. Should anyone be interested we are still looking for volunteers for our speed watch campaign. Please email Sue at s.kelley788@btinternet. com if you wish further information. another why. There were also concerns raised around the parking by the local shops which included, at times double parking and parking on double yellow lines on the opposite side of the road. We appreciate the expansion of the village and wish local amenities to be

We are currently working with the stonemasons, structural engineers and Warwickshire County Council (Highways) to ensure that the memorial will be safe and meet planning permission conditions. This will be sufficient time for the memorial to be in place for the following:

then a parade from The Digby car park

Sunday 11th November 2018 9.00am Remembrance service & parade: starting in the parish church

At the George Road Community Centre a friendly group meet on Monday afternoons for tea and a chat, Tuesday mornings at 10.30 for a coffee. Bingo the 2nd Monday in the month doors open at 7pm, eyes down at 7.30pm. Come and join us ALL are welcome.

This may help us collectively prevent

At our last meeting a point was raised about the speed through the village. This is a point I raised in 2017 after attending a speed watch

Saturday 13th October 2018 11am Service of Dedication

George Road, Community Centre

used however vigilance is required when parking. Please be considerate around this. Thank you.

at 10.30am followed by a short service with laying of wreaths and a minutes silence at the memorial. Save the dates and join us for these events!!!

Please contact Judy Macdonald if you wish to join the parade, be a parade steward, or be involved in any way on these dates. 07914812509

Local Borough Councillors Councillors Ray Payne and David Reilly will be happy to meet you at The Robert Lloyd Room, Water Orton parish Church on a Tuesday morning from 11am to noon. The Methodist Church, the last Saturday of each month from 10am to midday. David Reilly can be contacted by telephone on 07939 385 229.

Local Groups and Societies We would be pleased to advertise your meetings and dates for you. All you have to do is supply a list of forthcoming events to the Parish Clerk. If you would like to contact the parish council please contact

Ralph Coldrick 07528968134

18 June/July 2018

New guide launched to help carers access support Every day, another 6,000 people take on a caring responsibility and, by 2037, it's anticipated that the number of carers in the UK will increase to 9 million[1]. To coincide with Carers Week 2018, Independent Age, the older people’s charity, has launched a new, free advice guide to help people identify as carers, and access the practical, financial and emotional support available to them. The guide, called ‘Caring for someone: How to get the support you need’, is suitable for anyone who might be a carer. It explains carers rights, and the benefits, services and support available to help look after someone else. It also looks at what happens when a caring role ends.

Caring can be a positive experience but can also be emotionally and physically challenging. Many older carers have long-term health problems or a disability themselves[2]. ‘Caring for someone’ contains information and advice for everyone, regardless of how much care they provide, including how to apply for a carer’s assessment, which can assess the impact of a caring role on your wellbeing. ‘Caring for someone’ is free to order and download from, or can be ordered for free by calling 0800 319 6789. To make a donation or find out more about how you can support the work of Independent Age and help older people stay independent, please visit www.

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We must deliver EU's PEST committee Brussels hears of Britain's booming fairness and fulfilment must separate fact staff-owned businesses for disabled people from fiction The rights of disabled people are on the agenda as Anthea McIntyre leads a delegation of MEPs to New York this week.

Miss McIntyre, MEP for the West Midlands and Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, said: "The issue of equal opportunity, equal access and equal recognition for Miss McIntyre will head a mission disabled people is something I care made up of fellow members about deeply. of the European Parliament's "You can judge a country's Employment Committee to discuss character as well as its progress issues including employment by its expectations of disabled opportunity and fair treatment at work, plus legal equality and people. Everyone should be able political participation for disabled to fulfil their true potential. There is still a way for us to go in the people globally. developed West before things are The MEPs will take part in the as they should be, but in some 11th conference at the United other parts of the word it can be a Nations Headquarters for signatories to the UN Convention truly dismal picture. on the Rights of Persons with "I know from direct experience Disabilities, beginning tomorrow through different organisations I have been involved in, that (Tues). They will also contribute to a employment opportunities with series of side events on subjects good conditions and proper which include the potential for accessibility are the best way for artificial intelligence to improve disabled people to find fulfilment inclusion, and a presentation by and wellbeing. the European Union on using "That is why the Convention development aid to improve matters and that is why we want accessibility for the disabled in to see it taken up and acted upon under-developed countries. worldwide."

The European Parliament's temporary committee on pesticides must take a common sense approach to regulation if it is to make a useful contribution, a leading member said. Anthea McIntyre MEP, UK Conservative spokesman on Agriculture, told a Brussels debate on pesticides regulation to bear in mind that the socalled PEST committee was a political initiative by certain political groups with an eye to next year’s European elections. It had a temporary lifespan and a short timeline. Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, was a panelist in the debate "How should we regulate pesticides?", organised by the publisher Euractiv. She said: "The whole process is relatively short, it will only produce an opinion, not legislation. I nevertheless would welcome the opportunity for MEPs to ask questions to experts in a format that allows a 'ping-pong' of questions and answers back and forth." Miss McIntyre said that the argument for some people was

not about whether glyphosate was safe or not. It was about whether we should authorise any chemicals for use in food and agricultural production. She said: "In my opinion, we should authorise them because we need them if we are to maintain food security. We must have a common sense approach to this issue.” Miss McIntyre rejected an assertion by an agricultural trade union that farmers generally used pesticides inappropriately. She said chemicals were expensive, so farmers would use the smallest amount possible. Precision farming and integrated pest-management methods were making sure pesticides were applied in an ever more efficient and environmentallyfriendly way. “I hope that something sensible will come out of the PEST committee and I hope it will deliver on its mandate. We need to provide science-based policy making and distinguish fact from fiction.”

The Birmingham-based John Lewis partnership and a list of other British companies were highlighted in European parliament as prime examples of successful employee ownership schemes. Anthea McIntyre, Conservative employment spokesman in the European Parliament, said the UK had more than 100 such companies contributing more than £25 billion to the economy. And she gave a roll call of UK businesses which were achieving better performance by making their staff their stakeholders. Miss McIntyre, Conservative MEP for the West Midlands, addressed the parliament's Employment Committee in Brussels as it considered a new report to encourage the development of Employee Financial Participation (EFP) in Europe. The report highlights the potential of such schemes for both workers and employers and suggests a number of measures which could be taken at EU level to promote EFP. She said: "I very much support the need for awareness-raising campaigns, exchanges of best practice, more transparency and information, the promotion of financial education with respect to retail and equities investment.

"There are several excellent examples of EFP particularly in my own country, for example John Lewis - a large and well known retailer. John Lewis is an employee-owned partnership model which operates differently from private-equity backed businesses and stockmarket-listed companies as instead of profits flowing to the shareholders, at John Lewis they flow to the staff in the form of the annual bonus. "There are more than 100 companies in the UK with significant employee ownership. These include some well know names such as Blackwell bookshops, jam makers Wilkin & Sons - who make wonderful jams and sauces – and Scott Bader, a polymers manufacturer. "A survey of financial data from more than 250 firms (both private and employee owned) backs up other studies showing that employee-owned businesses typically out-perform those companies in which employees do not have an ownership stake or the right to participate in decisionmaking. "Employees who have a stake in the company are more committed to delivering quality and more flexible in supporting the needs of the business."

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If you have not been able to say yes to these questions, then breeding may not be for you. If you decide not to breed from your pet, then you may wish to consider having them neutered to prevent related diseases & unwanted or unplanned pregnancies. If you have been able to say yes to most of these questions, do not forget that you will also need to keep the following in mind: •R  esponsible breeders believe that each new litter they breed should be an improvement on the parents & the breed. •R  esponsible breeders give careful consideration to health issues, temperament & the look of the pet. •R  esponsible breeders plan ahead of each mating to ensure that each offspring produced will be bred in the best possible environment.

Breeding the facts!

•R  esponsible breeders accept responsibility for an offspring which they have bred, & make themselves available to give advice, help & information to new owners.

If you are thinking of breeding your pet, there are certain questions that you will need to ask yourself before proceeding: • Is the pet fit, healthy & do they have a good temperament? • Can I afford to pay for the recommended health tests prior to mating & where necessary, for the litter? • Do I know enough to help during the whelping, if necessary? • Can I afford to pay for a caesarean should the mother have difficulty whelping the litter? • Could I cope with a very large litter of, say, 10 or 12 offspring? • Do I have sufficient knowledge to rear the litter correctly, including worming, vaccinations & socialisation? • Have I the time to devote to a litter until they are old enough to go to their new homes, which is usually around eight weeks for dogs? • Am I knowledgeable enough to advise new owners about caring for their new pet, including rearing, diet, training & health problems? • Would I be able to find good homes for them? • Am I in a position to take back or re-home any offspring if it becomes necessary?


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Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Breed: Staffordshire Bull Terrier

Size: Medium

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Gender: Female (N)

Gender: Male

Centre: Birmingham

Centre: Birmingham

Age: 6-7years

Age: 5-6 years

Child Suitability: 8 Years +

Child Suitability: All

Live With Dogs: Selective

Live With Dogs: No

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Prince Louis, who is a sweet lad but can get a little stressed around other dogs so would prefer to be the only dog.

Hello my name is Coco, I love nothing more than to be out and about with my K9 carers. My favourite game is fetch and having lots of cuddles and fuss of everyone I meet.

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Unfortunatley I do not like other dogs so I want a home where I can be on my own.

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I can get a little excited when playing and become a little play nippy, so would like a family with older children.

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23 June/July 2018

Local company helping to give back to the community As someone who works for a large corporation

including a raffle with lots of different prizes, the doors

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you work in can sometimes get lost, as a newly

everyone from the local areas are welcome.

appointed Corporate Social Responsibility Rep for DHL Midpoint in Minworth and someone who lives local I wanted to make sure we give back to the local community.

We are looking to raise £5000 this will purchase all 12 teams’ kits for next season and as a twist on the normal corporate sponsor on the shirts we have donated that again to another local cause Smith Magensis Syndrome foundation UK, one of the trustee’s lives opposite the

My son plays for Castle Vale Town FC who are now in

stadium itself.

their 20th year of serving the local community’s youth

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for a local cause and given much needed exposure and

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HS2 Contracts Delayed as Costs £1.2bn Above Target Today, New Civil Engineer has reported that the first set of contracts for building parts of the first Phase of HS2 are being estimated at £1.2bn over the target price 18% over budget. In July 2017 signed seven two-part design and build contracts, which were meant to be worth up to £6.6bn for laying the groundwork for the first Phase of HS2. The concept was that the winning bidders, which included now-bankrupt Carillion, would go away and complete a final design for HS2, after which the construction element of the contracts would be confirmed. These contracts simply included building the main civil works for HS2 such as tunnels and bridges, and do not cover building the four proposed stations, or laying of tracks and the associated railway works such as the overhead power lines. The figures reported by New Civil Engineer would put the forecast £6.6bn bill for one element of Phase 1 of HS2 at £7.8bn. NCE reported: “While one source said that the collective price was coming in at “around £1.2bn” over budget, another said that some bids were “as much as 30% to 40% higher” than their individual target price.” NCE also reports that: “As a result, NCE understands that the notice to proceed has been pushed back from November until February 2019 with one source claiming that they had been told to “go away and sharpen their pencils” to cut costs.”

Last week the National Audit Office confirmed that two of the contracts, which cover all the work from Amersham in Buckinghamshire to Long Itchington in Warwickshire, were awarded in July 2017 to a joint venture which included Carillion just 21 days after they had issued a profit warning. That followed on from the news that a joint investigation into the collapse of Carillon, by Parliament’s pensions and work and business committees, found the accountancy firm EY had been advising HS2 on the health of Carillion while simultaneously giving financial advice to Carillion itself. The remaining partners in CEK JV consortium, Eiffage and Kier since have taken over Carillions slice of the work, which on the original estimates was worth £450m of the total £1.34bn the consortium originally said their work would cost. Whilst some enabling works, such as clearing wildlife habitats, knocking down buildings, digging up graves and moving gas pipelines has started, no construction work on HS2 has taken place, despite the fact it was originally scheduled to start in summer 2017. Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin said: “It is absolutely no surprise at all that the costs of HS2 are due to go up, because going up is the only thing the costs of HS2 ever do. Ever since vested interest groups first conned Government into taking on the white elephant they wanted to build, that small cartel

of construction firms have been running transport policy at the taxpayers’ expense. With a complete lack of oversight for an unjustifiable project, it is inevitable that the cost will keep going up and up and up.” "The important thing to remember here is it’s not the overall £55.6bn price of HS2 that’s due to go up by £1.2bn, it’s a small element, only about a tenth of the overall work which is jumping 18% as £6.6bn becomes £7.8bn, and that's before they have even started! There is only one way to stop the cost of HS2 spiralling to even more ridiculously unmanageable levels, stop it now before we are absolutely committed to it.” “The sad reality is that despite the fact the cost of HS2 has almost doubled since it was first announced and that construction is already over a year last, we have a transport secretary who can say nothing except that he believes 'HS2 is on time and on budget', despite the fact it is absolutely clear prioritising HS2 is already starving the rest of the rail network of any investment, and this will continue to do for decades if it goes ahead. We have seen in the last few months the cancellation of planned upgrades across the rail network and a delusional Transport Secretary who doesn't seem to think that he has any responsibility for the unbridled misery faced by people who are simply trying to catch a train. Given this, does anyone really expect HS2 to be anything other than a cataclysmic disaster?”

Whistleblower Claims HS2 Ltd “Knowingly Misled Parliament” Covering Up £1.9bn “Petrifying Overspend” Doug Thornton, the former head of property at HS2 Ltd has told The Sunday Times that he was put under “tremendous pressure to accede to an enormous deceit” and that the organisation may have “knowingly misled parliament” in covering up the fact they have under-estimated the cost of buying property along Phase 1 of the route by £1.9bn, putting the actual cost 68% over the official estimate. This comes the same week that New Civil Engineer reported that the first set of contracts for building parts of the first Phase of HS2 have been estimated at £1.2bn over the £6.6bn target price, 18% over budget.

large proportion of properties . . . not budgeted for’.”

Thornton said that the reason for the underestimation was due to “rudimentary map-based analysis by interns”, which in the worst instance had valued land at Whittington Heath Golf Club as agricultural land worth less than £4,000, opposed to the actual £40m it will cost to replace the Victorian clubhouse and over a quarter of the course itself. Ever since HS2 was first announced in 2010, HS2 Ltd have been criticised for the fact that all route planning has come from map-based exercises using out of dates maps, without ever actually surveying routes before announcing them. The most famous example of this was in 2016 when HS2 announced a change to the route in Yorkshire which took it through a new housing estate in Mexborough which they did not know was there, because it wasn’t on the map they were using. The Sunday Times reported that the documents Thornton provided them with state: “He was sacked after refusing to ‘at worst, severely mislead’ HS2’s own board about the state of the programme. He described HS2 as ‘hostile and dysfunctional’. A few months later, Thornton said, the head of planning and performance, Andrew Bruce, was also placed on leave of absence 30 minutes before he was due to ‘present major budget, programme and capability issues’ to the board.” “The ‘scale of the land and property budget error is petrifying’ with ‘a

in the past. A new report will be published next month.

In 2016, just as Thornton and Bruce left HS2 Ltd, the company told Parliament that the total cost for acquiring property on Phase 1 of HS2 would be £2.8bn, a figure which Bruce had put at £4.7bn. His figure is backed up by the fact that HS2 Ltd currently state that they have only bought 30% of the land they need on Phase 1, at a cost of £1.6bn. However, HS2 Ltd continue to insist that the remaining 70% will cost just £1.2bn, or at least that the total will still come in at £2.8bn. It has been confirmed that these issues are being looked at by the National Audit Office, which has already investigated HS2 several times Stop HS2 Campaign Manager Joe Rukin said: “Everything we learned about HS2 Ltd over the last eight years has told us that the culture of the organisation is one of incompetence, lies, bullying and a complete disregard for taxpayers money. As such, it is no surprise that the first HS2 Ltd whistleblower has a tale of incompetence that led to lies and bullying with the aim of covering up a complete disregard for taxpayers money.” “It doesn’t take a whistleblower to tell you that HS2 Ltd is ‘hostile and dysfunctional’. Anyone who has had to deal with them could tell you that, and it is truly astounding that a company which is wholly owned by the DfT has been allowed to get so out of control. There has been absolutely no scrutiny of HS2 Ltd for eight years, and when serious independent bodies have raised significant and repeated concerns, they have been continually brushed under the carpet. This has led to a culture whereby HS2 Ltd know they are the golden child who can get away with anything.”

“Earlier this week we saw that contracts, representing about a quarter of the cost for Phase 1 of HS2 are already £1.2bn over budget, but next to no one in Parliament batted an eyelid. Now, we’ve got another £1.9bn stuck on the bill, meaning there has been a £3.1bn increase in the space of a week, but we will be massively surprised if anyone but a handful of backbenchers notice, even though it seems to be coupled to a conspiracy to deceive Parliament. This is why HS2 has been allowed to get out of control and will continue to do so, there has been a total failure of Parliament to adequately scrutinise and supervise the spending of billions of pounds of public money, and when they get caught out, they have Ministerial apologists queuing up to cover for them.” “The real question isn’t whether or not HS2 Ltd lied to Parliament, deliberately giving MPs and Lords figures they knew were massively understated for the costs of property along the route of HS2, the real question is what else do they continue to knowingly lie about?” Penny Gaines, chair of Stop HS2, added "HS2 Ltd is shockingly incompetent and these figures are no real surprise. Right from the start HS2 have appeared to use almost every tactic possible to minimise what they spend on property from people affected by HS2 Ltd. It's never been clear whether that was through malice or simple incompetence, but it’s most likely been a bit of both.” "This is the second time it has been publicly revealed that the HS2 Ltd board were not informed with what was actually going on in the company. They have clearly been failing in their duty to scrutinise the company's activities, but then again it has always seemed that HS2 was being run as a gravy train to line the pockets of a favoured few with taxpayers' money.” “HS2 is clearly a dysfunctional organisation, pushing through a hugely expensive white elephant of a project. It should be scrapped as soon as possible, so that the real problems with transport in this country can be sorted.”

25 June/July 2018

Bedtime stories going digital BEDTIME stories are experiencing a boom in popularity amongst UK families, thanks to gadgets such as tablets and iPads according to new research. The survey of 1,009 British parents carried out by gadgets and technology e-tailer,, found that 69% of UK families have used gadgets and technology for bedtime stories with their children. When quizzed on which gadgets are used at bedtime, tablets and iPads were found to be the most popular devices used for story time – as many as 77% of British parents use these for bedtime reading. This was followed by e-readers such as Kindles (63%) and smartphones (51%). According to the research, more than 1 in 10 (11%) of British families will snuggle up to an audio book. As many as 43% of parents feel technology-based bedtime stories are more interactive for little ones. 38% said they choose to use gadgets for bedtime stories because it is more convenient, while 1 in 4 (25%) said their children are more engaged and interested when using gadgets for bedtime reading. The data found that 22% of parents said their

• 69% of UK families use gadgets for bedtime stories • 11% of children snuggle up to an audio book •M  anchester, Nottingham and Leeds read the most tech-based bedtime stories

children request for their bedtime story to be read using a digital device. Mark Kelly, marketing manager at LaptopsDirect., said: “It’s no surprise that bedtime stories are now going digital with more and more UK families, as there are now numerous devices and apps which can be used to engage with little ones at bedtime and to help illustrate much loved bedtime stories. “It is important to remember to limit screen time for little ones throughout the day and consider using nighttime functions on devices to limit the amount of blue light children are exposed to before bed. Controlled screen time spent together can be a very powerful tool for interacting with children and can aid their learning.” Manchester was found to be home to the most tech savvy families with 78% using gadgets at bedtime, followed by Nottingham (75%) and Leeds (74%). Laptops Direct is the UK’s largest online laptop specialist, selling a wide range of new and refurbished laptops from leading brands, as well as a wide range of other lifestyle gadgets. For more information, visit

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Quesadillas: Chicken and Mushroom and Mushroom and Jalapeño In advance of next month’s BBQ recipes Assembly: I offer this really easy, yet tasty, Mexican Place two tortillas on a baking tray. Add half of the refried bean to each one and spread evenly. Taking staple. I’ll have these made and stacked by my side while I’m prepping for family barbecues as they are possibly the best snacky finger food to keep you going. Method: Preheat your oven to 180-200 centigrade. In one pan, heat some vegetable oil and add the sliced chicken, the onion and two cloves of garlic. Cook on a medium heat, stirring often to ensure nothing burns. Ensure the chicken is cooked through. Set to one side. Heat some vegetable oil mixed with the truffle oil in another saucepan and add the mushrooms and one clove of garlic. Cook on a high heat while stirring constantly. As the mushrooms begin to colour, take half of them and add them to the chicken. After a couple more minutes add the jalapeño and cook for another three minutes. Set to one side. Warm the refried beans in a pan, stirring occasionally.

Ingredients: Serves two. Four 8 inch tortilla Two chicken breasts, thinly sliced 300g chestnut mushrooms, sliced One jalapeño pepper, chopped One medium onion, finely diced Two tablespoons truffle oil Three cloves of garlic, crushed Sprig of coriander 300g manchego cheese, grated 215g tin of refried beans

care to drain the mushrooms of excess oil arrange them evenly across one tortilla, doing the same with the chicken on the other. Distribute half of the manchego on each tortilla and cover each with a fresh tortilla. Place the quesadillas in the oven for approximately 10-15 minutes, until golden brown, before removing and cutting into quarters. Garnish with coriander. Serve with salad, corn, guacamole or just enjoy them on their own. Obviously I have used canned refried beans in this recipe, there are many recipes online if you fancy trying to make those too. You can vary this recipe by adding combinations of cumin, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper to suit your taste, or use pre-made Mexican spice mixes should you wish. If you succeed in become the quesadilla King or Queen why not send me some pictures.


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28 June/July 2018

Advice and support for carers Lucy Harmer, Director of Services at Independent Age, the older people’s charity, gives her expert tips on the practical, financial and emotional support available to carers. The charity has launched a new advice guide, called ‘Caring for someone: How to get the support you need’, which can be ordered for free via or by calling 0800 319 6789. 1. Recognise that you’re a carer Many people who look after someone else don’t realise that they are carers. If you’re looking after someone regularly to help them with their daily life because they’re ill or disabled, or can’t manage without your support, then you may be a carer. If you’re not sure, our guide ‘Caring for someone: How to get the support you need’ could help you find out.

2. Get a Carer’s Assessment If you provide unpaid care for a friend or family member, you have a right to a free carer’s assessment. Contact the adult social services department of your local council to arrange one. If you’d like to talk to someone about your carer’s assessment and how to prepare, contact our free Helpline (0800 319 6789, and arrange to speak to an adviser.

3. Apply for Carer’s Allowance Caring for someone, especially if you’ve been doing it for a long time, can take a toll on your finances. If you’re caring for a family member or a friend for 35 hours or more a week, you may be eligible for Carer’s Allowance and other extra money. You can download a claim form or claim online at or phone the Carer’s Allowance Unit (0800 731 0297) to ask for a claim form.

4. Tell your GP that you are a carer Ask your GP to make a note on your records. Your GP can give you advice and information about the medical condition of the person you look after. They may also put you in touch with support services provided by the NHS and other local sources of support and advice.

5. M  ake sure the person you’re looking after is getting all the help they’re entitled to Ask social services for a care needs assessment for the person you’re looking after if they haven’t already had one, to see if they qualify for council help. And check that they’re getting all the benefits they’re entitled to. If they have a long-term health condition or disability

they may qualify for Attendance Allowance or Personal Independence Payment, depending on their age. See our factsheets on these benefits for more information.

6. Look after yourself as well Being a carer can be emotionally and physically demanding. You may be so busy looking after someone else that you neglect your own health. It’s important that you take good care of yourself for your own sake but also to give you the strength to go on caring. Try to eat a balanced diet, get regular exercise, and get enough rest. If you’re having trouble sleeping, speak to your GP. 7. Create time for yourself Make sure you get a regular break from caring, even if it’s only 10 minutes. It’s important for your quality of life to find time to do the things you enjoy. You could ask family or friends to help. Telecare can help keep the person you look after safe and give you peace of mind when you’re not with them. You may also be able to arrange respite care to give you a regular break or for a longer period to give you the chance to go on holiday.

Hay fever warning as warm weather continues With the mercury set to soar this week, health experts at Optical Express are warning allergy suffering Brits to stay on red alert. 1 in 4 people suffer from hay fever and pollen allergies in the UK (WAO, 2017), with the effects of pollen actually higher in cities due to increased pollution levels, making it more of an irritant for sunbathing city dwellers. Stephen Hannan, Clinical Services Director at Optical Express, said: “The welcome warm weather brings a rise in the pollen count, which unfortunately for many Brits makes the warm weather less enjoyable. There are some simple things that you can do to ease the effects of hay fever, such as avoiding touching or and rubbing your eyes, taking antihistamines, and using

8. Don’t be afraid to ask for help

9. Ask your local council about aids and adaptations




10. Make a plan to deal with emergencies You need to know that care would be put in place quickly in an emergency, if you became ill or were admitted to hospital for example. If the person you care for receives help from the council, emergency plans should be included in their care and support plan. If not, you can create an emergency plan by writing down the name, address and other contact details of the person you care for, who you would like to be contacted in an emergency, any medication the person you care for is taking, and any ongoing care or health treatment they need.



Charities and carers’ networks can be an invaluable source of practical and emotional support. They understand the challenges you face and can give you the chance to talk to people who are in a similar position. For more information, contact Carers UK (0808 808 7777, or the Carers Trust (0300 772 9600,

Different types of equipment or home adaptations can make your life easier and help the person you’re looking after to stay safe and independent. If the council assesses them as needing an aid or minor adaptation (one that costs less than £1,000 to install), the council must provide this for free. There may be grants available for larger adaptations. See our factsheet Adapting your home to stay independent for more information.

eye drops. Spending less time outdoors when the pollen levels are at their peak will also lessen the irritation levels. “Opt for wraparound sunglasses to increase protection from airborne pollen when outside, and swap contact lenses for glasses when the pollen count is high. Speak to your optician on the best form of eye care for you or if your red and itchy eyes persist. There are many solutions available.” If you have any concerns about your eyes, book an appointment to see your optometrist at your earliest opportunity. Optical Express is Europe’s only fullservice eye care provider, offering every optical solution from glasses and contact lenses to laser eye and lens surgery. To book your eye test today, visit www. for further information.


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29 June/July 2018

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30 June/July 2018

Callum Sirker and Will Wilson join Wasps’ Senior Academy for 2018/19 Academy Manager Jonathan Pendlebury has announced that Callum Sirker and Will Wilson will join Wasps’ senior academy squad for the 2018/19 season. Sirker re-joins Wasps having been with the England Sevens programme. The 20-year-old winger was previously an England U16 international while part of Wasps Junior Academy. Wilson also re-joins Wasps having completed his studies at Oxford University. The 21-year-old appeared in two Varsity matches and made a handful of A League appearances for Wasps during his time at Oxford. Jonathan Pendlebury said: “It is great to be able to add two talented players like Callum and Will to our Senior Academy squad for next season. “They have both flourished in their time away from the club and we cannot wait to have them back in the Wasps setup. “Adding Callum and Will means we will have a larger 14-man Senior Academy squad next season, which will enable us to play a fuller role in first team training as an academy group.

Callum Sirker

“The pair, along with other senior academy players will have early opportunities to impress in the Premiership Rugby 7s and the preseason development XV fixture vs Coventry ahead of the season.”

Sirker and Wilson join the following players in the senior academy next seasonCameron Anderson (centre)* Tim Cardall (second row)* Kieran Curran (back row)* Owain James (full back) David Langley (prop) Gaby Oghre (hooker) Will Porter (scrum half) Will Simonds (centre/full back)* Sam Spink (centre)* George Thornton (prop) Jacob Umaga (fly half) Tom Willis (back row)

Will Wilson

*denotes new signings in senior academy

South African star returns to the Ricoh Arena Wasps are delighted to announce that Nizaam Carr will rejoin He has also been a fixture in Western Province’s Currie Cup line-up “We are therefore really delighted that he is rejoining us on a the club on a permanent basis prior to the 2018/19 campaign. for the last seven years. permanent basis and look forward to seeing him become part of a very Director of rugby Dai Young said: The 27-year-old South African international No.8 spent three months at the Ricoh Arena earlier this season providing injury cover. During that spell he put together a string of impressive performances in the Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup, scoring four tries in 11 outings. Since departing Coventry following the January home win over Ulster, the five-times-capped Springbok has returned to Super Rugby with the Cape Town-based Stormers for whom he has now appeared 96 times since making his debut in 2012.

“Nizaam made a massive impact during the time he was with us in the autumn. “As a powerful ball-carrier with plenty of pace he proved to be a really good fit with our playing style. “His close-quarter work also really stood out in a couple of games played in bad weather. “He also immediately became very popular with the rest of the players and the fans while the staff and coaches found him excellent to work with.

strong back-row group.”

Nizaam Carr said: “After my brief stint at Wasps I really felt at home which is why I am so excited and motivated to be returning full-time to this incredible club. “The fans, management and players made me feel really welcome and I am so looking forward to this next chapter in my rugby career.”

31 June/July 2018

American Football is here Now we're into the summer months many sports fans are looking for things to do, and whilst the World Cup is on the TV, it's always good to get out and see some local sport - and there is a great option just down the road. The Superbowl is one of the most watched sporting events in the world; in January 103 million world-wide viewers tuned in to watch the Philadelphia Eagles beat the New England Patriots to win their first NFL title at Superbowl 52. If you're a fan of the sport, you'll be relieved to know that you don't need to book a flight to the 'City of Brotherly Love' to watch a champion, as the current British title holders are based right here in Coleshill! The Tamworth Phoenix beat the London Blitz 34-28 in Britbowl 31, played last August at Worcester Six Ways - it concluded the latest chapter in the team who have taken the British American Football Association League by storm. Formed in 2007, the Nix started from humble beginnings in the National League division 2, but it didn't take them long to establish their class over rival teams. A successful first season saw them promoted to the First Division, finishing runners up to the London Cobras. They consolidated their position, before taking the Division 1 title two years later, lifting them to the top tier; the BAFA Premier Division. They won their first Northern Conference title in 2015, and followed that with an undefeated regular season the following year. They then shocked the nation in 2017 as they became the first team from outside of London in twelve years to lift the Britbowl Title, having beaten five time champion London Warriors in the Semi Final, and the Blitz in the title game.

"Last year was the perfect season" Phoenix Head Coach Jason Scott said, "no-one gave us much chance against the 'Britbowl blue bloods' like the Blitz and the Warriors, but we always believed in the quality that we had." Following the National Championship win, the Phoenix qualified for the Northern European Football League, and began a hunt for a new ground, which ended with a visit to Coleshill. "Rob, Anne and the staff at Pack Meadow have been phenomenal," Scott said, "from the first time we visited the ground, we knew that it was the perfect venue. Not only does the surface allow us to play the way we like - fast and aggressive - but the ground also allows us to put on a quality game-day experience" The Phoenix have already welcomed the Edinburgh Wolves and Merseyside Nighthawks to Coleshill, as well as the Carlstad Crusaders from Sweden and the Oslo Vikings from Norway. "It's exciting to welcome some of the best players in Europe to the West Midlands - we're proud of our product and proud to be the only British club represented in Europe." Alan Beckett has been a Pack Meadow regular for many years, and is a proud member of the Coleshill Town supporters club, he went along to watch the Phoenix defeat the Vikings two weeks ago and enjoyed the experience. He said; "Imagine you've never been to a football game, and fancied going to give it a watch. Then imagine that you discover you have Manchester City playing at the end of your road - that's what it's like having the Phoenix on the doorstep. They're the current British Champions, and put on a great show." "We pride ourselves on being a friendly, accessible club" Scott told us, "we're always looking to introduce new fans to the game, and showcase the best of British American Football. We have a Youth team for youngsters wanting to give it a go, and - if you want to put the pads on - we'd welcome anyone to the sport."

The Phoenix have leapt to a 4-0 record in the British Premier League and look like favourites to win their third consecutive Northern Conference crown. This past weekend the team eased past the Merseyside Nighthawks 63-0, scoring nine touchdowns in the rout. Quarterback Pat Daley is undoubtedly the star of the team, and is in the running to be selected to the Great Britain team that is due to play for the European Championships this summer. He's not the only player with international experience; receivers James Hossack and Ben Burslem have represented the country, as have running backs Deji Alli and Adam Hope. Defensively the Nix have young prospect Charles Nelson-Nwufoh and safety Oli Campbell patrolling the field. Ian Marley went along to the game with his camera, and said "It was a fantastic game; I've been following American Football for 30 years and have been over to the States to watch my team - the Carolina Panthers - a couple of times. I didn't know what to expect, but the quality of play was very high." "I'd like to invite everyone to come down and have a look at what we do," Scott said, "I know that one of the criticisms of American Football is that it's too 'stop-start', but I promise that we put on a great show at Pack Meadow." The Phoenix offer great value for money too - entrance to the games is only ÂŁ3 for adults, with under 16's getting in free of charge. There is a fully stocked bar and snack van catering for those with an appetite for American style hotdogs and burgers. The next game at Pack Meadow is at 4pm on Sunday 24th June - right after the England game. "I hope that we'll get some people watching the World Cup on the TV in the club house, and then stick around to see what we're all about" Scott said, "with a bit of luck, we'll get two great wins on Sunday!"


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