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EdgeMagazine Your essential guide to Warwickshire, Worcestershire and the West Midlands


The Hair Surgery Spring trends from Tim Scott-Wright

Off the Wall 3 must-see exhibitions

Fresh and Fragrant Growing herbs this spring

Sunday Lunch A British food culture staple

Weekend Indulgences Reward yourself a little

Food & Drink • Culture • Business • Fashion • Lifestyle


SPECIALIST FAMILY LAW SOLICITORS IT’S NOT ALWAYS EASY TO PUT THE CHILDREN FIRST When a marriage or a partnership starts to break down, children often become the innocent victims; collateral damage in a feud between two adults. It’s all very well to say: “put the children first,” and that’s probably the single thing on which you both agree. But, when emotions are running high, and guilt, blame and anger are pushing aside rational thought, it’s not that easy to apply common sense, to listen, and to show empathy. The problem is, like your kids, your world has been turned upside down. Your mind is full of unanswered questions. What’s going to happen to the children? Where will I live and what am I going to live on? What about my pension and my job? And a thousand more. And to make matters worse, there’s a communication breakdown. You’re not speaking to each other and as your children are now all that you have in common it’s too easy to use them to convey your emotions. The end result is that your children become torn between you. Somehow they are expected to cope with the trauma that’s tearing you apart. So, how can a solicitor help? Even one that specialises in family law? The first thing we’ll do is get rid of some of that uncertainty. We’ll discuss your concerns and tell you precisely what options you have.

We’ll create a framework for communications so that you’re not left wondering what your partner wants or intends to do. And so that he or she knows exactly where you stand. We’ll give you the benefit of our experience, gained Tracy Lowe. LLB over many years, helping parents to resolve the most difficult breakdowns and to protect the interest of the children. We’re not here just as a legal resource, though when it comes to family law we’re pretty good at what we do. We are also here as a shoulder to lean on; to stand by your side and help you to reach the right decisions for you and your children - without confrontation. And when it comes to it, we’ll litigate firmly but fairly to ensure that your interests are fully protected and that all options are kept open. So, if you feel your relationship is over, put your children first by calling us and we’ll be with you all the way. Most of our clients are referred to us by friends and acquaintances, so you know you’ll be in safe hands.

Lowe’s Solicitors

Restdale House| 32-33 Foregate Street | Worcester | WR1 1EE

TEL: 01905 610888



hen the days are cold we seem to retreat into our own little world; love and life just seem to happen. But the winter days are thawing and whilst we continue to draw close to those nearest and dearest this Mother’s Day, we’re also taking time out this month to prepare for the season ahead. Our Sunday Lunch feature will hopefully encourage you to make new traditions with your family and celebrate the matriarch who brings you all together. We have a selection of some fantastic afternoon tea spots which also make a fun treat for two or three this March. Weekends are a time for relaxation and rewarding yourself a little. And with that in mind, our Weekend Indulgences feature brings together spa days, cocktail bars, weekend getaways and à la carte dinners to turn off, head out and focus on restful activity.

Michael Abu-Zalaf Editor-in-Chief

Our Heart of England tour stops off at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts this month and we have 3 must-see exhibitions in our Off the Wall showcase. The Alain Rouveure Galleries makes its debut as our Escape the Chains pick of the month and we’re also introducing you to celebrated stylist Tim Scott-Wright, who’s bringing us spring/summer trends from his new salon in Wollaston. Make sure you keep up-to-date with all the latest local stories, features and exciting events on our website. On behalf of the team at Edge, have a great March and we hope to see you all again in April. If you would like what you see in Edge Magazine, please show your support by liking our Facebook page and following us on Twitter, as well as checking out our website at:

FEATURES The Hair Surgery............................................10 Fresh and Fragrant.......................................48 Spring trends from Tim Scott-Wright

Growing herbs this spring

Weekend Indulgences....................................14 Off the wall...................................................75 Reward yourself a little

3 must-see exhibitions

Sunday Lunch................................….............46 A British food culture staple



CONTENTS The Hair Surgery


Wedding Bliss


Fear no mirror


It must be love


Weekend indulgences


Tessa Francis Bridal Studio


Straight talking


Royal Leamington Spa


Spring forward


Time for Tea


Spring/Summer 2014


Bromsgrove School




‘Words Alive’ Festival


A warm welcome


From strength to strength


The Hairdressers


Paddling Panama


The mother of all makeovers


Cue action


Mother’s Day wine


Song of the sea


A Mediterranean feast


Birdsong at the Repertory Theatre


The local kitchen


We worked at the Porcelain


The art of British soul food


Family Circles


The Talbot at Belbroughton


Off the wall


Sunday lunch


Love you heart


Classic herbs for a culinary adventure


Pop of culture


Local food, music and arts


Crossing the Line: A review


Escape the chains


What’s On


Complete Spas


Bride of the year



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Marcus Gambroudes, BDS

Mel Taffs

Alice Perrey

Mike Stafford

Lucie Abu-Zalaf

Tom Ware

Sarah Rees

Brett Laniosh

Andrew Skinner

Laura Clay

Karl Strawbridge

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...the perfect pint? Well that’s all down to the tLC it receives before it hits the glass... Lucas Wright - General Manager at The Forest

At The Forest at Feckenham we want to give our customers the best of both worlds: all the warmth and homely feeling of a traditional country pub but with the kind of food you normally only find in a very good restaurant. To me, a big part of that is the drink we serve up. It has to match the quality of the food. Proper ale and cider is a living thing and we give it the care and attention it needs to taste the way the brewer intended. There’s always a guest beer available and a great wine list to compliment the menu. It’s what I think a modern pub is all about good eating, good company and some very good booze.

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Moving home is an exciting but stressful time. So when you need a helping hand to guide you through the legal process, Thomas Horton is there every step of the way. For further information call us today.

Bromsgrove Office Strand House, 70 The Strand, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 8DQ Tel 01527 871641 Worcester Office 14 Sansome Walk, Worcester, Worcestershire WR1 1LP Tel 01905 330066 Barnt Green Office 61 Hewell Road, Barnt Green, Worcestershire B45 8NL Tel 0121 445 7373



Award-winning stylist Tim Scott-Wright’s new venture Lucinda Bunn


im Scott-Wright is one of the UK’s leading names in hairdressing. Under the watchful eye of two previous winners of the Midlands Hairdresser of the Year award, Tim has learnt from the best and built a huge local following. With 18 years’ experience and a slew of nationally recognised awards, Tim has opened his new salon, The Hair Surgery. We stepped inside to find out more.

uplifted and looking fabulous. I’ve got a fantastic team who are dedicated to providing an unrivalled service. We have created the lounge space for clients to relax while their colour’s on. You can read magazines, paint your nails at the nail bar and help yourself to tea, coffee and a glass of wine. We also have freshly baked cakes and treats delivered twice a week.

How did you get into hairdressing?

So how do you create a tailored hairstyle and a personalised colour?

I sort of fell into hairdressing by mistake really. I left school and decided to do psychiatric nursing which I started at college but it just wasn’t for me. So I headed down to Lower High Street and went into Umberto Giannini’s. Umberto was fantastic; he introduced me to the industry. He won Midland’s Hairdresser of the Year in 1995 and I remember saying to him that I’d love to win it one day. He said, ‘If you work hard enough, one day you will.’

What experience will each of your clients get when they walk into your salon? It’s about enjoying the social atmosphere and boosting someone’s confidence. I want our clients to leave feeling


Well it all comes down to the consultation. If you get the consultation right, you’re 80% there on creating the perfect look. A haircut has got to work for you. A good hairdresser will know how the cut will fall and grow out, how colour can best be maintained and how it might fade. That’s the key to getting a tailored look; knowing about a client’s lifestyle, how they like to do their hair and what they’ll be able to create on a daily basis.

What styles have stood out for you at this year’s awards season? Cate Blanchett always gets it right for me. Helen Mirren looks timeless and effortlessly cool and Jennifer Lawrence’s new cut is a fantastic transformation; she’s gone from girl next door to couture.

What one top hair tip do you swear by? A great at-home hair regime. I think you need to invest in fantastic products that are right for your hair type and the style you’re creating. At the Hair Surgery, we are handing out prescriptions for each client with tips on how to maintain and enhance their look at home. They can collect the tools and products from the in-salon dispensary. 1 Meriden Avenue Wollaston Stoubridge DY8 4QL 01384 441830


Tim Scott-Wright



Have the confidence to enjoy your reflection Lucinda Bunn


rom treating yourself to a new outfit to taking a trip to the salon, there are plenty of things you can do to make yourself feel confident. But body image goes deeper than that instant lift. With CoolSculpting, you’ll fear no mirror. The results are permanent so you can finally love the skin you’re in. CoolSculpting is the solution for permanent results without surgery. The revolutionary treatment contours your body by freezing fat cells. It’s totally safe and can reduce your stubborn fat by up to 40% in one single treatment. Exclusive in Central England to Air Aesthetics, Henley-in-Arden, the procedure is performed by Dr Claire Oliver, who’s known for her fresh and modern approach to cosmetic treatment. If you struggle with stubborn fat bulges that your healthy diet and exercise regime just can’t shift, then CoolSculpting can help. CoolSculpting is the only non-surgical alternative to liposuction, which is clinically approved by the FDA* and it works by targeting and crystallising fat cells with controlled cooling. Exercise can only reduce the size of fat cells so by eliminating them from the body entirely, CoolSculpting can achieve results that exercise can’t manage alone. You’ll see the initial results in just 30 days and the final results in 90 days. Fear no mirror; feel free to enjoy your reflection, feel free to show your skin, feel free to be yourself. *CoolSculpting is the only FDA and CE Class 2a Medical Device approved for Cryolipolysis in the UK.

Dr Claire Oliver 0845 519 5377 12

Air Aesthetics has moved to a state-of-the-art new clinic: Russell House Doctors Lane (near 50 High Street) Henley-in-Arden B95 5AW 0845 519 5377

Sculpt your body without diet, exercise or surgery CoolSculpting® is the revolutionary body contouring treatment that freezes and naturally eliminates fat from your body. There are no needles, no special diets, no exercise programs and best of all no downtime. Developed by Harvard Scientists to eliminate fat, Coolsculpting® is FDA-cleared, safe and clinically proven.

FEAR NO MIRROR To arrange your FREE Consultation with Dr Oliver (BDS) call 0845 519 5377 or or visit

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WEEKEND INDULGENCES Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s no better way to feel refreshed Lucinda Bunn

A weekend getaway Carlton Towers Couples can indulge in a romantic break to stately home, Carlton Towers Yorkshire. Complete with a delicious champagne dinner on Saturday, an on-site spa treatment room and a bedroom in this stunning 17th Century country manor, this is a romantic retreat not to miss. Carlton Goole North Humberside DN14 9LZ 01405 861 662

Billesley Manor Enjoy a luxury stay in the historic grounds of Billesley Manor Hotel. As a country house hotel, steeped in history, Billesley Manor makes a very quaint weekend getaway. Indulge in the spa packages, take time out in the library and sip afternoon tea and cocktails in the cosy hotel bar. 1 White Houses Billesley Alcester B49 6NE 01789 279955

The George Hotel For contemporary, stylish bedrooms, indulge in a weekend away at The George. Each of the 16 modern bedrooms is fully equipped with mod-con features. The Ă la carte menu is Mediterranean meets modern British, with a fine selection of wines and fizz for an extra celebration. Explore the Cotswolds with country walks, cultural expeditions and shopping trips before relaxing back at The George. 8 High Street Shipston-on-Stour Warwickshire CV36 4AJ 01608 661453


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À la carte dinner Marco Pierre White Steakhouse The Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar & Grill offers its customers an ultra modern 25th floor dining experience. Complete with stylish bar, rooftop terrace, stunning 360 degree city views and a glass fronted alfresco balcony, the restaurant embodies what Marco himself calls “affordable luxury.” 200 Wharfside The Cube Birmingham B1 1PR 0121 634 3433

Nailcote Hall Hotel Nailcote Hall’s fine dining restaurant The Oak Room is an intimate setting with original features. The speciality at Nailcote Hall are the house flambé dishes, cooked personally at your table, just as you like them. Treat your senses to steak Diane, crêpe Suzette and home-baked soufflés. With a mouth-watering selection of modern British and French cuisine, The Oak Room restaurant is the ultimate indulgence. Nailcote Lane Berkswell Coventry CV7 7DE

02476 466174

The Vernon The beautifully restored pub is under new management with Michelin-trained chef, Richard Attkins bringing a new menu and a new creative spin on The Vernon’s dining experience. Richard’s culinary concoctions are inventive and imaginative, bringing theatre back to the table. Book a table to a three course spectacular. Droitwich Road Hanbury Worcestershire B60 4DB 01527 821236

Cocktail hour Bar Pravda at the Hyatt, Birmingham Bar Pravda with its contemporary style is the perfect place to have a unique cocktail before a night out, a glass of wine in a relaxed atmosphere or a pre-theatre drink. Enjoy a great selection of fine wines, champagnes and cocktails created by our barmen to please every taste. Treat yourself to an exclusive signature cocktail created by Tomas Siska, the Hyatt’s awardwinning mixologist. 2 Bridge Street Birmingham B1 2JZ 0121 643 1234


EdgeMagazine The Kenilworth The Kenilworthâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cocktail lounge is extremely popular and, to avoid disappointment, the team advise that you book a table. The Kenilworth is proud to present nationally-recognised bartenders serving classic cocktails with wit and style in the award-winning throwback to the classic era of Martinis before dinner and service tableside. 61 Warwick Road Kenilworth Warwickshire CV8 1HN 01926 779473

Treat yourself Jill Wheelock-Lines Pearls and Fine Jewellery Start your weekend with style and make a visit to Jill WheelockLines, where pearls and fine jewellery are sourced from around the world and hand-selected for quality and originality. Rare South Sea, Tahitian, Akoya and fresh water pearls can always be found at Jill Wheelock-Lines on Friar Street, Worcester. Often bespoke and always unique, each piece of jewellery always makes a statement for a special gift or an indulgent treat for a weekend of luxury. 8 Friar Street Worcester WR1 2LZ 01905 613799

Obagi skincare range at Air Aesthetics Have you spent too much time in the sun? You may be starting to notice the long term effects of sun damage. This 18 week system, which involves applying the products in the morning and at night, can peel, rejuvenate and de-pigment any type of skin safely. So even for darker skin types, this really is very effective and safe. Skin not only looks younger and more even, but also starts to function as younger, healthier skin again. Russell House Doctors Lane Henley in Arden B95 5AW 0845 519 5377

The Wishing Well, Bromsgrove This reinvented space provides a meeting place for friends, a practical and enjoyable venue for groups and a relaxing environment for those wishing to begin (or continue) a journey into wellbeing with the help of yoga, pilates and a range of complementary therapies. From homeopathy and crystal therapy to Reiki and reflexology, the Wishing Well is a quiet sanctuary for peace and rejuvenation. 16 St John Street Bromsgrove Worcestershire B61 8QY 01527 570838


Stoneleigh Abbey Wedding Fayre | Sunday 16th March | Free entry | 11-4pm Join us at our wedding fayre and see the stunning rooms of Stoneleigh Abbey beautifully dressed for weddings and celebrations. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet our hand picked suppliers to add those special touches to your big day.

Some of our suppliers include: Photographers, videographers, wedding venue dressers, favours and wedding entertainment including DJ’s, magicians, fireworks and even a bag piper!! O REGISTER YOUR INTEREST:



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Day at the spa The House Spa, Dormy House The newly opened House Spa at Dormy House is a place of sensual contrasts. With names to make you smile and aromas that provoke happiness and a seriously joyful sense of wellbeing, The House Spa has everything you need to relax and unwind this weekend. Enjoy the treatments in quiet and stylish treatment rooms, make use of the Bathing Suite and the Thermal Suite and rejuvenate in the spa terrace hydro pool. Willersley Hill Broadway Worcestershire WR12 7LF

01386 859910

Louise Markham Beauty Therapy A Dr Hauschka specialist, Louise Markham offers luxury treatments from her treatment rooms at The Haycroft, Craycombe Farm. Relax in the beautiful surroundings and have all your beauty needs taken care of. Whether it’s the full use of the Dr Hauschka range for specialist treatments or holistic massage and aromatherapy, Louise creates a truly amazing experience for each of her clients. The Hayloft Craycombe Farm Fladbury WR10 2QS

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BIRMINGHAM MARRIOTT HOTEL 12 Hagley Road Five Ways Birmingham, B16 8SJ

Terms and conditions apply, please contact the hotel for more details.


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Luna Rosa Spanish Italian Cuisine

Luna Rosa is the perfect venue for a fabulous evening with friends. Dishes such as Calarmari Fritte, Gamberoni al Aglio, Cannelloni Siciliana and Coda di Rospo cooked by our team of chefs, will tempt the most discerning of diners. SET MENU FOR LUNCH - 3 courses for only ÂŁ11.95 EVENING MENU - 2 courses Sunday - Friday ÂŁ17.95 LUNCH FISH PLATTER - For 2 people with a complimentary glass of Prosecco, Tuesday - Saturday ÂŁ17.95

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STRAIGHT TALKING Creating the perfect smile Marcus Gambroudes, BDS Dentist


his month resident Cosmetic Dentist Dr Marcus Gambroudes focuses on some new techniques that his team offers at his Knowle based clinic.

Everybody knows that a beautiful smile is attractive. However, many people with crooked front teeth are deterred from doing anything about it because they simply canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t face the prospect of lengthy treatments, unsightly metal brackets and unaffordable prices.

The Inman Aligner This is a removable brace or appliance that is designed to straighten the front teeth in a very short amount of time. It consists of two thin clear bows, which sit in front and behind the 4 to 6 front teeth. Over time these bows slide up the teeth, applying a constant, gentle force that straightens them.

Well, advancements in orthodontics now allow for quick, discreet treatments that can transform your smile in less time than you might think and for a lot less than you might expect. These treatments can be broadly divided into 2 types, those that are removable (can be removed from the mouth at any time) and those that are fixed.

patients finish treatment in just six months, which is about onethird of the treatment time of traditional orthodontics. Systems such as Six Month Smiles and Quick Straight Teeth have become very popular in the UK.

It is recommended that the appliance be worn for 16 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 20 hours a day, only really being removed for eating and cleaning. This appliance is ideally used to resolve mild to moderate crowding of the front teeth.

Clear Aligners The most popular and widely known clear aligner system is Invisalign, however many other systems exist and more are appearing on the market all the time. The overriding appeal of these systems is that they have virtually no impact on a patients daily routine, and when worn they can hardly be noticed. Ideally only being removed for eating and brushing. These systems include a series of almost invisible transparent aligners that sit over the teeth in the same way as a very thin gum shield would. Each aligner is designed to slowly move the teeth to a desired position and each set of aligners are intended to be worn for about 2 weeks before they are replaced by the next. Clear aligners can be used to treat a wide variety of situations, however due to the small incremental tooth movements, treatment times can often be increased.

Short-Term Orthodontics Short-term orthodontics is a fixed alternative that uses toothcoloured brackets and wires to gently move teeth into a more desirable position. With this cutting edge treatment, most



A really nice case treated using Short-Term Orthodontics. The total treatment time was 5 months. The treatment was finished off with a course of whitening.

Lingual Braces The term lingual brace is used to describe a brace that is fitted behind the teeth. This is in contrast to conventional braces that are fitted to the front of the teeth, making them practically invisible. Lingual braces are popular with patients who may be selfconscious about having braces or who donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want any one to know they are having treatment. One of the most popular and widely used lingual brace systems is called Incognito. Once treatment is complete, nothing complements beautiful straight teeth better than a course of whitening, and as a general rule I would normally provide this as part of the treatment at no extra cost. With all of these systems it is important to stress that once treatment is complete, it is essential to maintain the new tooth positions with some form of retainer. email: For your complimentary consultation call

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SPRING FORWARD This season’s menswear trends from Pockets Lucinda Bunn


ast spring it was all about baseball bombers, trusty denim and hidden button-downs but this season the big design houses have covered the catwalk in smart summer tailoring, lightweight blazers and dipdyed brogues.

Pockets Menswear, Worcester is currently in its 11th year of trading, with high-end brands, bringing catwalk fashion to Friar Street. Pockets has beautiful suit ranges from Hugo Boss Black and iconic British designs from Paul Smith. Tailored staples from suits to chinos and formal shirts are a must for spring/summer 2014. Prints this season are bright but cool and sophisticated; think muted florals, subtle polka dots and block stripes. The warmer months demand more colour. Look out for neon accents, rose gold and pops of pink. Jackets and trousers are navy, lighter shades of grey and white but inject on trend details with a floral pocket square or a straw trilby for a finished look. Step into Pockets for excellent customer service and a chance to peruse some of the world’s leading brands. For casual and practical separates, there’s Stone Island and for classic colourways and effortless style, the Ralph Lauren collection never fails. The team at Pockets pride themselves on creating a customer-focused experience, with loyal clientele returning each season for the latest trends. Invest in key pieces, update your wardrobe and get the best guidance at Pockets. 39 Friar Street Worcester WR1 2NA 01905 613113










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EMBRACE A dedicated boutique for cancer fighters, survivors and supporters Lucinda Bunn


hen Julie Brettell was diagnosed with cancer in April 2008, she was only 37. Because of her age, she was treated with rigorous courses of chemotherapy and radiotherapy. The side effects of both were devastating. Whilst dealing with a life-threatening illness, with its mental and physical challenges, Julie also had to manage hair loss, dry, itchy skin and weakened nails. The knock in confidence was too much to bear. Her childhood friends, sisters Paula Farrington and Lisa Farrington-Martin rallied to support their friend with beauty solutions. They brought Julie hats and scarves to experiment with a new look and researched natural skincare products. The hats didn’t cover her hairline and there were no effective products that weren’t packed with chemicals and parabens. And if Julie, Lisa and Paula had found that, no doubt more women affected by cancer are finding that too. Embrace is a boutique, founded by Julie, Lisa and Paula, providing a service for cancer survivors or those undergoing treatment. With high quality wigs, specialist, high quality mastectomy lingerie and prostheses, headwear, swimwear, active wear, makeup and skincare, Embrace is a destination haven for a quiet, private shopping experience. The range of handmade headwear includes beautiful prints, retro turban styles and chic, peaked wraps in earthy tones. The team has personally tried and tested skincare and bodycare for women going with through chemotherapy. Lisa, Paula and Julie have gone for all-natural ranges; that’s no parabens and non-toxic ingredients, including formaldehyde free nail lacquers. Embrace also has a selection of useful and thoughtful gifts for family and friends to treat their loved ones and a range of inspiring and informative books. Julie was given her 5 year all-clear in April last year and it was after this fantastic news that the Embrace team decided to open the boutique. Julie said, ‘After I got the 5 year all-clear, I was determined to give something back. I didn’t want women to go through the same struggles I did in sourcing quality products’. Paula and Lisa ditched their jobs to work full time on the project. After weeks of talking to suppliers, testing products and researching products, they undertook training in mastectomy lingerie fitting and wig fitting. Embrace was finally taking shape. The aim was always to provide relief and support to women affected by cancer and so Julie, Lisa and Paula held focus groups to speak to women first hand and get


their insight into recovery and the things they wanted from a boutique such as Embrace. The Embrace boutique is situated in Reindeer Court, off the high street and away from the hustle and bustle but easy to access with public parking close by. Embrace provides spacious, private changing rooms, fitting services and a carefully created customer experience so you feel beautiful, comfortable and confident. Lisa said, ‘It is so rewarding to help women going through a difficult time in their lives. It’s great when we can fit a woman with a bra they feel so comfortable in they want to keep it on when they leave the shop.’ Embrace also works with local charities and organisations to raise money for cancer campaigns. They’re currently supporting the Worcestershire Breast Unit Campaign, aiming to raise £1.8 million to build a dedicated Breast Unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital for use by men and women across Worcestershire for all breast-related issues. Cancer fighters, survivors and supporters are flocking to Embrace from across the Midlands and now the website has been launched, Julie, Lisa and Paula can help women across the country too. Facing cancer is a life-changing event, one that brings an individual battle and a shared struggle. Embrace will be by your side for both.

23 Reindeer Court Worcester WR1 2DS 01905 619031

Visit our luxurious boutique, situated in Worcester city centre, where we stock a wide range of high quality products including mastectomy lingerie, swimwear and clothing, wigs and headwear, paraben free skincare and makeup, body and haircare products and inspired gifts for ladies affected by cancer. We are trained lingerie fitters and would be delighted to help you choose the right products for you in our discreet and comfortable surroundings. By popular demand we now have a range of high quality mainstream lingerie and maternity bras from nonhigh street brands. We recommend our skincare, body care, cosmetic and nail care ranges to all women who prefer organic and paraben free products and to those with sensitive skin. 23 Reindeer Court, Worcester, WR1 2DS Telephone 01905 619031 Twitter @connect_embrace




Michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty Therapy hosts opening evening


ichelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty Therapy recently opened its doors to welcome new and existing customers to their salon in Worcester.

The opening evening saw both new and existing customers flock to the salon to receive a number of beauty treatments throughout the night. Celebrity makeup artist, Jackie Gordon treated customers to ARTDECO makeovers whilst Michelle hosted a raffle in aid of Acorns Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Hospices raising ÂŁ200 with generous prizes donated from local businesses. Speaking about the event Michelle said, â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;I would like to thank all of our new and existing customers for their support. The evening was a great success with many of our guests taking advantage of our wide range of treatments including the new Genesis combined ultrasound and light therapy facial.â&#x20AC;&#x2122;


Michelle has been in the beauty industry for over 12 years, building up a strong clientele which resulted in the opening of her own Worcester salon, Michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty Therapy, on the 2nd December 2013. Michelle and her team offer a multitude of treatments ranging from waxing to semi-permanent make-up; with all staff trained to the highest standard in all beauty treatments and the latest beauty industry technology. The salon is open six days a week including a number of late evenings. For more information and to book an appointment please call or email Michelle. Michelleâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Beauty Therapy 101 Sidbury, Worcester, WR1 2HU 01905 813651 Facebook: Michelle Sidbury










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THE HAIRDRESSERS Salon meets science Lucie Abu-Zalaf


richology is not necessarily a word that you hear every day. It is the branch of dermatology that deals with the scientific study of the health of hair and scalp, not just looking at chronic problems such as alopecia, but also how to make sure your hair genuinely is healthy from root to tip. So often the health of your hair is only looked at once it has left the hair follicle, but Joe and Steve at The Hairdressers in Droitwich Spa believe that much can be done to improve the health of your hair and scalp at a much earlier opportunity and I was invited to try it out.


Having recently had a baby my hair is currently falling out more than ever before. This is usual I am told and happens due to the fact that all shedding of hair pretty much stops for 9 months due to hormones and that extra healthy diet, then after baby arrives the body starts to get back to normal. Meaning that nice, thick head of hair isnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t going to stick around forever, so is there anything that can be done to try and keep my hair and scalp as healthy as while I was pregnant? Joe looked at my hair in minute detail to see what we could do. This wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t a particularly invasive assessment, some general questions about my overall health and lifestyle, then looking at my scalp with a very strong microscope that you view on the computer screen and finally examining the hair follicle itself under a polarised microscope. Seeing my hair and scalp in that close detail was a little bit unnerving, but also fascinating! I was quite lucky, the general condition of my hair and scalp wasnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t too bad, just a couple of things that needed rebalancing and given a bit of a boost, but for people with more serious problems such as hair thinning, alopecia or very dry and flaky scalp this kind of assessment and subsequent treatment can be genuinely life changing. At the end of my consultation I was recommended a course of treatment, that included a gentle scalp shampoo, a scalp tonic and 9 individual treatments to help feed the hair follicle. I am returning in 3 months for my follow up consultation and will let you know how I get on.

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THE MOTHER OF ALL MAKEOVERS A mother-daughter competition from Premident


others are the mainstay in our lives. Our mother’s face is the first one we see as we enter the world and they are there for us every step of the way as we grow from infants to toddlers, to teenagers and into adulthood. They dispense their endless wisdom and give us their full support; often making personal sacrifices as they do so. Mother’s Day is that special time of the year when we can show our appreciation and just how much our mothers really mean to us. Coventry-based dental expert, Premident, is teaming up with image consultancy practice First Impressions to offer six lucky winners, in three mother and daughter pairs, the chance to win a place at an image consultancy session. The countless sacrifices that mothers make, as they put their children and family first, mean that they simply don’t leave time for themselves. Working mothers often face a difficult worklife balance and have to juggle professional duties with chauffeuring for teenagers, babysitting for grandchildren, as well as being someone that everyone turns to for advice and a shoulder to cry on. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity for mothers to devote some time to themselves, and what better way to do this than to spend time with your daughter, learning how to look and feel more confident. First Impressions will provide a free Face Shape Analysis session for six lucky winners. This will help you learn more about how to get the best from your facial features to produce that winning smile and develop a look of confidence that epitomises the image of mothers. Chris Lee, Principle Dentist and Cosmetic Dental Expert at Premident, believes the prize will provide mothers with a great opportunity to put a winning smile back on their faces. “We’re all really looking forward to First Impressions and the competition winners coming into the surgery, it should make for a fantastic event and hopefully there’ll be a lot of things learned,” he said. “Everyone knows how hard mothers work, but unfortunately this comes at a price, with them looking after others more than themselves. This session will allow them to put themselves first, feel beautiful and have fun whilst doing it.” To enter the competition simply email yours and your daughter’s/mother’s names to

Winners will be contacted on Friday 22nd March with the event taking place at Premident dental surgery, just off Coventry’s Binley Road, on Mother’s Day. Terms and conditions apply.




MOTHER’S DAY WINE For pairing and sharing Laura Clay


ums are great. So is wine. They deserve each other. Find the perfect wine in this tongue-in-cheek mum and wine matching guide.

Yummy Mummy Young, bright and bubbly, fresh-faced, nicely turned-out, looking just as good in wellies as she does in Jimmy Choos. She’s chatty, friendly and fun and somehow she crosses the boundaries of class, gender and age. Everybody loves her. Buy her: Prosecco

The Perfect Parent She is as immaculate as is her house, her office, her children. They are always perfectly turned out, on time with every item of gym kit, stationery required. They practice piano/violin/tuba (possibly all three) before breakfast, go to extra-curricular judo/ mandarin/origami (sometimes all three) before dinner. She produces gourmet dishes and bakes a dozen cakes for the school fête with ease. How does she do it? Buy her: Dom Pérignon – something magical; something complex with class, total precision and perfection.

Mama Mia! She cooks and cuddles. She smiles and smothers her children in her big, open embrace and anyone else who happens to be nearby. She’s warm but excitable, soft but exciting. She can also be serious. You’ll often find her in the kitchen effortlessly creating tasty Mediterranean wonders. Buy her: Chianti Classico

Fun Mum She’s a hoot, a laugh a minute. She’s your best facebook friend. She doesn’t believe for one minute that life has to be taken too seriously. She’s great company and refreshing – what you see is what you get. Buy Her: Wine with a fun label (Cat’s pee on a Gooseberry Bush, for instance, or Goats do Roam) or even have your own made www.


Mother Nature The earth mother – no make-up, no frills just as nature intended. She nurtures and feeds her brood with nothing but healthy, organic produce. In touch with the cycles of the moon, she may seem a little out-there but there’s a lot of wisdom and goodness in her. Buy her: Organic, Bio-dynamic or Natural wine such as Adobe from Chile or anything from

Golden Oldie She’s so sweet and an absolute godsend at Christmas and other special occasions. But actually she’s brilliant all year round. You love her, your children love her. She seems to become ever more wonderful the older she gets. She’s generous though also firm and sharp but only because it’s necessary; in fact, she’s wholly balanced, poised and refined. Buy her: Sauternes - so sweet, so good for you. If your mum deserves more than just a bottle then in much the same vein as our mum/wine suggestions you can buy a glass, glass mat and apron monogrammed with the wonderful non-sequitur Wine Makes Mummy Clever from Or pick up a copy of The Knackered Mother’s Wine Club by the lovely Helen McGinn. Described as ‘the one wine guide that every woman should own’ it is useful but just as importantly, it’s funny and a great read. Your mum will be giggling all the way down the wine aisle to the nearest corkscrew. Whatever happens to be in your glass on Mother’s Day, raise it and toast your wonderful mum. For more wine advice, become a member of BYWine.



A MEDITERRANEAN FEAST Luna Rosa: A Review Alice Perrey



henwe think of Spanish and Italian cuisine, we think of simple, tasty combinations, the freshest ingredients and comfort food to enjoy with friends. Luna Rosa does not disappoint. Located in the heart of Knowle, Luna Rosa’s menu simmers and sizzles with earthy, seasonal ingredients. Rustic classics and seafood specials, it’s all about the food. The starters make for piquant snacks you can dip in and out of. Those who love seafood will go mad for the piatti caldi and the great grilled fish options. Mussels, clams, squid, lobster and scallops; Luna Rosa is bringing the Mediterranean to the Midlands. We went for Antipasto della Casa with its selection of mixed Italian meats, with buffalo mozzarella and rocket salad the selection was plentiful and delicious; tasters to excite the senses ready for the main event. The Linguine alla Marinara also made a fantastic starter, oozing rustic Italian flavours with fine ribbons of pasta cooked with mussels, scallops, clams and prawns in a basil white wine sauce. Next up we had sea bass with mussels, clams and scallops served with saffron and garlic cherry tomatoes and white wine with asparagus purée. The smell of saffron and the sweet flavour of the cherry tomatoes made the perfect counterpart to the beautiful seafood. From the specials’ board we chose the rack of lamb in a red wine jus. The lamb was well cooked and served with a crispy potato rösti. This plate had some classic Italian flavours, with a soft texture to the quality lamb and the infused red wine jus was rich and delicious. Each dish was effortlessly executed but the depth of flavour at Luna Rosa shows the brilliance of the Italian and Spanish culinary imagination. The entertainment started with some Spanish guitar played by an outstandingly talented musician. The tone, the tempo and the style all lifted the restaurant, creating this sensual ambiance that complemented the food perfectly. As we moved onto our final course, a shared cheese platter, dancing carried the night forward, with bongos bringing the beat and dancers performing a fiery flamenco routine. The light, fragrant dishes at Luna Rosa will cheer up even the most jaded palate. Rocket leaves, wild mushrooms, limoncello, saffron, smoked pancetta and melt-in-the-mouth prosciutto are just some of the fresh, flavoursome ingredients that make up the Luna Rosa menu. Mediterranean food inspires the world and we know why; it’s full of colour, texture, taste and all-round goodness.

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THE LOCAL KITCHEN Everything that's cooking in the three counties Cookery school courses launched at TASTE Kitchen A new series of cookery courses has now been launched in the Midlands with one of the first linking in to the most popular New Year resolution of 2014 – to get healthy and lose the excess pounds. The new Heart of England fine foods’ Taste Kitchen in Sutton Coldfield launched in December and is now welcoming amateur cooks from across the Midlands region. The TASTE Kitchen Cookery Schools offer a wide range of food experiences from cookery demonstrations and courses to producer tutored tastings and masterclasses. Emphasis is placed on top level tuition using the finest and freshest ingredients from producers within the Heart of England. The events are hosted at two state of the art venues – the newly completed commercial kitchens at Shrewsbury College and the beautifully appointed facility at Princess Design, Sutton Coldfield, equipped by Miele and Alno. There is something for all abilities and ages where you will enjoy a relaxing, satisfying and inspiring occasion. Upcoming courses this spring include Nutrition for Healthy Ageing and Budding Chocolatier. For more information regarding the courses available at The TASTE Kitchen Cookery School please contact Fiona Asson on 01743 452818 or email Heart of England fine foods, Shropshire Food Enterprise Centre, Vanguard Way, Battlefield Enterprise Park, Shrewsbury, Shropshire SY1 3TG

Five Rivers launches new à la carte menu at exclusive press evening Five Rivers À La Carte in Walsall kick-started the new year with the launch of their exciting new à la carte menu, at an exclusive press evening in January. The award-winning Walsall restaurant invited a few select members of the press with guests including representatives from a handful of local newspapers, magazines, and online blogs. The new à la carte menu has been expertly created by international award-winning Executive Group Chef, Rashpal Sunner. Guests were treated to a full tasting menu which was superbly presented on glass platters by Five Rivers’ award-winning chefs, and was accompanied by a flight of wine. The menu featured dishes such as ‘Spiced carrot and ginger soup’ (served in miniature glasses and accompanied by pieces of fresh naan bread) ‘Vermicelli Kofte’, ‘Murgh Assiette’, ‘Galafi Kebab’ (served in traditional Indian silverware), a trio of desserts and the award-winning, creamy ‘Saag Punjabi’. Five Rivers À La Carte’s ‘Saag Punjabi’ won Birmingham Airport’s 2012 Hello Curry Award and earned the title of Birmingham Airport’s signature curry. It is currently representing Birmingham globally. Five Rivers À La Carte, Vicarage Place, Walsall, WS1 3NA


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Light lunch at Lunchi Boring lunches are set to be a thing of the past thanks to Lunchi. Located in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Lunchi offers a wide variety of lunchtime treats. This takeaway deli boats a menu ranging from weekly specials to pasta bakes, delicious sandwiches to crusty baguettes and even salad boxes for those who prefer a healthier treat. If you’re looking for shelter from the rain and wind or you just fancy a break, pop in and enjoy a hot beverage in the coffee bar; there’s ground Kimbo coffee, breakfast tea and hot chocolate with marshmallows to name a few. Lunchi also offer a delivery service meaning that you don’t even need to leave the office. Vyse Street, Hockley, B18 6NA 0121 233 3765

Hamps Wines at The Fold, Worcester For a unique wine emporium, try Hamps Wines. Situated at Studio A, The Fold, the peaceful wine and spirits experts run tasting sessions every Saturday from 11am to 4pm. There’s no need to book, just turn up and get tasting. At Hamps Wines, each bottle is selected from annual visits to the vineyards in both Northern Italy and Southern France; both whites and reds based on grenache or syrah grapes. With wines to suit all tastes, Hamps Wines also has a range of liqueurs, gins and a choice of English wines, as well as a selection of special prosecco and dessert wines. You’ll even be able to pick up unusual cheeses and a locally farmed organic veg. The Fold, Bransford, Worcester, WR6 5JB

Best of Broad Street Awards 2014 The annual awards ceremony, celebrating the best of one Birmingham’s most vibrant and buzzing business districts has, yet again showcased at the International Convention Centre. Over three hundred and fifty business men and women from venues across Broad Street attended the BOBS to collect an award or two. Their tables were dressed with pea shooter and party canons, true to the fun of Broad Street, Birmingham’s Golden Mile. Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council Cllr Ian Ward, Lord Mayor Cllr Mike Leddy were also on the guest list, along with other distinguished guest Julia Ward of City Centre Partnership, Birmingham Mail food critic Paul Fulford, Chief Superintendent Emma Barnett along with her team and our very own Broad Street BID Chairman, whose day job is as Local CEO to RBS/Natwest bank Martin French. The gold awards were presented to a range of venues, with Novotel winning ‘Best Hotel’, recognising the eight hotels in the Broad Street district. The Library of Birmingham winning ‘Best Overall Venue’. Pure Gym ‘Best Themed Venue’ as voted by Birmingham Mail readers and The Crescent Theatre wining ‘Best Family Venue’ by Free Radio listeners, these among many others. All guests pulled together to raise over respectable £3000.00 to donate towards The Princes Trust charity.




Meet the Moorings’ General Manager, Richard O’Grady Lucinda Bunn


I really like René Redzepi at Noma. He makes the most beautiful plates; it’s just eye candy of the highest order. I really like the foraging aspect to his cuisine.

How did you start cooking?

How do you source the ingredients for the kitchen?

My father owned a restaurant and he continues to work in food so I was cooking from a young age. I’d always helped him and my first job was working part time in the local gastropub up the road which to this day has a sterling reputation (The Crab Mill). I continued there from pot washing to front of house to put myself through university. I did a bit of everything in that job and it certainly taught me how it all works.

We follow the seasons carefully. We go to the market and hand pick the food we serve in the restaurant. We try to buy locally where possible and I think that’s the way to get the best quality and support local industry. There’s nothing quite like British produce and I think that really shines through on our menu. We stick closely to British and French cuisine but we like to experiment with our specials so we’ll include dishes from both sides of the spectrum; from a cod BLT to a whole lemon sole. We pride ourselves on homemade British soul food, but we try to add a little artistry too.

ichard O’Grady is running the Moorings at Myton, where the passionate team serves awardwinning food with an Anglo-French influence.

Who are the chefs who have influenced you? I’ve always followed the career of Marco Pierre White very closely. I think he’s an example to so many of us. And for the more avant-garde, new-wave sort of stuff,


What course excites you most? Starters excite me most. Because of the creativity; they’re delicate and inventive. They’re often labourintensive but the end result is always simple and stunning. I think customers are encouraged to be a little more adventurous with starters too and I love to see people try something new. Where do you like to eat out? I’ve got my favourites. For lunch, I look no further than Corleone Caffe in Leamington. The same company have Micatto in Warwick; I do love Italian food. More recently I went to The Wild Rabbit in Kingham, out in the Cotswolds. It’s experimental, traditional food. It’s very cool. What does spring mean for your menu at the Moorings? We’ve got a lamb mixed grill which I’m really looking forward to. It’s all parts so we have sweetbreads, liver, slow-braised shoulder and cutlets which we’re serving with a minted hash brown and an onion purée. We tried it last week and it was stunning. Myton Road Leamington Spa CV31 3NY 01926 425043




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THE TALBOT AT BELBROUGHTON Light lunches and fine-dining Hannah Griffiths


he Talbot is set in the idyllic and historical village of Belbroughton. This classic English pub boasts open log fires, lovely soft furnishings, oak timbers and fabulous enclosed garden and patio areas. When creating their menus The Talbot aim to keep things simple, using only the finest local and organic ingredients where possible. All the meals at The Talbot are homemade and cooked to order by the talented head chef and his team. The lunchtime menu offers an array of sandwiches and light bites all of which can be enjoyed in the casual and stylish surroundings of ‘The Lounge’; where you can relax in big leather sofas next to open log fires. The restaurant plays host to the evening À la carte and seasonal specials menu; providing a more relaxed luxurious dining experience. Dishes vary from season to season but the team will always guarantee simple, home cooked food with a gluten free option available across a wide selection of their menu. Whether you’re stopping by for a light lunch or treating someone special, The Talbot is a destination pub that is well worth a visit.

What’s on at The Talbot 14th March Cheltenham Lunch 3 Course meal £25pp 28th March Live Music from Micheal Buble Tribute 3 Course Dinner £35pp 9th April Dinner and Jazz, Mellow Jazz with Walter and The Outsiders 3 course dinner £30pp

Special Offer Voucher Free starter or dessert with every main course off the à la carte menu Monday - Thursday: Lunchtime and Evenings Exclusion - Sharers and starters main Bring this voucher with you to qualify for offer or mention Edge Magazine when booking.

THE TALBOT at Belbroughton

The Talbot, Hartle Lane, Belbroughton DY9 9TG •Simple, homemade cooking is at the heart of every dish at The Talbot

•Mouth-watering 2 or 3 course Sunday Lunch

•Light bites available at lunchtime

•Well-stocked bar

•Full al a carte menu with a range of seasonal specials

•Live entertainment every month!

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SUNDAY LUNCH A roast for four seasons Hannah Griffiths


ritish food culture wouldn’t be the same without the traditional roast dinner. It’s the meal that offers endless variation from a large rib of beef to a herby chicken, fluffy roast potatoes, veggies, Yorkshire puddings and gravy, it’s also the traditional meal that reflects the British seasons, a food constant that changes with fresh summer vegetables and hearty winter staples. So how can we appreciate all these variations? The best produce possible is how: the finest meat from the most trusted butchers, the freshest, most colourful local vegetables and our favourite hot spots for a great Sunday lunch in the three counties.

Episode Hotel, Leamington Spa For a modern British take on Sunday lunch, head to Episode. Using seasonal produce from local suppliers, Episode Hotel has created a fantastic culinary offering.


Set in the town of Leamington Spa, there’s plenty to see and do before or after lunch. Enjoy a mouth-watering roast with friends and family at Episode. or call 01926 883777

Sunday Lunch at Marco Pierre White As Brits, we all love a good, traditional Sunday Roast. Now at Marco Pierre White Steakhouse Bar and Grill, guests can spend their Sunday afternoons enjoying just that, whilst listening to live music and taking in the stunning views across the city. Good food, good atmosphere, great surroundings – what better way to spend your Sunday? Call 0121 634 3433 or visit

Billesley Manor Cuisine of the highest standard is served in this award-winning Stuart restaurant - an authentic dining room that has earned two AA Rosettes as well as high praise from Egon Ronay. The classic Sunday Lunch of roast beef is served with all the trimmings using the finest local and seasonal produce. or call 01789 279 955

Nailcote Hall This 17th century manor house is home to ‘The Oak Room’ Nailcote’s fine dining restaurant serving a traditional Sunday lunch, with classic roast beef, from local butcher Aubrey Allen, carved at your table. The intimate beamed atmosphere is complemented by the delicious menu serving traditional and classic dishes including speciality house flambé dishes cooked personally at your table. or call 02476 466174

Aubrey Allen If you prefer to cook Sunday Lunch at home, then you’ll know the importance of a top quality meat and where better to source the finest meat than local award winning butchers, Aubrey Allen. With the option to order your meat online or visit their shop in Leamington Spa, creating your perfect Sunday lunch couldn’t be simpler; and if you need a helping hand the Aubrey Allen website is jam packed with delicious recipes. or call 01926 311208 to contact the Leamington shop.

The Vernon Home to a team of passionate chefs including, award winning Head Chef Richard Attkins, The Vernon is a destination gastropub for locals and foodies from afar. Offering a traditional 2 or 3 course Sunday lunch, The Vernon prides itself on using the finest ingredients, locally sourced wherever possible and delicious cuts of meat all cooked fresh to order.

The Stag at Offchurch, The Moorings at Myton and The Forest at Feckenham Why have one Sunday lunch when you can choose from three? Owned by the CD Pubs Company, The Stag at Offchurch, The Moorings at Myton and The Forest at Feckenham serve up a delicious Sunday lunch at 3 stunning locations. Choose from the finest Aubrey Allen beef and chicken or Jimmy Butlers pork all served with an artistic array of luxury vegetables. or call 01926 425801 or call 01926 425043 or call 01527 894422

The Marriott Hotel The Birmingham Marriott Hotel has just launched its 2014 Sunday Lunch Menu in West 12 Bar and Grill. Each week, Head Chef Danish Bhaiji, will use fresh ingredients to create a fantastic choice of home cooked food. Danish prides himself on sourcing quality produce and serving inspiring dishes to tantalise the taste buds! It’s just £25 for two courses for two people so a great way to enjoy beautiful food on a Sunday! For more information, call the hotel on 0121 452 1144.

The Country Girl Located in the picturesque surroundings of Stoke Prior, The Country Girl is a family friendly, authentic and traditional pub. Serving a traditional Sunday Lunch with all the trimmings, The Country Girl uses locally sourced cuts of meat and an assortment of fresh vegetables. This Mother’s Day The Country Girl will be offering a 2 or 3 course meal alongside their main menu and specials board will all meals cooked fresh to order. Call 01527 821534 for more information or call 01527 821236

The Talbot Priding themselves on serving simple, homemade and delicious meals, The Great British Sunday lunch is something The Talbot definitely does well. Offering guests a choice of mouth-watering roasts with proper gravy, crispy roasties and seasonal vegetables all served from 12 noon until they run out; there’s even an option for vegetarians from the al a carte menu. or call 01562 730 249



CLASSIC HERBS FOR A CULINARY ADVENTURE Tips from Wagon House Gardens Karl Strawbridge


very garden should have a plentiful supply of herbs. They are so easy to grow and you can fill your herb bed with interesting scents together with the luxury of fresh own grown herbs for your culinary needs...fresh chopped coriander in your curry is truly sensational. A dedicated herb bed or border can be so beneficial just outside the kitchen door, and so handy for easy picking. Many will happily grow in pots or window boxes but herbs can just as easily be inserted between other plants in your borders. If your space is limited herbs do well in containers. Many herbs such as rosemary are evergreen, originating in warm Mediterranean climates, preferring well drained soils, they actually thrive on neglect. March is a good time to establish your herb garden for the summer months ahead. The soil is warming up and your newly planted mature plants will quickly become established providing you with a never ending supply through to the autumn. Wagon House Gardens at The Jinney Ring craft centre stocks a wide selection of potted herbs to help you get you herb garden going, rosemary, thyme, French and


English parsley, sage and oregano will make a fantastic selection. Mint is also good to have but best grown in a pot or you could bury a container in your herb garden to contain it from spreading. Generally, pestfree organically grown herbs encourage wildlife into the garden enhancing your gardens ecological systems. Many are bee-friendly too. With a little effort you can end up with a fragrant garden with varying colours of foliage and flowers in all shades of pink to deep purple. Growing your own herbs has never been easier. So make this a herb-filled year with a trip to Wagon House Gardens.

Brick House Lane Stoke Prior Bromsgrove Worcestershire B604LY 01527 821421

LOCAL FOOD, MUSIC AND ARTS Droitwich Spa Festival Patrick Davis


he Droitwich Spa Festival Committee is putting together a fantastic programme of local food and drink, music and arts events in this historic salt town this summer. It takes place in the town centre and pubs, clubs and venues around town and offers great entertainment for both local residents and visitors. Taking place from the 20th June to 6th July this year’s calendar is jam-packed with highlights. Friday 20th June sees the ‘Celebration of Local Food and Drink Dinner’ take place, with guest speakers Restaurateur Mark Hix and Food Critic and MasterChef judge, Charles Campion to be held at the St Andrews Town Hotel Droitwich Spa Saturday 21st June will see the annual Food and Drink Festival take place, with up to 100 stalls and demonstration kitchen featuring the 5 Worcestershire Chefs in Droitwich Town centre. On Saturday 28th June the Cheese and Cider Festival will take place at the Gardeners Arms on Vines Lane, Droitwich Throughout the festival there will be a whole host of fun activities taking place in Droitwich, these include: Live music in the town centre, the Literary Festival, theatre performances, jazz and classical concerts, art displays and activities and a selection of competitions. The festival will finish on the 6th July with “Big Picnic in the Park” taking place at Lido Park Droitwich Spa. The Droitwich Spa Festival is run by a committee of representatives from Droitwich Spa Food and Drink Festival, For Droitwich Spa, Droitwich Arts Network and Wychavon District Council. If you would like to find out more please contact the organisers or visit the website.



ESCAPE THE CHAINS Alain Rouveure Galleries Lucinda Bunn


et inspired with the finest interior and homewares at Alain Rouveure Galleries. This treasure trove in the Cotswolds is carefully curated with selected textiles, jewellery and rugs from Nepal, Tibet and other wares from Alain’s twice yearly trip to the Himalayas. Stylish and authentic, each piece has been collected by Alain for its traditional and unusual features. Alain is dedicated to supporting small producers with high standards in fair trade. He’s a member of RUGMARK which is an organisation monitoring child labour and working conditions. Alain’s mission is to protect Eastern craft traditions, many of which are emulated by high street producers with inferior designs and materials. At Alain Rouveure Galleries you will only find original ancient rug designs from Tibet which have been specially commissioned. They’re hand-knotted in Tibetan wool, which is a superior sheep’s wool spun by hand and traditionally dyed following ancient recipes using only plants and minerals. The jewellery is worked entirely by the hands of expert silversmiths in Nepal. At Alain Rouveure Galleries you can expect no less than 925, with cultured pearls from the South China Sea and beautiful natural gemstones, think smoky or brandy topaz, amethysts, peridots, tourmalines and moonstones from India, Sri Lanka and Burma. When in the Himalayas, Alain commissions and collects textiles from small family workshops producing delicate shawls and scarves, hand-woven silk in the purest and softest pashminas and textiles from a nettle fibre known as Alo which is very rare and used in the eastern hills of the kingdom of Nepal. Make a day of it at Alain Rouveure Galleries; you can browse the jewellery displays and the artefacts, before enjoying organic coffee and homemade cakes in the Himalayan Coffee House. The beautiful gardens and therapy room provide a sense of tranquillity, healing and inspiration.


Alain’s belief that trade can be better than aid is instrumental in the way he has created his galleries, where each item is selected for its quality, its visual appeal and the ethical nature of its production and provenance. There’s plenty for art lovers, collectors and those looking for unique show pieces at Alain Rouveure Galleries. Todenham Near Moreton-in-Marsh Gloucestershire GL56 9NU 01608 650418



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BRIDE OF THE YEAR Nailcote Hall Wedding Winners


he annual Bride of the Year draw took place at Nailcote Hall last month with winning couple Jamie Long and Becky White scooping the prize of £5000 off their wedding reception. The fantastic annual event invites all eligible couples with weddings booked at Nailcote this year to enter into the draw. Jamie and Becky’s wedding will be in August, and the prize will give them a wonderful start to married life. In addition, to this already amazing prize, Fay Smith of Hair Hostess Freelance Bridal Hair, will also be arranging the hair of the winning bride and her bridesmaids. Nailcote Hall hotel is ideally located near Birmingham, surrounded by beautiful countryside. The idyllic Jacobean 4 star country hotel in Warwickshire is a fine luxury choice for couples in search of a ceremony location and a reception venue. Nailcote is licensed for civil wedding ceremonies and civil partnerships so couples can marry on the premises, which means their entire wedding day can be on the grounds, for all friends and family to enjoy. The other prizes at the event included a romantic overnight break, a dinner for two and tickets for the Heart and Soul party. Nailcote produces a comprehensive colour brochure with advice on planning your special day with details on seating plans, the order of speeches – and virtually everything you need to know about getting married. Book your wedding with Nailcote for a chance to win in the Bride of the Year 2015 draw. Nailcote Lane Berkswell Warwickshire CV7 7DE 02476 466174




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Ultima One 10 High Street Town Centre Droitwich WR9 8EW 01905 796 989 The Little Pink Cake Shop 52 Friar Street Worcester WR1 2NA 01905 312 043 www.thelittlepinkcakeshop. com


Manor Hill House Swan Lane, Upton Warren Bromsgrove, Worcestershire B61 9HE 01527 861 200 Fews Marquees Chessgrove Park Ditchford Bank Road Hanbury B60 4HS 01527 821 789

Tim Scott Wright at The Hair Surgery 1 Meriden Avenue Wollaston Stourbridge DY8 4QL 01384 441 830 Tessa Francis Bridal Studio Yew Tree Farm, Stratford Road, Near Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6BY 01564 792 883

Hats of Lapworth Yew Tree Farm, craft centre Stratford Road, Near Henleyin-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6BY 01564 794 848 Hamps Wines The Fold, Bransford 07773 611 124

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IT MUST BE LOVE The Menzies Welcombe hosts Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s lunch


et in 157 acres of stunning Warwickshire countryside on the outskirts of Stratford upon Avon, the Menzies Welcombe Hotel Spa and Golf Club hosted a beautiful Valentineâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day lunch last month. Having recently benefitted from a multi-million refurbishment, the hotelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sumptuous interior is matched only by the stunning views from the terraces over the landscaped gardens. Each guest was treated to a two course lunch featuring thyme roasted basil stuffed chicken breast, crushed new potatoes, fine French beans and a trio of mini desserts. The Welcombe has loyal customers and sponsors to thank for their annual support and this was the perfect opportunity to do so. With raffle prizes and Buckâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Fizz on arrival, General Manager Greg Fehler was a fantastic host with the grounds providing the perfect backdrop to the event.

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Tessa Francis Bridal Studio At Yew Tree Farm near Henley in Arden you’ll find the Tessa Francis Studio, with its beautiful selection of wedding gowns from the stunning Kathy Ireland collection. Think elegant styles in lace, tulle, satin and chiffon. Agnes and Ivory & Co are also available at Tessa Francis’ studio with a new collection of gowns from the talented designer Mark Lesley coming soon. With over 20 years’ experience in bridal wear, Tessa will guide and support you as you select the perfect dress for your special day. With award-winning tiaras featuring handset Swarovski crystals and real freshwater pearls and a beautiful collection of veils, you’ll find everything you need. Yew Tree Farm, Stratford Road, Near Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire, B95 6BY.

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The Country Girl is an authentic, traditional British pub, serving fresh home cooked food using locally sourced produce, a wide range of refreshing beverages and a very warm welcome 2 meals for £10, Monday to Saturday 12pm-4pm Sunday Lunch from £7.95 Frequently updated specials Board Open 7 days a week

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ROYAL LEAMINGTON SPA Shop, eat, drink and enjoy Hannah Griffiths


estled in the heart of central Warwickshire is Royal Leamington Spa; a town steeped in Georgian and Edwardian architecture, wide boulevards, expansive parks and a treasure-trove of independent shops. Join us as we take you on a tour of the best places to visit, eat, drink and sleep in this picturesque town.

Grab a bite With a multitude of alluring bistros, quintessential English pubs, cool bars and a rich choice of restaurants there’s plenty to tempt your taste buds; whether it’s just for a quick snack or a gourmet dinner. Sample the delights of Cuba at Havana Casa de Café; home to the best Cuban coffee in Warwickshire. Sit back, relax and enjoy the fine art as you peruse the mouth-watering menu. Offering a delicious selection of delicatessen starters, quality light lunches, all day breakfasts, daily specials and an array of desserts and cakes this unique venue is definitely worth a visit.


Alternately if you prefer dining in a restaurant the Seasons restaurant may just be the perfect spot for you. This good, honest, family business serves a variety of cutting edge dishes at appealing prices; all of which use locally sourced ingredients, helping to establish locally based, self-reliant food economies. Each week a number of specials are served including a Tuesday steak night, Friday fish special and a midweek madness deal. On March 15th the restaurant will also be holding a special Irish themed lunchtime treat with Irish dancing, music and Irish themed food.

Take a stroll Staying true to its heritage as a fashionable spa resort in the late 18th century, Royal Leamington Spa is a thriving town specialising in culture, leisure, gastronomy and wellbeing.

If you’re thinking of embracing the spring sunshine and taking a walk around Leamington there are a number of parks and gardens for you to explore including Newbold Comyn, Jephson Gardens and Victoria Park. An exhibit inspired by Royal Leamington Spa has also been accepted into this year’s RHS Chelsea Flower Show. The enchanting garden will celebrate the town’s ongoing association with beautiful gardens and the design and planting will reflect key areas of Leamington including: the Grade II Listed Gardens, its lakes and river, beautiful regency ironwork and temperate house. The exhibit will debut at RHS Chelsea before establishing a permanent home in Leamington’s Pump Room Gardens which celebrate their 200 year anniversary in 2014.

Rest your head Whether you fancy getting away for a short break or just a stop over one night, Royal Leamington Spa offers guests

a medley of stunning locations. Located on Upper Holly Walk, you’ll find Leamington’s Episode Hotel, boasting 31 bedrooms, each individually decorated and furnished. All rooms accommodate en-suite facilities, remote control TV, direct dial telephone, free Wi-Fi, tea and coffee facilities, ironing facilities, hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and 24 hour room service. All overnight accommodation also includes a full English breakfast unless otherwise stated.

Let Leamington entertain you With theatres, music venues and cinemas throughout the town, Royal Leamington Spa holds the promise of an entertaining evening out. From local theatre productions to internationally-renowned bands, you’ll be sure to find a great night out to suit your taste and budget. The theatre and cinema complex is dedicated to bringing the best available entertainment to audiences in the local area and from afar as well as playing host to a number of local amateur arts and drama groups alongside other community organisations.



Treat your mum this Mother’s Day Hannah Griffiths


his Mother’s Day treat your mum to a delightful Afternoon Tea at some of the most picturesque locations across the counties. With numerous homemade treats, quaint tearooms and endless varieties of teas on offer this centuries old tradition is the perfect way to show your mum just how special she is.

Marco Pierre White Coming soon to Marco Pierre White is the ultimate afternoon indulgence – afternoon tea. Guests will enjoy a selection of treats, washed down by a chilled glass of Laurent Perrier in the soon to be refurbished Laurent Perrier Champagne Bar, whilst admiring breathtaking views of Birmingham. 200 Wharfside, The Cube, Birmingham B1 1PR 0121 634 3433

Billesley Manor Settle down at this 16th Century Elizabethan Manor House Hotel for a champagne afternoon tea. Offering a selection of freshly homemade scones, pastries and delicate finger sandwiches perfectly finished with a glass of bubbly or a fresh leaf brew tea; ranging from Earl Grey to Moroccan Mint, Lemon and Ginger to fruit punch or the long standing traditional favourite, English Breakfast. Billesley Manor, Alcester, Nr Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, B49 6NF 01789 279955

A H Hillers Treat you’re mum to Afternoon Tea at Hillers highly acclaimed Garden Café where you can sit back and relax

as you sink into the soft leather sofas or if the weathers on your side you can dine al fresco on the garden terrace. Indulge yourselves with a selection of handmade cakes, freshly baked scones, delicate sandwiches and a pot of English tea. Dunnington Heath Farm, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5PD 01789 77277

The George Hotel, Shipston-on-Stour A coaching house turned boutique hotel, The George lies right in the heart of small market town Shipston-onStour, just 11 miles from Stratford-upon-Avon. Enjoy an Afternoon Tea with a difference as you sip on a cocktail in the summer, warm up with a glass of mulled wine in winter or simply enjoy the traditional tea or coffee to accompany sandwiches and scones with clotted cream and jam. 8 High Street, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire, CV36 4AJ 01608 661453

The Marriott Hotel, Birmingham The Birmingham Marriott Hotel offers a luxurious Afternoon Tea, perfect for a post-shop unwind or casual get together with friends. With a relaxed atmosphere and serving up a delicious selection of homemade sandwiches, scones and cakes, the Birmingham Marriott is a charming setting for Afternoon Tea 12 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 8SJ 0800 627 7468

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hildren usually cannot wait to get away from school during the holidays, but at Bromsgrove the opposite is true. The school runs Easter and Summer sports and activity camps for children aged 8 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 15 in some of the finest facilities any school in Britain has to offer. Children can make new friends, improve skills and, crucially, burn off energy in the most productive and exciting ways. Bromsgrove School has recently invested hugely in its indoor and outdoor facilities, so children are guaranteed to be active and engaged in inspiring surroundings, even if the weather is inclement.

The camps cater for all interests and tastes. Intensive sports camps are held for two weeks in the Easter holidays and in the Summer holidays Activity camps run for six weeks â&#x20AC;&#x201C; with a huge variety of activities and sport with drama, dance, swimming, pottery, mad science, martial arts, photography, tennis, netball, athletics, and more, on offer. All staff are qualified and experienced






Resounding success of the ‘Words Alive’ Festival at the King’s School



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We are delighted to report that plans for the conversion of Holy Trinity School to a Free School in September 2014 are now well advanced, following the Secretary of State’s approval of our application.

of ‘Woyzeck’ set in the aftermath of the First World War, presented by Scene Productions. A large audience enjoyed the Festival Finale when poet-in-residence, Wendy Cope, was joined by current and former pupils who presented and performed a memorable evening of music, dance, film and drama.


he King’s School’s ‘Words Alive’ Festival held recently, clearly demonstrated the vibrancy of the school’s cultural life. A diverse programme of events encouraged a love of the spoken and written word through a series of workshops and special events made available to the whole school community, parents, visitors and local schools. Pupils worked with visiting professionals including Joe Craig (author), Philip Durkin (Deputy Chief Editor of the Oxford English Dictionary) Matt Windle (Birmingham’s young poet laureate), Charles Bennett (poet) and Nick O’Brien (actor). The eclectic evening and weekend programme included a performance by the nationally-acclaimed poet, Wendy Cope, a family workshop with award-winning illustrator and author Petr Horacek and a powerful performance

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FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH Worcester Hearing Centre


orcester Hearing Centre has been providing hearing services to its clients in Worcester since 2011. The team is happy to announce that due to demand they are opening a new clinic in Bromsgrove, to serve the north Worcestershire and south Birmingham areas. They have partnered with Bromsgrove Health Care Innovations (BHI) Parkside, Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove. Practising under the name of ‘Three Counties Hearing’, Tom Dixon, director, said ‘I’m really happy to be extending our services to work with BHI as the health centre matches our ethos of providing clients with high quality health care.’

Three Counties Hearing will maintain the same high standard that its parent company Worcester Hearing Centre provides, offering free hearing assessments, the latest technology in hearing systems, clinical ear care, noise protection advice, swim plugs, musicians’ plugs, musicians’ moulds and tinnitus management. Initially there will be a clinic one day a week on a Tuesday, for further information or to book an appointment ring free on: Appointments are available from Tuesday 4th March 2014; 09.00am to 1.00pm. Freephone anytime on

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Conservation and recordbreaking combined


n March this year a duo of young British adventurers and conservationists are setting out on a recordbreaking expedition to paddle the length of Panama. This outlandish idea for an expedition stands to leave the participants as pioneers of a relatively undeveloped area of the globe’s battle against environmental devastation. The journey will be undertaken on 12 foot long surfboards known as prone paddleboards. Since the creation of these boards as a means of transport for ancient Polynesians some 3000 years ago, nobody has attempted a journey of this magnitude. The journey will see the pair travelling over 1000s of kilometres by arm power alone, eclipsing all previous journeys on these boards by some 450 kilometres. The inspiration for the trip stems from when the team first visited Panama in 2009, searching the rain forest for the rare Strawberry Poison Dart Frog. An experience that left them in awe of not only the beauty and stunning biodiversity of the country, but also the fragility of this unique eco system. At which point the gauntlet was set to one day return to fully explore the regions in the name of conservation. That time has now come. After years of planning, preparation and countless hours of fundraising this 5 year dream will now become a reality. Whilst the touring party will be collecting a wide range of data for use by Panama’s Environment Agency the trip has two main aims, the pursuit of a population of allusive Antillean Manatees and the first comprehensive photographing of the critically endangered Salamander, Oedipina Maritima, which is known to exist only on the tiny offshore island of Isla Escudo de Verguas. On top of the great number of scientific photos that will be taken, the duo is also filming the journey with the end product being a raw and insightful documentary. On top of the constant battle of fundraising to make the trip possible the expedition is also supporting a fantastic environmental charity, Seacology, which focuses on sustainably integrating people with the environment. Details of how to get involved can be found at the website and Edge will certainly be looking forward to hearing from the boys upon their return.



The Birmingham Insurance Institute Young Professionals annual pool tournament celebrates its 6th birthday


he Birmingham Insurance Institutes Young Professionals annual pool tournament is due to take place in March at the Bowlplex in Edgbaston. The event, now in its 6th year is being organised by the incoming Chair of the Personal Finance Society, Prithpal Saimbi and fellow council member, Eliza Kwok. Charles Stanley is sponsoring the event which is also being used as a fundraiser for the BII’s chosen charity – The Prince’s Trust. Tim Venner from Charles Stanley said, ‘we are again delighted to be supporting the young professionals in the West Midlands. Charles Stanley has a long association with supporting young professionals; we back the young professionals’ forum in the City of London that now has 800 members.’ Eliza Kwok commented, ‘the annual pool competition is a great

way for fellow young professionals to engage with each other, in a fun and informal setting. It is one of several events the BII run throughout the year.’ BHSF Limited Gamgee House 2 Darnley Road Birmingham B16 8TE 0800 622 552

Song of the Sea From now until 26th April, Worcester City Art Gallery & In the years before 1914, artists from across the world flocked to St Ives School, drawn to the beauty of the British coastline. It was also an opportunity to study with acclaimed masters. 'Song of the Sea' is a celebration of this intensively creative moment in landscape and seascape with works on display by Adrian Stokes, John Arnesby Brown and Julius Olsson. It is kindly supported by Friends of Museums Worcestershire Worcester City Art Gallery & Museum invites you to explore this wonderful exhibition in its elegant Victorian building located in the heart of Worcester. It is open Monday – Saturday, 10.30am – 4.30pm and entry is free.

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BIRDSONG AT THE REPERTORY THEATRE Peter Duncan talks about his role in the trenches Lucinda Bunn


arking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. We caught up with Peter Duncan who plays Jack Firebrace. Tell us about the production. Whilst it’s faithful to the plotline, the playwright Rachel Wagstaff has given the production its own momentum. It’s largely set in these flashbacks where the protagonist Stephen looks back at his life so there’s this connection between present and past lives. It grips you by the heart and drags you to the end. What makes Birdsong work both as a novel and on stage? Our director Alistair Whatley is a very clever man. The stage design is fantastic and the soundscape particularly is extraordinary. It’s like having an extra cast member. Can you tell us about the character of Jack? Jack Firebrace is a working class man, mining underground in the trenches. Like many men who signed up because of their mining skills, he didn’t necessarily think he’d see any action. The inventory jobs looked lucrative. I think developing the character on stage is a working progress. I’ve learnt my lines but the thing about Jack is that he absorbs other characters’ fears. He has a huge heart and a faith in moral justice. What’s the most important thing for the audience to gain from the play? I think whether you’ve read the book or not, you’ll be surprised by the passion and raw emotion in the play. It’s not a lot of laughs, no, but I do think it’s an enlightening experience. Have you performed at the Rep before? I haven’t and I’m very much looking forward to it. You’ve had a long, successful career in the industry, what’s your secret? There’s no secret. I’m very lucky to find myself in this production. I have always been an actor but I think my other work in the past has tended to diminish rich acting roles for me so I feel very privileged to find myself in this space.


What other projects are you involved in and what have you got coming up this year? I produce a Christmas panto every year at the Oxford Playhouse and aside from acting, I have set up a Bulgarian Holiday company. I’m also involved with an organisation my wife has set up called ‘Neighbourhood Midwives’. The aim is to provide more choices for positive birthing experiences. You can find our more at Birdsong will be at the Rep 17th-22nd March. Broad Street Birmingham B1 2EP 0121 236 4455

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WE WORKED AT ‘THE PORCELAIN’ At the Museum of Royal Worcester


e worked at ‘The Porcelain’ is a new exhibition on show at the Museum of Royal Worcester, running until 1st August 2014. It is a photographic exhibition containing images of former employees of Royal Worcester, spanning the last 60 years of the company. The pictures show all areas of the factories in Severn Street and Portland Walk, once home to hundreds of people living in Worcester and the surrounding area. Carrie-Anne Parkes, Heritage Project Officer, said “We were looking for a way to reach out and engage with the community of former Royal Worcester employees and seize the opportunity to find out more about some of the images in our archives. The museum has inherited a wonderful collection of images taken inside the factory for press and publicity reasons, but many of the people in them are not identified. The exhibition proved to be a perfect opportunity to connect with all the former employees of Royal Worcester and create opportunities for them to see some old faces and help the museum out.” As part of the exhibition, the museum is hosting a series of free open days for former workers. The first of these held in February proved to be a massive success and brought to life the pride and community felt by everyone who was a part of the Royal Worcester family.


There were many characters working at ‘The Porcelain’ including Daisy Rea. She was in charge of the Paintress’ department for many years, and kept a tight rein on her girls. At Christmas, different departments hosted parties and the Paintress’ were not allowed to join in with the men, much to their disappointment! Another gem was the identity of one worker, Albert Carter. He worked for the company for many years, gaining his 50 year long service award in 1974. Albert made crucibles that were sold to Sellafield, to be used in the production of uranium for atomic weapons. The chemicals used were highly dangerous but little safety equipment was provided. If you used to work at Royal Worcester, or know someone who did, then please spread the word and encourage them to come and visit this nostalgic exhibition and share their memories of working at ‘The Porcelain’. The forthcoming dates for the free open days for former workers are: Saturday 22nd March, Friday 2nd May and Saturday 21st June 2014; refreshments served at 2.30pm. Museum of Royal Worcester Severn Street Worcester WR1 2ND 01905 21247


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Historic and contemporary portrait miniatures at the Barber Andrew Davies


ini Mini masterpieces of portrait painting come under the microscope at Birmingham’s Barber Institute of Fine Arts this spring, with two connected exhibitions of miniatures spanning more than three hundred years. The Barber – based at the University of Birmingham’s Edgbaston campus – is establishing itself as quite a centre for miniatures. Last year, the gallery accepted on long-term loan, two separate, highly significant collections of these tiny portraits – one being the wellknown Daphne Foskett Collection. Originally emerging in Europe in the royal courts of the 17th century, these beautiful, luminescent little paintings – usually painted in watercolour on ivory or the more opaque bodycolour on vellum – served many purposes. They were presented as gifts expressing royal favour – and the recipients were expected to wear them as symbols of their loyalty. They were also exchanged during diplomatic negotiations or strategic royal marriage arrangements. Family Circles: British Portrait Miniatures of Children and Families, which runs until 26th May, features some exquisite miniatures of the Stuart Royal house – including one thought to depict Mary, Queen of Scots, and others of her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Queen of Bohemia (by one of the great miniaturists of the 17th century, Peter Oliver), her husband, Frederick V, Elector Palatine, and their son, Prince Rupert of the Rhine. With the growth of the middle classes in the 18th century, and the advent of the Romantic period, families changed – with society recognising marriages and family relationships based on love and affection. Simultaneously, miniature painting became more widespread and affordable, with many painters coming from the middle classes themselves, and this fascinating display also includes pairs of miniatures of husbands and wives, betrothed couples, and some charming if


slightly sentimental pictures of children – emphasising their innocence and playfulness, rather than their former status as mini adults. Bringing the form right up to date is the complementary exhibition, Ruby’s Room: Photographic Miniatures by Bettina von Zwehl (21 february – 26 May). An intriguing eye-miniature in the collection of the Victoria Art Gallery in Bath was the starting point for this series of recent works by one of Britain’s most respected contemporary photographers. While producing a series of works inspired by historic portrait miniatures at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London and at the Holburne Museum in Bath, Von Zwehl encountered a variant of the genre briefly fashionable in 19th-century England, which featured paintings of single eyes from members of one family. Ruby’s Room – first displayed at the Holburne Museum – is her response: an exploration of her own family connections through immaculate and carefully composed photographic portraits. The subjects are Von Zwehl herself and her young daughter, Ruby, and eye portraits of her husband and Ruby – each mounted into jewellery by designer Laura Lee. The show also features challenging eye portraits of Ruby’s classmates, and portraits of herself, Ruby and young girls and women, also inspired by miniatures in the Bath collections. The two miniatures exhibitions are complemented by a gallery talk on Tuesday 4th March, a fine art valuation day in collaboration with Bonhams on Monday 31st March and a lunchtime lecture on Wednesday 2nd April. Both exhibitions and all these events are free. For more information, see the Barber website: www. The Barber Institute of Fine Arts University of Birmingham Edgbaston Birmingham B15 2TS 0121 414 7333

OFF THE WALL 3 exhibitions to see this month Lucinda Bunn

Wonderland, Harborne Art Gallery, Harborne Harborne welcomes well-known Twickenham based artist Stephen King (no, not the horror writer) and favoured artist of actor and writer Nigel Planer with a solo exhibition of his bold and evocative landscape paintings. These are combined with his portraits of Alice in Wonderland, which come from a series of portraits he produced of amateur actors in their costumes. His art is now rising in value, so don’t miss this utterly beautiful spring exhibition.

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Bates who is exhibiting throughout March. Brightly coloured flowers, abstracts and figurative work, contrast with other pieces using clear resin. Nigel has been involved with the Creative Arts for over 20 years, setting up and running Artifex contemporary art gallery. During this time, he has developed his own work, experimenting with a mixture of different media and materials along the way. The Mitchell Centre Weeford Road Sutton Coldfield B75 6NA 0121 323 3776

Hipgnosis – Masters of Album Cover Artwork, St Paul’s Gallery, Birmingham St Paul’s Gallery is celebrating the works of two great artists, the late Storm Thorgerson and Aubrey Powell, who founded the infamous photo-design studio, Hipgnosis until the 5th April 2014. Known for their famous album cover designs for Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Peter Gabriel and many more, these iconic images will be alongside a collection of new unseen prints created by Storm and Aubrey. St Paul’s will also be launching the 10cc collection created by Hipgnosis in the early years of their career and throughout. Albums include Sheet Music, How Dare You!, Bloody Tourists and more. 94-108 Northwood Street Birmingham B3 1TH 0121 236 5800



LOVE YOUR HEART The importance of Cardiac Rehabilitation Sarah Rees


ast month was National Heart Month. But loving your most vital organ is a life-long, not monthlong commitment. There are about 2.6 million people living with Coronary heart disease (CHD) and it is the UK’s biggest killer, causing around 82,000 deaths each year.

Like all charitable initiatives, Evesham Cardiac Rehab requires funding to maintain the vital service it delivers. Fundraising events are crucial. If you would like to help, why not book a ticket for its black tie charity dinner on March 29, at The Wood Norton Hotel, Evesham?

Gerry O’Donnell, current Chairman of Wychavon District Council, has personal experience of the effects of heart disease. In 1991 he was rushed to the hospital in Dumfries after suffering a heart attack. On discharge he was referred to his local Cardiac Rehab facility in Alton, Hampshire. That facility was established and run by Dr. Hugh Bethell, the UK’s leading GP in the field of Cardiac Rehabilitation at the time and the first to establish a community based service. Cardiac rehab contributed greatly to Gerry’s recovery and return to work.

TV Celebrity and author Sally Bee will be formally introduced at the dinner, as the Charity’s new Patron. Sally suffered three heart attacks at just 36 years of age. She had never smoked and didn’t drink, proving heart disease can affect anyone, regardless of age, gender or lifestyle.

In 2008 Gerry set up Evesham Vale Cardiac Rehab. His vision was to establish a community based facility, fully integrated into the discharge pathway of hospital Cardiology Units. Located at the Evesham Leisure Centre, programmes of supervised exercise are supported by counselling, nutritional advice and overall rehabilitation guidance. Cardiac Rehabilitation is one of the most effective treatments available to heart patients. Patients learn how to manage their condition, reducing dependency on health services and so sitting comfortably alongside the current NHS push for patient-led care. However, Cardiac Rehabilitation is not readily accessible to around 60% of those who need it in England and Wales. Gerry’s hope is that Evesham’s successful model will be adopted by other towns across the region, and the UK.


For the past decade Sally has actively campaigned to raise the profile of heart disease, telling her story to a national television audience on programmes such as This Morning, The Alan Titchmarsh Show and Daybreak. She will be joined at the dinner by guest speaker Mark Webster, ITN journalist. With a mouth watering healthy menu, created by Head Chef Paul Hudson, the evening promises great food, celebrity entertainment and the opportunity to support a vital facility. The cost of the dinner is £35 per person. To reserve places call Marie Horne on 01386 565 201 or email

Images: (Left) Sally Bee with Gerry O’Donnell (Below) Gerry O’Donnell, fitness instructor Steve Cooper, and Sally Bee with 2 rehab patients


Craftspace presents ... Field Notes The programme, which tours to rural venues in March and October 2014, is a unique and experimental collaboration between artist Matthew Harris and composer Howard Skempton and performed by hand-picked musicians from Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Using old maps of Shropshire and graphic scores as common starting points, Skempton and Harris have engaged in a lively creative exchange resulting in complementary new works from each artist. Harris’ freestanding artwork, combining textiles and drawings, will frame the performance space as four of BCMG’s world-class musicians perform Skempton’s new piece, Field Notes. Field Notes will tour to eight Arts Alive venues in Shropshire and Herefordshire in the spring and autumn of 2014, with a further four performances planned for rural venues in neighbouring counties. Saturday March 8 2014, 7.30pm, Town Hall, Wem, Shropshire Tickets available from

Henry IV, Parts I and II at the RSC The Royal Shakespeare Company presents Henry IV, Parts I and II, arguably two of Shakespeare’s greatest plays. RSC Associate Artist, Antony Sher takes on the role of Sir John Falstaff, with Jasper Britton as Henry IV and Alex Hassell as Prince Hal.  The productions are directed by RSC Artistic Director, Gregory Doran who continues his exploration of Shakespeare’s History plays, which began last year with the critically acclaimed Richard II featuring David Tennant. 18 March – 6 September 2014 Royal Shakespeare Company Royal Shakespeare Theatre Waterside Stratford-upon-Avon Warwickshire CV37 6BB Box Office: 0844 800 11110



CROSSING THE LINE: A REVIEW An autobiography by Bruce Reynolds Mike Stafford


ruce Reynolds’ autobiography comes more highly recommended than many true crime stories. Where his genre-mates churn out tired jumbles of patois and platitudes, Reynolds won acclaim for his style, candidness and insight. Then again, perhaps it’s right we should expect something loftier from the mastermind behind Britain’s most celebrated robbery. It’s now fifty years since the Great Train Robbery, and as the BBC’s recent dramatisation of the robbery and aftermath shows, the public has lost none of its interest in the crime. It was the zenith of Reynolds’ criminal career, and gave the book its title, the pleasingly dualistic ‘Crossing the Line.’ Fittingly, it’s also where Reynolds’ prologue comes in, with him dressed in beret and camouflage gear, lighting a Montecristo No.2 under the August moonlight, ruminating on having brought Cuba to Buckinghamshire.   Reynolds channelling Guevara in the opening scene is no mere rhetorical flourish. There is an anti-authoritarian streak throughout the book, from the young Bruce bemoaning unjust groundings for getting home after curfew, to railing against the bureaucratic, inhumane beatings dispensed by prison officers, and finally the unjust tactics of the ‘establishment’ in tracking down the train robbers. He hints that fingerprints were planted, and states that Bill Boal (sentenced to 24 years after being arrested with Roger Cordrey’s car) was innocent. It’s a claim that is backed up by the other robbers, and indeed the total lack of reference to Boal elsewhere in Reynolds’ record of his criminal enterprises. Among criminals, Reynolds finds brotherhood, loyalty, camaraderie and friendship. He argues that this is in stark contrast to the careerism, scheming and hypocrisy of the establishment, although he does admit great respect for Tommy Butler, the detective who postponed retirement specifically to snare Reynolds.   Reynolds writes with humanity and openness. As a housebreaker, safe-cracker, and most significantly on the train robbery, he captures the adrenaline rush that came with the jobs. As a playboy, he recounts the glamour and glory that came with the crimes; frequenting exclusive clubs, drinking endless champagne, driving fast cars. As a convict, he admits to the suicidal thoughts and buried-alive despair of prison. As a man, he concedes the misery and disappointment he brought to his family, and confesses to the tears shed at his grandmother’s death. Such frankness in a true crime book is rare indeed, and Reynolds writes with warmth and wit throughout.  


Of course, the critical question with any crime autobiography must be - ‘was it worth it?’ Reynolds refrains from judgement, although his final chapters lead the reader in a very clear direction. When his father was ill, it was Bruce’s law-abiding younger brother who took care of the family. Years of incarceration brought estrangement from wife Angela, born Frances, her permanent name change the legacy of years on the run. Lifelong friends and comrades begin to die and fade away; nice guy Buster took his own life in 1994, believed by Reynolds to have been disillusioned with the humdrum life of the law-abider. Treasurer Charlie Wilson was murdered in Marbella 1990; Ronnie Biggs, who outlived Reynolds by seventeen months, returned from exile rendered mute by ill-health. Perhaps most significantly, Reynolds expresses joy that son Nick didn’t follow in his criminal footsteps. In the accompanying photos, the young Reynolds is muscular and smart, decked out in Savile Row. By the second set, his passport photo is of a rather scrawny gent, greyed and decrepit. Was it worth it, then? In the final analysis, probably not - but it definitely makes for an engaging story. 40% Save upato to e d m n o measures* kitchen

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WHAT’S ON album Now and Always – 20 Years of Dreaming, which marks 20 years since the release of her Number 1 debut single Dreams. Gabrielle’s latest record is a compilation of her biggest hits, including Rise, Walk on By and Out Of Reach, as well as brand new songs including new single Say Goodbye.

From 1 March to 2 April Coughton will be holding a ‘Conservation in Action’ month where visitors will be able to see a variety of conservation techniques and pick up some top tips for the perfect spring clean.

What: Classic Virgins Experience Day When: 29th March 2014 Where: Heritage Motor Centre

What: Birdsong When: 17th-22nd March 2014

An active and informative day aimed at people contemplating classic car ownership. This is a chance to take rides in classic cars, on country roads, after discussions on buying and owning a classic vehicle. This will also be a chance to find out about car club support and the social scene.

Where: The REP Marking the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, Birdsong is the hit, critically acclaimed stage show based on the world famous novel by Sebastian Faulks. In pre-war France, a young Englishman Stephen Wraysford embarks on a passionate and dangerous affair with the beautiful Isabelle Azaire that turns their world upside down.

What: Gabrielle When: 20th March 2014 Where: Town Hall Birmingham Gabrielle, one of the UK’s best loved singer/ songwriters, heads to Town Hall to perform songs from her new


What: Singin’ in the rain

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Singin’ in the Rain tells the story of the first Hollywood musical, when the silver screen found its voice and left silent movies - and some of its stars – behind. This spectacular show is packed full of the charm, romance, comedy and tinsel town glamour of one the world’s best loved movies and features all the songs from the glorious MGM score including Good Morning, Make ‘em Laugh, Moses Supposes and the classic Singin’ in the Rain.

(Credit – Abi Cole) What: Coughton Court’s conservation in action month When: 1st March-2nd April 2014 Where: Coughton Court The National Trust’s Coughton Court in Warwickshire will open its doors for 2014 on 1st March with a unique chance for visitors to see the conservation team at work as they put the house back together for the new season.

Step into the past at Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire during the weekend of Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th March to watch living history re-enactors from the Roman, Viking, Tudor and Victorian periods. Avoncroft Museum will come alive with groups of re-enactors representing different periods of history from Roman to Victorian times.

What: DMS in concert 2014- A Fusion of Music and Dance

now embarks on a major theatre tour with his hilarious friends. From talking hands to bottles of water, from Arthur Lager to Little ‘Simon Cowell’, Steve and his creations won the hearts of the nation and wowed the judges on BGT to finish in third place.

When: 16th March 2014

Where: Symphony Hall Over 300 musicians will perform live on stage in this spectacular show, co-hosted by Mr Jimmy Franks from BBC Radio WM, and featuring music to suit all tastes. From ELO to Queen, songs from the popular musicals Hairspray, Billy Elliot and the Lion King, plus Emeli Sande, Michael Buble, Muse and Adele, and a finale of Elgar, UB40 and Motown!

What: The Sooty Show

Where: New Alexandra Theatre In 1961 emotions run high as young musicians Norman and Bobby compete to win a national song writing competition - and, more importantly, the attention of the gorgeous Sue! But when Bobby discovers that shy Laura is no slouch on the piano, love and rock ‘n’ roll fame beckons. Featuring classic tracks from Roy Orbison, The Shadows, Eddie Cochran, Billy Fury, and many more. Birmingham

When: 15th-16th March 2014 Where: Cadbury World Sooty, Sweep and Soo are returning to Cadbury World this month to treat visitors to a brand new live show, ‘Sooty’s Wacky Workshop!’ Come and join Sooty, Sweep and Soo in Sooty’s workshop as he tests out his latest invention, the Super Sonic Sootamatic, with some help from the audience.

What: Steve Hewlett When: 13th March 2014 Where: Royal Spa Centre& Town Hall Thinking inside the box tour’ 2014 presented by Steve Hewlett and Friends. Steve Hewlett, fresh from his stunning appearance on Britains Got Talent,

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What: The Spanish Golden Age Season When: 26th March- 19th April 2014

What: Jo Caulfield When: 20th March 2014 Where: Royal Spa Centre & Town Hall Award-winning comedian Jo Caulfield is back with a hilarious new show. Jo's always wondered why anger is seen as such a bad thing. When life presents such irritations as vacuous celebrities, endless TV quiz shows, emotionally 'challenged' men, drunken girlfriends who pick the wrong partner, and a husband who continually quotes The Godfather, surely having a good rant - and a good laugh - is the only sensible reaction?

Where: Belgrade Theatre

The Spanish Golden Age Season brings three highly acclaimed new translations of rarelyseen plays from the last unopened treasure-chest of world drama. This is a significant cultural event in the UK and a major innovation in the history of Golden Age translation and performance. These plays come to the Belgrade following their premieres by our coproducers at Bath Theatre Royal’s Ustinov Studio, and London’s Arcola Theatre.


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...that bubbly sound of everybody enjoying themselves – music to my ears! Lizzie King - General Manager at The Stag

To me a successful pub is when lots of different elements come together perfectly. It’s a kind of alchemy, and I think at The Stag at Offchurch we’ve got it down to a T. Friendly staff, attentive service, the talented chefs, our sunny garden area and the conservatory - it all works. I love that moment when the place starts to fill up and you get the general hubbub of people having a good time. This was the first of our three pubs and it’s kind of set the benchmark for gourmet food combined with all the natural friendliness and ambience of a traditional pub. Come and join us soon to experience it for yourself.

Discover our three pubs, each devoted to delicious food and drink in characterful surroundings. Welsh Road, Offchurch, Leamington Spa, Warks; CV33 9AQ. Tel: 01926 425801

Myton Road, Leamington Spa, Warks; CV31 3NY. Tel: 01926 425043

Les Routiers Finalist 2013

Eagle Star Awards

National Food Pub of the Year


1 Droitwich Road, Feckenham, Redditch, Worcs; B96 6JE. Tel: 01527 894422

Food Pub Of The Year 2012 Les Routiers Finalist 2012

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