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40 Years of Caring Big-hearted patients at a Birmingham hospice threw a party to celebrate the charity’s 40th anniversary. Over 15 people who are all being supported by Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, came together to host the festivities as a way of celebrating the charity’s momentous milestone.

The special gathering took place at the Hospice’s Day Hospice facility and patients invited their families, carers and loved ones to join in the fun, as well as the charity’s chief executive, staff and volunteers. The thoughtful band of ‘party planners’ all attend the Hospice’s ‘Welcome Group’ – a peer support network that helps people to focus on living well with life-limiting illness. The group meet once a week and so they decided to call the party ‘A Day of Change’ as that’s exactly what the regular support means to them. Nathan Johnson from Balsall Heath has been attending the Hospice’s Welcome Group for several years. He was just one of the individuals who devised the celebrations as a way of saying thank you to the “amazing support” he has received from the Hospice. Nathan said, “Today’s celebrations have gone down brilliantly. It’s great to bring everyone together to enjoy

food, live music and a special cake cutting ceremony. There’s been a great buzz in the room, and it was lovely to meet the families and loved ones of some of the friends I’ve made at the Hospice’s Welcome Group. “We wanted to put on this party to celebrate Birmingham St Mary’s fantastic 40th. The Hospice has such a personal touch to its care – the nurses really get to know you and have a way of making you feel safe and comfortable. I’ve also made some wonderful friends at Welcome Group and it’s great that we can come together to support one another.” Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice was founded by former NHS matron, Monica Pearce, in 1979. The Hospice cared for its first patient in March of ‘79 and over the last 40 years, it has continued to grow to become Birmingham and Sandwell’s largest hospice. When the Hospice first opened, it could care for just 25 people on any given day.

Above: Birmingham St Mary’s chief executive, Tina Swani, is invited to cut the cake at the 40th anniversary celebrations Right: Birmingham St Mary’s founder, Monica Pearce, with the key to the newly launched Day Hospice

The Hospice will be celebrating its 40th anniversary throughout 2019 with a number of special events and activities: https://www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/our-40th-anniversary

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Four decades later and it is now supporting over 400 people every day, providing vital care in people’s homes, in the community, at its Day Hospice facility, and at the Hospice’s Inpatient Unit. Birmingham St Mary’s chief executive, Tina Swani, was invited to officially cut the cake at the party. She said, “The people we care for always at the heart of everything we do, so it was really touching to hear that the people we support at Welcome Group wanted to throw a party to honour our 40th anniversary. I’ve really enjoyed today’s celebrations and would like to thank everyone who made the party so special.”


Connected communities achieve the incredible Summer is on it’s way! Hello and Welcome to the April issue

Just some of this issue’s highlights – St Mary’s Hospice celebrate 40 years, best wishes to all the wonderful people who work, volunteer and fundraise for this fantastic hospice. (cover story) Too many local children doing amazing things to mention individually, community sports are doing great and there are great opportunities to get involved with saving our planet (pg8) the city’s forgotten heritage (pg 29) and the many things going on over Easter. Our fundraising platform ‘Achieve the Incredible’ has an update on the project ‘A Place to Call Home’ on the news page of the website www.achievetheincredible.co.uk and we ask that anyone who donated to this project to please visit the site. We want to hear from you... if you have a celebration to share, have been fundraising or have a story to tell, don’t keep it to yourself. Get in touch – We love a good story. Have a wonderful Easter

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Bertie and friends raise £6,825.19 Local choir boy, Bertie Chandler, used his gift of a fine voice to raise money for charity. The ten-year-old who attends The Blue Coat School Harborne, recently took part in his House Charity Day fundraising for the Birmingham Children’s Hospital Critical Journeys Appeal.

Bertie, who is a member of St. George’s House along with 83 other boys aged 7 to 11 years, decided to put his love of singing to good use and created “Bertie’s Song Shop” online. He was the highest individual fundraiser, earning a record £530 through song requests including Flower of Scotland, I’m a believer and I don’t like Mondays. Perhaps the most challenging for the Chelsea fan was a request for the Manchester United Calypso! Bertie’s St. George’s house mates have also been very busy spending their free time car washing, window cleaning, gardening, shoe shining, holding raffles, cake sales and completing a sponsored litter pick. Pranav wrote a story which he printed and sold and Wahid entertained guests at his Dad’s restaurant with his amazing general knowledge recall! Aryan and Flynn helped their grandmothers with housework and ironing, and Rohun spotted an opportunity for selling roses in time for Valentine’s day! Sport-loving pupils invested their energy in sponsored runs, bike rides, non-stop kickboxing, a cricket challenge and a speed bounce. They even completed a Virtual Velo Challenge to replicate one of the most popular journeys made by the KIDS/NTS ambulances from the Birmingham Women’s Hospital to the Children’s Hospital in Steelhouse Lane, clocking up over 128 miles on two spin bikes in just a week.

House Head, Mr Nick Hill commented, “When a group of St. George’s boys visited the Birmingham Children’s Hospital recently they were inspired to help them raise money to equip a fleet of four Critical Care Ambulances with the latest life-saving medical equipment. Many of the children have parents that work at Birmingham Children’s Hospital or have experienced treatment there themselves so they know just how important the ambulances are. I’m extremely proud of the boys who have raised a staggering £6,825.19 surpassing all my expectations!”


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Calling all Film Makers



Birmingham Film Festival which is now in its fourth year, will return to its landmark venue at The Millennium Point, Birmingham on 1st November 2019.


WIN 2 TICKETS to The Steve Williamson Experience & StringTing The legendary saxophonist tours his latest project, The Steve Williamson Experience, providing a unique journey around the sonic potential of music as a true art form that can change our state and make us feel better. Witness one of Britain’s greatest musical achievements, Steve Williamson, who alongside his trio, is joined by jazz string quartet, StringTing - who open the show - to create a unique, compelling DNA level musical experience.

To win tickets to attend The Steve Williamson Experience & StringTing Tour at CBSO Centre on Birmingham on Saturday 18th May at 8pm simply answer this question: Which instrument does Steve Williamson play? a) Double bass b) Saxophone c) Piano E-mail your answer to: marketing@thsh.co.uk A winner will be selected at random on Friday 3rd May and notified by e-mail. *Terms and conditions apply. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Data collected will only be used for the purposes of notifying entrants and will not be stored for future use.

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The mission for the Birmingham Film Festival is to create one of the largest international film festivals in the world helping put Birmingham on the international map and attract major names from the world of film making to make this a world class event. Features, shorts, documentaries, music video and screenplay all welcome in this international celebration of film craft. A platform

for new films to help them reach an audience and progress careers to the next level. Kevin McDonaugh, founder of Birmingham Film Festival commented, “Over the last four years, we have seen the festival expand beyond what we imagined and that’s down to the enthusiasm, talent and support of all the filmmakers who have been involved as well as the local creative community who have supported us.” ​The festival invites talented and independent film makers from all over the globe to participate. Three passes will be given to filmmakers if their film is screened. For more info visit: birminghamfilmfestival.co.uk

Former local student makes her screen debut Former Queen Alexandra College performing arts student Poppy Barrett has appeared in the final episode of BBC period drama ‘Call the Midwife’ which aired on Sunday evening (3 March 2019). Poppy, who studied BTEC Performing Arts at the specialist college between 2014 and 2017, starred as Jane, the girlfriend of Reggie, during the final scenes beneath the mirror ball at Shelagh’s charity dance as series eight came to an emotional end. Queen Alexandra College is a national specialist residential college and charity for people with disabilities based in Harborne. The College provides education, training and routes to independent living and employment. Principal and Chief Executive Bev Jessop commented, “We are delighted for Poppy on her amazing achievement. We all eagerly tuned into the episode and we weren’t disappointed. Poppy has a bright future ahead and we wish her continued success, we are very proud!”

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If so, you’re not alone, as one in six people are affected by hearing loss in the UK – that’s some 11 million people*. As well as looking after your eye care needs, Specsavers in Harborne also offers hearing advice and care, with the same commitment to providing the very best professional and affordable service for their customers. Audiology director, Sandeep Khatkar, says: ‘Hearing loss is often a very gradual process and can happen over several years, so people often don’t realise their hearing is getting worse. ‘And while most people know that it’s important to get their eyes examined regularly as part of a full health check, fewer people realise the importance of a simple hearing check.’ Free hearing checks and tests If you’re worried about hearing loss Specsavers Harborne can help. Sandeep or a member of her team can carry out a free, three-minute hearing check as a quick and easy way to find out if you have a hearing problem. If they think you would benefit from a full hearing test, which is noninvasive, that’s free too. If those results suggest a need for hearing aids, Sandeep can help you decide on a model that’s right for you and your needs. The store offers a range of hearing aids as well as free aftercare for as long as you need it. Specsavers recommends that everyone over the age of 55 should have a hearing test every two years. To find out more, or to book a hearing check visit Specsavers at 136 High Street, Harborne

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6 Life Stories Julia Donaldson talks Zog


Mary Cottrell Blue Plaque unveiled

Earlier this year at Stirchley Baths members of the local community, history groups, the Co-operative Society, local Labour and Co-operative councillors Mary Locke and Karen McCarthy, and Mary Cottrell’s granddaughter, Kathleen Hardy joined together, to unveil a Blue Plaque to Mary Cottrell.

Best known for her popular rhyming stories for children, especially those illustrated by Axel Scheffler, Julia Donaldson is the multi awardwinning author of some of the world’s best loved children’s books, most notably the modern classic The Gruffalo which has sold over 13 million copies worldwide. Many of Julia’s books have made the journey from page to stage, and now Zog will join them in a new adaptation from Freckle Productions, the team behind Stick Man, Tiddler and other Terrific Tales and Tabby McTat. You’ve written almost 200 books – where do you get your ideas?

“It varies, but I always develop the storyline fully in my head before I start writing. I think you read some books and you can tell that people have just made it up as they go along – but I always think, you wouldn’t start telling a joke if you didn’t know what the punchline was.”

Are you excited to see Zog adapted for the stage?

“I’m tremendously excited that Zog will be taking flight around the UK in this first ever stage production. Going to the theatre can be a truly magical experience, I know it will be such a thrill to see the world of Zog being brought to life on stage.” Where did the idea for Zog the dragon come from?

“Well that one was quite unusual, in that the initial idea didn’t come from me. My editor said to me ‘it would be lovely to have a story about a dragon’, so I started thinking about it and the name

‘Madam Dragon’ came into my head, which I thought had a nice sound. My husband Malcolm, who is a doctor, also had some input here. Because when I was planning the story, I knew that Zog would keep meeting the Princess, and originally, I was going to have them play together and toast marshmallows. And Malcolm said that’s a bit soppy, couldn’t it be something with a bit more oomph? And then I came up with the doctor angle.” Animals feature very strongly in many of your books – why is that?

“It’s often used as a convention – like in Aesop’s Fables, where the animals aren’t really animals, they represent a quality or a characteristic.” Your books always have a happy ending, which is very comforting, do you think it’s important to give that to your readers?

“I often think about the role of storytelling for young people. In life, not everything does have a happy ending – but I think storytelling is probably

very important because to grow up with stories helps you have aspirations, even if life doesn’t turn out like that.” A lot of your stories are written in verse, what do you feel that adds?

“Well obviously if it’s done well, it makes a story very memorable - and people have loved rhyme since time immemorial. I love writing in verse because I wrote songs for so long.”

Mary Cottrell was the first woman elected to the Boards of the Ten Acres and Stirchley Co-operative Society in 1909 and to the Wholesale Co-operative Society in 1922. She was the first woman Labour and Cooperative Party councillor elected to Birmingham City Council in 1917 and was a member of the Civic Society’s founding committee. The plaque is installed on the site of the original TASCOS bakery on the Pershore Road, now DJF Bathrooms and Kitchens.

What do you feel a visit to the theatre gives young children?

“Well I remember going to see The Nutcracker when I was a child and I found the whole thing completely magical. I can still remember how I felt when the curtain went up. I suppose in a way it’s the same thing that a book gives you, in that while you’re reading or watching, you believe in a different reality. And if it’s a good show, parents love to see that their children, even very young ones, can just be transfixed by it.” Zog plays at Town Hall Birmingham: Friday 19 April - Monday 22 April www.thsh.co.uk

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8 Life Stories Recycling Centres Summer Opening Times Household recycling centres (HRCs) across Birmingham will extend their opening hours during British summer time. From 1 April 2019 to 31 October 2019 the city’s HRCs will be open for longer, enabling Birmingham citizens to recycle garden waste, plastics, paper, cardboard, textiles, batteries, cooking oil, coffee cups and much more. The HRCs open at the following times: • Tyseley Mon-Fri 8am-8pm Sat & Sun 8am-6pm (no vans after 4pm) • Perry Barr Mon-Fri 8am8pm Sat & Sun 8am-6pm (no vans after 4pm) • Kings Norton Mon-Fri 8am8pm Sat & Sun 8am-6pm (no vans after 4pm)

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Buglife’s Urban Buzz project held a celebration to mark the extraordinary targets smashed This ambitious project aimed to create pollinator friendly space within the urban environment across 12 cities or towns including Birmingham. The project set out some ambitious aims all of which have been comfortably exceeded over the duration of Buglife’s biggest ever project.

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The celebration held in Leicester a central location for the project included the announcement for the best Buzzing Hotspots created by partners and community groups as part of the Urban Buzz. The awards for Birmingham went to: Winner: Queen Elizabeth Hospital Awarded to the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham TCV and Birmingham Grow Your Own. Runner up: Kings Norton Park Awarded to Birmingham City Council & The Friends of Kings Norton Park. The Urban Buzz project began in Birmingham a little over a year ago with the bold task of creating 100


buzzing hotpots across the UK’s second city. The project was put into place to address the huge pollinator habitat decline over the last 60-70 years, with much of the pollinators foraging and nesting sites cleared for intense farming and housing. Help Buglife save the planet

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EHS Appoints New Headmistress Edgbaston High School for Girls is delighted to announce the appointment of Mrs Clare Macro to the position of Headmistress from September 2019, succeeding Dr Ruth Weeks in the 2019-2020 academic year to become the 11th head teacher at Birmingham’s oldest independent school for girls.

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With over eight years’ experience as Deputy Head at Tudor Hall, an all-girls independent school near Banbury, Mrs Macro joins EHS with a wealth of relevant and impressive experience in an independent school setting. Her leadership skills and years of experience of inspiring pupils in a single sex environment will be invaluable as she takes up her position at EHS. After taking a degree in Theology at Exeter College Oxford, Mrs Macro taught at Peterborough and St Margaret’s School, Bedford Modern School and Headington School, Oxford before being appointed Senior Deputy Head at Tudor Hall School. Her enthusiasm for education extends into her professional development in her position as Governor of Queensway Primary School, Banbury and Maidwell Hall School where she has responsibility for safeguarding.

Jeremy Payne, Chairman of the Governors of Edgbaston High School, said, “This is a very exciting appointment for Edgbaston High School. Mrs Macro will build upon the exceptional results Dr Weeks has achieved in meeting the school’s aim of providing a truly excellent, high quality, holistic education for all pupils. She brings with her a wealth of energy and enthusiasm, and her track record of success at Tudor Hall speaks for itself.” On her appointment, Mrs Macro said, “It is a great privilege to be appointed Headmistress of Edgbaston High School and I look forward to becoming a part of this very special community.”

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Second Class Citizen Stigma

“It was an absolute delight to meet your students. I was so impressed by the seriousness with which they took the library visit, their politeness, attitude, and their fascinating and perceptive questions. Really kept me on my toes!’’

It is the beautiful Birmingham village founded by a famous chocolatemaker who had a heart of gold. Now residents of Bournville, built by philanthropist George Cadbury, are opening up about their lives in a bid to tackle the stigma associated with living in social housing. Tenants including a working mother-of-four, a former pub landlord and a Scout leader are all sharing their stories in a bid to dispel the negative portrayals of social housing tenants. Their stories, along with those of other tenants in Birmingham and Telford, will be published on the website and Facebook page of housing association Bournville Village Trust, which is backing a national campaign called ‘Benefit to Society See the Person’.

The kind words above are those shared by published author, Joanna Toye. It was an amazing experience for the boys that went to Thimblemill library for afternoon tea with Joanna, on Thursday 28th February. She truly inspired the boys by sharing her childhood experiences, her love of reading at a young age, and her development and persistence with writing stories. She also explained her journey from writing for Archers, EastEnders and Crossroads, to becoming a published author. The boys were provided with inspirational tips, such as: how to use ‘hooks’ to keep the reader engaged; the importance of reading over work, to improve their drafting; and meeting deadlines. The boys impressed Joanna with their thoughtful questions. They helped make the event lively and memorable for everyone that attended. The members of the local community were also very impressed with the positive attitude of the boys. This is just one of the exciting events that Lordswood Boys’ School have participated in, to encourage the development of literacy.

The campaign was launched to challenge how people think about social housing tenants, including misrepresentations like being associated with exploiting the benefit system and living in rundown estates. It also follows a speech made by Prime Minister Theresa May late last year in which she said too many people look down on social housing and it does not house “second-class citizens”. Jessica Allan, Community Development Manager at Bournville Village Trust, said, “According to the ‘Benefit to Society - See the Person’ campaign, nine out of 10 social housing tenants feel they are portrayed negatively by the media and our Prime Minister also recognises there is a stigma to living in social housing. “Bournville in particular and its residents defy so many of the stereotypes levered against social housing estates and tenants that we wanted to share them and tackle some of the myths.

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The ‘Benefit to Society - See the Person’ campaign has brought together 26 housing organisations across the country and is commissioning an academic research programme into the problem of stereotyping social housing tenants. Bournville Village Trust was founded by chocolate maker and philanthropist George Cadbury in 1900 and is a housing association and registered charity. Its vision is to create and sustain flourishing communities where people choose to live, and it provides services to 8,000 homes of mixed tenure and 25,000 people.

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The refund scheme came about because it was discovered that a profit had been made from the registration fees charged during the period 2013 to 2017. Legally, the fees were supposed to simply cover the cost of the service. We notified all our affected clients that a refund was due to them, but we cannot claim it for them. Unsurprisingly, we received a few phone calls to check whether it as a scam. Nobody expects to receive money back from the government after all. The amount of the refund varies between £34 and £45 per document. In the case of a couple who did both financial and Health LPAs that is a minimum refund of £136 . The deadline for claiming is 1st February 2021 but why not do it today? Simply log on to Gov.uk and follow the instructions. The refund will be paid into your bank account. If the donor of the power of attorney has since died their executors can claim a refund. This has to be done by post and the details are on the same website. If you haven’t yet made a power of attorney then please consider doing so before it is too late. The best time to make one is when you are fit and well. Think of it as insurance for the future when you may become either physically or mentally incapacitated. The procedure is straightforward but the benefits of having one cannot be overstated.

All funeral services are unique and can be anything from quick and simple, to more lengthy and complex occasions, depending upon the content that feels right for each individual. However, before you start to plan the elements you want included in any funeral you are organising, you need to be aware that there will be time constraints, especially if you are planning to hold the service at your local crematorium. All crematoria have preset ‘time slots’ allocated for each service and these can range from as little as thirty minutes, to, more unusually, one hour. You also need to bear in mind that the time allocated needs to accommodate mourners entering and leaving the service venue, as well as the service itself. That’s why I recently campaigned enthusiastically for Lodge Hill Crematorium to extend its usual time slot from thirty minutes (feeling personally that half an hour is simply not enough time to say a proper farewell to a loved one) and I’m pleased to say the campaigning paid off and Lodge Hill now offer forty five minutes as their standard time slot! Depending upon how committed the particular crematorium is, it is usually possible for your Funeral Director to negotiate additional time for a particular service, but be aware that the crematorium will charge additional fees for the extra time. Instances of lengthier funeral times may also mean a delay to the funeral itself, as the crematorium may be not be able to offer consecutive time slots in the shorter term. So, in considering the elements you want to include in a funeral service, you may want to seek guidance from your Funeral Director to ensure that the service content can be comfortably contained within the allocated time.

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Growing numbers of homeowners are building upwards, downwards and outwards to create more space because they may not be able to afford to move to a bigger property. From a lack of property supply to high house prices, Stamp Duty costs coupled with uncertainty around Brexit, it is no surprise that many homeowners are choosing to improve their existing property rather than move. Home projects are considered a good investment as value can be added to the property through the improvements that the capital is used for, but of course, they come at a cost. Getting your finances in order, whether sorting out your savings or obtaining advice on how to fund the long-wished for changes, is the first and most important consideration when it comes to preparing your project. Choosing the right way to fund your project could save you money. Low mortgage and personal loan rates mean there are plenty of options when it comes to funding your home improvements. You’ll need expert advice on the options available to you to fund your project, be it a porch or a two-storey extension that doubles the size of your home. Should you remortgage, ask to borrow more from your existing lender or take out a personal loan? With over 50 years of combined expertise, the team at SJ Financial Solutions will provide you with independent advice, speak to you in plain English, and look at the best option to suit your circumstances. As independent mortgage advisors, we can search the whole of the market, including specialist lenders, to compare the options available and support you through the entire process. SJ Financial Solutions t: 0121 448 0161 www.sjfinancialsolutions.co.uk

Family Run Business Celebrates 4 Years The Gem Box are now in their fourth year (34th in total) in the beloved neighbourhood of Harborne. “We have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know local people, seeing regular faces and offering our services of a ‘Family Run Manufacturing Jewellers’ to those who support their High Street,” said owner Pauline Rodgers. Paul, our Jeweller has often been inundated with the volume of people using our repair services which include, ring sizing, rhodium plating, lost stone replacements, engraving, re-stringing, re-modelling, watch and clock repairs and servicing, to name just a few. One particular service The Gem Box offer has been welcomed and proven to be successful is their ‘Bespoke Jewellery Service’ offering a warm, friendly and consultative approach to their customers needs and design process. Pauline added, “The feedback from customers since opening in Harborne has been incredible, we hope to continue building long term relationships with the residents of Harborne and neighbouring areas as we have done in Hall Green over the last 34 years.”

Paul Farquharson, Pauline Rogers and Margot Stark From replicating existing family heirlooms using the latest technology, to CAD designing customers own ideas, viewing tangible wax model of that design, to hand picking your own certificated diamonds or gemstones - this bespoke service is guaranteed to put a smile on the customers face. ‘A prestige service without the prestige price tag as jewellery making is what we do daily.’ The Gem Box. 196 High Street, Harborne B17 9PP (next to Waitrose)




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14 Business Life Auto enrolment contributions are increasing There’s a payroll chore this month if you have an auto enrolment pension scheme. And, more significantly, a higher ongoing cost burden for employing people.


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From 6 April 2019, the minimum percentage of salary that you must contribute to eligible employees’ auto enrolment pensions is increasing from 2% to 3%. The overall contributions rise to 8% of salary each month. So, for staff, their minimum contributions are rising from 3% to up to 5%, depending on the amount you decide to put in. As the employer it is your responsibility to ensure that these increases are implemented. You’ll need to assess which employees are affected, make the necessary adjustments to your payroll and communicate the changes to your staff. The Pensions Regulator does have the power to issue fines for non-compliance with April’s rises. We’d also advise reviewing your budgets to ensure they can account for the extra cost. Please note that, depending on your pension scheme rules, there may be a provision for your employees to avoid their contribution rises. It is known as opting down. You can refuse an opt down request, but if you permit it, your employee would have to go through the auto enrolment process again as required. It’s important to flag that you are not allowed to actively promote opting down as it goes against the intention of the legislation and can have knock-on effects that disadvantage your staff. Therefore, we only mention this, so you are informed, in case your staff raise it with you. e: Omar.Rashid@hrdept.co.uk w: www.hrdept.co.uk

Business Grants – are they a helping hand?

The Midland Metro Alliance has been shortlisted in categories celebrating collaboration, innovation and people development by the judging panel of the 2019 West Midlands Celebrating Construction Awards. The awards, promoted by the Chartered Institute of Building West Midlands and Constructing Excellence Midlands, recognise the excellence of local organisations in working in the built environment sector. The Midland Metro Alliance has been recognised in three separate categories: Innovation – for the development, with supply chain partner ACO, of a new style of drainage box during a maintenance project which has since been made available for use on light rail projects across the globe. Integration and Collaborative Working – recognising the organisation as an excellent example of alliancing and collaboration. People Development – for the alliance’s ongoing work in upskilling local people and offering career advice and guidance to the region’s young people.

Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Midland Metro Alliance, said, “We’re delighted to discover that we’ve been shortlisted in three categories at the annual awards. These awards are judged by our peers in the region, so this makes the nominations even more important to us.”

Earlier in the month, the Midland Metro Alliance was listed for the second year running, by the New Civil Engineer, as one of the top 100 companies in the civil engineering industry. The Awards will be taking place on Tuesday 12 April at the ICC, Broad Street, Birmingham.


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16 City Life


Big banks contribute to skill gaps Lloyds Banking Group and HSBC are working with the WMCA to transfer their unspent levy to help SMEs across the region fund apprenticeship training. Currently, firms with a wage bill over £3m pay the levy automatically to HMRC – and small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) can apply for funding from this pot to pay up to 90% of the costs to train their apprentices. However, even with 90% of the training costs covered by Government funding, SMEs may still face training fees of around £2,700 per apprentice, which can make it prohibitively expensive.

Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street (left) with Kathyrn Marshall from Lloyds Banking Group and Iain Heath from HSBC

The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is set to kick-start a revolution in apprenticeships in the region, after two of the UK’s biggest banks agreed to become the first big businesses to contribute their Apprenticeship Levy funding to a new regional pot. Small to medium-sized businesses (SMEs) in the West Midlands can now apply to receive funding for apprenticeship training through the WMCA.

Major milestone reached as canal tunnel reopens on schedule Works to bring the second phase of the Birmingham Westside extension closer to completion have reached a major milestone with the reopening of Broad Street Canal Tunnel.

The Midland Metro Alliance has completed essential strengthening works to the canal bridge in just 12 weeks, two days earlier than planned, and the tunnel will be reopened to canal and towpath traffic on Thursday 14 March 2019. As part of an innovative strengthening solution, steelwork was fitted into the existing brickwork of the late 18th Century structure. The system was installed from the underside of the bridge, resulting in less noise and impact on the highway above. Alejandro Moreno, Director of the Midland Metro Alliance, added, “We are extremely pleased that the area will

be reopened to canal and towpath traffic on schedule and on budget. This is a significant step forward allowing us to forge ahead with this exciting project that will ultimately see West Midland Metro services extended from Grand Central to the new terminus at 54 Hagley Road. We thank residents, businesses and the community who use the canal for their patience during these works.” The Birmingham Westside extension follows the Metro extension from St. Chads to Grand Central, which opened for passenger service in May 2016. Once completed, the Metro will operate between Grand Central and Hagley Road in Edgbaston, improving transport links in the heart of Birmingham, making journeys faster and more accessible, in turn helping businesses and supporting more jobs. Five new tram stops will connect passengers to Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Brindleyplace, Five Ways and Hagley Road, with links to popular attractions such as the International Convention Centre, the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery and Symphony Hall, allowing more people to use the Metro in this area for day-to-day travel, reducing road congestion in the city centre, as well as improving sustainable transport options along Broad Street and beyond. The first phase of the works to Centenary Square is anticipated to open for passenger service in late 2019. The second phase of the route is planned to open for passenger service in late 2021 in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

In July 2018, the West Midlands agreed a unique Skills Deal with government, enabling the region to work with businesses and transfer levy funds locally. WMCA has agreed to use the cash to fund 100% of apprenticeship training costs for SMEs. The contributions from Lloyds and HSBC will now be added to the fund and allocated to SMEs who wish to train apprentices. Michelle Blayney, chief culture and talent officer for Lloyds Banking Group, said, “We are delighted to be working with the WMCA on this important initiative to help more businesses engage with apprenticeships and address skills gaps in key sectors of the economy. “At Lloyds Banking Group we know first-hand the benefits of apprenticeships. They are a core element of our strategy of Helping Britain Prosper and bring tangible

business benefits, including increased productivity and performance; enhanced engagement and loyalty; and creating a more diverse workforce. Since 2012, we’ve supported more than 7,000 colleagues on 34 different Apprenticeship Programmes at Levels 2 to 7. “Through our partnership with the WMCA we will transfer some of our unspent levy funds to help smaller businesses benefit directly from the same experience. “Access to fully-subsidised apprenticeship training will mean that SMEs can recruit and train more apprentices to help their business prosper and grow. Our investment will open up new apprenticeship opportunities for people across the West Midlands, enabling them to develop the knowledge, skills and behaviours needed to succeed in their careers.” Iain Heath, Head of Emerging Talent UK, at HSBC said, “As a business that’s based in the West Midlands, we’re excited to be involved in this initiative. It brings together our desire to develop future skills and talent with an awareness that SMEs can provide exceptional opportunities for apprentices, often within their local area. As the first major high street bank to introduce an apprenticeship programme we have seen first-hand the positive impact on the participants and our business. We really want to widen access to the same sort of opportunities.

“We are working hard to utilise our Apprenticeship Levy internally and have already seen a very diverse set of colleagues benefit. The chance to use some of the unspent portion of our funds in this way goes hand-in-hand with this activity. The WMCA have shown creativity and vision to develop this ground-breaking opportunity and we hope that it inspires similar activity in other regions. Apprenticeships can change lives and now more talented West Midlands people will get the chances they deserve.” Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, said, “The West Midlands is already the best place outside London for digital, construction, automotive and manufacturing skills. We want to help more SMEs to invest in training to boost growth and productivity. “With access to levy funds, we can provide full funding for SMEs to train apprentices. I’m absolutely delighted that Lloyds and HSBC have become first levy-paying firms to sign up to our transfer fund and welcome their commitment to fund new apprenticeship starts at SMEs across the West Midlands.” Businesses wishing to register their interest in the West Midlands Apprentice Levy Fund can sign up for more information at: www.wmca.org.uk/apprenticeship-levy

People considering starting an apprenticeship can find out more at: www.apprenticeships.gov.uk

Support package announced for businesses

A support package was announced today to help businesses directly affected by the construction of new routes for the West Midlands Metro tram network. The new initiative, which will include financial assistance, has been approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), which owns and operates the network. With the network set to triple in size over the next few years, the scheme is designed to support businesses during periods of unavoidable disruption. The support package has been drawn up by Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the WMCA, and the Midlands Metro Alliance (MMA) which is building five extensions on behalf of the authority. Laura Shoaf, managing director of TfWM, said, “We already work closely with the MMA and local highways authorities to minimise disruption as far as possible. But it is inevitable that intensive construction works of this nature will have an impact for some businesses alongside the route. That’s why we want to work with them to minimise that impact. While there is no obligation on the WMCA to implement a business support scheme we believe it is only right to offer a level of financial assistance to those smaller businesses who may

experience a drop in trade as a result of the works. “In the longer term, of course, there will be a huge benefit for those businesses with the Metro going right into the heart of their communities, boosting the local economy and making it quicker and easier for people to get to there.” The initiative will be specifically targeted towards businesses who have frontages directly affected by construction along the new routes. There will be three levels of assistance for small businesses which have been trading for more than 12 months. Qualifying businesses will receive a proportion of demonstrated losses subject to the submission of properly documented accounts to the independent scheme administrator. In addition, TfWM and the MMA will work alongside identified local trader groups to support them with a series of ‘open for business’ campaigns to assist in maintaining footfall levels during the height of the construction programme. Full details of the scheme are available at www. metroalliance.co.uk/businesssupport but the package allows for support of up to 70 per cent of lost profits. The financial assistance will be assessed and administered by an independent body.








































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Stamp Duty is strangling purchases

Where to purchase art

Affordable choice. Naturally.

Time to get into the garden

with Much is made of the impact of political uncertainty on the BOBBY SINGH MBA FCCA property market. However, one aspect of current policy Love Your Postcode is holding the market back more than any speculation in the media. Stamp duty stands at a crushing 10% for properties valued at over £1 million. Buyers are being forced to spend another £100,000 of tax, on top of the huge amounts of tax they are already paying on their income, when buying one of these luxury homes. That rate increases to 12% at over £1.5 million. This staggeringly unfair tax is putting buyers off when they are considering investing in one of these properties. The effects of their consequent reticence are rippling through the rest of the property market. Families who are looking to move into £500,000 homes are being faced with an extra £25,000 stamp duty bill. Homeowners aren’t upsizing, homes aren’t selling, and some estate agents are struggling financially. The Chancellor’s Spring Statement on 13th March offered the perfect opportunity for the government to do something that would offer some real support to our industry and reduce stamp duty rates. Disappointingly, nothing was done about this exorbitant tax which continues to act as a deterrent against the purchase of large properties. We are calling for an immediate and substantial reduction in stamp duty across all tiers, so that the property market can progress and estate agents across the UK can stay open and continue to serve their communities for many years to come.

with Want to have some artwork in your home but don’t know JAANIKA OKK where to start? Well, first Okk Arts thing you need to establish is the budget. Do you want a splash of colour to decorate a dull wall in a kitchen which you can change often, or you want a statement piece for the living room, which you can pass to your children as it’s also an investment? Your budget will dictate where you can buy these artworks.

with HEM Life are delighted to introduce DARREN BRODIE Darren Brodie, Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets showroom manager, Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets to our panel of columnists. Our showroom in Smethwick has just celebrated it’s 2-year anniversary. Over that time, we have been delighted to receive a diverse array of customers that have walked away happy in the knowledge they are buying a quality product at an affordable price. Whatever your needs, the flexibility of our range allows you to design your solid wood kitchen around the way that you live. Our partnership with Farrow & Ball means that your kitchen can be finished in a shade of your choosing – with such a diverse colour library, we’re able to cater to any style requirements you may have. We build our kitchens in the UK using sustainable European oak and the latest manufacturing techniques - cutting down the time it takes for us to deliver to your door. Working with established brands ensures our oak kitchens not only look great, but work well too. When purchased in conjunction with a cabinet, every drawer and door in our range is provided with Blum BLUMOTION™ soft-close mechanisms that give your kitchen storage a silent and effortless feel. Myself and Kerry are on hand six days a week via email, telephone, live chat or in-store. No matter what stage you are at in the kitchen design process, we will make the purchase of your new solid oak kitchen stress-free and enjoyable. Visit us and take advantage of our free design service to start planning your dream kitchen today.

with Spring has finally arrived, and gardens are ADRIAN BADHAM starting to come alive, Ashcroft Gardening Services so start checking that all your plants are still alive by looking for life, buds and shoots. We may have had a cold winter, but I have noticed that the weeds are certainly coming through quickly, get digging or hoeing to remove any weeds before the warm weather arrives and the weeds take over your garden. The first cut of the grass is not always the best however, the grass will perk up and be fine as we head into the warmer, drier weather. Remember to check lawn mowers are OK to use, make sure electric mowers have not got wet or damp, cables are intact and have not been damaged by any rodents or wear and tear. Petrol mowers need to have oil, air filter and spark plugs changed, if you cannot do it yourself find a reputable company who service small engines to do it for you. April - Start feeding you lawn and plants. This month is good to get in the garden, and if you have a pressure washer clean down all paths and walls removing any dirt or moss. Once the soil does warm up it’s a good and cheap way to get more plants and colour in your garden by sowing seed directly into soil. Buy seeds like Poppy’s, Sweet Peas and any other seed that can be sown directly into the ground, prices are around £2.50 a packet and can give you colour for the coming year. Also think about applying a mulch to your soil to give the plants a lift. I like to use a care compost which can be placed around the bottom of the plant, for efficacious plants e.g. Azaleas, Rhododendron then use Ericaceous compost.

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Here are some tips: 1. Galleries. Gallerists will help you with advice and suggestions which would match your personal preference and budget. 2. Online galleries. The beauty of online galleries is that you can browse them from the comfort of your own home. The downside is that there is so much to choose from. 3. Directly from artists. This would almost be the ideal purchase, because you can purchase art cheaper compared to buying via galleries who add the commission on top of the artist price. 4. Furniture shops. This option is usually frowned upon. However, if you are buying coloured cushions and looking something to compliment your choice, then good chance is that you can find an artwork just next to them. You need to ask yourself: is art an important part of who you are or you just need something instead of wallpaper to cover the walls? If it is the former, then your options are the first three. But if you incline to be the latter, then the fourth option will suit just as well. Jaanika Okk t: 0121 572 6935 www.okk-arts.com

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Birmingham’s Hidden Gems Positively reeking of Rock and Roll, staffed by a bunch of musicians only too eager to talk music, its highlight is a display of around 1,000 guitars hanging on one wall. Mind-boggling. The boss is Garry Chapman, in a previous life the guitarist with famous Birmingham rock band Cryer. Tucked away just off Constitution Hill is Birmingham’s finest rehearsal rooms and venues, Madhouse, The Asylum and Uprawr. Under the guidance of another fine rock musician, former Shy bass guitarist Roy Davis and his family. The Madhouse Bar is a brilliant place to while away a couple of hours, with the sound of rehearsing bands coming at you from all directions. It comes as no surprise to hear the influence of Black Sabbath in many of them. The third place of delight for visitors is somewhat less Rock and Roll, though it does have music as an important ingredient. Deep in Edgbaston is the amazing 18-acre Botanical Gardens where not much has changed since it’s opening in 1832. There’s an aviary, a tropical house, four spectacular glasshouses, a butterfly house as well as a whole host of birds wandering free, but most impressive of all are the sweeping, impeccably maintained grass banks. At the heart of this idyllic, inner city marvel, there is, wonder of wonders, a fully functioning bandstand which is put

to its proper use every Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday throughout summer. This year’s programme launches with The West Midlands Concert Band on April 7th. The band is drawn from 50 musicians who rehearse every week in St Bartholomew’s Church Hall in Penn, Wolverhampton, and have been participants in the National Concert Band Festival where they have been amongst the medals. The Lee Jones Trio [April 14th] are veterans of three well-regarded albums and are a leading jazz rock combo based in Ludlow, Shropshire. Lee’s CV includes working with American star guitarist Larry Coryell as well as with leading Brits Martin Taylor and Dennis Rollins. Musicians who have worked with Steve Gibbons, Ruby Turner, Elkie Brooks, Magnum, Whitesnake, The Q Tips, Roy Wood and Climax Blues Band come together playing rhythm and blues, soul and funk as Black Rabbit [April 21st]. The 58s Blues Band [April 22nd] deliver the classic hard-edged Chicago Blues filtered through the 1960s British Blues Boom. This is the music of Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Rory Gallagher. Shooting The Moon [April 28th] are from Sutton and their mission in life is to entertain until they drop. Covers of 1980s hits are their shtick. There’s no better band around

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University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness, Bristol Road, Edgbaston, B15 2TT Car parking and secure bike store Sessions on weekday mornings

Lola Lamour performing at the Gardens

performing the blues of the 1930s/1940s Mississippi juke joints than the tremendous Kings Heath band The Whiskey Brothers [May 6th]. Their first album on Big Bear Records was Bottle Up & Go which generated such major reviews as “A beautifully-performed throwback to times when news could take days, not minutes” [Rhythm & Booze], “A delectable serving of the blues… every track is delivered with respect and genuine feeling” [Just Jazz] and “Everything they play and sing conforms to what people with a liking for down home music require” [The Jazz Rag].

The Whiskey Brothers

That’s an extremely varied and interesting programme on the famous bandstand, all we need now is some decent weather. Jim Simpson

Discover Active Club

Active Club, a University of Birmingham Sport & Fitness programme specifically designed for adults, is a chance to regain fitness or discover a new way to keep fit in relaxed, social sessions. From Walking Netball to Swimming, there are activities for all. If you’re already active and want to try a different sport, or haven’t had the opportunity to exercise recently, why not come along to one of the sessions to see which one is right for you? Your first session is free; and after that it’s only £4 per activity. Rob, a regular Active Club member (pictured), says he joined because, since retiring, he had been looking for new physical, mental, and social activities to do during the day - and Active Club ticked all the boxes! “Active Club is fun, sociable and challenging in exactly the right way! I’ve really gained from pushing myself outside my comfort zone, and I’ve really enjoyed the completely new challenge of Walking Netball with our excellent coach Fiona! If anyone was unsure about starting something new at Active Club, I’d say ‘Give it a go – you’ve got nothing to lose!” The sessions are run by friendly and knowledgeable professionals, who are on hand to provide individually-focussed help and advice. So even if you’ve never tried any of the activities before, Active Club is a welcoming and inclusive environment that ensures your goals are achieved safely and enjoyably. In addition, it provides a great opportunity to meet like-minded people, and as 10% off Costa (the on-site coffee shop)

is included in your booking, it’s an informal, relaxed environment in which to build your social networks. Taking place at quieter times so there is more space to get involved in a laid-back setting, Active Club is perfect if you’re looking to get back into exercise, whatever your ability. The activities run between 10am and 12pm Monday-Friday, and because you can pick and choose which you do, it is really flexible. Getting there is easy too - there’s a car park next to the building, and it’s close to local bus routes. So, whether you’re looking to discover a new sport, develop your fitness, or just enjoy a coffee with other members, it’s easy to get involved: check out the range of activities on our website, and when you’ve chosen your session, simply visit our reception team at Sport & Fitness on the day to book e: classes@sportandfitness.bham.ac.uk

22 Life Style Health


Protect your eyes with MATT ROSE Brittain Opticians

with JANET EASTWOOD Janet Eastwood Acupuncture

with JOHN HILL Fit Brummie Bootcamp

with PHILLIP MORRIS Confidents Denture Clinic

Matt Rose Brittain Opticians 0121 427 1007

Janet Eastwood BA (Hons) LicAc MBAcC janetacupuncture@hotmail.co.uk 07707 878 549

John Hill, S.A.C Dip Diet & Nutrition 07540 368060

Phillip Morris RDT CDT RCS (England) GDC146046 0121 426 3500

Contact Lenses An alternative to wearing glasses is to wear contact lenses. Contact lenses are tiny plastic discs, which are placed on the eye and serve the same purpose as glasses, by artificially improving the eyesight of the individual. Contact lenses can help to rectify both long and short-sightedness and offer practical solutions to those that enjoy playing contact sports, or for those who prefer not to wear spectacles for aesthetic reasons. Your eyes will need to be examined and then, if appropriate, contact lenses will need to be fitted by an optometrist. They will also provide important advice and guidance on how to put lenses on your eyes and remove them and how to safely store them. Opticians can also offer guidance on the type of contact lens worn, for example different lenses vary in the duration of time for which they can safely be used. Single use contact lenses are only worn once and then must be disposed of after use. Fortnightly and monthly wear lenses are worn for the appropriate time-frame. How many hours a day can you wear contact lenses? Your optician will be able to discuss with you what is best in your individual case, but as a general point, it’s recommended that you wear your contact lenses for a maximum of 10-12 hours per day. With different payment options available this can make contact lenses one of the most cost-effective ways of getting great vision.


Hot Flushes, Night Sweats, Menopause!

Natural menopause usually occurs in women between the ages of 45 and 56. If you know when your mother had her ‘Change’ this is a good indicator for you. During the period of the climacteric, a variety of symptoms may be experienced, which cause varying amounts of distress. The most common of these are hot flushes, night sweats and vaginal dryness. But insomnia, anxiety, depression, fatigue, aches and pains, headache, palpitations, genital and urinary problems are also common. For a percentage of women, their ‘normal’ way of life and work becomes increasingly difficult. Conventional treatment is usually hormone replacement therapy (HRT), which is considered to be effective in treating the symptoms, and may be prescribed for years. Some women find HRT effective, but others experience many distressing effects. One of the strengths of acupuncture is tailoring the treatment to each unique individual, who may present with a combination of symptoms, related to their menopause. Some women are so upset by the changes that occur, they feel they are going ‘mad’, often then being prescribed antidepressants to help them through this stage of their lives. The few studies there are on acupuncture treatment suggest it can be effective in reducing symptoms of hot flushes and can also be very helpful in treating symptoms of anxiety and depression associated with the menopause. A study by Grille et al 1989 suggests that acupuncture therapy has a similar effect on hormones circulating in the blood as hormone replacement therapy.


Easter eggs for breakfast?

Why replace your dentures?

Depending on when you are reading this, Easter Sunday is still a few weeks away.

Over time your denture teeth wear away, as you chew your food. Not only do your denture teeth wear but, also your mouth is altering all the time little by little which is why some patients experience their dentures getting looser after time. In the case of complete dentures, for patients who have no natural teeth of their own it can prove more difficult to function, especially when eating and unlike partial dentures where your natural teeth stabilise a denture. If a patient is a complete denture wearer, they almost always find the lower denture the most difficult to cope with. This is usually due to the fact it is rare to get any kind of suction on a lower denture due to the amount of muscles in the floor of the mouth, and under the tongue which move the denture when swallowing and chewing. That said this should not be a reason not to replace dentures. Although the stability of dentures cannot always be improved greatly, if left over longer periods this can lead to more serious problems like a protrusive lower jaw, creases developing in the corners of the mouth which can only be improved by having new dentures but made slightly increased in height to compensate for the wear that has taken place. Patients should realise the more wear, the bigger the dentures and the more difficult it is to get used to the new dentures.

We have had Easter eggs in the shops since late December 2018. So, however, unless you really need to stock on these things (and let’s be honest, they are not running out) I personally don’t see the need of having Easter chocolate on sale this early! This was confirmed when a few days ago I saw a young teenager eating an Easter egg out of the foil wrapper at 8am in the morning on the way to school. Now each to their own and all that but, it does beg the question, would this have happened if the shops were not full of them? I doubt it. I don’t want this to seem like some pointless rant, so here is something for you to bear in mind. Junk food is EVERYWHERE and nowadays we must be so careful about our environment. It starts a very good chance that if you buy Easter eggs now, you will probably eat them before Easter. There are two reasons for this, the first reason is that you are human and that’s what we do. The second reason is that you know that the shops are not running out anytime soon so you can just go and buy some more. Remember there are loads of calories in these eggs and because they don’t fill you up, it’s easy to eat way more than you need to!



Help cut the waiting list 91 people in the West Midlands have received a kidney transplant from a stranger in the last five years thanks to someone they didn’t know donating altruistically while they are still alive.


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The figures came to mark World Kidney Day with a call for more people in the West Midlands to consider making a life-transforming donation. NHS Blood and Transplant celebrated the week of World Kidney Day by performing the 1,000th transplant under the UK Living Kidney Sharing Scheme (UKLKSS). The scheme started in April 2007 because many ‘difficult to match’ patients had friends and family who wanted to donate a kidney but weren’t a compatible match by blood group or tissue (HLA) type. If the patient enters the sharing scheme with their friend or family member, the pair may be matched with another couple in the scheme so that each recipient receives a kidney from the other’s friend or family member. This kidney exchange programme increases the number of people who can receive transplants from living kidney donors and the opportunities for patients who wait a long time for a transplant. The UKLKSS can match pairs in either two or three-way swaps or in ‘chains’ of up to 3 transplants, triggered by a non-directed altruistic kidney donor (NDAD). This is where someone volunteers to donate a kidney to someone they don’t know. Those who donate a kidney anonymously while they are alive, are ‘game changers’ in the fight to increase the

number of kidney transplants for those on the waiting list in the West Midlands each year. For suitable patients, transplantation is normally a better treatment for end stage kidney disease compared to dialysis. A transplant from a living kidney donor is the best chance of a successful transplant. Lisa Burnapp, NHS Blood and Transplant Lead Nurse for Kidney Donation said, “Non-directed altruistic donors really are the game changers in the kidney sharing scheme. Particularly for the difficult to transplant patients, they make the world of difference. Living donation has been a major success story for the UK, with 1 in 3 patients receiving a kidney transplant from a living donor. Anyone in the West Midlands who has ever considered donating to a stranger, could be one of those game changers who start the chain to enable more people to get the lifesaving transplant they so desperately need.� Around a third of all people waiting for a kidney transplant are from black and Asian communities. Organs are matched by blood group and tissue type and people from the same ethnic background are more likely to be a match. In the UK living kidney transplants have been performed since 1960. There are currently 425 people waiting for a kidney in the West Midlands and 108 people have died on the transplant waiting list waiting for a kidney in the last five years. For more information on living donation visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk/livingdonation

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Growing older has many benefits

Top tips on elusive flight upgrades

Home is where the Heart is

Who does a coach ‘work’ for?

Facial Aesthetics with

Travel with

Live well in your own home with

Travel Club Elite

Senior Home Solutions

Career & Life with Clara Wilcox The Balance Collective

Dr Emma Deacon B.D.S You become more confident, are more established and become wiser from having your own unique experiences. Despite the benefits, looking older is not a side effect many people enjoy seeing in the mirror each morning. Thankfully, today there are a lot of options to keep you looking young and fresh as the years go on. Botox and facial/dermal fillers are among the most talked about cosmetic procedures for combatting the appearance of wrinkles and other signs of aging. But what is the difference between them? How do you know which one is right for you? What is Botox? Botox, also known by its less catchy name Botulim Toxin Type A, is a protein that relaxes facial muscles that are responsible for causing lines and wrinkles. The results last for up to six months and its safety has been tested and confirmed through decades of use. It is the original and most well-known treatment for wrinkles. Botox gained popularity for being fast and affordable. What are Dermal Fillers? Dermal or facial fillers are injectables that contain hyaluronic acid, a molecule that is found naturally in skin. Instead of relaxing muscles, it increases volume in or beneath the surface of skin. Brand names such as Restylane and Juvederm are popular. Since skin loses its fullness as it ages, fillers replenish lost volume and create a more youthful appearance. What’s the Difference? Botox will relax the muscles in your face, reducing activity that causes the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Fillers plump and lift skin on the face, filling problem areas with collagen. Still confused? Book a free consultation. Tel: 07779 804 993 www.bournvilledentist.co.uk

Zoe Franklin

So, polite and courteous, you’ve smiled till your jaws ache, but what else could secure the longed-for left-turn on the plane? 1. Book a busy route, at a busy time. If economy is rather more than full, someone will be offered a move. 2. Join the frequent flyer programme and use the airline regularly. BA admits that priority is given to these customers. Often airlines sort out upgrades the day before, so keep your phone handy. 3. Travel solo – with limited seats at the front, singles usually get first dibs. 4. Don’t ask, don’t get? – a polite request at checkin, sometimes, if rarely, does the trick. A word of caution though, Virgin says it doesn’t respond favourably to such requests… 5. Avoid dodgy reasons for your requests, such as stress due to your team losing, or worse, ‘Do you know who I am?’ 6. If you have a complaint – your screen doesn’t work, you’re squashed by your ‘large’ neighbour, or some other mishap, politely & plaintively explained, could work. 7. Any contacts at the airline? – As you can imagine, airline workers welcome these conversations like a Doctor at a party. However, needs must... 8. Gather & use ‘air miles’. Many payment cards have options for points that can be used to pay for upgrades – check with your airline. 9. Offer to pay. Sometimes at check-in, special offer upgrades are available. 10. Ask your travel agent – we’ve recently has many tours to worldwide destinations, with free, or nominal charge upgrades.

Steve Michael

There’s something great about being at home.

“A corporate coach only follows the agenda of the Manager that hires them.”

It’s where we finally relax at the end of the day.

As a career and return to work to coach, irrespective of who pays the bill, my priority sits with the outcome.

We work all our lives paying off a mortgage and then struggle to enjoy the fruits because we have not planned how to live in our homes when we eventually own them. Few of us look far into the future, we need to make our homes work for us by future proofing our homes.

From the parent I am coaching to transition back into work after leave, the person desiring career development to facilitating a team workshop, my agenda is the result.

Our home is where we feel safe, our castle!

Our homes are full of memories both good and bad, but they are our memories.

Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home will have at least one fall a year, and about half of these will have more frequent falls. (NHS England). From the feedback we received in response to last months’ column, we know a lot of people are fearful of making alterations to their homes because of what people will say!

It shouldn’t be an embarrassment to have adaptions to our home or equipment to enhance our independence and safety. If anything, people should be proud that they have made the decision and commitment. There is strong evidence that home adaptations, particularly small changes, can improve outcomes and quality of life for those in later life. They are an effective and cost- effective intervention for preventing falls and injuries, particularly when combined with necessary repairs and home improvements, delivered in a timely manner, and in line with people’s personal goals.

t: 0121 4275216 www.seniorhomesolutions.co.uk

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A healthy work-life balance, a positive work attitude, self-awareness and motivation. A career to enjoy not endure. Now, I am sure that a collective – me, you and your employee- we all want the same thing. For that career to progress right where they are now. But sometimes, your organisation won’t be where they want to stay. We’ll pull apart those reasons. We will see if we can make it work. And you know what, I have; that staff member that was ready to resign has recently got a promotion. But, every so often the way to have productive, committed staff and career to enjoy is to NOT be working together anymore. So, if you want a coach who is going to bring the best out of your team and make sure they are with you because they want to be, not because they have to be, then make sure you are clear on the result that you want for ALL. e: hello@thebalancecollective.co.uk www.thebalancecollective.co.uk

Parkinson’s Last month I had the good fortune to spend the afternoon with the folks at the Sutton Coldfield branch of Parkinson’s UK, led by volunteers and carers. The weekly get togethers feature specialist exercises and speech therapy too. Let’s not forget of course, the excellent tea and biscuits and very welcoming people. Parkinson’s UK was established fifty years ago, providing advocacy and support for people and their families living with a Parkinson’s diagnosis, a progressively debilitating neurological disease. Since 1969 Parkinson’s UK has raised over £80 million for research. Within the immediate HEM Life areas, the Parkinson’s group meets at Bournville Gardens.

It matters to us

As a building company, Senior Homes Solutions has established a reputation for our awareness and sensitivity in providing home adaptations for older people living with the challenges neurological conditions pose. Steve from Senior Home Solutions has embarked on learning as much as he can to understand the needs of people facing difficult challenges to enable them to live safely and independently in and also around their home. By visiting and speaking to people living with Parkinson’s and their carers, we get to

understand what adaptations to their homes work for them, bearing in mind that there are over 100 types of Parkinson’s and each person’s experience with this debilitating disease is unique. Therefore sensitivity, patience and understanding are needed.

Free consultation.

Consultation is always free on all aspects of home adaptation to members of Parkinson’s UK, Dementia Friends and readers of HEM-Life in & around the West Midlands. A consultation with Senior Home Solutions is totally relaxed and absolutely no obligation. Call or email and we will come to you. Don’t forget the Dam-Cafe, 7th May St George’s Church, Edgbaston, B15 3DQ Let Senior Homes help you make your home a safe and comfortable place to live independently. Contact Steve on: t: 0121 427 5216 m: 07889 134 711 e: steve@seniorhomesolutions.co.uk www.seniorhomesolutions.co.uk


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Stilton Fillet Beef Galoshe This is a variation of the famous Beef Wellington recipe, but the smaller galoshe is designed for one person rather than for two people to share. Enjoy!

INGREDIENTS • • • • • •

Jonathans in the Park Authentic Victorian Country House Restaurant Tearoom by Day and Restaurant by Night Experience this classic establishment’s revival ambience and the taste of yesteryear nestled amidst the acres of natural beauty in and around Lightwoods Park.

Simply Great British Cuisine - Friday & Saturday Evenings from 7pm Our home style traditional British recipes are very closely replicated with the ambience of the original Jonathans Restaurant. We buy locally, always using high quality ingredients and produce. The inspiration for the menus come from many directions, the herbs and plants of Shakespeare’s Garden, variations on regional delicacies, seasons of the year and from chatting with our guests.

2 x 100g beef fillet steaks and 50g of mature stilton cheese Olive oil, for frying 150g mixture of fried mushrooms and chopped shallot Sprinkle of dried thyme or rosemary 250g puff pastry 1 egg beaten with a splash of cold water (egg wash)

World Class Live Music - Wednesday & Thursday Evenings

• Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Serve with Marsala Wine Gravy

Marie Crowley, Chef Jonathans in the Park

Quarter 6 mushrooms and fry with 1 table spoon of chopped onion or shallot, add 125ml of marsala wine, reduce for 2 minutes then add a quarter litre of your favourite made up gravy (gravy made from granules is acceptable too).

METHOD – Serves two people. 1. Chill the fillet steaks overnight in the fridge. 2. Finely chop the mushrooms and fry in a hot pan with a little olive oil, add the thyme, rosemary and some seasoning. When the mushrooms begin to release their juices, continue to cook over a high heat for about 10 minutes until all the excess moisture has evaporated and you are left with a mushroom paste (known as a duxelle). Remove the duxelle from the pan and leave to cool. 3. Lay the pastry on a lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle large enough to envelop one of the beef fillets. Chill in the refrigerator. 4. Then take the pastry rectangle and add half of the duxelle mixture on to the centre of the pastry with one quarter of the stilton cheese, place the seasoned fillet steak on top and then add the remaining duxelle to the top of the fillet steak and another one quarter of the stilton cheese, using a pastry brush paint the egg wash all around the edges of the pastry, wrap the pastry around the fillet and duxelle creation sealing the edges tightly 5. Chill for at least 30 minutes. 6. Meanwhile, make the marsala wine sauce. 7. When you are ready to cook the beef wellingtons, score the pastry lightly and brush with the egg wash again, then bake at 200°C/Gas 6 for 15-20 minutes until the pastry is golden brown and cooked. 8. Rest for 10 minutes before serving. 9. Meanwhile, reheat the sauce. Serve the beef wellington sliced, with the sauce as an accompaniment.

Jonathans in the Park

Lightwoods House, Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick B67 5DP Telephone: 0121 420 1888 www.jonathansinthepark.com

Irish music performed whilst enjoying authentic traditional Irish food washed down with some of the finest Guinness, finished with the BEST IRISH COFFEE EVER! (or an exciting range soft drinks if you prefer).The world famous Two Pats and a trio of the finest Irish trad players headed by flute champion Patsy Moloney.

Rooms with an ambience of the past - for up to 100 people Wedding, Birthday, Conference, Business Meeting or a Gathering of any kind

Tearoom Opening Times

Restaurant Opening Times

Monday to Friday 10am to 4pm Saturday & Sunday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12 noon to 4pm

Wednesday Irish Dining 7pm Thursday Irish Dining 7pm Friday Great British 7pm Saturday Great British 7pm Sunday 3 Course Lunch from 12 noon – 4pm

Please book in advance to ensure you are not disappointed

Jonathans in the Park

Lightwoods House, Adkins Lane, Bearwood, Smethwick B67 5DP Telephone: 0121 420 1888 www.jonathansinthepark.com FREE PARKING

*Vegan, vegetarian and allergen awareness are important factors to us, we strive to maintain a very high degree of mindfulness when dealing with these areas of concern.

26 Life Style Communities Love where you live

Communities that get together to catch up, meet new people, have fun, enjoy and make a difference to their surroundings are proud of where they live. Moseley Litterbusters is a group of volunteers Kings Heath and Cotteridge The Friends of Kings Heath Park have been helping their neighbours at Cotteridge Park. The team split a tree which will be now used for seating for everyone to enjoy. Great work by all, a really enjoyable day with lots of laughs. Tweet: @kingsheathpark, @cotteridgepark All Saints Church is running an Earth Day Celebration on the Village Square in Kings Heath on 22nd April - There’ll be activities, crafts and face-painting for children

dedicated to keep Moseley clean Involving local citizens, in partnership with the local authority and business. Everybody is welcome. Grabbers, gloves and bags provided. If you need help to organise and publicise your own litter picks in the Moseley area, contact Izzy Knowles: izzyknowles@gmail.com

The amazing people from Moseley Litter Busters who get up early on a Sunday so that they can all love where they live - by 10am you’d never know the mess left from the Saturday night.

Cycle rides for April - www.facebook.com/3CJ.cc/ Find out how to promote and support your neighbourhood community projects Visit: www.greenactionwithyou.net



The people of Longbridge took part in the Mad March Hare, a 66-mile cycle on March 24th. Starting at the Technology Park, the route took hundreds of cyclists through the lush Worcestershire countryside.


Bearwood front garden competition returns Bearwood’s front garden competition has proved so successful they’ve had to create even more prizes than ever this year. Gold, Silver, Bronze plus additional awards for four special categories, six runners-up, along with a new prize for people entering for the first time, and the Young Green Fingers Award for children under 16 are a great incentive. With sponsorship from local estate agents Oulsnams, the Community Enterprise Company We Are Bearwood and Tom Naylor,Greenfingers Gardens, they are hoping for a bumper crop of entries this year. The theme this year is ‘Diversity’ “We’d like to see loads of different planting schemes with a variety of plants to increase the diversity of insect life, more and more people are getting the message that colourful front gardens make all the difference for our environment, as well as making Bearwood brighter and more beautiful than ever” ’said Deborah Yuill, one of the organisers,

Entries close: 21 July Judging: 22 July–10 August Presentation: 18 August, 2pm at Warley Woods Pavilion For more information contact: bearwoodfrontgardens@gmail.com

Fundraising Journey A group of grateful Queen Elizabeth Hospital patients are organising four-day trips to Royal Palaces and Homes for anyone to join. The profits raised from these day trips will be donated to the QE Hospital to purchase items of equipment for the benefit of the patients and staff. The organisers are volunteers whose aim it is to demonstrate our gratitude in a practical way for the excellent service that we have received from the staff at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

If you or any of your friends would like to join any of the outings to: Kensington Palace: Saturday 25th May - £42.00 Windsor Castle: Saturday 29th June - £45.00 Tower of London: Saturday 27th July - £48.00 Buckingham Palace: Tuesday 6th August - £43.00 (Prices are per person and include transport and admission). Please contact John Sims on t: 0121 243 3958 e: 13john.sims@gmail.com

2 Years On: Paul’s Story by Angela Agnew HEM Life

With all the recent national media about men suffering in silence, not opening up, mental health issues and addiction, devastating for everyone involved and could land on anyone’s doorstep at any time. I felt I had to share with our readers and with Paul’s permission his story to highlight that there are people, places and positive outcomes when you do reach out, and we hope that this story may help someone do just that if they find themselves or a loved one in this situation. It never ceases to amaze me how many people I meet when filling up the newspaper stands every month but, one will always stick in my mind – Waitrose, Harborne, Friday, December 7, 2018. I had a tap on the shoulder from a gentleman who was shopping for his mom and himself, he complimented me on the publication by saying they both look forward to reading it. We shook hands, exchanged names then Paul Madan and I got chatting about the other projects (fundraising/voluntary work) HEM Life is involved with and all the wonderful charities that are right on our doorstep. Paul shared with me his recovery from addiction which was approaching two years and we arranged to meet up for a coffee. For anyone who has or knows of someone who suffers from addiction, this is a great achievement.

A: You look great and are doing well, where did it all go wrong? P: Over a 25-year period I have lost almost everything I had built up including property, businesses and relationships, particularly the relationships with my family, all because of an addiction disease of substance misuse which I honestly believed I was in control of. For many years I became detached from everything because I could not stop drinking and using drugs. I realised I could not go on like that much longer it was killing not just me but everyone I cared for. A: How did you know it was time to seek help? P: After several visits to my GP, I was armed with information of people and places who could help me but, I still kept trying to convince myself I could do it on my own. Finally realising and admitting to myself how serious my problems were the only way up was to seek professional help .

A: How scary was that first step to recovery? P: In the spring of 2017 I contacted Livingstone House, Birmingham and was admitted for treatment on the 13th April, a very broken man indeed. It was there that I started to get an understanding of my addictions and began to work the twelve steps of recovery. I also started a disciplined and a new approach to living again. Contact was made through Livingstone House to my immediate family and regular visits were arranged. I really wanted recovery from addiction, half my life was gone. A: When did things start to feel better? P: I completed residential treatment of six months and moved into one of their dry houses. I took on the suggestions and established myself in the twelve step meetings in Birmingham. I have since built a healthy relationship with my family members and I also have a good network of friends in recovery I’ve recently moved back to my family home in Edgbaston and have

the privilege of helping my mom. I work voluntarily at the treatment centre and I’ve started studying in the field of addiction, which is very important to me as I want to help those who still suffer. A: It’s now April 2019, how are you and how have things changed? P: I am now 53 years old and 2 years clean and sober, I’m enjoying life, learning and doing things I’ve never done before, meeting lots of great people and taking nothing for granted. I am in no doubt that without my family, friends, everyone that I have met along the way, Livingstone House, Birmingham and all those who are a part of it, I would probably be dead today and will never be able to thank them enough. I would also like to take this opportunity to reach out to anyone who feels (but still in denial) that they are in control to think not just of themselves but of their loved ones – there is no shame in asking for help – you will be amazed how many people around you have been waiting for you to take that first step!

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Vineyards on our doorstep When people talk about wine made in the UK, the focus is inevitably upon the vineyards situated across the south of England – West Sussex, Kent, Devon, Cornwall, Dorset, Hampshire and so on – counties which are often blessed with chalky soil types akin to those of their more famous French counterparts such as Chablis and Champagne. Since the planting in 1952 of the Hambledon vineyard in Hampshire, wine making in the UK has steadily grown, and there are today some 5000 acres under vine, with about 150 wineries making some five million bottles of wine each year. Let’s not get carried away though – this represents only about 0.0125% of World production. In short we are too far north, and therefore too cold to grow wine grapes on a major scale. But here, in the very heart of England, we too have vineyards, and some of them are but a short drive away from our own city. I’ve chosen five to mention. THREE CHOIRS, NEWENT, GLOUCESTERSHIRE

Close to junction 2 of the M50, and founded in 1973 when local wine retailer Alan McKechnie planted 12 acres of vines. In 1984 the estate was sold to John Oldacre, who expanded the vineyard to 75 acres. He passed away in 2001 leaving the vineyard largely in the hands of his family. In 2014 they acquired the 40acre Wickham Vineyard in Hampshire. Three Choirs was the first English vineyard to be awarded a gold medal at the prestigious Vinexpo in Bordeaux. WROXETER ROMAN VINEYARD, SHROPSHIRE

A six acre vineyard situated just off the A5 before Shrewsbury. The vines were planted in 1991 on land which is part of Glebe Farm, farmed for six generations by the same family. The estate is close to the Roman city of Uriconium (Wroxeter), hence the name of the vineyard. HALFPENNY GREEN VINEYARD, BOBBINGTON, STAFFORDSHIRE

A short drive from Stourbridge, Halfpenny Green was the vision of its founder Martin Vickers, who planted the first half an acre of vines in 1983.

Two Fabulous Plant Fairs near you... Rare Plant Fairs


This year Rare Plant Fairs celebrate their 25th season on Sunday, 19th May at Winterbourne House & Garden, Edgbaston, B15 2RT

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By 1991 a further 22 acres were added, and today with 30 acres (growing sixteen different grape varieties) it is one of the largest vineyards in the UK. Martin still runs the estate with his family. ASTLEY VINEYARD, WORCESTERSHIRE

Close to the River Severn just south of Stourporton-Severn, Astley Vineyard was founded in 1971 by the Bache family. Under Jonty Daniels, who owned the estate for 24 years, it developed a reputation for high quality white wines, and since his retirement in 2017 the five acre vineyard has been owned and run by the Haywood family. BUZZARDS VALLEY VINEYARD, STAFFORDSHIRE

Not very far from Tamworth, Buzzards Valley Vineyard was established by the planting of 8000 vines in 2001, although the family had been farming on the site since 1962. At this year’s International Wine Challenge, their “Sly Fox” red wine was awarded a bronze medal. Since 2016 gin has been made there, and the site also includes six fishing lakes. The grapes grown in the UK are largely German varieties or crosses, such as Bacchus, Seyval Blanc and Madeleine Angevine for the whites, with Rondo, Dornfelder and Regent for the reds. Champagne varieties (Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Meunier) are also now making their mark in the UK, but generally in vineyards further south than the Midlands. All of the vineyards featured are within an hour or so drive from Birmingham, and are well worth a visit. They run tours and tastings and have restaurants/ cafés, although it would be advisable to do some research and probably book in advance rather than just turn up.

All their events are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, each with its own unique character, from those with histories stretching back centuries to more modern gardens created in recent years. A day out at one of our fairs a really enjoyable and inspiring experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener. The nurseries that attend the Fairs are carefully selected to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or, all of the plants that they sell themselves. Offering the widest possible range of plants to visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants, and all the nursery owners are experts in the plants that

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Full details of events at: www.rareplantfair.co.uk

Plant Hunters’ Fairs have two great FREE to enter plant fairs coming up this April.

On Saturday 13th April the venue is Sandwell Valley Country Park, West Bromwich (B71 4BG) Saturday 20th April the host is Bodenham Arboretum, near Kidderminster (DY11 5TB). Both events will be offering the chance for garden lovers to choose from thousands of plants all lovingly grown by the specialist nurseries who are on hand to give honest, straightforward advice on choosing and growing the right plants for your garden. Both events run from 10am-4pm. Early May Bank Holiday Sunday 5th and Monday 6th May. Look no further than a visit to the wonderful Weston Park (TF11 8LE) and its Plant Hunters’ Fair. There is so

much to see and do with formal gardens and woodland walks planted with spring bulbs, bluebells, azaleas and rhododendrons. There is also a brilliant adventure playground for children. For this special event, Weston Park are offering a great value entrance price of just £3.00 for the fair, gardens and grounds. The fair runs from 10am-5pm both days. Full calendar of fairs: www.planthuntersfairs.co.uk

Spring Wine Auction

Submit your images through our website or give us a call for us to come and visit you for a free valuation.


The fair at will be open from 10:30am to 4pm. Entry costs: £7.20 for Adults; Concessions £6.20; Family tickets £22 Season tickets also available. Admission includes the House, Gardens and Plant Fair Lunches and refreshments are available.

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they grow. They are all always happy to offer all the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden.

Rob Simmonds, Biddle & Webb

The most recent wine sale took place on Thursday 7th March. With over 160 lots this was our biggest sale in over twelve months achieving a 100% sold rate and with consignments from our private vendors all exceeding their estimates. Highlights were the performance of the assorted vintage ports and the classic Bordeaux wines including Chateau Latour, Lynch-Bages, Talbot and Dow and Taylor vintage port from the 1970’s. For buyers, wine auctions afford the opportunity to buy assorted varities or to explore a particular region in depth. The broad selection of wines mean we have something for every pocket, we offer smaller sized lots for home drinking right up to pallet size offerings for the business buyer; in addition it’s one of the most efficient ways to acquire interesting bottles of older vintages. With regard to vendors our clients include large logistics companies, wine merchants and of course a growing number of private vendors looking to either completely clear or simply tidy up their cellars. As well as a full

range of wine and Champagne we also offer a wide range of spirits. Gin has been a big growth area over the last couple of years in line with general market trends, but individual bottles of whisky particularly single malts and Japanese always sell well as do Cognac and Armagnac. Our wine auction is currently held quarterly, but increasing demand may mean that the frequency increases. Currently consigning for our next sale, please contact wine@ biddleandwebb.com if you would like a valuation or to submit your wine or spirits for inclusion.

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CHOIRS AGAINST HOMELESSNESS Everyone welcome for an great evening of music St Annes Choir + The Incrowd Singers + Cantare Choir Sunday 14th April 5pm – 7.30pm (doors open 4.30pm)


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Sunday 19th May 10:30am – 4:00pm Specialist Plant Fair set in the beautiful Arts and Crafts Gardens of Winterbourne House. Buy interesting and unusual plants from our nurseries, all of whom are genuine growers offering well grown plants together with the advice you need to help them thrive in your garden. Admission includes access to the Plant Fair, House and Gardens.

Winterbourne House and Garden, Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2RT Website: www.rareplantfair.co.uk Please visit our website for full details of admission fees and times of opening.

To place your advertisement on our shop window page for as little as £35 contact Angela on 0121 439 6515

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Art, undeniably, is conducive to happiness

When I walk around the school, the enthusiasm the children have for creating Art is self-evident. The topics being covered in each classroom are apparent from the plentiful and varied pieces displayed in every available space.  From our youngest children in Transition, who have been learning about the emergency services and have built fire engines, ambulances and life boats, to our eldest, who have been studying China and have made their own Terracotta army in clay, the enjoyment the children have taken from their work is obvious.  Recently, the children celebrated World Book Day over a whole week they created potato characters from their favourite books, took ‘Shelfie Selfies’ of themselves and decorated their classroom doors with a myriad of characters from their own imaginations.  - One thing is for sure; the art projects have brought the learning in the classroom to life! By Susannah Palmer – Headmistress at Norfolk House School

Connect with Shakespeare Heritage

People across Birmingham can discover how to get involved with a major new project to unlock the city’s forgotten Shakespearean heritage – thanks to upcoming information evenings. Held at the iconic Library of Birmingham from 6pm to 8pm on Thursday 11 April and Friday 26 April, the events give potential collaborators an insight into the Everything to Everybody project being developed by the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council. The University and Council are collaborating on a £1 million plan to revive the city’s almost-forgotten Birmingham Shakespeare Memorial Library (BSML) - the first, oldest and largest Shakespeare collection in any public library in the world and one of the UK’s most important cultural assets. The project unites the Shakespeare archive with the George Dawson Collection (GDC) - a wealth of documents relating to the nonconformist preacher, lecturer and activist, who founded the Library as part of a pioneering ‘Civic Gospel’ which helped make 19th-century Birmingham the world’s most progressive modern city. Project Director Professor Ewan Fernie, from the University of Birmingham, commented, “During this exciting Development Phase, we’re keen to talk to potential project partners and would encourage people to attend one of our free information evenings. We want to reach out to Birmingham people and work together to renew George Dawson’s ambitious legacy of opening up Shakespeare and elite culture to absolutely everyone today.

Professor Ewan Fernie guides University of Birmingham Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood around items from the collection at the project launch

Dr Onyeka Nubia and the Rev Dr Paul Edmondson examine items from the collection at the project launch

activity and learn how they can help to get Birmingham’s communities involved in the project. Anyone interested in attending can book a place by e-mailing: Julia Thomason: julia@juliathomasonassociates.co.uk. More information at: https://everythingtoeverybody.bham.ac.uk/ getinvolved/

Exciting Month for Botanical Gardens


April will be a busy month around the Gardens, with events, guided tours and initiatives taking place.

Wednesday 24th April 2019

See Peter Rabbit™ during Story Time sessions, led by a narrator, at intervals throughout the day.

Don’t forget to bring your camera.

Peter Rabbit™ © Frederick Warne & Co. Limited and Silvergate PPL Limited, 2019. All rights reserved.

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“Dawson was a pioneering figure who helped to make Birmingham a real force in the vanguard of world culture. We hope to inspire people across the city to join us in revitalising this collection of global importance.” The Heritage Lottery Fund has given the partners £32,700 of development funding to help progress plans to apply for a full National Lottery grant. Their four-year project aims to revitalise Dawson’s dream of creating a culture actively involving everyone in Birmingham. A comprehensive programme of working with History West Midlands, Birmingham Commonwealth Association, Culture Central, the Royal Shakespeare Company, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and other organisations and communities across the city will culminate in a major exhibition and festival celebrating Birmingham’s cultural ambition and innovation in the year of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The project builds on prestigious global partnerships with the Folger Shakespeare Library and University of Minnesota (USA), the Universities of Queensland, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as the German Shakespeare Society, the world’s oldest national Shakespeare society which honoured the opening of Birmingham’s civic Shakespeare library in 1868. It has launched regional collaborations with city communities such as Birmingham Central Mosque, Midlands’ Polish Community Association and Handsworth Ladies’ Shakespeare Society. It also identifies links with collections held in Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Birmingham Midland Institute, Cadbury Research Library, Birmingham Rep, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust and the Shakespeare Institute Library. Participants at the information evenings will visit the Shakespeare Memorial Library and see items from collection. They will also meet project team members, share ideas for


Every Sunday afternoon, from now until September, we’ll have music ensembles on the bandstand, on the main lawn. Jazz music echoing around the Gardens is always a joy to hear, especially when the weather is sunny! The Japanese Garden Society is due to come on site to help with the maintenance of the Japanese Garden. These highly skilled members will be trimming the “karikomi” azalea and box topiary, pruning trees and shrubs, thinning the bamboos, and topdressing the area with limestone gravel. Meanwhile, horticultural activities in the nurseries are in full swing. We’ll be planting Pericallis Senetti™ and Schizanthus, commonly known as ‘poor man’s orchids’, as well as potting 3,500 bedding plug plants before planting them out in late May, and replacing the pelargoniums in the Mediterranean House. Finally, you’ll be able to see new interpretation labels in the Wilson border, one of the most beloved areas of our Gardens. They will describe the connection between the plants and the famous plant hunter Ernest “Chinese” Wilson, who worked at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

April is a great time to get out in your garden, and there is so much you can do. Here are some tasks for the month: • Finish sowing tomato seeds indoors ready to plant out • Continue to sow all hardy and tender seeds under cover – take care not to expose them to frost • As soon as seedlings have their first ‘true’ or adult leaves, put them in pots or modules of their own • If your greenhouse is heated, plant your summer hanging baskets with plug plants, and keep them under cover until all risk of frost has passed • Pinch out the tips of fuchsia shoots and sweet pea plants to encourage bushy plants • Dust the mower off and make sure you use a higher cutting setting to prevent shocking or damaging the lawn • Sow hardy annuals in finely cultivated soil • Keep on top of weeding • Start to apply slow-release fertiliser around beds and borders. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk t: 0121 454 1860

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All Rise!

Rise Community Sports was set up by Wesley Firkins and Steve Hirst as a sports based social enterprise, the ambitious project is going from strength to strength with support and funding received and offer the following: • Opportunities for children and young people to attend sports sessions in their community. • Training young people to be sports leaders and to obtain sport coaching qualification. • Provide mentoring to identified unemployed young people to enable them to become sports coaches for our provision. • Provide employment opportunities to unemployed young people that have been trained up through the mentoring scheme. • Provide high quality sports coaching in local primary schools including PE lessons, after-school clubs, lunchtime provision and holiday provision. With over 30 years of living on the Welsh House Farm estate, Quinton and 13 years of working on the estate as youth workers and sports coaches the founders of Rise Community Sports know the community very well. We are aware, through our own experiences and through consultation, that there was a lack of sporting opportunities for children in the community and due to limiting factors such as a lack of finances or transport, there is little or no chance for many

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Harborne in sight of promotion

Harborne, with two matches remaining, were in sight of winning promotion to the men’s national league.

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children to access sports sessions in other areas. The reality is that there is very little ‘legacy’ of the 2012 London Olympics in Welsh House Farm. They aim to be a contributing factor to seeing

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their community thrive, offering opportunities to young people and beginning to see a true and lasting sporting legacy develop in their neighbourhood and surrounding areas.

Get in touch with Wesley Firkins: e: wesley@risecommunitysports.org t: 07756 951 121 www.risecommunitysports.org

Inspiring Hornets Harborne Hornets enjoyed a social to watch our local Super League netball stars, Wasps, a few weekends ago at the Ricoh Arena. The girls all really enjoyed this social event and found it incredibly inspiring! It was great to see some of our England squad there too. Think a few of us were a little star struck! Jade Clarke won Player of the Match, so we were able to see her at her absolute best, massively motivating us and getting us pumped up. The match was tense and at one point we thought Severn Stars may have gone ahead, but Wasps turned it up and held onto their lead. We all learnt a lot from it as well as having fun! A very influential social, I’m sure our girls are going to be taking ideas from the game into their own matches next weekend!

Now and in the Future

It’s been a great year for Hornet births! In September 1s player Alice gave Arthur a little

sister, Willow. We don’t have many girl babies, so she was a welcome addition. Lara soon added to our baby girl squad with the early arrival of Edie who despite her early appearance is absolutely thriving! In December Chez gave birth to Alice so it was looking good on the baby girl numbers! Then on March 6th Club Chair Lydia gave birth to baby boy twins William and Samuel who will join big brother Edward on the side-lines now. We will have a mixed squad ready for Commonwealth action in a few years!

We’re having a great time...

The bad weather finally caught up with us in recent weeks and we’ve had quite a few postponements as a result. Despite that, HYFC are looking forward to a good end of season for all the age groups, from under 8s through to under 16s. Under 16s had a fantastic win away against a good Marston Green side, an excellent first half performance saw them go four goals up, eventually running out 5-2 winners. Credit to Marston Green who played really well in the second half and never gave up. The boys followed that up with a win by the same score the week after against Boldmere

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We are delighted to welcome so many healthy and happy babies to the Hornets and look forward to many more to come! Congrats to all new parents, you’re doing a fab job! Falcons in the Open Cup and they are now into the last 16 of this competition with a tough away fixture at the end of March. We also had a good win 1-0 away in the league against Hampton FC at the start of March in terrible conditions – credit to both teams for their performance, the referee and his assistants – it really was a match to stay in the dugout! We have four games left to play in the League before the end of April. Elsewhere in the club, HYFC are extremely busy with training sessions and matches across all age groups, a special mention goes out to the under 12s for a great win on 17th March v Bartley Reds and the under 11s for their 8-0 win on the same day. Finally, HYFC want to give special thanks to

They have headed the Midlands Premier division for practically the whole season and were three points ahead of Barford Tigers midway through March having won 16 of their 20 matches. Harborne’s last game was scheduled against neighbours Bournville who lost 4-2 to Barford Tigers and were sitting halfway down the division. Edgbaston has endured a disappointing season in Midlands 1 having only won three matches and sitting with Worcester at the bottom. University of Birmingham seconds who defeated Worcester 10-2 have been successful and were in second place. In Midlands 2 Harborne seconds have steadily maintained a mid-table position. One week they beat Loughborough Town 5-1 and in their next outing lost 5-0 to Stratford. Nationally, University of Birmingham women have suffered an unsuccessful season. The Investec Women’s Premier team, having finished mid-table last season, with eight wins out of 18 matches, were mid-March lying one from bottom with Slough having only mustered two wins from 16 games. The men’s Conference West team have fared better than their women’s team lying sixth, ten points behind the leaders Havant who defeated the students 4-3. Olton were at that point in second place four points behind Havant. everyone at HEM Life for their support over recent years and for playing a massive part in the growth of our football club. We started with two boys having a kick about in a local park and now we have over 165 registered players within the club. We couldn’t have done this without the support of many people like those at HEM life Visit us for more information at: www.pitchero.com/clubs/harborneyouthfc/ or contact Club Chairman Phil Court on t: 07907 781581

* HEM Life are proud to be involved with HYFC ‘Football Family’ – Keep up the good work boys and having great fun.




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Purrfectly Slick and Stylish Jaguar might have made its name with its quality saloons and high-powered sports cars but now customers are clamouring for a very different type of Jag.

In an age when the SUV rules the sales charts the Midlands-based luxury car maker is answering the demand with two very stylish crossover vehicles - the F-Pace and the smaller E-Pace. The F-Pace led the way when it was launched three years ago, and it collected so many awards and boosted the company’s sales so much it was almost inevitable a smaller version would follow. So, while catering for a slightly less expensive SUV buyer the E-Pace sticks pretty closely to the shape of its bigger brother, and from the driver’s seat at least initially feels very similar. The smaller dimensions are more noticeable in the back, however, where legroom for rear seat passengers is a little more restricted. Nevertheless, the E-Pace is a slick, stylish SUV which delivers on performance, ride quality and pure driving enjoyment and in many ways the smaller body serves to emphasise the car‘s muscular lines more. And as the car driven here was fitted with the R-Dynamic body kit with its unique front bumpers, gloss black front grille and satin chrome exterior it had even more sporting appeal. Powered by a 250bhp, 2.0-litre engine it boasts a top speed of 143 miles per hour and will hit 62 mph from rest in just seven seconds making it fast enough to satisfy the most demanding of drivers. The seamless nine-speed automatic gearbox ensured smooth but rapidly responsive performance while

at the same time boasting a respectable 36.7 miles per gallon. With a price tag of just over £47,000 you would expect this Jaguar to be well equipped and it is. Features include 18way electric heated front seats, a fixed panoramic sunroof, heated steering wheel, a head-up display, a Meridian surround sound system and a surround camera system which made parking in the tightest spots simple. Open the door and the Jaguar name is illuminated on the sill plates and at the same time the car’s interior is bathed in blue ambient lighting, in the case of the car on test matching the colour of the leather upholstery. Approach the car at night and as you open the door puddle lights illuminate the floor and project the Jaguar leaper symbol onto the ground in a nice touch of theatre. Inside its quality all the way with specially contoured sports seats with larger bolsters to hold you firmly in place on tight corners. And the use of high-quality leather with contrasting coloured thread all add to the up-market appearance of this stylish Jaguar. On the road this E-Pace is sharp and willing with super road holding thanks in part to the all-wheel-drive, although the ride feels choppier than that of the longer wheelbase F-Pace. If you want real high-performance motoring, you can switch to dynamic mode and then change gear manually using the Formula One-style paddles behind the steering wheel.

The E-Pace is a car it’s hard not to like because it ticks all the right boxes. It looks good, handles well and boasts the sort of performance that guarantees to put a smile on your face. And at the same time, it’s just that little bit cheaper than its bigger brother.


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