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Birmingham’s Soup-er Heroes

There’s a band of superheroes in town but not a cape in sight; instead, they’re kitted out with hot food, flasks of tea, coffee and hot chocolate, sleeping bags, toiletries, and, most importantly, warm hearts on a cold night. Introducing Let’s Feed Brum: the campaign uniting restaurants, businesses, and individuals across the city encouraging them lend a helping hand to their fellow man.

Let’s Feed Brum is led by local homeless support charity, Inspiration Support. Founded by Ben Rafiqi, it aims to create a pathway off the street by providing the help that the statutory services do not. When Ben first took action, he hit Birmingham’s streets one night a week with a flask of coffee and a friend. Offering a hot drink and a listening ear, Ben befriended many of the people he met in these unfortunate circumstances. Fast-forward five years and Inspiration Support has grown into a network of committed volunteers that provide sandwiches, hot drinks, supplies and friendship to those living on our streets. Let’s Feed Brum evolved from this, when Raj Rana, managing director at Indian restaurant Itihaas heard about the charity’s work and volunteered to go onto the streets to see how he could help. Humbled by the difference that Inspiration Support was making, Raj wanted to contribute by putting his culinary skills to good use. He pledged to provide 100 free hot meals to those on Birmingham’s streets, one night a week. Dishing up freshly-prepared pasta-bake, biryani, shepherd’s pie, and even bread and butter pudding, Itihaas has stepped up to the plate hoping that others will follow in his footsteps.

printers Printigo have both pledged to assist with design and print. Meanwhile, Harborne businesses the Court Oak Pub and Brittain Opticians have provided donation stations for warm clothing and accessories to be dropped-off, with the former running additional events to raise awareness. Restaurants who have stepped up to the plate to join Itihaas include Harborne’s Gabriels Traditional Fish & Chips and Umami Indian Kitchen. In addition, pan-Asian noodle bar Chop & Wok has joined Let’s Feed Brum, as well as Birmingham’s Spice It Up, which has pledged to donate homemade hot soup. There is a huge population of homeless people in Birmingham; however, there is a larger population of people that can help. Whether its food, drink, essential supplies, or simply friendship, there is no limit to how you can get involved. Photograph by Robyn Agnew

PR agency EAST VILLAGE., web designers 5874 and Edgbaston’s lawfirm Harrison Clark Rickerbys have already taken the plunge, providing their collective expertise pro-bono to the project. HEM Life have also taken the plunge as media partner to keep everyone updated with the astonishing kindness shown within the community and from businesses and, also to report

all the positive stories of the people on the streets who are already benefitting from Lets Feed Brum – no less than 2 new jobs have been created in the last couple of weeks. Food is just the tip of the iceberg: beyond this, the aim is to help Birmingham’s homeless population find accommodation and employment, rehabilitate, and live fulfilling lives.

However, it all starts somewhere and with the right resources now, the people who have found themselves in these unfortunate circumstances can start to build a better life. The support has been overwhelming, in just 2 months volunteer numbers have increased by 40%, and HEMLife readers have rallied to support. Print management Colour Cubed and

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Head to www.letsfeedbrum.com to find out more. You can also keep up to date with the news as it happens by liking the Facebook page and following the Twitter feed. *See page 4 for exclusive interview with Ben Rafiqi and for donation stations in Harborne. Thank you to everyone who has pledged their support. Merry Christmas.


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Ho ho ho! As another year draws to a close ‘amazed’ is an understatement to the generosity and support within our community helping people less fortunate than ourselves and, the numerous charities who work tirelessly to provide crucial services. The festive season for most of us is to catch up with family and friends and, to spoil those we love with not just gifts but quality time spent together. In this issue we pay tribute to those who are no longer with us however, their presence will always be, the selfless people who making a difference to others is part of their everyday life and the children in our schools who through nativity plays and fundraising are thinking of others at the most wonderful time of the year. Birmingham is buzzing throughout December with activities for all the family to enjoy from offers on the High streets to shopping at the outdoor markets, Santa’s grotto, panto, and carol singing, there’s also a chance to win 4 tickets for the Magic Lantern Show (page 22), for all you jazz lovers a feast of award winning stars are performing in Pizza Express, Broad Street (page 23). We would like to take this opportunity to say thank you to our readers and advertisers for your continued support and to wish you all...

A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Until next time. The HEM Life Team

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Remembering a great Moseley cartoonist Bert Hackett’s stature as one of Britain’s leading cartoonists has not been forgotten.

In a 40-year career for The Birmingham Post newspaper, Bert, who lived in a flat in Alexander Court in Park Hill just around the corner from the centre of Moseley village, produced some 11,000 cartoons mainly under the pseudonym Gemini before he finally retired aged 75 in 2003. After his death on April 8, the Midlands Arts Centre staged a superb tribute exhibition. It ended on September 4 but Bert’s work can still be viewed in The Gemini Years – The career of cartoonist Bert Hackett (1933-2016), a booklet produced by former Post feature writer Ross Reyburn, London-based costume designer Rosie Hackett, Bert’s youngest daughter, and longtime friend Birmingham barrister Peter Anthony.

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Vale, creator of the popular Petite Typewriter for children in 1958, studied with Bert at the Birmingham College of Art while his French wife restaurateur Michelle successfully provided a taste of France in her Harborne High Street restaurant Michelle’s for some 25 years. Most evenings before illness finally took its toll Bert found his way to the pub for a pint or so of his favourite real ale just after 10pm, the time he managed to get back to Moseley after ending his evening’s work for the Post. His incisive brand of humour never deserted him as shown with his 2005 cartoon of a dalek hailing the Selfridges building in the Bullring as “Mom-e-e” now being sold as a postcard in the Midlands Arts Centre. *The Gemini Years – The career of cartoonist Bert Hackett (1933-2016) (Compass Publishing, £4.99) edited by Rosie Hackett and Ross Reyburn is for sale at The Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, and Village News, 36 St Mary’s Row, opposite the parish church in the centre of Moseley.

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May 21, 1982 Bert’s Falklands War cartoon showing an Argentinian soldier getting an unwelcome surprise in the dark.

April 1968 Gemini’s damning portrayal of Enoch Powell’s infamous Rivers of Blood immigration speech delivered in Birmingham on 20 April 1968


“Sadly there was no catalogue with the brilliantly curated MAC exhibition so we produced a booklet with 70 of his cartoons and drawings showing why he deserves to be remembered as one of the country’s great cartoonists,” said Ross. “His 1982 image showing an Argentinian soldier getting an unwelcome surprise in the dark was the best Falklands War cartoon while his classic 2003 cartoon of a frenzied-looking Tony Blair recklessly gambling everything on Iraq at a roulette table was totally justified by the Chilcot Report finally published this year.” Bert moved to Moseley in the mid 1970s and always regarded himself as fortunate living such an attractive neighbourhood full of like-minded characters interested in the arts, Shakespeare and major issues of the day. A Moseley Farmer’s Market regular, he remained engaging company frequenting his favourite pubs such as The Prince of Wales around the corner from his home and The Old Moseley Arms down the road not far from his Balsall Heath birthplace with his loyal circle of friends. Their number included fellow Moseley residents the gifted historian the late Dr Chris Upton and builder David Ravenscroft, who renovated The Electric, Britain’s oldest working cinema near New Street Station run by his son in-law Tom Lawes. He also enjoyed a lifelong friendship with the Vale family from Edgbaston. Designer John

February 4 2003 Bert’s all too apt cartoon showing Tony Blair staking everything on Iraq in a casino.

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Angela Agnew speaks to Ben Rafiqi the man who with a small group of volunteers has been making a difference to so many people’s lives offering hot drinks, sandwiches and friendship to Birmingham’s Homeless. A: Tell us how Let’s Feed Brum got started? B: On the 4th October 2016, Raj from Itihaas Indian Resturant, Tara and Hattie from East Village PR, Rupert from web designers 5874 and myself from Inspiration Support met together for the first time. In less than an hour, the vision of Raj with the support of the others hatched the plan that would become the mission of Let’s Feed Brum; to show the business community in the city not only that they could be part of the solution not only how exactly they could help but also that there were solutions, that the problem of homelessness was not something that we could do nothing but gawp at wonderingly, as if it was beyond us. A: Why are you so passionate about helping Birmingham’s homeless? B: Every single person on the street or in a homeless hostel, or in a squat, is a human being, like you and me, like your mother or father, like your brother or sister, like your son or daughter and, they are in front of us every day. When you know that you are going to a place you call home, to comfort, to security, to your relaxation, to

loved ones, to food, to your bath or shower, to your treats, to your nice possessions, to your collection of happy memories, to your warm comfortable bed, what does your conscience tell you? Why am I so passionate about helping? Aren’t I just being human? All I’m doing is listening to my conscience. We all have one. If we all did our little bit, the million or so people that live in our city surely, surely could make a significant difference for a few hundred people. Surely, we can’t just walk on by and ignore them, expecting someone else to do something about it. My conscience won’t allow me. A: What is the past, present and hopes for 2016/201 B: The past is simply a catalogue of disaster for anyone unfortunate enough to be made homeless in Birmingham. Inefficient processes, inadequate resources, patronising attitudes, and time and again the dreaded jobsworth. The present is an ever growing number of people visibly living on the streets, more young people than ever, a growing number of immigrants both legal and illegal, some escaped from traffickers. But there is hope. Having been out on the streets for nearly 6 years, over 1000 nights, I have seen

the simplicity of the answer. Give support, listen, encourage, feed, clothe, but most of all don’t forget. Be there for someone, and time and again, I have seen confidence grow, self-respect return, and from within what looked like a lost cause, a life turned around. A: What can the people in our community do to help make a difference? B: Think hard about what you are good at, and offer that talent, ability or resource, put it to the use of helping others. If you don’t know what you are good at, it’s time to stop procrastinating and figure it out. Life, and time, is short. We are not promised tomorrow. Look at our roadmap and find your place in it. A: What is your dream? B: To make it possible to, at least offer, every homeless person in Birmingham a route off the street that allows them to retain their dignity. No use of force, no intimidation, no carrot and stick, just simple and genuine caring.



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A: What’s the most important point about Lets Feed Brum that you’d like people to “take away” with them after they’ve met you? B: Don’t think that you can’t make a difference. Let’s Feed Brum will work with you to identify the best way that you can help. Agree with us that the problem of homelessness in our city can be tackled by our collective will as citizens, as a community working together. Finally, when you lay your head on your pillow tonight, do not forget the hundreds, maybe some only a stone’s throw away, whose pillow will be a thin piece of cardboard on concrete under the stars. “Connected communities can achieve the Incredible” I’m honoured to be part of team Lets Feed Brum on the ground as a volunteer and to support this campaign through HEM Life. I was guilty of believing that a high percentage of the homeless were drug/drink addicts with very little or no hope, how wrong was I? - Angela

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The Court Oak, Balden Road, Harborne - a local pub with community spirit have stepped up to the plate to support Let’s Feed Brum. During December they will be hosting fundraising events and, continued support with an ongoing donation station for warm clothes, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags & essentials (such as toiletries for male and female). Fri 18th Dec - Charity Quiz: From 9pm to raise money and awareness to purchase sleeping bags and other required items. Thurs 22nd Dec - Christmas Fayre: Joining together with the local parish of St Faith and St Laurence again this evening can be used to raise awareness and donations on the evening. There will also be collecting tins on the bar throughout December, this money will be used to buy items that people will need. Join us to have fun in a warm, friendly atmosphere and/or drop in to say hello to donate anything that will make a difference to someone’s life. We look forward to welcoming our regulars and new guests. Beata & Heather

*HEM Life are also pleased to inform our readers that Matt and the girls at Brittain Opticians, High Street, Harborne have also set up a donation station for warm clothes, hats, scarves, gloves, blankets, sleeping bags and essentials (such as toiletries for male and female)

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We Woof you a Merry Christmas! Why not make your furry friends a special Christmas gift so they can have their own treats at this festive time? This tried and tested recipe can be customised with LIZ POWELL with whatever dogPETSTAY friendly ingredients West Midlands South you have to hand. They bake into hard biscuits which is great for dental health. Ingredients: • • • • •

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Pirate invasion inspires a treasure trove of delights

The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, came up with an enterprising way to launch their Operation Christmas Child Appeal this year. With the help of Captain Wurr, aka Deputy Head (Prep), accompanied by his fellow pirates and trusty parrot, the children learnt how to make a Christmas treasure chest filled with booty, ready to bring a smile to the face of a little boy or girl in a faraway land. Just as Jesus walked amongst lepers, healing them and giving them new hope, pupils recognised that their shoeboxes would give them the opportunity to show children around the world who are less fortunate, that they are special and valued by God. Pupils were inspired to bring together a bundle of treasure to put inside

their shoeboxes. At their Prep Harvest Celebration, Canon Stewart Jones, a Governor and former parent, encouraged the children to overcome greed by finding ways to be thankful for what they have and to look at ways of sharing with others. Arranged before the congregation and stacked almost to the Chapel roof, was evidence of this love and many beautiful boxes prepared by Blue Coat families. A School record of 451 boxes were gifted this year and were taken by the Chapel Monitors to the Christmas Shoebox Warehouse for dispatch last week. Many thanks to everyone for their generous support which we hope will bring joy to the boys and girls of Belarus, and remind them that they are special.

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Local Estate Agency double win at UK Property Awards If you didn’t already know, Davidson Estates were recently announced as double “winners” at this year’s UK Property Awards. The team travelled up to London to attend the prestigious awards gala held at the swanky Marriott Hotel in Grosvenor Square, Mayfair. Pipped against stiff competition from top agencies and property professionals from across the West Midlands, Davidson’s were officially honoured in two categories for our region. Five Star ***** Best Letting Agent – West Midlands and Highly Commended Estate Agent – West Midlands.

“We are delighted to have been acknowledged and rewarded for our hard work by the 70-strong independent judging panel, headed up by members of the House of Lords in the UK Parliament. It’s safe to say, the champagne was flowing but we still managed to get one or two photos from the night to share with you. Our awards are now proudly displayed for all to see at our Frederick Road office” said Ben Davidson. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our clients, landlords and tenants for your ongoing support.

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Go Green this Christmas As the year draws to a close, here’s some suggestions to help you find a lastminute greener gift this Christmas.

Made from recycled plastic bottles, ONYA with ROB recycled shopping WHITEHOUSE bags fold away into a tiny bag like a waterproof mac and have a reinforced base for heavier loads, meaning you can always say no to a plastic bag at the checkout (Amazon, £7.25). Now is definitely the time to be moving away from one-use coffee cups. Apart from being vital for reducing our waste, some coffee shops offer discounts for using your own cup and it surely won’t be long before a ‘cup tax’ is introduced after the success of the carrier bag charge. A re-usable cup makes a lot of sense and a nice gift for a coffee lover, but make sure you buy a cup that is 100% ethical, like Cambridge’s Eco Travel Mug, which is made from recycled bamboo (Amazon, £4.99). It’s no secret that we are losing our bees at an alarming rate, but we can all save the lives of bees in our own back gardens by buying bee houses like Wild on Wildlife’s Esschert Design Bee House (Amazon, £7.49), which is also made from sustainable wood. For loads more ideas for Christmas with pictures and direct links, go to brumearth.blogspot.co.uk

Birmingham Music School Open Day Calling all new guitarists and drummers! New instrument for Xmas? Planning on buying one? Reviving an old passion? Not sure where to start? Come along to our open day and claim your free Starter accessory kit, get free advice and all of your questions answered. On Sunday 8th January, between 10am and 1pm, Birmingham Music School - a Yamaha Music Point, will be opening its doors and inviting you to come and have a look around. Every beginner who comes along will receive a free starter accessory kit (for drums or guitar) and will have the chance to win a free month of lessons with us. Our professionally trained Yamaha teachers will be on hand to answer any of your questions and show you around. You will learn some basics about your instrument; how to tune and look after it, what to look for in a teacher and pitfalls to look out for if you plan on teaching yourself. If you have an instrument at home,

bring it along and we will help you tune it and check it over. We can also point you in the right direction if you are thinking about buying a new instrument. So come and join us and jump start your learning experience! We look forward to seeing you there! Birmingham Music School is based in the Jewellery Quarter near Birmingham City Centre: Address - 69 Vyse Street, B18 6BA. To book call: 0121 439 5488 (Mon - Thurs 5-9pm / Sat - Sun 10am-6pm / Closed Fridays) or Email: info@birminghammusicschool.co.uk

December offers from Brittain Opticians Christmas is only a mere few weeks away and we’ve got some great offers for all of you.

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Brittain Opticians, in partnership with Acuvue contact lenses, will be offering a free trial of 1 day Acuvue Moist multifocal contact lenses during December. Book in for your contact lens trial from 12th to 17th December and you’ll receive free contact lens tuition (Normally £50) where you can learn how to safely insert and remove your contact lenses. Multifocal Lenses – Let you see clearly for all distances

This is an especially good offer for those of you who feel you are starting to need glasses for reading. Once we’re over forty most of us will need reading glasses, this need for reading glasses is called presbyopia.

Presbyopia is a normal change within the eye. Over time, the lens inside the eye loses its flexibility. It’s a gradual process which we tend to notice when we can’t focus clearly for our usual close tasks – reading a text message for example. We commonly experience it in our forties, although this change in lens flexibility is frustrating, it’s also perfectly normal. When Presbyopia arrives, multifocal contact lenses can provide you with the freedom to see clearly at all distances, without you having to worry about using additional glasses to compensate for this change in your vision.

How great would it be, this party season, to not have to worry about carrying your reading glasses with you? In the past, Presbyopia signaled the onset of needing reading spectacles over contact lenses or a compromise in visual quality –in fact many people stopped wearing contact lenses all together. Now, many existing contact lens wearers can continue to enjoy the same benefits of contact lens wear that they always have done. 1 Day Acuvue Moist, Multifocal Contact Lenses have a unique design which will fit in with your own individual ‘mish mash’ of activities and allow you to see clearly for all distances.

Whether, that’s a screen at work, doing a jigsaw with the children, watching television, partying the night away or simply reading the menu at a Christmas get together, the unique, pupil optimised design of 1 day Acuvue Moist, Multifocal contact lenses allow you to see near, far and in-between without reading or varifocal glasses.

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Treat yourself or someone you love to one of Brittain Opticians exclusive frames and they’ll make them up with your prescription and have them ready for the big day.

Exclusive brands available include –Lindberg, Orgreen, Mykita, Feb31st, Gotti and Face a Face. Make sure you pop into Brittains, this festive season, where there’s lots happening and the staff will be pleased to see you. Matt and the girls would like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Extravaganza Funds 40 Air Ambulance Missions

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A charity gala dinner, organised in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, has been deemed the most successful oneoff fundraising event in the lifesaving organisation’s 25 year history, raising an impressive £101,000.

A Birmingham sailing couple were presented with one of the Royal Yachting Association’s most prestigious awards by HRH the Princess Royal, President of the RYA in recognition of their commitment to Midland Sailing Club on Edgbaston Reservoir. Mike and June Anslow received an RYA Lifetime Commitment Award, which recognises individuals who have shown exceptional commitment and dedication to their club or organisation for at least 15 years, at the RYA’s annual awards ceremony in London. The couple, who live in Curdworth, have been a formidable partnership over many years, taking on numerous roles in the running of Midland SC and together making a truly exceptional contribution in enabling more local people to sail regularly. Mike has been a Midland SC member for over 40 years and has provided strong leadership across a number of senior committee positions, including Commodore, in this time. In 1995 he played a key role in the incorporation of Midland SC and the negotiation of a new 25-year lease from Birmingham City Council. He is also an RYA Senior Instructor (SI) helping many beginners and improvers, both adult and junior, to develop their skills. Despite not being a sailor herself, June has also taken on a number of key club responsibilities

over 20 years. She is an outstanding Membership Secretary, generating significant nonsubscription income running the club’s social and catering activities, while she also edited the club’s quarterly magazine Mainsheet, for 17 years until 2011. Mike said: “Sailing has occupied my life for more than 50 years. Now a devoted Merlin Rocket sailor, I have in the past enjoyed cruising around Britain and Europe, but my heart lies with dinghy racing at Midland SC and on the Open racing circuit. As an SI I particularly enjoys training newcomers.” June added: “We have made many lasting friendships at the club and in the sailing fraternity around the country. We rarely have a holiday these days without a group of our sailing friends with us. We were both a little surprised but very honoured to receive the award and are looking forward to the presentation.” The Anslows were nominated for their award by their club and selected as a winner by the RYA Honours and Awards Panel.

Organised and hosted by one of the service’s corporate partners, Edgbaston-based Monaco Insurance, the Charity Gala Dinner Extravaganza took place at Edgbaston Stadium on Friday 4th November. As each Midlands Air Ambulance mission costs £2,500, thanks to the 400 invited guests, 40 further vitally important missions are now possible due to the funds raised on the night. Sofia Voutianitis, corporate partnerships manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “This is by far the largest one-off donation by a corporate partner

and while Monaco Insurance is a small team, they and their clients have big hearts. We can’t thank them enough for enabling our incredibly important charity to tend to 40 more people in urgent need of our aircrew’s expert medical attention.” Kay Gill, director for Monaco Insurance, adds: “Words cannot describe how pleased the team and I are to have hosted such a successful Charity Gala Dinner Extravaganza. To hear we have organised an evening that has raised more than any other third party event for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, really is the icing on the cake. “Thanks go to our supportive sponsors and our guests for their wonderful generosity. I know I speak on behalf of everyone involved in the evening when I say how heartened we are to know the £101,000 raised will go towards airlifting 40 people in their greatest hour of need.”

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Christmas is always a busy time of year, and is a popular time to get married. However, if one party has the greater wealth position it is advisable to consider a pre-nuptial agreement to protect both parties in the event that the marriage does not work out. The Ghost of Christmas Past Think about having a pre-nuptial agreement before you get married. It is always difficult to discuss money, and a potential separation where two people are about to embark on a marriage. In order for a prenuptial agreement to be considered enforceable, both parties must: Have provided full and frank disclosure of their financial circumstances; Have received independent legal advice in relation to the agreement reached between the parties; The agreement must be entered into 28 days before the marriage is due to take place, to allow both parties to “cool off” and reflect upon the agreement; The agreement should consider the possibility of children, and a review period in say 5 or 10 years; If the above has taken place, then it is likely that if a marriage comes to an end then the terms of the pre-nuptial agreement will be ratified by the Court. If not, the party who has the stronger financial position may find their assets under attack in the event the marriage breaks down.

The Ghost of Christmas Present Once married the parties should think carefully about reviewing their pre-nuptial agreement and if terms of that agreement need to be changed, consider preparing a post nuptial agreement to review any element of the document to keep it current and up to date. The Ghost of Christmases yet to come If the marriage does breakdown and you have a pre and/or post nuptial agreements that has been reviewed periodically throughout the marriage, the Court are more likely to be persuaded to make an order reflecting that agreement. If you would like to discuss whether a pre or post nuptial agreement would be practicable in your own situation, please contact Lucy Barr direct at: E: lbarr@hcrlaw.com Tel: 0121 4507950.

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Is your income suffering from record-low interest rates? Wealth management specialist Simon Baldwin explores your options. Income is important. It’s an obvious statement. The difficulty is that, in an uncertain world, investment income is hard to find right now. Investors looking for income have faced an increasing challenge ever since the financial crisis broke in 2008. Prudence and vigilance became the order of the day as financial institutions across the globe took extreme measures to protect themselves from global meltdown. Central Governments across the world also reacted strongly, forcing interest rates to record lows. Six years on and interest rates in the UK remain almost non-existent. The result is real losses for savers in bank and building society deposits which fail to match inflation. Investors wanting to secure a better level of income have realised that they must look beyond traditional cash deposits. History shows that investing in equities, or shares, has provided investors with a better chance of outpacing inflation over the long term versus other asset classes, particularly if the shares are able to increase the dividend payments year after year. Positively, there are indications that the recent trend of increasing dividend payments could be sustainable. With dividend pay-outs on the turn, the outlook for equity income funds could also be on the up. Equity income funds have a


SIMON BALDWIN Simon Baldwin Financial Planning Ltd

The Partner Practice represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority) for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products. The ‘St. James’s Place Partnership’ and the titles ‘Partner’ and ‘Partner Practice’ are marketing terms used to describe St. James’s Place.

strong track record for delivering attractive, sustainable income and steady returns over the long term. But it is worth remembering that not all equity income funds are the same. Some are better for income, while others provide better prospects for total return investors through the reinvestment of income. St. James’s Place offers a range of equity income funds managed by investment managers with complementary styles. Corporate bond funds which are, by their nature income producers, remain popular particularly with cautious investors. At St. James’s Place we firmly subscribe to the view that a diversified fixed interest strategy with exposure to investment grade, subinvestment grade and senior secured debt will help position your portfolio to benefit from growth across the credit spectrum. Commercial property felt the full effects of the credit crunch and the fall in property values left many investors nursing significant losses. But again, history suggests that commercial property has a place in a portfolio for income investors. Its long-term track record is strong and, importantly, it offers returns that are lowly correlated to other asset classes. Investors should however note that investing in real asset classes (equities, corporate bonds and commercial property) does not provide the

security of capital which is characteristic of a deposit account with a bank or building society. The value of capital, and income from it, can fall as well as grow to remember that no one asset class is the panacea. With uncertainty around interest rates, a welldiversified, well-managed portfolio which blends a range of asset classes remains the most suitable strategy for investors to satisfy their longer-term income needs. At St. James’s Place we believe that our ability to tailor solutions to an individual’s needs and attitude to risk means your income investments are in good hands. The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds you select and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You may get back less than you invested.

To arrange a no-obligation meeting, please contact Simon Baldwin of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. Simon can be contacted by phone on 0121 405 0429 or by email at: simon.baldwin@sjpp.co.uk Simon Baldwin Financial Planning, Associate Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management

The hidden cost of DIY LPAs Last month I talked about the dangers of DIY wills and estate administration. This month I am joining various organisations representing older and vulnerable to raise serious concerns about the government’s online tool for creating powers of attorney. A lasting power of attorney is a powerful document which allows a person to appoint trusted individuals to make important decisions about care and finances on their behalf, in the event of a loss of mental capacity through accident, illness or dementia. In 2014 the Government’s Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) launched its online LPA tool, which it claims allows people to create the documents without the need for professional advice from a solicitor. Now a new report, published by a coalition of organisations led by solicitors For The Elderly (SFE), warns that anyone creating an LPA without taking specialist legal advice faces a significantly higher risk of being left with an ineffective legal document, incurring additional application fees, and even becoming a victim of fraud or coercion. The report also raises concerns around the potential of a completely digital system proposed by the OPG, whereby ‘wet’ signatures – the physical signing of the document- would no longer be required. As a fully accredited member of SFE I find the idea of anyone being able to submit an LPA application entirely digitally extremely concerning. It raises some serious issues about the potential for fraud and abuse.

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During a study conducted for the report, participants were invited to create LPAs using the OPGs online tool and other DIY methods. The study revealed that, amongst other things, the documents were more likely to contain elementary mistakes which rendered them ineffective. After consulting a solicitor most participants made significant changes to their documents regarding how and by whom their affairs were managed. The number of LPAs being registered has increased steadily since the launch of the online tool, with over half a million being registered in 2015/16 alone. The OPG is actively trying to convince more people to apply for LPAs online and, in its latest Annual Report, admits it is willing to take ‘risks’ in striking a balance between ‘empowering and safeguarding.’ With the OPG already receiving over 1,000 calls to its contact centre every day the organisations behind the campaign say the Government body is potentially exposing people to unacceptable levels of risk and in doing so may be compromising its ability to safeguard those who are most vulnerable. I consider it important that people should be planning for the future but an LPA is a powerful document which permits potentially lifechanging decisions about your

affairs to be made by a third party. It is important that the person signing the document is fully aware of the issues, considers all the options and has their interests safeguarded by somebody independent. This is a specialist area of law and I’d recommend that anyone considering an LPA consult a legal expert. Our peace of mind packs include LPAs as well as appropriately drawn wills and guidance on choosing and funding care. That’s why we call them peace of mind packs. We’ll talk you through the process, answer any questions you may have and make sure you understand things before you sign the documents. With Christmas approaching the best present for both you and your family is peace of mind. To download the report ‘The Real Cost of DIY LPAs@ go to www.sfe.legal Please note our offices close at 4pm on Friday, 23 December and re-open at 9 am on Tuesday, 3rd January. May we take this opportunity to wish you all a very peaceful and happy Christmas and a healthy New Year. Rubric Lois King Solicitors T: 0121 450 7800

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What if someone dies over the festive period? Bereavement is a dreadful event with DEREK CASE at the best of times, but the Managing Director pain seems to be amplified Mortons Funeral Directors when it strikes at Christmas or New Year. Sadly of course, mainly due to colder weather, there can be more deaths at this time of year than in other seasons. Let’s look at the practical aspects of such an eventuality. The first thing to be reassured about is that any self-respecting Funeral Directors will continue to offer their services throughout the festive season, including Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. Good Funeral Directors are on-call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, without exception, to make sure that no one has to face the consequences of bereavement alone. So if your loved one dies at home, or in residential care, over the festive holiday, we can still be relied upon to bring them into our safekeeping - in that respect the service you can expect at Christmas and New Year should be the same as any other day. Our staff are also on-call to give advice and be available to answer queries or address concerns outside of normal office hours at this and

every other time of the year. There can be delays at Hospital Bereavement Offices over the holiday period and at Registrar of Deaths offices as well. This in turn filters through to Cemeteries and Crematoria and whilst the waiting time for a funeral is generally 7-10 days, at Christmas and New Year 10 -14 days is not uncommon. This is because, not only is there a seasonal increase in the number of deaths, but also these facilities close for a number of days throughout the holiday period which naturally creates a backlog. However, should you have any concerns about funeral arrangements during this time, please feel free to contact us and we will be happy to assist. Tel: 0121 476 9111 Email: info@mortonsfunerals.co.uk Web: www.mortonsfunerals.co.uk

Putting a Buzz into Birmingham A personal perspective from Nick Packham is the Urban Buzz officer for Birmingham, who has been with the project since the start in October 2015. Nick is tasked with creating 20 hectares of pollinator habitat across the city, engaging local partners and the wider community to create food and nesting opportunities for bees, butterflies, beetles and many more pollinators. Urban Buzz is a national project active across 8 cities in the UK. We are now a year into the project and what a year it has been, we have created 64 Buzzing hotspots all over the city working with some fascinating people making a real difference to the landscape bringing lots of colour right to the door steps of different communities, all of which is made possible by generous funding opportunities such as the Aviva Community Fund. Funding has allowed me to bring in over 100 kilos of wildflower seed, including 25 different species, to plant in parks and other open space with help from local people. For me the project has brought many great highlights. Right at the top of the list are seeing lots of bees, hoverflies and butterflies enjoying the new meadow hotspots, enjoying the swathes of colour and all of the buzzing activity with various community groups themselves eager to see insects enjoying the fruits of their labour. Many of the sites in North Birmingham were grassy deserts with little or no plant life, and now they are teaming with life. The project has enabled me to run pollinator walks and workshops with communities, and be able to share

my passion for bees and other insects. Watching some of my fascination rub off onto others, and then seeing people active in the community helping to safeguard pollinators is a really great buzz. A great example of this has been schools and scout groups in Erdington constructing bug hotels and then going on to be local bee ambassadors, looking after pollinator patches in their area. We have recorded a large number of leafcutter bees (megachile) in Birmingham’s northern buzzing projects which is exciting. Although we see them in other parts of the city, indeed much of the UK, we are seeing large numbers here mainly on these new Urban Buzz meadow patches.  This indicates the work is having an immediate impact, and there is real hope that the sites will go on to be important strong holds for these species of bee. To date the project has completed over 60 Buzzing hotspots, created with the help of over 450 volunteers with over 700 volunteer hours recorded. Help local communities and myself in Birmingham do more for pollinators and vote for Urban Buzz in the ‘Aviva Community Fund’ to give us a chance to win £25k for the project.

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Residents and visitors enjoy Village superb facilities Join our Gym! Hagley Road Village, the third of five ExtraCare Charitable Trust retirement villages to be built in Birmingham recently celebrated its third anniversary since opening. The charity’s 240 apartment village provides the over 55s with a secure and spacious home, care and an inspirational lifestyle. Over 300 local people enjoy affordable access to the village’s superb health and leisure facilities which are open to both residents and community visitors. Paul Roobottom, Village Manager, discusses life at Hagley Road Village. HEM Life: ‘Paul, tell us what retirement living in this village is all about.’

Paul: ‘With our residents we‘ve built a sustainable community that provides homes older people want, lifestyles they can enjoy and care if it’s needed.

Whilst you can enjoy the privacy of your own village home we do also offer an amazing array of events and activities for people to participate in. Each week there are Yoga, Tai Chi, Pilates and singing and dancing classes. We have active craft, gardening and bridge groups and a gym, bar, restaurant and bistro. Our Village Hall has hosted some amazing musicians over the last three years including members of the CBSO, Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival gigs, Kiki Dee, Mari Wilson and loads of other original and tribute acts. We have weekly bingo and karaoke. I can honestly say we have a real eclectic mix at affordable prices. Sometimes people say there’s too much to do!’

Open seven days a week with stateof-the-art cardiovascular machines, a resistance and free weights area as well as functional training equipment, this gym is as sophisticated as any modern health club with a few noticeable differences: Our Instructor, Dan Height, has over 16 years experience working within the health and fitness sector He has supported people with a wide range of needs including wheel chaired athletes,people at risk of falling, and those who want their first introduction to a gym as well as regular users. Dan is fully qualified as a level 3 personal trainer, GP exercise referral instructor and a Otago strength and balance instructor. Throughout January there is a 14 day complimentary offer to use our gym, work off the Christmas excess and get fit for the year ahead. For more information about joining Hagley Road Village Gym contact Dan at: Tel: 0121 420 6002 Email: daniel.height@extracare.org.uk

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Memberships start from as little as £50.00 With your membership you will receive: • A full health assessment. • An induction on all the fitness equipment that would be recommended for your needs. • A personal fitness programme designed by our fitness instructor. • Classes (there may be a fee for some of our classes). • Re-assessments by our fitness instructor if you require them. Under 55’s welcome.

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HEM Life: ‘We understand you don’t have to live in the village to enjoy its facilities?’

Paul: ‘That’s correct. We are a charity and part of our mission is to reduce the levels of social isolation that can impact older people. We offer a social membership to the village, we call it Friends, for an annual fee of £60. This enables members to come and use our facilities and participate in our events, activities and trips. Friends can make new friends, pardon the pun! It’s through our Friends membership that we feel we can really contribute to life in Harborne and Edgbaston. All I’d say is if you’re reading this and you or a family member may be interested come along and take a look. You’ll receive a warm welcome and I think you’ll be hooked!’

We have a small team of experienced and talented hair stylist in the Village salon for both ladies and gents. Our clients from the wider community receive a warm welcome in sociable surroundings from a friendly team who have worked together for three years.

We offer very competitive prices! Please do not hesitate to contact Jon or Becky for an appointment on 0121 420 1106.

HEM Life:’What other services do you provide?’

Paul: “I’m really lucky in having a wonderful staff team, part of which comprises of a care team – around a fifth of our resident population receives some sort of care ranging from shopping and cooking to being helped with more significant issues. We also hire out a number of spaces in the village including our hall and meeting rooms. These are excellent locations to hold seminars, conferences or smaller meetings and are supported by a really good catering team - prices are very competitive. We have an excellent gym, hairdressers and beautician/complimentary therapist – all of these facilities are open to residents and non-residents (including people who are not Friends of the village and who are under 55).

Please give us a call to explore these facilities, I think you’ll be very pleasantly surprised. HEM Life: ‘Finally Paul, there are a number of organisations in Birmingham providing homes and support for older people. Why should they prefer ExtraCare?”

Paul: “That’s right, and I think the demand is there for both us and our competitors. There’s real choice available for people. I think our active lifestyle and sense of real community is our greatest USP. Come along for yourselves and find out. I think you’ll love it!’ HEM Life: ‘Thank you, Paul.”

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Ah, Christmas… the bane of every teacher’s life Primary teachers have to contend with the school play and endless ChristmasEDUCATION themed makes in art lessons with alongside teaching the usual LEE CARPENTER curriculum. However, and PK education probably worst of all, all teachers have to cope with a notable shift in children’s behaviour from November onwards. Like shops, children’s attention also turns to Christmas once the October half term is out of the way. Their excitement levels reach fever pitch, regardless of age, and this reflects negatively in their behaviour. One headteacher I know refers to this period as ‘silly season’. This is the very time of year that teachers need recognising for their hard work and patience. As a former teacher myself I can assure you that a small gift at this time of year is appreciated. Walking away from school on the last day of term with a clutch of gifts from pupils’ parents really can erase the horrors of the previous weeks. And I say ‘small’ because that’s all teachers want; a token of recognition. We ran a gift survey amongst our supply teachers last year to find out what the gift of choice was. Chocolates and flowers came out top in the survey, followed by stationery. Stickers, pens and notepads are a welcome addition to any teacher’s schoolbag, particularly primary teachers. The chances are that all the reward stickers in your child’s star chart or exercise book have actually been bought by the teacher’s themselves and not the school. However, if you really want to make an impression, consider giving either tickets to the Monaco Grand Prix or a lump of coal; believe it or not both were gifts that our supply teachers claimed to have received in their career.

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Harborne entrepreneurs land deal to put enterprise books into all UK primary schools Clever Tykes children’s storybooks will be delivered to each and every primary school in the UK. Ben and Jodie Cook created the concept following evidence that there are too few positive business role models for children. Schools will gain access to an innovative digital portal with online teaching materials, all thanks to sponsorship from Lloyds Banking Group. As part of its Helping Britain Prosper Plan, Lloyds Banking Group is committed to supporting education and skills, small enterprise and encouraging diversity and inclusion and this initiative brings these three themes together. As the world celebrates Global Entrepreneurship Week there is exciting news for Birmingham as two of its entrepreneurs are set to have their books read nationwide. Ben and Jodie Cook, creators of the Clever Tykes children’s storybooks, have secured a sponsorship deal with Lloyds Banking Group that will see a copy of the series delivered to each and every primary school in the UK. The storybooks inspire resourceful, innovative and enterprising behaviour and have generated interest from across the globe after their inclusion in a national government report, “Enterprise for All”. They are now set to be enjoyed by millions of children in over 23,000 schools. The idea was inspired after Ben and Jodie, founder of JC Social Media

and BYPY 2014, discovered the evidence between role models and entrepreneurial intention, but found too few positive business role models for children. The pair set about creating three stories that introduced important life skills and attitudes to children aged six to nine. The sponsor, Lloyds Banking Group, hopes they can help inspire a generation of children. “We are delighted to be able to support Clever Tykes, which we hope will develop much-needed skills. As part of our ambition to help Britain prosper we strongly believe that investing in educating children in innovation and enterprise will not only benefit young people, but ultimately also the communities in which they live ”said Martin Dodd, Lloyds Banking Group’s Ambassador for the Midlands “It’s an incredibly exciting time for Clever Tykes and primary enterprise education,” cofounder Ben Cook commented, “we’ve seen the positive changes in children’s behaviour having read our stories and we’re delighted that thousands more will benefit.”​ The national roll-out will see the books arrive in schools in January. The package includes the development of the UK’s first digital enterprise portal. This will enable schools to download the books and will give them access to a raft of enterprise education resources which can be built into various areas of the curriculum.

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I am due back to work soon after my maternity leave and I feel really anxious. What can I do?

Change: Expect it, it is normal! Respect the emotions you are feeling and talk! Identify the areas that are causing you concern and start researching. Be in control. You will want and need time to settle back in CAREER AND LIFE Give yourself a “maternity return induction” to settle with CLARA WILCOX back in; reconnect with your team, department and The Balance Collective colleagues. Don’t expect to just pick up where you left off. No question is a stupid question, get the clarity that you need. What do you need to feel informed? Don’t make assumptions about yourself or each other The “you” returning is a different person to the “you” that left. What you want out of you career and personal development may have changed. If you have come back on a different working pattern, don’t apologise! Be clear in your communication about your availability through your email sign off and face to face updates. Set your career goals with your Manager Make you career aspirations clear and plan how you will achieve it. Be honest about what is realistic within your working hours; don’t put unnecessary pressure on yourself Changing your working pattern is a conversation Make sure you have a compromise position and ideally speak to your Manager before you return. If a decision can’t be made on the offset, suggest a trial process. During this, you could uncover and make recommendations around efficiencies or process changes.

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Residents in Birmingham are being reminded of this year’s Christmas and New Year waste collection arrangements with one month to go until festivities begin. As is normally the case, the council’s crews, who work on all other Bank Holidays, will not operate on Christmas Day, Boxing Day (or any Bank Holidays when either of those two particular days are at the weekend). There will be no collections of refuse or recycling on Monday 26th December and Tuesday 27th December. Anyone with collections on those days will have their household bins picked up one week later and their recycling bins will be collected two weeks later. All other collections remain unchanged, including those on Bank Holiday Monday (2nd January 2017).

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Organised by the Harborne Business Association (HBA) The Plough without hesitation donated a Christmas tree and, the community enjoyed carols sung by St John’s church choir, also donated were hot drinks from Arco Lounge, accompanied with mince pies and biscuits from Iceland, Sainsburys and Waitrose. Santa enjoyed his visit too.

Narcissistic next generation? Not so! New research reveals today’s young people aspire to careers in cutting-edge science over fame or fortune… but more needed to nurture talent.

Training Dogs to Transforming Lives Support Dogs is a national charity dedicated to increasing independence and quality of life for people with various medical conditions. It provides, trains and supports specialist assistance dogs to achieve this. The charity focuses on three areas: autism assistance dogs which provides a life changing service for children with autism and their families, disability assistance dogs to assist their owners by carrying out tasks which are specifically tailored to their needs, and seizure alert dogs for epilepsy. These dogs are trained to provide a 100% reliable warning up to 50 minutes prior to an oncoming seizure. This gives their owner time to find a place of safety and privacy as they have their seizure. Wolfs Estate Agents are proud to be sponsoring and funding, the new stand for the Support Dogs Charity at the Birmingham Crufts show, to be held in March 2017. For more information: www.supportdogs.org.uk

Today’s young would rather find a cure for cancer (34 per cent) than gain celebrity status through film (9%), reality TV (3 per cent) or social media (8 %), according to research announced at an annual Generation Xt science fair, opened by Professor Alice Roberts, anatomist, anthropologist and broadcaster, in collaboration with leading medical biotech, Roche Research of 2,500 UK 16-24 year olds highlights some refreshing truth about the attitudes and career aspirations of today’s so called ‘selfie generation’ We discovered 65% of young people in the West Midlands (n=224) spend their spare time volunteering, caring for others or donating to charity and over 1/3 aspire to cure cancer, the highest of all regions in the UK. Unfortunately these great ambitions are under threat from current economic and political uncertainties – 70% fear they won’t be able to find the job they want in the future. This research is part of a wider initiative to get young people inspired by careers in life sciences which they see as contributing to society but are unachievable or too daunting to get into.

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Trip to pub serves up stroke survival boost

A new ‘stroke survivors’ group at Moseley Hall Hospital’s outpatient brain injury service have designed a leaflet to help communicate their needs in everyday public situations – with a little bit of help from staff at the local pub! The leaflet explains how people they meet in everyday situations such as in shops and pubs or on buses and trains can help them overcome post-stroke communication challenges. On a confidence-building escorted visit to the neighbouring Village pub, the group took the opportunity to test out an early version of the leaflet with bar staff – a trip that marked the beginning of a productive partnership. Speech and language therapist Leona Bramble said: “The idea was for the group to produce something as a therapeutic exercise. Then, if the material they come up with could benefit their community, everyone wins. “We popped up to the Village as part of our work to help rebuild the group’s confidence in ordering and buying things in public and they all enjoyed the experience and found it beneficial therapeutically.

“The communication issues that people experience following a stroke can cause a very debilitating loss of confidence which, in turn, makes them inclined to avoid social situations and at risk of becoming isolated and lonely. Therefore, the group should be very proud”. The Birmingham Community Healthcare Charity enabled the group to get the leaflet professionally designed and printed. Now, the kind-hearted team at the Village has agreed to place a collection tin on the bar alongside the leaflet dispenser to help raise funds for further projects. Assistant manager Jo Gray said: “It’s been a real pleasure to help – we’re a community pub next door to a community hospital so we’re delighted to be building this friendship with our neighbours. “Customer service is obviously at the heart of what we do – and so we’re very appreciative of the Moor Green group raising our awareness of how we can make sure people who have experienced a stroke get full enjoyment from a visit to their local pub.”

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First Impressions There’s no need to let loss of teeth have a negative impact on your life! Confidents Denture Clinic is a family business owned and run by Phillip Morris and his wife Denise who offer a professional, personal and friendly service to all their clients - With 35 years in practice, a happy customer base of 2,498 and growing we are proud of the complete service we provide. Far more than a standard denture fitting service… Denture repairs & fitting is a personal service - something that shouldn’t be a cause for stress to anyone. Whatever your denture needs, we understand how important it is to provide a personal service tailored to your needs.

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How else can we help? - Our denture expertise doesn’t stop at fitting your new dentures. We’ll be on hand to maintain your dentures and make sure they continue to fit comfortably for years to come. When the time comes for you to replace your dentures, you can be sure of getting the same high level of care and attention when we guide you through the new dentures and treatments. Enjoy a coffee on us whilst we work our magic and get back your smile!

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Red ribbon opening for ‘Award Winning’ kitchen showroom and coffee diner in Halesowen

Friday 4th November saw the official launch of 3D Kitchens fantastic showroom, coffee centre and breakfast bar in Halesowen. At 11am guests gathered outside the award winning showroom front entrance to join James Morris MP who cut the ribbon

Throughout the day guests and visitors enjoyed a leisurely walk around the inspirational showroom enjoying the 18 stunning kitchen ranges in realistic room settings, all displayed with a wide range of builtin appliances and accessories. Everyone enjoyed a fantastic buffet and drinks, enhanced by their signature coffee and delights served from the new in-house coffee bar / American diner aptly named 3D’s Kitchen. The fresh food menu and home-made dishes are the foundation of what they do, so whether it’s a hearty breakfast, a lazy brunch or a slap up lunch, 3D’s Kitchen is all about preparing wellcooked quality food. So if you are in the market for a new kitchen or just a cup of coffee, why not pop in and see for yourself? More details can be found on their relaunched lifestyle web site: 3dkitchens.net Showroom open 9am – 6pm and 10am – 4pm on Sundays

“It Just Makes Sense.” 3dkitchens.net

3D Kitchens £3,732.08 Wren £4,571.82

B&Q £3774.00

Wickes £4,143.61

Homebase £4,890.18

Magnet £4,473.10

Howdens £4,177.56

Prices based on quote for like for like “Handleless White Gloss Kitchen”.

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with TOM BILLINGTON Harborne Chiropractic Clinic

with JANET EASTWOOD Janet Eastwood Acupuncture

with JOHN HILL Fit Brummie Bootcamp

with SARAH GINGELL Aesthetics Dental and Implant Surgery

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Move Different, Move Often

It is well understood that movement and motion is critical in the recovery from an injury. Gone are the days where patients are told to rest a painful back or arthritic knee. As human beings, we are inherently dynamic creatures, just think of all the amazing movement feats we see performed by humans at the top of their field (think any Olympic level athlete), and therefore it should come as no surprise when we learn that moving regularly is vital for a healthy body and mind. It turns out that regularly moving a joint is only one piece in the puzzle, as joints that have the greatest variability in movement show the lowest levels of pain and injury. Imagine building a robot that can mimic a human walking pattern. As long as the terrain remains perfectly level and without obstacle the robot can complete the feat of walking, change one aspect such as gradient of level of obstacles and the robot will soon fall down. From this we can understand that prevention of injury resides not just in how well your joints can perform a particular movement, but how well they can adapt to changing environments while performing those movements. This is why even those who run regularly can suffer from hip or knee pain, why those who weight train may endure shoulder pain. If you don’t regularly explore and use all ranges of motion a joint can allow, those unused ranges can gradually be lost resulting in a less stable joint and an increased risk of injury. If you are keen to hear more about this or get your own joints assessed along with information and a plan to improve any issues found, feel free to contact Harborne Chiropractic Clinic, and we would be happy to help. www.harbornechiropractic.co.uk

Hot Flushes

‘Acupuncture treatments may reduce the frequency of symptoms during menopause’. This was the conclusion of a study that found, compared with menopausal women who did not receive the treatment, hot flushes and night sweats reduced by over a third in menopausal women who received acupuncture. This benefit lasted for at least 6 months. Dr Nancy Avis, of the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Centre in the US, author of a recent research study about menopausal symptoms: said acupuncture could be a good solution for many women. Because Acupuncture is based on an individual assessment of you and your symptoms, a personal treatment is planned to target your main problem and the root cause. You may find that different styles of Acupuncture approach the treatment of menopausal symptoms in different ways. Hot flushes are usually seen as a ‘regulatory’ problem in acupuncture: too much heat in the upper part of the body and not enough in the lower part.  Too much heat in the upper heater causes hot flashes, night sweats, insomnia, anxiety, and emotional instability. Lack of warmth in the lower heater can cause depression and low back pain. As an Acupuncturist I often look towards the ‘Kidneys’ when considering problems relating to menopause. Too much heat in the system can deplete body fluids, in addition to affecting bone health, there is general dryness throughout the body. This can lead to constipation, dry mouth, scanty dark urine and vaginal dryness. Yin Deficiency also is associated with what’s called Empty or False Heat, which gives rise to hot flashes, night sweats, and face flushing. You can usually expect to see results in as few as five or six treatments. www.acupuncturejanet.com

Did you make this mistake?

Dental Implants & Bone Grafting

When I was 14 years old, I decided that I would stop biting my finger nails. I did this as one of them “New Year’s resolution” things. This is the only New Year’s resolution I ever really kept. To this day, I am not sure why this one stuck but it did. As we reach the end of year, a lot of people that said that this was “their year” can now reflect on whether it actually was. The question to ask yourself is this, if you really need to change something, why wait until January? If it was that important, you would have changed already right? This is the real problem with setting New Year’s resolutions. Most people set them because they feel they should or because there is something wrong with them. If you really want to change, you need to understand how and why this change will improve your life. This is so much more than just a diet or even an exercise program, it’s about how this improves your life across the board. Having the energy and vitality to live a full life doesn’t mean the constant cycle of feast and famine, it’s about being happy and free to live the life you want to. If you don’t see where change is taking you then you won’t do it. Dieting is not freedom. Intense unsustainable exercise plans don’t give you freedom. Freedom is about choices and feeling happy with yourself no matter what. So as we close on 2016, I would offer this advice; instead of focusing on resolutions, focus on change. If you focus on change, then you will get results. Have a great Christmas & New Year!

What is a dental implant? An implant is a titanium fixture that is surgically placed into the bone and a tooth-coloured crown or bridge is attached on top.



What is the process? You will first attend a consultation to assess your needs, expectations and suitability. X-rays and impressions will be taken. If necessary you may need a CT scan to assess your bone anatomy. If it is feasible the first surgical procedure will be scheduled. This is where the titanium implant will be placed into the bone. This will be left and allowed to heal for up to 3 months, after which an appointment will be made to check the healing. If everything is OK then the crown or bridge can be attached onto the titanium implant. The whole process can take a few months, depending on your individual treatment plan. What is bone grafting? Some patients do not have sufficient bone levels to support an implant. The bone may not be thick enough or may be too soft. In these cases bone can either be harvested from the jaw or donated, processed or artificial bone substitutes can be used to supplement the patient’s bone. This is more common as it spares an extensive graft harvesting procedure. The bone grafting can be carried out at the first surgical procedure. What are the risks? Bone grafting carries the same risks as any other surgical procedure such as pain, swelling and bruising. On top of this there is a risk the bone may be rejected, and implants have a higher failure rate when placed into grafted bone. How do I get the process started? You can research local dentists to find someone who performs implants, such as Dr Handa, who has been performing implant procedures for many years.

British Leeks Dr Rajesh Kumar Handa BDS MSc MFDSRCS (Eng) BDA Good Practice member since 2012 “A practice committed to serving clients with excellence in the Art & Science of Dentistry”

WE offer both NHS and Private treatments Treatments we offer: • Airflow treatment (to remove stubborn stains from wine/coffee/smoking) • Crowns and Bridges • Dental Implants with 3D Plan • Flexible Dentures • Immediate replacement of teeth • Orthodontics (Braces or straightening of teeth) • Sedation (for nervous or anxious patients) • Smile Makeover • Tooth coloured fillings • Tooth whitening • Treatment of Gum Diseases • Veneers


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Helping combat colds and staying healthy this winter

As we head into colder months, the Leek Grower’s Association is urging people not to forget the benefits of the British leek as the fatfree, nutrient rich answer to staying healthy and helping combat colds this winter. From keeping sore throats at bay to improving the quality of the singing voice, this ‘upmarket onion’ or ‘poor man’s asparagus’ is a must-have on shopping lists across the country. More refined, subtle and sweet than the average onion and packed with anti-oxidants, the leek has long been treasured in Europe and the Mediterranean where it has been grown and cooked for more than 3,000 years. Rich in iron, vitamin B6, vitamin C and folate it is used in traditional medicines to treat a variety of ailments including the common cold, gout, ‘bad’ cholesterol, kidney stones as Individual Beef Wellington with Leek Mousseline

well as protecting against cancer. Whether you like them roasted, baked, braised or boiled, leeks are easier to digest than onions, have laxative, antiseptic, diuretic and anti-arthritic properties. Leading chef and author of “Healthy, Speedy Suppers” Katriona MacGregor. Katriona says: “It’s a joy to cook and eat together and to nourish yourself and your family with healthful, seasonal recipes that have the power to make you feel healthy, well and energised.” A further extensive selection of seasonal, leek-based recipes can be downloaded from: www.britishleeks.co.uk


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Getting suited and booted for the Christmas party season Once again, as the festive party season appears on the special events horizon, it’s time for dapper men all over the country to start thinking about how they’re going to dress to impress this Christmas. It can be tough to find the right line between standard be suited elegance and special seasonal flamboyance. You don’t want to appear too ordinary and have people think that you’re a regular bah humbug with no sense of fun. But at the same time you don’t want to overdo the Yuletide glam and end up looking like Christopher Biggins in panto. As always, balance is key. First of all, in a sea of suits and ties, the trick to standing out starts with getting the essentials spot on. So, just in case it doesn’t go without saying, make absolutely sure of the following: Whatever you’re wearing, make sure that it fits - nothing flatters more than a perfect fit. Shoes must be perfect, no one has to see their face in them (unless you’re in the army) but they do need to be clean and uniformly polished. If you’re wearing a tie, get it right nothing says sloppy like a lazy knot. Nails, beard and hair - make sure they’re clean and perfectly groomed. Here are a few very simple ideas to put the natty in nativity and give your look a festive edge. Tuxedo Jackets. No longer the sole preserve of the strict formal setting, the tuxedo jacket especially if worn

as a separate and tied with a less formal trouser can MEN’S STYLE really make with you shine. ADRIAN BARROWS If your The Bespoke Tailor Christmas party is the smart-casual kind rather than wholly formal, you might want to mix your tux jacket with dark denim for a totally striking highlow, formal-casual combo. Patterned/Checked Suits. Christmas is the perfect time to let your hair down and if you’re feeling confident enough to move away from a single-colour suit, you might want to plump for something patterned or checked. Maybe go for a Prince of Wales check with a neutral jacket. Or if you have the chutzpah, go for some trendy tartan or something equally bold. Silk Scarves. Finally, nothing makes a style statement like a snazzy silk scarf. Go for a neutral colour or, if you have the confidence to carry it off, a paisley or even polka dot will make you stand out without being overly flamboyant. It’s okay to experiment a bit with your attire over the Christmas season. As long as you don’t go too over the top, you can be forgiven for putting an unusual, but still totally stylish, combination together. Tel: 07968 438 717 www.thebespoketailor.co.uk

CircusMASH Winter Show 2016: Mad World Date (Time): 9th December (7pm) and 10th December (3pm & 7pm) Location: CircusMASH, All Saints Centre, 2 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7RA

Enter into the pendulum, where fantasy meets reality, where crazy meets you and takes you on a journey into yourself to re-discover something you may have forgotten. Join CircusMASH community members this December for ‘Mad World’, a 75-minute show to get your festive season kick started. Each year CircusMASH rounds up students and trainers to create a circus spectacular and this year is no different. Staring kids and adults from Birmingham, this show is sure you blow your socks off so we look forward to seeing you there in December.

Tickets Adults £6 - Kids £4 Under 2’s free (You’ll need to sit them on your lap) Available online at: www.circusmash.co.uk More info: www.circusmash.co.uk Email: info@circusmash.co.uk

Christmas Fundraising for Acorns Children’s Hospice By Ellie Hill, Biddle & Webb Auctioneers & Valuers

In the spirit of the season, Biddle & Webb Auctioneers are excited to be raising funds for Acorns Children’s Hospice on Saturday 10th December. Established in 1988, Acorns Children’s Hospice Trust is a registered charity offering a network of care for life limited and life threatened babies, children and young people and their families, across the heart of England. We love how at Acorns they not only care for the children, they also provide support to the whole family and standing beside them every step of the way at a very unbearable time.

Acorn’s Children’s Hospice is highly dependent on fundraising and donations as it requires them to provide the much-needed specialist care services to children and families. Therefore, please make a donation to ensure they can continue supporting the children and families. This is why Biddle & Webb Auctioneers will be stepping in and offering a helping hand on Saturday (10th). We will be setting up a festive stall filled with delicious cakes, samosas, gingerbreads and cupcakes, all made by the Biddle & Webb staff. The stall will be placed at our December Interiors Sale on Saturday (10th) at 10am till 5pm.

We will be taking donations throughout the day and we will be also holding a raffle competition for someone to win a hamper filled with tasty chocolates.

Therefore, come along to our auction house on December 10th and help us support them by simply enjoying a delicious slice of cake! We are located at Icknield Square, Birmingham for any more enquiries please contact us on 0121 455 8042.

Biddle & Webb Auctioneers are wishing everyone a MERRY CHRISTMAS! Tel: 07909 251 215 Email: ellie.hill@biddleandwebb.com www.biddleandwebb.com

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Murg Makhani Recipe 2016

Recipe for 4 persons

RECIPE Whole baby chicken (skin off) For marinating chicken… - Greek or Hung yoghurt – 1 cup - Kashmiri or Deggi chilli powder – 1 tspn - Lime juice – 2 tbspn - Ginger/garlic paste – 2 tbspn - Mustard oil – 2 tbspn - Garam masala powder – ½ tspn - Salt – to taste

Our executive chef Mandeep Bajwa

For Makhani gravy… 10 Plum tomatoes 6 fresh garlic cloves 100 gm fresh ginger cut Deggi mirch powder – 1 tbspn 6 Whole cardamom 1 cup water


For finishing – Makhani gravy… - Butter – 3 tbspn - Cream – 1 cup - Honey or sugar – 2 tbspn - Dried fenugreek leaves (kasoori methi) – 1 tspn - Cumin powder – ½ tspn - Salt – to taste

3. Mix well all the spice powders and salt.

1. Wash raw bananas cut into three pieces with skin and boil for about 10mins till cooked soft. Cool, peel and grate them. 2. Mix the grated raw bananas with green peas, chopped green chilly and fresh coriander. 4. For binding the mixture well add corn flour. 5. Divide the mixture into equal portions and make round cakes or tikkies with about 1/2 inch thickness. 6. Deep fry the cakes till crispy golden in colour.

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The Wine Man’s Christmas Quiz!

THE WINE MAN with CLIVE WITCOMB Berkmann Wine Cellars clive.witcomb@berkmann.co.uk

Have Fun! The answers can be found on page 27

1 In which month of the year is Beaujolais Nouveau released? 2 Which of these is not an Italian grape variety? (a) Vernaccia (b) Viura (c) Vermentino (d) Verdicchio 3 In which country would you find the wine region of Vale Dos Vinhedos? 4 Which Champagne House named its premium Champagne after a distinguished British leader? 5 In which year did the first classification of Bordeaux wines take place? (a) 1795 (b) 1855 (c) 1875 (d) 1915

6 Which of these countries harvests its grapes before the other two in any given year? (a) Portugal (b) Germany (c) South Africa 7 Kamptal and Wagram are wine regions of which country? 8 Divide the number of bottles in a Balthazar by the number in a Methusaleh, add that to the number in a Jeroboam – what number are you left with? (Bonus point – what is that sized bottle called?!) (a)2 (b)6 (c)12 9 Which of these is not a Californian wine region? (a) Napa Valley (b) Okanagan Valley (c) Santa Ynez Valley

Win Family Tickets to the Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham




Join us at the Gardens for some festive fun throughout the Christmas season. Magical Lantern Festival 23rd November - 2nd January Christmas Fair & carol singing 3rd December

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Your support keeps the Gardens growing

We have teamed up with Magical Lantern Festival Birmingham to celebrate an event filled with culture, light and sculpture. We are offering 2 of our lucky readers the chance to win a family ticket for two adults and two children (4 – 16 years) to attend the Magical Lantern Festival, which is being held at Birmingham Botanical Gardens from 25th November to 2nd January. After experiencing great success with the first festival last year in London, the event will now transform Birmingham Botanical Gardens

15 Who said? “I’ll tell you the truth… I had a glass of wine after the game, but it was just a mouthful.” (a) Wayne Rooney (b) Paul Gascoigne (c) George Best 16 The science of winemaking is known as what? 17 To whom does Portugal’s Vida Nova wine brand belong?

19 Who or what is Madeleine Angevine? (a) The real name of the widow Madame ‘Veuve’ Clicquot (b) Grape variety popular in English wine (c) The current chair of the French wine classification board 20 At the annual grape festival in the Italian town of Marino in 2008, what flowed from the fountain in the town square? (a) White wine (b) Red wine (c) Sparkling wine (d) Water

18 Which famous wine traditionally has a crossed-keys symbol embossed on the bottle?

with eye-catching lanterns that will engage all of your senses. You will enter through a 12-metre wide lantern entrance, before following a stunning trail around the gardens. From Santa and his reindeers to flowers and animals, these giant lanterns will light up the beautiful ponds, woodland, gardens and pathways of the Birmingham attraction. To enter simply send your name and telephone number by 11th December to: Email: info@hem-life.co.uk Winners will be picked at random and contacted

It’s the most wonderful time of the year to be out in your garden

the most


10 In winemaking, what does the term dégorgement refer to? 11 In the name of the wine “Asti Spumante,” what is Asti? 12 Which of these grape varieties is not permitted in the making of Champagne? (a) Chardonnay (b) Pinot Meunier (c) Sauvignon Blanc (d) Pinot Noir 13 Which vineyard region lies at 45 degrees South? (a) Central Otago, New Zealand (b) Paarl, South Africa (c) Mendoza, Argentina 14 Which of these wines is from the Loire Valley? (a) Pouilly-Fumé (b) Pouilly-Fuissé (c) Puligny-Montrachet

Temperatures have plummeted but as long as it’s dry, you can start mulching your flowerbeds (just don’t apply to frozen earth – the mulch will keep the cold in). If you want to get something in the ground, you can still plant tulip bulbs, shrubs and deciduous trees.

It’s a good idea to wrap up certain plants, such as tree ferns and tender shrubs, for the winter period. Shrubs should be wrapped with hessian, or failing that, fleece. Any plants that are not fully hardy should have their crowns covered with straw or bracken. Other important outdoor tasks include looking at your wooden structures to see what needs to be fixed. Now is a good time to turn your attention to any wooden structures by mending broken panels and treating with wood preservative. Save the painting for next year, though, as it won’t dry in this weather. If you feel it’s too cold to stay outside for too long, you can always get a head start on next year by sharpening your blades: a good clean cut lowers the risk of infection, and you may not have time to carry out this task in spring. Clean and oil any tools that you don’t think you’ll use over the winter to ensure they remain in top condition for next year. When it gets really cold, we like to sit by the fire, dreaming of warmer days and flicking through our seed catalogues. Bring a touch of the outdoors into your living room with a Christmas Hyacinth, Cyclamen or Azalea from our plant sales area and put them in a cool, but well-lit spot in your home for Christmas.

A temperature of 13-15C (55-59F) is ideal. Phalaenopsis orchids and poinsettias (Euphorbia pulcherrima) require a minimum temperature of 16-19C (60-66F), but do not position them close to radiators, open fires or draughts. You could even bring container-grown herbs such as chives and mint indoors for forcing on the windowsill – there’s nothing quite like eating home grown produce over Christmas. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Tel: 0121 454 1860

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Travel ‘top-tips’ week

1. Every year, certain colleagues seem to have the next year’s TRAVEL Holiday Planner stitched up, well with before Hallowe’en, ZOE FRANKLIN let alone Xmas! Travel Club Elite However, if you’re quick, use a little bit of seasonal magic to turn just 8 days of precious 2017 leave, into a 16-day break: Book 10 -13 April (4 days) & 18 -21 April (4 days), with the Easter Break, you’ll be off from 8th. April, until 24th. April! 2. Save time, stress, money & avoid queues on holiday by carefully planning & pre-booking your activities. You’ll save time at your destination. You’ll save your local currency. You’ll save stress, knowing you’re going to get the most out of your trip. We’ve all had that conversation – Q. ‘Right, what’s the plan for today, then?’ A. ‘Dunno, it’s up to you’ Grrrr! You’ll save money - some pre-booked ticket prices, for Florida theme parks, for example, are not available on the spot. You’ll dodge the queues, which can be for hours, by having your tickets and pre-booked admission times sorted.

New York for Free?

3. New York is always popular, so here are some free (or bargain) activities, if you can squeeze them in! 4. Brooklyn Bridge. One of the oldest in the USA (1883), and with a fascinating history. Superb views of New York. 5. Governor’s Island. $2 ferry from Brooklyn Bridge & many free activities on the island (May to September). 6. The Staten Island Ferry – as seen in so many movies. 7. A day-trip to Coney Island. 8. The Museum of Modern Art. 9. The Rockefeller Center; If travelling over Christmas, or Thanksgiving, head over to 30 Rock to see their spectacular Christmas Tree and ice-rink. 10. Central Park, plus many other “secret” gardens. 11. The Chelsea Brewing Company, free tour and a complimentary sample! Whatever your plans, I wish you Happy Travelling! www.travelclubelite.com T: 0121 213 0012

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Bird boxes, pickled onions and how to fight Cancer! 72 year old Leslie Raymond Croft has survived cancer not once but twice, the first was at aged 60 when Les found out he had prostate cancer, the second at the age of 65, Les was diagnosed with a very rare form of cancer in the stomach known as a GIST, both times Les was treated at the QE Hospital and, I’m happy to say Les is now in remission and takes life one day at a time,  there were dark moments but, the great care he received at the QE hospital by surgeons, doctors and nurses puts them right at the very top of his Christmas list. Les also pays a personal tribute to his faith, what the power of payer can do in such times, his family and friends and the love of his life Sheila.

Pizza Express Music Programme not to be missed!

Way back in time, an extremely enterprising chap, name of Peter Boizot, decided that there might just be a commercial potential in the UK for the then humble pizza. I’m not saying that Peter was the first, but he was the first that I was aware of to open a pizzeria on a British high street. In fact his initial venture somewhat mushroomed, and almost overnight it seemed there was a rash of Peter’s Pizza restaurants throughout the UK. He called them Pizza Express. Peter Boizot was an interesting chap, a man of many parts. He seemed to own much of his home town of Peterborough, including the football club,

Les and Sheila have helped raise over £27,000 by fund raising for the Q E, upper GI ward, cancer appeal. Les makes bird boxes, jars of pickled onions, does car boot sales and a few live shows at the Kings Norton Bowling Club - Les takes no credit himself and would rather the credit go to everyone who mucks in. Les’s fight against cancer is a fight for all of us Bird boxes or jars of pickled onions anyone? A big thank you Les from all of us.  Gary Haywood   www.acoustic1radio.co.uk

he was the sponsor of the England Ladies Hockey team and, most importantly for many of us, he was an inveterate jazz fan. This manifested itself in many ways. He supported the then-fledgling British Jazz Awards which was – and still is – organised by Birmingham’s Big Bear Music; he formed a commercial touring jazz band featuring some of the finest UK musicians under the name, appropriately, of The Pizza Express All Stars; he regularly featured first class jazz performances at his Pizza Express on Dean Street. He also presented jazz at some of his other outlets, such as Pizza On The Park and Kettners in Soho, but it was at the Dean Street enterprise that jazz really flourished. It has been many a year since Peter Boizot relinquished control of the extremely impressive Pizza Express chain, but the close relationship with jazz remains. So much so, that Dean Street can probably claim to be London’s leading live jazz venue, after their near-neighbour, Ronnie Scotts. In recent years, the Maidstone Pizza Express has successfully featured jazz, but now it’s the turn for Birmingham and its restaurant on Brindleyplace, Broad Street which will be a pilot for other outlets across the country. The initial programme presents a series of shows through December opening with the million

selling Beverley Craven [2nd], best known for her 1991 Top 5 hit single “Promise Me”, followed by a 12 piece Motown Live Revue [3rd]. Mari Wilson, she of the trademark Beehive hair style and UK Top 10 single “Just What I Always Wanted” appears on the 9th, followed by jazz funk band Shakatak [10th] who first came to fame with Top Ten chart entries “Night Birds” and “Down On The Street”. Singer and pianist Lianne Carroll [16th] is a leading light in British jazz, having won Best Vocalist in the British Jazz Awards and is again nominated in 2016. Finally for this year is singer Kiki Dee with guitarist Carmelo Luggori [17th]. Kiki has the distinction of being the only UK blue-eyed soul singer ever to sign to Motown Records. She is best known for her hit “I’ve Got The Music In Me” and her duet with Elton John “Don’t Go Breaking My Heart” which went to Number One in both the UK and USA charts in 1976. The similarity of the Pizza Express programme to that of the later days of Ronnie Scotts, only a stone’s throw away on Broad Street, will not be missed by those who fondly remembered the days when Birmingham was home to one of the world’s great music venues. Jim Simpson – Big Bear Music




Pop Music


An Audience With…


Comedy Night


Simon Weston

Peter Donohoe

Thursday 8 December, 8.00pm

Wednesday 14 December, 7.30pm

The Choir with No Name

Thursday 26 January, 6.30pm

Thursday 23 February, 7.30pm

Spend the evening in the company of Gary Delaney, Lloyd Griffith and David Morgan, who will be on hand to crack the jokes and deliver the puns.

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December 2016


Life Sport & Motors

Expect the unexpected when you sample the new Hyundai i30. As a mid-sized family hatchback you would assume it would lean more towards comfort than sport and be a little soft around the edges... But when you get behind the wheel there is a definite firmness to the suspension which gives it a pleasing sporting bias while still offering a comfortable ride to satisfy most passengers. It’s a car which sits solidly and squarely on the road even when pushed hard so you can enjoy driving it rather than just seeing it as a car which gets you from A to B. With a 110bhp diesel engine under the bonnet the SE Nav 1.6CRDi is sharp yet smooth in its power delivery while nipping very rapidly through its seven-speed auto box so that you find yourself in top gear at just over 40 miles per hour - keeping both the revs and fuel consumption down. When you need that extra zip, however, this Hyundai is only too keen to oblige and rapidly drops three gears as you put your right foot down hard, although the engine - normally very quiet - does tend to complain a little. It will whisk you from standstill to 62 mph in a very respectable 11.8 seconds and on to a top speed of 115 mph while at the same time boasting an official average fuel consumption of more than 67 miles per gallon. The second generation i30 has an attractive fluid design which makes it eye catching and appealing. At the front it gets the new hexagonal grille to give it the family face of

Hyundai and attractive daylight running lights make it easy to pick out. And inside there’s plenty of space for five with rear seat passengers getting generous leg room, thanks in part to the large space beneath the front seats Luggage space is generous too as you can fold the rear seat squabs forward before folding the backrests down to give you a practical and spacious flat luggage floor. In fact practicality is one of the major plus points of this car, with an interior that has been well thought out to make it an easy vehicle to live with. Features include an overhead glasses holder, a deep central armrest box to provide bumper storage space and a spacious glove box which can be chilled to store cold drinks etc. There are also generous door pockets on each of the four doors, the rear ones of which have specially designed bottle holders. The i30 is one of those cars which is very easy to drive and therefore makes for relaxed motoring. A rear view colour camera and reversing sensors make things easy when it comes to parking and the satellite navigation system - unlike some - is very easy to get used to. On the road the 1.6-litre engine performs well and is more than

Despite the cold, the Hornets are on fire again but this time for a good cause!

On Wednesday 5th November, Harborne Hornets hosted a mixed charity netball tournament to support the work Clem, one of our players, has been doing out in Greece with a refugee organisation called Calaid. Despite freezing temperatures, Hornets turned up ‘en masse’ to support the event. Things got mighty competitive as ever, and we saw teams made up of Hornets, friends, partners and work colleagues collaborating and battling it out for the win. It was a fantastic night for team spirit with side-line cheerleading and everyone getting involved in making sure it was a successful and fun evening. Congratulations ‘Team Sloth’ for a welldeserved victory! A huge shout out must go to the patient and generous umpires Jane, Sarah, Jess and Katie, the lovely mother and daughter duo who ran the tuck shop and of course our Club Treasurer Mariana who helped organise the night’s activities. Thank you to all who came, we managed to raise £350, which will go straight towards the school Clem and her family, the Parkers, alongside Calaid built back in October, which is currently providing education to over 60 Refugee children, many of who are desperately trying to stabilise after unimaginable traumas.  It was a fantastic evening and a true testament to the wonderful and supportive spirit we have here at Harborne Hornets.

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As we look forward to summer 2017 the leading women tennis players come to Birmingham for the coveted Maud Watson Trophy from June 19th - 25th. This tournament started way back in 1982 and with the increased prize money is now the 12th largest Women’s tournament in the world. Photography by John Patrick

up to the job and I liked the fact that you can alter the steering settings at the touch of a button from comfort to sport or go for the middle choice of normal. Motorway cruising is relaxed and quiet thanks to the long legged seventh gear which helped with fuel consumption and saw me achieving around 50mpg over a week’s motoring. Priced at £20,795 the Hyundai SE Nav 1.6CRDi Blue Drive offers a lot of car for the money, especially when you consider it comes with a five year, unlimited mileage warranty.


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Hockey Round Up


Nine University of Birmingham players were selected for the England women’s Under-21 squad to compete in the Junior World Cup in Santiago, Chile, between November 24 and December 4, which attracted 16 countries.

The selection shows the strength of the Investec Premier Division’s side as the University players comprise half the squad. Heading the list is leading scorer Erica Sanders who mid-way through November had netted ten goals. The other University players selected are Alicia Caillard, Holly Hunt, Lydia Macdonell, Harriet Mitchell, Holly Munro, Olivia Paige, Katherine Somerville and Alice Willis. Before their departure, the Students were engaged in a dramatic league tussle with Canterbury. Twice they were two goals behind and with two minutes remaining trailed 2-4. First GB star Lily Owsley scored and Sanders grabbed a last-minute equalizer . After eight matches the University were in mid-table having slipped to defeats by the top two sides, Surbiton and East Grinstead. They were knocked out of the Women’s Cup 3-1 on penalties by Stourport after drawing 2-2. University of Birmingham men mirrored their women counterparts. After eight games and identical performance they were sitting in mid-table of Conference West. They had 2-0 victories against Old Georgians and Fareham and a 5-0 win over University of Bristol but lost 5-4 to Chichester. Josh Kelly is top scorer with eight goals. In the Men’s Cup they were also knocked out - 4-3 on penalties by Nottingham University after drawing 2-2. Harborne , having finished last season in the bottom half of their division, continue to challenge strongly for promotion to the national league. After two successive 3-0 wins, over Bournville and Barford Tigers,

they were second in Midlands Premier of the Warwick Printing League. To date Peter Jackson is their leading scorer with ten goals. Following a 3-1 victory at Stourport, Bournville lost to Harborne and drew 4-4 with fellow strugglers North Stafford. Edgbaston were in fourth place in Midlands 1, three points behind leaders Sutton Coldfield, who mid-month defeated them 5-2. Prior to that they beat Barton 6-4 and Rugby & East Warwicks 3-1. Joe Welch had notched eight goals. Old Halesonians defeated Edgbaston 2-1 then lost 4-1 to Sutton Coldfield before returning to winning ways, beating Warwick 1-0 at home. Then followed another defeat, 3-0 to Warwick University. Kings Heath Pickwick, winless after six matches in the West Midlands Premier lie second from bottom on one point. They have only scored seven goals and conceeded 24.

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Warwickshire’s investment in developing young players is higher than ever as the Edgbaston Academy welcomes three new entrants Warwickshire have welcomed Harry Johnson, George Garrett and Bethan Ellis as new entrants into the Edgbaston Academy. The trio were welcomed into the academy for the coming year after impressing the coaches along the Player Pathway programmes sufficiently to suggest they have potential to ultimately make it through to the Bears’ first teams. Harry, George and Bethan join Mohammad Ahmed, Harry Brookes, Georgia Davis, Ben Griffin and Robert Yates in the academy and, as academy director Paul Greetham welcomed them, he underlined the club’s ongoing commitment to unearthing local talent capable of following the likes of Ian Bell and Chris Woakes all the way to the top level. Warwickshire’s commitment to “growing their own” is nothing new. Since its inception in 2001, the Edgbaston Academy has produced 27 professional cricketers. Ten of the current Bears

professional squad came through it, that 2017 EPP: commitment has never been greater Back Row: Daniel Mousley, David Burnell, Ethan Brookes, Matthew Davison, Jacques Banton, Khayam Khan, Finlay McCreath, than now. “The club has never invested Edmund Gaffney, Awais Mohammed, Jeevan Barhey. more resources in the Player Pathways Front Row: Archie O’Hara, Isabelle Wong, Alice Dixon, Tiarna Gilkes, Ria Fackrell, Amelia Kite, Grace Ballinger, Daniel Grounds. than this year,” said Greetham. “Our commitment to spotting and nurturing the best local talent is greater than ever. No other county gives it higher priority. “I’m delighted to welcome Harry, George and Bethan into the academy. They have earned their places by showing the ability and temperament they will need and we’ll continue to work with them to help them make further progress towards the first-team squads.” Coming to the end of his third year at Edgbaston, Greetham has overseen a number of changes to the Bears’ youth set-up for 2017. For the first time next year there will be two Under 10s squads to keep the talent-pool as 2017 Academy: broad as possible. These squads will play Georgia Davis, Ben Griffin, more internal games as well as a miniGeorge Garrett, Henry Brookes, programme of fixtures against other Robert Yates, Harry Johnson, counties. Bob Malden Bethan Ellis

Birmingham Moseley up for the Challenge!

The winter season for sport is in full swing and so far the weather has been not too bad for the winter games like Football Rugby and Hockey. Teams are now approaching the half way point in the season and assessing are they in a promotion position or, are we facing a relegation struggle! At Moseley Birmingham it has been so far a good season, with several excellent wins but equally a few matches which Moseley have won but it was pretty hair raising in the final outcome. Going into November Birmingham Moseley had won 7 and Lost 1 against Ampthill, against Darlington Mowden Park it proved to a very difficult encounter, it was not pretty but two tries in first half from driving mauls from Sam Pailor and James Williams plus a Williams conversion and penalty in the second half was enough to give Moseley a 15-7 victory and four points. The following week saw the Loughborough Students come to Billesley, Loughborough are very fit and play an exciting brand of running rugby, in the first half Moseley were under huge pressure, the start was impressive from the Red and Blacks with two superb tries from Mark Harrison and George Oram putting Moseley 12-0 up, the students hit back and actually took the lead before a lovely try from winger Drew Cheshire set up by Alex Grove restored the lead. In the second half the introduction of the redoubtable Adam Caves into the front row changed everything Moseley started to dictate the scrums and Moseley cruised to a 47-19 victory and a bonus point. Moseley against Plymouth Albion who had won 5 straight home wins was going to be a huge test for Moseley, in the opening exchanges Plymouth took the lead through Nile Dacres, a James Williams penalty kept them in touch. Moseley looked to be in control at 17-10 with tries from Tim Molenaar and Drew Cheshire, they made a decision which rebounded on them in the final outcome when they chose not to kick an easy penalty, went for the corner and lost a vital lineout, at 20-17 ahead it still looked that Moseley could win but a vital handling error put Plymouth

22-20 ahead and another late try saw Moseley lose 27-20. The following week saw Moseley travel to Macclesfield, who are bottom of the table, these matches are always a potential banana skin! Moseley took an early lead but the bottom side played with great passion, half time led 12-3, the introduction of powerful front row Tom Fidler proved a real bonus, when Tim Molenaar reduced the deficit Moseley gave it everything and, in the last move of the game scored a penalty try and a very narrow victory 17-15. The next four weeks are vital for Moseley they play Blackheath at home who are third in the table, the big match against the runaway leaders Hartbury College who have won all 12 games they have played, a home match against mid table Esher and a vital local derby against Coventry, this will determine Moseley’s promotion hopes, it will be very tough but not impossible - I have NO DOUBT Moseley will be up for the challenge.

More good news for Harborne Youth FC Harborne Youth FC have been awarded the prestigious FA charter standard club status - and we are delighted!! This demonstrates that we run a well-organised, safe club that offers opportunities to all and supports our club vision to provide a safe environment for young people to have fun playing football. Harborne Youth FC Chairman Phil Court commented, “A special word of thanks goes to our club Secretary, Andy Morris, for his hard work in making this happen”. Find out more about Harborne Youth FC: www.pitchero.com/clubs/harborneyouthfc/

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Wine Man’s Christmas Quiz Answers from page 22

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1November, 2b(Spain), 3Brazil, 4Pol Roger (Winston Churchill), 5b, 6c, 7Austria, 8b (Rehoboam), 9b (Canada), 10Removing the sediment when making sparkling wine, 11A wine region in Italy, 12c, 13a, 14a, 15b, 16Oenology, 17Sir Cliff Richard, 18Châteauneuf-du-Pape, 19b, 20d (water, by mistake, it should have been wine!)








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