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Step inside this Summer The former Moseley School of Art is to open its doors to the public this summer so people can enjoy this landmark building. Designed by local architect W.H. Bidlake, the 120 year-old Grade II* listed building was saved from disrepair by the local community and is now once more set to be a cultural centre with new artists shaping its future.

Functioning as an art school between 1900 and 1975, the School of Art was closed to the public in recent years and underwent major repair work on the stonework and roofing, funded by Historic England and the National Lottery Heritage Fund. The Grade II* listed building’s former students include the early pop artist Peter Phillips, musician Roy Wood, Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie and advertising legend Trevor Beattie. Now called ‘Moseley Community Hub at the School of Art’, thanks to this work the building is no longer on the heritage at risk register and is enjoying a renaissance as a seat of artistic learning and appreciation. This summer will welcome film fans to this exceptional, rescued Victorian building during a two-day event (22-23 August), Historic England x The Village Screen: Hidden Camera, a project launched by Historic England in partnership with pop up cinema organisers. The event will give the all ages an exclusive opportunity to watch a selection of classic, family friendly and children’s films (23-24

August). The screenings are part of the organisation’s on-going efforts to encourage public enjoyment and engagement in our collective heritage, and it’s the first time Historic England has hosted film screenings in listed buildings as part of Historic England’s on-going ‘Loss and Destruction season’, which looks at why heritage is so important. Louisa Moore, partnerships manager, paid tribute to the hard work and dedication of the Moseley Muslim Community Association saying, “It is crucial for Historic England to work in partnership with dynamic community groups like the MMCA. The former Moseley School of Art is a beautiful building, that was at risk of being lost forever. Now, it has a new life thanks to the MMCA’s drive and vision. Historic England is extremely proud to have worked with them on this project, and to have contributed a grant of £263,000.” David Peebles, Moseley Community Hub at the School of Art building manager, said, “This building holds an important place in Birmingham’s story as a city that has produced

David Peebles – Building Manager

many cultural stars. Hosting the film screenings gives local people and the wider public an opportunity to see inside this fantastic building, which has produced world-class talent. Thanks to the funding, it can once more be a place where communities, and established and developing artists, thrive.” Historic England, is a public body that helps people care for, enjoy and celebrate England’s spectacular historic environment, from beaches and battlefields to parks and pie shops. They protect, champion and save the places that define who we are and where we’ve come from as a nation. They care passionately about the stories they tell, the ideas they represent and the

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Connected communities achieve the incredible Hello and Welcome to the July/August issue

Summer is finally here and according to the experts the good weather will continue throughout the months of July and August With the school summer holidays just around the corner, this issue covers events and achievements that have happened (despite the rain) and upcoming indoor and outdoor events in and around our communities to keep everyone entertained. New projects and clubs launching include – Cleaner, Greener Streets (pg3), Artsmile (pg6), Birmingham Jazz Festival (pg21), Go Pink (pg23), and Free Tennis for all the family to enjoy (pg24), plus lots of local, trusted businesses that pull out all the stops to provide their customers with great products and services. Are you are feeling lucky? – (pg4) (pg27) (pg29) Three fantastic opportunities to WIN. We are having a break in July, but will be back at the helm in August to bring you the September issue, published Friday 6 September. Have a Fantastic Summer!

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Cleaner, Greener Streets

Community groups and those with a passion for cleaner, greener streets are being invited to utilise equipment available on a fleet of 75 street cleaning barrows that have been bought by the council. Currently, community cleanups happen across the city thanks to the efforts of dedicated citizens and organised groups, supported by the council in a number of key ways: • The waste prevention team provide litter pickers and high-visibility Jackets to individuals and communities wishing to undertake clean ups and the waste management service pick up the waste collected • The Parks and Nature Conservation team hold regular training and support to communities and volunteers and operate a highly successful environmental training and volunteer support programme • The waste management service actively supports the annual Great British Spring Clean initiative. In 2019, volunteers held 106 events and collected over 100 tonnes of litter

Thanks to a £194,000 grant from the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government, the council has identified the opportunity to develop and launch a new, single community offer – with the supply of a street cleansing barrow to each of the 69 council wards as the centrepiece of the scheme. Each of the barrows will include a range of tools and equipment including loppers, rakes, graffiti kits, litter pickers, trowels, spades, brooms, hoes, shears, first aid kits, saws and high-visibility clothing. The equipment on the barrows will be distributed following an expression of interest process, in which co-operation between local groups will be encouraged to maximise their use. Once issued, the equipment will be held by community groups rather than the council. It has also been identified areas may require two barrows if they have active Business Improvement Districts. A full programme of training is also being offered to those who take part to ensure safety and to maximise the effectiveness of the equipment’s use.

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Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said, “I will never lose sight of the fact that the council has its part to play in meeting the top priority for citizens – clean streets. We’ve still got lots to do, but there is an individual responsibility for everyone who lives in Birmingham to play their part too. “We know there is an amazing amount of work done by individual citizens and community groups with a shared passion for clean streets. “I am incredibly grateful for their efforts and hope this project helps them continue their contribution to a better environment for all. “It’s not just about the council and it isn’t solely down to residents. We have to work together to achieve our shared aim.”

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Who’s for the Game? The book is written by Douglas H. Smith MBE, who lives in Moseley, and the subject matter is the WW1 war memorial for Moseley Rugby Club, Moseley Golf Club, Moseley Ashfield and Moor Green Football Club. It tells the story of the men from four prominent Birmingham sports clubs who lost their lives in the First World War The memorials to the men are within a mile of each other and for a time three of them were located at Moseley Ashfield Cricket Club.

The story of the men is peppered across almost all the battle fronts of the War and only the navy is not represented. Jessie Pope’s poem, which gives the book its title, is now seen as jingoistic but these men were anything but blinded by propaganda. They died as they played, giving everything for their team.


National Lottery funded loneliness project

Local older people will be given the chance to confront loneliness thanks to £98k awarded to The ExtraCare Charitable Trust by The National Lottery Community Fund, the largest funder of community activity in the UK, to deliver the Confronting Loneliness Project. The project launch coincides with the start of Loneliness Awareness Week (17-21 June), an annual event to raise awareness of loneliness. Older people are especially vulnerable to isolation. Loneliness can have a serious effect on an individual’s health – as harmful as smoking 15 cigarettes a day, and a knock-on detrimental impact on the NHS. The announcement also follows the release of the charity’s recent research results with Aston and Lancaster Universities that found 87% of its residents living in its retirement communities are ‘never or hardly ever’ lonely. A great result but one that highlighted the need to identify and support those who are facing isolation. Michael Spellman, ExtraCare’s Project Lead comments, “As a charity, we exist to improve the

lives of older people, eradicating loneliness within our communities supports this vision. We hope by enabling our residents and those living within the local community to feel more confident and get involved in the array of activities on offer, not only at our villages but within the city, we’ll help more people to feel less lonely.” A dedicated social engagement supporter has been recruited by the charity to run the initiative and will enhance the village’s existing specialist team of dementia and mental health, and wellbeing advisors. Volunteers will be trained to support by becoming ‘befrienders’ and ‘buddies’. The retirement villages also offer an array of activity including tai-chi, woodwork, chair yoga, choir singing and quiz nights. Longbridge has a successful stay and play group bringing together older people and young children – intergenerational activity is known to have a positive impact on people of all ages something highlighted in the charity’s involvement in the BAFTA-nominated Channel 4 show Old People’s Home for 4-Year-Olds

Hearing check could win you hearing aids It was a damp end to spring for many across the West Midlands, but the hope of a great summer to come is still alive. And when the sun is shining and the birds are singing, Specsavers in Harborne want to ensure no-one misses a note with a fantastic competition. Audiology director, Sandeep Khatkar, explains all, “Summer is a really sociable time of year. We all love getting together with friends and family for BBQs and days out but if you’re experiencing problems with your hearing it can put a real dampener on things. “That’s why we are giving one lucky local the chance to win a pair of Phonak hearing aids worth £1,695 and all you have to do is book in for a hearing test in July.” Research by Specsavers has revealed that 28 per cent1 of people in West Midlands would rather miss out on what is being said in social situations, than admit they can’t hear. 23 per cent 2 would even avoid social gatherings altogether as they wouldn’t want to keep asking people to repeat themselves.

Specsavers offer a wide range of hearing aids to meet the need for comfort, style and, most importantly, performance. With the chance to win a pair of hearing aids, there’s never been a better time to book a hearing test. To find out more, or to book a free hearing test visit Specsavers at: 136 High Street, Harborne t: 0121 426 0810


Life Changing Educational Opportunities As Hallfield School celebrates 140 illustrious years and continues to excel at providing a broad and balanced education, we would like to extend an invitation to the local community to visit our first ever Year 9 Destinations Fair on September 12th at 6pm. Come and meet the most prestigious senior schools from the Midlands area and explore the life-changing educational opportunities that are available to your child. A selection of the schools in attendance at our Destinations Fair include: Rugby, Repton, RGS Worcester, Malvern College, Warwick, Malvern St. James, Wrekin, Shrewsbury High, and Adcote. Each school exhibiting will be available to answer a wide range of questions covering entry requirements, scholarships and bursaries, day and boarding facilities and much, much more. Hallfield recently announced their expansion into Years 7 and 8 starting September 2020. The Destinations Fair will give parents the chance to discuss this unique opportunity for their child, before moving to Year 9. Hallfield becomes the only Birmingham co-educational Prep School up to 13 years. Traditionally, pupils entered Public Schools as boarders or day pupils in Year 9.

Whilst Hallfield will continue to offer a pathway at 11+ to local independent and selective grammar schools, we know that starting a new senior school at the end of Year 6 is not the right choice for everyone. Many parents feel that at the age of 11 years, their child is not ready to either commute a longer distance or board. Equally, some pupils need more time to mature and develop in a familiar, more secure environment a Prep school can offer. The curriculum for Hallfield Seniors in Years 7 and 8 is specially designed to be both broad and well-balanced and will give each child a thorough preparation for Year 9 entry into public schools. It will be based on the Key Stage 3 curriculum, whilst offering the opportunity to develop independent learning and research skills. It is envisaged that the children will be able to take full advantage of the cultural and learning opportunities within Birmingham region and will also undertake residential visits. Through the wider curriculum, senior pupils at Hallfield will be

given leadership opportunities to help them not only prepare for their next stage of education, but for life. Additionally, our Enrichment Programme will run in parallel to the curriculum, offering our pupils the chance to develop life-long skills to foster independence, resilience, teamwork, entrepreneurship, citizenship and social responsibility. Year 7 and 8 classes are expected to be in the region of 15 pupils per group, enabling individualised and focussed preparation for the Common Entrance exams. With excellent facilities, extensive grounds and specialist teachers alongside our new STEM curriculum, we are exceptionally well placed to deliver a unique Independent education within the Greater Birmingham area. We, at Hallfield, look forward to welcoming you to this event and showcasing the wide range of educational opportunity that is on offer for your child.

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Brummies to Go Pink!

A local hospice is hoping to turn Birmingham pink this July as part of its 40th anniversary celebrations. Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice is calling on the local community to Go Pink! on Wednesday 10 July to celebrate the day it was officially opened by Princess Alexandra in 1979. The much-loved charity is calling on Brummies’ to “wear it pink, bake it pink, quiz it pink or make it pink” in a bid to raise vital funds for local people living with life-limiting illness.

Lucy Watkins, head of fundraising at Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice, said, “Whether it’s wearing a pink fancy dress outfit, baking pink cakes for the office or hosting your own pink-themed party, Go Pink! is a really simple but fun way of supporting Birmingham St Mary’s during our 40th anniversary”. Merdella is currently receiving care from the Hospice’s ‘Support at Home’

service – a volunteer-led initiative which provides practical, social and emotional support in individual’s homes. Merdella is backing the Go Pink! campaign as a way of showing her support for the charity. She said, “Happy isn’t a word I thought I would use to describe my time at a hospice but that’s how I always feel, happy. The nurses and volunteers are so kind and

4th Birthday Celebrations Four years on, Harborne’s Umami Indian Kitchen celebrated its anniversary on June 26th in line with the launch of their brand new menu.

Umami’s third year proved to be the most successful so far winning an award for ‘Best Indian Restaurant’ in the Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards 2018 and became a finalist for the Midlands category for the British Curry Awards 2018. This year, Umami celebrates its fourth year with another award for ‘Boutique Indian Restaurant of the Year’ in the Corporate LiveWire Birmingham Prestige Awards.

empathetic – they understand what I’m going through and help me to be as comfortable as I can be. They remind you that life is about living and always encourage you to live as well as you can.” Find out more: www.birminghamhospice.org.uk/go-pink

GO GO GO JOSEPH! Umami, known for its lavish events, celebrated its fourth birthday with a lively drinks reception, 2-course dinner and a live singer to entertain. Diners enjoyed a 2-course feast sampling the new menu and received goody bags to take home. The new menu, launched in time for the summer months showcases many light, fresh summer options, a wider selection of fish vegetarian and vegan dishes and some exquisite new games dishes. The ‘Ocean Pride’ section on the menu includes a large variety of fresh fish options from scallops to mussels to pomfret. Dishes such as Karari Pomfret Fry - a regional favourite of Kolkata, crispy pomfret flavoured with ajwain and deggi chilli shallow fried till crispy and Kingfish Malabari - Grilled kingfish steak with a marination of mustard and malabari paste, offer an insight to fish dishes in different regions of India. Although its vegetarian selection was already broad, the new options along with vegan dishes are very extensive, giving plenty of plant based options for diners. “We made sure to keep our diners favourites such as the ‘British Railway Lamb Curry’ and ‘Butter Chicken Patiala’, however Indian cuisine is so diverse and we want to showcase that, so we ensure to give those options to our diners on our new menu. We are offering dishes that you will not expect to find in every Indian restaurant. It’s not just about the well-known and loved curry dishes, our chef brings Indian flavours in an incredible way to every dish.” Manager Abdul Hoque explains.

Four Blue Coat pupils will be treading the boards in the upcoming production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat which opens at the Birmingham Hippodrome on 2nd July.

The hit musical will star Union J’s Jaymi Hensley, in the retelling of the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours. This magical musical is full of unforgettable songs including Go, Go, Go Joseph, Any Dream Will Do and many more. Amar, Bertie, Phoebe and Simeon will be singing in the Joseph Choir and you can

see them in the following performances: Wednesday 3 July at 2pm and 7.30pm, Friday 5 July at 5pm, Saturday 6 July at 2pm and 8pm, Sunday 7 July at 2pm, Tuesday 9 July at 7.30pm, Friday 12 July at 5pm and Saturday 13 July at 2pm and 8pm. We wish them lots of luck in this exciting venture!

Maui Jim Trunk Show

Thursday 11th July For one day only you can peruse the whole range, with every current frame available to try.

On Thursday 11th July, Brittain Opticians will have the whole Maui Jim sunglasses, trunk collection in their Harborne store. Maui Jim have, arguably, the best lenses on the market and are the only brand of sunglasses endorsed by the The Skin Cancer Foundation.

Appointments are limited and expected to fill up fast, so don’t miss out. Make sure you’re there on July 11th, enjoy choosing your new sunnies in Brittain’s laid back environment, have a drink with the team and choose the best sunglasses you’ve ever had.

Founded in Maui, in the bright Hawaiian sun, these lenses will shield your eyes from glare like no sunglasses have ever done before. Available in most prescriptions, Maui Jim’s polarised lenses will protect your eyes from harmful UV rays and make you see the world in its true vivid colours. Maui Jim are recommended by Forbes magazine in their ‘100 things worth every penny’ list, so why would you miss the opportunity to find your perfect pair from their wonderful collection? Book in for an appointment, with Maui Jim’s style expert Alex, and he’ll match you up with your very own super stylish Maui Jim sunglasses.

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When Digbeth met Harborne Sunday 23rd June was a fun day for the people of Harborne and visitors alike. Not only was it the Harborne Carnival, but a new collaboration took place. For the first time, award winning Digbeth Dining Club came to Harborne and worked their magic.

Beatrix Thomson showed off her artistic skills and fancy face

The Harborne Carnival is a wellestablished event with many visitors from the local area and further afield but this year it had a fresh new element. Thanks to the kind support of the organisers, Harborne Village BID (Business Improvement District) who got involved this year by organising a pop-up event. Home Bargains allowed the BID to have the use of their staff car park and so “Harborne Dining Club” was born. It is the first time the BID has organised a street food event and they wanted it to be something all the family could enjoy. Kate Smart BID Manager said, “Harborne is known for its fantastic quality food offering and we wanted to build on that. So, we created a little oasis at the Harborne Carnival where families could hang out, eat together and play together. We were overwhelmed by the positive response to the event and of course, it’s always good to find out that you’ve got something right”. Social media backed up Kate’s joy at the event’s success with comments like; “it was a great addition and lovely atmosphere” and “...it really felt like a community vibe, with people coming from outside Harborne too. Loved it!” Harborne Village BID exists thanks to the financial investment of over 250 local businesses and so the BID is keen to see that the Carnival celebrates Harborne Village and all it represents. At this first pop-up some local businesses had stalls to show what lovely local independents Harborne has.

People enjoying the first Harborne Dining Club

The BID also paid for a talented face painter to paint faces for free, provided garden games for families to enjoy and an opportunity to screen print bags and colour them in to take home. The atmosphere was enjoyed by all the traders .Co-founder and director of Digbeth Dining Club, Jack Brabant said, “We couldn’t be happier with the reception that our first ever Harborne Dining Club had on Sunday. We can’t wait to work alongside Harborne Village BID again, and hopefully return in the not too distant future”. More information on Harborne Village BID: F: @HarborneVill Twitter: @HarborneBA Insta: @harbornevillage www.harborne-village.com

Entrepreneurial Skateboarders reach new heights Hillbomb.com started during the summer of 2018 when a group of skateboarders all coincidentally met at Lightwoods skatepark, Bearwood.

While off school, each of them came to the skatepark every day. As it was such a hot summer, it was necessary to cool off by ‘hillbombing’ the steepest hill descending to the skatepark. The rallying cry to do this ‘hillbomb’ was to chant ‘hillbomb.com’. It was a Russian roulette of either successfully cooling down or wobbling out of your skateboard and slamming into the concrete. Either way, it led to the whole group forming a bond. As winter came, the boys were forced to stay inside and skate less. As a result, Charlie Barber, age 16 from Harborne and Callum Tully, age 17 from Bearwood had to find something else to do. All this free time led to the idea of turning ‘Hillbomb’ into a skate brand. They wanted to combine their love for skateboarding, streetwear and photography in order to create a brand they could all belong to. Streetwear and skate culture have often gone hand in hand, yet the clothing has often been

Local children colour in special screen printed bags

Harborne businesses took part in the pop-up event

Star Studded Celebrations Three years ago, a promise was made to the pupils of Priory School to actively invest in their future and commence a campaign of new buildings housing state of the art facilities - three years later the promise is kept. Priory School’s new building named ‘Mayfield’ was officially launched in a starstudded ceremony where Preet Gill MP for Edgbaston, Karen Armstrong OBE and James Brown of UB40 officially opened the building. A selection of supercars and drone demonstrations were on display to illustrate examples of technology and innovation to pupils. The contemporary building houses six new preparatory classrooms and marks the initial stage of a five-year development programme taking the school from its strong Catholic heritage to modernity.

L-R: Callum Tully and Charlie Barber

too expensive for your average young skater to afford. Therefore, they made it their priority to ensure everything they release is affordable for everyone. “At the moment, we’ve just got past doing all the boring stuff of forming a company. We’ve been building up a following by handing out hundreds of free stickers. Finally, we have released our first collection of our much-loved hoodie design inspired by 90s culture and design, which is available to buy on our website hillbomb.com” said Charlie.

“In three years’, time, we see ‘Hillbomb’ being stocked in every independent skate shop in the UK and possibly even a few shops abroad. Hopefully, we will have released a few skateboard deck designs and have a wide range of clothing items and accessories. Also, we will have released a few skate videos featuring all the people that we love skating with every day.” said Callum. www.hillbomb.com Insta: @hillbomb.com

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Proper Preparation Prevents Planet’s Plastic Problem There is increasing awareness that overuse of the miracle material that is plastic is a disaster for our planet - both for the wildlife with which we share our world and ourselves. The evidence is out there: seabirds entangled in litter; whales with stomachs full of plastic; micro-plastics entering our own food; or the realisation that the production and disposal of plastic is a big contributor to climate change. And as the BBC’s War on Plastic showed us recycling isn’t the solution. Inspired by others across the country Plastic Free Moseley organised a Mass Unwrap this spring in Moseley Coop to highlight the situation - A Mass Unwrap is a protest in which consumers buy their normal shopping and unwrap and leave the plastic packaging they feel is unnecessary at the shop. We set out to be the nicest protest we could - and the Coop made that very easy by being extremely welcoming and supportive. But would anyone show up?  In the end there was no need to worry with a steady stream of people ready to be involved.  It took no time for a shopping trolley to be filled with pointless plastic. There was a mix of people who participated. Some knew about the event and came ready with their own containers and produce bags whereas others were interested

L-R: Ben, Holly and Graeme – Plastic Free Moseley volunteers

on the day and wanted to be involved. This highlighted a key point: for those who had brought their own containers it was easy, for those who had not it was hard. Shopping in Digbeth’s Zero Waste Supermarket, The Clean Kilo has made pre-food shop preparation second nature for some. But supermarkets nearer to us need to up their game and give us the opportunity to shop without packaging.

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Failure to do so necessitates an application for a Deputy appointed by the Court of Protection. What happens though when the attorney or Deputy takes on the role? For most people it will be something they have not been trained for or previously experienced. The role of the attorney is to assist with and safeguard the donor’s assets. Unfortunately, some attorneys abuse their authority and there have been court cases involving some spectacular examples of mismanagement and fraud. I have given evidence against such people, but I have also seen many perfectly honest attorneys run into trouble because they don’t understand the limitations on their role. It is not enough to be as careful with the donor’s money as your own, it is necessary to go beyond that and understand that the prime responsibility is to safeguard the donor’s funds. Deputies must account to the Court of Protection each year and the standard expected is very high. I was therefore pleased to read in this month’s newsletter from Solicitors for The Elderly that the OPG has published guidance on investing for someone who lacks capacity. Aimed at both attorneys and deputies, it gives clear explanations of the issues, duties and responsibilities. It also states the situations where financial advice is essential including the need to diversify or renew the person’s investments. The guidance is available at: www.gov.uk/guidance/ investing-for-someone-as-their-attorney-or-deputy Hopefully, it may result in fewer cases of misuse of funds due to a misunderstanding of the role. Where we have prepared a power of attorney we are happy to advise attorneys on their role when they take up their duties.

Special days such as wedding anniversaries, birthdays, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Christmas and the rest, can all bring a resurgence of grief, however long ago you experienced your loss. It doesn’t just have to be a remembered occasion either; a particular piece of music or poetry might evoke a rush of raw grief, even distinctive smells or tastes can cause us to fall apart at the most unexpected moments. Learning how to cope with these sudden onslaughts of sadness is naturally a very personal thing. Some avoid marking special days altogether, but for many, marking these occasions is an important tribute to the loved one they’ve lost. However, it can help to plan ahead and think what is going to suit you, and those around you, best. Discussing it with your family and friends might help too, as they may be feeling anxious about an upcoming event on your behalf. It may also help to tell them about occasions that were special to you and the person you’ve lost which they may be unaware of - if everyone knows what things are likely to trigger those intense moments of grief, they will be better able to help your through them. It’s more difficult to prepare yourself for unexpected reminders of your loved one, but try and remember that becoming upset is a very natural reaction amongst the bereaved. People are kinder than you imagine, so if it happens to you when you’re in the middle of your shopping, don’t be embarrassed, accept some comfort from strangers. If you are struggling with your own grief, our website has the details of a number of local and national organisations that can offer help and advice.

We may be checking that our travel insurance policy is still in date and reading the small print to ensure it covers where we are going and the activities we want to do. We may be digging out the home insurance policy to give you peace of mind when your house is vacant. Your car insurance policy covers you whilst it’s left at the airport for a fortnight, and of course, if anything happened to your beloved Patch whilst at the kennels, your pet insurance policy is in place. But why, when it comes to protecting ourselves, our loved ones and our income, are we not prepared to spend the money? Clearly the old objections remain – it can be a difficult conversation to start, people see protection as too expensive, think it will ‘never happen to them’ or quite frankly, don’t want to think about dying.  71% of people with a mortgage have no protection in place if they were diagnosed with a critical illness. If they are unable to work after a stroke or heart attack or cancer diagnosis, replacing an income is hard to do without substantial savings. Figures from Royal London’s State of the Protection Nation report show that protection uptake is still worryingly low – just 35% of people have life insurance, 12% have critical illness cover and 9% have income protection. Financial advisers need to work harder to make people realise not only the benefits of protection, but the long-term outcome for their family and themselves if they become seriously ill. There are a lot of people who don’t have protection who probably should. And why? As a well-known hair product brand’s marketing slogan says; “because you’re worth it!”

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Put the Garage to use!

It’s been dubbed the new loft – the garage is the latest room being considered for conversion by families who are running out of space, or people needing to adapt their homes through ageing or ill health. According to a report by bank Santander, of the 9.3 million private garages in the UK, 650,000 have already been turned into bedrooms/ wet rooms as well as home offices, kitchen extensions, utility rooms or sitting rooms. And a further 470,000 are going to be converted into extra living space. Converting a garage into usable living space is an affordable and relatively simple job compared to a loft conversion. It can also be done with minimal disturbance to your home. But before you start, you’ll need to consider the following. Permission isn’t usually required for a garage conversion, provided the work is internal and doesn’t involve enlarging the building. However, you must check with your local authority’s planning department first. Garages that are listed or located in conservation areas will be less straightforward to convert. In all cases, your conversion will have to comply with Building Regulations, so speak to your council’s building control department before you begin. Some councils will also require Planning Permission if you’ll be substantially changing the exterior of your house.

Santander calculates that the average garage conversion costs £6,300 to £10,000 once it’s been plastered and decorated. That works out much cheaper than moving home, with all the fees and costs like stamp duty. Or the £30,000 it costs to convert the average loft. The cost of moving because of age related health issues or having to think about a care home, converting an already ground floor area at a starting cost of around £10,000 and paying a care company is far better than the £40,000 per year for a care home. Senior Home Solutions specialises in adapting areas of your home to benefit your needs, from relocating toilets or adding new. The garage conversion can bring your living space onto one living level giving you access and independence without the bulky stair lift or through floor lift. Senior Home Solutions links with local Designers and Architects that are up to date with building regulations and local authorities. We aim to keep you Safe and Independent at home. Contact Steve on: t: 0121 427 5216 m: 07889 134 711 e: steve@seniorhomesolutions.co.uk www.seniorhomesolutions.co.uk

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14 Business Life Neurodiversity in the workplace

About 85% of people are neurotypical. This means that their brains process information as society expects.


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HR Dept. This leaves 15% who you could say “think different” to quote Apple’s famous advertising slogan. They are neurodivergent. Neurodivergent people are often diagnosed with a condition, which can come with stigma. The main examples are ADHD, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia. While they can each be associated with specific difficulties which are well documented, they also often give rise to strengths which come from thinking differently. For instance, people with ADHD may be good at completing urgent tasks, those with autism at developing deep specialist knowledge, people with dyslexia at problem-solving and employees with dyspraxia at strategic thinking. It all varies from person to person. But recognising neurodiversity, which is often recognised as a disability, and building a supportive working environment with reasonable adjustments where necessary, could give you a key advantage when trying to get the right blend of skills in your business. Rest assured - Working time has been under scrutiny in the courts of late. A European legal decision suggests that companies may soon have to document precise working hours to prove legal weekly limits aren’t exceeded. And at a UK employment appeals tribunal, a worker was awarded personal injury damages when a consistent denial of a lunch break aggravated a bowel condition. Everyone must be permitted at least a 20-minute break when working more than six hours continuously. It’s worth checking you are contractually offering this minimum and granting it in practice. There’s no need to provide a dedicated break area, though, or pay people for break time. e: Omar.Rashid@hrdept.co.uk www.hrdept.co.uk

ALTA sports club has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK. The Club supports disabled swimmers from the local community to participate in recreational and coached swimming sessions at the University of Birmingham’s Sport & Fitness club. ALTA sports club was formed in the mid1970s by members of the physical education teaching staff at the University of Birmingham, including Club President Charles Jenkins and Vice Chancellor Edward Marsland. Its aim was to promote sport, wellbeing and health for disabled members of the community, and initially opened for UoB students with disabilities. The group used the Munrow Sports Centre for over 40 years, providing pool sessions and a selection of dry sport activities on a Sunday afternoon. Almost half a century later the group has transferred to the new Sport & Fitness 50m pool for its Sunday afternoon sessions, enabling them to host over 40 members in a facility which has been purposefully designed to be accessible to a wide range of disabilities. The number of nominations and awards has increased year on year since the awards were introduced in 2002, showing that the voluntary sector is thriving and full of innovative ideas to improve the quality of life for those around them. The ALTA Club has provided a sanctuary in Birmingham where the weekly aquatics session is very highly valued by the group it serves; both as an exercise session and for the social network it gives people who can be quite isolated due to their disabilities. The volunteers who run the Club include Commonwealth and Olympic discus and shotput athlete Rosemary Chrimes, Bill O’Sullivan, Tony Craythorne and John Russell. The sessions comprise both teaching swimming and improving general health. John Russell said he

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was delighted the group has been recognised by this prestigious award. ‘It’s a great honour and achievement for the club and members, for the duration of the club, the twin cities competitions we took part in, the local competitions, the social activities – has all lead to this fantastic achievement. We are so proud, and hope that this award will help us recruit even more members.’ The University of Birmingham has facilitated the continued running of the ALTA sports club by the continued provision of the weekly pool time since the opening of the new facility. Not only does this show a clear commitment from the University to support its local community, but more importantly, provides the ALTA Club with a secure home and high quality experience to ensure the Club can thrive and attract new members and volunteers. Representatives of ALTA sports club will receive the award from John Crabtree, OBE, Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands later this summer.

They are desperately multi-tasking: handling marketing, administration, book keeping, as well as delivering their core service or product. All too often, credit control is neglected. A YouGov poll of 500 micro-business owners established that approximately one third of these owners wait at least four weeks after an invoice falls due, before they chase the debt. The consequences of this control failure can be dire, especially when your business is growing rapidly. Cash flow is often stressed in a growth situation, when heavy expenditure is being incurred on plant and equipment, IT infrastructure, stock build, as well as recruiting and training new staff. This gets worse if the cash inflow from debtors starts to slow to a trickle. Here are a few simple things that you can do to ease the potential stress of credit control and take the pain away: • Build relationships with your customers, keeping track of conversations • Send your invoices out on time – why give customers extra credit? • Get your customers used to a timely statement and a friendly call from you. This helps you to quickly identify any missing invoices and resolve disputes that could hold up payment By applying the right procedures on a consistent basis, you can begin to see a positive impact on your cash flow - a great foundation for the growth of your business. m: 07774 548822 www.drs-business-solutions.co.uk

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£4.5m Funding Boost

With support from Arts Council’s Capital funding programme, Birmingham’s Town Hall Symphony Hall (THSH) is on course to transform Symphony Hall and create more spaces for people to perform and experience great work. Arts Council is investing £4.5million of National Lottery money in the project, which will allow THSH to update Symphony Hall’s foyers, create new learning and participation spaces and enhance the experience for visitors of all ages. The project will create opportunities for artists to perform in the foyers, and a daily programme with free and affordable performances. Alongside flexible spaces that can host workshops, pre-show talks and corporate guests, opportunities will also be made available to artists with limited mobility, sensory and cognitive disabilities. Town Hall Symphony Hall present a wide-ranging programme of music, comedy and spoken word, and the project, with a total cost of £13.2 million, will mean that even more people can access and enjoy this work. Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England, said, “This is fantastic news for Birmingham and a great opportunity for THSH to do something truly ambitious – creating new spaces for artists to perform and new spaces for audiences to experience great arts and culture, and really cementing its place in

Birmingham’s cultural landscape. “These are exciting times for Birmingham as we approach the Commonwealth Games 2022 and we’re pleased to be investing in a project which will benefit so many local people and their communities. When arts, cultural and heritage organisations join forces with local authorities, enterprise partnerships, tourism boards and businesses, great things can happen – and where there are great ideas and genuine partnerships - our funding has a huge impact.” Nick Reed, Chief Executive for Town Hall Symphony Hall said, “This extraordinary project will ensure that Symphony Hall will continue to be a creative force and financially independent long into the future. We are incredibly thankful to Arts Council England, and many other supporters, for recognising the inspiring work currently delivered and committing to our ambitious aspirations to deliver even more inspirational activities.” “We currently reach over 18,000 people with our learning and community programme and over the coming years we will be able to reach

thousands more in the transformed spaces that this project will create.” Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said, “Symphony Hall is one of the region’s best landmarks and a real jewel in Birmingham’s crown. I spent several years as the vice-chairman of Performances Birmingham, which runs THSH, so I have seen first-hand just how wonderful the venue is. “One of the real strengths of the Symphony Hall has always been how it offers a space for people to be creative, and so I am delighted that this new £4.5m investment in the hall will open up more spaces for those wanting to perform.”

The transformation of Symphony Hall’s foyers has also gained support from the Greater Birmingham and Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership (GBSLEP). Katie Trout, Director at GBSLEP, said, “GBSLEP is delighted to be investing up to £6 million of funding from the local growth fund in this exciting project, which will help to realise our ambitions to grow the creative sector, improve experiences and access to the arts for a more diverse group of artists, and visitors.” “As an economy that is worth £4 billion gross value added (GVA) and accounts for 50,000 jobs across the

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Greater Birmingham and Solihull area, the creative economy is a key part of our growth plans, and the West Midlands Local Industrial Strategy, enriching the lives of the people that live, work and visit the region.” This Capital investment from Arts Council will ensure companies and venues have the buildings and equipment they need to provide great artistic and cultural experiences to their local communities.


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18 Property Life Everything you need to know about upsizing



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Whether you have a growing family or you’re after a bigger garden, it’s crucial that you ask the right questions. • Has your property seemed smaller recently? • Is an extra bedroom becoming a priority? • Adding another bathroom? • It might be time to upsize? While this is an exciting period, upsizing isn’t always as simple as it sounds. Some buyers find that their second home move is more complex than the first. Not only do you have to organise a purchase, but you’re going to be part of a chain, so selling your home and the timing of it all will factor in. Add to the mix an increased mortgage and the maintenance of a larger property, there is a lot to consider. There’s also been a lot of talk of downsizing Moving into a smaller home as you grow older? However, if you’re only just starting to see your family grow, the opposite is a necessity. Think carefully when upsizing or downsizing and seek advice to help move to your new home. Bobby Singh t: 0800 862 0870 www.loveyourpostcode.com


Colours in your home

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Oscar Wilde said, “Mere with colour, unspoiled by meaning, JAANIKA OKK and unallied with definite Okk Arts form, can speak to the soul in a thousand different ways’. Colours let us communicate in non-verbal way, they can set the mood, evoke an emotion and brighten the darkest day. Colour theories allocate different meanings to each part of the colour wheel spectrum. You will have come across these before: red signifying love, passion and energy; blue being loyalty, trust and peace and green being freshness, healing, earth etc. Everyone has their own opinion on preferred and less preferred colours but there are some base guidelines which help you choose colours for your home. Look around your home, which colours are currently dominant? What colours are the walls, furniture and decorations? Have at least one artwork as a statement piece and then other artworks acting as a support for the rest of the interior. If you already have a statement piece, use the colours in it as guides. Which colours are dominant, and which are secondary? Then choose the rest accordingly. Black, white and their combinations of greys are always the ‘safe’ choice as they are the most neutral ones. However, if you are looking for some bolder options, then use the colour wheel as a guide. Primary colours are red, blue and yellow and everything else is a combination of those three. No matter which colours you choose, I would advise to stick to maximum of two dominant colours. You can still have black and white but be careful not to overflood your home with too many colours as the result will just be too overwhelming.

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Go a little wild - let a small area overgrow Wildflowers are beautiful and great for giving birds and bees a place to feed and nest, they will flower every year, need very little maintenance and do the job for you. Put your kitchen compostables into a compost bin, get your hands stirring it around. This is a sustainable, peat-free way of growing fruits and vegetables, and a great way to enrich poor soil by inviting worms and other wrigglers to work the soil for you. Who doesn’t like to see a butterfly fluttering through the garden? Butterfly populations in the UK are in decline and Butterfly caterpillars are very fussy about their food. Adult butterflies only lay their eggs on one or two types of plants, which they know their caterpillars need to survive when they hatch. It is only by growing the right plants that we can boost the population of adult butterflies. Providing a regular food source for them and caterpillars in our gardens, we can provide safe places for them to thrive. Butterflies will seek out plants to lay their eggs. Watching caterpillars and butterflies is a great activity to engage children in nature and it gets better if you’re a gardener! Consider planting sacrificial vegetables within a butterfly border to lure butterflies away from your crops.















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20 Life Stories


Pupils attempt sock puppet world record!

Back again for 7th year

Pupils at The Blue Coat School have been attempting to secure a Guinness World Records™ title!

Saturday September 21st 11.45 – 4.00pm Artscoop, your local arts group, is delighted and excited to again bring you Harborne’s very own celebration of creativity! Regulars will know that Artsmile has become the annual Autumn event in Harborne’s cultural calendar. It’s not one of those arts events where artists show you what they do, it’s very much about local people discovering their own creative selves. This year we are especially pleased that to Harborne Business Improvement District is supporting Artsmile. On Saturday September 21st, the High Street’s rich variety of shops, bars cafés, and restaurants will play host to professional artists offering family friendly creative activities. We invite you all to stroll along and dip into whatever you choose... and it’s all FREE! This year we welcome new venues to Artsmile: Café Rouge, Creative Support and Sue Ryder joining regulars such as The Pool & Fitness Centre, The Plough, The Slug & Lettuce, Express Café, Brittains Opticians and many others. In previous years, people have painted with coffee, engraved toast, done drawings on windows, musical fun, a portrait in minutes, so expect some quirky goings on! You can also expect live music, arts and crafts, and exhibitions, there really is something for everyone. It’s your chance to have a go at something new, it really is for everyone and to enjoy finding out how creative you can be – especially if you think you’re not!

Artsmile really does belong to local people. As well as creative activities being offered by artists who live in the area Artsmile has developed as an opportunity for local arts and social groups to get involved. This year, we are looking forward to welcoming even more local people putting their stamp on Artsmile. From late August onwards, a full programme with a map of what’s happening where can be picked up from Artsmile venues. Artsmile will also be on our social media pages - Twitter: @ ArtsMileBrum #Artsmile18 and Facebook: @ artsmilebirmingham. Watch out for posters that will appear in early September on the High Street, be sure you put Artsmile in your diary now.

The record-breaking project, spearheaded by Year 2 Co-ordinator, Mrs Nicola Wingfield, was a wonderful way to bring the whole school community together. From the youngest children in Buttons Nursery aged 2 years, to the senior pupils in Year 6, along with teachers, teaching assistants, support staff, old scholars and friends, the Guinness World Records challenge saw hundreds of brightly coloured socks decorated and transformed into hand puppets. In Buttons Nursery, the sock puppets were themed in bright red with black spots for the ladybird room and green for the caterpillars, whilst higher up the school there was a mix of puppets with googly-eyes, hair, ribbon, sequins and other adornments. The Estates team marked out a grid in which to assemble the whole school and a team of trusty adjudicators and independent witnesses were selected to monitor the record attempt closely. With strict guidelines to follow it was a huge team effort. At just after 10am on Monday 3 June, the School began to enter single file into the allocated area and 628 sock puppets were held aloft for the required one minute as the school danced along to music and celebrated together in a memorable occasion. The day will almost certainly form a special memory for all those who participated and hopefully when the School receives confirmation of its successful attempt, it can go down as another special moment in Blue Coat’s history!

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Jitterbug: What The Doctor Ordered

But exercise is so boring, I reply. Then do it to music they insist and I have to explain that this is something I have tried, but trying to keep up with Charlie Parker’s Hot House always ends with me falling over. My doctor, with a desperation born out of my insistence that the exercise in raising a glass of decent Rioja is enough for anyone, has come up with a wheeze that will attract the interest of even the most committed of couch potatoes. Firmly of the belief that keeping fit and having fun is an irresistible offer that few will be able to refuse, the Broadway Health Centre has organised six free dance sessions in the upcoming Jazz Festival where folk of all ages, all shapes and sizes, can learn the joys of dancing Jitterbug. The sessions will be hosted by Strictly Jitterbug who are partly responsible for the sudden upsurge of interest in Swing dancing. Although they cater for dedicated swing dancers, a lesser-known aspect of their work is in hospitals where they help recovering patients to dance themselves back to full health. The sessions attract a huge variety of participants, young and old, from all backgrounds, those with no experience in this dance style alongside those who dance regularly and just can’t get enough of this swinging Jump and Jive music

that grew up in 1920s and 1930s Harlem and was taken around the world by American GIs during the Second World War. Doctor Manir Aslam, GP Director of Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group believes, “The Arts and Culture can make a significant contribution to keeping our communities healthy and happy”, but he goes further. “Dance”, he says, “is not only great fun, but it is also really good for your health. It uses and strengthens your emotions, cognitive skills, physical abilities and social connections – all of which are vital skills for dancing life.” The Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival runs from July 19th to 28th with performances throughout the region. The Jitterbug: What The Doctor Ordered series kicks off at the BBC Mailbox [12:00 20th July], and then goes to home ground for a session at The Broadway Health Centre itself, as part of a full day celebration [3pm 20th July]. The next session is in Bearwood in Thimblemill Library [19:00 25th July] and in the City Centre Holiday Inn Express in Snow Hill [18:00 26th July]. The last weekend of the festival sees jitterbug dancing break out in Brindleyplace, off Broad Street, outside Caffe Nero [12:00 27th July] and at

The Touchwood Centre in Solihull [12:30 28th July]. All of the sessions are absolutely free to participants and those who came to watch and each session lasts around 90 minutes. It’s advisable to come dressed comfortably and wearing comfortable or sports shoes.

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According to the World Health Organisation, restoring sight is one of the most cost effective health interventions to reduce poverty. Founded in 1985, Vision Aid Overseas has been helping some of the world’s poorest people to see clearly for over 30 years. Whether you are a teacher in Ghana, a seamstress in Zambia or a school pupil in Ethiopia, poor eyesight can have a devastating impact on your life and livelihood. Without affordable eye care services, people living with poor eyesight often leave their condition to go untreated which can make their eyesight worse and can, if left untreated for long enough, lead to permanent blindness. There is a way to help It’s easy and won’t cost you a penny. If you have any unwanted specs, check with your optician whether they send used frames to Vision Aid. Here at Brittain Opticians in Harborne we support Vision Aid. You can drop them off if you’re in the area as we take all donations and send them for you. Don’t worry about putting them in cases, any donations of frames or lenses are more than welcome, will go to good use and are greatly appreciated. Thank you Matt www.brittainopticians.co.uk

Arthritis is a complex disorder that arises in more than 100 different forms. Often pain, inflammation, stiffness and joint degeneration are the main presenting factors. The symptoms can be experienced differently in each sufferer. This is where Acupuncture can really help, as it treats the ‘whole person’ not just the symptoms. Treatment is aimed at the root cause of the disease and also at the specific problems affecting the person, be it showing in lack of mobility, pain, disturbed sleep, anxiety or even fear for the future. Acupuncture and Moxibustion (the burning of Artemis Vulgaris a herb, on acupuncture points) is one of the oldest medical procedures still in use today. When properly administered, it can help to relieve pain and inflammation by helping the body to release its own naturally occurring pain reducing chemicals called ‘endorphins’. Blocking the transmission of pain signals to the brain. Deactivating ‘trigger points’ within tender muscles and improving circulation. In a treatment session you will be fully assessed, taking into consideration your individual problems, medical history and how the condition is affecting you at the time. Tiny needles will be inserted into Acupuncture points located on your body and sometimes your ears. These points can be in many locations and may not be in the area of pain. Sometimes heat is applied to the needles either with Moxa or indirectly from a lamp. The needles are left in place whilst you relax and then removed. The length, number and frequency of treatments will vary depending on the results, but often a course of about 4-5 sessions is needed for you to feel a benefit. www.acupuncturejanet.com

Is BMI important? If you had a check up at the GP that involved you being weighed, you will have heard about BMI. If you haven’t? Well lucky you I would say. BMI stands for ‘body mass index’ and is basically a calculation using your waist and hips to decide whether you are fat or not. Once you have this number, you then get put into a category which ranges from underweight to morbidly obese. A few weeks ago, I read an article about a group of women ‘classed’ as obese on this BMI scale yet when you looked at them, you would not say they were skinny but obese? Far from it. This brings up an interesting discussion about body shapes and your ideal weight. I know plenty of people who have larger frames and have more fat than they would like yet they are fit and active. I also know and have worked with people who have made great progress in some areas of health and fitness, but their ‘scale’ weight hasn’t changed that much.

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What does this tell us? In my experience, using singular measures like BMI or weight can be demotivating and misleading. If you are trying to be healthy and active and making progress, make sure to use plenty of other measures to keep you on track. Progress is progress after all and staying on track is hard enough. If you need help and support with what to measure, please feel free to get in touch

A Clinical Dental Technician is a dental technician that has furthered their knowledge by achieving a diploma from the Royal College of Surgeons. A CDT is legally able to treat patients directly, whereas a dental technician is not allowed to treat patients and it is illegal to do so. The role of a CDT is to provide custom made prosthetic devices or dentures by working with patients within a clinical environment, so patients get the one to one service that is necessary to get the results they would hope for. When a patient goes to the dentist the dentist will do all the necessary things, they need to do in order to provide the patient with his or her new denture. Unfortunately the dentist does not manufacture the dentures themselves, they are sent away at the various stages of the construction to a dental laboratory and a technician, who has never met the patient, has never spoken to the patient about what they would like their denture to look like will manufacture their denture. If a patient is treated by a CDT it gives the patient the chance to explain to the person making their denture what their personal requirements are regarding the comfort and appearance of their denture. The advantages of being treated by a CDT is the additional knowledge they have of the materials available and the ability, through experience to provide the best design options for a patient. So, if your curious book a free consultation.



Tips for house movers The Sleep Council has some moving advice as part its Sleeptember campaign


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With September recognised as one of the most popular times for moving house, getting used to different surroundings can disrupt sleeping patterns and leave people feeling tired. Said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council, “Moving home can be an exhausting and stressful process, and it always feels a bit strange when you sleep in a different room to what you’re used to. It’s the little things like the noises your new house makes, or subtle changes to temperature. “There are things you can do to help you settle in, such as ensuring you keep to a similar bedtime and have a consistent wind-down and sleep routine.â€? Here are some more tips from Lisa on adapting to a new home at bedtime: • Make (or rebuild) your bed straight away. • A messy, cluttered bedroom can affect your sleep. So, make sure you prioritise the bedroom when unpacking and get rid of all those boxes.

• Many people like to add their personal touch to a new home but avoid using certain colours when redecorating the bedroom. Bright reds, yellows and oranges are jarring, but soft, muted tones can help you feel calm. • Darkness is your friend when it comes to sleep as it helps your brain produce the sleep hormone melatonin. If you’ve just moved, make sure you get the curtains straight up. Thick curtains or black-out blinds are best. • Make sure there are no light sources such as LED displays - even dim LEDs can disrupt your sleep. • Moving home is an ideal time to check whether your bed is still fit for purpose. The right mattress can make a huge difference between a restful and restless night, so if yours is more than seven years old or feels uncomfortable, it’s probably time to get a new one. • If you can’t sleep, don’t lie there worrying about it. Get up and do something you find relaxing such as reading a book until you feel sleepy again - then go back to bed. • You may feel daunted by piles of boxes, so make a list of everything that needs to be done so your head feels clearer.


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As we approach the School Summer Holidays and many of us take our annual trip abroad to sunnier climes, it’s important that we look after our skin and ultimately our health. Even if you’re not going abroad it’s still important to protect yourself from the harmful effects of the Sun. We all need Vitamin D to keep ourselves healthy so it’s important to strike a balance of keeping healthy and being at risk of UVA & UVB rays which can cause long-term damage, think UVA = Ageing and UVB = Burning. It’s not just sunbathing by the pool that puts you at risk. Whether you’re out on the coastal paths, playing on the beach, swimming in the sea or down at the local shops, you need to wear adequate Sunscreen protection. Here are the 5 S’s of Sun safety: 1. SLIP on a T-shirt 2. SLOP on SPF30+ sunscreen 3. SLAP on a Broad Rimmed Hat 4. SLIDE on quality Sunglasses 5. SHADE from the Sun whenever possible Make sure you follow all the above to protect yourself from Sunburn and long-term Sun damage. Weather Forecasts usually tell you the UV Index for the day so, keep an eye on the UV Forecast to see what protection measures you need to take for the day ahead and enjoy your holiday to the max!


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Anyone for Tennis? Sports charity serves up free tennis sessions in Birmingham as part of national programme to improve physical and mental wellbeing across the UK. Just in time for Wimbledon, national sports charity ‘Tennis For Free’ has served up an ace for Birmingham by investing in a programme of free tennis sessions at the Cannon Hill Park tennis courts, Russell Road, Birmingham B13 8RD starting this summer.

Pictured, left to right, are the TFF Cannon Hill Park team Dave Sunburk, Matthew Hillman and Jack Suttle.

When you are running your own business, it can be hard to carve out a block of time in between the day to day admin and delivery to network. But don’t fret, online communities found in Facebook, LinkedIn or Instagram may just be the place to get the insight, support and connections you are looking for.

I was asked questions about health, diet, work, and exercise. I told him I eat well, work hard, swim and play golf. So fairly active, and then he asked my age and I said “51 years old.”

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Last month I picked up a slight niggle in my left leg, not enough to render me helpless but enough to complain to my wife every hour. I even took to the internet to search, but ended up with 150 different health problems So, I booked an appointment and went to see a local Physiotherapist.

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From the age of 50 we start to lose muscle mass; this is known as Sarcopenia. It is a loss of muscle mass which results in reduced strength, power and balance. These combined can lead to an increased risk of falls and injuries, to a period of reduced activity which then can start a downward spiral which leads to more injuries or falls. The best way of avoiding falls and injuries is by working on prevention. The approach is to start a form of exercise to increase your muscle mass and reverse the effects of Sarcopenia I’m now on an exercise program, focusing on different muscle groups and strength. So, people fast approaching “50” add a visit to a local physiotherapist to your bucket list and get yourself a strengthening program that you can do at home or in a gym! The injury from “GOLF”. Keep strong.

You can get business through these communities, eventually! But people need to KNOW, LIKE and TRUST you first, and no one is going to do that if you just SELL. This is the virtual equivalent of walking into a room and shouting BUY MY STUFF. Think about your last purchase? How did you make that decision? How long were you a ‘fan’ or a follower before you made the financial investment? Use that insight to consider how you want to be perceived. When you join a community, you are going to need to communicate with people. Yes, the online community gives you the options to hide away and just watch; that is a lot harder when you turn up to a real-life networking event! What you need to do is share your knowledge, your perspective and offer your support, and also learn from others that maybe have different specialism to you or are further along in their journey. All of these activities will build your personal brand and create connections to help you personally and your business as a whole!

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In an exciting partnership with the LTA and Edgbaston Priory Tennis Club, ‘Tennis For Free’ will provide free coach-led tennis sessions for all the family for one year as part of its aim to use tennis to improve the physical and mental wellbeing of all members of the community across the UK. With over 100 schemes across the UK, Cannon Hill Park is one of several similar schemes in the Greater Birmingham area and will be every Saturday. Everyone is welcome, you don’t need a racquet or a ball as all equipment is provided free of charge. Lead scheme organiser Matthew Hillman said, “I am very excited to welcome ‘Tennis For Free’ to Cannon Hill Park. It is a fantastic opportunity for the local community to try tennis for either the first time, or to dust off the cobwebs after a time away from the sport. It’s a fun, friendly and entertaining free weekly event where you’ll make new friends and benefit from regular exercise. There is no catch, as the name suggests, everything is free.” ‘Tennis For Free’ CEO Paul Jessop said, “We are changing the image of tennis to a sport for ALL by removing the cost barrier so that members of all communities can play and benefit physically, mentally and socially. Cannon Hill Park is one of hundreds of schemes we are opening across the UK over the next five years as part of our plan to get more people playing this wonderful sport. We have created specially designed programmes to welcome families, the old and the young, of any ability and the beauty

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is that each session is led by qualified tennis coaches who will ensure people develop at their own pace. “But it’s not just about the playing. We have seen at our other schemes that small friendly community groups grow. This social cohesion is great to see especially for those who may not think tennis is for them but is for another member of their family. People can still stay involved and help run the schemes. We are always looking for local volunteers to grow the game, indeed some of our most successful and sustainable schemes across the UK have the coaches supported by a team of volunteers who organise further events which all contributes towards everyone’s wellbeing.” Anna Birkinshaw from the LTA said, “We are very excited about the free activities being created for people to play tennis in Birmingham through the Tennis for Free programme, and Cannon Hill Park is a really accessible park in the heart of the community. Having good local easy to access park facilities where you can play informally with your family and friends is important to encourage people to play. But ‘Tennis For Free’ is also about the ability to meet new people and develop friendships, taking regular exercise and simply having fun. It isn’t about finding the next Andy Murray, but about making tennis accessible to all.” Sign up for ‘Tennis For Free’ at Cannon Hill Park every Saturday from 3-4.30pm at: www.tennisforfree.com. You can also follow ‘Tennis For Free’ on Twitter and Facebook @tennisforfree



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For several years Dave Hebler was best known as Elvis’ bodyguard in the mid-seventies. Dave’s primary responsibility was the personal safety of Elvis at home as well as at recording sessions, personal appearances, concert tours and various recreations. He is also an internationally recognised author, martial arts/self-defence instructor, lecturer and author. As a master self-defence instructor, with over a half-century of teaching experience, Dave has, literally, spent his entire adult life helping people learn how to defend themselves against violent physical assaults. Hebler is a best-selling co-author of the book “Elvis What Happened?” Released just two weeks before Elvis’ death in 1977 and held the distinction of being the best-selling, original non-fiction paperback book in the history of publishing. It also received, what was, at that time, the single largest order for any book of its type... five million copies. Since that time, Dave has travelled the world as a speaker and self-defence instructor, giving lectures and teaching workshops on self-defence, particularly as it pertains to women and children. In addition, Dave has authored several books, he has also produced a DVD detailing the self-defence techniques contained in “Encounters” in video and audio formats.

So, why are Jonathans in the Park serving Dave Hebler’s favourite dish?

Jonathans in the Park chef Jake Lee holding the restaurants lunchtime favourite dish – “Dave Hebler’s Favourite”

Dave is a good friend of Paul Havelin the head chef at Jonathans in the Park. In Dave’s honour, and with his permission Paul has added Dave’s own favourite dish to Jonathans ‘Customer’s Choice’ daily menu. Chef Jake Lee, aged just 17, has been awarded Apprenticeship of the Year with his college and is also a karate expert in the England world karate squad. Jake has received encouraging messages from Dave Hebler recently whilst competing in the Polish open karate tournament and Jake won silver medals in two categories.

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The Alphabet of Wine

The next in an occasional series looking at little known facts from the world of wine.


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Jasnières Jasnières is a very small appellation in the Loire Valley, near to Tours, and one of the most northerly in the region. Vines were first planted there by Cistercian monks in the middle-ages, and it was granted AC status in 1937, eventually achieving recognition for high quality during the 1970’s and beyond. The wines are primarily dry whites from the Chenin Blanc grape, together with some sweet wines and also reds made with Cabernet Franc and Pineau d’Aunis. Jeroboam Jeroboam is a size of wine bottle (usually associated with champagne) equivalent to four standard sized bottles, and therefore containing three litres of wine. It is named after the first king of the Northern Kingdom of Israel who ruled for 22 years during the late 10th Century BC. Juliénas Juliénas is one of the ten Cru appellations in Beaujolais, where the regulations allow the name of the village to appear on the label. (Fleurie, Morgon and Brouilly are among the others.) Towards the northern end of the Beaujolais region, and made as always there with the Gamay grape, the wines from Juliénas tend to be bolder and more tannic than most of its neighbours, with a wealth of dark fruit flavours and a sense of earthiness.

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Jumilla Jumilla is an important wine region in southern Spain, in the north of the Murcia area. It has some 32,000 hectares under vine, with about 3,000 grape growers. Known for its big, sturdy reds made predominantly from Monastrell (Mourvèdre in France) and Garnacha (Grenache), it has seen an upsurge in popularity in recent times as consumers become more willing to entertain Spanish wines from somewhere other than Rioja. Jura Jura is a French wine region to the south of Alsace, lying between Burgundy and the Swiss border. One of the smallest and least known of France’s appellations, its most famous wine is Vin Jaune, made from the local Savagnin grape variety. The cool climate of the region also allows plantings of Pinot Noir, as well as some Chardonnay, with the wines being made in a fresh, delicate style. And it’s expensive too! Jurançon Jurançon is one of France’s oldest appellations, and is located in the south-west, near to the town of Pau, and not far from the Spanish border. Its reputation is built upon high quality dessert wines made from late-harvested Petit Manseng and Gros Manseng grapes. Dry white wines are also made there, with a crisp, lemony character. The famous scientist Louis Pasteur was born and raised in Jurançon, and owned a vineyard in Arbois to the north of the region. Curiously, the grape varieties called Jurançon Blanc and Jurançon Pinot Noir are used to make wine in south-west France, but not in Jurançon itself!

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As part of my role within the probate team at Biddle and Webb, I prepare inventories and valuations for deceased estates, and assist with court of protection valuations. We have recently undertaken clearance of the sellable items from a deceased estate in Henley-InArden. In the process we have retrieved a vintage Fordson tractor, uncovered at the back of a cluttered garage – we then arranged for this to be towed away (this may have taken a few attempts!). Underneath the cobwebs, we also found an album of Victorian Cartes-devisite, a large collection of enamel advertising plaques, die cast models and over fifty miners’ lamps – once we have received grant of probate we will then receive instruction to sell them in our monthly Interior sale - all chattels are marketed to an international audience across our website and through social media. As a team, we have visited the site several times to conduct an initial valuation and further

visits where we were surprised to discover motorbikes, cultivators and retro cars amidst acres of overgrown land. We also provide quotes to clear and oversee the disposal of all assets belonging to an estate including chattels together with property and land. This is part of the comprehensive package we offer at Biddle and Webb, and is a service offered across all estates. We at Biddle and Webb have many years experience and always aim to provide an efficient, quick and open process with sensitivity and compassion. To find out more about our probate services, please speak to a member of the team or visit our website

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28 Life Style Rise up against plastic Martineau Gardens, community garden and charity based in Edgbaston joined the campaign to rise up against plastic, taking delivery of bread from the sky by drone to mark the switch of Roberts bakery’s top selling loaves into a revolutionary new paper packaging. Stewart Holmes Horticultural Therapist with his Roberts bread drop by drone

Doing something ‘drastic about plastic’, Roberts has reduced plastic in its bread bags by 53% switching its core ranges into sustainably sourced paper. It’s the first bakery brand in the UK to do so. Dubbed the Bread Arrows, the drones


performed an acrobatic display to mark the new paper bags hitting shelves of 300 Tesco stores across Birmingham and the UK – giving the nation’s bread buyers an environmentallyfriendly option. Martineau Gardens is an independent charity with volunteers on its therapeutic horticulture programme caring for the gardens. In addition, hundreds of school children come to learn about the environment and thousands of people from Birmingham people visit the gardens annually to enjoy its peace and tranquillity. It is a much-valued green space in an urban environment and sustainability is at the heart of all it does. Gill Millburn, Director at Martineau Gardens, said, “We are passionate about taking plastic out of our lives and spend a lot of time encouraging others to do the same. It’s great to see a bread manufacturer taking responsibility and making it easy for the people of Birmingham to do the right thing.” UK bakeries produce 10,700 tonnes of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging every year. Most goes straight to landfill or it must be taken to specialist recycling points. Roberts is the first bakery brand to come up with a bag that can be put into the paper or mixed recycling bin.

Clean up before the summer break

With exams over and the summer break beckoning, University of Birmingham students and staff are turning their attention to the local environment with two clean-up initiatives. Junkbusters, organised by the Guild of Students, is a project set up to collected unwanted clothes, books and household items from student houses across Selly Oak and Bournbrook. All items collected are then donated to the British Heart Foundation to help the charity raise funds for their life-saving research. Many students are involved in this operation, which helps to clear our streets and supports reuse and recycling initiatives. This year so far the team has collected 550 bags, with a target of more than 1,000. Since the scheme was established in 2011, it has raised £135,000 for the British Heart Foundation. Guild of Students Welfare and Community Officer Izzy Bygrave, said, “We are passionate about Selly Oak and its environment. Junkbusters is a great scheme for helping students and permanent

Staff and students take the Junkbusters van around Selly Oak to collect unwanted items.

residents at the end of the year. Alongside this we’ve also been doing litter picks, speaking to students about waste issues and engaging directly with the Council where appropriate.” Another group, this time of University staff, volunteered with to collect litter and dredge the canal on the stretch between Battery Park and the Edgbaston campus. Around 30 people spent Clean Air Day on 20th June making this stretch of canal better for everyone who uses it, in partnership with Unite and the Canal River Trust. University Sustainable Travel Co-ordinator Peter Edwards said, “Schemes like this are so important to both the University and the local community. It is important we look after the areas we use, for the benefit of all. I’m delighted that once we were finished at the canal, there wasn’t a spot of litter to be seen. Our plan is to ‘adopt’ this stretch of canal, and continue to look after it.”

Happy Holidays HEM Life wish all our clients and readers a happy summer. July is our holiday time but we will be back in August to work on the September issue. What are you getting up to in July/August? Got a story to tell? Fundraising? Opening a new business? Whatever you are doing, have a great time! We’d love to hear from you!

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for the Summer Screens Extravaganzas

Birmingham Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston is giving a lucky HEM Life reader the chance to enjoy a fabulous movie on the large lawn. Summer Screens is returning once more this summer and is showing six films: Grease, Bohemian Rhapsody, Jurassic Park, A Star is Born, Pulp Fiction or Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again – between August 15 and September 13. DATE 15 August 16 August 17 August 11 September 12 September 13 September

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, just answer the following question: Which US singer-songwriter stars in A Star is Born? a) Madonna b) Beyoncé c) Lady Gaga Email your answer to: info@hem-life.co.uk A winner will be selected at random on Friday 6th August and notified by e-mail. The winner will receive two tickets to their chosen movie and either deckchair or beanbag seating. *Terms and conditions apply. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.

FILM Grease Bohemian Rhapsody Jurassic Park A Star is Born Pulp Fiction Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

CERT PG 12A PG 15 18 PG

DOORS 7:00pm 7:00pm 7:00pm 6:30pm 6:30pm 6:30pm

FILM 8:30pm 8:30pm 8:30pm 8:15pm 8:15pm 8:15pm

Kings Heath Community Interest Company is run by the people for the people, taking on projects to improve Kings Heath. As a diverse group of residents and businesses, we have a lot of experience to share. We are hosting a new space at 3-5 High Street to maximise this space for our community and the arts. Birmingham City Council kindly awarded us with an innovation grant in 2017 and we have been hard at work trying to find a suitable venue which was visible enough and large enough to host the ambitions of Kings Heath’s very creative community.

We need you to help pull this massive venture off.

Rather than calling it volunteering, we are calling it ‘joining in’. Older people, we need your experience, knowledge and skills to share. Younger people, we need your energy and enthusiasm. There is so much to do there is something for everyone. Also, if you need work experience, we can help. You don’t have to commit to a million hours, even half an hour could make a difference, so pull yourself out your chair and get involved! As well as the building itself, we will also need some hands on help with the garden and car park. It’s a surprisingly peaceful and lovely sunny spot to be in. We will be partnering on some events with our lovely neighbours at The Station. We will be producing a calendar of events in due course so you will know what’s going on when.

This is a call out to you Kings Heath.

e: imaginekingsheath@gmail.com, khciccontact@gmail.com Facebook: @KingsHeathCIC Twitter: #imaginekingsheath

Summertime Special in the Gardens

e r t a e Tinhthe Gardens Join us and let your imagination run wild with our summer of spectacular theatre.

Treasure Island 10 July

Pride and Prejudice

As summer comes into full swing (hopefully), we’ll be looking forward to showcasing our hard work to enhance different areas of the Gardens.

17 July

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 24 July

Alice in Wonderland 25 July

Chapterhouse/Immersion Theatre Company returns this summer. Tickets start from just £11 for concessions

Book tickets online:

www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk/whatson For more information please contact reception birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk Find us on:

Your support keeps the Gardens growing


Our team of gardeners worked tirelessly over the past few months to improve some areas and they are looking fantastic. In the herb garden, we’ve lowered the enclosing hedges and added some new planting, while over in the fern garden, we’ve supplemented the plants and it now feels lush and mysterious. If you need a moment of relaxation and zen calm, we’ve top-dressed the Japanese garden with limestone gravel and it looks serene and spiritual. We’ve also just started to work on the Alpine Yard and the new rock garden is taking shape... watch this space! The popular summer display on the Loudon Terrace is also due to open in July, with its magnificent collection of cacti and other succulents. Some of these plants are very special and attractive, but do not come too close!

We’re looking forward to welcoming one new great addition to the Gardens: a fabulous show garden, which was at Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC last month. Worcestershire-based Martyn Wilson designed the well-being garden in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and we’ll start rebuilding it this month, to be launched to the public in August. It will be a tranquil ‘green room’ where visitors can enjoy a few moments of contemplation.

We hope you enjoy your garden this summer. Here are a few jobs that you should be doing: • Cut back geraniums after first flowering to encourage more blooms • Make sure any tall plants are supported • Deadhead bedding plants, perennials and roses regularly • Feed your lawn with a special fertiliser to encourage healthy growth. • If we enjoy prolonged period of dry, warm weather, set your mower blades a little higher. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk t: 0121 454 1860

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Not withered by the weather yet…

ICC and ECB welcome Commonwealth Games nomination

The International Cricket Council (ICC) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), welcome the decision by the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) to nominate women’s cricket for inclusion at the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham in 2022. The decision, which needs to be ratified by CGF members, follows a comprehensive bidding process, where the ICC, in partnership with the ECB, presented the compelling case for women’s cricket to become part of the Commonwealth Games sport programme. Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer said, “The inclusion of women’s cricket in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games would be a landmark moment in the development of the sport.” The application for inclusion of women’s cricket for Birmingham 2022 is part of the global ambition for cricket to inspire and empower women and girls around the world and to drive greater levels of inclusivity and opportunity throughout the sport.

ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said, “We are absolutely delighted that women’s cricket has been nominated for inclusion in Birmingham 2022. I’d like to thank everyone at the CGF and Birmingham 2022 for the nomination and it would be a real honour to become part of the Commonwealth Games family. “We are committed to accelerating the growth of the women’s game and breaking down barriers and gender stereotypes along the way. We share our ambition to deliver greater equality, fairness and opportunity in sport with the Commonwealth Games Federation. “The platform of Birmingham 2022 will provide a springboard for women’s cricket and will inspire and engage young girls around the world to be part of this wonderful and inclusive sport.”

Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, added, “The inclusion of women’s cricket in the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games would be a landmark moment in the development of the sport.

The 2s have enjoyed the challenge of summer league so far, playing teams who sit up to two divisions higher in Winter League. They started strong; however, they then experienced their first loss in 16 consecutive games in an away match to Phoenix Flame. This match reminded the team how much they dislike losing and they bounced back with an emphatic 62-15 win against Dudley Road! With 5 wins and 1 loss on the scoreboard, the 2s have the top spot in sight for the second half of the season. The start of Summer league has been much better for the 3s, continuing their improvement from Winter. After the first half they had won all but 1 game and currently sit at the top of the table. Star shooter, Mel Thompson has gone from strength to strength helping with their goal difference and Kerenza Knowles has been the rock in defence, getting those game changing turnovers. The team are excited for the next run of games and are determined to stay at the top- we wish them luck! The 4s have had a great start to summer league and really come together as a team. There have been some exciting victories and frustratingly narrow losses to keep

the players on their toes! The squad has shown strength at both ends of the court, with Therése Thetford sinking some beautiful shots and Georgia Mills intercepting ball after ball in defence. Their commitment to training is paying off and the team are excited for the rest of the summer season! The 5s have had a good start to the summer season, continuing to develop from their experiences in the winter league. Jo Lucas has had a strong start; she is lightning around the courts and never fails giving her all at training and in matches. The whole team have been a joy to watch, which is a testament to the hard work and enthusiasm that they have all put in. The team can’t wait to see what the rest of the season has in store! Hornets 2s captain April also recently passed her Level 1 Coaching Award. April has been taking training this summer and her skills as a coach are clear for all to see. Harborne Hornets are beyond proud of her and feel very lucky that they can afford to contribute to developing players not only as players but as coaches and umpires. Well done April keep up the amazing work!

“It would present us with a wonderful opportunity to capitalise on the global reach of these Games to showcase the very best of women’s cricket and in doing so inspire a new generation of women and girls from around the world to start playing the game. “We are extremely grateful to the teams at Birmingham 2022 and CGF for providing us with this opportunity and for sharing our vision for the future of women’s cricket.” Before the rain!

Harborne Youth FC – The Club that Keeps Growing Harborne Youth FC are part of the broader football family that is the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League and the League has over 700 teams and 10,000 players registered! Their football season has now finished and reflecting on the previous year, HYFC are proud of how the club has grown. They have fielded teams from under 8s age range through to under 16s and next season they have plans to further increase the number of teams representing Harborne Youth FC.

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Congratulations to all players, parents, supporters and coaches connected with the club. The younger age groups don’t have results and league standings published in line with FA guidelines, but in other age groups the final league positions are, by age group:

Under 12s


Under 13s


Under 15s Colts 8th Under 15s


Under 16s


Harborne Youth FC are also proud to be part of The Football Association’s ‘Respect Campaign’ and believe that children play better and enjoy their sport more, when there is positive encouragement. In addition to that, the club look to create a fun, safe and inclusive environment in everything that they do.

Visit us for more information at: www.pitchero.com/clubs/harborneyouthfc/ or contact Club Chairman Phil Court on t: 07907 781581



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As the sporting model in the EcoSport line up the 125 bhp ST-Line comes with sports suspension, a large rear spoiler, ST-Line body styling kit and grille as well as 17-inch Dark Tarnish alloy wheels. One possible downside of the EcoSport for some people, however, is its side-hinged rear door. For while the boot area offers 355-litres of luggage space you have to be careful where you park to ensure you have enough space to open the door, which needs far more space than a conventional tailgate. On the road there’s a nice sharp buzz to the car’s performance and the smooth, six-speed manual gearbox is a delight to use. I found everything on board intuitive, easy to see at a glance and easy to operate, There is some body roll when taking fast bends but the firmer suspension of the ST-Line model keeps it reasonably well in check to ensure a comfortable ride. On the negative side Ford claims an average of 53.3 miles per gallon but I found my average during a week with the EcoSport was nearer 40mpg and I was surprised to find there was no automatic mode on the headlights switch to turn them on as dusk falls. Nevertheless, the EcoSport - which comes with a three-year, 60,000-mile warranty - is one of those cars that grows on you the more you drive it, and after a week with Ford’s baby SUV I was sorry to hand it back.


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