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Mayor Andy Street makes tackling homelessness his first priority

“Homelessness is an issue which shames us as a region,” says Andy Street, the newly elected and first ever - Mayor of the West Midlands.

Andy, who became Mayor on May 5th, pledged in his Manifesto to make tackling homelessness one of his first priorities and true to his word, he has honoured that commitment by launching his Mayor’s Homelessness Task Force. It involves various national and regional charities including St Basil’s, Langar Aid and the YMCA, as well as the West Midlands Fire Service and the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, David Jamieson who will all be working together to implement a coordinated programme of help and support. Following their inaugural meeting Andy, former managing director of John Lewis said it was clear that there was already a great deal of brilliant work being done, notably by the charity sector. “However, it was identified that levels of coordination between the various agencies needed to be improved. It is about everybody working together, using the resources we have and securing new resources to solve the challenge,” he said, adding that anyone interested in getting involved with the Taskforce should get in touch by email The initiative is one which has been welcomed by Ben Rafiqi, co-founder of the Birmingham

based homeless outreach project ‘Let’s Feed Brum’, an organisation that runs soup kitchens in the city centre six nights and two mornings every week. He is also chair of three homeless charities and a key figure in running a winter night shelter, and a monthly community cafe in Redditch. Ben began befriending and assisting rough sleepers back in 2011 and has spent over a thousand nights on the streets with the homeless community. Ben said, “Homelessness is a growing issue across the West Midlands from Walsall to Coventry and of course in Birmingham city centre where numbers have risen by over 50 percent in the past twelve months. According to the report published by the charity Shelter last December, just a day after a homeless addict froze to death on John Bright Street in Birmingham, there could be more than a thousand-people sleeping rough in the West Midlands as many have still not been recorded. These people desperately need our help. I have listened to hundreds of stories from the lips of people broken by events in their lives and the very least they deserve is the dignity of being listened to so we can help bring about some solutions. Emotional support is as important as

food and shelter and I am hopeful that Andy’s vision and commitment for a region ‘that works for everyone’ will ensure that our homeless are properly looked after, these people need our help”. Closer to home, many will have noticed an ever-increasing number of rough sleepers and people begging on the streets of Harborne and Moseley. Andy’s plan also has the backing from prospective Conservative parliamentary candidate for Edgbaston Caroline Squire. Caroline, the great, great granddaughter of Joseph Chamberlain commented that, “The statistic that Birmingham city centre has seen a 50 percent rise in rough sleeping in 2016 is shocking enough, but the residents of Harborne see the human impact of it daily on the High Street.

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Here, doorways are home to between four and six people sleeping rough. That is why I support Andy Street’s swift action setting up the Homelessness Taskforce. Like him I want to end rough sleeping in Harborne and look forward to working with the Taskforce to do so.” Other Manifesto commitments Andy has set out to achieve include his Mayor’s Mentors, a new initiative where successful professionals can transform the lives of young people through a mentoring scheme. Those interested can sign up at: Lois Burley



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Connected communities achieve the incredible May has certainly not disappointed us with the much welcomed sunny days, as we head into June the forecast is looking good and great news for the numerous events taking place throughout the community. Harborne has seen an increasing number of homeless on the High Street, our cover story featuring our 1st ever elected West Midlands Mayor, local businessman Andy Street who, has hit the ground running to make Birmingham’s homeless his first priority is great news for all. Peacocks, Ponden Home Interiors and Edinburgh Woollen Mill have moved into the old Home Bargains Store on the High Street although, no opening date has been confirmed as yet! Edgbaston has so much happening with the ongoing Edgbaston Village developments and, Calthorpe Estates celebrating 300 years with the Edgbaston Festival, September 17 promising to be a great day for all the family. Moseley will begin to bloom over the next couple of months with hanging baskets and planters throughout the community, the annual Moseley in Bloom’s Open Gardens weekend will be open to the public during 24th and 25th June revealing Moseley’s hidden garden gems.

Until next time.

Angela and the HEM Life Team

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Life Stories


June 2017

“Shoot First, No ordinary life” with John Williams

It feels like yesterday...

50 years ago, this month the first spade was put in ground that had been well prepared by a pioneering set of BBC Birmingham program makers already established in producing quality programs.

I’m not at all surprised this BBC Net Work production Centre Pebble Mill Building is now reaching Iconic status and a commemorative plaque is to be displayed on the “Circle Health” new building at the Pebble Mill old site. A look at the history of its output across the whole range of broadcasting, radio and television some still generating around the world today, is proof worthy of that status. It’s a building that should be remembered! For those of us who had the privilege to work there it was a lifetime of opportunity placing Britain’s Second City together with the Midlands on the world map, at no time were they let down.

I like to think we were a family with all that entails, and that family still shows itself meeting every month as pensioners to support one another and reminisce on the good old days. My one hope is that the BBC has not lost this family and is still there amongst my colleagues working in the brave new world. At Christmas, last year I ran out of my self-published memoirs, Shoot First, No ordinary life, (It’s gone down really well, over 240 copies sold). Those reading my book have said it’s a history and they had no idea of the diversity of that building, I was just the fortunate one who touched on many of its areas. People asked me to print more, these have now arrived,

‘Shoot first, No ordinary life’ - written by John Williams tells of his 30 year career making programs for the BBC. Although not a definitive history it is a recollection of the ‘golden age’ of television production that was Pebble Mill, Birmingham. Professor Paul Long Director, Birmingham Centre for Media and Cultural Research

writes, “While we’re overloaded by celebrity tales, we need more of this kind of autobiography from those who created programmes and of course created the BBC’s reputation as the country’s foremost cultural institution. Williams insights into the nature of regional and national production, the personalities and roles, the (literal) nuts, bolts and decision making of making TV in the post-war era adds an invaluable resource for the understanding the social history of modern Britain which, if anything is bound up in the story of TV and the stories it has told”.

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David Waine Head of the Network Production Centre 1983-86; Head of Broadcasting 1986-94 writes, “What has emerged is something more than that. It is a small piece of history written with the passion and involvement that only someone so committed can do”. Others have said; “The book is a rollicking good read”, “Boys adventure stories (adult boys)”. “The book is illustrated on every page; a coffee table book, one to share with family”. For those of who know BBC Pebble Mill this is an adventure story with a difference because many of you will know of these adventures and some of you will surely be familiar with the characters involved.

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Let’s Feed Brum: gets set for Summer Sleepover fundraiser

Idyllic setting? Check. Delicious street food? Check. Sky full of stars? Check. With that, the scene is set for Let’s Feed Brum’s first summer fundraiser, which invites the city to sleep under the stars for one night only to help raise money for the homeless. Taking place on Sunday 2 July, Birmingham Botanical Gardens will open its stunning grounds to friends, families and fundraisers who will spend the night sleeping out to raise money for Let’s Feed Brum. The Summer Sleepover will bring together Brummies who are as passionate about trying new things as they are about helping their fellow man. Guests will have the exclusive opportunity to call the Birmingham Botanical Gardens home for the night, with proceeds from every ticket sold able to fund a bed for the night to someone who needs it. Commenting on the fundraiser, Ben Rafiqi, the co-founder of Let’s Feed Brum’s outreach project, said: “This is such a unique experience for the city, so the fact that we can offer it to the public, who have already been so supportive of Let’s Feed Brum, is fantastic. 2016 What’s even better is that in doing so, attendees will be able to continue to give back to those in need

Artist, Tom Jones, sketches life on the streets

while having an unforgettable experience in the process. It’s set to be an event like no other and I’m sure it’s going to be a success with an effect that lasts much longer than the evening itself.” Let’s Feed Brum’s Summer Sleepover will commence at 7pm on Sunday 2 July and will run until 8am on Monday 3 July. Set to be a true community experience, those in attendance will be treated to entertainment throughout the evening by local performers. In addition, Brum’s best loved street food vendors will be selling food and drink for those taking part, with Birmingham Botanical Gardens’ catering company Ampersand selling breakfast the following morning. The event will be the first fundraiser organised by Let’s Feed Brum and the project hopes that the city will rally to support it. Since launching last October,

it has built on Inspiration Support’s six years of work in providing food, drink, essential supplies and friendship to those living on our streets. With 10 million tonnes of food being thrown away every year in the UK, Let’s Feed Brum’s mission is to bring Birmingham’s cafés, bars and restaurants together to help feed people in unfortunate circumstances. The food, however, is just the beginning; by being out on the streets Let’s Feed Brum is able to start conversations with the city’s homeless and help signpost the fantastic services already in place, working to tackle Birmingham’s problem. The Summer Sleepover tickets are already on sale, prices at £20 for adults and £5 for children. Simply bring yourself and your sleeping bag and to book your spot, head to: Can’t make the date? There’s still plenty you can do to help. To keep up to date with this and what else Let’s Feed Brum has in store, check out the website at: and follow the group on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using @letsfeedbrum June Appeal: Socks, Underwear & Trainers Harborne Donation Stations: Brittain Opticians, High St and The Court Oak Bar, Balden Rd. For other ways that you can support, head over to the website:

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Life Stories

School’s Space Mission is a Blast! June is gardening month in Moseley

Year 6 pupils at The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, returned for a Summer term with a difference. Working with hi-impact consultants, they began to plan Blue Coat’s first foray into space.

This exciting adventure involved the children in flight prediction using algorithms, Craft design including slow motion crash testing, building temperature sensors with Arduino computers, mission patch design, and even a live webinar with Dr Steve Croft, an Astrophysicist at the University of California, Berkeley. During the week-long Space School, a tethered balloon launch on the school field provided a dry run prior to the actual launch from Welshpool in Shropshire. Blue Coat pupils were delighted to be the first children in the country to successfully recover their balloon as it returned to Earth. The remains of the burst


balloon were found in field just outside Hungerford; miraculously all the scientific equipment and cameras had survived the journey intact, as had photographs of the Headmaster and children. All could claim that their first space mission had been a resounding success! The images later downloaded from the 360-degree camera were extraordinary Earth from over 30 km above its surface is truly beautiful. Headmaster, Noel Neeson was delighted and comments, “The children are naturally inquisitive and have really enjoyed designing their own experiments to send up to Near Space, as well as exploring the science of balloon flight. I’m sure this will be an experience that will stay with them for a long time to come. Who knows, we might even have a future astronaut or astronomer amongst them!”

Some of Moseley’s hidden garden gems will be open to the public during Moseley in Bloom’s Open Gardens weekend on the 24th and 25th. This is a once-a-year opportunity to see some of the beautiful, quirky and special gardens with music and displays of artwork in selected gardens. Additional events are also being held in Moseley’s public spaces including the Park, the Pool and the newly-redesigned St Mary’s churchyard. To keep energy levels up, Moseley in Bloom’s famous tea and cakes will be on sale, as will PIMMS and Prosecco. Amy Ashton, Moseley in Bloom’s Open Gardens Coordinator says, ‘This is going to be one of the best years yet for Open Gardens. We’ve got something for everyone: gardeners looking for ideas, people looking for a bit of summertime entertainment, children looking for a bit of fun. Come along and be part of it!’ Amy notes that Moseley in Bloom is still looking for gardens to complete the programme. Maybe your garden is a hidden gem just waiting to be discovered? It doesn’t have to be fancy or finished. If it makes you happy then it’s worth showing off! Volunteers are also needed on the weekend itself to help.

And that’s not all… whilst you visit the Open Gardens we ask you to look carefully at the many wonderful front gardens Moseley has to offer and make note of the ones that catch your eye. Each year Moseley in Bloom recognises the contributions individual residents make to our green environment through our Front Garden Awards. We need you to nominate your favourite front gardens so our judges know where to look. To nominate a front garden is to send the address to: In the next couple of months Moseley will begin to bloom with the hanging baskets and planters being installed thanks to the wonderful people at Birmingham Parks and Nurseries and the continued support of the community.

Tickets £5 per day or £8 for the weekend, free entry for children under 12. ‘Everything we do helps to make Moseley a more green and clean environment’. E: or visit

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Birmingham’s first 50m pool opens

On Monday 22 May 2017, the University of Birmingham opened their new £55 million Sport & Fitness club which features Birmingham’s first ever 50m pool.

It was a momentous occasion for the city and at 6am when it opened, there was a queue of people waiting to be the first to swim the 50m stretch. The members included students and staff of the University, as well as local community. Ffion Butler, a student and member of the University’s swimming club said after her first swim: ‘I felt really graceful. I really enjoyed it!’ The pool also has a moveable floor and boom which enables it to be split into two 25 metre pools for those who would prefer a shorter distance, as well as being able to make the water shallower for aqua classes and swimming lessons for all ages. This pioneering new

facility is also a key component to the city’s bid for the 2022 Commonwealth Games, both as a host and a training base for athletes. The Sport & Fitness club also features a 200 station gym, a squash court complex, a sports arena with 12 badminton courts, five activity studios which have over 150 classes each week, a 10m climbing wall and much more. PhD student, Simon Franklin, said: ‘I think the new sports club is fantastic. The sheer range of facilities from the swimming pool to the huge gym, squash courts and numerous classes is great. It’s also such a nice, spacious and bright place to be whilst you get fit!’ This vast array of facilities makes it one of the largest facilities in both the Higher Education and industries; the premium quality of the building and services makes it entirely unrivalled.

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The Musical Legacy of South Birmingham When it comes to musical talent, South Birmingham has always punched well above its weight. Looking at the many acts which have put Birmingham on the musical map, it’s interesting to see how many of them can trace their roots back to the suburb of Moseley. Eighties synthpop legends Duran Duran formed when Nick Rhodes -who grew up in Moseley and he learned to play the keyboard there -decided for start a band with three school friends at the age of sixteen. Gigs at the old Rum Runner nightclub on Broad Street followed and led to an expanded line-up that would take the group to breathtaking success. Duran Duran went on to have thirteen number one hits in the UK, won an MTV Lifetime Achievement award, collaborated on the first Band-Aid album, wrote the James Bond theme for A View To A Kill and were awarded a star on the Hollywood walk of fame. Not bad for a gaggle of suburban schoolboys from Birmingham! Just as Duran Duran had found fame in the Birmingham music scene in the eighties, another Moseley band .Ocean Colour Scene -found fame in the nineties by making music not just in, but about Birmingham. Their 1997 album Moseley Shoals spent ninety two weeks in the charts and included The Circle, a song inspired Birmingham’s number eleven bus route, alongside hits like Britpop classic The Day We Caught The Train and the Led Zeppelin inspired Riverboat Song which would later be used on television’s TFI Friday. Guitarist, Ali Campbell was raised in nearby Balsall Heath and formed the band UB40 with his brothers and school friends. Initially unable to afford instruments for themselves, Ali was awarded

compensation after being injured in a bar fight and soon UB40 were performing gigs in Kings Heath’s Hare & Hounds pub -to this day a popular venue for new musical acts looking to build a wider fanbase. Chrissie Hynde of the Pretenders discovered them playing at the pub and invited them to tour with her as a support act. Less than five years after that first gig, UB40 were in the top ten with reggae single Red Red Wine. They would go on to have more than fifty singles in the UK charts and to sell more than 70 million records over the next thirty years. “It’s clear that there’s something special about South Birmingham when it comes to musical talent, whether that’s surroundings that inspire creativity or an atmosphere that encourages young people to pursue their artistic goals” said Adam Evans of Birmingham Music School. “We have been teaching music in the jewellery quarter for over 10 years now. It’s extremely rewarding watching our students forming bands, getting music scholarships, going off to Uni, organising and promoting their own events. Who knows what may be in each of their futures?” Birmingham Music School is based in the Jewellery Quarter near Birmingham City Centre. They teach Guitar, Drums, Bass, Vocals & Keyboard/Piano. Call or go online today, to book yourself a free trial lesson. 0121 439 5488 (Open evenings and weekends)

Protection with Style

It’s festival time of year again, with Glastonbury amongst many others, this month. If you’re one of the lucky few to have tickets, Brittain Opticians have got some top tips for keeping your eyes healthy, whilst also looking bang on trend this festival season. Spending long periods of time outdoors can prove problematic for your eye health. Most people are probably aware that ultraviolet light poses a real danger to your skin but not so aware of the danger to your eyesight. Damage to your eyes cannot be reversed – so it’s really important to make sure you are adequately protected now, to prevent problems like cataracts and macular degeneration when you are older. At Brittain’s, they have all the most popular brands of sunglasses, along with some that you’ve probably never heard of. Brittain Opticians are the only supplier of the Orgreen and Mykita sun collection for quite some distance, these exclusive frames are a real change from the ordinary and definitely worth a look. Festival regulars Miley Cyrus and Cara Delevigne have been seen sporting Mykita sunglasses, whilst, Hollywood starlet, Kirsten Dunst favours her Orgreen’s. Brittain Opticians are proud to be the only stockist of Mykita and Orgreen in the West Midlands, pop in for a try.

If it’s a real classic you’re after, then keep your eyes healthy and look amazing in festival classics like Ray-Ban Wayfarers or Aviators, all the most fashionable A-listers will be seen rocking these year after year, they really are a timeless classic. These ultra-fashionable Ray-Bans are available in a variety of colours, so set loose the inner hippy in you with a colourful, flowery pair. As an added bonus, all these sunnies are available with a polarized lens for maximum UV protection. Celeb wearers include Robert Pattinson, Katy Perry, Beyoncé and Paris Hilton.

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Brittains also stock Bvlgari, Feb31st and Maui Jim sunglasses. Matt and the girls are always pleased to see you, so make sure you pop in and see them next time you’re in Harborne and they’ll have you looking like the most stylish of celebrity quicker than you can say “get me to the Pyramid stage, Ed Sheeran’s already started.”

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Life Stories

June 2017

Children’s Boutique Wins Shop of the Month

Local independent children’s store, Sember, was announced as ‘May Shop of the Month’ by leading British organic children’s wear brand, Frugi. Having only first started trading in December 2016, Sember have been offering the historic village of Bournville an Aladdin’s cave of organic and ethical children’s wear from tiny baby to seven years as well as a huge selection of wooden toys, skincare and gifts. Chosen by Frugi for their bright and fun April Showers window display, Sember were inspired by Frugi’s theme for the season, ‘A diary of a Great British Summer’, as well as memories from their own childhood holidays. Owner, Sue Hawkeswood, says: “Over the moon to win the competition. As a new business, it’s such a boost when companies like and appreciate what you are doing in your store, the brand and customer experience that you are trying to create. We are so grateful of the exposure our little shop will receive from this win. “Caroline Flood, Commercial Director at Frugi, says: “We are so pleased that Sember has won our May Shop of the Month award, as a relatively new shop this is an amazing achievement. They have really worked hard on both their in-store events and window display by using the resources and support that Frugi offer.”

Has your child’s school become an academy yet? The plan is for all schools in England to become academies by 2020 (or have official plans to do so by 2022). Whether they become an academy now or in 3 years’ time, it is inevitable and therefore the system must be embraced by parents and those who work in them, i.e. the teachers. If you work in a school faced with academisation, what I would encourage you to bear in mind is that when a larger organisation takes over a smaller one, with it comes the potential for opportunity and improved conditions; shared best practice, enhanced discipline, continued professional development (CPD) and promotional opportunities. For parents, this could ensure that your child’s school retains its valuable staff; some of who may be feeling overworked, stressed and ready to leave the school if not the teaching profession all together.

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Planting Trees from your Sofa




One of my main goals at the moment is to get as many people as possible donating to tree planting charities in the UK and overseas to help fight climate change, but with so many worthwhile charities competing for our hard-earned money that can be a difficult battle. Yet what if there was a way to plant trees every day without it costing us a penny or even leaving the house?

Well, there is: Through our internet searches. Our instinctive reaction nowadays to ‘google it’ makes Google billions a year from the data it collects on us and the ads it gets paid to show to us. But instead of Google making money from our searches, we can choose to fund charities instead.

Already there is a national shortage of teachers. 45% of recently-qualified young teachers plan to leave within the next five years due to the workload. Academisation can reduce work load and give staff back that all important work life balance which seems to have all but disappeared from the profession. An academy can mould its curriculum around its pupils rather than taking a one-size–fits-all approach. For teachers that love being in the classroom, this can be very welcome. The creation of ‘learning hubs’ across academy trusts also introduces teachers to new techniques and learning practices they may not have otherwise experienced, which can potentially reduce workload. If an academy has improved standards for pupils AND teachers at its heart, then the system works for everyone and should be embraced not feared.

Search engines that raise money for causes through the ads that users are shown are not a new invention, but they are getting better and easier to use. My personal favourite is Ecosia - a nicely designed, uncluttered search engine that has planted nearly 7 million trees at the time of writing. Ecosia is both a Google Chrome extension and an app for your Android, Apple, Windows or Amazon device. As you search, you are

shown ads at the top of your search (just like Google) and the extension tracks the number of trees you have helped to plant in your search bar. So instead of further lining the pockets of Google, Apple, Microsoft and Amazon (I think they can afford to lose a few million searches a year!), just carry on doing what you do on the internet, safe in the knowledge that Ecosia is planting trees for you in areas devastated by deforestation such as Peru, Madagascar, Burkina Faso and Indonesia. Read more at Twitter: @BrumEarth W:

Rare Plant Fair Returns to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens The beautiful and historic gardens at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens play host to a Rare Plant Fair on Sunday, July 30th. Now in their 23rd season, Rare Plant Fairs are held in beautiful and prestigious gardens, each with its own unique character, from those with histories stretching back centuries to more modern gardens created in recent years. A day out at one of our fairs is an enjoyable and inspiring experience for everyone, whether a novice or experienced gardener. The nurseries that attend our Fairs are carefully selected to ensure that they are genuine growers who produce most or all the plants that they sell themselves. We try offer the widest possible range of plants to our visitors, including perennials, shrubs and trees, alpines, bulbs and exotic plants, and all our nursery owners are experts in the plants that they grow. They are all always happy to offer all the advice that you need to select and grow the right plants for your garden. The fair will be open from 11am to 4pm. Teas and light refreshments are available. Full details, including a list of the nurseries attending the event, can be found at:

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Queen Alexandra College Celebrate 20 years

SUMMER FETE 49 Court Oak Road, Harborne, B17 9TG

Saturday 1st July





Raffle Dog Show

Face Painting Ice Cream Van

VR Experience Races Craft Stalls

Penalty Shootout



Chocolate Tombola

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All proceeds to Queen Alexandra College A National Charity for Learners with Disabilities


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Fire Engine

This year QAC are celebrating 20 years of being an independent charity and have a range of upcoming events to celebrate this milestone. As a charity QAC relies on a range of financial and in-kind support to help provide for projects around the college and the Fundraising Team have set themselves a target to organise 20 events, to raise £20,000, to support 20 student focused projects to mark this year’s anniversary. They’re asking companies, businesses and the local community to get on board and show their support by giving a helping hand with fundraising; this is through Team QAC events, their community events and making a general donation to the charity. One of QAC’s busiest events, the Summer Fete, is happening on the 1st July at the college’s main campus. The event will be jam-packed full of fun activities and stalls to wander round and to ensure there is something for everyone, entertainment will include VR experiences, archery, football games, belly dancing and many more. QAC will also be hosting a variety of other events during the year including a Comedy Night in June, Music Festival in September and Fashion Show in October. You can also join them as PO


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Queen Alexandra College (QAC) is a national charity for people with disabilities, based in Harborne. QAC offers a range of courses and opportunities for people with disabilities to realise their potential to live and work independently. they take on the first Birmingham International Marathon in October. All funds raised through these events will go towards their £20,000 target. QAC also run Umberslade Nurseries, a social enterprise located in Selly Oak that provides a garden/horticulture space and activities for students, schools and the local community. Umberslade also relies on a range of financial and in-kind support and offers a range of events and activities to support their work. They are currently looking forward to their Picnic Day in June and ‘Wonderland Fayre’ on the 22nd July with lots of fun activities and entertainment for everyone to enjoy. Other events include a Beach Party in August and Barn Dance in September. They’ve also introduced a delicious new menu, including breakfast, so pop down to try it for yourself – open Wednesday to Sunday, 10-4. For more information about QAC Fundraising events: E: T: 0121 428 5064. For Umberslade events and activities please contact: Nicky Stitt E: T: 0121 472 4894.

First Impressions There’s no need to let loss of teeth have a negative impact on your life!

Confidents Denture Clinic is a family business owned and run by Phillip Morris and his wife Denise who offer a professional, personal and friendly service to all their clients - With 35 years in practice, a happy customer base of 2,498 and growing we are proud of the complete service we provide. Far more than a standard denture fitting service… Denture repairs & fitting is a personal service - something that shouldn’t be a cause for stress to anyone. Whatever your denture needs, we understand how important it is to provide a personal service tailored to your needs.

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Life Matters


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Playing leapfrog Money is set to skip a generation, as families act to counter the unequal spread of wealth between young and old. Over £400 billion in wealth being held by Britain’s grandparents is set to cascade down to the benefit of grandchildren in the coming years, according to a new report from Royal London1. The data was collected by YouGov, which surveyed over 5,000 people from three generations2 . As well as highlighting the vast wealth inequality between generations, the report also reveals a significant difference in the ways different age groups think about giving or receiving an inheritance. An overwhelming majority of those aged 25–44 want to see their parents and grandparents spending freely and enjoying their retirement. This is a powerful challenge to the idea of a generation of ‘millennials’ resenting the lifestyles of older generations. But older generations, the report finds, are much more focused on preserving their wealth with the aim of passing it on. Grandparents, in particular, have a strong desire to leave an inheritance, especially to their children but also to their grandchildren. The report notes that the people most likely to inherit housing are those with elderly parents, and are therefore usually middle-aged themselves. For this reason, they are likely already to possess their own housing wealth and be aware of the challenges facing their own children. A majority of this group, particularly those aged 55–64, are therefore planning to pass some

or all of any inheritance straight on to the next generation. Whilst they are less ideologically wedded to the precept of leaving a significant inheritance, the report claims that “they clearly feel under pressure to do so and plan to do so”. “There is a wall of housing wealth set to cascade through the generations in the coming years,” according to Steve Webb, policy director of Royal London. “Grandparents still attach great importance to passing on their wealth rather than consuming it. Many in the next generation feel under considerable pressure to pass any inheritance straight on to their own children as they are acutely aware of the challenges faced by their millennial offspring,” says Webb.

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To address the challenge of distributing wealth more appropriately within the family, some beneficiaries will choose, or are obliged, to make posthumous changes to the Wills of deceased family members using a ‘deed of variation’. However, the potential complications and upset involved mean it should very much be viewed as a last resort. Better lifetime planning can prevent such problems; indeed, transfers of wealth between the generations do not only happen after death. Parents and grandparents with the financial means are increasingly considering transferring assets to children within their own lifetimes –

Trusts Traps and Pitfalls

If there is one point I try to get across in my column it is the LEGAL LIFE importance of seeking with JOYCE BENNELL proper advice before you run in to trouble. Rubric Lois King Solicitors It is so much easier for us to assist you to do things correctly at the beginning than to try and unravel a mess created by someone else. It is also cheaper for you. One of the areas where we frequently see people in trouble is where a will contains a trust. For example, there may be a trust giving the survivor of a couple a right to live in a property or it may be a full blown discretionary trust. Whatever it is, you can’t ignore it. It may be possible to close the trust but just ignoring it creates numerous problems. Not taking advice at the outset can have adverse tax consequences further down the line. For example, if there is a nil rate band discretionary trust in the will this may be dismantled within 2 years and assets released to the surviving spouse. The effect will be to leave the nil rate band available for transfer on the second death. The correct documentation needs to be in place to achieve this. A discretionary trust attracts a ten-year charge to inheritance tax if it exceeds the current nil rate band. The trustees must file a return if the trust’s assets exceed 80% of the nil rate band. Trustees must also file a tax return each year if their trust has an income. There are penalties for failure to do so. Incompetent trustees may also be at risk of court action by disgruntled beneficiaries. A properly run trust can be a very useful thing to have but a neglected one can be a nightmare. Rubric Lois King Solicitors T: 0121 450 7800

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and while they still have the opportunity to see those recipients benefit. This may be to help them gain a foothold on the housing ladder, to clear debts, or to build a fund for retirement. The report shows that roughly two thirds of 65–74-year-olds had given a lump sum gift to their children; the gift was often intended for a specific purpose – a house purchase, other large purchase or special occasion came at the top of the list. One third of those aged 75 or over had given lump sums directly to their grandchildren; this was often earmarked to pay for education, but it may also reflect an element of Inheritance Tax planning by the donor. It is clear that the UK is entering an unprecedented era in which people are retiring with much greater wealth than their predecessors. That wealth is largely being preserved through retirement and will in due course find its way down through the generations. It therefore makes sense for more individuals to consider estate planning as part their overall financial planning strategy. Making a Will can help minimise tax and ensure your estate is passed on in line with your wishes. However, there are a range of additional measures you can take while you are still alive to pass wealth on and minimise liability to Inheritance Tax. With the benefit of advice, you can ensure that your wealth goes to whom you intend, without putting your own retirement security at risk.

The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation, can change at any time. The value of any tax relief depends on individual circumstances. Will writing involves the referral to a service that is separate and distinct to those offered by St. James’s Place and are not regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Royal London Policy Paper 12, Will harassed ‘baby boomers’ rescue Generation Rent? April 2017. 2 YouGov conducted interviews between 1st February and 8th February 2017. 1

To arrange a no-obligation financial review, please contact Simon Baldwin at: High House Wealth Management, Associate Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management. T: 0121 405 0429 E:

What happens after the hurting?

When I was sixteen years old my Dad died. I’m now in my midfifties and the truth is that there isn’t a day that goes by when I don’t think about him.

In the early days following his death I was upset and hurt with DEREK CASE that I’d lost a man I loved, Managing Director admired and was my hero! Mortons Funeral Directors With the passage of time I have learned that those emotions are normal and so are many others that we all feel when someone we cherish dies. In the days following my Dad’s death I was fortunate enough to work for someone who promised to help and encourage me; and so my career in Funeral Service began in earnest. One lesson I learned fairly soon after his Funeral is that my Dad would want me to go on and to make the best of every day. “Always leave people better than when you found them Son” was something he instilled in me from an early age. There are times, not just after the passing of someone special, when we can be quite hard on ourselves. We often need space and time to grieve, to make sense of what has happened and, when the moment is right, to shed a tear as well; I think that’s all quite healthy. Each day after a loss will be different. There will be times when we think about them every waking moment and it will be painful but, trust me when I say this, you will learn to smile again. If you or someone you know is struggling to come to terms with the loss of a loved one, then any professional Funeral Director should be able to tell you about resources which are available to help. We have a section on our own website that gives the contact details of national and local organisations which can offer help with issues surrounding bereavement. We also have our Mortons Monday Club where all are welcome to come and share their experience with those who have walked a similar path; our website has all the details. With my kind regards to you all. Derek. T: 0121 476 9111 E: W:

Baskerville School in Harborne won National Boccia Championship! Five students from Baskerville School in Harborne won the National Boccia Championship on Wednesday 3 May. Just before 6:30am five Baskerville School students: Louis, Connor, Seliona, Taylor and Ali started their 2-hour journey to Sheffield to take part in the National Boccia Competition for students with special needs as one of the best 12 teams in England, after winning the regional matches in April. They were still feeling tired after the early morning start and the long drive when they played their first game against an amazing and far more experienced team. Despite playing very well, they lost the first match. They continued to play two further matches both of which they won. This qualified the team for the semi final which they won by ten points, promoting them into the final. Their hearts sank when they realised that they would be playing against the same team that had beaten them in the first match. However, all players stayed

positive and did their best, knowing that they should be proud of themselves having already played against some of the best players. The final game was truly amazing and breath-taking. The pressure was affecting both teams; at the end of the third end, it was all square. The coolness of the Baskerville School players, their determination and resilience helped their team to win the last end by just one point! The team captains of the two teams congratulated each other after the match and showed great sportsmanship. Connor from the Baskerville School team also won the Best Player of the Year award! Rosemary Adams, the Head Teacher, is very proud of the students’ (and staff’s!) achievement. ‘We are happy not only because our students have won the championship, but more importantly, through activities like these, our students appreciate that staff have high expectation of them and will encourage them and support them to work hard to overcome their special needs and difficulties to achieve their goals. We are also very lucky to have a team of very dedicated staff who regularly give up their break time to provide extra support to our students. I feel very privileged to work with the staff and students of Baskerville School!’





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Audley St George’s Place unveiled to owners and VIPs Audley St George’s Place, the new luxury retirement village from Audley in Edgbaston, was officially opened on Wednesday 24th May at a VIP reception held by Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley and Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anne Underwood.

At an opening ceremony attended by more than 100 guests, Audley St George’s Place was revealed. Audley owners and members of the local community came together to celebrate this key milestone in the development with a champagne lunch. The unique development was previously the home of the Royal School for the Deaf. Through Audley’s painstaking renovation and development of the site, the Victorian Villas and redbrick Edwardian building have been returned to their former glory, resulting in a stunning addition to the stylish Edgbaston area. Situated just a short distance from Birmingham’s shops, restaurants and galleries, the village enables owners to enjoy all the benefits of Birmingham’s bustling and cultural

city centre, while offering a beautiful and secure environment to live in. Once complete, the village will be home to a mix of 95 apartments and cottages for over 55s as well as the Audley Club, offering luxury facilities including a swimming pool, library, restaurant, bar/bistro and spa, which will be accessible to both owners and the neighbouring communities. Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anne Underwood, said: “It was a pleasure to officially open the new Audley village in Edgbaston - my first engagement as the Lord Mayor of Birmingham. I’d like to welcome Nick Sanderson and the Audley team to our vibrant community – I’m sure the new property owners will be very happy here.”

Nick Sanderson, CEO Audley Retirement, said: “We are immensely proud to open Audley St George’s Place to a new generation of owners and the surrounding community of Edgbaston. Audley’s proposition is based, first and foremost, on what our customers want, ensuring they can live independently and on their own terms. Audley allows people to make the most of their independence with the knowledge that care is there should they need it.” The demand for properties at Audley St George’s Place is high, with just 5 properties remaining for sale in the first phase.

Opening Ceremony by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Cllr Anne Underwood and Audley Retirement CEO, Nick Sanderson

Owners at Audley St George’s Place

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The Oaktree Clinic & Consulting Rooms in Edgbaston celebrated their first year on Frederick Road, Edgbaston by opening their doors to everyone in the community. Oaktree showcased their new services including the state of the art new physical, side effect free rTMS treatment. Oaktree is the only clinic in the West Midlands providing this treatment. Founded in October 2014, in less than three years of providing adult mental health services, the Oaktree Clinic now offers Memory clinic for dementia, child and adolescent psychiatry services especially ADHD and Autism assessments & treatments and various individual and group therapies such as mindfulness and other mental and emotional health enhancing therapies for its clients. The Oaktree management plan to add to their older adult and memory services, as well as drop-in services to their Birmingham clinic this coming year

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The quality of pupils’ personal development was also graded as ‘Excellent’ and was shown to be “nurtured by the high standard of pastoral care that they receive from their form tutors and house staff.”



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School of Excellence The Blue Coat School, Birmingham, is officially a School of Excellence! Staff and pupils are enjoying a double celebration following a visit by the Independent Schools Inspectorate which awarded the School its highest accolade of ‘Excellent’ in all areas. This comes just as Year 6 pupils receive confirmation of excellent results in the 11+ and independent senior school examinations. The Independent Day School and Nursery which educates just under 600 boys and girls, was visited in May by the Independent Schools Inspectorate (ISI) who carried out a combined inspection of Educational Quality and Compliance. The School was awarded the highest ISI grading, and was deemed ‘Excellent’ in all areas and fully compliant. Reporting on the achievement of its pupils, academic and otherwise, the Inspectors found that “pupils of all ages and abilities make excellent progress overall” and their “attitudes to learning are outstanding.”

Pupils’ attainment was found to be “well above national age-related expectations” Pupils’ attainment was found to be “well above national age-related expectations” and this year’s 11+ results are no exception. We congratulate our Year 6 cohort on over 100 offers to selective independent senior schools, including 32 scholarships and 1 Music Award, plus 49 grammar school places. Scholarship attainment is predominantly for academic achievement but a number of music and sporting awards also recognise other attributes in which the children have flourished through the School’s encouragement.

Headmaster, Noel Neeson joined the School in September last year and has introduced new and exciting projects into the Year 6 curriculum to further inspire debate and the pursuit of knowledge. Most recently the children have enjoyed a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) Week which saw them launch a helium balloon up into Near Space. They are now rehearsing for their final drama production of ‘Curiouser and Curiouser’ based on Alice in Wonderland. All this after a modern languages trip to France and complementing a full extra-curricular programme which includes Forest School, squad practices and charitable activities. “I am delighted that our reputation for academic excellence is continuing and that our days at The Blue Coat School are filled with a rich variety of activities. To have the recognition that we are achieving our goal to offer our children an outstanding education is testament to the dedication of my staff, governors, parents and pupils. I am extremely proud to be leading The Blue Coat School into its next chapter. Continued generous investment in resources means there are exciting times ahead as we approach our 300 year anniversary,” says Mr Neeson.

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Life Stories

Lord Mayor’s Awards 2017

Each year the Lord Mayor of Birmingham invites nominations for the Lord Mayor’s Awards and this year the outgoing Lord Mayor, Cllr Carl Rice, who is now the new Deputy Lord Mayor. Congratulations to our very own Hem Life contributor, friend and one of the hardest working men in our community Jim Simpson, the Festival Director of the Birmingham International Jazz Festival.

Jim Simpson has been the festival director of Birmingham International Jazz Festival since it began 33 years ago. It is the longest-running festival in Birmingham, the longest-running jazz festival in England and the largest free jazz and blues event in Europe. Outgoing Lord Mayor, Cllr Carl Rice, said: “The Lord Mayor’s Awards recognise outstanding achievements and exceptional service to the city and the people of Birmingham. They recognise those people and organisations that go the extra mile and have all improved the lives of thousands of people in this city and, have given selfless service to the city of Birmingham and its citizens. It therefore gives me great pleasure to give these awards and highlight some of the ways that people in Birmingham serve their community and their city.” Anyone living in Birmingham or the surrounding neighbourhoods can nominate an individual, a group of individual (or an organisation) living, working or based in Birmingham for the City of Birmingham’s Lord Mayor’s Award. The overriding principle of the Lord Mayor’s Award is that it is based on merit and this is defined as “outstanding achievement or exceptional service to the City and people of Birmingham”. No Councillor, past or present, will be eligible for the Award and the Award will not be given to any person(s) for services rendered to or for any Political Party or related organisation. Anyone wishing to nominate someone for an award next year should visit


Genomes Project in West Midlands The West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre (WMGMC) has appointed Insignia Medical Systems to provide an ambitious regionwide image sharing solution to support delivery of the pioneering 100,000 Genomes Project. WMGMC, led by University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) NHS Foundation Trust, is one of 13 GMCs established to deliver the NHS England initiative – uniquely bringing 17 acute NHS Trusts across the West Midlands together in collaboration. The 100,000 Genomes Project, the largest of its kind in the world, aims to improve understanding, diagnosis and treatment of rare diseases and cancer by combining the genomic data of participants with their medical records, also producing a ground-breaking resource for future research. Working with all 17 partner Trusts, UK-based Insignia will provide their industry-leading InSight Sharing Service to deliver real-time regional clinical viewing of images. The Regional Image Sharing Project is being led by a core team from UHB, working closely with Insignia and the regional IT, picture archiving systems, information governance and clinical teams. The first Trusts are going live in the summer of 2017 and the complete

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Will heroes beat the villains on the big screen at Brindleyplace’s free film festival?

project across all 17 Trusts, is expected to be completed by March 2018. Hilary Fanning, Director of Research Development and Innovation at UHB, said “The primary purpose of this image sharing and transfer infrastructure is to support the work of the WMGMC delivery partners. “However, the region-wide infrastructure it will create has the potential to extend beyond the life of the 100,000 Genomes Project, improving patient care and clinical outcomes, for example, by facilitating wider multidisciplinary clinical decision making and diagnosis in oncology, rare diseases, and other clinical specialities. “We are delighted to be working with Insignia to bring these added benefits to patients across the West Midlands. “Richard Dormer, Managing Director of Insignia Medical Systems, added: “We are exceptionally proud to have been awarded the contract to provide this ground-breaking sharing service to such a large number of West Midlands Trusts. “Sharing is an area we excel in and we are looking forward to deploying this solution, which will help provide a muchenhanced service to patients in the West Midlands.”

It’s the ultimate battle between good and evil at this year’s Brindleyplace Film Festival as heroes will face villains in a public vote for the final line-up on the big screen.

Taking place between 17 and 23 July in Central Square at Brindleyplace, the nominations for this year’s Film Festival are now open with Batman, Superman, and the Terminator all making the shortlist. Nathan Sanghera, Marketing and Events Executive at Brindleyplace, said: “There are some fantastic films on the shortlist this year so, whether you love the classic romance of Top Gun, want to see the Avengers Assemble on the big screen, watch Men in Black save the galaxy or bring Charlie’s Angels to Central Square, make sure you vote! “Despite being FREE to attend, each year the Brindleyplace Film Festival just seems to get bigger and better, with over 100,000 people joining us in 2016, and this year is no exception. Putting the film choices into the hands of the public it will be interesting to see if good really does triumph over evil or if the villains come out on top!”

charity partners for 2017 NICE, Centre for Movement Disorders will also be distributing a limited supply of the charity’s own NICE biscuits, alongside 1,000 bags of popcorn, donated by Chase Vodka, for visitors to enjoy throughout the Film Festival. Vote for your favourite film

The films with the most votes will be shown during the Film Festival, as well as any additional films that receive multiple nominations, to see the complete shortlist and vote for your favourite film visit: brindleyplace-film-festival-voting/

Voting closes on Friday 9 June and the full schedule of films will be announced shortly after.

WPR named Midlands largest PR agency in latest industry report Edgbaston-based PR and digital agency, Willoughby Public Relations (WPR), has been named the Midlands’ largest PR consultancy by revenue. The ranking was unveiled as part of PRWeek’s Global Agency Business Report 2017, which provides insight and analysis on the PR industry.

Growth was achieved across all aspects of the company’s offering, with major new PR and digital client wins including Beaverbrooks and Apex Supply Chain Technologies. The report also showed WPR to be the third fastest growing agency in the ‘Top 150’ outside the M25 corridor. WPR’s latest growth figures follow a

management buyout in 2015, which saw managing director, Jane Ainsworth, become the majority shareholder. Speaking about the company’s ongoing success, managing director, Jane Ainsworth said: “We are independently-owned meaning we can be highly agile, investing in new services and products ahead of client demand. This is born out in the relationships we have developed with Google, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest, and the relationships we have long held with influencers in the media. To have a Midlands PR agency in the top 100 league table is a testament to the quality of work produced in the region, and we are very proud to be a part of that.”



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June 2017

How much can you save by upgrading your boiler?



Local resident and HomeServe Birmingham Managing Director of HomeServe Birmingham, Jermaine Macintosh, looks at how much a new boiler can save you on your energy bill.

Boilers account for 66% of a households’ energy costs, so installing an efficient boiler can make a huge difference when it comes to paying the bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, a brand-new energy-efficient boiler could save £350 a year on your heating bills*1. At HomeServe Birmingham, we look after the local people of the West Midlands by offering a 24-hour emergency repair service. Our friendly team of Gas Safe registered engineers can install a brand-new energy efficient boiler in as little as 48 hours*2. Plus, all our boilers come with a warranty of up to ten years, giving you total peace of mind. Whatever your heating needs; a new boiler or smart thermostat, want to discuss a boiler service or any other heating enquiry, contact us for a no obligation quote. *1 Source: Energy Savings Trust. Based on a detached property. All figures based on a gas-heated home with a 82% efficient gas boiler, using a gas price of 4.18p/kWh. Upgrading from a G-rated boiler (with some controls) to an A-rated boiler (with full controls). Some controls = programmer and thermostat, full controls = programmer, thermostat and thermostatic radiator valves. 2. Subject to availability of survey and installation appointment.

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Spring into summer with Bright & Beautiful


JOY SARGEANT As the days grow longer Bright & Beautiful Harborne and warmer and we dare to throw open the windows and doors to welcome in the fresh air, many people’s thoughts will turn to spring cleaning. Joy Sargeant and her Bright & Beautiful team keep the homes of Harborne, Edgbaston and Moseley clean and sparkling all year round but did you know that cleaning our houses at this time of year has a rich and varied history? The Chinese have an ancient tradition of cleaning their homes ahead of the new year, which occurs just shortly after the Western new year. They sweep the floors to get rid of any bad luck or misfortune that may have accumulated during the previous year. As well as having its origins in history, spring cleaning also has a lot to do with biology. In the winter, the shorter days mean we are exposed to less sunlight and this reduced exposure to light produces melatonin in the body, the hormone that produces sleepiness. When the days start getting longer and lighter we produce less melatonin and feel more energetic. At this time of year, we want to be able to enjoy our free time and make the most of the warmer weather – not be ironing, washing windows or mopping floors all weekend. Delivering the highest standards of cleaning, tidying and laundry we can help to give you your free time back. Coming home to a clean and fresh smelling home, with the washing done and put away by our professional trained housekeepers is enough to put a spring into anyone’s step. Get in touch for a free no obligation quotation Joy Sargeant T: 0121 647 6724

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Here at Hive, we are often asked if there is a way of insulating your home without changing the appearance of the property. The simply answer is YES.  secoTHERM is a clear masonry insulating cream that gives all the traditional benefits of solid wall insulation without losing the properties natural look.  Benefits of secoTHERM 

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with As we’re getting closer ADRIAN BADHAM towards June, it is the Ashcroft Gardening Services optimal season to invest your time into preparing hanging baskets. It is best to invest in plastic baskets with inserts for effective ease of use. So, what is the best way to construct the layout of the basket?

Think of it as building the layers of a cake. To begin with, add a thin layer of multi-purpose compost with a handful of poultry manure at the bottom of the basket. The manure will only provide the vital nutrients that the plants need to maintain healthy growth. The inserts must be then removed from the plastic basket to allow the alignment of the first set of plants into position. Use commonly the trailing Lobelia, that in its full foliage will provide full central attention, and plant them around the entire diameter of the basket. Reattach the inserts, and begin with the second layer, adding compost over the top of the current and replicating the exact same as the steps before so eventually an erection of layers has been constructed. It will also depend on the surface area of the basket to whether three or just two have been created as space will be needed for the summit layer. To create this final layer, a centre piece like Fuchsia will accentuate its four flowering components, those that will be dug around the edges, for example either Surfinias Geraniums or any pot basket plant. Then to finish off, any gaps in between, add bedding plants such as Busy Lizzy or Bergonia and the basket is complete. To maintain: water everyday and feed with leading plant food such as Miracle Growth, for at least once a week. And deadhead when necessary, to remove old, decaying matter. At best, this will mean they will last all throughout the year till October. Adrian Badham T: 0121 559 5375 M: 07721 502 985

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•Modern Second Floor Apartment •Two Bedrooms •Spacious Living Dining Kitchen •Allocated Parking •Double Glazing & Gas Central Heating

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•Detached Bungalow on Highly Desirable Road •Originally Three Bedrooms (adapted into Two) •Spacious Living Dining Room •Driveway and Garage •Located with Selly Park Conservation Area

Offers in the region of £334,900


•Semi Detached Family Home with Two Storey Rear Extension •Four Bedrooms •Living Room •Extended Kitchen Diner •Additional Separate First Floor W.C.

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What started life way back in 1985 as The Birmingham Jazz Festival, last year spread its wings to embrace Solihull and can now proudly announce that from this year, neighbouring Sandwell is to come on board.


June 2017

And then there were three!

Hence, the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival is set to sail under the brand-new flag from July 14th to 23rd with 210 performances, 198 of them free admission in 86 venues across this swathe of the West Midlands. Lining up alongside bands and musicians from the region, are those from across the country – and much further afield. Making her UK debut is leading Lithuanian swing singer Viktorija Gecyte with a quartet featuring US bass player Gene Perla. Viktorija will be celebrating the Ella Fitzgerald Centenary, alongside Pepper and the Jellies from Rome, Cyril et Leila Duclos from Paris and British songsters Sheila Waterfield, Suzi Woods and Judy Blu. There will be a gathering of the finest Gypsy Swing players, headed by hot new guitar star Remi Harris, and look out for Barcelona’s Django’s Castle, The Hot Club of Jupiter and The Benoit Viellefon Hot Club. Heading the list of jazz bands, is The Lower Broad Street Philharmonic, a wild and woolly six piece Dixie to Mainstream band, fronted by multi British Jazz Award winner Bruce Adams and featuring the leading British jazz musicians. The band is making its world debut here in Birmingham with seven free-admission performances, that are going to have the audiences rolling in the aisles The Blues takes it rightful place alongside the best of jazz with the downhome Juke Joint blues of The Whiskey Brothers, celebrating the success of their ‘Bottle Up And Go’ album, heading up

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The Catfish Kings from Brighton, Lisa Mills from Hattiesburg, Mississippi, The Shufflepack from High Wycombe as well as The Emma Jonson Blues Band, The Shuffling Hungarians, The Grey Goose Blues Band, The Quiet Men, and star of the cigar box guitar, Chickenbone John. More blues than you can shake a stick at. King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys, Tipitina, Ricky Cool and The In Crowd are among the headliners, but there is more than music to this festival. Look out for Jitterbug and Lindy Hop dance sessions, ukulele lessons for beginners, a photography workshop, even a Sketch Crawl – all free.

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Life Style Health

June 2017

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How Much Water Should I drink? This is a question I often get asked by patients and when I ask patients how much they drink they invariably say that they know they should drink more water. But how much is enough and can you have too much? NHS choices recommends about 1.2 litres which is roughly 6-8 glasses where as in the US they recommend 2.0 litres or 8 good size glasses. I generally recommend at least 2 litres throughout the day. How much water one should drink mostly depends on your activity levels, if you are active and exercise daily then you will need more if you are sedentary then you will need less. Being thirsty is auto-regulated just like breathing but that doesn’t mean people wouldn’t benefit from having a bit more. Research outlining the ideal amount of water to drink is non- existent but there are plenty of articles outlining the benefits of more water consumption. Research has shown that having a glass of water on an empty stomach can increase your metabolism which can lead to greater weight loss than those who don’t over a 12 week study! To put it simply drinking water burns calories. What’s not to like about that?! Other proven health benefits of drinking more water are it may help with constipation and kidney stones. You can however have too much water. The kidneys are only able to excrete about 1 litre of water per hour. So, to avoid water intoxication avoid going over this level. Hopefully it’s a lovely sunny day when you are reading this so get up and grab a glass of the good stuff.

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Problems with fertility can arise for many different reasons and some need medical support to help. The biggest thing to remember is it takes two people, working together to be able to conceive. Acupuncture offers help for couples to get you both in a better, healthier place, ready for conception to occur.

Here are some top tips to help improve your chances of becoming pregnant:

Drink alcohol in moderation - a little bit of ‘fizz’ may aid relaxation and get you in the mood! Caffeine can stress the adrenals and cause blood sugar to rollercoaster, affecting mood and irritability. Try and cut down to one a day and increase your water intake. Smoking can damage both eggs and sperm and deplete your vitamin levels, a definite no-no. Both underweight and overweight can affect both male and female fertility. Aim for a BMI between 18.5 - 2. Stress can deplete you of nutrients. Time to look at what helps you to relax. Ladies keep warm around the kidney area and put on those socks. And especially for you guys, try and keep cool down below – boxers are a good option. Although there is not much evidence to support it yet it seems sensible to keep that laptop and tablet on the table not on your lap and your mobile phone in your top pocket well away from those all important areas. Acupuncture can offer help with cycle problems such as PCOS and endometriosis; sperm production, motility and quality: supporting you both in improving your chances of conception. It can also help if IVF or ICSI are planned. Janet is a member of the ‘Acupuncture Fertility Network’ and a ‘Zita west’ associate acupuncturist. Come and have a chat about how Acupuncture can help you.


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Which Pain are you Choosing?

If I said that being overweight was bad for you, would that surprise you? I doubt very much it would. Most people understand that eating poorly and not being activity is not really a good idea. The real question is; why do we do this to ourselves when we have plenty of options available to fix it? I believe it comes to an understanding of “pain” and how we deal with it. Most people wait until the pain of being out of shape and inactive is too much to bare before they do something. The challenge here is that it’s usually too late because you are so deconditioned it’s often virtually impossible to get going. So why am I telling you this possible grim reality? Well it’s because you have a choice on whether you allow it to go this far. Let’s be honest, change is painful for most people. It makes us scared and uncomfortable. Making better choices with our food and starting an exercise program are not things that usually fill our hearts with joy. This brings me back to my point, you have the choice of one of two pains. The pain of discipline and discomfort or the pain of regret. Trust me, the last thing you want are regrets. The last thing you want is knowing you could have changed your reality and you didn’t bother. Here is the good news, that discomfort starts by making a few small adjustments on a daily basis and a few “better” choices. You don’t need to be an athlete and you don’t need to starve yourself. You just need to make some better choices and keep going. Oh, and help is always at hand if you need it, you just need to ask.

What is diabetes?

Diabetes Week Annual Event June 11th - 17th As one of the Diabetes UK Community Champions in the West Midlands for the past five years, I am delighted to share some thoughts, facts and figures for the benefit of the readers. Diabetes is a medical condition where your body doesn’t produce any or enough insulin or the insulin it does produce cannot work properly. The amount of glucose (sugar) in the blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. If managed well it is not a serious condition. However, if not treated and managed properly complications such as blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, stroke and nerve damage that could lead to limb amputations will occur. Glucose comes from the digestion of starchy foods such as bread, rice, potatoes, chapattis, yam, plantain, sweet biscuits, sweet drinks, cakes and from the liver which makes glucose as well. The glucose (energy) is then absorbed into the bloodstream. The increase in blood glucose levels causes the pancreas to produce a vital hormone called insulin. Insulin sends messages to the cells to open the cell doors so that glucose can enter them where it is used as fuel by the body. What are the differences between Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes? For people with Type 1 diabetes their body has destroyed the cells in the pancreas that produces the insulin, the body is unable to produce any insulin hence, insulin injections, an insulin pump strapped to their body or tablets. The symptoms of Type 1 are usually obvious and develop very quickly – typically over a few weeks. They are often referred to as the 4 Ts i.e. toilet, tired, thirsty and thinner along with blurred vision and slow healing of cuts and wounds. Symptoms can be relieved quickly once diabetes is treated and under control. This type of diabetes usually appears before the age of 40. 10% of people with diabetes have Type 1. Over 4.5 million people in Britain currently have diabetes and a further 1/2 million don’t know that they have it due to not being tested. For people with Type 2 diabetes their body doesn’t

What are dental implants?

Dental implants are a way of fixing appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures into the jaw so that the appliance is stable and reduces the need to adjust a patients own teeth in order to fix an appliance in place. For patients that wear dentures, implants can be life changing. If you were to talk to most denture wearers, their one wish would be, to be able to eat, talk, and go about their daily lives without fear of their denture lifting or dropping down. Having implants can prevent this happening. Having an implant or implants is not as horrific an ordeal as some would think. In most cases it can take as little as 20 minutes to fit an implant and patients are awake throughout the procedure. If you are a denture wearer then you will have experienced looking at a menu in a restaurant and not looking at what you want to eat but more what you are able to eat. Implants can open up a whole new world of culinary delights. When we talk to patients about implants as a way of stabilising their denture the most common comment is “not at my age” well it’s patients of advanced age that benefit most from having implants as they are the ones that due to their age, have lost the supportive bone needed to keep their denture in place. At Confidents Denture Clinic we work closely with Dr Carl Horton, a highly regarded implantologist. Carl has an MSc in both periodontology and implantology, so he knows his stuff. Previous patients we have referred to Carl for implants have come back to us with nothing but praise for his non stuffy and jargon free approach. Anyone considering implants can contact us at Confidents.

produce enough insulin. Usually found in white people over 40 but in the South Asian community and the black community it can develop from the age of 25. African- Caribbean are 3 times and South Asians are up to six times more likely to have diabetes than white members of the population. Main risk factors that have a bearing on developing Type 2 diabetes include: Age, Ethnicity, Diet, Lack of physical activity, Genetic makeup, Being overweight and/or obese however, some people who are not overweight also develop diabetes. Some Type 2 diabetics end up having to inject insulin or take tablets immediately or over time whilst others manage the medical condition by way of their diet and exercise and take no medication at all. I am fortunate enough having had Type 2 diabetes for the past 12 years as it runs in my family to have never taken any medication since diagnosis. This is because of my disciplined and motivated approach involving eating healthily along with a lot of physical activity. Recent figures released from Birmingham Cross City Clinical Commissioning Group show that more than 44,000 people have been diagnosed with diabetes making it a prevalence of 8.08 per cent Birmingham South and Central Clinical Commissioning Group has 19,480 diagnosed with diabetes with a prevalence of 8.35 per cent. Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group has more than 40,000 diagnosed with diabetes with a prevalence of 9.16 per cent. This means more than 100,000 people are living with diabetes in the Birmingham area of whom 90% have Type 2 which is often due to diet and lifestyle. Further afield in the Midlands there are more than 630,000 people diagnosed with diabetes. The region has a prevalence of 7.24 per cent which is higher than the prevalence figure in England of 6.55 per cent.

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Recipe of the Month Mangalore Spiced Tiger Prawns

Prawns tossed in a Mangalore spice mix, full of fresh flavours of curry leaves, mustard seeds, lemon juice and traditional spices

Ingredients For prawn marination

For tossing batter fried prawns

- King prawns peeled and de-veined - Self raising flower (1/2 cup) - Cornflower (1/2 cup) (12-14) - Egg (1) - Ginger garlic paste (1 tspn) - Salt (to taste) - Red chilli powder (1/4 tspn) - Black cracked pepper (1/4 tspn) - Turmeric powder (1/4 tspn) - Oil for batter (1 tspn) - Cumin powder (1/4 tspn) - Oil for deep frying - Fennel seed powder (1/4 tspn) - Green cardamom powder (1/4 tspn) - Lime juice (few drops) Preparation

For the batter - Self raising flower (1/2 cup) - Cornflower (1/2 cup) - Egg (1) - Salt (to taste) - Black crack pepper (1/4 tspn) - Oil for batter (1 tspn) - Oil for deep frying

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1. Marinate the prawns with ingredients mentioned for 30 mins – 1hr 2. Make smooth batter and dip the marinated prawns in the batter coating the prawns evenly 3. Deep fry the prawns to get crispy golden fried prawns 4. In a kadai or Wok heat up the oil for tossing the prawns 5. Crack mustard seeds and the rest of the spices for tossing the prawns 6. Stir fry and toss the golden fried prawns in the above spice mix 7. Mangalorean spiced tiger prawns are ready to serve

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Life Style

June 2017

Tarot Forecast June 2017

financial stability or growth is achieved. Make the most of every opportunity this month - it has the potential to turn into something very big!

Gemini (May 21 – Jun 20)

It is quite rare indeed to have a very clear mind coupled with enthusiasm and the courage to run forth with your ideas. Not only do you have a very busy mind this month but you also seem to have the insight as to which path you should be taking to achieve your goals. So expect to have a very actionoriented June. You may find energy levels dwindling towards the end of the month as a result of your busyness. Rest and recharge yourself if you wish to maintain the momentum.



Cancer (Jun 21 – Jul 22)

Aries (Mar 21– Apr 19)

Despite Mercury Retrograde being well and truly behind you, the feeling of being stuck in a rut hasn’t really improved. This sense of not being able to move forward is mostly self-created. The first thing to do to help yourself break free of these self-limiting beliefs, thoughts and speech, is to build your awareness. Don’t expect change overnight. Things will move slowly but surely towards a path of abundance.

Taurus (Apr 20 – May 20)

Taurus is in for an extremely good month! The difficult times seem to be moving further away from your vision while you move into more positive times. The mental and intuitive clarity that you will experience this June should be harnessed to its fullest potential. Entrepreneurial ideas are born, soulmates are united and

Your worries and anxieties have been keeping you up at night. What’s in your mind has literally taken over your beliefs so much so, all this worrying could actually manifest itself into reality. You will need to pull yourself out of this mindset this month. Walk away from what is upsetting or worrying you. Just because you had a bad experience about something in the past it does not mean that it will recur. Take a step back from everything and gather your determination to shake these mental chains off yourself so you can begin to move forward again. There is nothing more debilitating than a lack of faith in yourself.

Leo (Jul 23 – Aug 22)

Things have certainly been going very well for you. Your efforts have been well rewarded with praises and recognition from your peers or colleagues.

However, you still can’t help yourself by worrying about the longevity of this optimistic time? The good news is, it’s not going to end anytime soon. You’ve got the midas touch this June, so make the most it. If there is a decision waiting to be made then move along with it. If you are worrying too much about things before they even happen then snap out of it. Stay afloat and paddle hard to maintain this wave of success.

Virgo (Aug 23 – Sep 22)

You go through a personal revelation this month. The worst certainly feels over when you realise what you have put yourself through mentally over the past months. You are filled with an awareness of your past mistakes and begin to gain more control over your mindset. With this newfound clarity, the path leading to the achievement of your goals and dreams feel ever so smooth. It’s going to be a feel-good month which puts you on top of the world again.

Libra (Sep 23 – Oct 22)

It’s dilemma time this month! The recommendation is to hit pause to reflect before you jump into decision making. Despite feeling uncertain on a personal level, you will find others gravitating towards you for advice on their dilemmas! Ironic but it will be the case. The dilemma centres around the financial aspect of your life. There might be an intention to move some investments around or start a new one or the discovery of an entrepreneurial opportunity.

Scorpio (Oct 23 – Nov 21)

Scorpios hate the feeling of not being in control of their situations and so

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will face the ultimate test of things feeling far-fetched this month. As soon as you understand that your personal issues are actually holding you back, or you experience a huge crushing emotional blow which makes you sit up and realise, things will start to feel alright again. Be prepared to face the darkest night before the dawn breaks. External forces and circumstances do not dictate your ability to overcome difficult situations, but it is your own determination and mental strength that do.

Sagittarius (Nov 22 – Dec 21)

There is only room for calm and sensibility this month. The wild adventurous spirit of Sagittarius is put to rest while a more contemplative Sagittarius takes over. Things have been rather full on so maybe a chance to rest and relax might be in order at the start of the month. You will seem rather unusual to those around you when you decide to stick to more traditional and tried and tested ways of doing things rather than diving head in with unconventional ideas. You know you can’t go wrong when you feed on your self-attained wisdom and experience to move forward in your path this June.

Capricorn (Dec 22 – Jan 19)

You learn that being slow and steady allows you time to be meticulous, hence giving you an outcome to be reckoned with. The set of tasks that you create for yourself are diligently checked off and you see progress in the form of financial in and out flow and also possibilities of expansion. There is great room for growth this month and rushing will not be the way forward. The key is to see far

out into the horizon and maintain your methodical and rigorous manner in setting yourself up to make a success of each opportunity.

Aquarius (Jan 20 – Feb 18)

You are extremely focused on materialising your plans this month. Emotional attachments are set aside as you throw yourself into creating something for yourself. You every intent is to make a success of your financial position by exuding your authority and judgement over others. It is important not to overdo this, as it could lead to discontentment and tension with those around you. It is fine to be open to the opinions of others, this could only lead to healthier working synergy and understanding.

Pisces (Feb 19 – Mar 20)

You set yourself a challenge to draw all that strength and determination in you to manifest your desires. The desire appears to be the need to be financially independent and so you embark on a journey to see this to fruition. The result is a victorious outcome. However, be aware that there will be people around you who may not necessarily agree with your ideas or methods of achieving this. Be very careful to avoid any form of conflict, or you will not have anyone to celebrate with at the end of all this.

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Suffragettes – More Votes for Women

Brummie Suffragette sash enters the doors of Biddle & Webb Auctioneers. The sash, passed down through generations of the vendor’s family, belonged to Ms Dora Webster of Birmingham.

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Biddle & Webb’s May 13th Interiors Auction included a variety of interesting and unusual finds – top of the list was Lot 335: an early 20th Century Suffragettes movement tricolour fabric sash with the slogan ‘votes for women’. Ms Webster and thousands of women like her, formed part of the united struggle for female suffrage. Wearing the colours cream, green and mauve; the suffragettes demanded votes for women. ‘Deeds, not words, were to be our permanent motto.’ Emmeline Pankhurst. Founded in 1903, ‘The Women’s Social and Political Union’ formed - led by Emmeline Pankhurst. Compounded of mostly educated middle class women, the WSPU was notorious for confrontational, and at times, violent political activism. They staged marches, heckled politicians, set fires and threw bombs. The suffragettes – women of the WSPU, were passionate political activists; employing the use of public spectacle to draw attention to female suffrage. Their use of violent protest polarised public opinion; some thought their aggressive tactics detrimental to the cause.

In 1918, aided by the female war effort and a shift in public opinion - women won the right to vote. The Representation of the People Act, 6th Feb 1918, extended the vote to female property owners over 30. Working class women under the age of 30 were denied their vote until the act was amended over a decade later in 1928. The militant tactics of the suffragettes continues to motivate political conscious in the minds of many women (and men). 100 years on, women all over the world follow in their footsteps. The women’s marches of 2017 demonstrate the continued need for unity against gendered inequality. Although women have the right to vote in most countries - women still make up two-thirds of the illiterate peoples of the world. Stark inequalities and social divides: sexism, domestic violence, ‘honour’ killing, FGM, rape as a war crime and assaults on women seeking education are more prevalent than ever before. Tel: 0121 455 8042 Email:

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Try the Wine Man’s Summer THE WINE MAN Quiz with CLIVE WITCOMB Berkmann Wine Cellars

1. In which French wine region is the village of Gigondas? 2. What does the year on a wine bottle label signify? 3. In which country is the wine region of Casablanca? 4. Rober Mondavi is an important name in which wine region? 5. What French word is used to describe the combination of soil, topography and climate? 6. Torrontes is a white wine grape variety associated with which country? 7. What does “AC” stand for on a bottle of French wine? 8. How many litres of Champagne are there in a magnum? 9. Jerez de la Frontera is a Spanish wine region famous for producing which drink? 10. In which country is the Okanagan Valley wine region? 11. Sauternes, Barsac and Beaumes de Venise are examples of what style of wine?

12. Louis Jadot is an important name in which French wine region? 13. The grape variety Shiraz is also known by what other name? 14. Château Musar is a celebrated winery in which country? 15. What grape variety makes the Loire Valley wine Pouilly-Fumé? 16. Ribera Del Duero is a wine region in which country? 17. Pinot Noir and which other black grape variety are permitted in the production of Champagne? 18. The Vale Dos Vinhedos is a wine region in which country? 19. What is considered to be the most famous “Right Bank” Bordeaux region? 20. What is the claim to fame of Hambledon, Hampshire?

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Martineau Gardens Summer Garden Party

One of the longest running Community Gardens in Birmingham, Martineau Gardens, is hosting its annual Fundraising Event on Saturday 15 July, from 4pm to 8pm. The evening includes food, wine and live music from local band ‘Wild Clover’ playing a mixture of Irish-tinged songs and tunes from traditional to contemporary with a lot of energy and flair, including guitar, fiddle, accordion and bhodran. A highlight of the evening is the charity auction with Jeremy Thornton, of Biddle and Webb, pro-bono auctioneer at 5.30pm. This outdoor event takes place in the beautiful grounds of Martineau Gardens an award-winning community garden on Priory Road in Edgbaston. An oasis for wildlife, a haven of tranquillity and a great place to visit. There are two and a half acres of organically managed landscape for visitors to explore, including woodland with SLINC status (Site of Local Importance to Nature Conservation), a wildflower meadow, demonstration food growing areas, plant sales, a bird hide, bee hives, a formal garden with shrubs and trees from around the world and a children’s play area. Martineau Gardens is a thriving independently run charity: volunteers (many of whom have mental health issues and learning disabilities) care for the Gardens, hundreds of school children come to learn about the environment and Birmingham people (now in their thousands) visit the Gardens annually to enjoy its peace and tranquillity. Tickets £10 available in advance only summer-garden-party/


Saturday 19th August 7:30pm From the opening beats of Waterloo to the final notes of Thank You For The Music, Swede Dreamz will take you on a journey through some of ABBA’s greatest and most memorable hits including Dancing Queen, Mamma Mia, Take A Chance On Me, SOS, Fernando, Chiquitita, Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!, Knowing Me TICKET Knowing You, Money Money Money and PRICE many, many more.

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Win your Dream Wedding

An upcoming charity event is giving couples the chance of a lifetime – to win their wedding for free! ‘The Biggest Wedding Party 2017’ charity ball, in aid of The Lily Mae Foundation, has secured a prize like no other and one couple in attendance on the night will walk away with a fantastic wedding package. Taking place on Saturday 24 June at the National Motorcycle Museum, The Lily Mae Foundation’ sinaugural charity ball is set to welcome hundreds of guests for an evening of fun and fundraising for the charity, which supports Parents and Families who have sadly experienced a Stillbirth or Neonatal Death. The Foundation provides Memory Boxes to local hospitals to capture their precious babies’ memories, offers a substantial support network and works with local medical professionals to carry out research and improvements in

practice that can save babies’ lives. This year, guests attending the event have the unique opportunity to win a wedding package worth up to £10,000, thanks to a partnership with Bespoke Weddings. Couples can apply buy visiting the Lily Mae Foundation website: www.lilymaefoundation. org/upcoming-events/the-biggest-weddingparty-2017 and choosing ‘Win a Wedding competition entry ticket’. The Biggest Wedding Party 2017 prize will include venue hire at Shottle Hall in Derbyshire; an exclusive country house venue located in the heart of the Peak District. Canapés, and arrival and toast drinks will be thrown in, as well as a beautiful two tier wedding cake by Angel Cakes Nottingham. Venue dressing will also be taken care of, with chair sashes by Iced and Spliced, popular ‘LOVE’ letters from Derbyshire Wedding Events, and flowers by Funky Florists.

Getting your gardens ready for the summer

The weather’s heating up and it’s the ideal month for spending time outside in the garden. In fact, with June 21 being the longest day of the year, you can expect to see an energetic growth spurt in your garden as it soaks up the extra daylight.

Now that frosts are a thing of the past, houseplants can be placed outdoors for the summer. However, it is really important not to put them straight into full sun, as it will cause leaf scorch. Put them in a shady space to give them ‘fresh air’ and let the great British summer wash the leaves of dust. As a rule, hairy leaved plants such as Streptocarpus hate water on their leaves, so keep these inside in a shady room. Remember to bring in any houseplants placed outside for the summer back inside in September, before the return of autumn frosts. Although your garden is likely to be bursting with colour, the weeds will be out in full force, too. Keep these interlopers at bay by hoeing the borders regularly, particularly on the warmer days. As for your lawn, leave the grass slightly longer than desired during the warmer weather because longer blades of grass can cope better with drought. However, even if we do have a dry spell, it isn’t necessary to water the grass, unless it has been recently sown or newly laid turf, because it will soon recover when the rain returns.

However, it is important to water vegetable patches liberally because the heat can dry them out, which could cause the plants to bolt. If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to sow runner beans. When you do, dig a trench and put in a generous amount of water retentive material because the beans will need a constant supply of water to help them grow. You’ll also need to water hanging baskets regularly because they can dry out very quickly when it’s warm. We’ll be tending to ours, which are filled with ivy leafed geraniums and moss collected from the American Bank in the Botanical Gardens, daily. It’s also important to remember your houseplants at this time of year! Increase watering and feeding to once a week to maintain lush and healthy growth. Most of your houseplants can go outside for the summer – the fresh air and rain will do them the world of good. Make sure they are in a shady spot to reduce the chance of leaf scorch and bring them back inside in late September before the frosts return. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens Tel: 0121 454 1860


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June 2017

Top tips for green and sustainable travel

Returning to work after parental leave

What to wear on a short break on the continent

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Dates on the Holiday Planner, check. House and dog-sitters, check. Someone’s to look in on Gran, check. So, you’re forgiven if sustainability might not be your top priority. However, with some destinations becoming overwhelmed and politicians in Amsterdam, for example, saying ‘enough!’, perhaps ‘sustainable’ holidays might mean better experiences for us all. What can we do? Research; for information on climate and culture, what to see and do. Maybe learn a little of the language? - always appreciated by locals. Make the journey part of the holiday; Maybe a train alternative? Ask about high-speed rail options. Explore and spend local; get out and about. Ask about the must-see and do. A morning on the beach, then an afternoon market, to pick up the perfect gifts? Maybe a Spa day, then savour the specialities at the top local restaurant. Play your part; Save water - try the 3 minute shower challenge! Turn off lights and electricals, when possible. Leave packaging at home - there may be no recycling in resort and you’ll carry less weight. Use public transport and ask for tips on getting around. Take care of the local animals; Not all countries respect our fellow creatures as we do. Thankfully, more operators are dropping trips that distress animals, such as elephant rides. Avoid souvenirs made of animal parts, or shells, etc. and please alert your travel company if you see animals being mistreated. Buy local; Local treats will give you a feel-good factor too, knowing that you’ve made a difference to someone locally. Bargaining’s fun, but do pay a price that’s fair. Ask where and how the item was made, try to avoid products made from sensitive sources. It’s an incredible, beautiful and fascinating world; let’s keep it that way! Happy travelling! Call free: 0800 707 6229

I want to make sure I support my staff when they return to work after parental leave.

Your staff, their skills, relationships and experience are the backbone of your business. Take the following steps to cement your business as an attractive employer with a great work-life balance culture. 1. Return to work induction: Take a moment to reflect on what has changed over the past year. Are you expecting your staff to just “pick up” their job following maternity leave? Give staff time to re-introduce themselves to the role, re-establish relationships, meet new colleagues and gain update on changes. 2. Put a plan in place: Don’t make assumptions about your staff member’s career plans, their working conditions or the skills. Ask them what they want now and create a SMART plan to make it happen. 3. Be flexible: The number one “want” for all employees in 2017 is flexible working. Staff well-being impacts productivity and motivation. Don’t get stuck in a culture of presenteeism. Create KPIs that represent achievement than how long they have been at their desk! 4. Get a Mentor/Coach: Many staff worry they will be judged or even worse lose their job if they admit they need support. Or they find they are overlooked for opportunities “due to working parents bias”. End result: an unexpected letter of resignation. Offer a neutral person to help them reach their potential and manage the transition back to work sends one clear message “I care about you and you matter”. E:

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As we go into June, our thoughts turn to holidays and short breaks.

If you’re lucky enough to have a short city break planned or a jaunt in the Mediterranean, you’ll no doubt be wanting to look your best, and, if it’s a particularly warm country, cool and effortlessly stylish. Short breaks on the continent are all about taking in the sights, long-drawn out alfresco evening meals and, of course, people watching. And when it comes to people watching, then remember that various eyes will be on you as well, so dress elegantly at all times. So, for looking your best when you’re sipping cocktails on the terrace and fine dining, what garments should you take with you? I recommend you take with you a couple of perfectly tailored summer outfits. A silk and wool blended linen two-piece suit will serve you very well. If you’re going to the Mediterranean, then opt for a soft pastel colour. This will keep you cool and reflect the heat well. Another great option is a lightweight wool fresco blazer in navy blue or pale grey. This is timeless classic, very versatile, and works well with smart trousers, chinos, or dark blue jeans. This kind of fabric also travels well and, because the cloth is so, breathable, it will keep you nice and cool. Combine the above with a crisp open-neck white shirt and an elegant pair of blue, grey or ivory trousers and you will be perfectly attired for your trip. It’s also worth taking a beautifully woven silk tie with you to match particularly if dining in a top restaurant. These garments will equip you perfectly for the morning espresso, the casual lunch or fine dining. Have a wonderful time and give the peoplewatchers something to admire! Tel: 07968 438 717

Dr Emma Deacon B.D.S Plastic surgeons reveal how more men are getting the cosmetic injections to overcome ageism in the workplace and compete against younger guys More and more men are jumping on the Botox train - and are finding all sorts of reasons to give the toxin a try. An impressive 453,281 male patients got botulinum toxin injections last year, increasing the number of total procedures by 9.9 per cent for both men and women, according to a recent study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. Plastic surgeons have become used to seeing men in their practices. Reasons that motivate their men to try the procedure range from wanting to remain competitive in the workplace to finding inspiration on social media. Men too feel pressured to look young and feel that a more youthful appearance might help them to retain their jobs longer. They’re simply having more procedures done because they want to maintain the competitiveness in an increasingly ageist workplace. ‘Men blame their spouses with the ‘I don’t care but my wife/girlfriend wants me to do it,’ excuse.’ The trend is also self-perpetuating. After seeing more and more men coming into their practices, doctors have started paying more attention to them. Social media - and the desire to look great on an online dating profile - have also inspired more and more males to give the toxin a try. Are you tempted to give Botox a try? Get in touch for a free consultation with Dr Emma Deacon B.D.S Tel: 07779 804 993

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When you decide to introduce a new version of the world’s best selling two-seater sports car you have to be ultra careful. Too many dramatic changes and you lose your loyal customers. Too few and people question the point of a new model. With the fourth generation of the MX5, however, Mazda has pitched it just right. The latest incarnation has lost the traditional soft rounded look in favour of a more angular design and it’s given it a whole new lease of life. At the same time Mazda has remained true to those die hard rearwheel-drive sports car enthusiasts who still clamour for seat-of-thepants, flies-in-the-teeth open top motoring. But that hasn’t stopped them making sure that the latest MX5 is now far more luxurious and packed with hi-tech features demanded by the modern driver. Stylish high-backed heated leather sports seats now grace the cabin of the £23,695, 2.0-litre Sport Nav model as well as satellite navigation and an on-board computer, although the traditional three-dial dashboard is still in evidence, dominated by the centrally set large rev counter. Blind spot monitoring now comes as standard as well as rear cross traffic alert, to allow you to safely reverse out of a parking space without colliding with other vehicles looking for one. There’s also an automatic dipped/ main beam system on the headlights and it’s one of the best I have come across, as are the headlights themselves.

The MX5 is an out and out twoseater with a snug cabin that wraps itself around you so you feel part of the car, exactly what you want in a sports car. Power comes from a 160 bhp, four cylinder petrol engine which is lively and free revving making the MX5 great fun to drive while being easy on the pocket with a promised 41 miles per gallon. It can hit 62 miles per hour in just 7.3 seconds on its way to a top speed of 133mph. And in true sports car style it likes to shout about it, with a super throaty roar from its twin exhaust tailpipe. The road holding is as good as it gets from this type of small car and while the ride is firm it’s not at the expense of comfort. The steering is pin sharp so you have to do little work with the wheel and the gear ratios in the six-speed manual box are spot on, making the car brilliantly flexible around town, lively around country bends and smooth on the motorway. It’s an ideal car for open top motoring and the hood takes just seconds to operate and it can be done with just one hand. Once down it locks into position behind the two seats and doesn’t affect the car’s boot capacity of 130 litres - fine for soft bags but forget suitcases.

The emphasis was on having fun after a long season and a good time was had by all! We are also very proud of our achievements in the tournament as our under 11s won the ‘fair play’ award in their age group as did our under 14s. Two of our players also scooped individual awards - our under 10s goalkeeper for a fantastic performance and our under 14s midfielder won the overall ‘golden moment’ of the tournament for a brilliant individual goal, running the length of the pitch, beating about 6 opposing players, before crashing the ball home - and later picking up an award from England legend John Barnes! Our under 13s finished runners up in their competition having won 6 of their 7 matches - following another great season as they have gained promotion to the Central Warwickshire premier league. We are now starting to prepare for the 2017-18 season and have recently started Saturday morning training sessions for girls. More details are available on our club web site: Club Chairman: Phil Court 07907 781 581

A scorching start to the summer! The summer season has got off to a great start for Harborne Hornets Netball Club!

If there is any negative side to the MX5 it’s the lack of interior storage space as there’s no glove box so anything you want to keep inside the car has to fit into a tiny, lockable compartment behind the heads of the driver and front seat passenger or in the small space under the armrest. And while it’s easy to get comfortable the steering wheel is only adjustable for height and not reach. Accept those limitations and the MX5 could be just what you are looking for to add a bit of excitement to your motoring life no matter what age you are.

Great memories and congratulations to all concerned Harborne Youth FC rounded off their season with the usual end of season tour to the ESF Festival of Football at Butlin’s in Minehead. About 100 players and families from the club attended the event at the end of April and we had four teams representing the club at different age groups from under 10s to under 14s.


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So far, the 1s and 2s are undefeated and the 4s have lost just one match. The 3s had a nail-biting match vs. Ashanti which they narrowly lost 33-35. The 6s nearly scored their first season win but were pipped at the post and lost by just 4 goals. The 3s and 6s have added to their teams this summer with lots of enthusiastic newcomers and we are confident these new additions will help secure some more victories soon! We have new captains/vices at the helm of both the 2s and 6s so welcome Jo, Ellie, Kate and Louise. It’s great to have you on board! I’d like to take this opportunity to thank the HH Committee for supporting me in my maternity leave and my team for welcoming me back as I return to playing. As ever, we welcome newcomers throughout the year whether you are looking for competitive games or just to get fit. Please come along to EHS on a Wednesday evening and see what we are about!



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