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Lightwoods Park and all that Jazz This July, once again jazz and blues musicians and fans from throughout the country, and from much further afield, will be making their way to Birmingham, Jazz City UK.

The 35th Birmingham, Sandwell and Westside Jazz Festival will present 215 performances in 10 days from July 19th to 28th that’s an average of more than 40 hours of live music every day. Cafés, bars, shopping centres, street corners, libraries, museums, restaurants and hotels will be packed with jumping, jiving jazz and blues fans enjoying Europe’s best free jazz and blues party. Importantly to folk hereabouts, much of the festival happens in this part of the city with 82 of the performances right on our doorstep. On the opening evening, Friday, July 19th at 7:00pm the festival highlight will be the Bruce Adams/ Dave Newton Quartet featuring two true heavyweights of British Jazz. Trumpet player Bruce and pianist Dave, both several time winners of Tipitina Hotel du Vin

British Jazz Awards on those respective instruments, will feature on the beautifully refurbished bandstand in Lightwoods Park, Bearwood. The festival is essentially a good time affair, not just for jazz fans but for anyone who enjoys good company and great music – and it’s not strictly just music. There are six free Jitterbug: Just What the Doctor Ordered sessions –free dance lessons for beginners and intermediates of all ages and Ukulele Rocks, where all comers join in for free lessons – ukes provided. The Festival also presents a photography workshop, sets and assesses assignments and presents the best work in the Photography Shoot Out – fun and interaction for all the family, and there is a Sketch Crawl, that’s just like a pub crawl, but without the beer. - Well, not always without the beer!

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Some of the local performances 19th – 28th July • The Blue Piano plays a significant part in the festival, this year hosting Dino Baptiste, The Steve Gibbons Band, James Sayer and his Band, Women of Jazz, Ashley Allen and The Catfish Kings. • The Botanical Gardens will present shows on both Sundays • Hagley Road Village • The Physician and Loki Wine & Deli • A popular night is at The Village in Moseley

• No Jazz Festival would be complete without Borracho de Oro who will feature blues maestros The Whiskey Brothers and the amazing Water Gypsies who play French gypsy jazz, live on a canal boat, travel to Birmingham by water and tie up in Gas Street Basin. • Look out for bands and singers from throughout the UK as well as those from Spain, Italy, Lithuania and France. Once again, Paris is thriving as home to jazz musicians from throughout the world so, naturally Birmingham wants some of that. Keep updated at: www.birminghamjazzfestival.com t: 0121 454 7020

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Connected communities achieve the incredible Hello and Welcome to the June issue

What a busy month May was – a welcomed new addition to the royal family, charity cycling and marathons receiving lots of support and raising funds, GSCE’s and huge decisions for many school leavers as they set out on a new path. Local schools for the community - a great opportunity for more secondary schools to take part in something amazing (pg4) The foresight from local school children never ceases to amaze us(pg6) A huge thank you from all of us to our advertisers and readers alike, we are increasing the number of copies delivered to supermarkets and public places due to demand. Distribution where the number of copies delivered are less than 25 will cease from July/August issue allowing us to fulfil demand. See updated list on page 30. Dates for your diary: Harborne Carnival celebrates 21 years (pg4) Edgbaston is preparing for sell-out crowds (pg29) The region’s new congestion-busting transport co-ordination centre step into action as Birmingham plays host to the Cricket World Cup(pg6) and don’t forget to share and enjoy time with a special person on Father’s Day Sunday, June 16. Have a wonderful June

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Organ donation law change NHS Blood and Transplant launches the year-long national campaign, ‘Pass it on’, to increase awareness and understanding of the organ donation law change, which comes into place next year, across England. From spring 2020, all adults in England will be considered as having agreed to donate their own organs when they die unless they record a decision not to donate or are in one of the excluded groups. Those excluded will be people under 18, people who lack the capacity to understand the change and people who have lived in England for less than 12 months before their death or who are not living here voluntarily. The campaign, ‘Pass it on’, aims to highlight organ donation and the law change on several different levels: Organ donation is a precious gift: you can save and transform up to nine lives by passing on your organs. Make and share your decision: It’s your choice whether or not you want to donate. Make your decision and pass it on to those closest to you. Spread the word: Help pass on the message about the change in the law around organ donation in England, and what it means, to others. Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation for NHS Blood and Transplant, says, “Organ donation is, and always will be, a precious gift. Although the law is changing it will still be the generosity of individual donors and their families who decide at the most difficult time to support organ donation, which will ensure more transplants can happen and more lives can be saved. “We want everyone to know the law around organ donation is changing, to understand how it is changing and the choices available to them. We want them to make their organ donation decision and to share that decision with their family. “While eight in ten people in England tell us, they want to donate or would consider donating, only just over a third of adults have told their partner or family that they want to donate their organs after they die. Regardless of the organ donation decision you make, the most important thing is to make sure your family are aware of your decision. “We hope that by increasing awareness and understanding of organ donation, we can inspire more individuals and families to agree to donation and allow many more lives to be saved.” Once the new system is introduced across England, families will still be involved before any organ or tissue donation goes ahead and

NHS Blood and Transplant Specialist Nurses will continue to speak with families about their loved one’s decision. Currently in the West Midlands, there are 332 people waiting for a transplant and in the past 2 years, 40 people have died waiting. Michelle Hemmings, 47, from Birmingham was placed on the waiting list in January 2017. Prior to that she had suffered with a condition, Lung Fibrosis (Pulmonary Fibrosis or Interstitial Lung Disease) for around 22 years (since she was 24) and has had to use an oxygen tank to support her for the last five years. Michelle’s condition worsened from 2016 onwards when she could hardly drive or walk upstairs without feeling awfully out of breath. Michelle waited just over a year for her transplant and recalls coming round from the anaesthetic. She explains, “I wasn’t able to talk after the transplant as there were tubes inserted down my throat and into my lungs. Before the transplant I had asked my Mum to squeeze my hand if the operation had been a success. When I felt that squeeze, I was so relieved, I just knew then that life was going to get better.” Michelle doesn’t know anything about her donor, but she hopes that agreeing to donation has brought their family great comfort. Michelle adds, “It was such a brave decision for the family to make. I hope they can take comfort from knowing that they have helped me.” Michelle is now doing well and has just returned from a holiday in Paris which she really enjoyed. Michelle has big plans to raise awareness and no longer has to worry about her oxygen running out.

The ‘Pass it on’ campaign is being supported by charities and community groups, including British Heart Foundation, Kidney Care UK, Donor Family Network, Share Your Wishes, ACLT and National BAME Transplant Alliance. It is quick and easy to join the NHS Organ Donor Register. Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk For more information about the campaign or to access online resources, visit: https://www.nhsbt.nhs.uk/pass-it-on/ To find out more about organ donation, the law change, or to opt in or out, visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk or call the dedicated advice line on 0300 303 2094.

Photograph: Michelle Hemmings, with her surgeon Marius Berman, six months after he performed major transplant surgery. Credit: PA


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Carnival Time in Harborne Sunday, June 23 – 9.30am – 5.30pm

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Harborne Family Carnival celebrates 21 years and is supported across the community by schools, community groups, business, churches and the statutory services. The event is non-profit making and is managed and run by a Committee of local volunteers. The Carnival started by local resident Ron Hill is now the second largest street carnival in the UK after Notting Hill and attracts over 70,000 people. This is a million miles from its humble beginnings as a small local fete back in 1998. The Carnival has developed hugely from its early days. It was recognized in 2003 when it won the ‘Queen’s Golden Jubilee Award for Voluntary Service by groups in the Community’. It has gone from strength to strength and is now firmly embedded as an event into the local community timetable. Carnival aims have not changed, it is primarily an event designed to bring the community together not just for one day but

for the full year. Local community groups and charities start planning stalls, activities and floats well ahead of the event. Local schools audition their best talent to appear at the event, musicians, singers, entertainers. Over the years the carnival has celebrated many themes and there is a lot more to come. The organisers would also like to reflect the diversity of our great City of Birmingham, so the carnival will have all the usual attractions – fairground rides, a parade, music stages, stalls for charities and community groups and a Carnival Queen, Princesses, Junior Carnival Queen and a Prince. www.harbornecarnival.co.uk

L–R: Jo Dunlop, Birmingham Civic Society and Yvonne Mosquito, Lord Mayor of Birmingham

The 2019 Next Generation Awards (NGAs) are well underway with many Birmingham Secondary Schools returning to participate, plus a number of new participants including, St George’s School, King Edward VI Aston School. Lordswood Boys School and Moseley School. Selly Oak Trust School are participating again after a break of a few years. Three assessment panels have already taken place, but June promises to be busy for assessors and the Citizenship Committee would welcome any new volunteers that are able to spare a couple of hours to assist in judging our young citizens’ project ideas for addressing issues faced by Birmingham’s communities. In addition to the current year’s activity, the two teams that were awarded prize money and mentoring last October are currently working with their mentors to put their projects into action. The 2018 winning team from Turves Green Girls School, Northfield are working with their UpRising mentor Jade to develop their ‘Elderly Explore’ project which plans to run events for

local elderly residents to prevent loneliness and social isolation. They are planning to hold an event in the summer term, and hope to have an update on their progress soon. St Paul’s School Dream Team who were awarded second prize have been matched with UpRising mentor Beth to help them to shape their idea to create a sensory space or area for people with ADHD and ASD to go to in their local community. A site in their community farm has now been selected and plans are well underway to making this safe haven a reality for local residents to enjoy. If you would like to get involved in the Next Generation Awards project by offering a few hours of your time to help assess the projects created by young participants, or have contacts within Birmingham’s Secondary Schools that might be able to help them get more schools involved please email Jo Dunlop or visit the website for more details. e: nextgenerationawards@googlemail.com www.birminghamcivicsociety.org.uk

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Congratulations Class of 2019! The Class of 2019 are celebrating a superb set of examination results. Sharing amongst them over 160 offers to selective independent senior and grammar schools, their talent has been recognised not just academically but in the musical and sporting spheres too. Forty-five scholarships and awards have been deservedly gained and the School joins them in celebrating this all-round achievement.

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At The Blue Coat School, the focus is not merely wedded to exam preparation. Yes, this is a priority, but so too is the recognition that children must leave with the skills and resilience to face their next challenges. As it seeks to fulfill its vision for ‘limitless learning’, with the backdrop of a society where mental health issues affect one in ten children and the accusations of a ‘snowflake generation’ are bandied about, the School has chosen to go ‘the extra mile’ and ensure its pupils leave with a set of life skills for the future.






And, it is the Headmaster and his staff who have worked closely with parents to advise on the best choice of school. The net has been cast wider and leading secondary schools from beyond the region are engaging with The Blue Coat School and offering new opportunities that might not have been previously considered. This in turn has meant that ‘the first choice’ school becomes the ‘right choice’ and unnecessary exam pressure from sitting too many entrance tests can be mitigated.

Before they move on, Year 6 will benefit from an Enrichment Week entitled ‘Life Skills and Attitudes’ which will further prepare them for the journey ahead internet safety, first aid, money matters, STEM, outdoor activities, making safe choices and spiritual awareness will all be covered. Taught in a dedicated Year 6 Learning Hub the children have had their first taste of independence and can leave fully prepared for senior school and life beyond. We congratulate them and wish them all the best.


Residential trips have honed teamwork and built resilience as the children have relished the opportunity to experience bushcraft in the outdoors; they have embraced the opportunity for cultural exchange on foreign language trips and they have developed critical thinking and problem solving competencies through the Year 6 STEM curriculum. “The Class of 2019 can be rightly proud of these attributes and the confident independent young people that they have become.” says Headmaster, Noel Neeson.

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6 Life Stories Test run during Cricket World Cup The region’s new congestion-busting transport co-ordination centre will step into action this summer as Birmingham plays host to the Cricket World Cup.

Birmingham’s Edgbaston Cricket Stadium is set to host five international matches during June and July with thousands of fans expected to add to the already pressurised road network during the morning rush hour. But transport bosses are working together through the new Regional Transport Co-ordination Centre (RTCC) to manage journeys and keep people moving. Bringing together industry experts from rail, bus and Metro, transport bosses will monitor the whole transport system during the Cricket World Cup, including roads, 6am-9pm. It will mean passengers, residents and businesses will have access to a consistent ‘live’ stream of information and travel advice to help them plan their journeys. The plan is made possible by a £19.5m pot of funding from the Department of Transport and Transforming Cities Fund, which is set to be approved by the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) Board on May 24.The money gives the green light to the first phase of the RTCC which will be in place by December 2019, monitoring roads and public transport

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15 hours a day, six days a week with a duty manager available 24/7 and co-ordinating the entire network’s response to congestion. It will be the first time the West Midlands will be monitored at such a scale. The trial runs will take place following the closure of the Five Ways underpass on June 3 and during the Cricket World Cup. Data monitored and collected by the centre will be used to help shape future improvements to the road network by highlighting congestion hotspots. The investment will also see better co-ordination of multi-agency construction projects including HS2, Metro extensions and Sprint. Giving people access to more accurate travel information, better alternative options during disruption, more reliable journey times and ultimately, less time sitting in traffic especially during major events. Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said, “Birmingham and the

West Midlands is on a global stage for the Cricket World Cup and during that time we need to make sure fans have the best possible experience, which includes getting to and from matches in good time. “Whether people are attending the cricket matches or just going about their day-to-day journeys, it is imperative there are no major disruptions and the region continues to run smoothly. I believe the RTCC, incorporating all the major transport operators in one room monitoring the network, can help achieve this.” Cllr Roger Lawrence, WMCA portfolio holder for transport said, “Our congestion management plan sets out a commitment to improving journeys in the West Midlands. “A Regional Transport Co-ordination Centre with one view of the whole transport network is key to managing major disruption and events and delivering more reliable journeys.”


Barefoot Malawi Walk

As a church school St Peter’s CE Primary School, Harborne, have connections with the Diocese, in turn, the Diocese has connections with Malawi.

Recently, the school sent out a plea to all their pupils and parents to donate nearly new shoes for the children of Malawi who have to walk approximately three miles a day to school. On hearing this, four of their pupils, took it upon themselves to raise money for some further shoes. Holly, Carter, Ben and Ramsay came up with the idea of doing a sponsored barefoot walk to raise money to send shoes to the children in Malawi after Mrs Murphy (the Head Teacher)

talked about the charity in assembly. The four wanted to experience what it was like for the children of Malawi that walk barefoot to school every day. They made a sponsor form and started collecting sponsorship to walk 3 miles along the path at Woodgate asking their families, friends and teachers to sponsor them. The walk was harder than the amazing four had expected and included walking on stony paths, wet mud and thistly grass. It was a very worthwhile challenge for Holly, Carter, Ben and Ramsay, they raised £200 to buy 20 pairs of new school shoes but, were pleased to clean their feet and put shoes back on at the end!

L- R Ben Gooch, Holly Gooch, Carter Wells and Ramsay Wells

Kumon Study Centre opens in Edgbaston As the Instructor of the Kumon Edgbaston Study Centre, Bernadette Quigley is pleased to announce that the centre is now open.

Having come from a teaching background and working for Kumon for over seven years, Bernadette has always been impressed by how the Kumon programmes not only develop a child’s ability in maths and English, but also help to improve their study skills, including their concentration, independence and speed. They also develop a real love of learning and a positive attitude to study. Bernadette strongly believes in the Kumon Method of Learning and looks forward to nurturing independent and confident students in the local area, and helping them achieve the ability to work above their school grade level.

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between 21 May and 15 June for all new students. To take part in our Free Trial, contact your local Instructor, Bernadette, and book a consultation. As our programmes are individualised, your child will be assessed so their study can be tailored precisely to their ability. Classes running on Tuesday 3.30-6.30, Thursday 3.30-6.30 and Saturday 1.304.30. Find out how Kumon study can help your child excel. Contact your local Instructor, Bernadette on: 0121 769 2611

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Charity unveil donated plaques to mark World Blood Cancer Day

The first 100 supporters of Cure Leukaemia, including footballer Ben Foster, who have ‘donated their name’ for a new wall of plaques housed in the globally significant Centre for Clinical Haematology at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, have had their plaques installed on May 28 to mark World Blood Cancer Day.

Accessible Allotments Court Oak Road Allotments proudly unveiled their new accessible raised beds at their open day on Sunday 19 May 2019. Committee Member Geoff Garrish, said, “We were seeing some of our older plotholders forced to give up their much-loved plots when digging in open ground became too difficult, so we decided to provide a facility for people with disabilities and older people to continue or to get involved with allotment gardening when physically limited.” Thanks to a grant of almost £10K from the National Lottery Community Fund, new wheelchair accessible raised beds were installed, with a further donation from the Cooperative Food Group being used to purchase a shed to go with the new beds. The new raised beds were opened by Quinton Councillor Kate Booth, as plot holders and members of

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the public gathered to enjoy home-made cakes and other refreshments, a raffle and garden games provided by the Active Wellbeing Society. A myriad of plants of all descriptions, all grown by plot-holders, were also on sale, and were eagerly purchased by the green-fingered, looking forward to another growing season, whilst a bicycle powered blender was used to make delicious fruit smoothies. Following on from the opening day success, tea, cake, craft stalls, plant sales and more will be available on Sunday 22nd July 2018, 1pm - 5 pm, the shop will open 11am – 12noon every other Sunday in July and August. Individual raised beds are now ready to rent, just in time for planting a crop this summer, conventional full and half-size plots are also available. For renting a bed or a conventional plot, please contact site secretary, Andrew Large. e: largeat@yahoo.co.uk t: 07587 212774

The Cure Leukaemia Family wall allows supporters of the charity to display a lasting reminder of their backing for the charity by purchasing a plaque, with the aim of funding a specialist research nurse for one year. These nurses connect blood cancer patients that have exhausted standard treatment with potentially life-saving drugs through clinical trials. Many of the one hundred plaques already donated are from patients or families that have benefitted from these treatments. Plaques are available for supporters to donate their name, the name of a loved one, or even a thank you to a nurse or doctor for either a one or three-year period, after which they will have the opportunity to keep the plaque in place with a further donation.

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Some well-known figures have donated their names including Watford goalkeeper and Cure Leukaemia Patron Ben Foster, ex-England and Wolves footballer, Patron and former patient Geoff Thomas and Chief Executive of the Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce Paul Faulkner who is also a Trustee of the charity. Many people have chosen to remember a family member on wall, including John Bray, from the BBC, whose plaque in memory of his father reads: ‘Clive Bray – our special Wolves fan’. Several former leukaemia patients have also purchased plaques, including Jenna Ostrowski, whose reads ‘Eternally thankful’; ‘CL You Saved Me’ from Brooke Evans, and ‘Forever thankful’ from Jaymz Goodman.

Pupil Named Regional Winner An Edgbaston High School pupil is celebrating after being named a winner in the national ‘Step into the NHS’ competition.

Gracie, in Year 9, was announced as the Regional Winner for her competition entry: a creative and informative video advert for the role of a Psychotherapist. All competitors were challenged to research a wide variety of NHS careers and create posters, videos and leaflets that explain the skills, qualifications and requirements for their chosen career. The national competition, which is in its tenth year, proved to be the most popular yet, with thousands of entries received.

The judges were impressed with the standard of entries this year and commended Gracie for her outstanding entry which was distinguished by its creativity and the amount of work that had gone into creating the video. Edgbaston High School for Girls Westbourne Road Edgbaston Birmingham B15 3TS T: 0121 454 5831 www.edgbastonhigh.co.uk



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Plaque to commemorate 6888th Battalion

First Mayor of Sandwell Abbey Ward councillor Dr Ann Jaron was elected as Sandwell’s new Mayor at the Council Annual General meeting on 21st May. In doing so she will become the first Abbey Ward councillor to ever be appointed to the office of Mayor. Ann has served on the council since 1996 and has held several important positions during that time, including a spell as Cabinet Member for Children’s Services, Chair of the Planning Committee and more recently as the council’s lead member for Smethwick. Ann is also well known in Bearwood for being a doctor at the Sherwood House Medical Practice on Sandon Road and is known to many as ‘Dr Ann’. Combining the two roles has often been a test of her endurance. “It was difficult trying to do a strenuous job as a GP and the pressure role as Cabinet Member for Children, eventually I had to say I would have to come out of the cabinet because I didn’t want it to affect the service we give to patients.” said Ann. Ann has been a councillor for 23 years, and although it has been hard work, she gets great satisfaction from it, and appears totally undaunted by the task of

chairing a meeting with over 70 councillors, officers in the council chamber and those in the public gallery. Ann’s sister Eve is to act as her consort over the year of office and will accompany her on various mayoral functions. “I’m honoured to have been given this opportunity, and to be the first person from the Abbey Ward to become the borough’s mayor. I want to pay a particular tribute to Steve Eling, who has done so much to encourage me over those years, I am very grateful for the help and advice he has given to me, and the work he has done over decades for the people of Bearwood and Sandwell. I’m particularly looking forward to getting out into the various neighbourhoods and meeting people.”

The US Ambassador presented a blue plaque to King Edward’s School, Birmingham on Monday, 13 May 2019 to commemorate a US Army battalion that was stationed at the school during the Second World War. Ambassador Johnson visited the school to officially present the plaque and view the site where the 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion, an all-female African-American unit, had been based. Known as the Six Triple Eight, the battalion comprised 855 women from the Women’s Army Corps and was the only all-black female battalion to serve in Europe during the Second World War. They were sent to Birmingham in February 1945 to clear the backlog of mail in the European Theatre, which was reported by Army officials to be damaging morale. It was estimated that the backlog would take six months to clear but the women cleared it in three, working 24-hours a day, seven days a week in three sets of eight-hour shifts and processing an average of 65,000 pieces of mail per shift. By the end of the war, they had cleared over 17 million pieces of backlogged mail, ensuring the troops stayed in touch with their loved ones back home. Keith Phillips, Acting Chief Master of King Edward’s School, said, “It was a great honour to receive this plaque from the Ambassador and for the school to be able to remember the important role in the war effort that the Six Triple Eight played. “During the Second World War, the temporary buildings that were on the school site at the time were used by a

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Above: L-R, Jim Theres, Writer/Executive Producer; Edna Cummings (Colonel, US Army, retired), Producer; Keith Phillips; Ambassador Johnson; Clara Adams-Ender (Brigadier General, US Army, retired); Elizabeth Helm-Frazier (Master Sergeant, US Army, retired), Producer; and Garry Stewart, Recognize Black Heritage & Culture CIC Associate Producer. Below left: The 6888th Central Postal Directory Battalion in England. Credit: U.S. National Archives.

number of different troops, although none perhaps of such significance both racially and culturally as the Six Triple Eight. I hope that we will be able to further honour the service of these women at an event to unveil the plaque later in the year.”

Below right: Keith Phillips and Ambassador Johnson.

The Ambassador’s visit to the school preceded a premiere screening of a documentary film about the Six Triple Eight, which took place in Birmingham Council House on the same day. The film’s producers also accompanied the Ambassador to the school.

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Will Disputes

Funerals – are pets allowed?

Knowledge is power

An interesting statistic landed on my desk this week. It appears that in the High Court inheritance disputes between family members have jumped 62% in the last two years.

Now that may seem an unusual question, but to many owners their beloved pets are very much part of the family, and as such, their presence can be a comfort to those left behind.

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Care givers should ensure that any care given involves as little restriction as possible but, unfortunately, someone’s freedom may need to be restricted for their own safety. Deprivation of liberty may involve being supervised or controlled on a continuous basis or not being free to leave. If someone consents to the situation they are not deprived of their liberty, deprivation can occur only where the person lacks mental capacity to consent. The definition of deprivation of liberty is a wide one and likely to apply to most care home occupants with dementia. The care giver needs to request a DOLS assessment be carried out. In England this is done by the local authority, involving two people, a best interests assessor and a mental health assessor. There are six parts to the assessment – age, mental health, mental capacity, best interests, eligibility and ‘no refusals’ie. does the authorisation conflict with an advanced decision to refuse treatment. Authorisation may be declined because it is determined the person has capacity to consent to the treatment or less restrictive options are available. If authorisation is granted it will be for a set period. The authorisation may be renewed after a further assessment. In an emergency the hospital or care home can grant themselves an urgent DOLS authorisation, valid for seven days. They must apply for an assessment at the same time. The ‘relevant person’s representative’, appointed during the assessment, may ask for a review of the authorisation at any time. The representative may be a relative, friend or paid representative appointed by the local authority.

Whilst assistance and support dogs are invariably welcomed, there are no hard and fast rules about pets at funerals; common sense and asking the right questions is therefore the key. However, before you even ask the question, you may be advised to consider the practicalities. Churches and crematoria are not generally an environment pets are familiar with, even if permission can be obtained. Even the friendliest of pets are likely to find themselves way out of their comfort zone and behave accordingly. It’s also important to consider the feelings of other mourners at the Funeral Ceremony. Many people have allergies to fur, or they are afraid of dogs - to you “Rover” may be the gentlest animal in the world, but if you’re afraid of dogs that won’t cut any ice. This being the case, assuming you can get prior permission for your pet to attend the funeral, perhaps it would be a good idea to arrange to position yourself with due consideration for others at the ceremony. Always bring enough supplies too, so you can attend to your pet’s every need, including drinking water and appropriate items to clear up any little accidents. If the animal in question was very close to the deceased, but you can’t get permission to bring it along, you may be able to include it other ways. For example, a photo of your loved one with their pet could be displayed or even incorporated with a printed Order of Service. However they take part in the final farewell to your loved one, your Funeral Director should be able to advise you.

One of the key points to staying on top of your finances is to get to grips with where your money is going. Research at the end of 2018, showed that as many as one in three homeowners in the UK don’t know what mortgage rate they were on, costing them thousands of pounds each year. Findings from consumer group Which? Survey of more than 3500 homeowners with a mortgage also showed that over a third had no idea at all what rate they were on. A worrying statistic was 25% of people surveyed were on their mortgage lender’s standard variable rate (SVR), usually costing more than other products available on the market, sometimes from the same provider. SVRs are mortgage providers’ standard deals, which you are put on once the introductory period of your mortgage comes to an end. Most importantly, however, it is almost always significantly higher than the rate you were originally on, and for those with an average-priced home, this could mean paying over £4000 per year more. If you only do one thing to get a grip on your finances, it’s worth checking what mortgage rate you are on, as switching could save you money. The Which? Survey found that the reasons for not switching from an SVR to a cheaper deal were ‘they hadn’t thought about it’ and ‘it wasn’t worth the hassle’. It could be as simple as digging out your mortgage statement, or better still, speaking to an independent mortgage broker. The remortgage market is highly competitive at the moment, so there’s a good chance that remortgaging will save you money. In an ever more complex financial landscape, good advice remains key. An independent financial advisor can search the whole market to compare the options available to find the best solution.

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Support and confidence

One of the jobs we did last month was referred to me by a very worried daughter whose mother had fallen in her bathroom at home and was now very nervous about using the bathroom whilst alone. Another member of the family had seen my advert in HEM Life and passed my details on. An appointment was made and I went to see the lady and her daughter to find out how and why the fall had happened and to see what we could do. Some people prefer to discuss their needs with family members or a friend present and this also helps us to understand everyone’s concerns. The lady had mentioned to her daughter that she was struggling to lower herself onto the toilet and then get up off the toilet. She had gone to use the toilet in the night and misjudged the height and this led to the fall, she also felt vulnerable moving in and around the shower area when the floor is wet. As we get older we can lose strength in our legs, hips and also visual depth perception and lowering ourselves down and getting back up may be a bit of a struggle. So my solution was to remove the toilet and install a “Tall Toilet” with a visually contrasting seat colour that complemented the room but was very easy to see, even in low light. We fitted a drop down handrail

and a grab rail, using both together to lower and lift oneself up gives that bit of extra security and safety. We added some grab rails to the shower area and also put in a folding chair and changed the shower rail to a more robust shower/grab rail. This job took two days, after we had all the materials so very minimal disruption caused. We left the lady and her daughter feeling more confident about using her bathroom without help. But most of all we gave her back three major desires that we all would like: Independence, dignity and a smile. Falls can happen to anyone of any age and an injury from a fall can have a big impact on daily life, so it’s definitely worth thinking about. After all we know that prevention is better than cure. Be safe – Steve. Contact Steve on: t: 0121 427 5216 m: 07889 134 711 e: steve@seniorhomesolutions.co.uk www.seniorhomesolutions.co.uk

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14 Business Life Interviewing Techniques Are your interviewing techniques a help or a hindrance?


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Interviews - You either look HR Dept. forward to doing them, dread them or get someone else to do them for you. Perhaps you feel you have nailed your interviewing technique by now and typically follow the same process every time. This is great... if your technique is a success and legally compliant. Earlier this year a candidate tweeted about her brutal and humiliating interview during which she was quizzed about her childhood, her parents’ relationship and criticised for her posture. Unsurprisingly the tweet went viral attracting attention and a BBC radio interview. Not to mention some bad PR for the company in question. Inappropriate or invasive questions can make a candidate feel uncomfortable and some, such as “Are you married?” or “Do you have children?”, can be blatantly discriminatory and illegal. It’s best to avoid getting too familiar. There are plenty of acceptable questions that you can and should ask an interviewee, that won’t be harmful or embarrassing. You’ll want to prioritise questions that explore their skills and experience to find out if they are the best person for the job. Questions like “Can you elaborate on your relevant experience for this role?” or “What skills can you bring to this position?” will help you to make your decision. Questions that instigate critical or creative thinking can also be useful, if they are necessary for the role requirements. e: Omar.Rashid@hrdept.co.uk www.hrdept.co.uk

The Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street has launched a £5 million “Beat the Bots” fund to help train the region’s workers for the jobs of the future.

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Recent reports* estimate 1.5 million employees in the UK could be at risk from automation in future – almost one in ten of us – as advances in technology threaten thousands of jobs in catering, hospitality, driving and agriculture. The Beat the Bots fund will pay for digital training for up to 1,900 people in the West Midlands over the next three years. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) is now looking for colleges and training providers to apply for a slice of the fund and wants them to suggest innovative ways to deliver digital training in the region. Mayor Andy Street said, “From my days at John Lewis, I know just how fast technology moves in business. This new Beat the Bots fund is our way to stay ahead – a chance for workers in the West Midlands to gain invaluable digital skills which will prepare our workforce for the jobs of the future. “Artificial intelligence, self-driving vehicles and robotics are getting better, and, in reality, it’s only a matter of time before real people will lose out to bots in the fight for jobs. “The Beat the Bots fund will help people across the region gain the skills they need to get great careers in our booming digital industry – a sector which grew by over 33% between 2011 and 2016 and will employ upwards of 100,000 people here by 2030.”

Clare Streets from B13 Technology, with Dr Chris Meah from the School of Code

The £5 million funding comes from the Government’s National Retraining Scheme and was announced by Secretary of State for Education Damian Hinds in summer 2018 as part of the WMCA’s Skills Deal. Cllr George Duggins, WMCA portfolio lead for productivity and skills, said, “Automation poses a real threat to working people across the region – so this training fund is just one way we’ll help support residents to get the skills they need to beat the bots. “For the 19/20 academic year, the WMCA will also be in charge of the adult education budget for the region, and we’ve set a goal to ensure adults have the chance to retrain and reskill in a number of disciplines, such as digital, construction, manufacturing and engineering.” Following the tender, the first “Beat the Bots” courses could begin as early as September 2019.

Remember to step away Staying too close to the problem 24/7 will leave you feeling tired, unable to make clear decisions, and often saying the wrong thing. Whilst it’s important to try to maximize daily cashflow, it’s equally important to give yourself a break, especially from your phone, a strategy that should also help your sleep regime. Be straight with your staff You need your team on side when you are facing a cashflow challenge. Why not provide them with a balanced view so that they know that you are both positive and realistic about the outcome? You will be amazed at how often they can help you with their own suggestions, so that they can become part of the solution. Keep your trading contacts in the loop No one wants to see a business fail, so keep talking to key business decision makers – treat them fairly and they may be able to provide additional support. Ultimately, you need to be aware that there is only so much that you can do. The most important stress reliever is to balance positivity and realism. Remember that if everyone in your business is giving their all to find a light at the end of the tunnel, you are giving yourself the best opportunity to find one.

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16 City Life


Employers Get Involved to Create Work Placements More than 1,000 unemployed young people in the West Midlands will be offered work placements in a bid to cut youth unemployment in the region. The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and work-placement charity Movement to Work (MtW) launched the placement programme ‘Aspirations for All’ which took place at the Prince’s Trust in Birmingham, with over 30 employers committing to provide more than 1,000 placements. Employers including the British Army, BT, BUPA, Diageo, Marks & Spencer, Starbucks University Hospital Birmingham and the WMCA have already committed to provide 1,000 work placements for young people – and the WMCA is now encouraging businesses across the West Midlands to get involved. The placements, which could lead on to job opportunities, are arranged through MtW and are designed to support young people into meaningful employment. They give young people the opportunity to build their skills and confidence, develop ambition and show potential employers what they are capable of. MtW and its coalition of employers are working in partnership with the WMCA, 18 local authorities, four local enterprise partnerships, training providers and youth-outreach charities to create new employment opportunities for young people across the region. Youth employment remains a challenge in the UK. The national youth unemployment rate was 11.8% in February 2019,

compared with 4% for the whole population. In the West Midlands, 13.1% (14,000) of young people are currently unemployed. MtW is already showing that the work-placement approach is making a difference. The charity has delivered more than 80,000 work placements throughout the UK over the last five years and focusses mainly on young people who are not in education, employment or training (known as NEET). Over 50% of those who have completed a Movement to Work placement have gone into employment or back into education. Jawad Bashir left university after doing a chemical engineering degree. After graduating, the 24-year-old looked for a data analyst role, but employers wanted one to two years of experience before considering candidates – so Jawad found himself stuck in the ‘no experience, no job’ cycle. However, while looking at a job’s website, Jawad came across Movement to Work and its placement schemes. He was offered a three-week placement with BT. The three weeks comprised teambuilding and workshops about the world of work and, importantly, some real work experience in data analysis. After the placement, Jawad found a job at Flomatik, the telecoms network services company. He will be joining the BT graduate scheme in September 2019.

Jawad Bashir

Jawad said, “The Movement to Work scheme at BT was a catalyst for career; the mentoring, work experience and other activities really enabled me to come out of my shell and show my skills, the sort of things that don’t come out on a CV. I know how to express myself now. After progressing from BT’s graduate scheme, I want to progress into management, it’s a real possibility now.” James Ashall, Movement to Work chief executive, said, “Employers across our network are piloting a number of schemes in the West Midlands, covering multiple sectors including retail, construction, digital, healthcare and hospitality. With a concrete commitment to provide more than 1,000 work placements from local employers, it really demonstrates how working in collaboration with local authorities and other partners makes a difference. “We have worked with these employers on a national basis; not only

do they know that supporting young people into work is the right thing to do, they know that it’s good for their business. These young people are incredibly loyal and mentoring them can be a real morale boost for your existing staff. It’s a win-win situation, and we hope that through these new regional partnerships, we can help some of those in greatest need of support.” One of the first employers to sign up, BT, has committed to provide 150 placements. Amy Caton, work-ready programme lead at BT, explained, “Lack of experience is often reported by young people as a barrier to employment, and once in work they risk being left behind through a lack of vital tech skills. At BT, our employability programmes are built around digital skills training and one-to-one coaching, providing young people with skills and confidence to thrive in the workplaces of the future. Lots of BT colleagues get involved and they report a huge sense of reward from sharing their skills and knowledge. “Over 4,000 young people across the UK have joined one of our programmes since 2014. Last year over 130 people

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joined us for a work placement in the West Midlands. We’re delighted that the majority progressed into employment or education, and we’re looking forward to working with more young people in the year ahead.” Movement to Work is now looking for more employers to sign up to offer work placements for 18 to 30-yearolds in the region.

For more information, please contact: rory.allbutt@accenture.com at Movement to Work or philip.tillman@wmca.org.uk at the WMCA


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Private Landlords from the 1st June 2019 will be responsible for all the costs associated with setting up, renewing or ending a tenancy (i.e. referencing individuals, administration, inventory, renewal and check out fees). Any breach of the legislation will usually carry a civil offence and a fine of up to £5,000 but where an offence has occurred a local authority can impose a fine of up to £30,000. Look at your options • Landlords can only ask a Tenant to pay the “permitted payments” (not fees) • Now is the time to really consider what these changes are likely to cost you if you are managing your own property/ies • Why not book a lettings review with a good quality letting/ property management agent? • Run though exactly what this is likely to cost, and at the same time look at where they can help you make savings by reviewing your mortgage and insurance arrangements? It may even be the case that switching to a fully managed service is a more cost effective/risk free option?

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Your home as an artwork

Summer kitchen trends

Bee Friendly

with Artwork at home does not always mean that it must JAANIKA OKK framed and hang on the Okk Arts wall. Sometimes the artwork can be an entire wall. Either it is a mural painting or a wall size digital image in the form of a wallpaper. But bear in mind that in any case, you need to have a reason, your ‘why’.

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Statement Splashback These are becoming increasingly popular now that there are many more exciting patterns being introduced to the market. Splashbacks that make a big impact in terms of colour, pattern and textural contrast will be on trend this summer. In particular, those with a shiny surface or that have the effect of stone, such as stainless steel and marble effect will be big.

Wildflowers can be easy to grow and maintain and are often relatively resistant to pests. Some trees and shrubs are also great for bees as they provide masses of flowers in one place. Aim for a good variety of pollen rich flowers that have different flower shapes and a range of flowering periods from early spring to late summer and even throughout the winter , deep flowers such as honeysuckle and foxglove. Avoid plants with double or multi-petalled flowers. Lawn weeds such as dandelions are excellent bee plants, providing vital pollen early in the season.  White clover attracts masses of honeybees, while the longer tongued bumblebees prefer red clover

Why is this piece necessary? Wall art can have several benefits: • Statement piece. You want to walk into the room and go ‘wow!’. Any artwork can have this effect, but nothing compares with an artwork which covers the entire wall. • Making the room seem larger. You can achieve fascinating results even in narrow hallways. Of course, it very much depends on imagery. When the aim is to make the room look larger, make sure to choose artwork or a photo which depicts distance. E.g. a beach scenery with a view of the sea or a road which leads far away. Including sharp perspective, angles would also help. • Creating an ‘escape wall’ or dreamland. This approach is especially positive in bedrooms for kids. This allows their imagination to flourish and you don’t have to worry them knocking an expensive artwork off the wall.

Smart Storage Every kitchen, large or small, can benefit from better storage ideas. Utilising pull out storage, such as wicker storage baskets, instead of shelves helps to achieve a timeless appeal. They give you plenty of space and can be tucked away when you are not using them. Consider also, integrated drawers in your full height larder cabinets, for better functionality that is still hidden away from view.

The only problem with having a wall art or a mural painting at home is that it has site-specific nature and you will not be able to take it with you once you move. It is an investment, however, the results, when done well, are worth it.

Warm Metallic Accents A popular choice for a while and adding them to your kitchen this summer is a great way to update your home. Brass or copper fixtures can be added to kitchens easily – knobs, handles, pilasters - can all be replaced to give your cabinets a fresh feel. Warm metallics in a kitchen with a neutral colour palette will stand out and catch the eye.

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We have always been proud, hereabouts, of our homegrown, world-famous superstars, UB40.

21 June 2019

Rock and Roll Hero, Brian Travers They consistently delivered fine music, properly played, but more than that, they always did things the right way. Starting with their name, nothing pretentious or pompous, but a reference to the signing on document issued to folk claiming unemployment benefit. Even their choice of record label was modest, signing for the then-unknown Graduate Records, housed in a small record shop just off Dudley High Street. The first album, Signing Off, was recorded in the most modest of surroundings, the bedroom studio of former Locomotive and Steve Gibbons Band drummer Bob Lamb. No pretension, no showbiz excesses, just great accessible reggae played by a bunch of chums, a true cooperative, mostly fellow students at Moseley School of Art. A fine example of the band’s determination to do things the right way was during the dark days of apartheid. Determined to play their part in the struggle, when offered a lucrative distribution deal for South Africa, they instructed the record company to turn it down, only to subsequently discover that the company had gone ahead and signed the deal. Whereupon the band quit the label. Unerringly they proceeded towards world domination which is reflected in their datesheet that sees them


performing in every corner of the globe. The original band members were brothers Robin and Ali Campbell, saxophonist Brian Travers, Earl Falconer, James Brown and Norman Hassan, although to many of us Brian Travers has always been the man we think of when we talk about UB40, the band’s spokesman and unacknowledged driving force. He is a man of many talents, not just music, but he is a collected painter, illustrator and animator. He has consistently, alongside his UB40 duties, produced an enviable body of artwork which has been exhibited and become much sought after. He is the most affable, straightforward, widely respected of men and a consistent and persuasive advocate of this City. In March of this year Brian Travers collapsed at home and was taken to hospital where two brain tumours were found. They operated successfully almost immediately and to everyone’s amazement Brian surfaced in what seemed to be a matter of days in his local pub, with his chums, cheerfully raising his glass and telling all that he wasn’t going to let Myra and Ian [he named his tumours after the Moors Murderers] hold him back. Since then, his defiantly cheerful face is regularly seen on social media,

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he has – amazingly – opened a gallery to showcase his art, exhibited in Marbella in Spain and gone on a mission to help other patients by raising funds for the Giles Trust Charity at Queen Elizabeth Hospital to buy equipment to better treat people with the same condition. Brian is currently undergoing some pretty heavy treatment which sometimes means he has to miss an occasion which irks him greatly. “You know me, I never miss a gig.” he says, though unfortunately he is missing the current UB40 world tour which


commenced just after Brian collapsed. He is indefatigable. He now claims that he has, “never felt more alive, I’m bursting with ambition, I’m going to make some great art. I told the docs that I wasn’t going to give up booze, I wasn’t going to give up fags and I wasn’t going to give up recreational drugs”. A few days ago, in his absence, at the Birmingham Music Awards, he won the major award, The Brum Bastion. Brian Travers is a Rock and Roll Hero – here’s to a swift recovery.

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Protect your eyes with MATT ROSE Brittain Opticians

with JANET EASTWOOD Janet Eastwood Acupuncture

with JOHN HILL Fit Brummie Bootcamp

with PHILLIP MORRIS Confidents Denture Clinic

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A guide to healthy eyes

Help switch off from stress!

Are you doing your best?

Denture care

Summer is here and the weather is hotting up.

‘Relax’ summer is here! It’s time to enjoy the hard work you have invested in the garden, sit back, feet up and chill! It’s holiday time. But for many people just the word ‘relax’ makes us feel uneasy. That extra adrenaline coursing through our bodies and minds to keep us working at a high level for most of the year, can’t just suddenly be switched off. Sometimes a little more than sun and sangria is needed to help turn the control down to ‘cruise’. One theory of how Acupuncture works claims it helps to release endorphins into the system, the body’s natural DE stressor. Certainly after treatment people will say they feel calmer, chilled and less stressed. When stressed our ‘flight or fight’ mechanism releases Adrenaline into our system. After this initial boost cortisol, the ‘stress’ hormone, takes over and has a more prolonged action. Recent research has shown that elevated cortisol levels: interfere with learning and memory, lower immune function and bone density, increase weight gain, blood pressure, cholesterol and heart disease. So what can you do to help? Eating your 5 a day and at regular times; getting regular moderate exercise; maintaining a good sleep pattern; learning to breathe deeply and using stress reduction techniques such as Meditation, Mindfulness and Acupuncture. All these together can help to offset the damaging effects of cortisol and decrease its production. So if you are feeling stressed then treat yourself this summer to some assisted relaxation and retune your body clock. Get the best out of the season and recharge!

Last month we had mental health awareness week. Now because we are exposed to more information than ever before, this topic is everywhere nowadays. In my own personal experience of having low self esteem and anxiety back when I was out of shape, there was something I learned early on which may help you. As humans, we can only do what we know how to do. In other words, you can only act with the information you have available. This means that if you are doing your best in current situation, give yourself a break.

If you are a denture wearer then it is advisable to look after your denture or dentures, neglect can lead to problems later.

We spend a lot more time outdoors during the summer months and understand the importance of protecting our skin against the harmful rays of the sun, but we so often forget about protecting our eyes. During the summer months our eyes are more prone to irritation, heat can dry our eyes and many of us are affected by allergies like hay fever. So, here’s some tips to keeps your eyes in top condition: • Wear a good quality pair of sunglasses to protect against harmful UV rays • Wear sunscreen but be careful not to get it too close to your eyes as this will irritate them • Wear a sun hat to protect the delicate skin around your eyes. • Don’t wear contact lenses when swimming, instead invest in a pair of prescription. Swimming Goggles are available in a wide variety of prescriptions, most good opticians will be able to order you a pair. • Finally keep your eyes clean and hydrated, use eye wipes to keep your lids and lashes fresh. You can also purchase dry eye drops from your local optician or chemist, if your eyes are feeling dry and gritty.



Let’s take fitness as an example When I started losing weight back in 2005, I literally went to the gym and did 20 minutes on the stationary bike. I didn’t go particularly fast, I just kept going and I got better. In other words, I did my best based on where I was. I understood this and forgave myself. Trust me, it’s normal to have doubts and fears, this is what makes us human. It’s okay to fear trying something new as well. Sometimes, all we need to do is break the cycle of self-loathing and get out and do something different. If this means a 10-minute walk, then great! Just do your best and if you want to do better, just be patient and keep practicing. Trust me, you will get there in the end. If you need professional help? There is no shame in asking for it either.


If dentures are not cleaned on a regular basis, they can develop a layer of calculus, a light brown deposit that can usually be seen around the denture teeth and at the back of the denture in the cheek area. Calculus is basically old food that has adhered to the acrylic, set hard and is difficult to remove. Soaking in a steredent solution periodically can reduce the chances of this happening or at least worsening. If a denture is affected it is easy to see by allowing the denture to fully dry out and the calculus will be easily visible. This calculus is bacteria living on and in your denture. The bacteria can affect the tissues of the mouth, cause fungal infections and require anti- fungal medication. If the calculus is present on the underside of your denture this could mean that your dentures no longer fit as well as they once did, and an excess of food is getting under the dentures resulting in a build-up of calculus. - If this is the case then it may be time to replace them. Some denture wearers are reluctant to replace their dentures due to time, or simply the cost may be a factor, if this is the case you can have them professionally cleaned. Whatever the wearer decides to do about their dentures, they shouldn’t put a price on their health.


National Diabetes Week 10th – 16th June 2019

The registered charity Diabetes UK promote awareness of Types 1 & 2 diabetes throughout the year. However, the second week of June is designated to raise the profile further with its many volunteers, campaigners, fundraisers and staff.


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Diabetes UK’s strap line is; KNOW DIABETES. FIGHT DIABETES. A WORLD WHERE DIABETES CAN DO NO HARM. Diabetes UK acknowledge that more people than ever have diabetes. More people than ever are at risk of Type 2 diabetes. If nothing changes, more than five million people will have diabetes in Britain by 2025. Around 90% of people have Type 2 diabetes which for some is hereditary whilst being overweight is also a contributing factor although people of an average weight can develop it. The pancreas either does not make enough insulin or what is produced does not work properly and the build up of glucose in the blood can lead to complications of blindness, strokes, heart attacks, kidney failure and limb amputations along with premature death. The classic symptoms of diabetes are: tired, toilet, thirsty, thinner – known as the 4 Ts along with slow healing of cuts/ wounds and blurred vision.

Around 8% of people have Type 1 diabetes which is nothing to do with ones’ lifestyle or body size and about 2% of people have rarer types of diabetes. The pancreas situated behind the stomach stops producing the hormone insulin in Type 1. Without insulin one will die hence the need for daily insulin injections, or an insulin pump strapped to one’s body to regulate the level of glucose in the blood. Credit to Frederick Banting a Canadian doctor and his French medical student Charles Best who in 1921 discovered ‘man made’ insulin which after injecting it in a meagre dog, made a remarkable recovery gaining the weight it had lost. Diabetes UK campaign to make sure everyone with diabetes gets the care they need to live well with it. The charity provides advice/support so people can get to grips with their condition. The research undertaken increases what is known about diabetes, discovers new treatments and will, one day, find a cure. Some people with diabetes need medication but from a controlling/ preventative viewpoint other manage Type 2 with a balanced diet and physical activity.

Tony Kelly Diabetes UK Community Champion Volunteer T: 01922 614500 www.diabetes.org.uk

Summer is on its way

The Velo has raised millions, once again. A few weeks on from taking part in his second Velo Birmingham, Matt’s legs have just about recovered. The Brittain optician’s owner completed the hundred-mile bike ride and raised lots of money for his chosen charity. A huge thank you to everyone who has donated toward the ride and Matt’s charity ‘The Queen Elizabeth Hospital’. Also, a big thank you to all the residents of Birmingham for your support and putting up with the road closures during the day.

Mykita Lite Acetate Rx Arielle Gold Dark Brown Clear

Mykita Lite Rx Nukka Cocoa Sprinkles Shiny Graphite

New Season Eyewear

All the fun outdoors has made it clear that summer is definitely on the way and Brittains have some exciting new collections, to update your eye wear for the new season. Brand new frames from Mykita the German brand made with stainless steel and lightweight acetates, and lots of lovely new sunglasses from Maui Jim, which are super stylish and have arguably the best polarised lenses on the market.

50% Off throughout July

Pop into Brittain Opticians in Harborne for a look at their new collections and if you buy two complete pairs of specs you’ll receive 50% off your lowest priced set of lenses. When you visit Brittains for your new glasses, don’t forget to drop off any unwanted pairs. Old specs for someone in need

Brittain Opticians supports Vision Aid Overseas, which will match up your old specs with someone in need. Thank you.

a second pair of lenses

FOR THE MONTH OF JUNE 0121 427 1007 hello@brittainopticians.co.uk 97 High Street, Birmingham, B17 9NR

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24 Life Style Meditation’s what you need! Holistic Therapy with with Jen Styles MGHT

Anam Caim Complementary Therapy Centre

If you want to be at your best (and you want to beat the rest!) meditation’s what you need. If you struggle to find 20 minutes in your day to meditate, then you actually need to meditate for an hour. What used to be called workaholism is fast becoming the norm for white-collar workers. Long hours and taking work home are expected if you want to compete in the ‘Corporate World’. Carving out time in your day to meditate can help to restore some balance to your life, especially if you’re questioning your fast-paced lifestyle. Try spending 5 minutes in a quiet space and write down your typical schedule for a week. Take a few deep breaths and now look over your schedule, jot down: • • • • •

How much time you spend with loved ones How much sleep you get How much exercise you did Are you eating well Are you avoiding intimacy

Spend another 5 minutes thinking about your long-term goals. Write down what you want to achieve. When you’re on your deathbed, how do you want to have spent your life? Are you doing everything you can to make your goals happen? Meditation isn’t just sitting, chanting ‘Om’. There are many forms that can help you to clear your mind from busyness, resulting in clarity. You can try a formal meditation class, or why not just go for a walk, see where your feet take you! t: 0121 726 4000 www.anamcaim.life


Let’s not forget the humble back door

Community supporting each other

Talking Doors with Paul Wilding Oak Lodge Doors Ltd

Live well in your own home with Steve Michael Senior Home Solutions

The back door to your home is often overlooked. However, for security reasons we think it’s just as important as the front. A lot of homeowners opt for a lower spec’d door when it comes to replacing the back door, however, ‘a surprising fact is that around 20% of burglaries occur through the rear and around 30% through the front’. So, just because the back door is less visible to passers-by, don’t forget about it when making those all-important home improvements. When it comes to replacing the back door with a new Composite Door, you have more options than you think. Standard Door. One single door which comes in an array of different styles, you also have the option of having them with or without glazing. Why not think about matching the front and back doors in terms of colour and furniture options too. Stable Door. These are a charming alternative to standard back door as they give you the ability to open the top part of the door to let in an abundance of additional light and fresh air, whilst keeping your children and pets safe inside. French Doors. If you’re lucky enough to own a home with a large opening at the rear, this could be the perfect choice for you. They’re great for letting in additional light and a fantastic option if you want to extend your living space into the garden during the summer months.

This month I am dedicating my column’s to dementia in recognition of Dementia Week and mental health. We have over 850,000 people diagnosed with dementia in this country, there are still a lot of people who do not know who to turn to for help and advice. It is also still very much misunderstood. Dementia does not discriminate against age, sex, race or religion; because of it being a cognitive disease it may take time for a cure to be found. In the meantime, people and families and carers have to learn how to deal and live with this debilitating condition. We can all help and play a part in this by contacting our local Dementia friends’ groups or local Church, Synagogue, Temple or Mosque and community centres and find out where and when they have dementia awareness or friend’s day and become a dementia friend. This doesn’t mean you have to go out and befriend someone with dementia, it is a way of getting to understand this condition and showing support. You can also go online and type in: Dementia Friends Groups. The Birmingham Dementia Roadmap provides high quality information about the dementia journey alongside local information about services, support groups and care pathways to assist primary care to support people with dementia and cognitive impairment, their families and carers. Let’s not allow people to suffer on their own.

t: 0121 550 1444 www.oaklodgedoors.co.uk

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Create and maintain your business confidence Career & Life with Clara Wilcox The Balance Collective

It doesn’t matter if you are a new or established entrepreneur, “What am I doing?” moments are common and can be made worse if you don’t have mindset tools in place. These will help you: 1. Accept the learning curve - Have you underestimated what you need to know? The areas that are part and parcel of a business? Dependent on your budget, you could outsource; however, you need to acknowledge the learning curve is natural. 2. Find your tribe - Your water cooler moments are likely to change. There is no doubt that this can make you feel lonely; that lack of social interact may lead you to judge yourself. There are lots of people out there in the same position. Find them! 3. Ask for feedback - You no longer have annual appraisals. But over time you will have clients that have invested their time, money and trust with you; so, find out how you have helped them. 4. Track your progress - It may take a while for steady income to come in; don’t ONLY judge yourself on this. Whilst there is only so far you can go without profit, notice your actions and efforts, give yourself a weekly or monthly goals and make sure you track them! 5. Promote your personality - People buy off people; it’s an age-old adage, but It’s true! Make sure you are talking about what you do, how you do it, why you do it and the impact you have. Let people know who you are. e: hello@thebalancecollective.co.uk www.thebalancecollective.co.uk



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Dave Hebler’s Favourite Yesteryear cost of only £7.99 per person Served 7 days a week from midday Please book in advance to ensure you are not disappointed

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tearoom Opening Times

Restaurant Opening Times

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

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

Please book in advance to ensure you are not disappointed

Dave Hebler’s Favourite is: A Grilled, Smoked Ham and Mature Cheddar Sandwich (Toastie) Served with Homemade Creamed Vegetable Soup Choice of Rustic Malted, Rustic or Gluten Free Bread Suitable for Vegetarians without the Ham. (V)

Jonathans in the Park

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

Jonathans in the Park

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

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

26 June 2019

Shop Window The very best of unsigned talent Hosted by Gary & Daniel Gary & Daniel celebrate the local unsigned music scene by playing the very best of open mic gigs.

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The Butterfly House

e r t a e Tnhthe Gardens in

Join us and let your imagination run wild with our summer of spectacular theatre.

Treasure Island 10 July

Pride and Prejudice 17 July

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 24 July

Alice in Wonderland 25 July

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

Book tickets online:

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


Your support keeps the Gardens growing

0121 455 8042 Submit your images through our website or give us a call for us to come and visit you for a free valuation.


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A white 2017 Suzuki Baleno

A full size Richard Duke violin in walnut case

It’s not just the burst of colourful bedding plants that reminds us summer is almost here – the opening of The Butterfly House – the only one in Birmingham – is also a welcome indication that those lovely, warm days are here.

We’ve no doubt that you’ll be making the most of the longer days to fill your garden with summer colour – from pots full of geraniums to borders bursting with bedding plants. There will be lots to do this month to keep on top of things.

It will be open daily until Sunday, September 1, and you’ll be able to see hundreds of tropical butterflies from as far as the Philippines, Central America and tropical parts of Africa. Each week 100 new pupae are placed in the emerging case- we attach them to bamboo canes with glue – so that there are always new butterflies to enjoy. We gardeners will be busy this month. Not only will we start to landscape our display of cacti and other succulents on the Terrace, we’ll be out in force to ensure all borders and display areas are filled with beautiful summer bedding. If you want to learn more about the Gardens, the horticultural team is leading guided tours. The next one is on Thursday, June 6, and it will focus on how we care for the herbaceous plants in our borders and our herb garden. It’s an hour long and starts at 3pm. Just come to Reception to meet your guide.

• Mow the lawn at least once a week

Here are some tasks you should do: • Plant out your summer bedding now that the threat of frost is over • Hoe borders regularly to keep the weeds at bay • Prune deciduous magnolias if they are in full leaf • Start thinking about sowing your winter bedding plants, such as ornamental kale and winter pansies • Add shading to your greenhouse to prevent soaring temperatures and open windows to increase ventilation. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk t: 0121 454 1860

Supporting Lord Mayor’s Charity and Acorns Children’s Hospice! Biddle and Webb loves supporting local charities and last Friday was a unique night for us as a company. We were hosting two of the largest charity auctions on the same night. Jeremy was at Acorns selling lots of memorabilia from the Peaky Blinders set whilst I was supporting the team at the Lord Mayor’s Charity dinner at the International Convention Centre. The ICC room was a challenge as there were more than three hundred and fifty guests, in a vast space, with the auctioneer in the centre. So what the team came up with was a fun way to use our bidding system whilst at the same time entertaining the guests at the dinner. The diners were given the opportunity to take selfies, on their own phones, and then bid for the lots.  As they bid their picture appears on the large screens in the hall. It allows the operator to add to the drama by throwing in spurious characters like Homer Simpson. For the auctioneer it allowed a little bit of extra colour to proceedings that many people have become tired of.

We have long been a supporter of Acorns, which are the leading Children’s charity in Birmingham, not only by hosting their events but also by building software that helps them identify whether an item has intrinsic value. We are able to quickly tell them whether a picture, antique, old toy, or a piece of silver or jewellery would make anything at auction.  We do the same for the Salvation Army on a national basis as well, who are a well-organised outfit. This year’s Lord Mayor’s charity raised money for small causes, which do not have their own administration, and fund-raising teams. Charities that make a big social difference like those hosting meetings for the elderly, that live alone, and youth groups which have largely been ignored. Both auctions were very well supported and we are proud and privileged to take part in these events which are at the heart of our great City. David Biddle

t: 0121 455 8042 e: info@biddleandwebb.com www.biddleandwebb.com

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It takes a village to raise a child

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

This, an old African proverb, suggests that the raising, teaching and supporting of a child is the responsibility of the whole community.


Berkmann Wine Cellars clive.witcomb@berkmann.co.uk

1. Which grape variety produces Chablis? 2. And which grape variety produces Sancerre? 3. Which rock star has produced a Provence rosé called “Diving into Hampton Water?” 4. “Noble Rot” is a method of producing which style of wine? 5. The Vermentino, Verdicchio and Vernaccia grapes of Italy make what colour wines? 6. In which country is the wine region Russian River Valley? 7. Which wine producing country lies between 37 and 47 degrees latitude North? 8. Which level of Rioja comes before Reserva and Gran Reserva? 9. In which country is the wine region of Alentejo? 10. What cannot be used to make a Blanc de Blancs sparkling wine? 11. How many time zones separate Birmingham (UK) from the Buzzards Valley vineyard?

12. What is the most Easterly wine region of France? 13. Casablanca is a wine region in which country? 14. On which island is the wine region of Patrimonio? 15. In Spain, what is the equivalent of a château in Bordeaux or a domaine in Burgundy? 16. Torrontes is a white wine grape native to which country? 17. What are the two rivers that flow through Bordeaux to the Gironde estuary? 18. The 17th Century Dutch governor Simon van der Stel gave his name to which South African wine region? 19. In Port, what does LBV stand for? 20. In a scientific test, how many bubbles were said to be in a bottle of Champagne?

Quiz Answers

Lordswood Boys’ School were delighted to have a number of external guests in school earlier this year from a variety of different professions and with different backgrounds and experiences. Students shared their literacy journey with the volunteers, and it was touching to hear how volunteers had supported their reading. Students reported how they felt increasingly empowered to become a mentor and change the literacy opportunities of other boys in the school, passing on the knowledge and experience, as it were. Mr Lee Williams, Head of School, together with Mrs Rajdip Kang, Assistant Headteacher and Literacy Lead, welcomed the support of the community. The volunteers were so impressed as they looked around the school that they asked if they could bring other volunteers to help with reading too.

‘The greatest gift is a passion for reading’

The ‘Lordswood Literacy Volunteers’ returned on Wednesday 1st May 2019 to continue to help improve the literacy. They were incredibly supportive, listening to the boys and questioning them about their reading books. Students are now benefitting from additional support twice a week to improve their reading thanks to the kindness of volunteers, and the support from Local MP Preet Gill who introduced the volunteers to the school’s literacy initiative.

14. Corsica

7. Italy

13. Chile

6. USA (California)

12. Alsace

5. White

11. None – it’s in Staffordshire

4. Sweet (dessert) wines

10. Black grapes

3. Jon Bon Jovi

9. Portugal

2. Sauvignon Blanc

8. Crianza

1. Chardonnay

20. 49 million … count them! 19. Late Bottled Vintage 18. Stellenbosch 17. The Garonne and Dordogne 16. Argentina 15. A bodega


Sport & Motors

29 June 2019

30 Life Sport & Motors


Commonwealth Games Village officially begins A ground-breaking ceremony was staged at the Commonwealth Games Village site (May 8) which will provide a home away from home for around 6,500 athletes and officials coming to the city in the summer of 2022.

Selected for England Roses World Cup squad

The annual ‘Breakfast with The Bears’ event for their Under 16’s club was held in May at Edgbaston with a record number of over 150 guests attending.

L-R: Ian Bell and Oliver Main

the Birmingham Business Charter for Social Responsibility, mean that the lead contractor on the residential element of the Commonwealth Games Village will have to create 400 jobs, including 50 new apprenticeships and 30 paid summer intern (6-week) placements, amongst many more contract commitments. As part of the wider regeneration, the

village will sit in legacy mode alongside improved open space, a redeveloped Alexander Stadium and related community, sport and leisure facilities as well as transport improvements including a new Sprint rapid bus service from Birmingham to Walsall. Upgrades to cycling and walking routes and a reconfiguration of the highways network along the A34 are also proposed.

“I’m just over the moon to be selected and can’t wait for the summer to see what we can do and showcase netball to the whole country because off the back of the Commonwealth Games gold, netball’s just going to go from strength to strength.” This will be Fran’s first World Cup appearance, but she made her debut in the Netball Quad Series in January for the England Vitality Roses, stepping onto court at a crucial moment and providing ‘fresh life into the Roses’, helping the team to beat world number one side Australia. Fran has been balancing her training and

games with Wasps with her academic work and playing for the University’s British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) first team - who this year won the Premier League and were runners up in the Championship Final, titles in which Fran was instrumental in attaining. Following the end of an intense Superleague, Fran will have a few weeks before the official England training camps start, but despite her busy schedule, Fran ‘wouldn’t change it’: ‘It’s been a massive year for me and looking back I am really proud because I feel a lot has come together. It was my first year on the full time England training programme as a full time athlete so having to adjust to that intensity of training has been difficult, but to be able to come out of that and say I have achieved good things with England and with Wasps - and also University! - has been a great result. I didn’t expect to be selected in my first year as a full-time athlete, so to get that opportunity to earn my spot in the team is amazing.’

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Members of the local community including pupils from Arena Academy were joined by dignitaries from the Games Partners, the organisations that have joined forces to deliver the 2022 Commonwealth Games as well as Team England athletes to mark the occasion. The construction work for this residential element of the village, built on the site of the former Birmingham City University campus, is due for completion in early 2022. Commitments secured by the council through various mechanisms, including

21-year-old Fran Williams, second-year Economics student and netball scholar at the University of Birmingham has been selected as part of the Vitality Roses squad heading to the World Cup in Liverpool, between 12 - 21 July. Following a superb performance in the Vitality Superleague Final last week, it was officially announced today that defender Fran Williams will be joining the Vitality Roses in their campaign to the World Cup in the next few weeks. In the Superleague Final, Coventry-based Wasps fought a tough battle to come just short of the win against Manchester Thunder, and Fran was praised by the commentary team for being such an intelligent player, seemingly ‘coming out of nowhere’ and ‘making the position her own’. Having just finished her second­year exams towards her Economics degree,

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Harborne Youth under 12’s enjoyed another fantastic season in the Central Warwickshire Youth League which culminated in a cup final played at Coleshill Town FC’s ground. The team have been together for five years now and their friendship on and off the pitch is great to see and reflects the club ethos re children enjoying their football in a safe environment. During the season the team also played some excellent football, particularly in the second half of the season and finished a very creditable fourth place in a very competitive division.

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The lucky fans got to have breakfast with the players, as well as getting merchandise signed, chat cricket, plus have pictures with the players. They were then treated to a special Q&A that was hosted by our Head Strength and Conditioning coach, Chris Armstrong. Chris asked players Olly Stone and Alex Mellor a whole host of questions before opening it up to the floor for the Junior Bears to ask their own questions. Following on from this they played a game of 4s and 6s with the lucky runner up receiving a signed Warwickshire bat. The winner, Oliver Main got the top prize of walking on the pitch with Ian Bell to do the coin toss for the RL50 match that was being played that day. Oliver then got a behind the scenes look into the Bears dressing room and finally Ian presented him a signed Bears cap as a souvenir of the day. After breakfast, the Junior Bears headed down to the stands to watch the players warm up and got autographs and pictures with the players who couldn’t attend the breakfast.

Our opponents in the cup final were the league runners up and a very strong side in Feckenham FC with each team claiming a victory each in our two league games. After a very strong start in the cup final itself, Harborne rattled the opposition bar from a well worked free kick but then conceded two goals against the run of play in the first half. Despite Harborne’s best efforts in the second half, Feckenham eventually ran out deserved winners at 3-0 but Harborne displayed a superb attitude throughout the match and kept going right up to the final whistle. They should take great pride in their performance and represented Harborne Youth with distinction during the cup final

itself and over the season throughout. They are a credit to the club and themselves. The team will progress to under 13s football next season which is 11 aside so we are always looking to add new players to our squad so please visit the HYFC website, or club chairman Phil Court if your child is interested in playing for Harborne Youth at this age group or any other age group. Harborne Youth is a chartered status football club and has teams representing the club from under 8’s to under 18’s Visit us for more information at: www.pitchero.com/clubs/harborneyouthfc/ or contact Club Chairman Phil Court on t: 07907 781581



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The Italian car maker has produced a Giulia before - it’s an Italian girl’s name meaning youthful - but not since the 1960’s. Powered by a 2.2-litre turbocharged engine mated to an eight-speed gearbox the new Giulia will hit 62 miles per hour in just 7.1 seconds on its way to a top speed of 143 mph and is very responsive to even the smallest touch of your right foot. When you want even livelier performance you can put the car into dynamic mode, or conversely if you want to save fuel switch to eco mode, although to be fair the Giulia is pretty good on fuel consumption anyway with a claimed 67 miles per gallon. And as you would expect of any Alfa Romeo the sporty handling offers thrill a minute driving. There’s plenty of tenacious grip on fast bends and the steering is pin sharp and positive. But just because it’s very much a sporting drive it doesn’t mean it’s not a practical car too. In fact, luggage space is good, with a boot capable of accommodating a generous 480 litres although a narrow opening can be a little restrictive when trying to pack in large items. The 40/20/40 split rear seats, however, make things a little more flexible. If you are set to impress and want a sporty little number that stands out in the crowd but is still good on fuel consumption the 180 bhp Giulia is certainly worth a close look.


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