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#OneDay4Children ICC Cricket for Good, in partnership with UNICEF, announced #OneDay4Children at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

#OneDay4Children ambassador Nasser Hussain and England allrounder Chris Woakes, launched the tournament-wide campaign focussed on bringing the world of cricket together as one team to help build a better world for every child. There will be #OneDay4Children activity throughout all 48 matches of the event, peaking with a day of celebration during the England v India game on 30 June at Edgbaston. The money raised will support UNICEF’s work in cricket playing nations to help children learn to play and be healthy. Chief Executive of Edgbaston Stadium, Neil Snowball said, “Supporting children and helping them to be able to play in a safe and healthy environment is one of the primary aims of our community work here in Birmingham and across Warwickshire, through the Edgbaston Foundation. We’re thrilled that Edgbaston will play host to such a momentous occasion.” The #OneDay4Children match will be special, with the players, the sell-out crowd and global audience all playing a part in the celebrations. Edgbaston will turn blue whilst

players will support the campaign with special one off #OD4C branded kit. Celebrities and legends of the game will join the action with unique activations and fundraising both in stadium and across the live broadcast. David Richardson of the ICC said, “As part of our continuing work with UNICEF through Cricket for Good, we are delighted to launch #OneDay4Children and use the platform of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 to help more children to play and be healthy. This is our most ambitious charity project to date, and we know that cricket’s one billion fans will come together to help build a better world for every child. “Our partners have got right behind #OneDay4Children, with global broadcast partner Star Sports ensuring it will be seen by hundreds of millions around the world, whilst locally in the UK Sky have also committed to promoting it to their viewers. Booking.com and Gray Nicolls have committed to a significant donation whilst our other global partners are working on in-venue activations and promotions to drive fundraising ensuring our

#OneDay4Children match really captures the imagination of cricket fans.” ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, Managing Director, Steve Elworthy said, “#OneDay4Children is such an important tournament wide campaign which we are extremely proud to be delivering. We have a unique opportunity while the eyes of

the cricketing world, and beyond, are watching, to show how we can harness the power of the fans to help support the wonderful work UNICEF do for children across the globe.” Mike Penrose, Executive Director at Unicef UK, said, “We are delighted to see the world of cricket unite for #OneDay4Children at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Players,

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

Huge congratulations to Harborne for once again being listed in the Sunday Times ‘The Best Place to Live in Birmingham 2019’ (pg 18). Some other highlights of astonishing people within our city in this issue are: Ninety-nine year old Margery Elliott, who was born in 1919 and will be 100 in July, has just published her first book (pg 6) A special awards ceremony was held to honour 19 loyal blood donors from Birmingham (pg 16). More than 3,300 babies owe their existence, in part, to the dedicated teams at BMI The Priory Hospital, who are celebrating their 30th Anniversary (pg 26). Just another reminder to those who donated to our project ‘A Place to Call Home’. Our fundraising platform has an update on the news page of the website www.achievetheincredible.co.uk and we ask that anyone who donated to this project to visit the site please. Get in touch to share your good news, we love a good story. Have a wonderful May

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BID Moving Ahead and Beyond With the increase in out of town retail parks and shoppers having ample online opportunities to seek out bargains, just how much are High Streets like Harborne Village really under threat?

Photograph: Mayor Andy Street, Matt Rose, Kate Smart and Councillor Peter Fowler.

Running a business can be a challenge for anyone, but competition for the shoppers’ pounds is high, so like 11 other areas in Birmingham, Harborne Village businesses came together to invest in their area and improve the experience for visitors. In January 2018 the Harborne Village BID (Business Improvement District) was born. One challenge that Harborne faces is being perceived as an affluent suburb and hence without difficulties but, the reality for the retail community can be quite different. Harborne Village BID decided to invite Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands to discuss some of the challenges which include empty shop units, an increase in begging in the area, council cuts putting pressure on local services and a lack of access to additional funding which could help tackle this. BID Manager, Kate Smart said, “We were really pleased to get the opportunity to meet with Andy Street. With a retail background himself, Andy recognises the challenges faced by the sector and the need for High Streets to become community hubs rather than being wholly reliant on a retail offering. In Harborne we’re part way there but we still have challenges to overcome”. A key focus of the discussion was the need for suburban High Streets to build on what sets them apart from the online shopping experience and the draw of large out of town retail parks. By their very nature businesses on a High Street setting sit at the core of communities and, as such need to build on their ability to bring those communities together. Some ideas discussed were re-imagining former retail spaces as places for working artists to come together, or incubation spaces for new and emerging businesses in the area to encourage growth and diversification of the business mix in the area. Speaking about his visit Andy Street, said, “It was great to meet with Kate Smart, Harborne’s BID manager, Chairman Matt Rose and local councillor Peter Fowler, to discuss the potential of the BID, I am a great believer in BIDs and when I was in charge of John Lewis I always wanted to encourage them in the towns where we had stores, I do think that they provide a truly, local, voice which can make a real practical difference”. “We spent time discussing the area’s potential, and the trend towards online retailing and what that means for a unique place like Harborne, and its specific needs. What is clear is that local services

and local retailers will be important – while Harborne benefits from some big chains, such as Marks & Spencer and Waitrose, it is encouraging to see more local independents coming to add a unique feel to the High Street.” added Andy. Speaking about the future of Harborne Village, BID Chairman Matt Rose is optimistic about the impact the BID can have in facing the challenges discussed, “As a retailer in Harborne for the last 11 years, I have experienced first- hand some of the changes, but by collectively investing in the area, our businesses have reduced begging, theft and anti-social behaviour via our Warden Scheme, we’re developing activities for families to spend leisure time in the village, such as our Christmas Lights switch-on event and the Bunny Hop hunt this Easter as well as continually looking at ways to support business growth so that we ensure there is a strong core at the heart of our local community.” Despite facing some challenges, Harborne Village is a very sociable High Street with an excellent food and drink offering. The BID plans to build on this offering and its growing potential to be a focal point for the community. The local councillors are very supportive of the BID’s work too. Councillor Peter Fowler organised the meeting with The Mayor and Councillor Jayne Francis sits on the BID Board to provide a practical link between the BID and Birmingham City Council. Having learned more about Harborne Village BID, Andy Street said, “I came away feeling confident about all of the activities that they have planned.” To keep up with activity follow Harborne Village on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. F: @HarborneVill T: @HarborneBA I: @HarborneVillage www.harborne-village.com


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Research finds older people less anxious, more active and less likely to fall in retirement communities. A new report shows older people benefit from improved physical and mental health in retirement communities, resulting in cost savings to the NHS. Findings from the independent study into healthy ageing carried out by Aston and Lancaster Universities showed that residents living within a charity’s retirement communities: • are more physically active (75% increase in exercise) • benefit from a reduced risk of falls (18%) • are less anxious (23%) • have an increased walking speed • were ‘never or hardly ever’ lonely (86.5%) • have improved autobiographical (24%) and memory (17%) recall • can delay or reverse the onset of frailty The study was commissioned by registered charity,

the ExtraCare Charitable Trust to evaluate whether its approach to retirement living resulted in positive healthy outcomes for older people. It follows research with Aston University which revealed a 14.8% reduction in depressive symptoms amongst residents after three years, and annual NHS savings of 38% per person. The latest study by Lancaster University included additional measures for loneliness, resilience and quality of life, and showed significant health improvements, including residents reducing their average hospital stays by three days per year. The ExtraCare Charitable Trust’s Chair of the Board of Trustees, Paul Jennings said, “Our research shows that some critical factors where we’d expect to see a downward trend as a result of age, for example age-related changes in cognitive function that no such trends are emerging. This is having a knock on benefit for the NHS too, with our older people visiting their GP less often, and staying in hospital for shorter periods. This takes pressure off the health system. This is in contrast to the usual expected increase in NHS costs as people age.”

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6 Life Stories Choir continue centenary celebrations Birmingham Bach Choir are delighted to announce the appointment of Roderick Williams OBE as their new patron. The famed British baritone takes on the role as part of the choir’s year-long centenary celebrations and will be marking his appointment with a Special Recital - Roderick Williams Sings Beethoven and Schubert - at Bromsgrove School, Worcestershire, on Thursday 9 May 2019. With accompaniment from pianist Susie Allan, the must-see performance focuses on Ludwig van Beethoven’s ‘An die ferne Geliebte’ (To the distant beloved) and Franz Schubert’s Schwanengesang (Swan Song). Dating from 1816, Beethoven’s An die ferne Geliebte is considered to be the first example of a song cycle by a major composer. Featuring six songs, they collectively capture the yearning, pain of separation, suffering, hope, and enrapture of a lover. Published posthumously in 1829, just a few months after the composer succumbed to typhoid fever, Schubert’s Schwanengesang provides musical settings for verses by three leading 19th century poets. Several of these were passed to Schubert by Beethoven’s assistant, and Schubert’s cycle shares similar themes - lost love, seduction, joy, hope - to that of An die ferne Geliebte. Roderick Williams is one of his generation’s greatest performers. Winner of the Royal Philharmonic Society Awards Singer of the Year 2016, Roderick was awarded the OBE


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Ninety-nine year old Margery Elliott, who was born in 1919 and will be 100 in July, has just published her first book entitled The Story of Rotton Park, published by Brewin Books. The non-fiction book took over 10 years to research and is about the history of Rotton Park Lodge, where Margery grew up, and the surrounding areas of Birmingham and incorporates numerous photographs, reproductions of old maps and documents. It offers a fascinating insight into the social history of Britain’s second city.


for services to music in June 2017 and works regularly with all of the major UK opera houses, as well as singing with many major ensembles, including the Berlin Philharmonic, New York Philharmonic, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, and the BBC orchestras. In 2015 he sang Christus in Peter Sellars’ staging of the St John Passion with the Berlin Philharmonic conducted by Sir Simon Rattle, and returned to the role earlier this year with both the Berlin Philharmonic and the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. His numerous recordings include Vaughan Williams, Berkeley and Britten operas for Chandos, and an extensive repertoire of English song with pianist Iain Burnside for Naxos. He’s in the process of recording Schubert’s three cycles for Chandos. Discussing his appointment with choir, Roderick said, “I’m delighted to

be associated with the Birmingham Bach Choir; living as I do in the Midlands makes this pretty much my local choir. My association with Paul Spicer goes back more than thirty years, so I am especially pleased to support the work he has done, and continues to do, with this proud and magnificent choir.” One of the largest and oldest chamber choirs in the West Midlands, Birmingham Bach Choir have played a central role in the region’s rich cultural life for 100 years, a historic occasion they’re celebrating with a series of special concerts and appearances. The choir were recently invited to provide a musical setting for the unveiling the Sousse and Bardo memorial in Birmingham, a ceremony attended by His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry.

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8 Life Stories Open-air cinema nights The Birmingham Botanical Gardens is to host a series of blockbuster movies in its grounds this summer, with the return of the popular Summer Screens. From old classics to 2019 Oscar winning films, the 15-acre tourist attraction in Edgbaston is looking forward to welcoming hundreds of movie lovers when the big screen will be located on the large lawn for six films, to be shown between August 15 and September 13. Movie buffs will be able to take in the spectacular glasshouses and beautiful flower displays when Summer Screens brings award-winning Bohemian Rhapsody, which won four Oscars this year, and A Star Is Born, which picked up one Academy Award. Also being screened are Pulp Fiction and Jurassic Park, both of which are celebrating 25 years of their first release, while musical lovers will enjoy singing and dancing along to high-energy musical


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love story Grease and romantic comedy Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. James Wheeler, CEO of Birmingham Botanical Gardens, said, “We are thrilled to welcome Summer Screens back to the Gardens this summer. They are always popular evenings as people sit back and watch a great film, enjoy a picnic and a drink in truly stunning surroundings. It is a fantastic night out for all the family.” Everyone is welcome to take their own picnic, snacks and drinks, although there will be a bar stocked with prosecco, craft beers and popcorn, plus a range of hot and cold food. This year also sees the introduction of premium seating options, with creature comforts including double deckchairs and a giant sofa, as well as a complimentary drink from the bar, chocolate and popcorn. www.summerscreens.co.uk

Five Ways underpass will close to all traffic from Monday 3 June as works by the Midland Metro Alliance to bring West Midlands Metro services to Edgbaston gather pace. The underpass will remain closed for the duration of construction until 2021 when, later that year, services commence to the new Metro terminus at 54 Hagley Road as part of the second phase of the Birmingham Westside Metro extension. Shortly after the closure of the underpass, vehicular traffic will be restricted along sections of Broad Street as construction in the city’s vibrant entertainment centre also gets

underway. During construction, Five Ways roundabout, which runs above the underpass, will remain open in all directions to allow access in and out of Birmingham city centre. Roads and public transport will be busier than normal while these essential works take place and the advice is to plan ahead, leave more time for journeys and consider switching to public transport. The Birmingham Westside Metro extension follows the Metro extension from St. Chads to Grand Central, which opened for passenger service in May 2016. Once completed, the Metro will operate between Grand Central and Hagley Road in Edgbaston, improving transport links in the heart of Birmingham, making journeys faster and more accessible, in turn helping businesses and supporting more jobs. Five new tram stops will connect passengers to Victoria Square,

Centenary Square, Brindleyplace, Five Ways and Hagley Road, with links to popular attractions including the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall, allowing more people to use the Metro in this area for day-to-day travel, reducing road congestion in the city centre, as well as improving sustainable transport options along Broad Street and beyond. The first phase of the works, to open for passenger service in late 2019, will see West Midlands Metro services extend from Grand Central to Centenary Square. The second phase of the route anticipated to open for passenger service in 2021 will continue to Edgbaston. Sign up for travel updates about the Hagley Road and Five Ways: https://confirmsubscription.com/h/d/ E7D2ECA8D23F6CD2

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10 Life Stories Grants available for community groups The Veolia EnviroGrant scheme is once again being rolled out, to help not-for-profit organisations, community groups, societies and charities improve the communities and environment. In return Veolia will offer grants of up to £1,000 to fund the schemes. Community groups and environmental project leaders of Birmingham... we want to hear from you. Last year just under £10,000 - split over two periods, six months apart - was awarded to five projects selected from 77 applications. Those chosen were benefiting local communities and providing opportunities for residents. The successful recipients from the forthcoming round of applicants will each receive funding from an overall pot of £5,000. Mark Powell, General Manager for Veolia in Birmingham, said, “The EnviroGrant scheme helps local groups in Birmingham improve community areas. It is a great opportunity for groups and projects that strive to make Birmingham a better place to live and visit. If there are any groups or projects out there that think they would benefit from our support, then we want to hear from them”. Don’t delay - the closing date is Friday 31st May. This is your chance to apply for a grant that can help leave a lasting legacy for your community in Birmingham. For more information visit: www.veolia.co.uk


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We are incredibly excited that we have been awarded a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund for our Wild Warley project. So many of our community helped come up with ideas and said that they would like to be involved, we wanted you to able to celebrate with us.

What is the project all about? The Wild Warley project is about the wild side of Warley Woods - the plants, insects, birds and mammals that can be found in it. The learning will be two-fold - firstly the Trust itself needs to fully understand the site in these terms and how to manage it and the other part will be our community learning about it too. This is particularly important because most parks are managed almost purely with people in mind. That is pretty much the case for Warley Woods at the moment. It is nature reserves that are managed for wildlife. We want to make Warley Woods both - a park and a nature reserve for the benefit of both humans and wildlife. We will be involving Birmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust in the early stages to help survey the site - this will tell us what we have (not what we think we might have) and we will be asking them to make recommendations on how to manage it. We will then be able to appoint our own member of staff to help us put that plan into action and to bring as many local people into the project as possible - whether it will be to

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things before all the real engagement, training and physical improvement happens in 2020 and 2021. How much money did we get? Over three years the project will cost £123,000 of which the National Lottery Heritage Fund has given £97,000. We have some of the rest of the money. We still do need to secure a further £15,000 in grants before we have fully funded the project, but we have a year in which to do this and we have started work on it already. What will the money be spent on? This grant is what is known as a restricted grant. It has been given very specifically for a list of things that we have said we want to do. We can only spend the money on those things - the member of staff, the surveys, the trails, the signage, the Wilderness water and working with the Wildlife Trust. Does this mean our money worries are over? Sadly not. The Community Trust still has to raise the same amount of money each year for general running costs as it always has done. That is about £800 a day. The grant will make very special things possible, but it will not pay for the salaries

of other staff, for tree works or emptying the dog bins for example. So, we still must work just as hard reminding and asking members of the public to support the Trust to ensure we get all the basic important management and maintenance things done, as well as the really special Wild Warley project activities. Thank you We are confident that we got this grant award because we could show the National Lottery Heritage Fund that local people really wanted this to happen and were really ready to get involved. This was through the many people who contributed to our surveys and who offered ideas and engaged on Facebook and through our nature special interest group. We had support from the Wildlife Trust, from Natural England, Brumbats and other naturalists who helped us demonstrate the Warley Woods is no ordinary park but has great untapped potential as well as great natural beauty. We look forward to seeing you on the Wild Side. www.warleywoods.org.uk t: 0121 420 1061

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Whilst some accountants encourage clients to outsource and may only visit occasionally, months after the year end date, we support our clients throughout the year and help them to become self-sufficient – We pride ourselves on being a ‘Management accountancy practice with a difference’. We focus on your internal resources and your most important asset, your staff Effective management of profit and tax efficiency needs close analysis, budgeting and forecasting. Our experienced bank of expert accountants and trainers provide close personalised support throughout your financial year. We offer accountancy and payroll support together with on and off site training that ensures full utilisation of both your staff and your accountancy software. Coaches who can help Are you applying for a job which requires specific accountancy, finance or Excel skills? Job adverts always seem to ask for one or two skills that you do not have! Our specialist 1-1 tuition can help you to ‘tick the boxes’ and overcome these job criteria shortfalls. Our training facilities offer benefits to all types of clients. Students, graduates and anyone looking for a career change are very welcome to attend our courses. Apprenticeships Our unique apprenticeship programme is committed to helping talented young

Fiona Wilson Director

people pursue a career in Accountancy & Finance. Our apprentices study for leading accountancy qualifications at excellent, local colleges. We then provide extra hands-on training, together with the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in a wide range of industries with our clients. Flexible career opportunities We are looking for experienced, committed people to join our team and help us grow. Don’t worry if you have limited availability because of young children, a disability or other reasons. You could join us on a part-time basis or work remotely. Our paperless, GDPR-compliant systems have been designed to enable us to offer flexible working conditions. We value our staff and believe it is important to overcome any challenging barriers that may prevent them from doing their job. For more information on what we have to offer you as a client, a student or a member of staff: Call Fiona on: 0121 684 7618 www.acc-uniquesolutions.co.uk

Encouraging enquiring minds The three-year-olds in our Transition class start school a full twelve months ahead of most of their contemporaries. During that first year, much valuable work is done by our specialist Early Years teachers to instil a love of learning in the children and to lay sure foundations for their future studies. Modern facilities, small group sizes and a homely atmosphere combine to create an environment in which young minds can flourish. Norfolk House School is a leading independent school for children aged 3 to 11

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The deprivation of liberty safeguards are designed to protect the rights of occupants of hospitals and care homes in England and Wales. 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. Rubric Lois King Solicitors t: 0121 450 7800 www.rlksolicitors.com


Back in the ’70’s when I first started my career, printed Order of Service sheets were the preserve of the ‘well to do’ even though they had already become the expected norm at Weddings. Nowadays times have changed and these Service sheets (or programmes as they are sometimes called) make a welcome addition to almost all Funeral Ceremonies. Often artistically created with a theme or a gentle nod to a pastime, hobby or profession, it is not uncommon for images such as flowers, fishing rods and knitting needles, as well as a host of sporting preferences including footballs, golf clubs or motorcycles to be included and, with the addition of a photograph or two, all on a quality card, they can be personalised to an individual’s character and life. Sometimes families choose to have the words to a selected poem included, or the words to a particular prayer for example; unless something is protected by copyright the options are endless. Increasingly, donations are collected after the Funeral Ceremony and advice about the chosen charity may be mentioned on the back cover. Finally, they invariably include an invitation to join close family members for refreshments and to continue the celebration of a life at a particular venue. Best of all, not only do these Order of Service sheets help everyone to keep their place in the proceedings, but they also act as a personal commemorative item about that individual’s Funeral. Almost all the Funerals we have planned for the next three weeks have printed Orders of Service and, at a time when everyone is keen to personalise the funeral for a loved one, this is one opportunity when it can be done comparatively easily and cost effectively. Funeral Directors should be able to help when it comes to compiling these keepsakes. t: 0121 476 9111 e: info@mortonsfunerals.co.uk www.mortonsfunerals.co.uk

With most of us living and working longer into old age, the older borrower is now no longer uncommon. It’s no coincidence that there are more enquiries than ever before from customers in their 60s and 70s, looking for new ways to borrow in later life. Despite this, once you reach retirement age, those who are over 60 and 65 years may find themselves with limited mortgage options. With that, some lenders have recognised this growing market and have launched a range of mortgage products specifically aimed at older borrowers. These include, retirement interestonly mortgages (RIOs). These relatively new set of products are designed to help older borrowers who may not be able to get a standard residential mortgage. In addition, the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) announced last year a change in rules how RIO mortgages are categorised, and it is hoped that the change will provide a greater variety of choice for older home owners who want to release equity in their property. RIOs are similar to standard interest-only mortgage but the loan is usually only paid off when you die, move into long term care or sell the house. As with all borrowing, there are of course important things to consider, including affordability, your long-term plans, pension forecast if you are working beyond retirement age, and your age. It is important that you seek professional financial advice to understand if RIOs are a suitable option for you. This is good news for older borrowers, with more options available, they will not only have similar mortgage choices to their children and grandchildren but in addition, through such products as RIOs, have options their under 55 family members won’t have. SJ Financial Solutions t: 0121 448 0161 www.sjfinancialsolutions.co.uk

Birmingham Christian Science Church

A conversation with sponsors of the talk... Why is the talk taking place? Christian Sciences churches around the world hold regular public lectures to give an opportunity for people in their local community who are unfamiliar with Christian Science a chance to come along and learn more. Our church in Birmingham is no exception! How long have you been in Birmingham? There have been active Christian Scientists in Birmingham for just over a century. For many years, our church was based in the distinctive dark-brick building half way down Broad Street in the city centre. The building currently hosts the night club Pop World, and so is perhaps now oriented more around Saturday nights than Sunday mornings! In the 1980s we moved to our present location in The Wharf on Bridge Street, a couple of minutes walk from Centenary Square. As well as the church, we also have a public Reading Room at the same location where visitors have the opportunity to read and purchase the Bible and Christian Science publications, or talk with the librarian on duty. There is also a Christian Science church and Reading Room in Sutton Coldfield.

What is Christian Science? Christian Science is a Christian denomination with the Bible and especially Jesus’ teachings at the heart and soul of its practice. Christian Science particularly emphasises the potential of prayer to uplift and heal aspects of our lives where we may be facing problems. The Church of Christ, Scientist (the formal name of the Christian Science church) was established by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879 in Boston, USA. It includes The Mother Church in Boston and locally organised branches worldwide. Despite common misconceptions, our denomination is completely separate from the perhaps more well-known Scientology religion. How can anybody interested find out more? A good place to start is our web site which has more details about the church and our contact details. We also warmly welcome visitors to our Reading Room and church services. The Reading Room is open to the public from 12 noon until 2pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. T: 0121-643-4613 e: sccsbirmingham@gmail.com Tweet: @BhamCS www.csbirmingham.com

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14 Business Life Know where you stand

In March 2019, a tax tribunal judge ruled that Lorraine Kelly was not an ITV employee. The case had been brought by HMRC.


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They are pursuing individuals HR Dept. who work through personal services companies, rather than as employees, more aggressively. The ruling meant that Lorraine Kelly was not liable for a £1.2 million tax bill as claimed by HMRC. In April 2020, HMRC’s IR35 rules will be extended from the public sector to the private sector. IR35 clamps down on the practice of incorrectly labelling someone as a consultant instead of an employee or worker (the technical name is ‘disguised employee’). This removes the requirement for income tax and national insurance contributions to be paid. HMRC assess the contract and the day-to-day working arrangements to decide whether a person should be deemed as employed. The Lorraine Kelly ruling will be seen to undermine HMRC’s application of their own IR35 rules and HMRC may appeal it. Conversely it will be a fillip to contractors and the businesses they work for, who will see that, if they are acting properly, they can defend themselves against HMRC. Therefore, local businesses need to start planning now. In the expanded IR35 regulation, responsibility for the proper designation shifts from the contractor to you, the hiring company. This means you could be liable for penalties for non-compliance. So, review your relationships with consultants and contractors to ensure they are accurately categorised. If a contractor status cannot be justified, you’ll need to change the relationship to an employer/employee one. And if it is justifiable, make sure this is borne out in the contract and working practices. e: Omar.Rashid@hrdept.co.uk www.hrdept.co.uk

The University of Birmingham has won three prestigious Newton Advanced Fellowships that will allow Chinese researchers to develop their research strengths and capabilities and those of their research group by working with Birmingham’s global experts. Birmingham is collaborating on three Newton Advanced Fellowships that are joint awards by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), The Royal Society and The Academy of Medical Sciences. There were 93 applications with a total of 22 Fellowships awarded including the following in collaboration with the University of Birmingham: • Chen Guozhen - from Fudan University Crystallization-driven self-assembly of sugarcontaining polyester and its immunological function (Co-applicant: Professor Rachel O’Reilly, School of Chemistry) • Fu Pingqing - from Tianjin University - Coupling evolution of atmospheric organic -inorganic aerosols in the coastal areas of North China: effects on the formation of secondary organic aerosols (Co-applicant: Professor Roy Harrison OBE FRS, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences)

• Sun Xun - from Sichuan University - Basic development and application of novel painless and slow release hepatitis B vaccine microneedle (Co-applicant: Professor Zhibing Zhang FREng, School of Chemical Engineering). Professor Zhibing Zhang, Co-Director of the University of Birmingham’s China Institute, commented, “The fact that the University of Birmingham has secured the highest number of Newton Advanced Fellowships of any UK university is testament to the strength and depth of our research partnerships with China. “We are working together on research partnerships which produce outcomes that benefit not just China, but the wider world. These Fellowships will further strengthen the research excellence of our partnerships by supporting promising young researchers in China.” The award is available to international midcareer group leaders to develop their research by linking them with some of the best research groups in the UK. The value of the award is £111,000 with match funding from NSFC. The scheme helps established international researchers to develop their research strengths and capabilities and those of their research group through training, collaboration and reciprocal visits with their UK partner. The awards aim to support the development of a well-trained research community which can contribute to advancing economic development and social welfare in the partner country by transferring new skills and creating new knowledge. This scheme is funded by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) as part of the Newton Fund.

Are you reaching your break-even point?

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How do you know if your company is really making money? Specifically, how do you know the point below which you will definitely be losing money, in other words, your break-even point? It’s a question that is rarely asked before it’s too late to do something about it. In summary, your business ‘break-even’ point is when revenue equals its total costs or expenses. Above that, you make a profit. Below that, you are losing money. Too often, many small business owners simply rely on their intuition about the state of their finances, rather than reviewing what is really going on. So what can you do? Here are a few simple tips: • Keep your finances under review by having meaningful accounts prepared frequently. • Have a rolling cash flow forecast prepared, which highlights latest costs and any dips in cash reserves. • Analyse your overheads - costs which do not relate directly to the products you make or the services you provide. The benefit of reducing this aspect of your costs, is that you lower your break-even point. • Review your quotation and pricing policy. Are you building into your selling prices all the direct costs needed to make your sales happen?

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Celebratory thanks to blood donors in Birmingham A special awards ceremony was held to honour 19 loyal blood donors from Birmingham City who collectively have saved and improve the lives of up to 5,700 people. NHS Blood and Transplant organised the celebratory event for 38 blood donors in Aston Villa Football Club, to pay tribute to their dedication and commitment to donate blood, which is a vital part of treatment for so many patients.

John Allsopp, Marie Armstrong, Brian Devlin, Timothy Dutton, Peter Gannon, Ronald Heeley, Paul Hodnett, Malcolm Howes, Martin Jones, Christopher O’Reilly, Barrie Paterson, David Payne, Kim Robotham, Arthur Russell, David Smith, Ronald Starling, Peter Stroud, Karen Vann, Clive Walder

Commemorative medals for reaching 100 blood donations were presented to Mr John Allsopp, Ms Marie Armstrong, Mr Brian Devlin, Mr Timothy Dutton, Mr Peter Gannon, Mr Ronald Heeley, Mr Paul Hodnett, Mr Malcom Howes, Mr Martin Jones, Mr Christopher O’Reilly, Mr Barrie Paterson, Mr David Payne, Mr Arthur Russell, Mr David Smith, and Mr Ronald Starling. For 250 platelet donations commemorative medals were presented to Ms Kim Robotham, Mr Peter Stroud, Ms Karen Vann, and Mr Clive Walder. David Payne, aged 62, from West Bromwich, has donated 100 units of blood. David said, “My wife received blood transfusions during surgery for cancer. Knowing how important and how many lives it saves I think everyone should start donating. You never know if yourself or close family member might need it one day.” Ronald Starling, aged 69, from Great Barr, donated 100 units of blood, said, “A close family member who had leukaemia received blood and platelet transfusions during their treatment. Donating blood is quick and easy and can help save patients.” One unit of blood donated can save or improve the lives of up to three people, so 100 donations has potentially helped save the lives of up to 300 patients in hospitals through donating blood. Out of all the people who give blood just one in a hundred will reach 100 donations. Joanne Bullock, aged 40, from Quinton attended the ceremony as a guest speaker. In 2015,

David Payne and Joanne Bullock

Ronald Starling and Joanne Bullock

Joanne’s son Josiah, aged three and a half months, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. Josiah was taken to Birmingham Children’s Hospital. He had gone very pale and was starting to bruise easily. Within a few hours, Josiah had received both blood and platelet transfusions. Over seven months, Josiah received more than twenty blood and platelet transfusions. In October 2017, Josiah rang the endof-treatment bell and is set to start reception this year. Joanne said, “Every time Josiah received blood and platelets, I would think about the person who donated and be thankful for them. Being able to present and personally thank these kind loyal donors for their generosity

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Become a blood donor Register today and book an appointment Call 0300 123 23 23 or visit: www.blood.co.uk. There is a permanent blood donor centre at 65 New Street, Birmingham, B2 4DU


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in helping save lives like Josiah’s, has been truly remarkable. I thank every blood donor who takes the time to donate, you really do make a difference.” Shailesh Mistry, Donor Marketing Operations Manager for the West Region, said, “We thank all our loyal donors from Birmingham for their incredible dedication and commitment. They are part of a very special club that saves and improves lives. Every donation is a precious gift and every unit of blood given to a patient has come from a valued voluntary donor. Nationally, we need 400 new donors every day to meet patients’ needs and we urge people in Birmingham to start donating too. “We especially new younger blood donors so they can become loyal and long-term donors, to replace those older donors who have contributed so much by saving lives. “We also need more black blood donors. People from similar ethnic backgrounds are more likely to have matching blood. But there are not enough black donors and some black hospital patients don’t always get the best matched blood.”




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18 Property Life Industrial estates are for working - not raising families


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As pressure on the housing MBA FCCA supply in cities such as Love Your Postcode London increases significantly and rents show no sign of decreasing, Councils are housing more and more people in converted, disused office blocks that were first built over 50 years ago. The result is that numerous families are living in cramped studios, where the property’s only one or two beds are situated just metres away from the kitchen and take up so much space that children have nowhere to play indoors. The result is that children are growing up miles away from town centres in areas with little to do and even less security. Worse still, their neighbours are often those who are suffering from serious drug addiction. This situation is clearly unacceptable. No family should have to live like this. By contrast cities such as Birmingham offer quality housing at far lower rents than London, while also offering some of the most sought-after jobs in the UK. HSBC opened their brand-new UK headquarters last November and bought hundreds of other businesses with it. Average rent for an apartment in Birmingham stands at just over £800.00 pcm. The same cannot be said for London, where the average exceeds £2,500.00 pcm. The Second City’s immense growth is evidenced by the sheer volume of cranes in the skyline. If you want to raise your family in a vibrant, prosperous and diverse city with phenomenal national and international transport links, this great city is perfect in so many ways. Bobby Singh t: 0800 862 0870 www.loveyourpostcode.com

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once they grow up.”



This quote has been attributed to several people, including Pablo Picasso and John Lennon. But what did the author actually mean? How many times I have heard that ‘Oh, I am not creative at all’ or ‘I hated art classes at school and am still covered with cold sweat if I am asked to draw a stickman’. Sound familiar? My response is ‘Can you write your own name?’ and if the answer is yes, then you can draw. The drawing as an act itself is not a problem here, the issue come with what others think about it. The ‘grow up’ part of the quote means ‘society thinks that your artwork is not appropriate’, is not in accordance with the ‘norms & conventions’. That’s why we stop. Do you doodle when you are on the phone with somebody? Do you make notes and then start colouring the letters in or make a squiggle on the corner of the page without even thinking about it? Majority of us do. Why? Because this is how your brain relaxes. Nobody will see your doodles besides you. It can (and probably will) go straight to the bin. But how did it make you feel? A bit relaxed? Perhaps yes, perhaps not, but the bottom line is, you managed to express yourself. So, take 5 minutes when no one is watching and draw. What’s the worst that can happen?

Choosing colours for your kitchen

Let’s talk about seeds this month

with If you are planning a kitchen update, there DARREN BRODIE are many factors to Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets consider and decisions to make. One that can have a huge impact on the look of your final design is the colour – but how do you choose the right shade for your home?

Getting Started

Think about the space you’re using.

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Do you have a narrow kitchen? Low ceilings? - You may want to consider lighter colours to make the room appear bigger. Those lucky enough to have a larger space may want to play with different shades a little more – but think carefully about light sources when considering which colours to use. A south-facing kitchen with plenty of windows will benefit from warmer light through the afternoons and evenings. A north-facing room can be lacking in natural light later in the day, and the sun in the mornings will generally tend to be cooler. This can mean that blues, greys and greens can appear colder in kitchens facing this direction.

What kind of kitchen style are you looking for? Traditional designs look great in a neutral palette and more contemporary looks are a great option if you want to work with a wider variety of shades. Utilise a showroom that offers a free, no obligation kitchen design service to get an idea of what your room will look like with your chosen colour scheme. Darren Brodie - Smethwick Showroom t: 01215 584583 www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk

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Harborne Still Flying High

Harborne took top spot in the Sunday Times study in 2018.

The Sunday Times 2019 annual survey has again named the leafy suburb Birmingham’s best place to live when it comes to a home. That’s the result of an annual survey revealed on Friday, April 12th. Harborne has always been the go-to area for academics at the university and doctors at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, with a good choice of Victorian terraces, larger interwar semis, detached houses and new build modern apartments. Ben Watson from Hadleigh Estate Agents on Harborne High Street said, “The property market in Harborne is as usual very busy, Harborne offers a

wonderful High Street for shopping and an eccentric, child friendly mix of café’s, restaurants and bars to suit everyone’s requirements. We have excellent schools, are surrounded with beautiful parks, a variety of clubs, and activity centres for adults and children, and we are only 3 miles from the city centre, it’s a great place to work and live.” Harborne ticks a lot of boxes and has numerous independent, individual, chains and award winning businesses in and around every nook off the High Street. Too many to mention but, it’s worthwhile having a walk around – there’s something for everyone.

The Bell

An old coaching station inn which was built over 300 years ago, giving it a very traditional, country pub feel. Serving everyday beers, wines, spirits and ciders, a variety of real ales and a tasty food menu. They also have an extensive outside seating area for the warm summer days.


The Estate was established in 1907, boasts two tennis clubs, a bowling green, numerous allotments and, of course, the Moor Pool itself, with an active fishing club. In the Moor Pool Hall there is a very active and acclaimed dramatic society, a unique skittle alley dating back to 1913 and snooker tables. Many other groups and societies also meet there.


ADRIAN BADHAM Now is a great time to Ashcroft Gardening Services sort out bare patches in your lawn or over seed areas. First all rake out the bare patch, if it is large area it may need a light fork over then a rake. I like to mix my grass seed with multipurpose compost or a bag of sieved soil. Measure the area to be seeded work on 35 grams per square meter, mix the grass seed with the compost (1 litre of compost to 35grams of seed) Next apply this mixture on to the bare patch by broadcasting over the area. When you over seed the area, apply the same mix but apply at a rate of 25 grams per square meter.

Annual seeds are great for brightening up areas of your garden. Look for seeds that can be sown directly into the soil Dig over the area and rack to a fine tilt, remove any weeds, stones and bricks. Mix seed with some horticultural sand and broadcast over the area, water in and wait for some lovely flowers. Another tip for the garden is go out and purchase some live salad from the local supermarket, split the salad and plant into pots. Adrian Badham t: 0121 559 5375 m: 07721 502 985

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•Grade II Listed End Terrace Cottage (Believed to date back to the 14th Century) •EPC Rating: D(57) •Two Bedrooms •Detached Summer House with Electricity

•Development Three Self Contained Flats •EPC Ratings: Flat 1: D(61), Flat 2 - C(70), Flat 3 - D(64) •2 x Two Bed Flats, 1 x One Bed Flat •Converted in 2006 (Planning Number 2006/01404/ PA)

•End Terrace Family Home •EPC Rating: D(60) •Three Bedrooms •Spacious Living Room •Some Free Electricity from Externally Owned Solar Panels

•Semi Detached Family Home Requiring Updating •EPC Rating: D(61) •Three Bedrooms •Integral Garage •Block Paved Driveway

•Extended Semi Detached Home •EPC Rating: E(45) •Three Bedrooms •Living Room and Separate Dining Area •With Tenant in Situation paying £600pcm (£7,200 per annum)

Offers in the region of £374,900

Offers in the region of £130,000

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Offers in the region of £129,900

Offers in the Region of £210,000


•Victorian Detached Dwelling •9 Bedroom HMO with 3 Self Contained Flats •Two Storey Detached Coach House •EPC: G(211)

Offers in the region of £995,000




•Detached Family Home •EPC Rating: C(70) •Two Reception Rooms •Re-Fitted Kitchen & Separate Utility Room •Four Bedrooms (Master with En-Suite Shower Room)

•Plot Circa. 0.18 Hectares (circa. 0.44 Acres/circa. 1,800 sq metres) •Planning Permission for Demolition of Existing Pub •Erection of 18 Two Bedroom Self Contained Flats •Planning Sandwell Council - Application No: DC/18/62083 •Convenient Location within Hill Top

Offers in the region of £239,900

Offers in the region of £695,000 + VAT

•First Floor Apartment •EPC Rating: B(82) •One Bedroom •Living Dining Kitchen •Bathroom

•Plot Circa. 0.36 Acres (0.15 Hectares) •Planning for Demolition of Existing Bungalow •Erection of Three Executive Detached Dwellings •Planning Application Number 2018/10139/PA (Birmingham City Council)

Offers in the region of £154,900


•Duplex Flat •One Double Bedroom •Double Glazing and Gas Central Heating •Lounge / Diner •EPC Rating: E

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•Front and Rear Reception Rooms •Double Glazed •Two Bedrooms •Study/Rear Garden •EPC Rating E

•Modern Three Storey Detached Family Home •EPC Rating: C(79) •Four Bedrooms (Master with Dressing Area) •Three Bathroom/Shower Rooms •Downstairs W.C.

Offers in the region of £319,900


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Offers in the region of£550,000


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•Spacious Two Bedroom Duplex Apartment •Fitted Kitchen •Fitted Shower Room •Large Lounge •EPC Rating E

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Life Style Exclusive by JIM SIMPSON www.bigbearmusic.com

If there is such a thing as a regular reader of this column, then they will know I’m prone to bang on about Birmingham’s righteous claim to be The UK Capital of Rock and Roll.

21 May 2019

Splendiferous Night of Stars Accordingly, they will not be surprised to hear me getting somewhat hot under the collar about a most splendiferous event that took place at Symphony Hall in April. The occasion was entitled The Birmingham Night of Stars which was hosted by that tireless ambassador for our City, Jasper Carrott who is a serious contender for the title of Funniest Man on This Planet. The Walk of Stars on Broad Street is organised by Westside BID to present stars to Brummies who have had extraordinary success in showbiz, sport or the arts. This particular presentation was a double header, celebrating the achievements of two of the world leaders in Progressive Rock, John Lodge and Carl Palmer, who in addition to accepting their stars, both delivered blistering performances with their bands. John is from Erdington and joined The Moody Blues in 1966 replacing bass guitarist Clint Warwick who quite inexplicably quit the Moodies at the peak of their early success with the hit single ‘Go Now’. He had decided that his career as a plumber was a safer option than embarking on a rock and roll lifestyle, and who was to say he was wrong? John quickly became an integral part of the Moodies as guitarist, songwriter and vocalist as they went on to pretty

much achieve world domination. John’s lifetime friendship with Moodies flautist and singer Roy Thomas stemmed from a chance meeting on a bus aged 15, when he recognised Ray as the singer in a skiffle group. They got to talking, John suggested that they formed a band and that is how notable Brum Beat band El Riot and The Rebels came to be. Remarkably, another future Moody, keyboard player Mike Pinder, was also in that band, albeit briefly. Sadly, Ray Thomas died last year, but John is still on tour with his band, still featuring some of the Moodies material on his ‘The 1000 Light Years’ tour. Carl Palmer hails from Handsworth Wood and was a very much in-demand drummer locally in the 1960s while only in his early to mid-teens. I remember him as a technically amazing musician who, even then, had his eye on the big time. He left school at 15 on a Friday, and on the Sunday moved to London, joining Chris Farlowe and The Thunderbirds and subsequently The Crazy World of Arthur Brown and later Atomic Rooster, when he really did come to be noticed. His big move was to help form early supergroup Emerson, Lake and Palmer, or ELP, with Keith Emerson and Greg Lake. He still leads a power trio, with the guitar and bass guitar duties extremely well taken care of by the Fitzpatrick brothers.

Carl Palmer and John Lodge

It was undoubtedly a splendid evening, properly celebrating two of the wonderful rock talents this city has produced in such great number. If ever there was a genuine Rock and Roll comedian, then that’s certainly Jasper Carrott who put in a considerable shift, not only in the preparation and organisation of this event, but onstage where he held it all together seemingly seamlessly.

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22 Life Style Health


Protect your eyes with MATT ROSE Brittain Opticians

with JANET EASTWOOD Janet Eastwood Acupuncture

with JOHN HILL Fit Brummie Bootcamp

with PHILLIP MORRIS Confidents Denture Clinic

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Need help with fertility?

Do you Need to Suffer?

Living with Dentures

Summer is approaching, it’s a good time to sort out all those things that have been put off during the winter months, like purchasing a good pair of prescription sunglasses for your kids. As parents we know the importance of an annual eye exam but so often forget to protect our children’s eyes from the harmful UV rays of the sun. We all know the importance of protecting our skin with sun cream but can often forget about protecting our eyes from the irreversible damage of UV. It’s important that sunglasses provide 100 percent UV protection, and shield the eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays that can cause long-term eye damage and even permanent vision loss. Don’t assume cheap sunglasses provide this level of protection, even if a sticker on the lenses says, “blocks UV.�

Problems with fertility can arise for many different reasons and some will need medical intervention to help. The biggest thing to remember is it takes two people, working together to be able to conceive. Acupuncture offers help for couples to get you both in a better, healthier place, ready for conception to occur. Here are some top tips to help improve your chances of becoming pregnant: Drink alcohol in moderation - a little bit of ‘fizz’ may aid relaxation and get you in the mood. Caffeine can stress the adrenals and cause blood sugar to roller coaster, affecting mood and irritability. Try and cut down to one a day and increase your water intake. Smoking can damage both eggs and sperm and deplete your vitamin levels. Being either underweight or overweight can affect both male and female fertility. Aim for a BMI of 18.5 – 25. Stress can deplete you of nutrients.

It’s often said that when it comes to life there are two major pains, the pain of discipline and the pain of regret. In my years of being a weight loss coach, I would say that this applies to losing weight and get in shape as well.

How do you get used to wearing dentures? • Continue to wear your dentures as your mouth adapts. • Practice eating • Clean your dentures daily with a denture cleanser and denture brush. • Take your dentures out at bedtime to give your gums a rest while you sleep.

Don’t Forget the Accessories Kids are becoming nearly as brand-conscious as their parents and older siblings. Major eyewear manufacturers have created eyewear and sunglasses made for and appealing specifically to children. Some opticians even specialise in children’s sunglasses and eyeglasses. Wherever you go, look for a good selection of sunglass frames scaled specifically for a child’s facial dimensions and professional staff experienced in fitting children’s eyewear. During the selection and fitting of your child’s sunglasses, the optician should explain the benefits of the sunglasses and how to care for them. Often, the optician will include or recommend cleaning cloths, solutions and a protective, hardshell case to store the sunglasses in when they are not worn.


Time to look at what helps you to relax. Ladies keep warm around the kidney area and put on those socks. And especially for you guys try and keep cool down below – boxers are a good option. Although there is not much evidence to support it as yet, it seems sensible to keep that lap top computer on the table and your mobile phone in you top pocket well away from those all important areas. Acupuncture can offer help with cycle problems such as PCOS and endometriosis; sperm production, motility and quality: supporting you both in improving your chances of conception. It can also help if IVF or ICSI are planned. Janet is a member of the ‘Acupuncture Fertility Network’ and a ‘Zita west’ associate acupuncturist. Come and have a chat about how Acupuncture can help you.


Be Honest to Yourself Let’s be honest here, to lose weight and get fit, it requires some discipline. If you are overweight and/or unhappy with your body shape and you want to change it, you need to change something you are doing. Here is the real question though, do you think you need to “suffer� whilst changing these habits/behaviours? If you do, this probably comes from doing traditional “diets� or following exercise programs are unsuitable or too intense. In my experience, the people that stay the course and lose weight and keep it off are the ones that find solutions more suitable for them. This way you still must make sacrifices and maybe even struggle a bit, but you don’t suffer. The last thing we want is you thinking that every day is going to be filled with suffering. Positive Changes The process of change and/or getting healthy should be as positive and encouraging as possible in my opinion. You need to know that the changes you are making are sustainable and you can keep improving as you go. This isn’t too much to ask, right? - I don’t think it is. Please get in touch if you want to know more.


Do dentures ever feel normal? For the first few weeks of wearing dentures, your mouth will feel a little strange. This is perfectly normal; your gums need to get used to the new addition. The dentures should not feel uncomfortable to wear, even for long periods of time. What happens if I don’t wear my dentures? If you’ve lost teeth and have replaced them with dentures, you might be enjoying life with your new smile. When you try to chew without your dentures, it puts additional pressure on your remaining teeth and gums that can cause problems like TMJ and gum disease Is it OK to sleep with dentures? Yes, you can wear your dentures at night but it is preferred that they be removed. You should remove your dentures at night and this will give your gums and bone a chance to relax from the pressure of the denture during the day. You should never wear your dentures 24 hours a day without preforming proper oral hygiene. See your practitioner as needed for adjustments.


NO SWEAT tips for keeping cool in bed this summer Hot weather can wreak havoc with your sleeping patterns, so The Sleep Council has some handy hacks for beating baking bedrooms.


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Last year’s heatwave saw record temperatures across June, July and August in the UK*, but even during a typical British summer, a sudden warm spell can leave people feeling restless and exhausted from lack of sleep. Said Lisa Artis of The Sleep Council: “While every summer may not be as hot as last year, warm spells can be a nuisance when it comes to bedtime. “Ideally bedrooms should be around 16-18°C (60-65°F) but if at night the outside temperature remains higher, or your bedroom has retained the heat from the day, it can be difficult to keep cool. “Your body temperature needs to lower slightly before you go to sleep which is why it can be difficult to drop off when you’re too hot.â€? Here are some of Lisa’s simple and effective tips to help you stay cool and comfortable in bed this summer: • Open windows - and doors - to create a cool draught through your bedroom. Draw curtains or blinds during the day to block the sun out and keep your room cooler at night.

• If you’ve got an attic, try opening the hatch. Hot air rises and this will give it somewhere to go. • Get rid of the duvet and blankets and sleep with just a cotton sheet - or a duvet with a low tog rating. • Wear light cotton nightwear - this is better than wearing nothing at all as natural fabric will absorb any perspiration. • Have a cool shower or bath before bedtime to lower your core body temperature. • Drink plenty of cold water during the evening and keep a glass by the bed. • Avoid too much caffeine, alcohol or a big meal before bedtime as this can make you feel hot in the middle of the night because of dehydration and over-active digestion. • Pull out your hot water bottle but fill it with ice cold water and have it in bed with you. • Chill a pillow case in the fridge before bedtime or try one of the new cooling pillows that are available to buy - both will help you keep a cool head! The Sleep Council has also produced a new video offering sleep advice during hot spells: https://tinyurl.com/y3feons6

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24 Life Style Self-Care Holistic Therapy with with Jen Styles MGHT

Anam Caim Complementary Therapy Centre

Self-Care isn’t selfish, it’s necessary Imagine if you could take care of all those around you feeling energised, vibrant, and clear-minded. Practising simple self-care can be an important part of your holistic health routine. It can bring you more balance aand harmony, so you are capable of giving the very best of yourself to your loved ones. You might be thinking – How can I include more self-care into my already very busy life? Here are some easy ideas: • Take time out for yourself, book yourself in for some me-time • Get a massage or a Complementary Therapy • Hydrate fully throughout the day • Take gentle exercise like walking around a park • Practice kind self-talk – dismiss negative self-talk, be kind to yourself The key to self-care is to not wait until you feel the need for it. If you start to feel low in energy, low mood, start comfort eating – intervene quickly to bring yourself back to optimal levels. Ideally, include self-care every week in your holistic health routine.

Tel: 0121 726 4000 www.anamcaim.life


The Heartbeat of your Home

Fall Prevention

How can I choose the right job for me?

Talking Doors with Paul Wilding Oak Lodge Doors

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

Career & Life with Clara Wilcox The Balance Collective

What do we all look for when choosing a new door? Security, Instant Kerb Appeal, Minimal Maintenance, Thermal Efficiency? Your front door is the heartbeat of your home – it gets the most use, protects you from the elements and keeps you safe. Whether you are planning whole house renovation or simple lick of paint, the impact of a new door can transform any property. Create a stylish entrance and protect what you love An authentic woodgrain gives all the aesthetics of traditional timber, but without the timeconsuming maintenance, no more painting or varnishing and a wide range of colours will give instant kerb appeal. A composite door with a 48mm timber core not only makes them extremely secure but thermally efficient too. High security 3-star Ultion barrels will provide a £1000 guarantee, should an intruder burgle your home from lock snapping. See (video link): https://www.ultion-lock.co.uk/customerpage/?company=Oak-Lodge-Doors Whether your style is Traditional, Cottage Charm or Contemporary there are many options and ranges to spark your imagination. With my partner Sarah we are looking forward to keeping you up to date and offer any advice in choosing a new composite door or even improving security on an existing door with peace of mind at the forefront. Tel: 0121 550 1444 www.oaklodgedoors.co.uk

Falls are a common, but often overlooked, cause of injury. Did you know that around 1 in 3 adults over 65 who live at home have at least one fall a year? And about half of these will fall more frequently. (NHS England). There are many things we can do to help prevent, or at least limit falls in and around the home; some are very simple. It is well known that age can bring physical changes to our bodies and likewise there are many options available to help us maintain good health. Vision - If you wear varifocal or bifocal glasses make an appointment to see your optician to discuss your options, it may mean two pairs of glasses, but it may prevent a fall. Feet - We underestimate the importance of having a good stance and gait when we walk, look at your footwear, it might need changing. Consider a visit to a local chiropodist or podiatrist. Home - Take a look around your home, ask a friend or family member to help and look for potential trip hazards; turned up rugs, high thresholds, frayed or loose carpets, loose rails and bad lighting. Falls can happen to anyone of any age, so I’d recommend everyone consider the simple suggestions above. An injury from a fall can have a big impact on our daily life, so it’s definitely worth trying to prevent them! Be safe. Steve.

When you are looking for a new role, a common concern is, “What if I make a mistake?” This month I am going to share the best way to choose the right job for you! Work out why

Get clear on why you are looking for a new job. The last thing you want to do is move and find the same issues within your new organisation. Name your essentials

Make sure you know what are your nonnegotiables (from salary, location, culture, client base, potential) and pay attention to them during the process. Interview them

The process is two-way; use it to find out more about how your interviewers feel about the company, the role’s key performance indicators (KPIs) and culture, and question anything in the person or job specification that you unsure about. You could have options

You can say NO! You could negotiate practical issues, but if you can’t see past the feeling “it is wrong” then politely decline their offer.

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t: 0121 4275216 www.seniorhomesolutions.co.uk

Trips and Falls Despite our homes being very familiar to us, home is the place where we most often fall. It is this very familiarity that can put us at a disadvantage. We may not notice things which are hazards because they have been there for so long. At Senior Home Solutions we are gathering knowledge about falls and the impact they can have on daily living for extended families. Many families will consist of a network of grandparents, parents and children and even great grandparents. Great grandparents may be over 80, grandparents maybe aged 65 plus and adult children over 40, with children of various ages. The impact of a fall for a great grandparent or grandparent can be devastating for the whole family. Even with a minor fall a hospital visit or worse a stay may be necessary. The stark reality is that the adult children often rely on their parents for help and support with their children and the impact of those parents having to become carers, even if on a temporary basis, can be huge. The Public Health Outcomes Framework (PHOF) reported that in 2013 to 2014 there were around 255,000 emergency hospital admissions related to falls among patients aged 65 and over, with around 173,000 (68%) of these patients aged 80 and over. We offer a ‘Safety at home and in your garden’ service. This involves going through multiple checklists and taking a video of your property (naturally permission is required). We discuss any health or mobility issues and consider

any advice about your home environment that you may have been given by an Occupational Therapist. If you require we can put you in touch with an independent Occupational Therapist. We will then meet up with you (and your family if you would like them involved) and put a package together tailored to you and your home with our recommendations and costs. We aim to provide a safe environment, using aesthetically pleasing materials that complement your home. Over the last two years Senior Homes has sourced from an array of suppliers and can provide anything from basic hand rails to high end sanitary ware and we are now working with a number of local interior designers and soft furnishers in and around Harborne and Edgbaston. We appreciate that some of the changes that may be required are not what you might find in the latest home furnishing magazine, but equally they don’t have to look like something from a hospital ward. We aim to find the balance. My goal is to give you and your family peace of mind, minimising risks in your own home.

Contact Steve on: t: 0121 427 5216 m: 07889 134 711 e: steve@seniorhomesolutions.co.uk www.seniorhomesolutions.co.uk


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Stilton Fillet Beef Galoshe We are delighted to offer a variation of the famous ‘Beef Wellington’ served with Jonathans Four Special Vegetable Creations. Yesteryear cost of only £18.88 per person Friday & Saturday Evenings from 7pm Please book in advance to ensure you are not disappointed

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

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

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Marie Crowley, Chef Jonathans in the Park

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

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

Jonathans in the Park

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

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

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26 Life Style Colin Curtis comes to Birmingham


If you think that star DJs mixing records for the entertainment of thousands of club-goers is a new thing, then think again.

Colin Curtis has been doing it for more than 50 years – although he admits the money wasn’t quite as good in his early days. The likes of ‘superstar DJs’ Calvin Harris, David Guetta and Louie Vega earn millions, flying around the world to perform at clubs for upwards of £10,000 a night. Colin was paid £10 for his first all-nighter at The Golden Torch in Stoke-on-Trent, but this was history in the making. He became a hugely influential DJ and one of the most important on the northern soul scene in the Midlands and North West. And he’s credited with being one of the first DJs to introduce mixing. Colin is still going strong at the decks at 66 and is now bringing some of his huge record collection to Birmingham Town Hall on May 25, to headline the fourth Big Birmingham Soul Night. He’ll be playing classic northern soul on original vinyl in the main hall, while there’s a mix of mod, soul, funk and disco in the second room. The bill includes Pep, Neil Rushton, Richard Priest and Mazzy Snape. He spent hours searching for records at Reddington’s, Oasis and The Diskery, then hours more spinning them at city clubs like the Locarno, Chaplin’s, the Hummingbird and Rum Runner. Colin says, “I remember going to Birmingham on the train because I was told about a kiosk which sold great records. I found it somehow, though it looked more like a place where you’d buy cigarettes.

“It was Reddington’s. I told him the type of music I wanted, and he bent down and produced about 40 singles. “I spent so much money on imports from America, that had big holes in the middle to play on juke boxes. “I’d spend hours in The Diskery and loved getting lost in Oasis, that fabulous mix of shops for records, fashion and gadgets. “The Locarno, run by Terry Sampson and Chris King, was a great club to play. They’d have northern soul in the main room and jazz funk in the far room – it was called Bali Hai and was covered in palm trees. Then they swapped over, and we had some great live acts in the

Front Gardens Campaign 2019 Moseley in Bloom is on the lookout for gardens to be nominated for their Front Gardens Awards scheme, and they need you to nominate your favourite front garden(s). This scheme has been running for several years, judging the gardens at the height of summer in July or August. This year, recognising that gardens change over the growing season, they are running the campaign earlier to capture some of that spring glory. So now is the time to wander around Moseley in the spring sunshine and make a note of the gardens you most like. Email the street address of the garden, plus a photo if you can, to frontgardens@ moseleyinbloom.org.uk That’s it - we’ll do the rest. Feel free to nominate as many gardens as you like (including your own!). And please share this message with friends, family and neighbours--the more nominations we receive the better! Please send in your nominations by 11 May. For further information visit: http://www.moseleyinbloom.org.uk/nominations-open-for-front-garden-awards/

Making Babies for 30 Years

More than 3,300 babies owe their existence, in part, to the dedicated teams at BMI The Priory Hospital, who are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Fertility Centre this month. Some members from the original team are still in post today and should be commended for their hard work over the years. The Fertility Centre at BMI The Priory Hospital, was introduced following a successful pilot study at Birmingham Women’s Hospital which resulted in the birth of Birmingham’s first ‘test tube’ baby in 1987, the same team lead by Mr Robert Sawers opened what was then called the Edgbaston Suite at the Priory in April 1989. The original team included consultants Mr Sawers, Mr Manjit Obhrai, Mr

John Watts, Mr Sabah Baghdadi, anaesthetist Dr Andy Malins, embryologist Jane Cuthbert and nurse Sister Jane Covington (now Baghdadi). At this time there were only a handful of Fertility Units in the UK and success rates were much lower than we expect

main room like Roy Ayers and Afrika Bambaataa. The jazz dancers hung out in Bali Hai. “I’d go to Tiffany’s in Halesowen on a Thursday night and the Rum Runner on Broad Street on Mondays. “Duran Duran would often be rehearsing upstairs. I got to know their managers, the Berrow brothers, and one of them gave me an acetate of their first single, Planet Earth, before it was released. “I remember chatting to the bass player, John Taylor, and lent him a couple of albums of Inner-City jazz. I never got them back! “More recently I’ve DJed in

Birmingham at the Night Owl in Digbeth. There’s a huge following for northern soul now in the West Midlands. “It’s great to play iconic venues like the Town Hall. We were laughed out of places like Blackpool Tower in the 1970s, as they only wanted to book acts like Bruce Forsyth, but now we’re the establishment! “I’ve transcended all the styles over the years. I started out with R&B and soul in the 1960s, then northern soul in the 70s, then jazz funk and house. I keep moving forwards.” Colin has always been an innovator. He set up a computer games business and now produces a weekly podcast with the latest releases. And as for those superstar DJs commanding millions? Colin’s happy enough living in Stoke with his wife and four children. A dislike of flying means international work is out. Last year Colin turned down 31 gigs from Russia and Sweden to Poland and Japan, this wasn’t always the case.


St John’s Church Harborne are opening their doors and inviting the local community to come in and experience a new event called ‘Pause’. ‘Pause’ is an opportunity to stop, take time out and contemplate things that maybe have been squashed by the business of life. Using various multisensory zones set up around the main church hall, ‘Pause’ will allow space for those visiting to reflect, process and leave prayer requests. Tea, coffee and cake will also be available, as well as the offer to chat or pray with someone if you wish. The theme for the event will be based around ‘family’, inviting an

honest reflection on what is good as well as what is difficult. Everyone’s family situation is different; some may be supporting elderly parents

Below left: Some of the first babies born from the BMI Priory’s Fertility Centre.

today. Over the years, BMI The Priory’s Fertility Centre service offering has expanded, one of these services included a very popular donor sperm bank which provided donor sperm to many centres across the UK and Channel Islands. The team has also increased, to coincide with demand, and their patients continue to be supported by a specialist clinical team of Embryologists, Andrologists, fertility nurses and Specialist Gynaecological Consultants, including Mr Sabah Baghdadi who was part of the original team from 1989, and Miss Lynne Robinson who joined in 2017. There is also Counsellor who supports

In 1986 Colin spent months in North Staffordshire Hospital, diagnosed with burnout and clinical depression. “I was burning the candle at both ends. I would leave the house on a Friday night and not come back until Sunday, and hardly have slept or eaten anything. I survived on adrenaline, I’ve battled with mental illness half my life, but music is the greatest drug. It’s seen me through everything.” www.thsh.co.uk.

or small children, some may have a family situation different to the one they would ideally choose, some may have lots to celebrate, others may be mourning loss or broken relationships. Whatever your situation is ‘Pause’ will offer a welcoming, easy place to take stock and opportunity to pray for hurts, dreams, longings, excitements and disappointments that you may carry. This FREE event is on Friday 7th June 12noon – 9 p.m. and Saturday 8th June 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. Everyone is welcome and invited to come for as long or short a time as you wish. For more information visit: www.stjohnsharborne.org t: 0121 427 4601

The BMI Priory’s Fertility Centre team of 2019

patients throughout their journey. Jane Cuthbert, Clinical Services Manager for the Fertility Centre who has been with the unit since the first day of opening said, “We are able to offer treatment to a much wider range

of patients now than we did in the beginning. I’m immensely proud of my team and the service we provide. And we’re thrilled to have helped so many patients along the way”.

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Whole Lotta Rosé..! It’s that time of year already – at the first glimpse of Spring sunshine, the shelves of the supermarkets and wine shops undergo a colour transformation as remarkable as the very trees and flowers of the world. Whole sections begin to turn many shades of pink as the demand for rosé wines intensifies. It is said that last Summer, one in every eight bottles of wine sold in the UK was rosé, as people enjoyed the long spell of warm weather with a glass or two in the garden. But it’s very unfair to dismiss rosé simply as a Summer quaffing wine – these days it is taken much more seriously as consumers develop a greater understanding of grape varieties, styles of wine, and the food that can be enjoyed along with them. This is even more the case as the range of styles available broadens, and the overall quality is driven up by demand for better examples of the pink stuff. One of the regions to benefit from the rosé resurgence in the UK is Provence in the South of France, where the palest of pink (almost white) wines are made in a fresh, elegant and crisp style from native black grape varieties such as Grenache,

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Cinsault and Mourvèdre. Limited skin contact gives the paleness, while the use of those varieties results in a complex and versatile mix of floral, berry and citrus aromas and flavours. More and more restaurants are adding rosés from Provence to their wine lists, alongside the more “routine” pinks such as Pinot Grigio rosé and the sweeter Zinfandel blush. This trend is helped along by the increasing “celebrity” association with Provencal vineyards, with the likes of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie (part owners of Miraval) and Jon Bon Jovi (Diving into Hampton Water) involved to one extent or another. With customers queuing up for chic examples like Whispering Angel by Château D’Esclans and Château Minuty, there is no sign of the trend letting up. And just to go back to the title of this article, as far as I’m aware AC/ DC haven’t actually made a rosé wine, but they have made beer, Tequila, a Chardonnay called Thunderstruck, Back in Black Shiraz and Highway to Hell Cabernet Sauvignon. I think they missed a trick with the rosé...!

University’s biggest ever community event

The University of Birmingham orchestra performing in Summer 2018

This summer, a free two-day festival is set to be the biggest community event in the University of Birmingham’s history. The Green Heart Festival Launch Weekend, taking place on 8th and 9th June 2019, will bring the campus to life with colourful tents, a main stage and performances from the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra alongside the University of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. There will be diverse activities for all ages, with hands-on exhibits which will highlight the recent research of the University. This will include: Star Machine-vibrations of the Universe – an interactive artwork that allows you to hear the stars ‘singing’. The sound of Quantum Technology – take a walk with our physicists and learn about the Quantum Science behind the Old Joe Clock Tower, the railway station and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. Heart Beats – view heart cells with our microscope and see an echocardiogram taking place. Set in the newly completed 12-acre Green Heart, this will be a chance for the local community to see the transformation of campus and enjoy the grass amphitheatre for the first time. The space will play host to a prom-style concert on the evening of Saturday 8th June, led by student music groups, singers and orchestras. Then, on Sunday 9th June, there will be a variety of activities on offer focusing on wellbeing and sustainability. The weekend will be brought to a close by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO), conducted by its musical director Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla, and 3,000 singers on the main stage on Sunday afternoon. Many choirs, including the CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Children’s Chorus and SO Vocal and many others,

will celebrate together in this festival within a festival. There will be a full range of street food and drink throughout the weekend. Vice-Chancellor Professor Sir David Eastwood said, “This is the biggest free outdoor event that the University of Birmingham has ever hosted. We are proud to be opening our gates to the wider community and want all in the city and the region to know they are welcome. Whether they spend half an hour on campus finding out about a lifechanging piece of research, bring their picnic for the prom event, or whether they make a weekend of it, we very much look forward to welcoming them. We owe significant thanks to the CBSO for being part of this historic weekend, and to our sponsors Willmott Dixon Construction and Churchman Landscape Architects.” Those keen to come along are encouraged to register their interest online: https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/ events/events/The-Green-Heart-Festival-OpeningWeekend.aspx The launch event will be followed by a year-long programme of cultural events on campus which will be open to all. The Green Heart is a major landscaping project which has opened up campus, restoring the views from the North Gate through to Old Joe, as it was intended when the University was founded in 1900. This has been done with a 21st Century approach, incorporating state-ofthe-art lighting, energy generating paving and a focus on environment and wildlife.

Devotion and Daring: The Ladies of Llangollen

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A mahogany chest of seemingly royal lineage has found its way to Biddle & Webb Auctioneers, Birmingham. Relatively unassuming at first glance, the box appears to be a typical example of a Georgian brass bound campaign chest. However, upon further inspection a fascinating history is revealed. Engraved into the corner plaques are four time-worn inscriptions: ‘The gift of the Princess Amelia to Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby’. If the Princess Amelia’s name wasn’t excitement enough – mention of Lady Eleanor Butler and Miss Ponsonby certainly raises a few eyebrows. Also known as ‘The Ladies of Llangollen’ – the two women are a much celebrated pair of infamous spinsters who lived together in ‘romantic retirement’ during the nineteenth century. Eleanor Butler and Sarah Ponsonby were both born in County Kilkenny to prestigious, aristocratic Irish families. Of similar circumstance, when the ladies met in 1768 they immediately became great friends. Rather than be forced into arranged marriages, Eleanor and Sarah scandalised polite society and decided to elope together.

They found sanctuary in the Vale of Llangollen, North Wales where they bought a small cottage and settled down. The ladies spent the next 50 years together: studying literature, learning languages and collecting a vast array of woodcarvings. Stories of the pair’s partnership captivated contemporary audiences. The ladies were inundated with visitors, often entertaining guests’ morning, noon and night. They received visits from far and wide, attracting the likes of notable poets such as Bryon and Wordsworth as well as the novelist Sir Walter Scott. They also captured the imagination of the landed gentry – who saw them as somewhat of a curiosity. Despite much deliberation, the exact nature of their relationship remains unknown: they fascinated the public and intrigued the imagination of many who wondered, in public and in private, about their relationship – but was it more than just a friendship?

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Question to the Prime Minster

A planning application has been submitted to create a state-ofthe-art medical facility at Pebble Mill, within Edgbaston Medical Quarter.

Edgbaston MP urges Prime Minister to act to help children with autism. Preet Kaur Gill, the Member of Parliament for Birmingham Edgbaston, has called on the government to do more for those with autism, especially children, where early diagnosis and intervention can greatly improve the chance of treatment success. Speaking during PMQs and during World Autistic Awareness Week, Ms Gill urged the Prime Minister to act to bring in mandatory training on autism for all healthcare professionals. Ms Gill raised the issue on behalf on her constituent, Georgia Stokes, whose two children have autism and who have both been unable to get the support they need because of the failure of some health professionals to correctly diagnose them. One clinical paediatrician told Ms Stokes that her son couldn’t be autistic because he ‘makes eye contact and smiles’. Both of Ms Stokes’ sons are currently out of school because attendance has been damaging to their mental health. In her question to the Prime Minister, Ms Gill said: “My constituent, Georgia Stokes, has two children with autism

who have been unable to get the support they need and are therefore out of school because of incorrect diagnoses. Every child with autism is unique, and this is why awareness raising and education about autism is vital. 34% of children on the autism spectrum say that the worst thing about being at school is being picked on. This World Autism Awareness Week will the prime minister commit to speeding up the time between referral for autism and diagnosis – And will she promise to fund mandatory training for healthcare professionals so that parents like Georgia aren’t left to fend for themselves?” In her reply, the Prime Minister acknowledged that some parents find it difficult to get help for their children if they have autism and said that the government is reviewing its autism strategy.

The plans, submitted to Birmingham City Council by the forward-thinking property investment and development business Calthorpe Estates, update the 2018 approval for the new Building 4 Medical Hub on the former BBC Pebble Mill studios site, now set to offer leading cancer treatment and an oral theatre suite. The application sets out a revised vision for a 10,600 sq m (114,098 sq ft) building, over four storeys, with a single storey basement, along with 167 parking spaces. 17 electric charging points and 34 cycle spaces are also included within the plans. It is anticipated that the medical facility building will be rated as ‘Very Good’ in the BREEAM rankings, putting it in the top 25% of new nondomestic buildings in the UK. Calthorpe Estates previously received outline planning approval for a 9,000 sq m (96,875 sq ft) mixed medical facility building on the site in June 2018. Ralph Minott, Development Director for Calthorpe Estates, explains, “We have had strong interest in Building 4. Now we have more clarity


on the pioneering medical treatments to be provided within the Building 4 facility and accordingly the specialised equipment constraints, this application seeks the building’s increase in terms of square footage. However, this will be achieved through a smaller collective mass, reducing from the up to eight storeys approved at outline stage to four, and from a two-storey basement to just one. “In addition, under our careful examination of the specialist user demands, and having listened to previous concerns around the importance of parking allocation, we have looked closely at parking levels and remain committed to delivering

the same number of parking spaces as outlined in our initial plans, in line with maximum levels under Birmingham City Council guidelines, the specialised operations and user parking demands now known.” Located off the Bristol Road on Mill Pool Way, Pebble Mill is part of Edgbaston Medical Quarter, a world-class medical and healthcare destination which brings together healthcare, academia and industry to support growth within healthcare and life sciences. It is located within walking distance of the Queen Elizabeth Hospital and University of Birmingham and is only a mile from the City Centre.

Keeping up with your garden

Wednesday 29th may See Peter Rabbit™ during Story Time sessions, led by a narrator, at intervals throughout the day. Peter Rabbit™ © Frederick Warne & Co. Limited and Silvergate PPL Limited, 2019. All rights reserved.

May is the month for rapid change in the garden, when everything grows so quickly, even the weeds! It’s why it is so important to try and keep on top of weeding. It’s also the month for rhododendrons and azaleas because they are bursting into flower - their vibrant blooms never fail to impress.

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Have you grown any summer bedding plants? Don’t plant them out until the risk of frost has passed – usually the end of May in this region – but start to ‘harden off’ any you have grown. This process of cooling greenhouse-grown plants means they will become acclimatised to cooler temperatures before they are moved to their permanent position outdoors. The warmer the environment the plants have been grown in, the longer the hardening off process must be. When moving plants out of a propagator, it’s better to do so on an overcast, dull day to reduce wilting. If you don’t have a greenhouse, move plants into a cold frame, ensuring the lid is open slightly during the day in the first week. Gradually, raise the lid during the next fortnight before removing it completely prior to planting. You can also use a cloche, but if you have neither of these, place the plants in a sheltered position in front of a southfacing wall or hedge and cover with two layers of horticultural fleece to prevent sun scorch and

temperature shock. Take them in each night and gradually remove the layers of fleece over two or three weeks.

Other jobs to attend to this month are as follows: • Cut your lawn regularly to encourage new growth

• Apply a summer lawn feed that contains plenty of nitrogen to prevent weeds • Ventilate greenhouses during the day to avoid overheating • Watch out for lily beetles on fritillaries and lilies. Check your plants regularly and remove the red beetles and their larvae • Continue to feed houseplants once every 7 to 10 days • Feed daffodils and other spring flowering bulbs with a high potash feed and leave the foliage to completely die down before removing it • Keep on top of your weeding and use a hoe to cut the weeds in warm weather • Prune early flowering shrubs by removing a third of the old wood from the base, to encourage new growth. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk t: 0121 454 1860

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New Signing for Bournville RFC “I am looking forward to the challenge” said Grove. “The new facility at Avery Fields is fantastic. I was looking to further my coaching career, so I had a chat with Phil who I have known since the Birmingham & Solihull days. Phil is refreshingly laid back and he mentioned that there was a group of top lads at the club that are keen to build on the last few years. It was an easy decision for me from then on”.

Bournville RFC is pleased to announce the signing of former Scottish international Alex Grove for next season. Grove, who is 31 and a Midlands based player, had spells at Moseley and more recently Coventry. “Alex signing for us is a major statement of the club’s intent” said club MD Phil Maynard. “He will add valuable experience to our young side and will be a major contributor to the club going forward”. Grove played 153 games for the Warriors and is known for his solid defence and all-round rugby ability. He played age group International rugby from under 18 before gaining his first of 3 caps for Scotland in 2009/10 season.

The facility at Avery Fields is to be officially opened by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham Councillor Yvonne Mosquito this Saturday before the final league game against Syston.

Bring on the Summer Season

Hornets 1s were excited to be in Division 2 this season but it came with many challenges. They played some great netball and fought hard as a team. They fell short too often though due to losing players over the course of the season to injury, maternity leave and the like, leading to inconsistencies and not being able to rest or swap players. We are having time off over the summer ready to come back fighting next winter. The 2s have had a phenomenal season in division 7, winning all fourteen games and gaining a goal difference over two times larger than the team in second place. Defender Eilish Adams has been the standout newcomer for the 2s, earning player of the match in six games. Winter League for the 3s has been a roller coaster of ups and downs, but they certainly

finished with a high. To finish 4th in the league is a great achievement for the team and they have taken away a lot of learnings. Standout players winning POM on numerous occasions include Kerenza Knowles and Mel Thompson, but it’s definitely been a team effort throughout! Bring on the Summer League! The 4s winter league started off slowly with several losses under their belts but the team soon found their stride and secured 5 wins, finishing 4th. With an amazing team, including the addition of 2 new players for the summer season. The team are 100% ready and raring for some sun and the summer league! The 5s finished an up and down winter season a solid 5th in the division 10 table, proving that the hard work and collaboration has paid off over the last few months. As well as being a fantastically positive and energetic team that never fails to boost and congratulate each other, the girls have really started to gel and look forward to a summer season of success! The 6s had a tough start to the winter season, with initial losses, but they soon managed to pick up their performance with three consecutive wins, finishing 5th in the table. As a team, considerable improvements have been made since last year and have benefited from some fantastic new players. Standout players include Charlotte Denton, who has won POM many times for her brilliant defence, and Gabi Imre, whose shooting abilities have improved amazingly this season. The Hornets are now looking forward to training hard over the summer, ready for further successes in next year’s winter league!

Club chairman Mick Palmer said, “We have come a long way over the past few years. We now have an excellent facility that can only enhance the playing of sport in the area. Signing Alex to our ranks is not only a statement of intent on the playing front, it is an opportunity to enhance our mini junior section and wider community program in the future”.

Countdown to Annual Tennis Event

The LTA have announced that defending champion Petra Kvitova and former winner Madison Keys will join British No.1 Johanna Konta in what is set to be a star-studded player field at the LTA’s Nature Valley Classic Birmingham. The tournament, which will take place from 15 - 23 June at the Edgbaston Priory Club is the largest annual women’s event in the West Midlands and as a WTA Premier-level event, is the leading women’s-only UK professional tennis event held outside of Wimbledon. Kvitova, who is a two-time Wimbledon champion, lifted the coveted Maud Watson Trophy in 2017 and 2018 and will be bidding to make history as only the second player in the tournament’s 37-year history to win it three times. Kvitova has been playing some of the best tennis of her career in recent months, including an impressive run to the final of the Australian Open which saw the Czech come close to taking the WTA World No.1 spot for the first time in her career. She is currently ranked No.3 in the world. A full list of players entered for this year’s Nature Valley Classic Birmingham will be released on week beginning 6 May.

Moving on up 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. Our opponents in the cup final were the league

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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.

Harborne Win Promotion to National Hockey League

Harborne celebrated winning promotion to the national hockey league by defeating Midlands Premier neighbour’s Bournville 4-1 on the last day of the season. They finished a point ahead of Barford Tigers whose final match was a 4-2 defeat of Khalsa. Last season Harborne just missed promotion by two points. Birmingham University 2nds finished runners-up in Midlands 1 while Edgbaston ended the season in bottom place with three wins from 22 matches, scoring only 23 goals. The University’s national men’s side were placed sixth in Conference West, seven points below runners-up Olton & West Warwicks. They ended on a high note with Christopher Wray scoring an 18-minute hat-trick in their 5-1 defeat of Bristol University. Their counterpart Investec Women’s League Premier division squad, after a disappointing run finished eighth place with only four wins from 18 matches. However, the University’s women’s team rejoiced in having their star player Lily Owsley scoring twice on her 50th GB appearance in GB’s 3-1 victory against USA in the FIH Pro League. Scottish international Amy Costello joined her University clubmate in the GB squad selected for the FIH Pro League game against Germany in mid-April.

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 contact the HYFC website 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.

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Curves in all the right places If you’re looking for an up-market car at a sensible price but want to avoid one of the ubiquitous German brands it can be difficult. But there are a number of models that stand out, and one is the new Mazda6. And whether you go for the saloon or tourer (estate) the new model is sleek, stylish and has curves in all the right places. Opt for the Mazda6 in Soul Red Crystal Metallic (pictured here) and you will have a model that really does stand out. Which is why this special paint finish will cost you a whopping £800 more than a standard colour. The special three-layer Takuminuri painting technology used increases the brightness by a dramatic 20 per cent and really gets the car noticed. The current model recently underwent a number of changes both inside and out to keep things fresh. Externally they included a larger grille with revised LED headlamps, more chrome work and changes to the appearance of the rear lights. But while the exterior changes were relatively minor the interior changes have been far more dramatic. Firstly, the dashboard has been given an up-market look with soft touch surfaces and real wood trim. Then there’s an eight-inch touch screen for satellite navigation and on-board functions and you also get a head-up display so you don’t have to take your eyes off the road to keep tabs on your speed. The front seats have both heating and cooling functions and - unusually - the rear seats are heated too, although it took me a while to discover the latter as the switches are hidden in the fold up centre armrest. In the car driven here

the seats were in off-white leather, a dramatic and eye-catching contrast to that expensive red bodywork. Other creature comforts which make the 184 bhp GT Sport Nav+ easy to live with include an electrically adjustable driver’s seat, a heated steering wheel, a slide and tilt glass sunroof and a colour reversing camera with a 360 degree view so there’s no excuse for colliding with anything as you park. So, at £32,785 (with the optional paint) the Mazda6 is a lot of car for the money. Get behind the wheel and you will find it’s also one of the quietest diesels around, thanks in part to extra sound proofing. Cruise in top gear on the motorway and you can barely hear anything except the radio. The 2.2-litre engine will take you from 0-62 miles per hour in just 8.6 seconds on its way to a top speed of 140 miles per hour. It’s mated to a slick six-speed manual gearbox to give torquey and responsive performance and is particularly impressive in mid-range work. At the same time, it boasts a very impressive average fuel consumption of 58.6 miles per gallon. Estate cars, however, are all about space and this one has generous proportions for both passengers and luggage. Rear seat passengers have plenty of room to stretch and beneath the tailgate there’s 506 litres of luggage space rising to 1,648 with the rear seatbacks down. The Mazda6 is packed with a host of safety features but one of the best are the superb LED headlights which

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