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Light up a Life Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice which has been caring for local people for 40 years is inviting the community to its seasonal ‘Light up a Life’ ceremonies, to remember and celebrate the lives of those who are sadly no longer with us. Thursday, December 12th – 5.30pm & 7.30pm Birmingham’s largest hospice is encouraging families to remember their loved ones this Christmas, with an evening of music and celebration. With two events taking place at the Hospice on Thursday 12th December, the first at 5.30pm and the second at 7.30pm – guests will be able to enjoy Christmas carols, live musical performances and a moving display of silent fireworks. The night will also see the charity officially turn on its Christmas tree lights – with lights symbolising the lives of those that the Hospice has cared for over the past four decades, as well as those who weren’t but want to be honoured by their families. There will also be an opportunity to honour loved ones before the event, in the Hospice’s online ‘Book of Remembrance’. The online book will be filled with tributes and anyone who makes a dedication will be able to share the book with their family and friends. A physical book will be displayed at the ceremony. Cal Harbourne will be one of the attendees at this year’s Light up a Life

event. She will be remembering her husband Rob, who the Hospice cared for at home and then on its Inpatient Unit. Cal said, “Finding out Rob had a terminal tumour was just heartbreaking. We were put in touch with Birmingham St Mary’s and in a matter of days, Debbie from their community team started visiting us at home. Debbie was incredible. Not only did she support Rob with clinical care but she became a helping hand to lift Rob up when life felt impossible. What I didn’t expect was the care I would receive too. I was given a line of support – Debbie just instinctively knew what we were going through and how to help ease our pain. “Sadly, Rob passed away just before Christmas. It was the most calm and peaceful time with every last wish granted and every sentiment perfect. There’s not a day that goes by when I don’t think of him and it’s at this time of year when I miss him most. That’s why I’ll be remembering his memories at the Hospice’s Light up a Life event.” Joining Cal will be popular media

broadcaster, Llewela Bailey, who will be hosting the events and pressing the button to switch on the charity’s iconic lights. Llewela added, “What always surprises me about Light up a Life is how uplifting and celebratory it is. It’s a wonderful way

to bring together local people and honour the memories of their loved ones. Christmas can be a difficult time for anyone who has experienced loss but this is a unique and meaningful way to remember that special someone.

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“As the Hospice’s patron, I’m honoured to be hosting Light up a Life, especially as it’s during the charity’s 40th anniversary year.” Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice provides vital care to people and their loved ones who are living with life-limiting illness. The ‘Light up a Life’ ceremonies are part of the Hospice’s ‘Care at Christmas’ campaign. This year, it will cost the Hospice £24,658 to run its crucial services on Christmas Day so all donations will enable its expert team to continue to care for people over the festive season. To find out more about Light up a Life or to make a dedication in its Book of Remembrance, please visit:



Connected communities achieve the incredible Hello and Welcome to November

This issue is packed with things to do in the run up to Christmas. While most people enjoy the fireworks festivities, unfortunately many pets become highly distressed by fireworks. The loud noises and bright flashes of light can be very frightening to animals, and many animals become highly distressed. This can lead to animals running away, going missing, injuring themselves, and becoming susceptible to traffic accidents. Remember the 5th of Novemberkeep your pets inside and safe on Guy Fawkes night! With less than 8 weeks now to Christmas and as the Season of Goodwill approaches the support and generosity within communities has also stepped up a gear to be even more amazing, with individuals, businesses, churches and groups coming together Have a great Guy Fawkes Night – Keep Safe.

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Local Voluntary Services receive Queen’s Award The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) is the highest award given to volunteer groups across the UK to recognize exceptional service within their communities. This year 281 organisations received this award that was announced on 2 June 2019 with 16 recipients coming from the West Midlands region. Each of the voluntary service organisations were invited to an inaugural presentation event on Sunday 20 October at the Birmingham Hippodrome, where the Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, John Crabtree OBE presented the awards. This year’s awards included two remarkable people within our communities. Moor Pool Heritage Trust (MPHT) - Birmingham Moor Pool Heritage Trust (MPHT) was born in 2011 out of The Moor Pool Residents Association and the residents of Moor Pool Estate ceased the opportunity to acquire the historic hall and grounds on their Estate to save it from being broken up and create a special community facility. The Trust strives to protect, maintain and expand the community facilities that benefit local people. There are two community halls, the skittle alleys and tennis courts that house a number of clubs and societies, coffee mornings, meetings, training sessions and events. This includes the Moor Pool Skittle club that has been established since 1912.The land includes some allotments and the Nettlefold Garden that is looked after by the volunteer Garden Committee and used to provide an open space for the community to socialise and gather. The Trust has successfully obtained grants to make improvements and employ a caretaker, a halls & assets manager and an education manager who maximizes the natural resources and heritage of the Estate. Many volunteers support the initiative that is valued by its community as a vibrant hub.

Above: Simon Sterling and Jill Howes of the Moor Pool Heritage Trust.

Suited for Success - Birmingham Suited for Success (S4S) develops people’s employability and key life skills so they are ready for the job market through a variety of personal development activities, such as CV drafting, job searching, access to smart interview clothing and interview experience. All without a charge. The initiative would not be here if not for Patricia White, the group leader and managing director. Patricia took the initiative when BHS was closing to acquire equipment for her clothes store and struck an agreement with UBER, the taxi company, to take people to interviews without charge. On top of this, she and the team have established links with well-known organisations , such as legal and accounting firms to provide their staff as volunteers to offer critical mentoring. In the past 4 years nearly 500 people have been helped into employment and there are growing referrals from organisations approaching S4S for potential candidates. The charity welcomes all people from a cross section of the community and all cultures and backgrounds. Right: Patricia White and Sarah Greenhalgh from Suited For Success.


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A Great Festive Ballet

Win two tickets to Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker



a) Mozart b) Tchaikovsky c) Beethoven Email your answer along with your mobile phone number to: communications@brb.org.uk A winner will be selected at random on Wednesday 20th November and notified by e-mail. The winner will receive two tickets to a performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome *Terms and conditions apply. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.




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Birmingham Royal Ballet is giving a lucky HEM Life reader the chance to enjoy a fabulous evening watching the wonderful festive treat The Nutcracker. This worldfamous production by Sir Peter Wright, with exquisite designs by John Macfarlane, is acclaimed as one of the best in the world. Join young Clara as she is swept away into an enchanting winter wonderland of dancing snowflakes and a Sugar Plum Fairy. Her magical Christmas tree and her handsome prince with his army of toy soldiers are an unforgettable delight. In this most festive ballet, gigantic sets, lavish costumes, 60 dancers and a full orchestra combine to make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family.

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This November Birmingham Royal Ballet’s iconic production of Sir Peter Wright’s The Nutcracker returns to Birmingham Hippodrome, hailing in the festive season for its 29th year. We spoke to Principal dancer Brandon Lawrence who will be one of the stars of this year’s production. How would you describe the story of The Nutcracker to someone who has never seen it? A young girl called Clara sneaks downstairs on Christmas Eve to play with her new nutcracker doll and is swept up in a fantastic journey filled with toy soldiers, wicked rats, a sugar plum fairy and, of course, her handsome prince, all set against Tchaikovsky’s famous score. It’s such a great festive ballet, with gigantic sets and lavish costumes. With 60 dancers and a full orchestra it really does make the perfect Christmas treat for the entire family. What do you think is the reason The Nutcracker has remained so popular and an annual tradition for many people? I think audiences enjoy The Nutcracker for the same reason I do – it’s a true Christmas classic with a timeless score. It has all the festive things you might expect, including the iconic divertissements (a short dance which displays a dancers technical skill), which pull the Company together.

Brandon dancing the Prince in The Nutcracker Photo Credit: Bill Cooper

How would you suggest someone approaches watching ballet for the first time? As there are no words spoken during a ballet you could read up on the story beforehand so that can follow the narrative. However, there’s a no reason why you can’t come along without any knowledge of the piece at all and sit back, relax and enjoy the beautiful dance which is specially choreographed to tell the story! What are some of the traditions / rituals around ballet that audiences may not be aware of? In the theatre to wish someone ‘Good Luck’ is considered to be bad luck so in the ballet world we use a variety of alternatives including ‘Toi, Toi, Toi’ and ‘Chukkas’!

Limitless Learning at The Blue Coat School “What have you done today at school?” For a Blue Coat School pupil, the answer to this simple question is anything but straightforward! Over the last seven weeks of the Autumn term, their response could have been: achieving a Guinness World Record™; travelling back in time 2.5 million years to the Stone Age; living as an Anglo Saxon or Viking; practising medicine through time; drama on High Dunsinane Hill in Shakespeare’s play Macbeth; exploring the science behind gravity-defying magic tricks with Dr Pritchard; handling a baby python; learning to speak Korean, Russian, Portuguese, Italian and French as part of Languages Week or taking part in the inaugural Scotsman Run at Warley Woods. For Year 6, the priority has been preparation for the 11+ examination season but nevertheless, still an opportunity to take part in new extra-curricular activities such as archery, photography, yoga, STEM, as well as responsibilities including Digital Leaders, Science Ambassadors or School Council. The newly formed Eco-Committee has been busy carrying out an environmental review and the children have lots of ideas of how to make the school a more eco-friendly place.

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Blue Coat has opened its doors to welcome pupils from Quinton Church Primary and Chad Vale Primary for Forest School and Modern Foreign Languages Experience Days, as the 2019 Outreach programme got underway and at Harvest, we collected provisions for Quinton and Oldbury Foodbank, Baby Bank Central and shoeboxes for Operation Christmas Child. With no two days the same and opportunities a-plenty, it is no wonder that families are putting their child’s name down early. Our next Open Morning takes place on Saturday 25 January. For entry at age 7 years, please register now for our Entrance Test, Saturday 8 February 2020.

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6 Life Stories Teaching Children to Care Norfolk House School are firm believers that a happy and nurturing environment brings out the best in children.

Keeping class sizes small, focusing on the individual needs of each child and promoting good manners and mutual respect, are among the things they do to create a close-knit, mutually supportive community with a family atmosphere. However, their community extends far beyond the school grounds. Last half term, Year 6 held a hugely successful coffee morning in aid of Macmillan, the charity that prides itself on providing physical, financial and emotional support to people who find they are suffering from cancer. Mrs Stone (Head of Art) helped Year 6 publicise the event to the whole community by decorating the façade of the school with giant cupcakes, which looked good enough to eat! This half term, Warwick Charity, led by Mrs Hifle (Head of KS1 and EYFS) and the two House Captains, Amrit and Siyam, will be encouraging the whole school to support their fundraising activities in aid of Edward’s Trust. Edward’s Trust provides holistic family bereavement services supporting children, young people and parents across the West Midlands. All children in Key Stage 1 and EYFS will be making kites to decorate the school. The children in Kenilworth House have started raising money for Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Mr Champs (Head of Teaching and Learning) felt inspired to support Kenilworth House by donating money he raised by running The Birmingham Half Marathon to their charity -These projects are just a small part of all the work the children do in the community.

Community forms a large part of the Headmistress Challenge that all children take part in from the age of 3 until they leave the school at the end of Year 6. Children are encouraged to think of the needs of others, whether by taking part in the choir tour of residential homes such as Ryland Place, Henbury and Hagley Village, helping Mrs Meehan keep the library tidy or by looking after the younger children at playtime. Some children have taken on their own personal challenges Jeevan, Year 1, ran the Great Birmingham Mini Raceand raised £300 forBirmingham St. Mary’s Hospice. By developing this sense of community, Norfolk House School Headmistress Susannah Palmer believes that their pupils will become supportive and charitable young people.

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the fourth year in a row - each year since the new top ten format was adopted by Keep Britain Tidy. People’s enthusiasm for The People’s Park is clearly not diminishing as Warley Woods are managing to make the list each year, with eleven Green Flag Awards confirming standards are kept high. Warley Woods are equally proud of their Top Ten Banners - because this shows that what the Community Trust does is appreciated by the people who use the park every day.

Litter Pick for Smethwick 9th November & 14th December The Dorothy Parkes Centre, Smethwick is working with Friends of Thimblemill Brook to carry out conservation and litter picks around the Brook. They will carry out a litter pick along ‘Section C’ of the brook from Church Road, along Stanhope Road as far as Davison Road. The group meet at 10am on the second Saturday of the month at the Dorothy Parkes Centre. Gloves, bags, and litter picks provided 2019 : 9th November & 14th December Free refreshments afterwards. All welcome. FB: @dorothyparkescentre w: www.dorothyparkes.org

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Making bold moves in the industry

Bobby Singh, 39, is an award-winning business owner, a family man and one of the most recognisable leaders in the real estate sector. The proud entrepreneur is the brains behind, and quite literally the face of, Love Your Postcode – a business which has brought a breath of fresh air to the region’s real estate and business community. LYPC is marketed as No.1 Performance&™ Estate Agency’. So, what does that mean exactly? Bobby Sing explains, “Love Your Postcode was created differently from inception. Firstly, we choose not to compete with traditional old school agents or the online sector, but instead chose to create our own market. Secondly, we created products that were heavily results-focused and backed by a personal guarantee. Thirdly, we challenged ourselves to stand out, create a strong brand and a make a difference.” “We looked at the various models available and analysed the flaws. The core values were always the same, home-sellers want a distinguished and reputable brand, local expertise, transparency, and care. Speed of sale and a final price that was promised on the outset are also two key factors. I say ‘final’ because too many inflated prices are slowing down the market at the mid to top price bracket.”

It’s certainly a bold business model, but one that is working well. Despite riding high on the business success, his feet have never left the ground. Trust, care and hard work are the values that Bobby leads his life by and are what have influenced him to use his business presence to give back to the community. Moving from headline sponsorship in 2018 to ‘official property partner’ with Grand Designs Live 2019; a Channel 4 series that has been gracing our TV screens for twenty years.

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10 Business Life Dealing with strong personalities


100 organisations sign the This is Me pledge

Every workforce includes a mix of personalities, but not every manager HR with has received the training Omar Rashid required to know HR Dept. how best to deal with them. Below are some useful tips on how to manage strong personalities in the workplace. Hushing a strong personality in front of their coworkers will do little to solve a problem. They may argue back and cause further disruption. Their point is important to them after all. Rather than asking them to keep it down, practice patience and offer a suitable time and place for their voice to be heard. If they persist, make it an immediate 121 to discuss their conduct. After suggesting an appropriate time for them to air their views, be sure to follow through with the offer. If you don’t, they will pop up like a meerkat at the next available opportunity and your patience will really start to be tested. Use the meeting to provide them with an outlet for their pressing issues. These may be a stream of ideas. Discuss appropriate channels of communication and how their needs fit into the wider priorities of the department or business. If their ideas can’t be pushed through, add context and explain why. Or if you spot potential during the discussion, think about how you might like to benefit from their energy and enthusiasm in a different role. If you can create an environment where each member of the team feels valued and understands each other’s preferred communication style you will really benefit from the different personality strengths.

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A pioneering campaign to improve mental health in the workplace has taken off in the West Midlands with 100 organisations signing the This is Me pledge in just 10 months. Nationally, more than 700 businesses and service providers have taken up the initiative since its launch four years ago and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) signed up and began promoting it across the region in January. Birmingham-based theatre in education company Loudmouth becomes the 100th business to sign up to This Is Me in the week in which World Mental Health Day is marked tomorrow (October 10). Director Eleanor Vale said, “We are really excited to sign up to the campaign. At Loudmouth, we run theatre in education sessions in schools to help raise awareness and reduce the stigma around mental health and so are excited to look at how we can use the This Is Me resources and ideas to look at the same issues with our own workforce.”

The campaign, developed by Barclays, takes a three-pronged approach. Employees can share their experiences through videos and blogs, to normalise the conversation about mental health in the workplace. They are encouraged to wear a green ribbon as a sign of support to colleagues who may be struggling and a Wellbeing in the City e-learning programme, devised by the Samaritans, equips staff with the skills to manage their own mental health as well as support others before they reach crisis point. Other high-profile organisations that have signed up to the campaign, which is also supported by Mind, City Mental Health Alliance and Business Healthy, include Network Rail, Birmingham and the Big Lottery Fund. To find out more and sign up to This is Me West Midlands visit: w: wmca.org.uk/thisisme e: thisisme@wmca.org.uk

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Acc-Unique Solutions is a modern accountancy practice with a difference. Our investment in cloud technology has enabled us to develop a totally paperless system which is GDPR compliant, environmentally friendly and extremely efficient for our clients and staff. As many business owners will agree, ‘great bookkeepers’ are hard to find.

Traditionally a bookkeeper has always been expected to be organised and reliable with a sharp attention to detail. Those qualities are still very important, as is a sound understanding of the double-entry bookkeeping system. However nowadays a bookkeeper’s role requires much more. Business owners need someone who can take charge of their company finances, ensure that every deadline is met and to implement a system that complies with auto-enrolment pension duties, minimum wage regulations, making tax digital… the list is endless! In order to keep the business ahead of the competition the bookkeeper needs to be innovative, have excellent IT skills and be ready to embrace the very latest software and technology. They should be able to provide professional reports for important business meetings as well as up to date figures from the touch of a smart phone. At Acc-Unique Solutions we train our staff to have all these qualities. Students who enrol on our Sage accounting programme have the opportunity to learn basic,

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intermediate and advanced Sage skills at our offices in Harborne. There is also the option of 1-1 study support for those who choose the Sage University learning route. Those that show commitment and have the qualities required to become a ‘great bookkeeper’ are offered work experience or an apprenticeship and will work in our office and at our clients. Students joining our training programme can be sure that they are taking the first step towards an exciting accountancy career. Clients joining our practice can be sure that they will benefit from a bank of qualified accountancy staff and apprentices who are tailor-trained by Acc-Unique Solutions. If you are looking for a ‘great bookkeeper’ or you want to be a ‘great bookkeeper’ call Fiona Wilson on 0121 684 7618 or visit our website at www.Acc-Uniquesolutions.co.uk

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Three Difficult Conversations In an age when it seems that almost anything goes when it comes to the content of TV shows and films it surprises me that death is still such a taboo subject for discussion. We all know we are going to die one day but it is not a subject we are comfortable talking about. This can lead to problems when we lose someone close to us. I suggest three areas where some advance discussion can be invaluable When clients make wills I always ask about funeral arrangements. Many of them say they have never talked about it. In the event of a sudden death this places an additional burden on the survivor who has to think what the deceased would have wanted. There is no need to make detailed plans in advance but a discussion as to the basics, such as whether burial or cremation is desired, is a step in the right direction. Other basic decisions include the type of service, religious or humanist, desired. Another area where prior discussion helps is organ donation. This can be an emotive subject and it is possible family members will disagree amongst themselves. Decisions often have to be made quickly so discussing in advance what you feel about the subject is very helpful. If you sign the donor register tell your family. We encourage clients to make powers of attorney for health and welfare as well as their finances. Within the document you can elect for the attorney to have authority to consent to or refuse life sustaining treatment for you. It is vitally important they are aware of your feelings on matters such as artificial feeding and hydration, resuscitation etc. Have the discussion before the situation arises and it will make life easier for everyone. Rubric Lois King Solicitors t: 0121 450 7800 www.rlksolicitors.com


Grant won for science education work

Birmingham Botanical Gardens (BBG) has been awarded an £11,000 grant from the Millennium Point Trust, to deliver a science education project at its 15-acre city site. The award, one of 34 Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) awards worth £410,000 from the Millennium Point Charitable Trust’s Small Grants Programme, will be used to deliver an exciting programme of bespoke, laboratory-style workshops that will enable schoolchildren to investigate plant DNA and to undertake experiments into the science behind the amazing world of plants. James Jarvis, education manager of the Edgbaston-based charity, said the funding will pay for a minimum of 35 Sensational Science workshops during the academic year 2019/20, providing opportunities for up to 1,000 primary school children from Birmingham and West Midlands. “We would like to put on record our thanks to Millennium Point Trust for its support for our work and its important commitment to developing the STEM agenda in this region,” he said. “We are especially delighted that this grant will help support the prohibitive costs of travel for up to 20 of our most deprived local schools, a cost we know to be a barrier to some of our closest inner city schools. “Thanks to the grant, we are able to provide the additional benefit to schools of being able to access the Gardens, where they can stay for as long as they choose.” Profits from the commercial activities at Millennium Point, a multiaward-winning venue and charity in the Eastside of Birmingham City centre, are invested through the Millennium Point Charitable Trust into projects, events and initiatives which support the growth and development of STEM and education in the West Midlands region. The Gardens’ education department can be contacted at: e: education@birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk t: 0121 450 5093

with DEREK CASE Company Chairman Mortons Funeral Directors

Help lighten someone’s loneliness Loneliness is no respecter of age, gender or social status. It leaves us feeling isolated and anxious; it can make us doubt our self worth and lead to a loss of confidence. Bereavement is one very obvious cause of loneliness. The loss of a dear relative or friend is painful enough whenever it occurs, but the sadness does seem to be amplified during the long winter nights. What for many is a wonderful time of family celebration can leave those who are dreading spending Christmas without that someone special, feeling lonely and desolate. That’s why it’s so important for all of us to reach out the hand of friendship where we can. Many of us have experienced loss of a loved one, I count myself amongst you. Remembering those we have loved and lost will bring a tear to our eyes and that is the price we pay for loving, but I do hope that each of you can find something positive during your grief, something that makes you smile and that will uplift you. Above all I hope this Christmas you’re kind to yourself and that you get the opportunity make happy memories. Do come and join us Whilst we can’t claim to have the antidote to loneliness, we would encourage any one of you who is feeling lonely to join us at our Mortons Monday Club, where others who are on the same journey come together in a very informal way and share their experiences (or not) as they choose. Mortons Monday Club runs 11.00am – 12.30pm on the first Monday of every month (except bank holidays when we meet on the second Monday) at The Ivy Suite, Mortons Funeral Directors in Northfield. It’s free, there’s no membership, you choose when you come along and dip in and out as you need. You can expect tea, coffee, biscuits and a genuine welcome so, do come and join us. t: 0121 476 9111 e: info@mortonsfunerals.co.uk www.mortonsfunerals.co.uk

Put the Garage to use!

It’s been dubbed the new loft – the garage is the latest room being considered for conversion by families who are running out of space, or people needing to adapt their homes through ageing or ill health. According to a report by bank Santander, of the 9.3 million private garages in the UK, 650,000 have already been turned into bedrooms/wet rooms as well as home offices, kitchen extensions, utility rooms or sitting rooms. And a further 470,000 are going to be converted into extra living space. Converting a garage into usable living space is an affordable and relatively simple job compared to a loft conversion. It can also be done with minimal disturbance to your home. But before you start, you’ll need to consider the following. Permission isn’t usually required for a garage conversion, provided the work is internal and doesn’t involve enlarging the building. However, you must check with your local authority’s planning department first. Garage’s that are listed or located in conservation areas will be less straightforward to convert. In all cases, your conversion will have to comply with Building Regulations, so speak to your council’s building control department before you begin. Some councils will also require Planning Permission if you’ll be substantially changing the exterior of your house. Santander bank calculates that the average garage conversion costs between £6,300 to £10,000 once it’s been plastered and decorated. (Without furniture). Working out to be much cheaper than

moving home and can keep you living on one level if needed. This enables you to stay in your home and pay a care company to come in which is far better than the £40,000 a year for a care home. The benefit is spending less and keeping more, staying independent and safe in your own home with access to your garden, surrounded by neighbours and friends that know you and most of all space for Grandchildren and Great Grandchildren to visit and run around. Senior Home Solutions specialises in adapting areas of your home to benefit your needs, from relocating toilets or adding new. The garage conversion can bring your living space onto one living level giving you access and independence. Not everyone wants to leave the comfort of their home and the memories that have been made. My friend’s father said to him “I know I cannot mow my lawn or dig the vegetable patch, but I still want to be able to sit and see and smell it, whilst I watch you do it!” Senior Home Solutions links with local Designers and Architects that are up to date with building regulations and local authorities. Our aim to keep you Safe and Independent at home.

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

The Green Machine Rolls On

It’s an undeniable fact that the flourishing CBD market shows no signs of slowing down; the momentum which has gathered in the UK over the past few years is a clear sign that people are becoming far more aware of the fact that cannabis has the potential to do much more than get you high!

Our History

Lead by 33 year old owner of Green Machine, Paul Moore who was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis, his doctors offered 2 options, take copious amounts of steroids with their multitude of side effects, or undertake a treatment known as DMARDs (DiseaseModifying Antirheumatic Drugs). The side effects of which are lengthy but not nearly as inconvenient and life changing as the treatment itself. Learning that he would not be able to have children throughout this treatment and that he would constantly be visiting the hospital for the administration of the treatment, Green Machines owner decided to seek an alternative route. Learning that CBD oil was an effective and potential way to tackle the rheumatism he undertook a journey lasting year’s to source and develop the best CBD products using only the ingredients that actually registered a beneficial effect on him and his condition. Nearly 2 years later and CBD is providing pain relief, movement and a massive reduction in inflammation in the 33 year old owner and for this reason, Paul and his team decided to take their products to the public to offer the same experience and are fighting the good fight in the name of quality above all else.

Quality Counts

Our Green Machines desire for quality meant that the team had to scour the globe to find the highest quality CBD they could import and while they initially thought that they would get much of their product from the EU, they now import the majority of their products from the USA products which they now sell through their retail outlets. Alongside producing and selling e-liquids and vaporizers, they found that there was a growing market for CBD flowers and CBD-based teas, topicals and tinctures (among other things). Seeing that there was the potential to expand to the desire of the blossoming market, their decision to move with the times gained them a reputation for being forward-thinking, knowledgeable and innovative. Green Machine is poised to become recognised as an industry leader for customer focused CBD treatment in the retail space and cannabis consultancy for those looking to get involved in the exciting potential of a cannabis-infused future online and instore.

The store everyone is talking about

Having already opened 4 stores in the last 6 months, Birmingham’s new store has opened in Quinton where you can pop in for a browse, or chat and learn much more about the range of products available. If you’d like to find out more then head over to:

www.greenmachinecbd.co.uk and check it out for yourself.

Green Machine 385 Hagley Rd West Quinton B32 2AL

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Preparation for 2020 visitors to the city

Plans for a £25million regeneration of Birmingham’s city centre which include bringing Victoria Square’s famous ‘Floozie in the Jacuzzi’ fountain back into use were revealed in October. Proposals to improve the city centre as it prepares to welcome around half a million more visitors to the city during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games were discussed at Cabinet on 29 October. The multi-million improvements to public spaces in the city centre, set out in the report, will include: ✓✓ Renewing 40,000 sq m of public realm ✓✓ Repair and restore The River fountain in Victoria Square ✓✓ Extending the pedestrian area around Victoria Square ✓✓ Improving security measures at 19 city centre locations ✓✓ Replacing pavement, lighting columns, CCTV and street furniture

Public realm assets and areas around the city centre are in need of improvement, and as such these proposals will help create a gateway to the Commonwealth Games, providing a lasting legacy for Birmingham by creating a place that will enhance the city centre visitor experience, support retail business and a cleaner environment. Over a million tickets will be sold to those who attend Commonwealth Games events in Birmingham and across the West Midlands in 2022, with more than 447,000 people expected to visit the city during Games time. Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “Our city centre welcomes more than 42 million people a year, and following the regeneration works around Centenary Square and Paradise, it’s now time for us to

revitalise the business and retail areas. “Birmingham 2022 provides us with an opportunity to bring forward these improvements and these exciting plans will ensure we can offer a world-class welcome to all for the Commonwealth Games – and beyond.” The proposed works will be carried out in two phases. The first stage will include improvements to Victoria Square, Colmore Row, Waterloo St, New St, Ethel St, Lower Temple St and Temple St. The second phase will incorporate areas around Bennetts

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Hill, Temple Row, High St, Union St, Union Passage, Warwick Passage and Needless Alley. The works programme will also include permanent hostile vehicle security (HVM) measures as part of a comprehensive safety and security strategy for the city centre, which through this project will be integrated into the street scene, replacing temporary measures that have been in situ for several years. Funding of £5million has already been secured as part of the Government’s Transforming Cities

Fund. Further funding of £5million is being sought from a capital budget for public realm that is part of the overall Commonwealth Games budget, confirmed earlier this year as being a £778million investment into the city and region. Revenue generated by the Birmingham Clean Air Zone project has also been identified as a funding source for this city centre improvement scheme. *information correct at time of publishing

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On October 17th in 1969, Black Sabbath played Henry’s Blueshouse in its then home at The Crown pub on Station Street.

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50 years of Black Sabbath

The fact that Black Sabbath played Henry’s is in itself unremarkable, as they appeared there regularly, easily the venue’s biggest draw. What was significant was the date. It was the day after they finished recording their first album, entitled Black Sabbath. That statement itself could be misleading, as it was also the day that they started recording. The album that went platinum or gold in virtually every territory in the world, that has been rereleased virtually every year since somewhere in the world, was recorded in just twelve hours. On October 15th, almost exactly 50 years later but for two days, a remarkable event took place at the current Henry’s Blueshouse on Bishopsgate Street close to Five Ways. To mark the anniversary, the evening was turned over to a celebration of the album that marked the very beginning of Heavy Metal. The finest of the Black Sabbath tribute bands, Sabbra Cadabra, came down from their Manchester base to deliver two sets of pure Black Sabbath. The opening set reproduced the entire first eponymously titled Black Sabbath album, including the show stopping thunder and lightning storm which set the scene for the finest intro to any rock song – ever. The second set reproduced the Paranoid album with a somewhat

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surprising encore, Blue Suede Shoes. Unlikely though it might seem today, this was the first ever song recorded by Black Sabbath - and which has never been released. Yet. People travelled to Henry’s from as far as High Wycombe, Yorkshire and Bristol while there were online comments from Australia and California. On the night, all furniture that was not screwed down

was removed, the audience started to arrive as early as 5pm and there were as many people enjoying the rock and roll atmosphere elsewhere in the pub as there were squeezed into the gig room. Sabbra Cadabra were magnificent. As Black Sabbath’s original manager, I can vouch for their uncannily authentic performance, taking me right back to the Henry’s of 1969.

After the cries for more died away, we made a presentation to the “Ozzy” of the band. A kitchen tap to be worn on a piece of string around his neck, perfectly in the style of Ozzy when he first played Henry’s as singer with Earth, before they namechanged to Black Sabbath and became, without doubt, the most influential band in the history of Rock.

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Protect your eyes with MATT ROSE Brittain Opticians

with JANET EASTWOOD Janet Eastwood Acupuncture

with JOHN HILL Fit Brummie Bootcamp

with PHILLIP MORRIS Confidents Denture Clinic

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It’s that time of year again

Endometriosis – a tricky problem!

How to start getting ahead

Clinical Dental Technician role?

Darkness makes most things indistinguishable to our eyes, causes stress and a feeling of insecurity for many motorists who drive at night. In addition to our visual acuity going down with decreasing brightness, our pupils widen in the dark, which makes them much more prone to irritation through light reflection and glare.

Endometriosis is a chronic condition characterised by growth of tissue that usually lines the inside of the uterus, in sites outside the uterus, most commonly in the pelvic cavity, but also in other parts of the body (RCOG 2006). For women who have this problem life can be an ever recurring cycle of pain. This ectopic tissue responds to the hormonal changes of the menstrual cycle, with subsequent bleeding, inflammation, and pain. Although the condition may be without symptoms, it can also include heavy, painful and prolonged bleeding along with non-cyclical pelvic and abdominal pain, and subfertility (RCOG 2006). Current medical treatments include drugs such as NSAIDs, combined oral contraceptives, progestogens, androgenic agents and gonadotrophin releasing hormone analogues, as well as surgical excision of endometriotic lesions. However, management of pain in women with endometriosis is not always successful with drugs alone. Acupuncture treatment may provide an extra support and be of benefit by helping to provide pain relief: stimulating the nervous system, causing the release of neurochemical messenger molecules. The resulting biochemical changes influencing the body’s homeostatic mechanisms, thus helping to reduce pain and promote physical and emotional well-being. If you suffer with this condition and find your life is affected with pain, lack of sleep fear and anxiety at certain times of the month, talk to your doctor and also consider an acupuncture assessment and course of treatments – it may just provide that extra support that you need to help you cope.

You may have noticed something about fitness people like me. We LOVE a motivational quote. - Why do we love a good quote? Well, some of us think that quotes are going to get people moving.



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

Technical progress means new challenges for our eyes.

The improved visibility of modern headlights comes with an increased light density and luminance. To a lot of people these headlights therefore feel brighter and more blinding. Improvements in lens technology means there is an answer to this problem: You can now buy glasses to give you a clear view and get you to your destination as safely and relaxed as possible with an anti-reflective coating especially for driving. It significantly reduces irritating glare and reflections from oncoming traffic, wet surfaces and other sources. This coating is available on most lenses, but there are lenses specifically made for driving. It doesn’t matter, whether you need single vision or progressive lenses. With a Drive lens you get a product that is perfectly suited to your needs as a motorist. Drive lenses will display the far away distance with extra clarity and eliminate distortion around the edges. In a varifocal Drive lens, all distances will be sharper, and you’ll even have a great view of all the dials on the dashboard. So, get ready for Autumn and get fitted with your very own ‘Drive Lenses.’ www.brittainopticians.co.uk

The sad truth? - Words are words and actions are actions. You will ONLY get results if you act. What I want to do today is take a quote and help you turn that into action. The quote in question is “The key to getting ahead is getting started� Most people fail at any sort of fitness or weight loss kick because they don’t ever “really� get started. To make my point here, the word “motivation� literally means the “motive to act or take action� Getting started on something is acting and acting leads to motivation. The more action you take, the more motivated you are and so on. So, what is the “key� to getting started? Well that’s simple. Do something. If you are currently doing nothing, start by doing something. Let’s look at something like the ‘coach to 5km’ program. You don’t start by running. You start by run/walking and then build up to running. If you don’t want to learn how to run? Start by doing a 30 minute walk a day? If you haven’t got 30 minutes a day? Start by doing 50 bodyweight squats (this will take about 2 minutes) See how simple this is? If you want to get ahead, just get started. Remember, it’s all good fun until... your jeans don’t fit anymore!

More black organ donors urgently needed

New figures show seven black people in the West Midlands in the last five years have donated their organs after they have died, underlining the severe shortage of black organ donors.


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In contrast there are 36 black patients in the West Midlands currently waiting for an organ transplant. Although black patients can receive an organ from a white donor, for many patients the best blood and tissue match, and the best outcome from their transplant, will come from a donor of the same ethnicity. In the last five years, seven black people in the West Midlands have donated a kidney as a living donor. Anthony Clarkson, Director of Organ Donation and Transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said, “Black patients in desperate need of a transplant to save or drastically improve their lives are depending on people from their community to decide they want to be a lifesaving donor, either after they die or during their lifetime through living donation. Organ donation is a

very dignified and respectful process. The donor is treated with the greatest care, and our nurses work with families to ensure all their faith and cultural considerations are respected�. In 2020, the law around organ donation will be changing in both England and Scotland. Both countries will be introducing an opt out system for organ donation, just as Wales did in December 2015 and Jersey did in July this year. While being an organ donor is down to individual choice, it is concerning that the majority of people who have recorded an opt out decision on the NHS Organ Donor Register are from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds, and this could further impact patients in need of organ transplants from their communities. Some people are concerned about the process itself, or whether their faith or beliefs will be respected, so NHS Blood and Transplant is encouraging people to find out more about organ donation and about the position of their faith or belief system Videos can be viewed on the NHS Organ Donation YouTube channel. Or visit: www.organdonation.nhs.uk

Edgbaston Christmas Lights Switch On

Highfield Road, Edgbaston Friday 22 November, 4pm - 7pm Lights switch on at 6pm Meet Santa, Mrs Claus and the reindeer

Helter Skelter and children’s fairground rides

Elmhurst Ballet School dance display

Dance to the Miss Fortunes

John Dalziel (JD) from Free Radio

Listen to the school choir

Gourmet food and drink

‘Frozen’ inspired performance

www.edgbastonvillage.co.uk/christmas2019 #EdgbastonLights


Please note: Highfield Road and Westbourne Crescent will be closed to vehicular access between 12 noon and 10pm on Friday 22 November 2019. Limited blue badge parking only available on site, public transport is highly recommended.

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Cat Naps: a great idea!

There is always a solution

Our home is where our heart is

Let’s clean up your social media feed

with Nick Zygouris The Oaktree Clinic

with Fiona Wilson Acc – Unique Solutions

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

Career & Life with Clara Wilcox The Balance Collective

Insomnia is a common and debilitating condition. It may lead to feeling low in mood and definitely in energy, difficulty in focusing, resulting in reduced performance even in the simplest of tasks. Most people may think that napping in the daytime, no matter how tired you are would ‘take the edge off’ the night time sleep. Sleep Research now suggests contrary to this popular belief, that if you suffer from poor night sleep napping in the day can help improve performance and reduce the risk of accidents without worsening the symptoms of insomnia. You may get away with taking short naps, as long as you were to follow these guidelines below for best results: Sleep Research suggests:

• Nap between 10 and 45 minutes. Napping less is not as beneficial and napping longer can induce deep sleep, which can disrupt night time sleep. • Take a nap between 1 pm and 4 pm. Again, sleeping later can disrupt your night time sleep. Good news for coffee lovers is that having a coffee before your nap can further improve how alert you feel afterwards. And, if your mind is too alert, try listening to some relaxing music as you nap. You can learn more useful skills and techniques to combat insomnia by talking to a specialist mental health practitioner t: 0121 314 0330 www.oaktreeclinicmidlands.co.uk

HEM Life are delighted to welcome Fiona Wilson, Director and owner of Acc-Unique Solutions Ltd to our panel of columnists. Acc-Unique Solutions Ltd are a friendly, family run management accountancy practice that has grown steadily since 1997, with their move to Harborne in 2018 they have put many exciting development plans in place for the future. After 15 years working as a PA and departmental secretary and completing a 3 year IT course Fiona set up FW Bookkeeping & Secretarial Services. As a sole trader she worked with small businesses in the local area to provide secretarial and bookkeeping support. Efficient systems and practices were developed during those early years, going on to form the core practices that allow Acc-Unique to provide their services today to businesses in all sectors. One of Acc-Unique’s main objectives is to provide real opportunities for talented young people who want to progress into a career in the Accountancy & Finance sector. Apprentices are offered qualifications in the UK’s leading accounting qualifications and supported every step of the way with study and personal well-being support to ensure their time is both successful and enjoyable. The development of their apprentices has proved complimentary to the services they provide, with specific training implemented to suit their clients and more availability for on-site accountancy and bookkeeping support. Fiona will be covering a specific area every month, whether it’s a career move or your business that feels at a crossroads – there is always a solution!

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We are encouraged to make lifestyle changes as we get older… Exercise more, reconsider sugar and alcohol intake. But what about preserving our ability to stay in our homes? Take a look around your house, what do you think would help you? The Centre of Ageing Better reports that home aids and adaptations play a significant role in enabling people to stay mobile and independent for longer. Aids and adaptations can include anything from handrails, grab rails and lighting improvements to stairlifts, wet rooms, level access showers, kitchen modernisation and accessible gardens. Are you put off by the idea of adapting your home? Ipsos MORI reports that many people are put off by their perception of home adaptations. The Centre for Ageing Better shows that once adaptations are installed, they can have a lifechanging impact. As well as reducing the risk of falls and increasing mobility, adaptations also help people to feel more independent, more in control and, in some cases, enable people to increase their social participation. Adaptations around your home can make you feel safer and give you independence so you can enjoy living at home. There are modern aids available that do not look clinical. I would like to hear from HEM reader’s about their concerns as they consider adapting their homes to suit their needs in later life.

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Are you paying attention to the information you consume? We are now in an age where our village is digital. We reach out, often to strangers, to find information and connection. These can offer reassurance, ideas and inspiration; but too often, it doesn’t! This issue of comparing ourselves with a digital version comes up a lot with my coaching. People want to connect with others that are on the same path; but there are times that the information they see does more harm than good. They start thinking “I should be doing more”, “My life doesn’t look like theirs” or, the troubling, “I think I’m not a good enough parent when I look at them”. Comparisonitis is infectious. It can lead you to spend so much time wanting to change, that you don’t appreciate the realities what you have. So, today, I want you to start simple by paying attention to your digital diet. Are these posts in your feed inspirational, or do they make you feel worse? We all know, deep down, that what we see isn’t reality! So, why are you comparing yourself to edited highlights? Today I want you to unfollow ANYTHING and EVERYONE that makes you feel less than. Make sure that your digital diet is healthy and inspiring; pay attention to what you consume the same way you pay attention to what you eat. It all adds up to having a healthier, fulfilled and positive life

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On Saturday 12th October we auctioned two more fantastic properties in Birmingham and we are delighted to say both properties sold! However, it is the story behind the first property that we think is of interest. I came into the process after members of the family had almost agreed to market the property located on Moor Green Lane, Birmingham via a local estate agent. It had been appraised at £180,000 with a recommendation from the estate agent to accept £170,000. We were confident that we could realise the upper end of our auction estimate of £155,000 to £175,000. Our property auctions are now well established and on every single property put to auction we are at times bombarded with pre auction cash offers. We understand why an estate agent would recommend cash buyers. They get their money quicker. However, we know better than anyone, that if you get two real cash buyers bidding the price will increase and generate a true market value.

We are relative newcomers to the property auction industry, but in no way are we new to public auctions. We never overload buyers with hidden fees which obviously depress value. We offer buyers a transparent and honest platform from which to bid and therefore deliver a true market value. We work hard for our money in terms of extended viewing, extensive marketing and personal boutique approach to our vendors. Each property has the protection of a professional, common-sense reserve and auction estimates that relate to it. Buyers are not stupid. Just because a vendor may be in need of a certainty of sale and quick money does not mean that the auctioneer or estate agent should devalue the property and take a cash offer. Biddle & Webb never accept cash offers. On this occasion we are delighted to announce that Biddle & Webb realised £198,000. t: 0121 455 8042 e: info@biddleandwebb.com www.biddleandwebb.com


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E The service remembers those we have loved and lost but not forgotten. Everyone attending will be able to write a message on a memorial star, gifted by Mortons, who carefully place them upon their massive Tree of Light. Warm drinks and light refreshments will be served both before and after the service. Derek, Chairman of Mortons Funerals says, “It’s an awe-inspiring experience to see several hundred families each year, coming together to share the tears and smiles that such a moving and inclusive service inevitably brings. Whilst there are moments of quiet contemplation, there are also rousing Christmas Carols led by The Salvation Army Band, interlaced with readings and prayers. Each year we select a popular song which is sung by local musicians and gives an opportunity for sensitive reflection. After the service much conversation is enjoyed and new friendships made over shared biscuits and copious cups of tea and coffee. It’s clear, that though tinged with some sadness, everyone appreciates the opportunity to join in a seasonal act of remembrance for those they had loved and lost”.

There are no restrictions upon the number of friends and family who can attend so anyone who may find comfort in this service will be made very welcome. This event has always been very well attended in previous years, so if you would like to join in please make sure you arrive in plenty of time to avoid disappointment – once the marquee reaches capacity, for reasons of safety and comfort, the doors will close. The service starts at 3.00pm on Sunday 1st December at Mortons Funerals, 705 Bristol Road South, Northfield, Birmingham B31 2JT. There is no car parking on site for this occasion but the Northfield Shopping Centre, opposite the front of the office has a large car parking facility. If you are unable to attend the service, but would still like a memorial star for your loved one, please contact Mortons on 0121 476 9111 and arrangements will be made for a star to be prepared and placed upon the Tree of Light on your behalf.

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Birmingham’s annual Remembrance Day Service will take place on Colmore Row, opposite St Philip’s Cathedral, on Sunday 10 November, attended by military veterans and Armed Forces representatives. The parade will include exservice personnel, regular, reserve and cadet units from the Armed Forces who, with representatives of other local uniformed organisations, will march on from Temple Row from 10.30am.

At 10.50am, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Cllr Mohammed Azim, and Chaplain Rev Msg Canon Robert Corrigan will - along with the Vice Lord Lieutenant, the Bishop of Birmingham andsenior representatives from the Army, Royal Air Force and Royal Navy - walk from the Council House to Colmore Row. The service will begin at 10.55am. A two-minute silence will be observed at 11am, after which wreaths will be laid at the Cenotaph by Armed Forces representatives, veterans and dignitaries. The event will end with a march past at 11.40am. The Lord Mayor said, “As we prepare to honour our promise never to forget all those who sacrificed so much, I would encourage Birmingham’s citizens to join us for this act of remembrance. It is important that we take time to remember all men and women who have died while serving their country, at war and in peacetime.” Members of the public are encouraged to attend the service and pay tribute to the men and women of our Armed Forces who lost their lives in service. As a mark of respect, the nearby Frankfurt Christmas Market will be closed until 1pm on Sunday 10 November and traders will observe a two-minute silence on Monday, 11 November.

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The Alphabet of Wine

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


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Kamptal is an historic wine region in Austria, located in the north of the country around the town of Langenlois, north of the River Danube. Along with nearby Wachau (arguably Austria’s most famous wine region), Kamptal is a renowned producer of some of Austria’s best dry white wines, made with Riesling and the native Grüner Veltliner grape varieties. Although close to the Danube, Kamptal’s main feature is the River Kamp, which flows south through the region before meeting the larger river, bringing a cooling influence to the vineyards and producing lively, elegant and food-friendly examples of Austria’s two most famous white wines.


Kirwan is a famous château in the Margaux area of Bordeaux, located about 2km inland from the southern bank of the great Gironde, just north of where the Dordogne and Garonne rivers meet the estuary. Château Kirwan, interestingly, was founded in 1760 by an Irish shopkeeper, Mark Kirwan, following his marriage to the daughter of Sir John Collingwood, an English merchant who was also one of the first Bordeaux négociants. Granted 3me Cru status in the Bordeaux classification of 1855, Kirwan produces a majestic, rich and velvety red wine made with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Cabernet Franc. Its second wine, Charmes de Kirwan, is a gentler version of its big brother.


Krüg is a prestigious champagne house established in 1843 by Joseph Krüg, a winemaker born in the Rhineland region of Germany in 1800. Starting professional life as a trader, his travels took him to Paris in 1834, where in due course he began working for the leading champagne house of Jacquesson. Having learned his trade, Joseph founded his own house nine years later, and Champagne Krüg’s reputation as a luxury brand has grown ever since. The house’s best known offering is their Grand Cuvée, a nonvintage champagne carefully crafted from wines from up to ten different years, and typically aged in cellar for a further six years. Combining power with elegance, it’s not surprising that Krüg’s champagnes come with a pretty hefty price tag.


Ambitions and Dreams Fund A new fund to help the next generation of fearless females pursue their ambitions and dreams was launched by Birmingham City Council and the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity on 14 October. The announcement marks a year since Once Upon A Time In Birmingham: Women Who Dared To Dream – a book the council commissioned to mark the centenary of women getting the vote was published with proceeds going into a legacy fund. Proceeds from the book published by local, female-run The Emma Press have been used to set up the fund, which will be run by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham’s Charity. Applications can be made for individual grants of up to £250 to support academic or career dreams – be it an activity, course, books, equipment or accessing work experience. Applicants must live in Birmingham and be in education or training within the city. To apply for a grant visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/lordmayorbirmingham/ info/7/book_legacy_fund/6/book_legacy_fund_ grants_scheme Closing date for applications: 12 January 2020

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A key policy area for the Calthorpe Residents’ Society is that of safety and security. Our members are increasingly concerned about rising crime coupled with reduced Police resources We now accept that the Police can only do so much and that we as citizens have to take reasonable, sensible measures to make ourselves less likely to become victims of crime. To that end, in collaboration with the Moor Pool Residents’ Association, CRS organised a safety and security forum at Tally Ho! Conference Centre last month. Superintendent Ian Green, senior officer with responsibility for neighbourhood policing across our area, gave an overview of local crime rates and the resources available to him. He also gave a frank account of how the current demand was affecting his officers. Justin Freeman, Master Locksmiths’ Association, explained what standards to look out for when buying replacement locks and security products PCSO Sean Long, West Midlands Police expert on cyber-crime delivered a wake-up call. In an entertaining talk, he offered some very serious advice on how to stay safe online, starting with the simple but highly effective task of changing to stronger passwords, and advised against using free Wi-Fi. Having looked at how to protect ourselves and our homes, the final strand covered community safety. Neighbourhood Watch representatives explained how we can work with each other to create stronger, safer neighbourhood’s and PCSO Sam O’Dell talked about Street Watch where groups can patrol their own areas. People were invited to sign up for more information and appropriate training. With Police resources not likely to increase soon, we residents must accept a greater responsibility for the protection of our property and our communities. www.calthorperesidents.org

Get your garden ready for winter


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It may be almost winter, but there’s plenty to enjoy in the garden – as always, it’s a case of planning for all-year-round colour and interest. Most of us will be planting winter pansies, polyanthus and heathers, but there are also beautiful hellebore and Iris unguicularis (Algerian winter iris) that provide much-needed pops of colour. Good news if you have forgotten to plant tulips – you still have time this month! Canny gardeners tend to stock up on bare root plants at this time of the year: they are often significantly cheaper than pot-grown plants. Take a tip out of their book and see if there are any spaces in your borders that could be filled. Once they arrive, plant as soon as possible. We’ve been enjoying the gorgeous golds of autumn here at the Gardens and if you visit now you’ve chance to see the final burnished colours of the season. You’ll also see that we’ve planted thousands of polyanthus and heucherella Alabama Sunrise, ensuring our borders and pots continue to provide our visitors with much-welcome vibrant hues.

Use the next few weeks to do some tidying to ensure your borders and pots are protected for the coldest months of the year. We get rain all year round, obviously, but as the temperatures are colder in the winter, raise your pots with bricks or pot feet to minimise the potential for waterlogging. Use bubble wrap to insulate pots that cannot be moved into greenhouses.

Here are some other tasks you should be getting on with this month: • Make sure you top up the bird feeders and bird bath – our feathered friends need our help in the depths of winter. • Make sure leaves are raked up off the lawn so they don’t kill the grass. • Propagate hydrangeas by taking a stem of about 12”, removing the tip and plant in a pot. Put in a sheltered spot while it establishes. • If your garden is prone to winds, reduce roses and buddleia by about one third to prevent wind-rock. • Sharpen and clean any gardening tools and give the mower a bit of TLC so it is ready for action in the spring. • Scrub clean any pots - come spring, you’ll be glad you bothered! The Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk t: 0121 454 1860

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Think negotiations start when you put in your first offer? - Wrong! To all intents and purposes, they start the minute you meet the estate agent. Remember the agent’s job is to sell the property for the highest price possible, and everything they do and say will be with the sellers in mind.So, when you meet for the first time in their office, on the phone or at a viewing – Keep this in mind. Do you have a home to sell yourself or, if not, do you have a confirmed mortgage offer already? This will gauge the strength of your buying position. All of this is intelligencegathering the agent will relay to the seller to help them calibrate their response if you make an offer. There are many other factors at play including: ✓✓ Give the right impression, right from the start ✓✓ Calibrating your approach ✓✓ Making the first offer ✓✓ Pushing the buttons ✓✓ Upping the ante ✓✓ Offer some certainty

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If you are planning a kitchen update, there are Not all artworks have visual images on. Sometimes many factors to consider and decisions to make. typography or word art can have a similar effect One that can have a huge impact on the look of on its viewer. And I’m not just saying this because your final design is the colour – but how do you I’m a printmaker myself. choose the right shade for your home? Typography art can be visually pleasing, but it also verbalises the art. Think about the space you’re using • It can be very minimalistic and include just one Do you have a narrow kitchen? Low ceilings? word or expression. You may want to consider lighter colours to make • It can be something quirky or moralising. the room appear bigger. • It can be motivating or make you laugh or Those lucky enough to have a larger space may make you feel nostalgic every time you see it. want to play with different shades a little more – but think carefully about light sources when • It can be something longer and have even a considering which colours to use. A south-facing whole paragraph on it. kitchen with plenty of windows will benefit from Look at various ways you can display typography warmer light through the afternoons and evenings. art in your home. A north-facing room can be lacking in natural It can be a framed poster or completely sitelight later in the day, and the sun in the mornings specific installation in the form of a mural will generally tend to be cooler. This can mean that painting - colours are equally as important. Make blues, greys and greens can appear colder in sure your typography work sits well with your kitchens facing this direction. other artworks. What kind of kitchen style are you Typography or word art can also be an artwork looking for? where words and letters combine a visual image. Traditional designs look great in a neutral palette This is something which looks like an image from and more contemporary looks are a great option if a distance, but upon closer look is all made up of you want to work with a wider variety of shades. words. It can be something custom made, have limited or unlimited edition, but as with each Utilise a showroom that offers a free, no obligation wkitchen design service to get an idea of what your artwork, you must have a connection with it. room will look like with your chosen colour As always, I would always recommend to purchase scheme. from independent artists. Jaanika Okk t: 07795 871 205 www.okk-arts.com

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Lawns are being destroyed by badgers who are with going after their ADRIAN BADHAM favourite food of earth Ashcroft Gardening Services worm’s chafer grubs and leather jackets by digging up your lawn. The earthworms are beneficial, but the grubs are a common enemy to lawn owners. The nematodes will target the grubs and kill them from the inside out but leave the earthworms. A healthy lawn is less likely to provide food to a badger family. You can apply in June and September as this is when grubs are still in their larval phase. The soil’s temperature must not be below 10ºC. Around 15 to 20ºC is ideal. Apply the nematodes on the same day you get them for the best results. Dilute the powder they come in, water and use a hose or a watering can. Evening is best when there’s less chance for the water to evaporate before they penetrate the soil. Water the lawn normally before or after application. Keep the remaining nematodes in the fridge. The nematodes will also kill over a hundred other known lawn pests if applied at the right time.

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• Block up holes in your fencing or hedges and apply chopped up bell peppers • Apply citronella oils to the base of your fence Badgers dislike the smell. • Lion dung from the zoo or garden centre is often used to deter cats and even foxes and is basically the same as the male urine method. • If the badger finds itself in the territory of a stronger animal, it may leave on its own. • You can find the product in your nearest garden centre, or you can ask the local zoo for spent beddings from the lion cage. Adrian Badham t: 0121 559 5375 m: 07721 502 985

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Superstar on so many levels joins Hall of Fame

Start of new season The netball season is in swing and we have had some great results so far. 1s - Narrowly lost their first game 37-31 with new Centre court superstar Natalie scoring the Player of Match accolade. The next match was a lively game against Lyndon Centre who gave a great game which HH won 42-40. Hannah Badger got a well-deserved POM - It makes such a difference to play a fair and friendly match!! 2s - Had a cracking start to the season with back to back wins. Their first match was a 37 - 35 win -newly promoted Kerenza got POM. In their second match it was another cracking 44 - 17 win which saw the fab Clem getting POM. 3s - With just 1 game so far which they lost 26-34 with their captain Mariana earning POM in a great battle of a match. We look forward to more results from them soon!! 4s - Just 1 result in, 39-34 win with Kim HH amazingly positive and supportive Hornet earning POM.

Members of Cyrille Regis’ family receive his Hall of Fame award from John Barnes and National Football Museum Chief Executive, Tim Desmond.

The late trailblazing Cyrille Regis has been inducted into the National Football Hall of Fame. Cyrille’s widow Julia Regis and his brother Dave received the prestigious Hall of Fame award from former England and Liverpool winger John Barnes in a ceremony at Aston Villa. The presentation at Villa Park, home to one of the four midlands clubs Cyrille represented, fittingly took place during a ‘Strike A Change’ event, the flagship mentoring programme of the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust. The charity was officially launched in the striker’s memory by members of his family in July at The Hawthorns, where Cyrille, alongside Brendon Batson and Laurie Cunningham, became a pioneer for black footballers playing for Albion in the ’70s. Julia, who now leads the Cyrille Regis Legacy Trust, said, “Cyrille being inducted into the Hall of Fame is a lovely gesture by the National Football Museum. As a family, we remain immensely proud of the impact he made on the game both on and off the field. Cyrille’s legacy lives on and it was great that many of the young people he continues to inspire were present at the induction.” After presenting the award, John Barnes said, “It was an honour and a privilege to present this award to Julia and Dave in memory of such an iconic footballer who was an inspiration to so

Football Fun

It’s been another busy month at Harborne Youth Football Club across our different age group teams, as we are now fielding teams from under 7s through to under 18s. Our two new teams Under 7s and Under 8s have both joined the Central Warwickshire Youth Football League.

many black players. Cyrille was a superstar on so many levels but remained grounded and humble. He was awarded an MBE in 2008 for his services to charity and football, scored more than 200 goals in just under 750 appearances during a professional career spanning two decades”. Renowned for his powerful displays and spectacular goals, Cyrille was capped five times by the Three Lions. Cyrille passed away suddenly in January 2018 at 59. The National Football Museum Hall Of Fame aims to celebrate and highlight the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution to football. In 2019 the Hall of Fame has been relaunched with one of the aims being to ensure 50% representation of women in the game by 2021 and a new focus to celebrate those who have made an outstanding contribution to the Game of our Lives. The Hall of Fame Awards, supported by the Professional Footballers’ Association, celebrate the achievements of those who have made an outstanding contribution to the game, either on or off the pitch. Under 7s have played a couple of fixtures recently against Sheldon Royals and Sutton Coldfield Town, a great start everyone, well done! Under 8s have fixtures planned too and we welcome all new players and families to the football club. Under 9s teams have both continued to progress, our U9s team have had a couple of exciting matches against Boldmere St Michaels and Glades Rangers, so have our Under 9 Colts team with fixtures Knowle Pumas and Silhill Saints. Under 10s had two recent games – versus Solihull and a great performance against Solihull Moors – well done everyone! Under 11s team continue to progress and after recent matches against Arden Forest ad Maypole United, the team should be proud of their efforts.

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5s - Unbeaten so far, their first match was 44-36 with Maeve as a well-deserved POM and in their 2nd game an astounding 51-25 victory with amazing newcomer Vinny as POM. Harborne Hornets are still open to newcomers and have had some incredible talent join them of late. 6s - First match was a nail bitingly close 35-34 to Boldmere. Zindzi Eyitene was POM. Second match was a loss of 63-22 to Dudley Road 2 (this is the match played with only 6 players due to injury and absence) and Sammy Gee was POM. Credit to the 6 players who never gave up despite being a player down!

by Paul Raymer

Shaky start Harborne were defeated by a lastminute penalty in their national hockey league debut match against Richmond. They lost to the Conference West side 3-2 having led at half-time. The following week they suffered a 3-1 defeat to Ashmoor after Beer Nipias had given them a five-minute lead. Fortunes changed in their next game with a 3-3 home draw against Cardiff University, having trailed 0-2 at the interval. Harborne’s scorers were again Beer Nipias, and Louie Morris (2) In Midlands 2, Harborne 2nds defeated Loughborough Town 3-0 but lost their second match 3-1 to Telford & Wrekin. Edgbaston won their opening matches in Midlands 1 beating Old Halesonians 1-0 and Worcester 4-3. University of Birmingham 2nds won their first two matches in Midlands Premier – 4-1 away to Boots and 4-0 at home to Bournville who lost their opening match 2-1 to Stourport. GB international Lily Owsley, now registered with Hampstead & Westminster, scored against her former club, University of Birmingham, in the Investec Women’s Premier. Her new team won 3-0. The University won two of their first five matches – 2-0 against Beeston and 3-1 over Holcombe. Their second team which plays in Investec Conference West drew 2-2 against Bristol University but lost 2-1 to Oxford University and 3-0 to Oxford Hawks. The University men’s national Division 1 North side defeated City of Peterborough 6-3 with Tom Poustic netting twice but then were heavily defeated 5-0 by Durham University who scored three goals in four minutes, and then lost 3-2 to local rivals Olton & West Warwicks.

Under 12s and Under 12s Colts teams have already played four fixtures between them, including a great 4-3 win for the under 12s Colts and an exciting 3-2 win for the under 12s. Under 13s have had a couple of tough games recently, but a much improved performance against Bartley Reds has given us optimism for the rest of the season. Under 14s put in a couple of great performances albeit with narrow defeats against Solihull Moore and Solihull Sporting. Under 16s bounced back after a slow start with a fine 4-2 win against Sutton United in the under 16 Premier Division. Under 18s haven’t had a game since midSeptember, so are raring to go!

We’re all about being a football club that puts an emphasis on enjoying playing football and having fun in a safe environment. In addition to this, we are ready to renew our FA charter status, showing that we are running our grassroots football club in the correct way.

We do need some more players for the under 13s age group, so please contact us if you have a boy or girl that is interested. For more information visit: www.pitchero.com/clubs/harborneyouthfc/

Or contact Club Chairman Phil Court on: 07907 781581



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Luxury comes as standard or go the whole hog It’s always a tough decision, having chosen what model of car you are going to buy, deciding what level of luxury you want on board. It’s nice to have the best of course but inevitably the best is the most expensive. Sometimes however, it pays to go the whole hog – if you can afford it. That’s what Jaguar is relying on with the Portfolio AWD version of its smallest model, the XE. Not only do you get a car with all the bells and whistles on board you also get a car with scintillating performance, even though it‘s a diesel. With 240 bhp on tap from a 2.0-litre engine the XE Portfolio will whisk you to 62 miles per hour in just 6.5 seconds on its way to a top speed of 155 miles per hour. More than enough to satisfy most XE buyers. The bonus is that because it’s a diesel engine you get all that performance with impressive economy of just short of 50 miles per gallon. And luxury comes as standard on this model, with Windsor leather seats which are electrically adjustable, special 18-inch alloy wheels, Xenon headlights with a power washer and an excellent Meridian sound system. It all comes at a cost of course and while the XE range starts from around £31,000 the XE Portfolio AWD is priced at a hefty £42,580. As with all Jaguars the sky is almost the limit when it comes to adding a few more personal extras and the car driven here had a price tag just short of £48,000. While the XE is the smallest car in

the Jaguar range it still matches its larger siblings when it comes to build quality and luxury. Like all Jaguars the doors close easily with a nice solid clunk and when you’re on the road the interior is impressively quiet with no obvious audible indication that you are driving a diesel until you accelerate really hard. The steering is pin sharp, the handling is spot on and the lightweight aluminium body helps to ensure you can corner at speed with little or no body roll. With this all-wheel-drive system the majority of the power goes to the rear wheels but, if there is any sign of losing traction more power is instantly put to the front wheels giving assured stability. The low seating position gives a real sports car feel to the XE and you feel at one with the car. The three dial layout in front of the driver is typically Jaguar and there’s a centre set touch screen for on-board features and satellite navigation. And no excuse for breaking the speed limit as you get both an analogue and digital readout of your speed. Push the starter button and the now traditional circular Jaguar gear selector rises up theatrically for use in either drive or sport and you also have the option of setting the car in dynamic or comfort drive. Standard features include rear parking sensors but surprisingly for a car of this price no

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