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Where connected communities can achieve the incredible FREE Family Holidays

Silent Heroes

Community Spirit

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Gathering Dust to Taking Pride!

Saved and Remade brings together the multiple skills of a team of expert craftspeople to help solve viewers’ conundrums of what to do with treasured but purposeless items. Host Sabrina Grant, herself no slouch in the upcycling department, will be helping contributors choose which of the experts has the vision and ability to convert objects that have meaning but are gathering dust, into items can take pride of place in their lives. The transformation from precious but purposeless will grant these pieces a new lease of life. The experts will respect the sentimental significance of each of the items brought in but will bring about incredible transformations that will be a fitting match for their owners. Sabrina Grant says, “I’m super excited to front this brand new BBC Two series that creatively re-purposes and brings a new lease of life to our guests’ treasures. I can’t wait to share the magic of our transformations with you.” Executive Producer Jane Rogerson adds, “We’re thrilled to be working with Sabrina, and indeed all of our crafts people on this exciting new format for BBC Two. We cannot wait for everyone to see what the unused but much-loved pianos, cars, books and many other items that we all have in lofts and cupboard will become with the skills and imagination of our team of craftspeople. Prepare to be surprised and delighted!” The Executive Producer for Red Sky Productions is Jane Rogerson, with Kim Rossiter as Series Producer. The series was commissioned by Helen Munson for the BBC. The greenlight for Saved and Remade follows other recent commissions including Autumn at Jimmy’s Farm (Channel 4), Socially Distant with Susan Calman (BBC Scotland) and Jimmy’s Big Bee Rescue (Channel 4)

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BBC Two has commissioned ‘Saved and Remade’ from Red Sky Productions, presented by Sabrina Grant.

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​ et in touch telling us: G Your name, age, location and contact number. Some info about your item; what it is, why it’s important to you and why you want to transform it. Please also send photos of your item.

Moving Home? Rubric Lois King Solicitors has a team of property experts to offer advice and oversee your sale or purchase. We are based on your doorstep and cover all aspects of conveyancing. Please call Amrit Bhogal, Head of Property and Conveyancing , or one of his team, on 0121 450 7800. Or pop into 26 Calthorpe Road, Edgbaston B15 1RP.

Email: Phone: 0141 343 7782 Applicants must be aged 18 or over and be a UK resident.


Connected communities achieve the incredible Hello and welcome to October

It’s been a strange summer although I hope that you enjoyed the feel good factor of the sunshine. As we head into Autumn we do hope that the stories shared in this issue bring a smile to your face and, of course remind us of the good things and, the amazing people within our communities that are keeping up the community spirit. Our front page story is an interesting one, I hope to hear that some of our readers get involved. An opportunity to put forward yourself or perhaps someone you know who deserves a family break due to the battle the pandemic has caused them (page 3). From this month and going forward we will be featuring a local business hero who against the odds are serving community needs with customers safety being of the utmost importance (page 4). Quinton residents are doing a remarkable job of connecting with each other and encouraging their neighbours, families, and friends to get outdoors, have fun and enjoy their surroundings within the government safety requirements – also the ‘next big thing’ for all you Prosecco lovers (page 6). Clocks go back on 25th October, mobile phones and electronic devices will automatically update but don’t forget watches, clocks at home and in your car. Take care of each other and please support local businesses during this tough time.

Until next time, good health and stay safe... Angela, and the HEM Life Team Next issue published Friday 30th October 2020

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Life Stories


Nominate a family in your area in need of a free holiday Do you know a family, NHS or frontline worker in your area that has been adversely affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and needs a break? As part of the nation’s emotional and wellbeing recovery from the pandemic, the national charity YHA (England & Wales) wants to give away free holidays to families in your area. The breaks have been funded from donations from members of the public to YHA’s Project90 appeal which was launched as part of the youth hostelling charity’s 90th anniversary celebrations. Donations to date will enable YHA to fund a total of 400 much-needed family breaks across England and Wales. Conscious that fewer people can now afford a break because of the pandemic, YHA particularly wants to hear from families that have been financially impacted in the crisis and are in need of some quality family time together. Family time together on holiday is more important than ever. In a survey* conducted by the 90 year old charity, it was found that more than three quarters (77%) of parents believe that an annual family holiday is important in order to spend more time with their family (78%), however 12% of survey respondents had not been able to take a family holiday at all in the last three years. While the free breaks are being rolled out, fundraising for YHA’s Project90 campaign continues. YHA hopes to raise a further £120,000 to give breaks to 500 more families in need of rest, recuperation, or spending quality time away together. The breaks are available at YHA’s network of youth hostels in England and Wales in both coastal and rural locations. The 153-strong network of youth hostels, which were closed during lockdown, re-opened on the 17 July with a pledge from the charity to play a key role in the recovery of society by helping people reconnect with each other, the outdoors, nature, culture and heritage. James Blake, Chief Executive of YHA (England & Wales) explained: “The pandemic has put enormous financial and emotional strain on many people and has left a number of NHS and frontline workers and families suffering hardship. A break away together can make all the difference to these families and be an important part of their wellbeing recovery. It will give them valuable time together to reconnect in the outdoors as well as have fun in the process. “I very much hope that people will get in touch with us and either put themselves forward for a break or nominate a family that they feel would benefit from spending some quality time together.”

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Hello and welcome to our latest update to HEM Life, from this month we will be introducing to our readers, silent heroes, ‘Local Business People’ that despite COVID 19 are working hard to keep positive, inspire and put others first and, continue to support HEM Life. We hope you will enjoy reading their stories as much as we do and that, this story brings a smile to your face. Running a homecare business during a pandemic wouldn’t be the first thing on anyone’s list. But, at Home Instead, Edgbaston, Terry Cheung and his wonderful, caring team are very proud to say that they are doing well despite many bumps in the Covid-19 road. About Terry Cheung, Managing Director At a young age Terry was brought up by his grandparents in Hong Kong before reuniting with his parents in the UK in 1970s. Before entering the care sector, Terry worked as a certified PMP Business Project Manager in the insurance sector in London, Germany and Hong Kong. “I have tremendous respect for elderly people and have always aspired to working in the community . During 1996, my grandfather in Hong Kong was diagnosed with a terminal kidney disease. He was a HK film director and fiercely independent, he would travel the world with his camera and was still playing badminton in his 70’s! But when I arrived at his hospital bed, I saw a frail

and weak man curled up in his bed who could hardly speak. Instantly I thought to myself - it’s not about money or materialistic possessions that he needs but how much love and dignity we can give to him.” said Terry Terry decided to give up his consulting career and returned to Hong Kong to look after his grandfather. Later on, he was also diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and, not able to tell the difference between day and night. Although it was very stressful and difficult times Terry was glad he was there, by his side during his final years. Unfortunately in 2005 Terry’s mother-in-law passed away with a stroke, he went back to Hong Kong to look after his father in law to help him adapt to daily routines as a single person. It was a very difficult period for his father in law as they had been married for over 60 years. “It was both my grandfather and my father-in-law that inspired me to look for opportunities to help out within the local community in Birmingham. In 2009, after much searching, I knew

instantly that the Home Instead Senior Care model was just what I was looking for. I am also a qualified People Handling and Risk Assessment Trainer as well as qualified in Dementia and Mental Health. I look forward to continuing making a difference and empowering clients to live independently, this was, and is the right choice for me.” added Terry. Help is on hand After an initial couple of weeks where the worried and sheilding clients

and CAREGivers placed themselves into self-isolation, they continued to care for those clients who couldn’t do without their help, as well as those who appreciated the need for companionship and help at home, during the lockdown. With many families and loved ones unable to visit, their CAREGivers became so important in preventing loneliness and isolation and helping to keep their clients living independently. Their office in Edgbaston remained open throughout lockdown, open 7

days Monday to Sunday, so they could support anyone fearful and anxious. With over 100 CAREGivers working harder than ever, they have risen to their new front line, key worker status, with pride and determination. They have stepped up, put themselves out there, taken on more hours, gone above and beyond to keep their colleagues, family, and clients safe and supported. Procuring PPE has been an interesting challenge not helped by the conflicting advice and media scaremongering. They have had clear guidance from their National Office and have stuck to the official Government and PHE guidance. “In these hard times, not having the routine and community events to attend and, for some the donning of masks makes communication even more challenging so, we are all having to think about how we work, we have had to be creative in how we communicate. Loved ones have struggled to find time for themselves so, an hour here and there from us has really helped with the 24/7 demands of dementia confusion and clients are delighted to see their CAREGivers’ smiling faces and are enjoying conversation and, our new considered approach to care.” “We have enjoyed the recognition of the Thursday night clapping and continue to support the most precious of people, our old folk, your parents, grandparents and loved ones. To all our superhero CAREGivers – thank you from the bottom of our hearts.” added Terry.

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Are we running out of land? Where saying goodbye means everything

At Mortons we recognise that the present difficulties brought about by coronavirus serve to amplify the anxieties bereavement brings; that’s why we’re on hand to help you through. We pride ourselves upon our professionalism, whilst maintaining a warm and courteous approach. Taking care of the smallest details to make a big difference. Supporting at times of loss, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year For the latest information on how the coronavirus pandemic is impacting funerals, please visit our website. If you need to arrange a funeral for a loved one, let us help with what happens next.

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As a funeral director I’m often asked this, and the answer is a complex one. Presently, within the UK, there are broadly two options for a funeral - you’re either buried or cremated; a third option is being developed but more of that once things have progressed a little further.

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It figures that if approximately 74% of the funerals we carry out are cremations, the remaining 26% must be burials and it’s been stable around that for about ten years now. So what burial options are there? If a family owns a plot somewhere and there is room within the grave, it should be possible for a further interment to take place. It’s worth pointing out that three sets of rules prevail depending on whether the grave is located in a churchyard, municipal cemetery or a privately-owned burial ground. Even if the existing grave is full for the burial of a coffin, it may be possible to bury ashes within it. As for new graves, this will depend to a large extent upon where you live, as the options vary geographically. Many churchyards do not have the availability for new graves and are open simply to provide interments in family graves which have space for the interment of a coffin; some may, however, offer smaller plots for the interment of ashes. Similarly, some of the larger municipal cemeteries have restricted space, which means that the choice regarding the type of grave available is limited too! Finally, there are privately-owned cemeteries - many of these are euphemistically called woodland burial grounds - and these all follow a similar pattern which is designed to be an informal woodland setting with perhaps a tree or shrub marking the plot rather than a stone memorial. So this brings me back neatly to where I started, and whilst burial space in churchyards is in decline often because of a shortage of adjacent land, municipal cemeteries are still a possibility and of course privately-owned cemeteries will always offer an alternative, it just means that rather than having several burial options close to home you may need to travel a little further to find a place that’s right for you, and once you’ve done that you may consider purchasing the plot now as in many cases that’s an option too.

Live in home care near you Local at home care company, Home Instead Senior Care Edgbaston, is introducing a live in care service as an alternative option for looking after seniors in their own homes. What is live in care? Live in care is when a trained CAREGiver moves into an elderly person’s home to support them with their daily activities. The CAREGiver is a companion day and night, and will be there as support, even outside their working hours, should any unforeseen circumstances occur.

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• Happiness at home: Arranging live in care means letting loved a one stay in the comfort of their own home. It’s an ideal set-up: a relative being in safe hands, without having to move into residential care. • Dementia care: Living at home means staying in familiar surroundings and doing those daily routines that might not be possible in residential care. This suits somebody living with dementia, who can carry on living in the home they have grown to love and have the life they have always known. • Losing a spouse: When a spouse dies, it takes some time to adjust, not just emotionally but practically too. A CAREGiver can be the companion and fulfil the support role that was recently lost. • Frailty: Getting older for many means not being able to do the simplest things, even lifting the kettle to make a cup of tea. Live in care can support someone who is becoming frail to maintain their independence and keep a good quality of life. • Unexpected illness and events: Whether it’s a fall or a sudden illness, something could happen to your loved one that quickly puts them in a position where they need care. Professional help will relieve the pressure from you and your family. Terry Cheung, owner of Home Instead Edgbaston, commented, “The role of a live in CAREGiver is to reside in the client’s home, day and night, helping them to carry out tasks, and more importantly, being a familiar face and a source of companionship. “Since lockdown, our live in care service has surged in demand, as many people have sought alternative options to care homes. Our service offers just that. It allows people to stay in the comfort of their own home around their familiar surroundings, all while receiving round-the-clock care from our trained CAREGivers.” Terry continued, “The first step towards live in care is arranging a consultation with us. We’ll send one of our registered managers to your loved one’s home to chat with all parties about what is needed from a care service. We really want you to get to know Home Instead well and understand what your expectations are. “Chances are, live in care is new to you. That’s why we want to talk you through the different options available and make the best recommendation for your individual circumstances.” To find out more information about Home Instead’s services, which range from live in care, companionship and home help to specialist dementia and respite care, please call: 01217 218937 or visit:

The next big thing?

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In much the same way as you might refer to a Biro rather than a ballpoint pen, or Hoover the carpet as opposed to vacuum it, for some time now Prosecco, that fashionable fizz from Northern Italy, has been the by-word for sparkling wine - with the exception of Champagne, naturally. At the same time, Prosecco producers have been missing out. Unlike other sparkling wines, Champagne and Cava included, there has never been a rosé version. This is because, by Italian law, Prosecco was classified as a white sparkling wine made exclusively from the native Glera grape. Even the very top Prosecco producers who also made pink sparkling wine were not permitted to put the magic ‘P’ word on the label. But that has never stopped the consumer from asking for Prosecco Rosé, and restaurants have had to offer pink sparklers from elsewhere whilst (sometimes) explaining that pink Prosecco simply didn’t exist. Until now, that is. In a very recent change to the laws, and after several years of debate, Prosecco Rosato has been given the go-ahead, backed by the vast majority of Prosecco producers. It is estimated that this turn-around could boost overall Prosecco sales by as much as 75 million bottles per year. There are strict conditions, however, attached to

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this relaxation of the laws. The wine must be made with a base of the Glera grape but, with something of a nod to Champagne, must include between 10% and 15% Pinot Nero (aka Pinot Noir). There are restrictions on the yield of grapes per hectare, and the labels must bear the vintage year (year of harvest), with a minimum of 85% of the grapes coming from the stated vintage. Finally, the wines cannot go on sale until January 1st following the harvest. All of this is a sign that there should be no compromise on quality in order to capitalise on this latest arrival on the world’s sparkling wine scene. It is anticipated that the style will be fruity, fresh and elegant. I think it’s inevitable that the combination of the words ‘Prosecco’ and ‘Rosé’ will delight the UK consumer - there’s already a buzz of anticipation around the restaurant sector. Look out for it, it’s on the way, and in my humble opinion we’re looking at the next big thing...?

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Encouraging Community Spirit When Covid 19 revealed itself with such unexpected and devastating consequences in March this year and with fresh concerns about a second wave with all that will entail, it is perhaps time to reflect on some positive outcomes that grew organically within the Quinton Community.

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When local resident and businessman, Phil Base, set up Facebook Quinton Page in April he did so to link local businesses with local people for mutual support at a time when lockdown with its fear and isolation were becoming issues. From small beginnings the platform has now grown to over 2,300 members and a small number of early members took on an admin role to moderate the site for more positive comments and to encourage community spirit. By the summer, relationships springing up on-line had led to the creation of a Quinton Walking Group., Organised by Phil and new friends, walks initially took place on a Wednesday evening exploring the many paths and tracks around Woodgate Valley expanding out to places such as the Lickey Hills and the Leasowes Park, Coombes Wood, Clent Hills, Ufmoor Woods and our very latest Earlswood Lakes area. Covid Safety advice – particularly social distancing has been observed on these walks which can last for around 2 or 3 hours. Local members, some regular walkers, who have lived in the area for years have been amazed at how much more there was to the places that have been explored. Highlights have included watching the sunset from the top of Leasowes Park and an evening walk around the whole of the Lickeys from Barnt Green. The number of participants has risen leading to a reappraisal of safety issues. With current Covid restrictions, risk of lock downs and winter weather pending the Walking Group information is reactive and fluid.

The future? - Phil would like to think the group will continue to grow, the community will come together more and even if there is another lockdown, we are here to support each other the best we can. The walks now are continuing because local resident Duncan Burt has found a way we can safely walk still within the guidelines. We have also launched a less technical walking group which has already started. We need more admins, need more help, new ideas to promote to our community. Thank you and stay safe Barry Husband For more info visit our Facebook page

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