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Artsmile Festival Returns

Please take your complimentary copy SEPTEMBER 2019

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ARTSMILE is a festival run by, for and with local people and it’s unique to Harborne High Street. Organised by Artscoop, a company of artists living and working in SW Birmingham who believe that everyone is creative - they just need encouragement and an opportunity to show how, and that’s where ARTSMILE comes in.

People see others doing and making things and get inspired to have a go themselves. It’s a marvellous way of meeting new people in familiar places, you sit down, side-by-side and talk to each other as you discover your creative selves. It’s different from the usual arts festivals where musicians, painters, poets or performers show the public what they can do. ARTSMILE is a community event where people come along, enjoy themselves and discover what THEY can do. ARTSMILE is also a cultural event that aims to support Harborne High Street as a lively focus for shopping, entertainment, public services, or simply meeting people and getting to know what’s going on. For a day, the High Street becomes just what it should be; a social and cultural meeting place for businesses, residents and visitors. Over the years, ARTSMILE has steadily increased in size and scope attracting hundreds of people each year– not just visitors or audiences, but families making and taking away what they have created or doing something themselves for the first time and treasuring the experience afterwards. A distinctive feature of ARTSMILE

is that nearly everyone concerned, artists, other contributors, organisers, and visitors - live in SW Birmingham, it really is run by, with and for local people. What you can expect? The basic idea is quite simple… High Street businesses host artists offering creative experiences, workshops or have-a-go sessions, in shops, bars, cafés, and other businesses either side of the street. Families are particularly welcome but, it’s not only for children anyone can join in. You can stroll along on Sept 21st and dip into whatever you find interesting. It’s all free and on-going, so no booking or reservations needed. Old favourites will be returning: Put on a pair of spectacles you won’t want to take off and create a self-portrait or catch a bit of Mediterranean sun by creating your own take-away mosaic. There will also be new things to do including; Get creative with used teabags (oh yes you can!) make a doll and tell its story, or design flags and banners to wave about. Music with your coffee? - Listen to other people’s stories and get refreshed by artworks and cookies. It’s not only

artists involved, local groups will also be showing what they can do and offering workshops on the day. This year ARTSMILE welcome support from the Harborne Business Improvement District, their generous donation is helping create a bigger and better ARTSMILE for 2019. Shirley Speight, a member of Artscoop, said, “After summer months and back to school, what’s next to enjoy, ARTSMILE of course. As a regular and long time contributor, I know how well this creative event has been received, last year especially. As project manager for this year’s ARTSMILE, I want to say thanks for the on-going support from Harborne businesses and welcome the additional businesses who have joined us this year. The feedback I’ve had

supports that ARTSMILE is becoming an annual event that is very much looked forward to in Harborne and has become bigger and better. September 21st is the date, the artists and venues are looking forward to helping make a great afternoon of creative fun.” BID Manager Kate Smart added, “We’re delighted to see even more Harborne businesses involved in this fabulous project this year. ARTSMILE really puts Harborne Village on the map. It’s such a fun day where everyone is welcome and what’s more, it’s all free!” Harborne’s very own homegrown arts festival returns Saturday September 21, 11.30 - 4.00

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Help create the ARTSMILE 2019 Experience Watch out for posters along the High Street and a free ARTSMILE map and complete guide available on the day, you can also spot which businesses are hosting arts sessions by lacey fanpatterns on their windows. – We’re all fans of ARTSMILE. The day will be launched with style at 11.30am in The Slug & Lettuce with music and official opening. It’s a FREE rewarding day out for everyone. So, remember Saturday September 21st and put ARTSMILE 2019 in your calendar now. Readers Tip: (Don’t plan anything else for the same day - even then you will not have enough time to see and do everything!) Enjoy!


Connected communities achieve the incredible September is the new New Year!

September is a month of change for many anxious parents, it’s the start of a new year. Excellent exam results in August offers great comfort, whether your child is just starting, moving to the next level or finished their education we wish you all a great journey. What a fantastic month, this issue brings great offers on the High Streets, 2 competitions and a superb number of events taking place throughout the community (mostly free) – there’s something for everyone. Only 3 more issues remaining in 2019 – October, November and December before Christmas. If you have a business or a news story that will benefit the community, don’t keep it to yourself. HEM Life is the platform to share with our neighbours.

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Bring the Royalty Cinema in Harborne back to life The Harborne Royalty Trust continues to make progress following last year’s consultation funded by Birmingham City Council to bring the Royalty cinema in Harborne back to life. We commissioned architects to come up with proposals and have now developed these further, taking into account the devastating fire, leaving space for a commercial development at the rear such as a hotel or office workspace. Local people have made clear they don’t want more apartments and see the Royalty as a Clock Tower replacement. We have been in meetings with the owner Parminder Singh, Councillors and Planning but almost 12 months since the fire, still await reports on the state of the building. The Architectural Heritage Fund have supported a Heritage Statement which defines the architectural importance of the Royalty and options appraisal which will assess the impact on the heritage. Planning have confirmed the building will not be de-listed and we’ll be talking to Historic England and then seeking further funding to support more detailed work by structural engineers and our architects. There has been a stream of potential users enquiring about space - the most disappointing aspect being unable to give them a firm timeline on when we could have an operational building. We have already made one offer supported by a planning proposal from the Council and if True Pearl Ltd had been willing to continue discussions around that offer we could be in a very different place now. Instead of talking they seem prepared to accept the buildings inevitable further decay. We continue to try and engage and there are numerous funding streams we can bring forward including commercial investors and a variety of grant funding. Artists impressions Above: Royalty Auditorium Cinema Below: Mixed Use Development

A restored Royalty will rejuvenate the west end of the High Street, bring back community facilities, cinema, live performances and enhance the Harborne experience. More high rise flats will be a real missed opportunity. We believe in and support Harborne and we will keep pressing on however long it takes. Rob Sutton. Chair Harborne Royalty Trust

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Life Stories Much loved store inspires local author

Writer Joanna Toye has lived in Harborne for over twenty years but the inspiration for her new novel came from a bit further afield – Wolverhampton, and an exhibition about the much-loved department store group, Beatties.


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Highfield day Nursery in Edgbaston has been named West Midlands EarlyYears School of the Year in recognition of a 22-year-long commitment to give young children the best possible start in life. Picking up their award at a gala event for the West Midlands Education Awards, the day nursery team were praised for their tireless pursuit of excellence in every area of their provision. Highfield Manager, Natalie Hudson said, “We couldn’t be more proud or delighted because the award recognises the vital importance of EarlyYears care and education in laying the foundations for children to realise their full potential and become confident and enthusiastic life-long learners.” She praised her team, all employee owners, for their tireless dedication and professionalism adding she was confident the award would fuel their drive to find even more ways to improve on excellence.

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“From a small drapers in the 1870s, James Beattie and his son and grandson expanded the business till Beatties had 12 stores dotted round the Midlands,” Jo explains, “including Solihull, Sutton Coldfield and Dudley.” The exhibition had memorabilia from Edwardian times right up to the 2000s, but it was newspaper clippings about Beatties in World War Two that Jo found most fascinating. Supplies were tricky once clothes rationing kicked in, and staff shortages were a problem when men and women were called up. Those left behind, too young or too old to serve in the Forces, trained in fire-fighting and first aid and acted as plane spotters with a flag system for air raids. Beatties also stored aircraft parts for the RAF and kept chickens on the roof. Jo’s novel ‘A Store at War’ provides plenty of drama!

Artists based in the former Mosley School of Art welcomed a group of schoolchildren to their studio for a lesson in creativity. Aerosol artist Mohammed Ali and painter Jonnie Turpie share a studio in the Grade II* listed building the Moseley Community Hub at the School of Art, where pupils from Billesley Primary School joined them for the morning session Ali, whose work has received global attention, is a passionate advocate for children’s access to art and arranged the visit so the pupils could see the creative process in action. “School children are often taken on trips to the museum to learn about artists that have come before us,” he said. “These trips are, of course, valuable and necessary for children to learn about great masters of the past. However, isn’t it time we encourage children to see art as something that can be reflective of their realities?” The pupils were given a demonstration of how Ali and Turpie collaborate, before helping to create a piece of work with Ali using spray cans

and stencils. For many of the children this was the first time they had seen an artists’ studio. 10 year-old Syrah Rehman, said, “The visit was very inspirational, and that she had enjoyed seeing the artists at work. It was jaw-dropping,” she added.

Support Hearing Dogs and be in the chance of winning a pair of hearing aids SPECSAVERS in Harborne is calling on people to support their nominated charity Hearing Dogs by taking part in a raffle with the chance to win a pair of Advance hearing aids worth £1,695. Between now and October the store on the High Street in Harborne is running the raffle – with tickets available for a suggested donation of £1. Audiology director, Sandeep Khatkar, comments, “Hearing Dogs do such fantastic work by training dogs to alert deaf people to sounds they can’t hear, so we wanted to give something back. “We’ve got a range of fundraising plans lined up for Hearing Dogs over the summer – and hope that people join us with our support for this fantastic charity.” The Specsavers Advance range is the UK’s number one selling brand of hearing aids, designed and built by world-leading manufacturers and exclusive to Specsavers

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On Saturday 3rd August, the Birmingham Botanical Gardens hosted an exclusive event to mark the opening of the Macmillan Garden by Martyn Wilson. Macmillan Cancer Support hopes the garden will inspire future generations and highlight the impact they can have on the future. The garden, which brings to life Audrey Hepburn’s iconic quote – “To plant a garden is to believe in tomorrow”, was on show at this year’s BBC Gardeners’ World Live from 13th to 16th June at Birmingham’s NEC and received a silver accreditation. Following the show, with the help of Travis Perkins and funding from Birmingham Botanical Gardens, the Macmillan Garden was relocated and replanted at Birmingham Botanical Gardens for people to continue to enjoy into the future.

for Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Giselle The Birmingham Botanical Gardens and Macmillan Cancer Support welcomed local Macmillan professionals, Macmillan volunteers and corporate supporters to the launch on Saturday for an exclusive viewing of the garden before it was made open to the public. Award winning designer, Martyn Wilson, created the vibrant and thought provoking garden to highlight the impact of leaving a legacy to Macmillan Cancer Support. Martyn, said, “So many of us have friends and family who have died of cancer, so it feels really meaningful to be supporting Macmillan with my garden.”


Birmingham Royal Ballet is giving a lucky HEM Life reader the chance to enjoy a fabulous evening watching one of the most celebrated classical ballets Giselle which comes to Birmingham Hippodrome from 25 – 28th September. Former BRB Artistic Director David Bintley and Galina Samsova’s exquisite production stays true to the classical spirit and steps of the original and features the Adolphe Adam’s original score performed by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia.

To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to Giselle, just answer the following question: What is the name of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s former Artistic Director? a) Darcey Bussell b) David Bintley c) Marie Rambert Email your answer to: communications@brb.org.uk A winner will be selected at random on Friday 20th September and notified by e-mail. The winner will receive two tickets to a performance of Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Giselle 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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Why is this? September is when we started school and let’s be honest, the new school year is often a big deal. If you think about your earliest memories, you would have been more focused on this than January 1st as a child doesn’t really care about January but does care about September. This early conditioning is what makes September feel like a fresh start. In my opinion, this is a good thing because it can REALLY benefit your health. There is good news and bad news here though. When we are told that “Summer bodies are made in Winter” we don’t often believe this until we get to summer and realise that dieting for 2 weeks in June isn’t

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Edgbaston Artist Receives Blue Plaque

Blue Plaque Walking Routes Launched in Edgbaston

Emmy Bridgwater, a Birmingham artist who was a significant member of the British surrealist movement, has been recognised by the Birmingham Civic Society with a blue plaque, unveiled at a ceremony last month at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG).

Office workers and residents in and around Calthorpe Estate and Edgbaston are being encouraged to get out and about to enjoy the history of Edgbaston. Following Calthorpe Residents’ Society’s successful application to Birmingham City Councillors for a Local Innovation Fund grant, Calthorpe Residents liaised with the Heritage Volunteers of The Arts Society Birmingham Evening (TASBE) to produce four Blue Plaque Walks. Calthorpe Estates has supported this enterprise which enables residents and businesses to learn about the history behind Edgbaston and Harborne while enjoying the leafy suburbs and nearby restaurants, bars and cafés. Four walks have been specially designed and are available to download via the Edgbaston Village website, as well as the Walk

Run Cycle app. With routes ranging from 1.5 to four miles, locals can enjoy the benefits of stepping away from their desks at work while learning about the historical figures who have previously lived or stayed in the area. The Central Edgbaston walk is the shortest, taking you in and around Edgbaston Village with blue plaques belonging to Washington Irving, Neville Chamberlain and Ernest Wilson along the trail. For those looking for a slightly longer stroll, the South Central Edgbaston route lets you explore the leafy suburbs of the Calthorpe Estate. Moving over to North Edgbaston, you can discover JRR Tolkein’s three plaques as part of a 3.5 mile route. The final walk – and perhaps most challenging – takes you through Harborne and towards the University of Birmingham, where you can explore the Women’s Hospital and Metchley Abbey. Meriel Hutton from The Arts

Society Birmingham Evening commented, “The blue plaques around Edgbaston highlight the extensive history of the area and reflect our diverse artistic, industrial and innovative heritage. There is so much history in the leafy suburbs and we can’t wait to see people get out and about to explore the area and enjoy the cultural and architectural heritage.” Nicki Gibberson, Head of Marketing at Calthorpe Estates, added, “We are delighted to have supported the team in the creation and delivery of these educational walks, which will hopefully encourage people to walk for longer. Currently, on average, 48% of the adult population walk less than a mile for leisure purposes each week*. The blue plaques will also give people the opportunity to understand who have both lived in the area and contributed to society.” For more information on the Blue Plaque Walks please visit: www.calthorperesidents.org or www.edgbastonvillage.co.uk

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Birmingham Civic Society awards blue plaques to people who have excelled in their career or made a significant contribution to the city. Emmy Frith Bridgwater, born in Edgbaston in 1906, attended the Birmingham School of Arts & Crafts and was a founder member of the ‘Birmingham Group’ of surrealists, who were influenced by Parisian surrealist artists, such as Salvador Dalí and André Breton.  Emmy moved to London to study at the Grosvenor School of Art where

she forged links with the London-based British surrealist group and went on to see her work exhibited across Europe. She moved back to the West Midlands in later life, working mostly in collage in her later years. She died in Solihull in 1999. The commemorative blue plaque has now been placed on her birthplace and former home in Lee Crescent, Edgbaston. The family who now own Bridgwater’s house, as well as other residents from the area, attended the unveiling ceremony.

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Saturday 14th September, 10am-4pm

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The Audley Club at St George’s Place in Edgbaston is giving a lucky HEM Life reader the chance to enjoy a fabulous six-month free membership, including both gym and swimming pool access. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets, just answer the following question:

The Audley Club at St George’s place is housed at 1 – 4 Church Road, Edgbaston, but what did the site used to be? a) British Medical Institute b) Royal School for the Deaf c) Institute of Musical Studies

Email your answer to: stgeorgesclub@audleyvillages.co.uk A winner will be selected at random on Friday 27th September and notified by e-mail. The winner will receive their free membership starting from 1st October 2019 *Terms and conditions apply. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered.

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The Bournville Heritage Open Day event, which last year welcomed over 2,500 people, will take place on Saturday 14th September from 10am-4pm. A total of 15 venues, including four new ones, will all be open to the public to tell the wonderful story of the Cadbury family and Bournville’s founder George. The event will be one of 5,000 taking place across England as part of the national Heritage Open Days Festival, which celebrates the country’s rich history and culture. Daniel Callicott, Manager of Selly Manor Museum – one of the venues taking part said, “This will be the third year Bournville has taken part in the Heritage Open Day Festival and we are really pleased to add four new venues to the day for visitors to explore. “Many of the venues are not normally open to the public and will be putting on special exhibitions, interesting tours and hands-on activities so there will be plenty for all ages to enjoy and take part in. “It is a great opportunity to see history come to life and learn about the lasting legacy of one of

Birmingham’s most famous entrepreneurs and the Cadbury family.” Bournville Heritage Open Day has been organised by Selly Manor Museum and Bournville Village Trust, which were both founded by George Cadbury. Venues that are opening for the event will include the Bournville Experience visitor centre which brings the history of the village to life and includes the ‘Sweet Delights shop’ which exhibits Cadbury chocolates past and present. Bournville Model Boat Club, founded in the early 1900’s, will also greet visitors at the pool at Valley Parkway where they will have a number of boats available for visitors to sail. Selly Manor Museum will take part in the event for the third year in a row, opening its doors for free with dressing up, games, a family trail and exhibition all on offer. Other buildings that will join in the Bournville Heritage Open Day 2019 include: Bournville Primary School, St Francis Church, Quaker Meeting House, Woodbrooke College,Rest House, The Church of the Holy Prince Lazar, Fircroft College, The Carillon, Bournville Almshouses, Rowheath Pavilion, The Beeches Hotel and Conference Centre ,The Bournville Society and Bournville Works Housing. An event map for visitors to download is available at: www.bvt.org.uk/our-communities/bournville-heritageopen-day-2019

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Ralph typically works with business owners who want to achieve their goals by growing business worth. He will be presenting a series of commercially focused workshops for us on topics carefully selected by Acc-Unique Solutions Ltd. These interactive, nononsense workshops are designed to help business owners and managers understand and appreciate the importance of financial statements, budgets and cash flow in maximising business value and performance. They are fully endorsed by the Association of Accounting Technicians (AAT) and everyone who attends the workshop will receive an official AAT certificate of attendance. Our first workshop, ‘Finance for nonFinancial Managers’ is taking place on Thursday 24th October at Lightwoods Park and House, Bearwood, B67 5DP. For more information and to book a place call Fiona Wilson on 0121 684 7618 or email: fionawilson@acc-uniquesolutions. co.uk Looking for a change? Why not drop in at our offices at 4 Albany Road, Harborne for a friendly chat. We welcome anyone who may be looking to

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Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street with apprentices Alyssia Samra and Matthew Astley

Mr and Mrs Scarle were found dead in their bungalow about a week after their deaths from hypothermia. Mr Scarle had been the elder of the two. each had a daughter from a previous marriage. Due to the terms of their respective wills the order of death was critical in determining who inherited their jointly held assets.

The judge decided that the commorientes rule prevailed as the other evidence was too uncertain to overrule it. He concluded that Mrs Scarle’s daughter was entitled to the estate. Two lessons emerge from this case. Firstly, this situation might well have been avoided had the wills been drawn in a different way. Second marriages where both parties have children require careful estate planning. Unfortunately, neither party to the marriage envisaged dying in the circumstances they did. Secondly, the case carries a note of caution for those who insist on litigating. Unfortunately, Mr Scarle’s daughter, who had apparently refused several offers to settle before trial ended up with a costs bill of £179,000. The assets at stake were worth £300,000. Rubric Lois King Solicitors t: 0121 450 7800 www.rlksolicitors.com

Making the right comparison

Young people have been guaranteed an extra bonus – half-price travel on trams, trains and buses. The pilot scheme, which was launched by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street two years ago, has proved so popular that it is now being extended for a further 12 months.

The commorientes rule states that if two people die together in circumstances which make it impossible to determine who died first the elder is presumed to have done so. I have only encountered this twice in my career, both involving car crashes.

Mrs Scarle’s daughter argued that Mr Scarle was deemed to have died first and she inherited the assets which had passed from Mr Scarle to his wife. Mr Scarle’s daughter sought to argue that there was contrary evidence, based on rates of decomposition.

with DEREK CASE Company Chairman Mortons Funeral Directors

All 16 to 18-year-olds who live in the metropolitan region, whether they are at school or college, in work, on a training course or an apprenticeship are eligible for the cut price travel. In 2018/19, 58,500 young people – nearly 4,000 of whom were apprentices took up the travel cards. This is an increase of nearly 20,000 on the total for 2017/18. Transport for West Midlands (TfWM), which is part of the WMCA, pays bus, rail and tram companies a subsidy to contribute towards the cost of the discount. For the second time, TfWM has waived the original £10 fee for all 16-18 photocards. Another improvement introduced last year means students can apply directly online, with no need for a Unique Validation Code (UVC) from their college. To get the ticket discount, young people will be asked to prove their date of birth and that they live in the metropolitan West Midlands. They will then be issued with a photocard that can be used to buy tickets from the child range, which are half the price of adult tickets. For more details and to apply for a card, visit: www.networkwestmidlands.com

These days we seem to be besieged by comparison sites at every turn; insurance companies, energy suppliers, mortgage lenders... and Funeral Directors seem to have entered the fray. I’m all for people checking out the market to find the right Funeral Director for them, but a word of caution - do make sure you’re comparing apples with apples, not lemons. For example, most of these sites will give starting prices of a ‘basic’ or ‘budget’ funeral, but you need to be clear about what that actually includes. For some, a basic funeral is exactly that – a plain coffin and transport of the deceased to the crematorium with no accompanying service. No doubt for some people this is perfectly adequate, but it certainly wouldn’t fit the bill for the majority. In addition, whilst comparison sites may seem easy and time saving, you need to be aware that in almost all cases, the Funeral Directors will have paid the site for their listing which doesn’t feel particularly impartial to me. Of course, those Funeral Directors, like ourselves, who haven’t opted to pay fees to specific comparison websites, may not be listed at all. Worse still, they may be listed but have no reviews alongside their details giving a very bad impression - their clients can’t post a review if the Funeral Director in question hasn’t paid the fee. Of course, there are comparison sites that don’t demand an upfront fee, which on the face of it looks like a fairer solution for both the Funeral Director and their potential clients, but don’t be fooled into thinking these sites exist because of their owners’ kind-heartedness. In fact, these sites charge commission to any Funeral Director who obtains a client via their site, which rather begs the question, “Who ends up paying for the finder’s fee?” Naturally, I’m not saying all comparison sites are bad, it’s just as things stand at the moment I’m not sure they are particularly beneficial for either the professional Funeral Directors or their local communities, so I remain sceptical. Paying a fee to receive a higher rating doesn’t sit well with our ethos of ‘Integrity in all we do’. t: 0121 476 9111 e: info@mortonsfunerals.co.uk www.mortonsfunerals.co.uk

Trips and Falls

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

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

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

14 Business Life Enhanced protection for new parents


Multi-storey park & ride at Longbridge

New rules came into force on 22 July which HR with give mothers returning Omar Rashid from maternity leave an HR Dept. additional six months of protection against redundancy. The rules also protect those returning from adoption leave and shared parental leave. New mothers were already protected from redundancy whilst on maternity leave. Regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave etc. Regulations 1999 says that such an employee, when faced with redundancy, should be offered another suitable vacancy if possible. If a suitable job isn’t available, only then can they be made redundant. But the proper redundancy procedures must be followed, and pregnancy or maternity cannot be the reason for redundancy. Now this redundancy protection will last from the moment an employee tells their company they are pregnant, until six months after they have returned to work. So potentially well over 18 months in total. This protection has been extended following a government consultation and is part of their Good Work Plan. It goes further than what the EU requires. The government feels it needs to do more because, despite existing regulations making it illegal to discriminate due to pregnancy or maternity, discrimination still occurs, and far too often. In fact, research indicates that 54,000 women a year feel they must leave employment because of pregnancy or maternity discrimination. There are stiff financial penalties for companies found guilty of such discrimination. And let’s not forget the poor publicity and the potential for a toxic workplace culture to develop.

e: Omar.Rashid@hrdept.co.uk www.hrdept.co.uk

Left to Right: Craig Fitzgerald of Mott MacDonald, Cllr Kath Hartley, West Midlands Mayor Andy Street and Karl Butters of Bourne Parking.

Work started in August on the construction of a congestion busting multi-storey car park for commuters in south Birmingham. A total of 629 cars will be able to use the new £7.6 million park and ride facility at Longbridge railway station when it opens in Spring 2020. It means that many more commuters will be able to leave their cars and travel into Birmingham City Centre by train, easing congestion and pollution on the busy A38 Bristol Road route. The former surface level car park on site accommodated just 102 cars and was often fully occupied by 7.30am each weekday. Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, said, “Park and ride facilities are a key part of our plans to encourage people to use public

transport for the main part of their commute. “Longbridge car park was jam packed each morning, so I am delighted we are able to offer 500 more spaces. This will help us ease congestion and cut pollution.” Cllr Kath Hartley, chair of the WMCA’s Transport Delivery Committee and member of Birmingham City Council, said, “Longbridge is one of many places we are looking to improve or develop new park and ride facilities across the West Midlands. “This will be open by the time the clean air zone is introduced and I would urge commuters from the south of Birmingham to consider parking here instead of driving into the city centre.”

4 useful alternative sources of funding for SMEs with Would you like to inject more cash into Ralph Savage FCA your business without DRS Business Solutions LTD having to service the high interest/fee payments associated with traditional bank loans? Here are four useful alternative sources of funding. Angel Investment - Angel investors are wealthy individuals who fund your business’ growth in return for equity (shares) or convertible debt. Convertible debt involves the investor being issued with bonds that can be converted into shares/cash at a later date, instead of shares. It’s essentially a commercial equivalent of stockpiling Nando’s vouchers. As these investors have a direct interest in your business’s success, they often provide entrepreneurs with invaluable personal coaching, mentoring and advice. Invoice Financing - This involves selling your invoices to a lender. They will pay you a percentage of the total value of your invoices as an immediate cash advance. You agree to pay the lender interest and/or fees prior to repaying the advance. This is a powerful way to gain cash to cover your short-term expenses and fund your growth, but could cost you heavily if your clients don’t pay your invoices. Crowdfunding - This increasingly popular technique uses the power of social media to persuade thousands of people to make small investments in your business. Grants - The government is constantly looking to support innovative businesses either directly or through funded schemes. Applying successfully for one of these grants could make a pivotal difference to your business’ growth. Could one of these funding sources be perfect for your business? m: 07774 548822 www.drs-business-solutions.co.uk

Roaring success

A home care company in Edgbaston has relaunched a campaign to get more people caring for the elderly, as demand for its services continues to grow. Following the success of last year’s campaign, ‘You Can Care’, Home Instead Senior Care, is looking to recruit 50 CAREGivers to join its team. Following the success of last year’s campaign, ‘You Can Care’, Home Instead Senior Care, is looking to recruit 50 CAREGivers to join its team. Skills for Care, a trusted independent charity with over 18 years’ experience in workforce development, estimates that 8% of roles in adult social care are vacant, which gives an average of approximately 110,000 vacancies at

Photo: The caring team at Home Instead Senior Care Edgbaston

any one time. These statistics suggest that the sector is struggling to keep up with demand as the population ages. Speaking of the campaign, Terry Cheung, owner of Home Instead Edgbaston, says, “The idea behind the ‘You Can Care’ campaign is to call out to people who may not have thought about a career in care. Caring is a truly rewarding job which offers excellent training and , flexible hours.”

Terry continued, “When we launched the ‘You Can Care’ campaign last year, we saw an upsurge in interest from people looking to join the care sector. As our population continues to age, we are continuing to build our team with kind and compassionate people who want to make a difference to the elderly in the local community.” Ruth, a CAREGiver for Home Instead commented on working for

the care company. She said, “Since working at Home Instead, I really do look forward to my job and to meeting my clients. It was the best decision of my life joining Home Instead, and I finally feel I’m in doing a career I’ve always wanted to do.” Home Instead Senior Care is an award winning home care company, which provides services tailored to the needs of individual clients. The service

is flexible to meet client needs and is available from as little as 1 hour to 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hashtag #youcancare has been created to support the campaign and you can find more information if you search #youcancare on social media. For more information about Home Instead: t: 0121 456 5559 w: www.homeinstead.co.uk/edgbaston

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16 Property Life


No planning permission required

Buying art directly from an artist

Latest trend slimline kitchen worktops

with Homeowners can now build BOBBY SINGH larger extensions without MBA FCCA planning permission. Love Your Postcode The need for more homes has always been one of the biggest issues to the country’s housing crisis. One of the main reasons for families wanting to move home is the need for more accommodation as their families grow. Initially in 2013, temporary planning rules to allow larger single storey rear extensions without full planning application were brought in. The temporary rules allowed terraced and semi-detached homes to be extended by just over 19ft, whilst detached houses were able to add even bigger extensions of up to 24ft. Since those rules were relaxed six years ago, 109,320 people have taken advantage of the temporary rules (aka “permitted development size guidelines”). Homeowners wanting to extend within these permitted development guidelines, must still inform the local authority of the extension beforehand, and local authority officials still need to then notify the neighbours. If the neighbours object, the local authority could still stop the extension being built, but only if it is likely to damage the character or enjoyment of the neighbourhood. Now these temporary rules have been made permanent recently as the Government believe these measures will help households extend their properties without fighting through the time-consuming red tape. The government believes this is part of a package of planning reforms to build more households, build them better, quicker and make the housing market work, meaning families can grow without being forced to sell and move… or does it?

Buying art is an exciting with process. There are various JAANIKA OKK places to buy art: an online Okk Arts gallery, a physical gallery, a dealer or from an agent. Just to clarify, this is about purchasing original artworks, not room decorations.

with As the trend for contemporary style DARREN BRODIE kitchens continues Solid Wood Kitchen Cabinets to grow in popularity, so do worktops with a thinner profile. Thin kitchen worktops are becoming the go-to choice for contemporary cooking spaces, and with that in mind we’ve added a number of slimline worktops to our range in our Smethwick Showroom recently. Solid laminate worktops Ultra-thin Solid laminate worktops measure just 12mm thick and are constructed from numerous layers of laminate bonded together. As a result, they are an incredibly practical option as they are completely waterproof, resistant to a high level of heat and are durable against abrasion and impact. Combined with their stylish slimline appearance, this makes them perfect for busy households looking to achieve a contemporary aesthetic in their kitchen. We’ve now got 15 surfaces in our ever-growing collection - all of which are on display in our showroom. Thin laminate worktops These are a slightly more affordable option than solid laminate and offer all the same benefits as regular laminate worktops in terms of being incredibly durable, easy to clean and easy to maintain allied to their stunning 22mm slimline profile. Our range includes white and grey super matt worktops that have a luxuriously smooth anti-fingerprint finish as well as our eye-catching Grey Quartz effect worktops which feature a fantastic sparkling gloss finish. Whether you’re getting a completely new kitchen or refurbishing your existing one, make sure you browse the huge range of the latest slimline worktops available.

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An overlooked option, however, is purchasing artworks directly from the artist. This is also a good way to get to know the artist. You are not buying the artwork because it looks good with your pillows on the sofa. Each artwork has a story to tell and it’s the artist’s story. You buy into the artist, their journey, values and beliefs because you can relate to them. Once you like the style of the artist’s work, you will be looking to commission them for unique work. If you have already found the artwork that you like, great! However, when ordering a commission, bear in mind that the artist cannot read your mind. They might create something that is not what you are looking for. In order to avoid disappointment, have a proper conversation with the artist beforehand. Show the photos of the room where you would like the picture to be hanged. Depending on your relationship with the artist, you might ask them to see the work halfway through to make sure that it is what you are looking for. Artists are not wizards, there is no guarantee that they will recreate something exactly the way you imagine it. The more information you provide to the artist beforehand, the better. Jaanika Okk t: 0121 572 6935 www.okk-arts.com

Darren Brodie - Smethwick Showroom t: 01215 584583 www.solidwoodkitchencabinets.co.uk

Problem areas in the garden, plants won’t grow?

You clear it and the with weeds grow back too ADRIAN BADHAM quickly, or soil may Ashcroft Gardening Services be too hard to dig over? An easy way to solve a problem area like this is to sheet the area and put wood chip down. So, start by looking at the area decide if there are any plants which you may want to keep, if not then spray the whole area with weed killer but please read all the safety instruction before applying. Wait for the weed killer to work as instructions on the product you have purchased then proceed to remove the weeds and any debris from the area you have chosen to sheet and wood chip. Once the area is clear make sure it is level and there are no humps or dips. The landscaping fabric should be the best quality you can afford, will let the moisture in and keep the weeds out. Place the landscaping fabric on the area making sure you overlapped any joins by at least 12cm and anchor to the ground with metal pegs. With an area like this a cost-effective way of covering this area is by using wood chip from a tree surgeon, most tree surgeons want to get rid of their chippings so, it’s a good idea to give them a call and work out a deal - some will give chippings free of charge. Just remember you will need an area for them to load off the wood chip. When applying the wood chip to the area you will need a depth of 10-12cm. You may also need to have some type of edging around the area so that the wood chip doesn’t go everywhere. Adrian Badham T: 0121 559 5375 M: 07721 502 985

Sell your property quickly, safely and profitably Here at Love Your Postcode™ we pride ourselves in providing a service that breaks the stigma of selling your house and our reviews definitely agree with this approach. So, what makes selling property with Love Your Postcode™ so easy? Firstly, we want to make sure the property selling process is completely safe for you. Before booking a viewing of your house, we ask the prospective buyer a wide range of questions. We see this process as incredibly important to book a viewing. We know the last thing you want is random strangers wandering around your home who don’t have a real intention to buy your property. We also don’t want situations where viewing is booked for a property that is unsuitable for the buyer, and so wasting their time, our time and your time as the seller. The last thing you want to hear after spending the time preparing your house for the viewing is that this person wasn’t suitable for the property anyway.

Secondly, we are one of the fastest estate agents, at getting properties live and upon the market. We also have a couple of ways to make selling your home a flexible process. As shown in the pricing section of our website, we offer two different ways for you to sell your house. Thirdly, Love Your Postcode™ will take the time and effort necessary to take top quality images of your home, which properly feature the best attributes that will get it sold as soon as possible. The better the photography, the more people through your doors for viewing, the better the price you’ll get for your home. Along with having the highest quality photography, you as the vendor want the best advertising possible

to get as many eyes on your property as possible. Well, at Love Your Postcode™ we feature your property free as part of our traditional package. At Love Your Postcode™ we bring together the best physical and digital advertising to get interested proceedable buyers through your door. And finally, we provide realistic valuations. Property agents tend to give very optimistic valuations only to convince sellers to hire their services and later they reduce that price until the property is sold. Getting a more precise valuation will prevent price drops that might affect the final selling price.

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•Refurished and Extended Detached Home •EPC Rating: D(63) •Three Bedrooms •Re-Fitted First Floor Bathroom with Separate Shower Cubicle •Potential to Further Extend (Subject to Planning Consents)

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•Luxury Larger Style First Floor Retirement Apartment •EPC Rating: B(89) •24 Hour On-Site Staffing •Domestic Assistance (One Hour Per Week)

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•Luxury First Floor Apartment within Extra Care Longbridge Retirement Village •EPC Rating: B(83) •Boasting Wealth of Services & Facilities •Two Bedroom Apartment with Patio



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

•Spacious Ground Floor Apartment •One Double Bedroom •Unfurnished •Communal Parking •EPC Rating: D

•Immaculate modernised flat •Furnished •Three Double Bedrooms •Excellent Fitted Kitchen with appliances •EPC Rating: D


•Modernised, refurbished Traditional Home •Two Reception Rooms •NEW Fitted Ground Floor Bathroom with Shower •Two Double Bedrooms •EPC Rating: D



•Freehold Investment Opportunity Four Self Contained Flats •EPC Ratings: 'Flat A'- E, 'Flat B'- D, 'Flat C'- E, 'Flat D'- F. •Located on Plot Circa. 0.11 Acres (Circa. 450sq m) •1 x Two Bedroom, 2x One Bedroom, 1x Studio •Rear Flat Generating £4,800 per annum (£400pcm)

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


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•Modern Three Storey Semi Detached Family Home on Plot Circa. 0.12 Acres (circa. 470sq m) •EPC Rating: B(82) •Four Double Bedrooms •Kitchen Diner




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


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Offers in the region of £995,000


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Offers in the region of £309,900



Tuesday 22nd October 2019

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•Beautifully Presented Terraced Property •Double Glazed & Gas Central Heating •EPC Rating; D •Excellent Location for City Centre Access •Residents Parking Spaces Available

£575 PCM


•Superb refurbished apartment •Two Bedrooms •Fitted kitchen & Bathroom Suite •Double Glazing & Central Heating •EPC Rating D

•Three Bedroom House •Two Reception Rooms •Double Glazed •Central Heating •EPC Rating: E

£695 PCM


•Well Presented Terraced Cottage •Fitted Kitchen •Contemporary Bathroom Suite •Excellent Location •EPC Rating: D

£825 PCM


•Unfurnished One bed First Floor Flat •Double Glazed and Gas Central Heating •Allocated Parking •EPC Rating: D

£695 PCM


•Spacious Second Floor Apartment •Central Village Location •Brand New Fitted Kitchen •Bathroom with Separate Shower •EPC Rating: D

£725 PCM


•Three Bedrooms •Fully Furnished •Double Glazed & Gas Central Heating •EPC Rating: D •Master Bedroom with En-Suite

£550 PCM


•Spacious Family Home •Three Bedrooms •Through Lounge •Double Glazing & Central Heating •EPC Rating: D

£675 PCM


£1,650 PCM


•Two Bedroomed Apartment •Gas Central Heating •Fitted Kitchen •Furnished •EPC Rating: D

£850 PCM

£680 PCM

Cavendish House, 359-361 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B17 8DL

18 City Life


Cycling and walking projects inundated with bids

A £2 million fund set up to help communities improve their streets for cycling and walking has been inundated with more than 140 bids.

The Better Streets fund was launched at the West Midlands Cycle Summit in May

Better paths, improved street lighting, secure bike storage and on street car parking restrictions are among a range of ideas put forward by individuals and organisations hoping for support from the Better Streets Community Fund. These came from across the region with an incredible 80 from Birmingham. Thy include better paths around parks, planters outside schools to stop cars parking on the pavements and requests to block rat runs to make streets safer for pedestrians.  Now Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) staff, working in partnership with local councils, will go through the bids carefully over the next few weeks and pick the best ones for funding. Mayor Andy Street said, “As well as being great exercise and a fun way to explore the region, cycling and walking are crucial to reducing congestion and tackling climate change. However, people often say there is something stopping them, such as cars blocking the pavement or a lack of a safe crossing, which is why we set up the Better

Streets Community Fund.” “With that in mind I am delighted so many people and groups have come forward and applied for the fund, telling us what they think will make their neighbourhoods safer and ultimately encourage more people to get out on two wheels or their two feet.” Cllr Ian Ward, WMCA portfolio holder for transport and leader of Birmingham City Council, added, “In Birmingham we have invested in cycle superhighways on the A34 and A38 to encourage more people to cycle on their commute to the city centre. “But these community projects can equally make a huge difference to neighbourhoods in offering more incentives to people to leave their cars and get on their bikes or walk.” Winning bids will be chosen from across the region and announced within the next three months. All successful projects must be delivered within 24 months of being awarded funding. Some smaller projects will be earmarked for completion within six months.

Importance of Green Spaces

Allotments managed by Birmingham City Council annually produce food worth £4.3million according to a recently-published report. The 2.9 tonnes of produce come from 7,300 council-managed plots. Led by Birmingham City Council and the Consultancy for Environmental Economics & Policy, the information is contained within the study, entitled Birmingham Health Economic Assessment & Natural Capital Accounts: Revealing the True Value of Council-managed Parks and Green Estate. Cllr John O’Shea, Cabinet Member for Street Scene and Parks at Birmingham City Council, said, “We’ve always known that allotments play an important role in the fabric of city life – but this report reveals just how important they really are. “Providing healthy and sustainable produce with very few food miles, they are also a source of relatively inexpensive, nutritious and tasty fruit and veg. “Growing food on an allotment has many benefits for the individual as well as society more broadly and they show exactly why we need to recognise the value that our green spaces, parks and allotments bring to the city as a whole.” Anyone interested in taking on allotment plot in Birmingham should visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/info/20090/ allotments/173/allotments

Work ramps-up in the city

Left to right: Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Maria Ion and Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, at the Midland Metro Alliance’s Victoria Square worksite

The first of the city’s new tram stops are being installed in Birmingham city centre as the works to extend the West Midlands Metro to Centenary Square enter their final stages. The Birmingham Westside Metro extension follows the Metro extension from St. Chads to Grand Central, which opened for passenger service in May 2016. Once completed, the Metro will operate between Grand Central and Hagley Road in Edgbaston, improving transport links in the heart of Birmingham, making journeys faster and more accessible, in turn helping businesses and supporting more jobs. Five new tram stops will connect passengers to Victoria Square, Centenary Square, Brindleyplace,


Photos: Left: Peaky Blinder creator Steven Knight Right: Debbie Isitt, who created the Nativity film franchise


Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Birmingham-born actor Adil Ray and Coventry’s Debbie Isitt, who created the Nativity film franchise, will be part of a new taskforce to supercharge the West Midlands’ screen industry, confirmed on 3rd September.

Five Ways and Hagley Road, with links to popular attractions including the Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, the International Convention Centre and Symphony Hall, allowing more people to use the Metro in this area for day-to-day travel, reducing road congestion in the city centre, as well as improving sustainable transport options along Broad Street and beyond. Phil Hewitt, Director of West Midlands Metro, said, “Soon, people will be able to travel across the city and enjoy the entertainment and hospitality offerings in Brindleyplace and Broad Street by tram. We’re looking forward to transporting local people even further into Birmingham city centre when the route opens later this December.”

The trio will join other talented and well-known individuals from the region’s TV, film and games industries on the taskforce, an initiative first announced by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street earlier this summer. The members will now be tasked with getting the new screen industry body up and running ahead of its official launch in October. This includes creating a name and branding that will attract people from across the globe to come and create content in the West Midlands. The body’s members will also be working on developing a strategy to revolutionise the current screen industry, helping to drive investment, growth and thousands of new jobs. It will be chaired by international industry heavyweight Ed Shedd and serve as a single point of contact

for national and international film, TV and game makers. The new body has been set up and its membership selected by the Mayor together with Ed and senior figures from the region’s three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), including its portfolio holder for economic growth Cllr Ian Brookfield. Commenting on the appointments, the Mayor said, “Having the likes of Steven Knight, Adil Ray and Debbie Isitt involved is a tremendous asset for us and indicative of the top talent ready to do their bit for our screen industry. “We already have a strong industry with a string of success stories – not least Leamington Spa’s gaming cluster which employs 10 per cent of the UK gaming industry. “However, the Channel 4 bid has taught us that there is a lot more to be done in order for the West Midlands to be truly recognised as a world class centre for creative content. “By launching this screen industry body and harnessing the talent of the brightest and best

people within the industry, I believe we will be able to make sure our region’s screen sector fulfils its enormous potential.” Ed said, “I am absolutely thrilled with the response we have had for inaugural members, with nearly 50 screen professionals applying. “It was a challenge to select the initial group from such a wealth of talent. However, I am pleased that the group we are announcing presents a really interesting mix of sectors, backgrounds and experience. I am hugely looking forward to working with them all in the months and years ahead.” There are four key aims of the new body, including: • Develop a single delivery plan and help turn strategy into action • Secure and deliver both public and private funds • Commission a variety programmes of activity • Both lobby and promote the West Midlands screen industry.

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For some years now, a popular and important feature of the Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival has been the travelling Ukulele lessons – You’re never alone with a Uke.


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Free, thanks to the sponsorship of Hortons’ Estate Ltd, the Ukulele Rocks team take their workshops to six festival venues and set up shop. The events are aimed primarily at youngsters, but anyone is welcome to participate and the fifteen ukuleles quickly find a home with an aspiring musician. Under the guiding hand of Jules “Doctor Uke” Cockshott, the newly formed combination spend the next hour and a quarter learning to play, and sing, just one piece of music. After a short break to catch breath and regain composure, the gathering gives a public performance together, singing and playing their newly-learned song, invariably fairly badly, but of course, that doesn’t matter. What is really important is that they are enjoying the experience of playing a piece of music alongside fellow learners and having the stimulation of actually performing in an ensemble of sorts. There’s much talk nowadays of how music lessons at school are suffering from cutbacks, but one thing is for sure: there is an appetite out there among these kids for playing music. You would not believe how difficult it is to prise a uke from the hands of a six year old who has spent the last hour or so increasingly entranced by the wonders of producing music.

A soprano uke, a proper instrument, not a toy, can be found at any decent music instrument store, of which there are several in this city, from £35. That’s hardly a barrier when you remember that’s around the monthly rental for that seemingly essential mobile phone device that every youngster has glued to their hand. There really is nothing quite like the joy you can get from playing music, especially in the company of your peers. Would that every kid could have that opportunity!

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Cutting corners at what cost? There has been a steady rise of eye infections due to the online purchase of contact lenses. Contact lens wearers are risking their sight by shunning opticians and buying directly over the internet, eye experts are warning. In ‘cutting corners’ you could be putting yourself at risk of a dangerous eye infection. Websites that sell lenses without asking to see evidence of a prescription are believed to be largely to blame for the problem. Cases of eye infection with a type of amoeba called Acanthamoeba which can irreparably damage the corneas have doubled since 2010. The trend towards internet purchasing had contributed to the rise, because people do not undergo ‘vital’ eye checks so frequently. These are essential for spotting early signs of infection and to make sure people know about contact lens hygiene People will want to save money They will get their eyes tested for lenses , but then get new supplies of lenses on the net, they will then decide to save money by avoiding future contact lens checks! But checks are vital, not just to see if the prescription needs changing, but to check eye health. You are putting a foreign object in your eye, and it is important your eyes are checked to make sure your contact lenses aren’t harming your eyes. This is a separate test to your eye exam, your optician will check the prescription and fit of something that sits directly on your eye, and not in front of it like glasses. Your eyes are so important it’s not worth skipping your test to save a few pennies! www.brittainopticians.co.uk

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What are dental implants? Dental implants are a way of fixing appliances such as crowns, bridges and dentures into the jaw so that the appliance is stable and reduces the need to adjust a patient’s own teeth in order to fix an appliance in place. For patients that wear dentures, implants can be life changing. If you were to talk to most denture wearers, their one wish would be, to be able to eat, talk, and go about their daily lives without fear of their denture lifting or dropping down. Having implants can prevent this happening. Implants are not as horrific an ordeal as some would think. In most cases it can take as little as 20 minutes to fit an implant and patients are awake throughout the procedure. If you are a denture wearer then you will have experienced looking at a menu in a restaurant and not looking at what you want to eat but more what you are able to eat. Implants can open up a whole new world of culinary delights. Who benefits Most? As a way of stabilising denture the most common comment is “not at my ageâ€? The non-stuffy and jargon free approach to this comment is ‌it’s patients of advanced age that benefit most from having implants as they are the ones that due to their age, have lost the supportive bone needed to keep their denture in place.


Have you noticed how most people think about exercise? Well, if I am honest, most people HATE even the thought of getting sweaty in a gym or pounding the pavement in ill-fitting spandex, but this is another story for another day. What I am referring to is the way people see exercise as a thing they either do or don’t do. In real terms, you are either a ‘fit’ person or an unfit person. The definition of a fit person being someone that goes to the gym or pounds the pavement. If you are one of those people that thinks this way, I have some great news. Getting in shape and being healthy has very little to do with exercise. It has more to do with being active and just moving. Now before you tell me that this is same thing, let me explain. You can burn calories and get healthy by walking. You don’t even need to sweat or get out of breath. Now if you are currently exercising regularly, this doesn’t apply but, if you are worried about starting something new and being “unfit� then this is where this approach comes in. You don’t need a gym membership, a trainer or anything else. All you need to do is start walking for 30-60 minutes every day. If you want to make real progress? Start tracking your steps and heart rate with a fitness tracker. Remember, being active doesn’t need to be painful or complicated. You just need to get moving www.fitbrummiebootcamp.com

Problems with fertility can arise for many different reasons and some need medical support to help. The biggest thing to remember is it takes two people, working together to be able to conceive. Acupuncture offers help for couples to get you both in a better, healthier place, ready for conception to occur. Here are some top tips to help improve your chances of becoming pregnant: Drink alcohol in moderation - a little bit of ‘fizz’ may aid relaxation and get you in the mood! Caffeine can stress the adrenals and cause blood sugar to roller coaster, affecting mood and irritability. Try and cut down to one a day and increase your water intake. Smoking can damage both eggs and sperm and deplete your vitamin levels, a definite no-no. Both underweight and overweight can affect both male and female fertility. Aim for a BMI between 18.5 - 2. Stress can deplete you of nutrients. Time to look at what helps you to relax. Ladies keep warm around the kidney area and put on those socks. And especially for you guys, try and keep cool down below – boxers are a good option. Although there is not much evidence to support it yet it seems sensible to keep that laptop and tablet on the table not on your lap and your mobile phone in your top pocket well away from those all important areas. Acupuncture can offer help with cycle problems such as PCOS and endometriosis; sperm production, motility and quality: supporting you both in improving your chances of conception. It can also help if IVF or ICSI are planned.


Autumn Sleep Tips As nights draw in and days turn cool, Autumn brings its own set of sleep challenges for those who struggle to snooze. Here’s The Sleep Council’s advice to make sure Autumn doesn’t leave you fatigued and frustrated:


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Shorter days can mean less exposure to sunlight. This means lower levels of vitamin D and increased feelings of fatigue - and also disruption of the circadian rhythm, which regulates feelings of wakefulness and sleepiness. Getting plenty of sun on your face in the morning can help, so be sure to open the curtains as soon as you wake up and, if possible, go for a morning walk. After sunset, do the opposite and dim indoor lights to get your body back on track. While crisp, chill air can make it tempting to light the fire and crank up the heating, it’s actually best to keep the home - or at least the bedroom -between 16 and 18 degrees Celsius. Letting the bedroom get too warm can mess with sleep: too hot and the body struggles to bring its temperature back down, causing wakefulness. Too cold and the body will eventually wake you up - demanding extra layers of warmth and insulation! Seasonal affective disorder (SAD), a type of depression that can set in when daylight hours

grow shorter, is thought to affect one in 15 people between the months of September and April in the UK each year. While the cause of SAD is still unknown, the disorder can alter melatonin levels, which play a role in the sleep/wake cycle and cause daytime sleepiness and oversleeping. To re-establish a normal sleep schedule, exercise regularly, ensure the bedroom is conducive to sleep (strictly no gadgets and gizmo’s) and keep bedtime/waking times consistent - even at weekends. Getting as much natural daylight as possible is key too, as it suppresses melatonin levels and boosts serotonin production. Colder weather can also tempt us to eat more than we should. While it’s easy to stick to salads and lighter foods during warm Summer months, avoid the temptation to ‘comfort eat’ heavier meals as the temperatures drop - particularly close to bedtime. Overload the tum at your peril! Too much food, too close to bedtime is a sure-fire recipe for wake-up level heartburn and indigestion. Make sure your bed is comfortable and still supportive. Indoor furniture can be forgotten about during the lazy, hazy, outdoor furniture days of summer. With the focus firmly back on interiors, it might be time to re-appraise the piece you use more than any other in the home - and if your bed is seven years old or more, then a new one could definitely be on the cards.

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The benefits of regularly walking your dog are many and varied but the main ones include improved fitness, stronger muscles and bones and improved mental and overall health. It’s good for us and it’s also good for you too! The bottom line is that if you have a dog then it needs to be walked and, depending on what breed you have that could mean from twenty minutes to two or three hours walking each and every day! As most dog breeds were originally bred for a specific purpose such as herding livestock or catching vermin or prey, they were usually active for long periods of the day and sometimes the night too which meant that exercise was included in their daily routines and their fitness levels were naturally maintained. Because most dogs are now kept as pets, are not required to work for their keep and have the benefit of a warm house and a warm basket, the need for regular daily exercise is more important than ever. A bored dog is an unhappy dog and regular walking provides us not only with the physical exercise that we require but also the mental stimulation that is just as important and which helps stop us from getting up to mischief when we are home alone! Harborne and the surrounding areas have some fantastic dog walks including Queens Park, Grove Park, the Harborne Walkway and the fantastic Warley Woods which are all places that us dogs love to have a good run and to socialise in and which are all save for on or off lead adventures! So, remember, woofs need walking!

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In the last two months I have had at least three people I know and five or six other peoples tell me that someone close has had a fall and spent a night or two and may even be in hospital still. All of the people are senior’s the age from 70 years old up.

There are many things we can do to help prevent, or at least limit falls in and around the home; some are very simple. It is well known that age can bring physical changes to our bodies and likewise there are many options available to help us maintain good health. Just think about it.


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Reading is a fantastic way to develop yourself, your career and business. If you think you don’t have the time, then let me set you straight, with four ways to start reading today. 1. Get Accountable - One way is through a book club; this could be a real-life meeting, or virtually through sites such as Goodreads. These can help you to track how many you have read and get recommendations for your next read. 2. Dump Netflix - Do you have a realistic idea of how you are spending your time? Have you got into the habit of the mindless social media scroll? That thirty minutes on Facebook or Instagram could be a chapter of a book – before you know it, that’s a book a week! 3. You don’t have to read - No, I’m not changing my mind halfway through. I’m reminding you of the power of the audio book. Get them downloaded and then listen whilst you do something else: exercise, commuting, chores? 4. Don’t worry about the budget - If you are a prolific reader or on a budget (or both) finances can be a reason to not read. If you haven’t already, get yourself a library card. If you can’t frequently get to your local library, or prefer an e-book, most libraries have an online eBook service, including Borrowbox and Libby. It doesn’t matter WHAT type of book you want; you have no excuse! Grab your book and start today

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Why should I buy my wine at auction? Rob Simmonds­­­­­­

I was asked this question recently and it struck me that with a plethora of alternatives available to the wine buyer it deserved some consideration. My first tip is that there is always the opportunity to pick up a bargain. Our wine auction is very much geared to the private buyer with most lots being single mixed cases. Even after the buyers fee and VAT (where relevant) have been added the average unit bottle price will usually be much lower than when buying through a traditional retail outlet. Additionally an auction provides the wine drinker with a chance to experiment. Our suppliers range from lost in transit, through merchant bin ends to private collections. Most lots will contain an assortment from a particular area or maybe concentrate on a single varietal such as Sauvignon Blanc or Shiraz. At the higher end of the market auctions offer

wines with bottle age at a reasonable price; these may be unavailable in shops where only the most recent vintage is offered. Of course this may not be such a big deal if you are buying Beaujolais but certainly Rhone and Bordeaux reds will generally benefit from some bottle age. Taking this a stage further into fine wines, auction may now be the only way to obtain them at this point in their life. Fine French, Italian and even New World wines are not produced in the vast quantities demanded by the large supermarkets; many being drunk too early or alternatively tied up in bond as part of investment portfolios. The next Biddle & Webb Wines and Spirits Sale is scheduled for Thursday 12th September. Perhaps you have wine to sell in which case please give us a call. Alternatively we look forward to seeing you at the sale for a glass of wine and perhaps a real bargain! t: 0121 455 8042 e: info@biddleandwebb.com www.biddleandwebb.com










University welcomes neighbours for tea and cake

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Residents of Selly Oak, Edgbaston and beyond are being welcomed to the University of Birmingham campus next month to a dedicated event for neighbours of the campus. The event, being on Thursday 12th September, will be a drop-in session hosted by staff from across the University, providing tea, coffee, fruit juice and cake, and a chance to find out more about the University and ask questions. Head of Communications and Engagement (Infrastructure) Sally Xerri-Brooks said, “We’re delighted to invite our neighbours onto campus in September, before the undergraduate students return. This will be an opportunity for them to ask us any questions, find out more about us, or simply enjoy the stunning new Green Heart – a landscaping project that has transformed campus.

While the work the University undertakes has a regional, national and global impact, it is so important that we remember our immediate neighbours and take time to listen to what they are saying.” The session is open to anyone who considers themselves a neighbour of the University, whether they work or live nearby. University staff from student accommodation will be present, along with those involved in building developments, as well as some of the institution’s academic researchers. The event will take place on a dropin basis between 4pm and 6.30pm on Thursday 12th September in the foyer of the Alan Walters Building, which is near to North Gate, just off Pritchatts Road. A map can be found here:


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One of the West Midlands’ busiest railway stations is set for a major redevelopment to improve facilities for passengers. University Station in Edgbaston is used by 3.3 million passengers a year – vastly more than the 400,000 it was designed for in the 1970s. The expansion of the University of Birmingham, together with the on-going development of University Hospital Birmingham and major regeneration of the surrounding area, have all played a part in driving the huge growth in passenger numbers. The West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) and Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) are leading the project to create a station fit for the future capable of handling 7.2 million passengers a year. Mayor of the West Midlands, Andy Street, met with partners including Professor Sir David

Eastwood, Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council, West Midlands Trains, Network Rail, Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership and the Department for Transport to thank them for their funding contributions and commitment to delivering the new station. Platforms will be connected by a wide footbridge which will also provide direct access from the station across the canal to the University campus. The initial station designs are being finalised and will be published for public consultation later this summer. The new station is expected to be completed and open by the end of 2021, in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games when the University hosts the hockey and squash competitions.

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Stations firmly on track with £15 million funding boost

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It is full steam ahead for the construction of three new Birmingham rail stations following a £15 million funding boost from the Department for Transport.

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The funding is an important step in getting passenger services resumed on the Camp Hill Line calling at Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell Stations. Transport for the West Midlands (TfWM) and the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), working with rail industry partners including Network Rail and West Midlands Trains, are leading the development of the new stations. The Camp Hill line stations closed during 1941 and since then, the line has been used only by freight and non-stop through-

services. These new stations will provide regular train services into Birmingham New Street, with quick journey times. Cllr Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council cabinet member for transport and environment, said, “This is great news for the people of south Birmingham who have long campaigned to get these stations reopened. This, along with the huge investment in trams, buses and cycling is going to transform the way we travel as we move to more sustainable forms of transport.”

Running since 1985, Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival is England’s longest established jazz and blues festival and one of Europe’s biggest free jazz parties celebrated 35 years this summer. Hats off to the organisers and performers for putting on fantastic entertainment for all the family , the weather also played a big part, especially to outdoor performances! Behind this short, sharp celebration of jazz, blues and related music lie many months of planning and organisation. Driving this forward is the Jazz Festival Advisory Board, a very special group of people who freely give up time, expertise and enthusiasm in order to help shape this Festival. Without the benefit of their wisdom, knowledge and encouragement it would be impossible, alongside are sponsors and supporters which without there would be no festive for everyone to enjoy. With over 230 jazz and blues performances, talks, workshops and film showings, nearly all free admission taking place 116 venues across the West Midlands, including everywhere from bars to shopping centres, parks to libraries, we will let the pictures talk for themselves .

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The 2019 Vintage A Look Ahead

Apart from the very many grape varieties used to make wine around the world, and the incredible skills of winemakers in producing it, what determines the style of the wine in your glass is something known as ‘terroir.’ This is the combination of the overall climate of a particular country, a region’s local micro-climate and types of soil, and certain influential geographical features such as mountains, rivers, lakes and oceans. The vintage of a wine simply means the year in which the grapes were harvested, and don’t forget that while the harvest in the Northern Hemisphere generally takes place around September, in the Southern Hemisphere it happens in the earlier months of the year. And so, in important wine producing countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Chile and Argentina, the 2019 vintage has long since taken place, and wine production is under way. Of course, some wines are bottled later than others, depending upon the production method and ageing process, but the year printed on the label tells you when the grapes were actually picked. So how did these countries fare this year, and what can we look forward to?


Most of Australia’s wine comes from the South East of the country, where cool weather, high winds and frost during spring had an adverse effect on the vines flowering. This was followed by periods of extreme heat and drought during the summer, all of which means that many regions will see lower than average yields from the 2019 vintage. However, a lower yield often results in more concentration in the grapes, so we might expect to see a lower production by volume, but higher overall quality.

New Zealand

New Zealand has experienced mixed fortunes in terms of volume, with early reports suggesting total yields could be down by as much as 20% against pre-harvest expectations, and also down against 2018. A large proportion of this deficit can be attributed to challenging weather in the Marlborough region, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. The Hawkes Bay region has also suffered, but nevertheless the outstanding quality we associate with wines from New Zealand is expected to prevail.




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South Africa

While the Cape did not suffer from lack of rainfall in the 2019 vintage, the droughts of the preceding three years mean that many vineyards had not yet fully recovered, and the overall size of the harvest fell by some 2% against 2018. Wind and rain during flowering added to the difficulties, and although the harvest began earlier than normal, a sudden spell of cool weather slowed down the ripening process, causing a much protracted picking period and a later than usual finish.


Chile’s winter was cold and dry, with cool temperatures continuing into spring, delaying the bud-break on the vines. During January and February temperatures rose, at times to such a degree that the vines shut down and stopped ripening, delaying the harvest, though eventually cooler mornings and evenings rescued the situation. The delay meant the harvest wasn’t complete until May, but with excellent weather during that time, the 2019 vintage wines from Chile promise to be of excellent quality with no loss to volume.


Across the Andes from Chile, Argentina’s 2019 harvest was 7% below year, but still 22% larger than the disastrous 2017 vintage. A cold winter delayed picking by a few weeks, but a warm and dry summer allowed for a calm harvest period and for the grapes to be picked at the ideal moment. Again, the quality of the 2019 vintage promises to live up to expectations. And so, while the wine grape growers of the world can decide which grape varieties to cultivate, and where to plant their vines, as for all farmers they are then at the mercy of the elements. As we can see the effects of adverse and unpredictable weather conditions, which we are all seeing more and more, can have an enormous effect on the amount and quality of the wines they are able to produce – and, of course, on how much we then have to pay for them.

Calthorpe Residents Society

Calthorpe Residents’ Society (CRS) is an independent, voluntary Society founded 40 years ago to represent the residents of the prestigious, historic Calthorpe Estate which covers Edgbaston and part of Harborne. Our aim is to ensure that the high standards of quality of life on the Estate are maintained and to this end we are currently working with Calthorpe Estates. We monitor planning and development schemes, where we aim to raise residents’ awareness of proposed contentious developments on the Estate, and have also had some success in objecting to particular developments. We campaign on vital local issues such as the growing problems of traffic and parking and currently have members working with a group including Birmingham City Council towards preserving our unique built and natural environment which includes the Edgbaston Conservation Area. We are closely involved with other groups and recently helped in the production of the well-received Edgbaston and Harborne Blue Plaque Walks – 3 walks of varying lengths in Edgbaston and one in Harborne. Copies of the very informative walks can be downloaded from our website. Alongside our serious work, which will include a Forum on Safety and Security on the Estate in October in conjunction with the Police at the Tally Ho! Centre in Pershore Road and another Forum on Traffic and Parking in February 2020 again at the Tally Ho! Centre, we hold regular social functions and keep everyone in touch with our regular newsletter. If you would like to learn more about the Society, please visit our website:


The golden days of autumn are coming to the Gardens

Friday 18th October Doors Open 7pm Dust off your best 70s bellbottoms and knee-high platform boots for an unforgettable evening with Abba tribute band, Swede Dreamz! Dancing Queens will be encouraged to sing along as the look-alike band perform a long list of classic hits, such as Mamma Mia, Waterloo and Super Trouper. No need to Take a Chance on the weather – Swede Dreamz will be performing indoors.

Raising Residents Awareness

The mornings are noticeably darker for longer and there’s definitely a feeling that summer is coming to a close. That means one thing: we’ll soon be treated the beautiful golden tones of autumn.




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The Gardens look beautiful in any season, of course, but if you haven’t yet visited our newest addition – the Macmillan Cancer Support show garden, which was at Gardeners’ World Live at the NEC earlier this year – it’s well worth having a look. September is the time when our indoor team will be potting spring bulbs in the nursery. We’ll be filling pots with beautiful hyacinths, daffodils, tulips and other colourful flowers that herald the new growing season. The outside team will also be preparing for spring by planting hundreds of bulbs in the bedding displays, as well as planting thousands of annuals for welcome winter colour. It’s also this time of year when we start to choose and order the 10,000 to 12,000 bedding plants for the next 18 months – it’s a great job and we’re always planning ahead! We gardeners always love something for nothing,

so this month, divide herbaceous perennials. By lifting them and cutting them into smaller sections with a spade, it helps to rejuvenate the plant. Don’t forget to water them in well. It’s a great way to double – or triple – the number of plants you have, filling in those little gaps that always appear in the border

Other things to be getting on with this month include:

• Clean cold frames and greenhouses. • Net ponds to reduce the debris that will fall into the water. • Feed and deadhead containers and hanging baskets to ensure they continue to thrive until the first frosts. • Prune late-summer flowering shrubs and climbing / rambling roses once they have finished flowering. • Harvest seeds – store them in a paper bag and make sure you label them! • Order bare root shrubs and trees now, for planting in November. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens www.birminghambotanicalgardens.org.uk t: 0121 454 1860

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New home for University’s sports courses

Harborne Hornets’ long hot summer ends We are delighted to share our final league positions at the end of Summer League 2019. HH2 Div 4 2nd place HH3 Div 6 1st place HH4 Div 7 3rd place HH5 Div 8 3rd place We are thrilled with these results and look forward to some promotions in 2020. Well done to everyone! Winter League 2019-20 kicks off soon.

Birmingham’s redeveloped Alexander Stadium will provide a new base for up to a thousand Birmingham City University sports and exercise students, leaving a major sporting legacy in the city. The agreement will see the Stadium, currently going through the planning application process ahead of a proposed £72million transformation for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, provide a new home for students - equipped with state-of-the-art facilities. It complements broader plans to regenerate Perry Barr and north-west Birmingham, which will include up to 5,000 homes, of which c.2,000 will be delivered on the site initially being used for the Commonwealth Games Village. In addition, there will be a range of public realm and infrastructure improvements including a redeveloped public transport interchange, Sprint bus rapid transit services and enhanced options for cycling and walking. Birmingham City University and Birmingham City Council bosses met (Friday 30 August) to put pen to paper on the deal – which means Birmingham City University will become one of the venue’s ‘anchor tenants’, and ensure the Stadium remains an important part of the sporting fabric of the city, region and nation for years to come. Set over three storeys in a newly-redeveloped

Western Stand, the agreement will allow the University to expand its offering by providing provision to accommodate up to 1,000 students. The University originally launched its sports and exercise courses in 2016, with the studies, which include Sports Nutrition, Physiotherapy and Biomedical Science, proving hugely popular with students preparing for careers in the sporting industries. And thanks to the deal, hundreds of staff and students are now set to move to the venue following the conclusion of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. The site will be furnished to include state-of-the-art sporting equipment such as environmental chambers and anti-gravity treadmills, providing elite level training for students. The deal will play a key role in creating a sporting legacy in the city beyond the conclusion of the Games, and create a new generation of sports professionals including physiotherapists, sports scientists, nutritionists and teachers. It also allows Birmingham City University to cement its history in the Perry Barr area, which

dates back to the opening of North Birmingham Technical College in 1966, later incorporated into Birmingham Polytechnic in 1971. Professor Philip Plowden, ViceChancellor at Birmingham City University said, “The sport programmes at Birmingham City University are some of our fastest-growing, and we are delighted that we will be making worldclass facilities available for our students. “Alexander Stadium is an iconic part of Birmingham’s sporting offering, which will take centre stage in the coming years, and it will make a fitting home for our sporting staff and students. It is also very pleasing that we are maintaining our strong links with Perry Barr, which, for so long was our main site. “Birmingham City University is hugely excited about the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham and the opportunities which they will afford to residents, businesses and visitors including our staff and students. Working closely with the council in this way will help secure the legacy of the Games, and to ensure these opportunities will continue beyond 2022.”

Team selections have taken place and after a brief break teams return to prepare for winter league at the end of August. It is never easy making crucial team decisions especially when deciding who should move up or down. HH hold lengthy discussions based on coaches’ observations along with key Committee members who support the decision making process. HH success in Winter and Summer is testament to the accuracy of our decisions so far! We don’t hold trials, but the process is ongoing, and we see ourselves as a very open and fluid club moving players up as and when needed. Everyone is welcome to join at any point in the season! We are looking forward to our end of season Awards Night in Sept and

will share the results with you soon. Our fabulous Social Team always do a great job, so we look forward to the surprises they have in store for us! The Committee want to thank all the club players but in particular the captains and vices who have been exemplary leaders this year. Thanks also to our coaching and umpiring team and to April who has led the coaching this summer as she works towards her coaching qualification Good luck April! Finally, thanks again to all at HEM Life and Angela for continuing to support our club. With netball coverage on the increase in the media we are proud to say that HEM Life was ahead of the game and has featured us for over 3 years already!

See you in Winter League! Lydia

Social Training Session themed for the Netball World Cup

Harborne Youth FC – Fun, Friendship and Football

Harborne Youth FC is an established grassroots football club, with the aim of providing a safe, fun, competitive football club for young people in Harborne. The club is celebrating our 12th year of football this coming season and everyone in the club is excited about the prospect. Eleven teams are registered in the Central Warwickshire League ranging from under 9s to under 18s with a couple of younger teams lined up to join us too.

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Phil Court, Club Chairman, commented, “Here we go again at the start of a new football season and we are really pleased to have eleven teams with over 150 young footballers registered in our football club. We are so fortunate to have the support of local schools who let us use their facilities, not forgetting the tremendous effort from volunteers and parents who make a huge contribution. We go from strength to strength and look forward to another season of fun, friendship and football”. Visit us for more information at: www.pitchero.com/clubs/harborneyouthfc/ or contact Club Chairman Phil Court on t: 07907 781581



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Quick off the mark... VOLVO is as synonymous with Sweden as Abba, so it’s perhaps all the more surprising that its latest model is not made within that country‘s shores. In fact the all new Volvo S60 is manufactured in the USA, in Charleston, South Carolina to be exact and is a car set to challenge the dominance of premium German and UK car makers. The S60 is a mid sized, four door saloon with prices starting from £37,920 for the petrol T5 R-Design Edition. Low and coupe-like with eyecatching creases in the metal the R-Design version has distinctive high-gloss black exterior trim, twin integrated exhaust pipes and - on the launch versions - 19-inch alloys. From the front it’s easily distinguishable as a Volvo thanks to the corporate Thor’s hammer shape daytime running lights. Inside it’s typically Swedish. Elegant yet minimalist - think IKEA - with a nine-inch touch screen which eliminates the need for too many buttons and switches. Metal mesh inlays contrast with the black of the dashboard to give the cabin more of a light and airy ambiance, there’s a 10-speaker sound system and part leather sports seats hold your firmly in place. The latest model is 10cm longer than its predecessor which adds to the already generous interior space while the boot can accommodate some 442 litres of luggage plus extra room under the boot floor. The T5 R-Design Edition is powered by a 250bhp, 2.0-litre four-cylinder Volvo Drive-E petrol engine with a top speed of 145 miles per hour. It’s quick

off the mark too, hitting 62 mph in an impressive 6.5 seconds with power delivered in a superbly refined manner which leaves the cabin in almost total silence. The engine is mated to an eight speed, automatic gearbox which is seamless and smooth yet at the same time responds instantly to any kick down when you need the performance. If you prefer to be more at one with the car paddles behind the steering wheel allow you to change gear manually and you can also change the driving mode with a choice of eco, comfort and dynamic settings as well as the option to key in individual choices. Sampling the S60 I found it made light work of long distances, leaving all onboard cocooned in comfort while at the same time it was able to flow easily through the sharpest of bends with little or no body roll. And while high mileage drivers might complain about the lack of a diesel option - this is the first modern Volvo to be sold without a diesel option - the frontwheel-drive T5 R-Design is not bad on fuel consumption, averaging almost 40 miles per gallon. And as you would expect from Volvo it’s packed with a host of safety features including oncoming collision mitigation, steering support - to help avoid an object in an emergency, and a 360 degree picture on the touch screen for safe reversing to name but a few. These are features which have helped it secure the maximum five stars in the Euro NCAP safety ratings.

Would you expect anything less from a Volvo? The S60 may not be made in Sweden but it’s still every inch a Volvo in terms of quality, safety and performance.



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