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Festival that's full of sax appeal


HE 31st Birmingham Jazz & Blues Festival is set to roll into town from July 3-12 with a total of 190 performances in 73 venues plus film, dance, photography seminars, musical instrument workshops – and almost all of it is free, writes JIM SIMPSON. This side of town, as always, is well-featured in the programme except for Moseley which has its own impressive Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival to satisfy their needs. The Blue Piano in Edgbaston gets in ahead of the game with a performance on the eve of the Festival (July 2, 6pm) by the wonderful Saxitude from Luxembourg, while other attractions at that venue will include The Catfish Kings (4th), Brooks Williams from the USA (8th) and Pepper & The Jellies from Italy (11th). Right across the road, newcomer El Borracho De Oro presents guitar star Remi Harris (6th), currently enjoying a presence on the jazz charts of UK, iTunes and Amazon, and French Billie Holiday stylist Sarah Lenka with Brian Dee and Len Skeat (12th). The Kings Head on Hagley Road will feature Saxitude (3rd) and the Schwings featuring Laura Budreckyte from Lithuania (10th) and Pepper & The Jellies (12th). As always The Botanical Gardens are set to take centre stage in the Festival with Derek Nash Quartet (5th at 2pm), Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra – MYJO (5th at 7pm), Jerry Senfluk Quartet from Czech Republic (12th at 2pm) and Walsall Jazz Orchestra (12th at 7pm). London-based outfit Blues Engine make their Midlands debut at The Junction in Harborne (5th). Top alto sax man Alan Barnes will bring his Quartet to Hagley Road Village (7th) as will the swinging Digby Fairweather Half Dozen (11th). Another sprauncy new venue to grace the area is Praza, also on Hagley Road. They feature The Whiskey Brothers (6th) while on the same night Pete York Big Five play The White Horse in Harborne. Pete was a founder-member of Spencer Davis Group and played on all of their million-sellers. The White Swan in Harborne features Pacifico Blues (9th), Fiesta Del Asado presents Pepper & The Jellies (9th])and Caffe Nero on Harborne High Street hosts the emerging songbird/guitarist Ella Squirrell [10th]. For the full Festival Programme, visit www.



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Carnival's Lottery boost By PHIL BROWN


HE popular Harborne Carnival is all set to hit the High Street on Sunday June 21 - thanks to a successful grant bid to the National Lottery's Big Lottery Fund.

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The Harborne Carnival Queen competition was held at The White Horse pub in York Street. Iryna Lukova was crowned the winner and presented with a bottle of Champagne by competition judge Lindsay Burgess.

Paul Burgess, chairman of the Harborne Carnival Association, said the award of £7,800 was “crucial” in enabling the event to go ahead. The event has been running for over 30 years and regularly attracts tens of thousands of people to the High Street to enjoy a carnival parade, live music and dance performances, charity and community stalls, food stalls and fairground rides. This year’s theme is “Beach Carnival.” Mr Burgess’s passion and enthusiasm for organising the event shows no signs of diminishing. The carnival has been postponed only once, in 2013, when Mr Burgess had a life-saving liver transplant at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham. Finding the funds to stage the event has grown more difficult by the year, said Mr Burgess, who works as a business consultant and charity advisor. Local government austerity measures over recent years had meant funding from Birmingham City Council had all but dried up. “We are incredibly grateful to the Big Lottery Fund for their grant support,” said Mr Burgess. “The Harborne Carnival attracts people from all communities in

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and around Harborne. But it’s not just about the day itself - a huge amount of preparation goes on in the community beforehand. Music and dance groups of all ages work hard at preparing routines, children are practising their dance performances and talent acts at school. It’s that community involvement which helped us secure Big Lottery funding.” Paul also paid tribute to the eight strong organising committee and upto 50 volunteers who help on the day. "The carnival wouldn't happen without them." Local businesses EDG Property and Haart estate agents have stepped in with support. This year's Carnival Queen is Iryna Lukova, who works at Home Bargains in the High Street. The Carnival Queen contest was hosted by The White Horse pub. Local artist Shelli Graham designed this year's eye-catching beach theme carnival poster. The High Street will be closed on Sunday June 21 from 7am to 5.30pm. The carnival programme starts from 9.30am with a focus on school activities until lunchtime. The main carnival parade takes place at 4pm, led by the Northfield Caledonian Pipers. This year there are four live performance stages - outside The Green Man, Sainsbury's Local, The White Horse and the Slug & Lettuce. Moseley Festival / Page 3



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ELLO and welcome to the June edition of Harborne, Edgbaston & Moseley Life.

Did you know that one in very four households is home to a carer - yet most don’t even recognise their role. It could mean that their missing out on the support that’s available, such as a free emergency back-up service available 24/7. It’s UK Careers Week from June 8 to 14, and HEM Life is delighted to highlight a ‘Celebrating Our City’s Carers’ event at Symphony Hall on June 11. The event is organised by the Birmingham Carers Hub, a new social enterprise commissioned by Birmingham City Council to support the city's estimated 107,000 unpaid carers. The event will be an opportunity for unpaid family carers to find out about the help on offer, get face to face advice about the new Care Act which became effective on April 1 this year, meet other carers, take advantage of a free health MOT check and enjoy some live music and much needed me-time. For more information visit here are some marvellous sporting events coming up this summer, right here on our doorstep - and we are

delighted that 10 HEM Life competition winners will be enjoying some of the action. The Aegon Classic Birmingham is a world class women’s tennis tournament at Edgbaston Priory Club. Three competition winners - Mrs E Haddock, Jackie Cummins and Rachael Griffin - each win a pair of tickets, kindly supplied by the Lawn Tennis Association. England take on New Zealand in a One Day International match at Edgbaston Stadium on June 9. Readers Azhar Chaudri and Logan Fleet each win a pair of tickets, kindly supplied by Warwickshire CCC and the Edgbaston Stadium. Enjoy! Yours positively...

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ne of the highlights of the summer in Moseley is the annual Moseley Festival. Last year the event celebrated its 40th anniversary and entering its fifth decade it’s now stronger than ever. This year’s festival takes place between Friday July 3 and Sunday 12 July and typically will see thousands of residents and visitors enjoy what is one of the West Midland’s longest running community festivals. Probably the best known and most anticipated aspect of the festival is the street fair which this year takes place on Saturday 4 July across the village green and down Alcester Road and St Mary’s Row for the day. If we just focus here on some of the music highlights they are an embarrassment of riches. The Patrick Kavanagh on Woodbridge Road sees an excellent selection of gigs taking place over the festival. Friday July 3 features Dave Reeves, a performance poet and squeezebox ranter who has worked throughout the UK and Europe. Goats Don't Shave have recently reformed and are once

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GROUP of primary school children have learnt about beekeeping and seed planting as part of a new outreach initiative between Winterbourne House and Garden and King Edward’s School. The ‘Nature Day’ is a new outreach programme which gives primary school children the opportunity to learn about horticulture and beekeeping as well as receiving lunch and an academic session at KES. The first session during May involved 30 Year 6 pupils from Tiverton Academy, Selly Oak. The children visited the hot houses in the Botanic Garden to see a variety of fruits and plants before planting their own seeds to take home. They were then given a demonstration on beekeeping. Lee Hale, Head of Winterbourne House and Garden, said: “We’re thrilled to be involved with this new partnership. It’s great to see children from local primary schools having a wonderful time developing new land based skills like seed sowing, planting and even beekeeping. Not only is this enthusing it also provides valuable life skills.”

Moseley Gardens

FIVE gardens in Moseley and Kings Heath open on Sunday June 21 in support of the National Garden Scheme charity. Gardens at 10 and 34 Woodfield Road, 51 Valentine Road, 65 School Road and 7 Ashfield Road open from 2-6pm (combined adm: £4 children free).

again peddling the kind of crazy mayhem that they first became notorious for in the 1980s. They mix rock, pop, comedy and social commentary into an explosive, entertaining and completely ridiculous brew whilst making sure that they don't take anything, least of all themselves, too seriously. The Black Bombers rhythm section features ex members of Gunfire Dance, Stephen Duffy's Subterranean Hawks, The Prefects, and Dave Kusworth's Tenderhooks. Matthew Edwards’ current album, The Fates, has received fabulous reviews in many magazines and e-zines. Sunday July 5 features Al Hutchins, poet and MC who will arrive by bus and leave by bus, but while he is in the building we will all ride Al’s bus. The Kings of Spain line up has changed over the years but the musicians are always quality and this incarnation is no different. Singer and songwriter Mac will be joined by Jack and Sophie Tasker on Guitar, Cajon and vocals. Rachel Mayfield is Birmingham’s own ‘alternative Rock deity’. In the 1990’s her band ‘delicious monster’ hit the Indie Top Ten. Canard du Jour formed from the surviving members of the Birmingham Man-Powered Flight Club,

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their musical influences range as widely as the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah band and Flight of the Conchords. Thursday July 9 features Prodigal Scum, Birmingham's Premier Skiffle Punk band -

albeit in a field of one. Like the concert party in "it ain't half hot Mum" but with real women, and a washboard. Abel Gray is an independent musician and rapper from the West Midlands. Mixing hip hop with various,

Archers' writer Tim delves into politics


OSELEY playwright and longstanding writer for The Archers, Tim Stimpson, is having a ‘micro play’ performed at Birmingham Repertory Theatre on June 29 - as part of an evening exploring the aftermath of the General Election. “The Russell Brand Effect: The Morning After” at The Door presents four short political plays, seven weeks into the new Government. Tim’s piece is about family values in hard-pressed times. There is the threat of a dark sting in the tail to his story of a father who gets caught in the middle when he and his wayward daughter are forced to throw themselves on the mercy of an unsympathetic relative. Tim said: "I think we have to do our best not to preach to the converted. Those of us on the political left had a rude awakening on May 8 when it became clear that there were an awful lot of ‘shy Tories’ out there. "For new writing to be relevant we need to engage with this reality, challenge it by all means, but not assume that audiences come with the same political viewpoint." Another local writer, Helen Kelly, from Kings Heath, will also be featured on June 29. Helen’s piece is a sideways look at the election through the eyes of Sam, who is delighted by the Tory’s victory, declaring: ‘I love nuclear weapons!’ - but then Sam

is only seven years old. Helen said: "After all the heartache and let down that everyone felt who hadn’t voted Conservative, I wanted to turn the whole thing on its head." The evening is presented by West Midlands writers’ collective Bold Text. Tim added: "If you’re sick of the political analysis, these plays will provide an alternative, personal and idiosyncratic reflection on what happened at the election.”

'Pop up' actors

BE FESTIVAL, Birmingham’s innovative festival of European theatre, returns to the city this summer, taking over Birmingham Repertory Theatre from June 23-27. This year's festival spans five days and features 20 shows from nine European countries offering an action-packed programme of theatre, dance, circus, food, live music, visual arts, talks and workshops.

The festival ethos has always been grounded in a sense of community. This is perfectly captured each evening when the main stage makes way for a pop-up restaurant where audience members, actors and festival staff are invited to enjoy a meal together under the spotlights whilst post-show all can relax, meet and chat in the festival lounge. This year's performances explore topics around contemporary democracy.

eclectic influences, he aims to bring together honesty and artistry, keeping the listeners ear with catchy melodies and intricate wordplay. The Taskers have six full length albums under their belt in three years, they’re very prolific. Their songs have both hooks and complexity. Ben Ellington is an 18 year old singer/songwriter whose songs are mature, engaging and accomplished. On the Village Green to coinside with the street fair there is music from 11am - with James Atwood a young acoustic/indie/ folk artist, Moselele – the area’s unique ukulele group and big festival favourites, The Lunar Society – a local indie rock and roll band and The Choir With No Name – a choir for people affected by homelessness. Tuesday July 7 and Wednesday July 8 is the excellent Moseley’s Got Talent at the Prince of Wales. First prize £150 plus free treasure chest worth £99. While on Thursday July 9 it’s the Moselele Sing-a-long. The Highbury pub on Friday July 10 has Cymbiotic Percussion Duo (Ross Garrod and Ed Beesley) with their astonishing array of instruments combining visual energy and rhythmic intricacy with a hint of electronic gadgetry. Saturday July 11 sees

the Music Festival and Fun Day raising money for a brilliant charity The Charlie Ramsey Fund. Acoustic artists and live bands playing throughout the day on stages both inside and outside (weather permitting), bouncy castle, face painting and much more for children. The Moseley Jazz Funk and Soul Festival takes place in Moseley Park over the July 10-12 – more on which next issue. This really is just scratching the surface – there’s also DJs at most of the regular music pubs in Moseley, Magenta Singing Workshop, Moseley Village Band Concert, Edinburgh Festival preview comedy show both at the Dark Horse, A Classical Concert with Curry at Piquant, Regional Voice Poetry and Performance at the Dance Factory, Buddhapest Gypsy Extravaganza with the Folktone Band at the Buddhist Centre, Waiting for Susan performing live at the Fighting Cox pub and much, much more… For more information visit

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MPOWERMENT is the key. I am now nine weeks in and more businesses have joined the fold of the Harborne Business Association (The HBA) boosting membership numbers by 75% with more membership enquiries every week. We like this!

By DAMIAN Your HBA Town Centre Manager

What does this do for the fortunes of the HBA Business Area? It gives it a stronger voice, a positive voice, a profile that attracts inward investment and creates new ideas and new synergies (a new word I’ve loaned from Alicia at Harborne Primary School) between B2B and business and the community. Those that have joined the HBA recently can be assured that with my drive and enthusiasm and the mechanisms at the disposal of the HBA we will move this Association into the 21st Century! The story so far is: • New members are joining the existing base of renewed members • There are new ideas to promote the high street and make it a safer more attractive place to shop, eat and do business in for the more discerning customer • A new modern website - www. - fit for purpose and able to sign post business and the general public to your business.

• An upgrade will be launched on Facebook and Twitter with an App proposed for the future (maybe Christmas 2015)… • A new focus, a new committee line up and a new protocol. Our minutes from the last two HBA meetings make interesting reading (and hopefully you will agree… positive reading). The HBA with your recent support and positive contributions has enabled that change which has enthused my zeal to ensure I deliver a more effective and cohesive business community within the remit given me by the HBA Committee. That has been backed up in action by the recent joining of the HBA by Damian Marquez Tailoring (pictured right), The Food School Harborne; Maddison of Harborne (pictured), E H Smith Limited, Fallen Angel Café and many more. One of our newest members, Coversure Insurance (Paul Woodford – pictured) has joined the HBA as a freshman Executive Committee Member. Mary McGarry, of Mulberry Lettings (pictured) is the HBA

Membership Secretary without whom there would be chaos with membership matters (thank you)! So with the Jazz Festival, various other events and in particular Christmas, we all need to come together to ensure the vision that the HBA Committee have for the immediate future and long term future of Harborne businesses. Christmas is the HBA priority for sure, so watch this space (and visit the new HBA website) for our proposals on that! If we don’t come together to deliver quality events or a quality Christmas in particular, then it will be “Bah Humbug” and a Grinchy Christmas and our neighbouring local centres will swallow up the Christmas trade that Harborne should really have! By investing in good ideas and engaging with the HBA, we will ensure your aspirations are achieved (well most of them anyway)… A ’Can Do’ mantra is essential… plus I don’t like the word ‘Can’t’! - DAMIAN ALEXANDER This article is in association with the Harborne Business Association. If you would like to join, contact DAMIAN at: T: 07770046280 E: W:

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HBA MEMBERSHIP DRIVE: New members of the Haborne Business Association 1. Maddison owner Stephen McHale with Beverley Yates (left) and Carol Broomfield. 2. Tailor Damian Marquez, in Vivian Road, is welcomed by Town Manager Manager Damian Alexander. 3. Damian with HBA membership secretary Mary McGarry of Mulberry Lettings. 4. Abbie Rogers and Paul Woodford of Coversure Insurance Services. Paul has also been appointed to the HBA committee. Pictures by PHIL BROWN

Legal firm wins landmark Case for a green energy settlement family run business E DGBASTON-based Rubric Lois King Solicitors has won a landmark compensation pay out for retired Yorkshire couple Terry and Gail Beaumont whose life savings were threatened when a faulty wind turbine failed to deliver on the manufacturer’s claims. The breakthrough case now paves the way for further compensation claims which could total millions of pounds from hundreds of other wind turbine owners. The Beaumont’s settlement was finalised just weeks before a scheduled High Court hearing. It comes at the end of a lengthy legal battle between the couple, who run a hobby farm in Huddersfield where they breed alpacas, and the Yorkshire-based

wind turbine manufacturer Evoco Energy Limited, which went into liquidation last year. Acting on behalf of Mr and Mrs Beaumont, Satish Jakhu, director and head of litigation at Rubric Lois King Solicitors, said: “As the first case of its kind, this fantastic result will give renewed hope to the many owners of defective and potentially hazardous wind turbines who were sold a dream which ultimately turned into a nightmare. “With the manufacturer having gone into liquidation, those affected may wrongly believe there is no possibility of being compensated for their losses but, as the Beaumont case proves, there is a still a good chance of making a successful claim."

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A Slower Version of The Beautiful Game If you used to play football but now find the pace a bit too fast, or even if you have never had the chance to play before, Walking Football is the perfect introduction to playing football for people aged 50 or over. Mondays from 7:45pm-8:45pm, First Session Free £3 QAC, Court Oak Road, Harborne, Birmingham B17 9TQ For more information call: Steve 07840 480718 Jenny at AgeUK B’ham 0121 437 0033 Ext 4001 email or visit


HREE gardens will be open in Pereira Road, Harborne, on Sunday July 5 as part of the National Garden Scheme (NGS). The gardens at numbers 14, 50 and 55 demonstrate a range of gardening styles suitable for suburban gardens and will be will be open between 2pm and 5pm. Admission is £4 (children free). The NGS is an organisation which raises money for several charities

including MacMillan Cancer Support, Marie Curie and Help the Hospices. Refreshments will be available at the allotments off Pereira Road; the site will be open that afternoon for people to look round and see the range of gardening sundries on sale at the shop. In addition, volunteers will be present on Harborne Nature Reserve to explain the various wild life habitats on the site.

EXHIBITION DATE: Artist and art collector Steven Cornfield presents his second solo exhibition at the Harborne Art Gallery, at Frametec, in Greenfield Road, from June 12 - August 8. ‘Collections’ will feature his abstract work, alongside a selection of mid-century abstract art from his collection by such established names as Frank Stella and Hans Hartung.

ORTONS Funeral Directors M have announced the retirement of Miles Morton who himself took over the running of the business almost 50 years ago with his brother Grant. Now ownership of Mortons has passed to Derek and Sarah Case, another strong family team, reflecting the heritage of the company. "Derek and Sarah were the natural choice to take over at Mortons when I retired - they have such a passion for all that we do and I knew they would continue to care for families in the same way my family always have” said Miles. Derek Case has been working with Miles at Mortons for over 30 years, the last 10 of which have been as the managing director. Sarah Case joined the business in 2005 and after qualifying with her Diploma in Funeral Directing in 2011 swiftly rose to the supporting role as assistant MD to her father. Derek said: "It’s fantastic to take over from Miles Morton. We’re more like brothers than colleagues - and Mortons has been a huge part of my life for such a long time." The father and daughter team are well known in the area, and in addition to arranging and directing funerals, have been responsible for many of the firm's community events such as the annual Tree of Light Service attended by over 750 people last December.

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T’S MUSIC to the ears of parents – an awardwinning summer camp and playscheme for children where they can learn and enjoy the magic of music.

The Ofsted-registered summer camps by The Strings Club are aimed at children aged from four to 12, and cater for budding string players to first-timers. Packed full of instrument learning and magical, musical workshops, each day is wonderfully different. They include "Learn Together,Play Together" sessions in the morning, followed by a range of inspiring music workshops including "The Big Jam Session" to "Meet The Composer" to the brand new "Sounds and Colours", combining art and music in an interactive, fun-filled way. The venue for the summer camp is The Blue Coat School in Somerset Road. Children can enjoy the Strings Club experience for half a day (mornings/afternoons available from only £15) to the whole experience, - ending with a grand Strings Club concert. The Strings Club, though only a



Henry Wong anniversary


xecutive chef Ricky and general manager Marianne Wu (pictured) had plenty to smile in May as they celebrated 30 years of Henry Wong Harborne. The couple have established a reputation as one of the premier fine dining Cantonese restaurants in the city and hosted a special Pearl party for their loyal customers. The event also raised £2,000 for the Henry Wong team's official charity, Ladies Fighting Breast Cancer.

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few years old, has already started gaining real recognition for its refreshing approach to music tuition – not only though termtime courses, but also holiday camps, parties as well as school provision. Founded by Amy Cunningham, over 40 children from the Harborne Strings Club recently received prestigious Music Medal awards from The Royal School of Music as a result of all their hard work over the year. The children, aged five to

12 years old, had enrolled on an award-winning Strings Club Guitar, Violin and Cello programme and had been encouraged by their Strings Club teachers to work towards the Music Medal – an award that stands high alongside the usual grade systems such as ABRSM and is a key part of the National Qualifications Framework. Amy and The Strings Club were awarded ‘Start-Up Business of 2013’ title, after a nomination by The Apprentice Star’s Karren Brady. Amy said: “At The Strings Club, we take pride in offering fun-filled, high-quality courses

for children – that really ignite their love of playing an instrument! “As partners with Music Medals and The Royal School of Music, we encourage all our pupils to aim for an award – not only does it give them something to work towards, it also helps build confidence in their own abilities as well as a love of playing their instrument! “The summer camps are a brilliant introduction to music for children aged four to 12 and are also great for those budding string players of up to grade 8. "There’s free hire of an instrument to take home too

during the camp – parents will be amazed at how much their children can learn in such a short space of time.” • The summer camps start week commencing July 13, 20 and 27 and August 24. • They run from 10am to 3.30pm, from only £30 a day. • Early Bird and Late Club (8.30am / 5.45pm) are only £5 and flexible. • For more details, including how to book, visit www.

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Canal Walk

MOSELEY Rugby Club & Friends are staging a Fundraising Canal Walk & Family Fun Day on Saturday June 27. Two walks - 22 miles and 10 miles - are being supported on the day by Moseley first team players and coaching staff. There will also be a BBQ back at the clubhouse from 5pm onwards. The event is in support of Guide Dogs and Moseley Community Development Foundation.

School fete

CHAD Vale Primary School's Fete and Table Top Sale takes place on Saturday July 11 (12-4pm) at Nursery Road, Edgbabston.

French composers

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WO paintings by Harborne artist Sue Howells - the UK's leading woman watercolour artist - have been selected for the prestigious Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy, Piccadilly, London. 'Oncoming Storm, Preseli Hills' (above left) and 'Bits and Pieces' are on show from June 8. It is the second year her work has been selected for the Royal Academy exhibition.

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HE new sports hall at Queen Alexandra College (QAC), Harborne, was the venue for a Wheelchair Rugby Invitational event on May 9 - with regular players from four local rugby clubs taking part. Wheelchair rugby is a growing sport and QAC, along with local team West Midlands Warriors, are working together to make it possible for more people to take part. Harborne RFC, Bournville RFC, Sutton Coldfield RFC and Dixonians RFC attended the event, which was hosted by QAC staff and students, with support from Great Britain Wheelchair Rugby. The event was a huge success, with a fantastic atmosphere and camaraderie among everyone involved – even between teams who are usually rivals on the field. Six matches were played, each team playing against each other,

with crashes, clangs and a lot of tyres being changed and repaired. Sutton Coldfield beat Harborne in the final so claimed the trophy and title of champions, whilst Dixonians walked away with the wooden spoon. Sarah Caldwell, Fundraising & Grants Manager at QAC said: "It was an amazing day, so much fun for everyone involved. Teams and players really joined in with the spirit of the event and showed a lot of interest in what we do and how they can be involved. "We really appreciate their support and can’t wait for the next one." QAC is a national charity supporting people with disabilities, based in Harborne. They support over 170 students each year, with a range of disabilities such as sensory impairment, physical disabilities and learning disabilities including Autism.

THE work of three leading French composers will be performed by Birmingham Bach Choir at St Paul's Church, in St Paul's Square, Birmingham, on Saturday June 27 (7.30pm). Based around a performance of Duruflé's meditative and moving Requiem, the concert also features Fauré's Cantique de Jean Racine, Langlais's Messe Solennelle and Laudes Organi, by Hungarian composer Kodály. Tickets: www.

Awards for Ali

HARBORNE resident and Abbey College Birmingham student Ali Nesayef has been recognised for his incredible academic success. The 17-year-old, from Grove Lane, received two outstanding achievements - the effort award in GCSE Maths and the EPALS Participation Award - from The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Shafique Shah (pictured below). Teachers had nominated the GCSE student for his outstanding enthusiasm in his studies and extracurricular activities.





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Changing lives of older people


EN Bournville Gardens retirement village opens later this year it will be another step along an important path that has changed lives for older people in Birmingham.

In 2008 The ExtraCare Charitable Trust pledged to build five retirement villages in the city in partnership with the City Council. Hundreds of older people have moved into the three villages that have already opened: New Oscott, Pannel Croft in Newtown and Hagley Road Village in Edgbaston. The £35m Bournville Gardens is due to open later this year on the site of the former Bournville College. The village which has 168 purchased and shared ownership and 44 rental apartments is being developed as a partnership between the ExtraCare Charitable Trust and Bournville Village Trust. Earlier this year construction work started in Longbridge, on the charity’s fifth retirement village in Birmingham, and this marked a major milestone for the charity and the city. It was the final stage in the £200m development programme, the largest project of its kind in the UK. For many village residents their new homes have meant new friends and a new lease of life. The charity gives older people the chance to enjoy a healthier, active and independent lifestyle in communities that are a modern alternative to the traditional care home. Residents live in one or two bedroom apartments in villages where they can enjoy activities and facilities including libraries, gyms, shops and coffee bars. The villages have opened their doors to the community. Hagley Road Village hosted an international conference and it was also one of the venues for the Birmingham jazz festival. A very special bond has developed between the village and the nearby Lordswood Girls’ School. Older people have passed on their memories; the students have danced with residents Gangnam style. The girls from the school are seen regularly at the 240 home village in Edgbaston. The villages are not just about providing a new place to live; they are about giving residents a new lease of life. The weekly bingo sessions have become so popular that residents get there an hour early to make sure they have their favourite seat.

Resident Tony Carr, aged 90, goes to the Hagley Road Village gym regularly.

“We have people who have been here only a few months and they are like best buddies,” says Gillian. “They have so much in common it’s like they have been friends all their lives.” At the age of 90, Hagley Road resident Tony Carr goes to the gym regularly and enjoys using the cycling machine, the rowing machine and the treadmill. Tony, a widower, has enjoyed a lifetime of keeping fit and loves the sense of achievement that comes with being physically active. He is a former athlete and hockey player and was playing tennis until a few months ago. He looks forward to going to the gym twice a week and says it is a good way of making friends. He also volunteers in the gym and the library, and teaches resident to play bridge. “There’s such a great atmosphere in the gym, with people encouraging each other,” says Dan Height the fitness instructor at Hagley Road Village. “They really enjoy it. It’s a good laugh, a nice group and a great atmosphere.” There are people in wheelchairs enjoying Tai Chi and Zumba classes at the village and residents who have had strokes taking part in circuit training. Dan says: “I try to encourage as many people as possible to get involved in some activity, whether that’s salsa classes, ballroom dancing, or walking “I have adapted circuit training so there are chairs at every station and if people are unsteady they can sit down and do the exercise. In the gym there’s a machine designed mainly for wheelchair use. There are people coming to the gym who have never used a gym before.”


he Aston Research Centre for Healthy Ageing has been carrying out research with ExtraCare. Initial findings show that visits to GPs have been reduced and there is evidence that living in ExtraCare reduces NHS costs. ExtraCare’s Enriched Opportunities programme supports residents living with dementia and mental health issues and is entirely funded by the charity. Care is also available in the villages tailored to individual needs and delivered in the residents’ own homes by fully trained staff. “I love to see the difference that our care makes to people’s lives,” says Suzanne Jones, the Care Manager at Hagley Road Village. The homes in the villages are affordable thanks to a combination of Homes and Communities Agency and Department of Health grants, the council partnership and a range of options to either purchase or rent. ExtraCare’s Commissioning and Healthy Lifestyles Director, Angela Bradford, said: “We are delighted that Birmingham City Council’s bold vision for older people has come to fruition. It is great to see older people enjoying their lives in these inspirational communities and the differences that these villages have made to individual lives.”

Main picture: Ukulele Day! Just one of the many regular activities at Hagley Road Village. Far left: Winifred McLaren chats with Hagley Care Manager, Suzanne Jones. Left: Residents and Lordswood Girls’ School students teamed up to produce the newsletter before Hagley Road Village even opened.

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My move to Bournville Gardens


ERNICE Marshall was always busy, and her house was bustling. It’s the home where she brought up her five children and still found time to work full time.

But now, at 76, Bernice feels it is time to leave the threebedroom house where she has spent the last 41 years. It is too quiet for her at times and she feels lonely when she is on her own. Her husband George died three years ago after 52 years of marriage and her children have left home. “I haven’t been used to quietness,” she says.

Bernice now has boxes waiting to be packed and is getting ready to move. “This will be a nice house for another family to grow up in,” she says. And she is planning to move to a new one-bedroom apartment at Bournville Gardens in Birmingham. Bernice, who has arthritis

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Bernice - moving to Bournville Gardens when it opens this autumn.

and uses a walking stick, is finding the garden is too much for her to manage now, and she is using just one of the three bedrooms. She wants to downsize to somewhere where she can “just chill out.” At Bournville Gardens she knows she can receive care if she needs it. She is also looking forward to taking part in the activities, meeting new people and being able to go

back to her own apartment when she feels like it to spend time looking at her family photographs.

“I’m looking forward to being happy at Bournville Gardens,” she says. “I’m looking forward to being friendly with the people there. I love to socialise. I hope that this will be my last home. I want to spend whatever is left of my life in comfort.”

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June 2015


Business Life

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Taking control of your pension plan

F you add together all the money you have in pension arrangements, the total may well dwarf every other investment you ever make.

Despite this, many people are happy to leave their pensions in the schemes of previous employers and insurance company ‘managed’ funds, which may be fine for relatively modest pension funds, but can be relatively disappointing performers. Changes to pensions announced by the government mean that there is more choice and flexibility about the ways in which you are able to draw your pension benefits. And pensions also enjoy valuable tax breaks though, in recent years, tighter limits have been imposed as governments try to cut down on the cost to national revenue. Pension contributions by individuals are eligible for tax relief, generally at their highest rate (currently 40% for higher rate taxpayers and 45% for additional rate tax payers). Contributions also reduce the income used to assess whether individuals lose their income tax personal allowance (for those with income over £100,000), or whether they suffer a tax charge that effectively removes child


benefit (for those with income over £50,000). This means the effective rate of tax relief can be 60% or even higher. Up to a quarter of the value of the pension fund is available as a tax-free lump sum from age 55. Income from a pension is taxable income, however the rate of tax you pay in retirement may be lower than when you were working and pension income is not subject to National Insurance Contributions (NICs). Because of the tax benefits of pensions, the government has imposed limits on the total you can build up and the amounts you can pay in each year without suffering special tax charges. In particular, your total pension savings shouldn’t exceed the lifetime allowance, which is currently £1.25 million, having been reduced from £1.5 million on 6 April 2014. For any tax year you will only receive tax relief on pension contributions you make up to the level of your relevant earnings, and total contributions (yours plus your employer’s, including the deemed value of any ‘defined benefit’ pensions) should be kept within the annual allowance, which currently stands at £40,000. A SIPP is a special form of personal pension that allows you as the pension scheme

ITH winter over and spring bulbs showing their colours, gardens can often do with a little attention to turn them back to their fetching, colourful states. If you missed the spring bulb planting, get ready for summer. Prepare those summer flowering bulbs now, as it won’t be long until the perennials reappear and the ground is ready for more. Winter is hard on gardens, so it’s not surprising if yours needs a little TLC. Now is the time to tidy up borders and assess any cold-weather damage, ready for a new season of sowing and planting. Have a general tidy up and remove leaves and debris. Once the ground is warm enough, mulching may help get things underway. Help those bulbs along with a generous layer of organic mulch, but get rid of the weeds first, or it won’t just be the bulbs that benefit. Now is the perfect time to get on top of weeding overall, while the beds are largely empty. Start as you mean to go on and you’ll be able to keep them under control throughout the year. With any new planting, decide on the look and feel you are after – whether it is contemporary, traditional, cottage, natural or something completely different. Choose suitable plants that radiate that look and reflect the personality of your property, but before you rush in to planting, check longer-term weather forecasts. Summer plants will stand a far better chance if the last frost has passed. Order early if you have a greenhouse and can plant under cover, but if not, don’t get overexcited and plant too early. Once the likelihood of frost has cleared, you can take seedlings outdoors and continue watering them in their trays. Do this for a week or two, to help them transition from the indoor environment to the outdoor one. Watch out for those hot, dry spring spells and if and when they come, water


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member to choose and control the investments within your pension plan. SIPPs are offered by most of the major insurance groups and a range of specialist providers. Self-invested personal pensions (SIPPs) offer you the opportunity to take control of your pension. They give you a much wider choice of investments to suit your priorities and preferences, and if you have your own business, you may be able to use your pension to help develop it tax-efficiently. For example, in a SIPP you can hold commercial property and company shares, or you can build up a portfolio of investments. A SIPP also offers a flexible and tax-efficient way to turn the pension fund you have accumulated into an income for your retirement. The benefits that you can draw from a SIPP and the contributions that can be made are subject to exactly the same rules as any personal pension. The key difference is the range of investments available. These vary among providers,

with insurance companies typically offering a relatively limited range that will suit most investors, while specialist providers may offer the full range. Normally, investment options include a very wide range of investment funds, direct investment in stocks and shares, cash deposits and commercial property. It’s important to note that SIPPs are for people confident making their own investment decisions and you must ensure that your investment portfolio balances risk and reward in a way you are comfortable with. This will take account of the length of time you expect to be invested as well as your individual attitude. This will largely be reflected in asset allocation, which is simply the balance between secure deposits such as cash, low growth investments, and more risky but higher growth potential investments such as company shares. You will also need to consider the selection of investment funds, which are likely to

Springing into the garden

choosing your initial income level. Retirement planning may not be the hot topic of conversation at dinner parties and social gatherings but that does not mean it should be ignored. Planning ahead and getting your strategies in place early will mean that your dreams of a happy retirement have a greater chance of coming to fruition. Failure to act will mean that they are nothing but pipe dreams.

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The importance of getting it right


n my previous columns I have stressed the need for a properly drawn will to avoid the potential for costly conflict and court action on your death.


Making your own will is perfectly legal but can be a very costly error.


RICHARD HARPER Fine & Country West Midlands

Many home-made wills are a disaster area. Having said that, dying without a will is the biggest mistake of all. It seems even celebrities are not immune to that mistake. I am always surprised to hear of somebody rich and famous dying without making a professionally drawn will.

regularly, particularly as a welcome for plant newcomers. Give them a good, long soak once a week. Space out their drinking though, to encourage the roots to explore. This will encourage independence. If you’re planning on transplanting any deciduous trees, shrubs or hedges, early spring is the perfect time. Tie up the branches with twine to keep them clear through the moving process and mark the north side of the tree so that you know which way to orient it in its new home. Think of them as newcomers and water often while they are re-establishing themselves. It’s a joy to see the garden wake up after winter. Spring is such an exciting time - plan it, sow it, plant it now, and by summer you’ll be rewarded with a blooming beauty for both your own pleasure and to the delight of potential buyers. A beautiful garden is a good introduction to a lovely new home. Richard Harper Fine & Country West Midlands Tel: 0121 746 6400

make up a large part of your portfolio, and ensure they are suitably diversified and reviewed regularly. As charges levied on SIPP investments are generally higher than those on other personal pension plans, making smaller contributions is not really an option. Similarly, stopping or changing contributions will usually incur a charge. You can start drawing money from your pension from age 55, and you must stop paying in by the time you reach age 75. The period in between is the retirement window, and you can make the move all at once or in stages. Between ages 50 and 75, you may have two parts to your SIPP - one where you can pay in and one where you can draw out, which is known as income drawdown. Every time you move part of your fund to income drawdown you can take a quarter of it as a tax-free lump sum; the remainder is available to provide income. The level of income is not guaranteed. There is a very real chance that you may need to reduce your drawdown income in the future, in particular if the performance of your investments is lower than expected, or you live to a greater age than originally anticipated when

As Rik Mayall’s family have discovered, the intestacy rules are far from tax efficient. A properly drawn will would have avoided the situation in which they now find themselves.

Other well known people to have died intestate include Jimi Hendrix, Martin Luther King and Abraham Lincoln.

One would think that with all the staff and advisors who surrounded them somebody would have advised them to make a will. A beautiful garden is a good introduction to a lovely new home

Possibly they thought they had plenty of time left to sort it out. It is the kind of thing people put off.

LEGAL LIFE with JOYCE BENNELL Rubric Lois King Solicitors

Many of our clients say they have been meaning to do it for years. Failing to update a will in response to changes in your life can be equally disastrous.

A will made when your assets are modest may well need changing if your wealth increases. Marriage automatically revokes a will so if you get married you need to make a new one. Likewise, divorce affects a will and should be an occasion for revising it. Changes to tax laws can also make a difference.

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June 2015


Life Stories

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OME of the founding fathers of S Harborne RFC joined 120 other Harborne RFC celebrate 20 years guests who gathered at Tally Ho!

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Vintage 1995: The original players of Harborne RFC take a striking pose.

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in Edgbaston for the club’s 20th Anniversary Dinner. Harborne was founded in January 1995 when a group of 17 players from the Thimblemill/GKN RFC decided to move to Harborne and form a new club. One of the founding members, Dave Davis, negotiated the use of one pitch from Birmingham City Council and The Green Man pub on the High Street became their first clubhouse. The original team is pictured top right in a picture supplied by founding player Keith Barbier. Chairman Nick Jackson said the club had always strived to be the best it can be and the 2014/15 season had been the real highlight so far with the First XV achieving its second successive promotion into Midlands 2 (West) North – the highest league the club had ever been in. After excellent food and service by the Tally Ho! catering team, the following club awards were made: First team player of the year: Will Arnold. Second team player of the year: Pete Robbins. Third team player of the year: Klaus Barbier. Coaches’ player of the year: Jonathan Duckers. Club person of the year: Phil Miller. Special thanks were made to the season’s sponsors, Metro PM, and to Nigel Gough for contributing towards the evening's awards.

Vintage 2015: Founding players (from left): Daryl Murphy, Dave Davis, Simon Woodward, Keith Barbier, Ken Nairn and Craig Marshall. All feature on the 1995 picture with the exception of Simon who took the photograph!


IYA folks. In the last edition of Harborne, Edgbaston & Moseley Life there was an article on page 3 about Acoustic1 Radio and what we are all about. I’m a local musician and presenter and I joined Acoustic1 last year. I have to say it’s been a great journey. My remit was to put a show together, and here I am, still putting shows together. When I took on the 'Folk For Folk’s Sake' show, I thought my listeners would be few. How wrong I was! With listeners all over the world, that’s Canada, America, Switzerland to name but a few, I was amazed. I have CD’s and MP3s sent in from everywhere. My main show is 'Folk For Folk’s Sake', but in addition, I thoroughly enjoy interviewing and often have that opportunity at venues before or after the artists have performed, as well as those events we have staged ourselves. Who have I interviewed? Well there’s Martin Joseph, Wednesdays Wolves, Flute of Shame (I loved these guys from Finland) for starters. You can hear their music, plus more on www.acoustic1radio. Recently interviewed was Sunjay, a local singer songwriter musician, who is making quite a name for himself and was nominated for the BBC2 Young


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Folk Awards. I recently met local band Red Shoes, and look forward to be reviewing their music in the very near future. If I had more space, I would be reviewing Martin Josephs album Kiss The World Beautiful for you. But as that’s not possible, I will encourage you to log onto Acoustic1 and listen to his interview. Don’t forget you can find me on facebook and twitter – Susie Gee. You can find Acoustic1 Radio on TuneIn, facebook, twitter and LinkedIn. If you are a local musician looking for radio airing, feel free to contact us. We are often out and about at local music events and open mic nights and if you follow us on social media you will see where and when and you can pass on your CDs in person. So, that’s all for now folks. I hope you tune in soon.


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June 2015


Business Life

" Only women know how stressful it is to juggle all aspects of family and career "

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HE Mumpreneur & Female Association is a network for dynamic women in business and professional women in and around the UK. The idea is to help and support females in business as only women know how stressful it is to juggle all aspects of family and career. The founder and CEO is Anita Bryan, from Birmingham, who is a Mumpreneur. Here, Anita tells HEM Life readers about how the association can inspire and empower women who are in business to become more successful - and how the club also help mums who want to set up in business.

How did you start up in business, Anita? I have a background in publishing, advertising, recruitment and sales and marketing. I set up my fi rst business at the age of 24 with an aim to support and offer my expertise to other women in business. I believe women are capable of great things and great at multitasking and by working and supporting each other we can run successful businesses. I now run three companies alongside my fiancé Andrew, but most importantly I believe being your own boss allows you to balance family and career. Why are you so passionate about your business? I currently run networking meetings for women in the

Harborne and Edgbaston area of Birmingham, with plans to network in Soihull and Sutton Coldfield. I enjoy meeting different women from all backgrounds. We currently have over 100 women as part of the association and all at different stages in their business. Some women are just starting up a business and need help and guidance, others have wellestablished businesses and need help in marketing and sales and we particularly have a percentage of women who are mums and are looking for that work life balance. I am very passionate about helping all women to achieve

The Mumpreneur & Female Association is a network for dynamic women in business and professional women in and around the UK. The idea is to help and support females in business as only women know how stressful it is to juggle all aspects of family and career. We are very proud to have now launched the Mumpreneur & Female Association, and the aim is to inspire and empower women who are in business to help and offer support women to become more successful and the club also helps mums who are wanting to set up in business. That’s why the Mumpreneur & Female Association is here to help advise and give support to all women wanting to take the plunge. We will be here every step of the way from providing mentors, giving business advice, holding networking seminars, workshops on sales & marketing, blogging, social media, and much more. Our aim is to offer a platform for working women to get business advice and also support mums to maintain that balance between family and career. We are also members of the Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and we currently run women networking meet-ups in the Edgbaston and Harborne area.

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their full potential regardless if they have children or not. As part of the association we have a mixture of women which demonstrates all is welcome. What’s your next big event in the business calendar? The Mumpreneur & Female Association is growing from strength to strength. We are proud to be hosting our fi rst Women in Business Networking Conference on the July 3 (10am-4pm) at the prestigious Edgbaston Priory Club. Our Conference has now sold out and we are expecting over 70 women to attend. We have eight speakers lined up for the day speaking about all different aspects of business such as marketing, social media, coaching, blogging, and much more. We also have 15 exhibitors and our headliner sponsor is Suttons and Robertsons, City Centre, Birmingham. This will truly be an inspirational day for all our female entrepreneurs. Due to the success of our fi rst event we have plans to launch in 2016 our second Women in Business Networking Conference in Warwickshire, our Social Media & Blogging Conference and our Women in Business Awards Show. What key message do you have for working women? The most important message I would like people to take away from the Mumpreneur & Female Association is that as a working woman it’s important to always put family and health fi rst. Running a business can be very stressful, but also so rewarding. I started my businesses so that I could try and achieve that work life balance. Money should never be the main reason for running a business, but helping people and making a difference is the most important factor for me – and being your own boss allows me to have that flexibility. Mumpreneur & Female Association 45 Newhall Street Birmingham, B3 3QR Tel: 0121 661 9337 Mob: 07506 902 597


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Harrison Clark Rickerbys family law and mediation team based at Edgbaston: Partners Lucy Barr and Kevin HarrisJames with Associate Solicitor, Anna Taylor and paralegal, Tabatha Quinney.


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The natural choice for medical professionals


HE Consulting Rooms at 38 Harborne Road, Edgbaston, are a longestablished and highly regarded Medical and Health Consultation Centre that has been favoured by Clinicians for many decades.

Dr M S Sonsati, Consultant Psychiatrist & Director, and Mercedes Gomez, Practice Manager, The Oaktree Clinic.

Mental health is No 1 priority

e listen, we treat, we care. That is the admirable aspiration W of the professional team at the Oaktree Clinic, an independent organisation of skilled, experienced, dedicated consultant psychiatrists, clinical psychologists and other mental health professionals, based in Edgbaston. Formally launched in October last year, The Oaktree Clinic was so well received that they moved from George Road to larger premises at 38 Harborne Road, Edgbaston. According to the director of the clinic, Dr. Sonsati, “Every professional in our team has a common goal: disorders, post-traumatic stress to help people find relief disorder, personality disorders, from symptoms of mental Schizophrenia and mental health illness, emotional problems or issues related to work stress and psychological trauma, to assist relationship problems. them understand their issues Their team of psychologists better and achieve satisfaction includes: and their potential in life. We • Dr Judith Holden, with have worked hard to make the experience in issues related to best multi-disciplinary mental complex psychological trauma health services available to and personality disorder. She everyone in the Midlands. has specialist qualifications in We greatly value our patient CBT, EMDR and supportive feedback, which so far has been counselling. overwhelmingly positive.” • Dr Laxmi Budhwar is a The core psychiatric team is: specialist child psychologist • Dr White, one of the most with qualifications and training experienced Psychiatrists in in neuropsychology, with Midlands, a Royal College an experience of more than assessor, Medical Advisor to 15 years. A member of the the General Medical Council, Consortium of Expert Witnesses, UK. Dr Budhwar has a thriving Dr White has started and medico-legal practice. run many patient services in Practice manager Mercedes Birmingham. Gomez says, “As an organisation, • Dr Sonsati, the founder The Oaktree Clinic aspires to of the service, is a skilled be recognised in Birmingham consultant psychiatrist with a and the rest of the Midlands, wealth of experience in treating as a reliable, high quality and eating disorders, liaison trustworthy multi-disciplinary psychiatry & neuropsychiatry. mental health service." She is passionate about campaigning against stigma of mental illness. THE OAKTREE CLINIC • Dr Gautam Bettegowda 38, Harborne Road With is a general adult psychiatrist Edgbaston, B15 3HE with special accreditation STEVEN DAVIS Tel: 0121 314 0330 in psychiatry of addictions. The Plumbing Company E: His areas of expertise also W: include treating mood

Changes at the top of this long-established business have put the focus on developing a reputation for high quality consulting rooms encompassed within a well organised service that includes efficient and welcoming staff. Director Linda McBride, who has practiced psychotherapy from the consulting rooms for over ten years, took over the ownership of The Consulting Rooms in June last year. Linda said: “In my new position at the helm of this exciting health hub, I am delighted to have a host of highly-skilled medical professionals regularly working from here, including specialist eye surgeons, orthopaedic, neurosurgeons and general practitioners. “Our latest specialist in permanent residence are Signature Orthodontics and more recently The Oaktree Clinic Psychiatric and Psychology Services.

“The vision is to continue extending the services offered whilst creating a friendly, warm and inclusive environment where every single patient and colleague is treated with respect. “We are currently looking to make use of our treatment room, The Westbourne, which is ideal for performing minor medical procedures and would suit dermatology or any other specialisms involved with small surgery work.” The Consulting Rooms is open seven day a week from 8.30am to 8.30pm, (late evenings with prior agreement). It offers medical and health professionals the opportunity to practice from private consulting rooms in the heart of the city’s medical quarter, with the flexibility of ad hoc, sessional and longer term agreements backed up by all the benefits of a well-run, welcoming front of house operation.

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21 June 2015


Health Screening patients can expect a warm welcome from the BMI Healthcare team - as Phil Brown (pictured below) discovered,

Personal MOT test to live a longer life By PHIL BROWN


HE decades in our lives all offer an opportunity for a shift in ambition and lifestyle. For many, the‘roaring 20s’ is about working hard to climb up the career ladder and playing equally hard outside office hours.

Children more often than not spring into the equation in your 30s and 40s and the hard work is finding the right balance between work and family life. The big one for me was 50. With three grown-up sons making their own mark on the world, I became a dad again, to a beautiful little girl. I’ve never been the best at maths (one of the universe's subtle nudges to become a writer) but even I could work out that if I wanted to see my daughter grow up, I needed to look after myself. Embarrassing ‘dad dancing’ in your late 60s? Bring it on! "Your health is your wealth” is a cliche you don’t take that seriously when you’re 21 - but it was the key reason why, at the age of 55, I found myself booked in for an Advanced Plus Health Screening with BMI at Priory Hospital in Edgbaston.

I'd adopted the mindset that I was going in for an MOT, except it was my body under scrutiny to see if it was roadworthy and fit for purpose. Over the next couple of hours I would meet a friendly, knowledgable and enthusiastic BMI healthcare team who know that a warm, smiling welcome is the best way to dispel patient nerves. No tea and biscuits just yet, mind. You'll have been fasting from the night before in advance of the day's blood and urine tests. A health screening nurse measures your weight, height and two waist measurements to help formulate your Body Mass Index (a measurement of body fat). The nurse then takes your blood for testing and analysis. The nurse will also test your hearing, eyesight, lung power and blood pressure. The health screen also includes completion of a simple health questionnaire. The Brown family has been on a healthy eating mission in 2015 so it was pretty straightforward to answer question such as how often do you eat fruit and vegetables (more than was the case a year ago for me), how much water you drink (just about right) and how much alcohol you consume (around

14 units a week, just about within guidelines). The Advanced Plus health assessment includes a 15-minute test involving a treadmill with electrodes to measure the electrical activity of your heart while exercising under the watchful eye of your specialist clinician. Time to tuck in to that tea and biscuits before you are introduced to an experienced GP for a one-one consultation. My physician that morning was Dr Nic Anfilogoff. This is an opportunity to talk in depth to a true medical professional not just about your medical results on the day but your whole lifestyle and any medical concerns or issues you may have. The daily challenge of achieving an effective work-life balance can provide stresses all of its own that don't necessarily come out in medical data. If ever an illustration was needed of the phrase "it's good to talk", the non-judgmental half hour spent with Dr Anfilogoff was exactly that. Even the delicate subject (for men) of prostate cancer was dicussed and addressed with a short and painless internal examination. Overall, my results were good. I could do with losing a stone in weight and we

dicussed the best ways of excercise for a man of my age to achieve that (it's not as easy as when you're in your 20s). Inevitably, there's a big sigh of relief when the screening is over. Then, just over a week later, you receive a thorough 16-page health screening report complete with a detailed record of all your results. You can also request that a copy is sent to your GP. Other than the fact I need to lose a moderate slab of weight, mostly around the midriff, I think my health MOT was a pass, which is a big comfort to mind, body and spirit. You can go on to use the healthcare report as a baseline to measure future improvements in my weight, blood pressure and cholesterol. In my view, the BMI Healthcare Screening is definitely a route worth exploring - if only for the fact it gives personalised and professional guidelines on what you need to do to live a longer life. I'll raise a vino to that (it's allowed, in moderation!).

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temperatures start to rise you need to look smart and comfortable so something lighter is called for – both in weight and in colour. When men think summer suits they often think linen suits in a nondescript beige colour. This is not Miami Vice. For those of you who remember Don Johnson and his linen suits and designer stubble you will also remember how creased his suits became during the episode. This is not a good look. Of course linen is incredibly lightweight so it’s great from that perspective but it’s better to go for a linen suit that contains some silk and light wool as well. Not only will this make the suit look smarter, it will be far less prone to creasing and will give you an overall better shape. Lining is also an important feature of the summer suit. It may be tempting to go for a suit with no lining at all because this will obviously be lighter. However, a better option would be to have a suit where there is lining to specific areas of the suit such as the shoulders. Any good tailor will know where lining is needed in a summer suit so that it still feels lightweight and retains its structure. And then we move on to colour. Light blues, beiges and khakis will definitely reflect the heat and make you feel more comfortable but for early summer and late summer they don’t really look right. That means you would only be able to wear them in the height of summer which is not the best use of your investment. A better choice would be to go for a darker mid-colour which you can wear throughout the summer and also wear comfortably in the workplace without looking like you’re about to go on safari! What you need in a summer suit is that crisp smart feel of a winter suit but without the weight. You will then have a suit that’s fit for any summer occasion. Adrian Barrows Tel: 07968 438 717

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June 2015

EDITORIAL Call Phil: 07859 81 82 87

Breaking down the barriers...

Warning signs

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Dr Meetu Singh Sonsati Oaktree Clinic


n the modern times, pressure to be thin is immense, coming from peers and media. Anorexia is a dangerous mental disorder that stops people eating, believing they are overweight when in fact they are not. It’s increasingly becoming a major problem within child and adolescent population, with children as young as 8 years being diagnosed with anorexia. The first hurdle in treating sufferers, is that only 1 in 10 seek professional help. Therefore the onus of recognising anorexia and prompting patient to see a doctor maybe upon family or friends. If someone in your family or amongst friends: • Counts calories excessively • Misses / bins meals • Weighs self repeatedly • Spends inordinate amount of time exercising • Becomes dizzy, losing consciousness • Loses hair • Uncharacteristically irritable Think of eating disorder, seek help from GP or a psychiatrist. The Oaktree Clinic T: 0121 314 0330

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OR some, a visit to a local General Practitioner (GP) is regular and without anxiety.

Whether it’s to treat a longterm health issue or for regular check ups such as blood pressure or smear tests, some of us are comfortable seeing and talking to a GP. However, for others, the thought of ‘troubling’ a GP with a health concern can sometimes see them delay a visit until things reach crisis point.

I’ve been a GP for nearly 25 years and during that time, I’ve worked both as a NHS GP and in the private sector. The one thing that is common across both is the unwillingness of men to talk to their GP about a concern that is troubling them. In my current practice at Spire Parkway, I see male patients who have reached a stage when their partner is asking them to seek help. Many are suffering with symptoms such as lack of sleep,

mood swings, lower performance at work or relationship issues. Yet, despite being concerned, they allow the situation to worsen. This is often because they see their symptoms as being minor. The reality is, that some serious conditions can be identified because of minor symptoms. For example, symptoms such as mood swings, tiredness, poor concentration and loss of enthusiasm can all be symptomatic of stress, yet they can also be signs of low testosterone levels something that is easily tested for by your GP and then treated by a specialist. Some of the male patients I see have suffered in silence for a long time, believing their symptoms are normal for their age or borne out of a ‘difficult patch’.



While that may be the case, a quick trip to the GP to confirm this could alleviate unnecessary worry with treatment provided where appropriate. As a GP of nearly 25 years, I would urge anyone feeling ‘out of sorts’ to see their GP. • Dr Mark Street has a private practice at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull. To find out more please contact Spire Parkway Hospital on 0121 704 5530 or visit www.spireparkway. com/privategpservice • The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional

best ways to maintain good eye health

EARLY halfway through the year already. Doesn't time fly when you’re having fun? It’s been a fun year so far for myself and the team at Brittains. We extended our exclusive range of frames to include frames made from WOOD! I have completed my first year teaching third year students at Aston University (thanks again to Olivia and her team), and we have raised over £400 for Focus. I feel that Harborne Village is a really vibrant place to live and work. We are grateful for all the help we are able to give our clients and we thank you for all your support of us and Harborne. I have a quick summer check list of the six best ways to maintain good eye health: 1. Eat well for good vision • Foods high in Omega-3, Lutein, Zinc, Vitamins C and E. • Green, leafy vegetables such as spinach, kale, and collards. • Salmon, tuna, and other oily fish. • Eggs, nuts, beans, and other nonmeat protein sources. • Oranges and other citrus fruits or juices. 2. Quit Smoking - A major cause of macular degeneration 3. Wear Sunglasses - UV damage is a leading cause of cataract and


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NFORTUNATELY car journeys are a well-known contributor to low back and neck pain. A simple way to minimise the effects of a long car journey is to ensure that your car set up is optimal. The best place to start is with the seat back which should ideally be at a 110-120 degree angle. For a lot of people headrests are simply not comfortable. You have to learn to let your head rest on it and this will then enable your neck to relax. The top of the headrest should be at least at eye level but preferably higher so that it is level with the top of your head. The base of the seat should be long enough to support the backs of your thighs but not touch the back of your knees. Slide you seat into a position so that when you depress the pedals your knees remain slightly bent. Once the seat is in the correct position you have a much better chance of getting yourself into a good posture. The base of your spine should be in contact with the back of the seat. Some people may find a lumbar support helpful here but there is no need to go and buy a fancy one as a towel will do just fine. Roll up your towel and place it between your back and seat at the level of your belt. This will help you maintain the natural curvature of the spine therefore minimising pressure on your low back. Next draw your shoulders down and back which will keep your neck in the appropriate position. One of the problems people often find on long journeys is that it is difficult to maintain this posture. I find it helpful to set your rear view mirror while in the correct posture, this way should you start to slouch you will notice that you cannot see clearly out of your mirror and it will prompt you to return to the appropriate posture. If you have adjusted your seat as best you can but are still getting back pain please feel free to contact us at Harborne Chiropractic Clinic for more information.

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A 2,000 year old toilet was discovered in the tomb of a Western Han Dynasty King in China, although much different from today, the toilet was made out of stone and was probably not very comfortable!

75% of sewer blockages are caused by the wrong items being poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet. EVERYONE has a one in 10,000 chance of being hurt by a toilet in their lifetime. INDOOR plumbing dates back to at least 2500 B.C. WASHING machine hoses are usually made of reinforced rubber, which can lose resiliency and burst as it gets older. It’s important to replace this hose every 3-5 years. A dripping tap, losing one drop a second, will waste 15 litres of water a day.

A tap left running for 10 minutes uses nearly 100 litres of water. SEVENTY per cent of the world’s surface is covered in water, however, 97% of it is salty and only 3% is fresh water. Of this 3%, three-quarters is frozen leaving less than 1% available for use by all of the people, animals and plants on earth. OLDER toilets can use up to nine litres of clean water with every flush. WE actually only drink 4% of the water that comes into our house – the rest goes down the drain. JUST one dripping overflow can

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Buying property at the auction room

ELLING a property by auction may not immediately be an option that house owners think of, but property auctions are attracting more people than ever before. Property auctions are big business and often attract hundreds of people to the events. Buyers are attracted to the sales as often their money will go further, and they get more houses or should I say more bedrooms for their buck. There are some real bargains out there if a buyer can see past the clutter, old fittings, run down kitchen and occasional jungles which were once a back garden with lawn and flower beds. There are some great houses going under the hammer, sometimes on those roads, or areas near the schools, in which houses are highly prized, but due to condition, or lack of investment over the recent years need some TLC. Once the buyer has done some work, and this can mean a new bathroom or kitchen and a few new carpets, the house is transformed back into a home. So it’s easy to see why buyers both owner occupiers as well as investors are attending the property auctions in ever increasing numbers. But why would a vendor sell by auction? It should be said not every property will benefit from a sale by auction. Many houses are best offered through the many local estate agents. However if a property requires work, advertising via an estate agent will generate dozens of viewers as the price seems attractive, but few if any offers and buyers are put off by the time and cost of doing the work. These are auction properties. The vendors of such properties are often executors or solicitors and it is sometime best to place them into an auction as the fall of the gavel on a lot forms a legally binding contract, with completion



within 28 days. The speed of the sale is attractive to certain sellers. The auction process is clean and quick. It can also be a useful way of setting a market price on an unusual property or one with potential where placing a market price can even for experienced valuers be difficult. In these cases let the open market decide and sale by auction can be a good option for all parties. Buying a property by auction is not for the faint hearted but if you have the vision and don’t mind getting stuck into the DIY or refurbishing that most require, it’s an exciting opportunity to get on the property market or ensure you get your dream house at a price you never thought was possible. Keep an eye on our website for our summer property sale to include interactive live internet broadcasts. Biddle and Webb’s property auctions will be taking place from summer 2015. If you are a vendor looking to consign or are interested in buying a property at our auction contact Jeremy Thornton via property@ or just give us a call on 0121 455 8042.


HE weather’s heating up and it’s the ideal month for spending time outside in the garden. In fact, with June 21 being the longest day of the year, you can expect to see an energetic growth spurt in your garden as it soaks up the extra daylight. Although your garden is likely to be bursting with colour, the weeds will be out in full force, too. Keep these interlopers at bay by hoeing the borders regularly, particularly on the warmer days. As for your lawn, leave the grass slightly longer than desired during the warmer weather because longer blades of grass can cope better with drought. However, even if we do have a dry spell, it isn’t necessary to water the grass, unless new turf has been laid or it has been recently sown, because it will soon recover when the rain returns. However, it is important to water vegetable patches liberally because the heat can dry them out, which could cause the plants to bolt. If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to sow runner beans. When you do, dig a trench and put in a generous amount of water-retentive material because the beans will need a constant supply of water to help them grow. You’ll also need to water hanging baskets regularly because they can dry out very quickly when it’s warm. We’ll be tending to ours, which are filled with

Expect to see an energetic growth spurt in your garden in June as it soaks up the extra daylight. ivy leafed geraniums and moss collected from the American Bank in the Botanical Gardens, daily. It’s also important to remember your houseplants at this time of year! Increase watering and feeding to once a week to maintain lush and healthy growth. Most of your houseplants can go outside for the summer – the fresh air and rain will do them the world of good. Make sure they are in a shady spot to reduce the chance of leaf scorch and bring them back inside in late September before the frosts return.

Introducing Free Valuation Days at our central Birmingham salerooms: • every Tuesday from 2pm till 4pm, • every Thursday from 10am till 1pm and • every Saturday from 9am till 12noon It is a free drop-in service for all. Feel free to bring as many items as you wish. You can also upload a photo of the item to our website 24/7.

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The Great Midlands Fun Run

Don’t be caught out by the fun run hangover


he training is over, the fun run is behind you, but when the course is complete, you must continue to listen to your body to ensure there are no long term injuries developing. James Ramos, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull, specialises in the treatment of foot injuries and believes it is crucial that runners continue to listen to their bodies post-run. Many of you will have trained hard for the The Great Midlands Fun Run, either wanting to take part to fulfil a personal goal or to raise funds for charity. I often see patients who have had these goals and, perhaps because they are first time fun run or experienced marathon runners, they ignore pain during both training and the race and even after the race itself in the belief that it is normal. Minor pain and twinges are part of the course for any long- term training programme and can be reduced by having an appropriate warm-up and warmdown programme, as well as a mapped out training programme that gradually builds in intensity. However, there are occasions when ignoring pain could be storing up longer term problems.

This is especially so when pain is felt for longer than four weeks. By ignoring the first signs that something is wrong, you could inadvertently be extending your recovery time. Many runners are focused on achieving their marathon or fun run goals. But when the race is over, they must still ensure they listen to their bodies as injuries can still be emerging. While many of these issues are likely to heal on their own, if you are experiencing any of the following it is advisable to seek medical advice: • Swelling that persists for more than three weeks despite rest, icing, compression and elevation • Presence of pins and needles for more than one week • Pain while either walking or climbing stairs (up or down) for more than four weeks • Inability to heel rise independently on each foot • Severe heel pain (a sensation similar to walking on broken glass) that is worse in the morning and does not improve with rest and analgesia after three to four weeks • Bruising (painful or otherwise) that is present for more than four weeks.

James Ramos, consultant orthopaedic surgeon at Spire Parkway Hospital in Solihull 0121 704 5530 The content of this article is provided for general information only, and should not be treated as a substitute for the professional medical advice of your doctor or other healthcare professional.



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RITAIN is the largest market for the Fiat 500 outside Italy but often owners outgrow the little car and need something larger and more practical, although are reluctant to give up their pride and joy.

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The Fiat 500X is a full sized family car seating five in comfort. The dashboard has retained the retro look of the original 500.

Now the Italian car maker has come to their rescue with the Fiat 500X, a full sized family car seating five in comfort but with a strong resemblance to its baby sibling. It’s the latest of a long line of cars based on the 500 but is by far the largest. And to emphasise the increase in proportions Fiat’s tongue in cheek television advert shows a Viagra tablet accidentally falling into the filler cap of a baby 500 which then increases dramatically in every direction. The 500X is one of a number of so called Cross Over cars now on sale but is larger than many of its competitors, including the Renault Captur, Nissan Duke and MINI Countryman. It’s in showrooms now with prices ranging from £14,595 to £24,845. There’s a choice of 10 engine/trim/ transmission options which will eventually be expanded to 25. The main decision prospective owners will have to make, however, is whether to opt for the off-road look of the 500X Cross and Cross+ or the city look of the 500X Pop, Pop Star and Lounge. The Cross and Cross+ have a more rugged appearance, with black

All change across 'The Pond'

OMETHING big is S happening in the USA. And I don’t mean the arrival of Steven

Gerrard from Liverpool or the rise of Hillary Clinton. Things are changing fast in the American wine industry, and many would say it’s about time. Firstly, let’s put the USA into perspective. The fourth biggest producer of wine by volume after France, Italy and Spain, Uncle Sam is the leading “New World” producer, with Argentina nestling into fifth place. Surprisingly, given the vastness of the country and the huge geographical and topographical variations, wine is made to a greater or lesser degree in all 50 states. Not so surprisingly, the state of California produces some 96% of all wine in the USA, with Washington State, Oregon, New York and Pennsylvania making the largest contributions of the remainder. California’s domination is therefore reflected in its influence on the overall trends of the country in terms of the operation of the industry and, of course, the styles of the wines produced. But for a long time this has also been greatly influenced by wine critics, two (who shall not be named…) in particular, whose reviews have been seen as crucial to the winemakers. They in turn have responded by tailoring their product in response to the critics. In recent times, the styles of wine the critics say the public want, and what the public actually want haven’t always coincided! This has resulted in a predominance of very big, powerful and punchy wines


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across the spectrum, with little room for the fresher, less ripe styles increasingly seen and enjoyed worldwide. But the times they are ‘a changing. These days, it’s the sommeliers in the restaurants of San Francisco, Los Angeles, and across the country to New York, who are beginning to dictate wine styles. The “less is more” approach is widely seen as long overdue – one third of the winemakers in California actually predicted this shift ten years ago, but felt compelled to continue producing the beefy sorts of wines that had kept them in business for generations. And this isn’t an attempt by winemakers or sommeliers to replicate the wine trends of Europe, this is actually driven by the American wine drinking public, who are now increasingly demanding more approachable, quaffable “everyday” wines. So what does this mean for us in the UK? We are already seeing Chardonnay from the USA with less ripeness, the emphasis being on the fresh tropical and citrus character of the grape. Likewise, Cabernet Sauvignons, Merlots and Pinot Noirs are arriving in a lighter, fruitier style, again with less oak and spice on the palate. This is not to say that there is

no place for the chunkier styles of USA wine, but this trend is gaining momentum, and should, I believe, lead to a greater range of elegant, approachable USA wines, at more affordable prices, without sacrificing quality. Watch this space! Berkmann Wine Cellars

A tipple to try VIOGNIER Viognier is yet another grape to find a haven away from its native home. In France’s Northern Rhône Valley, Viognier is typically blended with other white wine grapes (and sometimes even used in red wines). In California, however, it is popular as a single varietal, where it makes a floral white wine with peach and apricot flavours, a soft, creamy texture, and an off-dry to medium finish. Luscious Summer drinking (though it’s hailing outside as I type…) and versatile with food due to its weight and complexity. Expect to pay about £10 for a bottle that will deliver the full Viognier experience.

bumpers, protective under-body shields, roof rails and off-road design alloy wheels. They are available with two or four-wheeldrive. Pop, Pop Star and Lounge models on the other hand are designed to get you noticed in the city and have body coloured bumpers and distinctive chrome trim. Whichever style you go for there’s a choice of two petrol engines - a 1.6-litre, 110bhp and a 1.4-litre, 140bhp - and two diesels - a 1.6-litre 120bhp and the range-topping 2.0-litre, 140bhp with 4x4 and a nine-speed automatic gearbox complete with paddles for manual gear changing. But whatever you choose there is plenty of flexibility to add your own personal touch from an extensive catalogue of accessories and options. Getting into the new 500X is particularly easy because of its height, a feature which also ensures good all round vision. Once in you will find the sports-style seats wrap around you and come with plenty of side support. And while the dashboard retains the retro look of the 500 with its conventional three dial binnacle a new 5.0-inch or 6.5-inch touch screen is radically different. The finish on the dashboards vary depending upon which model you opt for. On a Cross I sampled the dash was black but inset, discreetly, with shiny particles while a Popstar’s dash had a body coloured white metal finish.

Turn the ignition key and you will be struck by just how quiet the new car is, thanks to extensive use of sound absorbing material. It’s particularly obvious on the diesel models. And talking of diesel models the 1.6-litre, 120bhp version promises 68.9 miles per gallon and boasts a top speed of 115mph and a 0-62mph acceleration time of 10.5 seconds. My preference, however, is the 1.4-litre, 140 bhp petrol, model which, for the size of the engine, is impressively lively, hitting 62mph in 9.8 seconds and having a top speed of 118mph. If you are one of those people who are into boating, caravanning or ridding and have to take your vehicle off road then the 4x4 version is ideal. It’s not designed as a full blown off-roader but gave certainly gave a good account of itself when I took one across some pretty rugged terrain. A drive selector near the gear shift on the 500X gives the choice of three modes: Auto, Sport - for spirited handling - and All Weather for when the going gets tough And four-wheel-drive models get 179mm of ground clearance compared with 162mm on other models. So if you do have to give up your Fiat 500 the new Fiat 500X is certainly a very worthy alternative, with just as much Italian flare but with the bonus of more space for the family.


Philip Anthony Gough A charming, kind and unassuming gentleman... One of the finest batsmen in Midlands club cricket


ARBORNE Cricket Club and Warwickshire County Cricket Club lost a much loved and hugely respected servant, when Philip Gough, a “prince of club batsmen”, died, aged 83 last month.

At his memorial service, on Friday 29th May, at St Mary’s Church, Selly Oak, a packed congregation, which included several well-known Warwickshire ex-players and committee members, former professional colleagues and many friends, heard a wonderful tribute from his daughter Louise, and splendid tributes from Neil Houghton, past Warwickshire CCC chairman and his nephew, Nigel Gough. Born in Birmingham in 1932, Philip grew up in Harborne, where his parents were prominent members of the local Baptist Church. After primary school in Harborne, he was educated at King Edward’s School, Edgbaston, and the University of London, before becoming a chartered surveyor with Edwards, Son & Bigwood, later Chestertons, where he was a senior partner, and for over 40 years a very well respected

professional in the field of commercial property surveying. He joined Harborne Cricket Club as a schoolboy, and later recalled: “I first rode through the gates on my bicycle at the age of 14 in 1946.” The club was recovering from the aftermath of the Second World War (the Old Church Avenue ground was the site for a barrage balloon station). Little did he know then, but he was to begin a distinguished cricketing career. He first played in the Harborne 1st XI in 1949; he was to become club captain for eight years, then Hon Secretary, Chairman, President and Life Member, before joining the committee of Warwickshire CCC, where he was Honorary Treasurer for eight years and subsequently chairman of the Ground Development subCommittee. With a maiden century (130 not out) against Broughton, a touring Manchester club, in 1951, he was to play many attractive and productive innings for four decades in the 1st XI (1949-72), before continuing in the 2nd XI as an all-rounder, bowling legbreaks.

Philip was an elegant batsman, who played for Warwickshire 2nd XI, and had the honour of captaining the 1st XI’s of his school, his university and his club. One of the finest batsmen in Midlands club cricket, he was an Midlands Club Cricket Conference “Cricketer of the Year” in 1962, when he made over 1,000 runs for Harborne with batting average of over 50. A charming, kind and unassuming gentleman, Philip’s service to Harborne CC and Warwickshire CCC, together with his services to local charity and to St Mary’s Church, were highly regarded, and typified his very generous nature. His dignified manner and quiet, but firm, authority, will be much missed and fondly remembered. Philip Gough (30th April 1932 - 12th May 2015) is survived by his wife Marcia (whom he first met at a party thrown by a Harborne CC player) and daughters Louise and Georgina. ALAN WILD Hon Secretary Harborne Cricket Club

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UMMER, I am told, has arrived although the weather so far has been mixed and the one blessing in disguise is in the main it has not rained too much and ruined the weekend cricket scene. Harborne Cricket Club have seen quite a few changes this season, the ground has never looked better under the expert guidance of Peter Day. There is a new captain in Andrew Lloyd plus new players and a new overseas player in Shehan Fernando from Sri Lanka. So how are Harborne doing in the early exchanges of the the season? In the first match in the Birmingham League against promoted Leamington, Harborne came up against Tom Lewis from the Warwickshire Academy who scored a very rapid century and set just too many for the home side. In the next match Harborne had to play against Smethwick, always a tetchy encounter. Harborne had Smethwick in trouble but let them off the hook and in reply fell short by 31 runs. It was now really important Harborne at home got a result against struggling Himley. The visitors put up a formidable total of 290 for five and with Harborne 80 for three in nearly 30 overs it looked rather bleak. But enter Shehan Fernando who, with John Pemberton and Andrew LLoyd in support, turned the match on its head. In a brilliant display of counter attacking cricket Fernando scored 114 in 57 balls; quite superb, the spectators loved it and the the cool head of Andrew Lloyd saw Harborne home by two balls... comfortable! Harborne now full of confidence then went to Oswestry and won by five wickets and that man Fernando was at it again with a match winning 82. In the recent match against Wellington, Fernando scored another brilliant 100 but it was not enough to beat the home side who won by five wickets. As it stands towards the end of May, Harborne are in sixth place in Birmingham League Division One but make no mistake - this is a tough league and Harborne could well have a tough season in the summer months ahead. JUNE FIXTURES First XI (all Saturday - start 12 noon) June 6 v Walsall (A) June 13 v Attock (H) June 20 v Barnards Green (H) June 27 v Old Hill (A) JULY FIXTURES July 4 v Moseley (H)

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PORT in this country in the next few months is a mouth watering prospect especially in Birmingham. In cricket, the Edgbaston Stadium hosts an England v New Zealand Test One Day International on June 9, followed by an Ashes Test match. The Rugby World Cup features matches at Villa Park. At Edgbaston Priory Club we have a major WTA Women’s Tennis Tournament, the Aegon Classic Birmingham, to savour from June 15-21. Prize money is now $750,000, it is ranked 12 in the WTA events in the world and this year has attracted currently 11 of the top 20. It should attract a large volume of paying spectators but sporting events of this calibre have to be promoted big time to succeed. The quality of the entry is impressive. The No 1 seed is World 3 Simona Halep (ROU), a quality player. But the great news is that defending champion Ana Ivanovic (SER) is coming back to Edgbaston. Ana is not only a top player but is a personality who attracts spectators to any tennis event. Former winner Sabine Lisicki (GER) returns. In 2013 Lisicki reached the

World No 3 Simona Halep of Romania is the No 1 seed.

Wimbledon final but unfortunately froze on the big occasion and lost to Marion Bartoli (FRA) but nevertheless Lisicki is a very exciting player to watch. A former No 1 in the world, Victoria Azarenka (BLR), makes her first appearance in Birmingham. Currently ranked in the mid 20’s she has recovered from a long list of injuries and is on the way back and will be a dangerous

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opponent for anybody in the draw. Last year’s finalist in the Aegon Classic 2014 Barbara Strycova (CZE), who lost to Ivanovic, makes a welcome return, as does Madison Keys (USA). I feel this player has huge potential and last year she went to play at Eastbourne after Birmingham and won the tournament in some style, hitting 60 winners in the final.

Keys is now world 16 and one to watch without a doubt. Germany’s Andrea Petkovic (World 10) and Angelique Kerber (World 11) are very strong competitors, with powerful ground strokes and will be difficult to beat. Three young players with great futures - Caroline Garcia (FRA) World 28, Belinda Bencic (SWI) World 33, and Madison Brengle (USA) World 35 - are all in the draw and looking to ruffle a few feathers of the higher ranked players. The 2013 Aegon Classic Champion Daniela Hantuchova (SVK) returns yet again to Priory. A real crowd favourite, she makes tennis look a very graceful game. A Wimbledon Mixed Champion with Daniel Nestor (CAN) Kristina Mladenovic (FRA) returns. Her recent form is very good and she is rising up the ranks. One to watch. What about the British interest? Well, Heather Watson and maybe Johanna Konta and that’s about it. You really hope they make an impression during the tournament but the draw is very strong. The Aegon Classic Birmingham 2015 could and should be a great tournament. The last direct entry is just 59 (43 players get direct entry) but what would be the icing on the cake would be a top six name to support Simona Halep. The tournament has three Wild Cards and it all depends on what happens in the French Open. But one thing is certain - support this event. You will not be disappointed.

Cup final success for Harborne Harriers FC Priory men at the double


ARBORNE Harriers enjoyed their finest moment when they won the Birmingham Festival League Supplementary Cup Final on May 17. They beat Premier League rivals Booker Athletic 3-2 in a competitive encounter at Sutton Town FC Midfielder Mike Howell gave Harriers a five-minute lead with a delightful 25-yard free kick into the roof of the net. Booker made a spirited response and equalised with a Sean Keeley header from a corner on 15 minutes. A volleyed goal from Harriers striker Tristan Fearon following a fi ne left wing cross from full back Kyle Taylor was ruled out for offside. There was an unfortunate hold up in play after Booker right winger Tabijah McCooty suffered a broken leg following a robust, but fair tackle. Tabijah showed considerable bravery during the 45-minute delay as paramedics attended to the injury. After the restart a fi ne through ball from Sean McGuiness was met by striker, Kev Bates, who took it past a defender and netted to make it 2-1 at the half-time break. On 55 minutes, a speculative 25-yard

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The triumphant Harborne Harriers team celebrate their cup win. drive from midfielder Mark Sirrell was fumbled by the Booker keeper, and the ball squirmed over the goal line to give Harriers a 3-1 lead. This reverse sparked a vigorous response from Booker. Jason Mendez was a particular threat and he made the score 3-2 on 65 minutes. But Harborne’s defence, marshalled by Liam Dowd and man-of-the-match Yanik Amini, held fi rm.

Any threat on Harriers’ goal were capably dealt with by keeper Stuart Whitehouse with some typically courageous saves. Harborne Harriers is run by manager Neil Howell, assistant Mark Halpin and player/coach Pat Power. It is supported by sponsors Coleman & Co, a demolition and engineering company involved in the re-development of Birmingham New St Station.

From Back Page Priory had brought in European U19 champion George Parker - they obviously meant meant business. Chris Ryder won 3-0, Parker won a competitive match against Mark Cairns 3-0 and Joel Hinds beat Scott Handley 2-1. Jamie Haycocks won the last rubber against Richie Fallows 2-0 and Priory had won the double. Priory men’s and women’s teams will now represent England in the European Championships in September. They fully deserved this success, but squash also need praise, the teams that supported the Championship, the spectators who came in big numbers to support the teams, and the organisation of the Championship was fi rst class. The evening entertainment was very well received and it just shows if you plan well, promote the event you have a success on your hands. The racketball championship was won by a very good Queens side who beat a plucky Broxbourne squad 5-0.




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Pride of Priory: The Edgbaston Priory Club squads for the National Club Championships in squash and racketball. From left (back row): Simon Minto (chairman EPC Squash), Michael Harris (tournament director), Rob Alger, Joel Hinds, Anil Ram, Ashlee Harris, Jamie Haycocks, Chris Ryder and Mike Edwards (head coach EPC Squash). Front row: Deon Saffery, Nicolette Fernandes, Leonie Holt, Alicia Mead and Chloe Marshall.

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PORT played at the highest level is always demanding, and any weakness through lack of preparation is exposed and to be blunt you lose. Squash is a sport which is not only great to play in, it is almost a gladitorial contest between two people and the winner is the one that is not prepared to lose. The National Club Championships is a competition in squash of great importance. It gives a club the chance to win a competition and represent England in the European Championships. It has been in existence for over 30 years and it was under severe threat when the Squash Association made a decision to scrap the competition. However, Edgbaston Priory Club under the excellent direction of Simon Minto, chairman of squash, Mike Edwards, head coach of EPC, and Michael Harris, tournament director. said ‘No’, it must continue. Forty-one clubs entered the men’s, women’s and racketball events, a tremendous response from the squash clubs all over the country. The Championships semi fi nals in the women’s and racketball events and the quarter fi nals in the men’s event always looked as if it was going to be a highly competitive weekend and so it turned out to be. In the quarter fi nal, Edgbaston

Priory gave a strong performance against Ongar Essex easing to a 4-0 victory. Pontefract beat Peterborough 3-1. In the bottom half of the draw the powerful Nottingham team beat Leamington 4-0, Colets going through on a bye. In the Racketball Championship Lee-on-Solent crashed to a 2-3 defeat to Broxbourne. The very strong Queen’s club cruised past Edgbaston Priory 4-1, although Priory coach Michael Harris played superbly to beat David Hymas 3-1. The women’s squash semi fi nal between Priory and Colets was a classic, every available viewing space was taken. Priory No 3 Alicia Mead played very well against a tenacious opponent Judith Allgrove. Mead won 11-7 14-12 11-9. It was close and the second game was going to be crucial to the home side. Nicolette Fernandes, World 20 for Priory, and Dominique Lloyd Walter was a match for the connoisseur, two class players giving everything for the cause. Fernandes went two games up 11-9 12-10 (she had 5 game balls!). Lloyd Walter fought back and won the next two games 11-9 13-11 denying Fernandes a match ball. In a brilliant fifth game Lloyd Walter had a match ball denied and in a cauldron of tension Fernandes won 13-11 in 75 minutes of brilliant squash. Both players received a standing ovation and totally deserved it.

In the fi nal game Deon Saffery (EPC) beat the highly promising Alison Thomson 11-5 11-9 11-8. In the other semi, Pontefract eased past Nottingham 3-0. The men’s semi fi nal between Priory and Pontefract saw Jamie Haycocks, Joel Hinds and Chris Ryder win 3-0. Mike Edwards, standing in for an unwell George Parker, played quite superbly against Jack Cooper coming back from 0-2 to win the next three games 11-8 11-5 11-4 to secure a Priory 4-0 victory. The bottom half of the draw saw a huge shock when the fancied Nottingham outfit went down 2-3 to Colets in a quite pulsating contest. It all came down to points Colets winning 158 to 153. The atmosphere in the squash area was superb when the women’s fi nal got underway between Priory and Pontefract, rivals over many years. Leonie Holt gave Priory a great start smoothly beating Hannah Shipley 11-7 11-3 11-4 but Pontefract fi rst string Emma Beddoes, the World 13, is a real class act and beat Nicolette Fernandes 3-1 9-11 11-7 11-7 11-6. Deon Saffery was in no mood to let this match slip and in a professional display beat Katie Smith 11-5 11-3 12-10 to give Priory victory and Championship to the delight of the home crowd. Could Priory Men do the double? Turn to Page 27

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