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It’s not too late to save UK nature, but we must act now - that is the conclusion from a coalition of more than 50 leading wildlife and research organisations behind the State of Nature 2016 report. Following on from the groundbreaking State of Nature report in 2013, leading professionals from 53 wildlife organisations have pooled expertise and knowledge to present the clearest picture to date of the status of our native species across land and sea. The report reveals that over half (56%) of UK species studied have declined since 1970, while more than one in ten (1,199 species) of the nearly 8000 species assessed in the UK are under threat of disappearing from our shores altogether. Georgia Stokes, Chief Executive of The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country says: “This report is an important call to action for the people of Birmingham and the Black Country. As we live in an urban area, our green spaces are particularly precious so we must act now to prevent further losses of species and habitats. “We have achieved some significant successes in recent years – from creating more than 40 wildflower meadows through our Nature Improvement Area work to attracting the support of more than 2,000 dedicated volunteers, who are helping us to improve our green spaces for people and wildlife. But there is so much more to be done. “Next month, we will be launching our new five-year strategy, focusing on the key responses needed to secure nature’s recovery across Birmingham and the Black Country. What we really need now is the support of individuals,

communities, voluntary organisations, businesses, local authorities and government agencies - all of whom have a vital role to play. “The way we all manage the land is a huge contributor to the decline in wildlife and it is a large part of the solution. Everyone can make a difference - you could transform your own garden into a nature reserve, grow wildlife-friendly food crops and even create hedgehog routes across your neighbourhood!� Across the UK, there are many inspiring examples of conservation action that are helping to turn the tide. From pioneering science that has revealed for the first time the reasons why nature is changing in the UK, to conservation work – such as the reintroductions of the pine marten and large blue butterfly and the restoration of areas of our uplands, meadows and coastal habitats. But more is needed to put nature back where it belongs. As the UK Government and devolved administrations move forward in the light of the EU Referendum result, there is an opportunity to secure world leading protection for our species and restoration of our nature. Now is the time to make ambitious decisions and significant investment in nature to ensure year-on-year improvement to the health and protection of the UK’s nature and environment for future generations. The State of Nature 2016 UK report was launched by Sir David

Attenborough and UK conservation and research organisations at the Royal Society on Wednesday, September 14. Sir David Attenborough said: “The natural world is in serious trouble and it needs our help as never before. “The rallying call issued after the State of Nature report in 2013 has promoted exciting and innovative conservation projects. Landscapes are being restored, special places defended, struggling species being saved and brought back. But we need to build significantly on this progress if we are to provide a bright future for nature and for people. “The future of nature is under threat and we must work together; Governments, conservationists, businesses and individuals, to help it. Millions of people in the UK care very passionately about nature and the environment and I believe that we

can work together to turn around the fortunes of wildlife.� In order to reduce the impact we are having on our wildlife, and to help struggling species, we needed to understand what’s causing these declines. Using evidence from the last 50 years, experts have identified that significant and ongoing changes in agricultural practices are having the single biggest impact on nature. The widespread decline of nature in the UK remains a serious problem to this day. For the first time scientists have uncovered how wildlife has fared in recent years. The report reveals that since 2002 more than half (53%) of UK species studied have declined and there is little evidence to suggest that the rate of loss is slowing down. Mark Eaton, lead author on the report, said: “Never before have we known this much about the state of

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UK nature and the threats it is facing. Since the 2013, the partnership and many landowners have used this knowledge to underpin some amazing scientific and conservation work. But more is needed to put nature back where it belongs – we must continue to work to help restore our land and sea for wildlife. “There is a real opportunity for the UK Government and devolved administrations to build on these efforts and deliver the significant investment and ambitious action needed to bring nature back from the brink. “Of course, this report wouldn’t have been possible without the army of dedicated volunteers who brave all conditions to survey the UK’s wildlife. Knowledge is the most essential tool that a conservationist can have, and without their efforts, our knowledge would be significantly poorer.�


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It’s all going on this autumn!

Hello and welcome to the October issue of Harborne Edgbaston & Moseley Life. Fundraising, awards, events, new retirement villages, dog friendly restaurants and bars and the amazing 360 Sports & Fitness building to name but a few – it’s all going on! Autumn is big on art, listed below are some of the must see events and exhibitions. Running until 15th October - Exhibition of Pastel Landscapes by Birmingham artist and author, Michael Richardson, Harborne Art Gallery. Thursday 20th October – 7th January 2017 - Shelli Graham presents Once upon a Time, Harborne Art Gallery. Shelli will also be launching her recently designed (free of charge) greeting card for Hollytrees Animal Rescue Trust (HART). Local solicitor Judy Dyke from Tyndallwoods has kindly paid for the greeting cards to be printed, there will also be a raffle taking place. All monies raised from the sale of this greeting card will go directly to the charity. Saturday October 22, 12pm – 4pm - Arts :) Mile returns for its fourth exciting year! This FREE, fun and family-friendly local arts festival is back by popular demand. Organised by local arts group Artscoop Central where talented local artists place themselves in 10 shops along Harborne High Street, you can choose to get creative and learn new skills whilst you shop, eat or browse; there promises to be something for everyone. Local Moseley Artist Robert Geoghegan – visit for scheduled dates and markets. November 11th to 13th - Exhibition of work by the Gallery 12 - The Woodbridge Gallery, Moseley.

Until next time. The HEM Life Team

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The Spanish Civil War It hasn’t exactly made the front pages, so probably not too many folk are aware that this year represents the 80th anniversary of the start of The Spanish Civil War.

Britain shamefully stood aside, as did France, and watched as Germany and Italy joined with fellow-Fascist Franco in the slaughter of thousands of the latter’s countrymen who died fighting for the country’s elected, left-leaning government. Our government’s recalcitrance didn’t stop a huge cross-section of British men and women making the usually hazardous and circuitous way to Spain, many crossing the Pyrenees from France on foot, to join clear-thinking volunteers from across the world in the fight to halt the rising tide of fascism. Blue Coat Parent




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Undoubtedly, volunteers from Birmingham did participate, but their names are not recorded on any Roll of Honour as in other cities and the plaque in The Peace Gardens on Holloway Head is not only inadequate but also incorrect. We know of some Birmingham International Brigaders. There was Edward Smallbone of Midland Road in Cotteridge. A 28 year old labourer turned hero, who fought at Aragon, was wounded in the head, face and left hip on the Ebro. Colin Charles Bradsworth was educated at King Edwards School in Birmingham,

That is just about all that, as far as I am aware, is known of this city’s participants in this heroic struggle against Fascism Almost. There was the enigmatic Oliver Charles Green alias Tommy Summers who was born in Birmingham in 1904, worked as a printer, joined the Communist Party of Great Britain in 1933, enlisted in the International Brigade’s British Battalion and was wounded in action. From there on his career is shrouded in mystery. He was put on special assignment in Spain profiling soldiers of the British Battalion with emphasis on political reliability. He moved back to England, and settled in London. He was arrested in 1942 for forging petrol coupons when a police search recovered classified information. He was interviewed by MI5 and admitted that he had been recruited as a Russian spy while in Spain and was, unsurprisingly, imprisoned. From there on the trail ran cold.

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There was the 24 year old Bus Conductor from Hexham, Clifford Lawther, who made his way to Spain, arriving on January 7th in 1937. He died a mere five weeks later in the battle of Jarama Valley. Eighteen year old Esmond Romilly, the Nephew of Winston Churchill, bicycled to Marseilles to join the International Brigade, served with the German Thaelmann Battalion, was invalided back to the UK and returned to Spain as a war correspondent for the News Chronicle. The novelist George Orwell fought in the front line with the Marxist division, though that didn’t reflect his politics and he was invalided out of Spain with a neck wound that was to trouble him for life. James Robertson Justice was quartermaster at Albacete where he earned a reputation for irascibility, a quality he was to refine over a substantial acting career. Wall of Death rider and Speedway star Clem Beckett, the David Beckham of his day, volunteered his machine gun group to cover the retreat at Jarama. Inevitably, to a man, they died. Beckett is to be celebrated in a new play, Daredevil Rides to Jarama, which tours this month.

served in World War One, fought in Spain with the Canadian Mackenzie Papineau Battalion of The International Brigade, returned to this city and formed The Clarion Choir. Samuel George Montague Nathan saw service in WWI with The Warwickshire Regiment. In Spain he commanded the Dumonde Battalion and died at Torra de Donas in 1937. Edward John Flanagan, alias Andrew Flanagan was born in 1917, went to Spain in December 1936 and was wounded at Jarama and at the Ebro. Intriguingly, a relative, Olga Flanagan, recently supplied a photograph of him to the International Brigade Memorial Trust. There are those of whom even less is known, George Battle, for instance, A. McNally and C. A. Bennett, both of whom were killed in action.


They saw this, absolutely correctly as history shows, as the last opportunity to stop Hitler and Mussolini dragging the world into an enormously more damaging conflict.

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Birmingham scoops gold Seven-year-old Eva pulls on running shoes Bishop commissions 37th for British Heart Foundation Headmaster of The Blue Coat School in Heart of England in The Right Reverend David Urquhart, Lord Bishop of Birmingham and President of The Blue Coat School Birmingham, commissioned Mr Noel Neeson as their new Headmaster on Tuesday 20th September 2016. Mr Neeson is the 37th Headmaster of the IAPS Co-educational Preparatory Day School and Nursery which was founded by The Church of England in 1722.

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Birmingham has won a Gold in the Large City category and Cannon Hill Park picked up the Mike Garwood Memorial Award in this year’s Heart of England In Bloom competition. Deputy Leader for Birmingham City Council, Cllr Ian Ward, said: “Since 2005 we have consistently achieved Gold Awards for our floral displays across the city. I’d like to extend my congratulations to all those involved in this latest success which is indicative of the partnership between our parks team and a network of enthusiastic community volunteers. “I wish the team all the very best of luck at the national finals next month.”

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Mr Neeson joins Blue Coat with his wife Jules and children Bea (8) and Jasper (3). Newly elected School Officers, Hasan (Head boy), Maya (Head Girl), Henry (Deputy Head Boy) and Monique (Deputy Head Girl) along with children from Pre-Prep, presented Mr and Mrs Neeson with four Blue Coat symbols, to serve as a reminder of the School’s foundations: a Bible, to live and speak the truth of God’s ways, an iPad, to inspire a love of learning and to help us to explore and understand the greatness of God’s world, four House badges

to nurture and celebrate our God given gifts and talents and a Chapel collection bag to remind us to serve others and share generously with those in need. A lit candle was presented to Mrs Neeson as a clear reminder of the love, care and support she will undoubtedly give to the Blue Coat family. The memorable service included two beautiful anthems, “Sing Praise and Thanksgiving” (Malcolm Arnold) and “A prayer of Saint Richard of Chichester” performed by the Chapel Choir.

Brasshouse @ Library of Birmingham opened their doors to their first students. The move ensures the language students benefit from a more modern environment with an even greater range of resources, and has allowed an extension of the library opening hours. Councillor Brett O’Reilly, cabinet member for jobs and skills, said: “Brasshouse @ Library of Birmingham will connect even more learners with modern resources and is helping us keep the library open as a public space for more hours during the week, through operational cost savings. “We have listened to feedback from residents and we know that people want to use the library for longer and in different ways, not simply as a lending resource, so this is a great opportunity for both the library and for Brasshouse. “The first floor has been reconfigured to host the nationally renowned language centre and students now have a modern and fit-for-purpose base that brings together libraries, learning and languages in a world class home.”



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Inspired by the 2016 Rio Olympics, seven-year-old Eva Carpenter from Bearwood, is taking on a marathon of a charity challenge to say a big thank you to the Heart Foundation Specialist Nurse and Cardiologist who saved her dad’s life three years ago. Dad Lee (45), a director of Birmingham-based supply teacher agency PK education, was admitted to hospital with the heart condition Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Dilated Cardiomyopathy in April 2013, the day before the family was due to go on holiday. After months of treatment in hospital and at home, Lee was finally able to return to work full-time nine months later as well as enjoy being with his young family once again. Now, Lee and his daughter have pledged to raise as much money as they can for British Heart Foundation by taking part in My Marathon during September. My Marathon involves undertaking 26.2 miles over 30 days whenever and wherever you want. Lee said: “Eva is really exercise minded. She already undertakes dance, judo, swimming and gymnastics classes. After watching the Rio Olympics she wanted to try running so I thought this would be the ideal introduction for her. Eva is running really well but I’m having a job keeping up with her.” Lee and Eva are now running and walking every day in and around Warley Woods near their home. They track their progress with a mobile app which uploads their distance covered to their MyMarathon blog page. Already they have smashed their initial £75 fundraising target. Cardiac experts believe a virus attacked Lee’s heart a few months’ earlier leading to the life-threatening condition. Lee explained: “I was really short of breath

all the time. I thought I was just unfit and needed to exercise more, but a shortness of breath meant I didn’t have the stamina to do physical activity with my young family. Finding out I had something so serious was a big shock for the entire family. At the time my daughter was 3 years old and my son just 18 months old so it was a very scary time for us all. Today, I am fit and well. I have to eat an ultra-healthy diet and exercise as much as I can so I cycle, run, swim and walk as much as possible.”He added: “MyMarathon is giving both Eva and myself a goal to aim for and raising money for a charity that is close to my heart – literally!” To donate to Lee and Eva’s MyMarathon page visit: uk/LeeCarpentermarathon

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Anita Stone Court officially opened by namesake

Following a major redevelopment programme, Birmingham based charity Broadening Choices for Older People (BCOP) has officially opened its most innovative supported living and care home to date by inviting BCOP trustee and name sake of the home, Anita Stone, to cut the ceremonial ribbon. Anita Stone Court (formerly known as Tennessee House) on Moor Green Lane, Moseley has undergone a £2.7m transformation and now provides state of the art facilities that will set a benchmark for the care of older people and dementia suffers from across the UK. After supporting BCOP for over 36 years, Anita Stone was asked to open the new scheme, which has been named after her in honour of her enduring dedication to the charity and said: “BCOP have always provided high quality care and support services over the years and our new development in Moseley demonstrates our commitment with extending our desire and drive with offering opportunities for those more vulnerable than ourselves.” T: 0121 459 7670

Anita Stone officially opens BCOP’s flagship nursing home, Anita Stone Court after its £2.7m renovation.

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Celebrate 25th Anniversary Christmas Carol Concert

This Christmas The Salvation Army is celebrating its 25th Anniversary Christmas Carol Concert in Birmingham’s magnificent Symphony Hall on Sunday 11th December 2016. Each year since 1992 The Salvation Army has invited the public to come and take part in its Christmas Carol Concert. Due to the demand from the good people of Birmingham to be part of this Christmas Spectacular this Carol Concert is now performed TWICE on the same day The whole church is taking part from the youngest in the nativity play to the Adult music sections presenting high quality music, as well as local school choirs singing their favourite Christmas Songs. Join in the singing of some well-known Christmas Carols, see school choirs from around the local area and of course our own musicians from age 7 up will be bringing some fabulous Christmas music for your enjoyment, and who can fail to be blessed by our primary children (ages 3-6) as they present the Christmas Story in their own unique style. To avoid disappointment order your tickets now for Sunday 11th December 2016 Performances at: 2.30pm and 6.00pm. Tickets start from: £10.00 T: 01384 238407 M: 07702650840 E: W:


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109th Anniversary of Moseley Road Baths

As many of you will remember, Moseley Road Baths was added to the World Monuments Fund’s Watch List for 2016-7. Our final open day of 2016 will be the WMF Watch Day on Sunday, October 30th (the 109th anniversary of the Baths opening) from 10am-6pm. Put the date in your diary now because we have got some different and unusual things in mind. As part of this event we are hoping to find the earliest living user of the Baths that we can. So if you know of anyone who used the Baths in the early 1930s (or even before that), let us know at with as many details as you have and we’ll be in touch. We will also need as many volunteers as possible to mark this historic occasion! If you can spare some time on October 30th to man stalls, help guide visitors, take photographs of the day, bake cakes, or have any other skills to offer, then we’d love to hear from you at

Free Entry “Rock Factory” launch party Come and join us at Mama Roux’s on Lower Trinity Street, Digbeth @ 12 noon on Saturday 29th of October to help us celebrate the launch of “Rock Factory”, a brand new educational game for Android and PC! The event, free to attend for all the family (children are welcome), will feature great live music and then a presentation and countdown to the multinational launch of the game. We will be inviting local press, officials from the government and funding bodies as well as the teenage students who have been involved in making the project a success. The game is the result of a European project funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme and coordinated by Birmingham Music School - a Yamaha Music Point here in the UK and it’s partner: the ​Association for the Advancement of Music Culture PHRASE, in Koszalin, Poland. Each partner has also been responsible for delivering seminars on entrepreneurship, economics and the music industry to a small group of students.

The students have enjoyed attending transnational meetings and conferences in both locations and being involved in testing the game, offering feedback and will be meeting for the final time at the launch party to close the project. The game has been developed by Very Nice Studios in Gdynia, Poland. The Rock Factory game seeks to impart key principles of entrepreneurship, economics and the music business to it’s players through a fun and engaging gaming experience. Players build and run a small virtual band, writing songs, promoting, gigging, hiring and firing agents, managers etc. The game’s economy and programming has been modelled on the real music industry. It will be free to download for PC and Android devices. We look forward to seeing you there! For more information about the event, game or partners please see: rockfactorygame or contact us by email on Tel: 0121 439 5488 (open evenings and weekends)

Where Connected Communities do Achieve the Incredible Matt and the girls, at Brittain Opticians, wanted to take this opportunity to thank you all for joining them for ‘The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning’ on Friday 30th September. After the success of last year the team wanted to raise even more money at this year’s event. We all know that cake tastes better together, so Brittain’s decided to put the fun into fund raising whilst helping to raise money for a great cause. The coffee morning was attended by lots of Brittain’s regulars who very kindly donated, whilst enjoying some delicious cake and coffee. This cause is very dear to all the team and this charitable event helps make sure no one faces cancer alone. Every day in your area 37 people are given the news they have cancer. By 2030 there will be 148,300 people living with cancer in the West Midlands. The coffee morning helped raise money for vital local services, every pound raised will be donated locally in the West Midlands and across the UK.

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Pop into Brittain Opticians on Harborne High Street this autumn, the shop has been part of the community for many, many years. The team will be happy to offer you expert advice and get you ready for the winter months and would love to see you, - even if it’s just for a chat.

Don’t worry if you didn’t manage to make it though, you don’t have to wait until next year to donate, the collection box will be out for a little while longer, so please pop in and give as little or as much as you can. Look out for next month’s article for the final total raised.

Like so many others, we all know someone who has been affected by cancer and has needed the support and care provided from Macmillan, so a massive thank you to all who have supported this very deserving charity. Get Your Eyes Ready for Winter September is now over and the nights are drawing in, it’s probably a good idea to make sure your glasses are ready for winter. With many of us having to commute to and from work in the hours of darkness over the winter months, it’s important to make sure your prescription is up to date and that you have a

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University Hospitals Birmingham named as centre of digital excellence

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Masters of the Modern Funeral Scoop National Award Kings Heath based funeral directors ‘A Natural Undertaking’ scoop the Modern Funeral Director of the Year Award 2016 and just two years after setting up they have been recognised nationally at the Good Funeral Awards in London. In declaring A Natural Undertaking as winners of the Modern Funeral Director of the Year 2016 the judges said: “Carrie and Fran are outstanding examples of a new wave of breath-of-fresh-air funeral business owners – what the Good Funeral Guide terms as ‘artisan’ funeral directors. Speaking of their delight at winning, Fran said, “We know that a large number of families and people we work with nominated us for this award, but having seen the long list of amazing nominees in the category we still can’t quite believe we’ve won. We’re absolutely thrilled. “Carrie added: “Receiving this award is an amazing recognition that we are achieving what we set out to do.

University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHBFT) has been named as a prestigious centre of digital excellence by health secretary Jeremy Hunt. The trust, which runs Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB), is now one of 12 in line for up to £10 million in additional Government funding as part of new plans to fast-track digital development and improve the digital skills of the NHS workforce. UHBFT is nationally recognised as a centre for healthcare IT innovation, having already launched systems such as its patient portal, MyHealth@QEHB, which currently connects 13,000 users securely to their healthcare records

online. Executive Director of Delivery Tim Jones said: “We are delighted that University Hospitals Birmingham has been recognised in this way for its IT and informatics expertise. “Our track record of collaboration with international partner organisations and industry places our organisation in a strong position to help to deliver the digital aspirations of NHS England“ “As a centre of digital excellence we will now be able to use that experience to deliver value to the NHS and the wider life science economy and help to deliver the digital healthcare leadership of tomorrow.”


£10,000 Donation Major Boost for Acorns Children’s Hospice Acorns Children’s Hospice has received a major boost thanks to a donation of £10,000. The impressive amount was presented by the Provincial Grand Lodge of Warwickshire Freemasons at the charity’s hospice in Selly Oak, Birmingham and will go towards

donation which will make a real difference. “Acorns relies on donations for the majority of our funding, so this money is a big help and vital to ensuring we can continue to support children and families across Warwickshire.” In the past three years, over £112,500

Acorns work caring for life limited and life threatened children and support for their families. As well as the presentation, representatives from the Warwickshire-based Five of Nine club for new and young Freemasons, rolled up their sleeves for an afternoon of DIY, helping redecorate rooms and paint a fence in the hospice gardens.   Deborah Slater, Community Fundraising Manager at Acorns, said: “We’re so grateful to the group, not only for getting stuck in and helping with these practical jobs with such enthusiasm but also for the incredible

has been donated charities through the ‘Famous Five’, an initiative founded by the Provincial Grand Master to benefit non-masonic Warwickshire based charities. John Hayward, Provincial Charity Steward for the Warwickshire Freemasons said, “We are delighted and extremely proud to be able to support Acorns both in practical and financial terms. The volunteers had a fantastic day showing much enthusiasm and hard work and we know our efforts will make a real difference to the local community.”

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Depression is arguably the commonest problem affecting mental health of people of all ages and walks of life. Numerous medicines are now available in the market to combat the symptoms of this very disabling disorder. Although these drugs can improve symptoms they also result in unwanted side effects. In September, The Oaktree Clinic announced the launch of rTMS (repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), a new ground breaking, non-invasive, painless and side effect free treatment for depression and various other mental health issues like eating disorders, anxiety disorders, and dementia. rTMS service is available at Oaktree in partnership with The London Psychiatry Centre (TLPC) of Harley Street, London. We are the only providers of this service in the West Midlands. 66% of the people treated with rTMS at TLPC achieved recovery, which is higher than that reported by a study involving 42 centres in the United States with reports of 29% recovery rate or Australia with

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October 2016

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HMRC figures show that many savers are still at risk of wasting the tax benefits of their ISA allowance There is no doubt that ISAs have been a big success in helping foster the UK’s savings habit. A new report from HMRC¹ reveals that the market value of all ISA holdings is now around £518 billion, a testament to the popularity of the scheme, which is estimated to have cost the Exchequer £2.6 billion in tax relief last tax year. Encouraged by the government’s move to raise the annual ISA allowance by nearly 50% over the last five years, the average subscription in the 2015/16 tax year rose to a record high of £6,338. Overall, around £80 billion was subscribed to ISAs last year, an increase of £1 billion on 2014/15. Yet the figures also reveal that the majority of ISA savers are not making the most of the long-term tax-saving and investment opportunities on offer. Overall, only 9% of individuals maximised their allowance, a figure that rises to 31% for those with income of £100,000–£149,999.

Four Legged Friends LEGAL LIFE with JOYCE BENNELL

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Many people leave legacies to animal charities each year. Others leave money or even their entire estate to a beloved animal companion. In Rome in 2011 a former stray cat, Tomasso, was left £8.2m pounds by his owner. A dog called Gunther was left £95m and his agents spent £5m of it on buying Madonna’s Miami villa. A pet cannot receive a legacy direct as he cannot give a receipt to the executors. However, English law does recognise the validity of a trust for animals. The fashion designer Alexander McQueen left £50,000 in trust for his two dogs when he died in 2010. If you wish to ensure your pet lives out the rest of his life comfortably place an appropriate amount in trust. You should also specify what happens to any leftover funds when the animal dies. It is wise to specify the pet is cared for during his natural lifetime so that he doesn’t get taken on a premature one way trip to the vet’s by jealous relatives. Businesswoman Leona Helmsley’s dog Trouble spent £100,000 a year of his $2 million inheritance on security after death threats from enraged humans. Rubric Lois King Solicitors T: 0121 450 7800

• Date and place of death • Full name of the person who has died and any other names they may have been known by • Date and place of their birth • Their occupation and whether they were retired • Their usual home address • If the person who died was a married person, in a civil partnership, or widowed. You will also need to know: a) In the case of a woman, her surname before she first married or registered her civil partnership, and b) The full name and occupation of the deceased’s wife, husband or civil partner.

SIMON BALDWIN Simon Baldwin Financial Planning Ltd

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rate in August. Moneyfacts reported last month that the average Cash ISA rate had fallen below 1%, and there are warnings of further cuts if the Bank of England reduces the base rate again.

The HMRC report shows a stronger preference for Stocks & Shares ISAs over Cash ISAs among higher income groups, whilst the opposite is true for those in the lower income brackets.

Game changers? But are these trends likely to change? The 2016-17 tax year has heralded the introduction of the new Personal Savings Allowance and yet more cuts to savings rates following the Bank of England’s decision to halve the base

One of the unavoidable duties following the death of a person is the Registration of their death. In the event of an expected death occurring in England or Wales (Scotland has a different procedure) you will need to ask for a Medical Certificate of Cause of Death from the Doctor treating the person who has died, then make an appointment at the Registrar of Deaths, normally in the district where the death occurred. It will be helpful if you go to the Registrar’s armed with the following information:


In the 2014/15 tax year, after the limit was removed on how much of the allowance could be deposited in cash, subscriptions went up by £20 billion. Of the total invested last year, 80% was subscribed into Cash ISAs, continuing a trend that has remained broadly static for a number of years. Overall, 52% of ISA funds are held in cash, despite many savings accounts now registering all-time low rates of interest.

How To Register a Death


The Personal Savings Allowance enables every basic rate taxpayer who saves into a regular savings account, current account or fixed-rate bond to pay no tax on the first £1,000 of interest. For higher rate taxpayers, the first £500 of interest will be tax-free. At the current average interest rate², a basic rate taxpayer could hold more than £204,000 in a standard instant access savings account, and receive all the interest tax-free. Faced with the prospect of a ‘lower for longer’ environment for interest rates and investment returns, it remains to be seen whether savers will take advantage of the opportunity to invest their annual ISA allowance in assets with greater long-term income and capital growth potential.

Needless Plastic Pollution! with ROB with DEREK CASE Managing Director Mortons Funeral Directors

• You will need to give your full name and address • You will also be asked to give your relationship to the person who died. During the registration process you will be able to obtain official copies of the Death Certificate at a cost of £4.00 each – you will need copies for the administration of the estate so it’s worth thinking about how many you’ll need before you go. You will also receive, free of charge, a form for the DWP which serves to conclude things like the payment of benefits and a ‘Green Form’ which should be handed to your Funeral Director to allow the funeral to go ahead. Further information can be found on our website. Tel:        0121 476 9111 Email: Web:


Beat the Microbead

The world as we know it has never been so under threat. If the news of an ever-increasing extinction rate, raising temperatures, extreme weather and polluted air were not worrying enough, now we hear that by 2050 there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. This ‘ocean plastic’ is killing our fish, sea birds, turtles and seals and entering the human food chain, but where does it come from? To begin with, blame was laid squarely on that old adversary, the humble plastic carrier bag, which has been reduced drastically thanks to the new bag charges. Yet now we have a new hidden enemy in ‘microbeads’; the tiny pieces of plastic added to cosmetics and household products that have been found in alarming quantities at the bottom of the sea and in all the creatures that live in it. The government announced a ban in September, but only in certain products like toothpaste and facial scrubs. Only a complete ban can put an end to this needless plastic pollution.

What can we do? • Check the ingredients for polyethylene, polypropylene or polystyrene (might be labelled as PE, PP, PET or nylon) • Use the Beat the Microbead website or app ( • Search online for ‘Greenpeace microbeads ban’ and sign their petition • Direct link: page/s/ban-microbeads

¹ HMRC, August 2016 ² Moneyfacts, 31 August 2016

The value of an ISA with St. James’s Place will be directly linked to the performance of the funds selected and may fall as well as rise. You may get back less than was invested. An investment in a Stocks & Shares ISA will not provide the same security of capital associated with a Cash ISA. The favourable tax treatment of ISAs may not be maintained in the future and is subject to changes in legislation. To receive a complimentary guide covering Wealth Management, Retirement Planning or Inheritance Tax Planning, produced by St .James’s Place Wealth Management, contact Simon Baldwin of St. James’s Place Wealth Management on 0121 405 0429 Simon Baldwin Financial Planning, Partner Practice of St. James’s Place Wealth Management

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Life Stories

October 2016

A Two Day Kitchen Makeover The kitchen is the heart of every home, from the chaos of getting the children off to school, the grabbed coffee before work, preparing the Sunday roast with family and friends gathered round or maybe a quiet moment to yourself with a cup of tea. Is it any wonder that so many of us spend time dreaming of our perfect kitchen?

A new kitchen is also said to add between 2-5% to the value of your home but with new kitchens costing above £10,000+ for a bespoke solution, you may need to re-mortgage just to afford one. Not to mention living off take-aways for weeks and the dust, noise and disruption of the builders. Fortunately a new and growing trend is to avoid the mess, disruption and huge costs by having a kitchen makeover and it is not hard to understand why. Most kitchens have already maximised the space available and all that’s needed is a facelift. Replacement kitchen doors and perhaps a new sink and worktops can transform a kitchen in 1-2 days. Imagine staying away for a day and arriving back to a completely transformed kitchen. The beauty of using a professional company such as Dream Doors is that everything will be properly fitted for you and tidied up afterwards without a huge upheaval and overnight you have increased the value of your home and saved yourself £1000’s off the cost of a new kitchen, can’t be bad! If you are looking at a makeover purely to increase the sale value of your home then pick a neutral colour and use less expensive accessories to bring the look together. The current fashion is for high gloss finish and if you look around any show home at the moment there are reflective surfaces everywhere so steal their ideas and go light, bright and shiny to increase your chances of a quick sale.





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October 2016


Life Stories

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University of Birmingham welcomes its first apprentices onto campus

The University of Birmingham welcomed 17 apprentices onto its Edgbaston campus as part of its newly launched apprenticeship scheme. A new programme for the University, the apprenticeship scheme provides opportunities to gain high-quality skills and experience as they take their first steps into work. The apprentices have been recruited into a variety of roles across the University’s professional support services, from estates Apprentices are welcomed onto campus at the University of Birmingham by Stuart Richards, to catering, IT to nursery care, following a recruitment initiative Director of Hospitality and Accommodation Services career potential. The University’s When I started the apprenticeship and meet and greet sessions, at the start of the year. Stuart Richards, Director of Hospitality and Accommodation Services at the University of Birmingham said: “We are delighted to be able to offer an apprenticeship programme at the University of Birmingham and create a number of opportunities for people from across the city. Our apprenticeship programme will support the University’s civic responsibility to be a diverse and inclusive employer within the city and help to secure a strong future workforce on campus.” The apprentices will spend their first week getting to know the University through a variety of workshops

culminating with a tree planting at the end of the week to mark the start of their journey. The new 12-month scheme allows apprentices to earn while they learn, combining practical training in a job with study for a recognised qualification. Each apprentice will have a manager and a mentor, enabling a personal service to be delivered to every apprentice in the project. As well as the formal course, they will be able to take part in networking and career development activities on campus. The University will be supporting the apprentices through pastoral care and career development advice to ensure that they reach their

scheme has been developed in conjunction with Babington Apprenticeships Ltd, with several local training providers supporting the project by delivering on-the job training. Dzintars Romans, one of the 17 apprentices who is embracing the opportunity to work and develop new skills at the University of Birmingham in IT, said: “so far I am finding the apprenticeship to exceed all my expectations and I was already learning new, useful things on the first day at the workplace. “The workplace has a great team and everyone is supporting each other, which really gives the feel of being a part of a team.

An independent school for girls aged 21/2 -18 years

I felt very welcome and was introduced to the staff straight away. With previous experience of apprenticeships, I can honestly say that the apprenticeship scheme at the University is excellent. So far working here has been an amazing experience and I encourage anyone looking for an apprenticeship to consider The University of Birmingham as an option.” This launch sees the University take its first steps towards delivering the government’s wider aim of growing apprenticeship opportunities by 2020, which will be funded through the introduction of the apprenticeship levy in 2017.

During their visit the Year 5 pupils explored the Solihull factory, learning about engineering in action and speaking to employees about their roles within the company. After a guided tour of the production line to see robots and production operatives assembling the vehicles the girls engaged in a series of team activities, practising their coding skills to program traffic lights and small items of mechanical machinery.

Year 7 Entrance Examination Saturday 15 October 2016

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Residential trips boost grades School days are, allegedly, the best days of our life. However, the time that really sticks in my mind were the school trips, particularly those that involved a night or two away from home. The five-year research project revealed that in one school 85% of students attending a residential went on to achieve a C or higher at GCSE, compared to 50% from a comparison group who did not attend. The research is now forming the basis of a campaign called Brilliant Residentials, which has been launched recently by Learning Away. It wants all schools to embed highquality residential learning as an enrichment activity in each young person’s entitlement, rather than using residential trips them to simply bridge gaps after SATs or GCSE exams. It isn’t just the students who benefit from the trip away from the classroom. In the same report from Learning Away, 65% of secondary school students claimed their

Edgbaston’s aspiring engineers visit Land Rover Aspiring engineers from Edgbaston High School’s Preparatory Department enjoyed a day of inspiration at the state-of-the art Jaguar Land Rover manufacturing facility.




teachers knew better how each of them learnt. After seeing the research findings, I have to say that I am in favour, as both a parent and former teacher, of all schools incorporating residential trips as part of their curriculum. Of course, money is the main barrier to school’s not doing this. However, there are school trip providers, like YHA (England and Wales) that offer a bursary fund (Breaks for Kids) that will fund the cost of the trip for students who are in receipt of free school meals. But here’s the best bit, a residential trip doesn’t have to cost anything. You can use the school grounds as the residential venue and have a camping trip there. As they say, the best things in life are free! Join the Brilliant Residentials campaign here: PK EDUCATION T: 0121 631 3466

The Land Rover visit is a highlight of the Preparatory School’s calendar, designed to encourage interest and enthusiasm in science, technology, engineering and maths subjects, collectively referred to as STEM. Mrs Sally Hartley, Head of the Preparatory School, commented: “At Edgbaston High School we offer a broad curriculum and alongside the arts, languages and a wealth of sporting activities we are keen to encourage interest in STEM. We value highly the Land Rover visit and it is so important for the girls to see and speak with women involved in the engineering industry. There will be many opportunities for the girls to further extend their knowledge in these subjects and they will now continue to develop their coding skills in the classroom.” Edgbaston High School offers independent education to girls aged 2 ½ - 18 years across Nursery, Preparatory, Senior and Sixth Form departments. The School recently completed a year long building project to improve and enhance facilities in its Preparatory department and since the beginning of the academic year pupils have enjoyed exploring their newly-extended library, brand new Art studio and large welcoming reception area.

Property Life


October 2016


What effect is University Station having on the price of your home? In B17, the streets where homes sell fastest and command the highest priceper-square-foot aren’t always the most lavish, they’re the ones that are the bestconnected. After all, there’s a reason why the most popular property programme on TV is called Location, Location, Location. As your local agents, we’re often asked all sorts of questions regarding our market, but the most common question is always “which is the best part of Harborne to live in these days?”, particularly from newcomers. Of course, the answer is different for each client because of things like their family situation, age and hobbies etc. But one of the primary requirements for most buyers is ease of access to public transport. Many of us regularly use public transport so we don’t want to live a million miles away from our local station if we have to commute into work each day. Public transport is actually becoming increasingly important as the costs associated with car travel continue to rise and roads are becoming more congested. This has resulted in a huge surge in rail travel. In fact, in Britain, passengers made 1.32 billion train journeys in 2010 (according to the Association of Train Operating Companies), a rise of 37% in a decade and the most since the 1920s. Location has a huge effect on the price and saleability of a home, and in our experience houses and flats close to a train station always sell and rent quickly. To illustrate the point we did some spatial interpolation of property price data, also known as number crunching! Our analysis showed that properties within 1km of University Station attract a premium of 11.9% over those 2km away, with current average sold price sitting at £281,800 compared with £251,900. This means that for every 250m you live closer to the station, the average property price rose by £7,500. If that doesn’t convince you that stations matter, we don’t know what will. It affects the rental market too. If you’re an investor looking for a buy-to-let property, or a renter looking for your next home, the distance to and from the station is extremely important. One of the first things renters do when searching for somewhere to live is look at the nearest station’s proximity to the property. That’s why Rightmove and Zoopla display the distance to the station alongside each listing. Ideally renters want a speedy commute to their work or university, and they want an even speedier walk from their home to the nearest station. In fact, proximity to a station has become so important most renters and buyers

are happily willing to sacrifice space, both indoor and outdoor, to be in a better location – and that 1km halo around the station is a hotspot for professionals in Harborne. If you want your next home to be close to a local station, swing by our office and we’ll advise you on finding the perfect place for speedy and hassle free commutes. Alternatively, if you have a home nearby a local station and would like to know it’s value, we’re always happy to help.

Average sold property price 1km versus 2km from university station

The circle of life

Expected market volatility

In Harborne, people are at lots of different stages of their lives. The largest number of people are Young and Single which accounts for 29.8% of the total. This is 6.7% higher than the national average.

Looking at a monthly breakdown of activity over the last 12 months we can see some interesting patterns in Harborne. While there was an expected amount of volatility from month-to-month, transactions were 16.9% higher for all property types at the start of the period than at the end.

Do we use our housing stock efficiently? All housing markets are heavily affected by how efficiently the housing stock is used. Some areas have lots of people in relatively small properties and others have a few people knocking around in very large properties, often empty nesters. This infographic shows what the pattern looks like in Harborne.

Patterns emerging in price bands All housing markets are heavily affected by how efficiently the housing stock is used. Some areas have lots of people in relatively small properties and others have a few people knocking around in very large properties, often empty nesters. This infographic shows what the pattern looks like in Harborne. Monaj Sohal Director

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•Modern Three Storey Semi Detached Home •EPC Rating: C(71) •Highly Desirable Bournville Village Trust •Four Bedrooms (One with En-Suite Shower Room) •Detached Garage with Electric Opening Door

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•Modern Semi Detached Family Home •EPC Rating: C(79) •Three Bedrooms •Living Room •Modern Kitchen Diner

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Life Style 15th anniversary of the Birmingham Comedy Festival HEM life chat to 2 local very talented comics hoping to scoop an award.

Birmingham Comedy Festival’s Breaking Talent Award recognises the very best new and emerging comedic talent from across the West Midlands. The award officially kicks off the festival on Friday 7th October and among the five hopeful entrants are Harborne’s Richard Quarmby and Moseley’s Moses Ali Khan. RICHARD QUARMBY - Darlington born and Melton Mowbray raised, Richard currently lives in Harborne after completing a chemistry degree. Doing stand-up on and off since 2012, he performs “anecdotal comedy” which draws on personal experiences to create a slightly neurotic on-stage persona with a “slightly skewed view of the world.” Q: How does it feel to be nominated for an award at this stage in your career? It feels great but strange. I haven’t been gigging as much over the past year as I’ve been doing up a house and other horrendously adult things have got in the way. I’m very keen to get back into more frequent gigs and this nomination has felt like a good boost to get me back in the swing of things.

Q: Do you get nervous before a show? Yes, always. I must annoy other comics with my pacing. I always feel that if I don’t get the feeling of butterflies then I won’t perform well or that I’ll have lost my passion for it. Q: What other comedians do you admire (and why)? I’ve grown up being a huge fan or Reeves and Mortimer and whilst at university I discovered the delights of Peter Cook and Dave Allen. I’m a big fan of Josie Long, a lot of comedy is based in misery or dislike for something but Josie Long’s style seems to be more positive and looking at things from an excitable point of view. I also really like Richard Herring, Daniel Kitson and Tim key - all have carved out their own niche, but there are so many others out there I admire. Both are professional comedians and up and coming acts. Q: How long have you lived in Harborne? I moved to Birmingham in 2009, I absolutely love the place, there are so many fantastic little areas and hidden gems, it’s got a nice high street, good restaurants and pubs but also little secret areas like Moorpool. I’ve got a good friendship group here and feel completely at home.

MOSES ALI KHAN - Currently working as a manager in the public sector, Birmingham-born Moses resides in Moseley. Only making his official standup debut in December 2015 at Stirchley’s Roadhouse, he’s been a finalist in numerous gong shows and recently won Liverpool’s Hot Water Comedy Club New Comedian competition. “Inspired by everyone - comedians, actors, musicians, athletes,” Moses says he’s “a linear one liner style comic incorporating some of my heritage.” Q: You only made your stand-up debut in December, so how does it feel to be nominated for an award already? Honoured is an understatement. Two of the acts I’m up against I have seen perform and am in awe of. I’m also thankful to the person that nominated me. Q: What inspired you to start doing stand-up? Poor health. I was a very active guy until medical issues stopped me from doing any sport. I needed another outlet and I had always been a keen writer. I also had a good response to a blog I had online. The thing that actually made me genuinely consider it was when a friend’s sister was asked to guess my profession and she said “Are you a clown?”


October 2016

7th – 16th October

Q: What’s been the highlight of your stand-up career so far? Winning a comedy award in Liverpool as a Brummie... and this nomination. Q: How long have you been living in Moseley? Almost all of my life (bar four years in Bournville) I was even born in Moseley in the now demolished Sorrento Maternity Hospital – I really enjoying Moseley, it’s nice walking into places where everybody knows your name, and they know me as Ted Danson! This year’s festival sees over 70 performances including Romesh Ranganathan, silent comedy king The Boy With Tape On His Face, Ireland’s Jason Byrne and a glitzy celeb’ filled revival of the classic Rocky Horror Show. Plus look out for appearances from Justin Moorhouse, Tom Wrigglesworth, Gary Delaney’s Panelbeaters, Nathan Caton, Kerry Godliman, Matt Forde, and the very best acts from Birmingham and the West Midlands. For full listing, venus and tickets:

Good Luck guys! Hem Life Team

Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2016 takes place at The Glee, The Arcadian, Birmingham, on Friday 7 October 2016. Tickets are £10.50 (£6.50 NUS) from 0871 472 0400.



Life Style Health

October 2016

with WILLIAM LAWTON Harborne Chiropractic Clinic

William Lawton, Sports Massage Therapist BSC Hons 0121 448 6990

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with JANET EASTWOOD Janet Eastwood Acupuncture

with JOHN HILL Fit Brummie Bootcamp

with SARAH GINGELL Aesthetics Dental and Implant Surgery

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Sports massage benefits for distance runners

We’ve seen it at the Olympicsso what is ‘Cupping’?

For the most of us, running a marathon is a huge challenge and commitment. With the Birmingham half marathon fast approaching the last thing you want is an injury to force you out of the big day. Sports massage is useful in helping preparing distance runners to hit their peak performance, reduce fatigue, and relieve muscle swelling and tension. During training muscle tension will build up among the bodies soft tissues. Due to the large amount of training needed when marathon running, overuse, minor injuries and lesions can occur in these soft tissues and will cause pain and prevent pre event preparation. Sports massage is a great way to alleviate such problems greatly improving flexibility, mobility, response time, and overall performance. Undertaking regular sports massage pre-event sessions will help get your body tissues get ready for the upcoming event. Massage can help you to focus and to ward off any injuries to muscle or joints that could affect your pre-race training. Sports massage is performed not too deep but at a fast, brisk pace, as the name suggests. The best time to have a massage is soon after your hardest training session of the week, ideally on the same day. This will stop any overuse condition worsening or tightening up overnight. Post event massage is the best way to sooth fatigued and tired muscles and to help prevent DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness). This sport massage technique is performed at a slower pace and is a great way to help you to recover and why it should be part of every athletes training. During the massage the therapist will explore the muscles thoroughly and often find areas of tenderness or tightness you did not now you had. These areas could potentially be areas at risk of injury, so therefore it is important to have them treated before they become a problem.


Cupping is an ancient Chinese medicine technique used for treating many different conditions. Commonly used as an adjunct to acupuncture treatment, useful for those with a fear of needles but also used as a standalone treatment. I use glass or plastic cups to create a vacuum-like seal. When the cups are placed on the skin, the superficial muscle layer is drawn up into the cup, this stimulates the circulation of blood, breaks up adhesions, and creates a pathway for toxins to be drawn out of the body through the lymphatic system. Cupping decompresses adhesions and scar tissue, helps to relax muscles in spasm, decreases trigger-point pain, and decreases tissue changes and inflammation following trauma. Cumulative treatments increase muscle endurance, circulation, and lymphatic drainage. Usually cupping is performed on the back of the body, but it can be performed anywhere there is enough tissue. Cupping feels like suction is pulling away tension from tight and painful areas of the body. From a Western standpoint, cupping creates more space between the tissue layers to get rid of dead cellular debris and excess fluids and toxins. It also breaks up scar tissue. The marks are caused by debris being pulled up and deposited under the skin, which is actually the most effective place for the lymphatic system to drain it away. Stimulates whole-body relaxation response (parasympathetic response) Stimulates oxygenation and detoxification of blood while promoting a feeling of lightness and tension relief. Detoxifies metabolic debris in muscle tissue, fascia, and skin. Breaks up adhesions, and promotes healing in scar tissue and chronic injury sites. Increases lymphatic drainage and promotes circulation.

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Dental CT (computerised tomography) scanning uses x-rays and a computer to create detailed 3D images of inside the mouth and jaw. This allows the Dentist to see critical anatomy such as the location of nerves, which can help when planning your treatment. Why has my Dentist referred me for a CT scan? There can be many clinical indications for using a CT scan. These include checking suitability for implants, endodontics, sinus lifts, orthodontics and bone grafting. The scan can also be used to investigate oral pathology, impacted teeth, TMJ and periodontology. What happens during the scan? You will be asked to sit in the exam chair or lie down on the exam table, depending on the type of cone beam CT scanner being used. The radiographer will position you so that the area of interest is centered in the beam. You will be asked to remain very still while the x-ray source and detector revolve around you for a 360-degree rotation or less. This can take between 20 to 40 seconds for a full mouth x-ray, in which the entire mouth and dental structures are imaged, and less than 10 seconds for a regional scan that focuses on a specific area of the maxilla or mandible. What can I expect during and after the procedure? You will not experience any pain during a cone beam CT exam, and you will be able to return to your normal activities once the exam is complete. After the procedure the images will be analysed and forwarded to your Dentist, who will arrange a review appointment to discuss the results.

When I was a kid, Halloween was a “thing” but it wasn’t that much of a big deal. Nowadays it’s another money making machine for food manufacturers. If you walk to any supermarket there will be mounds of sweets, chocolates and cakes ready for this unusual celebration. You also may have noticed that themed drinks start popping up in coffee shops. The coffee shops really know how to latch on to a holiday or event. They will also be releasing their Christmas range soon. The strange thing is, only a few years ago, coffee was a black liquid served in small polystyrene cups. Nowadays it’s like an event! This is not to mention the cakes and treats that bear down on you as you wait in the queue. What I am going to do today is give you a “trick” to manage this “treat” (genius) I would highly recommend checking the calories when buying your seasonal coffee and treat. Some of these drinks have nearly 500 calories in them. Oh and that tiny muffin you are enjoying? That’s another 450. I don’t want to a spoil sport but based on the number of people that I hear complain about their weight, this could be a little fix that makes a HUGE difference. To put this into context, you could be having more than HALF your daily calories just having a coffee and a snack. The good news is that all the coffee shops now have all the nutritional information listed. If you are concerned about your weight, I would recommend checking this minor detail before you get swept away with the novelty of different types of coffee. This may stop the screams of terror when you jump on the scales!

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Celebrate Diwali with Umami This year, Umami are celebrating Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, with a fabulous traditional evening on Thursday 27th October. Manager Abdul Hoque explains, “Diwali is our favourite time of the year, which is why we want to make a big deal about it. We want to make more people aware about the celebration and bring the community together.” E: T: 0121 427 8773 Umami have designed an evening full of fine food, dazzling lights & cultural entertainment. The specially created 3-course menu for the evening includes traditional Indian delights typically eaten around Diwali.

Kache kele ki tikki

A few enticing dishes you a can expect to see on the Diwali menu include: Kache kele ki tikki - Crispy shallow fried raw banana cakes seasoned with cumin powder and fresh coriander, enhanced with delicious tamarind, jiggery chutney and mint chutney.

Special festive platters will also be available to start, offering traditional Diwali delights. Vegetarian options are available. Live classic Indian music will entertain guests on the evening. Guests can enjoy Umami’s Diwali celebration for £22.95 per person.

Saffron and Sultana Kheer



Raw banana 3 medium

Full fat milk 1lt

Green peas ¼ cup

Pudding rice ¼ cup

Fine chopped Green chillies 2

Sugar 6tbsp

Fine chopped Green coriander leaves few sprigs

Crushed green cardamom 6no Saffron a pinch

Corn flour 1tbsn

Golden raisins 2tbsn

Salt to taste

Coconut milk(optional) ¼ cup

Spice powders

Makhani murgh Patiala shahi - The famous butter chicken cooked at Umami the authentic way. Pulled chargrill chicken simmered in a rich creamy plum tomato based gravy flavoured with kasoori methi. Kesar ki kheer - Diwali is a festival of lights, crackers and sweets. The home- style rice and sultana pudding is delicately scented with saffron and green cardamom.

Recipe for 4 persons

For garnishing Almond and cashewnut shivers 1tspn

Red chilli powder ¼ taps Garam masala pwd ½ tspn Dry mango pwd ¼ tspn

Oil for deep frying METHOD


1. Wash raw bananas cut into three pieces with skin and boil for about 10mins till cooked soft. Cool, peel and grate them. 2. Mix the grated raw bananas with green peas, chopped green chilly and fresh coriander. 3. Mix well all the spice powders and salt. 4. For binding the mixture well add corn flour. 5. Divide the mixture into equal portions and make round cakes or tikkies with about 1/2 inch thickness. 6. Deep fry the cakes till crispy golden in colour.

1. Rinse rice in water for 30 mins and drain. 2. Heat milk and when it comes boil add rice. Simmer for 30mins. 3. When rice gets well cooked add sugar, crushed green cardamoms, saffron and coconut milk. 4. Cook further till kheer gets thickened. 5. Take off the flame. Kheer can be served warm or chilled. 6. Garnish the kheer with almonds and cashewnuts.


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New Moseley PizzaExpress pays tribute to car pioneer 25 new jobs as restaurant team prepares to stretch, toss and serve 4,500 pizzas in its first month Pizza lovers are in for a treat with the opening of a new PizzaExpress in Moseley, Birmingham. The restaurant, which can seat 118 people, means jobs for 25 new team members, including 5 pizzaiolos and 13 waiters and waitresses. An estimated 640 kilos of dough will be used in the first month as the team prepares to serve up 4,500 pizzas and 2,000 portions of PizzaExpress’ iconic Dough Balls. Each PizzaExpress restaurant is individually designed – often using well known places, people or historical events from the area as the basis. The new restaurant pays tribute to car pioneer Frederick W. Lanchester who lived in Moseley and ran a factory at nearby Sparkbrook. The Lanchester Motor Company Ltd was started by Frederick and his two brothers in 1899. Elements of the restaurant’s design take inspiration from the early Lanchester cars, including the large air inlet grills, the leather detailing on the interior and some of the fluid aerodynamic forms of the cars. Other aspects include feature pendant

lights, chevron panelled pizzaiola counter, light natural oak chairs with tan and dark brown leather seat pads and white Carrara marble and natural oak tables. Lee Griffiths, manager of Moseley PizzaExpress, said, “We have a beautiful new restaurant and can’t wait to show it off to our customers. We have a friendly and enthusiastic team who are looking forward to welcoming everyone over a delicious pizza.”

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PizzaExpress has a menu to suit all tastes, including gluten-free options. For younger pizzalovers, the Piccolo menu is full of tasty choices including ‘Create Your Own’ pizza, and starts at just £3.95. And for budding chefs looking to celebrate a birthday, a Pizza Making Party will see them transformed into pizzaiolos so they can stretch, toss and top their own pizza and play party games before sitting down to enjoy their culinary creations. The restaurant also offers a Click & Collect online takeaway ordering at Moseley PizzaExpress Opening Times: Monday - Sunday, 11.30am –11.00pm. 93a Alcester Road, Moseley B13 8DD Tel. 0121 4493111

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It’s overcoat time! With autumn well and truly with us and the winter months on their way, if you haven’t already then you need to start thinking about your trendy outerwear. An overcoat is an essential piece of clothing that needs to complement your seasonal wardrobe and provide that final statement for all your autumn/winter occasions. Overcoats tend to be made from a heavy fabric such as wool and are a long-sleeved coat that can be either single or double breasted and usually have a single vent at the back. A traditional overcoat usually fits below the knee, although with modern styles available they are now slightly shorter for less inconvenience. Here are a few tips for choosing the perfect overcoat:

Fabric: The ideal choice would be 100% wool. A wool overcoat can last for many years and choosing the right style will give you a decent weight. An alternative to wool is a cashmere overcoat. Although probably not as long lasting as 100% wool, you can gain a real stylish outfit with this expensive, luxury fabric. Styles: The two main styles for overcoats are single and double breasted. Modern variations will also include little changes like elbow patches, contrast velvet collars and raglan shoulders. Single breasted designs can offer a clean minimalistic look allowing you to dress this with either your casual jeans and shirt or your work attire. A double breasted overcoat offers a more formal traditional style. This style is perfect when paired with full-on tailoring. Fit: A true classic is the full length overcoat; this will give you the more formal look and makes for a formidable style statement. A slightly

shorter modern version will help you keep your outfit casual and allow easier movement and offer much more versatility. To ensure MEN’S STYLE your overcoat with doesn’t look ADRIAN BARROWS too bulky you The Bespoke Tailor can consider not having the padding in the shoulders. This works well if your overcoat is needed over your suit jacket. Colour: Navy or Charcoal Grey are the main colours you must consider if you are buying a single overcoat. If more than one is on the agenda, then you can be more adventurous and go for dark greens, camel or blue but remember that it needs to match your outfit underneath otherwise you will compromise that stylish look. Finer Details: There are many finer details that can be considered when choosing your overcoat. Belts or halfbelt features, pockets, top buttons, interior lining and the all-important collar to keep your neck warm. If buying bespoke, all these features can be discussed and designed to give you a fantastic fitting overcoat that works for you. For your overcoat to fit you well and give you the traditional yet stylish confident look, a tailored overcoat is the way to go. Nothing will suit you more than a bespoke overcoat that is designed to perfection!

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Guests joined us to make new connections and share new experiences in good company at the fabulous Umami Indian Kitchen & Cocktail Bar, Harborne who pride themselves on creating delicious food with a flare. A glass of Prosecco was served upon arrival to begin the evening as guests interacted with one another.

Berkmann Wine Cellars sponsored the event, enhancing the experience with wine tasting by HEM Life’s wine columnist Clive Witcomb, a variety of starters were served with white wine followed by an array of main dishes served with a red wine chosen by Clive’s expertise... both wines complimented each dish and took Umami’s Indian cuisine to another level.

Learning a mixture of wine and food facts left our taste buds tingling, Clive’s wine tasting promotes an experience you cannot forget and the team at Umami delivered a service second to none.

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From the north west, to the south east: Wales, Shropshire, London and Llandudno, I have travelled to all manner of trade events, centres and fairs in order to expand Biddle and Webb’s trade contacts and extend our ever-growing client base. A big part of increasing this network of vendors is meeting and greeting traders, bidders and buyers and listening to their experiences of the industry. My role as auctioneer at Biddle and Webb has allowed me to escape the office and hit the road - connecting with people in the field in order to connect with them in the saleroom. Another aspect of this connectivity is making the auction accessible to an audience of web buyers, Facebook followers and tweeters. Biddle and Webb go live every Tuesday at 3pm to bring the salesroom to the comfort of your own home!

Viewers can tune in live on Periscope and Twitter to see the latest must have lot featuring in our monthly Interiors auction. Connecting with our customer base in person and via social media has enabled Biddle and Webb to democratise the saleroom and bring the auction to you! For further information of how to buy, consign and sell at Biddle and Webb head over to - or even better, come and see us in person at our regular weekly and monthly sales. We look forward to connecting with you.

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It’s hard to be miserable when you are holding a ukulele

The Alphabet of Wine The third in a series of occasional features looking at some of the lesser known facts from the world of wine.



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Sir James Paul McCartney recently launched Meatless Monday to encourage us all to try give up eating meat for just a day in the life. I’m always up for a challenge and so for the past few weeks as a family we have been giving Mukka’s idea a bash yeah yeah yeah!   SO WHY DON’T YOU GIVE IT A GO and with a little help from your friends, all you need is love and hey Jude, just try, let it be and get back to the long and winding road because, all that was yesterday, you could be a paper back writer with a few ideas of your own VEGGIE meat free Monday... and ... PS  I love you, oh and just for fun, how many Beatles song titles did you find in this write up? For more info: Gary

So what do you do to welcome the boss when he pays the business a rare visit? And what if he is not just any boss, but the head of a worldwide company with some 4500 hotels under his belt? Naturally you’re keen to make an impression, to stand out from the crowd, to make his visit memorable. The business is in good shape, the staff as friendly, efficient and cheerful as always, but what can you offer that is special? A champagne dinner perhaps, a show, maybe VIP tickets to Villa Park? Perhaps not. Fiona Lockyer, general manager of Hampton by Hilton Birmingham on Broad Street had other ideas, she decided to sit the visiting dignitaries down with her members of staff –and give them a ukulele lesson. So she wheeled in

Julian Cockshott, mainstay of Ukulele Rocks, who are on a mission of world domination by uke. She presented Phil Cordell, Global Head and Tal Shefer, Brand Director of Focused Service Hotels, Hilton Worldwide with their own personal ukes and alongside chefs, reception staff, maintenance men and hotel managers they got down to an hour of concentrated music making. You know what? They all had more fun than you could shake a stick at, Phil and Tal left the hotel with smiles that probably lasted half the way home to their base in Washington DC. Big Bear’s Sarah Yang always claims that it’s hard to be miserable when you’re holding a ukulele. Can’t argue with that. Jim Simpson

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Cahors : These days, most wine drinkers

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associate the Malbec grape with Argentina – understandably so, as this in-vogue red wine variety has found a natural home in the foothills of the Andes, where it enjoys the prolonged ripening season due to the altitude of the vineyards. But Malbec, like many grapes flourishing elsewhere, originated in France, where it is also known as Auxerrois, Côt, or Côt Noir. In the Cahors region in the South West, the wine must be at least 70% Malbec, with Merlot and Tannat the other permissible ingredients. Cahors has a rich history of winemaking dating back to Roman times (50BC in fact), and today has some 10,000 acres of vineyards. The typical Cahors wine is deep in colour with an earthy, savoury aroma and a juicy, berry-fruit palate with hints of spice, firm tannins and a dry finish. Carmenère: The Carmenère grape (historically known as Grande Vidure) is an important but generally forgotten constituent of Bordeaux blends, overshadowed there since the 19th century by Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot. Another variety to seek a home elsewhere, it now thrives in Chile, where until well into the 1990’s it was often confused with, and labelled as, Merlot. As a single varietal wine, it would be fair to describe Carmenère as something of a “Marmite” wine – you either love it or hate it! With a complex aroma that evokes ripe dark fruit, coffee, chocolate, spice, even liquorice, the palate is rich and enduring. An interesting wine, great with rich and spicy food, but definitely not for those who prefer their reds light and juicy. Cava: A brief mention here for this noble Spanish sparkler, which in recent times has

taken something of a back seat due to the growing popularity of its Italian counterpart, Prosecco. This has gone hand-in-hand with a rather unfair and growing view of Cava as being a second-rate offering, which belies the fact that, unlike Prosecco, Cava is made in the traditional (“Champagne”) method with a second fermentation taking place in the bottle to create the bubbles. (In Prosecco it all happens in large stainless steel tanks.) Cava is traditionally made from a local trio of local grape varieties - Parellada, Macabeo and Xarel-lo, with 95% coming from the Penedès area in Catalonia. Good quality Cava can be excellent, with a richer texture and greater length on the palate than Prosecco due to the bottle fermentation. Chinon: Our last “C” for the time being is actually two C’s in one. For Chinon, from the Loire Valley, is a red wine made principally from the Cabernet Franc grape (more commonly associated with Bordeaux). Chinon is a picturesque and historic town on the river Vienne, a few kilometres from where it joins the mighty Loire. Generally accepted as the best red from the Loire region, Chinon is typically light in body with delightfully juicy raspberry and redcurrant flavours. The Loire is one of the more northerly wine regions of France and therefore has a cooler micro-climate, more suited to the production of white wines (Muscadet, Sancerre, PouillyFumé etc.). This means that the reds that are made there tend to be lighter in style (Pinot Noir also thrives along the Loire) than those from further south. (And not a mention of Champagne, Chianti, Chablis or Châteauneuf-du-Pape!)




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Experience the rhythms of thundering drums and spellbinding displays of choreography.

Hear more from the World’s Greatest Living Explorer as he tells us about his attempt to become the first mountaineer to reach both poles and the highest mountain on every continent.

The award-winning 12 Ensemble will perform a selection of beautiful string British music, including Elgar’s “Elegy for Strings”.

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October 2016

360 Sport & Fitness Building Approaches Finish Line

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Topping out event marks milestone at Audley St George’s Place Audley St George’s Place, the luxury retirement village in Edgbaston, celebrated the completion of the roof of its centrepiece building, St George’s House, with a Topping Out ceremony on Friday 23rd September. Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement welcomed guests including Dr Keith G Bradshaw, High Sheriff of West Midlands, Audley owners and members of the local community to celebrate this key milestone in the development of Audley St George’s Place with champagne and lunch. The unique development was previously the home of the Royal School for the Deaf. Situated just a short drive from Birmingham’s shops, restaurants and galleries, Audley St George’s Place will provide a mix of 95 apartments and cottages for over 55s.

Work at the University of Birmingham’s new sports centre, 360 Sport & Fitness, is approaching the home straight as the December opening date fast approaches. Inside 306 Sport & Fitness, the city’s first 50m pool is now filled with water, after taking four and a half days and over 2.1million litres of water to reach its capacity. The six glass-back squash courts are also now complete, along with the multi sports arena that is painted with lines for badminton, netball, basketball and korfball along with 871 bleacher seats to spectate your favourite sports. The gym will cover two floors, one containing state-of-the-art cardiovascular machines and the other featuring a free weights area, Olympic lifting platforms and space for functional workouts. The lower floor looks out onto the Olympic length swimming pool. There will also be 25 pieces of inclusive equipment in the gym which are specifically designed to be used by physically impaired members. 360 Sport & Fitness aims to be a sports club which inspires everyone to develop their health and fitness.

Nick Sanderson, CEO of Audley Retirement, said: “We are all very proud to mark this milestone in the completion of the fantastic buildings at St George’s Place. The Topping Out ceremony allows us to celebrate the achievements of all those who have worked on the project, from tradesmen to architects. We will now be looking ahead to the next few months, when we will have the opportunity to welcome new owners to the village and to the New Year, when St George’s House and the restaurant will officially open. High Sheriff, Dr Keith G Bradshaw, said: “It’s a real joy to see this historic site being transformed and given a new purpose. I’m looking forward to visiting again once the site is completed and to welcoming the new owners into our community.”

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With holiday booking focus now on ski & winter sun breaks, plus the best ‘early-bird’ deals for next year, the annual bashing of travel agents, for peakseason pricing, has died down, for the time being! The first thing is to clarify the difference between travel agents & tour operators. Put very simply, tour operators are the manufacturers of holidays & travel agents the retailers. This means that travel agents have no control on basic pricing, though some may offer discounts of their own & customers can help budgets, by checking for the best deals. A recent public e-petition had the rather startling call for Government price controls, with this response: ‘In a competitive market, it is for business to decide the market worth of their products and to price accordingly. There is fierce competition for custom. Prices rises in peak periods reflect the international competition faced for hotel accommodation & other services in popular destinations with consumers from many countries & where there are limits to capacity. Foreign consumers also wish to holiday during these peak periods. We are advised also that holiday companies must seek to make a reasonable profit during the peak periods so that they are able to operate throughout the year when demand & therefore prices & profits are lower.’ Trade body ABTA seems to offer the best potential solution, with a call for staggered holiday dates: ‘Schools, Education Authorities, and Government – should look at staggering school holiday dates. Staggering by region, a model which is used by a number of other European countries, will relieve the pressure of peak demand during the summer school holidays & February half-term in particular. If this issue affects you, please join the debate & make your views known to your relevant contacts.


FREE family fun to celebrate summers fruits Highbury Park, Kings Heath will play host on Saturday October 15 to a feast of fun to celebrate the areas bountiful harvest of goods, local talents and projects. 2016 so far has been extra busy with local schools and community groups enjoying and using the space, volunteers grafting hard to make improvements in the community garden and store area and this is our day to show off the haven that is Highbury Orchard and raise funds for future projects! Enjoy its wild magic and captivate the imagination - Come join in! Using many of the parks curious corners, adults and children can enjoy meeting community bee keepers and their buzzing friends, buy local honey products, press their own apple juice (BYO apples & sterilised container), be judges in the annual honey cake bake off, get creative with woodland workshops and explore the heritage site through orienteering and foraging walk. Take part in the treasure trail at Four Seasons and be in with the chance of winning a fun surprise. If you fancy testing your culinary skills, enter the Honey Bake off, only rule; baking with more honey than sugar. Can you steal last year’s crown and bag the prestige and prize? Refreshments will be on offer to buy at Four Seasons and on the Orchard space where we will be testing out our new cob oven plus hosting The Real Junk Food Project and their culinary magic fighting food waste. Don’t forget to bring your apples to the apple press. Then take the beautiful fresh juice home for a fabulous health drink!

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens is aglow with the rich autumn colours of orange, yellow and red as the leaves begin to fall from the trees. Although the sight of fallen leaves on the ground is beautiful to behold, it’s important that they are removed from borders and lawns on a regular basis to prevent the spread of overwintering pests. Don’t waste the leaves, though, because if you collect them and place them in a compost container, you’ll get high quality leaf litter that can be used as soil conditioner in just 12 months or so. Now that summer greenhouse crops are over, it’s a good idea to give the greenhouse a thorough clean because this will prevent pests from hibernating and rearing their ugly heads next spring. It’s important to hose down the glass really well to allow for maximum light to be let in throughout autumn and winter. Once you’ve given the greenhouse a good scrub, line the greenhouse with bubble wrap (available at DIY shops on a large roll) to conserve solar heat during the winter and to reduce heating bills if heated .Put any tender plants you have in there before the frosts hit. You can reduce watering in October and keep any plants that lose their stems to the ground, such as dahlias, dry until April. October is the month when you should cut your lawn for one final time this year. However, make sure that the blade is slightly higher than you would normally have it so that the grass is protected from winter frosts. A little work now on hedges and borders will pay

dividends next spring, so trim hedges and tidy borders so they are neat for winter. Remember to cut back any herbaceous perennials and burn any diseased material (don’t add it to your compost heaps). If we have an early frost this month, lift your dahlias and store them in a frost-free area until it’s time to start them into growth in spring. Reduce the height of shrubs such as buddleia, too, as they may suffer in strong winds. Summer displays should now be replanted with winter bedding. Autumn brings the ideal planting conditions, as the soil is damp and still warm. If you have space for new trees and shrubs, plant them now, and put in bulbs ready for a spring display. The Birmingham Botanical Gardens Tel: 0121 454 1860


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For anyone over the age of 40 the new Vauxhall Viva is a blast from the past.

The summer is nearly over and it has been a very interesting cricket season on the International stage with England fighting out a very competitive 2-2 Test series draw against Pakistan.

But drivers below that age will probably be hard pressed to remember the original model on the roads of the UK as production ceased in 1979. When it arrived in showrooms in 1965 the Viva cost the princely sum of £528 and offered good value-for-money family motoring. The same applies to the new generation Viva, a no-nonsense, what you see is what you get, good looking five-seater hatchback at the bargain basement price - by today‘s standards - of £7,995. But it’s not just the showroom price of the new Viva that’s sensible. It’s also cheap to run, comfortable, drives well and its 1.0-litre, three-cylinder, 75bhp engine punches above its weight. And despite its small engine it’s a car which never really seems lacking even when fully loaded, although you might have to work the five-speed manual gearbox a bit more on very steep hills. Okay it’s not the fastest car away from the traffic lights with an a 0-62mph acceleration time of 13.1 seconds but in normal day to day motoring it never really feels wanting. And while there’s a tendency to assume that small cars with small engines will struggle on motorways the little Viva is more than happy to mix it with the big boys in the fast lane and

Harborne Hornets are Buzzing

We’ve had a great start to the season – here’s a brief summary... Harborne Hornets have had an exceptional start to their winter season with all teams securing strong victories. Despite the cold and wet mornings we have seen record victories from some teams with the 3s achieving a 53-19 win and the 4s scoring 68-4. Amazing scores and an incredible start to the season. We also sent 2 mixed teams along to the Lyn Cain Tournament which was raising funds for Pancreatic Cancer. It is a super tournament which we are proud to support. The girls had a great day in the September sun and valued playing against a range of very strong opposition. Keep up the great work Hornets!

noise levels remain low. The top speed is 106 miles per hour so unless you want points on your licence it’s more than capable, even on the German autobahns. And one of the bonuses of having just 1.0-litre under the bonnet is that the Viva will average almost 63 miles per gallon and the annual road tax on this car is just £20. On top of that insurance is very reasonable as it sits in band 3E Considering its compact dimensions the space inside the Viva is surprising. There’s generous room for two in the back - three with a squeeze - and anyone sitting in the front will find more than enough head and leg room. Lift the tailgate and you will find 206 litres of luggage space, which is more than enough for most people’s weekly shopping trip although you could have a problem with a large suitcase unless you lower the folding rear seatback to give a comfortable 1,000 litres of space. Highly manoeuvrable the Viva is

one of the easiest cars on the market to drive. The five speed gearbox is smooth and creamy to use and you get a conventional rather than electronic handbrake. It’s a very quiet, civilised car and its firm but comfortable suspension ensures an impressive ride. Even the entry-level SE model - tested here - is well equipped boasting electric front windows, cruise control, lane departure warning, steering wheel mounted audio controls, multifunction trip computer and front fog lights which illuminate the corners as you turn. In addition you also get a city mode button to make the speed sensitive steering super light for easy parking. The new Viva is certainly a car I warmed to and is well worth a test drive. It’s a credit to the original model and you would be hard pressed to find better value for money.

New hockey season gets underway

Erica Sanders launched University of Birmingham’s new season in the Investec Women’s Hockey League Premier Division in the same manner as she performed last season when she finished as the division’s top scorer. She scored with a brace of goals in the University’s opening 4-1 victory over Bowdon Hightown and followed it up the next week with another two superb goals but the University lost 3-2 to league champions Surbiton. In the opening match against Bowdon, who narrowly avoided relegation last season, the students established a three goal lead in 15 minutes. The students have set their target to finish in the top four as they did last season and thereby qualify for the play-offs. Olympic star Lily Owsley will return to the side when, as coach Phil Gooderham says, “she feels comfortable to play”. That is likely to be in the next few weeks when the University has two home matches, against Reading and Leicester. Two players from the squad have departed to Surbiton and two new ones recruited. The newcomers are Kelly Munroe from Surbiton and Amy Costello from Edinburgh. The University’s men’s Conference West team which finished fourth in the last campaign, opened with a 3-2 defeat at home to University of Exeter having taken a 16th minute lead through Andrew Macgregor. Their second match, against Old Georgians, had to be postponed because the irrigation system broke down due

In the Birmingham League Harborne Cricket Club after a series of dramas failed to get promotion to Division One, for the supporters of this long established club was very disappointing especially as they made such a superb start winning the first 5 matches and looking odds on for promotion.   The Final match for Harborne was against Stourbridge who had only previously only won one game against Harborne, it was a must win game, Stourbridge made 231 for 9 and at one stage Harborne were floundering at 105 for 6 but captain Andrew Lloyd made 44 and Tim Holland a gutsy 52 not out and Darren Franklin 36 not out and steered Harborne home by 2 wickets, the news came through that Tamworth had easily beaten C&R Hawks and had won promotion ahead of Harborne. SHIFNAL 344 points Tamworth 307 Harborne 291. Harborne have to really think about next season, regroup and play each match as if it is a cup final, if they do they have a chance, they have been too inconsistent and it’s cost them in the final outcome.

to a blown fuse and therefore it was not possible to water the pitch. The match is likely to be re-arranged for October 8. However, the day after the postponement they secured an away 6-5 victory over Stourport in the first round of the Men’s Cup. They are next drawn to play Nottingham University away on October 30. Their next two league games against Cardiff & Met and Cheltenham are both away. The regional men’s league got underway in mid-September with Harborne and Bournville both losing to Lichfield who have returned to Midland Premier after being relegated from the national league following one season at the top level. Harborne went down 2-1 on the opening day and the next week Bournville were heavily defeated 5-0. Both clubs, who finished in the lower half of the division last campaign, have recorded victories, Harborne gained a 1-0 win against Nottingham University and Bournville beat newly promoted Loughborough Town 2-1. In their next matches Bournville are away to Nottingham University and Harborne travel to Stourport. The remainder of the Warwick Printing League programme got underway at the beginning of the month. In Midlands 1 Edgbaston began with a home match against Burton, while Old Halesonians hosted Bridgnorth. Kings Heath Pickwick, who narrowly escaped relegation from the West Midlands Premier, had an away fixture at Bromsgrove. Paul Raymer

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Harborne Youth FC Kick off to a great start...

The start of the football season has proved to be an exciting one for Harborne Youth FC, as the club has fielded teams in seven different age groups as part of the Sandwell Minor League and Central Warwickshire Youth Football League. Our under 9s team play in

the Sandwell Minor League and this age group has proved to be popular this season with plenty of new players joining. The other teams compete in the CWYFL at under 10, 11, 13 (where we have two teams playing), 14 and 16 age groups. The under 13 team has had a good start in division 1 of the League and we are delighted to have formed an under 11s team too.

Edgbaston Priory Club’s ladies squash team crowned champions of Europe Members of ladies’ squash team won the European Squash Club Championships, the ladies team won the title in some style, dropping only one game on their route to the final. The European Club Championships, held this year at Pontefract Squash and Leisure Club, bring together the very best club teams from Europe and feature many of the world’s best squash players. Edgbaston Priory Club’s men’s and ladies teams regularly reach the National and European Club

Championships but this is the Club’s first European title since 2010. The win not only confirms their status as the top team in Europe, it also gives them automatic qualification for next year’s European Club Championships taking place in Paderborn, Germany. Congratulations to all five players: Nicolette Fernandes, Deon Saffery, Millie Tomlinson, Leonie Holt and Beth Parker on their fantastic achievement.

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October 22 – A dream come true for local boxer

October 2016

Four Medals for University of Birmingham in Rio Paralympics

Birmingham’s very own, Sean ‘Showtime’ Davis will be appearing on the huge undercard of Sam Eggington vs Frankie Gavin.

This is an opportunity that has been a long time coming for the undefeated Super-bantamweight prospect who is already 10-0, undefeated and the English Champion. Sean will be fighting for the Commonwealth Title against another Birmingham Fighter, Gamal Yafia. Competing at this level is a dream come true for Sean, who grew up a stone’s throw away from The Barclaycard Arena (Formerly the NIA). The 25 year old has been boxing since he was a child and is already the English champion and he has a huge future ahead of him. He is guided, trained and mentored by former pro boxer and his coach Peter Christie. They have always formed a close father/son bond from the early days, when Sean stepped into the gym and by his own admission Christie literally put shoes on his feet. October 22nd is a huge opportunity for Birmingham favourite Davis to showcase his skills and talents as the show will be shown live on Sky Sports and promoted by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom. This extraordinary card is stacked with local talent as well as big names from Birmingham and the surrounding areas.

Head to head with Sean and his opponent for the title Gamal Yafai

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Sunday 11 September 2016 was scheduled to be a big day for University of Birmingham Sport (UBSport) alumni at the 2016 Rio Paralympic Games. Pamela Relph MBE was defending her gold medal title in the LTA Mixed Coxed Four, Alison Patrick was making her Paralympic debut in the paratriathlon PT5 and Lora Turnham was going for gold in the Tandem B 3000m Pursuit. All three alumni came out with medals; it was another gold for Pamela Relph MBE, Lora Turnham gained Team GB’s seventh Paralympic gold and Alison Patrick claimed silver. Pamela Relph MBE, who graduated with a degree in Physics in 2011, got her first Paralympic gold medal in London 2012. Relph is now UBSport’s most decorated Paralympian with two gold medals! Relph, who is the only surviving member from the winning four at London 2012 showed brave determination, stating this crew was ‘stronger, fitter and faster’. Huge congratulations to Relph and her team

on a spectacular race. 2010 Physiotherapy graduate, Lora Turnham, began cycling at University and within six weeks won her first medal, however, she narrowly missed out on medals at London 2012. Now racing with a new pilot, Corrine Hall, the pair seemed unstoppable when they set a new Paralympic record in the heats. In the final, Turnham and Hall showed no relent and powered through to take the gold medal, adding to the huge success British Cycling has had in Rio across the Paralympics and Olympics. Lora Turnham then went on to win UBSport’s fourth medal, a bronze on the road in the time trial. Alison Patrick, who only began competing in triathlon in 2013, stormed the 750m swim, 20km cycle and 5km run in 1:13:20 at Fort Copacabana with her guide Hazel Smith to win her first silver Paralympic medal at the 2016 Rio Paralympics! This medal will add to an already impressive collection which includes European and World Championship medals.

New Era for Birmingham Moseley Rugby

Photographs courtesy of Chris Lowe

Summer is nearly over, in sport our attention turns to Winter sports and none is more exciting than Rugby and, in Birmingham none is more held in high esteem than Moseley Rugby. The club history started in 1873 of this famous club, last season was difficult in the Championship and Moseley went down from the Championship to National League Division One, but, a new era has been born, a change of name to BIRMINGHAM MOSELEY, the superb new stand, the envy I suspect of many clubs who visit Moseley and under the expert guidance of Director of Rugby Kevin Maggs a new team which has the potential for a vibrant and successful season. Heady stuff you might say well, results have so far been not only interesting but successful. The National League Division One is a tough division and Moseley’s first match was against Northern side Fylde, the weather was absolutely dreadful. Moseley had six new players but led by 14-3 at half time, in the second half Fylde came back strongly and took the lead after scrum

half. Dave Brazier was yellow carded but, Moseley fought back and that wonderful servant to Moseley over the years Adam Caves scored a vital try, when Fylde forwards were punished for a ruck offence Elliot Bale stroked home a penalty and Moseley had won 25-20.. The first home match was against Coventry, huge rivals, the first match since 2008,this match was not for the faint hearted, it was full on, Coventry the week before had put 54 points over Loughborough Students, Moseley rose to the challenge and home supporters were in raptures after 15 minutes Moseley led by 14-0. Jack Preece intercepting a pass and putting in Edward Sheldon who streaked into the corner for a great try and when back row forward Jacques Le Roux drove over and both tries were converted by David Brazier, Moseley were in the driving seat but Coventry had a huge pack of forwards and battered the Moseley try line but they did not score. Half time Moseley 14 Coventry 0, in the second half Coventry upped the pressure when they scored two quick tries, one feared for Moseley but, the Red & Blacks powered back and after huge pressure on the Coventry try line Harry Hone crashed over for a great try and Moseley led 19-14. Coventry lost back

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row Tom Jubb for a high tackle and Red card, it was a great match and another win for Moseley. The next encounter was against the improving Hull Ionians. Hull took an early lead 7-0, Moseley hit back with an Adam Caves try after sustained pressure, Hull came back strongly to lead 17-7 at half time, so far this season Moseley have shown excellent resolve and a timely try by Chris Brightwell reduced the deficit to 1714,Hull put huge pressure on Moseley to lead 22-14, with 8 minutes to go Drew Cheshire scored to reduce the deficit to 22-19, sensing blood Moseley hammered on the Hull try line, Greg King crashed over for another win a bonus point for four tries and a third straight win. Well done you Red & Blacks Bob Malden

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