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EMBRACING YOUR SHAPE... Style gurus like Gok Wan and Trinny and Suzannah have talked a lot over the years about body shapes and shown us endless programs on how to dress - but do you know which body shape you are?

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WHICH BODY SHAPE ARE YOU? This issue Dawn Marriott shares her expert advice on how to dress for your shape, embracing all the variety our bodies offer! Here’s my guide to the 4 basic body Shapes.

Apple

Celeb – Catherine Zeta Jones

Our bodies come under a lot of scrutiny and we are usually our own biggest critics. “My arms are too fat, my tummy too squidgy, my legs are too short” are just some of the things I hear when I’m with my clients. We can be so hard on ourselves focusing way too much on the bits we don’t like whilst forgetting about our good bits! This is why I share my knowledge on body shapes and how to dress your shape confidently with all of my clients. Understanding what shape we might be and why some things just don’t work on us is key when it comes to knowing exactly what to wear in order to feel your very best. Style gurus like Gok Wan and Trinny and Suzannah have talked a lot over the years about body shapes and shown us endless programs on how to dress - but do you know which body shape you are?

A slash neck or wide neck is perfect for creating balance across your slimmer shoulders. You can go wild with top details, big shoulders, puff sleeves, ruffles, embellishment you can have it all.

If you are an Apple you will carry your weight around your bust and tummy. You will probably have great legs and good bust too! Draw attention away from your middle area by layering but do avoid patterns across your tummy area where possible, a plain block of colour is way more flattering. Size up in a shirt or top, as clingy fabrics will only make you look bigger across the chest.

Going for a darker colour on your bottom half is the perfect way to balance your top half, keeping the focus on your upper body. Wider leg and boot cut trousers are ideal to add balance to your curvy hips.

Emphasise your great shape bust by opting for V-necks, plunging necklines and scoop necks, this will not only enhance your shape but also draw the eye upwards.

Try to avoid adding volume across the hips where possible, steering away from pleats, pockets and thick fabric.

A-line dresses and swing shape tops are the perfect style for you. And lastly show off your legs they are one of your best assets!

Pear

Celeb - Holly Willoughby If you are a Pear you will carry your weight on your hips and thighs. Your hips will be notably bigger than your bust. You may have a flat tummy and this must be enhanced. Ensure your dresses and tops are nipped in at the waist, Bright colours and bold prints work great on your top half.

An A line skirt or dress nipped in at the waist is perfect for showing off your shapely figure.

Rectangle Celeb - Zoe Ball

You will measure pretty much the same across your bust, waist and hips if you are a Rectangle. Your waist although it may be small usually isn’t very prominent. There are only a couple of rules here and the biggest one is to avoid anything belted. Belted garments won’t enhance having little waist definition; it will simply make you look shapeless. Dresses are best suited in a straight shift shape showing off your slim physique.

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Trousers can be skinny, crop, or wide and the same goes for tops any shape will work well for you. You can create the illusion of a smaller waist by adding a tuck into your trousers or skirt, showing a glimpse of your waist drawing the eye to this smaller detail. High waisted is usually a no no too and this can make your tummy area look wide (even though its not). Instead opt for defining arm or legs (not both together), as these are usually one of your best assets.

Nipping in at your waist is the hard fast rule for you. Showing off your tiny waist is paramount. Hiding behind shapeless items of clothing will only make you look square and ultimately bigger.

accept the ones we don’t love so much is a great place to start!

Opt for V-neck, boat neck and scoop neck tops, avoiding high necks and polo necks as they can create a block feeling across your chest. Fit and flare dresses are perfect for the hourglass fitting in all the right places.

x Dawn

Hourglass

Celeb Kirstie Allsopp

Lastly the belt is your new best friend – belts on skirts, trousers, belted dresses and belted coats, highlight that tiny waist!

The Jessica rabbit shape. Your hips and bust will be of similar measurement and your waist much smaller if you are an Hourglass - highlighting your waist is key.

Just remember though that whatever shape you are, we are all different - very different, understanding your body shape and identifying your best assets along with having the confidence to

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If you need any further help with body shapes please don’t hesitate to give me a call!

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We also have a programme of Master Classes for 2020, to be announced soon, on our website. Our new bespoke classroom in The Moseley School of Art and our member’s studio in The Old Print Works are easily accessible by public transport, on Europe’s busiest bus route, the No 50, and only 1 ½ miles from Birmingham City Centre.

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What’s on DECEMBER / JANUARY 2019

Monthly Markets & Fairs

Moseley Record Fair A vibrant local indoor market for records & music memorabilia. Where: St Columba Church Hall When: First Sun every month Info: moseleyrecordfair.com

Moseley Arts’ Market Handmade arts and crafts Where: Moseley Village When: Last Sat every month Info moseleycdt.com/arts_market

Neighbourfood A weekly food co-operative allowing you to pick up local produce. Where: Hare & Hounds When: Every Tuesday Info: thefoodassembly.com Moseley Farmers’ Market Where: Moseley Village When: Last Sat every month Info: moseleyfarmersmarket.org.uk Kings Heath Farmers’ Market Where: KH Village Square When: First Sat every month Info: kingsheathfarmersmarket.org

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Seasonal Events

New Year’s Eve Carnival Join Hare & Hounds for another New Year’s Eve Carnival - this time celebrating the start of a new decade with some of Brum’s finest DJs for a 3 room special. Where: Hare & Hounds When: 31 Dec, 9pm - 3am Info: facebook.com

Christmas Panto: Snow White Dirty Old Folkers bring you their annual Christmas extravaganza and Panto to kick off the festive season. Bring your singing voices, stomping feet and an open mind. Where: Hare & Hounds When: 23 Dec Info: facebook.com

Christmas Carols by Candlelight With mulled wine and mince pies, a festive feast of carols, performed by the school choir - all brought together to warm your spirits with the magic of Christmas. Where: Highbury Hall When: 18 Dec Info: facebook.com

A Merry Moseley Misfitsmas Showcasing the talents of Moseley Misfits, an eclectic community music group embracing a wide range of musical experience and instruments - from violins to didgeridoos. Where: Midland Arts Centre When: 13 Dec Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

High Horses: Xmas Party Returning to The Dark Horse Moseley for their annual festive season bash! This is a free entry event and will be packed out so get down early Where: Dark Horse Moseley When: 28 Dec Info: facebook.com

Dirty Vegan: Festive Edition Dirty Vegan night is back for a special festive late night edition! Join one of three sittings, at 7.30pm, 7.45pm and 8pm, and tuck into some delicious 100% vegan food! Where: Midland Arts Centre When: 22 Dec Info: macbirmingham.co.uk NYE Party with Dizzy Lizzy + DJ Dylan Dynamic Thin Lizzy tribute band Dizzy Lizzy, will deliver a rocking performance that is not to be missed! Limited dinner tickets £60 Where: The Blue Piano When: 31 Dec, 8pm - 1am Info: facebook.com

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Hyde Park Brass - Chrsitmas Gig The group was born in 2015 as the product of a one-off performance at the University of Leeds. The boys immediately decided there was more to the band than just one gig! Where: The Prince of Wales When: 12 Dec, 7pm - 11pm Info: facebook.com

Music

Alessi’s Ark It’s been a gradual burning, shimmering process for the remarkable Alessi’s ark. A name and cinematic voice which has been built upon years of experimentation, travel, resilience and triumph. Where: The Cuban Embassy When: 31 Jan, 7pm - 10pm Info: facebook.com

Brooks Williams & Sloan Wainwright

They met in New York City in 1992, two up-and-coming newbies, singing their songs and beguiling the audience with stories. Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe When: 23 Jan Info: facebook.com

For the kids!

Christmas Panto: Snow White Dirty Old Folkers also perform their annual panto in two fantastic shows at Kitchen Garden Cafe. Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe When: 19 & 21 Dec Info: facebook.com

My Comedy January’s show features King Heath’s very own Barbara Nice (“Imagine a hybrid between Mrs Merton and Victoria Wood” - The Times) and resident MC, Maureen Younger alongside a line up of new female comics. Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe When: 8 Jan Info: facebook.com

Craft activities

Crafty Cocktail Enjoy a festive cocktail (or two) and get crafty! With the help of MAC Artist Tutor Sarah Moss, make some Christmas cards for family and friends and get in the festive spirit with Christmas music and mulled wine also on offer. What makes this event particularly merry is that it is absolutely FREE! Drop-in anytime from 7.30-9.30pm in MAC Arena Bar. Where: Midland Arts Centre When: 7 Dec Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Beauty & The Beast Be charmed and surprised by a new twist on an old tale, inspired by the iconic era of 1920s and 30s cinema. Where: Midland Arts Centre When: 15 - 16 Feb Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

The Polar Express Tom Hanks and director Robert Zemeckis reunite for The Polar Express, an inspiring adventure based on the beloved children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Where: Midland Arts Centre When: 14 - 29 Dec Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Frozen 2 Why was Elsa born with magical powers? The answer is calling her and threatening her kingdom. Together with Anna, Kristoff, Olaf and Sven, she’ll set out on a dangerous but remarkable journey. Where: Midland Arts Centre When: 20 Dec - 2 Jan Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

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LEISURE & RETAIL

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Enjoy a sustainable Christmas! by reducing transport of yourself plus any goods bought! Kings Heath has a great variety of independent outlets and High Street names and you may just surprise yourself at the variety of things on offer there. Supporting local artists

Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice chip Christmas trees so your tree will live on as a mulch feeding the soil. Even better, buy a Living Christmas Tree in a pot - it can be put out in the garden after the festive period and reused year after year.

The Kitchen Garden Artist Shop has been growing steadily over the last few years and now supports over 120 Artists and Makers selling their locally made products. Christmas Craft Have fun making your own beautiful Hand-Made Wreaths, Cards, Wrapping Paper, Crackers & Decorations at Kitchen Garden’s Art Sessions At just £20 per person AND including coffee or a glass of Prosecco; the workshops are excellent value for a couple of hours relaxation. A workshop voucher is also a great gift idea for those who seem to have everything! Sustainable Shopping in Kings Heath This Christmas why not just see how much you can buy locally? You will help support your community, sustain your local economy and cut fuel consumption

The shop is kept fresh and interesting as local, new and experienced artists continually update the work offered for sale. The variety is impressive. Choose from Ceramics, Stained glass, Jewellery, Candles, Up-cycled Furniture, Textiles, plus Prints and Original Artwork. There is also a good range of practical and Eco-friendly gifts too. Quality garden equipment, Bee Butterfly & Bird houses and Children’s Craft and Nature kits. Christmas Trees If you already have an artificial tree carry on using it - BUT don’t buy a new one (they’re bad for the environment). After Christmas you can recycle your real tree – Birmingham City Council and

Check out the website for more details at:

kitchengardencafe.co.uk Or pop into Kitchen Garden Shop for a leaflet.

To book call 07969 212855

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SERVING UP

HAPPINESS Family bonding time for psychological wellbeing. Creating an intimate moment in the day where the family comes together and feel peaceful in each others company works wonders for the family bond. These little moments have a huge impact on the broader picture of mental wellbeing. Here are some easy and simple components to setting the tone for a beautiful family moment.

SET THE TABLE Setting the table brings family together before the food is ready, and gives you a chance to communicate without the spotlight being on any one of you.

CENTREPEICE Make it feel like you’re always celebrating with a decorative centrepiece. A small flower in a vase or small potted candles, it sounds so simple but these little touches make us feel special when we eat out, and will too when we eat in.

SERVING UP Sometimes, for no reason in particular, it’s fun to get out the fancy bowls, or perhaps just plate up the food in an unusual way to keep things interesting. Try serving up pizzas on a wooden chopping board, or popping your pasta on slate plates.

MUSIC The music shouldn’t be too disruptive to the flow of conversation but will keep the evening feeling lively and fun. There’s nothing worse than a silent restaurant, so why would a silent dining room be any different?

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

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If you detect any signs or symptoms of a hand condition, let the Midland Hand Clinic help you to reach the correct diagnosis and receive the right treatment. pdziubany@hotmail.com 07815 460 786 01827 892 952

Chiropractic & Physiotherapy Care Award winning practice Kevin Grant & Barbara Husband serving Moseley & Kings Heath for over 35 years. The BAC Centre 26 Wake Green Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9PA www.baccentre.co.uk 0121 449 9515

Hemaxi Beauty Hair, beauty, laser, skin care 63 Alcester Rd South Kings Heath, B14 7JG www.hemaxibeauty.co.uk 0121 293 2303 07811 364 671

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“It is amazing how just being able to brush your own hair can change your whole outlook on life,” according to great grandmother June Shakespeare. Eighty-four-year-old June had been gradually losing the use of her fingers over the past few years until it reached the stage where she could hardly use her hands at all. But, following surgery to reattach tendons that had become worn away by wrist arthritis June, who lives in Great Barr, has been able to grab back the many day-to-day skills that most people take for granted. “Opening doors, taking lids off jars, holding a cup or taking money from my purse – even brushing my hair, had become almost impossible. You can’t imagine just how much that impacted on my daily life,” she explained. As the condition continued to deteriorate June met with specialist hand and wrist surgeon Mr Gunaratnam Shyamalan at Spire Hospital. He explained that not only could he help her get movement back to her hands but he could also perform the surgery while she remained completely awake. He said: “Years of arthritis in the bones of her wrist meant that the tendons to her fingers had been severed or ruptured – it is not an uncommon condition in elderly patients. “What I did was use sections of healthy tendons to repair the torn ones while carrying out repairs to the badly damaged ones. I used a technique called WALANT (Wide Awake Local Anaesthesia No Tourniquet) which meant

June was able to stay awake throughout the entire operation." “Not only does this seem to put patients at their ease, it also means they don’t have to recover from the effects of a general anaesthetic which speeds up their actual recovery process.” Now, following a series of physiotherapy treatments, June is delighted to have ‘excellent movement’ back in her wrist.

She said: “The operation went very well and I was delighted to be able to chat to people in the operating theatre as Mr Shyamalan carried out his work. It really put me at ease both before and during the actual surgery. “It really is beyond my expectations to be able to do some everyday things that most people take for granted and, as a bit of a bonus, there is hardly a scar to show for the surgery he carried out.” June is delighted with the results of her wrist surgery.

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Mayor Andy Street says Moseley and Kings Heath people are benefitting from a transport renaissance that is improving rail and bus services.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street says Moseley bus service to benefit from Government millions “People in Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell can already look forward to major transport improvements, with the reopening of the railway stations that we have been campaigning for,” Mr Street said. “But if we are really going to revitalise public transport in the region, it’s not just about trains it’s about buses too.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street says £30million of new funding will contribute to a transport ‘renaissance’ for Moseley people – by rejuvenating a key bus route serving the area. Mr Street, who heads up the West Midlands Combined Authority, has been instrumental in ambitious plans that are set to see Moseley, Kings Heath and Hazelwell railway stations reopen after decades. Now he says that new funding announced by the Government will further boost public transport, by injecting investment into the number 50 bus route.

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“That’s why I’m delighted that the £24million Government funding for bus improvements will have a positive effect on Moseley. We are contributing £6million locally too, taking the full amount available to £30million. No other big metropolitan area in the UK got this kind of investment, and we are looking to make a real difference with it. “The money is going to be used to improve the infrastructure of our most important bus routes – to essentially make bus services more reliable - and the route that is going to benefit the most is the Number 50, which goes straight down the Moseley Road.

“Together with the plans to reopen the stations, improvements to bus services will provide residents with easier and faster connections to get to the places they need to go and will offer people a real alternative to the car – helping to ease congestion and improving the air we breathe.” Earlier this year the Government released £15million to fund the new stations, which last welcomed passengers during the Second World War. Under the proposals, there will be two trains an hour into the city centre. The journey will take around 15 minutes - a welcome alternative to queuing on the A435 Alcester Road. “We are seeing a transport renaissance in the West Midlands, and places like Moseley and Kings Heath are right at the forefront of it,” added Mr Street. Keep up to date at

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KIPPER’S SNOWY DAY Kipper’s Snowy Day is the heart-warming Christmas show at Midlands Arts Centre (MAC) this year. This Slot Machine Theatre production will be a real treat for children, showing right through until New Year’s Eve. Kipper is an all-time favourite who’s been a storybook friend to generations of children – and now starring in his own original, musical Christmas stage show, perfect for children aged 3+ and their families. Kipper and his best friend Tiger go on an adventure in the snow - but on the way they lose their friend Arnold in a terrible storm. Will they find him? And will they find their way back home? Based on the award-winning ‘Kipper’ stories by Mick Inkpen, this is the first stage adaptation of these well-loved books. This warm-hearted Christmas show is filled with original songs and music, gorgeous puppetry and gentle humour.

“Kipper’s Snowy Day is the perfect family show for Christmas, and it’s one of our favourites,” says Nick Tigg, Artistic Director at Slot Machine Theatre. “We always make shows that are really fun for a whole family to see together, so there’s plenty of silliness that will make your kids laugh as well as your granny and grandpa, plus amazing music, puppetry and adventure. “The books are beautifully illustrated - the writer Mick Inkpen is very particular about the pages of his books not being too cluttered, and we worked closely with Mick on the design and script of the show.

Tickets are selling fast! Book now to secure your spot online at macbirmingham.co.uk, or call our friendly Box Office team on 0121 446 3232. #kipperatmac

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“Kipper is such a well-loved character, we wanted to be really faithful to the books, particularly as this is the first of Mick’s Kipper books ever to be adapted for the stage. And we’re very proud that Mick loves the show! “Kipper’s Snowy Day has had sell-out seasons at Norden Farm Centre for the Arts, the Curve in Leicester, and the Connaught in Worthing, and we’re super-excited to bring the show to Birmingham this Christmas. We hope you love Kipper as much as we do!”

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1. On a well floured surface, roll out the pastry and use a biscuit cutter or cup to cut it into small circles. Butter the cupcake dish and push your circles of dough into each hole. Chill in the fridge while preparing the filling. 2. Pre heat the oven to 190 degrees

3. Using a mandolin or very sharp knife, cut the apples to remove the core and then slice the apple into very thin half moon slices. Toss the apples with the lemon juice. 4. Melt half of the butter and combine with half of the brown sugar, and cinnamon. Toss the apples in this mixture and put in the microwave for about 1 minute (until apple is soft enough to roll). 5. Melt the remaining butter and combine with the remaining brown sugar, dust the bottom of each dough cup with this mixture.

6. To form the roses, lay about 10 apple slices on a flat surface horizontally with each overlapping the next one by half. Tightly roll from one end to the other and place into the dough cup, adding extra ‘petals’ where you see fit.

7. Put an apple rose in each cup of the muffin tin and bake for 25-30 minutes, when you remove, glaze the roses with jam and a dusting of icing sugar.

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fter the depths of winter, when snowdrops first appear at the beginning of the new year, we are reminded that the hope and warmth of spring is not far away. Tyndallwoods Solicitors in Edgbaston has a long held tradition of remembering lost loved ones through an annual snowdrop memorial. Judy Dyke, chairman of Tyndallwoods said: “As we move into 2020 we will hold a service in which we plant snowdrops in memory of those we have lost. This year we will remember our good friend Elaine who was an important member of the Tyndallwoods family. Through words, music and silent contemplation, we will join together in remembrance.

“Our Snowdrop Memorial Garden at Tyndallwoods provides a lasting memory that comes back year after year, reminding us of those we have lost who remain forever dear to us. Judy added: “For us here at Tyndallwoods - as with many other businesses - environmental, social and governance issues are climbing up the agenda. “In our garden at 29 Woodbourne Road we are pleased to host 5 beehives surrounded by a fruit orchard. And we are proud to be part of the Birmingham Trees for Life programme.”

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LEGAL & FINANCIAL

Reflections on wills and lasting powers of attorney Judy Dyke, chairman and head of the private client team at Tyndallwoods Solicitors in Edgbaston reflects on two key issues as the end of the year draws closer. Judy said: ”As we move towards the end of 2019 I can’t help but reflect on a busy and interesting year. “On a personal level my family has been blessed with a marriage and the safe arrival of a grandchild this year. On the bigger stage, our society has been challenged by political uncertainty which affects us all whatever our walk of life. “And what about in business terms? I am so fortunate to enjoy my work at Tyndallwoods and I want to consider two key issues: “Firstly, an area of considerable interest is the use of Lasting Powers of Attorney. These are documents of enormous power that merit professional advice. There is concern about the abuse of power given. In particular, people drawing up an LPA should seek professional advice if they wish the attorney to be able to make gifts.

If you would like any further information on Wills or Lasting Powers of Attorney please contact Judy at Tyndallwoods: jdyke@tyndallwoods.co.uk Direct Line: 0121 243 3025

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“We are all aware that Wills are becoming the subject of increasing challenge. This may involve challenge to the mental capacity of the testator at the time of signing the Will. Thus the importance of the role of the solicitor in certifying mental capacity is increasingly important. Careful file notes are made and retained. These may later be essential in rebutting any challenge to the Will. It is not a tick box exercise.”

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All funds raised from Treecycling will go towards the Hospice, which Picturedvital above, Hutton provides careCaroline to local people of Martineau Gardens watches who are living with life-limiting Andy Street, CBE Mayor of the illness. West Midlands cut the ribbon with Charlottethat Nicholson of Jowill The postcodes Treecycling Malone be collecting from,London. are: B13, B14, B15, B17, B25, B26, B27, B28, visitB32, the Martineau B29,Please B30, B31, B38, B45, website for more B47,Gardens B62, B67, B68, B90, B91, B92, B93 & information: B94. Collections will needmartineau-gardens.org.uk/ to be booked by Monday 6 January.visitor-information’

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STREET FRESH PLANS FOR £90m PROJECT TO BUILD 400 APARTMENTS NOW PUBLISHED Court Collaboration has submitted an outline matters planning application for 392 flats as part of the wider New Garden Square project, off Hagley Road on the Calthorpe Estate. Previous outline permission for the wider £300m scheme was granted by Birmingham City Council in September 2017.

SCREEN B14 HAVE SOMETHING TO SAY... Hello! We are Screen B14, Kings Heath’s first community cinema. We aim to bring accessible, affordable, AMAZING cinema straight to you. To us, there’s nothing better than experiencing film together, whether it be a family-friendly adventure or a small independent gem. King’s Heath is already a wonderful place to live, but we think there are some things that could be made even better. The closest cinemas aren’t very close at all, and not best suited to the diversity of people who make this part of Birmingham home. Screen B14 is intent on holding fabulous, inclusive screenings with progressive pricing and a range of films to suit everyone. Best of all, we’re going to be right on your doorstep! So what are you waiting for?

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EXTINCTION REBLLION BIRMINGHAM Launched in October 2018, Extinction Rebellion wants to rally support worldwide around a common sense of urgency to tackle climate breakdown, citing inspirations from grass roots movements such as the Suffragettes and Martin Luther King. The message we have been hearing from our young people is begining to strike a chord with older generations as we fall deeper into the climate crisis. Extinction rebellion have been making headlines for hunger strikes, clashes with the police, defending their rights to protest, and are a group made up of people from all ages and walks of life. Speaking passionately about positive change at festivals, meetings and marches through the summer has spurred on the group’s action in Birmingham, and seen peaceful protests outside Primark, marches through Birmingham city centre and meetings to strengthen its growing community, with more activity planned in the near future. @ExtinctionRebellionBirmingham

The proposals include a mix of one, two and three-bedroom properties, with a range of private car parking spaces. The scheme is a key aspect of the wider New Garden Square masterplan being developed by Calthorpe Estates and U+I. Alex Neale, managing director at Court Collaboration, said: “As well as delivering stunning properties, Court Collaboration is committed to creating developments which support local communities and their economies, so we’re very much looking forward to building these new homes and working in collaboration with Calthorpe Estates as the mixed-use New Garden Square project comes forward. “Work is set to begin next spring, when we’ll be applying a range of modern construction methods to make the most of sustainable building and the highest quality product, with completion anticipated by Q2 2022.” “Calthorpe Estates are excited by the architect’s, Glancy Nicholls, innovative and landmark design for the residential scheme, which excellently complements our New Garden Square regeneration masterplan, alongside our partner U+I’s recently approved NGS1, the first commercial phase designed by Glenn Howells Architects. insidermedia.com

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

BREWERS SOCIAL OFFERS PEAKY BLINDER THEMED, DOG FRIENDLY GORGEOUSNESS!

LANDMARK SCHEMES CELEBRATED AT WEST MIDLANDS PROPERTY AWARDS

Sadler’s Brewing Company has announced the launch of Brewer’s Social Harborne, the third of its venues in the West Midlands.

Landmark projects such as the redevelopment of Birmingham’s Centenary Square and Stoke’s Tunstall Arrow were in the spotlight at the West Midlands Property Awards, with architecture practices, commercial developers and housebuilders across the region also celebrated.

Described as “a place to be social no matter what time of day”, Brewer’s Social is now a permanent fixture in the High Street of Harborne – after initially being a temporary pop-up restaurant.

Insider business editor Ian Griffin said it is “the most exciting time in a generation” to be involved in property in the West Midlands.

Locals can pop in any time of day for brunch, coffee and cake, lunch, dinner, craft beers, cocktails and more. The menu includes delights such as Mud City baby back ribs, smoked brisket in Sadler’s ale sauce, and truffle mac and cheese.

Billions of pounds are being pumped into our region by investors from across the UK and overseas to seize a slice of the superb opportunities which will come from an expanding Metro, Coventry City of Culture 2021, the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022 and HS2,” he added.

For vegetarians there’s a few options too, with crispy halloumi and mushroom, and the vegan Brewer’s salad.

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There’s also a cosy upstairs with more seating, and a few Peaky Blinder-themed decorations. Dogs are always welcome in Brewer’s Social Harborne, and will be treated as warmly as any other customer. expressandstar.com

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

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THIS ISSUE’S LOCAL READS Enjoy this issue’s recent release from a local author...

THE SPACE RACE The Space Race is the debut offering from local author, Liz Butler, and illustrator, Kate Gallagher. Released on 28th October, the Space Race is a humorous rhyming story aimed at young children up to the age of eight.

A perfect stocking filler for your little ones this Christmas!

Beautifully illustrated throughout, The Space Race follows the extra-terrestrial adventures of Cat and Dog as they fight like only a Cat and Dog can, as they complete in the ultimate challenge - a race to the moon! However, in their quest to prove once and for all who is the best, the duo soon learn the importance of working together to achieve their goal. Liz uses the traditional depiction of cats and dogs as two common adversaries who then come together to form an unlikely alliance. The story promotes the importance of working together and persevering to achieve our goals - a valuable lesson for all young children. Kate’s bold and bright illustrations accompany the story beautifully bringing the story to life. Price: £.9.99

ABOUT THE AUTHOR & ILLUSTRATOR Both Liz and Kate live locally in Solihull and have been friends since school. Due to their respective love of writing and art they have always dreamt of publishing their own book. They both work within education and hope that The Space Race may be the first of many books to come! A perfect stocking filler for all young readers, The Space Race is available from Troubadour Publishers troubador.co.uk/bookshop Follow Liz Butler on Facebook (Lizbutlerbooks), Instagram (Lizzie_411) and Twitter (@lizbutl57860113)

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When the days are so short and gloomy, lighting up our homes in beautiful ways becomes more important than ever to happy home life. Here are some tips inspired by the lives of our incredible ancestors, the hunter gatherers... - Written by Ruby Prosser

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Such an alluring element, fire is undeniably inviting! What kind of idyllic winter-home scene is complete without a fire to huddle around?

The sun was once our wake up call, a great ally in the midday hunt, and our timepiece to help get us to safety before dark. Our connection to the sun is still embedded in our consciousness which is why we should endevour to follow its lead as much as we can.

Fireplaces offer more for our inner primal being than we give them credit for, they’re our natural focal point for social gatherings. Our species has spent more time as hunter gatherers than doing anything else, for nearly 2 million years! It was when we were at our most connected within our societies from time spent huddled together around the fire at night, gossiping about the day’s events. We’d do well to bring that into our living spaces.

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Low, soft lighting eases us into the day with table lamps and ground level spotlights. Mid level lighting ushers it in further with floor lamps and low hanging ceiling lights. Bright overhead lighting brings us to the sun’s apex with warm spotlights and bright ceiling lamps. And then the day slowly eases back down to sunset. If we want to wake up gently, be productive and alert through the day, and feel relaxed and ready for sleep in the evening, this is how we tell our bodies.

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GARDENING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS at Birmingham Botanical Gardens Even though daylight is reduced, there are jobs you can do in the garden, even in the depths of winter. Here are some tasks to consider:

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We’ve had a lot of rain recently, so you may have noticed if you need to improve drainage and aeration in your garden. If you do, spike your lawns with a garden fork. If we get a mild, dry period, it’s fine to continue cutting the lawn but just make sure that the mower blades are raised.

If, like us, you’ve been cleaning up the shed and greenhouse, you might have noticed that some of your tools aren’t as good as they once were. So, if you haven’t made your festive wishlist yet, you may want to drop hints about replenishing some of them! You can never have too many pairs of good gardening gloves. If and when the weather’s really bad – sometimes even the hardiest of gardeners prefer to stay inside with a cup of tea – have a browse through the gardening catalogues to see if there are any flowers or shrubs that take your fancy for next year. And if you’re a vegetable grower, plan your scheme so that you introduce essential crop rotation.

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There’s still some pruning to be done: fruit trees, climbing roses, acers and wisterias can all be pruned in December. Leave any faded hydrangea flower heads, though, as they provide protection for the new buds.

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You can also take hardwood cuttings from dogwood, mock orange, viburnum and climbers including honeysuckle in December. In January, make sure your pots and tools are all clean, ready for the new gardening season (if you haven’t done them already). Start to force rhubarb – just think of the amazing crumble you can make!

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Tidy up the old stems on perennials, but be careful not to disturb new growth. Deadhead winter pansies to stop them setting seed. Cut back the old foliage from ornamental grasses to about a few centimetres from the ground. Make sure you keep your bird feeders topped up with much-needed nutritional goodies, including fat balls and seeds. They really need our help at this time of year. Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy 2020! Here’s to a great gardening year.

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IRMINGHAM THE

AWARDS

BEATING

HEART OF

BIRMINGHAM

2019 FINALIST

THE MY MAGAZINES,

FINALISTS AT

THE BIRMINGHAM AWARDS 2019 On Saturday 9th November the Library of Birmingham was sparkling with red & blue – the colours of The Birmingham Awards. And we were there as a finalist! The competition was tough and the team was proud to be up against the likes of Balvinder Sidhu from ITV Central (who took home the prize for our category) and Sunny and Shay from BBC WM. This was the 5th Birmingham Awards and the organisers felt such a milestone should be marked by celebrating in one of Birminghams most iconic buildings, the Library of Birmingham. The night kicked off with a sparkling drinks reception hosted by Bottega Birmingham, in the Rotunda of the library. The organisers were proud to see so many new organisations and individuals which is a testament to their original vision. Founder Anita Chumber said: “We created the awards because we believe that a city of ambitious, vibrant & inspirational people & organisations needs a platform to highlight and celebrate the incredible work being done.” Amy Watson, managing director of The MY Magazines said: “We were thrilled to be shorlisted with such an impressive group - we feel like winners getting this far. Congratulations to Balvinder Sidhu and all of the other winners announced during the evening. I’d also like to congratulate our friends at The Midlands Arts Centre who won their category Arts & Culture.”

y, Amy and Julie

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Local Business Director Architect

Let’s Talk Layout

Arts Centre

Midland Arts Centre Sundragon Community Pottery

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Roman Bathrooms and Tiles

Bike Shop

Bike Pro Racing

Builders’ Merchants EH Smith

Building & Construction JMS Roofing & Building

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Carpentry & Joinery

Heritage Joinery & Maintenance Services 47

Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Zero Dry Tiime

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Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice

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The Chiropody Surgery

Cleaning & Ironing Arden Ironing Mopheads

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Computer Support

Net Clicks 8

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Entertainment

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CBSO 10 Dirty Old Folkers 21

Fireplace Showroom

MD Services

Furniture

Betel Furniture

Furniture Maker

Peter Mertens Carpentry

Garden Centre

Kitchen Garden Cafe

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Gardening & Landscaping Betel UK Garden Treeworks Central Driveways Ltd Dimension Driveways & Landscapes Evans Landscapes JH Garden & Property Services Resin Drives

Handyman

Robert Rampton Handyman

Healthcare Services Midland Hand Clinc

Kitchens

Dream Doors

Market

Moseley Arts Market

Opticians

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Painting & Decorating CC Decorating Ltd Image Decor R Valentini TKR Property Services

Plasterer

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Property Maintenance TKR Property Services

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Garolla Shutter Doors

Solicitor

Hadgkiss Hughes & Beale Tyndallwoods Solicitors

Sport

Moseley Rugby Club

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Stoves

JMS Stoves 47

Theatre

Birmingham Hippordrome

Tree Surgeon Arb Life

Tuition

Farzana Zaffar Learn More 4 A*

Undertaker

A Natural Undertaking The Cooperative Funeral Care

Upcycled Furniture Betel UK

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