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Edgbaston Directory The Independent directory of businesses serving the residents of Edgbaston

Harborne’s Brand New Fashion Store Launches April 2011! We stock a wide range of men’s formal and casual wear, shoes and accessories We are located in the heart of Harborne High Street, opposite the Clock Tower and next door to Thomas Cook

Special opening offers in-store Tel: 0121 426 1300 www.resonatemenswear.com EDGBASTON EAST Delivered FREE to 2,000 homes

97a High Street Harborne B17 9NR

April/May 2011


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LANDLORDS... PROPERTIES WANTED IN YOUR AREA Guaranteed rent 52 weeks of the year even when the property is vacant! ■ 100% RISK-FREE RENTAL INCOME

■ 12 MONTH CONTRACT

■ GUARANTEED CONTRACT START DATE

■ RENT PAID ON TIME EVERY MONTH

■ NO SET UP FEES, NO COMMISSION

■ EVEN WHEN THE PROPERTY IS VACANT

■ NO INSURANCE POLICY

■ EVEN IF THE TENANT FAILS TO PAY

0121 622 5066

SALES LETTINGS MORTGAGES

LANDLORDS: A Guaranteed Quality Service at Sensible Fees offers far below your expectations. In these uncertain times some vendors should consider retaining their property as a long-term investment. Our Platinum Scheme has attracted a number of new landlords who have had their properties up for sale for long periods of time. We even offer one-year contracts so you can wait Quite simply Northwood offer a risk-free rental until the market picks up or try again next year. option by guaranteeing the rent to a landlord even Our guaranteed payment can even tie in with your if the property is vacant and even if the tenant mortgage payment date.” does not pay the rent. Added to that, their positive approach and determined attitude puts you on the If you are thinking of letting and would like to path to success in all your property requirements. discuss Northwood’s Platinum Guaranteed Rental Income Scheme or any of the complete Northwood also has access to investment range of traditional property management properties via their network of developers and services that Northwood offer please contact business associates. Landlords who are looking to Northwood on 0121 622 5066, email expand their property portfolios should contact birmingham@northwooduk.com or visit the Northwood. website www.northwooduk.com and Northwood would be delighted to arrange a Director Nin Rehal commented, “In the current climate we have intentionally held back with the free, no obligation valuation and meet with you to discuss your requirements. What have you estate agency part of our business, as marketing your property “For Sale” for long periods of time got to lose? can be damaging and result in you receiving Northwood is a national network. Each office is locally owned and operated by highly trained professionals. Their business credentials, dedication and motivation mean that they understand how quality customer service oriented businesses need to be run.

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to your April issue of Edgbaston Directory.

IN THIS ISSUE

If your business includes Edgbaston as part of its target market then you should be advertising with us. Or if you have a story of local interest to tell then please let me know.

Spring into Spring

Give me a call or send me an email,

Anyone for tennis?

Amy

Clothes recycling with a difference

Open Day at Edgbaston Priory

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Beautiful windows and doors

The Midlands’ only period window and door showroom triples in size

Flexible Coworking in Moseley At the Moseley Exchange

Bengal Delight

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Restaurant Review

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Martineau Gardens in Spring

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REGULARS What’s on

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Sudoku

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Crossword

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What’s on baby

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Index of advertisers

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BRUCE BODLE

Acupuncture

BSc (Hons) MBA DO

registered

Willow Avenue, Edgbaston

OSTEOPATH

Janet Eastwood

Osteopathy

MCSP BA (Hons) Lic Ac BAcC AACP

Cranial Osteopathy Treatment of babies Frozen shoulder Low back pain Sciatica Headache, neck & backache Sports injuries ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARD AND DEBIT CARDS ACCEPTED, BUPA, AXA, PPP REGISTERED

THE CONSULTING ROOMS 38 HARBORNE ROAD BIRMINGHAM, B15 3HE

Fully qualified, professional therapist offering: Acupuncture Moxibustion Gua Sha Cupping Phone to book a free 15 minute consultation to see if acupuncture can help you

www.brucebodleosteopath.co.uk

0121 454 1390

0770 787 8549

we have a large car park

Private Client Team Will Preparation Estate Administration Powers of Attorney Court of Protection

Family Matrimonial Team Divorce and all related issues Childrens Matters and Contact Cohabitation and pre-nuptial agreements

Conveyancing Team Domestic Property Sales and Purchases Buying your freehold Extending your flat lease Property Litigation

Dispute Resolution Preliminary Evaluation Dispute Avoidance Advice Mediation Employment Matters General Litigation Specialist Property Litigation

Conveyancing Team Commercial Property Investment Transactions Sales and Purchases of Business Property Development Commercial Leases & Renewals

On site car parking for clients

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www.acupuncturejanet.com

Do you have any queries on any of the above?Please contact Judy Dyke or Mike Dyer jdyke@tyndallwoods.co.uk mdyer@tyndallwoods.co.uk

29 Woodbourne Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B17 8BY Tel: 0121 693 2222 | www.tyndallwoods.co.uk

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Spring into Spring It’s nearly time to put away your winter woollies and start thinking about putting a bit of colour and life back into your wardrobe.

If you get a buzz from a bargain then get yourself down to Encore in Moseley. You can buy top labels for discount prices and you can convert your unwanted designer clothes into a bit of cash to fund your shopping spree. How’s that for recycling? Encore is an up-market clothing boutique on the High Street in Moseley and if you didn’t know the clothes were second hand you would never guess. Until you look at the prices maybe.

ENCORE 168 Alcester Rd Moseley, B13 0121 442 4888 All you need to do is drop in those items in your wardrobe that you have grown tired of or never wear. Encore will review the items, price them and sell them in the shop. Then you get 50% of the sale price. Or you can simply pop in for a browse next time you’re passing and pick up something gorgeous for yourself.

Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9:30am5:00pm

Dolce & Gabanna, Karen Millen, Prada, Ghost, Ralph Lauren, Armani, Boss, Juicy Couture and Missoni are just some of the designer labels available, but you’ll also find high street brands. Prices start from as little as £5.00 for a Ralph Lauren tee-shirt. Encore is on Alcester Road, close to the main crossroads in Moseley, next door to the Junction pub. There is ample parking in the car park just a little further along.

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snapshot of what’s on around WHAT’S ON AEdgbaston in April and May. CINEMA

COMEDY

Films at mac in April & May

Simon Munnery: Self Employed

Route Irish (15) Norwegian Wood (15) The Tempest (PG) Howl (15) Life Goes On (12a) Oranges and Sunshine (15) The Portuguese Nun (tbc) Waste Land (PG) Little White Lies (15) Essential Killing (15) Submarine (15) Rango (PG) A Turtle’s Tale: Sammy’s Adventures (U) Contact mac for film dates and times on: 446 3232 or go to www.macarts.co.uk

Many consider the British Comedy Award nominated, Sony Radio award-winning, star of BBC2’s Attention Scum a comic genius. Coma and see why. On: 29 April, 8pm At: mac: 446 3232

CHILDRENS’ CRAFT Craft activities for families at Birmingham Botanical Gardens in April & May 1 - 4pm Colourful tree decorations 10 Apr Papert tulip crafts and tulip planting 17 Apr Easter bonnets and caps 24 Apr Make a pond dipper and bug catcher 1 May Create your own garden bug sculptures 8 May Painting outdoors 15 May Printing techniques 22 May Door hanging and book marks 29 May Contact: 0121 454 1860

EXHIBITIONS Peasants and Paupers Images of the rural and urban poor from 1600 to 1900. For centuries artists have used images of the urban and rural poor to comment on their age. This selection of key works from the Barber’s print collection highlights the wide variety of artistic interpretations. On: 6 Jan – 26 June At: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham: 414 7333

Carved, Cast and Modelled Examples from the Barber’s collection of European Sculpture spanning more than 2,000 years encompassing everything from classical marbles to bronzes by Degas and Rodin. On: 11 February – 2 May At: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham: 414 7333

Court on Canvas

The first game of lawn tennis was played in 1859 at a home-court at 8 Ampton Road, Edgbaston. This unique show at the Barber less than half a mile away is the first ever to explore the subject of tennis in art bringing together paintings, drawings and sculptures inspired by the game. On: 27 May – 18 September At: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham: 414 7333

Dele Sosimi Orchestra In a continued celebration of Nigeria’s 50th anniversary, Dele Sosimi, musical directory for the highly acclaimed show Fela! At London’s National Theatre, will be stepping on to mac’s stage with his own Afrobeat Orchestra. On: 8 Apr At: mac 446 3232

NATURE

Plant shows at Sacred and Profane the Birmingham Treasures of Ancient Botanical Gardens and Glasshouses in Egypt April and May The Myers Eton College Collection of Egyptian Antiquities is not only one of the most stunning assemblages of ancient Egyptian decorative art worldwide, but also a window into the distant world of travellers in the 19th century Egypt and the Middle East. On: 6 Jan – 26 June At: The Barber Institute of Fine Arts at the University of Birmingham: 414 7333

Best of British Bonsai 9&10 Apr 10-4 Bonsai Demonstration 17 Apr 11-3 Plant Hunters Fair 15 May 10-4 Bonsai Demonstration 15 May 11-3 Midland Bonsai Society Show 11-4.30 At; Birmingham Botanical Gardens Contact: 0121 454 1860

MUSIC

THEATRE

Dizraeli and the Small Gods

Having picked up a string of awards as a slam poet, Dizraeli has made his name on stages around the world as a front man for the hip hop group Bad Science On: 15 April, 8pm At: mac: 446 3232

It’s Like He’s Knocking A stripped back performance incorporating storytelling, dance theatre and Afro-Brazilian percussion. On: 26 & 30 April, 8pm At: mac: 446 3232

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Able Chimney Sweep Chimneys swept and unblocked a Clean and efficient no mess a Same day service a Fully insured Contact: Geoffrey Waldron

0121 449 6218 07790 039 533 geoffreywaldron @yahoo.com

18 Cadbury Road Moseley, Birmingham, B13 9BH

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Ian McLauchlan Optometrist 17, Portland Road, Edgbaston, B16 9HN

www,mclauchlanoptometrist.co.uk FREE INTRODUCTORY EYE EXAMINATION 10% OFF SPECTACLES ALL CHILDREN’S SPECTACLES FREE WITH NHS EXAMINATION CONTACT LENSES FITTED HOME VISITS AVAILABLE

0121 454 6307 You can now advertise in

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Lupin

gardens

beautiful

Specialists in the seasonal care and design of Birmingham gardens 

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Tel: 0121 246 3397 Mob: 07788 697909 www.lupingardendesign.co.uk

or visit www.swanpublishing.org for more info

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Wood Naturally Peter Mertens

Furniture Makers of Distinction Fitted Bedroom Home Studies Bookcases Custom made Furniture Call for home Consultation www.pmfurniture.co.uk

01562 825995

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www.knightspropertyservices.co.uk ROOFING & CHIMNEY REPAIRS FASCIA, SOFFITS & LEAD FLASHING ALL ASPECTS OF GUTTERING PAINTING & DECORATING INT/EXT

A family run Business

GARDEN CLEARANCES & FENCING

Driveways ♦ Patios ♦ Walls Blockpaving ♦ Slabbing

Moseley B13

Fencing ♦ Decking ♦ Turfing

449 4431 07989 727 235

Garden Clearances A quality, reliable service at excellent prices.

Call Rich for a free no obligation quote

0121 430 7673

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Fully insured Friendly & reliable service References available

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Edgbaston Priory Club – Where you are the priority With a history stretching back 130 years, Edgbaston Priory Club is one of the country’s most prestigious racquet and leisure members’ clubs, offering unrivalled facilities in beautiful surroundings together with a busy social event calendar. Come and see for yourself at the OPEN DAY on Sunday 15 May. Whether you play racquet sport, like to relax around the pool, keep fit in the gym or enjoy being part of a vibrant social scene then Edgbaston Priory Club is the place for you. A club for all ages and abilities, it boasts 29 tennis courts, 10 squash courts a heated indoor and outdoor swimming pool (open all year round), Technogym equipped fitness facilities and a bar, restaurant and private function suite. There is a comprehensive programme of coaching courses for junior and adults in tennis, squash and racketball combined with unrivalled opportunities to compete at all levels, not to mention swimming courses and personal lifestyle trainers.

The club is the training base for some of the country’s top squash players and includes many of the world’s top tennis players – Maria Sharapova and Martina Navratilova - amongst its members. As one of the Lawn Tennis Association’s High Performance Centres it also offers an advanced coaching programme for up and coming junior players allowing them to train to the limits of their potential. In addition to hosting club and county competitions, Edgbaston Priory Club is the home to numerous major racquets tournaments, most notably the AEGON Classic which brings together some of the world’s top female tennis players to battle it out for the famous Maud Watson Trophy.

This year’s tournament takes place from 6th to 12th June and promises to be even more exciting than last year. For more information and ticket prices visit www.aegonclassic.co.uk To mark the beginning of this year’s tennis season, Edgbaston Priory Club is offering a 50% discount off the joining fee to any reader of the Edgbaston Directory who signs up to one of the Club’s Rusty Rackets courses – a highly enjoyable course covering all the tennis basics which will give you the confidence to play tennis regularly.

For more information on membership please contact: Andrea Brown, Membership Manager on 0121 440 2492 or visit www.edgbastonpriory.com

or make an appointment to come to our Open Day on Sunday 15th May.

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• Extensions • Architect Services • Kitchens • Bedrooms • Bathrooms • Children’s rooms • Doors & Windows • Interiors • Designer Wallpapers & Fabrics • Paints

• Moseley Village shop & showroom • 0121 449 4422 • 07930 800441 • www.taperededge.co.uk

sunday lunch Hornton Grange in the Conservatory £15.95 per adult and £8.95 per child

Hornton Grange is also available for private hire and our team can help you organise your special occasions

Lets talk... 0121 415 8400 53 Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2RS

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Hankering after a lusher greener lawn? It doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. For a fraction of the cost of buying all the weed-killers and fertilisers yourself, GreenThumb can transform your lawn with their low cost quarterly treatments. Fusarium, lawn pests including Chafer grubs, Leatherjackets or Frit fly and can also provide water conservers and growth regulators, in addition to providing general lawn-care tips for mowing and watering your lawn.

GreenThumb is one of the UK’s largest and most trusted treatment services, with approximately 200 branches serving over 400,000 customers nationally through local operators. Ed and Tom are your local operators and have been running GreenThumb Birmingham South for just over a year. This branch covers an area that runs from Edgbaston in the north, down to Alvechurch/Rowney Green in the south, and from Weoley Castle in the west to Kings Heath in the east.

With GreenThumb’s new easy-to-understand programmes, a beautiful lawn has never been easier to achieve. Why do it yourself? Ed and Tom can help you transform your lawn for minimal price and effort, with treatments starting from as little as £15 (including VAT). For more information, or for a free, no obligation analysis of your lawn, please contact Ed or Tom on the following: Tel: 01922 723 457 Freephone number: 0800 0111 222 Email: birminghamsouth@greenthumb.co.uk

The basis of their service is four treatments throughout the year. These are as follows: • • • •

Spring treatment Early summer treatment Late summer treatment Autumn/winter treatment

The first three of these treatments help to improve the lawn by application of a fertiliser and a weed-killer with the final treatment being a liquid moss control and winter feed. From these treatments you can expect to see a thicker, greener lawn with a reduction in the number of weeds and moss present. In addition to these treatments, GreenThumb also offers hollow-tine aeration and lawn scarification. These processes help to reduce compaction and thatch levels, again resulting in a lusher, greener lawn. Finally, GreenThumb can also offer specialist treatments to control diseases such as

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Beautiful windows and doors to see and touch The Midlands’ only period window and door showroom has tripled in size to showcase a greater range of products including a full-size orangery.

Replacing your windows and doors can be one of the biggest jobs you will ever undertake on your home. And you only want to do it once so it’s worth getting it right first time. So often we have to put our trust into someone who comes into our own home to provide a quote and show us pictures in brochures or on-line, or maybe hand over small samples. But now for the first time you can step into a fully furnished showroom and see and touch, and even walk through examples of the finished products giving you a very clear idea of how your home could look with new doors and windows from The Harborne Sash Window Company.

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The products offered by The Harborne Sash Window Company and on display in the showroom include a whole range of contemporary and traditional windows and doors. And taking centre stage you will find a stunning fully constructed engineered hardwood oranagery complete with stunning roof lantern, bi-folding doors, French doors, and handmade stone sills. The beauty of seeing the products up close in this way is that you can appreciate their superior locking mechanisms, the outstanding quality of finish, and the absolute attention to every detail. The Harborne Sash Window Company has a reputation for quality and excellent service, and works closely with Timber Windows and the English Glass House to deliver the best quality products available in a time frame that suits you. Once you have decided what you want the lead time is just 6-8 weeks. The products are crafted in a temperature controlled environment and are fully finished prior to installation.

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All frames come with a thirty year guarantee and wooden products come with an eight year paint guarantee. Yes, that means you won’t have to paint your timber windows for at least eight years after they have been installed. The special glass used reduces heat loss by up to 50% more than standard double glazing and has special UV filters to protect furniture, carpets and curtains from sun damage. The high tech glass is designed to retain more heat in the winter and keep the room cooler in the summer. The Harborne Sash Window Company has a team of highly qualified designers and installers which means they can see the project right through from initial survey and design to installation with minimum disruption. Carpets and furniture is protected with sticky back plastic and dust covers and the workmen will clean up at the end of each day they are there.

If you love your house and want new windows or doors that will enhance its character then you should go along and see for yourselves what The Harborne Sash Window Company has to offer. Their showroom is at: Studio 6, Weekin Works 112-116 Park Hill Road Harborne B17 9HD You can simply pop in Monday to Friday between 9.00am and 5.30pm or Saturday between 10.00am and 4.00pm. If you would like to make an appointment to talk to someone about your project then you can call 0121 427 8800 or email info@harbornesash.com

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Edgbaston Directory SuDoku

solution on page 25

How to Play Fill in the grid so that every row, every column, and every 3x3 box contains the digits 1 through 9, with no repetition! That’s all there is to it. You solve the puzzle with reasoning and logic there’s no maths involved and no adding up. It’s fun. It’s challenging. It’s addictive!

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Flexible coworking in Moseley If you run a small business, are a freelancer or work from home then you should really check out The Moseley Exchange You can be based at The Exchange for as much of the week as suits you from a few hours to full time. And one of the biggest advantages of working there is the environment of informal networking, collaboration and shared business opportunities. The Moseley Exchange is a hidden gem with its front door tucked away down the wide passage to the right of the Post Office in the heart of Moseley Village. So you could have walked right by it a dozen times without realising its there. Since it opened in July 2009 The Exchange has been tremendously successful with over fifty small businesses and freelancers now coworking there on a regular basis, but there is room for many more.

The Exchange provides affordable group training workshops and hosts regular free business advice surgeries provided by specialist advisors. The people who run the Moseley Exchange are very friendly and would be happy to show you round if you just pop in next time you are passing. Or you can call them to arrange a tour, or visit their website for a bit more information.

The idea is that for a small monthly fee The Moseley Exchange provides the facility for you to work in a comfortable, smart, modern open plan office space and feel part of a community of independent, entre-preneurial and creative local businesses. You can use this as a business address, work in the open plan area, and host meetings in one of the catered private meeting rooms. These rooms are suitable for one-to-one and group meetings, board-room style meetings or seminar style for up to 50 people.

There is ample parking in the car park opposite the Post Office or free on-road parking for up to an hour between 10am and 4pm.

The Moseley Exchange address is: (Courtyard behind the Post Office) 149-153 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JP Tel: 0121 449 8585 Web: www.moseleyexchange.com Email: info@moseleyexchange.com The Moseley Exchange is an initiative by Moseley Community Development Trust charity no. 1087949

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Bengal Delight If you are a fan of real curry, and if you fancy yourself as a bit of a curry expert then there is good news for you. Edgbaston is the new home to the award winning Bengal Delight. Located at 207 Hagley Road this smart new restaurant is easy to find and there is ample parking just round the corner on Wyndham Road. We were not sure what to expect when we went along to do the review. And we were most pleasantly surprised. Behind the unassuming frontage lies an oasis of calm and good taste. The attention to detail is faultless, from the gorgeous flowers on the tables, to the cute glass lampshades, to the stunning artworks on the walls. Proprietor Ali Masuk welcomed us with open arms and throughout the evening we were treated in a friendly and attentive manner.

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Together with Bash his head chef and business partner - named Best Celebrity Chef in the Coventry Observer last year - he aims to create a unique dining experience that you will want to go back for again and again. Bash prides himself on his traditional home cooked style food and the use of no artificial colours, stock or food additives. Also all spices are mixed and all sauces made up in the kitchen. We spent ages poring over the extensive menu which specialises in Bengali cuisine but also features Indian and Pakistani dishes. We had some dry white wine (the restaurant is licensed) and light and crispy popadoms to keep us going whilst we made sure we chose well.

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After some deliberation we chose the Haash Ka Shashlik, tender pieces of duck marinated in garlic and delicate spices, grilled with capsicum, tomatoes and onions, and the King Prawn Butterfly, slightly spiced king prawn covered in breadcrumbs and deep fried. Both dishes were beautifully presented and absolutely delicious. It felt quite strange having duck as I normally associate it with Chinese food but apparently Bengali cuisine uses a lot of duck and a lot of fish and the Bengal Delight menu reflects this well. For main course we shared the Rangella Khana a Goan dish of chicken and lamb tikka with fresh spinach simmered in medium hot sauce with ginger, and fenugreek leaves and the Makhani Murgh, marinated and tandoor grilled tikka of chicken simmered in a satin smooth tomato sauce made with juices of the roasted meat and we also shared a side dish of Dengi Anarosh Bhajee, pineapple cooked with mushroom and spices, a garlic and coriander naan and pilau rice.

Every dish was to die for, and we were particularly blown away by the pineapple dish new to both of us and now a firm fixture on the favourites list. Although we were beaten by the rather generous portions so we took the leftovers home with us because wasting such good food would be a crime. We had a thoroughly enjoyable evening and can happily recommend Bengal Delight. They run a fantastic take-away service too so if you don’t want to leave the comfort of your own home you can still sample their outstanding food. They can deliver within a 3 mile radius and if you collect you will get a 15% discount. Bengal Delight is open 7 days a week from 5.30pm to midnight. To book a table or order a takeaway call 0121 454 7944 or go to www.bengaldelight.co.uk Bengal Delight is located at: 207 Hagley Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9RE.

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Martineau Gardens in the Spring Spring is the time we look forward to, to see the landscape around us awakening after the long, harsh winter. At Martineau Gardens, a community garden in Edgbaston, a warm welcome awaits you. The Garden, which is looked after by a team of volunteers and Martineau Gardens staff, is two and a half acres of organically managed landscape. There’s a vast array of features to explore and enjoy within the grounds, including an orchard, woodland, formal gardens with plants and shrubs from around the world, vegetable beds, ponds, a wildflower meadow and a bird hide. At this time of year, highlights of the Garden include the blossom trees – cherry, damson and plum coming into flower. Spring is of course one of the busiest times for the gardener, planting seeds and potting on plants. At Martineau Gardens you will find compost, manure, wood chip plus a selection of cottage garden plants, trees and shrubs for sale.

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All plants are propagated on site and any profits made from sales are ploughed back into the charity. This along with donations, is a vital source of income for Martineau Gardens, keeping them free entry for everyone to enjoy and allowing the Gardens to continue to offer therapeutic horticulture activities for those in need. And you’ll even have any heavy purchases loaded directly into your car by the friendly gardeners on site.

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As part of their education remit, the Gardens are hosting a series of one-day environmental courses organised by the Low Impact Living Initiative (LILI). The courses aim to inspire you in ways to reduce your impact on the environment and to gain new skills towards a more sustainable lifestyle.

Dates for Your Diary: Sat 26 March: Bicycle Maintenance Course Sat 16 April: Baking in an Earth Oven Sat 21 May: Permaculture Gardening Sat 4 June: Bee Keeping Sat 11 June: Forest Gardening Sat 9 July: Rag Rug Making Sat 1 October: Using & Fitting a Woodstove All the courses take place in the beautiful surroundings of the Gardens, 10am until 5pm and are led by trained professionals experts in their field. The courses cost £60 and are bookable in advance via LILI on 01296 714 184 or at www.lowimpact.org. Martineau Gardens is located at 27 Priory Road, Birmingham, B5 7UG, opposite the Priory Hospital and five minutes walk from the mac. Limited parking available on site or buses 1, 61, 63, x62, x64, 47 and 45. For further information: 0121 440 7430 info@martineau-gardens.org.uk www.martineau-gardens.org.uk Open: Mon – Sat 10am until 5pm (closed Bank holidays), entry is free (except for events)

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Edgbaston Directory Crossword

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Across 8 Take away if it concerns relocation (6) 9 Funny man receives point on direction to financial efficiency (8) 10 Provide assistance in giving birth to young pups (4) 11 Delivering without delay showing ones feelings (10) 12 Remove the fruit centre for basic part (4) 13 Without a doubt, of French within certain limits (10) 17 Just the sort for secretary to write up (4) 18 Brian has the makings of a control centre (5) 19 Equips appendages with weapons (4) 21 Erecting a tent lets me establish a community (10) 23 Teases endlessly without effort (4)

Down 1 My encore takes place during the formal proceedings (8) 2 Officers and ratings are well matched to form the full crew (10)

24 Punctuation mark used perhaps too often in the wrong place’s (10)

3 Rely on seaman the French find trustworthy (10)

28 Jumping insect turned over a new one (4)

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29 No mind at all required to be most superior (8) 30 Set ones sights for something to aim for (6)

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What’s on around Edgbaston for you and your little ones Water Babies

Swimming sessions for babies Mon & Sat At: St Thomas CofE School, Edgbaston For details call: Laura 01283 814 766

Toni’s Tots

Drama and storytelling for pre-schoolers from 18 months up Every Monday, 10am At: The Hub, 318 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath For details call: 07976 242 835

Cornerstone Parent and Toddler Group

Kanga and Roo’s Parent and Toddle

Hawkesley Mini Gym Soft Play

Lillian de Lissa Stay and Play

Stay and play for parents and children up to 5 Wednesday 1.30-12.00 At: Church of the Redeemer, Monument Road For details call: 07812 332 430

Soft play for pre-school children and babies Wednesday 9.30-11.30 At: Woodview Primary School, Woodview Drive For details call: 265 2650

Parent and toddler group Thursday 1.30-3.00 At: St Peters Church Hall, Old Church Road, Harborne For details call: 426 6034

Stay and play for children up to 3 years old Wednesday 9.15-11.15 At: Lillian de Lissa Nursery School, Bellevue For details call: 0121 440 3421

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Index of Advertisers Accountants Tax Return Co

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Acupuncture Janet Eastwood

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Bespoke Furniture Peter Mertens Builder JMS Roofing & Building Moseley Building Carpenter Peter Mertens Saw Point

Carpets & Flooring B’ham Carpet Gallery Catering Syd The Chef Chimney Sweep Able Chimney Sweep Clothing Boutique Encore Resonate Menswear

Gardening Services Evans Landscapes Green Thumb Lupin Garden Design Guitar & Drum Tuition Arc Studio

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Property Maintenance Moseley Building

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Property Refurbishment Tapered Edge

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Interior Decorating Knights Tapered Edge

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Restaurant Bengal Delight Hornton Grange

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Interior Design Tapered Edge

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Roofing JMS Roofing & Building Knights Moseley Building

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Joiner Saw Point

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Schools Edgbaston High School

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Menswear Store Resonate Menswear

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Solicitors Tyndallwoods Solicitors

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Optometrist Ian McLauchlan

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Tennis Club Edgbaston Priory

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Venue Hire University of Birmingham

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Ironing Service Mopheads

Coworking Space The Moseley Exchange

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Osteopath Bruce Bodle

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Drum & Guitar Tuition Arc Studio

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PC Services RF Networks

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Estate Agent Northwood

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Plumbers MG Heating Robert the Plumber Property lettings Northwood

Period Property Restoration Harborne Sash Windows 14 & 28 Saw Point 7

Windows & Doors Harborne Sash Windows 14 & 28 Saw Point 7 Wooden & Laminate Floor B’ham Carpet Gallery 8

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