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Contents

FEBRUARY / MARCH COVER STORY 36-38

SHAGGY IS IN BRUM! COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

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WORD ON THE STREET LEISURE & RETAIL

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LET’S SAY GOODBYE TO FAST FASHION

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2020 LESSONS IN LOVE

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WHAT’S ON GUIDE

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QUIETUS: THE DEATH OF HER, REVIEW HOME & GARDEN

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BRING YOUR HOLIDAYS HOME...

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HOT TIPS FROM BHAM BOTANICAL GARDENS LOCAL INTEREST

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ANDY STREET: FULL STEAM AHEAD FOR NEW STATION EDUCATION

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TUTOR LISTING PAGE HEALTH

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CONQUERING STRESS AND ANXIETY FOOD & DRINK

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FRESH PESTO RECIPE FOR MOTHER’S DAY

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COCKTAIL FOR YOUR VALENTINE

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AWARD WINNING DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SUPPORT PROGRAMME ANNOUNCES NEW NAME

WE:ARE team alongside MP Jess Phillips, Scarlett Allen-Horton (The Apprentice finalist) Ali Baskerville and Aston Villa Women’s Team.

by Jacky Mulveen, We:Are Over the last 17 years many people will have known us as Allens Croft Project or Birmingham Freedom Project but after a year of consultations with women who attend our project we finally have a new name.

WE:ARE – Women’s Empowerment And Recovery Educators So how did we come up with this name?

W - WOMEN’S Run by women for

women E - EMPOWERMENT is the process of becoming stronger and more confident, especially in controlling one’s life and claiming one’s rights. AND R – RECOVERY The word RECOVER is: to get back or regain (something lost or taken away) to make up for or make good (loss, damage, etc., to oneself). to regain the strength, composure, balance, or the like, of (oneself). In domestic abuse you lose yourself, something is taken from you, you’re out of balance, you have many losses, emotional, material and personal To recover is to find yourself again, to reclaim many of those losses and to regain your sense of self. E - EDUCATORS

Every woman who attends these programmes uses the knowledge they’ve gained to educate their friends, family, teachers, social workers, police, judges, mental health etc. We hear proof of this daily not only from participants but also from the agencies themselves. We recently relaunched WE:ARE to the many agencies whom we’ve worked alongside for many years. Our compère for the afternoon was our patron radio presenter Matilda New. Guest speakers included MP for Yardley Jess Phillips, Assistant Police and Crime Commissioner Ashley Bertie and our Ambassador Scarlett Allen-Horton a recent contestant on The Apprentice. We also heard from Caroline Bradbury-Jones who leads the Risk Abuse and Violence research programme at University of Birmingham. Caroline spoke of her research -‘A qualitative exploration of ‘thrivership’ among women who have experienced domestic violence and abuse: Development of a new model - which was conducted alongside a qualitative evaluation of our project. Aston Villa’s Women’s Team and their manager Gemma Davis were also in attendance and offered a coaching session for our groups at their ground which we are all very much looking forward to.

Producer-Director Sobha Bhatia recorded the day and was on hand to film guests who wanted to take part in our ‘Dear Friend Project ‘ which is where inspirational women become the face and voice of a survivor of domestic abuse and read out their words of hope and healing. These letters can be found on our YouTube channel Jo Willis Spoke about our new project ‘Collaborative Communicators’ and many of the audience offered to deliver workshops to our women’s groups. Workshops included Christmas wreath making, photography, women’s self defence, public speaking, mental health first-aid training, interview skills and so many more. Donna O’Sullivan spoke about the programmes we deliver and brought the voices of the women into the room, asking members of the audience to read out the many WE:ARE comments written that week. WE:ARE delivers Freedom Programme, Domestic Abuse Recovery Toolkit, You & Me, Mum and from June the new ‘Own Your Life’ Programme. From February we will be offering an evening Freedom Programme for women who are unable to attend due to work commitments. Contact 07868163103 or email info@weareuk.org if you would like to join us.

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FASHION Oxfam have their own website stocking some great designer brands that you can browse and purchase Visit oxfam.org.uk/shop to take a look.

IS FAST FASHION GOING OUT OF FASHION? This issue Dawn Marriott shares her expert advice on the kind of shopping habits our planet desperately needs us to embrace... in the UK with a staggering 8 million items only being worn once. In a bid to raise awareness and slow down our consumption Oxfam launched several campaigns last year, backed by the likes of Kate Moss and Ellie Goulding, encouraging us to try to make more sustainable choices when buying clothes. Their campaign encouraged us to try to buy more pre-loved items, reducing the need for constant newness.

For some time now we have seen headlines around the fashion industry and how we need to slow down our consumption. Our planet is suffering, and the fashion industry is the world’s second biggest polluter. Fast fashion is one of the biggest culprits, with throwaway purchases been made by thousands of people daily. In the last 15 years, global clothing production has doubled to meet our ever-growing demand. It’s estimated that during the Christmas period we spent £3.5bn on new clothes

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Buying second hand isn’t for everyone, but the good news is that it doesn’t have to involve rummaging around in second shops any more – there are plenty of places you can buy online in a bid to do your bit to save the planet, as well as bagging yourself a bargain in the process. So if you fancy joining the revolution and trying to shop pre-loved items more, here are some great places to start: Oxfam have their own website stocking some great designer brands that you can browse and purchase. Visit www. oxfam.org.uk/shop to take a look.

Depop is relatively new but already has over 11 million users. The App based marketplace is simple to use, whether you are buying or selling you will find everything from high street to designer listed at reasonable prices. Download the app to get started. Vinted is another online marketplace similar to Depop with millions of users selling high street brands. Vinted also offers buyers and sellers the opportunity to swap items saving cash and the planet. Download the Vinted App to start shopping. And not forgetting EBay where you can buy anything from a pair of thermals to a Ganni dress all at reasonable prices. But if buying second hand isn’t for you – what about hiring a new dress? Dress agencies can be found in most cities and are a fantastic way of getting your hands on the latest catwalk styles at a fraction of the catwalk prices. If high-end fashion is more you, head over to My Wardrobe HQ the UK’s premier destination for luxury fashion rental. Offering a real solution to the fast fashion crisis, with designers such as Vivienne Westwood, Stella McCartney,

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Chanel and Sandro. You can rent an item at the touch of button or if you really want to you can buy it outright. All items are pre loved by someone else making this the perfect way to shop sustainably. The government says that we only have 12 years to make the changes needed in order to save our planet. Even making small changes to the way in which we shop can make a difference, slowing down our consumption of Fast Fashion can only have a positive impact, and buying more pre-loved will help to slow down demand too, so surely itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s time that Fast Fashion went out of fashion?

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LEISURE & RETAIL

IS ANYTHING MORE ROMANTICISED THAN

LOVE?

Do you know what the biggest threat to relationships is in 2020? Unmet expectations. Love has been commoditised, packaged and sold as unrealistic picture-perfect movie moments. The modern enemy of love is people throwing away good loving relationships in search of something that isn’t real. Determined to find the cinematic love experience. The instagram filter of romance that air brushes out the struggles and conflict. And it’s no wonder. Because next to that, a happy relationship with balance, mutual respect and its fair share of arguments hardly seems as exotic. But for the sake of our sanity, we must remove the rose-tinted glasses through which we view the idea of love, and fall for the reality of love. There will be pressures that test your resolve… Society expects you to find your soul mate and be married by 30, and for women there are very real pressures connected to that, with our biological clocks ticking. It takes a huge amount of courage to deviate from that expectation, but if you can, you can reclaim your narrative. Harry Potter actress, Emma Watson recently was asked in an interview with Vogue why she is single (at the ripe old age of 29!), and she responded that she’s very happy being single, calling it being ‘self-partnered’, which is an act of reclaiming her narrative. After all, the foundation of a great relationship begins with an understanding of yourself, so whether that is the end goal or not it seems like a healthier stepping stone towards happiness than jumping directly from one relationship to another. I suppose the unifying problem is expectation. Try not to let other peoples expectations weigh too heavily on what your love life should look like, at whatever age you are. And, hard as it may be, fight against the warped perceptions of romance online, and avoid applying unrealistic expectations to love. But obviously, if they’re awful, leave them! Happy Valentines! - Written by Ruby Prosser

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creative corner Showcasing a photo, artwork or poem by a talented local reader every issue!

Our very own Amy Watsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s creations... mosaics made on a course at Midlands Arts Centre and lino print made at a workshop at The Kitchen Garden Cafe.

We want to celebrate you! Send your entries to info@swanpublishing.org with your name, a bit about yourself (around 50 words) and a short title for picture entries. If your entry is too personal we can publish it anonymously. Photos need to be over 1MB, and poems need to be 25 lines or less.

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LEISURE & RETAIL

What’s on February / March 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

Wedding Open Day The magnificent Highbury Hall will be dressed as a wedding and their regular supplier information will be on hand to help you plan your special day. Where: Highbury Hall When: 1 Mar Info: facebook.com

Carnival Magnifico Valetines You can expect Confetti Showers, Fire Breathers, Face Painting, Glitter Bar, Immersive Entertainers, LED Performances, The Magnifico Dancers Where: Lower Trinity Street When: 14 Feb Info: facebook.com

Mothering Sunday Afternoon Tea In appreciation to all Mother’s across the country, Highbury Halls chefs have created a ‘special’ afternoon tea to pamper and spoil the most important lady in your life. Where: Highbury Hall When: 22 Mar Info: facebook.com

The Annual Valentine’s Ball This will be the first major drum and bass event of 2020... the Valentines Ball has been firmly established on the drum and bass calendar for many years and has become one of those unmissable events. Where: o2 Institue When: 15 Feb Info: facebook.com

Music

Laura Oaks A two-time winner of Best Female Vocalist at the British Country Music Awards and a Top 5 artist on the iTunes UK Country Music Chart, Laura Oakes has the room-silencing voice and songwriting chops to rival her heroes Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride. Where: The Cuban Embassy When: 12 Mar Info: facebook.com

Peter Knight and John Spiers Legendary fiddle player Peter Knight, as part of Steeleye Span’s classic line-up, helped invent a brand of folk rock that is still influential today. John Spiers, a founder-member of Bellowhead, has had an equally profound impact on the landscape of traditional music over the last two decades. Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe When: 27 Feb Info: facebook.com

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Shotty Horroh Live Subconscious Sounds Presents the highly anticipated return of Manchester’s Shotty Horroh after the success of his sold out show in Birmingham back in Feb 2019 Where: Dark Horse Moseley When: 27 Mar Info: facebook.com

Eliza Shaddad A multi-linguist with a philosophy degree, Eliza studied Jazz at London’s Guildhall before selfproducing her first EP, recorded at the studio of Clean Bandit’s Jack Patterson. Where: The Cuban Embassy When: 10 Mar Info: facebook.com

Ewan Mclennan

From a BBC Folk Award to his work with Transatlantic Sessions, Ewan McLennan has come to be known as one of the finest troubadours, singer-songwriters and balladeers of his generation. Where: Kitchen Garden Cafe When: 23 Feb Info: facebook.com

Off The Rails: Free Comedy Night Catch some of the hottest acts from the Midlands and beyond trying their best new material AND see some of the best up-and-coming acts from the local area. Where: The Station Pub When: 6 & 20 Feb, 7:30pm Info: facebook.com

Ahir Shah: Dots Nominated for Best Show at the Edinburgh Comedy Awards in 2017 and 2018, Ahir Shah is on tour again with his new stand-up show DOTS. Featuring Shah’s signature blend of philosophical inquiry, personal examination, and real fun jokes. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 8 Jan Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Hobbies

African Drumming Workshop You will find us set up in the back room, so grab a drink and head there. All instruments provided on a first come first serve basis - all abilities welcome! £6 per session Where: The Station Pub When: Every wed until Oct 2020 Info: facebook.com

For the kids!

Sign for all the family film club Sign For All invites families with both deaf and hearing members to this special screening of Jon Favreau’s recent CGI remake of The Lion King. The film itself will be showing with subtitles, and will be followed by a drumming workshop led by deaf musician Miriam Duboise. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 29 Feb Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Roald Dahl & The Imagination Seekers A theatrical and interactive experience, especially made for all the family to enjoy. Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 21-22 Feb Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

Sarah & Duck’s Big Top Birthday The enchanting world of Sarah and Duck is brought to life! Where: Midlands Arts Centre When: 4-6 Apr Info: macbirmingham.co.uk

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LEISURE & RETAIL

Create a Beautiful Greener World Here at Kitchen Garden we have lots of Arts

and Crafts Workshops to enjoy

There is something for everyone - from the uncreative soul to the experienced artist. Choose from beautiful

Wire Sculptures,

Making your own Jewellery

Lino-printing Cards,

Trying Calligraphy,

Botanical Art

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Mixed Media

A few ideas to help you ditch that plastic When you’re looking for food packaging or containers you’re generally dealing with plastic. These workshops can help you phase some of it out of your life.

Beeswax Wraps workshops help you to create reusable plastic-free food wraps to replace your use of cling film. Beeswax Wraps are all natural, so no nasties will leach into your food. Kokedama Literally “mossball”) the ancient Japanese art of creating stylish container-less indoor gardens from moss are very satisfying to make or

Finally learn to Sew or Knit Fun and useful skills which can also save you money. Master simple sewing techniques on your sewing machine and finish off by make an apron or tote bag. Or come to Knitting for Beginners - a great way to de-stress.

Workshops make thoughtful presents - Gift Vouchers are available from our Shop Treat yourself at the same time and come along together! For more info visit our Website & to book pop into the Shop or call 07969 212855

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For further details contact: Amy Maclean Co-Chair, Moseley in Bloom, Registered Charity: 1141664 Email: amy.maclean@moseleyinbloom.org.uk

For many years, Moseley In Bloom (MiB) has, among other things, purchased and maintained the many glorious hanging baskets that you see in the village centre and would like to say a big thankyou to all the businesses out there who have, year after year, sponsored these. Each basket costs approximately ÂŁ200 including maintenance and this year Moseley In Bloom is putting out a call for individuals or groups of people, in addition to the businesses to sponsor a basket. The baskets can be can be credited to the sponsor or dedicated to groups or individuals. There is a brand new Just Giving Page - search Just Giving for Moseley In Bloom - where you can pledge your contribution and leave your details and messages which can then be included in one of the hanging baskets. Of course you can just give a contribution without leaving a message. What better way to express your admiration for someone? And we can guarantee the baskets will last longer than a box of chocolates. For more information about Moseley In Bloom, the charity that aims to make Moseley a greener, cleaner and even more attractive place to live please see www.moseleyinbloom.org.uk They are always looking for more volunteers and ways for people to get involved.

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SUSTAINABLE GARDENING IN 2020 Can you believe that we are at the start of a new decade? What will the 2020’s bring us? One thing for sure, is that we are now much more aware of climate change and the effect of human behaviour on our planet – so hopefully we can all try and make it our new year’s resolution to garden in a more wildlife friendly and sustainable way into the next decade and beyond.

Wildlife Friendly Gardening Here at the Kitchen Garden, sustainability and environmental awareness have always been close to our hearts. We are a wildlife friendly garden shop, offering advice and products to help you to achieve your Sustainable Garden in the new decade.        

Wildflowers /native trees and shrubs/ Plants for pollinators Ground cover Plants & Climbers to shelter and protect wildlife Water saving solutions Organic seeds/Green manures Bird feeders/Nest boxes/ Bee & Bug hotels Wildlife friendly pesticides Bird watching & Bug hunting kits for young nature lovers Peat-free compost

Edible Gardening

We also stock a wide range of herbs, vegetable plants and fruit bushes to create your own edible garden at home. There is nothing better than eating produce you have grown yourself, free from pesticides and food miles - straight from garden to plate!

Check out our Plastic Pot Recycling Depot Donate unwanted plastic pots or help yourself to any you need EXPERT ADVICE AND GUIDANCE We are RHS trained, happy to offer advice on all gardening matters and if we don’t know it you can look it up in our extensive gardening reference library

If you are new to gardening or just want to learn more with likeminded people, why not try our fortnightly

Garden Club with tips on what to do and how to do it throughout the gardening year, plus a new Grow your own Veg Course on how to get started and then maintain your veg garden from seed planting to harvest!

So, if you are looking to be more environmentally aware in your garden this year, and especially how to enhance the wildlife habitats in your garden come and visit us

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

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HEALTH & WELLBEING

HOW TO COMBAT 3 MAJOR TRIGGERS OF

STRESS & ANXIETY

Self reflection can be our salvation when we are kind, or our undoing when we are not. This issue we are looking at the some of the naughty little tricks our brains play on us and effective methods of self care that will over time relieve stress and anxiety by cultivating a positive inner narrative.

1. Intrusive thoughts Imagine a big pink fluffy elephant. Now, spend the next ten seconds thinking of anything else, anything but that big pink fluffy elephant. Pretty difficult, right? It seems even more impossible when there’s a huge list of things you’re trying to banish from your mind, almost like it’s consuming all of your energy to keep them at bay. But the idea of intrusive thoughts being seen for what they are and let in willingly then let out again, is a far less exhausting way of dealing with them. Next time you find yourself trying to fight against unwelcome thoughts, things that cannot be changed, relax, let them in, accept them, and let them out again. Just one less little battle to deal with in your day.

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2. Catastophising

3. Mind reading

Things that sound entirely reasonable inside our heads, are sometimes, occasionally a bit over the top. That’s okay, part of our quirks and charm! But, unfortunately when that voice isn’t questioned it can get louder, and more convincing, and eventually it can prevent us from leading happy and free lives. So, when a voice (prophesying doomsday style repercussions to your trip to the supermarket) begins weaving its dark tale, it’s very important to tell it something reassuring like ‘actually, I think it’ll be nice’. It may sound far too simple to be effective but positive energy is quite magical like that, and in time it will start to pop up without you even trying.

Apparently, 93% of communication is non verbal, so who am I to tell you not to mind read! But having said that, you’d be amazed how often we get it wrong. It’s facsinating that our brains can instantaneously translate a slight raising of eyebrows as a weirdly specific paragraph of insults about our outfit. When in reality, idiosyncrasies in facial expression are rarely as explicit in their meaning as words are. If it’s something you struggle with, try to tip that percentage in favour of verbal communication, accepting that what people say is likely to be what they mean.

- Written by Ruby Prosser

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Private courtyard & bar with DJ & Live Bands available (late license upon request)

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& WELLBEING Practitioners Deb Hanson www.BirthDreams.co.uk Group hypnobirthing courses in Moseley- check website for dates and spaces. Private courses available in the comfort of your own home - which book up fast! Run by experienced midwife and KG hypnobirthing teacher - the highest hypnobirthing qualification. Deb@BirthDreams.co.uk for more info

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Since

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Mrs BH Hill, Chiropodist

Midland Hand Clinic

Local chiropodist. Home visits available for the housebound. 129 Swanshurst Lane, Moseley, B13 0AS 0121 777 9440

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

Healing Hypnotherapy For help with stress, low self esteem, weight loss, stopping smoking and many more issues. Kings Heath healinghypnotherapy.org.uk 07734 323189 / 07736 525959

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LEISURE & RETAIL

BUILDING RESILIANCE THROUGH

HEALTH & WELLBEING By Sarah Grocutt

What is Resilience? Resilience is the ability to bounce back, know how to cope with setbacks, learn how to manage yourself and your resources, it is also the ability to function in times of stress, recover, adapt and change. However, do we know what skills we need to pick ourselves back up. Why do we need to develop resilience? Without this skill, it is easy to give up, this could apply to any area of life, study, career or sport. One of the skills for developing resilience is perseverance, it is defined as the continued effort to keep going. Where do we start? You can start by building your mental resilience through enhancing your health and well-being. Some simple steps to start with are: to improve your physical health by eating well and exercising, develop your sleeping

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habits, incorporate meditation through mindfulness, celebrate your successes and achievements. This is fine when everything is going well, but what about when something comes along to throw us off course? Compare this to a gymnast balancing on a beam, or consider a ballet dancer performing a complex routine such as a pirouette or split jumps. How many times do they wobble and fall? It is only with determination through getting back on the beam, pushing through with persistence will they achieve their objectives and advance to perform a complex routine. Sarah has over 25 years in the fields of physical education and training, 15 as a school gymnastics coach.

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LEISURE & RETAIL

BEN HART COMES TO THE CORE Britain’s Got Talent 2019 finalist, West End star and multi award-winning magician Ben Hart is embarking on his debut solo tour. He will perform at The Core Theatre, Solihull on Saturday 9th May. Book early to avoid disapointment!

“UNBELIEVABLE! THAT WAS UNBELIEVABLE… REALLY… I’M SHOCKED” - Simon Cowell “THE LIVING EMBODIMENT OF MAGIC” - David Walliams

“DELIVERS HANDSOMELY ON ALL FRONTS…A CRESCENDO OF COUPS THAT LEAVE YOU SERIOUSLY STUMPED FOR A RATIONAL EXPLANATION.” ★★★★ Scotsman Expect Ben’s most mind-blowing and exciting magic in a show that shines a light on magic, life, the universe and the darkest corners of your imaginations. With the simplest of props, using the objects and minds of the audience, Ben Hart conjures an altogether new kind of magic. “MAKES SCEPTICS BECOME BELIEVERS” ★★★★★ Broadway Baby Funny, subversive, often dark and always amazing, Ben has established a reputation for always creating wonderfully alternative magic. At the age of 16 he was awarded the prestigious Young Magician of the Year award by the Magic Circle and is one of the youngest ever members of The Inner Magic Circle (with gold star) – the highest level of the famous Magic Circle. He was nominated for the Time Out and Soho Theatre Cabaret Award in 2013. The star of Killer Magic, Ben Hart’s Life Hacks Hoax (both BBC3), Now You See It (BBC1), The One Show, Len Goodman’s Partners in Rhyme and countless other TV appearances in the UK and abroad (his work has taken him to America, Australia, across Europe, The Middle east, Asia and Africa). When not performing magic, Ben invents writes and directs magic tricks and illusions for tv, theatre and film. His ideas have been performed by some of the top magicians working in the world and he has designed illusions for The Royal Shakespeare Company, The Old Vic, The Globe, The Hampstead Theatre and was the mind behind the acclaimed special effects in the west end production of The Exorcist. Ben has also performed as part of Impossible, one of the world’s biggest magic shows and performed in the West End for two consecutive years with the show. “EYE-BOGGLING… HIS SLEIGHT OF HAND IS EXTRAORDINARY” Time Out www.benhartmagic.com |

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Artist’s impressions of how the new Kings Heath and Moseley Stations could look.

MAYOR SAYS IT’S ‘FULL

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FOR NEW STATION at Hazelwell in Stirchley and another in Moseley, which I hope Birmingham City Council’s planning committee will also support in the coming months. “Planning consent is a huge step forward,” he added. The new Kings Heath station, which will be on the Camp Hill line at Alcester Road opposite the junction with Valentine Road, will include covered platforms, a connecting footbridge, lifts and ticket machines.

West Midlands Mayor Andy Street says it’s ‘full steam ahead’ for a new railway station in Kings Heath after plans were passed by council chiefs.

There will be facilities to store 30 bicycles with pedestrian access from the high street and Highbury Park.

Mr Street, who heads up the West Midlands combined Authority (WMCA), said approval of the proposals was a ‘huge step forward’ in his plan to reopen local passenger stations which were closed down during World War Two.

“Reintroducing these stations 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,” Mr Street said.

“I’m delighted that the plans have been passed by council planners, and now it’s full steam ahead to reopen the station as soon as possible,” Mr Street said. “This is just one of three new stations I want to see opened on the line, with one

Local people have also had an input into the possible design of the stations, with more than 600 residents responding to a public consultation. Ideas out forward by residents included celebrating famous Birmingham Mayor Joseph Chamberlain

as well as Lord of the Rings author JRR Tolkien. Results of the consultation also revealed nine in ten residents, commuters and businesses in south Birmingham back plans to reopen the Camp Hill rail line. The stations closed during the Second World War, and have only been used for freight and non-stop through-services ever since. The new Camp Hill line stations will provide regular train services into Birmingham New Street, with quick journey times. The plans to restore the line are being developed by West Midlands Rail Executive and Transport for West Midlands and are backed by industry partners including Network Rail and West Midlands Railway. It is hoped that construction work would start in 2021, with a view to getting the three stations open in time for the 2022 Commonwealth Games. Keep up to date at

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HOME & GARDEN

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Not only a new year but a new decade, so time to think about our short-term and long-term goals, this often includes our home: either staying and making the most of it or selling and upsizing or downsizing. In all of these scenarios, you’ll wish to make your property the best it can be, for either your long-term comfort or to achieve the best saleable value you can. So where do you start? Some of the first things to consider are the age and architecture of your property and how this marries up to current trends. For example; sustainability is one of the biggest talking points currently therefore it comes as no surprise that both Dulux and Farrow & Ball announced their

2020 colour of the year as a green tone, bringing nature into the home. How can this be reflected in your current décor or work best with your house’s features? Pictured above, Caroline Hutton of Martineau Gardens watches Andy Street, CBE Mayor of the West Midlands cut the ribbon with Charlotte of Jo If you want Nicholson further ideas Malone London.

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CAN YOU SPARE AN HOUR OR TWO A WEEK? Would you like to help children and young people in the Birmingham area? Children’s charity Mentor Link is recruiting Volunteer Mentors to support children and young people in schools. Owing to a current shortage of mentors in some parts of Birmingham, Mentor Link would like to hear from women and men interested in supporting children in schools for around an hour each week. You should be a good listener, patient and enjoy working with children and young people. The areas there is a particular need in are King’s Norton, Moseley, Northfield, Rubery, Longbridge, Blackheath, Harborne and Edgbaston and also in Halesowen. The Mentors are trained to support and encourage young people who are facing issues which are impacting on their education and well-being, with a view to improving their self-esteem and engagement in learning. The charity has an excellent track record of success in achieving positive outcomes with children and young people. The charity is hoping volunteer mentor Mark Warmington’s experience will inspire men to get involved. Mark joined the charity last year as a Mentor and has supported a number of students during that time. He has commented that: “Volunteering with Mentor Link gives me an opportunity to make a difference in a young person’s life. Each of my mentees know they can speak about anything that is important to them and truly be heard. This helps build their confidence and trust in adults that they won’t be judged, that their point of view is important and that they have an outlet to work through the challenges and pressures they are facing in life.” Mentor Link is a Safer Recruiter and requires two character references and an Enhanced DBS clearance. They will provide Induction training, travel expenses, on-going training, and a dedicated team of staff to support you in your role. If you can spare an hour or two a week, and you are able to commit to a minimum of 6 months volunteering please contact Elaine Southall on 07805 937347 or email Elaine.Southall@mentorlink.org.uk We welcome enquiries from schools, parents and organisations in the area who want to hear more about our services. For further information see our website www.mentorlink.org.uk

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PHOTO CREDIT JOHNATHAN MANNION

SHAGGY’S IN BRUM!

Shaggy is coming to Birmingham and he’s bringing the nostalgia of early 2000’s RnB with him, AKA Eve, Nelly, Salt N Peppa, Mya, Blu Cantrell, and Fat Man Scoop! 1. The Blast Off! Tour kicks off at the end of February next year – are you excited to be heading back on the road? Yeah! I’ve literally just got back off the road with UB40 in North America so this is a perfect time to be hitting the UK and Ireland! It’s a great line up also, and as soon as I looked at the line up I said, ‘yeah, I definitely wanna go!’ It’s a line up of great hits.

2. Nelly, Salt N Pepa, Blu Cantrell – are you excited to have some of the biggest names of the 90s & 00s joining you on the tour?

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It’s going to be good vibes! I’ve done a couple of shows with Nelly on several occasions back when he was just coming out so we did the circuit together. Recently, I think the last shows we did together were in Canada, a couple of dates there. I just think with the amount of amazing records these guys have got, we’ve got Salt N Pepa, Blu Cantrell. I’m sure there will be a lot of guests coming in and out, it’s just going to be a really, really good night!

3. If you had to pick one other artist from the line up, who do you think will be the most fun to hit the road with? I mean, any one of them! I think Mya

will be cool in the sense that she’s been doing a lot of dancehall and reggae as of lately, even from before she’s done records with Beenie Man and people like that… but they’re all great!

4. You’ve not long completed a tour with Sting! How did that come about? I’ve known Sting for years! We have a mutual friend in common which is Martin Kierszenbaum, he was my A&R at Interscope and also Sting’s A&R at Interscope, and then Martin started managing Sting and then managed me and he just thought that we would work well together. We went into the studio to do one song and then we

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found it a little weird because they forgot how many hits we have between us and it’s the journey and soundtrack of people’s lives – and that’s what it’s all about. The smiles on people’s faces, that’s all that matters really.

6. Rather impressively, you’ve had 4 UK number one singles. How do you find playing the UK compares to elsewhere? Do you feel an affinity with the UK? I used to go over to the UK for years, it’s almost as if people thought I lived there! We’ve had a few number ones and a lot of Pop records over there, which started in 1992 with Oh Carolina, which was the first dancehall record that actually went into the British chart at number one, and then we were on Top of the Pops four times and it was the first time Dancehall really did that as well. Then we debuted at number one with Boombastic, and it was the first time for Reggae and Dancehall again. At that point, I started to circuit and get to know everyone over there so England and the whole of the UK was a big part of that time for me, and I have a lot of friends in the UK that I’ve known over the years because I feel like I’ve lived there.

7. Your music career has spanned close to three decades, what do you find is your biggest motivation to keep making music and keep performing? thought that we had a lot in common on many levels that turned into a friendship, which then developed into an album. We just couldn’t get enough of each other and the way we make music, and the laughs and the fun, we just said, “We’re gonna take this show on the road.”

5. Your joint album 44/876 was a massive success and also won you a Grammy - did you expect to receive such an amazing response to the album? We didn’t know what to do with that thing because Sting & Shaggy on paper looks really weird! That’s kind of what attracted us to it anyway, the fact that no one was really expecting it and everybody would be sitting there thinking, “What the fuck is it?” But one thing was undeniable, which we knew would be, that once you came to a show, you would leave entertained, and if you look at most of the write up and reviews of the shows throughout the whole tour, people were saying that they came even though they didn’t think they would like it and they

I just do music because I’m really not good at anything else! Honestly, you don’t want to see me kick a ball. Trust me, it aint pretty! I’ve a knack for writing great melodies and obviously we did the Sting album, we won a Grammy, three years before that we did ‘Need Your Love’ which was a Top 5 single in America, which made me happy. I’m still writing songs that have relevancy within Dancehall, and I write for other people also. It’s just a hobby for me, music for me is just like air after a while, and it’s just kind of what I do! I don’t have any aspirations to be any mogul or have riches – I just want to play music and be happy, that’s it.

8. Throughout your career, you’ve always given back to your hometown community in Jamaica and charity has always been close to your heart – how important do you think it is to give back? For me, coming from humble beginnings to now being at this level - I played for the Queen’s birthday the other day - when you’re sitting around and dining with kings

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and queens, from a little kid that came from Jamaica, it’s humbling. After a while, you realise just how very fortunate you are and I don’t think that was given to me just so I could walk around drinking, partying, and banging chicks, it had to be something greater. I have to use this platform I have to bring people together to do something amazing. Starting up a hospital for children was what I chose to go behind because it was the only one in the English-speaking Caribbean and I realised for a hospital like that, it would mostly be children and they would be serving in a neighbourhood of about 400-500 people a day and those are huge numbers for such a small hospital. I had the ability to get sponsorship and pull people together and create these massive concerts, we made a lot of money for them. We were able to build their cardiac wing, and were very instrumental in the building of the CAT lab, and all the equipment. I was in Jamaica just two days ago where we turned over $100,000,000 to Jamaica. We continue doing stuff like that. I’m also a brand ambassador for Food For The Poor, which is the 5th largest charity in the US. I do a lot of work with Home Base, which is a charity for the military to combat invisible wounds. It’s good to be in that position where you can put your celebrity towards something like that. I also do work with Chain Of Hope who do cardiac operations for little babies in third world countries. After a while, especially where I’m at right now where I’ve done all the partying, it’s time to do something.

9. You have a military background yourself, is that something that has always stuck with you, especially when it comes to charity? I was in the first Gulf War so I know all about that. I don’t think you’re going to go through any war without having some sort of trauma, it just comes with it. I’m in a position where I can do a lot of work with the military, even as far as doing concerts for them and doing shows in Bosnia and Germany.

10. You’ve had number one albums, number one singles, toured the world… What would you say is your career highlight to date? There’s a lot! I think meeting James Brown and him being such a really big Shaggy fan was such an out-of-body experience. Also, the whole Sting project has certainly been a highlight of my life. Michael Jackson, and Michael just being such a fan and playing at the 30th Anniversary at Madison Square Garden.

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Going diamond is also a massive highlight. It’s been a very amazing ride; it’s been pretty good and pretty colourful.

11. Last but not least, what else is in the works for you? Well, after the tour with UB40 in North America, I went straight off and did Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid’ LIVE for ABC, and now Sting & I have just shot the holiday special for Thanksgiving and Christmas, where we’ll be doing all Reggae and Dancehall for the opening… we’re doing Christmas Carols and Reggae! Sting & I might get back in the studio, as there’s a project we’re discussing, so we’ll see how that works… It’s going to be something off the wall, it seems so far fetched, people might not understand it but that’s how we like it! When you’ve been doing things so long, you just look for things that excite you. So, a couple of projects here and there and we’ll just see how it goes!

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITY

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PETROL AND DIESEL CAR BAN PLANNED TO BEAT CLIMATE CHANGE EVERY petrol and diesel car and vehicle will be banned from all roads across the West Midlands in 20 years time under a suggested new controversial £40bn climate plan.

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thequartershop.com 2. Create your very own fascinator in this one-day workshop at Rachel Warrilow’s home studio in Kings Heath. Learn lots of techniques using sinamay, (available in loads of gorgeous colours), veiling, beads and wire and crinoline, and create roses, lillies, bows & loops, leaves, buttercups and ‘feathers.’ Requests for specific colours can be made seven days in advance. craftcourses.com 3. This course is perfect for those who want to learn the art of stained glass in a friendly and relaxed environment. Learn how to lead panels or paint stained glass windows, create a design for stained glass with an introduction to medium, materials, cartooning, glass cutting, glass painting or glass leading in the informal setting of Jamal Rafay’s artist studio! Located in Oldbury, workshops are available from 1-4 days. No previous stained glass experience is necessary. stainedglassic.com

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1. With a range of evening and weekend classes available in Jewellery and Silver making at The Quarterworkshop, learn how to craft your own rings (including wedding rings), earrings, bangles or keyrings in their fully equipped workshop in the heart of the historic Jewellery Quarter. Suitable for complete beginners and those who have some previous experience, learn the basics of shaping the metal, heating, soldering, filing and creating a finish on your very own handmade piece of jewellery!

The #WM2041 document includes a series of recommendations to help the region meet the target of a zero-carbon economy by 2041 and has been published by the West Midlands Combined Authority in response to the ‘climate emergency’.

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The plan also includes the creation of a national park where a new tree will be planted for each of the near three million people living in the region.

Encouraging more active travel, cleaner transport, infrastructure changes to support electric vehicles and the transition to more eco-friendly homes, the plan is the first of its kind in the country, acting as a blueprint for the region as it seeks to move away from reliance on fossil fuels and toward a renewable future. But while its recommendations are far-reaching and sometimes radical, environmental groups have warned that, without significant action on aviation emissions and HS2, the plan will have little impact. Using a set of guiding principles, the West Midlands Combined Authority has outlined actions to be taken over five, ten, fifteen and twenty year timeframes, ranging from incentives to adopt low emitting modes of transport to a transition to more eco-friendly homes. The board of the WMCA has also agreed that, to be successful, an estimated investment of 1-2 percent of regional GVA is required. Between 2020 and 2041, this would work out at around £40bn: Speaking after the release of the papers, leader of Solihull council and the portfolio holder for the environment, Cllr Ian Courts, encouraged people to have their say, with a six-week public engagement event set to take place if the papers are approved at next week’s WMCA Board meeting. However Friends of the Earth activist Chris Crean, while praising the WMCA for their actions in creating the plan, says that both Birmingham International Airport and HS2 must be dealt with if our region is to truly see a reduction in carbon emissions. “I think the way in which this is going to be tested is going to be in the actions, the way in which budgets are allocated,” he said. “And within that there are some significant infrastructure issues right in front of us at this very moment. We know that the Oakervee review is being deliberated, over the awful HS2 scheme. And a decision upon whether or not that scheme goes ahead could be taken very very shortly.” See full article: herefordtimes.com

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EDUCATION

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Test papers prepared by Norfolk House staff • Verbal, Numerical and Reasoning skills

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

What they didn’t teach me on my PGCE Sarah Mullin, an award-winning Deputy Headteacher and Doctor of Education student from Solihull, has recently had her book ‘What They Didn’t Teach Me on My PGCE’ published. In its first week, the book was featured as a Number 1 Best Seller in the education category on Amazon and has received five star reviews from some leading educators across the country. What They didn’t Teach Me on My PGCE is a collection of narratives written by teachers for teachers. Sarah has captured the voices of over 200 educators who share their heartfelt advice, top tips, honest reflections, disastrous experiences and laugh-out-loud anecdotes about early career teaching.

Price: £16.65 To order your copy go to www.amazon.co.uk

‘My hard work, growing role within the school and the evidence of whole school improvement meant that I was promoted to the role of Deputy Head during my current maternity leave I have continued with my EdD, written a book, and have been featured as an ‘Inspirational Woman’ by We Are The City. I have also been shortlisted as a finalist in the categories of ‘Head teacher of the Year 2019’ and ‘Teacher of the Year 2019’ by the West Midlands Education Awards. I have also been shortlisted as a ‘Positive Role Model’ by the National Diversity Awards!’ - Sarah Mullin

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JAPANESE BLOSSOM FESTIVAL

They know how to create a dining experience in Morocco. There’s theatre in how the food arrives, there’s dark sultry lighting that feels ever so romantic, and there is such exquisite decor. Bring all this into your daily life, belly dance your way over the mosaic tiles and vivid rugs, cuddle up under the olive trees and Areca palms lit by the lanterns hanging low and high. Create the drama of traditional tall archways with large mirrors cut out in the elegant keyhole shape that is emblematic of Moroccan design. It’s an experience you can’t miss out on, but can create yourself!

Transport yourself to Japan filling your garden with blossom trees and enjoy your own little Cherry Blossom festival every year, eating, drinking and barbecuing beneath its fantastical foliage. Blossom trees are symbolic (in Japan) of the fleeting nature of life, in their brief and beautiful window of two weeks in bloom. Japanese gardens have a tranquility in their pristinely pruned and perfect bushes, and have a tremendous amount of character in their intentional lack of symmetry. Create a cobbled meandering pathway through the trees and have it lead to a destination.

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ISLAND VIBES Nothing quite says energy and zest for life like Caribbean culture. That carefree feeling is intoxicating when you touch down in the islandsâ&#x20AC;Ś How do we harness the power? Vibrant colours! I know how tempting it is to follow the latest interior design rules and have all the contents of your home various shades of grey, and though unintentional, it mirrors the dreary weather outside. But introduce blue, orange, purple, colours whose effect on our brains encourage deep spiritual thought, excitement and energy, and youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got yourself a party in the living room. Have a look on Etsy for stunning art to bring your walls to life and see the difference it makes to bring the Caribbean vibe all the way home.

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CAN YOU FEEL SPRING YET? It might be early in the year, but there are hints that spring is well on its way...

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GARDENING TIPS FROM THE EXPERTS at Birmingham Botanical Gardens As the daylight hours increase and the temperature starts to rise slowly, you can get on with making sure your garden is ready for spring – and you can also look ahead to what you plan to do later in the year. Doing a little bit, often, is the best way to make sure you keep on top of your horticultural chores, so if you have a spare 30 minutes or so, here are some tasks to do over February and March:

It might be early in the year, but there are hints that spring is well on its way – the snowdrops are already out and narcissi are also peeping from the ground, brightening up our gardens and parks with their delightful yellow tones. We’ve enjoyed being out in the garden, even in the rain, and it’s at this time of year when the legwork you did at the end of last autumn starts to pay off: your tools are already sharpened and cleaned, your scrubbed-up pots are ready to be filled, and the greenhouse is sparkling.

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In February:

Prune winter-flowering shrubs when they have finished flowering. Prune wisteria back to about two or three buds. Clip ornamental grasses back to a few centimetres from the ground. Remove the faded flowers from winter pansies. Get a head start on the weeds, by removing them from the borders. If the soil is not frozen or waterlogged, you can reposition deciduous shrubs or trees.

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In March:

Replenish the goodness in your soil by adding a general fertiliser, well-rotted manure or compost. Prune roses and give them a good feed. Deadhead hydrangeas. Remove the flowers from faded daffodils, but leave the foliage to die back naturally. Think about using nematodes if you want to keep slugs at bay. You might need to start mowing your lawn now – make sure the blades on your lawnmower are set higher than they are in the summer.

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