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In this issue

Dear Neighbours, Welcome to your October/November issue of My Harborne and Edgbaston. Thank you all for the fantastic feedback I have had about the new look of the magazine; it makes all the hard work worth while. This issue we are focusing on keeping it local this Christmas, which is just round the corner, and we have a wedding feature for all those loved up couples planning for next year. If you have any comments, positive or ‘constructive’, we would love to know what you think.

Arbonne – would you like a second income? 6 Wardrobe de-cluttering advice from an expert 9 Cover Story: Apple Day at Martineau Gardens

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Improving the air we breathe

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FEATURE: Keep it local this Christmas 15-21 Shop local, eat local

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Christmas church services dates

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Making magical memories

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Do you have a passion for natural beauty products? Would you like to have a second income? If your answer is yes to both of the above then it couldn’t be simpler. Local girl Abbie Iles, age 21, is a shining example of how to combine entrepreneurial flair with a passion for beauty products. Abbie is an independent consultant for the US based, Swiss formulated, premier natural skincare company, Arbonne, as well as being a student and working part time in a beauty salon. For just a £54 joining fee and £15 for her first samples she was up and running. And with the women’s ‘kit’ she was ready to make a flying start to her new business. Much of Abbie’s business is through word of mouth, starting from her network of friends, who then recommend her to their friends and so on. The key to the success of this business is in the quality of the products and the personality of the consultant. Arbonne products are recognised nationally as being in the same league as La Priarie and

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have been endorsed by Vogue magazine on a number of occasions. However, you won’t find them on the shelves of any shop. They are purely sold through consultants like Abbie. Arbonne produces skincare products for women, men and babies and also includes a spa range, cosmetic range and suncare and health and wellness range. The products are botanically based, made with all natural ingredients, PH balanced, hypo-allergenic, dermatalogically tested, and are certified vegan. If you are interested in starting up your own business with unlimited potential on a shoestring budget then give Abbie a call and she will be able to help. She will provide you with all the training you need and get you up and running for no extra cost other than purchasing the products themselves.

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De-cluttering tips from the expert De-cluttering your wardrobe gives you space for this season’s ‘must haves’ and if you take your unwanted good quality clothing along to Encore you can turn it into cash. Encore owner Christine Timms has thirty years experience in the fashion industry and has some helpful advice:

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Apple Day at Martineau Gardens Celebrate this season’s harvest of apples, grown in Martineau Gardens’ orchard. This family friendly event on Saturday 19 October from 11am – 3pm will provide an afternoon of family fun. Apples from the Martineau Gardens’ orchard will be pressed during the event with a traditional wooden press, to produce delicious apple juice. You can also take along your own apples and a bottle if you’d like to press them and take the juice home with you.

Admission: Martineau Gardens are open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 4pm and are free entry except on some event days. Apple Day is free entry. To find out about becoming a member, go to www.martineaugardens.org.uk

The Gardens' seasonal harvest will be for sale including apples, home-made jams, honey (from the Martineau Gardens’ bees), freshly-cut vegetables and salads. There will be delicious home-made cakes, salads and sandwiches and other refreshments on sale. Also, you can stock up on mulch for fruit trees and vegetable and flower beds. This is the perfect time to spread mulch around trees and plants to help retain moisture and enrich the soil.

Martineau Gardens 27 Priory Road Edgbaston Birmingham B5 7UG

Gardeners will enjoy the opportunity to stock up on Martineau Gardens’ autumn plants and compost, and there will be expert gardeners on hand to deal with any gardening queries.

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Located opposite the Priory Hospital, and 5 minutes from the Midlands Arts Centre (the mac) and Warwickshire County Cricket Ground There is limited parking on site, and it is advisable to travel by public transport to the event. Martineau Gardens is served by buses 1, 45, 47, 61, 63, X62, X64, 143 and 144.


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Birmingham Friends of the Earth launched their Let's Get Moving campaign with stunts in the city centre.

Pedalling for Laughs The quality of the air we breathe is something we barely think about these days with other environmental issues and concerns being much more prevalent. However, poor air quality is still a really big problem which is where Friends of the Earth’s ‘Let’s Get Moving’ campaign comes in. As traffic is the biggest cause of poor air quality, it should be easier for people to choose to walk and cycle, ways of getting about that produce no toxic emissions and have many health benefits. Friends of the Earth is calling for the City Council to build on the recent central grant for cycling by securing even greater investment to really tackle air pollution. They will also be trying to help make cycling that little bit better themselves, raising money with their second comedy gig, ‘Pedalling for Laughs’ at the Glee Club. Last year they raised £1,000 for bee-friendly projects; this year, on 20 November, they

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are hoping to do even better and raise even more money to fund local cycling projects. There is a fantastic line-up of comedians including: the fabulously funny Barbara Nice, and Adam Kay, front man of legendary Amateur Transplants, as well as James Cook, Stella Graham, and Steve Day. So for a great night of fantastic comedy in support of cycling projects in Birmingham, get your tickets from The Warehouse, 54-57 Allison Street, or log onto www.glee.co.uk. Tickets are £12 with student, early bird and group discounts available. More details: bit.ly/pedallingforlaughs You can also get involved in the campaign in other ways, find out more at www.get-moving.org.uk


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Keeping it local this Christmas Why not take some of the hassle out of Christmas at the same time as supporting your local high street this year? Internet shopping is always hit and miss and you end up paying delivery charges on even the smallest items. The city centre is too busy and parking costs a small fortune. On the other hand, Harborne high street is overflowing with delightful independent shops selling toys and gifts for all the family. Parking is inexpensive and if you live close enough you can even walk or cycle. From cards and wrapping paper, Christmas trees, wreaths and mistletoe, to gifts for all the family, we have it all here on our doorstep. And for fresh locally produced food Harborne and the University of Birmingham both have outstanding farmers markets. See the ‘what’s on’ page for dates. You will also see there a fantastic

range of local entertainment over the festive period as well as craft fairs and Christmas grottos. If you are planning a celebratory meal out with your family, friends or co workers this festive season, then you need look no further than Harborne or Edgbaston with our enviable choice of outstanding restaurants and cafes. Your Christmas pound can make all the difference to local businesses this year, and you can get some unique and special gifts, eat fabulous food, and generally enjoy the Harborne village atmosphere.

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Where to eat Akbar's

Fiesta Del Asado Lychee Garden Argentine Asado 229 Hagley Road Edgbaston, B16 9RP

Cantonese/takeaway 189 Hagley Road Edgbaston, B16 9RD

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The Garden House The Plough Pub restaurant 160 Hagley Road Edgbaston, B16 9NX

British 21 High Street Harborne, B17 9NT

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Indian 184 Hagley Road Edgbaston, B16 9NY

CafĂŠ/Restaurant 147 High Street Harborne, B17 9NP

Indian & Bangladeshi 207 Hagley Road Edgbaston, B16 9RE

South East Asian 24-26 Harborne Rd Edgbaston, B15 3AA

French 1 Albany Road Harborne, B17 9JX

Mediterranean 26 High Street Harborne, B17 9NF

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A guide to the best places to eat in and around Harborne & Edgbaston

Pub and Eating House 2 High Street Harborne, B17 9NE

A La Carte Cantonese 283 High Street Harborne, B17 9QH

Chinese/takeaway 197 Hagley Rd Edgbaston, B16 9RD

Pub/Restaurant 212 High Street Harborne, B17 9PT

Thai 268 High Street Harborne, B17 9PT

Modern French 20 Highfield Road Edgbaston, B15 3DU

Michelin Star Restaurant 69 High Street Harborne, B17 9NS

Italian 73 High Street Harborne, B17 9NS

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The true meaning of Christmas It is easy to get carried away with the Christmas tradition of giving and receiving, but don’t forget to soak up some true Christmas spirit at one of your local churches. Edgbaston Old Church, Church Rd 22 Dec 6.30pm Carol Service Harborne Baptist Church, Harborne Park Rd 22 Dec 11.00am Family Service 25 Dec 10.00am Christmas Day Oasis Church, 8 Dec 6.30pm Carol Service Oasis Suite, Edgbaston Cricket Grnd 15 Dec 10.30am Family Carol Service St George’s Church, 1 Westbourne Cres 3 Dec 6.00pm Light up the World 12 Dec 1.15pm Office Carol Service 15 Dec 5.30pm Carols for all St Germain’s Church, 180 Portland Rd 22 Dec 6.30pm Carols by candlelight 24 Dec 4.00pm Crib Service 24 Dec 11.30pm Midnight Communion 25 Dec 10.00am Family Communion St Mary & St Ambrose, Edgbaston 15 Dec 5.00pm Carols by candlelight 24 Dec 4.00pm Carols &Crib Service 25 Dec 10.00am Christmas Communion St John’s Church, High Street, Harborne 15 Dec 5.00pm & 7:30pm Carol Services 21 Dec 11.00am Carols on the High St 22 Dec 10.00am Family Carol Service 24 Dec 2pm & 4.30 Christingle Service 24 Dec 11.30pm Holy Communion 25 Dec 9am Holy Communion 25 Dec 10.30am All Age Celebration St Mary’s RC Church, Vivian Rd, Harborne 24 Dec 8.30am Mass 24 Dec 6.00pm Christmas Vigil 24 Dec 8.30pm Midnight Mass 25 Dec 8am, 9.30am, 11.30am Masses St Peter’s Church, Old Church Rd, Harborne 16 Dec 6.00pm Christingle Service 22 Dec 8.00am Holy Communion 22 Dec 10.00am Parish Communion 22 Dec 6.30pm Service of 9 lessons & Carols 24 Dec 5.00pm Blessing of the Crib 24 Dec 11.00pm Community Carols 24 Dec 11.45pm Midnight Mass 25 Dec 8.00am Holy Communion 25 Dec 10.00am Parish Communion * some dates and times may be subject to change. Correct at time of going to press

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What's on

A snapshot of what’s on around Harborne & Edgbaston in Oct and Nov

Markets & Fairs glorious setting.

On: 12-13 October At: University of Birmingham Great Hall A fun filled family day of For info: www.designer Christmas shopping, with vintagebridal.co.uk artists’ stalls, story telling, Christmas cracker making and Christmas carols. On: 23 November Christmas Grotto At: The Barber Institute Come along and visit of Fine Arts Santa in his Grotto For info: www.barber.org.uk and receive a gift from

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Contemporary Craft Fairs Showcasing and selling opportunity to designer makers from Birmingham, the West Midlands and beyond. On: Sat 16 Nov & Sun 17 Nov Sat 30 Nov & Sun 1 Dec At: Mac For info: www.macarts.co.uk

Bringing together exceptional brands within the bridal industry all within one

Full of live music, mischief and bad endings for witches On: 3 Dec- 14 Dec At : Mac For info: www.macarts.co.uk

Hairy Maclary and Friends

Featuring many of the characters from the books like Hercules his secret toy shop. Morse as big as a horse, On: Weekends with music, singing and 1,7,8,14,15,21 & 22 Dec several of your favourite Where: Botanical Gardens Hairy Maclary stories. For info: www.birming On: 3 Nov – 4 Nov hambotanicalgardens. At : Mac org.uk For info: www.macarts.co.uk

Toy Steam and Traditional Hobbies Day

A special day of appreciation of steam toys, magic lantern Harborne shows and other Farmers’ Market traditional hobbies. Fresh Local Produce On: 16 November straight from the Farm Where: Winterbourne On: 12 Oct, 9 Nov House and Garden and 14 Dec For info: www. At: Harborne High Street winterbourne.org.uk For info: www. localfoods.org.uk The Snow Dragon

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Story telling, comedy and songs from the company that brought you The Gruffallo On: 26 Nov- 8 Dec At: Mac For info: www.macarts.co.uk

Jay Rayner: Greedy Man in a Hungry World Restaurant critic and BBC One Show reporter, Jay Rayner will change the way you shop, cook and eat forever. On: 22 Dec At: Mac For info: www. macarts.co.uk

For A Laugh

Robert Newman’s New Theory of Evolution

Comedian, journalist, novelist & activist Rob Newman makes a hotly anticipated The Laughing Sole return to comedy. Stand up comedy for kids On: 19 October compered by hilarious At: Mac local comedienne For info: www. Mrs Barbara Nice macarts.co.uk On: 24 November At : Mac Lucy Porter: For info: www. Northern Soul macarts.co.uk Lucy never felt she belonged down south, she tried moving to Manchester, marrying a Barbara Nice’s Welshman and travelling Christmas Cracker the world. But she is still Join Barbara Nice in a seeking her spiritual home. bumper bundle selection On: 9 November box of Christmas fun. At : Mac On: 13 and 14 December For info: www. At:Mac macarts.co.uk For info: www.macarts.co.uk

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Hiroshi Nishikawa, consultant plastic surgeon at The Westbourne Centre, discusses treatment options with patients

The Rise of Day Hospitals? The publication of the Francis inquiry into care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust, and the stories that have come out throughout the process have caused concern amongst people considering hospital procedures. "In the last 6 months we have seen a significant rise in the number of people enquiring about our surgical services because they will not have to stay overnight at hospital," unveils Sarah Rush, managing director at The Westbourne Centre, a specialist day hospital in Edgbaston. "Our unique ability to perform a wide range of major surgical procedures using local anesthetic means patients spend only a few hours here, then recuperate in their own home." The technique of performing advanced procedures using a local anesthetic with intravenous sedation and analgesia was adopted and developed for cosmetic surgery by two consultant surgeons at The Westbourne Centre, Fazel Fatah and Hiroshi Nishikawa, in collaboration with a group of dedicated consultant anesthetists. Years of auditing and evaluating the technique have demonstrated positive surgical outcomes and overwhelming acceptance by patients. "Patients needing treatments cannot wait for reassurance about the safety of the hospital. They need to move forward confident they are receiving the best possible care and consideration” continues Sarah Rush. "At The Westbourne Centre, patients have peace of mind because their care

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Are you planning a wedding? If so, then there are two wedding fairs being held in October to give you some inspiration. The Designer Vintage Bridal Show is on 12 and 13 October at the University of Birmingham Great Hall and the Highbury Hall Wedding Fayre takes place at the stunning grade II listed building on 13 October. Designer Vintage Bridal Show – 12 & 13 October Bringing together exceptional brands in the bridal industry all in one glorious setting, this event is an emporium of hand-picked exhibitors. Visitors to the show will meet and talk with inspirational designers, gain valuable advice from industry professionals, and relax at leisure whilst enjoying refreshments and regular catwalk shows and demonstrations. Tickets are just £7 in advance and £10 on the door. For further information go to www.designervintagebridal.co.uk Designer Vintage Bridal Show University of Birmingham Great Hall Edgbaston, Birmingham B15 2TT Highbury Hall Wedding Fayre – 13 October You will be treated to complimentary canapés

and bubbly and a series of catwalk bridal fashion shows during the whole day. There are exhibitors throughout the building which can provide everything you need for a wedding day to remember for the rest of your lives. On show will be bridal gowns, wedding cars, gorgeous cakes, stationery, florists, fruity bouquets, hotels and hair stylists. You will also be able to walk around the lovely gardens and explore the entire building. Located three miles from Birmingham city centre, Highbury Hall is in a beautiful countryside setting. Fully restored to its original period design, this is an exquisite venue for a wedding right on your doorstep. And if you are on a tight budget you might be interested in their weekday wedding prices. Admission is free. Highbury Hall 4 Yew Tree Road Moseley, Birmingham B13 8QG Tel: 0121 303 2050 Email: civic.catering@birmingham.gov.uk

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Planning something special? If you have a special occasion coming up, whether it be a humble children’s birthday party, an adult ‘milestone’ birthday party, anniversary party, wedding, Christening, Bar Mitzvah… you name it, we have venues for all occasions right here on our doorstep. Here are just a few of them. The Apollo Hotel, Hagley Rd. www.apollobirmingham.com/index.php

Harborne Hall Hotel, Old Church Rd. www.harbornehall.co.uk/contact-harborne-hall/

Birmingham Botanical Gardens, Westbourne Rd, Edgbaston www.birminghambotanicalgardens. org.uk/venue-hire

St Peter’s Church, Old Church Rd. www.stpeterharborne.co.uk/the_church_hall.html

Edgbaston Cricket Ground, Edgbaston www.edgbastonstadium.com/ Edgbaston Palace Hotel, 198-200 Hagley Rd. www.edgbastonpalacehotel.com/index.php Harborne Cricket Club, Old Church Ave. www.harborne-cc.co.uk/index.php?option=com_co ntent&view=article&id=68&itemid=69

The Harborne Club, 39 Albany Rd. www.theharborneclub.co.uk/ The Walker Memorial Hall, Ampton Rd. www.edgbastonoldchurch.org.uk/walk.html Venue Birmingham, various locations in Edgbaston including Hornton Grange. www.venuebirmingham.com/aboutus/contactus

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TODAY IS YOURS, NEVER TO BE FORGOTTEN. Start your story with us here at Edgbaston Stadium the county ground, at the centre of tradition culture and values.

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Making Magical Memories Photographs are how we remember important events, long after the memories fade. If you’re having trouble choosing someone to capture your big day, Charles Davis from Professional Photography has five top tips. 1. Get the picture. Take time looking through photographers’ portfolios and think about what you want from your own pictures. If you’re after informal, reportage-style snaps, then choose a photographer whose work shows their ability to capture those spontaneous, one-off moments. 2. Know what you want. The more a photographer understands what you like, the more chance they have of meeting, and exceeding your expectations. What balance of formal and informal pictures do you want? Will one photographer be enough? What about a temporary studio for more formal shots? Which part of the event is most important? Be as specific as possible. 3. Time is of the essence. Ask the photographer about their planning and preparation. A good photographer will want to check out the venue in advance to identify the best settings and vantage points. They’ll also want to discuss the schedule with you and to spend time talking through what you want.

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4. Get cheeky! Wedding officials and ministers from all faiths usually have an opinion about when to take photographs and where a photographer should stand, but this may not be the right time and place to get the best shot of the happy couple. It’s important to be respectful but, whatever the event, a photographer who is willing to get into a little bit of trouble for their client may well deliver the best results. 5. Raising a smile. Many people feel self-conscious when there’s a photographer lurking, but if they can put people at ease and bring out the best in your guests, then the memories captured will be the happiest ones. If you would like to discuss photography for your wedding you can contact Charles Davis on 07824 444 487. Alexandra Taylor

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More than law It’s all change at Edgbaston-based law firm Tyndallwoods Solicitors but business as usual too. Whilst clients will see the same level of service and support, behind the scenes there has been a change in how the company is run. In August, Tyndallwoods was authorised by the Solicitors Regulation Authority as an Alternative Business Structure (or ABS), which in simple terms has enabled the ownership of the company to be shared between eight senior lawyers and managers. Chairman Judy Dyke said; “This means a lot to us because we have been able to recognise the energy and enthusiasm of a new generation of colleagues. “We want our clients to know that we are moving with the times, investing in quality systems and processes, but we are holding on to our traditional values with a continued commitment to offering an outstanding service.” Solicitor Clare Martin TEP said; “This is a great move for the company and a great move for me

too. I get a lot of job satisfaction working in a firm where client care is such a priority. It gives me the chance to take time to get to know clients and their families throughout the generations.” Tyndallwoods can trace its history back over 220 years being founded in the late 1700s, and Judy follows in her father’s footsteps heading up the firm. Tyndallwoods is very active with local charities, with Judy a patron of Edward’s Trust and St Mary’s Hospice, and Clare, a patron of Edward’s Trust. They also support OHMI the One Handed Musical Instrument project and Children in Need. More recently, Managing Director Martin Dyke has become involved in the very topical bee crisis by training as a bee keeper and installing a top bar bee hive on the grounds. To cap it all, the firm plants trees in Thailand which enables the firm to be carbon neutral.

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Are you entitled to 225% tax relief? Would you like to see tax as an inflow rather than an outflow of money from your business? Well, if you are involved in any kind of research and development resulting in an altered or a new product, then tax advisors Bloomer Heaven have some good news for you. You could be entitled to a whopping 225% tax relief on all costs relating to research and development, according to Chris Barlow, director at city centre based Bloomer Heaven. “These costs can include product expenses such as materials, as well as the cost of services such as heating and lighting, and that most valuable commodity of all, time,” he said. “Often business owners do not even realise they are entitled to this surprisingly generous form of tax relief. But if they are doing something as simple as making a recipe for mayonnaise healthier, this could be classed as research and development, and they may be entitled to the relief. “The key is to be able to prove that a product has been taken from one state to another via a process that has involved change. The costs of it going wrong can even be included, as long as there is a successful finished product at the end of the process. “This is a largely unknown form of tax relief, that is hugely beneficial to a diverse range of

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industries. To successfully claim this form of tax relief it is vital to provide the information to HMRC in a specific format. At Bloomer Heaven we have a wealth of experience in this area, having completed claims for businesses in the automotive, general manufacturing, food production, medical products, scientific instruments, software and paper industries.” You can find out more at a free seminar that Bloomer Heaven is holding on 24 October, or by contacting Bloomer Heaven. Free seminar on 225% research and development tax relief Speakers from HMRC and Bloomer Heaven Date & time: 24 October, 4.00pm Venue: Bloomer Heaven Offices To book a place call 0121 236 0465 or go to the events section of the website www.bloomerheaven.co.uk Bloomer Heaven Chartered Accountants & Business Advisors Rutland House, 148 Edmund Street Birmingham, B3, 2FD Tel: 0121 236 0465 www.bloomerheaven.co.uk


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Back to school Following the summer holidays, September has seen all thoughts and focus on returning to school after the break. The daunting prospect of starting secondary school was helped by local officers from the Safer Travel team who accompanied pupils on buses during the first two weeks of term to ensure that they stay safe. Local police officers from the Safer Travel Partnership were joined by PCs from British Transport Police as well as transport authority Centro and National Express. The operation was put into place to reduce crime on transport networks to deter opportunist thieves hoping to take advantage of perceived easy targets. Top tips Pupils, parents and guardians are reminded on the below top tips and safety advice when making journeys:

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Index of Advertisers Accountants Bloomer Heaven Tax Return Co

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Financial Services Newstead Clark SL Investments

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Fireplace Showroom MD Services

Architects Brophy Riaz & Partners Russell Hobbis

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Biography Author Martin Warrillow

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Healthcare Specialists Westbourne Centre

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Stage School Stagecoach 11 The Theatre Workshop 11

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Haberdashery Guthrie & Ghani

Business Networking BNI Apollo

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Care Charity Home from Hospital Care Care Home Sunrise Senior Living

Carpets & Flooring Birmingham Carpet & Flooring Gallery Value Floors

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Interior Decorating Knights 40 Ironing Service Mopheads 37

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Joinery Will Mockett

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Charity Lottery TLC Lottery

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Kitchens The Kitchen Centre

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Chimney Sweep Able Chimney Sweep

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Letting Agents Richmonds Estates

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Opticians Specsavers Harborne

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Christmas Shows Mac 21

Pet Boutique Topsyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Pets

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Cleaning The House Nannies

Photographer Professional Photography

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Plumbers MG Heating Robert the Plumber

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Christmas Craft Fair Highbury Hall

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Clothing Boutique Encore 9 Dentures The Denture Centre

Roofing JMS Roofing & Building 39 Knights 40

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Carpenter Will Mockett

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Restaurants Edgbaston Cricket Ground 17 Nathaniels 17 Restaurant Guide 16

Schools Edgbaston High School for Girls

Graphic Design Tickle Me Creative

Builder Fine Design & Build JMS Roofing & Building

Property Finance Nick Plotnek Associates

Toy Shop Togademus 19 Tutoring Kumon Harborne Primary Plus Tutor Listing

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Venue Hire Edgbaston Cricket Ground Venue Birmingham Venue Listing

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Windows & Conservatories Finesse Windows Ltd 5 Harborne Sash Window Company 25 Traditional Conservatories 38 Wooden Flooring Birmingham Carpet & Flooring Gallery Value Floors

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