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EDITOR’S WELCOME

Welcome to your guide to the festive season. This issue we have listed some of the most exciting shows and events coming up to celebrate Halloween, Bonfire night and the Christmas period in style. From the classic tradition of ‘The Nutcracker’ performance, to magnificent firework displays, this is the season to be jolly and to get out and about rubbing shoulders with the neighbours. Our cover story focuses on Birmingham homegrown talent Benjamin Zephaniah, whose contribution to British culture spans over five decades, who has been awarded honorary doctorates from universities across the country and was included in The Times’ list of 50 greatest postwar writers. We spread the word about some of his more recent accomplishments, most notably Zephaniah’s role in the award-winning TV drama ‘Peaky Blinders’ as street preacher Jeremiah Jesus. In other local happenings we bring you an in depth feature on all things seasonal at Resorts World which has now been part of the local retail and leisure scene for two years since its launch in October 2015.

All the best,

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CONTENTS

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iness Local Bus inside! Directory See page 30

COVER STORIES

HOME & GARDEN

Benjamin Zephaniah, poet, writer, lyricist, musician and naughty boy

Let there be light Holiday inspiration for your garden

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COMMUNITY ACTIVITY Shop local this Christmas Christmas at Resorts World Word on the street

LEISURE & RETAIL Feathers, fluff and faux fur What’s on guide

EDUCATION

Local private tutors

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HEALTH Yogalates

FOOD & DRINK Flavours for the season Where to eat

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BENJA ZEPHA Poet

Lyricist

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his born and bred Brummie has been popping up everywhere lately, and spreading his messages of awareness (and action) to a larger audience with each new accomplishment - so if you haven’t been aware of his movements you must be living under a rock! Zephaniah has carved out a memorable cameo role in the award winning TV drama, ‘Peaky Blinders’ set in 1919 Birmingham as street preacher Jeremiah Jesus, all the while continuing his quest for liberation of marginalised and overlooked peoples of the world.

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Most Brummies of a certain generation can trace their knowledge of this keen-minded and proud Rastafarian back to school days, where his political opinions were being felt strongly in the classroom. His controversial poems were able to reach over social hurdles and find their way into our literature text books, which I remember finding surprising even as a primary school student. His ability to break down complex socio-political issues into succinct matter-of-fact verses gave him a direct line into the hearts of many, he called this ‘street politics’. Our Robin Hood of the early 70s, claiming the art of poetry from the elite and giving back to the common man, opening up a stage for

important issues that had largely been ignored. So where did it all begin for Benjamin Zephaniah? He started his career at ten years old performing at his local church. By the age of 15 he had already gathered a significant following in his neighbourhood, Handsworth, which he affectionately referred to as the Jamaican capital of Europe. Seeking a bigger audience than the Afro-Caribbean and Asian communities he preached to embolden, he moved to London where bigger change could happen, and from there he has taken his inspiration around the world.

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AMIN ANIAH Writer

& naughty boy!

Musician

What are the latest happenings with this restless man of many talents? His new album ‘Revolutionary Minds’ was released on September 1st and is available now! He and his band have been touring some of the more intimate summer festivals - Latitude, Womad, Shambala, Boomtown, and here are some upcoming gigs you can still get involved in throughout autumn:

In the meantime we’re look forward to the return of the fantastically compelling Peaky Blinders’ fourth season and keeping our fingers crossed for another cameo from our cheeky Brummie street preacher, Benjamin Zephaniah. P.S. - Couldn’t we get a petition going to get him involved in the next Mostly Jazz Fest? Or the next Lunar Fest? It’s about time!

14 Oct Jazz Cafe London 21 Oct District, Liverpool 22 Oct Musicport Festival, Whitby 11 Nov Hastings Storytelling Festival

‘Amid the chaos of the modern world, “Revolutionary Minds” is the soundtrack for the modern revolutionist; it will make you feel empowered, hopeful, galvanised to make a difference and make you dance; it’s a dub thing.’ - Boomtown, behind the music

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What’s on October / November 2017

Markets & Fairs

Solihull Farmers’ Market Fresh locally grown produce. Where: Solihull High Street When: First Friday every month Info: solihullfarmersmarket.org Fine & Local Food Fayre Locally sourced food and produce top quality suppliers. Where: Solihull High Street When: Third Saturday every month Info: solihull.gov.uk/events Christmas Craft Fair Handmade items from home and abroad, plus delicious street food. Where: Solihull High Street When: 11 Nov Info: solihull.gov.uk/events Christmas Market The very best unique crafts and seasonal food stalls. Pick up some truly thoughtful Christmas gifts. Where: Solihull High Street When: 11 Nov Info: solihull.gov.uk/events

Classes

Knowle & Dorridge Art Classes Vicky Gorman leads weekly art classes for all abilities at The Core Courtyard Gallery. Where: The Core Courtyard Gallery When: Mondays Info: vicky_kilgour@yahoo.co.uk

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Family Fun

Reggae Night Vol 2 The Geoff Horsfield Foundation started this project in 2016 to provide a sustainable impact on homelessness, vulnerability and its echo effect on the local community. Where: Landrover Sports & Social When: 1 Dec, 7:30pm Info: landroversc.co.uk

Peter Pan Musical JM Barrie’s timeless tale of the boy who refused to grow up is reborn as a spectacular musical with a score by Stile & Drewe. Where: The Core Theatre When: 7 - 11 Nov Info: thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk

Seasonal Events Barbara Nice Raffle A playful, life-affirming show for all the family, which includes the chance to win a prize from Barbara’s table. With her enviable track record of garnering five star reviews and sell-out shows, Barbara will put a smile on your face! Where: The Core Theatre, Studio When: 10 Nov Info: thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk

The Dolly Show The excellent Dolly Show comes to Hogarths. Officially Voted UK’s No.1 Dolly Parton Tribute, she has sung at the Monte Carlo Casino and even for Michael Buble’. Where: Hogarths Hotel When: 17 Nov, 7pm Info: hogarths.co.uk

Family Firworks Family garden party featuring a spectacular fireworks display, food hut, drink stalls and live music. Entry is £5.00 per person, £1.00 will go to Help Harry Help Others Charity. Where: Hogarths Hotel When: 3 Nov, 5pm - 9pm Info: hogarths.co.uk Workshop & Terror Trail Follow a spooky terror trail around the park if you are brave enough, then take part in a creepy craft activity and wear your most frightening Halloween costume. Where: Elmodon Park When: 25 Oct, 11am - 1pm Info: solihull.gov.uk/events Haunting Halloween Wear your most frightening fancy dress for a chance to win a spooky fancy dress competition, listen to some spooky stories as you walk round the park and join in a creepy craft activity. Where: Brueton Park When: 29 Oct Info: solihull.gov.uk/events

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Round Table Fireworks Largest firework display in Solihull with a Radio Entertainment stage, food stalls and local PTAs selling toys. Where: Tudor Grange When: 4 Nov Info: solihull.gov.uk/events The Nutcracker A perfect treat for the Christmas season, you and your loved ones deserve something special - a wondrous experience that evokes joy and elevates your spirit to new heights. Where: The Core Theatre When: 24 Oct Info: thecoretheatresolihull.co.uk Christmas In The Park Father Christmas is making a special appearance in the park visit him in his grotto to receive a small gift! There is a festive treasure trail and other entertainment for you to enjoy. Where: Brueton Park When: 3 Dec Info: solihull.gov.uk/events Wild About Bats Learn all about this night flying mammal and how they live in gardens and parks. Play lots of fun games and make a craft. Suitable for children aged 6+. Where: The Parkridge Centre When: 25 Oct Info: solihull.gov.uk/events

Haunting Halloween at Hogarths A spooky spectacular event for all the family to enjoy. Set in Hogarths’ haunted gardens and woodlands. Haunted food stalls, Storytelling on the island and lake house, Fancy dress competition and a mini fireworks display. Where: Hogarths Hotel When: 27 Oct, 4pm - 9pm Info: hogarths.co.uk Christmas Afternoon Tea Enjoy a glass of Prosecco served with Christmas sweet delights. Where: Highbury Hall When: 3 Dec Info: Call 0121 303 2050 to reserve.

Jingle Bell Jog Don your FREE santa suit and white beard and choose to complete our 2.5km or 5km festive fun run around scenic Billesley Common. Everyone will be rewarded with a festive medal and a free mince pie! Where: Moseley Rugby Club When: 3 Dec, 9:30am Info: birminghamhospice.org.uk Firework Display Celebrate Guy Fawkes’ foiled gunpowder plot, also known as Bonfire night on November 4th at the Bham Botanical Gardens with a spectacular Firework display! Where: Bham Botanical Gardens When: 4 Nov Info: birminghambotanicalgardens. org.uk

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HEALTH

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Just arrived in Knowle is an enterprise that will bring just pinkness and health to your cheeks. A husband and wife team have combined forces and opened a studio and clinic offering Yoga, Pilates, physiotherapy and other services. Paul Rastrick worked at Aston Villa FC for 14 years as a physiotherapist. Paula began working there too and for 7 years was the Pilates and Yoga instructor. Martin O’Neill, the team’s then manager, understood the benefits of these disciplines to strengthen and condition the players. Whilst there Paula carried out her own research using a goalkeeper as a guinea pig to prove that yoga was able to improve movement efficiency. Ten weeks later, the evidence was

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obvious. Word spread and her Yoga classes grew more popular with 65 footballers of all ages taking daily instruction. Paula has created a unique programme for children aged 9 -18yrs old which includes positive psychology combined with yoga but her focus is particularly on women’s health and wellbeing. One on one time with a customer is important to her as she gains understanding of their psychology and demands of what is needed. Much of the time it’s about de-stressing for which yoga is known to be a benefit. It also helps back pain, postoperative breast cancer and sleeping issues amongst many other things. Paula and Paul have poured their hearts into creating a perfect space in Knowle. Classes benefit all ages and abilities, body and mind. Our lives can be stressful…which takes an enormous toll on the functioning of the immune system and general health. What could be better than to treat yourself to some downtime at Paul & Paula’s Physiyolates Centre. Written by Julia Parsons

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costs of the business, as they often class staff as ‘self-employed’ who are then responsible for their own tax and National Insurance contributions. But this arrangement has come in for criticism as it makes life difficult for those workers who have no fixed income, are unable to make financial plans and have reduced employment rights. “We are seeing more and more e-commerce businesses emerging and the law is playing catch up with the way these businesses recruit and retain staff”. It is therefore absolutely vital for businesses to seek advice from a specialist who can prepare tailored contracts specific to the needs of the business and legally compliant. “We also act on behalf of employees, workers and the self-employed. Many of these individual seek advice on whether they are entitled to basic rights such as sick pay, holiday entitlement and notice pay”. For advice on any employment related matter and to discuss our Free Employment Health Check for your business please contact Jas Dubb at The Wilkes Partnership on 0121 233 4333.

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Length

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Divorce Settlement? Should the length of a marriage play a part in deciding what each spouse should receive on divorce? To what extent should other factors be taken into account, like the contribution each person has made to the joint finances? The legal starting point is that there should be equality on divorce. This is known as the ‘sharing principle.’ However, one of the factors that can lead a court to move away from the sharing principle is the length of the marriage, as in a recent case.

The legal starting point is that there should be equality on divorce. This is known as the ‘sharing principle.’ 16

were around £100,000 each. However, the wife received discretionary annual bonuses which had totalled £10.5million during the marriage. There was no agreement that the couple should maintain separate finances but there had never been a joint bank account or any joint investments. The husband was not aware of the details of the wife’s bonuses and the wife fully funded the couple’s holidays, the purchase of two of their houses, and bought three Aston Martin cars for her husband. The marriage broke down and the wife started divorce proceedings in December 2013. What Does the Law Say? The Court must consider a number of factors when deciding the division of assets. This includes the age of the parties, the length of the marriage and the contributions from both parties, financial and otherwise, including raising children. Whilst the duration of the marriage is a factor, it is not the only factor to be assessed.

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Sharp v Sharp This career-focussed couple were both in their 40s and were married in June 2009. They had no children. The wife was a trader and the husband was employed by an international IT company. Their basic salaries


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ONU DESIGNER WEAR An independent retail store boasting a wide variety of top brands from Armani Jeans to Versace. Stocking both menswear and womenswear.

LE SCARPE Le Scarpe is a designer shoe boutique at the heart of Solihull. Offering exclusive ranges from Stuart Weitzman and Kennel und Schmenger.

CLEMENTS CHURCH High quality fabrics, attention to detail and impeccable craftsmanship are hallmarks of Clements and Church. Bold colours and designs - make a fancy gift.

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ASPIRE STYLE With a fab online and highstreet store, and offering a wide variety of looks Aspire Style is a great place to take the pressure out of finding gorgeous gifts.

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Mell Square Shopping Centre

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KATHRINE DRAISEY Urban and cool relaxed inspiration for ready-towear. Many labels Kathrine Draisey sell are exclusive to them and are not available on the internet.

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FOOD & DRINK Method 1. Preheat the oven to 175C.

Rosemary Gin Fizz Rum Punch

2. Peel the potatoes, and cut into 5-7mm thick slices (I do this using the food processor). 3. Rinse and drain the potato slices and transfer to a bowl with the garlic, rosemary and oil. 4. Use your hands to mix everything together very thoroughly, so that each slice is coated with the oily mixture. 5. Arrange the potato slices on their sides in a 20cm (8inch) round baking dish.

& gratin

Rosemary garlic scalloped Ingredients

750-800g potatoes 3 cloves garlic 1.5-2 tsp chopped fresh rosemary 50ml olive oil 150ml hot vegetable stock (2/3 cup)

6. Pour the hot stock over the top, then microwave on high for 10 minutes. (The dish can be set aside at this point and baked later on.) 7. Transfer the dish to the oven and roast at 175C for 45 minutes - 1 hour, until golden brown and crispy on top. Serve immediately!

Ingredients 2 ounces (1/4 cup) gin 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) fresh lemon juice 1/2 ounce (1 tablespoon) rosemary simple syrup (recipe below) 3 ounces (1/3 cup) club soda 1 lemon slice, for glass 1 rosemary sprig, for glass ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP 1/2 cup sugar 1/2 cup water 1 rosemary sprig

Method

Works brilliantly as a side dish to a hearty winter feast, and can be made in advance and heated when needed. 15 min prep time 1hr cooking time

Shake gin, lemon juice and rosemary simple syrup in a cocktail shaker filled with ice. Strain into a glass filled with ice. Add club soda. Garnish with lemon slice and rosemary sprig. ROSEMARY SIMPLE SYRUP Combine sugar and water in a small saucepan then bring to a boil. Cook, while stirring, until the sugar dissolves. Remove pan from the heat, add rosemary, and then let steep for 1 hour. Discard the rosemary sprig.

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Where to eat

....................................... A guide to the best places to eat in and around Solihull, Knowle & Dorridge

The Agrabad

Balti Restaurant 884 Old Lode Lane Solihull, B92 8LW Tel: 0121 743 7883

Aroma

Hillfield Farm Pub The Forest Restaurant Pub Food 2 Cranbrook Way, Shirley, B90 4GT Tel: 0121 733 8810

Hotel Restaurant 25 Station approach Dorridge, B93 8JA Tel: 01564 772120

Hogarths

The Punchbowl

Indian 100a Widney Rd Solihull, B93 9BN Tel: 01564 777 613

Hotel Restaurant Four Ashes Rd Dorridge, B93 8QE Tel: 01564 779988

The Beech House

The Malt Shovel Gastro Pub Barston Lane Solihull, B91 3DX Tel: 01675 443 223

Pub Food & Carvery Hermitage Rd Solihull, B91 2LP Tel: 0121 711 8856

The Farm Inn

Met Bar & Kitchen

Waters Restaurant

Fukuoka

Orange Tree

The White Lion

Steakhouse 727 Warwick Road Solihull, B91 3DA Tel: 0121 272 7730

Gastro Pub Farmhouse Way Solihull, B90 4EH Tel: 0121 711 7273 Japanese 373 Stratford Road Shirley, B90 3BW Tel: 0121 439 6262

Happy Heart Cafe Organic 26 Richmond Road, Olton, B92 7RP Tel: 0121 706 8674

Modern European 680-684 Warwick Rd Solihull, B91 3DX Tel: 0121 659 8062

Pub Food Mill Lanwe Lapworth, B94 6HR Tel: 01564 784 564

The Red House

Fine Dining Floor 1, Resorts World B40 1PU Tel: 0121 273 1238

Gastro Pub Warwick Rd Solihull, B93 0BN Tel: 01564 785364

French & British Hampton-in-Arden Solihull, B92 0AA Tel: 01564 442833

Pavarotti

Little Italy

Italian 2 Hobs Moat Rd Solihull, B92 8JN Tel: 0121 743 3222

Italian 156-158 Stratford Rd Solihull, B90 3BD 0121 293 1987

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EDUCATION

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Sharon Wall

Clarinet Teacher. GBSM (Hons) ARCM ABSM PGCE Highly experienced teacher with excellent success rates from beginner to diploma level. Contact Sharon on 0121 449 4423 sharonmcwall@gmail.com

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ith Christmas just around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about how you can eat, drink and be merry, all whilst picking up Christmas presents and keeping the kids entertained. OK, now let’s not panic, as this year, Resorts World Birmingham has all of these festive factors covered. Festive family fun We all know that Christmas is the most magical time of the year for children, so from Saturday 2nd December elves will be taking over Resorts World Birmingham for an array of Christmas workshops, including stocking decoration and making snow globes. Whether you’re just starting your Christmas shopping or picking up some last minute stocking fillers, you can enjoy a leisurely shop with stores open until 8pm on week nights during the festive season. There will be special pop-up Christmas activity taking place throughout the whole of December, which is guaranteed to delight the whole family, so keep your eyes peeled for social media teasers. It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas Hot chocolate, mulled cider and mulled wine are some of the most recognisable drinks of the festive period, so what better way to enjoy them than with friends and family on the heated terraces of World Bar and High Line at Resorts World Birmingham – complete with festive cheer and cosy blankets.

There’s also the opportunity to indulge in your seasonal favourite foods at a range of restaurants such as TGIs and Las Iguanas. Alternatively, try something different and enjoy festive flavours cooked with a twist from High Line’s Christmas menu; with starters including confit Gressingham duck scented with South-East Asian spices and pear and ginger cured salmon. Mains include Turkey Wellington, slow braised feather blade beef with red currant stewed cabbage jus and Berbere spiced paneer. Join in Resorts World’s digital advent calendar, where the Christmas countdown will be celebrated with an exclusive offer revealed every day for those who are signed up online. Resorts World Birmingham will also be hosting Christmas specials of their Learn to Play sessions- for all the details and to book visit www.resortsworldbirmingham.co.uk Make a night of it From mid-November there will be a range of specially-crafted cocktails from Resorts World Birmingham’s bars and restaurants, including a Salted Caramel Martini and Christmas Shandy. There’s also the perfect excuse to put on your dancing shoes and party the night away with live music at the weekend. Visit resortsworldbirmingham.co.uk to keep up-to-date with all the Christmas activity and latest offers.

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rguably the most valuable commodity in a gorgeous and relaxing home is natural sunlight. A small or large space can be awakened by a generous splash of daylight, and has been scientifically proven to lift the spirits. Sometimes you can justify having a new window fitted, and sometimes it’s better to find a more economic alternative. Thankfully there are options which do not seek to replicate natural light, but extend it through the house. Here are some exciting ideas we found… Peek-a-boo! It may seem counterintuitive for a door to lack the privacy of opaqueness, but living areas of the home needn’t be cordoned off with such absolution. Closing off parts of the house in this manner can be necessary for bedrooms and bathrooms (to avoid any uncomfortable encounters!)

but downstairs open-plan living is the way forward for functional family life. One easy way to achieve this without going mad with a sledge hammer is installing French doors. They can shut out noise and create a separate space but without entirely shutting it off from the other living spaces. Sledge-hammer time? Not to be attempted by a non-professional (unless you’d like to risk severe structural problems being inflicted on your house) widening out doorways to create a double doorway or feature arch, will dispel the isolation of a room and involve it in family life. This trick not only opens up small rooms to give the illusion of added space, it is also great for when you’re entertaining

guests or hosting parties by continuing the jolly party atmosphere throughout the house. Sliding doors It’s an archway, then it’s a door, what is this witchcraft? If you don’t want to commit to the open-plan living style, sliding doors offer the best of both worlds. They save space, they open up a big wide doorway for parties, and they close up and return the room to an intimate space when the time calls for it. It’s so simple and yet so brilliant. Written by Ruby Watson

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hy leave the beauty behind in your favourite holiday destinations? Bring a bit of European charm to your garden and indulge in overseas artistry all year round!

Greek Greek gardens are typically designed to embrace extreme weathers, and with the 32 degree summers and harsh sleeting/snowing/hailing winters we’ve faced in recent years it couldn’t hurt to steal a few ideas. To be more accurate, the typical homeowner in Greece did not always have a garden, and soil with any useful properties was scarce, so they instead decorated the cobbled pavements outside their

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Turkish Turkey is known to be more than bridge between east and west, it is a marriage of the two. You can particularly see elements of Moroccan style mixing with Greek, and generally influences from across Europe and the Middle East. Most traditional Turkish gardens are small courtyards often paved and enclosed, so this is a particularly wonderful theme for a small garden, but can be just as suited to a large space. Turkish gardens for this reason often feel like an entire living room has been moved outside, or a garden has been moved inside, it skates a thin line between the two bringing together cushions and carpets with lanterns and water features. Water is a crucial element, and is almost always present in a traditional courtyard garden, surrounded by gorgeous blue mosaic. Cacti and other hot climate plants are best suited to this style of garden, and it’s just a bonus that they need very little attention, in fact, this may be the lowest maintenance garden around.

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Italian The first thing to consider when creating an Italian garden is symmetry, so if you are pedantic about keeping everything neat and tidy this is definitely the garden for you. Many elements of what is considered a traditional English garden actually took inspiration from Italian Renaissance gardens, especially the sculptured topiary, neatly weaving gravel pathways and the elegant use of water. Water was particularly important to Renaissance garden designs because of its ability to create mood and drama. These grand designs can be easily scaled down from the several acre grounds of mansions we are used to seeing at National Trust estates typical Italian gardens are far more rustic and homely. So while bearing in mind the classic elements along with cypress trees and a few statues you can create something stunningly glorious yet spatially feasible.

homes. This is the central idea for the ‘classically Greek’ garden, it involves neutral backdrops of pale stone with archways, olive trees, and drought-tolerant vividly-coloured flowering climbers. A shaded terrace is often a feature in Greek gardens too, to shelter from extreme summers - basking in the beams of light that pierce overhanging ivy. Symmetry is actually a concept that the ancient Greeks pioneered, so incorporating some mirroring in the layout will celebrate this historical fact and its widespread impact on world cultures.

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Mums and dads of children at three schools will be banned from driving and parking near schools as part of the controversial traffic-busting scheme.

NEW FUNDRAISING DORMOUSE BEER LAUNCHED AT BEER FESTIVAL Warwickshire Wildlife Trust launched the brand new Malthouse Dormouse ale at its annual beer festival in September. The new ale is inspired by the re-introduction of endangered hazel dormice earlier this year in a secret Warwickshire location. The dormice, released into a woodland in June this year, have been exploring their new habitat and hopefully producing the next generation. Their release inspired Gavin Leach, Director of new Leamington Spa brewery, Windmill Hill to brew a new real ale. Malthouse Dormouse is a light, fruity ale, with hints of citrus and orange and will be available to sample for the first time at the beer festival. Money raised from the sale of the brand new ale will support the work of Warwickshire Wildlife Trust. Gavin Leach, Director of Windmill Hill said “I was inspired by the work Warwickshire Wildlife Trust were doing in the local area and wanted to give something back.

The pilot project, launched by Solihull Council, will mean drivers who breach the rules will be slapped with a fine. Residents will be issued with permits to access the roads, and emergency services will also be exempt. Haslucks Green Junior School, Marston Green Infant Academy and Oak Cottage Primary School have all signed up to the scheme, after nearby householders flagged up concerns about road safety and inconsiderate parking. New signage will be put up in the roads and will be regulated by traffic officers. The initiative, which was also trialled in Edinburgh, is aimed at encouraging children and parents to walk, cycle or scoot to school.

LOCAL FORMER LANCE CORPORAL, STEVEN BOULTON HEADS TO TORONTO COMPETE IN THE INVICTUS GAMES Steven, a 26-year-old production operative in Solihull, is a former Lance Corporal in the Army and served two tours of Iraq as a tank driver after joining in 2007 and serving nine years including his rehabilitation. His vehicle hit an IED during his second tour and he suffered an amputation of his left leg below the knee, nerve damage to his right foot and a traumatic brain injury which required a year of rehabilitation. Steven is also a veteran of the Invictus Games having competed in Orlando in wheelchair rugby where the UK Team won a bronze medal. And having made the team again, Steven insists he wants to go even better this year. NEW TOWN PROPOSALS BETWEEN BHAM AND COVENTRY Proposals for a new town are being put forward by the UK Central Solihull Urban Growth Company (UGC). The new ‘urban quarter’, which would create 4,000 new homes, is earmarked for land next to Birmingham Airport and would be based around the HS2 high speed railway interchange due to be built in the area.

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