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Your Local Community Newspaper: The only source for local news & community information Issue 12 February Edition 2018 Published in Coleshill, North Warks



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LIONS CLUB 100 YEARS OF SERVICE Castle Bromwich & District Lions celebrate at the Palace for Lions Clubs International Centenary

The Lions Clubs of the British Isles are celebrating the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International: 100 years of proud service to our communities. We are delighted that our Patron, HRH, The Countess of Wessex G.C.V.O. will be hosting a Reception at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday, 28th February to help Lions Clubs mark this milestone. Jenny Forbes will be representing Castle Bromwich & District Lions and will be joining with members from across the British Isles at the Centenary Reception together with the organisations’ charity partners. Castle Bromwich & District Lions help their local community by fund-raising through quizzes, barn dances, race nights and Santa visits to local stores. They organise events such as an annual pensioners party for 200 local citizens, provide transport for the elderly each week and support projects such as Let’s Get Izzy Walking, Message In A Bottle and Talking Newspapers. Lions Clubs International support major projects that address diabetes, youth, the environment, hunger relief, childhood cancer and sight issues affecting communities throughout the world.

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January 2018

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January 2018

An Interview with 'The Voice' local sensation Simon Davies Written by Serena Smith I have had the great pleasure of meeting and interviewing Simon Davies from the Voice who blew away all the judges by singing Sign of the Times by Harry Styles. Simon grew up in Castle Bromwich and went to St Marys and St Margarets school then went on to Park Hall Academy. Simon knew back at Park Hall Academy he wanted to sing and do some song writing which he has now achieved.

Simon decided that now was the time to chase his musical ambitions as he was settled and happy with wife Amy their lovely daughter Emma and a job he enjoys so much. So he applied to the Voice by sending in a video of himself performing and Bingo they loved it. As you now know Simon got through 10s of thousands down to 40 people with the blind auditions on the Voice. I asked him how he felt meeting the judges for the 1st time and performing to thousands of people he said he felt nervous excited and overwhelmed. As all four judges turned for him he felt so excited and continued to perform doing his very best Simon said he choose Sir Tom as he is a true legend that has worked with some amazing people throughtout his career like John Lennon etc, and Simons 1st inspiration to music came from bands like the Beatles as he grew up listening to them. He went onto say the back stage crew are fabulous they really do help you and make you feel relaxed and put you at ease and as for Sir Tom he says keep true to yourself with your music and songs and gives you so much support and helps build up your confidence even more which give you an even bigger boost.

Sir Tom is very focused and continues himself making more music with his bands which is great to know if your a fan. As you may have seen Simon goes head to head with Lucy in the battle rounds as she also had all 4 judges turn for her singing a Sam Smith tune Too Good At Goodbyes. Lucy gets through to the next round but Simon couldnt give to much away at the interview with me as it was done before the show went on air on Saturday. You can see Simon perform LIVE at the Water Orton Carnival on the 16th June. Also visit his website Facebook @Sidaviesmusic and he also has thousands of youtube followers which I must say is definatley worth watching. After meeting and speaking with Simon I have to say he is a really nice friendly down to earth guy looking to continue with his songwriting and singing at Gigs and events and also taking out his school Choir performing. Who wouldnt want to continue to hear his beautiful voice and music. And it would of been rude not to have a selfie with him.


He now lives in Coleshill with his wife Amy who is also a teacher, teaching drama and there young daughter Emma.

He works in a school for children with special needs as a class teacher which believe it or not he performed there playing the piano for a Nativity before going onto university. He went to live in Coleshill 8 years ago and also got a job as a teaching assistant in the same school, the head teacher urged him to pass his teaching qualifications which he did and now teaches there 4 days a week keeping that extra day free to concentrate on his music singing and song writing.

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January 2018

Midlands Topps Tiles stores support Macmillan Cancer Support

Pennies scheme at Topps Tiles raises £250,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support – enough to tile the shard 4 times over! Customers from Topps Tiles, the UK’s leading tile specialist, have donated £250,000 to Macmillan Cancer Support through Pennies, the digital charity box. If those donations were made up of physical pennies, there would be enough pennies to cover the 95-storey London skyscraper, The Shard, four times over! The tile specialist introduced the Pennies scheme in 2016 to allow customers to round up their bill to the nearest pound for the charity. Since then, customers have been donating their pennies to Topps Tiles’ charity partner, Macmillan Cancer Support,. The £250,000 announcement comes just three years into a five-year pledge to fundraise for the national cancer charity through a comprehensive programme of colleagues and customer fundraising and donations. If the £250,000 was laid out in real pennies end-toend, it would be enough to go between Topps Tiles stores in Penzance, Cornwall, and Stoke on Trent, with a few to spare! Matthew Williams, Chief Executive Officer of Topps Tiles said, “We are incredibly grateful to our customers for their generosity in supporting Macmillan Cancer Support, our chosen charity partner, through Pennies. Reaching £250,000 is a significant milestone but to do it just nine months after reaching £100,000 is an incredible achievement.”

Topps Tiles colleagues have also been donating through its champion network, with core events taking place across its head office in Leicester and its 370 stores nationwide. A range of fundraising activities including Macmillan’s iconic Coffee Morning event have raised almost £150,000. Topps Tiles also supported Macmillan’s 2017 campaign, ‘Just Say the Word’, which focuses on raising awareness around men and cancer in partnership with other Macmillan partners in the construction industry sector. The business has also made a commitment to support the campaign again in 2018. Gini Smith, Partnership Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support added: “We are absolutely delighted with the amazing support shown by Topps Tiles’ colleagues and customers over the last few years. Their commitment and generosity in choosing to support Macmillan through employee fundraising and the Pennies scheme means we can be there for people affected by cancer when they need us most. “Our partnership with Topps Tiles is a great example of a successful long-term charity partnership and the positive impact this can have in raising awareness and income to fund support and services in every community for people and their families living with cancer.” Established in 2010, fintech charity Pennies has helped more than 50 organisations to raise £12 million for more than 300 charities through their digital charity box.

Alison Hutchinson CBE, Chief Executive of Pennies said: “It has been wonderful to see Topps Tiles customers give so generously to Macmillan Cancer Support with Pennies. Donating via the digital charity box has always been about giving people a simple way to do good, and to feel good. £250,000 raised is a remarkable achievement, and we’re thrilled more and more people are choosing

Chilblains WINTER IS here! – wrap up those feet The winter can also be a bad time for our feet. Many people suffer during the cold months with very cold feet and chilblains. These are extremely painful lesions which occur anywhere on our feet and some people get them on their hands. They are often red and itchy and painful at night especially. Strangely they often feel hot and people think they need to cool them down.

and redness and sometimes they can even break

Chilblains are caused by the cold affecting the blood vessels in the skin closing them down so that the blood is diverted deeper. This causes the skin to become even colder and the waste products produced by our cells build up. This causes the pain

in the cold you could even wear a double layer of

open if not treated in time. They are best treated by trying to prevent them occurring in the first place. The way to do this is simply to wrap up and wear warm clothing, particularly good footwear with thick socks. The shoes should have a good thick sole to help insulate from the cold. If you are doing a lot of walking socks to keep your feet warm. However, if they have occurred then you can still treat them in the same way.

There are various chilblain creams available on the market, however there is a cream called Akileine Winter cream which I advise for this condition which opens up the surface blood vessels and warms the feet up. This can be used to try to prevent chilblains also. The cream should not be used if the chilblains are weeping, they then should be dressed and you should seek advice as to the best way to help in this situation. If you do suffer from this painful condition feel free to book an appointment with a Podiatrist at Walsh Podiatry, 329 Chester Road, Castle Bromwich, Birmingham 0121 749 6313, or come along to purchase the Akileine Cream which is sold here or online at

to round-up their purchases every month. The team and customers at Topps Tiles should feel immensely proud.” Topps Tiles PLC is Britain’s biggest tile specialist with a Leicester-based head office and distribution centre and over 370 stores throughout the UK. For further information, visit


January 2018

Trust welcomes arrest after abusive note left on ambulance A woman who left a vile note on an ambulance “We have a zero-tolerance policy towards people yesterday in Stoke-on-Trent has been who abuse our staff whilst trying to help patients in arrested by the police on suspicion of public their hour of need. It is completely unacceptable and order offences it must stop. The ambulance crew responded to a 999 call to reports of a patient with breathing difficulties at an address in the Tunstall area of Stoke-on-Trent shortly after 11.00am on Sunday (18th February). The crew returned to their vehicle to take their patient to hospital to find an abusive note had been left on their windscreen which read: “If this van is for anyone but Number 14 then you have no right to be parked here. I couldn’t give a **** if the whole street collapsed now move your van from outside my house.” A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokeswoman said: “As a Trust we welcome Staffordshire Police’s swift response to this incident and the arrest of the woman. We will continue to work closely with the police to ensure the perpetrator feels the full weight of the law.

“As the vast majority of the public will appreciate, in our line of work the patient must always come first and therefore the nature of the job means we do sometimes have to park over a driveway or block a vehicle in. If your loved one needed an ambulance, I’m sure you’d want an ambulance to park as close to them as possible to prevent a delay in their care. “After previous notes were left on our ambulances last year, we’ve received unimaginable support from the public for which we are immensely grateful. Sadly, as this ambulance crew discovered yesterday, there are unfortunately still a handful of narrowminded individuals who consider leaving vile abusive

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Coleshill Civic Society Photographs of buildings in Coleshill have been shown on B46 Updates and Community for some time recently. Many people have enjoyed and commented on the photographs which have obviously brought back memories for many of the buildings have been demolished or altered. The Civic Society are holding their AGM on March 8th at 7.00pm in the Old Market Hall on Church Hill, Coleshill. The meeting will consist of a short business meeting followed by a hot buffet supper and the meeting culminates with a slide show showing how Coleshill has changed over the years. The photographs will be explained as they are shown and hopefully members of the audience will interrupt with comments of their own. For example someone remembering how a family with 6 children had lived in a cottage which is now demolished, two up and two down, the six children all sleeping head to toe in a double bed and no doubt having an outside toilet. Tickets for the evening will be on sale at a cost of £7.50 each. Those wishing to buy tickets please get them before March 6th so catering may be organised. If anyone does not wish to attend the whole evening, the slide show will start about 8.15pm with a charge of £2 per person. Tickets will be on sale from Gascoignes, Carters, the town hall and committee members. You will no doubt remember that membership of the Civic Society for 2018 is free. Information on our programme of events will be printed in the Coleshill Post the month before the event. However to ensure that you keep up to date please send your contact details to the society. Either by email to or write the information and post through the letter box of the Old Market Hall on Church Hill.



During the last month we have been presented with a large number of large scale Ordnance Survey maps, mainly from the 50’s and 60’s of Coleshill and district. Mr Miller of Miller Briggs Estate Agency has retired and very kindly donated the store of maps they had been using over the years to the society, we are most grateful for this generous gesture. This has however added to the work the society tries to do, if anyone would like to help and contribute to our work, which frequently seems like one step forward and two back, please contact us.

Curdworth vicar helps form new disability initiative in India Curdworth, Middleton and Wishaw vicar Rev Dr Joshva Raja has helped the National Council of Churches in India (NCCI) bring about what could be the first attempt to find inter-faith common ground for engaging, understanding,

The three day meeting promised to develop an Inter-faith Disability Coalition. It committed to a ten point statement which recognises the importance of moving away from the idea of charity to recognise, respect and appreciate the dignity of all human beings regardless of their different able personalities.

recognising, appreciating and enabling  “For Christians we are called to recognise the image of God in all human beings. Secondly we people with disabilities to express as human beings are interdependent on each themselves, their struggles and their other in some ways. faiths. 

“By listening to the concerns of differently NCCI asked him break into a holiday in India able people we are called to accompany them in the summer to take part. He was one of 70 in their journey rather than looking at them who took part under the auspices of NCCI’s to help.” Indian Disability Ecumenical Accompaniment. “All of us recognised the fact that this was the first of its kind but each of us began to understand, appreciate and find the common concern and care among one another for and of people with disabilities,” he said.

The meeting was not Rev Joshva’s first invitation to use his expertise overseas. The last one was to Myanmar to lecture at the Association for Theological Education centre at Yangoon, Myanmar on introducing communication and media studies to theological students.


7.00 pm Old Market Hall Church Hill, Coleshill

‘More Old Coleshill’ Presented by John Hoyle TICKETS FOR BUFFET SUPPER £7.50 each. PLEASE BUY SUPPER TICKETS BEFORE MARCH 6th Bring own drink and glass Tickets available from Carters, Gascoignes and Town Hall The slides will start at approximately 8.15pm for anyone not wishing to attend AGM or Buffet, members £2 Coleshill & District Civic Society is a Registered Charity. No 519224

Coleshill & District Civic Society is a Registered Charity. No 519224


January 2018

Time for Tea, Time for Me Me Time is an amazing new group that meets The Me Time team made up of parents from St clothes/school uniforms and maternity clothes, a Me Time has had talks with a number of family about once a month on Thursday mornings Clements Church noticed that there are few groups free «while you wait» uniform alteration service, support organisations /services in the community in St Clements Church, Green Lane, Castle available to parents specifically with their needs in who are keen to support the group in reaching out mind. It recognises the fact that parents have needs a therapeutic activity (namely crafts) and not Bromwich. to families in the community and see Me Time as a It is essentially an outreach initiative reaching out to families in the community in the hope of being able to support parents/grandparents/carers and those on the journey to having a family (family planning and through pregnancy) in the form of practical and emotional support and through befriending. The vision is to facilitate a free cafe style space, with free homemade refreshments, for those mentioned above to use the space, hence the name.

and are entitled to support as much as their children are. With this in mind, the Me Time team use the space in St Clements Church to offer this support and adapt it creatively according to the different needs of those using the space. There is currently: a notice board for sharing information, a book shelf for sharing positive books that have been beneficial in some way, a quiet/ contemplative/prayer area, a gift rail of children›s

forgetting a play space for children.

positive group to signpost to especially, though not Me Time›s hope for the coming year is to have exclusively, to those who feel alone or isolated.

The Me Time motto is to "Care and Share" to care for other parents/grandparents/carers in our include a signposting and information board relating community and to positively share with one another. to the topic of the month, an optional discussion For more information about Me Time meetings see table and a guest speaker/representative relative to the St Clements Church Facebook page or call into St Clements Church. that topic. monthly topics surrounding parenthood which will

Year of the woman at Water Orton Cricket Club Following a highly successful year in 2017 Water Orton Cricket Club are seeking to top their many achievements of 2017 with even greater and more diverse goals for the 2018 season. The club are on a recruitment drive for the forthcoming season with a focus on setting up a female softball team between the ages of 7-11. With the support and backing of local firm Beaver Metals, last year saw 109 young people register to play cricket for Water Orton and, whilst this was the highest figure ever recorded, we are hoping to beat it this year especially with our plans for making female cricket a regular feature. Women's cricket has a long and distinguished record in this country; the first recorded match of women's cricket was reported in The Reading Mercury on 26 July 1745 and the first known women's cricket club was formed in 1887 in Yorkshire. Indeed, at the time of writing England are ranked first in the ICC Women's rankings! It is therefore fitting, especially

this year, that the most successful cricket club in the area encourage and promote women's cricket as their number one priority for the coming season. If you or someone you know would be interested in joining the "Water Orton Hens" then come along on the 23rd March, the details are set out below. In 2017 the under 9's team did exceptionally well winning 22 games out of 24 and in doing so reaching their group County finals at Edgbaston. Our under 10's reached the County championship quarter finals after winning their group, unfortunately losing out to Olton and West Warwicks but still having an envious record of played 9 won 8. The under 11's finished third in their group and the under 13's lost only two games all season, one of those being in the County final against Walmley. The under 15's were second in their group and many of the players in the under 13's and under 15's played in the adult third team a tremendous testament not only to their abilities but to the excellence of the coaching scheme at Water Orton.

Determined to start the season on the front foot, early season nets are already taking place every Monday at Park Hall Academy, Castle Bromwich until 26th March. School year groups 2-8 have their session time between 7pm -8pm with year-groups 8-11 training later on between 8pm-9pm. Registration night for the junior section is 23rd

March at Water Orton Cricket Club between 6:00pm7:30pm. We encourage everyone to come along, age and sex are no barrier and if you require more information please email or check out the facebook page “Water Orton Youth Section (WOCC Beavers)”.


January 2018

Losing 7st has changed my life, says Woman of the Year district finalist Sarah! A local slimmer who took part in Slimming Worlds district final of ‘Woman of the Year’ thanks to her life-changing 7st weight loss says its changed her life, and with support, believes anyone can do it too, and change their lives for the better. Sarah, from Water Orton lost her weight in just 56 weeks, and was chosen at her Coleshill Slimming World group as the group winner by her fellow members. She then progressed to the district finals in the nationwide Slimming World Woman of the Year competition, which celebrates the UK and Ireland’s most inspiring female slimmers.

She joined Slimming World after becoming increasingly unhappy with her size. “I started to put on weight after having my children. I tried lots of different diets but they usually left me feeling hungry or miserable – or both, in fact. With Slimming World it’s completely different, I never have to miss out and I don’t have to get hung up on weighing and measuring everything I eat. My family and friends are all amazed by how much I can eat and still lose weight. I still eat many of the same meals that I did before I started losing weight, like spaghetti bolognese, curries and roast dinners. Now I just prepare and cook them differently – and they taste so much better. I’ve picked up lots of new healthy recipes from the other members at my Slimming World group, too.


More than half of all women in the UK and Ireland (58%) are overweight and a quarter of women’s weight risks impacting on their health by increasing their chances of developing a range of conditions including diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Slimming World’s Woman of the Year competition recognises the achievements of thousands of women in making long-term healthy lifestyle changes.

“I know a lot of people worry about joining a slimming club because they don’t know what to expect. Right from the first moment I walked into my Slimming World group I felt comfortable though, and the support I’ve received has been amazing. I looked forward to going to Slimming World each week.» Even now I’ve reached my dream weight I Sarah, who has gone from a dress size 22 to a 10, says: “When I still go to group to see my Slimming World ‘family’ to get the support to started out I never dreamt I’d be able to achieve all that I have. Losing stay there. Even better this is not a diet, its a lifestyle change forever... the weight has made such a big difference – it’s changed my life. My no going back! health is better, I have more energy and I’m much happier now – I As a target member I’ve already maintained my weight loss now for 8 months, and I know with the support of my group I’ll stay there. definitely feel more comfortable in my own skin.”


Sarah lost 5&1/2 lbs in her first week and was blown away that the changes she’d made had such a big impact so quickly. As the weight started to come off, her fitness improved and keeping up with the kids became easier, and that was important to me.” She says: “I feel like a different woman to the person who walked into Slimming World, winning Woman of the Year was a real honour because there are so many amazing members in our group, and then making it through to the district final was amazing! My consultant Toni and I had a lovely day out at the finals, an amazing day celebrating many fabulous achievements. I remember feeling like there was no hope when it came to my weight but I’ve realised that when people believe in you – and you believe in yourself – you can do anything you set your mind to. I really hope my weight loss can inspire other people to get started on their own journey and know that there’s a whole group of people waiting to support them every step of the way.” Consultant and local Slimming World team manager Toni Russell who runs the Coleshill group, says: “I’m so proud of Sarah, She’s a fantastic ambassador for Slimming World and what she’s achieved is nothing short of incredible! She’s a huge inspiration to everyone in our group and I hope she inspires other women – and men to change their lives in the same way.” The Coleshill Slimming World group is held every Monday at 3.30, 5.30 & 7.30 at Coleshill Social Club. To join or find out more call Toni on 07971686698.



January 2018

What’s happening in the Cars Area? Cars Area Together have funded a variety of groups to run within the area and we are now really happy to say that Auckland Hall is full of activities throughout the week, from Sunbeams for 0 – 3 year olds to Bingo for all ages. If you would like to learn something new then why not try your hand at being on Switch Radio. If you love to spend time on your X-Box or PlayStation then why not come and share your knowledge with others at our gaming groups or if you want a great way to get fit then Yoga classes will soon be starting. This is just a few of the groups we currently have down at Auckland Hall. To find out if there is a group for you then visit our website, or visit our Facebook page The Cars Area – Smiths Wood to see what we currently have on offer.

One airlifted after crash A man has been airlifted to a major trauma centre after a two-car crash left both vehicles with significant damage. The crash happened near Thorpe Bridge on Southam Rd, Southam at just before 8.00am this morning. An ambulance, a paramedic officer and the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance were sent to the scene. A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “On arrival crews found one man that had been pulled out of the wreckage by passers-by. “The man in his 20s had suffered a fractured right leg and possible head injury. He was given pain relief and had a leg splint applied along with a pelvic binder before being airlifted to the major trauma centre at University Hospital Coventry & Warwickshire. “The driver of the other vehicle, a man in his 40s had got out of his vehicle himself. He was taken by ambulance to Warwick Hospital with lacerations.”

Cars Area Together will also be starting our Monthly Car Boots on the Car Park at the Bosworth Centre, Auckland Drive, Smith’s Wood, B36 0DD. We will have Lush Coffee there offering the best coffee, tea, hot chocolate and 42 flavours of Slush Puppies from their Thirst Aid Ambulance and we’ve also got a Face Painter who will paint your face no matter what your age! If you are interested in selling items that you no longer need but someone else will love then it’s only £5 per car for a pitch and it’s just turn up at 11am and

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get yourself set up to sell, sell, sell! The first Car Boot will be on the 7th April and we have our fingers crossed that the weather will be on our side.

We will also be hosting a variety of events throughout the year and the best place to find out what we are up to is on our Facebook page or the 4 noticeboards around the Cars Area. We love to do things for the community and would love more people to get involved, especially on our Events group. For more information on how to get involved please call our Community Development Worker Aimée on 07825417141 or drop us an email on or via Facebook messenger and we will get back to you.

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Heart of England Singers Easter Concert 24th.March 2018, Digbeth-In-The-Field URC Moat Lane, Yardley B261TW 7.30PM The Heart of England Singers, under the musical direction of Martin Bates,will be celebrating 100 years of exception choral music by great composers on the anniversary of 100 years since the death of the renowned English composer Sir Hubert Parry. In addition to Parry’s ‘Long Since in Egypt’ probably one of his best and most loved tunes used for Hymns such as “Dear Lord and Father of Mankind” the choir will sing a mixed repertoire of other contemporary composers from the 19th.

century such as Sir Edward Elgar, Edward Grieg, Sergei Rackmaninoff, Charles Villiers Stanford, Ludwig Beethoven and Anton Bruckner. There will be something for everyone from this eclectic mix of pastoral and dramatic pieces. Finally the choir will also add some spices from Mendelssohns “Elijah” as a “taster” for the Easter concert in 2019 when the whole work of “Elijah” will be performed together with a full orchestra and solo artists to dramatic effect. Tickets are available at only £8 each or £4 for under 16’s from choir members or on the door.


Heart Of England Singers Musical Director and Conductor Martin Bates

Easter Concert 100 years of great Choral Music

Moat Lane, Yardley , Birmingham B26 1TW

7.30pm, 24th March 2018 Tickets £8.00 (£4.00 for under 16’s) Available from: 01675 238037 Choir Members and on the door


January 2018

The importance of regular eye exams By Shabbir Kaderbhai Ellis Opticians The ability to see clearly is often taken for granted. Regular eye examinations at your optician are the best way to ensure healthy vision. A simple check up is straightforward and painless. An optician will perform a number of tests to assess your vision at all distances and for conditions such as cataracts. During a simple eye examination, your optician will be looking for signs of sight deterioration and health issues like diabetes and high blood pressure. Children and toddlers should also be given regular eye tests, albeit for slightly different reasons to adults. Various functions are checked, from near and distance vision through to movement and focusing skills, as well as an assessment of how well the child›s eyes work together. A thorough eye examination will use advanced measuring equipment to take measurements of your eye. A simple eye test takes around 30 minutes and should be done every two years, or every year if there is a family history of glaucoma, you are aged over 70 or suffer with diabetes. Your optician will ask about any problems, your general health, and they will examine the inside and outside of your eyes. If the optician thinks it is necessary they will photograph your retina to get a detailed image of the back of your eye. For further information, call Ellis Opticians on 0121 747 2115 Ellis Opticians is your local independent Opticians at 350 Bradford Rd., Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. B36 9AD Tel. 0121 747 2115

BOTH Dreamers


• 125g Caster sugar

• 250g Gingernut Biscuits

• 350 ml chilled whipping cream

• 95g butter

• 1 tsp Vanilla essence

• 450g cream-cheese at room temperature

• 1 tbsp Spiced Rum

Rum is experiencing a bit of a renaissance and becoming more fashionable, with increasing choice being available in most supermarkets. For this recipe I tend to use one of two brands of spiced rum; Red Leg or Kraken. The latter being a dark spiced rum which carries more caramel tones than the former. The most difficult element of this recipe is resisting the temptation to have a taste or two of rum while waiting for the cheesecake to chill in the fridge.

Method: Crush the biscuits until you have fine crumbs. Warm the butter gently in a saucepan until it is completely melted. Place the biscuit crumbs into the butter and combine thoroughly.

Place this mixture in a two part cake tin, press down firmly but evenly. Place in fridge to firm up while you prepare the cream cheese topping. Slowly whisk the cream-cheese with an electric whisk until smooth. Ensure that there are no lumps. Continue to whisk as you add the sugar, vanilla essence and rum. Increase the speed of your whisking as you slowly pour in the cream. Whip until the mixture begins to hold in firm peaks. Spoon the topping evenly over the buttery biscuit base and smooth over before placing back in the fridge for an hour or two. The key to this dessert is the texture of the Rum infused cream-cheese topping. Unlike a baked cheesecake with its sweet, cloying finish, this version is light and creamy, making it a dangerously moreish ending to any meal.

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January 2018

Akeera Breed: Siberian Husky Size: Large

Alabama Rot

Gender: Female (N) Centre: Birmingham Age: 3yrs Child Suitability: No

Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV)

Live With Dogs: No Status: Available

Hi my name is Akeera. I am a typical husky, Who is very energetic and happy to see everyone. I must be walked on a harness as I pull so much on a lead and make myself sick!

Cutaneous and renal glomerular vasculopathy (CRGV), commonly referred to as Alabama rot, has been confirmed in 112 dogs across 31 UK counties, and has a mortality rate of 80%. Its cause is unknown, but Fish vet Fiona Macdonald is researching whether Aeromonas hydrophila, a bacteria present in water sources and soil, might be involved in the cause of CRGV. A seasonal link to CRGV is suspected, with more cases reported between November and March, especially in dogs walked in muddy woodland areas or terrain with running or standing water. Cases have appeared across the UK and seem to have occurred in small, loose geographical clusters. There is no evidence of dog to dog transmission

It is best I go out with no children as I am not keen on anyone coming by my bowl.


When I go to new family I will need someone with time to continue with my training.

I would like no dogs in my new home but I can walk by them and will say 'hello' too. Please call the Birmingham Centre, if you can offer me a forever home.

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Please quote the reference number

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UK dog deaths from Alabama rot since 2012 Berkshire 2 Cheshire 4

Cornwall 1

County Durham 2 Cumbria 1 Devon 4

Dorset 10

Dumfries and Galloway 1 East Sussex 3


Greater Manchester 12 Hampshire 18 Kent 2 Lancashire 2 Lincolnshire 1 London 3 Monmouthshire 5 North Yorkshire 1 Northamptonshire 1 Nottinghamshire 2

Shropshire 1 Somerset 2 Staffordshire 2 Surrey 6 Warwickshire 1 West Sussex 3 West Yorkshire 2 Wiltshire 3 Worcestershire 5 Wrexham 1

Source: Royal Veterinary College/Stop Alabama Rot


Breed: Cross Breed

Erosive or ulcerative skin lesions affecting the under belly, limbs, muzzle and tongue, followed by kidney failure within 3 to 10 days, which can include vomiting, reduced appetite and weakness. CRGV can affect any dog of any breed, age or size.

Size: Medium Gender: Male (N)

How can I prevent my dog from getting Alabama Rot infection?

Centre: Birmingham

As the cause of CRGV is still unknown, no specific guidelines regarding disease prevention exist, but being extra vigilant by keeping your dog on a leash while exercising in wooded and wetland areas and bathing your dog afterwards may be sensible. There have NOT been any confirmed cases of Alabama Rot in Kingsbury Water Park but there are signs to indicate that there is Blue Green algae which is toxic to dogs if they drink or swim in contaminated water.

Age: 4-5 years Child Suitability: 13 Years + Live With Dogs: No Status: Available

Bart is a sweet boy who loves to play fetch, he will bring the ball back to you but needs encouragement to leave at times. This handsome lad loves his walks but can get over enthusiastic at times and can pull on the lead. We feel further training would benefit Bart as he does only knew a few basic commands. Bart would like to be the only dog in his new home so he can have all the attention to himself.

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January 2018

Warwickshire owners warned to control their dogs as cost of livestock worrying claims rockets


• Cost of livestock worrying claims increases 67 per cent in two years • Livestock worrying causes horrendous suffering to sheep and lambs • 7 per cent of dog owners admit their pets chase farm animals

With large numbers of families expected to take their pets for walks in the Warwickshire countryside during February half-term, leading rural insurer NFU Mutual is launching a campaign urging dog owners to keep their pets under control whenever farm animals could be nearby.

Between January and April 2017, when pregnant ewes and new born lambs are often grazing on low-lying pasture in areas more accessible to walkers, the average cost of claims to NFU Mutual more than doubled compared to the rest of the year.

Tim Price, Rural Affairs Specialist at NFU Mutual, said: “Attacks by dogs are one of livestock farmers’ worst nightmares. In addition to the suffering to the animals, attacks can have a severe financial impact. Insurance can cover the cost of replacing stock killed and the treatment of injured animals, but there is a knock-on effect on farm profits when pregnant sheep chased by dogs lose lambs. “While attacks can be caused by dogs ranging from the smallest pampered pets to the largest, fierce-looking animals, we are hearing that large husky breeds are involved in a lot of the recent cases. “We are also getting reports that many attacks are being caused by dogs which have been let out in owners’ gardens and escaped to worry sheep in neighbouring fields. “As the insurer of nearly three-quarters of the UK’s farmers and many hobby farmers, we understand the heartbreak and huge financial loss that dog attacks cause.”

The campaign follows data which shows that livestock Advice for dog owners: worrying costs have increased by 67 per cent in the • Always keep dogs on the lead when walking last two years (2015-2017) with an estimated cost to them in rural areas where livestock are kept agriculture of £1.6m. The Midlands was the second worst affected part of the UK by cost, after Scotland, • Even small lap dogs can attack farm animals while the average cost of a claim rose by over 50% to • Report attacks by dogs and sightings of dogs nearly £1,300. roaming the countryside to local farmers or New research1 by the insurer has revealed that over the police 80 per cent of dog owners exercise their pets in the • Familiarise puppies with farm livestock from a countryside, with over 60 per cent letting them roam young age to reduce the risk of them attacking off the lead. Almost 7 per cent of owners admitted that sheep or cattle as adult dogs their pets had chased livestock in the past. NFU Mutual is advising farmers to check their stock • Don’t let dogs loose in gardens adjoining regularly, put up warning signs and to ask local people livestock fields – many attacks are caused to report any sightings of out-of-control dogs to a local by dogs which escape and worry sheep farmer or the police. grazing nearby

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Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens -This Easter A bumper Easter at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens. Easter is really early this year, but there’s still so much to do and see at the Gardens over the whole of the holidays. The little big LEGO® brick build day Tuesday 10th April, 10.30 -4pm Calling all LEGO® enthusiasts young and old, come and meet Kevin Hall of Brick Galleria, a professional LEGO® model builder who is bringing 40,000, yes 40,000 bricks with him. We're thrilled to welcome Brick Galleria to our Gardens this Easter. They have worked with some of the very best LEGO® events in this country and internationally. Book on to one of the 45-minute sessions available throughout the day, to get your hands-on with the experts.

Easter Saturday: Bricks, Eggs and Bonnets Dr Bike sessions... Friday 6th and 13th April 11am -2pm A new way to see the Gardens? – Explore 30 m2 of fascinating LEGO® (normal entry fees apply + bookable 1-2-1 sessions)

Saturday 31st March 12.30 – 4.30

Be part of our making our fabulous ‘Menagerie of Creatures in a Day'. Will your little animal model win the prize at the end of the show day? Book now to ensure your space. Sessions are available on first come first served basis: • 10.30am – 11.15am • 1.30am – 12.15am • 1.00pm – 1.45pm

brick models dotted around the Gardens (from the Lego Ambassador Make sure you and your family’s bikes are in tiptop condition and safe • 2.00pm – 2.45pm and enthusiasts at Brick Central) • 3.00pm – 3.45pm for riding the roads this spring After the Brick Day fun, you are free to explore • A Giant Egg decorating challenge and of course the egg hunt trail •D  rop in for demos and talks about maintenance and simple the gardens, maze and cafe! • Potato and bean planting - to grow your own ways keeping your bike up to scratch (Demos at 12 and 1pm) • Easter mask making • Morris Dancing (the Glorishears of Brummagem) 1pm and 2,30m and our much loved

•Y  ou can also book in for a 1-2-1 ‘M-Check’ session with the team. They will check over your bike with you, do simple repairs and advise you.

 t a bargain price of £10 per bike (high street cost appx £25) • Easter Bonnet Parade at 2pm (under 5 and over 5 categories (prizes) • A .... get making and bring yours on the day) Book 1-2-1s in advance here 12.30-4.30pm Normal Entry Prices: £4.50/£ 4 (plus Gift Aid), children £1, under 5s free. Family Activities Annual Pass holders -free. …. Or take your chance for a slot on the day

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January 2018

Easter egg Hunts and Family Friendly craft activities Sunday 1st April – Sunday 15th April – Egg hunts We are open as usual for family egg spotting….. Dotted around the Gardens are clues where the Easter Bunny has hidden eggs. Come at any time for a gentle spring quest for eggs. There’s a Giant egg too, that needs your help to decorate it. Free chocolate egg for each child who completes the hunt. Normal entry fees apply

Tuesday 10th , Wednesday 11th and Thursday 12th Family Friendly craft activities 12- 3pm Three afternoons of Crafty activities during Easter holidays .. we might be making cute Easter bunnies or decorating our giant egg. Whatever we do, recycling, simplicity and having fun together is the style this week. Explore the growing and wakening Garden or combine it with our Brick building day (extra cost). You can spend the day outdoors, exploring the magical maze and mud kitchens or help us to start growing a bean tunnel for summer and plant your own pea plant to take home £2 for everyone over 5 years of age, free for Family Activity Annual Pass holders.

Cromwell is coming!

Civil War re-enactment encampment Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th April, 12.30 -4.30pm The first battle of English Civil War was fought just 4 miles away from the Gardens. This weekend we welcome Colonel John Pickering’s Regiment of Foote for the weekend. • Displays, drills and demonstrations throughout the weekend as this 17th century re-enactment group make camp in the grounds. • Wander among the Parliamentary troops and their followers as they prepare for battle at Curdworth Bridge, near Water Orton. • Get into conversation with those who cooked the meals and sewed the cloth… • Let your imagination float back 300 years through the sound and smell of muskets and camp fire smoke... Normal Entry Prices: £4.50/£ 4 (plus Gift Aid), children £1, under 5s free. Members and Family Activities Annual Pass holders –free

Natural Art Practitioner's Course with renowned

Environmental Artist Richard Shilling. Saturday 21st April 11am -3pm Land art and environmental art is growing in popularity – Richard Shilling is one of the leading proponents. This is his first workshop in the region. Come and enjoy and take heart. Richard's courses sell out fast and we are lucky to get him this far south. The day workshop is ideal for Forest School Leaders, Teachers, Artists, Students or anyone wishing to learn about environmental art techniques and methods or someone looking for time out from the rat race. No self-perceived artistic talent is required, the techniques you will be shown are simple and accessible and yet will result in fascinating creations of which you will be proud. We will explore the creative process and how the art is developed by deepening your relationship with nature, through the practice of ephemeral art we seek to discover the subtle nuances in nature and be drawn into the environment and start to understand the cycles and processes of flux and transience. You will be guided through this process so you can discover for yourself its ethos via its practice and then take away with you a deeper understanding of how to continue your journey and make further progress through this art form. Investigate different creation methods and techniques using natural materials and limited tools. ________________________________________ Ticket Price: £45 per ticket. Limited to 20 participants, BOOKING ESSENTIAL. Booking online now whats-on/land-art-workshop/ Accompanied children are allowed. Parents or guardians are responsible for their welfare at all times. Be aware the workshops are designed for adults and the day is not really suitable for very young children. Suggested minimum age 8 years old.

Masons in support of the walled Gardens Last Friday (23rd Feb) in celebration of their own 300th anniversary, locally born Richard Conlon, now Master of the Lodge of Fellowship (no. 6707) presented a cheque to one of the Gardens Trustee’s, Pauline Allen. The First Grand Lodge in the Masonic Province of Worcestershire was formed in the early 1700s. Although there is no known historic connection with the Freemasons, the Gardens here in Castle Bromwich were also in their heyday around that time. So, although the current Trust has only been looking after the Gardens for the last 32 years, the shared history with the Lodge is saluted. Also in attendance were the past and future Worshipful Masters, Brothers Tony Hall and John Smith. Trustee Pauline Allen accepted the gift saying “Our 10 acres of green and over 25 event and family days we put on, are cared for by volunteers, so support from well wishers is always welcome.”


January 2018

Adoption Focus launches the Triangle Project, offering early permanence placements to vulnerable children Marston Green based adoption agency Adoption Focus is launching a new initiative offering an alternative route to adoption. From 1st March, The Triangle Project will be offering early permanence placements for vulnerable children. Early permanence allows children to be placed with approved adopters who have also been approved as foster carers. Early permanence can decrease uncertainty for children by reducing the number of moves they experience and the trauma associated with this upheaval. The Triangle Project offers early permanence placements, placing children with foster carers who are likely to become their adopters. The Triangle Project sees Adoption Focus entering into a partnership with another successful and experienced adoption agency, St. Francis’ Children’s Society in Milton Keynes. Both agencies work with children who need a loving and secure home and to become a part of their new family as STETCHFORD GLASS.pdf 1 18/09/2015 12:40:08

quickly as possible. But children in local authority care must wait while decisions are made about their futures. Often, children experience a number of temporary placements with foster carers during this time. Howard Parker, registered manager of The Triangle Project said: “It’s very exciting that Adoption Focus and St Francis’ Children’s Society have been able to launch The Triangle Project together to offer early permanence placements for vulnerable children. Early permanence is a childcentred solution which means that while these children are in care they are less likely to endure the stress and damage of multiple moves and broken attachments. As the children are fostered at an early stage by the people who are likely to become their adopters, the bonding process can begin much earlier than in a standard adoptive placement.” For more information about The Triangle Project and early permanence, please call on 0300 303 3707 or visit the new, dedicated website

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January 2018

Coleshill WI February Meeting At our February meeting, our speaker Carolyn McLaughlin gave a fascinating talk about the history and activities of the RNLI and showed such a thrilling video of rescues in rough water, some members almost felt seasick. Founded in 1824 when it was originally called the National Institute for the Preservation of Life from Shipwreck, it acquired its ‘Royal’ status in 1854 from Queen Victoria. Nowadays the RNLI rescues an average of 23 people every day and its crew are called out over 8000 times a year including to flooding incidents inland as well as at sea, with 40% of their callouts at night. In 2015 they saved 350 lives in Britain and the Republic of Ireland. The busiest place for rescues is the Thames and its estuary because of the volume of vessels and weekend sailors using it. The RNLI runs Lifeguard training on 240 beaches around the UK and 95% of its staff are volunteers, working as crews, lifeguards and fundraisers. It receives its entire income through public donations and legacies and its own merchandising and costs around £170 million a year to run. Members enjoyed buying cards and gifts from the RNLI stall.

Volunteers telling members about the work of the RNLI.

Sally Smith won the competition for a Valentine cup-cake with a beautifully-knitted, though non-edible cake. Jane Mills and Beverley Fathers were second and third respectively with prettily-decorated edible varieties. After refreshments, our committee member Darrilyn Downes gave a talk on the MBE she was awarded for services to Special Needs Education in November and also showed a display of the citation, a set of photographs of the big day, plus a video of herself receiving the award from the Queen at Buckingham Palace. At the March meeting we will be having “Fun with Antiques” and seeing how accurately we can value a range of samples. The competition will be for a bowl of bulbs grown by a member. On March 22nd Coleshill hosts the Group Meeting of local WIs with entertainment from the versatile Dave Moylan with his One-Man Variety Show of music, singing and dancing. This starts at 7.30 pm and is open to non-Members. It will cost £6-00 and tickets can be bought on the door. This year we hope to welcome more people to our friendly and varied meetings at the Town Hall on the second Tuesday of each month at 7.30pm. Visitors welcome as always.

Mob: 07859 039414 07449 781107 Email: The display showing member Darrilyn Downes’s MBE award, citation and photos of her receiving the award at Buckingham Palace with her family.


January 2018

National Audit Office (NAO) The adult social care workforce in England The Department of Health and Social Care is not doing enough to support a sustainable social care workforce. The number of people working in care is not meeting the country’s growing care demands and unmet care needs are increasing, according to today’s report by the National Audit Office (NAO). While many people working in care find it rewarding, there is widespread agreement that workers feel undervalued and there are limited opportunities for career progression, particularly compared with similar roles in health. In 2016-17, around half of care workers were paid £7.50 per hour or below (the National Living Wage was £7.20 in 2016-17), equivalent to £14,625 annually. This, along with tough working conditions and a poor image, prevents workers from joining and remaining in the sector. There are around 1.34 million jobs in the adult social care sector in England, across more than 20,300 organisations1. The turnover rate of care staff has been increasing since 2012-13 and in 2016-17 reached 27.8%. The vacancy rate in 2016-17 for jobs across social care was 6.6%, which was well above the national average of 2.5%-2.7%.

The social care market is operating in challenging circumstances. Care providers, already under financial pressures, are struggling to recruit and retain workers and are incurring additional costs as a result. Local authorities spent 5.3% less on care in 2016-17 compared with 201011, and spending is expected to reduce further over the next two years due to continued government funding cuts and increased financial pressures on local authorities. Uncertainty over funding is limiting local authorities’ ability to plan future spending on care. The Department cannot demonstrate that the sector is sustainably funded, which impacts workforce planning. Around 65% of independent providers’ income comes from local authority-arranged care. The vast majority of local authorities are paying fees to homecare providers that

Furthermore, the NAO has not found any evidence that the Department is overseeing workforce planning by local authorities and local health and care partnerships, which commission care, to help with the challenge. Without a national strategy to align to, few local areas have detailed plans for sustaining the care workforce. The NAO has recommended that the Department produces a robust national workforce strategy with the support of the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and that it encourages local and regional bodies to align their own plans to it. The Department also needs to invest more to enable commissioners to set appropriate fees for providers, so they can pay staff adequately and afford to offer career development and training opportunities.

The government intends to publish a green paper on reforming care are below the recommended minimum price for care, putting providers for older people by summer 2018. in financial difficulties. Furthermore, local authorities are not paying Amyas Morse, head of the National Audit Office, said today: the full cost for care home placements. If this continues, there is a “Social care cannot continue as a Cinderella service – without a valued risk providers will not continue to invest in areas where there are high and rewarded workforce, adult social care cannot fulfil its crucial role of proportions of people receiving local authority funded care. supporting elderly and vulnerable people in society. The Department has no national strategy to address this workforce “Pressures and demands on the health and social care systems

However, demographic trends suggest that demand for care will continue to increase and people’s cares needs will continue to become challenge and key commitments it has made to help make the sector are increasing, so the Department needs to respond quickly to this more complex. To meet these challenges, the Department estimates more attractive, through enhanced training and career development, challenge by giving the sector the attention it deserves and needs, instead of falling short and not delivering value for money.” have not been followed through. that the workforce will need to grow by 2.6% every year until 2035.

Key facts £1.34m



was the estimated number of jobs (excluding personal assistants and NHS jobs) in the adult social care sector in England in 2016-17

was the last time a national workforce strategy was published by the Department of Health & Social Care

was the vacancy rate for jobs across the care sector in 2016-17


is the sum of £14.8 billion of net current expenditure on care by local authorities and £2.0 billion allocated from the NHS through the Better Care Fund in 2016-17


was the turnover rate across all care jobs in 2016-17


was the median pay per hour for a care worker in the independent care sector in 2016-17


was the vacancy rate for registered managers in 2016-17, the highest vacancy rate in care


of registered nurses in 2016-17 who were non-British European Economic Area nationals, the highest percentage for any care job


was the Centre for Workforce Intelligence’s 2014 principal projection of the demand for full-time equivalent jobs in adult social care by 2035


January 2018

Drugs and alcohol in the workplace: Five signs a co-worker could be suffering from substance abuse Suzannah Robin, an alcohol and drug safety expert at AlcoDigital, has helped numerous companies across the UK with their testing policies and procedures. Here she lists the five signs that could mean a colleague is addicted to drugs or alcohol. Alcohol and drug related deaths continue to be a problem in

But what are the signs to look out for? Although they vary depending

the UK, with the Office for National Statistics reporting that on the substance being abused, here are five common indications that a the number of people dying from alcohol and drug abuse has co-worker could be suffering from addiction ... continued to increase over the last decade.


Erratic behaviour and unpredictable mood swings – an individual

The issue extends far and wide, with many companies across the UK

may be happy and full of energy one minute, and then lethargic,

feeling the effects. In fact, according to the Department for Transport,

depressed and irritable the next. He or she may also lose interest

drugs and alcohol cost British businesses in excess of £6 billion per year

in activities and hobbies they’ve previously enjoyed, or become

in lost productivity.

socially withdrawn and isolated.

Many organisations have now put in place policies to test staff for drugs and alcohol. However, while having a procedure in place will help to identify issues, employers should also be actively encouraging employees to come forward, and offering assistance and access to treatment for staff who are struggling.



Work-related performance issues – an inability to carry out basic tasks efficiently or effectively and an overall deterioration in the quality and quantity of work being completed.


Personal hygiene – neglecting cleanliness and grooming. Turning up looking dishevelled and unkempt.


Injuries and other physical changes – unexplained injuries, shaking, incoherent speech, bloodshot eyes and frequent nosebleeds are all possible signs a person may be abusing drugs or alcohol.

If you suspect a co-worker is suffering from substance abuse, encourage them to seek professional help either via their GP, a local work late and constantly taking time off could both be signs that treatment service or support group. something is wrong. Particularly if there is a pattern for such AlcoDigital provides free reviews for companies looking to implement occurrences taking place following the weekend or a stretch of drug and alcohol policies. Please visit for annual leave. more information. Poor timekeeping and absenteeism – consistently turning up to


January 2018

See you on court!


Water Orton and District Tennis Club was re-opened in 2010 taking players of all ages and abilities from Water Orton, Castle Bromwich ,Coleshill and surrounding areas. From humble beginnings, this community club has flourished into a well-supported and locally respected centre where everyone can enjoy their tennis (and social activities) in a friendly, supportive atmosphere whatever their playing level.

Our courts are open from March to October each year with evening club sessions, designed to ensure that no one is playing above their ability level, being supervised by one of the clubs many qualified coaches. In this way, if a budding Joanna Konte or Andy Murray is identified, they are encouraged, but not instructed, to join a higher group. This has resulted in many of the young players, who were with us at the beginning, now taking their place in competitive league matches, representing the club which gave them their start.

At the other end of the spectrum, the club has a thriving Tuesday evening session where players who are new to tennis and those whose abilities may have declined a little with age meet up and compete with determination and sporting friendship. This fun evening is the high spot of these members’ week bringing with it many health and exercise benefits not found in “an evening in front of the telly”

Other sessions in the clubs weekly calendar are devoted to men’s, ladies, mixed, and mixed social playing sessions where, whilst winning might be important, commitment to sportsmanship, friendship and support are ever present. As a community club, we are confident that the same commitment is present in all that we do. All aspects of local society whatever their ability are encouraged to participate in the great game of tennis and to this end considerable time is spent by coaches in supporting and encouraging less able local youngsters to participate in and enjoy it.

We›re a friendly bunch who are continually looking to improve our club facilities and our membership numbers in order to give everyone greater opportunity to play this great game of ours. Why not see for yourself? Pop down any weekday evening from the end of March or pay us a visit on our annual Open Day. This year it’s on Saturday May 12th from 2.00pm to 4.00pm. We will be holding taster sessions for everyone, so visit our website and book yourself a slot or, if you email our secretary on the mail below, we’ll book one for you, no obligation, we’ll even lend you a racquet to see if you like it! There will be children’s and adult’s club coaches there to help you and, if you decide to join us, you’ll make new friends and learn something

Your local community tennis club is always looking for new members. We warmly welcome players of all ages and abilities from beginners up to those who might like to join in with our established players and even represent our club in league matches.

new or improve your game (we can arrange free” one to one” coaching) but, best of all, you’ll get fit. Why not give us a try and get a taste of the many health and social benefits we have to offer? We are sure you will enjoy yourself and want to stay with us. We very much look forward to welcoming you! For more information please visit:

As a community club we are accessible to anyone and everyone. We offer friendly coaching to get you to a level you’ll be comfortable or contact Paul on 07538 601246 with, together with the opportunity and support to play social and Water Orton & District Tennis Club, competitive tennis, in pleasant surroundings, at your chosen level. Vicarage Lane, Water Orton.B46 1RY.

Our club facilities have undergone significant improvement since

2010. The clubhouse is compact but welcoming with tea/coffee making facilities, the courts rival those found in much larger clubs, and have a patio seating area rivalling that of a four star hotel from where those who may be waiting their turn to play can cheer on and encourage those whose efforts may be flagging on court whilst having a friendly chat with their own potential opponents. We›re a friendly bunch so why not give us a try and discover the

many health and social benefits we have to offer? You’ll be glad you did and we really look forward to welcoming you! For more information please visit: Or contact our Secretary, Paul on 07538 601246

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January 2018

Water Orton ladies night We began 2018 with a wonderful Celebration New Year Dinner in January at Grimscote Manor Hotel – lovely venue, wonderful food and great company! We have a packed programme to look forward to this year and we’d love you to come along and join us. We meet at the Pavilion at the end of Openfield Croft in Water Orton on the third Wednesday of the month, at 7.30pm, unless otherwise announced. Each month features a ‘speaker’ and this year we shall welcome Martin Cross and his superb wildlife films, learn about the intriguing life of D.H.Lawrence, and discover what it is like to be shipwrecked in Antarctica. We’ll be learning more about the wonderful world of the cinema and the fascinating history of Birmingham Hippodrome. We’ll peep through the key hole at life in Victorian times and a real highlight for the gardeners will be learning about the restoration of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens – did you know that, in front of the Hall, there are lots of gardens laid one on top of the other, as design changed and a new garden was laid on top of the previous one! And for us history buffs, we’ll be looking at Birmingham Churches, where we can trace so many local and family lives. In June we are off on a great day out – it’s still a secret, so I can’t tell you yet and again in September, we shall be whisking our members off for an afternoon of fun – watch this space!! We are a small group but we have lots of great ‘get togethers’, and there’s always a friendly, warm and welcoming atmosphere. Why not pop along and join us one Wednesday evening – you won’t regret it!! If you’d like further info give our Chair Ruth Cross 0121 747 4490 a call.


Water Orton Memorial

On Saturday 28th.April there will be an exceptional fund raiser evening in aid of the proposed war memorial in Water Orton at the Link Parish Hall. It will take the form of a cabaret evening entitled “Nessun Dorma” or “None Shall Sleep Tonight” where a sumptuous three course Italian style meal prepared by the renowned cooks Stephen Record and Liz Hall of Water Orton Meet & Eat Friday lunches. The meal will comprise of Minestrone Soup, Pesto Chicken (with vegetarian version) ending with Tiramisu. This will be followed by a wonderful evening of entertainment provided by the local multi-talented director of Music at Water Orton and Heart of England Singers chorister, Judith Fisher, accompanied on vocals by Stephen Record, a chorister with Water Orton choir and The Heart of England singers, culminating in that timeless classic Nessun Dorma. There will be opportunities to sing-a-long too. The cost will be just £20 per ticket, bring your own wine. Tables of 8 available. Dress code dinner dress or smart dress optional. Tickets available from Judith on email tel: 07972567202 or Stephen tel: 07432139849






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January 2018

Who are Digby Rangers FC? Digby Rangers FC were founded ahead of the 2016 season but surprisingly there is a history connected to the old Orton Rangers FC which was previously ran out of the Digby Pub (Water Orton). Gary Clarke was the then manager of Orton Rangers back in 2010 where he had an influx of young local footballers who wanted to play for the club. However, the joy didn’t last long as the team had to fold due to the older brigade going into retirement.

Robert Evans (Coleshill Town FC), Cameron

5 Years later and Gary Clarke got together with Darren McLaren (another familiar face of Orton Rangers FC) and formed the now Digby Rangers FC. They called upon the batch of young players that they had managed previously and got them all on-board. Digby Rangers FC aren’t just your usual Sunday League team, the reason been that majority of the players happen to play in Semi Professional Saturday League football such as Joe Smith &

are top of the league and still in 4 cups. One

Jones (Ex Walsall FC & Bromsgrove Rovers FC), James Lloyd (Ex Coleshill Town FC), Simeon Collbourne (Heather St Johns FC), Stuart Hendrie (Rugby Town FC) & widely known Lee Hendrie (Ex England & Aston Villa). Water Orton should realise what a talented bunch of players they have representing their village. In their first season last year they won the Sutton District Premier League and Cup double. In the current 17/18 season they of those is the midlands vase which they are in the Semi Final of on 03/03/18. They play their home matches at Boldmere St Michaels Fc, Church Road 10:30 Kick off’s. If anyone is interested in watching home or away matches please follow Digby Rangers FC on facebook for all matchday information.

Young people at risk from loud music hearing damage says charity

During UK Tinnitus Week (5 – 11 February) national charity Action on Hearing Loss is urging young people to better protect themselves from prolonged exposure to loud music as four million are estimated to be at risk of hearing damage from over amplified music.

patch of grass is affected by someone trampling over it, after a few times the grass will stand upright and tall, however over time if people continue to trample over it, it will become flat. This is similar to what happens to your hair cells – continued exposure can permanently damage your hearing and lead to tinnitus which could mean that listening to Tinnitus, the ringing, hissing, buzzing or roaring music, which so many young people love, becomes sound in one or both ears where there is no external less enjoyable. sound source, currently affects one in every 10 adults in the UK and can have a detrimental effect Action on Hearing Loss is funding research to find on a person's life, their relationships with family a cure for the condition, but while its scientists are and friends and their ability to sleep, concentrate working towards a breakthrough, the charity wants and work. While there are ways of managing the to encourage everyone to wear earplugs when going condition there is currently no cure. to concerts and other noisy spaces such as gyms and Gemma Twitchen, Action on Hearing Loss Senior Audiologist explained: ‘Listening to loud music invest in noise cancelling headphones when listening on a night out or from your personal music player to music through their personal music players to can affect your hair cells, a bit like the way a fresh avoid developing tinnitus.

Gemma Twitchen continued: ‘You don’t have to stop your love of music in order to protect yourself. It’s a good idea to get good ear plugs in loud situations like gigs whether you're playing or listening – the modern ones are quite comfortable and don’t ruin the listening experience as some people think. ‘Also noise cancelling headphones are really good for listening to music when background noise is high, like in buses and trains as they help to cut this out so that you don’t have to increase the volume to override (or compete with) this noise. It’s best to take these simple steps to protect your hearing as the effects of noise damage can be irreversible.’ The safe exposure time to listen to music at 85dB is eight hours. As sound intensity doubles with every increase of 3dB, the exposure time halves. For sounds of 110 – 120dB, like in nightclubs, even a short exposure time can cause hearing damage.

Paul Breckell, Action on Hearing Loss Chief Executive says: ‘Worryingly some our research showed that over half (53.4%) of people aged 18 to 24 had experienced tinnitus, with 40% of people unaware that being exposed to loud noise can lead to permanent tinnitus. ‘In nightclubs or concerts, noise levels are often over 100dB which means you can only safely listen to music for 15 minutes without wearing ear plugs. Who goes to a gig or a club for 15 minutes? Ear plugs are the only thing that can protect you as they take off on average 15-20dB – which takes you under the 85dB level, and makes for safer listening.’ Action on Hearing Loss has a dedicated Tinnitus Information Line which provides vital support to those affected and their families and would encourage anyone affected not to suffer in silence. The line is available on telephone 0808 808 6666, text phone 0808 808 9000 and email tinnitushelpline@


January 2018

Coleshill and District Gardening Club At our last meeting we had a talk by David Howell about snowdrops and hellebores. David was a horticulturalist all his working life ending up as head of the gardens at Warwick University. He was also very involved for some years at Castle Bromwich Gardens. After David's talk we had our AGM. Since the principal officers had a further year to serve our Chairman remains Caroline Doolan, our secretary Pauline Brown and our Treasurer Jenny Teall. Our programme for the next 12 months was announced and will shortly appear on our website which is being updated. Our first trip of the year is usually a snowdrop visit and on 13th February a group of us visited Painswick Rococo Garden in the Cotswolds. It is said to have 5 million snowdrops which were truly spectacular and appeared to be at their peak the day we visited. Our next meeting will be a demonstration of hanging baskets by Caroline Doolan on 19th March at 7.30pm at the Coleshill United Church.

We have a PLANT SALE and our annual SPRING SHOW on Saturday 24th March from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. at the Town Hall


All meetings at Coleshill United Church. Visitors welcome

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Always welcoming to newcomers, our lady section participation is high with regular competitions, fun formats, order of merits, away days, trips abroad and much more! But it›s not just about playing on the course, you are also joining a club and we would like to welcome you with the

help of our sociable and welcoming members. Whether its joining a member for a warm Starbucks drink, some food in the vibrant Zest Bar, attending the Summer Ball or celebrating at the Annual Awards dinner dance, you will soon be part of something special, making friends for life. Sounds Great? Interested in taking the game up? - With the help of our resident Pro Kevin Hale, enjoy a free taster session and meet our Lady Members. For a free taster session, contact Kevin at (07557199510) or Debbie Poynton (Lady Captain 2018) at (07900440423).

Kingsbury Girl footballers - dream teams Fantastic News! Kingsbury Year 4/5 Girls Football Team were winners of the indoor football tournament. The tournament was played over 4 four legs at Coleshill Sports Hall. The girls played amazingly as a team Well done Evie, Brooke, Bethany and Lexi Our Year 5/6 Girls’ Football Team Brooke, Lexi, Tilly, Kira, Eirin, Ellodie and Ellie took part in the Under 11’s Warwickshire County Football Finals at the Ricoh Arena on Wednesday 24th January. This was a tremendous achievement in itself as the girls had reached the County Finals due to their success in the local heats. The girls played fantastically on the day and came joint first. Unfortunately they missed out on the first place and going through to the regional finals on goal difference. Well done girls a wonderful achievement!


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January 2018

New contract for Jack Willis Wasps are delighted to announce that academy product Jack Willis has signed a new contract.

Guy Thompson to leave Wasps Wasps confirm that Guy Thompson will leave the club when his current contract expires at the end of the season. The 31-year-old back-rower has appeared 90 times since joining Wasps from Jersey in 2013 and has scored 24 tries.

Guy Thompson said: “Leaving Wasps is the hardest decision I’ve had to make. “It’s been my home for five seasons and I can’t thank Dai and the coaching staff enough for the opportunities they have given me. “Wasps is a special club and I have loved my time here. The fans are incredible and follow us all round Europe; they make the club what it is. “We have a huge part of the season ahead and I will be working harder than ever to go out on a high.”

Director of rugby Dai Young said:

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This extends the former England under 20 back-rower’s stay at the club he originally joined ahead of the 2015/16 season.

back man-of-the-match winning displays in “We believe he has a very bright future ahead the Anglo-Welsh Cup against Leicester and of him, and that he will be an integral part of during Sunday’s Aviva Premiership win over what we are building here at Wasps for many years to come.” Harlequins.

Willis made his first XV debut at Sale in November 2016 in the Anglo-Welsh Cup, with his Premiership bow coming later the same month also against the Sharks. Since then Willis’s rapid development has seen him first join the senior squad, before quickly forcing his way into Dai Young’s matchday 23 on a regular basis. As a result, 17 of his 25 appearances have been registered this season, culminating in back-to-

Director of Rugby Dai Young said:

Jack Willis said:

“We are thrilled that Jack has signed a new deal, as he has really progressed rapidly over the last 18 months. “To move as quickly as he has from being an academy player to producing stand-out displays against seasoned internationals in the Premiership and Europe speaks volumes about his talent and attitude.

“I’ve been fortunate to get a few opportunities this year and I’m chuffed to extend my stay at Wasps. “If you look at the coaching staff and players here it’s clear the club is going places. “My focus now is on getting my head down and working hard to help us achieve the best things we can this season and in the future.”

Will Rowlands signs again to 2012 and 2013.

Wasps are pleased announce that second row He made his senior debut against forward Will Rowlands has Leicester in the Anglo-Welsh Cup signed a contract extension. in 2012, since when he has gone The 26-year-old has enjoyed an excellent season, producing a number of eye-catching appearances in both the Aviva Premiership and European Champions Cup. During this spell, his mobility, agility and high work-rate have seen Rowlands rack up some impressive tackle counts and carrying stats in addition to being a reliable lineout operator. Rowlands was a member of Wasps’ academy while simultaneously studying at Oxford University where he won blues in

“We’re sorry to see Guy leave. “I have no doubt he will remain a fully-committed member of the squad until the end of the season and continue to play his part to the full. “When the moment is right in May we’ll say our goodbyes more fully. In the meantime, on behalf of everyone at Wasps I’d like to thank Guy for his efforts and wish him well.”

on to make 40 appearances in black-and-gold, 12 of which have come this term.

Rugby director Dai Young said: “Will has really come on during the last two or three seasons, and is a valuable member of our squad. “During that time he has proved himself to be more than capable of holding his own in some big games against experienced opponents.

at professionally and while I’ve improved a lot in my time here, I’m sure plenty of scope exists for further development. With the players and coaches that are here, it’s a fantastic environment to do that in. “I’m now looking forward Will Rowlands said: to getting myself back playing “I’m really excited to have re- and being part of a squad which signed for Wasps. hopefully can have a strong finish “This is the only club I’ve played to the season.”

“Our second rows all have a role model in Joe Launchbury, and as a group they form a formidable unit. “Will is still improving as a player, and we are really pleased that he will be part of our journey during the coming years.”

Danny Cipriani set to leave Wasps confirm that Danny Cipriani will leave the club when his contract expires at the end of the season. He is currently considering his options before announcing his next career move.

Director of rugby Dai Young said: “Danny is moving on at the end of the year and we wish him well. “We would also like to thank him for all his efforts in a Wasps shirt. “As he says, now this decision has been made public we can all concentrate on the really important three-and-ahalf months of rugby which lies ahead. “This begins for Danny, the rest of the squad and staff at the Ricoh on Sunday, where our focus is fully on the challenge presented by Exeter.”

Danny Cipriani said: “I will be sad to leave Wasps, but my job is far from finished and I can promise the fans my absolute all until the end of the season as we tackle the mission ahead of us. “I will now take some time to decide my next move.”


January 2018

Boxing Show BCB Midlands Boxing Super Series The inaugural BCB Midlands Boxing Super and Sangha, sensing victory, unleashed with a series Series - sponsored by Grosvenor Casino of blows leaving Messer no choice but to bring a halt Walsall - took place on Saturday 10th Feb and to proceedings. The second semi-final was equally absorbing but neither semi-final disappointed. Indi Sangha and Paul Holt made it through to the final where they will compete for the Midlands Area Super Featherweight Title. It will be a repeat of their September 2017 in which Sangha recorded a paper thin 58-56 victory. Wolverhampton resident Sangha eased past Tamworth’s Louis Fielding on Saturday evening in the Stadium Suite, Walsall FC. Sangha went into the Super Series as favourite, sporting a 7-0 record. He lived up to that billing as he put Fielding to the sword inside just two rounds. Sangha dropped Fielding at the end of the first round and the contest was waved off by referee for the evening, Shaun Messer, halfway through the second stanza, A big overhand right buzzed Fielding

for differing reasons. Birmingham’s Paul Holt and Chasetown’s Luke Jones went hammer and nail for six rounds. The contest ebbed and flowed with Jones, the underdog going into the contest, taking the opening two rounds. The Chasetown man looked focussed and fully in control but, as the fight wore on, Holt sparked into life and ultimately proved too much Jones. Messer scored the contest 57-58. Sangha and Holt will now go toe-to-toe for the Area belt in the coming months. Elsewhere on the show, Coventry Jordan Cooke and Walsall’s Rachel Ball were both victorious against foreign opposition. Cooke won every round against dangerous Lithuanian Edvina Puplauskas whilst Ball, in only her second professional fight, dispatched of Poland’s Bojana Libiszewska 60-56.


Qais Ashfaq signs with Matchroom Boxing Team GB Olympian itching to get pro career up-and-running Ashfaq represented Team GB at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the culmination of a

“It’s been stop start and I’ve lost a year of my pro career so I feel that I have something to prove, not just

blossomgin amateur career that included Commonwealth Youth Games gold and silver in to the public but to myself. That’s why being with Matchroom is great because there’s so many fight nights the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in 2014. The Leeds talent can now focus on getting his career up-and-running in the paid ranks with a debut to be

coming up all over Britain and I think I can progress quickly and pick up fans everywhere. I’m a Leeds boy though so of course I would love to box in my city.

“I really want to fight on Amir Khan’s comeback show in April. He’s got at least three fights with Matchroom

announced shortly, and Ashfaq is determined to make up for lost time and build a fan base all over the UK. and it would be amazing to be on those bills. When I was a kid, I hadn’t had any fights and I walked in the “I’m so happy to be joining Matchroom Boxing and be on Sky Sports, it’s the best place for me to be to gym, I looked at Boxing News and Amir was in the middle of a Team GB pic as he was the only one to qualify for the Olympics. My coach said ‘if he can do it, you can do it too’. Amir’s been such a huge inspiration for showcase my skills and I so excited to have a date in place for my debut,” said Ashfaq, who will campaign at me and it’s great to be part of the same stable as him.” Super-Bantamweight. “I’m delighted to welcome Qais to the team,” said promoter Eddie Hearn. “Qais is a richly talented fighter “I’m out to prove a point and I want to be part of the big shows coming up in the next few months. I’ve got and one that will become an instant hit with fans all over Britain. I’m looking forward to his imminent debut a lot of catching up to do and I want to be as busy as possible.

and then showcasing him all over the UK.”


January 2018

Povetkin and Price clash on Joshua-Parker bill Heavyweights collide in crucial battle in Cardiff

Alexander Povetkin will defend his WBA Inter-Continental and WBO International Heavyweight titles against David Price at Principality Stadium in Cardiff on March 31, live on Sky Sports Box Office. Former WBA ruler Povetkin is the mandatory challenger for the WBA Super title held by Anthony Joshua MBE, who meets Joseph Parker in a unification blockbuster at the top of the bill. The Russian powerhouse will be targeting a showdown with the main event winner, but must first make a second successful defence of his titles having seen off Christian Hammer in December after winning the belts in July against Andriy Rudenko. “I’m very excited to be fighting on this huge show,” said Povetkin. “I expect to put on a great performance and then go on to fight the Joshua vs. Parker winner later this year.” Price has other ideas as he lands a golden opportunity to take a seat at the top table in the Heavyweight division. The Liverpool favourite returned to action in December in Essex after his loss to Hammer in February, and the 34 year old is determined to take this golden chance on a ‘life changing’ night. “It is a massive, massive chance for me and it has come from nowhere,” said Price. “I wasn’t expecting an opportunity like this to appear so it was a no-brainer. “It is a big ask for me to go out and win this fight but upsets do happen in sport. I have been on the wrong end of upsets in boxing and I think I am due a bit of luck. I have a belief that this fight has come at the right time for me and I have a belief that I am going to win the fight. “Without doing myself a disservice, every dog has its day and I have a feeling that this is doing to be my day and everything that has happened has led to this. “I have never found myself in this position where I have been the big underdog and I have everything to gain. I will go in there completely free of any pressure and I think people will see the best of me for that very reason. “Make no mistake, I am coming to win. At first, I was just grateful for the opportunity but now in my mind I have to win this fight. There is plenty to gain and too much upside for me not to win this fight – it could be life changing. I am desperate to win this fight and I will do everything in my power to do so. “I know it will be a hard fight, anything can happen in a fight and I may have to get off the floor to win. It is going to be the hardest fight of my life but something is telling me it is going to be my night. “Sparring will be key for me. I am going to have to take myself out of my comfort zone when it comes to sparring for this fight. I need to bring in world-class sparring partners who will test me every day. We will go away to Germany for some sparring, we haven’t got any names yet but we are having a look. “In the past I have performed my best when I have been really tested in the gym and in sparring, so that will be key for this fight. I need to be prepared for what is to come because it is going to be a hard fight and as long as I am prepared physically and mentally then nature will take its course.” Povetkin and Price clash on a huge night of boxing in Cardiff as Joshua and Parker battle for the IBF, WBA Super, IBO and WBO World titles. Limited tickets remain on sale for the event priced at £300 and £600 from Coach packages are on sale via with various pick up/drop off locations available throughout the UK. For accessibility and wheelchair tickets – please contact the Principality Stadium via 02920 822432. Official hospitality packages are available to purchase directly from Principality Stadium Experience. Both private suite and premium lounge packages are available to purchase, with prices starting from £450 per person + VAT. For further information please call the team on 02920 822 413. Official Hospitality packages are also available via Sportsworld via or by calling 0208 9712966


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January 2018

Conor benn pens two-year promotional deal with matchroom boxing ‘Destroyer’ back in action in Liverpool on April 21 Benn has raced to 11-0 with 8 KOs in the pros since turning pro with Eddie Hearn in April 2016, with his last fight proving to be a small-hall classic as he recovered from hitting the deck twice in the opening round with two knockdowns of his own against Cedrick Peynaud at York Hall in December. ‘The Destroyer’ is back out in April on the undercard of Amir Khan’s return to action at the Echo Arena in Liverpool and the 21 year old is itching to get back into action on Merseyside and start a big year on a high. “I’m delighted to have signed a new deal with Eddie and Matchroom Boxing,” said Benn. “I can’t wait to get back out in action on the Khan undercard, Liverpool is a great fighting city and I’m looking forward to

fighting in front of such a knowledgeable fanbase. I want to entertain the fans but I’m still a work in progress. “The Peynaud fight was a real learning curve but there was a lot of things that went wrong in camp to the last fight, I had a severe skin reaction out in New York for starters. That aside, I had four great fights last year. I was flat on the night but I’ve learned a couple of lessons from the fight. One of which, I’ve got the will to win which deep down, I didn’t know I had. A rematch is due, he’s deserved that and I’m sure it’ll happen this year and I’ll win it convincingly.” “I'm delighted to extend our agreement with Conor and am very excited about the future,” said Hearn. “Conor has become an exciting feature on our shows and at 21, he has so much potential in the sport. 2018 is the year he will begin challenging for titles and Sky Sports

viewers are guaranteed action when he steps into the ring.” Benn’s return is part of a huge night of action in Liverpool as Khan fights for the first time since May 2016 against Canadian Phil Lo Greco. Birkenhead’s Sean ‘Masher’ Dodd defends his Commonwealth Lightweight title against Tommy Coyle, and former Team GB Olympians Natasha Jonas and Anthony Fowler and unbeaten Super-Welterweight Scott Fitzgerald are all in action. Tickets are on sale now priced £40, £60, £80 and £100 from www. and on 0344 8000 400. Face value tickets for April 21 are available from www.stubhub. StubHub is the official ticket partner and marketplace of Matchroom Boxing and Anthony Joshua.

Frank Warren returns to york hall on february 24 with action-packed prospects show Promoter Frank Warren returns to the World-famous York Hall on Saturday 24th February for an action-packed evening of boxing featuring some of the very best up-andcoming prospects in the UK, broadcast live on BT Sport and BoxNation. Warren’s opening show of 2018 will star an array of young talent including Ilford Light-Heavyweight powerhouse Anthony ‘The Beast’ Yarde, Greenwich Heavyweight sensation Daniel ‘Dynamite’ Dubois and Manchester’s undefeated English Super-Featherweight Champion Zelfa ‘Brown Flash’ Barrett. Yarde (14-0, 13 KO’s) defends his WBO Intercontinental and European Light-Heavyweight titles against Frenchman Tony Averlant (26-9-2, 5 KO’s). A fruitful 2017 that saw Yarde pick up the Southern Area and WBO Intercontinental and European titles cemented his place as one of the hottest properties in British boxing. “2017 was a good year for me,” said Yarde. “I picked up three belts and stopped all five of my opponents. This year is going to be bigger and better. My job is to keep my head down, work hard and enjoy the journey. “I’m hoping that Averlant is a durable opponent, he’s only been stopped twice and one of those stoppages was against former WBA Light-Heavyweight World Champion Juergen Braeher.” Knockout artist Dubois (6-0, 6 KO’s) fights at the historical East London venue for the first time in his professional career as he defends his Southern Area Heavyweight belt against Queensborough’s DL Jones (8-0-1). Dubois is promising to start the New Year with another explosive performance at the iconic fight theatre that has hosted a number of current and former British Heavyweight World Champions including Lennox Lewis, David Haye and Anthony Joshua. Already a Southern Area and WBC World Youth Champion, the young giant is aiming to add more belts to his growing collection before his 21st birthday in September. “I want every belt,” said Dubois. “I won two belts in my first year as a professional boxer and I’ll be looking to win more in 2018. I’m ready to start the year with a bang. “It’s an honour to be fighting at York Hall for the first time in my pro career. Lennox Lewis fought there in his seventh fight and I’ll be doing the same. He went on to win World Titles and that’s my aim too. It might be the first and last time I ever fight at the Hall so don’t miss out.”

Barrett (19-0, 12 KO’s) takes on former British Super-Featherweight title challenger Ronnie Clark (20-4-2, 10 KO's) when he fights in the capital for the first time. 'Brown Flash' hopes his English title win against fellow Mancuanian Chris Conwell at the First Direct Arena in October will be the first of many belts. The nephew of former British and European Super-Lightweight Champion Pat ‘Black Flash’ Barrett is already creating waves in the North West and is determined to justify the hype against Dundee's Clark. A product of the renowned Collyhurst and Moston boxing club, many pundits believe Barrett is a World Champion in waiting; and the man himself is aiming to prove them right by the age of 27. “By the time I’m 27 I’ll be a World Champion,” said Barrett. “Becoming a World Champion is my main ambition and I have the right team around me to achieve that dream. I’m incredibly hungry and I’ll be looking to challenge for more belts this year. "Clark has only lost to decent fighters including Martin Joseph Ward and Craig Evans. He's a tough man and drew against British

Featherweight Champion as well, he's another step up and should provide me with a good test." Elsewhere on a stacked card hard-hitting Southampton SuperWelterweight Joe Pigford returns to the ring after a brutal KO win over Aaron Morgan in May 2017; all-action Welling Super-Featherweight talent Archie ‘Sharpshooter’ Sharp aims to improve his unbeaten record to 12-0; former Southern Area Super-Featherweight Champion Boy Jones Jnr fights a Lightweight for the first time; gifted Southampton Featherweight Ryan ‘The Piranha’ Garner looks to get his career back on track when he fights over four rounds; Ilford Welterweight talent Hamzah Sheeraz fights in his second professional contest; stylish Ilford Super-Middleweight Umar Sadiq and former Team GB Flyweight Harvey Horn both look to go 2-0 while Beckton Lightweight and Anthony Yarde gym mate Mohammed Bilal Ali makes his professional debut. Tickets for Saturday 24th February priced at £40, £50, £60 and £80 are available to purchase from and directly from fighters on the bill.

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