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Hello and Welcome

Welcome to the joint December/January 2020 edition of your local, independent community magazine. As it is a joint magazine for both months, apologies for those residents who will receive the magazine in January as some of the information will be out of date. Congratulations to Rossiters Butchers in Mary Vale Road, who have recently won an award which you can read in full on page 24. For those of you who like to be outside, whatever the weather, Green Gym based in the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Grounds are keen for you to get involved with them in growing food, gardening and general conservation work on the hospital site. You can read more about it on page 38. Have a look at the Community Pages at the back of the magazine, there are plenty of groups who would love to see you ! The deadline for the February 2020 edition, of either magazine, is the 10th January.

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Have a happy and healthy 2020.


Gardening - Pruning Perfection with Pippa Greenwood Baking - Cranberry, Orange & Nut Loaf Legal Corner - How Important Is An LPA ? Headaches Organic Butcher Of The Year Health - Tips For A Healthy Winter St. Marys Hospice Wordsearch Recipe - Roasted Red Pepper & Tomato Soup Driving - What Makes You Tick Community Pages

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Pruning Perfection Winter is perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants (except if it is really icy or frosty), so get stuck in now that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are bare of leaves. Remember that for pruning to really benefit the plant, you need the right tools. For a small expanse of hedge or a shrub that needs reshaping, a good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should do the job. When cutting along a hedge top, a guide line – such as a taut string – will help you get a neat, level surface. For larger hedges a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer is preferable. Use ‘loppers’ for removal of stems at various heights and of varying thicknesses. These are available with various 8

handle lengths (some have telescopic handles), so that you can reach higher. For relatively thick stems they are better than shears or secateurs and allow for accurate cutting. Wear goggles and ideally protective headgear if you have to cut back branches above your head. Everybody needs a pair of good-quality sharp secateurs for pruning smaller woody stems. Always cut to an outward-facing bud (so that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards). Secateurs are good for removing dead and dying stems, for formative pruning (to ensure the plant grows in the right direction), and for pruning to encourage flowering. A proper pruning saw is necessary for pruning out or tidying up larger branches on trees and shrubs and is perfect for fruit trees. Use a sawing action for best results and make the pruning cut a few millimetres or so away from the main stem from which the branch you are removing is joined. A cut like this will heal quicker and is less prone to fungal rotting.

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More Pruning Tips Always check the best pruning time for your plants – most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now, but you may impact the flowering potential of others. Some trees, mainly those in the Prunus family – such as edible and ornamental cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and nectarines – are

prone to the potentially fatal fungal ‘silver leaf’ infection, and should be pruned in the summer months. Pruning tools must be really sharp – blunt tools mean more effort and the risk of damage to the plant. Create sloping cuts with secateurs, loppers and saws to prevent moisture accumulating (wetness encourages wood rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud to allow new growth without dieback. Stand back from time to time when pruning, to let you see how you are affecting the overall shape of the plant.

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Cranberry, Orange & Nut Loaf This simple cake makes a delicious alternative to a classic rich fruit Christmas cake. It will keep un-iced in an airtight container for a few days. Add the icing and fresh cranberry topping on the day of serving.

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Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas mark 3. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line the base and up two long sides of the tin with baking parchment. Place the butter, sugar, flour, spice, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly combined. Fold in the dried cranberries, nuts and orange zest and juice. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Bake for 1hr-1 hr 15 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Spread the royal icing over the top of the cake. Scatter over the sugar sprinkles and fresh cranberries, plus the fresh mint sprigs if using. Leave in a cool place until set. Serve sliced.

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Legal Corner

Lasting Power of Attorney Jane Brevitt is a local Solicitor, specialising in legal planning and for supporting clients later in their life. This month she talks to us about Lasting Power of Attorney, the benefits of making arrangements and the consequences of not settling your affairs. Most of the clients she works with are aware of what a Lasting Power of Attorney is, however, they either have very little knowledge of their use or have been overwhelmed by the volume of information available. This month she hopes to clarify some of the common concerns with frequently asked questions and answers.

medical treatment and end of life wishes. As such, an LPA is an extremely important document with serious implications for all involved. Why Are There Two Different Types Of LPA ? The first one, and most commonly used one, is an LPA for Property & Financial Affairs, to make financial decisions. The other covers health and welfare to make decisions for you such as care issues and plans, where you might live, end of life wishes and authorising the Attorney(s) to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment. Why Do People Need An LPA ? Anyone over the age of 18 with assets should always have an LPA for Property and Finances and we would also recommend having an LPA for Health and Welfare, so that you have made the decision of whom you wish to appoint rather than the court deciding, or in the case of health issues, the medics, or in case of care issues, the Local Authority. You are best empowering those you trust to make the appropriate decision when you can’t.

Can I Carry Out A DIY Online LPA ? Legal providers believe that online LPA’s create risks that a legal provider can help you avoid such as: ensure that they are legally robust, not subject to rejection, and Attorneys are suitable and appropriate. They will safeguard against fraud or coercion. Safeguard the wishes of the donor, if they are vulnerable and What Is A Lasting Power Of Attorney appear unsure or uncomfortable. They A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a will, above all, ensure that the LPA powerful legal document that allows a adequately expresses the donor’s wishes person (“Donor”) to choose one or more and preferences and covers all aspects of individuals (“Attorneys”) to handle their affairs in the event that they can no longer their property and finance and/or health do so themselves, for example if they lose and welfare views. They will also ensure that Attorneys appointed fully understand mental capacity. Attorneys are able to make important decisions on behalf of the their role and responsibility. Contd on page 17 Donor, involving the property, money, 14 Please mention “The Bournville Pages” when responding to adverts

Brevitts Solicitors later years care specialists Legal solutions for those wanting to achieve peace of mind in later life Jane and her daughter Jessica Harper run Brevitts Solicitors, a local practice based in Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak. They specialise in helping clients to arrange their affairs to secure peace of mind in later life. They provide; legal estate planning, wills, probate and trusts. In addition, they provide a suite of later life care solutions for clients and their families, to put in place arrangements to assist and support them should they arise. Jane is a Solicitor for the Elderly (SFE). She has expertise built up over 35 years of experience in providing solutions for elderly and vulnerable that aim to give clients and their families’ absolute peace of mind, at an affordable cost. Jane’s knowledge and experience ensures that she ignores all myths relating to ageing, acknowledging and respectful of the competence of her clients in their later lives. She understands, takes into account and seeks to accommodate the challenges they may face. She identifies and supports clients to overcome the challenges of the mind or physical disabilities, which may accompany the ageing process. She has established a greater awareness of the social and health impact and how these can be supported, should they arise. Jane’s expertise helps her to provide a personal and client focused experience. She aims to put clients at their ease, whilst simplifying the complex and sensitive issues that we all need to address when resolving legal issues. Jane, Jessica and the team work with clients face to face in their office or in the client’s own home, if the clients prefer, or are unable to get into the office. In addition, Jane uses online meeting software, either at the office or in the client’s own home if they wish to invite family members to attend and support them. This has proved invaluable when family live some way away, a different country, or simply avoids the need for a day off work, to support their loved ones, who feel reassured should they want their family involved in the consultation, managing everyone’s concerns irrespective of geography or work commitments.

Support they offer · Estate planning using Wills, Trusts and lifetime giving · Powers of attorney, including Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Finance and Health and Welfare · Probate and the administration of estates with or without Wills · Court of Protection - applications deputyships, statutory Wills etc · Trust & their administration - created in their lifetime or under a Will · Wills from the simple to the complex · Preserving assets in the event of long term residential or nursing care · The provision of home care · Residential and nursing home contracts · Advice on financial responsibility and funding for long-term care Jane is also a MENCAP recommended Solicitor. She is supported in the services she provides by being part of a network and the relationships that she has built up over time, with key statutory and voluntary bodies and agencies, charities, housing, health and social care providers, the financial services sector and other related organisations and individuals. Jane is available to give talks and seminars to interest groups in the community and local societies and specialist elderly and vulnerable adults carers and service providers. Please contact Brevitts for their free guidance by calling or emailing them.


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Lasting Power Of Attorney Contd ... When Should I Make An LPA ? You must put your LPA in place before it is actually needed, to give you peace of mind that your affairs are in order and usually when you are taking advice about making your will.

possible. Your legal advisor will assist you with establishing if you have the capacity to make one.

What If I Don’t Have Sufficient Capacity ? If you don’t have sufficient capacity for making an LPA then the only way forward may be to apply to the Court Of Protection for a Deputyship Order. This Who Should I Appoint As My can be avoided if you are prepared and Attorney ? Appoint a trusted family member, friend or made the LPA’s before you lose capacity. your Solicitor. The LPA is a powerful The process is lengthy and can cost up to legal document appointing trusted £1750 in court and legal costs depending individual(s) to handle your affairs on your on complexity. behalf if you can’t look after yourself Who Will Determine Who Will Look through mental and/or physical After My Affairs Under A Deputyship incapacity. The Attorney(s) you appoint Order ? will effectively step into your shoes and The Court will decide who looks after your act on your wishes, or act in your best affairs, not you. Usually it is a family interests when you can’t make decisions. member who has put themselves forward. Do Attorneys Have To Agree To Act ? If there are no family members, then Yes, it is best for you to ask family and friends or your solicitor. If no one steps friends and for them to familiarize forward then it may have to be a Court themselves with their roles and appointed solicitor or the Local Authority. responsibilities as an Attorney BEFORE What are the costs of making an LPA ? they agree and sign. Costs vary from one provider to another, a quick check online suggests that costs Can I Leave It Until The Situation vary between £300-750. Whilst the Arises ? Unfortunately, when you need an LPA process is straight forward when you and you don’t have one, it may be too late have the knowledge, skill and experience, to set up. they can become complex so you are best seeking assistance from a legal I Have Recently Had A Diagnosis Of provider. Alzheimer’s, Am I Still Able To Make An LPA ? Jane Brevitt is a registered member of This will depend on if you have capacity. Solicitor For The Elderly With an early diagnosis it is generally


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Headaches Pretty much every human being must have experienced head pain at some time in their life, whether it be sinus pain from a cold, a tension headache or just a hangover after one too many pints in the Dog and Duck! There are literally hundreds of types and causes of headaches from simple, benign symptoms relieved by a paracetamol and a lie-down, to severely debilitating conditions like migraine or cluster headaches and (rarely) a headache associated with lifethreatening conditions such as a tumour or a bleed in the brain. Some headaches are associated with other symptoms like nausea, visual disturbances or sensitivity to light or sound. Luckily, osteopaths are highly-trained primary care professionals who should be able to tell you, after a thorough history and examination, if your headache is in any way worrying and refer you on appropriately for help or further investigations.

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Local business owner Steve Rossiter, of Rossiters Organic Butchers in Mary Vale Road, has won the title of Organic Butcher Shop Of The Year, and received his award from Birmingham Prestige Awards in October. Owned and run by Steve Rossiter, a master butcher for over 25 years, Rossiters is Birmingham’s first and only organic butchers, and, registered with the Soil Association, Rossiters has been providing high class organic meat since 1999.

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Hospice To Remember 40 Years Of Loved Ones With ‘Light Up A Life’ Event Birmingham’s largest hospice is encouraging families to remember their loved ones this Christmas, with an evening of music and celebration.

There will also be an opportunity to honour loved ones before the event, in the Hospice’s online ‘Book of Remembrance’. The online book will be filled with tributes and anyone who makes a dedication will be able to share the book with their family and friends. A physical book will be displayed at the ceremony.

Cal Harbourne will be the one of the attendees at this years Light Up A Life event. She will be remembering her husband Rob, who the Hospice cared for at home and then on its Inpatient Unit. Joining Cal will be popular media broadcaster, Llewela Bailey, who will be hosting the events and pressing the button With two events taking place at the Hospice on Thursday 12th December, the to switch on the charity’s iconic lights. first at 5.30pm and the second at 7.30pm, Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice provides guests will be able to enjoy Christmas vital care to people and their loved ones carols, live musical performances and a who are living with a life-limiting illness. moving display of silent fireworks. The Light Up A Life ceremonies are part of Birmingham St. Marys Hospice - which has been caring for local people for 40 years, is inviting the community to its seasonal ‘Light Up A Life’ ceremonies, to remember and celebrate the lives of those who are sadly no longer with us.

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Ingredients 750g large ripe tomatoes 4 red peppers 4 shallots, peeled and halved 2 garlic cloves 2 tbsp virgin olive oil 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato puree 400ml vegetable stock 1 tsp sugar


Crème fraiche, roasted pumpkin seeds and shredded fresh basil leaves, to serve

Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, gas mark 6. Score a cross in the top and base of each tomato and place in the roasting tin with the peppers, shallots, garlic cloves, olive oil and Italian herbs. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and roast for 2530 minutes until the tomatoes are soft with charred, peeling skins and the peppers have blistered and blackened skins. Carefully place the hot peppers in a large freezer bag and leave until cool enough to handle (this will help to make peeling them easier). Leave the tomatoes and shallots to cool in the roasting tin. Peel the peppers, discarding the seeds and pith, and remove the skins and any tough core from the tomatoes. Place both in a food processor or blender with the shallots and any juices from the roasting tin. Process until very smooth – you may need to do this in two batches. Transfer the pepper and tomato mixture to a large pan and stir in the sun-dried tomato puree, vegetable stock and sugar. Slowly bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, top with a swirl of crème fraiche and some pumpkin seeds and basil.

To make crunchy roast pumpkin seeds, spread them on a baking sheet and roast in the oven with the tomatoes and peppers for 7-8 minutes.


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Community Coffee Mornings St Francis Youth & Community Centre Sycamore Road, Bournville B30 2AA

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Every Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm during term time £2.00 each. For anyone who wants to be creative among friends, sketching, painting, sewing or any art form welcome. Come to one of our coffee mornings every Tuesday – Thursday 9.30am - 12 noon, during term time. Relax with friends, look at our book and bric a brac stalls or drop in for some ‘me’ time and enjoy our filter coffee and extensive range of teas. Everyone welcome. Take a Look at Our Leisure Groups and Classes Choose from: Art Appreciation, Calligraphy, Creative Writing, Drawing & Painting, Drawing Portraits, Dance for all ages, French, Guitar Group, Keep-Fit, Reading for Pleasure, Tai Chi, Yoga. For more information contact: Annette Lucas, St Francis Centre on 0121 472 7215, Ext 1, email -

Connect Over 50’s Group Monyhull Chruch, St Francis Drive, Kings Norton, B30 3PS Our Connect group has coffee time, quizzes, games, craft, thought for the day, and a tasty lunch (£4). We meet around the middle week of every other month. You will be very welcome. Please contact or phone 0121 441 3081 for more details. Stirchley Community Market Your local market with independent stalls, arts and crafts, hot and cold food and much more ! On the first Tuesday of the month (Mar - Dec) from 4pm-8pm, inside and outside Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane, Stirchley Scottish Country Dancing In Kings Heath, The Hub Hazelwell, 318 Vicarage Road, B14 7NH Open to everyone, just £4 on the door. Contact Nicola on 07986 543132

Bournville Radio Sailing and Model Boat Club The Club provides facilities to race or build RC yachts, power boats and scale models. A full calendar of events is available throughout the year. The Club meets at the following times:Tues 10.00 to 13.00 – Models and powerboats, Wed 10.00 to 13.00 – Radio sailing Thurs 10.00 to 13.00 – Models and powerboats, Sat 10.00 to 13.00 – Juniors (Please check for availability) Sun 10.00 to 13.00 – Radio sailing, Sun 13.00 to 16.00 – Models and powerboats Taster sessions take place on Wednesday and Sunday at 12.30 when boats can be supplied. Please contact Andrew Hines on 07581 513899 or 0121 449 6178. See the Club’s website at Better still, why not just come down to Valley Parkway and try out a boat. Kings Norton Farmers Market Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9.00am-2.00pm On The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RU Local produce from fabulous local producers.

STELLA - Ladies Free Support Group Are you feeling lonely, depressed ? Fed up with your own company ? Would you like to re-kindle an old skill or learn a new one ? Then why not come and learn to knit or crochet (or watch from the sidelines). We meet each Thursday from 12pm - 3pm at Stirchley Baths, 2-4 Bournville Lane, Stirchley B30 2JT. Phone 0121 464 9072 for more info. All welcome. Food Cycle At Longbridge Methodist Church Every Monday, a FREE 3 course meal at 6.30pm St Mary’s Hospice Choir Christmas Concert Sat 7th December 2019 at 7pm Selly Oak Methodist Church Tickets £10 Adult, Child £2.50, available on the door or Choir members. All proceeds to benefit Birmingham St Marys Hospice

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Kings Norton Allotments Plots available now. The entrance is on Masshouse Lane. Drop in and meet us any Sunday 11am - 1pm. Contact Ray 07071 367015

Chit-Chat and Cake, Redhill Court Residential Care Home 77 Nearhill Road, Kings Norton B38 8JU Do you have some spare time on a Wednesday and want to give back to your local community ? Why not join us for a hot drink, The Bournville Society slice of cake and a chat with our residents who The Bournville Society is one of the most popular have many fascinating stories to tell and would local history groups in south Birmingham and love to meet you. If you would like to take part meets at Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close off and meet some friendly faces, call our team in Oak Tree Lane, Bournville, B30 1UA. Monthly, advance on 0121 486 4941. presentations by renowned speakers take place on the first Wednesday evening of the month, Senior Citizens Club at Longbridge between October and May (excluding January) Social Club 7.30pm-9.00pm. There is car parking on this site Every Thursday afternoon, from 1.15pmand disabled access. Visitors are most welcome 3.00pm. Tea, chat, bingo, music and much to attend any talk. For further info, please more, 50p weekly and we also have day trips. contact Rosemary Shutt on 0121 478 2547 A very friendly atmosphere. Just drop in or telephone 0121 478 3504 Wednesday Lunch Club Christ Church, Selly Park, 953 Pershore Road, Warstock Community Centre Selly Park B29 7PS 1 Daisy Farm Road, Warstock B14 4QA For retired people, we now have spaces Senior Citizen Lunch Club For Over 55’s available. We meet from 11.30am - 2pm. Monday and Wednesday, 2 course meal and Enjoy a home cooked 2 course lunch, refreshments, cost £5 (11.30am-2.30pm friendship and a programme of activities for Friday - Snack’n’Chat - light snack and £4.50. If you are interested please phone refreshments Cost £2.50 (11.30am-2.30pm) 0121 471 2379. Planned activity programme and , very friendly atmosphere and occasional trips out. To book Phoenix Singers – Birmingham your place, ring Lynn on 0121 474 4709 A community choir, based in South Birmingham, with around100 members aged from 20 to 90. We meet weekly to sing songs in a wide variety of styles. We perform three concerts each year and donate some of our profit to local charities. We are keen to attract new members, particularly tenors. Please come along to Rowheath Pavilion, Bournville, B30 1HH any Wednesday evening in term time, at 7.15 and give us a try. For further information, ring Sue on 0121 429 1348

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Alternate Mondays 11am-1pm at Stirchley Baths, Bournville Lane on 2nd Sept, 16th Sept, 30th Sept, 14th Oct & 28th Oct. Sequence Dance at Rowheath Pavilion Using art, music, movement and theatre, we tap Heath Road, Bournville B30 1HH into what is important to people we meet and Every Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pmcelebrate their individuality. Themed sessions, 3.30pm. If you enjoy modern sequence life story work, friendly faces and refreshment. For people living with dementia and their carers. dancing come along and join our very friendly group. You are also welcome if you would like Please email to book your place: to come along to watch and have a chat. Pages Magazines aim to provide a quality publication for local reference but cannot be held responsible for the services or reputation of any of the advertisers or for any content of advertisements or editorial herein. Reproduction in whole or in part is strictly prohibited without prior written permission from Pages Magazines. We do not officially endorse any advertising material contained within this publication but may, from time to time, recommend an individual service or business which may have been recommended by readers or from my own personal use.


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Bournville Pages Dec/Jan 2020  

Local community and lifestyle magazine for Bournville, Cotteridge and Stirchley

Bournville Pages Dec/Jan 2020  

Local community and lifestyle magazine for Bournville, Cotteridge and Stirchley