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In a brief lull in my working-fromhome day, I went into the kitchen to make myself a cup of tea (and – let’s be honest – to open and close a few cupboards and the fridge looking for something interesting to eat. My search was – quite literally – fruitless).


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Choosing a care home for yourself or someone you love is never easy. Here are a few things you’ll want to consider. Nursing homes versus care homes Nursing homes have qualied medical staff on site; care homes may not, so do consider what type of service you’re looking for. It’s worth speaking to your GP about which type of home might be best and whether they can recommend anywhere. Your local council can also assess your care needs. Certain health conditions, such as dementia and Parkinson’s, will require specialist care, so you’ll need to check whether the homes you’re looking at have staff with suitable skills and experience. Budget You’ll want to check whether you’re entitled to any nancial support towards the fees, so do contact your local council for a means test. Extra support towards nursing care may also be available from the NHS. Once you know what help you’re entitled to, you can work out which local care homes are within your budget. Remember to check exactly what the fees cover and how much notice you’ll be given when the fees increase. What makes you happy? Have a think about the type of care home you or your loved one would most enjoy living in. Do you want a garden? What kind of activities would you

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Preparation time: 15 minutes Cooking time: 8 minutes Serves: 4 Marinate: 1-2 hours or overnight Ingredients • 2 x 150g lean beef llet steaks • 200g bag of mixed salad leaves • 4 radishes, sliced thinly • ½ a cucumber, cut in half lengthways and sliced Chimichurri sauce • 1 garlic clove, crushed • Pinch of sea salt • Pinch of black pepper • ½ a red chilli, deseeded and chopped • Large handful of at-leaf parsley leaves • Handful of coriander leaves • Pinch of ground cumin • 30ml apple cider vinegar • 75ml olive oil


Chimichurri is a delicious spicy herb sauce ideal for serving with meats. For maximum avour, marinate the steak in a little of the sauce overnight. When barbecuing, remember that cooking times will vary depending on the thickness of your steak and how you like it cooked. Instead of using the barbecue you can also griddle the steak. This recipe serves four as a light dish or two as a larger main. Method 1. Place the sauce ingredients in a blender and process to form a chunky sauce. Place the steaks in a shallow container. Spoon a third of the sauce over the beef. Cover and place in the fridge for 2 hours, or overnight if possible. 2. Remove the steaks from the fridge and allow to reach room temperature. 3. If barbecuing, make sure the barbecue is medium-hot. Alternatively, heat a griddle pan until hot. Cook the steaks, using long-handled tongs to turn it, until cooked to your liking (2-4 minutes on each side). Turn the steaks once only during cooking – any more and the juices escape, which can make the meat tough. 4. Remove from the pan and allow to rest for 5 minutes. Slice thinly. 5. Place the salad on a platter and top with the radishes and cucumber. Place the steak slices on top. Drizzle over the sauce to serve. Nutrition per serving: 285kcal, fat 24g (of which saturates 4.7g), carbohydrates 0.9g (of which sugars 0.7g), protein 17g

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Our feet are our first point of contact with the world, and yet too often we cram them into ill-fitting shoes and leave them until last when it comes to self-care. From athlete’s foot to ingrown toenails, there are a variety of issues that can crop up as a result of poor foot care. So, what can you do to – literally – put your best foot forward, and how can you resolve any issues should they arise? Prevention is better than cure, so the best place to start is with your choice of shoe. A good pair of shoes should support and protect your feet, and allow natural movement when walking. Look for breathable fabrics, roomy toe-boxes, cushioned soles and low heels. Although wearing high heels once in a while won’t do much harm, long-term use has been linked to ingrown toenails and even arthritis. Once you’re wearing the right shoes, keeping your feet in good condition should be fairly straightforward. Applying a moisturiser or foot cream daily will help prevent cracking, and using a pumice stone or foot file will tackle any hard skin that often appears around the heels. It’s also important to check your feet regularly for cuts, sores, redness or swelling – especially if you’re diabetic. This is because raised blood sugar levels can often lead to a reduction in blood supply to your feet, which means that cuts and sores may take a while to heal.

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News From Hay Green Allotments An allotment is a community. Many allotment sites are tucked away from public view, and Hay Green Allotments is no exception. It covers a large area in the heart of Bournville, yet until we put signs on the gates a few years ago you could have easily walked past the entrances without realising what lay behind them. After several decades, when allotments were all too often ignored, built over, or thought of as obsolete, there has been a growing realisation in recent years that they are fantastic assets, not only for the people who work them but for the wider communities they are located in. At HGA we have tried for many years now to find different ways to welcome people from the local community onto the site, by holding Open Days, Plant Sales, and organised visits for school children and local groups. Of course Covid put a stop to all that, but a recent event showed in spectacular fashion what can be done when allotment holders and people from the community come together. On Saturday 19 March the allotment association held a cake and art sale in aid of charities working to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The event was the brainchild of former treasurer Mike Martin, whose lovely pottery was one of the highlights of the afternoon. The weather was kind, lots of people came to enjoy the event, and almost £1400 was raised for charities working to support refugees and people displaced within Ukraine, a very impressive effort by all concerned. This is in many ways the best time of year on the allotments, with everything bursting into life and all the promise of the growing season

to come. The raised beds that I wrote about in last Summer's article are now finished and fully in use. Sited in a prominent position near the top gate, they should be full of produce soon. It will be interesting to see what people decide to grow when space is so limited! My own plot continues to be a work in progress. I have put in some new raspberry canes to supplement the ones already growing there, and have ordered some asparagus crowns to add to the existing bed. It's my firm belief that you can never have too much asparagus or too many raspberries! So far (in early April) I have planted potatoes and broad beans, along with onions (white and red). I start almost everything off in pots and trays at home, but this trick hasn't worked with the peas that I sprout in trays before planting them out. As happened last year, mice have eaten the peas themselves, leaving the severed stems neatly on the ground. Fortunately peas come in packets of hundreds, so there are plenty more on their way to replace them. Someone needs to tell the visiting cats to buck their ideas up, though. There is currently a long waiting list for plots at HGA, but plots do become available on a regular basis. If you would like to add your name to the list, please email, or leave a message on the HayGreenAllotments Facebook page. HGA is hoping to hold an Open Day and Plant Sale in June. Keep an eye on the community noticeboards and local social media for further news of this event.


A simple, healthy dessert with just a handful of ingredients. You can make this vegan by using soy or coconut yoghurt. For a brighter red colour stir in a little berry superfood powder. Preparation time 10 minutes Freezing time 4-5 hours Serves 4


Ingredients • 400g fresh strawberries • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup • 100g full-fat plain Greek yoghurt • 1 tsp lemon juice • 1 tsp berry superfood powder (optional)

3. Freeze for 4-5 hours or overnight.

1. Wash the strawberries and remove the stems. Cut in half. 2. Place the strawberries out on a parchment-lined tray. 4. Place the frozen strawberries, honey or maple syrup, yoghurt, lemon juice and berry powder (if using) into a food processor. Process until smooth and creamy. You many need to scrape down the sides and repeat the blending a few times. 5. Serve immediately or transfer to an airtight container and return to the freezer.

Nutrition per serving: 260kcal, fat 8.6g (of which saturates 7.3g), carbohydrates 40.6g (of which sugars 39.8g), protein 4.2g


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“I think the best light is through the French windows.” Gladys dragged the chaise longue across the room. “Jean, would you stop skulking around and help.” Gladys was all of a utter. Before breakfast, she’d received an email from a gentleman photographer who’d been so impressed with her portrait that he’d asked if she would mind posing so that he could recreate it. “What portrait?” Jean scratched her head. Gladys’s only guess was the pastel portrait done by a neighbour’s nephew who was taking a GCSE in art, commissioned when she was Chair of the Friends of Yarrow Avenue. After briey adorning the community centre noticeboa ard d , it now hung above e her downstairs lavatory. “You’re very quiet.” Gladys thought her assistant Jean, who was never especially vibrant, seemed downright sluggish today.

“This ‘artiste’ is arriving any minute, so look lively,” Gladys snapped. “He won’t want you hanging about.” “Who is he, anyway?” Jean asked. Not that she would know, Gladys thought, she hardly knows anyone with any culture. “A gentleman called Callum Duffy.” Gladys checked her appearance once more in the mirror. “Though I’m not familiar with his work.” “Not Duff-head Duffy?” Jean’s eyes widened. “I’ve no idea who that is.” “He works behind the bar at Dirty Nelly’s.” “Well obviously it’s not him.” Gladys brushed her hair rigorously, ignoriing th he sinking feeling in her stomach. “Thou ugh these pen nniless artists do need to subsidise their income with menial work.” “He’s got a camera on his phone.”

“I was at Dirty Nelly’s last nightt celebrating my birthdayy.” Jean yawned. “Won a bottle of Cava for best fun fact in the quiz.” Gladys considered ladies of a certain age had no business celebrating birthdays. And in Dirty Nelly’s of all places. She had never been in, but if the sign above the door of a busty barmaid holding six pints of beer was any indication of what went on inside, then the place was clearly a den of iniquity. “Which you drank, and are now paying the price,” Gladys tutted. “So what was your fun fact?”

Jean was te esting her patience when she wanted to look serene and poised for her portrait. And, right on time, the doorbell rang. “Answer that, will you.” She composed herself on the chaise lounge. “Send him directly into the drawing room.” “Where?” “In here.” Within moments Jean shufed back with a skinny young man in tow. “Duff-Head’s here.” Jean plonked herself down on the arm of Gladys’s best sofa.

“It was just about the pub sign. I never claimed it was true.” Jean clamped her mouth shut.

“Callum, how nice to meet you.” She extended her hand for him to kiss like she’d seen artists do in lms. “How do you want me?”

Gladys sighed. Jean was getting worse. Pub quizzes, birthday celebrations, she’d be getting her ears pierced next!

“Right. Take hold of these six pint glasses.” He pulled them clinking out of his rucksack. “I’ll grab my phone and we’ll get started.”


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Community Coffee Mornings St Francis Youth & Community Centre Sycamore Road, Bournville B30 2AA Join us for our new weekly drop in Art Café for the over 50’s. Every Monday 10.00am – 1.00pm during term time £3.00 each, For anyone who wants to be creative among friends, sketching, painting, sewing or any art form welcome. Come To Our Coffee Mornings Every 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/Classes Choose from: Art Appreciation, Creative Writing, Calligraphy, Drawing & Painting, Dance for all ages, Reading for Pleasure, Keep Fit and Yoga. For more information contact: Alison Smith, St Francis Centre on 0121 472 7215, Ext 1, email - 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 http:// Better still, why not just come down to Valley Parkway and try out a boat.

Weoley Hill Crown Green Bowling Club Situated in beautiful surroundings in Fox Hill, B29 and provides for social bowing during the season from April to October, and monthly social meetings during the off season. In house and interclub competitions are a regular feature and the club has two teams active in the Over 60’s South Birmingham League. Mondays and Friday’s afternoons are regular afternoons, 1400 – 1600 hours are Men’s group

days and similarly Ladies days meet Tuesdays and Thursday. Other times available for all members. Currently there are vacancies for new members. No previous experience is necessary as the club has qualified coaches. More information is available from the club website; Alternatively contact:David Obrey – Men’s’ Captain 07930 985646 or Eileen Bird – Ladies Captain 07860 374700 Better still, why not visit on one of the regular afternoons as appropriate to meet us and get a firsthand experience.

Kings Norton Farmers Market Join us on the 2nd Saturday of the month on Kings Norton Green.

Bournville Village Festival Saturday 25th June—10.30pm At Cadbury men’s recreation ground, based in Bournville Lane and Linden Road. Tickets bought in advance are £3 and on the day will be £4. Accompanied children under 12 are free to enter. Bournville Voices We need singers ! We are a small cappella mixed voice choir in the South Birmingham area. Repertoire is varied classical from Tallis to Whitaker, spirituals, jazz and popular styles. We perform around the region regularly under the experienced direction of Anne Ellis. If you are an enthusiastic singer, call Anne on 0121 458 2331 to arrange an informal audition.

St Francis Church, Bournville Green Place of welcome on Thursday, 10.30-12 for drinks and chat and craft. Jubilee - Thurs 9th June at 12, bring and share lunch. Everybody welcome.

Shenley Seniors 50+ We are a very friendly and social group who meet to have fun and interact, and enjoy a packed programme of activities ! Join us every Thursday 1pm-3pm at Shenley Court Hall, 200 Green Meadow Road, B29 4ED 0121 475 7521 The ‘Old’ Granton Medical Centre

Recently a resident contacted me regarding the above 100 year old former doctors surgery that has been in use until last year. Apparently, there are now plans to demolish this wonderful period property on 1st July 2022, and she wondered whether other residents in Bournville, and surrounding areas, were aware. The planning number is 2022/03164/PA - Mr George Baker, Planning Officer. 0121 303 1115

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