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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the March 2014 edition of your local, independent community magazine. As usual the magazine is virtually bursting at the seams with interesting, local articles intermingled with many local businesses on your doorstep. Next month the Rest House on Bournville Green is celebrating its centenary, and as you would expect there will be various events to mark this historic event. You can read all about it on page 6. Local bowls club, Rowheath Bowls, are looking for new members to join their very friendly team so if you would like to find out more and perhaps join them on their Open Day, read all about it on page 15. Likewise, if you have a local sports team or club and would like more members, give me a call and your club or association could also be featured in the Bournville Pages.

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6 Rest House Celebrations 12 Easy Lamb Rogan Dhansak 15 Rowheath Bowls Club 22 Bournville Gentle Cycling 26/28Gardening With Pippa Greenwood 32 Thinking Of Moving ? 34 Apricot & Apple Strudel 36 Why Saving Doesn’t Have To Be Taxing 46/47The Community Pages A Spotlight On A Local Business 10 My Personal Estate Agent

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On the 18th April 1914, the octagonal building located at the centre of Bournville Village Green, known as the Rest House, was inaugurated by George and Elizabeth Cadbury when a crowd of 16,000 people gathered on a beautiful spring day for the auspicious occasion. The event was all the more significant because the building was given to George and Elizabeth Cadbury as a gift by the employees of Cadbury Bros Ltd to commemorate their silver wedding. A stone tablet in the Rest House was unveiled by the afternoon at 3.00pm Frank Deleu, happy couple and was inscribed:Carillonneur from Bruges, Belgium will give a recital thereby perpetuating the special “This Rest House was erected to commemorate the Silver Wedding of Mr and relationship between Bournville and Bruges following George Cadbury’s hearing the Mrs George Cadbury by the employees of Carillon in Bruges in the late 19th century. Cadbury Bros Ltd at Bournville and in all He was thereby inspired to install a carillon parts of the world as a lasting memorial of in Bournville, this being the first and largest esteem and affection, as an expression of instrument of its kind in the United Kingdom. gratitude for the unceasing interest in their welfare and in admiration of manifold social A climax of celebrations will be in the services to the world at large”. presentation of a Centenary concert in St. Francis Church at 7.00pm when This important historic event and the international musicians will participate memory of George and Elizabeth is to be together with Claire Vaughan, (mezzo celebrated on Saturday 12th April 2014 when there will be a formal gathering at the soprano), Laura Joy Godwin (soprano) and Rest House, (now functioning as the Carillon resident Carillonneurs Trevor Workman and Charlotte Barber with choirs from Bournville Visitor Centre), at 12 noon. To further celebrate the occasion there will be 2 guest Junior and St. Francis Schools. The concert will be an occasion not to be missed with a carillon wide diversity of music and is likely to be recitals heavily subscribed so booking early will be during the essential to avoid disappointment. It is day by hoped that there will be a live video link with renowned international the Carillon with spectacular effect. Tickets carillonneurs. will be on sale from the Rest House and at ‘Louise of Bournville’ in Sycamore Road from the beginning of March 2014. At 11am Boudewijn Please come and support these various Zwart from events throughout the day in celebration of the Netherlands the life and work of George Cadbury and his will play and amazing legacy to Bournville and the world at large. in the



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The friendships you can make whilst bowling are many, and within our club they are encouraged with some social activities eg, Annual Presentation Lunch (where club awards are given to the winners and runners up of the club We gained tenancy of the Rowheath site competitions), bi-annual Dance, August from BVT to use the facilities of the Level Club Tour (usually Sunday - Saturday) (Lawn) Green with adjoining clubhouse. playing four mixed matches with 6 teams So a private club named Rowheath of 4 players in Counties associated to Bowls Club was organised for a mixed Bowls England. Ladies & Gents membership, run by a Joint Committee elected by its members. Finally, for anyone interested, our OPEN DAY this year is on Saturday 14th June We have earned the reputation for being from 12 noon - 4.00pm, when you can a friendly and hospitable group from come to see us and try out the game of member’s families and friends and other bowls. bowling clubs whom we have met in competitions or friendly matches. Enquiries are welcome to Chris Clement, Secretary on 0121 476 4468 or June New members are encouraged and can Whittaker on 0121 475 4938. be sure of a warm welcome. Tuition for starters is available with instruction by our club’s coaching members and the use of club bowls is free during a trial period - so why not give it a try ? Our Club was started in the mid - 1980’s when the Cadbury’s club moved to newly created premises within the Girls grounds nearer to the factory.

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Bournville and its neighbouring areas are wonderful cycling (and walking) country. There is a patchwork of parks, paths, and quiet lanes, many inaccessible by car or public transport. As a keen cyclist how could I encourage others to get on their bikes and share my enjoyment of them?

Cycling route is between Woodbrooke Road and Bournville Park

Many people, of all ages, have unused bikes in garden sheds, acquired with short lived enthusiasm but now neglected. With this in mind I entered BVT's Vision competition in 2012 for Local Community projects and gained an award to set up Bournville Gentle Cycling. A weekly cycle ride was proposed for 'hesitant' cyclists with the assurance that the pace would be slow, traffic would be avoided, bike problems would be fixed and we would rest or walk when needed.

churchyard, along Woodgate Valley, explored Austin Village, Icknield Street, wandered in Kings Heath, Highbury and Cannon Hill parks, or the surroundings of Birmingham University and QEHB. We've been into Birmingham City Centre along the Harborne walkway and the canal, returning through old Edgbaston and the Rea Valley. Occasionally, we've even got to the Waseley Hills and Frankley reservoir (not as far away as you might think).

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any helpful effect when it comes to scaring unwanted deer from your garden, they epitomise the Japanese garden. All you need to set up is a source of water powered by a pump, then allow the water to pour out from a bamboo spout and then into another hollowed out piece of bamboo. As the weight of the water increases in the hollowed out bamboo it causes it to tip and to swivel around slightly. Once filled up it then tilts downwards and pours its water into the basin or bowl beneath. When empty it clunks back into position. If you want something even simpler, then buy some wide diameter bamboo canes, hollow one out, cut the end at an angle and simply create a trickling water spout. Provided you fix everything up with a pump, the water can then be recycled around from the bowl or basin and back into the trickling pipe. Graveled areas raked into simple patterns resembling waves or entire circles also help to create a Japanese feel. These can take up the majority of the garden space, be a relatively small area or perhaps link your existing garden into the Japanese ‘room’ that you have created. Concentric rings of raked gravel or sand look particularly dramatic if you place a sizeable, interestingly shaped boulder, stone or specimen plant in the centre of the middle circle. A visit to a few local garden centres or maybe even DIY stores will reveal just how many different sizes and colours of stone chippings and gravel are now readily available. (Contd on page 28)

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Don’t forget that you’ll also need some landscape fabric to lay beneath the stone to help deter weeds. When it comes to plants there are several which instantly help to evoke that Japanese effect. The so-called Japanese maples with their intricately divided leaves epitomise Japanese gardens and many will turn brilliant shades in the autumn. Japanese azaleas too can be used to great effect and can bring in some of those really bright colours which look so good for the relatively simple garden surrounding them. Pine trees may be too large for most gardens, but you can gradually bend the stems of a smaller one to create a bonsai effect. Of course, if you’re a collector of bonsai then most of these trees actually enjoy spending the summer outside in a garden and provided they are kept adequately maintained, will look

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Avoiding and Reducing Tax on Interest If you earn less than your annual tax allowance, you won’t have to pay tax on your savings interest (unless it pushes your income over your tax allowance). But most banks and building societies automatically tax your interest, so register as a non-taxpayer by filling in form R85, found here http://, for each institution you bank with. You can check your eligibility at r85-helpsheet.pdf. Don’t forget, children pay tax too – most won’t earn enough to go over their allowance, but parents must fill in an R85 on their behalf. Remember, if money given by a parent produces interest of over £100 a year, the interest is considered part of that parent’s income. If you or your partner pay different tax rates, consider putting savings in the name of whoever pays the lowest rate. Some couples aren’t happy with their savings in just one name, but if you are, it can make good financial sense, particularly if one of you is paying the higher rate tax of 40% or more while the other pays basic tax or none at all.

Tax Free Savings Even if you’re a tax-payer, there are tax-free saving schemes sanctioned by the government which allow you to invest a limited amount each tax-year and receive your interest tax-free. An ISA (Individual Savings Account) allows you to save up to an overall maximum of £11,520 a year (in tax year 2013-14), either in a Stocks and Shares ISAs (annual limit £11,520) or a Cash ISA (annual limit only £5760 per year – so you may want to invest the rest of your allowance in a Stocks and Shares ISA). Many


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Bournville Townswomen's Guild We extend an invitation to women of all ages to come and join us. We offer friendship and companionship. We have well supported scrabble, lunch clubs and handicraft groups. We have tea and chat groups. We enjoy trips to places of interest. We have speakers, who cover a wide range of topics, at most of our meetings. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 2.00pm (except December). Why not come and join us at The Friends Meeting House, Linden Road, Bournville, where there are friends who would welcome your company and companionship. Local contact: Sue on 0121-608 0646 Held at the Meeting House by permission of Bournville Friends' Meeting. Bournville Vocal Ease Ladies Choir For ladies of ALL ages and abilities who enjoy singing, want to make new friends and have fun ! They learn a wide range of repertoire from pop, rock, motown musicals, classical favourites and everything in between. The choir meets from 7.15pm - 8.45pm every Tuesday at The United Reformed Church on Beaumont Road, Bournville. ÂŁ7 per session. There is no audition and music will be provided for you to borrow. Please contact Laura Joy Godwin for more information 07817 617923. Kings Norton Women's Institute (Afternoon) Branch This branch of the WI meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm. Please join us at the Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge. For more information, please contact Jennifer Crow on 0121 459 0779 The Thursday Afternoon Group (for retired people) meets at 2pm for an hour or so on the first and third Thursdays in the month. The venue is the United Reformed Church in Beaumont Road, Bournville. Enquiries to Mr & Mrs Garrow on 472 6443 or Primrose Taylor on 459 3488 Birmingham Organic Gardeners Our meetings take place in the Dame Elizabeth Hall in Oak Tree Lane (behind the BVT offices). All talks start at 7.30pm. All visitors welcome. Small entrance charges apply. For more details please call 0121 258 0367


South Birmingham Flower Club Invite you to celebrate with us on Monday 12th May 2014 our Emerald Anniversary with Joan Southerton at Dame Elizabeth Hall, Bournville, B30 1UG at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are ÂŁ6 including coffee and cake. Tickets available from Margaret on 0121 458 2414 or Chris on 0121 472 5758 or available on the door.

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