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ISSUE 106 MAY/JUNE 2014

DELIVERED TO: BOURNVILLE AND STIRCHLEY

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The Rajpoot Indian Restaurant in Cotteridge, was established in 1971 and after 40 years in business, it is still a family owned restaurant that still serves some of the best Indian food in the South Birmingham area. The word Rajpoot is derived from the fifth century Indian term Rajputra, meaning ‘son of princes’, renowned for their courage, strength and resilience. The Rajpoot specialises in authentic Indian cuisine and our menus offer an array of mouth-watering curry and balti dishes that are sure to satisfy any appetite. Our food is a source of acclaim, our fare is often commended for its potency to the palate

through gentle layers of delicate but fastidious flavouring and use of only fine ingredients. Our team of dedicated chefs regard cooking as a true art and this has culminated in the garnering of numerous awards and accolades. For quality food and a clean and relaxed dining atmosphere, the Rajpoot can cater for most occasions. Whether you are looking for a table for two or a party booking, our experience and courteous staff will make your visit an enjoyable one. If you prefer to dine at home, we offer a full take-away menu for collection or delivery.

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the May 2014 edition of your local, independent community magazine. At last Spring is here which brings longer days and warmer weather, a great time to get outside, which is made all the more easier with Centro who have lots of ideas and activities regarding walking and cycling, which you can read about on page 29. There is another yummy cake recipe this month and if you miss any of the recipes from previous editions of the magazine, you can always go to my website www.pagesmagazines.co.uk where you can view them and print them off. Spring is often the time when we gain an appetite for improving our home or garden, purchasing plants and not knowing where to plant them (something I am very guilty of). As usual the magazine is virtually bursting at the seams with interesting, local articles intermingled with many local businesses on your doorstep who can help with jobs in, and outside your home. Lastly, don’t forget Armed Forces Day next month which you can read about on page 46. The deadline for the June edition is the 15th May, Until next time,

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Age Proof Your Hair Finance - Buying A New Car Ginger & Rhubarb Muffins Travel - Istanbul Gardening With Pippa Greenwood Improving Your Home Glazed Chicken Kebabs Beatrice Cadbury Motoring - Interview With Sebastien Loeb Armed Forces Day The Community Pages

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A Spotlight On A Local Business Rajpoot Indian Restaurant Elite Letting Solutions

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Elite Letting Solutions has been established since 2003 when Ebrahim Kola opened a lettings/estate agency that would always put their clients and customers first. Last year, Elite Letting Solutions celebrated its tenth birthday and were subsequently entered into The ESTAS Awards, which celebrate the very best in estate and letting agents and is an awards which is voted for by the clients of the respective companies.

announced this month that Elite had beaten off some strong competition and were shortlisted in the final ten in the West Midlands Region, one of which will be crowned the best agent for 2014.

Whether they bring home gold, silver or bronze, Ebrahim Kola has commented on his ‘pride’ in the company and its staff and thanked his clients for voting for Elite. “Following ten years of hard work, it’s a proud moment for myself and the company and I Following a successful voting campaign, it was thank all of our landlords who have voted for us this year - roll on the awards ceremony in May”. Elite Letting Solutions now patiently wait for the awards ceremony held in London on 9th May to see whether they have been crowned the best in the Midlands but with or without the trophy, ELS continue to provide a fantastic service to the local communities of Bournville and Stirchley.

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You’re probably all too aware that you need to look after your skin if you want to stay looking younger for longer – but have you ever thought that you might need to age-proof your hair as well? Hair, like skin, suffers two types of ageing: extrinsic and intrinsic. Extrinsic ageing is the effect of everything that your locks are exposed to, like heat-styling, sun damage, and colouring. Intrinsic ageing comes from below the scalp and reveals the signs that your hair is past its prime: reduction in melanin, decline in sebum production, and a change in hair diameter. What that means is that greys start to appear, the shine starts to disappear, and your hair loses its bounce. Hair growth also begins to slow over the years, so it’s harder to achieve the length you loved when you were younger. Ageing a natural process, but there’s plenty you can do to slow it down. Always Be Aware of Your Hair Try to limit extrinsic damage. Lay off the heated styling tools; prevent your hair from being frazzled by the sun by applying a deep conditioner to the lengths and ends when you’re on the beach; and cut right back on products that can dry your hair, like hairsprays. Reconsider Your Colour Although you might colour your hair to hide greys, choosing the wrong hue can be very ageing. An all-over colour can be hard to wear as you get older. Instead of opting for a block shade, choose a base colour that’s no more than two shades lighter or darker than your natural hue, and add highlights. Not only will your hair look younger, your face will too. Condition, Condition, Condition Smother the lengths and ends of your hair with a rich deepconditioning treatment once or twice a week. Try hair oils and products that are specially formulated for

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ageing, thinning, or dried-out hair. Try a New Hairstyle It’s easy to get stuck in a rut, but out-of-date, unflattering styles really do make you look a lot older than you are. That’s why it’s important to take a fresh look at yourself every so often. Talk to your stylist, or try a new salon. The opinion of someone who doesn’t already know you and your hair can result in a fantastic new look. Any hairdresser worth their salt can advise on what styles work best for thinning or ageing hair, but generally it’s worth considering the following: Length – Long locks look lovely if they’re bouncy, thick, and full of life, but if that’s not the case then they really aren’t worth holding on to. Chopping long hair into a flattering, blunt, midi-cut is a quick way to create more youthful-looking hair. Ridding your tresses of dead split-ends improves condition, and a blunt cutting technique will create the look of fullness. Frame Your Face – Try a fringe, or have some soft layers added to the styling around your face. This lifts your features and makes you look younger. A Professional Opinion is Best Although it’s normal for your hair to show signs of change such as thinning over the years, it’s worth seeing your GP if you notice any sudden changes. Hair loss can be caused by hormone deficiencies – low thyroid levels, for example – a deficiency in nutrients, stress, and the side-effects of various medications. So if you’re in doubt, ask your doctor’s advice. By Helen Taylor


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purchase for you which can make it less hassle. Be warned though that you will not own the car until the final payment, so the vehicle can be repossessed if you don’t keep up with the repayments. On the other hand, as this gives the finance company some security, it can be easier to get a hire purchase agreement than it is to get a bank loan.

The average householder doesn’t usually have enough spare cash to enable them to walk into a car showroom and make an outright purchase. Yet as current figures are showing healthy growth in the new car sales market, it’s clear that the money is being raised one way or another. As the majority of finance deals come with fixed interest rates, new car owners know exactly what their monthly/weekly repayment costs will be for the lifetime of the arrangement. Not just monthly payments There is much to consider when looking into a finance plan, and a low monthly repayment alone is not enough information on which to base your decision. For example, many finance agreements have a mileage limitation, with penalties for going over this. Some manufacturers will charge more than others but the average pricing is between 5p and 20p for every mile you exceed. Contracts Bank loan: You can seek a loan agreement from your bank for the purchase of a vehicle, which will give you the sum outright. If you are successful then the car will be your own and it will be the bank you owe the money to. Your success in securing personal finance will depend on your credit rating, employment status and ability to prove you can repay the money. As with all loan agreements it is important to look for any small print, and to check you aren’t signing up for payment protection insurance (PPI) unless you want it. Hire Purchase (HP): You will usually have to put down a deposit and then you will the balance in instalments over 12 – 60 months. Because you are repaying the full value of the car, the monthly payments can be high, especially if your deposit was small. Although this sounds similar to a bank loan, the dealer will usually organise hire

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Personal Contract Purchase (PCP): This is a variation of hire purchase but rather than paying for the car in full, you agree to pay the difference between the sale price and the estimated value at the end of the agreement period. This will usually mean the monthly payments are lower. At the end of the agreement you have three choices: just hand the car back; trade-in using the residual value as a deposit on a new model or pay the final value in full (a ‘balloon’ payment) and keep the vehicle. You could of course look at taking out a bank loan to meet the balloon payment. Personal Leasing: Essentially you are just hiring the car for the duration of the agreement. The servicing and maintenance will be included (but not insurance). You will agree a limited mileage. At the end of the agreement, you hand the car back - it never belongs to you. Be aware though that as with any hire car, if you send the vehicle back with a scratch, a dent, or damaged upholstery, there are likely to be penalties to pay. Credit rating Your credit rating will always be checked for any loan, hire purchase or finance arrangement and those with poor credit may either be refused finance or will find themselves paying a higher interest rate. For example, on a car finance agreement with no deposit and a duration of 60 months with a car value of £5,000, someone with an Excellent Credit Rating will pay £5748.75; change the buyer to one with a Poor Credit Rating and they could pay up to £9248.75 for the same vehicle. Who to use When looking into where to obtain a finance agreement, using a company with a car showroom and brand name will give you more protection than a private person or an internet agency. In the former case the contract will be two sided whereas less scrupulous companies can apply fees, charges and new rules and regulations throughout the agreement and, as this will have been a private transaction, it is unlikely you will be able to do much about it.


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A water feature adds a truly magical dimension to any garden, large or small. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface both works wonders, even on a less than perfect plot, and can be just the finishing touch you need for a patio or back yard or for a much larger garden. A visit to your local garden centre or specialist aquatics centre, or a browse online, will reveal a plentiful choice of water features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, just what are the main points to bear in mind? First, position. If you want moving water, your choice of feature will almost certainly need an electric pump, so there has to be a power-point nearby – an obvious point perhaps, but one that people do sometimes overlook. Do you want an eye-catching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your barbecues or alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to carefully consider the appropriate position. Any water feature from pond to delicate fountain can turn bright green in summer due to the build-up of floating algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this pea-soup effect by positioning the feature away from the hottest direct sunlight. Make sure it’s well away from overhanging deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves are likely to clog everything up. For smaller spaces or patios you’re best off with a self-contained and perhaps wallmounted feature. There are lots of great self-contained water features available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously circulated from one container to another by a hidden pump, so you would only need to top it up in the hottest weather to compensate for the effects of evaporation. Spouts and fountains are great fun in a garden. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle can add a touch of art – or humour – while its

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water-jet will oxygenate a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pond-life happy. If you want moving water and the reflections it provides but perhaps have toddlers, a stone-effect millstone with a low centrally-positioned jet spreading ripples of water across its surface is both beautiful and safe. Plants are integral to any pool or pond. Surface floating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their large, near-circular, leaves also shade the water’s surface – again, reducing any problems you might have with algae. Waterlilies need still water, though, so they are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence for them. Make sure you plant them at the correct depth if you want them to flourish. Plants grown around the edges of pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty of them: they look gorgeous; they hide unsightly edges and signs of the liner; and they are a haven for wildlife. For a more formal look you’ll want fewer marginals, but some shapely rushes or ferns or some yellow or purple bog-iris will add extra impact. Marginals to consider include yellow-flowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima), perfect if you love bulrushes but don’t have the space for them; water forget-menot (myosotis scorpioides) with their stunningly pretty pale blue flowers; and water and bog iris (eg iris laevigata) with their rich purple blooms.


You’ll need about two plants per metre. Water-features attract wildlife, and on summer days you may well be visited by beautiful, colourful dragonflies or mayflies. If there’s any depth of water then many birds may also come to drink and bathe. And remember, even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case wildlife such as hedgehogs pop by for a drink and inadvertently tumble in. A shallow beach of pebbles at one end should do the trick. If your feature has a sizeable surface, it’s well worth netting it in the autumn to catch falling leaves. Simple garden netting stretched taut over the surface is ideal. Remove it as necessary, tip off the leaves, and replace it until the worst of the leaf-fall is over. If leaves are allowed to accumulate in the water they’ll not only clog the pumps and reduce the depth of the water, but as they rot down they’ll produce meth-

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ane gas which is toxic to pond life. In winter, try to stop the water feature from freezing up. If the weather forecast predicts extremely cold temperatures, smaller features are best emptied out completely and the pump cleaned up and stored in the shed. Ponds with fish need to have an ice-free area maintained on the surface or the fish may be killed by toxic gasses such as methane building up under the ice. Floating an old football on the surface helps, or you could melt a hole in the ice using the bottom of a pan of very hot water (but don’t pour the water in), repeating when the surface re-freezes.

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At a recent presentation of The Bournville Society, author and biographer Fiona Joseph gave an illustrated talk about a lesser-known member of one of Birmingham’s most illustrious industrial families. The Cadbury brothers, Richard and George, built their iconic chocolate factory at Bournville in 1879. From the start the brothers’ vision (based on Quaker principles) was of combining profitable business operations with a philanthropic regard for the workers. In today’s more cut-throat business environment, people look back with rueful nostalgia on the original Cadbury model of ‘Quaker Capitalism’. Yet buried in the annals of Cadbury family history there lies the story of Richard Cadbury’s youngest daughter, Beatrice, who turned her back on her privileged existence by gifting all her Cadbury shares to the workers in 1922. Beatrice Cadbury was born in 1884. She was the youngest of eight children and had a fairy tale upbringing in the affluent surroundings of her birthplace, Moseley Hall. Richard Cadbury was a fun-loving and devoted father, who sadly died of diphtheria on a family holiday in 1899.

When war broke out in 1914, Beatrice and her Dutch husband Kees Boeke (also a Quaker) were compelled to join the Fellowship of Reconciliation, which campaigned vociferously but peacefully against the conflict. A clash with the British government was almost inevitable and in 1918 Kees was arrested, tried for sedition and deported back to Holland. Beatrice and their four young daughters joined him, eventually settling in Bilthoven, Utrecht. Meanwhile, Beatrice had become increasingly troubled by her wealth. In 1920 she announced she wanted to put all of her shares into the hands of the Bournville workers – the people who had toiled on her behalf – and for them to administer the income from the shares for the good of society. The Boeke Trust was created. Beatrice went on to reject all forms of material wealth and in 1926 Beatrice, Kees and their seven children were reduced to living in a tent until her brother, Barrow Cadbury, intervened. Throughout her long life, Beatrice Cadbury Boeke remained a committed peace activist who looked for alternatives to a capitalist society. Realising that education was the only way to change the world, Beatrice and Kees set up a home school, which expanded into a very successful progressive school known as De Werkplaats (The Workshop) and it still exists today. Queen Beatrix was even a pupil of the school in the 1950s!

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He’s the most successful driver in the World Rally Championship’s history, with an incredible nine titles to his name. He holds the record for fastest ascent of the buttock-clenching Pikes Peak hill climb – and if you haven’t seen the video, go do it now. But most of all he’s an all-round nice guy and a massive car nut. Sébastien Loeb is a legend among rally car fans and a hero to petrol heads. After years of dominating the world’s rally stages with Citroen, the 40-year-old is now starting at the bottom rung of the ladder once more and taking on a new challenge – competing in the World Touring Car Championship (WTCC) with Citroen. Here, in an exclusive interview, Loeb talks crashing his first car, gives his tips for driving on the limit, tries to sell us his Lamborghini Aventador and says he simply doesn’t care how he does in WTCC as long as it’s not finishing last. My first car was a Renault 5 GT Turbo. My friends all drove BMWs, Golf GTIs and Peugeot 205 GTIs at the time I was growing up. We all loved cars. I picked the Renault because I wanted a fast small car. My grandmother helped me buy it second-hand. It didn’t last too long – I crashed it. I’d had the GT Turbo for about a year before I drove it into a pole. I drove it too hard. I bought another one with a broken engine – there were lots of those around – and I swapped it over. I eventually part exchanged it for a Fiesta RS Turbo. This was no good in comparison as it had too much power going through the front wheels. It under-steered all over the place. I soon got rid of that and moved on to a Peugeot 205 Rallye, after that two 205 GTIs, then I swapped into a Saxo VTS. I have to say the Saxo was my favourite. I used it to recce rallies in it before I competed in them. I modified it with a short gearbox, big brakes, better suspension, a roll cage and sports seats. It was a road car, but very quick and great fun to drive. These days I don’t really have much of a car collection. I have my Citroen C4 WRC car that was given to me as a present. I will keep that forever – it’s very special. I like to change my other cars regularly though. I have a Citroen DS5, a Lamborghini Aventador

and a Porsche 911 Turbo. I’m changing the latter for a Cayenne and am selling the Aventador – do you want to buy it? I used to drive everywhere on the limit. I realised I had a talent behind the wheel in my Renault 5 when I was quicker than all my friends. I’ve always liked to drive through corners fast and picked up the skill of sliding when my dad would take me to a field in his old saloon and he’d let me handbrake turn it. I always enjoyed those times. My best piece of advice to upcoming rally drivers is try and get noticed. I started off in a competition in France that had 15,000 entrants. I won the regionals and then everyone was pitched against each other in a national final. I won, but the judge chose the second placed guy over me. So I tried again the following year and won it again. I then had a call from the guy who is now my team manager who spotted my perseverance. So my advice is: Keep trying. In rally you need good notes. You need to be able to anticipate what’s coming up next and you can only do that with good pace notes. You have to focus on what you’re doing at that moment, maybe that’s adjusting brake pressure, but also think about what’s around the next bend.

Winning the World Rally Championship in front of my friends and family was a career highlight. Of course my first World Championship was very special – it finally felt like I’d achieved something – but when I won the final stage, in my home town, in front of my friends and family, well, that was something else. It was a very proud moment. I don’t want to be in the queue this year. World Touring Cars are very different and I’m starting from zero again and learning how to improve. Racing is different to rallying: you’ve got other cars on the track at the same time for a start and you need to be perfect everywhere, with every braking point and every corner. These are all new things to be, but I will get the rhythm. I want a good position, but I prefer finishing first… By James Baggott, editor of CarDealerMagazine.co.uk

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encourage youngsters to show their creative side with making pirate hats, boats, tanks etc. At 12.00noon a full stage programme of entertainment in Chamberlain Square which will include Fiona Harrison, the Forces Sweetheart, performing songs from the 40s, Paul Casper who will entertain you with his Saturday 28th June 2014 George Formby routine and At 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM rib-tickling mix of songs and finally The Military Choir who will treat Chamberlain & Victoria Square the crowds to sea shanties and 1 Victoria Square national songs. Birmingham. B1 1BB At 12.45pm a Drum Head Service Armed Forces Day takes place in will take place in Centenary Square V i c t o r i a, Ch amb e r l ai n an d where the Army, Navy and RAF Centenary Squares on Saturday regiments will march alongside the 28th June. veterans associations led by the Band for a service and prayers. The event starts at 11:00am in Victoria Square where local The afternoon will be brought to a Veterans Associations such as the close at 4.45pm by the Band with Royal British Legion, Help for Beat the Retreat, a real spectacle H e r o e s a n d W a r W i d o w s not to be missed. Association will have stalls at the e v e n t w i t h d i s p l a y s a n d The event is free i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t t h e i r of charge and organisations. open to all age Experience the thrills 'n' spills of navigating boats in a large water inflatable , as well as a Children's Workshop area which will 46

groups. For f u r t h e r information on this event please contact Raj Kang, Events Officer, on 0121 303 3008.


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. www.laurajoygodwin.com Selly Oak Festival Saturday 28th June 2014 10.00am - 4.00pm Selly Oak Park, Gibbins Road, Selly Oak Falconry, circus skills, cheerleaders, vintage motor bikes, BBQ, music, charity stalls. All welcome. www.friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk Bournville Lunchtime Concerts Bournville Friends Meeting House, 65 Linden Road, Bournville B30 1JT Fridays 1.00pm - 1.40pm May 16th Stephen Mills (tenor) Robin Bowman (piano) June 6th Darren Hogg (organ) Volunteers Required For Wheels and Toes We are an inclusive dance group for both wheelchair and non-wheelchair users alike. We meet fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm - 8.00pm at a hall in Harborne. We are looking for volunteers aged 18 and over who can do one or more of the following:- be a dance partner, push people in wheelchairs, make refreshments, help with clerical work, take care of finances, help to fundraise. Please contact Julia Lowe on 01384 441109 or email juliamlowe@googlemail.com or Max Lowe on 07870 503932. 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, Chris on 0121 472 5758 or available on the door. The Bournville Society Meetings are held in Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close, Off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville, at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. 7 May 2014: 8 pm Bournville Works Edwin Gumbley, paying us a second visit, will give us a presentation about Bournville Works, illustrated by some of the old advertising postcards in his large collection. Sat 7 June 2014: A Brian Draper coach outing: Bredon Hill, Vale of Evesham & Cotswold Villages. If you have any queries please telephone the Secretary, Rosemary Shutt on 0121 458 2547 or email: rosemaryshutt@talktalk.net

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