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NOV/DEC 2013

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Austin Memories, November Recipe - Venison Casserole This Months Gardening - Ground Cover Motoring - A Week With A Legend (Porsche)

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Finance - How To Make Your Child A Millionaire News From Your Local Police Perfect Peepers Eyelash Extensions Using Pattern To Perfection This Months Recipe Venison Casserole Clic Sargent Gardening With Pippa Greenwood Austin Memories The Bournville Society A Week With A Legend (Porsche) The Community Pages

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A Vintage Year At King’s Norton Boys’ School

The academic year of 2013-4 will go down as one of the best in recent years for KNBS. Boys, parents and staff are all celebrating their improved achievements, which come at a time when overall exam results are no longer increasing. At A level, the school achieved: Best ever overall pass rate in the last five years Highest proportion of A*-B grades in the last five years Highest proportion of A*-C grades in the last five years Highest proportion of top AS grades since 2009 At GCSE, the results were once again the best ever, with over 59% of boys achieving 5 A* -C including Maths and English. The school also achieved its best ever overall pass rates and its best ever “value-added” scores, based on tests the boys took when they entered the school. Over half the boys achieved a good pass in a language and a similar proportion achieved a good pass in English literature. Almost a quarter of the boys achieved the prestigious “English Baccalaureate”, a significant achievement for an all-ability boys’ school. Headteacher, Clive Sentance, believes that this year’s results are no great surprise. “It’s great that our boys are achieving high standards in a range of traditional subjects. But that’s what you would expect given that last year the school had its highest levels of attendance and best ever standards of behaviour. When boys work hard, enjoy lessons from talented staff, and have the full backing of their parents, then they can expect to do well.” Prospective parents are always most welcome to visit the school - please telephone or email to make an appointment. Tel. 0121 628 0010

Raising children costs a small fortune (it’s currently estimated at around £200,000), but if you’re clever, you could help them to become millionaires.

Pensions for babies Stakeholders Probably the easiest type of pension to take out for your child is the Stakeholder pension. Anyone is allowed to set one up which means that a child’s legal guardian (s) can start a pension for newborns. You can pay in up to £2,880 each tax year, which is then topped up by a government tax-back incentive to £3,600. You can stop and start contributions as you wish without being penalised and the minimum amount you can pay in at any time is £20. Anyone can add to it and if the full amount is paid each year, by the time the child is 55 they will have well over £700,000 and if they access the account at 70 they will have over £1.8 million. The money invested won’t be accessible until the child reaches 55 meaning they can’t blow it all when they hit 18. Once they start working, they can also contribute. They will receive tax benefits if their income is less than £130,000. You can find out more at There’s also a list of registered stakeholder pension scheme providers at SiPPs You can also set up a Self-invested Personal Pension (SiPP) for your little one. Like a Stakeholder, they are open to anyone but the difference here is that you manage the money in it. So instead of leaving it to a pension fund to decide what to invest in, you choose the products yourself, whether it be shares, bonds, commercial property or other things.

Junior ISAs ISAs are savings accounts which allow you to


deposit a maximum of £3,600 a year completely tax-free, attracting interest as well. Your child has access to the money when they turn 18. Should you contribute the maximum amount each year, the fund could grow to a whopping £64,800 plus interest by the time they reach adulthood. You can choose either a cash ISA or a stocks and shares one. As your child has a good few years for the fund to grow, you could start with a stocks and shares ISA and then gradually change into cash for the last 5 to hold onto gains. The only snag with a Junior ISA is that if you were eligible for a Child Trust Fund you can’t open a Junior ISA. A good place for further information is

Teaching your child about money A sure-fire of making your child a millionaire, or at least comfortably off, is to teach her how to manage her money early on. Start as soon as they can toddle round the supermarket with you. Ask them to tell you the numbers on the price labels and then, later, run around finding the cheapest version of what you want to buy. Give them pocket money and set up a savings account, showing them how their money can grow over time. Go to for downloadable financial education guides that will help. Remember, it doesn’t matter how much money your child has later on, if she knows how to live below her means and save for her future she will never be poor. Fun fact: On average, parents are putting savings of £42.45 aside a month for each child. By Jasmine Birtles,

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HOSPICE charity staff in Birmingham are celebrating a bumper donation of designer clothing from West Midlands Police after officers seized the shoplift haul from a prolific thief. Nine sacks of clothing valued at around £6,000 and including top-end High Street labels like Ugg Boots and Ted Baker were confiscated by police during a search of an address in Romsley Road, Bartley Green, back in August 2011.

around £6,000; yet she was unemployed and reliant on benefits. "Detectives initially believed the items may have been looted during the August 2011 riots but, though no link could be established, it was clear the clothes hadn't been acquired legally. "It's always very satisfying when, through the Proceeds of Crime Act or the Police Property Act, we are able to seize property from criminals and put the proceeds to good use in the community or reinvest it in our fight against crime.

A 39-year-old woman arrested from the address was charged with theft and possessing criminal property; she was handed "The hospice supports Selly Oak Hospital and a 12-month prison term, suspended for two is part of the local community;I can't think of a years, when she appeared in court last more deserving cause." November. On 8 July officers from the Selly Oak Police Investigation Team secured a Police Property Act order from Birmingham magistrates granting them the garments and last month they presented them to grateful staff at St Mary's Hospice charity shop. Birmingham South Police Inspector Cate Webb-Jones, said: "We're delighted to help, we were able to prove to the court that, beyond reasonable doubt, the woman hadn't bought these items of clothing. Many were new, still with tags and labels, and worth


Search police uncovered the clothes bounty whilst executing a warrant at the Bartley Green address; they found a total of 156 garments including 38 pairs of new jeans stuffed in bin liners, a laundry basket and washing machine. Several electrical items were also recovered. St. Mary’s Hospice Director of Income Generation, Claire Marshall, said “We deliver vital end-of-life care and support to more than 1,000 famiies in Birmingham every year. To do this we rely heavily on donations, the money we can raise from selling these clothes in our 12 Birmingham shops will enable us to fund key services for those in need. Just £33 will pay for a bereavement counsellor to visit families coping with loss and £294 will pay for a patient to spend a day in our Day Hospice. We could not continue our important work without the help of donors such as West Midlands Police, and we are very grateful for their support.”

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If you want to enhance your eyes, fancy taking a few years off your age or maybe just want to make yourself look that extra bit special, then there’s one beauty craze you really must try out eyelash extensions. A favourite with celebrities everywhere and a must for anyone who wants a quick fix to looking gorgeous, eyelash extensions transform lashes from short and sparse to long and luscious in no time.

soluble product, designed for use with extensions. These mascaras are usually sold at salons which offer the service. Remember to use a salon recommended oil free eye makeup remover too.

Staying Power Eyelash extensions typically last between six and eight weeks. Because they are attached to your own lashes they will fall off as your natural lash grows out. On average you’ll They’re ideal for those all important occasions, lose about 12-15 lashes every two to three like weddings and parties, where you not only weeks - that’s why salons recommend returning want to look your best on the day, but look for touch-ups when needed to maintain the fabulous in photos too. desired look. They’ll charge a small fee for By adding shape and definition the extensions replacing what has been lost. ‘open-up’ your peepers and leave you with What It Costs pretty, seemingly lifted, younger-looking eyes. Prices vary from salon to salon, but on average eyelash extensions will set you back around £80Extensions are widely available in salons £120 for a full set, or about £65 for a half set. across the country and are specially applied by trained therapists; a consultation should Be Safe be carried out so that you can determine Always be sure that the staff at the salon you’ve exactly what look you want to achieve. chosen are fully trained. Ask questions to gain an understanding of the therapist’s skill. If you just want some subtle enhancement and a natural result then try a half set of Your therapist should carry out a patch test 24 lashes. However, if you fancy making a hours before your extensions to ensure that you statement, then try a full set for a striking have no adverse reaction to the glue. Your eyes finish. You can choose how long, thick and are extremely delicate, and precious, so make curly your lashes will be. sure you have the test before the treatment. The Application This industry isn’t regulated, so if you have any Each individual synthetic lash is carefully doubts about a salon or therapist, it’s a good bonded to your own eyelashes; 80 to 100 idea to see if they are a member of The British individual lashes are usually applied. During Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology the application your eyes will be closed and (BABTAC). Being a member of BABTAC means protected. You shouldn’t feel any pain or that they are qualified to perform the treatment discomfort during this process whatsoever. and insured in case anything goes amiss. BABTAC stickers are purple and usually found in The Results the window of a salon. After you’ve had the lashes applied it is by Helen Taylor essential to not touch or wet them for a 24 hour period, as the glue will be still be setting. You shouldn’t need to wear mascara, but if you still want to, it’s worth investing in a water


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From the subtlest of stripes to the boldest of modern floral prints, pattern offers infinite choices to suit any space. Pattern, like colour, can be a wonderful addition to a home, providing character and vitality, from an complex scheme, to simple touches such as a wallpapered wall or a set of cushions. Pattern can create a focal point, for example by recovering a chair; or subtle interest through a few simple pieces featuring understated designs. Or it can be an entire room, a complex combination of patterned walls, rugs, fabrics and accessories. Using pattern is not actually as complex as it may seem. It’s best to start by working out your preference. Simple, graphic motifs in muted colours or naturalistic designs in vivid shades? Large scale or small? Historical prints or modern? And would you like just a dash of pattern to enliven an otherwise plain room, or a striking combination of patterns for an all-over look? You may own the perfect inspiration already: an antique quilt, a painted vase, a print from an old book or a favourite shirt, perhaps. Borrow ideas from magazines and books, other people’s homes, or even from fashionable bars and restaurants. Wherever you find your patterned fabric, however, try to obtain large samples and, before spending a great deal of money, hang them in place to gain a really good idea of their final effect. There’s no denying that it’s easier to go down the simple route with pattern, and limit it to appearing in just one or two places. But combining a variety of patterns, though harder to get right, can be tremendously exciting and full of impact. Whatever items you’re putting together, there are some guidelines that will help make the best of them. First, colours. When mixing pattern with pattern or, indeed, pattern with plain, a really good colour match is important. This will hang the whole effect together. Stand back and assess which colours are most visible in your patterns, then aim to combine one main colour with two or three highlights.


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Seasonal Recipe Venison is a lean and flavoursome red meat which is in season from October through to February. For the best quality, buy from a trusted butcher or farmers’ market. This warming casserole is perfect for a weekend supper served with creamy mashed potato and a glass of full-bodied red wine. Place the venison in a bowl and pour over the wine. Add the juniper berries and bay leaves, cover and marinate in the fridge for 4-5 hours or overnight. Remove from the fridge 1 hour before starting to cook the casserole.


Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas Mark 2. Strain the venison from the red wine (reserving the wine). Heat half the oil and butter in a large flameproof casserole dish and fry the venison in 2-3 batches until browned all over, adding the rest of the oil and butter when necessary. Remove the venison with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onions to the casserole and fry for 6-7 minutes until golden, adding the garlic after 3 minutes. Sprinkle over the seasoned flour and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Gradually stir in the wine and stock and bring to the boil, scraping any sediment from the base of the casserole. Add the venison, parsnips, carrots and half the thyme sprigs to the casserole and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 1½ – 2 hours until the venison and vegetables are tender. Remove from the oven and stir in the redcurrant jelly. Return the casserole, uncovered, to the oven for a further 20-30 minutes. Serve garnished with the rest of the thyme sprigs and with creamy mashed potato, if liked.


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Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever it’s located. But what’s so special about ground cover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? Slopes are a common feature in gardens, and they can be hard to manage, but with ground cover planting, once it’s established you’ll not have to do acrobatics to keep it looking good. The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a very occasional trim, some food and water in drier weather. By definition, ground cover plantings will cover the ground, and as they cover the soil surface they will have a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring further weeds from appearing. The denser the ground cover planting, the better the effect. Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in to the ground at this time of year often establish extremely well as they have the luxury of enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, a perfect place for new roots to grow out and establish rapidly. To ensure a good ground cover experience, it’s worth investing a bit of time and effort in to the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a little slow-release feed too. If you’re planting up a slope, it’s worth trying to secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have loosened the surface and made it prone to


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If you dream of long, luscious locks but are stuck with limp and lifeless tresses, you might be tempted to turn to hair extensions for a quick and easy fix. But there is a lot to consider before you take the plunge and invest in extensions, and that’s why we have compiled a guide to which ones are right for you. Human Hair or Synthetic Hair? Extensions can be made from either real human hair, synthetic hair or a mixture of both. The more expensive the extensions are, the more likely they are to be made from 100% human hair. This is because using the real thing makes for a head of manageable, natural-looking locks that can be styled, coloured and cared for just like your own hair. If you’re planning on having a lot of extensions added to your hair and want to wear them for a long time, it’s essential that you invest in the best you can afford and have them professionally applied in a good salon. Always make sure that the extensions you buy are ethically sourced. If you want to wear just a few extensions, and only for special occasions, then synthetic hair should be ok for you. It’s a lot cheaper than real hair, but remember that in most cases it can’t be heat styled, so you’ll have to decide on what look you want and stick to it. It also can be a lot more difficult to manage and does become easily tangled and matted. The Right Hue for You What look do you want to achieve when you’re wearing extensions? If you prefer a very natural look that blends seamlessly with your own hair, it’s essential to find extensions in a shade that matches it perfectly. Generally many brands organise their colours in the same way as hair dyes, so that it’s easy to determine the correct hue for you. Colours range from the lightest shade of blonde to the


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With production rising and the new CAB2, to produce the new Austin 1100, due to come on stream, a multistorey car park was planned to accommodate new cars prior to dispatch.

Because of the urgency to get it built, a contract was awarded to Douglas (Birmingham) Ltd, the agents for a new building process called The Lift Slab technique. This was developed in America in the 1950’s and well suited for the construction of multi-storey car parks.

The next stage of this system was jacking up the floors to their proper position. At the top of every pillar was a jack with a lifting capacity of 65 tons. Slowly the top floor was jacked into position, where steel tapered wedges were inserted and then welded to the column to lock the floor in place.

So at Longbridge in 1961 the world’s largest car park was complete. It had The first stage was to construct the pillars eight floors along with a roof park, the top which support the floors. Both the pillars floor being 72 feet above ground. It could and the floors were strengthened by house 2,200 vehicles, and cost £550,000. high-tensile steel bars. With this new technique the first floor was cast at This landmark building by ‘Q’ Gate, ground level. When this had hardened, Lowhill Lane, was demolished in 2001. By John Baker the top surface was sprayed with a special solution to prevent the next floor For more information on Austin and Longbridge visit being cast on top from sticking. This procedure carried on until all the floors had been cast. 38


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Members of the Bournville Society Committee have spent the last 18 months putting together a new publication devoted to the Bournville Estate to be published shortly by Amberley Publishing Ltd. An exhaustive trawl through many major picture archives together with the entire collection of Bournville Works Magazine from 1902, revealed fascinating information. The committee has sought to use pictures which have not been widely published and many will be viewed for the first time. Each historic picture is replicated in colour by a contemporary photograph taken from the same position where this has been possible. After appeals were made for personal photographs, various local people consented to the use of their pictures and information and some even appear in this book. Each page deals with an aspect of the Bournville Estate which is accessible by everyone; there is a guide to walks around the area and sufficient information to interest a Bournville resident as well as a visitor. Although being generally well-documented, the authors have dispensed with a greater amount of Bournville history material than it is possible to include in this book. The cover design, front and back, was chosen by Bournville Society members by popular vote.

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I’d been looking forward to this moment for years. For some in the office too young to remember, it meant nothing – but for me it was a coming of age. Finally I’d be driving a Porsche with the famous 911 HUL number plate. I’ve been a motoring nut for years, spending money I often didn’t have on car magazines, long before I could even drive. And it was on those glossy pages that I became familiar with the famous plate. Owned by Porsche GB for decades it was the first private plate the firm acquired and ever since has taken pride of place on the Porsche press fleet Turbo models. Day One It’s only you that cares – shouted one pre-pubescent member of the team as I explained, to yet another 911 admirer who clearly didn’t share my enthusiasm for six numbers and letters, what the plate meant to car fans. Most people were more interested in the colour our test car had arrived in. Still, it could have been painted pink for all I cared as what was sitting over the rear wheels was far more of interest to me. The 3.8-litre, turbo-charged lump produces a whopping 530bhp and 700Nm of torque thanks to a tweaked turbo output. The drive north to our photoshoot at Rockingham was one of the longest (traffic) but most enjoyable I’ve ever had. Day Two Photoshoot day at Rockingham and we’ve got 15 cars lined up for a series of tests. Also here is three times British superbike championship winner John Reynolds on the latest Suzuki GSX-R1000. He’s at our shoot to take on the Nissan Juke R (search for the video on YouTube) but it’s only fair we let him try his luck against the Porsche too… With a 0-60mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds, the PDK automatic gearbox and launch control system mean that’s very achievable every time. Engage Sport Plus, floor the throttle with your foot on the brake, and the revs settle at a heady rpm. . Day Three Two tanks of fuel into the loan and I’m impressed the Turbo S is returning 26mpg. My old Focus ST never got any better than 23mpg on a long journey and considering this has such an almighty power output that’s very impressive. Today I’m heading into London for a meeting with the Queen. Well, I say meeting, I really mean a concert in her garden for the Coronation Festival. For what is essentially a rival to a Ferrari 458 or McLaren 12C, the Turbo S is


fantastically well behaved in the clogged up capital. The drive back south is a magical one. London’s streets are a joy in the small hours of the morning and each traffic light gives me a chance to test the wife’s neck muscles. Day Four-Six It’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Porsche is headlining the event, celebrating 50 years of the 911, and I can’t quite believe I’ve got the honour of driving 911 HUL to the south coast celebration of combustion. It’s clear on the way there and back that the plate doesn’t just hold sway with me. I lose count of the number of phones I see trained on the Porsche, capturing pictures for tweets and status updates. Day Seven Another business trip north beckons and my colleague and I decide to leave after the evening’s rush hour. Gosport to Chester – some 250 miles – lay ahead and even at 9pm the digital temperature gauge is reading 25 degrees C. The seats get a little uncomfortable over long distance – they’re fixed carbon fibre jobs – but apart from that the Turbo S is a competent tourer. It’s time for 911 HUL to return to Porsche. After a week behind the wheel of the monster I’m smitten. Yes, the ride is firm and the tyre noise a little intrusive. Granted the seats aren’t the most cosseting and the 997 interior is showing its age now the 991 has arrived. However, never have I driven a car quite so intoxicating, quite so full of character and quite so mind-alteringly fast as the Turbo S. The fact it was wearing one of the most iconic plates in motoring folklore simply made the whole experience all the more special. By James Baggott,

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Bournville Craft Fair at Bournville Junior School Linden Road, Bournville. Saturday 7th December 2013 From 11.00 a.m. - 3.00 p.m. Free Admission. Around 25 stalls selling an amazing collection of beautifully handcrafted gifts. Ideal opportunity to come along and pick up some traditional and unusual Christmas presents. For more information please Contact Jane Flowers on 07810 315832 or 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 November - Albert Smith - Ubuntu Handmade Bread December - Christmas Party

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Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge B30 1JB Chairperson - Cath Whitehouse 0121 486 3309 Monday 25th November - afternoon coach trip to White Cottage Country Crafts NOTE time change 1pm till 5ish. Monday 2nd December - Christmas party. KINGS NORTON ROTARY CLUB Rotary International is a voluntary service organisation open to business people, both active and retired, who support local, national and overseas humanitarian needs. Rotary is ready with assistance for worldwide disasters whenever they occur. We meet for lunch on most Tuesdays at 12.45 for 1.00 pm at Kings Heath Cricket and Sports Club at 247 Alcester Road South. Visitors are very welcome. Join us for lunch to enjoy our fellowship and find out about our activities and joining Rotary. Contact Colin Guy on 0121 444 2020 or email

South Birmingham Ramblers We are a local group of ramblers and have a regular programme of countryside and urban walks, both at the week and at the weekends.We walk throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham, as well as further afield. For more information contact Kate Wilcox 0121 443 1315 or Liz Walkling on 0121 624 2533 or visit Kings Norton Boys School Christmas Craft Fair Northfield Road, B30 1DY Friday 29th November 6.30p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Christmas Gifts, Handmade Arts & Crafts, Festive Food, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine Christmas Music provided by our Swing Band.


The Wythall Theatre Company ‘presents Dad’s Army’ At the Palace Theatre, Redditch on 6 - 10th November 2013. Daily Performances at 7.30pm, Ticket Prices Start From £8.50. For Enquiries Telephone 01527 65203 or online at Christmas Craft Fayre & Coffee Morning Saturday 2nd November 2013 in aid of Macmillans Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning at Woodlands Park Hall, Woodlands Park Road, Bournville B30 1HA 10.30a.m. - 1.00p.m. Hand Made Crafts By Local Crafters. Admission 50p Includes Cup Of Tea/Coffee. Accompanied Children Free. For enquiries call 0121 475 4975 OPERATION SHOEBOX UK

Would you like to help lift spirits, make life a little more bearable for our troops out in Afghanistan! We are Operation Shoebox and we are appealing for individuals, clubs, and organisations to send out shoe boxes filled with goodies and basic items to the troops serving in Afghanistan many whom have been away from home for months. All our details are on the website below. We arrange collection of the boxes and onward delivery. I am the Bournville regional co-ordinator for Operation Shoebox. It doesn't cost alot to fill a box but it means such a lot to our troops. We send boxes out all year round so if you, your work place, club or school are interested in donating any filled shoeboxes or items please contact me. They will be very much appreciated. A small donation of £1 to be included to go towards running costs. Thank you. 07872163037

South Birmingham Ramblers We are a local group of ramblers and have a regular programme of countryside and urban walks, both at the week and at the weekends.We walk throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham, as well as further afield. For more information contact Kate Wilcox 0121 443 1315 or Liz Walkling on 0121 624 2533 or visit The Answers To The Word Ladder On Page 37 Walk, Talk, Tale, Tile, Rile, Ride.

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