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OCT/NOV 2013

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Austin Memories Gardening - Climbing Plants October Recipe - Chilli Chicken Stew News from Hay Green Allotments And Much More...

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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 Pensions for babies year, the fund could grow to Stakeholders a whopping £64,800 plus Probably the easiest type of interest by the time they pension to take out for your reach adulthood. child is the Stakeholder You can choose either a pension. Anyone is allowed cash ISA or a stocks and to set one up which means shares one. As your child that a child’s legal guardian has a good few years for (s) can start a pension for the fund to grow, you could newborns. start with a stocks and You can pay in up to £2,880 shares ISA and then each tax year, which is then gradually change into cash topped up by a government tax-back incentive for the last 5 to hold onto gains. to £3,600. You can stop and start contributions The only snag with a Junior ISA is that if you as you wish without being penalised and the were eligible for a Child Trust Fund you can’t minimum amount you can pay in at any time is open a Junior ISA. A good place for further £20. information is Anyone can add to it and if the full amount is paid each year, by the time the child is 55 they Teaching your child about money will have well over £700,000 and if they access A sure-fire of making your child a millionaire, or at least comfortably off, is to teach her how to the account at 70 they will have over £1.8 manage her money early on. million. The money invested won’t be accessible until Start as soon as they can toddle round the the child reaches 55 meaning they can’t blow it supermarket with you. Ask them to tell you the numbers on the price labels and then, later, run all when they hit 18. Once they start working, they can also contribute. They will receive tax around finding the cheapest version of what you benefits if their income is less than £130,000. want to buy. Give them pocket money and set up You can find out more at a savings account, showing them how their money can grow over time. Go to for There’s also a list of registered stakeholder downloadable financial education guides that will pension scheme providers at help. Remember, it doesn’t matter how much money SiPPs your child has later on, if she knows how to live You can also set up a Self-invested Personal below her means and save for her future she will Pension (SiPP) for your little one. Like a never be poor. Stakeholder, they are open to anyone but the difference here is that you manage the money Fun fact: On average, parents are putting in it. So instead of leaving it to a pension fund savings of £42.45 aside a month for each child. to decide what to invest in, you choose the products yourself, whether it be shares, bonds, By Jasmine Birtles, commercial property or other things. 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.

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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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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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Second: scale. In bigger rooms, you can afford to use very large-scale patterns, while smaller rooms are generally better suited to medium- or smallscale patterns When combining patterns, aim to vary their scales – to avoid monotony – without going to dramatic changes of size which tend to look strange. Remember very small patterns are only really noticeable close up; from a distance they look like a plain colour. Third: density. Loose, open patterns give a visual ‘breather’, while intricate patterns with closely placed designs have more drama. As with scale, a variety of densities gives balance and interest. Fourth: design. Abstract, figurative, retro, traditional, modern – you name it, there’s something for everyone. Avoid an incongruous mix by limiting your pattern combinations to designs that originate from the same era or stylistic aesthetic. Remember that plains and stripes are brilliant at co-ordinating with more intricate patterns. And finally: cheat! If you love the idea of pattern but are really stuck, check out manufacturers’ wallpaper and fabric pattern books, which show you how to mix and match with ease. Keep experimenting and persevere. Success with pattern is simply a case of trial and error, putting different things together and changing them around until you’re totally happy with the results – a coherent, confident look that has great pattern panache. By Katherine Sorrell


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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.

deepest shade of black and incorporate all warm and cool variations. And, if you fancy a few sections of bold colour, then your options are limitless. You can easily pick up extensions in a range of vibrant shades, and what’s more they are usually cheaper and are perfect for occasional use. Texture and Style Extensions come in a vast range of textures, so that they will blend with your own locks. There are straight lengths, spiral curls and everything in between. It’s important to match the texture to your own hair for the extensions to lie and fall properly.

Application There are many ways to apply extensions to your hair and some can be more comfortable, gentle If you’re planning on having a lot of extensions and affordable than others. added to your hair and want to wear them for a Clip-in/Tie-in - Ideal for occasional use and can be long time, it’s essential that you invest in the taken out and applied easily to achieve a variety of best you can afford and have them professionally applied in a good salon. Always different looks. Because of the way they are joined to the hair, they don’t always look natural and can make sure that the extensions you buy are be obvious to the touch. 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


Heat Fusion – Provide long lasting results, with a natural looking finish. However, because heat is used, this method can damage your own hair. Cold Fusion - Unlike heat fusion, cold fusion doesn’t use any heat for application, meaning that your natural hair won’t be damaged. The results are very natural looking, as well as long lasting. Weft – Can look very natural when applied correctly, although to the touch a weft can feel chunky if not applied with skill. Microbead – No need for glue or heat to be applied, which limits damage to your own natural hair. Extensions are fixed in place using a small bead. by Helen Taylor Image: Racoon International

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planting too. Train it well If the climber is quite small, it may need to be trained in the right direction. A short bamboo cane or several for a multi-stemmed plant, can be angled from the base of the plant to the vertical surface, allowing you to tie in the stems and edge them towards the support. Once the climber has reached the wall, the enlarging network of stems may become congested if left to its own devices, so actively train the stems to grow in the direction you need them to. Extra Care Climbers planted against a wall will need extra TLC if they’re to look their best. Make watering them top-priority, especially for the first 18 months whilst they’re becoming established. Apply a good, bulky organic mulch to a depth of about 8cm (3in) or so all around the rooting area, but take care to avoid the mulch coming in to direct contact with the stems. Coloured Walls You can add to the effect of a climber by using colour on the surface on which it is growing. It’s best to use wood stain or paints of any kind before the plants are in place as the job will be easier and there won’t be the risk that the plants become damaged by the paint or wood treatment. It’s also essential that the colour is completely dry before you start planting, and that it’s sold as something which is suitable for use near plants. A light colour may also help to reflect Contd… on page 32

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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


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.

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There are two things you can say with confidence, where we live. Firstly, that it rains - a lot. Secondly, if you don't like the weather, just give it half an hour and then there might be something along that's more to your taste. If, like us, you're keen on becoming more green, having a water butt is a must. Otherwise, you're literally tipping a valuable resource down the drain. Our problem has always been the layout of the garden. Well, that and my feebleness at lugging watering cans around. But Anne, who uses the internet for research rather than Twitter, found a solution. "This water butt," she declared, pointing at the screen, "will fill other water butts for us - and wherever we want to place them." I must have made a 'wow' face because Anne immediately nodded sagely in my direction. Our Rainwater Hub arrived a few days later in the post. (Anne had, of course, ordered it before showing me, to save time.) After I'd prowled around it a couple of times, we agreed to let our neighbour put it up, so that it was done properly. To be fair, the instructions were easy-peasy, only I'm known to be drilly-silly.

down and, after a little trial and error (the error being that I hadn't read the butt connection instructions properly - too busy sniggering), I checked the online video and soon everything was in place. The hub and our three water butts were duly named John, Paul, George and Ringo. Collectively: The Buttles. The whole system is, in effect, one giant water butt, only it's spaced out around the garden. Now for the first time, we can also use rainwater, from the hub's second tap, for the indoor plants in the conservatory; great news for us, the sweet peppers and the chillies, as we're on a water meter. The cat was curious about all the garden hoses, but soon went back to stalking the frog that Anne discovered in the damp ground behind the monbretia. Being able to harvest this much rain also means we can wash the car for free, should I ever get round to it. It's on my list, along with growing kale beside the perpetual chard and trying a small lemon tree in the conservatory.

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Beyond the grand boulevards and iconic monuments, the French capital has a few secret places known only to the Parisians. Who wants to join the crowds on the river Seine when Canal St Martin beckons with an air of countryside? Here, fishermen doze on the banks, boats glide through the locks and ancient bridges and traditional inns mingle their reflections. You can cruise on emerald waters, cycle or walk on the tow path or join the Tai Chi adepts moving in slow motion under the chestnut trees. Just a stone’s throw away, you reach La Villette, a futuristic park where the great Géode cinema sphere complements a Science Museum and Cité de la Musique. All around is a maze of elevated walkways and bright red follies sprouting like toadstools among immaculate lawns. There are curving stone seats with incorporated lights, fountains and jade-coloured pools, a bamboo grove and a 19th century cattle shed turned into a cultural venue. La Villette is only one of many parks in Paris barely visited by the tourists. On a sunny afternoon, families, young lovers and old folk flock to the scenic Buttes de Chaumont, well worth the climb for the views right across the capital to the Sacré-Cœur Basilica. You couldn’t dream of a more restful place with valleys and lawns and weeping willows tumbling down to the waterfall and man-made lake. But what can you do with a viaduct when trains no longer run on it? Paris is not just a glamorous face, it’s creative. Imagine scores of pink brick

archways glowing in the light, stretching along a plane tree avenue, each one converted into a glass-fronted boutique or workshop, plus a pavement café or two, and you have the elegant ‘Viaduc des Arts’, a treasure trove of painted furniture and restored antiques, old maps, wrought iron, brass, paintings, sculptures, picture frames and period costumes hand-sewn for the stage. But the planners went one step further, creating a hanging garden along the track with water features and lavender hedges and, at times, plunging views over the streets, heading all the way to the Bois de Vincennes. With its boating lake, its wild woodlands and floral gardens, Vincennes is the perfect escape. Here, the Parisians play pétanque, sunbathe in lush meadows or ramble through the forest, picking blackberries or looking out for squirrels and birds. The rural atmosphere of Vincennes is no secret but here and there in the capital are other village-like areas. Look out for the treelined rue de Mouzaia where bright façades recall the southern sun even on a winter day and villas with tiny rose gardens climb up the cobbled alleyways. Or make your way to the Belleville market, awash with exotic fruit, spices and herbs, Norwegian salmon, octopus, watches and T-shirts. The hill top reveals a lovely panorama over the city, framed by one of the last Parisian vineyards. Looking for culture? Try one of the unusual museums, romantic life, textiles, magic, or the house of Victor Hugo, author of Les Misérables, on Place des Vosges, then relax in the Luxembourg Gardens where men play chess in the shade and toddlers sail their boats on the ornamental pond. Flower beds bursting with colours meander along the paths while on the river bank, the Eiffel Tower looks down on the scene and a few Parisian secrets just off the beaten track. By Solange Hando


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.

the Bournville Society presentations are held. Just four miles from the centre of Britainâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s second city, Bournville remains a quiet testimony to the vision of George Cadbury. Much of the history of Bournville is well documented and, compared with the City of Birmingham, little has changed. The distinctive character of the area is captured in the visual impact and variety of its architecture resulting in pleasing street scenes, which typifies the Bournville of today. The original village is historically relevant for its contrast with the then city centre slums and the mundane housing typical of working class housing provision in Edwardian Birmingham.

From the outset it was planned to build housing for key factory personnel of the Cadbury chocolate factory. This unique selection of old and new images and informative captions is essential reading for anybody who knows and loves Bournville; a fascinating collection of photographs which The sub-committee taking charge of this traces some of the many ways in which project has worked voluntarily and the proceeds from the sale of the book are to be Bournville has changed and developed over the last century. used to improve the sound reinforcement system for all at Dame Elizabeth Hall where


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possibility that badgers were responsible for the devastation of my sweetcorn last autumn. There are indeed badgers, not just in Bournville but on the site; photographic evidence has been obtained, but was in a sense unnecessary because signs of their presence are everywhere. So I, like many others, have planted sweetcorn more in hope than anticipation, as it seems likely the stripey ones will have it before it is ready to harvest. Sunny weather of course means watering, on a more or less daily basis for crops such as salads of all kinds, as well as beans when they Beautiful Berries From Carole Patille are forming and anything that has been recently planted. It’s best done early in the Spring-Summer 2013 – This is more like it... morning or in the evening, and there are few After a long cold spring that resolutely pleasures greater than wandering back and outstayed its welcome, summer - real summer forth to the baths where water is stored, filling with cloudless skies, long hot days and sultry the cans, and emptying them onto the thirsty nights - finally burst upon us, and as I write we soil, while taking in the sights and sounds of are enjoying temperatures of up to 30 the allotments. degrees. I say enjoying. Some people love the heat and some wilt in it, and the same is true of plants. If the fine weather continues, as seems likely, we can cherish hopes of good crops of squashes, French beans, sweetcorn (badgers permitting), even outdoor tomatoes. As you can see from the lovely photo accompanying this article, berries and currants are already abundant. Apple and plum trees are laden with tiny fruits and I’ve already pulled my first beetroot, and picked my first cucumbers. We have also enjoyed good harvests of peas and asparagus. Bizarrely the peas are almost finished while the broad beans – usually a much earlier crop – are just ready for picking. This is because I had to delay planting as the ground was freezing cold and rock hard well into April.

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A plant sale held on a sunny Saturday morning in June was well attended and seemed to be enjoyed by all who took part. Then on a hot morning in July the allotments welcomed a party of 60 children from St Francis school – which adjoins the allotment site - along with their teachers, parents and helpers. The There are ways round this – fleece, cloches, children were shown the different plants polytunnels – and folk organised enough to growing on various plots, drew some of them, use them have done better. My potatoes were picked others, helped with watering and late into the ground for the same reason – well weeding, and had a snack and a singsong on that’s my excuse, and I’m sticking to it – and the grass behind the meeting shed. the couple of plants I have dug up so far have been disappointing. Liz Potter In my previous article I mentioned the

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The Bournville Society Meetings are held in Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close, off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville, at 7.30pm October-February and 8.00pm March-May 2nd Oct 2013 Update on the developments taking place in and around Bournville, Peter Roach, Chief Executive of Bournville Village Trust and Alan Shrimpton, former Director of Estates 6 Nov 2013 Barber Institute of Fine Arts 80th anniversary presentation If you have any queries please telephone the Secretary, Rosemary Shutt on 0121 458 2547 or email:

LOVE SHOPPING IN CHARITY SHOPS? Then pop along to Autism Birmingham's first charity shop at 1586 Pershore Road, Stirchley opposite Magnet/Wickes. We even have some parking outside. Only last week we opened our second shop on the new Longbridge Town Centre site (almost opposite Longbridge train station) again parking available outside. We have amazing stock top household names, River Island, Dororthy Perkins, Monsoon, M&S even designer labels such as Lacoste, Burberry, Armani, Diesel, Prada. Both shops are open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm. Funds are used to supply sensory equipment to children in Birmingham who have Autism. Cantare Daytime Choir We meet every Tuesday 9.30am - 10.30am at Rowheath Pavilion where we sing original and harmony arrangements of pop songs through the ages. You don’t need to be able to read music or be a confident singer, just come along for a free session and see if you fancy joining us more regularly. Your first session is free and then sessions cost £5 a week (or £20 for 5 consecutive weeks). Singalong With Angela

Come along to the Friends Meeting House, Meeting House Lane, Northfield (Entrance to Victoria Park, Northfield Library) Join Us And Enjoy Live Singing From the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. You can also have a dance and enjoy a song on the microphone, socialise and make new friends. This takes place every Thursday from 6.30pm - 8.30pm Entrance fee is £2.50 per person and includes refreshments and a FREE raffle. For more information please contact Angela on 0121 251 1700. Other Venues Available DISCLAIMER This magazine is only to be used as a reference guide to find suppliers of products and services in the area, with the intention of engaging their services. The use of this magazine for any other purpose other than the permitted use e.g. Canvassing for Advertising Sales, Direct Marketing or any other activity, will incur a cost for this use, plus an authorised usage surcharge, plus punitive damages. This cost is for the usage of the intellectual property and copyrighted material used to develop and publish this magazine. The Bournville Pages cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, nor endorse companies, products or services that appear in this magazine. 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, contributors or by my own personal experience.


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 October - Dr John Page - Introduction To Bulbs 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 28th October - evening workshop with Deidre and Sally â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;Make a pop up table top rubbish binâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; 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 54

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

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