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Hello and Welcome Welcome to the joint December/ January 2020 edition of your local, independent community magazine. As it is a joint magazine for both months, apologies for those residents who will receive the magazine in January as some of the information will be out of date.

This month, local solicitors Brevitts, have shared with us the benefits of making an LPA - a Lasting Power of Attorney, and you can read all about it on pages 16 & 18.

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St. Marys Hospice are once again hosting their Light Up A Life ceremonies and invite the local community to join them in celebrating the lives of those who are no longer with us. You can join them on the 12th December and read more about it on page 10.

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Have a look at the Community Pages at the back of the magazine, there are plenty of groups who would love to see you ! The deadline for the February 2020 edition, of either magazine, is the 10th January.

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Have a happy and healthy 2020.



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Pruning Perfection Winter is perfect for pruning and cutting back woody plants (except if it is really icy or frosty), so get stuck in now that deciduous trees, shrubs, hedges and climbers are bare of leaves. Remember that for pruning to really benefit the plant, you need the right tools. For a small expanse of hedge or a shrub that needs reshaping, a good, sharp pair of well-oiled shears should do the job. When cutting along a hedge top, a guide line – such as a taut string – will help you get a neat, level surface. For larger hedges a powered hedge cutter or hedge trimmer is preferable. Use ‘loppers’ for removal of stems at various heights and of varying thicknesses. These are available with various 8

handle lengths (some have telescopic handles), so that you can reach higher. For relatively thick stems they are better than shears or secateurs and allow for accurate cutting. Wear goggles and ideally protective headgear if you have to cut back branches above your head. Everybody needs a pair of good-quality sharp secateurs for pruning smaller woody stems. Always cut to an outward-facing bud (so that the new growth produced from that bud grows outwards). Secateurs are good for removing dead and dying stems, for formative pruning (to ensure the plant grows in the right direction), and for pruning to encourage flowering. A proper pruning saw is necessary for pruning out or tidying up larger branches on trees and shrubs and is perfect for fruit trees. Use a sawing action for best results and make the pruning cut a few millimetres or so away from the main stem from which the branch you are removing is joined. A cut like this will heal quicker and is less prone to fungal rotting.

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More Pruning Tips Always check the best pruning time for your plants – most hedges and many shrubs can be cut back now, but you may impact the flowering potential of others. Some trees, mainly those in the Prunus family – such as edible and ornamental cherries, plums, apricots, damsons, peaches and nectarines – are

prone to the potentially fatal fungal ‘silver leaf’ infection, and should be pruned in the summer months. Pruning tools must be really sharp – blunt tools mean more effort and the risk of damage to the plant. Create sloping cuts with secateurs, loppers and saws to prevent moisture accumulating (wetness encourages wood rotting), and cut close to but not on top of a bud to allow new growth without dieback. Stand back from time to time when pruning, to let you see how you are affecting the overall shape of the plant.

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Hospice To Remember 40 Years Of Loved Ones With ‘Light Up A Life’ Event Birmingham’s largest hospice is encouraging families to remember their loved ones this Christmas, with an evening of music and celebration.

There will also be an opportunity to honour loved ones before the event, in the Hospice’s online ‘Book of Remembrance’. The online book will be filled with tributes and anyone who makes a dedication will be able to share the book with their family and friends. A physical book will be displayed at the ceremony.

Cal Harbourne will be the one of the attendees at this years Light Up A Life event. She will be remembering her husband Rob, who the Hospice cared for at home and then on its Inpatient Unit. Joining Cal will be popular media broadcaster, Llewela Bailey, who will be hosting the events and pressing the button With two events taking place at the Hospice on Thursday 12th December, the to switch on the charity’s iconic lights. first at 5.30pm and the second at 7.30pm, Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice provides guests will be able to enjoy Christmas vital care to people and their loved ones carols, live musical performances and a who are living with a life-limiting illness. moving display of silent fireworks. The Light Up A Life ceremonies are part of Birmingham St. Marys Hospice - which has been caring for local people for 40 years, is inviting the community to its seasonal ‘Light Up A Life’ ceremonies, to remember and celebrate the lives of those who are sadly no longer with us.

The night will also see the charity officially turn on its Christmas tree lights with lights symbolising the lives of those that the Hospice has cared for over the past four decades, as well as those who weren’t but want to be honoured by their families.


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Lasting Power of Attorney Jane Brevitt is a local Solicitor, specialising in legal planning and for supporting clients later in their life. This month she talks to us about Lasting Power of Attorney, the benefits of making arrangements and the consequences of not settling your affairs. Most of the clients she works with are aware of what a Lasting Power of Attorney is, however, they either have very little knowledge of their use or have been overwhelmed by the volume of information available. This month she hopes to clarify some of the common concerns with frequently asked questions and answers.

medical treatment and end of life wishes. As such, an LPA is an extremely important document with serious implications for all involved. Why Are There Two Different Types Of LPA ? The first one, and most commonly used one, is an LPA for Property & Financial Affairs, to make financial decisions. The other covers health and welfare to make decisions for you such as care issues and plans, where you might live, end of life wishes and authorising the Attorney(s) to give or refuse consent to life sustaining treatment. Why Do People Need An LPA ? Anyone over the age of 18 with assets should always have an LPA for Property and Finances and we would also recommend having an LPA for Health and Welfare, so that you have made the decision of whom you wish to appoint rather than the court deciding, or in the case of health issues, the medics, or in case of care issues, the Local Authority. You are best empowering those you trust to make the appropriate decision when you can’t.

Can I Carry Out A DIY Online LPA ? Legal providers believe that online LPA’s create risks that a legal provider can help you avoid such as: ensure that they are legally robust, not subject to rejection, and Attorneys are suitable and appropriate. They will safeguard against fraud or coercion. Safeguard the wishes of the donor, if they are vulnerable and What Is A Lasting Power Of Attorney appear unsure or uncomfortable. They A Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA) is a will, above all, ensure that the LPA powerful legal document that allows a adequately expresses the donor’s wishes person (“Donor”) to choose one or more and preferences and covers all aspects of individuals (“Attorneys”) to handle their affairs in the event that they can no longer their property and finance and/or health do so themselves, for example if they lose and welfare views. They will also ensure that Attorneys appointed fully understand mental capacity. Attorneys are able to make important decisions on behalf of the their role and responsibility. Contd on page 18 Donor, involving the property, money, 16 Please mention “The South Birmingham Pages” when responding to adverts

Brevitts Solicitors later years care specialists Legal solutions for those wanting to achieve peace of mind in later life Jane and her daughter Jessica Harper run Brevitts Solicitors, a local practice based in Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak. They specialise in helping clients to arrange their affairs to secure peace of mind in later life. They provide; legal estate planning, wills, probate and trusts. In addition, they provide a suite of later life care solutions for clients and their families, to put in place arrangements to assist and support them should they arise. Jane is a Solicitor for the Elderly (SFE). She has expertise built up over 35 years of experience in providing solutions for elderly and vulnerable that aim to give clients and their families’ absolute peace of mind, at an affordable cost. Jane’s knowledge and experience ensures that she ignores all myths relating to ageing, acknowledging and respectful of the competence of her clients in their later lives. She understands, takes into account and seeks to accommodate the challenges they may face. She identifies and supports clients to overcome the challenges of the mind or physical disabilities, which may accompany the ageing process. She has established a greater awareness of the social and health impact and how these can be supported, should they arise. Jane’s expertise helps her to provide a personal and client focused experience. She aims to put clients at their ease, whilst simplifying the complex and sensitive issues that we all need to address when resolving legal issues. Jane, Jessica and the team work with clients face to face in their office or in the client’s own home, if the clients prefer, or are unable to get into the office. In addition, Jane uses online meeting software, either at the office or in the client’s own home if they wish to invite family members to attend and support them. This has proved invaluable when family live some way away, a different country, or simply avoids the need for a day off work, to support their loved ones, who feel reassured should they want their family involved in the consultation, managing everyone’s concerns irrespective of geography or work commitments.

Support they offer · Estate planning using Wills, Trusts and lifetime giving · Powers of attorney, including Lasting Power of Attorney for Property and Finance and Health and Welfare · Probate and the administration of estates with or without Wills · Court of Protection - applications deputyships, statutory Wills etc · Trust & their administration - created in their lifetime or under a Will · Wills from the simple to the complex · Preserving assets in the event of long term residential or nursing care · The provision of home care · Residential and nursing home contracts · Advice on financial responsibility and funding for long-term care Jane is also a MENCAP recommended Solicitor. She is supported in the services she provides by being part of a network and the relationships that she has built up over time, with key statutory and voluntary bodies and agencies, charities, housing, health and social care providers, the financial services sector and other related organisations and individuals. Jane is available to give talks and seminars to interest groups in the community and local societies and specialist elderly and vulnerable adults carers and service providers. Please contact Brevitts for their free guidance by calling or emailing them.


Lasting Power Of Attorney Contd ... When Should I Make An LPA ? You must put your LPA in place before it is actually needed, to give you peace of mind that your affairs are in order and usually when you are taking advice about making your will.

possible. Your legal advisor will assist you with establishing if you have the capacity to make one.

What If I Don’t Have Sufficient Capacity ? If you don’t have sufficient capacity for making an LPA then the only way forward may be to apply to the Court Of Protection for a Deputyship Order. This Who Should I Appoint As My can be avoided if you are prepared and Attorney ? Appoint a trusted family member, friend or made the LPA’s before you lose capacity. your Solicitor. The LPA is a powerful The process is lengthy and can cost up to legal document appointing trusted £1750 in court and legal costs depending individual(s) to handle your affairs on your on complexity. behalf if you can’t look after yourself Who Will Determine Who Will Look through mental and/or physical After My Affairs Under A Deputyship incapacity. The Attorney(s) you appoint Order ? will effectively step into your shoes and The Court will decide who looks after your act on your wishes, or act in your best affairs, not you. Usually it is a family interests when you can’t make decisions. member who has put themselves forward. Do Attorneys Have To Agree To Act ? If there are no family members, then Yes, it is best for you to ask family and friends or your solicitor. If no one steps friends and for them to familiarize forward then it may have to be a Court themselves with their roles and appointed solicitor or the Local Authority. responsibilities as an Attorney BEFORE What are the costs of making an LPA ? they agree and sign. Costs vary from one provider to another, a quick check online suggests that costs Can I Leave It Until The Situation vary between £300-750. Whilst the Arises ? Unfortunately, when you need an LPA process is straight forward when you and you don’t have one, it may be too late have the knowledge, skill and experience, to set up. they can become complex so you are best seeking assistance from a legal I Have Recently Had A Diagnosis Of provider. Alzheimer’s, Am I Still Able To Make An LPA ? Jane Brevitt is a registered member of This will depend on if you have capacity. Solicitor For The Elderly With an early diagnosis it is generally


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Six Tips for a Healthy Winter The shorter, darker, colder, wetter days of winter can leave even the fittest and chirpiest people feeling run-down. To feel better through the winter:

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1: Reduce infection risk While being cold cannot give you a cold or the flu (only viruses can do that), it can stress your body and lower your immunity. Practise good hygiene and take antibacterial hand gel out with you.

Being too cold puts stress on your body

If you’re recommended to have a flu vaccine or are eligible for a free one, get it early, before flu season starts. Rest assured it can’t give you flu, as it contains no live viruses. People who get flu after vaccination may have a rarer flu strain not covered by the vaccine or a strain contracted before it became fully active. 2: Keep exercising Exercise can warm you up, boost your immune system and release endorphins that make you feel good. If you’re exercising outdoors, bundle up, avoid exercising when it’s icy and wear bright, reflective clothes if it’s dark. Consider indoor alternatives: swimming,


Check out and click on ‘fitness guides’ for free tenminute workouts, or www.nhs. uk/conditions/nhs-fitness-studio for online exercise videos, including yoga, Pilates, strength exercises, aerobic workouts and more. 3: Get enough daylight, fresh air and vitamin D Your body uses sunlight to regulate your body clock and create vitamin D, essential for strong teeth, muscles and bones, so don’t hibernate! However, in the UK, there’s not enough sunlight between October and early March to make sufficient vitamin D, nor can you get enough by eating vitamin D-rich foods, so the NHS recommends a daily 10mcg vitamin D supplement.

4: Stay warm When the temperature drops below 8°C, those who are over 65, disabled or pregnant, or have children under school age, or have a mental or long-term health condition are more vulnerable to illness. Low temperatures increase vulnerability to heart attacks, stroke, flu, pneumonia, hypothermia, falls and injuries, and can worsen depression, dementia and Raynaud’s Disease (which interrupts blood supply to the extremities, causing pain, numbness, stiffness or tingling, most commonly in the fingers). Keep your home heated to at least 18°C and use hot water bottles, heat packs or electric blankets if necessary. Try a hot bath before bed, and have hot meals and drinks. Pre-warm clothes on radiators or in your airing cupboard. When outdoors, wear warm gloves and a hat, and use hand dryers for a warmth top-up while you’re out. 5: Eat healthy comfort food Choose healthy comfort foods like stews and soups (but watch your fat and salt intake and include plenty of vegetables). Homemade soups are easily made with a simple blender, and cooked fruit with low-fat custard makes a great winter pudding. Visit and click on recipes to find healthy, warming dishes. 6: Finally… look after your mental health Stay active, warm and sociable: exercise, time spent outdoors and the company of others can all help stave off winter blues. However, if you think you may have full-blown SAD (Seasonal Affective Disorder), see your GP for help.

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Remember that grand January detox we spoke about last time? Well, let’s forget it, shall we? I’ve just discovered that the average temperature in the UK is lower in January than in December – well, not that, exactly, because we all knew that, but by how much. The average daytime temperature in January ranges from 1.3-6.9°C compared to 1.9-7.2°C for December. So it’s much too cold to abandon those strong, warming, oxtail-soup beers in favour of something lighter and springier and zingier. So here are two absolute all-time classics for you. Fuller’s 1845 from Chiswick, West London, really looks, smells, feels, and tastes the part. At 6.3% alcohol, it rather defies conventional categorisation, with a rich ruby colour more like port than beer. The aroma is of all things comforting: caramel and toffee at first giving way to sharper notes of green fruit and citrus. The mouth feel is rich and luscious with yet more toffee from the crystal malt Fuller’s favours; but there’s still more than a hint of citrus fruit – it tastes like it smells, in fact. Finally the finish is short and sweet, without any lingering hop bitterness. Shepherd Neame 1698 from Faversham in Kent is marginally stronger at 6.5% but is a much less overwhelming beer than 1845. It’s slightly easier to buttonhole, for a start, being a descendant of the Burton pale ales that took the world by storm 200 years ago. It doesn’t have anything like the richness, either: rather, it has a Christmas cake fruitiness with aromas and flavours of vine fruits, candied peel and marmalade on a surprisingly light, subtle body. The finish is very much hoppier than 1845. This is a beer that demands respect: it doesn’t drink its weight and could easily creep up on you! Fuller’s and Shepherd Neame are two of the oldest breweries in Britain – in fact with the possible exception of the Blue Anchor brew-pub in Helston, Cornwall, Shepherd Neame IS the oldest brewery in Britain – and the numbers in the titles of these beers, as you’ve probably guessed, refer to their dates of foundation. Next time we’ll look at something very much more recent! By Ted Bruning


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faith and may have a desire to follow certain readings, prayers and words of faith, hope and love. Civil funeral ceremonies generally contain a mixture of non-religious and religious content, according to your wishes. Civil Celebrants generally focus upon the life of the person who has passed away and will be happy to incorporate such things as readings, poetry and prose, together with a eulogy which either you or they will compile and/or deliver.

Humanist Celebrants, in common with Civil Celebrants, focus on the person who Naturally, this has passed can lead to differing opinions about away by paying tribute to them, to the what should be said and done during a life they lived and the connections they funeral ceremony, so you need to be made and leave behind, but will comfortable that your chosen Celebrant generally NOT include any religious is on the same wavelength as you, right content within any ceremony they lead. from the start. You may feel that choosing a layperson Broadly speaking there are four types of (family member, friend or colleague) to Celebrant,: Religious, Civil, Humanist lead the funeral ceremony is the best and Layperson. solution for you as they are more likely to share the same views and opinions. Religious funeral ceremonies are However, leading a funeral ceremony usually led by a particular faith, so in takes confidence to you must be sure the main these Celebrants prefer to set that the person you choose possesses the ceremony around a religious theme. the necessary abilities to fulfil your You should be prepared that whoever wishes. leads this style of funeral ceremony will By Derek Case, MD Mortons Funerals be committed to their own articles of 22

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Cranberry, Orange & Nut Loaf This simple cake makes a delicious alternative to a classic rich fruit Christmas cake. It will keep un-iced in an airtight container for a few days. Add the icing and fresh cranberry topping on the day of serving.

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Preheat the oven to 170C, 150C fan, gas mark 3. Grease a 900g loaf tin and line the base and up two long sides of the tin with baking parchment. Place the butter, sugar, flour, spice, baking powder and eggs in a large bowl and beat with an electric whisk for 2-3 minutes until thoroughly combined. Fold in the dried cranberries, nuts and orange zest and juice. Spoon the mixture into the tin and level the surface. Bake for 1hr-1 hr 15 minutes or until risen and golden and a skewer inserted into the centre of the cake comes out clean. Leave to cool in the tin for 10 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack and leave to cool completely. Spread the royal icing over the top of the cake. Scatter over the sugar sprinkles and fresh cranberries, plus the fresh mint sprigs if using. Leave in a cool place until set. Serve sliced.

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Ingredients 750g large ripe tomatoes 4 red peppers 4 shallots, peeled and halved 2 garlic cloves

Carefully place the hot peppers in a large freezer bag and leave until cool enough to handle (this will help to make peeling them easier). Leave the tomatoes and shallots to cool in the roasting tin.

2 tbsp virgin olive oil 1 tbsp dried Italian herbs Salt and freshly ground black pepper 1 tbsp sun-dried tomato puree 400ml vegetable stock 1 tsp sugar


Crème fraiche, roasted pumpkin seeds and shredded fresh basil leaves, to serve


Preheat the oven to 200C, 180C fan, gas mark 6. Score a cross in the top and base of each tomato and place in the roasting tin with the peppers, shallots, garlic cloves, olive oil and Italian herbs. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper and roast for 2530 minutes until the tomatoes are soft with charred, peeling skins and the peppers have blistered and blackened skins.

Peel the peppers, discarding the seeds and pith, and remove the skins and any tough core from the tomatoes. Place both in a food processor or blender with the shallots and any juices from the roasting tin. Process until very smooth – you may need to do this in two batches. Transfer the pepper and tomato mixture to a large pan and stir in the sun-dried tomato puree, vegetable stock and sugar. Slowly bring to the boil then simmer for 5 minutes. Taste and adjust the seasoning, to taste. Ladle the soup into warmed bowls, top with a swirl of crème fraiche and some pumpkin seeds and basil.

To make crunchy roast pumpkin seeds, spread them on a baking sheet and roast in the oven with the tomatoes and peppers for 7-8 minutes. Please mention “The South Birmingham Pages” when responding to adverts

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Wednesday Lunch Club look at our website for a full list of activities Christ Church, Selly Park, 953 Pershore Road, or visit our Selly Park B29 7PS Facebook page For retired people, we now have spaces WestHeathCommunityCentre available. We meet from 11.30am - 2pm. Enjoy a Holloway Hall, Ley Hill, Northfield, B31 1TT home cooked 2 course lunch, friendship and a Come and join us every Monday from 10am programme of activities for £4.50. If you are 12. for a free cup of tea and a chat, friendship, interested please phone 0121 471 2379

free refreshments and we are here every South Birmingham Ramblers week. Call us on 0121 478 2263 We are a local group of ramblers and have a Bournville Townswomen’s Guild regular programme of countryside and urban We are a friendly group of ladies who enjoy life, and a walks, both during the week and at weekends. welcome awaits you at our group. We have speakers We walk throughout Warwickshire, on a variety of topics giving entertainment and fun at our main meeting. On other Mondays we have Worcestershire and Birmingham, as well as monthly scrabble, tea and chat and craft. We also further afield. For more information contact organise days out, coach trips, lunches, theatre trips Marje Davis on 07910 332896 or Janet Slateretc. Our main meeting is held on the 4th Monday of Hunt on 07766 344242 or each month, 2pm – 4pm at Bournville Quaker Meeting visit House, Linden Road, Bournville Green. For more info Northfield Pensioners Club We are a lively group of seniors who provide speakers on a wide variety of subjects giving entertainment and fun. We organise days out to interesting places, and there is always a warm welcome for new visitors. We hold our monthly meetings at Chatham House, Church Road, by the lights at the junction of Great Stone Road and Church Road. We meet on the 3rd Monday of each month from 10.30am - 12.30pm. We look forward to seeing you !

contact Sue on 0121 608 0646 or 0795 421 242

Food Cycle At Longbridge Methodist Church Every Monday, a FREE 3 course meal at 6.30pm

Shenley Court Hall, Shenley Seniors 50+ Green Meadow Road, Selly Oak B29 4ED Come and join our friendly group every Thursday 1.00-3.00pm. We are a social group who meet to have fun and interact with each other. Only £2

Guiding For Adults Sequence Dance at Rowheath Pavilion Selly Oak Trefoil Guild meets on the second Heath Road, Bournville B30 1HH Wednesday of the month at Selly Oak Every Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pmMethodist Church, Langleys Road, from 12 3.30pm. If you enjoy modern sequence noon to 2pm (bring a packed lunch) tea and dancing come along and join our very friendly group. You are also welcome if you would like coffee provided. We have a varied programme with speakers and craft afternoons. You do to come along to watch and have a chat. not have to have been a Brownie or Guide. Entry £2.00. Tea and coffee available. For more information contact West Heath Community Centre Based at Hampstead House, West Heath Friends Of Historic Kings Norton Book Sale Community Centre is a busy, vibrant, friendly Volunteers wanted. Can you spare 4 hours a centre hosting a wide variety of activities and month on the second Saturday of the month ? groups. Whether you are looking to get fit, be Ask at the reception/gift shop for details or creative or want to be more sociable, take a ‘If you would like to to be included on these pages and you have any community news, run a local community group or association and you are non-profit making or have charitable status, then ring Wendy now on: 0121 475 5987 or email:


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Connect Over 50’s Group Monyhull Chruch, St Francis Drive, Kings Norton, B30 3PS Our Connect group has coffee time, quizzes, games, craft, thought for the day, and a tasty lunch (£4). We meet around the middle week of every other month. You will be very welcome. Please contact or phone 0121 441 3081 for more details. Scottish Country Dancing In Kings Heath, The Hub Hazelwell, 318 Vicarage Road, B14 7NH Open to everyone, just £4 on the door. Contact Nicola on 07986 543132

Kings Norton Farmers Market Every 2nd Saturday of the month from 9.00am-2.00pm On The Green, Kings Norton, B38 8RU Local produce from fabulous local producers..

Bournville Radio Sailing and Model Boat Club The Club provides facilities to race or build RC yachts, power boats and scale models. A full calendar of events is available throughout the year. The Club meets at the following times:Tues 10.00 to 13.00 – Models and powerboats, Wed 10.00 to 13.00 – Radio sailing Thurs 10.00 to 13.00 – Models and powerboats, Sat 10.00 to 13.00 – Juniors (Please check for availability) Sun 10.00 to 13.00 – Radio sailing, Sun 13.00 to 16.00 – Models and powerboats Taster sessions take place on Wednesday and Sunday at 12.30 when boats can be supplied. Please contact Andrew Hines on 07581 513899 or 0121 449 6178. See the Club’s website at Better still, why not just come down to Valley Parkway and try out a boat.

Chit-Chat and Cake, Redhill Court Residential Care Home Kings Norton Allotments 77 Nearhill Road, Kings Norton B38 8JU Plots available now. The entrance is on Do you have some spare time on a Masshouse Lane. Drop in and meet us any Wednesday and want to give back to your Sunday 11am - 1pm. local community ? Why not join us for a hot Contact Ray 07071 367015 drink, slice of cake and a chat with our STELLA - Ladies Free Support Group residents who have many fascinating stories to Are you feeling lonely, depressed ? Fed up tell and would love to meet you. If you would with your own company ? Would you like to like to take part and meet some friendly faces, re-kindle an old skill or learn a new one ? Then call our team in advance on 0121 486 4941. why not come and learn to knit or crochet (or watch from the sidelines). We meet each Memory Cafe At Stirchley Baths Thursday from 12pm - 3pm at Stirchley Baths, Alternate Mondays 11am-1pm at Stirchley 2-4 Bournville Lane, Stirchley B30 2JT. Phone Baths, Bournville Lane on 2nd Sept, 16th 0121 464 9072 for more info. All welcome. Sept, 30th Sept, 14th Oct & 28th Oct. Using art, music, movement and theatre, we Place Of Welcome tap into what is important to people we meet Every Thursday 10.30-12.30pm at St. John the and celebrate their individuality. Themed Baptist Church (corner of Longbridge Lane sessions, life story work, friendly faces and and Turves Green Road). Come and have a refreshment. For people living with dementia cup of coffee or tea and a biscuit and a chat, and their carers. Please email to book your bring your knitting ! All welcome. place:

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South Birmingham Pages Dec/Jan 2020  

Local community and lifestyle magazine for Northfield, West Heath, Kings Norton, Selly Oak, Selly Park, Cofton Hackett and Bartley Green in...

South Birmingham Pages Dec/Jan 2020  

Local community and lifestyle magazine for Northfield, West Heath, Kings Norton, Selly Oak, Selly Park, Cofton Hackett and Bartley Green in...