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Our feet are our first point of contact with the world, and yet too often we cram them into ill-fitting shoes and leave them until last when it comes to self-care. From athlete’s foot to ingrown toenails, there are a variety of issues that can crop up as a result of poor foot care. So, what can you do to – literally – put your best foot forward, and how can you resolve any issues should they arise? Prevention is better than cure, so the best place to start is with your choice of shoe. A good pair of shoes should support and protect your feet, and allow natural movement when walking. Look for breathable fabrics, roomy toe-boxes, cushioned soles and low heels. Although wearing high heels once in a while won’t do much harm, long-term use has been linked to ingrown toenails and even arthritis. Once you’re wearing the right shoes, keeping your feet in good condition should be fairly straightforward. Applying a moisturiser or foot cream daily will help prevent cracking, and using a pumice stone or foot file will tackle any hard skin that often appears around the heels. It’s also important to check your feet regularly for cuts, sores, redness or swelling – especially if you’re diabetic. This is because raised blood sugar levels can often lead to a reduction in blood supply to your feet, which means that cuts and sores may take a while to heal.

Athlete’s foot is another common foot problem, caused by walking barefoot in communal spaces such as gyms, showers or swimming pools. This fungal infection usually starts between the toes, causes significant discomfort, itching and pain, and can even spread beyond the feet if not treated. Over-the-counter fungal creams are the best solution, but it’s also important to keep your feet clean and dry in-between treatments. Some foot ailments can be slightly more bothersome, however. Ledderhose disease is a rare condition that causes connective tissue to build up and create hard lumps on the soles of the feet. The growths aren’t cancerous but they can cause pain, especially when walking. Home remedies include wearing soft shoe inserts, stretching, massages and anti-inflammatory drugs, but doctors might also recommend surgery in more serious cases. Although chiropody becomes more important as we age, taking good care of our feet also gets harder as we lose flexibility. If you’re experiencing any aches, pains or symptoms in your feet, visit your local chiropodist who will be able to help diagnose any issues and advise next steps.

When it comes to foot care, toenail trimming is key. The trick here is little and often. Experts recommend trimming your nails every six to eight weeks, cutting them straight across using clean, sharp clippers. The best time is when you’re just out of the bath, but be careful not to cut them too short. Ingrown toenails are often the result of over-trimming, and besides being extremely painful, in extreme cases, may need an operation to resolve.

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WOODLANDS PARK BOWLING CLUB (access between 208-210 Northfield Road, B30 1ED 18 & 27 buses stop nearby)

Come And Join Our Fantastic Bowling Club! We have been established for over one hundred years, in idyllic surroundings provided by the wonderful benefactor George Cadbury, on the estate that Bournville Tenants Ltd. built on land leased from Bournville Village Trust. George was a great believer in open spaces, fresh air, exercise and outdoor sports such as bowls and other recreational pastimes, for their ability to keep his workers and residents happy and healthy and we are fortunate to enjoy the benefits of his philosophy to this day. We actually started life as a tennis club with an adjoining flat green bowling green, which was re-laid as a crown green in 1929, when the pavilion was built. The tennis club closed in 1996 due to falling membership and in 2000 the land was re-laid as a second crown green by Bournville Tenants Ltd. So we now have two bowling greens lying in a tranquil area between Northfield Road and Kingsley Road. You would not know the club was there until you walk down a secluded path and enter “a little oasis” cut off from the rest of the world! Many a visiting player has exclaimed that they’ve lived in the Bournville area for years and never known of its existence! Our greens are open from the end of March until late October and if you come along and give us a try, you will have the opportunity to play any afternoon with friendly experienced members, willing to help you learn

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- with a nice cup of tea and a biscuit or piece of cake always on hand! If you decide to pursue bowling further as a pastime there are opportunities to play in knockout competitions within the club throughout the season, with a variety of trophies to be won; in friendly matches, both home and away, against other local clubs, and to join our competitive teams who play weekly in three local Leagues - South & West Birmingham Over 60s; Heart of England Over 60s and Yardley Wood Superleague (all ages) - at bowling greens across south Birmingham and surrounding areas, in matches against other teams. We also have various social activities, from an active walking group, to whist drives during the winter months, a skittles evening, an annual lunch at which the knockout trophies are presented, a Christmas meal, occasional outings, a cheese and wine evening now and again, or a fish and chip supper or buffet lunch. So ladies and gentlemen, whether you are looking for a new hobby or are already an experienced bowler, give us a try and be glad that you did! Contact: Rosemary Shutt, Secretary, on 0121 458 2547 Paul Everson, Treasurer, on 07825 354803 for further information.

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Liquidambar leaves and fruit

When we talk about exotic plants, it simply means those that are not native. Historically, here in the UK there has been a drive to promote the planting of native trees and shrubs, provided the provenance is known, because of the risks of pests and diseases. The danger is lower when growing seed that has been harvested from trees grown here. The young plants tend to be more resilient and they display a better ability to adapt. Imported seeds, plants and trees carry a risk of introducing alien pests and diseases into the UK, against which our native species have no natural defence. There is, however, a problem with the long-term biosecurity of our UK trees. Did you know there are now only around 30 truly native species, plus subspecies and hybrids that have naturalised themselves here? The term ‘native’ is generally defined as trees that established themselves in Britain around 10,000 years ago. This was the end of the last ice age, at a time when the English Channel was gradually forming. Plant hunters began collecting specimens from around the world during Roman times. The activity saw plants introduced into Britain and this gradually opened the window for pests and diseases too. The Ages of Discovery and Enlightenment saw more and more explorers setting off around the world and bringing back unusual plants, in addition to teas, food, spices and animals. Many of the living species ended up in private collections or in botanical gardens.

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Acer tree foliage

This extended the range of plants within the UK, and we have come to love and admire many of these introduced species. The glorious Liquidambar, or sweet gum, for example, is native to Asia, parts of the Mediterranean and North America. Many acer trees originate not only from Japan but also from China and Korea. The tulip tree, Liriodendron tulipifera, hails from North America, and many of the flowering cherries originate from Japan, China and the USA. Even apple trees have an exotic history! The original ancestor of many modern apple cultivars can be linked back to an ancient apple: Malus sieversii. This wild apple is native to the mountains of Kazakhstan in Asia, where they can still be found today. It’s not surprising that UK trees have succumbed to many devastating problems. One of the first to be widely recognised was Dutch elm disease, which was said to have been accidentally imported from Canada in the late 1960s. It is thought to have killed over 30 million elms. Ash dieback was first reported around ten years ago and this disease is expected to kill up to 95 per cent of Fraxinus excelsior. In the last 30 years there have been more than 20 serious problems caused by imported pests and diseases. Many By Caroline Knight: Gardendesignideas.co.uk


diseases are caused by fungus pathogens, such as Phythopthora ramorum, which is affecting larch trees, and Phythopthora pluvialis, which affects western hemlock, certain types of pine trees and the Douglas fir. The latter was originally found in Oregon in the USA. The Oak Processionary Moth, native to southern Europe, is now found in London and restrictions on movement of oak trees have recently been put in place by Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs). This raises a question about exotic plants. Should we avoid planting them, or welcome species that are not native? Many people believe that the tipping point has now been reached. UK species are declining so rapidly that we need to extend the range of plants. This means planting non-natives that will safeguard the future tree canopy of this green and pleasant island, especially now that we know the true value of trees in respect of tackling climate change. There is a lot to be said for strength in diversity. Planting exotic species together with natives will help to plan for the future, knowing that the

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News From Hay Green Allotments An allotment is a community. Many allotment sites are tucked away from public view, and Hay Green Allotments is no exception. It covers a large area in the heart of Bournville, yet until we put signs on the gates a few years ago you could have easily walked past the entrances without realising what lay behind them. After several decades, when allotments were all too often ignored, built over, or thought of as obsolete, there has been a growing realisation in recent years that they are fantastic assets, not only for the people who work them but for the wider communities they are located in. At HGA we have tried for many years now to find different ways to welcome people from the local community onto the site, by holding Open Days, Plant Sales, and organised visits for school children and local groups. Of course Covid put a stop to all that, but a recent event showed in spectacular fashion what can be done when allotment holders and people from the community come together. On Saturday 19 March the allotment association held a cake and art sale in aid of charities working to support those affected by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. The event was the brainchild of former treasurer Mike Martin, whose lovely pottery was one of the highlights of the afternoon. The weather was kind, lots of people came to enjoy the event, and almost £1400 was raised for charities working to support refugees and people displaced within Ukraine, a very impressive effort by all concerned. This is in many ways the best time of year on the allotments, with everything bursting into life and all the promise of the growing season

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to come. The raised beds that I wrote about in last Summer's article are now finished and fully in use. Sited in a prominent position near the top gate, they should be full of produce soon. It will be interesting to see what people decide to grow when space is so limited! My own plot continues to be a work in progress. I have put in some new raspberry canes to supplement the ones already growing there, and have ordered some asparagus crowns to add to the existing bed. It's my firm belief that you can never have too much asparagus or too many raspberries! So far (in early April) I have planted potatoes and broad beans, along with onions (white and red). I start almost everything off in pots and trays at home, but this trick hasn't worked with the peas that I sprout in trays before planting them out. As happened last year, mice have eaten the peas themselves, leaving the severed stems neatly on the ground. Fortunately peas come in packets of hundreds, so there are plenty more on their way to replace them. Someone needs to tell the visiting cats to buck their ideas up, though. There is currently a long waiting list for plots at HGA, but plots do become available on a regular basis. If you would like to add your name to the list, please email jcbagnall20@gmail.com, or leave a message on the HayGreenAllotments Facebook page. HGA is hoping to hold an Open Day and Plant Sale in June. Keep an eye on the community noticeboards and local social media for further news of this event.

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R & B Star Billy Ocean Set For Solihull Summer Fest 2022 The award winning R & B singersongwriter, Billy Ocean, is joining the incredible Sunday line-up at this years Solihull Summer Fest. Dubbed the biggest black recording star that Britain has ever produced, Billy has sold more than 30 million records worldwide, achieving number one spot on pop charts in the UK, USA, Austrailia, Germany and Holland.

In addition to Billy Ocean, the show on Sunday 24th July features Belinda Carlisle, Kool & The Gang, Bad Manners, The Real Thing and Dr & The Medics. Saturday 23rd July 2022 will see Shaggy, Sister Sledge, Boyzlife, Shalimar, Lemar and, by popular demand, Artful Dodger returning to the main stage.

Soul Selection stage is headlined on the Saturday by Kenny Thomas and on Sunday by Trevor Nelson. Organiser Ian Rogers, said: “After a very challenging couple of years, event life is in a much more positive situation and our team are completely focused and passionate about delivering the best-ever Solihull Summer Fest. There are some huge names in our line up and I truly hope the Solihull borough support this increasingly popular festival on their doorstep”. Tickets, including VIP options, are currently for sale. For more information and options to buy tickets online visit: www.solihullsummerfest.co.uk If you would like the chance to win a pair of tickets, simply let me know which night Bad Manners are performing. Email or call me with the answer. Good Luck !

Solihull Sumer Fest, The Solihull Summer Fest team are very Held At Tudor proud of what is clearly their biggest line Grange Park, up to date are promising ‘the ultimate feel Solihull. -good music festival’. Throughout the Event Dates: weekend, the second stage will be hosted Sat 23rd and by the Soul Selection featuring the finest Sun 24th July 70s and 80s Soul & Funk Anthems. The 2022 25


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“Dean, act natural, I’m going to pass you something through the hedge.” Dean had been minding his own business pruning the privet, wondering what the terrible smell from next door was, when a sausage on a barbeque fork appeared through the branches. “Would you say it’s nearly done?” his neighbour Jeremy whispered from the other side. “Not even close. What are you doing over there? You’ve been at it for an hour.” “Priorities, mate. Priorities. Stacy’s invited her cousin Mandy over and I volunteered to do a barbeque.”

a barbeque was a skill not all men were born to. By the smell, he’d guess Jeremy had only succeeded in melting his spatula. “Alright,” he sighed. “Wait, we’ve got incoming.” Dean heard Stacy’s familiar footsteps. “Are you chatting to Dean while me and Mand are inside starving?” “No, Stace. Talking to myself.” Dean found himself in the peculiar situation of having to pretend he wasn’t in his own garden, holding a plate of someone else’s sausages.

“Not THE Mandy?”

“How’s them bangers?”

“The one and only. They’ve just started on their second bottle of prosecco.”

“Nearly there.”

Stacy’s voice called from the house, “Jez, have you seen my Dirty Dancing DVD?”

“Got to keep the lid shut, the wind keeps blowing the coals out.”

“No, love,” Jeremy called back. “Not seen it.”

“How long will they be?”

It was never a dull moment living next door to Jeremy and Stacy, but when Mandy arrived, things got wild. The last time she’d visited the girls convinced themselves they could recreate the famous Dirty Dancing lift scene. There had been hoots of laughter followed by a crash that sent the coffee table ying onto the patio, after which the cat refused to come out from behind the fridge for a fortnight. If Stacy was looking for the DVD it could only mean one thing. “Hang on,” Jeremy whispered, “didn’t you borrow Stacy’s DVD?” “Certainly not. Can’t you just bung the sausages in the oven?” “And do the walk of shame? No, thanks. Don’t suppose your oven’s available? Tell you what”, he continued, “why don’t I pass the sausages under the hedge? You nish them off in your oven and pass them back.” Dean had some sympathy for Jeremy. Doing

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“Let’s have a look.”

“Five minutes.” Dean coughed discreetly. “Maybe ten minutes.” “I’m still looking for Dirty Dancing, are you sure you haven’t seen it?” “I’ve just remembered – Dean borrowed it.” Dean’s ears pricked up. “I’ll go and ask him for it then.” “You can’t, he’s away for the weekend.” Dean heard Stacy sigh and walk off. Not only was he holding her sausages, he absolutely didn’t have her DVD, and now he was going to have to hide in his own house for the next 48 hours. Jeremy had completely stitched him up. “What’s really cooking on the barbeque, Jez?” Dean asked atly. “It’s the DVD, isn’t it?” “Priorities mate, it’s all about priorities. We’re doing this for the sake of the cat.” By Jackie Brewster

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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 http:// www.bournvillersmbc.org. Better still, why not just come down to Valley Parkway and try out a boat.

Bournville Lane and Linden Road. Tickets bought in advance are £3 and on the day will be £4. Accompanied children under 12 are free to enter. Bournville Voices We need singers ! We are a small cappella mixed voice choir in the South Birmingham area. Repertoire is varied … classical from Tallis to Whitaker, spirituals, jazz and popular styles. We perform around the region regularly under the experienced direction of Anne Ellis. If you are an enthusiastic singer, call Anne on 0121 458 2331 to arrange an informal audition. Could You Be A Cabaret Girl ?? Do you enjoy singing - solo or in a group ? Do you have plenty of go and want to go ? Age 30+ and still got what it takes ? Email - cabaret.girls@mail.com

Cotteridge Misfits Join our daytime music ensemble. For adults playing any instrument grades 1-8. Guided by professional leaders, rehearsals, concerts and socials. For times, dates and booking info, visit, www.misfitsmusic.org.uk/c-misfits, info@misfitsmusic.org.uk or 07458 306508.

Weoley Hill Crown Green Bowling Club Situated in beautiful surroundings in Fox Hill, B29 and provides for social bowing during the season from April to October, and monthly social meetings during the off season. In house and interclub Shenley Seniors 50+ competitions are a regular feature and the club has We are a very friendly and social group who meet to two teams active in the Over 60’s South Birmingham have fun and interact, and enjoy a packed League. programme of activities ! Mondays and Friday’s afternoons are regular Join us every Thursday 1pm-3pm at Shenley Court afternoons, 1400 – 1600 hours are Men’s group Hall, 200 Green Meadow Road, B29 4ED days and similarly Ladies days meet Tuesdays and 0121 475 7521 Thursday. Other times available for all members. Currently there are vacancies for new members. No Manor Farm Park Heritage Trail previous experience is necessary as the club has Discover the history of Manor Farm Park, 10 sites of qualified coaches. More information is available interest. For more information go to our website: from the club website;www.friendsofmanorfarmpark.org.uk www.weoleyhillbowlsclub.org.uk Dementia Cafe - Selly Oak Alternatively contact:Dementia cafe provides a safe, comfortable and David Obrey – Men’s’ Captain 07930 985646 or supportive environment for people with dementia and Eileen Bird – Ladies Captain 07860 374700 their carers to get together and socialise, receive inforBetter still, why not visit on one of the regular mation and share experiences. Find us at Bournville afternoons as appropriate to meet us and get a Friends Meeting House, 65 Linden Road, B30 firsthand experience. 1JT,07827 940844 Kings Norton Farmers Market Join us on the 2nd Saturday of the month on Kings Norton Green. Bournville Village Festival Saturday 25th June 1.pm—10.30pm At Cadbury men’s recreation ground, based in

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We need singers ! We are a small cappella mixed voice choir in the South Birmingham area. Repertoire is varied - classical from Tallis to Whitaker, spirituals, jazz and popular styles. We perform around the region regularly under the direction of Anne Ellis. If you are an enthusiastic singer, call Anne on 0121 458 2331.

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