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Hello and Welcome March is here and its a busy month !

In the magazine this month - Marie Curie are urgently needing volunteers to help hand-out their daffodil pins for their Great Daffodil Campaign, which helps to raise vital funds to ensure that there is help and support for those nearing the end of their life. To read more and learn how you can help, see the article on page 24. Local group, Weoley Hill Wine Circle, are looking for members to join them, and you can find a list of the dates of their meetings on page 20. Also, don’t forget Mothers Day on the 31st March and the clocks go forward at 1.00 a.m. on the 31st as well ! The deadline for the April 2019 edition, of either magazine, is the 10th March.

Until next month,


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Lets Talk About Funerals Gardening - Fabulous Fruit Trees with Pippa Greenwood 13 Health - Smile Bright 14 Legal - A Parking Fine Could Stop You Getting A Mortgage 18 Bournville Sports Crown Green Bowls Club 20 Weoley Hill Wine Circle 22 Beer Of The Month 24 The Great Daffodil Appeal 25 Baking - Mini Orange and Chocolate Cakes 26 Wordsearch 27 Why Make A Will ? 28 Parenting - Growing Green Fingers 30/31 Community Pages

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Let’s Talk About Funerals It’s a funny thing, we all know that there are two certainties in life – there’s death and there’s taxes. Most of us are more than happy to have lengthy discussions on the subject of taxes, but talking about death is still very much a taboo topic in many households. The way I see it is that we all have a responsibility to let our family and friends know exactly what we want in terms of funeral arrangements. That way, we can take some of the awful uncertainty away from their decision making when the time comes (and it will come, sure as eggs are eggs, however much we pretend it won’t). This doesn’t mean you have to arrange your own funeral ahead of time; for some people this simply isn’t the right choice, but it does mean talking about it. You may want to impart information about your own choice of arrangements, or you might want to ascertain the wishes of a family member or friend. ...but how to start the conversation?

If you don’t feel you can come straight out with it, think of a natural way of introducing the subject. Try talking about someone else’s death and funeral; it doesn’t have to be someone you know, just someone you’ve heard about in the news. Then you can lead the conversation round to your wishes or those of the person you’re talking to, starting with the basics like: “I definitely want to be cremated myself” or “Have you thought about where you’d like your ashes scattered, or would you want them buried with George?” Once you’ve begun to talk about it all, I think you’ll be surprised how open people are about their own wishes once someone gives them the opportunity to talk about them. People generally have quite strong views on their own wishes, from the type of ceremony they want to whether there should be flowers or donations. Many of us even know exactly where the after funeral get together should be. So go on, try it. After all, everyone deserves to have the send off they really wanted. By Derek Case, MD Mortons Funerals


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Fabulous Fruit Trees It is not difficult to grow a fair quantity of fruit, such as apples, pears, plums or cherries, in even a tiny garden – so how do you manage it? First, choose a ‘rootstock’ – the type of tree root the fruit variety has been grafted on to – that has a dwarfing effect, meaning the tree is unlikely to become huge. Examples include rootstocks ‘Pixey’ on plums, ‘M9’ on apples or ‘Quince A’ on pears.

flower pots work well! Make sure the tree is fed and well-watered and kept under control. ‘Family Trees’, on to which two additional varieties of the same fruit have been grafted, let you grow three varieties of apple or pear on one tree. The varieties are selected to cross-pollinate and you should get a fair crop from an established tree.

With limited space, you can grow ‘Ballerina’ or An apple or pear can be a border edging, ‘Minarettes’ trees. with each tree spreading to 150cm (5ft) and These columnar trained into a horizontal barrier about 45cm apple trees (18in) about ground, which bears fruit along produce fruit the horizontal ‘arms’. Either place a pollinator on short spurs tree nearby to ensure good fruit set, or growing out of choose the self-fertile ‘Concorde’ pear for a the main stem, reasonable crop with just one tree. Readyresulting in trees trained step-overs are available from some measuring up to garden centres and specialist fruit nurseries. 2.4m (8ft) tall, but which can be planted just 60-90cm (2-3ft) Growing fruit trees in pots works well, apart. Many different varieties are available, provided you use a good-sized pot – perhaps even a half-barrel. Use a loam-based John Innes including dessert apples, cooking apples, pears, plums, gages and damsons. No. 3 compost and place plenty of drainage material at the base of the container – broken 8

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Iff space is so limited that yyou can only have one h ttree, choose a ‘self-fertile’ vvariety that doesn’t need a companion and can fertilise its own flowers. For apples, varieties include ‘Queen Cox’, ‘Greensleeves’ or ‘Red Devil’, for pears ‘Concorde’ or ‘Invincible’, for cherries ‘Stella’ and for plums ‘Victoria’.

A pollinator will give a heavier crop, but without you’ll still get a fair quantity of fruit. You can grow fruit as an ‘espalier’, trained and pruned so that the tree lays flat against a fence or framework, with several parallel fruit-bearing arms or in a fan shape against the surface. This works well for cherries, plums, damsons and apricots. A cordon or single-stemmed apple or pear can be trained over a simple arch, or grow one variety up one side and another (a suitable pollinator) up the other – it’ll look stunning in the spring when in flower, and then again when it bears its tasty crop!

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Health - Smile Bright A bright white smile is associated with youth and vitality because as we age, our teeth start to discolour naturally. Whilst good dental health is an essential basis for your youthful smile, many external factors can make otherwise good teeth look unhealthy. So how can you address this ? The first step is to avoid the things that cause your teeth to yellow in the first place. Smoking, coffee (particularly black coffee), tea, red wine, cola drinks and curry will all cause discolouring. If you do indulge, brush your teeth as soon as possible as practical afterwards. For red wine or cola, using a straw will minimise the effects as this delivers the liquid into your mouth without touching your teeth. Crunchy, raw foods such as carrots, celery

and apples are natural cleaners. They encourage your mouth to salivate and can help to rub off the plaque that sticks to your teeth. There are many whitening toothpastes available, although some can be pricey. Often the main ingredient in these toothpastes is baking soda. You can make your own paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda although it won’t taste great and you shouldn’t use it every day as it can be abrasive. If toothpaste and vegetables are not enough to make a noticeable difference, the next option is to go for a teeth whitening treatment. It is possible to buy kits to do this at home and this is certainly a cost effective way of getting a bright white smile. However, treatment from a dentist will both achieve better results and be much quicker.

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Your Parking Fine Could Stop You Getting A Mortgage

DVLA hold your incorrect address, or if the court papers were simply sent to the wrong address. QualitySolicitors Davisons have seen a recent growth in the number of clients running into trouble with credit ratings because of these unforeseen judgements.

Old parking fines can resurface after years to cause headaches when applying for personal loans, credit cards, mortgages or even a new employment contract. This can be because of unknown County Court Judgement (CCJ) entered against them. County Court Judgements will be sought in a number of circumstances, including where there are unpaid loans or credit cards; there has been no response to multiple debt collector requests for payment; or more recently as a result of unpaid parking charge notices that may have been issued electronically. It may be assumed that the person is refusing to pay the fine and so a court judgement against that person will be sought.

There is an increasing number of electronic parking machines used, simply due to costsaving on the parking owner’s part. This issue is compounded by the lack of parking facilities available in built-up city areas where land value is at a premium. Further parking restrictions in residential areas means people are forced to use privately owned car parks.

Some options if you have a County Court Judgement: Pay the debt and your record, if paid outside the 30 day priority period, will be updated to reflect the payment (you can apply for a Certificate of Satisfaction). Dispute the judgment and file a defence (within a reasonable period of time). If you are successful the matter will be re-litigated and dealt with at a final hearing. Once a CCJ is issued it will stay on the Register of Judgments, Orders and Fines for Make an application to set aside six years. Banks and loan companies perform judgement and remove from court register. It is best to seek legal advice for this to checks against this register when deciding increase your chances of success. whether or not to give someone credit. It is an urban myth that if you do not respond to the ticket the parking enforcement agency will not pursue the matter further. This idea is misconceived as many parking enforcement agencies will pursue a parking charge notice even as low as £40. Unsuccessful appeals can incur additional costs too, causing more frustration.

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Bournville Sports Crown Green Bowls Club

generally runs from mid-March to midOctober. Plenty of exercise for all ages. Thanks to good economic measures by our committee, we are able to keep the annual membership down to £35 per year plus an additional £10.40 for membership of the Cadbury Club of which we are now a sports section. Junior membership is available at a vastly reduced rate.

The club was founded in 1896 as a section of Bournville Athletic with one set of bowls. Last year we celebrated our 120th anniversary and we are looking to encourage more people to take up the sport. The club plays in leagues five days a week with all leagues fielding nine mixed teams with the only age restrictions being in the Tuesday and Friday leagues where you have to be over 60. There are also many internal competitions held during the season where the bowling is always supplemented with tea and cakes, not to mention the occasional barbeque.

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We are holding an open weekend on March 23rd and 24th, 10am to 4pm, with coaching and games for kids, for anyone who would like to try the sport. We have a number of sets of woods that you can use to practise We feel that bowls is a game for all and there will be experienced bowlers ages and would encourage families to from the club to give advice. take part, from grandchildren to grandparents. We are well situated on You can learn the basics within 30 the Cadbury Recreation ground in minutes but the skills of the game Linden Road, just above the Cadbury come from the years you play; years World driveway, so the children have in which you will make lifelong friends. plenty of room around the green to play safely. For more information, please contact Ray, on 07786 068644, email:As a member of the club, you may or visit use the green seven days a week our website during the playing season which 18

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Weoley Hill Wine Circle has just completed a very successful year with a session on South African wine. At the meeting on 24th November there were 4 white wines and 4 reds to sample. The whites were a Chenin Blanc, a Sauvignon Blanc, a Chardonnay and a Gewürztraminer – the first two varieties being popular plantings in South Africa.

The 4 red wines were all from the Pinotage grape, regarded by some as South Africa’s signature grape variety. It is the 7th most popular planting and was bred in South Africa by Abraham Perold in 1925 as a cross between the Pinot Noir and Hermitage grape varieties. Thirtyeight people attended the meeting and enjoyed the wines (accompanied by warm 20

mince pies, as is traditional at the November meeting) and particularly the opportunity to compare four different types of Pinotage. Weoley Hill Wine Circle is a friendly and informal group which has been going since 2003. We meet six times a year to enjoy wines from all over the world. The usual format is a short introduction to the evening's wines, followed by an informal tasting, and ending with a roundup of reactions and opinions about the wines that have been sampled. The Wine Circle welcomes new members and anyone with an interest in wine is invited to come along. The programme of events for 2019 is below. All meetings take place on Saturdays at 19.30 in Weoley Hill village hall. Membership for the year is £12.50 and there is a charge of £5 each session to cover the cost of the wine. If you know someone who is a member you can come along as a guest without having to commit to membership right away. (Subject To Confirmation) 23rd March 19 Eastern Europe 11th May 19 Supermarket Wines 13th July 19 The French Borders 14th Sept 19 TBC 23rd Nov 19 Austrailia

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And in fact for the truly intractable beer-geek March does have a special significance: in Medieval Germany it was held to be the last month when it was cold enough to brew without risking airborne infections. Everybody brewed like billy-oh, storing their produce through the hot summer in ice-hewn from glaciers. The last of the March brew w was polished off in a big splurge in October, when the weather was cool enough to start brewing again. The Germans traditionally drink Märzenbier at Oktoberfest, but we can’t easily get that, so we’ll settle for two strong, lush, British classic pale ales instead. Greene King Abbot (5% alcohol) is a pale copper colour with a deep head and a fine spritz. In bottle it’s a lot lighter in character than on draught: the nose is laden with fresh green fruit, while the palate is creamy and full-bodied but without the marmalade sweetness of the cask version and the finish is tart and bitter. Adnams Broadside is stronger at 6.3% alcohol and much darker in colour; but the nose is still fresh and fruity and gives way to pear-drop esters – like varnish, but nice. The palate, again, is surprisingly light and still carries more than a hint of pear-drops, while the finish has a very slight lingering bitterness. It’s a gentle giant. By Ted Bruning

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Marie Curie ‘Daffodil Volunteers’ In South Birmingham Needed Now Terminal illness charity, Marie Curie, needs the help of volunteers in South Birmingham to give two hours of their time to hand out the charity’s iconic daffodil pins, in return for donations.

are raising money to help make sure more dying people get the care and support they need at the end of their lives. What’s more, collecting is lots of fun, you can do it on your own or with friends, and Marie Curie will support you from the moment you sign up.”

The charity’s annual fundraiser, the Great Daffodil Appeal, takes place in March and Marie Curie are hoping to get more people than ever wearing the daffodil pin. Every five minutes, someone in the UK dies without getting the care and support they need at the end of their life.* The money raised from the Great Daffodil Appeal will help the charity provide much -needed expert care to people with terminal illnesses, as well as supporting To volunteer for Marie Curie’s Great Daffodil Appeal and give out the charity’s their families. daffodils pins in return for donations, visit Marie Curie Fundraising Manager for or call free on the West Midlands, Lynn Wood, said: 0800 304 7025. “Whatever your story, donating and About the Great Daffodil Appeal wearing a daffodil pin during March unites you with millions of others to help • Every donation and daffodil worn make sure all dying people get the care helps Marie Curie provide vital care for and support they deserve. people living with a terminal illness and “Volunteering just two hours of your time support for their families. • 8 million daffodil pins are distributed at a collection near you means that you each year. • £6 million was raised last year and £114 million total raised since the campaign began in 1986. • Over 2,000 Marie Curie Nurses work across the country in people’s homes and the charity’s nine hospices, providing 1.2 million hours of nursing care every year. 24

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Why Write A Will ?

one because your married, but even if you are married your husband or wife may still not be able to make decisions on your behalf or access your joint bank accounts if needed.

Why would I buy a funeral plan for myself or a family member? If you don’t write a will, you’re leaving it No one really wants to think of a time up to the State to decide who will inherit when they will need a funeral, but it is smart planning for later life that can be your assets. It’s called Intestacy Law. It’s designed to be fair but the way your paid off in full or in instalments. The cost estate will be allocated may not be what of a funeral has risen significantly over you would want. the last few years and the benefit of buying now is that the cost is fixed at Not having a will can even cause family today’s prices. disagreements that could have easily If you have any other questions on this or been avoided. Even with the closest of families! It’s your estate that no doubt you something similar, have worked very hard for, so you will please contact us on want to decide who inherits it. The only 0121 364 1900. way you can be sure of that, is by writing a will. How Can I Protect Myself While I’m Alive ? We don’t want to think it will happen to us, but we could all be affected by an illness or be in an accident that could affect our mental capacity. This may be temporary or permanently. If this was the case, what would you do? Who would you rely on? How would the authorities know that it is a person you trust? A lasting power of attorney (LPA) is a legal document that allows you to appoint one or more people to act on your behalf if you are not able to do so yourself. Everyone should have these powerful documents (property and finance & health and welfare) whether you are single, married, divorced, young or old. You may think that you will never need 27

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Growing Green Fingers Helping your child to discover a love of gardening. Their own little corner Your child may not have the same taste in plants as you do. So, if you can, give them their own mini-plot to experiment with. Let them choose the plants they want (after discussing soil conditions, shade etc.) and give them the responsibility of watering and weeding. Children aren’t known for their patience so try to incorporate some plants that will give instant enjoyment and have a strong fragrance, such as lavenders and geraniums, along with others that are easy to grow and worth the wait, such as sunflowers, sweet peas and marigolds. Grow your own Fussy eaters can often be persuaded to try new things if they’ve had a hand in growing them. If you have the space for a raised bed, you could try courgettes, lettuces, or dwarf runner beans. Limited space? Potatoes, carrots and peas can be grown in pots.


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A fairy garden Create a fairy garden together by filling a shallow container with soil and adding a few small plants. You could use a small plant pot for a house, create a miniature lake with a ramekin and make a swing with sticks and string. Add some solar-powered twinkly lights and a couple of small wooden or plastic elves an nd fairies.

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South Birmingham Ramblers We are a local group of ramblers and have a regular programme of countryside and urban walks, both during the week and at weekends. We walk throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham, as well as further afield. For more information contact Marje Davis on 07910 332896 or Janet SlaterHunt on 07766 344242 or visit

Sequence Dance at Rowheath Pavilion Heath Road, Bournville B30 1HH Every Wednesday afternoon at 1.30pm3.30pm. If you enjoy modern sequence dancing come along and join our very friendly group. You are also welcome if you would like to come along to watch and have a chat. Entry £2.00. Tea and coffee available.

St. Laurence Church, Northfield Weoley Welcome Club Church Hill/Church Road, Northfield (B31 2LX). At Weoley Hill Village Hall, Weoley Hill If you are thinking of getting married in the Church B29 4AD. 12om - 2pm every Thursday. or are wanting to have your child baptized, drop Free refreshments, all ages including kids, into our Parish Surgery in the Pastoral Centre welcome. Drop in for a chat, find out what is every Wednesday between 5.45pm and 6.30pm happening in your area and make new friends ! no appointment necessary ! Ring the Parish Office 0121 475 1518. Full details For more info call Ann on 07809 640080 Stirchley Tuesday T Dance Club At Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road Selly Park, B29 7PS Mainly sequence dancing with a little ballroom and line dancing. Relax listen to music and chat.1.30pm - 4.00pm. Only £3 Contact Eileen or John on 07816 315273 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 ! Kings Norton Allotments Plots available now. The entrance is on Masshouse Lane. Drop in and meet us any Sunday 11am - 1pm. Contact Ray 07071 367015


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Stirchley Jigsaw Club At Stirchley Library Drop-in jigsaw puzzling sessions in the Library. Thursday mornings 10-12. £1 Email:-

Northfield Arts Foums Girls Group A free arts group for girls aged 8-12, every Thursday 4pm-6pm, at St. Laurence Pastoral Centre, Northfield. We chat, dance, games, sing, write, create etc. For more info email 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 (£3). 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. Volunteers Wanted At Our St. Marys Hospice Shop On Kings Norton Green Are you available for a few hours a week ? Please come in for a chat.

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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 Wed Thurs Sat Sun Sun

10.00 to 13.00 – Models and powerboats, 10.00 to 13.00 – Radio sailing 10.00 to 13.00 – Models and powerboats, 10.00 to 13.00 – Juniors (Please check for availability) 10.00 to 13.00 – Radio sailing, 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.

Community Centre is a busy, vibrant, friendly centre hosting a wide variety of activities and groups. Whether you are looking to get fit, be creative or want to be more sociable, take a look at our website for a full list of activities or visit our Facebook page WestHeathCommunityCentre Childrens Craft Sessions

Stirchley Library, Bournville Lane First Saturday of the month, 2.30pm - 3.30pm. Monthly craft and story session. All Welcome.

Kings Norton Fundraising Group for Birmingham St. Mary’s Hospice

Are you looking to support a local charity by raising vital funds to care for people with life-limiting illnesses, their families and carers in Birmingham & Sandwell ? We are a friendly group of local volunteers who meet on the 2nd Monday of the month in the local area to organize Kings Heath Horticultural Society fundraising activities such as regular charity We meet at Manninford Hall, Druids Heath, quizzes, stalls at local festivals and other events. B14 5TJ at 7pm for 7.30pm on the first Monday Contact Sue on 0121 608 0646 or in each month, March to December to listen to for more info.

a series of talks on gardening subjects by carefully selected speakers. Membership £5 per year plus £2 entry fee per meeting. Visitors £3 (first visit free). For more info please email

Bournville Carillon Our gift shop on Bournville Green urgently needs more volunteers to work 1 or 2 shifts a week, but fortnight support would also be welcome. Shifts are 10am - 1.30pm or 1.30pm Selly Oak Live At Home Scheme -4.30pm. We also require volunteers to work Are you or is someone you know living with the as guides for the Carillon. For more early stages of Dementia? information please call BVT 0300 333 6540. Selly Oak Live at Home Scheme invites you to Bournville Sports Crown Green Bowls Club join us each week at our Dementia Café in We require new bowlers for the 2019 season, Northfield Library. Come and socialise with no previous experience necessary. Come others, meet health and social care along to our open and family weekend on the professionals, listen to visiting speakers and 23rd and 24th March 2019. We will have take part in activities. A light lunch is served coaching and games for kids from 10am - 4pm. each week. Cost of session is £5.00 per Why not give it a try ? person. Family and carers welcome. Contact For more information, please contact Ray, on us to let us know you are coming 0121 472 07786 068644, email:5913 email: or visit our website West Heath Community Centre Based at Hampstead House, West Heath

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South Birmingham Pages  

Local, community and lifestyle magazine for Northfield, Selly Oak, Selly Park, Kings Norton, West Heath, Rednal and Cofton Hackett areas of...

South Birmingham Pages  

Local, community and lifestyle magazine for Northfield, Selly Oak, Selly Park, Kings Norton, West Heath, Rednal and Cofton Hackett areas of...