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ISSUE 107 MAY/JUNE 2014

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DELIVERED TO: NORTHFIELD, SELLY OAK, SELLY PARK, KINGS HEATH, KINGS NORTON AND BARTLEY GREEN.

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The Rajpoot Indian Restaurant in Cotteridge, was established in 1971 and after 40 years in business, it is still a family owned restaurant that still serves some of the best Indian food in the South Birmingham area. The word Rajpoot is derived from the fifth century Indian term Rajputra, meaning ‘son of princes’, renowned for their courage, strength and resilience. The Rajpoot specialises in authentic Indian cuisine and our menus offer an array of mouth-watering curry and balti dishes that are sure to satisfy any appetite. Our food is a source of acclaim, our fare is often commended for its potency to the palate

through gentle layers of delicate but fastidious flavouring and use of only fine ingredients. Our team of dedicated chefs regard cooking as a true art and this has culminated in the garnering of numerous awards and accolades. For quality food and a clean and relaxed dining atmosphere, the Rajpoot can cater for most occasions. Whether you are looking for a table for two or a party booking, our experience and courteous staff will make your visit an enjoyable one. If you prefer to dine at home, we offer a full take-away menu for collection or delivery.

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the May 2014 edition of your local, independent community magazine. At last Spring is here which brings longer days and warmer weather, a great time to get outside, which is made all the more easier with Centro who have lots of ideas and activities regarding walking and cycling, which you can read about on page 6. There is another yummy cake recipe this month and if you miss any of the recipes from previous editions of the magazine, you can always go to my website www.pagesmagazines.co.uk where you can view them and print them off. Spring is often the time when we gain an appetite for improving our home or garden, purchasing plants and not knowing where to plant them (something I am very guilty of). As usual the magazine is virtually bursting at the seams with interesting, local articles intermingled with many local businesses on your doorstep who can help with jobs in, and outside your home. Lastly, don’t forget Armed Forces Day next month which you can read about on

page 12. The deadline for the June edition, of either magazine, is the 15th May, Until next time,

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Beer Of The Month Armed Forces Day Ginger & Rhubarb Muffins Legal Advice Gardening With Pippa Greenwood 22 Travel - Istanbul 23 Crossword 24/25 Keeping Chickens 26 Realistic Revision 30/31 The Community Pages A Spotlight On A Local Business 3 Rajpoot Indian Restaurant 10 Elite Letting Solutions

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Twenty-odd years ago, a new style of beer began to appear in Britain’s pubs and off-licences. Now, it’s not every day that an entirely new beer-style emerges, so you’d think there’d be a bit of fanfare, a bit of tada. But no. Because this beer-style wasn’t the brainchild of a marketing expert in a big brewery. It was the simultaneous invention of a handful of microbrewers who faced the same problem: how to stop drinkers switching from their real ales to ice-cold refreshing lagers as soon as the weather improved. They invented pale, clean beers, aromatic like lager, and around the same strength. But it took a brilliant and insightful beer writer to identify them as a discreet style and come up with the name Golden Ale. That brilliant and insightful beer writer? It was me. (Honest! Check the Institute of Brewing Journal May-June 1995 if you don’t believe me!) Anyway, now everybody brews one, and I’ve chosen two from East Anglia – for May. St Peter’s Golden Ale at 4.7% from St Peter’s Brewery at Diss is a darkish gold with a fresh, grassy aroma that carries a hint of citrus. The palate is dominated by bitterness, enough bitterness for the hottest of hot days. The intense bitterness carries on into a very long, dry finish. From Adnams of Southwold comes Spindrift at 5%, an altogether softer, smoother offering. The aroma first whacks you with lemon and leaves a hint of new-mown hay, while the palate is light and zingy with a warm suggestion of honey. The finish is more American than English: short and sweet. But nice. By Ted Bruning

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Elite Letting Solutions has been established since 2003 when Ebrahim Kola opened a lettings/estate agency that would always put their clients and customers first. Last year, Elite Letting Solutions celebrated its tenth birthday and were subsequently entered into The ESTAS Awards, which celebrate the very best in estate and letting agents and is an awards which is voted for by the clients of the respective companies.

announced this month that Elite had beaten off some strong competition and were shortlisted in the final ten in the West Midlands Region, one of which will be crowned the best agent for 2014.

Whether they bring home gold, silver or bronze, Ebrahim Kola has commented on his ‘pride’ in the company and its staff and thanked his clients for voting for Elite. “Following ten years of hard work, it’s a proud moment for myself and the company and I Following a successful voting campaign, it was thank all of our landlords who have voted for us this year - roll on the awards ceremony in May”. Elite Letting Solutions now patiently wait for the awards ceremony held in London on 9th May to see whether they have been crowned the best in the Midlands but with or without the trophy, ELS continue to provide a fantastic service to the local communities of Bournville and Stirchley.

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encourage youngsters to show their creative side with making pirate hats, boats, tanks etc. At 12.00noon a full stage programme of entertainment in Chamberlain Square which will include Fiona Harrison, the Forces Sweetheart, performing songs from the 40s, Paul Casper who will entertain you with his Saturday 28th June 2014 George Formby routine and At 11.00 AM - 5.00 PM rib-tickling mix of songs and finally The Military Choir who will treat Chamberlain & Victoria Square the crowds to sea shanties and 1 Victoria Square national songs. Birmingham. B1 1BB At 12.45pm a Drum Head Service Armed Forces Day takes place in will take place in Centenary Square V i c t o r i a, Ch amb e r l ai n an d where the Army, Navy and RAF Centenary Squares on Saturday regiments will march alongside the 28th June. veterans associations led by the Band for a service and prayers. The event starts at 11:00am in Victoria Square where local The afternoon will be brought to a Veterans Associations such as the close at 4.45pm by the Band with Royal British Legion, Help for Beat the Retreat, a real spectacle H e r o e s a n d W a r W i d o w s not to be missed. Association will have stalls at the e v e n t w i t h d i s p l a y s a n d The event is free i n f o r m a t i o n a b o u t t h e i r of charge and organisations. open to all age Experience the thrills 'n' spills of navigating boats in a large water inflatable , as well as a Children's Workshop area which will 12

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Have you ever considered what will happen if your partner, spouse, parent or family member could no longer look after their financial affairs? What happens if they are mentally incapable of looking after their finances due to dementia, an accident, stroke or similar. No one has any legal authority to deal with any persons financial affairs and property unless they have an existing Enduring Power of Attorney Document or Lasting Power of Attorney (LPA).

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Anyone with assets should appoint attorneys to look after their financial affairs. By taking on the responsibility of doing this you are safeguarding your financial affairs, If they have neither of these, then the your family situation and avoiding only way a person can deal with a that unnecessary financial difficulties and person's financial affairs is by way of delays for your family. a formal application to the Court of Protection (COP) to be appointed as If you wish to discuss this further or that person's Deputy .This is long would like me to do a presentation for winded and expensive. your club, or society or care home, contact me It is therefore extremely important if or email me details and you are unmarried to make sure that I will contact you to you have appointed your partner as discuss how we can an attorney under an LPA. As you are help you. unmarried they are not seen as your Brevitts Solicitors is a next of kin no matter how long you have been together! So for example, trading name of Jane Brevitt Solicitor LLP of 5, Oak Tree Lane, Selly Oak, you have a partner of 20 years but Birmingham B29 6JE (reg. OC347420) that person is not legally related to Regulated by the Solicitors Regulation you. You then become incapable and Authority. SRA NO: 517354 have left no LPA, it would mean it is your next of kin, e.g. parents, siblings, children, who apply to the COP. This 14


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A water feature adds a truly magical dimension to any garden, large or small. The sound of tinkling water and the movement of light on its surface both works wonders, even on a less than perfect plot, and can be just the finishing touch you need for a patio or back yard or for a much larger garden. A visit to your local garden centre or specialist aquatics centre, or a browse online, will reveal a plentiful choice of water features of all shapes, styles, and sizes; but before you commit yourself, just what are the main points to bear in mind? First, position. If you want moving water, your choice of feature will almost certainly need an electric pump, so there has to be a power-point nearby – an obvious point perhaps, but one that people do sometimes overlook. Do you want an eye-catching centrepiece for a formal garden, or just the music of running water as the soundtrack to your barbecues or alfresco Sunday lunch? In either case, you need to carefully consider the appropriate position. Any water feature from pond to delicate fountain can turn bright green in summer due to the build-up of floating algae. You can go a long way towards preventing this pea-soup effect by positioning the feature away from the hottest direct sunlight. Make sure it’s well away from overhanging deciduous trees, too, as falling leaves are likely to clog everything up. For smaller spaces or patios you’re best off with a self-contained and perhaps wallmounted feature. There are lots of great self-contained water features available such as terracotta or glazed pot stacks with the water continuously circulated from one container to another by a hidden pump, so you would only need to top it up in the hottest weather to compensate for the effects of evaporation. Spouts and fountains are great fun in a garden. A spitting fish, frog, or gargoyle can add a touch of art – or humour – while its

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water-jet will oxygenate a pool, reducing algae and keeping the pond-life happy. If you want moving water and the reflections it provides but perhaps have toddlers, a stone-effect millstone with a low centrally-positioned jet spreading ripples of water across its surface is both beautiful and safe. Plants are integral to any pool or pond. Surface floating plants such as waterlilies not only look gorgeous but their large, near-circular, leaves also shade the water’s surface – again, reducing any problems you might have with algae. Waterlilies need still water, though, so they are best avoided if you have a fountain; but a single spitting feature at one end of the pool shouldn’t create too much turbulence for them. Make sure you plant them at the correct depth if you want them to flourish. Plants grown around the edges of pools and ponds are called marginals and do best in shallower water or boggy ground. Use plenty of them: they look gorgeous; they hide unsightly edges and signs of the liner; and they are a haven for wildlife. For a more formal look you’ll want fewer marginals, but some shapely rushes or ferns or some yellow or purple bog-iris will add extra impact. Marginals to consider include yellow-flowered marsh marigold (caltha palustris); white-flowered bog arum (calla palustris); miniature reed-mace (typha minima), perfect if you love bulrushes but don’t have the space for them; water forget-menot (myosotis scorpioides) with their stunningly pretty pale blue flowers; and water and bog iris (eg iris laevigata) with their rich purple blooms.


methane gas which is toxic to pond life.

You’ll need about two plants per metre. Water-features attract wildlife, and on summer days you may well be visited by beautiful, colourful dragonflies or mayflies. If there’s any depth of water then many birds may also come to drink and bathe. And remember, even a small pond needs a safe exit-route in case wildlife such as hedgehogs pop by for a drink and inadvertently tumble in. A shallow beach of pebbles at one end should do the trick. If your feature has a sizeable surface, it’s well worth netting it in the autumn to catch falling leaves. Simple garden netting stretched taut over the surface is ideal. Remove it as necessary, tip off the leaves, and replace it until the worst of the leaf-fall is over. If leaves are allowed to accumulate in the water they’ll not only clog the pumps and reduce the depth of the water, but as they rot down they’ll produce

In winter, try to stop the water feature from freezing up. If the weather forecast predicts extremely cold temperatures, smaller features are best emptied out completely and the pump cleaned up and stored in the shed. Ponds with fish need to have an ice-free area maintained on the surface or the fish may be killed by toxic gasses such as methane building up under the ice. Floating an old football on the surface helps, or you could melt a hole in the ice using the bottom of a pan of very hot water (but don’t pour the water in), repeating when the surface re-freezes.

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Activities For Older Adults And Carers In The Northfield Area At Allens Cross Community Centre, Tinkers Farm Road, Northfield Allens Cross Older Peoples Day Monday & Tuesday from 10.00am - 2.00pm. Open Centre/Lunch Club to anyone aged 50 or over. We provide a 2 course hot lunch plus tea and toast on arrival and offer a range of activities including memory games, quizzes, arts and crafts and bingo. Professional entertainment is provided from time to time along with trips out to the local countryside for pub lunches etc. Transport may be available on request. Adult Line & Sequence Dance Class

Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. Line and sequence dance instruction tailored to suit older adults. Come along and make friends whilst burning off those extra calories.

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Tuesday 10.00am - 2.00pm. At Allens Cross Community Centre. Free internet access, tea and coffee are available for a small charge if required.

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Poised on the old Silk Road, Istanbul is a glistening city of palaces and mosques, sparkling fountains, leafy squares and breezy waterways. The legendary Bosphorus flows through the heart of town, linking the Black Sea to the Mediterranean and marking the boundary between Europe and Asia. On the western side, the inlet of the Golden Horn heads down to the tip of the peninsula and an amazing treasure trove of cultural highlights. Named Byzantium, then Constantinople and later Istanbul, the city prospered during the Eastern Roman and Ottoman empires, with a brief interlude of Venetian rule. All left a colourful legacy but the top attraction remains the Topkapi Palace built in 1453. Perched above the confluence of the Bosphorus and Golden Horn, it offers one of the most glorious panoramas in Istanbul and fine museums displaying all sorts of exhibits, including the dazzling Imperial Treasure and its 86 carat Spoonmaker’s diamond. After such opulence, the Blue Mosque welcomes you like a breath of fresh air with a vast arcaded courtyard and cascading domes framed by slender minarets. The lofty prayer hall oozes peace and simplicity, flooded in natural light as the sun filters through 260 stained glass windows, lighting up some of the 20,000 blue tiles which give the mosque its name. It stands on the edge of Sultanahmet Square, once a Roman Hippodrome holding up to 100,000 spectators. Wild beasts and chariots have long gone but today the square is graced by a pretty gazebo-style fountain and obelisks and columns rising through the greenery. At the other end is Hagia Sophia, the world’s largest cathedral for 1000 years, later converted into a mosque and now a dark cavernous museum. The Chora Monastery went through a similar fate but the finely restored mosaics and frescoes are well worth a detour, just steps away from the lovely Ottoman houses climbing up the hillside with overhanging upper floors and bright façades. Meanwhile down town, the legendary Grand

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Bazaar claims over 4000 shops jostling cheek by jowl in a grid of over 60 streets. It’s one of the world’s largest covered markets, a dizzying place where the air smells of spices and apple tea, water pipes bubble in every corner and locals and visitors bargain for amber beads, gilded icons, copperware, embroidered slippers, leather, antiques, carpets or mother of pearl. It’s a city within a city with its own marble fountains, cafés, hammam and mosques. Shopping over, it’s good to stroll through the streets where more wonders await, here a shrine, there remains of the Roman aqueduct, the iconic double-decked Galata bridge, packed with fishermen, the secluded tea gardens, the parks blooming with tulips and roses or the cool waterside promenade with superb views of the city’s skyline and by clear weather, the idyllic Princes’ Islands in the distance. But the ultimate treat is sailing on the Bosphorus lined with myriad historical buildings. There are summer palaces and pavilions, fragrant gardens and villas in pastel colours, now a Venetian scene, now an Arabian dream or a 21st century call as an ocean liner approaches the gleaming suspension bridge. Cargo vessels, galleons, luxury yachts, fishing boats, ferries, it’s a busy channel yet totally enchanting. The old fortress still guards the narrowest point while scenic bays and seafood restaurants beckon along the shores. When night falls over the strait and lights twinkle all around, Istanbul is one of the most magical cities on earth.


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handy enough you can build your own. Whether ready-built or home-made, it needs to be easy to access and maintain – that is, both chicken- and keeper-friendly. As well as access, check for good but not draughty ventilation, enough perches and nest-boxes, and robust, secure construction – you don’t just want to keep the chickens in, you want to keep the foxes out! Having said that, you need to be able to move the henhouse from time to time as the soil on which it stands becomes fouled and soggy. Keeping chickens has become one of Britain’s most popular pastimes. Everyone wants their own fresh eggs, but there’s more to it than that: chickens aren’t just productive; they’re also absorbing and friendly. They become pets. They’re relatively inexpensive to keep, but they do need a certain amount of daily maintenance to keep them in good condition. General Considerations Before you jump in, though, there are a few considerations you need to take into account. First – and this is really important! – check with your local authority in case there are restrictions on keeping livestock on your property. Next, you need to decide how many birds you would like to keep. As a beginner you need to be sensible and start small. Depending on how much space you have, two to six is a good start and will supply enough eggs for the average family. Housing For such a small flock, a henhouse measuring 6ft by 4ft will provide all the space the birds need, as long as they have an outside run and the house is just for sleeping. It certainly won’t be large enough if you have to keep the birds confined. Buying a henhouse needs careful thought. A ready-built one can be expensive, but if you’re

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Suitable Breeds Chickens come in all shapes and sizes, which can be a bit confusing. But if you’re looking purely for egg-laying birds then commercial hybrids may be your best bet. Isa Brown, Black Rocks, White Star, Lomans, and Bluebell will all lay in good quantities for most of the year: an average of 300 eggs per bird isn’t out of the way. These hybrids are excellent as a starter bird, being both productive and quite easy to feed and keep. If you’d prefer something a little more special such as a pure breed chicken, though, then you need to track down a recognized breeder and get expert advice. There are some spectacular pure breeds that will still give you a


good supply of eggs, although not as many as the hybrids. Look for breeds such as Rhode Island Red, Light Sussex, Barnavelder, Maran, and Wellsummer – all reasonably easy breeds, and not too flighty. Water A constant supply of clean, fresh water is absolutely central to your flock’s wellbeing. Chickens by and large are happy to drink out of a bucket, but a proper poultry font will keep their water cleaner and fresher. Keep it outside the henhouse – if it’s left inside it can create damp which can easily lead to health problems – but it needs to be under cover to protect the water from wild bird droppings. And change the water every single day – something you need to remember at holiday times. Food A balanced feed is very important. It generally comes either in pellet or mash form and both should contain all the nutrients the birds need. You can, however, add extra vitamins and minerals and even cod liver oil to give them that extra boost. A small amount of wheat is quite good as an afternoon treat. General Maintenance Like all domestic animals, chickens need to be

looked after. Cleanliness is essential to keep them disease-free and in good general health. Muck out the henhouse regularly (another thing to remember when you’re jetting off on holiday!) and use dry, dust-free shavings for the bedding – not straw. Straw gets damp very quickly and then goes mouldy, which is guaranteed to cause respiratory infections. Outside The chicken run also needs to be kept as clean and fresh as possible. It is very important that the birds are not running on soiled and sour ground. Giving the chickens’ outdoor area a good digging over from time to time helps keep it fresh. Insects There’s quite a variety of fleas and mites that will regard your chickens as free board and lodging, and some of them can cause loss of condition and even sickness. Control them with regular doses of good-quality powders and sprays. Chickens are beautiful and endlessly fascinating birds, and keeping them is a very rewarding pastime, with the fringe benefit of a steady supply of eggs. Why not give it a go?

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This month, thousands of students will start study leave in preparation for exams. Ideally, they’ve been revising as they go, so their parents are confident they’re well prepared. But in reality, students and parents may be panicking; how do they structure all this ‘free’ time and how much revision is enough? So here are some study leave survival tips: STUDENTS Plan • Check the time, date, structure and content of your exam. Check revision books before purchase, ensuring they’re specific to your course – there are often several versions, each focussing on a different examining board, topic or text. • Make a realistic timetable. Vary subjects throughout the day and week, and concentrate initially on subjects with the earliest exam dates. Factor in commitments, longer breaks and unfinished work. • Revise somewhere without distractions – remove your mobile, turn off the TV and laptop (or block social media sites). • Pace your work, allowing for unexpected delays and particularly tough topics. Organise • Collate everything on a topic in one place. • Mix old topics with new, and easy with difficult; revise easy, recent topics at the start of the day as a confidence boost, or the end, when you’re tired. • Have a specific target for each session – ‘I’ll revise osmosis’ is woolly, but ‘I’ll summarise osmosis down to 1 A4 page’ ensures you’re achieving a measurable outcome. • Keep sessions short - around 30 minutes – then take a short break. After four or five sessions, have a longer break for lunch or watching TV. Tips for Better Revision Passive reading does not work. Effective revision is active; you must engage with the material. Here’s how: Note-taking helps you to focus and make sense of your reading in words and ways you understand, and it’s great revision in itself. Reducing notes to a card or A4 page makes them portable and easily digestible. Use colours, highlighting, underlining, tables, patterned notes, bullet points, mind maps or diagrams. Why? Read on. Engage Your Senses You’re far more likely to visualise that fluorescent

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spider diagram you did, with underlined keywords, than to a closely written page of one-colour, linear notes. Try using post-it notes in eye-catching places, or make ‘washing lines’ across your room. Make good use of your ears too - record key phrases and equations; march around first whispering facts, then increasing volume until you’re shouting. Use helpers Revising with friends can be more fun and help you fill gaps or understand tricky topics. Make question cards and ask parents or friends to play Trivial Pursuit with you. Practice answering exam format questions Gather relevant facts and write an outline for essay answers, or design a multiple-choice quiz. Beware the Internet Some websites feature worryingly inaccurate quizzes and facts uploaded by students. Stick to reputable ones with contributions from teachers, e.g. BBC’s Bitesize. PARENTS & HELPERS Be interested and positive – ensure nagging isn’t your only input, and don’t impose your own anxieties and ambitions; they have their own. Don’t compare them to others. Listen to their worries and reassure them that exams are important, but not the end of everything; your affection isn’t dependent on exam results. Don’t expect them to work every waking hour – brains need time to sort and assimilate information. Ensure they get enough rest and relaxation. Be an active helper – Test them, play quiz games or time their practice runs. Pre-arrange an end-of-exams treat. By Alison Runham www.alison.runham.co.uk


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Bournville Vocal Ease Ladies Choir For ladies of ALL ages and abilities who enjoy singing, want to make new friends and have fun ! They learn a wide range of repertoire from pop, rock, motown musicals, classical favourites and everything in between. The choir meets from 7.15pm - 8.45pm every Tuesday at The United Reformed Church on Beaumont Road, Bournville. ÂŁ7 per session. There is no audition and music will be provided for you to borrow. Please contact Laura Joy Godwin for more information 07817 617923. www.laurajoygodwin.com Selly Oak Festival Saturday 28th June 2014 10.00am - 4.00pm Selly Oak Park, Gibbins Road, Selly Oak Falconry, circus skills, cheerleaders, vintage motor bikes, BBQ, music, charity stalls. All welcome. www.friendsofsellyoakpark.org.uk Bournville Lunchtime Concerts Bournville Friends Meeting House, 65 Linden Road, Bournville B30 1JT Fridays 1.00pm - 1.40pm May 16th Stephen Mills (tenor) Robin Bowman (piano) June 6th Darren Hogg (organ) Volunteers Required For Wheels and Toes We are an inclusive dance group for both wheelchair and non-wheelchair users alike. We meet fortnightly on Thursday evenings at 6.30pm - 8.00pm at a hall in Harborne. We are looking for volunteers aged 18 and over who can do one or more of the following:- be a dance partner, push people in wheelchairs, make refreshments, help with clerical work, take care of finances, help to fundraise. Please contact Julia Lowe on 01384 441109 or email juliamlowe@googlemail.com or Max Lowe on 07870 503932. South Birmingham Flower Club Invite you to celebrate with us on Monday 12th May 2014 our Emerald Anniversary with Joan Southerton at Dame Elizabeth Hall, Bournville, B30 1UG at 7.00pm for 7.30pm. Tickets are ÂŁ6 including coffee and cake. Tickets available from Margaret on 0121 458 2414, Chris on 0121 472 5758 or available on the door. The Bournville Society Meetings are held in Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close, Off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville, at 7.30pm unless otherwise stated. 7 May 2014: 8 pm Bournville Works Edwin Gumbley, paying us a second visit, will give us a presentation about Bournville Works, illustrated by some of the old advertising postcards in his large collection. Sat 7 June 2014: A Brian Draper coach outing: Bredon Hill, Vale of Evesham & Cotswold Villages. If you have any queries please telephone the Secretary, Rosemary Shutt on 0121 458 2547 or email: rosemaryshutt@talktalk.net

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Bournville Townswomen's Guild We extend an invitation to women of all ages to come and join us. We offer friendship and companionship. We have well supported scrabble, lunch clubs and handicraft groups. We have tea and chat groups. We enjoy trips to places of interest. We have speakers, who cover a wide range of topics, at most of our meetings. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 2.00pm (except December). Why not come and join us at The Friends Meeting House, Linden Road, Bournville, where there are friends who would welcome your company and companionship. Local contact: Sue on 0121-608 0646 Held at the Meeting House by permission of Bournville Friends' Meeting. The Thursday Afternoon Group (for retired people) meets at 2pm for an hour or so on the first and third Thursdays in the month. The venue is the United Reformed Church in Beaumont Road, Bournville. Enquiries to Mr & Mrs Garrow on 472 6443 or Primrose Taylor on 459 3488 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 National Council For The Divorced, Separated & Widowed Northfield Branch We know it is not easy to meet new people, it is not easy starting again after a divorce, separation or if your partner passes away. If you would like to meet new people but do not want to attend alone, you can bring a friend or contact us and we can arrange for one of our committee members from the branch to meet you outside the venue and look after you. Join us at Austin Sports Club, President Suite, Longbridge Lane, Longbridge, B31 2SF. Telephone 0121 459 7196 or email:- northfield@ncds.org.uk 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. We have now opened our second shop on the new Longbridge Town Centre site (almost opposite Longbridge train station) again parking available outside. We have amazing stock of top household names, River Island, Dorothy Perkins, Monsoon, M&S and even designer labels such as Lacoste, Burberry, Armani, Diesel and Prada. Both shops are open Monday - Saturday 9am - 5.30pm. Funds are used to supply sensory equipment to children in Birmingham who have Autism. 31



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