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NOV/DEC 2013

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Austin Memories, November Recipe - Venison Casserole This Months Gardening - Ground Cover Motoring - A Week With A Legend (Porsche)

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Dear Neighbours, Welcome to the November edition of your local, independent community magazine. This month, Clifton Textiles are celebrating their 50th anniversary with a great competition which you can read all about on pages 16 and 17. Clic Sargent are eagerly looking for volunteers for their ‘Big Bucket Collection’ which starts this month and runs through to December, so read how you could help them on page 10. Cooker Clean on page 3 are generously donating a FREE cooker clean to any registered charity, for more details please contact Richard direct. Plenty to read in the magazine this month ranging from the worlds largest multi-storey car park which was built at Longbridge to gardening advice from Pippa Greenwood. Until next time,

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finger picking, finger exercises etc. So if you want to learn your favourite song or guitar riff, polish up your existing skills or just play for fun, these lessons are for you. For the more serious players, reading music, theory and harmony are taught and exam grades from preliminary, through to grade 8, are available in practical or theory with either Trinity college or RGT (Registry of Guitar Tutors) grades optional. He also has a solo guitar repertoire which consists of a varied range of musical styles from Jazz, Spanish, Ragtime and Film Themes which can be ideal for weddings, anniversaries or corporate events.

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The Thursday Friendship Club was formed by members of St. Bartholomew’s Church in 1988 with the aim of fostering community spirit, giving people a helping hand when needed and keeping a watchful eye on the elderly.

The Club is open to all regardless of age or ability. Members enjoy a friendly game of bingo each week and the club also arranges trips out whenever funds allow, but most important is the friendships that have been formed over the years; some that have lasted a lifetime. Everyone seems to be rushing around these days and people have little time to spare so it is really important that groups such as the friendship club are still out there working to support people. It is so important to feel that someone is looking out for us. Well done Fred!

The club, which is now in its 25th year, meets at Allen’s Cross Community Centre in Tinkers Farm Road on Thursday afternoons between 12:00 and 3:00p.m. It has been run by Mr Fred Goggerty for the past 13 years.

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With production rising and the new CAB2, to produce the new Austin 1100, due to come on stream, a multistorey car park was planned to accommodate new cars prior to dispatch.

Because of the urgency to get it built, a contract was awarded to Douglas (Birmingham) Ltd, the agents for a new building process called The Lift Slab technique. This was developed in America in the 1950’s and well suited for the construction of multi-storey car parks.

The next stage of this system was jacking up the floors to their proper position. At the top of every pillar was a jack with a lifting capacity of 65 tons. Slowly the top floor was jacked into position, where steel tapered wedges were inserted and then welded to the column to lock the floor in place.

So at Longbridge in 1961 the world’s largest car park was complete. It had The first stage was to construct the pillars eight floors along with a roof park, the top which support the floors. Both the pillars floor being 72 feet above ground. It could and the floors were strengthened by house 2,200 vehicles, and cost £550,000. high-tensile steel bars. With this new technique the first floor was cast at This landmark building by ‘Q’ Gate, ground level. When this had hardened, Lowhill Lane, was demolished in 2001. By John Baker the top surface was sprayed with a special solution to prevent the next floor For more information on Austin and Longbridge visit being cast on top from sticking. This procedure carried on until all the floors had been cast.


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I’d been looking forward to this moment for years. For some in the office too young to remember, it meant nothing – but for me it was a coming of age. Finally I’d be driving a Porsche with the famous 911 HUL number plate. I’ve been a motoring nut for years, spending money I often didn’t have on car magazines, long before I could even drive. And it was on those glossy pages that I became familiar with the famous plate. Owned by Porsche GB for decades it was the first private plate the firm acquired and ever since has taken pride of place on the Porsche press fleet Turbo models. Day One It’s only you that cares – shouted one pre-pubescent member of the team as I explained, to yet another 911 admirer who clearly didn’t share my enthusiasm for six numbers and letters, what the plate meant to car fans. Most people were more interested in the colour our test car had arrived in. Still, it could have been painted pink for all I cared as what was sitting over the rear wheels was far more of interest to me. The 3.8-litre, turbo-charged lump produces a whopping 530bhp and 700Nm of torque thanks to a tweaked turbo output. The drive north to our photoshoot at Rockingham was one of the longest (traffic) but most enjoyable I’ve ever had. Day Two Photoshoot day at Rockingham and we’ve got 15 cars lined up for a series of tests. Also here is three times British superbike championship winner John Reynolds on the latest Suzuki GSX-R1000. He’s at our shoot to take on the Nissan Juke R (search for the video on YouTube) but it’s only fair we let him try his luck against the Porsche too… With a 0-60mph sprint time of 3.1 seconds, the PDK automatic gearbox and launch control system mean that’s very achievable every time. Engage Sport Plus, floor the throttle with your foot on the brake, and the revs settle at a heady rpm. Day Three Two tanks of fuel into the loan and I’m impressed the Turbo S is returning 26mpg. My old Focus ST never got any better than 23mpg on a long journey and considering this has such an almighty power output that’s very impressive. Today I’m heading into London for a meeting with the Queen. Well, I say meeting, I really mean a concert in her garden for the Coronation Festival. For what is essentially a rival to a Ferrari 458 or McLaren 12C, the Turbo S is fantastically well behaved in the clogged up capital.

The drive back south is a magical one. London’s streets are a joy in the small hours of the morning and each traffic light gives me a chance to test the wife’s neck muscles. Day Four-Six It’s the Goodwood Festival of Speed, Porsche is headlining the event, celebrating 50 years of the 911, and I can’t quite believe I’ve got the honour of driving 911 HUL to the south coast celebration of combustion. It’s clear on the way there and back that the plate doesn’t just hold sway with me. I lose count of the number of phones I see trained on the Porsche, capturing pictures for tweets and status updates. Day Seven Another business trip north beckons and my colleague and I decide to leave after the evening’s rush hour. Gosport to Chester – some 250 miles – lay ahead and even at 9pm the digital temperature gauge is reading 25 degrees C. The seats get a little uncomfortable over long distance – they’re fixed carbon fibre jobs – but apart from that the Turbo S is a competent tourer. It’s time for 911 HUL to return to Porsche. After a week behind the wheel of the monster I’m smitten. Yes, the ride is firm and the tyre noise a little intrusive. Granted the seats aren’t the most cosseting and the 997 interior is showing its age now the 991 has arrived. However, never have I driven a car quite so intoxicating, quite so full of character and quite so mind-alteringly fast as the Turbo S. The fact it was wearing one of the most iconic plates in motoring folklore simply made the whole experience all the more special. By James Baggott,

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Ground cover plantings are a wonderful way to create gorgeous carpets of colour in your garden, whatever its size and wherever it’s located. But what’s so special about ground cover growing, when is it most useful and when should you start? The initial few months will take some effort, but once growing well, most ground cover planting needs little if any maintenance except perhaps a very occasional trim, some food and water in drier weather. It has a superbly smothering effect on the weeds, killing weedlings and deterring further weeds from appearing. The denser the groundcover planting, the better the effect. Autumn is a great time for planting. Trees, shrubs, climbers and herbaceous plants that go in to the ground at this time of year often establish extremely well as they have the luxury of enjoying the relatively warm and yet moist soil, a perfect place for new roots to grow out and establish rapidly. Make sure you invest a bit of time and effort in the preparation. Clear the area of weeds, digging out all tough weeds completely if you can. Fork the soil over, removing debris such as large stones or buried rubbish and then fork in plenty of well-rotted manure or garden compost, and perhaps a little slow-release feed too. If you’re planting up a slope, it’s worth trying to secure the soil a little too, as all that preparation and weed clearing will have loosened the surface and made it prone to erosion. Once growing well the roots of the plants will help to secure the slope brilliantly, but in the meantime, use landscape fabric pinned down onto the surface of the slope. Don’t be tempted to cram the plants in too closely. Given time they will form the desired effect if planted at the correct spacing. But if you fall in to the trap of planting them elbow to elbow, then they are more likely to become stressed and miserable, more prone to disease and will need thinning out. Make sure the plants are kept just moist at the roots until they’re well established and feed occasionally. By choosing varieties of plants which are recommended for use as ground cover you’ll be unlikely to have to do much if any pruning.


So what should you choose to grow? Foliage that is attractive and interesting makes a wonderful ground cover plant and if you wish you can add a few more flamboyant flowering plants to the mixture too. By using plants with interestingly shaped leaves or variegated leaves your leafy planting will look even better. If you want a reasonable effect all year around, then select at least some of the plants you use from the evergreens. These may lose their leaves, but they do so gradually so you’ll never be left with totally bare soil. Great Shrubby Ground cover Ideas Heaths and Heathers, Cotoneaster horizontalis and Cotoneaster microphyllus, Stephandra incise ‘Crispa’, groundcover roses eg the ‘Flower Carpet’ roses. Great Shade-Tolerant ground cover Ideas Sarcococca hookeriana var.humilis, Mahonia repens, Gaultheria procumbens, Hypericum calycinum, many hebes including Hebe pinguifolia, Euonymus fortune cultivars such as ‘Emerald n’Gold’, ‘Emerald Gaiety’ Herbaceous Ground Cover in Shadier Spots Sweet violets, pulmonaria (lungworts) eg the whiteflowered ‘Sissinghurst’, Bugle (the ajugas eg Ajuga reptans ‘Burgundy Glow’), Lysimachia nummularia (Creeping Jenny), Lily-of-the-valley, Lamium ‘White Nancy’ and Lamium ‘Silver Beacon’, Bergenia Sunnier Ground cover Snow-in-summer, thymes, oregano, many of the sedums, chamomile. Visit Pippa’s website for a great range of gardening-related Christmas gifts including stylish ‘Grow Your Own with Pippa Greenwood’ gift card, handmade pottery herb planters, recycled metal sculptures, Pippa’s favourite weeding tool, signed books and lots of seriously useful garden items.

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AS CHRISTMAS approaches Birmingham's busking bobby has launched his 2013 campaign 'Socks, Chocs and Sleeping Bags' to bring warmth and treats to the homeless. For the last three years singer/songwriter PC Ian Northcott, age 48 and his colleagues have collected donations of socks, hats, gloves, sleeping bags and chocolate to brighten the festive season for those who live on our cities' streets and the campaign has grown from strength to strength each year. Last year they collected more than 1,500 pairs of socks, nearly 900 large boxes of chocolates, 270 hats and gloves, 60 sleeping bags and 10 duvets which they delivered to the charity Coventry Cyrenians, Birmingham Christmas Mission and Wolverhampton Good Shepherd Soup Kitchen, where some of the group members helped prepare dinner on Christmas morning.

The kind hearted cop, who undertakes his charitable work in his own time, said: "I was in the army a long time ago and when we were out on exercises they'd make us put on a clean pair of socks every morning. It makes you feel good, and when I became interested in homeless issues I thought, what can I do to help? It's got to be socks! "Christmas can be a particularly isolating time for many homeless people leaving them feeling very lonely and depressed, so we aim to bring them gifts that are both practical and a festive treat." Ian has taken to YouTube with a song he has penned dedicated to the homeless and their plight. He has recorded his version of 'Pleasure' which can be viewed at http:// and invited other musicians to record their own version of the song and post it on YouTube. So far 10 alternative versions have been posted.

The PC from Bromsgrove is no stranger to Donations for the 2013 campaign have already performing having joined buskers in Birmingham city centre while on patrol to started to flood in with local schools donating perform Oasis' 'Wonderwall' as a crowd their lost gathered to cheer him on. "I've got to know a property few of the city's buskers and have joined them which has before to play. We are always looking for ways been to break down barriers between the police and converted to the public and this was certainly one of them." cash at Cash4Clothes Ian said, after performing for just a few to buy socks, minutes. V Festival To find out more about the appeal visit donated sleeping bags, join the Socks and Chocs Facebook page or follow the Busking with Tesco and Cadbury Bobby on Twitter - @buskingbobby. generously donating more Donations of socks and chocs can be made at sleeping bags The Good Shepherd, Wolverhampton, Coventry Cyrenians, Coventry, Birmingham and City Mission or Birmingham SIFA Fireside chocolate. Charity, Birmingham.



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Preheat the oven to 150ºC/300ºF/Gas Mark 2. Strain the venison from the red wine (reserving the wine). Heat half the oil and butter in a large flameproof casserole dish and fry the venison in 2-3 batches until browned all over, adding the rest of the oil and butter when necessary. Remove the venison with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onions to the casserole and fry for 6-7 minutes until golden, adding the garlic after 3 minutes. Sprinkle over the seasoned flour and fry for a further 1-2 minutes. Gradually stir in the wine and stock and bring to the boil, scraping any sediment from the base of the casserole. Add the venison, parsnips, carrots and half the thyme sprigs to the casserole and season with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Cover and cook in the preheated oven for 1½ – 2 hours until the venison and vegetables are tender. Remove from the oven and stir in the redcurrant jelly. Return the casserole, uncovered, to the oven for a further 20-30 minutes. Serve garnished with the rest of the thyme sprigs and with creamy mashed potato, if liked.

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HOSPICE charity staff in Birmingham are celebrating a bumper donation of designer clothing from West Midlands Police after officers seized the shoplift haul from a prolific thief. Nine sacks of clothing valued at around £6,000 and including top-end High Street labels like Ugg Boots and Ted Baker were confiscated by police during a search of an address in Romsley Road, Bartley Green, back in August 2011.

around £6,000; yet she was unemployed and reliant on benefits. "Detectives initially believed the items may have been looted during the August 2011 riots but, though no link could be established, it was clear the clothes hadn't been acquired legally. "It's always very satisfying when, through the Proceeds of Crime Act or the Police Property Act, we are able to seize property from criminals and put the proceeds to good use in the community or reinvest it in our fight against crime.

A 39-year-old woman arrested from the address was charged with theft and possessing criminal property; she was handed "The hospice supports Selly Oak Hospital and a 12-month prison term, suspended for two is part of the local community;I can't think of a years, when she appeared in court last more deserving cause." November. On 8 July officers from the Selly Oak Police Investigation Team secured a Police Property Act order from Birmingham magistrates granting them the garments and last month they presented them to grateful staff at St Mary's Hospice charity shop. Birmingham South Police Inspector Cate Webb-Jones, said: "We're delighted to help, we were able to prove to the court that, beyond reasonable doubt, the woman hadn't bought these items of clothing. Many were new, still with tags and labels, and worth

Search police uncovered the clothes bounty whilst executing a warrant at the Bartley Green address; they found a total of 156 garments including 38 pairs of new jeans stuffed in bin liners, a laundry basket and washing machine. Several electrical items were also recovered. St. Mary’s Hospice Director of Income Generation, Claire Marshall, said “We deliver vital end-of-life care and support to more than 1,000 famiies in Birmingham every year. To do this we rely heavily on donations, the money we can raise from selling these clothes in our 12 Birmingham shops will enable us to fund key services for those in need. Just £33 will pay for a bereavement counsellor to visit families coping with loss and £294 will pay for a patient to spend a day in our Day Hospice. We could not continue our important work without the help of donors such as West Midlands Police, and we are very grateful for their support.”



Would you like to help lift spirits, make life a little more bearable for our troops out in Afghanistan! We are Operation Shoebox and we are appealing for individuals, clubs, and organisations to send out shoe boxes filled with goodies and basic items to the troops serving in Afghanistan many whom have been away from home for months. All our details are on the website below. We arrange collection of the boxes and onward delivery. I am the Bournville regional co-ordinator for Operation Shoebox. It doesn't cost alot to fill a box but it means such a lot to our troops. We send boxes out all year round so if you, your work place, club or school are interested in donating any filled shoeboxes or items please contact me. A small fee of ÂŁ1 to be included to help towards running costs.They will be very much appreciated. Thank you. Bev 07872163037

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:-

Cooker Clean Company Is Offering 2 Free Cooker Cleans To A Local Charity In The South Birmingham Area If you think you qualify and your group or association would benefit from a free cooker clean, please contact Richard on 0121 624 4756 or on mobile 07572 189390 or via email on See his advert on page 3. Christmas Craft Fayre & Coffee Morning Saturday 2nd November 2013 in aid of Macmillans Worlds Biggest Coffee Morning at Woodlands Park Hall, Woodlands Park Road, Bournville B30 1HA 10.30a.m. - 1.00p.m. Hand Made Crafts By Local Crafters. Admission 50p Includes Cup Of Tea/Coffee. Accompanied Children Free. For enquiries call 0121 475 4975 Christmas Fair on Saturday 16th November 2013 From 10.30am - 1.30pm The Hazelwell Church, 318 Vicarage Road, Kings Heath, B14 7NN Preserves and Chutney, Tombola, Father Christmas, Stalls, Refreshments and L, Lunches, Gifts and much more ‌. 30

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We meet on the first Monday in the month (except if it is Bank Holiday then it is the 2nd Monday) at Dame Elizabeth Hall in Firbank Close. Do you like to receive flowers on special occasions but are never quite sure what to do with them ? Why not join us at the South B’ham Flower Club and watch professional demonstrators. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start when demonstrators will produce 5 or 6 arrangements based on a theme. These may be won as raffle prizes. Annual fee’s are £30 or visitors fee is £5.00 per evening. Enquiries to Mrs Jeffs on 0121 458 2414. Kings Norton Women's Institute (Afternoon) Branch This branch of the WI meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm. Please join us at the Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge. For more information, please contact Jennifer Crow on 0121 459 0779 Cantare Daytime Choir We meet every Tuesday 9.30am - 10.30am at Rowheath Pavilion where we sing original and harmony arrangements of pop songs through the ages. You don’t need to be able to read music or be a confident singer, just come along for a free session and see if you fancy joining us more regularly. Your first session is free and then sessions cost £5 a week (or £20 for 5 consecutive weeks). Longbridge Baptist Church, Turves Green Please join us for a free coffee morning every Friday between 10.00am - 12 noon. LOVE SHOPPING IN CHARITY SHOPS? Then pop along to Autism Birmingham's first charity shop at 1586 Pershore Road, Stirchley opposite Magnet/Wickes. We even have some parking outside. Only last week we opened our second shop on the new Longbridge Town Centre site (almost opposite Longbridge train station) again parking available outside. We have amazing stock top household names, River Island, Dororthy Perkins, Monsoon, M&S even designer labels such as Lacoste, Burberry, Armani, Diesel, Prada. Both shops are open Monday - Saturday 9am 5.30pm. Funds are used to supply sensory equipment to children in Birmingham who have Autism. Kings Norton Boys School Christmas Craft Fair Northfield Road, B30 1DY Friday 29th November 6.30p.m. - 8.30 p.m. Christmas Gifts, Handmade Arts & Crafts, Festive Food, Mince Pies & Mulled Wine DISCLAIMER This magazine is only to be used as a reference guide to find suppliers of products and services in the area, with the intention of engaging their services. The use of this magazine for any other purpose other than the permitted use e.g. Canvassing for Advertising Sales, Direct Marketing or any other activity, will incur a cost for this use, plus an authorised usage surcharge, plus punitive damages. This cost is for the usage of the intellectual property and copyrighted material used to develop and publish this magazine. The South Bham Pages cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions, nor endorse companies, products or services that appear in this magazine. We do not officially endorse any advertising material contained within this publication but may from time to time recommend an individual service or business which may have been recommended by readers, contributors or by my own personal experience.


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