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Sunday 14th July 14th Heart of England Bike Ride There are lots of exciting changes ahead for this year’s Lions Bike Ride from Packwood NT House around the beautiful Warwickshire countryside. Gear up, get your friends and family together and take on the challenge of the 12 mile or exciting all new 60 mile velo route. Help raise funds for The UK Sepsis Trust, SoLO Life Opportunities as well as local causes. After your ride enjoy a free visit to the House and Gardens and something from the Lions BBQ. More details and sign up via bikeride.

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Tuesday 23rd & Wednesday 24th July Elmer the Patchwork Elephant The classic tale of Elmer the Elephant who didn’t want to be grey is brought to life on stage in five family shows over two days. On at The Core Theatre, Solihull. Tickets £14/£12.50 from the Box Office on 0121 704 6962 or visit Friday 26th July Balsall Common Lions Bingo Night Come along to our Bingo Night at Balsall Common Village Hall on Friday 26th July at 7.30pm. Everyone is welcome. For more information contact Ross at or call 07813 937921. Sunday 28th July The Bear Inn Pub Quiz Starting at 7.30pm, teams of up to 6 people, raising funds for local charities. Entrance fee per person is just £1 with prizes, a raffle and a few auction prizes. Held at The Bear Inn, Spencers Lane, Berkswell, Coventry, CV7 7BB. Sunday 4th August Cinema Organ Society Monthly Concert We invite you to experience the sounds of a nationally renowned organist play our 1935 Compton cinema organ. The Compton is installed in Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden, B92 0AH and rises from the stage in true “Blackpool” fashion. Our guest organist today is Keith Beckingham. Doors open at 1.30pm for curtain up at 2.30pm. Concert duration approx. 2 hours. Admission is £10 on the door, including refreshments and parking. A wonderful afternoon’s entertainment, with perhaps

Saturday 24th – Monday 26th August Warwickshire Watercolourists Art Exhibition Come along this August Bank Holiday Weekend from 10am - 5pm to Berkswell Reading Room, Meriden, CV7 7BE. Free entry with disabled access and easy car parking. Refreshments with homemade cakes available, proceeds to charity. The Warwickshire Watercolourists are recognised as one of the leading painting groups in the area. Over 200 items of artwork will be on display, most of which will be for sale together with a wide range of prints and notelets. Sunday 15th September London to Brighton Bike Ride Take part in the UK’s largest multi-charity London to Brighton cycle ride while raising money to help older people in Solihull. Anyone over 16 can enter, from solo first-time riders to teams of velo enthusiasts! You will get a free buffet lunch 30 miles into the route and there will be frequent stops for free water. We have 15 places available so if you’d like to take part in aid of Age UK Solihull, visit and book your place now! If you book before 30th June 2019, the registration fee will be £55, going up to £60 after that date. Minimum sponsorship, in addition to this fee, is £150. This will help us to continue providing vital services for older people in Solihull. For more information call 0121 704 7842 or email Thursday 24th October – Friday 2nd November Trek Vietnam for the Marie Curie Hospice Trek through the beautiful valleys and paddy fields of northern Vietnam to the breathtaking mountains of the Hoa Binh Province. Every step you take along the trail will make sure people living with a terminal illness get the most from the time they have left. Registration fee £250 for a 10 day trip with 6 days trekking. Deadline for registrations is 16th August 2019. Register online now at vietnamsolihull or call 0121 703 3714. | Your Call Magazine

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Regular Events Country Markets - Village Hall, Station Road, Balsall Common Every Saturday 10am - 11.30am, with plenty of fresh produce, refreshments, crafts and a warm welcome. Visit our website: Cyclesolihull Volunteer led free cycle rides every Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon from different start points each week, including Balsall Common, Catherine De Barnes, Cheswick Green, Hockley Heath, Lapworth and Meriden. (Mid-week evening rides take place in the summer.) For details (including 50 different quiet routes to try out yourself) see Farmers’ Market - High Street and Mill Lane, Solihull, B91 0NA First Friday of every month, 9am – 5pm. Support our local farmers by visiting this popular market, which offers a tempting range of local produce sourced from within 30 miles of Solihull. Visit for more information. Fine and Local Food Fayre – High Street, Mell Square and Mill Lane, Solihull, B91 0NA Sample the best of locally sourced food and produce from a range of top quality suppliers at this market, which is held on the third Saturday of each month, 9am – 5pm. Flicks in the Sticks at Earlswood Village Hall Our village cinema operates on the third Friday of each month from September to April. Licensed bar and snacks available during the interval. Membership £2 per season and £4 per film, non members £5 per film – pay on door. Doors/Bar open from 7pm. Visit our website for film details:

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Community News From Around Our Area Update From Caroline Spelman MP The ambition to leave the environment in a better state than that which we found it comes into stark relief in my constituency in two distinct ways: the built environment and the natural environment. A huge council estate was built as part of a clearance of the slums in Birmingham in what was then bluebell woods in Meriden Rural District Council and is known as Chelmsley Wood. Home to 30,000 people, this Radburn estate was suffering from being built in materials which had a shelf life of 25-30 years. It has been the subject of a regeneration programme by Solihull Council costing half a billion pounds.

The 27 tower blocks have been refurbished with double glazing, solar panels on the roof and renewable heating systems which together have halved the cost of the tenants’ energy bills. The funds for this came from a windfall tax on British Gas who now supply wood chip on a 20 year contract to keep the cost of heating low. Over 1000 extra affordable homes have been built by modest densification raising single or two storey buildings to three storey. Despite a density of 60 units of accommodation per hectare the estate appears green and indeed stands in green belt, through which the river Cole - a tributary of the Severn Trent river system - meanders. Just beside the estate is a newly designated nature improvement area either side of the river Tame. There are high aspirations to get this area designated a new national park at the heart of the West Midlands conurbation. Two million people live within easy walking distance of this green space which is in need of

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West Midlands Mayor, Andy Street, says Solihull will benefit from a ‘cultural connection’ thanks to extra evening rail services, saying the changes will boost the area’snight-time economy.

The new West Midlands Trains timetable, which commences on 19th May, represents the largest improvement to the region’s train services since the mid-1990s.

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expectations. We are on track to have raised well over £100k by next year. We would like to thank all the sponsors, partners and volunteers who supported the event and the participants who raised additional funds and donated so generously on the day.” Such is the popularity of the event, held in honour of local 1948 Olympic cycling medallist Tommy Godwin, that almost all available places were sold out well in advance of 28th April. The weather wasn’t as balmy as Easter, but the sun eventually came out to shine on the 750 riders who rode routes of 30km, 73km or 100km. These routes took them through the Warwickshire lanes, past Baddesley Clinton and Packwood, with the 100km sportive making a brief foray into Worcestershire via Feckenham, returning via Earlswood Lakes. There were also a couple of

fords en route but nobody took an early bath! The event started and finished at the hospice. This gave participants an opportunity to see what they were raising money for and to sample the amazing refreshments provide by a fantastic band of volunteer bakers, once they had collected their finisher’s medal. Sports therapists were also on hand to ease weary limbs.

Successful Festival of Crosses at St John Baptist, Berkswell We had a very successful Festival of Crosses at St John Baptist, Berkswell, which took place from Sunday 14th April until Sunday 28th April, with well over 600 people attending. The photograph, which was just one of the many exhibits, called “LollyArt”,

was made from 400 lolly sticks by the Junior Church children. Many of our church members and various local clubs and groups worked hard to provide some inspiring displays throughout our ancient church. Refreshments provided were much appreciated and we also provided an activity morning for the young children. It all made the hard work worthwhile.

Vengeance is Mine - A Thriller by Local Balsall Common Author This gripping thriller starts out in a cheap Bangkok hotel and reaches its dramatic conclusion in South Africa. A brutal killer is on the loose targeting young men across three continents. The plot thickens when a body is found in a game reserve, a teenage boy with a shady background arrives on the scene, and a fashionable housewife struggles to make sense of her wealthy but meaningless life. South African Police Captain Solomon Nduli is given the

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task of piecing together the scattered evidence to find the murderer. Jane Maxwell is the pen name of Wendy Breytenbach who has spent the last 32 years living in Balsall Common. Now retired, she joined a creative writing group 7 years ago and wrote her first book ‘Just Another African Adventure’ in 2016. At the beginning of her 40 year teaching career she went on contract to Zambia and ended up staying for 14 years in Central Africa where she met her husband and fell in love with Africa. Her books reflect the passion she feels for African wild life. She visits family in South Africa regularly and is currently writing her third book which features one of her favourite characters, the little African detective, Solomon Nduli. ‘Vengeance is Mine’ was published in 2018. It is available in both paperback and Kindle editions at Awarded 5 star reviews.

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WIN! Two tickets to see Jess Glynne At Wolverhampton Racecourse On Saturday 31st August (includes day at races)

Jess Glynne announces a handful of outdoor racecourse shows for 2019! Following the release of her brand new album ‘Always In Between’, featuring the hits ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘Thursday’, the Summer will see Jess playing the racecourse grounds including Lingfield Park Resort in Surrey, finishing off at Wolverhampton Racecourse on Saturday 31st August.

finishing off a perfect Summer’s evening. To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets simply tell us the name of one of Jess Glynne’s albums.

Jess Glynne promises to play all the hits and fan favourites including ‘Hold My Hand’, ‘Thursday’, ‘Don’t Be So Hard On Yourself’, ‘I’ll Be There’ and ‘Take Me Home’, plus some brand new tracks too.

Please send your answer to the above question before 8th July 2019, along with your full name, address and telephone number by post to: 4 Fein Bank, Coventry, CV4 9XQ, or simply complete the competition entry form on our website:

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Staying Safe and Well on Holiday By Alison Runham Here are tips for avoiding injury and illness on holiday (and information about what’s happening with EHIC cards and Brexit).

‘water-resistant’. Don’t use expired sunscreen (or in-date sunscreen that’s been allowed to get hot or sit in direct sunlight).

Take a first aid kit and your prescription Take a first aid kit and include antihistamines, sunburn treatment, insect repellent, insect bite treatment and your usual medications, plus condoms and any contraceptives you may need. A copy of your prescription may be necessary in emergencies or in countries with differing regulations.

Treat sunburn quickly with plenty of cold water, then aftersun or calamine lotion. An antiseptic cream with local anaesthetic and painkillers may help. If you feel unwell or your skin swells badly or blisters, seek medical help.

Beware heatstroke, sunburn and prolonged sun exposure Stay hydrated, keep your head covered and skin covered, and rest in the shade when the sun is at its hottest. Early heatstroke symptoms are headache, dizziness, nausea, confusion, appetite loss, excessive sweating, pale clammy skin, cramps, fast breathing or pulse, a temperature of 37C or above and intense thirst. Think someone has heatstroke? Lay them down in the shade, raise their feet, remove unnecessary clothing and give them cold drinks. If they’re no better after 30 minutes or they have a temperature of 40°C or above and seem confused or lose consciousness, call the emergency services. Sunburn and prolonged sun exposure are linked to skin cancer. Keep children under 6 months out of strong sunlight completely. Choose sunscreen with a UVA rating of at least 4 stars and a UVB rating (SPF) of at least 30 (50+ for children). Apply it liberally 30 minutes before going out and just before going out, and then every two hours, and straight after you leave the water, even if it’s

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UV light damages eyes too. Even on cooler sunny days, adults and children should wear sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection plus the CE Mark and European Standard EN 1836:2005. Going to Europe? Apply for an EHIC card An EHIC (European Health Insurance Card) provides medically necessary healthcare, either free or at reduced cost, during a temporary stay in another European Economic Area (EEA) country or Switzerland. The Government says in-date EHIC cards will be valid until 31st October. Afterwards, they warn that leaving the EU without a deal is likely to change your healthcare access in the EU and advise that you buy travel insurance to access healthcare if you’re planning to travel on or after 31st October 2019. Going off the beaten track? Wear and/or take appropriate clothing and footwear and a charged mobile phone. Also let someone know where you’re going, and check beaches are safe for swimming. Visit at least 8 weeks before departure for specific precautions for your destination, including vaccination and malaria information. You’re all set for a healthy holiday. Have fun!

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Driverless Cars Explained By James Baggott, Author, Car Dealer Magazine Driverless cars are a hot motoring topic, with manufacturers, politicians and transport chiefs all talking about them. But what are they, and what do they mean for the future of motoring? The Government predicts that driverless cars could be in full use on the UK’s roads by 2021. Are they safe? The safety of autonomous vehicles was questioned after a woman was killed while crossing the road in front of a self-driving vehicle in Arizona. The issue is the co-habitation of road users and the driverless vehicles – until people are sure how to interact with them, accidents will still happen. Which manufacturers currently offer some level of autonomous assistance? You’ll find some partial self-driving technology in cars from Audi, BMW, Citroen, DS, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes, Nissan, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Seat, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Tesla, Toyota, Vauxhall, Volkswagen and Volvo. Most cars do incorporate the technology, but it can include features such as adaptive cruise control. Levels of autonomy The various levels of autonomous assistance are categorised from one to five. Here’s what they mean. Level 1 Introduced around 1990s/00s This base level means that just one element of the driving process is taken over by the car – but the driver is still very much in charge. This level of assistance is mature now and was pioneered by early cruise control systems. Level 2 Present day Level 2 autonomy represents pretty much where we are today. Computers can deal with multiple functions, so the car can take control of steering, throttle and brake functions – but the driver must show they’re in charge of the car by putting a hand on the steering wheel.

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Level 3 Estimated 2020 At level 3 all of the safety-critical functions can be controlled by the car, but the driver must still be able to intervene if necessary – this isn’t completely ‘hands-off’ technology yet. Level 4 Mid 2020s Level 4 sees cars capable of being fully autonomous, albeit in selected areas – most likely inner-city ones. Dedicated lane markings and infrastructure will be required to ensure that the cars keep on the straight and narrow too. Complex mapping systems will combine with advanced cameras, sensors and artificial intelligence to determine where the car should go. The driver may have to intervene at certain points, but for the most part it’ll mean hands-free driving. Level 5 Late 2020s/early 2030s Level 5 will see the vehicles derestricted – they will be capable of driving anywhere, without the need for a driver. There won’t be a need for a steering wheel or traditional ‘controls’; these vehicles will be fully capable of operating themselves. It’ll free up space inside the cars, so they’ll probably look more like lounges on wheels. That’s what we predict, anyway. Timeline predictions This timeline is based on predictions by many different manufacturers, though most agree that the bulk of progress will happen between 2020 and 2030. It’s a real technology race at the moment – each company is attempting to develop their own systems quicker than the rest. It’s why these dates are estimations – some may get there sooner than others.

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Community Groups Adult Craft Club We meet in the undercroft at St Patrick’s Church in Salter Street, Earlswood, 10am – 12pm on the first Wednesday and the second Thursday of every month. £3 per session, which includes all materials. Full disabled access available. Card making activities, gifts to paint and decorate and canvases with easels. It is great for everyone to be able to learn and develop new skills. We always look forward to welcoming new members, please either turn up on the day or telephone Sarah Perry on 0121 604 2161 or 07719 942597 or visit our website Age UK Weekly Club for the Over 65s Run by Age UK Solihull volunteers. Come along to Club K for a chat, cards, refreshments, etc. We meet weekly on Thursdays, 1pm - 3pm at The Old Hall, Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, Fen End Road West, Temple Balsall, B93 0AN. £1.50 voluntary contribution (includes tea and cake). Call 0121 704 7846 for more information. Age UK Weekly Club for the Over 65s Run by Age UK Solihull volunteers. Come along to St Margaret’s for a chat, game of cards, bingo, refreshments, etc. We meet weekly on Wednesdays, 1pm - 3pm at St Margaret’s Church Hall, Warwick Road, Olton, B92 7JS. £1.00 voluntary contribution (includes tea and cake). Call 0121 704 7846 for more information. Age UK Weekly Club for the Over 65s Run by Age UK Solihull and their volunteers. Come along to The Marston Green Tavern Lunch Club every Tuesday, 11.45am 3.45pm for hot meal, social activities, live entertainment and afternoon tea. Total cost: £8 (£6 for hot lunch and afternoon tea and £2 for raffle and bingo). Age UK Solihull Weekly Lunch Club For people over the age of 60. Come along to the Red Lion Pub, High Street, Knowle, B93 0LY on Thursdays, 12pm - 3pm. You will be greeted by friendly staff and volunteers from Age UK Solihull. A hot meal and tea/coffee will be provided and activities/entertainment will be organised for members. Cost: £8 (£5 will go to the pub for the food/£3 goes to AUKS to pay for raffle, prizes, activities, etc). Please call us to register your interest and for further information on 0121 704 7846. Arden Bridge Club From beginners upwards, everyone welcome. We are situated at Shirley Institute, 24 Church Road, approximately 200m down from St James Church, off Stratford Road (B90 2AX). Duplicate bridge is available Mondays, 1.15pm to 4pm, Tuesdays, 6.45pm

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to 10.30pm, Thursdays, 6.45pm to 10.30pm. We give lessons and have practice sessions throughout the year. For more information visit or call Gloria Jones on 0121 745 1389. Balsall Common Badminton Club We are a league standard club based at Heart of England School, playing on Wednesdays and Fridays. We are looking for new members particularly of league standard. If you would like to join us please contact Steve Best or Louise Taylor on or check out our full club details on our website Balsall Common Baha’i Community We have started weekly meetings in our homes on Wednesday evenings to pray together, study our Holy Writings and promote discussion on subjects of interest. Visitors are welcome to join us and bring their own prayers and readings. Please phone Becky on 0781 759 1444 or the Eyton family on 01676 534137 or visit Balsall Common Lions Lions meet the needs of their local Community and the World every day because they all share a core belief - To Serve Their Community. Ordinary People, Amazing Things. Would you like to find out more? Email Lion Ross at or call 07813 937921. See us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter. See our What’s On Pages for Forthcoming Lions Events. Balsall Common Methodist Church Toddlers Group Tuesday 10am - 11.30am in the Church Hall, Station Road, term time only, £2.50 per adult, refreshments included. Open to all carers of pre-school children. All will be made very welcome. For further details contact Joy on 01676 532006. Balsall Common Outdoor Adventure Club The club offers outdoor adventure skills lessons involving low technical mountain bike, basic bush craft / survival, day & night navigation courses and local expedition walks for groups of 6 and above. The area and routes we use for our skills lessons are parts of Warwickshire, Solihull and the Cotswolds. The Instructors are Mountain Leader, Bush Craft, Mountain Bike Leader, Hill Moorland Leader & Winter Moorland Leader qualified. So if you want to learn and gain new skills for the great outdoors, please email or call Patrick on 07565 478719. Balsall Common U3A We have over 30 daytime activities for retired people and we also hold a monthly talk. On 6th June, “Court Room Drama” by Alan Cutler. On 4th July, “Traversa, A Trek Across Africa” by Fran Sandam. Both of these events will be held at St. Peters Hall, Holly Lane, Balsall Common and will start at 2pm. Prospective members are welcome to attend. To find out more about the U3A visit

Berkswell Flower Club We meet once a month at The Reading Room, Meriden Road, Berkswell at 1.30pm. Admission fee is payable on the door and this will include refreshments. There will be a sales table and raffle/tombola. All are welcome. On 10th June the demonstrator is Lyn Sharp entitled ‘Car Boot Collection’. On 8th July, the demonstrator is Joanna Davis entitled ‘Women Who Changed the World’. There is no meeting in August. For more information call Dot Hall on 024 7646 5668. Berkswell Pre-School The Reading Room, Meriden Road, Berkswell. Nr.Coventry CV7 7BE. We operate a friendly, stimulating and welcoming atmosphere within a safe and secure environment providing quality Early Years Education from 2 years. We are committed to all aspects of the Early Years Foundation Stage and are currently open Monday - Thursday 9am - 3pm and Friday 9am 2.45pm, offering breakfast club from 7.45am each morning. For more information please contact Nicola Fox (Pre-School Manager) on 07565 813699 or 07786 431965 or email Visit and follow us on Facebook and Instragram. Berkswell Royal British Legion 316 Station Road, Berkswell, Coventry. Function Room for hire. Please contact 01676 533462 after 7.30pm. New members welcome. Berkswell Women’s Institute We meet on the third Wednesday of the month at Berkswell Reading Room, Meriden Road, CV7 7BE. Jan, Feb, Apr, Oct at 2.30pm, Mar, May, June, July, Nov at 7.30pm. On 19th June, Cakes for Casualties with Kath Ryan. On 17th July, The Trials and Tribulations of being a Tour Guide with Maureen Sutherland. You are most welcome to join us. For more information please call Pamela Griffiths on 01926 850334 or email Cheswick Green Bible Reading Group You are warmly invited to an informal Bible Reading Group. We meet on the last Wednesday in each month at 8pm. Meetings last approximately 1 hour. For more information text Abi on 07895 072272 or email Cheswick Green Methodist Church We meet in Cheswick Green Primary School each Sunday at 10am. People of all, or no, faiths are welcome. Junior Church Group for young people. For more information contact our Minister, Rev. Vicki Atkinson, on 01564 703302. Cheswick Green Village Hall The hall is situated in Cheswick Green village behind the shops. It comprises of a large hall, a small hall and a kitchen. Tables and chairs are included in the hire charge and there are disabled facilities. Parking is available outside the hall. Please contact the booking clerk for availability on 07910 515204 or e-mail

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Cinema Organ Society We preserve and present a 1935 Compton Cinema Pipe Organ which rises from the stage at Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton-inArden, B92 0AH, in true “Blackpool” fashion. Concerts are held on the first Sunday of each month except January. Doors open 1.30pm, curtain up 2.30pm. Admission £10 on the door, including refreshments and parking. Visiting organists play to a wide variety of tastes and offer a wonderful afternoon’s entertainment. The organ is available for individuals to play, by arrangement. We look forward to welcoming you. For more information visit or call our District Secretary on 0121 421 4420. Claverdon Gardening Group We meet at 7.30pm every third Tuesday of the month (except December which is the second Tuesday) at Dorothea Mitchell Hall, Claverdon, CV35 8PH. Entry is free for members, first time visitors/non-members or £4 otherwise. On 18th June, Robert Barlow is bringing along hostas to sell and talk about. On 16th July, Visit to Greenfingers Nursery, Langley. For more information please email Chris Duckworth (Chair) on Club K for the Over 60s Come along for a chat, games and afternoon tea. We meet weekly at The Old Hall, Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson, Temple Balsall on Thursdays from 1pm. Run by Age UK Solihull. Call 0121 704 7846 for more information. Cyclesolihull Cyclesolihull was created by volunteers to encourage cycling by leading regular free rides ranging from 5 to 30 miles from 20 different start points. Just turn up with a roadworthy bike (including ebikes). Riders are responsible for their own safety and travel at their own pace, nobody gets left behind. Normally, there is a 30 minute refreshment stop. Sunday afternoon rides are a fun way to leisurely explore the local area with other people, Saturday morning rides are faster pace (1012mph). Mid- week evening rides take place in the summer. For details (including 50 different quiet routes) see Dickens Heath Youth Group On Wednesdays from 7pm-8.30pm at Dickens Heath Council House, Waterfront, Dickens Heath. Subs £1. We always look forward to welcoming new members (ages 10-13) please either turn up on the evening, or call Sarah on 0121 604 2161 or 07719 942597. If you are aged 18yrs or over and would be interested in becoming a helper, please feel free to give Sarah a call as above or email Dorridge Striders and Strollers We meet on Thursdays fortnightly at St George & St Teresa Church Centre, Station Road, Dorridge for a sociable local walk. New members welcome. Contact Anne on 01564 776711 for more information. Earlswood Historical Society We meet every second Monday of alternate months, January, March, May, July, September and November, at Earlswood Village Hall at

7.30pm. For further details, email Val Tonks at Earlswood Village Museum The museum is open from March until October from 2.30pm to 4.30pm on the first Saturday of every month. There is no charge for admission, but we do welcome donations to cover our costs in the work of developing the museum and in conserving and maintaining a suitable environment for the collection. Visitors may wish to check the museum is open before travelling by calling 01564 703911. Special visits outside normal open days can be arranged. For more information visit or email FIRS Art Group We meet at Bentley Heath Community Centre every Wednesday from 1pm to 4pm. For further details please call 0121 704 4136 or visit for a timetable of all our other activities or email Hampton in Arden WI We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in the Arden Room at Fentham Hall, Marsh Lane, Hampton in Arden. We have a mixture of speakers, craft activities, games evenings and always a welcoming cup of tea or coffee and cake. Visitors are always welcome. If you would like to come and join us call Janice on 01675 443495 or email 2019 is our 100th Anniversary so come and join our celebrations in this special year. Heart of England Badminton Club We play on Thursdays in term time 8pm10pm at Heart of England School Sports Hall, Balsall Common. Social and not too serious! Ideal for returning players, or beginners looking to improve. For more information call Ian on 01676 534221. Heart of England Women’s Institute We meet on the second Thursday of each month at 7.30pm at Balsall Common Village Hall, Station Road. On 13th June, ‘From Persia to Balsall Common’ with Clare Garnet who will be taking us on an exotic dancing journey. On 11th July, ‘Buying and Selling at Auction’ with Steven Bruce. Bring along any interesting items you have and see if you can get a valuation. The WI is a great way to meet new people, we also meet for craft evenings and outings. For more information call 01676 534824 or 01676 533675. Hockley Heath Women’s Institute We meet every first Thursday of the month at 7.30pm at the Baptist Church Centre, Spring Lane, Hockley Heath. Come along and meet friendly, interested people. Listen to stimulating speakers, accompany us on seasonal walks organised by Pat Sheffield, read some different books. A summer outing and birthday meal are all part of the package. Tea/coffee and biscuits/sometimes even cakes are enjoyed at all meetings. The book club meets on the second Tuesday of the month at The Barn Motel at 10.30am. For more information please email Gail Hare at

Knowle Bridge Club We welcome visitors and new members. We are a friendly club playing Duplicate Bridge at Knowle Village Hall every Wednesday 7.15pm to 10.30pm. More details available from or Faye Doble on 01564 776498. Knowle Camera Club We are a friendly club who meet every other Thursday at 7.45pm at the Dorridge Methodist Church, Mill Lane. Meetings comprise of visiting speakers, training evenings and member competitions. If you are interested in photography the first two meetings are free so why not come along and see for yourself? For more information visit or call Tony Albutt on 01564 782175. Knowle Flower Club You don’t have to be a flower arranger to belong to a Flower Club. We meet every first and third Thursday of each month at 2pm at Knowle Village Hall. The first Thursday you can sit and watch a demonstrator, have a cup of tea and chat, the third Thursday you can come to Practice Class, watch and learn how to arrange flowers with a teacher. All welcome. For further information call 0121 704 2211 or 01564 777588. Knowle Musical Society We rehearse at St George & St Teresa School, Mill Lane, Dorridge on Wednesdays at 7.30pm from September to March. In 2020 we will be producing ‘Annie’ at The Core Theatre, Solihull. Auditions for children will take place on 7th July 2019, with those for adults on 21st July 2019. Tickets from the box office on 0121 704 6962 or for more information please get in touch with Peter Derrington at or visit Knowle Pre-School Play Sessions Freddie’s Play Pad run two play sessions every Tuesday and Thursday at Knowle Royal British Legion, Warwick Road at 9.30am and 11am. Soft play aimed at babies and all pre-school ages up to 4. For full details please visit us on Facebook at Freddie’s Play Pad or call 07557 904802. Knowle Probus Club We welcome retired and semi-retired professional and business men as new members. The club meets on the third Tuesday of each month for fellowship, a good lunch and to hear speakers from all walks of life. Check our website or contact Robert Shaw on 01564 776982 or email Knowle Ramblers Walk with our friendly group. Visit our website for a programme of walks or call 0121 705 1059 or 01564 778459 for more information. Lapworth Brownies, Guides and Rangers Need You! No matter how much time you have to give, there’s an opportunity for you. Find your place in our team of inspirational women, sharing your skills and passions with local girls - whilst benefiting from the adventure | Your Call Magazine

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and opportunities Guiding has to offer. Our camps, holidays and trips give girls the chance to try new adventures, from ice skating, orienteering and abseiling, to zorbing, canoeing and zip-wiring. This year we’re camping with international Guides at Arden 2018 and also at Alton Towers. Call Ellie on 07740 637706 or register at join-as-volunteer/. Lapworth Local History Group Visitors are welcome to all our meetings, £3 for evening meetings or inclusive annual membership at £10 for adults or £5 for students. We meet at Lapworth Village Hall on the Old Warwick Road, B94 6LD, on Tuesdays at 7.45pm. We are currently taking our summer break, talks resume in September. For further details contact Linda Cousins on 01564 782124 or visit or Little Acorns Stay and play group runs on the first Friday of each month during term time, 10am-11.30am in the undercroft at St Patrick’s Church, Salter Street, Earlswood. Cost £1 per family including refreshments. The first hour is free play for children and then everyone comes together for nursery rhyme-time. Little Acorns provides the opportunity for babies and children to mix with others and for new parents to meet other new parents in the area. You do not need to book, just turn up on the day. For more information call Revd Julie Humphries on 0121 733 6706. Little Stars Toddler Group Earlswood Methodist Church has a new stay and play toddler group ‘Little Stars’, which meets Mondays from 10am to 11.30am. Pay as you go £1.50 per child. Toys, activities and refreshments available, come and join in the fun! Meriden Flower Club We meet at the Village Hall, Main Road, Meriden, CV7 7NG, on the third Monday in every month at 7.30pm. New ladies (and men) are warmly welcomed. We regularly have flower demonstrators and each month you have the opportunity of winning the flowers. We hold practice classes 2 or 3 times a year and we enjoy our annual outing in June. You can attend as and when you can, or you can join for the year. For more information please contact Ann Lea on 01676 533584. Meriden Playgroup Join us for a fun playtime with your child, where you can both make new friends, do crafts, play with different toys, sing songs and enjoy a snack and cup of tea or coffee. Every Tuesday 10am-12pm, term time only, Meriden Methodist Church Hall, Main Road, CV7 7NH. £2 for one child, 50p for each additional child. For more information call Eleanor Willis on 07762 823050. Midland Voices Choir This exciting community choir was formed in 2009. Directed by Barry Todd, the main choir rehearse in the evenings in Warwick and two daytime choirs rehearse in Whitnash, Leamington (Thursdays) and in Balsall Common (Tuesdays). They offer a unique opportunity to sing with the Midland Voice

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Orchestra at Warwick Arts Centre plus other performances to raise funds for local charities. New singers are welcome, visit or www.facebook. com/midlandvoices or email toddmuso@, enquiries to Barry and Carol Todd on 01676 532865 or 07590 556353. Parkin’sings with Parkinson’s UK Solihull Branch Singing therapy, singing fun. All welcome to come and enjoy an hour of singing which is also designed to be good therapy for those affected by Parkinson’s, MS or stroke and anyone else who wants to sing in a fun atmosphere, it doesn’t matter if you can’t sing! We welcome friends, carers, family and everyone else! Come along every Monday, 9.45am to 10.45am to the John Palmer Hall, Union Road, Solihull, B92 3DG, opposite House of Fraser. £3 per week. Free parking. For further details contact 07905 598285 or Rotary Club of Meriden Meriden Rotary Club meets at The Manor Hotel in Meriden on Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm. We enjoy a very good meal that is followed by a speaker or Rotary business matters. We aim to enjoy ourselves while raising money and helping various charities. More details about what we do and what we have done can be found on our website: If you think you share Rotary Ideals and would like to come and see what our meetings are like please contact our Club Secretary at Shirley Photographic Society Our society was formed in 1937 and we have around 70 members of all abilities. We meet on Thursdays between September and April at Shirley Methodist Church, Stratford Road at 7.30pm for 8pm. Every second Monday throughout the season we hold workshop evenings covering subjects such as Photoshop, Macro Photography, Audio Visual and many others, enabling members to improve their technical skills and knowledge. We also have numerous social activities and outings. For more information please visit, find us on Facebook or call our Secretary on 07970 519783 or email Solihull Amateur Radio Society We hold regular meetings and activities throughout the year covering many different aspects of radio communication. For more details e-mail or call 07717 500952. Solihull and District Orchid Society We meet on the first Saturday of the month at St George & St Teresa’s Parish Centre, 338 Station Road, Dorridge, B93 8EZ. The hall is open from 1pm with a speaker from 2.30pm. At all meetings there is an Orchid Display of members’ plants and refreshments. On 1st June, Tricia King from the Central Orchid Society on her trip to Sulawesi in Indonesia looking for orchids in the wild. On 6th July, Colin Clay with “Growing Hardy Orchids”. All visitors are warmly welcomed. Contact 01295 788159 or email or visit for more information.

Solihull Hoarding Support Group If you are struggling with excess belongings please join us at Solihull Fire Station 7pm - 9pm every last Tuesday of the month. Email us at or call Heather on 07939 059470 for more information. Solihull Speakers Club Do you want to learn how to speak confidently in front of an audience? Maybe you have to make speeches or presentations as part of your work or as a member of a social group? We are a very friendly self help group who will help you to achieve your aims in public speaking. We meet on alternate Wednesday evenings in Downing Hall, Knowle. You will receive a warm welcome and have an enjoyable evening. Visit our website for all the details or call Bob Fernie on 0121 704 1062. Soroptimist International - Solihull & District Club Soroptimist International is a worldwide service organisation for women and girls, with high ethical standards, and taking a seat at the United Nations. Our club offers a lively and varied programme of speaker meetings and events throughout the year, details of which may be found on our website. We meet on the second Thursday of each month at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Homer Road, Solihull, starting at 7.30pm. Guests and prospective members are most welcome. For further information please email or visit Our national website is Step into Solihull Step into Solihull includes Solihull Striders & Strollers; a series of group walks at locations across the borough of Solihull. Walks are led by local people and explore the local area. In partnership with local organisations, the programme also offers a range of alternative gentle exercise sessions. Activities include tai chi, yoga, walking, football, extend, dance and more. The latest information including dates and locations can be found here Alternatively contact Solihull Active on 0121 704 8207 or email Tablet/IPAD Training at Balsall Common Library ReCOM is a small registered charity offering training on your own Tablet/IPAD in the local community. Whether you are a complete beginner or want to improve your existing skills on your Tablet/IPAD our small, friendly and relaxed classes could be for you. All makes and models of tablets are welcome. For more information please call Claire on 0121 663 0335. Taste Life UK Breaking free from eating disorders, an invitation to 8 evenings in Warwickshire: teaching, discussion, stories of freedom and tools for recovery; for sufferers and those who care for them. Topics include: living to eat or eating to live, addictions, emotions, mind matters, depression, food. Donations £5 per session. For more information please contact Di on 07845 089400, email or visit

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The Knowle Village Hall Friday Coffee Morning The Knowle Village Hall Coffee Morning is on every Friday from 10am until 12pm. Homemade cakes, tea and coffee for the elderly and people who are lonely or living on their own who would like a drink and a chat in a friendly environment. All proceeds go back into the funds to provide annual Easter and Christmas parties with gifts and monthly raffles for all who attend the coffee morning, providing a useful service to the local community. Contact June and Keith at or call 01564 779445. The Redditch & District Car Club We are a warm and approachable mixture of motor sport enthusiasts who participate in all aspects of the sport from competing to marshalling. We meet alternate Monday evenings at The Blue Boar, Binton, B49 6NR at 8pm. We hold a Treasure Hunt Championship and two Autosolo events per year. We organise quiz nights; Scalextric competitions; Table Top Navigation events and more. We organise a parade of rally cars (‘The World of Club Motor Sport’) as part of the Boy Bishop, St. Nicholas Night celebrations held every year in Alcester. For more information visit UNITY Consciousness Group A place to explore spirituality and New Age topics in a social setting, encouraging us to connect with our community. Topics include crystals, mandalas, angels, astrology, personal

growth, meditation, etc. With occasional guest speakers. We are a friendly group who enjoy a laugh and sharing our interests. We meet on the third Monday of the month, 7.30pm – 9.30pm at Berkswell Reading Room, Meriden Road, CV7 7BE. Cost £8 per session, refreshments included. For more information please call Fee on 07745 475044 or Maya on 07981 567650, email or find us on Facebook: Unity Spiritual Consciousness Group. West Midland Bird Club The Solihull Branch of West Midland Bird Club meets in the Guild House, Knowle, B93 0LN at 7.30pm. Admission at the door is £2 for members and £2.50 for nonmembers. For more information visit West Midlands Bridge Club From Beginner to Grandmaster – new members welcome. West Midlands Bridge Club is situated in our own licensed premises in the centre of Solihull. Bridge is available every day with duplicate sessions to suit every level of player. Lessons and practice play with qualified English Bridge Union tutors for beginners, improvers and beyond. For more details visit our website or pop into the Club at 909 Warwick Road, Solihull, B91 3EP (on the corner of Hampton Lane and Warwick Road). Alternatively call Christine on 07747 115320 or email

West Midlands and Warwickshire Cottage Garden Society Group We meet at 2.30pm on the first Saturday of the month from September to April at Bentley Heath Community Centre, Widney Road, Solihull, B93 4BQ. Members £2 and visitors £3 including refreshments. For more information contact Margaret on 01564 783475 or email Westwood Heath/Tile Hill Tai Chi Club Classes on Wednesdays 7pm – 8.30pm at West Coventry Academy, CV4 9PW and Fridays 1pm - 2.30pm at Xcel Leisure Centre, CV4 8DY. Gentle exercise for health and wellbeing. Beginners always welcome. £7 per class. For more information contact Louise on 07747 618298 or or visit The community listings are free to local non-profit making groups, clubs and societies. To place your listing please email your details to: The deadline for entries in our community pages for the August / September edition is 8th July 2019. All information correct to the best of our knowledge at time of printing. Checking accurate dates and times with the relevant event holder is advisable. You can also find more community listings by visiting the community page on our website at:

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Your Horoscopes For June & July 2019 by Astrologer Christine Chalklin

June: We can enjoy an energetic start to June as our radiant Sun and communicative Mercury are both occupying the lively and inquisitive sign of Gemini. Good communication and much needed positive discussion is high on the global agenda. This energy becomes even stronger after the Gemini new moon on the 3rd suggesting that current plans will get an extra boost. The love planet Venus also arrives in Gemini on the 9th, offering excellent opportunities for social activities, meeting up with friends and loved ones and the potential for some outdoor amusements and entertainment. The June full moon in Sagittarius, also known as the Christ moon, falls on the 17th; this is a special lunar phase, bringing blessings and powerful healing energies to all. July: July brings the sensitive sign of Cancer to the forefront; the month gets going with the revealing new moon in Cancer on the 2nd, offering a time of nostalgia and family connectedness. Energetic Mars arrives in Leo on the same day, this dynamic energy is available to all, highlighting creativity and benefitting optimism, confidence and self-esteem. Throughout the month, goals and plans are favoured, especially spiritual ones. Mercury goes into the retrograde phase on the 8th, a reminder to take care when travelling, signing important documents or making business plans. The full moon in Capricorn on the 16th illuminates the importance of our responsibilities. The love planet Venus arrives in passionate Leo on the 28th - be open and giving in all your relationships, love and romance are now at their peak.

July 23-August 23

May 22-June 21

March 21-April 20

June: June offers exciting potential in financial matters but be sure to review your options carefully before making a big decision. Mars, your ruler, remains in Cancer all month, bringing the gift of heightened imagination and intuition. The Gemini new moon on the 3rd offers breakthroughs in communication. July: July is the best month to focus on your home and family. The Sun is in the home loving sign of Cancer and the new moon on the 2nd assists with additional energy for new projects. A spectacular aspect between Mars and Jupiter on the 25th suggests major change in your career and social circle.


June: June is your birthday month and with Venus arriving in your sign on the 9th this could turn out to be just the lucky break that you have been waiting for. You may have more than one superb idea up your sleeve regarding future projects and now is the perfect time to use them. Your new moon on the 3rd brings surprises! July: Venus arrives in your financial sector on the 4th July, offering a positive opportunity to review your resources and earning potential. Energetic Mars is now travelling through Leo, shining the spotlight on all forms of creative communication. Now is the perfect time to broaden your horizons.

June: Relationships may be the most exciting part of your life during June, as a deep friendship, or even a love affair could well be on the cards. The month is full of surprises as abundant Jupiter in Sagittarius ensures that your thinking is expansive and innovative. July: July the 2nd sees the arrival of dynamic Mars into your sign. Now is the perfect time to take any new opportunity to broaden your horizons and please yourself. Group and teamwork involvements work best for you - with a little help from friends, life can be so much easier!



April 21-May 21

August 24-September 22

June 22-July 22

June: June suggests that your money -making skills are in the spotlight. With Venus in your sign until the 9th this looks like a period of reward. Plans, ideas and all forms of communication get a boost as dynamic Mars powers through a pivotal part of your chart. After the 27th Mercury in Leo offers renewed courage and vitality. July: Dynamic Mars is stirring up your domestic area during July. This could mean the start of a creative new project as it’s a great time to make ingenious changes to your home. Mercury turning retrograde on the 8th suggests that you may also need some quiet time to focus on you.

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June: June is an important month for Cancerians, the energetic planet Mars remains in your sign all month. Both high energy and renewed vitality are on offer, be sure to make the most of your gifts as new opportunities advance your strengths. The Gemini new moon on the 3rd encourages your intuition. July: July is your birthday month as the radiant Sun shines brightly in your sign and is joined by the love planet Venus on the 4th. Be ready for change and a new lease of life, whether in social or professional affairs. Your energy levels should be at their height now, perfect for making long term plans.

June: June suggests excitement and new beginnings, as the love planet Venus arrives in Gemini on the 9th. Mars offers a welcome burst of vitality in your financial dealings bringing new opportunities your way. Your home life may prove to be challenging around the Sagittarian full moon on the 17th. July: July’s new moon in Cancer on the 2nd brings many benefits your way; take the opportunity to relax and just take things easy. You should be able to mix work and domestic life in the best possible way. The Cancerian Sun allows you to use your popularity to make people feel good about themselves.

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September 23-October 23

June: June is all about communication and making new plans for the future. Jupiter paves the way for some brilliant ideas, enhanced by the Sagittarius full moon on the 17th. Your career gets a welcome boost as dynamic Mars highlights the highest point of your chart, joined by Mercury on the 5th. July: During July the most pivotal sector of your chart is illuminated by the Sun, joined on the 4th by Venus, your ruler. Be sure to use your incredible drive and energy to accomplish things and don’t be surprised if luck comes your way. There is also lots of planetary activity on the social scene.



January 21-February 18

November 23-December 21

June: June draws your attention to a powerful full moon in your sign on the 17th, joined by optimistic and abundant Jupiter. You now have the power to make some amazing changes, if you are ready and willing. You’ll be amazed at how productive you can be at this time. July: The new moon in your financial area on the 2nd July suggests there is work to be done about your plans for the future. The arrival of vibrant Mars in Leo, also on the 2nd, suggests that you‘d rather be considering moving to pastures new and a splendid offer might just come your way.

June: June is the perfect month to be enjoying social activities as the sun shines on new friendships or on a new romance. The 3rd offers a turning point as the Gemini new moon suggests that you bring your deepest needs into focus. Take the opportunity to do something fresh and brand new. July: The Sun and vibrant Mars are both highlighting work issues during July. Let go of limitations – a lot can be achieved with hard work and determination. The Cancer new moon on the 2nd brings an interesting opportunity your way and you may have to take some unexpected action.



October 24-November 22

June: The love planet Venus remains in your opposite sign until the 8th, relax and enjoy this opportunity to express yourself in a more optimistic and enthusiastic manner. Energetic Mars is stirring up the adventure sector of your chart, it’s an excellent time to bring plans to a head. July: July is a busy month, under current trends you may find that financial issues come into clearer focus, you can plan ahead and make suitable gains. Just take care as Mercury goes retrograde after the 8th, checking important documents will be vital to your success.


December 22-January 20

June: Dynamic Mars is in your opposite sign all through the month as new found courage and determination boost your high profile. These positive current trends show that you’ll find yourself in the right place at the right time. Venus in curious and versatile Gemini brings new friends to the forefront. July: Partnerships and relationships are at the top of your agenda this month. Mars is strong and boosts your energy but be sure to think carefully how best to use it as you don’t want any misunderstandings. The full moon in your sign on the 16th brings a few pleasant surprises.

February 19-March 20

June: Dynamic Mars boosts your confidence during June, particularly around the 13th as it makes an important contact with Neptune, your ruling planet. Try to be clear about what you want as the full moon on the 17th offers a brilliant opportunity for success. Your enthusiasm should be at its peak. July: The Sun shines brightly in the family sign of Cancer, illuminating a rather romantic area of your chart. As Mars arrives in Leo on the 2nd you may begin to feel impatience concerning an important decision, try to think carefully and take your time. The Capricorn full moon on the 16th brings unexpected clarity.

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Your Directory of Local Businesses Academy For Young Engineers WMG Academy 51 Aerial & Satellite Services Airwave Aerials 10 Alarm Services Secure Home Systems Ltd 7 Appliance Repairs Future Appliances 11 John’s Repairs 16 Appliance Sales & Repairs Future Appliances 11 Architectural Stonework Stonecraft Solihull 38 Art Classes The Seasons Art Class Solihull 23 Bathrooms Alan Heath & Sons 17 Bathrooms & Kitchens by Design 21 City Bathrooms, Kitchens & Bedrooms 35 E H Smith 43 Beauty Therapies Jessie Heard Makeup & Beauty 47 Bedrooms City Bathrooms, Kitchens & Bedrooms 35 Lloyds Industries Limited 19 Blinds Curtain Call 14,15 Building Plastics Rockwell Sheet Sales 13 Building Services Michael Kavanagh Roofing Services 3 W Birch Developments Ltd 9 Building Supplies E H Smith 43 Care & Support Services Bluebird Care (Solihull) 45 Care Home Lady Katherine Housing & Care 63 Carpentry & Joinery Andy Smith Carpentry 8 Peter Mertens 28 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Clean Pro 26 Steaming Sam 39 Carpets & Flooring Curtain Call 14,15 Catering Services Italian Chef To Hire 8 Cavity Wall & Loft Insulation Rockwarm Insulation Ltd 11 Chimney Sweep Arden Chimney Sweeps 43

Clothing Alterations Iron Maidens 29 Curtains & Blinds Curtain Call 32,33 Decorating Services DPG Decorators Ltd 26 Dinner Shows & Entertainment The Lake at Barston Restaurant 49 Driveway & Patio Cleaning Clean Pro 20 Jetmaster 10 Midlands Home Services Ltd 26 Driveways & Patios Central Drives Landscapes 22 Dimension Groundworks & Driveways 38 MCS Landscaping Ltd 44 Electrical Services AFB Electrical 26 Alan Smith & Sons 16 Bright Home 8 Fitness & Fat Loss ChaSamba Fitness 47 Furniture & Interiors Trade Secret Coventry Limited 5 Furniture Maker Peter Mertens 28 Garage Doors KM Garage Doors 20 Prestige Security Solutions 10 The Doors Group 29 Garden Design Blue Daisy Garden Design Ltd 12 Gardening Courses Best in Horticulture 31 Groundworks Dimension Groundworks & Driveways 38 Handy Man Services Handy Man 31 Ironing Services Iron Maidens 29 Kitchens Bathrooms & Kitchens by Design 21 City Bathrooms, Kitchens & Bedrooms 35 E H Smith 43 Future Appliances 11 Granite Transformations 2 Rugby Fitted Kitchens 37 Landscaping Services MCS Landscaping Ltd 44 Lawn Mower Servicing & Repairs Midlands Grounds Machinery 16

Local MP Rt. Hon. Caroline Spelman MP 40 Makeup Artist Jessie Heard Makeup & Beauty 47 Man & Van Services Man & Van Removals 22 Motor Services Lavender Hall Auto Repairs 55 Oven Cleaning Clean Pro 26 Pet Services Heart of England Pet Cremation 52 Plumbing & Heating Bathrooms & Kitchens by Design 21 Plumbers (R) Us 42 Removal Services Man & Van Removals 22 Restaurants The Lake at Barston Restaurant 49 Roofing & Fascias C Stevens Roofing 39 Hodgehill Property Repairs 16 J Williams Roofing 36 Michael Kavanagh Roofing Services 3 N Bird & Son Ltd 64 School St Patrick’s C. E. Primary Academy 53 WMG Academy 51 Sharpening Services Towers Professional Sharpening Service 28 Storage Facilities Man & Van Removals 22 Travel Expert Independent Travel Experts 52 Tree Services Arb-Aid 31 Beechwood Tree Services 22 Manor Tree Care 27 Pinetree Groundworks Ltd 37 Wardrobes City Bathrooms, Kitchens & Bedrooms 35 Lloyds Industries Limited 19 Waste Management Serious Waste Management Ltd 28 Will Writing Services Midlands Legal Services Ltd 47 Windows Doors Conservatories & Glazing AC Glazing 41 Cloudy2Clear Windows 20 MF Plastics 35 Women’s Group Townswomen’s Guilds 59

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Community magazine for the residents of the Solihull Villages area.

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Community magazine for the residents of the Solihull Villages area.