J'AIME JANUARY 2019

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COSY WINTER

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Saying farewell

to an iconic

Lichfield business

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Welcome to J’AIME

As the madness of the festive season gives

way to the quiet calm of a new year, it’s

hard to believe that we’re already into

2019; a year which we’re hoping will be

an exciting one for J’AIME with plenty

of new developments in the pipeline.

But we start the new year off by bidding

a fond farewell to one of Lichfield’s

oldest businesses. Salloways Jewellery

has been a stalwart in the city since 1871

but now, after four generations of family

ownership, the Salloways have decided

to call time on the business in favour of

well-earned retirement. We chat to Nigel

Salloway and take a look back over his

years at the helm, with best wishes for the

future.

The new year brings with it plenty of

optimism, and plenty of new beginnings

and ideas; if you’re looking to kickstart

your 2019 in a healthy way we’ve got

some great tips from Lichfield personal

trainer Raul Romero. And if TV’s

Strictly Come Dancing has inspired you

to take to the ballroom for a twirl, we

take a look at why dance just might be

the best medicine for mind, body and

soul.

Elsewhere, we’ve got all of your usual

favourites, from the most stylish interior

design ideas to wardrobe updates to keep

you ahead of the fashion curve all winter

long.

From the team at J’AIME, our best

wishes for a bright and prosperous 2019.

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Salloways - Saying farewell to one of

Lichfield’s oldest businesses

12 Property - Property of the month

16 Interiors - Under the sea

20 Interiors - 100 years of Bauhaus

26 Interiors - Dare to bare with nude neutrals

30 Food and drink - A look back at Sauce Supper

Club’s Ultimate Fine Dining Experience

32 Food and drink - Cocktail of the month from Bar

Opus, Birmingham

34 Food & drink - A new way to sample Italian

wines

36 Food & drink - A recipe to try from Larder

Lichfield

38 New Year, New You - Get a healthy start with

Lichfield personal trainer Raul Romero

40 New Year, New You - Nutrition tips and healthy

recipe

42 New Year, New You - Try dance for your new

fitness addiction

46 Travel - Discovering Verona

50 New Year, New You - Say hello to your

planning saviour

52 What’s On - Our pick of events around our

area this month

54 What’s On - The hottest tickets around

Birmingham

56 Fashion - Get layered

58 Fashion - Cosy up with Nero e Bianco

62 Beauty - Anti-ageing secrets from Harvey

Nichols Birmingham

64 In the news - A new venture for Wentworth

65 Motors - J’AIME’s expert Martin Plowman

looks ahead to Autosport International at the

NEC

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FEATURE

A Lichfield jewel

AS SALLOWAYS JEWELLERS PREPARES TO CLOSE ITS DOORS FOR GOOD THIS MONTH, AMY NORBURY

CHATS TO NIGEL SALLOWAY ABOUT HIS TIME AT THE HELM OF ONE OF LICHFIELD’S OLDEST BUSINESSES

THE BUSINESS HAS BEEN A

FIXTURE ON BORE STREET

SINCE 1884

From the bright blue signage to the window displays

packed with sparkling gems - not to mention the

flashy Rolexes - Salloways Jewellers has long been a

fixture in the heart of Lichfield.

A distinguished jewellers with a reputation for

excellence, Salloways has been the go-to for

discerning customers looking for that special

something for many a year. But now, after almost 150

years in the city, owner Nigel Salloway has decided to

shut up shop for good.

The 59-year-old, who joined the family business as

a jeweller and qualified gemmologist some 35 years

ago, is planning to take a well-earned retirement.

But before they close the doors for the final time,

Salloways are holding a closing down sale, where

some £2 million worth of stock will be discounted by

50 per cent.

“We’ve put everything at half price apart from the

new Rolex watches,” says Nigel. “But there are

some pre-owned and pre-registered ones which are

reduced in price.

“How long we continue in January depends on how

much stock we have left; when everything is sold we’ll

close the doors for the last time. But the sale has got

off to an extremely good start, more than we could

have ever predicted, so we’re happy that we’re on

course to sell out our stock.”

The business was started by Nigel’s great, great-uncle

John, who was an apprentice clockmaker to Charles

Thornelow of Tamworth Street, Lichfield, from

1861. He completed the seven years of training and

later took over Thornelow’s business, moving to 25

Bore Street in 1884.

With no children, when John Salloway passed away

in 1900 the business was left to his brother William

and wife Harriet. Harriet continued to run the shop

and shifted the focus to jewellery and silver, ensuring

its longevity for many years to come.

“It needed a woman’s flair at the time,” says Nigel.

Following a distinguished military career, the couple’s

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NIGEL SALLOWAY IS RETIRING

AFTER 35 YEARS AT THE HELM OF

THE FAMILY BUSINESS

son - Nigel’s grandfather who was also called William

but better known as Frank - took over the business in

1922.

“My grandfather came back after the First World

War and married a very stern older woman called

Gladys, my grandmother. She was as soft as anything

with me, but everyone says she was extremely fierce,”

laughs Nigel.

“She stood at the top of the shop with her hands on

her hips, making sure everything was done properly.

She ran the business financially and commercially.”

Frank and Gladys were at the helm of Salloways

until Nigel’s father, John, took over in the 1950s.

An only son, John initially went into the merchant

navy before decided to follow in the family footsteps,

attending watch school in Switzerland and studying

for his gemmology qualifications.

“He became a practical watchmaker and jeweller,

and he also learned to be an optician, because at

that time anyone who was a gemmologist knew

everything about optics so it was a natural thing for

them to be the opticians for a town, before opticians

became a separate entity,” says Nigel.

“He spent our formative years travelling the world

with my mother Mary, buying up gemstones. He

went to South Africa, then Australia, South America,

Ceylon and India, all over the world where the best

deposits of gemstones can be found.

“Israel is very big for diamonds; a lot of the dealers

and cutters are Israeli. On one buying trip to Israel

he got stopped in the desert by a couple of bedouins

with machine guns who wanted a lift. They couldn’t

speak a word of English and just hopped in the back

and gestured for him to drive on. Then

they drove on for another hour or so before

stopping him and getting out - it was quite

an experience for him!”

“My father always bought unusual stones;

it was always things that were exceptional

quality or very rare, and we’re still selling

some of the stones he brought back from

his travels. He bought the finest quality he

could find, and when I took over I carried

on in the same way, and I found that

dealers would always come to us when they

had something very fine as a first port of

call because they knew that’s what we were

looking for.

“My father had a reputation for being a

gentleman in business, and a reputation

for quality; he was the driving force and

I learnt from him and carried it on, and

that’s where our reputation has stood over

the years. It’s the ethos of the business and it’s served

us well.”

Nigel joined the business in 1984. After training

down in London with Mappin and Webb, who were

the Crown silversmiths at the time, he returned to

Lichfield as a qualified jeweller and gemmologist, like

his father.

“When I came back I thought I knew quite a lot, but

NIGEL SALLOWAY JOINED THE FAMILY

BUSINESS IN 1984

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my father took me under his wing

and showed me just how little I

did know,” laughs Nigel fondly.

“Having worked in London at

Mappin and Webb I worked with

Rolex watches and a lot of the

other big brands, and I wanted

to bring Rolex here. Within a

couple of years I managed to

secure Rolex and over the next

25 years we accelerated by taking

the business more upmarket.”

As the fourth generation of

Salloway to run the business,

Nigel comes from a long line of

jewellers. But his three children,

daughter Laura and sons George

and Edward have all forged their own careers away

from the family trade.

Laura is a specialist oncology nurse in a teaching

hospital in Sheffield, while eldest son George is an

outdoorsman who, says Nigel, “wouldn’t be chained

to a desk.” Youngest son Edward is a chef, who

trained at Birmingham University and works in a

restaurant in Lichfield.

“None of my children have joined the business, so

it was just a matter of timing when I finished,” says

Nigel.

After some 35 years, it has been a rather difficult -

and poignant - decision to for Nigel to make. And it

two sad events which have helped confirm that the

time is right.

“A friend of mine passed away recently, and he

was in the same position as me with children and

grandchildren, and I thought that if I don’t do

something soon I might not get to spend much time

NIGEL BROUGHT ROLEX

INTO THE BUSINESS

THE REPAIRS WORKSHOP

COUNTER

with them,” he says.

“And my father passing away in February was

another thing which has influenced the decision. He

always used to ask about what sold each day; I’d go

and visit him, and he was ill and in pain but he was

always thinking about how the business was going.

And when he passed away I thought, that’s it, I’m on

my own.

“I’ve got some fabulous staff here and some of them

have worked with me for many years and I treat

them like an extended family. But when they finish

work for the day they can walk away and not think

about it until the next day. Whereas when I finish, I

think about the business most of the night.

“So I thought it was about time for me to retire, so I

can really enjoy it.”

When Nigel joined the business, John quickly

stepped back and passed on much of the running

of Salloways to his son. But Nigel hasn’t had that

luxury.

“My father sort of retired when I came

back from London; he did a bit less and a

bit less, and quite quickly he was working

one or two days a week, and then down

to half a day. But with no-one to take

over from me, I haven’t had that benefit.

“You need to be fully dedicated to the

business or have someone who you know

is going to be fully dedicated to the it; as

a family we’ve built up this business since

1871 and I suppose I’m too controlling to

just let go and step back.”

As well as his three children, Nigel has

three young grandchildren - Molly,

Josephine and Ottillie - and he plans to

spend his retirement making the most of

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his time with them.

Nigel and his wife Rebecca already spend a day

every week in Sheffield with their daughter Laura

and granddaughter Molly, who’s two-and-a-half.

“At the moment we’re enjoying spending quality time

with the grandchildren on a weekly basis, and I hope

that continues,” says Nigel.

“They’re the nicest thing that’s happened in my life

in a long time, and I’m making the very most of

them. The relationship we’ve developed with them

is fabulous, and looking after them all day once a

week is wonderful. Every day we spend with the

grandchildren is a complete joy.”

And after 35 years of the pressures of running a

business, Nigel is looking forward to a more leisurely

pace of life.

“I used to do a lot of golfing in my twenties and then

the business took over so I got to play less and less, so

I’ll probably take that up again.”

With so much family history poured into the

business, Nigel is enjoying looking back as he

prepares to step away from the jewellery trade

entirely.

“We’ve got old stock books dating back to just before

the First World War, so over 100 years ago, and

it’s interesting looking through them and seeing

Omega watches being sold for 12 shillings and

6d or something like that,” says Nigel.

“We’ve had people come in and say they

bought a piece of jewellery from us 30 or 40

years ago but they’ve lost it and have no record

of it, and we’ve been able to look back and find

the record of the sale - there’s so much history

here with the business.”

With a reputation for the finest quality precious

stones and jewellery, Salloways is a real treasure

trove. And working with so many beautiful

things, says Nigel, has been a tremendous

pleasure over the years.

“It’s one of the few businesses you can be in

where everyone who comes in is here to buy

something to celebrate a special occasion,

whether it’s a birthday or an anniversary, or

people who are just treating themselves,” he

says.

“It’s the people who you really make a

difference to, and it’s brought a lot of joy to a

lot of people. Not everyone can say that.”

Over the years, Nigel has seen plenty of

societal changes in his customers’ approach to

buying jewellery.

“Quite often nowadays it’s ladies who come

in to treat themselves,” he says. “When I first came

into the business, wives would come in with their

husbands and the husbands would be holding the

purse strings. He’d be at the top point of his earning

powers, children would have left home and be

earning their own money and she’d have spent years

penny-pinching and looking after their finances to

make sure his business was successful. And now it

is successful and the husband is trying to treat his

wife, she’s reluctant to spend that kind of money on

something for herself, because she’s been so used to

sacrificing.

“That was terrible, and in that way society has

definitely moved on and changed for the better.”

And now, hopes Nigel, customers will grab the final

chance to own a piece of jewellery from what has

been a Lichfield institution.

“Experience has taught me that business is a series of

peaks and troughs, and while we’re on a peak, doing

so well, with a good customer base and lovely stock,

it’s time to go out on a high.”

Salloways Jewellers’ closing down sale is

now on. Pop into the store on Bore Street,

Lichfield for more information.

NIGEL’S PARENTS JOHN AND

MARY SALLOWAY

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PROPERTY

Property of the Month

WE TAKE A SNEAKY PEEK AT SOME OF THE HOTTEST PROPERTIES ON THE MARKET IN

THE AREA EACH MONTH. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME SET

IN BEAUTIFUL GROUNDS WITH AN EXCLUSIVE ADDRESS

Oak House, Woodside Drive, Little Aston Park, Sutton Coldfield: £1,650,000

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THE AGENT SAYS: This elegant property with impressive

façade was originally built early 1940s. Nestled on a private

road on the prestigious private estate of Little Aston, it is set in

approximately one acre of beautiful private grounds overlooking

neighbouring farmland. It boasts six bedrooms and four reception

rooms.

Electric gates allow entrance to a large block paved driveway with

ample parking and extensive landscaped front gardens bordered

with mature trees.

An inner vestibule steps up to a large square entrance hall with

intricate Barley Twist staircase.

Perfect for relaxing in front of the fire, the elegant drawing room

with high ceilings and elaborate coving has leaded French doors

leading to a large dining room and out to the rear gardens. The

dining room is a great space for entertaining and can comfortably

seat 12 guests. There is also a cosy but elegant sitting room with

large bay window allowing light to stream in, perfect to relax

during the day or evening.

A spacious hand painted kitchen boasts an abundance of

storage cupboards with integrated dishwasher, electric ovens and

microwave with a small breakfast room offering further storage

and wine fridge in a beautiful fitted dresser.

The vast master bedroom enjoys views of the beautifully

landscaped gardens with fitted wardrobe and exceptionally large

en-suite bathroom with roll top bath, separate shower cubicle and

freestanding vanity unit.

Surrounded by trees the impressive private gardens are easily

maintained with mature shrubs, large terraces wrapping around

the immaculate lawns, perfect for entertaining or sitting to enjoy

a relaxing evening aperitif with the backdrop of the ornamental

ponds.

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PROPERTY

Love at first sight for first-time

home buyers Jack and Tina

It was love at first sight for Jack Saunders and Tina

Bagley when they visited Roman Heights, a new part of

the Lichfield community, and now thanks to Help to Buy

and Bovis Homes, the couple have made a dream move

into their very first home there.

Jack, a business development manager, and Tina, an

accountant, made the decision to move in together and

get on the property ladder earlier this year, and after

visiting a Help to Buy show in Birmingham, the couple

decided a new-build home would be the ideal choice.

“We realised that with the Help to Buy – Equity Loan

scheme, we would be able to get much more, so we

started to look at new-build homes,” says Jack. “We

decided to visit Roman Heights one weekend and loved

it instantly. We went back the next day and put our

deposit down!”

The Government’s Help to Buy – Equity Loan scheme

is exclusively available for new-build properties and is

available to first-time buyers and existing home owners

alike. With the scheme, the Government provides a

loan of up to 20 per cent of the property’s value, which

means the buyer only needs to secure a mortgage for 75

per cent and a five per cent deposit.

“Tina was living in Sutton Coldfield and I was in

Tyseley,” says Jack. “We looked around the area at a

few new-builds, but as soon as we walked into the Bovis

Homes sales centre, we knew we were in good hands.

Barney and Charlotte, the sales advisors were brilliant.”

Jack and Tina selected the three-bedroom Southwold,

which has an open-plan kitchen and living area with

French doors out into the garden and an en-suite

bathroom in the master bedroom.

“The layout is great and just perfect for us. It’s

amazing to have an en suite and the bedrooms are

really good sizes,” says Jack.

“The whole process was so smooth and straightforward!

Moving to a new house is a breeze!

Using the Help to Buy scheme was really easy and

Barney and Charlotte were great, helping us every

step of the way.

The couple were able to visit their home through

the build stages and were given the chance to

personalise it by choosing their own tiles and

kitchen units.

“We were given so much choice, which was

brilliant,” says Jack. “We are really happy with our

selections and the kitchen and bathroom look great!

“Barney and Charlotte were brilliant. Nothing was ever

too much trouble for them and everything we asked for

was always dealt with,” says Jack. “They still pop over

now to ask if everything is okay and to have a catch-up.

We had a great experience with Bovis Homes.”

Roman Heights in Lichfield offers a variety of three,

four and five-bedroom homes. For further information,

visit the sales centre open daily, 10am until 5pm or

contact the team on 01543 544041 or go to

www.bovishomes.co.uk

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The connected home hub platform enables the customer to integrate their smart devices into their home. Smart devices are the responsibility of the customer to purchase separately. The home hub platform is subject to build stage. Terms

and conditions apply. Please see a sales advisor for further details. Photograph depicts a typical Bovis Home interior. Elevation may differ to that shown. Internal images may include optional upgrades at an additional cost. Price & availability

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INTERIORS

Dive in

WITH an emphasis in 2018 on how our habits are

damaging the earth’s oceans, 2019 sees humanity pay

tribute the world that lies beneath us. This homage has

also made its way into interiors, where we’re seeing

an onset of spaces displaying fantastical imaginings of

aquatic life.

Hot on the heels of last year’s love affair with all

things jungle, green and pleasant, 2019 takes a deeper

inspiration from the natural world.

From scalloped furniture to fish scale tiles and all things

curved, wavy and ocean-inspired, we’ve fallen hook, line

and sinker for the under the sea trend.

Look for accessories featuring our new amphibious

friends, or inject a splash of colour with furniture in sea

green and azure blue that’ll make your home feel like

the jewel of the ocean and help you create a space that

resembles a mermaid’s haven.

ARIEL KINGSIZE BED, £3,295, SWEETPEA AND

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£137

DIESEL LIVING WITH SELETTI ‘HOLY CRAB’

ALUMINIUM ORNAMENT, HURN AND HURN.

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SCALLOP PRINT COTTON CUSHION, CULT

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£853

£28

CRESTA GREY VELVET SHELL CHAIR,

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GOLD OCTOPUS FOUR CANDLE

CENTREPIECE, AUDENZA.

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STARFISH AND SEAHORSE CANDLE PINS,

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JAN CONSTANTINE MARINE

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MERMAID BOOKENDS, £46, AUDENZA.

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OVERSIZED GOLD MERMAID VASE, £61,

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OCTOPUS STAND AND GLASS BOWL,

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I N T E R I O R S

ALVEARE TUB CHAIR, £349.99,

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Grand

designs

IN 1919 an art school was formed in Germany, one

that would go on to have a profound influence on art

and interior design over the following century. That

school was called The Bauhaus.

The Bauhaus was a crafts and fine arts institution

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Think fleshy toned, earthy jute, canvas, wool, wood

and hemp - which, let’s face it, all sound way nicer

than beige. Whereas cool greys tap into that everpopular

minimal Scandi chic vibe, nude neutrals are

perfect for creating an altogether cosier feel.

The shade feels most modern and fresh when paired

with crisp white and black accents, or use it to create a

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F O O D & D R I N K

The best of Brum

SIX MICHELIN STARRED CHEFS, SIX SUPERLATIVE COURSES AND A WHOLE HEAP OF HAPPY DINERS MADE IT

A NIGHT TO REMEMBER AT SAUCE SUPPER CLUB’S STAR-STUDDED END-OF-YEAR DINING SHOWCASE

What do you get when six of the Midlands most

lauded chefs bring six delectable courses to a fine

dining event unlike any other? This is the Sauce

Supper Club Ultimate Fine Dining Experience; a

night which showed exactly why the Midlands is a

mecca for foodies.

Sauce Supper Club owner Beth Toovey said:

“Following another incredible year of pop ups

in Lichfield and Nottingham we wanted to do

something really special for our end of year

celebration. Birmingham is very fortunate to have

six Michelin star chefs in the area, so to get them all

cooking in one evening seemed just the challenge we

were after to make a really unique event.”

And so ‘The Best of Brum’ idea was born. The first

stage? Approach the master chefs in question.

“There was a real buzz about the event right from

the planning stages among the chefs who rarely get

an opportunity like this, and it was a yes straight

away from everyone!” says Beth.

“A few meetings later with the menu and venue

decided we were excited to share the news of the

event with our Supper Club members.”

This unique occasion meant that diners could enjoy

an evening where the kitchen was taken over, course

by course, by each chef as they prepared and served

their course, allowing diners to effectively eat in six

different restaurants in one night. More than 40

chefs in total came together for the event, all working

together in different surroundings as the extravagant

menu was delivered perfectly at Edgbaston Cricket

Ground for 250 guests.

“We are so lucky in Birmingham to have such

talented chefs - to get them all together in one

kitchen was really special!” says

Beth. “It was a great night enjoyed

by our Supper Club members and

chefs alike. The kitchen banter was

off the scale and very entertaining!

“It is difficult to pick out a stand

out course – they were creative

and beautiful to look at, while the

flavours that were delivered were

glorious.

“The teams of chefs all enjoyed the

event, jumping in and supporting

each other on the pass to deliver a

perfect plate of food to each and

every diner. It was also a great

opportunity for the chefs to go out

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into the dining room and speak with guests and enjoy

the adulation! A well deserved beer and many selfies

with the guests rounded off our 2018 fine dining

extravaganza! In the words of Glynn Purnell, ‘It was

like the reforming of the Spice Girls - who knows

when it will happen again!’

“We also received tremendous support from the

industry and would like to thank Whitley Neil for

providing the welcome gin and tonic which was a

fabulous start to the event, Illy for supplying their

delicious coffee and gorgeous cups to round off the

evening, Braggard for ensuring the chefs looked

amazing with their Sauce branded chef whites, the

team at the International Convention Centre for

loan of their beautiful handmade plates and Hoot

Hospitality and Delicious PR for ensuring everyone

knew the event was taking place! Birmingham is a

very special community and it was great to have such

incredible support.”

Sauce Supper Club delivers fine dining experiences

through pop-up restaurant events where Michelin

starred and highly commended chefs showcase

their food and talents. Started in Lichfield in 2017,

it has since added Nottingham, and 2019 will see

Manchester added to the list of Supper Club event

destinations.

Beth adds: “We are currently securing our 2019

programme - already in the bag is Tom Brown from

Cornerstone in Hackney Wicks, former chef at St

Enodoc Hotel in Rock working with Nathan Outlaw

for six years, and James Cochran of Restaurant

1251 London N1, former chef of The Ledbury and

starring in this years BBC show Great British Menu.”

For details of future Sauce Supper Club events, sign

up to the newsletter at www.saucesupperclub.co.uk

THE FULL MENU CREATED BY THE CHEFS WAS:

LIAM DILLON, THE BOAT INN

SNACK SELECTION

LUKE TIPPING, SIMPSONS RESTAURANT

CARROT BROTH, FERMENTED CARROTS, SMOKED

CHEESE DUMPLING,

OYSTER MUSHROOM, CHICKWEED

BRAD CARTER, CARTERS OF MOSELEY

‘MASH & GRAVY’, SMOKED BONE MARROW,

WILTSHIRE TRUFFLE

ROB PALMER, PEELS RESTAURANT, HAMPTON MANOR

SMOKED EEL, KOHLRABI, SEA PURSLANE

ADAM BENNETT, THE CROSS, KENILWORTH

FILLET OF COD, BROCCOLI, ALMOND, SEAWEED BUTTER,

LOBSTER EMULSION, POTATO GNOCCHI

GLYNN PURNELL, PURNELLS RESTAURANT

ROAST VENISON LOIN WITH BUTTERNUT SQUASH,

ORANGE,

SZECHUAN PEPPER, PONZU

ADAM STOKES, ADAMS RESTAURANT

BLOOD ORANGE, GINGER, YOGHURT SORBET

SAUCE SUPPER CLUB’S

BETH TOOVEY WITH

BIRMINGHAM’S SUPER

STARRED SIX

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F O O D & D R I N K

Cocktail of the month

THE TEAM AT BAR OPUS, IN BIRMINGHAM, SHARE A SPARKLING CELEBRATION

COCKTAIL PERFECT FOR SEEING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH A BANG

Strawberry Ombre

Sparkler

Prosecco

For the strawberry syrup:

1 punnet Strawberries

1kg sugar

1 litre water

In a small pot combine strawberries,

sugar and water. Let the mixture cook

for approximately 15 minutes. When

strawberries become soft, take off of the

heat and drain the strawberries, keeping

the syrup in a separate bowl and let it

cool down.

Once syrup is cooled, pour 30ml in the

bottom of champagne glass. Top with

145ml prosecco and garnish with a sprig

of rosemary. Cheers!

Enjoy!

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F O O D & D R I N K

Time to indulge

A NEW WAY TO SAMPLE AND BUY SOME OF THE FINEST ITALIAN WINE HAS

ARRIVED AT BARTON MARINA COURTESY OF INDULGENCE BY NERO E BIANCO

Indulgence by Nero e Bianco opened its doors at

Barton Marina last month as a specialist Italian wine

and chocolate shop.

The owners of Nero e Bianco, Jill Hartley and

Michael Ballance, wanted to offer something unique

to the area and decided to install an enomatic wine

dispensing machine, which allows customers to taste

a broad selection of fine Italian wines, from a small

taster up to a 125ml glass.

Indulgence stocks a range of elegant wines from

most regions of Italy and new interesting wines are

introduced monthly.

Customers can sit and enjoy a nice glass of wine in

store looking out over the picturesque Barton Marina

and treat themselves to an Italian cheese and meat

platter.

Indulgence also sells a range of irresistible Italian

chocolates from Venchi; a gourmet manufacturer

founded in 1878. This is one of Italy’s best chocolate

manufacturers and exude quality in every sense.

In addition to Italian wine and chocolates,

Indulgence also offers a range of Italian craft beers

and spirits, including specialist gins.

Wine expert Patrick Gaunt, from Indulgence, said:

“Allow us to introduce our new venture, Indulgence;

our modern approach to speciality wine and

chocolate as well as providing many craft beers and

spirits.

“Among our wines we have some great sparkling

editions, including our high-quality Prosecco

Superiore Zero 3. This sparkling wine typically has

less sugar than many other wines on the market,

making it a little drier in taste. As it is

lower in sugar, it is better for you than

other similar examples.

We have found that this has been

extremely popular among wine-drinkers

that are wanting to keep an eye on

their sugar intake, whilst still treating

themselves!

“Our Prosecco Superiore Zero 3 is

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F O O D & D R I N K

Relaxed fine dining

RYAN SHILTON, CHEF PATRON AT LARDER LICHFIELD,

SHARES A TANTALISING RECIPE FROM THEIR TASTING MENU

Fine dining with all of the flair and flavour - and

none of the pomp or pretention - is the name of the

game at Lichfield’s newest restaurant.

Larder, on Bore Street, is the first solo venture

for acclaimed young chef Ryan Shilton, whose

impeccable pedigree counts positions at Hampton

Manor and, most recently, as head chef at Swinfen

Hall, among his impressive CV.

The stylish eatery - which offers five and sevencourse

tasting menus alongside a choice menu for

both lunch and dinner - has a simple ethos; taking

great produce and treating it with care and attention

to create outstanding plates packed with flavour.

“The whole approach is ‘produce first’,” says Ryan.

“We’ve not gone too far out there with flavours; we

like to keep things simple, but add that little touch of

theatre to our dishes.”

The menus will change regularly, according to

seasons and making the most of the best available

produce, so diners will always have something new

to try. And for those who want to see Ryan cooking

up close, the kitchen table puts diners right at the

heart of the action where they are able to watch chef

create culinary magic.

For more information and to book a table call

01543 471342 or visit www.larderlichfield.com

Celeriac, oregano, Lincolnshire Poacher.

SERVES 8

FOR THE CELERIAC:

The celeriac part of the dish comprises three elements;

baked, fermented and pickled. For the baked celeriac,

take a whole celeriac, wrap it in foil with 250g of butter

and bake it for one-and-a-half hours at 180 degrees.

For the fermented celeriac, peel and thinly slice 100g of

celeriac, store it in a Kilner jar with 3g of salt and 100 ml

of cold water for approx three days.

For the pickled celeriac, dice 80g of celeriac in 1cm

cubes then cover for 24 hours in 150ml of rice vinegar.

FOR THE OREGANO OIL:

Take 100g of fresh oregano and 100g of rapeseed oil,

blitz for then minutes then pass through a sieve.

FOR THE LINCOLNSHIRE POACHER:

Roughly chop up one shallot, a clove of garlic and 150g

Lincolnshire poacher cheddar. Sweat it all in a pan for

three minutes then add 300ml of double cream and 80ml

of rice vinegar. Simmer for five minutes before passing

off and seasoning to taste with salt.

This dish can be played numerous ways but we love to

showcase the salty, acidic Lincolnshire Poacher sauce

so we recommend a bowl so you get all the cheesy

goodness!

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H E A LT H

A healthy start

LICHFIELD PERSONAL TRAINER RAUL ROMERO, OF AMBITION PERSONAL TRAINING, TAKES A LOOK

AT HOW TO ENSURE YOUR NEW YEAR FITNESS GOALS AREN’T A DISTANT MEMORY BY SPRING

‘New Year, New You’.. .how many times have you

heard this, and why does it not seem to last?

It is that time of year where, after the Christmas

binge and food indulgence, we dust off our running

shoes and make the ‘New Year, New You’ resolution.

We resolve that this will be the year that brings

about a new you, as we rush to sign up to a new gym

membership in earnest.

Fitness centres, gyms, and personal training studios

are suddenly packed and mega busy for a few weeks.

But what happens in February and March? Why do so

many people waiver on their resolution and in the end

give up in their attempt of forging that ‘new you’?

Well, quite simply, the key is setting realistic, practical,

‘chunked up’ goals... after all, Rome wasn’t built in a

day.

Here we remind you of the benefits of incorporating

new healthy habits, and also give you practical, easy

tips to really accomplish a ‘new year, new you’ that

lasts past January, and help you to improve your health

and fitness throughout the whole of the new year.

Benefits of incorporating new healthy habits

into our lifestyle:

Positive impact on our mental health

Increased energy levels

Injury/illness prevention

Prevention of long term diseases

Increased self-esteem

Reaching a healthy weight

Controlling our stress / stress relief

Inspiring friends and family

Simply looking and feeling great!

Here are some

simple, practical,

‘chunked up’ tips to

help you on the road

to achieving a ‘new

you’ in 2019:

• Walking to the

supermarket/post

office or any other

local places instead

of taking the car.

As simple as this

AMBITION PERSONAL TRAINING

FOUNDER RAUL ROMERO

sounds, it is a great, easy way of being more active

without actually changing any plans for the day.

• Parking the car further away from your workplace/

any other building you are entering. Again, another

super simple way of getting more steps in per day

without actually adding anything extra to your day.

• Taking a few minutes to think about what you are

going to cook for lunch and dinner and cooking the

healthier option for the evening meal (adding extra

veggies into meals is a bonus!), and of course cooking

enough so the leftovers can be served for lunch the

following day.

• Making a conscious effort to monitor your water

intake per day- there are some fabulous bottles out

on the market to help you track how much you are

drinking and remind you to drink certain amounts at

different points during the day.

• As obvious as this sounds, reducing cigarette and

alcohol consumption. Although requires a lot of

willpower, will make you feel great in the long term.

• Book a holiday! There’s nothing like having a

holiday booked to motivate you to be more active

and eat healthy in order to look and feel great come

holiday time.

• Leave Netflix and other devices for the weekends

and go to bed early. It’s amazing how getting a good

night’s sleep will make you feel energised and ready

to take on the world!

2019 really can bring about a new you, it is all about

being realistic and making small changes that have

long-lasting effects. For any further help or tips, feel

free to contact Raul at raul@ambitionpt.co.uk or

visit www.ambitionpt.co.uk

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H E A LT H

The power of Omega-3s

HERE, RAUL ROMERO LOOKS AT THE IMPORTANCE OF OMEGA-3S IN OUR DIET

AND SHARES A HEALTHY RECIPE TO KICKSTART YOUR NEW YEAR FITNESS REGIME

Let’s talk OMEGA-3s - not the

most interesting topic in the

world, but super important!

So first of all, what are

Omega-3s? Officially they are

polyunsaturated fats that our

bodies need, but cannot produce

on their own. Or in more simple

terms, they are known as essential

fatty acids.

Are they really that important? In

short… YES!

Although there are many

differing opinions regarding

nutrition and diet, the one

area that nutritionists and

dieticians usually agree on is the

importance of Omega-3 fatty acids for us.

Not only are Omega-3s one of the most studied

areas on earth, but there is also immense evidence

that outlines their huge health benefits. They have

been shown to fight depression, reduce fatty livers,

lower blood triglycerides and help prevent asthma, to

name a few.

Incorporating Omega-3s into our diet is an

incredibly simple yet highly effective way of

OILY FISH ARE A GREAT

SOURCE OF OMEGA-3S

WALNUTS ARE A PLANT-

BASED SOURCE OF

ESSENTIAL OMEGA-3S

improving both our physical and mental health,

and could also reduce the risk of disease and

inflammation.

There are three main types of Omega-3s; EPA,

DHA, and ALA. Although these letters may seem

confusing, the main point we need to be aware of is

that the two primary Omega-3s are EPA and DHA,

and that we need these to help support our heart,

brain and eye health.

So, considering Omega-3s (especially the two

primary Omega-3s EPA and

DHA) are so important, how

do we incorporate them into

our diet? Well, it is easier

than people think.

EPA and DHA are found in

seafood and fatty fish such as

salmon, mackerel, herring,

sardines and anchovies,

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health, we should be eating fatty fish - salmon,

mackerel, herring, sardines and anchovies - at

least twice a week. If this is not possible, combined

EPA and DHA supplements are available, and the

recommendation is to take 250-500mg per day. Fish

oil and krill oil are also good choices to use to gain

EPA and DHA Omega-3s.

For those of us who don’t eat fish, including

vegetarians and vegans, DHA can also be found

in algae, so in this case seaweed should really be

incorporated into our diets. An alternative could be

to take algae supplements.

So to summarise, though talking about Omega-3s

isn’t the most riveting topic in the world, they are

super important for our bodies and our physical and

mental health.

The great thing is that these fatty fish which contain

EPA and DHA aren’t hard to find or cook at all, as

can be seen in my favourite salmon recipe shown

here.

Annie’s spicy salmon

with lentils and asparagus

I consider myself very lucky to have this job and meet so

many great people. Sometimes some of them surprise you

with natural cooking skills, like my client Anne. This time I

picked her brain to cook something healthy and nutritious

to give you a boost after the festive celebrations and heavy

meals.

INGREDIENTS:

2 salmon fillets

4 tablespoons Greek yogurt

1 packet of asparagus

1 red onion

1/2 tin of lentils

½ teaspoon of ground cumin seeds

½ teaspoon garam masala

½ teaspoon turmeric

½ teaspoon ground coriander

METHOD:

In a dry frying pan, lightly warm the cumin seeds, garam

masala, turmeric and the ground coriander. Once the

flavours have merged, tip half of the above into four

tablespoons of natural yogurt.

Spread this mixture over two salmon fillets and grill or cook

in the oven until cooked to your taste. I prefer baking the

salmon in the oven for approximately 5-7 minutes so it is

quite pink, whereas my other half prefers baking it for much

longer so it is well baked - bake to your own taste!

While the salmon is baking away, add one tablespoon olive

oil to a small frying pan and add and soften one finely

chopped red onion, one clove of garlic and the remaining

spice mixture.

Once the onions are soft, add half a tin of green lentils and

leave to simmer.

Sauté the asparagus in a pan with one tablespoon of olive

oil or coconut oil - my preference is coconut oil as I love the

extra flavour it gives it.

Serve all together and enjoy!

This is one of my favourite hearty yet healthy recipes, that

although takes a tad longer to prepare than avo-toast for

example, is well worth the extra time!

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H E A LT H

Pure dance addiction

IF YOUR AIM FOR THE NEW YEAR IS TO GET FIT, HAVE FUN AND LEARN SOMETHING

NEW, IT COULD BE AS EASY AS 5, 6, 7, 8, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS

PHOTO BY TEL JENKINS

As a nation we’ve been gripped with Strictly fever;

the feel-good ballroom bonanza has resoundly

trumped its noisy X Factor rival in the ratings war to

waltz off with the Saturday night telly crown.

And it seems that watching our favourite celebrities

and dance pros twirl their way around the floor is

inspiring more and more of us to give dance a try for

ourselves.

The good news is that, according to myriad studies

on the effects and benefits of dancing on your overall

health, it seems that hitting the dance floor for a

shimmy or two is one of the most effective forms of

exercise for mind, body and soul.

Whether you like to jump or jive, tap or tango, shake

your hips or your booty, dancing is one of the most

enjoyable ways to get moving.

The NHS says that regular dancing is great for

losing weight, maintaining strong bones, improving

posture and muscle strength, increasing balance and

coordination and beating stress.

But where do you start?

Ceroc Addiction runs Ceroc partner dance classes

around the Midlands and North West. Helmed by

Maja Kocanova and her dedicated team of talented

teachers and crew volunteers, Ceroc Addiction have

hundreds of dancers coming through the doors each

week. With a new class night starting at Brownhills

Memorial Hall this month, it’s the perfect chance to

grab your dance shoes, put your best foot forward

and shake your groove thing on the dance floor.

Ceroc is another name for modern jive, one of the

simplest forms of partner dance to learn. A fusion of

a wide range of different dance styles, it is sociable

and fun, and can be danced to any music with a

regular beat from the latest chart hits to golden

oldies. With very little footwork involved, you’ll be

spinning and turning with ease after your very first

half-hour beginners class.

I was first introduced to Ceroc some three years ago

by a friend. A huge Strictly fan, I’d always fancied

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learning how to dance properly but - after a shortlived

attempt at salsa - wasn’t sure where to begin.

What sets Ceroc apart from other forms of partner

dancing is the ease with which you can pick it up.

And, because the social aspect is just as important

as the dancing itself, it means everyone in the class

switches dance partners regularly - so you don’t

actually need to take a partner along to join in if you

don’t have one.

And then there’s the taxi dancers. These are

experienced dancers who are on hand at every class

night to look after the beginners, take them through

a practice session after the class so they can go over

the night’s moves and dance with them during the

freestyle session which ends the night.

Because Ceroc isn’t a set course of lessons, there

are new dancers starting every week. And it doesn’t

matter if you miss a week or two because the routines

covering your 12 beginner moves are rotated on an

eight-week basis, meaning you’ll soon catch up.

While walking into that very first class was

admittedly daunting, within the first ten minutes

any fears were firmly pushed aside as we started

with a basic warm-up before pairing up for the class

proper. Within half an hour I’d danced with some

30 different partners and got to grips with the three

moves of the beginners’ routine.

With a little help from the taxi dancers in the

practice session, I really felt like I’d learned

something - not to mention burned a fair few calories

while spinning, twirling and whirling my way around

the dance floor.

And while dancing is a great way to get fit and active,

it doesn’t stop there. According to Bupa, a review

of research into the effects of dance and Dance

Movement Therapy on mental health and wellbeing

suggested that dancing has a positive effect on our

quality of life, body image and mood. It also found

that DMT and dancing reduced depression and

decreased anxiety.

Jordan Thompson says that dancing got her through

one of the darkest periods of her life. The 23-yearold,

from Lichfield, was suffering with various mental

health issues when she was encouraged to give her

local Ceroc class a try by her mum, Ruth, and Ruth’s

partner, Scott, three years ago.

“I didn’t actually want to go, I was dragged kicking

and screaming,” says Jordan. “At that particular time

in my life I was in a position where I didn’t want to

leave the house and it was difficult for me to even go

outside without having panic attacks.

“It was terrifying, to be perfectly honest, but I just

remember being made to feel really welcome by

everybody. It was weird being there on my very first

night and feeling like I was already part of things,

like I’d been going to the class for weeks.”

No stranger to solo dancing, Jordan has studied

ballet, tap and contemporary dance since the age of

five. But partner dancing was a new thing entirely.

“Three years ago I wouldn’t have considered myself

at a level where I could even dance with someone

else, all of the dance training I’d had previously was

solo,” explains Jordan.

“The idea of having to hold hands with

somebody really threw me at the time, that’s

how bad I was; I couldn’t even deal with

human contact.

“But because of my dance experience I think

people thought I was better than I was, so I

was constantly getting people asking me to

dance. I came home from the class thinking

that it was a really good night and I’d actually

really enjoyed it.”

Jordan found herself going along to classes

on a more regular basis, and before she knew

it, dancing was helping to drag her out of the

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lack hole she’d found herself in.

“Dance has given me so much; when I first started

it gave me something to do and something to work

towards,” she says. “It got me out of the house and

that was the reason I kept going. The friendships and

relationships I now have, have grown from that, and

they’re the reason I continue to go.

“When I started Ceroc I was in a dark place; I’d just

come out of a long term relationship which ended

abruptly without warning, and it put me in a position

where I felt that, without that person, I was very

alone. I didn’t have many friends; I had my university

and work life but that was it, and I started spiralling.

“There were points where I didn’t want to get out

of bed, and there were points where my mental

health was so low that I did consider the worst case

scenario.

“But dance has completely changed my life.”

So much so that now, Jordan and her partner Dayle

Archer have taken their dancing to the next level

on the competition circuit. Ceroc - and modern

jive - has a series of competitions around the world

where amateur and professional dancers of all ages

and abilities compete for silverware in a variety of

categories. The World Modern Jive Championships

takes place on the hallowed floor of the Blackpool

Tower Ballroom, meaning competitors have the

chance to follow in the fancy footsteps of their

Strictly heroes.

“I never thought I’d get as far as I have,” says Jordan.

“To feel like we’re doing well enough to compete is

a huge thing, and to be able to get up in front of an

audience and dance is not something I ever imagined

I’d feel comfortable doing.

“You can dance with anyone and everyone and really

enjoy it, and then there are those times when you

find that person who you dance really well with and

get on really well with, and it feels amazing in those

situations, where you really connect with somebody,

which is what I have with Dayle.”

Whether your aim is to keep fit, specialise in a new

skill or simply let your hair down for the night, Ceroc

CEROC ADDICTION RUNS CLASSES

AROUND THE MIDLANDS AND

BEYOND. PHOTO BY TEL JENKINS

JORDAN AND PARTNER

DAYLE IN COMPETITION.

PHOTO BY GRAHAM FAREY

is guaranteed to give you a night to remember.

“It’s the ability to combine learning with something

really social,” says Jordan. “The fact that you’re

encouraged to rotate partners is a genius idea, and it

means you get so much more out of the experience.

“Ceroc attracts people of all ages and from all walks

of life, from teenagers to people in their eighties, and

with all kinds of backgrounds, which is what makes it

so interesting.

“And it’s knowing that you can come along on your

own and make new friends. When I started I came

along with my mum or a friend because I was so

socially inept I found it difficult to leave the house.

But now I’m happy to go along to a class or freestyle

by myself, which is a huge progression.

“At this point it feels like something I’ve always done;

I can’t really remember life without Ceroc and it’s a

really big part of my life.”

So if you’re looking to embrace Strictly fever,

or just want to give something new a try, then

why not take a chance on dance? It just might

change your life.

Ceroc Addiction’s new class starts at

Brownhills Memorial Hall, Lichfield

Road, Brownhills, on Wednesday

January 16, and the group also runs

classes locally in Stafford on Tuesdays

and Wolverhampton on Thursdays

as well as classes and freestyle dance

events further afield around the

Midlands and North West. For more

information visit www.ceroc.com or

find Ceroc Addiction on Facebook.

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T R AV E L

My Verona

KIRSTY TAYLOR, FROM LICHFIELD’S RB COLLECTION, REKINDLED HER LOVE AFFAIR

WITH ITALY BY TAKING A TRIP WITH HER DAUGHTER TO THE CITY OF VERONA

THE ARENA AT NIGHT

Anyone who knows me well is more than aware of

my deep love for Italy and all things Italian. The

delicious food and drink, the amazing culture, the

wonderful architecture and, of course, the history

- reasons for my love seem to be endless. For me,

Italy has everything anyone could ever desire from a

holiday and so much more.

Every year my teenage daughter Freya and I like

to have a short break in the October half term

school holidays, usually visiting a city. Having

already explored Florence, Sicily and Portofino, we

put our heads together and brainstormed ideas of

destinations. Luckily, Freya is also a fan of all things

Italian, and together we decided on the city of love

(no, not Paris!) - Verona.

After a short flight of under two hours, we were in

the hometown of William Shakepeare’s ill-fated

lovers, Romeo and Juliet. There are a number

of airports in the UK - including Birmingham,

Manchester, East Midlands, London and Leeds -

operating flights to Verona, which makes it a very

accessible destination.

Our adventure in this truly stunning city began as

soon as we stepped out of our airport transfer, at the

magnificent Piazza Bra – home of the world famous

Arena di Verona. Piazza Bra is the largest piazza in

Verona, and thought to be the largest in the whole

of Italy. As well as the magnificent arena, Piazza Bra

is lined with numerous restaurants and bars, Palazzo

Barbieri (town hall) and a gorgeous little park which

was well used during our stay by both locals and

tourists alike.

However, the star of the show is most definitely

the Arena di Verona. Unbelievably, this amazing

structure was built in the first century, and even more

unbelievable is the fact that it is still in use today

(albeit for various concerts and operas rather than

gladiator battles!).

The Verona Opera Festival occurs every year

between June and September, with performances

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taking place in this most unique setting. Andrea

Bocelli holds a special performance here every year,

usually in September. I visited the arena in the

daytime while it was practically empty, and I can

only imagine how breathtaking the venue is when it

is filled with people as the sun is setting, waiting to

experience an amazing performance. For only 10

euros per adult, and just one euro per child, you can

spend as little or as much time as you’d like in the

arena during your visit, and imagine it being filled

with 30,000 people at the height of its popularity.

Here at RB Collection, we can arrange a wonderful

escorted trip to the Verona Opera Festival, which

would also include a guided walking tour of the city,

and a visit to the AMO Museum where you will find

a vast amount of operatic history including costumes

and photographs of some of the greatest singers to

have graced the stage at the arena.

For reasons unbeknown to me, Verona often gets

overlooked as a city break destination in its own

right. Maybe it is for this reason that it didn’t feel

like a tourist destination - the only attraction I

encountered which was dominated by sightseers was

the dramatic balcony at Casa di Giulietta (Juliet’s

house).

Whether you are a Shakespeare fan or not, it is

well worth a visit to this special venue to witness the

hundreds of thousands of messages of love which

have been left by lovers from all around the world.

Rumour has it that if you touch the right breast of

the statue of Juliet which takes pride of place in the

courtyard, you will receive luck in love. Of course,

I had to give it a go - Freya on the other hand was a

little more reluctant! It is not just at Casa di Giulietta

that you will find love letters and love locks - the

whole city is filled with them and love is literally all

around wherever you go.

Verona is also a shoppers’ paradise, with the most

famous shopping street being Via Mazzini. Here you

will find every designer store under the sun, cleverly

infused with more realistic priced high street names.

Via Mazzini is pedestrianised at all times throughout

the day which made for a very pleasant shopping

experience. f you’re not a big shopper like me, it also

helps that there are several amazing gelato outlets

dotted amongst the shops - delicious!

For a flavour of Italy, Piazza delle Erbe is a must

- here you will find a daily market (except for

Sundays), full of fresh fruit and vegetables. There

was even a stall selling hot

THE FAMOUSE BALCONY

AT CASA DI GIULIETTA

VERONA, ITALY

roasted chestnuts which took

me straight back to childhood

memories of bonfire night!

Piazza delle Erbe is a large

square surrounded by the most

beautiful historic architecture -

probably the most predominant

landmark here is Torre dei

Lamberti, an 84 metre high

tower. Originally constructed in

1172, the tower is the tallest in

Verona and, if you are feeling

energetic, you can climb the

stairs to the top to experience the

most jaw-dropping views of this

wonderful city; there is also a lift

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VERONA IS THE

CITY OF LOVE

if your legs aren’t quite up to the climb!

More fantastic views of Verona can be found at

Castel San Pietro, which interestingly is the exact

point that Verona was founded. Here you will find

remains of the first settlements dating back to the 7th

century BC, and if you are prepared to climb quite a

few steps, the views across to the Adige River and the

city beyond are simply stunning. A little local secret

that I learnt is that the best time to visit is at dusk -

watching the sunset over the red rooftops of Verona

with a loved one would be an experience never to

forget.

Verona is a walking city - small and compact enough

to experience all of the major sights on foot. The

historic streets are lined with the most amazing

restaurants and bars, and an outdoor way of life is

in abundance here. People-watching while sipping

on a glass of locally produced Soave or Prosecco and

sampling various cicchetti (savoury Italian snacks

very similar to Spanish tapas) is a standard pastime

in Verona - and my idea of absolute bliss! Sweet

toothed visitors will be in their element with the most

tempting dessert and macaron delicatessens and, of

course, as you would expect in Italy, the coffee is to

die for!

I found the food and drink in Verona to be very

reasonably priced, and if you wander away from the

main piazzas you will find the most amazing eateries

with fantastic prices. Another tip, and to blend in

with the locals, is to drink your coffee standing up

at the counter - you will pay as little as one euro

for a delicious cup of your choice! I discovered

a wonderful little wine bar and eatery called La

Tradision, tucked away in a quaint side street just off

the Piazza Bra. Every drink you could imagine, both

hot and cold, was served here and the Aperol Spritz

was to die for - a bargain at just two euros!

To experience a little more of Italy, I think Verona

would make the perfect base for a longer holiday

duration, because of its location and Italy’s excellent

rail networks. Within an hour and ten minutes,

myself and Freya were in Venice, a complete contrast

to Verona. The short journey was taken in comfort

and I was amazed by the standard of the trains in

Italy - they really do put ours to shame. Verona is,

of course, the gateway to Lake Garda and you can

be transported from the city to the Lake by either

car, bus or train. The quickest way is by car which

takes around 30 minutes to the nearest town at Lake

Garda or, if you don’t fancy hiring a car, there is a

regular daily bus service from Piazza Bra to various

resorts. A 90-minute train ride will take you into the

heart of Milan, giving the opportunity to sample an

alternative Italian city. Using Verona as a base is the

perfect solution for those who don’t enjoy packing

and unpacking a suitcase several times while on

holiday.

Out of all of the Italian cities I have visited, I think

it’s safe to say that Verona is my favourite so far.

Everywhere I looked was a feast for the eyes with the

most beautiful and historic architecture all across

the city. I particularly liked the fact that it didn’t feel

too touristy, and there was just the right amount of

sightseeing to enjoy at a leisurely pace over our three

nights’ stay. Verona definitely lives up to its nickname

as the city of love - and it most certainly captured my

heart.

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WHAT: DIRTY DUSTING

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK

WHEN: JANUARY 25

When three cleaners, Olive, Gladys

and Elsie, are threatened with

redundancy they feel that their lives

are coming to an end until a chance

wrong number gives them a new

business start-up idea - why not run

a telephone sex line? They’ve got

motive, opportunity and a lifetime of

experience - some more than others,

mind you.

Provided Elsie can teach the other

two a few new tricks there’s no

reason why they can’t get rich

quick providing they can keep their

operation a secret from their bosses…

and their husbands… and their

children… and their grandchildren.

This heart-warming feel good

comedy will have you rolling in the

aisles and smiling every time you

answer the phone. For more details

call the box office on 01543 412121

or visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com

WHAT: LIVE AT THE TOWN HALL FT OMID DJALILI

WHERE: SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL

WHEN: JANUARY 25

After the sell-out success of the first

Live At The Town Hall with James

Acaster, this month’s headliner is also

a TV heavyweight.

Omid Djalili is one of the most

recognisable faces in British standup

as well as being an actor of some

repute, having appeared on the silver

screen in the likes of Mamma Mia

2, Sex And The City and Gladiator.

Omid will be supported on the night

by two of comedy’s hottest rising

talents – Stephen Bailey and Rosie

Jones – who have both recently

appeared on Comedy Central’s Live

At The Comedy Store. They’re both

going to be huge – you can say you

saw them first!

Holding things together will be our

resident MC, Dudley’s own Wayne

Beese. For more details visit www.

townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk

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Do you have a spare room in your home?

Are you caring, nurturing and supportive?

Special Events 2019

Become a Host Family

for an international

pupil at a local

boarding school

Attractive daily rates

Occasional weekend and half terms only

Contact Imogen to find out more on

imogen@pippasguardians.co.uk

or call 01684 252757

Burns Night Celebration

Saturday 19th January

4 course dinner & ceilidh band

Murder Mystery Evening

Friday 1st February

3 course dinner & entertainment

Teddy Bear Afternoon Tea

Sunday 24th February

Make your own teddy bear

Spice Girls Tribute

Friday 12th April

3 course dinner & entertainment

Mary Poppins Afternoon Tea

Sunday 27th January

Join Mary & Bert for singing & games

UB40 Tribute Evening

Friday 22nd February

3 course dinner & entertainment

St Patrick’s Day Lunch

Sunday 17th March

3 course lunch and ceilidh band

St George’s Day Lunch

Tuesday 23rd April

3 course lunch and entertainment

Visit our website to view all events and to book online

www.pippasguardians.co.uk

Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN

0121 308 3751 www.moorhallhotel.co.uk


LO CA L A R E A

What’s on Second City

A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND BEST

EVENTS TO COME TO BIRMINGHAM THIS MONTH

WHAT: THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM TOWN HALL

WHEN: DECEMBER 26 TO JANUARY 13

Direct from a smash hit West End

season, The Tiger Who Came to

Tea is returning to Birmingham

Town Hall for the festive season,

celebrating 50 years of Britain’s

best-loved picture book.The doorbell

rings just as Sophie and her mummy

are sitting down to tea. Who could

it possibly be? What they certainly

don’t expect to see at the door is a

big, stripy tiger!

Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this

delightful family show; packed with

oodles of magic, sing-along songs

and clumsy chaos! Don’t miss this

Olivier award-nominated stage

adaptation of the classic tale of

teatime mayhem... expect to be

surprised!

The show is suitable for children

aged three and above with a running

time of approx 55 minutes. For more

details visit www.thsh.co.uk

WHAT: THE JOHANN STRAUSS GALA

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

WHEN: JANUARY 1

See in the New Year in style with

at The Johann Strauss Gala; a firm

fixture in Birmingham’s festive

season celebrations. An enchanting

afternoon of all your favourite

waltzes and polkas performed by

soprano Corinne Cowling, tenor

Nico Darmanin with the Johann

Strauss Orchestra all conducted by

John Rigby.

Snow falls gently on the gilded

ballrooms of old Vienna and young

couples skate on the frozen Danube,

romance is in the air. The elegant

dancers in their billowing gowns

flamboyantly whirl to the music of

Johann Strauss and friends. Music

that comes from the heart of Vienna,

dancing as if in a winter wonderland.

The beautiful score includes the Blue

Danube Waltz, Radetzky March,

Cinderella Waltz, Snowstorm Waltz,

Thunder and Lightning Polka,

Emperor Waltz, Voices of Spring

and many more. For more details

visit www.thsh.co.uk

WHAT: STRICTLY COME DANCING LIVE

WHERE: ARENA BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: JANUARY 18 TO 21

Ashley Roberts and Pasha Kovalev;

Lauren Steadman and AJ Pritchard;

Graeme Swann and Karen Clifton;

Faye Tozer and Giovanni Pernice

will be joining Stacey Dooley and

Aljaž Skorjanec; Dr Ranj Singh

and Janette Manrara; Joe Sugg and

Dianne Buswell on the road in the

New Year for the Strictly Come

Dancing Live Tour.

The sparkling line-up of celebrities

and professional dancers will also

be joining tour host, Ore Oduba

and the Live Tour judging panel

of awesome foursome Craig Revel

Horwood, Dame Darcey Bussell,

Shirley Ballas and Bruno Tonioli.

To add even more wow, professional

dancers Nadiya Bychkova, Luba

Mushtuk, Graziano Di Prima, Amy

Dowden and Johannes Radebe will

also be performing in this supersized

dance extravaganza. The tour will

feature music from the Strictly

singers and the Strictly live band.

For more details visit

www.arenabham.co.uk

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WHAT: MARK KERMODE - HOW DOES IT FEEL?

A LIFE OF MUSICAL MISADVENTURE

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM REP

WHEN: JANUARY 21

Mark Kermode recounts his utterly

foolhardy attempts to fulfill his

dreams of becoming a pop star -

from building an electric guitar from

scratch while at school, to playing a

tea-chest bass on the kids TV show

Utterly Brilliant, and becoming the

musical director of a major TV show

- all without ever learning to read

music.

This will be a hilarious evening in

which the film critic recalls falling

in love with Slade as a teenager, and

recording an album at Sun Studio

as an ageing old ted. Warning: there

may be musical interludes. Or not

Mark will be signing copies of his

book after the show. For more details

visit www.birmingham-rep.

co.uk

WHAT: ABIGAIL’S PARTY

WHERE: NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE

WHEN: JANUARY 21 TO 26

Stage and TV star Jodie Prenger,

Coronation Street and Emmerdale

favourite Vicky Binns and Daniel

Casey, best known as DS Gavin Troy in

Midsomer Murders, lead the cast in this

ground-breaking comedy classic.

Beverly and husband Laurence are

throwing a party for their newlywed

neighbours, Tony and Angela. Joining

them is highly strung Susan whose

been banished from the party of her

teenage daughter Abigail. Welcome

to 1970s suburbia and its heady mix

of free-flowing cocktails, classic disco

and cheese and pineapple sticks. As

tensions rise and tempers flare the

sheen of respectability is torn away by

the warring couples with hilarious and

potentially disastrous consequences.

Mike Leigh’s iconic Abigail’s Party

is one of Britain’s most celebrated

comedies; beloved by audiences, it thrills

and delights in equal measure. It’s not

to be missed. For more details visit

www.atgtickets.com/birmingham

WHAT: SNOW PATROL

WHERE: ARENA BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: JANUARY 25

Following the release of their first

album in seven years, Wildness,

Snow Patrol will be headlining the

stage at Arena Birmingham this

month.

Gary Lightbody, Nathan Connolly,

Paul Wilson, Jonny Quinn and

Johnny McDaid started out as an

indie rock band before rising to

prominence in the 2000s as part of

the post-Britpop movement.

Since their 1998 debut, Songs for

Polarbears, Snow Patrol have racked

up an impressive number of critical

and commercial accolades, including

15 million global album sales, one

billion-plus global track streams,

five UK Platinum Albums, and are

Grammy, BRIT Award and Mercury

Music Prize nominated.

Come and watch their triumphant

return to the stage, right here in

Birmingham. For more details visit

www.arenabham.co.uk

WHAT: DAVE GORMAN

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

WHEN: JANUARY 27

Dave Gorman, the man behind

Dave TV’s hit show Modern Life

Is Goodish as well as Are You

Dave Gorman? and Googlewhack

Adventure, is back on the road

with a brand new live show, With

Great PowerPoint Comes Great

ResponsibilityPoint.

As the title suggests, he’s bringing his

laptop and projector screen with him

so expect the ‘King of Powerpoint

comedy’ (Guardian) to have more

detailed analysis of those parts of life

you’ve never stopped to think about

before. Hey, not all heroes wear

capes.

The Evening Standard said: “There

is no need to draw a graph to

calculate that this is an extremely

entertaining evening”. For more

details visit www.thsh.co.uk

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FA S H I O N

Let’s get layered

COSY UP IN CHUNKY KNITS, JACKETS, COATS AND MORE - THE LAYERED LOOK IS

SET TO SEE YOU THROUGH THE COLDER MONTHS IN STYLE, SAYS AMY NORBURY

AFTER a scorching summer, the payoff is set to be

a winter-long cold snap which will make the Beast

from the East look more pussycat by comparison.

While sipping hot chocolate in front of a roaring log

fire may take the sting out of those winter chills, our

next favourite thing about the colder weather is the

opportunity to re-embrace layers.

Thick woollen knits make the perfect filler between

cosy coats and thermal roll-necks – simply garnish

this proverbial style sandwich with blanket scarves and

bobble-topped beanies for enveloping ease.

Layered looks were taken to the extreme on the

winter catwalks; the overriding school of thought was,

why choose one great coat for the new season, when

you could wear seven? Balenciaga, Simone Rocha,

Missoni and more rocked looks with more layers than

a millefeuille, piling capes, puffa jackets and oversized

coats all together on top of jumpers, shirts and roll

necks. Yes, that’s all in the same outfit.

And while temperatures here aren’t arctic enough to

warrant all of the layers, all of the time, you can simplify

the styling by just adding a thick coat over a thinner one

in a contrasting colour.

The layered look starts with a base layer classic; the polo

neck will be your winter style saviour for every occasion.

Casual cosy sees one layered with a shirt or chunky knit,

while you can glam up this simple piece for evening style

by teaming a fitted polo neck with a pleated midi skirt,

heeled boots and feathery or furry wrap. A statement

necklace will also give an instant lift to a plain polo top.

Cold weather offers an opportunity to experiment

with oversize pieces that will keep you extra snug by

accommodating multiple under layers, and this winter

is no exception; invest in a slouchy sweater or two to

pile on when the chills set in, or check out this season’s

takes on the cardi. No longer just the grannies’ favourite,

cardigans have come in from the cold to be spotted on

the catwalks at Miu Miu, Roksanda and Erdem.

Wear brightly coloured ones with oversized proportions

for day, or try pulling one off the shoulder and belting it

around the waist over an evening dress.

And to top off every outfit, a snug scarf and knitted

bobble hat is a must to see through the cold snap in style.

POLO NECK, £16, CHECK JACKET,

£59, AND TAILORED COAT, £99,

ALL PRINCIPLES AT DEBENHAMS.

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BELLA FREUD CASHMERE

JUMPER, HARVEY NICHOLS

£98

£320

ACNE STUDIOS GREY

STRETCH KNIT JUMPER,

HARVEY NICHOLS

SHEEPSKIN SCARF, JIGSAW

£390

£45

FEATHER POM POM

BEANIE, ACCESSORIZE

£19

J BY JASPER CONRAN

CAPE, DEBENHAMS

£20

SUPER FLUFFY SCARF,

ACCESSORIZE

£90

HERRINGBONE SNOOD,

JIGSAW

£149

MADELINE SWEATER, HOBBS

£25

£24

GREEN POLO, OASIS

CRYSTAL EMBELLISHED POM

POM BEANIE, OLIVER BONAS

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FA S H I O N

Cosy up

JILL HARTLEY, CO-FOUNDER AND DIRECTOR OF NERO E BIANCO EXCLUSIVE FASHION

AND BRIDAL BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT COSY WINTER STYLE

With Christmas out of the way, people tend to look forward to those spring months for some inspiration, but

we forget about the first three cold months we have to begin the year!

In this article, we’re going to take you through some of our favourite ladieswear pieces including a gorgeous

dress that will make you feel amazing during your pregnancy, and we’re also going to be showcasing our

childrenswear range; every outfit will keep you warm, allow you to be comfortable, but most importantly,

make you feel confident, beautiful and very on-trend!

Flute sleeves became very on-trend throughout 2018,

and there’s no stopping the trend throughout 2019

either. They make every outfit look effortlessly sleek

and stylish, particularly with the striped pattern we

see here.

Who said maxi skirts are just for summer? Fine knit

skirts keep you wrapped up during the cold but are

a fantastic transitional piece throughout seasons and

they’re also incredibly versatile as they can be paired

with so many different tops.

Blacks, whites and greys are always popular during

the colder months but pairing the three tones

together here has created a really special look.

The great thing about these trousers is that they can

be dressed down for a more casual look, or dressed

up for evening events, whilst also being a great staple

piece in your workwear wardrobe.

Adding a pop of colour by changing the jacket or

shoe colour to red would really make this outfit stand

out.

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Our new wine tasting store is now

open and features an Enomatic

wine dispensing machine allowing

customers to sample a range of

elegant Italian wines.

Plus…

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and more…

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M A T E R N I T Y & C H I L D R E N S W E A R


Continuing with the shades of grey and white, we

have this gorgeous maternity dress, again with the

very on-trend flute sleeves. Paired with the statement

earrings we see here, a simple dress has become a

truly beautiful outfit.

Our maternity range has been hand-selected to

ensure that we provide you with only the best Italian

fashion. It’s something you definitely wouldn’t want

to miss.

We believe children should be able to enjoy being

young which is why our outfits are playful and stylish.

All of our clothes are made of the softest, most

luxurious materials, and solely made in Italy to ensure

quality.

In store, you’ll find clothes and shoes for your little boy

or girl from newborns to age 12.

Come and visit is at Barton Marina or find us online at

www.neroebianco.uk and www.neroebiancochildren.co.uk

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www.erase-uk.co.uk

Winter Spa Day Offer

Includes a 25 minute Thalgo Illuminating Radiance facial,

use of the facilities including gym, indoor pool, spa bath,

sauna and steam room, access to fitness classes,

lunch and refreshments and use of a robe for the day.

ALL FOR ONLY £65!

Available Monday to Friday until 28th February 2019

For more information call 01543 419516

Lichfield Clinic: 1 Tudor Row, Wade Street, Lichfield WS13 6HH

email: info@erase-uk.co.uk

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B E AU T Y

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ARM YOURSELF WITH THE BEST LOTIONS AND POTIONS AND GIVE MOTHER NATURE A HELPING HAND

WITH THESE SKINCARE MUST-HAVES DESIGNED TO TACKLE THOSE PESKY AGEING SIGNS. FROM YOUTH-

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BIRMINGHAM, REVEALS HER ANTI-AGEING ARSENAL

Wake up to greatlooking

skin with Estée

Lauder's Advanced

Night Repair, £55.

Designed to address

the key signs of

ageing, its exclusive

ChronoluxCB

Technology helps the

natural nightly renewal

process. The result? Skin

is smoother, hydrated

and even toned.

A revolutionary face

cream inspired by 30

years of research and

innovation, Professor

Augustinus Bader’s

The Cream, £205, is

light and refreshing, yet

deeply hydrating. The

Trigger Factor Complex

(TFC8®) works to

rejuvenate skin and

restore radiance.

The much-lauded anti-ageing moisturiser

from Heaven by Deborah Mitchell,

Age Defiance, £75, is fast-absorbing and

weightless formulation that plumps out lines,

stops scar formation, lightens pigmentation and

prevents spot breakouts. Use during the night

or in the day under makeup.

La Mer’s The Renewal

Oil, £175, boasts luxurious

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Supercharge your skincare

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Collagen Booster

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SKINCARE PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BEAUTY HALL

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CHRISTMAS

OPENING HOURS:

CLOSING 21ST DECEMBER

RE-OPEN 2ND JANUARY

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& R E - U P H O L S T E R Y S P E C I A L I S T

Our team of highly skilled professional craftsmen, create and manufacture

sofa’s from design, for a living space that is truly unique. Coupled with our huge

selection of fabrics we have the ability to create almost any type of bespoke design.

Using traditional skills, we can also strip down your old suite or sofa and re-create the original

design with our superior re-upholstery which is highly renowned for its finish and meticulous detail.

‘For a truly unique and individual lounge setting we welcome

you to our factory showroom to see what we can create for you.’

Unit 19, Martindale, Hawks Green, Cannock, Staffordshire WS11 7XN

Contact Simon Edwards or Chris Edwards on 01543 505539

Email: sales@ralvernupholstery.co.uk - www.ralvernupholstery.co.uk


I N T H E N E W S

Designs on bedroom style

A Sutton Coldfield kitchen and bathroom

design company is branching out into

another room of the home.

Wentworth Designs and Interiors, based on

Chester Road, are now offering the luxurious

range of Kindred fitted wardrobes.

Kindred is the most innovative fitted

bedroom offer available in today’s market.

Built to challenge an otherwise antiquated

bedroom industry, Kindred was launched

two years ago, with an abundance of

design possibilities ready and waiting to

customise and create your dream room.

Whether it’s a sanctuary for contemplation,

an inviting room to welcome guests, or

simply somewhere to escape from the chaos

of life, Kindred has crafted a beautiful collection

of bedroom furniture, ensuring we have a style to

perfectly suit any space.

Cleverly merging Italian and British design,

Kindred’s painted and wood grain product enables

the creation of premium designs across wardrobes,

chests, bed frames as well as internal accessories to

match.

With complementary bed and chest options to help

create the perfect sanctuary

Choose from a number of ranges and 48 handle

choices to bespoke any bedroom

From dressing rooms to walk in wardrobes, home

studies to fully fitted wardrobes, we at Wentworth

can help you create any size, style, shape or design to

fit perfectly into any room.

Currently displaying the beautiful Origin range,

Wentworth have access to the entire range of

Kindred products.

Part of the classic collection, the true beauty of

Origin lies within its simplicity. The crisp Shaker

design, coupled with it’s painted-woodgrain finish,

allows the range to sit comfortably in both modern

and period homes. With a balanced neutral colour

palette, that perfectly complements an array of

interior styles, Origin is the versatile choice when it

comes to creating a bedroom that’s unique to you.

Established for ten years, Wentworth Designs is run

by Ian Webb and Paul Murphy and offers stylish

kitchen, bathroom and bedroom designs to suit all

budgets. The experienced design team is on hand

to offer a personal service tailored to meet the needs

and the exact specifications of each

client with regards to their planned

refurbishments.

Using top quality German and

British manufacturers for kitchens

and bathrooms, Wentworth Designs

are able to provide a broad range

of quality complete modern and

traditional installations.

Wentworth Designs also specialise

in high-end appliances, and are a

recognised Siemens, Neff and AEG

dealer.

For more details pop into

Wentworth Designs’ Sutton

Coldfield showroom or visit www.

wentworthdesigns.co.uk

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M OTO R S

Life in the fast lane

J’AIME’S MOTORING EXPERT AND RESIDENT RACING DRIVER MARTIN PLOWMAN LOOKS

AHEAD TO THIS MONTH’S ACTION-PACKED AUTOSPORT INTERNATIONAL SHOW AT THE NEC

The Autosport International Show is back and ready

to help all you petrolheads beat the winter-blues

for its 29th anniversary at the NEC in Birmingham

on January 10-13. This annual, pre-season show

marks the unofficial start of the motorsport season

and always feels like a 'back to school' moment for

me. Anybody who is a somebody in the industry

will undoubtedly be there. It's a fantastic event for

young professionals and engineers wanting to get into

the sport to connect and network with key decision

makers, or for the casual fan a chance to grab an

autograph and photo with one of their racing idols.

So what's on this year?

Live Action Arena

The ever-popular live action arena is back and

noisier than ever. You literally cannot get any closer

to the action than you can here with 60 minutes

of racing action, driving demonstrations, celebrity

appearances by some of F1's biggest stars and backbreaking

stunts! Earplugs are definitely a must!

World Rally Championship Super Saturday

An exciting new edition this year will see fans get to

see the official launch of the 2019 FIA World Rally

Championship in what is being dubbed, 'WRC Super

Saturday' at the show, with all of the star drivers and

teams present to unveil their new challengers for the

World Championship ahead of the opening round at

the Monte Carlo Rally.

Ford M-Sport World Rally Team, Hyundai Shell

Mobis World Rally Team, Toyota Gazoo Racing

World Rally Team and Citroen Total Abu Dhabi

World Rally Team will all unveil their 2019 rally cars

on Saturday morning in front of show visitors. Fans

will get an opportunity to talk to their favourite team

owners and drivers.

Autosport Main Stage

The Autosport Main Stage is always a big attraction

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as every year racing legends

and household names are

interviewed live on stage. Last

year's biggest stars were 1992

F1 World Champion Nigel

Mansell and heroic young

Billy Monger, who made a

successful return to racing

after suffering a doubleleg

amputation following a

life-threatening crash last

year. This year's stars have

not yet been confirmed

but check their website

regularly for updates at www.

autosportinternational.com.

Performance and Tuning

Car Show

If you are more of a Fastand-Furious

fan than Formula

1, than chances are the

Performance and Tuning car show is for you. An

integral part of the Autosport International Show,

the Performance and Tuning car show has plenty of

exotic cars on display, with hundreds of suppliers and

manufacturers displaying all of the hottest latest car

mods. It's the perfect event for car enthusiasts who

take their car modification seriously.

Silverstone Auctions

If you still have some money burning a hole in

your pocket after Christmas than the Silverstone

Auctions’ one-day auction is right up your alley,

with best of breed classic and competition cars on

offer on Saturday, January 12. There are always a

lot of cars on offer that would sit nicely in anyone's

dream garage and make me wish I could win the

mega-millions to claim a few for myself! One of the

highlights of the auction this year will be an exworks

1966 Ford Cortina Lotus, driven and raced by

legends of the sport Graham Hill and Jimmy Clark.

It's expected to fetch more than £200,000 once the

hammer drops!

F1 Racing Feature, BTCC display and much

much more!

The F1 Racing Magazine feature is back with a

display of some of the most breathtaking cars on

the planet. The tech-talk stand is back with a host of

guest speakers who will cover topical and important

subjects from engineering to car-modding DIY

tutorials. The British Touring Car Championship

will have another strong presence again this year and

is always one of the crowd’s favourite attractions,

with many BTCC cars on display. Last year's show

saw champions Gordon Shedden, Matt Neal, and

newly crowned champion Ashley

Sutton take part in signing

sessions, live interviews and

entertaining the fans.

Ticket info

One-day tickets start from £34

for advance booking or £39

at the door. Family tickets for

two adults and two children are

available for £84. All tickets

include a free seat in the Live

Action Arena and free entry into

the Performance and Tuning

Car Show. To book your tickets

call 0844 338 0338 or check out

AutosportInternational.com

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