J'AIME MAY 2019

jaimemagazine

Your local luxury lifestyle magazine

M AY 2 0 1 9

J’AIME

Y O U R L O C A L L U X U R Y L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E

WIN

A GIN-MAKING

EXPERIENCE IN

BIRMINGHAM

RACING TO THE TOP:

KELVIN FLETCHER ON

LIFE AFTER EMMERDALE

BBC Good Food

Show Summer

tickets up for grabs

Your transitional

wardrobe covered


Welcome to J’AIME

As we head into the - hopefully! - warmer

months, we’ve got a mouth-watering

issue lined up for you, packed with plenty

of goodies which are sure to tickle your

tastebuds.

As a gin lover myself, I’m excited to

introduce our new columnist - Midlands

gin expert The Gintleman, who will be

talking all things gin and bringing you

the latest trending tipples every month.

This month he’s also lined up a cracking

competition, offering two lucky readers a

place on a fantastic gin-making experience at

Birmingham’s very own city centre distillery

and the home of Roundhouse Gin. You’ve

got to be ‘gin’ it to win it!

And it doesn’t stop there for foodie lovers

and drinks aficionados, as the BBC Good

Food Show Summer gets set to return to the

NEC - and you could also bag one of five

pairs of tickets to the star-studding culinary

extravaganza.

Elsewhere, we’ve had an exclusive chat

with soap star-turned-racing driver Kelvin

Fletcher - known to millions as Emmerdale’s

Andy Sugden - about his return to the

small screen and his racing partnership

with J’AIME’s very own columnist Martin

Plowman as the new season gets underway.

With your usual mix of favourites, from the

best interiors trends to the tastiest recipes

and the most stylish new season wardrobe

solutions and beauty fixes, it’s another jampacked

edition. We hope you enjoy!

EDITOR: AMY NORBURY

EDITOR@JAIMEMAGAZINE.COM

ADVERTISING: JAN ASHLEY

ADVERTISING@JAIMEMAGAZINE.COM

07388 335 931

DESIGN: DESIGN@JAIMEMAGAZINE.COM

CONTRIBUTORS: MARTIN PLOWMAN, JACK

REGAN, NATHAN COLLINS, RAUL ROMERO,

LISA PIDDINGTON, JILL HARTLEY, JULIETTE KEY,

PETE HAW, THE GINTLEMAN

J’AIME IS PUBLISHED BY ASHBURY

PUBLICATIONS LIMITED AND PRINTED

BY KEP LIMITED, TAMWORTH.

Check us out online at:

WWW.JAIMEMAGAZINE.COM

Find us on

/JAIMEMAGAZINE

@JAIMEMAGAZINE

@JAIMEMAGAZINE

3


CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Kelvin Fletcher - The soap star-turned-racing

driver on his return to the small screen

12 Property - Property of the month

14 Interiors - Coastal chic

18 Interiors - Ahead of the curve

24 Richard Winterton - Uncovering treasures

at St Mary’s

26 Competition - Win tickets to BBC Good Food

Show Summer at the NEC

30 Food & drink - Reviewing Tattu Birmingham

32 Food & drink - Cocktail of the month from Le

Rêve, Lichfield

34 Food & drink - The Gintleman discusses all

things gin, plus win a gin experience

36 Food & drink - Lighter wines for summer from

Indulgence

38 Food & drink - Award-winning beers from a

Birmingham brewery

40 Health - Raul Romero looks at the magic of

TRX workouts

42 Life on the edge - Jack Regan tackles a spot of

Rogue Play

46 Travel - Colourful Cuba

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

area this month

52 What’s On - The hottest tickets around

Birmingham

54 Fashion - Transitional cover-ups

56 Fashion - Earn your fashion stripes with

Nero e Bianco

60 Beauty - Must-try face masks from Harvey

Nichols Birmingham

62 Health - Deaf Awareness Week

63 Health - The power of Pilates

64 In the news - A successful first year in business

65 Motors - Martin Plowman gets hyped up over

hypercars

4


SHAPE YOUR PERFECT BODY

At VIPilates, we are passionate about your

body needs and getting you into the best

shape you can be, regardless of your age,

lifestyle or fitness level.

Very individual people

We believe every client is a very individual person with

very individual needs, and we tailor-make the fitness support

needed for you by adopting the original works of Joseph

Pilates. By focusing on the powerhouse, you will become

stronger, more independent, and self empowered in your

enhanced body.

Our studio

The highly versatile equipment in our studio allows for an

unlimited range of exercises to be performed in small classes

of no more than four, or during one to one sessions, and we

offer a flexible timetable of classes to accommodate even the

busiest of clients.

VIPilates Classical Studio

Unit 2, 71 Hill Village Road, Four Oaks,

Sutton Coldfield B75 5BH

Tel: 0121 308 5930

BOOK YOUR 35 MINUTE PRIVATE INDUCTION NOW AT VIPILATES.CO.UK

Places are limited. All new clients will be booked in for an induction session first. Please consult your doctor before undertaking any exercise for the first time.


FEATURE

Daring to bare

SOAP STAR-TURNED-RACING DRIVER KELVIN FLETCHER RETURNS TO THE SMALL SCREEN THIS MONTH TO BARE

ALL IN THE NAME OF CHARITY ON ITV’S THE ALL NEW MONTY: WHO BARES WINS. HE CHATS EXCLUSIVELY TO

AMY NORBURY ABOUT LIFE AFTER EMMERDALE AND FORMING A WINNING PARTNERSHIP WITH J’AIME’S OWN

RACE ACE MARTIN PLOWMAN

KELVIN FLETCHER

RETURNS TO THE SMALL

SCREEN IN ITV’S THE ALL

NEW MONTY

While he’s perfectly at home in front of the TV

cameras thanks to 20 years as one of the most wellknown

faces on one of the country’s most popular

soaps, Kelvin Fletcher’s latest small screen outing sees

him reveal, well, a little more than we’re used to.

Following on from the success of last year’s The

Real Full Monty, Kelvin is one of a fresh set of stars

who took to the challenge of learning a super-sized

routine from scratch, before revealing all to the

nation in a 90-minute special to demonstrate the

importance of shedding body inhibitions and making

checks in intimate areas to prevent cancer.

With a new name, a new line-up and all new

routines the BAFTA-nominated programme will

see hosts Alexander Armstrong and Ashley Banjo

marshalling the famous novices through their moves

and whipping them into shape to perform a frenzyinducing

striptease. They hope to build on the

impact of last year to keep key health messages about

regular checks for testicular and prostate cancer at

the forefront of the nation’s minds.

Kelvin is joined by Love Island winner Jack Fincham,

King of the Jungle Joe Pasquale, Strictly Come

Dancing’s Gorka Marquez, snooker legend Willie

Thorne, Crimewatch’s Rav Wilding, Dancing on Ice

star Matt Evers and former footballer Jason Cundy,

with each participant having stories to tell about how

cancer has touched the lives of them or those around

them.

“I was doing a musical at the end of last year and

my agent got in touch saying ITV wanted me to do

this documentary exploring the issue of prostate and

testicular cancer, and if I’d be willing to go on that

journey and talk to people who have been affected,

6


with a view to understanding why there is such a

reluctance among men when it comes to getting

themselves checked,” explains Kelvin.

“And at the end of the journey the idea is that we’re

willing to bare all in front of an audience. It’s a little

bit tongue-in-cheek, but the message is that if I’m

willing to get my kit off in front of millions of people

then hopefully it’ll be the catalyst for guys sitting at

home to think they’ve only got to bare all in front

of their doctors in a professional capacity to get

themselves checked out.”

Prostate cancer is the most common cancer among

men in the UK, accounting for some 26 per cent

of new cancer cases according to the latest statistics

from Cancer Research UK. And early diagnosis

is crucial; when

diagnosed at its

earliest stage, all

men with prostate

cancer will survive

their disease for

five years or more,

compared with less

than a third of men

when diagnosed at

the latest stage.

“It’s saved lives;

people have, on

the back of that

programme, gone

and got themselves

checked and it’s one

of those diseases

that, if diagnosed

KELVIN AND MARTIN’S

NEW CAR FOR THE 2019

BRITISH GT SEASON

early on, the survival rate is very

positive,” Kelvin says.

“Initially the thought of getting my

kit off in front of millions of people

seemed a little bit too far fetched,

but when I spoke to producers and I

watched the show from last year, and

got a real understanding of it, the

‘taking your clothes off’ bit became

just a small part of the overall

programme. And it was such a lovely

programme to watch last year, really

informative and quite emotional at

times. So I was really happy to do it.

“The guys I met were absolutely

incredible, and it’s probably been

the best job I’ve ever done. The

camaraderie between us was

amazing, even though we’re all so

different and with such different career paths, young

and old and all different body shapes.

“Everyone had a connection to the cancers; one of

the guys is actually suffering from prostate cancer at

the minute, another has had testicular cancer, two

of the lads’ dads aren’t very well at the minute with

prostate cancer and my father-in-law had prostate

cancer, so there was a personal connection for

everyone which made it hit home any more.

“And the night we actually did it was electric; we all

just embraced it, no reluctance, just looked forward

to the big reveal.”

It’s been a hectic few months for Kelvin; as well as

The All New Monty, he recently returned to present

A CONTEMPLATIVE

MOMENT DURING A

RACE WEEKEND

7


Channel 5’s Springtime on the Farm, following a

successful first series last year, all while busy with

preparations for the new British GT racing season

which gets underway imminently.

“I’m a big fan of documentary and factual-type

television, so when the production company

approached me last

year to help present

Springtime on the Farm

I was really happy to do

it,” Kelvin says.

“It’s very different to

what I’d done before

as an actor, and I was

able to be myself and

immerse myself in the

lives of the characters I

met along the way. And

when they asked me

back this year, I jumped

at it - and it’s been

really good, something

a little bit different.

“As an actor you’re

KELVIN AND TEAM-

MATE, J’AIME’S MARTIN

PLOWMAN

hiding behind the character and hiding behind

the lines that have been written by someone

else, so documentaries can be a little daunting

I guess when suddenly you’re exposed as

yourself. But that’s what people want to see;

that hint of vulnerability and that hint of

not knowing exactly what was going on, and

asking the questions that the audience at home

were probably sitting there wanting to ask. In

that way, I was kind of an extension of the

audience.”

Kelvin’s relaxed attitude and willingness to get

stuck in with all aspects of farm life made him

a firm favourite with viewers.

“Last year I helped out with the lambing which

was incredible, and I got to do it again this

year so that was definitely a highlight,” Kelvin

says. “The farmers told me that no matter how

many you do, it’s still hugely rewarding; you

never forget the significance of what you’re

doing, bringing new baby lambs or baby calves

into the world.

“I certainly got my hands dirty,” Kelvin laughs.

“But I didn’t have my hands up the backside of

anything; that was a bit too far!

“The programme itself is quite unique so it was

a little bit of an unknown, but the whole ethos

is to celebrate British farming and the industry.

It’s a huge industry and we don’t know an

awful lot about it.”

Leaving behind the security of a plum role on one

of the nation’s favourite television shows may have

seemed a risky move. But, says Kelvin, he couldn’t

be happier, not least because the break from the

8


Summer

Sensational

Discover the finest selection of interior furnishings in Staffordshire’s

most magical emporium. Our unique collections carry elegant

furniture, decor and accessories that are perfect for any home...

WWW.BLACKBROOK-INTERIORS.CO.UK

BLACKBROOK INTERIORS

Blackbrook Interiors, London Road (A38), Weeford, Staffordshire, WS14 0PT

t: 01543 481 010 • e: blackbrook@aol.com • fb.com/blackbrook.interiors

Open: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm. Sat: 9.30am - 5pm. Sun: 11am - 5pm

Tel: 01543 481010 - Email: info@blackbrook-interiors.co.uk

London Rd, Lichfield WS14 0PT

blackbrook_interiors


pressures of soapland have allowed him to pursue

another major passion - motor racing.

Teaming with professional racing driver and former

Le Mans winner Martin Plowman, Kelvin has made

huge strides in the sport, with the duo finishing

second in the GT4 Pro-Am standings last year.

“Even though we fell at the last hurdle, last year was

probably the best year of racing I’ve ever had and

the results and pace showed,” Kelvin says.

“I’ve only been endurance racing for the past three

years and I was really happy with my pace compared

to Martin, still being a relatively inexperienced

driver.

“But my favourite thing is the dynamic with Martin;

we get on so well and he’s just a good person to be

around. There’s so much that goes on behind the

scenes in the lead up the season, it’s so hard to just

get there in the first place, and you spend so long

trying to do your absolute best that sometimes you

forget to enjoy it.

“But Martin’s brought that enjoyment back for me.

There’s no real pressure, we just go out and do out

best, and when we do that the results have looked

after themselves and we’ve done exceptionally well.”

And as as the new season gets underway it’s all

change for the racing duo, with a new team in Aston

Martin meaning a brand new car.

“We’re really excited and we’re confident that we’ll

be reaping the benefits towards the end of the year,”

says Kelvin.

“There are only seven race weekends throughout

the year, and each one is unique and brings its own

excitement. What I’m making an extra effort this

year is to make a conscious effort to really take on

board and appreciate the build-up, and to cherish

each race.

“I want to enjoy it as much as I can, but at the same

time we’re not in it just to take part. The amount

of work we’ve put in and the support and sponsors

we’ve got means we want to repay that investment.

“Being an actor, there’s a good chance I’m never

going to be taken too seriously as a racing driver,

that’s just the way it is. It doesn’t really bother

me; at the beginning I wanted to change people’s

perceptions but it’s not really in my control. I just do

my own thing and I’m confident in what I’m capable

of doing.

“I’m proud of my achievements so far. I started

racing at 28 just for fun, and six years later I’ve

signed a professional contract. I applied the exact

same ethos to racing as I did to acting; I started it as

a hobby and found I had a knack for it, worked hard

and stuck at it.

“And now I’ve been an actor for nearly 30 years and

I’m still being a success, so hopefully I can apply the

same to racing and it’ll be a similar story.”

The All New Monty: Who Bares Wins is on

ITV this month, while the British GT season

is now underway, with Kelvin and Martin

Plowman racing at Snetterton on May 18

and 19.

10


BAYLISS

creating bathroom envy since 1929...

Visit our extensive prestigious bathroom and tile showroom....

regarded as one of the finest in the Country!

Bayliss Limited, 23 Gate Lane, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield B73 5TR

T: 0121 362 1800 www.baylisslimited.co.uk


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 GLORIOUS FIVE-BEDROOM

MANSION OFFERING THE ULTIMATE IN LUXURIOUS FAMILY LIVING

Orchard Manor, The Orchards, Four Oaks Estate, Sutton Coldfield: £4,000,000

On the market with Aston Knowles: 0121 362 7878

THE AGENT SAYS: An extraordinary Arts & Crafts residence,

with over 10,000 square feet of accommodation set over three floors,

Orchard Manor is located on a private plot, nestled in the corner

of The Orchards situated off Ladywood Road, one of the most

desirable roads on the Four Oaks Estate.

Orchard Manor is an impressive family residence, offering

exceptional living accommodation and entertainment facilities.

The property benefits from underfloor heating and Luton home

automation.

The accommodation commences in the reception hallway. From

here the main entertainment areas together with the first-floor

accommodation can be accessed. The study, which looks out over

the front of the property, can be accessed from the reception hallway

and is an ideal place for working from home, as it is set apart from

the entertainment areas and provides a quiet haven that enables

productivity.

The double oak doors to the left of the reception hall lead to the

principal drawing room which spans the entire left side of the main

house.

Leading on from the garden room is the open plan kitchen/family/

breakfast room. This generous-sized space allows for modern family

living, with a stunning Clive Christian style statement luxury kitchen

area.

The master bedroom suite has a delightful view of the rear garden

and features a dedicated sitting area, as well as a spacious dressing

room and a large en suite bathroom. The guest bedroom suite has a

walk-in wardrobe and en suite bathroom, and there are two further

substantial bedrooms with en suite shower rooms.

The leisure complex situated on the lower ground floor provides the

ultimate area for relaxation and fun. The basement can be accessed

from the first-floor entertainment room as well as from the reception

hallway and consists of a highly modern leisure complex, complete

with heated swimming pool, whirlpool, steam room, sauna, and

home gym.

W E L O V E :

THE ABUNDANT LEISURE AND

ENTERTAINMENT FACILITIES

12


INTERIORS

Ship

shape

INJECT a touch of Mediterranean style into your home

with this season’s interiors take on coastal chic.

Like the first hit of heat when you step off the plane,

the coastal trend brings that yearned-for vacation vibe

to your home for SS19. It’s reminiscent of a holiday

hideaway nestled in a coastal fishing village, with a base

of cool whites and neutrals brought to life with bursts of

azure blue.

Relaxed, rustic, but oh so refined, the trend brings

sophistication to the coastal look with lanterns inspired

by traditional fishing nets and cushions decorated with

fresh updates on classic nautical prints.

Chic nautical stripes add a classic style element, while

seaside motifs bring a fresh, fun side to the look.

The holiday your home needs this season, the coastal

trend will help you create a living space you won’t need

an escape from.

OCEAN BLUE WAVES WALL ART

PRINT, £5, ABSTRACT HOUSE.

WWW.ABSTRACTHOUSE.COM

A BY AMARA KOS TABLE LAMP,

WWW.AMARA.COM

£96

£100

£120

A BY AMARA ROPE EFFECT GLASS BOWL,

WWW.AMARA.COM

FLEUR DE SEL BLUE LANTERN, BEAUMONDE.

WWW.BEAUMONDE.CO.UK

£99

£18

£35

NATURAL JUTE KNOT ROPE

DOORSTOP, GISELA GRAHAM.

WWW.GISELAGRAHAM.CO.UK

A BY AMARA THICK STRIPE TASSEL

CUSHION, WWW.AMARA.COM

LA ROCHELLE GLOBE LANTERN,

ANNABEL JAMES.

WWW.ANNABELJAMES.CO.UK

14


OUR NEW BROCHURE IS NOW AVAILABLE

P R E N T I C E

Quality Furniture

01827 287387

enquiry@prentice.co.uk

www.prentice.co.uk


£200

A BY AMARA TALL WICKER

WEAVE HURRICANE,

WWW.AMARA.COM

£198

CHRIS AGED BRASS BULKHEAD LIGHT,

DOWSING AND REYNOLDS.

WWW.DOWSINGANDREYNOLDS.COM

£22

£89.99

LIGHTING PENDANT LAMP SHADE

DUTCH BLAUW, MINDTHEGAP.

WWW.MINDTHEG.COM

£50

KIAN TABLE LAMP, DAR LIGHTING

GROUP. WWW.DARLIGHTING.CO.UK

DECORATIVE INDUSTRIAL

SAILBOAT, MARQUIS & DAWE.

WWW.MARQUISANDDAWE.CO.UK

£168

£155

TWEEDMILL MERINO WOOL REVERSIBLE

THROW, HURN & HURN.

WWW.HURNANDHURN.COM

£61.95

SILVER NICKEL WALL MIRROR WITH

ROPE HANGER, MELODY MAISON.

WWW.MELODYMAISON.CO.UK

BLOOMINGVILLE FISHERMAN’S

BAMBOO PENDANT LAMP, BEAUMONDE.

WWW.BEAUMONDE.CO.UK

TERRACE FLOOR LAMP,

DAR LIGHTING GROUP.

WWW.DARLIGHTING.CO.UK

£105

£75

TASSEL SINGLE GARDEN HAMMOCK,

BEAUMONDE. WWW.BEAUMONDE.CO.UK

MERFILUS RUG, £POA, RUG’SOCIETY AT

WWW.COVETHOUSE.EU

16


LEGEND MAGIC COLLECTION, £POA,

FROM COOKES FURNITURE.

WWW.COOKESFURNITURE.CO.UK

MEDITERRANEO ALGAU WALLPAPER

IN BLUE, £150, MIND THE GAP.

WWW.MINDTHEG.COM

LOIS LIGHT OAK THREE-SEAT CHAIR,

£664, AND SINGLE CHAIR, £419, DOBBIES.

WWW.DOBBIES.COM

RUSTIC METRO TILES, FROM £29.95 PER

SQ/M, WALLS AND FLOORS.

WWW.WALLSANDFLOORS.CO.UK


I N T E R I O R S

ALEXANDER AND JAMES JEAN MAXI SOFA, £POA,

COOKES FURNITURE. WWW.COOKESFURNITURE.CO.UK

Ahead of

the curve

IT’S time to employ a more shapely aesthetic to your

interior design scheme; that’s right - all things round

are pretty big news for SS19. Curvy tiles, curved sofas,

round dining tables – the circular shape will soften

all the straight edges of a room and give it a bit of a

feminine vibe.

It’s a bit of Art Deco influence coming into play and

probably a reaction to all the straight, hard lines of Mid-

Century modern which have dominated design trends in

recent years.

In a room that is boxy, a curved sofa will add an

interesting element. It will also add variety as well a

sense of softness to the overall scheme. Look out for

curved edges on your main furniture pieces, and opt for

rounded rather than angular design elements such as

mirrors and lighting

In an uncertain world, people are looking for soothing

organic shapes and curves in a room do feel that

bit more inviting. So if you’re after a relaxed vibe,

embracing the curves is the way to go.

£180

£120

HOUSE DOCTOR TWICE TABLE LAMP,

AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM

A BY AMARA ASYMMETRIC FRAMED

MIRROR, WWW.AMARA.COM

£22.50

£22

LOOP CANDELABRA, RED CANDY.

WWW.REDCANDY.CO.UK

SPHERICAL GLASS CANDLESTICK

HOLDER, AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM

18


SPECIALISTS IN FITTED, SLIDING AND WALK-IN WARDROBES

STOCKISTS OF HEPPLEWHITE

(A SUBSIDIARY OF HAMMONDS WARDROBES)

WE OFFER A FREE COMPREHENSIVE DESIGN

AND QUOTATION SERVICE INCLUDING A HD CAD

DRAWING AND A FULL BREAKDOWN QUOTATION.

414 BIRMINGHAM ROAD, WYLDE GREEN, SUTTON COLDFIELD B72 1YJ

0121 350 9555 · WWW.BEDROOMGALLERY.CO.UK

OPEN MONDAY - SATURDAY 10AM - 6PM. SUNDAY 11AM - 4PM


£POA

£POA

LIGNE ROSET BONNIE SOFA IN CORAL

PINK. WWW.LIGNE-ROSET.COM/UK

TOP BRASS MIRROR, LOAF.

WWW.LOAF.COM

£399

BESPOKE UPHOLSTERED CHAIR,

FROM RALVERN UPHOLSTERY, CANNOCK.

WWW.RALVERNUPHOLSTERY.CO.UK

£425

ETIENNE GLASS TOP CONSOLE TABLE,

ATKIN AND THYME.

WWW.ATKINANDTHYME.CO.UK

£89

£945

AYTM LARGE ROSE GOLD GLOBE

VASE, AMARA. WWW.AMARA.COM

CURVED CONSOLE TABLE, SHIMU.

WWW.SHIMU.CO.UK

WARDROBES BY HEPPLEWHITE, A

SUBSIDIARY OF HAMMONDS. AVAILABLE

FROM BEDROOM GALLERY, WYLDE GREEN,

SUTTON COLDFIELD.

WWW.BEDROOMGALLERY.CO.UK

20


Proud to be

a family run

business for

over 35 years

HOME IS WHERE THE WARMTH IS

“Fantastic

service and great

products. Thanks

Kieran”

Sam McD,

Whitaker Heath

tatlowcarpets

& flooring

Quality flooring at affordable prices

Abingdon, Adam’s, Associated Weavers, Axminster, Brintons, Brockways,

Cormar, Crucial Trading, Penthouse, Ulsters, Karndean & Project Floors

Free advice ✔ Free quotations ✔

Furniture moved ✔ Our own regular fitters ✔

Suppliers of: Contura, Jotul, Gazco, Paragon, Scan, Town

& Country Fires, ACR Heat Products and many more

Installers and suppliers of gas fires, bespoke limestone

surrounds, and gas and woodburning stoves, since 1981.

CREATE AN

IMPRESSION WITH

THE QUIRKY B RANGE

FROM ALTERNATIVE

FLOORING.

BESPOKE RUGS MADE

TO COMPLEMENT OR

CONTRAST.

Please see our website for further details www.tatlowcarpets.co.uk

Tel: 01543 264766

Open to the public. Mon-Fri: 9.00am - 5.00pm. Sat: 10.00am - 4.00pm

Unit 4, Europa Way, Britannia Enterprise Park, Lichfield, Staffs, WS14 9TZ

1/7 High Street, Erdington B23 6RG Next to Highclare School

Telephone: 0121 384 5251 - www.abbeyfirecentre.co.uk

Open: Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm (closed Wednesdays), Sat: 10am - 4pm

abbeyfirecentre

@abbeyfirecentre

abbeyfirecentreltd


TWO CURVED TOP WOODEN

TABLES, £350, COX & COX.

WWW.COXANDCOX.CO.UK

VERSAILLES CURVED LUXURY UPHOLSTERED

BED, £1,845, THE FRENCH BEDROOM CO.

WWW.FRENCHBEDROOMCOMPANY.CO.UK

GERTIE TWO-SEATER SOFA IN VINTAGE

PINK VELVET, £399, WWW.MADE.COM

CALLIGARIS COCO COLLECTION,

£POA, COOKES FURNITURE.

WWW.COOKESFURNITURE.CO.UK

GEMINI CHAIR, £POA,

COOKES FURNITURE.

WWW.COOKESFURNITURE.CO.UK

22


F E AT U R E

Treasure tales

THERE ARE TREASURES GALORE BEING UNCOVERED RIGHT IN THE CENTRE OF LICHFIELD -

THANKS TO A NEW SPECIALIST WEEKLY VALUATION BY RICHARD WINTERTON AUCTIONEERS

Imagine finding thousands of pounds

tucked away in the back of a dressing

table drawer or bedside cabinet.

An heirloom, a keepsake, that old

curiosity; whatever it is could be just

a trinket. Or it could be some serious

treasure…

Such a triumphant revelation may be

closer than you think – all you need to

do is speak to the right people.

Luckily, that expert advice is easily on

hand thanks to Lichfield’s Richard

Winterton Auctioneers.

The family firm – which has been

auctioneering in the city for seven

generations – has launched weekly

valuations specialising in jewellery and

watches right in the beating heart of

Lichfield city centre.

Between 10am and 4pm every Monday

(except Bank Holidays), gemmologists,

jewellery experts and watch specialists

will be upstairs at St Mary’s in the

Market Square giving free valuations,

advice and help uncovering the story

behind the treasure in hand.

The line-up will include gemmologist Heather

Callaway, vintage jewellery expert Louise Ludlam-

Snook and watch valuer Ben Winterton.

The regular event had a most auspicious start, too,

when on the very first Monday last month a woman

dropped in with a very special item…

It was a large single-stone diamond ring, the

transitional brilliant cut diamond measuring 9mm in

diameter and boasting a calculated weight of 2.67ct.

The ring’s shoulders are also set with diamonds

weighing 0.16ct.

Heather estimates the piece will fetch between

£10,000 and £12,000 at auction in the Fine and

Decorative Arts Sale on June 19.

A beautiful find in a fittingly beautiful space, St

Mary’s reopened at the end of last year following

a visionary £1.4m transformation which saw the

Grade II* listed building incorporate Lichfield

Library.

THE VERY FIRST VALUATION AT ST MARY’S UNCOVERED

THIS FABULOUS SINGLE-STONE 2.67CT DIAMOND RING,

WHICH IS ESTIMATED TO FETCH BETWEEN £10,000 AND

£12,000 AT AUCTION

In early 2019, a “perfect” partnership was

announced between Richard Winterton Auctioneers

and The Guild Of St Mary’s – a registered

charity – blending heritage, culture, education and

entertainment, reflecting the ethos of both.

As well as the free valuations and an ever-changing

Fine Arts display, plans are in the pipeline for a

special luxury sale at St Mary’s on July 15, with

proceeds going to the We Love Lichfield fund, a

charity for which Richard Winterton Auctioneers has

raised £3,000 in the past year.

“The new look St Mary’s is just stunning – the

moment I saw the redevelopment I was utterly

captivated. It is a lovely space and we are proud and

privileged to be a part of it,” said Richard Winterton.

As well as the Mondays at St Mary’s, free valuations

of jewellery, watches, antiques and all manner of

collectables are offered at The Lichfield Auction

Centre off Wood End Lane, Fradley Park, every

Tuesday between 9.30am-4pm. Call 01543 251081

or email office@richardwinterton.co.uk.

24


Richard Winterton Auctioneers has

presented another £1,000 to We Love

Lichfield, bringing the total raised so far in

just one year to £3,000.

The money has come from the family firm

auctioning off items donated to charity by

customers, and We Love Lichfield patron

Simon Price was recently presented with a

cheque by Richard Winterton at his Lichfield

Auction House. The Bargain Hunt regular

said he was delighted to have had We Love

Lichfield as one of his chosen charities for the

past year, and is committed to raising more

funds in the future.

“It’s a real privilege to be able to present

£1,000 to such an important fund which

helps so many small local voluntary-run

clubs and projects,” said Richard. “These

organisations are the life-blood of our

communities, doing so much good work, and

I thank the We Love Lichfield team for giving

up their time to help them.”

Richard Winterton Auctioneers have lots of

projects planned for 2019 to help raise more

for We Love Lichfield.

Simon Price, Patron of We Love Lichfield

said: “Richard and his team are fantastic

supporters of We Love Lichfield and of

the district. Everyone town, city or district

needs people and companies like Richard

Winterton who really care about where they

live and are able to make a difference. I’d

like to thank everyone involved for their

continued support which is heartwarming

and we are very much excited by their future

fundraising plans.”

We Love Lichfield is a local fund providing

small grants to a wide range of projects

across Lichfield district. All donations are

invested through a permanent endowment

fund by registered charity The Community

Foundation for Staffordshire. We Love

Lichfield considers all applications from local

groups and makes presentations to the

organisations chosen twice a year.

SIMON PRICE, PATRON OF WE LOVE

LICHFIELD, WITH AUCTIONEER

RICHARD WINTERTON

25


CO M P E T I T I O N

A taste of summer

THE BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW SUMMER RETURNS TO THE NEC BIRMINGHAM

FROM JUNE 13 TO 16 - AND YOU COULD WIN ONE OF FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS

The BBC Good Food Summer takes over the second

city for four fabulous days next month, packed with

the latest products and inspirational tips and advice

topped with a host of famous faces.

As well as hundreds of exhibitors, the show brings

a star-studded line-up of some of the country’s

favourite chefs, including Mary Berry, Tom Kerridge,

Nadiya Hussain, Ainsley Harriott and many more

who will all be cooking live on stage in the Big

Kitchen. With interviews, book signings and brand

new masterclasses galore, there will be plenty to keep

every foodie fan entertained.

Browse, shop and taste your way around an amazing

selection of hand-picked artisan producers and

well-known brands. From the latest and innovative

kitchen gadgets to the freshest seasonal produce and

exciting products, dive into a food lover’s paradise

and discover new delicious flavours just in time for

summer.

Tickets also include entry to BBC Gardeners’

World Live, where you can experience stunning

Show Gardens and pick up advice from top

gardening experts including Monty Don, Carol

MARY BERRY WILL BE RETURNING

TO THE NEC FOR BBC GOOD

FOOD SHOW SUMMER

Klein and Alan Titchmarsh.

It’s the ultimate summer day out for real food

and garden lovers – all in one ticket!

For information and ticket details, visit www.

bbcgoodfoodshow.com/birmingham-summer

The competition

J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW SUMMER AT THE NEC BIRMINGHAM TO

OFFER LUCKY READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN ONE OF FIVE PAIRS OF TICKETS TO THE SHOW.

FOR YOUR CHANCE TO WIN, SIMPLY ANSWER THE

FOLLOWING QUESTION:

Name a celebrity chef who will be appearing at this summer’s

BBC Good Food Show at the NEC Birmingham.

Send your answer, along with with your name, email address and postcode by email to competitions@jaimemagazine.com with BBC

Good Food Show Summer competition as the email subject. Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday, May 31, and our winners

will be notified by Wednesday, May 5.

Terms and conditions apply. The event runs from June 13-16, 2019, at the NEC Birmingham. Tickets only valid on Thursday, Friday

or Sunday; excludes Saturday admission. Prize includes 2 x entry passes – no travel, expenses or accommodation is provided.

Complimentary tickets do not include theatre seats in the Big Kitchen - Big Kitchen tickets are available to purchase on the day,

subject to availability. Not all celebrities appear on all days. Contact information will be supplied to third party who will distribute

winning tickets to you via email. The prize is for five pairs of general admission tickets, so there will be five winners. Prize cannot

be swapped for cash or sold on. Visit www.jaimemagazine.com for more details.

26


Refreshingly Different

Aluminium Bi Folding Doors

Visit our Stylish Showroom

11 Belwell Lane, Sutton Coldfield, B74 4AA - Tel: 0800 996 1241

Visit our fantastic website www.jmiwindows.co.uk - enquiries@jmiwindows.co.uk

Windows | Doors | Bi-Fold Doors | Garage Doors | Conservatories | Orangeries | Secondary Glazing | Window Repairs


F O O D & D R I N K

Go nuts for lamb

BBC GOOD FOOD SHOW SUMMER STAR AINSLEY HARRIOTT SHARES A SIMPLE YET

IMPRESSIVE DISH WITH JUST FIVE INGREDIENTS – PERFECT FOR A WEEKEND FAMILY FEAST

PISTACHIO NUT CRUST RACK OF LAMB

INGREDIENTS:

50g butter

50g shelled pistachio nuts

50g fresh white breadcrumbs

2 x 7-bone racks of lamb, each about 675g

2 teaspoons prepared English mustard

Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

METHOD:

Melt the butter in a small pan or in the

microwave. Place in a food processor with

the pistachio nuts and bread crumbs and

blitz until you have achieved fine crumbs.

Season to taste.

Place the racks of lamb on a chopping

board and, using a pastry brush, spread the

mustard thickly over the fat side of each

rack. Cover with the pistachio nut crust using

your hands press it down, moulding it over

the lamb. Arrange the lamb, coated side

up, on a baking sheet and chill for at least

30 minutes, or up to two hours, to allow the

crust to ‘set’. Remove from the fridge 10

minutes before cooking.

Preheat the oven to 200C/400F/Gas 6. Place

the racks of lamb in a small roasting tin and

roast for 20 minutes per 450 grams plus 20

minutes for pink lamb, or longer if you prefer

your meat well done. Remove the lamb from

the oven and set aside in a warm place to

rest for 10 to 15 minutes, then carefully carve

into chops and serve on warmed plates.

Serve with new potatoes and spring

vegetables or a green salad.

Original recipe taken from Ainsley

Harriott’s Just Five Ingredients, published

by BBC Books. Catch Ainsley at BBC Good

Food Show Summer on Saturday, June

15 when the show returns to the NEC

Birmingham.

28


Call 01543 505539

for a brochure

Our skilled craftsmen can create

any type of design, from ultra-modern

to classically traditional

As an alternative if you cannot part

with your existing suite, we offer

an exceptional re-upholstery

service that goes above and

beyond recovering your choice of

fabrics and leathers.

Tel: 01543 505539

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

May 2018

sales@ralvernupholstery.co.uk • www.ralvernupholstery.co.uk

Visit our website for a virtual tour of our showroom

57


F O O D & D R I N K

Opposites attract

ANCIENT PHILOSOPHIES MEET MODERN CULINARY CREATIONS FOR ONE OF BIRMINGHAM’S

NEWEST - AND MOST IMPRESSIVE - RESTAURANT OPENINGS, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS

When it comes to high-concept restaurants,

there’s always a worry that style takes

precedence over substance. And while

modern Chinese eatery Tattu - a new

addition to Birmingham’s business district -

certainly goes all-in with the design concept,

there’s certainly no shortage of substance to

back it up.

The 160-cover, split-level restaurant

occupies a charming space within the city’s

historic Grand development, and takes

its inspiration from the ancient Chinese

philosophy of Yin Yang.

The space itself is simply stunning, using

the concept of light versus dark to glorious

effect. The ground floor bar - which is also

home to the private dining room - embodies the

light and masculine Yang side of the concept, with

reflective gold finishes and temple-like rock creating

a warm and engaging space, perfect for enjoying a

cocktail or two before or after dining.

Venture downstairs into the main restaurant and

the mood shifts towards the dark, immersive Yin

side, where oriental fretwork cocoons cosy booths

and walls are lined with granite, while the stunning

centrepiece is the canopy of beautiful cherry blossom

trees, which perfectly encapsulate the more feminine

element of Yin.

Having already sampled the delights of Tattu’s

original Manchester venue, we couldn’t resist giving

Birmingham - the third and largest in the group - a

try.

The restaurant was already packed when we arrived,

certainly impressive for an early midweek evening,

and we were shown to one of the aforementioned

booths, a prime spot directly under the gorgeous

blossom.

We immediately decided to sample one of Tattu’s

signature cocktails while perusing the substantial

menu offerings; a refreshing and fragrant Apple

Blossom, £9, with gin, apple and jasmine for me,

and an impressive Elixir of Life, £10, for my guest,

a heady combination of gin, elderflower and vanilla,

complete with dry ice smoke to add a touch of

theatre.

The menu is separated into dim sum, small plates

and main dishes, as well as a selection of sides to

complete your meal, with each dish sounding more

mouth-watering than the last.

New season offerings include the rock shrimp and

scallop gau with cucumber and wasabi tobiko, £8,

on the dim sum menu, with small plates including

delicious red roast loin ribs with yellow bean,

kumquats and star anise, £10, and koi fish mini bao

with tempura cod, edamame mash and crispy sweet

potato, £8.

30


Joining the main dish selection is a lotus leaf miso

chicken with shiitake mushroom, pak choi and sticky

chilli rice, £19, and an all-new take on the perennial

favourite crispy aromatic duck pancakes, £20.

If you’re faced with a case of menu blindness, there

is also a selection of set offerings priced from £35

per person for the vegetarian option, right up to £98

per person for the Emperor’s Choice, which features

the likes of chilli and sesame roasted scallops, whole

lobster and Japanese black wagyu ribeye.

We decided to share a couple of selections from each

part of the menu, starting off with the mixed dim

sum basket, £12, and chicken truffle shumai, £7.50,

as well as a small plate of black cod croquettes, £9.

Service was slick and speedy, and our friendly

waitress was soon back with a tempting array of

bites. The mixed dim sum included the new rock

shrimp gau, as well as chicken xiao long bao and

the vivid red wagyu dumplings. These, our waitress

advised, pack a heady punch of sriracha hot sauce

so are best left until last so as not to overpower the

other, more delicate flavours.

Taking her advice, we got stuck into the chicken

truffle shumai, glorious little parcels packed with the

most flavoursome chicken and topped with freshly

shaved truffle, all sat in a salty soy broth. They were,

we agreed, little morsels of heaven.

The black cod croquettes were beautifully crisp, the

delicate cod filling nicely complemented by a chilli

garlic aioli which artistically adorned the plate, while

the dim sum basket offered up a trio of tasty treats,

the wagyu dumplings a particular highlight.

There was just time for a couple more cocktails

before the main event, a gorgeous Cherry Blossom

Negroni, £10, for me and a heady From China with

Love, £10, a take on a classic martini flavoured with

blood orange, for my guest.

We’d opted for two of Tattu’s signature dishes;

the wonderfully tender caramel soy beef fillet

with asparagus and shiitake, £30, and the saffron

black cod, £30.50, as well as side

dishes of XO fried rice, £7, and

the tenderstem broccoli with black

sesame and truffle, £5, which is

another new menu addition.

The beef, thinly sliced and cooked

a perfect medium-rare, was melt-inthe-mouth

stuff, with the sweet-salty

caramel soy dipping sauce offering

a glorious balance - there’s that

Yin Yang element coming into play

again.

But it was the delicately sweet black

cod with miso, razor clams and

Chinese sausage which proved to

be the highlight of the two, a plate

which was as pleasing on the eye as

it was on the palate, adorned with tiny edible flowers

and offering an explosion of tantalising tastes.

The XO rice, studded with shrimp, scallop and

pancetta was a flavoursome accompaniment - and

a deceptively generous portion. But it was the black

sesame and truffle paste paired with the lightly

crunchy broccoli which offered the biggest surprise -

this was broccoli better than broccoli has ever tasted

before.

With the superlative savoury offerings, we were

almost sorry to be moving onto dessert. And while

there are a couple of sweet showstoppers, we

decided on a couple of the more traditional affairs.

The crispy, chocolate-filled dessert wontons with a

selection of dips, £8, were just enough to curb the

sweet cravings, as were the fortune cookies with ice

cream and sorbets, £7.

I cracked open a delicately crisp cookie to reveal

perhaps the most pertinent words I’ve ever seen in

such circumstances.

‘When hungry, order more dim sum’. And next time

yes, I most certainly will. After all, who am I to argue

with the ancient Chinese wisdom of the fortune

cookie? Just make mine a chicken truffle shumai.

31


F O O D & D R I N K

Cocktail of the month

JULIETTE KEY, FROM LE RÊVE COCKTAIL BAR IN LICHFIELD, SERVES UP A

REFRESHING GIN COCKTAIL, PERFECT FOR AL FRESCO SIPPING

Thyme for Gin

37.5ml Gin

12.5ml limoncello

12.5ml sugar syrup

12.5ml lemon juice

1 sprig of thyme

Bottle of tonic water

Muddle the thyme and

the sugar syrup in your

cocktail shaker then add

all the ingredients except

the tonic water. Shake

over cubed ice and strain

into a tall glass. Top

off with your favourite

tonic water and enjoy!

Best served with a sprig

of thyme and a lemon

wedge, and enjoyed

outside!

32


Creating beautiful

cutlery, silverware

and gifts has been our

passion since 1902.

Huge savings on high street,

retail and online prices.

You won’t find this

anywhere else

SAVE AN

EXTRA

10% WITH

THIS

ADVERT

Present in store.

Terms and Conditions Apply

THE UK’S

LARGEST

CUTLERY, TABLEWARE

AND GIFT STORE

FREE PARKING

OPENING HOURS:

MONDAY - FRIDAY 9:30AM - 4:30PM

SATURDAY - 10AM - 4PM

SUNDAY - CLOSED

ARTHUR PRICE,

BRITANNIA WAY,

LICHFIELD

WS14 9UY

01543 267324

ARTHURPRICEINLICHFIELD.CO.UK

Proud

supporters of

BRITISH CRAFTSMANSHIP

Please be aware that the shop is located on

the first floor via a staircase. If access is an

issue we have a ground floor room available

where products can be brought down for

viewing by our dedicated customer

service team.


F O O D & D R I N K

Let the fun be-gin

THE GINTLEMAN, THE MIDLANDS’ LEADING GIN RACONTEUR AT HOUSE PARTIES AND VENUES

THROUGHOUT BIRMINGHAM, SHARES HIS THOUGHTS ON THE SECOND CITY’S IMPACT ON THE

CURRENT ‘GINNAISSANCE’ AS PART OF OUR NEW COLUMN ON THE LATEST GIN TRENDS

Birmingham has long been at the forefront of gin.

The city’s Langley Distillery have been producing

third party high street brands for generations, and

10 years ago this month I created The Jekyll & Hyde

bar on Steelhouse Lane, at the time the country’s

first dedicated gin bar which had a mind-blowing

30 gins - today an average home collection for the

serious gin connoisseur. Added to this, 40 St Paul’s

in the Jewellery Quarter received the accolade of

World’s Best Gin Bar earlier this year.

In March, Birmingham’s very own working gin

distillery - aptly called The Distillery and based a

short walk from Brindleyplace and The Barclaycard

Arena - starting producing the city centre’s first

commercial gin. Roundhouse Gin is inspired by its

location adjacent to the 19th century Grade II listed

stable and stores of the same name, and celebrates

Birmingham’s industrial past.

Currently available at selected bars across the city as

well as to buy direct from the distillery, Roundhouse

Gin is made in an impressive copper pot still. As well

as producing their small batch gin and bottling on

site, the distillery now also offers guests a bespoke

gin-making experience.

With prices starting at £100 per person running

Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoon, visitors

are taken on a journey, first touching on the history

of gin. Following this, an in depth look into the

world of distilling, which includes a breakdown of a

wide range of botanicals and their flavour profiles;

leading to a supervised demonstration in the art

of distilling using a custom recipe unique to each

individual. As newly skilled distillers, each guest is

then able to hand label and seal their own creations

to take away.

The gin school makes for a fantastic day out for the

gin fan, team building or client networking. The

experience typically lasts around two hours with

regular gin and tonic top-ups included in the price.

For further details contact The Distillery on 0121

200 2223 or visit thedistillerybirmingham.

co.uk and fill out a booking application.

The competition

AS PART OF ITS LAUNCH WE’RE OFFERING

LUCKY READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN ONE

OF TWO COMPLIMENTARY PLACES ON

THE COURSE BY ASKING YOU WHICH GIN

BOTANICAL INGREDIENT WOULD YOU LIKE TO

SEE IN YOUR OWN GIN BLEND.

REPLY TO OUR TWITTER OR FACEBOOK

PAGE @JAIMEMAGAZINE OR SEND

YOUR ANSWER VIA EMAIL TO

COMPETITIONS@JAIMEMAGAZINE.COM.

ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 5PM ON

FRIDAY, MAY 31. TERMS AND CONDITIONS

APPLY. SEE WWW.JAIMEMAGAZINE.COM FOR

FURTHER DETAILS.

34


Summer Special Events

Summer Special Events

Spring Flower

Arranging Demos

Tuesday 7th &

Wednesday 8th May

Includes a flower arranging

demonstration and a three

course carvery lunch

Senior

Summer Lunch

Wednesday 31st July

A delicious three course lunch

with entertainment from our

vintage singer

Afternoon Tea

With the Legends

Sunday 30th June

Songs from your favourite

musical legends including Elvis,

Frank Sinatra, Elton John to

name a few with our live choir

Afternoon Tea

At The Movies

Sunday 22nd September

Songs from your favourite

Movies with our live choir

Afternoon Tea

at the Musicals

Sunday 12th May

Songs from your favourite

musicals with our live choir

Ascot Ladies’

Day Lunch

Thursday 20th June

Lunch followed by an afternoon at

the races courtesy of big screens

Bob Marley

Tribute Evening

Friday 23rd August

Enjoy a delicious three course

meal and entertainment

Party Night

with Disco

Friday 14th June

Enjoy a delicious three course

meal and disco until 12am

Afternoon Tea

of Disney Classics

Sunday 18th August

Songs from your favourite

Disney films with our live choir

Only Fools &

Three Courses

Friday 13th September

Great food and comedy action

served up Only Fools style

Visit our website to view all events and to book online

Visit our website to view all events and to book online

Bird Street, Lichfield, WS13 6PR

01543 414822 www.thegeorgelichfield.co.uk

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

0121 308 3751 www.moorhallhotel.co.uk

POP UP MICHELIN STAR FINE DINING IN LICHFIELD

WITH SIMON HULSTONE | THE ELEPHANT IN TORQUAY

Sample Simon’s highly acclaimed cooking without leaving Lichfield!

SIMON HULSTONE

CHEF PATRON,

1 MICHELIN STAR THE

ELEPHANT IN TORQUAY

20 MAY 19 | 6 COURSE

TASTING MENU | £85 +VAT

THE BARN AT LICHFIELD

Walsall Rd, Lichfield WS13 8JL

Experience for yourself why

Simon has retained his Michelin

star for 14 years in the relexed

setting of The Barn at Lichfield.

@saucesupperclub

@saucesupperclub

www.saucesupperclub.co.uk


F O O D & D R I N K

Look on the light side

PETE HAW, MANAGER OF INDULGENCE WINE & CHOCOLATE SHOP AT BARTON

MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT SOME LIGHTER WINES, PERFECT FOR SUMMER SIPPING

Has spring sprung? Well we’re feeling optimistic down at the Marina and this month we are tucking into

these delightful, aromatic wines, perfect for getting you in the mood for warmer weather and sunny skies.

POESIE SOAVE, VENETO

To begin with we have a white from Catine di Soave,

situated in the heart of Soave. The company was set up by

a group of wine producers in 1900 and now is one of the

largest independent wine companies in Italy.

The Soave region is in the northeast of Italy surrounds the

city of Verona. The landscape consists of sloping hills and

being a noticeably cooler area of Italy, it is perfect for the

production of these light, aromatic and delicate whites.

Made from 100% Garganega, the traditional white grape

of the area, this Soave is a classic example of this style;

light straw in colour, with fresh zesty notes and a floral

bouquet. The finish is mouth-watering and clean, with a

touch of almonds on the finish.

An absolute treat with fresh seafood and lighter pasta

dishes.

BRANCIFORTI DEI BORDONARO, GRILLO,

SICILY

Grillo is the main white grape variety of Sicily and

responsible for some of the most aromatic and delicate

wines of the Island. Producer Casa Vinicola Firriato, is

a relative newcomer to the Sicilian wine scene and crafts

innovative and exciting wines from the traditional grape

varieties.

Traditionally from the west of the Island, Grillo is a

variety that is able to withstand the high temperatures

of Sicily. This superb example is straw yellow in colour

with greenish hues. Displaying an array of fresh, clean

citrus aromas and delicate floral notes, on the palate there

is an enveloping texture that is persistent all the way to a

pleasant finish.

This wine is a must with seafood, especially shellfish such

as shrimp, calamari and mussels.

36


PASSO DEL BRICCO, PATRIZI, PIEMONT

Hailing from Barolo territory this superb, light red blend

is perfect for the warmer evenings in the garden. From

producer Patrizi, a family owned wine producer based

in Piedmont in the Northwest of Italy. Founded by the

Manfredi family in the 1930s, their wines are steeped in

tradition. During the second world war they delivered

their wine via horse drawn carriage to further the business

and ensure a constant supply.

The blend consists on 40% Nebbiolo, 40% Dolcetto and

20% Barbera, the three most noble red grape varieties of

Piedmont, Nebbiolo being the most noble and famous for

the mighty wines of Barolo. A thick-skinned grape that

produces uniquely floral red wine.

Piedmont sits in the shadow of the Alps and is one of

the cooler wine-making regions of Italy, ideal conditions

for the production of lighter, delicate reds. In this blend

Nebbiolo brings cherry and floral tones, whereas the

Dolcetto and Barbera add more red fruit.

An ideal accompaniment to game dishes and not to be

missed alongside a wedge of Castelmagno, a mature hard

cheese from the region.

BORGO MAGREDO PINOT NERO, FRUILI

Pinot Nero is the Italian synonym for the iconic Pinot

Noir grape, and is widely regarded as the most elegant red

variety. This fine example comes from vines that are 20-25

years old in the cool region of Fruili – Venezia Giulia.

Fruili is penned in by the Dolomite mountains and the

Adriatic sea and is notorious for producing varietal wines

from local and international varieties.

Borgo Magredo was founded in 1989 and boasts an array

of modern and technical wine making facilities, regularly

experimenting with local and international varieties,

crafting wines in a modern new world style.

Pinot Nero is a thin-skinned red grape that produces wines

with light body and super smooth tannins. A perfect red

for warmer weather, this is light, juicy and floral. On the

nose it is distinctively aromatic and perfumed with notes

of red berries and cherry. The palate is soft and round,

making this wine an amazingly versatile food wine that

can be paired with anything from lamb to fish, as well as

dishes with a spicier edge.

All wines available in store from Indulgence Wine & Chocolate Shop on Barton Marina,

which also offers a ‘click and collect’ service online. Visit www.indulgenceshop.co.uk.

37


F O O D & D R I N K

Brewed to perfection

BIRMINGHAM’S DIG BREW BREWERY HAS BOOSTED ITS GLOBAL AMBITIONS AFTER WINNING

A COMPETITION TO FIND THE BEST UP-AND-COMING CRAFT BEER BREWERS IN THE COUNTRY

Digbeth craft brewery Dig Brew has been invited

to brew three new beers on a commercial scale for

70,000 people at a leading Belgian brewery as one of

the four winners of this year’s Raise the Bar award.

The prize also includes an invitation for the Dig

Brew to showcase its beers at some of the UK’s

leading craft beer festivals in Edinburgh, Bristol,

Birmingham and London.

The competition, run by craft beer festival organisers

We are Beer in association with the UK-leading

craft beer subscription service, Beer 52, was open

to breweries that are less than two years old and

attracted more than 65 entries.

Dig Brew entered a lager, stout, fruited sour,

bitter, IPA, double IPA, session pale ale and a sour

fruit smoothie beer for tasting, from which the

judges singled out the lager (called Hell), double

IPA (Dagger Dagger) and the sour fruit smoothie

(California) as winners.

Greg Wells, We are Beer founder and one of the

judges, said: “Consistently nailing hop-forward

pales and IPAs as well as roasting stouts, Dig Brew’s

branding isn’t the only thing putting them in the

same league as some of the US’s great brewers.”

The other members of the judging panel were beer

writer and photographer Matthew Curtis, British

Guild of Beer Writers Brewer of the Year and Wild

Card Brewery head brewer Jaega Wise, Earth Station

brewery founder Jenn Merrick, and Beer 52 buyer

Callum Stewart.

Dig Brew will travel to the world-renowned

Brouwerij De Proef - home of the likes of Mikkeller

and Omnipollo - in Belgium this month to

collaborate in the creation of three beers that will be

delivered to all 70,000 of Beer 52’s UK subscribers.

It will also showcase its beers at several craft beer

festivals around the UK - including Beer Central

England in Birmingham from July 5-6.

Oliver Webb, who founded Dig Brew with the

support of Peter Towler of Mad O’Rourke’s Pie

Factory in Tipton last year, said: “This award is

thrilling news as we look to establish ourselves within

the craft beer movement and export our beers

worldwide. Credit goes to our brewing team.

“Working with De Proef will result in a guaranteed

210,000 of our beers being drunk across the UK,

while participating in some of Britain’s biggest craft

festivals will bring our beers to the attention of

buyers from across the globe.”

Dig Brew brews and distributes a constantly

changing range of seasonal lagers, stouts, sours and

pale ales to pubs, bars and off licences nationally

from its converted industrial premises. Open to the

public on Fridays from 4pm and Saturdays from

12pm, it also runs a pizzeria on the premises, as well

as a bar, and organises a regular programme of food,

drink, music and art-based events.

Tickets for the Birmingham craft beer festival are

now on sale at beercentralfestival.com and The Dig

Brew Co can be found on Instagram @digbrewco

DIG BREW’S HELL LAGER

38


THE BENCH

FRI 10 MAY

COMING

THIS MAY

The

Boat Inn

EXCALIBOW

SAT 11 MAY

HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES

FRI 24 MAY

DINOSAUR WORLD LIVE

THUR 30 FRI 31 MAY

Michelin recommended

Liam has won numerous awards including the most recent award in 2019 of

‘Newcomer of the Year’ at the Estrella Top 50 Gastropub Awards.

He has been awarded‘Best Chef’ at the Midlands Food, Drink &

Hospitality Awards, beating the likes of Sat Bains, Aktar Islam, and Andy

Waters to name a few, as well as picking up ‘Best Independent Restaurant’

by the Taste of Staffordshire Awards in 2018.

Formerly of Marcus Wareing at The Berkeley and Restaurant Story Liam

has worked in some of the UK’s most prestigious kitchens.

This year he and his team are offering a number of new offers at The Boat!

· NEW BEER GARDEN & MENU · CHEF COLLABORATIONS

EVERY MONTH · AFTERNOON TEAS ON REQUEST

· NETWORKING LUNCHES FIRST WEDNESDAY OF THE MONTH

Chef Collaboration Event with Liam and the Kitchen Team

MON 20TH MAY - Rob Palmer from Michelin starred ‘Peels’

restaurant will be joining Liam for a collaboration evening.

See local press and our website for information

Call for details - 01543 361692 - Open Wednesday - Sunday

www.theboatinnlichfield.com · Walsall Road, Lichfield WS14 0BU

W I N E , C H O C O L A T E , C O F F E E A N D G E L A T O

• Italian Wines • Enomatic Wine Tasting Machine

• Irresistible Italian Chocolates

• The Perfect Italian Coffee with a Chocolate or Pastry

• Italian Gelato…need we say more

• Italian Craft Beers, Liqueurs, Gins

and more…

Barton Marina Burton upon Trent DE13 8AS 01283 716 062 www.indulgenceshop.co.uk


H E A LT H

Introducing the TRX Suspension trainer

WITH THE WARMER WEATHER FAST APPROACHING, NOW IS THE TIME WHERE PEOPLE ARE FLOCKING TO THE GYM

IN A LAST DITCH ATTEMPT TO GET FIT FOR THE SUMMER. HERE LICHFIELD PERSONAL TRAINER RAÚL ROMERO

TELLS US HOW THE TRX SUSPENSION TRAINER CAN HELP YOU ACHIEVE YOUR SUMMER FITNESS GOALS

I’ve been working in the fitness industry for more

than 20 years, and year after year I see the same

pattern emerge after the Easter holidays. Herds of

people flock back to their gyms and fitness centres in

a last ditch attempt to achieve their fitness and body

goals in time for the summer.

This year, we have eight weeks left until the summer

season officially hits us, which yes, is enough time to

make positive, noticeable changes… if you make a

good plan and start NOW!

There are a whole array of different exercises, sports,

fitness sessions and classes to choose from to help us

achieve our goals. My personal favourite and the one

piece of equipment I would always recommend to

my clients for a full body workout is the TRX.

So what is TRX?

Quite simply, it is a lightweight, versatile, ‘rope’

like piece of equipment that you can use alongside

your own body weight to develop strength, balance,

flexibility and core stability simultaneously.

Why do I recommend the TRX to my clients?

• It is super versatile! It is simply one, lightweight,

easily portable piece of equipment that can be

taken with you wherever you go, and the only thing

it requires is somewhere to hang it from, and most

importantly, your own body weight.

• You can use it pretty much anywhere.

• It doesn’t cost the earth (anywhere from £100 -

£200 depending on the model).

• It will last forever!

• It is suitable for ALL fitness levels.

• There are countless studies that show that

suspension training is highly effective at working

and improving strength, stamina, power, flexibility

and balance.

• It also helps build a solid core.

• You can achieve a FULL body workout in a very

short space of time - a 20-30 minute blast is super

effective.

• The huge range of exercises that you can do

with the TRX is staggering. There is never a dull

moment or chance for boredom to set in with the

variety of exercises that can be done with the TRX.

Sound interesting? The great news is that the TRX

suspension trainer is readily available all over the

world. The only word of warning to take note of

when buying the TRX is to ensure it is genuine in

order to guarantee it’s safety.

Once you are set with your TRX, here are three

great exercises to start with:

40


TRX Squat and Row

This combination of a squat and a row is brilliant for

working your back and leg muscles simultaneously, and,

as the cherry on top, also incorporates cardio into your

workout to burn even more calories.

It’s key for ensuring you have correct posture, and the

intensity can easily be modified by moving your feet

closer or further away from the anchor point.

How to do it: With the suspension trainer shortened,

stand facing the anchor point. Grab the TRX handles

with an overhand grip and turn your hands so your

thumbs are facing the ceiling. Bend your elbows to 90

degrees so the handles are at your rib cage and keep

your body straight and planked. Keeping hold of the

handles the whole time, slowly straighten your arms to

lower your body into a squat and return to the start by

bending the elbows. You can start working in sets of

10-15 repetitions or an interval of time (30-45 seconds).

TRX Lunge

The TRX lunge is a single-leg bodyweight exercise

that works your hips, glutes, quads, hamstrings, core,

and inner thighs. Lunges can help you develop lowerbody

strength and endurance and, unlike squats, they

are highly effective at evening out muscle imbalances.

How to do it: To start, place one foot in both of the

TRX straps. Press down to put tension on the straps.

Make sure you’re far enough from the origin of the

straps so that you are able to bend your front knee to a

90-degree angle. Keep your weight towards the front

leg during the entire movement.

You can start working in sets of 10-15 repetitions for

each leg or an interval of time (30-45 seconds).

TRX Plank

This is one of the most basic, ‘bread and butter’

exercises for working on the stomach area and building

up a strong core. The more it is done, it will also, in

time help you to perform all other exercises better.

How to do it: With the straps in a long length

position, begin by placing your feet into the cradles,

then lie on your front facing away from the anchor

point. Drive the heels back into the handles, squeeze

the calves, quads, glutes, hamstrings and core, and

press into a perfectly flat plank. You can start by

working in sets of 30-45 seconds.

For more information or advice on using the TRX,

or to book onto a TRX session at the Ambition

PT studio in the centre of Lichfield (suitable for all

fitness levels), contact Raúl at raul@ambitionpt.

co.uk or visit www.ambitionpt.co.uk

41


F E AT U R E

Hanging by a thread

JACK REGAN, A CREATIVE AT TITAN. THE ADVERTISING AGENCY

IN BIRMINGHAM INDULGES IN A SPOT OF ROGUE PLAY...

I’m hot, I’m sweating, I’m

gasping desperate for breath as

I tear off my skintight clothes.

My limbs are wrapped in sexy

silk sheets and I’m going to

have admit that, yes, that’s my

mother-in-law tangled up in the

scarlet bed linen beside me.

I keep asking myself, how the

hell did it come to this? What

lifestyle choices did I make that

were reckless enough to bring

us to this bizarre juncture?

Looks compromising, I know

but, tsk, tsk, tut, tut, settle down

at the back of the class there,

Mary Whitehouse! I’d caution

you to not judge me too hastily. Or harshly!

For the record, I’d like it noted that my motherin-law

and I enjoy a purely platonic relationship

(a sentence I never dreamed I’d need to compose,

even in a long writing career as thoroughly

undistinguished as mine).

You ought to be ashamed of your thoughts, frankly,

but let me fish your minds out of the gutter and focus

you back to the silk sheets, if I may.

I’m with my mother-in-law doing an aerial circus

skills class at Rogue Play Theatre (ignore the

name please!) and we’re being schooled in the

extraordinarily torturous pursuit of silk climbing.

To put you in the picture, Rogue Play is in a Digbeth

warehouse with these gorgeous thick silken sheets

cascading all the way down from the ceiling. This

class will instruct us in how to climb, hang and pose

in ever more extraordinary positions in midair, while

holding onto these sheets.

The name of the game here is elegance and grace.

And anyone who knows me from the late night

kebab shops, shebeens and flophouses of the Greater

Glasgow area will surely bear witness to my endless

elegance and grace.

By manipulating the silks and maneuvering the body

and limbs in various ways, one is able to cultivate

some extraordinarily beautiful postures and poses

while suspended often high above the ground by the

shimmering cloth.

It’s dramatic, athletic and, when executed properly,

an exquisitely, gloriously balletic thing to see and to

partake in.

“We teach people how to hang upside down in a

variety of different ways”, laughs Kim Charnock,

Rogue Play’s artistic director.

“Our mission is to engage people in what is a

completely new physical art form in the Midlands.

And we bring some of the world’s greatest circus

performers from all over the globe to teach people in

Birmingham skills in silks, ropes and trapeze.”

Which is a beautiful notion and there won’t be a

kale-munchin’, yoga-lovin’ snowflake anywhere to

whom it isn’t eternally appealing but I’m currently

being Stretch Armstronged and half nelsoned

backwards while seven feet in the air and have about

a hectare and a half of silk fabric remorselessly

wedgying its way up the crack of my backside.

It is true agony. Somewhere far north of the

excruciation of childbirth, I’d wager.

And I am wearing full lycra. That’s right, like a

superhero. Or a Kardashian.

42


Jean Lamb Wealth Consultancy

My offices are situated in the historic city of Lichfield and I have been providing personal

wealth management advice to my clients for more

than 25 years.

I specialise in the following key areas

and welcome your enquiry:

• Investment Planning

• InheritanceTax and Estate Planning

• Pre and Post-Retirement Planning

• Care Fees Planning and Funding for Care

Telephone: 01543 417342

Website: www.jeanlamb.co.uk

Email: jean.lamb@sjpp.co.uk

Office: 6A Market Street, Lichfield, WS13 6LH

07815 460786

01827 892952

Jean Lamb Wealth Consultancy is an Appointed Representative of and represents only St. James’s Place Wealth Management Plc (which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority)

for the purpose of advising solely on the Group’s wealth management products and services, more details of which are set out on the Group’s website www.sjp.co.uk/products.

Problems

Hand Problems

Be Your Own Hand Detective

Hand Problems

Be Your Own Hand Detective

Do Do you you feel feel symptoms of of pain, clicking, numbness or or tingling in in your your hands?

Hand

Be Your Own

Detective

Hand Do Have you you feel symptoms any of pain, clicking, numbness or or tingling in your hands?

Have you noticed any signs of hand lumps, swellings, or muscle wasting?

Do you feel symptoms of pain, clicking, Have numbness or tingling in your hands?

If you answered you noticed yes to any any of the above, signs you of may hand be suffering lumps, from hand swellings, condition and or should muscle seek medical wasting? attention.

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be suffering from a hand condition and should seek medical attention.

Have you noticed any signs of hand lumps, swellings, or muscle wasting?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be suffering from a hand condition and should seek medical attention.

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may Common be suffering from Hand a hand Conditions condition and should seek medical attention.

Common Hand Conditions

Carpal Tunnel – Common symptoms include tingling and

Common Hand Conditions Common Carpal Tunnel – Hand Common Conditions

symptoms include tingling and

numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger, with occasional

numbness

s of pain, clicking, or tingling in your hands?

thumb muscle in the wasting. thumb, index and middle finger, with occasional

Carpal Tunnel – Common symptoms include tingling Carpal

thumb and Tunnel

muscle numbness wasting.

– Common in the symptoms thumb, include index and tingling middle and

finger, with occasional thumb muscle wasting. numbness Trigger in Finger the thumb, – Signs index of finger and middle locking finger, and clicking with occasional

thumb Trigger are muscle seen Finger - the wasting. – finger Signs may of finger flick up locking from a and bent clicking position.

Trigger Finger – Signs of finger locking and clicking are are seen seen - the - finger the finger may flick may up flick from up a bent from position. a bent

Midland Hand Clinic lead by

Trigger Dupuytren’s Finger – Contracture Signs of finger - A locking thickening and of clicking skin in the palm and

position.

Mr G Shyamalan FRCS NHS

consultant hand surgeon.

y signs of hand lumps, swellings, or muscle wasting?

fingers are experienced, along with a fixed bending of the fingers

Midland Hand Clinic lead by

are Dupuytren’s seen - the finger Contracture may flick - A up thickening from a bent of skin position.

the palm and

Dupuytren’s Contracture - A thickening of skin in the meaning palm hands fingers cannot be is placed experienced, comfortably along flat on with a table.

Mr G Shyamalan FRCS NHS

fingers are experienced, along with a fixed bending of the a fingers

Midland consultant Hand hand Clinic surgeon. lead by

ache struggle around to the open thumb tight jars. base, The which thumb may position mean may sufferers change.

above, mean you sufferers may struggle be to open suffering tight jars. The from thumb position a hand may change. condition and should seek medical

Ask or you us about are self-paying.

Arthritis of the Thumb – Signs include a general dull

attention.

our funding

tions

Dupuytren’s

fixed bending of the fingers meaning hands cannot meaning be Arthritis placed hands Contracture

of comfortably cannot be placed - A thickening

the Thumb – flat Signs on comfortably of skin

include table. flat in on the a table. palm and

fingers are experienced, along with a fixed bending a general of dull the fingers

ache around the thumb base, which may mean sufferers

Arthritis of the Thumb – Signs include a general meaning Arthritis dull ache hands of around the cannot Thumb the be thumb – placed Signs comfortably base, include which a general flat may on dull a table.

struggle to open tight jars. The thumb position may change.

ache If around you detect the thumb any signs base, or which symptoms may mean of a hand sufferers

If you detect any signs or symptoms of a hand struggle condition, let let the the Midland Midland

If you detect to open any tight signs jars. The or symptoms thumb Hand Clinic position of

help

a may hand

you change.

Hand Clinic help you to reach the correct diagnosis to reach and the receive correct diagnosis the right and treatment! receive

condition, let the Midland Hand Clinic help you

If the right treatment!

to you reach detect the any correct signs diagnosis or symptoms and receive of a hand

condition, the right treatment! let the Midland Hand Clinic help you

to reach the correct diagnosis and receive

Consultations at;- Spire Little Aston, Little Aston Hall Dr,

the right treatment!

include tingling and

ddle finger, with occasional

Hand Problems

Be Your Own Hand Detective

07815 460786

07815 01827 892952 460786

01827 892952

07815 460786

01827 892952

Do you feel symptoms of pain, clicking, numbness or tingling in your hands?

Have you noticed any signs of hand lumps, swellings, or muscle wasting?

If you answered yes to any of the above, you may be suffering from a hand condition and should seek medical attention.

Common Hand Conditions

Carpal Tunnel – Common symptoms include tingling and

numbness in the thumb, index and middle finger, with occasional

thumb muscle wasting.

Trigger Finger – Signs of finger locking and clicking

are seen - the finger may flick up from a bent position.

Dupuytren’s Contracture - A thickening of skin in the palm and

fingers are experienced, along with a fixed bending of the fingers

meaning hands cannot be placed comfortably flat on a table.

Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands B74 3UP

Arthritis of the Thumb – Signs include a general dull

ache around the thumb base, which may mean sufferers

ight jars. The thumb position may change.

07815 460786

01827 892952

All Mr patients G Shyamalan welcome whether FRCS NHS

you have private medical insurance

consultant All patients welcome hand surgeon. whether

or you you have are self-paying. private medical insurance

All patients welcome whether

you have private medical insurance

prices

Ask us

for

about

minor

our

hand surgery.

or you are self-paying. funding

prices for minor hand surgery.

Hand Ask us Clinic about PA: our Pam self funding Dziubany

Email: prices Hand

pdziubany@hotmail.com

for Clinic minor PA: hand Pam surgery. Dziubany

Call:

Email:

07815

pdziubany@hotmail.com

460786 - 01827 892952

www.midlandhandclinic.com

Hand

Call: 07815

Clinic

460786

PA: Pam

-

Dziubany

01827 892952

Email:

www.midlandhandclinic.com

pdziubany@hotmail.com

Call: 07815 460786 - 01827 892952

www.midlandhandclinic.com

Midland Hand Clinic lead by

Mr G Shyamalan FRCS NHS

consultant hand surgeon.

All patients welcome whether

you have private medical insurance

or you are self-paying.

Ask us about our self funding

prices for minor hand surgery.

am Dziubany

25/02/2019 09:55


Mother-in-law loudly mansplains up from back down

at ground level that it hurts to these levels because

the silk is digging so viciously into my copious back

fat.

“It’s the BACK FAT, JACK!!!” she bellows.

Which is a low blow, though I thank her for her

encouragement.

I soldier on, for I am not one for the complaining.

The charming sadist, Kim, then instructs us to

use the full might of our core muscles and of the

silk’s strength to simultaneously flip and pirouette

ourselves completely upright. FGFS! And to end the

move with a flourish by nonchalantly pointing our

toes to the floor and one hand to the heavens above.

I cast my gaze across to see Carole, my mother-inlaw,

doing exactly as she’s been bid. And she looks,

for all the world, like an exquisitely poised prima

ballerina. And it is breathtaking.

While I look like a mugger. Mid forcible arrest. A

tangle of violent limbs and volcanic expletives. And

did I mention that this was painful? And humiliating?

To heap on the misery I should point out that my

mother-in-law is no longer in the first flush of youth.

And yet she is Marvel Comics wondrous in her core

strength and fitness. Whereas I am not.

As this class goes on I’m becoming ever stronger in

my belief that the human body and limbs are not

designed to be woven and croché stitched around

each other, but the incandescent joy on the faces of

others in the class makes a constant mockery of me.

During the class I see people (abnormally

abdominally blessed people, I’ll concede) roll

themselves UP a silk. Yes UP! Actually, let’s stop a

second to appreciate just how extraordinarily difficult

that must be.

I’d like you to put down this mag, lie on the floor and

then roll yourself from one side of the room to the

other.

What’s that? You’re on the bus, you say? Never mind,

tell the other passengers to make some room for you

- this is bloody important!

Now roll yourself back. That’s it. Right, now how

do you feel? Face flushed? Bit out of puff? B&H stub

stuck to your blouse from the bus floor? Wanna do

it again?! Alright, calm down, it’s not a creche we’re

operating here! Was only joking.

My point is that that little exertion should illustrate

how demonically difficult and shattering it must be

to roll oneself UP a silk rope. Yet roll UP the silk is

exactly what some of my classmates are doing.

So the experienced participants in this room are

genuine champions in my eyes, because as fun and

beautiful as they make it all look, it sure as hell is a

murderous work out.

We’re approaching the end of the class now and, as

usual, I’ve stretched my shame to somewhere beyond

lycra but Kim’s encouraging us to have a bash at

pulling ourselves up using undiluted brute force to

the top of the silk - maybe 20 feet up. Everest in this

world, frankly.

But I launch myself at this task with proper

Herculean effort now, clawing and hacking and

chewing at this slippery silky swine of a thing and

inching my way to the top, the sweat rainfalling out

of me, the veins popping out of me everywhere and

it genuinely feel like my skull is trying to uncork itself

from my very spine.

I’m losing my grip fast here but with one final lunge

I manage to scuff my index finger on the ceiling and

my whole entire body flushes with triumph and relief

and elation and, yes, dear reader, with redemption.

I slip immediately back down to the floor and whirl

around to accept the cheers and congratulations and

adoration from the rest of the class, who have all

been party to my suffering, my strife…

Only to realise that not a single one of them has

actually witnessed my climb. They are all transfixed

by the gravity and decades defying exploits of my

mother-in-law. Deary me.

44


R E C L A M A T I O N

YOUR RECLAIMED BUILDING & LANDSCAPING MATERIAL SUPPLIERS

WE SELL RECLAIMED BRICKS, BEAMS & NATURAL STONE SLABS

Bricks • Roof Tiles • Quarry Tiles • Natural Stone Walling & Paving • Rockery

• Granite Sets • Cobbles • Stone Troughs • Oak Beams • Cast Iron Radiators

• Lamp Posts • Fire Places • Doors • Chimney Pots • PLUS MUCH MUCH MORE!

Telephone: 0121 308 0554

Opening Hours: Monday - Friday 8.00am - 5.00pm • Saturday 9.30am - 1.30pm

35 Holding, Shirral Drive, Nr Drayton Bassett B78 3EQ

www.fouroaksreclamation.com

www.ebay.co.uk/usr/fouroaksreclamation

www.facebook.com/fouroaksrec


T R AV E L

Colourful Cuba

RB COLLECTION’S JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR NATHAN COLLINS SAYS NOW IS THE PERFECT

TIME TO EXPLORE ONE OF THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST FASCINATING DESTINATIONS - CUBA

COLOURFUL ARCHITECTURE AND CLASSIC

CARS ARE HALLMARKS OF HAVANA

We have seen a real increase in demand for Cuba

recently. The Caribbean hotspot attracted a lot of

attention a few years ago when President Obama

famously visited, and the country opened up to US

visitors. More recently Charles and Camilla shone a

light on the island. In this issue, we offer our top tips

to make the most out of your trip and explain why

now is a great time to visit.

Why should we go to Cuba now?

The influx of tourists to Cuba from the U.S has

not materialised, and Cuba still retains its unique

position of being a communist country having to

adapt and change to the world around it. The whole

island is on the brink of change and now is an ideal

time to explore during this fascinating period of its

history.

When is the best time of year to visit and why?

The best time to visit Cuba is between December

and May, when the weather is at its driest and

mildest with temperatures between 24 and 27

degrees celsius.

How long to stay for a first time visit and why?

Ideally 10 nights, spending four nights in Havana

and then time at one of the country’s stunning

beaches. These nights in Havana will give you the

chance to explore this stunning city, giving you the

opportunity to take a classic American car ride

through its streets and an opportunity to sample its

many restaurants and bars, and dance in the streets!

What can’t you miss on your first-time visit?

Quite simply, Havana, which will be celebrating the

500-year anniversary of its founding in December

2019. This city overwhelms your senses with

stunning architecture, classic American cars and its

zest for life!

What are your three hidden gems?

1. Xanadu Mansion in Varadero is a small six-room

boutique hotel set on the beach and overlooking the

Championship golf course. This Art Deco-styled

property was the home of a wealthy American

millionaire and you can sip a mojito on its terrace

overlooking the ocean.

46


ENJOY A RELAXING BREAK AT ONE OF

CUBA’S STUNNING BEACH RESORTS

Most romantic spot?

At dusk the Malecon,

Havana’s famous

promenade, becomes the

place for couples to meet.

Local musicians play

their guitars and friends

meet to drink rum and

to enjoy the cooling sea

breeze. The Malecon

becomes the focal point

for the city after dark and

is busy throughout the

early evening and late

into the night.

2. Havana forest on the outskirts of the city is a green

oasis with rivers and lush vegetation.

3. Not really a hidden gem, but the streets of

Trinidad allow you to be transported back in time.

Beadmakers sell their wares by the pavement and

cowboys can be seen riding horses through the

streets.

Favourite restaurant?

La Guarida in old Havana is our most favourite

private restaurant in the whole of Cuba. You

walk up a high ornate staircase through a derelict

looking building for two floors until you arrive at the

restaurant of the top floor which has pristine white

linen tablecloths and a range of stunning menu

options. After the meal, head to the rooftop bar to

watch the city skyline at night.

Most Instagram-worthy spots?

Revolution Square: this wide-open plaza is

surrounded by government buildings and is the spot

where Castro gave many of his

speeches.

Parque Central: this square is in

the heart of the city and where you

find several of the city’s famous

hotels. Great views are afforded

of the city below from some of

the hotel’s rooftop restaurants and

pool areas.

La Floridita Bar: This is where,

according to local legend, Ernest

Hemingway is supposed to have

helped in the creation of the

Daiquiri. There is a lifesize bronze

statue of the writer propping up

the bar.

ENJOY LIVELY MUSIC AND

DANCING IN THE STREETS

Best place for

shopping local gifts?

By the ferry terminal you

will find a large covered art and crafts market. Here

local artists sell their paintings and there is a large

selection of gifts including leather bags, t-shirts and

caps.

Best place for a view?

Head to Morro Castle on the other side of the bay

from the city. Here from its ramparts you will have a

beautiful view of the whole of Havana.

Tell us something we don’t know!

Cuba has 70,000 qualified doctors; the whole of

Africa has only 50,000.

What do locals do for fun at the weekend?

At the weekend locals will head to the beaches east

of the capital to escape the city. Here they will dance

salsa on the beach and sip rum under parasols. These

beaches are rarely used by tourists and are one of the

city’s best kept secrets.

47


TYPES OF CUBA HOLIDAYS

Luxury beach stays

The island is home to a wide variety of resort style

hotels and recently has seen the opening of the

luxurious Melia Internacional. More are planned as

the island develops its luxury hotel offerings.

HAVANA IS AWASH WITH

COLOURFUL BUILDINGS

Havana

As we have reported above, the island is much more

than a beach destination and Havana is the cultural

heart of Cuba and one should always make time to

visit. The sights, sounds and vibrant nightlife appeals

to many and we often add on a few nights pre or post

a beach stay.

Cultural tours

The island hosts many escorted private and group

tours throughout the year, focusing on its culture and

history as well as jungle life.

Family trips

Finding holidays to keep different aged members of

the family occupied can often be tricky. Cuba is great

for younger and older kids, or multi-generational

trips with beach lovers relaxing while the more

adventurous head of zip-wiring in the jungle.

Salsa dancing tour

Dancing is a big part of life on Cuba and we are

offering our clients this very special seven-day salsa

dancing themed trip…

Combine learning hot Latin dance moves with

spending time taking guided tours to places like the

beautiful old part of Havana, including Casa del

Habana and a rum museum.

Discover the Cuban capital on a two-hour ride in a

classic American car and go on a full day excursion

to the nearby tropical beaches of Playas del Este.

Visit the Academia del Balle Ritmo Cubano to learn

the moves, and practice them later in the trip, at

Patio de la Rumba. Master your salsa moves during

a party visit to Casa de la Musica, and listen to

the fascinating concert of a Cuban band, dinner

included. The tour includes accommodation in

Havana, excursions and entrance fees, salsa classes

on four days, and an English-speaking tour guide.

This special tour departs September 9, 2019. Prices

start from £1,499 per person.

Space is limited on this one-off tour so if it does

sound of interest to you please do contact us as early

as possible.

CUBA IS A

FASCINATING ISLAND

48


THE STREETS OF HAVANA

ARE PACKED WITH AMERICAN

CLASSIC CARS

J’AIME reader offer

STAY FOR THREE NIGHTS AT A 5* HOTEL

IN HAVANA FOLLOWED BY FIVE NIGHTS

5* ALL INCLUSIVE IN VARADERO WITH

DIRECT SCHEDULED FLIGHTS FROM

LONDON, RETURN CLASSIC CAR AIRPORT

TRANSFERS FROM £1,399 PER PERSON

DEPARTING JUNE 2019, OR FROM £1,449

PER PERSON DEPARTING IN DECEMBER

2019.

MENTION J’AIME FOR A

COMPLIMENTARY HAVANA

CYCLING TOUR

BOOK YOUR HOLIDAY TO CUBA WITH RB

COLLECTION BEFORE JUNE 30, 2019 FOR

DEPARTURE UP TO THE END OF 2019,

AND WE WILL OFFER ONE PASSENGER A

FREE PLACE ON THE HAVANA CYCLING

TOUR WITH EVERY FULL PAYING

ACCOMPANYING ADULT, SAVING £50!

CALL US RB COLLECTION TO BOOK

ON 01543 258631 OR EMAIL VIP@

RBCOLLECTION.COM.

ALL DETAILS ARE SUBJECT TO

AVAILABILITY, TERMS AND CONDITIONS

AND APPLIES TO NEW BOOKINGS ONLY.

CUBA FACT BOX

HOW TO GET THERE: Fly direct from London

or Manchester

TIME DIFFERENCE: 4hrs GMT

CURRENCY: Cuba operates a dual currency

system. Visitors usually use the Cuban

Convertible Peso (CUC), whereas locals use

the Cuban Peso (CUP). It is advisable to take

Sterling or Euros with you to exchange, and

to check with your bank before you travel to

check if your card will work in their ATMs.

WHAT TO EXPECT: The Cubans are very

friendly, but expect to step back in time a little

with services such as WiFi not widely used.

Infrastructure is still developing but, of course,

this adds to its charm.

OUR TOP TIP: We strongly advise to choose

your hotel carefully (which our award-winning

team can assist with). There are a wide range

of 5* hotels on the island for example, but the

standards vary greatly even if they all have

been awarded with a 5* rating. It goes without

saying, that you really do get what you pay for,

so if a price is too good to be true, do a little

more digging.

49


LO CA L A R E A

What’s On Local

YOUR GUIDE TO THE BEST OF WHAT’S ON IN AND AROUND

SUTTON COLDFIELD, LICHFIELD, WALSALL AND BEYOND

WHAT: KEVIN QUANTUM -

VANISHING POINT

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK

WHEN: MAY 4

Following sell out shows around the

world, including Edinburgh Festival

Fringe, Adelaide Fringe in Australia

and Christchurch Festival in New

Zealand, Kevin Quantum comes to

Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre with a

brand new show. Having spent half

of his adult life studying physics and

half studying magic, Magic Circle

member Kevin explores the exotic

spaces where science and magic meet.

In Vanishing Point he will manipulate

your perspective of the universe

before converging at the point-ofmost-strange

and putting his life on

the line with the most dangerous,

sci-fi inspired stunt he has ever

attempted. Expect epic stunts, big

laughs and impossible illusions from

the magician-scientist hybrid trained

by Penn and Teller. For more details

call the Lichfield Garrick box office

on 01543 412121 or visit

www.lichfieldgarrick.com

WHAT: LIVE AT THE TOWN HALL

WHERE: SUTTON COLDFIELD

TOWN HALL

WHEN: MAY 12

This month’s Live at the Town Hall brings

a trio of stand-up stars to Sutton Coldfield

for riotous evening of comedy chaos.

The inimitable Lost Voice Guy will be

taking to the stage with Hal Cruttenden

and Angelos Epithemiou in a triple bill

of funny. Lee Ridley, AKA Lost Voice

Guy, may not be able to talk, but he

definitely has something to say, and his

comedy will leave you speechless. Since

making his first stand up performance

in February 2012, Ridley has gained

quite the reputation, winning the BBC

New COmedy Award in 2018, as well

as last year’s Britain’s Got Talent. Hal

Cruttenden is one of the top stand up

comedians working in the UK today,

as well as being a highly accomplished

writer and actor, and is a well-known face

on our television screens, while Angelos

Epithemiou - the comic creation of Dan

Renton Skinner - replaced Johnny Vegas

in the revival of Shooting Stars. For more

details and to book tickets visit www.

townhallsuttoncoldfield.co.uk

WHAT: LICHFIELD GREENHILL BOWER

WHERE: BEACON PARK, LICHFIELD

WHEN: MAY 27

Dating back to 1145, the Bower

is Lichfield’s oldest tradition and

a community event which brings

the whole city together. As well as

the traditional procession through

the streets of Lichfield, the Bower

also has a selection of brilliantly

entertaining activities to keep the

whole family occupied.

Lichfield’s Beacon Park comes alive

with lots for everyone to enjoy.

Wander through the park and

indulge in the colourful array of

fairground attractions, charity stalls,

arts and crafts. Kids will love the

play areas and the chance for an

ice-cream treat. As well as all the

entertainment, the park also offers

a fantastic array of food to suit

all tastes, plus market stalls full of

enticing products from some of the

best traders in the area.

With acts including a motorcycle

display team, falconry, slam wrestling

and more, as well as the Paws in

the Park dog show, the Bower will

ensure your spring Bank Holiday is

a memorable one. For more details

visit www.lichfieldbower.co.uk

50


Free Valuations

at our Head Office in Fradley

Every Tuesday 9.30am - 4pm

We’re ready to help you find that hidden

gem, be it jewellery, watches, silver,

bronzes, glass, ceramics, antiques,

a work of art, stamps, an old toy,

heirlooms and collectables…...

THE LICHFIELD AUCTION CENTRE

WOOD END LANE, FRADLEY PARK, WS13 8NF

01543 251081

www.richardwinterton.co.uk

office@richardwinterton.co.uk

Medals & Militaria

Technology

Come and meet our team

NEW MONDAY VALUATIONS

Just for jewellery and

watches at St Mary’s

in the heart of Lichfield

Wines & Spirits

Coins & Banknotes

More than just your local auction house

The Winterton name has been synonymous

with auctioneering throughout

Staffordshire since 1864.

INSURANCE VALUATIONS | PROBATE SERVICES

NO OBLIGATION HOME VISITS | HOUSE CLEARANCES

FIND US UPSTAIRS

St Mary’s in the Market Square

Lichfield City Centre, WS13 6LG

Mondays 10am-4pm (except bank holidays)

J'Aime Ad 190x280_April 2019.indd 1 29/03/2019 16:31


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 ROCKY HORROR SHOW

WHERE: NEW ALEXANDRA THEATRE

WHEN: MAY 13 TO 25

Richard O’Brien’s legendary rock ‘n’

roll musical returns to the UK as part

of a sell-out worldwide tour, having

now been seen by over 30 million

theatregoers.

This classic musical extravaganza

will star Birmingham's very own

Alison Hammond as The Narrator,

exclusively at The Alexandra. She

joins Blue singer and Hollyoaks actor

Duncan James as Frank, Strictly

Come Dancing champion Joanne

Clifton as Janet and A1’s Ben Adams

as Brad. Kristian Lavercombe will

also be reprising his role as Riff

Raff, following more than 1,300

performances in The Rocky Horror

Show around the world.

Directed by Christopher Luscombe

and featuring timeless classics,

including Sweet Transvestite, Damn

it Janet, and of course, the pelvicthrusting

Time Warp, The Rocky

Horror Show is an adventure you’ll

never forget. For more details and to

book tickets visit www.atgtickets.

com/birmingham

WHAT: STRICTLY COME DANCING - THE

PROFESSIONALS

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL

WHEN: MAY 16 AND 17

Strictly Come Dancing – The Professionals

is returning to Birmingham for two special

shows this month. Direct from BBC One’s

award-winning prime time TV show

Strictly Come Dancing, this glamorous

production will bring together some of

our much-loved Strictly professional

dancers as they take to the stage to dazzle

with their dance prowess. Audiences

will enjoy the incredible talent of these

world-class dancers as they perform

exquisitely choreographed Ballroom

and Latin routines with all the sequins,

sparkle and stunning production values

we have come to know and love! The

exciting line-up of magnificent dancers

and Strictly TV favourites performing on

the tour are 2018 finalists Dianne Buswell,

Pasha Kovalev and Giovanni Pernice,

alongside 2018 semi-finalist AJ Pritchard;

2017 Strictly champion Katya Jones and

finalist Gorka Marquez; 2016 Strictly

finalist Oti Mabuse; Professional World

Mambo Champion Karen Clifton; twotime

Ballroom and Latin World Champion

Nadiya Bychkova; and undefeated fourtime

British National Champion Neil

Jones. For more details and to book tickets

for this Strictly limited engagement visit

www.thsh.co.uk

WHAT: HUGH JACKMAN - THE MAN.

THE MUSIC. THE SHOW

WHERE: RESORTS WORLD ARENA

WHEN: MAY 27 TO 28

Academy Award-nominated, Golden

Globe and Tony Award-winning

performer Hugh Jackman is bringing

his first world tour to Birmingham this

month. The Man. The Music. The

Show. will see Jackman performing hit

songs from, of course, The Greatest

Showman, as well as Les Miserables

and more from Broadway and film, all

accompanied by a live orchestra.

And there's more... he's bringing his

Greatest Showman co-star Keala

Settle - best known as the Bearded

Lady - to the Birmingham shows!

Hugh Jackman has made an

impression on audiences of all ages

with his multi-hyphenate career

persona, as successful on stage in front

of live crowds as he is on film. From

his award-winning turn on Broadway

as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter

Allen, to his metal claw-wielding

Wolverine in the blockbuster X-Men

franchise, Jackman has proven

to be one of the most versatile

actors of our time.For more details

and to book tickets visit www.

resortsworldarena.co.uk

52


our clients’ trusted

financial partner,

counsel and expert.

C r e a t i n g y o u r t o m o r r o w

performance and well-being, giving them

the financial confidence, capability and

encouragement to live the life they want.

Our business is about expertise and personal service; to be successful, we need great people. And that’s exactly

what we have. Click each member of staff to view their profile.

Henwood Court; a firm of

Chartered Financial Planners

based in Sutton Coldfield.

What do

we do?

Our purpose is to be

Our purpose is to be

Who do we

Why do clients

work with? our approach clients’ us? trusted

Our focus is to improve financial our clients’ partner, financial

Our core values

Henwood Court; a firm of

Chartered Financial Planners

based in Sutton Coldfield.

Our fo

perfo

the fin

encou

Lifestyle financial planning:

The people we typically work • A need to engage with a

We want our to understand clients’ what trusted with are: performance and ‘professional’ well-being, counsel friend they giving and expert. them

matters most

Conscientious

to you in life.

Expert

Reliable

can trust

Organised

We then financial work with you partner,

to

Senior Executives the Our financial core values confidence, capability and

• Help with big decisions

build a

We’re counsel

comprehensive

determined and

plan to Working within large

to expert. We’re always encouragement looking We always involving to do live exactly complex the life matters We’re they well-organised want.

achieve the things that are most organisations

do and be the best at to grow

Our

and improve

purpose is to be

what we

Our

say we’re

focus is to improve

and pay

our

attention

clients’ financial

important to Conscientious

you.

Expert

• Reliable To save time and delegate Organised to

what we do

in our Business roles our owners clients’ trusted going to do performance and well-being, detail giving them

things off their to do list

Wealth We’re management: determined to We’re Individuals always financial growing looking partner, their We always the do financial exactly confidence, We’re well-organised

capability and

• Desire financial peace of mind

We do create and and be maintain the best an at to grow company counsel and improve and expert. what we and

encouragement say organisation we’re to and live pay the attention life they to want.

evidence-based Team players

what we doportfolio that in our Positive attitude

Responsible

Professional

reflects the requirements of your

Professionals roles

going to do

detail

• To ensure things get done

financial We support plan. one

We Employed are enthusiastic or self-employed, We take • ownership

To act as accountability We coach behave and

another for the good

for example lawyers,

Behavioural Team insight players and coaching: with our colleagues and of our roles and

communicate with

of the team

accountants Positive and attitude barristers

We Responsible

and have counsel recently working launched in a their Professional

We’re all prone to making bad

clients

our clients guide best to interests thriving in retirement professionalism

We support one

financial decisions, so our insight We At are retirement enthusiastic We take • written ownership

To live by our a better Managing life Director

What

We behave

do

and

and another coaching for is designed the good to keep with Either our you’ve colleagues finished and work of our Nicholas roles and Platt.

communicate with

you of and the your team plan on What track. do clients all together, or you’re in the Who our do clients we we professionalism do? Why do clients

transition stage

we do?

What between

Get do in work touch with? Who do we approach Why us? do clients

work and Woodburning retirement &

we do?

work with?

approach us?

multifuel stoves

Lifestyle financial planning:

The peop

Lifestyle financial planning: Lifestyle

Henwood Court Financial Planning Limited

If you would like to find out more about

The financial people Get planning:

0121

we in typically touchThe 313 1370

work people we typically • A work need to engage • A need with to engage a with a

20 Country Park View, Walmley,

We want to understand what

with are:

We want to understand what

We want

with

to understand

are:

what

with are:

‘professional’ is authorised and ‘professional’

friend regulated they by friend Financial they

Sutton how “Our Coldfield we client can help commitment B76 1TE you, please is get simple. in matters touch. We most are to you going info@henwoodcourt.co.uk

life. to care about matters you and most be Conduct to you Authority in can life. registration trust number 417707.

matters most to you in life. We then work with you to

Senior Executives can trust

more We then personally work with devoted you to to your financial Senior success Executives than anyone We in then world.” work with you • Help to with big decisions Senior Ex

build a comprehensive plan to Working within large Henwood Court Financial Planning Limited

If you would like to find out more about 0121 313 1370

• Help with big involving decisions complex matters

build a comprehensive plan to

achieve Working the things that within are most large

organisations build a comprehensive is authorised and regulated plan to by the Financial Working

how Nicholas Platt, Managing Director

involving complex matters

achieve

we can

the things

help you,

that

please

are most

get in important touch. to you.

organisations info@henwoodcourt.co.uk

t he heart

achieve the things

of

Conduct tAuthority that • To registration save

are

home...

time number and delegate 417707.

Business owners

things off most their to do list

organisat

important to you.

Wealth management:

Individuals important growing • their To to you. save time and delegate

• Desire financial peace of mind

We create Business and maintain owners an

company

things off their and to organisation do list Business o

Wealth management:

evidence-based portfolio that

reflects the

Individuals

requirements

growing

of your

their Professionals Wealth management:

• Desire financial

• To ensure

peace

things

of mind

get done Individua

0121 We create 313 1370 and maintain an financial company

plan.

Employed info@henwoodcourt.co.uk

or self-employed,

We create and organisation

maintain

• To

an

act as accountability coach

for example lawyers,

company

evidence-based portfolio that Behavioural insight and coaching:

and counsel working in their

reflects the requirements of your

Professionals

accountants

evidence-based

and barristers

• To ensure portfolio things best that get interests

Visit our showroom to be amazed by the choice -

We’re all prone to making bad

done

financial plan.

Employed or self-employed, reflects the requirements of your

Profession

from traditional to modern

financial decisions, so our insight

At retirement

• To live a better life

and coaching

• To act as accountability coach

for example is designed lawyers,

to keep Either you’ve finished work

financial plan.

Employed

Behavioural insight and coaching:

you and your plan on track.

all together, or you’re and in the counsel working in their

accountants and barristers transition stage between

for exam

best interests

We’re all prone to making bad

work Behavioural and retirement insight and coaching: accounta

financial decisions, so our insight

At retirement

• To live a better life

We’re all prone to making bad

and coaching is designed to keep Either you’ve finished work

you and your plan on track.

all together, or you’re in the financial decisions, so our insight

At retirem

“Our transition client commitment stage between is simple. and We coaching are going is to designed care about to you keep and be Either yo

more work personally and retirement devoted to your you financial and success your plan than on anyone track. in the world.” all togeth

Nicholas Platt, Managing Director

transition

work and

With such a wide range of fires, fireplaces and stoves

there is sure to be a style to suit you & your home

WE OF F ER

A C OMP LE T E

INST ALLA T ION

SERV ICE

Visit our showroom and be amazed by the choice! With such a wide range from traditional to modern, there’s sure to be a style to suit you!

“Our client commitment is simple. We are going to care about you and be

0121 313 1370

info@henwoodcourt.co.uk

more personally devoted to your financial success than anyone in the world.”

“Our client commitment is simple.

Nicholas Platt, Managing Director

more personally devoted to your fin

Nicholas Platt

0121 313 1370

info@henwoodcourt.co.uk

5 Stafford Road, Lichfield WS13 7BZ - Tel: 01543 263 383 • www.thefireplacelichfield.co.uk 0121 • 313 Email: 1370 sales@thefireplacelichfield.co.uk

Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9.30am - 4.30pm • Sat 10am - 4pm. Closed Sundays and bank holidays. FREE ON-SITE PARKING.


FA S H I O N

Cover story

DITCH YOUR BIG COAT FOR A LIGHTWEIGHT COVER UP, PERFECT FOR THOSE HAZY

SPRING DAYS WHICH HINT AT THE PROMISE OF SUMMER, SAYS AMY NORBURY

RETAILERS call it 'transitional'. We call it tricky - that

period at the tail end of spring, when there might be

sunny days aplenty, but the mercury hasn't really risen

enough to risk stepping out without an adequate coverup.

One thing you can ditch now though? Big winter

warmers. Instead, you need a versatile jacket, or lighter

spring-worthy coat or two that will see you through to

summer proper.

Considering that jackets are always going to be on

high rotation in your wardrobe, it's worth investing in a

couple of key pieces.

The tailoring trend shows no sign of slowing down, but

if a two-piece suit isn't your bag, try a longline jacket

instead.

Team a stylishly cut blazer with a print T-shirt and jeans

for a casually cool outfit, or throw a longline tailored

jacket over a midi dress and boots for something a

bit more dressy. It’s the ultimate dress up-dress down

wardrobe workhorse which will prove to be a worthy

investment.

Seeking a stripped-back take on sophistication? You'll

need a trench coat. Whether rendered in spring's choice

palette of classic fawn and biscuity beige, or souped

up with some serious embellishment a la Burberry or

Prada’s new season offerings, it's now a wardrobe musthave

for all seasons - and a particularly useful transitional

season staple.

A particularly on-trend version is the trench coat/leather

jacket hybrid - look out for beautifully soft and supple

leather in a rich camel or tan hue, belted at the waist for

that classic trench silhouette.

For a more casual look, turn to a vintage style classic in

the form of durable denim. No fashionista’s wardrobe

is complete without a trusty denim jacket, so if your is

lacking then it’s time to make amends.

A cropped denim jacket over a floaty maxi dress is the

perfect way to channel boho summer festival vibes, while

a more utility number offers practicality and style in

equal measure - with all those pockets, you don't even

need a handbag.

TRENCH, £99,

MARKS AND SPENCER

54


£60

£3800

£199

LARA LINEN UTILITY JACKET,

MONSOON

BILLY CAMEL LEATHER

TRENCH COAT, KHAITE

AT HARVEY NICHOLS

ALLIE TRENCH,

HOBBS

£85

£45

£295

£65

MARIPOSA OLIVE TRENCH,

LINE AT HARVEY NICHOLS

TRENCH COAT,

RIVER ISLAND

M&S COLLECTION RUCHED

SLEEVE BLAZER, MARKS

AND SPENCER

BONDED BELTED

JACKET, TOPSHOP

STONE LINEN BLEND

BLAZER, £38, NEXT

STONE LINEN

DOUBLE BREASTED

BLAZER, £55, AND

SHORTS, £32, MISS

SELFRIDGE


FA S H I O N

Earn your fashion stripes

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

BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT SOME STRIPY SUMMER WARDROBE STAPLES

With Easter out of the way and the warm weather well and truly underway, it’s time to start thinking about those

staple pieces for your summer wardrobe. As always at Nero e Bianco our mission is to help women look amazing

and feel empowered. So, looking at trends that are crucial to that end, here’s a selection of styles that will put you

in the lead for on trend style in the coming months.

One of the biggest trends

for 2019 is stripes, featuring

here on this beautiful blouse

in a playful gold colour it’s

the perfect top to take you

from casual daywear to

eveningwear events. Paired

here with trousers, this top

also looks great with long

skirts as its peplum style makes

it extremely versatile. Peplum

is very figure flattering and

helps us to feel comfortable

but also beautiful.

The blazer of dreams; with vertical

pinstripes elongating your torso

this look gives you a slender figure.

Seen here worn in a more daring

manner, we’d pair it with a blouse or

top to give a gorgeous work/formal

look. Add a pop of personality with

colourful shoes and accessories to

minimise the white look or keep it

sleek and sophisticated by keeping

with the light-coloured trend.

Alternatively, pair the jacket with

these matching trousers for the

ultimate female power-suit.

56


Nero e Bianco

Occasionwear & Ladieswear

Barton Marina

Burton upon Trent

DE13 8AS

01283 346 704

www.neroebianco.uk


These trousers look

phenomenal paired with the

jacket we’ve just seen, but

when the jacket comes off,

the waistline of the trousers

become an unmissable feature

of their own, meaning you

can wear a simple top and still

create a killer look. They look

great paired with a kitten heel

but are sassy and cool matched

with a white trainer for the

ultimate casual look.

Continuing with our stripy

theme, this long blue shirt

dress is our favourite look

because you can dress it

up or down no matter

the event. Look and feel

amazing on a family outing

or for brunch with the

ladies. Wear with stylish

sandals, wedges or trainers.

Dress up with heels for a

modern look that’s great for

garden parties or birthday

barbecues.

We’ve shown you some of our favourite looks for the summer, but a vital part of putting together on-trend

looks is finding the perfect accessories to match. Here we show you a small selection of the dreamiest summer

bags; from cute mini bags to bags with styles you’ve never seen before all intricately detailed and embellished

in a range of colours and sizes.

View a wider range of our summer collection at neroebianco.uk or visit us in

store at Barton Marina, Barton under Needwood, Burton on Trent, DE13 8AS.

58


Subscribe!

WE ARE NOW OFFERING A J’AIME

SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE. IF YOU DON’T LIVE IN

OUR DISTRIBUTION AREA BUT WOULD LIKE TO

RECEIVE A COPY OF J’AIME 11 TIMES A YEAR

THEN GET IN TOUCH!

JUST £22 A YEAR TO COVER POSTAGE COSTS.

CONTACT JAN ASHLEY ON 07388 335931

OR EMAIL ADVERTISING@JAIMEMAGAZINE.COM

N E R O e B I A N C O

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

Babywear

Childrenswear

Educational Toys

Soft Toys

Books

Maternity Wear

and more ….

www.neroebiancochildren.co.uk

Bar ton Marina

Burton upon Trent

DE13 8AS

01283 716 524

アパート

夀 䔀 䄀 刀 匀 伀 䘀

B E S P O K E F I N E

J E W E L L E R Y

䈀 䔀 匀 倀 伀 䬀 䔀 䘀 䤀 一 䔀 䨀 䔀 圀 䔀 䰀 䰀 䔀 刀 夀 ꀀ

伀 渀 攀 漀 昀 琀 栀 攀 氀 愀 爀 最 攀 猀 琀 挀 漀 氀 氀 攀 挀 琀 椀 漀 渀 猀 漀 昀

挀 漀 渀 琀 攀 洀 瀀 漀 爀 愀 爀 礀 ǻ 渀 攀 樀 攀 眀 攀 氀 氀 攀 爀 礀 椀 渀 琀 栀 攀 唀 䬀

Specialists in designing

and making, remodelling

and refurbishing

匀 瀀 攀 挀 椀 愀 氀 椀 猀 琀 猀 椀 渀 搀 攀 猀 椀 最 渀 椀 渀 最 愀 渀 搀 洀 愀 欀 椀 渀 最 Ⰰ

爀 攀 洀 漀 搀 攀 氀 氀 椀 渀 最 愀 渀 搀 爀 攀 昀 甀 爀 戀 椀 猀 栀 椀 渀 最 昀 漀 爀 アパート 礀 攀 愀 爀 猀

䄀 䰀 䰀 䔀 一 䈀 刀 伀 圀 一 䨀 䔀 圀 䔀 䰀 䰀 䔀 刀 夀

䠀 攀 愀 爀 琀 漀 昀 吀 栀 攀 䌀 漀 甀 渀 琀 爀 礀 匀 栀 漀 瀀 瀀 椀 渀 最 嘀 椀 氀 氀 愀 最 攀

匀 眀 椀 渀 昀 攀 渀 Ⰰ 䰀 椀 挀 栀 ǻ 攀 氀 搀 Ⰰ

匀 琀 愀 昀 昀 漀 爀 搀 猀 栀 椀 爀 攀 圀 匀 㐀 㤀 儀 刀

㔀 㐀 アパート 㐀 㠀 㤀 㐀 㠀

眀 眀 眀 ⸀ 愀 氀 氀 攀 渀 戀 爀 漀 眀 渀 樀 攀 眀 攀 氀 氀 攀 爀 礀 ⸀ 挀 漀 ⸀ 甀 欀

昀 椀 琀


B E AU T Y

The five masks your face needs

FOR THE PERFECT TREAT, A FACE MASK CAN HELP WITH A WHOLE HOST OF SKIN WOES – FROM

DEHYDRATION AND EXCESS OIL TO CLOGGED PORES, FINE LINES AND BREAKOUTS. LISA PIDDINGTON,

FROM HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM, REVEALS HER FAVOURITE BLEMISH-BUSTING GLOW-GETTERS THAT

YOU NEED TO ADD TO YOUR SKINCARE ROUTINE

For a touch of luxury, Peter

Thomas Roth’s 24kt Gold

Mask, £64, is infused with pure

gold to help improve firmness,

brighten and calm skin. The

addition of caffeine helps skin

appear tighter while hyaluronic

acid and glycerine deliver intense

hydration for a silky smooth

complexion.

PIXI’s self-bubbling

Glow-O2 Oxygen Mask,

£26, helps revive dull, fatigued

skin with immediate invigorating

effects. Perfect before a big

event or just after a long day,

the oxygen complex along

with vitamins, ginseng, caffeine

and antioxidants wake up and

replenish the complexion.

Heaven Skincare’s signature

Silver Bee Venom Mask,

£82, contains revolutionary

ABEETOXIN® – renowned as

a natural alternative to Botox

– that controls facial muscles to

tighten, firm and lift, penetrating

fine lines. Simply apply after your

cleansing routine, leave on for ten

minutes and wash off with warm

water; or for a more intensive

treatment, leave on overnight.

An all-in-one beauty innovation, Starskin’s 7-Second

Morning Mask, £27, combines your complete

morning skincare routine into one easy-to-use mask

pad. Each of the pads is soaked in a powerhouse serum

infused with potent skin-brightening actives, fermented

ingredients and probiotics to refresh, brighten and to

deliver radiant, glowing skin.

The Peptide4

Thousand Flower

Mask, £37, from

Elemis restores

essential moisture

and antioxidants

needed for healthylooking

skin. It’s rich

in minerals, vitamins

and antioxidants to

improve radiance

and revitalise dull,

lacklustre skin. It’s

also formulated with

a willow complex to

gently exfoliate dead

cells for smoother,

more even tone and

texture.

SKINCARE PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE

BEAUTY HALL AT HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM, THE MAILBOX.

60


The hair destination for

fabulous, wearable looks

THE SALON EXPERIENCE

Set in a haven of luxury and relaxation

we have the perfect environment to

achieve the style you really want.

Our award winning team of stylists will give you their

undivided attention - our priority is to make every

client look and feel fantastic.

Call or visit to experience it for yourself,

we would love to take care of you.

T: 01543 481900 www.anthonyjohn-salons.co.uk

Heart of the Country Shopping Village, Swinfen, Lichfield, Staffordshire WS14 9QR


H E A LT H

Facing the challenge of hearing loss

THIS MONTH SEES DEAF AWARENESS WEEK, FROM MAY 6 TO 12, AND IN SUPPORT OF

THE INITIATIVE, STEVEN HALE HEARING ARE OFFERING FREE HEARING CONSULTATIONS

With one in six people in the

UK faced with challenges

of deafness or hearing loss,

Deaf Awareness Week aims to

promote the positive aspects

of deafness, promote social

inclusion and raise awareness

of the huge range of local

organisations that support deaf

people and their families and

friends.

To support Deaf Awareness

Week Steven Hale Hearing,

based in Sutton Coldfield,

will be offering free mini

consultations for anyone

concerned about their hearing,

hearing aids or just looking for

some advice on communication tactics.

Steven Hale says: “Hearing is relevant to everyone,

everywhere. It has always been difficult for hearing

impaired people to join into conversations, especially

when faced with background noise. But while we

are unable to completely block out the background

noise there are now hearing instruments and devices

to help you join in on conversation wherever you are

and whoever you are talking to.

“Add to this that you can now pair your Bluetoothenabled

hearing instruments to your mobile phone so

you never miss a call and can hear the person on the

other end of the phone crystal clear, we now have

the technology available to change lives for the better.

“Numbers with hearing loss are at an all-time

high and increasing as the population continues to

age. Access to good quality audiology services is

particular important. More than half of the over 60

population has some level of hearing loss, most of

which goes untreated.

“But hearing loss should not stop, prevent or block

you from participation.”

The UK Council on Deafness, founded in 1993 and

the national umbrella organisation for charities and

INDEPENDENT AUDIOLOGIST STEVEN

HALE IS OFFERING FREE CONSULTATIONS

IN SUPPORT OF DEAF AWARENESS WEEK

professional bodies working in the field of deafness,

coordinates Deaf Awareness Week, which involves

UK-wide series of national and local events to raise

awareness of the needs of deaf or hard of hearing

people in the UK.

Together, the aim is to continue to raise awareness,

improve access to education, health, social care and

employment, and ensure people have the accessible

information they need, as well as advocate and

inform about deafness and hearing loss, and improve

the quality of services for people who are deaf or

hard of hearing.

Craig Crowley, chair of the UK Council on

Deafness, says: “This year’s Deaf Awareness Week

is an excellent opportunity to raise awareness of

deafness and hearing loss in such an inspiring way

for all.”

Steven Hale adds: “If you feel that you or a loved

one are suffering with any element of hearing loss,

you just want a quick hearing check-up or you would

like to see how hearing technology has evolved over

the last few years then our free mini consultation will

do just that for you.”

To book your free mini consultation call 0121 308

2550 and mention J’AIME /Deaf Awareness Week.

62


H E A LT H

The power of Pilates

IF YOU’RE LOOKING TO REVITALISE YOUR FITNESS REGIME, TRY BOUTIQUE

TAILORED PILATES EXERCISES AT SUTTON COLDFIELD STUDIO VIPILATES

When it comes to fitness, we seem to all try the same

things, but if the same routine is yielding the same

results, it’s time to shake things up and try something

tailored for you.

Something tailored for you is exactly what Sarah

Janes and her team at the VIPilates classical studio

in Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield offer. In their sundrenched,

recently refitted studio, Sarah and her

team take the time to get to know each client,

focusing on their mission to provide a very individual

programme for everyone who enters.

Instructors at VIPilates offer classical Pilates

methods: unadulterated exercises the way Joseph

Pilates intended them to be performed. You’ll find

a range of spring-operated apparatus in the studio,

offering you the resistance you need to push your

body further.

Sarah, an avid runner, discovered Pilates nearly 10

years ago. From that moment, she was transfixed

by the exercises, achieving results in the studio like

nothing she had ever achieved in a traditional gym,

or even through running.

Those results and the way Sarah felt more energised

and restored after each session drove her passion

for Pilates. “I love the fact that Pilates works every

muscle and every joint during the workout and

restores the whole body,” Sarah explains.

Classical Pilates is an inclusive exercise, suited

for all fitness levels and all body types. VIPilates

offers clients a tailored workout with the one-onone

attention of a personal trainer in a beautiful

boutique studio in Four Oaks.

Pilates is suitable for everyone because the nature

of the exercises work all of your joints and muscles

together, promoting balance and control, increasing

strength and stamina. With Pilates you will become

more mobile, more flexible and gain strength.

Sarah and her team offer private, one-on-one classes,

duet sessions perfect for friends and partners and

small group classes. No matter which type of class

you attend, at your private induction session your

instructor will get to know you, your goals and assess

VIPILATES OFFERS CLASSICAL PILATES

EXERCISES TAILORED FOR YOU

your fitness level. This foundational information

will help the instructors provide a tailored workout

completely unique to your needs and bespoke to your

body.

“This tailored service ensures every client who walks

through the doors of our studio receives a bespoke

experience,” Sarah explains. Given the highly

customisable nature of the work Sarah and her team

do, Pilates is the ideal exercise for anyone. They

welcome both men and women of all ages into the

studio.

Take your fitness to the next level - be challenged

and get pushed to your limits at the VIPilates studio.

Contact the studio on 0121 308 5930. VIPilates

is located at Unit 2 Hill Village Road, Four Oaks,

B75 5BH, just a five-minute walk from Mere Green

centre and Butlers Lane train station.

63


I N T H E N E W S

Room to relax at Bedroom Gallery

A SUTTON COLDFIELD BEDROOM SHOWROOM IS CELEBRATING

A SUCCESSFUL FIRST YEAR IN BUSINESS THIS MONTH

Bedroom Gallery, owned by Umar

Hufeez, was set up in May 2018

in Wylde Green, and brings some

11 years of experience in the fitted

furniture industry.

Umar said: “I set up Bedroom

Gallery with the aim of bringing

the different elements that make the

dream bedroom all under one roof.

“Design is in my blood; from studying

my BA hons in Design to learning the

fitted furniture trade in kitchens in

my early 20s, I have always been keen

to design beautiful spaces.”

And beautiful spaces are exactly what Bedroom

Gallery pride themselves on offering, creating the

perfect bedroom for each and every client. Being the

most private and personal room in your home means

each design created will capture your desires. The

talented designers work to your brief and help to

create an individual style and a look you absolutely

love.

Umar adds: “I started in bedrooms six years ago,

setting up a similar business as part of a partnership

which I then brought to Sutton Coldfield under

a new name. Since then I have forged strong

LUXURIOUS, BESPOKE

FURNITURE DESIGNS

ARE THE HALLMARK OF

BEDROOM GALLERY'S

SERVICE

BEDROOM GALLERY IS

CELEBRATING A YEAR IN

SUTTON COLDFIELD

relationships with the leading wardrobe and bed

manufacturers in the UK, enabling Bedroom Gallery

to offer a full range of fitted, sliding and walk in

wardrobes along with the finest in luxury beds and

lighting.

“We are proud to be a premium retailer for

Hepplewhite Fitted Furniture, covering the Midlands

area. Hepplewhite - along with its parent company

Hammonds Fitted Furniture - is one of the largest

manufacturers of bedroom furniture in the UK.

“I have taken great care in selecting the most

dedicated individuals to set up my team here; we

pride ourselves on excellent customer service and the

best designs, all at a price to beat our

like-for-like competitors.

“One of the USPs of our business

is the project management element,

which is handled from beginning

to end by myself, offering complete

reassurance of the accountability at

every stage.”

Bedroom Gallery offers a free design

service to give customers the best

chance of considering all options for

your room. For more details pop into

the showroom at 414 Birmingham

Road, Sutton Coldfield, B72 1YJ,

call 0121 350 9555 or visit

www.bedroomgallery.co.uk

64


M OTO R S

Life in the fast lane

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

PLOWMAN TAKES A LOOK AT WHY THE ‘HYPERCAR’ LE MANS CLASS -

NEW FOR 2020 - IS SOMETHING TO GET EXCITED ABOUT

SWEDISH HYPERCAR

KOENIGSEGG

For the first time in nearly two decades, hypercars

finally have a home where they can race instead of

being restricted to driving laps around the streets of

Knightsbridge by their billionaire owners.

Yes that’s right; the FIA, in conjunction with the

ACO - the organising body that runs the 24 Hours

of Le Mans - have helped to develop a set of budgetfriendly

rules that will allow manufacturers to race

their respective hypercars as top-billing of the FIA

World Endurance Championship for the start of the

2020 season.

Cars such as Mclaren’s P1, Aston Martin’s Valkyrie,

Bugatti’s Veyron, Mercedes’ AMG-ONE, and

Sweden’s premier hypercar builder Koenigsegg are

just a small sample of some of the most exotic and

breathtaking cars in the world right now that have all

been touted as potential candidates for the new class.

Now imagine some 24 of these dream cars racing at

the most iconic endurance race in the world and you

have yourself a mouth-watering proposition that will

make even the most casual racing fan’s heart flutter.

LMP1, the top class in the World Endurance

Championship that comprises the 24 Hours of Le

Mans, has been in steady decline over the last four

years ever since big-dogs Audi and Peugeot pulled

the plug on their racing programs leaving just

Toyota to race among themselves in the top class.

Budgets started to violently spiral out of control and

eventually the futuristic-looking prototype cars were

no longer sustainable as a class, so the FIA had to

65


take drastic action to reduce costs to

re-attract manufacturer involvement

and to do that they had to make

the rules more appealing to make

cars relevant to their road-going

counterparts. And so, the hypercar

class was born.

To get technical, the FIA will cap

engine performance of the new

class to just under 700bhp and the

engine must weigh at least 180kg.

Each car will only be allowed to have

one additional hybrid power system

powering the front wheels only and it

can produce up to 200kW of power -

approximately 268bhp - meaning that

these beasts will have approximately

1,000bhp on tap! These restrictions

effectively put a huge financial cap on

what manufacturers would need to

spend to develop their cars. Without

such restrictions, you risk going down the same exact

path that led the LMP1 class to extinction.

In terms of lap times around Le Mans, the FIA has

predicted cars will be in the three minutes 22 second

range in qualifying and three minute 27 second

range in race pace, which puts it roughly on par with

the current breed of Le Mans prototypes, albeit at a

fraction of the running cost.

Let’s face facts; as a racing fan, do you really care

THE ASTONISHING ASTON

MARTIN VALKYRIE

about lap times, or do you care about the quality of

the racing, the aesthetic of the cars, the sound, the

smell? Everything about this new class ticks all of the

boxes from a petrol-heads perspective.

In an age where eco-friendly electric racing cars are

starting to gain popularity - such as the Formula

E championship - it warms my heart and satisfies

my nostalgic leaning for the ‘glory years’ of racing

to know that, in my lifetime, I will get to witness a

whole new generation of iconic cars at Le Mans.

THE MCLAREN P1

66

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines