J'AIME SEPTEMBER 2019

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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

DREAMS COME

TRUE FOR A WALSALL

CHILDREN’S AUTHOR

A RURAL

OVERNIGHT

BREAK FOR

TWO

Go green

ECO-FRIENDLY IDEAS FOR

YOUR HOME AND WARDROBE


Welcome to J’AIME

Well, we’re back from our summer break

feeling refreshed, revived and raring to

go - but it isn’t always that easy to get back

into the swing of things. If you’re suffering

from post-holiday blues then our health and

fitness expert, Lichfield personal trainer

Raul Romero, has some top tips to beat the

daily grind, while our travel experts at RB

Collection have the perfect destination for

your next glorious getaway - after all, what

better way to get over your holiday woes

than to plan your next break!

We chat to Walsall children’s author Serena

Patel, whose debut novel - set to be released

early next year - was subject to a bidding

war between four publishers, about getting

into the industry and achieving her dreams.

Serena will be talking at this month’s

Kenilworth Arts Festival, which transforms

the historic town into a world-class stage for

arts, music, performance and the spoken

word.

Elsewhere, we’ve got competitions galore

lined up - our lucky readers will have the

chance to win a bespoke cocktail masterclass

in Birmingham, courtesy of Lanique Spirit

of Rose, as well as a relaxing rural overnight

break for two at Tuppenhurst Barn and a

£100 voucher to spend on beautiful interior

accessories and giftware at Lichfield’s

Heritage Rooms.

With all of your usual interiors, fashion,

beauty and foodie favourites, we hope there’s

plenty here for you to enjoy.

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Serena Patel - The Walsall children’s author

living the dream

10 Property - Property of the month

12 Interiors - Get the green light

16 Interiors - Weave some magic

22 Competition - Win £100 voucher to spend at

Heritage Rooms Lichfield

26 Interiors - Advice from the experts at Mood

Interiors

28 Charity auction - Goods under the hammer

at Richard Winterton Auctioneers for We Love

Lichfield

30 Food & drink - Reviewing Ellis Barrie at Sauce

Supper Club

32 Food & drink - The Gintleman checks out some

perfect pairings

36 Competition - Win a bespoke cocktail masterclass

in Birmingham with Lanique Spirit of Rose

38 Competition - Win a rural break at Tuppenhurst

Barn

40 Health - Lichfield personal trainer Raul Romero

on beating the post-holiday blues

42 Travel - An island paradise in Mauritius

46 Fashion - Slow down

48 Fashion - Eco-friendly options with Nero e

Bianco

52 Beauty - Getting serious about skincare with

Mode Laser Skin Clinic

54 Beauty - Discover your skin type with Harvey

Nichols Birmingham

55 In the news - A Rolex revamp; a fundraising

village in bloom; and a young driver racing

ahead

57 Motors - Martin Plowman tests the new

Chevrolet Corvette

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FEATURE

Written in the stars

WALSALL CHILDREN’S AUTHOR SERENA PATEL IS SET TO MAKE A SPLASH ON THE PUBLISHING

INDUSTRY WITH HER DEBUT NOVEL. SHE CHATS TO AMY NORBURY AHEAD OF HER APPEARANCE

AT THE LITERARY WEEKEND OF KENILWORTH ARTS FESTIVAL LATER THIS MONTH

For Serena Patel, it was Roald Dahl. As a youngster,

she would while away countless hours immersed

in the worlds of Oompa-Loompas and Everlasting

Gobstoppers, snozzcumbers and gruesomely named

giants, enraptured by the adventures of Matilda,

Charlie Bucket and Willy Wonka, Sophie and the

BFG.

And now she’s hoping that her own literary creation

will be as inspiring to young readers today as her

childhood favourites were to her.

The Walsall author’s debut novel, Anisha Mistry:

Bridesmaid Detective, is set to be published next

year by leading publishing house Usbourne. The

hilarious book follows the tale of irresistible heroine

Anisha, who is preparing to be a bridesmaid at her

aunt’s wedding when Uncle Tony, Aunty Bindi’s

husband-to-be, is kidnapped. Anisha turns her hand

to detective work to find out where Tony is to try and

save the Indian wedding of the year.

“I wanted to write a story that I would have loved

to have read as a child: a story about a girl who feels

like she doesn’t fit in with her family or at school,”

says 40-year-old Serena, who works as a training

coordinator for a law firm.

“I wanted to have her realise that, actually, her

family really does need her: she doesn’t have to hide

in the background; she can be the heroine and save

the day. I feel very lucky that Anisha Mistry is being

published by Usborne and hugely excited to see this,

my very first novel, making its way out into the world

and into the hands of children.”

Self-confessed bookworm Serena has been an avid

writer for as long as she can remember.

“I’ve always written; when I was at school it was a

lot of poetry, and I used to write a lot in my diaries,

which were full of the usual teenage angst,” laughs

Serena.

“It was a real release for me; I don’t think I realised

it at the time but writing has always been a kind of

sanctuary for me, and a way to explore those things

WALSALL AUTHOR

SERENA PATEL

that you don’t particularly want to talk to other

people about, particularly as a teenager!”

As she left those awkward teenage years behind,

Serena’s writing endeavours went by the wayside. But

her gift for storytelling and love of children’s books

came back with a vengeance when she had her two

children Alyssa, now seven, and Reiss, six.

“I’ve got a young niece too and I was always making

up stories for her, just chatting along and telling

stories verbally, then it came to me that I should be

writing them down,” explains Serena.

“I had my two children close together, so I went back

to work briefly after I had my daughter, but when my

son came along I took a year off. During that time

I found myself scratching about and finding that

I needed to do something, and so I started writing

again.”

After googling creative writing courses, Serena

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came across the Golden Egg Academy, which offers

courses run by industry professionals who help

aspiring children’s writers to hone their work and get

noticed by publishers. After applying for their picture

book programme and being rejected, Serena saw

they were offering a year-long foundation course for

novels.

The only problem was that Serena didn’t have a

novel to put forward. Yet.

“I started putting together a rough idea for a novel

aimed at readers aged eight to 12,” says Serena. “I

wrote about 3,000 words and sent it off, and to my

great surprise they really liked the idea and wanted

to work with me.”

With mentorship from an industry professional

to help guide and read through her drafts and

workshops run at Scholastic’s headquarters in

London, as well as weekly online sessions with the

rest of the budding authors on the course, Serena

saw her novel take shape.

Now with 5,000 words under her belt, Serena

took a chance and sent off her budding novel to a

competition called Undiscovered Voices, an initiative

by the Society of Children’s Book Writers and

Illustrators British Isles to help fresh, new voices in

children’s literature.

“I got an email to say I’d been longlisted, which was

amazing,” she says. “And then a few weeks later I got

a phone call, which I honestly thought was a prank,

saying I was a finalist for the competition.”

The finalists’ work is published in an anthology

which gets sent to major agents and publishing

houses, which greatly increases an author’s chance of

getting a book deal.

“It’s really well thought of in the world of publishing

and it opens a window of opportunity,” says Serena.

“I was getting emails from agents and publishers

wanting to read the full book, which I hadn’t even

finished!

“Golden Egg have a ‘first look’ deal with a literary

agent called Kate Shaw, and because of all the

publicity with Undiscovered Voices they wanted to

show her the book in its current state.”

Serena met with Kate, who loved the novel,

and the duo started working together to

hone Anisha Mistry until the story was

ready to face the publishers.

As a debut novelist, getting that big break

which sees your work make its way into

print and onto bookshelves up and down

the country is the stuff of dreams - and for

many budding authors, a dream is how

it remains. But Serena’s story sparked a flurry of

excitement in the publishing world, not only landing

her a book deal, but seeing her creation become the

subject of a bidding war between four publishing

houses.

“Because of all the interest in the novel we’d given

publishers a one-month deadline to declare their

interest,” explains Serena. “On deadline day I went

to the cinema with my niece as a distraction because

I knew I’d be climbing the walls all day if I didn’t do

something. When I came out I had all these messages

and emails, which were offers from publishers.

“With four offers it went to an auction situation,

which I never imagined would happen in my wildest

dreams, it was an amazing situation to be in, just

surreal.”

With the first Anisha Mistry book due to be

published early next year, Serena is now working on

the second and third books in the series.

“Anisha has really resonated with publishers and the

children I’ve shown the book too,” says Serena.

“There’s a big thing at the moment about

representation in children’s books. When I was

a child the books I read were wonderful, I loved

reading and escaping into books. But I couldn’t

see myself in those books as a British Indian child.

And now the industry is working towards having

more books with Black, Asian or other Minority

Ethnic (BAME) main characters, so children can

see themselves in the books they read. I feel it’s

an important thing to do and I’m lucky to be in a

position to do it.”

This month Serena will be sharing tales about her

journey into the world of children’s publishing

at Kenilworth Arts Festival’s literary weekend on

September 22, as part of a panel of industry experts

looking at the challenges and opportunities in the

book world.

“When I started with the Golden Egg course I never

envisaged any of this,” says Serena. “I didn’t ever

imagine I’d actually get a publishing deal and be able

to say ‘my book’s coming out next year’.”

ROALD DAHL WAS

SERENA’S OWN

FAVOURITE AUTHOR

AS A CHILD

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FEATURE

Five minutes with Lewis Smith

AS THE UK’S YOUNGEST FESTIVAL DIRECTOR, KENILWORTH ARTS FESTIVAL HEAD LEWIS SMITH HAS

CREATED AN ECLECTIC ARTS EXTRAVAGANZA IN THE WARWICKSHIRE TOWN. HE CHATS TO AMY

NORBURY AHEAD OF THIS YEAR’S PROGRAMME, WHICH TAKES PLACE FROM SEPTEMBER 19 TO 28

Kenilworth Arts Festival is set to take over

open spaces, theatres, churches, bookshops

and streets this month, transforming

Warwickshire’s famous historic town into a

world-class stage for arts, music, performance

and the spoken word.

The festival’s literary weekend will see

Walsall author Serena Patel take to the

stage for a discussion about the children’s

publishing industry, as well as appearances

from renowned writers including best-selling

author of The Shock of the Fall, Nathan

Filer, and award-winning Guardian journalist

Amelia Gentleman, whose tenacious work

exposed the Windrush scandal.

Director Lewis Smith has been the driving force

behind the festival since its relaunch from an old arts

festival back in 2016, when he was still a student at

the University of Warwick.

“We wanted to bring high quality arts events to

the county,” he explains. “Kenilworth has lots of

really unique spaces and we thought it would be an

interesting experiment to bring together a series of

one-off events featuring world-class musicians and

visual artists to different venues around the town.

“We’ve been growing year on year since, and 2019

is our biggest year yet with more than 35 events

taking place in venues around the town over ten days,

ranging from concerts to talks and readings, UK

premieres, art installations and street parties - it’s a

very eclectic programme.

“One of the most exciting developments with the

programme this year is that it’s championing new

work and collaborations between artists. And this

year we’ve got some really exciting and unique art

installations which will be on display around the

town.”

One of the most intriguing is the work of Irish

sculptor Donnacha Cahill; ‘the Gramophone’ is a

10ft mobile fully-working gramophone which will

be making its way around the town throughout the

festival.

THIS GIANT

GRAMAPHONE WILL

BE MAKING ITS WAY

AROUND KENILWORTH

DURING THE FESTIVAL

“It really is a thing of wonder,” says Lewis. “We’re

going to be touring it around town and trying to get

the whole town involved in the festival. People can

bring along their own records and get them played

on the giant gramophone - I think it will be really

quite a spectacle.

“It’s a relatively small programme so it’s really

important that we believe in everyone we put on,”

adds Lewis.

“My personal highlight - if I had to pick one event

- is the opening concert on September 19, where we

have New Zealand singer-songwriter Nadia Reed

coming over to do a one-off solo concert in a 12th

century church. Nadia is a phenomenal musician

who has been on Later...With Jools Holland and has

been nominated for New Zealand’s biggest arts prizes

and has received global acclaim for her music.

“I’ve been a fan for a long time and every year I’ve

emailed her booking agent asking if she might be

in the UK, and every year - given the geographical

inconvenience with her being based in New Zealand

- the answer has been no, until this year when it

became possible. So it really is a dream to be able to

welcome Nadia to the festival.”

For more information visit

www.kenilworthartsfestival.co.uk

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knee pain

“I was standing up the same day, completely pain free, but the

key for me was being given permission to sit back on my horse.”

Sally Johnson, Mako robotically assisted hip replacement patient at Spire Little Aston

Come along to our free event to meet the experts at

Spire Little Aston Hospital.

We are offering free consultations with two of our

specialist orthopaedic consultants, Mr Arbuthnot and

Mr Makrides. During your appointment, you will have

the chance to discuss your symptoms and receive

expert advice on the treatment options available.

Meet the experts

Monday 30 September, 6.30pm

Hip and knee pain

Book to see an expert today

Search ‘Spire Little Aston Hospital’

Call 0121 514 7034

* Mini consultations are an opportunity to ask any questions you have about surgery and are not a formal

outpatient consultation. If you wish to proceed to surgery or your consultant suggests that further treatment

may be necessary, a full outpatient appointment will be required to assess your suitability for surgery/treatment.


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 TWO-HOUSE SITE WHERE

TRADITIONAL MEETS CONTEMPORARY IN A GLORIOUS RURAL SETTING

Hillside Farm and Hoggrills House, Hoggrills End Lane, Nether Whitacre: £1,400,000

On the market with Kingsman Estate Agents: 0121 695 7785 or 01926 494 556

THE AGENT SAYS: A rare opportunity to acquire two

properties, independently run from one another but situated on

the same gorgeous plot of 3.5 acres and semi rural setting.

Hillside Farm offers a characterful four bedroom country

residence full of period and character beams and a fantastic

blueprint for those looking to modernise to their own tastes and

style.

Briefly, the accommodation presents a welcoming reception

hallway with guest WC, magnificent quadruple aspect lounge

with great views, large garden room, separate dining room,

open plan kitchen with family room and breakfast area summer

kitchen doubling as a utility and rear boot room.

The first floor offers a tremendous principal bedroom with walk

in wardrobe and luxury en-suite. Three further double bedrooms

share a family bathroom and all enjoy wonderful, uninterrupted

views to rear.

Hoggrills House stands discreetly to the side of the main

residence. With boundary fencing the two could feel worlds

apart as each property enjoys its own gated driveway access.

The recent conversion undertaken has all been motivated by a

desire to keep the onward maintenance and running costs low

(near Carbon Neutral) it offers underfloor heating throughout,

solar panels, Air Source heat pump – just take a look at the EPC

rating.

To offer as a rental we understand the property could provide

a return in the region of £2,500 pcm. Alternatively it would

be the perfect residence for extended family wishing to retain

independence but still within a heartbeat of the family! Outside

the grounds extend to 3.5 acres and are the perfect therapy to

unwind from the toils of the working week and a great place for

children to play freely and safely – who could ask for more?

W E L O V E :

TWO FABULOUSLY DIFFERENT

PROPERTIES ON ONE STUNNING PLOT

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INTERIORS

Get the

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IT’S been one of the strongest and most enduring

colour trends of the past few years and, as we head into

autumn, green’s reign as the interior colour du jour

shows no signs of slowing down. Away from the fresh

greens of spring and the vibrant jewel-tones which

created a lush, tropical vibe throughout the summer

months, this season’s greens are deeper, more muted and

almost moody.

This year Farrow and Ball released Bancha, a deep

green inspired by the Japanese tea of the same name,

and with a real oriental vibe its sober tone is perfect for

creating a sense of calm and serenity.

Search out forest, olive and sage hues for walls with

impact to create a protective haven. Team with rich

mahogany and walnut woods, and gold metals for an

opulent vibe, or opt for white accents and pale woods to

create a more pared back look.

Keep the green tones running throughout your scheme

with accessories and furniture pieces to maximise the

statement.

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FERN IN LUSH GREEN WALLPAPER, £85,

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HEALTH |

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Time for a Hand

Health Check

Put your hands in our hands

Our hands are so important to us, yet like many other areas of health and wellbeing

we take them for granted and probably don’t look after them as much as we could.

There are many things we can do to ensure we keep our hands in the best of health.

Avoid Static or Repetitive

Activities

When you stay in one position

for a long time some muscles

overwork pulling the joint out

of alignment. This leads to

more pain and damage to the

joint. Take regular rests when

performing repetitive activities.

Avoid Prolonged Periods of

Activity

Try to begin to become aware

of the warning signs you feel

that your joints are becoming

fatigued or strained and stop

before you reach this point in

the future.

Avoid Activities that Require

Prolonged Gripping

Tight small grips place increased

strain through the joints which

will increase your pain and can

further damage your joints. It

is better to avoid it. There are

many ways to reduce small or

prolonged gripping. E.g. use

thick or padded pens for writing,

rest books on a table or book

rest and use easy grip cutlery

and utensils.

Balance of Rest and Activity

It is important to balance your

rest and activity to allow your

joints time to rest and repair.

Try to stop before you feel tired

or are in pain and avoid activities

that you can’t stop when you

need to. Try to plan ahead and

keep a diary allowing rest and

activity periods.

At The Midland Hand Clinic, lead

by Mr G Shyamalan, Consultant

Hand Surgeon, we work closely

with all our patients before,

during and after treatment

to provide expert advice on

protecting and caring for our

hands and joints.

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.

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Call: 07815 460786 - 01827 892952

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Do you have Rheumatoid Arthritis?

We are running a free meet the expert evening on Wed 18th Sept 7-9pm in association with the National Rheumatoid Arthritis

Society at the Silhillians Sports Club, Warwick Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 9LW. Come along to join us for a talk from Mr Shyamalan

and let us help answer any questions you may have on management and treatment options for Rheumatoid Arthritis of the hand,

wrist or elbow. Places are limited so please call 01827 892 952 to reserve your place.

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INTERIORS

Weave

some magic

AS we’re becoming increasingly more conscious of

our environment and the effect that we have on it, it’s

no surprise that we are seeking more natural, organic

designs to fill our homes. In the spirit of recycling,

there’s also an element of what goes around comes

around, and a much-loved trend from decades past is

seeing a resurgence in our homes for 2019.

Rattan and wicker was a huge hit in the 70s and one

that lasted a good decade - remember the iconic peacock

chair which kickstarted the trend? And after years of

being relegated to conservatory and outdoor furniture,

rattan is back on the interior it-list.

Craftsmanship as a whole has been a key trend of

2019 and this iteration forgoes those synthetic rattans

we’ve become used to in favour of embracing natural

materials and weaves.

In its natural, organic state rattan works wonders with

neutral or earthy tones, and pairs perfectly with other

natural materials such as linen, wood and stone to create

a calming decor scheme.

From woven seats, cabinet fronts and screens, to light

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two years later they moved the giftware business into

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Heritage Rooms.

Filled with an eclectic range of interior gifts, the

business outgrew its premises and has now relocated

to Tudor Row in Lichfield city centre, a picturesque

walk-through pathway lined with several interesting

and inviting shops situated alongside the historic

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Set over two floors, Heritage offers a diverse range

of tasteful giftware, encompassing home interior

products such as lamps, throws, unusual candles

and no end of quirky gift ideas. One of their most

popular lines is the unique suspended fairy and

mermaid wire sculptures which are truly unique to

Heritage.

Noreen has also diversified her stock and added

a small selection of children’s organic clothing,

ladieswear and fashion jewellery, as well as a wide

range of greetings cards which are a delight to the

more discerning card buyer.

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Richard is also happy to undertake commissions working from

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I N T E R I O R S

Designs on interiors

INTERIOR DESIGNER PREET ANAND, OF MOOD INTERIORS,

EXPLAINS WHY DIY MIGHT NOT BE ALL IT’S CRACKED UP TO BE

INTERIOR DESIGNER PREET ANAND

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With inspiration from so many interior design

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your home yourself. But where do you begin? And

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hard-earned money trying to achieve the seemingly

unachievable?

We caught up with interior designer Preet Anand, of

Mere Green-based Mood Interiors, to talk about why

opting to hire an experienced interior designer might

actually be more cost-effective than you might think.

“I’m often approached by clients who want their

home to have the wow factor, but don’t know

where to start. Many people have already had a go

themselves and spent considerable sums on interiors

that don’t give them the result they’d hoped for, or

have purchased expensive pieces that have quickly

gone out of fashion,” says Preet.

“One of the examples I like to use here is the yellow

and grey trend. Used correctly, it’s a fantastic colour

combination, but it’s now so popular that it has lost

its luxurious and exclusive feel.

“Striking the balance between luxury, exclusivity and

practicality is a fine art – and by basing your interiors

on what’s hot right now, might mean you’re investing

in new interiors every three to four months.

“For most of us, this approach isn’t possible. So,

when working with my clients, I always ensure

that the starting point is finding out as much as I

can about them. This means I am able to create a

luxurious space that truly reflects their personality,

and one that they love for years to come.

“This approach is far more sustainable, and really

showcases what a person or family is all about.”

So, what exactly does an interior designer do?

“Many people are surprised to learn that, as an

interior designer, you wear many hats. From creative

visionary to project manager and chief product

sourcer and negotiator, there’s little that we don’t

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:One of the key perks to hiring an interior designer

is that we have access to all the trades and people a

project might need. This takes any headaches away

from the client and enables them to focus on other

things.”

So, what’s Preet’s advice for people looking to spruce

up their property?

“When it comes to luxury interiors, there’s a definite

shift away from high street looks and a growing

demand for more original, artisan pieces that ooze

wow factor. Whether it’s a bold, hand illustrated

wallpaper or a striking piece of furniture design, it’s

definitely the little details that will set your property

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“If you’re looking to inject je ne sais quoi into your

home, be sure to take the time to source unique items

and don’t be constrained by the trend of the month.

Follow your heart and go with what you love – after

all, it’s your space to express yourself!

“Finally, don’t be scared to inject some colour to your

surroundings. Colours can have a huge impact on

your mood, so why not be brave and try something

new?”

Due to an unprecedented demand for luxuriously

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F E AT U R E

A successful sale

DESIGNER GOODS AND CHARITY LOTS WENT UNDER THE HAMMER IN LICHFIELD FOR

RICHARD WINTERTON AUCTIONEERS’ FIRST SPECIALIST WATCH & DESIGNER SALE

A glittering auction in the heart of

Lichfield has raised £1,500 for charity.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers’ Watch

& Designer Sale at St Mary’s in the

Market Square generated £1,000 for We

Love Lichfield and a further £500 for

the Guild of St Mary’s.

The July sale began with three charity

lots – a 2019 ICC World Cup England

jersey, fully signed by the England team

at Edgbaston before the semi-final

against Australia; a cricket bat signed

by cricketer Graeme Swann and sports

broadcaster Pat Murphy; and a limited

edition RAF Red Arrows 2019 artwork

signed by ‘Red 1’ through to ‘Red 10’

and the aerobatic team’s commanders,

donated by Michael Mullarkey and

Michael’s Menswear.

These resulted in a total of £500 raised for the We

Love Lichfield fund.

THIS 18CT CARTIER WRISTWATCH SPARKED A BIDDING

FRENZY BEFORE FINALLY SELLING FOR £7,400

AUCTIONEER RICHARD WINTERTON

DURING THE SALE AT ST MARY’S

A percentage from the entire auction is also to be

donated to We Love Lichfield, with a matched

amount going to The Guild Of St Mary’s – equating

to £500 each.

In the past year, Richard Winterton Auctioneers has

already presented £3,000 to We Love Lichfield. With

this latest amount and fundraising continuing, family

firm is well on the way to the £5,000 milestone.

Introducing the auction, We Love Lichfield patron

Simon Price said the fund is ‘giving money back to

our community’.

“Volunteers are wonderful people. Lichfield is full of

volunteers and you don’t realise how wonderful these

people are until you actually meet them,” he said.

“Lichfield is getting bigger, funding is getting smaller

and the pressure on voluntary groups is just growing

and growing and growing.

“We raise money, we invest money and we give that

money back. It’s like a pension fund for the future –

the pot never gets smaller.

“We aim to give £50,000 a year away and [since the

fund started] already we have helped 154 different

voluntary organisations in the district of Lichfield.

“By Christmas 2019 we will have given back to our

own community £200,000. But we do need to do

more – it’s about helping our own community, our

own people.”

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Richard Winterton said: “We Love Lichfield is such

an important fund which helps so many small local

voluntary-run clubs and projects which so often

provide an absolute lifeline in their community.

“It is a real privilege to be involved in this wonderful

organisation and we are delighted to have been able

to help.”

The auction featured a fabulous array of designer

items and luxury objects of desire, including Rolex

watches and Chanel handbags.

The 140 lots included a fabulous 18ct Cartier

wristwatch with a long rectangular case and a signed

Jaeger LeCoultre movement, which sparked a

bidding frenzy before finally selling for £7,400.

Richard Winterton Auctioneers has a long-term

partnership with St Mary’s in the Market Square and

offers free expert appraisals of jewellery, watches and

designer items in the upper floor exhibition space

every Monday (except Bank Holidays) from 9.30am-

12.30pm.

And due to popular demand, free valuations are also

now being offered weekly by Richard Winterton

Auctioneers in the Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield.

Specialists will be giving auction estimates on all

manner of items including watches, jewellery,

pictures, whisky, wine, port, works of art, antiques

and luxury designer goods at The Trinity Centre,

Church Hill, Mill Street, Sutton Coldfield, between

2pm-3.30pm every Monday (except Bank Holidays).

Visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk.

Another specialist Watch & Designer Sale at St

Mary’s is in the pipeline for later in the year.

For more details on Richard Winterton Auctioneers’

Designer Goods department, email

ben@richardwinterton.co.uk.

For jewellery valuations, house clearances,

professional insurance valuations and probate

services, email office@richardwinterton.co.uk or

telephone 01543 251081.

THESE CHRISTIAN LOUBOUTIN BLACK PATENT HEELED

SHOES WITH THE ICONIC RED SOLE SOLD FOR £240

WE LOVE LICHFIELD PATRON SIMON PRICE

INTRODUCING THE AUCTION

THE SIGNED 2019 ICC WORLD CUP

ENGLAND JERSEY AND THE CRICKET

BAT SIGNED BY GRAEME SWANN AND

SPORTS BROADCASTER PAT MURPHY

THIS SINGLE STONE DIAMOND

PENDANT SOLD FOR £1,600

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F O O D & D R I N K

Welsh wonders

GREAT BRITISH MENU CHAMPION ELLIS BARRIE, OF THE MARRAM GRASS

IN ANGLESEY, SERVED UP A DELECTABLE MENU OF WELSH WONDERS AT THE

LATEST SAUCE SUPPER CLUB, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERED

ELLIS BARRIE, HEAD CHEF OF THE

MARRAM GRASS IN ANGLESEY,

WAS THE STAR OF A RECENT

SAUCE SUPPER CLUB EVENING

When it comes to fine dining offerings in Lichfield,

pop-up wonders Sauce Supper Club have earned

an enviable reputation for putting together events to

whet every foodie’s appetite, bringing them back for

more and more.

Attracting star culinary names from near and far to

the cathedral city, diners have been lucky enough

to be able to sample exciting tasting menus from

local leading lights including Midlands Michelin

stars Glynn Purnell, Brad Carter, Adam Stokes, Rob

Palmer and Luke Tipping, as well as Alex Claridge

of Brum hotspot The Wilderness and a host of

MasterChef finalists including Brummie wonders

Louisa Ellis and Leo Kattou, and current incumbent

Laurence Henry alongside fellow finalists Oli Martin,

Matthew Ryle and Dean Banks.

And if that isn’t enough to get your tastebuds

tingling, there have been visits from renowned chefs

from further afield including two Michelin-starred

Tom Kerridge, Gareth Ward of Wales’ first ever

five rosette restaurant Ynyshir, Simon Hulstone of

Torquay’s The Elephant - home of the best value

Michelin-starred lunch in the UK, and a whole host

of exciting, up-and-coming talent.

The supper club’s latest outing saw genial - or

should that be genius? - Liverpudlian (and honorary

Welshman) Ellis Barrie popping up at The Barn in

Lichfield with a delectable culinary celebration of the

best of Wales.

Proprietor of the Marram Grass in Anglesey - widely

regarded as one of the finest eateries in Wales - Ellis’s

passion for food started at an early age, beginning his

culinary journey by attending junior cooking courses

at a local community college in Liverpool. In 2005,

aged just 15, he started at the city’s 2 AA Rosette

Radisson Blue Filini under Chris Marshall, whom he

followed to Panoramic 34 also in Liverpool.

After a stint in Australia, Ellis joined his family as

they relocated to run a caravan park in Anglesey.

Alongside brother Liam, he quickly transformed an

old chicken shed on the Anglesey coast into one of

the most talked about restaurants in Wales, and in

2013 the Marram Grass won Best Bistro/Brasserie

of the Year at the Anglesey Tourism Awards,

attracting the attention of the Good Food Guide in

the process. Ellis himself picked up an Acorn award

from The Caterer as one of the most promising

figures under 30 in hospitality.

With his culinary career on an upward trajectory, it

was his appearance on TV favourite Great British

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Menu which propelled Ellis, and the Marram

Grass, to stardom.

The self-taught chef was named the North West

champion on the hit BBC show for the past two

years running, impressing the judges with his

creativity and ebullience and beating the eight

other finalists to cook the fish course for the final

banquet at the second time of asking.

Ellis’s Supper Club menu got off to a flying

start with a mouthwatering morsel - a Menai

oyster with dill, pork fat and a smoked Solaris

vinaigrette. The treat was beautifully presented

and created a wonderful mouthful, with the rich,

crispy pork fat and dill freshness adding depth

and textural contrast to the smoothness and

intense sea flavours of the oyster.

Fans of The Great British Menu may remember

Ellis’s Wyau Ynys Mon starter, which won rave

reviews from the judges - and the version served

up to Supper Club guests won rave reviews

from us too. Served up in a delicate eggshell,

the Anglesey poached egg was unctuous, combined

with a lavish potato and leek mousse and a cheddar

and charcoal crumb; it was an innovative dish which

certainly impressed.

Unsurprisingly given Anglesey’s coastal location,

Ellis’s menu had a prominent featuring of seafood;

up next was a rather wonderful take on a risotto.

Using celeriac in place of rice and laced with a

generous smattering of brown Anglesey crab, this

was a firm favourite, with plenty of bite coming from

the celeriac and sea vegetables and sea buckthorn

balancing the sweet crabmeat.

Home-reared pork is a mainstay of the Marram

Grass menu; the Barrie brothers quickly expanded

from growing their own veg to keeping pigs in order

to offer the best pork around, breeding their stock

to have plenty of fat, which aids the cooking process

and adds flavour.

And the Supper Club menu also made the most of

their porky produce, from the fat accompanying the

oyster and the pork fat butter which we slathered

liberally on slices of treacle bread, to the main event.

A simply beautiful piece of aged pork with the most

delicious layer of gently rendered fat, accompanied

by a sweet carrot puree and a luscious sauce dubbed

‘Anglesey XO’ - a flavour bomb of dried seafood and

ham - it was just sublime.

Onto the menu’s sweet treats and the ‘cheese’ course

of Anglesey sheeps’ cheese, burnt pastry and a celery

sorbet was a nicely refreshing pre-dessert.

And a pud combining three of my favourite things -

coffee, chocolate and cherries - was a glorious end to

proceedings.

After a wonderful feast, we were lucky enough to

grab a few words with the man himself. Nicknamed

‘the laughing chef ’ on The Great British Menu, Ellis

was as affable in person as he appears on screen,

happy to chat despite being in the middle of a rather

busy service in a strange kitchen.

Although, he explains, he’s used to hectic - as well

as running the kitchen show at the Marram Grass

(brother Liam, meanwhile, is the business brains),

he’s dad to not-quite-two-year-old Albert, as well as

being busy setting up the Barrie brothers’ second

restaurant back in their home city of Liverpool -

which is certainly set to be one to look out for.

Exciting chefs, enticing menus and a convivial

evening with like-minded foodies are hallmarks of

Sauce Supper Clubs offerings, and once again they

delivered in spades. Who’s next for the bright lights

of Lichfield? Watch this space.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Perfect pairings

THIS MONTH THE GINTLEMAN, THE MIDLANDS’ LEADING RACONTEUR AT HOUSE PARTIES

AND VENUES THROUGHOUT BIRMINGHAM, SHARES HIS MUSINGS ON GIN MATCHING

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BLOODY SHIRAZ GIN

When you think of gin, your mind may

automatically turn to a tonic match, then onto

seeing how good your garnish game is in order to

create the perfect G&T. A free-to-download app for

iPhone or Android called Ginventory should now

alleviate those combination headaches. And so the

next phase to master is ‘What food will work for my

next G&T soirée?’

Gin’s a surprisingly versatile drink to snack

match; aside from the plethora of cake-flavoured

gin liqueurs, there’s that afternoon tea staple of

cucumber sandwiches, or scones with clotted cream

and Pinksters gin-infused jam.

I’m sure you’re all aware of foods with the words

‘gin and tonic’ in the title, whether it’s crisps,

popcorn, ice cream, lollies and chocolate, or ginfused

cheese, sausages and salmon and so on; mayonnaise,

thankfully, may be a bridge too far! I do like the look

of Patchworks pâtés - pheasant liver with Chase

Sloe and Mulberry Gin, with its autumnal hedgerow

flavours for later this year. But I digress.

Over the last few years at my bite size gin tastings,

I’ve placed an emphasis on serving simple hors

d’oeuvres that compliment the citrus, floral, spicy,

savoury and fruity flavour profiles, as well as the

botanical compositions that categorise the most

popular gins. Here are a selection of non gin tainted

appetisers...

Nuts

Almonds, with their smooth, salty, rich and creamy

nuttiness balance citrus, floral and woody notes in

gin, as do hazelnuts and macadamias.

Seafood

Cold cured smoked salmon, such as Heston’s

Lapsang Souchong tea smoked salmon with

an added citrus bite of lemon juice, will always

compliment the variety of citrus, floral and

herbaceous themed gins plus salted foraged

botanicals like samphire and seaweeds. Ideal when

complemented with dill and capers or cucumber

ribbons on a cocktail blini pancake. Also try crab

cakes with a citrus aioli, mackerel pâté, scallops and

oysters or quality sushi with a Japanese gin and yuzu

tonic.

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Indian starters

Gin’s botanicals lend themselves very well to being

paired with the variety of spices used in Indian

cooking including three Cs: coriander, cardamom

and Ceylon Champagne aka cinnamon. Try

tandoori prawns, pakoras, samosas and dusted

masala popcorn or, for the more adventurous,

mango and chilli paneer or, as served at a Passage to

Gindia event recently, lamb nargisi kofta, an Indian

style scotch egg made with a quails’ egg and spicy

lamb, served with pickled onions and chutney.

Cheese and crackers

Gin and tonics pair well with cheese (so much so I’m

running several gin and cheese evenings later in the

year) especially strong-flavoured varieties that hold

their own on a nice charcoal cracker, so here’s a few

combinations to wet the appetite:

Slingsby Gooseberry and Fevertree Elderflower with

sliced pear, a flavoured honey, walnut and goats

cheese/chèvre: this combo also works great with

citrusy G&Ts or pick up some Joe & Sephs goats

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Whitley Quince and Lamb & Watt Cucumber tonic

with the fragrant hybrid apple and pear’s partner in

crime, Manchego.

And referring back to sloe gin as a poor man’s

Port from last months article, Chase Sloe Gin and

Mulberry or a Four Pillars Bloody Shiraz is a taste

revelation with Pedrino Port tonic and the Rolls

Royce of stilton - Colston Bassett - available from

Anderson & Hill in Birmingham’s Great Western

Arcade.

TEAM SLINGSBY

GOOSEBERRY WITH FEVER

TREE ELDERFLOWER TONIC

AND GOATS’ CHEESE

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Christmas Party Nights

Celebrate in style! Includes a glass of prosecco on arrival, 3 course

meal and disco. Various dates available. From £28 pp

Murder Mystery Evenings

Something a bit different and with plenty of yuletide fun!

3rd, 10th, 16th & 17th December. £42.50 pp

Christmas Carols & Afternoon Tea

A deliciously festive afternoon tea with carols from our live choir.

3rd, 10th, 16th & 17th December. £25 pp

Family Lunch with Santa

Enjoy a 3 course lunch with a magic show and visit from Santa.

1st, 8th, 15th, 21st & 22nd December. £29 per adult, £20 per child.

Christmas Party Nights

Celebrate in style! Includes a glass of prosecco on arrival,

3 course meal and disco. Various dates available. From £26 pp

Wreath Making Workshops

A two hour workshop with mulled wine and nibbles.

27th & 28th November. £36 pp

Christmas Carols & Afternoon Tea

A deliciously festive afternoon tea with carols from our live choir.

5th, 13th, 18th December. £19.50 pp

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

0121 308 3751 www.moorhallhotel.co.uk

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Vegetarian, vegan and gluten

free options available

Unique wine list, French/

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J’AIME HAS TEAMED UP WITH LANIQUE SPIRIT OF ROSE TO OFFER READERS THE CHANCE TO WIN A

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Over the course of two hours, the VIP prize winner and

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MEET THE ARTIST EXHIBITION

Saturday 21st September 1-3pm

We are delighted to welcome the talented artist Kimberley

Harris to the gallery for her exhibition at Bluebird Fine Art.

Kimberley’s highly textured oil paintings focus on the natural

beauty of the countryside and radiate feelings of warmth, peace

and tranquility. With her originals being in high demand we are

thrilled to offer you an opportunity to view a wide range of her

paintings during our exhibition.

Kimberley will be personally unveiling her new collection on

Saturday 21st September between 1-3pm and we do hope you

will join us for a wonderful afternoon of art.

RSVP to info@bluebirdfineart.co.uk or

contact the gallery on 01283 204753

Bluebird Fine Art,

Mercia Marina, Findern Ln,

Willington DE65 6DW

Open: Monday - Saturday 10am - 5pm, Sunday 10.30am - 4.30pm

T: 01283 204753 info@bluebirdfineart.co.uk www.bluebirdfineart.co.uk

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WHETHER YOU LONG FOR SOME PEACEFUL DOWN TIME WITH YOUR PARTNER, OR AN ESCAPE FROM THE

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Located in the shadows of Lichfield, this newly-opened

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Situated on a working farm that dates back to 1914, the

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the peaceful surroundings of Staffordshire farmland as

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also on the doorstep.

When back at the barn, guests are treated to

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“We’re excited for 2019 and beyond and look forward

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Tuppenhurst Barn is situated on Tuppenhurst Lane,

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F U R N I T U R E • G I F T S • A C C E S S O R I E S

Inspirationally French

La Maison Bleue, Heart of the Country Village, WS14 9QR

Tel: 01543 481414 - Email: info@lamaisonbleue.co.uk

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coffee and cake.

Open: 9:00am - 5:00pm Monday-Sunday

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H E A LT H

Beat the post-holiday blues

SLAP, BANG... JUST LIKE THAT, SUMMER IS OVER AND IT’S BACK TO THE GRIND, SAYS LICHFIELD’S

FAVOURITE PERSONAL TRAINER RAÚL ROMERO, OF AMBITION PERSONAL TRAINING

Had a fab summer? Been away somewhere nice and

hot? Enjoyed time with family and friends? Most of

us definitely have, and then all of a sudden in the

blink of an eye, summer is over, and winter looms

ahead.

In the UK, more than 50 per cent of us experience

post-holiday blues upon returning back to the same,

monotonous grind after the holidays. We come back

refreshed and ready to take on the world, but soon

realise that nothing has changed and it’s back to the

same daily repetitive routine.

So how can we put those post-holiday blues to bed

for good?

Well first and foremost, recognising and accepting

that unless we consciously MAKE some changes,

nothing will change and we will continue to feel as

‘blue’ as we do.

The first step in taking control of making changes

is simply, making a list. Taking some time out in the

day to sit down and note the things we want, and

things we don’t want. Although it sounds easy, it is

often harder than we expect as it makes us really

think about the changes we need to make to beat the

blues and make us happier.

Secondly, PLANNING is key. As fun as it is booking

holidays, it’s unrealistic to live from holiday to

holiday when the majority of us take one ‘proper’

holiday a year. Surely we can’t expect to only be

truly happy once a year while sunning ourselves and

sipping something tasty? This is where PLANNING

really is key. Sit down with your diary and plan in

things to look forward to NOW, this week… it could

be something simple like meeting up with an old

friend, booking a table at a new restaurant or even

trying a new exercise class.

With all the best intentions in the world, if these

things aren’t planned in, they just won’t happen, and

the monotonous daily routine cycle will continue

without change.

Thirdly, get CREATIVE! Do something a little bit

different, maybe even pushing yourself out of your

comfort zone. It could be taking on a new hobby,

learning a new language (Spanish for example!), or

cooking a new recipe - perhaps even emulating your

favourite holiday dish and experiencing a piece of

that happiness and recreating those memories in the

comfort of your own home.

TRY SOMETHING

NEW - LIKE A NEW

FITNESS CLASS

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Raul’s fresh and creamy hummus

This year, I have been fortunate enough to visit

the Middle East. One of the highlights for me

was the food, in particular what I really enjoyed

was the beautiful soft creamy hummus. I’ve been

craving it ever since, so I did exactly as above,

and have tried a fresh hummus recipe to enjoy

in the comfort of my own home. For me, it is

something so simple, yet healthy and enjoyable.

The best thing is, I can whip it up in only ten

minutes.

INGREDIENTS:

A 400g can of drained chickpeas

2 tbsp of extra virgin olive oil

3 tbsp tahini paste (I usually use Sainsburys own

brand)

1 garlic clove, peeled and crushed

Juice of 1 lemon

METHOD:

• Rinse the chickpeas under cold water

• Blend the chickpeas

• Add the olive oil, garlic, lemon juice and tahini

• Add 1/4 glass of water (approx. depending on

your preferred consistency)

• Blend the above until it reaches a smooth,

creamy consistency

Serve and enjoy with fresh pita or flatbread, or a

healthier alternative such as crudités.

A lot of my clients have been away over the

summer period and I look forward to welcoming

them back, ready to kickstart a new fitness

season. There are a plethora of different fitness

sessions at the Ambition PT studio everyday

that can be found at www.ambitionpt.co.uk. For

more information or to try a session at Ambition,

contact Raúl at raul@ambitionpt.co.uk.

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T R AV E L

Island paradise

SAMUEL COOPER, FROM LUXURY TRAVEL SPECIALIST RB COLLECTION, ESCAPES TO THE

INDIAN OCEAN TO EXPLORE THE TROPICAL ISLANDS OF THE MALDIVES AND FIND HIS HAPPY PLACE

THE MALDIVES IS FAMED

FOR ITS WHITE SANDS AND

TURQUOISE SEAS

I have been very lucky to travel to some amazing

destinations during my time at RB Collection,

but this trip was a far cry from my adventures to

Costa Rica, Thailand and South Africa where I

focussed more on cultural and wildlife experiences.

The Maldives has always been the ultimate beach

destination where you can really unwind and switch

off. For those who know me well, I don’t switch off,

and I rarely unwind, so that in itself was going to be

a new experience.

My journey began at Birmingham Airport where I

would fly to the Maldives via Istanbul with Turkish

Airlines. Check in was a breeze and on this occasion,

I used the fast track lane (highly recommended

during busy times) so I could make the most of the

VIP lounge before departure.

A comfortable four-hour flight took me to Istanbul’s

brand-new airport which covers 76 million square

metres, which cost a staggering US$12 billion to

build and transports 90 million passengers a year!

Once the entire airport is complete in 2025, it will

be able to handle 200 million passengers a year and

will be the world’s largest airport. The airport is

light, bright and very well signposted throughout. It’s

difficult to get lost here which surprised me.

An eight-hour flight from Istanbul took me to Male

Airport in the Maldives. The airport itself is very

small and you are out before you know it. When you

walk into the arrival’s hall, you are greeted by all the

various hotel representatives ready to whisk you away

by speedboat to your little piece of heaven. It had a

magical charm about it with all the boats waiting to

transport the arriving guests, a very different feel to

any place I had ever experienced before.

I meet my hotel representative and he showed me the

speedboat which would take me to my first hotel for

the night, a 40-minute journey to Helengeli which

was located in the North Male Atoll.

With zero expectations I arrived in style to golden

sand beaches, and every shade of blue you could

think of. From here I could experience 20 nearby

dive sites as well as snorkelling on the house reef and

even channel diving.

The next day, after breakfast on the terrace, I visited

the PADI School and met up with a diving expert

who took me out to sea to see what was hiding

underneath. I saw an array of sea life, fish of all

shapes and sizes, the colours were breath-taking.

Later that morning, I met with my speedboat crew

who would take me to the next hotel, which was

only a 20-minute ride away. I was greeted in true

Maldivian style, banging drums, horns blowing; I

think all the staff turned up to meet me and I felt

rather special.

The island didn’t seem too small or even too big. The

staff were really friendly, everything was pristine, and

looking fresh.

I was guided to my one-bedroom pool villa where I

would spend the next two nights. The rooms were

spacious, warm, and the amenities were of higher

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A ROOM WITH A VIEW AT OZEN

quality. My room felt private with the foliage, plus

I could hear the lapping waves of the sea as it was

only a few steps away. That’s what I like about the

Maldives; you are only ever a few feet away from the

calming waters.

The resort also has a beautiful infinity pool which

looks over the beach straight to the sea, this was the

central point of the resort and they also have an

adult only pool hidden away.

Some worry about ‘island-fever’ in the Maldives,

but the resorts combat this by ensuring there is

atmosphere in the resorts (without being too in your

face). On this island, a singer entertained us in the

evening during dinner and drinks and later a DJ gave

the island a real lift. Not all hotels in the Maldives

will have a DJ, especially as many couples are here

on honeymoon, although when I looked around,

everything one seemed happy enjoying the music.

It was great to enjoy my own private pool villa, and a

must for honeymooners!

Here, I enjoyed their restaurant, Just Veg. As the

name says, its serves vegetarian dishes and the variety

and quality of what was on offer was excellent.

As I was eating so much at this point, I made the

most of the gym, which was adjacent to the water

villas, so as you can imagine, when I was on the

treadmill, I felt like I was running into the waves.

It was the best gym view I have ever come across

to date! As with the vast majority of hotels in the

Maldives, you can choose from an array of water

sports and here they promoted sunset fishing too.

I have never been on a seaplane before, so the

journey to my next resort was an experience in itself.

They are much smaller than I thought, but it’s a

great way to see all the various atolls and really take

in the views from above. After 35 minutes, I landed

at Kanfusihi. Once again, I was greeted to drums,

horns and I think the whole island came out to

welcome me.

My first impressions of Kanifushi is that it felt a

much larger island and I certainly had that feeling

that you were the only person around. The width

of the island is 2.5km whereas Male is 1.9km wide

and so if you want a big island with lots of bar and

restaurant options, this is the place to be.

What I really liked about this hotel was if you were

to walk from one side to the next, it would take you

a while but every so often you could find an outdoor

fridge full of drinks, so you never go thirsty.

I had a beach villa at this resort and if you are keen

on a stretch of beach, and more privacy this is a

good option for you.

The quality of the food and the setting was perfect,

this was all I expected of the Maldives. I was sitting

outside eating traditional Maldivian cuisine, my

taste buds were having a feast and so were my other

senses; my eyes could see the blue waves crashing

against the rocks, and I could feel a warm breeze, I

really felt in my happy place.

A range of activities are on offer such as a sunset

cruise, twice daily snorkelling excursions, and a PADI

diving school for those who want to venture further

SAM WAS WELCOMED TO

THE ISLAND IN STYLE

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into the sea plus other water sports.

My final resort stay was my favourite of all the

luxury resorts. We travelled onboard a very swish

speedboat which set the scene for this impressive

destination.

Champagne and strawberries were handed to me

while I took the short walk to reception. There was

not a single cloud in the bright blue sky above, I had

to wear sunglasses looking at the sand, it was bright

white and the sea was clear enough to see fish close

to the shore. I immediately felt like I was in a five-star

hotel, the attention to detail was excellent.

My home for the next couple of nights was a onebedroom

pool beach villa, the best of the entire trip.

It was extremely spacious, warm and inviting, a little

dark - which offered respite from the bright sky and

sand - but once you opened the doors, I was only a

few steps from the sea… absolute bliss!

This was the Maldives of my dreams and it was not

disappointing at all.

Although at other hotels I could see the sunset from

either the bar or my room, at Ozen I really got to

experience it on three occasions. It might sound

trivial, but there is something so beautiful about

watching the sun go down on the horizon in a place

like the Maldives. I would sit on my bean bag, no

music, no books, just the sound of the gentle waves. I

can still feel the warm breeze begin to cool as the sun

went down, I never wanted that moment to end. For

me, they were the highlights of the whole trip.

I found white sand that I thought was reserved

DELICIOUS MALDIVIAN

CUISINE

only for dreams, it was like talcum powder, so soft.

I walked to the other side of the island, which was

only about 500 feet away and the sea here was like a

pond, I could see the fish all round my feet.

Just before bed, I would walk along the beach in the

dark and have a moment to think on my own. I’m

a huge fan of space and what is beyond this world,

so when I looked up and I could see a black cloth

full of white lights, I couldn’t believe my eyes. The

stars were out in full force, and what gave it the wow

factor was when I looked in the distance, I could see

them curve in the sky.

Ozen is an ultra-all-inclusive resort, so you will

struggle to spend your money. Even some spa

treatments are included. They have a huge array of

water sports, sunset cruises, tennis courts and you can

even visit local islands and see how the locals live.

The dining options here were excellent, a real step

up in terms of quality and number of places to eat

and drink. You could have anything from sushi to

Indo-Ceylon which offers Maldivian, Indian and

Sri Lankan fusion dishes, and they even have an

underwater fine dining restaurant; a real food and

dining experience for all your senses.

Like all great trips, they have to come to an end. For

me, the Maldives is definitely the ultimate beach

destination, the best I had ever experienced. It offers

great weather, clear blue sea, white sand and the

resorts appeal to both couples or families.

For me, it will make you reconnect which in today’s

fast-paced, digital world is the most important aspect

of such a trip.

What made it so special for me is that for someone

who can’t relax and is always on the move, this place

makes you take stock, it slows you down without

you even paying attention, and you leave with your

stresses left behind.

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My top tips for

the Maldives

If travelling with a family with small

children, we can advise how shallow

the water is. On some islands, I

found the water was quite shallow

for longer, and in other parts, it

went quite deep rather quickly.

THE STUNNING

MALDIVES FROM THE AIR

I visited during the rainy season and

I was lucky to have one day of rain.

During this time, my pool in the villa

came in very useful as certain islands

do not allow swimming in the sea

for safety reasons.

Find a good book that you want to

read, and a pack of playing cards.

They will come in useful!

Sun cream! Make sure you cover up

well. Even when you think you can’t

get burnt; the UV rays can be high

due to the lack of air pollution.

Seek advice of a specialist. With

so many resorts and islands to

choose from you can quickly make

a bad decision. It will no doubt be

a special trip of a lifetime and so

no one wants to waste their money.

This is where me and my colleagues

can help at RB Collection. Nathan

and Nicola have also visited so you

are in very good hands.

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FA S H I O N

Slow down

IN AN EVER INCREASINGLY FAST-PACED WORLD, IT’S HIGH TIME WE SLOW DOWN AND

TAKE A MORE ETHICAL, SUSTAINABLE APPROACH TO FASHION, SAYS AMY NORBURY

DAME Vivienne Westwood summed it up perfectly

back in 2017 when she stated consumers should “Buy

less, choose well, make it last.” Speaking backstage

at her London Fashion Week Men’s show - where

she paraded a circus-themed collection featuring

recycled plastic bottles as shoes and aluminium cans

pinned to tights as a campaign against fashion waste

- the legendary designer urged the fashion industry

to move away from producing so many cheap

clothes, and for fashion fans to make more conscious

decisions about the life cycle of their purchases.

And so comes the rise of ‘slow fashion’.

In a backlash against the rush of ‘fast fashion’ which

has saturated our high streets thanks to budget

retailers and expanding supermarket fashion aisles

where you can pick up a whole new wardrobe

alongside your weekly shop, more and more

designers and brands are taking a good, hard look

at their ethical credentials and working to provide

consumers with an alternative way of thinking and

shopping.

As consumers are becoming ever more conscious

about their ethical and environmental impact, it’s

time to embrace a more sustainable approach to your

wardrobe choices.

In stark contrast to the high street’s disposable

fashion ethos - with its ‘pile it high, sell it cheap’

mantra - slow fashion is all about taking a long-term

view; shopping sustainably, opting for quality over

quantity and timeless pieces rather than transient

trends.

After all, if you invest in a high quality, well made

classic winter coat which will last decades rather

than buying cheaply every season for something

which won’t last you the year, not only will your

environmental impact be significantly less, but you’ll

actually save money in the long run on a cost-perwear

basis.

Focusing on designing, producing, consuming and

living better, slow fashion is a more sustainable

approach by which designers, buyers, retailers

and consumers are more aware of the impacts of

products on workers, communities and ecosystems.

Set up in 1991 by social entrepreneur Safia Minney,

BROOKLYN DENIM DUNGAREES,

£119, PEOPLE TREE.

WWW.PEOPLETREE.CO.UK

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People Tree were pioneers of ethical and sustainable

fashion, aiming to create stylish, innovative and

affordable fashion while respecting people and the

planet. Designer Stella McCartney made ethical

fashion a pillar of her eponymous label long before

sustainability became an industry buzzword,

establishing herself as the go-to luxury label for

environmentally-friendly fashion, while there are

a whole host of sustainable fashion brands that

produce high-quality, eco-friendly collections.

Luxury shoe brand NAK - short for No Animals

Killed - uses a vegan leather alternative and the

traditional manufacturing methods the Italian shoe

industry is famed for, to create classic but cruelty-free

products, while London-based vegan bag company

Fablou crafts affordable stylish bags ethically

manufactured from super-soft silicone which are

scuff, scratch and stain resistant and designed to last.

And slow fashion doesn’t stop at the point of

purchase. Since the concept is the antithesis of

disposable fashion, you need to think about the life

cycle of your garment once you’ve bought it.

If you’re buying less in the first place - and only

buying what you love - then you’re more likely to love

and cherish each piece, and wanting to wear them

more in the process. Take time to repair - rather than

replace - damaged garments where you can, and

if you decide you’re finished with something then

donate or upcycle into something new, rather than

sending it to landfill.

So the next time you decide on a wardrobe update,

take time and think slow to make that change. After

all, a change will do you - and the planet - good.

£325

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FA S H I O N

Go green

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

BOUTIQUE AT BARTON MARINA, TAKES A LOOK AT SOME OF THEIR ECO-FRIENDLY RANGES

Here at Nero e Bianco we like to support the environment as much as we can, which is why throughout each of

our shops we have vegan, organic and eco-friendly alternatives to some products. Also, rather than supplying

you with your typical plastic bag to take your goods home in, our bags are much more environmentally friendly

paper bags that look good while doing good. This article is going to take you through all three of our shops

based at Barton Marina and look at the ways in which each store helps the planet.

Nero e Bianco

Nero e Bianco Maternity

and Childrenswear

Coming soon to Nero e Bianco we have our range

of luxury ladies’ handbags that are all vegan. Our

extensive new vegan range of bags will include body

bags, tote bags, clutch bags, handbags, backpacks

and so much more, in a range of autumnal colours

– black, olive, grey, dusty lavender as well as velvets

and croc-prints. All of these bags are perfect to

transition you from day through to evening and

there’s definitely something for everyone.

Our children’s shop has recently introduced two very

special brands – Cheeky Chompers and Piccalilly.

Cheeky Chompers features bibs and teethers that are

100% organic for your little one and completely safe

for their little teeth to chew on while they develop.

While Cheeky Chompers offers a range of products

for their teeth, Piccalilly offers a range of 100%

organic clothes. They are free from nasty chemicals,

fair trade, child labour free and eco-friendly!

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Nero e Bianco Occasionwear & Ladieswear

Barton Marina Burton upon Trent DE13 8AS 01283 346 704

www.neroebianco.uk


Indulgence by Nero e Bianco

Indulgence are extremely proud to stock a range of organic products that are free from any artificial

ingredients and preservatives. As well as organic certified wine we also stock vegan friendly wines that contain

no animal by-products, and completely organic craft beers.

MEZZA DI MEZZACORONA, ITALIAN GLACIAL

BUBBLY: A new addition to the Indulgence range is

this fantastic sparkling wine from Mezzacorona. If

you like prosecco or any sparkling wine, this is a musttry!

All wines from Mezzacorona are vegan friendly.

47 ANNO DOMINI VEGAN/ORGANIC PINOT

GRIGIO: This wine is a great example of a crisp,

refreshing pinot grigio. An elegant wine that makes a

perfect aperitivo or would pair beautifully with lightly

spiced dishes.

47 ANNO DOMINI ‘SOTTOVOCE’ VEGAN/

ORGANIC MERLOT DOC: This Merlot is so special

it has won a host of awards, most recently receiving a

silver international organic wine award. Rightly so to;

this is a pleasure to drink. On the palate there is light

tannin, with a silky smooth texture.

BIRRA FLEA: Birra Flea is completely green! Birra

Flea strive to produce their beer using only natural

local water sources and sustainable local barley. We’re

proud to serve four different Birra Flea beers from

their extensive range.

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we have the perfect environment to

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Our award winning team of stylists will give you their

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Call or visit to experience it for yourself,

we would love to take care of you.

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


B E AU T Y

Feel radiant

SKINCARE EXPERT KATHRYN LOLLEY, FROM MODE LASER SKIN CLINIC IN LICHFIELD, WEAVES

HER MAGIC ON AMY NORBURY WITH A NEW AESTHETIC FACIAL FROM DERMAQUEST

It’s never too early - or too late - to start taking better

care of your skin, advocates skincare expert Kathryn

Lolley.

Environmental factors and sun exposure can play

havoc with our skin, leaving it tired, damaged and

dehydrated, and once you hit 40 natural collagen

production ceases, meaning you need a helping hand

to keep your skin looking smooth, firm and youthful.

Kathryn is the founder of Lichfield’s Mode Laser

Skin Clinic, which celebrates its 11th birthday this

month. Her mission is to help clients become the best

version of themselves by offering a broad range of

non-surgical and cosmetic medical treatments.

“The aesthetics industry has changed dramatically

over the years, moving away from the ‘fake’ look and

the desire to look ten or 20 years younger, to wanting

to look the best they can for their age,” says Kathryn.

“People no longer want to look totally different; it’s

more about looking really good and really fresh, and

making the most of their natural look.”

From hair reduction to treatment for skin conditions

such as rosacea, red veins, acne, pigmentation

as well as tattoo removal and skin rejuvenation

treatments including skin peels, micro-needling and

microdermabrasion, Mode have built a reputation

for superior treatments and outstanding results,

becoming synonymous with looking and feeling good

and offering a personal approach to professional

skincare.

DERMAQUEST ARE AT THE

FOREFRONT OF AESTHETIC

SKINCARE

KATHRYN LOLLEY OF

MODE LASER SKIN CLINIC

As specialists in laser treatments, Mode have invested

in the Lumia by Lynton Lasers, an award-winning

piece of kit which is highly regarded as the Uk’s

foremost removal system. Clinician Kathryn has

continual intensive, hands-on training from Lynton’s

team of in-house doctors and clinicians, and has

acquired the CIBTAC Level 4 Laser and Light

Therapy qualification, meaning she is trained to the

highest standard.

Kathryn’s business partner is her father, a retired

GP, so the clinic is doctor-led and benefits from his

medical expertise.

As a passionate advocate for skincare, Kathryn is

always on the lookout for the best new products and

treatments to offer her clients. Her latest range is the

Sweet Collection facials from DermaQuest.

DermaQuest has been at the forefront of aesthetic

skincare since 1990. Its highly concentrated range

of treatments and products are used in clinics

worldwide to bring unrivalled results to clients

looking to manage the ageing process and tackle

various skin concerns.

These facials, explains Kathryn, are the perfect

compromise between a pampering cosmetic facial -

which may make your skin feel good for a few hours

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ut offers no lasting results - and the deep treatment

of a skin peel, which requires preparation of the skin

beforehand and avoidance of sun exposure on the

delicate fresh skin for weeks afterwards.

DermaQuest’s superior ingredients and formulas

tackle complex skin issues at a cellular level using

advanced layering technology and effective delivery

systems that ensure maximum effectiveness and

absorption into the epidermis.

While a single treatment is a fabulous treat and will

make an instant difference to the appearance of your

skin, Kathryn recommends a course of six facials,

four weeks apart, to get the most benefit.

As a busy working mum of a boisterous pre-schooler,

time out to look after myself is few and far between,

so when Kathryn invites me to the clinic to try a

treatment firsthand I jump at the chance; after all,

the tired, dull reflection staring back at me in the

mirror is begging for a little TLC.

For my treatment, Kathryn opts for the Sweet

Radiance, which is packed with vitamin C and

antioxidants to tackle signs of premature ageing,

dull, tired and environmentally or sun-damaged skin

- basically all of my concerns addressed in one fell

swoop.

Kathryn also recommends microdermabrasion

alongside the facial to really make the most

difference; this deeper, controlled exfoliation results

in noticeably improved skin tone, leaving the skin

looking refreshed, cleaner, softer, more supple and

younger.

The treatment starts with a series of deep cleanses

followed by prep and prime with DermaPrime. The

Glycolic Acid Resurfacer, which is the cornerstone

of the DermaQuest treatments, is up next - this

stellar exfoliant hydrates the skin and stimulates cell

turnover, increasing collagen and elastin.

A skin brightening solution is followed by the

microdermabrasion treatment to really give my tired

skin that much-needed boost, and a soothing mask

which is left to work its magic for a few minutes.

The last step is the laying of finishing products,

starting with a hydrating serum, followed by a series

of repair serums and eye cream, moisturiser and,

finally, a layer of high factor SPF - an essential tool in

your skincare arsenal and something we should all be

using on a daily basis, says Kathryn.

My skin is left feeling softer and smoother than it has

in years, and a quick glance in the mirror shows a

brightness and radiance that was previously absent.

I leave the clinic feeling both pampered and freshfaced;

the improvement in my skin’s appearance and

texture definitely noticeable.

Mode’s aim is simply to make people feel better

about themselves - and to that end, the DermaQuest

treatment certainly ticks all the boxes.

The DermaQuest Sweet Collection facials are priced

at £50, and Kathryn also offers a package including

a facial and microdermabrasion treatment for £95.

Mode Laser Skin Clinic is based at Essington Clinic,

132 Birmingham Road, Lichfield, Call 01543

256844 or visit www.mode-clinic.co.uk

KATHRYN CARRIES

OUT A TREATMENT

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B E AU T Y

Know your type

FROM AN OILY T-ZONE TO A FLAKY FOREHEAD, UNDERSTANDING YOUR COMPLEXION IS ESSENTIAL

WHEN PICKING THE MOST EFFECTIVE PRODUCTS. LISA PIDDINGTON, FROM HARVEY NICHOLS

BIRMINGHAM, REVEALS THE SKINCARE HEROES DESIGNED TO CATER TO YOUR SPECIFIC NEEDS

DRY SKIN: If

your skin is tight,

flaky and dull

opt for hydrating

hyaluronic acid

which can hold

1,000 times its

weight in water.

Avoid using

abrasive scrubs

and products that

contain alcohol

to prevent further

irritation and dryness.

Made using 85% organic prickly pear seed oil,

Huxley’s refreshing Secret of Sahara

Essence, £38, absorbs quickly and deeply into the

skin to provide intense hydration.

The Ordinary’s Hyaluronic Acid 2% + B5,

£5.90, hydrates and plumps without drawing water

out of the skin. Add to your foundation or favourite

moisturiser for a real beauty boost.

OILY SKIN: Using oil

on your face can stop

your skin thinking it

needs to produce any

more, so add a serum

to your daily routine.

Clarifying products,

specifically formulated

for oily skin, can draw

out impurities and clean

pores.

DHC’s Velvet Skin Coat makeup primer,

£19.50, minimises the look of fine lines, pores and

imperfections while reducing oiliness to help makeup

glide on and last longer.

Clarifying Serum, from Heaven Skincare,

£55, contains microbes, which naturally occur in

the oil, that kill off bacteria to bring the skin back to

equilibrium.

COMBINATION

SKIN: If your face

is oily in some places

– say, across the

T-zone – and feels

dry in others choose

lightweight, dual

purpose products

that tackle both issues

and restore a healthy

balance. Go easy on

exfoliators and toners

to avoid breakouts.​

Biotec Skin

Energising Day Cream, £75, from Elemis

smooths and hydrates to leave you with a fresh,

shine-free and balanced complexion.

Designed to help your skin feel strengthened, soothed

and protected use La Mer’s The Concentrate,

£155, for a healthy-looking vitality.

ACNE-PRONE

SKIN: If you

tend to get spots

and acne use

products containing

enzymes, glycolic

acid and salicylic

acid to help

detox and gently

exfoliate the skin,

and prevent pores

getting clogged and causing even more spots.

The best-selling Mario Badescu Drying Lotion,

£16, contains a blend of calamine and salicylic acid

to clear up and soothe unsightly whiteheads and

quickly dry pimples.

The Dr Dennis Gross Alpha Beta Ultra

Gentle Daily Peel, £87, safely polishes even

sensitive skin without stripping the moisture barrier

or causing irritation.

PRODUCTS FEATURED ARE AVAILABLE FROM THE BEAUTY HALL AT

HARVEY NICHOLS BIRMINGHAM OR ONLINE AT HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

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I N T H E N E W S

Rolex revamp for

Johnsons Jewellers

Johnsons Jewellers are a fine family jewellers based

in Nuneaton, in the heart of Warwickshire. Johnsons

are proud to be part of the worldwide network of

Official Rolex retailers, and are authorised to sell

Rolex watches.

Having been a stockist of Rolex watches for more

than 50 years, the in-house Rolex area has recently

undergone a major expansion and refurbishment.

The bespoke showroom has been crafted in warm

American Walnut, royal green interior, luxurious

limestone and stylish cream leather finishes.

Additional seating areas have been added to the

showroom allowing customers to be fully submerged

in the Rolex experience of buying a fine Swiss

timepiece.

Customers are welcome to view the extensive Rolex

collection relaxing with a glass of champagne, whilst

being taken care of by our Rolex specialist team.

Director Libby Johnson said: “The new showroom

has been in development for several years and it

has taken a lot of work behind the scenes to make it

happen. We are all thrilled with the end result and

look forward to welcoming customers old and new

to experience our expanded dedicated Rolex area.

The new showroom allows us to present the Rolex

watch collections in a luxurious relaxing environment

befitting to what Rolex timepieces deserve.”

The Rolex watch collection can be viewed in

Johnsons Jewellers’ Rolex showroom at 51 Queens

Road, Nuneaton, CV11 5JX.

For more information on the Rolex watch collection

visit www.rolex.com and to see more about Johnsons

Jewellers visit www.johnsonsjewellers.co.uk.

THE NEWLY REFURBISHED ROLEX

AREA AT JOHNSONS JEWELLERS

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I N T H E N E W S

Blooming marvellous village fundraiser

Fantastic floral displays took over Swinfen’s Heart of the

Country Shopping Village over the summer as part of a

picturesque charity fundraiser.

The Village in Bloom event at the shopping village near

Lichfield was to raise funds for The Alzheimer’s Society,

and the boutiques, shops and restaurants throughout the

village took part in creating a variety of beautiful displays.

Other events included a Forget Me Not Picnic hosted

by The Lichfield Tea Company, a floral inspired silver

jewellery making course at Allen Brown Jewellery in

their workshop, and an antique jewellery and silverware

valuation day hosted by Hansons Auctioneers and Allen

Brown Jewellery.

The finale of the week was the Swinfen Supper Club

where people could experience three unique tasting plates

in the shopping village’s three fantastic restaurants: The

Barn at Swinfen, Lichfield Tea Company and Pear Tree

Creperie. Each tasting plate was enjoyed in a different

location, allowing for a very social atmosphere.

THE VILLAGE IN BLOOM

The proceeds of the events held throughout the week

meant that £1.930.70 was raised for The Alzheimer’s

Society, the UK’s leading dementia support and research

charity to help anyone affected by any form of dementia.

They believe passionately that life doesn’t end when

dementia begins and help keep people with dementia

connected to their lives and the people who matter most.

Racing ahead with Sam

A young driver is motoring into the last race of the

season with backing from a local sponsor.

Julie Smelt, owner of La Maison Bleue at Heart

of the Country Shopping Village, has pledged her

business’s support to her son Sam Smelt, who races

in the British GT4 class for Race Performance.

Sam, who’s 22, began his racing career at the

tender age of 13 in karting doing club events, and

progressed through the karting ranks racing in

Europe between the ages of 15 to 19.

Julie says: “His first race in cars was in the VW cup

in 2017 where he did this for the first half of the

season before he was asked if he wanted to move

to the British Formula 4 for the remainder of the

season, which he did.

“The 2018 season saw a big jump up to the British

Touring Car Challenge, where Sam joined AmD

Tuning driving an Audi, and where he probably

learnt the most in his racing career as this is a very

competitive class.”

In 2019 talented Sam got the opportunity to drive

in the British GT series, where he is driving the

Ford Mustang GT4 for Race Performance alongside

team-mate Aron Taylor-Smith.

Julie adds: “This series is more of an endurance

where most of the races are two hours long and one

race is three hours. They have had quite a tough year

but are hoping to finish the last race which will be at

Donington Park on September 14 and 15.”

RACING DRIVER

SAM SMELT

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M OTO R S

Life in the fast lane

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

GETS TO GRIPS WITH THE NEW CHEVROLET CORVETTE STINGRAY

The launch of the 2020 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray

has been turning heads for many reasons. As far as

new-generation cars go, this is a pretty bold new

look for the American classic. It’s been completely

redesigned from the ground up, with only a single

part surviving from the previous model.

My first impression of this car is that it’s as if a

Ferrari 488, Honda NSX and Mclaren MP4-12 C

all combined to make a super-baby. It’s a pretty good

looking car in my opinion, but it has created a bit

of a stir among Corvette owners and aficionados.

The main reason for the discontent is that the guys

at General Motors broke away from tradition by

switching from a front-engine arrangement to a

mid-engine configuration. In fact, it’s the very first

Corvette to do so in its 66-year history.

So what’s the big deal?

The deal with the new configuration is that a lot of

Corvette owners feel that the new car betrays the

history and heritage of what a Corvette is meant to

look like. It’s a departure from the long, scooping

front-end and instead what the mid-engine layout

gives you is a very modern, European supercar look.

Is that really such a bad thing? Of course not! I guess

some people just hate change and are always looking

for something to complain about.

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Why the switch to a mid-engine layout?

A mid-engined layout car will give you a much more

nimble car as the engine’s weight is more centrally

located, giving you a more even weight distribution

and a lower moment of inertia under acceleration or

braking. In a nutshell, the handling will be better.

The fastest production to date

The 2020 Corvette is the fastest production Stingray

that General Motors has produced to date. With

their brand new small-block 6.2l V8 engine cranking

out 495bhp, it’s a full 10 per cent more powerful than

the last generation. It has been carefully designed to

be lighter and sit lower to the ground too meaning

that handling will be a tick better as well.

The interior gets a premium overhaul

One of the most impressive improvements in the new

Corvette is its interior. Everything about the interior

feels premium. There’s not one single piece of plastic

panelling. Everything is either leather-wrapped,

carbon-fibre or aluminium. All of the controls are

ergonomically thought out for the driver and sitting

in the driver’s seat has a feel like you are in the

cockpit of a fighter plane with all of the buttons and

screens focused on you.

The price

Now the most shocking thing about the new 2020

Corvette is its price. When you think about its direct

competitors in the mid-engined supercar market

like the Acura NSX, Audi R8 or Lamborghini

Huracan, you are expecting a hefty six-figure pricetag.

Instead, the new Corvette’s base price is reported

to be a ridiculously low $60,000! (£48,000 in today’s

exchange rate). I’m massively excited about this

car purely for its value alone, but it also leaves me

sceptical… how can something so good on paper, be

so affordable? You are getting a car that is a supercar

killer for the price of a bog-standard Audi A7...

I know they say everything is bigger and better in

America… but I really hope that this car isn’t too

good to be true!

EVERYTHING ABUT THE

CAR SCREAMS LUXURY -

INCLUDING ITS PREMIUM

INTERIOR

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