J'AIME OCTOBER 2020

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Welcome to J’AIME

As we tumble into autumn in this most strange of

years, it’s not only the weather which is proving

changeable. With localised lockdowns upon us and

tightening of government restrictions in response

to the Covid-19 pandemic, there’s still very much a

sense of uncertainty in the air.

But here at J’AIME, we aim to look towards the

positive - and this issue, packed with feel-good

stories, is no different.

We chat to brilliant Lichfield theatre company Let

Me In, who aren’t letting things such as global

pandemics prevent them from putting on a show.

Their key to success? Adapt! Their first lockdown

show was a sellout hit, and with another planned

for November we discover how the show will

continue to go on.

On the foodie front, we chat to Lichfield chef Susie

Mandleberg, who has taken up the head role at

Thyme Kitchen, a new brunch restaurant which

opens at Curborough Countryside Centre this

month. She’s got big things planned and an exciting

menu of goodie - including a delicious baked eggs

dish which she has kindly shared the recipe for - so

why not pop over and indulge?

It’s now more important than ever to support

your local shops and businesses, and for those in

Lichfield, the new Visit Lichfield discount card will

enable you to do that while getting a little reward

into the bargain. There are plenty of retailers and

venues signed up to the scheme already, and we’ve

checked out what they’re offering to tempt you to

shop local.

Elsewhere, we chat to Sutton Coldfield veterinary

surgeon Lewis Wescott - aka Dr Chicken - about

how chickens have become one of lockdown’s most

popular pets, and Birmingham artist Kate Jones -

aka The Crafty Brum - about forging a new career

inspired by her surroundings.

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CONTENTS

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Dr Chicken - Sutton Coldfield veterinary

surgeon Lewis Wescott on keeping lockdown’s

perfect pet

9 Property - Property of the month

12 Property - A new build journey

14 Interiors - Fall in love with autumn colours

18 Interiors - Quirky statement lighting

24 The Crafty Brum - Sutton Coldfield artist Kate

Jones

26 Food and drink - Reviewing Dishoom,

Birmingham

28 Food and drink - Brunch to love at Thyme

Kitchen

32 Travel - A different side to the White Isle

36 Shop Local - The Visit Lichfield discount card

scheme

40 Let Me In Theatre - The Lichfield theatre

company which is not letting the pandemic

get in the way of a good show

42 What’s On - Pick your own Halloween treats

44 What’s On - A round-up of this month’s

exciting events

46 Fashion - New season coats edit

48 Beauty - Get your beauty sleep with Heaven

Skincare’s Deborah Mitchell

50 In the news - Silver linings from Richard

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FEATURE

An egg-cellent idea

IF A GARDEN FULL OF CHICKENS IS ON YOUR WISHLIST THEN LET US INTRODUCE YOU TO A MAN

WHO CAN HELP. JENNY AMPHLETT MET UP WITH SUTTON COLDFIELD VETERINARY SURGEON

LEWIS WESCOTT, AKA DR CHICKEN, TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT HIS FOWL LINE OF WORK

LEWIS CURRENTLY HAS 18 CHICKENS

IN HIS FLOCK AT HOME

Fresh eggs in the morning, a hobby that can be

enjoyed without stepping out of the garden gate, selfsufficiency,

environmentally friendly living - there are

so many reasons why keeping chickens has become a

lifestyle choice for so many of us in 2020.

Lockdown forced people to reassess their priorities

and look for simple pleasures closer to home.

Those who found themselves with more time on their

hands than usual but nowhere to go tackled DIY

tasks around the home, tidied the garden and then

hit on the idea of growing their own fruit and veg.

Keeping chickens is a natural next step. It’s fun for

all the family and, if you’re lucky, results in a steady

stream of a food staple that was rationed by many

shops and supermarkets just a few months ago.

If you can harden your heart enough, it can also

result in a supply of organic, free range meat that

you know has lived the best life possible.

There’s something wonderfully romantic and

appealing about the idea of stepping back in time

to a more innocent age, when our pleasures were

simpler and our gardens were used for growing

useful, usable things.

Lewis Wescott is the man to speak to if you need

convincing that chickens could make your life

complete.

A qualified veterinary surgeon, Lewis, who was born

and raised in Sutton Coldfield, also goes by the name

of Dr Chicken because of his long-held passion for

the birds.

The 28-year-old, who works full-time at a veterinary

practice in Tamworth, still lives and rears his

livestock in Sutton Coldfield.

He was aged just 14 when he started keeping

chickens. While his school friends were exploring

typical teenage activities Lewis was cleaning out after

his animals and becoming an expert in their care.

“I used to work at Ash End Farm, a children’s farm

at Middleton, after doing some work experience with

them. I knew that I wanted to go to vet school so it

was a great opportunity for me,” Lewis said.

“It was there that I was first introduced to keeping

chickens myself, and we started keeping them at

home. My family helped, but the chickens have

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always been mine.

“If people don’t know chickens then they won’t

realise what brilliant personalities they have. I’ve just

always found it so cool that you can buy an egg, put

it in an incubator and have a chick.”

After graduating with a BSc in animal science then

studying for a further five years to become a doctor

of veterinary medicine, Lewis works as a small

animal vet with a special interest in birds of prey and

poultry.

He works with chickens for his day job but his

interest in them takes up much of his free time as

well.

As part of a degree project Lewis created a red mite

treatment which proved 100 per cent successful in

lab tests and is currently being tested across the UK

in chicken coops.

He’s worked with chicken related companies

including selling chickens, feed and coops and

representing the British Hen Welfare Trust as well as

writing for various poultry magazines.

He’s given talks at The National Poultry Show, BBC

Gardeners World Live at the NEC, The Edible

Garden Show at Alexandra Palace and even ran a

day-long course at the Highgrove Estate, home of

Prince Charles.

If you’re keen to find out more about keeping your

own chickens then Lewis could well be your man.

He runs chicken keeping courses in his spare time

in locations including London, Wales, Warwickshire

and back home in Sutton Coldfield.

He runs one-day introduction courses as well as a

series of follow-on courses, including advice for those

who wish to rear then eat their own chickens.

Some sessions are one-to-one and others, when not

CHICKENS MAKE THE

PERFECT PET, SAYS LEWIS

SUTTON COLDFIELD

VETERINARY SURGEON

LEWIS WESTCOTT - AKA

DR CHICKEN

in the midst of a global pandemic, can involve up to

30 people staying in an eco lodge and taking a simple

butchery course.

“We’ve had chickens for 14 years,” he said. “We

started off with a trio of Belgian bantams and the

flock then grew with the addition of Pekins and

hybrids,” he said.

“We caught the hatching bug when I built my own

incubator from scratch and now breed and hatch a

few birds every year just to add to our flock.”

He currently has 18 chickens in his flock, including

pure breeds, hybrids and cross breeds.

Over the years he has rehomed a number of exbattery

hens through the

British Hen Welfare Trust and

helped them to have a happy

retirement.

He also keeps ducks after being

given some as a surprise present

at his 18th birthday party.

Lewis keeps some of his

chickens longterm - and has

some that are up to 12 years old.

Others are reared specifically

for the table.

He’s noticed a definite increase

in interest in chicken keeping

since lockdown began in March.

“I’m getting an awful lot

of interest in courses and

information and I’ve also had a

silly number of emails this year

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asking if I can look after chickens for people while

they go on holiday. Holiday cover is fully booked,” he

said.

Lewis says he would definitely recommend chickens

as pets, providing people have done their homework

beforehand.

“They’re the perfect productive pet and the perfect

family pet. Pets can start off being looked after by

children but then they lose interest and the parents

take over, but chickens have a way of holding

children’s interest.

“They just keep on giving back as they keep on

giving you eggs. Some people worry that their

neighbours might not like the idea of chickens in

the garden next door, but you’ll often find they’re

even happy to look after them for you occasionally

because of the eggs.

“We have such a lot of eggs that we keep our own

neighbours supplied.

“As long as you feed and water your chickens and

keep them cleaned out once a week they’ll be happy.

They’re not high maintenance at all.”

To find out more about Lewis’s

work with chickens visit his website

at www.drchicken.co.uk

CREAM CRESTED LEGBAR

LEWIS’S TOP CHICKEN

KEEPING TIPS:

• You don’t need a massive garden to

keep chickens. You need at least a metre

square per chicken, which means it is still

possible to keep chickens in a smallish

urban garden.

• Hybrids are good beginners chickens.

They’re fairly cheap to buy and you get

a lot more eggs from them than you will

from pure breeds. Pure breed chickens

will usually stop laying from around

Halloween to Valentine’s Day, but you

could get one egg a day from a hybrid

chicken all year round. That means you

could get double the quantity of eggs

from a hybrid.

• You don’t need to have a cockerel in

order to get eggs - and you’re less likely to

annoy your neighbours.

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PROPERTY

Property of the Month

EACH MONTH WE SHOWCASE SOME OF THE BEST PROPERTIES ON THE

MARKET. THIS MONTH, WE TAKE A LOOK AT A BEAUTIFUL SIX-BEDROOM

FAMILY HOME ON THE PRESTIGIOUS FOUR OAKS ESTATE

Acer House, 6D Hartopp Road, Four Oak Estate, Sutton Coldfield: Guide price £2,500,000

On the market with Aston Knowles: 0121 362 7878

THE AGENT SAYS: An impressive six-bedroom family

home, immaculately presented and located on the prestigious

Four Oaks Estate, featuring extensive accommodation and

self-contained two-bedroom annexe.

This stunning and immaculately presented family home is set

back on a private plot of approximately two-thirds of an acre

and offers the possibility for further development.

The extensive frontage leads to the lovely oak front door,

which opens up into the truly spectacular reception hallway

featuring oak flooring, a multi-fuel log burner, and exposed

brickwork and timbers, which are a classic feature found

throughout the home. A mahogany staircase leading up to

the galleried first-floor landing.

The spacious drawing room is off to the left-hand side,

while the formal dining room to the rear of the property is a

lovely space for dinner parties. To the right-hand side of the

reception hallway is the billiards/games room.

The kitchen/breakfast/family area is truly the heart of the

home and has been outfitted to the utmost detail. Leading on

from here is the family area which overlooks the rear garden.

From the billiards/games room the lobby can be accessed. A

utility/laundry is located here. Leading on from the utility is

the gym with view of the garden. Stairs lead up to the first

floor accommodation; two spacious bedrooms, both with ensuite

shower rooms.

The first floor accessed from the main reception hallway

leads up to the master bedroom suite with underfloor heating

throughout as well as dressing room and en-suite bathroom.

The first floor further features a guest bedroom with

en-suite shower room, two further bedrooms, one with

en-suite shower room. A family bathroom completes the

accommodation.

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PROPERTY

A new-build journey

SECOND-STEPPER EMMA LISSMORE IMMEDIATELY FELL IN LOVE WITH HER BOVIS

HOMES NEW-BUILD AT THE STEADINGS IN ESSINGTON - SO MUCH SO THAT SHE

HAS DOCUMENTED THE WHOLE JOURNEY, FROM RESERVATION TO MOVING IN, ON

INSTAGRAM. HERE, SHE DESCRIBES WHY IT’S PERFECT FOR HER FAMILY

Why did you choose a Bovis Homes ‘Spruce’

house type?

We initially wanted a Bovis Homes detached Cypress

house type as we thought the Spruce was a fourbedroom

home. We viewed the Spruce show home,

fell in love and the rest is history.

Why did you choose a new-build home?

I just fell in love with the idea of buying a new-build

home that fits and meets all of our needs as a family.

This home is what we’ve dreamt of!

Why did you choose The Steadings in

Essington?

Funnily enough we only visited Essington to view the

development as we had never heard of Bovis Homes

and were originally interested in the housebuilder’s

Fletchers Rise location in Wombourne. We visited

the development several times and the more we saw

it and the show home, the more it felt right and felt

like it could be home. Not to mention the lovely

countryside and amazing school on the doorstep.

Why did you document your journey about

the buying process?

I chose to document our new-build journey as there

is a lot of negative stigma around new-builds. Our

journey from start to finish has been amazing and

we’ve really built a great relationship with the site

and sales teams! That was the only sad part of the

process: finishing it!

What kind of questions did you have about

buying a new-build home?

I remember the first day we went into the sales

office armed with a list of questions, from the estate

charges to the land the houses are built on. Also, the

leasehold of the house and, more generally, the plots

that would be available. The sales advisor answered

my very long list of questions and that day we walked

out of the sales office, we knew buying with Bovis

Homes was the right move.

How often did you visit your new home

during the build process?

We visited our plot a few times during the build

process as I wanted to document the progress. When

we couldn’t get to the plot, we had updates from sales

and site guys, which was amazing, so we didn’t miss

a single stage. It was magical visiting our plot each

time, watching it change and grow into the beautiful

home it is today.

How long was it from choosing your home to

your moving in date?

We reserved our home on December 9 last year.

Our completion date was June 2020, but with the

Coronavirus lockdown, it was ready by July 31.

What was the best part of this whole journey

that you will remember in years to come?

My favourite memory will always be that first time

we walked into the sales office – just to have a look

– and walked out having reserved our forever dream

home! I still look at the house now and have to pinch

myself that it’s ours!

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PROPERTIES SOLD 2020

95.9% *

OF THE AVERAGE

ASKING PRICE

ACHIEVED

£963K *

AVERAGE SALES

PRICE ACHIEVED

ONE IN A MILLION

ASTON KNOWLES

£32m* OF PREMIUM PROPERTIES SOLD IN 12 MONTHS

Our numbers are pretty impressive, just like the properties we sell. That is why we

are the No.1 choice for premium property sales in Sutton Coldfield. Our properties

generate a significant amount of interest and as buyers return to the market,

there is a strong demand for premium residential property in your area.

So, if you are considering selling now or in the future, there is no better time to contact

our expert team for a NO-OBLIGATION FREE MARKET APPRAISAL of your property.

*Of properties sold in the last 12 months

0121 362 7878

enquiries@astonknowles.com

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INTERIORS

Fall into

autumn

AS we make our way into autumn, warm hues and cosy

colours surround the interior world. From burnt oranges

to luxe reds, rich greens and deep blues, it’s a veritable

feast of nature-inspired shades which dominate the colour

palette at this time of year.

Bring the great outdoors inside with turning-leaf tones

and comforting blue hues reminiscent of the darkening

nights which are upon us, and mix weathered woodland

treasures for rooms filled with true autumn attitude.

Autumnal decor needs to feel cosy too, so opt for an

array of luxe fabrics to create a seriously comforting vibe

around your home. Rich, soft velvet in bold tones makes

for perfect statement pieces, while earthy knits and touchyfeely

embellishments add to that inviting look.

With layers of textures and vibrant, nature-inspired tones

aplenty, all that remains is to arrange your furniture so it’s

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FEATURE

Crafted in Birmingham

HER ADOPTED CITY OF BIRMINGHAM, AS WELL AS HER AUSSIE HOMELAND,

PROVIDES INSPIRATION FOR THE COLOURFUL WORKS OF ARTIST KATE JONES.

JENNY AMPHLETT DISCOVERS MORE

When Kate Jones set off travelling from her native

Australia four years ago she planned to see the world

for a year then return home.

Little did she know that she’d fall in love with a city

in the centre of England and end up settling down

with a home, partner and a new career as an artist.

Now aged 28, she was working as an early years

teacher in Adelaide, South Australia when she

developed itchy feet in 2016.

“My dad was originally from Birmingham but he

moved to Australia, met my mum and started a

family. I was born and raised in Australia. I have an

aunt in Birmingham but the rest of my family lives

on the other side of the world,” she said.

“I came over to travel and had a lot of Europe to tick

off my bucket list before I went back home again. I

planned to stay here for a year, travel as much as I

KATE’S UNIQUE DEPICTION OF THE

LIBRARY OF BIRMINGHAM

ARTIST KATE JONES, WHO NOW

CALLS SUTTON COLDFIELD HOME

could and work whenever I needed to so that I could

pay for the travelling.”

Other than high school art classes, Kate has received

no formal training in art – which is hard to believe

considering that the pen and watercolour creations

she sells under the name of The Crafty Brum wing

their way to new homes across the UK, Australia and

the US.

“I was working in schools in Australia and would do

art with very young children, but that’s as far as it

went with a career in art at that point.

“I’ve always been interested in art and had an artistic

flair, but it was always just something that I did on

the side as a bit of a hobby.

“It’s only really since I’ve met my partner, who is

British, and settled down that I’ve started to think

about my art more seriously and seeing whether I

could get it to take off as a business.

“We were living in Acocks Green for a couple of

years and have now moved to Sutton Coldfield, and I

wanted to create some artwork for our new house.

“I was very much just doing it for me to begin with,

but then people started expressing an interest in

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uying my work.”

Kate has been approached with commissions to draw

everything from buildings to weddings dresses.

Her distinctive, self-taught technique features fine

line pen drawings printed onto colourful hand

painted watercolour backdrops.

Every watercolour piece is bespoke, which means

that no two pieces of artwork are ever the same.

The colours are always vibrant and the subject

matter usually includes the luscious houseplants that

Kate is so fond of.

She draws inspiration from both her homeland and

her adopted city, as well as the long walks she’s been

taking during lockdown.

Recent subjects have included The Rotunda, The

Library of Birmingham, The Bullring bull and a

Lichfield coffee shop.

Kate has also drawn British phone boxes and post

boxes as well as Australian birds and plants.

“It’s been really lovely for me to be able to represent

both places that are so special to me, and to have

people in both places buying my work,” Kate said.

“I often include clearly recognisable symbols of the

city, the sorts of places that people would go to see

as a tourist and take photos of. They’ve been a real

inspiration and helped me to reach an audience of

people who have a real pride in their city.

“Things took off quite quickly because I was offering

something new. People that know me started to

recommend me to other people, and that word of

mouth seemed to really work.

“People are being a bit more cautious about money

at the moment, but I’m still being approached with a

steady string of commissions.”

Kate’s future plans include launching her own

website and printing her designs onto T-shirts, tea

towels and items for around the home.

She’s put down roots in Sutton Coldfield and plans to

stay in and around the second city, while continuing

to share her love of Australia through her work.

“I love the contrast between Birmingham and

Australia,” she added. “The architecture here is so

beautiful. The history and all the buildings are still

amazing for me, I haven’t grown complacent about

them.

“I also really love the pub culture in the UK. I love

living in such a vibrant and up-and-coming city.

“There are such a lot of creative people here that

I’ve met through my social media accounts. There’s

a buzz about what’s happening in the city and it’s

exciting for me to be a part of that.”

You can see more of Kate’s work by visiting

her Etsy page at

www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheCraftyBrum

THE RUNDLE MALL PIGS ARE THE

ICONIC BRONZE PIGS POSITIONED

PROUDLY IN ADELAIDE’S CITY

CENTRE

KATE’S DISTINCTIVE TECHNIQUE

COMBINES FINE LINE PEN

DRAWINGS WITH VIBRANT

WATERCOLOUR BACKDROPS

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F O O D & D R I N K

From Bombay with love

A LONG-AWAITED OPENING BRINGS AN AUTHENTIC TASTE OF BOMBAY

TO BIRMINGHAM AT DISHOOM, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS

If you haven’t taken a trip into

Birmingham city centre since lockdown

began, you could be forgiven for feeling

a little disoriented when you do.

Take a stroll up from Grand Central

and venture up past Victoria Square

and what was, back in March, a vast

building site in the place of the old

library is now home to the smart new

Paradise development, combining

office, retail, leisure and residential

spaces galore.

The first piece in the Paradise puzzle

is One Chamberlain Square, a vast

office building which overlooks Grade

I listed Birmingham Town Hall, the

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery,

and the Chamberlain Monument fountain and is

now mostly home to professional services firm PwC’s

largest UK regional office.

But nestled on the ground floor of this impressive

piece of architecture is one of the city’s most hotly

anticipated restaurant launches.

Dishoom pays loving homage to the Irani cafes

that were once part of the fabric of life in Bombay.

Opened early last century by Zoroastrian immigrants

from Iran, there were almost 400 of these cafés at

their peak in the 1960s. Today, though, fewer than 30

remain.

These cafes broke down barriers by bringing people

together over food and drink. They were the first

places in Bombay where people of any culture, class

or religion could take cool refuge from the street

with a cup of chai, a simple snack or a hearty meal.

People from all walks of life shared tables, rubbed

shoulders and broke bread together.

With restaurants already in London, Manchester and

Edinburgh, the family’s newest member, Dishoom

Birmingham, was mid-way through its launch when

lockdown struck.

But happily, you can’t keep a good eatery down, and

eager punters flocked to the stylish restaurant when it

eventually flung open the doors in mid-July.

And once the launch frenzy, followed by a packed

month thanks to the government’s Eat Out to Help

Out Scheme, had passed, J’AIME were delighted to

be invited over to sample Dishoom’s Bombay classics

for ourselves.

Inspired by Birmingham’s history as the ‘city of a

thousand trades’, Dishoom Birmingham explores the

unique parallels with the trades and markets of

Bombay and the importance of the city’s commercial

past. The stylish interior features plenty of quirky

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touches inspired by Bombay’s cafes, while a

spacious wraparound terrace offers ample

outdoor dining.

The menu, meanwhile, is packed with

Bombay comfort foods for any and every

time of day, from breakfast bacon naan

rolls to late-night snacks. Street food

staples, hearty biryanis, rich curries and

the famous grills of Colaba all vie for

space among executive chef Naved Nasir’s

creations - guaranteed to transport diners

right into the heart of India.

Our Dishoom experience started with a

couple of classic dishes, the pau bhaji,

£5.70, and the chilli chicken, £6.90. The

pau bhaji is, according to the menu, the essence of

Bombay in a dish. A spicy mash of mixed vegetables

served with a toasted, buttered homemade bun, this

is simple pleasures at its finest.

The chilli chicken is a prime example of the crowdpleasing

Indo-Chinese cuisine offered up by many

Irani cafes. Our plate, piled high with crispy chicken

strips coated in a sticky combination of garlic, ginger,

soy and chilli was definitely one to order again;

moreish, comforting and packed with flavour.

Each Dishoom has its own signature dish

which reflects the location in some way. And in

Birmingham, home to Britain’s Balti Triangle no less,

it had to be a curry. But rather than trying to flog

baltis to Brummies, Dishoom’s creative chefs have

offered up something a little different.

Think of a korma, and you could be forgiven for

picturing something heavy on the cream and coconut

and light on the, well, flavour. But you’d be wrong.

Birmingham’s signature mutton chaap korma,

£19.50, combines marinated mutton chops with

a rich sauce full of onions and cashews to create a

classically Indian version of the dish - none of your

watered down, extra mild curry here, because at

Dishoom, the korma certainly packs a punch.

The accompanying khamiri roti is beautifully light

and crisp, perfect for mopping up the tender mutton

and luscious sauce. It’s a curry worthy of a place on

Birmingham’s culinary map.

A slow-cooked jackfruit biryani, £12.50, is a

flavourful vegetarian take on this classic rice dish,

with the brightly coloured saffron-infused rice

punctuated with fresh herbs and sweet jewels of

barberries and sultana, the satisfyingly meaty

texture of the pulled jackfruit belying its vegetarian

credentials.

With a bowl of greens, £4.50, on the side - the

tastiest grilled broccoli, snow peas and kale tumbled

with a zingy dressing of chilli and lime - it made for

a sumptuous feast which we devoured with relish.

Dishoom’s impressive drinks menu features a vast

array of tasty cocktails, fine wines and refreshing

beers, but we washed down our lunch with some

signature soft drinks; delectable sparkling passion

fruit sharbats, £3.90, and cups

of house chai, £3.20, made the

proper Bombay way.

With little room for pudding, the

mango and pistachio kulfi sticks

offered the perfect conclusion to a

whistle stop tour of Bombay’s - via

Birmingham’s - finest.

In a year fraught with difficulty for

the hospitality industry, Dishoom’s

introduction to the Midlands may

have been a rather stunted one.

But in a city not short on Indian

dining options, the tantalising taste

of Bombay has certainly found a

most welcoming home.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Thyme for brunch

THYME KITCHEN OPENS IN LICHFIELD THIS MONTH. WE MET THE HEAD CHEF,

LOCAL GIRL SUSIE MANDLEBERG, TO FIND OUT MORE ABOUT BRUNCH DINING

When Susie Mandleberg moved to London four

years ago she had no idea that when she finally came

home it would be to a job as head chef at a new

restaurant in her home city.

The 28-year-old, who was born and raised in

Alrewas, had no formal training in food when she

moved to the capital in 2016.

She took a front of house role at a brunch cafe in

West London, quickly switched to working in the

kitchen and discovered her vocation.

“I just fell in love with it,” she said. “I’d always loved

cooking so as soon as I started doing it as a job I

wondered why I hadn’t been doing it my whole

working life.”

That first job in the food industry saw Susie design

her own recipes based on seasonal, locally-sourced

produce and bold flavours.

After four years she moved on to her first position

as a head chef, at a seafood restaurant also in West

London.

Just a few weeks later the country went into lockdown

and it was during the months that followed that Susie

decided to move back home to Staffordshire to be

closer to her family and friends.

She was delighted to be the head chef for the launch

of Thyme Kitchen in Lichfield, a breakfast and

brunch restaurant launched by Beth Toovey of Sauce

Supper Club at the former site of Mabel’s Tearoom

at Curborough Countryside Centre.

“I absolutely loved working in a brunch restaurant

before, so this is the ideal job for me,” said Susie.”

“There were lots of brunch premises in West

London, and it’s quite nice to be able to bring that

sort of vibe here.

“There’s nothing within a 10 mile radius that’s

offering anything similar to what we’re doing. I hope

that people will really appreciate it.”

The eclectic menu will include traditional breakfast

favourites such as the full English alongside new

creations such as baked eggs in a rich tomato and

chorizo sauce.

Susie is also working on recipes including Persian

THYME KITCHEN

HEAD CHEF SUSIE

MANDLEBERG

eggs - which are served with ingredients including

pomegranate seeds, coriander and hummus.

From cakes to sauces, everything possible is being

made from scratch on the premises.

The restaurant will open from Tuesday to Sunday,

from 10am to 4pm, and will serve lunch options

alongside breakfast and brunch.

“We’re really focussed on getting seasonal produce

onto the menu. British produce is absolutely

incredible,” said Susie.

Local suppliers are being used wherever possible,

including eggs from just outside Lichfield and

sausages from Tamworth.

Susie will lead a team of two in the kitchen and there

are due to be four people working front of house.

“We’re currently an all female team,” added Susie.

“It’s lovely to have so many strong women working

together to get this business up and running. It’s an

absolutely fantastic team.”

Thyme Kitchen will open at Curborough Craft

Centre, Watery Lane, Lichfield, on October 1. To

find out more visit www.facebook.com/Thyme-

Kitchen-108316001003356 and follow

@chefsusiemandleberg and @thymekitchen

on Instagram for more brunch inspiration.

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Thyme Kitchen’s baked eggs in

a rich tomato and chorizo sauce

Ingredients - serves 2

1 tbsp sunflower or rapeseed oil

1/2 bunch thyme

1 red onions

1 cloves garlic, minced

1 tin chopped tomatoes

100g cooking chorizo (or 1/2 a

chorizo ring; you won’t need to

fry this)

4 eggs

To serve:

100g feta

Parsley

Take chorizo out of skin and tear into 3cm

pieces. Fry until it starts to darken at edges.

Drain and discard any excess chorizo oil

and leave to cool.

Thinly slice the red onion. Soften in a deep

frying pan on a medium heat with the

sunflower/rapeseed oil. Add in the garlic

and cook for a further minute. Tip in the

chopped tomatoes and leave to reduce for

20 mins, stirring regularly.

Once reduced, add in the thyme and

chorizo. The chorizo should give out

plenty of smokiness, but if you want to go

a little further, add in a tablespoon of sweet

smoked paprika.

Cook for a further 10 mins, then crack

in four eggs. Take a piece of kitchen foil

and cover the pan. This will help to gently

steam the top of the eggs, leaving you with

a soft runny yolk rather than drying it out.

As soon as the top of the eggs are white

and cooked through, remove from the

heat and leave to rest for two minutes; the

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so don’t worry if they look slightly under

done at this point.

Eat straight out of the pan and top with

crumbled feta and parsley. Best served with

hot buttered sourdough, or griddled pitta

and hummus.

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T R AV E L

Ibiza: A journey of discovery

TREND FORECASTER ROBBIE SINCLAIR EXPLORES IBIZA ON THE

HUNT FOR HIDDEN GEMS AND ALL-IMPORTANT TIME OUT

ROBBIE SINCLAIR DISCOVERED A MORE

TRANQUIL SIDE TO THE WHITE ISLE

I suppose my job is a little unusual. I am a trend

forecaster, or if we are being pretentious a ‘Futurist’.

To simplify, I do LOTS of research that combines

data with gut instinct to figure out what fashion

trends will be important for the coming months and

even years ahead. Travel plays a huge part in my job

so when Covid forced us into a global pause I had to

rethink my strategy. For the past few months I have

been working with global brands to help them figure

out how to navigate through our current situation

and help them survive this pretty challenging time.

The last time I travelled was March 2020, right

before the pandemic put a stop to our plans.

It was now time to travel again and my much

anticipated escape was a quick 30 minute flight

from where I live in Barcelona to one of the most

beautiful landscapes I’ve visited, Ibiza. For many,

the White Isle is known for debauchery and dance

music however I was seeking a different side. I’m on

the hunt for fabrics, homewares and any gems my

magpie eyes can find. The plan is to drive around the

island documenting the best stores and places to visit

that will be delivered back to my clients around the

world. I’m travelling and researching so they don’t

have to. This trip was also an opportunity to take

some time out and reflect.

Following my arrival I took a 30-minute scenic drive

to the 7 Pines Kempinski on the north east coast. As

predicted the island was very quiet. A friend who

lives on the island had told me that it would feel like

having the place to ourselves and it did. Although

it was quiet it didn’t lack atmosphere it just seemed

much more relaxed than I had ever seen it before.

I was greeted by two hotel staff who, although

wearing masks, presented me with smiles visible in

their eyes. Walking into the ultra chic reception area

I breathed a sigh of relief and I felt the last knots of

work related tension in my neck ease. I was finally

away from my desk. It felt like my first ever trip and

I was beyond grateful. As I took a sip of my welcome

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LUXURY AT 7 PINES KEMPINSKI

cocktail and sat back on the sofa, I looked outside

at the cluster of tiny islands in the Mediterranean

Sea and asked myself a question; “What took me so

long?”.

It’s safe to say that the travel industry has taken a

catastrophic beating this year. With the flip flopping

of the government’s rules and confusion around

where we can and cannot travel to, I can see why

many have chosen to stay at home. However, as I sit

in the tranquil luxury of 7 Pines Kempinski I know I

made a good decision in getting away.

My lovely first floor suite had stunning vistas and was

light and airy with the feel of a private apartment. It

boasted a bar area and living room that led out to a

good sized, bright sea facing terrace. Perfect!

After unpacking, I walked an easy five minutes

to Cala Codolar, a small rugged bay with lots of

natural charm. I sat on the rocks in silence watching

the waves roll in and out sloshing around the bay. I

realised that whilst sitting at home waiting for the

world to improve I’d forgotten what it felt like to

relax, phone free, email free, worry free and just stop.

I had finally switched off and it felt great.

It was time for dinner and I put on my favourite

vintage shirt and headed to the Cone Club, one

of the hotel’s bars. It’s 6.45pm and 7 Pines just so

happens to have THE best views for watching the

sunset on the Island. As the DJ plays the island’s

famed Balearic beats I noticed a huge gong situated

behind her decks. 7 Pines is known for its sunset

ritual and as the sun descends an air of excitement

takes over. We have all seen many sunsets but things

seem different here, maybe it’s the island’s historical

hippy energy taking over but I find myself having a

new appreciation for Mother Nature.

The sky begins to glow a deep orange and the

surrounding voices hush, the sun bids farewell for

another day and as the last slither of glow fades, the

DJ bangs the bong. Once,

twice, three times and the

tables erupt with applause. It

was a special moment that will

stay with me forever.

I head upstairs to The View

for dinner which offers

elevated vistas of the resort

and the Mediterranean

Sea. The menu of Spanish/

Asian fusion rediscovers old

favourites whilst lighting up

taste buds all night long. It

was safe to say, my first night

on the White Isle had really

made me rediscover my

love for travelling and the

importance of escaping the

everyday.

Well rested, I head down to breakfast which offers

even more breathtaking views of distant bays and

the nearby Isla de es Verdrá. The waiter explains

that due to Covid the buffet is brought to the table

which actually made the experience feel more

exclusive. Fresh juice and pastries make their way

over along with cold cuts, cheeses, breads and coffee.

Small touches like this make me feel safer and I’m

reminded that the tables and chairs have been

disinfected which again helps me relax further into

my new island life. Along with my many nibbles I opt

for an egg white omelette then quickly change my

BREAKFAST

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A GLORIOUS IBIZAN SUNSET

mind and order pancakes because…why not?

With my stomach satisfied I jump in the car in

search of some inspiration. Ibiza island is small so

you can see all of its splendours easily making plenty

of time for beaching and pooling. As with all good

researchers I had my “want to go” places arranged

on my Google map.

First up was Marcadillo Sant Jordi, a classic hippy

style market carrying a sumptuous mix of globe

trotting wares from Tibetan woven slippers

to palm leaf bags and Middle Eastern

objects. I would imagine that this market is

usually bursting with people bartering and

pushing to get the best price but today it was

chilled and you could meander around at a

relaxed pace...my perfect kind of market.

Next on my list was Tanis, an ultra-chic

homeware store boasting natural fabrics

and neutral tones that promised to make

your home morph into the most desirable

beach inspired setting. Then, onto what

would be my favourite store of the day; La

Galeria Elefante, a modern bohemian store

with some of the most beautiful objects

and fashions from around the world. The

store was built of room upon room of

hand crafted textiles in rich jubilant bright

tones along with delicate lace and quirky

curiosities.

Finally I headed towards Sluiz; to call Sluiz

a store would be an insult to it’s creators.

Sitting in a giant red and white striped

big top tent, you enter through a strange

walkway of mock Greek statues with neon

pink lips. I knew I was about to enter into

something a little off kilter. This giant

space houses wholesale home decoration,

clothes and accessories. Aisle

upon aisle of larger than life

objects sit in mini themed

stories.

Blown glass cacti in chirpy

neon tones sit next to

fluorescent green mock tribal

masks and life size leopard

statues that deliver a huge

dose of kitsch. This is a bar

designer’s paradise and the

perfect place for inspiration.

Zig zagging around the

‘store’, I stumbled across an

incredible cafe that almost

felt like stepping through

the looking glass. The walls

were littered with pictures

and dolls that even continued

onto the ceiling above in a remarkable vision of

confusion. Deciding that it could get any better I

decided to leave on a high and head for lunch. Sluiz

is an attraction in itself and worth a visit on your

drive around the island to gawp at the vast array of

merchandise and colourful creations.

The following morning I decided on a well deserved

lazy day at the hotel. I found the perfect spot at the

THE MARCADILLO SANT

JORDI WAS ONE OF

ROBBIE’S SHOPPING

HOTSPOTS

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ENJOYING THE SUNSET RITUAL

AT 7 PINES KEMPINSKI

pool area where the beds were situated so close to

the water that you could almost roll right off into the

pool when in need of a cool down. This area was

possibly my favourite part of 7 Pines with its slim

chill out zones that housed little seated areas that

then moved out into a larger area for swimming. At

the end there was a glass panel that looked

out across the incredible views, it was perfect.

This was mid-September and the temperatures

hovered in the low 30s by day and low 20s by

night.

After a few hours of rotating in the heat like a

pig on a spit I gave my skin a break and went

to the suite to freshen up. I had intended on

heading out for dinner but decided to try the

hotel’s dine in service. Room service was taxied

around the hotel grounds on electric delivery

bikes that gave an added charm and was renamed

‘Home Delivery’. I never usually order

room service, I find that it’s always the same,

mediocre burgers and basic pizzas, but I was

suitably impressed by tonight’s feast. Delicious

thin and crispy pizzas packed with flavour

along with THE best truffle fries I’ve ever

tasted.

After eating long past my stomach told me to

stop, I sat on the terrace looking up at the stars

in my overindulged state, today was perfect.

It had felt like so long since I felt that holiday

feeling of reading a book and switching off.

The past few months have been a series of

hurdles for many of us and it felt good to allow

my mind to shut down and reboot.

The following days were a series of drives

around Ibiza’s beautiful picture postcard coves

and beaches. The aqua blue waters looked like

they’d been Instagram filtered and every view

left me awestruck. I have visited Ibiza twice before

this trip but this time I fell head over heels in love

with the white isle. A friend who lives there told me

the island has her own rhythm, a poetically accurate

description.

On my final morning I headed down to Cala

Codolar, the little rugged beach for one last moment

of solace. I sat on the same rock as my first day and

as I watched the island go about her routine; the

waves sloshing, wind blowing through the trees and

birds flying overhead, I made a vow. It’s true we are

living through a difficult time, we are all doing our

best to get through the current struggles but I made

a silent promise; to never forget the importance of

taking a break.

How to book

Book your visit to Ibiza for 2021 and stay at the 7

Pines Kempinski with RB Collection. Call them on

01543 258631 or email vip@rbcollection.com.

Speak to Nathan who has visited the hotel himself

too. RB Collection will include their own Ibiza guide

to beach clubs, restaurants and Robbie’s shopping

guide too! Visit www.rbcollection.com/ibiza

for more details.

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LO CA L A R E A

Support local in Lichfield

LICHFIELD BUSINESSES HAVE JOINED FORCES TO BOUNCE BACK AFTER LOCKDOWN AND

ENCOURAGE VISITORS TO THE CATHEDRAL CITY, THANKS TO THE NEW VISIT LICHFIELD CARD

The national Eat Out to Help Out scheme may have

ended but Lichfield has introduced its own campaign

to encourage people to support businesses in the

cathedral city.

A new Visit Lichfield Card will give shoppers, diners

and overnight visitors access to discounts and special

offers at a whole string of venues in the coming

months - and the card is completely free of charge.

Lichfield District Council has joined forces with

attractions and businesses to offer everything from

percentage discounts to a slice of cake and a hot

drink for just £3.50.

Councillor Iain Eadie, Lichfield District Council’s

cabinet member for tourism, said: “The special offers

and discounts are a wonderful way for our district

attractions, shops, restaurants and accommodation

to give something back to their loyal visitors and

customers.

“I hope people will visit their local shops, restaurants

and attractions and help them in turn recover from

the Covid lockdown.

“We’re hoping even more district businesses will take

part by sending us their exclusive special offers.

“In return we’ll help raise their profile on our Visit

Lichfield website, through our social media channels

and regular email newsletters.”

You can apply for a Visit Lichfield Card free of

charge on the Visit Lichfield website, where you can

also find out about the offers and discounts available.

Cards can also be collected in person from Lichfield’s

Visitor Information Centre in St Mary’s on the

Market Square.

All businesses taking part will have stickers in their

window so that passers-by know they are taking part.

Card holders will simply need to show their card to

receive the offer or discount.

Businesses of all types across Lichfield are being

invited to join the scheme and hopefully benefit from

increased trade.

Offers currently available include:

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Erasmus Darwin House: Card holders can

enjoy a 10% discount in the shop when visiting the

museum. Access to the museum is available by prebooked

ticket only: www.erasmusdarwin.org. The

offer is available until December 31, 2020.

Jono’s Tourism: You can enjoy £5 off any prebooked

private history tour of Lichfield with Jono’s

Tourism, with a maximum of five people per tour.

Tours can be booked here: www.jonotourism.co.uk.

The offer is available until August 2021.

Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum:

Cardholders can get 20% off in the museum’s

bookshop when visiting the museum. Visits must be

booked in advance: www.samueljohnsonbirthplace.

org.uk. The offer is available until November 1, 2020.

Visit Lichfield: You can get a 10% discount on

Visit Lichfield guided tours if you show your card

when booking at the Visitor Information Centre. Find

out more about the tours at www.visitlichfield.co.uk/

tours. The offer is available until December 31, 2020.

Framework Framing Gallery: The gallery is

offering a 10% discount on all picture and sculpture

sales. The offer excludes the bespoke framing and

ready-made frame services. The offer is available until

November 1, 2020.

Lichfield Antiques Centre: There is 10% off most

items over £20 at the Lichfield Antiques Centre. The

offer is available until December 31, 2020.

Ministry: Ministry is offering card holders half

price on all Marc Darcy and Cavani suits. The offer is

available until October 31, 2020.

Seasalt Cornwall: A 10% discount on full price

items at Seasalt Cornwall based in Three Spires

Shopping Centre. The card cannot be used in

conjunction with any other offers. The offer is

available until further notice.

Queen’s Head Pub: The Queen’s Head has several

offers available for card holders:

• Bottled beer (available all week): Peroni, Budweiser

and Desperados - three bottles for £7.50 or Becks

and Becks Blue – three bottles for £6.50.

• Hardy’s wine (Monday to Thursday only):

Chardonnay, Rose and Shiraz - buy two large

glasses and get the rest of the bottle free.

• Offer on various spirits, double up for £1.50 or

£1.80 depending on the brand.

The pub is running a booking system for tables due

to limited spaces, for more information go to www.

facebook.com/QueensHeadLichfield. The offer is

available until further notice.

The Hub at St Mary’s: Card holders can enjoy

a cake and hot drink for £3.50 at The Hub at St

Mary’s. This cannot be used in conjunction with any

other offers and is not available after 6pm. The offer

is available until further notice.

The Tudor of Lichfield: Card holders can get

10% off their final food and drink bill in the café as

well as 10% off chocolates, biscuits, jams, fudges and

counter chocolates purchased from the chocolate

shop. Cards are only accepted Monday to Friday. The

card cannot be used along with any other offers or

sale items and is not available on takeaway ice creams

purchased at the ice cream counter. The offer is

available until October 31, 2020.

The George Hotel: Autumn breaks are available

for card holders priced from £129 for two people.

The offer includes a full English breakfast and a three

course dinner. Overnight stay is in a standard room

for two people. The offer is available until November

30, 2020. Card holders can also enjoy a delicious

afternoon tea with your favourite gin and tonic at

The George hotel for £35 for two (normally £39.90

for two). The offer is available until further notice.

A-Plan Insurance: A-Plan Insurance Lichfield

is offering local new clients with a Visit Lichfield

Card taking out a personal car, van or home policy

for the first time a £50 One4All Gift Card. There

is a minimum premium of £250 on car and van

(excluding additional products, optional extras

and fees) and £200 on home (excluding additional

products, optional extras and fees). Other exclusions

apply. A-Plan reserves the right to change or

withdraw this offer at any time. The card will be

issued subject to the policy remaining in force for at

least 14 days. The offer is available until December

31, 2020.

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www.visitlichfield.co.uk

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The show WILL go on

A LICHFIELD-BASED THEATRE PRODUCTION COMPANY ISN’T ALLOWING A GLOBAL

PANDEMIC TO STOP ITS SHOWS. JENNY AMPHLETT HAS BEEN FINDING OUT MORE

Many industries have been decimated by Covid-19,

but few more so than the arts. It’s hard to stage

any sort of performance if you can’t open a venue,

assemble an audience or even allow your performers

to stand anywhere near to one another.

Theatres across the world have had to close their

doors, cancel or postpone programmes and, at best,

offer live streamed performances for audiences to

watch from the comfort of their sofa at home.

A handful of brave, entrepreneurial types have

found ways to adapt and continue to offer live

performances safely. Lichfield-based Let Me In,

which was launched just last year by Chris Buckle

and Martin Pritchard, is one of them.

Chris and Martin have already staged one sell-out

production since the beginning of lockdown and

have another planned for November.

The secrets to their success? Being willing and able

to adapt, having great contacts in the industry and

setting out with a passion to deliver live theatre

rather than a passion to make a large profit.

“We were meant to be touring a musical in March

of this year and had to cancel that, but it wasn’t long

before we were thinking of ways to overcome the

challenges,” said Chris, who also works full-time in

the telecommunications industry.

Chris and Martin, whose day job is head of scenery

at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre, are used to adapting

for different locations for each of their Let Me In

shows. So it didn’t take them long to come up with

the idea of a socially distanced performance - for

actors and audience alike - in an outdoor location.

Their all-female production of Lord of the Flies was

sold out throughout its outdoor run in the grounds of

Woodhouse Farm and Garden in Whittington.

It was Let Me In’s first ever outdoor production - and

the first where they asked audience members to bring

their own seats with them to help with hygiene and

safety precautions.

There was a maximum capacity of 100 people at

each performance, with audience members seated in

LICHFIELD THEATRE COMPANY

LET ME IN STAGED A SELL-OUT

OUTDOOR PRODUCTION OF LORD

OF THE FLIES DURING LOCKDOWN

household bubbles and admission allowed an hour

before the show to help people to take their seats

safely.

Chris and Martin also took the bold step of making

the ticket price whatever people could afford to pay,

or free if they couldn’t afford to pay.

“In the current economy and situation we all find

ourselves in we want theatre to be accessible for all,”

said Chris. “Admission to our production of Lord

of the Flies was free - with donations very welcome

from those who could afford to do so.

“It was a very easy decision to make and one that

we took early on when we thought about the many

things people would have going on in their lives.

We’ve always wanted our work to be accessible, and

particularly so for families.

“It was a bit of a gamble because we still had

production costs to cover, but we decided that it

wouldn’t be the end of the world if we took a bit of

a hit.”

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It also helped that the cast members, grateful to be

back doing what they love, offered their services free

of charge. They were all from the Lichfield, Alrewas

and Whittington areas so didn’t have far to travel.

“I got in touch with Woodhouse Farm and Garden

because I used to get my fruit and veg from them and

I knew they had a lovely outdoor space,” said Chris.

“Thankfully they liked the idea of what we wanted

to do.

“We’d already planned the production but we had

to adapt it to make it work outdoors and to make

it socially distant for the performers. It was a real

challenge to make sure the actors wouldn’t get too

close to one another.

“Then there was also the challenge of making

sure the actors could project to reach an outdoor

audience that was spread out over a larger area than

you’d usually expect.”

They may have had to stand apart but working

under such difficult circumstances seems to have

brought the team together.

“When resources are limited you’re forced to be

creative,” said Chris. “Creativity comes out of

difficult circumstances. It’s meant even more to us as

a company and a cast. It also meant so much to us to

sell out, that was amazing.”

The audience feedback was very positive after each

performance, with people feeling incredibly grateful

to be able to get out of the house to watch some live

theatre.

Chris, 24, and Martin, 34, met through their mutual

love of the arts and

their connection with

the Lichfield Garrick

where Chris has

performed on stage

and Martin works.

Chris, from Lichfield,

and Martin, from

Rugeley, staged

their first Let Me In

production in April

2019.

Choosing the shows

falls to Chris while

Martin focuses

on making things

work logistically,

often for venues not

traditionally used for

theatre.

Wherever possible

they try to use a local pool of performers and Chris

says he likes the idea of subverting stereotypes, hence

the all-female Lord of the Flies based on a book with

only male characters.

Let Me In works on a profit share basis, with any

profits from shows divided between everyone

involved.

“There was no profit from Lord of the Flies, but as

a company we were happy with that and knew that

would be the case at the beginning,” said Chris.

“We all have other jobs too and do this because of

a passion for it rather than because it’s a vehicle for

making money.”

The next production, People, Places and Things by

Duncan MacMillan, is a play exploring the mind

of a young actor who struggles with addiction and

depression.

It will run from November 17 to 21 in a specially

constructed pop-up venue in the Lichfield area.

Chris said: “We’re lucky in a sense that we can adapt

to the situation presented by Covid-19 because we’re

not based in one place and we’re not restricted to

performing in a theatre.

“We can create our production space wherever we

need to, as that’s something we were already used to.

“If we need to use an old abandoned building for

a performance then we will. We’ve adapted to the

circumstances and we’ll carry on doing that.”

To find out more about Let Me In and forthcoming

productions visit letmeinpresents.co.uk or

facebook.com/letmeinpresents

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ACTORS FOR THEIR

SOCAILLY-DISTANCED

PERFORMANCE

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LO CA L A R E A

Pick your own Halloween treat

WHETHER YOU WANT TO EAT THEM, CARVE THEM OR THEME YOUR HOME

DECOR AROUND THEM, THERE’S NO ESCAPING PUMPKINS THIS MONTH

Here at J’AIME we plan to embrace squash and

pumpkins this October. We won’t be buying one

from the supermarket though - we plan to pick our

own. Here are some places you can head to if you

want to follow suit:

Manor Farm Fruits, Watling Street, Hints

The farm’s annual Pumpkin Fest is back and will

run from October 15 to 31. We can’t wait! Manor

Farm Fruits have grown more than 20,000 pumpkins

of all shapes, sizes, and varieties to help make your

Halloween celebrations extra special. Due to the

ongoing restrictions of COVID-19, there will be

limited activities for children this year, but there

will be a range of spooky merchandise on sale and

a large outdoor seating area where you will be able

to enjoy a selection of drinks and snacks in a safe

environment. Admission is £2 per person and must

be pre-booked at www.manorfarmfruits.co.uk

Beckets Farm, Alcester Road, Wythall,

Birmingham

The annual pumpkin parlour has been cancelled for

2020, but the farm shop will still be selling pumpkins

of all shapes and sizes. There’s a free pumpkin stencil

with every pumpkin purchased plus a Halloween

cupcake decorating competition.

cover the additional cost in running the event due

to the extra government regulations. Visit

www.canalsidefarm.co.uk for more details.

Amerton Farm, Stowe by Chartley

You can pick your own pumpkin at Amerton this

year and even carve it on site to save the mess at

home if you wish. If you leave the seeds behind

they may well grow into next year’s pumpkin crop.

Pumpkin picking is available all day on October 17,

18 and from October 24 to 31.

Bednall Farm Pick Your Own Pumpkins,

Bednall, near Brocton, Stafford

An ever-popular event for visitors from around the

Midlands, Bednall Pick Your Own Pumpkins will be

welcoming guests from October 22 to 31 to pick fresh

pumpkins in time for Halloween. This year, to ensure

the event remains safe for visitors, slots will need to

be pre-booked, although tickets are still completely

free. There are two slots each day; morning and

afternoon, and visitors are welcome to arrive at any

point in their slot up to half an hour before the end,

staying for as long as they want in that time. For

more details and to make a booking visit

www.facebook.com/pickyourownpumpkinsbednall

Canalside Farm, Shop and Cafe, Mill Lane,

Great Haywood

The farm’s staff have planted more than 7,000

squash, gourds and pumpkins for you to pick

including unusual varieties and colours from the

Turk’s Turban, Cougar, Corvette, Bently, Secretariat

and tasty Orangita varieties. Pumpkin Fest will run

from October 10 to 31 - and you can also eat fresh

pumpkin in the cafe. This season you will need to

book a specific time slot to pick pumpkins via the

farm’s website (available from October 1) to help

steady the flow of people at any one time. There will

be a £2 charge per person (under 3s will be free) to

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LO CA L A R E A

What’s On Local

YOU MAY NEED TO THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX WHEN IT COMES TO FINDING THINGS TO ENTERTAIN

YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY THIS MONTH. HERE WE ROUND UP SOME OF THE LATEST OFFERINGS

WHAT: EVENT CINEMA

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK

WHEN: VARIOUS DATES THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

If, like us, you’ve been itching to get back into a theatre again then you’ll be

pleased to hear that Lichfield’s Garrick has event cinema screenings during

October ahead of the return of live performances in November.

The programme includes Matthew Bourne’s The Red Shoes on Friday,

October 2 and a live recording of Arthur Miller’s A View from The Bridge

on Friday, October 9.

On Friday, October 16 you can watch the film The New Mutants or on

Saturday, October 24 you can watch a live recording of Alfie Boe and

Michael Ball on stage at the 02 Arena.

The Garrick has introduced a string of measures to keep audiences safe,

including air extraction rather than air recycling in the auditorium. For

more details visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com

WHAT: MULTI-SENSORY ART EXPERIENCE

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

WHEN: OCTOBER 8 TO DECEMBER 31

Birmingham Hippodrome is to host the UK premiere of Van Gogh Alive, a

multi-sensory arts experience which is suitable for all the family. Visitors can

walk amongst more than 3,000 huge projections which will be accompanied

by lights, colours, sounds and fragrances. The idea is that people will feel

like they are stepping into Van Gogh paintings - which is intended to be

enchanting and entertaining but also educational.

The Hippodrome’s auditorium will be transformed for the exhibition, which

has been seen by more than six million people in 50 cities around the globe.

The Covid-safe event will be the first time the public has been invited into the

building since March.

For more details visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com

WHAT: MUSEUM AND ART EXHIBITIONS

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY

WHEN: FROM WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7

Your visit may be a little different for the time being, but from this month

you can finally return to Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.

It will reopen from Wednesday to Sunday each week, but you’ll need to

book a ticket and time slot in advance. Admission is free but there is the

option to make a £3 donation towards museum costs.

Capacity has been reduced and there will be a one way system around the

building. You’ll also need to wear a mask for the duration of your visit.

The Edwardian Tearooms will also reopen and you’ll be able to eat at a

table or buy food to take away with you.

For more details visit www.birminghammuseums.org.uk

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WHAT: OKTOBERFEST AND SCAREFEST

WHERE: ALTON TOWERS

WHEN: DATES THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

The combination of theme park and beautiful gardens has

always set Alton Towers apart from other tourist attractions.

Now those spacious grounds are even more welcome than

ever.

The resort’s ever-popular Scarefest attraction has been joined

this year by an Oktoberfest celebration, both of which will

include the chance to enjoy rides after dark.

Oktoberfest will include Bavarian-themed live music, food

and a bier keller.

Scarefest, as ever, features spooky fun ranging from gentle

frights for children through to full-on horror for those with a

stronger stomach.

For more details visit www.altontowers.com

WHAT: HALLOWEEN FUN

WHERE: DRAYTON MANOR THEME PARK

WHEN: OCTOBER 17 TO 31

The Halloween celebrations at Drayton Manor are set to be

more treat than trick this year.

The theme park and zoo will be decorated with pumpkins,

spiders and other seasonal items to bring some fun to the

occasion but without being too scary for younger visitors.

There will be more than 100 rides and attractions to choose

from and the zoo will also be open to visitors.

Covid-safe measures have been introduced across the park to

help visitors feel confident to return.

For more information visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk

WHAT: VARIOUS FAMILY FUN

WHERE: SNOWDOME, TAMWORTH

WHEN: DATES THROUGHOUT OCTOBER

From ski lessons to indoor climbing, the SnowDome at

Tamworth has reopened for all manner of family-friendly fun

You can ski without boarding an aeroplane or enjoy a snow

session without heading off to Lapland.

There is also ice skating, climbing, swimming and the option

of visiting the gym.

Covid-safe measures have been introduced across the

attraction to help to keep visitors safe.

For more details visit www.snowdome.co.uk

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FA S H I O N

The coats edit

TAKE TIMELESS, CLASSIC LOOKS, ADD AN ELEMENT OF COSY AND THROW

IN A DASH OF ATTITUDE FOR AN OUTERWEAR SELECTION WHICH PACKS A

SERIOUS STYLE PUNCH FOR AW20, SAYS AMY NORBURY

IT’S usually one of the highlights of any fashionista’s calendar;

that’s right, it’s the traditional time of year when we’re picking

out the perfect coat to take us through right until spring.

But, as with most facets of life in 2020, the global coronavirus

pandemic has left its indelible mark on the fashion industry,

and while the seasonal catwalk shows in early March served up

an array of autumnal and winter treats, many fashion houses

and high street brands alike have been forced to slow down

production on their AW20 arsenal.

So it makes sense that the trends which have eventually trickled

through place an emphasis on the classic and the comforting -

with no small amount of attitude thrown in for good measure.

Tough leather, sombre black and timeless heritage checks

abound, alongside all things oversized and, well, that little bit

cosy. And none more so is this evident that among the outerwear

offerings which are slowly cropping up, just in time for the

turning of the seasons.

When it comes to choosing your winter wardrobe hero, opting

for any of these looks will see you right to 2021 and beyond -

that’s if they don’t already have a place in your collection of

classic investment pieces.

First up, the fabrics. We’re talking shearling and teddy-like furs

- faux, of course - as well as buttery soft leather for when you’re

ready to ramp up the attitude. Lengths vary from aviator-style

jackets and blazers to the full-on ‘Keanu Reeves in The Matrix’

ankle-sweeping style, but whichever way you go, leather is

perfect for adding a little polish to your lockdown casuals.

In keeping with the Matrix vibe, as well as oodles of leather

there’s been a resurgence of the fashion world’s all-time classic

hue. That’s right, for 2020 black is the new black. In keeping

with the rather sombre global mood, head-to-toe black was a

huge hit across the AW20 catwalks - so perhaps it’s time to invest

in some stomping black boots to pair with your black coat?

If you’re after something with a little more pizazz than block

colour black, then it’s time to search out the heritage checks.

From houndstooth and gingham to tartan and Prince of Wales

checks, this autumn is all about wearing your squares.

And when it comes to size, the ‘bigger is better’ mantra reigns

supreme. AW20 goes XXL in the outerwear department,

ensuring you’ll stay wrapped up warm whatever winter throws

at you.

CHECK COAT, FROM A SELECTION

AT DOROTHY PERKINS.

WWW.DOROTHYPERKINS.COM

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£1,975 £247.50

£800

LEATHER MAC COAT, GUSHLOW

AND COLE AT HARVEY NICHOLS.

WWW.HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

HOUNDSTOOTH WOOL COAT,

GERARD DAREL AT HARVEY NICHOLS.

WWW.HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

ANNECY CAMEL WOOL COAT,

TOTEME AT HARVEY NICHOLS.

WWW.HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

£95

£260

CHECK COAT, FROM A SELECTION

AT RIVER ISLAND.

WWW.RIVERISLAND.COM

BLACK FAUX FUR CUFF

SWING COAT, RIVER ISLAND.

WWW.RIVERISLAND.COM

CAMILLE FAUX SHEARLING COAT,

STAND STUDIO AT HARVEY NICHOLS.

WWW.HARVEYNICHOLS.COM

BLACK COAT AND BOOTS FROM A SELECTION AT

DOROTHY PERKINS. WWW.DOROTHYPERKINS.COM

TAN LONGLINE AVIATOR, £65, MISS

SELFRIDGE. WWW.MISSSELFRIDGE.COM


B E AU T Y

Get your beauty sleep

LOOKING AFTER YOUR SKIN BEFORE YOU GO TO BED IS ONE OF THE BEST WAYS TO ENSURE A

GREAT COMPLEXION FOR YEARS TO COME. WHEN IT COMES TO YOUR DAILY SKINCARE ROUTINE,

GETTING ENOUGH SHUT-EYE SHOULD BE A PRIORITY TO HELP KEEP YOUR COMPLEXION IN TIP TOP

CONDITION, SO AIM FOR BETWEEN SEVEN TO NINE HOURS A NIGHT AS STUDIES REVEAL ANY LESS

CAN LEAD TO WRINKLES AND DRIER SKIN. ROYAL FACIALIST AND FOUNDER OF HEAVEN SKINCARE

DEBORAH MITCHELL SHARES HER EXPERT TIPS FOR A BEAUTIFUL NIGHT’S SLEEP

WASH AWAY THE DAY: During

the day your skin comes into contact

with all manner of dirt, pollutants and

environmental factors, and not cleaning

properly at night time means you’re

more likely to suffer constant break-outs,

blocked pores and grease. My New

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is the first of its kind to contain my

patented ABEETOXIN® formula, so it

not only deeply cleanses the skin but also

controls facial muscles for an immediate

tightening and firming effect.

TAKE A LONG BATH: However stressful

your day has been, soaking in the tub

relaxes your mind and prepares you for a

great sleep. To help aid a relaxing night,

use my Dream Body Wash (£26.20) –

not only does it tighten and firm the skin, as

well as exfoliate and moisturise, but thanks

to the organic grapefruit and sandalwood

it works on a sensory level, making you feel

calm and sleepy.

USE A NIGHT CREAM: By choosing a cream that

is designed specifically for night time, you allow all

those great ingredients to get working on your skin

while you get your shut-eye. My

Overnight Success Oxygen

Cream (£91) releases oxygen

to detoxify and replenish your

complexion. Perfect for dull or

damaged skin, its anti-ageing

properties increase collagen

production and it’s suitable

for all skin types – especially

mature, dry and damaged.

APPLY A SERUM: Serums penetrate

deeper than a moisturiser, due to them

having smaller molecules, which means

they are easier for our epidermis to absorb.

Use my SOS Oil Serum (£55, 30ml)

in tandem with your overnight cream. You

only need a few drops to balance oil levels,

hydrate and feed the skin or you can layer

with another serum to provide a multitude

of benefits in one go.

A MIRACLE MASK: You

might not think you have time

to apply a mask in the evenings,

what with the endless round of

cooking dinner, tidying up after

the family and getting those jobs

ticked off the housework todo-list.

But many of my masks

have been created to apply just

before bedtime then leave on overnight so they can

work their magic. Try Silver Bee Venom Mask

(£86.50) to control the facial muscles and penetrate

fine lines for immediate anti-ageing effect. It can be

left on overnight for acceleration, simply wash off the

next morning.

LOOK AFTER YOUR EYES:

The moisturiser you use on

your face might not be gentle

enough for the delicate skin

around your eyes, so invest in

a cream designed specifically

to tackle this area. My new

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yet effective enough to really make the eyes glow.

Use daily to target puffiness and dark circles while

relaxing fine lines and wrinkles.

All products are available online at www.heavenskincare.com

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Silver linings

I N T H E N E W S

SARAH LEEDHAM, SENIOR VALUER AT LICHFIELD’S RICHARD WINTERTON

AUCTIONEERS, TAKES A LOOK AT THE ENDURING POPULARITY OF SILVER

WITH EVERYONE FROM NOVICES TO SERIOUS COLLECTORS

As the saying goes, all that glitters is

not gold – and that is especially true

when it comes to silver.

The wonderful world of collecting

antique and modern silver objects is

an area enjoyed by both the novice

and seasoned professionals as the

breadth, depth and price range on

offer makes it enjoyable for one and

all.

Some focus on one theme, say

Charles Horner hat pins, Nathaniel

Mills castle top card cases, Victorian

and Edwardian pin cushions in the

shape of animals, anything related

to wine such as corkscrews, wine

funnels, claret jugs or decanter labels.

Others may collect anything made by one

silversmith, Hester Bateman of the late 18th century

or the early 20th century work of Archibald Knox

for Liberty’s are just a few examples.

The joy of silver is partly in the fact it is such a

tactile material. Yes, it does require a little work to

keep it shining brightly but modern-day cleaners

are often enhanced with an ingredient to prevent

WINTERTON’S SENIOR

VALUER SARAH LEEDHAM

THIS 20TH CENTURY

CANTEEN OF DUTCH

CONTINENTAL SILVER

FETCHED £2,200

re-tarnishing, something our ancestors would have

greatly appreciated.

One benefit of collecting British silver is the fact

that it carries hallmarks, a series of marks punched

onto the piece which may well be the oldest forms

of consumer protection still in existence, meaning a

mark from the hall.

A brief history of how this system came about takes

us back to medieval England in the reign of Henry

II. Due to the softness of silver in its purest form it

needs to be mixed with an alloy to give

it strength, a mix of 92.5 per cent silver

to 7.5 per cent copper gave an excellent

alloy and the king made a law to say

this was the legal standard and hence

sterling silver was born.

Early on the alloy was used mainly for

coins and the pound sterling was born

from this but as is the want of high

status individuals they also wanted

special items made from silver.

In 1238 King Henry II passed a new

law that meant no silver items could

be made that were not of the same

sterling standard as coins. Eventually it

became apparent that more regulation

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A SELECTION FROM A FABULOUS

COLLECTION OF SILVER PIECES WHICH

WENT UNDER THE HAMMER AT RICHARD

WINTERTON AUCTIONEERS

was needed and Edward II initiated the leopard’s

head crowned mark which showed it had been to the

Goldsmith’s hall in London to be assayed (tested for

its purity) and only then could it be sold on.

In 1327 The Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths

received its royal charter from Edward III and this

wonderful guild survives and thrives today.

The hallmarks have varied over time and city assay

offices have come and gone but fortunately records

have been well kept and it is generally easy to identify

marks.

You should see a maker’s or sponsor’s mark which

are generally the initials of the person or company, a

sterling silver mark which is the lion passant (walking

with right paw raised), the assay office mark (for

example London is a leopard’s head, Birmingham

an anchor, Sheffield a crown or rose from 1975,

Edinburgh a castle, etc)

and a date letter which

indicates when it was

made using a letter of the

alphabet which runs in

cycles of 25 years.

There are variations

including commemorative

marks such as the

millennium and royal

events such as coronations.

The value of silver does

go up and down in line

with bullion prices and as

a recyclable material it is

sadly scrapped, not always

to be remade into another

useful or decorative object for the

home or a piece of jewellery but

for computers, mobile phones and

other electronic devices that we rely

on heavily today.

Collecting silver need not break the

bank and a Charles Horner silver

thimble might cost you around

£10 at auction, a hat pin by the

same maker around £30-40 and an

enamel and silver pendant by him

around £200.

Vinaigrettes, snuff boxes and card

cases are also highly collectable.

At the other end of the spectrum

Georgian and Regency silver by

some of the most famous British

silversmiths can sell for over

£100,000 but there is much more

to be had in the £100 to £1,000 price bracket.

A few months ago, we sold a 20th century canteen of

Dutch continental silver for £2,200 and an Elizabeth

II Mappin and Webb canteen of silver cutlery made

£1,400, to the delight of our clients.

A pair of silver gilt rococo style candelabra – also

Elizabeth II – sold for £1,700.

So whether it’s a canteen of cutlery, a charger or a

vinaigrette, it’s always worth checking with us to see

if you have an antique which could prove to be a real

silver lining!

For more information, contact Richard

Winterton Auctioneers at The Lichfield

Auction Centre on 01543 251081, email

office@richardwinterton.co.uk and visit

www.richardwinterton.co.uk.

A PAIR OF ELIZABETH II SILVER GILT

ROCOCO STYLE CANDELABRA SOLD

FOR £1,700

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Probate and formal valuations

for inheritance tax purposes

Our reliable and sympathetic

team can assist all executors in the

administration of deceased estates

From jewellery and large collections

to cars, furniture and household

items, we handle everything

Comprehensive, bespoke

clearance service and

downsizing solutions

We handle clearance of an entire

estate from houses, bungalows and

flats to offices and all other buildings

We specialise in:

Antique and modern jewellery

Watches

Gemstones

Silverware

Coins, medals and militaria

Works of art

Whisky and wine

Vintage toys

Stamps and ephemera

Cameras and record collections

Scientific equipment

Antique and modern furniture

Qualified

All members of our jewellery

department are certified

gemmologists and diamond graders

Record-breaking

international sales

More than 3,000 bidders from

all over the world joined our latest

online Fine Arts Sale

Online services available

Virtual estimates, online auctions

and contactless collections.

Valuations and viewing by

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COME AND MEET

US IN LICHFIELD

Weekly Valuations

Every Thursday

For your Jewellery

and Watches

With Heather Callaway

FIRV FGA DGA AMEA

The Hub at St Mary’s

Market Square,

Lichfield City Centre, WS13 6LG

Thursdays 10am-4pm

Established – Professional – Transparent

The Winterton family name has been synonymous

with auctioneering in Staffordshire since 1864

01543 251081

www.richardwinterton.co.uk

richardwinterton@richardwinterton.co.uk

The Lichfield

Auction Centre,

Wood End Lane,

Fradley Park

WS13 8NF

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