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The days are getting longer and the daffodils are
coming into bloom which signals that spring is very
definitely on the way. As signs of new life appear
all around us, we hope you’ll feel a renewed sense
of optimism. Here at J’AIME we aim to add a little
positivity into your life. We hope that reading through
these pages brings a smile to your face and also some
much needed escapism.
2021 has brought exciting developments for J’AIME.
You’ll see the address of our website across the
bottom of each page in this magazine and that’s
because we’ve given www.jaimemagazine.com a
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read everything you see in the magazine plus much,
much more. The website is updated each day and
includes positive, uplifting lifestyle articles from right
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As well as being delivered to homes in selected
postcodes J’AIME is now available to pick up free of
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You can also read a digital version of the magazine
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Within the March magazine you can read about an
inspirational dance teacher and meet the star of a new
children’s book (who you may well have encountered
during your daily exercise).
Add to that our usual mix of interiors, property,
fashion, beauty, travel, fitness, what’s on and food and
we hope we have something for everyone.
At the time of going to press we have no idea of when
coronavirus restrictions will ease in the region. We
hope our upbeat, positive content will bring a little
added cheer to your life.
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sunny, cheerful March. Please stay safe.
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InsideJ’aime this month...
6 Feature - The dancer who is changing the
lives of women across the world
10 Feature - Meet the Four Oaks rescue dog
immortalised in a new children’s book
12 Property - Could this be the home of your
14 Interiors - Globetrotting style
18 Interiors - Sweet pastel shades
22 Food and drink - Reducing food waste
23 Food and drink - A recipe from the founder of
24 Food and drink - Embracing a vegan lifestyle
26 Travel - Your travel questions answered
30 Fashion - No more skinny jeans?
32 Beauty - How to cleanse your skin properly
34 Fitness - Why walking works
36 Health - The robotic future of surgery
37 Health - Simple hacks for a healthier you
38 Health - The link between hearing health
40 In the news - A helping hand through the
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F E AT U R E
Dance can change the world
INTERNATIONAL DANCE ARTIST AND ARTISTIC DIRECTOR SONIA SABRI HAS HELPED TRANSFORM
THE LIVES OF WOMEN ACROSS THE WORLD. JASPREET SHERGILL MET HER TO FIND OUT MORE
This year is the 110th anniversary of
International Women’s Day, which celebrates
the cultural, economic, social and political
achievements of women. The day is not only
to celebrate these achievements but also to
raise awareness of women’s equality. Sonia
Sabri is an international dance artist and
artistic director of Sonia Sabri Company,
and amongst the most inspirational women
working in the arts today . She specialises in
traditional Indian folk dance in the style of
Kathak and through her artform has helped
women all over the world.
Wolverhampton-born Sonia was introduced
to dance by her father at the age of eight. He
wanted her to live his dream of becoming a
Bollywood actor. Sonia was encouraged to
enter this creative field despite being quite shy
as a child.
“It wasn’t really something that I wanted to
do initially because as a child I was quite an
introvert. I used to get bullied quite a lot at
school so wasn’t the type to go into spaces
where there were lots of people, so I think
dance helped because I was able to gain
confidence, but it was really for my dad,” she
“My parents come from working class families and I
think when you see Bollywood films all the glamour,
cars and the silver screen, it’s success as one would
fantasise about and I think that was my father’s
measure of doing good in the world and being
“So, he put me into dancing and LAMDA drama
training and I came to learn Kathak. I was actually
going into another classical dance style, but we ended
up at the MAC in Birmingham, he just said this looks
like something similar that I’ve seen in Bollywood
why don’t you just enter this class and that was it, I
went into the Kathak class and never looked back.”
After falling into Kathak, young Sonia came to
realise that this artform was so much more than just
dance and movement. She began to flourish and
discovered more about herself as a person.
“It was kind of a calling at quite a young age. When
we move we are able to express ourselves whether
that’s through writing, dancing, playing musical
instruments or singing it’s another way of expression.
It’s not always about expressing through words so I
think I found my way of expressing.
“There’s something about when I do Kathak, I
know myself, I am truly myself, I would recommend
dancing to anyone to feel that. It made me gain
friends as well as gain a skill that is very specialised
and one does feel good when you achieve something.
I would definitely say that dance or any kind of
artistic medium does support somebody’s self-esteem
Sonia became recognised internationally and
performed on stages across the globe, winning
awards such as The ACTA Award for Best Dancer
2016, The National Indian Arts Award for Dance
2017 and Women in Dance Leadership 2018 Award.
As a freelance dance artist, she also worked for the
“The only way to be taken seriously was if you had a
company or an organisation so it felt like that’s what
I needed to do.
“I would have to give full credit to my husband,
Sarvar Sabri. He is a world renowned tabla artist
and composer and comes from a lineage of seven
generations of musicians from India and he said let’s
start a dance and music company.
“Inherently our classical and Indian dance forms are
driven by music, so we wanted to really bring that to
“Sonia Sabri Company is a dance and music
company. We wanted to bring both of those assets
into people’s appreciation of the art and once we
started with the company, we began to get invitations
to tour internationally.”
Sonia Sabri Company has collaborated with people
such as Sir Trevor Nunn, Rose English, Lincoln Soni
and Arlene Phillips.
Based in Birmingham, the company has had interest
globally, creating opportunities for people of all ages
and abilities to learn classical, contemporary and
Sonia has developed a distinct style of Urban
Kathak, taking inspiration from people and urban
settings and combining it with traditional dance from
the lands of the Indian subcontinent.
“We are proud to be located in Birmingham but we
do a lot of work outside of Birmingham as well as
internationally, so it’s great to be in the city which
is so diverse, so young, so dynamic and I feel as a
company and as artists and independent artists like
myself we are placing Birmingham on the cultural
map if not on the international map.”
Sonia Sabri company was invited by the
Hippodrome to join its associateship in 2018 and
has since developed and commissioned a new
production, Same Same But Different.
“Same Same But Different is a family show but
catered towards children who are aged five and
over and it looks at the curiosities and the fears they
have of being different. It creatively questions how
Kathak, contemporary, street and hip-hop dance and
physical storytelling can be used to explore themes of
identity, difference and belonging.
“We are looking at the diversity of our society and
how cultural differences make society more valuable
rather than it being seen as something that is
The Hippodrome has also supported the music and
dance company in creating short pieces for festivals.
“We presented a preview at their 120th Gala
birthday celebrations and in 120 years Hippodrome
has never had culturally diverse artists so we felt
really proud to be the torchbearers of championing
Indian music and Indian dance.
“It was a milestone event. I got some of our young
students to perform as well, who are mainly young
Asian women. It’s history for everyone and I hope
they will continue to bring in a more representative
programme for coming years.”
It can be difficult to enter the arts industry and
even more so as a South Asian woman. There is a
lack of representation of women leading creative
organisations and Sonia stresses the importance of
“I think we’ve had to and we continue to fight for our
value and worth just being in existence in a female
soul in a female body and that’s the first obstacle we
are still trying to overcome now.
“Being a South Asian woman in the arts is even
more important because the arts is a way to not only
understand ourselves in the context of our Asian
community but how the Asian community fits in the
context of mainstream society.
“We have to think about dance or South Asian arts
beyond what it is in its preliminary form. It’s what it
does, it’s how it makes us feel, it’s what enables us to
conquer the obstacles.
“We don’t have enough role models and I completely
understand why. I come from a background where
women aren’t supposed to even laugh out loud let
alone dance so if I’m not able to express myself there
is a fear of what other people might say.
“We have to break away from this backward
thinking. It’s not only about women
coming together, it’s about the whole
society coming together for women.”
This year’s theme for
International Women’s Day is
#ChooseToChallenge, to call out
gender bias and inequality. Sonia is a
huge supporter of this and is making
a change through her artform.
“I want to place a pledge on finding
out why we continue to have this
inequality and particularly for Asian
women and girls. It’s imperative that
we continue with those discussions
and bring people on as part of those
discussions. As women and girls
we need to have a voice and come
together collectively but then also we
need to have our brothers, our fathers, our uncles
and everyone else in the community to be part of the
same focal point.”
Due to the pandemic SSCo have transferred to
online dance classes and are also developing a
women-only project for those who are isolated, have
low self-esteem, are from busy households and who
need time for themselves. Sonia is doing workshops
attended by participants who have been referred by
“I’m beginning to see change just within the women
and the girls who are attending the dance classes,
some of them have left very difficult home situations
because they found the confidence because of
the dance classes. They were alleviated from their
depression and their anxiety.
“Some of them are quite vulnerable and under the
mental health radar and what we’re trying to achieve
with the dance is for them to feel human. Once
they’ve felt that feeling they can take charge of their
life and there have been such positive changes.
“They have understood that this is not something
about flaunting their body or about exhibiting their
physique; this is something much more spiritual
and emotional that strengthens women mentally. It
changes the emotional strength of somebody and
that is exactly what I want to promote.”
“We have to feed our souls and that’s what creative
arts does; if our soul feels good, if our soul feels
replenished, then we as people will become better
human beings and this is what the world needs right
To find out more information about Sonia Sabri
Company visit https://www.ssco.org.uk
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F E AT U R E
From bark to book
FOUR OAKS RESCUE DOG JAZZ HAS BEEN IMMORTALISED IN A NEW CHILDREN’S BOOK.
JENNY AMPHLETT FOUND OUT MORE FROM HIS OWNER, AUTHOR ANNE BLACKMORE
If you think you recognise the star of a new
children’s book then you may well be right. You may
have spotted him during his daily exercise around
Sutton Park or perhaps he’s kept a watchful eye on
you from a window while you’ve made a delivery to
his Four Oaks home.
Jazz, a rescue dog owned by children’s author
and former teacher Anne Blackmore, has been
immortalised in her new book - Jazz’s Window.
The beautifully illustrated work, aimed at three
to eight-year-olds, is all about the things Jazz sees
through his favourite window at the family’s home.
“Jazz was my inspiration,” said Anne, aged 66, a
former teacher at Old Church Primary School in
Darlaston. “He’s always run upstairs to look through
the big landing window as it’s quite low and he can
put his paws up onto it. We’ve always called it Jazz’s
“My husband, Paul, suggested I should write a story
about it, which is where it all started.”
The book was several years in the
making, including various draft and
editing stages, finding a publisher and
“It was important to me to get it just
right. I wanted to try to portray Jazz
through the story and to have the reader
see the things that Jazz sees through his
“There’s the postman, a lady taking her
child to school, a delivery driver going to
the house next door. It’s very gentle and
the children who read it will be able to
see it all through Jazz’s eyes.”
As a teacher of 37 years Anne has a keen
eye for what makes a successful children’s
story. She’s already receiving positive
reviews from parents and youngsters alike
and has been invited to read the book
in primary schools, including the school
she used to teach at, once coronavirus
restrictions have been lifted.
Anne believes Jazz is a Collie/Saluki
cross and his age is estimated to be around 12
years. The family rehomed him from a centre in
Northampton, although he was originally rescued
“He’s pretty laid back and takes everything in his
stride,” said Anne. “He loves people and is extremely
friendly and sweet natured. He loves having a ball
thrown for him and is forever picking up logs that
he’s determined to carry around with him even if
they’re too big.
“He loves chasing crows, squirrels and other small
animals he comes across on our walks in Sutton Park.
He’d happily stay and play there all day.”
Anne is already working through ideas for future
books, which may well include the further adventures
Jazz’s Window by Anne Blackmore is available from
Waterstones, bookshop.org or Amazon. You can find
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As a nation, we’re working hard on reducing our
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If you’re making pumpkin soup or pie, don’t throw
away the seeds once you’ve scooped them out.
Roast them with a sprinkling of seasoning for a
healthy pick-me-up - a great alternative to nuts or
The leafy green tops of carrots are perfectly edible
and, in fact, make a great alternative to basil for
making a pesto - simply blend with nuts and a bit of
You can use cauliflower leaves to make a delicious
alternative to kale crisps - just toss in some oil and
seasoning, then bake in a hot oven for about 30
If you usually use the leafy florets and chuck the
thick stems then stop! Broccoli stems are great for
bulking out soups, slicing into rounds to add to your
stir fry or even spiralising to create a super healthy
vegetable alternative to noodles or pasta.
Strange as it may seem, aquafaba - the juice from
tinned chickpeas - is a great vegan alternative to
eggs when it comes to making meringues. Just whip
it up exactly as you would the egg whites and voila!
Perfect vegan meringues every time.
Not too Grubby
F O O D & D R I N K
MARTIN HOLDEN-WHITE, THE LICHFIELD-BORN FOUNDER OF NATIONAL
VEGAN RECIPE BOX COMPANY GRUBBY, SHARES A RECIPE FOR HARISSA
SWEET POTATO, RED PEPPER AND LENTIL STEW WITH BALSAMIC DRESSING
400g sweet potato
1 red pepper
1/2 tbsp harissa spice blend
1 red onion
140g cherry tomatoes
1 sachet tomato puree
1.5 tbsp agave syrup
1 tin lentils
Handful flat leaf parsley
1.5 tbsp balsamic vinegar
Salt & pepper
Preparation: 25 mins
Before you start:
Pre-heat the oven to 190 degrees/ 170 fan / gas mark
5. You’ll need a chopping board, a large frying pan,
two large roasting trays and a sharp knife.
Peel and chop the sweet potato into small 2cm cubes
and slice the red pepper into 1cm strips. Put them onto
a large roasting tray, coat with half of the harissa spice
blend, a tablespoon of olive oil and a pinch of salt and
pepper. Roast for 15-20 minutes until soft.
Finely dice the red onion and fry in a tablespoon of
olive oil on a medium heat for 5-6 minutes until soft.
Next, on a separate roasting tray, lay out the chopped
kale and drizzle with a tablespoon of olive oil and a
good pinch of salt. Put in the oven for 8 -10 minutes
until the kale is turning crispy.
Chop the tomatoes into halves and add to the onion
pan followed by the remaining harissa spice mix. Then
add the tomato puree, the agave syrup, a pinch of salt
and pepper. Drain and rinse the lentils using a sieve
before adding to the pan followed by 200ml of water.
Turn the heat down low and gently simmer for 4-5
minutes. Roughly chop the parsley and stir into the mix
Thinly slice the avocado flesh lengthways and set aside.
Remove all the roasted veg from the oven once cooked
and add the sweet potatoes and peppers into the lentil
pan. Gently mix through off the heat. In a small bowl
mix the balsamic vinegar with 2 tablespoons of olive
oil. Spoon the veg mix into shallow bowls and serve
with the avocado and crispy kale on top and a drizzle
of the balsamic dressing.
F O O D & D R I N K
Let’s go vegan
WITH VEGANISM BECOMING AN INCREASINGLY POPULAR CHOICE, AMY NORBURY LOOKS
AT THE BENEFITS OF GOING PLANT-BASED - AND HOW TO STAY HEALTHY WHILE DOING SO
The number of vegans in Britain quadrupled
between 2014 and 2019 from 150,000 to 600,000,
or 1.16% of the population and, as of 2020, every
one of the top UK supermarkets now has their own
It’s not just compassion for animals which prompts
people to go - and stay - vegan, but it does remain
the key factor in the decision for many. Our own
health, and concerns for the environment are other
strong reasons why going vegan has become an
increasingly popular choice.
There are significant health benefits to adopting a
meat-free lifestyle, whether that’s vegetarianism or
fully committing to a vegan diet. According to The
Vegan Society, research has linked vegan diets with
lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and lower
rates of heart disease, type 2 diabetes and some
types of cancer.
But, as with any major diet change, it’s vital to
ensure you’re still meeting all your nutritional needs.
Cutting out entire food groups, such as meat and
dairy products, can have a detrimental effect on the
levels of key vitamins and minerals you consume,
particularly iron and vitamin B12, which are mainly
found in animal sources such as dairy, eggs, fish,
meat and poultry or from foods which have been
fortified such as cereal.
Check My Health offers a Vegan and Vegetarian
Health check (£299) which provides a
comprehensive analysis of the key nutrients that
may be missing from your diet and which could lead
to serious health issues.
Director of clinical services for Check My Health,
Amelia Davies, says: “Today more people are
choosing to follow a vegetarian or vegan diet and it
is vital for them to understand the effect of lacking
certain nutrients which are difficult to obtain from
these diets, like vitamin B12. I recommend this
health check to those already following meat-free
and plant-based diets to find out whether they may
Mushroom and leek pie
The Vegan Society has shared this delicious recipe
for a mushroom and leek pie - courtesy of Aimee
Ryan of Wallflower Kitchen. Aimee says: “Not
enough people realise that animal agriculture is a
leading cause of global warming. If you want to
make one simple but effective change to help save
the planet - veganism is the way to go.”
I tbsp olive oil
2 medium leeks, trimmed and sliced into discs
3 cloves garlic, minced
500g button mushrooms
1 tsp dried mixed herbs
For the sauce:
1 tbsp dairy-free butter
2 tbsp plain flour
350ml dairy-free milk
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
A pinch of salt and pepper
1 roll vegan puff pastry
Add the olive oil to a large saucepan on medium
heat. Fry the leeks and garlic for 2 minutes.
Add the mushrooms, herbs, salt and pepper and
stir for a minute. Place the lid on top and cook for
Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, melt the dairyfree
butter on medium heat. Add the flour and
stir until combined. Slowly add in the milk, a
tablespoon at a time and whisk, until you have
a smooth thick mixture. Stir in the nutmeg and
season with salt and pepper.
Combine the cooked leeks and mushrooms with
the sauce and leave to cool completely.
Make sure your puff pastry is at room temperature
(if using frozen, leave at room temperature
overnight) and preheat the oven to 200C.
Add the leek and mushroom mixture to a pie dish
and top with the puff pastry, cutting off any excess
pastry around the edges.
Crimp the edges using a fork and score a crisscross
pattern on the top with a sharp knife.
Finally, dip a pastry brush in a little dairy-free
milk and brush the top of the pie, to help it
Cook for 25 minutes until golden brown. Serve
T R AV E L
2021 holidays - ask the experts
TRAVEL EXPERTS OLIVER AND NATHAN FROM RB COLLECTION OF LICHFIELD ANSWER YOUR
HOLIDAY-RELATED QUESTIONS AS WE ALL START TO THINK ABOUT OUR FUTURE PLANS
There is no doubt the latest round of travel
restrictions has meant pent-up demand for holidays
is growing even bigger than previously expected.
Will I need a vaccine passport to travel?
This is a really hot topic and, at the time of writing,
something the government is discussing. With a huge
percentage of the UK population already vaccinated,
this would allow safer travel and allow travel
corridors to re-open and holidays to recommence.
Some destinations such as Mauritius and the
Seychelles will welcome tourists from around the
world who can prove they have been vaccinated.
Qantas has also confirmed it will require passengers
to be vaccinated too. We expect more destinations
and airlines to follow suit.
A central system whereby a vaccine record could
be stored digitally with worldwide recognition
would be really welcomed by the travel industry
and consumers alike. Technology should allow this
and the travel industry is lobbying government to
implement such a scheme.
I want to go on holiday but can’t quarantine
when I get back?
Just to be clear, hotel quarantine is only for arrivals
from certain red-listed countries and we hope the
government will allow safe travel corridors to holiday
destinations where the risk is low.
Last summer we focussed on arranging holidays for
clients where there were no quarantine requirements
in place when they departed. There were some
very last-minute decisions by the government which
gave some passengers short notice. We expect going
forward to have a more organised approach by the
authorities. The vaccine roll out should mean these
kinds of restrictions won’t be quite as widespread or
Our advice would be to speak to a travel agent
instead of relying on websites which will just give you
the official word on that day and may not know what
may be coming up.
My wedding was postponed, where would be
a safe bet for a honeymoon later in 2021?
During the winter months you have a number
of idyllic honeymoon options. The Caribbean
and Indian Ocean are the obvious options. In the
Caribbean if you want pristine white sandy beaches,
Anguilla is just the ticket and the Belmond Cap
Juluca is stunning. Barbados has a more vibrant
atmosphere whilst St Lucia is more mountainous and
scenic with plenty of natural things to experience.
In the Indian Ocean, the Maldives is the most
popular choice for honeymooners. The picture
perfect over water or beach villas are a great way
to escape and offer privacy and space. If you are
worried about island fever and getting bored, there
how they clean between every flight with
robots, sprays and so on (see Airbus, United
Airlines and Emirates YouTube channels
for videos). They are worth looking up to
see the efforts they are going to in order to
keep you safe.
If you are traveling to a destination
that requires a Covid test, consider this
important too as all your fellow passengers
will have been required to show a negative
result before being allowed to travel.
Depending on the destination, you may
also find everyone, including the crew, have
been vaccinated too.
are plenty of bigger islands with lots of facilities
to keep you busy and entertained (see last month’s
Maldives feature for more details).
Mauritius is a larger island and closer to the
Seychelles. There is a great selection of hotels
and it is generally lower in cost than the Maldives.
Mauritius is a great place to get married too and
there’s much more than the beach to experience.
Scenic waterfalls, plantations, mountain hikes and
wildlife spotting on quad bikes are just some of the
things to see and do. One of the hotels we know well
is located on a very flat peninsula where you can
easily cycle up the coast to watch the kite surfers.
For something a little more unique, a safari is a great
option in our winter months, and you could combine
this with a drive through the winelands in South
Africa and a stay in Cape Town. Closer to home, the
Canary Islands are just four hours away and offer
year-round sunshine for a winter honeymoon.
I want to visit family in Australia,
they have one of the strictest entry
requirements, when do you think I can go?
This is a really popular question and for many with
relatives in Australasia they are understandably
anxious to see family again. We are looking toward
the end of 2021 and possibly even into 2022 based
on the latest information which can of course
change at any time. Should the world’s vaccination
programme move along quickly we could see this
brought onward. Interestingly, Qantas have started to
schedule flights to the UK from this July so we will be
watching these closely.
I’m worried I won’t have suitable travel
It is true that insurance companies halted issuing
cover during the first lockdown but were quick to
come back on the market offering a variety of Covid
cover for different scenarios once holidays started
again in the summer.
If you have already amended your holiday, our
advice is to ensure you have updated the insurance
company of your new plans and had confirmation
your cover is still valid. If in doubt, always ask
them and never presume. We recommend checking
your insurance is valid from the date of booking or
amending. If it is an annual policy check when your
renewal is and if your trip is still covered.
What are airlines doing to make it safer to
There are lots of handy videos showing how airlines
filter around 99.9% of the air onboard using their
robust HEPA filter systems. Some airlines even show
limit cover for pre-existing medical
conditions so do keep that in mind
The main difference which remains
affects your passports. You now need
a full six months validity on your
passport when visiting Europe, and
they won’t count any additional
time beyond 10 years from issue. We
do strongly recommend checking
your passport early and renewing if
needed now. Once travel resumes
there will no doubt be a rush and you
could encounter delays for passport
I want to travel with my parents and kids
as a family bubble for October half term,
where do you suggest?
Booking early for October half term is going to be
vital this year with so much uncertainty surrounding
summer holidays. We have already taken enquiries
for this autumn break and even for next Christmas
too as clients look to guarantee availability at
their favourite hotels and also early booking
prices. Airlines have also scaled back their
services which means availability during peak
times can get very challenging.
It is the end of the main Mediterranean
summer season so in Europe I would suggest
one of the further southern islands in Greece
such as Crete. The Canary Islands can be a
safe bet too if you don’t mind flying a little
further (around four hours). Malta, Madeira
and Sicily are all also a little further south
which means potentially warmer weather
than Spain or southern France at this time of
For more useful information we
suggest visiting our blog: rbcollection.com/blog.
To plan and book your trip with RB Collection call
01543 258631. Please note: all the details in this
article were correct at the time of writing. We always
advise checking the latest travel requirements at
www.gov.uk/fcdo and using the services of your
local ABTA or AITO specialist travel agent.
What has changed with traveling to
Europe post Brexit?
At the start of the year there were still a few
things to iron out but now a little more time
has passed there have been further updates.
For example, you won’t need an international
driving license or a GB sticker if driving over
You should always arrange suitable travel
insurance, but you can also use your EHIC
card for medical assistance and if these have
expired you can apply for a new GHIC
card. Remember, these do not replace travel
insurance as you still need cover for other
scenarios as well as medical cover. They also
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IS IT TIME TO DITCH THE SKINNY JEANS FOR GOOD? SPRING’S LOVE AFFAIR WITH WIDE
LEGGED TROUSERS MIGHT JUST SEE THE ALL-CONQUERING SLIM STYLES KNOCKED OFF
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SKINNY jeans. Beloved by women all over the world
for time immemorial, they’ve been getting somewhat
of a slating in the fashion world of late, thanks largely
to hundreds of thousands of videos which have popped
up on TikTok since the start of the year.
‘No skinny jeans’ has been the battlecry for Generation
Z users on the social media site, with many of them
decrying the once-ubiquitous fashion staple as
‘outdated’ and ‘unflattering’, and urging followers to
ditch them in favour of the less form-fitting style which
have soared in popularity in recent years.
When Hedi Slimane first introduced the world to
skinny jeans at a Dior Homme show back in 2005, it
was a watershed moment for fashion, changing the way
denim was marketed forever. Embraced by males and
females alike, the skinny jean was the key wardrobe
item for the Noughties boho babes and indie rock and
rollers. And over the past 15 years, Millennials and over
have taken skinny jeans to their hearts, with everyone
from popstars to politicians, movie stars to your mum
owning a pair. Even new First Lady Jill Biden has been
seen in recent weeks in her beloved skinny jeans, blazer
and ballet flats combo.
As a long-time advocate of the skinny jean, the thought
of saying goodbye to a trusty go-to is, quite frankly,
unthinkable. At least it would have been if they hadn’t
been relegated to the back of the wardrobe in favour
of lockdown-friendly loungewear for much of the past
So are the Gen Z-ers right? Is it time to consign our
skinny jeans to the fashion graveyard? Well, if spring’s
hottest choice of trouser shape is anything to go by,
then the answer is perhaps a tentative ‘yes’.
With the prospect of lockdown restrictions being
somewhat lifted as we head into spring proper, it’s
time to prise ourselves out of loungewear and into
something a little more presentable; say hello to wide
Bringing all the comfort of a loose-fitting jogger but
with a far more refined style, wide leg trousers are the
perfect solution to post-lockdown dressing for spring,
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pollutants, unclogging the pores and preventing
Because the face is exposed to all sorts of
environmental aggressors, from UV light to
pollution, it sweats and becomes dirty faster than
any other part of your body. So if you don’t cleanse
properly, you leave all that grime on your skin day in
HOW TO CLEANSE YOUR SKIN
Soak your face with warm water, making sure it’s
not too hot as this can actually dehydrate your skin
and damage sensitive areas, before applying a small
amount of cleanser. Gently massage in a circular
motion, avoiding the eye area; rinse thoroughly and
pat, not rub, your face dry with a clean, soft towel.
Leaving your cleanser on your face for one minute
will save you time and money in the long run. You’ll
find that your makeup goes on smoother and pores
will stay tightly closed.
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The most important thing you can do for your skin is
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every night and, for me, the most effective way to do
this is to do it twice.
The reason for this is that the first cleanse can simply
move the dirt and grease around your face and this
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routine means you get deeper into your pores.
This double cleanse method is particularly useful if
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The Power of Walking
LICHFIELD PERSONAL TRAINER RAÚL ROMERO EXPLAINS THE HEALTH
BENEFITS OF WALKING AND SHARES SOME OF HIS FAVOURITE ROUTES
During the long, bleak days of lockdown my friends
and clients keep telling me about the one thing
keeping them sane - the simple yet powerful act of
So what are the benefits of the one daily permitted
lockdown walk that so many of us are enjoying?
Well there are a plethora of benefits of walking, not
only physical but also mental and psychological.
• Improved circulation:
Walking wards off heart disease, brings up the heart
rate, lowers blood pressure and strengthens the heart.
Post-menopausal women who walk just one to two
miles a day can lower their blood pressure by nearly
11 points in 24 weeks. Women who walk 30 minutes
a day can reduce their risk of stroke by 20% and
by 40% when they step up the pace, according to
researchers at the Harvard School of Public Health in
• Shoring up bones:
Walking can stop the loss of bone mass for those with
osteoporosis, according to Michael A. Schwartz MD
of Plancher Orthopedics and Sports Medicine in New
• Enjoying a longer life:
Research has found that people in their 50s and
60s who exercise regularly are 35% less likely to die
over the next eight years than their non-walking
counterparts. That number shoots up to 45% less
likely for those who have underlying health conditions.
• Lightening the mood:
Walking releases natural pain killing endorphins in
the body – one of the many emotional benefits of
exercise. A California State University study showed
that the more steps people took during the day, the
more their mood improved.
• Losing Weight:
There really is no excuse to not achieve the fitness
goal of losing weight during this pandemic with
walking being one of the few exercises permitted in
these difficult times. A simple, brisk 30 minute walk
burns 200 calories. Over time, calories burned can
lead to pounds dropped.
• Strengthening muscles:
Walking tones the leg and abdominal muscles – and
even arm muscles if you pump them as you walk.
• Improved sleep:
Studies have found that women aged 50 to 75 who
took one-hour morning walks were more likely to
sleep better than their non-walking counterparts.
• Supporting joints:
The majority of joint cartilage has no direct blood
supply. It gets its nutrition from joint fluid that
circulates as we move. Movement and compression
from walking ‘squishes’ the cartilage, bringing oxygen
and nutrients into the area.
As well as all of the above, those with a sweet tooth
will be glad to know that a simple 15 minute walk
can help curb cravings for chocolate and even reduce
the amount of chocolate that is consumed in stressful
situations! (According to a study carried out by the
University of Exeter).
Clients often ask me whether it is better to walk or
to run. In the walking v running debate, personally
I would go with running every time, but then I have
always been a runner and running is a great passion
of mine. However I have to admit that walking carries
a far lower risk of injury than running.
The difference between the two is not based on pace.
At any speed, walkers have one foot on the ground
at all times, but runners are entirely airborne during
some part of every stride. As the pace increases, the
percentage of each stride that is airborne increases;
competitive runners have ‘hang times’ of about 45%.
What goes up must come down. That’s why running
is a high-impact activity. Each time they land, runners
subject their bodies to a stress equal to about three
times their body weight. In just one mile, a typical
runner’s legs will have to absorb more than 100 tons
of impact force. It’s a testament to the human body
that running can be safe and enjoyable. At the same
time, though, it’s a testament to the force of gravity
that walkers have a much lower (1% to 5%) risk of
exercise-related injuries than runners (20% to 70%).
For those who regularly walk or who would
like to start getting out and walking more,
here are my top tips:
1. Don’t underestimate the importance of warming
up. To help avoid injury it is always best to start
walking at a slower than normal pace for five
minutes or so before picking up the tempo of the
2. Enjoy the outdoors. Although it is easy to stay
indoors and exercise, be it on a treadmill or exercise
bike, nothing beats getting out in the grass, sand,
dirt and roads. These are never completely level so
definitely work the muscles a lot more effectively
than a treadmill would. As an added bonus, luckily
for us in this country with the weather, we are also
more likely to burn more calories running against
3. Use a fitness tracker. Psychologically we are more
likely to increase our physical activity by about
27% if we track it according to a study by Stanford
University, which in real terms is about an extra
mile of walking per day.
4. Make it social. Even under the lockdown rules we
are allowed to exercise outdoors with one other
person from another household, so make the most
of it and make it social. It is a great way to kill two
birds with one stone and get the daily exercise in,
as well as having a catch up with a friend which in
turn is also great for our mental health.
5. Hit the hills! Walking on a hiking trail with hills is
one way to include intervals in our walking routine
without making it feel like torture. Walking uphill
also burns more calories and helps us build muscle
in the lower body, which in turn can help speed
up the metabolism. For those who don’t have any
handy hills nearby, staircase workouts are great and
totally free to do from the comfort of your own
6. Stretch, stretch and stretch! Remember to take
those all important few minutes at the end of a
walk to loosen warm, limber muscles which will
help ease some of the strain and fatigue our muscles
build up during exercise.
We are so lucky to have some of the most beautiful
parks and routes right here in this region. Here are
three of my favourite nature routes for gentle walking:
1. New Lichfield Canal Walk
This is a 2.4 kilometer loop trail located near
Waitrose in Lichfield that offers scenic views and is
good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used
for hiking, nature trips and bird watching. You can
actually walk down the abandoned railway track.
2. Sutton Park - Bracebridge Pool
Sutton Park is an amazing place for walkers and
one of my absolute favourites. There are so many
different gates and routes that you’ll never be bored
of it. One of my favourites is the walk around
Bracebridge Pool. It is probably less than a mile
long, but you can make it longer using other paths
and coming back to the pool.
3. Cannock Chase (Birches Valley Gate)
This is a very popular route thanks to the great
facilities that it boasts such as the Gruffalo trail
which is fab for kids, as well as facilities such as
toilets and a café. You can choose to meander
along and explore the different routes in your own
way or follow one of the specific walking trails.
For more information about walking or any fitness
related queries please feel free to get in touch with
Raúl at email@example.com or through
Facebook or Instagram
H E A LT H
The robotic future of surgery
SURGEONS FROM SUTTON COLDFIELD’S SPIRE LITTLE ASTON HOSPITAL
EXPLAIN HOW ROBOTIC SYSTEMS ARE ALREADY TRANSFORMING JOINT
Surgical technology has brought the future into
everyday operations as robotic systems come
increasingly into use.
“Joint replacement surgery has changed and there is
no going back,” said consultant orthopaedic surgeon
Mr Shiv Jain.
There can be few forms of surgery that have
developed so dramatically over the past 20 years as
knee and hip replacements. Now the Mako Robotic-
Arm system, which has been in operation for just
over a year at Spire Little Aston Hospital in Sutton
Coldfield, has raised the bar yet again according to
surgeons using the technology.
Mr Jain said: “This equipment provides amazing
precision which, in turn, results in a more natural
feeling and functioning joint and an increase in
“It is certain that joint surgery technology will
continue to improve in the years to come but, at this
moment in time, the Mako system really is a gamechanger.”
The Mako system uses CT scans to generate an exact
model of the patient’s knee or hip. That information
is fed back through the robotic arm allowing the
surgeon to determine how much bone to remove and
to ensure accurate alignment and achieve optimum
soft tissue balancing.
Mr Mark Dunbar specialises exclusively on knees,
performing ligament and meniscal procedures as well
joint replacement and knee revision surgery.
He said: “I have found Mako to be an excellent
tool for translating the advances made in our
understanding of joint replacement technology into
“Robotic assistance is a real step forward, allowing me
to deliver the best knee replacements that I can whilst
individually tailoring to my patients’ anatomy. The
results, so far, speak for themselves.”
Mr Jamie Arbuthnot, who started using the system
when it was first put into action at Spire Little Aston,
said: “I think the arrival of Mako put the hospital at
the cutting-edge of joint replacement surgery.
“It allows me to consistently optimise implant
placement which gives the patient a more naturalfeeling
knee and usually means a quicker recovery
time and much reduced post-operative pain.
“The best type of joint replacement is one that lets
you forget you actually have one and I really think
Mako enables surgeons to meet that goal.”
Another orthopaedic surgeon to regularly use the
Mako system is Mr Callum McBryde, who specialises
in hip and groin problems.
He is keen to point out that surgery is not the answer
to every hip problem – but when surgery is the answer
patients are beginning to demand robotic technology
as the word of its success continues to spread.
“Hip replacement surgery started in the 60s and
became much more commonplace in the 70s and 80s
as both clinical knowledge and surgical technology
improved. However, the introduction of robotic
technology such as the Mako system has had a major
impact on the procedure and its outcomes.
“Recovery rates now are excellent, with most people
able to continue an active and energetic lifestyle after
their operation. Putting up with pain should no longer
be an option – in nearly all cases we can do something
to improve a person’s quality of life.”
Jamie Arbuthnot and Callum Mcbryde will be
offering free mini-consultations about joint
pain and surgical options on Tuesday, March
23 from 4pm. Book your place by calling
0121 514 7034.
H E A LT H
Easy peasy health hacks
GETTING FIT AND HEALTHY DOESN’T HAVE TO MEAN POUNDING THE
TREADMILL. AMY NORBURY TAKES A LOOK AT SOME EASY WAYS TO BOOST
YOUR HEALTH - WITHOUT STEPPING FOOT IN THE GYM
Leading a healthier lifestyle doesn’t have to be
challenging, time consuming or expensive. These
easy-to-implement health hacks will make a big
difference with little effort required.
Take the stairs
One of the easiest changes you can make - and
especially effective if you work in a high rise office
building - is to ditch the lift in favour of the stairs.
The quick exercise you’ll get from powering up stairs
will boost your heart rate - plus, it’s a great glute
workout to boot!
Up your water intake
To stay properly hydrated, the NHS recommends
drinking at least six to eight glasses of water a day,
although some of us find that easier said than done.
Keep a water bottle on your desk so it’s close at hand,
making it easier to track your water consumption.
Ditching fizzy drinks in favour of water will also help
to lower your calorie and sugar intake - a win all
Your parents probably always told you to finish your
dinner, but if your portions are on the generous side,
emptying your plate could mean you’re overeating.
Easy ways to curb your excesses include pacing
yourself throughout your meal - put your cutlery
down between bites, and stop for a rest after eating
80% to see if you’re still hungry or just eating out
of habit. Using a smaller plate will also help control
Load up on veg
We’ve all heard the ‘five-a-day’ mantra - but how
many of us actually achieve that on a regular basis?
For an adult, one portion is 80g - about one apple,
orange or banana, two broccoli spears or four
tablespoons of cooked leafy greens - so make sure
you get your fill.
Research has shown that prolonged periods of sitting
down can cause poor posture, leading to increased
risk of chronic pain, as well as obesity, so if you
spend all of your working day sitting at a desk - stop!
A standing desk, if you can get one, can make a
huge difference but if you can’t, make sure you stand
regularly - around every 20 minutes, even if it’s just
for a minute or two.
H E A LT H
The link between hearing
health and Alzheimer’s
STEVEN HALE, DIRECTOR OF AUDIOLOGY AT STEVEN HALE HEARING,
EXPLAINS THE SIGNIFICANCE OF RECENT MEDICAL RESEARCH
For years now, we as audiologists have wondered
if there is a link between poor hearing health and
Alzheimer’s disease. Some recent findings in a
Lancet Commission article appear to confirm this
The discoveries explore the impact of sensory
deprivation on the brain - such as hearing loss - and
how this can affect other neurological functions.
The article cites “…modifiable risk factors such
as hearing impairment…” as one direct link to
susceptibility to Alzheimer’s disease. While hearing
loss is held in context as one of 12 such risk factors,
it should most certainly be borne in mind that these
are accountable for some “…40% of worldwide
dementias, which consequently could theoretically
be prevented or delayed… it is never too early
and never too late in the life course for dementia
As tinnitus has been cited as a ‘soft’ sign of
neurological disease, it should also be considered a
contributory factor and included under the hearing
Another article on dementia also advises us “…
according to one study, people with mild hearing
loss are two times as likely to develop dementia, and
this increases to three times for those with moderate
Having experienced clients who have been
diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, they and their
nearest and dearest often tell me that the sufferer’s
confidence can be almost immediately impacted,
leading to a natural urge to withdraw – especially
in social situations. This, in turn, may create a form
of self-exclusion and isolation, which may impact
directly upon the neurological disease, as brain
stimulus is reduced.
Whilst we, as a profession, sadly cannot currently
boast that there is a cure for tinnitus, we are
certainly able to offer some assistance which will
help on a day-to-day basis - and possibly stave off
the development of other neurological issues.
In fact one hearing aid client of mine
recommended her son to me as his tinnitus was so
disruptive that he had told his wife he ‘couldn’t go
on’. In his case we were able to find a hearing aid
and tinnitus management therapies that reduced the
impact his tinnitus had on him, thereby reducing
the stress he was suffering from and creating less
negative impact on him and his brain functions –
ultimately changing his life.
I am certain that all of my fellow audiological
professionals will be able to recite countless stories
of clients they have been able to help with their
hearing health, just as I can. However, hearing loss
and tinnitus are conditions whose effects are wide
We are continually striving to reduce these impacts
through research, evolving technology, treatments
and client feedback – and to ultimately prevent
one sensory loss from creating or enhancing a
neurological one. Until that day arrives, however,
we as a profession remain dedicated to providing
the very best lifestyles that we can – and to keeping
you safe, active and social.
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Our two qualified chefs offer a
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All rooms are en-suite, and are
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Regular activities and entertainment
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F E AT U R E
A helping hand through
the darkest times
AUCTIONEER RICHARD WINTERTON EXPLAINS MORE ABOUT HOW THE LICHFIELD
AUCTION CENTRE CAN HELP PEOPLE WHO HAVE SADLY LOST A LOVED ONE
A few years ago two sisters stood on a
beach at Torquay and held hands. It
was something of a bittersweet seaside
trip, following their own childhood
footsteps to mark the passing of their
Each would have worn a piece of her
jewellery but the daughters had very
different tastes and decided it would be
better to sell her ‘treasure trove’ – as
they had called it as girls decades before
– rather than it end up neglected and
inevitably gathering dust.
Instead they would use the money to
buy something else in memoriam. But
Looking out to sea on that cold
afternoon the sun suddenly illuminated this scene so
evocative of their formative years. It was something
of a lightbulb moment.
Walking back through town they passed shops
selling local paintings at either end of the street.
Two very different takes on that evocative view;
each loved by one of the sisters. Those paintings still
hang pride of place in their homes!
That story has never left me and I’ve never
forgotten that philosophy. There are other ways
of using the money, whether it’s another piece of
jewellery, a painting or even a holiday. It doesn’t
mean you’re unsentimental.
The death of a loved one or cherished friend is,
sadly, a heart-breaking fact of life.
As well as the emotional upheaval it can be a
particularly unsettling time because of all the
legalese and heavy-duty officialdom one is suddenly
faced with for the first time.
For tax purposes, when someone dies the total value
of their estate must be calculated – a process called
probate, usually the responsibility of the executor.
One less worry to have is knowing where to have
that all-important valuation for probate conducted.
FAMILY HAS BEEN
ALMOST 160 YEARS.
Having a professional handle probate for you dots
the Is, crosses the Ts and makes the whole process
smoother at a time when ironing out even the
smallest complication can feel like the toughest test
in the world.
We take pride and infinite pains in offering
a professional, confidential service with
understanding, compassionate valuers, handling
estates of all shapes and sizes, each with their own
personal level of complexity.
It’s the same approach for estate clearances.
What a colossal task clearing a property can seem
– and throw in that emotional, personal connection
and it can seem a gargantuan undertaking.
If the property is full, we’ll check everything
– the house, the attic, any cellars, garages, the
gardens, any sheds, outbuildings, greenhouses,
conservatories, orangeries… we leave no stone
Over the years I have seen so many attics stacked
floor-to-ceiling and garages racked wall-to-wall
and whether it’s a bulging basement or unloved
outbuilding, these places are so often chock-a-block
We don’t cherry-pick. We never forget that this is
someone else’s home and belongings – possibly
accumulated over an entire lifetime – and we treat
everything with respect, whether it’s worth a tenner
Our team caters for all properties ranging from
houses, bungalows and flats to schools, offices,
shops, even factories.
It means the day-to-day possibilities really are
exciting. There could be one tiny gem in an entire
property or there could be dozens – and they could
be anything from anywhere in the world.
Our dedicated team meticulously sift through
everything and if there’s something there, we’ll find
It’s the same scenario for jewellery.
In deceased estates there’s always a box of jewellery
in a drawer and people don’t know what to do with
You would be surprised how often a load of old
scrap turns out to not be scrap at all!
So before you scrap, before you sell, before you do
anything, please get it checked.
Our firm is an associate member of the National
Association of Jewellers and all members of our
jewellery department are certified gemmologists and
From mixed boxes of jewellery to top end finery, we
are comfortable dealing with the whole range – and
that equally applies to house clearances and probate
valuations. We’re like a one-stop shop!
Whether you are an executor administering
probate, investigating downsizing options for
yourself or just keen to clear clutter, we’re always
happy to have a look with a free, no obligation
home visit and quotation and give you some honest
Just about anything you can think of can pass
through The Lichfield Auction Centre, from
watches, jewellery and furniture to specialist
militaria, coins, silver, stamps, ceramics, vintage
toys, comics and Pokemon cards – the ultimate
modern day collectable!
Everything from boxes of mixed lots to automobiles
can – and does – go under the hammer in our
So even if everything seems dark now, give us a call
and let us help provide you with your own lightbulb
For a free home visit to discuss house clearances,
downsizing, probate assistance or large collections,
contact The Lichfield Auction Centre on
01543 251081, email richardwinterton@
richardwinterton.co.uk or visit
WHAT IS PROBATE?
METICULOUS CARE AND SPECIAL
EQUIPMENT GO HAND IN HAND
WHEN VALUING JEWELLERY.
Probate (or confirmation of will in Scotland)
is the handling of the estate of a deceased
It is a figure on which Inheritance Tax
can be calculated and a valuation for the
purpose of probate is required to comply
with section 160 of the Inheritance Act
When probate is granted the executor has
the legal right to distribute the items in the
estate as the deceased wished.
Probate values reflect the condition the
property was in at the date of death and
represent the hammer prices likely to have
been achieved at public auction on the
date of death.
Probate reflects the hammer price at
auction and does not take into account any
commissions and/or premiums payable.
F E AT U R E
Setting a gold standard
for care homes
SUTTON PARK GRANGE, A LUXURIOUS NEW CARE HOME OPENING IN SUTTON COLDFIELD
THIS SPRING, WILL SET A GOLD STANDARD FOR SENIOR CARE IN THE WEST MIDLANDS
Luxurious facilities and first rate care will come as
standard at the region’s newest care home.
The on-site show suite in Birmingham Road will
enable prospective residents and their families to
view the elegant, high-end facilities first-hand.
Sutton Park Grange will offer 56 large en-suite
bedrooms and four one-bedroom care suites, all
The care suites include an en-suite bedroom, lounge
and kitchenette and although developed with
couples in mind, are ideal for those who are looking
for more space and privacy than a traditional care
The luxurious facilities will include a restaurant
with a head chef preparing delicious and nutritious
meals and an option for residents to celebrate a
special occasion in a delightful private dining room.
There will be vibrant lounges, a café and a bar for
socialising over morning coffee, afternoon tea or
pre-dinner drinks. Residents will be encouraged to
enjoy pamper sessions at the professional in-house
hair and beauty salon and can watch a film or the
big match in the purpose-built cinema room.
“We are passionate about delivering first class care
and creating a stimulating environment to help
older people to live happier, healthier and more
fulfilled lives and are very much looking forward to
showing families around our on-site show suites,”
says Kiran Chaggar-Smith, Sutton Park Grange’s
Home Admissions Advisor.
Every aspect of Sutton Park Grange has been
meticulously planned to enhance the living
experience for residents. In addition to the
impressive facilities there will be an outstanding
level of individual care; for example, a dedicated
events and activities team at the care home will
be responsible for arranging a variety of social
activities to mirror the interests and hobbies of the
This new care home is part of the award-winning
Cinnamon Care Collection which has been voted
Top 20 Care Home Group for the last three
For more information visit www.cinnamoncc.com
or to book a show suite visit please email Kiran at
sutton.haa@cinnamoncccom or call
0121 392 9761.
Discover that hidden gem with your local auctioneer
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
clearance service and
We handle clearance of an entire
estate from houses, bungalows and
flats to offices and all
We specialise in:
Antique and modern jewellery
Coins, medals and militaria
Works of art
Whisky and wine
Stamps and ephemera
Cameras and record collections
Antique and modern furniture
Modern toys and Pokémon
All members of our jewellery
department are certified
More than 3,800 bidders from
all over the world joined our
online auctions last month
Online services available
Virtual estimates, online auctions
and contactless collections.
‘Click and collect’ service
for consignments strictly by
FREE AND SAFE SERVICES
Virtual valuations on everything from jewellery,
watches, pictures, furniture and all your antiques
Start the conversation by emailing images and details
of your items directly to our valuers via our website
Free contactless courier service available
Safe online auctions held most Mondays
Established – Professional – Transparent
The Winterton family name has been synonymous
with auctioneering in Staffordshire since 1864
We don’t cherry-pick!
Whole properties cleared including
garages, sheds and gardens.
“Look after the pennies and
the pounds will look after
The Lichfield Auction Centre
Wood End Lane
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