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Welcome to J’AIME
We have sunshine, a renewed sense of optimism and
hopefully, this month, we will finally be able to step foot
inside restaurants, pubs and theatres once again.
Here at J’AIME we couldn’t be more excited about getting
more of our freedoms back and seeing some of our
favourite local businesses opening their doors once again.
That’s why we are delighted to continue our #LoveLocal
campaign, which highlights some of the amazing
independents based right across our patch.
Throughout 2021 we will be celebrating local businesses
as they reopen and life starts to return to something a little
more like normal. In this month’s #LoveLocal coverage
you can read about independent businesses in Lichfield and
Sutton Coldfield. Keep an eye out for more #LoveLocal
content next month.
You’ll see the address of our website across the bottom
of each page in the magazine and that’s because we’ve
given www.jaimemagazine.com a wonderful revamp.
You can visit the website to 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 across the Midlands.
As well as being delivered to homes in selected postcodes
J’AIME is now available to pick up free of charge in major
supermarkets around the Midlands. You can also read a
digital, flick-through version of the magazine free of charge
Within the May magazine you can read interviews with
some of the people helping to get the Midlands arts scene
back on track and meet a Tamworth violist who has written
a book for young culture vultures.
Add to that our usual mix of interiors, property, fashion,
beauty, travel, fitness and food and we hope we have
something for everyone.
We hope our upbeat, positive content will bring a little
added cheer to your life.
Please don’t forget to support your local independent
businesses. When you buy from a small business you’re
supporting your community and helping to keep people in
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InsideJ’aime this month...
6 Feature - Meet the people helping Midlands
theatres to reopen
10 Feature - A new book for young culture
12 Property - Could this be the home of your
14 Interiors - Take the inside out to transform
20 Interiors - Kitchen inspiration
24 Food and drink - A recipe to try at home
26 What’s On - Ideas for things to do this
28 Local area - The Deer Park at Hoar Cross
30 Travel - Could a cruise around the UK be the
answer for your summer holiday
34 #LoveLocal - Lichfield independent businesses
38 Fashion - Our pick of the best jumpsuits
40 Beauty - Exfoliators v peels
42 #LoveLocal - Sutton Coldfield independent
43 Health - One of the region’s longest
established pilates businesses moves home
44 Health - Cycling
46 Health - The benefits of robot-assisted
F E AT U R E
Arts for art’s sake
AS MANY OF THE REGION’S THEATRES AND VENUES PREPARE TO
REOPEN THIS MONTH, JENNY AMPHLETT MET SOME OF THE PEOPLE
HELPING TO BRING THE ARTS BACK TO LIFE
CATHERINE O’REILLY, ACTRESS AND
When the new play written and produced by
Catherine O’Reilly and Tim Churchill opens in
Staffordshire on May 25 it is likely to be one of the
first theatre productions in the UK post-lockdown.
The Turnip Field will also be directed by Tim, whose
usual day job is resident director of the national
touring production of Blood Brothers.
The couple, who live in Stone in Staffordshire, have
attracted two West End veterans to star in the show
at Stoke-on-Trent Repertory Theatre.
They’ve also commissioned an original score from a
musician with experience of West End productions.
“As far as we’re aware it could be the first play
to open after restrictions lift on May 17,” says
Catherine. “It’s a very quick turnaround.”
The couple were able to stage another of their
plays, Closure, at the same venue last September, in
between national lockdowns. It was a sell out.
“We had social distancing in place last time and
we will again,” says Catherine. “We were really
pleased with how smoothly it went last time. We had
a fantastic team who worked with us on health and
The cast of two will include Sean Jones, who played
Mickey in Blood Brothers for 21 years, and Josh
Capper, who was part of the international touring
cast of Mamma Mia.
“We’ve got fabulous actors on board,” says
Catherine. “Everybody has had such a bad year. This
is really a story about life, a celebration of life.
“It’s a joy to create something and to put it into the
hands of two actors that are so strong. We’re very
lucky to have this team.”
The cast have been having readings and rehearsals
over Zoom and won’t actually get together in person
until theatre restrictions are lifted this month.
The play will run straight through, without an
interval, to help social distancing during the five
Audience members will sit in bubbles, wth seats left
CATHERINE O’REILLY AND TIM CHURCHILL
empty between each group and empty rows in front
Making a profit is not the motivation for Catherine
“You can’t make money out of theatre at the
moment, and of course we’re paying the actors,”
“We’re doing this show for a number of reasons. It’s
a story that we really wanted to write - it’s been in
our minds for years. It’s really important for both of
us to encourage the theatre industry and get people
back into the theatre.
“Prior to the first lockdown Tim was touring with
Blood Brothers and was the resident director of that.
Then overnight, that was it. His work completely
“Now there’s a glimmer of hope we want to do what
we can to encourage people back through theatre
“This certainly isn’t going to make us any money,
probably the opposite, but we feel passionately about
getting venues back open.”
Tickets, priced £14, are available from
ERICA LOVE, DIRECTOR OF CULTURE
As the director of an organisation that speaks on
behalf of the entire cultural sector of the West
Midlands, Erica Love is well placed to understand
the impact COVID-19 has had on the arts.
In her role as director of Culture Central she speaks
out for organisations, individuals and freelancers
across all forms of arts, culture and heritage.
Erica’s job was always going to be a big task, but
became even more so when the pandemic hit and
Culture Central, which was originally just for the
Birmingham area, widened its remit to cover the
whole of the region.
“We’re a cultural sector support organisation, a
collective voice for the sector,” says Erica, a former
project director of the Appetite programme in North
Staffordshire. “We lobby for support for the sector
and bring people together to collaborate, for example
on ideas around reopening strategies.
“We were one of the first sectors to have to close our
doors and one of the last to be able to reopen again
on any scale.”
Erica, who is from Stoke-on-Trent, is keen to stress
that there have been some very definite positives to
emerge for her industry over the past 12 months.
“Good things have come out of it, such as digital
opportunities. There have been more than 2,000
digital arts events in the West Midlands, and
that’s just from the organisations that we’ve got
“There’s been a shift in the way people work, a
change in the speed at which they have to get things
happening. People have also come together to try to
support one another through this time.
“There have been real challenges, particularly for
freelance parts of the workforce who have been
Indoor performances are due to resume from
May 17, but Erica is not convinced that date
will work for all of the groups she represents
and believes that social distancing rules will run
through to the summer.
“The great thing is that a huge amount of
work was put into reopening plans last autumn,
so organisations and venues are really well
prepared for thinking about masks and social
“They’ve already thought about how to
rehearse safely and how to keep audiences and
participants safe. We know that arts venues are
going to be extremely safe places.
“One of the real strengths of our region is that it
can work together so well.”
Rather than dire predictions of financial
doom and gloom, Erica is focussing on the
opportunities the Midlands has over the next few
years including Coventry’s City of Culture status
and the Commonwealth Games.
“We know just how important the arts and
cultural activities are not just for mental health
and wellbeing but also in bringing people back
into cities and town centres,” she says. “It’s a
way for people to spend time with family and
friends and to support their community.
“Hopefully we’ll see a huge takeup for what will
be on offer culturally and people will also come
to realise what’s available in our wider region as
“We have some amazing venues and
organisations, festivals, performances and
Erica doesn’t expect the new digital aspect of
the arts to disappear completely, with some
organisations choosing to embrace both old and
new ways of working.
“DanceXchange and a few other organisations
have said that although they will reopen studios
they will be looking to stick to some of their
“The past year has allowed them to reach people
who would not necessarily have been able to
come to their studio. I definitely think a lot of
that will happen.
“We might see shows happening in front of
audiences but also being live streamed as well.
It’ll be about retaining the positives from the
F E AT U R E
New book for young
A PROFESSIONAL VIOLIST TURNED AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR HAS RELEASED
A CHILDREN’S ADVENTURE BOOK WITH A CONSERVATION THEME
She may be more used to musical keys than
typewriter keys, but that hasn’t stopped musician
Judy Brulo from excelling in her new career as an
The Buried City - A Tale of Two Time Zones, which
has the official support of the Vulture Conservation
Foundation, is out now priced £9.99.
Judy Brulo, from Tamworth in Staffordshire, has
written the book as a prequel to her prize-winning
Vulture Island Trilogy.
The 69-year-old, who trained at the Guildhall School
of Music in London before performing with London
Mozart Players and the City of London Sinfonia,
was the 2019 winner of the Eyelands International
Book Award in the children’s published fiction
category. She was shortlisted for the same prize in
2020 for Swords in the Sky, the third book of the
Vulture Island trilogy.
The Buried City - A Tale of Two Time Zones is the
eighth book Judy has published in the space of just
seven years, after being inspired to take up writing by
her two young grandchildren, Kaia and Taio, now
“When they were learning to read I wrote short
stories for them, almost weekly. I chose topics that I
knew they were interested in,” she says.
Judy’s first few books were aimed at five to sevenyear-olds
and included A Year in the Life of Brack, a
collection of stories about a Brachiosaurus Dinosaur
who turns up on the twins doorstep early one
Saturday morning, feline adventure anthology Cat-
Lateral Damage and Boris and Doris Cat Detective
The Vulture Island Trilogy, aimed at children aged
eight to 12 years, swiftly followed.
The stories were inspired by Griffon Vultures Judy
spotted during her years living and working in
Cyprus. The books aim to gently educate children
about conservation while entertaining them with an
Judy contacted the Vulture Conservation Foundation
to fact check the first book in the series and has gone
on to be a speaker at the organisation’s European
conference. The Vulture Conservation Foundation
continues to staunchly support her work highlighting
an often misunderstood species.
“I’ll always remember the first time I saw a Griffon
Vulture,” she says. “I was driving along a coastal
road in Cyprus and saw a huge bird launch itself off
the cliff and over the sea. I’d never seen such a large
bird in my life before.
“I thought it could be a really good starting point for
an adventure story combined with the magical island
of Cyprus, a boy and some archaeology.”
The main characters in the Vulture Island
series are Griff, a Griffon Vulture who
challenges Luke, a 10-year-old boy, to
investigate the mysteries of Vulture Island.
The nail-biting prequel to the Vulture Island
Trilogy, The Buried City - A Tale of Two
Time Zones, is hot off the press.
In this story Griff presents Luke with yet
another challenge – to find Vulture Island’s
Buried City, the whereabouts of which has
baffled archaeologists for hundreds of years.
The book sees Luke and his friends
transported back in time to the Mycenaean
Civilization (1,200 BC) where he meets
unpredictable Greek gods and a brave young
girl. What is her connection with Luke and
Griff? Do they find the Buried City? What
dangers will Luke and his friends have to
overcome on their quest?
Judy Brulo’s books are available from the
Etsy bookshop BruloBooks, WHSmiths in
Tamworth, Waterstones, Amazon or through
her Facebook page www.facebook.com/
Schools and other organisations can contact
Judy at htpps://contactanauthor.co.uk/
P R O P E RTY
Property of the Month
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This family home is finished to an exceptional specification on a spacious plot of 0.66 acres.
The property features a drawing room, dining room, and open plan kitchen/breakfast/family room
to the ground floor, as well as a utility, boot room, cinema, and playroom.
To the first and second floor the home offers a principal bedroom with dressing room and en-suite
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I N T E R I O R S
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Whether it’s casual lounging on the patio, or creating an
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Patios, gardens and garden buildings have dutifully served
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F O O D & D R I N K
Herby corn fritters
SUSIE MANDLEBERG, HEAD CHEF AT THYME KITCHEN IN LICHFIELD,
SHARES THE RECIPE FOR ONE OF THE NEW DISHES SET TO BE AVAILABLE
WHEN THE RESTAURANT REOPENS THIS MONTH
1 tbsp smoked paprika
2 spring onions, sliced
1 chilli, chopped
1 small bunch coriander, chopped
75g gluten free flour
Vegetable oil, for frying
Begin by whisking the egg, milk, paprika, salt and
pepper until smooth in a large mixing bowl. Then tip
in the corn, onion, chilli and coriander. Stir well, then
tip in the flour and stir again until smooth. It should
feel a little like a lumpy pancake batter.
Add some oil to a large frying pan; make sure the base
is well covered as we’ll be shallow frying these. Heat
the oil and add a small spoon of batter to check the
temperature of the oil and also your seasoning. When
the oil is hot enough it should bubble right away.
Add a ladleful (around 2 tbsp) of batter into the pan.
You can add four or five depending on the size of the
pan, but make sure the pan isn’t overcrowded. Cook
for a couple of minutes on each side until light brown,
then turn over and cook for a further minute. Lift out
of the pan with a spatula onto kitchen paper to drain
and remove any excess oil, then transfer to a warm
oven on a low heat until the rest of the fritters are
Serve with chilli jam, crispy bacon, fresh British
tomatoes and poached eggs, and garnish with charred
corn and coriander.
This is a fabulous dish that celebrates the very best of
British produce in the upcoming summer months. I’ve
made our recipe gluten free, but you can substitute for
plain flour if you like.
You can cook your fritters in advance if cooking for
a weekend family brunch, and store in the fridge for
several days or even freeze them for up to a month. Just
warm them up in the oven for around 10 minutes, or
until piping hot.
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What’s on Local
AS LIFE STARTS TO REOPEN POST-LOCKDOWN, HERE ARE JUST A FEW OF THE
ENTERTAINMENT TREATS YOU’RE DUE TO BE ABLE TO ENJOY THIS MONTH
WHAT: SCIENCE MUSEUM
WHERE: THINKTANK BIRMINGHAM, MILLENNIUM POINT
WHEN: MAY 29 ONWARDS
Thinktank is finally set to reopen to the public this month after
being closed since March last year.
Families will once again be able to explore a world of wonder
through impressive exhibits and historical collections, with
reopening timed to coincide with the school half term holidays.
To ensure people can keep a safe distance from each other,
capacity will be limited and all visitors including members will
need to pre-book a timed ticket in advance. Tickets will be
available from May 6.
WHAT: ART EXHIBITION
WHERE: IKON GALLERY, BRINDLEYPLACE, BIRMINGHAM
WHEN: MAY 17 ONWARDS
Ikon Gallery reopens after lockdown with an exhibition of work
for sale by more than 250 Birmingham artists.
It’s unusual for Ikon, a charity, to exhibit works that are for sale
but it has chosen to do so to try to help artists. 100% of the
proceeds will go directly to the artists themselves.
Tickets must be booked in advance, with a full list of the works
available online from May 4. It will include paintings, drawings,
photography, textiles, sculpture and video.
WHAT: VARIETY SHOW
WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK THEATRE
WHEN: THURSDAY, MAY 20
Variety show A Black Country Night Out, is currently
set to be the first show at Lichfield’s Garrick Theatre
following its reopening.
It will include comedy, music and more - aiming to
be a good old fashioned variety show featuring acts
drawn from the region.
The next show at the theatre is due to be musicals
tribute Beyond the Barricades on Sunday, May 23.
WHAT: DRIVE IN CINEMA
WHEN: MAY 1,2, 3
Drive in cinema has experienced a comeback since the start
of the pandemic with venues popping up around the region,
including The Luna Drive in at the NEC.
There is absolutely no need to even leave your vehicle during
the experience, making this the ultimate in Covid-safe
Guests are given a speaker box on arrival which sits on their
dashboard and is sanitised between screenings.
WHAT: WALKING TOURS
WHERE: BIRMINGHAM CITY WEEKENDS
WHEN: WEEKENDS THROUGHOUT MAY AND INTO THE
Positively Birmingham have resumed their walking tours of
the city centre, with four different themes and routes to choose
You can visit the city centre canals and discover more about
Georgian and Victorian Birmingham, discover more about
Chamberlain Square and the Bull Ring, take an hourlong
tour of Centenary Square or opt for a Discovering
Tickets should be booked in advance at
WHAT: FILM FESTIVAL
WHERE: ONLINE AND ON SCREENS AROUND
WHEN: MAY 21 ONWARDS AND THROUGHOUT THE
Using a mix of online screenings, outdoor venues and
hopefully indoor cinemas as they reopen, Flatpack Festival
2021 will share filmmaking from around the globe.A series
of screenings and discussions will delve into the archives for
buried treasure, from the secret history of Birmingham’s
adventure playgrounds to Indonesian folk horror.
To find out more about events and venues visit
LO CA L A R E A
A great i-deer
EXCELLENT FOOD, EXCLUSIVE SHOPPING AND A GLORIOUS WOODLAND
TRAIL ARE JUST SOME OF THE REASONS WE RECOMMEND VISITING
THE DEER PARK AT HOAR CROSS
Situated in stunning Staffordshire
countryside, The Deer Park Farm
Shop and Restaurant offers a
relaxing place to eat, drink, shop
and work. There is also a beautiful
ancient woodland area with a
marked trail that can be enjoyed
on foot, including by four-legged
members of the family.
The Farm Shop offers the finest
produce, all of which is sourced
as locally as possible. There is a
wide selection of fresh fruit and
vegetables, freshly baked breads and
pastries, locally laid eggs, homemade
jams and preserves, English wines,
beers and ciders and much more.
The in-house master butcher, Russell’s at The
Deer Park, is an award winning butcher who
supplies locally sourced high-grade meat and
wonderful pies which are used in the restaurant.
A gift shop on the first floor showcases small UK
based suppliers and retailers that have been hand
picked to provide customers with an inspiring
selection of unique quality gifts and cards to suit all
There are also four independent retailers on site:
Portfolio Photographic captures images in a
relaxed style either in their studio or on location,
creating memories for you, your family or business.
Red Velvet Bakery provides the perfect cake
for any occasion including weddings, birthdays,
engagements or anniversaries. They are all
beautifully decorated, delicious and wickedly
SOS Lingerie offers luxurious ladies lingerie and
loungewear with a bespoke fitting service and a range
of jewellery and gifts.
Birchover and Bromley is an inspiring florist
with a range of fresh and artificial flowers as well as
jewellery and gifts.
The Linhay Restaurant offers breakfast, lunch,
afternoon tea, coffees and teas, milkshakes, smoothies
and fabulous cakes. Everything is handmade using
locally sourced seasonal produce wherever possible,
including many items from the Farm Shop.
A function room is available for hire by businesses
or individuals. With spectacular views over the
surrounding countryside and its own catering
facilities this large space provides the perfect venue
for any occasion.
The Deer Park Farm Shop And Restaurant,
Maker Lane, Hoar Cross, Staffordshire, DE13 8QR,
01283 384477, firstname.lastname@example.org,
THE DEER PARK FARM SHOP
Indulge in our contemporary cafe while taking in the
fantastic views and landscapes of the rolling Staffordshire
hills. Boasting a wonderful combination of everyday classics
and specials, reflecting our passion for fresh, delicious food
from our very own farm and shop, including meat from our
wonderful in house butcher, Russell’s of Shenstone.
On the first floor we offer a unique retail experience
combining an eclectic mix of locally sourced products,
sought-after brands, and talented craftsmanship from
passionate UK artisans. Our range includes greetings
cards and wrap, homeware essentials, stationery, books,
cosmetics, childrens gifts, fashion and even pet accessories.
We also have 4 independent retailers on site – Portfolio
Photographic, Red Velvet Bakery, SOS Lingerie and
Birchover & Bromley.
We look forward to welcoming you
FULLY OPEN FROM 18 TH MAY
WITH INDOOR DINING AVAILABLE
MAKER LN, HOAR CROSS, BURTON-ON-TRENT DE13 8QR. TEL: 01283 384477
MONDAY - CLOSED. TUESDAY - SUNDAY 8.30AM - 5.00PM. LAST ORDERS FOR FOOD 4.00PM
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Nothing can beat personal
advice when you’re looking
to put the last few months
behind you and make plans to
look forward, whether that’s a
last-minute getaway or you’re
planning ahead to next year.
beyond the horizon
Let’s create something to look forward to
You will always have the
support of a real person, be it
face-to-face, by video, phone
or email - whenever you need
Charlotte Mitchell - Travel Counsellor
0121 314 6650 or 07860 944207
T R AV E L
Have a ship-shape summer
COULD A CRUISE AROUND THE UK BE THE ANSWER FOR YOUR 2021
SUMMER HOLIDAY? LOCAL TRAVEL SPECIALIST NATHAN COLLINS,
FROM RB COLLECTION, FINDS OUT MORE
Who would ever have thought the world’s leading
cruise lines would be descending on the UK for
a special summer programme of sailings. This is
certainly going to be a unique occasion indeed.
With the vaccine rollout speeding along in the UK,
cruise lines have decided to reposition their ships
and offer a variety of departures in UK waters
this summer. From short taster cruises to longer
sightseeing and wildlife itineraries there’s a long list
to choose from.
The variety of cruise brands involved is wide, with
smaller expedition ships, tall sailing ships and larger
all-round entertainment ships all involved. We will
even see a number of brand-new cruise liners use
this as an opportunity to finally launch their vessels
here in the UK.
Here is your guide to this summer’s UK cruises with
our top selections to choose from:
Tradewinds Voyages (tall ship cruises)
Experience the British Isles from a new perspective
with these seven tall ship voyages exclusively visiting
UK ports from June 22, 2021.
These sailings give guests the opportunity to
experience Golden Horizon and the best of British
coastal towns, whilst not leaving the country – perfect
for a staycation at sea. The ship takes around 200
guests and is a near-replica of the 1913 ocean vessel
France-II which helps it retain its historic charm and
elegance. Guests will experience all the workings of a
tall ship as they interact with the crew and learn the
ins and outs of operations if they wish.
There are four-night options which allow you to
sample this unique style of sailing as well as five,
six, nine, 10 and 14 night departures depending on
which part of the UK you are joining from.
After the UK cruises this magnificent ship will sail
to Europe, through the Suez Canal to Oman, Dubai
and then down to Asia and on to Australia. The
Golden Horizon is unlikely to return to UK waters
for at least a couple of years which makes these UK
summer cruises even more special.
Fares start from £899 per person including full
board, drinks with meals, WiFi and gratuities. As
this is a much smaller and unique ship, we do advise
booking early. The inaugural sailings for example
have already sold out.
Well known for their river cruises, Viking moved into
the ocean cruises market a few years ago launching
two new ships in 2018. Our founder, Alan, was
lucky enough to experience one of their ships and
appreciated their smaller size at around 900 guests
compared to some of the other well-known brands.
This offers a more intimate
experience onboard and this
summer their brand-new ship,
Viking Venus, will sail UK waters.
These cruises have proved very
popular already and at the time
of writing there are only two dates
in June available, I expect due to
their smaller size and wide appeal.
The itineraries are interesting: the
Scilly Isles, Falmouth, Portland.
All meals, drinks with meals,
gratuities, spa, WiFi and shore
excursions are included. We hope
more departures will be added
later in the summer as they are
beautiful, smaller ships and well
worth a look at.
Last year Celebrity Cruises enhanced their
cruise to become all-inclusive with drinks, Wi-Fi
and gratuities now included in all sailings. This
is great news for their one-off summer 2021 UK
cruises onboard Celebrity Silhouette. The allinclusive
packages can be upgraded to include
even more benefits such as premium drinks,
shore excursions and onboard credit.
Celebrity’s larger ship carries nearly 3,000
passengers. Families of all ages are welcome
onboard and catered for well (adults will need to
be vaccinated and under-18s will have to present
a negative Covid test). They have a VIP deck
called The Retreat which is like a hotel within a
hotel, offering more space and added bonuses.
If you like the idea of being away from the other
guests this is a perfect choice.
Sailings start on July 3 in one-week blocks from
Southampton calling at ports such as Inverness
(for Lochness), Kirkwall, the Orkney Island, Belfast
Balcony cabins start from £1,283 per person (family
of 4 from £5,099) on an all-inclusive basis.
The new kid on the block hoping to disrupt the
cruise industry, Virgin Voyages planned their launch
in March 2020. They managed to sail around part
of the UK for the travel industry and press to sample
the new ship before positioning over to Miami where
it would be based. Sadly, the public cruises never
started last year due to the pandemic. Lucky for us
though, the inaugural public sailing will be in the
UK on August 6.
Two, three and four night cruises offer the perfect
opportunity to experience this brand-new ship
can relax knowing the cruise is based on all-inclusive.
Cruises continue into September, so the season is
longer than some of the other lines and already
proving popular. Prices start from £1,125 per person.
Transfers are included for those living within a 125-
mile radius of the departure port.
Disney Cruise Line
Like Virgin’s sailings, Disney’s will not be making
ports of calls. They will instead offer the chance to
experience the ship, entertainment and all-round
Disney Magic (which is also the name of the ship)
with two, three or four night taster cruises. They
have the additional attraction of setting sail from
Liverpool, Southampton, Newcastle or London
(Tilbury) between July and October. This is really
handy to help reduce driving time for families across
the UK. (Prices are yet to be confirmed).
(Scarlet Lady) and see the fresh, original design and
services Virgin Voyages will offer in the Caribbean
this winter. It’s a clever opportunity for the brand to
gain some attention and promote itself to a younger
Sailings start at £499 per person with meals, basic
drinks, gratuities and WiFi included. Whilst these
sailings won’t be calling into any ports, they are
offering great value for money for those who want to
sample the new ship or try out a cruise for the first
For those who want to splash out, their RockStar
Quarters are huge suites and include extras such as
bottomless in-room bar, daily spa access and special
Aimed at the over-50s market, Saga have four
departures on Spirit of Discovery (launched in
2019) and one on their new Spirit of
Adventure, their latest ship launching
this summer. These are proving very
popular as they are new ships and
only around 1,000 passengers.
Sailings begin on June 27 from
London Tilbury, Dover or
Southampton depending on which
cruise you choose and are offered
in five, seven, nine, 10 and 14-night
durations. As with other Saga
holidays, they emphasise interesting
ports of call around the UK and you
Fred Olsen Cruise Line
For fans of Fred Olsen, this is another unique
opportunity as they will be showcasing their two new
ships, Borealis and Bolette (around 1,400 guests).
The first is a three-night sailing onboard Borealis
from Liverpool to Scotland, a great way to sample
the new ship. Prices start from £549 per person.
There are longer itineraries too and each has
been designed to take in interesting ports of calls,
wildlife spots and special areas of interest such as
the uninhabited islets of Gáshólmur, Isles of Scilly
and Shetlands. Summer sailings continue up to
September11 and include meals (you can upgrade
to all-inclusive). If you are interested in wildlife,
culture, history and sightseeing these cruises are great
Well known for their Norwegian coastal cruises,
Hurtigruten’s MS Maud (around only 530
passengers) is one of their more comfortable, stylish
ships and one of the first to run on biofuel.
The ship will sail from Dover on August 15 and
Scotland and Ireland
depending on the date. Prices
start at £539 per person with a
balcony. Along with the other
Carnival group lines (P&O &
Cunard), all passengers will
need to be vaccinated and have
mandatory travel insurance.
September 10 offering 10 and 12-night cruises with
an emphasis on remote islands, natural wonders
and our diverse coastline. They will visit Rathlin
Island, Northern Ireland’s largest seabird colony, the
UNESCO double World Heritage Site at St Kilda
amongst other interesting ports of call. The onboard
expedition team includes experienced ornithologists
making this an opportunity to learn more about our
Prices start from £2,995 including meals, drinks with
meals, Wifi and some excursions.
Their brand-new ship Iona will set sail to Scotland
on August 7 from Southampton for seven nights
(from £1,199pp), and Britannia, their flagship liner,
offers three (from £249pp), four and six night sailings
between June 27 and September 19. The shorter
cruises will not make any ports of call and are
promoted as opportunities to experience the ship and
enjoy the coastal scenery. These adult-only cruises
will require passengers to be vaccinated. Iona has
a passenger capacity
of 5,206 passengers
making it the largest
UK summer sailings
Just like Princess & P&O,
Cunard are offering short
taster cruises to experience the
ship and have a well-deserved
break onboard, as well as
longer sailings with ports
of call such as Lands End,
Liverpool, Scotland, Northern
Ireland and Newcastle. Prices range from £599pp to
£1,299pp including meals onboard Queen Victoria
(around 2,000 passengers).
Cruises are also being offered from Royal Caribbean,
MSC and Riviera.
It has been great to see interest in these cruises is
already very high. The liners may well add more
dates depending on how travel opens up in Europe
and beyond and where the ships will need to be
Flexible Booking Policy
For your reassurance, our book with confidence
policy will offer some kind of flexible booking option
with all of these cruises. Mention J’AIME when you
book your UK Summer Cruise with us before the
end of May 2021 for half-price cruise port parking.
Applicable to new bookings only when mentioning
either Regal or Sky
Princess (around 3,300
passengers) come in
either four nights at
sea, or seven-night
touring cruises calling
in at Liverpool,
OVER THE COMING MONTHS WE WILL BE CELEBRATING SOME OF THE BRILLIANT INDEPENDENT
BUSINESSES ACROSS OUR PATCH. HERE ARE SIX FROM THE LICHFIELD AREA
RICHARD WINTERTON AUCTIONEERS
As lockdown eases, Lichfield’s auctioneer is relaunching safe, in-person
valuations of jewellery, watches and silver with one of the country’s
leading jewellery valuers.
The specialist valuations with Richard Winterton Auctioneers will take
place at The Lichfield Auction Centre by appointment only from 10am
to 4pm on Thursdays.
Heather Callaway FIRV FGA DGA AMAE, vice-chair of the National
Association of Jewellers, will be offering free advice and auction
estimates on jewellery, watches and silver.
People are asked to book in advance by calling Richard
Winterton Auctioneers on 01543 251081 or emailing office@
richardwinterton.co.uk. Visit www.richardwinterton.co.uk.
HEART OF THE COUNTRY VILLAGE
Heart of the Country Village is a collection of individual shops,
boutiques and restaurants housed in converted 19th century farm
buildings at Swinfen.
It’s home to many independent businesses and small British chains,
some of which have been at Heart of the Country Village for more
than three decades.
There is lots of outdoor space to explore, including a free woodland
fairy trail designed for families.
Canine members of the family are very welcome too - there is a dog
shop, grooming parlour and dogs are welcome at the eating places.
To find out more visit www.heartofthecountryvillage.com
LICHFIELD KITCHENS AND BEDROOMS
Lichfield Kitchens and Bedrooms is very proud of its heritage as the
city’s longest established independent kitchen specialist.
The business began in 1985 in a small unit in Greenhough Road
and quickly progressed into its current and much larger premises on
Whether you are interested in a bright new kitchen or a relaxing
peaceful bedroom, they offer the same dedicated, professional service
using high quality products that will last for many years.
They can incorporate innovative family areas into your kitchen, to
ensure your family is able to eat together and talk together which is
priceless in today’s busy world.
To find out more visit www.lichfieldkitchensandbedrooms.com
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Ken Tatlow started in the flooring business nearly 50 years ago, back in
1972. His daughter, Jayne, now carries on the family tradition.
With their extensive knowledge and experience in flooring, they are
people you can trust in helping to make your house a home.
From contemporary patterns to luxury wool twists, they can provide
carpets to suit any style and finish.
The Tatlow Carpets product range also includes luxury vinyl tiles,
laminate, binding and runners.
To find out more visit www.tatlowcarpets.co.uk
With more than 35 years of soft furnishings experience and two-and-ahalf
years of running a family business, opening a Lichfield showroom
was a natural next step for Interior Choice.
The first floor showroom above Sure Storage in Eastern Avenue,
Lichfield, stocks all the leading fabric and blind brands as well as
offering a design and fit service if required.
Customers can choose from more than 6,000 options across curtains,
blinds and wallpapers with tracks, poles, awning and automated blinds
Key brands include Romo, Voyage and Prestigious Textiles plus ILiv,
Bill Beaumont, Curtain Express, Villa Nova, Luxaflex, Silent Gliss
and ILiv Contract collections.
Visits to the 512sq ft showroom are currently by appointment only,
which means that you can browse the collections with peace of mind.
To find out more visit www.interiorchoice.net
Yes, you heard it right, Lichfield Festival is back and has a stellar lineup
to help make up for some of the performances we’ve all missed out
on over the past 12 months.
There will be 11 days of ballet, cabaret, symphony orchestras, steel
pans, family fun, chamber music, live cooking, storytelling, drama and
Taking place from July 8 to 18, the annual event will bring thousands
of visitors to the beautiful cathedral city and will once again be a
cornerstone in the region’s cultural calendar.
To find out more about the lineup visit www.lichfieldfestival.org
The perfect lockdown treat! Book your exclusive
Private Spa Day for you and your household and enjoy
a relaxing day of pampering at The Spa at Moor Hall.
Discover awe-inspiring luxury home décor that makes
the ultimate statement with style and elegance
• A welcome drink of coffee with pastry on arrival
• A 25 minute Thalgo Discovery Facial
• A 25 minute Back, Neck & Shoulder Massage
• Exclusive private use of the Spa Relaxation Room
• Time slots in the gym and indoor pool with spa bath
• A delicious Afternoon Tea
£150 per person
Available until 16th May 2021 only
Moor Hall Drive, Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield B75 6LN
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SIMPLIFY SPRING DRESSING WITH THE ALL-IN-ONE OPTION, AS AMY NORBURY
CHECKS OUT SOME OF THE MOST STYLISH JUMPSUITS AROUND
WE’VE got a spring in our step because - hallelujah! -
there’s a return to some semblance of normality on the
agenda. As lockdown restrictions get set to ease further
this month, garden parties are in, and popping out to
the pub or going out for a meal is back on the cards.
It’s great news - but it does sadly mean that it’s time for
our beloved loungewear to take a back seat in favour of
some stylish new looks.
If you’re out of practice when it comes to pulling
together an outfit to go out-out, then never fear;
spring’s hero wardrobe piece is here to leave you
looking suitably stylish and perfectly polished in no time
at all. All hail the jumpsuit.
A firm favourite across the SS21 catwalks, where the
pandemic’s penchant for comfort dressing was still very
much in evidence, we saw everything from utilitarian
boilersuits at Max Mara and Stella McCartney, to
Studio 54-style Seventies-inspired numbers over at Tom
Ford and Balmain.
Night or day, work (from home) or weekend, the
jumpsuit is the ultimate all-occasions wardrobe fix. Just
choose your style, throw on and go - there really is no
quicker way to feel dressed up and ready to rock.
For those of us who’ve got used to dressing for comfort
over the past year, jumpsuits are a great transition back
to the world of sartorial style, with relaxed fits and
flattering cuts offering easy elegance - and perfect for
hiding a multitude of lockdown sins.
Versatility is key too. Jumpsuits pair just as well with
trainers for casual chic and flat sandals for summer
vibes as they do with heels for evening - just add a bag
and some statement jewellery and you’re night outready
with minimal effort.
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WHEN IT COMES TO MORE INTENSIVE BEAUTY TREATMENTS DO YOU KNOW WHAT’S
BEST FOR BOOSTING YOUR COMPLEXION? ROYAL FACIALIST AND FOUNDER OF HEAVEN
SKINCARE DEBORAH MITCHELL EXPLAINS THE KEY PRODUCTS WE NEED IN OUR ARSENAL.
Your skin is constantly shedding dead cells to make
way for new ones to come to the surface; however as
we get older this process begins to slow down so it’s
important to give mother nature a helping hand.
An exfoliator works on the upper layer of your skin
and can be used as part of your daily routine to
improve texture. It will scuff away the dead cells and
clear your pores to leave your complexion looking
more radiant and feeling healthier.
By exfoliating regularly you also speed up the
skin’s natural healing process, restoring clarity and
lightening pigmentation; skip this vital step and you’ll
risk breakouts, blackheads and dryness.
If you have oily skin you may find you need to
exfoliate more than someone who has dry skin – the
oilier your skin the harder it is to shed
dead cells naturally. You should also do it
in the evening rather than in the morning
because your complexion is more effective
at rebalancing its natural pH level at night.
A peel, on the other hand, gets deeper
into your skin to reveal the healthy layer
beneath – they are great if you are looking
for that next level of skincare at home.
You can use these once a week but please
remember to read the instructions as there
will be a time limit you can leave it on
your face. If you’re unsure of using one
yourself, then book a peel treatment at
your favourite salon instead.
immunity of the skin, making it ideal for those who
suffer with acne.
I developed my innovative Bee Peel as a professional
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working its way through dead skin cells to improve
pigmentation, lines, scars, dark spots and blemishes.
It contains my ABEETOXIN® formula, organic
coconut and raw cane sugar to help resurface and
even out tone.
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My Cleanse & Foam is a non-abrasive
exfoliator, toner and cleanser in one that
I created to improve elasticity levels while
balancing oil levels to reduce shine on
your T-Zone. The presence of organic
carrot oil – which contains healing vitamin
A – also rejuvenates and repairs the skin.
The light, refreshing Bee Polish contains
fruit acid, Echinacea and Aloe Vera to
gently extract toxins without harming the
outer layer of the skin. It also boosts the
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Rosemary Lodge Care Home for elderly ladies and gentlemen offers a level
of care, community and comfort that is second to none. Situated a short way
from the bustling City Centre of Lichfield and set in landscaped gardens,
Rosemary Lodge is light, spacious and beautifully decorated, offering residents
just the right combination of activity and relaxation. Residents are encouraged
to retain their independence and individuality whilst being fully supported to
live a fulfilled and enjoyable life.
A family run concern that has been a highly regarded part of the community
for almost 30 years. Offering 24- hour care, fully trained staff work together
to communicate with residents to ensure that personal care needs are met in
a fully person-centred approach, thus building an important relationship of
trust and friendship.
Two qualified chefs offer a nutritionally balanced and varied menu, catering
for any dietary requirement, using fresh, locally sourced produce, served in
a spacious dining room that offers views out towards the Orangery and the
gardens and fountain.
The Orangery offers the perfect space for residents, family and friends to
meet up, chat enjoy coffee and snacks at any time of the year.
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All rooms are en-suite, and are designed to comfortably accommodate
individuals and couples. Full wi-fi throughout to allow residents to keep in
touch with family and friends through video link or FaceTime.
Regular activities and entertainment include movement to music, musical
theatre groups, pet therapy, pub lunches, and visits to local events are regularly
organised. However, privacy and peace and quiet is also ensured. There is also
an on-site hairdressing and beauty salon.
Rosemary Lodge also offers respite care, holiday stay and limited day care.
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BUSINESSES ACROSS OUR PATCH. HERE ARE THREE FROM THE SUTTON COLDFIELD AREA
ABBEY FIRE CENTRE
Family business Abbey Fire Centre has been specialising in designing
and installing beautiful, unique fireplaces, gas fires and wood burning
stoves into Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham and West Midlands homes
for well over 35 years.
The staff are experts in all areas of solid fuel and gas fires and are
renowned for their expertise when dealing with wood burning stoves,
having more than 28 years of experience of fitting wood burning stoves
in the Birmingham area - even before they became so popular.
Visits to the showroom are by appointment and virtual appointments
are also available.
To find out more visit www.abbeyfirecentre.co.uk
Charlotte Mitchell is a personal travel counsellor based in Sutton
She has been in the travel industry for more than 18 years and is
experienced in booking all types of travel; weddings to honeymoons,
from cross country tours to beach breaks in Europe.
Charlotte has extensive knowledge of the fastest growing business in
Travel is her passion and she promises to provide top quality,
customer focused care.
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contemporary, their range of hand selected interiors with a unique vibe
are the perfect centrepiece that add a finishing touch to your home.
They have a variety of bespoke products that will bring elegance and
glamour into your home and lifestyle. What unites the collection is an
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H E A LT H
Reaching an equilibrium
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER TEAM LINDA RHODES AND SARAH LISTON RUN ONE OF THE REGION’S
LONGEST ESTABLISHED PILATES STUDIOS. THE J’AIME TEAM MET THEM TO FIND OUT MORE
Equilibrium Pilates Room has just moved to the
beautiful surroundings of Coppice Garden Centre,
where their clients can shop, relax over coffee or grab
a bite to eat between classes.
“We’ve always admired Coppice Garden Centre as a
fantastic lifestyle destination and it feels like the right
fit for a business like ours,” says Sarah, who joined
her mum in the business 11 years ago.
“Our boutique approach means that we can offer a
very bespoke service with small specialist classes in a
really beautiful setting.”
Linda, Sarah and five other specialist instructors
boast a timetable to suit everyone from the beginner
to advanced. But what sets them apart is their work
with people as individuals regardless of their age,
fitness and experience.
“There is no typical client at Equilibrium and we
have always had an open door policy here. From the
super-fit to those with long term health conditions or
injuries, we believe everyone can gain huge benefits
from doing pilates and yoga,” says Linda.
It is also a business that never stands still, with
teachers committed to their continuing education,
to the constant investment in new equipment and
the sharing of new information and knowledge with
their clients. Equilibrium is proud to be creating an
army of pilates geeks!
Reformer classes are Equilibrum’s most popular
class, with the likes of tennis star Andy Murray
and premier league footballers claiming Reformer
Pilates has transformed their game. Surprisingly the
average man on the street is yet to be convinced,
despite pilates being invented by a man who was a
boxer, bodybuilder and martial arts expert. This is
something Equilibrium hopes to change.
Linda and Sarah are rightly very proud of their
20-year heritage and remain the most experienced
pilates teaching team in Sutton Coldfield.
All but one of the EQ team is homegrown, having
come to the studio as a client and then deciding to
become a teacher. They have all completed training
and accreditation by the Body Control Pilates
Association, Europe’s largest professional Pilates
organisation and widely regarded as the benchmark
for safe and effective teaching.
“The training is intense and takes time, typically 12
to 18 months to gain the initial qualification to teach
mat pilates, so there are no shortcuts. Then there’s
further training to gain accreditations in the pilates
equipment such as the reformer and trapeze table or
cadillac,” says Sarah.
Equilibrium is striving to make the studio as safe
as possible in the current climate, including the
introduction of a hospital grade air filtration system
and re-covering the studio equipment with antiviral
“The effect of doing regular pilates practice can
be life changing and seeing the positive changes
in people both physically and mentally inspires us
every day to keep doing what we do. We are excited
to see how the studio will grow in our new home at
Coppice,” adds Linda.
Private sessions for one, two or three people are
already available and group classes will resume on
May 17 in line with Government guidelines.
To find out more visit eqpilatesroom.co.uk,
email firstname.lastname@example.org or call
0121 323 4663.
H E A LT H
A WOMAN WHO CYCLED BACK TO HEALTH AFTER MAJOR ILLNESS HAS BEEN RECOGNISED BY A
LEADING SPORTING ORGANISATION FOR HER EFFORTS TO GET MORE PEOPLE ON THEIR BIKES
Vorel Adams has been named
European Cycling Directeur by
ACES Europe – the Brusselsbased
European Capitals and
Cities of Sport Federation which
promotes physical activity and
healthy living across more than
Michelle from Uttoxeter, who
is the organisation’s UK and
Ireland president, has made it her
mission to encourage people of
all abilities to cycle for fitness and
mental health since she was struck
down with deep vein thrombosis a
year ago. It was her high level of
fitness, and determination to stay
in the saddle, that supported her
She went on to stage a 2020km
cycling marathon during
lockdown, raising £5000 for the
Royal University Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent that
treated her and is now planning RIDE2021UK
– a countrywide fundraiser for the NHS – while
launching a new ACES awards programme
recognising top cycling destinations.
ACES Europe President and founder, Gian
Francesco Lupattelli, said: “In one year Michelle has
done more to promote cycling than anyone we know.
“She has shared her own very personal battle to
inspire others to adopt our mission of sport and
health for all. Not only that, hospitals across Great
Britain are set to benefit from RIDE2021UK.
“Michelle is the perfect fit for the role of our
new Cycling Directeur and we look forward to
progressing the cycling awards programme.”
The concept of creating ACES’ top cycling cities,
towns and communities will develop over the next
Michelle, who runs Uttoxeter-based international
sports and commerce firm Sphere Connect, said: “I
am delighted to take on the official role of ‘Cycling
Directeur’ to progress the five ACES manifesto
goals specifically through cycling destinations and
organisations across Europe and beyond, including
Africa and India.
“We’re still in the planning stages but the aim
is create cycling awards for destinations and
organisations that stand out from the rest when
it comes to promoting cycling for fitness and
sustainability, getting commuters out of cars and
“Cycling is a hot topic in the UK as we tackle obesity
and COVID-19. I will be doing everything I can to
encourage cyclists and complete beginners to ride for
physical and mental health.”
Michelle, who rides more than 100 miles a week
through the leafy lanes of Staffordshire, is posting
tips on social media covering topics such as buying
the right bike and road safety.
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H E A LT H
Robot knee op rang my bell
LICHFIELD KNEE OPERATION PATIENT DEREK GIDDINS HAS GIVEN
A RINGING ENDORSEMENT TO HIS ROBOT-ASSISTED TREATMENT.
Bell ringer Derek Giddins is ringing out the praises
of his surgeon following a knee replacement
operation that saw him walking without crutches in
less than three weeks.
Derek, aged 74, who lives near Lichfield with his
wife Gilly, had the operation at Spire Little Aston
Hospital where he was offered the option of Mako
“My surgeon explained the benefits of the new
system and how it could speed up my recovery time.
I am a very active person and I wanted to get back
in action as soon as possible so it seemed perfect for
me,” he said.
The procedure was carried out by orthopaedic
surgeon Jamie Arbuthnot, a specialist consultant
trained in using the robot. He said: “It allows me to
consistently optimise implant placement which gives
the patient a more natural-feeling knee and usually
means a quicker recovery time and reduced postoperative
“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.”
Derek, who has been bell-ringing since the 1960s,
was once a regular ring at Guilford Cathedral. Since
his move to the Midlands he has been ringing at the
Church of St Nicholas at Mavesyn Ridware and
Holy Angels at Hoar Cross.
He can now climb the 58 steps at Holy Angels
Church to toll the 28cwt tenor bell again.
“Bell ringing hasn’t taken place during the lockdown
but it was great to have the chance of a short
practice to get the feel of it again after such a long
lay-off,” he said.
Derek is also back on track with his other hobby –
Having enjoyed cycling holidays around the world
with his wife Gilly he is now doing 45-minute
sessions on his static cycle as well as completing a
five-mile trip on the road.
“I have two friends who have had knee replacements
at the same time as me and, even though I am the
oldest among us, I seem to be making much quicker
progress on my road to recovery.
“I really do think it was the skill of Mr Arbuthnot
combined with the technology of the Mako system
that has allowed me to get back on my feet so quickly.
“I would say it’s the only way to go and would have
no hesitation in recommending it to others. If I need
my other knee replaced then choosing the Mako
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If you are interested in understanding more about
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Spire Little Aston Hospital is offering free mini
virtual appointments on May 25 with consultant
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