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Welcome to J’AIME

Here at J’AIME, nothing excites us more than the

launch of a new restaurant, and this month sees one

of the most hotly anticipated new openings we can

remember. Acclaimed chef and Lichfield lad Tom

Shepherd, formerly head chef of Michelin-starred

Adams Restaurant in Birmingham, returns to his

home city with his first solo venture, Upstairs By Tom

Shepherd. With more than 1,000 bookings taken

already, and Friday and Saturday nights fully filled

for the rest of the year, it’s set to be the hottest ticket

in town, and we caught up with Tom to find out how

things were going ahead of the grand opening.

Elsewhere, we chat to former Strictly Come Dancing

judge Dame Arlene Phillips, who is the choreography

brains behind What’s New Pussycat?, the brand new

musical based on the music of Sir Tom Jones, which

premieres at the Birmingham REP this month. We

also speak to comedian Jasper Carrott and musician

Bev Bevan about their show, Stand Up and Rock,

which comes to the Lichfield Garrick next year.

As brand new foodie weekender Love Cheese Live

comes to the Staffordshire County Showground this

month, we get the lowdown from Staffordshire chef

Thom Bateman, who will be gracing the main stage

alongside Michel Roux Jr, Marco Pierre White and

more.

With our usual mix of autumnal interiors, fashion and

beauty, the best in Halloween family entertainment,

top class travel and more, we hope there’s plenty here

to keep you entertained. So put your feet up, brew

yourself a pumpkin spiced latte and enjoy!

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CO N T E N T S

InsideJ’aime this month...

6 Dame Arlene Phillips - The former Strictly

favourite on her new Birmingham show

10 Chef Tom Shepherd - The prodigal son returns

to Lichfield with his new restaurant

14 Jasper Carrott and Bev Bevan - Back on the

road and heading to Lichfield

18 Property - Property of the month

20 Interiors - Tranquil bathroom updates

24 Interiors - Cosy touches for autumn

30 Author Catherine Hair - The Sutton Coldfield

mum inspired to write her first children’s book

34 Food and drink - Reviewing The Meynell

Ingram Arms

36 Food and drink - Staffordshire chef Thom

Bateman at Love Cheese Live

40 Food and drink - National award for

Staffordshire pub

42 Food and drink - Chef Rob Palmer’s Lichfield

residency

44 Travel - The world’s most splendid cruise ship

50 In the news - A remembrance service for Baby

Loss Awareness Month

51 What’s On - Halloween events for all the

family

52 What’s On - Events around the Midlands this

month

56 Fashion - Get knitted for autumn

58 Fashion - Eyewear styling with Eva Dave

60 Beauty - Autumn skincare updates from

Deborah Mitchell

62 Beauty - Walsall makeup artist Ravita Pannu

64 In the news - A first wedding for stunning new

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F E AT U R E

This is What’s New, Pussycat

DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS DBE HAS BEEN ANNOUNCED AS CHOREOGRAPHER OF BRAND NEW

MUSICAL WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT?, SHOWCASING AT BIRMINGHAM’S VERY OWN THE REP.

JAZZ SHERGILL SPOKE TO HER TO FIND OUT MORE

DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS

Dame Arlene Phillips is simply in love with all things

Sixties. The swinging era, which brought iconic

fashion, music and more, holds a special place in the

legendary choreographer and former Strictly Come

Dancing judge’s heart.

So she was delighted when she was approached to

get involved with a brand new stage production

which celebrates the best of the era.

The highly anticipated What’s New Pussycat?, which

is showcasing at The REP theatre in Birmingham

from October 8 to November 14, is a joyous,

romantic and entertaining production based on

Henry Fielding’s classic comic novel The History

of Tom Jones, A Foundling. Written by the Tony

Award-winning Joe DiPetro, the show has the full

backing of Sir Tom himself, who has been consulting

with the producers throughout the development, and

will feature his biggest hits.

“The opportunity was presented to me and I’m in

love with the Sixties where this production is set and

with obviously music courtesy of Tom Jones, I love

the songs and the music and based on the original

novel it sounded suitably wacky and bonkers and

I went, yeah, I want to do that. So here I am!” she

said.

What’s New Pussycat? will be directed by Luke

Sheppard, whose most recent production, the

acclaimed & Juliet, has taken the West End by storm,

winning three Olivier Awards and six Whatsonstage

Awards.

The audience can expect to experience the swinging

Sixties of London as Tom Jones arrives in the capital

with a broken heart, he has plans to pursue big

dreams. He discovers an exciting world of dancing

and amazing music. As romance and adventure

await, will Tom ever be reunited with his one true

love?

Arlene has worked as a director and/or

choreographer on musicals including Grease, We

Will Rock You, Starlight Express, The Wizard of Oz,

The Sound of Music, Saturday Night Fever, and the

plays Allelujah and A Midsummer Night’s Dream at

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DAME ARLENE PHILLIPS DURING REHEARSALS.

PHOTO BY PAMELA RAITH

the Bridge Theatre.

What’s New Pussycat? allowed Arlene to relive

her life in the Sixties, which, she explains, was a

significant time in her life.

“The Sixties for me, I was in my late teens, early

twenties, coming to London, you know, I really did

feel like the streets were paved in gold, it was so alive

and buzzing,” she said.

“It’s like the world was changing. I loved the Sixties

fashion, the style, the dances, there were suddenly

dance programmes on television and for me this was

everything I dreamed of happening all around me so

I have a big love for the Sixties.”

Sir Tom Jones has been a part of the development

stages of What’s New Pussycat?, and his hits will

be used in the musical. To name just a few, you can

expect to hear Green, Green Grass of Home, It’s

Not Unusual, Leave Your Hat On, Delilah, Mama

Told Me Not To Come, Sex Bomb and, of course,

What’s New Pussycat?

Arlene’s craft goes beyond just being a

choreographer; she studies the entire production of

the music she works with to bring it to

life.

“I find Tom Jones’ music inspiring

because a lot of the rhythms are,

sambas, cha-chas, there is a lot of

dance rhythm in them, it’s great music

to dance to and also some really

fascinating lyrics,” she explains.

“So of course, when you’re working

on a musical you really listen to the

lyrics, you are delving into them - what

did they say? How can I make this

work on stage and express all of it?

I’m working with an amazing director,

Luke Shepherd, and I have loved bringing

the show to life with him. The show is

funny and the writer Joe DiPietro’s sense of

humour is so appealing to me. I love when I

get a chance to work in a show that has all

the comedy I love, and this show has all of

that.”

The audience can expect to be transported

into a different era, this feel-good musical

is something we could all use and be a part

of, especially after many of us have been

turning to TV series’ over lockdown – let’s

go out and feel the joy on stage!

“I think over these last few years, we’ve seen

a lot of great television shows that are set in

different eras, from The Queen’s Gambit to

The Marvelous Mrs Maisel and you start to

fall in love with shows set in the time,” says Arlene.

“I think this show will really bring the Sixties to life,

and it’s going to look and feel like, oh my gosh, that’s

an era I want to live in or be a part of - everything

from the set to the costumes. I think the audience

will find it funny, they’ll love the music and the cast –

it’s a great musical, and it will send you out singing.

And I think we all need the joy of coming out of

something and just singing it.”

The theatre industry took a big hit because of

the COVID-19 pandemic, with many people out

of work and productions being forced to stop.

Arlene said it felt like being in “limbo” and that the

production team were delighted once the green light

was given to continue working on the musical.

“Oh, it’s difficult. We did our first workshop and at

the start of 2020, and then, everything stopped. We

were just about to go into production and everything

stopped and we had no idea that it was going to

happen. It was hard because we were preparing

everything, we worked on the workshop, with the

DOMINIC ANDERSEN IN REHEARSALS

FOR HIS ROLE AS SIR TOM JONES IN

WHAT’S NEW PUSSYCAT. PHOTO BY

PAMELA RAITH

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idea this was all going to happen and of course, then

it didn’t.

“It was quite devastating because the life I think you

live working in theatre is full on. And then suddenly

there’s a silence surrounding you and you can’t see

anybody or meet with people or see family talk to

anyone. And you’re left in this sort of limbo of life

that seems to have stopped all the buzz that is around

you. It just seemed to have turned into silence, it was

quite hard to deal with it and even to process it. So,

we were delighted when we discovered in 2021, this

was going to come back to life and we are in real

rehearsals.”

As we move out of the pandemic and return back to

normality, the feeling of theatre is back and there is

so much to look forward to. With so many emotions

and feelings of positivity, what were Arlene’s top

three highlights of working on What’s New Pussycat?

“I think one is the music! Oh my goodness! And with

our brilliant musical arranger, Matt Brind, who has

been a joy to work with and bringing the music light

to life and close to your heart – that’s one thing,”

Arlene says.

“The joy of working with an extraordinary director,

Luke Sheppard, he focuses and brings it to breathing

life off the pages from our writer. And number three

is to be back working, choreographing and feeling

like life slowly is trickling along and a life that you

love has returned again.”

Birmingham Repertory Theatre, in association with

REHEARSALS ARE UNDERWAY FOR THE SHOW,

WHICH PREMIERES AT THE REP THIS MONTH

Flody Suarez and Kilimanjaro Theatricals will be

presenting What’s New Pussycat and at an even

more incredible time as The REP’s iconic building

celebrates turning 50 years old.

“I’m a big fan of Birmingham and how wonderful

it is that we are opening in Birmingham, because I

know our audiences are going to love it and they’re

going to show they love it,” says Arlene.

“The thing about it is that every theatre where you

open a new musical is very special. I just have to say

a huge thank you to the theatre and everybody in it

that has brought us there to this opening because we

are going to celebrate it like you can’t believe!”

Tickets are now on sale for What’s New Pussycat?

at The REP Theatre, Birmingham. For more

information about ticket prices and booking, visit

www.birmingham-rep.co.uk

Competition!

J’AIME has teamed up with The REP Theatre, Birmingham, to offer readers the

chance to win one of two pairs of tickets for the performance of the new musical

What’s New Pussycat? at 7pm on October 14, 2021.

The winners will be part of the theatre’s special evening marking the building’s 50th

birthday - a milestone in the theatre’s history.

For your chance to win, simply answer the following question:

What’s New Pussycat? is based on the music of which legendary musician?

Send your answer, along with your name and contact details, to

competitions@jaimemagazine.com with the subject What’s New Pussycat?

Competition by 5pm on Sunday, October 10.

Terms and conditions apply. No cash or alternative prize is available. Visit

www.jaimemagazine.com for further details.

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F E AT U R E

Head Upstairs for

fine dining feasts

AS FORMER HEAD CHEF OF MICHELIN-STARRED ADAM’S RESTAURANT IN BIRMINGHAM, TOM SHEPHERD HAS

AN IMPECCABLE FINE DINING PEDIGREE, WHICH HE IS BRINGING BACK TO HIS HOME CITY OF LICHFIELD WITH

THE OPENING OF HIS FIRST SOLO RESTAURANT THIS MONTH. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE

CHEF TOM SHEPHERD IS OPENING HIS FIRST

RESTAURANT - ABOVE HIS DAD’S SHOP

Tom Shepherd was supposed to be the fourth

generation to join the family business. With three

generations of jewellers before him, it would have

been no surprise if he had followed in their footsteps.

But Tom had other ideas. It was clear early on that

his ambitions lay elsewhere, and after a stellar career

in some of the country’s top kitchens, culminating in

a position as head chef at Michelin-starred Adam’s

Restaurant in Birmingham there’s no question that

forging his own path was the right choice.

And now, 33-year-old Tom is undergoing a

homecoming of sorts, both back to his home city of

Lichfield, and to take his place - of a fashion - within

the family business.

His ambitious new restaurant, Upstairs by Tom

Shepherd, opens this month, in what is probably the

most hotly anticipated foodie openings Lichfield has

ever seen. And named Upstairs, because it is based

on the top floor of his father’s jewellery shop.

Tom’s father, Paul, runs City Jewellers, which now

occupies the former premises of long-running

Lichfield business Salloways in a prime city centre

spot on Bore Street.

“My dad purchased the property from Nigel

Salloway in March 2019, and in the beginning there

was no thought in any of our minds that we would

turn the upstairs into a restaurant,” says Tom.

After the shop itself had been refurbished, Tom

and Paul were toying with ideas for the upstairs

space, looking at potentially converting the former

workshops, storage and offices into office space to

rent. But as soon as Tom set foot inside the cavernous

space, he had other ideas.

After consulting with several designers about the

possibility, Tom pitched the idea of using the space

to open his first solo restaurant.

“It all just felt right,” says Tom. “I’d been at Adam’s

from mid-2017 until the last service of 2019 and

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learned what I wanted to learn; we were number one

in the country on TripAdvisor and number seven in

the world. I’d gone to a well-established restaurant

and I wanted to evolve it, I didn’t want to reinvent

it because it didn’t need reinventing. And for the

customers to understand that and to think so highly

of it, was the finishing line for me.

“It was the right time to do my own thing and open

my own place. I spoke to several designers, who came

to see the space and saw my vision, so we sought

investment for the project.”

As 2020 rolled around, Tom had secured investment

and it was full steam ahead. Until the coronavirus

pandemic hit.

“At that point I was helping Aktar Islam out at

Pulperia, which he had just opened,” says Tom.

“We’re good friends, and I thought it would give me

a good insight as to what I was hopefully going to be

doing opening my own place.

“Then I got a call from my investor saying his

business had fallen off a cliff, so to speak, with

cancellations all over the world, and had I heard

about the coronavirus?”

Tom admits that, initially, the hospitality industry

in the UK was quite dismissive of the virus and

its impact. Fast forward some 18 months, and

hospitality has been one of the worst affected trades.

“On the Monday of the week before lockdown,

when Boris came out and said that no-one should go

out for restaurant reservations, it was the nail in the

coffin for us both at Pulperia and with the restaurant,

and a week later, the hospitality industry closed

completely,” says Tom.

“It sounds strange, but those first three months

of 2020 were so fast-paced and I was just going

along with a lot of things and didn’t have time to

really decide if these were the best decisions, I was

just trying to focus on my dream of opening the

restaurant.

“So the pandemic, and the ‘stop’ button that was

created, actually came at an incredible time.”

With renovation work at the restaurant barely

started, Tom decided to shelve the project for the

time being, and take a step back to reassess.

In No Man’s Land job-wise - Tom hadn’t been

employed at Pulperia, nor had his own business been

set up yet - an unexpected opportunity arose, when

he was approached by Lichfield’s own Sauce Supper

Club about setting up a fine dining takeaway service.

“I had a pop-up event set up with Beth and Jon

Toovey from Sauce Supper Club at St Johns House

for the end of March, which had to be postponed,”

says Tom.

“About two weeks later, Beth called and said that it

looked like the virus wasn’t going anywhere anytime

soon, but takeaways were still an option so what did I

think about going down that route?”

The result was Tom and Sauce Supper Club’s

Dine at Home collaborations, which saw customers

presented with a luxurious three-course dinner,

expertly prepared by Tom and his team, before being

boxed up and delivered to their homes for them to

finish off and enjoy.

“It was a product where we put 99 per cent of the

work in, and then it’s easy for people to finish off

at home; all the work, all the flavour goes in before

the end process and then it’s just a case of people

popping it in the oven,” says Tom.

THE STUNNING RESTAURANT

OPENS THIS MONTH

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Beth managed to source kitchen space at Manor

Farm, in Hints, to house the operation, and the

project got off to a flying start, selling out 40 boxes in

the first week.

“Me and Mikey, my sous chef, prepped early in the

week and had a couple of late nights but it was going

fine, then come Friday when the boxes were going

out, we’d underestimated just how much would need

doing so were there until around half three in the

morning,” says Tom.

“It wasn’t long before we were selling out of 100

boxes week in, week out, which was insane because

there were only four or five of us working on it. Then

we started couriering the boxes nationwide, which

went really well, and fast-forward to this year and it

wasn’t until the whole hospitality industry reopened

that we started to see a little bit of a lull, although we

still had a really good, regular customer base.

“My ethos working in Michelin-starred restaurants

has always been to put as much flavour as possible

into our products, and that didn’t change with the

boxes.

“We nailed it; Beth from the ideas and logistics

perspective and me from the food, and straight away

the customers got into it and straight away it was

awesome.”

As the demand grew, Beth and Tom had to move

the Dine at Home operation to bigger premises,

with Beth taking over the former Mabel’s Tearoom

at Curborough to create what is now brunch cafe

Thyme Kitchen. And with Beth having a restaurant

to run, as well as a home to restart Sauce Supper

Club events, and Tom heart still set on running his

own place, it was a natural end for the dining box

operation.

The success of Dine at Home has, however, given

Tom a whole new customer base who are eagerly

anticipating more from the chef. It also allowed him

to make connections in the community which would

eventually help with pulling Upstairs together.

“I was cooking at people’s houses when we were

able to do that, and I was out there delivering boxes

too; I very much believe in leading from the front,”

says Tom. “During that time I met all these people;

a structural engineer, an electrician, a whole new

group of people in trades who then offered to come

down to the restaurant and help out and quote for

the work.”

With work at Upstairs progressing at a rapid pace

ahead of the opening this month, the booking system

has been inundated with enquiries; some 1,000

bookings have already been made, with Friday and

Saturday nights fully booked for the rest of the year.

Diners will be able to look forward to Tom’s flavour

led, produce-driven menus inspired by the seasons

and surroundings. The 24-cover dining room will

serve a five and seven-course tasting menu, a threecourse

lunch menu and a traditional three-course

Sunday lunch. The Kitchen Table, located directly in

the kitchen, is available for up to four guests who will

get to enjoy a unique hands on experience watching

the brigade create, cook and serve their dishes.

“We want to create a restaurant which, in my

opinion, is yet to be seen in Lichfield.,” says Tom.

“We really want to bring a new experience, and we

hope that when people walk through the door they

notice that difference in delivery. They can sit down,

have some incredible food, because how we source

and how we cook is what I’ve learned throughout

my whole career and that’s not going to change, it’s

going to be elevated even here.

“We want to produce a restaurant that will fulfill, and

hopefully exceed, people’s expectations.

“I’ve worked in some incredible restaurants and with

some incredible people, and it’s time now to go it

alone. And the fact that it’s here in Lichfield, above

my dad’s shop, couldn’t be more perfect.”

Upstairs by Tom Shepherd opens at 25 Bore

Street, Lichfield, on October 8. For more

details visit www.upstairs.restaurant or

email reservations@upstairs.restaurant for

booking enquiries.

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F E AT U R E

24 Carrott gold entertainment

OLD FRIENDS JASPER CARROTT AND BEV BEVAN ARE BACK TOGETHER AGAIN AND ON THE

ROAD, WITH TICKETS FOR THEIR 2022 SHOWS AT THE LICHFIELD GARRICK NOW ON SALE.

TONY COLLINS CAUGHT UP WITH THE DUO AHEAD OF THEIR TOUR

JASPER CARROTT HAS

PLAYED TO HUGE

AUDIENCES OVER THE

YEARS

They started out as 11-year-old boys sitting next to

each other in school who went on to perform in soldout

arenas in front of thousands of fans.

And now, nearly seven decades on, those wide-eyed

youngsters have overcome 18 months of lockdown to

reunite once again.

Schoolboys Robert Davis and Beverley Bevan, who

occupied adjoining desks at Moseley Grammar for

five years, went on to achieve enormous success as

BAFTA Award-winning comedian Jasper Carrott

and the acclaimed drummer of The Move, Electric

Light Orchestra and Black Sabbath.

They are now touring the UK with Stand Up and

Rock, which features the timeless humour of Jasper

and the music of The Bev Bevan Band with special

guest, former Ocean Colour Scene guitarist Andy

Bennett.

Jasper, who met up with Bev at The Belfry Hotel and

Resort near Sutton Coldfield, said of Stand Up and

Rock: “It’s not a unique show but nobody else does

it, nobody else mixes comedy and rock and roll as a

featured evening.”

The origins of the show go back to the early 90s and

a previous band that featured Jasper, Bev and Black

Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi.

Jasper explains, “We had a group called Belch that

was made up of Black Sabbath, ELO and Carrott,

hence Belch, and we just did some silly things. From

that came the roots of Stand Up and Rock.”

But Jasper and Bev, who was inducted into the Rock

and Roll Hall of Fame in 2017, go back a whole lot

further.

Jasper recalls, “The first person I sat next to at

grammar school when I was 11 years old was him,”

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pointing at Bev. Bev chips in, “Our

names were alphabetical. I was Bevan.”

Jasper continues: “And I was Davis, so it

just happened we were on the front row

together. That was 66 years ago and we

went through all five years.”

The schoolmates went to work at the

same Birmingham department store,

The Beehive, as trainee buyers.

“That’s what they said!” says Bev. “We

swept the floor and made the tea. I

ended up in carpets but only stayed one

year. I only got the job because it paid

for the HP payments on my drums.”

Jasper, who stayed at The Beehive for

three years, did not share Bev’s showbiz

ambitions at that time.

“I was going to be an entrepreneur. I started a folk

club (The Boggery) in 1969 and was always going to

be a promoter and run clubs and manage people.

“I was just compering at the club and singing silly

funny songs and one thing led to another and people

started asking me to do their clubs.

“I was getting £12 a gig and petrol. The equivalent

today would probably be £500 or £600. So it was

very lucrative to the point where I realised my future

JASPER CARROTT IS RENOWNED

FOR HIS TIMELESS HUMOUR

JASPER AND BEV HAVE BEEN FRIENDS

SINCE THEY WERE 11 YEARS OLD

lay in entertaining and not in promoting.”

Bev’s music career was already taking off, having left

Denny Laine and the Diplomats to form The Move

in 1966 and then on to ELO with Jeff Lynne.

Despite the pals not seeing much of each other with

ELO spending a lot of the 70s in America, they

found time to be best man at each other’s wedding -

Bev in 1970 and Jasper in 1972.

The pandemic has prevented them working together

since a Stand Up and Rock show in November 2019,

so how have they coped during lockdown?

“Speaking for myself, just taking it day by day,” says

Jasper. “I haven’t seen my son and daughter (actress

Lucy Davis), who live in LA, since November 2019

although I’ve done Zoom with them.”

The comedian recalls a strange feeling from the same

time.

“It’s funny, Bev and I were in the pub and I had this

overwhelming feeling of foreboding for next year.

It was very troublesome because I couldn’t explain

it. It was a very disturbing feeling, and when it (the

pandemic) all kicked off I started to think that must

be it. That’s the only explanation I’ve ever had.”

Bev adds: “I remember it well, I have always kept

diaries and I wrote it in the diary ‘Jasper’s in a weird

mood, he’s had this terrible foreboding about next

year’. It was quite spooky.”

Bev, who reveals he caught COVID this summer

but only suffered mild symptoms, spent his time in

lockdown writing songs.

“For me it was quite good, to begin with anyway. I

wrote so many songs during lockdown and managed

to record a whole album (Riding Rainbows, with

separate band, Quill), so I’ve been really busy.”

Jasper admits to a “mixed feeling” about performing

again.

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JASPER CARROTT AND BEV

BEVAN ARE SET TO REUNITE

FOR THEIR STAND UP AND

ROCK TOUR

“It’s exciting, but the trepidation, not having worked

for that long. It will take me a while to get up to

speed. While you know the routines and stuff, it’s all

the little bits that enhance it like little remarks that

come into your head and pop out.

“I’m very fortunate I’ve had a successful career so the

money isn’t part and parcel of it for me personally. I

do it purely for the enjoyment.

“It means a lot to the band, I appreciate that, which

is one of the reasons I continue to do it, but it is very

enjoyable. Adrenaline is one helluva drug and it’s

very difficult to come off it.”

Bev agrees: “Rehearsals are just a means to an end

but as soon as you get on a stage and get that crowd

reaction it’s fantastic, it’s a real buzz. There’s nothing

to replace it.”

Jasper’s success began with chart-topping comedy

record, Funky Moped, in 1975, and led to top TV

shows including BAFTA Award-winning Carrott’s

Lib and BBC series The Detectives with Robert

Powell.

His 24 Carrott Gold live show in 2004 broke box

office records, with 72,000 people at the Birmingham

National Indoor Arena.

“I have to keep pinching myself really. I haven’t

done TV for about ten years and it’s

great because I don’t get the hassle

of being recognised. I’ve got the best

of both worlds in the fact I can still

draw a crowd and yet I can be fairly

anonymous.

“One of my greatest pleasures was

when my grandchildren came to see me

and were really knocked out. For weeks

they were doing the routines.”

Bev also feels fortunate in his career. “I

was always going to be a drummer and

I think I would have made a living as a

drummer, but luckily I did get into The

Move, ELO and Black Sabbath, and to

be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is

pretty special.”

Alongside larger theatres, Stand Up

and Rock will also be performing

in smaller venues, so is that more

enjoyable?

Jasper says: “For me personally one

of the joys is getting back to the basic

roots of stand-up comedy, eyeball to

eyeball with the audience.

“Yes, I have done the 10,000 seaters,

but essentially people pay £25 to see

you on television because they are just

looking at the screens at the side of you. When you

do those, you tend to talk at the audience and not to

them.

“One of the great joys of doing the 500, 600 seaters

is going back in a way to those folk club days. That

was one of the reasons why I kept doing it since we

started Stand Up and Rock. I rediscovered that sheer

joy of creating laughter.”

Bev adds: “I generally love a small theatre where you

can actually see the audience and they can see you.”

So, what does the future hold?

“Staying alive is probably one of our main

ambitions,” jokes Jasper.

“We’ll just take it tour by tour. Ken Dodd was 90 and

still getting up on stage. I don’t know how long I can

continue, but I will do so until I know I can’t do it as

well as I should be doing it. But hopefully it’s a way

off.

“And I can always become a drummer!” he adds,

sharing one more joke with his old friend.

Jasper Carrott’s Stand Up and Rock tour

with the Bev Bevan Band comes to Lichfield

Garrick from April 27 to 30, 2022. Visit

www.lichfieldgarrick.com for details.

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The property is approached from Ladywood Road via

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The leisure suite is accessed from the kitchen and features

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The first floor accommodation features a spacious master

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I N T E R I O R S

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F E AT U R E

A magical adventure

A SUTTON COLDFIELD MUM HAS FULFILLED A LIFELONG AMBITION BY PENNING A

CHILDREN’S BOOK - INSPIRED BY HER DAUGHTER. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE

AUTHOR CATHERINE HAIR AND HER DAUGHTER

IMOGEN, THE INSPIRATION BEHIND THE BOOK

Catherine Hair has always loved reading. From a

young age, she would immerse herself in the tales of

Roald Dahl, the fantastic escapes of Enid Blyton and

more.

When her daughter Imogen, now five, was born, that

love of reading translated into a cherished bedtime

routine which would see Catherine and her husband,

Nick, deliver not one but three stories each and every

night.

So perhaps it’s unsurprising that the 41-year-old has

always aspired to write a children’s book of her own.

When the coronavirus hit the UK early last year,

sending the country into lockdown, Catherine

decided that it was time to stop dreaming, and start

doing.

“I was reading stories to Imogen every night and

I thought that I’d love to write something which

included her, which could be something she’d keep

forever,” says Catherine.

Catherine started writing her tale during the

first lockdown last spring, using the project as a

distraction from the chaos of juggling work with

homeschooling.

“It was a bit full-on, but my husband always says

I need a hundred things going on or I get bored,”

laughs Catherine.

“It was good to have something fun and positive to

focus on, to take my mind off the stress of everything!

“I’ve always loved writing, ever since I was at school.

It was lovely to have a creative outlet, because even

though I work in a creative industry, it’s not on the

creative side. The book has been a passion project

for me; I wanted to show Imogen that if you’re really

passionate about something, you can do it.”

Catherine’s book tells the tale of Boodle, a magic

bedtime bear, and his best friend Imogen, who makes

a wish to go to space - just in time for Intergalactic

Friendship Day. Each planet they visit has aliens

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getting ready for the party celebrations, but they

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Boodle and Imogen help to make sure the party is a

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“I wanted to do something that wasn’t a natural

association for a girl, like be an astronaut; I wanted it

to be a bit aspirational in that way,” says Catherine.

“I also wanted it to be a bit educational, but in a

fun way, so there are all these different planets that

Imogen goes to with her magic bear and there are

different problems to solve along the way.”

Imogen meets groups of aliens on each planet who

are all doing different tasks to get ready for the party

and, along with Boodle the Magic Bear, helps them

to get past their problems so they can celebrate

Intergalactic Friendship Day in style.

“All of the different aliens are dealing with different

emotions, such as anger, worry, anxiety, and Imogen

and Boodle do kind gestures to help,” says Catherine.

“Then at the end of the book there are some fun

facts about space as well as puzzles.

“There are also some questions to prompt talking to

your child about feelings, because I always enjoy that

when I’m reading books with Imogen.”

As well as writing the story, Catherine - with

Imogen’s help - designed each of the aliens in the

book. Handily a family member, Matt Garbutt, is an

artist and helped to bring Catherine’s designs to life.

“Matt does a lot of animation, he doesn’t normally

do children’s books but he was happy to get

involved,” says Catherine. “He did so many versions

of each of the characters to get them all right; at one

point we had 25 Imogens to choose from!

“I really wanted to get Imogen’s cheeky personality

across, and getting her facial expressions right in

response to how the aliens were

feeling was really important

too, because I think when kids

are a bit younger and you’re

reading to them, they tend to

look more at the pictures.

“When I started writing, I had

no idea as to how much detail

you need to think about when

you’re creating a picture book!”

Catherine chose to publish

Boodle and Imogen’s adventure

directly through Amazon,

who deal with the printing

and distribution of the book.

A library tour last autumn

was postponed due to the

BOODLE THE

MAGIC BEAR

IS AVAILABLE

FROM AMAZON,

PRICED £4.99

UK going back into lockdown, and with a full time

job, Catherine hasn’t had enough time to devote to

promoting the book.

“When we’re allowed to, we’re going to do the

library tour, which will hopefully enable us to take

Boodle and Imogen’s story out to more people,” she

says.

Catherine was determined that her book would

make a difference, so profits from sales of Boodle the

Magic Bear will be donated to mental health charity

Young Minds.

“There are so many children suffering with mental

health issues in the wake of the pandemic, so I

wanted to use any profits from the book to go

towards a charity to help, and came across Young

Minds,” says Catherine.

“It’s a charity specifically for young people who need

that type of support. I do worry that the next big

epidemic will be a mental health epidemic, and it’s

hard to estimate just how much children have been

affected by the fallout of the pandemic.

“I grew up with a mum who had mental health

issues, and I’ve got friends whose children are

suffering with more anxiety after the upheaval of

being in and out of school. So I thought it would

be good to give something back to people who are

struggling after the crazy time we’ve been through.

“I’m really grateful that Imogen is a bit younger,

so has probably been less aware of everything

that’s happened - she just enjoyed mummy’s

homeschooling!”

Boodle the Magic Bear, by Catherine Hair, is

available to buy now at www.amazon.co.uk

priced £4.99.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Country dining in style

AFTER AN IMPRESSIVE MAKEOVER, THE MEYNELL INGRAM ARMS AT HOAR CROSS

HAS BECOME A GASTROPUB ON THE RISE, AS AMY NORBURY DISCOVERED

The Meynell lngram Arms is undergoing something

of a renaissance. After half a decade in the

doldrums, the once-popular country inn was given a

new lease of life when it was taken over by Berkeley

Inns, underwent a serious makeover and reopened to

great acclaim in May 2019.

Nestled in the picturesque village of Hoar Cross -

and counting luxury spa giant Hoar Cross Hall as

a near neighbour - the pub has become something

of a destination for diners and drinkers looking for

anything from a quick tipple after work to a fullblown

celebratory meal.

The Meynell’s meteoric rise from the ashes saw

it named as Newcomer of the Year at this year’s

prestigious Estrella Damm Top 50 Gastropub

awards, with the judging panel naming the pub a

‘fantastic newcomer to the gastropub world’, which

‘opened with a bang and has continued to wow

visitors with its menu and drinks offer’.

Part of The Meynell’s appeal is the range of different

experiences a visitor can have under one roof.

The main bar offers a traditional, cosy country

pub space, perfect for a country walk pit stop; think

open fires, tiled floor, wooden tables and a homely

atmosphere.

But venture into the main restaurant and it’s a

different story. This beautifully designed space offers

a stylish and elegant place to dine, ideal for a date

night with your other half, or a special occasion

dinner.

Over in Sam’s Bar, it’s gin serves and cocktails

aplenty, while the stunning courtyard offers al fresco

dining, including private garden pods with cosy

seating, which are wired for sound and scream ‘girls’

night out’.

My colleague and I were invited

to sample The Meynell’s bountiful

offerings for ourselves, arriving

on an impressively busy midweek

evening to find the car park packed

and the courtyard buzzing.

With fiery heaters creating a toasty

warmth whatever the weather, and

pretty festoon lighting illuminating

the stylish space, it’s no wonder

that The Meynell placed in The

Times’ roundup of the best UK

pubs for outdoor seating and beer

gardens.

We made our way inside, and were

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shown to our cosy table in the main

restaurant.

A pre-dinner raspberry gin fizz cocktail

- a heady combination of raspberry gin,

raspberry syrup and Prosecco - from the

extensive cocktail menu went down a

treat as we examined the food choices.

As a gluten-free diner, my colleague

found she had enough choice, although

she was mildly disappointed that there

was no gluten-free base option for the

pizzas.

To start, I opted for the heritage tomato

and mozzarella salad, with prosciutto,

herb croutes, avocado and a balsamic

dressing, £7.50. A classic combination of flavours, it

was a light yet satisfying start to the meal.

My colleague was impressed with her Hebridean

smoked salmon and king prawn cocktail with glutenfree

bread, £9.50. Fat, juicy king prawns slathered

in a tasty Marie Rose sauce, alongside thick slices of

punchy salmon and ribbons of crisp little gem lettuce

made for an elegant take on a retro classic.

We also shared a delicious portion of - happily

gluten-free - halloumi fries with garlic mayo, £4.90.

Onto the main event, and I was won over by the

corn-fed Normandy chicken breast with homemade

macaroni cheese, baked mushroom and leek, £14.90.

Now, when it comes to comfort food, macaroni

cheese is right up there for me; unfortunately I’m the

only one in my house with that opinion so it’s not

something which features on our dinner repertoire at

home. Happily, The Meynell’s mac and cheese really

hit the spot, with al dente pasta bound in unctuous,

gooey cheese sauce and seasoned to perfection. The

chicken was also well-cooked, moist and tender; it

was certainly a hearty plateful.

My colleague’s gluten-free version of the chargrilled

chicken burger, £12.90, was piled with crispy

bacon, brie, avocado and sweet chilli dressing and

accompanied by chunky chips and house slaw.

Another generous portion, it was a pleasing offering

with a good balance of flavours.

A side of seasonal vegetables, £3.50, ordered under

the pretence of being a bit healthy, was a well-cooked

and varied selection although, dare I say it, a little

surplus to requirements.

Now, strictly speaking, we were both full enough to

give dessert a miss. But in for a penny, we couldn’t

resist the lure of the sweet treats, both opting for The

Meynell’s signature offering.

The Meynell Mess, £7.50, a Hoar Cross version

of the Eton classic, was a dessert and then some.

A knickerbocker glass piled high with ice creams,

meringue, chocolate brownie chunks, berries,

marshmallows and more, it was a powerhouse pud

able to satisfy even the sweetest tooth.

At the tail end of an already substantial meal, my

colleague and I each manage to make an impressive

dent in this behemoth of a dessert before sadly

having to admit defeat. Perhaps, with hindsight, this

is one dish more suitable for sharing.

In a relatively short space of time, The Meynell has

gone from derelict to a stalwart of the gastropub

scene.

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F O O D & D R I N K

Staffordshire on show

THE MIDLANDS’ NEWEST FOODIE WEEKENDER, LOVE CHEESE LIVE, COMES TO STAFFORDSHIRE

ON OCTOBER 22 AND 23, WITH A WHOLE ROOM DEDICATED TO SHOWCASING THE BEST OF THE

COUNTY. KATY EDGINGTON CAUGHT UP WITH TOP STAFFORDSHIRE CHEF THOM BATEMAN, WHO

WILL BE TAKING TO THE STAGE OVER THE WEEKEND

Autumn is well and truly here, bringing with it one

of the biggest events on this year’s Midlands foodie

calendar.

Love Cheese Live and the International Cheese and

Dairy Awards come to the Staffordshire County

Showground on the 22 and 23 October, where you

can indulge a passion for cheese combined with food,

drink and celebrity chefs. More than 400 exhibitors

and producers will showcase the finest dairy - and

non-dairy - products at what promises to be a jampacked

weekender.

The Eat + Drink Staffordshire area will feature

artisan food and drink producers from across the

county, plus a host of incredible chefs including Rob

Palmer, former head chef of Michelin-starred Peel’s

at Hampton Manor, and Susie Mandleberg, head

chef at Lichfield’s Thyme Kitchen, where Rob will

soon be completing a residency.

Also featuring in the line up of top chefs working

in Staffordshire today is Thom Bateman - chef

patron of The Flintlock at Cheddleton, Staffordshire

Moorlands. We caught up with Thom to find

out what to expect and why he’s excited about

showcasing local produce at such a huge event.

STAFFORDSHIRE CHEF

THOM BATEMAN

“When I was first contacted, I realised this was a big

show and was keen to get involved, but I was a bit

surprised to find out it was in Stafford,” Thom says.

“With such an emerging dining scene in Staffordshire

at the moment, backing it up with somewhere to go

and learn more, get some produce, and meet local

chefs is important, so that people realise great

food is not just hidden away in London or

other big cities.”

Thom’s first restaurant, The Flintlock,

opened in September 2020 after a full

refurbishment during the turmoil of the

pandemic. The canalside dining room

serves elegant food, led by the seasons and

beautifully plated: Thom describes his

cooking style as “spontaneous, creative and

considerate of the dining experience”.

Passionate about sustainable, local ingredients

and building close relationships with

suppliers, he is keen to spread the word

about two producers - Staffordshire Cheese

Company and Staffordshire Brewery - who

are right on the restaurant’s doorstep.

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ROB PALMER TAKES OVER AT THYME

KITCHEN – FOR JUST THREE MONTHS!

At Hampton Manor, Rob led Peel’s restaurant to its first

Michelin Star in 2016, along with 4 AA Rosettes - and retained

them to this day. In a new chapter for Rob, before the opening

of his first solo restaurant - Toffs by Rob Palmer in Solihull - he

is going to take over the kitchen at Thyme Kitchen in Lichfield.

Rob will be showcasing his fantastic new menu for Thyme

Kitchen diners on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights. Book

now for this exclusive opportunity during October, November

and December.

SUPPER CLUB FAVOURITE OLI MARTIN

RETURNS TO LICHFIELD NOV 12/13TH

MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Oli Martin has been

Head Chef at Hipping Hall, Kirk Lonsdale for 6 years where he

was awarded 4 AA Rosettes. Oli has decided to move on and

has recently set up his own private catering company which is

guesting at Thyme Kitchen! Oli will serve up a stunning tasting

menu in November. Come along and hear all about his plans

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THOM IS CHEF PATRON OF THE

FLINTLOCK IN CHEDDLETON

“Staffordshire cheese is exceptional - it’s like cheddar,

but better!” he insists. “We use it a lot and we

hope to help promote it at the show. Likewise, the

attention to detail that the Brewery put into making

their range of beers lends them to so many uses aside

from the obvious.”

Thom has risen to social media fame in recent

years through his popular Instagram account @

chefthombateman (previously @bboxfood). It

opened the door for him to work with comedian Jack

Whitehall and FoodSlut on Taste of London, about

which he says: “The exposure that’s given me has

been great and it brings people to the restaurant who

perhaps wouldn’t have known about it otherwise.”

More recently, he has appeared at Tom Kerridge’s

Pub in the Park at Marlow, an opportunity he

believes was made possible by his enthusiastic social

media following.

Meanwhile back at The Flintlock,

preparations for the festive season are

well under way, with Christmas and New

Year menus being finalised as we speak.

“If I favoured a season it would be

autumn or winter, definitely,” Thom

adds. “There are elderberries and

blackberries around at the moment, and

we’re coming into game season with all

that lovely venison, grouse, partridge, and

so on. I’m a bit obsessed with Jerusalem

artichokes - you can get them from

abroad already but we don’t do that, so

I’m looking forward to their UK season.”

So, what can visitors expect to see from

Thom when he cooks on the Eat + Drink

Staffordshire stage?

“I don’t do pedestrian! I bring

something different wherever

I go. The decision about what

to make will be left fairly late

to facilitate that process. It’s

not going to be a dish we make

a thousand times a week at

The Flintlock. It becomes a

more authentic experience

then - the audience will see

‘me’ a bit more. I’ll probably

forage some bits and bobs.

For Pub in the Park I foraged

some elderberries along the

canal, which left me with a few

scratches!”

Showcasing what the county

and its chefs have to offer is

what Thom is looking forward to most, although

there is a well-known face he would love to see.

“Even if Marco Pierre White told me off for

something, I’d be happy,” he jokes. “Meeting famous

chefs is grand, but watching people’s reactions and

seeing their enjoyment of what you’re doing is much

more valuable.”

Online ticket sales for Love Cheese Live closed on

30 September. Tickets are available on the door

priced at £20 for adults, while under 16s go free.

Tickets for demonstrations by Marco Pierre White,

Matt Tebbutt, James Martin and Michel Roux Jr are

just £5. Many more chefs and experts - including

Thom - will be cooking on both Friday and Saturday

with no booking needed. For more information, visit

www.lovecheeselive.co.uk

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F O O D & D R I N K

Village pub wins national award

A LOCAL PUB HAS BEEN NAMED ONE OF THE BEST

AROUND AT THE NATIONAL PUB AND BAR AWARDS

The Red Lion in Newborough triumphed at a

national awards ceremony, where it was named

County Winners for Staffordshire.

The National Pub and Bar Awards showcases the

UK’s finest pubs and bars on a national scale, and

awards are given to the best venues in 94 counties

across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern

Ireland.

The Red Lion in Newborough, part of the Webb

Hotel Group which also includes Moor Hall Hotel

in Sutton Coldfield and The George Hotel in

Lichfield, was announced as the Best Pub and

Bar in Staffordshire, and managers Ryan and Gail

Wheeldon picked up the prestigious award at the

ceremony in London on September 6.

Often described as a ‘hidden gem’, The Red Lion

in Newborough is a traditional-style country pub

where good food, great service, excellent value and a

very warm welcome are guaranteed. The pub is very

popular with locals and attracts many groups such as

the local cricket club, parish council and shoots, as

well as attracting more and more diners from outside

the area.

The food at The Red Lion is a modern twist on

classic homemade pub food, but also with some

MANAGERS RYAN AND GAIL

WHEELDON PICK UP THEIR

AWARD

THE RED LION AT NEWBOROUGH WAS NAMED

STAFFORDSHIRE PUB AND BAR OF THE YEAR

experimental dishes. The locals love the rotisseriestyle

chicken and the steaks sourced from the local

butchers. The pub also offers a wide range of drinks

including real ales, craft IPAs, gins and a cocktail

menu.

The pub is rated four-and-a-half out of five for food,

service, value and atmosphere on TripAdvisor, and

is listed 4th out of 124 restaurants in Burton upon

Trent. The pub is rated five out of five on Facebook

with 116 reviews.

Husband and wife, Ryan and Gail Wheeldon, who

manage the pub, said: “We are beyond thrilled to

have won this prestigious award. It really means so

much to us and The Red Lion team that we can

celebrate this massive achievement and look forward

to a positive future.

“We entered the awards before the pandemic and

we had lots of plans to develop the pub with themed

evenings and events and become more involved with

the local community. However, this all changed with

the lockdown and we focused instead on helping the

community by opening a village shop and takeaway

service.

“We then repainted the exterior of the pub and

upgraded our garden and outside dining areas so

that our customers could feel safer in returning to the

pub when we reopened.”

Visit The Red Lion in Newborough and find out for

yourself why it is the Best Pub in Staffordshire. Check

out the website at www.redlionnewborough.co.uk

for more details.

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Autumn & Winter At The Deer Park

CRUNCHING LEAVES, VIBRANT VIEWS AND THE RED-TINTED, GOLDEN HUES OF

AUTUMN HAVE INSPIRED OUR NEW MENU WHICH MAKES THIS EARTHY SEASON THE

PERFECT TIME TO VISIT THE DEER PARK. NEW SEASONAL MENU FROM OCTOBER 1ST.

Trick or Treat Street in The Woodland Walk

New for 2021 our spooky, fun filled ‘Trick or Treat

Street in The Woodland Walk’, join us to wander

from dusk to darkness from hidden door to ghostly

gate in our haunted Woodland Walk… if you dare?

Tickets Available Now, only £5.

Fiendishly good ‘Hot Toddy’ or devilishly decadent

‘hot chocolate’ plus a selection of spooky delights

will be available to purchase in The Linhay until

7.30pm. Could it be a trick of the light or do things

really go ‘bump in the night’.

SATURDAY 30 TH & SUNDAY 31 ST

4.30-8PM

Eton Taylor & SOS Lingerie Fashion Show

Fashion Show with Christmas Market preview,

£40 including a reception drink and canapes.

Bar available. To reserve your ticket please phone

01283384464 or email info@deerpark.farm

and we’ll contact you.

NOVEMBER 4 TH 7PM - 9.30PM

Autumn / Winter Supper Clubs;

OCTOBER 28 TH – SPOOKTACULAR TREATS

NOVEMBER 25 TH – ‘GAME ON’

DECEMBER 16 TH – FESTIVE SPECIAL

The Deer Park Charity

Christmas Market

Friday 5th and Saturday 6th November 10am – 4pm

50 handpicked local food and artisan stalls,

come and meet some of our suppliers

Instant Photos taken with Santa by Portfolio Photographic

Free parking, refreshments available

£3 entrance donation.

The Deer Park is open 8.30am - 5pm, Tuesday - Sunday (closed

Mondays) for Breakfast, Lunch and Light Bites without booking.

We take bookings for Sunday Lunches (before 5pm previous

Friday) and Afternoon Teas. Afternoon Teas are available on

Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

For further Information or to book for Supper Clubs, Afternoon

Tea or Halloween ‘Trick or Treat Street in the Woodland Walk’

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F O O D & D R I N K

Starry nights in Lichfield

ACCLAIMED CHEF ROB PALMER IS TAKING OVER AT LICHFIELD’S THYME KITCHEN FOR

EVENINGS THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR, BRINGING A TASTE OF THE CULINARY

DELIGHTS WHICH WON HIM A MICHELIN STAR AT PEELS RESTAURANTS AT HAMPTON MANOR

Thyme Kitchen has earned a stellar reputation

for its bountiful brunch offerings and delectable

evening feasts since opening last year as a base for

Lichfield’s prestigious Sauce Supper Club, run by

husband and wife team Beth and Jon Toovey.

Sauce Supper Club delivers relaxed fine dining

experiences through a series of pop-up kitchen

events. Chefs from Michelin starred restaurants

and highly commended chefs come along to

showcase their food and talents with the emphasis

on bringing amazing food experiences to new

audiences.

Throughout October, November and December

Rob Palmer, formerly of Peels Restaurant at

Hampton Manor, is taking over evenings at

Thyme, offering a five-course tasting menu. Rob

led Peels Restaurant to their first Michelin Star

in 2016, along with 4 AA Rosettes at Hampton

Manor.

In a new chapter for Rob, and with his first solo

restaurant Toffs by Rob Palmer just a few months

away from opening in Solihull, Rob is going to

give diners at Thyme Kitchen a sample of his

new menu on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights.

Rob has designed a stunning menu reflecting his new

Toffs menu.

Berkswell cheese custard

Rob Palmer has shared the recipe for his delicious

Berkswell cheese custard, which forms part of the first

snack on his debut Thyme Kitchen menu. Serve with a

cracker or grilled asparagus for simple, yet tasty appetiser.

Ingredients

2 eggs, boiled for six minutes, chilled and shelled

200g grated Berkswell cheese

200g boiled cream

Put the boiled eggs and cheese in a blender and blend

to a paste, gradually add the hot cream and blend until

smooth, season to taste. Pass, then put into piping bags

and chill.

Historically, Sauce Supper Club toured the UK with

their sellout events; however when the pandemic hit

they had to remodel our business - and quickly.

Beth Toovey says: “With all our events cancelled

we got together with Tom Shepherd, formerly of

Adams in Birmingham to deliver restaurant quality

food, prepped ready to reheat and plate at home.

Looking for a kitchen to work from led us to our now

permanent base at Thyme Kitchen. We have opened a

brunch cafe in the daytime serving stunning breakfasts

along with more unusual dishes of Persian Eggs,

shakshuka and our infamous breakfast naan - a real

hit!

“With the current situation, having a permanent base

to offer our Supper Clubs has been fantastic. As well

as Rob Palmer, we have Oli Martin, MasterChef:

The Professionals finalist 2018 and former head chef

of Hipping Hall popping up at Thyme Kitchen on

November 12 and 13, cooking a six-course tasting

menu for £75 per person.”

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for the second attempt of her inaugural season.

Our journey would take us from Southampton to

Portland and onto Falmouth for a short four-night

UK tester sailing.

My expectations were high having sat through many

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Regent training sessions and arranged several of

their cruises already. Splendor is the sister ship to

Explorer, made famous from the TV documentary

Building the World’s Most Expensive Cruise Ship.

They are the only cruise line to include everything

you need with no hidden surprises once onboard;

flights, transfers, all food and drink (including

specialty restaurants), unlimited shore excursions,

gratuities, WiFi and even laundry!

No expense has been spared on Splendor, and

while the ship oozed luxurious opulence, it was

presented in a sophisticated and intellectual way

with a glamorous flavour and a surprisingly relaxed

atmosphere. There are, for example, no formal

nights or demands to wear ball gowns and tuxedos

onboard Regent’s ship, something many would be

surprised about. The dress code is ‘casually elegant’,

so you can always be at ease onboard.

Unlike the larger ships, cabins onboard Regent

are all suites and start from 307 square-feet up to

the huge 4,443 square-foot Regent Suite, which I

was lucky enough to see while onboard and which

features a second guest room and private outdoor

deck jacuzzi!

All suites come with their own balcony

as a minimum. They are decorated in

soft tones with classic lines, modern,

fresh touches and sumptuous bed linens

and furniture making it extremely

comfortable. The entry-level suite

onboard is equivalent to two-cabin

upgrades and sizes up from the smallest

cabin onboard larger ships, so even with

the lowest priced option you are already

experiencing an enhanced experience

onboard.

Our jaws dropped to the floor when

we found our Splendour Suite, with its

own living room, triple length balcony,

separate (huge) bedroom and a bathroom

larger than some city centre apartments.

The jacuzzi bath was a real treat and this

was certainly one of the most luxurious

experiences I had ever had anywhere around

the world.

The ship’s art collection also really stood out

for me. The $5m collection includes original

works by Picasso, Joan Miro and Eduardo

Arranz-Bravo to name a few, and you can

enjoy expert-led tours to learn more.

You could enjoy six meals a day if you

wished: breakfast, morning coffee and cake,

lunch, afternoon tea, pre-dinner canapés

and dinner… and maybe a midnight dessert too!

Our first night onboard was the tail end of a mini

heat wave in the south of England, we hadn’t made

dinner reservations and I was determined to enjoy

the sunsetting as we set sail from Southampton. My

request for an outdoor table at the Italian restaurant

Sette Mari was not only granted, but we ended up

with the best seat in the house privately overlooking

the rear of the ship to watch the sunset. We had only

been onboard a few hours but already were made to

feel very special indeed.

We also enjoyed meals in Prime 7, which specialises

in steaks and other American inspired dishes,

Compass Rose which has a fun build-your-own

menu, and unique chef ’s specials accompanied by

personable, light-hearted yet attentive service. On

our final night we dined in Pacific Rim, definitely

THE talk of the ship.

We enjoyed soft shell crab tempura and signature

curries. We casually mentioned on our way into the

restaurant it was our wedding anniversary weekend

and by the end of the meal we were presented with a

personalised dessert from the restaurant team. This

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Asian-fusion restaurant would give any of the top

Michelin star locations around the world a run for

their money.

It is difficult to describe just how attentive, personal,

and impressive the service was onboard. Each crew

member was allowed to let their personalities shine

and this really helped create a personable connection

while not compromising on luxury service.

Wine was always paired perfectly by the onboard

sommeliers and when something didn’t take your

fancy a little hint of what you may prefer was

immediately considered. Within minutes a perfect

suggestion appeared, on this occasion it was a glass

of Saint-Fleurin Mâcon-Villages.

Entertainment onboard takes the form of a nightly

West End-style show created by the onboard team,

live music in two of the bars and special events. We

enjoyed sampling the cocktail list while making new

friends, sharing stories about travel, cruise ships

and the service onboard – which was one of the top

talking points amongst guests.

Other activities you can enjoy onboard include a

beautiful pool deck with large pool, Jacuzzis, plenty

of oversized cabanas to relax under the sun, along

with a jogging track, fitness centre, spa, casino,

boutiques and, of course, plenty and plenty of space

to sit back and watch the scenery go by.

One of the most unique activities I took part in was

the Culinary Arts Kitchen. I’m not exactly confident

in the kitchen but this was a great opportunity to

spend time with executive chef Kathryn Kelly along

with 17 of my fellow passengers as we watched and

learnt how to make some quintessentially British

dishes. This purpose-built teaching kitchen was the

perfect place to learn a few new skills and it was an

original take on the traditional cooking class - and I

must say my English scones were tasty too!

If, like me, you are wondering about the

environmental impact of cruise ships, I was pleased

to hear about some interesting initiatives

Regent’s owners have been investing in.

These include turning food waste into fish

food and installing power facilities in ports

so the ships can turn off their engines and

reduce carbon emissions.

After our return to Southampton the ship

welcomed its first paying passengers and set

sail for the Mediterranean before heading to

Miami in November where she is based for

the winter Caribbean, Mexico, and South

America cruises. Next year Splendour will

return to Europe in April.

This really was a trip where I stepped out of

my comfort zone. Cruises and cooking classes were

last on my travel ‘to do’ list, however I took the leap,

and the feeling of achievement, satisfaction and

overall enjoyment outweighs any fear and worries I

previously had. There are certainly huge benefits to

seeing the world by cruise ship as you can see a lot in

a small period in comfort, familiarity and with good

company.

As for the motion sickness concerns, this was quickly

combated with a daily dose of medication, and you

quickly realise how stable these modern ships are – at

the end of the day they want you to enjoy your time

onboard, and I most certainly did!

Oliver sailed aboard Regent Seven Seas Splendour

on September 4, 2021 for four nights to Devon and

Cornwall.

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plus a good-sized balcony, however it’s worth

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During Baby Loss Awareness Week

we are holding a service

to commemorate the lives of

babies lost in pregnancy or

soon after birth.

Led by experienced celebrant

Sue McFadden at 6pm

A service to Remember

your Precious Baby

Thursday 14th October

At Cannock Chase Crematorium

Norton Road

Cannock

WS12 3HJ

For further information please email

info@cannockcrematorium.co.uk

or telephone 01543 212988


F E AT U R E

Remembering lost babies

CANNOCK CHASE CREMATORIUM IS TO HOLD A SPECIAL SERVICE THIS

MONTH TO COMMEMORATE THE LIVES OF BABIES LOST IN PREGNANCY OR

SOON AFTER BIRTH, IN SUPPORT OF BABY LOSS AWARENESS WEEK

Baby Loss Awareness Week, which

takes place from October 9 to 15,

is a national campaign in its 19th

year, which aims to bring together

communities to give anyone touched

by pregnancy and baby loss a safe

and supportive space to share their

experiences and feel that they are not

alone.

Cannock Chase Crematorium, on

Norton Road, Cannock, will be holding

a special service at 6pm on Thursday,

October 14, led by experienced

celebrant Sue McFadden. The service

will offer a safe, supportive space to

bring together those bereaved parents,

families and friends affected by losing a baby too soon.

Anyone touched by loss is invited to join the service

and mark the lives of these special babies.

Cannock Chase Crematorium will also join the global

Wave of Light at 7pm on Friday, October 15, lighting

the building in pink and blue in memory of all the

babies who lit up the lives of their loved ones for such

a short time.

Jo Walker, crematorium manager, said: “Baby loss

has a wide-reaching, devastating impact on the lives

THE CREMATORIUM TEAM, LEAD BY

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CANNOCK CHASE CREMATORIUM WILL BE HOLDING

A SPECIAL SERVICE TO COMMEMORATE BABY LOSS

AWARENESS WEEK

of all those involved. Communities are getting better

at understanding the impact of baby loss on young

families and opening the dialogue to enable young

parents to share their experiences.

“In the time I have been involved in the funeral

industry I have seen a sea change in the care afforded

to parents when their babies die and I am privileged to

be in a position here at Cannock Chase Crematorium

to support parents at the time they say their goodbyes.

I hope this service offers some comfort to anyone

affected by pregnancy and baby loss.”

If you would like to attend the service,

please let the crematorium know by

emailing info@cannockcrematorium.

co.uk or telephoning 01543 212988.

Sue will be reading baby names during

the service at a time of reflection. If you

would like your baby’s name to be read,

please contact the crematorium.

If you would prefer to receive a link to the

service to watch afterwards in the comfort

of your own home this can be arranged

too.

More information about Baby Loss

Awareness Week can be found at www.

babyloss-awareness.org

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LO CA L A R E A

What’s On for

AS WE COME TO THE SPOOKIEST TIME OF YEAR, WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME

OF THE BEST HALLOWEEN FUN HAPPENING AROUND THE MIDLANDS

WHAT: PYO PUMPKINS

WHERE: LOWER DRAYTON FARM, PENKRIDGE

WHEN: WEEKENDS FROM OCTOBER 2, DAILY FROM OCTOBER 18 TO 31

Massive pumpkins, mini pumpkins, perfectly formed pumpkins and white pumpkins –

Lower Drayton Farm have got them all.

Get spooky season off to a great start with a visit to a pick-your-own pumpkin patch.

Lower Drayton Farm has planted more than 80,000 pumpkin seeds of various varieties,

over 12 acres, making it one of the largest pumpkin fields in the area. You can rest

assured you’ll find your ‘perfect pumpkin’ match! Once you’ve picked your pumpkin you

can head to the pumpkin carving tent and get creative - no mess to clean up at home!

There will be hot food provided by Pear Tree Farm catering, offering hot dogs and

homemade pumpkin soup, made from the farm’s own pumpkins, as well as soft drinks,

tea, coffee and hot chocolate.

Tickets are priced at £7 per person, including the pumpkin picking experience and a

pumpkin to take home, and must be pre booked online at www.lowerdraytonfarm.co.uk

WHAT: PUMPKIN FEST

WHERE: MANOR FARM FRUITS, HINTS

WHEN: WEEKENDS FROM OCTOBER 2, EVERY DAY FROM OCTOBER 20 TO 31

This year, Manor Farm has grown eight acres of pumpkins, producing more than

60,000 pumpkins, squashes and gourds. The choice of shiny orange pumpkins,

knobbly gourds and quirky shaped squashes will be a sight to be seen.

So, whether you want to carve a large pumpkin, make a delicious pumpkin pie or

simply decorate your house and garden with little pumpkins, they’ll have an ideal

pumpkin for everyone.

As well as the pumpkins, there will be a wonderful Bounce and Climb, including

Straw Pyramids, Mini-Mazes and Space Hoppers for the children to enjoy – it’s a

great outdoor day out for all the family.

Tickets are £2 for adults and £3 for children aged two to 12, with under twos free.

Tickets must be booked online in advance at www.manorfarm.co.uk

WHAT: MORE TREAT THAN TRICK

WHERE: DRAYTON MANOR

WHEN: OCTOBER 16 TO 31

Looking for a spooktastic family-fun day out this October half term? Visit Drayton

Manor between October 16 and 31 for more treats than tricks this Halloween. You’ll

be surrounded by hay bales and pumpkins aplenty, as you enjoy more than 100 rides

and attractions - including Thomas Land, Adventure Cove, the 15-acre zoo, live

entertainment and much more.

Step into Thomas Land and experience all the spooks and thrills with your little ones,

and make it a happy Halloween with all the magical Island of Sodor Island has to offer.

Follow clues to adventure around Thomas Land to find spooky letters and win a prize

on Thomas’ Halloween Hunt, or follow Drayton’s Bale Trail and discover six themed

hay bales around the park to win a prize.

Tickets are priced from £31 for over 12s, £27 for four-to-11s, and £11 for two-to threes,

with under twos going free. Visit www.draytonmanor.co.uk for more details.

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WHAT: HALLOWEEN SPOOKTACULAR

WHERE: NATIONAL FOREST ADVENTURE FARM

WHEN: OCTOBER 16,17, AND 23 TO 31

Enjoy all the fun of the farm, plus a day packed with spooky Halloween fun at

Burton’s National Forest Adventure Farm.

Take the pumpkin wagon tractor ride to the pumpkin patch and pick your own

pumpkin to take home, then carve your very own Jack O’Lantern, learn to fly with

the interactive Broomstick Training show, and terrify your friends and family with

skills picked up at Scare School.

Elsewhere, mad Professor Lewey welcomes you to his crazy potions lab and mirror

maze, and you can help the hapless wizard at the Tragic Magic Show. There’s a

fancy dress competition too, so come dressed to impress in your spooky best.

Arrive any time from 9.30am and stay all day until 5.30pm to make the most of the

activities on offer. Tickets are priced at £14.99, with under twos going free, and are

available to book online only at www.adventurefarm.co.uk

WHAT: BRICK OR TREAT

WHERE: LEGOLAND DISCOVERY CENTRE, BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: WEEKENDS FROM OCTOBER 9, DAILY FROM OCTOBER 23 TO 31

This October take your little monsters to LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre

Birmingham and get into the spirit at the ultimate Halloween adventure. There are

so many fang-tastic activities to sink your teeth as well as two awesome rides, lots

of LEGO build and play zones and a 4D cinema experience at the ultimate indoor

LEGO® playground.

Join in the ‘Scarevenger Hunt’; with perilous pumpkins on the loose, bravely enter

haunted Miniland and follow the clues to help solve the puzzle.

Help the Master Model Builder and Playmakers to build a giant LEGO Vampire,

or build your own LEGO pumpkin creations and add them to the Hall of Fame

Pumpkin Patch for the chance to win scarily good prizes. Why not see if the Master

Model Builders have any thrilling tips or tricks to help your awesome creations come

to life?

Halloween activities are included in the standard admission price, from £20.65

per person. For more details visit www.legolanddiscoverycentre.com/

birmingham

WHAT: HAUNTED HOUSE

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK STUDIO

WHEN: OCTOBER 30

Kick In The Head presents an hour-long, fun-filled spooky tale all about ghosts,

ghouls, and strange things that go bump in the night with their spooktacular fun

Halloween show for children of all ages.

Meet the ghost of old Granny Smith who has been rocking in her chair for over 300

years, the haunted stone statue of Scrappy the dog that watches you move around

the room, and listen to the tale of Nancy, the young maid who disappeared in 1850

who’s never left the house and still blows out the candles at bedtime, even to this day.

Mr Giles, the old coach driver, will keep you safe, guide you through the old tales,

and help you learn all about the secrets of the old house.

Socially distant and interactive creepy Halloween fun for all the family with plenty

silliness and spookiness for all ages thrown in. Do you dare enter The Haunted

House? Be afraid… well, just a little bit!

Tickets are priced at £14, or £12 for under 16s. Visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com

to book.

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What’s On this month

WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BIGGEST AND

BEST SHOWS AROUND THE MIDLANDS THIS MONTH

WHAT: DIRTY DANCING

WHERE: THE ALEXANDRA, BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: OCTOBER 12 TO 16

Seen by millions across the globe, this worldwide smash hit tells the classic story of

Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, who

come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their

lives. See the hit film come to life before your eyes with this fantastic, emotional and

triumphant live stage show.

Exploding with heart-pounding music, breathtaking emotion and sensationally

sexy dancing, this sensational stage show features a massive 35 hit songs, including

Hungry Eyes, Hey Baby, Do You Love Me? and the heart-stopping (I’ve Had) The

Time of My Life.

For more details and ticket information visit www.atgtickets.com/birmingham

WHAT: THE PLAY THAT GOES WRONG

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME

WHEN: OCTOBER 26 TO 30

Mischief ’s multi award-winning international smash hit comedy The Play That

Goes Wrong is returning to Birmingham Hippodrome, following its previous sellout

successes.

The Cornley Drama Society are putting on a 1920s murder mystery but, as the

title suggests, everything that can go wrong… does! As the accident-prone thesps

battle on against all the odds to reach their final curtain call, hilarious results

ensue.

Hailed “a gut-busting hit” by the New York Times, The Play That Goes Wrong,

now in its seventh year in the West End, has won a host of celebrity endorsements

from the likes of Joanna Lumley: “We laughed until the tears ran down our faces,

it has to be seen” to Ant & Dec: “The funniest show we’ve seen! If you can get a

ticket, go!”

Don’t miss this brilliantly funny comedy that’s guaranteed to leave you aching

with laughter. For ticket details visit www.birminghamhippodrome.com

WHAT: DERREN BROWN - SHOWMAN

WHERE: THE ALEXANDRA, BIRMINGHAM

WHEN: OCTOBER 26 TO 30

The multi award-winning master of mind control and psychological illusion,

Derren Brown, is at his very best on stage. His one-man shows have received wide

critical acclaim and more Olivier wins and nominations than any other in history.

Now with his first brand new theatre show in six years, Derren Brown returns

to astonish and amaze audiences up and down the country, with a stint in

Birmingham this month. The content of Showman remains a closely-guarded

secret, but if you’ve seen him before, you know you’re in for a powerhouse treat!

Derren says: “All I can reveal is that the show will ultimately be about you, the

audience member, because that’s what I find most interesting. There are places

I’d like to take the audience where we haven’t been before. I always aim to have

it deliver more than you’d expect. I’m excited to be at the starting point of that

process. Getting it on the road will be my favourite part of the year.”

For more details and ticket information visit

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FA S H I O N

Knit picking

GET READY TO HIBERNATE IN THIS SEASON’S HEAD-TO-TOE

KNITWEAR LOOKS, SAYS AMY NORBURY

WE may only just be out of an 18-month period of onand-off

hibernation, but as the nights draw in and the

temperatures drop, it’s time to embrace that cocooning

feeling once again - through our wardrobes.

Luxurious knitwear is a perennial cold-weather staple, and

that shows no signs of changing for AW21. In fact, for

this season knitwear is holding a wardrobe takeover, with

head-to-toe pieces arriving with gusto.

From ankle-skimming jumper dresses to body-swamping

ponchos, cashmere berets to knitted handbags, cosy

dressing has been ramped up a notch with this new, pile-iton

attitude.

Designers galore took knitwear to the max in their AW21

shows, with gorgeous knitted dresses in ultra-feminine

silhouettes popping up everywhere from Chloé to Gabriela

Hearst, jumbo cable sweaters offering a swaddle-tastic

option at Khaite and draped, wrapped knitwear giving an

elegant take at Richard Malone.

Colour came into play too, with soft tonal neutrals vying

for supremacy against colour-pop brights, proving once

and for all that there’s a knitwear hero for everyone this

season.

If you only invest in one knitwear piece, make it a knitted

dress. This style hero will be your ultimate fashion go-to

for myriad occasions; team with trainers for casual cool,

add attitude with chunky biker boots and a leather jacket

or vamp it up with sky high thigh-highs.

Elsewhere that autumn/winter must-have, the sweater,

is taking a fashion-forward approach, with fringing,

embellishment and ruffles galore jazzing up your plain

cable knits and elevating the jeans-and-jumper combo to

serious style goals.

Loungewear may have been the style staple of choice for

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An eye for style

OPTOMETRIST AND EYEWEAR STYLIST EVA DAVE, FROM RUGELEY,

SHARES HER TOP TIPS FOR LOOKING FABULOUS IN YOUR SPECS

One of the biggest challenges we face when

choosing glasses is knowing which frames suit us,

both anatomically and perhaps most importantly, as

a person. That’s why I created a bespoke Eyewear

Styling Consultation service, to help guide my clients

on the shapes, styles and colours that both work for

them, and which gives them confidence to take on

the world.

At my boutique optical practice, Style Optique,

our styling consultation service offers expert styling

advice and an empowering, fun experience.

Here are my seven top tips to help you look fabulous

in your eyewear:

EYEWEAR STYLIST

EVA DAVE

Embrace colour!

The correct colour against your skin tone has the

ability to dramatically enhance your appearance.

Many people stick to black and brown shades

because they feel safe, but these colours can begin to

appear harsh against the skin as we age. It’s far better

to think of eyewear as ‘make up for the face’ and

find a shade that not only enhances your eyes but

brightens up complexion. Consider your wardrobe

and a colour that will work with three or four other

colours at once. If unsure try teal, which looks good

on most skins, or turquoise and purple which are also

flattering no matter what color pallet is preferred.

Show off your best features!

For example, if you have great cheekbones then

selecting frames which are slightly upswept will really

make them pop and add lift. If you are frequently

complimented on your striking eyes, then select

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glasses that mirror some of the subtle

colour details, for a look they’ll love and

remember.

Disguise those dark circles

If you suffer from dark circles under your

eyes, it is often difficult to find the right

cream or concealer that will completely

cover them. The solution - opt for a pair

of glasses instead! The trick is finding

frames that follow the line below your

eyes and hey presto -the lines disappear

like magic! And this is backed up from

a study by the American Academy of

Ophthalmology.

Follow the natural shape of the

brow

Eyebrows are on trend right now. For

balance and harmony, the upper rim of

your glasses should follow the natural

shape of your browline, opening up

your eyes giving a wonderful ‘awake’ and energised

appearance.

Frame your eyes

Make sure your eyes are clearly visible in the frame,

creating an open and inviting look and increasing

your connection to others. There is nothing worse

than a pair of glasses that sits too low, or are which

are narrow in depth, appearing to cut off the eyes

and creating a barrier to communication.

It’s all about scale

If you’re small in scale with a finer bone structure,

thinner frames with delicate details work best to

enhance the appearance. On the other hand, for

those with a larger bone structure with prominent

facial features such as wider cheekbones and strong

jawline, thick framed bolder glasses are better for

balance.

Express your personality!

Your eyewear sits in the centre of your face for

everyone to see. Therefore, not only should it

complement your colouring and facial features, but

should also work with your clothing style to help

express who you are.

Do you love to wear clothes which make a statement

and stand out from the crowd? Then go

for bright bold colours and exaggerated

shapes to really reflect who you are. If you

prefer a more stylish, sophisticated look

in your clothing, then eyewear with clean

lines and classic timeless shapes will work

better for you.

Eva Dave is a global eyewear styling

trainer and expert, optometrist and optical

practice owner in the UK, who runs an

award-winning optical styling boutique,

where she offers private eyewear styling

consultations and a unique selection of

handcrafted artisan eyewear. To enquire

about Eva’s Private Styling Consultations

email info@styleoptique.co.uk or call

01630 652945.

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B E AU T Y

Autumn skincare boost

THE CHANGING SEASON MEANS CHANGING YOUR SKINCARE TO CORRECT ANY DAMAGE

CAUSED DURING THE SUMMER MONTHS. ROYAL FACIALIST AND FOUNDER OF HEAVEN SKINCARE

DEBORAH MITCHELL OFFERS ADVICE ON THE BEST WAY TO RESTORE RADIANCE

As the temperatures start to drop and the summer

becomes a distant memory, it’s time to rethink your

skincare routine for autumn. The air becomes drier

at this time of the year and your complexion starts to

lose moisture, so using the right products now means

you’ll be laying the groundwork for the harsher

winter weather.

HYDRATE, HYDRATE, HYDRATE: Water

is essential for the skin – it is, after all, the body’s

biggest organ – and making sure we take in enough

of nature’s good stuff every day is essential. While

your daily moisturiser plays an important role in this,

you may find that it needs a helping hand.

Heaven’s range of moisture-boosting Hydrogels

(£37.90) feed, soothe and repair while minimising

redness and inflammation. They also make the

perfect base for your foundation.

EXFOLIATE EACH DAY: Getting rid of daily

pollution and dead skin cells is essential to keep

your complexion in tip top condition, especially

if you suffer blocked pores, blackheads, fine lines

and dryness. Exfoliating speeds up the skin’s

natural healing process, restores clarity and lightens

pigmentation.

My Nettle Polish (£37) contains a clever blend of

phytotherapy ingredients – including nettle leaves,

echinacea and maple sap – that extract toxins

without harming the outer layer of the skin.

GO FOR A THICKER MOISTURISER: You

can get away with lighter moisturisers throughout the

summer but as the seasons change you need one that

will boost hydration levels and help increase elasticity.

My Divine Cream (£64, 50ml) is designed for

all skin types but it works particularly well on more

mature complexions thanks to its innovative antiageing

properties.

HEAL YOUR HANDS: When we wash our hands

too much – as we are all, quite rightly, being asked

to do so now – the harsh chemicals in many offthe-shelf

gels makes our skin too alkaline and this is

when it starts to become dry and flaky.

The super nourishing Vanilla Pod Hand Cream

(£20) is made with powdered sand and added

antiviral sandalwood, and these combined provide a

protective barrier to stop hands drying out and stop

dirt becoming ingrained.

INTRODUCE A SERUM: While traditional

moisturisers sit on the surface of the

face, serums have smaller molecules so

can penetrate the epidermis and deliver

ingredients directly into your skin.

Try my SOS Serum (£55) to balance

oil levels, hydrate and feed the skin while

its vitamin content can help to repair

acne, scars and blemishes. I like to add

1-2 drops to my favourite moisturiser or

foundation.

Heaven Skincare by Deborah

Mitchell is available at Heaven

Health & Beauty, 13a Market

Place, Shifnal, Shropshire and

at Harvey Nichols Birmingham.

You can also shop online at

heavenskincare.com

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More than just make-up

MAKE-UP ARTIST RAVITA PANNU TALKS ABOUT THE LOVE AND SUPPORT THROUGHOUT THE

PANDEMIC AND WHY HER JOB IS MORE THAN JUST MAKE-UP. JAZZ SHERGILL DISCOVERS MORE

As the world slowly returns back to its normal ways

of living, the pandemic has had an effect on everyday

life, from hobbies to home renovations, from fashion

to food. And what do all of these have in common?

There are people behind these industries. Some have

been forced to close doors to their businesses, find

work in a new place or have taken on a complete

career change.

Birmingham-based make-up artist Ravita Pannu is

known for her artistry, particularly within the Asian

wedding and beauty industry. She embarked on

this journey 28 years ago, and through hard work,

her love for her craft and being a part of people’s

momentous occasions, she has never looked back.

“My journey started, I guess, from the age of 13

without even realising,” says Ravita. “I had already

started to take steps slowly towards entering the

world of hair and make-up and beyond. Sometimes

the beauty industry isn’t always being recognised as a

reputable one where you can make a career. Anyone

in the beauty industry will know the struggle of not

being recognised for your skills, and being able to

create a healthy business from it.

“I entered doing henna (a traditional form of body

art originating in India, across South Asia and

Middle East) then slowly progressed. I was always

able to understand the concept of hair and stripped

it right back to learn the art of make-up. I’m here

today with a successful, international brand and the

rest is history.”

As a full-time make-up artist Ravita, also known

as “RP”, relies on the events industry for work;

with ceremonies and events cancelled due to the

pandemic, she found herself out of work and with

uncertainty as to when things would return back

to normal, she looked for ways to help support her

family, as well as the community.

“We serve three dynamics; weddings, events and the

beauty industry and all three were hit,” says Ravita.

“Unfortunately, we didn’t receive much government

support so from a business perspective it was so

difficult, for almost 18 months we had zero income.

RAVITA IS A RENOWNED MAKE-UP ARTIST

You’re being kicked not only as a business but also

as a human and dealing with so many emotions,

having to stay strong for your family and friends. The

pandemic is going to be felt for many years to come

and it did allow me to reflect, refine and readjust for

what I wanted for RP Make-Up as a brand.”

Ravita’s business was the main source of income

for her family; being financially hit during this time

meant that she needed something to support her

household, as well as her mental health.

“We are the parents, we are the bill payers, we don’t

live in an extended family, our friends and family

did offer support but it was more than that, I just

couldn’t sit and not do anything. Mentally, I was

exhausted,” she says.

“I was going towards a really dark place. I had to go

back to work because I knew I would deteriorate.

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RAVITA’S WORK IS

HIGHLY SOUGHT

AFTER FOR

EDITORIAL SHOOTS

There’s only so long you can go on for, I had to do

something. I turned 40 during lockdown and the

biggest present I received was from one of my best

friends who gave me a job as front-of-house at her

café, Punjabi Rasoi – The Great Barr Café. To this

day, I don’t think she realises the impact she actually

had; she allowed me to go back to work, to bring

in money which was much needed with the lack of

government support, to interact with people and

transfer the skills from my business to hers and to be

in a happy place again.

“Many people questioned why I was working in a

café and one thing we need to stop doing is putting

down others and owning what we do, wear your

uniform with pride and never judge others.”

Over the years, RP has built a community on social

media and is an advocate for both supporting small

businesses and female empowerment, and has

provided opportunities for many people starting out

on their careers.

“I have been active on social media for a very long

time,,” says Ravita. “We were all in the same storm

but just in different boats and I quickly recognised

that; whereas I was going through my own personal

battles during the pandemic and as a family, I saw

that there was a sea of supporters, I don’t call them

followers on social media, I call them supporters and

they needed someone to look to, who they could go

to and to let them know it was going to be okay.

“I started doing Instagram Lives and was reaching

out to like-minded people to join in on conversations

while in lockdown. My direct messages were flooded

with love and support and now, upon reflection,

doing this helped me to deal with my own battles

at the time and allowed me to create an even more

authentic platform. It was a safe space, we were all in

it together and it was a real joining of a community.

I was able to provide people with

some moral support, business support

and just some friendly support or a

shoulder to cry on.”

As well as being able to help others

through the power of social media, this

time really allowed Ravita to gather

her thoughts.

“It has allowed me to grow spiritually;

it gave me the opportunity to reflect,

refine, and rejoice what I’ve already

got, have gratitude and to be thankful,

because what can take years to make

can be gone overnight.”

As we begin to move out of the

pandemic, people can start to celebrate

their special milestone events, weddings and

occasions are back on and life for RP is returning

back to what it once was.

“We went from zero to one hundred so quickly,” says

Ravita. “It has been a mad rush since things started

to open up, my feet haven’t touched the ground but

I am so grateful. We need to take lessons from the

pandemic and how we can move forward stronger

as human beings and more as a society as whole. I

was very fortunate, that my business did survive the

pandemic and that’s because of the platform that has

been created and it reached so many people. Many

say you work to live, I live to work, I absolutely love

my job, it’s #MoreThanJustMakeUp.”

For more details visit www.ravitapannu.com or

follow Ravita on Instagram @Rpmakeup

RAVITA HAS COME THROUGH THE CHALLENGES OF

THE PANDEMIC AND IS BACK DOING WHAT SHE LOVES

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I N T H E N E W S

Wed in style

A SPECTACULAR NEW WEDDING VENUE IN THE HEART OF THE DERBYSHIRE

COUNTRYSIDE HAS RECENTLY WELCOMED ITS FIRST COUPLE

With more than 20 years of experience

in restoring old buildings that have been

neglected and transforming them into

beautiful wedding venues, family-run

Cripps & Co have worked their magic once

again.

Stunning Grangefields is a new wedding

barn situated in the heart of the Derbyshire

countryside, which has become the latest

venue in their impressive portfolio, which

also includes the beautiful Thorpe Garden

at the Thorpe Constantine estate near

Tamworth. Their first couple tied the knot

at the picturesque venue in August.

Grangefields is conveniently located

between Derby and Ashbourne and is

accessed down a long private drive. This

exclusive-use venue has many features which are

typically only seen in five-star hotels – a glass-fronted

show kitchen with a French rotisserie, rotating woodfired

pizza oven and a huge charcoal BBQ as the

centrepiece. Every detail has been thought of from

speakers in the loos (so nobody misses the speeches),

colour changing lights on the dance floor and a stateof-the-art

Funktion-One sound system.

The seven-metre-long oak bar is lit-up with chrome

lights, taken from an old warship, and greenery

hangs from the ceiling, the impressive wall of glass

frames the stunning views out over the Derbyshire

hills.

The old chapel-like ceremony room has more than

150 handmade lead windows, a log fire for the winter

months and hundreds of candles and fairy lights

gives it a magical atmosphere.

Grangefields has been designed with the British

weather in mind – the glass fronted Dutch Barn has

a raised veranda which enables 150 people to have

drinks and canapés in the rain whilst enjoying the

Derbyshire views.

The sheltered courtyard acts as the focal point and is

the stage for the Argentinian Asado (for cooking six

whole lambs), the outdoor ceremony room doubles

up as a bar and the old cow troughs are filled with

ice and drinks. At night, the space is illuminated

with festoon lights, flares and fire pits for toasting

marshmallows.

The food is simple yet exceptional - they buy the

best ingredients, cook them over the open flames

and serve generously. Their in-house wine buyer has

long-standing relationships with artisan winemakers

around Europe, visiting each producer personally

and buying wine directly from the vineyards.

Grangefields shows all prices and availability online

so take a look and book a viewing today, while they

still have availability. Visit the website at

www.crippsandco.com/grangefields

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I N T H E N E W S

Create your dream smile

AWARD-WINNING SUTTON COLDFIELD DENTAL PRACTICE REECE ASSOCIATES IS

HELPING PEOPLE TO ACHIEVE THE SMILE OF THEIR DREAMS - THANKS TO THEIR

INNOVATIVE TREATMENTS AND STATE-OF-THE-ART TECHNOLOGY

A bright smile is often

one of the first features

people notice when they

meet someone. Warm and

welcoming, a confident smile

can make it easy to create an

instant rapport with a new

acquaintance.

But if you tend to hide your

smile because you’re less

than confident about it, this

can sometimes create a first

impression which is less than

ideal.

Leading Sutton Coldfield

dental practice Reece

Associates are committed to

creating the perfect smile for their patients. Using a

series of innovative treatments, the experienced team

can help to transform your lacklustre smile into a

beam to be proud of.

A smile makeover is a cosmetic procedure that uses

various different treatments to ensure you are left

with a perfect, yet natural looking, smile.

The highly skilled dentistry team at Reece Associates

will listen closely to all of your needs and concerns,

enabling them to design a detailed bespoke treatment

plan outlining all the options that are available to

you. Working closely with each patient at every stage

of the treatment, the team will ensure that the end

result shows off your smile to its personal best.

Treatment options could range from teeth whitening

to improve the colour of your teeth, implants or

bridges to fill in gaps, through to braces or Invisalign

to straighten crooked teeth, and veneers or crowns to

restore chipped or damaged teeth.

Once your treatment plan has been finalised,

Reece Associates will liaise with the highly

skilled technicians at their most reputable dental

laboratories to create a diagnostic wax up, which is a

3D wax model of your mouth which enables you to

see what your finished smile will look like. This also

gives you the chance to change or improve aspects

before your new smile is fitted.

Reece Associates are committed to using the most

advanced technology to assist with all elements of

the dentistry procedure, and to ensure the most

comfortable experience for patients.

One of the latest investments is the iTero Elements

2 Intraoral Scanner, a state-of-the-art scanner which

can capture a detailed 3D image of all your teeth

and their positioning. This dental scanning technique

offers comfort, ease and speed, avoiding the use of

more traditional impression-taking methods which

are often messy and uncomfortable.

The iTero Elements scanner is ideal for procedures

such as implants, Invisalign, bridges and crowns, and

even allows patients to see simulations of potential

Invisalign treatment outcomes, enabling you to

envisage the results before treatment starts.

For more details on the treatment options available

at Recce Associates, visit the website at

www.reeceassociates.co.uk or call the practice

on 0121 355 5180. Reece Associates is based at

22A Chester Road, New Oscott, Sutton Coldfield,

B73 5DA.

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I N T H E N E W S

Set in stone

A STAFFORDSHIRE FAMILY-RUN BUSINESS, UKSTONEWORX IS HELPING CUSTOMERS TO

ENHANCE THEIR KITCHENS WITH BEAUTIFUL, HIGH QUALITY STONE WORKTOPS

If you’re thinking of upgrading your

kitchen with new, quality worktops,

Staffordshire-based UKStoneworx can

offer expert advice and a personal service

to help you to discover the right worktops

for you.

Run by Leon and Anna Hughes,

UKStoneworx are passionate about

delivering exceptional service along

with the highest levels of quality and

workmanship when creating your new

worktops.

Based at Burntwood Business Park, the

extensive showroom opened in April, and

showcases the stunning range of products

on offer. Seven fully fitted displays allow

customers to envisage what their new worktops will

look like in their kitchens, while more than 100 extralarge

samples show the true detail of the material,

compared to the small swatches customers may have

received previously.

UKStoneworx work with all the main leading quartz

and granite brands in the world, such as Silestone,

Dekton, Fugen worksurfaces, CRL, Caesarstone

and many more. They use the latest LT2D3D laser

templating technology to measure each customer’s

worktops precisely, and also offer a hard templating

service using correx sheets to create a template in

your kitchen.

The team has more than 20 years of experience

in the stone worktop industry, and that extensive

knowledge ensures that each customer is guided and

informed throughout the whole purchasing process.

Family values run through the core of their service.

Owner Leon began his career as a kitchen worktop

fitter, progressing onto laser templating and

eventually becoming a self-employed templator

before taking the natural next step to create the

business which is now known as UKStoneworx as

demand for services grew.

Anna, meanwhile, has vast experience working at

large organisations such as Poundland as a senior

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The duo were joined by sales and marketing

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The UKStoneworx showroom is open to both the

trade and public. Local trades and businesses can

benefit from their brand new, free Tradeworx loyalty

membership scheme. The perks of this membership

include a discount for your customers or referrals,

and a cashback incentive when jobs are completed.

UKStoneworx have also recently launched a Free

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up to the scheme, with a delicious freebie from the

Chase Bakery cafe on a Friday.contact information

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The UKStoneworx showroom at Unit 28A

Burntwood Business Park is open from Monday to

Friday, 8am to 4.30pm, and on Saturdays from 9am

to 3pm. For more information call 01543 742272.

To request a quotation email info@ukstoneworx.

co.uk - all that is required is a plan or drawing

of dimensions and requirements, and the team

will get a quotation over to you within 24 hours.

UKStoneworx also offers a free sample service,

which is available via the website at www.

ukstoneworx.co.uk. You can also follow

UKStoneworx on Facebook, Instagram and

Linkedin @ukstoneworx

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Established – Professional – Transparent

The Winterton family name has been synonymous

with auctioneering in Staffordshire since 1864

Probate and formal valuations for

inheritance tax purposes

Our reliable and sympathetic

team can assist all executors in the

administration of deceased estates

From jewellery and large collections

to cars, furniture and household items,

we handle everything

Comprehensive, bespoke

clearance service and

downsizing solutions

We handle clearance of an entire

estate from houses, bungalows and

flats to offices and all other buildings

Jewellery, Watches & Silver

Sutton Coldfield

The Trinity Centre

Church Hill, Mill Street, B72 1TF

Discover that hidden gem with your local auctioneer

We specialise in:

Antique and modern jewellery

Watches

Gemstones

Silverware

Coins, medals and militaria

Works of art

Whisky and wine

Vintage toys

Stamps and ephemera

Cameras and record collections

Scientific equipment

Antique and modern furniture

Modern toys and Pokémon

Musical instruments

FREE LOCAL VALUATIONS - NEAR YOU

Watches, Jewellery, Silver & Antiques

Lichfield

The Hub at St Mary’s

Market Square, WS13 6LG

Qualified

All members of our jewellery

department are certified

gemmologists and diamond graders

Record-breaking

international sales

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.

Valuations, viewing and consignments

by appointment only

Jewellery, Watches & Silver

The Lichfield Auction Centre

Fradley Park (close to the A38)

Wood End Lane, WS13 8NF

Mondays

9am - 12pm

Meet valuer Louise

for help and advice

(except bank holidays)

Tuesdays

9.30am - 11am

Meet Ben for general

advice and auction

consignments

BY APPOINTMENT

Thursdays

9.30am - 4pm

With Heather,

gemmologist

& diamond grader

FREE General Valuations of your pictures, antiques and collectables

By appointment only - with our team on Thursdays from 9.30am - 4pm Call 01543 251081

01543 251081

www.richardwinterton.co.uk

office@richardwinterton.co.uk

The Lichfield Auction Centre, Wood End Lane, Fradley Park WS13 8NF

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