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Welcome to <strong>J’AIME</strong><br />

He’s only gone and done it!<br />

Here at <strong>J’AIME</strong> HQ we awaited the news of the new<br />

Michelin Guide with baited breath as, for the first time,<br />

there was the very real possibility of a star arriving a little<br />

closer to home. And when the announcement was made,<br />

it was jubilation for Lichfield as Upstairs, the stunning<br />

restaurant by acclaimed chef Tom Shepherd, was<br />

awarded the one star accolade - just four months after<br />

opening. It’s a tremendous achievement for Tom, gaining<br />

not only the first star in Lichfield, but in Staffordshire<br />

as a whole. And with Birmingham retaining its five<br />

Michelin stars too, it was a very good day for our neck of<br />

the woods indeed.<br />

And the foodie treats keep on coming in this issue; we<br />

chat to talented young Lichfield chef Jack Dubberley<br />

about taking a chance during lockdown to set up a<br />

fine dining concept of his own, as well as catch up<br />

with David and Anette Taylor about their immersive<br />

walled garden dining experience, Grace and Savour, at<br />

Hampton Manor.<br />

Elsewhere, Lichfield Literature Festival takes over the city<br />

this month; we chat to author and art historian Dr Amy<br />

Jeffs ahead of her appearance at the festival, plus you<br />

can win tickets to a special Cornish cream tea afternoon<br />

with bestselling Lichfield author Phillipa Ashley.<br />

And ahead of Mother’s Day, inspirational local mum<br />

and business owner Melissa Bettson talks to us about<br />

adapting to the pandemic and motherhood, plus we<br />

round up so great gift ideas for the mums and motherfigures<br />

in your life.<br />

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CO N T E N T S<br />

InsideJ’aime this month...<br />

6 Lichfield Literature Festival - Author and art<br />

historian Dr Amy Jeffs comes to Lichfield this<br />

month<br />

10 Tuppenhurst Barn - Inspirational mum and<br />

business owner Melissa Bettson on fulfilling<br />

ambitions and juggling motherhood<br />

14 Property - Property of the month<br />

16 Property - A family pad from Chosen Home<br />

18 Interiors - Bright and breezy with Bright Skies<br />

24 Interiors - Embracing those curves<br />

28 Mother’s Day - Gift guide<br />

32 Movie magic - The Force is strong for Richard<br />

Winterton’s specialist auction<br />

34 Food and drink - Talented chef Jack Dubberley<br />

on his culinary ambitions<br />

38 Food and drink - A spicy delight from Thyme<br />

Kitchen<br />

40 Food and drink - The exciting opening of Grace<br />

and Savour at Hampton Manor<br />

46 Food and drink - A new dining concept at<br />

Swinfen Hall<br />

48 Food and drink - A star is born in Lichfield<br />

50 Travel - An historical trip to Greece<br />

54 Competition - Win tickets to A Cornish Cafe<br />

Cream Tea Afternoon at Lichfield Literature<br />

Festival<br />

56 What’s On - Events around the Midlands this<br />

month<br />

60 Wealth Matters - The world of finance with<br />

Jean Lamb<br />

62 Fashion - A jean-ius combination<br />

64 Beauty - What’s your skin type?<br />

66 Health - A weight loss revolution at Spire<br />

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F E AT U R E<br />

A new mythology<br />

of Britain<br />

AHEAD OF HER LICHFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL APPEARANCE THIS MONTH, DR AMY JEFFS TELLS<br />

KATY EDGINGTON ABOUT HER FIRST BOOK, STORYLAND: A NEW MYTHOLOGY OF BRITAIN<br />

After a turbulent 2020 and 2021, Lichfield Literature<br />

Festival returns to its usual place in the calendar this<br />

year and will take place between Thursday, March<br />

24 and Sunday, March 27 at venues around the city.<br />

“In my new role as Literature Programmer, I really<br />

wanted this year’s programme to offer something for<br />

everyone,” says Anna Millward in her introduction to<br />

the Festival guide, and she’s certainly managed to tick<br />

a huge number of boxes, pulling together a packed<br />

programme of in-person literary events over the long<br />

weekend. They run the gamut from historical nonfiction<br />

to crime stories and novels to a draw-along for<br />

the kids with award-winning author and illustrator<br />

Rob Biddulph.<br />

One of the many titles that will come under the<br />

Literature Festival’s spotlight is Storyland: A New<br />

Mythology of Britain (riverrun), which was published<br />

last September. To mark the occasion, <strong>J’AIME</strong><br />

caught up with author Dr Amy Jeffs, an art historian<br />

specialising in the Middle Ages as well as an artist.<br />

In 2019, Amy earned her PhD in Art History from<br />

Corpus Christi College, Cambridge, after studying<br />

for earlier degrees at the Courtauld Institute of Art<br />

and the University of Cambridge. During her PhD<br />

she co-convened a project researching medieval<br />

badges and pilgrim souvenirs at the British Museum.<br />

She then worked in the British Library’s department<br />

of Ancient, Medieval and Early Modern manuscripts<br />

and is currently a Fellow at the Paul Mellon Centre<br />

for Studies in British Art. It was her undergraduate<br />

degree that forged Amy’s passion for art history and<br />

specific interest in the Middle Ages.<br />

“When I was 18, the University of Cambridge gave<br />

me a place to read Anglo-Saxon, Norse and Celtic.<br />

It offers a mixture of language, literature, art history<br />

and more obscure subjects like codicology (the study<br />

of manuscripts, especially how they are made) and<br />

palaeography (script history). I just loved it and from<br />

BA to PhD I have rarely ventured beyond the 16th<br />

DR AMY JEFFS WILL BE AT LICHFIELD<br />

LITERATURE FESTIVAL THIS MONTH<br />

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AMY’S INCREDIBLE LINOCUT ILLUSTRATIONS<br />

BRING STORYLAND TO LIFE<br />

century,” said Amy.<br />

Despite being described first and foremost as an<br />

art historian, as an artist, a regular contributor to<br />

Country Life magazine, and now an author, Amy’s<br />

work defies attempts at pigeon-holing. Her writing<br />

is often accompanied by her own linocut and woodengraved<br />

prints. Amy started producing linocuts of<br />

Britain’s medieval origin myths when she was living<br />

in Somerset and writing up her thesis.<br />

“These turned into 24 illustrations for a series of<br />

Country Life articles about medieval legends set<br />

in Britain, which in turn became a proposal that<br />

helped me find Georgina Capel, my agent, and then<br />

Quercus, my publisher. I had thought for a long time<br />

that the stories could make a beautiful book.”<br />

Storyland was the result and is her first book.<br />

Steeped in magic and vividly reimagined for modern<br />

readers, it is a beautifully written and illustrated<br />

mythology that revives some of the oldest legends<br />

set in some of the wildest landscapes of medieval<br />

Britain. From ancient origin stories through sections<br />

entitled ‘Prehistory’ and ‘Antiquity’ and right up<br />

to the Middle Ages and the Norman Conquest,<br />

Storyland treads in the footsteps of Brutus and<br />

Scota, Lear and Cordelia, Arthur and Merlin,<br />

Edward the Martyr and the giant Gogmagog - each<br />

illuminated by Amy’s dramatic linocuts. Of course,<br />

it was this series of artworks that came first, but<br />

there were several aspects to the creative process that<br />

worked together towards the end product.<br />

“For me, making the art and writing the text, as well<br />

as travel and composing songs, helped me home<br />

in on the aspects of each story that captivated me<br />

most,” explains Amy.<br />

Each story is positioned with a historical<br />

commentary, where Amy makes clear where she’s<br />

used dramatic and artistic licence and what her<br />

primary source material was. But why did she choose<br />

this route when she could have simply stuck to the<br />

retelling of each legend?<br />

“My first answer is that when I read retellings of<br />

myth, I’m often eager to know more about the<br />

author’s process,” she answers. “I wanted to offer<br />

a commentary that was clearly separate from the<br />

stories, as well as a primary source reading list at<br />

the end, so that readers could stay in the fiction if<br />

they wanted to or journey deeper into the medieval<br />

material.<br />

“My second answer is that these wonderful stories<br />

are common property but little known. If readers<br />

want to write their own retellings, then a way into the<br />

original material could be helpful. I wanted to write<br />

a useful book, as well as an engaging one.”<br />

For the layperson, many of the myths and legends<br />

may not be familiar, although certain names, places<br />

and landmarks will ring a bell. For Amy, it’s tricky to<br />

say what exactly she hopes readers will find in these<br />

stories and what they should take away.<br />

“I know readers will bring all sorts of brilliant<br />

perspectives to the stories that I could never dream<br />

up,” she says. “But I’d love readers to recognise the<br />

places described in the book that are local to them,<br />

whether it’s the red earth of the Clent Hills or the<br />

toadflax that grows on the north Cornish coast.<br />

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“Likewise, writing this book deepened both my<br />

love of places that I might not otherwise have paid<br />

attention to. I hope Storyland helps foster a sense of<br />

wonder at the antiquity and mystery of our collective<br />

relationship with these islands.”<br />

Although these ancient stories deal with emotive<br />

human themes like extinction, parenthood, defiance,<br />

love, loss and the yearning to belong, many of<br />

them draw links between Britain and the rest of the<br />

world that go back thousands of years. This is no<br />

coincidence, as Amy explains.<br />

“These myths were not seen as myths in the Middle<br />

Ages. They were deep histories that often served<br />

political functions, including connecting their patrons<br />

with the illustrious societies of the Old Testament<br />

and Classical worlds. It’s important to acknowledge<br />

that we still emphasise historical narratives of which<br />

we are proud: that emphasis is always political.<br />

“We all belong in the world, but that reality is too<br />

often blurred by myths of domination and exclusion.<br />

Perhaps old stories can help us spot modern mythmaking<br />

and think about it more critically.”<br />

Her personal favourite among the myths included in<br />

the book is also the subject of her favourite linocut,<br />

and it happens to be the same one that was used for<br />

the cover.<br />

“It shows the goddess Diana appearing to the exiled<br />

Trojan, Brutus, who will come to found and give his<br />

name to Britain. By telling him where to go and what<br />

to do, she gives the exiled Brutus a sense of vocation.<br />

I love that idea: of being adrift and then suddenly full<br />

of purpose. Diana has become the personification<br />

of vocation in my<br />

mind.”<br />

The critical response<br />

has been positive;<br />

Storyland has<br />

become a Sunday<br />

Times bestseller, the<br />

Times’ Historical<br />

Fiction Book of<br />

the Year, and was<br />

shortlisted for<br />

Waterstones Book of<br />

the Year. So, how is<br />

Amy feeling about<br />

the way it has been<br />

received and the<br />

public reaction to it<br />

so far?<br />

“Bringing the tales<br />

in Storyland to a<br />

wider readership was like introducing a new friend<br />

or partner to my family; I hoped they’d get on, but<br />

it was out of my hands,” she says. “The reaction<br />

to Storyland has been disarmingly positive and as<br />

readers have started forming their own relationships<br />

with and creative responses to its stories I’ve felt huge<br />

relief and pleasure.”<br />

The future is certainly looking full of promise for<br />

the multi-talented Dr Jeffs. At the moment, Amy is<br />

working on two new book projects inspired by the<br />

Middle Ages, which she says she “can’t stop thinking<br />

about”. The first is just about to be announced as<br />

we go to press, while the other is still waiting in the<br />

wings for now. I wondered, is she looking forward to<br />

engaging with the public during her appearance at<br />

Lichfield Literature Festival?<br />

“After the seclusion of the past couple of years, it’s a<br />

privilege to meet people face to face,” Amy replies.<br />

“I’ve learned so much from people’s questions<br />

and ideas about Storyland and when I go back to<br />

my desk and start writing again, those affirming<br />

interactions put wind in my sails.”<br />

To follow and find out more about Amy’s work,<br />

find her on Twitter @amy_historia, Instagram @<br />

historia_prints and at amyjeffshistoria.com. Prints<br />

of her artwork are available for purchase via art-ofillustration.co.uk.<br />

You can catch Amy at Lichfield Literature Festival<br />

on Saturday, March 26 at 3.30pm at The Hub at St<br />

Mary’s on Market Street. Tickets are priced at £10.<br />

To book, visit lichfieldliteraturefestival.org<br />

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F E AT U R E<br />

Passion, pushing<br />

and asking for help<br />

KATY EDGINGTON CHATS TO INSPIRATIONAL BUSINESS OWNER MELISSA<br />

BETTSON, WHO RUNS TUPPENHURST BARN B&B AND CAFE JUST OUTSIDE<br />

LICHFIELD, ABOUT ADAPTING TO THE PANDEMIC AND TO MOTHERHOOD<br />

March is the month we<br />

celebrate not only Mother’s<br />

Day but also International<br />

Women’s Day, so when<br />

better to catch up with an<br />

inspirational female local<br />

business owner and mum,<br />

Melissa Bettson?<br />

When she finished her degree,<br />

Mel was set on coming home<br />

but not to farm at Tuppenhurst<br />

as several generations of<br />

her family had before her.<br />

Searching for a way to make<br />

her own contribution to the<br />

farm, she was out with her<br />

German Shepherd, Bear, who<br />

she sadly lost last year, when<br />

she had the idea to transform a<br />

listed 17th century outbuilding<br />

into a dog-friendly café and<br />

boutique bed and breakfast.<br />

After a painstaking restoration and renovation<br />

process, Tuppenhurst Barn B&B and Café opened<br />

in June 2019, with four spacious ensuite bedrooms<br />

including an accessible ground floor room.<br />

The farm is also home to an equine arena, available<br />

for hire and membership, where Bea of Houndspeak<br />

Dog Training also runs her puppy classes and<br />

evening classes. As well as running both businesses<br />

and baking all the cakes for the café, Mel lets out<br />

the family’s 500 acres of land for sheep and arable<br />

farming.<br />

Located just outside Handsacre and a stone’s<br />

throw from the Trent and Mersey Canal, the café<br />

offers a menu of light breakfasts, light lunches and<br />

homemade cakes which go down a treat with the<br />

many walkers and cyclists who visit each week. The<br />

MEL BETTSON, WITH<br />

DAUGHTER MAISIE AND<br />

PARTNER JORDAN<br />

impact of Covid-19 has inevitably been felt across<br />

the business. The breakfast menu now focuses on<br />

the most popular items, like bacon and sausage<br />

sandwiches, croissants and pancakes, and previously<br />

long opening hours have been reduced.<br />

“We’re now open Thursday to Sunday, 10am until<br />

3pm, which has worked really well throughout<br />

winter,” Mel explains. “Maybe in summer we’ll<br />

expand those hours, but it gives the staff a break,<br />

especially because the B&B was almost fully<br />

booked from the time we were able to reopen until<br />

Christmas. It’s been very full-on, but it’s been great.”<br />

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private catering as people look to host in<br />

their own homes. Mel’s partner Jordan<br />

was furloughed at the outset, so they<br />

worked together in the café for a while<br />

when Mel was unable to have staff in.<br />

“There are definitely more people who<br />

will sit outside now at any time of year<br />

and whatever the weather,” she’s noticed.<br />

“If we are full inside, quite often people<br />

will choose to sit outside even in the rain<br />

and the cold!”<br />

This Mother’s Day, the team will be<br />

offering afternoon tea to eat in or take<br />

away. The demand for takeaway options<br />

has continued despite the lifting of<br />

restrictions, and the business has adapted<br />

accordingly.<br />

“A lot of people want an afternoon tea to<br />

have at home, or they might have older<br />

parents that don’t want to come out,” Mel<br />

notes. “It’s something a bit different to<br />

coffee and cake - a bit of a celebration.”<br />

Mel will be celebrating this Mother’s Day with her<br />

own daughter, Maisie, who arrived in September<br />

2020. Since then, she has mostly been fitting in<br />

farm-related office-based work in the evenings and<br />

spending as much quality time as possible with<br />

Maisie. I wondered how becoming a mum has<br />

affected Mel’s outlook on her businesses and life in<br />

general?<br />

“I think Jordan would say that when we met I was<br />

very career-focused and wanted to compete with<br />

my horse and do this and do that, and kids weren’t<br />

really in the mix,” she says. “When we started talking<br />

about having a baby and our future together she very<br />

quickly came along. I didn’t realise how much having<br />

BAKING DELICIOUS CAKES AND TREATS FOR THE CAFE<br />

HAS BEEN ONE OF MEL’S MANY JOBS<br />

MEL’S MISSION TO DIVERSIFY HER<br />

FAMILY’S FARM SAW THE OPENING<br />

OF A CAFE AND B&B<br />

her would change everyday life, but now every<br />

day is about her and fitting everything around her.<br />

Having her around is brilliant. She comes with me<br />

everywhere. She walks into the cafe and she knows<br />

where everything is. ”<br />

With baby number two - a boy - due at the end of<br />

April, Mel is keen for the family business to support<br />

them to be able to go and do what they want to<br />

do - whether they want to be involved, to take it in<br />

their own direction, or whether it’s just there in the<br />

background.<br />

“They’ll do what they want to do and very much<br />

be who they want to be, but having this there is a<br />

way that they can do that,” she explains. “There is<br />

something here if they want to come back to it. It<br />

will be absolutely lovely if they<br />

do want to come back to it, but I<br />

know myself that if I was pushed<br />

to do something I wouldn’t want<br />

to do it!”<br />

One of the great lessons Mel<br />

shares from becoming a business<br />

owner and becoming a mum<br />

is the importance of a strong<br />

support network. Zoe Niven,<br />

owner of Daisy’s Kitchen in<br />

Rugeley, baked for the café when<br />

it first opened, before Mel took on<br />

the baking herself. When she fell<br />

pregnant, Mel asked if Zoe would<br />

consider taking it on again so that<br />

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THE BUSY B&B IS JUST ONE OF THREE<br />

BUSINESSES MEL RUNS<br />

she could step back a bit when the time came.<br />

“It’s been great to have that support,” Mel says.<br />

“Because there’s a lot of work involved that I won’t<br />

stop doing - all the bookings, admin and office work<br />

for all three businesses - and I won’t have maternity<br />

leave so to speak. The baking front is where I can<br />

actually get help from somebody else. Zoe’s bakes<br />

are great, so I spoke to her after Christmas when I<br />

was ready to take a step back, and she’s now doing<br />

our baking for the next few<br />

months.”<br />

For other young women or<br />

mums who have or want to start<br />

their own business, Mel believes<br />

you should do something that<br />

makes you happy and have<br />

the courage to do it even if it’s<br />

years in the making. It may not<br />

always go the way you planned,<br />

but it might develop into<br />

something else.<br />

“I think you need to do<br />

something you’re passionate<br />

about and something that has a<br />

strong feeling behind it that will<br />

push you forward,” she stresses.<br />

TUPPENHURST BARN’S CAFE HAS<br />

BEEN A HIT SINCE OPENING IN 2019<br />

“When I was thinking about the cafe and B&B, I<br />

wanted to build a place where I would walk to with<br />

the dog and where I would take my family.<br />

“You have to have something pushing you. For me<br />

it was wanting to build a dog-friendly place and<br />

wanting to do something here was very important<br />

to me, especially after my dad passed away. I had<br />

a sense of responsibility and, I suppose, a sense of<br />

duty. But it had to be something I wanted to do,<br />

where I would wake up every day and think ‘I love<br />

doing this’. I love running my own business. It’s hard<br />

work but I love it.”<br />

Mel counts herself lucky to have a great team of<br />

people on hand to help in different ways. She works<br />

closely with her café manager, as well as having a<br />

very supportive and understanding partner in Jordan.<br />

“He has his own full-time job, but he’ll be the one<br />

out there at 6am harrowing the arena or unloading<br />

the wholesale orders,” she says. “I think it’s very<br />

important to remember that you can’t do it all<br />

by yourself. I thought I could at the start - but<br />

you can’t, and you definitely can’t when you have<br />

children because your children come first. I got quite<br />

disheartened when I couldn’t do it all. I thought<br />

I was doing something wrong. You’re not doing<br />

anything wrong; you do need that support and you<br />

shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help.<br />

“Before I would kick myself and not want to ask for<br />

help - I would see it as a weakness. But now I realise<br />

it’s not. We’re all human. You need to be passionate<br />

and be your own driving force, but you also need<br />

someone behind you putting a bit of fuel in every<br />

now and again.”<br />

For more details visit<br />

www.tuppenhurstfarm.co.uk<br />

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will be exhibiting a collection of<br />

original 19th & 20th century paintings<br />

by recognised British and European artists.<br />

Exhibition runs from Jan 22nd to Mar 31st <strong>2022</strong>.<br />

Prices from £1,000 to £18,000<br />

Jonathan Armigel Wade (British b. 1960)<br />

‘The New Arrival’<br />

Jonathan Armigel-Wade (British b. 1960) The New Arrival Oil on board Signed (lower<br />

right); further signed, titled and numbered 1930 (verso)20 x 29cm (7¾ x 11¼ in.)<br />

Particularly noted for his ‘curvispective’ style of oil painting, often of interiors,<br />

hunting/sporting scenes, coastal and harbour views, quiet rural scenes and distorted<br />

perspectives. His paintings are often described as ‘little excursions for the mind’.<br />

William Oliver (1823-1901)<br />

‘A failed Romance’ 1888<br />

William Oliver Williams was born in Worcester. He moved to London and enrolled at the Royal academy in 1848.<br />

He became a very successful figurative and genre artist.<br />

He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy, the Royal Society of Artists and British institution in London.<br />

Examples of his work can be found in the Royal Collection and the V&A museum London, as well as the<br />

Manchester Art Gallery, Russel Cotes Gallery and Sheffield Museum. His work is also popular in North America<br />

This painting is in remarkable condition and looks as though it could have been painted a few years ago. it is the best<br />

painting by Oliver that we have ever seen.<br />

George Chambers (1803-1840)<br />

‘The merchant barque Crown and<br />

Paddle Steamers off Folkestone’ 1826<br />

Born in Whitby, from the age of 10 George Chambers started working as a cabin boy<br />

and was later apprenticed to the master of a brig trading in the Mediterranean<br />

He proved to have an exceptional innate talent for art and so impressed local captains<br />

with his decoration of their ships that the owner released him from his apprenticeship<br />

so he could devote himself full time to painting.<br />

In 1825 Chambers worked his way on a trading vessel to London where he was greatly<br />

helped by Christopher Crawford, Landlord at the Waterman’s Arms Inn in Wapping.<br />

King William IV and Queen Adelaide who bought a number of his<br />

paintings to add to the Royal Collection. Three of his paintings are in<br />

the National Maritime Museum<br />

The Midlands leading gallery for original paintings, designer jewellery,<br />

handmade ceramics, glass and bespoke furniture.<br />

www.artifex.co.uk - 0121 3233776<br />

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Open 7 days a week. 10am to 5pm (4pm Sundays)


P R O P E RTY<br />

Property of the Month<br />

EACH MONTH WE SHOWCASE ONE OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS PROPERTIES CURRENTLY ON THE<br />

MARKET IN THE MIDLANDS. THIS MONTH’S SELECTION IS A STUNNING FOUR-BEDROOM FAMILY<br />

HOME WITH PRIVATE GATED DRIVEWAY SITUATED ON THE SOUGHT-AFTER FOUR OAKS ESTATE<br />

1A Wentworth Road, Four Oaks Estate, Sutton Coldfield: £925,000<br />

On the market with Aston Knowles: 0121 362 7878<br />

THE AGENT SAYS: As you enter the property through<br />

the porch, you are welcomed into the impressive reception<br />

hall. It provides access to the utility space and WC as well<br />

as the dining room with front aspect, featuring an exposed<br />

beam and fireplace with surround, making this the perfect<br />

place for entertaining or more formal dinners with family.<br />

The study is a bright generous sized space with a front<br />

aspect, perfect for those who are working from home. The<br />

drawing room is flooded with light from the patio doors<br />

either side of the feature chimney breast.<br />

The kitchen is accessed through double doors from the<br />

reception hall; with tiled floor, island unit, AGA and open<br />

plan area to the rear with views over the garden, it provides<br />

a great space for families and could be adapted for more<br />

informal dining.<br />

The first floor features the principal bedroom with en-suite<br />

shower room with his and hers sinks and sky light; the<br />

impressive dressing area also has a sky light. The guest<br />

bedroom is located at the front of the property and has<br />

an en-suite and built-in wardrobes. Two further bedrooms<br />

and a family bathroom with stand alone bath and separate<br />

shower cubicle complete the first floor accommodation.<br />

The property is set back from the road with a gated gravel<br />

driveway which provides ample parking.<br />

The rear garden features established shrubs and trees and<br />

a well-kept lawn area. The patio immediately to the back<br />

of the property is perfect for outdoor seating. A summer<br />

house to the rear of the garden provides great storage<br />

space.<br />

W E L O V E : T H E H O M E ’ S G E N ER O US P R O P O R T I O NS<br />

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0121 362 7878<br />

astonknowles.com<br />

GEORGIAN PINES, TALBOT AVENUE - Sutton Coldfield<br />

GUIDE PRICE £1,500,000<br />

A spacious four-bedroom property providing tremendous<br />

potential to create a stunning family home.<br />

Situated in the highly regarded area of Little Aston, well<br />

placed for access to Streetly village, Sutton Coldfield and<br />

Birmingham City Centre. There is a good selection of everyday<br />

amenities in Streetly village and the property is located<br />

close to Sutton Park; one of Europe’s biggest urban parks.<br />

The area provides an excellent range of schooling for both<br />

primary and secondary education in the state and private<br />

sector.<br />

The property features an extensive driveway with parking<br />

for multiple vehicles, complemented by the two separate<br />

garages at either side of the property.<br />

ACCOMMODATION<br />

Ground floor: reception hall, drawing room with access to<br />

conservatory, dining room, study, kitchen/breakfast room, WC,<br />

utility.<br />

First floor: principal bedroom with fitted wardrobes and en-suite,<br />

bedrooms two and three with fitted wardrobes, fourth<br />

bedroom with dressing room, family bathroom.<br />

Gardens and Grounds: integral garage, second garage,<br />

beautifully presented landscaped gardens with pond,<br />

driveway with ample parking.<br />

THE DETAILS<br />

4 BEDS 2 BATHS<br />

Approximate gross internal floor area including garages<br />

3,373 square feet (313 square metres). EPC Rating: C<br />

ASTON KNOWLES 8 High Street, Sutton Coldfield B72 1XA 0121 362 7878 enquiries@astonknowles.com www.astonknowles.com<br />

@astonknowles


P R O P E RTY<br />

A wonderful family home<br />

A SPACIOUS FAMILY HOME WITH BAGS OF POTENTIAL IN A SOUGHT-AFTER<br />

LOCATION IS CHOSEN HOME’S PICK OF THEIR PROPERTIES FOR SALE THIS MONTH<br />

Talbot Avenue, Little Aston, Sutton Coldfield: offers in the region of £1,300,000<br />

On the market with Chosen Home: 0121 222 1180<br />

THE AGENT SAYS: Located at this prestigious address<br />

in Little Aston, this deceptively spacious family home has<br />

tremendous potential to extend and further improve, subject to<br />

planning.<br />

Close by is the stunning 2,400 acre Sutton Park as well as<br />

Streetly Tennis Club and both Little Aston golf club and Aston<br />

Wood golf club. Nearby Streetly and Mere Green offer a host<br />

of high street and independent shops, cafes, restaurants and<br />

bars as well as a Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer Food Hall.<br />

On entering the property, you are greeted with a bright and<br />

welcoming reception hall with stairs rising to the first floor and<br />

doors opening into the ground floor accommodation. A bright<br />

living room to the rear offers delightful views over the mature<br />

and private rear garden and opens into the defined dining area<br />

which again enjoys views over the garden.<br />

To the front, a spacious home office with fitted furniture is a<br />

relaxing place to work or study looking out over the fore garden<br />

and mature trees. The breakfast kitchen to the rear opens via<br />

double doors into a superb garden room with large windows<br />

and benefiting from the addition of a log burner. Completing<br />

the ground floor accommodation is a guest wc, utility room, a<br />

large pantry, gardeners wc and a generous double garage.<br />

To the first floor, you will find four double bedrooms and a<br />

modern re-fitted family bathroom. The main bedroom features<br />

fitted wardrobes, a modern re-fitted en-suite and enjoys views<br />

over the rear garden. The three further bedrooms all feature<br />

fitted wardrobes with two of them enjoying views to the rear<br />

with one to the front.<br />

The mature rear garden is a triumph, having a large patio area<br />

perfect for entertaining and large expanses of lawn with mature<br />

borders and a plethora of fauna and flora. Areas of hard<br />

standing offer spaces for sheds and outbuildings while secure<br />

gated side access leads to the front of the property with parking<br />

for several vehicles, lawned fore garden and mature borders.<br />

Regional manager, Rob Shotton says: “Award winning Chosen<br />

Home are delighted to offer this lovely family home for sale<br />

at this prestigious and sought after address. The current<br />

owners have maintained the property to a high standard but<br />

reluctantly, it is now time for them to move on. Already offering<br />

spacious accommodation, there is tremendous potential for the<br />

new owners to remodel and extend to create a most wonderful<br />

home.”<br />

To organise a viewing, please call Chosen Home on<br />

0121 222 1180 or email team@chosenhome.com.<br />

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Excellent<br />

“ If you are planning on<br />

moving home in the future,<br />

definitely use Chosen Home.<br />

You will not be disappointed.”<br />

Mrs P of Sutton Coldfield<br />

Trustpilot review February <strong>2022</strong><br />

chosenhome.com<br />

Call 0121 222 1180


I N T E R I O R S<br />

Bright<br />

and breezy<br />

EVERY year, Dulux colour experts translate global design<br />

trends into the new Colour of the Year. The shade for<br />

<strong>2022</strong> is Bright Skies, an airy and fresh tone that opens up<br />

and breathes new life into any space.<br />

Described as “a light, airy and optimistic blue that’s good<br />

for the soul,” Bright Skies is a shade which can revitalise<br />

any room of the home, bringing a bright and breezy vibe<br />

to your interior decor.<br />

Combine with a vibrant palette to create an uplifting space<br />

perfect for kids’ bedrooms or play spaces, or embrace<br />

nature by pairing with trend-led greens for a harmonious<br />

feel.<br />

The experts at Dulux said: “Over the past 18 months, our<br />

lives have been turned upside down, but we’ve also had<br />

time to rethink the way we live and reassess what’s really<br />

important. It’s these discussions that led to our key themes,<br />

open skies and a breath of fresh air.”<br />

Inject a splash of Bright Skies into your home by<br />

revamping your walls, or add a touch of that freshness<br />

with carefully chosen accessories.<br />

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ICE, £1,750, SWEETPEA & WILLOW.<br />

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LAGOON, PEPPERMILL INTERIORS,<br />

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NEEDWOOD LIVING, ALREWAS.<br />

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BLUE LINEN FLORAL DRUM<br />

LAMPSHADE, FROM THE GARDEN<br />

COLLECTION BY HELEN ROUND.<br />

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WELCOME TO BAYLISS BATHROOMS,<br />

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We offer a complete ‘One Stop’ process to turn your bathroom dreams into reality, which includes:<br />

• A bespoke 2,500 sq ft showroom with over 20 bathroom displays located in Sutton Coldfield<br />

• A specialist design team to create designs to match your every need<br />

• Expert knowledge of our partner brands giving you access to superb products and tiles.<br />

• In-house installation teams working to the highest possible standards<br />

• Management of all aspects of the Project, providing you with a single point of contact, every step of the way<br />

• For those customers who require a Supply Only service, access to all leading brands at competitive cost.<br />

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MIRREN VELVET SEATING RANGE IN AQUA, FROM PEPPERMILL INTERIORS,<br />

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ABSTRACT ART PRINTS, FROM £30,<br />

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BLUE TICKING STRIPE DUVET COVER, £135,<br />

CHALK PINK LINEN COMPANY.<br />

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LAZY LINEN BEDDING BUNDLE IN<br />

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BLUE, £299, CUCKOOLAND.<br />

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DULUX BRIGHT SKIES, FROM<br />

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HIGH-END PATIO FURNITURE FROM A PROFESSIONAL OUTDOOR FURNITURE<br />

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WE AIM TO SUPPLY THE BEST QUALITY<br />

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WARRANTY<br />

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For any questions please<br />

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Spring Sale<br />

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I N T E R I O R S<br />

Embrace<br />

those curves<br />

OUR homes are our sanctuaries, and making them feel<br />

as cosy and welcoming as possible is key, especially in the<br />

light of the pandemic highlighting the importance of our<br />

surroundings on our wellbeing. And one trend which is on<br />

the radar for <strong>2022</strong> is all about embracing the most cosy<br />

aspects of design.<br />

Curvature has made a huge comeback within interiors,<br />

with curves popping up on everything from furniture and<br />

accessories to the very fabric of our homes; the walls and<br />

windows in particular. Soft, feminine and graceful, curves<br />

are found repeatedly in nature, making them naturally<br />

easy on the eye and soothing to the heart.<br />

Offering a cocooning, cosy feel, these fluid forms create a<br />

playful and fun aesthetic as opposed to the static rigidity<br />

of straight lines.<br />

From the soft, round edges of a sofa to the meandering of<br />

an art feature - no matter what room of the house, this<br />

soothing trend is one to keep up with.<br />

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LORIENT RETRO DINING CHAIR, PEPPERMILL<br />

INTERIORS, BURNTWOOD BUSINESS PARK.<br />

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The Force is strong in Lichfield<br />

ICONIC MOVIE PARAPHERNALIA WILL BE UP FOR GRABS THIS MONTH AT A<br />

SPECIAL STAR WARS-THEMED AUCTION BY RICHARD WINTERTON AUCTIONEERS<br />

Toys from a galaxy far, far away are to<br />

go under the hammer at a special Star<br />

Wars auction in Lichfield.<br />

Richard Winterton Auctioneers is<br />

offering free valuations of items to<br />

be consigned in the March 17 sale<br />

celebrating the iconic film series.<br />

The auction is planned to take place<br />

at The Hub at St Mary’s in Market<br />

Street, Lichfield, in conjunction with<br />

the ongoing Star Wars exhibition May<br />

The Toys Be With You, which closes on<br />

Sunday, March 20.<br />

Billed as an ‘absolute must see for fans<br />

of Star Wars’, the exhibition features<br />

one of the UK’s finest collections of<br />

vintage Star Wars toys and original<br />

cinema posters, celebrating the vintage<br />

toy line as well as the iconic design and art of the<br />

movies.<br />

Back when the movie Star Wars broke box office<br />

records in 1977 no-one could have predicted that the<br />

merchandising would go on to earn even more than<br />

the film itself. The toys of Star Wars took the world<br />

by storm and became the must-have playthings for<br />

an entire generation.<br />

From 1977 to 1985 an estimated 300 million action<br />

figures were sold, allowing children to re-enact the<br />

adventures of Luke Skywalker, Princess Leia and<br />

Han Solo.<br />

May The Toys Be With You is both a celebration of<br />

the now highly collectable vintage toy line and also<br />

of the iconic design work and art of the Star Wars<br />

movies. From X-Wing Fighters to lightsabers, these<br />

fantastical designs have fired our imaginations and<br />

stamped their place on our cultural landscape.<br />

For little kids and ‘big kids’ alike, this is an<br />

unmissable opportunity to view many rarely seen<br />

Star Wars treasures. This exhibition has broken<br />

visitor attendance records at a host of museums<br />

around the country and is currently delighting movie<br />

fans from Lichfield and beyond.<br />

The Hub creative director, Anthony Evans said:<br />

“Star Wars is a massive cultural phenomenon, loved<br />

by children, parents and grandparents alike so it’s<br />

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super exciting to bring May The Toys<br />

Be With You to Lichfield. As well as the<br />

exhibition, we’ve also included Star Wars<br />

themed shows and events in our spring<br />

line-up.”<br />

Auctioneer Richard Winterton said: “As<br />

a lifelong Star Wars fan, The Force is<br />

certainly with this spectacular exhibition<br />

which is already inspiring people to<br />

hunt out their old Star Wars toys and<br />

memorabilia.<br />

“Now with three film trilogies and<br />

numerous spin-offs, Star Wars is more<br />

popular than ever and the Force is<br />

especially strong for original toys and<br />

memorabilia.<br />

“It’s a perfect time to see what they might<br />

make under the hammer, so we’re deploying our own<br />

Imperial Probe Droid to join in the search!”<br />

Viewing for the Star Wars auction is expected to be<br />

held at The Hub on Wednesday, March 16, the day<br />

before the sale. More information will be released<br />

nearer the date.<br />

The Hub will benefit from a percentage of the<br />

proceeds from the auction and Richard Winterton<br />

Auctioneers also sponsored a private viewing of the<br />

exhibition in February.<br />

Anyone wishing to book an appointment to discuss<br />

their Star Wars items should call The Lichfield<br />

Auction Centre at Wood End Lane, Fradley Park<br />

WS13 8NF, on 01543 251081 or email<br />

office@richardwinterton.co.uk.<br />

THE STAR WARS EXHIBITION IS CURRENTLY<br />

TAKING LICHFIELD BY STORM<br />

Richard Winterton Auctioneers has a long<br />

association with The Hub at St Mary’s and holds free<br />

valuations of watches, jewellery and silver there on<br />

Tuesdays from 9.30am to 11am.<br />

Free tickets for May The Toys Be With You must be<br />

booked for weekends, where timed entry slots are<br />

available every 30 minutes; however on weekdays<br />

people can just turn up.<br />

The exhibition is open on Mondays to Saturdays<br />

from 9.30am to 3pm, and Sundays from 10am to<br />

4pm, with an Autism-Friendly viewing time on<br />

Sundays from 100am until 11am, with visitors being<br />

asked to keep noise levels to a minimum and the<br />

lights turned down.<br />

For more details and to book weekend tickets visit<br />

www.thehubstmarys.co.uk<br />

RICHARD WINTERTON WILL BE<br />

AUCTIONING SOME ICONIC<br />

MOVIE MEMORABILIA<br />

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F O O D & D R I N K<br />

Taking a chance<br />

TALENTED LICHFIELD CHEF JACK DUBBERLEY TOOK A HUGE GAMBLE TO LAUNCH HIS UNIQUE FINE<br />

DINING EXPERIENCE IN THE MIDST OF A GLOBAL PANDEMIC - BUT IT’S A RISK WHICH HAS PAID OFF<br />

AS DINERS HAVE EMBRACED HIS CULINARY CONCEPT. AMY NORBURY DISCOVERS MORE<br />

Starting a new business is always somewhat of a<br />

risk. But starting a new business in the middle of<br />

a global pandemic - and into one of the worstaffected<br />

industries - could be said to be bordering<br />

on madness. But, for talented Lichfield chef Jack<br />

Dubberley, it has been a brave move which has paid<br />

off in spades.<br />

Jack’s love of fine dining, passion for the freshest and<br />

most seasonal produce, and skills in the kitchen have<br />

seen Dubberley Delicious, his unique ‘chef ’s table’<br />

concept, go from strength to strength since launching<br />

last year.<br />

Situated just outside the city in a cabin at The Plant<br />

Plot garden centre, it may not be the first place you<br />

think of when it comes to discerning dining. But<br />

Jack’s whole ethos is about defying expectations.<br />

Once you step inside the cabin, the garden centre<br />

location is irrelevant as you are greeted by a smart<br />

dining room facing the open kitchen. With just one<br />

table seating up to ten diners, the place is yours as<br />

Jack becomes your own private chef for the evening.<br />

The idea behind Dubberley Delicious came about<br />

while Jack and his sister Lucy were shopping for<br />

a Mother’s Day present at The Plant Plot, shortly<br />

LICHFIELD CHEF<br />

JACK DUBBERLEY<br />

before the pandemic hit proper and the country went<br />

into the first of three lockdowns which changed the<br />

hospitality industry for good.<br />

“We joked that we should rent a cabin to start a<br />

food business because the overheads would be<br />

manageable,” says 28-year-old Jack.<br />

Jack was sous chef at acclaimed hotel Swinfen Hall<br />

but, having spent most of his career on-and-off in<br />

the Swinfen kitchen, he longed for a place to call his<br />

own. Then when Covid-19 hit, he - alongside chefs<br />

up and down the country - found himself stuck at<br />

home as restaurants and hotels closed for months on<br />

end.<br />

“We didn’t go back until the end of July, and things<br />

had obviously changed a lot in that time,” says Jack.<br />

“I’d also had a lot of time to think about what I<br />

really wanted to do.”<br />

Remembering his and Lucy’s conversation, Jack<br />

got in touch with the owners of The Plant Plot and<br />

pitched the idea of a fine dining chef ’s table-slashcookery<br />

school. It was proposed to be a setup unlike<br />

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“I wanted to do something different, more intimate,”<br />

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says Jack. “People come here and they have their<br />

own space for as long as they want, and they can<br />

help to design everything about their event.<br />

“If you want a certain thing on the menu, you can<br />

have it. You can have your own drinks and even your<br />

own music.<br />

“And it’s a complete experience; you get to see<br />

everything that goes on in the kitchen, and if you<br />

want to get involved with things like plating up, you<br />

can.”<br />

Jack and his family spent months transforming the<br />

cabin into a working kitchen and stylish dining room.<br />

With the pandemic still raging and the opening<br />

delayed, Jack adapted by offering design-yourown<br />

dine-at-home boxes, then outdoor fine dining<br />

barbecue events as the weather warmed up.<br />

Finally, as restrictions eased and indoor dining was<br />

once again allowed, Jack welcomed his first diners to<br />

Dubberley Delicious in May last year.<br />

Jack runs every aspect of the operation himself,<br />

going from chef to waiter, sommelier and pot wash<br />

throughout the course of each event. On busier<br />

nights, sister Lucy - a full time teacher - pitches in, as<br />

well as helping Jack with his social media.<br />

“It’s a family business, and we’re excited by every<br />

single booking we get,” says Jack. “It makes us happy<br />

knowing that people want to come here.<br />

“We want people to feel like they’re getting a special<br />

experience, and go away happy. Luckily, our reviews<br />

speak for themselves, and we get people coming<br />

through word-of-mouth recommendations. Also,<br />

we’ve found that most of our guests so far have<br />

already come back. And we’ve got regulars who have<br />

been four or five times.”<br />

Jack’s passion for what he does is the driving force<br />

behind Dubberley Delicious, and his love of cooking<br />

JACK HAS TRANSFORMED A<br />

GARDEN CENTRE CABIN INTO<br />

A UNIQUE ‘CHEF’S TABLE’<br />

EXPERIENCE<br />

started at a young age: “I’ve always enjoyed cooking<br />

with my mum, and baking,” he says. “I’d always<br />

watch famous chefs like Gordon Ramsey on the TV<br />

too.”<br />

It was at Lichfield’s Friary School, studying for his<br />

GCSEs, where Jack’s food technology class saw<br />

him spend a day in a professional kitchen, receiving<br />

tuition from chefs and honing his skills by cooking<br />

for his family and teachers later that evening. The<br />

experience sparked Jack’s interest in the culinary<br />

world and, with his exams done, he decided to apply<br />

to UCB’s College of Food in Birmingham.<br />

“I passed the first year really well and I enjoyed it;<br />

there were a few rough patches, like seeing a whole<br />

fish being gutted for the first time, but it<br />

showed me a lot about what to expect,” says<br />

Jack.<br />

As part of his course, Jack had to find work<br />

experience in a professional kitchen, so<br />

he approached the team at the prestigious<br />

Swinfen Hall Hotel, who offered him a stint<br />

in the kitchen.<br />

During Jack’s second year at college he<br />

contacted Swinfen again about a part time<br />

job to complement his studies - only to be<br />

offered a full time role.<br />

“It was a bit of a shock,” says Jack. “I was<br />

halfway through my NVQ Level Three, but I<br />

went away and thought about it, weighed up<br />

my options and decided that taking the job<br />

was the best way to go, to get a start in the<br />

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industry.<br />

“It’s a job unlike any other, and while college<br />

was great, there’s no replacement for the<br />

experience of working in a kitchen.”<br />

Jack swiftly worked his way up through<br />

the Swinfen kitchen, the head chef quickly<br />

spotting his passion and potential.<br />

“We built a strong team of chefs, and we<br />

were really busy, both with weddings and<br />

with the restaurant,” says Jack. “I was there<br />

for four or five years to begin with, and it was<br />

a great place to learn the trade.”<br />

A brief interlude at Dormy House Hotel in<br />

the Cotswolds was cut short when the head<br />

chef who recruited Jack left the business. He<br />

decided to return to Lichfield and Swinfen<br />

Hall jumped at the chance to take him back, where<br />

he worked his way up to sous chef, helping the team<br />

to earn a coveted three AA rosettes.<br />

When the opportunity came along to help set up a<br />

new restaurant in Lichfield, Larder, Jack decided to<br />

embrace the challenge. It was a risk, to go from a<br />

well-established set-up to something completely new,<br />

but the prospect excited the ambitious young chef.<br />

“The aim was to get started and earn rosettes, and<br />

within six months we’d got two AA rosettes,” says<br />

Jack. “It was good, and we were the best restaurant<br />

in Lichfield on TripAdvisor.<br />

“The passion was there, I was second in command<br />

working closely with the head chef and we were all<br />

working well as a team.”<br />

But a change in management curtailed Jack’s<br />

ambitions, and when Swinfen came calling once<br />

again, he returned to their kitchen for a final stint.<br />

“I’m all about fine dining, doing the higher end of<br />

the food scale because that’s where the challenge is,<br />

and you always need to be challenging yourself. I like<br />

JACK’S COOKING IS<br />

SOPHISTICATED AND SEASONAL<br />

JACK CREATED WILD GARLIC<br />

POPCORN TO USE SOME OF THE<br />

FRUITS OF HIS FORAGING<br />

to push myself and I want my food to represent the<br />

very best of what I can do.”<br />

A keen forager, Jack loves working with local<br />

ingredients and making the most of the abundance<br />

of wild plants on his doorstep.<br />

“I like going to pick wild garlic; every year in<br />

February I’ll be scanning the local area to see<br />

when it’s ready and how much is there. I’ll pick a<br />

load then spend time making wild garlic oils and<br />

pestos, thinking of what else I can do and how I can<br />

preserve it to use throughout the year instead of just<br />

using the leaves when they’re in season,” says Jack.<br />

“One of the chefs who really inspired me is Tommy<br />

Banks; his book is fantastic, and it talks about the<br />

hunger gap, when fresh, local produce is harder to<br />

come by.<br />

“It’s about preserving things throughout the year so<br />

you have them available when you can’t get local<br />

produce. It’s great in the summer but then there<br />

are periods that are very limited. And I want to use<br />

ingredients which are as local as possible.”<br />

While Jack’s table can be booked seven days a week<br />

to fit in with customers’ requirements, he also<br />

offers cookery classes, covering things like<br />

butchery, knife skills, baking and bread-making.<br />

He hopes to bring his popular barbecues back<br />

for summer too.<br />

“The long term aim is to move out of the cabin<br />

and do something along the same lines, but<br />

a little bit bigger,” says Jack. “It’s just about<br />

getting to the point where we can take the risk<br />

again.<br />

“But this is just the beginning.”<br />

For more information visit<br />

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F O O D & D R I N K<br />

An eggs-cellent idea<br />

JACK GOULD, BRUNCH CHEF AT CURBOROUGH’S THYME KITCHEN,<br />

SHARES A DELICIOUS NEW DISH FROM THEIR ALL-DAY MENU WHICH<br />

IS SURE TO SPICE UP YOUR LUNCHTIME<br />

Thai green curry eggs with jasmine rice<br />

INGREDIENTS<br />

For the sauce:<br />

1 stalk lemongrass<br />

2 green chilis<br />

1 red onion<br />

5 cloves garlic<br />

2” piece of ginger<br />

1 tsp brown sugar<br />

1 tin coconut milk<br />

1 lime<br />

1/2 bunch coriander<br />

1/2 bunch basil<br />

1/2 tsp cumin<br />

1/2 tsp white pepper<br />

1/2 tsp ground<br />

coriander<br />

3 tsp fish sauce<br />

1 tbsp rice wine vinegar<br />

Salt to taste<br />

For the garnish:<br />

2 eggs<br />

100g jasmine rice<br />

1/2 stalk lemongrass<br />

2 kaffir lime leaves<br />

20g cashews<br />

1 tbsp natural yoghurt<br />

1 lime<br />

Salt<br />

For the sauce, dice the onion, garlic and chilli.<br />

Fry in oil for two minutes then add the spices and<br />

fry for a further three to five minutes. Add the<br />

fish sauce, rice wine vinegar and sugar and cook<br />

out for a further two to three minutes. Add in the<br />

coconut milk and simmer for five to ten minutes.<br />

Remove from the heat and blend together with<br />

the fresh herbs until smooth, adding the lime and<br />

salt to taste.<br />

Wash the jasmine rice for ten to 15 minutes until<br />

the water runs clear then add to a saucepan with<br />

the lemongrass and kaffir lime leaves. Place your<br />

index finger on top of the rice and add water<br />

until it reaches your first knuckle. Boil the rice for<br />

five to ten minutes until almost all the water is<br />

gone, then cover the pan and leave to steam for a<br />

further five minutes.<br />

Heat a frying pan with a small amount of oil and<br />

toss the cashews until golden brown. Add salt to<br />

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F E AT U R E<br />

Inside the secret garden<br />

GRACE AND SAVOUR AT HAMPTON MANOR IS A NEW IMMERSIVE WALLED GARDEN DINING<br />

EXPERIENCE. KATY EDGINGTON FINDS OUT MORE FROM DAVID AND ANETTE TAYLOR<br />

PHOTOS BY FJONA HILL<br />

Hampton Manor Estate’s eagerly<br />

anticipated third destination<br />

restaurant, Grace & Savour, finally<br />

opened its doors on February 25. Led<br />

by husband and wife team head chef<br />

David Taylor and house manager<br />

Anette Taylor, we spoke to the couple<br />

about what to expect from the new<br />

walled garden restaurant, cookery<br />

school and luxury accommodation.<br />

After spending the last year visiting<br />

farms, meeting craftspeople, potters,<br />

fishermen, and fine-tuning the<br />

experience, the pair were excited for<br />

the opening and the chance to share<br />

and develop that experience further.<br />

David started at 16 years old at a little bistro called<br />

Pierre Victoire, before moving to study Culinary Arts<br />

Management at University College Birmingham. He<br />

landed a second-year placement at Gordon Ramsay’s<br />

Maze under Jason Atherton. Working brutally long<br />

hours in his first Michelin starred kitchen taught<br />

him a lot, and at the end of the placement Jason<br />

connected David with Glynn Purnell of Purnell’s in<br />

Birmingham, where he headed next.<br />

THE WALLED GARDEN GROWING<br />

PROGRAMME OVERSEEN BY DR<br />

SALLY BELL PRODUCES AN ACRE OF<br />

ORGANIC PRODUCE<br />

GRACE & SAVOUR IS BUILT INTO THE<br />

FABRIC OF THE WALLED GARDEN<br />

“Glynn really nurtured my confidence, taught me to<br />

believe in myself as a cook - which I struggled with -<br />

and taught me the importance of always improving<br />

my craft. I was there for seven years, five as sous chef.<br />

I loved and always will love my time being a part of<br />

the Purnell’s family. Glynn built the foundation of<br />

how I cook and gave me the confidence to step out<br />

and go abroad to cook.”<br />

David went on to complete stages at Grace in<br />

Chicago, Momofuku KO and Atera in New York,<br />

and Relae in Copenhagen before<br />

a job opportunity came up at<br />

Maaemo in Oslo. During his<br />

time there the restaurant won<br />

three Michelin stars. He was<br />

head chef at the five star Thief<br />

Hotel on Oslo’s harbourfront for<br />

three years, but with a hunger to<br />

get back into restaurant cooking,<br />

David called James Hill, one of<br />

the directors at Hampton Manor,<br />

who made him and Anette an<br />

offer they couldn’t refuse.<br />

Anette, by contrast, came quite<br />

late into hospitality. With a<br />

degree in sign language, she<br />

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worked as an interpreter for many<br />

years before going into project and<br />

leadership roles in organisations<br />

from the Salvation Army to one<br />

of the biggest music festivals in<br />

Norway.<br />

“It’s not exactly your typical way<br />

into hospitality, but at the same<br />

time I would say that it is what<br />

has shaped my heart for it,” she<br />

says. “For me, hospitality is all<br />

about people. To make people feel<br />

seen, that there is room for them,<br />

that they belong. A guest’s time<br />

is precious, and for a night they<br />

will be trusting us with that time,<br />

and nothing is more exciting than<br />

making those moments special.”<br />

Grace & Savour was the couple’s dream scenario:<br />

a purpose-built small restaurant with rooms where<br />

they’re able to put extra effort into the finer details.<br />

“Sustainability has always been in our hearts, so to<br />

create something that not only looked inwards but<br />

outwards too is really special,” adds David. “James<br />

and Dr Sally Bell, Hampton Manor’s directors, gave<br />

me an insight into how broken our supply chains are<br />

and as we delved deeper it became so much more<br />

than just a restaurant; it’s an opportunity to help<br />

make things better than the way we found them.”<br />

The restaurant and development kitchen with five<br />

adjoining garden bedrooms are built into the very<br />

walls of the historic Victorian Walled Garden on the<br />

45-acre family-run West Midlands estate, providing<br />

guests an opportunity to relax and reconnect with<br />

nature.<br />

Overnight guests arrive at 3pm for a garden tour and<br />

THE BEDROOMS OVERLOOK THE<br />

WALLED GARDEN<br />

menu introduction with David. Before dinner, estate<br />

maps and wellies are to hand for those wanting to<br />

explore, or you’re welcome to relax in your bedroom<br />

lounge from where you can glimpse the chefs at work<br />

in the open kitchen.<br />

The evening’s 15 course tasting menu celebrates a<br />

revolution in growing and farming where the focus is<br />

on soil health, biodiversity and sustainability. David<br />

constructs the menu season to season, reflecting<br />

what’s available at the time of harvest: protein-heavy<br />

in the winter and more vegetable and wild flora<br />

focused in the spring and summer.<br />

“The broth that currently starts the menu is meant to<br />

be warm and inviting after coming in from the cold,<br />

whereas in the summer I might start with a bright<br />

and refreshing raspberry, yoghurt and rose filled<br />

nasturtium flower.”<br />

David and Anette have spent the past 12 months<br />

seeking out and forging partnerships with likeminded<br />

suppliers who are working sensitively in their<br />

environments, using a range of<br />

practises including re-wilding,<br />

diversification, agroforestry,<br />

organic principles, and<br />

biodynamic farming.<br />

Solely focusing on British<br />

organic produce and British<br />

heritage, the 15 courses are a<br />

journey through various UK<br />

farms. Dish by dish, David<br />

is trying to tell their stories.<br />

Although he won’t always give<br />

away every detail for fear of<br />

weighing down your evening, if<br />

you ask he promises there will<br />

always be more stories to tell.<br />

“The pumpkin seed butter in<br />

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the fish dish, for example, I made<br />

because the pumpkin farmer is trying<br />

to make a pumpkin seed oil to fry<br />

with,” he says. “Pumpkin seed oil is<br />

much healthier and an even better<br />

frying oil than rapeseed, vegetable<br />

or sunflower, which are all highly<br />

processed, so supporting him in this<br />

task is really important to me.”<br />

Plymouth-based fish supplier Sole<br />

of Discretion only uses boats 10m<br />

or under and supports the local<br />

fishermen with good pricing, buying<br />

them new nets to help lower by-catch,<br />

and only taking fish caught in the<br />

most sustainable way.<br />

“When I call Sole of Discretion, I order what is<br />

best and plentiful and so that means we have a fish<br />

dish that’s ever-changing, reflecting the season and<br />

the natural unpredictable circle of the sea. We are<br />

currently serving it with mussels in pumpkin pickle,<br />

that pumpkin butter and a mussel cream sauce.”<br />

Paviland’s Farm on the Gower Peninsula is a<br />

2,000 acre farm which is attempting to go fully<br />

regenerative. Their Welsh Black cattle graze on<br />

more than 300 different varieties of wild plants and<br />

herbs, giving the beef a wonderful deep flavour and<br />

tenderness.<br />

“We are also working with Ram Hall Farm where<br />

they make Berkswell Cheese,” David adds. “The<br />

family are fifth generation cheesemakers, pig farmers<br />

and crop growers. The jump to regenerative is a big<br />

risk for them, but we are trying to take what we can<br />

to support them in their journey. Ram Hall were<br />

previously using their whey to water their plants,<br />

THE WALLED GARDEN IS A<br />

PLAYGROUND FOR THE KITCHEN<br />

TEAM TO TEST WHAT THEY LEARN<br />

FROM OTHER GROWERS<br />

which is great, but we now buy it from them for our<br />

caramelised whey dish and it’s delicious!”<br />

The Walled Garden itself produces an acre of food<br />

using organic principles. The growing programme<br />

is overseen by Dr Sally Bell, a specialist in lifestyle<br />

medicine. As well as being part of the GRFFN<br />

Project (Growing Real Food for Nutrition), a UKwide<br />

initiative that looks at how growing methods<br />

affect nutrient density, the garden is a playground for<br />

the kitchen team to test what they learn from other<br />

growers. The aim is for 50 per cent self sufficiency as<br />

they still want to support local producers. Soft fruits<br />

will be a focus.<br />

“We have plans for a beautiful timber fruit cage,”<br />

David shares. “Berries are often heavily sprayed with<br />

chemicals and they never travel well. They’re often<br />

picked under-ripe to make sure they survive the back<br />

of a bouncing lorry, but this heavily impacts quality<br />

and flavour. Ripe soft fruit tastes completely different<br />

picked in the late afternoon compared to first thing<br />

in the morning, and so<br />

picking time is everything.<br />

I’m really looking forward to<br />

what we’ll create from these<br />

delicious berries.”<br />

Each of Grace & Savour’s<br />

five beautifully designed<br />

garden suites looks out across<br />

the garden to the kitchen.<br />

Decorated in a muted palette<br />

of clay, mud, and earth<br />

tones, each has their own<br />

luxurious en-suite bathroom<br />

and is bathed in natural<br />

light from the floor to ceiling<br />

windows. At the heart of the<br />

rooms is a bespoke bath time<br />

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itual that celebrates the scent of<br />

the garden, designed by King’s<br />

Heath organic skincare brand,<br />

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Although a small number of<br />

tables are available to nonresidents<br />

for dinner Wednesday<br />

to Saturday, Anette heartily<br />

recommends that guests book<br />

the full experience and stay<br />

overnight in one of the luxurious<br />

garden suites.<br />

“It is something special to allow<br />

yourself to get away from the<br />

hustle and bustle of everyday<br />

life: to just immerse yourself in<br />

the beauty of our garden, the<br />

tranquillity you will find in our bath time ritual, and<br />

to have the time with your loved one to have those<br />

conversations that go a bit deeper than the ones over<br />

the dinner table at home with the kids. But to be fair,<br />

it can also be summed up in one word: bathtubs. Any<br />

one of the gorgeous handmade concrete bathtubs<br />

in five different colours from Warrington + Rose is<br />

worth a stay on its own.”<br />

After breakfast the following morning, the cookery<br />

experience in the test kitchen invites guests to learn<br />

the stories of the farmers and the creation of the<br />

garden through a light-hearted, fun exploration of<br />

how to work with nature, culminating in a gardeninspired<br />

lunch that each guest plays their part in<br />

preparing.<br />

“The test kitchen will be all about connecting<br />

guests with the produce and where it comes from,<br />

overlooking our walled garden in a laid back<br />

atmosphere,” Anette adds. “We will change the<br />

classes regularly to reflect the season, so it could be<br />

all about hand dived scallops where we will show<br />

guests how to open them, go over some simple<br />

preparations and taste them, or it could be a table<br />

full of different foraged items and we will create a<br />

selection of infusions for them. It’s to give guests the<br />

opportunity to really get under the skin of Grace &<br />

Savour.”<br />

Anette is hoping guests will feel ‘optimistic and<br />

relaxed’ after immersing themselves in this unique<br />

environment.<br />

“By optimistic, I mean that you can go away feeling<br />

you are on a journey, knowing a little bit more than<br />

you did yesterday. Sharing knowledge is something<br />

that should be fun and interesting! We often have<br />

a very all or nothing mentality when it comes to<br />

sustainability but we’re on a journey ourselves, and<br />

we’re inviting our guests to join us. Relaxed because<br />

it’s impossible not to be when you’re in that garden,<br />

experiencing it with someone you love.”<br />

Bookings are open now for dinner (£135pp for the<br />

15 course tasting menu), or for overnight experiences<br />

(from £360pp, inclusive of dinner, breakfast, garden<br />

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Experiencing heightened flavours,<br />

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Guided and served by a blind or partially sighted<br />

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THE MENU IS A<br />

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THE EXPERIENCE TAKES PLACE<br />

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After experiencing your meal in the dark, the team<br />

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F O O D & D R I N K<br />

A star is born<br />

LICHFIELD HAS LANDED FIRMLY ON THE MIDLANDS CULINARY MAP AFTER<br />

ACCLAIMED CHEF TOM SHEPHERD EARNED THE CITY ITS FIRST COVETED MICHELIN<br />

STAR WITH HIS RESTAURANT UPSTAIRS - JUST FOUR MONTHS AFTER OPENING<br />

It’s the day chefs around the country wait for with baited<br />

breath; to see who’s in, who’s out, who’s gained, who’s<br />

lost - and if their name appears in the coveted Michelin<br />

guide.<br />

While Birmingham is the most awarded area outside<br />

of London, with some five starred eateries in the latest<br />

iteration of the culinary bible, the wider Staffordshire<br />

area has not made it onto Michelin’s radar. Until now.<br />

Upstairs by Tom Shepherd, on Lichfield’s Bore Street,<br />

has earned rave reviews and been booked solidly since<br />

its launch in October last year. The new Michelin<br />

guide announcement awarding Upstairs a star just four<br />

months after opening makes it the only restaurant in<br />

Staffordshire to have ever received the honour.<br />

In the guide, inspectors noted that, ‘like the chef himself,<br />

the cooking is confident yet restrained. Tom’s experience<br />

shines through in the detailed yet unfussy dishes, which<br />

are beautifully presented and come with well-thoughtthrough<br />

flavour combinations. Perfectly pitched service<br />

from a cheerful young team completes this enjoyable<br />

dining experience.’<br />

Named due to its position above his father Paul’s<br />

family-run jewellery shop, City Jewellers, in the heart<br />

of Lichfield, Upstairs promises a contemporary British<br />

fine dining experience, with Tom and his team creating<br />

flavour-led, produce-driven menus inspired by the<br />

seasons and surroundings.<br />

Tom said: “I’m absolutely elated that we’ve been<br />

awarded a Michelin star, especially given we’ve only<br />

been in operation for four months. In addition, being<br />

the first ever Michelin starred restaurant in Staffordshire<br />

only adds to the enormity of the achievement.”<br />

Sutton Coldfield-born Tom is no stranger to Michelin,<br />

having previously retained Birmingham eatery Adams’<br />

star - as well as three AA Rosettes - during his tenure as<br />

head chef. He also worked at Nottingham’s two Michelin<br />

starred Restaurant Sat Bains as development chef,<br />

as well as being sous chef to Michael Wignall at The<br />

Latymer, a two Michelin starred restaurant in Bagshot,<br />

Surrey.<br />

Before opening Upstairs, Tom made a name for himself<br />

in Lichfield with his innovative Dine at Home box<br />

collaboration with Sauce Supper Club, serving sellout<br />

CHEF TOM SHEPHERD<br />

weekly fine dining menu boxes to discerning diners<br />

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Speaking to <strong>J’AIME</strong> ahead of Upstairs’ opening last<br />

year, Tom said: “We want to create a restaurant which,<br />

in my opinion, is yet to be seen in Lichfield. We really<br />

want to bring a new experience, and we hope that when<br />

people walk through the door they notice that difference<br />

in delivery.<br />

“They can sit down, have some incredible food, because<br />

how we source and how we cook is what I’ve learned<br />

throughout my whole career and that’s not going to<br />

change, it’s going to be elevated even here.<br />

“We want to produce a restaurant that will fulfil, and<br />

hopefully exceed, people’s expectations.<br />

“I’ve worked in some incredible restaurants and with<br />

some incredible people, and it’s time now to go it alone.<br />

And the fact that it’s here in Lichfield, above my dad’s<br />

shop, couldn’t be more perfect.”<br />

And now, with the news of the industry’s most<br />

prestigious accolade, Tom has certainly exceeded every<br />

expectation, cementing Lichfield’s growing reputation as<br />

a culinary hotspot.<br />

Upstairs by Tom Shepherd is at 25 Bore Street,<br />

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enquiries.<br />

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for a real taste of Tamworth<br />

There’s so much to see and explore in the historic market town<br />

of Tamworth including one of the best preserved motte and<br />

bailey castles in England, extensive pleasure grounds with<br />

tennis, cycle hire and new adventure playground, major edge of<br />

town retail park, bowling alley, theme park, ski centre and a<br />

traditional town centre.<br />

The heart of Tamworth is home to more than 50 food and drink<br />

establishments, including a wide array of independent bars,<br />

restaurants and cafes.<br />

From locally-brewed ale to<br />

homemade ice-cream,<br />

handmade burgers to the<br />

freshest bagels, British bistro<br />

to Japanese sushi…and<br />

everything in between.<br />

Find out more at: www.visittamworth.co.uk/food-and-drink-trail<br />

At the newly refurbished Tamworth Assembly Rooms.<br />

Tenors Unlimited -<br />

That's Amore! Fri 11 Mar<br />

Top Secret: Science<br />

of Magic Sunday 13 March<br />

Dark Side of the Wall<br />

Saturday 12 March<br />

Revenge<br />

Thursday 17 March<br />

Box Office: 01827 709618 www.tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk<br />

Corporation Street, Tamworth, Staffordshire. B79 7DN<br />

*Please note that these events were correct at time of print and are subject to government guidelines, please check our website for latest updates.<br />

Sleeping with Beauty<br />

Saturday 19 March


T R AV E L<br />

Following in ancient footsteps<br />

IF THE RECENT WINTER OLYMPICS HAVE WHET YOUR APPETITE FOR A LITTLE SPORTING<br />

COMPETITION, WHY NOT INCORPORATE THIS INTO YOUR NEXT HOLIDAY? SUE OCKWELL<br />

TRAVELS TO NEMEA, ON GREECE’S PELOPONNESE PENINSULA, TO FOLLOW IN THE<br />

FOOTSTEPS OF THE ANCIENT GREEKS FOR A MODERN TAKE ON THE PANHELLENIC GAMES<br />

THE SEASIDE RESORT OF TOLON MAKES A GREAT<br />

BASE FOR VISITORS TO THE NEMEAN GAMES<br />

Part of the original four-year cycle of the Panhellenic<br />

Games, which were designed to stop tribes from<br />

warring with one another for at least two weeks a<br />

year by encouraging them to compete in the sporting<br />

arena instead, Ancient Nemea is a must-see, mustexperience<br />

ancient sporting arena. After all, where<br />

else can you run on the earth trodden by Ancient<br />

Greeks more than 2,000 years ago?<br />

The original Games went from Olympia in the first<br />

year, to Isthmia and Nemea in the spring and summer<br />

of year two, then to Delphi for year three, before<br />

moving on to Isthmia and Nemea again for the fourth<br />

year. Then it was back to Olympia to begin the cycle<br />

all over again – hence today’s Olympic Games being<br />

held every four years.<br />

If you want to relive the excitement of the Games and<br />

become an Ancient Greek for a day, you can take part<br />

in the Modern Nemean Games.<br />

Everyone can run in the Modern Nemean Games, no<br />

matter their age - the oldest runners have included a<br />

97-year-old man and a woman of 100! - or ability.<br />

My husband and I took part in 2012 and 2016 and<br />

were due to do it again in June 2020, but the Seventh<br />

Modern Nemean Games was, understandably,<br />

postponed due to Covid-19. The Games were again<br />

postponed in 2021 but – hurrah! – they are returning<br />

in <strong>2022</strong>, now scheduled for Friday, June 24 to Sunday,<br />

June 26, with the races themselves being held on<br />

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THE ANCIENT TEMPLE OF ZEUS IN NEMEA<br />

Saturday, June 25.<br />

The story of the Nemean Games is such a great, lifeaffirming<br />

story. The site was discovered by Professor<br />

Stephen Miller, an archaeologist from California’s<br />

Berkeley University, in 1974. He had seen aerial<br />

photographs which clearly revealed an oblong shape –<br />

the stadium floor.<br />

He bought the site from several local owners including<br />

a young Greek man who wanted to pay for his<br />

education; at the point of signing, the young man<br />

said that he felt guilty as he’d never been able to grow<br />

anything on the land. Professor Miller reassured him<br />

that this did not matter – he wished to dig for ancient<br />

remains.<br />

Professor Miller made Nemea his<br />

home, and continued for many<br />

decades to fight hard to ensure that<br />

the site was kept open year-round for<br />

interested visitors. He masterminded<br />

the concept of the Modern Nemean<br />

Games and organised the four-yearly<br />

event with a team of locals and<br />

other supporters, both from Greece<br />

and internationally. Sadly Professor<br />

Miller died last year after a period<br />

of ill health – but, importantly to<br />

him and to many others, his legacy<br />

lives on.<br />

The Modern Nemean Games see<br />

some 1,500 people run in the 90m<br />

“race” on the ancient stadium floor<br />

– barefoot, as the Ancient Greeks<br />

would have run - towards more<br />

than 100 flags fluttering behind the<br />

eternal flame; one flag for every<br />

nationality running. There is also a<br />

7.5km run, following In the footsteps<br />

TRADITIONAL COSTUMES ARE<br />

A HUGE PART OF THE GAMES<br />

of Herakles, for those who seek<br />

more of a challenge.<br />

The Modern Neman Games<br />

are held over a weekend in<br />

late June - normally every four<br />

years, although the sequence<br />

was of course disrupted by<br />

Covid. On Friday evening, there<br />

is an opening ceremony at the<br />

nearby Temple of Zeus, with its<br />

wonderful pillars. There were<br />

just three standing back in 1974<br />

but Professor Miller and his<br />

archaeological workers pieced<br />

together a further six columns<br />

and there are nine now standing,<br />

which is hugely impressive.<br />

A choir sings dressed in Greek costume of wonderful<br />

pleated, flowing robes, the ‘goddess’ speaks and lights<br />

a torch from the eternal flame, Spartan soldiers clad<br />

in 40kg of armour are commanded to lay down their<br />

arms - the purpose of the original Games - which<br />

they do with a big clank, and the procession walks the<br />

short distance to the arena itself, via an ancient tunnel<br />

complete with 2,000 year old graffiti to light the flame<br />

at the stadium itself.<br />

On the Saturday morning and afternoon, runners<br />

arrive at their appointed time (you run in approximate<br />

age groups and female and male runners are grouped<br />

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separately), change on the<br />

ancient changing room floor<br />

where a canvas tent is erected<br />

over the ancient flagstones,<br />

anoint themselves with oil as<br />

the ancients did to prevent<br />

dehydration and dress in a<br />

simple cotton chiton supplied<br />

by Nemea at no charge – this<br />

is a pretty much free-of-charge<br />

event and no commercialisation<br />

is allowed, making it very<br />

different from the Olympics<br />

these days.<br />

Participants then take an oath<br />

to uphold the spirit of the<br />

Nemean Games, walk barefoot<br />

through the 36m tunnel and emerge blinking into the<br />

daylight and the stadium itself.<br />

A trumpeter, clothed in the robes of the time, two<br />

millennia ago, announces each runner’s name and<br />

their city and country. An official, similarly clothed -<br />

as are all organisers, from judges to slaves - proffers<br />

a helmet containing marble chips engraved with the<br />

A RIBBON AND PALM FROND AWAITS<br />

THE WINNERS OF EACH RACE<br />

TOLON BEACH, GREECE<br />

track number in which you will run; you select a chip<br />

and walk to the starting point of the 90m race.<br />

There, the starting mechanism of rope and wood,<br />

with two rows of rough-hewn grooved limestone, one<br />

groove for toes, the other for your heel, awaits. Blackrobed<br />

judges with birch twigs ensure that your feet are<br />

in the correct position.<br />

“Ready, steady, go!” is announced in Greek,<br />

the starting mechanism falls forward and<br />

the race commences, towards the flags and<br />

the eternal flame. The spectators shout<br />

encouragement, cheer and clap. It’s like a<br />

fascinating and very exciting grown-up sports<br />

day, and is hugely enjoyable and wonderful, in<br />

equal measure.<br />

The winner of each race is awarded, as in<br />

antiquity, a ribbon tied around their head, and<br />

a palm frond. The traditional ancient wild<br />

celery crown, dug freshly from nearby fields,<br />

comes at the end of the day. All bask in the<br />

simple pleasure of winning – but everyone<br />

is a winner, as this is such a heart-warming<br />

event. Being part of ancient history and<br />

becoming an Ancient Greek for a day is such a<br />

wonderful experience.<br />

To travel to Nemea for a holiday at the time<br />

of the Nemean Games in June, book with RB<br />

Collection for a week’s hotel or self-catering<br />

accommodation in nearby Tolon, a lovely<br />

seaside family resort set on a sandy beach<br />

facing a wide bay. We will also arrange a<br />

transfer for the 40-minute drive there and<br />

back to Ancient Nemea, which is much better<br />

than driving yourself after a long day in the<br />

sun and saves a huge amount of hassle in<br />

terms of trying to find a parking space.<br />

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The apartments overlook the<br />

lovely bay, and are within an<br />

easy barefoot beach walk of<br />

numerous small-scale tavernas,<br />

ice cream parlours and so on;<br />

Tolon is a buzzy little seaside<br />

town, popular with the Greeks.<br />

Register to run in the Nemean<br />

Games by visiting www.<br />

nemeangames.org – for<br />

<strong>2022</strong>, there is a modest €5<br />

charge, payable on the day.<br />

It used to be totally free of<br />

charge, but the tiny €5 charge<br />

is more than justified, even<br />

if it simply buys the many<br />

volunteers who work their<br />

socks off a celebratory beer at the end of the day.<br />

The number of runners is of necessity limited to<br />

circa 1,500 people, so reserve your place now via the<br />

Nemean Games website, as I have just done!<br />

What else can you do during your holiday to<br />

Greece apart from visiting Nemea and, if you wish,<br />

participating in the Modern Nemean Games?<br />

Tolon is set on a huge sandy bay, perfect for swimming<br />

and watersports. And Ancient Assini, from where<br />

ships sailed to Troy centuries ago, is a ten-minute walk<br />

from Tolon and is definitely worth a visit, with a wellsignposted<br />

walk, picnic seats with a great view, and an<br />

interpretation centre.<br />

Ancient sites abound nearby – from Epidavros and<br />

Mycenae to Tiryns and Nemea itself, and also Corinth<br />

and its famous canal together with the site of the<br />

Isthmian Games; the Peloponnese is where civilisation<br />

began.<br />

THE STADIUM OF THE NEMEAN GAMES<br />

RELIVE ANCIENT HISTORY<br />

AT THE NEMEAN GAMES<br />

Nafplion, the first capital of Greece postindependence,<br />

before Athens, is a 20-minute bus ride<br />

or an hour’s boat trip along the coast. It boasts marble<br />

pavements, Venetian buildings, a castle high above the<br />

city, and a ‘floating’, very photogenic, castle in the bay.<br />

Best of all, after running the 90m race, and watching<br />

and cheering on other participants for as long as you<br />

wish, return to your base in Tolon, sit at a taverna<br />

table on the beach with a well-earned drink, wriggle<br />

your feet in the sand, watch little flying fish on the<br />

edge of the gentle waves and dream of history…<br />

while your excellent meal is prepared and served al<br />

fresco.<br />

I can’t wait to run (not very fast…) again this June,<br />

and I hope you’ll be tempted to give it a try too. And<br />

why not become a member of the Nemean Games to<br />

receive early announcements and more information?<br />

It’s a very modest €15 per annum per person, and<br />

supports an excellent idea,<br />

enjoyed by many, in a<br />

very practical way.<br />

Hoping to see you<br />

there, to celebrate a<br />

very unusual way of<br />

understanding just a little<br />

about ancient history in<br />

Greece.<br />

To book your holiday<br />

to Greece call RB<br />

Collection on 01543<br />

258631 or email vip@<br />

rbcollection.com.<br />

Visit us at our office on<br />

Boley Park, Lichfield by<br />

appointment, free parking<br />

is available.<br />

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CO M P E T I T I O N<br />

Win tickets for a Cornish Café<br />

Cream Tea Afternoon<br />

LICHFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL IS BACK WITH A BANG THIS YEAR, RUNNING A BUSY<br />

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS AT VENUES AROUND THE CITY FROM THURSDAY, <strong>MARCH</strong> 24<br />

UNTIL SUNDAY, <strong>MARCH</strong> 27 - AND WE HAVE A PAIR OF TICKETS UP FOR GRABS<br />

We’ve teamed up with the Festival organisers to offer<br />

two tickets to a very special Mother’s Day event taking<br />

place at The Hub at St Mary’s on Sunday, March 27.<br />

One winner and their lucky companion will join the<br />

audience for a Cornish Cream Tea Afternoon with bestselling<br />

local author Phillipa Ashley.<br />

The ticket includes your very own taste of Cornwall - a<br />

scone with cream and jam, and a choice of tea or coffee<br />

- to enjoy while you listen to Phillipa’s talk.<br />

Phillipa is a Sunday Times and Amazon Top 10<br />

best-selling author of lively and uplifting romantic<br />

fiction including the Cornish Café series. Her first<br />

novel, Decent Exposure won the Romantic Novelists<br />

Association New Writers Award and was filmed as a<br />

US TV movie. She has sold over a quarter of a million<br />

ebooks and 100,000 paperbacks with publisher Avon.<br />

Her most recent books include An Endless Cornish<br />

Summer, the beginning of a brand new series also set in<br />

Cornwall, and A Special Cornish Christmas, published<br />

at the end of 2021. Her 2020 Christmas release, A<br />

Surprise Christmas Wedding, was a Top 10 Sunday<br />

Times bestseller.<br />

For more information and to book tickets for<br />

Lichfield Literature Festival events, visit<br />

www.lichfieldliteraturefestival.org.<br />

Competition!<br />

For your chance to win a pair of tickets to the<br />

opening day of the show, simply answer the<br />

following question:<br />

Which English county is the setting for<br />

Phillipa’s best-selling ‘Café’ series?<br />

• Devon<br />

• Cornwall<br />

• Dorset<br />

Send your answer, along with your contact<br />

details, by email to competitions@<br />

jaimemagazine.com with the subject<br />

‘Lichfield Literature Festival competition’,<br />

by 5pm on Sunday, March 21. Terms and<br />

conditions apply. Visit www.jaimemagazine.<br />

com for details.<br />

AUTHOR PHILLIPA ASHLEY WILL BE TALKING<br />

AT LICHFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL<br />

TERMS AND CONDITIONS:<br />

• The event runs on Sunday, March 27, <strong>2022</strong> from<br />

3.30pm-5.00pm.<br />

• Prize includes 2x tickets – no travel, parking, expenses or<br />

accommodation is provided.<br />

• Winners will be picked at random and notified via email on<br />

Monday, March 22.<br />

• Contact information will be supplied to a third party who will<br />

send your winning tickets electronically via email.<br />

• The prize is for one pair of tickets, so there will be one winner.<br />

• Prize cannot be swapped for cash or sold on.<br />

• Details correct at time of print.<br />

• The promoter of this competition is <strong>J’AIME</strong> Magazine.<br />

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W H AT ’ S O N<br />

What’s on in March?<br />

READY TO GET OUT AND ABOUT THIS SPRING? THERE’S THEATRE, MUSIC, LITERATURE<br />

AND MORE TO ENJOY IN LICHFIELD, SUTTON AND BEYOND THIS <strong>MARCH</strong>…<br />

WHAT: DISNEY’S BEAUTY AND THE BEAST<br />

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 3 TO 26<br />

The most enchanted musical of all time, Beauty and the Beast returns<br />

to the stage for a new, completely reimagined UK and Ireland tour,<br />

stopping off in Birmingham for a run of shows this month.<br />

Spectacularly reimagined using the latest theatrical innovations,<br />

Disney’s beloved ‘tale as old as time’ has been brought to life on stage<br />

like never before, with all the charm and elegance audiences expect<br />

from Belle and her Beast.<br />

Disney first debuted Beauty and the Beast on Broadway 26 years ago.<br />

Members of the original creative team have reunited on this new<br />

production that features all of the spellbinding songs of Alan Menken,<br />

Howard Ashman and Tim Rice ​including Belle, Gaston, Be Our Guest<br />

and, of course, Beauty and the Beast.<br />

For more details and to book tickets visit<br />

www.birminghamhippodrome.com<br />

WHAT: THE TIGER WHO CAME TO TEA<br />

WHERE: LICHFIELD GARRICK<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 5 AND 6<br />

Direct from the West End, the Olivier Award nominated smash hit<br />

show The Tiger Who Came to Tea is celebrating over 10 years on stage<br />

and appears on tour in Lichfield this month. When the doorbell rings<br />

just as Sophie and her mummy are sitting down to tea, they wonder<br />

who it could possibly be? What they certainly don’t expect to see at the<br />

door is a big, stripy tiger! Join the tea-guzzling tiger in this delightful<br />

family show, packed with oodles of magic, sing-along songs and clumsy<br />

chaos! Tickets for this stunning stage adaptation of the classic tale of<br />

teatime mayhem are priced at £16. For more details visit<br />

www.lichfieldgarrick.com<br />

WHAT: MAD HATTER’S AFTERNOON TEA<br />

WHERE: MOOR HALL HOTEL AND SPA<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 6<br />

Enjoy a curiouser and curiouser afternoon tea with the Mad Hatter,<br />

Alice, the White Rabbit, Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee at Moor Hall<br />

Hotel and Spa on Sunday, March 6. It’s the perfect treat for any Alice in<br />

Wonderland fan, young or old, and there is guaranteed to be craziness,<br />

fun and even some singing and dancing. You’ll want to make sure you’re<br />

on your best behaviour, otherwise the Queen of Hearts might declare<br />

it’s “off with their heads”!<br />

Tickets for the afternoon tea experience are priced at £32 per adult and<br />

£22 per child, although bear in mind this event may not be suitable for<br />

very young children if they are easily frightened. Arrive from 12.30pm<br />

for a 1pm start. For more details visit www.moorhallhotel.co.uk<br />

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WHAT: DITA VON TEESE: GLAMONATRIX<br />

WHERE: THE ALEXANDRA, BIRMINGHAM<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 14 AND 15<br />

The ever-dazzling International Queen of Burlesque, Dita Von Teese,<br />

returns to the stage with the most lavish touring burlesque show in<br />

history with her all-new revue, Dita Von Teese: Glamonatrix.<br />

The Glamonatrix burlesque revue takes audiences on a stunning visual<br />

journey with one show-stopping performance after another. The uberglamorous<br />

variety show presents extravagant new production numbers<br />

from Dita and the cast, with costumes created by famed corset maker<br />

Mister Pearl, British designer Jenny Packham, French couturier Alexis<br />

Mabille, burlesque icon Catherine D’Lish, Brooke Brothers and more.<br />

Shoe aficionados will delight in the extraordinary bespoke footwear by<br />

Christian Louboutin.<br />

The Glamonatrix tour follows Von Teese’s The Art of the Teese<br />

which is the most successful burlesque tour of all time, playing to sold<br />

out theatres in cities across the United States, Canada, Europe, and<br />

Australia.<br />

For more details visit www.atgtickets.com/birmingham<br />

WHAT: REMI HARRIS JAZZ & BLUES PROJECT<br />

WHERE: CATHEDRAL HOTEL, LICHFIELD<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 16<br />

Acclaimed guitarist Remi Harris and his band present an eclectic<br />

show featuring music from the acoustic jazz of the ‘30s and ‘40s to the<br />

electric blues of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Influenced by such greats as Django<br />

Reinhardt, Jimi Hendrix, Peter Green and Wes Montgomery, Remi<br />

has dedicated himself to a life of guitar since the age of seven. His<br />

playing has taken him from busking on the streets of his local towns<br />

to performing at prestigious events and venues around the world,<br />

including the Montreal Jazz Festival, Buckingham Palace, BBC Proms<br />

at the Royal Albert Hall with Jamie Cullum, and on national radio and<br />

television.<br />

The show will feature a mix of jazz and blues standards, original<br />

compositions, improvisations and new arrangements of familiar tunes.<br />

Remi will play a variety of acoustic and electric guitars and will be<br />

joined on stage by Tom Moore on double and electric bass and Shane<br />

Dixon on drums. Doors open at 7.45pm and tickets are just £12. For<br />

more details visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk<br />

WHAT: REVENGE BY ROBIN HAWDON<br />

WHERE: TAMWORTH ASSEMBLY ROOMS<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 17 AND 18<br />

Directed by Louise Jameson (EastEnders, Doc Martin, Doctor Who,<br />

Bergerac), the national tour of this cat and mouse stage-thriller stops off<br />

in Tamworth for two nights only.<br />

Bill Crayshaw MP, leads a charmed life, hailed in the corridors of<br />

Parliament, lauded in business, and loved at home. That is until he<br />

returns from a business trip to find his party agent has been killed in a<br />

terrible, tragic accident - or was it?<br />

Mary Stewart isn’t so sure and arrives at his door asking some awkward<br />

questions - in reality, is his success founded on murder, corruption and<br />

double-dealing?<br />

But how does she know so much about his private life - a jealous<br />

journalist peddling seedy lies? This one seems prepared to go to<br />

extraordinary lengths to ensure his political, business and personal<br />

lives are ruined. Is her motive journalism, blackmail, seduction… or<br />

revenge?<br />

As the tension mounts and suspense increases, shots ring out and the<br />

initial game of cat and mouse turns into a deadly battle, twisting and<br />

turning between truth and lies, to reach a thrilling climax that will keep<br />

audiences guessing until the final curtain.<br />

Tickets are priced from £19.50, visit www.<br />

tamworthassemblyrooms.co.uk for details.<br />

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WHAT: LICHFIELD LITERATURE FESTIVAL<br />

WHERE: VARIOUS<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 24-27<br />

This month brings a packed programme to town for the Lichfield<br />

Literature Festival, with something for every bookworm. History fans<br />

will enjoy events with leading UK historians, including Simon Thurley<br />

discussing the Stuarts, Tristram Hunt on ‘the radical potter’ Wedgwood,<br />

and Tracy Borman reflecting on the British monarchy. Magiciancomedian<br />

Ian Keable explores the 18th-century hoax, Jay Rayner<br />

performs his hit show about killer dishes, and Amy Jeffs - who we spoke<br />

to for this issue - journeys through mythological Britain.<br />

On Saturday, expect an evening of crime with mortician Carla<br />

Valentine dissecting the forensics of Agatha Christie followed by crime<br />

writers Nadine Matheson and Vaseem Khan exploring a brand new<br />

collection of short stories. Festival favourite Alison Weir serves up tales<br />

from the Tudor Court while Nikki May celebrates her sizzling debut<br />

novel Wahala, and poetry performance comes from new Staffordshire<br />

indie publisher Fawn Press.<br />

For those with a nose for non-fiction, there’s Anita Sethi’s brave and<br />

brilliant book of nature-writing; former soldier Harry Parker at the<br />

frontiers of man and machine; BBC Radio 4 presenter Justin Webb<br />

reflecting on his childhood; former BBC R4 Today programme<br />

producer Sarah Sands taking inspiration from monasteries around<br />

the world; and researcher Yen Ooi exploring the ancient Chinese<br />

philosophy of Rén.<br />

Children will love hearing from Christopher Lloyd how Nature operates<br />

in a world without humans, as well as drawing with official World Book<br />

Day Illustrator Rob Biddulph. For full programme details and to book<br />

tickets, visit www.lichfieldliteraturefestival.org<br />

WHAT: SUTTON COLDFIELD VINTAGE & ARTS FAIR<br />

WHERE: SUTTON COLDFIELD TOWN HALL<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 27<br />

Now in its tenth year, the “biggest and best vintage fair in the<br />

Midlands” returns to Sutton Coldfield Town Hall this March. With<br />

70 stalls of vintage fashion, arts, crafts, homewares, style and tasty<br />

treats brought to you by traders from across the UK, there’s plenty of<br />

browsing and delights to discover. Lovers of vintage style and fashion<br />

won’t want to miss out on this extra special event. Head along to<br />

explore three whole rooms of great atmosphere and unique finds, full<br />

of colour and creativity. Plus, there is live entertainment livening up<br />

the Hall throughout the day, and a wonderful selection of cakes and<br />

refreshments if you need some sustenance for all that shopping! Entry<br />

to the Fair is £1 per person, with entry between 11am and 4.30pm. For<br />

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