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<strong>J’AIME</strong><br />

Y O U R L O C A L L U X U R Y L I F E S T Y L E M A G A Z I N E<br />

Seasonal decor<br />

tips to spruce<br />

up your home<br />

Win!<br />

a £250 festive<br />

shopping spree<br />

at Curborough<br />

Countryside<br />

Centre<br />

Seeing<br />

red:<br />

the hottest wardrobe<br />

hue for winter<br />

HE’S BEHIND YOU! PANTO<br />

FUN FOR ALL THE FAMILY AT<br />

LICHFIELD GARRICK


CO N T E N T S<br />

InsideJ’aime this month...<br />

6 Lichfield Garrick - Behind the scenes of<br />

Lichfield’s showpiece festive spectacular - and<br />

how the Garrick gives back at Christmas time<br />

10 Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children - The<br />

Staffordshire-based children’s charity hoping<br />

to give the gift of play this festive season<br />

12 Competition - Win a £250 Christmas shopping<br />

spree at Curborough Countryside Centre<br />

16 Interiors - Blue Nova: a celestial hue for 2024<br />

20 Interiors - Creating cosy<br />

26 Interiors - Christmas decor with a natural feel<br />

31 Christmas - Christmas tree care with Lichfield<br />

Garden Centre<br />

32 Christmas - Gifts for your nearest and dearest<br />

36 Food and drink - Creating the perfect Christmas<br />

feast with Dubberley Delicious<br />

40 Wealth Matters - Exploring the world of<br />

finance with financial adviser Greg Palethorpe<br />

42 What’s On - The best events around the<br />

Midlands this festive season<br />

46 Fashion - Seeing red<br />

48 Beauty - Winter skincare with Heaven<br />

Skincare’s Deborah Mitchell<br />

49 In the news - Luxury decor for stylish homes at<br />

Kartar & Seibo<br />

50 In the news - A one-stop interior design<br />

solution at Blend Interiors<br />

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

With the festive season upon us, we’ve got a<br />

fantastic competition to help you kickstart your<br />

Christmas shopping in style, with a chance to win a<br />

£250 shopping spree at Curborough Countryside<br />

Centre, near Lichfield. Our lucky winner will be<br />

able to tick off their gift list, or perhaps stock up<br />

for a festive feast, at some of the centre’s amazing<br />

retailers. Try your luck today - you could be our<br />

winner!<br />

And the festive fun doesn’t stop there; we talk to<br />

the cast and crew of Lichfield Garrick’s panto<br />

spectacular Beauty and the Beast about the<br />

importance of the arts at Christmas, plus we<br />

find out all about Staffordshire-based Newlife<br />

the Charity for Disabled Children’s Christmas<br />

fundraising appeal, which aims to give the gift of<br />

play to disabled and terminally ill children this<br />

festive season and beyond.<br />

Plus we’ve got the ultimate Christmas dinner guide<br />

from Lichfield chef Jack Dubberley to ensure your<br />

festive feast is one to remember.<br />

Elsewhere, we take a look at some of the best in<br />

festive entertainment around the Midlands, and<br />

we round up some fantastic gift ideas from local<br />

retailers and suppliers to help you check off your<br />

Christmas list.<br />

With all of your usual food, fashion, beauty and<br />

interiors favourites too, we’ve got a festive feast for<br />

you to enjoy.<br />

We’d like to thank all of our readers, advertisers<br />

and contributors for their continuing support<br />

throughout <strong>2023</strong> - wishing you all a fantastic<br />

Christmas, and all the best for a happy and<br />

prosperous 2024!<br />

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F E AT U R E<br />

Panto for all at Lichfield<br />

THE LICHFIELD GARRICK IS GEARING UP FOR A HEARTWARMING SEASON OF<br />

FESTIVE FUN AS SHOWPIECE PANTO BEAUTY AND THE BEAST GETS UNDERWAY.<br />

AMY NORBURY CHATS TO THE THEATRE’S ARTISTIC DIRECTOR DANIEL<br />

BUCKROYD AND PANTO FAVOURITE SAM RABONE TO DISCOVER MORE<br />

PHOTOS BY PAMELA RAITH PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

THE CAST OF BEAUTY<br />

AND THE BEAST<br />

It’s one of the festive season’s most enduring<br />

traditions; a slice of good old British entertainment<br />

and, often, a first foray into theatre for the younger<br />

members of the family. That’s right; Christmas just<br />

wouldn’t be Christmas for many of us without a trip<br />

to the panto.<br />

At theatres across the land, the festive season is<br />

marked with cries of ‘He’s behind you!’ and ‘Oh no<br />

it isn’t’, as audiences cheer the goodies and boo the<br />

villains while panto dames ensure chaos ensues with<br />

the requisite bucket (or vat!) of slosh.<br />

And Lichfield is no exception. The Lichfield<br />

Garrick’s showpiece panto is a highlight of the<br />

theatre calendar for audiences and staff alike, with<br />

tickets for each year’s show snapped up by eager<br />

punters looking for that little bit of festive magic to<br />

share with their family.<br />

This year, it’s the turn of Beauty and the Beast to<br />

get the panto treatment, complete with magic and<br />

mayhem from a star-studded cast accompanied by<br />

lavish sets, fantastic music and beautiful costumes.<br />

But as the cost of living continues to spiral, even the<br />

theatre’s most accessible show has become a financial<br />

stretch too far for some.<br />

Cultural experiences hold a special place in our<br />

hearts, and they have an undeniable impact on our<br />

mental wellbeing. So this Christmas, the Garrick is<br />

once again on a mission to bring smiles to the faces<br />

of families in the region who have weathered a tough<br />

year with its heartwarming Christmas Ticket Appeal,<br />

calling on the support of local businesses to join<br />

together and make a meaningful difference to people<br />

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in the community.<br />

“The Garrick charity is here to provide<br />

theatre for everyone who lives in<br />

Lichfield and the surrounding area,<br />

so it really matters to us when people<br />

face barriers to coming to see a show<br />

or getting involved,” says Garrick CEO<br />

and artistic director Daniel Buckroyd.<br />

“One of those barriers is the<br />

affordability of tickets, especially with<br />

the cost-of-living crisis many families<br />

are facing at the moment, and so our<br />

Christmas Ticket Appeal, generously<br />

supported by local businesses and<br />

Garrick ticket buyers, is one of the<br />

ways we try to ensure that anyone can<br />

experience the magic of live theatre at this time of<br />

year.”<br />

The Garrick has teamed up with local charities<br />

including Lichfield Foodbank, Spark Burntwood,<br />

Lichfield City of Sanctuary, Pathway Project,<br />

BLAST and One Lichfield, to ensure tickets get to<br />

families most in need.<br />

“These charities support those within our community<br />

who have experienced financial hardship, abuse, face<br />

discrimination or exclusion and support diversity and<br />

equality,” says Daniel.<br />

“Ticket donations have a huge impact on families in<br />

our community. It allows families to have a few hours<br />

of escapism and laugh and smile together, creating<br />

magical memories with us. It’s very humbling to<br />

the team at Lichfield Garrick Arts Charity that<br />

we can work with organisations, charities and the<br />

community to bring this scheme to fruition each year<br />

and together make a difference.”<br />

Since the inception of this heartwarming initiative<br />

LICHFIELD GARRICK ARTISTIC<br />

DIRECTOR DANIEL BUCKROYD<br />

in 2017, more than 500 families have been able<br />

to attend Lichfield Garrick’s enchanting panto, all<br />

thanks to the generosity of local businesses. These<br />

tickets provide much-needed escapism and magic<br />

during the festive season, creating lasting memories<br />

for families who otherwise might not have had the<br />

opportunity.<br />

And Beauty and the Beast is certainly set to be a<br />

festive showstopper.<br />

“We’re really pulled out all the stops this year - a<br />

hilarious new script, a brilliantly talented cast,<br />

including the return of Sam Rabone as our Dame<br />

teaming up with his old comedy sparring partner<br />

Ben Thornton, a great playlist of songs and dance<br />

routines AND the return of slosh - you can’t beat a<br />

bit of panto mess!” says Daniel.<br />

“Everyone who works on panto instinctively knows<br />

just what a special time of year it is for a theatre and<br />

the community it serves - families coming together<br />

for their big annual theatre trip, children getting<br />

their first time in an auditorium - so there’s a brilliant<br />

spirit in the building as the team pulls together to<br />

give everyone an amazing experience.”<br />

Garrick panto dame Sam Rabone, who will be<br />

starring as Madame Fillop in Beauty and the Beast,<br />

is no stranger to Christmas in Lichfield. The show<br />

marks his impressive eighth festive outing at the<br />

theatre.<br />

“It’s special! There is something very special about<br />

doing a panto local to home, and even more special<br />

being asked back year on year,” Sam says.<br />

“This is the eighth time they’ve agreed to let me back<br />

in the building and I can’t wait to see some friendly<br />

faces in the audience. The Lichfield crowd is great<br />

which makes being on the Garrick stage even more<br />

fun. It’s a complete mix of people, families and<br />

groups coming so every day something different gets<br />

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a laugh. And it’s great that people get to know me,<br />

and wives and girlfriends are picking seats purely so I<br />

can pick on their partners!<br />

“Beauty and the Beast is very different to any of our<br />

other pantomimes, which I think will make this show<br />

extra special. It’s the first time Lichfield has had this<br />

title, and it’s such a classic fairy tale I can’t believe<br />

we’ve never done it before.<br />

“Beauty is much more musical than any of our other<br />

shows, which means when I get to do some comedy<br />

it’s going to be even more fun. We’ve got some<br />

amazing singers from across the UK and West End<br />

too, so they will really bring the musical to life.”<br />

With panto, the audience always knows to expect the<br />

unexpected. So, are there any surprises in store?<br />

“Well if I told you that it wouldn’t be a surprise now<br />

would it!” laughs Sam. “I will tell you one thing....<br />

we’ve bought back the slosh this year! Oui Oui!”<br />

Slosh aside, Madame Fillop is set to be a memorable<br />

character for the Lichfield audience.<br />

“Madame Fillop is mother to Belle and Phillipe, she’s<br />

the typical panto dame, poor and widowed, so gents<br />

look out, sitting on the second row won’t keep you<br />

safe,” says Sam. “My favourite thing about being a<br />

dame is the laughs, the ridiculousness and of course<br />

all the amazing costumes.”<br />

Sam will be reunited with comedy sparring partner<br />

Ben Thornton, who will be taking on the role of<br />

Madame Fillop’s son, Phillipe.<br />

“I put in a restraining order - but the people of<br />

Lichfield spoke and so we agreed to have him back.<br />

He’s already demanded my dressing room!” laughs<br />

Sam.<br />

“No, I joke; when Daniel started at the theatre I<br />

begged him to get Ben back in the panto, and that’s<br />

what he’s done. Myself and Ben can NOT wait to<br />

bring you all the laughs this<br />

year.”<br />

With many pantos under<br />

his belt, what are Sam’s<br />

favourite aspects of the<br />

festive season at the<br />

theatre?<br />

“I don’t think there’s<br />

anything I don’t like,<br />

I even like getting up<br />

early for rehearsals,” he<br />

says. “There’s something<br />

special about pantomime,<br />

the friends you make,<br />

the laughs you have and<br />

generally just getting to be<br />

SAM IS REUNITED WITH COMEDY<br />

PARTNER BEN THORNTON<br />

silly for two months. But in all, my favourite thing is<br />

the Garrick audiences, they love the show and are<br />

behind us (oh no they aren’t) every step of the way!”<br />

This summer, the Garrick celebrated its milestone<br />

20th anniversary by focusing on bringing more of<br />

the arts into the Lichfield community. And with the<br />

Christmas Ticket Appeal, the theatre is ending the<br />

year on the same note.<br />

“Hundreds of people joined us when we threw our<br />

doors open for a birthday celebration back in July,<br />

but for us the focus was always going to be on a year<br />

of community engagement rather than just a party,<br />

so our team have been out in schools, colleges and<br />

community settings over the last few months helping<br />

all kinds of groups to realise a creative ambition,”<br />

says Daniel.<br />

“In 2024 we’ll be building on that by welcoming<br />

more community groups into the Garrick itself.<br />

We’re also planning to take a Garrick production on<br />

tour into community venues across the region, begin<br />

the process of upgrading our facilities for audiences<br />

and launching a new five-year plan to make sure<br />

the Garrick is thriving and at the heart of the<br />

community in another 20 years.”<br />

Beauty and the Beast runs at Lichfield Garrick from<br />

Friday, November 24, <strong>2023</strong>, to Sunday, January 7,<br />

2024. For more details about the show or to book<br />

tickets visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com or call<br />

the box office on 01543 412121. If your business is<br />

eager to join the Christmas Ticket Appeal and help<br />

spread festive cheer, please contact Matt Clay by<br />

email to Matthew.Clay@lichfieldgarrick.com<br />

or on 01543 412123. The appeal runs until January<br />

7, 2024, with suggested business sponsorship from<br />

£150 plus VAT. Individuals can make a donation of<br />

any size online or through the box office.<br />

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F E AT U R E<br />

Giving the gift of<br />

play this Christmas<br />

STAFFORDSHIRE-BASED NEWLIFE THE CHARITY FOR DISABLED CHILDREN IS HOPING TO HELP<br />

MORE AND MORE DISABLED AND TERMINALLY ILL CHILDREN EXPERIENCE THE SIMPLE JOY OF<br />

PLAYTIME THIS CHRISTMAS AND BEYOND, THANKS TO ITS GIVE THE GIFT OF PLAY APPEAL<br />

For many people the idea of<br />

children excitedly unwrapping<br />

gifts to play with and having fun is<br />

what Christmas is all about. They<br />

will lovingly browse and pick out<br />

just the perfect toy for the little<br />

ones in their lives. But sadly, for<br />

many children with disabilities or<br />

terminal illness, playing is much<br />

more complex.<br />

Often toys from the High Street<br />

just don’t meet their needs. They<br />

may have physical or learning<br />

delays or a disability, they may be<br />

losing their sight, their hearing, or<br />

don’t have the muscle control they<br />

need to play.<br />

But sensory toys can make all the difference – which<br />

is why one Staffordshire-based charity sends specialist<br />

toys out on loan to families to help their child enjoy<br />

the gift of play.<br />

Newlife the Charity for Disabled Children, based in<br />

Cannock, provides sensory toys on loan for 12 weeks<br />

through its Play Therapy Pod service. With a variety<br />

of pods available, there are toys to suit different ages<br />

and developmental needs.<br />

But there is often a long waiting list for the pods, with<br />

nearly 300 children currently waiting for the service.<br />

And specialist toys are often costly, putting them out<br />

of reach for many families, especially with the costof-living<br />

at a high. Each pod costs Newlife around<br />

£500 to carefully create with just the right toys.<br />

Now Newlife has launched a Christmas campaign<br />

to raise funds, and is hoping that people’s generosity<br />

through the festive season means more children who<br />

have difficulty playing will be able to use specialist<br />

toys throughout the year ahead.<br />

Newlife has been helping to change the lives of<br />

AMELIA LOVES TO EXPLORE<br />

EACH NEW SELECTION OF TOYS<br />

disabled children and their families for more than<br />

30 years. As the UK’s largest charity provider<br />

of specialist disability equipment, such as beds,<br />

wheelchairs and portable hoists, Newlife provides<br />

equipment both as permanent grants and as loans<br />

when there is a medical need and a family is in crisis.<br />

It also provides a free Nurse Helpline where families<br />

find support, a listening ear and condition specific<br />

information.<br />

“Many disabilities and illnesses mean that children<br />

can struggle to play, but the right toys can improve<br />

development and motor function, help families bond<br />

and even distract from pain,” says Heather Hill,<br />

Newlife’s Play Therapy Pod manager.<br />

“But sensory toys can be expensive, so the loan<br />

service also helps families try before they decide to<br />

buy similar toys themselves.<br />

“The loans of sensory toys are incredibly popular<br />

and families can apply for a new loan when their<br />

current one is coming to an end, so their child always<br />

has something new to help stimulate them and help<br />

with their development. We hear how excited the<br />

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whole family gets when the pods arrive – it can be<br />

quite magical.”<br />

The sensory toy loans from Newlife are something<br />

two-year-old Amelia Pepper and her family very<br />

much look forward to receiving. Amelia has, so far,<br />

received four of Newlife’s pods containing different<br />

sensory toys to encourage her development through<br />

play.<br />

Described by her mum Sian Lawrence as ‘a true<br />

miracle’, Amelia is the only recorded person with<br />

her unique genetic sequence. As a result of her<br />

condition, she needs to be tube fed, is partially<br />

sighted, and has decreased muscle tone, so she can’t<br />

sit up on her own, walk or crawl. But her head<br />

control is developing and, despite doctors believing<br />

she would never speak, Amelia now says a few words,<br />

including mum, dad and hello.<br />

“Amelia’s favourite time is when she’s in her sensory<br />

room, which was fundraised through family and<br />

friends, and she loves being in there,” says Sian.<br />

“The sensory toys on loan from Newlife are<br />

great additions to the room and really help her<br />

development - it’s lovely to see her interact, play and<br />

learn. The toys always arrive quickly and it’s a lovely<br />

surprise to see what’s in the box – there are so many<br />

kinds of pods and toys to explore!”<br />

Amelia’s favourite toy so far is an elephant with<br />

switch buttons attached which she can tap with her<br />

fingers and toes to make it sing songs and wiggle its<br />

ears. She also especially enjoys the colourful toys<br />

with music and lights which help incorporate play<br />

in her day-to-day development. This has helped her<br />

be able to track things with her fingers as well as her<br />

sight and develop her hand and eye coordination and<br />

head control.<br />

“Newlife’s sensory toys are also a great distraction<br />

when she’s in pain or we are waiting for<br />

TWO-YEAR-OLD AMELIA HAS<br />

BEEN ABLE TO PLAY, THANKS<br />

TO NEWLIFE’S PLAY THERAPY<br />

POD SERVICE<br />

appointments, especially little toys<br />

which encourage her to use her<br />

hands,” Sian adds.<br />

“There are so many toys we just<br />

wouldn’t have known about without<br />

the loans from Newlife. They help<br />

us discover what really appeals<br />

to Amelia, which can sometimes<br />

be a real surprise, and there have<br />

been several which have made it<br />

on to her Christmas and birthday<br />

lists as we know she gets a lot out<br />

of them, which with the current<br />

cost of living is better than buying<br />

things we don’t know for sure she<br />

will enjoy.”<br />

If you would like to help a child like Amelia<br />

receive the gift of play, you can donate to Newlife’s<br />

Christmas appeal at https://newlife.support/<br />

Christmas-donation or text NEWLIFEXMAS<br />

to 70085 to donate £10. Texts will cost the donation<br />

amount plus one standard network rate message, and<br />

you’ll be opting into hearing more from Newlife. If<br />

you would like to donate but don’t wish to hear more<br />

from the charity, text NEWLIFEXMASNOINFO<br />

instead. You can discover more about Newlife’s<br />

Christmas Appeal at www.newlifecharity.co.uk/<br />

christmas<br />

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SO FAR HAS BEEN A SPECIAL<br />

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

Feeling<br />

blue?<br />

IT’S that time of year again - the colour forecasting season<br />

is upon us once more, and the paint gurus at Benjamin<br />

Moore have just unveiled their official Colour of the Year<br />

for 2024 as Blue Nova.<br />

Described as being an ‘alluring mid-tone that balances<br />

depth and intrigue with classic appeal and reassurance’,<br />

this stormy hue enlivens the senses and perfectly<br />

encapsulates the mysterious beauty of the night sky.⁠<br />

An intriguing blend of blue and violet inspired by the<br />

brilliance of a new star formed in space, Blue Nova is<br />

a warmer tone of blue, perfect for adding depth and<br />

character to your spaces without overwhelming the rest of<br />

your decor.<br />

As a fresh alternative to navy, it’s a hue you can explore<br />

comfortably for a foray into colourful interiors. Use<br />

liberally across all four walls and surrounding woodwork<br />

to create a style statement which feels both contemporary<br />

and classic, or opt for a splash or two to highlight<br />

architectural features such as fireplaces, mouldings,<br />

windows or doors.<br />

To make the most of Blue Nova’s celestial vibe, pair with<br />

shades found in a sunsetting sky, such as burnt oranges,<br />

yellows or even lighter blues.<br />

BENJAMIN MOORE BLUE NOVA 825 , FROM £20<br />

PER 0.94L. WWW.BENJAMINMOOREPAINT.CO.UK<br />

£124<br />

£126<br />

SANTORINI BLUE BOWL, STYLE OUR HOME.<br />

WWW.STYLEOURHOME.COM<br />

£355<br />

£18.99<br />

VITA WHITE AND BLUE CERAMIC TABLE<br />

LAMP WITH BLUE LAURA ASHLEY<br />

HEMSLEY SHADE, COTTERELL & CO.<br />

WWW.COTTERELLANDCO.COM<br />

BLUE TORTOISESHELL<br />

BALL GLASS VASE, GISELA GRAHAM.<br />

WWW.GISELAGRAHAM.CO.UK<br />

ALLESTREE BLUE TWO DOOR SIDEBOARD, STYLE<br />

OUR HOME. WWW.STYLEOURHOME.COM<br />

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RICH<br />

HERITAGE<br />

& TIMELESS<br />

CHARM<br />

AVAILABLE<br />

TO RESERVE<br />

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Bonds will offer beautiful views of the<br />

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Prices correct at time of print.


ORIAN TABLE LAMP, KARTAR & SEIBO.<br />

WWW.KARTARANDSEIBO.COM<br />

£POA<br />

LAMBERT ACCENT CHAIR IN ROYAL BLUE<br />

SUSTAINABLE VELVET AND DARK STAIN<br />

OAK, CULT FURNITURE.<br />

WWW.CULTFURNITURE.COM<br />

£9.99<br />

PIANCA PLATEA ARMCHAIR, KESSELER<br />

BIRMINGHAM AND BLEND INTERIORS.<br />

WWW.BLENDINTERIORS.CO.UK<br />

£595<br />

TEALIGHT POT, GISELA GRAHAM.<br />

WWW.GISELAGRAHAM.CO.UK<br />

£249<br />

£104<br />

£45<br />

£POA<br />

PIANCA ESSE CHAIR, KESSELER<br />

BIRMINGHAM AND BLEND INTERIORS.<br />

WWW.BLENDINTERIORS.CO.UK<br />

MEDIUM INDIGO BLUE BUEE VASE,<br />

ARIA. WWW.ARIASHOP.CO.UK<br />

SET OF TWO GOBLETS IN MINGLE BLUE,<br />

ROSE & GREY. WWW.ROSEANDGREY.CO.UK<br />

£2,698<br />

£2,899<br />

BUCKINGHAM THREE SEATER SOFA IN BLUE,<br />

BRIDGMAN. WWW.BRIDGMAN.CO.UK<br />

MONDRIAN TABLE LAMP, KARTAR & SEIBO.<br />

WWW.KARTARANDSEIBO.COM<br />

FOUR-PIECE SOHO COOKWARE SET, £149,<br />

PROCOOK. WWW.PROCOOK.CO.UK<br />

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ARTS & CRAFTS ROWAN WALLPAPER IN<br />

NAVY, £75 PER ROLL, BEAUTIFUL WALLS.<br />

WWW.BEAUTIFULWALLS.CO.UK<br />

BENJAMIN MOORE BLUE NOVA 825,<br />

FROM £20 PER 0.94L.<br />

WWW.BENJAMINMOOREPAINT.CO.UK<br />

FOUR LINEN AND COTTON NAPKINS IN<br />

FRENCH BLUE, £40, COX & COX.<br />

WWW.COXANDCOX.CO.UK<br />

COSY ARMCHAIR, £1,630, KARTAR &<br />

SEIBO. WWW.KARTARANDSEIBO.COM<br />

BLUE TOILE DE JOUY WALLPAPER MURAL,<br />

FROM £32, BOBBI BECK.<br />

WWW.BOBBIBECK.COM


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

Time to<br />

get cosy<br />

AS the darker nights roll in, cosy comforts are essential<br />

as we hunker down from the cold outside. The further we<br />

head into winter, the more our homes become a haven<br />

from the elements, a place to retreat in comfort as we<br />

spend our evenings snuggled up with our loved ones.<br />

And our decor choices play a huge part in creating that<br />

cosy atmosphere we crave.<br />

The key to making your space feel as inviting as possible<br />

is layering textures; think super soft wool blankets and<br />

oversized faux fur throws, squishy pillows in tactile fabrics<br />

and luxuriously thick rugs underfoot. For the ultimate in<br />

creature comforts, ditch any cold leather chairs and sofas<br />

and swap for a fabric number; a boucle chair or velvet sofa<br />

adds a stylish touch which offers warmth and cosiness too.<br />

Another easy way to bring more warmth and comfort<br />

to your space is with lighting; a well-placed lamp or two,<br />

a selection of candles or hurricanes, and even the glow<br />

from an open fire, can all make a significant difference to<br />

your rooms. Experiment with different light sources and<br />

strengths until you achieve the effect you desire.<br />

MOTTLED GLASS PUMPKIN CANDLE, £19.99,<br />

LIGHTS4FUN. WWW.LIGHTS4FUN.CO.UK<br />

£79<br />

£59<br />

SHEARER HOT WATER BOTTLE,<br />

LOAF. WWW.LOAF.COM<br />

£119.99<br />

LIMA SAND ALPACA LAMBSWOOL<br />

THROW, COUNTRY MOUSE.<br />

WWW.COUNTRYMOUSE.CO.UK<br />

ICON COCOON FAUX FUR BEAN<br />

BAG IN MINK, BEANBAG BAZAAR.<br />

WWW.BEANBAGBAZAAR.CO.UK<br />

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Artist Impression<br />

Embrace a worry-free lifestyle you<br />

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Discover an inspiring new retirement<br />

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When you rightsize and buy an Adlington retirement apartment<br />

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you also open up new opportunities within a thriving community<br />

of like-minded people. With access to a host of fully maintained<br />

facilities including a restaurant*, hair salon* and landscaped<br />

gardens, and an on-site team available 24/7, 365 days a year,<br />

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Green, Sutton Coldfield,<br />

B72 1DH<br />

Request a brochure and find out more<br />

Call 0121 817 8680 • Visit adlington.co.uk/JA<br />

*Additional charges apply.


£599<br />

£2,490<br />

CABANA YETI ACCENT CHAIR IN FAUX YAK<br />

SHEEPSKIN SAND WITH SOLID OAK ARMS,<br />

WHERE SAINTS GO.<br />

WWW.WHERESAINTSGO.CO.UK<br />

KING LIVING JASPER METRO SOFA.<br />

WWW.KINGLIVING.CO.UK<br />

LEWIS WINGBACK CHAIR, STYLE OUR<br />

HOME. WWW.STYLEOURHOME.COM<br />

£920<br />

£1,401<br />

LASKASAS COSY SOFA,<br />

SWEETPEA & WILLOW.<br />

WWW.SWEETPEAANDWILLOW.COM<br />

REMUS TERRACOTTA TABLE LAMP,<br />

£237, STYLE OUR HOME.<br />

WWW.STYLEOURHOME.COM<br />

PREMIUM SOFT QUALITY SHEEPSKIN,<br />

FROM £59, TATLOW CARPETS, LICHFIELD.<br />

WWW.TATLOWCARPETS.CO.UK<br />

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ICON BROWN BEAR LUXURY FAUX FUR<br />

THROW, £69.99, BEANBAG BAZAAR.<br />

WWW.BEANBAGBAZAAR.CO.UK<br />

CHUNKY KNIT THROW IN COSY GREY,<br />

£155, LOAF. WWW.LOAF.COM<br />

COSY SOFA, £2,650, COX & COX.<br />

WWW.COXANDCOX.CO.UK<br />

HAMPTON HURRICANE LANTERNS, FROM<br />

£49.99, IVYLINE. WWW.IVYLINEGB.CO.UK<br />

DANE BROWN DIAMOND THROW<br />

BLANKET, £98, SO COSY.<br />

WWW.SOCOSY.CO.UK


curborough<br />

HALL FARM<br />

c o u n t r y s i d e c e n t r e<br />

thyme kitchen - BRUNCH CAFE<br />

Savour the season’s delights at Lichfield’s favourite Brunch<br />

Cafe! Christmas is a special time, and we’re ready to<br />

sprinkle some extra magic on your plate! Our cherished<br />

Boxing Day sandwich is back, and our mouthwatering<br />

roast turkey dinners have reclaimed their spot on the<br />

menu. Plus, keep an eye on our social media for a special<br />

visit from Santa himself. Best of all, we are dog-friendly,<br />

so the entire family can enjoy a visit to Thyme Kitchen.<br />

Mark your calendar for December 1st for our wreath<br />

making workshop and on December 19th, don’t miss our<br />

Sauce Supper Club event, featuring the culinary talents of<br />

MasterChef: The Professionals finalist Chef Liam Rogers.<br />

Looking for a perfect venue for Afternoon Tea, Sunday<br />

Roasts, or private gatherings? We’ve got you covered!<br />

www.thymekitchen.co.uk<br />

ENJOY A<br />

RELAXED SHOPPING<br />

EXPERIENCE WITH FREE PARKING<br />

AT CURBOROUGH WITH A VARIETY<br />

OF INDEPENDENTS INCLUDING<br />

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MANY MORE!<br />

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www.curboroughcountrysidecentre.com<br />

the CHEESE GIN & ALE BARN BARN<br />

Curborough Gift Shop<br />

Calling all Cheese, Gin and Ale lovers! The Cheese Gin<br />

and Ale Barn is an exquisite emporium showcasing<br />

fabulous produce from small British producers. You will<br />

find an extensive range of British Gin, Whisky, Cheese,<br />

Ales and various other speciality local produce.<br />

We also specialise in stunning wedding cakes made<br />

from cheese, and host regular tasting evenings, events<br />

and workshops!<br />

Get into the festive spirit and discover the perfect<br />

pairing for your holiday celebrations. With our<br />

incredible selection, you’ll find something for<br />

everyone on your Christmas list!<br />

www.cheeseginandalebarn.co.uk<br />

Curborough Gift Shop is the perfect spot to kick<br />

off your festive shopping! Stocking a range of gifts,<br />

jigsaws, scarves & accessories, candles & toiletries,<br />

stationery, greeting cards & gift wrap from Noel Tatt,<br />

Rosie Made A Thing, Powder, Lily-flame, Cotswold<br />

Lavender, East of India, Wrendale, Gibsons,<br />

Ravensburger and lots more!<br />

The gorgeous range of scarves and accessories from<br />

Powder all come with a complimentary gift bag to<br />

complete your gift. Whilst the St Eval and Lilyflame<br />

ranges of candles, tea lights and diffusers<br />

have rich seasonal scents to promote that<br />

Christmas feel - warming scents of Orange &<br />

Cinnamon, Christmas Spice & Festive Cheer.


Little Bath & Body Barn<br />

Discover a gorgeous selection of locally handmade, organic, vegan,<br />

natural soaps, bath salts, home fragrance, candles and beauty<br />

products.<br />

Taking inspiration from the seasons these fabulous products make<br />

beautiful gifts or simply a well deserved treat for you! Our festive<br />

range of candles and diffusers are perfect - choose from ‘The Kitchen<br />

on Christmas Eve’, ‘Warm Winter Nights’ or ‘Mistletoe and Mulled<br />

Wine’ plus many more!<br />

Come along to one of our Christmas soap making workshops and<br />

hand-make some gorgeous, personalised gifts for your loved ones!<br />

We also offer Children’s Parties - it really is so much fun and the<br />

children get to take home all of their amazing hand made soaps!<br />

www.littlebathandbodybarn.co.uk<br />

BUSINESSES WITH THIS ICON OFFER GIFT VOUCHERS!<br />

OPEN | Tuesday - Sunday from 10am-4pm*<br />

Late night opening Thursdays in December until 7pm<br />

Curborough Countryside Centre, Watery Lane, Lichfield, WS13 8ES<br />

*Individual businesses may operate outside these times<br />

Bradbury Farm Shop<br />

Metamorphic Charm<br />

Celebrating 6 years in business, at Bradbury’s farm<br />

shop we are proud to bring our home reared and<br />

locally sourced meat to our traditional butchery<br />

along with our high quality ingredients from local<br />

producers and farmers.<br />

Our Christmas order book is now open - pick up<br />

your order form from our team in the shop. We are<br />

also on hand to offer advice in putting your order<br />

together to ensure you have the perfect Christmas<br />

feast with gorgeous veg, pigs in blankets and of<br />

course our succulent turkey and home reared beef.<br />

Fresh | Local | Seasonal<br />

Email: bradburysfarmshop@mail.com<br />

Specialising in bespoke silver jewellery, handmade in<br />

Lichfield by Designer-Maker Nikola Woodhall.<br />

Also offering creative jewellery making workshops,<br />

available to book throughout the week at a time to<br />

suit you. In our private group classes you can mix<br />

and match our workshops, so you can create what<br />

you want altogether! From spinner rings to statement<br />

earrings, our classes allow you to create your own<br />

bespoke designs.<br />

Our gift cards are the perfect present to treat a loved one<br />

with a workshop or jewellery. Plus, we are offering 10%<br />

off our weekday workshops until the end of the year.<br />

www.metamorphiccharm.com


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

Have yourself<br />

a rustic little<br />

Christmas<br />

WHEN it comes to decorating for Christmas, many of us<br />

are moving away from plastic-heavy trinkets and bright<br />

colour schemes in favour of something a little more subtle<br />

and a lot more sustainable.<br />

One of the season’s most prominent decoration trends sees<br />

us putting the natural world front and centre. Featuring<br />

a more muted colour palette and plenty of natural<br />

materials, this rustic, pared-back look is a world away<br />

from the gaudy, glitzy Christmas decor of yesteryear. From<br />

forest finds, layered fabrics and handmade decorations,<br />

there are so many easy to achieve ways to embrace this<br />

scheme this December.<br />

Foliage combines with warm candles to create simple<br />

yet effective centrepieces, chairs are adorned with berrystudded<br />

swags, and glittery baubles are exchanged for<br />

wooden and fabric numbers. Pinecones take centre stage<br />

as placeholders, tealight holders and more, and the whole<br />

thing has a handcrafted yet cohesive feel.<br />

The effect? An understated, Scandi-chic vibe which adds<br />

a welcoming festive feel to your home throughout the<br />

season.<br />

CREAM CABLE KNITTED STOCKING, £20, JOHN LEWIS.<br />

WWW.JOHNLEWIS.COM<br />

£39.99<br />

RUSTIC TWO TONE COPPER GLASS BAUBLE,<br />

HEAVENLY HOMES AND GARDENS.<br />

WWW.HEAVENLYHOMESANDGARDENS.CO.UK<br />

£4.99<br />

LARGE NATURAL WOOD FRETWORK<br />

SNOWFLAKE DECORATION, GISELA GRAHAM.<br />

WWW.GISELAGRAHAM.CO.UK<br />

£6<br />

SET OF FOUR RUSTIC ZINC BAUBLES,<br />

HEAVENLY HOMES AND GARDENS.<br />

WWW.HEAVENLYHOMESANDGARDENS.CO.UK<br />

NATURAL WOOD HOUSES IN TREE<br />

ADVENT CALENDAR, GISELA GRAHAM.<br />

WWW.GISELAGRAHAM.CO.UK<br />

£19.95<br />

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£8.99<br />

FESTIVE FELT PLACEMAT IN<br />

NATURAL, WALTON & CO.<br />

WWW.WALTONSHOP.CO.UK<br />

£35<br />

RUSTIC LED HYGGE HOME, NORFOLK<br />

HYGGE. WWW.NORFOLKHYGGE.CO.UK<br />

SET OF SIX PINE CONE<br />

CHRISTMAS PLACE CARD<br />

HOLDERS, GINGER RAY.<br />

WWW.GINGERRAY.CO.UK<br />

£4<br />

LARGE SNOWY CHRISTMAS<br />

TREE IN POT, MARQUIS & DAWE.<br />

WWW.MARQUISEANDDAWE.CO.UK<br />

£12.99<br />

PINECONE CANDLE HOLDER<br />

CENTREPIECE, MARQUIS & DAWE.<br />

WWW.MARQUISANDDAWE.CO.UK<br />

£34.99<br />

WOODEN CHRISTMAS TREES,<br />

MADE BY HAND ONLINE.<br />

WWW.MADEBYHANDONLINE.COM<br />

£8<br />

£45<br />

NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM X<br />

DUNELM OUTDOOR BIRD SILHOUETT.<br />

WWW.DUNELM.COM<br />

RUSTIC CHRISTMAS HALF WREATH,<br />

LIGHTS4FUN. WWW.LIGHTS4FUN.CO.UK<br />

£35<br />

ANTIQUE BRASS METAL PINECONE<br />

WREATH WITH LEAVES, £60, HEAVENLY<br />

HOMES AND GARDENS.<br />

WWW.HEAVENLYHOMESANDGARDENS.CO.UK<br />

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84% Grammar school pass rate 2022/23<br />

We believe children learn best when they feel happy at school, the well-being of our pupils is of paramount<br />

importance. Our education incorporates values, ethics, emotional maturity and a sense of responsibility so<br />

our pupils have the confidence to take their place in life. Our 11+ preparation begins from Year 2 and our core<br />

offer provides parents with supplemental 11+ tuition after school for Years 4 and 5 at no additional charge.<br />

With a maximum class size of 18, we believe every child matters.<br />

What our parent say ...<br />

“From when my son first attended this school it<br />

was like they’ve known him forever, it’s a really<br />

friendly school. You can see that there is love in<br />

this school.”<br />

“The school puts a lot of effort into preparing for<br />

the 11+ which used to start in Year 5 but now<br />

starts in Year 2. From my experience the school<br />

gives excellent preparation for the 11+ exam and I<br />

was really impressed that two weeks prior to the<br />

11+ exam there was such immersive studying that<br />

I didn’t feel the need to use additional private<br />

tutors as I found there were no gaps in learning.”<br />

“We often talk to our children about their<br />

favourite teachers and both of them go through<br />

the whole school and just say all of them have<br />

been so amazing. All way the through infant and<br />

junior they just loved every teacher and that’s<br />

testament to how well the school is run and how<br />

happy the children are here.”<br />

Parents are always welcome to visit The Shrubbery. You can make an appointment by contacting us on 0121 351 1582<br />

or by emailing admissions@shrubberyschool.co.uk<br />

www.shrubberyschool.co.uk<br />

The Shrubbery School, Walmley Ash Road, Sutton Coldfield, B76 1HY


WOOD NUTCRACKER CHRISTMAS DECORATION,<br />

£25, HEAVENLY HOMES AND GARDENS.<br />

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Christmas<br />

tree care<br />

If you’re opting for a real Christmas tree<br />

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Garden Centre, has some top tips for<br />

choosing a festive centrepiece to suit your<br />

needs.<br />

Christmas trees form the focal point<br />

of most living rooms during the festive<br />

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thinking of having a real Christmas tree this<br />

year.<br />

Choose your variety carefully; traditional<br />

Norway Spruce have a good shape and<br />

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to unheated rooms or outside porches,<br />

because central heating and warmth will<br />

cause their needles to drop.<br />

Nordmann Firs are by far the most popular<br />

tree today. These are soft to touch, easy<br />

to decorate and, best of all, have superb<br />

needle retention. They will still look good<br />

into the new year if looked after correctly.<br />

You may also see Fraser Firs offered at<br />

the garden centre. These also have good<br />

needle retention but are generally more<br />

compact, making them great for smaller<br />

rooms.<br />

Your tree will need a stand of some<br />

description. Attractive coloured metal<br />

stands with a reservoir are popular – the<br />

trunk of your tree will drop into the stand<br />

and can be bolted in position. Plastic<br />

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Your tree will need water – larger trees can<br />

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Festive feasting<br />

LICHFIELD CHEF JACK DUBBERLEY, FROM DUBBERLEY DELICIOUS, SHARES HIS<br />

TOP TIPS FOR ENSURING YOUR CHRISTMAS DINNER IS A FEAST TO REMEMBER<br />

It’s the season for feasting, and the one meal of the<br />

year which many of us spend hours upon hours<br />

slaving over to ensure our loved ones are greeted with<br />

a dinner to remember.<br />

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element with plenty of flavour, you’ll ensure the<br />

season’s showpiece dinner hits all the right notes.<br />

Jack sticks to traditional turkey, but opts for a turkey<br />

breast joint rather than a whole bird, which he<br />

butterflies and stuffs with homemade stuffing made<br />

from sausagemeat, cranberries soaked in marsala,<br />

herbs and some spices.<br />

“It’s worth the extra effort to preorder your turkey<br />

from a butcher, rather than going to the supermarket<br />

if you can,” says Jack. “it doesn’t actually cost too<br />

much more, and you know it’ll be fresh and ready<br />

exactly when you want to collect it.<br />

“We tend to get ours from Walter Smith in Lichfield<br />

and a good sized breast joint to feed the family costs<br />

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“On Christmas Day, take your turkey out of the<br />

fridge an hour or so before you start cooking to<br />

take the chill off. Otherwise, you’re going to put a<br />

lot of heat on the outside but the inside will still be<br />

cold so it’s going to take longer to cook and it won’t<br />

rest properly. Don’t worry about it being out of the<br />

fridge, because any bacteria will get killed in the<br />

oven.”<br />

When it comes to cooking your turkey, Jack says<br />

butter is the essential element, while he tends to leave<br />

off the streaky bacon many people add to allow the<br />

bird’s skin to properly crisp.<br />

“Fill the bottom of your tray with plenty of veg to<br />

raise the turkey off the bottom, and to give you a<br />

good base for the gravy,” says Jack. “Carrots, celery,<br />

onion, garlic, herbs and a bit of lemon are all good<br />

additions, then start your turkey off in a preheated<br />

oven at 200 degrees for the first half an hour to get a<br />

TURKEY BREAST IS JACK’S<br />

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nice colour, give it a baste then turn the oven down<br />

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minutes before starting to check it.”<br />

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letting it rest properly.<br />

“When you check the turkey - the best way to do it is<br />

with a meat probe - you’re looking for around 55 to<br />

58 degrees. That’s not fully cooked, but that’s what<br />

you want because when you take the turkey out the<br />

residual heat will keep cooking the meat through<br />

while it’s resting. And a large bird like a turkey will<br />

need a good hour of resting.”<br />

Make your gravy by heating the turkey pan on the<br />

hob, deglazing with a light red wine like a pinot noir<br />

or a madeira to get those juices going.<br />

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“The key to gravy is to reduce it for<br />

as long as possible,” says Jack. “The<br />

more you reduce it, the thicker your<br />

gravy will be and the more intense<br />

the flavour, meaning you’ll have to<br />

add less of your thickening agent. If<br />

you’ve got plenty of time, spend it on<br />

your gravy! Add some turkey stock<br />

too, if you have it - Waitrose actually<br />

has great quality stock - then use just<br />

enough thickening agent to get the<br />

right consistency. You want a really<br />

thick gravy for turkey - we’re not<br />

looking for a jus here!”<br />

When it comes to roasties, Jack says<br />

the best readily available potato is the<br />

Maris Piper. Peel and cut to your desired size then<br />

gently boil in well-salted water while you heat your<br />

chosen fat in the oven.<br />

“You’re aiming to flavour the potato at every step so<br />

don’t skimp on the salt, then boil until the edges just<br />

start to give,”says Jack. “Drain and give them a shake<br />

to rough up the edges so they get nice and crispy.<br />

“For the best Christmas roasties, goose or duck fat<br />

give the best flavour. You need to make sure your<br />

oven is hot, because if it’s not hot enough you’ll just<br />

create steam rather than roasting them. Ideally, you<br />

want roasties in the oven by themselves. Pop them<br />

in for 20 minutes to start then give them a toss and<br />

continue to roast until they’re nicely golden.”<br />

While the temptation is to opt for a vast array of<br />

vegetable accompaniments, Jack suggests three side<br />

dishes is enough to give a good balance of flavours<br />

and textures without leaving your guests in a food<br />

coma. Foil-baked carrots with butter and orange<br />

juice, honey-roasted parsnips and a rich cauliflower<br />

cheese are the top picks for the Dubberleys’ festive<br />

LICHFIELD CHEF<br />

JACK DUBBERLEY<br />

table.<br />

If sprouts are a seasonal must, don’t be tempted to<br />

just boil or steam them, says Jack. Instead halve them<br />

and gently saute in a pan on the hob in some butter<br />

to take the bite out and give a bit of colour, then add<br />

some flavouring.<br />

“The classic combination is chestnuts and bacon,”<br />

says Jack. “But we’d go for miso paste, which gives<br />

a great Asian-inspired flavour. You want to enhance<br />

your veg and pack it with flavour, which you won’t do<br />

by boiling and steaming.<br />

“When choosing veg you want to create lots of<br />

different flavour profiles, so you’ll get a savouriness<br />

from the sprouts, sweetness from carrots or parsnips,<br />

and a richness from the cauli cheese. It’s about<br />

creating balance.”<br />

With the main course sorted, Jack suggests eschewing<br />

a large, formal starter in favour of some smaller bites<br />

which can be made in advance and served as guests<br />

arrive.<br />

Which brings us to dessert and, somewhat<br />

controversially, traditional Christmas pudding doesn’t<br />

make an appearance here. Instead, Jack suggests<br />

opting for something lighter to satisfy<br />

your sweet tooth after a heavy festive<br />

feast.<br />

“Our family favourite is a lime<br />

cheesecake, which is so nice and<br />

fresh,” says Jack. “It’s refreshing and<br />

a bit different, and not heavy like<br />

your Christmas pudding.<br />

“For the biscuit base we use<br />

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the filling with cream cheese,<br />

evaporated milk, lime jelly and<br />

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Inheritance Tax and Pension Lump Sums<br />

I think we all know that Inheritance Tax (IHT) is a big<br />

topic and, indeed, a big earner for HMRC.<br />

Today I am concentrating on one very specific area that<br />

often gets overlooked in estate planning; the interaction<br />

between IHT and pension lump sum death benefits. This<br />

often takes the form of what is called a ‘death-in-service<br />

benefit’ which is a lump sum payout from an employer on<br />

death while on the payroll of that company. Most deathin-service<br />

benefits are a multiple of your salary – typically<br />

between two and four times your annual gross income –<br />

paid out to your chosen beneficiary.<br />

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state is being wound up.<br />

Is death-in-service subject to Inheritance Tax?<br />

The answer to that is no Lucky and then old in many HMRC cases I say.<br />

potentially yes. I will explain.<br />

Many employers’ death-in-service schemes are written<br />

under a Trust arrangement which means the money will<br />

not be liable for IHT when your estate is being wound up.<br />

All well and good so far.<br />

However, if the money is then paid as a significant cash<br />

lump sum to your spouse or next of kin, it will inflate their<br />

estate, thus potentially exposing it to IHT further down<br />

the line by increasing their own estate for IHT purposes.<br />

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for IHT purposes.<br />

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a way to protect the<br />

by sheltering the payout<br />

PT).<br />

So, can I protect a death-in-service or pension<br />

lump sum from IHT?<br />

I would suggest you start by considering death-in-service<br />

payments the same way as you might a lump sum<br />

inheritance. Fortunately, behind. there is a way to protect the<br />

financial wellbeing of your family by sheltering the payout<br />

in a Legacy Preservation Trust (LPT).<br />

An LPT is a form of bypass trust which can be created<br />

during lifetime where death-in-service payments can be<br />

directed on death. Beneficiaries<br />

circumstances.<br />

can make withdrawals at<br />

any stage, for any amount, but what remains in the Trust<br />

sits outside of their own IHT estate.<br />

which can be created<br />

rvice payments can be<br />

an make withdrawals at<br />

at remains in the Trust<br />

e.<br />

peace of mind. Knowing why you’re setting up a Trust is as<br />

important as choosing your Trustees. So, you should discuss<br />

with your financial adviser exactly how you want your<br />

money to benefit your loved ones. For many families, an<br />

LPT might be there to provide income for the survivor or<br />

cover school fees and so on.<br />

clients, I believe it is crucial that I really understand what<br />

their priorities are and the structure of their family line to<br />

ensure we build the correct framework for them.<br />

Is it difficult to set up a trust?<br />

Trusts can sound daunting, but they shouldn’t be.<br />

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As with all Trusts, taking expert financial advice is key to<br />

peace of mind. Knowing why you’re setting up a Trust is<br />

as important as choosing your Trustees. So, you should<br />

discuss with your financial adviser exactly how you want<br />

your money to benefit your loved ones. For many families,<br />

an LPT might be there to provide income for the survivor<br />

or cover school fees and so on.<br />

When I deal with this aspect of financial planning with<br />

my clients, I believe it is crucial that I really understand<br />

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line to ensure we build the correct framework for them.<br />

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efficiency perspective, it still often sits on the back burner<br />

because of this.<br />

Lucky old HMRC I say.<br />

Understandably, people are concerned that Trusts are<br />

complicated and time consuming to set up, but if you<br />

are clear about why you’re doing it, and who you want<br />

your Trustees to be, it’s relatively straightforward and it<br />

doesn’t involve reams of paperwork or a large number of<br />

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Having said all of that, please do not think of ‘going it<br />

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decisions. That way you can ensure the right course of<br />

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in this area of advice like myself before you make any<br />

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There’s plenty to do in Tamworth this Christmas to help make your Christmas<br />

extra special. The fun in Tamworth officially starts with the Christmas lights switch on,<br />

now at Holloway in the castle grounds, on Sunday 26 November. As well as the usual<br />

lights, town buildings will be festooned with Christmas trees and twinkly lights.<br />

Christmas lights SWITCH ON<br />

SUNDAY 26 <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> - TAMWORTH CASTLE GROUNDS<br />

BERT & GERTS MARKET | ENTERTAINMENT | PROJECTIONS ON THE CASTLE AND MORE...<br />

Along with the popular Christmas lights switch on event, there are lots of events<br />

throughout December you can also enjoy…<br />

Castle by<br />

Candlelight<br />

2-3 Dec<br />

Castle<br />

Santa’s Grotto<br />

18-24 Dec<br />

Castle Stables<br />

Wreath<br />

making<br />

workshops<br />

2-4 Dec<br />

Castle &<br />

Assembly<br />

Rooms<br />

Festive Films<br />

& Christmas<br />

Concerts<br />

throughout Dec<br />

Assembly Rooms<br />

Ice Rink<br />

18-24 Dec<br />

Castle Grounds<br />

Father Christmas Panto<br />

18-20 Dec<br />

Assembly Rooms<br />

Magical Santa Show<br />

9,10,16 &17 Dec<br />

Castle<br />

Nutcracker Trail<br />

26 Nov-31 Dec<br />

Town<br />

Centre<br />

For details visit our website:<br />

www.visittamworth.co.uk<br />

Also enjoy free parking at Tamworth Borough<br />

Council car parks on 2 & 23 December.<br />

All brought to you by Tamworth Borough Council.<br />

*Please note that these events were correct at time of print and are subject to change, please check our website for latest updates.


W H AT ’ S O N<br />

What’s on this festive season<br />

THERE’S ENTERTAINMENT GALORE TAKING PLACE ACROSS THE MIDLANDS AS WE HEAD<br />

INTO THE FESTIVE SEASON. FROM PANTO AND COMEDY TO SPECTACULAR SHOWS, HERE<br />

WE TAKE A LOOK AT SOME OF THE BEST OFFERINGS FOR ALL THE FAMILY<br />

WHAT: THE LION, THE WITCH AND THE<br />

WARDROBE<br />

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM REP<br />

WHEN: <strong>NOVEMBER</strong> 14 TO JANUARY 28<br />

Direct from the West End comes the most magical<br />

of shows for Christmas. Step through the wardrobe<br />

into the kingdom of Narnia for the most mystical of<br />

adventures in a faraway land.<br />

Join Lucy, Edmund, Susan and Peter as they wave<br />

goodbye to wartime Britain and say hello to Mr<br />

Tumnus, the talking Faun; Aslan, the unforgettable<br />

Lion and the coldest, cruellest White Witch!<br />

This breath-taking stage show of C.S. Lewis’ classic<br />

novel comes to Birmingham direct from the West<br />

End. With magical storytelling, bewitching stagecraft<br />

and incredible puppets, it is guaranteed to delight<br />

audiences of all ages.<br />

For more information and to book tickets visit<br />

www.birmingham-rep.co.uk<br />

WHAT: DANCING IN A WINTER WONDERLAND<br />

WITH ALJAZ AND JANETTE<br />

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM SYMPHONY HALL<br />

WHEN: <strong>DECEMBER</strong> 10<br />

Combining world-class choreography, fabulous<br />

costumes and amazing sets with the greatest hits<br />

of Christmas, join Aljaz Skorjanec and Janette<br />

Manrara for an evening of festive wonder. Strictly’s<br />

most celebrated couple will once again be joined<br />

by a supporting cast featuring some of the UK’s<br />

very best dancers and singers as they countdown to<br />

Christmas Day in this breathtaking spectacular.<br />

A not-to-be-missed Christmas Cracker of a show<br />

that’s set to be bigger and better for <strong>2023</strong>; there’s<br />

always room on the sleigh…so come along for the<br />

ride and celebrate this special time of year in style.<br />

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

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WHAT: CHRISTMAS AT LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL<br />

WHERE: LICHFIELD CATHEDRAL<br />

WHEN: VARIOUS DATES THROUGHOUT <strong>DECEMBER</strong><br />

On December 16-20 and 22, visit Lichfield Cathedral for a light spectacular by acclaimed<br />

animation team Illuminos. Enjoy a spectacular light show around the Close, and on the front of the<br />

Cathedral, listen to popular carols, and head inside to soak up the atmosphere of this special time of<br />

year. Tickets include access to the Christmas Tree Festival and cost £10 per adult, £7.50 per child<br />

or £30 for a family ticket, with under 3s going free.<br />

Then on December 21, start your Christmas build-up properly with a classic candlelit carol concert<br />

by Lichfield Cathedral Choir. To celebrate the new recording of Benjamin Britten’s A Ceremony<br />

of Carols, the concert will start with a rendition of this masterpiece accompanied by harp in the<br />

beautiful candlelit atmosphere of Lichfield Cathedral. Music and readings old and new will reflect<br />

on the meaning of Christmas and fill you with festive cheer. Tickets are priced at £15 per person.<br />

For more details on the Christmas events at Lichfield Cathedral and to book tickets visit<br />

www.lichfield-cathedral.org<br />

WHAT: JACK AND THE BEANSTALK<br />

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME<br />

WHEN: <strong>DECEMBER</strong> 16 TO JANUARY 28<br />

Doomed to sell his trusty cow, join Jack and his family as they fight to outwit the evil giant,<br />

win riches beyond his wildest dreams. Featuring stunning sets and costumes from The London<br />

Palladium, and bundle-loads of laughter, this is the panto you’ve bean waiting for!<br />

Birmingham’s own Alison Hammond stars in the UK’s biggest regional panto, alongside<br />

Birmingham Hippodrome favourite Matt Slack back for a 10th year; and star of stage and<br />

screen Samantha Womack. They are joined by Doreen Tipton as Doreen the Cow, panto dame<br />

extraordinaire Andrew Ryan, Brummie local Alexanda O’Reilly in the title role and West-End<br />

performer Billie-Kay as Princess Jill.<br />

Fe-fi-fo-fum, a giant of a panto full of fun! For more details and to book tickets visit<br />

www.birminghamhippodrome.com<br />

WHAT: HOME ALONE IN CONCERT<br />

WHERE: UTILITA ARENA BIRMINGHAM<br />

WHEN: <strong>DECEMBER</strong> 20<br />

This December, experience family festive favourite Home Alone like never before in a special show at<br />

Birmingham’s Utilita Arena.<br />

A true Christmas tradition, this beloved comedy classic features renowned composer John Williams’<br />

charming and delightful score performed live by The Heritage Orchestra to the film shown on a giant<br />

HD screen. Since its debut in 2013, Home Alone in Concert has become a seasonal favourite with<br />

orchestras and audiences around the world.<br />

Macaulay Culkin stars as Kevin McCallister, an eight-year-old boy who’s accidentally left behind when<br />

his family leaves for Christmas vacation, and who must defend his home against two bungling thieves<br />

(Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern). Also starring Catherine O’Hara and John Candy, and nominated for<br />

two Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song (“Somewhere in My Memory”),<br />

Home Alone is hilarious, heart-warming holiday fun for the entire family!<br />

For more information and to book tickets visit www.utilitaarenabham.co.uk<br />

WHAT: PETER PAN<br />

WHERE: RESORTS WORLD ARENA, BIRMINGHAM<br />

WHEN: <strong>DECEMBER</strong> 22 AND 23<br />

A big budget extravaganza adaptation of J.M Barrie’s much-loved tale Peter Pan flies into<br />

Birmingham this Christmas promising a spectacular spin on the timeless classic adventure.<br />

Eighties pop legend Boy George leads a stellar cast as the dastardly Captain Hook. He said: “I’m<br />

really looking forward to playing Captain Hook and showing off my evil side! I make my first<br />

entrance on a life size galleon that sails around the stage in front of an amazing water-wall fountain.<br />

“Although the show has traditional pantomime elements, it is so much more, being a mix of cirque<br />

and spectacular event and I get a chance to fight a giant animatronic crocodile. What’s not to like?”<br />

The cast of 50 includes a dozen cirque performers, dazzling aerial stunts, a giant battle where the<br />

audience throw cannonballs at Hook’s ship and a death-defying escape from a locked water tank<br />

by rising comedy star Jordan Conway playing Peter Pan, plus a large troupe of Irish and Highland<br />

dancers. Fabulous animated digital sets redefine the genre with an immersive experience of magic<br />

and wonderment that even the most cynical audiences will be blown away by.<br />

For more information and to book tickets visit www.resortsworldarena.co.uk<br />

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FA S H I O N<br />

Red alert<br />

RED IS THE COLOUR TO BE SEEN IN TO ADD A TOUCH OF SPICE TO YOUR<br />

WARDROBE AS WE HEAD INTO THE FESTIVE SEASON, SAYS AMY NORBURY<br />

IT’S a colour imbued with drama yet, at the same time, it’s<br />

as classic a hue as camel or navy. And it’s been making waves<br />

across the AW23 catwalks as the standout colour of choice.<br />

That’s right, we’re getting ready to see red this season as the<br />

fieriest shade around leaps to the fashion fore.<br />

Vibrant, take-no-prisoners red has been a designer favourite<br />

since long before lauded shoe designer Christian Louboutin’s<br />

signature red lacquered soles became the hottest ticket in<br />

footwear. And now Ferragamo’s creative director Maximilian<br />

Davis has embraced the shade wholeheartedly - but he’s not<br />

the only one, with the likes of Prada, Bottega Veneta and<br />

Fendi all incorporating reds aplenty into their autumn/winter<br />

lineups.<br />

And with a plethora of party-ready reds hitting the high<br />

streets, it’s the perfect hue to go for if you want to stand out<br />

from the crowd at your hot festive tickets.<br />

From bold cherry and lipstick-bright scarlet to deep red wine,<br />

there’s a red out there for everyone; the question is: which is<br />

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The key is choosing the right red to complement your skin<br />

tone. If you’re cooler skinned, look for reds with a blue base,<br />

such as raspberry, cherry or crimson, while warmer tones<br />

should gravitate towards scarlets, poppy or ruby reds to<br />

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your natural luscious locks to their best - and is a surefire way<br />

to stand out from the crowd!<br />

Red in <strong>2023</strong> may demand to be front and centre, worn headto-toe<br />

for maximum impact; however, if you’re not ready to<br />

make that kind of commitment, red pairs beautifully with a<br />

whole range of colours to create a variety of different looks.<br />

Opt for navy for a classic pairing, go with black for pared<br />

down elegance or team with summer’s favourite pinks for ontrend<br />

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For autumn, invest in a red knit to pair with maxi skirts and<br />

boots, or swap your trusty leather jacket for a red velour biker<br />

number or oversized blazer. And as the festive season takes<br />

over, red will be the hue to wear for all of your Christmas<br />

events.<br />

Don’t forget the accessories, too; a red bag or shoes can add a<br />

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B E AU T Y<br />

Your guide to radiant winter skin<br />

WINTER HAS OFFICIALLY ARRIVED, AND WITH IT COMES CRUNCHY SNOW WALKS, CHRISTMAS<br />

MARKETS AND COSY NIGHTS IN. BUT WHILE WE MAY CHERISH THESE SEASONAL DELIGHTS, THE<br />

COLDER MONTHS POSE CHALLENGES FOR OUR SKIN. WE ASKED ROYAL FACIALIST AND FOUNDER<br />

OF HEAVEN SKINCARE DEBORAH MITCHELL TO SHARE HER SECRETS TO MAINTAINING A<br />

HEALTHY, RADIANT COMPLEXION<br />

Winter can be both enchanting and<br />

unforgiving, and it’s no secret that it can<br />

wreak havoc on your complexion. The<br />

drop in humidity leads to reduced moisture<br />

in the air, causing our skin to lose its natural<br />

hydration. As a result, dryness, redness<br />

and flakiness become all too familiar. The<br />

harsh winds can exacerbate these problems,<br />

leaving your skin feeling sensitive, tight and<br />

irritated.<br />

Gentle Cleansing: Use a gentle,<br />

hydrating cleanser that won’t strip your<br />

natural oils. The allure of hot showers<br />

during the winter can be undeniable, but<br />

stick to lukewarm water for washing your<br />

face to prevent unnecessary dryness. And<br />

remember, exfoliation should be gentle and<br />

less frequent during colder weather to avoid<br />

further drying out your skin. My Hydro<br />

Cleansing Milk uses organic jojoba, the closest match to<br />

our own natural oil, to cleanse, balance and condition.<br />

Hydration Is Key: Keeping your skin hydrated is<br />

crucial. As the largest organ of the body, it is exposed to<br />

many external factors that cause damage and premature<br />

ageing. When your skin is dehydrated, you’ll notice it<br />

appears rough and uneven; keep it properly hydrated and<br />

you can achieve a smooth, glowing complexion. If you<br />

need a bit of a boost, reach for one of my Hydrogels to<br />

restore balance and help to maintain the moisture levels.<br />

Because they remain tacky, they also make the perfect base<br />

for your foundation.<br />

Use A Serum: Serums are highly concentrated, allowing<br />

them to deliver potent ingredients deeper into the skin.<br />

This makes them effective for addressing specific concerns<br />

that might worsen in winter, such as dullness, uneven<br />

tone or signs of ageing. Apply after cleansing and before<br />

your moisturiser to boost the effectiveness of your other<br />

skincare products. Use my Dream Oil Serum in tandem<br />

with a daily moisturiser – you only need a small amount<br />

and you’ll find a few drops go a long way.<br />

Moisturise, Moisturise, Moisturise: It’s time to<br />

switch out your lightweight moisturiser for a richer cream.<br />

It will provide a protective barrier that keeps the skin<br />

supple and prevents that uncomfortable tight feeling.<br />

Well-hydrated skin tends to show fewer signs of ageing,<br />

so choose a moisturiser containing hyaluronic acid, as<br />

this work wonders to locking in moisture and provide<br />

nourishment. Try my Love Your Skin, that also contains<br />

silk protein to soften your complexion and plump fine<br />

lines.<br />

Healing Hands: Our hands are often the first victims of<br />

winter’s wrath so combat dryness and cracking by keeping<br />

a nourishing hand cream close by. Regular application<br />

is your secret weapon against the elements. Treat your<br />

hands with the TLC they deserve with my luxurious<br />

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and coconut … so it smells as good as it feels!<br />

Heaven Skincare by Deborah Mitchell is available<br />

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Kartar & Seibo invite an individualised<br />

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I N T H E N E W S<br />

The perfect blend<br />

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HOME, BLEND INTERIORS CAN HELP YOU TO CURATE THE SPACE OF YOUR DREAMS<br />

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For more details visit www.blendinteriors.co.uk<br />

and to get in touch call 0121 820 6995 or email<br />

hello@blendinteriors.co.uk<br />

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