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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 />

M A R / A P R 2 0 2 4<br />

<strong>J’AIME</strong><br />

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Green<br />

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CONTENTS<br />

InsideJ’aime this month...<br />

6 Vindication Swim - Director Elliott Hasler talks<br />

about filming his latest project celebrating<br />

Mercedes Gleitze, the first woman to swim<br />

the English Channel, in Birmingham<br />

10 Lichfield Literature Festival - Join celebrated<br />

authors for Lichfield’s spring literature festival<br />

12 Lichfield Garrick - Liverpool band The Coral<br />

bring their debut album to the Lichfield<br />

Garrick stage two decades on<br />

14 Property - Top tips for renting your property<br />

16 Property - Stylish community living for over-60s<br />

in Lichfield<br />

18 Interiors - Refreshing and soothing Green Teainspired<br />

decor<br />

22 Interiors - Elevated entertaining<br />

28 Gift Guides - Celebrating Easter<br />

31 Competition - Win one of five family tickets<br />

to Staffordshire County Show<br />

34 Food and drink - A look at the best seasonal<br />

produce with Dubberley Delicious<br />

38 Food and drink - Spring dining from Thyme<br />

Kitchen<br />

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

spring<br />

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

finance with financial adviser Kevin Jenkins<br />

46 Fashion - Embrace all things preppy for spring<br />

48 Beauty - Peachy keen for glowy makeup looks<br />

50 In the news - A centenary of excellence in<br />

education at Mayfield Prep<br />

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

As we go to press with this issue on International<br />

Women’s Day, it seems fitting that our first feature<br />

of the month covers a brand new film, launched<br />

on this very day, to commemorate the remarkable<br />

achievements of Mercedes Gleitze, the first British<br />

woman to swim the English Channel in 1927.<br />

Vindication Swim is the culmination of a threeyear<br />

passion project for director Elliott Hasler, and<br />

covers Mercedes’ incredible swim, and the build-up<br />

to her Channel attempt, which saw her take part in<br />

training swims around the Midlands. We caught up<br />

with Elliott ahead of the film’s launch in cinemas<br />

nationwide to find out more.<br />

Elsewhere, there’s plenty going on around the<br />

Midlands to keep the whole family entertained<br />

this spring. We take a look at the impressive lineup<br />

for Lichfield Literature Festival, plus we chat<br />

to Liverpool band The Coral, who are bringing<br />

their eponymous debut album to the stage at the<br />

Lichfield Garrick more than two decades after<br />

its release for an intimate evening of music and<br />

conversation. And it doesn’t stop there; we’ve<br />

got tickets for the whole family to enjoy one of<br />

Staffordshire’s flagship countryside events, the<br />

Staffordshire County Show, up for grabs for five<br />

lucky winners.<br />

With the latest in seasonal food from Lichfield chef<br />

Jack Dubberley, plus fashion, beauty and interiors<br />

trends to update your home, wardrobe and more,<br />

there’s plenty going on here at <strong>J’AIME</strong> this spring!<br />

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FEATURE<br />

An inspiring swim to victory<br />

A FILM CELEBRATING THE FIRST BRITISH WOMAN TO SWIM THE ENGLISH CHANNEL<br />

HAS BEEN RELEASED TO MARK INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY THIS MONTH - WITH<br />

KEY SCENES FILMED AROUND THE MIDLANDS. AMY NORBURY CAUGHT UP WITH<br />

VINDICATION SWIM WRITER AND DIRECTOR ELLIOTT HASLER TO DISCOVER MORE<br />

VINDICATION SWIM TELLS THE<br />

STORY OF CHANNEL SWIMMER<br />

MERCEDES GLEITZE<br />

In celebration of International Women’s Day on<br />

March 8, the much-anticipated biopic Vindication<br />

Swim hit cinemas across the UK, taking a deep<br />

dive into the extraordinary life of Mercedes Gleitze,<br />

who became the first British woman to swim the<br />

English Channel in 1927. The film depicts Mercedes’<br />

upstream struggle in overcoming both the cold<br />

waters of the English Channel and the oppressive<br />

society of 1920s England. However, after a rival<br />

comes forward claiming to have accomplished the<br />

same feat, Mercedes is forced into battle to retain her<br />

record and her legacy.<br />

Written and directed by award-winning filmmaker<br />

Elliott Hasler, Vindication Swim stars British-Irish<br />

actress Kirsten Callaghan in her debut role as<br />

Mercedes Gleitze, as well as Darkest Hour and The<br />

Favourite star John Locke as Gleitze’s trainer Harold<br />

Best, alongside Gosford Park’s James Wilby and<br />

Douglas Hodge, star of Joker, The Great and Black<br />

Mirror.<br />

Notably, key portions of the film were shot at the<br />

Aston University Swimming Pool, the Grade II listed<br />

gothic renaissance Moseley Road Baths, and the<br />

Black Country Living Museum, adding a local touch<br />

to this global tale of determination and triumph.<br />

This connection not only adds a layer of authenticity<br />

to the film, but also reinforces the West Midlands’<br />

place in the broader narrative of Gleitze’s incredible<br />

life.<br />

“”I stumbled across the story around five or six years<br />

ago, and I was just taken by it,” explains writer and<br />

director Elliott Hasler. “Mercedes was an incredible<br />

woman, and so inspiring, so that just drew me into<br />

her story.<br />

“We’re also both from Brighton, which gave me a<br />

strong connection to Mercedes, as well as the fact<br />

that we were born exactly a century apart, so there’s<br />

a nice synergy. I felt a connection with her from the<br />

start.”<br />

Vindication Swim is the result of a several-years-long<br />

passion project for 23-year-old Elliott. But the shoot<br />

didn’t get off to the best start.<br />

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“The challenge of filming out at sea was integral<br />

to the project; filming at sea is incredibly difficult,<br />

and the challenge of going out there and doing<br />

everything in the most realistic way possible was a<br />

very interesting aspect of the film for me too,” Elliott<br />

says.<br />

“But on the first day of filming out at sea, everyone<br />

was really badly seasick. Conditions weren’t<br />

quite good enough to go out but we didn’t have<br />

the experience at that point so we went out, and<br />

the waves were pretty big, and two or three days<br />

afterwards people still felt ill from the motion<br />

sickness!<br />

“That day was very challenging, and none of it<br />

ended up in the film, so it was just a learning curve.<br />

But we realised how it was when you’re filming out at<br />

sea and could put in measures to help.<br />

“We had a great crew and a great cast, and everyone<br />

was willing to give their all to make this story come<br />

alive. It’s dangerous filming out at sea, and everyone<br />

needs to be in sync and work towards the same goal.<br />

“You have the weather to contend with, the swell, the<br />

tides, so it has to be a well-oiled machine - which it<br />

was by the end!”<br />

Taking the lead role in the biopic is Kirsten<br />

Callaghan in her feature debut, who has garnered<br />

critical acclaim for her portrayal as Mercedes.<br />

“We held an open casting call for Mercedes, and had<br />

a few different actresses audition for the role, but<br />

Kirsten Callaghan came in and it was just uncanny,”<br />

says Elliott. “She looks exactly like Mercedes,<br />

they’re nearly identical, and she just embodied the<br />

character traits we were looking for, that sense of<br />

determination, resilience and perseverance. All of<br />

those things that Mercedes had, Kirsten shares and<br />

could bring to the film. It was a no-brainer - Kirsten<br />

was the only real choice for the role.”<br />

Impressively, Kirsten performed all of her own stunts<br />

in the water, undertaking a gruelling three-month<br />

KIRSTEN CALLAGHAN<br />

AS MERCEDES GLEITZE.<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER STUDIO ESSY<br />

DIRECTOR ELLIOTT HASLER.<br />

PHOTOGRAPHER MARTIN TOMES<br />

training schedule before filming began.<br />

“Everything within those swimming sequences is<br />

real, not tanks, or blue screens, or body doubles,”<br />

says Elliott. “It was our aim to really submerge the<br />

audience into the waters of the Channel, so they feel<br />

as if they are swimming alongside Mercedes on her<br />

incredible journey and get to share in her love affair<br />

with the water.<br />

“Kirsten was adamant that this was the best way to<br />

represent Mercedes, her spirit and who she was, and<br />

I think that comes across in the film - you can tell<br />

that everything is real. It’s as close to a recreation of<br />

Mercedes’ actual swim you can get.”<br />

With the majority of the action taking place<br />

outdoors, and more so at sea, the great - or not-sogreat<br />

- British weather had a vital role to play.<br />

“Sometimes we’d go out there and get two<br />

shots before the weather would change<br />

and we’d have to come back in; other days<br />

we’d be on the dock and the weather would<br />

change before we’d even finished loading the<br />

boats so we wouldn’t make it out that day,”<br />

says Elliott. “It was very difficult, but when<br />

everything came together and we had these<br />

magical days when we could get all the shots<br />

we needed, it was incredibly rewarding.”<br />

“And because of the nature of filming out<br />

at sea, we could only do it in the summer<br />

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months, so it took three<br />

consecutive years to get<br />

everything we needed.<br />

The weather wasn’t great<br />

in a couple of those years<br />

so we missed a whole<br />

month here and there.<br />

It was tough, but people<br />

were great about keeping<br />

their schedule’s free so we<br />

could pick up - COVID<br />

actually helped with that<br />

because no-one was going<br />

on holiday!”<br />

But Vindication Swim’s filming schedule started just<br />

before COVID forced the country into a shutdown<br />

- meaning production was a stop-start process,<br />

shutting down three times with various lockdowns<br />

and setting production back by around a year.<br />

“It was a challenging film for many reasons,” says<br />

Elliott. “It’s an independent film so everything was<br />

done on a budget, we didn’t spend much money<br />

but needed to still do everything in the best way to<br />

honour Mercedes and her incredible achievements.”<br />

One of Mercedes’ standout achievements in the<br />

Midlands took place between July 18 and 19, 1930,<br />

when she completed a mammoth 39-hour endurance<br />

swim at Wolverhampton’s Municipal Baths,<br />

witnessed by more than 5,000 people.<br />

“Spectators came in and lined the poolside just to<br />

watch Mercedes swim for hours and hours,” says<br />

Elliott.<br />

“It was great to bring Mercedes back to the areas<br />

VINDICATION SWIM IS IN<br />

CINEMAS NOW<br />

ACTORS KIRSTEN CALLAGHAN<br />

AND JOHN LOCKE<br />

she swam in nearly a century ago. We had a lot of<br />

support from all of the locations we filmed in; we<br />

did some scenes in Aston at the university swimming<br />

pool, which is a lovely pool so it looks amazing in the<br />

film.<br />

“We also filmed at the Black Country Living<br />

Museum and they were so great there; it’s a fantastic<br />

location - they use it in Peaky Blinders, so it was a<br />

great place to film. You’re immediately immersed<br />

in the 1920s and that world, so once you fill it with<br />

all the extras it’s so cool, it looks like you’ve stepped<br />

back in time. As a director watching it through the<br />

viewfinder it was a really cool experience.<br />

“We filmed all of our scenes there in one day, and<br />

there were about ten scenes to film, so it was a long<br />

day but it was definitely a highlight of the shoot.”<br />

Following her Channel feat, Mercedes also became<br />

the first person to complete many other incredible<br />

swims around the world, including the Straits of<br />

Gibraltar, the Dardanelles and the distance between<br />

Robben Island and Cape Town.<br />

As we celebrate International Women’s Day,<br />

Vindication Swim serves as a poignant reminder of<br />

the indomitable spirit of a woman who dared to<br />

dream beyond the confines of her era.<br />

The film’s release will be accompanied by a Q and<br />

A tour by Elliott and key cast members, which<br />

invites Midlands audiences to pay homage to a<br />

local connection that shaped Gleitze’s remarkable<br />

legacy. Whether you’re a history enthusiast, a<br />

sports fan, or simply someone seeking inspiration,<br />

Vindication Swim promises a cinematic experience<br />

that celebrates not only the achievements of<br />

Mercedes Gleitze, but also the collective strength and<br />

determination of women who have left an indelible<br />

mark on our world.<br />

Vindication Swim is in cinemas nationwide<br />

now. For more details visit<br />

www.vindicationswimfilm.com<br />

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FEATURE<br />

A literary celebration<br />

LICHFIELD FESTIVAL’S FOUR-DAY LITERATURE FESTIVAL RETURNS TO THE CITY FROM <strong>MARCH</strong><br />

21 TO 24, WITH A FABULOUSLY FULL LONG WEEKEND TO CELEBRATE THE WRITTEN WORD<br />

There are best-selling authors from the worlds<br />

of history, politics, economics, the natural world<br />

and current affairs, plus new fiction, memoir and<br />

biography for Lichfield audiences to immerse<br />

themselves in as Lichfield Literature Festival returns<br />

to the city this month.<br />

Guest authors who will be taking to the stage in a<br />

superb series of events in the centre of Lichfield,<br />

at The George Hotel, The Hub at St Mary’s and<br />

the Garrick Theatre include former BBC journalist<br />

Rory Cellan-Jones, whose memoir Ruskin Park is a<br />

heartfelt account of a family mystery with a shoe box<br />

of letters as clues.<br />

Festival favourite - and the Festival Writer/Historian<br />

in Residence <strong>2024</strong> - Alison Weir brings the middle<br />

book of her Sunday Times best-selling Tudor<br />

Rose trilogy to Lichfield, while Ian Dunt digs<br />

deep into our political system and its never-ending<br />

machinations in How Westminster Works...and Why<br />

It Doesn’t.<br />

Two books look at the English and US Civil Wars<br />

respectively, as popular historian Jessie Childs (The<br />

Siege of Loyalty House) makes a first visit to the<br />

Festival, joined by the returning Peter Moore (Life,<br />

Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness).<br />

Former BBC Radio 4 Today editor, Sarah Sands,<br />

also returns to Lichfield with her natural world<br />

and memoir crossover The Hedgehog Diaries, and<br />

there is more from the animal world as Rosamund<br />

Young, author of a Times’ book of year, The Secret<br />

Life of Cows, turns her attention to The Wisdom<br />

of Sheep and Other Animals. In fiction, there is<br />

much anticipation over the new release Small Hours<br />

by Bobby Palmer, whose Isaac and the Egg was a<br />

smash-hit in 2022/23.<br />

The Festival also welcomes Bob Cryer, son of<br />

comedy legend Barry Cryer, who reveals the story<br />

of the man behind the jokes in his memoir Same<br />

Time Tomorrow? and, in a joint event with the<br />

Lichfield Garrick Theatre to close the Festival, Nick<br />

Wallis, one of the journalists at the forefront of the<br />

Horizon investigation, takes the stage to discuss the<br />

jaw-dropping miscarriage of justice that is The Post<br />

TRACY BORMAN IS THE NEW<br />

LICHFIELD FESTIVAL PATRON<br />

Office Scandal – The Inside Story.<br />

Lichfield Festival is also delighted to announce its<br />

newest patron, author, Tudor historian, broadcaster<br />

and joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces,<br />

Tracy Borman.<br />

Damian Thantrey, Lichfield Festival director, said:<br />

“Tracy has been a regular and much-loved visitor to<br />

both our Literature and Summer Festivals in recent<br />

seasons, and we were very proud to have her as our<br />

Festival Writer/Historian in Residence in 2023.<br />

Despite her extremely busy and ever-growing career,<br />

she still always finds time to come to support our<br />

Festival – her every event is a guaranteed sell-out,<br />

and we are thrilled that she has agreed to become a<br />

Festival Patron.”<br />

Tracy Borman added: “It is such an honour to be<br />

invited to become a Festival Patron and means a<br />

great deal to me, given how close the Festival - and<br />

the city - are to my heart. Lichfield Festival is already<br />

such a huge success, and I will look forward both to<br />

taking part in future events and shouting about it<br />

from the rooftops!”<br />

Lichfield Literature Festival runs from<br />

March 21 to 24. For tickets and more details<br />

visit www.lichfieldfestival.org or call 01543<br />

306271.<br />

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FEATURE<br />

An evening with The Coral<br />

IT WAS DESCRIBED BY NME AS BEING THE FUNNIEST, MOST REFRESHING BRITISH DEBUT IN<br />

YEARS, AND MORE THAN TWO DECADES LATER, LIVERPOOL BAND THE CORAL’S EPONYMOUS<br />

DEBUT ALBUM REMAINS A TOTEMIC RELEASE. SINGER JAMES SKELLY AND KEYBOARDIST<br />

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INTIMATE EVENING OF MUSIC AND CONVERSATION<br />

Sonically unique, wilfully leftfield and<br />

thrillingly eclectic, The Coral combined<br />

psychedelia with dub, disco groove with<br />

pop and ragtime with Egyptian reggae on<br />

a remarkable debut that has proved to be<br />

timeless.<br />

And now, some 22 years on, that record<br />

sounds as fresh as it did when it was released<br />

in July 2002. Produced by the Lightning Seeds’<br />

frontman Ian Broudie, the band’s sojourn into<br />

psychedelia and folk rock was refreshing and<br />

inventive, compelling and precocious. It helped<br />

to change the musical landscape, while also<br />

adding The Coral’s name to the remarkable<br />

inventory of classic British beat bands from<br />

Liverpool – a catalogue that began with The Beatles,<br />

in whose famed Cavern Club The Coral cut their<br />

teeth.<br />

And now, singer-songwriter James Skelly and<br />

keyboardist Nick Power will be reflecting on<br />

their debut in an intimate evening of music and<br />

conversation at the Lichfield Garrick on March 29.<br />

James Skelly reflects on the band’s roots on The<br />

Wirral: “We’d stand on the beach and if we looked<br />

one way it would be Wales then you’d look in the<br />

other direction and see Liverpool. That sense of<br />

identity was important. We thought that if we could<br />

bring those two things together, nobody had really<br />

done that.<br />

“There was the rebellion between the two of them –<br />

Wales and Liverpool. There was this quirkiness and<br />

uncool thing. It was almost the opposite of London,<br />

almost the opposite of bands like Radiohead. Not<br />

that there was anything wrong with Radiohead, they<br />

were a genius band, but I remember at the time that<br />

they seemed like this big prog band and we wanted<br />

to be the opposite of that. We wanted to bring the<br />

Welsh psyche thing and the Liverpool thing together,<br />

the skiffle thing. We wanted that wackiness and<br />

psychedelia with that hillbilly thing of the Welsh.”<br />

THE CORAL’S EPONYMOUS DEBUT<br />

ALBUM WILL BE BROUGHT TO LIFE<br />

AT THE GARRICK THIS MONTH<br />

Universal acclaim followed, while BRIT Award<br />

and Mercury Music Prize nominations were duly<br />

conferred. The Coral raced to number five in<br />

the chart, while also charting in France, Ireland,<br />

Japan, Scotland, and the US. The band toured the<br />

UK twice while also supporting Pulp and Oasis.<br />

V Festival was next on their list as the band’s<br />

second single, Dreaming Of You, helped provide a<br />

breakthrough.<br />

Two decades provide perspective, of course, and The<br />

Coral holds up remarkably well – a testament to the<br />

band’s invention.<br />

James says: “We found an identity together. We just<br />

clicked. By the time it came to making an album it<br />

was almost telepathic. We almost lived like a mini<br />

cult. We just did the album ourselves. In some ways,<br />

the album was almost an afterthought. Making a<br />

record wasn’t even really discussed, really. It was just<br />

telepathic.<br />

“We were very different. That was our thing. When<br />

we’re at our best that is our thing. Maybe it’s not the<br />

thing that sells most records but that’s our thing.”<br />

Join James Skelly and Nick Power for an<br />

evening at Lichfield Garrick on Friday,<br />

March 29. For more details visit www.<br />

lichfieldgarrick.com<br />

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PROPERTY<br />

Property news<br />

JAMES GREAVES, DIRECTOR AT JAYMAN LETTINGS AND PROPERTY MANAGEMENT<br />

IN LICHFIELD, SHARES HIS TOP TIPS FOR RENTING OUT YOUR PROPERTY<br />

The demand for property to rent is at a historic high<br />

at present. With mortgage borrowing costs still at<br />

high levels and landlords having held off from buying<br />

in case of further drops in house prices, the supply<br />

of available property to let has reduced dramatically.<br />

The consequence of this imbalance is that rents<br />

have increased very quickly across the whole market.<br />

Many properties are now achieving rents 15 to 20<br />

per cent higher than in 2022.<br />

For landlords, this is good news as the return on<br />

investment is increasing and for those who are in a<br />

position to now purchase another buy-to-let, they can<br />

do with knowing that the average property now takes<br />

three to seven days to go under offer from a would-be<br />

tenant – and often for above the asking rent.<br />

For tenants, this means competition when you are<br />

looking for a property is fierce. My advice would be<br />

to ensure you have all your supporting documents<br />

(proof of earnings, previous landlord references)<br />

lined up and that you monitor Rightmove closely for<br />

new properties coming on the market.<br />

When you see a property you like, bear in mind that<br />

you are competing with many others and you should<br />

be as flexible as possible to attend a viewing at the<br />

earliest chance. If the property is the one for you, I<br />

would advise you to apply immediately with all your<br />

supporting documents and follow up with a call to<br />

the agent to ensure your application is complete and<br />

no information is missing.<br />

Also keep an eye on the date the property becomes<br />

available to move in. A landlord will want it occupied<br />

as close to this date as possible, meaning if you can’t<br />

leave your existing property until a few weeks after<br />

this date, you are likely to miss out. Many applicants<br />

now, in order to secure the property, find themselves<br />

signing papers and starting to pay rent on their new<br />

property while still having a week or two to also pay<br />

on their existing one.<br />

We work with landlords across Staffordshire and the<br />

West Midlands to help advise on the current market<br />

rent to ensure you are achieving the best rent given<br />

this current market imbalance. We also have over<br />

200 pre-vetted tenants seeking property to let so<br />

please get in touch if we can assist you with finding<br />

your new tenant.<br />

PROPERTY OF<br />

THE MONTH<br />

Melrose Avenue, Sutton Coldfield, B73 6NT: £1,500 pcm<br />

On the market with Jayman Lettings and Property Management: 01543 417559<br />

A three-bedroom detached bungalow with large driveway, garage and rear garden, available to rent now.<br />

For further information or to arrange a viewing, contact Jayman Lettings and Property Management.<br />

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Multi-Award<br />

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Covering: Four Oaks, Lichfield and surrounding areas<br />

Jayman Lettings have just won The British Property<br />

Lettings Award for Lichfield!<br />

Their team performed outstandingly throughout the extensive judging period,<br />

which focused on customer service levels.<br />

Jayman Lettings have now been shortlisted for a number of national awards<br />

which will be announced shortly.<br />

The British Property Awards provide agents throughout the UK with an<br />

invaluable opportunity to compare the service that they provide against the<br />

service provided by their local, regional and national competition.<br />

Agents who go that extra mile and provide outstanding levels of customer<br />

service are rewarded with our accolade, which acts as a beacon to highlight<br />

these attributes to their local marketplace.<br />

FREE LANDLORD INFORMATION PACK with tips and advice on renting out<br />

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you may have regarding letting out a property.<br />

James Greaves LLB<br />

Director


PROPERTY<br />

Community living in style<br />

OFFERING STYLISH LIVING IN A THRIVING COMMUNITY FOR THE OVER 60S,<br />

PEGASUS LICHFIELD BONDS IS HOSTING A GRAND LAUNCH EVENT FOR<br />

PROSPECTIVE HOMEOWNERS AND TENANTS THIS SPRING<br />

Pegasus Lichfield Bonds is a stylish<br />

collection of independent living<br />

apartments for those enjoying life over<br />

60. The show homes are now open<br />

to give you an insight into life in this<br />

modern and thriving new community.<br />

Pegasus Lichfield Bonds enjoys a<br />

prime location, offering beautiful<br />

views across the treasured landmark,<br />

Lichfield Cathedral. Just a stone’s<br />

throw away through Cross Keys you’ll<br />

find Lichfield Market Square, which<br />

hosts vibrant markets throughout<br />

the week, including the popular<br />

Farmer’s Market. Lichfield also has<br />

the additional benefit of being very<br />

well connected. You can catch a train<br />

to London and arrive in 95 minutes or<br />

Birmingham in 35 minutes. The M6<br />

is close by making it just an hour to<br />

Leicester, Loughborough or Derby.<br />

The new community spreads across three buildings<br />

and offers a mixture of one and two-bedroom<br />

modern apartments. Pegasus Lichfield Bonds boasts<br />

a communal lounge, social kitchen, patio seating<br />

areas and a communal garden.<br />

Each home is designed to the highest standard, with<br />

built-in appliances in every kitchen and luxurious<br />

bathroom fittings. Flooded with natural light,<br />

spacious living areas are perfect for hosting family<br />

and friends, who are welcome to spend a night in<br />

the community by staying in the purpose-built guest<br />

suite.<br />

Construction of the third building at Lichfield Bonds<br />

completed in March, and prospective homeowners<br />

are invited to join the grand launch event from<br />

12-3pm on April 17. Enjoy complimentary drinks<br />

and canapes as the pegasus Lichfield Bonds team<br />

celebrates the completion of the homes and<br />

communal spaces, and welcomes the people of<br />

Lichfield to look around and get a feel for life with<br />

Pegasus Homes.<br />

Prices for the luxurious apartments start from<br />

£300,000, with apartments available to rent from<br />

£1,850 pcm.<br />

Register now to join the event and the<br />

celebration of this new community at<br />

pegasushomes.co.uk/pegasus-lichfieldbonds,<br />

email lichfieldbonds@lifestory.group<br />

or call 01543 648728.<br />

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INTERIORS<br />

Time<br />

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And one of this year’s most on-trend green hues is the<br />

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Drench your walls in green tea and, to make a real impact<br />

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PIANCA NAAN ARMCHAIR, AVAILABLE FROM<br />

BLEND INTERIORS, SUTTON COLDFIELD.<br />

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OLIVE GREEN VELVET THROW,<br />

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EVIE VASE, SPICER AND WOOD.<br />

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INTERIORS<br />

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WILD GARLIC IS IN<br />

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replacement. Add a few leaves to your plate as a<br />

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potato for something a little different. And the best<br />

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As well as being a foraging foodie’s best friend,<br />

wild garlic has a whole host of health benefits. It’s<br />

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help to reduce cholesterol and lower blood pressure -<br />

making it one of nature’s true superfoods.<br />

One of Jack’s signature dishes is a delectable wild<br />

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his fine dining menus, while wild garlic pesto, oil and<br />

mayonnaise are all firm favourites too.<br />

“You could make a really rustic mayo by running<br />

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“It’s delicious with prawns, and amazing on<br />

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A TASTY MORSEL OF PRAWN WITH<br />

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something we did a couple of years ago when we did<br />

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Apart from the leaves, you can use wild garlic<br />

flowers, buds and capers as the season progresses,<br />

says Jack. The buds and capers are particularly good<br />

for pickling and using later in the year, while the<br />

flowers are lovely as a delicate garnish and for a burst<br />

of garlic flavour in salads.<br />

Wild garlic pesto<br />

Ingredients:<br />

200g wild garlic leaves<br />

150g pine nuts or cashews, toasted and cooled<br />

150ml neutral oil such as vegetable or rapeseed - you<br />

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consistency<br />

100g grated parmesan<br />

WILD GARLIC PESTO<br />

Pesto is a really simple sauce which can be made in<br />

minutes, but a fresh, homemade version is far superior<br />

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2 whole eggs<br />

2 egg yolks<br />

125g butter, melted<br />

5 tbsp white wine vinegar<br />

1 shallot, finely diced<br />

4-5 black peppercorns<br />

1 bay leaf<br />

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2 slices prosciutto<br />

Salt to taste<br />

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WHAT: MINORITY REPORT<br />

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM REP<br />

WHEN: <strong>MARCH</strong> 22 TO <strong>APRIL</strong> 6<br />

In 2050, neuroscientist Dame Julia Anderton is about to launch the next phase of her pioneering<br />

Pre-Crime programme, monitoring people’s thoughts and detaining them before crimes are<br />

committed. But when Julia is accused of pre-murder, she’s in a race against time to save herself<br />

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This electrifying adaptation of Phillip K. Dick’s iconic sci-fi thriller challenges our beliefs about<br />

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Minority Report sees award-winning director Max Webster reunited with the producers of the<br />

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For more details and to book tickets visit www.birmingham-rep.co.uk<br />

WHAT: WICKED!<br />

WHERE: BIRMINGHAM HIPPODROME<br />

WHEN: UNTIL <strong>APRIL</strong> 7<br />

One of the most successful musicals of all time, Wicked has been casting its magical spell around<br />

the world for two decades.<br />

Based on the acclaimed novel by Gregory Maguire, Wicked imagines a beguiling backstory and<br />

future possibilities to the lives of L. Frank Baum’s beloved characters from The Wonderful Wizard<br />

of Oz. and reveals the decisions and events that shape the destinies of two unlikely university friends<br />

on their journey to becoming Glinda The Good and the Wicked Witch of the West.<br />

This award-winning musical flies back to Birmingham this spring, complete with all the spectacle<br />

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WHAT: SHREK THE MUSICAL<br />

WHERE: THE ALEXANDRA THEATRE, BIRMINGHAM<br />

WHEN: <strong>APRIL</strong> 9 TO 146<br />

Join Shrek and his trusty sidekick Donkey as they set out on a quest to defeat the fearsome<br />

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Get ready to leave your troubles Far Far Away and embark on an unforgettable adventure<br />

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the whole family, offering an award-winning show that promises a musical spectacular for<br />

big kids and little kids alike.<br />

The stellar cast is led by theatre legend Antony Lawrence as Shrek, whose powerful voice<br />

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Get ready for an unforgettable journey with Shrek and his friends – because in this<br />

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WHEN: <strong>APRIL</strong> 16<br />

See Coppelia as you’ve never seen her before! Following sold-out performances in<br />

London, KVN Dance Company returns the Lichfield with Kevan Allen’s magical<br />

reimaging of the beloved classical ballet, Coppelia.<br />

This retelling explores eccentric toy maker Dr Coppelius’ intent behind creating a life-size<br />

clockwork doll, Coppelia and the impact this has on his relationship with the community<br />

of villagers and on Swanhilda’s relationship with her fiancé, Franz.<br />

Fusing classical ballet with contemporary dance and hip-hop, Coppelia features the full<br />

classical Delibes score imaginatively remixed by Rickard Berg and nominated for the<br />

Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for Outstanding Creative Contribution.<br />

KVN Dance Company was founded in 2017 by renowned director and choreographer<br />

Kevan Allen, who has created work on stages around the world for a range of creatives<br />

including Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, Sir Trevor Nunn and Kylie Minogue.<br />

The Company aims to bring a diverse mix of choreographic styles and dance forms<br />

together to create original and inspiring works that cross all genres of dance and introduce<br />

Kevan’s eclectic and innovative style to new audiences. For more information and to book<br />

tickets visit www.lichfieldgarrick.com<br />

WHAT: ST GEORGE’S DAY EXTRAVAGANZA<br />

WHERE: TAMWORTH CASTLE GROUNDS<br />

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

The countdown is on to Tamworth’s free annual St George’s festival with lots of<br />

entertainment and activities on offer for the whole family. Medieval fun, sporting activities<br />

and the well-known festival favourites will take over the Castle Grounds on Saturday,<br />

April 20, from 11am to 5pm.<br />

With thousands of people flocking to the grounds each year for Tamworth Borough<br />

Council’s annual festival celebration, visitors can enjoy a variety of craft and food stalls,<br />

along with a host of activities taking place through-out the day.<br />

Join the fun with jousting performances, dragons and even the opportunity to take part<br />

in sports and activities as the Community Games will be in the grounds all day to offer a<br />

variety of activities from local providers and clubs. Look out for the full programme lineup<br />

at www.tamworthartsandevents.co.uk.<br />

WHAT: CIRQUE DU SOLEIL - OVO<br />

WHERE: UTILITA ARENA BIRMINGHAM<br />

WHEN: <strong>APRIL</strong> 25 TO 28<br />

Cirque du Soleil returns to the UK for the first time ins ix years with its newly revisited,<br />

high-energy and high-acrobatic production OVO. An exciting Cirque du Soleil<br />

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riot of energy and movement.<br />

OVO is teeming with life. Insects work, play, fight and look for love in a non-stop riot<br />

of energy in motion. Their home is filled with biodiversity, beauty, action and moments<br />

of quiet emotion. The awestruck insects are intensely curious when a mysterious egg<br />

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Through show-stopping acrobatics highlighting the unique personalities and abilities of<br />

selected insect species, OVO explores the beauty of biodiversity in all its contrasts and<br />

vibrancy. Loved by children and adults alike, OVO’s return to the UK for its <strong>2024</strong> arena<br />

run will appeal to audiences of all ages once again, but this time with three new acts and<br />

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

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FINANCIAL ADVISER KEVIN JENKINS APFS, CERT CII(MP)<br />

TAX YEAR END PLANNING<br />

Firstly, as we close in on the end of the tax year, planning<br />

is worth considering. The tax year ends on the April 5th<br />

each year and many tax allowances are lost if not used by<br />

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Savings Accounts (ISA). This allows each individual to<br />

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It is also important to look at whether a pension<br />

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In terms of inheritance tax, the annual gift exemption<br />

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There are other tax allowances that can be used to benefit<br />

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PROTECTING YOUR ESTATE FROM<br />

INHERITANCE TAX<br />

If affected by Inheritance Tax then there are a myriad of<br />

options to help protect the wealth you have built up to pass<br />

on as much of it as is possible.<br />

Naturally, you can do nothing and allow your heirs to pay<br />

any tax liability due and that will be the default position<br />

for those who don’t make plans to navigate this tax, often<br />

called a tax of choice.<br />

Someone famously said, tongue in cheek, that those who<br />

don’t plan must trust the tax man more than their family/<br />

heirs.<br />

Having advised clients for more than two decades I am<br />

always quizzed about a little extra return or slightly lower<br />

charges, whilst the spectre of 40% inheritance tax looms<br />

where no planning is undertaken. In other words, making<br />

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threat.<br />

WHAT ARE YOUR OPTIONS?<br />

For most, gifting means loss of assets they need in<br />

retirement. Ignoring the exemptions then generally<br />

surviving seven years will make gifting inheritance tax<br />

effective.<br />

Using the annual exemption of £3,000 and the most<br />

underused, ‘gift out of ordinary expenditure’ is the first<br />

place to start. The latter allows a regular gift each year and<br />

the seven year rule should not apply provided the gift is<br />

affordable and from excess income, which doesn’t affect the<br />

ability to cover ordinary expenditure.<br />

Among many other options are insurance to cover a<br />

liability, various trust solutions and reviewing the treatment<br />

of existing pension and death in service/life insurance<br />

death benefits.<br />

Many assume the latter are Inheritance tax exempt,<br />

though generally in the absence of planning, death benefits<br />

fall to a spouse/civil partner and form part of their estate<br />

for inheritance tax purposes. There is NO inheritance tax<br />

on assets passed between spouses/civil partners.<br />

IN CONCLUSION<br />

It makes sense to discuss with the family your aims and<br />

objectives and seek professional advice to determine what<br />

your options are to protect your assets from various risks<br />

including taxation.<br />

The value of an investment with St. James’s Place will be<br />

directly linked to the performance of the funds you select<br />

and the value can therefore go down as well as up. You<br />

may get back less than you invested.<br />

An investment in a Stocks and Shares ISA will not provide<br />

the same security of capital associated with a Cash ISA.<br />

The levels and bases of taxation, and reliefs from taxation,<br />

can change at any time and are generally dependent on<br />

individual circumstances.<br />

Trusts are not regulated by the Financial Conduct<br />

Authority.<br />

Please note that St. James’s Place does not offer Cash ISAs.<br />

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SJP Approved 04/03/<strong>2024</strong><br />

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IT was only a matter of time before 2023’s most<br />

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Endorsed by none less than the fashion powerhouse<br />

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AT WALSALL’S MAYFIELD PREPARATORY SCHOOL<br />

This year will be a momentous<br />

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Mayfield Preparatory School,<br />

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pupils and parents mark the<br />

school’s centenary.<br />

Mayfield Preparatory School<br />

was founded in 1924 as a<br />

preparatory school for Queen<br />

Mary’s High School on the<br />

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school consisted of a mixed<br />

kindergarten and a girls’<br />

preparatory department which<br />

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boys and girls. For many years, it has now been a<br />

leading independent preparatory school, both in the<br />

West Midlands and nationally.​ Mayfield is currently<br />

ranked 15 in the Sunday Times League Tables.<br />

Mayfield’s thriving school community is planning<br />

to mark this occasion with a range of celebrations<br />

throughout <strong>2024</strong> to commemorate the anniversary<br />

with the children, beginning with a whole school trip<br />

to the Black Country Living Museum to experience<br />

a school classroom in 1924; there will be displays of<br />

children’s work around the school reflecting upon<br />

children’s books and authors from the last 100 years;<br />

the theme of British Science Week this year is Time,<br />

providing the perfect opportunity for the children<br />

to investigate and research inventors, inventions,<br />

major events and historical figures from the last 100<br />

years; and the School Council are also planning and<br />

designing a time capsule, incorporating everyday<br />

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school in <strong>2024</strong>, and which can then be opened in the<br />

future for later generations of children to compare<br />

Mayfield’s past, present and future. ​<br />

As the school is dynamic, constantly evolving and<br />

MAYFIELD PREP CATERS FOR<br />

CHILDREN AGED TWO TO 11<br />

always seeking to excite and stimulate the pupils, as<br />

well as massively investing in computing, seeking to<br />

provide each pupil with a device, Governors are also<br />

excited to announce the construction of a brand-new<br />

Centenary Library, planned to open in the summer.<br />

This will provide an additional quiet space for pupils<br />

to enjoy reading books and researching topics vital<br />

for their academic education, while nurturing their<br />

mental health and wellbeing. Staff and parents are<br />

also working together to organise special events<br />

for the whole school community to join in the<br />

celebrations, such as the centenary Summer Garden<br />

Party, due to take place on the spacious school fields<br />

on Saturday, June 29.​<br />

The school is oversubscribed, with waiting lists<br />

in operation for the older year groups. However,<br />

there are currently still spaces in the Early Years<br />

department for children aged two to five. The school<br />

operates the universal free 15 hours of childcare per<br />

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