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  • Birmingham Law Society celebrates 200 years with a little help from their friends The launch of a book to celebrate 200 years of the Birmingham Law Society (BLS) took place towards the end of November at an event hosted by Wesleyan, the specialist financial services mutual who have also sponsored the publication. Our Legal Community – Two hundred years of the Birmingham Law Society by local historian Dr Sally Hoban, forms part of BLS’ bicentenary celebrations and charts the organisation’s history from its foundation in 1818 through to present day and its impact on the region’s legal community. Dr Sally Hoban, the book’s author said: “I was the first historian to be given access to Birmingham Law Society’s archives and it was absolutely fascinating. It is the country’s oldest law society and their story really illuminates a huge part of Birmingham’s history.” Dr Craig Errington, Wesleyan Group Chief Executive, added: “We are delighted to have played a part in Birmingham Law Society’s 200th anniversary celebrations. There are not many organisations that can claim to have a longer history in Birmingham than Wesleyan’s 177 years. “Our recent history has given us cause to work more closely with BLS as they supported us when we extended our financial services offering to the legal profession, launching initially in Birmingham in 2007. They have provided valuable support and insight and helped us to build the strong relationships we have today with the legal profession across the UK.” During the event guests heard from speakers including Dr Sally Hoban, James Turner, President of the Birmingham Law Society and Ahmed Farooq, Chief Finance Officer at Wesleyan. Specialists at Wesleyan also provided sessions on savings and investments, risk management and cyber risk awareness.
  • Loved ones remembered by The Royal Star & Garter Homes at Christmas The Starlight Service, which celebrates the lives of people linked to The Royal Star & Garter Homes, has taken place in Solihull. Around 100 people attended the service at St Alphege Church, Church Hill Road, on Saturday, 8 December. The event celebrated the lives of loved ones past and present connected to the Charity’s military family. Among those attending were the family and friends of residents cared for at the Royal Star & Garter Homes who had passed away. The service was open to the community and led by Stephen Linstead. It included readings and music from the St Alphege Choir. A Christmas tree at the church was also adorned with dozens of stars, each bearing personal messages written by friends and family in memory of loved ones no longer with us. Margaret Foreshew’s husband Desmond was cared for at the Home in Solihulland passed away in November. She said: “It was a beautiful service and emotional. I loved the fact you placed the name on the tree and prayed for them.” Also present at the Starlight Service were current residents from the Solihull Home, their relatives, Charity volunteers and staff, including Director of Supporter Engagement Caley Eldred. The Royal Star & Garter Homes cares for ex-Servicemen and women and their partners living with disability or dementia.
  • Copa Del CL a great success at St George’s Park   The inaugural Copa Del CL proved a fantastic success as football fans and former players joined forces for a tournament at St George’s Park to raise money for Cure Leukaemia. The six-a-side tournament at the magnificent England training base proved hugely competitive, but also plenty of fun, as 16 teams battled it out for the coveted trophy. On the weekend of the big Aston Villa/Birmingham City derby, it was also a sign of things to come that the tournament was won by the ‘Anvillians’ team, the brainchild of actor and Villa fan Nigel Boyle who has appeared in the BBC’s hit show Line of Duty, and including Villa heroes Ian Taylor and Lee Hendrie. Other former players who rolled back the years on the pitch included Matt Le Tissier, Stiliyan Petrov, Darren Purse, Jody Craddock, Lee Naylor, Maik Taylor and Tommy Johnson, whilst Matt Murray and Geoff Thomas, a Patron of Cure Leukaemia, were among the team managers. Matt’s team – PD Financial Management – included Maik Taylor, Stiliyan and Lee and were the beaten finalists to Anvillians, but unfortunately Geoff was in charge of the Cure Leukaemia side which, despite the inclusion of Darren Purse, exited the tournament with zero points and zero goals! “My team didn’t have the best of fortunes but it was a great day,” said Geoff, himself a former England international. “Sadly leukaemia is a disease which has affected footballers up and down the country and, while things are improving, there is still an awful lot of work to be done. “It is great to have a tournament like this and see the guys put the boots back on again for such ...
  • Event to inspire next generation of women in business An event to inspire the next generation of women in business is being hosted by the University of Wolverhampton. The first Faculty of Social Sciences (FOSS) Women in Business Expo will take place on Thursday, 17 January 2019 and is already a sell-out. The event is aimed at all business students at the University and will enable them to learn first-hand about the business world from inspirational entrepreneurs and experts. The expo will take place from 9.30am – 2pm on the 5th floor of the University’s Lord Swraj Paul Building, Wolverhampton. Hajrija Dergic, HND Business Course Leader, said: “Our Women in Business Expo is themed around engaging, encouraging and inspiring our students to aim high by hearing from entrepreneurs and experts in the field. “They will also have the opportunity to network with business professionals, share experiences through workshop activities and learn about opportunities for business support.” Inspirational speakers will include Jordan Nell, Business Development Manager at Women’s Business Club; Peni Brudenell-Pryke, CEO of Greengineering and Maxine Laceby, Founder & CEO Absolute Collagen at Absolute Collagen. Further information about the event is available at: Details about studying business at the University are available: The event hashtag on social media will be: #WLVwomeninbusiness
  • Bumper fundraising ensures some Christmas cheer for disadvantaged youngsters Property professionals from across the region have topped off a series of festive fundraisers to help disadvantaged youngsters and their families with a charity event where they collected hundreds of gifts. The Property for Kids Snowball at The Jam House, Birmingham, was the culmination of a number of activities by the property sector to raise money for charity. A record 580 tickets were sold for the annual Snowball, which was sponsored by ESC Engineering, LCP, Overbury and Speller Metcalfe, where more than 700 gift-wrapped presents were collected from companies. These have been donated to Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid, which provides high quality support to women and children affected by domestic violence, who will distribute them to youngsters. In addition, the Midland Licensed Surveyors raised £700 at a dinner in aid of Property For Kids, while dinner sponsor and organiser New River Retail matched it with a further £700. Speller Metcalfe also hosted a client Christmas drinks party and collected more than 200 presents from guests, who were invited to donate a gift for a child. All the fundraising activity since November meant Property For Kids has been able to donate £6,000 for Birmingham and Solihull Women’s Aid to pay for fuel vouchers over Christmas; £1,500 to Chilwell Croft Academy, Newtown, to help towards the costs of a school Christmas lunch, reading books and a small gift for every pupil; and £1,000 to Ladywood Community Project, which will help pay for gifts for 150 youngsters attending a community Christmas party. Jilly Cosgrove, Managing Director of Barques Design and chairman of Property for Kids, said: “The property sector has once again stepped up and done a ...