Unique new venture for fitness fans

Gary Smith is heading up operations at Built Unique Co as managing director

‘Boutique’ gym to open in Sutton Coldfield

A Sutton Coldfield business consortium has hailed a ‘new era’ for fitness lovers in the town after investing almost £250,000 in an innovative new concept.

Built Unique Co is set to open on the former Birmingham Road Blockbuster Video site by the end of November and will be the new home of functional fitness and bodybuilding for the Greater Birmingham area.

Functional fitness means doing movements that mimic everyday actions, engaging multiple muscle groups at the same time. The activity builds strength, stability, and mobility across the whole body, supporting comfortable living both inside and outside the gym environment. 

The boutique gym is the evolution of the CrossFit B76 concept, with ex-partner Gary Smith, heading up operations at Built Unique Co as managing director.

Gary said “I have always had a passion for fitness and in particular functional fitness – it’s how I met many of Built Unique Co’s investors. We’ve always talked about opening a gym and with Sutton Coldfield’s vibrancy and ‘being on the up’, it felt like the perfect town to trial our ‘high street gym’ concept.

“Everyone knows how challenging the high street environment currently is, but we are excited to play a role in driving footfall back to the town center.

With a career spanning over 15 years in the fitness industry, MD Gary has first hand seen the benefits that fitness can bring to the lives of many.

“In addition to supporting people with their fitness and health, it’s great to be bringing jobs to the area. We have already employed six people and we are still on the lookout for other roles such as front of house. We are also keen to speak to personal trainers looking for space to hire out and who essentially want to run their own fitness business.

“Whilst the gym is situated in Sutton Coldfield, we know the calibre of our staff and the programme we are offering will attract function fitness fanatics far and wide.

“We are hoping to gain fame as the home of small classes with a PT focus, as well as making a big impact on the local community. We are keen to help as many people as possible, which is why we will be offering opportunities for schools, clubs, and families to get involved.

“We shall also be running mentoring programs and ensuring that we provide facilities for people with disabilities. Many people think the Co stands for company, but it actually stands for community.

In addition to people benefiting physically from the new gym, Built Unique Co is keen that other businesses benefit from the new venture and really believes this could be a new era for people looking for a gym membership.

“We are also looking to partner with local suppliers and businesses to create a real hub of mutual benefits that are exciting for our members and provide opportunities for people in the area to come to together.”

Built Unique Co is set to offer many different membership options including trial months and a limited number of Founding Memberships. For anyone interested in joining Built Unique Co and the membership packages should registered their interest at https://www.builtuniqueco.com/. For all other enquiries, please email Gary on gary@builtunique.co.uk.

Thai-riffic news with restaurant click & collect

Some of the exotic dishes on offer for Giggling Squid home delivery diners

Sutton Coldfield’s Giggling Squid offers home delivery to customers

Food lovers of Mere Green can now get their favourite dishes delivered as Thai restaurant Giggling Squid announces that it has launched its delivery service, with partner Deliveroo.

Allowing more residents to indulge in their favourite Giggling Squid dishes from the comfort of home, the launch means Sutton Coldfield diners can now tuck into a tasty Thai takeaway at the click of a button or pop to the restaurant and pick up their tasty takeaway. 

Remaining true to Giggling Squid’s spirit of Thai mealtimes – great food to share, full of flavour and cooked by expert Thai chefs – Giggling Squid’s delivery menu offers guest favourites, packed full of bold flavours and Thailand’s exciting and exotic ingredients, including the hugely popular Pad Thai and tastebud tantalising Soft Shell Pranee Prawns.  

Giggling Squid CEO Andy Laurillard, comments, “We are delighted that we can now give our guests the option to enjoy a Giggling experience at home. The local community have been so welcoming since we opened – it’s been an amazing few months.”

Giggling Squid Mere Green is located at 9 Mulberry Walk, Mere Green, Sutton Coldfield B75 5BS. As well as delivery, a wide takeaway menu will also be available for click & collect or telephone orders.

Opening hours: Mon-Thu: 12:00 – 22:00, Fri-Sat:12:00 – 22:30, Sun:12:00 – 21:30

Follow Giggling Squid on InstagramFacebookTwitter and LinkedIn for all the latest news.

Delivery can be ordered on www.gigglingsquid.com

  • Founded by Pranee and Andrew Laurillard with its first restaurant in Brighton, Giggling Squid now operates 40 venues across the UK: Bath, Beaconsfield, Berkhamsted, Billericay, Bishop’s Stortford, Brentwood, Brighton, Bury, Cambridge, Cheltenham, Chichester, Chislehurst, Clifton, Esher, Farnham, Guildford, Harborne, Harpenden, Henley, Hornchurch, Horsham, Hove, Kingston, Leamington Spa, Leicester, Marlow, Mere Green, Norwich, Oxford, Reigate, Salisbury, Sevenoaks, Stratford, Tunbridge Wells, Warwick, West Bridgford, Weybridge, Wimbledon, Windsor and Wokingham.

Giggling Squid has established a strong reputation for bold Thai cuisine, complemented by a stylish and relaxed setting. The varied menu comprises a competitively priced lunch menu and a more extensive evening offer, as well as separate children and vegan menus.

Trick or treat safely in Sutton Coldfield say police

Halloween is creeping closer and many of you will be eager to make up for missing out on celebrating last year during lockdown.

Residents in Sutton Coldfield are reminded by police that if you are planning to go out trick or treating with your children, we hope that you will have fun while being considerate of your neighbours.  Please don’t be too rowdy and don’t leave too much of a mess for other people to have to clean up.

Homes with Halloween decorations on display are best for you to call at, as they are most likely to be entering into the spirit of the occasion. 
Some people may feel vulnerable about opening their doors after dark, so if they don’t have any decorations, please take it as a sign your visit might be too frightening for them and leave them undisturbed.

No trick-or-treaters

Are you worried about people knocking your door? Download our trick or treat card to let people know you don’t want any unknown visitors. You can print them out for elderly or vulnerable neighbours if you know they’re worried about unknown callers too.
Remember, don’t call at homes with the ‘no trick or treat’ sign up.

Dealing with anti-social behaviour

In the days between Halloween and Bonfire Night, we sometimes see an increase in anti-social behaviour. This is something we anticipate and we put additional measures in place at this time of year.
You can support us in dealing with anti-social behaviour by:
• Reporting anti-social behaviour on our website via live chat between 8am-midnight
• Keeping a diary of incidents of anti-social behaviour.  This gives us a history of events and can be used as part of the evidence gathering process
Even small amounts of information can help us identify common issues, hotspot locations, repeat offenders and patterns of behaviour.
We also work closely with partner agencies, such as local councils, housing providers and schools, to tackle issues jointly, giving us greater powers to improve people’s lives.
Visit our website for crime prevention advice and safety tips.

To report a crime or incident, please contact us via Live Chat on our website www.west-midlands.police.uk between 8am – midnight or call 101. Always dial 999 in an emergency.

Appeal for support with festive raffle

Daughter of hospice patient calls on community to support Christmas event

A Sutton Coldfield woman whose Mum was admitted to St Giles Hospice on Christmas Eve for end of life care is calling on people to support the charity by playing its festive raffle.

Rebecca Horton-Worby, aged 35, from Boldmere, said that her Mum Sandra Horton, who had bladder cancer, was so relieved to get the news that there was a space for her at St Giles.

She said: “We got a call on Christmas Eve morning. It was such a relief as St Giles was where she wanted to be. Christmas is a particularly difficult time to go into a hospice – but St Giles made it feel special and like a home from home.”

Mum-of-one Rebecca and her family first encountered St Giles in 1995 when her nan’s husband, Ken Rose, received end of life care at the hospice. In 2011, her nan Cynthia Rose was also supported by the hospice after becoming ill with pancreatic cancer.

“When mum was in hospital and they were discussing her options she knew she wanted to go to St Giles,” added Rebecca. “She had heard such good things about it from family and friends and people in the community.

“We were met by such caring and compassionate staff. We sat down to discuss mum’s final wishes, which were all met thanks to these wonderful people. They did everything they could to make the situation easier.

“As a family, we always love the anticipation of Christmas Eve. I’d bought Mum, my sister Abbie and I matching bracelets with ‘Mum’ and a little flower on. It was such a nice atmosphere on Christmas Eve that I decided to hand out the bracelets while it was just the three of us – it’s a moment I’ll cherish forever.

“Christmas Day was lovely too, as you could hear Christmas carols playing and the joy of people opening presents.”

Rebecca began fundraising for St Giles as a child after her Uncle Ken died. When she got married, she asked for donations to the hospice instead of presents and has taken part in a number of fundraising events, as well as organising a charity ball at the George Hotel in Lichfield. Since her mum died she has also started volunteering to help out at hospice events.

“The care my family got from St Giles has been absolutely phenomenal,” said Rebecca. “They weren’t just caring for mum, they were caring for us too. Having St Giles Hospice in our community is a true blessing for people with a terminal illness and for their families.

“I hope people will support St Giles this Christmas by playing the Christmas Raffle.  The money raised will help give other families the care, space and support that St Giles provides both at Christmas time and throughout the year.”

It costs more than £10 million to provide the care St Giles offers every year and the hospice needs to raise £850,000 each month to keep its services going and continue to support more local people.

Tickets for the hospice Christmas raffle are now on sale at £1 each and prizes up for grabs include a jackpot of £8,000, a second prize of £2,000 and other cash prizes.

Elinor Eustace, Income Generation Director at St Giles Hospice, said: “Every ticket sold in our raffle will help to ensure we can continue to be there for people like Rebecca and her family when they need us most – your generosity makes such a difference to the care we can provide. 

“Playing our Christmas raffle is an easy way to support St Giles while also having a bit of fun, with the chance to win some fabulous cash prizes. Hitting our jackpot could really put a smile on your face to start off the new year!

“Tickets are now on sale and we are so grateful to our community for continuing to support us.”

Anyone wanting to enter the draw (18+ and GB residents only) can find out more or buy raffle tickets online until midnight on Wednesday, January 5 at www.stgileshospice.com/raffle or by calling the St Giles fundraising team on 01543 434020. The raffle will be drawn on Wednesday, January 19.

For more information about St Giles Hospice and the expert care it provides, please visit www.stgileshospice.com 

Please gamble responsibly.  For practical help and support with gambling contact GamCare on 0808 802 0133 or visit www.begambleaware.org

Voyage of discovery on a Nile river cruise

A beautiful twilight scene on the Nile at Aswan

October half term, November and December Nile cruises from £1,295 

Holidaymakers looking for some hot autumn sunshine can now book a seven-night Nile cruise departing from Luxor after Egypt was removed from the Government’s red travel list last month. 

Specialist tour operator, Discover Egypt has availability for departures on 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29 November on board the five-star MS Tulip for £1,295 per person, plus limited availability for the October half term from 25 October for £1,495 per person. Weekly departures in December also cover the festive period. 

The five star luxury river cruiser MS Tulip

The price includes return flights from Heathrow to Luxor, transfers in Egypt, full board cruise and 10 guided excursions to see some of the top ancient sites along the Nile.

These include the Valley of the Kings and the Temple of Hatshepsut in Luxor, the Temple of Horus at Edfu, and the Ptolemic Temple at Kom Ombo.

The cruise also stops at Aswan for the chance to visit the High Dam, the Old Granite Quarries, the Unfinished Obelisk and the Temple of Philae on Agilika Island. 

The five-star MS Tulip was added to Discover Egypt’s programme in 2018 after being totally refurbished and features 50 guest cabins and a chic interior, with a large sun deck, swimming pool, sauna and small fitness suite, plus a deck bar, lounge bar and main restaurant. 

Top from left, clockwise, a spectacular Luxor at night, the temple at Abu Simbel, the Temple of Hapshepsut, the Horus at Edfu and the mask of the boy king Tutenkhamun

Most standard cabins have a panoramic opening window with balcony rail and the upper deck terrace suites have private sit-on balconies to enjoy the views. There are also two single cabins that can be booked without a single supplement. 

Discover Egypt also offers pre or post cruise stays in Cairo, Luxor, Sharm El Sheikh, Hurghada, El Gouna and Soma Bay for those that want to explore more of this fascinating country. 

Temperatures in Egypt are around 33 deg C in October and 28 deg C in November, making it a great time to visit with hot days and balmy evenings. 

For more information and to book contact Discover Egypt on 020 7407 2111 or www.discoveregypt.co.uk


Council praised for safety work on rape attack scene

Police hunting the rapist who attacked a woman at a Sutton Coldfield park have thanked the council for safety work in the area.

Officers say the work Birmingham City Council has undertaken in the area has helped make people using Princess Alice Park in Sutton Coldfield, feel a bit safer.
Park staff were out last week tidying up and cutting back overgrowth. People had told police they were scared that someone could be hiding in the bushes following the rape that happened at the start of the month.

West Midlands Police officers say the are working to find the attacker and have had lots of information from people in the area that detectives are still assessing and developing.

They say they have been inundated with messages of support for the woman too and want to say a massive thank you to the Banners Gate Rovers Street Watch volunteers who been carrying out their patrols in the park.

The kind residents usually cover where they live, but they offered to help out in the park too.

A spokesperson said: “They knew that they could make people feel safer and that they could help our investigation by reporting suspicious activity. Let us know if you want to join them so we can get you the training and uniform you need.
“So far we’ve reviewed 792 hours of CCTV but it’s still not too late to tell us what you know or to share CCTV, dashcam or doorbell footage of the rapist. You can do that here now: https://bit.ly/3ARhxQe.”

Cinders stars in panto, oh yes she does!

Curtain goes up at Sutton Town Hall for family favourite

Panto returns to Sutton Coldfield in December with a spectaccular performance of fantasy favourite Cinderella. The curtain goes up for the first time on December 7.

The setting is Russia, and imagine a time of ice-cold winters with the snow laying deep on the frozen hard ground….

Imagine a palace where the fountains spouted icicles and Russian bears hibernated in the forests…

Now imagine a draughty old country house with the only warmth from a sooty fireplace … and that it was your job to keep the fire burning! Out in all weathers collecting wood and sleeping in the cinders of the fireplace, because your wicked stepmother and your ugly stepsisters were too mean to let you sleep in a bed.

That’s what happened to poor Cinderella and this is the story of how she dreamed of escape, of being warm and of meeting a handsome Prince who could save her from this miserable life.

After the huge success of Aladdin in 2019, the Production Exchange comes back to the Town Hall with a great cast of actor musicians, beautiful scenery, stunning costumes and a talented young ensemble to perform the ultimate family classic.

With support from the government’s Cultural Recovery Fund, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is excited to welcome the cast and crew to the Royal Town for a limited run before Christmas and a thrilling return to traditional family entertainment.

Curtain goes up for the first time on December 7 with shows running through until Christmas Eve.


Tickets can be purchased online, or over the telephone. The telephone box office service is available between 10am and 2pm, Monday to Friday.  Our in-person box office is closed until further notice.

Trust aims aims to grow and raise standards at Sutton schools

Claire Pritchard is CEO of the new Broadleaf Partnership Trust

An ambitious new education trust which includes Sutton Coldfield schools is promising to further raise standards through collaboration and shared expertise.

The newly-launched Broadleaf Partnership Trust, which includes Plantsbrook School and Town Junior School, aims to combine best educational practice with a strong financial foundation for partners, while ensuring that it schools retain their own individual character.

Now the partnership, which welcomed Perryfields Academy in Oldbury in May, is planning to grow further with discussions with more schools already underway.

Chief Executive Officer Claire Pritchard said that Broadleaf’s name aimed to reflect the organic growth the Partnership hoped to see, as well as the diversity of the schools it included.

“The Broadleaf name is perfect,” she said, “because it captures the idea of a protective environment, where all of our schools can work together as a family.

“At the same time, in nature every leaf is different – much like our schools – and Broadleaf won’t be standardising everything about our schools because they each have their own strengths and serve unique communities.

“It’s about celebrating and recognising what is great about each school, and then utilising those areas of expertise to share best practice across our family.”

The Broadleaf Partnership Trust includes Plantsbrook, Perryfields and Town Junior - but are already talking to other schools that could potentially join.

Mum-of-three Claire is originally from Walsall, where she began her career in education at a federation of two local schools, before moving to the Academy Transformation Trust, a large academy trust with 21 sites, as chief operating officer, eventually becoming deputy CEO.

 “I learned so much from that experience, working across 10 local authorities with 12,000 pupils – and really just seeing the benefits of schools coming together and having a uniform approach to what they do in some areas of school life,” she said.

Claire, 47, had been chair of the trustees of the existing Plantsbrook Learning Trust before being persuaded to take the helm as it was relaunched under the Broadleaf name.

She explained: “The Plantsbrook Learning Trust was very successful in terms of academic achievement, but it was felt there was a need for a new identity for the academy trust itself. We want to create our own destiny and retain our independence, by moving forward through collaboration and growth.”

Broadleaf’s schools are already benefitting from a close working relationship, with staff exploring how staff can work together at junior and secondary schools to better support students as they transition from one to another.

Claire said: “We’re looking closely at the expertise we’ve got in each education phase, and how that can best support others – for instance not many primary teachers are specialists in Modern Foreign Languages, but we’ve got a wealth of knowledge in our secondary schools that can be shared.  Equally, our primary colleagues are well placed to guide us with secondary aged pupils who need extra support in that tricky transition stage between years 6 and 7.”

The Broadleaf Partnership Trust has been launched after months of preparations.

“We’ve overhauled our governance structures, putting the right people in the right places to provide the support and leadership we need to grow,” Claire said. 

“We are also lucky to be in a strong financial position, with significant reserves. I, along with the trustees have been very clear to our academy leaders that we are not going to continue to create any additional financial surplus – every penny that comes in, every year, needs to be spent on education.

“I’ve also made a commitment that whatever we can save by centralising contracts and better buying power will go straight back into the frontline school budgets.

“Building this Trust isn’t about some huge corporate enterprise coming in, it’s about a group of people who have a real passion for doing the right things for children – it’s about liberating the talent in the organisation and giving them the tools they need to provide an even better education to our students than they already do.”

“At the heart of every decision we make, we also go back to the question: what’s best for the children?”

“With our new identity in place, I think we have a huge opportunity to deliver our vision to build a partnership that will benefit all of our schools and communities.” 

Electric ID.3 opens new chapter in VW story

Volkswagen ID.3 

By Bill McCarthy

VOLKSWAGEN has high hopes for the stylish ID.3. A slightly odd name for a car VW hopes will emulate the iconic Beetle and Golf, to become a third major chapter in the history of Volkswagen. No pressure then.

It is their first purpose-built electric model and built on their new modular platform, the MEB, on which, by 2029, VW hopes to sell around 26 million electric vehicles.

Again, no pressure. So it’s new but it’s very much a VW, with eye-catching styling and, well, just being a VW. Electric cars are no longer immediately distinguishable from their combustion engined siblings and, unsurprisingly, this does have the look of a Golf, but is rear wheel drive with the motor and gearbox situated at the rear axle. Think of the original Beetle.

It looks stylish with swooping, coupe-like lines and a smart but slightly minimalist interior which now uses a combination of touch controls and voice commands for the majority of functions. The car also features clever light animations that respond to voice commands.

The MEB platform, says VW, allows different-sized batteries and offers a similar footprint to the Golf, but interior space comparable to a Passat. Clever, or what?

Like all electric cars, it offers swift acceleration from a standing start and choice of three batteries of Pure, Pro and Pro S specification. Trim levels include Life, Style, Family, Max and Tour. They are 45, 58 and 77 kWh power units and the claimed range for each is 216, 264 and a whopping 340 miles, all but negating range anxiety that has been prevalent with electric cars.

Prices are now ever more competitive with the first ID.3 available in the UK for under £30,000 (including the plug-in vehicle grant).

This model was the range-topping Tour with the 77kWh battery and mega range.

All are well equipped and this model included goodies like heated seats with integrated armrest and height adjustment, heated steering wheel, interior ambient light with a choice of 30 colours and split folding rear seats with headrests plus the usual array of electric and electronic driver aids.

It looks the part with exclusive efficient alloys, dominant LED matrix headlights, daytime running lights and contrasting black roof and hatchback which features a small spoiler.

The interior is impressively roomy, with large glass areas and little instrument clutter. The gear selector, a rocker switch, is just behind the steering wheel, and the lack of a handbrake lever means there is plenty of space between the front seats. It proved a boon when I had to climb across from the passenger seat when someone had parked too close to the driver’s door.

 A bit like the Tesla, a central console dominates and handles major functions, like connectivity  and navigation and is aided by the Hello ID intelligent voice control which can handle infotainment and climate control.

There is another five-inch display behind the steering wheel which gives immediate driver information. In addition strip light which runs beneath the windscreen flashes up different colours and responds to voice inputs.

On the road it is a versatile car, a composed motorway cruiser, and, with its low centre of gravity a fun car to drive with plenty of grip on offer when accelerating into corners. It is quick off the mark, hitting 60mph in just over seven seconds.

As a compact family car it needs to be comfortable and the suspension offers a composed and comfortable ride. Pottering around town the car is simplicity itself, with nicely weighted steering which gives a good turning circle for easy parking.

You can select two drive modes, D for normal and the energy recovering B mode, which allows the car to slow down while regenerating energy at the same time, improving the  greater range.

As a family hatchback it must be practical and offers decent boot space of 385 opening up to 1,267 litres with the seats down. And plenty of other cubbies and storage spaces available for nick racks.

VWs are packed with safety kit and the ID.3 the full range of airbags, traction and stability control and assisted braking, together with a range of traffic and pedestrian warnings.


Volkswagen ID.3 Tour 77kWh Pro S 204PS

Price: £38,815

Mechanical: 207bhp/150kWh, electric motor driving rear wheels via CVT transmission

Max Speed: 99mph

0-62mph: 7.9 seconds

Range: 340 miles (WTLP)

Insurance Group: 30E

C02 emissions: 0/km

Warranty: 3yrs/60,000 miles

Shining a light on the memory of loved ones

Jennie and Jackie Harrison with a picture of their mother Christine

St Giles Hospice Light up a Life Christmas services return to Sutton Coldfield

Sutton Coldfield people will be able to come together once more next month (November) to remember their loved ones at St Giles Hospice’s Light up a Life services.

The special services, which traditionally take place across the St Giles Hospice region each year before Christmas, are returning as normal for 2021 after they had to be cancelled in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Light up a Life offers families the opportunity to remember loved ones they have lost and to celebrate their lives. The events will include a service at Four Oaks Methodist Church, Sutton Coldfield, on Sunday 28th November, at 6.30pm.

Everyone is welcome at the Light up a Life services, where the community and those that have made a dedication for a loved one are invited to join in a moment of reflection as our Christmas trees are illuminated and to view the messages in the Book of Memories. Dedications can also be viewed online on the Light up a Life virtual Christmas tree.

Jennie Davies, from Lichfield, and her family support Light up a Life each year after her mum Christine Harrison, from Fisherwick, died of lung cancer at the hospice in 2010 and her Auntie Pam died there in 2018 after being diagnosed with liver cancer.

Jennie said: “When Auntie Pam knew the end was coming it was her last wish to go to St Giles because she remembered how well Mum had been looked after. Her care was just the same – absolutely wonderful. We are so fortunate that she ended up at St Giles and had the best care you could possibly get. Our family is so grateful.”

Four Oaks Methodist Church

Jennie, her sister Jackie Harrison and niece Jade Allen now support Light up a Life every year. 

“Light up a Life feels like a part of Christmas that we can still celebrate with Mum and Auntie Pam; we’re still sharing it with them,” she said. “Christmas is such a hectic time but Light up a Life is perfect – it’s so personal and very touching. It’s like a little moment of calm in the middle of all the running around.

“Jade’s just had a little daughter and when she gets a little older she will be coming with us – it’s a family tradition.”

Director of Income Generation for St Giles Hospice, Elinor (corr) Eustace said: “Although Christmas is a time to celebrate, we understand that it can be a difficult time of year for some as we remember the family, friends or colleagues who can’t be with us. 

“Our Light Up a Life services give families like Jennie’s the opportunity to come together to remember the lives of their loved ones and support the work of the hospice so that we can continue caring for those people in the local community who need us, when they need us most.

“We are delighted that Light up a Life services can return this Christmas because we know that they mean so much to people in our local community, and the services are open to anyone, not just those people who have been supported by St Giles.

“Last year’s services had to be cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic so this year’s services will be particularly poignant for everyone. We will be following the latest Government guidelines to ensure that they can go ahead safely.”

Dedications can be made online at www.stgileshospice.com/lightupalife and will feature on the hospice’s virtual Light up a Life Christmas tree, which is filled with shining stars and sparkling lights. Dedications made before Thursday, 11th November will also be included in the Book of Memories.

The Book of Memories will be available to view at all Light up a Life services and on the hospice website from 1st December. It will also be available to view in St Giles Hospice and some service locations throughout December.

Everyone who dedicates a light will receive a special Light up a Life keepsake card to display at Christmas time featuring the name of their loved one, their personal message and a bookmark along with a poignant poem of remembrance.

For more information about Light up a Life services or to make a dedication, please visit www.stgileshospice.com/lightupalife


Light up a Life services 2021

  • Four Oaks Methodist Church, Sutton Coldfield
  • Thursday 2nd December, 6.30pm
  • Saturday 27th November, 4pm
  • Aldridge Methodist Church
  • Sunday 28th November, 6pm
  • St Modwen’s Church, Burton upon Trent
  • Sunday 28th November, 3pm
  • St Mary the Virgin Church, Uttoxeter
  • Sunday 28th November, 6.30pm
  • Outdoor service at St Giles Hospice, Whittington
  • Saturday 4th December, 6pm
  • St Editha’s Church, Tamworth
  • Sunday 5th December, 6pm
  • St Luke’s Church, Cannock
  • Sunday 5th December, 8pm
  • Lichfield Cathedral

For further information or for any media enquiries please contact gary.young@stgileshospice.com or Gary Young on 07855 926123.

St Giles Hospice is a registered charity offering high-quality specialist care free of charge for people living with diseases which are terminal or incurable as well as providing support for their families and carers.Patients come from across the hospice’s catchment area, which ranges from Ashby-de-la-Zouch and Atherstone in the east, to Cannock in the west – and from Burton and Uttoxeter in the north, to Sutton Coldfield and Coleshill in the south. Care is offered at the hospice’s centres in Whittington and Sutton Coldfield and in patients’ own homes across the region.St Giles spends over £10 million a year providing its specialist services and with little more than a third of this funded by the Government, the registered charity relies heavily on donations and income generation from the local community.