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Ian to cook up a storm at Ardencote Manor


leading hotel and country club in the heart of leafy Warwickshire is set to tempt diners and residents

with its new menus, courtesy of executive chef Ian Buckle. Ian has recently joined the Ardencote Manor

Hotel Country Club & Club in Claverdon as executive chef, and is promising to bring ‘new and exciting tastes’ to the resort in the New Year. Midlands-born Ian has been a chef since 1993, and has worked at many top restaurants and hotels in the region.

‘Will be looking to increase the amount of local produce that we offer’

His aim with the Ardencote’s recently renovated Lodge Restaurant is to work with local suppliers to create exciting seasonal menus – game will be prominently featured in the hotel’s culinary creations during Christmas and New Year. Ian’s own favourite dish of rack of lamb with

sautéed sweetbreads, lamb breast bolognaise, buttered carrot puree and thyme jus might also be putting in an appearance. During his tenure, Ian is hoping to add to the

AA Rosette currently held by Ardencote. He said: “I have accepted the role of executive chef at Ardencote because of the continued investment

Ian Buckle hard at work in the kitchens at Ardencote Manor

in its product and staff, as well as its well respected reputation within the local community. “As part of introducing the new seasonal menus, I will be looking to increase the amount of local produce that we offer, as we are keen to continue our support for the local economy. “I am also looking forward to next year’s

wedding season, particularly as we now have our unrivalled outdoor wedding pavilion.”

Mansell staff go back to school

Construction services company Mansell hosted a two-day construction skills showcase in a bid to give pupils at Solihull primary schools first hand experience of the construction industry. The company, working closely with Solihull Chamber of Commerce, organised the special event at the Old Silhillians Rugby Club ground. Youngsters from Mill Lodge primary school,

Langley primary school and St Alphege CE junior school took part. Mansell laid on “taster” demonstrations for

youngsters to try their hand at plumbing, carpentry, electrical work, tiling, bricklaying and plastering. More than 100 pupils took part. Mansell Western region managing director

Steve Davies said, “It’s an opportunity to give youngsters a chance to have a real life experience of a building site in a safe environment and to get over the message that the construction industry is an exciting place to work. .”

Jo Slough at St Alphege Junior School said:

“The children came back buzzing with excitement and all the staff commented on the professionalism of the people running the session. The children have definitely been inspired - a few more plumbers and plasterers on the way.” Mansell has recently completed a £25 million

Pupils get to grips with bricklaying

contract for Solihull Community Housing, undertaking homes refurbishment work to the local authority housing stock.


Michelle Keaney, who many Solihull Chamber members will have known as their membership account manager, sadly died 30 October after a short illness. For the last

seven years Michelle provided support and advice to members in her role as client liaison.

Jane Jackson, director of Solihull Chamber, said: “Michelle was a popular and vibrant member of the team with an infectious sense of humour and loved by all who came in to contact with her. She will be greatly missed.” Michelle leaves her husband Mark and

children Tom aged 7 and Poppy aged 3, her mother and father Geraldine and Paul and brother Anthony.

Former training consultant Karyl Iles has set up a new business opportunity with Arbonne International. Karyl won a contract to be a guest speaker

at the company’s conference at the NEC in Birmingham. The Swiss products and company ‘green' philosophy persuaded Karyl to set up her own Arbonne company. She said: “I was impressed with Arbonne's botanical ranges which were among the first tobe free of mineral oil and parabens.“ Arbonne offers an unrivalled opportunity for

aspirant entrepreneurs, with low start up costs. People choose the hours they work, to suit their lifestyles. In the last two years my business has grown to the level where my Arbonne income has surpassed my ‘day job’ salary.”

The Family Care Trust (FCT), a Solihull based charity has opened a new £300,000 purpose built education centre and café at Newlands Bishops Farm in Solihull. The organisation is also diversifying into the

commercial arena and offering more training courses. FCT which has over 120 employees says it is expanding into less traditional areas and is developing and extending training schemes into the general business arena. The new building on a working farm has low carbon specification with high insulation, a log burning central heating boiler, underfloor heating, and energy producing photovoltaic panels on the South facing roof.

Solihull Moors Football Club has opened a new gym at its Damson Parkway premises. Children with autism and the evolution

project for disadvantaged children are already making the most of the equipment and Solihull Moors says it is now looking to recruit children and adults with obesity. Personal trainer Jamie Atkins said the gym

is ideal for adults with the early stages of Type 2 Diabetes and is also used by players recovering from injuries.


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