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Children’s Christmas CraftS

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library offers plenty of ways to get into the Christmas spirit!

Children’s Christmas Crafts: come and make a variety of Christmas decorations on Tues Dec 12, from 3.30– 4.30pm. Cost £1.50 per child. 

For any enquiries about events, pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check out the Facebook page.

 


Christmas Crafts

General Events

Alvechurch Library offers plenty of ways to get into the Christmas spirit!

Christmas Crafts: learn how to make a variety of simple Christmas decorations on Fri Dec 8, from 2.15– 4.45pm.

Cost £13.50 or free of charge subject to concession criteria (course number 15151).

For any enquiries about events, pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check out the Facebook page.

For Adult Learning courses, pop in to pay by cash or cheque, or book online by card.


Create a festive wreath

General Events

Alvechurch Library offers plenty of ways to get into the Christmas spirit!

Create a festive wreath for your front door using a range of natural materials and decorative embellishments on Fri Dec 1 from 2.15–4.45pm.

Cost £17 (course number 15070).

For any enquiries about events, pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check out the Facebook page.

For Adult Learning courses, pop in to pay by cash or cheque, or book online by card.


History of books

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, welcomes leading book historian Maureen Bell to Artrix on Sun Nov 12 at 7.30pm.

She will explore the world of relatively humble readers in the 17th and 18th centuries.

Maureen is Honorary Reader in English Literature at Birmingham University.

She was Director of the British Book Trade Index and has published widely on early modern printing and publishing, women publishers and the provincial book trade.

If you are not a WORDS member, tickets are £15 (£7.50 conc) from Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

More info at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Crafty quilt up for grabs

Theatre

The Crafty Ladies group who meet at Alvechurch Library have made a double patchwork quilt with a “houses” design, which will be first prize in the raffle at their Christmas sale at the library on Mon Nov 13, from 10–1pm and 2–4.30pm.

A variety of hand-crafted Christmas items and cakes will be on sale, raising money for the library and village charities.

Raffle tickets can be bought beforehand by calling at the library (£1 per strip), or from the Crafty Ladies on Monday mornings.


Watercolour Painting

Art & Literature

Andrew returns to Alvechurch Library with the next six-week course of Watercolour Painting on Tues Sep 12 at 2.15pm.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Creative Writing classes

Art & Literature

Irene’s Creative Writing classes at Alvechurch Library on Sat mornings start again on Sep 9 at 10.30pm, running for five weeks.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Renowned photographer visits

General Events

Bromsgrove Photographic Society starts its new season with a visit from a world-renowned photographer.

On Thurs Sep 21, award-winning wildlife and nature photographer Des Ong will deliver the Bill Chambers Memorial Lecture (named after a leading light of the society for many years). 

Des will share some of his projects, giving some insights into his approach and techniques, and will answer questions from the audience.

The ticket-only lecture takes place at Bromsgrove School at 7.30pm. Tickets £2.50 (first-come, first-served). 

 To reserve a place, email Jan Harris on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 


Art exhibition at library

Art & Literature

Students from Andrew’s Watercolour Class at Alvechurch Library will showcase their work from Aug 7–31.

If this gets your creative juices flowing, why not join the popular class on Tues afternoons during term-time? The exhibition takes place in the meeting room – if you are making a special visit, contact the library to check access.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Animal adventures at library

Children & Families

With more than 150 children already signed up, the Summer Reading Challenge has started with a bang!

If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to Alvechurch Library to sign up. You’ll get an Animal Agents-themed pack – and why not join in some of the events, from a craft session to a reading party?

* On Tues Aug 8 there are two Explore Learning Workshops: the first is “Zoo Adventures” from 2.15–3.15pm, when kids aged 5–7 years can learn how to act as an animal in disguise and create their own Animal Agent name! Please book.

Then from 3.30-4.30pm, those aged 7–12 can join “Agent School” – help find pirate treasure and show off your punctuation knowledge with a Kung-Fu showdown! Please book.


* On Sat Aug 12 there’s a “Design an Animal Agent” Workshop from 2.30–3.30pm. Please book.


* Mon Aug 21 brings a craft session led by the library’s Crafty Ladies. From 2.15–3.45pm, kids aged 7–12 can enjoy making Animal Agent felt puppets. Please book. Small charge of £1 per child.


* On Weds Aug 23 there’s an exciting day of workshops and author talks at Croome Park in Worcestershire, from 10–4pm – including a special visit from award-winning author Joanna Nadin.


* Finally, on Tues Aug 29 the library hosts a Reading Party from 2.30–4.30pm – bring a comfy cushion or pillow and the team will help you find a great book to snuggle up with.

Cold drink and snack provided for kids. Great event for reluctant readers or those stuck on what to read next. 80p per child.


To find out more, please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Open Studios

Art & Literature

Artists across the county will open their doors to visitors this August bank holiday weekend as part of Worcestershire Open Studios. 

From Saturday August 26 to Monday August 28, you’ll be able to visit studios, homes and shared spaces at 70 different locations across Worcestershire. 

Joanne Winson, an artist based in Alvechurch, will show her digital artwork and illustrations at 18 Bear Hill, Alvechurch, B48 7JX from 10.30am till 4pm on all three days.

In Astwood Bank, Vic and April Kirk will be displaying handcrafted jewellery and unique handcrafted lampwork glass beads – visit 1160 Evesham Road, Astwood Bank B96 6DT, from 9.30am to 5.30pm on all three days.

A wide range of work by more than 200 Worcestershire artists will be on offer over the weekend including painting, printmaking, glasswork, photography, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.

Visitors will have a chance to watch some of the artists at work as well as to purchase original artwork. Entry to all venues is free. 

A full list of participating artists and galleries can be found at http://www.worcestershireopenstudios.org.uk


Become an Animal Agent!

Children & Families

There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Challenge at Alvechurch Library, with plenty of exciting events both at the library and at Croome Park in Pershore.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents. If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to the library to sign up.

On Mon July 31 the library hosts an Agent Workshop. From 2.30–3.30pm you can sign up to become an Agent – accept your mission, complete your identity card, solve the mystery of the missing books and become a fully-fledged secret agent.

Please book through the library for this event.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Meet the authors

Children & Families

There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Challenge at Alvechurch Library, with plenty of exciting events both at the library and at Croome Park in Pershore.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents. If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to the library to sign up.

On Weds July 26, visit Croome Park from 10–4pm to enjoy a brilliant day with bestselling author Mark Lowry and master storyteller Peter Chan, and the Unfold Theatre Company performing throughout the day. Free event.

For enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Celebrate the joy of reading

Children & Families

There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Challenge at Alvechurch Library, with plenty of exciting events both at the library and at Croome Park in Pershore.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents. If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to the library to sign up.

On Tues July 11, there’s an animal-themed storytime for little ones from 11–11.30am. Free event.

For enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


An evening with Fi Glover

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, welcomes award-winning radio broadcaster Fi Glover to Artrix on Fri July 7 at 7.30pm.

Fi will be talking about her work on Radio 4’s The Listening Project, the oral history project run jointly by the BBC and the British Library.

Over 1,000 intimate conversations between friends or relatives have been recorded since 2012, building a unique picture of our lives today.

Tickets £9 for WORDS members or £12 for non-members, and are available from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk  More information on WORDS at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Children’s workshops at library

Children & Families

Explore Learning will deliver two children’s workshops at Alvechurch Library on Fri June 2, free of charge.

Those aged 5-7 can enjoy A Day at the Zoo from 2.15–3.15pm– learn about descriptive words, rhyme and number facts from animals like the hysterical hyena and the humongous hippo. 

Then from 3.30–4.30pm, children aged 8–11 will have A Pirate Adventure – put yourself in the shoes of Jack Sparrow and experience life as a pirate. With diaries and creative writing, be inspired by the nautical world. Space will be limited so please call to book a place.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Join the reading challenge!

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library launches its Summer Reading Challenge on Sat June 24. This year’s theme is Animal Agents – a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes!

If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along on launch day from 10am–1pm or 2–4pm to sign up, collect your activity pack and complete the hunt around the library.

You’ll receive incentives during the challenge, and when you complete it you’ll be invited to a grand Medal Ceremony in the autumn.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Handcrafted personalised products on sale

Art & Literature

Sophia from Cherish With Love will be exhibiting her handcrafted personalised products on May 8 from 10.30am – a selection of children’s frames, family tree keepsakes and personalised hand stamped jewellery. 

Order your gifts and Sophia will personalise them for you to collect a short time later. Visit http://www.facebook.com/cherishwithlovedesigns to enter into a free gift prize draw.

For all enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Spanish and French language courses

General Events

Patrick’s ongoing Spanish and French language courses at Alvechurch Library have a few spaces. These classes run three times a week on Tues, Thurs and Fri.

Contact Patrick on 07708 027372 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see if you can join in.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Crystal Healing Course

General Events

Following on from the popularity and success of the Angel and Spirit Guide classes at Alvechurch Library, Sue is offering a new course: Crystal Healing.

Learn all about crystals and how they affect the human energy system; the basics of crystals and how they work to heal us. The two-hour workshop takes place on Fri May 5 at 2.15pm and costs £15.

Booking is a must. If you missed the Angel or Spirit Guide classes and would like to experience them in the future, please register your interest.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Writing Workshop and Competition

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library is hosting a Writing Workshop and Competition:

For the past eight years, Explore Learning has been inspiring children to write, and so far over 47 million words have been written by children eager to win the prestigious first prize – a family trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school, presented by guest judge Steve Backshall.

This year’s theme is “The Future” – children aged four to 14 are transported one thousand years to the year 3017, where a lot of things have changed. We’re looking for the best story of 500 words or fewer. Enter before Friday May 5!

Two free workshops will be held during the Easter holidays on Tues April 18, from 2.15–3.15pm for children aged four to seven and then 3.15–4.15pm for children aged eight to 10.

Places are limited – please contact the library to reserve your place.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Adult Learning Worcestershire App

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library announces that the Adult Learning Worcestershire App is now available on the Apple, Android, Windows and Amazon stores.

It offers constant access to the course booking system, Leisure and Funded programme prospectuses, library information, a range of educational videos and many other useful things. It is FREE and can be downloaded directly from the stores.

For enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Celebrate Book Day at Library

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library celebrates World Book Day on Thurs March 2 with a “Where’s Wally?” activity session from 3.30pm.

Search for Wally and his friends who are hidden around the library, solve the word puzzles and have fun colouring Wally in. Places limited so please book your place. Free of charge.

For enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


An evening with Daljit Nagra

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Daljit Nagra, BBC Radio 4’s poet in residence, on April 19.

Daljit’s work explores the idealism and reality of multicultural Britain with wit, intelligence and a sense of mischief.

All talks take place in The Studio at Artrix at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 per event (students/under-16s £7.50) and are available from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

More information on WORDS at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Spanish for Beginners

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library’s Spanish for Beginners: There are a few spaces available in Patrick’s new course, aimed at learners with no prior knowledge.

It will equip students with phrases and vocabulary needed in daily situations: greetings, socialising, ordering food and drinks.

Starts Thurs Feb 23, from 2.15–4.15pm, running initially for five weeks. Cost £50. Patrick is always happy to chat to anybody who has further questions – call 07708 027372.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.


Working with your Spirit Guide

Theatre

Alvechurch Library hosts Working with your Spirit Guide: Fri April 7 from 2.15–4.15pm, cost £15.

What is a spirit guide? How do I connect with mine? How can they enhance my life? Join Sue for this workshop on connecting with your guides and helpers. Includes meditation and workbook. 

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.


Introduction to Colour and Angels

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library hosts an Introduction to Colour and Angels: Fri March 24, from 2.15–4.15pm, cost £15. 

Topics include Who are the angels and how close are they to you?; How to invite them into your life and strengthen your relationship to them; Different ways angels communicate with us; Your Guardian Angel; How colour has an important influence; and Meditation. 

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.


Palmistry for Beginners

Theatre

Alvechurch Library offers Palmistry for Beginners: Learn the basics, and how to read another group member’s hand.

This is a four-hour course spread over two weeks: Fridays March 3 and 10, from 2.15–4.15pm – cost £25.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.


Adults Creative Writing

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library’s Adults Creative Writing course has been delayed in order to recruit two more participants. Please get in touch if you would like to join. Initially running for five weeks on Sat mornings with 10 hours of tuition – cost £36.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.


Adults Creative Writing

Art & Literature

The Adults Creative Writing course has been delayed in order to recruit two more participants. Please get in touch if you would like to join. Initially running for five weeks on Sat mornings with 10 hours of tuition – cost £36.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

For all other enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.


New e-book and audio book service

Art & Literature

Worcestershire County Libraries has a new e-book and audio book service – the BorrowBox digital library App is available to all library members FREE of charge.

Alvechurch Library hosts a launch event on Thurs Feb 2 from 3–4pm, when you can learn how to download the app to your device, borrow e-books and audio files and browse the e-catalogue.

For enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.


Young Teens Book Club

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library launches a brand new Young Teens Book Club (aimed at age 12+) on Sat Feb 4 from 10.30–11.30am.

It will meet on the 1st Sat each month to share experiences on their latest reads and borrow new titles for free. Ask Sarah for more information.

For enquiries please pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk or the Facebook page.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.


Talk from award-winning novelist

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, hosts award-winning novelist Jonathan Coe in The Studio at Artrix on Sun Feb 19 at 7.30pm.

Bromsgrove-born Jonathan’s work has an underlying preoccupation with political issues, often treated satirically. The world premiere of his adaptation of his novel The Rotters’ Club was staged at the Birmingham Rep in 2016.

Single tickets £15 (students/under-16s £7.50) from the Artrix box office: 01527 577330. More info at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Crafty Sale

General Events

Alvechurch Library’s Crafty Ladies invite everyone to their Christmas Craft Sale on Mon Nov 21, from 10am–1pm and 2pm–4pm.

Beautiful handmade upcycled and recycled Christmas gifts available with everything priced under £5. There will also be a raffle where you can win a hand-crafted and unique Advent calendar.

Also on offer will be a scrummy selection of cakes and biscuits.The Crafty Ladies meet every Monday and Friday 10am–1pm and are encouraging new members to join them.

In-between drinking tea, chatting and eating cake they do patchwork, cross-stitch, crochet, knitting, make jewellery and all other things crafty. 

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details.


Shoot First: No Ordinary Life

General Events

Shoot First: No Ordinary Life: Ex-BBC cameraman John Williams has written a book about his life and work, which will shortly be available.

John will be at Alvechurch Library on Sep 30, 10am-12 noon to show off the book and chat about it. Just drop in and see him.

The book is a fascinating account of the many programmes he contributed to, the development of cameras used and the work that came out of the old Pebble Mill studios.

Further information from John on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Creative Writing course

Art & Literature

A Creative Writing course is planned at Alvechurch Library for early autumn – please register your interest using the contact details below.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details or to book a space on any of the events.

* Please ask at the library for details on how you could join a course for free.


Jewellery Making for Beginners

Art & Literature

Jewellery Making for Beginners takes place at Alvechurch Library on Thur Sep 22, 2.15–4.15pm: create a simple bracelet and earring set using basic tools and techniques.

Materials included. Cost £9.50 (free if you meet certain criteria*).

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details or to book a space on any of the events.

* Please ask at the library for details on how you could join a course for free.


Watercolour exhibition

Theatre

A watercolour exhibition takes place at Alvechurch Library during August – talented students who are tutored at the library will show off the skills they have learned from Andrew.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details.


New French class at Library

Theatre

A new French class starts at Alvechurch Library at 9.45am on Tues Sep 27, aimed at learners wishing to improve their spoken skills with a French native speaker.

Initially running for five weeks (two hours a week), the course costs £50. Book and pay at www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning or pop in to pay by cash or cheque. More info from tutor Patrick on 07708 027372 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details or to book a space on any of the events.

* Please ask at the library for details on how you could join a course for free.


The Big Friendly Read

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library offers summer activities based on Roald Dahl in August and September, in support of The Summer Reading Challenge, The Big Friendly Read.

Firstly, on Tues Aug 16 from 2.15–3.15pm, children aged 8+ can learn how to draw the characters created by Dahl’s illustrator, Quentin Blake, and make up their own. Booking required; £1.50 per child.

Younger children can join a Roald Dahl-themed craft session on Fri Sept 2 at 2.15pm – also £1.50 per child.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details or to book a space on any of the events.


Junior Craft Group

Children & Families

A Junior Craft Group starts at Alvechurch Library on Mon Sep 12, from 3.30–4.30pm, and will meet about once every fortnight.

An opportunity for 8-12 year olds to learn the basics of knitting, hand and machine sewing, taught by the Crafty Ladies. 50p per session to cover resources. Six places are left – get in touch if you would like to join!

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 for more details or to book a space.


Roald Dahl Day at library

Art & Literature

On Sat June 25 there’s a series of events on Roald Dahl, from quizzes to a special hunt around the library.

At Croome Park in Worcestershire on that day there will be a fun-packed series of free activities, including a special visit from author Tom Palmer.

You can contact Alvechurch Library through the Hub on 01905 822722, pop into the library on the Birmingham Road or email directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Author calls into library

Art & Literature

On Sat June 18, local author Trevor Robbins will be at Alvechurch Library to talk about his latest book, Cliffhanger, from 11am–12noon.

Here’s a taster: Bill Roland occasionally takes time out of his busy legal practice to admire the view from a cliff top. One day his serenity is violently broken – a mystery man pushes him off the cliff and drives his car over the edge. Bill clings on to a bush on the cliff face and saves himself, but only just. . .

You can contact Alvechurch Library through the Hub on 01905 822722, pop into the library on the Birmingham Road or email directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Challenge yourself at the library

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library is part of the Summer Reading Challenge, which runs from Sat June 25 to Sat Sept 24 and challenges children aged two to 12 years to read six library books.

Laugh out loud with Horrid Henry, or go on an adventure with Enid Blyton’s Famous Five – there’s something for everyone.

Collect goodies along the way, from stickers, bookmarks and passes to fun days with author visits at Croome Park in Worcestershire.

You can contact Alvechurch Library through the Hub on 01905 822722, pop into the library on the Birmingham Road or email directly at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Library Service at Home

Art & Literature

The Library Service at Home provides free delivery of books to people in their own homes.

If you are housebound or unable to visit the library then please call Alvechurch Library on 01905 822722 to find out how they can provide you with brilliant reads.


Montage Masterclass

Art & Literature

Alvechurch abstract artist Gareth Hunter invites you to view a Montage Masterclass at Alvechurch Library from April 30 to May 30. Mounted limited-edition prints will be produced to order.

The exhibition will be held in the library’s gallery space and can be accessed during normal opening times. Please contact the library to check access before making a special visit.

To book for events or activities, please call 01905 822722, pay online at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning or call in to pay by cash or cheque.


Creative Writing Workshops

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library offers FREE Creative Writing Workshops on the third Friday of the month, 2pm to 4pm.

Led by a writer, members share their work, take part in writing exercises and explore poetry and prose in supportive environment. New members welcome.

To book for events or activities, please call 01905 822722, pay online at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning or call in to pay by cash or cheque.


Library seeks volunteers

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library is seeking enthusiastic young volunteers to listen to the hundreds of children who join the Summer Reading Challenge.

If you have some spare time after school or on a Saturday then please get in touch!

To book for events or activities, please call 01905 822722, pay online at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning or call in to pay by cash or cheque.


Jewellery workshop

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library hosts a drop-in, 10-minute jewellery workshop on Fri May 13 from 11am–1pm, plus the opportunity to learn more about the Library’s Adult Learning Service.

To book for events or activities, please call 01905 822722, pay online at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning or call in to pay by cash or cheque.


Terrific textiles on display

Art & Literature

An Art Textile Exhibition takes place at Avoncroft Arts Centre (Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JR) on June 18 and 19, as part of Bromsgrove Festival.

Running from 10am to 5pm on the Saturday and 10am to 4pm on Sunday, the exhibition showcases art textiles designed and made by students of Edwina Mackinnon and Ineke Berlyn.

The work displays all aspects of the processes involved from sketchbooks, dyed and printed textiles through to the completed item.

Tickets £4 to include tea/coffee and cake. For more information contact Edwina Mackinnon 07891 079080 or see http://www.edwinamac.blogspot.co.uk


Hopwood Art & Craft Market

General Events

Hopwood Art & Craft Market takes place at Hopwood Community Centre, Redditch Road B48 7TL, on the 2nd Sat each month – the next one is Sat May 14.

Open from 11am to 5pm with FREE admission. Indoor and outdoor stalls. More details from John on 07887 526377.


Spring events at the library

General Events

Alvechurch Library hosts a Craft Sale on Mon April 18, 10am–1pm and 2pm–4pm.

Buy fabulous goodies handmade by the Crafty Ladies (who meet in the library twice a week) and support local charitable causes! All items priced under £5.

The Library also has a huge selection of craft books, including knitting patterns and ideas for crochet, patchwork and jewellery making.

*  On Thurs April 28 at 2.15pm there’s another workshop on using Ebay. Clear out your clutter and learn to sell it online! Workshop lasts two hours and costs £19. Bring your own tablet or laptop.

*  On Fri May 13 from 11am–1pm there’s a drop-in, 10-minute jewellery workshop plus the opportunity to learn more about the Library’s Adult Learning Service.

* A group of Alvechurch cyclists will soon take on a charity bike ride from Redditch’s Alexandra Hospital to Benidorm in Spain, in aid of The Baby Ava Support Foundation.

If you feel inspired after seeing these pink lycra-clad men whizzing through the village, the Library has a good selection of books on cycling and maps – so dig out your lycra and get your padded saddles ready!

To book for events or activities, please call 01905 822722, pay online at http://www.worcestershire.gov.uk/adultlearning or call in to pay by cash or cheque.


Wonderful workshops at library

Children & Families

Explore Learning will hold two workshops at the library during the Easter holidays.

On Thurs April 7 from 2–3pm there will be a Revolting Rhymes Workshop based on Roald Dahl’s funny collection of poems.

Aimed at 5–7 year olds, the workshop looks at how Dahl describes his characters and how descriptive words hint at their personalities.
 
From 3.15–4.15pm on the same day there will be a workshop for children aged 7-9 based on Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Put yourself in the shoes of Willy Wonka and design your own eye-watering chocolate bar!

All workshops are free – please book through Alvechurch Library by calling The Hub on 01905 822722, emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or popping in to the library on Birmingham Road, Alvechurch.


Watercolour exhibition at library

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library’s Watercolour Class will hold an exhibition throughout March – come and see examples of their work and get inspired to make your own.

This will be in the gallery space of the library, which can be accessed during normal opening times (but please call to check access before making a visit).

The watercolour classes are led by popular artist-tutor Andrew Clacher on Tuesday afternoons.

Please enquire for more information by calling The Hub on 01905 822722, emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or popping in to the library on Birmingham Road, Alvechurch.


Evening with prize-winning poet

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Elaine Feinstein, prize-winning poet, novelist and translator and biographer of Pushkin and Ted Hughes, at Artrix’s Studio on Sun April 24 at 7.30pm.

Tickets £15 and are available from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or WORDS on 0121 445 3485.

More info at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


An evening with Rufus

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Rufus Norris, Artistic Director of the National Theatre, at Artrix’s Main House on Sunday February 28 at 7.30pm.

Rufus will look back on the career path that has taken him from North Bromsgrove High School to his appointment as Director in March 2015, and talk about his plans for the future.

Tickets cost £15 and are available from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or WORDS ticket secretary on 0121 445 3485.

More info on WORDS at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Christmas & New Year at Alvechurch Library

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library offers a host of events during and after the festive season:

* On Tues Dec 8 it’s Christmas Celebrations in Words and Music from 11am – listen to Christmas readings by Alyson and Sally, Fiona performing with her harp and Alvechurch Writers performing some of their own work.

*  On Mon Dec 21, come in your pyjamas and hear some Christmas Bedtime Stories. There may be a special visit from Santa! Sessions 5.45–6.15pm and 6.45–7.15pm – places filling up fast so please book your place quickly. £2 per child.

*  Explore Learning Workshops take place on Tues Dec 22. First is a Gruffalo Workshop (11.30am-12.30pm) for 5–6 year-olds, designed to develop literacy skills through rhyme and description.

Next is a Wimpy Kid Workshop (2.15 –3.15pm) for 7–11 year olds – design your own diary entry to remember all the adventures of a day in your life. No charge for either workshop; contact the Library to book your place.

If you had a visit from Santa and found a new iPad or tablet in your stocking, three new courses will be right up your street.

*  iPad for Beginners on Mon Jan 11 (2.15–4.15pm) covers the basics such as turning the device on and off, the settings, how to open and close apps, how to take photos and how to use the internet. Cost £19.

*  ebay Basics on Mon Jan 25 (2.15–4.15pm) is a fun introduction workshop for anyone who would like to start buying and selling on eBay. Cost £19.

*  Social Networking on Mon Feb 8 (2.15–4.15pm) is an introduction to Facebook and Twitter: how to register, use and have fun on social networking sites. Cost £19.

All courses can be booked and paid for online via www.worcestershire.gov.uk (under Adult Learning). Or pop into the library to pay by cash or cheque. For more info call 01905 822722 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Art in the village

Art & Literature

Learn how to draw and paint or how to improve your skills. Small friendly groups in home-studio setting in Barnt Green village with plenty of one-to-one tuition.

All abilities welcome. Daytime and evening classes available. Contact Jo Pardoe on 07967 041446 for more information.


Crafty Ladies’ Christmas Sale

General Events

The Alvechurch Library Crafty Ladies are holding a Christmas Sale on Mon Nov 30, once again raising money for village charities.

Stock up on handmade baby clothes, knitted doll’s clothes, peg bags, soft toys, Christmas decorations, homemade cakes and the odd mince pie or two!

A stunning handmade appliquéd tablecloth will be raffled and also a giant polar bear looking for a new home.

For more info call 01905 822722 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Christmas Card Crafty Workshop

Art & Literature

A Christmas Card Crafty Workshop runs on Nov 27 at 10.30am.

Tutor Yvonne will teach you to make cards with a folding technique and recycle old books into Christmassy works of art. Cost £10.

Pop in to reserve a place, or for more info call 01905 822722 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Britten House Craft Gallery

Art & Literature

Britten House Craft Gallery - Craft Centre

Hand crafted gifts by local artists

Open Tues–Sat 10.30am–5pm

BEAD SHOP

* Silveripple Jewellery * Glass * Pottery * Cards * Sculptures * Soaps * Candles * Soft Furnishings * Paper Crafting

Britten Street, Redditch B97 6HD - FREE PARKING
http://www.facebook.com/theoldneedleworks


Language at the library

Art & Literature

* Spanish for Beginners starts at Alvechurch Library on Fri Sep 18 at 10.30am and runs for five weeks. 10 hours tuition for £47.50. The course may be extended subject to demand.

* Watercolour Painting continues after the school holidays – there are a couple of spaces available in Andrew’s Tuesday afternoon class. £52.85 for five weeks.

* Paediatric First Aid: Fridays Nov 6 and 13, 9.30am–4-30pm. This is an accredited two-day course costing approx £60.

* The library is part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge, where children aged four to 12 are challenged to read six books from now until September.

To sign up simply pop into the library – you’ll receive lots of goodies and incentives to keep you reading throughout the summer.

If you read two books by Aug 26 you can come along to Croome Park near Pershore on that date, for a fun-packed event including celebrity author John Dougherty.


To reserve a place at any workshops or activities call 01905 822722 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


An evening with Dan Vyleta

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents a talk from author Dan Vyleta on Sun Sep 6 at 7.30pm in The Studio, Artrix.

Dan will discuss his latest novel, The Crooked Maid, and talk about teaching Creative Writing at Birmingham University.

Tickets £12 (students £6), available from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or from WORDS: 0121 445 3485 or http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Stone carving workshop

Art & Literature

Forge Mill Museum and Apollo Community Arts are offering the opportunity to learn how to carve stone in a special two-day workshop.

The Medieval-Style Stone Carving Workshop takes place on Sat Sept 19 and Sun Sept 20 in the unique setting of the ruins of Bordesley Abbey, where stone masons would have laboured hundreds of years ago. 

Workshop leader Andy DeComyn is an international public artist, experienced in working with stone. Over the two days he will guide you to produce a medieval style gargoyle or grotesque.

Workshop runs 10.30am–4.30pm both days. All tools and stone will be provided. Participants will need to bring their own lunch/refreshments or purchase from the museum’s coffee bar. 

Cost: £150. Please book in advance on 01527 62509 as places are limited.


Tribute to the Bard

Theatre

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, welcomes Michael Pennington to Artrix on Sunday July 19 at 7.30pm with Sweet William, a solo tribute to the Bard.

Pennington is one of our great Shakespearean actors as well as an internationally-renowned director, scholar and writer. Don’t miss his remarkable story!

Tickets £12 (students £6), available from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or from WORDS: 0121 445 3485 or http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Summer Reading Challenge

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library is part of the annual Summer Reading Challenge, where children aged four to 12 are challenged to read six books over the summer.

The launch is on Sat June 27 at Croome Court in Worcester with free entry if you register a child for the challenge and a day packed full of fun.

Alternatively pop into Alvechurch Library or any Worcestershire Library to register and start picking your favourite reads with a vast selection of books on offer.


Poems for windows

Art & Literature

The Withybed Poets will be reading their poems on the theme of “Windows”, written in aid of St Laurence Church stained glass windows, at Alvechurch Library
2pm, Monday April 20. 

Come and listen – all welcome!


Library latest

Children & Families

During the Easter school holidays the Library holds its own version of Who Wants to be a Millionaire? Thurs April 2, 2.30–3.30pm, £1.50 per child, ages 8 and over. Limited spaces – ring 01905 822722 to book!

*  Explore Learning will run two workshops on Fri April 10. From 2–3pm there’s a numeracy session for children aged 5-6, then from 3.15pm there’s a creative writing workshop for ages 7 – 9. No charge but please ring to book a space.

*  Citizens Advice Bureau runs every first Tuesday of the month at 2pm. Drop in or ring to book an appointment.

*  A new 10-week course of watercolour painting classes starts in April, under the tutelage of Andrew Clacher.

*  There is a waiting list for the next Ebay course – please ring to add your name to the list.

*  The children’s reading group which meets every last Monday of the month at 3.30pm has been re-branded to “Chatterbooks” and is working with The Reading Agency to encourage the children’s love of books.

*  The daytime readers group meets on the last Tuesday in the month, 2pm–3.30pm. It would be lovely to see a few more faces.


Tea with Jane Austen

Theatre

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents Tea With Jane Austen, an evening with acclaimed academic John Mullan at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Sun April 26.

John is an English professor at University College London, and specialises in 18th-century fiction. The talk begins at 7.30pm in The Studio.

Tickets £12: call 0121 445 3485, email box .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Artrix on 01527 577370. More info at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Influential playwright in town

General Events

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Timberlake Wertenbaker, the influential contemporary playwright, screenwriter and translator.

The event takes place on Sun March 1 at 7.30pm in The Studio at Artrix, Bromsgrove. Tickets £12 from Artrix on 0121 445 3485 or box .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

More info at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Local author visits Library

Art & Literature

Local author Steve R Dunn returns to Alvechurch Library on Sat March 14 to talk about his new book, The Coward? The Rise and Fall of the Silver King.

This is the first biography of Admiral Sir Ernest Troubridge, who was court-martialled for failing to engage an enemy warship and was branded a coward.

Last year Steve delivered an interesting and passionate talk about his first book, The Scapegoat.

The event starts at 11am – come and meet Steve, buy a copy of the book and have it signed by the author. Call 01905 822722 to book your place.


Avoncroft Arts Society

Art & Literature

Avoncroft Arts Society, based at Avoncroft Arts Centre (Redditch Road, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JR), runs a number of tutored and non-tutored classes in Art, Textiles, Ceramics, Embroidery and Dance.

For information on classes and times contact Alyson or Joyce 01527 833829 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Forge Mill Embroidery & Textile Group

Art & Literature

Forge Mill Embroidery & Textile Group are friendly, vibrant and creative. They meet at Beoley Village Hall on Friday mornings to explore and develop modern and traditional textile techniques.

They hold workshops to share skills and experiment with a range of media and stitch (e.g. printing, dyeing, free machine embroidery, hand stitched texture, embellishment etc).

All abilities and experience catered for. If you would be interested in joining, call Lynda on 0121 445 3212 or Janet on 0121 445 4576.


Festive Crafts at Library

General Events

Alvechurch Library offers the chance to create wooden and paper Christmas decorations on Fri Nov 28, 10am–noon, and Christmas gift boxes on Tues Dec 4, 2.30–4.30pm. Sessions £10 each, pay in advance to save your place.

For more info or to book a workshop place, call 01905 822722.


Art & Craft Sale

General Events

A Sale of Art & Craft items takes place at Lickey Hills Visitor Centre on Sat Nov 29 and Sun Nov 30, 10am–4pm.

All paintings, by local artist Sue Tombs, £10 each. Proceeds to Save the Children.

Great opportunity to buy Christmas gifts and support a worthy cause.


Hand-knitted items on sale

General Events

The Knit and Natter group, which meets in The Lounge, Alvechurch, on alternate Mondays, has a week-long sale of hand-knitted items including hats, scarves, toys and novelty gifts, starting on Sat Nov 22.

There will also be a raffle – all proceeds towards the work carried out at The Lounge for local young people.

TV and radio presenter Joanne Malin will draw the raffle on Nov 29.


Hand-crafted gifts on sale

Art & Literature

The Old Needle Works Craft Centre in Redditch offers hand-crafted gifts by local artists, jewellery and cards, vintage/retro and haberdashery.

Open Tuesday–Sunday 10am–4pm. FREE PARKING. Refreshments available at the Crafty Café.

Crafts by:
Annaliz Vintage
Buttons & Bows
Karena Crafts
Silverrripple Jewellery
The Hub
The Red Cake Company

Britten Street, Redditch B97 6HD

http://www.facebook.com/theoldneedleworks


Barnt Green Art Club

Art & Literature

Barnt Green Art Club runs a Friday morning and afternoon tutored session at The Friends Meeting House, Barnt Green.

We have a waiting list for the morning session and vacancies in the afternoon.

Beginners and accomplished artists are welcome for tuition in all mediums except oils.

Contact Julia on 01527 873711 or 07711 845125


Time to get reading

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library offers a fun packed summer of reading with plenty of fun activities.

The Summer Reading Challenge is in full swing – children aged 2-11 years are challenged to read six books throughout the summer and collect the Mythical Maze goodies as they go along.

On Tues Aug 19, there are two workshops to enjoy: From 1.15am –12.15pm, explore the Groovy Greeks in a fun-packed literacy workshop, for children aged 8-10 years. Free of charge.

Then from 2.15pm - 3.15pm, meet Winnie the Witch in a literacy workshop for children aged 5-6 years. Free of charge.

There’s also a Poetry Competition – young writers are invited to submit a poem based on the Summer Reading Challenge or their favourite book. It can be short, long, rhyming or not; anything you like.

Categories 4-6 years, 7-9 years and 10-11 years. Closing date Sat Aug 31.

For more info pop into the Library on Birmingham Road, call The Hub on 01905 822722 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


A word with Jo

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Jo Toye, The Archers scriptwriter and writer of the Archers Chronicles volumes.

Jo will appear at Artrix on Sunday 13 July 7.30pm as part of the Bromsgrove Festival, and will give an insight into scripting the programme, how it is made and its importance in the Midlands landscape.

Tickets £12, students £6, available from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk


Young volunteers required

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library is currently looking for young volunteers aged between 12-18 years to give a small amount of time to help with the annual Summer Reading Challenge. 

This happens every year from July to September with over 150 children accepting the challenge to read six books throughout the summer. We are looking for enthusiastic individuals who can listen to children talk about their books.

If you are interested then please pop into the library or call The Hub on 01905 822722 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) and talk to one of the team.


Building bridges at Artrix

Art & Literature

Moor Street station

Art-lovers have just a few days left to see a free exhibition at Artrix.

The Building Bridges exhibition runs until June 8 and showcases the work of artist Sue Scott, whose work the Bromsgrove venue discovered via Twitter.

It focuses on glowing cityscapes, architecture and scenes from Birmingham and Ironbridge.

Many of the works are for sale and prints can be ordered via Sue’s website http://www.slscott.co.uk


Library welcomes author

Art & Literature

On Friday June 20 at 10.30am, author Steve R Dunn will be visiting Alvechurch Library to give a talk on his book, The Scapegoat.

This is the first biography written about Rear Admiral Sir Christopher Cradock and his role in The Battle of Coronel.

Come and meet Steve, who has researched and written this book in an effort to present a fresh view of Kit Cradock’s much-maligned reputation.

Please call 01905 822722 for further information. 


Author appears at Artrix

General Events

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an appearance by writer, broadcaster and ex stand-up comedian Natalie Haynes at Artrix on Friday March 14 at 8pm.

Natalie appears on BBC Radio 4 as a presenter of documentaries and she is a reviewer of books, films, plays, television and art on Saturday Review and Front Row. She has judged the 2012 Orange Prize (now the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction) and the 2013 Man Booker Prize. She judged Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel in 2010.

Her first non-fiction book, The Ancient Guide to Modern Life, was serialised by The Times in 2010. It has also been sold in the US, and translated into Greek, Spanish and Portuguese. Natalie’s first novel, The Amber Fury, comes out this month.

Tickets £12 from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk or £9 for WORDS Subscribers from WORDS Tickets on 0121 445 3485

More information at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Unique garments in church exhibition

General Events

Gethsemane garments

A special exhibition called “Gethsemane Garments” is on at St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, running until March 6.

The Gethsemane Garments are a series of four unique garments created by Rev Peter Privett, using a mixture of machine and hand sewing, dyed, painted and printed materials including beads, shells, bone and a variety of synthetic and natural fabrics.

They are based on the colours of red, green, purple and white and gold and explore themes of pain, hope, suffering and resurrection in the world.

Admission is free on Sunday March 2 from 2–4pm, and also at 9.30am during Holy Communion with Rev Privett as guest preacher, plus Weds March 5 at the 7.30pm Ash Wednesday service and during normal church services.

The church can also be opened at other times by prior arrangement: contact Rev Debbie Collins on 07504 818396 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Creation: A Celebration

Art & Literature

An exhibition entitled Creation: A Celebration takes place at the Ecumenical Centre in Redditch from October 8 to November 5.

Artist Sue Symons has created 42 breathtaking panels of embroidery, painting and mixed-media, inspired by the Genesis account of the Creation.

This luminescent piece of storytelling took two years to complete, and the art is rich in detail, vitality and even humour, helping viewers to reconnect with the natural world through a blend of historic and contemporary artistry.

Visitors need to book in advance by calling Liz on 01527 65952 or emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

There is no entrance fee, but donations will be gratefully received. Postcards and copies of the book Creation will also be available for sale.

More info at www.biblesociety.org.uk/news/events/creation-a-celebration-redditch/


War and Peace

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents At War and Peace with Tolstoy at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Fri Sep 20 at 8pm.

In advance of the BBC adaptation, renowned translator Professor Anthony Briggs offers an introduction to War and Peace – a thrilling, funny and heartbreaking story of love, war and family life.

Tickets £12 (students £6), Book via Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or WORDS on 01299 403112 or http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Reading challenge

Children & Families

A Summer Reading Challenge takes place at Alvechurch Library from Saturday July 13, for children aged 4 to 11.

This year’s theme is “Creepy House” with suitably creepy artwork by children’s writer and illustrator Chris Riddell, promising a spine-tingling introduction to books with lots of spooky fun along the way!

Simply borrow and read any six books – including e-books from the Worcestershire Libraries and Learning website – and collect spooktastic gifts along the way including stickers, bookmarks and key fobs for every two books read.

A certificate is attained on completion, with a medal ceremony at the end of the summer – that is, if you survive the challenge of the Creepy House… mwa ha ha!


Textile exhibition

Art & Literature

An exhibition entitled Textile Inspirations and Text & Art in Textiles takes place at Avoncroft Arts Centre (Redditch Road, Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove B60 4JR) on Saturday June 22 from 10am to 5pm and Sunday June 23 from 10am to 4pm.

Admission £3 to include refreshments. More details from Edwina Mackinnon on 01905 773352 / 07891 079080 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Ineke Berlyn on 0121 445 3011 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Art group’s exhibition

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Art Group presents an Art Exhibition on Saturday May 18 in Alvechurch Baptist Church from 11am to 4pm.

This is intended to show off members’ work, although some exhibits will be on sale. Painting demonstrations will also take place throughout the day.

Refreshments will be available. Admission is free.

The group meets at the Baptist Hall (rear of church) every Tuesday from 1–3.30pm, using all mediums except oil.

All welcome, especially beginners. Friendly tuition. Call Paul on 0121 445 5437 or drop in.


Join our Craft Group

Clubs & Societies

A Craft Group meets every Monday morning in Alvechurch library from 11am–1pm.

Knitting, crocheting, sewing, quilting etc. An informal and self running group that uses shared library space.

Please call 01905 822722 for any further information required.


Prize-winning poet

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with prize-winning poet Alice Oswald at Artrix on Fri April 19 at 8pm.

Tickets £12; students £6, from Artrix on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or WORDS on 01299 403112 or http://www.bromsgrovewords.com


Gallery open to public

Art & Literature

A Barnt Green gallery is opening its doors to visitors during December.

Local artist George Benson will be showcasing his work, much of which will be available to buy, at First Floor, 8 Hewell Road, Barnt Green from 10am-2pm every Fri and Sat in Dec. 

After graduating in fine art film and 3D computer graphics, George founded two design agencies with clients including Audi, the BBC and Mastercard.

He started to experiment with photography in 2007 and has exhibited at Birmingham Art Gallery, and the Format International Photography Festival.

He was a winner of the Flash Forward Emerging Photographers Award in 2010 and his series Colour of Music is now showing at United Photo Industries in New York.

To find out more visit http://www.gwbenson.co.uk


Textile Advanced Class

Art & Literature

A Textile Advanced Class begins Weds Jan 16, 10am -12noon, running for six weeks.

Explore more advanced textile techniques and produce a finished scarf at the end of the course. £48 plus materials.

Booking is essential: call 07949 582031 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Textile Introduction Class

Art & Literature

A Textile Introduction Class begins on Tues Jan 15, 10am–12noon, and runs for six weeks.

Explore basic textile techniques each week and produce a series of samples and a better understanding of techniques. £48 plus materials.

Booking is essential: call 07949 582031 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Christmas card workshop

Art & Literature

A two-day Christmas card /gift wrap workshop takes place on Tuesdays Nov 27 and Dec 4 at Reactive Designs, Canalside Craft Centre, Stoke Prior, Bromsgrove B60 4JZ.

The workshop runs between 10am-12noon each day and costs £25 including materials.

There are only eight spaces, so booking is essential – call 07939 582931.


Art Club’s Winter Exhibition

Art & Literature

Barnt Green Art Club holds its Annual Winter Exhibition on Sat Nov 3 from 10am–5pm at The Friends Meeting House, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.

Free admission, car parking and disabled access.

Over 100 original pictures for sale plus unframed works and cards. Proceeds from refreshments and arts and crafts stall to charity. 

More information on 0121 445 3209.


Embroidered welcome

Art & Literature

Artrix in Bromsgrove presents Stitching a Welcome to Athletes of the World – a tribute in stitch by members of the Embroiderers’ Guild – from Oct 8 to Nov 4. 

The Embroiderers’ Guild (including members from local branches) has created more than 3,000 embroidered postcard-sized images depicting the life and times of over 200 sporting nations.

The exhibition is free to attend and will be open from 10am–4pm, Mon–Sat and 7–9pm on performance nights.

Artrix is at Slideslow Drive, Bromsgrove, B60 1PQ. 


Craft fayres in Redditch

General Events

Monthly craft fayres take place at The Old Needle Works, Britten Street, Redditch (B97 6HD) on the third Sat each month from 10am–4pm – a fantastic opportunity to meet local craftspeople and shop for handmade gifts.

Admission is free, and refreshments are available at the Crafty Cafe on site. Two minutes’ walk from bus/train station or ample parking on site.

Bringing cash is advisable as not all the makers can take card payments.

For more info visit: http://www.facebook.com/theoldneedleworks or http://www.inkberrowdesigncentre.co.uk


Textile Taster

Art & Literature

A Textile Taster introduction course starts on Sep 11 at the Textile Studio, Canalside Craft Centre, Stoke Prior, B60 4JZ.

From 10am–12noon, explore textiles using techniques such as batik wax resist, screen printing, hand painting, dyeing, heat press and mono print. You will be encouraged to develop your designs.

£48 per term (materials paid per week).

More info at http://www.reactivedesigns.co.uk


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Behind the scenes at the BBC
The Merry Wives of Alvechurch
History of books
Term-Time Yoga Classes
Fight Night at The Chateau
Evening with Alvechurch Community Choir
Panto magic
Saturday social dance
Sunday afternoon dance
Concert by candlelight
Roots Halloween Special
Gala Night
Asklepios in concert
Choral Society’s concerts
Blackwell band’s charity concert
‘Quiet Space’ at Alvechurch Baptist Church
Community Christmas Fair
Christmas Craft Fair
Crafty Ladies Christmas Sale
Christmas Bazaar
Christmas Fair and charity raffle
Happy Feet - Walking to Fitness
Learn Spanish at the library
Get online at the library
Half-term at the library
Crafty quilt up for grabs
Saracen Cycling Club
Alvechurch Walking Buddies
Three Choirs Concert
Baby Ava’s Winter Ball
Central Radio Car Club
Stable Dance
Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is back
Nearly New Sale
Community Litter Picking Events
Finstall Coffee Morning
Wine & Cheese Evening
Celebrating world of melody
Mindfulness short course
Speaking and Listening with Confidence
Understanding and Supporting People with Autism
Watercolour Painting
Creative Writing classes
Women’s Club
Storytimes at library
Baby Bounce and Rhyme
History of village streets
Evening with ‘Blind Dave’
Social dance for charity
Virtuoso Violin
Recreating Big Band era
Know Your Breed Meet-Up
Licensed to Rhyme
World’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning
Renowned photographer visits
Totally Tony
Understanding Autism
Art exhibition at library
Animal adventures at library
Flower Club’s coffee morning
History of Lickey Hills
Rhythm Time
Finstall Village Show
Tardebigge Fair & Show
Open Studios
Animals R Magic
Become an Animal Agent!
Meet the authors
Celebrate the joy of reading
Floristry Workshops
Tiny Church Lickey
An evening with Fi Glover
Delve into town’s heritage
Frankley Carnival
Big Healthy Lunch
St Leonard’s Summer Fête
Fun Day at Farm
The Barnt Green & Cofton Hackett Bake-Off
Feast of classics
Choir’s Open Rehearsals
Singing groups for neuro conditions
The Cats Chorus