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Events

Easter Hunt

General Events

An Easter Hunt takes place on March 31 at Balaams Wood, Frankley from 11am–2pm. Solve the clues, find the bunny and win an egg!

Free event – booking required – *Please book early*

To book or for more details, call Penny Moor on 07902 03558 or Linda Coates on 07925 233738.

Free parking opposite, by local shops.

Easter Craft Fair

General Events

An Easter Craft Fair takes place on March 24 at Hollymoor Church in Northfield, from 10am–2pm.

There will be an Easter bonnet parade, egg rolling, stalls, food and drink. Free parking.

If you wish to book a stall or take part, call Marion on 07534 067752 or see http://www.facebook.com/HollymoorCommunityChurch

An evening with Alys

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with gardener, journalist and presenter Alys Fowler on Sun April 22 at Artrix at 7.30.

If you are not a WORDS member then tickets (£15, students/under 16s £7.50) are available from Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

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

Ladies’ Golf Open Day

General Events

Ladies’ Golf Open Day: If you have ever fancied playing golf, Kings Norton Golf Club is having a free open day on March 25.

All you need is some trainers (might get a little muddy!). For more details see http://www.kingsnortongolfclub.co.uk/ladies

Textile Open Day

General Events

Forge Mill Creative Textile Group has an Open Day on Fri March 2, from 10.30am–12noon at Beoley Village Hall (Holt End, Redditch B98 9AN).

Say hello to some of the members and see where they meet. Some textile work will be on show; refreshments available. Admission free.

For more info contact Lynda on 0121 445 3212.

Saturday Social Dance

Dancing

Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night Social Dance in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer on Sat March 3 at Fairfield Village Hall (Stourbridge Rd, Fairfield, Bromsgrove).

Ballroom, Latin and Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby. Doors open 7.30pm, dancing from 8–11pm. £5 per person on the door.

More details at www.grahamdarbysmusic.com or on 01543 502722.

Showcasing musical youth

Music

The Midland Sinfonia hosts its 11th Young Musicians’ Showcase in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch on Sunday March 25 at 3pm.

The Sinfonia extends an annual invitation to all young musicians, up to 18 years old, to perform before an appreciative audience.

The showcase promotes a “concert” environment to assist the performers to grow in confidence, and makes for a pleasant afternoon of music.

Entry is free of charge, but donations are appreciated.

For further details, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), ring 0121 447 7040 or visit http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

Ballet Music Favourites

Music

The Redditch Orchestra presents a concert of Ballet Music Favourites on Sat March 17 at Studley Village Hall (High Street, Studley, B80 7HJ), starting at 7.30pm.

Conducted by Matthew Leach and led by Graham Longfils, the programme features some of the best-known and popular ballet music, from Clog Dance to Swan Lake to Carmen.

Tickets £12 (students and seniors £10, children free) from 07941 692879 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

A very Good Friday!

Music

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots takes place on Fri March 30 from 8pm at Alvechurch Social Club, still only £4 entry (£3 concessions).

Join a talented line-up of musicians and house band the Stompies for a very Good Friday! 

Asklepios Spring Concert

Music

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) will give their Spring concert on Sun March 18 at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.

The programme features Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld Overture; Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde; and Leoncavallo’s Concert Suite from Pagliacci.

Admission free – donations to retiring collection much appreciated. The orchestra would love you to go along in support, and bring your friends!

Spring Litter Pick

General Events

A Spring Litter Pick organised by the Lickey Hills Society takes place on Sat March 17 from 10am to 12noon – this is your chance to do something practical to help keep the Lickeys looking clean and tidy.

Meet at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane; please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves, litter pickers and sacks will be provided.

Skywatch on the Lickey Hills

General Events

Skywatch on the Lickey Hills, hosted by the Birmingham Astronomical Society, takes place on Fri March 23 from 7.30–10.30pm.

Explore the night sky using powerful telescopes (weather permitting). Meet in the Visitor Centre (Warren Lane, B45 8ER) where there will be a series of slide shows and a chance to meet with members of the Lickey Hills Society.

There is also a star dome for indoor star gazing. Refreshments available.

Barnt Green Preschool’s Nearly New Sale

General Events

Barnt Green Preschool’s Nearly New Sale takes place on Sat March 17 at Barnt Green Baptist Church (Bittell Road, Barnt Green) from 10.30am–12noon, raising funds to buy toys and equipment for the pre-school children.

Nearly new toys, books, DVDs and spring/summer clothes for babies and children up to 12 years old. Nursery items and maternity wear also on sale.

Always some fabulous bargains and brilliant for having extra sandals/swimwear for a lovely hot summer!

Anyone can sell, but please pre-register with Karen at bgnnsale@gmail.com

Crafty Spring Sale

General Events

The Crafty Ladies have their Spring Sale at Alvechurch Library on Mon March 19, from 10am–1pm and 2–4pm.

Lots of handmade items including recycled and upcycled items as well as homemade cakes. Monies raised are donated to village and local charities and nothing costs more than £5. They look forward to seeing you!

The Bromsgrove Lecture

General Events

The 2018 Bromsgrove Lecture is on Hagley Hall and the Lyttletons – Past, Present and Future, given by Viscount Cobham on Tues April 10 at 7.30pm in Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School.

Tickets £6 each; available from Mrs Chris Nesbitt, 31 Barley Mow Lane, Catshill B61 0LU (tel: 01527 877227) or from Foto Factory, High Street, Bromsgrove.

Footcare at the library

Health & Fitness

Alvechurch Library hosts a session with Nigel Hunt of Alvechurch Mobile Foot Care on Fri Feb 23 from 2.30pm to 4.45pm.

If you would like to find out more about good foot hygiene and care, pop along for a chat.

Nigel will discuss your footcare needs with you and share information about why taking care of your feet is so important to your general health.

Explore learning at the library

Children & Families

During the February half term holiday, Alvechurch Library hosts two workshops by Explore Learning, an award-winning maths and English tuition centre whose goal is to build confident, fearless learners.

In “Space Mission” on Mon Feb 19 you can learn all about the universe and everything in it. Stretch your skills to infinity and beyond!

This alien-inspired literacy workshop will help you to crack your creative writing. Ages 8-10, from 2.15 to 3.15pm.

Or are you fascinated by Mother Nature? Join the “Natural Hazards” workshop to find out more about tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanoes, and brush up your research skills.

Age 11+, 3.30 to 4.30pm. No charge for either of these workshops but please book ahead to reserve a place.

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.

Understanding dyslexia

General Events

Alvechurch Library will host a short workshop, Understanding and Supporting People with Dyslexia (course number 15250) on Fri March 2.

The aim of this workshop is to provide learners with a detailed understanding of dyslexia and how it can affect people – learning key techniques to support people and how to motivate and engage those with dyslexia.

Cost £11.25, or free to those who meet certain criteria – If you work under 16 hours per week and earn less than £330 per month, receive JSA, ESA or Universal Credit OR you receive Working Tax Credit. Proof is required on attendance at first session.

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.

An evening for book-lovers

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Di Speirs, Books Editor of BBC Radio, at Artrix on Sun Feb 4 at 7.30pm.

Di will be talking to Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1 (who grew up in Bromsgrove), about the BBC Young Writers Award and how young writers of the future can be encouraged to find their voices.

Di will also be talking about her work as Books Editor of BBC Radio. She is responsible for Open Book and Bookclub on Radio 4, directed more than 100 Book at Bedtime titles and producing the first ever Book of the Week in 1998.

A wonderful treat for all lovers of fiction on the radio!

If you are not a WORDS member but would like to come along then tickets (£15, students/under 16s £7.50) are available from Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

WORDS has plenty more events coming up at Artrix this year. More information can be found at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com

Clarinettist joins strings

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents Tedesca Plus on Friday March 2 in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch at 7.30pm.

The Midland Sinfonia’s resident quartet will be joined by clarinettist Tom Caldecote.

The musical programme includes Haydn’s String Quartet in D Op.64 No.5 ‘Lark’, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, and Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor ‘Death and the Maiden’.

Tickets cost £14.50 on the door, or £13 in advance from Gin & Pickles, The Square, Alvechurch, or online at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult).

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or ring 0121 447 7040.

Saturday Night Social Dance

Dancing

Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night Social Dance in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer on Sat Feb 24 at Kidderminster Harriers Social Club (Hoo Road, Kidderminster).

Ballroom, Latin and Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby. Doors open 7.30pm, dancing from 8–11pm. £5 per person on the door.

More details on 01543 502722 or http://www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

Valentine’s special at Roots

Music

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots’ Valentine’s Day special is on Fri Feb 23 from 8pm, still only £4 entry (£3 concessions).

Have a romantic night out with your partner, or partners if you’re very popular! House band the legendary Stompies will be all luvved up, no doubt. 

Blow the winter blues away

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra performs its first concert of the year on Fri Feb 9 at Lickey End Social Club (17 Alcester Road, B60 1JT).

Blow the winter blues away with red hot big band jazz, with a selection of old and new favourites.

Excellent regular singer Garry Rutter provides a mix of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé and the usual terrible jokes! Starts 8pm, £6 on the door.

For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692.

Music from Riggerz

Music

Riggerz, a four-piece band playing covers and their own material, are welcomed back to The Tower of Song (B30 3EL) on Fri Feb 23 from 9pm.

Entry £5 on the door. More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Music from Hopwood Junction

Music

Hopwood Junction band perform at The Tower of Song (B30 3EL) on Sat Feb 10, from 9pm. Entry £5 on the door.

The event will be broadcast on live web cast at http://www.towerofsong.co.uk  More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Quiz Night at Baptist Church

General Events

A Quiz Night takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church on Fri March 16 for teams of up to six.

The night will start with hot food (choice of chilli con carne or mushroom stroganoff) at 7pm; quiz begins at 7.45pm.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks provided; please bring other drinks of your choice.

Tickets £8.50 per person from Chris and Dave Shoesmith on 0121 445 2561.

New Year’s Quiz

General Events

Alvechurch Village Society has its New Year’s Quiz on Fri Jan 26 at Alvechurch Village Hall. Book your table early!

Prizes and raffles, bring your own drinks and nibbles. Proceeds to the Village Hall.

Call Ray on 07931 328023 to book a table.

Military Society Quiz

General Events

Redditch Military History Society holds its Annual New Year Quiz on Weds Jan 17 in St Luke’s Church Hall (Evesham Road, Redditch, B97 4JX), 7 for 7.30pm.

Members plus partners/friends are invited. Normal £4 door charge applies to cover buffet. BYO alcoholic drinks and any glasses you require.

Please confirm your attendance by Fri Jan 12 to Ron on 01527 545450 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Social Dance for charity

Dancing

Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night Social Dance in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer on Jan 20 at Lickey End Social Club (Alcester Road, Lickey End).

Ballroom, Latin and Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby. Doors open 7.30pm, dancing from 8–11pm. £5 per person on the door.

More details on 01543 502722 or http://www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

New Year Roots

Music

The next session of Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is on Fri Jan 26, starting at 8pm.

Still only £4 (£3 concessions) to have a listen. As usual the performances will be top-drawer and the event is hosted by the legendary Stompies.

General Knowledge Quiz

General Events

The Midland Sinfonia presents its annual fundraiser, the General Knowledge Quiz & Supper Evening, on Fri Feb 9 at The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, 6.45 for 7.30pm start.

Teams of up to six with singles accommodated. £8.50pp to include fish and chip supper. Usual bar available or corkage payable.

Booking essential via Marian on 0121 447 7040 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Coronation Anthems

Music

Bromsgrove Choral Society‘s Spring Concert will be a performance of Handel’s Coronation Anthems on Sat March 24.

The members would be very pleased to see new members join for the start of rehearsals on Mon Jan 8 at St John’s CofE School, Bromsgrove.

More information from Chairman Mr E Clulee on 0121 445 0087.

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.

Saturday Night Social Dances

Dancing

Graham & Denise Darby present two Saturday Night Social Dances in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance & Midlands Bloodbikes.

The first is on Dec 30 at Kidderminster Harriers Social Club (Hoo Road, Kidderminster), and the second on Jan 20 at Lickey End Social Club (Alcester Road, Lickey End).

Ballroom, Latin and Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby. Doors open 7.30pm, dancing from 8–11pm. £5 per person on the door.

More details on 01543 502722 or http://www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

Christmas favourites

Music

The Redditch Orchestra will perform many Christmas favourites in their next concert at The Oasis Church, Plymouth Road, Redditch B97 4QB on Sat Dec 2 at 7.30pm.

Music will include selections from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and Handel’s Messiah, and the orchestra will also perform both Leroy Anderson’s and Delius’s Sleigh Ride.

Graham Longfils, from Cofton Hackett, will conduct the orchestra, joined by vocal soloists Judith le Breuilly, a former member of the City of Birmingham Orchestra’s Youth Choir, and Adam Jones, a former Queen’s College Cambridge University Music Scholar. The guest leader will be Austin Poll.

Tickets £12 (conc £10, accompanied children free) from 07941 692879, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), on the door, or from orchestra members.

Christmas Roots

Music

The Christmas session of Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is on Fri Dec 22, starting at 8pm. Still only £4 (£3 concessions) to have a listen.

As usual the performances will be top-drawer and the event is hosted by the legendary Stompies.

Festive-themed concert

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra holds a festive-themed concert on Fri Dec 15 at Lickey End Social Club, Alcester Road, B60 1JT. 

A variety of Big Band Swing favourites from the 1930s to modern times, jazz versions of Christmas numbers, plus the return of two great singers, Lynne Dawes and Garry Rutter.

Starts 8pm. Entry £6 on the door. For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692.

Uplifting musical

Music

CMM Choir presents the musical Stargazers by Roger Jones on Sun Jan 14 at 6pm in Holy Trinity Church, Rose Hill, Lickey B45 8RR.

“And so, not knowing where their journey would lead, the wise men travelled on, with the star going before them.”

An uplifting concert; no charge for admission, with a retiring collection. More information from Alison Rushton on 0121 445 6170.

Choral Society’s Christmas Concert

Music

Bromsgrove Choral Society performs its Christmas Concert on Sat Dec 9 at All Saints Church, Bromsgrove at 7.30pm.

The main work is Messe de Minut by Mac Antoine Charpentier, and carols will be sung by choir and audience.

Wine and mince pies available in the interval, and a sumptuous Christmas cake will be raffled. Tickets £10 on the door.

The society’s Spring Concert will be a performance of Handel’s Coronation Anthems on Sat March 24.

The members would be very pleased to see new members join for the start of rehearsals on Mon Jan 8 at St John’s CofE School, Bromsgrove.

More information from Chairman Mr E Clulee on 0121 445 0087.

Give A Gift For Santa

General Events

“Give A Gift For Santa – Frankley B45” is a Christmas fundraiser for families who use Frankley Children’s Centre.

People are asked to donate working toys or games as well as sweets, wrapping paper, sellotape, gift bags and bows.

Bring donations to Frankley Children’s Centre (New Street, Rubery, B45 0EU) from Mon–Fri 9am–4pm, or to Frankley Parish Council (12 Arden Rd, B45 0JA) Mon–Fri 9am–12pm, before Dec 16.

More info from Linda Coates on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

British Rock ‘n’ Roll

Music

The Fireballs UK will play British Rock ‘n’ Roll from the 50s and 60s on Sat Nov 11 at Rubery Social Club.

£3 entry. Doors open 7.30pm. Band playing at 9pm. Plus Rock ‘n’ Roll DJ Simon ‘Simply Vinyl’ Witcombe.

For more details call Ryan on 07468 433857.

Blackwell Craft Fair

General Events

Blackwell’s 38th Craft Fair on Sun Nov 5 offers an opportunity to buy sensibly-priced gifts from local craftspeople and small businesses.

Open 10am–4pm at Blackwell Methodist Church Hall, Greenhill, B60 1BL. Entry 50p (under-16s free) to include a cup of Fairtrade tea, coffee or a soft drink.

Hand-made goods for sale will be Shelagh’s Jams, Cottage Heritage candles, cards by Karena Crafts, Cowbridge silver jewellery, glassware by Jennie Edgington, dried fruit decorations by Panache, gifts by the Happy Crafters, textiles by Pat Davies, soaps by Sue Byfield, and food and gifts from Worcester Friends of Palestine, supporting struggling farmers in that country.

Raffle proceeds will go to ACWW (Associated Country Women of the World), the WI’s international charity.

Fantasy of winter music

Music

Join the Orchestra of St John for A Winter Fantasy on Sat Nov 25 – travel into a Russian forest to build a bonfire, then take a magical flight with The Snowman.

In the perfect prelude to Christmas, the audience will be treated to the music from The Snowman and the thrilling adventure which is Prokofiev’s Winter Bonfire.

The ever-enthusiastic Richard Jenkinson will conduct the orchestra, joined by Alvechurch Middle School Choir as well as soloist Daniel Munn from Worcester Cathedral singing Walking in the Air. The two stories narrated by Brian Williams, will come to life in the fabulous setting of St John’s Church in Bromsgrove. 

One winter’s day, a boy builds a snowman. That night the snowman comes to life for a magical adventure! Prokofiev’s Winter Bonfire tells the charming story of children from Moscow on an outing – the train ride, snow falling, waltzing on the ice, and their evening campfire.

Tickets £5 (accompanied children free) in advance from FotoFactory at 123 High Street, Bromsgrove or from http://www.a-winter-fantasy.eventbrite.co.uk

Prior to the performance, concert-goers can have their photo taken with The Snowman and a motorbike, warm themselves by a fire pit and enjoy hot chocolate and a snowman treat!

Doors open from 6pm with music from 7pm. More info at http://www.facebook.com/FriendsStJohnsBromsgrove 

Behind the scenes at the BBC

General Events

Former BBC cameraman John Williams will give an illustrated talk at The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch on Friday November 3.

In aid of the church’s window appeal, the talk is entitled Life Through A Lens and is based on John’s self-published memoirs, Shoot First: No Ordinary Life.

It will include tales from the iconic Pebble Mill studios and behind-the-scenes glimpse into John’s 30-year career making programmes at home and abroad.

The talk begins at 7.30pm, and admission is £4 to include tea and biscuits. No need to buy tickets in advance; just pay on the door.

Shoot First: No Ordinary Life costs £14 – to buy a copy, contact John on 01527 66897 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The Merry Wives of Alvechurch

Theatre

Alvechurch Dramatic Society presents The Merry Wives of Alvechurch from Thurs Nov 23 to Sat Nov 25 in Alvechurch Village Hall.

When a young Will Shakespeare is forced to leave his wife and children in Stratford, having been accused of poaching on Sir Richard Lucy’s Charlecote estate, he joins a travelling theatre company.

Arriving in Alvechurch to perform at the local mop fair, the company find that Sir John Stafford, the local landlord, bully and womaniser, has banned players, preferring more down-to-earth pleasures.

Ignoring the protests of the local businesswomen who are organising the fair, he is only persuaded to change his mind when Will offers to write a new play in his honour.

Written by Alan Clarke and Chris Davies, the production features live music by Dave Howard and members of the Alvechurch Radical String Ensemble.

Performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets £7 (£6 conc) available from The Lounge, Alvechurch, on 0121 447 7071 or by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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

Fight Night at The Chateau

General Events

Battle Hardened MMA presents “Fight Night at The Chateau” on Fri Nov 24.

Great fight action from amateur martial artists (from Hopwood Fighting Fit in Aston Fields), plus a three-course meal, cheerleading display, comedian/compere, and dancing to DJ Duke.

More info and tickets at http://www.hopwooduk.com

Evening with Alvechurch Community Choir

Clubs & Societies

Alvechurch Village Society hosts an evening with Alvechurch Community Choir on Weds Nov 22, at 7.45pm in Alvechurch Village Hall.

Another chance to enjoy a musical evening with your local choir.

Saturday social dance

Dancing

Graham and Denise Darby present a Saturday night social dance on Sat Nov 18, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Midlands Bloodbikes, at Kidderminster Harriers Social Club, Hoo Road, Kidderminster.

Ballroom, Latin & Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby.Doors open 7.30pm, dancing 8–11pm. Entry £5 per person on the door.

For further details call 01543 502722 or visit http://www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

Sunday afternoon dance

Theatre

Graham & Denise Darby present a Sunday afternoon dance, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Midlands Bloodbikes at Lickey End Social Club, Ancestor Road, Lickey End on Sun Nov 26.

Ballroom, Latin & Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby. Doors open 1pm, dancing 1.30–4.30pm. Tickets £10 (includes a High Tea).

Please pre-book. For further details call 01543 502722 or visit http://www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

Concert by candlelight

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents a Concert by Candlelight on Fri Dec 1 in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch at 7.30pm.

Music includes Handel’s Water Music Suite in F, Mozart’s Exultate Jubilate, Dvořák’s Nocturne and Haydn’s Symphony No.43 ‘Mercury’, featuring soprano Lizzie Ryder.

Tickets £14.50 on the door, or £13 in advance from Gin & Pickles, The Square, Alvechurch or http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult).

More info on 0121 447 7040 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Roots Halloween Special

Music

The eighth season of Alvechurch Acoustic Roots continues on Fri Nov 3 with a Halloween Special.

Live music starts at 8pm and it is still only £4 (£3 concessions) to have a listen. As usual the performances will be top-drawer and the event is hosted by the legendary Stompies.

Be daring, bring a friend and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

Gala Night

Music

Alvechurch Baptist Church presents its third Gala Concert on Sat Nov 18, at 7.30pm. Alvechurch Community Choir will be joined by individual guest artists and the Withybed Poets.

The previous two events have almost sold out so early booking is advised! Tickets are £8 (children £3) and can be ordered by phoning 07769 700645 or asking Fiona at the Church.

Refreshments (tea and cakes) will be available for what promises to be a great evening’s entertainment from talented local people.

Asklepios in concert

Music

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) give their next concert on Sun Dec 3 at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.

The attractive programme features Rossini’s William Tell Overture; Ciurlionis’ In the Forest; and Tchaikovsky’s Symphonic Suite from The Nutcracker.

Admission free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated.  Please come along and support us.

Choral Society’s concerts

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society rehearses on Mondays at 7.45pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green.

This season they will perform three concerts: a Christmas Carol concert on Dec 9; the main Spring concert at Bromsgrove School on March 17 (comprising Dvorak’s Te Deum and Mozart’s C Minor Mass); and on June 16, a summer concert of lighter songs from the 1960s and 70s.

New members always welcome – if you are interested, pop along to a rehearsal. Please contact Chairman Fiona Brown for further details on 0121 445 5513 or visit http://www.barntgreenchoralsociety.org

Blackwell band’s charity concert

Music

Blackwell Concert Band presents a Christmas Concert in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support on Sat Nov 25 at St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR. 

Interval refreshments provided. Tickets £5 from .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or 07891 527 089, or on the door.

‘Quiet Space’ at Alvechurch Baptist Church

General Events

‘Quiet Space’ at Alvechurch Baptist Church takes place each Mon and Fri from 10am–12 noon.

The church is open as a quiet space, with “welcomers” on hand to help if required, for anyone who would like to come and find peace and rest for as long as they need.

For more info, call Revd Fiona Lee on 0121 447 7369, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.alvechurchbaptist.org.uk

Community Christmas Fair

General Events

A Community Christmas Fair takes place on Sat Dec 2 at Holy Trinity Church, Rose Hill, Lickey B45 8RR, from 11am– 2pm.

Stalls will represent groups from the local community, with a tombola, produce, handicrafts and more. Light refreshments available.

Free entry. More info on 0121 445 6170.

Christmas Craft Fair

General Events

Lickey Hills Primary School and Nursery Christmas Craft Fair takes place on Sat Dec 2, from 2–4pm. Free entry. All welcome.

There will be craft stalls, tombola, games, pocket money toys, cakes, face painting, refreshments, Santa and a raffle.

Crafty Ladies Christmas Sale

General Events

Crafty Ladies Christmas Sale at Alvechurch Library: Mon Nov 13 from 10am–1pm and 2–4.30pm.

Lots of handmade items, recycled and upcycled, as well as a raffle. Prizes of a double quilt, knitted elves and embroidered place settings.

Christmas Bazaar

General Events

A Christmas Bazaar takes place at The Lawns care home (School Lane, Alvechurch) on Fri Dec 1, from 3–8pm.

Christmas stalls, hot food, tombola, raffles, cakes, mulled wine and much more! All stalls are indoors, so come and enjoy the festivities.

All proceeds towards future events for the residents.

Christmas Fair and charity raffle

General Events

A Christmas Fair takes place at Alvechurch Cricket Club on Sat Nov 11, in aid of the Alzheimer’s Society.

The event runs from 10.30am–3pm. Stalls will include knitted items made by the Alvechurch Knit & Natter group (pictured right), cartoons by Bob Lawton, woodturning, Christmas cards and lots of other gift ideas. Entry is free.

In support of the same charity, Cynthia Lawton of Knit & Natter has organised a village raffle, with fabulous prizes such as vouchers for village shops and businesses.

Tickets will be on sale outside The Lounge on Fridays and Saturdays until the end of October, and the draw takes place on December 18.

Learn Spanish at the library

General Events

Adult Learning Course 14835 at Alvechurch Library – Spanish Continuing Beginners – is for those who have a beginner’s knowledge of the language, but are not absolute beginners.

Very interactive with focus on speaking, listening and basic writing. Continuing on Thurs Oct 12 from 2.15– 4.15pm and running for five weeks. Cost £50.

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.

Get online at the library

General Events

Get Online Week runs from Oct 2–8, with community events helping people to make the most of the internet.

The Digital Champions will teach Alvechurch Library members how to download magazines and books to their own tablets/laptops. Please check times and availability.

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.

Half-term at the library

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library is offering half-term children’s activities including a Teddy Bears’ Picnic and Storytime Session on Tues Oct 24 from 11–11.30am.

Bring your favourite teddy, listen to some adventurous stories and receive a cold drink and snack. No need to book; 80p per child.

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.

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.

Three Choirs Concert

Music

An evening of entertainment featuring: Alvechurch Community Choir, Shirley Community Gospel Choir & Wythall Community Choir.

7pm, Saturday October 21, in St Mary’s Church, Shawhurst Lane, Hollywood.

Tickets £7.50 from The Lounge, Alvechurch, or on 0121 445 5957.

Baby Ava’s Winter Ball

General Events

A Winter Ball in aid of Baby Ava’s Support Foundation takes place at Nailcote Hall in Warwickshire on Sat Nov 18.

Tickets cost £70 (table of 10 for £650) to include drinks reception with photos, three-course meal, live band and magician, plus auction and raffle. 

Amazing auction lots include a week’s holiday (flights not included) to a four-bedroom, three-bathroom home in Florida, donated by the charity’s sponsor Collect My Debt.

There’s also a holiday to Cyprus, a cottage for a week in Devon, a wedding photography package donated by Mark Little, and a training session with the charity’s ambassador and world-champion boxer Kal Yafai.

Raffle prizes include a TV, a magnum of vodka, afternoon tea at Coombe Abbey, and lots more.

To book, contact Richard on 07703 826931.

Stable Dance

Dancing

A Stable Dance will be held in Alvechurch Baptist Church Hall on Fri Dec 15 at 7.30pm.

Tickets £8 for adults, £4 for children or £20 for a family ticket, to include light refreshments (sandwiches, Christmas cake, tea, coffee, squash – please feel free to bring any other drinks you may require).

Purchase from Peter Griffiths (07788 313801) or Val Griffiths (c/o Friday Coffee Morning).

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is back

Music

The eighth season of Alvechurch Acoustic Roots kicks off at Alvechurch Social Club on Fri Oct 6.

Live music starts at 8pm and it is still only £4 (£3 concessions) to have a listen.

As usual the performances will be top drawer and the event is hosted by the legendary Stompies.

Future dates are Fri Nov 3 (Halloween special) and Fri Dec 15 (Christmas special). Be daring, bring a friend and enjoy the unique atmosphere.

Nearly New Sale

General Events

Barnt Green Pre-School’s renowned Nearly New Sale will be held on Sat Oct 14 from 10.30am–12.30pm at Barnt Green Baptist Church on Bittell Road. Entry £1.

High-quality children’s clothing, toys and books, prams and nursery furniture.

Interested sellers please contact Jo at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.barntgreenpreschool.co.uk

Community Litter Picking Events

General Events

Two Community Litter Picking Events have been organised by Alvechurch Village Society.

Could you spare a couple of hours to help tidy your village – clearing roads, verges, hedges and pavements of litter? Your help is needed! 

The Hopwood Litter Pick is on Sat Oct 14; meet at Penlock Cottage, Ash Lane, Hopwood (contact: Adrian Smith on 07941 508881).

The Alvechurch Litter Pick is Sun Oct 15; meet at 10.30am in the shopping precinct outside The Lounge (contact: Sheila Parsons on 07846 615955).

Just turn up on the day if you can help! All equipment provided; please wear suitable clothing. Children must be accompanied by an adult.    

Finstall Coffee Morning

General Events

Finstall Hall will hold a coffee morning early in Nov – look out for details on http://www.finstallvillagehall.org

The hall also has about 20 stacking plastic chairs which are being given away free to anyone who would like them.

Call 01527 875816 or 07788 178813, or see the Village Hall notice board for details.

Wine & Cheese Evening

General Events

A Wine & Cheese evening raising funds for Troop Aid takes place on Fri Nov 17 at Barnt Green Baptist Church (Bittell Road, B45 8LT).

The event starts at 7.30pm and there will also be entertainment. Tickets cost £15 – call 0121 445 2338, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), call Troop Aid on 0121 711 7215 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

You can find more information on the charity at http://www.troopaid.info

Celebrating world of melody

Music

The Orchestra of St John’s next concert takes place at 7.30pm on Sat Oct 14 at St John’s Church in Bromsgrove, and features a mouthwatering programme including Dvorak’s glorious 8th Symphony and Mendelssohn’s ever-popular overture, Fingal’s Cave.

The horn team also have their day with a performance of Schumann’s Konzertstück for four horns and orchestra.

The orchestra will also celebrate the world of melody with a UK première of outstanding songs for tenor and orchestra by Worcester-based composer Ian Venables.

His Venetian Songs will be sung by renowned Indian tenor Anando Mukerjee, accompanied by the orchestra, all under the direction of conductor Richard Jenkinson.

There will be a free pre-concert talk for ticket holders with Ian Venables, presented by chief music critic of The Birmingham Post, Christopher Morley.

Tickets £12 in advance from Artrix box office or http://www.artrix.co.uk, or £14 on the door. Accompanied children attend free of charge.

Mindfulness short course

General Events

Wythall Library offers a Mindfulness short course on Tues Sep 26 from 10am to 12noon; £9/free (subject to criteria).

Also coming soon to Wythall Library is the Moodmaster Emotional Resilience Programme, a 12-week course of workshops that demonstrate simple but effective self-help strategies for better emotional health.

Dates to be confirmed – email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more info.

History of village streets

General Events

Alvechurch Historical Society holds its annual free Open Days on Saturdays September 9 and 16 at the Museum in School Lane, Alvechurch, between 2.30 and 4.30pm both days.

The special exhibition this year is on the street names of Alvechurch, a subject which has caused some controversy!

Evening with ‘Blind Dave’

General Events

Villagers have an opportunity to spend an evening in the company of marathon runner and fundraiser extraordinaire, Dave Heeley – AKA “Blind Dave”.

The Pride of Birmingham winner is the first and only blind person in the world to have completed the ultimate endurance challenge– seven marathons in seven days on seven continents.

He will give an entertaining talk on Wednesday October 25 at The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, starting at 7.30pm.

Tickets cost £10 (including a welcome drink) with proceeds going to local charities The Lounge and Where Next.

Tickets available from Pam Horsfield on 0121 445 4631, Denise Cashmore on 0121 445 3246, or Tracy at the Flower Shop, Bear Hill, Alvechurch.

Social dance for charity

Dancing

Graham and Denise Darby present a Saturday night social dance on Sat Oct 14, supporting the Midlands Air Ambulance & Midlands Bloodbikes, at Kidderminster Harriers Social Club, Hoo Road, Kidderminster.

Ballroom, Latin & Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby.Doors open 7.30pm, dancing 8–11pm.

Entry £5 per person on the door. For further details call 01543 502722 or visit http://www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

Virtuoso Violin

Music

The Midland Sinfonia is looking forward to its 2017–18 season, which starts on Fri Oct 6. Yes, FRIDAY: apart from one concert next year, the musical delights will play out on Fridays in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

A lot of folk enjoy taking a stroll up the hill so they can enjoy a drink either before, or at the interval or indeed both! There is also a free onsite car park.

The new programme can be picked up at various village outlets, including the library, or visit http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

The first concert, Virtuoso Violin, will feature George Ewart on violin and Robert Markham on piano.

Music includes Tartini’s Sonata in G minor ‘Devil’s Trill’; Paganini’s Caprices for Solo Violin; Beethoven’s Spring Sonata Op.24 in F; Brahms’ Sonata No.2 in A Op.100; Sarasate’s Carmen Fantasy, and Elgar’s La Capricieuse.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer and Florist, Alvechurch (the old bakery) or the website (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult).

More info on 0121 447 7040 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Recreating Big Band era

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra holds its next concert on Fri Oct 6 at Lickey End Social Club (Alcester Road, B60 1JT), recreating music from the golden era of big bands such as Ted Heath, Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Woody Herman and more.

Great tunes that you can whistle in the bath! Vocalist Garry Rutter will add a touch of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé to the mix.

Starts 8pm, £6 on the door. More details from Geoff on 07970 662692.

Know Your Breed Meet-Up

General Events

Clent Hills Vets in Bromsgrove is holding a free ‘Know Your Breed Meet-Up’ for owners of Cavalier King Charles Spaniels on Thurs Sep 14, 7.45–9.30pm.

There will be a Q&A session with an expert panel, hosted by vet Will Trewarman.

Cavalier King Charles Spaniels are welcome but must be up to date with vaccines, flea and worming treatments and have a sociable disposition, happy to be in a large group with people and other dogs.

To register a place, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your name, a contact number and how many people will be attending.

Licensed to Rhyme

General Events

Licensed to Rhyme, the monthly poetry night run by local poets Giovanni ‘Spoz’ Esposito and Maggie Doyle, celebrates its first birthday with a final event at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on Sep 11, before moving to a new, secret location in Barnt Green!

All will be revealed on the night – the show starts at 7.30 and tickets are £5 (free for under-18s).

World’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning

General Events

A Macmillan World’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning will be held at Rectory Cottage, Old Rectory Lane, Alvechurch B48 7SU on Fri Sep 29 at 11am. 

Coffee/tea and lots of home made cakes. Entry £2.50. Large bring and buy table, super raffle and garden open to view. Show your support!

More info from Celia Hitch and family on 0121 445 4824.

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) 

Totally Tony

Music

Rowney Green Village Hall presents an evening of music and comedy on Sat Sep 16.

The “Totally Tony” show features classic soul, Motown and R’n’B hits from “old skool” entertainer Tony James, who has toured the UK and Europe supporting stars such as Olly Murs, The Human League and Shane Richie.

Bar open 7pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £10 from Sue on 07977 254519, Helen on 07775 158938 or .(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.

Flower Club’s coffee morning

General Events

Rowney Green Flower Club invites you to a coffee morning at the Village Hall, Rowney Green on Mon August 28 from 10.30am–12.30pm.

There will be the usual Bring ‘n’ Buy, a raffle, a demonstration of flower arranging (raffled at the end), and an opportunity to make a small arrangement for yourself! The club also hopes to have cakes to sell.

Any contributions and good quality Bring ‘n’ Buy donations, will be gratefully received. Please contact Clare Kenny on 01527 66071.

The club usually meets at Rowney Green Village Hall on the 4th Thurs of the month at 7.45pm.

History of Lickey Hills

General Events

Lickey Hills Local History Society is holding its Open Weekend 2017 on Sat Sept 16 and Sun Sept 17 at the Visitor Centre on Warren Lane, B45 8ER, from 11am–4pm both days.

Discover the Heritage Lottery-funded First World War project; learn about Zeppelin attacks in the Midlands; local characters (this year it’s the baddies); the Lickey gibbet; war memorials; local Wakes and Fairs.

There will be guided walks, displays and activities, plus the Worcestershire World War 100 Bell Tent.

This is a free event, open to all!

Finstall Village Show

General Events

Finstall’s Annual Village Show takes place on Sat Sept 2 at the village hall from 1pm.

There are classes for vegetables, fruit, baking (including jams and chutneys), floral arrangements, crafts, photography and art.

Trophies, vouchers and prize money to be won, down to 3rd place. There are special classes for children, who can win a trophy to be kept for one year.

There will also be stalls, teas, a tombola and raffle, plus outside games (weather permitting) and an auction of the produce at the end of the show.

If anyone has surplus produce that could be included in the auction, the organisers would be pleased to take this off their hands!

Show schedules will be distributed around village homes shortly before the show, but if anyone else would like one please call Rosemary on 07788 178813.

All the funds raised go towards the improvement and upkeep of the hall, which is used by lots of different groups and also available to hire for parties at weekends.

Tardebigge Fair & Show

General Events

Tardebigge Fair & Show will soon be here again to provide a great afternoon’s entertainment and bargains for all the family on Saturday September 9!

This popular traditional country fair opens at 1.30pm, and is held in and around Tardebigge Church, School and Community Hall, just off the A448 between Redditch and Bromsgrove, near the canal tunnel and directly on bus route 43.

Beautiful St Bartholomew’s Church itself hosts the Produce Show which includes flowers, plants, vegetables, preserves, baking, photographs and more.

Anyone (including children) can enter; just bring entries to the church before 11am on the day. Schedules and full information can be picked up at the back of St Bartholomew’s or see the website (http://www.tardebiggechurch.org.uk)

Outside the church, the Fair will include displays of classic cars and motorbikes, local history, music and dance – and there are pony rides, a pets’ corner and a children’s corner for younger visitors.

Refreshments including afternoon tea and hot pork/beef/veggieburger baps will be available throughout the afternoon. Cakes, plants, DVDs, toys, books and bric-à-brac will all be on sale.

There’s also the usual high-quality prize draw (top prizes of cash total £200!), while chocolate and bottle tombolas, together with games of skill like skittles, a coconut shy and crazy golf, all offer lots of opportunities to win prizes.

Miss it and miss out!

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

Animals R Magic

General Events

Everyone and his or her dog are welcome to Jinney Ring Craft Centre, Hanbury on Sunday July 16 for “Animals R Magic”, a charity fun day and dog show held in aid of The Cinnamon Trust and local animal charities.

Bring your favourite four-legged friend to the fun dog show to find our local “best biscuit catcher”, “best rescue” and “waggiest tail”.  There is also the chance for younger visitors to show off their skills in the “best junior handler class”. 

Entries for all dog show classes will be taken on the day.

Get up close and personal with some unusual animals including snakes, creepy crawlies and adorable furries.

Meet animal guests including Jasper the pony, Charlie the search dog and “Peeler”, the police mascot who will be patrolling the grounds on the day.

There will be demonstrations of agility, obedience and canicross (cross country running with dogs) and a have-a-go scurry throughout the day.

Talk to the experts on the animal charity stands and find out how voluntary organisations are helping all sorts of animals in and around Worcestershire. 

Bring your loose change to try your luck at their raffles, tombolas and competitions to support the great work they do.

Browse the stands of local businesses to stock up on animal-themed crafts and goodies.  To keep you going, there will be a range of delicious refreshments available throughout the day.

Profits from admission and the dog show will support the Worcestershire work of The Cinnamon Trust (http://www.cinnamon.org.uk), the national charity for elderly and terminally ill people and their pets. 

To find out more about their work, visit the volunteers on The Cinnamon Trust stand. 

Animals R Magic is open from 11am until 5pm, admission is £2 for adults and £1 for children. 

For further information visit http://www.jinneyring.co.uk/acatalog/events.html

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

Delve into town’s heritage

General Events

The Bromsgrove Society Summer School will once again be held in July at Bromsgrove School. Six courses over three days celebrate the rich agricultural, industrial, architectural and cultural history of Bromsgrove and district.

Students can participate over one, two or three days. Choose between two parallel lecture streams, some of which also offer optional afternoon visits.

July 11: Churches around Bromsgrove, and A E Housman
July 12: Mills & Forges of Belbroughton, and Worcestershire Mapmakers
July 13: The Big House, and A Town Preparing for War

Courses are open to both members and non-members of the Bromsgrove Society. The fee for each course is £45 inclusive of morning coffee and lunch, or £40 for members of the Bromsgrove Society.

For more details and to book, contact Chris Nesbitt on 01527 877227 or visit http://www.bsoc.co.uk

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