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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.

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

Frankley Carnival

General Events

Frankley Carnival takes place on Sep 9 at The Green on New Street. 

If you would like to take part or have a stall, please email Linda on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Bruce at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or visit the Facebook page.

Big Healthy Lunch

Theatre

Big Healthy Lunch at Cofton Park on Sunday July 9, 11am-3pm. Bring food to share, a blanket, and join this special “get together” with a healthy and active twist.

Sporty fun from Sport Birmingham, wildlife activities from RSPB, an eco-craft area provided by Birmingham Playcare Network, and more!

Bring your bikes for a big clean by Cycle South Brum and a quick check up from Dr Bike. Healthy snacks to buy from The Real Junk Food Project, or cycle for a smoothie on the smoothie bike, plus interactive sessions by Northfield Ecocentre.

Free event, supported by Birmingham City Council as part of the Move More Eat Well campaign.

St Leonard’s Summer Fête

General Events

St Leonard’s Church in Beoley has its Summer Fête on Sat July 1, from 1.30–4.30pm.

Popular singer Stephen Cesari will open the fête, while local schools will entertain the crowds. More music is provided by the Worcestershire Players.

Usual mix of stalls from tombola to coconut shy, plant stall to White Elephant. Face painting, bouncy castle, BBQ and cake sale.

Inside the church there are displays by the stitchcraft group and Redditch Local History Group. For more details visit http://www.stleonardsbeoley.org.uk

Fun Day at Farm

General Events

Dodford Children’s Holiday Farm hosts a Family Fun Day on Sat July 15, 12noon–4.30pm.

Have a look around, feed the animals, play in the playbarn.

There will also be a dance display, BBQ, cream teas, bottle tombola, raffle and lots more! Adults £1, children free.

The Barnt Green & Cofton Hackett Bake-Off

General Events

The Barnt Green & Cofton Hackett Bake-Off and Afternoon Tea takes place on August 6 at St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, 1.30–4.30pm.

Categories: Best Traditional Cake (Victoria Sponge, Carrot Cake, Lemon Drizzle); Best No-Bake Cake; Best Decorated Cake; Best Brownies; Best Cupcake; Under 11 (any cake or cupcakes); Age 12-17 (any cake or cupcakes).

Judging from 1.45–2.45pm – help eat the cakes later! All cakes must be dropped off between 12.30 and 1.30pm.

To enter, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Choir’s Open Rehearsals

Music

The Arrow Vale Singers are holding Open Rehearsals on Wednesdays July 5, 12 and 19, when anyone can come along and enjoy singing well-known songs – no need to read music and there are no auditions.

Sessions take place from 8–10pm at Batchley Community Centre, Redditch B97 6PB, including a coffee and cake break. More info on 07718 113086, http://www.arrowvalesingers.co.uk or by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Recreating sound of swing

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra holds its next concert on Fri July 14 at Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, B60 1JT, featuring American vocalist Lynn Dawes as the special guest.

Lynn will also appear with the band at Kidderminster station on the Severn Valley Railway’s “1940s Days” on June 24 and July 1, recreating the music from the great swing bands of the time.

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

(Note: if anybody bought green raffle tickets at the May 5 concert, would they please contact Geoff as above).

Traditional Proms favourites

Music

The Redditch Orchestra presents a Last Night of the Proms concert at Bromsgrove’s Artrix on July 8, as part of Bromsgrove Festival.

Starting at 7.30pm and led by Cofton Hackett violinist Graham Longfils, the orchestra will play traditional favourites such as The Pirates of Penzance, Rule Britannia, Pomp and Circumstance, and Jerusalem.

Talented young Redditch bassoonist, Rebecca Eldridge, will be the soloist in Mozart’s bassoon concerto. Rebecca began playing as a child in Redditch and continued her studies at the Welsh College of Music.

She was awarded a first class honours degree and also the concerto prize. She is now a well known freelance player in both the Midlands and London.

Tickets £12 (over-60s and other concessions £10; free for accompanied under 12s)  from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

One Man, Two Guvnors

Theatre

All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove theatre group, presents One Man, Two Guvnors at Artrix from Tues June 13 to Sat Jun 17 at 7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Sat).

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad.

But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel.

To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple! 

Tickets £15 (£13 conc) from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

Tea Dance for charity

Dancing

A Tea Dance organised by Sight Concern Worcestershire, a charity working to support people with sight loss, takes place on Thurs July 6 from 1.30–3.30 at the Methodist Centre, Bromsgrove.

There will be live singing, tea and cakes and a raffle. Tickets £5 – please call Helen on 07804 027597.

Asklepios’ Summer Concert

Music

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) has its summer concert on Sun June 18 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.

The attractive programme celebrating English music features Delius’ On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, and the much-loved Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra (Elgar) with soloist Thomas McMahon.

Not to be missed – go along and bring your friends! Admission free; donations to the retiring collection are much appreciated.

Journey Around the British Isles

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society performs its summer concert, Journey Around the British Isles, on Sat June 24 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Tickets £10, including refreshments – available from Fiona Brown (Chairman) on 0121 445 5513.

A Classical Summer’s Evening

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents A Classical Summer’s Evening on Sat June 17 in St Laurence Church at 7.30pm.

With Llinos Owen on bassoon and Nic Fallowfield conducting, the programme includes music by Haydn, Dvořák, Mozart and Arnold.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and children accompanying an adult).

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

Meet the Cheeky Pirates!

Music

The Cheeky Pirates are heading your way! Bromsgrove Operatic Society has produced an irreverent, cheeky concert performance based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Not only does it retain the wonderful songs and offbeat comedy of the dynamic duo, but it also wrings out the hidden agenda within their humour and teasingly adds its own.

The group’s aim is to please those with a current understanding of comedy operetta, while encouraging those who have so far been deprived of these somewhat outrageous stories.

The show will be staged on June 29 and 30 and July 1 at the Norbury Theatre, Droitwich.

For more info, or if you would like to participate in forthcoming productions, visit http://www.bromsgrove
operaticsociety.org.uk or ring Dave Edmonds on 07860 776940.

School’s Summer Fete

General Events

A Summer Fete takes place at Lickey Hills Primary School and Nursery on Sat June 17, from 2-4pm. 

Free entry. Everyone welcome. There will be stalls run by each class as part of the school’s Enterprise Week, as well as games, cakes, face painting, refreshments and raffle.

Fun Run for refugees

General Events

A Fun Run in support of refugees takes place at Sanders Park, Bromsgrove on Sat July 15.

The Gimme Shelter 3k Fun Run starts at 9am, and you can run, jog or walk! £8 entry for adults/£4 for under-18s.

Live music on the bandstand, goody bag for all participants and lots more. Register at http://www.brwr.uk/FunRun

‘Bromsgrove and Redditch Welcome Refugees’ is a voluntary community group helping refugees locally, in camps in Northern Europe and beyond.

Popular classics in Barnt Green

Music

The Sinfonia of Birmingham performs in Barnt Green on Saturday July 1, as part of Bromsgrove Festival.

The concert starts at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church (B45 8NR), with the Sinfonia conducted by Jonathan Bloxham.

Claire Burnell will join the Sinfonia to play the well-known 1st Horn Concerto by Richard Strauss, and there’s also music by Mozart, Bach and Mendelssohn.

Admission is £10 (£8 for over-60s; other concessions £6; accompanied children under 12 go free). Tickets can be purchased in advance on 0121 447 7671 or 0121 445 4696 and also from Artrix on 01527 577330.

Unsold tickets may be available on the door, but advance purchase is advised to avoid disappointment.

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.

Charity Fashion Show

General Events

A Ladies’ Fashion Show and Pop-up Shop in aid of Baby Ava’s Support Foundation takes place on Weds May 17 at Rowney Green Village Hall, Rowney Green Lane, B48 7QP.

Ex-High Street fashion at 50% or more off - including M&S, Wallis, New Look, Oasis, Top Shop and Next (brands subject to availability). Clothing available to try on and buy!

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets £6 to include glass of Prosecco or orange juice on arrival. Call Sue Walker 07977 254 519 / Helen Dryhurst 0777 515 8938 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Winner’s double bass recital

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts presents a virtuoso double bass recital by Toby Hughes, winner of the 2016 Bromsgrove International Competition for Young Musicians, at Artrix on Fri June 30.

Accompanied by pianist Ben Powell, Toby will perform music by Dvorak, Schubert and Schumann, among other.

This is an opportunity to hear what the double bass – not often heard as a solo instrument – can do with a very wide range of music. 

Concert starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£5 conc, free for under-25s) – call 01527 577330 or visit http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

Tardebigge Plant Sale

General Events

The famous Tardebigge Plant Sale takes place on Saturday May 20 from 11am at St Bartholomew’s Church, Tardebigge (B60 3AH).

Great plant bargains to be had – but make sure you get there early! Refreshments available.

Delta blues in Barnt Green

Music

Martin Harley, a supremely talented roots and blues guitarist, brings his own blend of Mississippi Delta blues to the village area on Saturday May 27 when he performs in Barnt Green.

Fans of folk, acoustic, jazz, blues, Americana and roots music are guaranteed an enjoyable evening at this much-anticipated event, which takes place at St Andrews Parish Centre, Sandhills Road, at 7.30pm.

This show will appeal to everyone looking for a night of high-quality, entertaining music with friends and family in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is also suitable for children (10+).

The event is organised by Lickey Hills Community Theatre, a joint project between Cofton Hackett and Lickey & Blackwell Parish Councils in conjunction with the Shindig/Live and Local programme of professional live performances in community venues across Worcestershire.

Tickets priced at £10 (standard), £9 (over-60s) and £8 (under-16s) are available by telephoning 0121 447 7455 or 0121 445 2607 (Cofton Hackett) or 0121 445 2802 (Lickey & Blackwell).

For more information contact Roger Westbury on 0121 447 7455 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Bromsgrove Choral Society

Music

Bromsgrove Choral Society will perform Gloria by Vivaldi and Sprig of Tyme by John Rutter at St John’s Middle School, Bromsgrove, on Saturday April 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets available on the door.

Easter Storytime

Children & Families

Easter Storytime and Egg Hunt events take place at Alvechurch Library on Tues April 11 at 11am and Sat April 15 at 2.30pm – come and listen to some very egg-citing stories, then hunt around the library to see if you can find any special eggs!

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.

International musicians in town

Music

The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition, now in its 37th year, will see young instrumentalists and singers compete over five days at Bromsgrove School.

This year more than 100 international musicians in their late teens and early twenties have entered for the 54 places available, all seeking to win prizes totalling over £10,000 plus performance opportunities.

The event starts on Tues April 4 in Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School, B61 7DU. 

The first four days are free admission, including the semi-finals on the afternoon of Thurs April 6 and the morning of Fri April 7. Sessions start at 9.30am and continue throughout the day. 

The 37th Annual Finalists’ Concert takes place on Sat April 8 at 7pm in Routh Hall.

Tickets cost £15 each to include free parking, a complimentary souvenir programme and a glass of wine during the interval, and are available from http://www.bromsgrovecompetition.com 

Sinfonia’s jazz night

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents Jazz & Fizz on Sat May 6 in St Laurence Church, with guest quartet Fret & Fiddle playing for the first time in Alvechurch.

Their Stephane Grapelli-style programme includes perennial favourites such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Tea for Two, Tiger Rag, Honeysuckle Rose, and Night and Day.

And don’t forget From Boogie to Bach on Sat April 1, also in St Laurence Church, with works demonstrating the versatility and magical qualities of the trumpet – plus flugelhorn, piccolo, cornet, conch shell, rams horn and a didgeridoo!

The concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and children accompanying an adult).

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

Acoustic Roots in April

Music

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is on Friday April 28 at Alvechurch Social Club. Doors open 7.45pm. Entry only £4.

The team are always on the look out for local music and performance talent. If you have the desire to perform, have a chat with them at the next gig.

Britten Oboe Quartet

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts continues its season of chamber concerts at Artrix with the Britten Oboe Quartet on Fri April 7, at 8pm.

The programme offers some overlooked, tuneful gems from the 20th century. Tickets £19 (conc £5).

Bookings and info from Artrix at http://www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

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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