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Footcare at the library
Explore learning at the library
Understanding dyslexia
An evening for book-lovers
Make a positive change
Clarinettist joins strings
Saturday Night Social Dance
Valentine’s special at Roots
Blow the winter blues away
Music from Riggerz
Music from Hopwood Junction
Quiz Night at Baptist Church
Free Art & Craft Workshops
New Year’s Quiz
Military Society Quiz
Social Dance for charity
New Year Roots
General Knowledge Quiz
Rehearsals resume
Coronation Anthems
Zumba Gold
Pilates
Active Seniors
Legs Bum Tums
Children’s Christmas CraftS
Christmas Crafts
Create a festive wreath
Magic, mayhem & mystery
Saturday Night Social Dances
Christmas favourites
Christmas Roots
Festive-themed concert
Uplifting musical
Choral Society’s Christmas Concert
Give A Gift For Santa
British Rock ‘n’ Roll
Blackwell Craft Fair
Fantasy of winter music
Behind the scenes at the BBC
The Merry Wives of Alvechurch
History of books
Term-Time Yoga Classes
Fight Night at The Chateau
Evening with Alvechurch Community Choir
Panto magic
Saturday social dance
Sunday afternoon dance
Concert by candlelight
Roots Halloween Special
Gala Night
Asklepios in concert
Choral Society’s concerts
Blackwell band’s charity concert
‘Quiet Space’ at Alvechurch Baptist Church
Community Christmas Fair
Christmas Craft Fair
Crafty Ladies Christmas Sale
Christmas Bazaar
Christmas Fair and charity raffle
Happy Feet - Walking to Fitness
Learn Spanish at the library
Get online at the library
Half-term at the library
Crafty quilt up for grabs
Saracen Cycling Club
Alvechurch Walking Buddies
Three Choirs Concert
Baby Ava’s Winter Ball
Central Radio Car Club
Stable Dance
Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is back
Nearly New Sale
Community Litter Picking Events
Finstall Coffee Morning
Wine & Cheese Evening
Celebrating world of melody
Mindfulness short course
Speaking and Listening with Confidence
Understanding and Supporting People with Autism
Watercolour Painting
Creative Writing classes
Women’s Club
Storytimes at library
Baby Bounce and Rhyme
History of village streets
Evening with ‘Blind Dave’
Social dance for charity
Virtuoso Violin
Recreating Big Band era
Know Your Breed Meet-Up
Licensed to Rhyme
World’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning
Renowned photographer visits
Totally Tony
Understanding Autism
Art exhibition at library
Animal adventures at library
Flower Club’s coffee morning
History of Lickey Hills
Rhythm Time

TheVillage What's On Guide

There's a lot going on around here - the list below is limited to 20, otherwise it would drop out of the bottom of your screen, spill across the desk on to the floor and out of your door. Use the drop-down menu (above right) to narrow down your search or peruse the list on the left side of this page. Don't worry. it's not all WIs!

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

Make a positive change

Health & Fitness

Tai Chi: would you like to make a positive change in 2018, help to relax, have a new interest and exercise?

Classes at Finstall Village Hall, Wednesdays 2pm.

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.

Free Art & Craft Workshops

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library is hosting free Art and Craft Workshops for everyone, every Sat from 2.15–3.45pm (term-time only).

Learn new skills to enhance your life and meet new people in your area. Work together on your piece of art and share experiences and skills in an informal and friendly session.

All necessary materials provided and best of all, sessions are FREE. Please contact Natalia on 07866 425986 or visit http://www.womenclub.uk for further info.

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.

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)

Rehearsals resume

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society rehearses on Mondays at 7.45pm at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green and rehearsals will resume on Jan 8.

The main Spring concert is at Bromsgrove School on March 17, comprising Dvorak’s Te Deum and Mozart’s C Minor Mass, and there will be a summer concert of lighter songs from the 1960s and 70s on June 16.

New members are always welcome – if you are interested, go along to the Monday rehearsal. Contact Chairman Fiona Brown for details on 0121 445 5513 or visit http://www.barntgreenchoralsociety.org

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.

Zumba Gold

Health & Fitness

Zumba Gold: Thurs 1–2pm at Alvechurch Baptist Church. £3.15 per one-hour session.

For people who want to stay active and fit with a dance-style class, keeping the high energy and funky moves of Zumba but without the jumping and spinning around, making it accessible to all.

Pilates

Health & Fitness

Pilates: Thurs 12–1pm at Alvechurch Baptist Church. £3.15 per one-hour session.

Pay as you go session concentrating on core work, working on posture, alignment and tummy/back conditioning.

Active Seniors

Health & Fitness

Active Seniors: Thurs 10–11am at the Friends Meeting House, Barnt Green.

£3.15 per one-hour session. Active session for older people who want to keep fit and healthy – all welcome.

Legs Bum Tums

Health & Fitness

Legs Bum Tums: Thurs 9.15–10am at the Friends Meeting House, Barnt Green.

£3 per 45min session A great workout to target those difficult-to-hit areas.

Adaptations offered depending on ability – all welcome.

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.

Magic, mayhem & mystery

Theatre

Rowney Green Players present Magic, Mayhem & Mystery – three one-act plays with comic and satirical themes – at Rowney Green Village Hall from Nov 29 to Dec 2. 

A group of retired actors find their settled lives in their retirement home are about to be turned upside down and they rediscover forgotten talents in their fight to survive.

Solving a whodunit brings unexpected feelings of déjà vu and eavesdropping on favourite fairy tale characters provides a view of their happy-ever-after lives.

All performances start at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £8 and are available from Sue Walker on 0121 445 1562 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

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