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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
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

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!

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.

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

Term-Time Yoga Classes

Health & Fitness

Term-Time Yoga Classes: Mondays 9.30–10.30am, Cofton Hackett Village Hall.

Classes £7.50 each with 4 weeks payable up front. Equipment provided.

Please contact Sarah on 07970 072038 or hello@themotorcyclingyogi.co.uk

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.

Panto magic

Theatre

Bromsgrove theatre group All & Sundry presents Cinderella at Artrix from Dec 16–18 and 20–23.

The show is directed and produced by Alvechurch resident Alison Berrisford – this is her 12th pantomime with the group.

Cinderella lives a life of drudgery, her life made a misery by her horrible Ugly sisters, Chardonnay and Prosecco.

Her downtrodden and newlywed father, Baron Hardup is powerless to intervene (he’s more scared of them than she is!) and her only comfort is her pal Buttons! 

Prince Charming is holding a ball to meet his bride-to-be. Is this the chance that Cinders has been waiting for? A traditional family pantomime full of fun, slapstick and a little sprinkling of magic!

Performances 7pm (2pm matinees on Dec 16, 17, 22 and 23). Tickets start at £14 and are available from Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

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.

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