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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

Hopwood Junction gig

Music

Hopwood Junction band will perform at the Tower of Song, Kings Norton (B30 3EL) on Fri May 19, from 9pm.

More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Big band favourites

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra holds its next concert on Fri May 5 at Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, B60 1JT.

There will be a varied selection of big band favourites old and modern, from Glenn Miller to Maynard Ferguson. This swinging big band contains some of the best amateur and semi pro musicians in the Midlands and has a regular following at all its gigs.

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

Asklepios Orchestra’s Spring Concert

Theatre

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) present a Spring Concert on Sunday April 9 at 7.30pm, in Holy Trinity Church, Lickey, B45 8RR.

The programme will include: Marche Symphonique by Alnaes, Mascagni’s Intermezzo Sinfonico (from Cavalleria Rusticana); the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto (soloist Lydia Handy) and Beethoven’s Symphony no 7.

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

Riggers perform in Redditch

Music

Riggers, the four-piece Hopwood band, will play covers and original music at the Red Lion in Enfield, Redditch (B97 5NF) on Sat May 6.

Free entry, 8.30pm start. More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Redditch Orchestra’s Spring Concert

Music

The Redditch Orchestra holds its Spring Concert on Sat April 1 in Studley Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Programme: Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide Overture, Bernhard Crusell’s Clarinet Concerto No. 3 (soloist Neil Aston) and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

Tickets £12 (£10 conc, accompanied children free), available through Orchestra members or on the door. Please phone 07941 692879 or email redditchorch@gmail.com

Hopwood Village Hall AGM

General Events

Hopwood Village Hall’s AGM is on Weds May 3 at 7.30pm – all welcome.

Community Litter Pick

General Events

A Community Litter Pick organised by Alvechurch Village Society takes place on Sun April 9 from 10.30am–12.30pm.

Could you spare a couple of hours to help tidy your village? AVS propose to clear the roads, verges, hedges and pavements leading into Alvechurch.

Meet in the shopping precinct outside The Lounge at 10.30am.

Baptist Church Spring Fayre

General Events

A Spring Fayre takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church on May 20 from 10am–2pm.

Stalls include Plants, Box of Delights, Books and DVDs, Crafts, Cakes, Toys and various games. Refreshments and light bites available too.

The organisers look forward to seeing you there.

Bellringers Table Top Sale

General Events

Bellringers Table Top Sale: The St Laurence Church bellringers hold their annual sale in The Ark, Alvechurch on Sat April 29 from 10am–3pm.

Wide variety of stalls and refreshments. Phone Karen 0121 445 4980 to book a table.

Easter Kids’ Activities

Children & Families

The Lickey Hills Rangers host Easter Kids’ Activities on Wednesdays April 12 and 19, from 11am–1pm.

It’s the holidays, so go wild in the woods! Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

Booking essential on 0121 445 6036. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER.

Charity Bring & Buy Sale

General Events

Alvechurch WI is holding a Bring & Buy Sale on April 21 at Alvechurch Cricket Club from 12noon, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

WI member Hilary Hughes, who was recently diagnosed with MND, is aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity by climbing Snowdon along with her family, and money raised at the sale will boost her appeal.

More info at http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Hughesfamily

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra present their latest concert on March 31.

A special tribute to the great bands of Stan Kenton and Ted Heath, plus resident ‘Rat Pack’ singer Garry Rutter.

Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, Bromsgrove B60 1JT. 

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

Crafty Ladies’ Spring Sale

General Events

The Alvechurch Library Crafty Ladies hold a Spring Sale on Mon April 3, from 10am–1pm and 2–4.30pm.

Stock up on handmade gifts, and see the teddy bears’ picnic where you can buy bunting, teddy bears, Easter chicks and rabbits galore. There will be a raffle and homemade cakes for sale too.

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

Celebrate Book Day at Library

Children & Families

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

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

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

An evening with Daljit Nagra

Art & Literature

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

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

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

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

Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra

Music

Lickey Hills Community Theatre presents an evening of uplifting bluesy jazz on Sat March 18, at The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Singer-songwriter and double bass player Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra will be performing Truth and Tall Tales, an innovative show which features her trademark vocals as well as instruments from melodica to bass clarinet, and accordion to ukulele.

Kel Elliott has wowed audiences from Ireland to Finland with her infectious, upbeat songs, distinctly rich and powerful voice and her talented band.

Starting at 7.30pm, this show will appeal to everyone looking for a high-quality, entertaining music with friends and family in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is ideal for older children (12+).

Lickey Hills Community Theatre is 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 £10 (standard), £9 (over 60) and £8 (under 16) – call 0121 447 7455 or 0121 445 2607 (Cofton Hackett) or 0121 445 2802 (Lickey & Blackwell).

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

Spring Litter Pick

General Events

The Lickey Hills Society has organised a Spring Litter Pick on Sat March 18 – meet at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane (B45 8ER) at 10am. 

Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society performs its Spring concert on March 18 at 7.30pm, at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

The programme has a “contemporary classical” theme comprising John Rutter’s The Gift of Life and Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass

Tickets (£10) available from Artrix on 01527 577330.Please contact Chairman Fiona Brown for further details on 0121 445 5513.

From Boogie to Bach

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents From Boogie to Bach on Sat April 1, in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

It features works demonstrating the versatility and magical qualities of the trumpet. Plus, flugelhorn, piccolo, cornet, conch shell, rams horn and a didgeridoo! Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at 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 www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

Skywatch over the Lickeys

General Events

The Lickey Hills Rangers invite you to Skywatch, an evening hosted by Birmingham Astronomical Society, on Fri March 10 from 7.30–10pm.

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

The star dome will also be there for indoor star gazing. Refreshments available from the café. Tickets for the Planetarium are strictly limited and go on sale at 7.30pm prompt. No advance bookings.

Cake Sale

General Events

A charity Cake Sale takes place on Fri March 24 at Provest Financial Services, 1st Floor 18-20 Hewell Road, Barnt Green.

Pop along from 12noon onwards to meet the team and enjoy fabulous cakes baked by them.

All proceeds to The Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children and young people with life threatening conditions. 

Messy Church in Alvechurch

General Events

Messy Church takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church on March 22, on the theme of Creation and New Life.

From 3.30–5.30pm, activities such as Easter card making, planting, and decorating eggs can be enjoyed, plus a talk, worship, and a finger buffet to finish.

This is particularly aimed at First School-aged children and younger, although older ones would always be welcome, too.

For more information please contact Revd Fiona Lee on 0121 447 7369 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Young Musicians’ Showcase

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts presents its Young Musicians’ Showcase at Artrix on Sun Feb 26, at 3pm.

A selection of some of Worcestershire’s up-and-coming musicians will demonstrate their abilities in solo and chamber music.

Tickets £10 – bookings and info from Artrix at www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

Spanish for Beginners

Art & Literature

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

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

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

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

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

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

Working with your Spirit Guide

Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

Introduction to Colour and Angels

Art & Literature

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

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

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

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

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

Palmistry for Beginners

Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

New e-book and audio book service

Art & Literature

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

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

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

Young Teens Book Club

Art & Literature

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

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

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

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

Talk from award-winning novelist

Art & Literature

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

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

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

Music and dance spectacular

Music

Last year

Tickets are now on sale for A Fusion of Music and Dance, the 2017 DMS Heart of England variety show at Symphony Hall on May 7.

The annual concert, which raises thousands of pounds for charities, will feature more than 300 musicians with dancers, choirs and special guests.

Performers include Britain’s Got Talent finalists Richard and Adam and Beau Dermott, the Town Hall gospel choir, and DMS patron and rock legend Bev Bevan who will perform and co-host. 

This year‘s show supports the MS Society Solihull and Birmingham Dogs Home, as well as raising awareness for Delete Blood Cancer. 

Tickets are available from DMS on 01564772831 or http://www.thsh.co.uk

What lies beneath Bromsgrove?

Clubs & Societies

Rob

The 31st Bromsgrove Lecture will take place on Tues April 11 at Bromsgrove School, given by Rob Hedge. The lecture is entitled Beneath Your Feet, Behind the Facade: Bromsgrove’s Archaeological Heritage.

Rob Hedge is employed at Worcestershire Archive and Archaeology Service. His background is field archaeology, in which he has worked on projects aimed at enhancing public involvement, including the DigBromsgrove project.

He also specialises in identification of archaeological finds and was a digger for Time Team series 20.

The chairman and president of The Society will be pleased to welcome you to Bromsgrove School.

Tickets are £6 and are available from Foto Factory in Bromsgrove High Street (close to the Post Office) or by telephoning 01527 877227 and at the Society’s local history group meetings.

10th Young Musicians’ Showcase

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents its 10th Young Musicians’ Showcase, on Sun March 19 at 3pm in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

The Sinfonia issues an annual invitation to all young musicians, up to 18 years old, to perform before an appreciative audience, in a concert environment to assist confidence.

No entry fee – donations appreciated.

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

Geo-conservation Event

General Events

The Lickey Geo-Champions are holding a Site Clearance and Geo-conservation event on Sat Feb 4, 10.30am–2pm, at Rubery Cutting (LNR) in conjunction with the Black Country Geology Society.

Bring hard hats if you have them, gloves and a packed lunch. Some hard hats available.  Wear old clothes and boots or strong shoes. Tools provided.

Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER.

Valentine’s Dance

Dancing

The Phoenix Dance Club holds a St Valentine’s dance at Lickey End Social Club on Feb 18, with Richard Tarver on keyboard. There is a bar and car park.

Dances are usually held in the Bromsgrove Council building at Parkside Hall, Stourbridge Road, Bromsgrove B61 0AD, but refurbishment has meant the club has had to meet elsewhere during Jan and Feb.

More info from Mick or Thelma on 01527 872634.

Acoustic Roots in February

Music

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots: Friday Feb 24, Alvechurch Social Club. Doors open 7.45pm.

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 the team at the next gig.

Concert for refugees

Music

A fundraising concert organised by Bromsgrove & Redditch Welcome Refugees takes place on Weds Feb 22 at Artrix.

The Gimme Shelter concert features samba, folk, blues, jazz, roots, country and more from local musicians, compèred by legendary poet “Spoz”.

Performance starts 7pm; doors open 6.30pm. Tickets £15 from Artrix box office on 01527 577330.

Proceeds to support the local Syrian community who arrived this summer, and refugees displaced across Europe.

Cello recital

Music

Cellist Thomas McMahon gives a solo recital in Holy Trinity Church, Rose Hill, Lickey, B45 8RR on Sat March 4 at 7.30pm.

JS Bach’s Suite for Cello No. 3 in C;  Britten’s Suite for Cello No. 3; and Ravel’s Sonata for Violin and Cello, featuring violinist Ruta Labutye.

Admission free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated. 

Skiffle band in talent show

Music

The 6-5 Specials, Alvechurch’s fundraising skiffle band, will take part in the annual talent contest at Longbridge Social Club.

Their heat is on Sat Feb 4, with successful acts not only winning £50 but also going through to the grand final on Sat April 8 with the chance to win more than £5,000 worth of prizes.

Support your local band!

Half-term outdoor fun

General Events

The Lickey Hills Rangers offer half-term activities for kids and families on Weds Feb 15 from 11am–1pm.

Wrap up warm and wear suitable outdoor clothing for roaming in the woods and mud!

Booking essential on 0121 445 6036. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER.

Nearly New Sale

General Events

Barnt Green Pre-School’s renowned Nearly New Sale will be held on Sat March 4, 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 bgnnsale@gmail.com or visit http://www.barntgreenpreschool.co.uk

Invitation to business lunch

General Events

Alvechurch Baptist Church is to be decorated with a variety of Christmas Trees between December 11 and 18.

As part of the programme the organisers are holding a lunch for representatives of the village business community on Tues Dec 13 between 12noon and 1.30pm. 

There will be a chance to hear about the Parish Council’s Neighbourhood Plan and meet other business people from the village.

If you intend to take up the invitation, please respond by Weds Dec 7 by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with an indication of who will be attending, so that organisers can cater accordingly.

Quiz & Supper Evening

General Events

The Midland Sinfonia hosts a Quiz & Supper Evening on Sat Feb 4 at 7.30pm in The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

This annual fundraiser offers an entertaining general knowledge quiz plus fish and chips. Teams of up to six with singles accommodated. A great fun evening that is not to be missed!

£8.50pp to include fish and chip supper. Usual bar available or corkage payable.

Booking essential: 0121 447 7040 or 07889 147 861 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Christmas Bazaar

General Events

The Lawns Care Home (School Lane, Alvechurch) hosts a Christmas Bazaar on Dec 16 from 3.30–8pm, featuring stalls, tombola, hot pork baps, sweet cart, toffee apples and much more.

Tickets £3 to include hot drink/mulled wine and cake/mince pie, with proceeds to support future activities for residents.

Mindfulness Short Course

General Events

The Mindfulness Short Course at Alvechurch Library still has availability. Learn the skills involved and participate in a range of Mindfulness exercises to fully experience the technique.

It starts on Thurs Nov 17 from 2.15–4.15pm and runs for four consecutive weeks. The cost is £36, but concessions do apply*. 

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

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

Learn to use eBay

General Events

There are still a few spaces on Alvechurch Library’s eBay course, so clear out your clutter and join a fun introductory workshop to start buying and selling on eBay.

The course runs on Fri Nov 11, 2.15 –4.15pm at a cost of £19. Learners will need to bring their own laptops or tablets.

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

Introduction to Angels Workshop

General Events

Back by popular demand at Alvechurch Library: an Introduction to Angels Workshop on Fri Dec 2, from 2.15–4.15pm, cost £15.

Another opportunity to join Sue and learn how to invite angels into your life and strengthen your relationship with them.

Learn about angels and colour, how they connect with us and how colour has an important influence on this.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722 to book and pay.

Crafty Sale

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

Festival of trees and music

General Events

Alvechurch Baptist Church is hosting its second annual Christmas Tree Festival this year, with trees decorated by various local groups and organisations.

The event opens with a carol service on Sun Dec 11 and closes with a Carols by Candlelight service on Sun Dec 18.

There will also be “open church” times, an informal concert, a meal, a curling evening, a children’s activity afternoon, a Christingle service with afternoon tea, a tots service, and the Alvechurch Community Choir concert. 

For more details, please visit http://www.alvechurchbaptist.org.uk 

Practical Clearance Days

General Events

The Lickey Geo-Champions are holding two Practical Clearance Days at Kendal End Quarry on Sun Nov 6, Barnt Green Road Quarry on Sun Dec 11, both from 10.30am–2pm.

For both events, meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER and bring hard hats if you have them, gloves and a packed lunch. Some hard hats available for those who haven’t got their own.

Wear old clothes and boots or strong shoes. Tools will be provided.

Autumn Litter Pick

General Events

The Lickey Hills Society has organised an Autumn Litter Pick on Sat Nov 12 from 10am – please wear appropriate clothing and footwear and meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER.

Community Christmas Fair

General Events

Community Christmas Fair at Holy Trinity Church, Lickey on Sat Dec 3, from 11am–2pm.

Tombola, Crafts, Gifts, Cards, Produce, Cakes and more. Light refreshments available.

“Advent” Messy Church

General Events

“Advent” Messy Church @ The Ark, St Laurence Church, Alvechurch, on Sat Nov 26 from 3–5pm.

Share in the fun making Christmassy things, thinking about Advent, getting ready for Christmas, and enjoying a meal together.

For more info contact Revd Fiona Lee on 0121 447 7369 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Craft Fayre

General Events

A Craft Fayre takes place on Sat Nov 26 at Christ Church, Stourbridge Road, Catshill, from 11am–3pm. All welcome; refreshments available.

To book a table and for further info, please ring 01527 837004.

School’s Christmas Fayre

General Events

A Christmas Fayre takes place at Lickey Hills Primary School on Sat Dec 3, from 2–4pm, organised by the PTA.

There will be craft stalls, games, refreshments, raffle, tombola, Santa’s grotto, photographer, pony rides and much more, all raising money for much-needed computer equipment.

Family Barn Dance

General Events

Alvechurch Baptist Church is holding a Family Barn Dance on Sat Nov 19 at 7pm.

Tickets include light refreshments and cost £8 for an adult, £5 for a child, or £20 for a family (up to two adults and three children).

Tickets can be purchased from The Lounge, or from Peter Griffiths on 07788 313801.

Hospice’s Christmas Afternoon

General Events

Primrose Hospice in Bromsgrove (B60 3BW) hosts a Christmas afternoon on Sun Nov 27, 12noon–4pm, with crafts, carols and Christmas cheer!

There will be a cake stall, mulled wine, gift shopping opportunities, complementary therapies and a visit from Father Christmas, plus a raffle and tombola.

Introduction to eBay

General Events

Clear out your clutter and join a fun introductory workshop for anyone who would like to start buying and selling on eBay.

Alvechurch Library, November 11, 2.15–4.15pm; cost £19. Bring your own laptop or tablet.

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

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

Windows 10 for Beginners

General Events

Learn how to use Microsoft Windows 10, from the basics to a little more advanced – navigating around folders, files, and installing and removing software.

The course runs at Alvechurch Library on Fridays Oct 7 and 14, both 2.15–4.15pm at a cost of £30. Bring your own Windows 10 laptop.

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

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

Get online at Alvechurch library

General Events

Alvechurch Library is hosting taster sessions during National Get Online Week, Oct 17–23.

Pop in for more info or to book free one-to-one sessions, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 01905 822722.

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

Café Bridge Day

General Events

Bromsgrove Bridge Club (which meets on Tuesday nights at the Stroke Centre) will hold a Café Bridge Day in Barnt Green on Thurs Oct 6 in aid of Children in Need.

Bridge will be played in three venues – Café Morso, The Tea Shop and The Victoria Inn – with participants moving around to play in all three.

The intention is to introduce bridge to spectators who may not have had a previous opportunity to observe bridge in play, hopefully encouraging them to take up bridge themselves.

Once a hand has been completed the Directors will be happy to answer questions regarding the objects of the game and the method of bidding.

Bridge is stimulating and very enjoyable – pop along and see for yourselves!

Talk showcases feats of endurance

General Events

A charity event in Rowney Green offers the chance to hear about the achievements of two local sportsmen.

GB triathlete Chris Gollings and mountaineer Andy Cramp will be speaking on Saturday October 15 at Rowney Green Peace Hall in support of PAPYRUS – a charity working to prevent young suicide.

Chris will present the story of his journey to this year’s World Championships in Mexico. This is a rare opportunity to hear a GB athlete speak locally and Chris will provide many training tips and motivational ideas.

Andy has dabbled in Alpinism since he was 18, and will present a personal and historical view of Alpine climbing – culminating in his attempt on the Matterhorn in August this year.

Both presentations will be illustrated by photographs and Andy will bring some climbing equipment along.

The bar will be open from 7.30pm before the presentations begin at 8pm. Each lasts 30–40 minutes, with a break for drinks and a raffle.

Tickets cost £5 and can be obtained by calling 07754 490168.

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Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra
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Young Musicians’ Showcase
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