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Christmas Fair and charity raffle

General Events

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

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

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

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

Learn Spanish at the library

General Events

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

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

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online.

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

Get online at the library

General Events

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

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

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

Half-term at the library

Children & Families

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

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

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

Crafty quilt up for grabs

Theatre

The Crafty Ladies group who meet at Alvechurch Library have made a double patchwork quilt with a “houses” design, which will be first prize in the raffle at their Christmas sale at the library on Mon Nov 13, from 10–1pm and 2–4.30pm.

A variety of hand-crafted Christmas items and cakes will be on sale, raising money for the library and village charities.

Raffle tickets can be bought beforehand by calling at the library (£1 per strip), or from the Crafty Ladies on Monday mornings.

Three Choirs Concert

Music

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

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

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

Baby Ava’s Winter Ball

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

To book, contact Richard on 07703 826931.

Stable Dance

Dancing

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

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

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

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is back

Music

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

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

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

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

Nearly New Sale

General Events

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

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

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

Community Litter Picking Events

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

Finstall Coffee Morning

General Events

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

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

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

Wine & Cheese Evening

General Events

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

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

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

Celebrating world of melody

Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mindfulness short course

General Events

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

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

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

History of village streets

General Events

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

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

Evening with ‘Blind Dave’

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

Social dance for charity

Dancing

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

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

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

Virtuoso Violin

Music

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recreating Big Band era

Music

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

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

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

Know Your Breed Meet-Up

General Events

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

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

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

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

Licensed to Rhyme

General Events

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

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

World’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning

General Events

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

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

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

Renowned photographer visits

General Events

Bromsgrove Photographic Society starts its new season with a visit from a world-renowned photographer.

On Thurs Sep 21, award-winning wildlife and nature photographer Des Ong will deliver the Bill Chambers Memorial Lecture (named after a leading light of the society for many years). 

Des will share some of his projects, giving some insights into his approach and techniques, and will answer questions from the audience.

The ticket-only lecture takes place at Bromsgrove School at 7.30pm. Tickets £2.50 (first-come, first-served). 

 To reserve a place, email Jan Harris on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 

Totally Tony

Music

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

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

Bar open 7pm, show starts 8pm. Tickets £10 from Sue on 07977 254519, Helen on 07775 158938 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Art exhibition at library

Art & Literature

Students from Andrew’s Watercolour Class at Alvechurch Library will showcase their work from Aug 7–31.

If this gets your creative juices flowing, why not join the popular class on Tues afternoons during term-time? The exhibition takes place in the meeting room – if you are making a special visit, contact the library to check access.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online.

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

Flower Club’s coffee morning

General Events

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

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

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

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

History of Lickey Hills

General Events

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

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

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

This is a free event, open to all!

Finstall Village Show

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tardebigge Fair & Show

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Miss it and miss out!

Open Studios

Art & Literature

Artists across the county will open their doors to visitors this August bank holiday weekend as part of Worcestershire Open Studios. 

From Saturday August 26 to Monday August 28, you’ll be able to visit studios, homes and shared spaces at 70 different locations across Worcestershire. 

Joanne Winson, an artist based in Alvechurch, will show her digital artwork and illustrations at 18 Bear Hill, Alvechurch, B48 7JX from 10.30am till 4pm on all three days.

In Astwood Bank, Vic and April Kirk will be displaying handcrafted jewellery and unique handcrafted lampwork glass beads – visit 1160 Evesham Road, Astwood Bank B96 6DT, from 9.30am to 5.30pm on all three days.

A wide range of work by more than 200 Worcestershire artists will be on offer over the weekend including painting, printmaking, glasswork, photography, ceramics, jewellery and textiles.

Visitors will have a chance to watch some of the artists at work as well as to purchase original artwork. Entry to all venues is free. 

A full list of participating artists and galleries can be found at http://www.worcestershireopenstudios.org.uk

Animals R Magic

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Become an Animal Agent!

Children & Families

There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Challenge at Alvechurch Library, with plenty of exciting events both at the library and at Croome Park in Pershore.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents. If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to the library to sign up.

On Mon July 31 the library hosts an Agent Workshop. From 2.30–3.30pm you can sign up to become an Agent – accept your mission, complete your identity card, solve the mystery of the missing books and become a fully-fledged secret agent.

Please book through the library for this event.

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

Meet the authors

Children & Families

There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Challenge at Alvechurch Library, with plenty of exciting events both at the library and at Croome Park in Pershore.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents. If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to the library to sign up.

On Weds July 26, visit Croome Park from 10–4pm to enjoy a brilliant day with bestselling author Mark Lowry and master storyteller Peter Chan, and the Unfold Theatre Company performing throughout the day. Free event.

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

Celebrate the joy of reading

Children & Families

There’s still time to join the Summer Reading Challenge at Alvechurch Library, with plenty of exciting events both at the library and at Croome Park in Pershore.

This year’s theme is Animal Agents. If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to the library to sign up.

On Tues July 11, there’s an animal-themed storytime for little ones from 11–11.30am. Free event.

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

An evening with Fi Glover

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group which promotes interest in the written and spoken word, welcomes award-winning radio broadcaster Fi Glover to Artrix on Fri July 7 at 7.30pm.

Fi will be talking about her work on Radio 4’s The Listening Project, the oral history project run jointly by the BBC and the British Library.

Over 1,000 intimate conversations between friends or relatives have been recorded since 2012, building a unique picture of our lives today.

Tickets £9 for WORDS members or £12 for non-members, and are available from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk  More information on WORDS at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com

Delve into town’s heritage

General Events

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

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

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

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

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

Frankley Carnival

General Events

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

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

Big Healthy Lunch

Theatre

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

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

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

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

St Leonard’s Summer Fête

General Events

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

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

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

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

Fun Day at Farm

General Events

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

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

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

The Barnt Green & Cofton Hackett Bake-Off

General Events

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

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

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

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

Choir’s Open Rehearsals

Music

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

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

Children’s workshops at library

Children & Families

Explore Learning will deliver two children’s workshops at Alvechurch Library on Fri June 2, free of charge.

Those aged 5-7 can enjoy A Day at the Zoo from 2.15–3.15pm– learn about descriptive words, rhyme and number facts from animals like the hysterical hyena and the humongous hippo. 

Then from 3.30–4.30pm, children aged 8–11 will have A Pirate Adventure – put yourself in the shoes of Jack Sparrow and experience life as a pirate. With diaries and creative writing, be inspired by the nautical world. Space will be limited so please call to book a place.

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

Join the reading challenge!

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library launches its Summer Reading Challenge on Sat June 24. This year’s theme is Animal Agents – a whole host of clever creatures, ready to solve all kinds of crimes!

If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along on launch day from 10am–1pm or 2–4pm to sign up, collect your activity pack and complete the hunt around the library.

You’ll receive incentives during the challenge, and when you complete it you’ll be invited to a grand Medal Ceremony in the autumn.

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

Recreating sound of swing

Music

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

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

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

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

Traditional Proms favourites

Music

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

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

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

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

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

One Man, Two Guvnors

Theatre

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tea Dance for charity

Dancing

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

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

Asklepios’ Summer Concert

Music

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

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

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

Journey Around the British Isles

Music

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

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

A Classical Summer’s Evening

Music

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

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

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

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

Meet the Cheeky Pirates!

Music

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

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

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

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

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

School’s Summer Fete

General Events

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

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

Fun Run for refugees

General Events

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

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

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

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

Popular classics in Barnt Green

Music

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

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

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

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

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

Handcrafted personalised products on sale

Art & Literature

Sophia from Cherish With Love will be exhibiting her handcrafted personalised products on May 8 from 10.30am – a selection of children’s frames, family tree keepsakes and personalised hand stamped jewellery. 

Order your gifts and Sophia will personalise them for you to collect a short time later. Visit http://www.facebook.com/cherishwithlovedesigns to enter into a free gift prize draw.

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

Spanish and French language courses

General Events

Patrick’s ongoing Spanish and French language courses at Alvechurch Library have a few spaces. These classes run three times a week on Tues, Thurs and Fri.

Contact Patrick on 07708 027372 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see if you can join in.

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

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

Crystal Healing Course

General Events

Following on from the popularity and success of the Angel and Spirit Guide classes at Alvechurch Library, Sue is offering a new course: Crystal Healing.

Learn all about crystals and how they affect the human energy system; the basics of crystals and how they work to heal us. The two-hour workshop takes place on Fri May 5 at 2.15pm and costs £15.

Booking is a must. If you missed the Angel or Spirit Guide classes and would like to experience them in the future, please register your interest.

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

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

Charity Fashion Show

General Events

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

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

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm.

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

Presented by COLOURS [FUN]DRAISING FASHION SHOWS

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

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The Cats Chorus
Children’s workshops at library
Join the reading challenge!
Recreating sound of swing
Traditional Proms favourites
Bromsgrove Speakers Club
One Man, Two Guvnors
Wheels & Toes Wheelchair Dancing
Tea Dance for charity
Asklepios’ Summer Concert
Journey Around the British Isles
A Classical Summer’s Evening
Meet the Cheeky Pirates!
School’s Summer Fete
Fun Run for refugees
Popular classics in Barnt Green
Bromsgrove Speakers Club
Handcrafted personalised products on sale
Spanish and French language courses
Crystal Healing Course
Barnt Green Sailing Club
Cricket coaching commences
Charity Fashion Show
Winner’s double bass recital
Blackwell & Barnt Green Theatre Group
Tardebigge Plant Sale
Delta blues in Barnt Green
Bromsgrove Choral Society
Easter Storytime
Writing Workshop and Competition
International musicians in town
Association for Shared Parenting
Sinfonia’s jazz night
Acoustic Roots in April
Britten Oboe Quartet
Hopwood Junction gig
Big band favourites
Asklepios Orchestra’s Spring Concert
Riggers perform in Redditch