Food and Drink
Invitation to business lunch
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.
Finstall Flower & Veg Show
The annual Finstall Flower & Veg Show takes place this year on Sat Sep 3.
A fun day out is promised, with refreshments, stalls and games for all ages.
There are cups to be won in all Show categories, and a special cup for children. Schedules are being distributed around the village.
St George’s Day Teas
St George’s Day will be celebrated as usual with Teas at Alvechurch Village Hall on Sat April 23 from 2–4pm.
Alvechurch, Hopwood and Hillside@ Alvechurch WI members will serve tea, delicious cakes and scones and hope that families and friends from the area will join them.
This year there will also be a children’s fancy dress parade at 3pm, open to under-9s. Posters designed by local children for a competition will also be on display.
Alvechurch Baptist Church holds its annual Pancake Afternoon on Shrove Tuesday, which this year falls on Tues Feb 9.
Cheer up a gloomy day by calling in between 2.30 and 4.30pm for pancakes, tea and chat.
Coffee at The Lounge
A Macmillan Coffee Morning will take place at The Lounge café in Alvechurch on Wednesday September 23, from 9am to 2pm.
Biggest Coffee Morning
A Macmillan Biggest Ever Coffee Morning will be held at Rectory Cottage, Old Rectory Lane, Alvechurch B48 7SU on Fri Sep 25, commencing 11am.
Coffee/tea, homemade cakes, bring and buy table, super raffle. Admission £2.50. Come along!
Info from Celia Hitch, 0121 445 4824.
Celebrate St George!
The WIs of Alvechurch, Hopwood, Beoley and Hillside@Alvechurch have joined forces to organise a celebration of St George’s Day.
On Thursday April 23, villagers are invited to attend Alvechurch Village Hall on Bear Hill from 2–4pm.
There will be tea, cakes and scones with jam and cream, made by the WIs.
Coffee Break time
Clubs & Societies
Coffee Break meets every Friday morning from 10.30am–12noon, in the Parish Centre behind St Andrew’s Church, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green.
You will find a friendly and warm welcome – see you soon! For enquiries ring 0121 445 4278.
Coffee morning in Finstall
Finstall Village Hall hosts a coffee morning on Sat April 11 from 10am–12noon.
Home made cakes and coffee or tea will be on sale for £1.50, and there will be some interesting stalls and a raffle.
Any money raised will go to Breast Cancer Research and Hall refurbishment.
Enjoy pancakes at Alvechurch Baptist Church on Shrove Tuesday (Feb 17) from 2–4.30pm!
Also take the opportunity to look at progress on the refurbishment of the chapel building. All welcome.
Charity Vintage Tea Party
A Charity Vintage Tea Party takes place at Alvechurch Village Hall on Sat Jan 17, in aid of Headway West Midlands who provide services for people with brain injury and their families.
Join the Rehabilitation Partnership for a special afternoon tea with raffle and traditional games from 3–5pm.
Coffee for Macmillan
A Macmillan Biggest Ever Coffee Morning takes place at Rectory Cottage, Old Rectory Lane, Alvechurch B48 7SU on Fri Sep 26 from 11am to 1pm.
Coffee (top-ups allowed), home made cakes, fantastic bring and buy table, and a wonderful raffle. Entry £2.50. All in aid of Macmillan Cancer Care.
More info from Celia Hitch on 0121 445 4824.
Come to the cricket
There are just a few games left of the cricket season:
Sat Aug 30 – Cricket Club bar open from 12noon to support the opening of The Meadows football pitch and Alvechurch Lions charity football game
Sat Sep 6 – 1st XI vs Stourport on Severn
Sat Sep 13 – 2nd XI vs Worcs Dominies
The club is available to hire for private functions throughout the winter and can be viewed and booked by contacting Pete Gwilliam on 07960 550884.
Coffee and Raffle for charity
A Coffee Morning and Raffle in support of Cure Leukaemia takes place at Alvechurch Village Hall on Friday March 14, from 11am to 1pm.
BBC presenter Joanne Malin will be attending, and you can enjoy a cup of coffee or tea and a cake for just £2.
Raffle prizes include donations from the Redditch branches of Tesco, Morrisons, Sainsburys, Muffin Break and Rio Hair Salon, plus donations from charity supporters.
There will also be a small selection of nearly-new children’s books and toys for sale.
For more info, or to donate a cake, please call June on 07791 407518 (any time) or 0121 445 1532 (evenings).
* Aged between 16 and 30? Why not consider joining the register to donate bone marrow and potentially save a life?
Details at http://www.anthonynolan.org
Breakfast for Malawi
A charity breakfast takes place on March 1 in St Andrew’s Parish Centre, Barnt Green, 8.30–10am, to raise funds for Medic Malawi – a charity supporting St Andrews Hospital in the Mtunthama region of Malawi – and to pray for the work there.
All welcome. Contact Rosemary on 01527 577059.
Wythall & Hollywood Country Market takes place on the second Tuesday of the month from 2–4pm at Wythall Library (May Lane, Hollywood B47 5PD).
Cakes and jams, handicrafts and plants are all on sale.
Goat & Trousers Beer Festival
Food & Drink
The Goat & Trousers Beer Festival (2nd Edition) takes place on Saturday October 6 from 12.30pm onwards.
Real Ales & Cider * Hot Pork Rolls * Live Entertainment
The Goat & Trousers is located at Rowney Green Village Hall, Rowney Green, Alvechurch B48 7QP.
Beer, sport and music at festival
A Beer Festival takes place at Five Ways Old Edwardians Sports Club (Ash Lane, Hopwood B48 7BD) from June 2–4.
It runs from noon to midnight on Sat and Mon, and noon to 10.30pm on Sun, with five guest ales to sample.
On Sunday there’s also a six-a-side cricket match plus fun and games for all the family, and why not bring some food and join in The Big Lunch from 11.30am? There will be stalls selling various items on Sunday – if you would like to reserve a space, ring Sue Hope on 07970 455990.
Monday brings music from Second City Soul (1–2pm and 2.30–3.30pm). Hot and cold food is available all weekend, and the bar will be open as usual.
Weighbridge beer festival
Food & Drink
The Weighbridge Inn at Alvechurch hosts its 2012 Spring Beer Festival on Friday May 11 (6pm–11pm) and Saturday May 12 (12noon–11pm).
Hot and cold food will be available, and the main bar will be open as usual.
Scarfield Wharf, Alvechurch B48 7SQ
Tel: 0121 445 5111
Easter Coffee Morning
An Easter Monday Coffee Morning takes place on April 9 at Rowney Green Village Hall, organised by Rowney Green Flower Club.
Between 10.30am to 12 noon there will be bring and buy tables, a raffle to include flower arrangements, and cakes for sale.
Entrance £2 to include coffee and biscuits. Everyone is welcome.
Cocktails and Casino
A Cocktails and Casino Evening organised by Dodford First School PTA takes place on Friday March 2 at The Nailers Arms (62 Doctors Hill, Bournheath, B61 9JE) from 7:30pm ‘til late.
Tickets £20 per person to include chips for the casino tables, a complimentary cocktail upon arrival, hot buffet and a charity auction. Dress code is smart (black tie optional).
For additional information and tickets contact Jane Hughes on 07929 837736.
A Pancake Afternoon takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church hall on Tues Feb 21, from 2–4.30pm.
There will also be a cake stall and hopefully a Traidcraft stall. Come and enjoy a pancake or two and save the mess at home! Children welcome.
Beer festival in Rowney Green
Food & Drink
The Goat & Trousers at Rowney Green Village Hall hosts its “Virgin Beer Festival” on Saturday November 26, from 12.30pm onwards.
Beers & Cider - Hot Pork Rolls - Entertainment
Christmas coffee morning
A Christmas Coffee Morning, also in aid of the Bell Fund, will be held on Dec 10 from 10am to 1pm in the Alvechurch Village Hall, Bear Hill.
This is the regular Bells coffee morning for those who need some refreshments after Christmas shopping!
More info at http://www.alvechurchbells.org.uk
The Big Breakfast
The Alvechurch Big Breakfast takes place on Saturday May 14 at the Baptist Church from 8am–11.30am.
Regular Breakfast £5 (one sausage/one slice bacon etc); Super Breakfast £7 (2 sausages/2 slices bacon etc).
Money raised will go to various cancer charities in the hope that by contributing we can help to support people who are fighting this awful disease. Thank you for your support.
Join the Easter egg trail!
Cadbury’s and The National Trust have teamed up to offer fabulous Easter Egg Trails for kids and families at a variety of properties and parks.
Events in the Midlands area take place at Hanbury Hall, the Clent Hills, the Birmingham Back to Backs, Kinver Edge & Rock Houses, Coughton Court and Packwood House.
For full details, dates, times and costs, visit http://www.eastereggtrail.com and find your nearest event!
Breakfast with Cyrille
Midlands footie legend Cyrille Regis will be the speaker at the next Barnt Green and Lickey Churches Men’s Breakfast on Sat May 14.
Regis scored 87 goals in 238 appearances for West Bromwich Albion, was in Coventry’s FA Cup winning side in 1987, and had spells with Aston Villa and Wolves before retiring in 1996.
Cyrille became a Christian after the death of his former WBA team mate Laurie Cunningham in 1989, and will speak about his life, his career and his faith at the breakfast, which takes place at Kings Norton Golf Club.
Tickets £9 each to include full cooked breakfast – available from Terry Peate (0121 445 3482) or Ivor Anderson (0121 453 2663).
Well over 100 local men are expected, so book your place soon!
Birmingham Wine School
Food & Drink
Birmingham Wine School offers anything from an introductory session to a ten-week course – perfect for those who enjoy a tipple and would love to learn more. For more info or to book, visit www.birminghamwineschool.com or call Rob on 01295 679 313.
Kings Norton Farmer’s Market meets on the Green at Kings Norton on the second Saturday each month from 9am to 2pm, with a wide range of local produce. All profits support the local community. More info at www.kingsnortonfarmersmarket.org.uk or Terry Bowen (0121 459 9383) or John Bodycote (0121 458 2420).
Lickey Wine Circle
Food & Drink
Lickey Wine Circle meets on the last Thursday of each month at Cofton Hackett Village Hall. Meetings start at 8pm – the varied programme includes talks, games, quizzes and themed evenings. More details from Sheila on 0121 445 5436.
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