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Fun Floristry/Flower Arranging classes

Gardens & Flowers

Fun Floristry/Flower Arranging classes at The Ark, Alvechurch, begin again in March.

A Spring Floristry Workshop is also coming soon to the village – ring Claire for more information, and to book, on 07564 339157.


Finstall Flower & Veg Show

General Events

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.


Famous Plant Sale

General Events

The famous Tardebigge Plant Sale takes place on Saturday May 7 from 11am at St Bartholomew’s Church, Tardebigge (B60 3AH).

Great plant bargains to be had – but make sure you arrive early! Why not bring a friend? Refreshments will be available.


Orchid Show

Gardens & Flowers

Solihull and District Orchid Society holds its Spring Show on Sat March 26, at Arden School, Station Road, Knowle B93 0PT.
 
Running from 11am – 4pm, the event includes trade stands, tombola, visiting societies, orchid plant for sale, potting demonstrations (receive a free potting kit for attending) and refreshments.
 
Entrance £2 for adults.
 
More information at http://www.solihullorchidsociety.org


Dodford Gardening Club

Gardens & Flowers

Dodford Gardening Club meets on the 2nd Monday each month (except August) usually in Dodford Village Hall at 7.45pm. New members and visitors welcome.

More info at http://www.dodfordgardeningclub.co.uk or call Penny on 07706 153618.


Flower & Produce Show

Gardens & Flowers

Rowney Green Horticultural Society‘s 73rd Annual Flower & Produce Show takes place in The Peace Hall on Sat Sep 5, from 3pm. Members and non-members welcome – admission is free.

The success of the Show depends on the entries submitted, so the Society needs your help to make this an interesting and successful as possible. As usual there is a wide range of classes for all ages including flowers, fruit, vegetables, domestic section and floral art. There is also a section for under-16s.

Entries would be most welcome – 20p per entry. Show schedules and entry forms are available in Rowney Green from The Goat & Trousers, Corner Hollow; in Alvechurch from the Post Office and Library; and Oasis, the florist in Barnt Green.

Registration takes place at The Peace Hall on Thurs Sep 3, 7.30–8.30pm or for an earlier entry please contact Lindsay Smith on 01527 592874.

Do pop along and see what a great Flower & Produce Show this is.


45th Annual Rose Show

Gardens & Flowers

Rowney Green Horticultural Society’s 45th Annual Rose Show takes place in The Peace Hall on Sat June 20. Members and non-members all welcome – free admission.

As usual there is a wide range of classes for all ages including Floral Art, Children’s Classes, Photographic Classes, Art & Crafts.

Entries are most welcome, as the show’s success depends on the entries submitted – the Society wants to make it as colourful and interesting as possible.

Show Schedules and Entry Forms available in Rowney Green from The Goat & Trousers, Corner Hollow; in Alvechurch from the Post Office and Library, and Oasis Flowers in Barnt Green.

Registration of entries at The Peace Hall on Thurs June 18, 7.30–8.30pm, or for an earlier entry contact Lindsay Smith on 01527 592874.

For further information please contact Janet Barnet on 01527 69399.


Popular plant sale

General Events

St Bartholomew’s Church in Tardebigge is holding its annual Plant Sale from 11 am on Saturday May 2.

This popular sale features plants grown by members of the parish – and welcomes serious and amateur gardeners alike.

Regular visitors know that you need to arrive in Church Lane, Tardebigge (B60 3AH), in time for opening at 11am – stock sells out quickly, leaving plenty of time for a fresh cup of tea and a piece of home-made cake served in the Church Hall adjacent to the plant tables!

Preserves, home-made cakes and Traidcraft products also on sale.


Garden open for heroes

General Events

An Open Garden event in aid of Hounds for Heroes takes place on Sat May 16, hosted by fundraiser Helen Barker.

Helen’s large garden (Longfield, Bleachfield Lane, Beoley B98 9AX) will be open from 11am to 4pm with stalls, refreshments and traditional games, raising money for the charity that pairs trained assistance dogs with injured and disabled men and women from the Armed Forces and emergency services.

Entry £1.50 to include tea or coffee and a cake or biscuit. More information at http://www.houndsforheroes.com


Orchid Society’s Spring Show

Gardens & Flowers

Solihull & District Orchid Society has its 50th Anniversary Spring Show on Sat April 4, 11am–4pm at Arden School, Station Road, Knowle B93 0PT.

It will be opened by the president of the British Orchid Council and features trade stands, tombola, orchids for sale, potting demonstrations (free potting kit for attending) and refreshments. Entry £2.

For more info or advice call Malcolm Moodie on 01295 788159 or visit http://www.solihullorchidsociety.org


Gardeners’ Question Time

Gardens & Flowers

Gardeners’ Question Time in aid of Bromsgrove NSPCC takes place on Thurs March 12, at 7.30pm in Burcot Village Hall.

Questions will be answered by a panel of experts: Hannah Genders, Duncan Coombes and Philip Aubury.

Tickets £7 in advance from Fresh@Burcot Garden Centre or Kathy Hunt on 01527 833575.


Flower & Produce Show

Gardens & Flowers

Rowney Green Horticultural Society has its Flower & Produce Show on Sat Sep 6 from 3pm in the Peace Hall.

Entry is free; entries from non-members welcome (including children’s classes).

Schedules available from the Post Office and Library in Alvechurch and Oasis Florists in Barnt Green.

For further details please ring Lindsay Smith on 01527 592874 or Janet Barnett on 01527 69399.


Floral demo at Library

Gardens & Flowers

Alvechurch Library continues its series of contemporary floristry workshops with local florist Kate Jones.

On Fri Sep 19, from 10am–12 noon, Kate will demonstrate fabulous seasonal hand-tied bouquets. Learn the basic technique and then create your own bouquet to take home.

All equipment, accessories and flowers provided. No experience needed. Cost £35.

The workshop may also be offered on the morning of Sat Sep 20 if there is demand.

Call 01905 722822 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to book a space (spaces are limited).


Balsam Bash on the Lickeys

General Events

Lickey Hills Society has organised a Balsam Bash on Sat June 7.

The pink flowers of the Himalayan Balsam make this a “pretty” plant but it is an invasive weed that grows rapidly to a height of two to three metres, which impoverishes habitats and kills off other plants.

Many parts of Lickey Country Park are covered by the balsam but it can be destroyed through constant clearance. It is easy to pull out of the ground, and is left in piles where it quickly decays. It is a big problem on the Hills so the more people who can lend a hand the better!

Meet at the Visitor Centre at 10am both days. More information from Baden Carlson on .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)


Floristry at the library

Gardens & Flowers

Alvechurch Library is continuing its series of contemporary floristry workshops. with local florist Kate Jones.

On Friday May 16 from 2.30–4.30pm, Kate will demonstrate fabulous buttonholes – learn the basic technique and then create your own buttonholes or unique gift-wrap decorations to take home. £20 per person.

On Saturday May 17, from 10.30am–12.30pm, Kate will show how to make a gorgeous seasonal contemporary table arrangement. The cost for this workshop is £38, and you can take your arrangement home and stun all your friends!

For both workshops, all equipment, accessories and flowers are provided, and no experience is needed. Spaces are limited, so please call 01905 722822 to book.


Tardebigge Plant Sale

Gardens & Flowers

The annual and very popular Tardebigge Plant Sale takes place on Saturday May 3 in the grounds of St Bartholomew’s Church (B60 3AH).

It starts at 11 – get there early before all the plants (and cakes) sell out!


Floristry workshop

Gardens & Flowers

A contemporary floristry workshop with Kate Jones, local freelance florist specialising in stylish and unusual flowers, will be held in Alvechurch Library on Fri Feb 28, 10am till 12noon, cost £38.

Learn to make a stunning table arrangement that you can then take home to grace your own table.

Ring 01905 822722 to book your place, spaces limited.


Pre-Christmas Orchid Fair

Gardens & Flowers

The British Orchid Growers’ Association presents a Pre-Christmas Orchid Fair on Sat Nov 30 from 10am–4pm.

The event takes place at Arden School, Station Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 0PT with free admission and free parking.

There will be thousands of stunning orchids in flower, a huge variety for sale from top British nurseries, beautiful displays by local orchid societies, and free beginners’ demonstrations. Compost, fertilisers and books will be available, as well as all day refreshments.

Children under 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

For more information ring Jeff Hutchings on 01995 605537, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.boga.org.uk


Hounds for heroes

General Events

An Open Garden event in aid of Hounds for Heroes takes place in Beoley on Saturday July 20, with plenty of attractions for everyone.

The charity pairs trained assistance dogs with injured and disabled men and women from the Armed Forces and emergency services.

Local fundraiser Helen Barker will open her garden (Longfield, Bleachfield Lane, Beoley B98 9AX) from 10.30am to 4.30pm, with an entry fee of £2.50 to include tea or coffee and a cake or biscuit.

Visitors can take a look around the large garden as well as browsing stalls selling plants, cakes and books. There will also be a raffle, tombola, and additional attractions.

More info: http://www.houndsforheroes.com


Gardeners’ Question Time in Burcot!

Gardens & Flowers

Gardeners’ Question Time, a special evening for gardeners, takes place on Thursday April 11 at Fresh@Burcot Garden Centre and Burcot Village Hall.

The event, sponsored by Fresh, begins with a chance to shop at the garden centre from 6 to 7.15pm, with a10% discount for ticket holders. Light refreshments will be served at 6.30pm.

Gardeners’ Question Time itself starts at Burcot Village Hall at 7.30pm prompt, with the subjects “What should I plant?” and “Why won’t it grow?”

All your questions will be answered by a panel of experts: Philip Aubury, Author and former director of Birmingham Botanical Gardens; Duncan Coombes, Senior Lecturer at Pershore College; Hannah Genders, garden designer and RHS Malvern Spring Show 2011 gold medal winner; and Nikki Gow, proprietor of Fresh@Burcot Garden Centre.

Tickets £7 in advance (includes light refreshments) from Fresh or Kathy Hunt on 01527 833575. All profits in aid of NSPCC Bromsgrove.

Submit your questions NOW via .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); please attach photos. You can also bring specimens on the night.

Parking: Blue badge only at Burcot Village Hall, all others at Fresh – thanks!

Fresh@Burcot Garden Centre is located at Alcester Road, Burcot, Bromsgrove B60 1PW.


Summer fete at St Leonard’s, Beoley

General Events

A Summer Fete takes place in the grounds surrounding St Leonard’s Church, Beoley, on Sat June 30 from 1.30–4pm.

The event will feature the usual traditional stalls including tombola, plants, textile displays, home-made preserves, bouncy castles, face painting, ice-cream and cakes. Alcester Victoria Band will also be playing a selection of favourites during the afternoon. 

Children under 9 are invited to submit a Jubilee Hat for the chance to win a prize.

As a bonus, Canon David Rogers is throwing open his garden to visitors where they can see the famous Kiftsgate rose in all its glory.

Minibuses will run from Church Hill and Beoley Village Hall, (disabled parking only at the church).

Entry 50p for adults, children free.


See the bluebells

Gardens & Flowers

Peck Wood in Rowney Green (B48 7QE) will be open for the public to view the bluebells on April 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 and 19 between 10am and 8pm. 

A Bluebell Tea is being served on Wednesday April 18 between 2 pm and 6 pm.


Tardebigge Plant Sale

General Events

Tardebigge Plant Sale takes place on Saturday May 5 at 11am, in the churchyard of St Bartholomew’s Church (B60 3AH).

Make sure you get there early before the plants sell out! Refreshments available.


Busy year for Horticultural Society

Gardens & Flowers

2011 was a very successful year for Rowney Green Horticultural Society, with membership increasing to more than 70.

Speakers have been interesting and varied, as were visits to local private gardens, Pershore College, Ashwoods private garden and Colgrave Seeds nursery – all thoroughly enjoyed, with thanks to Janet Barnett and Ann Allen.

The year ended with a great supper and Alvechurch Community Choir providing the Christmas spirit. Many thanks to Elaine Prosser,our chairman, for organising the evening.

The next meeting is on Thursday January 12 at Rowney Green Peace Hall, when Chris Broad will talk about beekeeping. Start time 7.45pm.

Any enquiries to Andrea Halse on 0121 445 1929.


Ask the experts

Gardens & Flowers

A Gardener’s Question Time is to be held on Friday Oct 7, at 7.30pm prompt, at Dodford Village Hall (Priory Road, Dodford B61 9DD) in aid of the NSPCC.

The panel of experts are Hannah Genders, Philip Aubury, Duncan Coombes and David Worthington.

Apply for tickets (£6 each to include light refreshments) and submit questions to Kathy Hunt 01527 833575 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The event is being organised by the Bromsgrove committee of the NSPCC.


Rowney Green Flower Show

Gardens & Flowers

Rowney Green Horticultural Society’s 69th annual Flower Show takes place at the Peace Memorial Hall on Saturday September 3 at 3pm.

Members and non-members are invited to enter. Schedules available at Alvechurch Post Office and with the Calling Oak.

Entries will be accepted on Thursday Sept 1 from 7.30–9pm at the Peace Hall.

Don’t miss this lovely village occasion and the chance to taste delightful homemade cakes.

More details from Andrea on 0121 445 1929.


Finstall Flower & Vegetable Show

General Events

In addition to flowers and vegetables, the show has craft, baking, jam-making and flower-arranging categories. Trophies are awarded, and good-natured competition between friends and neighbours is a source of fun for all concerned. There are also categories for children, such as making an edible necklace and making a monster from vegetables. At the end of the day there will be an auction, when you can treat your family to superb fruit, vegetables and home-made produce.
Keep an eye on the Village Hall notice board for further details.


Down in the woods today…

General Events

Pepper Wood, near Bromsgrove, hosts a very special Open Day on Saturday May 21, marking 30 years’ worth of work by a Worcestershire volunteer group.

The ancient wood is owned by the Woodland Trust and has been managed by a local community group since 1981.

The Open Day, running between 11am and 3pm, will see a number of displays and special walking routes laid out, highlighting the wildlife in the wood and the unique relationship between the management of the wood and its flora and fauna.

The focus of the event is the conversion of wood into produce. Horse logging and a mobile sawmill will see oak trunks end up as furniture, with a number of other traditional woodland-based crafts such as hurdle-weaving, pole-lathe turning and besom making also being demonstrated.

Visitors can meet the community group, see how they manage and care for the wood, and even try their hand at some traditional woodland crafts such as using a pole lathe and finishing a timber-framed building!

Everyone is welcome to attend;  however, all children under 16 must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. 

Pepper Wood is ancient, meaning it is at least 400 years old, with local history suggesting it is as much as 900 years old. The 134-acre wood is home to an array of native trees, including the nationally rare wild service tree and wild cherry.  It also supports more than 100 species of flowering plant, 60 bird species and as many as a third of all the Ancient Woodland Indicators found in the whole of Worcestershire.

Jane Thomas, site manager for the Woodland Trust, comments: “To have what is essentially voluntary support in one of our woods for as long as 30 years is almost unheard of. One of the Trust’s main aims is to inspire people about the importance of our native woods and there’s no better example than the Pepper Wood community group – they are a great model of how local people can make a wood their own.”

Hugh Jenkins of the Pepper Wood community group adds: “As the name suggests, our work is very much a group effort. Without the combined efforts of every single person during the course of the last 30 years, Pepper Wood wouldn’t be in the glorious state we find it in today.”

More information and directions to Pepper Wood can be found at http://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/en/our-woods/Pages/wood-details.aspx?wood=4065

The Woodland Trust is looking for people across Worcestershire to plant a new generation of ‘Jubilee Woods’ as part of its “More Trees, More Good” campaign to double native woodland cover. Find out more at http://www.MoreTreesMoreGood.org.uk/jubilee


Walk around the meadow

Health & Fitness

On Sun June 5, The Village’s nature diarist Mary Green (0121 445 5957) will lead the monthly Avlechurch Village Society walk.

This will be centred on the ancient Eades Meadow with its wonderful orchids and other wild flowers.

As not everyone can park nearby, please meet at the Jinney Ring Centre (Hanbury) and a few people will be asked to ferry some walkers to the meadow end.

Those who prefer a shorter and easier walk than usual can then take a guided walk around the meadow while others do the usual longer walk, not spending much time in the meadow – and some can do an in-between walk.

Meet at the Jinney Ring car park for a 2.30pm start.


Tardebigge Flower Festival

Gardens & Flowers

A Flower Festival takes place at St Bartholomew’s Church, Tardebigge, on Sat June 25 and Sun June 26 from 9am. 

The event will feature beautiful displays from local organisations, delicious refreshments and a Plant Sale from 10am on the Saturday.

On the Sunday there will be musical entertainment from Warwickshire Quire “Immanuel’s Ground”, including a sung Evensong at 4pm.

Entry fee £2 on Sat, donations on Sun.


Rowney Green Flower Club

Gardens & Flowers

Rowney Green Flower Club meets on the fourth Thursday each month at The Peace Hall. More info from Annette on 01527 64814.


Bromsgrove & District Flower Arrangement Society

Theatre

Bromsgrove & District Flower Arrangement Society meets on the third Thursday each month at 2.30pm (2pm in Dec) in All Saints Church Hall. Visitors welcome. Info from Beryl on 01527 833287 or at http://www.bromsgroveflowerclub.org.uk

You can also see us now on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pages/Bromsgrove-Flower-Club/455435194504031. If you have already have a Facebook account just search for Bromsgrove Flower Club.


Rosehill Flower Arrangement Society

Gardens & Flowers

Rosehill Flower Arrangement Society meets on the second Monday of each month at Lickey Parish Hall – for details call Belinda on 0121 447 7477 or Diana on 01527 870549.


North Worcestershire Fuchsia Society

Gardens & Flowers

The North Worcestershire Fuchsia Society meets on the second Wednesday each month at Aston Fields Social Club, with speakers, exhibitions and advice – 7.30 for 7.45pm. Info from Stewart: 01527 877662.


Rowney Green Horticultural Society

Gardens & Flowers

Rowney Green Horticultural Society meets ar the Peace Hall on the second Thursday each month at 7.30pm – why not make a new circle of friends? More info from Elaine on 0121 445 2759.


Burcot Gardening Club

Gardens & Flowers

Burcot Gardening Club meets on the first Wednesday of each month at Burcot Village Hall. Meetings start at 7.30pm. New members and visitors very welcome. For more info please call 01527 458801.


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