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An evening with Alys
Cardio Jam Sessions
Zumba with Leesh
Ladies’ Golf Open Day
Physiotherapy-Led Pilates Class
Textile Open Day
Saturday Social Dance
Showcasing musical youth
Ballet Music Favourites
A very Good Friday!
Asklepios Spring Concert
Spring Litter Pick
Skywatch on the Lickey Hills
Barnt Green Preschool’s Nearly New Sale
Crafty Spring Sale
The Bromsgrove Lecture
Footcare at the library
Explore learning at the library
Understanding dyslexia
An evening for book-lovers
Make a positive change
Clarinettist joins strings
Saturday Night Social Dance
Valentine’s special at Roots
Blow the winter blues away
Music from Riggerz
Music from Hopwood Junction
Quiz Night at Baptist Church
Free Art & Craft Workshops
New Year’s Quiz
Military Society Quiz
Social Dance for charity
New Year Roots
General Knowledge Quiz
Rehearsals resume
Coronation Anthems
Zumba Gold
Pilates
Active Seniors
Legs Bum Tums
Children’s Christmas CraftS
Christmas Crafts
Create a festive wreath
Magic, mayhem & mystery
Saturday Night Social Dances
Christmas favourites
Christmas Roots
Festive-themed concert
Uplifting musical
Choral Society’s Christmas Concert
Give A Gift For Santa
British Rock ‘n’ Roll
Blackwell Craft Fair
Fantasy of winter music
Behind the scenes at the BBC
The Merry Wives of Alvechurch
History of books
Term-Time Yoga Classes
Fight Night at The Chateau
Evening with Alvechurch Community Choir
Panto magic
Saturday social dance
Sunday afternoon dance
Concert by candlelight
Roots Halloween Special
Gala Night
Asklepios in concert
Choral Society’s concerts
Blackwell band’s charity concert
‘Quiet Space’ at Alvechurch Baptist Church
Community Christmas Fair
Christmas Craft Fair
Crafty Ladies Christmas Sale
Christmas Bazaar
Christmas Fair and charity raffle
Happy Feet - Walking to Fitness
Learn Spanish at the library
Get online at the library
Half-term at the library
Crafty quilt up for grabs
Saracen Cycling Club
Alvechurch Walking Buddies
Three Choirs Concert
Baby Ava’s Winter Ball
Central Radio Car Club
Stable Dance
Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is back
Nearly New Sale
Community Litter Picking Events
Finstall Coffee Morning
Wine & Cheese Evening
Celebrating world of melody
Mindfulness short course
Speaking and Listening with Confidence
Understanding and Supporting People with Autism
Watercolour Painting
Creative Writing classes
Women’s Club
Storytimes at library
Baby Bounce and Rhyme

TheVillage What's On Guide

There's a lot going on around here - the list below is limited to 20, otherwise it would drop out of the bottom of your screen, spill across the desk on to the floor and out of your door. Use the drop-down menu (above right) to narrow down your search or peruse the list on the left side of this page. Don't worry. it's not all WIs!

An evening with Alys

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with gardener, journalist and presenter Alys Fowler on Sun April 22 at Artrix at 7.30.

If you are not a WORDS member then tickets (£15, students/under 16s £7.50) are available from Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

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

Cardio Jam Sessions

Health & Fitness

Calling all ROCKSTARS! Make some noise in the cardio jam session that is POUND! Every Wednesday 7.30–8.15pm at Crown Meadow School.

Contact Leesh Waldron: 07531 625939. Booking required! 

Zumba with Leesh

Theatre

ZUMBA with LEESH! Come and SHAKE it til you make it, every Monday 7.30–8.30pm at Crown Meadow School.

Contact: 07531 623959 for more information! 

Ladies’ Golf Open Day

General Events

Ladies’ Golf Open Day: If you have ever fancied playing golf, Kings Norton Golf Club is having a free open day on March 25.

All you need is some trainers (might get a little muddy!). For more details see http://www.kingsnortongolfclub.co.uk/ladies

Physiotherapy-Led Pilates Class

Health & Fitness

Physiotherapy-Led Pilates Class – Weds evening 7.30pm and 8.30pm at Cofton Hackett Village Hall.

6 lessons for £50. Mixed ability classes to improve muscle tone and posture as well as overall body strength.

Contact Beth on 07841477363 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Textile Open Day

General Events

Forge Mill Creative Textile Group has an Open Day on Fri March 2, from 10.30am–12noon at Beoley Village Hall (Holt End, Redditch B98 9AN).

Say hello to some of the members and see where they meet. Some textile work will be on show; refreshments available. Admission free.

For more info contact Lynda on 0121 445 3212.

Saturday Social Dance

Dancing

Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night Social Dance in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer on Sat March 3 at Fairfield Village Hall (Stourbridge Rd, Fairfield, Bromsgrove).

Ballroom, Latin and Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby. Doors open 7.30pm, dancing from 8–11pm. £5 per person on the door.

More details at www.grahamdarbysmusic.com or on 01543 502722.

Showcasing musical youth

Music

The Midland Sinfonia hosts its 11th Young Musicians’ Showcase in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch on Sunday March 25 at 3pm.

The Sinfonia extends an annual invitation to all young musicians, up to 18 years old, to perform before an appreciative audience.

The showcase promotes a “concert” environment to assist the performers to grow in confidence, and makes for a pleasant afternoon of music.

Entry is free of charge, but donations are appreciated.

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

Ballet Music Favourites

Music

The Redditch Orchestra presents a concert of Ballet Music Favourites on Sat March 17 at Studley Village Hall (High Street, Studley, B80 7HJ), starting at 7.30pm.

Conducted by Matthew Leach and led by Graham Longfils, the programme features some of the best-known and popular ballet music, from Clog Dance to Swan Lake to Carmen.

Tickets £12 (students and seniors £10, children free) from 07941 692879 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

A very Good Friday!

Music

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots takes place on Fri March 30 from 8pm at Alvechurch Social Club, still only £4 entry (£3 concessions).

Join a talented line-up of musicians and house band the Stompies for a very Good Friday! 

Asklepios Spring Concert

Music

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) will give their Spring concert on Sun March 18 at 7.30pm in St. Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.

The programme features Offenbach’s Orpheus in the Underworld Overture; Wagner’s Prelude and Liebestod from Tristan and Isolde; and Leoncavallo’s Concert Suite from Pagliacci.

Admission free – donations to retiring collection much appreciated. The orchestra would love you to go along in support, and bring your friends!

Spring Litter Pick

General Events

A Spring Litter Pick organised by the Lickey Hills Society takes place on Sat March 17 from 10am to 12noon – this is your chance to do something practical to help keep the Lickeys looking clean and tidy.

Meet at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane; please wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Gloves, litter pickers and sacks will be provided.

Skywatch on the Lickey Hills

General Events

Skywatch on the Lickey Hills, hosted by the Birmingham Astronomical Society, takes place on Fri March 23 from 7.30–10.30pm.

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

There is also a star dome for indoor star gazing. Refreshments available.

Barnt Green Preschool’s Nearly New Sale

General Events

Barnt Green Preschool’s Nearly New Sale takes place on Sat March 17 at Barnt Green Baptist Church (Bittell Road, Barnt Green) from 10.30am–12noon, raising funds to buy toys and equipment for the pre-school children.

Nearly new toys, books, DVDs and spring/summer clothes for babies and children up to 12 years old. Nursery items and maternity wear also on sale.

Always some fabulous bargains and brilliant for having extra sandals/swimwear for a lovely hot summer!

Anyone can sell, but please pre-register with Karen at bgnnsale@gmail.com

Crafty Spring Sale

General Events

The Crafty Ladies have their Spring Sale at Alvechurch Library on Mon March 19, from 10am–1pm and 2–4pm.

Lots of handmade items including recycled and upcycled items as well as homemade cakes. Monies raised are donated to village and local charities and nothing costs more than £5. They look forward to seeing you!

The Bromsgrove Lecture

General Events

The 2018 Bromsgrove Lecture is on Hagley Hall and the Lyttletons – Past, Present and Future, given by Viscount Cobham on Tues April 10 at 7.30pm in Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School.

Tickets £6 each; available from Mrs Chris Nesbitt, 31 Barley Mow Lane, Catshill B61 0LU (tel: 01527 877227) or from Foto Factory, High Street, Bromsgrove.

Footcare at the library

Health & Fitness

Alvechurch Library hosts a session with Nigel Hunt of Alvechurch Mobile Foot Care on Fri Feb 23 from 2.30pm to 4.45pm.

If you would like to find out more about good foot hygiene and care, pop along for a chat.

Nigel will discuss your footcare needs with you and share information about why taking care of your feet is so important to your general health.

Explore learning at the library

Children & Families

During the February half term holiday, Alvechurch Library hosts two workshops by Explore Learning, an award-winning maths and English tuition centre whose goal is to build confident, fearless learners.

In “Space Mission” on Mon Feb 19 you can learn all about the universe and everything in it. Stretch your skills to infinity and beyond!

This alien-inspired literacy workshop will help you to crack your creative writing. Ages 8-10, from 2.15 to 3.15pm.

Or are you fascinated by Mother Nature? Join the “Natural Hazards” workshop to find out more about tsunamis, hurricanes, tornadoes and volcanoes, and brush up your research skills.

Age 11+, 3.30 to 4.30pm. No charge for either of these workshops but please book ahead to reserve a place.

For any enquiries about events, pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check out the Facebook page.

Understanding dyslexia

General Events

Alvechurch Library will host a short workshop, Understanding and Supporting People with Dyslexia (course number 15250) on Fri March 2.

The aim of this workshop is to provide learners with a detailed understanding of dyslexia and how it can affect people – learning key techniques to support people and how to motivate and engage those with dyslexia.

Cost £11.25, or free to those who meet certain criteria – If you work under 16 hours per week and earn less than £330 per month, receive JSA, ESA or Universal Credit OR you receive Working Tax Credit. Proof is required on attendance at first session.

For any enquiries about events, pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check out the Facebook page.

For Adult Learning courses, pop in to pay by cash or cheque, or book online by card.

An evening for book-lovers

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Di Speirs, Books Editor of BBC Radio, at Artrix on Sun Feb 4 at 7.30pm.

Di will be talking to Ben Cooper, Controller of Radio 1 (who grew up in Bromsgrove), about the BBC Young Writers Award and how young writers of the future can be encouraged to find their voices.

Di will also be talking about her work as Books Editor of BBC Radio. She is responsible for Open Book and Bookclub on Radio 4, directed more than 100 Book at Bedtime titles and producing the first ever Book of the Week in 1998.

A wonderful treat for all lovers of fiction on the radio!

If you are not a WORDS member but would like to come along then tickets (£15, students/under 16s £7.50) are available from Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

WORDS has plenty more events coming up at Artrix this year. More information can be found at http://www.bromsgrovewords.com

Make a positive change

Health & Fitness

Tai Chi: would you like to make a positive change in 2018, help to relax, have a new interest and exercise?

Classes at Finstall Village Hall, Wednesdays 2pm.

Clarinettist joins strings

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents Tedesca Plus on Friday March 2 in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch at 7.30pm.

The Midland Sinfonia’s resident quartet will be joined by clarinettist Tom Caldecote.

The musical programme includes Haydn’s String Quartet in D Op.64 No.5 ‘Lark’, Mozart’s Clarinet Quintet, and Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor ‘Death and the Maiden’.

Tickets cost £14.50 on the door, or £13 in advance from Gin & Pickles, The Square, Alvechurch, or online at http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and schoolchildren accompanying an adult).

For more information, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or ring 0121 447 7040.

Saturday Night Social Dance

Dancing

Graham & Denise Darby present a Saturday Night Social Dance in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance & Prostate Cancer on Sat Feb 24 at Kidderminster Harriers Social Club (Hoo Road, Kidderminster).

Ballroom, Latin and Social Sequence Dancing to live music by Graham Darby. Doors open 7.30pm, dancing from 8–11pm. £5 per person on the door.

More details on 01543 502722 or http://www.grahamdarbysmusic.com

Valentine’s special at Roots

Music

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots’ Valentine’s Day special is on Fri Feb 23 from 8pm, still only £4 entry (£3 concessions).

Have a romantic night out with your partner, or partners if you’re very popular! House band the legendary Stompies will be all luvved up, no doubt. 

Blow the winter blues away

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra performs its first concert of the year on Fri Feb 9 at Lickey End Social Club (17 Alcester Road, B60 1JT).

Blow the winter blues away with red hot big band jazz, with a selection of old and new favourites.

Excellent regular singer Garry Rutter provides a mix of Frank Sinatra and Michael Bublé and the usual terrible jokes! Starts 8pm, £6 on the door.

For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692.

Music from Riggerz

Music

Riggerz, a four-piece band playing covers and their own material, are welcomed back to The Tower of Song (B30 3EL) on Fri Feb 23 from 9pm.

Entry £5 on the door. More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Music from Hopwood Junction

Music

Hopwood Junction band perform at The Tower of Song (B30 3EL) on Sat Feb 10, from 9pm. Entry £5 on the door.

The event will be broadcast on live web cast at http://www.towerofsong.co.uk  More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Quiz Night at Baptist Church

General Events

A Quiz Night takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church on Fri March 16 for teams of up to six.

The night will start with hot food (choice of chilli con carne or mushroom stroganoff) at 7pm; quiz begins at 7.45pm.

Tea, coffee and soft drinks provided; please bring other drinks of your choice.

Tickets £8.50 per person from Chris and Dave Shoesmith on 0121 445 2561.

Free Art & Craft Workshops

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library is hosting free Art and Craft Workshops for everyone, every Sat from 2.15–3.45pm (term-time only).

Learn new skills to enhance your life and meet new people in your area. Work together on your piece of art and share experiences and skills in an informal and friendly session.

All necessary materials provided and best of all, sessions are FREE. Please contact Natalia on 07866 425986 or visit http://www.womenclub.uk for further info.

For any enquiries about events, pop into the library on Birmingham Road, contact The Hub on 01905 822722, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or check out the Facebook page.

For Adult Learning courses, pop in to pay by cash or cheque, or book online by card.

New Year’s Quiz

General Events

Alvechurch Village Society has its New Year’s Quiz on Fri Jan 26 at Alvechurch Village Hall. Book your table early!

Prizes and raffles, bring your own drinks and nibbles. Proceeds to the Village Hall.

Call Ray on 07931 328023 to book a table.

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