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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
History of village streets
Evening with ‘Blind Dave’
Social dance for charity
Virtuoso Violin
Recreating Big Band era
Know Your Breed Meet-Up
Licensed to Rhyme
World’s Biggest Ever Coffee Morning
Renowned photographer visits
Totally Tony
Understanding Autism
Art exhibition at library
Animal adventures at library
Flower Club’s coffee morning
History of Lickey Hills
Rhythm Time
Finstall Village Show
Tardebigge Fair & Show
Open Studios
Animals R Magic
Become an Animal Agent!
Meet the authors
Celebrate the joy of reading
Floristry Workshops
Tiny Church Lickey
An evening with Fi Glover
Delve into town’s heritage
Frankley Carnival
Big Healthy Lunch
St Leonard’s Summer Fête
Fun Day at Farm
The Barnt Green & Cofton Hackett Bake-Off
Feast of classics
Choir’s Open Rehearsals
Singing groups for neuro conditions
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

TheVillage What's On Guide

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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.

Happy Feet - Walking to Fitness

Health & Fitness

Adult Learning Course 14980, Happy Feet - Walking to Fitness, is coming to Alvechurch Library.

Start with a mix of normal and power walking, with an opportunity to add in gentle jogging if desired.

This helps to gradually build up your fitness and stamina and it is all done at your own pace. Starting Thurs Oct 19 and running until Thurs Dec 14. 2pm – 3pm.

Cost £25 for the guidance, advice and planning from two tutors (one leading the pack and one encouraging from the back!)

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.

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.

Saracen Cycling Club

Health & Fitness

Saracen Cycling Club is seeking new members. Men, ladies, beginners, and regular riders are all welcome.

The long-established club meets regularly by the Tardebigge Pub on Thurs at 10am and Sun at 9.45am.

See http://www.saracenroadclub.com or call Ivor on 0121 453 2287.

Alvechurch Walking Buddies

Theatre

Alvechurch Walking Buddies: join a regular local walk with like-minded people who simply want to go on a local, sedate and friendly walk with no pressure.

Well-behaved owners and their dogs are very welcome so long as the dogs are kept under control and you promise to pick up any mess.

The group meets at 10.30am every Thurs. For more info, search for ‘alvwb’ on Facebook or contact Tony on 07763 468893 or Diana on 0121 445 1445.

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.

Central Radio Car Club

Clubs & Societies

Central Radio Car Club meets every Friday 6.30–10pm (racing starts 7pm) at Woodrush Community High School, Shawhust Lane, Wythall, B47 5JW.

Members race electric cars LMP & GT12 indoors on carpet. There is a club GT12 loan car if you would like to try your hand at racing.

For more information visit http://www.centralcarclub.co.uk, search ‘CentralRadioCarClub’ on Facebook or call Bob Jones on 01527 870463.

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.

Speaking and Listening with Confidence

General Events

Adult Learning Course 14832, Speaking and Listening with Confidence, runs on Fri Oct 6 and 13 from 2.15–4.15pm; £22.50/free (subject to criteria).

The course aims to build self-confidence in speaking and listening in various situations. Willingness to participate in small group discussions and self-evaluate is required. 

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.

Understanding and Supporting People with Autism

General Events

Adult Learning Course 14669, Understanding and Supporting People with Autism, runs on Fri Sep 29, 9am–3.30pm; £27/free (subject to criteria).

Recognise the signs and symptoms, explore some theories, dispel some myths. The same course runs at Wythall Library on Fri Nov 17, 9.30am–4pm.

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.

Watercolour Painting

Art & Literature

Andrew returns to Alvechurch Library with the next six-week course of Watercolour Painting on Tues Sep 12 at 2.15pm.

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.

Creative Writing classes

Art & Literature

Irene’s Creative Writing classes at Alvechurch Library on Sat mornings start again on Sep 9 at 10.30pm, running for five weeks.

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.

Women’s Club

Clubs & Societies

A new Women’s Club launches at Alvechurch Library on Sat Sep 9. Learn arts, crafts and practical skills in an informal, friendly environment every Sat in term time from 2.15–3.45pm.

All ages and abilities welcome. For more info contact Natalia on 07866 425986 or visit http://www.womenclub.uk

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.

Storytimes at library

Children & Families

Regular children’s events continue all year, including Storytimes on Tues 11–11.30am and Sat 2.30–3pm.

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.

Baby Bounce and Rhyme

Children & Families

Regular children’s events continue all year at Alvechurch Library, including Baby Bounce and Rhyme on Mon and FrI, 10–10.30am.

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.

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) 

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