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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
One Fit Mama
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
Redditch Orchestra’s Spring Concert
Hopwood Village Hall AGM
Community Litter Pick
Baptist Church Spring Fayre
Bellringers Table Top Sale
Easter Kids’ Activities
Charity Bring & Buy Sale
Mr Grimwhip’s Sandwiches: a Post-Truth Courtroom Comedy With Serious Bits
Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra
Adult Learning Worcestershire App
Crafty Ladies’ Spring Sale
Celebrate Book Day at Library
Fun Floristry/Flower Arranging classes
An evening with Daljit Nagra
Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra
Redditch Rotary Club
National Trust Supporters’ Group
Spring Litter Pick
Catshill Carers Group
Hopwood Hall for hire
Choral Society’s Spring Concert
From Boogie to Bach
Skywatch over the Lickeys
Cake Sale
Messy Church in Alvechurch
Young Musicians’ Showcase
Barnt Green Parents & Tots
Bromsgrove NCT Toddler Tuesday
Lickey Baby & Toddler Group
Spanish for Beginners
Working with your Spirit Guide
Introduction to Colour and Angels
Palmistry for Beginners
Adults Creative Writing
Adults Creative Writing

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Understanding Autism

Health & Fitness

Alvechurch library is now taking bookings for a course planned for Fri Sep 29, on Understanding and Supporting People with Autism.

9am–3.30pm; £27/free (subject to criteria). Recognise the signs and symptoms, explore some theories, dispel some myths. There’s a wide range of books to borrow on this subject.

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.

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.

Animal adventures at library

Children & Families

With more than 150 children already signed up, the Summer Reading Challenge has started with a bang!

If you’re 12 or younger and think you can read six library books before Sep 23, pop along to Alvechurch Library to sign up. You’ll get an Animal Agents-themed pack – and why not join in some of the events, from a craft session to a reading party?

* On Tues Aug 8 there are two Explore Learning Workshops: the first is “Zoo Adventures” from 2.15–3.15pm, when kids aged 5–7 years can learn how to act as an animal in disguise and create their own Animal Agent name! Please book.

Then from 3.30-4.30pm, those aged 7–12 can join “Agent School” – help find pirate treasure and show off your punctuation knowledge with a Kung-Fu showdown! Please book.


* On Sat Aug 12 there’s a “Design an Animal Agent” Workshop from 2.30–3.30pm. Please book.


* Mon Aug 21 brings a craft session led by the library’s Crafty Ladies. From 2.15–3.45pm, kids aged 7–12 can enjoy making Animal Agent felt puppets. Please book. Small charge of £1 per child.


* On Weds Aug 23 there’s an exciting day of workshops and author talks at Croome Park in Worcestershire, from 10–4pm – including a special visit from award-winning author Joanna Nadin.


* Finally, on Tues Aug 29 the library hosts a Reading Party from 2.30–4.30pm – bring a comfy cushion or pillow and the team will help you find a great book to snuggle up with.

Cold drink and snack provided for kids. Great event for reluctant readers or those stuck on what to read next. 80p per child.


To find out more, 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!

Rhythm Time

Children & Families

Rhythm Time - Award-winning multi-sensory, fun music classes with sessions for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. 

Join us for the new term in Sept. Classes available every day across the region, AM & PM.

Local sessions include: Alvechurch: Tues AM and Fri PM; Barnt Green: Fri AM; Lickey: Weds AM; Bromsgrove: Mon AM&PM and Thurs PM.

For more info / full timetable visit: http://www.rhythmtime.net/vt374 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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.

Floristry Workshops

Gardens & Flowers

Floristry Workshops: Sat July 15, 2.30–4.30pm at Alvechurch Village Hall.

Please call Claire on 07564 339157 for more information and to book a place. Only £22, or £20 when you bring a friend! (Includes all flowers & materials)

Tiny Church Lickey

Children & Families

Tiny Church Lickey: babies, toddlers and carers meet in Holy Trinity Church, Lickey, each Weds from 11.15am–12.45pm during term times.

Games, toys, snacks and stories, with a time to meet together with God. Just pop along or contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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)

Feast of classics

Music

The Orchestra of St John in Bromsgrove is staging its sixth annual MusicFest – a feast of classical music through the ages, featuring four performances over two days.

The four performances are as follows:

Saturday July 22 at 3pm: “Bite-Sized Classics 2” hosted by BBC presenter Michael Collie: The perfect introduction to classical music for young and old (Free entry by ticket only, available from Artrix box office and at http://www.artrix.co.uk)

Saturday July 22 at 7.30pm: ‘Façade’ by William Walton (Tickets £10 in advance from Artrix box office or http://www.artrix.co.uk; or £12 on the door. Accompanied children free)

Sunday July 23 at 10.45am: The Sunday morning service set to Mozart’s Mass in D minor K65

Sunday July 23 at 7.30pm. The 2017 MusicFest Gala Concert (Tickets: £10 in advance from Artrix box office or on line at http://www.artrix.co.uk; or £12 on the door. Accompanied children attend free of charge)

Refreshments at all of the concerts are free, with the opportunity to make a donation if you wish, and Bite-Sized Classics 2 includes a free ice cream or cream tea. 

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)

Singing groups for neuro conditions

Music

Singing teacher Ruth Wood runs two singing groups specifically for people with dementia, Parkinson’s, MS and other neuro conditions, plus their carers, friends and relatives.

The groups are not choirs; everyone is welcome (whether they think they can sing or not) and no-one will be required to sing on their own unless they want to.

Ongoing research into the effects of singing and rhythm on the brain is very encouraging and can noticeably improve quality of life.

The groups meet at the Trinity Centre in Lickey on Wednesdays 2–4pm (£3 per head to include refreshments), and at REDI Centre, South Street, Redditch on Fridays 1–3pm (£3 per head to cover expenses; refreshments available in the cafe).

No advance booking needed, but more info is available on 0121 453 6952.

The Cats Chorus

Music

The Cats Chorus is described as “a fun choir for people who love to sing but don’t have to be vocally gifted”, and meets on Tuesdays (term-time) at 7.30pm in The Wheel, Blackwell.

For more information, email .(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

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