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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
60+ Exercise Class
Spanish for Beginners
Working with your Spirit Guide
Introduction to Colour and Angels
Palmistry for Beginners
Adults Creative Writing
Adults Creative Writing
New e-book and audio book service
Young Teens Book Club
Talk from award-winning novelist
Music and dance spectacular
Toddler Sense
Waseley Wander
What lies beneath Bromsgrove?
10th Young Musicians’ Showcase
A Love Story Through Music
Geo-conservation Event
Rendezvous Racing
Illustrated presentation
Valentine’s Dance
Blackwell Concert Band is always on the lookout for new players (all abilities and instruments welco
Acoustic Roots in February
Choral Society’s Spring Concert
Pianist in concert
More big band jazz
Cantare Daytime Choir
Concert for refugees
Cello recital
Skiffle band in talent show
Half-term outdoor fun
Nearly New Sale
Crystal Healing and more
Spanish for Beginners
Brush up your French
Mindfulness Short Course
Barnt Green WI
Forrest Yoga
Shiatsu Bodywork
New Year Roots
Navarra String Quartet
Big Band Jazz
iPad for Beginners
Creative Writing at the Library
Free computer lessons at library
Christmas Bedtime Stories
Christmas music at library
Invitation to business lunch
Swing into Christmas
Carols from Choral Society
Mi Luna at Artrix
Asklepios Orchestra concert
Live music at Hopwood Village Hall
Acoustic Roots’ Christmas Special
Concert for Primrose
Quiz & Supper Evening
Christmas Bazaar
Music from the Films
Three in a Row
Story time for children
Mindfulness Short Course
Learn to use eBay
Introduction to Angels Workshop
Harp music at the library
Crafty Sale
Festival of trees and music
Worcestershire Youth Jazz Orchestra
Music by candlelight
The Good, the Bad and the Panto!
Practical Clearance Days
Autumn Litter Pick
Pomegranate Piano Trio
A Christmas Musical
Community Christmas Fair
“Advent” Messy Church
Craft Fayre
School’s Christmas Fayre
Family Barn Dance
Hospice’s Christmas Afternoon
Introduction to eBay

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!

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra present their latest concert on March 31.

A special tribute to the great bands of Stan Kenton and Ted Heath, plus resident ‘Rat Pack’ singer Garry Rutter.

Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, Bromsgrove B60 1JT. 

8pm start.  Entry £6 on the door. For more details phone Geoff on 07970 662692.

Adult Learning Worcestershire App

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library announces that the Adult Learning Worcestershire App is now available on the Apple, Android, Windows and Amazon stores.

It offers constant access to the course booking system, Leisure and Funded programme prospectuses, library information, a range of educational videos and many other useful things. It is FREE and can be downloaded directly from the stores.

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.

Crafty Ladies’ Spring Sale

General Events

The Alvechurch Library Crafty Ladies hold a Spring Sale on Mon April 3, from 10am–1pm and 2–4.30pm.

Stock up on handmade gifts, and see the teddy bears’ picnic where you can buy bunting, teddy bears, Easter chicks and rabbits galore. There will be a raffle and homemade cakes for sale too.

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 Book Day at Library

Children & Families

Alvechurch Library celebrates World Book Day on Thurs March 2 with a “Where’s Wally?” activity session from 3.30pm.

Search for Wally and his friends who are hidden around the library, solve the word puzzles and have fun colouring Wally in. Places limited so please book your place. Free of charge.

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.

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.

An evening with Daljit Nagra

Art & Literature

WORDS, the Bromsgrove group that promotes interest in the written and spoken word, presents an evening with Daljit Nagra, BBC Radio 4’s poet in residence, on April 19.

Daljit’s work explores the idealism and reality of multicultural Britain with wit, intelligence and a sense of mischief.

All talks take place in The Studio at Artrix at 7.30pm. Tickets cost £15 per event (students/under-16s £7.50) 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

Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra

Music

Lickey Hills Community Theatre presents an evening of uplifting bluesy jazz on Sat March 18, at The Trinity Centre, Old Birmingham Road, Lickey.

Singer-songwriter and double bass player Kel Elliott and Her Three Man Orchestra will be performing Truth and Tall Tales, an innovative show which features her trademark vocals as well as instruments from melodica to bass clarinet, and accordion to ukulele.

Kel Elliott has wowed audiences from Ireland to Finland with her infectious, upbeat songs, distinctly rich and powerful voice and her talented band.

Starting at 7.30pm, this show will appeal to everyone looking for a high-quality, entertaining music with friends and family in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is ideal for older children (12+).

Lickey Hills Community Theatre is a joint project between Cofton Hackett and Lickey & Blackwell Parish Councils in conjunction with the Shindig/Live and Local programme of professional live performances in community venues across Worcestershire.

Tickets £10 (standard), £9 (over 60) and £8 (under 16) – call 0121 447 7455 or 0121 445 2607 (Cofton Hackett) or 0121 445 2802 (Lickey & Blackwell).

For more info contact Roger Westbury on 0121 447 7455 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Redditch Rotary Club

Clubs & Societies

Redditch Rotary Club meets Monday lunchtimes at the Abbey Hotel, Hither Green Lane, Redditch, B98 9BE. 

You would be very welcome to join us. Want to be involved, hear interesting speakers, and serve your community? Want to know more? Contact Peter Williams on 01527 60277.

National Trust Supporters’ Group

Clubs & Societies

The North Worcestershire Association of the National Trust Supporters’ Group (covering members resident in Bromsgrove, Droitwich and Redditch), meets at 7.30pm on the 3rd Thursday each month in Tardebigge Community Hall, behind St. Bartholomew’s Church.

Selection of interesting talks, plus coach outings, rambles, an annual holiday and fundraising activities, with emphasis on FUN! 

New members always welcome; annual subscription £7.50.

More details from membership secretary Betty Millward on 01527 523805 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Spring Litter Pick

General Events

The Lickey Hills Society has organised a Spring Litter Pick on Sat March 18 – meet at the Visitor Centre in Warren Lane (B45 8ER) at 10am. 

Catshill Carers Group

Clubs & Societies

Catshill Carers Group is a group set up specifically to offer one afternoon a month of respite, socialising and occasional speakers to carers in the area.

It meets on the last Tues each month in the coffee bar area of Catshill Methodist Church Centre in Golden Cross Lane from 2.30pm for about 1.5 hrs.

All carers welcome, as well as those who used to care for someone who may have passed away or is now in a care facility. Tea and biscuits or cake provided – no charge.

Contact Sheila (0121 445 2813) or Di (0121 445 3595) for details and encouragement.

Hopwood Hall for hire

Clubs & Societies

Don’t forget that Hopwood Village Hall is available for daytime hire – the historic building has been upgraded to offer modern facilities and is suitable for children’s parties and activities, keep fit groups and daytime functions.

For more information contact Ann on 0121 447 7668 or visit http://www.hopwoodvillagehall.co.uk

Choral Society’s Spring Concert

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society performs its Spring concert on March 18 at 7.30pm, at Artrix in Bromsgrove.

The programme has a “contemporary classical” theme comprising John Rutter’s The Gift of Life and Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass

Tickets (£10) available from Artrix on 01527 577330.Please contact Chairman Fiona Brown for further details on 0121 445 5513.

From Boogie to Bach

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents From Boogie to Bach on Sat April 1, in St Laurence Church, Alvechurch.

It features works demonstrating the versatility and magical qualities of the trumpet. Plus, flugelhorn, piccolo, cornet, conch shell, rams horn and a didgeridoo! Doors open 7pm for 7.30pm start.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk (free for FT students and children accompanying an adult).

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

Skywatch over the Lickeys

General Events

The Lickey Hills Rangers invite you to Skywatch, an evening hosted by Birmingham Astronomical Society, on Fri March 10 from 7.30–10pm.

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

The star dome will also be there for indoor star gazing. Refreshments available from the café. Tickets for the Planetarium are strictly limited and go on sale at 7.30pm prompt. No advance bookings.

Cake Sale

General Events

A charity Cake Sale takes place on Fri March 24 at Provest Financial Services, 1st Floor 18-20 Hewell Road, Barnt Green.

Pop along from 12noon onwards to meet the team and enjoy fabulous cakes baked by them.

All proceeds to The Make A Wish Foundation, which grants wishes to children and young people with life threatening conditions. 

Messy Church in Alvechurch

General Events

Messy Church takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church on March 22, on the theme of Creation and New Life.

From 3.30–5.30pm, activities such as Easter card making, planting, and decorating eggs can be enjoyed, plus a talk, worship, and a finger buffet to finish.

This is particularly aimed at First School-aged children and younger, although older ones would always be welcome, too.

For more information please contact Revd Fiona Lee on 0121 447 7369 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Young Musicians’ Showcase

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts presents its Young Musicians’ Showcase at Artrix on Sun Feb 26, at 3pm.

A selection of some of Worcestershire’s up-and-coming musicians will demonstrate their abilities in solo and chamber music.

Tickets £10 – bookings and info from Artrix at www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

Barnt Green Parents & Tots

Children & Families

Barnt Green Parents & Tots meets on Wednesdays (during term time) 10.30 to 11.45am in the Lounge at Barnt Green Baptist Church.

Suitable for babies 0–18 months. All welcome. For further details please contact Alex on 0121 447 7102.

Bromsgrove NCT Toddler Tuesday

Children & Families

Pop along to Bromsgrove NCT Toddler Tuesday, a relaxed, informal group that meets every Tuesday during term time from 10am–11.30am at the Wacky Warehouse, Hewell Lane, Tardebigge B97 6QL. 

Mention NCT at the desk to receive 10% discount on soft play, food and drink.

Lickey Baby & Toddler Group

Children & Families

Lickey Baby & Toddler Group meets on Mon and Thurs mornings 9.30–11.30am, term-time only.

Have a hot drink while your children play in Lickey Trinity Centre (Parish Hall), Old Birmingham Road.

For more info call Caroline on 07511660727, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or find ‘Lickey Baby & Toddler Group’ on Facebook.

60+ Exercise Class

Health & Fitness

60+ Exercise Class at Alvechurch Village Hall committee room, Tuesdays 9.30am.

Sessions £2.60 for the hour. No need to book, just turn up with a smile!

For more details contact Hayley Gwilliam at Sports Development on 01527 881404.

Spanish for Beginners

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library’s Spanish for Beginners: There are a few spaces available in Patrick’s new course, aimed at learners with no prior knowledge.

It will equip students with phrases and vocabulary needed in daily situations: greetings, socialising, ordering food and drinks.

Starts Thurs Feb 23, from 2.15–4.15pm, running initially for five weeks. Cost £50. Patrick is always happy to chat to anybody who has further questions – call 07708 027372.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

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.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.

Working with your Spirit Guide

Theatre

Alvechurch Library hosts Working with your Spirit Guide: Fri April 7 from 2.15–4.15pm, cost £15.

What is a spirit guide? How do I connect with mine? How can they enhance my life? Join Sue for this workshop on connecting with your guides and helpers. Includes meditation and workbook. 

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

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.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.

Introduction to Colour and Angels

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library hosts an Introduction to Colour and Angels: Fri March 24, from 2.15–4.15pm, cost £15. 

Topics include Who are the angels and how close are they to you?; How to invite them into your life and strengthen your relationship to them; Different ways angels communicate with us; Your Guardian Angel; How colour has an important influence; and Meditation. 

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

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.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.

Palmistry for Beginners

Theatre

Alvechurch Library offers Palmistry for Beginners: Learn the basics, and how to read another group member’s hand.

This is a four-hour course spread over two weeks: Fridays March 3 and 10, from 2.15–4.15pm – cost £25.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

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.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.

Adults Creative Writing

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library’s Adults Creative Writing course has been delayed in order to recruit two more participants. Please get in touch if you would like to join. Initially running for five weeks on Sat mornings with 10 hours of tuition – cost £36.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

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.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.

Adults Creative Writing

Art & Literature

The Adults Creative Writing course has been delayed in order to recruit two more participants. Please get in touch if you would like to join. Initially running for five weeks on Sat mornings with 10 hours of tuition – cost £36.

For Adult Learning Courses please pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online and pay using your debit or credit card.

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.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.

New e-book and audio book service

Art & Literature

Worcestershire County Libraries has a new e-book and audio book service – the BorrowBox digital library App is available to all library members FREE of charge.

Alvechurch Library hosts a launch event on Thurs Feb 2 from 3–4pm, when you can learn how to download the app to your device, borrow e-books and audio files and browse the e-catalogue.

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.

Young Teens Book Club

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library launches a brand new Young Teens Book Club (aimed at age 12+) on Sat Feb 4 from 10.30–11.30am.

It will meet on the 1st Sat each month to share experiences on their latest reads and borrow new titles for free. Ask Sarah for more information.

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.

* Please ask for details on how you could join a course for free.

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