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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
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

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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

Bromsgrove Speakers Club

Clubs & Societies

Bromsgrove Speakers Club meets at The Barn at The Bell at Belbroughton every other Tues, 7.45–10pm.

Everyone who wants to gain confidence in public speaking is welcome, but please tell the group that you are coming by using the ‘Visit Us’ page at http://www.bromsgrovespeakers.org.uk, which also contains full details of events.

One Man, Two Guvnors

Theatre

All & Sundry, the Bromsgrove theatre group, presents One Man, Two Guvnors at Artrix from Tues June 13 to Sat Jun 17 at 7.30pm (plus 2.30pm matinee on Sat).

Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small-time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his fiancée’s dad.

But Roscoe is really his sister Rachel posing as her own dead brother, who’s been killed by her boyfriend Stanley Stubbers.

Holed up at The Cricketers’ Arms, Francis spots the chance of an extra meal ticket and takes a second job with one Stanley Stubbers, who is hiding from the police and waiting to be reunited with Rachel.

To prevent discovery, Francis must keep his two guvnors apart. Simple! 

Tickets £15 (£13 conc) from the Artrix box office on 01527 577330 or http://www.artrix.co.uk

Wheels & Toes Wheelchair Dancing

Dancing

No longer able to dance? Try Wheelchair Dancing instead! Wheels and Toes meets in Harborne each Thurs, 6.15-8pm. Wide variety of dances. 

More info from Barbara on 0121 458 3686 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Tea Dance for charity

Dancing

A Tea Dance organised by Sight Concern Worcestershire, a charity working to support people with sight loss, takes place on Thurs July 6 from 1.30–3.30 at the Methodist Centre, Bromsgrove.

There will be live singing, tea and cakes and a raffle. Tickets £5 – please call Helen on 07804 027597.

Asklepios’ Summer Concert

Music

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) has its summer concert on Sun June 18 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green, B45 8NR.

The attractive programme celebrating English music features Delius’ On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring, and the much-loved Concerto in E minor for Cello and Orchestra (Elgar) with soloist Thomas McMahon.

Not to be missed – go along and bring your friends! Admission free; donations to the retiring collection are much appreciated.

Journey Around the British Isles

Music

Barnt Green Choral Society performs its summer concert, Journey Around the British Isles, on Sat June 24 at 7.30pm in St Andrew’s Church, Barnt Green.

Tickets £10, including refreshments – available from Fiona Brown (Chairman) on 0121 445 5513.

A Classical Summer’s Evening

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents A Classical Summer’s Evening on Sat June 17 in St Laurence Church at 7.30pm.

With Llinos Owen on bassoon and Nic Fallowfield conducting, the programme includes music by Haydn, Dvořák, Mozart and Arnold.

Tickets £14.50 on the door or £13 in advance from The Village Green Grocer, Alvechurch or at http://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 http://www.midlandsinfonia.co.uk

Meet the Cheeky Pirates!

Music

The Cheeky Pirates are heading your way! Bromsgrove Operatic Society has produced an irreverent, cheeky concert performance based on Gilbert and Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance.

Not only does it retain the wonderful songs and offbeat comedy of the dynamic duo, but it also wrings out the hidden agenda within their humour and teasingly adds its own.

The group’s aim is to please those with a current understanding of comedy operetta, while encouraging those who have so far been deprived of these somewhat outrageous stories.

The show will be staged on June 29 and 30 and July 1 at the Norbury Theatre, Droitwich.

For more info, or if you would like to participate in forthcoming productions, visit http://www.bromsgrove
operaticsociety.org.uk or ring Dave Edmonds on 07860 776940.

School’s Summer Fete

General Events

A Summer Fete takes place at Lickey Hills Primary School and Nursery on Sat June 17, from 2-4pm. 

Free entry. Everyone welcome. There will be stalls run by each class as part of the school’s Enterprise Week, as well as games, cakes, face painting, refreshments and raffle.

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