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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
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

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!

Handcrafted personalised products on sale

Art & Literature

Sophia from Cherish With Love will be exhibiting her handcrafted personalised products on May 8 from 10.30am – a selection of children’s frames, family tree keepsakes and personalised hand stamped jewellery. 

Order your gifts and Sophia will personalise them for you to collect a short time later. Visit http://www.facebook.com/cherishwithlovedesigns to enter into a free gift prize draw.

For all 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.

Spanish and French language courses

General Events

Patrick’s ongoing Spanish and French language courses at Alvechurch Library have a few spaces. These classes run three times a week on Tues, Thurs and Fri.

Contact Patrick on 07708 027372 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to see if you can join in.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online 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.

Crystal Healing Course

General Events

Following on from the popularity and success of the Angel and Spirit Guide classes at Alvechurch Library, Sue is offering a new course: Crystal Healing.

Learn all about crystals and how they affect the human energy system; the basics of crystals and how they work to heal us. The two-hour workshop takes place on Fri May 5 at 2.15pm and costs £15.

Booking is a must. If you missed the Angel or Spirit Guide classes and would like to experience them in the future, please register your interest.

For Adult Learning Courses, pop in to book and pay by cash or cheque, or book online 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.

Barnt Green Sailing Club

Clubs & Societies

Barnt Green Sailing Club offers regular sailing, either racing or casual sailing, in beautiful surroundings at Upper Bittell reservoir.

For information contact .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Cricket coaching commences

Children & Families

Junior cricket coaching for all ages between five and 11 commences on Sunday April 30 at Alvechurch Cricket Club.

Sessions run from 10am to noon and continues every Sunday morning throughout the season.

Boys and girls of all abilities are welcome to enjoy cricket in a friendly environment. All kids’ coaching is led by ECB Level 2 or Level 3 qualified coaches with an emphasis on learning through fun games and activities.

Anyone wanting to try cricket is welcome and there is no charge for your child’s first coaching session. Cakes and refreshments are available for all parents and children.

For further information on junior cricket coaching, please call Simon Bowron on 07753 621528. 

For details of coaching at Alvechurch for ages 12–16, please contact Nick Jones on 07779 267609.

Charity Fashion Show

General Events

A Ladies’ Fashion Show and Pop-up Shop in aid of Baby Ava’s Support Foundation takes place on Weds May 17 at Rowney Green Village Hall, Rowney Green Lane, B48 7QP.

Ex-High Street fashion at 50% or more off - including M&S, Wallis, New Look, Oasis, Top Shop and Next (brands subject to availability). Clothing available to try on and buy!

Doors open 7pm, show starts at 7.30pm.

Tickets £6 to include glass of Prosecco or orange juice on arrival. Call Sue Walker 07977 254 519 / Helen Dryhurst 0777 515 8938 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

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Winner’s double bass recital

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts presents a virtuoso double bass recital by Toby Hughes, winner of the 2016 Bromsgrove International Competition for Young Musicians, at Artrix on Fri June 30.

Accompanied by pianist Ben Powell, Toby will perform music by Dvorak, Schubert and Schumann, among other.

This is an opportunity to hear what the double bass – not often heard as a solo instrument – can do with a very wide range of music. 

Concert starts 7.30pm. Tickets £12 (£5 conc, free for under-25s) – call 01527 577330 or visit http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

Blackwell & Barnt Green Theatre Group

Theatre

Blackwell & Barnt Green Theatre Group has been in existence for over 40 years and only of late has any vacancies for new members.

The group makes five or six visits a year, usually to Malvern or Symphony Hall in Birmingham. Membership includes reduced ticket fees and coach travel to the selected venue from the crossroads at Blackwell Post Office.

More details on 0791 273 3226 or 0797 100 7604.

Tardebigge Plant Sale

General Events

The famous Tardebigge Plant Sale takes place on Saturday May 20 from 11am at St Bartholomew’s Church, Tardebigge (B60 3AH).

Great plant bargains to be had – but make sure you get there early! Refreshments available.

Delta blues in Barnt Green

Music

Martin Harley, a supremely talented roots and blues guitarist, brings his own blend of Mississippi Delta blues to the village area on Saturday May 27 when he performs in Barnt Green.

Fans of folk, acoustic, jazz, blues, Americana and roots music are guaranteed an enjoyable evening at this much-anticipated event, which takes place at St Andrews Parish Centre, Sandhills Road, at 7.30pm.

This show will appeal to everyone looking for a night of high-quality, entertaining music with friends and family in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. It is also suitable for children (10+).

The event is organised by Lickey Hills Community Theatre, 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 priced at £10 (standard), £9 (over-60s) and £8 (under-16s) are available by telephoning 0121 447 7455 or 0121 445 2607 (Cofton Hackett) or 0121 445 2802 (Lickey & Blackwell).

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

Bromsgrove Choral Society

Music

Bromsgrove Choral Society will perform Gloria by Vivaldi and Sprig of Tyme by John Rutter at St John’s Middle School, Bromsgrove, on Saturday April 8 at 7.30pm.

Tickets available on the door.

Easter Storytime

Children & Families

Easter Storytime and Egg Hunt events take place at Alvechurch Library on Tues April 11 at 11am and Sat April 15 at 2.30pm – come and listen to some very egg-citing stories, then hunt around the library to see if you can find any special eggs!

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.

Writing Workshop and Competition

Art & Literature

Alvechurch Library is hosting a Writing Workshop and Competition:

For the past eight years, Explore Learning has been inspiring children to write, and so far over 47 million words have been written by children eager to win the prestigious first prize – a family trip to Disneyland Paris and £500 worth of books for their school, presented by guest judge Steve Backshall.

This year’s theme is “The Future” – children aged four to 14 are transported one thousand years to the year 3017, where a lot of things have changed. We’re looking for the best story of 500 words or fewer. Enter before Friday May 5!

Two free workshops will be held during the Easter holidays on Tues April 18, from 2.15–3.15pm for children aged four to seven and then 3.15–4.15pm for children aged eight to 10.

Places are limited – please contact the library to reserve your 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.

International musicians in town

Music

The Bromsgrove International Musicians’ Competition, now in its 37th year, will see young instrumentalists and singers compete over five days at Bromsgrove School.

This year more than 100 international musicians in their late teens and early twenties have entered for the 54 places available, all seeking to win prizes totalling over £10,000 plus performance opportunities.

The event starts on Tues April 4 in Routh Hall, Bromsgrove School, B61 7DU. 

The first four days are free admission, including the semi-finals on the afternoon of Thurs April 6 and the morning of Fri April 7. Sessions start at 9.30am and continue throughout the day. 

The 37th Annual Finalists’ Concert takes place on Sat April 8 at 7pm in Routh Hall.

Tickets cost £15 each to include free parking, a complimentary souvenir programme and a glass of wine during the interval, and are available from http://www.bromsgrovecompetition.com 

One Fit Mama

Health & Fitness

One Fit Mama is coming soon to the Alvechurch, Barnt Green & Rubery area.

Like the Facebook page: One Fit Mama Alvechurch & Barnt Green or check out the website http://www.onefitmama.co.uk

Association for Shared Parenting

Clubs & Societies

Divorced/separated and having trouble seeing your children? Being excluded from their lives? 

The Association for Shared Parenting has been helping mums and dads to deal with the family court system and problems over contact and residence for over 20 years.

Walk-in support workshops run on the first Thurs each month at 7.30pm in Selly Oak (serving the Bromsgrove/Redditch area). Details at http://www.associationforsharedparenting.org.uk

Sinfonia’s jazz night

Music

The Midland Sinfonia presents Jazz & Fizz on Sat May 6 in St Laurence Church, with guest quartet Fret & Fiddle playing for the first time in Alvechurch.

Their Stephane Grapelli-style programme includes perennial favourites such as Sweet Georgia Brown, Tea for Two, Tiger Rag, Honeysuckle Rose, and Night and Day.

And don’t forget From Boogie to Bach on Sat April 1, also in St Laurence Church, with works demonstrating the versatility and magical qualities of the trumpet – plus flugelhorn, piccolo, cornet, conch shell, rams horn and a didgeridoo!

The concert starts at 7.30pm, and tickets are £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

Acoustic Roots in April

Music

Alvechurch Acoustic Roots is on Friday April 28 at Alvechurch Social Club. Doors open 7.45pm. Entry only £4.

The team are always on the look out for local music and performance talent. If you have the desire to perform, have a chat with them at the next gig.

Britten Oboe Quartet

Music

Bromsgrove Concerts continues its season of chamber concerts at Artrix with the Britten Oboe Quartet on Fri April 7, at 8pm.

The programme offers some overlooked, tuneful gems from the 20th century. Tickets £19 (conc £5).

Bookings and info from Artrix at http://www.artrix.co.uk or 01527 577330, or http://www.bromsgrove-concerts.org.uk

Hopwood Junction gig

Music

Hopwood Junction band will perform at the Tower of Song, Kings Norton (B30 3EL) on Fri May 19, from 9pm.

More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Big band favourites

Music

Worcestershire Jazz Orchestra holds its next concert on Fri May 5 at Lickey End Social Club, 17 Alcester Road, B60 1JT.

There will be a varied selection of big band favourites old and modern, from Glenn Miller to Maynard Ferguson. This swinging big band contains some of the best amateur and semi pro musicians in the Midlands and has a regular following at all its gigs.

Concert starts 8pm, £6 on the door. More details from Geoff on 07970 662692.

Asklepios Orchestra’s Spring Concert

Theatre

The Asklepios Orchestra (conducted by Lee Armstrong) present a Spring Concert on Sunday April 9 at 7.30pm, in Holy Trinity Church, Lickey, B45 8RR.

The programme will include: Marche Symphonique by Alnaes, Mascagni’s Intermezzo Sinfonico (from Cavalleria Rusticana); the Hoffmeister Viola Concerto (soloist Lydia Handy) and Beethoven’s Symphony no 7.

Admission free – donations to the retiring collection much appreciated. Please come along and show your support.

Riggers perform in Redditch

Music

Riggers, the four-piece Hopwood band, will play covers and original music at the Red Lion in Enfield, Redditch (B97 5NF) on Sat May 6.

Free entry, 8.30pm start. More info from Pete on 0121 445 4022.

Redditch Orchestra’s Spring Concert

Music

The Redditch Orchestra holds its Spring Concert on Sat April 1 in Studley Village Hall at 7.30pm.

Programme: Gioachino Rossini’s Semiramide Overture, Bernhard Crusell’s Clarinet Concerto No. 3 (soloist Neil Aston) and Antonin Dvorak’s Symphony No. 8.

Tickets £12 (£10 conc, accompanied children free), available through Orchestra members or on the door. Please phone 07941 692879 or email redditchorch@gmail.com

Hopwood Village Hall AGM

General Events

Hopwood Village Hall’s AGM is on Weds May 3 at 7.30pm – all welcome.

Community Litter Pick

General Events

A Community Litter Pick organised by Alvechurch Village Society takes place on Sun April 9 from 10.30am–12.30pm.

Could you spare a couple of hours to help tidy your village? AVS propose to clear the roads, verges, hedges and pavements leading into Alvechurch.

Meet in the shopping precinct outside The Lounge at 10.30am.

Baptist Church Spring Fayre

General Events

A Spring Fayre takes place at Alvechurch Baptist Church on May 20 from 10am–2pm.

Stalls include Plants, Box of Delights, Books and DVDs, Crafts, Cakes, Toys and various games. Refreshments and light bites available too.

The organisers look forward to seeing you there.

Bellringers Table Top Sale

General Events

Bellringers Table Top Sale: The St Laurence Church bellringers hold their annual sale in The Ark, Alvechurch on Sat April 29 from 10am–3pm.

Wide variety of stalls and refreshments. Phone Karen 0121 445 4980 to book a table.

Easter Kids’ Activities

Children & Families

The Lickey Hills Rangers host Easter Kids’ Activities on Wednesdays April 12 and 19, from 11am–1pm.

It’s the holidays, so go wild in the woods! Wear suitable outdoor clothing.

Booking essential on 0121 445 6036. Meet at the Visitor Centre, Warren Lane, B45 8ER.

Charity Bring & Buy Sale

General Events

Alvechurch WI is holding a Bring & Buy Sale on April 21 at Alvechurch Cricket Club from 12noon, in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

WI member Hilary Hughes, who was recently diagnosed with MND, is aiming to raise £1,000 for the charity by climbing Snowdon along with her family, and money raised at the sale will boost her appeal.

More info at http://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/Hughesfamily

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