Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Wed 14 Jun 2017

    THE Bromsgrove Festival returns bigger and better this week with organisers promising it will be “the best yet”.

    Almost 100 events will be held for this year’s festival, which runs from Friday, June 16, to Sunday, July 23, with highlights including music, drama and dance.

    Deputy chair Bob Bignell said “With getting on for 100 events in 27 locations, this year's Bromsgrove Festival promises to be the best yet.

    "With genres ranging from folk to opera, drama to comedy, spoken word to dance, jazz to classical Music, visual arts to dance – and aimed at all age ranges – it is certain that everybody in Bromsgrove and surrounding areas will not only find something to interest them, but will also have the opportunity to ‘try something new’ right here in Bromsgrove."

    The festival will once again be staging family orientated events on Bromsgrove High Street on each of the six Saturdays during the festival period, including dance and street theatre.

    The Summer Jam in Sanders Park will also feature with skateboard competitions and professional graffiti artists, with performances from a live band and local DJs.

    This year's programme also has more focus on the arts in Bromsgrove with a number of events organised by local societies and clubs.

    There is also greater emphasis on free community arts activities, such as REFRESHRubery in Rubery and a Bite Sized Classics concert at St Andrew’s Church in Charford.

    It is hoped that this will encourage greater participation in Festival activities in areas of Bromsgrove that have previously not seriously engaged with the Festival.

    For further details, full listings, and a brochure of the festival can be found on

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Sun 11 Jun 2017

    "Mixed media’ will be the focus at the next meeting of Bromsgrove Art Society this month.

    Redditch artist Cheryl Clayton will be demonstrating her skills at St John Ambulance Centre in Barnsley Hall Drive from 7.30pm on Wednesday, June 21.

    Mike Hurst, vice chairman of Bromsgrove Art Society, said: “Cheryl is a local artist who has demonstrated her skills for us on a couple of previous occasions, and proved very popular.

    “She finds relaxation in her art, but also tutors primary school children in art and design, experimenting in a variety of media, whilst having a passion for all things furred and feathered.”

    Entrance to the meeting costs £1 for members or £4 for visitors, which includes a hot drink and biscuits.

    Reprinted by kind permisssion of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Sat 3 Jun 2017

    GROUP of art students have worked together with an engineering company to design ideas for a life-sized steel sculpture to be displayed in Bromsgrove.

    The Heart of Worcestershire College’s (HoW College) Art and Design students began the project with Lister in March, designing concepts for the tubular steel sculpture.

    The company’s chief executive has selected six designs to be put forward to the council for consideration, with the winning designs set to be created and displayed in various locations around Redditch and Bromsgrove.

    Commenting on the quality of the students work, CEO Peter Davies, said: “The students demonstrated very strong technical skills in producing the models and obviously put a lot of thought and care into their designs.

    “The standard of work was so high that, even though we could only select a few to take forward at this stage, we truly considered them all great pieces of art.”

    Level 2 Art and Design student, Lewis Dyer said: “This project has allowed me to use a multitude of different methods and techniques such as spray painting.

    “It has also given me the experience of working with a client which will be useful in later life.”

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sat 3 Jun 2017

    A SINGING group for people with a neurological condition has been set up in Lickey.

    The group meets every Wednesday in term time and on Fridays from 2pm to 4pm at Trinity Church Hall.

    Singing teacher Ruth Wood worked with people with Dementia and Parkinson’s and became interested in the strong effect music and singing had on the brain.

    She said the group isn’t a choir but a chance for people with neurological conditions and their family, friends or carers to have a go at singing.

    Entry is £3, call 07549698009 for more information.

  • Tue 30 May 2017

    A TALK and demonstration on ‘Aspects of Cartoons’ will be given by Bob Lawton at the next meeting of the Lickey Hills Art Society.

    It takes place at 7.30pm on June 3 at Longbridge Methodist Church, Bristol Road South (next to Kidderminster Carpets).

    Popular cartoonist and author Bob makes a welcome return – his work has been featured in many newspapers and magazines, including Argus, Private Eye and Punch.

    Everyone is welcome to the event where admission is free for members and £4 for visitros.

    Call Graham on 0121 453 7097 for more.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sun 28 May 2017

    THE POPULAR Bromsgrove tea dances will be taking to the floor again with the first one on the last Tuesday of the month (May 30).

    The events, started by former Bromsgrove District Councillor Janice Boswell, used to be held in the Spadesbourne Suite, which was linked to the former Council House at Burcot Lane.

    The new look dances will be held at the new Council House, Parkside Hall.

    Current district council chairman Coun Helen Jones sai she welcomed a return for the dances which were back by popular demand.

    “Whether you are new to it or experienced, the tea dance has always been a great way to come out and be active and social, and I hope it can go from strength to strength with this new lease of life in the Parkside Suite.”

    The dances run from 2pm until 4pm and admission, which includes tea, coffee and biscuits, is £4.

    The tea dance is an Active Bromsgrove event organised by Bromsgrove District Council with music supplied by Brian’s Super Sounds.

    Email Jan Woolley at j [dot] woolley [at] bromsgroveandredditch [dot] gov [dot] uk or call her on 01527 881478 for more information.

    Reprinted by kind permnission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 26 May 2017

    THERE will be lashings of lemonade at Avoncroft Museum over half-term when a week of Famous Five activities are held, writes Charlotte Ingleby.

    The fun-filled events from bank holiday Monday to next Friday enable visitors to become detectives as they take on puzzles and clue-solving challenges in a trail around the museum.

    Participants will each be presented with a small prize.

    Additional activities include, the traditional tent-building, lemonade making and story-telling.

    Normal museum admission charges apply.

    Further information is available at or by calling 01527 831363.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Thu 25 May 2017

    A BROMSGROVE theatre group is appealing for people to come forward to play three key role in its next production.

    The Fairbourne Dodders will be staging classic French farce Don’t Dress For Dinner at the Village Hall on August 11 and 12.

    Due to the group having to move the date, they no longer have an actor to play Bernard and two of the three female parts – a cook, the wife and the mistress – also need filling.

    The potential performers needs to be aged between 35 and 55.

    The show centres around husband Bernard and wife Jacqueline who is having an affair with Bernard’s best friend Robert.

    When Bernard plans a weekend away with Robert there are more twists and turns and hilarity.

    Anyone interested in the role should call James 07946 715220.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Tue 7 Feb 2017

    CHANGES are being made to Birmingham’s Community Library Service which would see a reduction in opening hours for both Northfield and Frankley libraries.

    Under the changes being undertaken by Birmingham City Council to save £1.9million from the budget by 2018/19 the Northfield Library, Church Road, is considered a ‘Tier 1’ library and Frankley in the Tier 2 bracket.

    It means, should the proposals be given the go ahead by the council’s cabinet on Tuesday (February 14), Northfield would open for 35 hours a week, rather than the 39 it is now. Self-service equipment will be installed.

    Frankley would be open for 21 hours, rather than the current 21.5 it is now although council bosses say there could be other options, such as ‘working with partners’ which could see an increase in those hours.

    Across Birmingham the number of full-time library staff would be reduced from 112 to 99 but, council chiefs say, that is up from the original proposal of cutting to 88.

    The city-wide book fund would increase to £380,000 from the £140,000 and the repairs and maintenance fund for libraries would also go up by £50,000 to £145,000 per year – both those would be annual budgets set until further notice.

    In addition to that, there would be an investment of £800,000 in new technology to improve self-service facilities for library users.

    Coun Ian Ward, Birmingham City Council’s deputy leader, said when the public consultation was launched last year he made it clear it was a genuine chance to ask residents for their ideas to deliver a library service within the financial constraints the authority was having to operate under.

    “I am delighted by the engagement we have had through our series of public meetings, consultation survey, petitions and other channels.

    “Almost 2,000 formal responses were received, which confirms how well-regard the city’s service is – and by working collaboratively we’ve been able to come up with revised proposals that address our challenges and broadly meet the wishes of partners and citizens.”

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Sun 5 Feb 2017

    A PROGRAMME of events have been organised across Bromsgrove to celebrate LGBT month.

    It starts with a photographic exhibition ‘Be Masculine, Be Feminine, Be Both, Be Neither, Be Unapologetic’ by Megan Jackson who has been exploring different presentations of gender in her photography.

    A book display featuring LGBT authors and related subjects will also be held at Bromsgrove Library.

    Now in its sixth year, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender History Month has a new addition – two ‘drive-in movies’ at Artrix.

    The first – Dirty Dancing – will be on February 14 and the second – Carol – will be on Feruary 15.

    Parking will open at 6pm with the films starting at 7.30pm.

    Admission is £20 per car and food is also available including hot dogs, burgers, veggie burgers and fish and chips.

    Tickets for these events must be booked in advance.

    Bromsgrove and Redditch councils are also supporting the celebrations by offering a month’s programme of events, exhibitions and information displays at Artrix and Bromsgrove Library.

    Coun Peter Whittaker, portfolio-holder for leisure services, said “We are proud to be supporting LGBT History Month and this year’s programme is bigger, better and more thought-provoking than ever.

    “I hope residents really enjoy and get involved.”

    LGBT History Month is held annually to celebrate and recognise contributions made to society by LGBT members of the community.

    Email equalities [at] bromsgroveandredditch [dot] gov [dot] uk or visit for more details.

    Reprinted by kind permission of he Bromsgrove Standard