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June / July 2018

The Boldmere Community Festival - everything you need to know! Win a camping weekend at The Big Family Festival Boldmere Dads raise thousands for local schools New Boldmere bar Cask & Craft Our pick of the best local events See page 24 

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Welcome to the June/July issue of the Boldmere Pages, packed full of local festivals and events to keep all the family entertained this summer. Catch up on the latest Boldmere news, find out everything you need to know about the Boldmere Community Festival and see our pick of the best things to do locally in What’s On. Don’t forget to enter our competition to win the biggest prize so far - a family camping weekend at The Big Family Festival!

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Features The Boldmere Community Festival: 6 Boldmere Dads raise thousands for schools: 10 New Boldmere bar Cask & Craft: 12

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April / May 2018

Win tickets to Concerts in the Park Be a part of The Boldmere Summer Festival Win tickets to The Upbeat Beatles at The Lich eld Garrick The Bishop Vesey is Back for May Bank Holiday! Our pick of the best local events

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The Boldmere Community Festival, sponsored by Angels Day Nursery, is on Sunday 17th June 2-8pm and here is everything you need to know. The excitement is building as there are a number of new elements to the Festival this year including the Los Banditos Dance Zone where community dance groups will be performing throughout the day. There’s also an acoustic stage at the Boldmere Tap and two children’s zones featuring rides, stalls and other activities for kids! On the ‘Angels Day Nursery’ Main Stage, there is a fantastic line up of acts with an array of genres including rock, soul, funk, bhangra, folk, pop and disco! Highlights include Stone Cross, a hard hitting rock trio, Chris Whiting, one of the Midlands’ leading singer/songwriters, Ben Drummond, Boldmere’s own award winning singer/songwriter, and The Groove Exchange, seven musicians from around Birmingham who are on a mission to entertain! The Boldmere Community Festival is also proud to be supporting emerging local talent on ‘The Band Hub Presents’ Stage outside The Lounge where a great selection of new artists will get their chance to shine. The Band Hub is a music production studio based in Sutton Coldfield which supports and nurture new local talent.


Advertising enquiries: or Tel: 07985 230 188 Here is the full line-up for all three stages: The ‘Angels Day Nursery’ Main Stage 2pm – En Point Dance Academy 2.30pm – Stone Cross 3pm – Chris Whiting 3.30pm – Rob Fellows

‘The Band Hub Presents’ Stage

The ‘Boldmere Tap’ Acoustic Stage

5.20pm – Connor

5pm – Roger Hillard

6pm – Chris Flanagan 6.30pm – Lunafall

6pm – Sean Duggan

5pm – Ben Drummond 6pm – First Request

Alongside the stages, some of the local bars & restaurants have gone the extra mile to make the day even more memorable. The Harvester will be having professional children’s entertainment from 2pm until 6pm which will include a disco and games for children of all ages. If it’s a little sanctuary you’re after, then Los Banditos will have their rear bar open in their garden, so you can escape and recharge with a cocktail, or two! Finally, if you haven’t had enough fun, then The Lounge @ Boldmere has an after party starting at 8pm featuring The Mocking Jays, one of the country’s leading party bands, and resident superstar DJ David Waite keeping the evening going for you. Alongside the fun of the event, there are a number of logistical improvements to make it a more enjoyable event for all. These include three sets of public toilets, an increase in security and first aid presence, and a team of professional waste disposal people who will be regularly patrolling the street dealing with all the rubbish and recycling. In a drive to be more eco-friendly, all the food outlets are being asked to use recyclable materials and the rubbish that is taken away will be destined for the Tyseley Energy Recovery Facility where it will be turned into electricity powering 30,000 homes in Birmingham. For more information and to keep up to date with all the festival news visit

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Special thanks to Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust for their support


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BOLDMERE DADS RAISE THOUSANDS FOR BOLDMERE SCHOOLS At the end of May, five Boldmere dads cycled the perimeter of Northern Ireland, approximately 442 miles, to raise money to buy cycling and sports equipment for Boldmere Infant and Junior Schools. The quintet, made up of cycling enthusiasts Tom Swinbourne, Jez Merckel, Mike Rachel, Pete Donovan and Paul Edgerton, cycled the entire route in four days – no mean feat, even for regular cyclists. The team who originally aimed to raise £2,000 for the schools – money that will be used to buy additional cycling and outdoor equipment for the benefit of all the schools’ children – have exceeded their target and so far raised over £3,000 on their Total Giving page. All five of the Boldmere dads ride with the Boldmere Bullets Cycling Collective and have children that attend Boldmere School. To find out more about the challenge and to make a donation, visit

April / May Competition Winners Congratulations to Marilyn Bennett, winner of a pair of tickets to see The Upbeat Beatles at The Lichfield Garrick Theatre and Julie Randle, who has won two tickets to Concerts in the Park on Saturday 30th June. 10

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This summer, Cask & Craft, a brand new bar serving real ale and craft beer, will open on Boldmere Road in the old Juice Hut premises. The new bar, owned by Boldmere resident Chris Morris, will focus on pouring the best beer possible for beer lovers of all ages in a relaxed and friendly environment. Due to open in July, Cask & Craft will launch with 6 beers on cask and 16 craft beers on keg, from some of the world’s best breweries. UK suppliers confirmed include The Wild Beer Co based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset, Tiny Rebel Brewing from Newport near Cardiff, Magic Rock Brewing in Huddersfield and Beavertown Brewery in London. Cask & Craft will also host regular brewery takeovers where customers can meet and chat to the teams behind the beers. For regular updates visit


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The Sutton Coldfield Community Games will return for its sixth year running and take place from 12 - 5pm on Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th July at Wyndley Leisure Centre. The easiest way to describe the Sutton Games is ‘a village fete combined with a schools sports day’. Run by volunteers and with all the activities provided free of charge by local sports clubs, groups and associations, the Sutton Games is a true community event with a simple aim: to give everyone, whether young or old, an opportunity to try their hand at the enormous variety of sports played and activities enjoyed in and around Sutton Coldfield. The weekend is designed to be completely interactive – visitors can try over 70 activities from athletics to agility games, bowls to Boccia, dance to dodgeball, sailing to skating, tennis to trampolining… all completely free of charge and without any commitment. The whole event is made possible by the generosity of the Sutton Coldfield Charitable Trust and six local businesses: Green & Co, WAA Chosen, The Kick Start Academy, Porsche Centre Sutton Coldfield, the Fairfax Multi Academy Trust and Sutton Spas. For more information about the Sutton Games and to see the full range of activities taking place throughout the weekend visit


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WIN A CAMPING WEEKEND AT THE BIG FAMILY FESTIVAL The Big Family Festival, sponsored by Bathroom Takeaway, returns to Dunton Hall in Sutton Coldfield from 27th-29th July 2018, for what is set to be its best year yet! Sooty, Rastamouse, Sid Sloane and Pip Ahoy are just some of the many talented performers on stage. Creative workshops with the likes of Aardman animations, a cinema, fun fair, sports, and lots of surprises are sure to keep all ages happy throughout the weekend. Entertainment includes finalists from TV’s Britain’s Got Talent and The Voice, as well as fabulous tribute acts to Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga, Bob Marley and Ellie Golding. In addition there will be magicians, Bollywood dancers and theatre performances of Angelina Ballerina and Peter Pan from entertainment partner Stagecoach Performing Arts of Sutton Coldfield. Macmillan Children’s Books are sponsoring the Den, where a host of activities will be taking place. Perhaps you will find out “What the Ladybird Heard!”, encounter the Gruffalo or attend Slime school. The Outdoor Cinema, sponsored by Bobby’s Foods, will see a variety of workshops and performances or you can snuggle down on picnic blankets and bales of hay for screenings of Coco, Trolls and Sing-a-long with The Greatest Showman (top hats and tails are not essential but encouraged). This issue we have teamed up with The Big Family Festival to offer one lucky family (2 adults, 2 children) 3 day camping and event tickets worth £243. For your chance to win, send an email with your contact details to, no later than Friday 13th July 2018.

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Classic Mini Open Evening

Mini Spares Midlands, part of the David Manners Group based in Oldbury, are once again hosting their annual Classic Mini Open Evening on Tuesday 10th July. Owners and enthusiasts alike are invited to what promises to be another fantastic event. The DMG Mini Experts will be on hand throughout the night to offer help and advice on all things Mini, and with trade discount on all Mini parts bought on the night, it’s the perfect time to display your Mini and stock up on any parts you might need. Although the event is held to coincide with the British Mini Club meet, it welcomes and encourages non-members too. Dave Hollis from the British Mini Club will be on hand to provide information on the club and assist interested visitors with signing up. There will be prizes awarded on the night for The Most Loved Mini, the Mini Most In Need Of Love, and the Furthest Travelled Mini. The open evening will take place at the David Manners Group headquarters, 991 Wolverhampton Road, Oldbury, B69 4RJ from 6pm on Tuesday 10th July and entry is free! For updates visit the events page at


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Sutton Coldfield in bloom 2018































Take part in Su!on Coldfield in Bloom The route has been revealed for the first Sutton Coldfield in Bloom entry. Judges will visit the town in July to view the town’s heritage treasures, horticultural gems and floral features including Holy Trinity Parish Church, Sutton Park, a popular allotment site, a school garden and New Hall Mill along with local shops and businesses. New Hall Mill and New Hall Hotel Walmley Almshouses Jones Wood Deanery CE School Holy Trinity Parish Church Vesey Gardens

The route in full is: Harvest Fields Centre Ian Hazel Funerals Sutton Park Boldmere Boulevard Allotments

If you are not on the route this year, you can still get involved by entering the Town Council’s garden competition. It doesn’t matter if you are a novice gardener or have years of experience, the Sutton in Bloom team are simply looking for beautiful front gardens and hanging baskets and pubs and businesses that put on a floral show. Winning entries will be shared with the judges as evidence of the community’s enthusiasm for Sutton Coldfield in Bloom. More details can be found on the website

fi or by picking up an entry form at local libraries or at sponsors Halls Garden Centre. The deadline for entries is 30th June 2018. 20

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We’re looking for new members aged 7 to 18 to join us for our Autumn Show Launch Evenings Thursday 14th & 21st June 7.30pm St Marks Parish Centre, Bandywood Crescent B44 9JX For more details contact: 07931 360 995 21

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Sizzling Summer Season fi fi new summer season which runs until September 2018 and is packed full of variety with something for everyone.

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After the success of the theatre’s two critically acclaimed community musicals, the Lichfield Garrick has announced it’s 2018 offering; Once Upon a Mattress. If you thought you knew the story of Hans Christian Andersen’s ‘The Princess and the Pea’, you might be in for a big surprise. This musical is full of side-splitting moments in this raucous and rollicking spin on the classic tale of royal courtship and comeuppance.

The musical theme continues with What A Glorious Feeling!, a show direct from Broadway that brings together the story of the love triangle between Gene Kelly, Stanley Donen and Jeanne Coyne during the creation of Singin’ in the Rain. Local Lichfield actress Katie Arnstein brings her one woman show Bicycles and Fish which explores her upbringing in Lichfield to the Studio space and Oddsocks Productions will be taking The Tempest on a sci-fi journey to outer space. For the little ones and family audiences, there will be thrills, spills, magic and mayhem in Monstersaurus! and CBeebies’ favourite Bing takes a trip to Lichfield in Bing Live – Bing Goes to the Theatre. Will the theatre be able to keep it’s roof on as The Enormous Turnip takes over the main auditorium? Throughout the summer, the theatre will also welcome a host of TV stars including Patricia Routledge, Neil Oliver, Simon King, Lucy Worsley and Strictly Come Dancing’s Robin Windsor with his farewell tour. Grammy nominated jazz singer Stacey Kent will be making one of her few UK appearances at The Garrick, whilst local favourite Tony Christie and multi-Brit Award winning singer, Russell Watson, bring their unique styles to the theatre. The Lichfield Garrick’s new season is on sale now and tickets can be booked via the Box Office on 01543 412121 or at fi 22

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What’s on Fun Family 5 Where: Boldmere Gate, Sutton Park When: 16th June, 10am – 2pm A 5km sponsored walk around the park in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Charity. Face painting, music, food stalls, bouncy castle and more in the activities zone.

Fame The Musical Where: Sutton Arts Theatre When: 21st – 30th June All of the struggles, fears and triumphs are depicted in this pop-culture classic about the legendary New York High School of Performing Arts.

Highbury Film Club: The Eagle Huntress Where: Highbury Theatre When: 8th July, 7.30pm Thirteen-year-old Aisholpan trains to become the first female in twelve generations of her nomad family to become an eagle huntress.

Concerts in the Park

King Pleasure & The Biscuit Boys

Where: Boldmere Gate Where: 30th June & 1st July A weekend of spectacular arts and cultural activity in the beautiful outdoor setting of Sutton Park. Enjoy world class music, brilliant family entertainment and great food. For tickets:

fi When: 26th July, 7.30pm Since their debut in 1987, this local rough, tough and rocking swing band have delivered nearly 6500 performances in 21 countries and recorded 11 albums. 24

Savanna Grill Where: The Deli Social When: 20th July, 6 – 11pm Try some South African-inspired street food dishes such as the infamous Bunny Chow (without bunnies), ostrich burgers and Durban lamb curry.

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Charity Music & Mayhem Festival Where: The Lounge in Boldmere When: 20th – 22nd July Some of the best local bands will perform free of charge in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital in memory of Poppy-Arabella Rose. Confirmed bands are: The Mighty Boing, Armchair Activists, The Colour Six, Frontrow, The Attics, Panache, The Touch, Coda Love. 3 Day Pass £10, available now.

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