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Jobs Fair for Bromsgrove Residents BROMSGROVE residents looking for a new job or a career change can go to a special event on February 5, between 10am and 3pm.

As well as the vacancies, the National Careers Service will also be providing a CV Clinic based on the Parkside site in the townʼs new library.

MP Sajid Javidʼs Jobs Fair will have hundreds of job and apprenticeship opportunities on offer from more than 40 employers. It takes place at the JobCentre Plus, in the new Bromsgrove Hub, the former Parkside Middle School. The event, supported by The Bromsgrove Standard, is back by popular demand after a very successful first fair last year.

Mr Javid said: “I want to support all of my constituents looking for a job – whether it be their first step on the ladder or a mid-career change.

Among the employers at the Jobs Fair will be Aldi, HSBC, Harris Brush, Tesco, Curo Chartered Accountants, Barrie Beard Ltd, GKN, Club Developments, Care Force Ltd, Oakland International, Jaguar Land Rover, HME Technology, Gym Shark, BT, Spencers Bromsgrove Ltd, SwiftACI, The National Trust, the NHS, the Army, the RAF, National Express, Rimilia, Cook & Associates and more.

Standard editor Tristan Harris added: “It is fantastic to be supporting such a positive event, especially after the success of last yearʼs. Itʼs a wonderful way for those looking for jobs or a career change to start the new year.”

Last yearʼs Jobs Fair was the biggest event of its kind to have been held in Bromsgrove and this yearʼs is going to be even bigger.

For a full list of the employers which will be at the fair visit: www.sajidjavid.com/jobs-fair

“This year we have even more employers attending, which means more opportunities for advice, applications and employment.”

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Hello and welcome to the February 2016 edition of the Bromsgrove and Redditch Pages Well January seems to have shot by in a whirlwind and here we are with the February edition of the magazine and already looking forward to Spring and Summer?. The magazine is really taking shape now and I am getting some great feedback about how it looks and its content and have even had a couple of calls from people wanting to be added to the distribution list… Happy Days !!. its distribution and the website with online availability and as they say in the song “Things can only get better”. and useful and don’t forget YOU can provide YOUR stories too ?. Wishing you all a great February. Until next month. Lyndon.

Magazine Editor - Lyndon Stokes Telephone: 01527 531382 or 07972 000843 Email: lyndon@bromsgroveandredditchpages.co.uk A Selection of Local Stories and Information: Jobs Fair in Bromsgrove 3 You’re Joking 9 Half Term Gymnastics Fun 10 “CBeebies” at The Artrix 12 Race for Life in Redditch 19 Your Local News Notice Boards 24 & 25 Funnies 28 Helpful Travel Advice 30 Help Harry Help Others 31 Celebrate Spirit of Bromsgrove 32 News from Coughton Court 35 New Manager at Basepoint 42 Bromsgrove’s New Library 44

New library editorial Feb 2016:Feb 2016

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New Library in Bromsgrove Heralded a Great Success

THOUSANDS of people have visited Bromsgrove Library since it reopened in November last year.

"But what is really great is that our customers clearly really like it too. We have had lots of positive feedback, children who don't want to leave and a record number of new members joining. It is a great start to the new year."

Whilst every care is taken to ensure accuracy, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for loss, or omission caused by Visitor numbersdamage are at the highest they have been for five years, error in printing of the advert. Adverts are accepted on the understanding that descriptions of goods and services are fair and accurate. with more than 16,000 people Hodgson, cabinet using the facility in its first month Bromsgrove and Redditch Pages does not endorse any advertising material included within this publication. Cllr AllLucyrights reserved. member with responsibility for of opening. localism and communities, urges No part of this publicaion may be reproduced, stored or transmitted in any form without the prior consent of the publisher. The new library, which is now people to visit the new library. on the site of the old Parkside School, has also gained 197 new members.

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Gymnastics editorial Feb 2016:Feb 2016

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Half Term Gymnastics Fun The sessions also incorporate sports-acro, rhythmic gymnastics and vault display work.

Children from across the district have the opportunity to take part in fun gymnastics sessions at a 3 day camp this half term. Bromsgrove District Council are teaming up with Bromsgrove Gymnastics Club to put on the camp on the 16th,17th and 18th February at Meadows First School.

Cllr Rod Laight, whose portfolio covers Leisure Services, said: “We are proud to have teamed up with Bromsgrove Gymnastics Club to once again provide children with the opportunity to get active and have some fun over the half term break. So if your child would be interested in trying something new, get in touch!” The cost of the camp is £38 for the three days. Please note that these sessions must be booked in advance as a course and cannot be booked on the day.

Children of all abilities, aged 5 to 15 years, can take part in the camp, which will run from 10am – 3pm each day. Participants will have the opportunity to learn various gymnastics disciplines such as vault, floor and bench work.

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CBeebies’ favourite double act present their new stage show at Artrix on Saturday 13th February. They’ll be joined by all the favourite characters from their hit TV programme Show Me Show Me. Catch the Gingerbread Man, marvel at the Ugly Duckling becoming a beautiful swan and oooh and aaah as Miss Mouse attempts to zoom to the cheesy moon! With songs, comedy sketches, a dash of magic and heaps of joining in, this is an ideal Easter treat for children, grandchildren and grown ups.

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Farries advertorial 2016:Feb 2016

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Trainers at the ready as Race for Life launches in Redditch REDDITCH women are being urged to sign up to Cancer Research UK’s Race for Life 2016, which takes place on Sunday June 12.

The charity is calling on women of all shapes and sizes to show cancer whoʼs boss by entering the 5k event at Arrow Valley Park. Katy Barley, Cancer Research UKʼs Redditch Event Manager, says: “Signing up to take part in Race for Life is a great way for women to commit to get a little more active. “Race for Life events are noncompetitive. Taking part is not about being fit or fast and participants can choose to walk, jog, or run around the course.The atmosphere is incredibly supportive. Pledging to take part, alongside thousands of like minded women, is a great motivation to get fitter.” One in two people in the UK will be diagnosed with cancer at some stage in their lives, but the good news is more people are surviving the disease now than ever before.

Cancer Research UKʼs Race for Life, in partnership with Tesco, is an inspiring women-only series of 5k, 10k, Pretty Muddy and marathon events which raise millions of pounds to help beat cancer sooner by funding life-saving research. Last year, over 1000 women took part in Race for Life in Redditch and raised a fantastic £66,000. Money raised allows Cancer Research UKʼs doctors, nurses and scientists to advance research which is helping to save the lives of men, women and children across the West Midlands. Katy continues: “Race for Life is an amazing way to celebrate everyone we love who has survived cancer. Itʼs also an emotional and moving way to pay tribute to those dear to us whose lives have been cut short by the disease.”

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Ecl-ipse editorial Feb 2016:Feb 2016

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Travel Mark Hallam Hallam Travel Counsellor Counsellor Mark Some helpful advice for when it rains on holiday Before you set off it is worthwhile looking up some indoor activities near your resort. Whether itʼs a museum, bowling alley, or shopping centre – youʼll know where to head when the clouds creep in. Children are understandably less patient, so bad weather abroad can be challenging.

As Brits we’re well accustomed to the weather letting us down, so if it ends up following you abroad – use this advice to still have a fantastic time.

One great idea is to create a ʻrainy day boxʼ - packed to the brim with your childrenʼs favourite activities - colouring books, jigsaw puzzles, cards, board games, or arts and crafts.

Youʼve arrived at your holiday destination, youʼre slathered in sunscreen, with your shorts and sunglasses already on. But, then it rains… Unfortunately, you cannot guarantee good weather even in the most popular holiday spots. Arguably, itʼs even worse when you have kids with you too, but donʼt panic. In all likelihood if you do encounter a patch of bad weather, it wonʼt last the entirety of your holiday.

Look into events your hotel has to offer too. Thereʼs a decent chance that there may be shows on offer, activities for the kids, or entertainment to keep you busy.

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Celebrate the Spirit of Bromsgrove Residents are invited to help celebrate the spirit of Bromsgrove by nominating people, clubs and organisations to receive an award. The council始s prestigious Spirit of Bromsgrove Awards are designed to celebrate local sporting, arts and community achievements of residents that have had a positive impact across the district over the last two years. Categories for nomination include: Sports: 1. Outstanding Sports Volunteer 2. Outstanding Sports Person 3. Outstanding Sports Coach 4. Outstanding Sports Club 5. Outstanding Community Sports Project

Arts: 1. Outstanding Arts Organisation 2. Outstanding Arts Individual 3. Outstanding Youth Arts Organisation 4. Outstanding Young Person in the Arts 5. Mary White Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts Community: 1. Outstanding Community Organisation 2. Outstanding Community Individual 3. Outstanding Youth Community Organisation 4. Outstanding Young Person in the Community 5. Safer Bromsgrove Award

Nominations close midnight on 26th February. A shortlist of nominees for each category will be invited to attend a glittering awards ceremony at the Artrix on Tuesday 19th April with winners being revealed on the evening. Nominations should be submitted via the online submission form: www.bromsgrove.gov.uk/spiritofbromsgroveawards (a paper version is also available upon request for those without access to a computer). For more information, please contact the Awards Project Team: Call 01527 881289 or email: sd@bromsgroveandredditch.gov.uk To feature your local stories / events / information here Contact Lyndon on: Tel: 07972 000843 Email: lyndon@bromsgroveandredditchpages.co.uk


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Could you help support vulnerable local people? A WORCESTERSHIRE charity is calling out for volunteers to help support vulnerable local people across the area. enjoy supporting people in their local community.” She added volunteers were ordinary people of all ages and backgrounds with good listening skills and time to spare.

Onside, an independent charity offering advocacy, mentoring and friendship is encouraging members of the community to get involved. The idea is to provide support to those who would otherwise be socially isolated by visiting them at home or encouraging social integration through communitybased activities. Volunteering at Onside does not involve domestic or personal care.

The charityʼs volunteer manager Claire Watkins said: “Our volunteers give their time, their passion and enthusiasm. We need continued help from willing volunteers who would

Elizabeth, who has been volunteering with the charity since her retirement, said she would urge anyone thinking of giving up their time for the charity to do so. “Itʼs a wonderful feeling when you know youʼve helped and made even a small difference to someone elseʼs life.” She added she wanted to give something back and volunteering with such a worthwhile organisation had enabled her to do so. The charity provides free training and will cover expenses. For more information call Claire Watkins on 01905 27525 or email claire.watkins@onside-advocacy.org.uk

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New Centre Manager at Basepoint Bromsgrove Julie enjoys being part of the Basepoint team; a role at the opposite end of the business spectrum to her previous career, seeing new businesses develop and grow.

Basepoint Bromsgrove had appointed Julie Bullock as its new Centre Manager. Julie始s background is essentially retail management and HR, having spent three years working in administration and acquisitions as a Consultant for the likes of Deloitte, PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Earnst and Young supporting retail teams in administration. She was involved in several high profile cases such as Comet, Game, Dreams and Jessops.

Designed to meet the needs of local start-ups and small to medium businesses, Basepoint's managed offices in Bromsgrove provide accommodation ranging from micro units suitable for one person businesses, through to large linked business suites and spacious workshop units. Facilities include a meeting rooms available to the public, licensee's breakout area,superfast broadband and free parking as well as Virtual Office arrangements. Located at Bromsgrove Enterprise Park, the centre is ideally placed within easy reach of the M5 and the M42, plus a wide range of amenities close by.

For further information please contact Julie Bullock: 01527 834600 or email: bromsgrove@basepoint.co.uk.

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Europa Safety Services ltd has been providing training and consultancy services to local and national businesses since 2000. Our professional team of experienced trainers deliver effective training in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere, with plenty of group discussion and challenges in order to make the day both interesting and rewarding. Europa prides itself on our excellent standard of customer service, value for money and professional friendly training techniques. We are one of the leading training centres within the midlands and plan to grow the courses and services we offer in line with the needs of our customers. All of our Instructors come from a Health and safety background with a wealth of knowledge in most fields. Europa sets a high standard with Safety and supports companies to reach their goal.

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New Library in Bromsgrove Heralded a Great Success

THOUSANDS of people have visited Bromsgrove Library since it reopened in November last year. Visitor numbers are at the highest they have been for five years, with more than 16,000 people using the facility in its first month of opening. The new library, which is now on the site of the old Parkside School, has also gained 197 new members. Nicki Hitchcock, Bromsgrove Library Manager, said: "We love our new library. It's so light and airy and is such a great place to work.

"But what is really great is that our customers clearly really like it too. We have had lots of positive feedback, children who don't want to leave and a record number of new members joining. It is a great start to the new year." Cllr Lucy Hodgson, cabinet member with responsibility for localism and communities, urges people to visit the new library. The library now offers free internet access, regular and holiday children's activities, adult learning courses and a meeting room available for hire. For more information visit worcestershire.gov.uk

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