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Welcome to 2015 Saturday 4th July “the small but perfectly formed festival in Cotteridge Park” From the tried and tested shopping trolley carnival floats to the brand new Circus Field. From the wow factor of the Main Stage to the weirdness of the new Orchard CoCoLounge.

If everyone puts at least £2 in a bucket that’s CoCoMAD paid for.

Delicious food, great crafts and our wonderful community. There is no other festival quite like CoCoMAD.

CoCoMAD is run by Friends of Cotteridge Park, a group of dedicated or foolish, volunteers. The festival is a big project and we always need more volunteers to help with the planning and to make sure the day runs smoothly.

You don’t need a ticket, just turn up, but remember CoCoMAD isn’t free it’s paid for by donations from you, your neighbours and the businesses that you use.

If you want to know more about Friends of Cotteridge Park or want to join the CoCoMAD team have a look at our website or follow us on twitter @CotteridgePark & facebook Cover design by Edie Woolf

– the People’s Verdict

To make sure that CoCoMAD gets better every year we need your ideas & opinions. Go to the Cotteridge Park website & fill in the questionnaire.

the Sustainable Travel Festival Come to CoCoMAD on foot, by bike or by bus or train. Don’t drive to CoCoMAD – there is NO parking. But there is FREE bike parking. 3

Cotteridge JI School Corner of Breedon Road & Pershore Road, Birmingham B30 2HT 0121 464 2865

Do you have a child starting school or nursery in September 2016? For nursery a child born between 1.9.12 and 31.8.13 For reception: a child born between 1.9.11 and 31.8.12

Please join us for our open sessions: An opportunity to hear about Cotteridge School, tour the school and talk to staff and our older pupils who will act as guides. Tuesday 3rd November: 9:30am & 2 pm Thursday 5th November: 9:30am and 2pm

Successful Ofsted July 2014 Cotteridge School is a ‘good’ school •

Pupils achieve well in reading, writing and mathematics.

This very caring school is highly valued by pupils, parents and the local community.

The behaviour of pupils is good.

The variety of subjects and topics provides opportunities for pupils to develop a wide range of skills.

Please read the full report on our school website or the Ofsted website.



Carnival Procession is a splendid

thing to behold – boring shopping trolleys transformed into a host of wild and wonderful creations. All sorts of people are making trolley floats this year: schools, businesses and youth groups – and you can join in too.

Bring a Picnic & Build a Carnival Float. Sundays 21st & 28 June. Lots of helpers of all ages are needed. Meet by the swings from 11:30am 3:00pm

11am: Meet at the Friends’ Meeting House, Watford Rd, Cotteridge 12 Noon: The procession sets off Procession Route: Rowheath Rd, Midland Rd, Ashmore Rd, Franklin Rd to the main park entrance. Children must be accompanied by adults on the procession.

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Join the Parade on Saturday 4th July


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Visit: 1421 Pershore Road Stirchley, Birmingham B30 2JL


Bakery opening hours: Tues - Fri: 12pm – 6.30pm Saturdays: 8.15am – 1pm

Your Local Independent Family-Run Pharmacy and Opticians • Free Prescription Collection & Delivery • Private Consultation Area • Smoking Cessation • Weight Management Clinics • Health Checks • NHS & Private Eye Tests • Large Range of Glasses and Contact Lenses

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Get Active in Your Community Set up in 1997 FoCP is the group of volunteers who work to ensure that Cotteridge Park is maintained as a great space for the whole community. FoCP organises events in the park like CoCoMAD and Fright Night, raises funding for the park and supports school and youth group visits. On average FoCP volunteers donate more than 150 hours a month doing daily litter picks and regular grounds maintenance supplementing the service provided by Birmingham City Council. Everyone who uses the park or lives nearby is welcome to join the group. Come and say “Hello” at the FoCP stall in the Main Field or get in touch by email FoCP is a charity registered in England and Wales (1150091) Thank you to CoCoMAD’s supporters:


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Money, Money, Money! At CoCoMAD as many of the activities as possible are FREE – they are funded by sponsors and your donations. If everyone puts at least £2 in the buckets then CoCoMAD can continue to offer good value fun. You can make your donation online at and if you are a UK tax payer you can complete a gift aid form as well.

Welcome Back to the 20p Challenge

CoCoMAD has challenged the traders to have something for children on their stall for 20p – something to buy or a game to play. This way you can give your children a £1 or £2 and they can go shopping without breaking the bank.

Some of the stalls meeting the 20p challenge: Arts with Hearts BijouBeadBox The Co-operative Florist Crystal Hughes Photography Fossilcraft Hope for Justice Manadio Mommy Bear's Candles Selly Manor Museum Spangle & Dangle Sweetheart Designs Tuckshop Flowers Weoley Rangers

Look out for the 20p sign on 4th July to see who is taking part.

Donations to Cotteridge Park

The park needs your donations throughout the year to enable the events, activities & school visits to continue. Can you donate £2 a month to help the work keep going? FoCP wants to thank the friends and family of Sheila Thornton who made such generous donations in her name at her funeral. Sheila had been a staunch supporter of the park for many years & she is much missed. 9

E xpl o r e Active Parks Circus

Welcome to a beautifully bizarre experience that is FLOAT! This wonderfully whacky and imaginative story will take you on a journey of circus frenzy. You can expect to be immersed in a world of vivacious characters and vivid colours, filled with acrobats and aerialists, along with free circus workshops to bring CoCoMAD alive! But you can’t just sit and watch - FLOAT needs you to join in. Trapeze, juggle, tumble, wire walk, dangle from silk - see the show and have a go.

in the Millennium Forest School

Nature, bugs, plants, wood carving, camp fire, tree climbing, hammocks & dens. Not to mention the National Trust’s OakMobile.

Children’s Field

with Busy Parents Network & Hullaballoo Arts. Your favourite plumbing drum sculpture - making workshops, face painting, storytelling, music & drama for kids - and with the swings right there.


Creature Encounters “On your travels around CoCoMAD look out for Major Hopalot the world famous Astrobunny who is looking for a suitable launch site to test his new rocket “Big Carrot 3,” assisted by his erstwhile companion Ground Control the Grease Bunny. Their plan is to travel beyond the warren, and over the wall into Outer Space.

Camera Obscura

Light enters through a hole in the top of the camera and is focused on a screen on the bottom. But unlike a modern camera, the camera obscura does not create an image you can take away. You see the image by being inside the camera itself. The process is very simple but the effect is strangely magical. Seeing the world projected onto a flat surface while inside the machine itself is a delightful experience which never fails to bring a smile.


Acoustic Tent in the Glade 1:00pm - 7:00pm

Your chance to perform at CoCoMAD. Opening the show at 1pm is Cotteridge School Choir followed by an eclectic mix of emerging talent & established performers. Turn up on the day with your instruments and book a slot. Most line-ups can be accomodated but if you are in any doubt please contact John on:

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CoCoLounge in the Orchard The CoCoLounge is an outdoor living vaudeville experience.

Mix Phoenix Nights, Cabaret, and The Good Old Days and put it amongst the apple trees and you might be somewhere close to this experience. Down-at-heel mini house band “Raw Sax” play bossa nova classics, with conga interludes. Performers on the “Tiny Stage”, include opera, spoken word, tricks, jokes and other surprises. Literally anything could happen. If you want to perform email:

Birmingham Opera

on the Main Stage and in the CoCoLounge Every year hundreds of people from Birmingham volunteer as performers, engaging with world-class international artists to bring an opera to life in an unpredictable place, close to the streets of the city. Birmingham Opera Company… changing the face of opera.

Thank you to the Roadhouse for supporting Main Stage this year. 12

Main Stage

12:25 Bethan and the Morgans

A brave folk/country/pop sound from the Black Country that will keep your foot tapping and remind you there’s more to the Midlands than you thought.

13:15 Dollcanoes

The Dollcanoes are a superbaddd grrrlband making choons that’ll make you wanna bust and pop all over the shop! Owwwww!!!

14:15 Tower of Song

Created from a derelict building in Kings Norton, the Tower of Song is an artist led venue.. real live music all ages all styles ..all welcome...

15:00 Pleasure House

They have taken the sadness and despondency out of a winter a sky and painted it with euphoria: pop joviality and young bliss.

15:45 Birmingham Opera See opposite page

16:15 Bangford

The backbone of The Authors and the fury of Concrete Dog have joined together for a project that could take them more places than the No 11 bus!

16:45 Swing fit

Join in the hip-wiggling sensation that is swinging Cotteridge Park on Tuesday evenings.

17:15 Lobster

From a love for hip-hop, punk, dub, reggae, roots, dancehall and ska the Lobster sound system was born.

19:00 Souled out to Funk

Do you like music? That sweet soul music? If you answered “yes” then you’ll love Souled Out 2 Funk Today’s Intermission sounds are by Park Life Social. A new occasional 80s and 90s night at Row Heath Pavilion featuring the coolest sounds of the era. Follow them on Facebook or Twitter #parklifesocial to find out when.


What’s on at Cotteridge Park

Children’s Field


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Acoustic Tent

Information and lost children

Children’s Marquee

First Aid

Bouncy Castle

Tiny Stage

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MILLENNIUM FOREST SCHOOL Birmingham Ranger Service National Trust OakMobile Theatre, Hammocks & dens Bush Craft Camp Oak Adventures Tree Climbing Birmingham & Black Country Wildlife Trust


Main Stage Information & Lost Children 1st Aid Bouncy Castles Woodcraft Folk Have-a-go-Art Food & Stalls

ACTIVE PARKS CIRCUS FIELD Float interactive circus


Busy Parent’s Network Marquee Hullaballoo Arts Children’s Play Area and Skate Park Food and Stalls

CoCoLOUNGE IN THE ORCHARD The Tiny Stage & other weirdness

BOWLING GREEN Beacon Archers

Some of the Stalls

All Terrain Caffeine;  Anmol Parathas; Arts with Hearts; Bags of Love; Basic Income UK; BetterPoints; BijouBeadBox; Birmingham Animal Action; Bournville Scouts; centro; ChangeKitchen CIC; Cooperative Florist; Cotteridge School; Crystal Hughes Photography; Cuffuffle Cordials; Deliciousli Caribbean; Dixonians Rugby Club; Don Dadda’s beverages; Eclectic Beetle; Birmingham Embroiderers Guild; Eye Survive; Fossilcraft/TSS Designs; Friends of Kings Norton Nature Reserve; Gail and John’s Vintage Emporium.


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Leave behind the hassles and expense of private car ownership. We have cars available on the street 24/7 in Stirchley, Bournville & Kings Heath, ranging from the nippy Toyota Aygo to the 7-seater Ford C-MAX. Book online or by phone. Hire for as little as 30 minutes, a week, or more. It’s convenient, eco-friendly and saves you money. We’re a social enterprise, proud to trade for community and planet.

Cotteridge is an Active Park Do you want to get fitter? Do you & the family spend too much time in front of a screen? Is it too far to the nearest gym or too expensive to join?

Welcome to Cotteridge Park, your free, local, friendly gym with beautiful scenery built in. With funding from Active Parks Cotteridge Park now hosts a whole programme of FREE activities to suit all tastes.

GreenFit – Sundays 10:30am

Fun, family-friendly, fitness sessions for all ages & abilities. Meet at the car park entrance on Franklin Road.

Gardening Volunteers – Sundays 10:30am

Volunteers are always needed to keep the park looking it’s best. Meet at the Orchard.

GreenFit Baby – Tuesdays 9:30am

Meet other new parents and get some fresh air and exercise. Suitable for all post-natal fitness levels. Meet at the car park entrance on Franklin Rd.

SwingFit – Tuesdays 6pm

Tap your toes & wiggle your hips, Charleston & Twist your way to a fitter you. Meet on the grass next to the tennis courts.

Cotteridge Park Walking Group – Thursdays at 10am Fancy a stroll with like minded people – all at your own pace. Two laps of the park mean you’ve walked 2km. Meet at the car park entrance.

Tai Chi & Qi Gong - Thursdays at 10:30am

A form of gentle exercise that combines deep breathing & relaxation techniques with slow, graceful movements. Meet at the Basketball Court.

Spray Art for Cotteridge Park

Get out from in front of the screen and turn your park into an art gallery. Check the Cotteridge Park website for dates.

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Back in 2015 by popular demand! The Busy Parents Network marquee will be by the playground for CoCoMAD 2015 Loads of FREE activities for children including drama, singing and playing the ukulele! Plus drop in craft and cupcake decorating. PLUS popular children’s singer-songwriter Nick Cope plays CoCoMAD! 2 x 45 minute Nick Cope concerts at 2pm and 4pm. See you there! 20

Summer Holidays There are loads of FREE activities to keep you busy this summer in Cotteridge Park: Tuesdays

BushCraft Camp 11am - 3pm Go wild in the park.


Pop Up Park - all sorts of sports & games 29 July & 19 August 1pm - 5pm -FREE Bouncy Castles - provided by Knights Castles.


Tai Chi 10:30am - 11:30am BushCraft Camp 11am - 3pm Go wild in the park.


Spray Art 5pm - 7pm - turn the skatepark into an art gallery.


GreenFit 10:30am - 11:30am fun family friendly exercise for all ages & abilities.

And any time you fancy

Ping pong, tennis, basketball, football, tree climbing, den making, picnics, ride your bike or scooter, use the skate park, hide in the wigloo, climb the hills. And anything else you can think of.

Check, Facebook & Twitter for dates, times & weather cancellations. Cotteridge Park BushCraft Birthday Parties

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Dixonians Rugby Football Club (RFC) is a local, friendly and social men’s rugby group looking to develop a new and exciting team. Based at Rowheath Pavilion in the heart of Bournville, we are currently in search of new players. All are welcome regardless of your fitness, ability or age.

Summer Training Every Tuesday 6.45 - 8.30pm Rowheath Park, B30 1HH

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