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Weekly Bulletin Issue 83. December 19th 2013

Newsletter Time Our January Spice Newsletter is finally in the hands of our printers and will be posted to you just before Christmas to brighten your New Year! If, however, you just can’t wait to read what we have in store for your 2014 - read it online HERE

Last chance for WW1 We have a few places left on our special Spice Trip in February to discover the battlefields of the Great War in its 100th anniversary year. Our guide is the irrepressible Simon Footer MBE who is an ex special forces Hercules pilot and has brought this period of history to life for many groups including Sandhurst students. He’s also great fun socially! Don’t miss out click HERE

Photo Competition Please take the time to read about our new Spice Photo Competition that will be running through January & February 2014. As you will discover, the theme is “the Beauty of a Tree on its Own” and all you have to do is take a picture that matches that title. Simples! We’ll be building up an unusual gallery and also raising money for a good cause. Click HERE

Photo of the Week We have had lots of great photos in from our Christmas Dinner Dance so it has been very difficult to choose a winner this week. However, we have decided to award it to Andrew Rawe for a picture featuring our guest singer Relley Clarke. Click HERE

Santa Duty Done! One of my nicer duties this morning was delivering 43 brightly coloured presents to the lovely Rev Nigel Carter to brighten up Christmas for young people who are spending Christmas with their mothers at a local hostel for those who are fleeing domestic violence - often having left home with nothing. Nigel was quite overcome by everyone's generosity and asked me to pass on a huge thank you and stress what a real difference it will make to these young people's Christmas. At a time in their lives when they may have been exposed to the ugly side of human nature we hope it will remind them of the inherent goodness in people - even those they don’t know. Thank you all for the privilege of passing on your care to others this Christmas. Thanks to all of you who helped and may Maggie, Sue, Claire, Adam and I wish you a very merry Christmas!

Richard x

Spice “Biggest Loser” 2013 – the results are in! There was a great atmosphere at the awards ceremony (and after party) for those who completed our first “Biggest Loser” weight loss challenge. Rob Smith was the overall winner, with close to 3 stones lost over the 12 week programme. nd 2 & 3rd places went to Alison Voakes & Sally Taylor. The team trophy went to the Yellow Team. In all, the group lost nearly 24 stone between them. To see a group photo of the night click HERE To take part in the 2014 programme click HERE

Some New Events – Just Added Cycling Weekend - Bournmouth 4 * Menzies Hotel Photo Competition - "The Beauty of a Tree on it's Own" Medieval Jousting Warwick International, Guys Cliff Eastbourne, South Downs & Coast Walking Break Meeting your True Soul Mate Arden Hotel, by NEC Cheddar Gorge & Mendips Walking Weekend Scarborough Heritage Coast Walking W'end Yorks Latimer and the Chilterns Walking Weekend Bucks

7 - 9 Feb Ends 1 Mar Sun 27 Apr 6 - 8 June Sat 7 June 20 - 22 June 27 - 29 June 4 - 6 July

Christmas Office Hours We are hoping to close the Spice Office after lunch on Tuesday 24th and re open on Monday 30th. We also plan to close early on New Year’s Eve If you need us urgently out of hours call 07899 950109.

Our Festive Programme Event & Location

Date/ Start Date

Status (as of 9am 19/12/13)

Warwick & Leamington Pub Night The Lounge East Midlands Christmas Dinner Dance Yew Lodge Hotel The Enchanted Tales Blue Orange Theatre, Birmingham Christmas Carriage Ride Darley Dale near Matlock Clun & The Shropshire Way Ramble Clun, Shropshire Spice Manchester Christmas Masked Ball Manchester Yorkshire Christmas Party The Doubletree Hilton, Leeds Whittington & Hopwas Moderate Ramble Nr Lichfield Christmas Break: Manchester Double Tree, Manchester Festive Afternoon Tea & Carols Coombe Abbey, Brinklow Knowle Locks Easy Ramble & Lunch Knowle, Solihull Christmas Day Link Up Spice West Midlands Members Escape Christmas with a Day on the Mountains Snowdonia Beddgelert & Snowdonia Twixtmas Walking W'end Borrowdale Twixtmas Walking Break Lake District Christmas Clay Pigeon Shooting Tardebigge, nr Redditch Cinema Night - Rubery Empire Cinema, Great Park Spice Hits Town at the Jam House Birmingham Fiendish, Fun, Tube Map Trail Day London Balloon Flight Shugborough Hall or Tissington Hall Borrowdale New Year Walking Break Lake District Chadwick End Easy Ramble Near Lapworth Horsley Park - North Downs New Year Walking Break Made in Birmingham Walk (Walk Only) Snow Hill Made in Birmingham Walk & Afternoon Tea Snow Hill Nottinghamshire New Year Walking/SocialBreak Mercure Snowdonia New Year Walking Break Royal Goat Hotel Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2014 Edinburgh Magical Mystery Circus Sleepover (Extra Night) Shatterford & Upper Arley Ramble Nr Bridgnorth Magical Mystery Circus Sleepover Party Crowne Plaza New Year Break in London & Thames Cruise London Nottingham New Year's Eve Party & Accomodation Pantomime - Peter Pan Theatre Royal Nottingham Spice Yorks NYE Party with Accommodation Sheffield Henley New Years Day Ramble Henley In Arden New Years Day Winter Wildlife Walk RSPB Middleton

Thu 19 Dec Fri 20 Dec Fri 20 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sat 21 Dec Sun 22 Dec 24 – 27 Dec Tue 24 Dec Tue 24 Dec Wed 25 Dec Wed 25 Dec 27 - 29 Dec 27 - 29 Dec Fri 27 Dec Fri 27 Dec Fri 27 Dec Sat 28 Dec Sun 29 Dec 29 Dec - 1 Jan Sun 29 Dec 29 Dec - 1 Jan Sun 29 Dec Sun 29 Dec 29 Dec - 1 Jan 29 Dec - 1 Jan 30 Dec - 1 Jan 30 - 31 Dec Mon 30 Dec 31 Dec - 1 Jan 31 Dec - 1 Jan 31 Dec - 1 Jan Tue 31 Dec 31 Dec - 1 Jan Wed 1 Jan Wed 1 Jan

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Spice West Midlands, 6A Burnett Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, B74 3EJ Tel: 0121 353 6161

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Spice West Mids Weekly Bulletin 19/12/2013  
Spice West Mids Weekly Bulletin 19/12/2013  

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