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Spice is the largest adventure, social and leisure group in the UK.

Established in 1981, with over 10,000 members across the UK, split into 8 regional groups.

100s of events every month, professionally organised. All you have to do is book and turn up!

Unique events you normally wouldn’t have the chance to do, in the company of likeminded people.

Free personal accident insurance.

Meet new people, make new friends and widen your social circle.

Guest spaces so you can bring a friend along.

Book events with friendly staff during office hours, or online at your convenience.

Regular email updates for events local to you.

Regional and friendly Volunteer event Coordinators to host our events and make you feel welcome.

Member profiles of our Volunteer Coordinators so you know who to look out for on the events.

Events discounted wherever possible.

Transport Share List allows you to contact other members prior to attending events.

Free events, including cinema nights, gigs and member link ups.

Your local group for local people.

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LEISURE

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Autumn 2012

Spice is the UK’s leading adventure, social and leisure group. Enjoy a jam-packed social life with over 100 events every month to choose from. All events are arranged for you, all you have to do is book and turn up. Spice membership is equivalent to a glass of wine or a ‘designer’ coffee a week. Plus with over 10,000 members nationwide, what better way is there to increase your social life?

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Hello and welcome to our Autumn newsletter, and another huge batch of excitement, fun, entertaining events for you to get out there and make a difference to the quality of life, all in an instant!

Once again, if your new here, the front and back sections relate to things of interest to the whole of Spice around the country, and the middle section from page 7 onwards, relates to your local Spice Group. However, much as we try, this newsletter is pretty much out of date the day it is sent to the printers, so with new events being added every day to the Spice Programme, do keep on eye on the website listings to keep up to speed and not miss anything. We also communicate with our members with weekly email updates dropping in to your in box, along with all the social media platforms, and we try to bring the information to where you are, be it on twitter, facebook or you tube, so do find and follow us if you are active on any of these channels. Our National Spice Facebook Page is found at www. fb.com/spiceuk and all the local Groups facebook pages have links to them there. It’s great fun to see the newsfeeds swell with photographs and posts after each weekends events, and we love to see what you have been up to around the Spice world. With the darker nights now approaching and that glorious golden summer of sport fading into the

background, you are perfectly positioned to make sure you keep the momentum up and reach a few of your own goals! If its health and fitness on your training list, Spice can help you with that with all the walks and activities on offer, which has got to be more fun than the gym, or jogging round the park. Get that bucket list out (if you haven’t got one yet – write one today!) and decide what thing you are going to knock off it in the coming few weeks. Being a member of Spice brings so many opportunities on a plate for you, with people to do them with and all the organisation taken care of, so let’s do that Balloon Ride, that Sheepdog Experience, Tandem Skydive or Fire Breathing workshop, and live life to the full. You’ll find it’s the usual story, get that first ‘pickle’ out of the jar, and the rest will tumble out now problem! Christmas and New Year fall in this quarter, and again, Spice will be here presenting you with a myriad of opportunities, parties, weekend breaks and holidays. However be fair warned they tend to book out soon, so remember the Spice motto – you snooze, you lose – you rest, you rust (lol) and get that ball booked and in your diary! We have selected a few festive events to give you an idea of what’s available, so do check out the websites. So, I guessgiven I won’t be speaking to you until 2013 – I should be the very first to wish you a Merry (oh yes I am) Christmas and a happy New Year 2013!! Dave Smith National Co-ordinator

meet the t eam Lauren Fawkes Spice Manchester

Dominic Renshaw Spice Thames Valley & Solent

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Sandra Willis Spice Yorkshire

Dianne Livingstone Spice London and Spice Bristol / Cardiff

Richard Coulter Spice West Midlands

Gordon Conway Spice East Midlands

Jamie Morris Spice Scotland

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Ian Jarvis

Which Group are you a member of? Yorkshire How long have you been a Spice member? about 15 months…not that I’m counting! Why did you join Spice ? To get involved in sporting and social activities and meet a new circle of like minded friends – well that’s what the advert said! What has been your favourite event? Centre Parks but so many have been brilliant, including the Tank Driving Experience, Titantic Ball, It’s a Knock Out, Carsington Watersports – so good I did it twice. I am really looking forward to Hognmany in Scotland at the New Year. You do have great balls too! What has been your most challenging event? Microlighting was exhilarating and scary too but would certainly do it again. What is your funniest memory in Spice? It has come from so many conversations with other Spicers on so many events and we have cried tears of laughter, and at the Tank Driving target practice we missed the target and just missed a cow. What would be your advice for a new member? Do it now ... your life choosing what you want to do starts here with people who want the same as you. Have you been on a Spice UK Holiday? Not yet just the weekends away, but fancy the Turkey Activates Week next year. Have you an embarrassing Spice moment? I don’t embarrass easy, please try… What is your life philosophy in one sentence. Enjoy it, love it, share it Four people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party? Stephen Fry for his wit and intellect, Billy Connolly for his jokes and story telling, Audrey Hepburn because she is an iconic film figure and I would love to hear more about her life in the movies and Jessica Ennis (well someone’s got to keep running to fetch the drinks) Your favourite movie? The Hunt For Red October Most treasured belonging? Sadly my smart phone (I know don’t groan)

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Caroline Keightley

Which Group are you a member of? Currently Manchester, but I have been in several Groups when work has taken me to other parts of the country. Spice is like an anchor - a good base to get yourself a new social life in a strange city. How long have you been a Spice member? Nearly thirty, YES 30, years! Why did you join Spice? I had always wanted to scuba-dive and do other exciting things. It’ difficult to imagine now but in the 80’s, it was hard to do things like diving; you had to join a club train for 6 months etc etc etc. Nightmare! A taster dive in UK was out of the question. Then word spread that there was a man - some just called him The Man, and others referred to him as The Great One - who would organise parachute jumps, ballooning and a million other fantastic events for ordinary people!. To folks like myself, who were the Spice Pioneers, he was just called ‘Dave’. I completed my membership form, and in a blink, I was diving off a jetty in Anglesey. Brill! What has been your most memorable event? Unfair - there have been sooo many. Flying in a Zeppelin fulfilled the Second Item on my lifetime ambitions. (No 1? A Spice trip into space, of course.) A tandem hang -glide over Derbyshire was also totally amazing and highly recommended. Then there was the time I flew the Jet Provost.. What has been your most challenging event? Fire-walking (with sitting chatting to a full sized tiger in its cage running a close second). DON’T miss the chance to go fire-walking if it comes up. It will change your life. What is your funniest memory in Spice? A Balloon Boogie - lots of hot air balloons, loaded with Spice members, set off at dawn. The sky was clear and there was snow on the ground. The view was spectacular. We had only risen about 30 feet. We had not noticed a phone wire running at height into a cottage. Our basket got caught on it but the ballooning continued to move forward. At one point, both balloon and basket were horizontal with us ‘crew’ hanging on for dear life, until the wire finally snapped and released us! Hysterical! What would be your advice for a new member? Get out and do some challenging stuff - don’t just be content with restaurants, theatres and walks. Live Your Dream! Have you been on a Spice UK Holiday? Many - Egypt (fabulous), Israel (brilliant), Lanzarote, Malta, Corsica, Amsterdam. - all memorable in their own ways. Have you an embarrassing Spice moment? Parascending - on my first ever solo flight, I hit a dry stone wall whilst landing far too fast. It was just like the cartoons: SPLAT! Then I slid slowly down the wall to land in an undignified heap! What is your life philosophy in one sentence. Take every opportunity to grow, be honourable, and live a great life. Four people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party? Amelia Earhart (the Spirit of Spice), Barbara Castle, Hilary Clinton, Mrs Elliott (my English teacher) Your favourite movie? The Godfather -I have watched it dozens of time great actors at the peak of their game. Flawless. Most treasured belonging? It has to be Jack, my little rescue dog. NB. From time to time, I meet Spice Pioneers and we relive those fantastic, memorable events in the early days. We generally finish by concluding that, for a Superhero, ‘Dave’ a rather understated name. If you fancy a trip out to the country, I live on the edge of the Peak District, not far from Buxton. It would be great to see you.

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It won’t be long now before the festive season is once again in full swing, and obviously Spice will be presenting you with a veritable array of amazing parties and weekends away packed full of festive cheer! Here’s a brief listing of some of the things you could consider to lighten up the dark nights, and make

sure you see 2012 out in style. It’s no way an exhaustive list, with many many meals and other holiday themed events, so as ever, keep on eye on the websites, but here’s a glimpse of some of the balls, Parties and Breaks available to you over the holidays… All details on your local Spice Group Website.

Date York Christmas market & Party Weekend, Yorkshire Christmas Party Weekend: Whinfell Center Parcs, Cumbria Christmas Break Kingston-Upon-Thames Christmas House Party in a Fort: Caernarfon North Wales Walking Break Twixmas Winter Break, Lake District Walking break Twixmas, Oxforshire Cheshire New Year Walking Break Walking New year Break Latimer and Chilterns Walking New Year Break The Moorside Grange Peak District Walking New Year Break, Lake District Edinburgh Hogmany, Scotland

Price from

Fri 30th Nov – Sun 2nd Dec Fri 7th – Mon 10th Dec Mon 24th - Thur 27th December Mon 24th – Fri 28th Dec Thur 27th – Sat 29th Dec Thur 27th – Sat 29th Dec Sat 29th Dec – Tue 1st Jan Sat 29th Dec – Tue 1st Jan Sat 29th Dec – Tue 1st Jan Sat 29th Dec – Tue 1st Jan Sun 30th Dec – Tue 1st Jan

£189 £129 £244 £299 £179 £169 £299 £329 £339 £329 £259

Spice Thames Valley Solent Black Tie Christmas Ball Spice Cardiff Christmas Party, City Stadium Spice London Christmas casino and Party Night Spice East Midlands Party Night Spice London Kent Christmas party & Casino Night Spice West Midlands Christmas Ball, Burlington Hotel. Spice Bristol Christmas Party Sheffield Xmas Dinner and Live band Spice London Guildford Christmas Party Night Spice London Ronnie Scotts Christmas Cabaret Spice Manchester Christmas Ball, Crown Plaza, Manchester Spice East Mids Christmas Dinner Dance Leeds Christmas Party Spice London Ronnie Scotts Christmas Cabaret

Sat 1st Dec Sat 8th Dec Sat 8th Dec Fri 14th Dec Fri 14th Dec Sat 15th Dec Sat 15th Dec Sat 15th Dec Sat 15th Dec Sat 15th Dec Sat 22nd Dec Fri 21st Dec Sat 22nd Dec Sat 22nd Dec

£49 £43 £30 £15 £42 £45 £40 £33 £46 £68 £37 £34 £22 £68

Spice Manchester New Years Eve Fancy Dress Spice West Mids New Years Eve Sleepover Beach Party, New Year Party, West Sussex, Copthorn Effingham Hotel

Mon 31st Dec Mon 31st Dec Mon 31st Dec

£35 £79 £129

Thur 20th Dec – Thur 3rd Jan Sat 22nd – Sat 29th Dec Sat 29th Dec– Sat 5th Jan

£2048 £799 £899

India’s Tropical South Ski Christmas Ski New Year

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Upcoming

EVENTS

Christmas Break Kingston Upon Thames WHEN: 24th – 27th Dec WHERE: Kingston Lodge Hotel, Kingston Upon Thames, COST: £244 (Twin / Double) Single £339 Early Bird Price (+£40

after Nov 1st). This Christmas we are pleased to be staying in style at the 4 star Kingston Lodge Hotel in the lovely Kingston-UponThames! With the River Thames flowing through the centre of the town and with Hampton Court Palace and Richmond Park close by we are sure to find lots to do. Or if you fancied going further afield we can get the train in to the centre of London or to see some of the major London attractions such as Kew Gardens, Hampton Court Palace all within easy commuting distance. Our package provides fantastic value and includes 3 nights’ accommodation in Twin or double ensuite rooms a hearty breakfast on all 3 days, a 3 course dinner on Christmas eve, a traditional festive lunch and buffet dinner on Christmas Day and a fabulous farewell gala dinner on Boxing Day. We also have the option to go along to Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve at a local church followed by Mince pies & mulled wine upon our return. Your Spice host will arrange several options during your stay to make sure, including a welcome drink, a festive quiz, a gentle walk in the nearby Richmond Park, Secret Santa, board games sessions in our Spice exclusive break out room, a visit to Hampton Court Palace (additional cost) and of course a trip to the sales for those shopaholics amongst us! The trip coordinator will always have a “group option” for those who wish to explore together. You can opt in or out of the main group as you wish, but this approach means that there is always a sociable option available. This event is on early booking discount up until 1st November 2011 when the price increases by £40 per person. Full details of the hotel and facilities can be found www.brook-hotels. co.uk/hotels/kingston-lodge-hotel-kingston-upon-thames

Christmas Center Parcs Weekend ...a fabulously fun festive weekend!!! WHEN: 3pm Fri 7 Dec 2012 - Mon 10 Dec 2012. WHERE: Whinfell Forest Holiday Village, Penrith CA10 2DW COST: £129 Member Twin/Double Share, £159 Guest Twin/Double Share, £204 Member Single Occupancy (Deposit £50) Single Supplement of £75 (Payment due by 1st October)

Stay in Country lodges situated in deep forest surrounded by towering scots pines, lakes, streams, forest paths leading to an unrivalled choice of sports and leisure facilities, health and beauty treatments, restaurants, cinema, cafes and bars. Don’t hesitate to book as an individual as we will find you a roommate and once you have met up with your lodge - you’ll quickly be part of our big happy family. Food is not included but easily available from the supermarket on site, at the many bars and restaurants, or the on site pub. Or you may wish to get together with your lodge mates and organise to self-cater a meal or two when the rooming & transport share list is published with your joining pack! The Programme includes Welcome Drinks, Discos, Fun Quiz, Sports Events, Flash Mob Meetup, Group Swim, Ten Pin Bowling, Farewell Drinks and more! (Extra cost payable for sports and bowling) The ultra-modern, state of the art World of Water offers an incredible swimming experience with heated pools, flume rides, wave machines, jacuzzis, wild water rapid rides, water cannons and much more - including the mud treatment room! There are many, many sports facilities. Your local Spice group will offer Group Sports scheme to enable you to get together to play Badminton, Ten Pin Bowling, etc.. Ts & Cs as per Center Parcs brochure, on request, and at www. centerparcs.com. More information can be found on the Spice website and www.centerparcs.com.

Christmas House Party in a Fort!

Meals will be provided on most nights but one night we’ll do a DIY buffet where everyone contributes a dish.

A classic Christmas Break at an incredible place

Christmas Eve Mini tour of all the houses & the tower, Welcome Drinks - Mulled wine and Mince pies around the Piano BYO buffet Carols around the Cannons Bring along your favourite tipple and partake in a little dancing or whatever takes your fancy.

WHEN: Mon 24 Dec 2012 - Fri 28 Dec 2012. WHERE: Nr Caernarfon, North Wales LL54 5TP COST: £299 Member, £319 Guest, £374 Member Single (Deposit £50 Member, £50 Guest, £124 Member Single) £75 Christmas Day single supp

Danish Pastries and Bucks Fizz will also be provided on Christmas morning Walk around the grounds along the sea front Traditional Christmas Dinner & Christmas Pudding and Brandy Sauce & Coffee and Mints Christmas Night- Relax with a cheese & wine and an Xmas game of charades & the giving out of presents.

This is a classic Christmas chilling & party break. This fantastic building is situated right on the beautiful Welsh coast a few miles away from Historic Caernarfon. The whole area has an incredible atmosphere of history to it and the interior of each of the houses is just as incredible. Wooden floors, huge dining Boxing Day tables, grand pianos and the like. The whole Stroll along the beach fort will of course be decorated for Xmas. Xmas themed murder mystery

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Tea and Home baked cakes and biscuits and a relaxing afternoon. Dinner will be a traditional Turkey In the evening time we’ll get some music on in the bigger lounge & have a bit of a bop or maybe catch some Xmas TV/film in one of the other lounges. Thursday 27th Take a walk into the nearby village of Llanwrog and pop down to the local pub and maybe purchase a few drinks or maybe go for a drive to Caernarfon or a nearby town ; ) Chilli dinner ready for us on our return. Entertainment is Xmas quiz time tonight. Friday 28th Time to head home - or for those not wishing the party to end why not book one of our new year party breaks and head straight there : )

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Spice Gallery

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Richard’s Roundup Welcome to our Autumn Newsletter, which takes us through to Christmas. Since I last penned a Roundup, we’ve had lots of fun in all sorts of ways – be it big events like Dragon Boating, the Summer Ball and the Olympics, or the hundreds of smaller Summer events. I’ve also had the pleasure of presenting substantial cheques to The Cancer Support Centre and to the Young Persons Unit at QE Hospital. These were as a result of member generosity at the Summer Ball and in sponsoring ducks in the duck race. I hope that some of you (well the men anyway!)will be charitable in joining our “Movember” team and grow a moustache next month (see p15) If, like me, you were inspired by the Olympics this Summer and fancy having a go yourself, it’s worth remembering that quite a number of “Olympic events” appear regularly within the Spice programme. During the year, you’ll find Canoe/Kayak, Cycling, Trampoline, Volleyball, Horseriding (inc Jumping!), Archery, Badminton, Fencing, Hockey, Rowing, Sailing, Shooting, Tennis & Table Tennis .. for starters! So why not use your Spice membership to try something new. You never know what it could lead to! August also brought us some very sad news. Bob the Fire Eater (Bob Eager) who inspired 1000’s of Spice members to breathe and eat fire safely, passed away. Many of you will know that it wasn’t always easy for me working with Bob. He could be infuriating and entertaining in equal measure. But what I would like to say is: “Thank you Bob from all the people like me whose lives have become a little less mundane by knowing you” We have a special Fire Eating Workshop in his memory (see p67). Another Spice legend we will be missing this Autumn is my wonderful coordinator colleague Sandra Willis who runs Spice in Yorkshire. She announced last week that after 20 years with Spice she is finally “hanging up her Spice clipboard” in November to spend more time with her narrow boat. Many of you will know Sandra from national events and Spice UK holidays and I’m sure you will want to join me in thanking her for an amazing contribution to the life of the Spice Network. Neal Morris, previously a member with Spice London is taking over the Yorkshire Group. This newsletter takes us right into the party season and we have some incredible partying in store. As well as our Halloween and Christmas Parties, we are turning the Crowne Plaza Hotel into a Caribbean Island for New Year which will be amazing. You can wear black tie as usual (it looks great on the beach, doesn’t it Mr Bond!), but we also hope for some beachwear and loud Hawaiian shirts as well. Before I go I also wanted to wish good luck to our member Cath Hannon who is running for election on November 15th to be the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the West Midlands. I mustn’t seek to influence your vote, but I love the idea of having a Spice Member directing our police force! I do hope you enjoy the programme that we have put together .. so until next time I’ll ..

See you on the events ..

PS to member Debbie Daniels (an English teacher!). Please note that after 14 years, Richard’s Roundup finally has an apostrophe (yes I take the point that there is only one of me). Your feedback has brought a result!


Coming Events October 2012 Monday 1 October

Tuesday 2 Ten Pin Bowling (Broadway Plaza)

Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Chinese Meal & Quiz Tamworth & Lichfield Pub Night

Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night Kababish Dinner Shuffle Preview Evening (Arden Hotel)

Hairy Bikers Larger Than Live* Sailing RYA Day

Carriage Driving Overnight Forest Experience Ramble, Scramble & Dangle Smash your Glass Ceiling with EFT Walk with Wolves Bedford

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester Masonic Temple Visit*

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Bushcraft Day in the Forest Don't Diet - Change the way you Eat Llama Trekking & Lunch Shugborough Easy Ramble Tai Chi for Beginners

Miracle of Migration Wildlife Cruise Badminton For Fun - Worcester Spice Book Club

Fire Station Fire Experience Solihull Pub Night

Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Nitty Gritty Weather Workshop Richard Street of Temptations Sister Act Sutton Pub Night

Syriana Syrian/ Lebanese Dinner Shuffle Ten Top Tips of a Lawyer

Leather Evening with Black Country Supper

Bird Handling Course Colour U Confident Workshop Digital Photography for Beginners Fire Lighting & Wild Foods Day in the Forest Gardeners Time with Lunch at Dunsley Hall Hovercraft Racing Medieval Jousting*

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Abbots Bromley & Bagot Forest Ramble Abseiling for the Terrified* Feel the Fear .. & do it anyway® Hangliding - Tandem* Indian Head Massage Learn to Draw in a Day Paragliding - Tandem* Paragliding Day Course The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Straight Down

Blackpool Social W’end Skills for Walking the Hills Source to Sea W'end 1 - Plynlimmon to Rhyader We Love the 70's Party W’end Wiltshire Walking W’end

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Astronomy Open Evening Badminton For Fun - Worcester Bromsgrove Pub Night

Cafe Ceramica Experience Kings Heath Pub Night Wine Tasting Pinot Noir

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Aston Villa Open Training Session Badminton For Fun - Worcester

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Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Drumming Experience for Beginners Peninsular Cantonese Meal

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Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Confessions of Health & Safety Inspector Lasan Banquet Leamington Ramb/Supper

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Curry & Quiz Spice Hits Autumn in the Forest Harborne Town at the Coton In The Elms Easy Sex & Jam House Ramble Contraception Fungi Forage in 1580 Indoor Skydiving Unihoc (Mixed Leicestershire Villages Indoor Hockey) Easy/ Moderate Cycle Warwick / Lincoln Discovery Day Leamington Poker Night at Lea Marston Pub Night Zombie attack 2.8 hrs later Sailing W’end around Malta & Gozo

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New Members Mix & Mingle

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Dracula

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Ballroom Dance Masterclass - Foxtrot! Canadian Canoe Adventure Pole Dancing with Pure Joy* Rally Driving Lesson

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Barrow/ Jack Mytton Way Birmingham Museum Pre-Raphaelite Models Intro to EFT & Energy Connections Kenilworth Moderate Ramble Mind Management Workshop Retired Greyhound Centre

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Bearley & Stratford Canal Easy Ramble First Aid Course Day Implementing "The Secret" Massage for Beginners Workshop Stow On The Wold Ramble

Birds of Prey W’end Creative Writing W’end Fly Fishing W’end Halloween Barn W’end* Sherwood Forest Luxury Walking & Social W'end

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester

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Ikon Gallery Tour & Tapas Dinner Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

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Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Ghostly, Grisly Birmingham Walk Quiz Top of the Pops

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

Fax: 0121 353 6861 Email: richard@spicebham.com * Denotes event is full – wait list only

Web: www.spicebham.com


Coming Events November 2012 Monday

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Thursday 1 November

Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night Movember Join our Spice Team Nine Steps to Happiness Proof House Private Tour

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester

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Adventure Golf at Star City! Life Behind The Lens Make up Application Skills for Beginners

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Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Curry & Quiz Felicity Aston Alone in Antarctica Fencing for Beginners Tamworth & Lichfield Pub Night Walking With The Wounded

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Indian Dhol Drumming Preview Evening (MAC) Rodizio Rico Dining Experience at The Cube

Friday 2

Halloween Sleepover Party Night

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Night in the Trenches

Saturday 3

Barnt Green/Lickey Ramb Deer Walk at Bradgate Park Off Road Karting Scuba Taster Morning Experience The Idiot B*stard Band Walk with Wolves Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon Wyre Forest Mountain Biking & Map Reading

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Abseiling for the Terrified Barber Institute Tour Hawks, Owls, Tudors & Battles Kinder Scout Night Ramble Kinder Southern Edge Day Ramble Knowle Easy Ramble Lichfield/Trent Valley Easy Moderate Cycle Practical Tactical Airsoft Shooting Rally Driving Lesson Turkish Bath & Swim

Sunday 4

Fire Eating Workshop Firework Spectacular at Tutbury Glass Art Workshop* Golf - Play in a Day Land Yachting Introduction Power Kiting & Kite Buggy Whittington & Hopwas Moderate Ramble Wrekin Ramble

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Beginners Horse Trek Birmingham at War Afternoon Walk Go Ape in Cannock Helicopter Lesson Malverns South & Eastnor Ramble Segway Intro & Woodland Race at Garlands

Ballachulish Bargain Break Coniston & South Lakes Walking W’end New Members Easy Walking W’end North Downs Walking & Social W’end

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester Spice Book Club*

Asian Funeral Home Talk & Tour Solihull Pub Night Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Slade & Sweet Live In Concert Stylistics at the Jam House Sutton Pub Night

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Blacksmithing Evening* Ghost Walk of Sutton C’field Warwick / Leamington Pub Night

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Friday Fish & Chips Race Night Spanish Riding School of Vienna*

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BBC Behind the Scenes Barn Dance & Supper Beginners Motorbiking Broadway Ramble Fast Effective Reading Day Lichfield Cathedral Library Trick Horse Riding Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience What to Wear Workshop

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Dance to "I Gotta Feeling!" How to Make Friends & Influence People Medieval Jousting Microlighting Experience* Mountain Biking Beginners SWAT Training Mission Ultimate Craft Day at Redhouse Cone Wilmcote Easy Ramble

Llangollen Luxury Walking W’end Mendips & Cheddar Gorge Walking W’end Serenity W’end

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester Bromsgrove Pub Night

Drumming Experience for Beginners Kings Heath Pub Night Ten Pin Bowling (Broadway Plaza)

Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Cotswold Discount Ev’g Personal Safety for Women Pub Games Night

Cooking Masterclass Show - Easy Christmas Entertaining Curry & Quiz Wolverhampton Furry Fables Stories of UK Mammals

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Indoor Shooting Murder Mystery at Dunsley Hall Shootout & Party Food at Kids Playcentre Spice Hits Town

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Caer Carodoc Ramble Early Morning Dudley Zoo Hoar Cross Ramble/ Lunch Jazz Night & Chinese Meal Kurburgring Karting! McLaren MP4-12C Thrill Off Road Driving Day Rally Driving Lesson Symonds Yat Adventure Mission

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Aircraft Wreck Trek Clent Easy/Moderate Ramble Glass Art Workshop Learn to Horse Ride in a Day Mickleton Ramble Quad Bike Trekking at Garlands

Welsh Cottage Walking Break Badminton For Fun - Worcester Learn to Snowboard Rec Skiing Ski Lesson Singers Hill Synagogue Tubing Session

Blacksmithing Evening Cinderella by Birmingham Royal Ballet Confessions of a Tour Guide Indoor Climbing at

Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Quiz

Movember Moustached Mexican Meal Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

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Charity Sleep Out Portland & Dorset Walking W’end The Merry Wives of Windsor York Christmas Markets Social & Party W’end

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

Fax: 0121 353 6861 Email: richard@spicebham.com * Denotes event is full – wait list only

Web: www.spicebham.com


Coming Events December 2012 Monday

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Saturday 1 December

Good Food Show Guide Dog Training Centre Visit Mince Pie Paddle Private Dining with a Celebrity Chef Your Spiritual Evolution

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester Spice Book Club*

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Christmas Wine Tastings & Wine Games Preview Evening (Arden Hotel)

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Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Christmas Behind the Scenes Tamworth & Lichfield Pub Night

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Curry & Quiz Sutton Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night Salsa Dance Tudor Christmas at Tutbury Castle

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Abseiling for the Terrified Christmas Carriage Ride Colour U Confident Workshop Dogs Home Visit (Birmingham) Frankfurt Christmas Market Pub Treasure Trail Temple Guiting Ramble

Sunday 2

Chadwick End Easy Ramble Cupcake Christmas Decorating Workshop Land Yachting Introduction Rock Weaseling Day Walk with Wolves

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Charity Spice Christmas Cake Club! Christmas Adventure Trekking Day Cupcake Christmas Decorating Workshop Ditton Priors & Brown Clee Hill Ramble

Center Parcs Christmas Party W’end Whitby Moor & Coast Walking W’end Vienna at Christmas Break*

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester

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Badminton For Fun - Worcester Bromsgrove Pub Night

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Baddesley Easy Ramble & Lunch Bournville on Christmas Eve

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Solihull Pub Night

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Badminton for Fun - Coventry & Wolves Badminton NIA Sutton Pub Night

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Kings Heath Pub Night

Badminton NIA Sutton Park Mulled Wine/Mince Pie Ev Ramble

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Christmas Day Link Up 2012

Christmas Break: Kingston Upon Thames Christmas House Party at Fort Belan

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Austrian Christmas at Franzls Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

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Dolly Parton – 9 to 5 The Musical Warwick / Leamington Pub Night

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Christmas Clay Pigeon Shoot Hartshill Hayes Ramble Christmas Quiz

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Christmas Party Makeup Lesson with Esther Marie

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Peter Pan

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Spice Hits Town at the Jam House

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A Victorian Christmas Ballroom Dance Masterclass - Jive! Christmas Dinner Dance Preston Bagott Easy Ramble & Lunch Rally Driving Lesson

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Abberley Hill Ramble

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Easy Cycling Tour of Kingsbury Water Park

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Santa Cycle & Present Drop in Sutton Park

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Clifford Chambers Easy Ramble & Lunch

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Balloon Flight Border Dales Moderate Ramble

Borrowdale Twixtmas Walking Break Chester & Cheshire New Year Walking Break Oxfordshire Twixtmas Walking Break Borrowdale New Year Break Latimer & Chilterns New Year Break

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New Year's Eve Sleepover Beach Party Edinburgh's Hogmanay 2012/13*

Christmas Shopping Solved

Struggling to find an original gift for someone special? Get them what they really want by arranging a Spice Voucher: Spice Event Vouchers: Members can buy vouchers for any specific events or just for a monetary value. Gift Membership Voucher Now presented in a snazzy “Spice in a Box”: We all know someone who would benefit from a bit of Spice! Trial membership vouchers are available at Christmas time as 3 month (£36), 6 month (£72) or 12 months (£144). Membership runs from 1st Jan 2012 and we throw in a book of event vouchers as well. Call 0121 353 6161 All our vouchers are posh, glossy jobbies which can be customised to your requirements.

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

Fax: 0121 353 6861 Email: richard@spicebham.com * Denotes event is full – wait list only

Web: www.spicebham.com


Notice Board If you have a notice, members may place it here free to an audience of around 4000 motivated people. Notices will be deleted after approx 3 months - earlier if space dictates. Contact richard@spicebham.com

Sales & Wants:

Honda Accord 2.0 se 5 Door in dark blue. 2002 51 plate, 81000 miles, MOT August 2012. FSH, A/C, C/C, remote CDL, Alloys, upgraded CD player, Nokia HF car kit.Nice comfortable high spec car. Not owned for long but never let me down since bought in May. £895 ono. Phone Pete on 0121 313 0453 or 07971 038843. Email pete@all-fit.co.uk//

Holiday Accomodation:

Interested in Crewing a 52ft Boat in Croatia? Costs shared between group. Professional skipper. Call Malcolm Hunt on 07966 204289 or malcolm.hunt66@btinternet.com // Ellie’s Place, dog friendly chalet by the beach in N E Lincolnshire. Secure enclosed garden; No limit on dogs!; Dog friendly beach all year round; 2 Bedrooms, en suite & sofa bed (can sleep 6); Prices to suit. Contact Sal Barker: sbscooby@googlemail.com or 0121 358 1688// Lake District, 3 bed/ 2 bath modern house on holiday village near Keswick for rent. Pool/ gym & restaurant on site. contact mike 079676 38989// Auvergne Region of France - 2 gites/studios for rental in this beautiful region. Two one bedroom studios,each with kitchen, lounge and bathroom, each sleeping 4 people. Wonderful views & perfect for walking and site seeing. Cost £300 per week per studio. For details visit https://sites.google.com/site/rocheenregnier/ or contact Andrew Dare 07757467115 e-mail andrewdare1@virginmedia.com // B&B in Blackpool - ensuite rooms, conveniently situated near the Central Pier, two minutes away from the Promenade and ten minutes from Blackpool’s city centre and all its attractions. Contact 01253 622735 and mention this ad for 10% discount, www.midland-hotel.co.uk// Olhos d'Agua near Albufeira, Portugal, Ground floor one bed apartment, sleeps 4. Facilities include pool, childrens pool and tennis courts, air con. 5 minutes to beach, rates from £175 to 395 per week. Email joyc2008@live.com// Villa Southern Dunes - 4 bedroom, 3 bathroom villa with private pool in golf community near Disney, Florida. Quote 'Spice' for 10% off when booking via www.villasoutherndunes.com or call Di Gorton on 07952 408964// Holiday Cottage to let right on the beach in Cornwall between Newquay & St Ives. Sleeps 6 comfortably, all mod cons, own garage, school holiday dates now available due to cancellations. Call Jayne 01827 706524 or 07952 863803// Antigua, Caribbean; Luxury apartment on beach., 4 poster bed. Sleeps upto 4 call Sheila 07958 930598. Other Antigua properties available// La Manga Spain, 2 bed apartment, sleeps 4-6. 50m from beach. For details, visit www.spain-lamanga.com. Discount for Spice// Apartment in Sta Eulalia area of Albufeira, Portugal Sleeps 4-6. Excellent facilities inc pool & children's pool. Short walk to beach/ old town. Easy access from airports. £250/week. Email Keith: 2fatcats@lineone.net// Padstow, Cornwall, luxury holiday cottage, sleeps 4. Visit www.padstowpad.co.uk. 10% discount//

Residential Accommodation Offered:

Warwickshire, large furnished room to let in a cottage between Leamington & Kenilworth, close to the A46, with easy accesss to Coventry, Warwick, Stratford. 30 mins from Birmingham. “I’m ideally looking for another lady to share with me, and I have grandchildren who visit some weekends, so may suit someone who wants Monday to Friday” This is quirky accommodation - C16th beams etc. wifi, etc. Call or text 07796 448153 for further details// Sutton Coldfield, Double room available to rent, beside Sutton Park and near Railway station, only £70 per week plus bills, suit professional non-smoker, call 07799 791537//

Personal Announcements, Employment, Charities & Opportunities:

Divorce Recovery Workshop Is a charitable organization that many Spice members have recommended to us. It offers anyone at any stage of divorce or separation a way forward. It enables participants to gain a better understanding of what they are going through and also seeks to provide them with support from others in the same situation and assists in the process of readjustment in their lives. There are no experts just people who have experienced divorce or relationship breakdown and have themselves completed the workshop. There are 2 groups in our area: Barnt Green contact Heidi Twilley 0121 445 4396 or Sutton Coldfield contact David & Helen Bennett 0121 308 0739 email: SuttonC@drw.org.uk National Enquiry line 07000 781889 - web www.drw.org.uk

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National Spice Cancellation Policy Evening and one day events: Providing you give us more than 7 days (includes weekends and bank holidays) notice you will receive a full refund as a Credit Note, less a Cancellation Fee of 20% of the cost of the event or £3 whichever is the higher amount (except where stated otherwise in the event description). Ticketed events: Note: Theatre, Concerts, etc. These are non-refundable unless we can resell your place, as tickets will have been purchased (but please talk to us as we can often re sell tickets for you). Overnight Events and events costing over £100: Note: This excludes overseas trips which have a separate Holiday Cancellation Policy. Providing you give us more than 28 days (includes weekends and bank holidays) notice you will receive a full refund as a Credit Note, less a Cancellation Fee of 20% of the cost of the event or £3 whichever is the higher amount. (except where stated otherwise in event description). Holidays and Overseas trips: Note: More than three overnights or outside UK. Cancellation is as per the Tour Operators Terms and Conditions as supplied with Holiday Information Packs. Cancellation must be in writing. A back up phone call is recommended. You should assume you are still booked until you have written confirmation of your cancellation. General: Where cancellation is received within the cancellation period prior to an event, you will lose all monies paid (and also be liable for any balance) unless we can replace you. If you simply do not turn up for an event without contacting us you will automatically forfeit any monies paid, and will be liable for any balance. Should Spice Cancel an event: Should Spice cancel any event you will be refunded directly back by the payment method used or credit note (as preferred). Our policy is that wherever possible we will always issue a refund. Credit Notes: Should be used within 12 months of issue and can be refunded (in the way you paid) at any time.


A selection of recent workshops Cupcake Decorating, Caricature Drawing, Saxophone, Digital Photography & Drumming!


Rome Weekend Thanks to Jayne Wirepa & Mike Bedwell for the photos


Meeting Elizabeth I at Tutbury Castle


White Water Rafting at Bala thanks to Rachel Reeves for these photos

Bike Adventure & BBQ At Wyre Forest


Spice Charity Duck Race Bernard fights off a dog who nearly stole our winner! The fittest ducks made it to the podium (above) Camping Afloat A glorious weekend to Worcester. Thanks Mike for the photos


Meals and Party Nights Party Nights are a big part of our programme. Throughout the year we alternate between posh affairs & simple disco’s to try and cater for every taste and pocket. As some of our party’s have around 500 capacity, they can be a little daunting if you don’t already know a few people and it’s difficult for us all to look after people individually. That’s why we don’t recommend them as good ‘first events’ to go to on your own unless you are very confident and outgoing. Dining with Spice is always an experience, and we seek to provide you with experiences that are unusual, and, where possible absolutely unique and exclusive to Spice. All our meals are very sociable, so don’t worry if you don’t know many people – most of us are in exactly the same boat - but the group soon develops into one ‘happy family’. If you are brand new to Spice, however, let the office know and we’ll try to introduce you to some new friends on the night. F

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Date: Friday 2 to Saturday 3rd November 2012 LAST FEW PLACES Place: Copthorne, Merry Hill (DY5 1UR) Meet: Check in any time from 3pm - meet 7.15pm Cost: £49 (£59 Guest). Add £10 supplement for single occupancy of a double Incl: Party, buffet meal, DJ, bed & breakfast plus use of hotel leisure facilities Spice party nights are quite an experience and this Halloween extravaganza will be no exception! These events are always popular - and I'm not surprised! For a very reasonable price we get a buffet, disco and overnight accommodation. The Party: We’ll enjoy a Halloween themed disco from our favourite DJ and a buffet meal to keep our “spirits” up! Spice have quite a reputation for dressing up so anything "Halloween" eg pumpkins, bats, grim reapers, skeletons etc is fine! Don’t worry, dressing up is not compulsory if this isn't your style but most members are up for it. The next morning we can enjoy a relaxed breakfast before heading home. We will link up same sex shares in twin rooms unless you state someone you wish to share with. Double rooms can be requested as can singles at a small supplement. Venue: We’ve slept over at some great hotels, but this 4 star venue could be the best so far! We’ve chosen the Copthorne Hotel, Merry Hill. This premier hotel overlooks the picturesque Canal Marina and is a short stroll from the popular Merry Hill shopping centre (if you want to treat your hangover with retail therapy the next day!). This modern hotel offers elegant guest rooms which are all well equipped and en suite. Le Club, the health and spa facility, boasts a 15m swimming pool, fitness suite, sauna, spa bath, steam room and dance studio. Check in on Friday is from 3.00pm with an opportunity to enjoy the Leisure facilities before meeting up for our Halloween Party. There’s a large, free car park

Pizza Making & Meal at The Radisson .. learn how to make the perfect pizza (& eat it) Date: Thursday 10th January 2013 Place: Fellini, Radisson SAS Hotel, Birmingham (B1 1BT) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £21 Member, £23 Guest The Radisson SAS Hotel, Birmingham is a 39-storey glass structure that offers a stylish twist. We meet in the hotel bar before moving up to Filini Birmingham’s award-winning Italian concept restaurant where the Chef will show you how to make the perfect pizza. You will then make your own bespoke pizza from all the delectable ingredients from Chef’s kitchen. After all your hard work, sit back and enjoy your well earned Pizza which is served with delicious fresh salads. Don’t worry; you don’t need to lift your finger to get your dessert, the chef will create a mouth watering delight.

Barn Dance & Supper .. a cracking night in a the barn with Fiddler's Elbow! Date: Saturdays: 17th November 2012 or 23rd February 2013 Place: Wishaw Country Sports, just off the A446 near The Belfry Hotel Easy access from Sutton, Solihull & Tamworth via M42 (B76 9PQ) # Meet: Arrive from 7.30pm, Band 8.00pm to 11.00pm. Food 9.00pm Cost: £19.50 (£23 Guest) includes hot buffet or bbq supper We've had so many requests to run this night again, again & again! The same successful formula of great music, an authentic rural location and great food has been arranged. Music is provided live by 4 piece band Fiddlers Elbow, who bring us the best jigs and country sounds from Irish and Scottish roots. They’ll explain all the moves – which we all get wrong – and it's a great opportunity to mix, as you are never with one partner for long. Don't worry if you can't dance, none of us can … and it’s great fun trying! There are even fine country ales on tap. All in all, it's about as much fun as you can have in a barn with your clothes on!


Private Dining with a Celebrity Chef .. an exclusive evening including private cooking demo Date: Saturday 1st December 2012 (Check for further dates on line as these fill quickly!) Place: Shortbutts Lane, Lichfield (WS14 9BU) # Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £49 (£52 Guest) Includes: demonstration, four course dinner and wine Your invitation to join the ultimate dinner party, hosted by celebrity chef Simon Smith. This intimate evening for just 8 people is at a private address in Lichfield and will start with a drink on arrival and canapés. We’ll then enjoy a one hour light-hearted cookery demonstration of dishes for easy entertaining and food presentation. This includes wine and tastings. This is followed by a 4 course dinner with wine either served in the dining room or outside on the dining terrace (if warm). Menu: (no need to order – we get the lot!) ● Cream of celeriac soup with truffle oil ● Salad of English asparagus, pumpkin seed, argan oil with seared scallop ● Breast of Guinea fowl, pancetta, peas, apple vinegar jus ● Cabbage and sage pie ● Dauphinoise potatoes ● English strawberries, basil shortbread, Grenadine syrup ● Coffees Simon Smith has had a varied worldwide culinary career over the past 40 years. He trained in Switzerland and then Paris before becoming chef saucier at the exclusive “Inn on the Park” on Park Lane. He has worked at the British embassies in Paris and Vienna. He has appeared on several TV shows including This Morning and Market Kitchen. Simon can also entertain you with stories and photos from his assignments on yachts of the rich and famous or of his legendary margarine sculptures! For more information on Simon visit: http://www.simonsmith-chef.com/

Lasan Indian Banquet .. experience one of the UK's Top 10 Indian Restaurants Date: Wednesday 24th October 2012 Place: James Street, St. Pauls Sq, Birmingham (B3 1SD) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £29.50 (£32 Guest) includes two courses & service £30 for an Indian! Sounds a lot, but trust us. This is not just any other Indian restaurant. Voted one of the Top 10 Indian Restaurants in the UK by The Independent & The Times, Lasan’s success is further reinforced by the restaurants inclusion in the Michelin Guide and glowing praise from many food critics and journalists. Lasan has also recently won the prestigious Gordon Ramsey F Word title. So we thought it was time that Spice experienced Birmingham’s ultimate Indian night! They seeks to offer Indian food with a light contemporary edge. No need to pre order, as we get the lot! All items on a long menu are presented across the table, so that we’re able to share and taste each and every dish. The menu that we will enjoy is too extensive to print here but may be found at www.spicebham.com.

Kababish Dinner Shuffle Experience .. enjoy authentic, traditional & contemporary Asian cuisine Date: Thursday 4th October 2012 Place: 266 Jockey Road (at junction with Stonehouse Road), Sutton Coldfield (B73 5XP). Parking at rear & opposite Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £20 (£22 Guest) incl 3 courses & coffees. Service discretionary Established since 1988 and with a huge local following, Kababish is a family run restaurant offering fine authentic, traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine. The food served here has been created with an exotic collection of herbs & spices distinctively blended in the traditional ways of the Punjab and North West Frontier of Pakistan. The restaurant has recently undergone an extensive renovation and offers a spacious dining area and new central bar. Menu: We order on the night, but to see what’s in store check the on line version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com

Important Note about Dinner Shuffles Some of our meals are run as “dinner shuffles”. On these occasions we move people around between courses so that we all get to meet and talk to lots of people. It works really well. However, I just wanted to stress that you should only book one of these events if you are prepared to enter into the spirit and move when asked to by the coordinator. These nights will not work otherwise. We do understand that you may be in an interesting conversation or with someone you know. But it spoils the night for everyone if you let this get in the way of the shuffle. If you think this may be a problem to you, please do not book a meal with “shuffle” in the title.

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Syriana Syrian/ Lebanese Dinner Shuffle .. experience a true taste of Arabia Date: Thursday 11th October 2012 Place: Syriana, 1 Constitution Hill, Birmingham (B19 3LG) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm Cost: £19.50 (£23.50 Guest) Includes: 3 course meal, service charges & visit by Belly Dancer! Extra: Take your own alcohol or buy soft drinks there Syrian-Lebanese cuisine in general is regarded as one of the healthiest due to the abundance of fruits, vegatables, cereals, legumes and nuts. It combines the sophistication of European cuisine with the excitement of Eastern spices. But dining is also a social occasion when friends and family gather to enjoy the rituals of good food and great company. Syriana has been recommended to us by several Spice members, and we certainly enjoyed our visits in 2010 & 2011! During our meal we have also booked a visit from a belly dancer. We start with a huge selection of Mezza starters (such as a variety of hummus specialities, sesame paste, stuffed vine leaves, fried aubergines, toasted Lebanese bread, salads, cucumber with yoghurt, Mediterranean pickles, falafel, meatballs, spring rolls etc). We will then have a choice of main courses (choose on the night) from the charcoal grill including chicken, meat, fish and vegetarian specialities of the Middle East. We will finish with a choice of teas (mint is traditional) accompanied by traditional home made sweets (baklava). The restaurant does not serve alcohol but you are welcome to bring your own (no corkage charge) Location: See full directions and parking tips at www.spicebham.com.

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Date: Wednesday 17 October 2012 Place: 336 Chester Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield (WS9 0PP) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £24.50 (£27.50 Guest) includes service charge tea or coffee We’re back at this restaurant that is right on the doorstep of the Spice Office – but this isn’t the reason it has been earmarked for yet another special Spice visit. It’s because we reckon this to be one of the very best restaurants we have found anywhere – quite a ‘hidden gem’. Some of you ‘locals’ will already know this restaurant, which was formerly The Ruby, and will know why its car park is full literally every day of the week! Tonight we have arranged a mixed menu that will be served ‘banquet style’, which means lots of variety to choose from. We will start with Yuk Sung, followed by a Mixed Dim Sum Combination and then five main courses to chose from with rice. This will mean there will be lots of different Cantonese styles to try. Finish with tea/coffee or a scoop of ice cream. No need to pre order. We’ll be interested to find out if you agree that The Peninsular is well worth a visit. Location: See full directions at www.spicebham.com.

Rodizio Rico Dining Experience at The Cube .. sociable, brazillian dining Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Thursday 8 November 2012 The Cube, Birmingham (B1 1RS) 7.30pm £27.50 (£29 Guest) includes all you can eat package as described (£23.50) plus 10% Service charge and Spice Coordinator. Extras: Dessert if required Welcome to a truly unique dining experience at Rodizio Rico, Birmingham’s first and only authentic Brazilian Churrascaria (pron. shoe-hass-korea). Here, an extensive selection of grilled meat is served directly from the charcoal grill by experienced passadors (meat carvers) passing from table to table slicing grilled meat from their skewers right into your plate. You choose what you would like from a wide selection of grilled meats, including Leg of lamb, variety of cuts of Beef, from Picanha (Cap of Rump steak), rump steak, ribs, Pork (ribs, leg of pork steak), Chicken (Legs, wings, hearts), homemade pork or chicken Sausages and many more! The waiters will gladly continue to slice up their freshly grilled meats until you can eat no more. A pure carnivore’s delight – all you need is a hearty appetite! How it works: (1) Take a plate to the gourmet salad and sides bar, enjoy many items from Brazilian street food, to fresh cut vegetables and varied Brazilian side dishes (2) Once back at your table and ready for meat, turn your card green side up, to let the Passadores know you are ready to begin tableside service. Choose from the many different cuts of delicious charcoal fire roasted meats, brought straight to your table, sliced, and served by the Passadores. (3) When you are satisfied or need a break, flip the card to the red side until you are ready for more. Optional Dessert: We haven’t included dessert, liquors or espresso but you can order these and pay directly on night. Location: The Cube is on Commercial Street, Birmingham, next to The Mailbox. 3


Jazz Night & Chinese Meal .. another fun Saturday night at Chung Ying Gardens Date: Saturday 24th November 2012 Place: Chung Ying Gardens, Thorpe St (B5 4AT) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £19.50 (£22.50 Guest) includes: 3 Course Meal & Live Jazz Extras: please leave tips on night (service not included in price) Our friends at Chung Ying Gardens have started a regular jazz night, where customers can enjoy live entertainment while socialising over delicious Cantonese cuisine. This is not a Spice exclusive, but large tables have been set aside for a group of around 30- 40 Spice members to join in the fun. Menu details awaited – please check for updates on- line at www.spicebham.com

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Date: Thursday 6 December 2012 Place: Tutbury Castle (DE13 9JF) # Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £34.50 (£36.50 Guest) Includes: 4 course meal & entertainment Join us for a very special evening tonight, hosted by Queen Elizabeth 1 (brought to life by the amazing Leslie Smith). The Great Hall will be beautifully decorated with traditional garlands and mistletoe as would have been at the castle in centuries gone by. A glittering real fir tree from the Needwood Estate and table candles make the Great Hall a beautiful and nostalgic setting for a Tudor Dining experience. The Castle has just announced the arrival of their new Chef, Nick Lakin who has worked in award winning restaurants. The evening includes a glass of mulled wine on arrival followed by a dinner of Traditional Tudor recipes served as a four course meal. This is followed by a chance to meet the Castle’s own magnificent Queen Elizabeth 1st, Good Queen Bess herself, who will give a fascinating and often hilarious talk about Christmas at a Tudor Court and also distribute presents for all from the Queen’s coffers. Our package includes: ● Hot mulled wine on arrival ● Cream of vegetable soup wth croutons ● Roast Beef (or vegetarian option) with honey roast carrotts and parsnips, yorkshire pudding, watercress & hot mustard ● Hot apple pie served with nutmeg ice cream and a gold dragee ● Mince pies served with mead

Austrian Christmas at Franzls .. includes a present from a naughty Santa in his grotto! Date: Thursday 13th December 2012 Place: 151 Milcote Road, Bearwood (B67 5BN) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £26 (£28.50 Guest) includes 4 courses & gift from Santa ! Our visits to this charming restaurant are such a hit, that we are always inundated with requests to return. So we’re making a visit when the restaurant is decorated ready for Christmas. We have arranged some seasonal variations to the menu, and for Father Christmas to take time out from his busy schedule in order to meet you all, table by table in his grotto. If you’ve been very good this year, and sit on his lap nicely(!), he might just find something for you in his sack! Tonight is also within “Krampus”, a significant period in the lead up to Christmas in Austria. It’s the time before St Nicholas comes to the good children. However, Krampus is a Devil like figure who visits the bad children before St Nicholas, to spank them! Don’t worry if you have been very naughty though – as we have only booked ‘the nice guy!’ to visit us tonight. The Bauern Schnaus: Rather than a choice of main courses, we thought it would be fun to have the lot! So Chef will prepares a platter (called a Bauern Schnaus) for each table that includes a range of Austrian meat specialities and their accompaniments. No doubt this will include Schnitzel, Venison Sausage, Austrian Black Pudding, Bratwurst, Smoked Pork Belly etc. If you do not eat meat, just let us know you would like a vegetarian option of Mushroom Goulash. Please pre order your starter and sweet (and main if you are vegetarian). Starters: ● Deep Fried Emmenthal or ● Tomato, Red Pepper & Goats Cheese Soup Mains: ● Bauern Schnaus (see above) is the default option or ● Vegetarian Dish of the Day Sweets: ● Apricot Strudel – traditional spiced in crispy pastry with whipped cream or ● Linzer Torte - Famous Austrian Tart from 1696 made with a very short, crumbly pastry of flour, butter, ground almonds, hazelnuts, cinnamon, and vanilla with filling of raspberry jam Coffees to finish Directions: Coming from the City Centre on the Hagley Road, turn right onto Bearwood Road, then left (3rd left) into St Mary’s Road, then right (2nd Right) into Milcote Road. Franzls is on the junction with Clifford Road. Park on street. 4


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Thursday 29 November 2012 Las Iguanas, Hurst Street, Birmingham (B5 4TD) 7.30pm £22.50 (£25 Guest) includes: banquet menu, welcome drinks, spice coordinator, service charges (10%) Extras: Wear a moustache (fakes allowed if you haven’t grown one- see notes) As you may know, some of us are growing Moustaches for Movember (see separate event) and we wanted an opportunity (just before “shaving day”) to show them off and compare sizes – so what better than a Mexican Meal. You have to wear a moustache to attend this meal, however, if you’re not doing Movember or you’re a girl, we will allow you to stick on a falsie! It’s going to be a lot of fun, so don’t miss this one. Menu: Please check on-line for the full range of menu of menu options.

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Date: Saturday 15 December 2012 Place: Burlington Hotel, New Street, Birmingham (B2 4JQ) Meet: 7.00pm for 8.00pm Cost: £45 Member, £49 Guest (Deposit £10)  Exclusive Spice Event – limited to just 320 guests - so don’t delay in booking!  4* Hotel – Centrally located with lots of options for transport and accommodation  Entertainment package including DJ and live band  Booked for Spice on the most sought after date in the Christmas party calendar Christmas may seem a long way away, but we’ve been negotiating this one since well before last Christmas. As a result we return to the fabulous Macdonald Burlington Hotel on the prime Saturday – and it is exclusive to Spice. It’s a great venue and a stylish night. Dress: Many members take the opportunity to get the ball gowns and DJ's out of mothballs – although you can dress how you wish (we’ve even had some Santa’s and Elves in the past!). Entertainment: This is a traditional Christmas celebration with streamers, balloons and great meal with coffee followed by a live entertainment and late disco. Seating: We’ll prepare a table plan, so please advise if there is anyone who you would like to sit with. If you do not know anyone, we will do our best to seat you with some nice people! Also, if you would like to host a table, please let us know. Menu: Starter: Duo of Shetland Salmon, Peppered & Smoked Prawn and Cucumber Raita (or Wild Mushroom and Tarragon Brushetta, Truffle Oil for vegetarians); Main Course: Traditionally garnished Norfolk turkey, selection of seasonal vegetables and potatoes (or Roasted Butternut Squash and Ricotta Filo Parcel with a rocket cream sauce for vegetarians); Dessert: Dark Chocolate and Cherry Tart with a Black Cherry Creme Anglaise; Coffees to finish Note: If you have any special dietary requirements or want the vegetarian option, please inform us when booking. Accommodation: We have negotiated special Bed and Breakfast rates to stay over at the Burlington Hotel. See below.

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Date: Sat 15 - Sun 16 December 2012 Place: Burlington Hotel, New Street, Birmingham (B2 4JQ) Meet: Check in from 3pm Cost: £75 Single Room, £48 Double Room Share, £55 Twin Room Share (Deposit £10) We have secured special rates to stay over at the Burlington Hotel after our Christmas Dinner Dance. All costs are per person and if you book a twin room we will link you to share with another member of the same sex unless you let us know (when booking) of someone you have already agreed to share with. The Burlington is a very comfortable 4 star hotel and rates include an excellent breakfast the next morning.

A Spice Newsletter is just a Snapshot in Time We are booking new events into the Spice programme all the time as new opportunities occur. Please make sure that you also check our schedules on line at www,spicebham.com so you don’t miss a thing. We also update members on a weekly basis with out “Weekly Bulletin” by email and via our Facebook Page.

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New Year's Eve Sleepover Beach Party .. start 2013 with an amazing slice of Island life! Monday 31st Dec 2012 - Tue 1st Jan 2013 (extra night available for 30-31st Dec) Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC (B40 1PS) # Arrive during afternoon Members: ● £99 Twin or Double Share, ● £79 Twin Share (*Sofa Bed), ● £129 Single Room. Guests: Add £20. Deposit of £20 holds your place Incl: 1 night at the 4 star deluxe Crowne Plaza, with drinks reception & fun quiz with hot chocolate & marshmallows, party with a round the world buffet & disco, New Years Day Brunch. Spice coordinators at Hotel throughout. Extra: Come a day early for extra £49 (twin/ Dbl); £45 (*sofa bed); £75 (single). Incl: Extra night includes “dinner”, B&B (dinner being Pizza or Fish & Chips/Candy Floss) If numbers allow there will be skittles/ games on Sunday night also Every year this party gets bigger and more exotic! This year we are transforming the Crowne Plaza into a Caribbean Island for an incredible Beach Party. The Party: Professional theming and will create an authentic slice of Island life with sand, surf and limbo pole! A DJ will follow the theme with a range of music to entertain us. The chefs will create a range of food stations showcasing beach cuisine from around the islands for us to enjoy. Those who have been to our New Yea Parties before will also be pleased to note that the party is being held upstairs at the hotel so that we create one large party room this year. We’ll have a traditional countdown to 2013 and no doubt some surprises along the way. There will be a drinks reception in the afternoon (approx 5pm) and then we meet up later for our party. For those able to arrive earlier still, there is also a fun quiz at 3.30pm with hot chocolate and marshmallows provided. Up to 200 members are expected and Spice is taking over the whole hotel, so expect a very special celebration. Fancy Dress: This can be as simple as wearing your brightest shirt or straw hat. As ever, fancy dress is not essential but is always fun and there is usually a prize for the best. Don’t like fancy dress? “Black tie” also looks good on the beach! The Sleepover: The 4 star deluxe Crowne Plaza Birmingham NEC, is a great place to stay. Following the party, we can return to our superbly appointed bedrooms, with truly luxurious beds and fluffy pillows! We can then discuss our New Year’s resolutions whilst enjoying a leisurely“Brunch” in the Restaurant overlooking Pendigo Lake (where you ended up swimming naked the night before.. don’t you remember!). *NEW FOR 2012 - Sofa Bed Option: Some of the twin rooms we use have a double bed plus a sofa bed that the hotel make up for us to the same high standard as the main bed but it is smaller and less comfortable. Feedback from last year was that it seemed unfair for both people to pay the same price, so we have agreed a significant price reduction for the person who takes the sofa bed option this year. Extra Night: There is also an extra night option if you want to arrive a day early and make it a 2 night stay. This includes a fish & chip supper and candy floss. We hope to running a beer & skittles or games night also if numbers allow.

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Medieval Banquet at Coombe Abbey .. a wonderous setting for a brilliant night! th

Date: Saturday 26 January 2013 Place: Coombe Abbey, Brinklow (CV3 2AB) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm - 12.30am Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) Incl: 4 course feast, 3 goblets wine, 3 beakers mead, full stage show & disco It’s over 10 years since we have been to Coombe Abbey for a medieval banquet, yet it’s an event that gets lots of requests, so we thought the time was right to go back to 1539. Although prices have increased a little since the middle ages, it is a very inclusive event, with 4 course feast, 3 goblets of red wine, 3 beakers of mead, full stage show & post banquet disco. The Banquet: The year is 1539, and the quiet and calm of Coombe Abbey is about to be shattered forever. The Abbot and his Provost have thrown open the doors of the Abbey and have invited the local peasants to come for a meal – ‘A feast fit for a king!’ Enter the King’s Commissioners who ransack the Abbey and banish the Monks. The scene then changes to 1595. The de Clapper family are in residence. The de Clappers have a vast repertoire of ‘Bawdy Ballads’ between courses. After the final course, they are joined by the Ladyes of the Courte for songs, aires and melodies. However, the evening is not all plain sailing. The banquet is disrupted by news of an outbreak of plague. Later, a call to arms is necessary as the country prepares for war. Sir Robin copes as best he can, aided by his brother – the drunken, lecherous Sir Nicholas, his Mother – the indomitable Dowager, Lady Ethel and his niece – the flirtatious Frances…The night is filled with bawdy fun, fine food and wines, colour and music. Miss it at your peril! A night of music, mirth and merriment! Dress up: It’s not essential, but adds to the fun if you are able to dress in some kind of mediaeval attire. One Spice member cantered in attached to a “pantomime horse” once .. but that’s another story! Note: This event is not a Spice exclusive, but we hope to have a goodly contigent of our members on our Spice tables. Menu: Visit our website to see the full menu for this event. 6


Grants of Sheep Street Dinner Shuffle .. enjoy this wonderful Stratford restaurant with friends Date: Wednesday 16th January 2013 Place: Stratford upon Avon (CV37 6EF) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £21.50 (£23.50 Guest) Incl: 3 courses, teas/ coffees, service & Spice coordinator At Spice, we are always on the look out for quality restaurants with real chefs who create from the freshest, local ingredients at affordable prices. When Ian Jelf recommended Grants to us, it ticked all the boxes – so we look forward to discovering if they match the claims on our first visit. Grants of Sheep Street offer a new dining experience in the heart of Stratford-upon-Avon. The Modern British menu draws on classic dishes with contemporary twists. Their philosophy is “providing an elegant dining experience, with excellence in taste, accompanied by sterling service - all at an honest price and in an environment that inspires”. Menu: At time of writing the January menu has not been finalised, but we’ll publish it on line as soon as we have it. Location: The restaurant is at 21-23 Sheep Street. For map visit: www.grantsofsheepstreet.co/images/Grants_Map.pdf

Indian Fine Dining at Delhi 6 .. discover excellent Indian cuisine in Streetly Date: Thursday 17th January 2013 Place: Delhi 6, Burnett Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield (B74 3EJ) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £16.50 (£19.50 Guest) Incl: 2 courses plus appetizers. Service inc. Delhi 6 is a very different kind of Indian Restaurant – and well worth discovering. They have a deliberately small menu, but each item is designed to be dramatic, innovative and authentic. They use fresh and authentic ingredients that not only taste better but are more healthy as well. Of course this costs a little more than a traditional “curry house”, however, we think you will enjoy the difference. Menu: Please check on line for details. Note: We have not included desserts, but these can be ordered/ paid on night. Directions: Parking is available on the roadside in Burnett Road and Leslie Road, or in the car park behind Spice/Boots.

Tobogan & Fondue Night .. this legendary Spice event is back! Date: Saturday 19th January 2013 Place: Swadlincote Ski Centre (DE11 8LP) Meet: 5.30pm Cost: £19.50 (£22.50 Guest) Incl: 1 hour each of toboggan & tubing followed by fondue meal Some of you will remember this legendary Spice event that used to be a regularly in the programme. Well after a 10 year break, we’ve brought it back in a 2013 format! On arrival we have 2 hours of “play time” at the centre. We will be split into 2 groups and spend an hour on their toboggan run (you should get at leat 2 runs in) and 1 hour tubing down the dry ski slope. By 8pm we should have worked up an appetite to spend the rest of the night in The Alpine Lodge where we’ll enjoy a wonderful alpine fondue feast and a well stocked bar till 10.30. It’s a fun, sociable event that you really can’t miss! The Tobogganing: The Alpine Toboggan Run makes a breathtaking 650m descent, winding and twisting its way around and under the ski slope and the only thing in control of your speed is gravity and you! The Tubing: We hurtle down the ski slope on huge rubber tubes. It’s crazy, it’s out of control .. and you will laugh - lots! The Fondue: After all this fun, we'll move onto the apres ski. On the tables will be pork, beef and cheese fondues. We can try a little of each. There are also chips, salad, French bread and tasty dips. Dessert of the day is also included.

Chinese New Year Party .. always a Spice favourite! th

Date: Saturday 9 February 2013 Place: Chung Ying Gardens, Thorpe St (B5 4AT) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £32 (£35 Guest) incl. Chinese banquet & entertainment followed by disco & karaoke till late This is always a really popular night, and the feedback we get is brilliant! This year the New Year falls on Sunday 11th February, so we’ll 'bringing it in' tonight! 2013 is the Year of The Snake – so watch out! Check details on line ______________________________ 7


Airborne Adventures A collection of events all connected with flying and flying machines!

Helicopter Lesson .. you've got to try this one!

Date: Sunday 11th November 2012 Place: Wellesbourne Airfield near Stratford on Avon (CV35 9EU) # Meet: 12.45pm for 1pm Briefing Cost: £99.00 (paid as £9.00 deposit to Spice, plus £90.00 balance paid on the day) This is a classic Spice event - you've just got to fly a helicopter one time in your life! We're just sorry we can't make it cheaper, but helicopters are extraordinarily costly to run! This isn't a pleasure flight, it's a lesson - and real occasion. Your session starts with a briefing on helicopters in general and the controls of the Robinson R22 you’ll be flying. These machines are touch sensitive and challenging. You’ll be in the air for approx. 15 memorable minutes. Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 15½ stone (98kg).

Tandem Skydive from 12,000ft .. treat yourself to the ultimate adventure!

Date: Sunday 14th April 2013 Place: Hinton Skydive Centre, Oxfordshire/ Northants border (NN13 5NS) # Meet: 12 for 12.30pm Cost: £239 (£245 Guests) inc BPA membership To get the full freefall experience on your very first jump, and with maximum safety, a Tandem Skydive is just the thing! Following a short pre-jump briefing, you will experience the thrill of freefall and even learn the basics of steering and landing a modern 'square' gliding parachute, while securely attached to a highly experienced Instructor. Tandem Skydives normally take place from 10,000 to 12,000 feet - and sometimes even higher! After exiting the aircraft - securely attached to your Instructor! - you will freefall until the Instructor opens the main parachute at about 5000 feet. You will spend about 30 seconds in freefall (depending on exit altitude) and reach a speed of around 120 miles per hour! The descent under the large square parachute will take several minutes, during which time you will help to steer it down to the landing area. Please Note: Your weight must not exceed 15 stone (95kg). You will need to complete the BPA “Student Tandem Parachutist Declaration of Fitness” (download from online event writeup). If you’re over 40, or suffer from any of the conditions listed, the form will need signing by your GP. Video and stills of your jump can usually be arranged on day

Balloon Flights .. the altogether more civilised way to fly! th

Date: Sunday 30 December 2012 (other dates can be arranged on request) Place: Choose: ● Tissington, Derbyshire or ● Shugborough Hall, Staffs # Meet: Early morning - to be confirmed with joining details Cost: £139 Member, £145 Guest An experience of a lifetime! You arrive at the launch site. Nothing is happening. A van arrives, towing a huge wicker basket. People gather in groups, look skywards mutter about clouds & met reports. Then suddenly it’s all action with people running everywhere as our pilots decide we're going for it! Checks are made, you hop in and are away, rising majestically, with an eagles view of the fields & hills spread in a tapestry below. Your memorable flight lasts 30-60 mins. Location: Choose from 2 beautiful locations: Either Staffordshire (Shugborough Hall), or Derbyshire (Tissington Hall). Please note: flights are weather dependent, so dates cannot be guaranteed. If you’re unable to fly on the date chosen, our supplier Wickers World will offer another date that is mutually convenient. Their special terms & conditions will be sent.

What’s is a “Guest”? Some events have a separate price that applies if you want to bring a “guest” along to an event. The “guest” option is there for members to use to introduce new people to the group and for friends/ family for whom membership is not practical (eg visiting from another area). The Guest arrangements are offered at our discretion and cannot be used to avoid membership (eg by lapsed members). A “guest” must come along to the event with you (unless specifically agreed otherwise) and you are responsible for their good conduct. A “Guest” may accompany you at up to 3 events – after which we consider it fair to expect them to join themselves.

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Indoor Skydiving .. a fabulous new adrenaline event th

Date: Saturday 20 October 2012 Place: Xscape, Milton Keynes (MK9 3XA) # Meet: 12.30pm session Cost: £100 (£120 Guest) includes DVD (see full package details below) Imagine a wind tunnel that can be used for testing the aerodynamics of an F1 racing car, turn it upright, step into the airflow and you’re skydiving. It's a proven concept operating in several countries to the benefit of the skydiving community and anyone else who wishes to taste the thrill of freefall in a safe environment. The Package Includes: flying instruction, equipment hire, Flight Certificate, access to the tunnel viewing gallery (for family and friends), high quality DVD of your flight & 6 minutes total tunnel time – enough time to learned a broad range of freefall skills. The overall experience lasts approximately 2.5 – 3 hours. For more details visit www.airkix.co.uk This is an edited writeup: Please read full details on line at www.spicebham.com

Microlighting Experience Flight .. enjoy a 20 minute flight above Ashbourne! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Sunday 18 November 2012 Darley Moor Airfield near Ashbourne (DE6 2ET) # Timeslots to be allocated Total cost is £49 (£54 Guests) PAID AS £5 (£10 Guest) deposit to Spice when booking PLUS a balance of £44 directly to the supplier on arrival. These flights are with an instructor, in a dual controlled microlight, so you can have a go with the controls if you wish or just sit back and enjoy the experience! We start with a full briefing on safety procedures & equipment. The flight counts as a training flight, so if you want to continue flying by taking up a full course you already have some time which will count towards your full qualification. Unless you state otherwise we book a “flexwing” flight. They do have “3 axis” microlights as well if you prefer, which look more like a conventional aircraft but still have all the benefits of ultra light flight! Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 17stone (110kg).

Paragliding Day Course .. a perfect days introduction to the sport! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Sunday 14 October 2012 Darley Moor Airfield near Ashbourne (DE6 2ET) # 9am to 5pm Total cost is £199 (£204 Guests) but this is paid as £20 (£25 guests) deposit when booking PLUS the balance direct to the supplier on arrival Paragliding is a fabulous experience. Technology now allows packs so compact and light that it is possible for experts to climb a mountain then jump from the top – gliding serenely back to earth! This day is designed to provide all the info you need to decide if flying is for you and they are normally able to get students flying low solo flights by the end of the day. This is also the way to start if you’re interested in Paramotoring, as you need to be able to paraglide before you can progress to motors. If this interests you, let the team know and they’ll show you some motor units and let you try them on! Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 15 stone (95kg).

Paragliding - Tandem Experience .. experience a short but dramatic paraglide! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Sunday 14 October 2012 Darley Moor Airfield near Ashbourne (DE6 2ET) # Timeslots to be allocated Cost is £55 (£59 Guests) PAID AS £5.50 (£9.50 Guest) deposit to Spice when booking PLUS a balance of £49.50 directly to the supplier on arrival Get the closest feeling to everyone’s dream of truly free flight. Flying with an instructor and towed up by a winch to around 500 -700 feet, you can either help to pilot the paraglider, or just sit back and admire the views of the beautiful Derbyshire countryside. The experience starts with a full briefing then a 5-10 minute flight depending on conditions. Note: Event is weather dependent and a weather check number will be provided. Weight limit 15 stone (95kg). 9


Animal Encounters & Equestrian Lots of fun in the animal kingdom

Christmas Carriage Ride .. Sleigh bells ring, are you listening th

Date: Saturday 8 December 2012 Place: Darley Dale near Matlock (DE4 2ER) # Meet: Choose 11am or 12 noon slot Cost: £15 (£18 Guest) Soak up the atmosphere of a bygone era when travel was at a more leisurely pace and enjoy a half hours Christmas carriage ride through the dales. Clamber aboard and settle yourself for the journey. Listen to the Christmas Sleigh Bells as the coach starts on its trip through the Derbyshire countryside. enjoy hot coffee and mince pies on your return. There will then be time time to browse around the Carriage Museum, which houses one of the country's largest collections of original horse drawn vehicles. Just dress up warmly and take waterproofs as the trip takes place whatever the weather.

Beginners Horse Trek .. a 2 hour beginners trek experience th

Date: Sunday 11 November 2012 Place: Bagginswood Stables, Shropshire (DY14 8NB) # Meet: 12.30pm for 1pm – 3pm trek Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest (Optional pub lunch afterwards) A 2 hour trek organised by a quality, family run stables on the Shropshire/Worcestershire Countryside and is designed for beginners or novice riders. This will be a very gentle ride on kind easy horses with fully trained escorts on foot for those that wish. After the ride we will go to the pub for a drink. Absolute beginners are welcome.

Learn to Horse Ride in a Day .. a beginners fun day th

Date: Sunday 25 November 2012 Place: Warwick International, Guys Cliff (CV34 5YD) Meet: 10am to approx 2.45pm Cost: £57 Member, £65 Guest Set in the heart of Shakespeare’s county Warwick International School of Riding prides itself in its professional attitude, with a friendly atmosphere. Today is a great opportunity to be introduced to the wonderful new skill of horse riding. The day is based at complete beginners with plenty of fun. There will even be a chance to win a rosette at the end of the day. The full writeup for this event can be found on our website including detailed directions (or call us for more).

Trick Horse Riding .. you won't meet many people who have tried this! Date: Saturday 17th November 2012 Place: Warwick International, Guys Cliff (CV34 5YD) # Meet: 9.30 for 10am to approx 12.30pm Cost: £95 Member, £99 Guest Equity meets Equine today, as it’s a rare chance to be taught by Karl Udez Martinez who is a fully trained and qualified, Equity registered stunt man as well as being a master horseman – one of the Knights of Middle England display team. You may have seen him or the ‘Knights’ in hit TV series ‘Merlin’ or Russell Crowes’ ‘Robin Hood’. Within the safety of an enclosed arena with specially trained horses on the lunge rein you will learn the basics of classical vaulting techniques performing gymnastic manoevres on the back of a moving horse. We’ll then progress on to the authentic Cossack trick riding saddle, learning a variety of basic vaults, tricks and stands. Anyone can do this – No riding experience necessary!

For All Horse Riding Events Wear footwear with a small heel/ ankle support & gloves as reigns rub your hands. Riding hats are provided and must be worn. Max rider weight: Middleton 13st, Warwick International 20st, Stottesdon 15st. Rugby not stated.

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Walk with Wolves - Bedford .. exclusive Spice visit with opportunity to feed wolves th

Dates: ● Sat 6 Oct ● Sat 3rd Nov or Sun 2nd Dec Place: A428 between Bromham & Turvery # Meet: 10.15am (ends 1.30pm) Cost: £47 Member, £52 Guest This event and the introduction to wolves will allay any pre-conceived ideas we may have about these beautiful animals! We meet the wolves and their handlers at the Anglian Wolf Society which is a private sanctuary for wolves and they support and raise funds for wolf conservation. They are not open to the public but have agreed to allow Spice members to accompany the wolves on their walk and to have a wolf experience where you can help feed them. You will be introduced to the wolves before setting off on the walk. We’ll feed the wolves and have some hands on experience.

Llama, Camel & Mule Trekking with Lunch .. an idylic new trek in the Wye Valley th

Date: Sunday 7 October 2012 Place: Mallards Pike, centre of Forest of Dean # Meet: 11.00am Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) inc picnic Come trekking with pack animals from various continents! We will definitely have llamas with us, plus a Bulgarian Donkey with her trap or one of the lovely mules who have recently retired there from Barr Beacon. We also hope to have a Camel with us if conditions allow. We‘re the guests of Alasdair and Moira, who have nurtured an unusual collection of pack animals in a most scenic and unspoilt area. The animals carry all our provisions and kit for the day. The llamas will then, in their own lovely way, proceed to teach you anything that Alastair has forgotten! We’ll head into the Forest. Our route takes us past Speech House, various lovely lakes and remnants of numerous mines reminding us of an industrial heritage of not so long ago. We’ll stop for our picnic (included) at one of the beauty spots. This trek is 7 miles of very easy walking and if you do get tired, you can always ride in the trap!

Medieval Jousting .. join the special few who have tried this event! th

Date: Saturday 13 October or Sunday 18th November 2012 Place: Warwick International, Guys Cliff (CV34 5YD) # Meet: 9.15am - 5.00pm Cost: £175 Member, £185 Guest A unique opportunity to learn the ultimate medieval art, with The Knights of Middle England. Our day is run by Karl Ude-Martinez who has years of experience performing live jousting shows all over Europe. For obvious safety reasons, we’re not allowed to actually hit each other, however, they use a quitaine (or dummy) to take the impact. On arrival we’ll be given a safety briefing and our riding will be assessed. You’ll learn basic jousting skills such as hitting the quintaine and basic sword and staff fighting. Being a knight also involves being dressed in medieval costume. No riding experience is needed, but would be an advantage. For safety, if the instructor feels your riding is not strong enough for certain tasks, you’ll make it up in other activities. Reasonable fitness is required as you’ll be in the saddle for most of the day.

Christmas Adventure Trekking Day .. a day's trekking for confident riders th

Date: Sunday 9 December 2012 Place: Bagginswood Stables, Shropshire (DY14 8NB) # Meet: 9.30am for 10am to 2pm ride Cost: £79 Member, £85 Guest (plus lunch on day) A fantastic opportunity to ride through herds of wild ponies in the Beautiful South Shropshire Hills across common land and spectacular ridges with magnificent views. Please make sure only confident riders apply as the instructor will be on horseback and the terrain is sometimes steep. You need to be able to walk, trot and canter. Riding hats are provided but please wear sensible footwear and comfy, old warm clothes. On our return we will enjoy a mulled wine and mince pie. Please note that as this is slightly shorter than the usual Adventure Treks due to lack of light at this time of year.

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Bird Handling Course .. fly hawks, falcons & owls at the centre! th

Date: Saturday 13 October 2012 Place: Blakedown, Nr Hagley (DY9 0JB) Meet: 1.45pm for 2pm to 5pm course Cost: £59 (Guest £64) We have had a lot of requests from those who want to learn about falconry and bird handling, but are happy to do it as a half day course (eg without our customary afternoon in the woods to see the birds hunt). The afternoon involves an intensive session within the centre and as we are limited to just 6 people so you get very personal attention. We’ll get an introduction to falconry and its history and learn how to handle, care for and fly a wide range of birds. This is a very "hands on " practical session and we get to know some remarkable birds during our stay. You will have the opportunity to fly the birds in the centre and learn a tremendous amount about these fascinating creatures. Directions: Blakedown, is between Birmingham & Kidderminster on the A456. Look out for Webbs Garden Centre, which shares the site and park up in the Garden Centre car park. The Falconry Centre is behind the Garden Centre.

Deer Walk with a Ranger at Bradgate Park .. a deer walk in search of the magnificent Red Deer Stag! Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012 Place: Bradgate, Leceistershire (LE6 0HE) # Meet: Time to be confirmed – please check on line Cost: £5 Member, £6.50 Guest We have arranged for a Bradgate ranger to take us on a guided deer walk at rutting time, when we have a chance of spotting their famous red stags. It’s an easy walk of around 1½ hours. Deer with Attitude: Other than the Scottish Glens, Bradgate Park is the best place to catch a glimpse of those “hard”, powerful red deer stags. And there’s no better time to visit than during their annual rut when these magnificent, handsome deer will be looking their best. Despite standing over 6 feet tall and being the largest British land mammal but beware that these beautiful animals are wary and can be very elusive. Note: The walk can be hilly and rocky so wear good footwear.

Hawks, Owls, Tudors & Battles .. an afternoon of feathered fun & discovery at Bosworth Field Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 Place: Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre (CV13 0AD) # Meet: 1.45pm Cost: £19.50 (£22.50 Guest) includes all 3 Bosworth experiences Re-live this famous turning point in British history at Boswoth Battle Field. The death of a King and the birth of the all powerful Tudor dynasty. We have joined forces with Hawkwise for a very special afternoon. Meeting at the Heritage Room for tea and coffee, we then embark on three activities:. ● Tudor Hawk Walk: Our Costumed Medieval Falconer will bring history alive during this unique walk around Bosworth Battlefield Country Park . There will be opportunities to fly a Hawk to your gloved fist during the 1 hour tour. ● Bosworth Exhibition Tour: The Hawk Walk finishes at the Bosworth Exhibition where we have an hour’s guided tour to re-live the infamous battle of 1485 that was the turning point in British history. We’ll journey through Medieval England in an interactive exhibition, witness the horrors of medieval warfare in the Battle Room. Follow the fortunes of four characters and hear their stories about how they were affected during this turbulent time. ● Owl Display:As dusk approaches we will finish the day with a display by the owls. It’s a fabulous experience to see Owls flying at night. There will be plenty of handling opportunities throughout the session.

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Camel Riding in Warwickshire .. a really unusual morning on the farm! th

Date: Sunday 20 January 2013 Place: Idlicote, Warwickshire (CV36 5DN) # Meet: 9.45 for 10am - 1pm Session Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest If your plans of trekking the deserts of the Middle East in a camel train this winter have been thwarted by political unrest, don’t worry – you’ll find the world’s most wonderful camels waiting for us in Warwickshire! This event is brought to Spice for the very first time by Joseph's Amazing Camels who are the UK’s only specialist camel company. They were started in 2000 by Joseph and Rebecca Fossett who boast the highest standards of training and animal welfare. Joseph is a member of the country’s oldest circus family and has been training animals for over 35 years including lions, tigers, elephants, bears, horses and of course camels. Our Amazing Morning: We will meet the team at their farm where we will have a briefing and sign a special disclaimer over tea and biscuits. We will then meet the camels and will learn how to groom and tack them ready for our outing. The camels are then loaded onto their lorry and we will combine into cars for a short drive to the farm where we will walk and ride them. We will have 4 or 5 camels between a group of 12 – 20 Spice members and we will take turns to ride or walk the camels over a distance of around 3 miles. When we have all learned to ride and bond with our new dromedrian friends, we will finish with a debrief over strawberries and hot wine. This is sure to be a fun and unusual Spice experience that you will remember for a very long time. Note: Dress with strong footwear and loose, comfortable clothing. Bring waterproofs, although there will be a weather check number to call as event will be postponed if weather is very poor. Riding hats provided (or you can bring your own).

Winter Wildlife Tour of Middleton Lakes .. enjoy this new Nature Reserve st

Date: Tuesday 1 January 2013 Place: RSPB Middleton, Nr Tamworth (B78 2AE) – full directions on line Meet: 10.30am start. Ends 1.00pm Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) includes mince pie & festive drink Join Chris Edwards as we look for the sure signs of Winter is on its way. Winter birds, including waders and waterfowl will be in abundance as we enjoy a pleasant stroll around the woodlands, meadows and lakes of the Tame Valley. We’ll finish with a mince pie & festive drink. Wear stout shoes or wellies.

Wildfowl Prowl at Middleton Lakes .. enjoy this new Nature Reserve Date: Sunday 13th January 2013 Place: RSPB Middleton, Nr Tamworth (B78 2AE) - full directions on line Meet: 10.30am start. Ends 1.00pm Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Join Chris Edwards on walk around Middleton Lakes to discover which birds are spending their winter here. The birds you may see include waders and waterfowl such as Pochard, Widgeon and Teal. Hopefully they will be in abundance as we enjoy a pleasant stroll around the woodlands, meadows and lakes of the Tame Valley signposted off the A4091 which runs between Tamworth (at Fazeley) and Sutton (at Wishaw). Park in RSPB car park, just left of the hall grounds.

Furry Fables - Stories of our British Mammals .. from bats to badgers, seals to stags nd

Date: Thursday 22 November 2012 Place: Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) - full directions on line Meet: 7.30pm - 9.30pm Cost: £7 Member, £9 Guest Join naturalist Nick Martin for a fascinating evening of stories and photography. From bats to badgers, seals to stags, discover the greatest and smallest of our British mammals. We'll explore woodlands, farmland, the coasts and the mountains searching for the exciting animals that can be so elusive but facinating. We'll also find out what makes these varied creatures so special, their relationships with other wildlife, with us and their history in this country. ______________________________ 13


Spice Makes a Difference Spice members love supporting the community – either in practical help (like on litter picking walks) or by raising huge amounts of cash for good causes. Our involvement with charities also enables us to offer some absolutely unique experiences – so with these events everyone wins! As well as these, you will find other events under other categories which promote social awareness and support selected charities, including some of our Behind the Scenes visits.

Spice Book Club .. discuss a book each month over tea & cakes! th

Dates: Mondays: ● 8 Oct ● 12th Nov ● 3rd Dec ● 7th Jan ● 4th Feb Place: Meet inside The Spice Office – see below (B74 3EJ) Meet: 8pm Start (ends around 9.30pm) Cost: FREE, but collection for Book Aid on day. In order to have a sociable literary evening each month and raise money for Book Aid International (www.bookaid.org) we have a monthly meet up at the Spice office. The idea is that each month we discuss a set book that we have read in preparation. The conversation will be lead by our volunteer, Kate Coulter, but is very informal. Kate will provide teas/ coffees/mineral water and some home baked treats. A voluntary collection will be taken each month which we will send to Book Aid International who send books to schools and libraries in third world countries and are endorsed by celebrity writers such as Michael Palin and their patron is The Duke of Edinburgh. It costs just £2 to send one book to readers in sub-Saharan Africa and beyond so every penny we raise can make a difference. Preparation: You will need to have read each book beforehand. You can buy or try your local library. The Venue: The Spice Office is above Boots Chemist at 6a Burnett Road in Streetly, Sutton Coldfield B74 3EJ. Press the buzzer on the green door which is to the side of Boots. There is parking on the road, and around the back. The Books (there is a précis of each book on the on line version of this write up at www.spicebham.com): ● October: Night Circus - Erin Morganstern. ● November: The Well - Peter Labrow ● December: Tideline -Penny Hancock ● January: The Wine of Angels - by Phil Rickman ● February: The Winter Ghosts – Kate Mosse

Charity Spice Christmas Cake Club .. where we chat about cakes .. oh and eat them too! th

Date: Sunday 9 December 2012 Place: Walsall (details to be sent) # Meet: 4pm - 6pm (note later time than September date) Cost: Free to book but charity collection on night. Incl: Tea or Coffee. Please bring along a homemade cake or some cupcakes to share! Baking is becoming extremely popular – trendy even! And we were surprised that it was mainly younger members that came to our last Cake Club and that a fair number were men! Spice members Helen & Gary have invited us again to be guests at their lovely home in Walsall. Helen helps the group enjoy a relaxed sociable afternoon sharing and chatting about homemade cakes, drinking tea and hopefully playing sociable games in their garden (they have trampoline, lawn darts, inflatable scrabble and a giant Jenga). If the weather is poor we’ll enjoy their indoor entertainment (a games room with a pub sized pool table, bar football table, table tennis, and arcade machine). There is no charge to attend, but there will be a collection during the afternoon to support the work ‘Disability Snowsport UK’, (Helen & Gary’s favourite charity). Note: This isn’a competition, no judging, just a lot of fun. And you get to try lots of cake, and maybe take some home!

Confessions of a Health & Safety Inspector .. an entertaining insight into "Elf & Safety" th

Date: Wed 24 October 2012 (note – places tight, please cancel if booked & not coming) Place: The Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: FREE but collection for The Cancer Support Centre on day How many times have you been to Spice events and heard suppliers say they cannot do something because of "health and safety"? Have you read some of the silly "elf & safety" stories which appear regularly in the press and groaned in despair because the world appears to be going mad? Tonight our member Bernard Robinson, recently been awarded an MBE for his services to Health and Safety has promised to lift the lid and banish the myths. All for charity! To read more about this event, please visit www.spicebham.com 14


Movember 2012 - Join our Spice Team .. register to grow your moustache st

Date: Thursday 1 to Friday 30th Movember 2012 Place: Top lip! Cost: FREE (but hopefully your growth will attract sponsors!) Movember: the month formerly known as November, is when brave and selfless men around the world grow a moustache, to raise awareness and funds for men’s health - specifically prostate and testicular cancer. It was established in 2003 by a few friends over a beer in a pub just outside Melbourne, Australia. The goal was simple – to create a campaign promoting the growth of the moustache among like-minded people and having fun along the way. It is about real men talking about real issues and changing the face of men’s health, one moustache at a time. Movember now spans the globe, with campaigns in 21 countries in 2012 – and this year we’re joining them. How to Get involved with the Spice Team: Spice West Midlands are trying to get a big team together to share the Movember experience. We also have get togethers to compare our facial hair including the opportunity to book our “Movember Moustached Mexican Meal” on 29th November. Once you have booked with Spice, you need ALSO to register yourself on the Movember website www.movember.com and choose to join the group “Spice West Midlands”. Where does the money go? In 2011, over 850,000 Mo Bros and Mo Sistas raised over £79.3 million globally; with over £22 million of that coming from the UK. Funds raised in the UK are directed to programmes run by Movember and their men’s health partners Prostate Cancer UK and The Institute of Cancer Research. Movember Rules: The rules of conduct are: 1) Each mo bro must begin the 1st of Movember with a clean shaven face. 2) For the entire month of Movember each mo bro must grow and groom a moustache. 3) There is to be no joining of the mo to one's sideburns. (That’s considered a beard). 4) There is to be no joining of the handlebars to one's chin. (That’s considered a goatee). 5) A small complimentary growth under the bottom lip is allowed (aka a tickler)

Walking with the Wounded .. discover "the climb of a lifetime" Date: Wednesday 7th November 2012 Place: Cotswold Outdoor Shop, 105 New Street (B2 4EU) Meet: 7.00pm Extras: There is no cost to book, but there will be a charity collection on the night Following the ITV documentary "Harry's Mountain Heroes" that followed the Walking with the Wounded team as they attempted their Everest climb, Cotswold Outdoors are now pleased to welcome the team to the store to give a presentation and discussion about their mountain adventure. It’s a story of incredible determination by wounded soldiers. To read more about this event, please visit www.spicebham.com

Charity Sleep Out .. take on the challenge & help the homeless! th

Date: Fri 30 November - Saturday 1st December 2012 Place: St Basils Car Park, Digbeth (B9 4AX) # Meet: from 7pm (coordinator arriving 8pm) Meet: 7pm approx (final details TBC). Ends around 6am Cost: No charge to take part but please seek sponsorship for St Basils This annual event has previously been undertaken by such celebrities as Doug Ellis, the Bishop of Aston, Suzanne Virdee, Andrew Mitchell MP and various media VIP’s – but could you take the challenge of joining around 200 people sleeping rough on a car park in December in order to help the homeless (whilst experiencing for one night what it is all about)? This is how it works: On arrival, we will be given a piece of cardboard and a plastic sheet (please bring your own sleeping bag) and we’ll stake out ‘our area’ of the car park. Between 7pm & 1am there will be hot food and drinks available at nominal cost (last year organized by Harvey Nichols!) and there will be a fire in the centre of the car park for a little warmth. At around 9pm there will be a presentation about the charity in St Basils Church next door (which is the St Basils HQ) and also there will be an atmospheric midnight mass in the church by a priest for anyone who wants to attend (usually very popular as it’s warm inside!) although please note that despite its name and HQ, St Basils is purely a homeless charity and not aligned to any church or religion. We have committed to sleep out for the night, so please don’t try to sneak out! Breakfast is available from 6am and help with clearing the cardboard into a skip is then much appreciated. Sponsorship: Everyone who books this will be sent further details and a sponsorship form nearer the time. People usually aim to get around £100 in sponsorship. They also have “cowards pledge” option, which is to pay £50 and stay at home! Sponsor Our Sleepers: If you want to support the evening without taking part, we have set up an “event” on line where you can donate, or of course just call us at The Spice Office with your credit card. 15


Santa Cycle & Present Drop in Sutton Park .. easy cycling with a twist! th

Date: Sunday 16 December 2012 Place: Meet inside The Spice Office (B74 3EJ) Meet: 11am Start. Meet from 10.30am for Drinks & Biscuits Extras: No charge to book, but bring a present on the day! More cycling for softies today! Ideal for those who like to take it easy, or haven’t cycled for ages. This time we’re dressing as Santas (no need to go the whole yo-ho-ho, just a Santa Hat over your helmet or similar decorations will do if you don’t have the full outfit!). You’re also asked to pack a present for a girl or boy in your rucksack and these will be handed to some elves along the way who’ll reward us with hot chocolate & marsh mallows! We will meet at the Spice office, where there will be drinks and biscuits and the briefest of briefings! Around 11.00am we will leave with the intention of seeing the best bits of Sutton Park. We will stop frequently to group, enjoy the views and have a few words from Richard on points of interest. We will only use roads (most are car free) and short sections on good tracks, so you do not need an off road bike. The ride is lead by Richard, who is not a qualified cycle leader, just an enthusiastic amateur. So please don’t expect anything more than a leisurely ride with friends. The Presents: Please pack a gift, ready wrapped and labeled whether it is for a girl or a boy and the age range. These will be handed over to a representative of a local hostel for women, many of whom have children living with them. The children are all ages and you’re welcome to donate for any age group, however, we have had a particular request for teenage presents this year as they are often the ones left out! The presents are for the children who are temporarily resident at Aven House, Walsall’s refuge for those fleeing domestic violence. The place is usually full at Christmas time! (If you want to help but can’t make this event, you can also drop presents in to the Spice Office any time up to 12noon Christmas Eve and we’ll ensure they are delivered to Aven in time for the real Santa to deliver them overnight!) Many thanks to Rev Nigel Carter of St Johns Church, Walsall Wood for his help in arranging this. Important: Please bring a bike (anything serviceable is fine), santa fancy dress and a cycle helmet. Helmets must be worn for safety and insurance reasons. Please ensure your fancy dress is safe for cycling! Weather Check: If the weather looks really bad. Please call 07788 950109 to check the ride is still on or watch your mobile phone/ email for a message around 9am if there is a problem.

Easy Cycling Tour of Kingsbury Water Park .. dust off your bike for a leisurely ride Date: Place: Meet: Extra:

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Saturday 29 December 2012 Meet by Cycle Hire Centre (B76 0DY) 11am Start (Meet from 10.30am) No charge to book, but collection for Sutton Cancer Centre on the day. Also note £3.50 car parking see notes Host: Richard (Spice Coordinator) 07899 950109 Some more cycling for softies today – all in a good cause! Ideal for those who like to take it easy, or haven’t cycled for some time. We will meet by the cycle centre (near the car park and adventure play area) from 10.30am, for the briefest of briefings, then at around 11.00am we will leave with the intention of visiting all the main pools and features of the Water Park. We will stop frequently to group, enjoy the views and have a few words from Richard on points of interest. We will also stop for drinks/ snacks at one of the cafes during the ride. We will only use good quality tracks, so you don’t need an off road bike. It is also flat (yippee!). The ride is lead by Richard (the Spice Coordinator) who is not a qualified cycle leader, just an enthusiastic amateur. So please do not expect anything more than a leisurely ride with friends and you won’t be disappointed. Sutton Cancer Centre: There will be a collection for Sutton Cancer Centre, who do brilliant work with cancer sufferers and their families. They have been a tremendous help to many Spice members over the years who have diagnosed (or had a family member diagnosed) with cancer. Important: Please bring a bike (anything serviceable is fine) and a cycle helmet. Helmets must be worn. Cycle Hire: Probike Cycle Center (where we’re meeting) can hire bikes at around £12 for 3 hours but please call them in advance on 07403 190516 to ensure they are going to be open (at time of writing this cannot be confirmed). Weather Check: If the weather looks really bad. Please call 07788 950109 to check the ride is still on or watch your mobile phone/ email for a message around 9am if there is a problem. Directions and Parking: Kingsbury Water Park is well sign posted off Bodymoor Heath Road. Go in through the main entrance (not Broomey Croft) Main Entrance. There is an entry fee of £3.50 per car, and you will need correct change at automatic barrier in £2, £1, 50p, 20p or 10p coins. ______________________________ 16


Cycling & Mountain Biking Biking is great fun and our instructors, will ensure you have fun whether you're peddling along a country lane, or trying to reach the summit of a craggy peak! The rides are lead by experienced guides (unless otherwise stated) who also act as bike doctors should anybody's bike fall poorly. If you use your own bike it must be in reasonable condition and suitable for the type of event described. Also, you MUST bring & wear a helmet (usually provided with hire bikes, but check).

Wyre Forest Mountain Biking & Map Reading .. a lovely bike ride in the forest with map reading tuition Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012 Place: Wyre Forest Discovery Centre (DY14 9XQ) # Meet: 10.00am - 4.00pm Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) Includes bikes, helmets, guiding & BBQ Test your map reading skills and your forest knowledge whilst exploring Wyre on a mountain bike. Includes bikes and helmets and lunch time BBQ in the Forest.

Leicestershire Villages Easy/ Moderate Cycle .. relaxed cycling with lots to see th

Date: Saturday 20 October 2012 Place: Cock Inn, Sibson, 5 miles north of Nuneaton (CV13 6LB) # Meet: 10.00am for 10.30am (ends around 4pm) Cost: £15 (£18 Guest). Hire bikes available by pre booking - call Peter 07052 302485 Today we cycle over undulating countryside passing Bosworth Battlefield and through mysteriously named Leicestershire villages on a 30 mile easy/moderate cycle with Peter and Trevor. This is a full day cycle and you’ll need a packed lunch. We return to the Cock Inn by 4pm for well-earned refreshment. Average levels of fitness required. Helmets must be worn.

Lichfield/ Trent Valley Easy Moderate Cycle .. another classic route with Trevor & Peter Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 Place: Bell Inn, Whittington, (2 miles East of Lichfield) (WS14 9JR) # Meet: 10.00am for 10.30am (ends around 3.30pm) Cost: £15 (£18 Guest). Hire bikes available by pre booking - call Peter on 07052 302485 Our route begins at Whittington just outside of Lichfield. We cycle through attractive villages with scenery changing from mixed farming to lush meadows on this 25 mile easy/moderate cycle with Peter and Trevor. This is a full day cycle and you will need a packed lunch. We return to the Bell Inn by 3.30 pm for well-earned refreshment. Average levels of fitness required. Please note that a cycle helmets must be worn.

Mountain Biking for Beginners .. discover the famous "Follow the Dog" trail th

Date: Sunday 18 November 2012 Place: Birches Valley Forest Ctr nr Rugeley (WS15 2UQ) # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest Extras: Bring a bike & helmet or arrange to hire one there (see details below) Discover just how much fun mountain biking can be by joining Simon (son of Mark Fenton and leader of our Coast to Coast Rides) at one of the UK’s foremost off road trails. Simon is a qualified and experienced instructor and very patient and skilled at helping people improve their riding techniques & get the very best out of their biking whilst staying safe. The Trail: The new “Follow the Dog” mountain bike trail has some lovely flowing and testing single track through the woods to have a go at! The 7 mile route gives riders a chance to enjoy a thrilling ride through the chase. Bikes: You will need a mountain bike with chunky tyres (sorry, hybrids, road bikes and Raleigh Choppers are not suitable for this one). If you need to hire, try Swinnerton Cycles who are right at the start of the trail. Call 01889 575170. ______________________________ 17


Dance Workshops VENUE : ● Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston B12 9QH ● Pole Dancing: 156 - 157 Warstone Centre, Warstone Lane, (B18 6NZ) You don't need any experience to enjoy these fun events. If the dance involves partners, we'll pair you up on the night - and as we change partners frequently you get to tread on everyone's toes!

Ballroom Masterclass - Foxtrot!

Ballroom Dance Masterclass - Jive!

.. learn the Foxtrot just like the celebrities!

.. learn the Jive just like the celebrities!

Date: Saturday 27th October 2012 Place: Midlands Art Centre- English Studio (B12 9QH) Meet: 11.45am for 12 - 2.00pm Cost: £9.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Kevin & Christine will soon be moving abroad and our new teachers will be their son Christopher and his dance partner Vicky. Following hard on the heels of his parent’s success Chris is already highly regarded in the world of ballroom dancing. Today we will be learning the Foxtrot - This is a beautiful gliding dance that epitomises what ballroom dancing is all about

Date: Saturday 15th December 2012 Place: Midlands Art Centre- English Studio Meet: 11.45am for 12noon - 2.00pm Cost: £9.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Kevin & Christine are moving abroad. Our new teachers will be their son Christopher and his dance partner Vicky. Chris is already highly regarded in the world of ballroom dancing. Have you ever envied the celebrities on Strictly Come Dancing being taught by top professional dancers and wished you could have a go too? Have you always wanted to have a go at Latin/ballroom dancing but didn’t know whether you’d like it enough to commit to a course? Today we will be learning the Jive - A fun, free and lively dance. As usual there’s no need to bring a partner (unless you have one handy!) as we’ll pair off at random within the group when necessary which always adds to the fun and social nature of these lessons. This is aimed at complete beginners, but beginners/improvers are most welcome too.

Dance to "I Gotta Feeling" .. learn the coolest dance routine ever! th

Date: Sunday 18 November 2012 Place: Midlands Art Centre - English Studio Meet: 12noon till 3pm (note new time) Cost: £15.50 Member, £17.50 Guest Learn the famous Dance Routine to The Black Eyed Peas “I Gotta Feeling (that tonight’s gonna be a good good night)”. The “Peas” started a wave of “I Gotta Feeling” fever when they organised a 3000 strong “flash mob” for Oprah Winfrey’s anniversary celebrations, and the fever is still burning. We thought you’d love to learn the steps that go with it so Sheena will break it down into bite-sized pieces for us, so no matter how many left feet you have, you’ll still pick it up and get to be part of something amazing!

Pole Dancing with Pure Joy .. a fun introduction anyone can try! Date: Saturday 26th January 2013 (Oct date now full) Place: 156-157 Warstone Centre B18 6NZ – See below Meet: Arrive 1.20pm for 1.30pm - 4.00pm Cost: £20 (£23 Guest) incl. refreshments & snacks Join us today in a purpose built studio, fitted with 6 poles, in the heart of Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter. Pole dancing has become one of the most exciting and empowering forms of exercise that you can encounter. This experience is for ladies and gentlemen who can think of nothing worse than slaving away in the gym and for all shapes, sizes and ages. The great thing about the experience is that it is fun. A fantastic way to exercise, you will learn new moves that will strengthen and tone your whole body and burn plenty of calories but above all you will have a fun filled experience with your friends. Please do not worry that you will be asked to undress, or do anything that you are uncomfortable with. As we anticipate a large group, there will be no embarrassment if you want to give any part a miss and just spectate (and get your breath back for a while). However, we believe that if you just might get hooked to this unusual combination of dance, fitness, gymnastic and performance movement (and fun!). Wear: Best dress how you would for the gym. If you are happy exposing your legs, shorts are ideal as this gives the best grip on the pole. However, the most important thing is that you are comfortable. High heels are optional for the ladies. Directions: From the Memorial Clock in the centre of the Jewellery Quarter with Tesco on Left & HSBC right go straight down Warstone Lane until you see the Red Lion Pub on left. The studio has red door. Entrance is by intercom buzzer. A member of staff will be downstairs to direct you to the 2nd floor studio.

Salsa Dance Workshop .. latin magic for beginners & improvers Date: Thursday 6th December 2012 Place: Midlands Art Centre- Randle Studio Meet: 7.30pm - 9.30pm Cost: £8 Member, £9.50 Guest Quite a few members have been asking for more Salsa classes, Steve is a great teacher, so why not come along and learn some cool Salsa moves for all your Christmas parties! Steve is getting great feedback for these special Spice Nights. His classes are fun and easy to follow, so come on lets give it a go! Steve Bell has been teaching salsa dancing since 1997, and his unique combination of humour and making the dance easy to understand has helped him to become one of the most popular teachers in the Midlands area. Having won the International Amateur Salsa Competition twice, and taught all over the world, in many parts of the UK as well as in the Dominican Republic, Gran Canaria and Spain, he has the experience to make his workshops fun as well as easy to follow. This session will suit newcomers as well as those who are coming back for more. Salsa is quite a craze, with many night clubs involved with the dance. It's fashionable and great fun. - so polish up your dancing shoes and 'Salsa'!

STOP PRESS – NEW BURLESQUE DATE – 13 January 2013 A new date has just gone on line for our very popular Burlesque Dance Workshop, too late to print full details here. th It is at the MAC on Sunday 13 January 2013, 1.30 – 3.30pm This event gets brilliant feedback, so please find it at www.spicebham.com

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Ian Jelf's England Ian is a legend within Spice. He’s a Blue Badge Guide who’ s really entertaining. His tours are very different from what you might expect, with lots of offbeat observations and crazy stories that he has researched for us! Allow a couple of hours - more if you get him talking about busses, phone boxes or 2CV’s .. or accept his invitation to the pub afterwards!

Lincoln Discovery Day by Coach

Ghost Walk of Sutton Coldfield

.. discover an amazing city with Ian!

.. a brand new walk from Ian Jelf

Date: Saturday 20th October 2012 Place: Coach pick ups 7.30am/ 8.00am & 8.30am # Meet: returning around 7- 8pm Cost: £29 Member, £35 Guest Pickups are: ● Birmingham International Station (NEC) 0730 ● Colmore Row 0800 – bus stops on Colmore Row by Cathedral ● Sutton Coldfield 0830 – Parade Outside Macdonalds Details: See the full write up on line or in previous newsletter

Date: Thursday 15th November 2012 Place: Outside MacDonalds - The Parade (B72 1XX) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Ian's walks looking at the ghostly and grisly past of our towns and cities have always proved popular, so here's here's a new one! The Royal Town has its share of ghost stories and the unexplained, from spectral Roman soldiers to covens of Druids, from a Tudor King to a mysterious Victorian gentleman! So why not come along and find out more? Bring warm clothing, good shoes and a sense of adventure and discover the darker side of Sutton! The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield is one of the most ancient settlements within today's Birmingham - indeed for centuries it was far more important than Birmingham. Come & find out more! Note: This is not one of those walks where actors in fancy dress jump out at you! It is a tour of real reports and grisly happenings. Meet: Outside McDonald's at junction of Parade and Victoria Rd

Ghostly & Grisly Birmingham Walk .. discover the wicked, cruel & spooky goings on!

Date: Halloween: Wednesday 31st October 2012 Place: Statue of Victoria in Victoria Square (B3 3DH) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £7.50 Member, £10 Guest A very special Birmingham walk, ideal for the darker nights. For tonight we go in search of the unexplained, the unexpected and the plain unpleasant as we go delving into Birmingham’s more grisly, ghoulish past! Through the darkened streets we go, hearing tales of a murder (or two), some ghostly theatrical goings on, stories of digging up bodies, the angel of death, ghostly monks.......and the tale of Birmingham’s most (in)famous corpse. Bring a stout heart, warm clothing and a sense of adventure! Directions: Victoria Square, is in front of the Council House & Town Hall, near the “floozy in the jaccuzi” water feature.

Birmingham at War Afternoon Walk .. an atmospheric walk for remembrance Sunday! Date: Sunday 11th November 2012 Place: Meet by statue of Bull in the Bull Ring (B5 4BG) Meet: 1.30pm Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest To mark Remembrance Sunday we have a special walk. Bearing in mind the date, we’ll be looking at how our City has been touched by war through the ages. As well as hearing about the Blitz and the home front, we’ll have a few surprises. War has left us with the curious name of a building, a special place in the history of rationing and several narrow escapes. And this is by no means confined to the two World Wars, as we learn how the Boer War came to Birmingham, a link with the Crimea and going further back where Brummies once fought on their own doorsteps. Meet at the statue of the Bull in the Bull Ring.

Criminal Birmingham Walk .. Ian uncovers the secrets of the underworld! Date: Sunday 20th January 2013 Place: Victoria Square by Council House (B3 3DH) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Were the good old days really that good? No, there was badness everywhere! Birmingham has a history of wrong-doing going back many centuries and this new walk uncovers some of the stories of robberies, forgery, theft .. even murder! And to redress the balance, we find out about the fight against crime, too, in learning how the City was policed. This is sure to be a fascinating walk – just hang onto your wallets and watch your backs as we go in search of the dark side of Birmingham throu the ages! Meet at the statue of Queen Victoria in Victoria Square.

Bournville on Christmas Eve .. walking and Carolling!

Date: Monday 24th December 2012 Place: Beneath Christmas Tree, Linden Rd (B30 1JT) Meet: 5.00pm Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Some things are just guaranteed to come around each year, aren’t they? Holidays, TV Licence renewal, Christmas and the now legendary SPICE Christmas Eve walk in Bournville! This walk is a little different from the others. For one thing it lasts for only an hour and is a general look at Christmas using the pretty garden village of Bournville as a reference. Then we end on Bournville Village green in time for their annual Christmas Carol Service. Huge crowds attend and sing along, accompanied by the famous Bournville Carillon (Bell Tower). It’s a really atmospheric way to truly “begin Christmas”, especially if you bring along a lantern and a Santa Hat or antlers or something! The service usually finishes around 6.45pm and there’s a collection for local charities. Meet beneath the huge Christmas tree at the top of Bournville Green in Linden Rd. It’s also close to The Friends Meeting House.

Hidden Kings Norton Walk .. from Saxons to suburbia .. with Ian Date: Sunday 27th January 2013 Place: Outside King's Norton Station (B30 3EG) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Today, we think of King's Norton as a suburb but for centuries it was a separate (and larger than Birmingham!) settlement in Worcestershire. It's still possible to find traces of the nearly vanished rural life, so we've asked Ian to show us where. Up his sleeve he promises mediaeval buildings, vanished markets, the onset of industry, one of Birmingham's lesser known canals and even a forgotten country house. Oh and what “Ian walk” would be complete without discovering a hidden river?! Meet: outside King's Norton BR Station, Pershore Road South

Can’t Get Enough of Ian? See also: “Confessions of a Tour Guide”; “Ian’s Australia” & “Christmas Behind the Scenes” elsewhere in this newsletter

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Motor Sport Lots of crazy driving experiences to try!

Rally Driving Lesson .. spend half a day at the London Rally School Date: Saturdays: ● 27th Oct ● 10th Nov ● 24th Nov ● 15th Dec 2012 Place: Bicester Oxfordshire (OX27 9AJ) # Meet: Choose ● AM 9.30am or ● PM 1.30pm (each is a half day course) Cost: £145 (£150 Guest) Have a go at one of the most exciting sports in the world! No previous experience needed! Top skilled and experienced competition drivers will be passing on their knowledge and expertise to YOU! All the behind-the-wheel tuition takes place in rally specification Ford Escort Rs2000’s unrestricted in speed, revs or gears. The event starts with coffee and a talk on the techniques of handling rally cars. It is then time to put this to test on the circuit set in the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside. Take away some improved and advanced driving skills. Extra option: Accident Damage Indemnity which reduces the potential cost of accident damage from £500 to zero is available to purchase for £15 per driver. If you require the accident damage indemnity it can be paid on arrival. Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers.

Quad Bike Trekking at Garlands .. explore a new area on these beasts! th

Date: Sunday 25 November 2012 or Saturday 9th February 2013 Place: Atherstone near Tamworth (CV9 3PF) # Meet: 10.45 for 11am - 12.30pm session Cost: £47 Member, £52 Guest Get down and dirty with the team at Mythe Farm. It is brilliant fun and anyone can enjoy this event and the instructor will take you through everything you need to know. Quad bike trekking is an exciting group activity and these Yamaha Grizzly 125cc quads are agile and easy to ride. The session starts with a safety briefing where riders are shown how to handle the quads, what to avoid doing and how to get the best enjoyment from the trek. Safety equipment is issued and riders are given the opportunity to gain confidence on the quads before setting off on the trek. The group will then go out onto the farm and experience a variety of terrain including flat fields, hills, woodlands, ditches, rivers and streams. The group must follow the pace of the pace of the lead instructor, it is a trek rather than a race, and is not competitive. Restrictions: Max weight 18 stone. Max height 6’ 5”. Wear warm clothing & strong boots or trainers. Coveralls provided.

Military Vehicle Driving Experience .. drive an armoured vehicle and a troop carrier! th

Date: Saturday 19 January 2013 Place: Lutterworth, Leicestershire (LE17 6NW) # Meet: 11.30am for 12noon Start Cost: £89 Member, £95 Guest Here’s an exciting selection of hardware to drive. You’ll get to drive 2 of the vehicles listed. If possible you will get a choice, but in any event you will drive one troop carrier and one armoured vehicle. The event lasts around 2 hours of which you will be driving (under instruction) for around 40 minutes. Here they are: BV 206 Hagglund Used by HM’s elite special forces, this all terrain troop carrier will go anywhere, designed for optimum performance in the harshest of conditions. BRDM2 (Russian Armoured Personnel Carrier) This amphibious armoured monster will really put your driving abilities to the test, This vehicle was used for detecting chemical weapons on the eastern battle front Bedford MJ The Army’s workhorse. Ever wanted to drive a large truck? Now here is your chance! This 4x4 moving machine will guarantee to have you smiling as you take it around the challenging course. Ferret Mk2 Armoured Scout Car Weighing in at 5 tonnes with a very strange driving position, tests your wits and muscles, looking only through your periscopes! FV432 (Armoured Personnel Carrier) Learn to drive 17tonnes of hardened steel, then tackle an obstacle course with hatches open & your head out.


Hovercraft Racing .. it's fun, it's crazy .. it's Hovercraft Racing! th

Date: Saturday 13 October 2012 Place: White Waltham, nr Maidenhead (SL6 3SS) # Meet: 10:45am for 11am Start Cost: £37 Member, £39 Guest How many people do you know who've done this? Why not give it a try and send your friends and work colleagues green with envy. You will get 6 laps of racing, split into 2 laps at a time. If you are a Sterling Moss of the Hovercraft race track world, you might complete 2 laps in about 6 minutes. However if 'Driving Miss Daisy' is more of your thing, don't despair - it has been known to take 20 minutes in some cases. (Talk about getting your value for money!) Once the racing has finished we can retire to a local pub for that well deserved drink. Hovercraft Circuit: Set against the backdrop of the beautiful Berkshire countryside, the purpose-built hovercraft circuit is over 1km in length. It is simple to drive on but difficult to master. The circuit is oval and is tackled in an anti-clockwise direction. From the start you fly through a series of S-bends along one side before negotiating an extremely tricky downhill hairpin. Out of the hairpin and you are on the main straight, which is over 250m in length and allows you to build up some serious speed. Finally you throw the craft sideways at top speed into a wide sweeping corner to complete the lap

Segway Intro/ Woodland Race at Garlands .. get started with these crazy machines! th

Date: Sunday 11 November 2012 Place: Atherstone near Tamworth (CV9 3PF) # Meet: 9.45 for 10am - 11am session Cost: £32 Member, £35 Guest Riding a Segway is easy to get the hang of and brilliant fun. It feels like hovering above the ground; gliding defines the movement rather than riding. Segways are smooth and graceful and the experience is unique. The machines do a top speed of approx 13 mph (full specs), this may not sound excessively fast but it is more than enough in such a strange riding postion. Stand on the Segway and you will almost instantly feel connected to the machine. Lean forwards to go forwards, lean back to brake or go backwards, move the control shaft to the left or right to steer. It’s as easy as that. Segways are new, different and great fun! Try this great new mode of transport either in an off – road race or as a team building activity. The X2 off – road Segway can handle most terrains and is ideally suited to the grass tracks at our centre. The staff are friendly, experienced and highly professional and will ensure you have a great time on the Segways. Training and crash helmets are supplied to all riders. Our special session includes training, practice over various obstacles and finally a race around a woodland trail (don’t worry, you don’t have to “race” competitively if you prefer to relax and enjoy the experience instead. The whole experience lasts an hour and we have a Segway each for the full hour (so no waiting around to take turns”). Special Terms: We’ve had to pay in advance, so there are no refunds on cancellations unless we can resell your slot.

Off Road Driving Day at Wrexham ..a superb 4x4 day at around half the public price! Date: Saturday 24th November 2012 Place: Nr Wrexham (LL12 0AY) # Meet: 10am to 3.30pm Cost: £105 (£115 Guest) includes light lunch Motor Safari are one of the UK’s leading off road event and training companies, running programmes for Toyota, Mercedes Benz and Jeep amongst others. The company has also been regularly featured on TV programmes such as Top Gear. Now your chance to drive the mighty Toyota Land Cruiser. Depending on final numbers, there will be at least one other “Big Boys & Girls Toys” activity such as the “Land Raft Race Challenge”, Honda Pacer Grass Karts, 4x4 Quads or Suzuki 4x4’s. The park is a purpose built 4x4 training area and has everything needed to let you put these exciting vehicles through their paces. You’ll receive expert tuition from experienced instructors, who will help you to get the most from the vehicles, as you tackle exciting driving challenges such as water splashes, axle twisters and pot holes big enough to swallow a house. Participants are organised into teams and at the end of the session there is a Super Driver Award Ceremony. Everyone gets a personal Drivers Logbook to record their achievements. An unforgettable day of adventure that is a must for all you driving adrenaline junkies! Public price for this event is £198 so it is also incredible. For more information on Motor Safari, visit their web site at www.motor-safari.co.uk

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Off Road Karting .. like rally driving through a forest stage! rd

Date: Saturday 3 November 2012 Place: Birmingham Wheels Park, Saltley (B8 1AD) # Meet: 1.45pm for 2.00pm start Cost: £42 (£45 Guest) Spice package includes hot & soft drinks A unique rally driving experience in off-road karts. We’re driving single seater 620cc Rage off- road karts on a gravel rally stage. The track is designed to get the most from the driver and the karts and we will compete to get the six quickest laps. Each driver has three races to achieve this. Medals are given to 1st, 2nd & 3rd place.Racing is similar to regular karting except starts are staggered due to the size of the karts Once racing is underway you can chase down and over-take other drivers. Lap times are measured by computer controlled timing equipment that allows you to track your position throughout the event. Up to 5 x 620cc Rage karts will racing on the track at any one time (dependant on group size).

Beginners Motorbiking .. a great introduction to two wheels! th

Date: Saturday 17 November 2012 Place: Owlerton Stadium, Sheffield (S6 2DE) # Meet: 9:45am (ends 12pm) Cost: £55 Member, £59 Guest This session is purely for beginners (or very nearly), and offers a great opportunity to experience the excitement that riding a motorbike gives. You don’t need to have any type of licence to take part, it’s an ideal taster session to see if you enjoy it and perhaps then take it further. After registration you will be supplied with a helmet (you will need to bring your own gloves and wear appropriate clothing to keep warm) and then it’s outside to the bikes where you will receive a briefing. Everyone will be assessed as they progress and when you take your first ride, an instructor will be alongside to coach you and assist in case you get into any difficulties. In any case there will be no pressure to advance faster than the rate that you are comfortable with. During the session you will be riding on one of the tarmac courses and we will learn how to ride around bends, how to manoeuvre the machine and obviously how to start and stop!

Kurburgring Karting! .. a new and different karting experience Date: Saturday 24th November 2012 Place: Huthwaite, J28 of M1 (NG17 2NB) # Meet: 1.00pm Cost: £29 Member, £32 Guest Spice East Midlands have invited us to join their members for this exciting new event. It’s a unique racing experience where the aim is to emulate the experience of go karting through your very own all weather indoor pine forest, giving you the sense of outdoor racing, indoors, all year round! The track is demanding and technical. It is 450 metres in length and consists of a total of 11 corners, one of which has a unique feature of being banked and is known as Karussell Corner. People with an ounce of competition running through their veins will relish this fast paced and exciting sport of go karting. So…what are you waiting for, come along and join in the madness!

McLaren MP4-12C Thrill .. drive this brand new supercar th

Date: Saturday 24 November 2012 Place: Prestwold Driving Centre, Loughborough (LE12 5SQ) # Meet: 8.00am for 9.00am Start Cost: £125 Member, £135 Guest The McLaren MP4-12C is the first production car wholly designed and built by McLaren since the McLaren F1. It’s the current (at time of writing) holder of the Top Gear fastest lap time. This spectacular speed machine is capable of 0-60mph in just 3.3 seconds and boasts a top speed of 207mph and is manufactured by the F1 specialists here in the UK, not Italy! You get: ●Welcome, Introduction and Safety Briefing ● 2 laps with instructor driving performance training car ● 4 laps driving a McLaren MP4-12C ● Individual Driving Experience Certificate to finish Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers. ______________________________ 22


Outdoor Pursuits What Spice are most famous for!

Abseiling for the Terrified .. a great way to get started Dates: ● Sat 10th Nov ● Sat 8th Dec ● Sat 12th Jan ● Sun 3rd Feb 2013 (sorry, all other dates now full) Place: Black Rocks, Matlock, Derbyshire # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £29 Member, £32 Guest Many members would love to do an abseil, but are too petrified to book the ones we normally offer. After seeing Mark Fenton's ability to gently coax even the most frightened, or physically disadvantaged people into achieving brilliant outdoor feats, I started these special sessions which have proved extremely popular! You just need to bring a little faith, and the will to succeed! The feeling you’ll get from your success is well worth it all. Mark will get you to overcome any fears by building up your confidence gradually. First we get used to the equipment and how to use it on a few very short descents, before tackling some bigger abseils if you feel able. You’ll not be forced to do anything you are uncomfortable with, or feel stupid if you back out of any stage. So go on…you’ve nothing to lose but your fears! Medical Note: If you have any medical conditions that could prevent you taking part in abseiling, please contact your GP in advance to check. If you’re unsure, please call the instructor, Mark Fenton directly on 07798 790766 or the Spice office.

Indoor Climbing at Redpoint .. try this excellent new centre! th

Date: Tuesday 27 November 2012 Place: Redpoint Climbing, 77 Cecil St, Birmingham (B19 3SU) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.15pm to 9.15pm session Cost: £16 Member, £18 Guest Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports. It's great fun and anybody can do it. It's a really exciting way to improve physical fitness combining strength, balance, flexibility and concentration. It’s the ideal place to learn about this sport, with an opportunity to develop your skills under expert tuition. Your instructors are S.P.S.A. qualified or equivalent and the emphasis is, as always, on safety. This new venue also works to a ratio of 6:1 instructor, which is the ideal set up for maximum climbing. You will need to wear cool, loose (but not baggy) clothing and training shoes. There are also refreshments and full changing facilities available. The huge main wall is the first thing you'll see ..but don't worry, there are a variety of other faces for beginners to develop their skills on. Sessions begin with a warm up on the bouldering wall, then we can tackle something bigger. For more details, photos and location maps visit www.redpointclimbingcentre.co.uk Location: From Dartmouth Circus on the A38, take the ring road (Newtown Middleway) anti clockwise. At the next set of traffic lights turn left towards the City centre. Very shortly on the right you should see the centre. It is red and pointy and next to the big pink Tiles 2 Go building.

Canadian Canoe Adventure .. enjoy a day out in 'canoe country' th

Date: Saturday 27 October 2012 Place: Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean (HR9 5QT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 3.30pm Cost: £49 Member, £52 Guest The team from Forest Adventure have come up with a varied route for Canadian style open canoes - enjoyable for absolute beginners and practiced paddlers alike. They have planned out for us, one of the most scenic, most photographed, stretches of the Wye, from Kerne Bridge to Huntsmans Bridge taking in views of Symonds Yat as we go. Having allowed four and a half hours for the trip, it should be a leisurely day and will include a stop for coffee and a stop at a pub! The open canoes minimise our chance of getting wet, which is just as well at this time of year! All specialist equipment is provided.

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Go Ape in Cannock Chase .. discover the thrill of aerial trekking high above the forest floor Date: Sunday 11th November 2012 Place: Birches Valley Forest Centre near Rugeley (WS15 2UQ) # Meet: 12noon (to be confirmed with details) Cost: £30 Member, £35 Guest Go-Ape provides a truly exhilarating, adrenalin pumped experience in the tree tops. It’s an awardwinning high wire forest adventure course of rope bridges, Tarzan Swings and zip slides up to 40 feet up in the trees. We are fitted with a climbing harness, given instructions, and then trek from tree to tree high above the forest floor. Safety is paramount and all participants wear safety harnesses with which to attach themselves to the safety system. Everyone receives a safety briefing from a trained instructor at the start. Participants will then be responsible for attaching themselves to the safety system as they move around the course. Please note that Go Ape sites are substantial and physically testing high ropes forest adventure courses. The course normally takes a very enjoyable (and perhaps a little scary) 3 hours to complete. The site has its own metered car-parking (around £2) which is payable on the day. We will send joining details/ map, but you can also find lots of information at www.goape.co.uk.

Symonds Yat Adventure Mission .. a fab multi activity day wrapped up in a journey! Date: Saturday 24th November 2012 Place: Forest of Dean # Meet: 10am to approx 4pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest Have you ever been on a walk through the forest that starts with you being kitted out with harness and helmet? If not, you've never been on one which starts with a 100 foot abseil down the Buttress at the Yat! Fuelled on adrenaline we then slide down to the river and walk along the disused railway line to the Bibblings Wire Suspension Bridge where we cross the Wye. We then ramble onto Pancake Caves, which we enter by being lowered on a rope through a hole in the roof - wow! Our ramble then takes us onto King Arthur's Cave on the Doward, an ancient dwelling place, and on to the Seven Sisters, a rock outcrop with great views of the Wye Valley, which is classified as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You will need a basic level of rambling fitness, boots and waterproofs. Bring a daysack with food and flask for the day.

Caving at the Symonds Yat Caves .. sample several of the Wye Valley caves th

Date: Saturday 26 January 2013 Place: Mitcheldean, Forest of Dean # Meet: 10am to approx 1pm Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest An unusual morning of caving at this idyllic location, where there are 18 caves on offer. This means that we should get to experience short trips into 4 or 5 different systems. Forest Adventure have been exploring these fascinating cave systems for many years, and have a passion for sharing there discoveries with adventurous people like you. We'll be venturing into caves which are rarely visited, inhabited by stalagmites, stalactites, and... pom-poms!(?) We have asked them to aim the caving at beginners’ level, and the instructor will choose routes that are appropriate to everyone’s ability. The caves have no really tight squeezes. Grade is ‘EASY’

The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Straight Down .. oh yes, the big one is back again! th

Date: Sunday 14 October 2012 Place: The Avon Gorge, Bristol # Meet: 1pm at layby on The Portway Cost: £34 Member, £37 Guest Spice Bristol & Cardiff are lucky enough to have the amazing Avon Gorge with the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge symbolising their city. But it’s not just a beautiful landmark – it’s also the setting for one of their greatest and most challenging events – The Big Abseil. What a great shot for your photo album! For full details of this event, read it on our website www.spicebham.com 24


Scuba Taster Morning Experience .. a fun introduction to scuba diving! rd

Date: Saturdays: 3 November 2012 or 2nd February or 6th April 2013 Place: Aquasport Dive Centre, 50 Lincoln Rd, Olton, Solihull (B27 6PA) Meet: 9.50am for 10am - 12noon session Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest If you’ve always wanted an easy taster of what scuba is all about, this is for you. You will learn all the basic skills required to enjoy this exciting sport and be able to judge if scuba is for you. There will be a full briefing & film before pool session, which takes place in an excellent new diving pool on within the centre. Just bring a tee shirt to wear in the baths as well as your swimming costume. In line with PADI regulations, you need to complete a simple medical declaration in order to take part in the pool session. This can be downloaded from the link on the on line version of this writeup or posted to you. Directions: The Centre is at 50 Lincoln Rd, Olton. For full directions, check the on line write up at www.spicebham.com.

Overnight Forest Experience .. hike in the dark & sleep in a cave! th

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Date: Sat 6 to Sun 7 October 2012 Place: Symonds Yat area of Forest of Dean # Meet: 8.00pm Cost: £49 Member, £52 Guest Anyone with a sense of adventure will love this brilliant multi activity hike after dark. Let’s hope it’s one of those eerie moonlit nights when the deer are out in force and stars that you can reach out and touch - but whatever happens you can be sure it’ll be one of those Spice experiences which you’ll remember for a long time. We start with a bracing hike, which includes some navigation tuition. Paths may be discarded as we bash through bush intent on a compass bearing despite any obstacles - so we can play at being Special Forces on manoeuvres in the jungle with a little imagination! If our compass work serves us, we should find a cave system at around 1.00am.Life inside is a little more 'normal' as darkness is permanent in these fascinating places, and we will light a fire inside to lift the spirits. As we'll be a little tired by now, we'll sleep till dawn in the peace of the cave system. Refreshed and invigorated, we'll plan our final route back. A café breakfast (not included) will be a priority stop for 'refuelling'.

Ramble, Scramble & Dangle .. a great day out with Mark th

Date: Saturday 6 October 2012 Place: White Peak area of Derbyshire # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £29 Member, £35 Guest We get the most brilliant feedback from these days out with Mark Fenton! So why not go along and find out what they’re getting up to in the Peak Park? Meeting in the White Peak, we embark on a 7 mile hike but along the way we encounter and overcome (hopefully!) various obstacles! It could be a climb ,a river crossing ,an abseil or it could be all three. You might be asked to disarm a bomb, climb a tree or ascend a steep embankment using jumars (fixed rope ascenders) you could even be asked to find your own way back to the cars using “Marks’ special maps”.

Fire Lighting & Wild Foods Day .. join us in the forest for a day of wild living! th

Date: Saturday 13 October 2012 Place: Wyre Forest Discovery Centre (DY14 9XQ) Meet: 10.00am - 4.00pm Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) Inc: lunch and refreshments We’re getting in touch with nature today in the wonderful Wyre Forest. If you like watching survivalists like Ray Mears and Bear Grylls, you’ll love this day with the experts. We’ll enjoy a fun and sociable day in the forest learning to make fire by friction, make a selection of breads, then collect wild fruits and berries to make jam on our fires. Directions: From Kidderminster take the A456 to Bewdley. At Bewdley take the A456 signposted Ludlow or Tenbury past West Midlands Safari Park. At the first island turn left and at the second island right. Go up hill. At the small island at the top of the hill go straight over. The Forestry Commision Visitors Centre is 1½ miles along the road on the right.

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Fungi Forage .. come and discover a wealth of fungal life! th

Date: Saturday 20 October 2012 Place: RSPB Middleton, Nr Tamworth (B78 2AE) Meet: 2.00pm - 4.30pm at RSPB Car Park Cost: £9 Member, £11 Guest Fungi are fascinating and a vital part of our fragile ecosystem. Their preservation is vitally important, particularly as some rare species have recently provided vital breakthroughs in medicine. Todays forage will be part of Middleton Lakes reserve biodiversity survey work so we will have experts on hand to advise on what we find. Directions: Middleton Hall is signposted off the A4091 which runs between Tamworth (at Fazeley) & Sutton (at Wishaw)

Autumn in the Forest .. venture off the tracks with an experienced guide! Date: Saturday 20th October 2012 Place: Wyre Forest Discovery Centre (DY14 9XQ) Meet: 1.30pm - 3.30pm Cost: £7 Member, £8.50 Guest Come and enjoy the sights, smells and sounds of Autumn in the Wyre Forest. Our experienced guide will provide explanations, show you a few secrets the Forest has in store, and generally help you appreciate this magical season when the plants, trees and animals prepare themselves for winter. Directions: From Kidderminster take the A456 to Bewdley. At Bewdley take the A456 signposted Ludlow or Tenbury past West Midlands Safari Park. At the first island turn left and at the second island right. Go up hill. At the small island at the top of the hill go straight over. The Forestry Commision Visitors Centre is 1½ miles along the road on the right.

Land Yachting Introduction .. discover the exhilleration of sailing on wheels! Date: Sundays: 4th November or 2nd December 2012 Place: Bassingbourne Barracks, Royston, Herts (SG8 5LX) # Meet: 10.15am Cost: £55 Member, £57 Guest This is an ideal way to sample land yachting for the first time – you may simply wish to have a go, or perhaps you are thinking of taking up this exciting sport! What you get:  A brief introduction to the sport and the club  Briefing covering the training yachts, safety and sailing for the session  Meet the land yacht: how it works and the controls  Sail the land yacht; starting and stopping and straight line sailing, turning into and down wind  Coffee plus video (including beach sailing)  A fast circuit around the airfield in our 2 seater land yacht against the clock and timed sessions over a short course What to wear:  Warm clothes (it’s cold on an airfield)  Stout shoes or trainers, Gloves  Crash helmet (provided) This event takes place on a military base you must be able to bring photo I.D. with you on the day, such as a passport or photo driving licence. Please note this event is weather dependent please call 0779 6694743 on the day to ensure it is going ahead. In the case of cancellation due to the weather we will reschedule and advise you of the new date.

Power Kiting & Kite Buggy Full Day .. do something truly amazing! th

Date: Sunday 4 November 2012 Place: Holt, Worcester (WR6 6NH) # Meet: 9am to approx 4pm Cost: £99 Member, £105 Guest Power kiting is one of the fastest growing sports we’ve ever seen. Encompassing recreational flying to the adrenalin filled heights of Kitesurfing. Either way there is something for everyone. In the morning we’ll learn how to control a kite. In the afternoon we’ll experience the thrill of kite buggying - tacking upwind, linking turns and of course stopping! Experts race at speeds in excess of 110kph. Then there’s the amazing trickery of freestyle buggying with spins, 2 wheel action or buggy jumping in this wild, fast evolving and fun sport. Qualified instructors will be with us all the way.

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Cotswolds Outdoor Discount Evening .. enjoy 20% Spice discount on all full priced purchases! Date: Wednesday 21st November 2012 Place: 105, New Street, Birmingham (B2 4EU) Meet: 6.30pm - 8.00pm We're always on the look out for shopping opportunities for our members and constantly get enquiries about where to find good quality outdoor clothing and equipment. If you love travelling and adventure pursuits, then you'll be sure to find something in this excellent outdoor store. These people are very knowledgeable so will be able to explain the ranges and answer any questions. The only problem with shopping for high quality brands is that it 'don't come cheap'. This is where Spice come in! We've persuaded them to put on a night just for us, with 20% discount off full priced products. These nights are fun sociable occasions, with no pressure to buy. There will be some refreshments too. So if you're off travelling, are outdoor active or just like posing in technical gear, this is the night for you. Ski clothing will be in stock too. Note: If you know you are coming, it is best to let us know by booking so we can plan the evening, and contact you if anything changes regarding the event. However, Cotswold are more than happy for you to just turn up. The Frankfurt Christmas Market will be in full flight so you may wish to stay on and have a drink with us there.

Mince Pie Paddle ..enjoy a festive day out in 'canoe country' st

Date: Saturday 1 December 2012 Place: Symonds Yat (HR9 5QT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 3.30pm Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest Celebrate the festive season with a relaxed, sociable paddle! The team from Forest Adventure have come up with a varied route for Canadian style open canoes - enjoyable for absolute beginners and practiced paddlers alike. They have planned out for us, one of the most scenic, most photographed, stretches of the Wye, taking in views of Symonds Yat as we go. Having allowed up to 6 hours for the trip, it should be a leisurely day and will include a stops for coffee & mince pies as well as a stop at a pub! The open canoes minimise our chance of getting wet, which is just as well at this time of year!

Rock Weaseling Day .. scramble, squeeze, wriggle & giggle! nd

Date: Sunday 2 December 2012 Place: The Roaches, Nr Leek, Staffordshire (ST13 8TY) # Meet: 10.30am to approx 3pm Cost: £17 Member, £22 Guest The hardest bit with weaselling is that if you get stuck you start laughing , and then the more you laugh the tighter you get! Luckily, Mick Cornfield is there to pull you out! Weaseling is a bit like caving only it's above ground with all the same squeezing through tight spaces and crawling on your belly only it's in the light most of the time …

Nordic Walking Taster (Cannon Hill Park) .. try this exciting new way to walk! th

Date: Sunday 6 January 2013 Place: Cannon Hill Park (B12 9QH) Meet: 10.30am (ends 12noon) Cost: £15 Member, £17 Guest Whether you want to lose weight, increase your social circle, stay healthy and active- or simply want to try something fun and new, Nordic Walking has it all. Nordic Walking is one of the most sociable and effective exercise techniques around. It's a whole body work out, suitable for individuals of all fitness levels. To learn good technique, instruction is essential, so we’ve teamed up with specialist instructor Pauline Walker, who will show us how it is done and provide the special Exel poles. These are sized to your height, so please give your height when booking. What you need: Wear a good pair of training shoes with a fairly flexible sole so you can roll through the foot from heel to toe whilst walking. Wear clothes suitable for walking according to the weather. It's recommended that you wear layers to keep you warm, which also give you the option of taking layers off should you need to. Where: Meet in front of the main entrance to the MAC (Midlands Arts Centre). There is a large free car park. Emergency Contact: If you can’t find Pauline or have any last minute difficulties, call her on 0780 3584570. 27


Bushcraft Day in the Forest .. join us in the forest for a day of wild living! th

Date: Sunday 7 October 2012 Place: Wyre Forest Discovery Centre (DY14 9XQ) Meet: 10.00am - 4.00pm Cost: £39 Member, £45 Guest Includes: including lunch and refreshments Join us in the forest for a day of wild living! Build youself a weatherproof shelter out of woodland materials, learn friction firelighing, try some wild food and choose from a selection of other bushcraft skills. Please wear suitable waterproof clothing and sturdy footwear. We will enjoy lunch cooked on a camp fire. Directions: From Kidderminster take the A456 to Bewdley. At Bewdley take the A456 signposted Ludlow or Tenbury past West Midlands Safari Park. At the first island turn left and at the second island right. Go up hill. At the small island at the top of the hill go straight over. The Forestry Commision Visitors Centre is 1½ miles along the road on the right.

Peak Classic Caves Day .. enjoy two caves in a day

Date: Saturday 19th January 2013 Place: Hope, Peak District (SK17 8ET) # Meet: 10am to approx 4pm Cost: £49 (£54 Guest) plus £2.00 to Farmer on the day Another day with Mark Fenton plus a support instructor, this time primarily for those who have been on a beginners or “terrified”caving day, but is also suitable for a first time caver who has the fitness and confidence to go straight in at this level. We start the day by tackling the famous Giants Hole cave, which is famous for having the lowest point in England at the bottom of this system! After a break for lunch, we move on to Carlswark Cavern, one of the most fun and best-known caves in the Peak District. Adventure from the word go, we access the cave by abseiling down a 40 foot shaft. For the most part it’s a low, wide cave with many junctions to negotiate and explore. There’s a nice easy exit. All in all, a brilliant adventure day. Caving suits and all special equipment provided. Grade ‘MODERATE

Fire Walking & Glass Walking .. walk over broken glass or embers burning at 1236° Date: Sunday 24th February 2013 Place: Willink Leisure Centre, Berkshire (RG7 3XP) # Meet: 2pm to 6:30pm Cost: ● Fire Walk or Glass Walk Only £52 (£56 Guest) ● Both Walks £89 (£95 Guest) Today we are running Fire Walking and Glass Walking consecutively. Both sessions start with and share onto a fun-shop to prepare us mentally for the enormous personal challenge ahead. The Glass Walkers are first to test their nerves to the limit and you will be there to share in their moment of glory. Then as the night draws it's the Fire Walkers turn - and the best photo opportunity ever as the red-hot coals glow against the dark night sky. This event only runs every 3 to 4 years, so don't delay booking it! If this is one of those events you have always wanted to do, book now and impress your family, friends and work colleagues with your bravery! It promises to be an awesome once-in-a-lifetime experience of challenge and comradeship as your fellow Spicers encourage you to push yourself to the very limit! Fire Walking: If anything were possible what would you have in your life? If you had the ability to experience any emotion or state of mind what moods would you choose to experience more of? Given that there are only 27,375 days in an average lifetime how would you like to spend yours? This transformational afternoon will turn you fear into power as you walk barefoot across glowing hot embers and prove to yourself what you have known all along - that the only thing that makes anything impossible is if you believe it is! Glass Walking: The purpose of the Glass walk is the same as the Fire Walk, but instead of red hot coals, 12 feet of smashed sterile wine bottle glass lie before you. You're invited to walk across – could you? The fun-shop prior to walking on the coals will teach you how to be in charge of your emotions at any given time, how you focus on shapes that affects your reality, how the language we use can create massive success and much more. The end result is an incredibly positive experience that could change your life for the better - forever! Strictly no drugs or alcohol are allowed either before or during the event – the organisers reserve the right to turn away any participant they believe to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol. (A stiff drink may be welcome afterwards though!) ______________________________

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Previews & Pub Nights Unlike the other events in this newsletter, most of these events (except Spice Hits Town) are offered on an informal 'just turn up' basis.

Preview Evenings! .. presentations aimed at those looking to join, just joined, or introducing a friend to the group Sutton Coldfield Date: Tue 22 Jan 2013 Place: Ramada Hotel Penns Lane, Walmley Sutton Coldfield B76 1LH Time: 8.00pm Cost : Free

Edgbaston Dates: Thu 8 Nov 2012 or Thu 10 Jan 2013 Place: Midlands Arts Centre Edgbaston Road Cannon Hill Park Bham B12 9QH Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free

Solihull/ NEC Date: Thu 4 Oct or Tue 4 Dec 2012 Place: The Arden Hotel Coventry Road, Bickenhill B92 0EH Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free

You don’t have to come to a Preview Night in order to join Spice, but if you can, it’s a great way to make your start with us and the easiest way of meeting a few people and finding out how it all works. Richard, Maggie and other team members and volunteers will be there to welcome everybody. We’ll show the Spice Video, talk through the basics of membership, give you more info' on the programme, and explain how it all works. It's very casual and everyone is welcome; those thinking of joining who want to find out more, and existing members who might like to come along with any curious friends. It's very informal, and many members have joined after attending one of these as it's a great opportunity to meet other new members who also want to add some SPICE to life! Those who can’t wait to get started will also have the opportunity to book any events they'd like try. We’ve chosen venues with good free parking areas immediately outside. Once in the venue just ask at reception which room we’re in. All venues have a bar, and you can bring a drink into the room. Hope you can make it - no need to book, just turn up on the night and we'll see you there.

Spice Hits Town at The Jam House! .. a great free Spice get together with live music! th

Dates: Fridays: ● 19 Oct ● 23 Nov ● 28 Dec ● 18 Jan 2013 Place: The Jam House, St Pauls Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (B3 1QU) Meet: From 7.30pm (arrive by 8.30pm LATEST or you’ll be charged). Meet upstairs Cost: Free (but you have to book this event). Members Only – No Guests Incl: Spice exclusive area & discounted bar to 9pm ● 19/10 - Up4 The Downstroke (RnB faves from the likes of Beyonce, Timberlake, Rhianna and more) ● 23/11 – Detroit Soul (classic & contemporary dance music. Tamla Motown, Atlantic Soul and funk favourites) ● 28/12 - B'spoke (funky young 10 piece of talented musicians. Range of soul & R'n'B classics ● 18/1 - TBA – check on line Our monthly night out now offers more! We have our own area from 7.30pm to 9pm and if numbers permit, the venue will provide a simple buffet (crisps/ sandwiches) free of charge at 8pm (so don’t arrive late!). The bar that serves our area will also have a Spice discount in place for our exclusive time, so go straight to our area on arrival! Booking: There is no charge if you arrive before 8.30pm, but your place has to be booked in advance so that your name is on the list for security to allow you into our private area. Please dress night club wise (ie no trainers, jeans etc). If you haven’t been to a Spice Hits Town before, you’ll find it a great opportunity to renew acquaintances with other Spice Members who you’ve met on events, and generally mingle in an informal but busy environment. New Members Note: Whilst everyone is welcome to attend if they wish, it is easier when you know a few people in the group. We only say this because it is a busy, loud, unstructured meet up with minimal coordination, so it can be difficult for members to spot or look after people who are new. Once you have been to a few events, and know some faces, however, you’ll find SHT a great way to renew friendships and get into the social life of our group. 29


Our Regional Pub Nights – an Important Explanation Don’t worry, Spice has not become (nor ever will be!) a group who meet up in pubs! In fact, many people join Spice as an antidote to spending their time in pubs! Spice is all about the events and the fun we have on them. That said, a network of pub nights have developed, aimed at enabling members to get to know other members in their area over a drink (or three!) each month. These nights are run “by the members - for the members” and have no other purpose other than providing a corner of a pub for Spice friends to drink and chat together. The reason I mention this, is that I keep getting reports of new members and people interested in joining, turning up at these nights expecting something more - such as a “meeting”, “an opportunity to join”, “the chance to book events” or “the chance to see what Spice is like” etc. Also, those who go along not knowing any faces and walk straight out again before any introductions can be made. I don’t mean to put you off, as these nights are a great resource for people who have been in the group for some time and who know a few faces to look out for. However, they are not really designed for people who are brand new to the group. They work best as a form of reunion for people who have already met on events. They are certainly no substitute for our organised events or the Preview Nights that we put on for those who want to find out more about the Group or to join us. These are busy pubs (not closed to the public) and can be difficult if you don’t already know some faces to look out for. Sorry to be a little negative, but we would hate for you to judge Spice based on an informal night at a pub!

Tamworth & Lichf’d Pub Night

Sutton Pub Night

Date: Wednesdays: 3 Oct, 7 Nov, or 5 Dec Place: The Tame Otter, Hopwas (B78 3AF) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only Always a popular night! Look out for Jan, Stephany & Tigger, who will introduce you to other people if you don’t know any faces. Tigger (Mike) will be wearing a Spice polo shirt to help you spot him. Food is available. Previously known as the Chequers Inn, this cosy canalside pub/restaurant is a great new venue for us. Contact Mike on 07949 747 272 with questions. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: The Tame Otter is on Lichfield Road in Hopwas village, which is between Lichfield and Tamworth

Date: Wednesdays: 10 Oct, 14 Nov, or 12 Dec Place: The Bottle of Sack, Bham Rd (B72 1QG) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only David and Rob are your volunteer contacts for this night for members who live in Sutton. David will be near the bar and (to help you spot him) will be drinking out of a pewter tankard (also note his arty sideburns!). Any questions, call Dave on 329 3663. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: This large Wetherspoons Pub is on the A5127 Birmingham Rd, by the island at Brassington Av/ Manor Rd.

Bromsgrove Pub Night

Solihull Pub Night

Date: Mondays: 15 Oct, 19 Nov, or 17 Dec Place: Crown at Wychbold, nr M5 J5 (WR9 7PF) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only Meet & socialise with members from Worcestershire. John Matchett will be there to meet and greet everyone. Any questions, call John 07833 327483 or john.matchett@reynaers.com. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: The Crown is very easy to find by car. From M5 J5, take the Bromsgrove exit (Worcester Rd). The pub is approx ½ mile along this road on the left. There’s a big car park and food is available. Enter through side door by car park. John will be wearing a Spice T Shirt and/ or carrying a Spice Newsletter.

Date: Tuesdays: 9 Oct, 13 Nov, or 11 Dec Place: The Woodmans Rest, Union Road (B90 3DB) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only This pub meet for members in the Solihull area has a new home. It is run by local Spicer Mark Thursfield. He will be looking out for you in the bar from 8pm, or you can get there earlier if you want to eat first. It's an informal opportunity to meet up with other people in your area. Any questions, please contact Mark on 07943 944514 or email mark.thursfield@btinternet.com ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night

Kings Heath Pub Night

Halesowen/Quinton Pub Night

Date: Tuesdays: 16 Oct, 20 Nov, or 18 Dec Place: Red Lion, Vicarage Rd, Kings Heath (B14 7LY) Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only Dave & Nicki are our friendly hosts at this spacious pub with it's own parking/ on the no11 bus route! There’s also a good menu if you want to eat. If you have any questions or are nervous about attending, why not call them on 07789 002109 or 07748 976496 ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night

Date: Thursdays: 4 Oct, 1 Nov, or 6 Dec Place: Amber Tavern, Hagley Rd West, (B32 2AL) Meet: 8pm onwards Members only Come and have a drink and a laugh, in a friendly atmosphere with a few Spice friends from your area. There’s food available if you wish. Hosts are Fiona & John. Fiona can be contacted on 07929 357 880 with any queries. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night Directions: Directions: Located on the junction of Hagley Road West and Wolverhampton Road West. There is a car park – access on Hagley Road West going out of Birmingham.

Warwick/ Leamington Pub Nt Date: Thursdays: 18 Oct, 15 Nov, or 20 Dec Place: Copper Pot, Warwick St, Leamington CV32 5JX Meet: 7.30pm onwards Members only Mike Dudley is your host and will be looking out for you in the bar from 7.30pm, or you can get there earlier if you want to eat first (They currently offer 2 meals for £10!). Any questions, please contact Mike at mikedudley1@aol.com ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night

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Quiz Nights Come along and pit your wits against the other teams at our fun Quiz nights. It's a good way of getting to know people, as we randomly arrange teams on the night. Prizes are awarded to winners & runners up and the losers may get a surprise too! Our quizzes are original 'one- offs', and written specially for us. It’s all just for fun, so please please don’t book if you’re too serious about winning! FOR DETAILED DIRECTIONS – CHECK THE FULL EVENT WRITE UPS ON LINE

Quiz Night (Birmingham) .. our fun, general knowledge quiz with Richard st

Date: ● Wed 31 Oct ● Wed 28th Nov ● Thu 27th Dec ● Wed 30th Jan 2013 Place: The Old Royal, 53 Church Street (B3 3DP) Meet: 7.30pm for prompt 7.45pm start Cost: £3.00 (Guests £5) A fun general knowledge quiz written for us by Pete with so many categories that we hope everyone will know something! This is usually presented by Richard, but we also have “guest presenters” from time to time.

Curry & Quiz (Harborne/ Solihull/ Sutton & Wolves) .. a great social evening with Steve Dell th

Dates: ● Thur 18 October - Bangla Lounge, 152A High St, Harborne (B17 9PN) ● Wed 7th November - Shades of Raj 52,Station Road, Solihull (B91 3RX) ● Thur 22nd November - Purbani Tandoori, 41 Birch St, Wolverhampton (WV1 4JW) ● Thur 6th December - Bollywood, 28 Birmingham Rd Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QG) ● Wed 9th January - Bangla Lounge, 152A High St, Harborne (B17 9PN) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £3 (£5 Guest) plus cost of food on the night (see each deal below) Great nights with Steve Dell, combining two favourites; a curry and a quiz! There will be all the usual rounds such as general knowledge, music etc. These are great events to meet fellow spicers and not taken too.seriously – this is Spice! ●Bollywood: We have a special deal for £11: A popadom (with onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan.

This restaurant isn’t licensed so you need to bring your own alcoholic drinks. ●Purbani Tandoori: We have a great deal; A popadom (with the onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan – all for just £9.95. There is some free street parking by the restaurant but it is limited. ● Shades of Raj: A contemporary Indian Restaurant. Our deal is £10.95: Popadom (with onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan. There’s limited street car parking nearby or several multi story car parks including Touchwood. ●Bangla Lounge: We have a great deal for £8.95: Popadom (with onion salad, dips etc), a starter, a main and rice or naan. There is a limited amount of street car parking near the restaurant or a public car park behind the High Street.

Chinese & Quiz (Sutton Coldfield) .. another meal with a difference from Steve Dell Date: Wednesday 3rd October 2012 Place: Lee Garden, 59-61 Birmingham Rd, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QF) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £3 (£5 Guest) plus cost of food (£16.50) on the night Today, Steve will run one of his quizzes whilst we enjoy a varied Chinese Meal. There will be all the usual rounds such as general knowledge, music etc. A set meal has been booked (vegetarian on request): ●Yuk Sung ● King Dou Spare Ribs ● Chicken Wings ● Roast Duck & Plum Sauce ● Sizzling Chicken, Black Bean Sauce & Green pepper ● Sweet & Sour Pork ● Spicy Crispy Beef Fillet ● King Prawn, Chinese Mushrooms & Bamboo Shoots ●Young Chow Fried Rice ● Ice Cream

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Date: Thursday 24 January 2013 Place: The Kings Head, Bird St, Lichfield (WS13 6PW) Meet: 7.15pm in upstairs function room Cost: £3 (£5 Guest) This is a quiz with a difference. There will be the usual rounds like music and general knowledge and new rounds with film clips on a big screen and observation so there will be something for everyone. The pub does food if you wish to eat. ______________________________


Spice Rambles Dress to suit all weathers and avoid jeans as they hinder you once wet. You'll need boots, spare clothing, waterproofs and a drink. Our guides are experienced leaders and qualified first aiders so you'll be in good hands. We'll send directions including a mobile number to call if the weather is extreme or if you cannot attend - so we don't hang around waiting. Rambles set off promptly at the time given.

Shugborough Easy Ramble

Date: Sunday 7th October 2012 Place: Shugborough, South Staffordshire # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Today we return to this lovely area surrounding the Shugborough Estate, which is on the northern tip of Cannock Chase. The ramble with Steve Dell is 5 miles, is mostly flat with one gradient, but as usual we will take our time. It will include the woodlands of Stafford Plantation and part of the Shugborough Estate where we will get views of Shugborough Hall. We cross the River Trent, a short section of the Trent & Mersey canal and part of the Staffs & Worcs canal, with great views of the surrounding countryside. Steve will lead the ramble in the opposite direction giving a different perspective on the area.

Abbots Bromley & Bagot Forest Ramb

Date: Sunday 14th October 2012 Place: Abbots Bromley, Staffordshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This gentle 10 mile ramble with Hamish includes very little gradient. It follows the Staffordshire Way northwards from the village of Abbots Bromley and takes in the mixed woodland of Bagot Forest and Kingstone Wood. Returning southwards we pick up the Blithfield reservoir walk and enjoy some of the scenery that surrounds this lovely stretch of water. Abbots Bromley has several notable pubs with great reviews for us to try on our return.

Coton in the Elms Easy Ramble

Date: Saturday 20th October 2012 Place: Rosliston, nr Burton on Trent/Tamworth # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A lovely ramble within the National Forest with Steve Dell – this time starting from Rosliston Forestry Centre. As well as taking in some of the forestry centre we will go through the lovely village of Coton in the Elms. The ramble is around 4½ miles, is mostly flat with a couple of gentle gradients and as well as woodland we will use field paths though farmland. There’s a café at the end.

Kenilworth Moderate Ramble

Date: Sunday 21st October 2012 Place: Kenilworth, near Coventry # Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A new moderate ramble with Steve Dell. At the request of many regulars this is a bit longer, around 7 mile but still at Steve’s relaxed pace and of course the option of a Sunday Lunch afterwards! The ramble starts by going around the walls of the castle and then we make our way towards Honiley. After going through some lovely woodland, which should changing colour about now we carry on to Meer End. The return uses delightful farmland and we have a great view of the castle as we get back to Kenilworth and the pub and lunch if required!

Barrow & The Jack Mytton Way

Date: Sunday 21st October 2012 Place: Nr Much Wenlock, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 12 mile walk with Alan is aimed at regular walkers with a reasonable level of fitness and starts in the pretty market town of Much Wenlock. We will start by following the Jack Mytton Way through the pretty villages of Barrow and Shirlett, passing through Shirlett Wood where we may see wild deer. After lunch we continue our way back to Much Wenlock across open countryside and through the pretty villages of Acton Round and Callaughton. This walk is a mixture of country lanes and open countryside and paths. Needless to say we will return for a well earned drink or 2!

Leamington Torchlit Ramble/Supper

Date: Wednesday 24th October 2012 Place: Leamington, Warwickshire # Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Although Leamington is a town, this 3½ mile ramble with Steve Dell has a rural feel to it. We start in the town and initially follow the river Leam out into Newbold Comyn Park, where we get a great view of the town lit up. The ramble is fairly flat and on generally great paths. Back in Leamington we will find somewhere to have our supper. Don’t forget your torch!

Bearley & Stratford Canal Easy Ramb

Date: Sunday 28th October 2012 Place: Bearley, Nr Henley in Arden # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A great new ramble with Cecilia of around 5m using farmland, quiet country lanes, Bridleways and the Stratford Upon Avon canal. We start by heading towards Langley, then passing the lake at Edstone Hall and through the lovely Austy Woods, using the Monarchs Way (a long distance footpath of over 600 miles tracing the route Charles II took to France after his defeat at Worcester in 1651). The return uses the Stratford Upon Avon Canal, where we go over the famous Aqueduct as we skirt around Wootton Wawen. We can reward ourselves with a Sunday Lunch if desired.

Stow on the Wold Ramble

Date: Sunday 28th October 2012 Place: Stow On The Wold, Cotswolds # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 10 miler with Alan takes us through some of the prettiest villages in the Coltswolds. We start from the historic village of Stow heading across country toward Bourton-on-the-Water where we stop for lunch. We continue on to Lower Slaughter where we join the Gloucester Way, following this path across country back to Stow, where we can stop at one of the many inns. This ramble is aimed at regular walkers with a good level of fitness. There are a couple of ascent's, albeit not too steep.

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Barnt Green & Lickey Hills Ramble

Kinder Scout Night Ramble

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Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 Place: Edale, Peak District # Meet: 11pm Start Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest Starting from Edale at around 11pm for we will head off for a 3 hour hard walk of 8 miles in the total darkness of the Kinder plateau with Mick Cornfield. We will climb to the top via Ringing Roger where we cross to the northern rim, circling back to the Madwoman’s Stones and round the southern edge to the Druid’s Stone before the descent via Golden Clough. With no reflective light the darkness can be almost total giving a surreal environment. A good torch is essential, preferably a head torch. To arrange overnight accommodation please call the Spice Office.

Date: Saturday 3 November 2012 Place: Barnt Green # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d We return to this lovely area & pub. The ramble is around 4½ miles with Steve Dell. We start at a lovely pub in Barnt Green and venture firstly towards Bittell reservoirs. Then we follow the North Worcestershire Path to the Lickey Hills Country Park, which have some great views of the area, the final leg is through the lovely wooded park. There are a couple of gradients but nothing too strenuous and as usual we will take our time. Back at the pub you can have a drink and lunch if you wish.

Whittington & Hopwas Mod Ramble

Knowle Easy Ramble

Date: Sunday 4th November 2012 Place: Whittington; Between Tamworth & Lichfield Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A new moderate ramble with Steve Dell. At the request of many regulars this is a bit longer, around 7 mile but still at Steve’s relaxed pace and of course the option of a Sunday Lunch afterwards! The ramble is relatively flat but has some surprisingly good views across the local countryside. There is also some woodland as we go through part of Hopwas Hays woods and we skirt the Packington Pork farm where we can see the free range pigs enjoying life! We also skirt round Whittington Barracks and the old firing range. We finish at The Dog pub and have the option of a Sunday Lunch afterwards which is lovely at this pub.

Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 Place: Knowle, near Solihull # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Enjoy a pleasant afternoon 5 mile ramble from the popular village of Knowle with Cecilia. We leave the village and join The Grand Union canal and then make our way to the village of Barston, using footpaths through farmland and some woods. The return follows the River Blythe for a while as we make our way back to Knowle. We start at the Toby Carvery so if you want to eat after the ramble, they will still be serving and they do a great carvery!

Malverns South and Eastnor Ramble

Date: Sunday 11th November 2012 Place: Malvern Link, Worcs # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A moderate ramble with Alan (with one or two steep bits), of approx 10 miles. We’ll head north over the top of the Malvern’s toward Upper Wyche. From here we go off the hill and across country to join the Worcester Way which we follow south all the way to the Obelisk in the Church Parish of Eastnor, where we can get tremendous views down towards the Castle and surrounding countryside. After a break for our packed lunches, it’s back up onto the hills heading north past the Herefordshire Beacon to return to our cars and a well earned drink at Malvern Hills Hotel.

Wrekin Ramble

Date: Sunday 4th November 2012 Place: Wrekin, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This time the 8 mile walk with Alan Roberts is going to be a gentle stroll around and up the Wrekin and Ercall Hills, both well known Shropshire Landmarks. There are a number of steep ascents We will start at the foot of the Wrekin and navigate our way round to the north side, before climbing our way to the top of the hill. Once at the summit, you will be able to see stunning views across Shropshire to Wales, the Malverns and back toward Birmingham and the Black Country. You may even hear the story of the Shropshire Giant, and you can't miss the chance to try and squeeze through the needles eye! Then it's back down, and across to Ercall Hill for a more gentle climb to the top to see views back to the Wrekin and walk through the local wildlife park.

Broadway Ramble

Date: Saturday 17th November 2012 Place: Broadway, Cotswolds (WR12 7ET) # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Always a popular Spice venue, a few miles south of Stratford on Avon is this enchanting village, formerly known as the Painted Lady of the Cotswolds. It still retains great old world charm and beauty, and is in the heart of an area of outstanding countryside. Mick has in mind 8 to 10 miles of glorious Cotswold countryside, with gentle hills, far reaching views and possibly a few deer to see. As well as exploring the countryside, Mick will ensure we’re back in good time to explore the village and find a cream tea!

Kinder Southern Edge Day Ramble

Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 Place: Edale, Peak District # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A hard walk of 10 miles with Mick. Starting in Edale village we follow the start of the Pennine Way through the valley to climb onto the plateau via Jacob’s Ladder. At Edale cross we follow the route passing Kinder Low to traverse the western edge to Kinder Downfall where the river flows off the edge in a spectacular waterfall. Superb views towards Hayfield and beyond, here we leave the Pennine Way and follow first the river to Kinder Gates then the old route across the open ground to the top of Grindsbrook Clough to decend this rocky gorge back to the start.

Wilmcote Easy Ramble

Date: Sunday 18th November 2012 Place: Wilmcote,near Stratford Upon Avon # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A pleasant easy ramble from the lovely village of Wilmcote, near to Mary Arden’s House with Steve Dell. The ramble is around 4½ miles and is mostly flat. We go through farmland using field paths and bridleways, woodland and the latter part is along the Stratford upon Avon canal. Back at the pub we can replace any lost fluids.

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Caer Carodoc Ramble

Mickleton Ramble

Date: Saturday 24th November 2012 Place: Church Stretton, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Aimed at regular Walkers with a good level of fitness this 10 mile walk with Alan Roberts is generally, moderate but with two steep ascents. This time the walk is going to be around and up the Caer Caradoc area of Church Stretton. The walk will start from the Hotel, and heading out toward Caer Carodoc where we will ascend the hill at a nice steady pace. At the top you will see tremendous views of Church Stretton and the Long Mynd Hills. After a rest we will descend the hill and head north towrd All Stretton where we can stop for a drink and lunch. After lunch we will head up one of the many valleys of the Long Mynd eventually returning to Church Stretton for more drinks and a well earned rest.

Date: Sunday 25th November 2012 Place: Mickleton, Cotswolds # Meet: 10.30am Start. Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 10 mile walk with Alan Roberst is aimed at regular walkers with a good level of fitness. There is one ascent of particular note, the rest of the walk is rolling countryside. We begin in the pretty Cotswold village of Mickleton and follow the Heart of England Way to the Village of Upper Quinton. From here we then head East across country to Ilmington, where we will stop for lunch. After lunch we ascend to the top of Knowlands Hill where we get all round views of the countryside. We then continue west back toward Mickleton where we can find a pub for a well earned drink.

Chadwick End Easy Ramble

Date: Sunday 2nd December 2012 Place: Chadwick End, near Lapworth # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d We return to the lovely pub The Orange Trees for this ramble with Cecilia. The ramble is 5 miles and largely flat. From the pub we use the Heart of England Way passing the pretty National Trust house at Baddesley Clinton. We then use the Grand Union canal as we head north and finally return to the pub using field paths and quiet road sections. At the pub we have the option of lunch.

Hoar Cross Easy Ramble & Lunch

Date: Saturday 24th November 2012 Place: Nr.Barton Under Needwood # Meet: 11.15am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d We return to this lovely part of the National Forest for a 5 mile ramble with Steve Dell followed by an optional lunch. We start by heading towards Newborough, next we skirt around and then through Brakenhurst Woods. The return is through farmland and will take us past the lovely Hoar Cross Hall where we can get a glimpse of this grand House. We finish at the Meynell Ingram Arms which is a lovely country pub. Note: We will be ordering from their normal bar menu, NOT the platter we had previously.

Temple Guiting Ramble

Date: Saturday 8th December 2012 Place: Temple Guiting, Cotswolds # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Aimed at regular walkers with a good level of fitness this 11 mile walk with Alan Roberts has 3 or 4 ascent's, albeit not too steep they are long.This walk takes us from the Pretty Cotswold village of Temple Guiting through Guiting Forest and across country following the Windrush path, past the historic Sudeley Castle to the town of Winchcombe where we can stop for lunch. We continue across country to join the Cotswold Way past the remains of a Cistercian Abbey at Hailes, before returning to Temple Guiting. This walk is a mixture of woodlands, open countryside, country lanes, tracks and paths with some tremendous views.

Aircraft Wreck Trek

Date: Sunday 25th November 2012 Place: Bleaklow & Kinder Area # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) There are various aircraft wrecks in the Peak District with the largest remains on Kinder and Bleaklow. This ramble leads the sites where a Lancaster, a Superfortress, and a Skytrain came to ground. Some of the wrecks are impressive and moving to see, and you may find poppies and remembrance tokens left by previous walkers. Any survivors would have been dismayed to find themselves in this very desolate area, with rescue far away and Mick will give you some background info on the aircraft and how they came to be here. Anyone booking should be aware that it is not a sightseeing trip, - this walk is not for the fainthearted, and is away from tracks and paths. Few ramblers reach these remote sites as Bleaklow and Kinder are wild areas, with gullies, some scrambling, and difficult terrain to cover. You must be fit, experienced and well equipped. We finish in the Snake Inn.

Ditton Priors & Brown Clee Hill

Date: Sunday 9th December 2012 Place: Ditton Priors, Nr Bridgenorth # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A 9 mile walk with Alan Roberts aimed at walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. Generally moderate but with one long steep ascent. We start in pretty village of Ditton Priors and head off across country where we get tremendous views of the beautiful Corvedale Valley. After stopping for lunch we will make the ascent up onto the top of the Brown Clee Hill where we will get all round views of the Shropshire countryside and beyond.

Clent Easy/Moderate Ramble

Date: Sunday 25th November 2012 Place: Clent, Worcestershire # Meet: 1pm Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d We return to this lovely area for another ramble with Steve Dell. The ramble is 5 miles and the grade is easy to moderate as it has more gradients than usual, but we will take our time and the ramble will be at Steve’s usual pace. The ramble is within the capabilities of most of the ‘short ramble’ regulars. The ramble is mostly within the Clent Hills Country Park and takes in both the Clent and Walton hills with their superb views; it also uses part of the North Worcestershire Path and the pretty village of Clent. At the end we have tables booked in our own room for a Sunday Lunch if desired. The lunch here was lovely last time.

Preston Bagott Easy Ramble & Lunch

Date: Saturday 15th December 2012 Place: Preston Bagot, near Henley in Arden # Meet: 11am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d We return to the lovely Crabmill pub with Steve Dell. The route is around 4 miles, which is mostly flat with some gentle gradients. We initially head towards Henley and then join the Heart of England Way as we go through farmland using field paths. The last section is along the pretty Stratford upon Avon canal towpath. After, at the pub we’ll have a drink or you can eat if you wish.

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Sutton Mulled Wine/Mince Pie Ramb

Hartshill Hayes Ramble

Date: Wednesday 19th December 2012 Place: Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield # Meet: 7.00pm Start Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest What a perfect way to spend a winters evening. Enjoy a short torchlight ramble followed by warm Mulled Wine & Mince Pies. It’s also a true Christmas tradition and as its approaching we thought you should sample some. Enjoy a leisurely 3½ mile evening ramble with Steve Dell followed by mulled wine and mince pies at the pub, where we will have our own area. The ramble around the park will take in both open and wooded areas using good paths. Although in Birmingham most of the park still has a rural feel about it. Sutton Park can be quite atmospheric, even romantic in the dark. Don’t forget your torches!

Date: Thursday 27th December 2012 Place: Hartshill Hayes Country Park, Nr Atherstone # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A great way to burn off some of the Christmas excesses and blow off the cobwebs with a revised 5 mile ramble with Steve Dell. Hartshill Hayes Country Park is 137 acres of woodland & open hilltop and has magnificent views across Anker Valley. We start by walking down into the Country Park and through Hartshill Green Woods. We then walk towards Mancetter using Coventry Canal. The return takes us through the Purley Woods and Oldbury Reservoir. Steve will find somewhere to eat and drink after.

Border Dales Moderate Ramble

Date: Sunday 30th December 2012 Place: Hulme End, Nr Alstonefield, Derbyshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) A beautiful, moderate walk of 10 miles with Mick Cornfield. We follow footpaths and quiet lanes to join the river Dove at Beresford Dale, following the river past the caves and through Wolfscote Dale passing Drabber Tor and Biggin Dale to the steep climb out of the dale at Gypsy Bank. This takes us to the village of Alstonfield, once the home of a button industry. Quiet footpaths take us to Wetton and the walk through the Wetton Hills to Back of Ecton and the short climb through the old mine workings to Ecton hill, the home of lead and copper mining. Here we descend to the old Manifold railway for the return to the start.

Abberley Hill Ramble

Date: Saturday 22nd December 2012 Place: Great Whitley, Nr Stourport On Severn # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 12 mile walk with Alan is aimed at walkers with a very good level of fitness as there are a number of steep ascents. The walk is a little gem only an hour’s drive from Birmingham. From the meet point we head out for Great Whitley across country up onto Woodberry Hill where we get a first taste of some wonderful views out across country toward the Malverns. We continue south across country until we eventually reach the Worcester Way, climbing up onto the ridge we make our way back north across Pudford and Walsgrowe Hill with some spectacular scenery of the Worcestershire countryside. It's a final climb onto Adderley before returning the Hundred House Hotel for a well earned drink or two!

New Year Centre of England Ramble Date: Tuesday 1st January 2013 Place: Meriden, Warwickshire # Meet: 11am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) See in 2013 with a 7 mile walk around the traditional centre of England with Mick Cornfield - the ancient cross on the village green marks the spot. Open fields, woodlands and an ancient hedged bridleway complete this circuit. Start and finish at the Queens Head pub in the village centre, parking on roadside.

Clifford Chambers Easy Ramb/Lunch

Date: Sunday 23rd December 2012 Place: Clifford Chambers, nr Stratford # Meet: 11.45am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A revised ramble with Steve Dell followed by an optional Sunday Lunch Carvery which are always popular as they are a very civilised way to end a ramble! The Carvery at the New Inn has always received great feedback. Clifford Chambers is a small village just south of Stratford, with a 16th century church and a lovely Inn. The ramble is about 4½ miles, is fairly flat and mostly uses field paths through farmland. We start heading south to the hamlet of Atherstone on Stour, then through Alscot Park and on to Preston on Stour. A short quiet road section takes us to the return route which uses farmland and past woodland back into Clifford Chambers. If time allows (we have to be back for 2pm) we will walk by the river Stour and loop back into Clifford Chambers where we can enjoy our Carvery (vegetarian option available).

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Date: Saturday 5 January 2013 Place: Balsall Common, Nr Solihull # Meet: 11:30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Steve Dell will lead us on this easy 4 mile ramble. The route uses field paths through farmland as we go to the Heart of England Way, passing a disused railway track and Beechwood tunnel on the Bham to Coventry line. We follow the Heart of England Way for a while before returning to the village. Back at the pub we can have a drink and an option to eat. The pub goes great food.

Baddesley Easy Ramble & Lunch

Napton on the Hill Easy/Mod Ramble

Date: Monday 24th December 2012 Place: Baddesley Clinton, near Lapworth # Meet: 11.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A great way to avoid the last minute shoppers and have a relaxing Christmas Eve. Enjoy an easy 4 mile ramble with Steve Dell from the lovely Navigation Inn near Lapworth. The ramble is fairly flat and uses field paths and bridleways through farmland and finally the Grand Union Canal. We start using the Heart of England Way to the National Trust house at Baddesley Clinton and then onto Rowington. The return uses the Grand Union Canal. Back at the pub we’ll have a drink and you can eat if you wish.

Date: Sunday 6th January 2013 Place: Napton on the Hill, South Warwicks # Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) At the request of many regulars Steve is doing some more easy to moderate rambles. The pace is the same but we walk a bit further. This new ramble is approx 6 miles and uses some lovely countryside as well as part of the Oxford canal. We start in the village and walk east to Upper Shuckburgh and Shuckburgh Hills. There are some gradients but nothing too strenuous. After passing through Lower Shuckburgh we join the canal, passing Napton Junction, where the Grand Union branches off and Napton Marina.

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Stanton Moor Moderate Ramble

Kingsbury Water Park Easy Ramble

Date: Saturday 12th January 2013 Place: Matlock area of Peak District # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Starting at Birchover we first visit the Rowtor rocks tucked away behind the Druid Inn with the Druids Chair, then it’s on footpaths to Winster, once the centre of lead mining in the area. Then it’s up onto Stanton Moor circling round past the tower, erected to commemorate the first great reform act of 1832, and the nine ladies stone circle along with many other local sites associated with the Druids. A walk of 6 miles with Mick.

Date: Saturday 19th January 2013 Place: Kingsbury Water Park nr Middleton # Meet: 11am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d Enjoy a lovely 4½ mile ramble with Steve Dell followed by an optional lunch. The ramble is around Kingsbury Water Park and Middleton Hall. The ramble is flat and suitable for beginners. We start by walking through the Water Park and continue along the towpath of the Birmingham & Fazeley canal, which is also part of the Heart of England Way. Field paths and a small wood lead us to Middleton Hall where we can stop and admire the restored old building. Return uses a bridleway, fields and a quiet country lane before our lovely canal side pub for a drink & lunch if desired.

Abbots Bromley Moderate Ramble

Date: Sunday 13th January 2013 Place: Abbots Bromley, Nr Rugeley # Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A new moderate ramble with Steve Dell. At the request of many regulars this is a bit longer, around 7 miles but still at Steve’s relaxed pace and of course Steve will find a pub for Sunday Lunch afterwards! The outward section largely follow the Staffordshire Way as we head south past Blithfield Reservoir and on to the village of Colton. The return uses a mixture of bridleways and local farmland, passing Newlands Grange as we return to the village with its lovely pubs for a drink and lunch if required.

Cannock Chase Moderate Ramble

Date: Sunday 20th January 2013 Place: Cannock Chase, Staffordshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 12 mile walk with Alan is aimed at walkers with a reasonable level of fitness walk. The terrain on Cannock Chase can best be described as rolling rather than any long steep ascents. There will be an opportunity to walk around the many different footpaths that spread out over the lovely chase and forestry. On route it is likely that we will see some of the many deer that roam the forest. We will also endeavour to make our way past the different war memorials that are located in the forest. This walk offers a variety of woodland and open countryside walking with some great views.

Three Parishes Ramble

Date: Sunday 13th January 2013 Place: Nr Tenbury Wells, Worcestershire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Today's 11 mile ramble with Alan is aimed at walkers with a good level of fitness. The countryside can be best described as rolling, rather than any steep or long ascents. The walk takes in the pretty Church Parishes of Nash, Greete and Burford which lie to the lovely market town of Tenbury Wells. On route we will pass through the pretty villages of Nash, Whitton and Greete. The lunch stop will be in the grounds of the beautiful Norman Church at Whitton, before returning to Tenbury for a well earned drink.

Tardebigge Locks/Stoke Prior Ramble Date: Sunday 20th January 2013 Place: Nr Bromsgrove # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) + meal on day if requ’d A revised ramble with Steve Dell of around 5½ miles starting and finishing at a lovely canal side pub with the option of a Sunday Lunch. The outward section uses part of the Worcester & Bham canal including the Tardebigge flight of locks, which is both a stunning view but an impressive feat of engineering, being the UK’s longest flight of locks. We also take in views of the lovely Tardebigge reservoir. All linked by farmland/ quiet country lanes.

Wenlock Edge Ramble

Date: Saturday 19th January 2013 Place: Much Wenlock, to north of Bridgnorth # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This 10 mile walk with Alan is aimed at regular Walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. It’s generally moderate terrain but has one steep ascent. This walk will take us from the historic market town of Much Wenlock up onto the Wenlock Edge where we will great views of Shropshire, the Wrekin, Malvern and Long Mynd Hills. To start we will follow a low route across country following Hughley Brook to the Village of Hughley. From here we will make our way up onto the Wenlock Edge and Ipkins Rock where we can sit and take in the stunning views of the Shropshire Countryside. It’s then a short walk across to the Wenlock Edge Inn where we can stop for lunch. After lunch we make our way back to Much Wenlock following the high route of the edge, to get great view back toward the Brown and Clee Hills.

Chipping Campden Scenic Ramble

Date: Sunday 27th January 2013 Place: Chipping Campden, Cotswolds # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) This is 8 mile ramble with Alan is aimed at walkers who may want to step up from the shorter ½ day walks. Any hills are relatively short and not to steep. From Chipping Campden we follow the Heart of England, Monarchs and Diamond Ways passing through Ebrington, Paxford, returning across country through Broad Campden on of the prettiest villages in the Cotswolds.

Wellesbourne & Charlecote Ramble

Date: Sunday 27th January 2013 Place: Wellesbourne, Nr Stratford Upon Avon # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guest) Today’s ramble sees us in the village of Wellesbourne, passing the impressive National Trust House of Charlecote and a pretty riverside path following the River Dene. Steve Dell will take us on a lovely ramble of around 5 miles, which is fairly flat. The pub will also be serving food, which was great last time we ate here.

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Shooting & Target Sports Whether you want to be John Wayne or William Tell, we’ll show you how!

Christmas Clay Pigeon Shooting .. enjoy a morning at a country shooting lodge

Date: Thursday 27th December 2012 Place: Tardebigge, nr. Redditch (B97 6RB) # Meet: 9.30am to 1.00pm Cost: £45 (£49 Guest) includes teas/ coffees and all instruction & equipment A fabulous morning in the heart of the Worcestershire countryside learning this wonderful country sport. The friendly team of instructors claim they can get most of our Spice beginners up to a score rate of 70% on their first attempt! And as they use high tech' low recoil cartridges, anyone can do it. The shooting ground is “state of the art” with electronic clay pigeon traps and competition “over and under” shotguns. You will encounter targets simulating flights of pheasant, duck and pigeon and even a bolting rabbit. Instructors are on hand at all times, so you'll soon find your aim improving! There’s a beautiful hunting lodge, for us to use once the shotguns are safely back in the cabinets. Here we also start the day with coffee while our instructors brief us before we set out as a 'shooting party'.

SWAT Training Mission .. an incredible special forces style experience th

Date: Sunday 18 November 2012 Place: Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield (B75 5SA) Meet: 9.30am for 10.00am session Cost: £45 Member, £49 Guest Ever wondered how you would cope as part of a SWAT team storming a building! Well this is your chance to find out! And rest assured - you don’t need any special training or fitness to be a special forces hero with Spice, as we’re just doing this for fun! This unique CQB (Close Quarters Battle) experience has been developed using new and specialised 'Kill House' style SWAT training facilities which has been purpose built on this site. Upon arrival we’ll be issued with our SWAT uniforms and tactical gear (these weapons are powerful but only fire paint) and be transported by military convoy to the briefing centre near to the “embassy” where we can strategically plan our assault and receive basic weapons training. Prior to breaching the “embassy” we'll test our skills on the 'Pit' an accurate replica of the training facility using several of the “Call of Duty” Games, and then wait for the signal. Go Go Go! And we're in! The games are played using a 1200sqm “Kill House” which has 40 rooms, where our scenarios will include: “Hostage Rescue”, “Sweep & Clear” and “Stop the Bomb”. Don’t miss this very special Spice experience, that you’ll be talking about for a long time to come. Directions: NPF is at Bassetts Pole, which is the traffic island of A38, A453 & A446 in Sutton Coldfield. Take the (A446) turning for McDonalds and find entrance off the slip road betweeh McDonalds and the Bassetts Pole Pub.

Indoor Shooting .. shoot rifles & bows at the Centre rd

Date: Friday 23 November 2012 Place: National Indoor Shooting Centre, Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton (WV6 9NW) Meet: 8pm Cost: £15.50 Member, £18.50 Guest Did you know that the top indoor shooting facility, where our Olympic teams train is here in the West Midlands? Air rifle shooting is great fun and after learning the basics everyone should be able to hit the target. A team of qualified instructors will take you through the basics. The evening will start with a safety talk and demonstration before you'll be divided into small groups. We then have a chance to put theory into practice on the ten metre range, firing rifles at fixed and moving targets. Cost includes everything you need and the range is indoors, heated and well lit. Directions: NISC is off Aldersley Rd in Wolverhampton. As you drive into the Stadium, it’s the building on the far left.

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Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon .. fire "the real thing" with the experts Saturday 3rd November 2012 Birmingham Shooting Centre, Hockley (B18 7RL) Choose time when booking (4 slots each at: 1.45pm, 2.45pm or 3.45pm) £29 – PAID AS - £4 deposit to Spice to book. Balance of £25 to club on arrival (no credit cards) Members only (no guests) for security and due to limited numbers. Incl. approx 50 rounds of ammunition. Bring photo ID With extremely tight firearms laws, it is rare to find opportunities for our members to fire live ammunition. However, under close expert supervision, here’s an opportunity to fire Western Style Lever Action Rifles (like John Wayne used!). They are 357 Magnum Calibre, but recoil is similar to that of a full power spring action air rifle, so you don’t need to be built like a cowboy! After booking in (bring photo ID such as passport or driving licence), we will have a safety talk including range rules and weapon handling safety and etiquette. We’ll then be introduced to our weapons and have time honing our skills on the range. Rules dictate that tuition has to be 1:1 when you are using this class of rifle. Depending on what is going on on the day, we should be able to meet other club members and learn about their firearms. Important Notes: This event must be approached with respect and in line with firearm legislation. Anyone who is not judged to be of sound mind or is suspected of being under the influence of drugs or alcohol will not be allowed to take part. If you think that anything in your past might prevent you taking part (eg ex offenders) then please check your eligibility under section 21 of the Firearms Act. By law, we will need to pass your name and address to the Club at least 48 hours before the event. Despite all this regulation, be assured that our hosts are friendly and you’ll have a great time! Directions: Coming from A38M, stay on A4540 into City towards NIA/ Jewellery Quarter. Straight accross 2 islands (both have petrol stations) then 1st right under railway bridge into Pitsford St. Take 2nd turning into All Saints St and immediate right onto service road (follow sign on low wall for “All Saints Ind Estate & Hockley Business Centre”) which takes you around a 2 storey building. Park on left (near blue railings). If lost, call centre on 0121 523 7232

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Practical, Tactical Airsoft Shooting .. an incredible special forces style experience th

Date: Saturday 10 November 2012 Place: Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield (B75 5SA) Meet: 9.30am for 10.00am session Cost: £45 Member, £49 Guest National Paintball Fields have recently introduced Airsoft to their location at Bassetts Pole. There are varying and diverse battle grounds, combining trenches, bunkers, villages, temples, streams and a huge stock pile of military hardware including helicopter and Russian military personnel carriers. What is Airsoft? Airsoft is a recreational activity in which you eliminate your opponents by hitting each other with spherical non-metallic pellets launched via replica firearms. There will be a combat situation to achieve objectives set in each game. The experience is similar to paintball in some ways, but with a more tactical format- each player receives 3000 pellets to play the game. ______________________________

Hazel get’s to grips with some serious looking kit on our “Western Style Rifle Shooting” event. Thanks to Guy Wicks for the photo

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Social Pursuits You don’t have to jump out of planes to enjoy Spice! This is the category where you find all manner of strange, sociable ways to have fun as a group. Enjoy!

Ten Pin Bowling (Broadway Plaza) .. another new bowling venue to enjoy! nd

Dates: Tuesdays: ● 2 October ● 20 Nov ● 8 Jan 2013 Place: Broadway Plaza, Ladywood Middleway Meet: 8.00pm meet for 8.30pm start Cost: £10 (£12 Guest) Here’s an impressive new bowling alley next door to the AMC Cinema. This alley is run by Bowltech and has all the computerised gizmo’s you would expect There’s food & drink available on site plus a video games area. We form fairly random teams of 6 and have two games during the evening. Don’t worry if you can’t bowl – we’ll just have fun trying! Directions: Broadway Plaza is just off Five Ways. For those driving, there is a good quality car park underneath.

Adventure Golf at Star City! .. it's crazy golf .. but not as you know it! Date: Tuesday 6th November 2012 Place: Tiki Café, Adventure Island Mini Golf, Star City, Nechells, Birmingham (B7 5SB) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £10 (£12 Guest) for 2 games (one on each course) with a bar break in between This is a fantastic new facility for us to enjoy. Adventure Island Mini Golf is England’s first Indoor Adventure Golf Complex featuring 2 brand-new themed 18-hole courses! They are located on their our own lush tropical ‘adventure island’ at Star City Leisure complex. They also have their own bar for us to enjoy. The courses have been built across 3 levels and wind past palm trees and volcanoes, through caves, behind waterfalls and through Tiki Villages providing a fantastic experience. Obviously you don’t need any skills as it is all just for fun! See also www.adventureminigolf.co.uk We’ll assemble in Tiki Café and put people into teams of 4 and send them out to one of the two 18 hole courses.

Night in the Trenches .. an authentic taste of WW1 th

Date: Friday 9 November 2012 Excellent Feedback from last visit Place: Whittington,Near Lichfield (WS14 9PY) # – read it & see photos on-line Meet: 6.45pm for 7.00pm Cost: £19 (£24 Guest) incl: Meal, team of re enactors, props & pyrotechnics In Flanders fields the poppies blow, Between the crosses, row on row......During World War 1 trenches began to appear in late 1914. On the western front, trenches ran from the Belgium border to the Swiss Border, and soon became home to millions of soldiers. Most of us will have had relatives who served in the trenches, so this is a unique opportunity to sample for a brief time what it must have been like for them in this “living hell”. This evening we will experience a taste of the life that the soldiers endured in the trenches. This is made possible by an authentic re creation of the trenches at The Staffordshire Regimental Museum near Lichfield. Our evening starts, (depending on numbers), with the first group entering the trench to experience 'a real life' reenacted battle with the First World War soldiers which will rage around you (this includes pyrotechnics). There will be a Field Hospital in action too. The second group will then have time to visit the fascinating museum, before they enter the trenches. The museum details the bravery, tenacity and heroism of the men who have fought with the Staffordshire Regiments over the last 300 years. The Museum vividly tells the story of the two famous old County Regiments, the North and the South Staffords, and their successor the Staffordshire Regiment. The Coltman Trench is a replica of a 100 meter section of WW I British trench. It is named after L/Cpl W. Coltman V.C., a stretcher-bearer in the North Staffordshire Regiment. He was the most decorated soldier of the first world war, in addition to his Victoria Cross he was awarded the DCM and Bar and the MM and Bar. Other features of the trench itself are called after the Regiment's six other WW I V.C. winners. The trench is over 2 meters deep and its sides are shored up with sandbags and will be brought to life by a dedicated team of actors with ingenious props and pyrotechnics. Trench Supper: We then tuck into an authentic trench supper with tea/ coffee (or buy wine and beer if you prefer). 39


Cafe Ceramica Experience .. a creative yet 'potty' social event! th

Date: Tuesday 16 October 2012 Place: Mitchells Craft Centre, Weeford Road, Sutton Coldfield (B75 6NA) Meet: 7.00pm to 9.00pm Cost: £13 (£14.50 Guest) inc all equipment/firing, and exclusive booking of the venue out of hours. A Spice experience at a cafe with a difference! You choose a piece of unglazed pottery from a selection of quality Italian designs (our deal limits you to items up to £8 but if a big item takes your fancy, just pay the extra) and then sit around the tables to create a masterpiece. The instructor explains the simple techniques with brushes, glaze, sponges etc. She also has books to give you some ideas on designs. It is all very fun and sociable, with teas/ coffees on sale (or you can bring a bottle of wine if you prefer). We socialise while painting. By 9pm we should be finished and be ready to go to the pub, but if you’re still at work you can always arrange to call back to finish off. Your work will be fired for collection later.

Shootout & Party Food at the Kiddies Playcentre! .. laser weapons .. 'soft play' & sausage rolls! (what more could a big kid wish for?) Date: Friday 23rd November 2012 Place: Adventureland, Coppice Lane, Aldridge (WS9 9AA) Meet: 7pm for 7.15pm prompt start (finishes around 9pm) Cost: £17.50 (£20 Guest) Inc: Buffet of sandwiches, sausage rolls, soft drinks etc Adventure Land is all the things kids love – but tonight, all under 18’s have been turfed out and are safely tucked up in bed so that Spice members can be big kidz instead! The lights will be dimmed, we’ll be armed with laser weapons and set free on the 3 stories of soft play equipment with its obstacles, bridges, nets, balls etc. We’ll jump, crawl, slide, climb and bounce our way through whilst shooting each other as we go! The computer keeps score, but it’s not to be taken seriously. It’s just a fun and different event that anyone can do - designed to give us the sort of fun we haven’t had since we were 5 years old! A kiddies party buffet will include all we need to “eat, drink and be messy...” The centre is licensed to serve alcohol to 9pm, but alcohol can only be consumed once you have finished on the equipment and we tend to go to the pub afterwards for this type of fun,.

New Members Mix and Mingle .. a great way to get started with Spice! th

Date: Thursday 25 October (Evening) or Sunday 20th January (Afternoon) Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) Meet: 25th October at 7.30pm or 20th January at 2.30pm (allow approx 2 hours) Cost: £5 Member, £6 Guest Meet new friends, chat with like-minded people and have lots of fun! The Spice Team have got together with Roy Martin (an expert in the field of personal awareness and development who many of you will already know) to develop a sociable evening of fun and games – designed to help you get to know as many likeminded people as possible in a short time. You may never have to attend another Spice event without knowing someone again! With lots of games and sharing you will be taken on a journey of meeting new people. You will also have the opportunity to share contact details so you can either arrange to meet others on future Spice events, socially or just keep in touch. All in all, it’s a great way to ‘get into’ the club. The heart of Spice is the spirit of fun & friendship, which members get from experiencing events together. Breaking the ice is no problem with Spice – particularly when you know how! You just need to bring with you a pen and small pad. Directions: Detailed directions can be found with the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com

Firework Spectacular at Tutbury .. and the Vikings are back! th

Date: Sunday 4 November 2012 Place: Tutbury Castle near Burton on Trent (DE13 9JF) # Meet: 4pm – Viking Show at 5.30pm followed by fireworks Cost: £7.50 Member, £8.50 Guest Voted as one of the best firework displays in the UK, Tutbury Castle, have again invited Spice to join the fun. By popular demand, the Vikings will be back, with a great moonlit battle, followed by a Viking 'funeral'. Important: This is not a Spice exclusive and will be very crowded. It is difficult to stay together as a group. 40


Zombie attack 2.8 hours later .. join our teams for this amazing experience! Date: Saturday 20th October 2012 Place: Birmingham # Meet: 7pm Cost: £28 (£30 Guest). Includes game ticket & Zombie Disco after Can you survive a zombie attack? 2.8 Hours Later is a chilling night-time street game with 200 players. Survive the night without becoming a zombie and save the city from apocalypse. Starting from a secret city centre location, 2.8 Hours Later is a thrill-packed roller coaster ride of Zombie Movie action. You will see the city transformed into a zombie apocalypse. Can you and your friends make it... to all 8 movie sets before the zombies get you? The game will last about 3 hours and starts at sunset. The experience will be physically and psychologically challenging as you might expect. However, you'll find it exhilarating more than exhausting. The game ends with a zombie disco, complete with bar. This event is a public event that we are feeding onto. We will put Spice teams together. Full details of the event are at: http://2.8hourslater.com/ Just check the video & photos out if you dare! There is a fuller writeup also at www.spicebham.com

Gardeners Time with Lunch at Dunsley Hall .. enjoy the sights and sounds of Dunsley Hall Date: Saturday 13th October 2012 Place: Dunsley Rd, Kinver, Stourbridge (DY7 6LU) # Meet: 10.00am for tea & biscuits Cost: £21 (£25 Guest) Includes tea & homemade biscuits, talk & 2 course lunch Today we join head gardener Tracy, to enjoy the sights and sounds of Dunsley Hall. We’ll walk around the stunning landscape gardens and meet the resident alpacas – if it’s feeding time we can help! Tracy will also take us into the walled gardens where all their own salads, vegetables and herbs are grown for the Hall. Remember to wear something you don’t mind getting dirty in! Have your questions at the ready as Tracy is extremely knowledgeable on all things horticultural. We finish with a delicious 2 course meal in the restaurant, where we’ll sample the home grown food.

Wine Tasting - Pinot Noir .. discover the most classy grape variety on Planet Earth Date: Tuesday 16th October 2012 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Deloitte Room (B72 1UD) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £19.50 Member, £22 Guest An evening of White, Rosé, Sparkling and Red Wines all made from “the most classy grape variety on Planet Earth". Our wine compere James Gillespie has told us that the Pinot Noir is the grape variety that makes his favourite wines and this evening's tasting is a chance for him to show why this is so. Best known for its red wines from Burgundy and New Zealand this grape variety is also one of the linchpins of Champagne and can make great whites (Blanc de Noirs) and rosés as well. Be prepared to be blown away by the sheer quality and the range of styles. NB Some members bring a few snacks along to share like bread & cheese to ‘help the wine down’ – so bring some if you wish. Don’t worry if you have no wine knowledge – none of us have (except James!). James Gillespie is an eminent wine merchant, wine shipper, lecturer and tutor.He has dual French/British nationality and spends a lot of his life uncovering "Gems" from small, high quality producers all over the world.

Poker Night at Lea Marston .. and the BIG PRIZE is back! th

Date: Friday 11 May 2012 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off the A4097 near J9 of M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 7.30pm for a prompt start with training session Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest A fun night starting off with a training session aimed at absolute beginners. We’ll find out how to bid, what is a good hand and what isn’t, what is bluffing and other secrets of success. Then you get a chance to try out your new-found skills in a competition. We’ll be playing for chips, not money, so you don’t need to worry about losing your house and car! At the end prizes will be awarded to the most successful (and least successful!) players. There is a bar close by where we can get drinks throughout the evening. The big prize will be a £100 voucher towards a Spice West Midlands weekend break. 41


Ikon Gallery Tour and Tapas Dinner .. discover it's 40 years of innovative art th

Date: Tuesday 30 October 2012 Place: Ikon, Oozells Sq, Brindleyplace B'ham (B1 2HS) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £25 (£27 Guest) incl: arrival cocktail, gallery tour, 2 course meal Ikon Gallery has been showcasing the best in contemporary art since the 1960s. Housed in the neo-gothic Oozells Street School in Brindleyplace, Birmingham, it shows the work of artists from around the world and in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, photography, film and sound. Today we have the opportunity to visit Ikon and, after a welcome cocktail (alcoholic or non-alcoholic), we take a tour of the current exhibitions: a trilogy of films by Israeli artist Yael Bartana and the first survey of work by graphic designer Tony Arefin who designed for art institutions such as the ICA and Ikon itself. Following our tour we move to Café Ikon for a sharing dinner of tapas (cold starters, hot mains).

Turkish Bath & Swim .. for a steamy, Saturday social!

Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 Place: Erdington Baths & Turkish Suite, Mason Road, Erdington Meet: Arrive 6.00pm - 7.00pm (optional swimming, 6.00pm to 7.00pm)* Cost: £12.50 (£15 Guest) and bring £1 coin for locker (returnable). There are not many old style Turkish Baths left now, but we have this one exclusively. Not only do we have the use of the full Turkish Suite but we've also booked the full size swimming pool for an hour from 6.00pm to 7.00pm for those of you who like to swim without bumping into someone every few yards. The Turkish Suite consists of a large sauna area which is divided into three rooms, warm, hot, and "phew" with full size beds where you can languish and let the stresses and strains of everyday life drift away. It has a steam room and plunge pool, showers and lounge area. It’s a great way to relax those tired muscles. Believe me, once you've tried it you'll be hooked. You just need to bring towels, shower kit and, swimming cossie. You may also want to bring soft drinks to rehydrate. *Arrive between 6pm & 7pm. The doors will be locked shortly after 7pm to stop anyone wondering in whilst we're all in the sauna. If you want to swim you'll need to be there 6 - 6.30. After we've lost all those fluids it's only sensible to replace them, so it's off to the pub. There's also a Cantonese and the Curry Garden nearby to make this a perfect Saturday night!

Friday Fish & Chips Race Night .. a Friday tradition with the fun of a night at the races Date: Friday 16th November 2012 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £14 (£16 Guest) includes fish & chip supper A great evening event – a night at the races but with no financial risk – just loads of fun! We won’t be using real money but there will be a prize for the most successful player on the night. As it’s a Friday we will have a traditional fish & chip supper. Race nights are great fun as you can enjoy the thrills and spills of a night at the races without the chance of loosing your shirt! Each person will be given an amount of ‘money’ to bet on the races. You will have a Race Card with horses and odds. There will be several races selected at random and run on a big screen throughout the evening which will create a great atmosphere. In between each race you can collect your winnings and place any bets on the next race.

Pub Games Night .. lots of fun & games in the pub! st

Date: Wednesday 21 November 2012 Place: The Old Royal, corner of Church St & Cornwall Street Birmingham (B3 2DP) Meet: 7.15pm in upstairs function room Cost: £6 Member, £7 Guest You rarely find traditional games in pubs these days, which is a pity as we love them! Tonights games have an element of skill but, as the evening progresses and the bar visited! - they will no doubt provide more and more fun. We’ll play a number of games and the night is run as a competition, but not too seriously as it’s just a fun night. We’ll play together in teams of 4 as you go round the games over the course of the evening. The type of games we’ll play include: Shuffleboard; Table Skittles; Quoits, Bagatelle & Darts. There’s also Giant Jenga & Connect 4 to keep the fun going between rounds. 42


Good Food Show .. including tickets to see the Great British Bake Off Date: Saturday 1st December 2012 Place: NEC, Birmingham, tickets to be sent (B40 1NT) # Meet: 10am Cost: £24 (£26 Guest) The UK's biggest food show is returning to Birmingham a great way to kick off the festive season.There is shopping, entertainment galore and hopefully something to tantalise everybody's taste buds. Included in the ticket is an opportunity to see Mary Berry and Paul Hollywood in The Great British Bake Off.

Murder Mystery Evening at Dunsley Hall .. a sociable evening of murder in a 13th century hall!

Date: Friday 23rd November 2012 Place: Dunsley Rd, Kinver, Stourbridge (DY7 6LU) # Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) includes entertainment & three course dinner Join us at Dunsley Hall Hotel for a night of murder, deceit and intrigue! Be mesmerized by the beautiful but foreboding Grade 11 listed building and brave the treachery within recorded as far back as 1304. Is anyone safe from the hand of death? Enjoy a delicious three course meal and become sleuths for the night to unravel the truth and find the Killer. Interact with the actors and follow the clues to become the best detective Dunsley Hall has ever seen.

Christmas Wine Tastings and Wine Games .. never has wine tasting been such fun! Date: Tuesday 4th December 2012 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Deloitte Room (B12 9QH) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £19.50 Member, £22 Guest We had such brilliant feedback from last year that we have asked James to come up with a new set of games and festive wines to taste this year. This is a Christmas event not to be missed! To round off our year of regular wine tasting evenings, James always comes up with something really special for the festive period. There will be lots of wine to taste as usual, and of course the theme will be the wines that you should be considering for the Christmas period. However, we will also have a giggle working in teams on some fun games – such as trying to guess the correct description of wines from options presented. The more wines you try, of course the harder it gets to find a sensible answer - but who cares - after all, this is Spice, not the Gourmet Club! You don’t need any knowledge to take part, as it’s all for fun - but if any of you do have some wine knowledge, James will try to stretch you! The wines will all be selected to complement different aspects of festive cuisine (eg, the ideal wine to go with turkey, Christmas cake, to leave out for Santa etc) so you should get some really useful tips out of this evening. Suggestion: some members like to bring along biscuits/ cheese/ snacks to eat with the wine, and you are welcome to do so. James Gillespie is an eminent wine merchant, wine shipper, lecturer and tutor, widely known across the vineyards of Europe. He has dual French/British nationality and spends a lot of his life uncovering "Gems" from small, high quality producers in France and Spain in particular. His evenings are always great social occasions.

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Date: Saturday 15 December 2012 Place: Coalport, Ironbridge Gorge (TF7 5DU) # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £21 (£23 Guest) includes admission, exclusive welcome talk, coffee and mince pie The residents at Blists Hill Victorian Town, Ironbridge will be busy preparing for Christmas at this wonderful special event. Come along to experience the atmosphere of a bygone era and you will be treated to an array of traditional celebrations including carol singing, wandering pantomime characters and festive entertainment as well as having a chance to do some Christmas shopping. Before you explore the Town you’ll be welcomed over a cup of coffee and a mince pie and a short talk about Blists Hill by a guide. We will then have free time to enjoy the atmosphere. 43


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Date: Saturday 25 December 2012 Place: Spice Birmingham Members Meet: To be arranged by those booked For all those members who would be spending Christmas Day on their own and prefer to share it with friends, we'll be running this popular register again this year. It’s more of a “link up” than an “event” as such. If you book on, we will put you in touch with all the others who have registered their interest so you can get together for a drink or arrange a communal Christmas Dinner with other members in your area. If you want to take advantage of this service, just book on line or call the office and we'll put you on a list with your contact details which we'll send out to everyone listed the week before Christmas (please be sure to tell us – if you haven’t already - if any of your contact details should not be shared). As usual, we are looking for a sociable volunteer to act as the contact point for everyone taking part in this link up (usually around 8 –12 people). If you would like to put yourself forward for this role, please let the office know.

Lichfield Cathedral by Candlelight .. a private tour followed by mulled punch & home made treats! Date: Wednesday 9th January 2013 Place: The Old Stables (see below) (WS13 7LD) Meet: 7pm for 7.30pm tour (ends around 9.30pm) Cost: £15 (£16.50 Guest) - Proceeds support the work & upkeep of the Cathedral Have you ever wondered what a great Cathedral would have looked like to those for whom it was originally built - ie. before electric light was invented? Ancient times have been recreated for this special evening when the Cathedral will be lit entirely by candlepower. The atmosphere will be very special, and we have arranged a Senior Guide /Bursar to tell the story of the Cathedral in a private tour. The Guide will be equipped with an arc light to point out any features which candles cannot reach. To finish off we will enjoy non alcoholic hot punch and homemade shortbread or mince pies. Dress warmly, as heating is fairly ineffective in so grand a structure. The refreshments will be served in the Old Stables (formerly called The Visitor Centre), which is also very interesting as it was Bishop Hacket’s 17th Century stable block within the unique 13th century medieval fortifications of the Close. Directions: The Old Stables is at the far right hand side of Cathedral Close near where it meets Dam Street.There is lots of parking nearby, but Cathedral Close itself is “no parking” except for blue badge holders. The nearest car park is Bird Street from where it is a short stroll through the pedestrianised areas towards the Cathedral.

Knowle Beer, Skittles & Supper .. a great event for fun & socialising Date: Thursday 17th January 2013 Place: The Red Lion, High St, Knowle, Solihull (B93 0LY) Meet: 7.30pm in upstairs room Cost: £7 Member, £9 Guest (plus cost of meal on the night) A beer and skittles evening is always fun and with all the usual ingredients as well as a great bunch of Spice members it's bound to be a memorable night! Steve Dell will bring along his full size alley and organise us into teams and run the evening. There's also a bar where you will be able to purchase the 'beer' part of the event. Food: We can order from the pub menu to give us a wider choice. Pay on the night

Frankfurt Christmas Market Pub Treasure Trail .. enjoy one of Birmingham's most atmospheric events Date: Saturday 8th December 2012 Place: The Old Royal, 53 ,Church Street, Birmingham (B3 2DP) Meet: 1.00pm for 1.15pm start Cost: £6 Member, £7 Guest. Bring a pen One of Birmingham’s spectacular events is the Frankfurt, German Christmas Market. The atmosphere is fantastic, very Christmassy and will be lit up towards the end of the Treasure Hunt. Steve Dell has designed another pub Treasure Trail in the pubs around the Market (the clues will be different to previous years). Please read the full write up on line at www.spicebham.com 44


Ghost Hunting & Supper .. a fabulous evening of history, fun & fear! Date: Friday 11th January 2013 Place: Tutbury Castle, north of Burton on Trent # Meet: 7.30pm (ends 10.45pm) Cost: £23.50 (£26 Guest) includes supper & tour by Lesley Smith A thrilling foray into one of the countries most historic (and most haunted!) castles. Tutbury Castle: was established in 1066 by William the Conqueror and visited by Richard the Lionheart, Margaret D’Anjou (who lived there), The Black Prince, Charles 1st (during the Civil War, when the Castle held siege for 6 weeks), Henry 4th (who was declared King there), Edward 1st , Mary Queen of Scots (as prisoner 3 times), Prince Rupert and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Legend has it that some of these people are still there, so come and find out! Our Evening: We will be met and be shown through to the castle for our evening buffet of Steak and Ale pie followed by a dessert. A vegetarian option is available. There will also be a tour of the castle by Lesley Smith, who some of you will remember as the TV historian on the “Most Haunted” series. After dark, the Castle transforms to a more forbidding place and the real adventure begins. I promise not to tell you any more, as we want it to be a scary surprise, but trust me, you’ll meet some ghosts! We should be finished in time to catch last orders at the Dog & Partridge …for those in need of revival!

Bowling & Adventure Golf Evening .. two fun & sociable events rolled into one Date: Thursday 10th January 2013 Place: Star City, Nechells, Birmingham (B7 5SB) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £12.50 (£15 Guest) Incl: 1 game each of adventure mini golf & ten pin bowling Try two fun Spice events in this combo evening at Star City. We meet at Adventure Island Mini Golf, England’s first Indoor Adventure Golf Complex. Here we get one round of golf (approx 45- 60 mins) on one of their amazing courses that wind past palm trees and volcanoes, through caves, behind waterfalls and through Tiki Villages providing a fantastic experience. It’s like crazy golf and is just for fun, so don’t worry if you haven’t held a golf club before! After this, we’ll be shown across to the Ten Pin centre where we will have a game of bowling. Directions: The star City complex is easy to find, with brown signs pointing the way from main roads nearby. More directions and information can be found on the suppliers website www.adventureminigolf.co.uk/

Planetarium Show - Dark Side Of The Moon .. an out of space experience to the music of Pink Floyd Date: Saturday 12th January 2013 Place: Planetarium, Think Tank, Millinnium Point (B4 7XG) Meet: 5.45pm for 6pm performance (ends 7pm) Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest 90 of you enjoyed the “Space Opera” show here last year, so we knew you’d love this planetarium show! Using fulldome 360° technology Thinktank's digital planetarium puts you at the centre of the action. This evening the atmospheric 360° dome visuals accompany the music of Dark Side Of The Moon a Pink Floyd timeless classic from 1973. It’s an iconic album and its atmospheric music fits perfectly with the amazing effects generated by the planatarium.

Cadburys 'Bean to Bar' Talk & Cadbury World .. tour Cadbury World and a fascinating talk Date: Sunday 27th January 2013 Place: Cadbury World, Bournville, Birmingham (B30 1JR) Meet: 10.45am for 11am in reception Cost: £9.50 (£12.50 Guest) includes entrance to Cadburys World and a talk by Cadburys We will start our day in Cadburys World where we can enjoy the exhibitions and chocolate heaven. There will be time for lunch in the Cadbury World restaurant (which isn't included) before moving over to the Education Centre for a talk entitled 'Bean to Bar'. We will learn about the origins of the cocoa tree, sourcing beans from Ghana, Chocolate making and the processes used today and Advertising and packaging of iconic Cadbury Brands. There is a fuller wite up for this event at our website: www.spicebham.com ______________________________ 45


Snowdome Nights PLACE : Tamworth Snowdome (Directions Below) MEET : In good time in 'Aspen's Cafe Bar If you’ve been pining for the slopes ever since your last winter holiday, or if you've never been on the piste before and want to find out what all the fun is about now's your chance to find out! Experience the thrill of at Tamworth Snow Dome, the REAL SNOW indoor ski slope. The slope is enclosed in a temperature-controlled building and it's the real thing! It’s quite cold so dress accordingly. Gloves are a must, plus a thick pair of long socks, warm full length leggings are fine - or ski gear if you have it - but not jeans. All costs below are inclusive of ski/ board & boot hire.

Learn to Snowboard Course

Date: Monday 26th November 2012 Meet: Aspen's Bar 7.30pm prompt Cost: £49 (£52 Guest) inc boot & board hire Snowboarding is just sooo cool…and when done expertly can be really exciting, with jumps & somersaults. This is a 2 hour introduction.

Recreational Skiing

Date: Monday 26th November 2012 Meet: Aspen's Bar by 7.30pm Cost: £21 (£23 Guest) inc boot & ski hire If you're able to do controlled snowplough turns and use a ski tow, you can book this option. We'll meet in Aspen Cafe Bar before we get kitted up with skis, boots, and poles ready to hit the slopes. Session is 1 hour.

Tubing Session

Date: Monday 26th November 2012 Place: Snowdome, Tamworth (B79 7ND) Meet: Aspen's Bar 6.45pm* Cost: £9.50 (£12 Guest) Similar to Toboganning, but with even less control (!), this is the latest après ski adrenaline activity to come out of the Alpine resorts. You slide, you spin, you scream…as your circular ‘sleigh’ careers down the Snowdome. Enjoy this 30 minutes of pure fun on real snow and race your fellow Spicers down the 150 metre slope. Once kitted up, there is a 15 minute safety brief and you must not miss this or you won't be allowed on the slope. Warm clothes, gloves, sturdy trainers or boots are recommended. Warm clothes, gloves, sturdy trainers or boots are recommended. *Please no later than 6.45pm or you will miss the safety briefing and will not be allowed to take part.

Ski Lesson - Beginners

Date: Monday 26th November 2012 Meet: Aspen's Bar 7.20pm prompt Cost: £35 (£37 Guest) inc boot & ski hire This is the first step on your way to the slopes. The team at the Snowdome will help to build your abilities and boost your confidence. This is a 1 hour lesson is for absolute beginners

Suggested route from M42: Leave M42 at J10 taking A5 towards Tamworth centre. Follow brown signs which will eventually take you off the A5 onto a series of roundabouts. Note, at the third roundabout you go right round the roundabout and back along the carriageway to the entrance which is part of the Leisure Island complex (B79 7ND).


Spice Go Behind the Scenes Spicer’s always want to know that bit more about things, so here’s a series of opportunities to go ‘behind the scenes’ and ask questions at some interesting places. If you have any ideas or inside leads into interesting places (where you work for instance?) do please let us know - and we'll see if we can come to visit.

BBC Birmingham Behind the Scenes .. enjoy a tour of BBC Birmingham's home in The Mailbox Date: ● Sat 17th November (2.45pm for 3pm tour) ● Thu 24th January (6.45 for 7pm tour) Place: BBC, The Mailbox, Birmingham (B1 1RF) Meet: Meet in BBC reception at time given above Cost: £7.50 members £8.50 guest (includes £1.50 booking fee) BBC Birmingham has thrown open its doors, offering you the chance to go inside the state-of-the-art studios situated in The Mailbox. Take a peek behind the scenes of programmes which are made here and try your hand at some interactive fun! During the tour there is always the chance of bumping into a favourite presenter or radio DJ, hearing some trade secrets or being party to some juicy gossip while passing the actors' green room... They'll take you inside as many studios as business allows but please remember that BBC Birmingham is a working building and no two tours are the same.

Leather Evening with Black Country Supper .. a fun evening of Walsall craftsmanship & cuisine! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Friday 12 October 2012 Walsall Leather Museum (WS2 8EQ) Arrive 7.15pm for 7.30pm meal £14.50 (£16.50 Guest) Inc: exclusive hire, 2 course meal with teas/coffees, guides & demonstrations, and chance to make a souvenir to take home If you’ve always wanted to ‘get into’ leather (who hasn’t! - Ed), you’ll be delighted to discover that the World’s leading Leather Museum is on our doorstep. We have exclusively hired the whole complex and staff for Spice to find out more. The Supper: On arrival we will sit down to a traditional Black Country supper with choices of: Faggots, chips & peas, Sausage, chips & peas or Veggie sausage, chips & peas followed by apple pie and custard or cheesecake plus tea/coffee. The Tour: Our guides will give an entertaining tour of the displays, tell the stories of the Walsall leather trade and point out splendid examples of local craftsmanship - from saddles made for the Royal Family to daring contemporary designs. Have a Go: Best of all, you can watch skilled leather workers in the process of hand-crafting leather goods such as wallets More: This is an edited writeup – please find the full event details and directions on our website www.spicebham.com

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Date: Tuesday 13 November 2012 Place: 346-354 Foleshill Rd, Coventry (CV6 5AJ) – find location details on our website Meet: 7.30pm Cost: FREE (Members Only) Over the years we have had several talks from undertakers as part of our behind the scenes programme. This time we have something a little different as we are actually visiting a large, modern funeral home and it is a funeral service with a difference as it specialises in serving Coventry’s Asian communities. As one of the largest funeral service providers in the area, Darryl Smith the General Manager of the Heart of England Co-operative Society Funeral Division has invited us to an open and informal discussion about funeral customs and practices across a range of cultures. The talk will take place at their 'state of the art' £1.2m funeral home in Coventry and is followed by a tour around the premises. This is an Asian Funeral Services funeral home and is designed to deal with a wide spectrum of cultures and religions which will give you the opportunity to ask questions about anything to do with death and funerals, whilst gaining a valuable insight into how a funeral home works. The aim of tonight is to open our eyes to an important yet little talked about industry and how it adapts with understanding and sensitivity to the multicultural needs of our modern society. We also hope that it will banish some of the myths, taboos and misconceptions associated with funerals and help us cope and understand if we are in the situation of needing to arrange a funeral for a loved one. Important: Arranging this type of event is very dependent on goodwill and on the high integrity of the members attending. Therefore, we ask that if you book you do turn up on the day (or let us know in good time if you can’t make it) and that you are very respectful to the dignity of this profession and the traditions of the customers that they serve. 47


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Date: Saturday 24 November 2012 Place: Dudley Zoo, Dudley (DY1 4QB) # Meet: 8.40am start Cost: £25 (£29 Guests) includes full English Breakfast Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at a major zoo before it can open to visitors each day? How much food has had to be prepared for every animal and what cleaning jobs have to be completed before the visitors arrive? Well now you can, with a guided tour with a keeper, who will take you behind the scenes and show you what it takes. At the end of a busy morning we will go to the cafe for a full English Breakfast. After which you are free to explore the zoo at your own pace from the visitors side of the fence this time!

Dogs Home Visit .. discover how stray dogs are rescued, reunited & re-homed! Date: Saturday 8th December 2012 Place: Birmingham Dogs Home, New Bartholomew St, Digbeth, Birmingham (B5 5QS) Meet: 11.30am to approx 1.30pm Cost: No charge, but must be pre booked as numbers very limited Birmingham Dogs Home was founded in 1892 on land made available by the late Sir Alfred Gooch Bart, in New Canal Street, Birmingham. In 1987 they moved to New Bartholomew Street, with a grand opening by the Duchess of York. Since then a purpose-built building has provided shelter and protection for the stray dogs of the West Midlands. Able to house over 150 stray dogs in comfortable kennel blocks with adjacent facilities, the Home has its own vets’ clinic, puppy unit and isolation unit. They are a registered charity and for over 100 years have stated a mission to rescue, reunite and rehome stray, neglected and unwanted dogs from all over the West Midlands area. This vital work is only possible through the very generous support of the local community. The visit will start with an overview of the work of the dogs home and their aims. This will be followed by a guided walk around the kennels veterinary rooms and other facilities. Note: Please donate at least £5 on the day. You are also very welcome to bring a tin of dog food and any unused blankets.

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Date: Tuesday 9 October 2012 Place: Handsworth Community Fire Station (B21 9QU) Meet: 6.00pm to approx 9.00pm Cost: £8.50 (Members only) Note cost is for Buffet (WMFS make no charge) This evening we are guests of West Midlands Fire Service at the showpiece Handsworth Community Fire Station. We are here to experience the Red Hot Education Station based here, which is a state of the art centre designed to allow groups to witness the dangers of a real fire in total safety and discover the consequences. Come and see what happens if you leave your cooking pan unattended or leave your doors open in a fire. This interactive fire experience will amaze and educate at the same time; you will learn how to prevent fire, how to detect fire and what to do if ever you are involved in a fire. Can you survive the fire experience? If so you will be better prepared for the real thing. It might just save your life! Discover the firesurvival studio, experience the firezone and be prepared for the inferno. We will be split into groups to tour the Red Hot Education Station and to learn more about safety. The evening will finish with a light buffet in the fire station. Directions: Handsworth Fire Station is at 41 Rookery Road, Handsworth. Drive in and find the visitors parking.

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Date: Sunday 21 October 2012 Place: Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery (B3 3DH) # Meet: 11.15am to 12.30pm. Meet in Round Room Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest This tour takes place before the Museum opens so offers Spice a privileged look at some of their most famous paintings. Birmingham Museum and Art gallery holds an outstanding collection of Pre-Raphaelite works and the first aim of our tour will be simply to enjoy some of them. Today is a chance to explore the Pre Raphaelite models some whom may say were Victorian stunners with James McCormick. 48


Aston Villa Open Training Session .. watch the players train nd

Date: Monday 22 October 2012 Place: Aston Villa FC, Aston, Birmingham (B6 6HE) # Meet: 8.30am (check website for meet up details) Cost: FREE (Members Only) Aston Villa is holding an open training session at Villa Park. The open training sessions held previously have been a great success and thoroughly enjoyed by all. You will be able to see all the the summer new signings like Christian Benteke, Joe Bennett, Ashley Westwood, Matt Lowton, Ron Vlaar, Brett Holman, Karim El Ahmadi and Jordan Bowery. We will have complimentary access to the 82 Lounge where breakfast baps, refreshments and confectionery will be available to purchase and also to the executive seating from where you can watch all the pitch activities. The car park opens at 8.00am however there will not be reserved parking it will be a first come, first serve basis. Schedule: ● 9.15am - 10.15am - Warm Up Activities ● 10.15am - Manager interview ● 10.25am - Players start training ● 11.00am - Players Finish Training ● 12.00noon Event Finishes Note: this is a public event but we hope to have a Spice coordinator to organize a meet up of Spice members

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Date: Sunday 21 October 2012 Place: Near Birmingham Airport (see below) (B26 3QS) Meet: 1.30pm Cost: FREE (but please see list of possible things to bring below) Many of us have enjoyed Spice visits to Greyhound racing events. But have you ever wondered what happens to these wonderful animals once their racing career is over? In days gone by, many such working dogs were “put to sleep”, but the tireless work of dog loving volenteers has resulted in many of them now being rehomed as family pets. The name 'Retired Greyhound Trust' suggests that the dogs are old, but nothing could be further from the truth, as greyhounds on average retire from racing aged anything between 18 months and 4 years old! These wonderful dogs are good with children, are very placid and need only a couple of short walks a day (yes, they really don’t need much exercise!). We are visiting a rehoming centre, where we should meet around 12 dogs and will hear about the work of this charitable trust. It is only a small site, so you only need to allow about an hour. Bring: A tin of pilchards, tuna or sardines. We will also have a collection, so please bring some loose change. Warning: You may “fall in love” and want to take a greyhound home! Directions: See the on line version of this write up for full details

Proof House Tour ..see how Birmingham has led the world in gun testing in 3 centuries! Date: Thursday 1st November 2012 Place: Banbury Street, Central Birmingham (B5 5RH) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 1.30pm Cost: £19.50 (£22 Guest) This is a brilliant opportunity to see inside one of Birmingham’s most famous & unusual institutions. Birmingham has been a big center for gun making since the 17th century. The reputable gunsmiths of Birmingham had set themselves a high standard for material and workmanship and were eager to submit their products to an independent, compulsory proof test. Birmingham Proof House was established in 1813, by Act of Parliament, and remains essentially unchanged today. Although the Proof House is a working establishment, it is also a treasure trove of historical documents and artifacts of real interest and a museum has been established which is dedicated to the gun and ammunition trade which were founding trades of our city. We are restricted to ten places only and have booked a historian to show us around and explain the proofing process to us in detail.

Can you help? Our best behind the scenes visits have come about by the personal contacts of Spice members. If you could help arrange a visit, please get in touch – whatever it may be! In recent years we have enjoyed finding out about: 17 factories, 3 public utilities, 7 theatres, 3 art galleries, 1 prison, 2 undertakers, 5 places of worship, 2 fire stations, 1 coal mine, 3 breweries, 2 newspapers, 1 master thatcher and many, many others! But, the Spice appetite is insatiable so please call 0121 353 6161 if you’ve any good contacts to pass on!

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Barber Institute Tour .. get a special view of one of the foremost fine art galleries Date: Saturday 10th November 2012 Place: Edgbaston, Birmingham (B15 2TS) Meet: 12.15pm for 12.30pm tour Cost: £6 Member, £8 Guest This is one of Birmingham’s ‘crown jewels’, containing one of the finest small collections of European art in the UK - yet keeps a fairly low profile in its local area. It features works from the 13th to the 20th century, and is a near-perfect gathering of some of the most influential artists of the previous millennium. Its particular strengths lie in its Old Master and Impressionist collections. The collection is made up of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture. Amongs the artists represeted are Bellini, Botticelli, Holbein, Veronese, Stom, Baschenis, Rubens, Van Dyck, Rembrandt, Poussin, Gainsborough, Turner, Delacroix, Ingres, Rossetti, Whistler, Manet, Degas, Monet, van Gogh, Rodin, Gaugin, Picasso, Mattisse, Magritte, and Schiele. It is a small but select collection, as the concept behind it was that they would only feature art of the highest quality. The founder stated that “each piece must be capable of hanging in the National Gallery”. Therefore, the tour itself takes just less than an hour. Our tour will include an introductory talk of the institute plus a tour of the collection. Afterwards, we will be able to look around on our own. There is also a small refreshment area. Directions: From Birmingham City Centre, take the A38, turning onto Edgbaston Park Rd. Parking is available in the University’s South Car Park, with the Institute situated at the top of the hill opposite King Edward’s School.

Lichfield Cathedral Library Tour … get behind the scenes with an expert guide! Date: Saturday 17th November 2012 Place: Main door of Lichfield Cathedral (WS13 7LD) Meet: 10.15 for 10.30am tour Cost: £11 (£12.50 Guest) New for this visit: “a 17th Century focus featuring the Duchess of Somerset’s bequest” Spice love to get into areas that are normally restricted, so we’re delighted to have obtained permission for just 13 of us to visit a very special place within Lichfield Cathedral. Two experts are taking us to explore the hidden treasures of the historic main library, built in 1249 which offers a rare glimpse of the incredible treasures housed here above the Chapter House. These include books on a wide variety of subjects from theology to travel. Here are just a few of the priceless editions contained there: ● Justinian Codex Juris Canonici (13th century) ● Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (c1410) ● Henry VIII’s ‘Great Bible’ (first edition— 1539) ● Cranmer’s Great Bible (1540) ● The ‘Breeches’ or ‘Geneva Bible’ (1560) ● The King James Bible (1611) - the ‘She’ and ‘Judas’ Bibles ● Mercator’s Atlas Novus (1638) ● Blaeu’s Theatre du Monde (1645) ● The ‘Vinegar Bible’ (1717) ● Saxton’s Maps of England and Wales. Equally historic is the room itself and it’s extremely rare tiled floor. Bags cannot be taken into the library. You’ll need to be able to climb a spiral staircase.

Singers Hill Synagogue Visit .. discover 152 years of this vibrant Jewish congregation Date: Monday 26th November 2012 Place: Blucher Street, Birmingham (by Mailbox) (B1 1HL) Meet: 7.30pm prompt start Extras: No cost to book, but please donate of at least £3 on the day We have learn’t a lot from our visits to different faith communities in Birmingham. We have also encountered great warmth and friendship. Tonight we are guests of a lovely historic Synagogue, to see around the building and to learn more about the Jewish community and how they worship together. We will have a two hour tour, much of which will be directed by addressing the questions we ask – so come prepared with lots! Singers Hill Synagogue was built in 1856 and has played an important part of the life of Birmingham Jewry. Even when movements of Jewish population in Birmingham resulted in the provision of synagogues elsewhere in the City, Singers Hill has remained an important hub of Jewish worship and communal life over the last 150 years, and is termed the "Cathedral" Synagogue of Birmingham. Today, Singers Hill holds weekly Shabbat (Sabbath) services, as well as daily morning and evening services in conjunction with Birmingham Central Synagogue. Find out more at www.singershill.com Dress: Please dress “modestly” and bring some form of head covering such as a headscarf or hat. Directions: The Synagogue is on Blucher Street, just across the way from The Mailbox. There should be street parking in the vicinity, or you can use the excellent (although hugely expensive!) Mailbox Car Park. Important Note: Arranging this type of event is very dependant on goodwill. Therefore, we ask that if you book you do turn up on the day (or let us know in good time if you can’t make it) and are respectful to our hosts and their traditions. 50


Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience .. enjoy this awesome aircraft th

Dates: Saturdays: 17 November 2012 or 26th January 2013 Place: Wellesbourne, nr Stratford Upon Avon (CV35 9EU) # Meet: 10.00am Cost: No cost to book but donate at least £8 to the restoration society on day Avro Vulcan XM655 (pictured right with it’s crew & fire crew) was one of the last v-bombers produced for the RAF, and part of the UK's nuclear deterrent force throughout the 60s & 70s. XM655 is one of the few Vulcans remaining in ground running condition and The 655 Maintenance and Preservation Society aim to keep it running for as long possible. Today we join up with the restoration group which is run entirely by volunteers. There will be a short talk about the work of the team on arrival before we split into groups of 4 to spend some time in the cockpit. A video will also be shown about the aircraft and there will be an opportunity to ask questions to some of the dedicated volunteers. Tea, coffee and biscuits will be available. Donations: There will be a collection on the day to raise vital funds for the project. Please give at least £8

Sikh Gurdwara Visit .. enjoy the warm welcome & hospitality of our Sikh community Date: Saturday 5th January 2013 Place: 18-20 Soho Rd, Handsworth, Birmingham (B21 9BH) – details on-line Meet: 11am prompt outside main entrance Cost: FREE (But please donate to the Gurdwara on the day) We are grateful to have been invited again to visit this major Gurdwara (Sikh place of worship) and discover more about the facility itself and the Sikh faith and community. It is one of 13 Gurdwaras in Birmingham serving a Sikh community of around 40,000. Built in the late 70's, there’s a floor area of 25,000m² over 4 storeys. There are 5 main Darbar Halls and 3 Langar Halls & some surprising features to discover! Lunch: Our visit also includes lunch in the Langar, a huge dining room that serves vegetarian food to anyone, 24/7 (It’s designed to uphold the principle of equality between all people of the world regardless of religion, caste, colour, creed, age, gender or social status. The tradition expresses the ethics of sharing, community, inclusiveness and oneness of all). Dress: I am advised that this Gurdwara is fairly relaxed, so please just dress in an appropriate way for a place of worship. However, when entering the Darbar Hall, we’ll remove shoes and cover our heads. The ladies can use a scarf the gentlemen a cap or a hat. If you don’t bring anything, the Guruwara will provide pieces of material for head cover. You must not enter the hall if you are “intoxicated” or have just been smoking. Donation: The elders are giving freely of their time and food and have not asked for anything in return. However, I suggest we make a donation on the day (the coordinator will organise this) to offset their out of pocket expenses. Important: Arranging this type of event is very dependant on goodwill. Therefore, we ask that if you book you do turn up on the day (or let us know in good time if you can’t make it) and that you are respectful to our hosts and their traditions.

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Date: Tuesday 27 November 2012 “Don’t you come near my Place: Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton C’field (B72 1UD) hotel room young man” Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £8 (£10 Guest) This popular talk is back, and this time we’ve found at a lovely hotel in Warwickshire – which is of course prime “tour guide country”. For more than 15 years Ian Jelf has been a full time professional tour guide and has amassed a veritable repertoire of funny, improbably and downright bizarre stories of the things people have (or haven’t) done on his tours. Without giving too much away, these have included everything from simple misunderstandings to arson, artificial limbs, people missing for days or weeks and much, much more! It’s a long time since we’ve invited Ian to come and tell us more of these stories and in the meantime he’s - needless to say – had some new ones! So come along and hear what happens when the Great British (or American, French, etc.) Public go “on tour”… Directions: Full details are given with the on line version of this write up. “I laughed and laughed and laughed again. Ian makes real life funnier than fiction! The best night’s entertainment I’ve had in ages!” Member quote taken from feedback from last time. 51


Guide Dog Training Centre Visit .. how can a dog become the eyes & ears of a human? Date: Saturday 1st December 2012 Place: Edmondscote Manor, Leamington Spa (CV32 6AH) # Meet: 9.45am for 10.00am to 12.30pm tour Cost: FREE to book, but please make a donation of at least £3.00 on the day This wonderful organisation provides guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services that meet the needs of blind and partially sighted people. They breed 1000 puppies a year nationally, which makes them the largest breeder of working dogs in the world. The really interesting bit though is how they transform these pups into highly trained adults who you could trust your life to on the busy roads of Birmingham. 130 dogs are taught to this standard each year in Leamington. Our visit starts with a talk & video, before we’re off to meet the dogs on a guided tour.

Christmas Behind the Scenes! .. all you wanted to know .. but were afraid to ask! Date: Wednesday 5th December 2012 Place: Honiley Court Hotel near Kenilworth (CV8 1NP) # Meet: 7.30pm for 8pm start Cost: £8 Member, £10 Guest Possibly the silliest “Behind the Scenes” event ever! A chance to laugh with Ian while learning lots of facts (and trivia) about Christmas, like: ● Why do we kiss under mistletoe? ●Why is Christmas Day on 25 December? ● Who are Santa’s “other” Reindeer? ● Where does the Dutch Father Christmas come from? ●.. and lots and lots of daft stuff besides The answers to these and many other Christmas questions you’ve probably never thought about before are promised tonight in this brand new seasonal talk from Ian Jelf. Ian has promised to put us all well and truly in the Christmas spirit by giving us a holly-bedecked, turkey-trimmed, festive, glittering evening. It’s sure to be a cracker! (Sorry!)

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Date: Thursday 21 February 2013 Place: Newhall Street, Birmingham (B3 1SB) Meet: 2pm Cost: £11.50 (£12.50 Guest) includes tour,tea and coffee & booking fee Over 235 Years of Birmingham’s History The Birmingham Assay Office was formed in 1773 as a result of a successful lobbying campaign led by Birmingham industrialist, entrepreneur and silversmith Matthew Boulton. Since then it has grown to become the largest Assay Office in the world and still continues to carry out its statutory duty of hallmarking articles manufactured in platinum, gold, silver and palladium. Housed in an impressive Grade II listed, late Victorian building, located on the edge of Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. These unique visits are designed to be both enjoyable and informative and provide the only opportunity for the public to see inside the Assay Office. The Silver Collection tour includes refreshments in the domed grand entrance hall on arrival : A concise history of Hallmarking and the Birmingham Assay Office, Precious , Metal Assaying and Hallmarking, a film of the traditional and modern processes employed by the Birmingham Assay Office, a tour Of the Silver Collection Accompanied by The Curator and also a tour of the Birmingham Assay Office Library to view the collection of rare books and manuscripts in their historic setting. ______________________________

What’s is a “Guest”? Some events have a separate price that applies if you want to bring a “guest” along to an event. The “guest” option is there for members to use to introduce new people to the group and for friends/ family for whom membership is not practical (eg visiting from another area). The Guest arrangements are offered at our discretion and cannot be used to avoid membership (eg by lapsed members). A “guest” must come along to the event with you (unless specifically agreed otherwise) and you are responsible for their good conduct. A “Guest” may accompany you at up to 3 events – after which we consider it fair to expect them to join themselves.

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Sports Try a new sport or rediscover an old one! It’s a great way to get fit, make friends and socialize. With Spice, it’s all just for fun. All ages & abilities take part and no skill is expected.

Unihoc (mixed indoor hockey) Dates: ● Thu 18 Oct 2012 ● Tue 30 Oct ● Tue 13 Nov ● Thu 29 Nov ● Thu 13 Dec ● Thu 10 Jan ● Thu 24 Jan Place: NIA (Community Hall), accessed off St Vincent St. See map with on line writeup (B1 2AA) Meet: 8pm – 10pm New: book 4 Sport dates Cost: £6 (Guests £7) New “EARLY BOOKER” Rate £5 (members only)* th at NIA & get a 5 free Unihoc is a traditional, much loved Spice activity. It is a type of indoor hockey played with plastic sticks. It’s a lot of fun – particularly as we don’t take it too seriously. Don’t worry if you have never played before as you will soon pick up the basic from the friendly regulars. It is a great choice for those who want a fun way to get fit and stay fit, as you use up a lot of energy chasing that ball around the court! *It realy helps for us to know approx numbers for Unihoc well in advance (we can’t play with less than 2 teams!). Therefore we offer an “early booker” rate which gives you a £1 discount if you book 14 days beforehand.

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Wednesdays: ● 3 Oct ● 10 Oct ● 17 Oct ● 24 Oct ● 31 Oct ● 14 Nov ● 21 Nov ● 28 Nov ● 12 Dec ● 19 Dec ● 9 Jan ● 16 Jan ● 23 Jan Meet: 7 - 9pm sessions (½ Hall): New: book 4 Sport dates Place: NIA (Community Hall) St Vincent St. See map with on line writeup (B1 2AA) th at NIA & get a 5 free Cost: £6 (Guests £7) A fun evening, with nothing taken too seriously and the chance to play with a whole new bunch of players. You just need a basic grasp of the game to play. Rackets (if required) & shuttles are provided. Players rotate to give everyone a Variety of games.

Badminton for Fun (Coventry, Worcs or Wolves) Date: ● Coventry: Every Wednesday ● Worcester: Every Monday: ● Wolverhampton: Every Wednesday Place: ● Coventry: Alan Higgs Centre, Allard Way, Coventry CV3 1HW ● Worcester: Perdiswell Leisure Centre Bilford Rd, Worcester WR3 8DX ● Wolverhampton: Aldersley Leisure Village, Aldersley Rd, WV6 9NW Meet: 1 hour session at each venue: 8.00pm to 9.00pm Cost: £4 Member, £5 Guest – Note on the last date of each month at each venue, a professional coach is on hand We are piloting a collection of regional badminton venues. At each one, you’ll find a fun evening, with nothing taken too seriously and the chance to play with a whole new bunch of players. You just need a basic grasp of the game to play. Rackets (if required) and shuttles are provided. You'll always find others with roughly the same standard but can also play better players to improve your game. Players rotate to give everyone a variety of games. Badminton nights are often busy. If so, you may need to take short breaks during the hour to ensure that everyone has an equal chance to play everyone.

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Golf - Learn to Play in a Day

Date: Sunday 4 November 2012 Place: Warwickshire Golf & Country Club (CV35 7QT) # Meet: 9.00am to 3.00pm Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest Includes: tuition, teas/ coffees & light lunch We have been given the opportunity to broaden our introduction to golf sessions in both Staffordshire and Warwickshire. Today we are at the prestigious Warwickshire Golf and Country club.This excellent golf club is providing us with an opportunity for complete beginners or relative newcomers to have a day of golf coaching with an experienced PGA Professionals on all major aspects of the game. Below is an outline of the day: Arrive 9am – 9.15 for coffee.9.30 – 12pm Golf coaching on the range with Ace Academy PGA pros covering all the basics 12pm – 1pm Soup and sandwiches in the club house 1pm – 3pm Play the Par 3 course with the professionals for on course experience

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Theatre, Comedy & Concerts We have good relations with all the venues in our region, and try to secure good seats for a wide range of shows. Often we are holding tickets for a very limited period, and with the most popular shows, tickets are finalised months in advance of the performance. We post out tickets around a week before the event, including a meet up point (generally the bar!). Important: as we have to purchase your ticket well in advance, these types of event are non refundable unless we can resell your seat to someone else. Sorry. Social Note: By it’s very nature, (you sit quietly in the dark!) these types of event are not particularly sociable. There will be a volunteer coordinator who’ll do their best to “meet & greet” and to get people together in the interval. However, please don’t book these events for a social evening as you may be disappointed.

Concert Nights at the Jam House .. see famous acts at this intimate venue Place: Jam House, St. Pauls Square, Birmingham (B3 1QU) Meet: Bands due on around 9pm but arrive any time These music nights are a rare opportunity to see musical icons in the intimate setting of The Jam House. These are public events, but our friends at The Jam House have arranged special ticket offers for Spice members (however, please note that non members have to pay the public price inc booking fees so we don’t compete with their public pricing). ● Richard Street of the Temptations – Wed 10th Oct - Cost to Spice Members £5 (guests at public price of £17.50) Three-time Grammy Award winner, Richard Street was the lead vocal of the Temptations from 1971, creating such Motown classics as "Papa Was a Rolling Stone", "Heavenly", "The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face", "Hey Girl", "Masterpiece", and so many, many more. Richard’s all-American show brings the authentic and legendary music of the Temptations to the Jam House along with other classic hit songs that document the golden Motown years. ● Stylistics - Wednesday 14th November - Cost to Spice Members £5 (guests at public price of £18) PhillySound Hitmakers, the Stylistics, return to the Jam House on Wednesday 14th November with their back catalogue of Soul masterpieces, including "You Are Everything," "Betcha By Golly Wow," "Stop Look Listen", "Break Up To Make Up," "Children of the Night," "You'll Never Get to Heaven," "You Make Me Feel Brand New," "Na Na is the Saddest Word," "Can't Give You Anything," and "Can't Help Falling In Love". Arrival: You can arrive any time, but we do not plan to have a Spice Coordinator at all of these events, so there will not be the usual “Spice vibe” I’m afraid. Bear in mind that there will be several hundred members of the public there as well, getting Spice people together is not easy. As you are pre booked, you can ignore any queue and go straight to the entrance. Dress: Smart dress - no trainers or ripped denim. No fancy dress. Shirts for gentlemen please.

Top of the Pops Live .. the greatest hits from the best years of your life Date: Wednesday 31st October 2012 Place: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (B5 4DS) # Meet: 7.00pm - 7.30pm Cost: £30 Member, £33 Guest Capturing the spirit of the iconic TV show Top of the Pops, Top of the Pops Live is a nostalgic interactive jukebox celebrating the greatest hits by the biggest stars in the world of pop from the 70s, 80s and 90s. Paying homage to the DJs who introduced the TV show and to the resident dance troops Pan’s People and Legs & Co. Read more at our website

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Date: Friday 30 November 2012 Place: RSC, Stratford upon Avon (CV37 6BB) # Meet: 7.15pm Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest Enjoy an evening at the newly opened transformed Royal Shakespeare Theatre. Desmond Barrit returns to the RSC to once again play Falstaff following his Olivier Award nominated performance in the RSC's 2001 Henry IV Parts I & II

Cancellation Terms – Ticketed Events Please remember when booking any ticketed events in this section, that refunds on cancellations can only be offered if we resell

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Slade & Sweet Live in Concert .. Cum on Feel the Noise! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Wednesday 14th November 2012 Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (B5 4DS) # 7.00pm for 7.30pm £31.50 (£33.50 Guest). Includes £2.00 in booking fees

Throughout the seventies, Slade became one of Europe's biggest bands, touring and recording continuously, producing a catalogue of hits that became synonymous with the era and providing a soundtrack to the glam generation. Sweet are a national treasure and rock music phenomena who have taken every continent by storm for more than four decades. The quintessential glam rock band, which brought androgynous looks and crunching guitar pop to the masses, have spent over 3 years in the UK charts alone and have sales of over 55m.

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Date: Tuesday 27 November 2012 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £34 Member, £36 Guest A new version of a fairytale classic created for the City of Birmingham in Birmingham Royal Ballet’s 20th anniversary year. Birmingham Royal Ballet’s Director David Bintley choreographs this spellbinding new production, which received its world premiere in Birmingham in November 2010. John Macfarlane, designer of The Nutcracker and the Company’s recent Le Baiser de la fée hass conjuring up a magical world to bring this much loved fairytale to life.

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Date: Thursday 20 December 2012 Place: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (B5 4DS) # Meet: 7.00pm - 7.30pm Cost: £35 Member, £37 Guest This new musical comedy, direct from Broadway, based on the hit movie. Outrageous, thought-provoking and even a little romantic, The Musical is about teaming up and taking care of business. This show features Dolly Parton's original hit title song, 9 to 5 which won her an Oscar nomination and 4 Grammy Award nominations along with her new Tony® and Grammy nominated score. These 18 original numbers that mix Broadway and pop with Dolly's signature witty lyrics.

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Date: Wednesday 27 February 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street # (B5 4TB) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £29.50 Member, £32 Guest They’re back, live on stage. Written by the Oscar winning screenwriter Simon Beaufoy and set back in Sheffield where it all started, rediscover the six men, their wives and their children, and what they had to do to hold it all together. Featuring songs from the film by Donna Summer, Rod Stewart, Hot Chocolate and Sir Tom Jones.

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Date: Wednesday 27 March 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £50 Member, £54 Guest Back in Birmingham, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s mesmerising score along with jaw-dropping scenery and breathtaking special effects, magically combine to bring this tragic love story to life each night. 55


Dracula .. classic gothic horror at Blue Orange Theatre th

Date: Friday 26 October 2012 Place: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Gt Hampton St (B18 6AD) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.45pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest The classic story of gothic horror which has inspired so many others. Can Dr Seward, or his old mentor Dr Van Helsing, halt the slow drain of her blood....? This tale is not for the faint hearted. The Blue Orange is a new independent theatre situated in Birmingham's Jewellery Quarter. For detailed driving and public transport details, see the on line version of this write up. We collect tickets from the coordinator on the night.

The Idiot B*stard Band .. Ade Edmondson, Neil Innes, Phill Jupitus & Rowland Rivron Date: Saturday 3rd November 2012 Place: Town Hall, Birmingham (B3 3DQ) # Meet: 7.30pm for 8pm Cost: £25 Member, £28 Guest (inc booking fees) The Idiot B*stard Band are a band dedicated to the comic song. They are: Ade Edmondson (Young Ones, Comic Strip, Bottom, etc) on guitar, banjo, trumpet, mandolin, fiddle, coconuts. Neil Innes (Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band, Monty Python, Innes Book Of Records, etc) on keyboards, guitar, ukulele. Phill Jupitus (Never Mind The Buzzcocks, QI, Radio 6 DJ ,etc) on guitar, bass, kazoo, triangle. Rowland Rivron (Raw Sex, Jools Holland Big Band, Blue Peter (aged 15) etc) on drums, congas, bongos, rude shouting. They play songs by The Bonzos, Jake Thackeray, Syd Barrett, George Formby, They Might Be Giants, Ian Dury, Mel Brooks, The Mighty Sparrow, and many of their very own brand spanking new compositions.

Life Behind the Lens .. meet award winning cameraman Doug Allan th

Date: Tuesday 6 November 2012 Place: Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (B1 2JA) Meet: 7pm in bar to collect tickets for 7.30pm Cost: £15 Member, £17 Guest Adventures, encounters and insights from the award winning cameraman whose TV credits include the epic wildlife series: Blue Planet, Planet Earth, Life, Human Planet, Ocean Giants and Frozen Planet. Doug Allan will take you up close and personal with the animals that live in the wildest places on earth. See amazing film footage on the big screen and listen to Doug’s experiences of working with everyone from Sir David Attenborough to Ewan McGregor.

Felicity Aston - Alone in Antarctica .. an amazing presentation from an inspiring lady Date: Wednesday 7th November 2012 Place: Forum Theatre, Malvern Theatres complex (WR14 3HB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £12 (£13 Guest) includes booking fee In January 2012, almost 100 years to the day after Captain Scott reached the South Pole, Felicity Aston became the first woman in history to ski across Antarctica alone. For 59 days Felicity dragged 85kg of supplies 1744 km across the coldest continent on earth, enduring temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees and storm force winds.Using her own footage and stunning images from her expedition, Felicity will transport the audience to the last true remaining wilderness on Earth.

Peter Pan .. another production from Blue Orange Theatre Date: Friday 21st December 2012 Place: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Gt Hampton St (B18 6AD) Meet: 6.30pm for 7.00pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest The The timeless story of a boy who would not grow up, a classic play. For detailed driving and public transport details, see the on line version of this write up. We collect tickets from the coordinator on the night.


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Date: Thursday 31 January 2013 Place: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (B5 4DS) # Meet: 7.30pm for 8.00pm Cost: £29.50 (£32.50 Guest) Follow squeaky clean sweethearts Brad and Janet on an adventure they'll never forget, with the scandalous Frank 'n' Furter, rippling Rocky and vivacious Magenta. Get ready for a night of fun, frolics and frivolity in this thrilling production of Richard O'Brien's classic original script! Bursting at the seams with timeless classics, including Sweet Transvestite, Damn It Janet and of course, the pelvic thrusting Time Warp, Richard O'Brien's Rocky Horror Show is a non stop party! Ready to thrill you with its frothy fun and naughty moments, this is the boldest bash of them all, so sharpen those stilettos for the rockiest ride of your life! don't dream it, be it! It's a guaranteed party! Be warned, this show has rude parts!

Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo .. the funniest night you'll ever have at the ballet! nd

Date: Saturday 2 February 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £30 (£32 Guest) Watch out Birmingham ! Ballet’s very grandes dames are back. After previous sell-out performances Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo (or ‘The Trocks’ to their friends) return with a fantastic programme, a lorry load of costume changes and lashings of diva attitude. Comedy doesn’t get more laughable than the Trocks, but as their fans know, the knockabout mishaps succeed because these hairy-chested guys in tutus can actually dance. With one foot in farce and the other in classical ballet, this is one hilarious night out not to missed! And when it comes to reviving rarely seen relics of ballet’s Imperial Russian heyday - well the Trocks repertoire is no joke. Wherever they dance, the Trocks jete grandly over cultural barriers. They’re big in Japan, even bigger Down Under in Oz. They melted hearts - and some say the permafrost in Siberia when they toured to Novosibirsk on a mission to find their natural roots. One thing’s guaranteed: parody or pirouette, the Trocks will knock your socks off with their bravura mix of fun and fancy footwork. “This is the funniest night you’ll ever have at the ballet” THE GUARDIAN

Bouncers & Shakers (Double Bill) .. a double helping of Godbers' classic observational comedy Date: Tuesday 5th February 2013 Place: Highbury Theatre, Sutton Coldfield (B73 5HD) Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm to collect tickets Cost: £9 Member, £11 Guest We’ve got tickets for another production by The Highbury Players – this time a double bill of two ‘one act’ John Godber comedies. These stylistically related one-act plays concern the lives of working-class Britons who are trapped in dead-end jobs and live for the moment with little hope of bettering their future, or even understanding what the word future means.

Matthew Bournes Sleeping Beauty .. a fabulous feel good show Date: Wednesday 6th February 2013 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £35 Member, £37 Guest The world premiere of Matthew Bourne’s latest re-imagining of a ballet classic. Sleeping Beauty sees Bourne return to the music of Tchaikovsky to complete the trio of ballet masterworks that started with Nutcracker! and the international smash hit, Swan Lake. The story begins in 1890 at the christening of Princess Aurora, a time when fairies and vampires fed the gothic imagination, before moving forward in time to the modern day. The audience will be taken into the heart of Tchaikovsky’s magnificent score in specially recorded surround sound. Matthew Bourne’s haunting new production is a Gothic Romance for all ages; a supernatural love story that even the passage of time cannot hinder. ‘The great showman of British dance, with an instinctive understanding of what audiences want’ DAILY TELEGRAPH ______________________________ 57


Workshops & Talks Whether it is serious self development or serious fun that you’re after, here are a diverse range of opportunities to learn new skills.

Colour U Confident Workshop .. discover what you should be wearing! th

Saturdays: 13 October or 8th December 2012 Rowden Drive, Solihull (B91 1UQ) # 9.30am for 9.45am - 1.00pm £60 (£65 Guest) PAID AS £10 (£15 Guests) deposit paid to Spice when you book, plus the balance of £50 paid on the day (Credit cards are accepted at a £2 supp) Do you want to know which colours make you look younger, healthier and slimmer? Then this workshop is for you. Lesley Cox, Colour Me Beautiful consultant, will answer these questions and more. During this colour and make up session you'll discover why certain shades complement your unique colouring more than others and how to combine the colours that suit you in different ways. Each person attending will be individually analysed and made up with Colour Me Beautiful cosmetics. By the end of the workshop you'll have a wallet containing 30 fabric swatches to use as a guide when you shop, your own personalised make up prescription, listing your best cosmetic shades....and loads of confidence. Shopping mistakes will become a thing of the past! Sounds like too good an opportunity to miss. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Drumming Experience for Beginners .. Spice help you realise another childhood ambition Dates: Wednesday 17th October or Tuesday 20th November 2012 Place: Drum School, Lawley Middleway, Birmingham (B4 7XX) Meet: 7.00pm to 9.00pm Cost: £19 Member, £21 Guest Do you ever find yourself bashing your table top with a couple of pencils as your favourite tune blasts out of your radio? Maybe you’ve thought about playing the drums but never really pursued the idea… Well this is your chance to have a go in a small friendly group led by one of the Midland’s most experienced instructors. There has never been a better time to learn than now, with a wide range of cheap acoustic kits and realistic electric kits that can be played with headphones that don’t send the neighbours crazy! For this session however, you needn’t buy anything as all the equipment is provided. Your instructor will guide you through the workings of the kit, how to sit at a drum kit and hold the sticks for ease of playing and then the fun begins as you learn to play your first rock beat! This session is a fun, hands on introduction. No experience is needed but a reasonable amount of fitness is required, also flat soled shoes are advisable. Directions: The school is located near to the House of Drums at Professional Music Technology, only a 15-minute walk from both the Bullring shopping centre and Moor Street Station. There’s ample parking.

Digital Photography for Beginners .. learn the secrets of success! th

Date: Saturday 13 October 2012 Place: Fotofilia Studio, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (B1 3NS) Meet: 10am to 3pm Cost: £29 Member, £35 Guest As it “says on the tin”, this is a back-to-basics introduction to digital photography, with top professional photographer, David Rann. Whether you’ve just bought your first digital camera and find yourself baffled by all the buttons and the unintelligible manual, or you’re someone with a grounding in photography looking to improve or refresh your skills, this 5 hour workshop combines classroom-based introductions and practical assignments, with guidance always on hand if needed. Any digital camera will be fine for today although the more manual control your camera allows, the better. As well as the studio based sessions, we will go out into the Jewellery Quarter which has lots of great location possibilities including an atmospheric graveyard. There will be a half an hour for a lunch break (lunch not provided) One model will be provided per eight participants. For more information on David visit www.davidrannphoto.com Directions: Fotofilia’s new premises is in Regent Parade, off Caroline Street, just uphill from St. Paul’s Square. 58


Feel the Fear .. and do it anyway® .. change your life with a team accredited by the author! Date: Sunday 14th October 2012 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 between Kingsbury & M42 J9 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.00am start Cost: £39 Member, £45 Guest includes coffees/teas & basic snack at lunch The name of today’s workshop is the registered trademark of Susan Jeffers, author of the international bestseller of that name - and is being used with her express permission. The workshop is licensed by Susan and based on her teachings. It is for anyone who is allowing fear, doubt, worry or social anxiety to reduce their effectiveness and enjoyment of life. How many times have you wanted to do something but stopped yourself because you were afraid or didn't feel you were good enough? This all comes down to one powerful emotion - fear - and all too often we decide that this is a good enough reason not to take action. During this workshop you will learn, step by step, how to Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway so you can move from a place of powerlessness to a place of excitement, energy and power. Our trainers, Dianne & Andy have incorporated all of the most powerful and effective techniques they've learned and applied so successfully to our own lives. By taking everything you will learn today and applying it to your life consistently, a 'New Empowered You' will become your new way of living ... you will begin to fear-less... and your life will change dramatically for the better... this was certainly how it happened for them! The workshop is a deeply inspirational experience, during which you can listen and share as much as you wish, through written exercises, open discussion, guided visualisations and practical demonstrations. You will begin to see life from a new empowering perspective and understand just how false your fears really are. You will also begin to fall in love with who you are and realise how important this is. We know for sure that you will feel amongst friends and no matter what your fears are, Di & Andy always see the people on their workshops bond as they share their experiences. They will also share their own experiences of overcoming fear, which both had to do. Come and start your journey from fear to inspired living! You need to own a copy of the book for this workshop.

Learn to Draw in a Day ..a fun day unleashing your creative potential! th

Date: Sunday 14 October 2012 Place: Centre of England Arts, Nr Solihull (B92 0LT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 4.00pm Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes all materials, tea/coffee & biscuits throughout day This is a workshop designed for anyone to be able to understand the basic principles of drawing as all the mysteries of perspective, vanishing points and measurements will be revealed! In this very practical, hands on workshop with artist and tutor Julie Hyde, who will show you how to draw objects in proportion, explain and give you some simple techniques to help you understand perspective and then get you to play with tone. We will be using pencils, paper, and then perhaps charcoal and ink. See www.COEA.co.uk for more information about Centre of England Arts and Julie Hyde.

Glass Art Workshop .. an introduction to making stunning glass designs! Date: Sunday 25th November 2012 (Sorry, all other dates now full) Place: Visionary Glass, Pitsford St, Hockley, Birmingham (B18 6LJ) Meet: 10.00am to 5.00pm Cost: £90 (£95 guest) PAID AS deposit of £15 (£20 Guest) plus balance of £75 on the day An exciting introductory course into the world of bespoke glass. This is an opportunity to learn the concept of glass fusing. Individually hand-cut fragments of glass are carefully built up in layers on a clear base, before fusing them all together in the kiln at over 800ºC. Finely textured detail is often embedded into the underside of the piece to add depth and description, and elsewhere crushed and powdered glass is delicately scattered to give tonal hints and shading. The panel is then held in the kiln just long enough to fuse the fragments together, without them losing their individual contours. This process usually takes over 24 hours depending on the size of each panel, and only the more expensive specialist glass is used, ensuring compatibility, consistency and permanence of colour.The panel is then bonded to a mirrored base and framed or mounted in a number of different options, all of which come complete with easy to hang fittings. Reflections through the glass and mirror bring the finished piece to life, sparkling like a jewel in the ever changing light, the contours and undulations inviting to the touch. Every panel is an original, individually signed and dated by the artist, and a truly unique focal point for any interior. Designs are available in a variety of styles and in a colour combination to compliment your deco. All tools and materials will be provided, together with light refreshments for the morning and afternoon. Please provide your own lunch or choose from the many options located nearby in the Jewellery Quarter. No experience is necessary for the day and the panels you produce will be available 2 days later for collection. 59


Ukulele for Fun .. have fun learning this popular instrument! th

Date: Saturday 12 January 2013 Place: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), English Studio, Edgbaston (B12 9QH) Meet: 3.30pm to 5.30pm Cost: £18 (£20 Guest) includes ukuleles & instruction Ukelele playing is easy when you know how and very trendy at the moment due to the cult popularity of The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain! It is also an instrument that is cheap, simple and a lot more portable than a guitar. So why not have some fun discovering what it’s all about with a fun group of Spice friends? Today we’ll have a go at playing the ukulele in an entirely unintimidating atmosphere. The session will start by explaining how to hold and strum the ukulele and then working on some simple chords. We can then play some tunes together. You don't need to be musical in any way or to be able to read music as you will be shown how it is done. A fun event that will make everyone smile.

Cupcake Christmas Decorating Workshop .. join the cupcake revolution! nd

Date: Sunday 2 December 2012 - 1.45 for 2.00pm start (finish at 4.30pm) or Sunday 9th December 2012 - 10.45 for 11am start (finish at 1.30pm) Place: Middleton Hall, between Sutton Coldfield & Tamworth (B78 2AE) Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) Includes: Teas/ coffees This Christmas themed workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those with some cake decorating experience. You’ll decorate 12 Christmas cupcakes with Christmas themed designs such as 3d Christmas pudding, snowmen and pefectly wrapped pressies. You’ll also learn to pipe a holly wreath. To help the festive atmosphere there’s non alcoholic mulled wine and Christmas music. Sarah will make the cakes for you before hand and you don't need to take anything with you as she supplies it all. She will also have her 'shop' at the venue so you can buy equipment to continue decorating at home. At the end you have 12 amazing cupcakes to take away and show off to your friends! Directions: Middleton Hall is signposted off A4091 which runs between Tamworth (at Fazeley) & Sutton (at Wishaw).

Watercolour Painting Intro Day .. a fun day unleashing your creative potential! th

Date: Sunday 24 February 2013 Place: Centre of England Arts, Nr Solihull (B92 0LT) # Meet: 10am to approx 4pm Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes: Basic Materials, tea, coffee & biscuits Artist, Julie Hyde has put together a day’s course, demonstrating the various techniques of watercolour painting. Julie will demonstrate the different ways that watercolours can be applied and how to plan and build up, stage by stage your own watercolour pictures. You will try out different techniques experimenting with wet on wet, basic washes and dry brush work, giving you confidence to use these for your own pictures. Julie will explain the mysteries of paper stretching and will advise you on the vast rage of selection of equipment that is available in the art shops. Working from photographs or still life groups Julie will talk about how to plan paintings and demonstrate how to build up you painting. You will work through one, two or maybe even three paintings and Julie will help you through each stage. Although it will take a beginner through the process of watercolour painting there will be plenty of ideas for the more experienced artist. Basic material will be provided, but if you have your own or want to use different medium please bring it along. See www.COEA.co.uk for more information about Centre of England Arts and Julie Hyde

Nitty Gritty Weather Workshop .. taking the outdoors indoors Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Wednesday 10 October 2012 Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) – directions on our website 7.30pm £14 Member, £16 Guest

A workshop of interest to active outdoors people as well as armchair adventurers. This Nitty Gritty Weather Workshop takes a look at what drives the weather. Why is a warm front usually wet? What’s the difference between a cyclone and an anti-cyclone? Can you get a beer from an isobar? The workshop runs for about 2½ hours and we’ll have a break in the middle to sustain our own internal moisture systems. 60


Don't Diet - Change the way you Eat .. discover the best food for fitness & health th

Date: Sunday 7 October 2012 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road by NEC (B92 0EH) Meet: 10.30am to approx 3.30pm workshop Cost: £49 (£55 Guest) for max 12 people. Incl: Light sandwich lunch & 2 x coffees and a one to one follow up call with Bev Would you like to lose weight and keep it off? ● Do you find yourself on a diet every few months, and then regain the weight you have lost? ● Or do you feel tired, and lack energy most days? ● Would you like to feel great by improving your eating? If you said yes to either of the above then this workshop is for you. ● The focus will be on healthy eating, not dieting. ● The aim is for you to make sustainable changes to what, where, when & how you eat? ● By making the changes you will feel fitter, be healthier, have more energy and lose some weight! Bev Brammer, a qualified nutritionist doesn’t believe in diets – she believes in developing a healthy relationship with food to enable you to have increased energy levels and to feel fantastic! She runs her own business called The Personal Nutritionist. Bev has had great success in helping her clients achieve their goals, and will inspire you to make healthy changes to your every day diet. Most people don’t understand why they eat what they eat, and why they make the choices they do. Others are confused by the amount of conflicting information out there – the diet industry bombards us every day with new ideas. On the day Bev will help you to understand: ● Why diets don’t work long term ● What foods cause weight gain/cravings ● What is healthy eating ● How to achieve the changes – turning bad habits in to good ones ● Setting your goals ● How to PLAN for success – one of the main keys to achieving your goals This workshop will also help you see where you can make improvements to your current diet – be they small easy changes to gradually bring dietary success, or a complete new eating plan, to fit in with your lifestyle. Once you start to feel and look better, and are more confident, you will start to feel successful and your success will motivate you to carry on. Bev will also touch on topics such as store cupboard staples, what should/should not be in your fridge, food groups that spell danger, why you should eat fat to lose fat, and there will be some of Bev’s favourite foods to taste. Add to this tips on healthy cooking, recipes, eating out, supermarket lunches and surviving social occasions, and you have an extremely interesting workshop. Please come prepared to contribute your ideas and thoughts on healthy eating – there will be various interactive sessions, all in a light hearted manner! A follow up phone call with Bev to help you achieve your own personal goals and stay on track are included in the price. Directions: The Arden Hotel is on the A45 (Coventry Road) close to M42 J6. By car, however, you have to double back to access the entrance so that you are on the correct side of the dual carriageway – ie from J6 take the A45 Birmingham exit. Then take the first exit left (marked Airport) but then keep to right hand lane (NOT AIRPORT) in order to reach an island where you get back onto the A45 in the opposite direction (Coventry) and find the hotel entrance immediately on your left. Also, please do not confuse the hotel with The Forest of Arden Marriot Hotel which is some way away.

Saxophone for Beginners .. from total sax virgin to playing the blues th

Date: Saturday 26 January 2013 Place: Coten End School, Warwick (CV34 4NP) # Meet: 10.30am - 1.00pm Cost: £16.50 Member, £18.50 Guest An opportunity to begin play the saxophone for people who have never played before. Trevor will demonstrate saxophone playing in various styles and talk about the history of the instrument. It's then hands on learning all the techniques required to play the saxophone: embouchure, posture, breathing and fingering. You will learn some tunes and learn how to improvise to a 12 bar blues backing track. Trevor will guide you through the event making sure you maximise your potential to get on the road to becoming the next Courtney Pine or Barbara Thompson.

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Intro to EFT & Energy Connections .. like acupuncture but without the needles! st

Date: Sunday 21 October 2012 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 between Kingsbury & M42 J9 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.00am start Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes coffees/teas & light buffet lunch Here’s a revealing and fun day not to be missed! Would you like to: ● Reduce stress and bring more calm and peace into your life? ● Achieve weight goals, stop smoking or cravings (chocolate, food etc) without the drama? ● Be more confident and feel good about who you are? ● Create a more positive way of thinking? ● Improve your sporting, creative or personal performance? ● Be more focused and successful? ● Deal with emotional issues or relieve pain? Yes? Then come along and discover a technique that will help you work towards achieving the above and more. You could be truly amazed at the positive difference this technique can make to your life, probably in a very short time! Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT) is based on a new discovery that provides relief from pain, diseases and emotional issues. (You may have seen Paul McKenna using it on GMTV). Simply put, it is an emotional version of acupuncture but without the needles! Instead, you stimulate well established energy meridian points on your body by tapping on them with your fingertips. It is a powerful therapeutic tool which uses the same basic procedure for any issues you may have from fear of public speaking to improving your golf score! The results of which can be fast and are generally lasting. In this experiential day we’ll learn how to use this simple technique which is suitable for all – we’ll have lots of fun too!

Smash your Glass Ceiling with EFT .. a perfect stage 2 for those who enjoyed the beginners day! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Saturday 6th October 2012 Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 between Kingsbury & M42 J9 (B76 0BY) 10.00am start £39 Member, £45 Guest includes light snack at lunch

This special day with Roy Martin is ideal for those who have already attended his EFT days or have had some previous grounding in the technique. Roy’s invitation to smash your ‘Inner Glass Ceilings’ and make amazing positive changes in your life (Inner Glass Ceiling: an unseen - seemingly transparent to the person - inner block or resistance that prevents or limits personal progression, action or achievement) This is an active participation day not a sit and listen event! Would you like to: ● Start to accept loving relationships, money, friendships, adventure, creativity or more success into your life? ● Over-come some of your fears, concerns, blocks, resistances or niggles? ● Improve your performance in sport, attitude or work? ● Reconnect to your joy, love and happiness? ● Become less stressed and more calm and peaceful? ● Deal with cravings and addictive life styles? ● Feel more positive about yourself? ● Dissolve emotional issues? ● Get help to either deal with or ease physical pain? Yes, then come and join us for a day where you will: ● Refresh and refine your EFT skills ● Use EFT and Energy interaction to help deal with: weight loss, cravings, stop smoking, over-eating, emotional issues, confidence, performance etc. ● Experience and practice the technique on clearing some of your issues ● Become skilled at using the technique for yourself and with others ● Experience your energetic connections and how energy works The Day: This takes place in a very supportive, safe, fun and friendly environment. This event gives you the opportunity to spend the whole day Tapping on your issues or niggles. Throughout the day the whole group will tap together. This group tapping creates an energy effect of ‘Borrowing Benefits’ where people, regardless of their issues, gain shifts and benefits as they tap along with others. This is a powerful, and for many, a surprisingly pleasant way to clear their own blockages and gain deeper insights. You do not have to know the ins and outs of EFT as there will be a brief overview at the start of the day. However, it would be useful to have some understanding of and practiced EFT. To find out more go to the main EFT website at www.emofree.com. For Both Above Workshops: Your facilitator: Roy Martin MBE is an advanced EFT Practioner and has worked in the field of energy psychology, personal awareness, change and development for many years. He is a specialilst in the field of in Interpersonal Communication, Personal and Organisational Change. His style is both humorous and gentle and comes from a deeply compassionate understanding of humanity. He has helped many people step into their true potential in a safe, uplifting and fun way. He is also a contributing author to the new book 'Pearls of Wisdon: The Second Strand' Bring: a pad, a pen and a list of things/issues/niggles you would like to look at! 62


Ten Top Tips of a Lawyer .. 10 things to know when you need a lawyer (& when you don’t!) Date: Thursday 11th October 2012 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Sutton C'field (B76 9JD) Meet: 7.30pm (ends 9.30pm) Cost: £8 (£12 Guest) includes teas/ coffees A fun evening with a lawyer? Yes, really! And also one that could save you lots of money by helping you avoid the pitfalls of working with the legal profession. We’re getting together with Liz, who has over 20 years of experience in the law, qualifying as a solicitor in 1989 and working predominantly in the Midlands. Her career has been spent in-house, working for a variety of public and private sector organisations including Lloyds TSB and Britannic Assurance. This has given her a very pragmatic outlook on the law and enabled her to acquire knowledge of a variety of legal areas. Our evening: We will start with a short quiz, designed to help us consider various legal scenarios. After that, Liz will present her “Ten Top Tips” talk which aims to pass on as much information as she can on likely situations where you might be in need of legal help, such as: ● Making a will ● Powers of Attorney ● Dealing with someone’s estate/ probate ● Buying/selling a house ● Dealing with builders ● Small Claims and Statutory Demands ● Personal Injury ● Employment Law ● Companies House ● Setting up a limited company. She will then conclude with general advice about dealing with lawyers an, of course, take questions.

Indian Head Massage Workshop .. make yourself a very popular person! th

Date: Sunday 14 October 2012 Place: Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, by NEC (B92 0EH) – directions on our website Meet: 10.30am to 4.00pm Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) includes teas/coffees & sandwich lunch This is a real treat. The aim of the workshop is to introduce you to the basic skills of this ancient therapy in a practical manner (practicing on each other), and give you the chance to familiarise yourself with some of these skills. You should finish the day feeling a whole lot better! You don't need any prior experience, but any of you who have attended a massage workshop before will know you're in for a real indulgence. It is a simple, highly beneficial therapy which is popular throughout the Indian sub-continent. Massage of the scalp, face, neck and shoulders soothes, comforts and rebalances the energy flow to produce a feeling of peace, well being and tranquillity. It not only relieves stress, but also stimulates the scalp, helps eliminate muscular tension and is incredibly relaxing. As this massage can be done fully clothed, with or without oils and in a sitting position it is an excellent form of massage for those who do not like oils, or are unable to lie down, and what's more it can be done anywhere anytime! The idea is that you have lots of fun, and an enjoyable day learning, receiving and giving this relaxing style of massage. You'll also be ready to try out your new found skills on your friends, family and work colleagues, which should make you extremely popular! Just bring a small pillow or cushion, an old towel and hairbrush to repair your hair after! We suggest non-restrictive clothing, preferably a short sleeved/vest top. Medical Notes: Please check the listing on the event writeup on our website at www.spicebham.com if you think you might have a medical condition or situation that could prevent you taking part. Ruth Hickinbotham is our expert for today. A fully qualified Advanced Reflexologist and Remedial Massage Therapist.

Sex & Contraception in 1580 ..a shocking & hilarious journey back! th

Date: Thursday 18 October 2012 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off the A4097 Note: This event is side splittingly funny and gets brilliant feedback between Kingsbury and J9 of M42 – don’t miss it! Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £8.50 Member, £9.50 Guest As my parents used to say “Your generation think you invented all of that stuff…well you’re wrong!” It as always caused me (like many people) to wonder what really went on in the olden days! So when I heard that Lesley Smith (see photo), Curator of Tutbury Castle and TV presenter (Most Haunted amongst others) is a world expert in the sex habits of the Tudors, I knew we just had to find out more! She gives her talk in her full costume of Mary Queen of Scots, and equipped (no pun intended) with leather condoms, lemons (!), and other paraphernalia that’s sure to make your eyes water (girls & boys!). She will entertain us with tales of the ‘brothel door’, answer even the most lurid questions you are brave enough to fire at her and give us many hot sex tips from the days of Edmund Blackadder! We can only seat 80, so get your booking in quick…and I promise not to tell your mother! 63


Tai Chi for Beginners .. discover the benefits of this ancient art th

Date: Sunday 7 October 2012 Place: Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) Meet: 10.00am to 1.30pm Cost: £15 Member, £18 Guest Have you ever wondered what Tai Chi is but have never managed to make the commitment to a regular class to find out? Why not try our half day workshop and learn how to develop the basic skills required to perform high quality Tai Chi. Our aim is to teach you how to awaken your body to the core principles of Tai Chi, to help relax and calm the mind, give you a sense of well being as well as a lot of fun! You will also learn an important beginners sequence of moves the 8 to 10 Step Tai Chi form. All of this - in just a few hours! If you are a beginner, prepare yourself for a busy morning from which you will gain some important fundamental principles of Tai Chi movement, to help you begin your journey into this ancient Chinese art form, practised by millions of people every day. Topics covered include: ● What is Tai Chi and its benefits to health and well being ● Exploring Chi - Intrinsic energy ● The 8 -10 step tai chi form and good technique ●Meditation and going beyond the physical. All participants will receive a resource pack so that they can continue to practice.

Astronomy Open Evening .. an evening of discovery Date: Monday 15th October 2012 Place: Bromsgrove Rugby Club (B60 3DH) – directions on our website Meet: Meet 7pm (closes 10pm) Cost: Free – Members Only Earlier this year, many of you enjoyed our special introductory evening with Bromsgrove Astronomical Society. Well they have invited us back, but this time to their annual open evening. This is not exclusive to Spice, but they promise that there will be lots going on such as: Telescopes set up outside for us to view the sky (clear skies permitting); Short Talks/ Presentations on various subjects throughout the evening; Experts on astro-imaging (photography) to explain how they get amazing images of outer space; refreshments will also be available. Note: This is not a structured evening. There will be various things going on and you can choose what is of interest to you. Also it is not exclusive to Spice. However, we will have a Spice coordinator to get all our members together if possible.

Mind Management Workshop .. overcome the obstacles to a happy & succesful future! Date: Sunday 21st October 2012 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Rd by NEC (B92 0EH) Meet: 10.30am start (Finish around 4.30pm) Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes coffees/teas & light buffet lunch ● Do you want to be more confident? ● Have you had enough of doubting yourself? ● Does the 'inner critic' in you hold you back from being the fantastic person you are? ●Are you ready to make a change? Then this workshop is for you! This Mind Management workshop will help you identify the negative beliefs that prevent you from living the life you want. It will show you the skills to empower you to make positive changes to you life. Also we will be challenging: ● negative thinking and negative patterns: ● Learning new ways of coping ● Building self awareness ● Improving self esteem ● Exploring coping mechanisms during tough times ● Looking at Self Support & Outside Support ● Learning motivational techniques ● Helping you to focus on the future you want and ... have fun! Sheila McMahon is our trainer today. A Qualified Counsellor with 4½ years of training. She has a private pratice 'Sky Counselling Service'. During her counseling training she realized that the only thing stopping her from achieving her goals was her own negative thoughts. She has broken through this cycle and is ready to pass on her techniques to others who want to make changes to their life. She runs Mind Management courses in Birmingham and has given talks on this subject in London. She is also a stand-up Comedienne and performs in her own one woman shows all over the country. She is very passionate about people achieving there goals and breaking through there own limitations. She believes no matter what age you are, who you are, you have the potential to feel fantastic about yourself and to live an amazing life....besides no-one gets out alive anyway! So if you’re ready to make empowering, inspiring changes to your life then book your seat on this course and get ready to see how fantasic your life can be!

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First Aid Course Day .. a brilliant day that could save a life! th

Date: Sunday 28 October 2012 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Kingsbury (B76 9JD) Meet: 10.00am to 4.00pm Cost: £49 (£55 Guest) Includes: Basic refreshments provided, bar food available to order on the day This is a new event run by Matt Sharp who originally learned the skills of emergency action from an active career in the military and has since refined them in his civilian roles as an outdoor instructor and divemaster. He has qualified many people in first aid in recent years and is now offering his expertise to Spice. His first aid course's are provided by the Emergency First Response corps, a subsidiary of PADI and was originally set up to provide first aid training for the dive industry, since its introduction it has been adopted to provide accredited training in primary (CPR) and secondary care (first aid) for the lay person and meets the requirements for nominated first aiders. The course is accredited by the following organizations: ● The Health and Safety Executive ● The Royal Yatching Association ● British Canoe Union ● Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme ● Scouts Association UK ● Skills Active-UK ● Professional Association of Diving Instructors The course concentrates on the practical training in the required skills and although there is a very serious side to the training, Matt runs it as a fun session in order to make learning easier and more enjoyable. Included in the course costs are all training materials and certification. The maximum ratio is twelve students to ensure quality of training.

Get that Job! .. learn the secrets of getting the break you deserve! Date: Tuesday 22nd January 2013 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 nr M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.30am to approx 3.30pm Cost: £39 Member, £45 Guest includes coffees/teas & light buffet lunch This is a really valuable workshop is facilitated by Mandy Ward who is MCIPD Qualified (HR), a “Positive Impact Coach” and Master NLP practitioner. It is very practical and aims to pass on a wide range of tips that are equally valuable whatever your chosen career. The day will be highly inter-active and whilst it’s a serious subject for those wishing to find that next job, there will be fun! Objective of the Workshop: This workshops sole objective and purpose is to enable you to increase your success in finding that Job! The workshop is suitable for everybody, whether you have been recently (or not so recently), been made redundant, whether you are looking for that next career move, or whether you want to land that dream job you deserve. The workshop will include: ● How to respond to adverts correctly and how to find jobs not yet advertised ● How to look, act, speak at interview ● How to use your networks and contacts to help you find that job ● Tips and hints on how to create a positive impression ● How to increase the impact of your CV and covering letter (what does a good CV and covering letter look like?) ● How to ensure that your sell yourself well at interview, even when the interviewers are rubbish at interviewing!! ● How to build rapport with your new employer at interview ● Ways to increase your confidence when applying for a job Mandy has lots of experience in recruitment and understands what recruiters and Line Managers are looking for when they go through the hiring process. She is also acutely aware that just because somebody is the ‘interviewer’ doesn’t mean that the interviewer is competent (most often than not, they aren’t!). This workshop will ensure that you are prepared, ready and able to succeed and maybe even enjoy the process of interviewing! Mandy will work with you to increase your changes of succeeding at finding the next job, whether this is a job following being made redundant or the job of your dreams. The workshop will be highly inter-active and whilst it’s a serious subject for those wishing to find that next job, there will be fun! A willingness to be open and to give and receive feedback will be the key to its success. What to bring: Please come to the workshop with a current CV and your covering letter if you have one. If you don’t have either, then this workshop is definitely for you as it will show you how! Please also come ‘dressed for interview’. The aim of you wearing your interview outfit is so that you can become your ‘interview you’ during the day and become more relaxed at being in the ‘interview zone’. You are also welcome to bring some clothes to change into later in the day for the relaxation/confidence building session.

Give an old newsletter a trip to the Doctors! Spice Birmingham would not operate without the generous efforts of keen volunteers. This keeps costs down, numbers up, and ensures that other members are ‘bonded’ into the group as quickly as possible. There are lots of simple things that members do to help their group. One of the most valuable ways you can help spread the word about Spice is to leave an old newsletter in a waiting room. We get calls from intrigued people who have started reading about us in a Doctors, Hairdressers, Takeaways, MOT Centres or .. just about anywhere!

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Massage for Beginners Workshop .. massage a special treat you deserve it! th

Date: Sunday 28 October 2012 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, off A4097 near M42 J9 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £39 (£42 Guest) includes teas/ coffees & light sandwich lunch Has your partner or a friend ever said "Oh give my neck and shoulders a rub, they're really sore", or "I ache all over, I'd love a massage?" Would you not love to just be able to give your beloved the most relaxing of treats? Sometimes, even though you want to, you don't offer because you feel stupid, awkward and inadequate, or simply intimidated through lack of confidence. The day will consist of mainly 'hands on', pairing up to give and receive a massage. If you have ever wanted to learn how to massage your family and friends then this introduction to massage day will give you a good grounding in the basic techniques and theory of massage therapy. You will learn how to massage hands, feet, back, neck & shoulders and then will enjoy the benefits of receiving one. Handouts will be given covering the routines. By the end of the day you will have enough confidence to be able to give a massage to family or friends. This is a very relaxing day and an ideal introduction to massage. Olga Collins works as a therapist, Aromatherapy massage and Reflexology, she has many years experience of running massage courses and with her outgoing personality and relaxed nature she will soon put you all at ease. Wear loose fitting clothing, which allows access to the neck and shoulder area. Please bring a large towel and a cushion/pillar. Oils will be provided. Don't worry you will not be required to strip off!

Implementing "The Secret" .. a practical day based on the success of "The Secret law of attraction" Date: Sunday 28th October 2012 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 nr M42 J9 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.30am - 4.30pm Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes: Teas/ coffees & light sandwich lunch The Secret is all about The Law of Attraction and challenging ourselves to develop the deep reservoirs of talent and ability that often lie dormant within us. Richard Bisiker, trained by Bob Proctor (teacher from ‘The Secret’) has over the last 20 years led 1000s of people through his amazing day workshop. He will walk you through the practical steps of developing your skills to achieve the results that YOU really want. Do you want to boost your energy level, confidence, trust or belief in yourself? Then, this could be the workshop for you. We explore the most important part of the secret…You! How your self-esteem and your inner dialogue begins the chainreaction of events that create your results in life. We conjure up a picture of ourselves in basically either a state of success or failure in the pursuit we are about to take. Should you be on this workshop? We will: ● Discover how to strengthen and build solid confidence, & self-esteem; ● Explain what self-esteem is and how it works and how to take control; ● Show you how to change your results by changing your self-image; ● Provide tools that you can use forever to develop stronger belief in yourself and your future results; ● Explain methods for controlling your thinking; ● Learn to uncover and smash your own self-made obstacles, limiting values, and beliefs; ● Discover why good people can fail and why you should!; ● Uncover the history of your self-image

Australia by Ian on Australia Day .. his offbeat assesment of the land down under! Date: Friday 25th January 2013 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Sutton C'field (B76 9JD) – see directions on-line Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £8 Member, £10 Guest Ok, before anyone puts me right, Austalia Day is actually the 26th so we’re technically a day early! Ian made 2 special trips ‘down under’ especially to research this talk (well one was his honeymoon as well!). He last presented this talk in 2009 and I’ve had lots of requests for a repeat performance. Australia Day seemed the perfect excuse! So sit back and enjoy this entertaining and amusing evening. As this is Ian, don't expect a 'travelogue', more an offbeat look at Australia and the Australian way of life…with, of course a few trams, 2CV's and phone boxes along the way! If you are from 'Oz' yourself, just bring a sense of humour for protection against offence! Get set to travel from Aborigines to Zircon's for an hour or so's fun - and hold on tight! The bar will be open for a few sociable drinks before and after (and probably in the middle of) Ian’s talk. 66


Nine Steps to Happiness .. another evening with "the happiest lady in the Midlands" Date: Thursday 1st November 2012 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Kingsbury (B76 9JD) – directions on website Meet: 7.30pm (ends 9.30pm) Cost: £8 Member, £12 Guest After an interview on BBC radio, Jules Mitchell was quoted as ‘The happiest woman in the Midlands!’ She has now taken on the enviable task of spreading this happiness across the Midlands and is ready to empower us with her unique Happiness Formula. On the face of it, happiness might appear a bit of an odd subject for a Spice workshop, however, if you had to define the most important thing in life, I would guess that happiness would be at the top. So learning how to be happy is a pretty key life skill! Jules is now well known for her specialism in Laughter Therapy and how this can be combined with “Intentional Mindful Habits” to provide individuals with a regular “Blissapline”: a discipline of happiness. Jules introduces herself as a Director of Happiness; she is an experienced Happiness Coach, Laughter Therapist and trainer of Optimism & Positivity. She will be sharing with us her ‘9 Steps to Happiness’™ which is a unique program that is packed full of specific research and education on the new and evolving ‘Science of Happiness’ and Positive Psychology. This hour and a half funshop provides exceptional optimism training that will guide participants through the many obstacles to happiness by providing them with a range of simple and easy processes that can be incorporated into daily life. A key aspect of Jules’ training is the understanding of how positive and negative emotions affect us and how we can use this knowledge to not only reduce the risk of stress, but also to raise our energetic vibrations. There will, of course, be bucket loads of fun, laughter and inspiration that will ensure that the evening is one that you will be talking about for months to come! As Jules is a fully trained Laughter Yoga Leader and an Advanced Energy Practitioner, she will be sharing how these two modalities can be linked to raise our spirits on a daily basis.

Fire Eating Workshop (in tribute to Bob) .. this one you've got to try! Date: Sunday 4th November 2012 Place: Woodlands Camp, Streetly, Sutton C'fld (WS9 0SH) # Meet: 10.30am for 11am start - Note later time Cost: £39 (£45 Guest). Extras: Just bring packed lunch, a towel and milk Bob the Fire Eater pioneered this classic event for Spice and taught a whole generation the joys of eating and breathing fire over a period spanning around 25 years of Spice history. Sadly Bob died in 2012 but his legacy remains in the happy faces of those members who have conquered this unique and dramatic skill. In memory of Bob we have created a new Fire Eating workshop with Blair, a performer who we believe to be the only person teaching the same techniques as Bob. Fire Eating & Breathing: This has got to be one of the Spice Classic Events. Go on, It Must Be On Your List of "Got to do's". If you are not sure about doing it then ask around and find out what a great day it is! Over 2000 Spice members have faced the challenge and swallowed fire - and the feedback forms tell us it's crazy - thrilling - adrenaline pumping and more - fire eating is one of our Classic Events that sets Spice and its members far above the mundane and gives you the chance to leave mediocrity behind and become extra-ordinary. The morning session comprises a thorough programme of games and exercises done as a group, designed to boost confidence and team spirit, and to prepare members for the challenge of safely learning this dangerous and esoteric skill. It's lots of fun but never the less taken seriously as danger is ever present, so no messing about on this one. The day culminates in the incredible sight of all the team swallowing firebrands and for the grand finale - a team photo of everyone flame throwing! Are we mad - not when you know how! The day doesn't just teach you a new party trick, but gives a mega boost to your confidence and self esteem, which lasts long after the event. A great event for new members to meet and 'bond' with others, and discover what Spice is all about. Bob is also justifiably proud that he achieves an almost 100% success rate with members young and old! Because a lot of Spicers make Fire Eating their party piece, firebrands are for sale at a modest extra cost, so bring some cash! You will need to wear loose old clothing with few buttons and buckles as possible, and not flimsy or flowing of course. There is a lot of rolling around too (!) so old clothes you do not mind getting dirty or smelly. Also, bring along warm outdoor clothing/waterproofs just in case its bad weather when we are outside. Each member must bring along the following: ● a full size bottle of white spirit or turps substitute ● a large old Towel ● a bottle of full fat milk (or flavoured milk) ● headbands if you have long hair ● packed lunch/ drinks ● a camera to record our achievements! Please be aware that there are dangers/ hazards associated with this event. There’s a special disclaimer to sign on the day.

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Date: Wednesday 7 November 2012 Place: The Budokan, Sutton Street, Birmingham (B1 1PE) Meet: 7pm prompt start (ends 9pm) Cost: £13.50 Member, £15.50 Guest Fencing is particularly trendy at the moment, following many recent appearances in the movies. It is a skilful and surprisingly energetic activity, stretching muscles you never knew you had! Using the coordination of hand, eye and psyche, makes for a great ‘workout’. This workshop gives you the chance to try out basic skills and manoeuvres with a fighting session at the end! Once kitted up you'll be shown safety procedures and warm up, then you'll be shown the correct stance and way of holding your sword before you face your first opponent! You'll get hot so need to wear loose fitting cool clothing - track suit bottoms/ T-shirt, bare feet or trainers/ pumps that have not been used outside. You may also bring an old glove to protect your sword hand from knocks! All special equipment is provided.. Directions: The venue is a superb, modern martial arts centre which is easy to get to and has ample street parking. Sutton Street is the 4th left turn off Holloway Head when coming from the large island (with pagoda) on Suffolk St Queensway.

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Date: Tuesday 6 November 2012 Place: Brook Marston Farm Hotel, Kingsbury (B76 9JD) – directions on website Meet: 7.30pm - 9.30pm Cost: £26 Member, £29 Guest Do you dread the thought of applying your own makeup? Feel uncomfortable going in to the cosmetics department to ask for help? Unsure where to start and what colours to use? Have lots of questions but not sure who to ask...? In a relaxed and small group learn the basic makeup skills that will get you feeling confident on how to apply your own make up and look your best. Esther Marie has over 24 years in the makeup industry and knows the simple make up application the techniques to get you started. In the 2 hour workshop you will apply your own make up as well as having Esther to follow and help at any point you feel you need it. Included in the workshop you will learn: How to choose the correct foundation shade; The importance of “less is more!”; Changing your look from natural daytime to evening; working with features and face shape to enhance your best features; how to correct mistakes without removing it all. All cosmetics and application tools are provided... if you wish to bring your own makeup to use you are welcome.

Fast Effective Reading Day Workshop .. learn a skill that could dramatically increase your productivity! Date: Saturday 17th November 2012 Great feedback! Place: The Arden Hotel by NEC (see below) (B92 0EH) Read quotes under Meet: 10.30am to approx 4pm workshop writeup online Cost: £39 Member, £45 Guest Extras: includes light sandwich lunch & teas/ coffees Reading is a basic human skill, which for many of us forms a major part of our working lives and leisure time, commuting, on holiday, etc. Therefore, if we can get faster at reading, we can get faster at lots of things and make a lot better use of our time! Did you know that: ● The average adult only reads 1 or 2 books in their own time every year. ● An incredible 95% of people read very inefficiently & ineffectively resulting in poor concentration, unnecessary info overload at work & stress. This highly impactful workshop will help change your reading forever! Breaking poor habits should increase your concentration, comprehension and retention by helping you to find the right ‘gear’ and in many cases doubling your reading speed. We’ll also learn basic techniques which will help us to plan and go about our reading more efficiently. Richard Butler, our faciltator, normally runs this course for merchant banks, law and accountancy firms and major institutions. His clients include Citigroup, Bank of America, Herbert Smith, Grant Thornton, Ernst and Young, Toyota and even the Ministry of Defence! The usual cost is over £200, so it’s great to be able to offer it today at “Spice price”. Richard has a very warm and relaxed style, and will soon put you at your ease.

There’s Always More On-line! Much as we try, we can’t cram all our events into our Newsletter. New events are being announced all the timevand go straight to our website. Visit us at www,spicebham.com

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Indian Dhol Drumming .. an evening of magical rhythms & lots of fun! Date: Thursday 8th November 2012 Place: Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston (B12 9QH.) Meet: 7.30pm to 9.30pm Cost: £19 Member, £22 Guest Those of you who came with Spice to see The Queen at Symphony Hall in 2003 will remember the performance by The Dholblasters! Founder, Gurcharan Mall is considered to be one of the most renowned musicians in the UK Asian music scene. With his vivacious, bubbly personality he has charmed people throughout the world and from a wide range of communities with his own brand of humor. This has enabled him to bring the rich culture of Asian music to a far wider audience than any people of Asian Indian origin. If you don’t know what Dhol is about, visit www.dholblasters.com Today, we will be supplied with drums and expert instruction, with the object of making a fantastic noise.

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Saturday 17 November 2012 Solihull (B91 1UQ) # 9.30am - 2.00pm £60 (£65 Guest) paid as deposit of £10 (£15 Guest) to book plus £50 balance paid direct to supplier on the day (there’s a £2 charge to pay the balance by credit card) Is your wardrobe full of clothes but you still seem to have nothing to wear? Are there outfits in your wardrobe that you've never worn? Do you know which shapes and styles really suit your body shape? It doesn't matter what shape, size or age you are, you can look great and feel confident by wearing the right clothes for your shape, personalty and lifestyle. At this 'what to wear' workshop, Image and Colour Me Beautiful Consultant, Lesley Cox, will help you understand: ● How to dress in the way that suits your body shape, your lifestyle and personality. ● How to choose clothing to make the most of all your positives ● How accessories can complement your look So, learn to recognise and appreciate your assets and show them off by making the most of what you've got. And by the end of the workshop you'll have loads of confidence in the way you look and what suits you and look forward to saving lots of money on all your future shopping trips. Included in the workshop is a make-up practical where you'll have the opportunity to try and apply the CMB product range. Please bring along some of your own outfits and accessories to understand what’s right (or wrong) about them. And if you've attended my colour workshop do bring your colour wallets with you. Light refreshments will be available throughout the workshop.

How to Make Friends & Influence People .. discover the secrets of a happy & productive life th

Date: Sunday 18 November 2012 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 nr M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.30am - 4.30pm Cost: £39 Member, £45 Guest including refreshments & light sandwich lunch An exciting day of discovery and fun, whilst improving your communication skills ten-fold. This workshop with Richard Bisiker is a practical day with lots of group exercises so you’ll get to meet And learn about other Spicers. It is relaxed with lots of discussions and fun exercises. This is not a convenient way to categorise people, it is a discovery of how real people like you and me value what is around us, and what motivates us. Knowing this, or even an educated insight gives you the ability to choose the best response to get the result you want. We will cover: ● How to get out of sticky confrontation situations & turn it into collaboration; ● Understanding what motivates you and others at work, leisure, & home; ● An in-depth personality questionnaire ● How to get people to say “Yes” to your ideas; ● How to deal with difficult personalities ● Discover your own personality strengths and weaknesses & then how to develop them ● How to communicate with people who just don’t seem to be on your wave length Members Quotes: “I especially appreciate your blend of content knowledgeand ability to challenge ideas positively” “There was no time to get bored - He was able to put himself in our place” “Informal & friendly – very professional” “Understandable, entertaining, informative and approachable” “Interactive – Theory linked to practical application” “Very approachable, funny, excellent day with different teaching styles and techniques”

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Ultimate Craft Day at Redhouse Cone .. try your hand at glass, ceramics, clay & wood turning Date: Sunday 18th November 2012 Place: Red House Cone, High St, Wordsley (DY8 4AZ) # Meet: 10.00am - 5.00pm Cost: £95 Member, £100 Guest (Deposit £15) A unique opportunity to work with a number of professional resident artists, to try your hand at a range of art forms in a series of focused workshops. During a fun and informative day you’ll be engraving glass, woodturning, hand building clay structures, cutting and designing a glass fused panel, and lampworking glass beads. All workshops are a maximum of 6 participants, allowing for plenty of individual tuition and guidance. At the end of the workshops you will be able to take away your engraved glass and wood turned pen, whilst your other items will be fired for collection at a later date. Further information about all the artists is detailed below: Working with ceramic artist Sarah Cannings, people will get a feel for clay and learn how to create an ornamental, or indeed practical ceramic item using basic slab pot techniques. The session includes a demonstration of how to create the piece using a variety of pottery tools, then it's over to you! A choice of glazes will be offered at the end of the workshop which Sarah will apply to your piece once it's been fired. Jane Ellis specialises in kiln formed glass and when attending her session, people will have the opportunity to experiment with coloured glass frit to create a patterned fused glass panel. Her tuition includes full guidance on how to cut and handle glass accurately and with confidence to create a variety of interesting details. In Stuart Caldicott's pen turning workshop, an explanation of the equipment to be used and instructions on how to use the lathe leads on to a preparation of the wood chosen to be turned. His one to one tuition gives you the opportunity to experience the joy of wood turning for yourself before your finished piece is assembled and waxed. A Certificate of Achievement will be presented to you in addition to the pen you have made at the end of the workshop. Charlotte Hughes-Martin, glass blower and engraver, introduces you to the art of glass engraving, before offering a practical demonstration, which will cover the basics of line and shade. Participants will have the opportunity to practise on a glass panel, then move on to engraving your own design on a drinking glass. Like the pen turning course, your finished glass can be taken home on the day, whereas the ceramic piece, lampworked beads and fused glass panels will need to be collected from the Red House Glass Cone at a later date, or can be posted out to you for an additional charge. Complimentary teas and coffees will be offered throughout the day and there will be a relaxed lunch break, which will give you time to try out the fabulous tearooms on site, or spend some time discovering the historic Glass Cone.

Face Reading Workshop "The story of you life is written in your face" - so the song tells Date: Saturday 26th January 2013 Place: Arden Hotel, Coventry Road, Solihull (B92 0EH) – see directions on-line Meet: 10.30am to 4.30pm Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest Host: Bob 07790313135 Did you know?….the shape of your face indicates your capacity to enjoy life …or that the lines on your forehead show how decisive you can be….. …or that the shape of your nose tells a person how passionate you are…. …or that the fullness of your lips indicates…well…that’s a secret, for now! You didn’t? Then this face reading workshop is for you! The day will be one of laughter and enjoyment as well as learning. By the end of the workshop you will be able to create a ‘face map’ which will give an in depth profile into the mental and emotional nature of a person. However, others in the group will be able to produce an accurate profile of you! So beware! The skills of face reading are increasingly being used by interviewers as part of the recruitment process and might equally be applied by you in deciding what career is best for you. You might also find it useful in all sorts of situations – perhaps even in assessing the suitability of a future partner! Bob Wooler is Director of Esoteric Studies for the movement Universal World Harmony (if that’s not a title for the Plain English Society – I don’t know what is!), and is the Administrator of “The Quest”, an international self development course founded in 1961. We are delighted that he has agreed to come and share his knowledge with Spice today.

What’s the # ? If a location is followed by the # symbol it’s a secret Spice code that means you are going to receive further joining details by post or email such as tickets, maps, directions, emergency numbers etc

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Cooking Masterclass Show .. learn from a celebrity chef in our own "Spice Theatre" Date: Thursday 22nd November 2012 – Theme “Easy Christmas Entertaining” Place: Midland Arts Centre - Hexagon Theatre (B12 9QH) Meet: 7.30pm in the Theatre Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest This is a fun, light hearted evening of culinary entertainment – but one that will also equip you with a wealth of great ideas when it comes to impressing your friends and family with wonderful yet easy food creations this Christmas. Not only have we hired top chef, Simon Smith, but we have hired the Hexagon Theatre so that we all get a good view of Simon at work, and don’t miss a thing. Simon is a huge character with a quick wit who believes cooking should be fun. The Show: Simon will demonstrate his latest ideas for Christmas that he believes will take the stress out of entertaining and make you a very popular host. There will be some “cheffy tips” to broaden your repertoire with some seasonal recipes. He will cover starters, mains and puds with new dishes and presentation ideas. There will also be great dishes to prepare in advance that look good, and help you enjoy your time with your guests and not spend the night in the kitchen. Our Celebrity Chef, Simon Smith: has had a varied worldwide culinary career over the past 40 years. He trained in Switzerland and Paris, then moved on to London as Chef saucier at the exclusive “Inn on the Park” on Park Lane. He also worked at British embassies in both Paris and Vienna. Simon has appeared on several TV shows and was a regular on The Carlton Food Network. He has also appeared on This Morning and Market Kitchen. Simon has done many demonstrations throughout Europe promoting British food and continues to demonstrate at Food Festivals and theatres around the country.

Blacksmithing Evening .. learn a new skill with friends Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Tuesday 27th November 2012 Ashbrook House, Lichfield (WS14 9QJ) – directions with on line writeup Choose 6.30pm or 8.30pm Slot £12 (£14 guests) PAID AS £2 (£4) deposit to Spice to book PLUS balance of £10 to supplier on the day. Incl: equipment & materials. Your masterpiece to take home This is a simple, fun evening with a Blacksmith around his country forge where he manufactures a range of beautiful objects including the candlesticks displayed at Lichfield Cathedral. A small group of Spice members will be issued with safety equipment including leather aprons before a full safety briefing. We will then be taught how to work hot metal with hammer and tongues on the anvil. The event should last a couple of hours, after which we will adjourn to the Shoulder of Mutton (just across the road) for a well earned pint! Time Slots: We can only take 6 around the forge at a time (you can’t have too many irons in the fire as they say!), so have planned 2 groups. Please choose 6.30pm or 8.30pm when you book. That said, those on the later slot are welcome to arrive early and watch the first group at work and those on the early slot are welcome to stay on after to watch the second group.

Your Spiritual Evolution .. discover the spiritual dimension to your life! st

Date: Saturday 1 December 2012 Place: Arden Hotel,Coventry Road, Solihull (B92 0EH) Meet: 9.45 for 10am start (4pm finish) Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes coffees/teas & light buffet lunch There are many who wonder if there is more to life and if so what that could be. In the main we engage in life with our logic, our heads to solve and make decisions. What if there was far more than was obvious to both the mind and the natural world .. a world of the supernatural that feeds the natural? Well, we’ll explore this and a great deal more. This is a day to explore and gain a deeper understanding of spirituality and what it holds for you, regardless of any spiritual or religious convictions held. It is also a day for those who want to find out about spirituality in its broader sense. It will be a fun day that includes discussions, exercises and experiences to bring the subject into focus and for most, a greater understanding and what they can do to bring it into their lives. Also, an opportunity to meet and make friends with like minded and hearted people. During the day we’ll look at spirituality from many aspects and understandings and explore: ● What is spirituality? ● What it means for us, why engage in it? ● The words - GOD, Universe, Great Spirit, Infinite Source, Divinity ● Spiritual practises and ceremonies ● Energies, spiritual Laws, laws of attraction ● Heaven, spiritual realms, afterlife ● Life purpose, intuition, inner knowings/understandings, the soul/s ● Prayer, worship and meditation ● The natural and the Super Natural ● Our spiritual life purpose This day is open to anyone, regardless of their religious connection or not. We aim to create an environment where greater learning and connection can be made, as well as some new likeminded friends. 71


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Date: Monday 14 January 2013 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 between Kingsbury & M42 J9 (B76 0BY) Meet: 7.30pm to 9.30pm Cost: £13.50 (£15 Guest) A really enjoyable evening learning to meditate easily and effortlessly with Georgina Smith (author of “Just Turn Up”). We are delighted that Georgina has agreed to join us tonight as she is very well known in her field. She teaches a secular style of meditation to enable you to release stress and worry. She is passionate about Meditation and believes it changes your life for the better, making you feel more positive, relaxed and at ease within.

Christmas Party Makeup Lesson .. be more confident when you apply your makeup for the party season Date: Friday 14th December 2012 Place: Spice, 6A Burnett Road, Streetly (B74 3EJ) Meet: 7pm to approx 9pm Cost: £26 Member, £29 Guest Always wanted to learn how to create your own stunning party Makeup? Let Esther share her make-up secrets on how you can create a glamorous new you. This evening demonstration will teach you how to apply your own makeup using stunning colours and techniques. How to apply false eye lashes and how lighting will affect the colour of your makeup. In a small group environment you will watch a demonstration by Esther and get the chance to apply your own Makeup. Includes: ● Achieve a Glamorous evening look using the right blend of products ● How to choose the best colours for evening make-up ● How to apply false eye lashes ● How to shape and contour your eyes lips, cheekbones, and jaw line ● Transform a natural daytime look to night time Glamour Requirements: Makeup and skincare products will be provided however please bring your makeup bag if you would like advice on the products you are currently using. Instructor is professional Make-up Artist Esther Woolley from EstherMarie Fashion & Beauty Events

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Date: Saturday 12 January 2013 Place: Midlands Arts Centre (MAC), English Studio, Edgbaston (B12 9QH) Meet: 3.30pm to 5.30pm Cost: £18 (£20 Guest) includes ukuleles & instruction Ukelele playing is easy when you know how and very trendy at the moment due to the cult popularity of The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain! It is also an instrument that is cheap, simple and a lot more portable than a guitar. So why not have some fun discovering what it’s all about with a fun group of Spice friends? Today we’ll have a go at playing the ukulele in an entirely unintimidating atmosphere. The session will start by explaining how to hold and strum the ukulele and then working on some simple chords. We can then play some tunes together. You don't need to be musical in any way or to be able to read music as you will be shown how it is done. A fun event that will make everyone smile.

Ten Things Everyone Should Know about DIY .. an enlightening look at DIY that could save you a fortune! Date: Sunday 20th January 2013 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) – see directions on-line Meet: 10.30am to approx 1.30pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest Martin Grogan is FreeIndex’s most highly-rated handyman and the founder of the UK Guild of Handymen. This morning Martin will cover 'Ten things everyone should know about DIY'. In a hands-on and informal session he will expose the mystical trade talk used by professionals in their attempts to justify big bills. He'll explain in layman's terms what goes where and why in the home and aim to make all DIY things idiot-proof even for the most enterprising. There will be demos, time to figure out how items work and an opportunity to have a go. There will also be a time for Q&A. 72


Body Language The Fun Way .. a fun evening - gaining the unfair advantage! Date: Wednesday 23rd January 2013 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, off the A4097 near Kingsbury nr J9 of M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 7.30pm to approx 9.45pm Cost: £16 Member, £19 Guest Actions speak 55%, words only 7% of the message you are giving out. Learn to, sell yourself, project approachability. Know when a person is lying! Read a person through their eyes and know when someone likes you! This amazing very inter-active workshop will reveal ● how to get the opposite sex interested in you and look confident! ● When to turn around and walk away. ● How to change the way you feel and ● how your state of mind affects your body ● and much, much more. This fun and friendly workshop will be run by Marcus Kilvington and Nick Eastwood, both being human communication experts; these are the guys that run the hugely popular How to Understand and Communicate Better with Men/Women workshops. Body Language opens up a whole new world of insight into the way we communicate.

Change your Thinking & get an Amazing Life! .. discover what the mind-body link can do for you! Date: Saturday 19th January 2013 Place: Arden Hotel,Coventry Road, Solihull (B92 0EH) – see directions on-line Meet: 9.45 for10am start (4pm finish) Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) Includes: coffees/teas & light buffet lunch The mind is an amazing piece of work, it runs the body functions for years and rarely complains unless we do something silly or ignore it, which we usually do! But it is also responsible for our mental construction, chatter and ultimately how we live our lives and engage in the world, yet few people learn to manage it! It is well known that our mind-body link in responsible for health issues such as stress, anxiety and other suggested illnesses. But in our busy, pushy world the mind has constructed itself from our life’s experiences, education and influences which may or may not be useful, or indeed healthy. We can then find ourselves in life getting stuck, repressed, directionless, spiritually dead, bored, sick and not really doing what we could be doing in life – now that is sad! This is a day for those truly want to explore both themselves and how they tick, also ways to change and move forward to a life that is really waiting for them – the sad thing is they didn’t realise it! Together we will explore and have fun with: ● General and your limiting beliefs ● Current cultural attitudes you are running and the negative benefits ● How the mind constructs your noise and limitation ● How you are creating your current, experiences and the implications for those around you – and society ● How being courageous is easy and being frightened feeds the frenzy ● Focusing on the dreams and big picture visions ● Bringing the fun and Joy back into life ● The key to life is connecting with your heart energy ● How energies hold us and what to do about it ● Whatever else needs to be explored with the group on the day Only attend this day if you have a willingness to listen, learn and take actions so you can move forward! This is not a therapy day but it will clear some of the old thinking!

Personal Safety for Women …develop the physical & mental skills for survival! Date: Wednesday 21st November 2012 Place: The Budokan, Sutton Street, Birmingham (B1 1PE) – see directions on-line Meet: 8.00pm - 10.00pm Cost: £13.50 Member, £15.50 Guest Eugene Codrington (7th Dan Karate and all round great bloke!) has put together an excellent short course, to help us to recognise ways to help ourselves, family and friends to keep safe inside and outside the home and at work. Knowing how to react to difficult situations is a really important life skill. However, knowing how to avoid such difficult situations in the first place is also a skill that can be learnt. Therefore Eugene will seek to cover a range of strategies in our time together including prevention as well as physical self defence. The fun part will be learning how to use martial arts in defence of physical confrontation. You will be amazed at what you can achieve with little physical strength once you understand some simple techniques. It is a great introduction to martial arts. The theory side of the course includes such essentials as how to approach your car at night and how to avoid being targeted by criminals. What to wear - the practice area is matted so no footwear is required. Wear comfortable clothing ie tracksuit/jogging suit. 73


Make an Impact with your Voice .. speak wiseley, speak well, speak loud and clear. Date: Sunday 27th January 2013 Place: The Arden Hotel, near Airport/ NEC (B92 0EH) – see directions on-line Meet: 10.30am to approx 4.00pm Cost: £49 Member, £59 Guest. Includes: teas, coffees and light sandwich lunch People tend to give little thought to their voice. Yet we all make huge (albeit often subconscious!) judgements based on how people speak and project themselves. This is particularly important now that so much communication is by the telephone and sound is the only sense we can rely on. It is therefore surprising that we give far more attention to our appearance than we do our vocals! So we have asked Voice Coach, Priscilla Morris to run a full day workshop that is appropriate to first timers and those who came last time alike. Priscilla has helped actors, business people, teachers, children and many professional people over a career spanning more than 35 years of voice coaching and professional speaking. Today, we will learn a lot about our voices and how we can use them for maximum impact. Expect to have a lot of fun as well as this will be a very practical session with some great group interaction. We’ll discover accents & emotions .. how to become a specialist at ‘Just a Minute’ and much more!

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Date: Sunday 27 January 2013 Place: Centre of England Arts, Nr Solihull (B92 0LT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 4.00pm Cost: £39 (£45 Guest) includes basic materials, tea, coffee & biscuits For the budding artists amongst you here is a change to try you hand at acrylic painting. Under the guidance of artist and tutor, Julie Hyde, we will be trying some of the techniques of painting with this very versatile media. Acrylic paint can be used as strongly as oil paint or a subtly as watercolours. We will be using brushes, palette knives and sponges to produce some finished masterpieces. Julie will give demonstrations at each stage, giving you time to build up you own paintings following the methods shown. You don’t need to know how to draw as Julie provides "cheat sheets" to get you started! (Wear old clothes).Basic material will be provided, but if you have your own or want to use different media please bring it along. See www.COEA.co.uk for more information about Centre of England Arts and Julie Hyde.

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Date: Sunday 17 February 2013 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Rd, by NEC Meet: 10.30am to 4.30pm Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest incl. teas/ coffees & light buffet lunch Colour Healing Therapy is claimed to affects all aspects of our lives. The colours we choose to wear, the vibrations of our aura and the thoughts we create, our choice of colour in the home, might all have a direct relationship to who we are and how we feel about ourselves. As well as being a Therapy in its own right, Colour can be used in conjunction with many other Therapies, such as Reflexology, Reiki, Crystal Therapy, Massage, Classical Healing, and many more. We’ll explore: ● The aura & chakra system - how thoughts and emotions affect our health ● Meditation practices using colour ● Simple kinesiology techniques to determine self esteem ● Many aspects of Colour in the home and work environment ● Colour Art Therapy ● The use of coloured silks & lights in Colour Therapy ● The Karmagraph and the Souls journey The workshop will be entertaining, informative, but most of all..good fun! By the end of the day you’ll feel confident in your ability to determine which colours are necessary to create balance and harmony for your friends, relatives & patients. Bob Wooler is a practicing Homoeopath, Colour Therapist, Reiki/Seichem Master, Reflexologist, and more. Directions: The Arden Hotel is on the A45 (Coventry Road) close to M42 J6. By car frpm M42, however, you have to double back to access the entrance so that you are on the correct side of the dual carriageway. Fuller directions online.

Give an old newsletter a trip to the Doctors! Spice Birmingham would not operate without the generous efforts of keen volunteers. This keeps costs down, numbers up, and ensures that other members are ‘bonded’ into the group as quickly as possible. There are lots of simple things that members do to help their group. One of the most valuable ways you can help spread the word about Spice is to leave an old newsletter in a waiting room. We get calls from intrigued people who have started reading about us in a Doctors, Hairdressers, Takeaways, MOT Centres or .. just about anywhere!

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Attract, Create & Maintain a Perfect Relationship .. a breakthrough opportunity with two relationship experts! Date: Sunday 10th February 2013 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, just off A4097 nr M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 10.00am start Cost: £49 Member, £55 Guest includes coffees/teas & light buffet lunch Do you believe you’ll ever experience the kind relationship you’ve secretly dreamed of? Many people are hoping to meet ‘the one’, whilst finding reasons to reject potentially ideal partners over and over again. It can be so frustrating to find yourself in the same kind of relationship scenario time and time again. Replaying similar patterns. The same old things going wrong each time. Sound familiar? You see, less than 10% of relationships live up to the ideal – the dream that one or both partners have of what they wanted the relationship to be. The rest of us… well, we either grin and bear it, settling for what we have, putting a brave face on it, but deep down neither party is happy – at best they are playing it safe… Or, we split up, feel bad for a while, then start dating, get hooked on the buzz of someone appearing to accept us… and then we go around the not-so ‘merry-go-round all over again. So…  Are you single and wondering what you are doing wrong/why you can’t find your ideal partner?  Are you feeling lonely and unloved?  Are you nervous around the opposite sex or fearful and mistrusting of relationships or partners?  Do you keep attracting the wrong kind of partner and relationship?  Do you mistrust your own feelings and judgments about the opposite sex?  Do you crave love, but fear rejection?  Are you able to be yourself in a relationship? Whether you’re male or female, if any of this resonates with you then this workshop will be a positive revelation to you!  Find out what the opposite sex wants from a relationship  Discover FIRST HAND all the baggage you're taking into your relationship with you!... and REMOVE IT!  Learn how to discover the real you and how to be yourself in a relationship (at all times)  Discover how to have an argument.. and the ONE thing a man needs to know to diffuse an argument in its tracks!  Learn how to listen in ways you never imagined possible.  Male vs female communication success tips and pitfalls to avoid.  The differences in how men and women think and behave.  How to create romance and keep it alive.  Learn how an intimate relationship and passionate connection are like 2 Duracell batteries… the spark that is polarity!  Step into each other’s yin and yang for true bonding.  The Secret to great quality communication with the opposite sex... like never before! Also….  Optimum dating strategies.  ‘The Dirty Dozen’ – 12 hopeless dating strategies to avoid!  The 10 Forms of Attraction. HINT: Most singles only focus on 2 or 3, creating havoc in their selection of a partner!  Recognise and avoid dependency and co-dependency - it cripples relationships!  Learn how to trust your intuition... every time, every situation!  Identify your relationships ‘must-haves’, ‘must-not-haves’ and ‘nice-to-haves’. Hint: this is essential for singles!  Discover the ONE THING you need to be to attract the partner of your dreams!  Guys - discover the SECRET to sweeping your woman off her feet ...every single time! Ladies, discover how to encourage and allow the right man, your white knight, to sweep you off your feet.

Andy Nicholson - Has 40 days training as a relationship coach. He lived and worked at a top relationship retreat for nearly two years working with 100s of singles and couples looking for love. Andy is also a trained: Master Practitioner of NLP, Leadership Coach, Executive Coach, certified PRISM Brain Mapping practitioner. He has 15 years experience as an entrepreneur and management consultant. Andy helps men and women to understand and utilise their masculine and feminine energy in all aspects of their life. He is also a coach and mentor in achieving work-life balance. Diane MacDowall - Motivation Method Therapist and Coach, Diploma in Life Coaching (Distinction), Diploma in Tutoring for the Life Coaching Institute, Advanced Leadership Coach, Licensed Practitioner in Advanced Hypnotherapy and Master Practitioner of NLP. Together they’ve been featured in Kindred Spirit magazine, High Spirit magazine, Soul & Spirit magazine, the Daily Express and The Vision Board book. We’ve been interviewed many times on BBC Radio and were invited speakers at the prestigious Mind Body Spirit event in London in 2010. They have studied relationships from many different perspectives and made many of the classic mistakes in the past and chosen to learn from them. They very much put into practise what they teach and are constantly developing their understanding of love and what it is to be human! Andy and Di met online. They had a long distance relationship for 6 months, and moved in together after having spent a total of only 3 weeks physically together over those few months. And it was then, that their true journey really began .. ______________________________ 75


Weekends & Holidays The following pages contain weekends & trips offered to Birmingham members. Spice UK trips are published separately in a quarterly supplement to your main Newsletter. Note that some of these trips are shared with other Spice groups, and that some of whom are administering directly (look for the text box under the write up). Otherwise, please book in the usual way.

Zermatt Spice West Midlands Ski Trip 2013 .. world class skiing, world class resort Saturday 26 January to Saturday 2nd February 2013 Zermatt, Switzerland (Meet Birmingham Airport) # Earlybird Rate (3 places left at this rate) : £699 (£735 Guest) Deposit £125 Flights from Birmingham, return coach transfer to resort, 7 nights accom. hot breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner (6 evenings), flight supplements for Bham, fuel supplements, wine with meals, room supplements. Also Spice coordinator throughout and Spice West Midlands exclusive booking of entire hotel. Extras: Ski equipment (if required), one dinner (on Chef's night off), lift pass. It is also a requirement that you have travel insurance. This can be provided by Spice UK (www.spiceuk.com) We are very proud to have secured Europe’s ultimate ski destination for our West Midlands trip 2013. Zermatt has it all – an iconic mountain, a vast, high altitude ski area that offers excellent skiing, great dining on and off the mountain and a pretty car free village that exudes style! It really doesn’t get better than this! Zermatt fully deserves its status as one of the world’s best winter resorts, combining excellent mixed ability skiing on snow sure slopes with breathtakingly beautiful scenery. You won’t save money or lose weight in Zermatt but when you stare open-mouthed at the Matterhorn towering above the village, you will know that you are in for a treat. The resort is also, of course, well known for the great après ski and together with the Spice ingredients of fun, friendship and superb skiing this should be a trip that ticks all the boxes. Our hotel is in an excellent central location approximately 2 minutes from the main street in Zermatt’s vibrant heart and perfectly located for the ski slopes and the après-ski. Ski Area: The Matterhorn Ski Paradise is vast, with just over 300km of pistes including Europe’s highest run. It incorporates a glacier and accesses Cervinia in Italy. The Paradise comprises 4 areas: Rothorn (3103m), Gornergrat (3089m) Keline Matterhorn (3883m) and Schwarzsee (2583m). There is a choice of lift pass: Local area (approx £288) or International which includes the linked Italian resorts (approx £328). Beginners: The ski schools are excellent and you will soon progress onto wide, confidence building runs. There are good slopes on which to learn, including long gentle runs on the glaciers. Sunnegga, Blauherd and Trockener Steg are the main ski school meeting points and at Gornergrat you will find ample blue slopes. Intermediates: will find a wealth of terrain unfolding before them. The key for intermediates is that the runs here are tremendously long and varied, with worthwhile runs to the village. Snow conditions are consistently good and the slopes will constantly surprise and delight. Expect to put many miles of varied terrain under your skis. Advanced: Zermatt is justifiably famous for its advanced skiing. Warm up your legs with some speed skiing, before diving into some of Europe's most famous mogul fields. Enthusiasts are satisfied in all areas, by the bumps of National, Gant, Aroleid, and the especially (in)famous Triftji - site of the well known local event - the Bump Bash. Chutes and steep forested gullies also abound and beckon the more adventurous. Of course, for better skiers, a large part of Zermatt's appeal lies in its large off-piste (deep snow) areas.... Chalet Hotel Atlanta: In an excellent central location, just 2 minutes' walk from the main street, it offers comfortable accommodation rated 3 star by Inghams. The majority of the bedrooms boast spectacular views of the Matterhorn, as does the dining room, where we will enjoy our pre-dinner canapés and aperitifs, our great choice of menus and complimentary quality wines with dinner. The Sunnegga and Gornergrat mountain railways are both within 3-4 minutes' walk from the hotel, guests can enjoy easy access to the Rothorn and Gornergrat ski areas, great for intermediates. Alternatively, the ski bus for the Matterhorn Glacier Paradise gondola stops just 3 minutes' walk from the hotel and is free with your lift pass. Food and Drink: Meals include a buffet breakfast with daily hot option, afternoon tea and coffee and freshly baked cakes, 5-course dinners with choice of menu, followed by coffee & chocolates, Aperitif and choice of complimentary quality wines with dinner. The hotel staff have one night off, when the coordinator will arrange an option for us to eat out. Rooming: We are taking over the whole hotel and have a range of twin and double rooms, one triple room and one single. As usual, we will link people up to share rooms (if you know someone you wish to share with, just let us know). Spice Programme: The Coordinator will be on hand to make sure that everyone gets the best out of the trip. Regular meet ups (ski and social) ensure that there is always the opportunity to be with a group of friendly, like minded Spice members. The Tour Operator is Inghams (Atol 0025), for whom we act as an agent and their terms and conditions of booking apply. Your money is further protected via our Trust Account, in accordance with EC travel regulations. A link to the Tour Operators terms and conditions is on our website. Please read these before you book. Date: Place: Cost: Incl:

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Fri 9 - Sun 11 November 2012 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £115 (£135 Guest) Deposit £20. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, Saturday picnic lunch, 4 course evening dinner party and ML guided walks Here’s a very laid back weekend for any one who’s new to Spice or feels a little daunted by attending their first Spice weekend away. The weekend takes place at a secluded 16th Century stone farmhouse in the heart of the Welsh countryside with breathtaking views over the Cambrian mountains. This popular retreat is run by your hosts Barry and Sonya who have been looking after Spice members for over 18 years and as ex Spice Birmingham co-ordinators, are aware of how apprehensive someone can be about spending a whole weekend with people they have never met. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Fri 16 - Sun 18 November 2012 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £149 (£169 Guest) Deposit £25. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction This is a weekend of gentle personal exploration for those intrigued by alternative spiritual and holistic practices. The holistic approach deals with the mind, body and spirit as an interactive whole and can help deal with the stresses and pressure of modern day living. Through the use of healing touch, energy therapies, chakra work, sound, dowsing, movement and meditation you will discover and explore hidden elements of yourself. Learning to connect with your hidden self can help promote greater self confidence which can lead to a more balanced and harmonious lifestyle. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

Skills for the Hills (Navigation Awards) .. Bronze & Silver Awards Programme Friday 12 - Sunday 14th October 2012 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) Cost: £132 (£152 Guest) Deposit £25 Incl: Friday evening light supper, 2 nights B&B, lunches & 4 course evening meal and NNAS instructors If you're interested in hill walking, but want to learn more about the practical skills and techniques needed to venture safely out to the hills and mountains of Britain, or if you already have some of these skills but want to increase your level of competence, then this weekend is for you. The emphasis for the weekend is on enjoying the walks and the instruction will be given on the hoof with the each person having the opportunity to develop their own level of confidence. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Birds of Prey Weekend .. learn to work with these wonderful creatures! Friday 26 - Sun 28th October 2012 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £205 (£225 Guest) Incl: Friday evening light supper, two nights B&B, lunches & 4 course evening meal and all instruction Birds of prey can be admired at a distance and enjoyed at open air displays, but if you’ve ever wondered how great it would be to get really close to these birds, now's your chance. You’ll discover more about them, and experience them up close and personal on this unique weekend. You will be part of a small group spending time in the heart of the beautiful Welsh countryside, learning all about raptors and everything involved in the keeping and flying of these amazing birds. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Friday 26 - Sun 28 October 2012 Lluest Fach, near Welshpool (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £139 Member, £159 Guest (Deposit £50) includes 2 nights B&B, Friday evening supper, lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction So many people say they can’t write but, after this weekend, they may surprise themselves. Who knows, maybe one of you out there could be the next J K Rowling or Phillip Larkin! This weekend is aimed at anyone interested in creative writing, whether you’re just starting to put pen to paper, or looking to add depth and atmosphere to your current work. Our instructor is Annette Ecuyere Lee who has worked with professional writers, in education, the world of business and commerce, and with those who just love to use words. Check out her work at www.wordzworkwales.biz. Annette will share her love of writing with you and take you on a journey of experimentation and exploration to discover ways of using your senses, and emotions, to develop your voice in your writing. You’ll be experimenting with different types of writing, including using the senses, rhythm, dialogue, landscape, different roles and points of view, all helping to develop your own style and confidence. You’ll also be reading published works to help you recognise different styles so do bring along your favourite piece of writing to share. By the end of the weekend you will have discovered the writer within and be well on the way to your next novel as well as having had a really enjoyable few days in a relaxed and friendly environment. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Friday 26 - Sun 28 October 2012 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £193 Member, £213 Guest (Deposit £35) includes Friday evening light supper, 2 nights B&B, lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction, equipment and licences You’ll soon be hooked on the popular and fascinating sport of fly fishing on this weekend rural escape. As a group activity it can be great fun, and over the weekend you will learn all the basics, including the opportunity to catch your first trout and take it home. This weekend is aimed at the complete beginner and is suitable for anyone interested in taking their first steps into fly fishing as all equipment and licences are included. Your tuition takes place at the private Valley Dam Fishery; in the heart of the beautiful Mid Wales countryside. A quiet and peaceful, family run, fly only fishery, built by a family who are passionate about fly fishing. On their ten acre site they have a well stocked lake which contains rainbow trout up to 16lb and brown trout up to 14lb. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

Welsh Cottage Walking Break .. a weekend of classic Welsh walking & hospitality Friday 23 - Sunday 25th November 2012 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £132 Member, £152 Guest (Deposit £20) Includes: Friday supper, full farmhouse breakfasts, picnic lunches and a special 5 course evening meal In response to demands from our more serious walkers; who like the idea of a relaxing Country Cottage weekend but want more challenging walks, we’ve come up with this weekend break. With the challenge of exploring the lesser-known and exhilarating walking available in southern Snowdonia, followed by a leisurely evening sipping wine and roasting chestnuts, while a sumptuous five course feast is prepared for your special dinner party, we think this is a weekend you won’t want to miss. Over the weekend we plan to conquer the spectacular Cadair Idris on Saturday and then take in the breathtaking views from the Arrans on Sunday. Both days on the hill will be full days out with most of the altitude gained in the early part of the walk. On these ridges you will be able to relax and enjoy long wonderful traverses with fantastic views as the ridges you will be crossing are wide, so you can enjoy the company while you soak up the scenery and fresh mountain air. You’ll need a reasonable level of fitness to enjoy this weekend as the walks involve some steep scrambles. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Saturday 29 - Tuesday 1st January 2013 Latimer, Chesham, Bucks (HP5 1UG) # From 4pm (meal at 8pm) £329 (£349 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 guided walks 2 evening meals & New Years Eve Champagne cocktail & 3 course private dinner, casino & disco in the main house. Deposit £35. Single supp £50 Extras: Transport to walk starts. Optional extra night - book separately Overview: See in 2013 from the excellent Latimer Place and Mews. Wine and dine in resplendent luxury and relax in its own leisure centre. The walking is also real treat with panoramic views mixing in with fine rolling countryside. Then on New Years Eve we’ll finish the walks early so we have ample time to relax and sparkle ourselves for the Black Tie evening ahead. Champagne cocktails will help us in the party mood before we tackle the sumptuous 3 course New Years Eve dinner. Then its time to play the Casino, just for fun, before we dance the night away! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Coniston & South Lakes Walking Weekend .. staying at a National Trust Country House Friday 9 - Sunday 11th November 2012 Monk Coniston, Lake District (LA21 8AQ) # From 2.30pm (meal at 8pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £35). Single supp £30 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: We’ve been waiting for this opportunity to visit Coniston while maintaining a good standard of hotel. This National Trust Country House property has spectacular views down to Coniston Water and its wonderful location allows us get the very best out of this area. With great walking days planned to take in the high and low fells we will experience everything the Lakes has to offer. From the fine high fells with open moorland, to the low level field systems laden with dry-stone walls; from the fast flowing rivers replete with tumbling ghylls; from hidden away gems like Tarn Hows without even mentioning the fine white washed cottages to the warm, friendly country pubs with real fires and real ales! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Llangollen Luxury Walking Weekend .. a fabulous Walkwise weekend based at a wonderful Hotel & Spa Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November 2012 Wild Pheasant Hotel, Llangollen, Wales (LL20 8AD) # Friday evening £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £35). Single supp £30 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: This will be our sixth annual visit to the Wonderful Wild Pheasant Hotel; their food, hospitality and relaxing spa facilities make it particularly alluring. We’ve now built up an impressive repertoire of walks around the area which are certain to satisfy all abilities of walkers. The lush Vale of Llangollen has some remarkable scenery from the colourful deciduous woodlands that line the meandering river banks to miles of peaceful canals and all with a backdrop of towering limestone escarpments which lead out to the open ridges, hills and moorlands beyond. Such magnificent countryside, combined with a great hotel and town well known for its traditional pubs and live music will ensure an excellent weekend! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Mendips & Cheddar Gorge Walking Weekend .. glorious walking from a luxurious base Friday 16 - Sunday 18th November 2012 Webbington Hotel & Country Club (BS26 2HU) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £30 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: A lovely centre in an easily accessible location, this is a perfect base to explore the limestone scenery along the great chain of Mendip Hills or admire the splendour of the famous Cheddar Gorge. Our aim this year is to take in the greatest swathe of the Mendips as possible, all the way from Wells to Loxton via the wonderful Cheddar Gorge. So whether you simply wish to catch up with your friends and have a relaxing weekend away or if you like getting out in the fresh air and having some excellent walks and exercise then this is an ideal weekend for you. Plus if you want some rest and relaxation with the use of the leisure facilities we have given you that option too! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Porland & Dorset Walking Weekend .. discover the Isle of Portland Friday 30 November - Sunday 2nd December 2012 The Heights Hotel, Portland (DT5 2EN) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £35). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The Isle of Portland is set out into the English Channel, with a causeway connecting it to the mainland. This often enables the island to enjoy a sunnier and drier climate, let’s hope! The isle is also part of the heritage coast and an ideal venue from which to explore some of the most beautiful and dramatic coastal walking in the UK and the coastal delights of Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove and the Portland Peninsular simply speak for themselves. The hotel is one of our higher standard hotels and is a lovely place to simply relax. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Whitby Moor & Coast Walking Weekend .. enjoy the North Yorkshire Moors & Coastal walking Friday 7 - Sunday 9th December 2012 The Star Fish Apartments, Whitby (YO21 3BX) # From 4pm £149 (£169 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 1 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £35). Single supp £30 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: 1 x Evening meal & Transport to walk starts (coach on Saturday) Overview: This is our third year at the superbly located excellent apartments in the Starfish complex. They will offer us the flexibility and freedom we need for this special weekend. We will spend the first night getting to know each over dinner and the second night dining out and lording it up in town. As always we will of course be indulging ourselves with a super coastal walk, which will contrast beautifully with a day in the heart of the North Yorkshire Moors! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Borrowdale Twixtmas Walking Break .. a lovely way to bridge Christmas & New Year Thursday 27 - Saturday 29th December 2012 Glaramara, Borrowdale, Lake District (CA12 5XQ) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £179 (£199 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £50). Single supp £5 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Christmas is past, and we're not quite at New Year .. which leaves a wonderfully peaceful gap in our schedules to make the most of! This break offers a fantastic opportunity to walk off that extra portion of Christmas Pudding, amongst some of the finest mountains in Britain! Glaramara in Borrowdale is one of our most popular locations as it occupies an enviable location in the heart of some of England's most spectacular mountains and beautiful valleys - and the food is great! From the front door of the centre, there is a massive range of walking to choose from, with something for everyone! There are the towering heights of Great Gable and Scafell Pike, Castle Crag, the beautiful Derwentwater, the superb cafes throughout Borrowdale and some traditional Lakeland hostelries! Simply a superb place for a winter break. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Oxfordshire Twixtmas Walking Break .. a lovely way to bridge Christmas & New Year Thursday 27 - Saturday 29th December 2012 Milton Hill, Steventon, Abingdon (OX13 6AF) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £50). Single supp £30 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Christmas is past, and we're not quite at New Year…which leaves a wonderfully peaceful gap in our schedules to make the most of! This break offers a fantastic opportunity to walk off that extra portion of Christmas Pudding amongst stunning countryside and when you add in the salubrious setting of the Milton House Hotel we have a superb getaway break! With new walks this year in beautiful and historic countryside around the rivers and villages of DH Lawrence’s Pangbourne, which will contrast nicely with the Roman hills, ridgeway and ancient downs day. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Borrowdale New Year Walking Break .. walking and partying in the beautiful Lakes Saturday 29th December 2012 - Tuesday 1st January 2013 Glaramara, Borrowdale, Lake District (CA12 5XQ) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £329 (£349 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 1 New Year Gala dinner & Party & 3 guided walks (Deposit £35). Single supp £5 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Following the traditional overindulgence of the festive period, why not take a wonderful opportunity to escape? WalkWise UK is running their traditional New Year Lake District Walking Events. To cope with your hectic life styles we are running a Twixtmas break and a New year Break also at Glaramara! So you can book an individual break or indulge yourself by bolting them together to give yourself a longer vacation! A superb venue, that has been upgraded steadily over the last few years, with a superb location, set in the heart of the Lake District. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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Source to Sea Weekends with Alan Roberts .. follow the Wye on a series of weekends! Did you know that there is only one place in the world where 2 rivers start at the same point and finish at the same point? Well those 2 rivers, the Severn and the Wye both start in the mountains of mid wales, Plynlimon (the highest point of the Cambrian Mountains) and both finish at the Severn Estuary. So over the next 12 months, Alan is going to be running a series of seven walking weekends that will follow the River Wye from its source all the way to the Severn Estuary. Why the River Wye? Well there are a number of highlights on route; the mountains of Mid Wales not only offer stunning scenery, but the chance to see red kite, buzzards and peregrine falcons, there are the Penddal Rock Rapids, Gilfach Medieval Longhouse, the beautiful town of Hay on Wye (also famous for its book shop) that nestles at the foot of the Black Mountain, Capler Camp Hillfort, Goodrich Castle, Symonds Yat and the Yat Rock viewpoint, Tintern Abbey and finally to Chepstow and the Castle. In addition you will also pass through some of the most important woodlands in Europe, including the Orchards and Apples of Herefordshire. The Weekends: On offer will be seven walking weekends, some will require walks of twelve miles on each day of the two day weekend, some will require eight to nine miles on each day. You may want to just take the opportunity to partake in one of the weekends, or you may want to take this unique opportunity to complete the 136 mile trek through some of the most stunning countryside that this country as to offer:

Source to Sea Weekend 1 - Plynlimmon to Rhyader

Friday 12th - Sunday 14th October 2012 Hotel near Rhayader, Powys (LD6 5HN) # from 6.00pm £179 (£199 Guest) sharing twin or double, £199 single Includes: A walk of 12 miles on each day, 2 night's bed & breakfast, 2 packed lunches, Evening meal on the Saturday Night Extras: food on Friday night. Transport to and from start points on the Sat & Sun Stage one - Plynlimmon to Rhyader: The Elan Valley Hotel near Rhyader will be the base for this first weekend. This newly refurbished Hotel lies right in the heart of the Elan Valley with first class access to some great walking. The hotel as lovely rooms with a high standard of décor and comfort, family run with a great reputation for friendly service and great food. All the food is home cooked, they have a cosy bar, with a variety of real ales and malt whiskies. All rooms are en-suite, have colour TV's, telephones, radio alarm clocks, hairdryers and tea and coffee making facilities. There is one four poster bed, so it will be first come first served for the lucky couple when booking the weekend. Free wifi is available throughout the hotel. In the evening we can socialise after dinner in the bar and lounge area, or alternatively we arrange to go into Rhayader which is only a few minutes' drive away. Apparently Rhayader as the largest number of pubs per head of population in the UK! The Rambles: From the slopes of Plynlimon the ramble includes short stretches of narrow lanes, rocky banks, railway embankments and rugged mountains, including small fields and woodland as we progress over the two days. Day one starts at Plynlimon to finish in Llangurig. Day two starts back at Llangurig and finishes in Rhayader. There are a number of ascents over the two days of rambling, so a good level of fitness required Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Source to Sea W'end 2 - Rhyader to Buith Wells

Friday 22nd - Sunday 24th February 2013 Builth Wells, Powys (LD2 3AR) # from 6.00pm £179 (£199 Guest) sharing twin or double, £199 single Includes: A walk of 8/9 miles on each day, 2 night's bed & breakfast, 2 packed lunches, dinner Saturday Night Extras: food on Friday night. Transport to and from start points on the Sat & Sun Stage two: Rhyader to Buith Wells : The Greyhound Hotel, Buith Wells this will be the base for the second leg. It’s a family-run business and a real focal point for the Builth Wells community. There is a genuinely warm welcome when you come to stay in this 3 Star hotel whether we’re having a relaxed drink in the oak-panelled bar or a hearty meal in the restaurant. The beers and ales are renowned in these parts, with plenty of choice from local Welsh breweries and microbreweries as well as an impressive range of the best European lagers. They also have a wonderful range of red and white wines - including Rioja, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay - all guaranteed to delight any palette. The Rambles: From Rhyader we pass through open undulating moorland with views ascending upon to Carngafalt that give great views back down into Rhayader. The Wye turning to rapids and then eventually we are able to ramble through tree-lined avenues, fields, small woods and plantations, as towns and villages are more frequently passed. Day one we walk from Rhyader to Newbridge on Wye. Day two is from Newbridge on Wye to Buith Wells. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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North Downs Walking & Social Weekend .. a weekend exploring the Surrey Hills part of the North Downs Friday 9th - Sunday 11th November 2012 Ramada, Guildford Rd, East Horsley (KT24 6TB) Arrive at your leisure (Meal at 8.00pm) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing twin or double. Includes 2 nights' Dinner, bed & B’fast and a packed lunch on the Saturday Extras: Travel to the walks using own cars Following the success of Steve Dell’s South Downs walking weekends he is developing a weekend exploring the Surrey Hills part of the North Downs. This will be a great time to explore the area as there are a lot of forestry areas and this time of the year the trees will be changing colour, giving us walking in pretty forests as well as stunning views. The walks will be easy to moderate as there will be more gradients than usual, which gives the area its fantastic views, but as usual we will take our time. There weekend will appeal to both social walkers who want a shorter walk and more serious walkers who want a longer walk as on the Saturday there will be the option of a shorter 5 to 6 mile walk or a longer 10 to 11 mile walk. On the Sunday the walk will be around 6 to 7 miles. There is also plenty to do for non walkers or if you want to mix & match walking with social / tourist stuff. The vibrant town of Guildford is a short drive away. There are also lots of pretty villages and great scenic drives through the surrounding area. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

York Christmas Markets Social & Party Weekend .. including a Christmas Party on Saturday night Friday 30 November - Sunday 2nd December 2012 Park Inn hotel, York (YO1 6JF) # Friday Evening £189 (£209 Guest) sharing twin or double (Deposit £30) Includes: 2 nights Bed & Breakfast, Dinner on the Friday night, and a Christmas party including evening meal on Saturday. Extras: Lunches and any chargeable attractions Following the success of last years Bristol & Bath Christmas Markets weekend Steve Dell has developed another weekend, this time in the wonderful medieval city or York, which has a great Christmas markets and plenty of touristy attractions to keep us occupied over the weekend. The package includes dinner on both nights and a Christmas party on the Saturday evening. We stay in the Park Inn hotel which is right in the centre of York and just a 5 minute walk from the train station. The hotel has great leisure facilities. There is parking at the hotel but the recommendation is to use the train as we won’t need our cars during the weekend. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Chester & Cheshire New Year Walking Break .. with optional social activities in and around Chester Saturday 29th December 2012 - Tuesday 1st January 2013 Mercure Chester Abbots Well Hotel (CH3 5QL) # Saturday lunchtime or evening £299 (£319 Guest) sharing twin or double (Deposit £50) Includes: Dinner Bed & Breakfast for 3 nights, including a Gala Dinner on New Years Eve, 2 packed lunches, and daily walking programme Extras: Transport to some of the walks and lunch on New Years Day if required This walking and social break with Steve Dell has a full walking programme and the area also has a range of touristy/ shopping options. The weekend is designed to be flexible; you can do all the walks or mix and match the walks with other activities or simply chill out. On the Saturday you can either arrive by lunchtime for an afternoon walk or in the evening. There is also plenty to do for non walkers or if you want to mix & match walking with social / tourist stuff. Chester has years of history and something for everyone, from the famous ‘Rows’, two tier shops along the main streets (apparently there are none like them in the world) to the City Walls – built by the Romans with influences by the Anglo Saxons, Vikings, Normans, Cromwell and the Victorians. The city lies on the River Dee and even has a racecourse and abundant Black & White buildings, not to mention a 1000 year old Cathedral. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

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Center Parcs Christmas Party Weekend .. a brilliant national Spice get together! Date: Friday 7th - Monday 10th December 2012 Place: Penrith, 3 Miles from J40, M6 (CA10 2DW) # Meet: Anytime after 10am Friday Cost: £129 (£149 Guest) Sharing, £204 (£224 Guest) Single Occupancy (Deposit £50) Our Annual Spice Christmas weekend break and party weekend with all your mates (some of whom you haven’t met yet!). Country lodges situated in deep forest surrounded by towering scots pines, beautiful surroundings, lakes, streams, forest paths leading to an unrivalled choice of sports and leisure facilities, health and beauty treatments, restaurants, cinema, cafes, bars…you name it - all just a short stroll or cycle from your lodge. There is a Friday night private Spice Welcome drinks get together for each Spice Group followed by an exclusive Disco, and a late Disco until the early hours on Saturday night. Our easy Sat Night Disco fancy dress theme this year is ‘Christmas Films’ which helps us recognize who’s in our party! There will also be other opportunities to meet up with your local group as the weekend progress e.g. Fun Quiz, Sports Events, Flash Mob Meetup, Group Swim, Bowling, Farewell Drinks, etc - details in your joining pack. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

Christmas Break: Kingston Upon Thames .. a fabulous festive break with a great group of Spicers! Monday 24th - Thursday 27th December 2012 Kingston Lodge Hotel, London (KT2 7NP) # From 1pm £244 (£264 Guest) sharing twin/double, £339 (£359 Guest) Single EB (Deposit £50) NOTE THESE ARE EARLY BOOKER RATES, ONLY AVAILABLE TO 1st NOVEMBER Incl: 3 nights’ accommodation, 3 b’fast, a 3 course dinner on Christmas eve, a traditional festive lunch (who knows maybe Santa will pay us a visit) and buffet dinner on Christmas Day and fabulous farewell gala dinner on Boxing Day This Christmas we are pleased to be staying in style with our friends from Brook Hotels at their 4 star Kingston Lodge Hotel in the lovely Kingston-Upon-Thames! With the River Thames flowing through the centre of the town and with Hampton Court Palace and Richmond Park close by we are sure to find lots to do. Or if you fancied going further afield we can get the train in to the centre of London or to see some of the major London attractions such as Kew Garden or Hampton Court Palace and Richmond Park are within walking distance. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Christmas House Party at Fort Belan .. spend Christmas with friends in a unique location! Date: Mon 24th Dec 2012 - Fri 28th Dec 2012 Place: North Wales, Nr Canaerfon (LL54 5TP) # Cost: £299 (£319 Guest) sharing or £374 (£394 Guest) single occupancy (Deposit £50) Back by popular demand! This break is organised and hosted by Spice Yorkshire, with all Spice Groups sending members. This is a classic Christmas Break at an incredible place known as Fort Belan – a real favourite amongst Spice members. The break is planned as a “chilling out” and party break rather than a walking break although of course you are free to partake in some fresh air yourself! This fantastic building is situated right on the beautiful Welsh coast a few miles away from Historic Caernarfon. Inside the Fort walls, there are four houses all linked by an intricate network of passages. The houses were home to officers during the First and Second World War but the fort itself is much, much older. Through the archway is a raised terrace overlooking the Menai Straits complete with a row of 8 cannons, which were placed to protect the area from incoming ships. The whole area has an incredible atmosphere of history to it and the interior of each of the houses is beautiful. Wooden floors, huge dining tables, grand pianos .. and of course, it just has to be haunted! The story goes that a Nursery Nurse comes round and kisses you goodnight! The Fort will of course be decorated for Christmas. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

Why Pay a Single Supp when you’re with Spice! Many people book our breaks on their own, so we don’t believe in penalizing the single traveler. If you prefer a single room, we usually have a few available at a supplement. However, we are more than happy arrange same sex room shares – and this is what most members opt for. Spicers are very friendly, so don’t worry if you don’t know anyone. You’ll be bonded into the “family” in no time and no doubt make some lasting friendships as well.

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Iceland Experience Break .. a 4 night adventure with a chance to see the Northern Lights! Sunday 10th - Thursday 14th March 2013 Reykjavik, Iceland # Luton Airport, early morning £499 (£519 Guest) sharing twin or double. Add £125 if you prefer single occupancy, otherwise we will link shares. (Deposit £100) Incl: Flights from Luton to Reykjavik, transfers to/from hotel, services of Spice Coordinator, 4 nights bed and breakfast in a centrally located hotel. Reykjavik Tour, Golden Circle Tour & Blue Lagoon Extras: Travel Insurance (if you do not have your own, Spice UK can offer this - visit www.spiceuk.com meals (except breakfast). Single room option £85 (otherwise we will link twin shares). This is our fifth Spice West Midlands trip to Iceland and we have had brilliant feedback over the years - many of whom rate Iceland as their best ever Spice experience! This package is certainly our best yet as it is 4 nights long and includes all your excursions. This amazing island near the Arctic Circle is still being dramatically crafted by nature – it’s a world of fire and ice that will enchant you like no other. We fly from Luton Airport to Keflavik with a short transfer to our hotel in Reykjavik. The hotel we have selected is centrally located on Ingólfstorg Square in Reykjavik’s Old Town. The National Gallery and other attractions are within a few minutes’ walk. The modern guest rooms feature wooden floors, a minibar and satellite TV. The Centre Hotel Plaza breakfast buffet offers a wide variety of hot and cold choices. After exploring the city, guests are welcome to unwind with a drink in the Plaza Bar, which has dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows. Much of Iceland is still taking shape before our very eyes - a raw, dramatic landscape being formed by volcanic eruptions and carved out by glaciers. Other parts have hardly changed since the first Viking settlers saw them more than 1,100 years ago. On this short break, you'll experience wilderness and wildlife, energy and total calm. Rugged, moss-covered lava fields greet visitors arriving at Keflavik Airport. Coupled with its interesting shores, bird life and whale watching opportunities, the South-West of Iceland, right on the capital's doorstep, makes an ideal base from which to enjoy the twin delights of nature and culture. In mid March the sunrise and sunset times in Reykjavik are approx 8am in the morning and 7.20 in the evening. We do hope to be lucky enough to see the Northern Lights, although this type of natural phenomenon does not play to order. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Included in the package are the following 3 excursions with English speaking guides: The Blue Lagoon: The natural hot springs of this amazing natural spa is one of Iceland's most popular visitor attractions, where guests enjoy relaxing in warm geothermal seawater. The lagoon is surrounded by a magical lava field and black sandy beaches and the Blue Lagoon's warm water and natural active ingredients; mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life. Our excursion includes entrance and towel. Golden Circle Tour : This is the essential Iceland tour. A fabulous full-day discovering some of the top natural wonders of Iceland. We will visit ● Hverageroi - a flowering town of Greenhouses heated by Geothermal energy, ● Keiro - huge volcanic crater turned lake, ● Skaiholt - ancient Bishopric and once centre of Icelandic Culture, ● Guilfoss - world famous waterfall and Geothermal area, bubbling with activity and ● Pingvellir - National Park of great historic interest and beauty. Lunch is included and is served during a visit to the famous spouting geysers. Reykjavik panoramic tour: An introduction to one of Europe’s most unusual capital cities. Between these trips, the coordinator will always be on hand to ensure that there are opportunities to socialise and explore as a group. Flights are with Easyjet from Luton to Keflavik (Reykjavik). Times are currently showing as: ● 10/3/13: 0725 departure from Luton arriving 1025. ● 14/3/13 1110 departure from Reykjavik, landing back 1410 The tour operator we are using is South Quay Travel, a fully bonded Tour Operator (ABTA V9945) This package is also ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL 4619) Spice act as Agents of SQT – their terms and conditions apply – see http://www.southquaytravel.com/terms-conditions Spice further protect your payments through our own Trust Accounts.

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Belfast, the Causway Coast & Titanic Break .. a 4 night tour of Northern Ireland! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Friday 22nd - Tuesday 26th March 2013 Meet at Liverpool Ferry Terminal # Friday evening (time TBA) £399 (£419 Guest) sharing twin or double room & cabin (Deposit £80) Single occupancy available at £90 supp. otherwise we will link shares

Price Includes: ● Return overnight ferry crossings with Stena Line from Liverpool to Belfast ● Overnight cabin accommodation (based on 2 adults sharing an inside 4 berth cabin and just using the lower bunk beds) ● 2 nights accommodation at the Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus, Carrickfergus. Web: www.clarioncarrick.com ● Welcome drink on your arrival at hotel ● 3 Course dinner each evening when at hotel ● A packed lunch will be provided on one day during our stay ● Entertainment at the hotel (live music & quiz) ● A free bar will be available at the hotel between 6pm and 9pm each evening (selected drinks only) ● Services of a Spice Coordinator throughout Not Included: ● Single room at hotel and single cabin option add £90 otherwise we will link shares as usual ● Any transportation to and from Liverpool docks ● Holiday insurance is compulsory. If you don’t have your own policy, Spice UK can offer insurance ● Meals other than those specified. In particular, no meals are included on the ferry crossing. Precis: We have had so many requests for a Northern Ireland break over the years, and have finally discovered a package that we think is ideal for Spice – as you get a bit of everything (including a bit of free bar!). By using a coach once we’ve crossed the Irish Sea, we get to discover a range of highlights including: ● the vibrant city of Belfast with it’s proud yet troubled past. Our tour includes the brand new Titanic Experience visitor attraction at the shipyard where the Titanic was created ● A tour of the the dramatic “Causeway Coast” to include the Giant’s Causway, Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge and Bushmills Distillery ● We’ll walk the walls of Londonderry (Derry), the only completely walled city in the British Isles where they recreate 1450 years of history. You can still see the huge murals and other echoes of it’s recent sectarian struggles, yet Londonderry is fast becoming a city more associated with creativity and culture. The trip is 4 nights duration with 3 full days in Northern Ireland, as it starts and ends with a pleasant overnight sailing between Liverpool and Belfast where we will enjoy comfortable cabins and the opportunity to party in the bar or relax in the lounges as we wish. If you haven’t visited Northern Ireland before, we think it will surprise and delight! Accomodation: The Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus is our base in Northern Ireland which promises a warm welcome, good food and a free bar (see notes) to enjoy. There’s even entertainment if we want to stay around the hotel at night. Ferry Crossing Times: 2013 schedules have not been released yet, the below times are based on 2012 schedules and may be subject to slight changes for 2013: Friday 22nd March 2013 Liverpool departs - 22:30 Belfast arrives - 06:30 next morning Monday 25th March 2013 Belfast departs - 22:30 Liverpool arrives - 06:30 next morning Inclusions and entrance fees are as per the following draft itinerary: Day 1 - We meet at Liverpool docks to catch the overnight ferry from Liverpool to Belfast Day 2 - Upon arrival in Belfast our coach and guide will meet us and take us you directly into Belfast City Centre for a few hours followed by a 3 hour walking tour of the city. We will visit the Titanic Experience Later the coach will transfer us to the Clarion Hotel Carrickfergus for your 2 night stay Day 3 - Full day guided coach excursion to include a visit to the Giants Causeway (entrance and audio guide included) followed by a visit to the Bushmills Distillery (guided tour and a tasting included). We will also visit the vertiginous Carrick-a-Rede Rope Bridge www.nationaltrust.org.uk/carrick-a-rede/ Crossing this is a must if you are brave enough! We have not included the charge for this (approx £5) as we’re not sure you will all want to do it. Also, those of you that have National Trust membership cards should be able to get in free. Day 4 - Check out of hotel for a guided excursion to Londonderry, before transferring back to the ferry port for your overnight sailing back to Liverpool Day 5 - Arrive back into Liverpool for your journey home The tour operator we are using is Success Tours. We act as their agents and their terms and conditions apply Spice further protect your payments through our own Trust Accounts.

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Bassano, Verona & Venice Masked Festival .. experience Northern Italy at carnival time! Thurday 7 - Sunday 10th February 2013 Bassano del Grappa, Veneto, Italy # Gatwick Airport (Time TBA) £499 Member sharing twin, £519 Guest sharing twin, £568 Member in Single Room, £499 Member sharing Double (Deposit £140) Incl: Flights from London Gatwick Airport to Venice with Easyjet, transfers to/from hotel, services of Spice Coordinator, 3 nights bed & buffet breakfast at Belvedere Hotel, Bassano del Grappa. Meet & greet with guide. Welcome drink at hotel. Full day coach excursion to Venice with guide. Full day coach excursion to Verona with guide Extra: Add £69 if you prefer single room, otherwise we link twin shares; Meals other than breakfast. Extra tours/ entry fees. Holiday Insurance is compulsary. This can be obtained from Spice UK (www.spiceuk.com) or privately. Possible tourist tax (a tax of €1- €5 per day is gradually being introduced in tourist areas. We will keep you informed) Host: Spice West Mids and Spice London Balance: Is due 12 weeks before departure. Deposit is non refundable upon cancellation. Rooms: We are holding a mix of twin and double rooms and some singles at a supplement. As ever with Spice, there is no need to pay for a single unless you wish to as we will arrange same sex shares of twin rooms. Précis: To visit Venice at festival time is an absolute treat. The beautiful city comes alive in an explosion of colour and costume as fancy dress and masks become the norm – and enchanting characters appear round every corner, framed perfectly by the arches, bridges and buildings. However, it is a hugely expensive time to stay in Venice itself so we have come up with a 3 centred “grand tour” that includes a day at the Venice festival as well as Verona and Bassano del Grappa. Bassano Del Grappa: We are based in this city, best known are its covered bridge over the Brenta and the strong grappa liqueur produced in the area! Like so many of the Veneto's historic towns, this is a prosperous place and is studded with smart clothes and furnishings shops. The architecture reflects typical Veneto-style arcaded streets and piazzas interspersed with alpine wooden balconies. The historic centre of Bassano is pretty and very compact. Verona: The city of Romeo and Juliet is known by Italians as “Little Rome” and “the City of Love”. Its truly golden era came during the 13th and 14th centuries under the Della Scala family. It also has a stunning Roman Arena where opera is performed. We have a day trip by coach with an English speaking guide. Venice: Nothing prepares you for the beauty of Venice. And if you haven’t visited at carnival time, you are in for a real treat. We have a day trip by coach with an English speaking guide. Our Hotel: The Belvedere is the history of Bassano! The building dates back to the 15th century and stands at the beginning of the Valbrenta, overlooking the same view that inspired the famous French poet George Sand who described Bassano as “a piece of sky fallen on earth”. Rich with atmosphere and recently refurbished, it is located close to the main squares and the famous wooden bridge designed by A. Palladio. Rooms are en suite and have internet access, cable TV, mini bar, air conditioning etc. Find out more at www.bonotto.it/en/hotel-belvedere-2 Flight Schedule: Return flights with Easyjet from London Gatwick to Venice (outbound: 12:20 /15:25; inbound: 16:50 /18:00) (all are local times). Please note that flight schedules can change as we get nearer to departure date. The tour operator we are using is Success Tours. We act as their agents and their terms and conditions apply This package is also ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL 5114) Spice further protect your payments through our own Trust Accounts. Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

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The ‘Nuts & Bolts’of Spice… Office Hours:

If you can’t make it to an event:

The Spice Office is open between 9am and 6pm Monday to Friday on 0121 353 6161. There is also a 24hour answer service. In the event of a real emergency, try the mobile 07899 950109. There is also an emergency option on the out of hours phone menu which diverts you to a member of staff at home

If at all possible, please contact the Spice office. This is important for several reasons. Firstly, other members may be left waiting for you to arrive and this is unfair. Secondly, ‘team’ type events such as sports evenings may need adjusting for even team numbers etc. Finally, if you let us know you cannot attend we may be able to issue a refund depending on the type of event and whether we can re sell your place. See the Spice Cancellation Policy.

How To Join Spice: ● If you’ve had an enquiry pack, simply complete and return the membership form along with your credit card details, cheque or completed DD mandate. ● Alternatively, just call the Spice office and we’ll complete all the paperwork for you over the phone. ● You may also join on- line at www.spicebham.com

Booking Onto Events: ● A secure booking service is also available on- line at www.spicebham.com or .. ● Call us to book by phone on 0121 353 6161 or .. ● Send your completed booking form along with your cheque or credit card details (if you’ve used your form, a scribbled note of what you want to book will suffice). Alternatively, fax your form with credit card details on 353 6861. Please note: Bookings are only secure when payment has been received. You may lose your slot if another member books whilst your “cheque is in the post”. Never simply ‘turn up’ at an event as it's unfair to all concerned - particularly to those who have taken the time to book. It may also mean a wasted journey if we can't accommodate you.

Late Bookings: We often have slots available at the last minute due to cancellations etc. Please call for details and be ready to pay by credit card to secure your place. Most events do fill up so the best advice is to book early to avoid disappointment.

Confirmation of Bookings: We confirm all bookings by email if you have given us an email address. You can also check your bookings at www.spicebham.com. We will contact you if there is a problem with your booking or if the event is full or has been cancelled. Where the location of an event is marked with a #, we will be sending out directions, maps, kit list and transport share lists around 5 days prior.

Guest Policy: Guests are welcome to accompany members on Spice Events at a special guest price. The member is then responsible for their conduct. Members are given priority in booking if numbers are tight. We also ask that each guest may only attend 3 events, after which time we would expect them to join – in the long run this can work out cheaper as they avoid paying premiums!

Transport Share: We are always happy to do our best to link up members for travel share. Once you have booked an event, you can obtain car share information by pressing the “transport” tab on the relevant event on line. Please remember to indicate when booking should you require a lift or be willing to offer or share transport. There is also an option on our database for your contact details to be kept confidential. If you receive your details by post, we will send out a transport share list with your event details, or if the event does not have further details sent (no # symbol), just call about 48hrs before the event and we’ll give you the telephone numbers of possible links. Please note: Lift sharing is done by the goodwill of the members and cannot be guaranteed.

Most Importantly: Above all, Spice is all about enjoying yourself – so remember to have fun!


Events Index A Night in the Trenches .......................................... 39 A Victorian Christmas ............................................. 43 Abberley Hill Ramble ............................................. 35 Abbots Bromley Ramble ................................ 32 & 36 Abseiling for the Terrified....................................... 23 Acrylic Painting Intro. Day ..................................... 74 Adventure Golf at Star City! ................................... 39 Aircraft Wreck Treck .............................................. 34 An Introduction To Tai Chi ..................................... 64 Animal Encounters & Equestrian ............................ 10 Asian Funeral Home Talk and Tour ........................ 47 Assay Office Tour ................................................... 52 Aston Villa Open Training Session......................... 49 Astronomy Open Evening ....................................... 64 Attract, Create, your Perfect Relationship .............. 75 Australia by Ian on Australia Day ........................... 66 Austrian Christmas at Franzls ................................... 4 Autumn in the Forest ............................................... 26 Baddesley Easy Ramble and Lunch ........................ 35 Badminton ............................................................... 53 Balloon Flight ............................................................ 8 Ballroom Dance Masterclass - Foxtrot/ Jive ........... 18 Balsall Common Easy Ramble and Lunch............. 35 Barber Institute Tour ............................................... 50 Barnt Green & Lickey Hills Ramble ...................... 33 Barrow and The Jack Mytton Way ......................... 32 Bassano, Verona & Venice Masked Festival .......... 88 BBC Behind the Scenes .......................................... 47 Bearley and Stratford Canal Easy Ramble .............. 32 Beginners Horse Trek.............................................. 10 Beginners Motorbiking ........................................... 22 Belfast, Causway Coast and Titanic Break ............. 87 Bird Handling Course/Falconry Day ...................... 12 Birds of Prey Weekend ........................................... 78 Birmingham at War Afternoon Walk ...................... 19 Birmingham Museum - Pre-Raphaelites ................. 48 Blacksmithing Evening ........................................... 71 Body Language The Fun Way ................................ 73 Border Dales Moderate Ramble .............................. 35 Borrowdale New Year/Twixtmas Breaks ............... 82 Bouncers & Shakers (Double Bill) ......................... 57 Bournville on Christmas Eve .................................. 19 Bowling and Adventure Golf Evening .................... 45 Broadway Ramble ................................................... 33 Cadburys Bean to Bar & Cadbury World ............... 45 Caer Carodoc Ramble ............................................. 34 Cafe Ceramica Experience ...................................... 40 Camel Experience in Warwickshire ........................ 13 Canadian Canoe Adventure ..................................... 23 Cannock Chase Moderate Ramble .......................... 36 Cathedral Library Tour with Canon Pete ................ 50 Caving at the Symonds Yat Caves .......................... 24 Center Parcs Christmas Party Weekend .................. 85 Chadwick End Easy Ramble ................................... 34 Change your thinking for an Amazing Life! ........... 73 Charity Sleep Out .................................................... 15 Charity Spice Cake Club ......................................... 14 Chester & Cheshire New Year Break ..................... 84 Chinese New Year Party ........................................... 7 Chipping Campden Scenic Ramble......................... 36 Christmas Adventure Trekking Day ....................... 11 Christmas Behind the Scenes .................................. 52 Christmas Break Kingston Upon Thames ............... 85 Christmas Carriage Ride ......................................... 10 Christmas Dinner Dance 2012 .................................. 5 Christmas House Party at Fort Belan ...................... 85 Christmas Wine Tastings and Wine Games ............ 43 Cinderella by Birmingham Royal Ballet ................. 55 Clay Pigeon Shoot ................................................... 37 Clent Easy/Moderate Ramble.................................. 34 Clifford Chambers Easy Ramble and Lunch .......... 35 Colour Therapy ....................................................... 74 Colour U Confident Workshop ............................... 58 Confessions of a Health and Safety Inspector......... 14 Confessions of a Tour Guide ................................... 51 Coniston and South Lakes Walking Weekend ........ 80 Cooking Masterclass Show ..................................... 71 Coton In The Elms Easy Ramble ............................ 32 Cotswolds Outdoor Discount Evening .................... 27 Creative Writing Weekend ...................................... 79 Criminal Birmingham Walk .................................... 19 Cupcake Decorating Workshop .............................. 60 Curry and Quiz - Solihull ........................................ 31 Dance Routine to "I Gotta Feeling!" ....................... 18 Deer Walk with a Ranger at Bradgate Park ............ 12 Digital Photography for Beginners ......................... 58 Ditton Priors & Brown Clee Hill Ramble ............... 34 Dolly Parton - 9 to 5 The Musical ........................... 55 Don't Diet - Change the way you Eat ...................... 61 Dracula .................................................................... 56 Drumming Experience for Beginners ..................... 58 Early Morning At Dudley Zoo ................................ 48 Easy Cycling Tour of Kingsbury Water Park ......... 16 Emotional Freedom Technique ............................... 62

Face Reading Workshop ......................................... 70 Fast Effective Reading Day Workshop ................... 68 Feel the Fear .. and do it anyway! ........................... 59 Felicity Aston - Alone in Antarctica ....................... 56 Fencing for Beginners ............................................. 68 Fire Eating Workshop (in tribute to Bob) ............... 67 Fire Lighting and Wild Foods Day ......................... 25 Fire Walking ............................................................ 28 Firework Spectacular at Tutbury ............................. 40 First Aid Course Day............................................... 65 Fly Fishing Weekend............................................... 79 Frankfurt Christmas Market Pub Treasure Trail ..... 44 Friday Fish and Chips Race Night .......................... 42 Fungi Forage............................................................ 26 Furry Fables -Stories of our British Mammals........ 13 Gardeners Time with Lunch at Dunsley Hall.......... 41 Get that Job! ............................................................ 65 Ghost Hunting and Supper ...................................... 45 Ghost Walks - Sutton Coldfield & Birmingham ..... 19 Glass Workshop ...................................................... 59 Go Ape in Cannock ................................................. 24 Golf Learn to Play in a Day..................................... 53 Good Food Show ..................................................... 43 Grants of Sheep Street Dinner Shuffle ...................... 7 Guide Dog Training Centre Visit ............................ 52 Halloween Sleepover Party Night ............................. 1 Hartshill Hayes Ramble........................................... 35 Hawks, Owls, Tudors and Battles ........................... 12 Helicopter Lesson ...................................................... 8 Hidden Kings Norton Walk ..................................... 19 Hoar Cross Easy Ramble and Lunch....................... 34 Hovercraft Racing ................................................... 21 How to Make Friends and Influence People ........... 69 Iceland Experience Break ........................................ 86 Ikon Gallery Tour and Tapas Dinner ...................... 42 Implementing The Secret Law of Attraction........... 66 Indian Dhol Drumming ........................................... 69 Indian Fine Dining at Delhi 6 .................................... 7 Indian Head Massage Workshop ............................. 63 Indoor Climbing at Redpoint Centre ....................... 23 Indoor Shooting ....................................................... 37 Indoor Skydiving ....................................................... 9 Introductory Bushcraft Day ..................................... 28 Jazz Night and Chinese Meal .................................... 4 Kababish Dinner Shuffle Experience ........................ 2 Kenilworth Moderate Ramble ................................. 32 Kinder Scout Night Ramble/ Day Ramble .............. 33 Kingsbury Water Park Easy Ramble ....................... 36 Knowle Beer,Skittles and Supper ............................ 44 Knowle Easy Ramble .............................................. 33 Kurburgring Karting! .............................................. 22 Land Yachting Introduction .................................... 26 Lasan Indian Banquet ................................................ 2 Latimer and the Chilterns New Year Break ............ 80 Law - Ten Top Tips ................................................. 63 Leamington Torchlit Ramble & Supper .................. 32 Learn to Draw in a Day ........................................... 59 Learn to Ride In A Day ........................................... 10 Learn to Snowboard Course .................................... 46 Leather Evening with Black Country Supper ......... 47 Leicestershire Villages Easy/Moderate Cycle........ 17 Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo ................. 57 Lichfield Cathedral by Candlelight ......................... 44 Lichfield/Trent Valley Easy Moderate Cycle ......... 17 Life Behind The Lens .............................................. 56 Lincoln Discovery Day by Coach ........................... 19 Llama Trekking with Lunch .................................... 11 Llangollen Luxury Walking Weekend .................... 80 Make an Impact with your Voice ............................ 74 Make up Application Skills ..................................... 68 Malverns South and Eastnor Ramble ...................... 33 Massage for Beginners Workshop .......................... 66 Matthew Bournes Sleeping Beauty ......................... 57 McLaren MP4-12C Thrill ....................................... 22 Medieval Banquet at Coombe Abbey ....................... 6 Medieval Jousting.................................................... 11 Meditation for Beginners......................................... 72 Mendips & Cheddar Gorge Walking W'end ........... 81 Mickleton Ramble ................................................... 34 Microlighting Experience Flight ............................... 9 Military Vehicle Driving Experience ...................... 20 Mince Pie Paddle ..................................................... 27 Mind Management workshop .................................. 64 Mountain Biking for Beginners ............................... 17 Movember 2012 - Join our Spice Team .................. 15 Movember Moustached Mexican Meal..................... 5 Murder Mystery Evening at Dunsley Hall .............. 43 Napton On The Hill Easy/Moderate Ramble .......... 35 New Members Easy Walking Weekend.................. 78 New Members Mix and Mingle .............................. 40 New Years Day Centre of England Ramble............ 35 New Year's Eve Sleepover Beach Party.................... 6 Nine Steps to Happiness .......................................... 67 Nitty Gritty Weather Workshop .............................. 60

Nordic Walking Taster (Cannon Hill Park) ............ 27 North Downs Walking and Social Weekend ........... 84 Off Road Driving / Off Road Karting ............ 21 & 22 Overnight Forest Experience ................................... 25 Oxfordshire Twixtmas Walking Break ................... 82 Paragliding - Tandem & Day Course ........................ 9 Peak Classic Caves Day .......................................... 28 Peninsular Cantonese Meal ....................................... 3 Personal Safety for Women ..................................... 73 Peter Pan .................................................................. 56 Pizza Making and Meal at The Radisson .................. 1 Planetarium Show - Dark Side Of The Moon ......... 45 Poker Night .............................................................. 41 Pole Dancing with Pure Joy .................................... 18 Porland and Dorset Walking Weekend ................... 81 Power Kiting and Kite Buggy Full Day .................. 26 Practical Tactical Airsoft Shooting ......................... 38 Preston Bagott Easy Ramble and Lunch ................. 34 Preview Evenings .................................................... 29 Private Dining Experience with a Celebrity Chef ..... 2 Proof House Tour .................................................... 49 Pub Games Night ..................................................... 42 Quad Bike Trekking at Garlands ............................. 20 Quiz Page ................................................................. 31 Rally Driving Lesson ............................................... 20 Ramble, Scramble and Dangle ................................ 25 Recreational Skiing ................................................. 46 Retired Greyhound Centre Visit .............................. 49 Rodizio Rico Dining Experience at The Cube .......... 3 Salsa Dance Workshop ........................................... 18 Santa Cycle and Present Drop in Sutton Park ......... 16 Saxophone for Beginners ........................................ 61 Scuba Taster Morning Experience .......................... 25 Segway Intro and Woodland Race at Garlands ....... 21 Serenity Weekend .................................................... 78 Sex and Contraception in 1580................................ 63 Shootout & Party Food at Kiddies Playcentre! ....... 40 Shugborough Easy Ramble ..................................... 32 Sikh Gurudwara Visit .............................................. 51 Singers Hill Synagogue Visit .................................. 50 Ski Lesson - Beginners ............................................ 46 Skills for the Hills (Navigation Awards) ................. 78 Slade and Sweet Live In Concert ............................ 55 Smash your Glass Ceiling with EFT ....................... 62 Source to Sea Weekends ......................................... 83 Spice Book Club ...................................................... 14 Spice Hits Town ...................................................... 29 Stanton Moor Moderate Ramble ............................. 36 Stow On The Wold Ramble .................................... 32 Sutton Park Mulled Wine/Mince Pie Ramble ......... 35 SWAT Training Mission ......................................... 37 Symonds Yat Adventure Mission ............................ 24 Syriana Syrian/ Lebanese Dinner Shuffle ................. 3 Tandem Skydive from 12,000ft................................. 8 Tardebigge Locks & Stoke Prior Easy Ramble....... 36 Temple Guiting Ramble .......................................... 34 Ten Pin Bowling ...................................................... 39 Ten Things Everyone Should Know - DIY ............. 72 The Big Abseil - 200 Feet Straight Down ............... 24 The Full Monty ........................................................ 55 The Idiot B*stard Band ........................................... 56 The Merry Wives Of Windsor ................................. 54 The Rocky Horror Show ......................................... 57 Three Parishes Ramble ............................................ 36 Tobogan and Fondue Night ....................................... 7 Top Of The Pops Live ............................................. 54 Trick Riding............................................................. 10 Tudor Christmas Evening at Tutbury Castle ............. 4 Turkish Bath and Swim ........................................... 42 Ukulele for Fun.................................................. 60, 72 Ultimate Craft Day at Redhouse Cone .................... 70 Unihoc ..................................................................... 53 Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience ................. 51 Walk with Wolves - Bedford................................... 11 Walking With The Wounded................................... 15 Watercolour Painting Intro Day .............................. 60 Weaseling and Bouldering ...................................... 27 Wellesbourne and Charlecote Park Ramble ............ 36 Welsh Cottage Walking Break ................................ 79 Wenlock Edge Ramble ............................................ 36 Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon................. 38 What To Wear Workshop ........................................ 69 Whitby Moor and Coast Walking Weekend ........... 81 Whittington & Hopwas Moderate Ramble .............. 33 Wildfowl Prowl at Middleton Lakes ....................... 13 Wilmcote Easy Ramble ........................................... 33 Wine Tasting - Pinot Noir ....................................... 41 Winter Warmer Wildlife at Middleton Lakes ......... 13 Wrekin Ramble ........................................................ 33 Wyre Forest Mountain Biking & Maps ................... 17 York Christmas Markets Social/Party W'end .......... 84 Your Spiritual Evolution ......................................... 71 Zermatt Spice West Midlands Ski Trip 2013 .......... 77 Zombie attack 2.8 hours later .................................. 41


Key Spice Holiday Partners For many years Spice has enjoyed an excellent relationship with our travel partner Exodus Holidays – the UK’s leading adventure travel company.

5% discount for independent direct bookings! We know however that sometimes our scheduled group departures won’t always fit in with everyone’s personal travel needs. We also know that often members would like to visit some of the places we are not featuring in the group holiday programme… To book your independent holiday with Exodus and claim your Spice member discount call 0845 863 9606. To qualify for the Spice Discount, simply advise them you are a Spice Member AT THE TIME OF BOOKING. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount, i.e., you are unable to add Loyal Customer Discount with an Early Booking discount to your Spice Discount!

Spice Cancellation Policy Evening and one day events

Solo’s Holidays are the market leader in offering holidays with single accommodation for the solo traveler.

5% discount for independent direct bookings! In 2009 Spice began working closely with Solo’s to offer exclusive group holidays to our members, and now we are delighted to offer all Spice members a 5% discount on independent holiday bookings with Solo’s. Their latest brochures can be requested by ringing 0843 357 1146 or visiting www.solos. co.uk. To qualify for the Spice Discount, simply call on 0843 357 1146 and advise them you are a Spice Member AT THE TIME OF BOOKING and quote your membership number. This discount cannot be used in conjunction with any other discount.

Information Packs. Cancellation must be in writing. A back up phone call is recommended. You should assume you are still booked until you have written confirmation of your cancellation.

Providing you give us more than seven days (includes weekends and bank holidays) notice you will receive a full refund as a Credit Note, less a Cancellation Fee of 20% of the cost of the event OR loss of deposit (whichever is lower) with a minimum of £3. (Except where stated otherwise in the Newsletter event description). Credit Notes are valid for 12 months and only redeemable against events.

Where cancellation is received within the cancellation period prior to an event, you will lose all monies paid (and also be liable for any balance) unless we can replace you. If you simply do not turn up for an event without contacting us you will automatically forfeit any monies paid, and will be liable for any balance.

Ticketed events

Should Spice Cancel an event.....

Note: Theatre, Concerts, etc. These are non-refundable unless we can resell your place, as tickets will have already been purchased. Overnight Events and events costing over £100 Note: This excludes overseas trips which have a separate Holiday Cancellation Policy. Providing you give us more than twenty eight days (includes weekends and bank holidays) notice you will receive a full refund as a Credit Note, less a Cancellation Fee of 20% of the cost of the event OR loss of deposit (whichever is lower). (Except where stated otherwise in the Newsletter event description). Credit Notes are valid for 12 months and only redeemable against events.

Holidays and Overseas trips

General

Should Spice cancel any event you will be refunded directly back by the payment method used. Our policy is that wherever possible we will always issue a refund.

Holidays and overseas trips Note: more than three overnights or outside UK. Cancellation is as per the Terms and Conditions as supplied with Holiday Information Packs. Cancellation should be in writing. Where cancellation is received within the cancellation period prior to an event, you will lose all monies paid (and also be liable for any balance) unless we can replace you. If you simply do not turn up for an event without contacting us you will automatically forfeit any monies paid, and will be liable for any balance.

Note: More than three overnights or outside UK. Cancellation is as per the Tour Operators Terms and Conditions as supplied with Holiday

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Spice International Holiday Programme

As at 21st September 2012

Welcome to the Spice international holiday programme, available to all Spice members as an exclusive benefit of membership! Over the years Spicer’s have travelled with us to every corner of the world enjoying action and adventure, amazing sights, interesting cultures and always great company with plenty of laughs along the way! Whether you’re after an easy going leisurely break, an active walking week or a trip of discovery we hopefully have something to suit. Over the next few pages we’ve picked out a few of our current holidays to highlight plus there’s a full listing of everything currently available. If you do find something that you want some more information for then more information is available on the Spice UK website www.spiceuk.com – alternatively if you want to discuss anything at all don’t hesitate to call Spice UK on 0161 873 8788.

Happy holidays from your Spice UK team – Dave, Ian & Lindsay

Spice Ski Holidays 2012/13 The ski season is always an extremely popular period for members to get away with Spice and skiing is an ideal group holiday. Whether you’re an old hand at it, want to give it a go for the very first time and everything in between here are just a selection of the trips we have on offer next year and more to come – check the website for the most up to date information and availability! Date

Nights

Spice Trip

22/12/12

7

Ski Christmas

29/12/12

7

Ski New Year

10/01/13

4

Ski 3 Valleys Weekend – By Air

10/01/13

4

Ski 3 Valleys Weekend – By Coach

13/01/13

7

Ski Courchevel 1850

19/01/13

7

Ski Val D’Isere

20/01/13

7

Ski Beginners

02/02/13

7

Ski Cervinia

23/02/13

7

Ski Chamonix

10/03/13

7

Ski Andorra

16/03/13

7

17/03/13

7

Ski Les Deux Alpes

24/03/13

7

Ski Easter

Enjoy the seasonal festivities in Meribel as we visit the superb 3 valleys! The fantastic Austrian resort of St. Christoph makes a superb base for this popular trip! Fancy a short weekend ski break! Fancy a short weekend ski break! Giving access to the massive 3 Valleys ski area this Mark Warner Chalet is superb! A superb resort with a massive ski area and a great price! A superb place to learn or get in a bit more practice if you have only skied a few weeks! Ski 2 countries in one week! After some excellent feedback from our 2012 trip we had to repeat this one! Based in Soldeu this is a fantastic all round ski resort suitable for any level skier!

Ski Zermatt High on most skiers’ list of must do resorts; you can ski in two separate countries! Combining the quality of Mark Warner with lots of single rooms – a sure winner! The high altitude resort of Tignes makes a great base for this Easter trip!

Deposit

Price from

£120

£799

£130

£899

£125

£446

£125

£299

£125

£730

£120

£599

£130

£499

£130

£670

£130

£650

£130

£575

£130

£670

£125

£650

£125

£695

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Other Spice Holidays 2012/2013 Date

Nights

Spice Trip

15

Discover Burma

13/10/12

7

Classic Kenya Safari

10/11/12

8

Tunisia Explorer

20/12/12

14

India’s Tropical South

13/01/13

7

Tatra Winter Activity Week!

04/13

5

Italian Lakes

30/04/13

9

Trans-Atlantic Cruise & New York

19/05/13

7

Rome & Sorrento

13/05/13

7

Turkey Coast Cruise & Walk

10/06/13

7

Turkey Coast Cruise

22/06/13

7

Spectacular Norway Cruise!

23/09/12

7

Turkey Coast Cruise

30/09/12

7

Turkey Coast Cruise & Walk

12/06/12

7

Rhodes Rock

09/08/13

6

10/09/13

13

A Spice original trip – be part of our first ever trip to Burma! Experience an amazing variety of wildlife and landscapes on this classic safari! Venture beyond the beaches to Roman ruins, medinas and desert! Get away for Christmas and New Year to India’s tropical south! Enjoy various winter sports including skiing, sledging and husky driving! Still working on this one but just to whet the appetite! Join the maiden voyage of NCL’s newest ship on this amazing cruise! A tour of two cities! A leisurely week walking and cruising on Turkey’s Blue Coast! A wonderful 7 night gulet cruise along Turkey’s Blue Coast A 7 night cruise with MSC Cruises at an unbelievable price! A wonderful 7 night gulet cruise along Turkey’s Blue Coast A leisurely week walking and cruising on Turkey’s Blue Coast! Still working on this but should be a great & unusual trip!

Moscow & St. Petersburg A group holiday offering an introduction to Russia, visiting Moscow & St. Petersburg!

Grand Canyon Expedition! A ‘life-changing’ must do trip - The ultimate Spice adventure!

Price from

£250

£2499

£220

£2139

£150

£899

£200

£1959

£150

£799

Tbc

Tbc

£150

£1280

£150

£799

£150

£779

£150

£769

£150

£499

£150

£769

£150

£779

tbc

Tbc

£150

£1575

£250

£2799

HOLIDAYS

03/11/12

Deposit

New holidays are being added to the website all the time; please check www.spiceuk.com for the most up to date list of current trips and availability!

All Spice UK air holidays are protected by the Civil Aviation Authority under the ATOL scheme in the event of failure of the tour operator. Each tour operators ATOL number is stated at the end of every holiday write up on our website www.spiceuk.com plus full terms and conditions. Your money is protected via our Trust Account in compliance with EC Package Travel Regulations.

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Highlighted Holidays Ski Christmas

Ski Val D’isere

8 days, Sat 22nd December from £799

8 days, Sat 19th January 2013 from £599

Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham

Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham

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Ski the massive 3 valleys area Get away with Spice for the festive season!

Skiing in Meribel offers something for everyone. With an unrivalled amount of skiing and boarding (600km), the Trois Vallées is a magnificent ski area. From the main lift station you can climb either side of the valley by gondola and find yourself either at Saulire admiring the view down to Courchevel, or at La Tougnete with its access to Val Thorens and Les Menuires.

Ski New Year 8 days, Sat 29th December 2012 from £899

Ski the immense Espace Killy! One of the world top ski areas

Val d’Isere skiing has a pedigree that few other resorts can match. Jean-Claude Killy, the Espace Killy’s namesake and the “Daddy” of elite French skiing, has left a legacy which includes 300km of pistes and over 10,000ha of liftserved off-piste. This is one of the world’s best for experts with more skiable terrain than Whistler, however beginners may find that even some of the green and blue runs can be tricky to negotiate and the runs back down into resort are nearly all either black, dark red or crowded.

Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham

Ski Beginners

• •

8 days, Sun 20th January 2013 from £499

Part of the Alberg ski area close to St. Anton A fantastic price to ski at New Year! St. Christoph, set in a spectacular open snow-bowl 500m above neighbouring St Anton, and just a short ski-bus ride from Lech & Zürs, share Austria’s No. 1 world-class ski area the Arlbeg with the other famous-name resorts.

Skiing in St/Christoph offers a pretty, traditional village nestled in a picturesque setting, with a lovely blue run down from the Galzig peak running right back to our Chalet Hotel’s ski-room door!

Ski Courchevel 1850 8 days, Sun 13th January 2013 from £730 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham • •

A Mark Warner Chalet holiday World famous premier ski resort!

The number one designer ski destination, this Three Valleys resort retains its premier position as the most stylish place to ski in France. With access to over 600km of perfect pistes shared with the Meribel and Val Thorens valleys, Courchevel 1850 is ideal for skiers of all standards. The ski resort has it all, and our Chalethotel Dahu puts you right in the heart of it.

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Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester • •

Excellent English speaking ski tuition Learn to ski & enjoy a whole new world of holidays

Skiing in Arinsal delivers a lively village and some of Europe’s best value skiing. Arinsal skiing is all about warm hospitality, long sunny days and ski runs great for confidence building. Ski holidays in Arinsal are ideal for ski beginners and intermediates Snowboarders are well catered for too with the radical “Freestyle Area”. Beginners skiing in Arinsal is an almost unbeatable combination of excellent, friendly, English speaking tuition and a good variety of easy slopes across the ski area including a scenic run right from the summit.

Ski Cervinia 8 days, Sat 2nd February 2013 from £670 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham • •

One of the highest resorts in the Alps Ski in two countries!

Skiing holidays in Cervinia take you up to 3800m for truly exceptional skiing experience. Dominated by the mighty Matterhorn and surrounded by outstanding scenery Cervinia in Italy is one of the highest resorts in the Alps. Cervinia gives great access to the slopes directly from

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SKI SPECIAL the village centre. This has been improved recently with efficient new lifts on the Cretaz slopes. Cervinia skiing provides wide well groomed pistes with reliable snow conditions thanks to the Matterhorn Paradise Glacier and an excellent lift system which connects Cervinia with Valtournenche as well as Zermatt in Switzerland.

Ski Chamonix 8 days, Sat 23rd February 2013 from £650 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham • •

Repeated after fantastic feedback last year! Great for powder and off piste Ski Chamonix and enjoy excellent intermediate and advanced skiing and superb snowboarding. This is one of France’s prettiest Alpine resorts. A skiing holiday in Chamonix delivers fantastic all round skiing for confident skiers.

This is a traditional Alpine town set against breathtakingly spectacular scenery at the foot of the majestic Mont Blanc. Ski in Chamonix, on and around Western Europe’s highest peak, for genuine ski and non-ski thrills. Good skiers return here year after year to hone their skills on the hair-raising and beautiful Vallée Blanche. Others flock here to tackle some of France’s most challenging off-piste skiing.

Ski Andorra 8 days, Sun 10th March 2013 from £575 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester • •

Great resort for early intermediates up! Excellent English speaking ski tuition

Soldeu is a wonderfully lively ski resort village, very popular with skiers for its relaxed ambience. Skiing in Soldeu gives you access to a large resort, spread out over 4 kilometres. Skiing is made easy with state of the art gondola lifts departing from Soldeu village or El Tarter. These days the resorts excellent lift network links Soldeu with nearby Pas de la Casa and with Grau Roig on the Grand Valira. All this is included on your whole area lift pass, making skiing in Soldeu an extra-exciting experience for intermediate and advanced skiers!

Ski Zermatt 8 days, Sat 16th March 2013 from £670 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham • •

Ski 2 countries in one week One of the top resorts in the world

Ski in Zermatt and you’ll be in one of the top ski resorts in the world, Zermatt boasts a huge ski area at high altitude, with breath taking views of the iconic Matterhorn. The high altitude ski area is accessible from the village centre via cable car, funicular or the famous Gornergrat mountain train, which takes you on a spectacular ride up to 3089m and rewards you with fantastic views of the glacier.

Ski Les Duex Alpes 8 days, Sun 17th March 2013 from £650 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham • •

Lots of single rooms available! Repeated after great feedback last year

After the huge success of this trip in 2012 with Mark Warner we have decided to repeat this trip with availability for 20 sole occupancy rooms and the chance to twin share! Les Deux Alpes is one of the oldest, liveliest and best equipped French ski resorts – friendly and lively it has an abundance of après ski and great facilities. The village occupies a high, wide, sunny valley with excellent skiing on both sides, but the runs you see from the village are only half the picture - higher up there are miles of easy runs in great snow; with a huge area of over 200km of piste, an impressive snow record and an above average amount of sunshine, this area caters for most levels of skier and snowboarder.

Ski Easter 8 days, Sun 24th March 2013 from £695 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham • •

High altitude resort Part of the huge Espace Killy

Tignes centres around three small villages sitting high above the tree line. Our hotel can be found nestled in the village of Tignes Le Lavachet. Forming part of the Espace Killy ski area, Tignes provides a huge variety of terrain for skiers and boarders from challenging off-piste powder to leisurely cruising runs. The highlight of the ski area is the magnificent Grande Motte glacier with its excellent runs back down to resort.

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WEEKENDS

Only 27,375 days in the average lifetime. What did you really want to do today?

Spice membership benefits!

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Spice is the largest adventure, social and leisure group in the UK.

Established in 1981, with over 10,000 members across the UK, split into 8 regional groups.

100s of events every month, professionally organised. All you have to do is book and turn up!

Unique events you normally wouldn’t have the chance to do, in the company of likeminded people.

Free personal accident insurance.

Meet new people, make new friends and widen your social circle.

Guest spaces so you can bring a friend along.

Book events with friendly staff during office hours, or online at your convenience.

Regular email updates for events local to you.

Regional and friendly Volunteer event Coordinators to host our events and make you feel welcome.

Member profiles of our Volunteer Coordinators so you know who to look out for on the events.

Events discounted wherever possible.

Transport Share List allows you to contact other members prior to attending events.

Free events, including cinema nights, gigs and member link ups.

Your local group for local people.

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Autumn 2012

Spice is the UK’s leading adventure, social and leisure group. Enjoy a jam-packed social life with over 100 events every month to choose from. All events are arranged for you, all you have to do is book and turn up. Spice membership is equivalent to a glass of wine or a ‘designer’ coffee a week. Plus with over 10,000 members nationwide, what better way is there to increase your social life?

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Spice West Midlands Autumn Newsletter 2012  

Spice Adventure Group Events for Members in West Midlands (UK)

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