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Winter 2014

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.

Be part of it and join today to make friends, meet people, have fun spice newsletter jan 2014.indd 1

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welcome! Hello and welcome to our Winter newsletter, and now the Christmas madness is behind us, we can concentrate on making sure 2014 gets off to a great start, and helping you with those New Year resolutions to be more healthy, get fitter, meet more people, and have more fun! We always have a huge intake of new members joining us at the start of the year, so a big friendly WELCOME from all of us in Spice, take a deep breath and get on that first event, and prepare for the most exciting year of your life! It’s also Ski season, and with over 19 Ski Trips running, we wish all skiers a snowtastic time. Many of our trips are full but cancellations come in and we still have some spaces on our March trips, the snow’s looking its best for 15 years, so if you want to join a group of happy Spice Skiers this season, better get your skis on! Our Easter Programme is also featured, four days of fab fun – our weekend breaks usually sell out so again, don’t snooze and lose! Presented within is another huge batch of wonderful opportunities to experience more fun with a ready-made bunch of people who by their decision to belong to Spice, want to share in life’s rich and varied experiences. If you’re new to Spice, the front and back coloured sections relate to the wider world of the Spice network of Groups, while the middle section from Page 7 onwards, relate to your local Branch of Spice. Bear in mind this printed word is so very quickly out of date, as our rolling programme of events is added to on a daily basis, some with short notice, so do use this newsletter in conjunction with the website, so you don’t miss anything. We also like to keep you updated with our weekly email featuring next week’s events.

Facebook is also a great way of staying in touch with us, particularly for photo-sharing. Our National Facebook Page is at www.fb.com/spiceuk, and there are links from there to all the local Spice groups pages. If you are big on Twitter, follow us at Spice_UK, and use the hashtag #spiceuk on your tweets, to make sure we don’t miss anything! And we are always very grateful for all your social networking support by liking, comments, sharing, retweeting, subscribing, thumbs up, google plus-ing, pinning and whatever else you can do to spread the Spice word! Across the page you will see we feature some of the members from around the groups, and we like to cover a broad spectrum of people, from newbies to oldies, the social types and the adrenaline junkies, singles and couples, as it helps show the world the type of people who join our happy band and what they get out of it. I have often said the answer to the Question – ‘What is Spice all about’ has 10,000 different answers, as it means something different and personal to each and every member. We are always looking for volunteers for this section, so if you are up for it, please drop me a note (dave@spiceuk.com) and I can send you the list of questions. So enjoy the Winter months, and look forward to seeing you on an event soon!

Dave National co-ordinator

Steve Dell Spice East Midlands

Jamie Morris Spice Scotland

Dianne Livingstone Dominic Renshaw Spice London and Spice

Spice Thames Valley & Solent

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Bristol / Cardiff

Spice West Midlands

meet the team

Lauren Fawkes

Ian Purvis

Spice Manchester & Yorkshire

Holiday Manager

Richard Coulter

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We are excited to put the spotlight on our greatest asset, the members and will be featuring two or three Member Profiles each edition.

Naomi Austin Group: Manchester Member for: 13 years

Rachel Reeve Group: West Midlands Member for: 7 years

Why did you join Spice I’d just moved to Manchester for a job and although I find it easy to make friends I wanted to do something a bit different with new people. A lot of my friends were settling down and I still wanted to do crazy stuff like throw myself out of a plane or breathe some fire... as you do!

What has been your favourite event? Gorge walking was my favourite event, until indoor surfing which I did for my birthday, with some of my best friends :)

What has been your favourite event? Spicefest 1 and 2 were my absolute favourite events! The newer members won’t have a clue what I’m going on about, but it was basically when the whole of Spice took over Pontins for 2 weekends in 2002 and 2003. Spicefest saw the one and only performance of the ‘Spicefest’ Girls with me as Sporty Spice! Memories that I think are burnt into many peoples brains... hopefully for the right reasons! Now I just love Center Parcs Penrith. What has been your most challenging event? The most challenging for me was the Spice panto in Bolton in 2003. Although I’m quite an outgoing person, trying to remember the lines for the part of Prince Valentino and singing in front of 100’s of people on stage was terrifying!!!! But what an achievement! I loved every minute of it! What is your funniest memory in Spice? The moment that stood out for me was being caught by Center Parcs Penrith security on CCTV after a party on foot heading for the M6 dressed as an angel. I was certain that the bright lights ahead of me (the motorway lights!) were the lights of my lodge! The security guys thought they were dreaming when they saw this ghostly apparition swaying across a field full of bemused sheep. What would be your advice for a new member? Just to throw yourself in the deep end and do anything and everything that you can (afford!) - everyone in Spice is tremendously friendly and I really have got friends for life through becoming a member! We literally go through the bad times and mainly the good times together. What is your life philosophy in one sentence. You get out of life what you put into it! Four people you’d invite to your dream dinner party? I’d love to invite Michael Jackson and just find out about the real person behind the mask. Eva Peron was such an inspirational figure thrown into politics by chance and I think a number of current politicians could learn a lot from her . I love Piers Morgan. He’s got a wicked sense of humour and regularly takes the pi$$ out of himself! He also once tweeted me back on Twitter! And I’d have to invite my mum as she’s the best cook and dinner party hostess I know! Most treasured belonging? Well, it has to be my beautiful rescue cats Crystal and Lily!

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What would be your advice for a new member? Book every event that appeals, challenge yourself, talk to strangers and come say hello! Have you been on a Spice UK Holiday? You bet! Grand Canyon rafting is one of the greatest life experiences there is! Have you an embarrassing Spice moment? Embarrassing yet also funny... Was during the shootout at the kiddies playcentre where I fell down the ramp backwards. Shouted ‘I’m ok’ and actually drew attention to the fact I had fallen. What is your life philosophy in one sentence? You only get one shot, make it count. Your favourite movie? Robin Hood: Prince of thieves

Mark Biagioni Group: Scotland Member for: Around 13 years Why did you join Spice ? To meet new people, to visit new places, to enjoy new experiences - all of which I have done What has been your favourite event? My Mark’s meanders which I research and lead myself What has been your most challenging event? My first time as Volunteer Coordinator . It was in Edinburgh - a meal and firework show to mark the end of the Edinburgh festival - about 40 people were booked !!! What is your funniest memory in Spice? The first weekend I went to Pitlochry - those who were on it will know why. Everyone else will have to wait for my autobiography ! What would be your advice for a new member? Meet people half way. Everyone’s worst fear is that they will be ignored by the rest of the group at their first event. It doesn’t happen Spicers are a friendly bunch. They want to get to know you Have you been on a Spice UK Holiday? I have done loads of weekends but not a full length holiday as yet. Have you an embarrassing Spice moment? I was Volunteer Coordinator at an event and approached a couple of girls who looked like they were trying to find someone. They turned out to be French and their boyfriend appeared a second later and said something which I suspect was quite rude in French to me !!! What is your life philosophy in one sentence. The Chinese have a saying strangers are friends we have yet to meet. Four people (alive or dead) you’d invite to your dream dinner party? Mother Theresa, Winston Churchill, JRR Tolkien and JK Rowling Your favourite movie? I loved all the Lord of the Rings films as well as the back to the future series and all the Harry Potters Most treasured belonging? A silver chain my late parents gave me - every time I wear it it brings back so many happy memories.

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easter events

Here is a small selection of our Easter Breaks – 3 very different weekends, but there are many more so do check your local website.

Sailing Easter Weekend Poole, Jurassic Coast and Weymouth WHEN: Thu 17 Apr 2014 - Mon 21 Apr 2014 WHERE: Poole Quay, Town Quay, Poole BH15 1BT COST: £354 Member, £374 Guest

On this cruise we take advantage of the four day break to head out of the Solent westwards past the famous Needles to Poole Harbour and scenic Studland Bay and then sail along the spectacular “Jurassic Coast” that stretches to the attractive seaside town of Weymouth. Poole Harbour is one of the largest natural harbours in Europe and includes Brownsea Island (home of the original Scout camp and red squirrels). South of Poole Harbour is a coast of rolling chalk downland that extends a few miles to Durlston Head, punctuated midway by the famous “Old Harry” chalk stack. From Durlston Head the coast turns west. This is the start of the “Jurassic Coast”, which has a number of beautiful coves and bays such as Worbarrow and Lulworth. En route you also get to sail close to the majestic St Alban’s Head and see Portland Bill from a safe distance as we approach Weymouth. Weymouth is a traditional harbour where yachts moor on the quay in the heart of town. It is a favourite amongst sailors for its great shelter and pleasant nautical ambience. There is also the atmosphere of a holiday seaside town and ready access to many pubs and restaurants. The plan for this cruise is to sail during the day and be safely tucked up in port at night because early in the season nights are still long and can be cold. Lunchtime meals are taken underway and are normally of the type that can be eaten al fresco – hot pasties or pizza for example. Throughout the sailing day chocolate, snacks and biscuits are made available. Hot and cold drinks are provided as suits the conditions. We are able to cater for special diets. Your yacht is “Kelana”, a Dehler 39CWS. She is a fast cruising yacht designed to be rewarding to sail and comfortable to be aboard. We ensure that you have the opportunity to helm, adjust the sails and take part in the many tasks that make up a day under sail. You are encouraged to take part in the pilotage and navigation of the boat if you so wish. The extent to which you wish to be hands-on or relax is up to you. We want you to enjoy your weekend. Your skipper is an experienced Yachtmaster and Spice skipper who is used to ensuring that you get the experience you are looking for and who will take your wishes into account. We start and finish at Haslar Marina, Gosport. Car parking is available at the marina. On the Thursday evening we get to know each other over a meal either on the “Mary Mouse” ex-lightship in the marina or at a local restaurant ashore. Detailed joining instructions and clothing recommendations etc. are supplied shortly before the trip. Full weekend details are found on your local website.

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Newcastle Easter Party Weekend Fri 18 Apr 2014 - Mon 21 Apr 2014

WHEN: WHERE: The Close, Quayside, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 3RT COST : £199 Member: twin share/double, £219 Guest: twin

share, £324 Member: single Includes 3 nights’ bed and breakfast at the 4 star Copthorne Hotel, river cruise on Saturday evening, free use of hotel’s leisure facilities

Enjoy an Easter break in the North East of England, in the vibrant City of Newcastle upon Tyne with its many attractions. Join us for a fun weekend where we will take in the sights of the City and its neighbouring coastal areas. Accommodation: We will be staying at The Copthorne Hotel (one of the finest in Newcastle) which has a waterfront location close to the City Centre on the banks of the River Tyne. Our rate includes accommodation in a modern, well-equipped and comfortable twin or double room (single rooms are available but at a supplement). All rooms have satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer and iron and ironing board. A full English breakfast is included for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings. Guests benefit from convenient access to many road, rail and airport links. The hotel is a short five minute drive from the city centre, a five minute drive to Newcastle Railway Station and a 20 minute drive from Newcastle International Airport. The Leisure Club facilities at this hotel include a 14 metre swimming pool and gym, which guests have free use of throughout their stay. Also included in the weekend is a Saturday evening buffet / disco aboard one of Newcastle’s popular river cruises. This is a 3 hour cruise along the River Tyne. Other things to do: There’s lots to do in Newcastle from the fun-filled Centre for Life, the 2,000 years worth of history found in and around the city streets to the stunning new buildings along the quayside, Newcastle/ Gateshead has something to suit every taste. Choose from Historic Buildings & Monuments, Galleries & Museums, Public Art & Spaces or visit Beamish Open Air Museum, Gateshead Millennium Bridge, New Metroland or Newcastle/Gateshead quayside. If you’re looking for something to do and want a superb view of the city visit the Castle Keep - it’s open every day. Take a trip on the city-sightseeing bus, join in a city walking tour or do it yourself by picking up the free walking guides from a Tourist Information Centre. Or why not take an undersea safari at Blue Reef Aquarium, Tynemouth and enjoy close encounters with seals, seahorses, sharks, giant octopus, otters and other incredible aquatic creatures. We shall be offering some optional activities for you to book nearer to the time such as a Saturday photo challenge – in small groups you will be given a disposable camera to find specific landmarks within the city. These will be developed and the winning team will receive a prize. Sunday coastal excursion – we shall take the Metro to North Shields and have a wander around before having lunch at one of the authentic restaurants at the Fish Quay. After this we will walk to Tynemouth where you can have a leisurely stroll around the seaside town and visit the Tynemouth Priory if you so wish. We will then head back to Newcastle around late afternoon. Why not visit the Beamish Museum or the Angel of the North at the beginning or end of your weekend. This promises to be a great weekend so come along and have a great time with lots of fellow Spicers! A joining pack will be sent out 2 weeks beforehand to help with lift share planning, directions etc.

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Walking Weekend Easter in the Lakes WHEN: Fri 18 Apr 2014 - Mon 21 Apr 2014 WHERE: Glaramara, the Lake District CA12 5XQ COST From £249 Single

Includes 3 nights accommodation, 3 evening meals, 3 picnic lunches, 3 breakfasts, 3 guided walks Overview: Set in the heart of the Lake District, Glaramara is surrounded by some of the finest mountain and lakes in the country. Understandably this is one of our most popular locations, occupying a picture perfect setting which is the envy of every walker!! From the front door of the centre, there is a massive range of walking to choose from and the food is great too! 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! And it’s Springtime too which is arguably the finest of the seasons to visit! WalkWise Walking Programme: Quite simply this centre is one of the finest walking locations anywhere in the country, truly immersed in the deep Lakeland valleys and surrounded by majestic mountains and inviting Lakeland fells. By contrast, there are delightful river valleys with tranquil lakes, dancing waterfalls and peaceful woodland, providing enchanting scenery for all levels of walkers. For the hard walkers there are some truly wonderful high level options. England’s highest mountain Scafell Pike lies within a day’s walk of the centre, as does the beautiful Great Gable, and there are the other temptations of Glaramara, Allen Crags, Eagle Crag, Hindscarth and Robinson which are all accessible walks from the front door of the centre. As if that’s not enough it’s only a short hop over Honister Pass to a range of walks in the beautiful Buttermere valley. The final choice of walks and routes will be selected closer to the time when the weather and everyone’s ability and previous experiences of Borrowdale have been established. Meanwhile for the gentler walkers there are some beautiful lower fells that can be reached without too much effort: Castle Crag, Kings How and Bessy Boot are all wonderful viewpoints providing excellent value for your efforts. Styhead Pass and Sprinkling Tarn lie at the very heart of the most spectacular mountains in England, and there is also the dramatic scenery of Dale Head Tarn and the Newlands valley. But we must not forget the beautiful Langstrath and Buttermere valleys, and the hidden tea shops in the hamlets of Watendlath, Seathwaite and Rosthwaite, all of which add to the delights of the lower walks. To allow you to choose a walk that suits you best, WalkWise UK will provide a minimum of two walks on each day, led by professional and knowledgeable walking guides. On both days there will be a harder walk of 10-12 miles with 2500+ft of ascent, and a gentler walk of 6-9 miles with less ascent. However, this event is usually a sell out, particularly at Easter and should this occur we will happily put on a third grade of walk to help ensure you all go home happy walkers. Accommodation: Glaramara, is a purpose built walking centre at the foot of the Borrowdale Valley in the heart of the beautiful Lake District National Park. The centre offers a mixture of single with shared single sex bathrooms and twin-bedded / double en-suite rooms. Some of the bedrooms have lovely views of the surrounding valleys and hills and all have complimentary tea/ coffee facilities. There is a well-stocked bar and comfortable lounges, so you can relax in the evenings. Their catering has an excellent reputation amongst walkers for good wholesome food, the portions are plentiful and the packed lunches satisfying! Then, should you have any excess energy, there is a cosy bar, or three excellent country pubs within walking distance for an evening drink! For availability and bookings contact your local Spice group directly.

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12/11/2013 6:13:08 PM


Richard’s Roundup A happy & Spice filled New Year to you all! If my postal predictions are right, you should be receiving this between Christmas & New Year. So I hope we catch you in good spirits and ready for a brilliant 2014. In the 3 months since I last penned this piece we’ve had a lot of fun together! Be it our Halloween Sleepover Party (you all looked frightful darlings!); our break in Prague; sleeping out in cardboard boxes (to support the homeless); learning to breakdance; finding who is “the biggest loser”; partying at Center Parcs .. and any of the 500 other events besides! Catch up with photos and gossip from them all at our Facebook Page. January is traditionally a time when people resolve to make their lives a little more radical and sociable, so we can normally expect quite an influx of new faces in the group. I’m sure that they can look forward to a customary warm Spice welcome from us all. If you know anyone who is interested in joining but needs a little nudge, please encourage them to get in touch this month, as we will have a membership promotion to offer them for the whole of January. We’ve had fun putting together another huge programme of events for you in this Newsletter. Please also bear in mind that new events are going on our website every day so keep checking it out. Also make sure you get our Weekly Bulletin by email for a weekly update of what’s going on in the group. Some brand new events this time include: The Lift Tower Abseil (p30); Motorbike Off Road Experience (p24); A Guided Tour of Birmingham by Canoe (p30); JCB VIP Tour & Lunch (p52); Mosaic Making (p73); La Banca Cookery School (p72); Bucharest & Transylvania Break (p76); Hidden Italy – Cinque Terre (p77) We’re also very proud to have launched a series of Inspirational Suppers (p73) which I know will be popular. If you live in Coventry, Worcester or Wolverhampton, for the first 3 months of 2014 you will notice that your local Badminton for Fun sessions will be free of charge as part of our ongoing commitment to sport (see p55). One particular highlight of January will be our Spice West Midlands Ski Trip to Courchevel 1850. As I write this we can still get rooms and flights if you haven’t already booked to be there. We always have an amazing time with skiers of all levels, from beginner to advanced, enjoying the fun. Let us know urgently if you want to be there and experience why the worlds rich and famous just love Courchevel! Finally, congratulations to our colleague Lauren Fawkes who has now taken over the role of Coordinator of Spice Yorkshire as well as running our Manchester group. Lauren takes over from Neal Morris who some of you will have met on barn weekends and national events in his year with Spice Yorkshire.

See you on the events ..


Coming Events January 2014 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday 1 January Henley Ramble New Years Day Winter Wildlife Walk

6

Spice Book Club*

13

Aqua Aerobics Learn to Snowboard Recreational Skiing Ski Lesson Beginners Tubing Session

20

Adventure Golf at Star City! Bromsgrove Pub Night

27

Snooker Night & Buffet Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

7

Spice "Biggest Loser" 12 Week Challenge Ten Pin Bowling The Complete History of America (Abridged)

14

Drumming for Beginners Knowle Beer, & Skittles New Members Mix & Mingle Solihull Pub Night Tennis for Beginners

21

Kings Heath Pub Night Preview Evening (Arden Hotel)

28

Indoor Climbing at Redpoint

8

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Lichfield Cathedral by Candlelight Sutton Pub Night

15

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Blacksmithing Evening Courchevel Pre Ski Meet Fencing for Beginners

22

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Chinese Meal & Quiz - Sutton Coldfield

29

Quiz Night Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Ice Skating Fun Night Kenny Thomas at Jam House

Thursday 2

Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night

9

Preview Evening (MAC) Quiz of 2013 & Supper Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

16

Curry & Quiz Harborne Pizza Making & Meal Warwick & Leamington Pub Night

23

Girls Roller Skating Lesson La Banca Italian Dinner Shuffle

30

Ghost Hunting & Supper Nine Steps to Happiness Syriana Syrian/ Lebanese Dinner Shuffle

Friday 3

10

Badminton at Barr Beacon Dinner & Play at Casino

17

Badminton at Barr Beacon Spice Hits Town at the Jam House

24

Badminton at Barr Beacon Barn Dance & Supper Dinner Shuffle around the World - Stop 3: Scotland

31

Saturday 4

Hope Mountain Bike Ride Lapworth Easy Ramble Sikh Gurdwara Visit Slimbridge Wetland Centre

11

Abseiling for the Terrified Canadian Canoe Adventure St Mary's Convent Visit* Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience

18

Colour U Confident Dungeons After Dark at Warwick Castle Lichfield Cathedral Library Tour* Living with Boundless Energy Murder Mystery at Coombe Abbey Pole Dancing with Pure Joy

25

Alvecote Marina Ramble Apedale Ramble B’room Dance - Pasa Doble Birmingham City Walk Makeover or Boudoir Photography Session Planetarium Show StageSide Dinner Shuffle Toboggan & Fondue Night Vertical Ice Climbing*

Sunday 5

Burlesque Dance Afternoon Cannock Chase Ramble Hagley Hall Tour & Tea with Viscount Cobham Titterstone & Clee Ramble

12

Barton Under Needwood Easy Ramble Bredon Hill Ramble Cinema Night Dirty Dancing Experience

19

Hoola Hooping Hotel Du Vin Ultimate Sunday Brunch Mind Management Workshop Nordic Walking Taster Offchurch & Leamington Round Ramble Teamworks Karting Wilmcote Easy Ramble

26

Australia by Ian on Australia Day Cannock Chase Ramble Kenilworth Town Walk Makeup Skills Afternoon with Esther Marie Napton on the Hill Easy/Moderate Ramble

Courchevel 1850 Spice West Mids Ski Trip

Badminton at Barr Beacon Cinema Night Rubery Shootout & Party Food at the Kiddies Playcentre! Arundel, South Downs & West Sussex Walking W’end Lakes Winter Wonderland Walking W’end

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


Coming Events February 2014 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday 1 February

Abseiling for Beginners at Symonds Yat Chinese New Year Party Scuba Taster Morning Experience Shustoke Easy Ramble & Lunch

3

4

5

6

7

Preview Evening (Sutton) Spice Book Club*

Indoor Bowls with Coaching Peninsular Cantonese Party with Elvis Ten Pin Bowling

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Pub Games Night

Belly Dancing for Fun! Curry & Quiz Wolverhampton Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night

Beeches Bar & Grill Dinner Shuffle Bouncers at the Blue Orange Zumba for Fun

10

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12

13

14

Singers Hill Synagogue Visit

Ghostly & Grisly Birmingham Walk Solihull Pub Night

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Matthew Bournes Swan Lake Sutton Pub Night

BBC Birmingham Behind the Scenes Birmingham Pub Treasure Trail Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

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20

Bromsgrove Pub Night Darts Night & Buffet

24

American Pool Night & Buffet Preview Evening (Dudley) Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

Body Language The Fun Way Kings Heath Pub Night Loot

25

La Banca Cookery School - Italian Supper

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Breadmaking Workshop at Hindleys Everyday Hairstyling & Makeup Lesson

26

Marco Pierre White Dinner Shuffle Quiz Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA

8

Abberley Hill Ramble Abseiling for the Terrified All About Me! Drive Three Supercars Hanbury Hall Ramb/ Lunch Itihaas Contemporary Indian Dinner Shuffle Oil Painting in a Day Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon

WW1 Battlefields Discovery Tour

Spice Hits Town at the Jam House

15

Flirting for Fun Hidden Kings Norton Walk Ladybower "Come & Try" Mountain Biking

Isle of Portland Walking W’end York Fort W’end

Fiesta Del Asado Argentinian Dining Jack the Ripper Evening & Supper Warwick & Leamington Pub Night

21

Salsa Dance Workshop Wine Tasting Learn to Taste Like a Pro!

22

Ballroom Dance - Foxtrot Build a Home for Otters Cannock Chase Ramble Drive & Ride -Aerial Atom Poker Night at Lea Marston Polo Indoor Lesson Rugby Match Day Experience/Tour Stained Glass Workshop

Sunday 2

Alcester & the Arden Way Ramble Brewery Museum Tour in Burton on Trent Pottery Workshop Quad Bike Intro & Woodland Trek

9

Acrylic Painting Intro. Day Bridgenorth Explorer Ramble Helicopter Lesson Ladybower Improvers Mountain Bike Ride Learn to Drift! Longdon Easy Ramble Ten Things Everyone Should Know About DIY

16

Acting for Beginners Adventure Trekking Day Bidford on Avon Ramble Cinema Night Don't Diet - Change the way you Eat Hagley Hall Tour & Tea with Viscount Cobham Ukulele for Fun

23

Braunston to Flecknoe Round Ramble Criminal Birmingham Walk New Members Easy Morning Ramble New Members Kababish Sunday Lunch Buffet Retired Greyhound Centre

Cotswolds Luxury Walking & Social W’end Lake District Ultimate Challenge Walking W'end Lake District Wobbly Wine Tasting & Walking W'end Scottish Bargain Break 2014

27

Chocolate Pudding Party at a Country House Tonight's the Night

28

Cinema Night Rubery Ghostly Goings On & Supper

Bideford & North Devon Coast Walking W'end Kettlewell Catered Hostel Walking W'end

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


Coming Events March 2014 Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday 1 March

Bridge Abseil & Ladder Climb Flight Simulator Experience Ludlow & Church Stretton Challenge Hike Spanish Evening

3

Ghost Walk of Sutton Coldfield Spice Book Club

10

Morgan Motors Visit Preview Evening (MAC)

17

Bromsgrove Pub Night Hedgehog Appreciation Evening

24

Singin in the Rain

4

Inspirational Suppers - (1) Jason Kerrigan Ten Pin Bowling

11

Fiddler on the Roof Solihull Pub Night

18

Indoor Bouldering Taster Session Kings Heath Pub Night

25

Ballet For Fun Steel Magnolias

31

5

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Curry & Quiz Sutton Coldfield Indoor Rifle Shooting Shakatak at the Jam House

12

Lasan Indian Banquet Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Sutton Pub Night

19

Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA Curry & Quiz Harborne Pamper Evening at Shear Salon

26

Quiz Badminton in Coventry & Wolverhampton Badminton NIA

6

Boathouse at Bracebridge Dinner Halesowen & Quinton Pub Night

7

Hollywood & The Movies Sleepover Party Macbeth at the Blue Orange

Sunday 2

Barrow & The Jack Mytton Way Ramble Fun Run Preview Walk Tardebigge Locks & Stoke Prior Easy Ramble

8

Barston & Hampton Easy Ramble & Lunch Canadian Canoe Adventure Caving for the Terrified Leicester & Richard III Experience Walk Saxophone for Beginners Wildlife Photography Introduction

9

Ash End House Farm Experience Bird Handling Course Cleobury Ramble Dancing through the Decades Fire Eating Workshop Glass Art Workshop Offchurch &Leamington Spa Moderate Ramble Watercolour Painting Day

Istanbul Experience Break Tales from Canterbury Walking Break

13

Race Night with Fish & Chip Supper Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

14

15

Irish Comedy, Music & Craic with Sheila

Derbyshire's Peaks & Dales Walking W’end Skills for the Hills

20

Drop Forge Dining Experience Grace Dieu Priory Ghost Walk Warwick & Leamington Pub Night

21

An Inspector Calls Night in the Trenches Spice Hits Town at the Jam House

Archery & Crossbow Target Experience Carriage Driving Day Cold War Supper in a Nuclear Bunker Easenhall Ramble Off Road Karting Rally Driving Lesson Vintage Cupcake Decorating Workshop

22

Abseiling for the Terrified BBC Behind the Scenes Ballroom Masterclass Argentine Tango Caving at Symonds Yat Dinghy Sailing National Memorial Arboretum & Lunch National Space Centre Visit

23

Assault Course Experience Bridgnorth Town Walk Chatsworth Behind Scenes Clay Pigeon Shooting Horse Riding Fun Day! Peak Classic Caves Day Trentham & Hanchurch Moderate Ramble Wake up the Zoo

Elan Valley & Red Kite Country Walking W’end Serenity W’end Woodbridge & Suffolk Coast Walking W'end

27

Find My Past Family History Evening Unihoc (Mixed Indoor Hockey)

28

Cinema Night Rubery Scottish Steak Club Dining

29

Claverdon Easy Ramble Colour U Confident Hippodrome Back Stage Hovercraft "Flying" Exp La Banca Cookery School - Italian Dinner Night of Terror at Woodchester Mansion Views of Vyrnwy Ramble

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Beginners Horse Trek Cinema Night Golf - Learn to Play in a Day (Warwickshire) Moreton in the Marsh Ramble Mosaic Making Day SWAT Training Mission

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Bodyguard for the Day Forest Segway Go Ape in Cannock Henley in Arden Figure of 8 Ramble Motorbike Off Road Experience Outdoor Lazer Combat Winchcombe Ramble

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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: Secondhand upright "Langberg" piano. Good condition (some retuning) £100 ono. Phone Urszula on 0121 777 6856 OR 0771 936 4059.

Holiday Accomodation:

Sicily, Beautiful 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment, with wonderful views, seperate lounge and well fitted kitchen. Just 10mins from beach near Taormina, Sicily. Decorated to high standard with all modern amenities. See property ref IT1470 on Owners Direct. 10% discount against advertised rates for Spice members. Just mention Spice in your enquiry email from website// Interested in Crewing a 55ft Yacht in Croatia? Costs shared between group. Professional skipper. May & August dates available. Call Malcolm Hunt on 07966 204289 or malcolm.hunt66@btinternet.com // Ellie’s Place, dog friendly chalet by beach in N E Lincolnshire. Secure enclosed garden; Dog friendly beach; 2 Bedrooms, en suite & sofa bed (can sleep 6); No limit on dogs!; Prices to suit. Visit: www.elliesplacecleethorpes.co.uk or Contact woof@elliesplacecleethorpes.co.uk // Lake District, 3 bed/ 2 bath modern house on holiday village near Keswick. 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, 2 mins from the Promenade & 10 mins from the centre and all its attractions. Contact 01253 622735 and mention Spice for 10% discount, www.midlandhotel.co.uk// Olhos d'Agua, Albufeira, Portugal, Ground floor 1 bed apartment, sleeps 4. Facilities include pool, childrens pool, tennis courts & air con. 5 mins to beach, rates from £175 - £395pw. 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.spainlamanga.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:

Room to rent in Kingstanding, £70 p.week including utilities.Large kitchen and pleasant garden. House cleanish but a bit old fashioned in decor, much like it's owner. .Nearby bus routes.for Brum etc. Sharing with easy going gay owner. Non smoker preferred. Please contact Andy on 0121 350 1033 or 07758 930 931 //

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% (minimum charge £3). 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 loss of the deposit paid (where applicable). 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.


Spice Discounts & Services Spice members can offer discounts and services to other Spice members through this page. If you would like an entry on here, just email richard@spicebham.com. Please also feed back if you are happy or unhappy with a contact made from this page. Graham Thornley Sports Cars in Cheshire. Graham gives discounts to Spice members and free advice by phone & email to members with Sports Cars call 07850 603196 or graham.thornley@ymail.com// Clinical hypnotherapy and NLP concessional rates for members. contact Denise Morgans 07891947206// Save up to 50% off Entry to Warwick Castle, To book please call 0871 222 4001 and quote “days out” (terms/conditions apply)// Couselling/ life coaching sessions. BACP Qualified. In a relaxed and friendly environment. Competitive rates. Call Sheila 07799 791537// Face Painting by Saras Parlour, 10% off. Glitter tattoos, themed & pamper parties for every occasion - children, adults, Birthdays, Weddings etc. www.sarasparlour.co.uk or email contact@sarasparlour.co.uk or Tel: 07964081325// HR & Training Services: From a Chartered FCIPD HR professional. Discounts for Spice members. Contact Kreuk Consulting on 07957 347324 kreukconsulting@gmail.com // The Childminding Shop is an online shop offering a wide variety of educational toys, craft materials and ideas. Spice members can obtain 10% discount by entering the discount code SP3103 in the discount box at the checkout. It’s run by a Spice member www.thechildmindingshop.co.uk // Odd Jobs, Tiling, flat pack assembly etc at reasonable prices by the ever friendly Simon Turner call 07966 179473 or simonb.t@tiscali.co.uk// Julie Ray, aromatherapy, reflexology, indian head massage, hopi ear candling. energy field healing, NLP empowerment courses, guided healing meditations, psychic/channelled readings and much more 10% Discount! - see www.julierayliving.com or contact her on 01530 271123 or 07729 282930// Four Oaks Tutors small group and individual tuition (KS3 GCSE & A level tuition) phone Mark on 07875 742805 or visit www.fouroakstutors.co.uk // Business Coach - Not enough hours in the day? Staff problems? I'm a qualified Business Coach and experienced manager. Call Maria 07501 086235. 10% discount// Strattons Fashion Jewellery & Watches on Upper Level, Merry Hill by New Look, Debenhams & Sainsbury's. Run by Spice Member Andrew Stratton. 10% discount// Dietcare, lose weight fast. One to one advice. No gimmicks. Special offers to Spicers. Call Judith 0845 1904310 Est 30 years// Bicycle Recycle makes great bikes from parts of old/ damaged bikes. Run by Spice member Irwin Lavery, they would be delighted to sell you a bike or receive/ collect donations of unwanted bikes for recycling. Call Irwin on 0121 440 6835// Liz Crozier Complementary Therapist offers 10% discount on all treatments booked with her at Natural Balance 0121 422 6151 www.naturalbal.co.uk or contact Liz direct on 07708506109 for more information// Shear Success Avada Salon & Spa, Sutton Coldfield & Tamworth. At 296 Clarence Road Four Oaks B74 4LT, 0121 353 2738 & Fontenaye Road, Coton Green, Tamworth, B79 8JT, 01827 62998. 15% off all hair & beauty treatments to Spice Members. Visit www.shearsuccess.co.uk// Residential Jewellery Making Courses. Ideal for those looking to develop a small business. Call Anwar on 07707 517278 (Spice Supplier)// Driving Lessons in Wolverhmapton, Walsall, Cannock area. Special offer for Spicers. Call Wayne 0800 949 6034// Vibro-Suite Health & Wellness Club near Brindley Place is based on a new concept, focused around human performance using vibration training, therapy and massage which is designed to cater for everyone no matter there age, ability or medical conditions. Spice Wellness Package: Joining fee 50% off; reduced monthly fees & free 10 week Wellness Programme. Visit www.vibro-suite.co.uk// French, German & Spanish tuition from Spice member at great rates for Spicers. Call Irwin on 0121 440 6835// Business & Executive Coach. Work with a professional coach to develop YOU. Improve your business performance. Work less hours & enjoy quality YOU time. Discounts for Spicers. Mike Slattery 07917663764. http://coachingsupportprogramme.com // Aromatherapy Massage, Reiki, EFT & Indian Head Massage. Discounts for Spicers call Stella on 07834 777980 email stella@stellawilcox.co.uk or visit www.stellawilcox.co.uk// Personal Trainer/Nutrition Advisor specialising in fat loss, reshaping and healthier living. Call Sally 07915 647 873// Homeopath & Shamanic Practitioner, Carol Bowler, S.Warks. Holistic help for a wide range of physical conditions and life situations. Consultations in person or on phone. Spice discount. call 07831 447746 or visit www.peacefulenergy.co.uk // Home Improvements/ Builder, Mick Jordan, tel: 07940372225 or email mick@springhillmodels.co.uk // Martin Grogan, professional handyman. Great for all those little jobs you never get around to! Tel 354 8343 or 0794 9448786// Holistic Therapies inc Aromatherapy, Reflexology & Indian Head Massage. Also Feet & Hand Massages. Very good prices call Nick 07861 704477// Self Employed Courier, parcels/letters/pallets & “man with van” for house removals/clearances. Call Phil 07958 387818// Mountainshack outdoor shops, Worcester & Cheltenham 10% off www.mountainshack.com// Stress & Pain relief in the Workplace Linda will come to your office or corporate event and offer a choice of massages. Call 449 9109// Happiness is your Birthright, Live a life of happiness, joy & laughter instead of stress, fear & doubt! White Dove Healing 01902 482488 info@whitedovehealing.co.uk// Female Driving Instructor in Streetly, Call Anna 07971 086922// Walkies Birmingham, dog walking, cat & small animal home care, pet taxi & home security covering Sutton area. www.walkiesbirmingham.co.uk call Cheral 0788 7755634// M’ore 2 Life Coaching, Reiki Therapy, Skin & Make-up consultations and Bridal Make-up. Call Marcia 07838 079947 or visit www.more-2-life.com// Your Favourite Photo turned into a stunning artwork by established artist using latest technology. Very affordable rates to Spicers. Original gift idea. Call David 329 3663// Mobile Skittle Alley for hire. 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Neil 0121 258 4114// Personal Development career, life, business – unlock your potential contact vickypowell@msn.com or Call 624 3010 also interview advice and cv writing// Teachers, bring creativity into your classroom! visit www.richard-ellis-artist.co.uk or call 766 6236/ 07760 295279// Professional IT Support, solutions & support for small businesses. Home support & training also available for members at competitive rates. Ian Cole 07767 498238 or ian@idcsystems.co.uk // Qualified Reiki Practitioner De-stress & gain harmony. 01827 706956 or Linda.buckingham@ntlworld.com // Caricaturist Richard Ellis will entertain guests & give them a unique souvenir of your wedding/company event. 15%. www.cartoondick.co.uk or 766 6236// Complimentary medicine (Shiatsu) 10% Call Margaret 07976 523493// Integrative Counsellor BACP Accredited PG DipCoun Fees £30- £35. Call Patricia 0771 0410 182// Qualified plumber most work undertaken Discounts. 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Photo Competition

“The Beauty of a Tree on it’s Own”

The Concept: My 12 year old son has autism. When we walk in the country, he sees the world slightly differently. One image that particularly appeals to him is the stark beauty of the tree on it’s own - like that on the logo for BBC’s “Who Do You Think You Are”. We have had fun photographing a few examples together. Perhaps this image somehow relates to the life of people with autism. The tree being in its own separate world away from the “forests” of other trees. Being different from the crowd can also hold a special beauty. This is why we thought we would use this competition to raise money for the National Autistic Society. What You Have To Do: Simple. Just take a picture of a tree on it’s own and email the image to richard@spicebham.com. We will post them all on line in a gallery as they are submitted and give prizes to those that are judged by a panel to be the best. We are not judging on technical excellence. Phone pics are quite acceptable. We are more interested in the atmosphere conveyed in your image. How you interpret the theme is up to you. Eg yours could be a picture palm tree, a bonsai tree or even a shoe tree for that matter! The Charity: For each photo you email to us we just ask that you go to the event on line and make a £2 donation to NAS. Spice will then add £2 as well. Rules: You must be a Member of Spice (any Spice Group) to enter. Spice West Midlands will add £2 per entry up to a maximum of 100 entries. You can use Photoshop and any other digital effects if you wish. Black and white or colour. You can enter as many photos as you wish. By entering you agree for Spice to display your image on our website and social network pages but you will be credited. Deadline for entries is 1st March 2014.


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

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.

If you can’t make it to an event: 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.

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!


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

Barn Dance & Supper

.. a cracking night in a the barn with Fiddler's Elbow! Date: Fridays 24th January 2014 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: £20 (£23 Guest) includes hot buffet or bbq supper (depending on weather) 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!

Lasan Indian Banquet

.. experience one of the UK's Top 10 Indian Restaurants Date: Wednesday 12th March 2014 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.

Pizza Making & Meal at The Radisson .. learn how to make the perfect pizza (& eat it)

Date: Thursday 16th January 2014 Place: Fellini, Radisson SAS Hotel, Birmingham (B1 1BT) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £21 (£25 Guest) includes a 2 course meal, glass of wine & pizza making 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.


Toboggan & Fondue Night .. this legendary Spice event is back!

Date: Saturday 25 January 2014 Place: Swadlincote Ski Centre (DE11 8LP) Meet: 5.30pm for 5.45pm start (food at 8pm) 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 2014 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. th

Dinner & Play at Genting Casino .. a great meal plus an introduction to the casino

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Friday 10 January 2014 Genting Casino, 1 Norfolk Rd, Edgbaston (B15 3PS) Arrive 7.30pm £28.50 Member, £32 Guest 3 course meal, a drink (pint of beer, glass of wine or house spirit/ mixer) and a fun 'Learn to Play' session and a FREE £10 table bet Here’s a unique Spice opportunity to soak up the excitement and glamour of this well known casino in leafy Edgbaston, formerly known as Maxims (or if you’re very, very old, as Midland Wheel Club). This casino has a great reputation for it’s restaurant cuisine, and we will be served a 3 course menu in an environment similar to dining at a gentleman’s club. For those interested in trying their luck in the casino, a training session has been arranged to fully explain the rules and etiquette of the gaming tables, slots or electronic terminals. Afterwards you can try your luck with real money if you wish, but there is absolutely no pressure to do so. The casino have also included a voucher for a free £10 bet, so you stand a chance of winning the cost of your meal (and more!) back at the end. Menu: Please see a sample menu online at www.spicebham.com. Important: Dress code is ‘smart casual’ - no jeans-style trousers & no trainers. Current legislation requires that all entrants into the club are aged 18 or over and have photo ID if you are planning to spend over £1500 on the tables! th

Dungeons After Dark at Warwick Castle the ultimate evening of scarily good entertainment

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Saturday 18th January 2014 Warwick Castle, Warwick (CV34 4QU) # 7.00pm for 7.15pm £49.50 (£52 Guest) incl: Trip through Castle Dungeon, live entertainment, unlimited lager, wine & soft drinks during banquet Do you dare enter The Castle Dungeon after dark? Deep in the heart of the Central Courtyard lies The Castle Dungeon where the plague is taking no prisoners. Prepare to experience the darkest, bloodiest and most frightening times in Warwick Castle’s history. The Castle Dungeon will provide the ultimate evening of scarily good entertainment complemented by plenty food and wine, if you still have the stomach for it! Stay close together and beware, things get more sinister after dark. Menu: Please see menu online at www.spicebham.com. Please note: that this is not a Spice exclusive, but a public evening that Spice have an allocation of tickets for.

What’s the # ?

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Dinner Shuffle around the World - Scotland .. get ready for Burns Night!

Date: Friday 24 January 2014 Place: Marston Farm Hotel - directions online (B76 9JD) Meet: 7.30pm for 8.00pm Cost: £24 (£27 Guest) Includes: Themed dinner, Spice coordinator This is the 3rd in what we hope will be many dinner shuffles in the delightfully secluded, historic hotel. Our Scottish menu & more details: Will shortly be published on our website www.spicebham.com th

Hotel Du Vin Ultimate Sunday Brunch .. 4 course private dining in Victorian splendour

Date: Sunday 19 January 2014 Place: Hotel du Vin, Church St, Bham (B3 2NR) Meet: 12.45 for 1pm Cost: £28.50 (£30.50 Guest) incl: 4 courses, service, private room & coordinator Yes, we know it’s pricey for a Sunday lunch, but we think this is the best Sunday lunch in Birmingham and we think you’re worth it! We have booked a stunning private dining room in this gorgeous Victorian property where we can settle back and enjoy a culinary journey offering 4 fabulous courses at a relaxed and sociable pace. Menu: After a heart warming soup, the lavish French Market Table is the centrepiece of Sunday Brunch at Hotel du Vin. This table offers an exciting choice of fresh seafood, crustacea, charcuterie, pâtés, rilletes and a selection of salads, vegetables and freshly baked artisan breads. After this we have a main course of Sunday lunch favourites including traditional roasts. Delectable delights to finish include traditional apple crumble, profiteroles and an artisan cheese board. th

La Banca Italian Dinner Shuffle .. discover this superb new restaurant in Cotteridge

Date: Thursday 23rd January 2014 Place: 1896 Pershore Road, Cotteridge, B'ham (B30 3AS) – directions online Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £27.50 (£30 Guest) includes service charge & coffees A return visit to this restaurant, whose owner has taught many top chef’s (as well as Spice members on our cookery courses) how to achieve perfection! Italians are renowned for their joyous approach to celebrations. This restaurant in Cotteridge village was formerly a bank and retains features such as the safe’s to create an unusual ambiance. They offers a range of inspirational Italian cuisine and a great atmosphere. There will be a shuffle between courses. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please see the full menu at www.spicebham.com.

Syriana Syrian/ Lebanese Dinner Shuffle .. experience a true taste of Arabia

Date: Thursday 30th January 2014 Place: Syriana, 1 Constitution Hill, Birmingham (B19 3LG) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm Cost: £22 (£25 Guest) Includes: 3 course meal, service charges & visit by Belly Dancer! Extra: Take your own alcohol (no corkage charge) 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. Read more about this event at www.spicebham.com

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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StageSide Dinner Shuffle

.. a Saturday night stage door dining experience! Date: Saturday 25 January 2014 Place: StageSide Brasserie. Thorpe Street by Birmingham Hippodrome (B5 4TB) Meet: 7.45pm for 8.00pm (timed to suit those coming from Planetarium) Cost: £28 (£30 Guest) includes 3 courses, service & coffees Just over the road from the Hippodrome Theatre stage door on Thorp Street is the StageSide brasserie, a casual dining experience with a lively bar. Tonight we have exclusive use of the restaurant between 8.00pm and 8.30pm. The restaurant will then open to the public. You might even bump into cast members and musicians as it’s a popular post-show haunt. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please see the full menu at www.spicebham.com th

Chinese New Year Party .. always a Spice favourite!

Date: Saturday 1 February 2014 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 Friday 31 st January, so we’ll 'bringing it in' tonight! 2014 is the Year of The Horse – so come along for the ride! As usual we will take over the top floor of this excellent restaurant right in Birmingham's Chinese Quarter which is well known for its excellent authentic Cantonese food and lively staff. Eating Cantonese style, the tables will be laden with mouth-watering specialities, so you can try a bit of everything. Vegetarians will have a range of options prepared (please state if required), complimenting the dishes for the carnivores. The menu has not been finalised and will depend on what is available at market on the day. However, we have put the details of last year’s menu with the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com to give you some idea. Once we have finished eating, the party begins with disco, karaoke and we are hoping for our usual visit from a 'Chinese Lion' and Chinese Firecrackers in the car park. Happy New Year! Exclusivity Note: Whether or not we will be sharing the disco with the public will depend on the numbers received by approx 2 weeks before. So it would really help if you could book early on this one. st

Beeches Bar & Grill Dinner Shuffle .. enjoy this excellent restaurant in Hampton-in-Arden

Date: Friday 7 February 2014 Place: Marsh Lane, Hampton-in-Arden, Solihull (B92 0AH) Meet: 7. 30pm Cost: £23.50 (£27 Guest) inclusive of 3 course meal, coffees & service We had very good feedback from our visits here. Located on the hill in the picturesque village of Hampton in Arden, it has an excellent reputation for serving modern British and tapas-style cuisine. As well as great food, it has fine views from its long line of handsome sash windows, rather like the stern of a massive man o'war looking out over the Warwickshire countryside. Probably the best view from anywhere in the Solihull area! We have hired a private area that takes around 25 people and we will make it more sociable by shuffling between courses. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please check for menu at www.spicebham.com th

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, please do not book a meal with “shuffle” in the title.

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Itihaas Contemporary Indian Dinner Shuffle .. exquisite Indian cuisine for a Saturday night

Date: Saturday 8 February 2014 Place: 18 Fleet Street, Birmingham (B3 1JL) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £28.50 (£32 Guest) includes 3 course set meal & service charges Itihaas is widely recongised as the pioneer of exquisite Indian cuisine in the Midlands. It has won numerous accolades for its food, service and decor including The Cobra Good Curry Awards for the Best UK Restaurant and The British Curry Awards 2012 for Best Restaurant in the Midlands. Itihaas is a stunning restaurant where contemporary meets traditional. No expense has been spared in achieving this, and as you step into this £2m restaurant, you will certainly see just that. The decor is clean and crisp with plate glass and slate finished walls. This smart and sophisticated interior is complimented by the 18th and 19th century Indian artefacts, including original paintings, carved stone elephants and 300 year old doors. Downstairs, the Maharaja Suite is luxurious with opulent mood lighting and decorated with more Indian treasures. Behind 300 year old Indian wooden doors is the Tiffin Room which seats 12, complete with a bar, library and your very own dedicated butler! Cuisine in this fine establishment is created by award winning chefs and staff who come from Indian Five-Star Hotel backgrounds. They have a single aim - to be able to deliver authentic Royal Indian dining with utmost courtesy and hospitality. The menu will take you on a culinary journey through the North of India with a couple of stops through Kenya and vibrant Mumbai. At this royal eatery, indulgence is paramount. Menu: please see the menu with the online version of this writeup at www.spicebham.com Car Parking: On street car parking available on Newhall Street & Fleet Street (free parking in evening – but check payment times when parking as they do change). Also NCP Car Parking available on Newhall Street th

Fiesta Del Asado Argentinian Dining .. discover the taste of Argentina

Date: Thursday 20th February 2014 Place: 229 Hagley Rd, Edgbaston, Birmingham (B16 9RP) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £29 (£32 Guest) includes 3 courses & service Extras: Tips on night Birmingham's first Argentine Asado restaurant has arrived in Birmingham and claims to be the most fun, colourful and fiery dining experience this side of Buenos Aires. Asado is a broad Spanish term not only for a range of barbeque techniques, but also describes the social event itself. Food is placed on grills and lowered over the embers of special applewood chips where it acquires its distinct smoked taste by absorbing the aromas and sealing in the flavours. Asado dishes are typically no-nonsense, rustic and honest, yet colourful and fiery - you could say the culinary equivalent of the Argentine Tango! Entertaining family and friends at mealtimes is essentially how Asado dining culture emerged in Argentina and, the life-affirming feelings of togetherness it creates is why it has become so popular around the world. Its rich cuisine benefits from many influences; mainly the diverse immigrant nationalities that have helped it shape and evolve throughout its colourful and, often chequered history. Menu: All items on the menu will be served across the table for everyone to share. Details with online writeup.

New Members Kababish Sunday Lunch Buffet .. enjoy an authentic Punjabi buffet with new friends

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014 Place: Jockey Rd, Boldmere, Sutton Coldfield (B73 5XP) Meet: 1.30pm Cost: £12.50 (£15 Guest) Incl: buffet & a glass of wine, beer or soft drink An opportunity for those who have recently joined the group to socialise with other newbies (although all members are also more than welcome to book). This event also ties in with the end of our New Members Ramble so we hope that some of the ramblers will be joining us for lunch. A Spice favourite, The Kababish is a family run restaurant, famous for offering authentic, traditional and contemporary Asian cuisine.

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Marco Pierre White Dinner Shuffle .. stylish fine dining at Birmingham's most chic address

Date: Wednesday 26th February 2014 Place: The Cube, Birmingham (B1 1RN) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £33 (£36 Guest) or £40 (£43 Guest) if you want a Ribeye Steak for your main course Incl: includes 3 course meal, coffees & rose jelly, private room hire & Spice coordinator Extras: £7 supplement if you want Rib Eye Steak. Tips at your discretion The uber-trendy MPW restaurant crowns the top of the Cube and offers stunning night-time views over the city. The food is beautifully prepared, presented and served. Tonight we have use of their private dining room and a special menu that offers very good value for money for such a special dining experience. Our package includes a glass of Prosecco on arrival as well as a lovely menu. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please see the full menu at www.spicebham.com.

Chocolate Pudding Party at a Country House .. an evening of chocolate indulgence & fun with a pudding expert

Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Thursday 27th February 2014 Blakelands, Halfpenny Green, Bobbington (DY7 5DP) Arrive 7.30pm £29.50 (£32 Guest) Incl: Mini Starter & Main Course followed by taster menu of 9 desserts. Pudding expert on hand to introduce and explain puddings Spice pudding parties are always popular, so we have joined forces with Jill Bunn's I Love Puddings for another evening of Sweet toothed indulgence. Those of you who attended the last event will know what a fabulous evening we had at Blakelands Country House.The evening is set in the cosy, luxurious Lodge Restaurant and Chocolate is the main event. On arrival we will be welcomed into the lounge bar for pre-dinner drinks, followed by sitting for our mini starter and main course, leaving plenty of room for lots of pudding! It's then time for the star attraction: Jill will speak to us about the evening and hand out score sheets, this will enable us to discover the most popular dessert of the evening. We also get a take home pudding box for any desserts you can't manage to eat for another special treat. Menu: Whilst we’ll be ordering on the night, you can view the full menu at www.spicebham.com. Our Pudding Expert: Jill Bunn has over 30 years catering experience and has worked with many blue chip companies and worked with the BBC. Her passion is puddings, she has written and broadcast on the subject as well as running her business supplying her homemade cakes and pudding to high class venues.

Boathouse at Bracebridge

.. exquisite lakeside dining in Sutton Park Date: Thursday 6 March 2014 Place: Four Oaks Gate, Sutton Park (B74 2YR) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £22.50 (£24 Guest) Inc 3 course meal, teas/coffees &10% service charge This restaurant must have one of the most fantastic settings in our area. We’ll dine overlooking Bracebridge Pool in Sutton Park in a great restaurant that boasts well cooked, well presented modern English food in a simple yet rustic décor. Fish dishes are a speciality and there’s a good wine list and friendly efficient service. Menu: The March menu has not been finalised, but expect a choice of at least 3 starters, 3 main courses (including, fish, meat and vegetarian options), 3 dessert options and coffees to finish. If you need the exact menu, please call nearer time. Directions: Please see the detailed directions at our website www.spicebham.com th

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, please do not book a meal with “shuffle” in the title.

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Spanish Evening with Guitar

.. a fun evening of salsa, tapas and Spanish Entertainment Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Saturday 1st March 2014 La CC, 57 Stoney Lane, Yardley (B25 8RE) 7.15pm for 7.30pm £29 (£32 Guest) Includes: tapas meal & live entertainment

Enjoy a very complete night of Spanish food and entertainment. We’re back at this Spice favourite Spanish tapas restaurant & bar which offers an authentic Spanish dining experience. We’ve arranged a fun evening of all things Spanish. We’ll enjoy a tapas style meal followed by live Spanish guitar entertainment. There is parking available.

Hollywood & The Movies Sleepover Party .. another chance to eat, drink, dance & sleepover!

Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Friday 7 to Saturday 8th March 2014 Copthorne, Merry Hill (DY5 1UR) # Check in anytime from 2pm - meet 7.15pm £59 (£69 Guest) sharing twin (we can link shares) or double, or a few single rooms are offered at £75 (£85 Guest). Deposit is £10 Incl: Party, buffet meal, bed, breakfast plus use of hotel leisure facilities Spice party nights are quite an experience and this Hollywood extravaganza will be no exception! We're back at this sophisticated 4 star hotel in the Oscar season so we thought that gave us a great idea for a party! These events are always popular - and I'm not surprised. For a very reasonable price we get a buffet, disco and overnight accommodation with breakfast the next morning. Expect lots of fun. The Party: The venue will be professionally decorated to reflect tonight's theme. No doubt you will arrive on the red carpet to the flashlights of the paparazzi! We will have one of our favourite party DJ's to keep us dancing. Food will be served buffet style with informal seating. Fancy Dress: Spice people love dressing up, so anything loosely connected with the filmworld is fine (last time someone even came as the “Blue Movies!”). So you could be Captain Jack Sparrow, Gene Kelly, Rambo, Indiana Jones or Mary Poppins. Or you could be a director, bodyguard, makeup artist or set accountant! The options are endless! Also, don't worry, dressing up is not compulsory if this isn't your style! The Venue: We've slept over at some great hotels, but this 4 star venue is possibly our best! 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 2.00pm with an opportunity to enjoy the Leisure facilities before meeting up for our Party. We can then enjoy dancing and partying for the rest of the night before retiring to bed. 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. th

Lasan Indian Banquet

.. experience one of the UK's Top 10 Indian Restaurants Date: Wednesday 12th March 2014 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. 7


Cold War Supper in a Nuclear Bunker .. spend an evening underground getting a flavour of WW3!

Date: Saturday 15th March 2014 Place: Nantwich, Cheshire (CW5 8AP) # Meet: There for prompt 7.30pm start Cost: £33 (£35 Guest) Incl: private hire of bunker with guided tour, buffet & drinks On the outskirts of a sleepy Cheshire town is an extraordinary building which has recently been declassified by the Government but is still probably the safest place in the UK! It looks like an inconspicuous utility building on the surface (and intentionally so), but deep underground, a labyrinth of passages and rooms reveal what would have been the nerve centre of regional government for the North West, had WW3 broken out. Once through the massive blast doors, you will be transported to the top secret world of the cold war, where 130 civil servants and military commanders would have lived and worked. We will see the communications centre, radio rooms, BBC studio, telephone exchange, scientists’ fallout centre, Minister of State’s office, fallout filter plant, decontamination room and much more. We’ll view original TV broadcasts which would have been transmitted on all channels before a nuclear strike and experience a real four minute warning. Tons of original equipment in its original setting really brings home the awesome power of nuclear weapons and the government’s state of readiness. When I visited, it really came home to me how real the threat of nuclear war had actually been and how much more seriously it had been taken on board than the public would have realised. We have commissioned the bunker to open this evening exclusively for our group and the curator himself (who used to work there for real) will do a special tour including areas which the normal public tours don’t see. He’s also arranged for us to have a ‘superior’ buffet meal (called The Regional Commissioners Buffet) with cakes and refreshments all included and served in the original NAAFI style canteen. There is no bar in the bunker (good job we’re not stationed there for a whole war!) so if we get away in time we may be able to meet up for last orders at a pub nearby.

Drop Forge Dining Experience .. Spice get inside this unusual new restaurant

Date: Thursday 20 March 2014 Place: 6-10 Hockley St, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham (B18 6BL) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £29 (£31 Guest) includes 3 course dinner Extra: Tips discretionary and coffee We’re delighted to have discovered this historic and unusual restaurant which is housed in a brilliantly converted industrial building. Hot metal has now given way to innovative British cooking with a really characterful backdrop. The Drop Forge is situated in a fascinating area of our Jewellery Quarter. The chef has promised to delight us with a 3 three course meal. On our website we have an example menu. We will add the actual menu once this has been agreed. th

Scottish Steak Club Dining Experience .. discover this wonderful restaurant with Spice

Date: Friday 28th March 2014 Place: Scottish Steak Club, Burlington Hotel, New Street, Birmingham (B2 4JQ) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £28.50 (£30.50 Guest) or £33.50 (£35.50 Guest) with Ribeye Steak Extra: Tips discretionary. Overlooking the bright lights of Birmingham, the Scottish Steak Club at The Burlington seeks to serve the highest quality produce and finest Scottish cuisine in a contemporary style. The restaurant aims to use whole raw ingredients sourced locally (beef from Scotland) and an ever-growing range of organic food and drink too. This evening we have a delicious three course menu. Please advise the Spice office of your menu choice. Menu: We will be taking pre orders when booking, please see the full menu at www.spicebham.com.

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Dining at The Marwood .. fun dining in Worcester

Date: Thursday 3rd April 2014 Place: 40 The Tything, Worcester (WR1 1JL) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £29 (£31 Guest) Includes: three course dinner. Extras: Tips discretionary. Coffees Many of our Worcester members have mentioned this venue to us for it’s great food. So we’re off to sample three courses at this atmospheric and fun restaurant. The Chef really does know how to put some wonderful dishes together using complex and unusual ingredients. Atmosphere is very relaxed and there is a great bar with real ales and ciders.

Barn Dance & Supper with Banjacs .. a cracking night in a barn with the Banjacs

Date: Friday 11th April 2014 Place: Wishaw near Sutton Coldfield # (B76 9PQ) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £20 Member, £23 Guest Incl: Live 4 piece band with caller, supper and Spice coordinator This month we are trying a different band that has been recommended for our regular Barn Dance! However, we’ve preserved the same successful formula of great music, an authentic rural location and great food. Depending on the weather, we’ll either have a BBQ, or the food will be served buffet style indoors. Music and calling is this time provided live by popular four piece band Banjacs, They have an exciting repertoire of barn dance and ceilidh music, jigs, reels and hornpipes. A mixture of English, American, Irish and Scottish tunes always played with energy and bounce and guaranteed to get your feet tapping and onto the dance floor.The caller will run the evening and explain all the moves. It's a great opportunity to mix, as you are never with one partner for long - and don't worry if you can't dance, as none of us can…but it is great fun trying! As ever, our hosts, Anne & David will be serving up the food (vegetarian options on request), and manning the bar that has 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 - so grab a place before they go

Peninsular Cantonese Party with Elvis Presley .. another way to bring in the Chinese New Year

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2014 Place: 336 Chester Rd, Streetly, Sutton C'field (WS9 0PP) I see directions online Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £32 (£35 Guest) includes service charge tea or coffee & “Elvis” Couldn’t make it to our big Spice Chinese New Year Party in Birmingham this year? Well here’s another way to bring in the Chinese New Year 2014. Unlike our other parties, this is not a Spice exclusive. However, we have held 2 large Spice tables at this lovely restaurant where we will enjoy all the festivities of a Chinese New Year celebration, including a whole feast of Cantonese food. We will also be entertained by a (not so Chinese!) Elvis Presley tribute act. ______________________________ th

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

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

Date: Sunday 9 February 2014 (we’ll add extra dates if needed –check online) Place: Wellesbourne Airfield near Stratford on Avon (CV35 9EU) # Meet: 12.45pm for 1pm Briefing Cost: £99 (£105 Guest) Paid as £9 (£15 Guest) deposit to Spice, plus £90 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). th

Balloon Flights

.. the altogether more civilised way to fly! Date: Sunday 13 April 2014 (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: £145 Member, £149 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. th

Flight Simulator Experience .. could you pilot a 737?

Date: Saturday 1 March 2014 Place: Sywell Aerodrome in Northamptonshire (NN6 0BN) # Meet: Slots from 2pm Cost: £59 (£64 Guest) Here is an ultimate experience that’s on most of our ‘must do’ lists and we have a deal, much less than the public price. Possibly the ultimate challenge, could you fly a complete circuit of a major airport including take off, climb to height and landing with one of your colleagues sat next to you and the instructor in the back seat? How does it work? Every session starts with a briefing by one of the qualified pilots, covering in detail cockpit layout, speeds and everything you will need to know to fly the aircraft. Briefing complete and it’s off to the simulator. Those waiting for their session can relax in our airport themed reception with drinks available. Each person will get 15 minutes as captain and 15 minutes as first officer giving everybody 30 minutes at the controls time. At the end of the session your instructor will tot up the results and complete the experience with a presentation. Everybody gets certificates but there is only one first prize. Who will be the Spice Flying Ace? The Simulator. This is not just a pretend aircraft used for experiences but a fully operational professional level 737NG used to train real airline pilots to fly. The simulator is brand new and 1:1 scale, the visuals are the best available and the sounds are sampled directly from the real aircraft. Add background air traffic control, passengers chatting in the cabin and you would be forgiven for thinking the aircraft was fully loaded with passengers waiting for you to deliver them around the world. We have the simulator booked from 2pm to 5pm. Slot times will be arranged nearer the date. Please advise if you prefer an earlier or later time slot (preference will be given to those who book earlier). st

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Animal Encounters & Equestrian Lots of fun in the animal kingdom

Beginners Horse Trek

.. a 2 hour beginners trek experience Date: Sunday 16 March 2014 Place: Ginny Hole Stables, Shropshire (DY14 8UL) # Meet: 1pm – 3pm trek Cost: £49 Member, £54 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. th

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

Date: Sunday 16th February 2014 Place: Ginny Hole Stables, Shropshire (DY14 8UL) # Meet: 10am - 3pm trek Cost: £95 Member, £99 Guest (pub lunch is extra) A day's trekking organised by a quality, family run stables on the Shropshire/Worcestershire border. This is 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. We will stop at a pub which serves food (not included) around lunchtime. This day trek is restricted to confident riders who are prepared to canter and as terrain is sometimes steep.

Polo Indoor Lesson at Rugby .. another exciting opportunity to play polo

Date: Saturday 22 February 2014 Place: Willoughby, Rugby (CV23 8AJ) # Meet: 10.45am for 11am to 12noon Cost: £52 Member, £55 Guest Polo is becoming more and more accessible (which means you don’t have to be related to The Queen to play any more .. although of course it helps!). Be warned though – Spice members tell me it’s highly addictive! Polo demands a different type of skill to any riding you may have tried before and the horses can accommodate any standard of horsemanship. We get a 1 hour lesson at an indoor school by polo professional Philip Baker on easy to ride ponies. The lesson is more suited to those with basic horse riding skills than absolute beginners. nd

Horse Riding Fun Day!

.. lots of fun for riders of all levels - from beginners to advanced Date: Sunday 23rd March 2014 Place: Warwick International, Guys Cliff (CV34 5YD) – see online Meet: 10.00am to approx 3.30pm Cost: £65 Member, £69 Guest On arrival, we will be assessed and split into separate groups depending on our ability, and then get a varied programme of lessons, hacks, jumping, riding around the grounds etc depending upon what you can achieve. The afternoon includes fun games such as gymkhanas. There are plenty of opportunities to win rosettes! You will be entertained for the whole day and should get around 4 hours on horseback! Just bring a packed lunch.

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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Wolf Experience & Walk

.. exclusive Spice visit with opportunity to feed wolves Dates: Saturdays 5th April or 17th May 2014 (See also “Llama & Wolf” days online) 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.

Ash End House Farm Experience

.. wake up the animals with a tour, breakfast & lots of extra treats! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Sunday 9th March 2014 Middleton Lane, Tamworth (B78 2BL) 9am start (breakfast at around 10am) £18.50 (£22 Guest) Incl: Guided tour of farm (with animal feed), shire horse experience, falconry experience, tractor ride & their 'big breakfast' in the cafe Here’s a wonderful opportunity to wake up the farm animals at Ash End House Farm! Arriving at the farm for 9am (before the farm opens at 10am) we get our very own guided tour when we can feed and cuddle their goats, sheep, ducks, rabbits pigs etc. We will hear the history of the farm and lots of interesting facts. We will visit their Falconry Centre and meet Craig who will chat about the birds followed by a display. If not flying, the birds are on static display, giving you the chance to enjoy the close up beauty and elegance of these wonderful birds. After feeding the animals we will be getting hungry as well, so we’re off to the café for a full English breakfast (included). We will then go onto meet the Shires which will include sitting on a shire horse as well as long reining, and helping harness up. Ash End House Shire Horse Centre is a purpose built busy working yard, although it is part of the children's farm it is now becoming popular with visitors in it's own right. For those of you that fancy it we can then enjoy a bumpy tractor trailer tide around their paddock. You are then free to spend the rest of the day at the farm at your leisure.

Wake up the Zoo

.. get behind the scenes of a busy Zoo!

Date: Sunday 23rd March 2014 Place: Dudley Zoo, Dudley (DY1 4QB) # Meet: 8.40am start Cost: £26.50 (£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!

Bird Handling Course

.. fly hawks, falcons & owls at the centre! Date: Sunday 9 March 2014 Place: Blakedown, Nr Hagley (DY9 0JB) See directions on our website Meet: 10.15am to 1pm Cost: £59 (Guest £64) 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 learn how to handle, care for a wide range of birds. th

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Build a Home for Local Otters .. help build an otter holt

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2014 Place: RSPB Reserve, Middleton (B78 2AE) See directions on our website Meet: 10.30am - 3.30pm Cost: £14.50 (£15.50 Guest) includes entrance, refreshments & instruction Join Nick again for this very popular event at Middleton Lakes Nature Reserve. We will enjoy a stroll around the site learning about otters and their wetland home before using natural materials to build them a shelter (holt). Otters are very, very shy so if we see one Nick will eat his boots - however we expect to see a host of other wetland animals and birds. Our hard work will be rewarded with Nicks celebrated homemade soup & rolls.

Carriage Driving Experience Day .. let the experts show you how!

Date: Saturday 15th March 2014 Place: Darley Dale near Matlock (DE4 2ER) # Meet: 10.30am for 11am to 3pm session Cost: £79 (£85 Guest) Today we have a wonderful opportunity to experience the world of carriage driving at Redhouse Stables Working Carriage museum nr Matlock, Derbyshire. On arrival take a good look around the unique collection of horse drawn carriages and memorabilia in the carriage museum. There will then be a coffee and an introduction to the day followed by a demonstration of harnessing up and ‘putting to’ with a Single pony. Following a lunch break we will then enjoy a hands on carriage drive with a selection of single turnouts and your instructors. This will be followed by a drive out with a pair and watch them working in harness. After a well deserved cup of tea there will be a presentation of individual certificates.

Hedgehog Appreciation Evening .. discover how to nurture these timid mamals

Date: Monday 17 March 2014 Place: The Royal Hotel, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) – Directions online Meet: 7.30pm - 9pm Cast: Free but please bring a tin of cat food (meat not fish) Hedgehogs are endangered, yet all of us can do a lot to help them with just a little thought. Our member Sally Marjoram rescues hedgehogs and is devoted to these little animals and are trying to raise awareness of the simple steps you can take to help ensure that they continue to be part of our natural heritage for generations to come. As well as meeting some hedgehogs tonight (be gentle, they have never been to a hotel before!), Sally will cover such areas as ● Dispelling the myths about hedgehogs (such as that they don’t all have fleas!) ● How to make your garden “hedgehog friendly” ● What should you feed a visiting hedgehog (the answer isn’t bread and milk!) ● .. and much more besides Note: This evening is free to Spice Members but we do ask that everyone brings a donation of a tin of cat food (meat not fish please) to help feed the hedgehogs at the rescue centre. Financial donations are also welcome if you prefer. Directions: The Royal is at the north end of High Street (A453 Lichfield Rd), on the stretch that runs between the roundabout at Holy Trinity Church and the Police Station. It is close to the Three Tuns Pub. The hotel has its own car park. th

Nature for Beginners!

.. get to know your bluebells from your blue tits Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Saturday 12 April 2014 RSPB Middleton, Nr Tamworth (B78 2AE) 10.30am - 1.00pm £12 Member, £14 Guest th

Get to know your bluebells from your blue tits and your newts from your nuthatches! Wouldn't know a heron if it hit you in the face? This is the morning for you, we'll be seeking out all sorts of wildlife and learning how to use our ears, eyes and even noses to see even more nature that we ever realised was out there! 13


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

Date: Sunday 6 April 2014 Place: Idlicote, Warwickshire (CV36 5DN) # Meet: 9.45 for 10am - 1pm Session Cost: £45 Member, £49 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). th

Beekeeping Afternoon .. learn all about bees & honey!

Date: Saturday 10th May 2014 Place: Finchfield, Wolverhampton # (WV3 8EN) Meet: 2pm to approx 4.30pm Cost: £12 Member, £15 Guest Bees are fascinating creatures who inhabit an amazing ‘society’ all of their own – complete with organised labour, nursery system and even their own monarchy! Today you will get a chance to enter that world with Phil, who is a retired lecturer also a keen bee keeper in his own right. We will meet Phil at his home address (supplied to those who book), just 3 miles from Wolverhampton City Centre where we will have an introductory chat before sharing cars to the hive location about a mile away. You will get to see a busy hive opened up with a full explanation of what it’s all about (and with all necessary safety kit provided!). Exactly what will be covered will depend on what there is to see on the day, but we’re likely to learn the basics of how to build your own hive and how to extract and bottle honey (in case you get hooked and want to take up the hobby!). After that, we return to Phil's house, where he will put the kettle on (and may even treat you to some honey!). Note: Please avoid wearing makeup (perfumes/ aftershaves in particular) as it effects the behaviour of the bees ______________________________

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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! Dates: Mondays: ● 6 Jan ● 3rd Feb ● 3rd March ● 7th April ● 5th May Place: Meet inside The Spice Office – directions online (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 Books (précis of each book at spicebham.com): ● January: The Little Coffee Shop of Kabul - Deborah Rodriguez ● February 2014: Standing in Another Man’s Grave – Ian Rankin ● March 2014: The Universe Versus Alex Woods – Gavin Extence ● April 2014: Breathe: A Ghost Story – Cliff McNish ● May 2014: Natural Causes – James Oswald th

Great Midlands Fun Run .. join Team Spice for this brilliant day

Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Sunday 1st June 2014 (But entries due to close at end of March) Sutton Coldfield Town Centre 10am (To Be Confirmed) £18 (Standard Registration Fee) members & guests welcomed Spice provide T Shirts and meet ups before event If you can jog, walk or run, you are very welcome to join our team for this brilliant day. This great event has been enjoyed by thousands of people over the last 3 decades (and by Spice since 2005). The nice thing is that few people take it seriously and everyone will cheer you on, even if you walk the whole way! The 8.5 mile route takes in some lovely scenery including four of the lakes of Sutton Park. Lots of spectators lining the route, and quite a carnival atmosphere. Everyone gets a medal and their time at the end. Spice are “corporate” sponsors of the run itself as we feel that it’s ethos of “everyone having fun and reaching personal goals in a non competitive way” is almost identical to our own. Why Join Team Spice: of course you could just enter the run individually. The price is the same. However, if you join Spice, you will get a free Spice T Shirt which you must wear on the day so we can identify each other and so the Spice spectators can cheer you on as you pass. We will also organise meet ups and practice runs as the date approaches so everyone gets to know each other. You will also be sent a pack by the organisers which includes a Sponsorship Form so you have the opportunity to raise money for this years Spice Charity (TBA). Above all, it is far more fun to run with a group of people. There’s no need to stay together through the whole run, but you will keep meeting other Spicers on the course. It also means we can meet up at the start and end and be supported as a group. Volunteers Sought (no running involved!): If you want to be involved in the day without running, the Fun Run team would be very grateful to anyone who could help with marshalling on the day. The more volunteers, the more money can be sent to charities, so it would be great if you can help. You will also get to enjoy the atmosphere of the day.

Not Sure if you’re up to the run?

See our free “Fun Run Preview Walk” in the rambles section. It’s a free walk around the circuit of the Fun Run on 2nd March 2014 at a very leisurely pace! 15


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

Tubing Session

Date: Monday 13th January 2014 Meet: Aspen's Bar 7.30pm prompt Cost: £55 (£59 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.

Date: Monday 13th January 2014 Place: Snowdome, Tamworth (B79 7ND) Meet: Aspen's Bar 6.45pm* Cost: £12 (£15 Guest) inc booking fees 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 may not be allowed to take part.

Recreational Skiing

Date: Monday 13th January 2014 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.

Ski Lesson - Beginners

Date: Monday 13th January 2014 Meet: Aspen's Bar 7.20pm prompt Cost: £55 (£59 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 2 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).

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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).

Ladybower Come & Try Mountain Biking .. come and discover the joy of bike!

Date: Saturday 15th February 2014 Place: Fairholmes, Ladybower, Peak District (S33 0AQ) # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest) Incl: Professional instruction, guiding & support Extra: If you don't have a bike, you can hire one from Derwent Cycle Hire, Call 01433 651261 Grade: 5; Distance: 10 miles. Why not give Mountain biking a try in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District. More Details: See full writeup at www.spicebham.com. If you still have questions contact Jez on 07974 967209.

Hope Winter Wonderland Mountain Bike Ride .. ride this famous biking area

Date: Saturday 4 January 2014 Place: Hope, Derbyshire (S33 6AA) # Meet: 9.30am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest) Incl: Professional instruction, guiding & support Extra: Sorry, no bike hire option at this venue so please bring a bike Grade: 3; Distance: Around 18 miles depending on the weather and riding conditions Come and cycle up the shaking mountain (Mam Tor) with great views of the Edale valley and Kinder Scout. More Details: See full writeup at www.spicebham.com. If you still have questions contact Jez on 07974 967209. th

Ladybower Improvers Mountain Bike Ride .. discover spectacular scenery and excellent biking

Date: Sunday 9 February 2014 Place: Fairholmes, Derwent # (S33 0AQ) # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest) Incl: Professional instruction, guiding & support Extra: If you don't have a bike, you can hire one from Derwent Cycle Hire, Call 01433 651261 Grade: 3; Distance: 15 to 20 miles depending on the weather, it is February after all. Enjoy a wide variety of biking ranging from easy, smooth bridleways to very steep and rocky singletrack descents. More Details: See full writeup at www.spicebham.com. If you still have questions contact Jez on 07974 967209. th

Sherwood 50km Mountain Bike Ride .. enjoy the challenge of a 50k ride

Date: Sunday 27 April 2014 Place: Sherwood Pines, Notts # (NG21 9JL) # Meet: 10am Cost: £16 (£18 Guest) Incl: Professional instruction, guiding & support Extra: If you don't have a bike, you can hire one from Sherwood Pines cycles, call 01623 822 855 Grade: 3; Distance: 50km (31miles) This is not too technical but it is a very long ride. More Details: See full writeup at www.spicebham.com. If you still have questions contact Jez on 07974 967209. ______________________________ th

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Dance Workshops VENUES : ● Midlands Arts Centre, Cannon Hill Park, Edgbaston B12 9QH ● Pole Dancing: 156 - 157 Warstone Centre, Warstone Lane, (B18 6NZ) ● Lichfield Golf & Country Club, Seedy Mill Lane, Rugeley, (WS13 8HE) 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!

Burlesque Dance Afternoon! .. your chance to become a sexy starlet!

Date: Sunday 5th January 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - English Studio Meet: 12.45pm for 1pm - 3pm class Cost: £18.50 (£22 Guest) Ladies, join us for a couple of hours of fun and excitement – a true indulgence into the art of being feminine. We all have the ability to be sexy, no matter what our shape, age or size and this session will fill us full of all the tips and treats we need to let our ‘inner goddess’ glow. Be prepared to laugh, flirt, dance and dress up as your inner burlesque starlet blossoms. The session includes an insight in to working with props including hats, gloves, feathers, fans, chairs and tassels! (all props provided by the dance teacher) We will learn how to peel the glove, unroll the stocking and tease our audience as with the rest of the group we transform in to a burlesque diva troupe all in the space of a couple of hours! Becky from Blush comes highly recommended and has promised us a truly indulgent girlie experience that will have us laughing endlessly and strutting for the rest of the day. Bring comfortable, loose clothing that is easy to move in, or if you prefer dress in your favourite ‘sexy’ clothes! shoes are essential but what type is up to you; whatever gives you that extra strut!

Burlesque/Fan Dance Afternoon! .. this time with the black fans!

Date: Sunday 6th April 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - English Studio Meet: 3.45pm for 4pm - 6pm class Cost: £18.50 (£22 Guest) At previous Burlesque workshops, Becky has ‘teased’ us with her ‘feathery fans’ so this time we’ll incorporate them into the routine! We’ll work with 2 ostrich feather fans each, learning how to ‘hide and reveal’, ‘teasing’ with the fans, and focusing attention on illusions of exposure. We all have the ability to be sexy, no matter what our shape, age or size and this session will fill us full of all the tips and treats we need to let our ‘inner goddess’ glow. Be prepared to laugh, flirt, dance and dress up as your inner burlesque starlet blossoms. Other details as workshop above.

Ballroom Masterclass - Foxtrot

.. learn the Foxtrot just like the BBC’s celebrities! 22nd

Date: Saturday February 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Randle Studio Meet: 1.45pm for 2pm - 4pm class Cost: £9.50 (£10.50 Guest) 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 Foxtrot - This is a beautiful gliding dance that epitomises what ballroom dancing is all about. This is aimed at complete beginners, but beginners/improvers are most welcome too.

Pole Dancing with Pure Joy .. a fun introduction anyone can try!

Date: Saturdays: 18th January or 19th April 2014 Place: 156-157 Warstone Centre B18 6NZ 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! See fuller details of this event at www.spicebham.com

Belly Dancing for Fun! .. celebrate your femininity!

Date: Thursday 6th February 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - English Studio Meet: 8pm for 8.15pm to 10.15pm class Cost: £9.50 (£10.50 Guest) It’s time to get our hips jiggling again! Belly dance is great fun and really good for your core muscles. It’s also a great confidence booster and lots of fun. We start with basics and build up to a fun routine. Showing of belly is optional. Bare feet or flat shoes OK.

Ballroom M’class- Argentine Tango .. learn this intoxicating dance

Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - English Studio Meet: 9.45am for 10am – 12noon class Cost: £9.50 (£10.50 Guest) We’ll be dancing with Christopher and his dance partner Vicky. They are both amazing dancers and teachers, very patient and making the whole experience a lot of fun.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.

Ballroom M’class - Pasa Doble .. enjoy the passion of this classic dance

Date: Saturday 25th January 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Performance Studio Meet: 1.45pm for 2pm - 4pm session Cost: £9.50 (£10.50 Guest) We’ll be dancing with Christopher and his dance partner Vicky. They are both amazing dancers and teachers, very patient and making the whole experience a lot of fun.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.


Ballet for Fun

Salsa Dance Workshop

.. a fun night with an ex ballerina

.. latin magic for beginners & improvers

Date: Tuesday 25th March 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Performance Studio Meet: 7.45pm for 8pm - 10pm session Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest Ballet For Fun is a fun new concept aimed at those who have always wanted to try this great classical art and those who want to spend a little more time getting toned. Ballet is wonderful for strenghtening the whole body, inside and out, improving posture, co ordination and concentration. Suzie Amor our instructor trained with the Russian Ballet Rambert. She has put together a sequence of excercises to have fun with. Be assured that you don’t need the body and strength of Darcey Bussel to enjoy this session. It is for everyone of all shapes and sizes who want to have fun trying!

Date: Friday 21st February 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Randle Studio Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm to 9.30pm class Cost: £9.50 (£10.50 Guest) Quite a few members have been asking for more Salsa classes, Linda (partner to Steve) is a great teacher, so why not come along and learn some cool Salsa moves. We get great feedback for these special Spice Nights as the classes are fun and easy to follow, so come on lets give it a go!

Dirty Dancing Experience!

Date: Sunday 9th March 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - English Studio Meet: 1.45 for 2pm - 5pm class Cost: £14.50 (£17 Guest) It's back and it's all new! Sheena has choreographed new routines for this ever popular workshop and they are guaranteed to have you 'penguin hoppin', doing 'wobbly knees' and shimmying till your garters break! Even if you've been on Sheena's 1920s and '30s workshops before, you'll learn new moves and new routines this time round. If you haven't tried them before, she'll put money on the fact that you'll fall in love with the Charleston. Even better, it’s a dance made for two left feet! For the 1930s we'll be learning the Social Foxtrot. Before that terrifies you with images of heel leads, rise and fall, and difficult foot patterns - that's Ballroom Foxtrot. Social Foxtrot is the easiest partner dance in the world. But come expecting to have a great afternoon!

Dancing through the Decades .. now includes the Charleston!

.. learn the moves from this great movie!

Date: Sunday 12th January 2014 Place: Midlands Art Centre - Randle Studio Meet: 1.15pm for 1.30pm to 4.30pm session Cost: £14.50 (£17 Guest) Welcome to Sheena’s exciting new addition to her ‘Dances From The Movies’ series. Have a go at being Patrick Swayze or Jennifer Grey for a few hours of fun, laughter and exercise. We’ll be sticking to the more beginner-friendly moves for this one, but if you find a lake to practise your aerial lifts in beforehand, please bring the video with you! Get your friends together, get your places booked and get ready to have the time of your life! Note: Feel free to come in 50s costume, or just as you are.

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We also have Zumba!

Fancy combining fitness and dance? See Zumba in our Sport & Fitness Section

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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!

Birmingham City Walk

Hidden Kings Norton Walk

Date: Saturday 25th January 2014 Place: By Victoria in Victoria Square (B3 3DH) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Think you know Birmingham? Then think again! This is the ultimate introduction to one of the world's most surprising cities, a voyage through time from mediaeval field lines to a 21st Century redevelopment to match anything else in the world. En route we hear of Georgian gentry, Victorian social reformers, and postwar planners. Not to be missed! This is still regarded as the "definitive Ian walk” So if you've not had the chance yet, book on this one and prepare to be very surprised about our own City.) Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

Date: Saturday 15th February 2014 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 Birmingham 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 this time 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: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

.. you think you know Birmingham .. think again!

Kenilworth Town Walk .. a castle, a clock .. and a virgin!

Date: Sunday 26th January 2014 Place: In front of Kenilworth Library (CV8 1QG) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest This entertaining walk takes us into the heart of historic, rural Warwickshire to explore the town which grew up alongside one of the country’s greatest Castles. During the course of our wanderings around the town, Ian will be revealing snippets from a famous author, an intrepid explorer, a secret from the cold war .. and potatoes! (The mind boggles!) Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

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

Date: Tuesday 11th February 2014 Place: Statue of Victoria in Victoria Square (s (B3 3DH) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 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! Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

.. from Saxons to suburbia .. with Ian

Criminal Birmingham Walk

.. Ian uncovers the secrets of the underworld! Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014 Place: Victoria Square, Birmingham (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: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

Ghost Walk of Sutton Coldfield .. a brand new walk from Ian Jelf

Date: Monday 3rd March 2014 Place: Outside MacDonalds - The Parade (B72 1XX) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest The Royal Town of Sutton Coldfield 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 the "Royal Town", a town that was once far more important than Birmingham itself. Come and find out more! Notes: This is not one of those walks where actors in fancy dress jump out from behind gravestones! It is a tour of real reports and grisly happenings in the Royal Borough. Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

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.


Birmingham by Boat

Leicester & Richard III Walk

.. discover the Venice of the North!*

.. the town where tourism began!

Date: Saturday March 2014 Place: The Clock Tower, Leicester (LE1 3GD) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Leicester is a City that’s been very much in the news lately, with the amazing discovery of the remains of King Richard III and that alone seemed a good reason for a walk there. However, this is a City with a whole host in interesting things to see and stories to hear. From Roman ruins to half timbered buildings, from Art Deco to a “million pound street”, its all to be discovered here, so why not come along and find out more? Richard III: Ian will include some information and sights into the walk. However, we expect there to also be a Richard III exhibition to visit afterwards for those that wish. At time of writing, a Richard III Visitor Centre is scheduled to open “in Spring 2014”, but if that is not open in time for our visit there is likely to be a temporary exhibition in the Guildhall. Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

Date: Sunday 13th April 2014 Place: Gas Street Basin off Broad St. (B1 2JT) Meet: 2.30pm departure (meet 2.15pm please) Cost: £12.50 Member, £15 Guest After so many walks and coach trips it’s time to take to the water by chartering our very own canal boat for a cruise around Birmingham! Birmingham's history, as well as its present and future are very much tied up with its famous canal network and yes, we do have more canals than Venice! Ian will give an entertaining commentary, as Birmingham glides slowly by. This trip includes the main canal loops that many will have seen with Ian in previous years but will start with a special detour onto the Birmingham Fazeley Canal to enjoy the history of Farmers Bridge Locks, Cambrian Wharf and the Tindal Bridge area. It is a fascinating area, steeped in history. *Venice (pron.vε nis) is a North Italian City that claims to have almost as many canals as Birmingham! Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

Bridgnorth Town Walk

Sutton Park Discovery Walk

.. enjoy 2 towns in one!

.. history, mystery & mud!

Date: Sunday 23rd March 2014 Place: Outside the Tourist Information (WV16 4AW) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest Extra: Cliff Railway fare approx £1.20 return We’ve done lots of ghost tours around the lovely Severn-side town of Bridgnorth but it’s a long time since we’ve done a daytime tour. So today we’re putting that right by going to look at this truly unique Midland town in detail. Unique because it is two towns in one, Low Town along the Severn and High Town, as its name suggests, clinging to a cliff top with what a royal visitor once called the best views in all my kingdom! So come and find out what he meant, while also admiring a leaning tower and unearthing the mysteries of the Cartway and the Cowgate, the Blackboy and the Bylet! Bridgnorth being a Cliffside town, be prepared for hills; but we promise it’s worth it! During the tour we hope to ride the famous Cliff Railway. Fare is approx £1.20 Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

Date: Sunday 20th April 2014 Place: Town Gate of Sutton Park (B74 2YT) Meet: 10.30am Cost: £8.50 Member, £10.50 Guest A new departure for our walks with Ian and we've persuaded him to get some walking boots and venture off-road to reveal some of the offbeat, fascinating and downright odd facts about places in our area that we may think we already know (think again!). Sutton Park, the largest urban park in the UK isn't just teeming with wildlife: it's full of history, legend and facts, too. On our stroll (a couple of hours) we're promised tales of bishops, kings, ancient Britons, Druids and corruption! And as if that isn’t enough, Ian tells us that this is only the first part of two walks in the park (the other will be later in the year). Now we do stress that although not a ramble (this is Ian, after all!), you'll need to dress for some off-road walking (boots and not your best trousers!) and waterproofs etc. Meet: Detailed directions are given at www.spicebham.com

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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: Saturday 15 March 2014 (Check for further dates online) Place: Bicester Oxfordshire (OX27 9AJ) # Meet: 9.30am (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. Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers. th

Quad Bike Intro & Woodland Trek .. a trek on woodland trails in Sutton Coldfield

Date: Sunday 2 February 2014 Place: Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield (B75 5SA) Meet: 9.30am for 10am – 11am session Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) Situated in the heart of the beautiful countryside at Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield, the huge NPF adventure site has opened its woodland trails for quad bike trekking. Under expert instruction, we will develop our riding skills and take part in a trek throughout undiscovered trails in over 120 acres of beautiful woodland on 150cc KYMCO quad bikes. This 1 hour experience starts with a full safety briefing and training session with an instructor, teaching us how to ride and control the Quad safely. As soon as we have successfully completed this compulsory safety training our Quad trek will begin. The experience includes all kit and equipment including coveralls and helmets and a full 30 minutes riding the quad bike. nd

Teamworks Karting & Burger

..discover this new advanced Indoor Karting centre Date: Sunday 19 January 2014 Place: Fazeley Street, Birmingham (B5 5SE) – Directions at www.spicebham.com Meet: 12.45 for 1pm in reception for suits & briefing Cost: £29 Member, £32 Guest includes burger This multi £m indoor circuit near to the Bullring features the UK’s fastest indoor karts on an challenging 750m race track. Forget what you've seen at 'oily rag' circuits as this was built for the corporate entertainment market and they have aimed to improve every aspect of the experience! This has meant using latest generation electric powered karts, which are cleaner and quieter yet faster than most petrol burners you’ll find. Read more about this experience at www.spicebham.com th

Forest Segway on Cannock Chase .. trek by Segway on a forest trail

Date: Sunday 30 March 2014 Place: Birches Valley Forest Ctr nr Rugeley (WS15 2UQ) # Meet: Arrive by 12.45 for 1pm session (TBC) Cost: £30 Member, £35 Guest Get off the beaten track and experience an hour of fun on these amazing machines. We’re off exploring the forest on the latest in green technology – self-balancing electric Segways. It’s a totally unique way to tackle the trails in the forest. Our experience with us lasts an hour, and that includes a brief bit of safety and instruction before we head out with an instructor. You’ll need to weigh between 7 and 19½ stone but other than that, virtually anyone can do it. This experience is run by Go Ape who also run the popular “treetop experience”. th

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Off Road Karting

.. like rally driving through a forest stage! Date: Saturday 15 March 2014 Place: Birmingham Wheels Park, Saltley (B8 1AD) # Meet: 11.15am for 11.30am Cost: £45 (£49 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). th

Drive & Ride the Awesome Aerial Atom .. the event you petrol heads have been waiting for!

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2014 Place: Prestwold Driving Centre, Loughborough (LE12 5SQ) # Meet: 8am for 9am track session Cost: £129 Member, £139 Guest (Deposit £30) Extra: optional £20 Collision Damage Waiver on the day The Supercharged Ariel Atom is a race car designed to produce the ultimate performance, an extremely light race car with 300bhp. Top Gears Jeremy Clarkson described this experience as being "the time of my life", a passenger ride in the Ariel Atom is going to leave you with a very big smile on your face! On arrival at Prestwold Driving Centre there will be a signing on and briefing. You will then experience two demo laps in a saloon to learn the racing lines of the 1.8 mile track. This will be followed by four laps driving the awesome Ariel Atom and then two laps as a passenger in the Ariel Atom with an instructor at the wheel before being presented with a certificate at the end of the day Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers.

Learn to Drift

.. the art of controlling an out of control vehicle! Date: Sunday 9 February 2014 Place: Birmingham Wheels Park, Saltley (B8 1AD) # Meet: 12noon for 12.30 to 4.30pm time slot Cost: £89 Member, £99 Guest Incl: Car, tuition & spare tyres! Popularised by films such as Fast and Furious: Toyko Drift and considered a modern day sport, Drifting can actually be traced back to the 1930s as a technique used in motorsport, developed to help the drivers navigate corners faster! Drifting has evolved over the years into it's own competitive sport, initially developed in Japan before taking the rest of the world by storm. It is now one of the fastest growing grass root sports in the UK. Drifting challenges the drivers ability to navigate the course sideways for as long as possible, executing the drift in the most controlled and stylish manner they can. Drifting is dancing for cars. For the driver, Drifting provides thrills and an adrenalin rush, as well as enjoyment of a grass roots sport. You will be driving a modified Nissan 200SX . If you wish to check out a video please go to the online version of this writeup and click the Youtube link Our session today is 4 hours of fun for the absolute beginner and includes: ● Drivers briefing with tea/coffee & niggly bits ● Doughnut session – practicing the art of doughnuts with an instructor ● Figure of 8 Session – practicing figures of 8 with instructor alongside ● Special short circuit – Learning weight shift, handbrake (3 attempts of short circuit) This day is suitable for everyone with a licence for a manual car. Bring your driving licence on day. th

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Drive Three Supercars

.. get a taste for Ferrari, Lambo & Aston! Date: Saturday 8 February 2014 Place: Prestwold Driving Centre, Loughborough (LE12 5SQ) # Meet: 8am for 9am track session Cost: £119 Member, £129 Guest (Deposit £30) Extra: optional £30 Collision Damage Waiver offered on the day Drive and compare 3 of our favourite Supercars on the same day! Have you ever wanted to drive a Ferrari, Lamborghini and an Aston Martin, well now’s your chance. We will arrive at Prestwold Driving Centre at 9:00am for signing on and briefing. You then have the chance to drive 3 miles in a Ferrari 360, 3 miles in an Aston Martin DB9, 3 miles in a Lamborghini Gallardo. There will be a certificate at the end of your experience Please Note: This event is shared with public bookings. Therefore, we cannot guarantee you will be with other Spicers. th

Hovercraft "Flying" Experience .. there's no rush like it!

Date: Saturday 29 March 2014 Place: Hinkley, Leicestershire (LE10 3PG) # Meet: 10.45am for 11am start Cost: £45 Member, £48 Guest Have you ever fancied the idea of “flying” a Hovercraft? If so, this experience is just for you! High Cross Hovercraft has the latest, and quietest, state of the art hovercrafts and instructors who are highly experienced and passionate hovercraft pilots who have competed successfully at top level racing events. You will be taught how to control the hovercraft at walking speed before progressing to faster challenges. Each person in the group will take turns flying each successive level. With easy steps you will soon be driving the craft with increasing confidence when you perform the equivalent of a handbrake turn in the training area. When your instructor considers you competent enough you can do laps of the training circuit at the speed of your choice. You’ll be issued with suitable safety equipment. Please wear good trainers or similar and outdoor clothes. There’s an opportunity to go to a local pub for lunch following the event. th

Motorbike Off Road Experience .. a fantastic introduction to scrambling/ motocross

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Sunday 30 March 2014 Frank F Harrison Motor X Track, Walsall (WS2 7NR) 9.30am for 10am - 3pm session £89 (£95 Guest) Includes: all equipment & instruction, specialist clothing including boots, jackets & helmets. Also drinks & burger at lunch Due to a special relationship with a long served Spice member we have exclusive access to a fabulous off road facility in Walsall. If you have any doubts about the scale of this track, just put WS2 7NR into Google Earth and see it “from Space”! They have great equipment and brilliant instructors to teach you how to get the best from it. This fantastic introduction will get you riding in ways and on surfaces that you wouldn't believe! There is no better feeling of exhilaration, than riding a motorcycle over off road terrain. The day cater for all levels of experience from complete novice (including would-be riders who have never even sat on a motorcycle before), to experienced road and off-road riders. Your day starts with a safety briefing and introduction. After which you will receive some basic off road riding instruction and assessment. Your instructors will then take you out to the course to build and develop your skills and confidence in a hands-on situation. Most people can get the hang of the skills pretty quickly. However, if the instructors do not feel you can handle a motorbike (or you are not happy on a bike) there is the opportunity to swap to one of their quad bikes instead. Important Notes: ● You will need to complete a special disclaimer that will be sent out upon booking ● You must be alcohol and not taking any drugs/ medication that could affect your judgement ● If the instructors believe you are a danger to yourself, other people or the equipment, you will be taken off the event. th

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Outdoor Pursuits What Spice are most famous for!

Abseiling for the Terrified .. a great way to get started

Dates: Saturdays: 11 January or 8th February or 22nd March 2014 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! th

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

Date: Tuesdays: 28 January or 8th February 2014 Place: Redpoint Climbing, 77 Cecil St, Birmingham (B19 3SU) – see directions online Meet: 7.00pm for 7.15pm to 9.15pm session Cost: £18.50 Member, £22 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 th

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

Date: Saturdays: 11 January or 8th March 2014 Place: Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean (HR9 5QT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 3.30pm Cost: £52 Member, £59 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. th

Caving for the Terrified .. a great way to get started

Date: Saturday 8 March 2014 Place: Matlock Bath, Matlock, Derbyshire # Meet: 10am to approx 1.30pm Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) Another of Mark's brilliant events for those who really want to conquer an outdoor pursuit, but need some extra 'loving care' to help them in their ambition. This day is an ideal introduction in an interesting cave system, but one where you have the peace of mind that you could quickly be brought to the surface if the experience proves too much! More: Read more about this experience at www.spicebham.com th


Symonds Yat Adventure Mission .. a fab multi activity day wrapped up in a journey!

Date: Saturday 26th April 2014 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 a wire suspension bridge where we cross the Wye. We then ramble to 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, an ancient dwelling place, and on to the Seven Sisters, a rock outcrop. Brilliant!

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

Date: Saturdays: 2 February or 5th April 2014 Place: Aquasport Dive Centre, 50 Lincoln Rd, Olton, Solihull (B27 6PA) Meet: 9.50am for 10am - 12noon session Cost: £14 Member, £16 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. nd

Indoor Bouldering Taster Session .. indoor climbing without ropes!

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Tuesday 18 March 2014 Boulder Central - Richmond Street South, West Bromwich (B70 0DG) 7.00pm for 7.15pm to 9.15pm session but we can stay to 10pm £14 (£20 Guest at public price) Incl: rock shoes, chalk & instructor Also, the Spice arrangement allows us to stay on to 10pm if we wish This is a brilliant Spice opportunity to try a new sport at a new centre (opened in May 2012). Bouldering is the same as climbing, but is all carried out at a much lower level and if you fall you will land on thick crashmats. This means it’s less scary (if you don’t like heights) and you have much more sense of freedom without having to use harnesses and ropes. Bouldering is not only fun but is a great activity to build your strength and fitness. This special Spice taster session allows our group of first timers to learn the techniques with a qualified instructor. The session will last 90 minutes and includes: 1) A 30 minute group lesson giving important tips about the fundamentals of climbing; 2) 45 minutes of going through all the aspects needed to get you signed off as a competent climber. The majority of this session will be practical learning with most of the time being spent climbing. 3) 15 minutes of a free climbing session with instructors taking questions as you put your new skills into practice. Also, we have agreed with the Centre that Spice members can stay on after the session (centre closes 10pm) to continue bouldering and enjoying the facilities so long as we have passed the initial assessment. Location: For detailed directions including public transport options see the online version of this writeup. th

Kayak River Adventure Day .. enjoy a day out in 'canoe country'

Date: Saturday 12 April 2014 Place: Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean (HR9 5QT) # Meet: 10.00am to approx 4.00pm Cost: £52 Member, £59 Guest This area really is canoe country! The team from Forest Adventure have come up with a varied route for single seat kayaks - 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. It’s a leisurely day and a great first timers event, but will also be fun for those of you who have some experience. th

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Zip World - Ultimate Zipline Experience .. fly for 1 mile at nearly 100mph & 500 feet up!

Date: Sunday 13 April 2014 Place: Penrhyn Quarry, Bethesda (LL57 4YG) # Meet: 1.30pm for 2pm (ends by 5pm) Cost: £49 (£55 Guest) Includes: 2 x Zipwires, flying suit, goggles, quarry tour by truck This is an unbelievable event! You may have seen it on The One Show, BBC News or Blue Peter (if not click the links at www.zipworld.co.uk to watch them via YouTube!) So why should you travel to Wales for this one? Well, Zip World has the longest zip line in Europe and is claimed to be “the nearest thing to flying like Superman”. The Zip World site contains two specially constructed and spectacular zip lines, the first will take you down to the bottom of the quarry where you will pick up your specialised vehicle for a magnificent quarry tour, before zip lining back (one mile!) to the start. You will be going at speeds of around 100mph and you will be travelling 500ft above the mountain lake so be ready for a ride of a lifetime! How does our afternoon work: We will meet up for briefing and for kitting up with flying suits, helmets and goggles. We then get to experience “Little Zipper”, a mere 500 meters of fun that will whet our appetites for what is to come. At the base of “Little Zipper” we join our trucks (15 per truck) that take us on a guided tour of the quarry, ending at the very top. This is an exciting trip, using vertiginous quarry tracks from the days when hundreds of men worked quarried slate at Penrhyn. The views are dramatic. We eventually reach the summit and the mighty “Big Zipper”. This we descend one after another at approx 2 minute intervals. Be prepared to be terrified, invigorated and awed .. all at the same time! Book Early: We have held 30 places but will need to confirm well in advance and hand back any unsold places. So don’t delay if you want to secure a place on this one. Notes: Max weight 120kg (min 30kg); Max height 2 meters (min 120cm). If you have any health concerns or disabilities, please clear with Spice in advance. The joining details will include a weather check number to call before setting out. th

Nordic Walking Taster .. try this exciting new way to walk!

Date: Sunday 19 January 2014 (Note date change from last newsletter) 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. If you would like to learn good technique and enjoy the health benefits of Nordic Walking, 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 (Trainer Pro). The poles come in different sizes to suit your height, so you must tell us your height when you book. What you need: Wear a good pair of training shoes rather than walking boots. The most important thing is 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 .. or take layers off should you need to. More: For details of the meet points and emergency contact details, see these events on line at www.spicebham.com th

Go Ape in Cannock Chase

.. discover the thrill of aerial trekking high above the forest floor Date: Sunday 30th March 2014 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. The course normally takes a very enjoyable (and perhaps a little scary) 2 - 3 hours to complete.

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Dinghy Sailing

.. learn how on Edgbaston Reservoir Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014 Place: Edgbaston Reservoir, Icknield Port Road (B16 0AA) – directions online Meet: 10am to 12noon session Cost: £20 (£22 Guest) Dinghy sailing is a great sport, and an ideal introduction to sailing for any kind of craft. You will have intensive instruction, and by the end of the session, even a complete novice will have grasped the basics of sailing. The team provide buoyancy aids, but the greatest danger of all with sailing is that you may get addicted! You just need to take a complete change of clothes, a towel and waterproof gear - a simple cagoule is a great help on windy days. Take old footwear to sail in (eg. an old pair of trainers). If weather is very cold, the supplier may issue wetsuits, so take swimwear for underneath.

Abseiling for Beginners at Symonds Yat .. try some easy abseils in a beautiful setting!

Date: Saturday 1 February 2014 Place: Symonds Yat area of Forest of Dean # Meet: 11.45am for 12noon - 3pm session Cost: £39 Member, £45 Guest The team from Forest Adventure have designed a rock session in this area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The Abseils vary from a sheltered 40 ft to an exposed 110 ft depending on how you wish to progress. No one is made to do anything, progress at your own pace in an encouraging environment or enjoy the view and support your fellow Spicers. The instructors are confident that anyone can conquer these cliffs with a little encouragement. “Our most senior lady this year from the local WI was 87 – so I’m sure no one from Spice should find it difficult!” some rudimentary skills to get you started. st

Bridge Abseil & Ladder Climb .. it'll scare you to death - but you'll love it!

Date: Saturday 1st March 2014 Place: Millers Dale, Peak District # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest Ever fancied the idea of a freefall abseil (like the SAS do out of a helicopter!) from a precipitous 80' viaduct to the river bank below .. and then climbing back up using a metal caving ladder which swings and sways! We thought you might! Once you've plucked up the courage to do it once, there will be no stopping you. It's a great confidence booster. This day is run by Mark Fenton so you can be sure that there will be lots of fun, a relaxed atmosphere where absolute beginners will find lots of nurturing and encouragement and a totally commitment to your safety at all stages. This is a brilliant first or second abseil experience. It is also an ideal training for anyone wishing to do our more advanced caving trips as you will be able to learn some of the techniques above ground rather than under!

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

Date: Saturday 22nd March 2014 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 their discoveries with adventurous people like you. We'll be venturing into caves which are rarely visited, inhabited by stalagmites, stalactites, and... pom-poms!(?) We’ve asked them to aim the caving at beginners level, but a little more challenging than a Caving for the Terrified sessions (if unsure, it may be worth doing one of these first). and the instructor will choose routes that are appropriate to everyone’s ability. There are no really tight squeezes. Grade is ‘EASY to MOD’ 28


Assault Course

22 obstacles & the notorious zipwire over water! Date: Sunday 23 March 2014 Place: Woodlands Camp, Bourne Vale off Little Hardwick Rd, Streetly (WS9 0SH) # Meet: By reception area at 1.45pm for 2.00pm start Cost: £25 (£29 Guest) Get seriously battered and worn out over an assault course built by the army! The course is not overly tough for anyone with basic fitness, as it is mainly used by children - but it is a whole lot of fun. You'll need to wear tatty old clothes with boots or trainers, as you will get pretty mucky as you learn how to walk along cables, climb walls, tackle a 'Burma Bridge' and finish off with the 'Death Slide' - a frightening zipwire over the lake! Warning: You will laugh a lot and get muddy! rd

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

Date: Sunday 23rd March 2014 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

Rock Climbing for the Terrified .. a beginners day of climbing & scrambling

Date: Saturday 5 April 2014 Place: Black Rocks nr Matlock # Meet: 10.00am Cost: £35 Member, £39 Guest A fun opportunity for people who never thought they could be rock climbers to have a go at various rock skills within a very supportive group. Mark Fenton, runs our legendary “Abseiling for the Terrified” days with fantastic feedback and results. As usual, anyone can have a go, as you don't have to be superfit, and all equipment is provided. You are in safe hands with our excellent instructors who will encourage you yet promise not to put you in any situation that you are uncomfortable. Climbing brings out the child in all of us. It is an enormous sense of achievement to reach the top. If you lose your grip or have to give in, you can relax in the security that you're well secured by the belay team. If there is time, Mark will also let you have a go with Micro ladders. Learning the techniques is quite a giggle – find out why! th

Kayaking Intro on Edgbaston Reservoir .. learn the basics on calm water

Date: Sunday 6th April 2014 Place: Edgbaston Reservoir, Icknield Port Road (B16 0AA) – directions online Meet: 10.00am - 12.00 midday Cost: £20 Member, £22 Guest Kayaking is a great sport, and an ideal introduction is to start the still water of a lake. You will have intensive instruction, so that by the end of the session, even a complete novice will have grasped the basics. The team provide buoyancy aids, but the greatest danger of all is that you may get addicted! You just need to take a complete change of clothes, a towel and waterproof gear - a simple cagoule is a great help on windy days. Take old footwear (eg. an old pair of trainers). If there is sufficient interest this will be a Spice exclusive group. Otherwise we may have to share the trip with other clients.

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Lift Tower Abseil - Our Biggest Ever!

.. at 418 feet, it's the tallest permanent abseil tower in the world! Date: Saturday 10th May 2014 Place: Northampton Lift Tower (NN5 5FH) Meet: Around 12 noon – exact timeslot for Spice will be notified when final numbers known Cost: £95 Member, £105 Guest (Deposit £20) Includes: All instruction and equipment We are pleased to be able to offer another “ultimate Spice experience”. This is one that all you adrenaline addicts will want to cross off the list! At 418 feet (127m), this incredible tower that was built by the Express Lift Company in the 1970’s to test lifts, is also the tallest permanent abseil tower in the world. Located in Northampton, this unique venue is easily accessible by rail and road so attracts adventurous people from all over the UK and beyond. With a highly experienced staff, they offer both external and internal abseils but we have booked to descent the outside of the tower. To see some pictures from past abseils have a look on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/NationalAbseilCentre. This day is also shared with other groups and individuals but we will have our own time slot. Notes: Please note that you travel to the top floor by lift but there is then a ladder (inside!) to get onto the roof (so you must be capable of climbing a ladder). Max weight 136kg (21st 5lb). In the event of bad weather such as high winds they would move the activity indoors (ie down the lift shaft). It is hard work, so a reasonable level of fitness will make it a lot easier and more fun. Risks: there is a small risk that if the wind picks up while you are abseiling you could be blown away from the building and hit it on the way back in, possibly resulting in bruising and other injuries. Please also read the suppliers special terms and conditions (link given with the on line version of this website).

Stand Up Paddle Boarding .. get a loada "SUP for the soul"

Date: Saturday 5 April 2014 Place: Edgbaston Reservoir, Icknield Port Road (B16 0AA) – directions online Meet: 10.00am - 12.00 midday Cost: £20 Member, £22 Guest Want to try one of the fastest growing water sports in the world? Then why not give stand up paddle boarding a go - It's easy to learn and fun to do. Stand up Paddling, or SUP's is similar to surfing except the paddler uses a longer canoe type paddle to move through the water while standing on an large style surfboard. Contrary to surfing however, stand up paddling doesn't require an ocean or waves. Stand Up Paddle Surfing isn't that hard to learn as unlike normal surfing you can learn to do it on almost any type of water. To start with you will find standing up on the board and paddling will be the trickiest part. If you already surf then the wave riding part should be pretty familiar, except that you will be riding for longer and more often! SUP's is for all outdoors or water sport fan, looking for something different. If there is sufficient interest this will be a Spice exclusive group. Otherwise we may have to share the trip with other clients. th

Guided Canoe Tour of Birmingham .. discover the Birmingham canals by canoe

Date: Saturday 12th April 2014 Place: Edgbaston Reservoir, Icknield Port Road (B16 0AA) – directions online Meet: 1.00pm - 4.00pm Cost: £32 (£36 Guest) Incl: All equipment, wetsuit & qualified instructors This is your chance to get a water's eye view of the city centre. The trip will be led by qualified canoe and kayak coaches will take you through the quiet back waters into the hustle and bustle of Brindley place, returning to Edgbaston. The surrounding buildings are rich in history and the water provides ideal views for the newer buildings. We meet at Edgbaston Watersports where we will issue equipment, we will then proceed to the canal at the Icknield Port loop. If there is sufficient interest this will be a Spice exclusive group. Otherwise we may have to share the trip with other clients.

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Windsurfing

.. learn how on Edgbaston Reservoir Date: Saturday 12th April 2014 Place: Edgbaston Reservoir, Icknield Port Road (B16 0AA) – directions online Meet: 10.00am - 12.00 midday Cost: £20 Member, £22 Guest A water sport guaranteed to give you lots of fun. This is an ideal introduction to the sport for beginners, as you'll start your session on a dry land simulator. Once you've all got the hang of this there's fun and games on a real board and rig to see just how good your sense of balance is (this is where you start to get wet!). By the end of this instructed three hour session you should be able to sail and turn the board. The emphasis is on fun. Sometimes a video is taken of your progress, which is a great laugh at the end of the session! Hot drinks will be available as well as a bar. All equipment; including wetsuit and buoyancy, is provided. If there is sufficient interest this will be a Spice exclusive group. Otherwise we may have to share the trip with other clients. More details & weather check number given with online version of this writeup.

Climbing the Longstone Pinnacle .. learn how to climb this amazing outcrop!

Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Saturday 3rd May 2014 Symonds Yat, Forest of Dean # 10.00am – 4.30pm £52 Member, £59 Guest

Climbing is one of the fastest growing sports. Its great fun and anybody can do it. It’s a really exciting way to improve physical fitness combining strength, balance, flexibility and mental stimulation. On your arrival at 'Symonds Yat Rock' you will be met by a member of Forest Adventure’s team of highly qualified climbing instructors, who will give you a full safety brief and kit you out with your harness and helmet. Learning as a group and in pairs all the skills needed to enjoy this great sport will be taught in a relaxed way and at an easy pace. You will need to wear loose comfortable outdoor clothing and pumps or rock shoes. (the thinner the sole the better). Take waterproofs and snacks, we will break for lunch at a local café (to be paid separately). In the morning you will learn the techniques of rock climbing and Abseiling around rock faces at Symonds Yat, we will then break for lunch, after lunch we shall further challenge ourselves culminating in climbing up the Longstone Pinnacle which is a pillar of Rock 110ft on one side and 50ft on the other standing on its own, from the top you can reward yourself with a magnificent view overlooking the Wye Valley, But the fun doesn't stop there! You then abseil down the pillar back to ground level. This is an excellent day for beginners and intermediates to learn/fine tune your climbing and abseiling skills, with the final climb of the day up The Longstone Pinnacle. Important: It is not possible to guarantee the Longstone Pinnacle climb on the day, as poor weather or the presence of other climbers can make the climb unsafe. Please be assured, however, that the instructor will do his very best to ensure that you get this experience.

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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 Dudley

Edgbaston

Dates: Mon 24 Feb 2014 Place: Copthorne Hotel, The Waterfront, Merry Hill Dudley DY5 1UR Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free

Dates: Thu 9 Jan 2014 Or Mon 10 Mar 2014 Place: Midlands Arts Centre Edgbaston Road Cannon Hill B12 9QH Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free

Sutton Coldfield

Solihull/ NEC Date: Tue 21 Jan 2014 Place: The Arden Hotel Coventry Road Bickenhill Solihull B92 0EH Time: 8.00pm Cost: Free

Date: Mon 3 Feb 2014 Place: Ramada Hotel Penns Lane Walmley Sutton Coldfield B76 1LH 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!

Dates: Fridays: ● 17 January ● 14 February ● 21 March ● 18 April 2014 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 Live entertainment: ● 17/1 - The Subterraneans (Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen & Kaiser Chiefs) ● 14/2 - The Intentions (The soul of James Brown, Otis Redding and Wilson Picket live) ● 21/3 - The Subterraneans (Massive Rock Anthems from the likes of U2, the Stones, Queen & Kaiser Chiefs) ● 18/4 – TBA –please check for updates at www.spicebham.com 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.


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: Dates & Venue under review – check online Place: Under review Meet: 8.00pm onwards Members only After many years hosting this night, Mike (aka Tigger) is moving away from our area. So we are looking for a new host and new ideas for a pub night that has traditionally been one of our best attended. Please call or email the Spice office with any ideas and watch the website for updates. We will email all Lichfield and Tamworth members once we know what the future holds. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: See online writeup for full details.

Date: Weds: 8 Jan, 12 Feb, 12 Mar or 9 Apr 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 0121 329 3663. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: See online writeup for full details.

Bromsgrove Pub Night

Solihull Pub Night

Date: Mon: 20 Jan, 17 Feb, 17 Mar or 21 Apr 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. 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. ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night. Directions: See online writeup for full details.

Date: Tues: 14 Jan, 11 Feb, 11 Mar or 8 Apr 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

Halesowen/Quinton Pub Night

Kings Heath Pub Night

Date: Thur: 2 Jan, 6 Feb, 6 Mar or 3 Apr 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. Full directions at www.spicebham.com ● Please read notes above before attending a pub night

Date: Tues: 21 Jan, 18 Feb, 18 Mar or 15 Apr 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

Warwick/ Leamington Pub

Date: Thur: 16 Jan, 20 Feb, 20 Mar or 17 Apr Place: The Lounge, Leamington Spa (CV32 4AG) Meet: 7.30pm onwards Members only Mike Bedwell and Richard Harris are the new hosts for this friendly, informal get together where you can meet people in your area, socialise and find people going on the same events as you. Mike and/or Richard will be looking out for you in the bar from 7.30pm. Look out for their Spice T Shirts and/or Spice Banner. Questions: Contact ● Mike 07846 578747 or aldrin1969@btopenworld.com ● Richard 07751 135360 or limegarden1@hotmail.co.uk. The new venue (from October 2013 onwards) is The Lounge, which is pretty central on Leamington High Street (address is 130 The Parade). ● 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. There’s a bar (unless otherwise stated), so it will be easy to bribe the Quiz Master! 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!

Quiz Night (Birmingham)

.. our fun, general knowledge quiz with Richard Date: Wednesdays: ● 29th Jan ● 26 Feb ● 26th Mar ● 30th April 2014 Place: The Old Royal, 53 Church Street (B3 3DP) Meet: 7.30pm for prompt 7.45pm start Cost: £3 (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

Dates: ● Thur 16 Jan or ● Wed 19th Mar - Bangla Lounge, 152a High St, Harborne (B17 9PN) ● Thur 10th Apr - Shades of Raj 52,Station Road, Solihull (B91 3RX) ● Thur 6th Feb - Purbani Tandoori, 41 Birch St, Wolverhampton (WV1 4JW) ● Wed 5th Mar - Bollywood, 28 Birmingham Rd Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QG) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £5 (£7 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. th

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 22nd January 2014 Place: Lee Garden, 59-61 Birmingham Rd, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1QF) Meet: 7.00pm Cost: £5 (£7 Guest) plus cost of food (£17.50) 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

Quiz of 2013 & Supper .. enjoy this “quiz with a difference”

Date: Thursday 9th January 2014 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) Meet: 7.30pm in function room Cost: £14 (£16 Guest) includes a buffet supper How much can you remember of what happened in 2013? Steve Dell will write and run a quiz based on “the year that was”. There will be the usual rounds such as music, entertainment, TV but with a 2013 flavour. Other rounds will be news headlines from 2013. These are great events to meet fellow spicers as you work in small teams. They are fun and have an edge of competitiveness but not taken too seriously – this is Spice! There is also a food on the night included in the price.


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.

Barton under Needwood Easy Ramble

Henley New Years Day Ramble

Date: Sunday 12th January 2014 Place: Barton-under-Needwood, nr Burton # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day Another great ramble with Steve Dell in the National Forest starting from Barton-under-Needwood. The ramble isn’t just in woodland; we go through farmland and bridleways as well. There are some gentle gradients but nothing too strenuous and we’ll take our time. We start by skirting around Smith Hills Woods and then through the Dunstall Estate and onto the hamlet of Dunstall and Highlands Park. The return uses a bridleway, past a lovely church and finally to Barton where we can have a Sunday Lunch.

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Date: Wednesday January 2014 Place: Henley in Arden, Warwickshire # Meet: 11.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Enjoy an interesting, 6 mile picturesque walk with Mick near the historic town of Henley in Arden. The first part is surprisingly hilly but we’ll take it very easy. Along this walk we will visit the Stratford on Avon Canal and the River Alne. Arrive a little earlier for a celebratory cup of Hot Chocolate from Mick.

Lapworth & Packwood Easy Ramble

Date: Saturday 4th January 2014 Place: The Boot, Lapworth, Warwickshire # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day A great ramble with Steve Dell starting from a lovely country pub. The ramble takes in 2 canals, The Grand Union & The Stratford, Packwood House, an impressive National Trust property and local farmland. We start on the Stratford canal with a flight of locks. A quiet country lane leads us to Packwood House. We leave there via a lovely avenue of trees. The return uses the Grand Union canal rejoining the Stratford canal at Kingswood Junction and its marina, which is well worth a visit. The pub does great food..

Bredon Hill Ramble

Date: Sunday 12th January 2014 Place: Ashton under Hill near Evesham, Worcs # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) This 11 mile ramble with Alan Roberts is suitable for regular walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. This time we are going to walk up the Bredon Hill to the Banbury Stone where you get tremendous views of the Cotswolds, the Malvern Hills and all the way north toward Birmingham. The route will start at Ashtonunder-Hill, progressing via Fiddler’s Knap and the Wychavon Way to Elmley Castle. We will then continue west across country to Great Comberton, before making our way up to Banbury Tower. We then follow the Bredon Hill Ridge gaining all round views of the country side, before descending back into Ashton

Cannock Chase Easy Ramble

Date: Sunday 5th January 2014 Place: Cannock Chase, Staffordshire # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day We return to the southern part of Cannock Chase with Steve Dell for a 4½ mile ramble. We start near the “Castle Ring”, the site of an ancient Hill Fort. This is the highest point of the Chase and has great views. We walk into the Chase using good paths with some woodland and some open areas as well as some small pools. There are some gentle gradients but nothing too strenuous and, as usual, we will take our time. Back at the pub we can eat if we wish.

Wilmcote Easy Ramble

Date: Sunday 19th January 2014 Place: Wilmcote,near Stratford upon Avon # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) 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 mostly flat. We go through farmland using field paths and bridleways, woodland and the Stratford Canal. We start and end at The Mary Arden Inn, a lovely Inn dating back to the 1700s

Titterstone, Clee Hill & Kremlin Ramb Date: Sunday 5th January 2014 Place: Clee Hill Village near Ludlow # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Enjoy 8 scenic miles with Alan, aimed at regular Walkers with a good level of fitness, as there is one steep ascent. From Clee Hill we go across country through the pretty village of Cleeton St Mary, eventually joining the Shropshire Way from which we will climb to the top of Titterstone Hill. From the top of the hill there are tremendous all-round views across to Wales and North toward Birmingham. After the walk we can finish off with a drink at the local inn, which mysteriously is called “The Kremlin”

Offchurch & Leamington Round

Date: Sunday 19th January 2014 Place: Offchurch, Nr Leamington Spa # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) This 10 mile walk with Hamish will start and finish at the village of Offchurch on the outskirts of Leamington. We shall combine several sections from previous rambles and endeavour to arrive at the Kings Head Cubbington for a brief refreshment stop at about half way. It is a beautiful area to explore.

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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Alcester & the Arden Way Ramble

Alvecote Marina Easy Ramble

Date: Sunday 2nd February 2014 Place: Alcester # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) This 10 miler with Alan Roberts is aimed at regular walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. It may also be suitable for walkers who have completed some “beginners walking” and want more. We start in the Historic Roman Town of Alcester. From the town we will follow the Arden Way across beautiful open countryside passing through the pretty villages of Exhall and Walcote on route. We continue across country until we reach the village of Aston Cantlow where we can stop at the local Inn for drinks and something to eat. After lunch we continue across country, joining the Heart of England Way which will take us back into Alcester where we can finish with a drink at a riverside Inn.

Date: Saturday 25 January 2014 Place: Alvecote, near Tamworth # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day An easy 4½ mile ramble with Steve Dell which is fairly flat and suitable for beginners or those who want a leisurely walk. We start by walking through the village of Amington and then follow the river Anker towards Amington Hall. Then we pass Alvecote Pools Nature Reserve, a popular fishing spot and then onto Alvecote and the ruins of the Priory. The final leg is along the Coventry Canal. Back at the pub, there’s an optional Carvery for only £3.99! th

Apedale Ramble

Date: Saturday 25th January 2014 Place: Church Stretton, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Todays walk with Alan Roberts is aimed at regular walkers with a good level of fitness. The terrain is generally, moderate but with one very steep ascent and a distance of 10 miles. From the Hotel we will head off out of Church Stretton toward the Ragleth which is a steep ascent, but offers some very dramatic views of the town and surrounding countryside. Once at the top we will stop for a short rest and to take in the views before heading off across country, passing the historic farm museum at Acton Scott out into the Apedale Valley. On route we will find a quite spot to stop for lunch, after which we continue across open fields passing through the Chelmick Valley and the pretty village of Hope Bowdler.

Abberley Hill Ramble

Date: Saturday 8th February 2014 Place: Great Whitley, Nr Stourport on Severn # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) 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 yet only an hour’s drive from Birmingham. 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 veiws of the Worcestershire countryside. It's a final climb onto Adderley before returning to the Hundred House for a well earned drink.

Cannock Chase Ramble

Date: Sunday 26th January 2014 Place: Cannock Chase, Staffordshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) A 10 -12 mile ramble with Alan around the many different footpaths that spread out over the lovely chase and forestry. We hope to see some of the many deer that roam the forest. We will also endeavour to make our way past the different war memorial

Hanbury Hall Ramble & Lunch

Date: Saturday 8th February 2014 Place: Hanbury Park, near Bromsgrove # Meet: 11am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day Today we visit the lovely Hanbury park, where Hanbury hall stands. Steve Dell will take us on this 5 mile ramble which also takes in farmland and part of the Worcester & Birmingham canal. We start by going towards Pipers Hill and woods and then to a lovely church with great views. Then we head south through Hanbury Park where we can stop to admire the Hall. The return uses farmland and finally along the canal and back to the pub, where we can have our lunch if desired and replace lost fluids!

Napton on the Hill Easy/Mod Ramble

Date: Sunday 26th January 2014 Place: Napton on the Hill, South Warwickshire # Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) At the request of many regulars Steve is doing some more easy to moderate rambles. The pace will be the same but we will walk a bit further. This new ramble is from the lovely South Warwickshire village of Napton on the Hill. The walk 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 canal branches off and Napton Marina.

Bridgenorth Explorer Ramble

Date: Sunday 9th February 2014 Place: Bridgenorth, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) The area we are going to be exploring will be to the north of Bridgnorth, taking in the local parish of Astley Abbots and allowing the opportunity to follow parts of the river Severn. A lovely area to go walking with rolling countryside rather than any steep or long ascents. The ramble with Alan is aimed at walkers with a good level of fitness over a distance of 12 miles.

Shustoke Easy Ramble & Lunch

Date: Saturday 1st February 2014 Place: Shustoke, near Coleshill # Meet: 11:15am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) optional meal after – see below A revised walk in this lovely area with Steve Dell and introducing Rob Smith as a ramble leader. Rob is working with Steve to lead some existing and develop some new rambles. This is a flat walk of around 5½ miles and suitable for beginners or those who want a sociable walk. The ramble includes the lovely Shustoke Reservoir.

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Ludlow & Church Stretton Challenge

Longdon Easy Ramble

Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Saturday 1st March 2014 Ludlow, Shropshire # 8.15am Start £15 (£17 Guest) plus cost share of minibus (£80 between group, probably approx £4 each) on day and the cost of curry & drinks. This ‘challenge’ hike starts at Ludlow following parts of the Shropshire Way and occasionally going off piste to take in some magnificent views of the Shropshire countryside. The hike is aimed at regular Walkers with a very good level of fitness as the distance is 23 miles with a number of ascents. Note: The meet point is in Church Stretton where we will be picked up by a minibus and taken to Ludlow to start the challenge hike. On route we will pass the through lovely village, Onibury, Stokesay with its famous castle, Begdon and Basford before reaching the foot of the Long Myndd Hills. Yes this hike finishes with a very steep climb onto the Long Myndd before finally descending into Church Stretton. There will be a backup vehicle should the need arise. The plan is to finish the hike for about 6pm. As per usual Alan will also put on a cake stop on route! Please let the office know when making the booking so that tables can be booked for a curry in Church Stretton. We aim to eat for 19:30.

Date: Sunday 9 February 2014 Place: Longdon, near Lichfield # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) optional meal after – see below A lovely ramble from a great pub with Steve Dell and introducing Rob Smith as a ramble leader. Rob is working with Steve to lead some existing and develop some new rambles. We start from the Swan with Two Necks in the village of Longdon, between Lichfield and Cannock Chase. The ramble is around 5 miles and uses farmland and bridleways as we make our way to the Trent and Mersey canal. We then use the canal as we skirt around Handsacre and Armitage, after which we make our way back to Longdon and the pub where there is an option of a Sunday Lunch. th

Bidford on Avon Ramble

Date: Sunday 16th February 2014 Place: Bidford, between Stratford & Evesham # Meet: 10.30am Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Today we find Alan in the picturesque village of Bidford-onAvon. From the village we will follow the Heart of England footpath through the pretty villages of Barton and Dorsington, with their old world charm and thatched cottages. We continue across country to Long Marston, where we join up with Monarchs Way and head north toward Weston-on-Avon, again a beautiful riverside village with an abundance of pretty thatched cottages. We stop here for lunch and drinks at the Shakespeare Pub. After lunch we follow the Avon Valley Footpath alongside the Avon River, where we can walk past pretty weirs and see barges navigating the many locks, eventually returning back to Bidford. Although flat and easy walking, this is a full days walk of 14 miles, so is suited to regular Walkers with a good level of fitness.

Barrow and the Jack Mytton Way

Date: Sunday 2nd March 2014 Place: Nr Much Wenlock, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) 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 drink or two!

Cannock Chase Winter Mod Ramble

Date: Saturday 22nd February 2014 Place: Cannock Chase # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) This 10 mile walk with Hamish will begin and end at one of the visitor centres at the south end of Cannock Chase. We shall explore some of the lovely forest and moorland on the chase with a tea stop half way. Who knows; we might even see some snow!

Fun Run Preview Walk

Date: Sunday 2nd March 2014 Place: Meet inside MacDonalds, Sutton Coldfield Meet: 10.30am Start (Meet inside from 9.45am) Extra: Book for free - charity collection on day Join Richard to walk the 8½ miles of the Great Midlands Fun Run Course at a leisurely pace! Bookings close soon (end March) for those of you who want to join our team for the Great Midlands Fun Run on June 1st. Entering GMFR is a great experience and we hope to have around 40 taking part plus volunteers helping with the event on the day. Whether you walk, jog or run, you are very welcome to join us for this fun event. However, people are often worried about whether they are up to the challenge of 8.5 miles, so today you can find out whether you think it is for you on this free walk. We will start our walk at 10.30am, but Richard will be there from 9.45am if you want to join him for breakfast/ drinks beforehand (look for a table with a Spice Banner). The walk is all on tarmac, so is suitable for training shoes or strong shoes if you don’t have walking boots. It starts and ends around the streets of Sutton, but the majority is on the lanes in Sutton Park which are mainly traffic free. We will walk at a gentle rate and will stop at one of the café’s for a short break at the half way point. We estimate that the course will take around 4 hours. Richard will take the opportunity to talk about the fun run as we go and answer any. He will also point out any points of interest along the way such as the 3 lakes that the route passes. Above all, we hope you will be inspired to register for the Run!

Braunston to Flecknoe Round Ramble

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014 Place: Braunston, Warwickshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) We have had several rambles around the pretty village of Flecknoe. This 10 mile ramble with Hamish starts at Braunston and wends its way to Flecknoe and back via some new territory. The Old Olive Bush is a popular half way refreshment stop too.

New Members Easy Morning Ramble

Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014 Place: Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield # Meet: 10.15am for 10.30am start Cost: £3 (£5 Guest) optional meal after – see below Want to try a ramble with Spice but not sure what it involves? This is an ideal opportunity to join Richard for a couple of hours gentle rambling in Sutton Park. We will aim to see some of the lakes and different habitats in this lovely urban park. Sunday Lunch Buffet Option: This walk is timed to end in time for those also booked on our New Members Sunday Lunch at The Kabbabish to carry on afterwards. Book this separately.

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Tardebigge Locks Easy Ramble

Moreton in the Marsh Ramble

Date: Sunday 2nd March 2014 Place: Near Bromsgrove # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) We return to this lovely ramble starting from a newly refurbished pub (with great food with Steve Dell and introducing Rob Smith as a ramble leader. Rob is working with Steve to lead some existing and develop some new rambles. The ramble is around 5½ miles and starts at a lovely canal side pub with the option of a Sunday Lunch. The outward section of the ramble uses part of the Worcester & Birmingham canal including the Tardebigge flight of locks, which is both a stunning view but an impressive feat of engineering, being the longest flight of locks in the UK. We also take in views of the lovely Tardebigge reservoir. All linked with nice farmland and quiet country lanes.

Date: Sunday 16th March 2014 Place: Cotswolds # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) From the pretty Cotswold market town of Moreton in Marsh we start this 12 mile ramble with Alan by travelling westward following the Monarchs and Heart of England ways, passing through the lovely village of Blockley. We then head across country using some of the lesser known routes, passing through Northwick Park, before joining the Diamond way and heading back to Moreton via the pretty villages of Paxford and Aston Magna. Then it’s off to one of the many inns in Moreton.

Trentham & Hanchurch Ramble

Date: Sunday 23rd March 2014 Place: Trentham, Staffordshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) A magnificent 12 mile ramble with Hamish between high points at Trentham and Hanchurch in Staffordshire. This one is really not for missing as it has everything a country walk should have.

Barston & Hampton Easy Ram/Lunch

Date: Saturday 8th March 2014 Place: Barston, Nr Knowle # Meet: 11am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day Here’s an easy ramble with Steve Dell of around 4½ miles from the lovely village of Barston using field paths through farmland and bridleways. We will visit the outskirts of Hampton in Arden and the ancient packhorse bridge, as we cross over the Blythe. We return to the lovely village pub for a well-deserved drink or meal.

Claverdon Easy Ramble

Date: Saturday 29th March 2014 Place: Claverdon, Nr Henley in Arden # Meet: 11.15am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day A lovely 4½ mile ramble with Steve Dell starting from a lovely village pub with great views, on the outskirts of Claverdon. We start through the village past the church and then using field paths through farmland to the hamlet of Langley. We skirt around Knowles’s Wood as we make our way back to Claverdon for a well-earned drink and a bite to eat if you wish.

Cleobury Ramble

Date: Sunday 9th March 2014 Place: Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Starting from pretty Cleobury Mortimer we head out across country on a 11 mile walk with Alan, following the course of the river Rea and then passing through the grounds of the lovely Mawley Hall. We pass through the pretty villages of Bayton, Mamble, and Neen Solars. This walk offers some splendid views of this part of South Shropshire. At the end of the day we will find a nice pub to chill out and relax with a beer or two! The walk is aimed at members with a good level of fitness. The countryside can be best described as rolling ie no steep or long ascents.

Views of Vyrnwy Ramble & Yomp!

Date: Saturday 29th March 2014 Place: Llangynog, Wales # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Aimed at regular Walkers with a very good level of fitness. There are two very long steep ascents. Distance - 12 miles. This is a different sort of walk today, with Alan, rather than sticking to designated footpaths, much of this walk is pure cross country yomping, so it will be tough on the legs. En route we are likely to have to paddle through streams, navigate some boggy bits and do a bit of fence hopping. However it will be worth the effort as the views are stunning as we head across country toward Lake Vynwy, where we can sit by the lake and have lunch. After its back onto the mountains and more yomping all the way back to Llangynog for a well-earned rest and a drink or two.

Offchurch & Leamington Ramble

Date: Sunday 9th March 2014 Place: Offchurch, Warwickshire # Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day At the request of many regulars here is another easy to moderate ramble with Steve Dell. The pace will be the same but we will be going a little further, around 7 miles. From Leamington we go through Newbold Comyn Park and then venture out into the countryside, making our way to Offchurch. The return uses some quiet lanes a section of disused railway and the Grand Union canal. There’s a pub with the option of Sunday Lunch after.

Winchcombe Explorer Ramble

Date: Sunday 30th March 2014 Place: Main Square in the centre of Winchcombe # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) A great opportunity to explore the lovely Cotswold Countryside around the pretty town of Winchcombe with Alan. This 10 - 12 mile moderate ramble is a aimed at walkers with a reasonable level of fitness.The countryside in this part of the world can best be described as rolling with maybe the occasional short steep ascent. Places of interest include Hailes Abbey and Sudeley Castle or maybe we’ll have the option of getting the train back to Winchcombe on the Gloucester and Warwickshire railway.

Easenhall Moderate Ramble

Date: Saturday 15th March 2014 Place: Easenhall, Nr Rugby # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) This 10 mile walk with Hamish will take us around Easenhall on the north west outskirts of Rugby. We will explore the footpaths between Brinklow and Harborough Magna including a short section of canal. There’s even a refreshment stop around half way.

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Henley in Arden Figure of 8 Ramble

Earlswood Twilight Ramble & Supper

Date: Sunday 30 March 2014 Place: Henley in Arden, near Warwick # Meet: 10.30am Start or 1.15pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Figure of 8 rambles appeal both to social ramblers who want a short morning or afternoon ramble and longer ramblers who want a full day out. Steve Dell has organised this from the lovely village of Henley in Arden. Both rambles are around 4½ miles and both are fairly easy. If you choose the morning ramble you can either finish then or carry on with the afternoon one. If you fancy a shorter later starting ramble just turn up by 1:15 for the afternoon ramble. You can decide what you do on the day. The morning ramble: We start from the famous Henley High St and then following the Heart of England Way (a long distance footpath) we pass the site where Beaudesert Castle once stood. The walk uses field paths through farmland. There are a couple of gradients but not too strenuous and we will take our time. The afternoon ramble: We will use the Heart of England way (in the opposite direction) and the Arden Way. The route takes in the hamlets of Hallend, Ullenhall and Oldberrow.

Date: Wednesday 9th April 2014 Place: Earlswood, near Solihull # Meet: 7pm Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day Enjoy an easy 3½ mile ramble with Steve Dell on good paths around Earlswood Lakes and Woods. Twilight rambles start in the light but finish in the dark. The woods and the lakes are quite atmospheric in the dark so make the ramble quite interesting. You really do experience the countryside and it’s natural habitats in a very different way when night is falling. Back at the pub we will have an area reserved for us whilst we enjoy our pre-ordered food. Don’t forget your torch!

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Draycot Water Moderate Ramble

Date: Sunday 13th April 2014 Place: Draycot Water # Meet: 10.30am Start. Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) This is a walk of around 9 miles, with Hamish, includes a circumnavigation of Draycot reservoir (3.5 miles) and explores some of the off shoots from this pretty stretch of water. A good deal of flat walking some of it on smooth paths. We get excellent feedback from the rambles that Hamish runs, so if you haven’t walked with him yet, why not give him a try!

Daventry Easy/Moderate Ramble

Date: Sunday 6th April 2014 Place: Daventry Reservoir, near Braunston # Meet: 12noon Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) plus meal (if required) on day A new 7 mile ramble taking in the pretty Daventry Reservoir and Grand Union Canal with Steve Dell and introducing Rob Smith as a ramble leader. Rob is working with Steve to lead some existing and develop some new rambles. The ramble will include the shores of Daventry Reservoir, uses open access land, parts of the Grand Union Canal and the village of Welton with its pretty church. There are no significant hills and we even have a half way pub stop at a lovely canal side pub reputed to be the home of the brightly decorated jugs known as Buckby cans. After the walk we can reward ourselves with a Sunday Lunch or a just drink.

Sutton Park Hot Cross Bun Ramble

Date: Friday 18th April 2014 Place: Sutton Park, Sutton Coldfield # Meet: 1pm Start Cost: £12.50 (£15 Guest) Incl: Hot cross buns & tea/coffee In Good Friday tradition we have an event with some Hot Cross buns. Enjoy a 4½ mile ramble around Sutton Park with Cecilia, followed by Hot Cross Buns with butter & jam, and tea & coffee. 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. Back at the pub we will have an area reserved for us to enjoy our Hot Cross Buns. For those that want to eat after the ramble the pub will be doing food.

Upper Arley & Wyre Forest Ramble

Date: Sunday 6th April 2014 Place: Upper Arley, Bewdley # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) This 12 mile walk, aimed at regular walkers with a good level of fitness starts in Bewdley following the Severn Way North alongside the River Severn to Upper Arley, where we can stop at the local pub. After lunch we cross the river and continue alongside for a short while, before heading west across country following tracks and lanes, eventually entering the Wyre Forest. We then follow the course of Dowles Brook which meanders all the way back down through the forest to the River Severn, its then back down into Bewdley to enjoyone of its many riverside pubs.

Kenilworth Explorer Ramble

Date: Sunday 27th April 2014 Place: Kenilworth, Warwickshire # Meet: 10.30am Start Cost: £6 (£7 Guests) Today we are going to be exploring the area around the lovely historic town of Kenilwoth with its famous castle. This 10 -12 mile ramble with Alan is aimed at walkers with a reasonable level of fitness. Heading out towards the west of the town we will be take in parts of the millennium way and the pretty villages of Baddesley Clinton and Wroxhall.

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

Clay Pigeon Shooting

.. a traditional morning from a country shooting lodge

Date: Sunday 23rd March 2014 Place: Tardebigge, nr. Redditch (B97 6RB) # Meet: 9.30am to 1.00pm Cost: £47 (£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 Date: Sunday 16 March 2014 Place: Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield (B75 5SA) – see directions see online Meet: 9.30am meet for 10am start 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. th

Western Style Rifle Shooting Afternoon .. fire "the real thing" with the experts

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Saturdays: 8 February or 12th April 2014 Birmingham Shooting Centre, Hockley (B18 7RL) – see directions see online 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 ammo. 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! th

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Archery & Crossbow Target Experience .. calling all Robin Hood’s & Maid Marion's

Date: Saturday 15 March 2014 Place: Lea Marston Events near Coleshill (B76 0DA) # Meet: 11am to 12.30pm session Cost: £32 Member, £35 Guest If you've ever fancied yourself as Robin Hood, one of his merry men, or just fancy trying something really different, then archery & crossbow is for you. It allows you to build confidence in aiming, shooting and weapon positioning techniques, and will envelop and enhance hand-eye co-ordination, improve concentration and develop perseverance. But most of all it is fun. We start with a safety brief lead by our instructors who will be at hand to help and instruct throughout the fun experience. All you need to bring along with you is your steady hand and nerves of steel! th

Outdoor Lazer Combat

.. enjoy state of the art woodland lazer games! Date: Sunday 30th March 2014 Place: Bassetts Pole, Sutton Coldfield (B75 5SA) – Directions online Meet: 9.00am Cost: £23 Member, £25 Guest Lazer Combat is played on the same scenarios as the paintball events, but as we’re only firing light, there’s not the pain or mess. It also means that your achievements are recorded electronically. Our teams will be transported by Military Landrover to the lazer command zone to begin the fun. No goggles are required and the realistic weapons are accurate to 150m. We’ll be divided into teams and play various games/scenarios. We'll break in the middle of the session, and let you catch your breath (you don't have to be super fit to take part though!). Overalls are supplied - but wear your scruffs and bring a change of clothes (including footwear!) - you might get muddy! All in all, it is an extremely authentic battlefield experience and tremendous fun for everyone.

Indoor Rifle Shooting Evening

.. learn to shoot air rifles at this world class centre Date: Wednesday 15th March 2014 Place: National Indoor Shooting Centre, Aldersley Stadium, Wolverhampton (WV6 9NW) Meet: 7.45 for 8pm start Cost: £12 (£15 Guest) including all ammunition, equipment & instruction 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. More details: detailed directions and further information can be found online at www.spicebham.com ______________________________

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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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!

Dates: Tuesdays: ● 7 January ● 4th February ● 4th March ● 1st April 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. th

Adventure Golf at Star City! .. it's crazy golf .. but not as you know it!

Date: Mondays: 20 January or 31st March 2014 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. th

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

Date: Tuesday 14 January 2014 check online for further dates Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) Meet: 7.30pm (allow approx 2 hours) Cost: £5 Member, £6 Guest The Spice Team have got together with Roy Martin (an expert in the field of personal awareness & development 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! th

Snooker Night & Buffet .. Spice do "Pot Black"!

Date: Monday 27th January 2014 Place: Rileys, 21-22 Essex St, Birmingham (B5 4TR) Meet: 7.45pm to 9.45pm Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest This evening we have hired 5 snooker tables to run a ‘pot black’ tournament famous from the 1980’s for scoring as many points as possible. You’ll have the rules explained to you and then be entered into the tournament with a trophy for the winner. There will be a buffet for you to enjoy and we will have a exclusive area for us. A sociable and great fun evening. 42


Ice Skating Fun Night

.. an evening of learning, laughing & larking around! Date: Wednesday 29th January 2014 Place: The Leisurebox, Pershore St, Bham (B5 4RW) Meet: 6.45pm Cost: £9 Member, £12 Guest Includes: Group coaching session, Spice coordinator, admission to 10pm Ice Skating always makes for a sociable, fun Spice evening and Mark Phillips has found a great package for us that also includes coaching. So if you've always wanted an easy taster of what ice skating is all about, this is for you. We'll learn the basics of ice skating with a professional ice skating coach who will brief us and teach the basics of skating before being “set free” to ice skate together for the rest of the evening. Refreshments are available downstairs when we need a break. The Spice Itinerary: ● Arrive 6.45pm - 7.00pm for equipment kit up ● 7.00-7.30pm Ice Skating Coaching Session ● 7.30-10.00pm Ice skating free session Venue: The Leisure Box is next to the Arcadian Centre on Pershore Street. We suggest the Arcadian Car Park rather than the multi storey next door. The venue has previously been Planet Ice and Silver Blades if you are old enough to remember!

American Pool Night & Buffet .. try our special knockout competition & buffet

Date: Monday 24 February 2014 Place: Rileys, 21-22 Essex St, Birmingham (B5 4TR) Meet: 7.45pm to 9.45pm Cost: £12 Member, £14 Guest Here’s a fun social event that everyone can enjoy whether you’ve played before or are new to the game. We’ve put together a special opportunity to try pool and enter a knockout competition. This evening includes a fun tournament with 16 other members who will compete for our very own Spice trophy. There will be an opportunity to learn and practice on the tables for up to 30 minutes beforehand with a practice partner before being drawn against your opponent on a one game knockout format. Can you make it to the end and be our winner? th

Darts Night & Buffet

.. a fun evening for players of all abilities Date: Monday 17th February 2014 Place: Rileys, 21-22 Essex St, Birmingham (B5 4TR) Meet: 7.45pm Start (ends 9.45pm) Cost: £8.50 (£12 Guest) Includes: Buffet, trophy & coordinator We've arranged a great night out in a private room playing darts on 3 hockey's. Mark will be hosting the evening and will arrange you into teams to have a fun filled sociable evening. We will play many more different varieties of dart games including “around the clock”. An evening buffet will also be provided and a trophy on hand for the evenings winner

Ghost Hunting & Supper

.. a fabulous evening of history, fun & fear! Date: Thursday 30 January 2014 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! th

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Ghostly Goings On & Supper .. a thrilling ghostly tour

Date: Friday 28th February 2014 Place: Coombe Abbey, Brinklow (CV3 2AB) Meet: 6.45pm for 7.00pm Cost: £30 (£33 Guest) Includes: Guided tour, two course supper and a glass of wine Set in 500 acres of parkland Coombe Abbey was originally built as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th Century and steeped with history. This evening we will discover Coombe Abbey's past and enjoy a thrilling tour of the hotel including a ghost walk, ghost stories and a two course hot and cold buffet supper with a glass of wine in the elegant Stuart or Walnut Room.

Murder Mystery Evening and Buffet .. a sociable evening of murder & intrigue!

Date: Friday 11 April 2014 Place: Walsall Leather Museum (WS2 8EQ) Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm prompt start Cost: £25 (£27.50 Guest) Incl: Teas/ coffees, buffet & entertainment (can bring own alcoholic drinks) We’re back in the atmospheric surroundings of Walsall’s Leather Museum for a fun evening of murder mystery with a team of actors. We’ll pit our wits against the players as a drama of mysterious deaths unfolds around us. The aim is to see who can unmask the killer at the end of the evening! The evening will begin at 7.30pm prompt and will finish at around 10.15pm. A buffet will be served during the evening. Tea, coffee and soft drinks are included. There is no bar, but we are welcome to bring our own wine etc if we wish. These are popular and sociable evenings, so please book early! th

Wine Tasting - Learn to Taste Like a Pro! .. never again be afraid of the wine list!

Date: Friday 21 February 2014 Place: Connolly’s, Dovehouse Parade, 379/381 Warwick Rd, Solihull (B91 1BQ) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £19 Member, £22 Guest Whether you’re a budding Oz Clarke or simply want to gain a better understanding as to how wine is made; what distinguishes “fine wine” from everyday plonk; how to navigate your way around a wine list or how to spot a genuine bargain amongst a myriad of “special offers”, this tasting will provide you with some answers, debunk a few myths and provide a great evening’s entertainment. If nothing else, we’ll get to taste some fabulous wines under expert guidance. Our Hosts tonight: Chris Connolly of Connolly's Wine Merchants, an independent merchants, who select and ship wines from all over the world to Birmingham. They have been family owned and run since 1976. The latest edition to the Connolly's empire is the wine shop on Dovehouse parade in Solihull, with a dedicated tasting room on the second floor. st

Shootout & Party Food at the Kiddies Playcentre! .. laser weapons .. 'soft play' & sausage rolls! (what more could a big kid wish for?)

Date: Friday 31st January 2014 Place: Adventureland, Walsall Wood/ Aldridge (WS9 9AA) Meet: 7pm for 7.15pm prompt start (finishes around 9pm) Cost: £17.50 (£20 Guest) Includes: 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 will 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! There’s a café for drinks/ crisps and jugs of squash provided. 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,. Expect a fun and sociable night! Directions: Adventure Land is on Coppice Lane, which is off Northgate by the (now closed down) Focus DIY store. 44


Pub Games Night

.. lots of fun & games in the pub! Date: Wednesday 5 February 2014 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. th

Lichfield Cathedral by Candlelight

.. a private tour followed by mulled punch & home made treats! Date: Wednesday 8th January 2014 Place: The Old Stables, Lichfield Cathedral (WS13 7LD) Meet: 7.15pm 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. Edited details: Please find a full write up for this event online at www.spicebham.com

Knowle Beer, Skittles & Supper .. a great event for fun & socialising

Date: Tuesday 14th January 2014 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.

Murder in the Blackout at Coombe Abbey .. a very special murder mystery night in the Cloisters

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Saturday 18th January 2014 The Cloisters, Coombe Abbey, Brinklow (CV3 2AB) 7.00pm £39 (£45 Guest) Incl: 3 Course Dinner, Coffees, Murder Mystery Entertainment, Glass of Wine, Post Show Disco Enjoy a night of mystery, murder and mayhem at this stunning, historic, 4 star country house hotel. Set in 500 acres of parkland, overlooking formal gardens and a tranquil lake, Coombe Abbey was originally built as a Cistercian Abbey in the 12th Century and is fabulously atmospheric. Our evening will take part in the Cloisters of the Abbey. Set in the Second World War, this is an exciting evening full of double crossings, espionage and treason. Coombe Abbey has been requisitioned for War Work and you have a part to play! You arrive at The Abbey, having answered the call of duty. Please come in your 1940's work clothes or smart casual gear as you are here to help the War Effort. The Blitz of Coventry is about to begin. A Workforce is required urgently to drain the lake as it is too prominent a “signpost” for the Luftwaffe on their way to bomb the munitions factories of the City. We are here for a meal whilst being detailed with our duties. We assemble in the drinking chamber of the Abbeygate, awaiting orders. However the air raid siren shrieks out. We move to the air raid shelter to be divided into our work groups. Shock! Horror! The body of Sir Maurice de Clapper is discovered. A murder has occurred. He is the owner of Coombe Abbey .. An upright Englishman - or is he? Why has he been killed? Who did it? And what were their motives? We will enjoy a three course dinner with coffee and a glass of wine. There will be a post show disco too. 45


Indoor Bowls Taster Session with Coaching .. a sociable night trying this fun pursuit

Date: Tuesday 4 February 2014 Place: 1326 Pershore Road, Birmingham (B29 2XS) Meet: 7.30pm to 9.00pm Cost: £8 (£10 Guest) Incl: Group coaching session & Spice coordinator The origin of bowls can be traced at least as far back as the 13th century and has been popular ever since. However, like many outdoor games, bowls is affected by the weather, especially during harsh winters. As a result, indoor variations of the game were introduced. Indoor bowls is played on a surface of carpet, although there are some differences to the rules compared to outdoor bowls, it is essentially the same game.We have put on a taster evening where you will learn the indoor version of the game with a coach. There will be single and team games throughout the evening. th

Birmingham Pub Treasure Trail .. a fun, sociable discovery of Birmingham Pubs

Date: Thursday 13 February 2014 Place: The Old Royal, 53 Church St, Birmingham (B3 2DP) – directions online Meet: 7.15pm in Upstairs Room Cost: £6 Member, £7 Guest Join Steve Dell for a treasure hunt discovering some lovely pubs. We will meet in the first / last pub and work in teams of four together with a set of clues and questions to solve in the comfort of each of the pubs as you move around the city. Some will be simple observations but some will be a little more cryptic! There will be the opportunity to eat if you wish in one of the earlier pubs. These are very social events and a great way to meet other Spicers. The hunt ends up back at the last pub where you can have a drink whilst the scores are being added up and the obligatory chocolates are awarded. th

Jack the Ripper Evening & Supper .. discover the secrets of Britains first serial killer

Date: Thursday 20 February 2014 Place: Tutbury Castle (DE13 9JF) # Meet: 7.30pm to 10.30pm Cost: £23.50 (£26 Guest) Incl: 2 course supper, entertainment & Spice Coordinator Another wonderful evening at Tutbury Castle one of the countries most historic (and most haunted!) castles, yet an easy drive out from Birmingham. The evening will start with a supper of Steak and Ale Pie (or vegetarian option) and a Dessert. Jack The Ripper: We’ll enjoy a one man unique and entertaining show we discover a 'brief history' of Jack The Ripper and look at who is considered Britain's first serial killer. We look at evidence found at the murder scenes, the murder victims, as well as other victims now linked to that of the ripper murders. We look at the possible suspects of these horrid crimes. It’s an informative, factual approach to sharing the Rippers colourful history and promises also to be entertaining. Tutbury Castle was established in 1066 by William the Conqueror, and visited by Richard the Lionheart, Margaret D'Anjou, The Black Prince, Charles 1st (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. th

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

Date: Saturday 22 February 2014 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. nd

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Race Night with Fish & Chips .. enjoy a Night at the Races!

Date: Thursday 13th March 2014 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 as it is run as a social event – but there will be a prize for the most successful player on the night! We will also have a 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.

Grace Dieu Priory Ghost Walk .. an atmospheric ghost walk at this historic site!

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Thursday 20 March 2014 Thringstone, near Ashby (LE67 8LR) # 7.15pm outside Bulls Head Total is £5 (£6 Guests): paid as £2 (£3 Guests) to Spice to book & £3 to guide on the day. Includes: Private booking arrangements for Spice Extra: Optional carvery meal - meet 6.30pm in pub if you want to join us for this (price approx £4.50) Grace Dieu Priory is a very atmospheric ruin with a rich and varied history. As someone who often drives the road between the A42 and Loughborough, this stark landmark always prompts the questions “I wonder what the history is? Who lived there? How did they live and what was it really like all those years ago?”. Well, the more surprising discovery is that many believe that some of the people from the Priorys past are still there. Over the last 5 years there have been many sightings and it has caused a great deal of interest to paranormal groups. Well, today it is our turn to find out more. Our guide, John Dickinson is taking us a on a ghost walk that will explain the history of the priory and show where paranormal activity has been discovered before. He says it is essential to take a camera to capture images which might include orbs, white mist and even ghostly figures. Last time John was able to bring a historian and a medium along to help us find the best areas to hunt. The Pub & Optional Meal: We meet John outside The Bulls Head, who kindly allow parking for these events. This is a Crown Carvery pub and if you are able to get there for 6.30pm, you can join us for a meal beforehand for around £4.50. Location: From the A42(M), J13 (Ashby) take the A512 signposted Loughborough for approx 4 miles to Thringstone. The Bulls head is on the right hand side and is also signposted as the car park for The Priory. th

National Space Centre Visit .. fancy yourself as a budding Astronaut?

Date: Saturday 22 March 2014 Place: Leicester (LE4 5NS) # Meet: 11:45am for 12 noon Cost: £14 Member, £15 Guest Extra: Car Parking £2 and optional Afternoon Tea at £3.50 Ever fancied yourself as a budding Astronaut? If so, this experience is just for you! The National Space Centre is situated in the heart of the UK and many astronauts have visited the National Space Centre, including Buzz Aldrin who was part of the Apollo 11 crew who landed on the Moon.You will be greeted by a member of the Space Crew who will take you on a journey through six hands-on galleries, over 150 interactive challenges, the UK's largest planetarium and discover the amazing history of space exploration, past, present and future in an air conditioned environment. You will also benefit from being fast tracked through the ticketing process avoiding any potential queues. The 30 minute planetarium show is an award winning experience. Each show combines the latest edge-blended video technologies, sound and computer animation to immerse you in a full 360º full dome cinema experience. In addition, you will experience a 3D simulator ride which lasts approximately 12 minutes. We can finish off our Space experience with Afternoon Tea which consists of a homemade scone, served with cream and jam, as well as a cup of tea or coffee. There is an additional cost of £3.50 per person which is payable on the day. There will also be an opportunity to visit the well-stocked gift shop. The National Space Centre is easily accessed from all major arterial routes. Follow the distinctive brown rocket signs and park in one of over 400 spaces. There is an additional charge of £2 per car which is payable on the day. nd

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Night in the Trenches .. an authentic taste of WW1

Date: Friday 21 March 2014 Excellent Feedback from last visit Place: Whittington, Near Lichfield (WS14 9PY) # – read it & see photos on-line Meet: 7.15pm for 7.30pm Cost: £19 (£24 Guest) incl: team of re enactors, props & pyrotechnics, hot drink 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 Regimental 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. Refreshment: Tea and coffee are provided or you can buy wine and beer if you prefer. st

Sunday Afternoon Tea with Jazz .. relax it's Sunday!

Date: Sunday 6 April 2014 Place: Coombe Abbey, Brinklow (CV3 2AB) # Meet: 3pm to 5.30pm Cost: £22.50 (£25 Guest) Including afternoon tea & entertainment Enjoy a delicious Sunday Afternoon Tea served in Coombe Abbey's 'High Court!' With Soft Jazz providing the perfect soundtrack, this is an experience not to be missed. Now a country house hotel, Coombe Abbey was founded in 1150 AD by Cistercian Monks, then known as the Abbey of Cumbe. It has an illustrious past; Dissolution by King Henry VIII, Private residency to royalty, involvement in the infamous Gunpowder Plot to name but a few. This is a public event however we will have our own tables. th

Boudica & Supper at Tutbury Castle .. an evening with the Warrior Queen!

Date: Wednesday 16 April 2014 Place: Tutbury Castle, near Burton on Trent (DE13 9JF) # Meet: 7.15pm (ends 10.30pm) Cost: £19 (£22 Guest) includes light supper A wonderful evening at one of the countries most historic (and most haunted!) castles, yet an easy drive out from Birmingham. The castle was established in 1066 by William the Conqueror and visited by Richard the Lionheart, Margaret D'Anjou, The Black Prince, Charles 1st (when the castle was under siege in the Civil War), Henry 4th (who was declared King there), Edward 1st , Mary Queen of Scots (as prisoner 3 times), Prince Rupert and Eleanor of Aquitaine. Boudica will be created for us by curator Lesley Smith, who some of you will also know from TV’s Most Haunted programmes. The story of Boudica, although much of it is cloaked in poor detail is still absolutely amazing. Britain was a remote outpost of the Roman Empire and here in the part we now know as Norfolk, Lincolnshire and Leicester was a woman, Boudica, Queen of the Iceni tribe who frightened the hell out of the Roman Empire. With over 100,00 barbarians (as described by the Romans) she swept down the country with her red hair flying dressed in brilliant colours and ripped apart one Roman legion after another. This inspiring and mighty queen was on a mission of revenge for the rape of her daughters and an absolute determination to teach the Romans on her land - a sharp lesson. She succeeded and is never to be forgotten. There will also be a light supper before the evening starts. ______________________________ th

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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: ● Thu 13th February (6.45 for 7pm tour) ● Sat 22nd March (11.45am for 12noon tour) Place: BBC, The Mailbox, Birmingham (B1 1RF) Meet: Meet in BBC reception at time given above Cost: £10 (£12 guest) (includes booking fees & Spice coordinator) 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.

National Memorial Arboretum & Lunch .. a place of beauty, tranquillity & remembrance

Date: Saturday 22 March 2014 Place: Alrewas, nr Burton on Trent (DE13 7AR) – detailed directions online Meet: 10.30am Cost: £18.50 (£20.50 Guest) Includes: Entrance, tour, 1 course lunch & coordinator The National Memorial Arboretum is a living tribute to the wartime generations of the 20 th century and as a gift in their memory for future generations to reflect upon and enjoy. It is a huge and major undertaking, with 56 gardens and monuments created by the various forces and regiments involved in our recent history. It includes the UK's newest tree collection, the beautiful Golden Grove, Millennium Chapel, a growing collection of sculptures and a wealth of wildlife. Our Visit: We meet at 10.30am and then we can attend a homage service in the Chapel at 11.00am. At 11.30am we will join an hours guided tour. Following on from our tour we will then enjoy a Roast lunch. Desserts are available at an additional cost. Please advise if you prefer a Vegetarian option. The remainder of your visit will be free to wander. nd

Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience .. enjoy this awesome aircraft

Date: Saturdays: 11 January or 5th April 2014 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 its 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. th

St Mary's Convent Visit

.. Pugins masterpeice & the sisters who live there Date: Saturday 11 January 2014 Place: 98 Hunters Road, Handsworth (B19 1EB) Meet: 1.45pm for 2pm Tour (ends 4pm) Cost: Free Private group tour with teas after (but please make a donation) Sorry, Event full, wait list only 49 th


Dogs Home Visit

.. discover how stray dogs are rescued, reunited & re-homed! Date: Saturday 12th Apr 2014 Place: Birmingham Dogs Home, New Bartholomew St, Digbeth, Birmingham (B5 5QS) Meet: 11.30am (session ends around 1pm) Cost: No charge, but must booked as numbers very limited. Donations welcome on day 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. They are also grateful for tins of dog food, old towels, sheets, blankets and duvets

Sikh Gurdwara Visit

.. enjoy the warm welcome & hospitality of our Sikh community Date: Saturday 4th January 2014 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.

Hagley Hall Tour & Tea with Viscount Cobham .. a fabulous opportunity to meet Viscount Cobham

Date: Sundays: 5th January or 16th February 2014 Place: Hagley Hall, Hagley, Worcestershire (DY9 9LG) # Meet: 12.45pm for 1.00pm Cost: £24 (£26 Guest) includes afternoon tea & cakes Spice have enjoyed a popular series of “heirs tours” of great country estates. These have recently included James Berkey showing us around Berkley Castle and Sir Richard Fitzherbert showing us Tissington Hall. Today we have arranged a special tour of Hagley Hall with Viscount Cobham. On arrival we will meet The Viscount who will take us on a private tour, 45 - 60 minutes, and give us a full history of the Hall and some of his stories! After the tour there will be afternoon tea and cakes. About Hagley Hall: Designed in the 18th Century by Sanderson Miller, for George, first Lord Lyttleton, Hagley Hall was the last of the great Palladian houses to be commissioned. It remains the family home of the Lyttleton family. The house, begun in 1754 and completed in 1760, was built to grace the existing park, with its follies, lakes and magnificent trees, set amidst rolling hills. There are outstanding views to Worcestershire, bounded by the Malverns to the south and the Clee Hills to the south west. The interior contains a distinguished collection of 18th century furniture and family portraits including works by Batoni and Lely and has some of the finest examples of Italian plasterwork. Hagley Hall has been a family home and an integral part of the local community for 250 years. 50


Singers Hill Synagogue Visit

.. discover 152 years of this vibrant Jewish congregation Date: Monday 10th February 2014 Place: Blucher Street, Birmingham (by Mailbox) (B1 1HL) Directions online Meet: 7.30pm prompt start Extra: 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. We have also encountered great warmth and friendship. Tonight we are guests at a lovely historic Synagogue, to see around the building and to learn more about the Jewish community. We have 2 hours, much of which will be directed by the questions we ask – so come 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. 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.

Rugby Match Day Experience/Tour .. get behind the scenes with the Worcester Warriors

Date: Saturday 22th February 2014 Place: Worcester Warriors, Worcester (WR3 8ZE) # Meet: 12.00 noon Cost: £45 (£49 Guest) includes match tickets against Sale Sharks & lunch Worcester Warriors ground, Sixways Stadium has a 12,068 capacity and is set on a 65 acre site in rural Worcestershire. The Sixways complex includes the stadium pitch, indoor training centre and 15 pitches. The Warriors compete in the world’s most competitive domestic rugby union, the Aviva Premier league. We start the day with an opportunity to venture on a behind the scenes tour of some of the best facilities in rugby Premiership, including the brand new Warriors changing facilities, the gym, changing rooms before a questions and answers session. This will be a chance to meet some of the Warriors players, get some autographs and ask questions the national press wouldn't dare. There may even be a photo opportunity in the changing rooms! There will then be time for a visit to the bar and some lunch (included) before sitting down to watch the Warriors play Sale Sharks which promises to be an exciting match, and all the more exciting when you have seen behind the scenes.

Retired Greyhound Centre Visit

.. discover what happens when their career is over! Date: Sunday 23rd February 2014 Place: Near Birmingham Airport (B26 3QS) – for directions see online Meet: 11am 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’re visiting a rehoming centre where we should meet around 12 dogs and will hear about the work of this trust. It is only a small site, so you only need to allow about an hour. Warning: You may fall in love and want to take one home! Bring: A tin of pilchards, tuna or sardines. We will also have a collection, so please bring some loose change.

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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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Morgan Motors Visit

.. a wander around a motoring legend Date: Monday 10th March 2014 Place: Morgan Motor Works, Malvern Link, Worc (WR14 2LL) # Meet: 10.30am for 11am tour Cost: £14 (£16 Guest) includes booking fee & Spice coordinator The Pickersleigh Road Morgan Factory is a unique 'time capsule' where little seems to have changed since it opened in 1918! And that is probably the reason why the cars are still in such demand (the waiting list is 5 years plus!). The chasis is still made of seasoned wood and the metalwork is cut, beaten and polished by (loving) hand. We can only visit in working hours, so I'm afraid these times will not suit everyone, but if you love classic English sports cars, we figured a few of you might find a way to get there. On arrival we will be met by our guide who for the tour around this 'holy ground' and enjoy the opportunity to tour the new visitor centre that has been built to celebrate 100 years of The Morgan.

Chatsworth Behind the Scenes .. discover Chatsworth with our special tour

Date: Sunday 23 March 2014 Place: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire (DE45 1PP) # Meet: 11.15am for 11.30am Cost: £32 (£34 Guest) inc. entrance to House & Gardens. Exclusive tour Chatsworth is a truly wonderful place, but there’s more to this estate than meets the eye. Covering more than 35,000 acres of Derbyshire and Staffordshire, it has farms, woods, moorland, rivers, villages, quarries and other industries, large and small. The House and Garden provide around 89 jobs. Many of these people learn their trade on the estate. We have arranged this opportunity to go ‘below stairs’ in the working parts of the House and learn about how the building is looked after from members of the team responsible for ensuring it always looks magnificent. The tour takes around 1½ hours. After this, our tickets allow us to enjoy the Estate as tourists for the remainder of the day. rd

Hippodrome Back Stage Tour .. get inside this famous theatre!

Date: Saturdays: 29th March or 19th April 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 9.50am for 10.00am tour Cost: £12 (£15 Guest) includes booking fees, coordinator & refreshments afterwards Take a peek behind the scenes of a leading theatre which has recently been renovated to one of the finest you will find anywhere in the world. This is your chance to stand on the same stage as our most famous actors and actresses and have some of the magic explaining such as scene changes, costumes and “is that real blood?”. The secrets of sound and light are also revealed. All and more is covered in this stimulating 1.5 hour tour.

JCB VIP Visit & Lunch .. discover this world leading company

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Friday 4 April 2014 Rocester, Staffs (ST14 5LS) # 10.45am for 11am tour £29 (£32 Guest) Incl: Guided factory tour, film, exhibition tour, refreshments & lunch in their organic restaurant. Spice coordinator & booking fees We are delighted to showcase this amazing British company in the Spice Programme. Our visit will begin with a welcome from JCB, followed by refreshments and a short presentation in the JCB Theatre with their corporate AV show reel on the global manufacturing facilities and products. Afterwards we will be invited to join one of their Tour Guides for a personal tour of the new ‘’Story of JCB’’ exhibition and the JCB shop. The tour will then move on to the assembly line of the world famous Backhoe Loader machine , here you will see the process of how the machine is built from the delivery of the sheet steel, profiling, laser cutting, welding, paint shop, assembly and finally the finished product! The tour will also include the office facilities. To conclude we will be treated to lunch in their Hospitality Suite. This is a 100% Soil Associated organic restaurant and offers a really unique dining experience in the heart of the company. Notes: You must wear closed toed shoes for safety. Tour is long so may not be suitable for those with walking difficulties. th

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Guide Dog Training Centre Visit

.. how can a dog become the eyes & ears of a human? Date: Saturday 5th April 2014 Place: Edmondscote Manor, Leamington Spa (CV32 6AH) # Meet: 9.45am for 10.00am to 12.00pm 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.

Madresfield Court - the real Brideshead! .. discover this very private estate

Date: Saturday 5th April 2014 Place: Malvern, Worcs # (WR13 5AH) Meet: 10.30 for 10.45am tour Cost: £14 (£15 Guest) Includes: Booking fees & Spice Coordinator We’re delighted to have arranged this visit on one of the very rare occasions when this private estate allows tours. Madresfield Court is an arrestingly romantic stately home in the Malvern Hills that has been continuously owned and lived in by the same family, the Lygons, back to the time of the Domesday Book, and, unusually, remains in the family's hands to this day. This time capsule of 1000 years of English history gives up many brushes with greatness. Even the 3 grand pianos used to be tuned by Edward Elgar’s Father! Inside, it is a very private, unmistakably English, manor house; a lived-in family home where the bejewelled sits next to the threadbare. The house and the family were the real inspiration for Brideshead Revisited as Evelyn Waugh was a regular visitor, and based his story of the Marchmain family on the Lygons. It was also recently revealed that in World War 2, Princesses Elizabeth & Margaret were due to be evacuated there in the event of them needing to flee London. The house contains outstanding collections of furniture, pictures, porcelain and objets d’art, and a wonderful library designed by C.R. Ashbee. It is particularly a centre of the Arts and Crafts movement. The Chapel, commissioned from Birmingham artists and craftsmen in 1902, is widely regarded as the most complete, and perhaps the most lovely of all British Arts and Crafts achievements. Fittings and other commissions from the period are scattered throughout the house. The extent and quality of the collections in the house have become increasingly recognised, most recently by Simon Jenkins who rated Madresfield among the 50 best in his book on 1000 Historic Houses. The Elmley Foundation assists with conservation, research and archiving of the house’s records. Notes: The guided tour takes about 1½ hours, after which we are welcome to wander in the gardens. People with limited mobility are welcome but there are a lot of stairs and quite a lot of standing. There are no refreshment facilities at Madresfield Court but there are toilets in the Playroom where the tours start.

Brewery Museum Tour in Burton on Trent .. an exclusive tour including samples of real ales!

Date: Sunday 2nd February 2014 Place: National Brewery Museum, Burton on Trent (DE14 1NG) Meet: 10:45am for an 11am private tour Cost: £9.50 (£10.50 Guest) Join our friends in Spice East Midlands to learn about the legendary Bass family and their role in the development of brewing. The museum also celebrates the social history of the development of brewing - the real life experiences and stories of the people who helped to build Burton's world-renowned brewing reputation. Tours start with a holographicstyle presentation of the history of brewing after which our experienced guide takes us through each step of the brewing process and explain the fascinating roles that the steam engines and vintage vehicles on show played in the development of the industry. The William Worthington microbrewery brings the tour up to the present day - with the chance to sample some great local ales brewed on site! The tour includes a pint of your choice of one of the real ales (or four quarters of different ales). We have a Spice exclusive tour which last around 2 hours. At the end there’s the option of a Sunday Carvery for £6.95. There’s lots of free parking or if you want a drink the museum is a short walk from Burton BR Station. ______________________________ 53


Sport & Fitness 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.

Hoola Hooping

.. have a workout with a Hoola Celebrity Date: Sunday: 19 January 2014 Place: Midland Arts Centre, Edgbaston - Performance Studio (B12 9QH) Meet: 10.45am for 11am – 12noon session Cost: £7 (£9 Guest) includes equipment & tuition Ever fancied trying Hoola Hooping properly – and learning how to have fun and tone up at the same time? Well Spice men & women - here’s your chance! We've arranged a beginner’s class where you can improve your self confidence, body tone and most of all do a team activity that will make you friends and learn everything you need to know about this fantastic new fitness craze. Julia will be looking after you for this exciting session where she in the past has performed at Glastonbury Festival and many public events across the world showcasing her wonderful talent. She’s an expert in her field and will show you all sorts of tricks and techniques, then progress into music and a fitness experience. th

Fencing for Beginners

.. try your hand at this Olympic sport! Date: Wednesday 15 January 2014 check for further dates online Place: The Budokan, Sutton Street, Birmingham (B1 1PE) see directions online Meet: 7pm prompt start (ends 9pm) Cost: £15 Member, £17.50 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! th

Golf - Learn to Play in a Day .. learn at this prestigious club

Date: Sunday 16 March 2014 Place: Warwickshire Golf & Country Club (CV35 7QT) # Meet: 9am (ends around 3pm) Cost: £35 (£39 Guest) Includes: tuition, teas/ coffees & light lunch We have been given the opportunity to broaden our introduction to golf sessions at this great location. It’s the perfect 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. The package includes light lunch and refreshments (full details online). th

Unihoc (mixed indoor hockey) .. come and join our friendly unihoc players

Dates: ● Thu 9 Jan ● Mon 27 Jan ● Thu 13 Feb ● Mon 24 Feb ● Thu 13 Mar ● Thu 27 Mar ● Mon 7 Apr ● Thu 24 Apr Place: NIA (Community Hall) St Vincent St. (B1 2AA) – directions online Meet: 8pm – 10pm Cost: £6 (Guests £7) “EARLY BOOKER” Rate £5 (members only)* 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 helps for us to know numbers well in advance (we can’t play with less than 2 teams!). Therefore we offer an “early booker” rate of £1 discount if you book over 14 days before. 54


Badminton at the NIA

.. a sociable evening & a great workout! Dates: Every Wednesday through Jan, Feb, Mar & Apr (except for Mar 5th as closed) Meet: 7 to 9pm (2 hour session) Book 4 Sport dates at Place: NIA (Community Hall) St Vincent St. (B1 2AA) NIA & get a 5th free Cost: £6 (Guests £7) including all equipment A fun evening of badminton, 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. Players rotate to give everyone a Variety of games.

Badminton for Fun

.. regular sessions at Coventry, Wolverhampton & Worcester Date: ● Coventry: Every Weds ● Worcester: Every Mon ● Wolverhampton: Every Weds 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 All sessions FREE during Meet: 1 hour session at each venue: 8.00pm to 9.00pm Jan, Feb & Mar 2014 Cost: All sessions in Jan, Feb & Mar will be FREE but must be pre booked We have a number 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.

Tennis for Absolute Beginners .. an indoor introduction to the game

Date: Tuesday 14 January 2014 Place: Billesley Tennis Centre, Wheelers Lane (B13 0ST) – directions online Meet: 6.45pm for 7.00pm - 9.00pm Cost: £8 (£12 Guest) Incl: 2 hour hire of courts and one hour coaching session, rackets & balls We've set up a coaching and playing experience to introduce you to the wonderful game of tennis. Our group of Spice “first timers” will enjoy a one hour group coaching session with a Professional LTA coach on the basics of the game. Once this session is over we've laid on 2 indoor courts for you to put your practice into play with the fellow Spicer’s for a further hour. It will all be in fun and prepare you to join a new sport while getting fit and having fun at the same time. You won’t be expected to be on court for the whole time. There will be opportunities to sit outand take a break as you wish th

Badminton at Barr Beacon .. have fun playing people of all levels!

Date: Fridays: 10 Jan, 17th Jan, 24th Jan or 31st Jan 2014 Place: Barr Beacon Leisure Centre, Barr Beacon (WS9 0RF) – directions online Meet: 7.00pm - 8.00pm Cost: £5 Member, £6 Guest We've secured excellent modern facilities for you to play Spicers of all abilities. You don’t need great skill, as the object is just to have fun. The venue is convenient for most North Birmingham locations, and there's free parking! th

Aqua Aerobics .. make a splash

Date: Monday 13 January 2014 Place: Barr Beacon Leisure Centre (WS9 0RF) – directions online Meet: 7.45pm for 8pm - 9pm session Cost: £5.50 (£7.50 Guest) includes a £1.50 booking fee This evening we’re joining an existing aqua aerobics class at Barr Beacon Sports Centre. Aqua Aerobics is a great event for toning, keeping fit and dancing away to music in water. You’ll be working and strengthening your muscles in the water whilst strengthening and relaxing aches and pains. This is an hour’s taster class. Jump in the deep end and give it a go. th

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Girls Roller Skating Lesson .. a great opportunity to discover skating

Date: Thursday 23 January 2014 Place: Doug Ellis Sports Ctr, Perry Barr (B42 2SY) Meet: 6.45pm for 7pm to 9pm session Cost: £12 (£15 Guest) Includes: Skates, pads, helmets and full instruction Another great opportunity to find out about Roller Skating with Central City Rollergirls who are a feisty bunch of enthusiastic skaters who are keen to pass on their love of the Sport. We've put on a taster session where you will learn to indoor skate around a velodrome. You will be shown all the tricks of the trade on indoor roller skates from basic to the more advanced overtaking moves. Our instructors compete in a full contact sport, but we will not be doing this today! You will however be taught to skate around the track and have lots of fun. Important: This session is for girls only sorry. You must give your shoe size when booking so that skates can rd

Spice "Biggest Loser" 12 Week Challenge .. have fun getting in shape in the New Year

Date: Every Tuesday from 7th January to 25th March 2014 Place: Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) – directions online Meet: 7pm every Tuesday for 12 Weeks (Each session approx. 1½ hours) Cost: £49 (£59 Guest) Incl: professional instruction, venue hire & prizes This incredibly popular 12 week Spice Challenge is run by our very own sports co ordinator Mark Phillips. You will start a weekly session where you will work in a team alongside mark to help you achieve weight loss and improve your general fitness. All your results will be recorded and you will have weekly “weigh ins” alongside motivational talks, gentle exercise sessions and the motivation of winning our mystery prizes at the end of the contest for our most successful candidate and most successful team. You will be judged not only on the pounds you have lost but the inches lost that have melted away combining points each week to go to your grand total. Everyone will be treated fairly and equally and most of all we will help each other achieve our goals and aspirations. This event is open to everybody from all ages and backgrounds men or women and there are only 20 places so book quickly to avoid disappointment. The programme consists of a range of wonderful fitness challenges, games, fun, talks, guest speakers and your own personal trainer who will also help you attain your targets outside the class. The course finishes at the end of March, by which time you should look great and have much more energy for the summer season ahead. You will also have made lots of new friends and be part of a very supportive community of like minded people. “I’d love to do that .. but ..”: If you want to lose weight (and who doesn’t!), don’t let anything steal your dream. ● If you can’t make every one of the 12 dates, don’t worry, you will be able to pick up where you left off. ● If you think you are too old, too big, too unfit .. you won’t be as this is course is for everyone. ● If you are nervous of everyone knowing your statistics – don’t be as Mark will be very sensitive and discrete. Also, the results are based on percentages rather than pounds. ● If you have any other questions getting in the way, call Mark on 07765 138475 or email him at mark@spicebham.com

Zumba for Fun

.. a fun filled and exciting lesson of Zumba Date: Friday 7 February 2014 Place: Barr Beacon Leisure Centre, Barr Beacon (B12 9QH) Meet: 7.30pm - 8.30pm Cost: £6.50 Member, £7.50 Guest Extras: includes a £1.50 admin fee We've arranged a fun filled and exciting lesson of Zumba at Barr Beacon Leisure Centre. Zumba is a fun filled Latin inspired dance routine that anyone can pick up and learn to get fit. Our instructor Julia also runs the hoola hooping sessions is a vastly experienced dance teacher. Come and join the Zumba at this sociable event. ________________________ th

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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 you can 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 rates for Spice members (but please note that non members have to pay the public price including booking fees so we dont compete with their public pricing). ● Kenny Thomas - Wednesday 29th January 2014 Kenny Thomas first broke through into the UK charts in 1991 with his debut “Outstanding" and then followed through with three more hits that year, including “Best of You”, and “Thinking about your Love”. Kenny’s first album sold 600,000 copies. Kenny continued to perform and record throughout the ‘90s and into the ‘00s. A recent revival following the release of his last album “Breathe” has seen him touring the extent of the UK and Europe, and he plays the Jam House for the very first time this January. ● Shakatak - Wednesday 5th March 2014 “Night Birds”, “Down on the Street”, and “Easier Said than Done” are just three of the instantly recognisable tracks of Shakatak, a band at the fore-front of the UK Jazz Funk scene of the early ‘eighties. Still touring worldwide, the Jam House is proud to present these top-flight musicians for what promises to be a great show. ● Toploader - Thursday 17th July 2014 Toploader are an alternative rock band from Eastbourne who formed in 1997, with over two million album sales to their name and a string of top 20 hits both home and abroad. Their debut album, Onka's Big Moka, sold over one million and remained in the Top 5 of the UK Albums Chart for over six months. However, they are recognised most of all for their cover of King Harvest's song "Dancing in the Moonlight", which became a global hit for the band. Their second album, Magic Hotel, reached number 3 in the UK Albums Chart. Their 3rd album was released in 2012, their comeback single "Turn It Around" was released in 2013. ● Roachford - Thursday 11th September 2014 Roachford stormed the charts in the late ‘eighties with the classic “Cuddly Toy”, followed by successes such as “Family Man”, “Get Ready”, “Only to be With You” & “The Way I Feel”. Solo success & lead with Mike and the Mechanics, ensures that this show will be full of great songs by a significant & skilled performer. ● The Real Thing - Thursday 18th September 2014 A major influence in the British soul scene in the ‘70s & ‘80s, Liverpool trio, The Real Thing, shot to recognition with the chart success of “You to Me are Everything” in the UK and US. They followed this with a series of classic dance tracks – "Can't Get By Without You", "You'll Never Know What You're Missing", “Can You Feel the Force”, "Love's Such a Wonderful Thing", "Whenever You Want My Love", "Let's Go Disco" , "Rainin' Through My Sunshine", "Boogie Down (Get Funky Now)", "She's a Groovy Freak", and of course, "Can You Feel the Force?". 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 social vibe” I’m afraid. However, we will get Spice members together if we can (but bear in mind that there will be several hundred members of the public there as well, so this may not be easy). As you are pre booked, you can ignore any queue and go straight to the entrance where your name will be on a list (there are no tickets). Dress: Smart dress - no trainers or ripped denim. Shirts for gentlemen please. The Spice Deal: This is a special “Spice Offer” to Spice members for just 30 tickets .. when they’re gone – they’re gone!

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 your place. Our normal terms do not apply.

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Cinema Nights - Birmingham .. informal get togethers for film lovers

Date: Sundays: 12 Jan, 16th Feb, 16th Mar and 20th April 2014 Place: Cineworld, Broad Street (corner of Broad St & Bishopsgate St) (B15 1DA) Meet: Meet 5.50pm in foyer (meet coordinator Jay on 12th Jan or Sean in Feb, Mar & Apr) Extra: No cost to book, but you buy your film ticket on the night. This is an informal opportunity for film lovers to get together each month at Birmingham’s prime multiplex cinema. Most of the films have screenings starting between 5.45 & 6.30pm, so we will meet the coordinator in the Foyer and decide which films we want to see. We expect that most people will join the coordinator at a film that they recommend, however, you can see a different film if you wish and we can split into smaller groups so no one needs to sit alone. Once we’ve bought our tickets we have access to the cafe bar upstairs which we’ll use as our base before and after the films. After our film, we can enjoy discussing what we’ve seen as a group of “Spice Critics”. More details: directions and link the cinema programme can all be found in the online version of this writeup. th

Cinema Nights - Rubery

.. an informal get together for film lovers Date: Fridays: 31 January, 28th February, 28th March & 30th May 2014 Place: Empire Cinema, Great Park (B45 9FP) – see directions online Meet: Meet 7.30pm in foyer (Volunteer coordinator Rachel Reeve - 07530 721431) Extra: Pay for film ticket on the night This is an informal opportunity for film lovers in the Rubery area to get together each month at this excellent multiplex cinema. Most of the films have screenings starting around 8pm (or half an hour either way, so we will meet our coordinator, Rachel in the Foyer and decide which film to see. We expect that most people will join the coordinator at a film that she recommends, however, you can see a different film if you wish. If there is time, before and after the film we can use the nearby pub as our base and discuss our films together. st

Planetarium Show

.. an out of this world experience! Date: Saturday 25 January 2014 Place: Planetarium, Think Tank, Millinnium Point (B4 7XG) Meet: 5.45pm for 6.00pm performance (ends 6.45pm) Cost: £12 (£15 Guest) Spice exclusive booking of whole Planetarium An exclusive Spice evening in space! Enjoy a spellbinding 360° voyage in this state of the art planetarium. Tonight we will now be seeing 3 presentations (totalling 50 minutes): 1) Wonders of the Universe (20min): This film shows our universe in detail including such things as nebulae, galaxies, supernovae then each of the planets in turn. 2) New Horizons (25min): This film follows a comet as it travels through the solar system. We look at each planet. 3) Spacepark 360 (5min): This is a fun film, showing the audience on a roller coaster on Triton (a moon of Neptune). You get to see the moon, planets & universe from a fifferent perspective (and it's a bit of fun!). th

Irish Comedy, Music & Craic with Sheila .. a night of Irish madness with Sheila McMahon

Date: Friday 14 March 2014 Place: The Patrick Kavanagh, Trafalgar Rd, Moseley, Birmingham (B13 8BX) Meet: 8.30 for 9 -11pm show Cost: £8 (£9 Guests) paid as £2 (£3 Guests) deposit to book plus balance of £6 on door Sheila McMahon has a tremendous following in Spice. She is a very funny Irish comedienne (remember “Aunty Betty?”) and also an entertaining singer/ songwriter. As ever, she promises a truly Irish experience of laughter, music and general “craic”! It’s a real celebration of all that is Irish in the lead up to St Patrick’s Day in just 3 days time. Notes: Doors open 8.30pm and we will do our best to keep the Spice members together although there will also be members of the public along. The Patrick Kavanagh does not have a car park, so leave extra time to find roadside parking. th

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 your place. Our normal terms do not apply.

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The Complete History of America (Abridged) .. 600 years of history in 6000 seconds…

Date: Tuesday 7th January 2014 Place: Highbury Theatre, Sheffield Road, Sutton Coldfield (B73 5HD) – full details online Meet: 7pm to collect tickets for 7.30pm Cost: £12 (£14 Guest) Cost includes booking fees & Spice Coordinator Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com

Bouncers at the Blue Orange

.. John Godber’s hilarious parody on night club society Date: Friday 7 February 2014 Place: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Gt Hampton St (B18 6AD) Meet: 7.15pm to collect tickets for 7.45pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Matthew Bournes Swan Lake .. the sexy, contemporary interpretation!

Date: Wednesday 12 February 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm 'curtain up' Cost: £39.50 Member, £42 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Loot

.. enjoy this black comedy from Joe Orton Date: Tuesday 18 February 2014 Place: Highbury Theatre, Sutton Coldfield (B73 5HD) Meet: 7pm to collect tickets for 7.30pm Cost: £12 (£14 Guest) Cost includes booking fees & Spice Coordinator Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Tonight's the Night

.. experience this West End hit musical Date: Thursday 27 February 2014 Place: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (B5 4DS) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £32 (£35 Guest) includes booking fees Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Macbeth at the Blue Orange .. enjoy Shakespeare at his best

Date: Friday 7 March 2014 Place: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Gt Hampton St (B18 6AD) Meet: 7.15pm to collect tickets for 7.45pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Cancellation Terms – Ticketed Events

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Fiddler on the Roof

.. starring Paul Michael Glaser as Tevye Date: Tuesday 11th March 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £31.50 Member, £33 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com

An Inspector Calls

.. an absolute classic J B Priestly play Date: Friday 21 March 2014 Place: Crescent Theatre, Birmingham (B1 2JA) Meet: 7pm in bar to collect tickets for 7.30pm Cost: £14 Member, £16 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com st

Singin in the Rain

.. this show will put a smile on anyone’s face Date: Monday 24 March 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £39.50 Member, £42 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Steel Magnolias

.. the funniest play ever to make you cry Date: Tuesday 25 March 2014 Place: Highbury Theatre, Sutton Coldfield (B73 5HD) Meet: 7pm to collect tickets for 7.30pm Cost: £12 (£14 Guest) Incl: Cost includes booking fees & Spice Coordinator Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

West Side Story

.. the stunning new West End production Date: Tuesday 15 April 2014 Place: Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham (B5 4DS) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £39.50 Member, £42 Guest Includes: Booking fees Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Happy Days .. the Fonz is back!

Date: Wednesday 23 April 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £31.50 Member, £33.50 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com rd

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 your place. Our normal terms do not apply.

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Lord of the Flies (Matthew Bourne) .. a chilling, beautiful & hugely entertaining ballet

Date: Wednesday 14th May 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £36.50 Member, £38 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com

One Man Two Guvnors

.. experience the National Theatre production Date: Tuesday 27 May 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £34 Member, £36 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

La Fille Mal Gardee

.. funny, tender & true. A lovely ballet Date: Thursday 12 June 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm 'curtain up' Cost: £42.50 Member, £44.50 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Wicked

.. an unforgettable, enchanting experience Date: Wednesday 16 July 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm for 7.30pm Cost: £55 Member, £57 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

Cats

.. one purrfect musical! Date: Tuesday 16 September 2014 Place: Birmingham Hippodrome, Hurst Street (B5 4TB) # Meet: 7.00pm - 7.30pm. Cost: £42 Member, £45 Guest Please find details of this and other 2014 productions on our website www.spicebham.com th

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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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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!

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Saturdays: 18 January or 29th March 2014 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 at a £2 supp. sorry) 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. th

Drumming Experience for Beginners .. Spice help you realise another childhood ambition

Dates: Tuesday 14th January 2014 Place: Drum School, Lawley Middleway, Birmingham (B4 7XX) Meet: 7.00pm to 9.00pm session 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.

Breadmaking Workshop at Hindleys .. learn from Britain's award winning TV bakers

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Wednesday 19th February 2014 10 Tamworth Street, Lichfield (WS13 6JJ) – Directions online 6.45pm for 7pm start (Ends around 10pm) £55 (£59 Guest) Includes: 3 hours hands on practical with demonstration from Duncan Hindley, All ingredients & equipment including aprons and hats Your delicious bread creations to take away. Full instruction & recipe cards Exclusive out of hours group arrangements for Spice Hindley’s Bakery is quite an institution and has been in the centre of historic Lichfield since 1893! Some of you may have seen them on TV last year taking the title of ‘Best Bakery in the West Midlands’ (Britain's Best Bakery - ITV). So we think we’ve found the very best people to teach us how to bake perfect bread! We have arranged to be taught by Duncan Hindley himself, who is the fourth generation of Hindley Bakers and he has agreed to run a special, exclusive evening course just for Spice! We will learn basic bread making skills within an informal and friendly environment. The course lasts 3 hours and is suitable for beginners. They supply all ingredients & equipment, apron, hat and refreshments afterwards (tea or coffee). The best bit!: Of course you take home 2 bags of your own bread, extra yeast, flour and instruction sheet! 62


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

Date: Sunday 9th March 2014 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

Ukulele for Fun

.. have fun learning this popular instrument! Date: Sunday 16 February 2014 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. th

Nine Steps to Happiness

.. another evening with "the happiest lady in the Midlands" Date: Thursday 30th January 2014 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’s 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.

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Fire Eating Workshop .. this one you've got to try!

Date: Sunday 9 March 2014 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. th

Makeover or Boudoir Photography Session .. don't you deserve a fantastic image?

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Saturday 25 January 2014 (Check for future dates online) Theo Georgio, Gracechurch Centre, Sutton (B72 1PH) 2 hour timeslot to be arranged with you £19 (£25 Guest) Includes: Make up, hair styling 1 print (further prints can be purchased) Extras: Studio will ask for a £20 security deposit when they call to confirm your timeslot. This is returnable & just to ensure you don’t miss the appointments Whether you want a fabulously flattering picture for your wall, your Facebook account, or for family and friends, this is a great way to boost your confidence by discovering just how beautiful you really are with the help of experts. We are very pleased with this special Spice arrangement with our friends at Theo Georgio. The photographer is a very talented and creative lady who will work with you to get exactly what you want from the day. For a very modest price, you get all of the following: ● Bucks fizz on arrival ● Session with make up artist ● Session with hair stylist (not washed or cut) ● Selection of studio portraits with 3/4 changes of clothing & backgrounds ● One free print and the opportunity to buy others that you like. How it works: Once you have booked your date with Spice, we will pass your contact details to the studio who will call you to arrange the most convenient time. Sessions are 2 hours in total (1 hour makeover & 1 hour photography) and Spice timeslots start 1 per hour. The studio will also discuss what type of look you want to achieve. At the end of your shoot the studio will arrange a mutually convenient time for you to come back and view your pictures. At the viewing appointment your £20 viewing deposit is returned (or you might wish to put it towards buying extra pictures). On the day: Just turn up with your favourite outfits and accessories, be this lingerie, nightwear, bags, boots, jewellery etc. Other Spice members will be made up as you are being photographed (and vice versa) but you may not come into contact with the others – this is a treat for you rather than a group activity. Note: In booking this event you agree to us passing your contact details directly to the studio. th

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Pottery Workshop

.. learn a range of pottery techniques Date: Sunday 2 February 2014 Place: Liz Monk Studio Pottery, Nr Bromsgrove (B61 0QG) – directions online Meet: 11.00am (ends 4pm) Cost: £45 (£49 Guest) includes materials, firing, tea & cake Liz Monk Studio Pottery & Gallery is situated on a picturesque traditional farm courtyard, set in the north Worcestershire countryside. Manor Farm is a working farm, where the Monk family have lived and made their livelihood for the past 35 years. The traditional farm buildings have been sympathetically converted into a pottery studio and gallery, to accommodate the next generation of the Monk family’s passion for contemporary British Crafts. Liz has worked in the craft pottery sector since she graduated in 1996 with a ceramic design degree. During this time she has trained with some of the leading names in ceramics today, both from the UK and Japan. This has included completing a four and a half year pottery apprenticeship. In 2002 she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship for her achievements in the craft sector. The entire pottery production process is carried out on the farm by Liz, from making the clay body to firing the finished pieces in her large gas kiln. Join in one of the pottery workshops, where Liz will teach us a range of pottery techniques, including throwing on the potter's wheel and hand-building skills, such as slabbing and coiling. Sessions are tailored to the individual needs and requirements of the group, whether you are an absolute beginner or if you wish to build on existing skills. The cost includes pottery materials and the firing of items made on the course, ready for collection at a later date – as well as a refreshing tea break and yummy home-made cake! nd

Mind Management Workshop

.. overcome the obstacles to a happy & succesful future! Date: Sunday 19th January 2014 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Rd by NEC (B92 0EH) Meet: 10.30am start (Finish around 4.30pm) Cost: £45 (£49 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!

Ten Things Everyone Should Know about DIY .. an enlightening look at DIY that could save you a fortune!

Date: Sunday 9th February 2014 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) – see directions online Meet: 10.30am to approx 1.30pm Cost: £10 Member, £12 Guest Martin Grogan is a TV DIY personality, FreeIndex’s most highly rated handyman and the founder of the UK Guild of Handymen. This morning he will cover the DIY basics 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 65


Flirting for Fun

.. a practical day's workshop from Kate Hull-Rodgers! Date: Saturday 15th February 2014 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Rd by NEC (B92 0EH) – See directions online Meet: 10.30am Cost: £49 (£55 Guest) inc teas/coffees & sandwiches at lunch Our most popular and famous workshop on this fun (and very usefull!) skill of flirting. Kate, who runs a number of workshops for us with an emphasis on humour (so you know this one is going to be great fun!), has put together this day exclusively for Spice and has had great reviews from members all over the UK. So what is Flirting? ... well... Flirting isn’t just about pulling or getting lucky, it’s a lot more than that. Flirting is a way of interacting with people that makes it fun and easy to connect and makes them want to be with YOU. Yes, you can flirt to find a mate (or keep the one you’ve got) but you can also flirt to get a seat in a restaurant, jump a queue, bargain down a price, get that sale, or just to make someone feel good. “We flirt because flirtation can be a liberating way to play a game with suspense & ambiguities that brings joys of its own” Psychology Today Over 65% of us find communicating with new people in social or business situations difficult. Flirting can make it easier. 75% of couples report that relationships go stale if they don’t continually inject them with some energy and fun. Flirting can keep it fresh. Today we will explore ways to hone our flirting skills. Never be misconstrued again, be confidant enough that the fear of rejection diminishes. Through communication exercises, group discussion, anecdotes, role play and games such as Rude Food, Flirt and Faffe, and Wink Murder we will develop new attitudes and ways of connecting with others. The skills and behaviours you discover will apply to any area of your life. You will learn to: ● easily raise your self esteem ● instantly get into a heightened state of fun ● have a meaningful conversation - one word at a time ● be clear what non verbal signals you’re sending out ● give and accept compliments & rejection gracefully and easily ● tune into other people and read their sexual or non-sexual signals ● observe and respect peoples preferences for language and personal space

Australia by Ian on Australia Day .. his offbeat assesment of the land down under!

Date: Sunday 26 January 2014 Place: Royal Hotel, High St, Sutton Coldfield (B72 1UD) – Directions online Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £8 Member, £10 Guest 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! th

Stained Glass Workshop

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Saturday 22 February 2014 Rock, Nr Kidderminster (DY14 9TH) # 10.00am - 4.30pm £95 (£100 Guest) PAID AS £15 (£20 Guest) deposit to Spice to book PLUS balance of £80 to supplier on the day. Incl: instruction, materials, drinks & a masterpiece to take home We’ve linked up with The Stained Glass Academy who offer leaded glass tuition and workshop courses, teaching beginners and intermediates the art of leaded glass. Under expert guidance you will create your own beautiful object in stained and leaded glass. You will learn how to cut glass, with straight lines, fun curves and shapes before designing your masterpiece. We will be making beautiful light catchers, so you can choose the shapes and colours yourself. Next you will make a pattern, which can be your own design. Then it's time to choose the glass with its various colours and textures and cut the glass to your pattern before fixing it all together. The medium that we will be using is Copper foil, this is used for more intricate work such as Tiffany lamps and panels and is ideal for the delicate light catchers. You will be shown how to wrap each piece of your glass in Copper foil and place them over your pattern. You are now ready to be taught the art of soldering and be shown how to solder all the pieces together. Finally, with a bit of antiquing and buffing your masterpiece will be complete. This beautiful and individual piece of Artwork is then yours to take home. Tea, coffee and biscuits are included in the day however you will need to bring a packed lunch. 66 nd


Glass Art Workshop

.. an introduction to making stunning glass designs! Date: Sunday 9th March 2014 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. 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. 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 nearby. No experience is necessary for the day and the panels you produce will be available 2 days later for collection.

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

Date: Sunday 16 February 2014 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 what you’ve 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! 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 More Info: This is an edited writeup, for the full writeup and for directions to the hotel, see the online version. th

Makeup Skills Lesson with Esther Marie .. be more confident when you apply your makeup

Date: Sunday 26 January 2014 Place: Spice Office, 6A Burnett Rd, Streetly (B74 3EJ) – see details online Meet: 2pm to 6pm Cost: £26 Member, £29 Guest includes teas/ coffees & biscuits 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 4 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. A wide range of makeup and skincare products will be provided from a wide range of top cosmetic companies. However please bring your makeup bag if you would like advice on the products you are currently using. th

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Saxophone for Beginners

.. from total sax virgin to playing the blues Date: Saturday 8 March 2014 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. th

Everyday Hairstyling & Makeup Lesson .. achieve that just stepped out of the salon look at home

Date: Wednesday 19th February 2014 Place: Shear Success Clarence Rd, Sutton Coldfield (B74 4LT) Meet: 7pm for 7.15pm Cost: £5 Member, £8 Guest You know the feeling you bounce out of the hair salon feeling wonderful, two days later you wash and dry your hair yourself and it looks nothing like it did two days ago when you left the salon. Join the Shear Success team for a relaxed evening where we will discuss the perfect hairstyle to suit your faceshape and show you hints and tips to enable you to get the most from your particular haircut. If you have long hair they can show you easy ways to achieve an 'up do' for both day and night. Bring along the tools you currently use or can't use! To perfect your look the make up artists will then show you how to apply make up for a perfect daytime finish.

Pamper Evening at Shear Salon & Spa .. a night of pampering

Date: Wednesday 19 March 2014 Place: Shear Success Clarence Rd, Sutton Coldfield (B74 4LT) Meet: 7pm for 7.15pm Cost: £5 (£8 Guest) Incl: canapés, glass of bubbly, and two mini pampering treatments Join the Shear Success team for a night of pampering, enjoy canapés and a glass of bubbly, then choose two of the following mini pampering treatments, mini facial, mini massage, mini manicure, mini pedicure, threading, spray tan, head shoulder and neck massage, hand and arm massage, hair style or colour consultation, hair styling including a hair styling lesson, make up lesson. Take home a goody bag of mini products including money off vouchers. th

Find My Past - Family History Evening .. an evening with the Mormon experts

Date: Thursday 27 March 2014 Place: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints Coulter Family in the 1930’s (and no .. I’m not on it!) Penns Lane, Walmley, Sutton Coldfield (B76 1JU) Meet: 7.30pm to approx 9pm Cost: Free The Mormons (or to be correct, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints) are the undisputed experts when it comes to tracing our ancestors. At our recent "Behind the Scenes" at the church, a lot of people expressed interest in knowing more about this area of their work and the billions (yes, literally) of records that they hold. So we have persuaded Keri to put on a very special evening for us. There are vast resources as the church runs the website www.familysearch.org and shares information in partnership with www.ancestry.co.uk This evening we have an opportunity for you to bring some family history information with you and to let the volunteers help you to find your ancestors. We have a variety of resources including FamilySearch, Ancestry and Find My Past.st: Important: This is a free event, but you must be pre booked in order to attend. Arranging this type of event is very dependent 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 (whether or not you agree with them). More: On the online version of this writeup you will find directions and also a link to a fascinating video. 68 th


Blacksmithing Evening .. learn a new skill with friends

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Wednesday 15th January 2014 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 such as iron gates, decorative ironwork and even the candlesticks for Lichfield Cathedral! Each 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. There will be demonstrations before we get to make an item ourselves. Each session lasts a couple of hours, after which there’s the Shoulder of Mutton just across the road! 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 of 6 people. Please choose 6.30pm or 8.30pm when you book.

RAID - Rapid Action Initiated Defence .. the ultimate 2 day self development course

Date: Saturday 22 to Sunday 23rd February 2014 Place: TA Centre, 4 Mercian, Fallings Park, Wolverhampton (WV10 9QR) # Meet: 9.30am - 5.30pm Each Day Cost: £420 (£440 Guest) Incl: Intensive 2 day non residential course. Refreshments Extra: £50 charge for those that wish to complete the assignments and receive the level 3 Certification This is no ordinary self defence course, but a whole experience in self development that will make you much more confident in any area of potential conflict in your life. Feedback from past students confirms that it will benefit many areas of your life. It’s a uniquely different approach to modern self defence and conflict management. The system has been designed by Tremaine Kent a retired member of UK Elite Special Forces and pioneer in self defence. The course is unique in that it not only develops your survivability on the street but also provides an academic portfolio. The intensive course is delivered via e-learning modules and over a weekend (Saturday and Sunday) where you will be submerged in personal security and defence training. The course has been designed for anyone irrespective of age, gender or physical prowess and is delivered in a safe friendly environment. You’ll learn new concepts that will keep you safe and boost your confidence. nd

They are so confident in their teachings that they are offering potential students a free trial session during their Tuesday night Birmingham classes. This will give you first-hand experience and the opportunity to talk with existing students to get feedback about their RAID experience. Call Stephen Galleozzie 07582 385615 to arrange This new level of “self-confidence” is in fact transferrable to many aspects of your everyday life; ● Enhanced communication and interaction at work and at home ● Stress management ● Heightened observation and awareness skills ● Improved self-belief and self-image The RAID programme is a course of self-discovery and a life changing event, unlike any other. Visit: www.h2hselfdefence.co.uk to learn more about the programme and watch some videos. Note: This course is not exclusive to Spice, but will also have public bookings. Note: This course is not exclusive to Spice, but will also have some private bookers also.

Oil Paint in a Day - Paint a Winter Snow Scene .. you'll be astounded what you can acheive the Bob Ross way!

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Saturday 8th February 2014 Friends Meeting House, Sandhills Road, Barnt Green (B45 8NR) # 9.45 to 4pm £55 (£60 guests) PAID AS £7 (£12 Guests) deposit to Spice PLUS £48 directly to supplier on day (by cash or cheque). Includes all materials Josephine Lloyd is a qualified Bob Ross Oil Painting Instructor running one day painting workshops that give absolute beginners the opportunity to learn new skills and have fun creating a fantastic picture in their very first class. If you’ve always wanted to paint in Oils but did not know where to begin this is a great way to start. This time the subject is “Painting the Autumn Landscape”. Workshops have a maximum of 8 students so everyone is guaranteed individual attention and all materials and equipment are provided - all you need to bring is a lunch and the desire to paint! You’ll go home with a finished picture that is ready to hang on the wall! We will all be painting the same landscape. 69


Living with Boundless Energy

.. getting to the truth of achieving health & vitality! Date: Saturday 18th January 2014 Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Rd by NEC (B92 0EH) Meet: 10.30am start Finish around 4.30pm Cost: £45 (£49 Guest) includes coffees/teas & light buffet lunch In today's world we are bombarded with advice on any & every aspect of health, fitness, back pain, diet, nutrition, stress management and wellbeing to name just a few. What we should be eating, how we should be exercising, how much sleep we should get, how much alcohol we are allowed to drink - the list goes on and on and on. Everybody has their opinion on what we should all be doing. We are also told that we know more and more about our bodies and how they function than we have ever done. Yet how many people actually feel like they are living full, active and energised lives? How many people are merely surviving rather than thriving? How many people feel they know how to make sure they look and feel great for life? The answer is very few. Do you complain about not having enough energy, not being able to lose weight, poor sleep quality or just generally being unfulfilled and thinking there must be more to life than this? Benefits: In this workshop you will learn why there is NO reason why you should not expect to: ● Live life to it’s fullest ● Live with boundless energy ● Be free from pain ● Achieve the body that you’ve always thought you should have. This workshop will present to you the (sometimes obvious) reasons why we are getting health and vitality so wrong. It will talk about good food choices, identifying positive and negative lifestyle choices and teach you how to exercise to really enliven your body. You will leave you feeling enlightened about how you can take your first step into the rest of your life. The workshop will be a mixture of presentations, questions and answers and practical experiences. It will give you information about the key areas involved in achieving health & vitality in the 21 st Century, identify where you are at present and help you develop an action plan to move towards your goals that starts on the day! The workshop is presented by Jim Thorp of JT Ethos, a corrective exercise and holistic nutrition and lifestyle coach who uses an integrated mind and body approach to rehabilitation, performance and health. He has helped many people recover from persistent back problems (both low grade and severe), IBS, poor sleep quality, lack of energy, poor muscle tone, recurrent injuries and injuries that have not responded to ‘conventional’ care programs. Come along and learn how this common sense, no-nonsense approach can help you.

All About Me!

.. great techniques to change your life for the better! Date: Saturday 8th February 2014 Place: The Abbey Hotel, Redditch, Worcestershire (B98 9BE) # Meet: 10am to 4.30pm Cost: £49 (£55 Guest) Includes: Teas, coffees & snack lunch …when did life get so hard, so exhausting?! When did I last stop and take time for me? And if I found the time then what would I do? How do I make just the day to day easier? How do I take the pressure off me, how do I look after me better? It is time to start looking after the basic us better, life is too short, we should be being the best we can be to ourselves so we can then in turn be the best we can be to others. Within this workshop we will be indulgent and totally focus on ourselves. After a few hours you should walk away feeling even better about you with tools and techniques to enable you to make your life easier and most importantly happier! Some areas we’ll be covering together are: - I have powers I never knew I had! - I am in control of my cravings - I am surrounded by friends - My glass is full (none of these half measures thank you!) - My monkey chatter is gagged! Prof Tony Stewart is an Advanced EFT and Matrix Re-Imprinting Practitioner and trainer. He is also a clinical hypnotherapist, professor in public health, award winning author and broadcaster. As a researcher, he has carried out and published clinical research into EFT and Matrix Reimprinting. Sandra East is an EFT and Matrix Re-Imprinting Practitioner. She has worked in the corporate world for most of her working life. Over recent years this has been with a focus on Change and Performance Management and Personal Development. Most importantly she has been a member of Spice for 13 years! Both have a friendly, relaxed and supportive approach to training.

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Acrylic Painting Intro Day

.. a fun day unleashing your creative potential! Date: Sunday 9 February 2014 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! Basic material will be provided, but if you have your own or want to use different media please bring it along. th

Acting for Beginners Workshop .. the first stage on the way to your Oscar!

Date: Sunday 16 February 2014 Place: Blue Orange Theatre, 118 Gt Hampton Street, Jewellery Quarter (B18 6AD) Meet: 11.00am (ends approx 3pm) Cost: £39 Member, £42 Guest Always wanted to know what it's like to be an actor? Wanted to try it but were just a little nervous? Want to have fun, build confidence and make new friends? Hosted by Acting Coach Tracey Street, this beginner's workshop will cover anything from basic acting technique to character creation to ensemble work, in a supportive, relaxed environment. The Blue Orange Theatre: For detailed driving and public transport details, see the on line version of this write up. th

Body Language The Fun Way .. a fun evening - gaining the unfair advantage!

Date: Tuesday 18 February 2014 Place: Lea Marston Hotel, off the A4097 near Kingsbury nr J9 of M42 (B76 0BY) Meet: 7.30pm to approx 9.45pm Cost: £18 (£20 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 This fun and friendly workshop will be run by Marcus Kilvington, the human communication expert and trainer behind our 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. Body Language opens up a whole new world of insight. th

Cupcake Decorating Workshops .. join the cupcake revolution!

Date: “Vintage”: Sunday 15 March 2014 - 10.45 for 11am start (finish at 2pm) or “Easter”: Saturday 19th April 2014 - 10.45 for 11am start (finish at 1.30pm) Place: Middleton Hall, between Sutton Coldfield & Tamworth (B78 2AE) Cost: “Vintage” £44 (£47 Guest) “Easter” £39 (£42 Guest). Includes tea/coffee & cakes to take home Under close instruction from Sarah, we decorate 12 cupcakes to perfection that we can take away and show off to our friends! Sarah will make the cakes for you before hand and you don't need to take anything with you as she supplies it all. ● Vintage Cupcake Decorating: Suitable for those of you with some decorating knowledge. Come and create pretty Vintage style cakes, using a variety of tools and equipment. Make handmade bows, pretty roses, cameo's and buttons. You will also get to stencil and emboss cupcakes for a wonderful quilting effect. ● Easter Cupcake Decorating: This Easter themed workshop is suitable for complete beginners or those with some cake decorating experience. You’ll decorate 12 cupcakes with Easter themed designs. th

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La Banca Cookery School Evenings .. have fun learning new cullinary skills

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“Italian Supper” Tuesday 25th February 2014 “Italian Dinner” Saturday 29th March 2014 Place: 1896 Pershore Road, Cotteridge, B'ham (B30 3AS) Meet: 6.30pm Cost: “Italian Supper” £55 (£59 Guest) or “Italian Dinner” £70 (£75 Guest) Incl: All equipment, tuition, food, refreshments and your masterpiece to eat The School: We are delighted to have linked up with a brand new cookery school at La Banca Restaurant, founded by Mauro Sannio (pictured), a Chef with over 36 years experience within the food industry. The Cookery School is passionate about sharing its love of food and committed to quality ingredients, delicious dishes, and most of all having an enjoyable learning experience with a straight forward hands-on approach. The emphasis is very much on fun while you learn. The Evenings: You will be assigned a workstation with stove and facilities, apron, knives, cutting boards, pots and pans, as well as all the ingredients you will require for the class. You will also be provided with course recipes that you can take home after the course. A kitchen assistant works throughout each course day to assist the Chef and wash-up as the course progresses, allowing you to fully focus on your cookery. “Italian Supper” 25th February: working alongside Mauro to cover a broad range of techniques with fresh ingredients to create a Main Course and Dessert that Family and friends will enjoy when you recreate them at home. The dishes you will be creating are Main Course - Chicken Cacciatore and a Potato dish, Dessert - a classic Tiramisu. “Italian Dinner” 29th March: In a relaxed atmosphere we’ll learn how to cook a 3 course Italian meal. Working with Chef Mauro you will prepare a Starter, followed by a seasonal main course and finally a delicious classic Italian dessert, that Family and friends will enjoy when you recreate them at home. The dishes you will be creating are - Starter - Pan fried chicken and sweet peppers, Main Course - Baked Sea Bass en Papillote, Dessert - Panettone bread & butter pudding. The Results: Once we have created our masterpieces we can eat them together. Alternatively, if you can’t stay, containers will be provided to take it all home. There will also be time to ask any questions over a complimentary beverage.

Wildlife Photography Introduction .. find out how to create the best of natures images

Date: Saturday 8 March 2014 Place: RSPB, Sandwell Valley, Great Barr (B43 5AG) # Meet: 10am to 4pm Cost: £30 (£32 Guest) includes refreshments but bring lunch Join the RSPB and local Wildlife Photographer Nick Martin to find out first hand how to capture the best wildlife shots from your camera. We’ll be learning all about how to use the settings in the cameras, framing the shot, getting close to wildlife and lots of simple top tips to make sure that you get pictures that you are proud of. The session will be mostly indoor based but will include a chance to get out on the nature reserve to practice what we have learnt. Whether you are experienced with SLR cameras or a happy snapper with a compact you will get loads from this fun and informative day. Bring your camera gear (and instruction booklet if you can find it but don’t worry if you can’t). th

Bodyguard for the Day

.. a unique experience with real bodyguards Date: Sunday 30th March 2014 Place: Lea Marston Events near Coleshill (B76 0DA) # Meet: 10.00am - 4.00pm Cost: £119 (£125 Guest) Deposit £30. Includes: Includes buffet lunch, refreshments & certification For an action packed and fun exhilarating day try being a Bodyguard for the day! Experience working with real Government accredited bodyguards, including Special Forces and Royal Protection Squad members. With over 150 years' experience between the team, they will show you just how adrenaline-filled their daily job is. You will be split into groups of no more than 10 and will attend four different activities. Each activity will last for one hour. You will then be re-group for a buffet meal and remain together for the final scenario. Included are: Vehicle Based activities: Boarding, seating position, emerging procedure, emergency drill, basic firearms, unarmed defence tactics, avoid and deflect, re-directing, block and cover, removing the VIP from the scene, On Foot Escorting Drills: Five person escort team, passive intrusion, aggressive intrusion, armed attack. The scenario includes: Vehicle escort and emergency, on foot escort and intrusion. Attack and use of a safe house.

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Mosaic Making Day

.. produce an amazing artwork to your own design Date: Sunday 16th March 2014 Place: Bank Gallery, Kenilworth # (CV8 1LY) Meet: 10.00am - 4.30pm Cost: £60 paid as £5 deposit to Spice when booking & £55 direct to Helen on the day Incl: All materials, close instruction, tea, coffee & biscuits Join a talented local artist for a fantastic day learning the skills of the mosaic maker with Helen Clues. To see some examples of work visit the gallery at her website at www.Helenclues-artist.co.uk We’ll spend the day exploring this amazing craft, and be warned it is highly addictive and absorbing! All materials are included. Lots of different projects for you to choose from and a beautiful array of tiles and mixed materials. Cost includes all drinks and cake! Numbers are limited to ensure you get the most out of your day. We’ll be working in the beautiful setting of the Old Bank Gallery, High street, Kenilworth. Ample free all day parking, pubs and restaurants.

Inspirational Suppers

.. meet amazing people who have followed their dreams Place: The Arden Hotel, Coventry Road (by NEC) (B92 0EH) Meet: 7.30pm Cost: £15 (£18 Guest) includes meal, speaker & Spice coordinator In the course of running a Spice Group we come into contact with some amazingly inspirational people. People who have shunned the mundane and ordinary to follow their greatest dreams. We have decided to showcase some of our favourites in a series of sociable evenings that include a talk, a meal and time to mix with other positive minded Spice members who want to say “yes” to all that life has to offer.

Supper 1 - Jason Kerrigan “MI6 Assassins, Outlaw Bikers & Racing Bumper-to-Bumper with the Prime Minister: My Real Life as a Creative Writer” Date: Meal:

Tuesday 4th March 2014 Fish & Chips

Jason Kerrigan is a creative writer with “a hellufa story to tell”. In the process of working as a professional writer these last twenty years he’s written successful screenplays, been lucky enough to had an unhinged adventure novel published, written for everyone from Esquire to The Sun and The Guardian, The Sunday Times and even the Sunday Sport (though the last one just once !). He’s interviewed two prime ministers and one first lady, ridden with the baddest of the outlaw bikers in California, swam with man-eating sharks and fed them by hand, gotten drunk with two James Bonds, dined with a Russian spy, watched as the Twin Towers were obliterated and had a detailed chat with a counter intelligence officer six months AFTER he was assassinated by an MI6 hitman. He considers it a great honour to tell his story with a view to us understanding what it is to be a creative writer and how that can be a huge addition to your offering both socially and professionally- the ability to communicate at the highest level and how that can improve your life.

Supper 2 – Jerry Kent & Lisa Holyhead “1 Land Rover, 2 Spice Members, 3 Years & 70,000 Miles around Africa” Date: Wednesday 2nd April 2014 Meal: Thai Curry Note: Cost includes donation to Nyika-Vwaza Trust, where Jerry & Lisa worked in Malawi Many of us remember Jerry and Lisa as Spice members before they decided to leave us for an incredible journey. This is the presentation they have given at The Royal Geographical Society in London and are now sharing with us. Have you ever dreamed about packing in your job and heading off to explore remote and exotic places? What was planned as a short career break, turned into an epic three year journey by Land Rover including a year managing a huge, mountainous and remote national park in northern Malawi. They also spent many months photographing the wildlife, people and scenery of Africa and the Middle East as they slowly made their way home to the UK in their trusty old Land Rover. Whether you want practical advice on how to plan your own adventure, are looking for tips on planning a safari or photographing animals in the African bush or just want to enjoy some stunning pictures and fascinating stories from two intrepid Spice members and their three years on the road, this should be an amazing evening. ______________________________ 73


Weekends & Holidays

The following pages contain selected weekends & trips offered to our members. Spice UK overseas trips are listed separately in the colour section of this Newsletter.

Courchevel 1850 Spice West Mids Ski Trip .. world class skiing, world class resort

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Saturday 25 January - Saturday 1st February 2014 Chalet Hotel Les Anemones, Courchevel 1850 (B26 3QJ) # Birmingham Airport Earlybird Rate (3 places held at this rate): £735 (Deposit £125) Flights from Birmingham, return coach transfers, 7 nights accom, Cooked breakfast, afternoon tea, dinner (6 nights), flight supplements, wine with meals, room supplements. Spice coordinator (Maggie) Extra: Single room option (on request - please call) otherwise we can link shares. Ski equip. (if req’d), Ski carriage (if req’d), 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 or 0161 873 8788) We are very proud to have secured another of Europe’s ultimate ski destination for our West Midlands trip 2014. Courchevel 1850 is the playground of the rich and famous. It is the best location in Europes largest linked ski area and offers great skiing for absolutely all abilities. 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 just 30 metres away from La Croisette lift and offers a huge choice of fast ski-lifts plus skiing back to the doorstep. The stylish, world-famous amenities of Courchevel 1850 are all within a short walk also. Ski Area: With the 3 Valleys area lift pass, you can enjoy 600 km of ski slopes served by 183 ski lifts, which can transport 260,000 skiers per hour. Confident skiers/ boarders can easily navigate to neighbouring resorts. The possibilities are endless and Maggie will help you get the very best out of every moment in the Valleys. For beginners, the ski schools are excellent and you will soon progress onto wide, confidence building runs. Chalet Hotel Anémones: has a cosy and intimate style, with the attractive restaurant setting the scene for enjoying your delicious Chalet Hotel cuisine. The atmospheric bar offers Free WI-FI access and TV/DVD, as well as some of the best value prices in Courchevel! The 30 bedrooms are arranged on three floors, including the ground level and two floors below but all with views over the lower part of the resort. The rooms are simply but comfortably furnished and all en suite. Food and Drink: Meals include buffet breakfast with hot options, afternoon tea and freshly baked cakes, 5-course dinners with choice of menu, followed by coffee & chocolates, Aperitif and choice of complimentary quality wines with dinner. Rooming: We are holding 40 places which would be most of the hotel and we have a range of twin and double rooms. Triple rooms and single rooms can be requested (single room supplement calculated on request). As usual, we will link people up to share the twin rooms (or if you already know someone who 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 & 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. th

Istanbul Experience

.. discover this amazing city with Richard! Date: Thursday 7 - Sunday 10th March 2014 LAST PLACE – FEMALE TWIN SHARE Place: Birmingham Airport/ Istanbul, Turkey # Meet: Birmingham Airport for Turkish Airlines Scheduled Flights Cost: £464 (£484 Guest) Single supp £85 (Deposit £149) Includes: Return Turkish Airlines flights from Birmingham to Istanbul (Ataturk) Airport, transfers to/from hotel, services of Spice Coordinator, 3 nights bed and breakfast in a centrally located Hotel. Meet and greet with guide. Extras: Travel Insurance is compulsory (Spice UK can help with this if you don’t have a policy), meals (except breakfast). Single room option add £85 (otherwise we link twin shares). Any optional tours/ activities. Visa (currently) £10 on arrival. Précis: This is a very special Spice opportunity for 20 lucky Spice members to discover Europe’s most enigmatic city. This trip is coordinated by Richard, who knows the city well and has connections family there. He will seek to introduce you to the best sites, the best food and the best socializing that this incredible city can offer. We have also opted to use scheduled Turkish Airlines flights which have great service, seating and complimentary meals and refreshments. They also fly into the main Ataturk Airport for a shorter transfer. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request 74 th


WW1 Battlefields Discovery Tour .. discover the famous sites of the Great War

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Friday 7 - Monday 10th February 2014 Hotel Mercure, Arras, France # Coach from Sutton, City or NEC £319 (£349 Guest) sharing twin or double. A few single rooms are also available at a supp. of £70 (otherwise we link people for twin shares). (Deposit £50, Balance due 12/11/13) Incl: Executive coach travel throughout; Ferry crossings, 3 nights accommodation welcome drink on arrival Buffet style breakfast each morning of your stay. Excursions as detailed. Specialist guide. Spice coordinator. Extra: Meals other than breakfast. Any entry fees. Travel insurance is compulsory (can be obtained available from Spice UK - visit www.spiceuk.com) 2014 is a year of anniversaries of crucial military events that shaped our futures. As well as the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1, it will also mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy in WW2. Not forgetting the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall which ended The Cold War. This is an opportunity for a small group (approx 20) to visit the the battlefields of WW1, a war classed as the 'Great War' where over 9 million soldiers died as a result of the fighting. Almost all of us will have relatives who fought and maybe perished on these battlefields, so it could well have an extra poignancy to add to the fascinating stories of a war that has only recently slipped out of “living memory”. Our Specialist Guide, Simon Footer MBE: Simon is now regional director of RAF Benevolent Fund following 33 years of RAF service, predominantly as a special forces Hercules pilot and latterly as a flying instructor. He commanded LXX Squadron based at RAF Lyneham during the build up of the Afghanistan operation and continues to fly on an occasional basis as a reservist instructor at RAF Cosford. He started running battlefiled tours when he was on the Staff at the Defence Academy, Shrivenham and “caught the bug”. Over the last ten years he’s conducted over 25 tours of the Somme and Normandy for the military and other enthusiastic groups plus friends and even his own family! Tour Precis (fuller details awaited): We travel down by coach and ferry to France. Arras is only approx 1 hour from Calais so we plan to arrive approx 5.30pm for our welcome drink together before we head out to the local restaurants for an evening meal. The next day we will tour the Somme Valley and plan to find a spot for lunch near to the Lochnagar bomb crater. Next day we expect to spend the morning in Arras to study the local battle and the tunnel system and the afternoon at Vimy Ridge, which is particularly beautiful . For our last day we plan to visit Mons on our way to Calais. th

Our Hotel: The Mercure Arras Centre hotel is a modern 4 star business hotel located opposite the TGV train station, just a few steps from the old town with its squares and belfry, which is listed as a UNESCO world heritage site. The hotel boasts an ideal location close to the Louvre Lens museumand the Notre Dame de Lorette and Vimy remembrance sites.Rooms have flat-screen TV with international channels, minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and free WIFI. Bathroom with bathtub and shower, complimentary items and hairdryer. Eating & Drinking: A hot & cold buffet breakfast is included to start the day, but other meals are not. There is no shortage of places to eat out in the evening. We may split into smaller groups to eat out and meet after in the bars. The tour operator we are using is Success Tours. We act as their agents and their terms and conditions apply. These can be viewed on line. Spice further protect your payments through our own Trust Accounts.

Camping Afloat - Wolverhampton to Penkridge .. a new route for this legendary weekend on the waterways!

Date: Friday 16th - Sunday 18th May 2014 Place: Wolverhampton (WV1 1LE) # Meet: Friday Evening from 7.30pm (find us on boat or in Pub!) Cost: £65 (£79 Guest) (Deposit £20) Extra: Informal kitty for breakfasts etc We’ve had great feedback from our various camping Afloat trips. This is a new route using a scenic stretch of the Staffordshire & Worcestershire Canal. This is the simplest form of narrow boating and very similar in conditions to what the navies on coal barges would have experienced in the days when the canals were in their heyday. This is why we call it ‘camping afloat’.We have chartered two boats (subject to numbers) which will travel together. Each boat has 12 basic bunks with mattresses under a tarpaulin cover so we can take a party of up to 24 (you must be prepared for mixed sex sleeping as we can’t totally segregate bunk areas). We join our boat at its mooring beside Wolverhampton Railway Station, but are not travelling tonight, just sleeping over. This means we can have a night out getting to know each other in the Great Western Pub and sleep it off in the boat! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request 75


Bucharest & Transylvanian Experience .. an amazing trip including Dracula's Castle!

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Friday 16 to Monday 19th May 2014 Bucharest, Romania # Gatwick Airport (Time TBA) £499 (£519 Guest) sharing twin. We can arrange shares or we have a few single rooms at £80 supplement (Deposit £140) Incl: Return flights from London Gatwick on a low cost airline, return transfers hotel, 3 nights with breakfast at the Novotel Bucharest City Centre Hotel, half day city coach tour of Bucharest including entrance into the Peoples Palace and full day coach excursion with guide to Transylvania to include visits to Peles Palace & Bran Castle. Spice Coordinator. This is the very first Spice West Midlands trip to Romania and we know it will be popular. We have included a tour of Bucharest and also a day in Transylvania. Bucharest itself holds lots of history and fascination. Known for its wide, tree-lined boulevards, glorious Belle Époque buildings and a reputation for the high life (which in the 1900s earned its nickname of "Little Paris"), Bucharest, Romania's largest city and capital, is today a bustling metropolis. Amongst the places we will explore is The People’s Palace. Built by Communist Party leader, Nicolae Ceausescu, this is the second largest administrative building in the world after the Pentagon. It took 20,000 workers and 700 architects to build. The palace boasts 12 stories, 1,100 rooms, a 328-ft-long lobby and four underground levels, including an enormous nuclear bunker. You might remember watching BBC’s Top Gear racing around it’s underground tunnels! Transylvania: We will spend one day exploring Transylvania on a coach trip. This area is home to some of Europe’s bestpreserved medieval towns and stunning castles. We will visit the incredibly atmospheric Bran Castle, near Brasov, - a Gothic fairy-tale structure, often associated with 15th century Walachian Prince Vlad Tepes and the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. While the connection with Vlad is tenuous, the deep bond of local villagers with the legend is not. We will also visit Peles Palace located in Sinaia and considered by many one of the most beautiful castles in all Europe. It was the final resting place for several Romanian monarchs including King Carol I, who died here in 1914. Exploring Together: Although much of our time is already planned, the coordinator will always have group options for the times in between. There’s also the opportunity to eat together as a group (there are great restaurants for us to discover). The Hotel: Novotel Bucharest City Center is ideally located right in the heart of the city. The 4-star hotel is a striking architectuaral achievement in its own right! It offers lovely bars and terraces, a Wellness Centre with pool and free WIFI. Notes: Holiday Insurance is compulsary: If you do not have your own policy, Spice UK can offer a policy to cover you. Visit: www.spiceuk.com. Balance: Is due 12 weeks before departure. Deposit is non refundable upon cancellation. After balance due date, cancellations operate on a sliding scale provided in the Success Tours Terms & Conditions. The tour operator we are using is Success Tours. We act as their agents and their terms and conditions apply click HERE This package is also ATOL protected by the Civil Aviation Authority (ATOL 5114) Spice further protect your payments through our own Trust Accounts. th

Austrian Tyrol all-Inclusive Break .. a gloriously relaxing break in the mountains

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Friday 19 - Monday 22nd September 2014 Kroneck Hotel, Kirchberg, Austria # **Please check online (flights are changing as we go to press and will alter costs, timings and possibly departure point** Flights, transfers, 3 nights' all inclusive accommodation; buffet breakfasts, packed lunches or Soup & salad buffet each day; 3 course dinners; speciality buffet or grill one night; afternoon tea & coffee with cake between each day; Unlimited house wine, beer and soft drinks between 10.00 - 22.00 each day; Free use of leisure facilities at the hotel (outdoor heated pool, sauna, whirlpool, Finnish sauna and steam bath); Full day guided coach excursion to Innsbruck which includes entrance to Tratzberg Castle; Services of Spice Coordinator throughout Extras: Travel insurance (available from Spice UK - visit www.spiceuk.com), Single room option £50 Nestling in the idyllic Austrian Tyrol, this is a beautiful place to relax and wander. It is a walker’s paradise if you wish, and as there is a network of lifts to take the strain, the mountains are accessible to all. Our hotel has a relaxing spa as well, so you may not want to leave – particularly as our “all inclusive” package includes foodand drink throughout our stay! We have a full day tour by the coach to the delightful town of Innsbruck. Other times we may wish to stay at Kirchberg to relax in the spa or make use of the lifts to discover the mountains. There is also the option of a visit Kitzbuhel by bus. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request th

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Hidden Italy - the Cinque Terre & Lucca .. experience this enchanting area of Italy!

Date: Friday 3 - Monday 6th October 2014 Place: Palace Hotel, Viareggio, Italy # Meet: East Midlands Airport (Time TBA) Cost: £499 (£519 Guest) sharing or a few single rooms at £30 supp (Deposit £150) Incl: Flights, transfers, Dinner & Breakfast, welcome drink & Spice Coordinator Extra: Train: Day pass for Cinque Terre approx €10. Return Lucca/ Pisa approx €12 Precis: We have been keen to offer trip to The Cinque Terre for a very long time as it is a series of 5 seaside towns that are absolutely stunning. Just pop “Cinque Terre” into Google and take a look at some pictures if you don’t already know what I am talking about. We are based in an excellent hotel with a famous roof terrace. The package also includes dinner together each night. We explore each day using the train as the Cinque Terra can only be explored by boat, train or on foot. Coach is not an option. The Spice Coordinator will also lead a trip to Lucca by train on another day. The Cinque Terre National Park: (Pronunciation: Cheenkway - Tearr-ay) is a rugged portion of coast on the Italian Riviera in the Liguria region of Italy, to the west of the city of La Spezia. "The Five Lands" is composed of five villages: Monterosso al Mare, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, and Riomaggiore. The coastline, the five villages, and the surrounding hillsides are all part of the Cinque Terre National Park and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over the centuries, people have carefully built terraces on the rugged, steep landscape right up to the cliffs that overlook the sea. Small beaches, thousands of miles of dry-stone walls enclosing the terraces where vineyards are cultivated, the characteristic rural buildings, the medieval quarters, the sanctuaries, the panoramic trails over the sea and the slopes. If you consider the precious Ligurian wines, the fresh fish, the cuisine, and the traditional craftsmanship, you will appreciate the value of exploring this spectacular area. Hiking trails, trains and boats connect the villages. Cars cannot reach them. Exploring Together: In the 2 full days we have we expect that most people will want to explore Cinque Terre for one day and Lucca for the other. In both cased we would use the train and the Spice Coordinator will accompany this “group option”.. However, if people want to spend 2 days exploring the Cinque Terre, perhaps hike the Cinque Terre rather than use the train, or substitute Pisa or even Florence for the Lucca day then all these things are possible either individually or within a smaller sub group. Train travel is cheap and efficient in Italy. The Hotel: We’re delighted to be spending 3 nights with dinner and breakfast at the stunning Palace Hotel. It is a really atmospheric and stylish riviera hotel. It’s roof trerrace is particularly well known and is a great place to watch the sun set. Notes: Holiday Insurance is compulsary: If you do not have your own policy, Spice UK can offer a policy to cover you. Visit: www.spiceuk.com. Balance: Is due 12 weeks before departure. Deposit is non refundable upon cancellation. After balance due date, cancellations operate on a sliding scale provided in the Success Tours Terms & Conditions. 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. rd

Krakow Discovery Break

.. enjoy the atmosphere of this incredible city! Date: Saturday 8 - Tuesday 11th November 2014 Place: Krakow, Poland # Meet: Birmingham Airport Cost: £439 (£459 Guest) sharing (Deposit £149) Includes: Flights from Birmingham, transfers to/from hotel, services of Spice Coordinator, 3 nights bed and breakfast in a 4 star centrally located hotel. 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 £80 (otherwise we will link twin shares). Any optional activities such as Auschwitz or Salt Mines excursions. Krakow: The city survived the ravages of the last war, so its walled Old Town boasts some of the finest medieval buildings in Europe. For the greatest views of Krakow, we’ll no doubt stroll up Kosciuszki Mound in Salwator, a manmade mound built as tombs or pagan temples in the seventh century. Also, essential is Krakow's cathedral and fortified castle on Wawel Hill. Beautifully lit at night, they overlook the Wisla River on one side and the town on the other. Exploring: The Spice Coordinator will arrange a programme of group options. There is no shortage of things to do, so you can opt in and out of the organised programme as you choose. We have not included any entry fees, travel fares or professional guiding (except for a guided walking tour on arrival). Within the city itself, there is lots to see: ● The synagogues of the Jewish Quarter and remnants of Krakow’s Ghetto; ● The magnificent town square (Europe’s largest!) including such Gothic and Renaissance treasures as the Church of St Mary, St Adalburts Chapel, The Cloth Hall and Christopher Palace ● The Cathedral and Castle on Wawel Hill and many other sights. th

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Skills for the Hills (Navigation Awards) .. Bronze & Silver Awards Programme

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Friday 14 - Sunday 16th Mar 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) Cost: £138 (£158 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 onto the mountains, or if you already have some skills but want to increase your level of competence, then this weekend is for you. The emphasis 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. th

Serenity Weekend .. tune in to your inner self

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Friday 21 - Sunday 23 March 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £155 (£175 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. st

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Drawing & Watercolour Weekend .. unleash your creative potential

Date: Friday 4 - Sunday 6 April 2014 Place: Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # Meet: from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) Cost: £144 (£164 Guest) Deposit £25. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet/picnic lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction) You don’t have to be a budding Monet or Piccasso to enjoy this weekend, which takes the complete beginner or dabbler through the basics of drawing and painting. Julie Hyde, an accomplished artist, and experienced tutor, has put together a relaxed, fun programme to draw out all your latent artistic talents. Julie will dispel the mystique of drawing and painting into simple steps which anyone can follow includinging various techniques using pencil, watercolour and other media. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. th

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Fly Fishing Weekend .. unwind on the riverbank!

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Friday 4 - Sunday 6 April 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £199 Member, £219 Guest (Deposit £40) 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. 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. They have a well stocked lake with 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. 78 th

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Outdoor Digital Photography Weekend .. see what you can acheive with professional help!

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Friday 11 - Sunday 13th April 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £177 (£197 Guest) Deposit £35. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet/picnic lunches, 4 course evening dinner party and all instruction) Do you own a digital camera? Do you look at the pictures on the screen and your prints and think they’re ok, but they’re not really as you remember when you took the shot. Maybe you’re unsure about manual settings and prefer to leave it on the automatic setting rather than really knowing how to make the most of your camera and the location you’re in? This weekend aims to change all that. Amist beautiful scenery, we’ll get to grips with how your digital camera really works. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. th

New Members Welsh Cottage Easter Break .. a long weekend of classic Welsh walking & hospitality

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Friday 18th - Monday 21st April 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £169 (£189 Guest) Deposit £35. Includes: 3 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, And special 5 course Easter dinner with cheese & port. Extra: Lunches & pub meal on Sat OK, so you’ve joined Spice and now fancy booking a weekend but feel a bit nervous about it. This relaxed and welcoming break is for any one who’s new to Spice and feels a little daunted attending their first Spice weekend away, or other members looking for the cosy friendly atmosphere that Lluest Fach is renown for. This Easter break 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 Sonya and Barry who are aware of how apprehensive anyone can be about spending a whole weekend with people they have never met. They have been looking after Spice members for over twenty years and are very experienced at making you welcome and putting you at ease. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request.

Welsh Camping Long Weekend

.. a sociable party & activity weekend under canvas Date: Friday 2 - Mon 5th May 2014 Place: Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # Meet: 5pm onwards Cost: £69 (£89 Guest), inc. Party with BBQ, Barrel of beer/ cider Extra: £16.00 for dormitory accom if preferred, otherwise bring your own tent Escape from the city this Bank Holiday for an outdoor camping experience with a difference. These weekends are always great fun; with many activities available in the area, and the price includes a huge BBQ/buffet Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. nd

Acrylic Painting Weekend .. discover your creative potential!

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Friday 16 - Sunday 18th May 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £144 (£164 Guest) Deposit £30. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction Extras: A small charge is made at the end for consumables used Another fun filled painting experience from the brush of experienced artist and instructor Julie Hyde. Acrylic paints are perhaps the most versatile and fun media to use, and you don’t have to be a budding Monet or Piccasso to enjoy this stress free, fun weekend. Julie will breakdown the mystique of acrylic painting into simple methodical steps, which anyone can follow whether you’re a complete beginner, or have some experience. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. th

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Birds of Prey Weekend

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Friday 16 - Sunday 18th May 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £211 (£231 Guest) Deposit £40. Includes: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet lunches, 4 course evening meal and all instruction Extras: Transport from the venue to the locations will be in members’ cars to limit costs 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 birds of prey and falconry 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. During the weekend you will be guided through the world of falconry, and trained in the handling of birds of prey, getting the chance to fly owls and buzzards from your own gloved hand! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. th

Fun Activity Weekend .. an easy intro to outdoor pursuits!

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Friday 13 - Sunday 15th June 2014 Lluest Fach Farm, Mid Wales (SY21 0PB) # from 6pm (buffet at 8.30pm) £157 (£177 Guest) Deposit £30. Incl: 2 nights B&B, Friday buffet supper, 2 buffet/picnic lunches, 4 course evening dinner party, all activity equipment & instruction This fun weekend is based in the secluded heart of Mid Wales and is a great way to escape all the stresses and hastle of city life. Our activities take place at the unsurpassable location of Lake Vyrnwy, a beautiful reservoir headed by a magnificent Victorian dam. Surrounded by tree clad slopes, and teeming with wild life, it’s an unspoilt nature and RSPB reserve. This fun packed weekend gives you the chance to meet up with other members who may be a little apprehensive about trying outdoor activities and to have a go if you feel up to it. It’s designed to give the absolute beginner a taste of climbing and abseiling without taking you out of your “comfort zone” and without making you feel awkward if you can’t manage it. Barry Smith, ex Spice co-ordinator, is well used to seeing people achieve more than they thought they were capable of. He and the other instructors will introduce you to the equipment and take you through it’s use slowly, taking away any anxiety you may have and building your confidence gradually. You’ll not be asked to do anything you are uncomfortable with and the instructors will help and encourage you to achieve your own personal goals, you may even surprise yourself! After enjoying the climbing on Saturday morning we’ll have a picnic lunch on the shores of the lake and, in the afternoon, we’ll have a go at some fun raft building, at the end of which we may even set sail in them if they’re up to it! On Sunday we’ll return to the lake, this time to enjoy a scenic walk with spectacular views. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. th

Scottish Bargain Break 2014

.. join Spice Scotland for a packed weekend of fun! Date: Place: Meet: Cost:

Friday 21 - Sunday 23rd February 2014 Fishers Hotel, Atholl Road, Pitlochry (PH16 5BN) # Friday Evening £109 (£129 Guest) in twin room share (Deposit £30). Incl: 2 nights DB&B, entertainment including ceilidh & disco, walks with VC Walk Leaders, Mark's Meander & Treasure Hunt, and Friday Welcome Spice Rotating Dinner Now into its 10th year, join us for the biggest and best weekend in the Spice Scotland calendar! This excellent weekend is jam packed with activities to suit everyone. On Friday evening we will attempt a Spice Rotating Dinner – 100 members moving between courses! The perfect chance to meet loads and loads of your fellow Spice weekenders in one action packed evening. Beware – if you come with a friend we cannot guarantee you will sit together during dinner. Each evening offers entertainment including a ceilidh and disco. Our VC walk leaders will be leading a choice of walks suitable for all on Saturday and Sunday (there will be 2 options – a gentle short walk of around 5 miles and a moderate walk of about 6 – 8 miles). or you If you don’t fancy either walk there is the option of joining Mark for a very special Pitlochry Meander and an afternoon Treasure Hunt on Saturday and Mini Meander on Sunday – great fun and a great way to mix and mingle. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request. st

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Arundel & South Downs Walking Weekend .. explore West Sussex with Walkwise!

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Friday 31 January - Sunday 2nd February 2014 Norfolk Arms Hotel, Arundel (BN18 9AB) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used st

Overview: West Sussex is simply a stunning area of outstanding natural beauty, filled with history, wildlife, picturesque villages, enchanting country pubs, rolling countryside and meandering river valleys, all of ensure your walks are beautiful varied, interesting and thoroughly enjoyable. Further, numerous trails and paths crisscross the beautiful countryside allowing everyone easy access to what is now Britain’s newest National Park. Then add to this the charming Georgian Coaching Inn that is the Norfolk Arms, set beneath the walls of the amazing Arundel Castle and this will be one of the must do weekends of the year… Best book this one early! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Lakes Winter Wonderland Walking Weekend .. a rare opportunity to stay at the Hydro!

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Fri 31st Jan 2014 - Sun 2nd Feb 2014 Windermere Hydro Hotel, Windermere (LA23 3BA) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £165 (£185 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 if used Overview: Bowness is one of our favourite destinations as it sits directly on the majestic and largest lake in England! It has a great hotel, great location, town, oh and great walking too! Being early in the season the crowds will not be there but there will still be a great vibe in the local pubs and Inns, so we are ensured some cracking evenings! The Hydro is one of oldest Lake District hotels and it blends a mixture of Victorian elegance with modern leisure facilities. Its ideal location, just set back from the village of Bowness affords spectacular views and an easy stroll to all the pubs too - perfect! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Isle of Portland Walking Weekend

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Friday 14th - Sunday 16th February 2014 The Heights Hotel, Portland (DT5 2EN) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used

Overview: The Isle of Portland juts out into the English Channel, with a causeway connecting it to the mainland. This means that the island enjoys a sunnier and drier climate than the mainland. The island is home to some of the most fantastic scenery found on the heritage coast and it is an ideal venue in itself to explore. Of course we will have the opportunity to explore the islands highlights but there is a lot more of the stunning Dorset coastline to visit too, with Durdle Door, Lulworth Cove Abbotsbury and Chesil Beach all beckoning. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 81


Lake District Ultimate Challenge Walking W'end .. classic hard hill walking from Borrowdale

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Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd February 2014 Glaramara, Borrowdale, Lake District (CA12 5XQ) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £190 (£210 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Some single rooms for £175 (but not en suite) Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: Glaramara in Borrowdale is justifiably one of the most popular destinations WalkWise run, in an excellent location at the heart of some of England's most spectacular mountains and beautiful valleys…and the food is great. The Ultimate Lakeland Challenge Walking’ event is sure to be stiff yet very rewarding as we tackle some of the Borrowdale’s legendary walks! At grade 1 this means up to 15 miles and up to 5,000ft ascent each day. Be warned this is a serious winter challenge and you must be an extremely fit and experienced hill walker just to make it. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Lake District Wine Tasting & Walking W'end .. idyllic Lake District walking & fine wine!

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Friday 21 - Sunday 23rd February 2014 Glaramara, Borrowdale, Lake District (CA12 5XQ) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £190 (£210 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Some single rooms for £175 (but not en suite) Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: Great walks and socialising combine to make the affectionately titled ‘Wobbly Walking’. We are back at Glaramara in the Lake District for our annual ‘Wobbly Walking Weekend’. Not only is Borrowdale one of the most popular destinations that WalkWise run, with an excellent centre, superb food and a setting amongst some of England's most spectacular mountains, amazing lakes and beautiful valley. This variety of scenery allows us to create a wonderful array of walking programmes from gentle wanders through the valleys to challenging mountain hikes. But the Wobbly Walking has even more with a themed dinner on the Saturday night, following which Andrew Casey has promised to step back into his role as host for a fun-filled and educational evening of wine tasting! (he can’t get out of it now!) Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request st

Bideford & North Devon Coast Walking W'end .. glorious costal walking from an excellent hotel base!

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Friday 28th February - Sunday 2nd March 2014 The Royal Hotel, Bideford, Devon (EX39 4AE) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £165 (£185 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 if used Overview: The North Devon Coastline is some of the most beautiful in the UK. We will enjoy some tremendous coastal walks; taking in the stunning Hartland Quay and The Point Lighthouse, the beautiful villages of Clovely, Appledore and Westward Ho! Along the way we’ll experience remote and wild coastal scenery, spot rare wildlife and seek out welcoming tea shops and traditional Inns. This is a firm favourite Spice destination, as there is so much more than the exquisite walking, as we will be staying in the lovely Royal Hotel in the lively town of Bideford. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

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Tales from Canterbury Walking Break .. enjoy a beautiful seafront and idyllic pastoral landscapes

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Friday 7th - Sunday 9th March 2014 Abbots Barton Hotel, Canterbury, Kent (CT1 3DU) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: Another interesting programme sees WalkWise telling tales from Canterbury. When Chaucer collated the tales we bet he didn’t realise we would be following in the footsteps of those Pilgrim’s, but we shall do just that and by staying and dining at the 3 star Abbots Barton Hotel we will have all the creature comforts they could never have dreamt of! With a fine network of local paths and ways this is an especially appealing programme due to its amalgamation of coast and country. There is an enchanting mix of rich habitats varying from beaches and sea, cliffs and nature reserves, inland rural sections of the elevated downs and the powerful setting of the Great Stour chalk river and valley system. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Derbyshire's Peaks & Dales Walking Weekend .. classic walking in the picturesque Peak District

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Friday Fri 14th Mar 2014 - Sunday 16th Mar 2014 The Makeney Hall Hotel, Derbyshire # (DE56 0RS) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £165 (£185 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: This white or ‘light peak’ is typified by the fascinating limestone scenery, deep limestone gorges, exposed escarpments, lush flower-rich pastures and its famous underground cave systems plus pretty villages and impressive stately homes. Who could miss the chance to experience fine deep valleys with babbling brooks, stunning undulating moor, park & farmland, raptors & kingfishers, interesting rocky caves, promontories & spires, ancient stone circles & artifacts, pretty hamlets & villages not to mention fine pubs & cafes and so much more all in great company! To cap it all, we have searched and found a magnificent Victorian country mansion, situated in the heart of Derbyshire. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Elan Valley & Red Kite Country Walking W’end .. discover wonderful Welsh walking with Walkwise!

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Friday Fri 21st Mar 2014 - Sunday 23rd Mar 2014 Metropole Hotel, Llandrindod Wells # (LD1 5DY) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: For those that don’t know this forgotten Welsh Lake District, there is a real surprise: high heather moorlands are home to some of Britain’s rarest wildlife, from goshawk, to hen harrier, black grouse and the stunning Red Kites, deep sheltered valleys are interspersed with ancient woodlands, peaceful reservoirs and friendly villages with inviting pubs. By contrast just a few miles to the east the countryside changes with lush valleys and the friendly Aberedw hills; guaranteeing interesting scenery and varied walking. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 83


Woodbridge & Suffolk Coast Walking W'end .. beautiful walking in Constable country

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Friday 21st - Sunday 23rd March 2014 Ufford Park Hotel, Woodbridge Suffolk (IP12 1QW) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £175 (£195 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £35). Single supp £50 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: A divine coastline, peaceful estuaries and inlets, traditional villages, colourful seaside towns, mesmerising old windmills and welcoming country inns ensure Suffolk is a beautiful county that warrants further exploration. The only things that really bustles here are the world renowned nature reserves which are the wintering home to thousands of wildfowl. But there is much more to the Suffolk countryside; the beautiful coast with the picture perfect villages of Dunwich and Thorpeness come complete with idyllic cafes and inn; the well known seaside towns Aldeburgh, and Southwold are extremely interesting places visit in their own right and you are surrounded by historic manor houses. Our walks will take in a wide variety of sceney and the guides will point out the interesting wildlife as we pass. Our base for the weekend is the well renowned Ufford Park Hotel which has its own pool, spa and leisure club! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Capital of the Cotswold's Walking Weekend .. a very English walking weekend!

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Friday 28 - Sunday 30th March 2014 The Stratton House Hotel, Cirencester (GL7 2LE) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £165 (£185 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: Cirencester is an ideal base to discover the very best walking the Cotswold’s has to offer. Cirencester is known as the capital of the Cotswold’s due to its strategic positioning. This has left a legacy of ancient pathways and most complete historic Roman Villas. Its rich and varied walking typifies this picturesque Cotswold’s area close to many honeycoloured stone villages. Its fine panoramas from dramatic viewpoints, outstanding attractive and tranquil villages, early churches, verdant and resplendent ancient woodlands of beech and oak all make for a wonderful escape for happy walkers. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request th

Ultimate Snowdonia Challenge Walking W’end .. a challenging walking weekend in the heart of Snowdonia

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Friday 28th - Sunday 30th March 2014 Royal Goat Hotel, Beddgelert (LL55 4YE) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: The Royal Goat is a cracking hotel, in the charming village of Beddgelert in the heart of Snowdonia in North Wales - perfect! The Ultimate Snowdonia Challenge is a walking event that sure is going to be stiff yet very rewarding as we tackle some the National Park’s legendary and oft time remote scenery! At grade 1 this means up to 15 miles and up to 5,000ft ascent each day. Be warned this is a serious challenge and you must be an extremely fit and experienced. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 84


Easter in the Eastern Lakes Walking Break .. enjoy the Lakes from a different direction!

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Friday 18th - Monday 21st April 2014 Shap Wells Hotel, East Lake District (CA10 3QU) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £210 (£230 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £40). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The Lake District is one of the most beautiful parts of Britain which understandably makes it one of the most popular too, but many people forget about the Eastern Lakes! Our aim for the Easter bank holiday weekend is to take advantage of this and explore the amazing beauty of this region. We intend to avoid the crowds, take in the peace and quiet and enjoy the wonderful solitude that you can only get in this area of the Lakes. The scenery is second to nowhere and we have some beautiful and varied walks for you, exploring the beautiful Fells and valleys alike. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Easter in the Lakes Walking Break

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Friday 18th - Monday 21st April 2014 Glaramara, Borrowdale the Lake District (CA12 5XQ) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £279 (£299 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £55). Some single rooms offered at £249 (not en suite) Extras: Transport to walk starts. Optional extra night, Good Friday Overview: Set in the heart of the Lake District, Glaramara is surrounded by some of the finest mountain and lakes in the country. Understandably this is one of our most popular locations, occupying a picture perfect setting which is the envy of every walker! From the front door of the centre, there is a massive range of walking to choose from and the food is great too! 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! And Springtime is the finest season to visit! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Newquay/ Cornish Coast Easter Walking W’end .. enjoy exploring the Cornish Coastline

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Friday 18 - Monday 21st April 2014 The Beresford Hotel, Newquay (TR7 2PR) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £235 (£255 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £49). Single supp £60 otherwise we link shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The North Cornish coast around Newquay is some of the wildest and most beautiful around Britain. It is open to the Atlantic with its big rollers which make it very attractive to surfers but also creates the stunning coastal scenery. There are wide open sandy beaches, sheltered coves, hidden bays and some delightful fishing villages. We plan to walk each of the 3 days along a separate stretch of coastline. Each day varys as we visit various attractive seaside towns like Padstow, Perranporth, Porthcothan and Newquay. Needless to say the coastline is always dramatic with towering cliffs and sea stacks at Trevose Head and Pentire peninsular, then there is the legendary Bedruthan Steps not to mention some of the finest beaches in the world. Our base for this trip will be the Beresford Hotel, ideally located on the seafront. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request th

For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 85


Pembrokeshire Coastal Walking Break .. discover this spectacular area from a hotel with spa

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Friday 18 - Monday 21st April 2014 The Cliff Hotel, Cardigan Bay (SA43 1PP) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £239 (£259 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £49). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Cardigan Bay and the North Pembrokeshire Coast is a perfect WalkWise escape. It’s a quieter part of the world and there are no crowds to escape from here-even on a bank holiday!! Yet we will visit some of the most dramatic stretches of coastline in the country and its isolation means that there is a plethora of adorable wildlife too, seals, dolphins, razorbills and a plethora of seabirds, especially at this time of year. Our hotel is perched on the top of towering sea cliffs overlooking a sandy bay. It offers comfortable accommodation and there’s a relaxing spa, pool, sauna & Jacuzzi too! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request th

Hadrian's Wall Bank Holiday Walking Break .. walk in the footsteps of Roman soldiers

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Friday 2 - Monday 5th May 2014 Gilsland Spa, Gilsland on Hadrian (CA8 7AR) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £239 (£259 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Hadrian’s Wall stretches 73 miles from coast to coast and was begun in AD122 under the command of Emperor Hadrian to mark the northern limit of the mighty Roman Empire. It is not just a wall, there are numerous forts, mile castles, bridges, roads, towns, dwellings and temples. The best preserved sections of the wall lie between Lanercost Priory in the West and Chesters Cavalry Fort in the East and it is no coincidence that this also happens to encompass the wildest, most inaccessible and arguably the most beautiful landscape with dramatic ridges, open moors, long escarpments, lochs and deep river valleys. The walking programme of 6 walks concentrates on the very finest sections. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request nd

Plymouth, Devon & Cornish Coast Break .. a new 3 night break exploring our beautiful south west coastline

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Friday 2nd - Monday 5th May 2014 Duke of Cornwall Hotel, Plymouth (PL1 3LG) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £239 (£259 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The stunningly South Cornish Coast and the beautiful South Devon coastline are some of Englands’ finest, and this alone is more than enough reason to visit! Towering cliffs and rugged headlands are all lapped by inviting Mediterranean blue waters, and in between are secluded sandy bays and quaint fishing hamlets. Deep estuaries dramatically cut their way inland, carving beautiful isolated peninsulas. Local ferrys and buses will drop us onto these remote and peaceful headlands thereby allowing us to accessing some thoroughly enjoyable walks. Along the way we will call into picturesque villages and enjoy the hospitality of the inviting cafes or welcoming country inns. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 86


Quintessential Snowdonia Walking Weekend .. a long weekend enjoying the stunning Snowdonian National Park

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Friday 2nd - Monday 5th May 2014 Royal Victoria Hotel, Llanberis (LL55 4TY) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £249 (£269 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Superb, safe and sociable walking that typifies the stunning Snowdonia National Park from Llanberis. Snowdonia is all about impressive open views, craggy ridges, small upland LLyn’s (lakes) with excellent footpaths enabling us to take on superb mountain walking in the great outdoors. This year we are going to walk through three distinct and impressive areas of Snowdonia! We will start locally with the ridge which sits astride LLanberis and Nant y Betws. The middle day will spent between LLanberis and Llyn Ogwen. The last day we will take on the striking Moel Siabod in the Betsy Coed area. As always our comfort will be taken care of by the Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Buxton's Palace & Peaks Walking Weekend .. enjoy magical scenery & relax in the 'palace of the peaks' hotel!

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Friday 9th - Sunday 11th May 2014 The Palace Hotel, Buxton (SK17 6AG) # Anytime from 4pm (meal at 8pm) £169 (£189 Guest) sharing. Incl: 2 b’fasts, 2 picnic lunches, 2 dinner & 2 guided walks (Deposit £30). Single supp £40 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts if used Overview: The spa town of Buxton is at the heart of the Peak District. Famed for its Opera house and the health properties of its mineral water, the area also offers stunning scenery. By staying at the beautiful Palace hotel we are admittedly a little spoilt, not only as it is situated at the centre of Buxton for the night life but also we can enjoy the leisure facilities on offer such as the indoor pool, fitness suite, sauna and steam rooms. In terms of the mighty impressive walking we shall experience two very contrasting days. One over the Gritstone tors, escarpments and moorland that typify the amazing Roaches and then another along, under and through the deepest dales sheltered by the fascinating limestone cliffs. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Ilkley Moor Yorkshire Walking Weekend .. explore the wild moorlands & Yorkshire Dales National Park

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Friday 23rd - Monday 26th May 2014 Craiglands Hotel, Ilkley, W. Yorks (LS29 8RQ) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £245 (£265 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £50). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: This charming programme see’s us combine a grand, warm and friendly Victorian hotel with the traditional historic spa town of Ilkley. The Craigland’s hotel sits close to one of the finest walking areas in the country, the Yorkshire Dales National Park. However, just behind the hotel lies the famous Ilkley Moor and the gritstone hills of the South Pennines. Our weekend will get away from it all by walking in three contrasting areas including on the famous and majestic Ilkley Moor itself, the beautiful dales and the dramatic Bronte country of Wuthering Heights. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 87


Lynton, North Devon Coast & Exmoor Break .. discover "little Switzerland" with friends!

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Friday 23rd - Monday 26th May 2014 Valley of Rocks Hotel, Lynton, North Dev (EX35 6HS) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £219 (£239 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £50). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: The North Devon coast and Exmoor region around Lynton offers an undisturbed tranquillity and timeless charm that is so hard to find! These areas each offer something unique, with tremendous sea-scapes and plunging cliffs to one side and on the other, stunning heather moorland and deep cut river valleys that typify the Exmoor National Park. You are surrounded by hidden haunts, ancient and knarled woodland and sparkling rivers dotted with medieval towns, an abundance of wild life including the Exmoor wild ponies and red deer set around picture-postcard villages with exquisite cream teas! We’ve visited the area many times but this year we’ve put together some new exciting walks! Our hotel, nestles high up on lively Lynton’s west cliff and its nearby country pub is also a very handy attraction. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Pembrokeshire Coast Walking Break .. excellent coastal walking in this spectacular area

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Friday 23 - Monday 26th May 2014 Clarence House Hotel, Tenby (SA70 7DU) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £210 (£230 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 1 dinner (first night) & 3 guided walks (Deposit £50). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: Few people would dispute that the Pembrokeshire coast is one of the finest in the country so it will come as no surprise that on all three days we’ll be walking beside or close to the sea! Whether you are looking for longer or shorter walks, the area is a sheer delight. You will feel invigorated walking above the rugged and spectacular limestone and sandstone cliffs that typify the area. Pembrokeshire’s national park boasts beautiful sandy beaches, wonderful headlands, medieval cliff top castles and early Christian sites. Add this to lively pubs and a superb hotel location with happy hour bar! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request rd

Welsh 3000's - Ultimate Mountain Challenge .. take on all 15 3000's in a tough Bank Holiday challenge!

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Friday 23rd - Monday 26th May 2014 Legacy Royal Victoria Hotel Llanberis (LL55 4TY) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner 8pm) £249 (£269 Guest) sharing. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £45). Single supp £60 otherwise we link twin shares Extras: Transport to walk starts Overview: An Ultimate Mountain Challenge completing all 15 Welsh 3000’s from Llanberis Snowdonia. Staying in the ideally situated 3 star Quality Snowdon hotel at the foot of Snowdon itself we aim to tackle all 15 famous summits of the Welsh Mountains. This is some of the best high level walking in the country, taking in the three mountain ranges of the Carneddau, the Glyders and Snowdon massif itself. The beauty of doing this walking over 3 days is that all summits can be achieved during daylight so we get all the views and we get a great hotel to base our challenge from! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

For All 3 Walkwise Breaks above: These are edited write-ups, before booking, please read the full details find the full write up at www.spicebham.com or call 0121 353 6161 and we’ll send you a copy. All 3 events are organized and supplied by WalkWise UK Ltd, whose terms and conditions apply, obtainable on request and for whom your local SPICE group acts as an agent. Those booking enter into a contract directly with WalkWise UK. 88


Cotswolds Luxury Walking & Social Weekend .. spa hotel, snowdrops & Steve Dell!

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Friday 21 - Sunday 23rd February 2014 Cheltenham Chase Hotel, Brockworth, Glos (GL3 4PB) # Friday from 6pm (Dinner around 7.30pm TBC) £159 (£179 Guest) sharing or add £45 for single room (Deposit £40) 2 B’fast, 2 Evening Meal, walks, quiz & other activities Transport to walks st

Another great weekend with Steve Dell in a wonderful part of the country, this time we will be in the Gloucestershire part of the Cotswolds. There will be an option of a shorter or longer walk on the Saturday – around 6 or 10 miles. Sundays walk will be around 6 miles.We stay at a prestigious 4 star spa hotel with great Leisure Facilities, plenty of free parking and a great package – Dinner, Bed & Breakfast both nights.After dinner on Saturday Steve will organise a quiz night.

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Kettlewell Catered Hostel Walking W'end .. discover this new location with Spice Yorkshire

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Friday 28 - Sunday 2nd Mar 2014 Kettlewell, Skipton N.Yorks (BD23 5QU) # From 4pm onwards £59 (£69 Guest) (Deposit £20) Includes: dormitary style accom, cooked breakfasts, Saturday evening meal and walk Leader Join our friends in Spice Yorkshire for this simple weekend away. Spice Yorkshire have booked out the Kettlewell YHA Hostel and we will be running a classic walking weekend in this stunning part of the Yorkshire Dales between the mountains of Great Whernside and Buckden Pike. Local walks around Kettlewell are some of the best you'll find in the region and the stunning Dales Way walking route passes right outside the hostel. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request th

Sailing Weekend around the Solent .. excellent sailing on a modern cruiser/ racer

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● Fri 28 - Sun 30 Mar ● Fri 6- Sun 8 Jun ● Fri 4 - Sun 6 Jul ● Fri 18 - Sun 20 Jul ● Fri 5 - Sun 7 Sep Place: Haslar Marina, Gosport (PO12 INU) # Meet: 8pm Friday evening Cost: £238 (£258 Guest) Deposit £50. Incl: diesel, wet weather gear, life harnesses, breakfasts, lunches & teas. Extras: Marina charges are not included and are shared between the group. Nor are evening meals which we take ashore The Solent is an ideal location for a weekend sailing cruise. It’s sheltered and there’s so much to see, the beautiful Isle of Wight, many boats and ships passing by and many historic harbours from which to choose our Saturday night stop. Special Cancellation Terms: Please note that we need 6 weeks notice to cancel. Deposit is non refundable. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

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Whitby Easter Walking & Social Weekend .. another of Steve Dell's fabulously sociable weekend breaks

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Friday 18th - Monday 21st April 2014 The Royal Hotel, Whitby (YO21 3HA) # From 4pm Friday (Dinner approx 8pm TBA) £225 (£245 Guest) sharing standard twin room. Incl: 3 b’fasts, 3 picnic lunches, 3 dinner & 3 guided walks (Deposit £40). Extras: Standard Plus Double Room Share – add £15; Sea Veiw Twin – add £24 Single Room (sea view) add £50. Transport to walk starts This year’s Easter walking weekend with Steve Dell is from the wonderful coastal town of Whitby and will appeal to both social walkers who want shorter walks and more serious walkers who want longer and more moderate walks. There is a great variety of walking with this weekend; from wooded valleys to open moorland and from stunning coastal scenery to pretty villages. The walks are easy to moderate, as some will have more gradients than usual with Steve, which gives the area its wonderful scenery, but we will take our time and admire the stunning scenery! Each day there will be a walk followed by the opportunity to spend time looking around the local area There is also plenty to do for non-walkers or if you want to mix n match walking with social / tourist stuff. Whitby is wonderful fishing town with so much history and there is plenty to do even if your reason to go isn’t walking, including a picturesque port, an ancient Abbey, Captain Cook museum, cobbled streets and Dracula! Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request

Newcastle Easter Party Weekend .. a canny weekend in The Toon

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Friday 18 - Monday 21 April 2014 The Copthorne Hotel, Newcastle on Tyne (NE1 3RT) # Friday 5.00pm onwards £199 (£219 Guest) sharing twin room, or add £125 for single (Deposit £35) 3 nights' B&B at the 4 star Copthorne, river cruise & buffet on Saturday, free use of hotel's leisure facilities & Spice coordinator throughout Spice Yorkshire have organised another weekend for Spice members from all over the UK to discover the delights of the North East. Join them for a fun weekend where we will take in the sights of the City and its neighbouring coastal areas. We will be staying at The Copthorne Hotel (one of the finest in Newcastle) which has a waterfront location close to the City Centre on the banks of the River. Our rate includes accommodation in a modern, well-equipped and comfortable twin or double room (single rooms are available but at a supplement). All rooms have satellite TV, tea and coffee making facilities, hair dryer and iron and ironing board. A full English breakfast is included for Saturday, Sunday and Monday mornings. The Leisure Club facilities at this hotel include a 14 metre swimming pool and gym. Also included is a Saturday evening buffet / disco aboard one of Newcastle’s popular river cruises. This is a 3 hour cruise along the River Tyne. Saturday photo challenge – in small groups you will be given a disposable camera to find specific landmarks within the city. These will be developed and the winning team will receive a prize. Sunday coastal excursion – we’ll take the Metro to North Shields and have a wander around before having lunch at one of the authentic restaurants at the Fish Quay. After this we will walk to Tynemouth for a leisurely stroll around the seaside town and visit the Tynemouth Priory if you so wish. We will then head back to Newcastle around late afternoon. Edited details - full writeup for this break can be found at www.spicebham.com or sent on request th

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Events Index A Night in the Trenches.......................... 48 Abberley Hill Ramble ............................. 36 Abseiling for Beg/ the Terrified .............. 28 Acrylic Painting Intro. Day..................... 71 Acrylic Painting Weekend ...................... 79 Acting for Beginners Workshop ............. 71 Adventure Golf at Star City! ................... 42 Adventure Trekking Day ........................ 11 Alcester & Arden Way Ramble .............. 36 All About Me Workshop ........................ 70 Alvecote Marina Easy Ramble ............... 36 American Pool Night and Buffet ............ 43 An Inspector Calls .................................. 60 Apedale Ramble ..................................... 36 Aqua Aerobics ........................................ 55 Archery & Crossbow Experience ........... 41 Arundel/South Downs Walking W'end ... 81 Ash End House Farm Experience ........... 12 Assault Course........................................ 29 Australia by Ian on Australia Day .......... 66 Austrian Tyrol all Inclusive Break .......... 76 Back Stage at Hippodrome ..................... 52 Badminton .............................................. 55 Ballet For Fun ......................................... 19 Balloon Flight ......................................... 10 Ballroom Dance Masterclasses ............... 18 Barn Dance & Supper ........................ 1 & 9 Barrow and The Jack Mytton Way ......... 37 Barston & Hampton Easy Ramb/Lunch .. 38 Barton under Needwood Easy Ramble ... 35 BBC Behind the Scenes .......................... 49 Beeches Bar and Grill Dinner Shuffle ...... 4 Beekeeping Afternoon ............................ 14 Beginners Horse Trek ............................. 11 Belly Dancing for Fun! ........................... 18 Bideford/North Devon Coast W'end ....... 82 Bidford on Avon Ramble........................ 37 Bird Handling Course/Falconry Day ...... 12 Birds of Prey Weekend ........................... 80 Birmingham By Boat .............................. 21 Birmingham City Walk .......................... 20 Birmingham Pub Treasure Trail ............. 46 Blacksmithing Evening........................... 69 Boathouse at Bracebridge ......................... 6 Body Language The Fun Way ................ 71 Bodyguard For The Day ......................... 72 Boudica and Supper at Tutbury Castle.... 48 Bouncers at the Blue Orange .................. 59 Braunston to Flecknoe Round Ramble ... 37 Breadmaking Workshop at Hindleys ...... 62 Bredon Hill Ramble ................................ 35 Brewery Museum Tour ........................... 53 Bridge Abseil & Ladder Climb ............... 28 Bridgenorth Explorer Ramble ................. 36 Bridgnorth Town Walk ........................... 21 Bucharest and Transylvanian Exp .......... 76 Build a Home For Local Otters ............... 13 Burlesque/Fan Dance Afternoon! ........... 18 Buxton's Palace Walking Weekend ........ 87 Camel Experience in Warwickshire ........ 14 Camping Afloat - Wolves to Penkridge .. 75 Canadian Canoe Adventure .................... 25 Cannock Chase Rambles ......... 35, 36 & 37 Capital of Cotswold's Walking W'end .... 84 Carriage Driving Experience Day ........... 13 Cats (the Musical)................................... 61 Caving Experiences ....................... 25 & 28 Chatsworth Behind the Scenes ............... 52 Chinese New Year Party ........................... 4 Chocolate Pudding Party .......................... 6 Cinema Nights ........................................ 58 Claverdon Easy Ramble ......................... 38 Clay Pigeon Shoot .................................. 40 Cleobury Ramble .................................... 38 Climbing the Longstone Pinnacle ........... 31 Cold War Supper in a Nuclear Bunker ..... 8

Colour U Confident Workshop ............... 62 Concert Nights at the Jam House ............ 57 Cotswolds Luxury Walk/Social W'end.... 89 Courchevel 1850 West Mids Ski Trip ..... 74 Criminal Birmingham Walk .................... 20 Cupcake Decorating Workshop............... 71 Curry and Quiz Nights ............................ 34 Dancing Through the Decades ................ 19 Darts Night and Buffet ............................ 43 Daventry Easy /Moderate Ramble........... 39 Derbyshire Peaks/Dales Walk W'end ...... 83 Dinghy Sailing ........................................ 28 Dining at the Drop Forge .......................... 8 Dining at the Marwood ............................. 9 Dinner and Play at Genting Casino ........... 2 Dinner Shuffle around World - Scotland ... 3 Dirty Dancing Experience!...................... 19 Don't Diet - Change the way you Eat ...... 67 Drawing and Painting Weekend .............. 78 Draycot Water Moderate Ramble ............ 39 Drive and Ride the Aerial Atom .............. 23 Drive Three Supercars............................. 24 Drumming Experience for Beginners ...... 62 Dungeons After Dark at Warwick Castle .. 2 Earlswood Twilight Ramble & Supper.... 39 Easenhall Moderate Ramble.................... 38 Easter in the Lakes Walking Breaks ........ 85 Elan Valley/Red Kite Walking W'end ..... 83 Everyday Hairstyle & Makeup Lesson .... 68 Fencing for Beginners ............................. 54 Fiddler on the Roof ................................. 60 Fiesta Del Asado Argentinian Dining ....... 5 Find My Past with the Mormons ............. 68 Fire Eating Workshop ............................. 64 Flight Simulator Experience.................... 10 Flirting for Fun........................................ 66 Fly Fishing Weekend .............................. 78 Forest Segway on Cannock Chase .......... 22 Fun Activity Weekend ............................ 80 Fun Run Preview Walk ........................... 37 Ghost Hunting and Supper ...................... 43 Ghost Walk of Sutton Coldfield .............. 20 Ghostly and Grisly Birmingham Walk .... 20 Ghostly Goings On and Supper ............... 44 Girls Roller Skating Lesson .................... 56 Glass Workshop ...................................... 67 Go Ape in Cannock ................................. 27 Golf - Learn to Play in a Day .................. 54 Grace Dieu Priory Ghost Walk ............... 47 Great Midlands Fun Run ......................... 15 Guide Dog Training Centre Visit ............ 53 Guided Canoe Tour of Birmingham ........ 30 Hadrian's Wall Walking Break ................ 86 Hagley Hall with Viscount Cobham........ 50 Hanbury Hall Ramble and Lunch ............ 36 Happy Days ............................................. 60 Hedgehog Appreciation Evening ............ 13 Helicopter Lesson ................................... 10 Henley in Arden Figure of 8 Ramble ...... 39 Henley New Years Day Ramble.............. 35 Hidden Italy - Cinque Terre & Lucca ...... 77 Hidden Kings Norton Walk..................... 20 Hollywood & Movies Sleepover Party ...... 7 Hoola Hooping ........................................ 54 Hope Winter Wonderland Mtn Biking .... 17 Horse Riding Fun Day! ........................... 11 Hotel Du Vin Ultimate Sunday Brunch ..... 3 Hovercraft "Flying" Experience .............. 24 Ice Skating Fun Night ............................. 43 Ilkley Moor Yorkshire Walking W'end ... 87 Indoor Bouldering Taster Session ........... 26 Indoor Bowls Taster Session ................... 46 Indoor Climbing at Redpoint Centre ....... 25 Indoor Shooting ...................................... 41 Inspirational Suppers............................... 73 Introduction to Short Tennis.................... 55

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Irish Comedy, Music & Craic ................. 58 Isle of Portland Walking Weekend ......... 81 Istanbul Experience ................................ 74 Itihaas Contemporary Indian Dinner......... 5 Jack the Ripper Evening and Supper ...... 46 JCB VIP Visit and Lunch ....................... 52 Kayak River Adventure .......................... 26 Kayaking Intro, Edgbaston Reservoir ..... 29 Kenilworth Explorer Ramble .................. 39 Kenilworth Town Walk .......................... 20 Kettlewell Catered Hostel W'end ............ 89 Knowle Beer,Skittles and Supper ........... 45 Krakow Discovery Break........................ 77 La Banca Cookery School ...................... 72 La Banca Italian Dinner Shuffle ............... 3 La Fille Mal Gardee ................................ 61 Ladybower Come/try Mountain Biking .. 17 Ladybower Improvers Mtn Biking ......... 17 Lake District Ultimate Challenge W'end 82 Lake District Wine Taste/Walking ......... 82 Lakes Winter Walking Weekend ............ 81 Lapworth/Packwood Easy Ramble ......... 35 Lasan Indian Banquet .............................. 7 Learn to Drift!......................................... 23 Learn to Snowboard Course ................... 16 Leicester & Richard III Exp Walk .......... 21 Lichfield Cathedral by Candlelight ......... 45 Lift Tower Abseil - Our Biggest Ever! ... 30 Living with Boundless Energy................ 70 Longdon Easy Ramble............................ 37 Loot ........................................................ 59 Lynton, North Devon Walking Break ..... 88 Macbeth at the Blue Orange ................... 59 Madresfield Court - real Brideshead!...... 53 Makeover/Boudoir Photo Session ........... 64 Makeup Skills Lesson ............................. 67 Marco Pierre White Dinner Shuffle .......... 6 Matthew Bournes Swan Lake ................. 59 Mind Management workshop ................. 65 Moreton in the Marsh Ramble ................ 38 Morgan Motors Visit .............................. 52 Mosaic Making Day ............................... 73 Motorbike Off Road Experience ............. 24 Murder in the Blackout, Coombe Abbey 45 Murder Mystery Evening and Buffet ...... 44 Napton on the Hill Easy/Mod Ramble .... 36 National Memorial Arboretum ............... 49 National Space Centre Visit .................... 47 Nature for Beginners! ............................. 13 New Members Easy Morning Ramble .... 37 New Members Kababish Sunday Lunch ... 5 New Members Mix and Mingle .............. 42 New Members Welsh Cottage Break ...... 79 Newcastle Easter Party Weekend ........... 90 Newquay & Cornish Coast Easter W'end 85 Nine Steps to Happiness ......................... 63 Nordic Walking Taster ........................... 27 Off Road Karting .................................... 23 Offchurch & Leamington Ramble . 35 & 38 Oil Painting in a Day .............................. 69 One Man Two Guvnors .......................... 61 Outdoor Digital Photography Weekend .. 79 Outdoor Lazer Combat ........................... 41 Pamper Evening at Shear Salon .............. 68 Peak Classic Caves Day.......................... 29 Pembrokeshire Coast Breaks ......... 86 & 88 Peninsular Cantonese Party with Elvis ..... 9 Pizza Making and Meal at The Radisson .. 1 Plymouth & Devon Walking Break ........ 86 Poker Night............................................. 46 Pole Dancing with Pure Joy .................... 18 Polo Lesson at Rugby ............................. 11 Pottery Workshop ................................... 65 Preview Evenings ................................... 32 Pub Games Night .................................... 45 Quad Bike Woodland Trek ..................... 22


Quintessential Snowdonia Walk W'end .. 87 Quiz Page ............................................... 34 RAID - Rapid Action Initiated Defence.. 69 Race Night with Fish & Chips ................ 47 Rally Driving Lesson .............................. 22 Recreational Skiing ................................ 16 Retired Greyhound Centre Visit ............. 51 Rock Climbing for the Terrified ............. 29 Rugby Match Day Experience/Tour ....... 51 Sailing Weekend around the Solent ........ 89 Salsa Dance Workshop .......................... 19 Saxophone for Beginners ........................ 68 Scottish Bargain Break 2014 .................. 80 Scottish Steak Club Dining Experience .... 8 Scuba Taster Morning Experience .......... 26 Serenity Weekend ................................... 78 Sherwood 50km Mountain Bike Ride ..... 17 Shootout at the Kiddies Playcentre! ........ 44 Shustoke Easy Ramble and Lunch .......... 36 Sikh Gurudwara Visit ............................. 50 Singers Hill Synagogue Visit .................. 51 Singin In The Rain.................................. 60 Ski Lesson - Beginners ........................... 16 Skills for the Hills (Nav Awards) ........... 78 Snooker Night and Buffet ....................... 42 Snowdome Skiing ................................... 16

Space Opera ............................................ 58 Spanish Evening........................................ 7 Spice "Biggest Loser" Challenge ............ 56 Spice Book Club ..................................... 15 Spice Hits Town ...................................... 32 St Mary's Convent Visit .......................... 49 Stageside Dinner Shuffle........................... 4 Stained Glass Workshop ......................... 66 Stand Up Paddle Boarding ...................... 30 Steel Magnolias ....................................... 60 Sunday Afternoon Tea with Jazz ............. 48 Sutton Park Discovery Walk ................... 21 Sutton Park Hot Cross Bun Ramble ........ 39 SWAT Training Mission ......................... 40 Symonds Yat Adventure Mission ............ 26 Syriana Syrian/Lebanese Dinner Shuffle ... 3 Tales from Canterbury Walking Break.... 83 Tardebigge Locks/Stoke Prior Ramble.... 38 Teamworks Karting and Burger .............. 22 Ten Pin Bowling ..................................... 42 Ten things you should know about DIY .. 65 The Complete History of America .......... 59 The Lord of the Flies ............................... 61 Titterstone, Clee Hill/Kremlin Ramble ... 35 Tobogan and Fondue Night ....................... 2 Tonight's the Night .................................. 59

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Trentham/Hanchurch Moderate Ramble . 38 Ukukulele for Fun ................................... 63 Ultimate Snowdonia Challenge W'end ... 84 Unihoc .................................................... 54 Upper Arley and Wyre Forest Ramble.... 39 Views of Vyrnwy Ramble and Yomp!.... 38 Vulcan Bomber Restoration Experience . 49 Wake up the Zoo .................................... 12 Watercolour Painting Intro Day .............. 63 Welsh 3000's - Ultimate Challenge ......... 88 Welsh Camping Long Weekend ............. 79 West Side Story ...................................... 60 Western Style Rifle Shooting.................. 40 Whitby Easter Walking/Social W'end..... 90 Wicked ................................................... 61 Wildlife Photography Introduction ......... 72 Wilmcote Easy Ramble .......................... 35 Winchcombe Explorer Ramble ............... 38 Windsurfing ............................................ 31 Wine Tasting - Taste Like a Pro! ............ 44 Wolf Experience & Walk ....................... 12 Woodbridge/Suffolk Coast W'end .......... 84 Workshops & Talks ................................ 62 WW1 Battlefields Discovery Tour ......... 75 Zip World - Ultimate Zipline Experience 27 Zumba for Fun ........................................ 56


Free info pack - Spice rack SPICE (West Midlands) Co-ordinator: Richard Coulter 6a, Burnett Road, Streetly, Sutton Coldfield West Midlands, B74 3EJ Tel: 0121 353 6161 info@spicebham.com www.spicebham.com SPICE (Bristol & Cardiff) Co-ordinator: Dianne Livingstone 130 Aztec Almondsbury, Bristol BS32 4UB Tel: 01276 479 253 dianne@spicebristolcardiff.com www.spicebristolcardiff.com SPICE (East Midlands) Co-ordinator: Steve Dell Foxhall Business Center, 2 King Street, Nottingham, NG1 2AS Tel: 0845 017 1031 info@spiceeastmids.com www.spiceeastmids.com

SPICE (London) Co-ordinator: Dianne Livingstone 32a High Street, Bagshort, Surrey, GU19 5AZ Tel: 01276 479 253 dianne@spicelondon.co.uk www.spicelondon.co.uk SPICE (Manchester) Co-ordinator: Lauren Fawkes The Stables, 11 Poplar Road Stretford, Manchester, M32 9AN Tel: 0161 864 3849 info@spicemcr.com www.spicemcr.com SPICE (Scotland) Co-ordinator: Jamie Morris 63 Easter Langside Crescent, Dalkeith, EH22 2FN. Tel: 0131 531 2653 info@spicescotland.com www.spicescotland.com

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SPICE UK (Head Office) National Co-ordinator: Dave Smith 13, Thorpe Street, Old Trafford, Manchester, M16 9PR Tel: 0161 873 8788 www.spiceuk.com info@spiceuk.com SPICE (Thames Valley & Solent) Co-ordinator: Dominic Renshaw 118, Shiplake Bottom, Peppard Common, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 5HR Tel: 0118 972 4810 dominic@thamesvalleyspice.co.uk www.thamesvalleyspice.co.uk SPICE (Yorkshire) Co-ordinator: Lauren Fawkes The Stables, 11 Poplar Road Stretford, Manchester, M32 9AN Tel: 0845 094 2200 info@spiceyorks.com www.spiceyorks.com

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From the home page click the Event button. In the Search events block you can search for a type of event by clicking on the dropdown on Category for example walking,parties, Weekend breaks etc. You can find an event in your area by selecting Subcategory and selecting your area for example Essex, Kent, Surrey etc. You can also search on Words, by using Words When done click search to find what you want.

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Spice International Holiday Programme As at 15th December2013

Welcome to the Spice international holiday programme, available to all Spice members as an exclusive benif it of membership! fi 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 including some of next seasons ski trips (more to follow so keep an eye on the web and Facebook!). 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 – Spice UK Team

Spice Holidays Date

2014 Deposit

Price from

Ski Val D’Isere

£130

£689

Magical Marrakech

£150

£499

Nights Spice Trip

26/01/14

7

13/02/14

4 or 5

01/03/14

7

Ski Alpe D’Huez – France

£130

£699

09/03/14

7

Ski Meribel

£130

£764

09/03/14

7

Austrian Ski Jive Spectacular

£130

£660

15/03/14

7

Ski Morzine – France

£130

£694

15/03/14

7

£130

£810

22/03/14

7

Walking in Lanzarote Some winter walking sun on the wonderful island of Lanzarote! Ski Mayrhofen – Austria

£130

£749

10/04/14

3

Rome Mini Break

£150

£399

26/04/14

7

Algarve Spring Chillout

£150

£599

02/05/14

3

Granada Delights – Mini Break

£150

£439

14/05/14

4

Moscow Discovery

£150

£699

18/05/14

7

Cultural Andalusia

£150

£799

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A Mark Warner holiday – ski the huge Espace Killy! Get away from the winter weather and join us for a long weekend in Marrakech High altitude skiing!

A Mark Warner holiday – ski one of the world’s most famous areas! Book direct with our new Spice Partner. A first for Spice & a huge ski area!

One of Austria’s favourite resorts and a short transfer! Enjoy a short break away to this wonderful city!

Get away from the UK’s unpredictable Spring weather! A lovely weekend break – enjoy Tapas & the Alhambra! The Kremlin, Red Square, Bolshoi Theatre – a break with a difference! Enjoy the cultural delights of Spain!

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Date

Nights Spice Trip

07/06/14

7

07/06/14

14

09/06/14

7

14/06/14

7

06/06/14

3

14/06/14

Mark Warner 5* Watersports (1st week)

Mark Warners’ newest resort on Rhodes. Great sailing and windsurfing conditions for all levels, plus land activities

Mark Warner 5* Watersports (2 weeks)

Deposit £150

Price from £745

£150

£1195

£150

£795

£150

£745

Hidden Gems of Barcelona

£150

£469

8

Western Canada Highlights

£150

£1895

17/06/14

12

Best of the Baltics Cruise

£150

£1099

19/06/14

3

Italian Cuisine

£150

£669

22/06/14

7

Zumba Spectacular!

£150

£639

26/06/14

9

Sicily – Myths & Legends

£150

£1149

27/06/14

3

Berlin Bonanza

£150

£399

02/08/14

7

Italian Walking – Lakes & Mountains

TBC

TBC

02/08/14

20

Best of the West

£270

£2685

18/08/14

7

Turkish Blue Coast Cruise

£150

£1095

09/09/14

13

Grand Canyon Rafting Experience

£250

£2899

14/09/14

6

The Italian Lakes

£150

£979

21/09/14

7

Costa Blanca Chillout

£150

£599

29/09/14

7

Turkey Autumn Chillout

£150

£565

06/10/14

14

Borneo Adventure

£290

£2895

06/10/14

7

£150

£795

08/10/14

5

Turkish Blue Coast Cruise A wonderful 7 night gulet cruise along Turkey’s Blue Coast Lake Garda Autumn Special

£150

£499

23/10/14

11

Cuba – Sun & Fun

£170

£1599

Mark Warners’ newest resort on Rhodes. Great sailing and windsurfing conditions for all levels, plus land activities

Turkish Blue Coast Cruise

A wonderful 7 night gulet cruise along Turkey’s Blue Coast

Mark Warner 5* Watersports (2nd week)

Mark Warners’ newest resort on Rhodes. Great sailing and windsurfing conditions for all levels, plus land activities Get under the skin of this great city with our local guide & party with the locals! Banff, Jasper, Whistler, Vancouver & Victoria – enjoy stunning Canada with Spice! Visit Tallinn, St. Petersburg (including 2 excursions), Helsinki, Stockholm & Copenhagen! Prepare pasta & chillout on Lake Garda! Something new and a little bit different! Why not try a Zumba® trip with Spice? Join us and explore this magical island! A sociable weekend getting to know Europe’s most happening capital Keep an eye on the website - Walkwise are working on this to be released very soon! Experience the West of America from San Francisco to Las Vegas and lots in between! A wonderful 7 night gulet cruise along Turkey’s Blue Coast – one for the Teachers! The Ultimate Spice Experience!

Enjoy Como, Maggiore & Garda on this wonderful break! Chillout in the Mediterranean! Our 8th consecutive year and it’s as popular as ever! A stunning trip of discovery

Always a popular trip with Spice including 3 hours free bar on 4 evenings! Book by 31 Jan and get an incredible £150 discount included – price after £1749!

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 MERIBEL

ROME MINI BREAK

Skiing in Meribel offers something for everyone. With an unrivalled amount of skiing and boarding, the Trois Vallées is a magnificent ski area. Intermediates especially will thrive on the 600kms of well-kept pistes; you can ski all week and still leave plenty of runs untouched. In the two villages and higher up, beginners can cut their teeth on a wealth of uncrowded nursery slopes. Experts can tackle the infamous Courchevel couloirs and the Chanrossa bumps.

Get away from it all and treat yourself to a weekend break in Rome. The culture and beauty of Rome leave a deep impression on all who see the city for the first time, so rich in history and so alive. It is no surprise that Rome is known as the Eternal City. None has a past so colourful and few have shaped western civilisation in such a way. Rome is as much a feast for lovers of art, as for lovers of good food.

8 days, Sun 9th March 2014 from £764 Flights from London Gatwick, Birmingham & Manchester • Ski the huge Trois Vallées • A Mark Warner Chalet

SKI MAYRHOFEN

8 days, Sat 22nd March 2014 from £749 Flights from London Gatwick, Birmingham, Manchester, Edinburgh & Bristol • One of Austria’s best known resorts • A massive 650km of piste Experience one of Austria’s best known and loved resorts. With a pretty pedestrianised centre, extensive snow-sure skiing and lively apres-ski, ski holidays in Mayrhofen offer something for everyone. The Zillertal Superskipass covers the whole of the Ziller Valley, including the resorts of Fügen, Kaltenbach, Zell am Ziller, Gerlos, Finkenberg, Lanersbach and the glacier at Hintertux, an incredible total of over 650km of pistes and 172 lifts connected by a free bus or train. Adventurous skiers love skiing holidays in Mayrhofen because of the resorts extensive off-piste and the 22km of hair raising black runs.

WALKING IN LANZAROTE

8 days, Sat 15th March 2014 from £810 Flights from Gatwick, Manchester & Birmingham • Enjoy a winter walking trip in the sun • 5 included guided walks

4 days, Thu 10th April 2014 from £399 Flights from Gatwick & Manchester • A super city for a short break • Visit the Vatican, Coliseum & more

ALGARVE SPRING CHILLOUT

8 days, Sat 26th April 2014 from £599 Flights from Gatwick & Manchester • Enjoy a winter walking trip in the sun • 5 included guided walks

With our Autumn Chillout well and truly established we have been looking to respond to calls from members for a Spice Chillout too – so here it is based in the town of Lagos on Portugal’s beautiful Algarve. With average temperatures in April/May of 18 degrees it should be a pleasant get away from the UK’s unpredictable Spring weather!

MOSCOW DISCOVERY

5 days, Wed 14th May 2014 from £799 Flights from Gatwick & Manchester • Includes introduction visa letter • Visit the Kremlin & Red Square Following the huge success of our extended trips to Russia over past years we felt that it would be a great to visit Moscow on its own on this short break! We’ve included excursions that cover the major highlights of this great city and packs plenty into a short time; we’ve also included the cost of your introductory letter and Russian Tourist Visa to make things simpler for you to enjoy the break! So join us and let’s do Moscow ‘Spice Style’!

We explore the length and breadth of the island and in doing so we can fully appreciate it’s amazing diversity. Although not widely known for its walking there is a welldeveloped network of paths that link villages, the coast and the volcanos thereby enabling us walkers to fully experience all the island has to offer.

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MARK WARNER 5* WATERSPORTS - RHODES

8 days, Wed 4th/Sat 7th June 2014 from £745 8 days, Wed 11th/Sat 14th June 2014 from £745 15 days, Wed 4th/Sat 7th June 2014 from £1195 Flights from London Heathrow & Manchester • A superb 5* resort • Returning after a hugely successful trip in 2013

After superb feedback this year we are delighted to revist Mark Warners’ new Levante Beach Resort as our watersports destination for 2014. This 5* resort is located on one of the longest sandy beaches on the eastern coast of Rhodes, in the resort of Afandou, 20kms from Rhodes Town. Rhodes is an island steeped in history, dotted with picturesque little villages, heavenly scented pine and cypress forests and miles upon miles of golden sandy beaches.

TURKEY COAST CRUISE

8 days, Mon 9th June 2014 from £795 8 days, Mon 18th August 2014 from £1095 8 days, Mon 6th October 2014 from £795 Flights from London Gatwick & Manchester • A date for the teachers! • If you want to relax then look no further Sailing from Marmaris in the clear turquoise waters of the Aegean and Mediterranean Seas you will discover the delights of the Turkish Coast. The Captain and crew expertly handle the traditional sailing gulet, East Meets West leaving you free to explore the secluded coves and bays. You’ll have no worries about cooking meals, sailing or dropping anchor.

Something new for Spice and a little bit different! We’ve done a Yoga holiday so why not try a Zumba® trip with Spice? Fitness with Zumba® in the stunning resort of Calpe. A fantastic opportunity to spend a revitalising week immersed in a full programme of fitness and well-being including Zumba® in the Spanish sunshine. We offer a high-energy daily schedule of classes with George Martini and friends, including Zumba®, Aqua Zumba, Masala Bhangra, Booiaka and more as well as time to enjoy the local beaches, sample the cuisine and dance the night away in a like-minded social group.

SICILY – MYTHS & LEGENDS 10 days, Thu 26th June 2014 from £1149 Flights from London Gatwick only • Home of Mount Etna • A wonderful trip of discovery

In the central Mediterranean just off the ‘toe’ of Italy, Sicily is a wonderful island to explore. Home to Mount Etna, the tallest active volcano in Europe and one of the most active in the world, our 10 day discovery uncovers the truths and mysteries behind this islands ‘Myths & Legends’. So why not join Spice on this super trip!

BEST OF THE BALTICS CRUISE

13 days, Tue 17th June 2014 from £1099 Departs Southampton • Visiting Stockholm, Helsinki, St Petersburg, Copenhagen & Tallinn • Includes 2 excursions in St PetersburAfter the success of our Norway Cruise this year we have followed the same cruise ship to offer this extended cruise around the Baltic States. On board you’ll find that things have been done properly; MSC Opera features plenty of real wood and marble and rich, traditional fabrics and trimmings abound. Her public areas boast a sweeping marble reception area and lovely open spaces with huge glass walls overlooking the sea. Indeed wherever you go, inside or on deck, you’ll find that a true sense of operatic grandeur and spaciousness prevails.

ZUMBA® SPECTACULAR

7 days, Mon 22nd June 2014 from £639 Flights from London Gatwick, Manchester & Glasgow • A first for Spice • Official UK Zumba® Instructors

To book visit www.spiceuk.com or call Spice UK on 0161 873 8788 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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Only 27,375 days in the average lifetime What did you really want to do today? Spice membership benefits! • 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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Spice West Mids Winter Newsletter 2014