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ISSUE 96 MAY/JUNE 2013

DELIVERED TO: BOURNVILLE AND STIRCHLEY Inside this issue:

Austin Motor Company, Gardening With Pippa Greenwood - Garden Hide and Seek This Months Recipe - Cheese, Bacon and Onion Pie News from Your Local Police And much more ...

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In the fifteenth century the great Italian inventor Leonardo da Vinci designed and built the world's first hang glider and made several attempts to fly it from a hill near Florence. Most of his attempts are believed to have been unsuccessful, but in a TV biography of Leonardo aired during the 1960s he was quoted as writing:

common is the big smile afterwards." So next time you look up and see a distinctive triangular wing in the skies over Stratford and Warwick, give James and fellow-instructor Gareth a wave!

Once you have flown You will walk the earth With your eyes turned skyward. If the quotation is genuine, James McCafferty, Chief Flying Instructor (CFI) of Microflights Flying School at Long Marston Airfield near Stratford-upon-Avon, believes it may be evidence that at least one of Leonardo's early attempts at human flight was successful. "The emotion in those words," says James, "comes from someone who has actually flown and will never forget that incredible rush of apprehension, excitement and pure elation that you get as you lift off from the ground." Enthralled by his own first flight in a microlight in the early nineties, James became a microlight flying instructor in 2000 and established Microflights, his own flying school, two years later. Based at Long Marston Airfield just south of Stratford, and with two instructors, Microflights provides Microlight Pilot's Licence training and a menu of "taster" flights ("trial flights") for people to experience for themselves what James refers to as the "sheer magic" of microlight flying. " A microlight trial flight of 15, 30 or 60 minutes is the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas and special occasions," says James. "In the last ten years we've taken several thousand people on their first flight and the one thing they all have in

You can find out more about Microflights Flying School at www.microflights.com and you can contact James on 07974 94 99 96 or james@microflights.com.

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Fresh from the Press III An Original Prints Exhibition by new and established printmakers

Sunday 5th May to Sunday 16th June 2013

Purple Gallery 229 Mary Vale Road Bournville B30 2DL Tel: 0121 459 0941

for further information visit

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SPRING is at last in the air and West Midlands Police is urging local communities to help prevent crime from rising along with the temperature.

"Criminals will certainly be ready for the milder weather, but will you be ready to deter them by following our simple safety advice?"

Officers are issuing the following home and shed Warmer days and lighter evenings typically security advice: trigger a shift in behaviour with members of the • Don’t leave windows open in unoccupied public spending more time socialising, tending to rooms, the garden, doing DIY and generally making the • Make sure front windows and doors are most of the better weather by leaving doors and secure when you are in the back garden, windows open; leaving them vulnerable to • Don’t leave valuables on show through opportunist thieves looking for an easy route to windows, certainly not within reaching steal valuable property. distance of an open window, • Secure uPVC doors by fitting a snap The advice comes at a time of year when resistant cylinder lock, certified to TS007 officers traditionally see a rise in burglary reports standard, accredited locksmiths can advise but also goes hand-in-hand with the release of on recommended products, the force's latest performance figures which • Lock sheds with a padlock or mortice demonstrate that overall recorded crime is at an deadlock to prevent a burglar from using all-time low and now stands at roughly half the your ladders or garden tools to break into level it was a decade ago. your home, • Chain cycles, mowers, ladders and tools There were almost 23,000 fewer victims of together inside the shed, crime in the West Midlands in the last year (April • Visibly mark your property with your post 2012-March 2013) compared to the previous 12code and register it for free on the national month period; burglary, in particular, saw 2,323 property registration database less victims. www.immobilise.com. But force crime reduction supervisor, Visit www.west-midlands.police.uk/ Sergeant Andy Gregory, is keen to reinforce the crimereduction/lighter-nights for the force’s top message that West Midlands' officers won't burglary and shed security tips, including a two become complacent as crime continues to fall. minute video on anti-burglary measures recommended by officers. He said: "After such a harsh and prolonged winter, it's only natural that people want to make Colourful Spring posters and advice leaflets hay while the sun shines. We are all looking are also being distributed throughout the forward to a hopefully pleasant spring and region to help reach residents who may not summer. But it's crucial to stay alert to home have access to or be able to use the internet. security even when you're out and about People can request more information on this working, shopping, socialising, or enjoying time literature by calling their local neighbourhood at home with the family. team on 101. "At this time of year, reports of shed breaks Practical home security advice is also available and house burglary are particularly known to rise all year round at www.west-midlands.police.uk/ and we want to ensure that people are aware of saferhomes. the steps they can take to reduce their chances of becoming the victim of an opportunist burglar.

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A pair of hybrid chickens, Sweet Pea (Rhode Island / Maran) and Pepperami (Rhode Island / Plymouth Rock), hardly qualifies as a flock. Even so, two eggs a day, almost every day, soon leads to an eggcess. And, while neighbours sometimes buy a box of four, and other times we swap them or give them away (eggs, not neighbours), our ethos is to try and make use of whatever we have. Unfortunately, unlike Anne, I have always been a fussy eater (the sort of child who made mealtimes an endurance test for everyone). I'll gladly eat an egg boiled, fried (preferably hard, not runny) or poached (preferably in a tent in Norfolk). Omelettes, though, leave me cold, as do soufflĂŠs. While just the thought of an egg custard makes me want to gag - well done, school dinners, circa 1978. Clearly, a little inventiveness* was called for. Many homemade cakes are suitable for freezing, and who isn't partial to a piece of farmhouse or carrot cake. And it's a great way to use up surplus carrots. Mayonnaise proved to be so easy that even I could do it, with just egg yolk, olive oil, lemon juice, salt and water. Take a tip from me though - make sure it is salt and not white pepper. Anyhow, once I had mayonnaise under my belt, literally, somehow, my ambitions grew. Remember when egg shampoo was all the rage? Well, no need to shell out when you've eggs to spare - just add olive oil and water (note to self: find way to grow own olives). You too can have that silky sheen in no time - it helps if you still have plenty of hair. Do note that rinsing with water that's too hot will cook the egg and render you fascinating to passing horses. When we ran out of mundane career

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However much effort you make with your garden, you can be sure that there will still be a few things that look awful. You may have made (or hope to make) beautiful borders, sensational shrubbery and lots more besides, but how do you cope with those things you just cannot seem to hide? A washing line: It may be essential but it rarely adds to the appeal of the garden. If yours is like mine and consists of two large poles with a line between them, try growing a pretty climber up the poles. If you use a self clinging plant such as variegated ivy it will do its own thing without any form of additional support. Alternatively make a chicken wire, trellis ‘box’ or frame around the posts and then allow the climber to scramble up, using plant ties if necessary too. Summer flowering clematis will look great or you could make a seasonal display for summer only using pretty climbers such as sweet peas. If you do use one of the more vigorous climbers then be prepared to do some intermittent pruning to ensure that it does not use your washing line as a plant support. Garden buildings may be useful but all too often they are also a real eyesore. Sometimes a thorough scrub of the walls will do the trick, or why not make a feature out of the shed or garage and re-paint it perhaps using a masonry paint or wood paint that tones in with existing garden structures, the colour of your window frames or perhaps simply a colour that

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tickles your fancy. Consider erecting a trellis on one or more of the vertical surfaces and grow a selection of favourite climbers up it to make an even more attractive feature. If the garden is inclined to be a little gloomy then it helps if you paint any surfaces such as garage or shed walls with a paler colour – it is amazing just how much light this will bounce back into your garden. Heating fuelled by gas from a huge cylinder or oil from a large green tank, I’m the owner of one of the mammoth green metal tanks and as much as I enjoy a well heated house I detest the tank and because it has to be sited in an accessible position so it can be re-filled with relative ease, you cannot lose it in the depths of the garden. I use hazel wattle hurdles to hide ours, which are perfect as they also match with the adjacent boundary fence. You could use standard fence panels in the same way and again planting them with climbers or scramblers will help. Whatever you do, make sure that you check on it from time to time and remove excessive climber growth so that the tank remains accessible.


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What better way to celebrate the good weather than to go outside and burn things? Barbecue season is back, and as ever there are all kinds of gadgets promising to make cooking in the great outdoors even greater. If you don’t already have a barbecue you’re spoilt for choice: you can spend as little as £20 on a charcoal kettle barbecue, or as much as £5,999 on a “Grill Centre” that’s bigger than most people’s kitchens. If space is at a premium, it’s worth considering a portable one, such as Weber’s clever little Smokey Joe barbecue (£59.99) or one of its many imitators. Wherever men are showing off you’ll find firms offering gadgets to help them, and in outdoor cooking there are clever ideas such as the Grill Daddy Pro brush (about £14.99), which combines a typical grill brush with a steam cleaner to help shift tough burnton food and sterilise the grill racks. Alternatively, a quick scan of eBay uncovers plenty of motorised grill brushes for around £15 that promise to take the effort out of cleaning. If that isn’t manly enough, the terribly-named Looftlighter (£69.95) is a guaranteed hit, blasting hot air out of the nozzle at a terrifyingly hot 680 degrees to light barbecues, fires and anything else that happens to be nearby. If you’d rather not spend nearly £70 on a glorified lighter - or if you already own a

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blowtorch - there are still plenty of tempting accessories from chimney starters to help you get things burning (£14.99) to griddle pans, woks, basting brushes, add-on tables, digital thermometers, hot dog rollers (£12) and hamburger presses (£12). You can even get a beer can chicken roaster, which holds a can of beer inside a chicken while you cook it (about £8). It sounds like a daft idea but it really does work - as does the digital thermometer fork (from £16), which can help you avoid poisoning all your friends by telling you whether the meat is cooked through or if it needs a bit longer. Alternatively, an oven-proof thermometer will do the job just fine for around £6, but make sure it’s rated for high temperatures: barbecues can be considerably hotter than the domestic ovens many thermometers are designed for. Poisoning isn’t the only thing to watch out for: whether you go for an all-singing, all-dancing portable barbecue, a disposable aluminium one or a free-standing kettle model, remember that barbecues produce carbon monoxide, which can be fatal - and they continue to produce it long after you’ve finished cooking. Never use a barbecue indoors or bring it inside when it’s still warm. We’re not sure whether a Himalayan Salt Plate counts as a gadget - it’s a block of salt but it’s an interesting add-on: instead of cooking directly on the rack you put the plates on the grill and the food on the plates, cooking and seasoning simultaneously. Expect to pay around £9 for a single one, which should last for lots of barbecues and which doubles as a nifty serving plate. Last but not least, there are plenty of LED-powered barbecue lights, such as the three-headed Best of BBQ LED Grill Light. As much as we love our barbecues, we can’t help thinking that if you’re buying £40 accessories to barbecue in your own garden in the dark, you might be taking outdoor cooking a little bit too seriously.


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After WWII, the Government encouraged exports to America, to earn dollars to pay off the national debt. Leonard Lord, Managing Director at Longbridge, thought he could increase sales by producing a sports car, as this would widen the range offered to the American market. Although the basic shape was drawn by Leonard Lord, Dick Burzi translated the sports car into proper drawings. As we would say today, it needed the â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;WOWâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; factor, so there was plenty of chrome and a streamlined shape. To keep costs down, the current mechanical components from the A70 Hereford were used. In July 1948, having been run-in locally, the A90 Atlantic set off across Europe, along with an A70 Hampshire prototype, returning in about three weeks with over 5,000 miles on the clock. This new Austin car was the star at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show, the first show for ten years because of the war. It had many new standard features; for example, an adjustable steering column, an EKCO

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These days, we’re doing more and more things digitally: our holiday snaps sit on hard disks, our music is often in MP3 and we’re as likely to download films as buy them on disc. That’s great when your PC’s working perfectly, but how do you make sure it stays that way?

Protecting your PC falls into three key categories: protecting your valuable data, protecting your PC from online threats and protecting your PC from physical damage. Protecting the hardware is the easy bit. Surge protectors can prevent nasty spikes in the electricity supply from causing any damage, and if you have a laptop you can buy a Kensington Lock to secure it to something suitably hefty. A compressed air canister can blow dust out of fan vents and debris out of keyboards, and it’s a good idea to keep your PC away from extremes of temperature - a sunny room in summer is a terrible place to keep a PC. Be particularly aware of potential spills: liquid can destroy computers and you won’t believe the damage a tin of baby food can do to a keyboard. It’s a very good idea to keep food and drink and PCs separate. No matter how careful you are, computers can and do break: every hard disk will wear out eventually. That’s why it’s really important to keep backup copies of anything important such as family photographs, home videos or iTunes downloads. You can do this in several ways using an online service such as Mozy (www.mozy.co.uk) or Skydrive (skydrive.live.com), by burning them to DVD or by copying them to an external hard disk, but remember that if your backup is in the same place as the original, a domestic disaster such as a burst pipe might ruin both of them. It’s worth remembering too that services such as Facebook won’t compensate you if they accidentally delete or damage your online photo

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libraries; once again make sure that if it’s important, you have more than one copy in case of disaster. The other issue to worry about is “malware”, which is software designed to do nasty things. Sometimes malware spies on you, trying to obtain your passwords and other details; other times it just damages files or slows your PC to a crawl. The good news is that it’s relatively easy to avoid: Windows 7 and Windows 8 both have firewall software, which can prevent nasties getting in, and if you’re suspicious you can avoid most malware. Don’t open unsolicited email attachments from people you don’t know, and don’t let fake emails from the bank fool you: your bank will never send you programs or zipped documents in an email. Always make sure you’re downloading from reputable sources, such as Microsoft.com, not Big Dave’s Totally Honest Download Page and make sure your web browser software is up to date. Old browsers are a real security risk. Last but not least, invest in some security software. You don’t need to spend any money Microsoft’s Security Essentials is free (www.microsoft.com/security_essentials/), as is AVG Free anti-virus (free.avg.com) and AVAST (www.avast.com), and there are also free tools to tune up your PC. One of our favourites is CCleaner (www.piriform.com/ccleaner), which works miracles on sluggish PCs, and we’d also recommend the free Ad-Aware program (www.lavasoft.com) to prevent annoying software setting up shop on your PC. Keeping your PC safe isn’t difficult, timeconsuming or expensive, but it’s worth doing. Think of PC protection like home insurance: you hope you’ll never need it, but if disaster strikes you’ll be glad you have it.


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complex includes remains of a causeway, an impressive valley temple and a lost city or workers’ village, where evidence points to highly skilled labour rather than slaves, and pits for ritual boats with a life size reconstruction in the museum.

Did you know that in 1978 a Japanese corporation tried to build a replica of the Great Pyramid on a 1/20 scale, using the same methods as ancient Egyptians? They didn’t succeed so modern technology was called to the rescue but after just 18 days, the pyramid collapsed. How did they manage in ancient Egypt? Over 100 pyramids have been discovered so far across the country, most stunning of all the iconic giants dotted on the Giza plateau. Up there, above the bustling city of Cairo, it’s hard to comprehend how blocks of granite weighing up to 80 tons could be brought down the Nile from Aswan, 800 kms away, hauled up to the site and put into place, together with over 2 million limestone blocks. That was around BC 2584; no wheel, no iron tools, but with a workforce reaching over 40,000 at times, the Great Pyramid rose to 146.5 metres. Over the millennia, erosion has nibbled away almost eight metres but among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, the Great Pyramid of Pharaoh Khufu is the only one still standing. Being the oldest and largest, it draws the biggest crowds while the nearby pyramids of Khafre and Menkaure seem almost lost in the wilderness, looking down on the small Queen’s satellites and the camels waiting for a ride on the desert sands. Khafre appears bigger than Khufu but guides will tell you it’s an illusion, due to its higher elevation and steeper angle. Besides the pyramids, the

Ritual barges were designed to carry the Pharaoh with the sun god across the heavens and ensure a royal afterlife. The pyramids, it was thought, were royal tombs but when they were discovered, they were empty, no human remains, no treasures. Looted or moved to a safer place? No one knows for sure yet their connection with the afterlife and the sun is undisputed. Rising on the west bank of the Nile, the side of the setting sun and symbol of death, they are shaped like the descending rays which were originally reflected by polished surfaces. Some experts believe the alignment of the Giza pyramids mirrors the Orion constellation, associated in ancient Egypt with Osiris, the sun god of rebirth and afterlife. Visitors can no longer climb to the top of the Great Pyramid but those who come prepared with sturdy footwear venture up the high steps to the new entrance where a short passageway leading to nowhere sends shivers down their spine. It’s dark and eerie inside and you cannot help wondering what may be lurking in the chambers you cannot reach. It’s a relief to return to the light and watch great clouds of dust as guides vying for custom send their camels racing across the sand. ‘Ride, madame? I’ll show you the Great Sphinx.’ No one can leave Giza without paying tribute to this mythical guardian, half human, half lion, once partially buried in the sand. Over 73 metres long and 20 metres high, it’s said to be the world’s largest monolith statue. Defaced by vandals and desert storms, it remains hauntingly beautiful, as powerful today as it was over 4000 years ago. By Solange Hando

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Allens Cross Community Centre has a long and proud history being the first community centre of its kind to be built in Birmingham in 1931 and amongst the very first to be built in Britain.

Cadbury and thanks to his efforts and the help he received from local residents, the first Community Association in Birmingham and almost the first in the country was born in 1931 with a brick built hall situated in Tinkers Farm Road. Allen’s Cross residents can be very proud to have been associated with this pioneer movement which in the next 20 years was to be copied all over Britain. The hall consisted of a large room with a stage, two committee rooms and toilets with a grass tennis court, small Bowling Green and an outside hut at its rear.

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The story of Allen’s Cross Community Association really began with the building of a large estate of 2,161 houses by the City of Birmingham in the vicinity of Allen’s Cross Farm at Northfield. At that time, huge municipal estates were being built by Local Authorities on the outskirts of large cities and the two largest in Birmingham were Kingstanding and Allen’s Cross. The new housing being provided was a vast improvement on that of the inner city slums from which most of the tenants came, but Local Authorities failed to provide any community or recreational facilities on these estates. Apart from public houses, churches and schools there were no public meeting rooms, no playing fields and no centres at which a community spirit could be built. So a group of volunteers decided to form Community Associations with Community Halls on these two estates. This development aroused the interest of an important local benefactor, George

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The community centre has had its ups and downs over the years, but due to the work of some dedicated volunteers it continues to thrive today providing a range of services for local residents. Thanks to a grant from the Big Lottery, the buildings were refurbished three years ago. The new state of the art centre includes two halls, both with disabled access, extensive grounds and a large car park. It includes a range of up-to-date facilities suitable for a variety of community activities, wedding receptions and other celebrations, teaching, training and meeting rooms.

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South Birmingham Flower Club

We meet on the first Monday in the month (except if it is Bank Holiday then it is the 2nd Monday) at Dame Elizabeth Hall in Firbank Close. Do you like to receive flowers on special occasions but are never quite sure what to do with them ? Why not join us at the South B’ham Flower Club and watch professional demonstrators. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start when demonstrators will produce 5 or 6 arrangements based on a theme. These may be won as raffle prizes. Annual fee’s are £30 or visitors fee is £5.00 per evening. Enquiries to Mrs Jeffs on 0121 458 2414.

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Would you like to help lift spirits, make life a little more bearable for our troops out in Afghanistan! Well now you can. We are Operation Shoebox and we are appealing for individuals, clubs, and organisations to send out shoe boxes filled with goodies and basic items to the troops serving in Afghanistan many whom have been away from home for months. All our details are on the website below. We arrange collection of the boxes and onward delivery. I am the Bournville regional co-ordinator for Operation Shoebox. It doesn't cost alot to fill a box but it means such a lot to our troops. We send boxes out all year round so if you, your work place, club or school are interested in donating any filled shoeboxes or items please contact me. They will be very much appreciated. Thank you. Bev 07872163037 beverley@operationshoebox.co.uk www.operationshoebox.co.uk

Kings Norton Women's Institute (Afternoon) Branch This branch of the WI meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 2.00pm. Please join us at the Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge. For more information, please contact Jennifer Crow on 0121 459 0779 Bournville Townswomens Guild We extend an invitation towomen of all ages to come and join us. We offer friendship and companionship. We have well supported scrabble, lunch clubs and handicraft groups. We have tea and chat groups. We enjoy trips to places of interest. We have speakers who cover a wide range of topics at most of our meetings. We meet on the 4th Monday of each month at 2.00pm (except December). Why not come and join us at the Friends Meeting House, Linden Road, Bournville where there are friends who would welcome your company and companionship. Local contact Sue on 0121 608 0646 (Held at the Meeting House by permission of Bournville Friends Meeting) South Birmingham Ramblers We are a local group of ramblers and have a regular programme of countryside and urban walks, both at the week and at the weekends.We walk throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham, as well as further afield. For more information contact Kate Wilcox 0121 443 1315 or Liz Walkling on 0121 624 2533 or visit www.sbramblers.pwp.blueyonder.co.uk 54


The Bournville Society Meetings are held in Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close, off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville, at 7.30 p.m unless otherwise stated. 1 May 2013: 7.45pm: Valerie Richards, a former nurse at Selly Oak Hospital, will tell us its history, from its origins as the Kings Norton Union Workhouse of 1872, to its latter day role as a busy NHS hospital, renowned for its work in the field of trauma and for housing the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. 1 June 2013: A Brian Draper ‘river themed’ coach outing: The Teme Valley. If you have any queries please telephone the Secretary, Rosemary Shutt on 0121 458 2547 or email: rosemaryshutt@talktalk.net Tinkers Farm Opera is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year with a series of concerts in the south Birmingham area commencing on 7th June at The Friends Meeting House, Bournville and continuing at Allens Cross Community Centre, Northfield (13th June), St. Davids Church, Shenley Green (14th June), Moorpool Hall, Harborne 15th June) and St. Andrews Parish Hall, Barnt Green (29th June). The concerts are entitled ‘Fanfare For The Fifties’ and includes songs from celebrated musicals launched in the 1950’s along with numbers from Gilbert & Sullivan Operas which TFO presented in that era. Ticket enquiries for the concerts can be made by phoning 01384 373670 or emailing tinkersfarmopera@gmail.com Barn Dance Sat June 29th 7pm at Rowheath Pavilion Live band and caller, ploughmans supper, home baked cakes, charity auction. For tickets please call 0121 766 6603 or email office@birminghamcitymission.co.uk Friends of Kings Norton Nature Reserve welcome you to Spring on Saturday 4th May 2013 Starting at 5.30 am with a Dawn Chorus Walk, meeting at the corner of Meadow Hill Road and Wychall Lane. Throughout the day activities for adults and children, tombola etc on Waterways Meadow of the reserve, corner of Wychall Lane and Meadow Hill Road. Ending with a bat walk at dusk, meet at the corner of Wychall Lane and Meadow Hill Road. Do come along and enjoy the day for free.

Singalong With Angela

Come along to the Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge and enjoy singing from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. You can also have a dance and enjoy a song on the microphone, socialise and make new friends. This takes place every Monday from 1.30pm - 3.30pm Entrance fee is £2.50 per person and includes refreshments and a FREE raffle. For more information please contact Angela on 0121 251 1700.

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