Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Tue 15 Apr 2014

    ORGANISERS interested in being part of the relaunched Bromsgrove Festival are being told they can still apply to have their event included in online publicity.

    The Bromsgrove Festival brochure has been finalised and is expected to hit the streets soon, but new events can still be included on the festival website and Bromsgrove Arts Alive website.

    Established in 1960, the festival has been run for more than 20 years, and last year the Advertiser reported that a new group was formed which will relaunch the event, expanding it into a wider arts and cultural celebration.

    Copies of the brochure can be picked up at the Artrix, Avoncroft Museum, local libraries, shops and coffee houses as well as at the various venues where events are scheduled to take place.

    With nearly 80 events planned during the festival, ranging from folk music and visual arts to street performances and dance displays it promises to be a very busy summer in the town.

    Contact info [at] bromsgrovefestival [dot] co [dot] uk to have any further festival events to be publicised online.

  • Fri 21 Mar 2014

    A CONCERT featuring local band The Quik will take place at Bromsgrove's Artrix at 7.30pm on Thursday (March 27) to raise Latest Newsfunds for SADS UK.

    The event is being managed by second year music technology students from NEW College who chose the charity because it was locally formed and had links to the college after it donated defibrillators for each of the campuses.

    SADS UK funds research into Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome and provides equipment such as heart monitors, event recorders and defibrillators to save lives.

    A spokesperson from the charity said it was very grateful to the students.

    Tutor Angie Keogh said: "It’s exciting for the students to gain the experience of working with a real charity and band (The Quik) to produce what will be a great night of mod music."

    Second year student Kate Rose is the events manager for the night.

    She said: "The Quik are great supporters of SADS and will give a great evening of entertainment. It’s going to be hard work, but worth it."

    Tickets re £6 each from Artrix at oR by calling 01527 577330 and all funds raised will go to SADS UK.


  • Thu 20 Mar 2014

    ABOUT 150 Hagley residents, parish councillors and county councillor Rachel Jenkins attended a meeting in a bid to Latest Newssafeguard the future of the village’s library.

    People packed into St Saviours Church for the get together, organised by Hagley Parish Council, after it was told by the county council’s library service that funding would be cut by 40 per cent.

    Worcestershire County Council’s library service asked Hagley Parish Council to take over the yearly running costs of the building, which equates to between £10,000 and £15,000 per year.

    Officers gave a presentation on how they envisaged changes could be implemented and asked for community volunteers to come forward to work alongside library staff to reduce staffing costs further.

    Villagers claimed they were being asked to pay twice for the same service and the parish council suggested the best solution would be for residents to pay £5 per year per average household to save the library.

    Residents also questioned why payments had not been requested by local housing developers.

    Hagley Parish Council also announced as part of a strategic village plan for the future, the library could be incorporated into a new community hub, along with other services, depending on funding from a number of sources.

    Vanessa Payne, from Hagley Primary School, one of two village headteachers who attended the meeting, said it would be a ‘devastating loss’ to more than 700 children from the school if the library could not be saved.

    Peter Rowbottom from Hagley Residents Action Group (HRAG) said: “This meeting is only the starting point of the battle to save the library and we would encourage anyone who was unable to voice an opinion at the meeting to contact the parish council with their ideas or be added to the list of potential volunteers.”

    He added there were lots of complicated issues with the hub plan and said the only chance of producing a comprehensive action plan was by working together and supporting the parish council and by contributing feedback, ideas and offering skills that could help.

    Those wanting to be actively involved could email teamhagley [at] hagleyresidents [dot] co [dot] uk.

    Coun Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire County Council’s Cabinet Member the Libraries and Learning Service, said: “We are very encouraged by the reception to the plans for Hagley Library, discussed at the parish meeting last week which should result in the library staying open.

    “We don’t want to close the library, reduce the level of service, have less books or have so few staff that opening hours have to be reduced.

    “We are confident we can avoid compulsory redundancies.

    “However we do have to reduce our costs and we are pleased that our work with Hagley Parish Council and the local community will enable us to do that.”

    She added the next stage was for the county council to work with the parish council to put together a proposal which sees the parish council take on the responsibility of the premises, whilst the library would still be run by the Libraries and Learning Service.”


  • Tue 4 Feb 2014

    Latest NewsTHE FIRST draft of the new-look Bromsgrove Festival, which will run from June 14 to July 20, has been revealed by the organisers.

    The extravaganza features a comprehensive and wide-ranging list of events and so far includes productions, concerts, exhibitions and events from both local groups and some further afield.

    Among the chosen venues are Artrix, Grafton Manor, St John’s Church and Avoncroft Museum.

    But, there are still opportunities for organisations and individuals to add their own event into the programme and become part of a celebration aimed at showcasing all that is vibrant about the Bromsgrove arts scene.

    A spokesperson for the new-look Bromsgrove Festival said: "The established tradition of excellence will be maintained whilst at the same time ensuring there is something for everyone to enjoy."

    Children and young people are being encouraged to get involved in Artrix's New Generation Festival, which will coincide with the main event. That will be specifically aimed at providing a stage for younger artists and performers to shine on and shows which interest younger audiences.

    Those looking to find out more about the Bromsgrove Festival can visit and anyone wanting an event in the programme or to discuss, staging and promoting, can email //info [at] bromsgrovefestival [dot] co [dot] uk">info [at] bromsgrovefestival [dot] co [dot] uk

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Standard

  • Fri 24 Jan 2014

    A FILM produced by students at NEW College as a learning tools for healthcare professionals, has been given additional funding to be developed into a national online resource.

    ‘Stand by Me’ was produced by HND Media Production students at the college in 2011 as a commissioned project from the NHS, and it was intended for use as part of a learning resource for trainers, trainees and healthcare professionals, to help them better communicate with people living with dementia.

    Since then the film has gone on to be nominated for a National Learning on Screen award, and receive positive feedback from the thousands of practitioners using it in surgeries, homes, care homes, hospitals, training sessions and universities across the West Midlands.

    As a result the Department of Health has approved a large budget to develop ‘Stand by Me’ as a national online resource, which will be produced by NEW College along with the University of Worcester’s Association for Dementia Studies, and Skills of Health in London.

    The new project will use current foundation degree Media Production students to re-edit the video material, and it is due to be launched in January of next year.

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Wed 20 Nov 2013
    Suzanne Bryan-Williams, Joanne Wright, Diane Baker, Eunice Wright, and Jean WisemanSuzanne Bryan-Williams, Joanne Wright, Diane Baker, Eunice Wright, and Jean Wiseman

    THE Christmas season will be well under way by the time the Primrose Choir puts on its annual Christmas concert this year.

    The festive themed concert will take place at the Spadesbourne Suite in Bromsgrove and the choir will again be joined by youngsters from Astwood Bank First School.

    A choir spokesman said: “The school has charmed and delighted us in previous years and has produced remarkable music under the guidance of their conductor, Joe George.

    “Roger Powell is again master of ceremonies and can be relied upon to bring out all the fun of this very popular concert.”

    All money raised from the concert will go toward the Primrose Hospice, an independent local charity offering advice and support to cancer patients and their families.

    It is on Friday, December 13 starting at 7pm.

    Tickets cost £9 and are available from 01527 67383 and 01527 546158 or from any member of the choir.

    For more information, visit

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Wed 20 Nov 2013
    ENSEMBLE ENTERTAINERS: Ensemble Amaranthos will be appearing at Bromsgrove Concerts latest event this November. Ref:sENSEMBLE ENTERTAINERS: Ensemble Amaranthos will be appearing at Bromsgrove Concerts latest event this November.

    A NEW music group is set to appear at the latest concert organised by a Bromsgrove club.

    Ensemble Amaranthos will be appearing at Bromsgrove Concerts’ event, being held at the Artrix, in School Drive, on Friday, November 29.

    The group will be taking the audience on a musical tour of Europe in the 18th century, which includes the music of composers from France, Italy and Spain.

    Janet Upward, Bromsgrove Concerts chairman, said: “Ensemble Amaranthos is a lively new group whose enjoyment of the music they play communicates itself to their audiences.

    “We are looking forward to an entertaining and rewarding evening of live music making”.

    Tickets cost £17, £3 for concessions. Under 25s go free.

    To book a ticket visit the Artrix’s website,, or call the box office on 01527 577330

  • Mon 11 Nov 2013


    TOWNSFOLK are invited to the latest in a series of talks being held by the Bromsgrove Society.

    The local history group of the society is holding the talk on The Lord Leycester Hospital, Warwick, at the Methodist Centre in Stratford Road, from 7.45pm this Tuesday, November 19.

    The talk is being given by Gerald Lesinski.

    For more details visit the society’s website,

  • Thu 7 Nov 2013

    Latest NewsA DRINKS reception was held at Bromsgrove’s Artrix to thank the centre’s 75 volunteers for their hard work and to unveil the future fund-raising plans for the centre for the next decade.

    Around 50 people went along to the event on Monday (November 4) to celebrate those who gave up their time to ensure events at the venue ran smoothly.

    With regard to funding, a ten-year agreement with Bromsgrove District Council to provide Artrix with an annual grant of £120,000 will be reviewed in 2015 and it is thought, due to increased economic pressures on the authority, it could come to an end.

    That cash makes up 14 per cent of Artrix’s income and has been used to pay for variety of programmes, community events and activities, as well as the building’s upkeep. Bosses at the arts centre want to make sure plans are in place if that cash is no longer available.

    A fund-raising campaign was launched in the summer, which focuses on the centre serving the community more than ever before.

    The charity will be vying to improve its existing support for the outreach and community activities, along with its work with promising artists which has already helped Artrix thrive in last few years despite the economic climate. Last year alone, the venue welcomed more than 100,000 visitors from across the country.

    Creative director Andy Woods (pictured above with Dorothy Wilson, Chair of the Trustees) said Artrix had been lucky in being able to attract talented performers who enabled the venue to put on some outstanding productions.

    He added the centre would focus on making the most out of its available resources so it could offer an even bigger range of events, activities and services.

    And he said Artrix would strive to carry on producing smaller productions which appealed to niche audiences, as well as the big shows which attracted large crowds.

    The centre is run by three full-time and 12 part-time members of staff who are well-supported by the 75 invaluable volunteers.

    Dorothy Wilson, chair of the board of trustees, said: “We want people to be a part of Artrix - if you enjoy what Artrix does and want to help it on its way, we would like you to publicise it and tell your friends.”

    A special thanks was also given to the district council, NEW College and all the members from the community for their support over the last eight and half years in helping Artrix ‘change the landscape of artistic provision in Bromsgrove and the surrounding areas’.

    Anybody who wants to find out more about Artrix can call 01527 577330 or visit

    To help it with funding and fund-raising, call 01527 752730.



  • Tue 29 Oct 2013

    NEW LIBRARY: Artists’ impressions of the new Bromsgrove Library have been produced. Ref:sTOWNSFOLK are being encouraged to attend an event offering more details about the new Bromsgrove Library (Artrist's impression - see picture)

    The open event is taking place between 2-7pm this Monday, November 4, at the town library in Stratford Road.

    The moving of the library into the former Parkside Middle School building, in Stourbridge Road, is part of a larger scheme to create a one-stop shop of council services at the site.

    The scheme includes a new Civic Centre for Bromsgrove District Council, office accommodation for Worcestershire County Council staff based in the town and the relocation of the Registration Service and Bromsgrove Customer Service Centre.

    Those attending will have the chance to view designs for the inside of the new library, as well as the external images.

    Residents will also have the chance to take a look at the architects briefs and council officers will be on hand to explain the designs and answer questions.

    Councillor Lucy Hodgson, Worcestershire County Council's cabinet member for localism and communities, said: "We are very excited at the architects designs for the new Bromsgrove Library and wider Parkside development.

    “I encourage as many local people as possible to come along to the event on Monday, November 4, to take a look at the designs for the library and take the opportunity to ask any questions they may have.

    "The overall plans for the former school site are ambitious and will enable us to locate a number of services and organisations in a single building, increasing access and convenience for residents and delivering savings for partners."