Bromsgrove Arts News

  • Thu 13 Dec 2012


    A NEW edition of a book celebrating the work of three poets who haCelebration: The work of Geoffrey Hill, Molly Holden and Bromsgrove’s most popular son AE Housman is celebrated in a new edition of the successful Three Bromsgrove Poets book. Ref:sve all lived in Bromsgrove and been inspired by the town’s rural setting, has been published.

    Three Bromsgrove Poets is seen as an ideal introduction to the work of Bromsgrove’s most popular son AE Housman, and also to the work of less well-known poets Sir Geoffrey Hill and Molly Holden.

    The success of the first edition, published by the Housman Society in 2003, has led to another edition being published with more poems from Geoffrey Hill added.

    Mr Hill is considered by many to be the best living English poet, and received a knighthood for services to literature in last year’s honours list.

    The book has been compiled and illustrated by the society’s vice chairman Robin Shaw who is the author of the highly successful book Housman’s Places.

    Robin said: “Geoffrey Hill is a professor of poetry at Oxford University and is recognised as one of the leading poets of our times.

    “His grandmother was a nailer - one of the (new) poems is a tribute to the hard life she led.”


    Although born in London, Molly Holden spent her best writing years - between 1956-1981 - within a few hundred yards of St John’s Church.

    Molly, who died in 1981, produced five books during this time, which went on to be published in the 1950s and 1960s.

    Molly’s husband Alan, who died in 2007, selected which of his wife’s poetry would feature in the book, and wrote the introduction to all three poets.

    The book is available to purchase, priced at £7.50, from The Housman Society, 18 College Road, Bromsgrove, B20 2NE. Include £1.50 for postage and packaging.

  • Wed 12 Dec 2012


    ART lovers are invited to the next meeting of a town art society.

    Bromsgrove Art Society is holding the meeting this Tuesday, December 18, at the St John Ambulance Centre, in Barnsley Hall Drive, Birmingham Road, from 7.30pm.

    Graham Wilson will be appearing and showing his funny cartoons and there will be a competition to design a humorous Christmas card which Graham will judge.

    There is an entry fee of £2, 50p for members, which includes festive drinks and snacks.

  • Thu 29 Nov 2012


    BROMSGROVE residents are being invited to try flower arranging at a demonstration being held next week.

    Tricia Penney, from Peppermint Bespoke Floristry and Venue Dressing, will be demonstrating how to arrange flowers for Christmas at the demonstration being held at 11am at Bromsgrove Library, in Stratford Road, this Tuesday, December 4.

    Tricia will be creating, and showing how to make, eye-catching wreaths and unusual table decorations.

    She will also be offering advice on choosing and using fresh and silk flowers.

    Tickets cost £1, which includes entry in a raffle to win flowers arranged by Tricia on the day.

    Jas Payne, Bromsgrove Library manager, said: "Tricia came to Hagley Library earlier in the year and not only created stunning arrangements, but also filled us with the know-how and enthusiasm to go home and have-a-go ourselves.

    “We're now thrilled to welcome her to Bromsgrove Library, and can't wait to see what ideas she has for Christmas arrangements."

    As places are limited, it is recommended to book early to avoid disappointment.

    To book, or for more details, call the library on 01905 822722.

  • Tue 27 Nov 2012


    BROMSGROVE Choral Society is set to hold its annual Christmas concert.

    The group will perform at All Saints’ Church, Burcot Lane, on Saturday, December 8.

    The programme, which will begin at 7.30pm, will include Bach’s Christmas Oratorio and other festive music.

    Tickets cost £10 for adults and are free for children and students. They can be bought by calling Wendy Stevens on 01527 873826.

    For more information about this concert go to our Events Section or visit 

  • Wed 14 Nov 2012

    Arts Council England have announced 22 projects, including two areas in Worcestershire that will share approximately £55,000 to test automatic library membership for children and young people. It is hoped these projects will lead to an increase in children, young people and families using their local libraries and stimulate more reading for pleasure. £10,000 of this funding will be used for evaluation of all the projects.

    The Worcestershire project will provide Instant membership for children over eight years by visiting schools and joining all children in years 4, 5 and 6. 

    Initially starting in two areas of Worcestershire, this will be rolled out to all areas with children being offered a newly designed exciting library card and encouraged to upgrade to full membership, bringing along their whole families to join up and become active library members.These projects are
    supported by the Department for Education and the Department for Culture, Mediaand Sport.

    The projects include libraries working with birth registration services to offer library cards at birth, work with nurseries and school library services to promote library memberships to local children and families, and work with leisure services to offer combined library and leisure cards for children and young people.

    The automatic library membership projects will work towards achieving the Arts Council's goals of ensuring that every child and young person has the opportunity to engage with their library service, and of ensuring that libraries are sustainable and resilient.

    Arts Council England is working with the library sector to help create libraries which are at the heart of local communities, helping to inspire and empower people to lead active lives enriched by culture. More details of the Arts Council's work with libraries, including the Libraries development initiative and a programme of research and debate entitled Envisioning the library of the future, can be found in our Supporting libraries pages.

  • Tue 2 Oct 2012

    This summer saw the opening of two new libraries in the region.

    The Hive, Worcester was officially opened by Her Majesty the Queen on July 11th 2012. The Hive is the first fully integrated public and university library in Europe, and is a joint project between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester

    Wellington, in Telford & Wrekin formally opened its new library in July as part of Wellington’s new Civic & Leisure Centre, the library is co-located with the town’s leisure centre and registry office, and accommodates First Point Wellington, the Council’s contact point.

    The Hive, Worcester

    Worcester’s new library, the Hive, is the first fully integrated public and university library in Europe, and is a joint project between Worcestershire County Council and the University of Worcester.  Located in the centre of the city, it will host a varied programme of arts, cultural and educational events and activities for all ages.  It has a story telling space, children’s computers, and a wide range of books. Gaming stations, social learning areas and more than 250 desk-top computers will provide spaces for leisure and study.  In addition, full wireless coverage means that users are able to access the internet anywhere in the building.   This iconic building has already won ‘Best Sustainability in a Project’ in the 2012 Partnerships Awards.  The Hive was formally opened by HRM on 11 July.

    Visit the Hives website for more information

    Wellington Library

    Wellington, in Telford & Wrekin, also has new library.  Formally opened in July as part of Wellington’s new Civic & Leisure Centre, the library is co-located with the town’s leisure centre and registry office, and accommodates First Point Wellington, the Council’s contact point.  Not only does this mean that the library is open for longer hours but it also encourages new users to drop in when their visiting the centre for other reasons.  The new state of the art library includes thousands of new books for all ages, has 19 computers with free internet and wifi access for all library members.

    For further information on Wellington library click here

    Jessica Harris, Relationship Manager for Libraries at Arts Council England, said:  ‘It is great to see new state-of-the-art libraries being opened in the region.  Both of them offer excellent facilities for culture, learning and information which will bring new opportunities to their communities.  It’s also extremely exciting to see a pioneering partnership between public and academic library sectors at The Hive – it will enable more people to access books and resources not usually available to them.  I’m sure others will be keen to learn from this, as time goes by.’

    Arts Council England took over responsibility for supporting and developing libraries in October 2011.  It is currently working with the libraries sector and other stakeholders to explore a vision for arts and culture working together.  To support this, it has recently announced an extra £6m in Grants for the arts funding, to support projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and / or arts organisations.  Click here for further details

  • Mon 6 Aug 2012

    Harness wind power at AvoncroftFOLLOWING recent repairs after the dramatic damage to Avoncroft Museum’s windmill in January, the mill will be at the centre of a special summer holiday Wind Power event for children.

    Wind permitting, the windmill will be in sailing operation on Wednesday, August 8 and Thursday, August 9.

    Wind Power helps visitors understand the power that can be harnessed from the wind; children can make their own kites and windmills and go inside the early 19th century windmill. Volunteers will be on hand to show how flour was produced and run the windmill.

    As well as the wind-themed activities, the miniature railway will be open for rides and there will be face painting on Wednesday.

    There’s a chance for children to win over £100 worth of Avoncroft Museum goodies too by completing a trail. The free trail requires visitors to find hidden Golden Jubilee tokens around the museum’s historic buildings. The golden token represents the Merchant’s House which was rescued 50 years ago this summer.

    The windmill, rescued from Danzey Green, Warwickshire in 1969, is one of Avoncroft’s most popular exhibits and is operated by a team of volunteers.

    The museum is recruiting for further people to act as building stewards to talk to visitors about the buildings including people to join the team of volunteer millers. For more information please contact 01527 831363 and ask for a volunteer application form.

    Wind Power is one of many events during the summer holidays to keep children amused. Coming up is Pirate Academy on August 15 and 16, Knights’ Academy on August 22 and 23, Life as a Victorian Child on August 29 and 30, plus open air cinema and War of the Roses on the bank holiday weekend.

    Visit for more details

    Article reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser


  • Mon 6 Aug 2012

    A DAY of board game fun and tuition is to take place for a good cause at the Artrix in Bromsgrove on Saturday, August 11 from 1pm.

    Experts will be on hand to demonstrate how to play a huge variety of games, old and new, and people taking part are asked to make a donation to the Stroke Association.

    There will also be a brand new board game being demonstrated that will be on sale on the day, and the creator will be donating £5 from every game sold to the Stroke Association.

    For more details visit

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser

  • Thu 28 Jun 2012

    Today Arts Copuncil England announce an additional £6 million of National Lottery-funded Grants for the arts that will be available to libraries from September 2012.

    This fund will support projects that stimulate ambitious and innovative partnerships between libraries and artists and/or arts organisations, encouraging communities to participate in cultural activities.

    Funding will run from September 2012 until March 2015 ­- we will announce more details when the fund opens in September.

    In the meantime libraries can continue to apply for general Grants for the arts funding here.

  • Sat 9 Jun 2012
    Musical treat: The Orchestra of St John's Church will be performing at a music festival being held this July. Ref:s Musical treat: The Orchestra of St John's Church will be performing at a music festival being held this July.

    CLASSICAL music lovers are in for a treat when a Bromsgrove music project performs at a town church this July.

    The Orchestra of St John's Church was formed last year by Alastair Moseley, his wife Cathy and Sue Peters.

    Local players and members of youth music projects were invited to participate, with the choir designed to prepare them for the church’s main orchestra.

    The aim was to create an orchestra of the highest standard possible, with an emphasis on young musicians. As Alastair and Cathy were active members of the St John’s Church having already put on concerts there, it was a natural choice to make the church, off Kidderminster Road, the home for this new venture.

    The orchestra has already given two wonderful concerts at St John’s but the next event, a weekend-long MusicFest, is set to be the highlight in their calendar.

    The St John MusicFest begins on Friday, July 20 with an evening performance from Holborne Brass Ensemble.

    On Saturday afternoon, there will be a children’s concert supported by the David Morgan Trust, which is a charity funding the continuing music education of youngsters in and around Bromsgrove.

    Townsfolk will be entertained with a piano quartet featuring the pianist, Benjamin Frith, on the Saturday evening.

    Richard is also the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra’s principal cellist.

    Over the weekend, to make the festival as accessible as possible, all of the day time events are free of charge.

    The three evening concerts cost £10 each, with accompanied school-age children going free.

    Tickets are available from Waterstones, in High Street

    Reprinted by kind permission of The Bromsgrove Advertiser