Friday 13 September 2013 Updated: 13/09 12:01
THERE'S plenty to see and do in Redditch and the surrounding areas in the coming weeks.
Here are a selection of events featured in this week's Standard:
THE CHURCH of St John the Baptist in Feckenham will be open for people to explore tomorrow and Sunday (September 14 and 15) as part of the National Heritage Open Days scheme.
The church is open both days between 10am and 4pm and residents can find out about the Celts in Feckenham, the connection between Westminster Abbey and the Feckenham area and burials found under the Church path.
A CHANCE to see what Redditch’s Freemasons get up to behind closed doors is on offer tomorrow (Saturday) between 10am and 4pm.
As part of Heritage Open Day the doors of the Masonic Hall on Easemore Road are being thrown open to the public. Visitors will be able to see a display of regalia worn by several different orders meeting at Redditch while brethren will also be on hand to explain the workings of various lodges. Details of charitable donations made to Masonic and non-mason related chartities will also be available.
Historic buildings in Alcester are also taking part in the national scheme.
Alcester Town Hall will be open on Sunday (September 15) between 10am and 4.30pm. Visitors can learn more about the 17th century Henley Street building including the changes made to the venue over 400 years of continual use and its journey from Market Hall to Magistrates Court to its present day use.
Displays will be provided by the local Masonic Lodges, the Alcester Court Leet and the Royal British Legion as well as information about Alcester’s heritage and history. Entry is free and guided tours are on offer.
St Nicholas Church in the High Street will also be open from 8am to dusk while the 15th century Church House in Butter Street will be available to tour from 12.30pm to 5pm along with Alcester Roman Museum at Globe House.
CREATIVE residents will be showing off their talents at the annual Tardebigge Summer Fair and Show tomorrow (Saturday).
Held in St Bartholomew’s Church, the show boasts the finest award-winning flowers, vegetables, wine, preserves, baking, photographs and more. Anyone can enter and entries can be brought to the church by 11am.
Outside the church there will be a variety of activities, including a range of stalls, tombolas, displays of classic cars and motorbikes, live music and dancing, a raffle with a top prize of £250 and traditional games, such as skittles, a coconut shy and crazy golf.
There will be plenty of fun on offer for youngsters as well, including a bouncy castle and children’s corner.
The event will be officially opened by children’s favourite Peppa Pig at 1.30pm.
For more information, including a schedule of classes, see the back of the church or call 01527 540546.
A TANTALISING treat is on offer for visitors to Coughton Court near Alcester this weekend.
The National Trust property is hosting its annual Cheese and Pickle Festival tomorrow and Sunday from 11am to 5pm.
Supported by local cheese makers, Fowlers Cheese, the festival will be bursting with stalls selling cheeses, chutneys, breads, olives, cakes, fine wines, ales and ciders.
There will also be country crafts including basket weaving and calligraphy.
Tomorrow evening the property also hosts its first ever Riverside Folk Concert from 7pm.
FAMILY fun will be on offer at a Woodrow pub this weekend in aid of the Primrose Hospice.
The Jolly Farmer event tomorrow (Saturday) will feature a carousel ride, bouncy castles, face painting and a raffle and will run from 12pm to 4pm.
Organiser James Huxley said he had previously raised £600 through a skydive in aid of the hospice, where his father passed away.
A SPECIAL concert in aid of the Primrose Hospice is being held at St Leonard’s Church in Beoley tomorrow (Saturday).
The event starts at 7.30pm and features the hospice’s own choir and Amber Electric. Tickets cost £7 (£4 for under 16s), including interval refreshments, and a portion of the proceeds will go towards the work of the hospice. To book contact Jacquie Prevett on 01527 402296.
The event is part of The Festival of Churches weekend and will also see the building open between 10am and 4pm on Saturday and 12noon and 4pm on Sunday where there will be a display of work by the Mothers’ Union as well as a selection of refreshments and light lunches.
A MUSIC with a view event is being held by an Astwood Bank farm shop on Sunday (September 15) to raise money for a borough school.
Old Yarr Farm Shop and Café is hosting the event which features six local bands and musicians playing blues, jazz, and classic rock ‘n’ roll. Animal Encounters will also be giving visitors the chance to hold, touch and feed a variety of animals from piglets and goats to snakes and giant millipedes.
It runs between 12pm and 4pm and aims to raise money for the nature nurture room at Astwood Bank First School.
REDDITCH Garden Society's annual event at the Town Hall is being held on Monday (September 16) at 7.30pm.
Guest speaker will be Howard Drury. Entry is free and there will also be a raffle, tea, coffee and biscuits. Members and non-members are welcome to attend.
A FORMER manager of the record department at Woolworths is returning to her roots by reviving a popular music night.
Ros Sidaway is hosting the Vintage at the Valley event at Redditch United’s Bromsgrove Road home on Friday (September 20) from 7.30pm. There will be music from the 1950s through to the 1990s and visitors are also being urged to attend in dress from their favourite era, with retro shoes and clothing available from the Lady Muck Vintage shop in the Kingfisher Shopping Centre.
If it is successful there are plans to hold vintage discos at the Valley Stadium on the third Friday of every month with live bands appearing as well.
For Mrs Sidaway the event has added significance as it has been 30 years since she gave up DJing having started in 1974 at Redditch Youth House, running the Supers Sounds Roadshow mobile disco and filling in at Tracy’s nightclub above the old Redditch Market in Royal Square.
Admission to next Friday’s event costs £4 per person and is open to over 18s only.
A NIGHT of entertainment is being held to celebrate the life of a much loved and missed Redditch man.
Ray Jakeman - or Jakey - passed away last June and friends and family are now gathering on Saturday, September 21 at Bridley Moor and Batchley Social Club to raise money for Ray's daughter.
Entertainment will consist of music from the '60s, '70s and '80s, Redditch band Happy Accident, reggae and Motown recording artist Otis Irie, Elvis tribute Johnny Valentine and vocalists Dave Lawson and Garry Slade.
The event runs from 7.30pm until late and tickets cost £5. They are available from the club on 01527 65243, Steve 07894 105550 or Garry 07986 927953.
STUDLEY Parish Council is holding its annual awards evening on Saturday, September 28.
It takes place at Studley Sports and Social Club in Eldorado Close and includes a three course meal, presentation of the awards, auction, raffle and entertainment from a DJ and singer.
All money raised will go towards chairman Coun Sue Redman’s charity the Restoration of Studley War Memorial in the hope it can be restored in time for the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War next year.
For more information contact the parish council on 01527 853204.
ORGANISERS of Redditch Historic Film Festival have been forced to put on a second showing to meet demand.
The original showing in The Room Upstairs at the Palace Theatre on Saturday, September 28 sold out in quick time. As a result another showing has been organised for 5.50pm on the same day.
Organised by Redditch Local History Society the films on show cover everything from memories of Redditch’s industrial heritage as well as every day life and some aspects of the new town development.
Tickets for the second showing cost £4 and are available by visiting www.redditchpalacetheatre.co.uk or call the box office on 01527 65203.
There are only 60 places available so early booking is advised.
AN ILLUSTRATED talk by wildlife artist Polyanna Pickering will be held at the next meeting of Redditch Art Circle on October 2 at 7.30pm at St Luke’s Memorial Hall, Evesham Road, Headless Cross.
A MASQUERADE ball is being held by a Redditch woman in aid of the Midlands Air Ambulance.
Sharon Harvey is organising the event on Saturday, October 19 at Henley Golf Club.
It will include a four course meal, a live band, charity auction, raffle and games with prizes including a plasma television.
A professional photographer will also be on hand to capture pictures from the evening and women attending the event will receive a goodie bag donated by Debenhams.
Sharon said: “The ball has been really well supported so far and tickets are selling fast, so much so we now have just three tables left, which is fantastic.”
Individual tickets cost £40 or a table of 12 can be purchased for £480.
For more information or to book contact Sharon on 01527 857002.
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