What’s on in August at Marston Green Library

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What’s on at Marston Green Library in August 

WW1 Exhibition.

Following the WW1 Parish Council Commemoration weekend from Friday August 1, the exhibition honouring the soldiers from the parish who died and featuring memories of those who survived will be on display at Marston Green Library from Monday, August 4 until Monday, September 22 during library opening hours. Also, we are hoping to be able to display some of the amazing work the children from Marston Green Infant Academy have done around their WW1 exhibition. We are really looking forward to offering visitors to the library the opportunity to see the high quality of their work.

Solihull Striders & Strollers starting from Marston Green Library every other Monday. Then only date we currently have booked for August is 11th. The free walks in Marston Green area are led by a trained volunteer. No need to book, just turn up. Tea and coffee will be available afterwards. All age groups are welcome. Meet at 10.15am for a 10.30am departure. Walks last up to an hour. The routes are mostly flat, even and accessible to all participants regardless of physical ability. The walks are suitable for everyone but if you are unsure, please come along and find out more details. The volunteer will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

Summer Reading Challenge ‘The Mythical Maze’

There’s a fabulous fantasy adventure based on myths and legends from around the world for children aged 4 to 11 years old when they take part in the 2014 Summer Reading Challenge from Saturday, July 12 until Saturday, September 13. They can join in our adventures as they explore the ‘Mythical Maze’, simply by reading six or more library books over the summer holiday. For younger brothers and sisters there is an under 4s mini challenge linked into the Mythical Maze.

Volunteers Wanted! We are looking for volunteer ICT buddies. Do you have spare time, good communication, listening skills and the ability to explain simple technical terms used in computing? We are looking for someone to deliver one-to-one coaching by helping to support library users to upgrade or improve their ICT skills. Contact the library for more details

Bumper August Booksale. Grab yourself a bargain at our bumper book sale during the month of August. We are selling off old book stock at bargain prices, making this an opportunity not to be missed, includes fiction, non-fiction and children’s books.

Coffee Drop In.  We now provide self serve tea/coffee making facility – 50p per cup. Catch up with a friend or just enjoy a quiet read with a cuppa!

Wifi….We now offer free Wifi. Come along and connect to the internet with laptops and other mobile devices (smartphones/tablets)

Councillor Advice Surgery….Saturday, August 2, 10.30am-12.00pm

Drop in service for advice and information

Marston Green Police Beat Surgery

Thursday, August 7, 5.00pm 6.00pm

Drop in service for advice and information on local issues

Knit & Natter…the next meeting will be Saturday, August 30, 10.00am-12.00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Reading Café. Thursday August 28, 10.30am-12.00pm, The theme is ‘Friendship’ – Everyone is welcome. Have a chat over coffee (or tea) about authors’ books or anything else! Free to attend.

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For any further information please contact staff at Marston Green Library, Land Lane, Marston Green, B37 7DQ, Tel: 0121 779 2131 or email eallen@solihull.gov.uk

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Lions Club

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Earlier in the year, Grace Davenport, an Explorer Scout and Young Leader with the 298th Scout Groups, won a local heat of the Lions Young Ambassadors of the 21st Century competition. As a reward, Marston Green & District Lions Club gave 16 year old Grace a grant for her project, to organise a party for members of the Beavers Group.


Grace chose Funaticz in Stechford as the venue and around 20 members of the Beavers enjoyed an hour and a half of mayhem – diving into the Ball Pool and going on the slides, climbing frames and assault course. Beaver Scout Leader Paul Wedgbury thanked the Lions for their support and said it was a wonderful opportunity for the Beavers to enjoy themselves in a child-friendly environment and for Grace to show off her leadership and organisational skills.


In June the Lions held their annual “Young at Heart” night for older folks in the area. Around 100 individuals, members of local organisations and one or two care homes attended the event at the Banbury Club, Chelmsley Wood and had a wonderful evening. Those who attended the evening said they thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was one of the best that they had attended.

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St Leonard’s Rambling Club

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St Leonard’s Rambling Club meets on the first Saturday and the third Sunday of each month for local walks averaging about 6 miles.

From September 12 to 14 members will be going to Dunfield House in Herefordshire. It is a beautiful spot, delicious food

from Friday evening meal to Sunday lunch. There are walks arranged if you want to take part and on the Saturday evening

we have a celidh with a local band. The cost is £105. Phone Ann Eden or Roger and Pauline Griffiths for details of the club’s activities.


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Blooming Great Tea Party

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A huge thank you to all who contributed in so many ways to making the Blooming Great Tea Party another success.

At the time of writing £2,285.00 had been raised for Solihull Marie Curie Hospice, which is up on last year’s magnificent sum. he next fund-raising event will be a Quiz at the Parish Hall on Saturday, October 25 and more details will follow in next month’s Criss Cross.

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Day Trip to Weston-super-Mare

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A day trip to Weston- super -Mare has been arranged for Friday, August 22 and a coach has been booked to leave St Leonard’s Car Park

at 9am and returning from Weston at 4pm. Contact Pat Raymer (779 2987) or Pauline Griffiths (779 3588) if you are interested


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Around the Green

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The month begins with three events organised by Bickenhill Parish Council, commemorating the outbreak of the First World War.

On Friday, August 1, in the Parish Hall, at 7.30pm., John Garth, a leading authority on The Lord of the Rings author Tolkien,

will give a talk on Tolkien’s connections with the Gilson family of Marston Green and how the death of Robert Gilson and

other friends in the war influenced his writing.

The talk, entitled Marston Green, the Somme and Middle Earth: the Breaking of Tolkien’s first fellowship is co-sponsored by Marston Green Literary Society.


On Saturday, August 2 also in the Parish Hall, from 7pm, there will be an evening of music, words and film from the Great War

and community singing. Trench cake made by the ladies at the Baptist Free Church will be distributed during the interval.


In the afternoon of Sunday, August 3, at 2pm a commemorative service will be held in the Garden of Memory

during which a plaque will be unveiled to mark the start of the war. A parade led by the ATC Band will process from the church gate.

Alongside the events, an exhibition featuring those from the village who died at the Front plus photographs and words about the Great War and those from the community who took part and returned, will be staged in the Parish Hall. From August 4 it will be moved to the Library where it will remain until late September.


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Marston Green Young Theatre Company

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Congratulations to the Marston Green Young Theatre Company who put on an entertaining and competent

Summer Show in the Parish Hall. One innovative item, Treading the Boards, devised by the company under the

direction of Katherine and Margaret Allen, demonstrated the developing theatrical skills that the young members are achieving.

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