Whats on at Marston Green Library

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What’s on at Marston Green Library in October


Coffee Morning. This year, World Mental Day is Friday, October 10 and we will be hosting a coffee morning on Thursday, October 16 from 10am-12 noon. Proceeds to Solihull MIND. Drop in for a chat with like-minded people. A chance to share news and views before you browse for more books!


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.


Solihull Striders & Strollers starting from Marston Green Library every other Monday. Contact Library for details of future dates. 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.


Storytime for under 5s…Mondays October 6, 13, 20 and 27 – 2.30pm-3.00pm. Half an hour of stories, rhymes, songs and colouring. No need to book


Councillor Advice Surgery….Saturday October 4, 10.30am-12.00pm

Drop in service for advice and information


Marston Green Police Beat Surgery

Drop in service for advice and information on local issues.

Contact library for next date


Knit & Natter…the next meeting will be Saturday, October 25.  10.00am-12.00pm. Everyone is welcome.


Reading Café. Thursday October 23,  10.30am-12.00pm, The theme is ‘Ghosts’– Everyone is welcome. Have a chat over coffee (or tea) about authors’ books or anything else!  Could be a chance to find some good books to see you through the darker evenings.  Free to attend.


Used Postage Stamps. We are collecting used postage stamps to support and raise funds for the RNIB (Royal National Institute for the Blind). Simply hand them into us and we will do the rest. Thank you.


Facebook. Become a fan of Marston Green Library on Facebook. For all the latest news, events, and information from your library service. Find us at Marston Green lib and please like us!

Marston Green Village Diary – a community diary to inform local people of what is happening in the village. Please record your club/society meeting dates or your special community events .Drop in or e mail details as below.


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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Operation Shoebox

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At this time of year we start thinking of Samaritan’s Purse ‘Operation Christmas Child’ Shoebox Appeal. Decorated and filled shoeboxes are sent from a warehouse in Solihull to needy children in third world countries in time for Christmas. Just imagine the look of joy on the faces of these children as they open their shoe boxes – some of them will be receiving a gift for the first time in their lives!


St Leonard’s church is a local collection point for the Shoebox Appeal. If you would like to take part this year and bring happiness to a needy child, leaflets giving details are available from the church or from Pat Raymer (tel: 779 2987). Thank you for your gift.

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Marston Green Lions Club

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Marston Green & District Lions Club will be undertaking another litter-pick on Saturday, October 18. If you know of any areas that need clearing, please contact Simon on 0121 681 4269. If you would like to help the Lions with their litter pick, please be outside Marston Green Library on October 18 between 10.00am and 10.15 am. Gloves, bags and litter pickers will be provided. We normally finish by 12 noon.


The ‘Lions’ will be putting on an over-fifties “Pre-Christmas Party” on Tuesday, November 18, at the Banbury Club (next to Asda) in Chelmsley Wood. Tickets will be distributed to organisations in the usual way but can also be obtained from Pauline on 07932 731 902. More details in the November issue of Criss Cross.


The Lions have recently presented over 40 awards to students at Kingshurst CTC Academy for the participation in the Lions Young Leaders in Service programme. Young people between the ages of 11 and 16 are eligible and must complete 50 hours of voluntary service in a twelve month period for a Silver Seal Award or 100 hours in a twelve month period for a Gold Seal Award. The winners each received a special badge and a certificate signed by the International President of the Lions Club International.


Do you have a few hours to spare? Why not become one of our Community Volunteers. This would give you an opportunity to help the Lions with much-needed manpower on different occasions, without any obligation to become a member. If you are interested, please contact Bob on 0121 788 8870 or Heather on 0121 682 6485 for further information.


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Marie Curie Support Group

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The Marie Curie Fundraising Group is holding a Quiz night at the Parish Hall on Saturday, October 25 at 7.30 and tickets are now available. Tables will be of six people and the cost is £7.50 per person and includes a Fish and Chip supper. Tickets are limited so if you would like to make sure of a place then please contact Ian on 684 0707 or Linda on 779 4787. Look out for details of lour next fund-raising initiative in the next Criss Cross, and this should appeal to all you chefs and bakers.

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Diary for October

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October at St Leonard’s


1          Wednesday     10.30am               Midweek Service

11.30am               Worship Committee


5          SUNDAY        10.00am               HARVEST FESTIVAL

1pm for 1.30pm   Harvest Lunch  with



8          Wednesday     10.30am               Midweek Service

10        Friday                2.00pm               Praise & Play

14        Tuesday          12.30pm               Parish Lunch

15        Wednesday       9.30am               Finance Committee

10.30am               Midweek Service

18        Saturday 10am-1.00pm               PCC half-day ‘Awayday’,                                                                   Water Orton


20        Monday             2.30pm               Ladies’ Fellowship

22        Wednesday     10.30am               Midweek Service

29        Wednesday     10.30am               Midweek Service



November                   Patronal Festival

2          Sunday             4.00pm               Service of Memories

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Tribute to Bob Gilpin

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A packed church on September 19 celebrated the life of Bob Gilpin who died on August 24 aged 86.

He with his wife Brenda, have been stalwarts of St Leonard’s for many years and this was reflected in the service conducted by the Rev Penny Harrison assisted by the Rev Roy Allen whom Bob served in numerous roles.

Bob was for a number of years churchwarden, ten years as treasurer, A Sunday School teacher, member of the choir and Folk Mass and of Men’s Fellowship.

He was born in Sparkhill and weighed just 3lbs and was the eldest of three children-his brother survives him. Bob passed the entrance exam to go to Yardley Grammar School but at the outbreak of the war was evacuated to Lydney in the Forest of Dean and attended the grammar school there,

On leaving school he had various jobs before working at Wilmot Breedon where he stayed for 30 years becoming production control manager. When the firm was taken over by Rockwell he was made redundant. He got other short-term work before moving to Prescott Powell of Moseley where he had a similar position as at Wilmot Breedon and remained until retirement.

Bob and Brenda were introduced by Brenda’s uncle who worked for Bob at Wilmot Breedon. They married in Kings Heath in 1954 and celebrated their diamond wedding in June. For nine years they lived in Walford Drive, Elmdon Park and moved to Martin Rise, Marston Green in 1965. They attended St Giles, Sheldon, where Bob ran the Young Communicants Guild, and later attended St Leonard’s.

Bob was a founder member of both Evergreens and Greenagers and for some ten years he and Brenda enjoyed ballroom dancing on a Friday night in the Parish Hall. He had also been chairman of Forest Oak School and Whitesmore School governors.

He is survived by Brenda, Jayne, Nigel and Stuart and six grandchildren.

Brenda and family thank everyone for their kind thoughts and prayers and an overwhelming number of cards and messages of sympathy. Donations in memory of Bob are being given to Dementia UK.

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St Leonard’s Craft Fair

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St Leonard’s Christmas Craft & Gift Fair

We will once again be holding this popular event on Saturday, November 22 from 10am in the Parish Hall. If you would like to book a large table to sell your crafts, please complete the form below and send it, together with your cheque for £15 (made payable to St Leonard’s PCC) to: Mrs Pat Raymer, 83 Elmdon Rd, Marston Green, Birmingham B37 7DR


Christmas Craft and Gift Fair


I would like to book a large table (approx 70” x 24”) at this event








Type of goods on sale………………………………………………

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