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MG 50+ has arranged an outing to Blenheim Palace on Wednesday, November 12 to see the Palace dressed for Christmas. The coach will leave at 9am returning by about 6pm. The outing costs £22 which includes the coach fare and your group entrance ticket which can be converted to an Annual Pass at no extra cost.

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Tribute to Yvonne Bunce

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Yvonne Bunce died at home in Marston Green on September 16 and a celebration of her life was held at St Leonard’s Church before being laid to rest in Marston Green Burial Ground,

Yvonne was born in August 1960 in Marston Green Maternity Hospital. She was the youngest of four children: John and Andre her brothers and Rosemarie her sister.

It was while she was working at Coca-Cola she met Frank. Over the next five years they went from working together, becoming good friends, starting a business together and eventually falling for each other.

Yvonne and Frank moved to Marston Green in November 1988. The next twenty years were good for Yvonne and Frank they had two sons Francis and Christopher and lived a happy and contented life.

In April 2010, Yvonne decided to give up work and give herself time with her family. Who knew that three weeks after leaving her job she would be having major surgery for advanced bowel cancer. It is a testament to Yvonne’s strength of character, courage and resilience that she simply got on and coped with the subsequent gruelling operations and rounds of chemotherapy-and hopes raised and dashed.

Yvonne had a strong work ethic and never left things to chance. Her motto was: think, plan and do things properly-down to the smallest detail. These values never left her. She even planned her own funeral-or rather celebration of her life-down to the smallest detail. As she said, it was the last thing she could do and she wanted it done properly. 

So finally Yvonne has completed her circle of life that started 54 years ago and ended in Marston Green less than half a mile from where it all began.

Husband Frank, sons Francis and Christopher thank the community for its support at this time of grief for their loss.

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on St Leonards

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In the last couple of weeks, we have seen a change in the weather as autumn really takes hold. The trees are changing colour, the gardens are being covered in carpets of fallen leaves and the time has come to put the heating on. We are into a new season.

So it is with our church calendar. November brings with it special services which are held to celebrate and also to remember.

On November 2 we celebrate our Patronal Festival when we remember St Leonard, who our church is named after, Leonard was a sixth century hermit who began his life in a family of nobles near Limoges in France. Leonard refused a bishopric, preferring instead to remain first a monk, then a hermit. There are over 170 churches in England named after Leonard, who is known as the patron saint of prisoners and pregnant women

In the afternoon of Sunday, November 2 at 4.00pm we have our Service of Memories when we remember those we have loved and lost. This is an opportunity to take time out from daily life and activities, to spend time in quiet with music and readings, thinking of those who have shaped our lives but who are no longer with us. All are welcome to come to this service

We join with the Parish Council and the Baptist Free Church on November 9 for our annual act of Remembrance in the Garden of Memory when we remember those who gave their lives in conflicts over the years. Following the act of remembrance, there will be a joint service in St Leonard’s to which everyone is invited.

The monthly Parish Lunch will be held on Tuesday, November 11 in the Elmdon Lounge of the Parish Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity to share food and fellowship with other people and everyone is welcome to come. On Sunday, November 16 we will be sending off filled shoeboxes as part of our support of the charity, Samaritan’s Purse. The boxes will be gathered together and given a blessing before they are sent to children who would otherwise have little to celebrate at Christmas.

Our annual Craft Fair is being held on Saturday, November 22 in the Parish Hall. There will be stalls, refreshments, Santa’s grotto and a visit to Father and Mother Christmas. Please do come along and support this day.

On the last day of November we bring in a new season in the church as we mark the start of Advent. This is when we begin to prepare for the Christmas celebrations by looking back at the people who have played their part in the Christian story and also remembering why we continue to remain in need of Christ in our lives. If you missed the concert given by Lorna Want, a very talented young singer, earlier in the summer, this is your opportunity to hear her now. Lorna will be providing the entertainment for our Advent Supper this year. More details to follow – look out for the posters around the village.

Penny Harrison


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Children’s Society Boxes

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November is here again and it’s time for the collection of the Children’s Society boxes. Jeff Davis has requested that box holders either leave them at the back of the church, take them to his home, 38 Digby Drive, or if you would like him to collect a box, call him on 779 2828. If not in leave a message on the answer phone and he will collect

“Because of the banking problems I would like to be able to empty all the boxes and close the books by the end of November and send the money to the Society before the Christingle service on December 14. Thank you for your continued support.”, says Jeff

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Diary for November

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November at St Leonard’s


2   Sunday         Patronal Festival   

4.00pm        Service of Memories

4   Tuesday       10.00am        Prayer Chain Meeting

5   Wednesday   10.30am       Mid-week service

9                         REMEMBRANCE SUNDAY

11.00am      Act of Remembrance at Garden of

Memory followed by service at St Leonard’s


11   Tuesday      12.30pm      Parish Lunch

12   Wednesday 10.30am     Mid-week service

14   Friday            2.00pm     Praise & Play

16   Sunday        10.00am     Shoebox Blessing

17   Monday        2.30pm      Ladies’ Fellowship. Speaker: Helen Lloyd

on “Extraordinary Lives, Ordinary People”

19   Wednesday 10.30am    Mid-week service

22   Saturday      10.00am-3.30pm  Christmas Craft Fair

26   Wednesday  10.30am    Mid-week service



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Whats on at Marston Green Library in November

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          What’s on at Marston Green Library in November 

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 November 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th – 2.30pm-3.00pm. Half an hour of stories, rhymes, songs and colouring. No need to book

Councillor Advice Surgery….Saturday November 1, 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, November 29.  10.00am-12.00pm. Everyone is welcome.

Reading Café. Thursday November 20,  10.30am-12.00pm, The theme is ‘Celebrations’– 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.

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

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


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Road Closure programme for Remembrance Sunday

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  Road Closure Programme for Remembrance Day, November 9

The parade will take place along Elmdon Road, between 10.30am and 12.15pm which means that for some or all of this time, parts of the roads surrounding the Garden of Memory will be closed


10.30am                       Elmdon Rd/Hidcote Grove                          closed until 10.50am

10.30am                       Elmdon Rd/Land Lane (bridge side &     closed until 10.50am

Library side

10.30am       Elmdon Rd/Station Rd                                 closed until 11.15am

10.57am       Station Rd/Chelmsley Lane                       closed until 11.04am

10.57am                       Station/Coleshill/Bickenhill Rds                 closed until 11.04am

11.15am       Elmdon Rd/Land Lane(bridge side &      closed until 11.15am

Library side)

11.15am       Elmdon Rd/Hidcote Grove                         closed until 11.25am

12.15pm       Elmdon Rd/Hidcote Grove                         closed until 12.25pm

12.15pm       Elmdon Rd closed at the Vicarage           closed until 12.25pm


Please note: the times are estimated and may vary slightly

We would kindly request your patience if you are asked to wait during any of the road closure periods. Please accept our apologies in advance for any inconvenience this may cause you.


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