1st Marston Green Scout Group

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1st Marston Green Scout Group had planned to hold their annual Scout Gala on Saturday 27th June.  This has now been re-arranged to be held on Saturday 5th September 2015.  More details to follow of the event and how you can get involved to make this a truly memorable occasion.

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Marie Curie Fundraising Group

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Marston Green Marie Curie Fundraising Group’s Marie Curie Memories cookery book is now available and they are grateful to all who contributed.  The price is £3.50 and copies can be purchased from Pauline Campbell on 779 4907, Ian Fletcher on 684 0707 or from Hairs and Graces in Land Lane. 

 Arrangements for the Blooming Great Tea Party on July 4 are well under way and members are delighted that Malcolm Stent has agreed to open it. Suzanne Mcarthur will be present to talk about her work at the hospice. 

 The Tea Party, at 69, Elmdon Lane, will open at 2.00 pm, end at 4.30 pm as   Tickets are £5 and this includes as much tea or coffee as you would like and a slice of cake or a scone.  As usual Geoff Croft will be selling his plants and answering all your gardening questions, and this year it is hoped to have live music. 

 Linda Poulson says: “All we need is for the sun to shine on us again and we will have another successful and enjoyable afternoon.  Tickets are available from Ian Fletcher on 684 0707 or Linda Poulson on 779 4787.  We are always happy to take surplus books off your hands and would really appreciate any cakes or items suitable for the raffle or tombola.  Last year we made £2,400, the highest total in the midlands for a tea party, and would love to exceed this if possible.  With the usual support of villagers we might just do that.”

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Marston Green & District Lions Club

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Marston Green & District Lions   have a busy summer programme with fund-raising stalls featuring at the Kenilworth Lions Grand Show on Saturday, June 13, Shirley Lions Carnival on Saturday, July 11 and Sheldon Countryside Festival on Sunday July 26.

 The next ‘Night of entertainment’ for the senior citizens in the local community will take place on Tuesday, June 16 at the Banbury Club (opposite ASDA).   For tickets contact Simon 07792 047 546 or 0121 681 4269 or webmaster@marstongreenlions.org.uk

 A new event will be an afternoon Tea Dance, on Monday, July 6 at the Banbury Club, All dancers including novices and beginners are welcome, as they will be assisted by Kate and Lynn from the Aura Dance Studio, who will be leading the dances.  ASDA are donating cakes and there will be tea (and coffee available).

The prospective LEO Club are looking for young people (14-18 year olds) in the local community who want to serve the community, but are not old enough to join Lions.  Some of the prospective LEOs took part in a Swimathon earlier in the year and raised nearly £800.  The funds have been distributed to Birmingham and Solihull Womens Aid.




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Focus on St Leonard’s

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This June, we at St. Leonard’s are trying two new ventures.

On Saturday, June 13 the first of the new Men’s Breakfasts is being held.  This will be at the Tavern Pub and is for any men who would like to come along and have a cooked breakfast together, sharing news and enjoying one another’s company.  This first get together will be a chance to find out what men would like this new group for and ideas for future events.  If you would like to come, please do let Paul Raymer know (so there is an idea of numbers) on 779 2987 and please feel free to come along at 9.00 am.  All men are welcome.

The second is a response to requests for a Service of Healing.  When we pray for healing we do so bearing in mind the words of Archbishop Sentamu.  We pray for healing in the hope and expectation that all kinds of healing is possible but also in the knowledge that healing takes place on many levels and we don’t always  understand how and when healing occurs.  The first of the short services of healing will take place in the church at about 11.00am on Wednesday June 17 after the 10.30am service.  Subsequent services will take place on July 15,   August 19 and September 16.  More details to follow.

On June 19 we look forward to welcoming Marston Green Infant Academy for their school assembly in the church.  This is always a time of great happiness and we enjoy hearing the singing from the children and their excitement as they walk through the village to their church.

The second of our joint services with our friends from the Baptist Free Church is being held on June 21 at the Baptist Free Church.  This is a lovely time for celebration of all that we hold in common and all that binds us together.

Songs of Praise is coming to St. Leonard’s Church – well, our own version.  On June 28 we will be singing favourite hymns, chosen by the congregation, hymns which mean a lot to us, hymns which lift us up and hymns which give us comfort.  Do come along and share in this time of praise and celebration at 10.00 am.

June is also a time for us to formally thank Anne Dunkley, our Church Warden for seven years.  Anne is stepping down after faithfully serving the congregation and church, looking forward to a well earned rest.  We are hugely grateful to Anne for all her hard work, her sense of humour, her tireless support and encouragement for all at St. Leonard’s Church.  We will be thanking Anne on June 14 after Sue Davis is given her official charge by the Archdeacon of Aston on June 4.

The next Messy Church is on Sunday July 5 from 3.30pm -5pm.

It is for parents and their children.  There will be a lot of FUN through craft activities and outside games, FAITH through a short service and FOOD!! A donation of £1 per child is all the cost.

On that day details will also be available for the summer trip to Weston Super Mare on Friday August 21. All are welcome                    Penny Harrison

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Last month at St Leonard’s we held our annual May Market.  A day when we have stalls, refreshments, a children’s zone and entertainment from the Marston Green Infant Academy who demonstrate their skills with maypole dancing.  It’s a day we always look forward to, a day of fellowship and fun as well as fundraising.

When we work together, pull together and pool our resources, life can be fun and stimulating, full of laughter even when it’s hard work.  Fundraising events are often team efforts – lots of different people using their gifts and talents to make one day go well.  Lists to be made, tasks to be allocated, phone calls to be done and emails to be sent, resources to be found and publicity to be organised.  Yes, at the end of the day people are tired with sore muscles, but there is also a sense of belonging to something bigger, something which takes us further than we know we alone can achieve.

One of the most important days in the Christian calendar is Pentecost – this day is often the start of our half term holidays which used to be called Whit Week.  Pentecost, or Whitsun, is the day that we remember when the Holy Spirit came. It came to bring gifts for every person who received it, special talents which were distributed amongst the new believers.

Today we continue to celebrate Pentecost and to celebrate the gifts and talents which every single person has.  There are a wide variety of gifts, many of which we will recognise in people we know such as knowledge, wisdom and faith.  Today we see gifts in others by recognising skills such as musical ability, artistic talents, a gift of learning languages, someone who finds maths easy.  The list is endless.  But what was important 2,000 years ago is just as important now.

The gifts which people have vary from one person to another but it is the combination of all these gifts which is so exciting and so inspiring.  When people get together and share their abilities, they are capable of so much.  What previously was seen as beyond their capabilities can now be shared and becomes possible.  St. Paul compared using the coming together of all people to work for a common goal as being like the body.  Each part of the body has its part to play and a very special part – the foot cannot do what the hand can do, the ear does not have the same abilities as the eye, but each part is equally important to the whole body and what it can do.

We may be part of a society which, if we believe some of the adverts, is all about the individual, but we would be wise to remember the lesson of 2,000 years ago that we are stronger and better together than as individuals. So too is our community and the society in which we live.             Penny Harrison        


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What’s on at Marston Green Library in June

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What’s on at Marston Green Library in June 2015

 First Steps in Family History for Beginners Course (Now Full).

On Thursday  June  11 10.30am-12.30pm, we are offering an introduction to our First Steps in Family History for beginners making the most of Ancestry and Find My Past.  Due to popular demand we have only one place remaining. Please contact the library to book your place. The cost payable on the day is £12.00.

Due to the demand for this course we will be running a further course later this year. If you would like to book a place please contact Marston Green Library by phone 799 2131 or call in.

Solihull Striders & Strollers

Meeting on Monday 1st 15th and 29th June 10.15am for a 10.30am departure. 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. 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.

 Volunteers Wanted!

Could you be a volunteer for our Record Breakers Summer Reading Challenge 2015? Would you like to help encourage children to read by listening to them talking about the books they have read? The closing date for applications is Saturday June  13 at 1.00pm. Please contact the library for more information.

Computer Course

Would you like to get online, search the Internet and send emails? Or just find out how to switch on a computer? Perhaps you’d like to improve yourknowledge and skills. We are offering one to one lessons with a volunteer starting at a very basic level or at a starting point to suit you. Perfect if you have no prior computing experience!  They are 1 hour sessions @ £7.00 and are usually up to maximum 6 sessions. Free use of library computer available or bring in your own device i.e laptop, iPad etc. Please contact the library if you would like more information.

 Storytime for under 5s

Every Monday 2.30pm-3.00pm

Half an hour of stories, rhymes, songs and colouring.  No need to book.

 Councillors Advice Surgery

Drop in service for advice and information.  Saturday June 6 10.30 – 12.30

 Marston Green Police Beat Surgery

Drop in service for advice and information on local issues. Next surgery Thursday June  11 5-6pm

Knit, Stitch & Natter

Next meetings will be Wednesday June  10 and Saturday  June  27 10.00am – 12.00am. Everyone is welcome.

 Reading Café

Next meeting will be Thursday June 25 10.30am to 12.00pm.  The theme this month is ’Grow old disgracefully’. Have a chat over coffee (or tea) about authors’ books or anything else. Free to attend. Everyone is welcome.

Marston Green Lions & District need your unwanted spectacles

Bring in your unwanted spectacles for our collecting bin.  The spectacles are passed onto those in need in other countries.

Marston Green Village Diary

We have a community diary for your information 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 email your details to eallen@solihull.gov.uk.

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.


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

 Free WiFi Access

You can bring your laptop or other mobile device into Marston Green Library and log in to our wireless network. You need to have a library membership card and PIN. If you do not know your PIN please ask a member of library staff. If you are not a member it is easy to join providing you have proof of address.

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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St Leonard’s Diary for June

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4          Thursday        7.30pm    Archdeacon’s Visitation, St Barnabas,  Kingshurst.

9          Tuesday        12.30pm    Parish Lunch

10        Wednesday   10.30am   Midweek Service

12        Friday             1.30pm    Messy Church meeting

13        Saturday         9.00am   Men’s Breakfast, Marston Green Tavern

15        Monday          2.30pm    Ladies Fellowship. ‘Our Memories’

16        Tuesday         9.00am    Music Group meeting

17        Wednesday  10.30am    Midweek Service & Healing Service

18        Thursday        2.30pm    Worship Committee

19        Friday             9.00am    Infants Academy visit

21        Sunday        10.15am   United Service, Baptist Free Church.

 24        Wednesday  10.30am    Midweek Service

25        Thursday        2.00pm    Pastoral Committee

27        Saturday         Scout Gala

28        Sunday         10.00am   Songs of Praise

                                        6.00pm    Evening Service


5          Sunday           3.30pm    Messy Church      

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