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Time to express gratitude to those who inspire and help us

On March 15 we celebrate Mothering Sunday.  Mothering Sunday got its name from the time when young men and women who were in service, and had often had to leave their homes at an early age, were given the day off to return home to visit their families.  Most families attended church at their local village or town church, sometimes called the daughter church, but the Sunday when the families got together in March was a time for them to go and attend the ‘mother’ church, usually the nearest cathedral or the biggest church close by.

On their way home to visit their families and in particular their mothers, the young women and men would gather flowers from the roadside and present them to their mothers.  Today in churches we too often give flowers to the women in the church as a way of saying ‘thank you.’

One of the readings often used on Mothering Sunday is the story of Moses, the young boy hidden in the reeds by his mother.  At the time of his birth, Moses was in danger of being killed for being an Israelite boy.  The king of Egypt, fearful of too many Israelites being born and being a threat to his power and position, had ordered all of the boy babies to be murdered at birth.  Moses was hidden by his mother for three months but when she could no longer hide him in the home, his mother took Moses to the river and put him in a waterproof basket which she hid amongst the reeds.

Keeping watch over the young baby was his sister, hiding on the bank.  When the daughter of the king of Egypt came to bathe in the river, she found the baby in the basket and realised the baby Moses was an Israelite child.  Moses’ sister came out from hiding and offered to find a nurse for the child, Moses’ real mother, until the child was old enough to be brought up by the daughter of the king.

When we think of this reading on Mothering Sunday, we give thanks for not only our natural mothers but for all women who are various times have mothered us, cared for us and protected us – just as did the mother, sister and carer of Moses.

We all have people throughout our lives who inspire us and help us to grow into the people we are.  Teachers, youth leaders, uniformed organisation leaders, family members, friends and neighbours.  Mothering Sunday gives us all an opportunity to thank these people – both in our hearts and also, where possible, in person.  We owe all who care for us a debt of gratitude and love.  It is up to us to carry on their work in our lives and in what we do.                    Penny Harrison

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Our Folk

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A former Marston Green resident, Fay Arrundale, daughter of  Ann Eden of Elmdon Lane, has published her first book “7 Steps of Teaching your Child to Save: A parents guide to raising financially independent children”

After spending 17 years working at a senior level in banking, and since becoming the mother of two boys, Fay decided to focus her time working with schools and local families where she lives in Warwick to help educate children and their parents to better manage their money.

Fay’s book is available to buy from from 99p for Kindle or £3.97 for paperback. If you would like to know more   access Fay’s website at




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Women’s World Day of Prayer

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The Women’s World Day of Prayer , as last year, is being marked with a service at St Peter’s, Tile Cross on Friday, March 6  at 7pm attended by representatives from six churches in the area.


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Diary for March

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March at St Leonard’s 

Morning Prayer is said every weekday at 8am.  A Mid-week service is generally  held on a Wednesday at 10.30am .

4    Wednesday   7.00pm    Parochial Church Council

5    Thursday        2.00pm   Exploring the Way of Life – Lent Course,  Baptist Free Church

6     Friday            7.00pm   Women’s World Day of Prayer, St Peter’s,  Tile Cross

10   Tuesday      12.30pm   Mid-Lent Lunch, Elmdon Lounge

1     Thursday       2.00pm    Lent Course, BFC

15   Mothering Sunday

   10.00am    Family Eucharist

16   Monday         2.30pm    Ladies Fellowship AGM and  Bring & Buy

19   Thursday       2.00pm    Lent Course, BFC

26   Thursday      2.00pm     Lent Course, BFC

29 Palm Sunday10.00am   Communion and Distribution of Palms

Holy Week Services

30    Monday        7.00pm    Christ clears the Temple

31    Tuesday       7.00pm    Christ in the Garden of Gethsemane



1    Wednesday   7.00pm    Stations of the Cross

2    Maundy Thursday

7.00pm     Holy Communion with washing of hands

followed by late-night vigil

3   Good Friday 10.00am to 12 noon  Messy Church

                            12.30pm   Fish Lunch, Baptist Free Church

                              2.00pm   Last Hour beneath the Cross


 March at the Baptist Free Church………..




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What’s on at Marston Green Library in March

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What’s on at Marston Green Library in  March

 Solihull Striders & Strollers  starting from Marston Green Library every other Monday. The next dates are March 9 and 23 . 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

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, March 7 10.30 -12.00

Marston Green Police Beat Surgery

Drop in service for advice and information on local issues. Next surgery Saturday, March 21 10.00am-11.00am.

Dementia Awareness Morning

Come along to a Dementia Awareness session on the morning of Thursday, March 12. Coffee will be served. Please contact the library for exact times or for more information.  Everyone is welcome.

Knit, Stitch & Natter

Next meetings will be Wednesday, March 11 and Saturday, March 28 10.00am – 12.00am. Everyone is welcome.

Reading Café

Next meeting will be Thursday, March 28 10.30am to 12.00pm.  The theme this month is Spring. Everyone is welcome.  Have a chat over coffee (or tea) about authors’ books or anything else.  Free to attend.

Marston Green Lions and District want your unwanted spectacles

We need your unwanted spectacles for our collecting bin at Marston Green library.  The spectacles are passed onto those in need in other countries.

Marie Curie Memories Cookbook

Do you have a favourite recipe? Help us support the Memories Cookbook by leaving your recipe at Marston Green Library with your name and if you wish a sentence about why it has special memories for you. Closing date; Saturday, March 21.  For more information contact the library.

Used Postage StampsWe 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.


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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

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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Heart of England Singers

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The Heart of England Singers are presenting A Choral Kaleidoscope  featuring a collection of choral favourites at Christ Church, Burney Lane, Ward End, at 7.30pm on March 28.  Tickets, priced £8 (£4 for under 16s) are available from choir members and Ticket Manager ( or ring 745 6630.


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Marie Curie Support Group

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The Marie Curie  Support Group are still looking for your contributions to the Marie Curie Memories Recipe book being  published  in May. The cut off date for receiving contributions  is Saturday, March 21.  There is space for a few more recipes and the group would love to hear from you.  They can either be posted in a box in the Library, or emailed to  For more information please contact Pauline Campbell on 779 4907. 

 As the Great Daffodil Appeal in March approaches you will find  members at Melbick’s on the 21st and 22nd and, if you are unlucky enough to be flying from Birmingham Airport on Friday the 13th, you will see them there as well. Further afield members will be collecting at Dovehouse Parade on the 7th and Heartlands Hospital on Wednesday 25th. Look out as well for some of the 90 Marie Curie daffodil boxes that will be placed in Marston Green, Castle Bromwich and Coleshill

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