July at St Leonard’s
1 Wednesday 10.30am Midweek Service
5 Sunday 3.30pm – 5.00pm Messy Church
8 Wednesday 10.30am Midweek Service
11.30am Music Group meeting
10 Friday 7.30pm Fashion Show, Parish Hall
12 Sunday 3.00pm – 5.00pm Garden Party, Vicarage
14 Tuesday 10.00am Prayer Chain meeting
12.30pm Parish Lunch
15 Wednesday 10.30am Midweek Service & Healing Service
7.00pm Parochial Church Council
16 Thursday 7.30pm Ministry Team meeting, Vicarage
17 Friday 9.00am Junior School end of year service
20 Monday 2.30pm Ladies Fellowship. Talk by Denise
Boardman on ‘Dog Watch’
22 Wednesday 9.00am Childrens’ Ministry meeting
10.30am Midweek Service
25 Saturday Deanery pilgrimage to the Cathedral
29 Wednesday 10.30am Midweek Service
Summer Reading Challenge 2015 The Summer Reading Challenge, which has the theme ‘Record Breakers’ for 2015, will launch on Saturday July 11 and run until Saturday September 12. The challenge, aimed at 4 to 11 year olds, is to read six books over the summer. When the children complete the challenge they will receive a certificate in the library and a medal in school. A version for under 4s will be linked to the ‘Record Breakers’ theme.
Children’s Craft Table
During the summer holidays we have a drop in junk modeling craft table for children. We would be grateful for any donated items for this table such as coloured paper/card, shaped stickers, soft foil milk bottle tops, ribbons, egg boxes or kitchen roll tubes. If there are any crafters who have off cuts and scraps of craft materials, we would be very grateful for them.
Solihull Striders & Strollers
Meeting on Monday July 13 and 27 at 10.15am for a 10.30am departure. These 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.
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 your knowledge 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! The sessions are 1 hour @ £7.00 per session and a maximum 6 sessions over a 6 week period can be booked. Bring your own tablet/laptop for the sessions or use a library computer. 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 July 4, 10.30am – 12.30pm
Marston Green Police Beat Surgery
Drop in service for advice and information on local issues. Next surgery Thursday July 9 from 5-6pm
Knit, Stitch & Natter
Next meetings will be Wednesday July 8 and Saturday July 25 from 10.00am – 12.00am. Everyone is welcome.
Next meeting will be Thursday July 23 from 10.30am – 12.00pm. The theme this month is ‘Childhood’. Have a chat over coffee (or tea) about books or anything else. Free to attend. Everyone is welcome.
Marston Green Village Diary
We have a community diary for your information to let local people know 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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
Members of Marston Green & District Lions Club have been saddened by the death at the beginning of June of ex-Lions member, Brian Summers .Their thoughts are with his wife Betty and the rest of the family. Heather Lee has agreed to remain President for the fiscal year 2015/16, and Bob Jones has also agreed to carry on as Membership Chairman.
On Saturday July 25 members will be visiting ASDA at Chelmsley Wood, raising recycling awareness and the recycling projects that Lions carry out and collecting for funds. Some of the young people from the prospective LEO Club carried out their first Service Activity on Sunday June 7. .They joined up with The Big Red Bag Company, handing out food and clothing to the homeless in Birmingham City Centre. They are also looking to hold a Sponsored Sleep Out to raise awareness of the homeless and are looking for a venue, where it could be hosted. All suggestions gratefully received.
‘Desert Island Choices’ is the theme for Marston Green Literary Society’s meeting on Friday, July 3 which starts at 7.30pm in the Elmdon Lounge of the Parish Hall. Members are asked to bring along an extract from a book (not the Bible or the complete works of Shakespeare!) which they would choose to take to a desert island. There will be a ‘summer food’ bring and share supper and the admission price is £2. New members are always welcome.
An Evening of Dreams is being presented by Marston Green Young Theatre Company in the Parish Hall on Friday, July 17 at 7pm. The evening will include a performance of Ernie’s Incredible Illucinations by Alan Ayckburn and musical entertainment by the company and guests. Tickets can be obtained from Margaret Allen (07778458789) or Sarah and James Want (07956906722)
Following the death of Anne Dunkley, the Scout Gala due to take place on June 27 was postponed until Saturday, September 5. It will become Marston Green Community Gala in celebration of Anne’s life.
Anyone who has purchased Gala prize draw tickets will have them placed within the draw taking place at the new event on September.
A Fashion Show and Sale given by SD Fashion Show Co. of Nottingham, is being held in the Parish Hall on Friday, July 10 at 7.30pm. High quality clothes at bargain prices and all sizes will be available. Tickets priced £4 are available from Val Griffiths (779 3659) or Lucille Green (779 7179). Proceeds are to go to church funds.
The next meeting of Marston Green Residents’ Association will be on Thursday July 2 in the Parish Hall at 7.45pm. All residents are welcome to attend the meeting, where usually a representative from the police and parish council are present to answer residents queries.
Marston Green 50+ is holding a barbecue in the Elmdon Lounge and garden on Monday, July 13. Members and visitors are asked to bring their own meat and drink. Salad and bread will be provided. Non-members are asked to pay £2.
On Monday, July 27 there is an outing to SS Great Britain at Bristol. Places are still available. The cost is £28 and covers the coach fare, entrance to SS Great Britain and conducted tour. For more details, ring 779 3588.
Ben Smith, grandson of Sue Smith, reports on the pilgrimage to Lourdes with his school, Hagley Catholic High School, which was made possible partly through the generosity of people who attended Sue’s Soup and Cakes morning in February which raised £360, and through the Heidi Fund at St Leonard’s which assists young people in sporting and travelling activities.
He writes: “During our time in Lourdes we came across many different opportunities to not only help others but to strengthen our faith. We walked the Marian procession many times, which is the celebration of Our Lady, attending the international mass in the underground basilica where more than 15,000 people attended.
The itinerary was very packed and our duties included making beds where the pilgrims were staying, helping out with refreshments in the evening after masses and processions. We also had the opportunity to take the pilgrims on day trips which they enjoyed.
During the time when we weren’t with our pilgrims, we had chances to strengthen our own faith, walking the stations of the cross, visiting the grotto and also lighting candles for people in their times of need.
All of us are very grateful for the money you helped us raise, and your contribution helped us achieve the total fund we needed to make our pilgrimage. Thank you to everyone who helped us to get there.”
Much has appeared in the media about the death of Anne Dunkley, who was a much – loved teacher, churchwarden and Scout leader. She touched the lives of so many evidenced by the large number who visited St Leonard’s for a few quiet moments of prayer and signed the book of condolence. As mentioned by the Vicar, Penny Harrison,a tribute to Anne will be carried next month.
Brian Summers of Moseley Drive, whose funeral took place at Woodlands Crematorium on June 15, was born in Tredegar, South Wales. After National Service, he became a journalist and then joined the Civil Service. With promotion, he came to Birmingham and met his wife Betty. They lived in Holly Lane, where their son David was born, before they moved to London. Brian worked in the department headed by Sir Keith Joseph.
The family returned to live in Moseley Drive and Brian became very involved in the Lions. He helped organised national and international Lions conventions at the NEC. He enjoyed sport playing for Birmingham Welsh, and helped coach the mini rugby division. He played cricket for Stechford Cricket Club and was an ardent Aston Villa supporter.
The funeral of Mary Bowker (Powell), a former resident of Marston Green and a member of the congregation at St. Leonard’s for many years before moving away, took place at Woodlands on June 28.
Deanery Pilgrimage …..
Unfortunately the deanery pilgrimage which was to have taken place on Saturday 25th July has had to be cancelled. This is because the cathedral is having some necessary work done to improve the electrics and lighting in the cathedral and the scaffolding makes services there very difficult. A new date will be arranged for next year and more details will follow nearer the time.