It’s Harvest Festival soon and we also have more details of the Canapes and Fizz evening later in September.

In this issue:
  1. Flower & Produce Show, Saturday 1st September
  2. St James’ Church Services – September
  3. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 4th September
  4. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 5th September
  5. Harvest Festival at St James’, Sunday 16th September
  6. Canapes and Fizz, Friday 21st September
  7. Friends of St James’ – New Chairman
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1. Flower & Produce Show, Saturday 1st September

Caryl Mills writes:
The Flower & Produce Show is being held this Saturday (1st September) on Birlingham Cricket Ground. The schedule is available at www.birlingham.org/organisations/docs/fp_show_schedule_2018.pdf

Entries should be set up between 9.00am and 11.00am. The Show is open for viewing from 2.00pm; bring lots of cash for the auction.

If you are a local business and would like to either exhibit or sell your goods then please contact me on 07766 657666 or email caryl-mills@hotmail.co.uk.

We are also looking for volunteers to help on the afternoon, especially selling teas and raffle tickets. Please speak to one of the committee if you can help.

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2. St James’ Church Services – September

Services at St James’ Church during September will be held at the following times:

  • Sunday 2nd: Morning Praise, 10.30am (with Ven. Chris Liley)
  • Sunday 9th: Holy Communion, 10.30am (with Revd Janet Robbins)
  • Sunday 16th: Harvest Festival, 11.00am (with Revd Alma Organ)
  • Sunday 23rd: Holy Communion, 9.00am (with Canon Richard Etheridge)
  • Sunday 30th: No service in Birlingham. Instead there will be a Eucharist for the whole Benefice at St Nicholas, Pinvin at 10.30am.
Please note that the Harvest Festival will begin at 11.00am (half an hour later than previously advertised) – full details below.

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3. Birlingham Photography Club, Tuesday 4th September

Angela Fitch writes:
The next meeting of Birlingham Photography Club is on Tuesday 4th September at 7.00pm in Birlingham Village Hall.

We’re two years old on Tuesday! And to celebrate the occasion, we have one of the top photographers of the West Midlands, Peter Siviter, as our guest speaker.

Peter’s artistry with the camera is second to none, creating beautiful images both in camera and post-shoot with the aid of some very clever computer software. Peter’s work is highly acclaimed; he has already scooped many major awards this year including: an RPS gold at Cheltenham’s International Salon, together with two golds awarded by the Federation Internationale l’Art Photographique and a bronze from Photographic Societies of America.

Tuesday’s presentation will include travel and street photography; in particular, a very interesting series of images taken when Peter was in Egypt. Not for him the regular temples, pyramids and camels!

Anyone is welcome to come to BPC meetings, it doesn’t matter what stage your photography has reached, or what type of camera kit you use. £4pp, to include light refreshments, under 18s to be accompanied.

Visit www.birlinghamphotography.co.uk for more information about the club and http://www.smethwickps.co.uk/mg-peter-siviter/4592073181 to see examples of Peter’s work

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4. Cuppa & Chat, Wednesday 5th September

The next Cuppa & Chat takes place on Wednesday 5th September, from 3.00pm to 4.30pm. Come and enjoy tea, coffee and cake in Birlingham Village Hall – an opportunity to meet friends and catch up with the latest news.

All are welcome, especially families new to the village. Cost is £2 per head and it is always held on the first Wednesday of the month. For more information please contact Adrianne Woodward on 01386 750936.

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5. Harvest Festival at St James’, Sunday 16th September

The Harvest Festival Service will be held at 11.00am on Sunday 16th September, and there will be a hot two-course lunch afterwards in the Village Hall. The main dish will be roast sirloin of beef, with vegetarian and gluten-free options available, all cooked by Marion New. The puddings will be made from local fruit. Please bring your own drinks.

The lunch will cost £12 per person. Please order your place by contacting either Ali Hastings (01386 750231) or Felicity Collier (01386 751194) by Monday 10th September. Please come and make it a jolly occasion.

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6. Canapes and Fizz, Friday 21st September

Maryanne Dyer writes:
You are cordially invited to enjoy champagne and canapes between 7.00pm and 8.30pm on Friday 21st September in St James’ Church. There is no charge for this event, which is being hosted by the Friends of St James’ as a thank you to all those who have supported the maintenance of the church building in the past.

This an opportunity for you to come and enjoy the church at the end of the summer when it is beautifully lit and decorated for Harvest and you can see what your support means. Even if you can only spare 10 minutes you would be really welcome to join us.

We look forward to seeing you!

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7. Friends of St James’ – New Chairman

We are pleased to announce that Maryanne Dyer has taken over as Chairman of the Friends of St James’.

Maryanne can be contacted on 07540 407544.

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