Polarbear performs ‘RETURN’ at The Hub, Bromford

Birmingham- born wordsmith Polar Bear, performed the moving piece ‘RETURN’ at The Hub, Bromford on Saturday 19th March, as part of the pop up arts tearoom project.

One of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK, Polarbear is renowned for delivering stories that make sense; stories that relate. With hip-hop roots that combine perfectly with his brilliant poetry, his performance was both unique and memorable.

“RETURN” tells the story of Noah, a man trying to figure out where he fits. Convinced he had to leave home in order to make his mark, Noah returns to find a world where a lot of things seem the same but nothing actually is.

Combining storytelling with a distinctive lighting and projection design, “RETURN” exploits its relationship with cinematic genres. The show journeys through scenes and landscapes, encouraging you to explore and, like a film director, be challenged to re-imagine as the story unfolds…

The Bromford tearoom slowly filled up, as people from outside crept in, intrigued as to why the room was so dimly lit and why we were all transfixed with this performance, once they were in, they didn’t leave.

His audience chuckled as they related to his 90’s film and music references and memories of hanging around girls in the park. His voice, his tone, his pauses between scenes were perfect; the soft music in the background and words projected onto the board behind put you in the scene immediately.

Both captivating and moving, Polarbear captures the sense of ‘home’ perfectly. His scene setting and descriptions allow you to picture the characters and places, making the performance all the more real. Polarbear encourages you to reminicse on your own memories of home, triggering emotion in those who have ever left and returned.

It was a unique performance that will stay with you for a long time and proved to be a great opportunity for his audience, who were appreciative and applauding throughout this compelling story.

Watch a small clip of ‘RETURN,’ performed at The Hub, Bromford.

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Find out more about the pop up arts tea room in Bromford.

Polarbear’s website.

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Boot camp exercise class in Castle Vale

Image from Harriet Norris Personal Training

A Wednesday night in Castle Vale is spent getting rather sweaty for some certain ladies, who are regular attendees to a sucessful bootcamp workout session.

Harriet Norris from Solihull set up a women’s only bootcamp exercise class at Topcliffe Primary School in Castle Vale after the success of the same class in Water Orton.

By day, Harriet is a personal trainer, at just 21 she is extremely knowledgeable and skilled at what she does. The highly demanded class in Castle Vale is an extension to her personal training work and Harriet is calling all local ladies to give it a try.

The class is intense and tones just about every muscle in your body, and for just £5, you really are getting a good work out for your money.

“The class involves a full body work out,” says Harriet “We do cardio work, strength based work, full body toning and aim to reduce body fat.”

No matter what your age or exercise history is, Harriet lets you go at your own pace, “We have many different women at the class who range from early 20’s up to 55 years old, ” says Harriet “We currently have around 12 members who attend the Castle Vale class.”

The session is on a Wednesday night, held at Topcliffe Primary School in Castle Vale from 6:45 to 7:45 pm and costs £5. New recruits can also contact Harriet through her Twitter or Facebook page.

For more information about the class or Harriet Norris Personal Training, click here.

Police Appeal: Anti Social Behaviour- Castle Bromwich

West Midlands Police are asking for people to come forward regarding anti-social behaviour in the Green Lane area of Castle Bromwich. The specific roads concerned are Wyckham road and Windleaves road.

If you have any information regarding people involved please contact telephone number 0345 113 5000  ext 7922 6741.

Alternatively, you can email castlebromwich@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Census 2011 arrives in Hodge Hill

2011 census

Hodge Hill residents- if your census didn’t land on your doormat yesterday, it probably will today, in one of the biggest single mailouts the Royal Mail has handled. According to the Office For National Statistics, the census is to reach 26 million homes in England and Wales by census day on March 27th.

The census is sent out every ten years and helps to plan the future of services such as transport, education, healthcare and housing.

This year we have the option to fill it out online or by traditional paper form, but surely filling it out online is easier for everyone at the other end reading the results?

According to the Office For National Statistics, 2011 Census Director Glen Watson believes that the online census is more convenient:

“This will be quicker and it’s better for us because we won’t need to scan the forms and decipher all that handwriting. Of course if people want, they can still do it by hand. Completing the census form promptly and sending it back to us means no one will have to knock on your door to remind you.”

However, 61 year old resident of Hodge Hill, Maureen will be filling her form out by paper: “I shall be filling my census out in paper form, I find it more convenient and I can fill out questions when I want and stop and come back to it if I need to.”

If you need help with you census visit www.census.gov.uk or call 0300 0201 101.

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Rare Plant Fair coming to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens/ Bill Dargue

The Rare Plant Fair will be paying a visit to the historic Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens this spring.

According to rareplantfair.co.uk “the impressive gardens of Castle Bromwich Hall grew, flourished and fell into decay.  Having been developed by two generations of the Bridgeman Family (the son and grandson of Charles II’s great lawyer, Sir Orlando Bridgeman) these walled, terraced gardens have always remained somewhat of a mystery, to the extent that even in the immediate area, their true origins and pedigree had been forgotten in the intervening centuries.”

Held on Sunday 1st May from 11am to 4pm, tickets are priced at £4.00 for adults and £1.00 for children.

According to rareplantfair.co.uk, it will include the following nurseries:

For more information contact Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens.

www.cbhgt.org.uk
0121 7494100

*Image by Bill Dargue.

*Quotes from the Rare Plant Fair.

Hodge Hill jumble sale!

Coleshill road, Hodge Hill/ Jessica Dutton

It’s something most of us exclude ourselves from, mainly because we don’t have the time or perhaps we feel like we just don’t fit in, but community events not only give you a chance to meet your neighbours, but also make you feel even more a part of your local community.

Hodge Hill’s United Reform Church (Blue Cross) on the Coleshill Road is a regular in hosting coffee mornings, fairs and fete’s in the summer.

As it is a little too chilly at the moment, this week’s event will be held in doors. The jumble sale will take place on Saturday 5th March from 11am, so there’s no excuses for it being too early in the morning!

Go and have a browse through, you never know, you might find some hidden gems! If you have anything to donate or would like a stall for yourself please contact the church directly.

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