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Parable Arts presents “The Forgotten Tales” – 3rd March at 7.30pm

The British Isles are a rich tapestry woven together with myths, legends and folk-tales. From Irish kings to Welsh dragons, English knights to Scottish warlocks, and even Cornish cats; the cultures of our Kingdom are captured in our stories. Combining captivating storytelling, poetic verse and traditional folk songs, The Forgotten Tales brings out the hilarious, the heroic, and the heart-breaking tales of magic and mystery, courtship and conflict, that were once a steady flame across the land.

The Forgotten Tales is a fast-pace, high-energy, one-man performance written and performed by Parable Arts founder, John Buckeridge. Bringing together some of the most exciting and entrancing legends and folktales from all over the British Isles, this is an evening of entertainment guaranteed to engage and enchant in equal measure.

On March 3rd at 7.30pm – 9.00pm we’re privileged to present our award-winning storytelling extravaganza, The Forgotten Tales– visit www.theforgottentales.com for information and to reserve your tickets.

Tickets priced from £7.50. Free car parking.

 

Parable Arts presents “A Christmas Carol” – 15th / 16th December

Parable Arts are pleased to announce four performances of Dicken’s  Christmas Carol during November/December in  the Bonded Warehouse – a great setting at this festive time of the year.  Remaining performances will take place on December 15th/16th, starting at 7.30pm.

The Salvation Army are performing live music and all profits are being donated to the homeless and families facing hardship in our region.

More information about this event, the Parable Arts company,  it’s aims and how to purchase tickets can be found on their website published at the bottom of the poster.

A bar service will be available.   Free parking.

Stourbridge Bead & Glass Fair – 26th – 27th August

As part of the International Festival of Glass,  Stourbridge Bead and Glass Fair will be  taking place on Saturday and Sunday 26th and 27th August 2017 at the Bonded Warehouse – open each day from 10.00 to 16.30.  Admission FREE.

There will be light refreshments available –  with various stands selling hand made glass beads and jewellery, findings, glass supplies and tools and lots more.

For more details of exhibitors, please visit www.gallowglassbeads.co.uk or contact Pat on 07710 760295

“Pirate Radio” Broadcast on Stourbridge Canal – 19th June

Just like the good old days in the mid 1960’s when Radio Caroline broadcasted from the seclusion of a “pirate radio” ex-trawler anchored out at sea, Radio West Midlands (WM) will be visiting the Bonded Warehouse on the Monday 19th June. Alex Lester will be live-broadcasting his breakfast show from 6.00 am until 9.00 am from the Blackcountry Man trip boat with Ken Bywater at the helm.

After a short journey up the Stourbridge Arm to Wordsley Junction taking from about 7.15 am to 7.45 am the boat will be joined at the junction by representatives from the Wordsley Red House Glass Cone and the new White House Museum. It will remain moored at the Junction for about one hour before returning.

It is expected that the radio people will hop back on board and return to the Bonded Warehouse after a pleasant trip through our length of canal, hopefully chatting with people along the canal on the towpaths or passing boats, do give them a wave it you see them passing by.

So, tune in to Alex Lester at Breakfast on Radio WM 95.6 on June 19th to hear what he and his guests have to say about historical sites and activities to be found in our local area.

Blackcountry Man Music Night Cruise – Remembering George Formby – Friday 28th July 2017

Join us for this very special night “Remembering George Formby” with Matt Richards and his Ukelele on a nostalgic trip down memory lane . This is an evening cruise leaving at 7.30pm and returning at 10.00pm. The entertainment is superb and you are provided with a fish & chip supper and a full bar service on-board.

Limited tickets available at £17 (inc. supper) – call 01384 375912 / 07889 908090 to book your place.

Update: Winter Street Food Affair & Festive Twilight Market – Saturday 9th December 2017

 

A special Winter ‘Street Food Affair’ and twilight market is taking place on Saturday 9th December 3.00pm – 9.00pm at the Bonded Warehouse, Canal Street, Stourbridge, DY8 4LU.

The event  is free to attend.  You are reminded that this is an outdoor event so please do wrap up warm.

Expect a festive celebration with fantastic food, buskers and winter warmers including hot chocolate, mulled wine and warm sloe gin and rum. It’s an opportunity to pick up last minute gifts from our talented artists, crafters and makers and the retro and vintage stalls in the Twilight Market. Plus we have a local florist selling festive wreaths and kissing balls.

We look forward to welcoming new food traders to our winter gathering including Grill Brazil, Little Urban, Loco Lobo Tex Mex, Spice Kitchen and Fat Snags. We welcome back Green Vegan, Gresko Bodhi, Nanny Ps and St Cafe. Supporting the food traders with hot and cold beverages will be Saddlers and Green Duck Breweries, Wychelm Cider, Little Gin Company, Trailor Made Cocktails, Bar Boutique and the Fizz Mobile.

Sweet temptations are available from The Little Horsebox and Just My Cup of Tea will be offering festive afternoon tea at their pop up tea room.

Expect to be entertained by buskers including talented local musicians Esther Turner and Jess Silk. We also have local choir Stream of Sound performing 6.30pm and Stourbridge Rock Choir from 8.00pm.

As this is the season of goodwill we are delighted to be able to support the Stourbridge Food Bank by having a collection point at our event. We are kindly asking people to consider bringing a small donation with them which will really help a person or family in Stourbridge over the Christmas period.  All items will be gratefully received by volunteers on the night.

Grandad’s Attic will once again be opening their doors during our event.

Local contemporary painter Dean Melbourne, who has his studio nearby at Titan House on nearby Old Wharf Road, has agreed to open his studio doors during our event in celebration of his recent selection as one of the Black Country’s 100 Masters. This is an opportunity to see the work that inspired his selection as a Black Country Master. Dean said that ‘getting involved with Street Food Affair is a fantastic way for me celebrate the heritage of the town while reaching an exciting audience and introduce them to my plans to open Stourbridge’s first Contemporary Visual arts project of note.”

Sadly 9th December is the last Street Food Affair event of the year. Organiser Sarah New said that she has been overwhelmed by the support shown by local people and vowed to bring Street Food Affair back in 2018. She wants to thank everybody who has attended and the traders, musicians, artists and local businesses who have worked with her to make the events so successful. She encourages people to keep an eye on her Facebook and web page as she is planning some exciting new partnerships with local businesses including an indoor mini street food event.

For further information about this press release contact:

Sarah New, Street Food Affair Organiser: T: 07712 202820 or Email: info@streetfoodaffair.co.uk

For a full list of our events and details of our vendors please visit www.streetfoodaffair.co.uk or https://www.facebook.com/StreetFoodAffair/

Street Food Affair wherever possible aims to support local people and independent businesses and encourages any interested traders, musicians, artists or makers to get in touch via our website at www.streetfoodaffair.co.uk to explore how we can work together at this and future events.

Further information about organisations mentioned in the press release:

To find out more about how local people, churches and other organisations in and around the Black Country are making a real difference to the lives of those in crisis go to http://www.blackcountryfoodbank.org.uk/

To find out more about Dean Melbourne telephone Dean on 07828740955 or contact via twitter @deanmelbournex ; instagram @deanmelbourneartist ; facebook @deanmelbourneartist

 

Tuesday Club work overtime.

Tuesday Club in action

The volunteer force known as the Tuesday Cub became the Tuesday & Thursday Club last week in order to complete the work to recover and refit the seating in the Blackcountry Man trip boat in readiness for the first trip of the season. It was amazing to see the range of skills deployed (including upholstery as a ‘first’) by the enthusiastic group who can generally make a good job of any task that crops up at the Bonded Warehouse.

Needless to say the extra hours given to fitting the seating did the trick and the shiny new seats were all neatly and securely installed for the Saturday excursion – a 50th Birthday Party. We hope the trip was enjoyable and that the seats were comfortable!

Russell Newbery Register – 19th to 23rd July 2017

In 2017 the Rally is returning to Stourbridge. The dates are 19th to 23rd July. The location is the Bonded Warehouse, at the end of the Stourbridge Town Arm. Our hosts are the Stourbridge Navigation Trust. 

Stourbridge is synonymous with glass, so appropriately one of our craft activities involves that material. This will take place at the Red House glass cone, it involves working in the glass fusing studio to design and decorate a glass tile with Bullseye glass. Participants will also be treated to a guided tour of Red House and a demonstration of glass blowing.

Slightly nearer the moorings is the Ruskin Glass Centre and Webb Corbett Visitor  centre on Wollaston Road, Amblecote (access from the last bridge over the Stourbridge Arm). Formerly the factory for Royal Doulton, the site now provides workshops for a thriving community of craftspeople in both traditional and contemporary glassmaking, together with other crafts. You can learn about the history of glassmaking in Stourbridge and see the whole glassmaking process from start to finish, including blowing, cutting, kiln work, stained glass and lamp work. There is also an excellent café which serves an exciting and affordable menu of breakfast, snacks and hot lunch dishes, using locally sourced organic produce. This is open from 8.30 am (except Sunday and Monday).

Speaking of food, we are not providing breakfasts this year at the Bonded Warehouse. However we will be serving a Sunday tea to provide you with sustenance for the Register AGM.

The Friday craft session is production of shiny greetings cards. The shiny bit comes from old CDs, so bring a few of those with you. On Sunday morning you can try some bomb making. No, not the explosive type but bath bombes! A popular session will be that on Friday afternoon when Keith Hodgkins will show more of his extensive collection of aerial photos of Black Country canals (and railways). For the technical workshops, we are running Cylinder Heads again by popular demand. Hopefully we will have a session on lubrication oils and a practical introduction to scumbling (wood graining). The one big change from previous rallies is that we will start on Wednesday evening. The opening event is a buffet, this will be held in the function room of the Duke William on Coventry Street. Note, because of licensing restrictions we can not accommodate under 18’s at the buffet – sorry. Thursday is a rally whole day out – a visit to the Severn valley Railway. Travel from the Town station on what the locals call the tram to Stourbridge Junction, then by train to Kidderminster. There is plenty of time to travel on the SVR steam trains to Bridgnorth and to include a visit to the Engine House exhibition at Highley or the riverside town of Bewdley. After the rally is a Black Country convoy cruise. Ian McKim Thompson is arranging this. It includes visiting Dudley Tunnel on the trip boat with a meal at the Gongoozler restaurant at the Portal at Tipton  Also a visit to the current terminus of the Dudley No2 canal at Hawne basin, where a barbeque is planned. The final destination is the town arm at Walsall, where we spend two nights. Visits to the excellent New Art Gallery and other museums are setup for the day. Hence the aim to pack two Town Arms with RN boats, Stourbridge one weekend and Walsall a week later! The rally bar will as usual feature several local real ales – some brewed less than a mile from the warehouse.

Finally, just a reminder that is our tradition we have a raffle. Please bring along anything suitable as raffle prizes.

Russell Newbery Register – 19th to 23rd July 2017

In 2017 the Rally is returning to Stourbridge. The dates are 19th to 23rd July. The location is the Bonded Warehouse, at the end of the Stourbridge Town Arm. Our hosts are the Stourbridge Navigation Trust. 

Stourbridge is synonymous with glass, so appropriately one of our craft activities involves that material. This will take place at the Red House glass cone, it involves working in the glass fusing studio to design and decorate a glass tile with Bullseye glass. Participants will also be treated to a guided tour of Red House and a demonstration of glass blowing.

Slightly nearer the moorings is the Ruskin Glass Centre and Webb Corbett Visitor  centre on Wollaston Road, Amblecote (access from the last bridge over the Stourbridge Arm). Formerly the factory for Royal Doulton, the site now provides workshops for a thriving community of craftspeople in both traditional and contemporary glassmaking, together with other crafts. You can learn about the history of glassmaking in Stourbridge and see the whole glassmaking process from start to finish, including blowing, cutting, kiln work, stained glass and lamp work. There is also an excellent café which serves an exciting and affordable menu of breakfast, snacks and hot lunch dishes, using locally sourced organic produce. This is open from 8.30 am (except Sunday and Monday).

Speaking of food, we are not providing breakfasts this year at the Bonded Warehouse. However we will be serving a Sunday tea to provide you with sustenance for the Register AGM.

The Friday craft session is production of shiny greetings cards. The shiny bit comes from old CDs, so bring a few of those with you. On Sunday morning you can try some bomb making. No, not the explosive type but bath bombes! A popular session will be that on Friday afternoon when Keith Hodgkins will show more of his extensive collection of aerial photos of Black Country canals (and railways). For the technical workshops, we are running Cylinder Heads again by popular demand. Hopefully we will have a session on lubrication oils and a practical introduction to scumbling (wood graining). The one big change from previous rallies is that we will start on Wednesday evening. The opening event is a buffet, this will be held in the function room of the Duke William on Coventry Street. Note, because of licensing restrictions we can not accommodate under 18’s at the buffet – sorry. Thursday is a rally whole day out – a visit to the Severn valley Railway. Travel from the Town station on what the locals call the tram to Stourbridge Junction, then by train to Kidderminster. There is plenty of time to travel on the SVR steam trains to Bridgnorth and to include a visit to the Engine House exhibition at Highley or the riverside town of Bewdley. After the rally is a Black Country convoy cruise. Ian McKim Thompson is arranging this. It includes visiting Dudley Tunnel on the trip boat with a meal at the Gongoozler restaurant at the Portal at Tipton  Also a visit to the current terminus of the Dudley No2 canal at Hawne basin, where a barbeque is planned. The final destination is the town arm at Walsall, where we spend two nights. Visits to the excellent New Art Gallery and other museums are setup for the day. Hence the aim to pack two Town Arms with RN boats, Stourbridge one weekend and Walsall a week later! The rally bar will as usual feature several local real ales – some brewed less than a mile from the warehouse.

Finally, just a reminder that is our tradition we have a raffle. Please bring along anything suitable as raffle prizes.