What an amazing beginning it’s been for the Hub!

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WE have had a stream of people through our doors, booking tickets for our half term events, voting for what they’d like to see come to the Hub, or just popping in for a browse, chat and some homemade cake.

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This is just what we’d hoped for. We’ve had some amazingly positive comments. Children run straight for the cushions and choose books from our wonderful library; lots of people are embracing the opportunity to use us as a meeting place; curious passers-by have come for a tour; and touchingly, some older people have said they will be visiting just for a friendly smile and a warm drink.

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This week we were so pleased to see our bright, colourful spaces taken up by guitar, violin, French, Spanish, singing and craft lessons.

People are also voting for what they’d like to see at the Hub in the future. You can choose from the following:

Community Post Office

ICT Support Clinic

Live Arts evenings

Free legal advice clinics

Book Club for the Over-55s

Community Time Bank

Bulk Buying Food Co-op

Just pick up a leaflet at our reception and tick your favourite idea.

Many thanks to everyone who supported our wonderful Scarecrow Festival last weekend.  The standard of scarecrows was fantastic, and we were overwhelmed by the many generous – and delicious – donations to the cake stall. We are delighted to say that we raised £2,190, which will be split between Bournville Children’s Book Festival and Abbi Bennet’s One in a Million fund for research into muscular dystrophy.  Seven-year-old Abbi attends Bournville Junior School.

We are now looking forward to our next Busy Parents Network events at half term:

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The Magic of Science (5 to 12-year-olds) at Rowheath Pavilion on Tuesday 27 October 10am-2pm. Featuring scientist and magician Dr Matt Pritchard, and lots of hands-on science activities and experiments for children to enjoy. Tickets available in person at the Bournville Community Hub, and online at: http://www.busyparentsnetwork.yapsody.com.

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The Big Draw at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts, takes place on Saturday October 24, for 5 to 12-year-olds, with author illustrator James Mayhew (Katie and the Sunflowers) and Simon James (Baby Brains). James Mayhew will be sketching to live music – and the children can join in too! This is completely free, but you will need tickets to attend. Tickets available in person at the Bournville Community Hub, and via the Barber Institute by calling 0121 4142261.

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