Bournville Community Hub is Back!

The Hub is back in business with a great new timetable for Autumn 2017!

If your child is starting reception at school with half days this week, why not pop into the Hub for some quality story-telling time and to enjoy tea and cake.

Our legendary Busy Parents Network cakes are also back, and Sarah has outdone herself by making a Victoria Sponge made with homemade raspberry jam!

IMG_1239This is what our Autumn timetable looks like:


Music With Mummy Sessions throughout the day from birth to 5 year olds. Contact Lindsay Lucas on 07815759035 or

4pm Mosaic for Kids with artist Lizzy Bean 01214592714; 07780714071.


9.30-10.30am Spanishtastic. Spanish for pre-schoolers. Contact Severine 07976306536.

7pm-8.30pm YogaBellies Pregnancy Yoga. Contact Mandy 07766714926.


10am Family Matters: Free Legal Advice Drop-in Clinic If you want to book a slot call Moira on 07979421484. MONTHLY

10.30am YogaBellies Baby Yoga. Contact Mandy 07766714926

12.15am-1pm YogaBellies Baby Massage.Contact Mandy 07766714926

2pm-2.45pm YogaBellies Baby Yoga. Contact Mandy 07766714926

4pm-5pm Mosaic for Kids. Lizzy Bean 01214592714; 07780714071.


1pm -3pm Friendship Group. Contact Maggie 01214795655.

1.30pm-3pm Storytime for Toddlers with craft, songs, and rhymes with Mary Rodgers. No booking necessary. £2.50.


All Day.  Music with Mummy. Contact Lindsay Lucas 07815759035.


9.30am-11.30am Strings Club. Guitar, violin and ukelele classes with Myles. To book, call: 01212969204.

Mandarin Art Class. For enquiries call Wenjing Lin 07804700628.

Bournville Community Hub is for the whole family.  We have a new programme for older people launching in October called Rooted in Memories.  Details coming soon.


Beautiful office space available to rent in Bournville


Do you need more space to work in? Why not consider working at Bournville Community Hub? We offer affordable office and desk hire in a beautiful and convenient location. And there’s homemade cake to enjoy in Our Community Kitchen.

For more information please email the Hub Manager Sarah James on



Office Space

Magical Lands The Sequel

Tickets NOW ON SALE for our fantastic Magical Lands: the Sequel event with Selly Manor on Saturday 13th May!

During the day you will get a chance to:

Watch Robin Hood in a bow man show and then your children can have a go at archery themselves!

Make magical potions in our Potions den

Meet lots of fairy tale characters and see where the 7 dwarves sleep!

Experience a theatre show of The Genie & the Lamp

Listen to Arabian nights storytelling & puppet show

Walk around beautiful Bournville following our Magic Lamp trail

Whittle a wand

And so much more besides!

Last year, this was a sell out and loads of people wanted to come but couldn’t get tickets. If you missed out last year or would love to come back for a memorable family experience, book your tickets now!

The afternoon session is already sold out but there are still tickets available for the morning 10am-1pm

Tickets cost £6 each (under 3’s free) or £15 for a small family ticket (1 adult, 2 children) or £20 for a large family ticket (2 adults and up to 4 children). Click on events to buy your tickets.

We look forward to welcoming you.


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First Aid training


Would you know what to do in the event of your child or grandchild having an accident? Did you know that statistically many more children have accidents over the school summer holidays?


Today we’re launching a summer campaign to encourage as many parents and grandparents as possible to have some basic first aid training before the long summer school holidays start. We’re so passionate about this that we are going to subsidise the cost of places on first aid courses!


Why do we care so much? Before Sarah set up Busy Parents Network she was a solicitor for nearly 15 years helping families whose children were catastrophically injured either with brain injuries or spinal cord injuries as a result of accidents. Sarah knows that it can make a huge difference to a child’s long term outcome if there is even one person on the scene of an accident who knows even basic first aid.


So, we’ve teamed up with Mini First Aid to run a series of first aid classes during June and July. We’ve deliberately put them on at the weekends, evenings and during the day time to hopefully find a time to suit everyone.


And because we believe you are never too young to learn first aid skills, we’ve got a FREE course for pre-schoolers and a subsidised course for children aged 8-12 years. It is very empowering for children to know what to do if they or their siblings have an accident.


So, here’s how it works:-


  1. Select a date for a course (dates and times below)
  2. Phone or email Anna Ruffle of Mini First Aid on 07397 233245 or to book your place(s)
  3. You pay £10 for a child’s place or £15 for an adult place (normally £12 and £20)
  4. Turn up on the day at Bournville Community Hub to get skilled up!


The dates are:-

Wednesday 7th June – 7.30pm


Sunday 11th June       – 10am


Sunday 9th July          –  2.30pm. (Kids and adults classes running simulataneously)


Friday 14th July 10am – FREE 30 minute pre-school class


If there is sufficient demand, we can look at putting on additional classes.


So, don’t delay and book your place today! You could help to save a child’s life.


CARTOON-creating, Lego Star Wars, Minecraft and story-writing – it’s all taking place at Bournville Community Hub this May half term.


  •  Explore Learning is hosting a creative workshop on the theme of The Mash Up – getting kids excited about the creative writing and the competition helping them to start their own entry. This is FREE for 7-10 year olds!  Tuesday 31st May 2pm-3pm.
  •  Create Build Learn.  We know children have fantastic imaginations and we love helping them re-create the images they have in their minds using some of the best loved construction toys of today (LEGO® ©MEGA Brands). Children love to create and build things.  And what better way to do it than by learning things along the way?!  Wednesday 1st June 10am-11am Star Wars Lego & 11.30am-12.30pm Minecraft. £8 per child per session. 
  • Andy the Cartoonist – Cartooning 101.  This workshop will cover all the basics of drawing cartoon characters and introducing them into a gag cartoon or a three-panel strip. Using Andy’s patented Sausage and Mash Theory! Thursday 2nd June 2pm-4:30pm Aimed at 8-12 yr olds.  £10 per child.

The Hub will be open from Tuesday – Friday during half term for people to call in and enjoy books, refreshments and toys.

Magical Lands and Enchanted Places


Do you ever dream of being transported out of Birmingham to a completely different world? Now is your chance.

Busy Parents Network and Selly Manor are proud to present Magical Lands and Enchanted Places.

A spell will be cast upon Selly Manor on the 14th May 2016 transforming it into a mythical world.

You will be able to explore the old manor house to discover and talk to real fairytale characters, Cinderella, Rapunzel and Peter Pan.

Practice your potion-making skills at the School of Wizardry as well as meet some magical characters along the way.

And there will be sword-fighting demonstrations from the amazing Warwick Warriors, opportunities to meet real owls and birds of prey and should you take a wrong turn you could find yourselves transported through a wardrobe to the land of Narnia.

It’s a perfect day out for 3-12 year olds.

Tickets cost £4 per person or £15 for a family ticket (family tickets cover 2 adults and 3 children or 1 adult and 4 children). Children two and under go free.

Tickets are selling fast already so we would recommend you book now to avoid disappointment. Click on the Busy Parents Facebook Page (, select “events” and choose your 3-hour time slot (either 10am or 1pm). Please note that parental supervision is required for this event.

Make it extra special and come dressed up, as a fairytale character, princess, knight or wizard.

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The Warwick Warriors will be demonstrating sword-fighting

Meet Artist Kate Hindley



UntitledKate Hindley’s beautiful illustrations showing how you can get lost in a book, fired up by a story and share tales together, fill the Bournville BookFest 2016 programme. The artist – who lives in Northfield with her boyfriend Chris and dog Badger – came to the rescue of the Big Draw last October when author James Mayhew fell ill and had to pull out at a moment’s notice.  She brought Mussorgsky’s music to life with imaginative sketches, live on stage, and won a standing ovation. Kate tells Busy Parents Network how she became an illustrator.


“I was always drawing,” says Kate. “At school I wasn’t any good at anything else. “I was always colouring-in and really liked making things, drawing my own comics and creating my own books – very geeky!”

Kate HindleyIt was obvious to young Kate what she should do when she grew up, but she didn’t get much encouragement.

“When I was at school I was told being an artist wasn’t a proper job. I had a careers advice session and it said I could be a librarian, a jewellery-designer or a refuse collector! I was like, isn’t there a more obvious career? Someone must do the drawings in books!”
Happily, Kate ignored her careers advisor and went on an art foundation course at Bournville Art College, then an extremely enjoyable three-year degree in illustration, pasty-eating and sketching at the seaside at Falmouth.


Her first commissions were designs for Christmas cards and babygrows, and then she was asked to illustrate children’s books. Her first was The Great Snortle Hunt by Aliens Love Underpants author Claire Freedman, and since then she’s illustrated How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth by Michelle Robinson, Worst in Show by William Bee, and Oliver and Patch by Claire Freedman again.

How does Kate enjoy working with authors? “I never get to meet the authors!” she laughs. “ We get matched by the publishers and the text, brief and any alterations come by email. I have to find the authors myself on Twitter to say how much I’ve enjoyed working on their book. It’s more of a collaboration with the publishers.”

Kate’s favourite book to date has been Worst in Show, a whacky picture book about The Best Pet Monster in the World competition. “It’s a really funny text about a 1960’s-style world where children keep pet monsters, which has given me loads of scope to create lots of fun details.”

Her latest book is Don’t Call Me Choochie Pooh! Written by Sean Taylor, about a pampered lap dog who wants to be taken seriously – something which will appeal to every small child who wants to be “big”.


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“I liked doing the expressions,” said Kate, whose pictures of dogs take inspiration from her mongrel-terrier Badger. “I’m often too lovey-dovey with him when I think he’d much rather roll in disgusting things, go mad on the Lickeys and be a “real” dog!”

Kate managed to get noticed by asking publishers for their opinion of her portfolio – and taking homemade shortbread to meetings as a thank you present.

What advice would Kate give an aspiring illustrator?

“Go for it. It’s quite a lot of hard work at the beginning, with lots of wandering around London. I had a part-time job in a video game shop when I first started out, where I seemed to see lots of angry young men, so that gave me motivation to make a success out of illustration!”

“I’m grateful I got so much help from college teaching me about issuing invoices and meeting clients. But don’t give up – you can make a living out of it.”

Have you booked your tickets yet?  Meet Britain’s favourite author-illustrators Nick Sharratt and Korky Paul at Bournville BookFest 2016. From How to make Awesome Comics to Design your Own Monster, there are some brilliant workshops aimed at young artists, as well as dance, drama and creative writing workshops for 0-18 year olds. Bournville BookFest is running at 12 venues across Birmingham from Friday March 18-20.