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This Month has the following REGULAR weekly events, clubs and meetings and down the page all ADDITIONAL dates are listed.

Monday


Monday PROUD Dance Classes, 4.30 – 5.30pm At Tynings Lane Church
Tynings Lane, Aldridge, WS9 0AS. Every Monday evening during school term time only. The classes are for children of Reception age upwards and last an hour proving fun in an informal setting and they are introducing children to a selection of Musical tastes and dances. Emma who runs the dance classes, teaches at the local school and has her own dance academy and she has had lots of experience with children with special needs having done work for MENCAP. These classes are totally FREE to children with Down’s syndrome and their siblings or just £2 for per child. Email jo@proudwalsall.org or text or phone 07951019506 to book a place.

Monday meeting of Aldridge Philatelic Society at 7.30pm. Talks and displays of stamps, postal history and postcards. Meet at Aldridge Community Centre, Middlemore Lane, Aldridge. Contact Mr A.M. Cornforth on Telephone No. 0121 605 3106.

Tuesday


Tuesday Little Steps Gym organised by Thao Lam. special offer for Mums and Babies up to 15 months "Four sessions for £ 12.00". A saving of £2 over 4 weeks. Venue is at Walsall Wood Methodist Church, Lichfield Rd, Walsall Wood, WS9 9NP Time for Steps babies is 11.00am.
All email enquiries are welcome

Tuesday meeting, Aldridge Running Club The Stick & wicket Club, Cricket Club website in Aldridge at 7.15 pm, call Tony Jones on 01922 722607. Aldridge Running Club website

Tuesday Line Dancing classes at Aldridge Community Centre (Regular event each Tuesday)
Absolute Beginner 9-15am - 10-15am (new class starts September 8th )
Beginner + 1 year 10-30am - 11-30am,
improvers 11-45am - 1-15pm,
intermediates 1-30pm - 3-30pm. at Aldridge Community Centre.
New members are very welcome, just call Pat Harris on 0121 308 5192
Email Enquiries welcome

Tuesday Super Slim Club meets at 7pm
Walsall Wood Club, claim your free consultation with Coleen Allen your Personal Weight Loss Consultant at The Royal Exchange, High Street, Walsall Wood, Walsall. Free Diet and Weight Loss Consultation

2nd Tuesday each month Aldridge Flower Club meet at 7.30 p.m. at Aldridge Youth Theatre
Aldridge, Walsall.

4th Tuesday each month Aldridge Flower Club meet at 7.30 p.m. at Community Centre Aldridge
Aldridge, Walsall.

Tuesday Bliss yoga class at Leighswood School, Broadmeadow, Aldridge on Tuesday nights 7.30 till 9, all welcome. For more info check out Bliss Yoga Website or call Michelle on 01922 624182.

Wednesday


Wednesday Ballroom Latin Dance class at Aldridge Community Centre
The Intermediate ballroom/latin class is 8.30pm to 9.15pm
The beginners ballroom /latin class is 9.15pm to 10pm
Contact Gwyneth Dawson on 07812 364660
(New class starting 7th January)

Wednesday Fairtrade coffee shop open at St. Thomas Church 9.00 till 10.30. (every wednesday)

Wednesday Aldridge Bridge Club meet at 7:15 till 10pm in Aldridge Community Centre (Regular meeting each Wednesday Evening)

4th Wednesday of the month the Lynn & Stonnall Conservation & Historical Society meet at 7.30 p.m. in the wooden Youth and Community Centre in Main Street, Stonnall, Walsall, Staffordshire, WS9 9DX, next door to st Peters, the village school. Contact name: Mr Peter Terry Tel: 01543 372410

Thursday


Thursday Aldridge Library Cradle Club (Mother & Toddler group) pm 10.30-12.00 . Telephone: 01922 655569

Thursday 8.30 pm Walsall Astronomical Society meeting, a small group of stargazers who meet there every Thursday for talks, slide shows, to look at the sky through telescopes or just to chat over a beer. Rushall Olympic Football Club, Dales Lane, Rushall, Walsall, WS4 1LJ

Thursday evening pub quiz at The WhiteHouse in Aldridge 9pm start with a £15 meal voucher to be won plus win free beer, also at end of quiz a chance to win cash anything from £50 to £80, this is a fun quiz so not to serious, but come early to get a seat. Quiz master Dave Watts welcomes all new contestants for a fun night !

Thursday Aldridge Photographic Society Meeting at 7.45pm till 10pm in Aldridge Community Centre

Thursday Aldridge Bridge Club meet at 1.15 pm till 4.15 pm in Aldridge Community Centre

Thursday Anchorage over 55 Club Meet at 1 till 4 pm for socialising with the only boules pitch in Walsall, bingo, bowling and other activities. For more information find us at the Anchorage Club, Leighswood road, near the new flats and community centre in Aldridge or call 01922 451599 and speak with Margaret or call 01543 370372 to speak with Geoff.

Thursday Ballroom / Latin dancing classes held at Queen Mary's Grammar School Sutton Road, Walsall, West Midlands, WS1 2PG. The beginner's class starts at 7pm but the dance school caters for all standards. It's a really friendly class and we have loads of fun as well as learning new skills. Check out the website Dance x treme

Friday


Friday Walsall Handspinners meet every Friday evening from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at the Anchorage Club ( opposite the Community Centre) in Aldridge. A friendly and informal group of all ages who share their skills and interests in working with any type of fibre including wool, silk, cotton, dog hair, cashmere, angora, linen and man made fibres.
Spinning - Fleece Sorting - Basket Making - Weaving - Dyeing - Peg Looms
Felting - Knitting - Paper Making - Crochet - Tapestry - Tatting - Rug Making
Japanese Maru Dai Braids - Inkle and Tablet Weaving....all Visitors are very welcome.

Saturday


Saturday Card making workshop is hosted by "Gifts From The Heart" who are stockists of a huge range of card making, crafts and scrap booking supplies including products from Woodware, Hero Art Stamps, Flowersoft and Hot Off The Press. please call Mandy on 0121 360 4144 for more details.Gifts from the heart website

1st Saturday each month Charity Coffee Morning at Aldridge Methodist Church
Anchor Road, Aldridge, West Midlands, WS9 8PT

Sunday


Sunday Aldridge & District Dog Training Club
meet weekly on Sunday mornings ( NOT Bank Holidays) starting 10.30 to 11.30am. at Aldridge Airport
Aldridge Dog Training Club

First Sunday of each month, Walsall Group of Advanced Motorists.
The Walsall Group has been established in Walsall for many years and has enabled hundreds of motorists, of all ages, to improve their driving skills and pass their I.A.M. Advanced Driving Test. Our friendly group, which is manned by fully qualified volunteers, meets at Aldridge Community Centre on the first Sunday of every month at 9.30 a.m. If you would like to enjoy driving more, make yourself a safer driver, drive more economically and have the opportunity of discounted motor insurance, discounted AA and RAC membership and lots more, then come and meet us. contact us about our next Institute of Advanced Motorists course, please ring us for full details of how to join.
Visit our Website on www.iam.org.uk
If you would like to speak to someone about our group or to answer any questions you may have about the course please phone:- Secretary – Shirley Mills – 0121 358 3022

Additional what's on details for this Month....

Blood Donor Sessions in Aldridge usually run from 13:30 to 15:30 and then from 16:30 up to 19:30. To book appointments call 0845 7 711 711. to check dates and locations click here

EXTRATERRESTRIALS LAND IN ALDRIDGE
A slide show and talk at Walsall Astronomical Society this Thursday 4th February is by guest speaker Neil Haggarth who will talk about SETI, the Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence, the quest by scientists to find evidence of intellligent alien life. Visitors are welcome, entry is £2.00, just turn up about 7.30 for 8.00pm , Rushall Olympic Football Club, Dales Lane, off Bosty Lane, Aldridge. For more info phone Alan Ledbury on 01922 632 624

Open Events about Volunteering
Thursday February 4, 2010 7:30pm
Saturday February 6th, 2010 10:00 am
Samaritans Centre
Bott Lane
Walsall, WS1 2JQ
We are looking to further increase our numbers by holding two Information Events for people interested in getting involved with our emotional support work. The events will take place at the Samaritans Centre in Bott Lane, Walsall, at 7.30 pm on Thursday 4th February and 10 am Saturday 6th February. For more information phone or text 07852 770202, or email volunteering@walsallsamaritans.org.uk.
Last year, Walsall Samaritans answered over 16,000 calls – our call volume has increased over the last two years. Since the start of 2008, our volunteer numbers have risen from around 40 to more than 60, but the branch needs to keep recruiting members to help maintain its hours on the regional phone–line rota.
Samaritans is intent on boosting its membership in Walsall to ensure that phone lines are always available when needed and that we are ready to support anyone who is in distress or at risk of suicide.
2008 and 2009 saw an increase in enquiries from people wanting to be part of what we do. We’re really pleased to have recruited so many people last year, and we want to keep the momentum going.
Listening Volunteers must be over 18, but don't need formal qualifications or previous experience, though a natural ability to listen and remain open-minded is essential. They are needed during the day and especially at night. To join Samaritans as a Listening Volunteer, people need to be able to commit to a weekly duty of around 3 hours a week. Late night, the small hours and evenings are the times when the service is at its busiest. Willingness to work some "unsocial hours" is important.
People often have a natural instinct to want to help someone in difficulty. With our training they can develop the confidence and precious know-how to turn that instinct into positive, sometimes life-changing support.
As well as the people who offer support by phone, email, or face to face, there are volunteers behind the scenes, helping the branch to run smoothly and playing a key role in keeping this vital service open. Currently help is particularly needed with publicity and fundraising.
Email to enquire about volunteering
Phone: 07852 770202 (volunteer enquiry line)
Website: Samaritans website
To contact Samaritans for emotional support: 01922 624000, 08457 909090, jo@samaritans.org

At noon on Saturday February 6 at St John's church, High Street, Community to rally for opening ceremony with the worlds largest monument
A colliery brass band will be part of the attractions as a community celebrates a landmark Walsall Council project. A replica Pit Head has been built on land off Lichfield Road in Walsall Wood. Sillouettes of real Walsall Wood people will also be officially opened at the event The pieces have been made by artist Luke Perry who has worked closely with the community. At the event, residents will be able to hear about the project at the church before being given a map and allowed to explore the works. The Highley Colliery band from Shropshire are set to play to recreate the feel of days gone by when Walsall Wood was a mining community. "The Pit Head is such an impressive structure. At more than 50 foot high I inderstand this is the largest monument to mining anywhere in the world. "This scheme will help put Walsall Wood on the map and help us as we try to attract new investment. "This is about celebrating Walsall Wood's identity and heritage. Congratulations to all of those involved in the Walsall Wood regeneration steering group." Walsall Wood was a thriving goods handling centre in the 19th century. As a key link in the road, rail and canal networks thousands of tonnes of goods and raw materials passed through the town. The Pit Head stands at the rear of Oak Park leisure centre, off Lichfield Road, close to the site of a colliery which was mined for almost 100 years until the 1960s. The mining landmark and the silouettes can be seen from the road while a silouette fisherman can be seen from the canal that runs through the town. Hopes are high the fisherman will attract narrowboaters to stop and explore the village. It is hoped that the £40,000 artwork scheme will create a strong identity for Walsall Wood that will help build pride in the town and attract new investment.

Tuesday 16th February - How do you feel we can improve policing in the West Midlands ?
Invitation from the Chair of the West Midlands Police Authority to be heard.

The West Midlands Police Authority is ‘Your Voice’ and we want to listen to you. I am writing with information on a new initiative that the West Midlands Police Authority is launching this year. The Listening Campaign aims to encourage everyone within local communities to let their views be heard on how we can help serve their needs. As Chair of the West Midlands Police Authority I am keen to listen to as many people as possible and would like to personally invite you and members of your organisation to participate and let us know your opinion. We already undertake ongoing consultations, but this campaign aims to get to the grass roots of each community and to encourage people we usually do not have the opportunity to meet with to let us know how they think policing can improve. A meeting is being held on Tuesday 16th February, 7 – 9pm, at Walsall College on Littleton Street. The evening will allow us to briefly introduce the role of the West Midlands Police Authority, which we appreciate can be confusing and then attendees will have the opportunity to have their views heard. We would welcome your attendance and appreciate any support you can provide to bring others with you and to encourage as many of your local contacts to come along too. Please find attached a pdf leaflet explaining what the Police Authority does with a freepost form to register attendance and feedback comments. We have also set up a microsite that can be accessed at www.wmpa-listeningcampaign.co.uk If you would like any more leaflets or have any questions, please contact me by email or on 0121 456 3004. I hope you will support the Listening Campaign and attend on the evening – you are welcome to bring along other individuals who are keen to participate. We would appreciate if you could please confirm your attendance via the registration page
Paula Mitchell
On behalf of Derek Webley
Chair, West Midlands Police Authority

Thursday Feb 25, 8.30 for 9pm, What's up Doc, a look at the night sky in March. slide show and talk at your local friendly astronomy club Free to newcomers Visitors are welcome, we meet at Rushall Olympic Football Club, Dales Lane, off Bosty Lane, Aldridge. For more info, help with telescopes etc, phone Alan Ledbury on 01922 632 624

March 2010


Thursday March 4th, 7.30 for 8pm, The Hubble Space Telescope by Andy Green,slide show and talk at your local friendly astronomy club Entry £2 to newcomers Visitors are welcome, we meet at Rushall Olympic Football Club, Dales Lane, off Bosty Lane, Aldridge. For more info, help with telescopes etc, phone Alan Ledbury on 01922 632 624

Saturday 6th March 2010 Strictly Fairtrade Tea Dance (with a difference) dancing, disco, prizes, refreshments, competitions and naturally fair trade products. 7.00 - 10.30pm at St. Thomas Church, St. Thomas Close, off Kingshayes Road, Aldridge Walsall WS9 8SL on the 367 Bus Route Celebrating Fairtrade Fortnight in Walsall

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