We are gradually beginning to offer in-person events, though we will be continuing with some online events in the Autumn. Please follow us on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/FOLIOSuttonColdfield or Twitter https://twitter.com/FOLIOsutcol to learn more. You can also subscribe to our newsletter to get details of all our events delivered directly to you once a month.

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    1 2 3 4 5Telling Sutton's Stories through SongTelling Sutton's Stories through SongTime: 14:00 - 17:00
Bring your memories and stories of Sutton Coldfield to contribute to this community song-making workshop run by local musician Zoë Challenor, hosted by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield as part of the Telling Sutton's Stories project (http://foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk/map). We’ll be collecting your memories and experiences, to make a living, breathing song that tells the story of Sutton Coldfield in your own words. We hope you will return with your family of all ages on November 21st (2-4pm) to learn the finished song and enjoy some community music making around a camp fire. Joining us at the second event is, of course, completely optional and you can attend either session without attending the other. On Sunday the 5th please arrive between 2-2.30 to give yourself time to browse the Telling Sutton Stories exhibition. The workshop will run from 2.30-5 with a short break during which refreshments will be provided. Please book a ticket for each person in your party (except for babes in arms). If you are unable to join this workshop but would still like to share a memory or story about Sutton for possible inclusion in the new song, you can submit it via this form: https://forms.gle/Mon115D5LnnGsEmX7 Sutton Coldfield resident Zoë Challenor trained as a singer at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, and spent eight years as Choral Director and Singing Teacher at Trinity Laban Conservatoire Junior Department in London. She sings as a soloist with Sutton Coldfield Choral Society and the Emmanuel Choirs, works with Welsh National Opera to deliver singing workshops, and co-founded and directs B'Opera Baby Opera, creating and touring shows to Birmingham Hippodrome, Coventry Belgrade and beyond. Commissioned by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield in 2019, B'Opera made Alice and the Library Tree, a children's opera about the magic of books, which was performed at Sutton Coldfield Library and Concerts in the Park Sutton Coldfield and has since gone on to tour widely. Telling Sutton's Stories through Song is made possible thanks to a grant from Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme.
The woodland in the ground at St Chad's Church, Hollyfield Road, B75 7SN (we will move into the church hall in case of inclement weather)
6 7 8 9ElderberriesElderberriesTime: 10:30
A welcoming and relaxed group for the over 50s to enjoy socialising and conversation over light refreshments.
Free.
No booking required but if you'd like more information please contact Noran - noran@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk
Sutton Coldfield Library
Shared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldShared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldTime: 14:00 - 15:30
In collaboration with The Reader, and facilitated by FOLIO volunteer Sally and Sutton Coldfield Library staff member Richard, our Shared Reading group offers a regular opportunity to get together with others over a cup of tea to enjoy listening to or reading stories and poems aloud. Everyone is welcome and there’s no pressure to take part or do any reading between sessions – you can just come along and listen, or join in the discussion about what we read. Sessions run weekly in Sutton Coldfield library, Thursdays 2-3.30pm. All sessions are free of charge. You don’t need to commit to all sessions – just come along, try it and see if it’s something you enjoy (we think you will!). To find out more please email Sally on sharedreading@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk or telephone Sutton Coldfield library on 0121 464 2274. Shared Reading and how it works A group of people, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease. Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Group members are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading. Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better. Shared Reading groups are open to all and free to attend.
Sutton Coldfield Library
10 11 12Telling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTelling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTime: 11:00 - 18:00
You are warmly invited to browse historic maps and archive photos of Sutton Coldfield at this free, drop-in event hosted by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield as part of our Telling Sutton's Stories project (http://foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk/map). A perfect opportunity to share your own stories about Sutton or reminisce about the town! We'll also have a small collection of objects for you to handle which may prompt memories, plus information about Sutton Coldfield libraries and how to join them (if you're not already a member). This event is funded by a grant from the Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme. We'll be set up on tables outdoors in the garden behind the Town Hall though we will move inside if the weather is bad. If you're experiencing any COVID symptoms, please join us at another event in this series when you are feeling better. We also encourage attendees to be considerate of others in terms of doing what we all can to minimise the risk of spreading COVID when browsing our maps and photos. Any questions - email zoe@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk. Sutton Coldfield Town Hall, Upper Clifton Rd, Sutton Coldfield B73 6DA Map
13 14Telling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTelling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTime: 13:30 - 16:30
You are warmly invited to browse historic maps and archive photos of Sutton Coldfield at this free, drop-in event hosted by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield as part of our Telling Sutton's Stories project (http://foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk/map). A perfect opportunity to share your own stories about Sutton or reminisce about the town! We'll also have a small collection of objects for you to handle which may prompt memories, plus information about Sutton Coldfield libraries and how to join them (if you're not already a member). This event is funded by a grant from the Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme. We'll be set up on tables outside the Community Centre, though we will move inside if the weather is bad. If this is the case, please note that masks will be required (as per the rules of the Community Hall), unless you are exempt. If you're experiencing any COVID symptoms, please join us at another event in this series when you are feeling better. We also encourage attendees to be considerate of others in terms of doing what we all can to minimise the risk of spreading COVID when browsing our maps and photos. Any questions - email zoe@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk. Banners Gate Community Hall, 35 Reay Nadin Dr, Sutton Coldfield B73 6UR Map
15 16Shared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldShared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldTime: 14:00 - 15:30
In collaboration with The Reader, and facilitated by FOLIO volunteer Sally and Sutton Coldfield Library staff member Richard, our Shared Reading group offers a regular opportunity to get together with others over a cup of tea to enjoy listening to or reading stories and poems aloud. Everyone is welcome and there’s no pressure to take part or do any reading between sessions – you can just come along and listen, or join in the discussion about what we read. Sessions run weekly in Sutton Coldfield library, Thursdays 2-3.30pm. All sessions are free of charge. You don’t need to commit to all sessions – just come along, try it and see if it’s something you enjoy (we think you will!). To find out more please email Sally on sharedreading@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk or telephone Sutton Coldfield library on 0121 464 2274. Shared Reading and how it works A group of people, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease. Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Group members are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading. Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better. Shared Reading groups are open to all and free to attend.
Sutton Coldfield Library
17 18Telling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTelling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTime: 11:00 - 15:00
You are warmly invited to browse historic maps and archive photos of Sutton Coldfield at this free, drop-in event hosted by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield as part of our Telling Sutton's Stories project (http://foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk/map). A perfect opportunity to share your own stories about Sutton or reminisce about the town! We'll also have a small collection of objects for you to handle which may prompt memories, plus information about Sutton Coldfield libraries and how to join them (if you're not already a member). This event is funded by a grant from the Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme. We'll be set up on tables outside the church as part of Holy Trinity's Heritage Open Day. Please note, last entry is at 2.30pm If you're experiencing any COVID symptoms, please join us at another event in this series when you are feeling better. We also encourage attendees to be considerate of others in terms of doing what we all can to minimise the risk of spreading COVID when browsing our maps and photos. Any questions - email zoe@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk. Church Hill, Mill St, B72 1TF Map
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20 21 22 23Shared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldShared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldTime: 14:00 - 15:30
In collaboration with The Reader, and facilitated by FOLIO volunteer Sally and Sutton Coldfield Library staff member Richard, our Shared Reading group offers a regular opportunity to get together with others over a cup of tea to enjoy listening to or reading stories and poems aloud. Everyone is welcome and there’s no pressure to take part or do any reading between sessions – you can just come along and listen, or join in the discussion about what we read. Sessions run weekly in Sutton Coldfield library, Thursdays 2-3.30pm. All sessions are free of charge. You don’t need to commit to all sessions – just come along, try it and see if it’s something you enjoy (we think you will!). To find out more please email Sally on sharedreading@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk or telephone Sutton Coldfield library on 0121 464 2274. Shared Reading and how it works A group of people, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease. Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Group members are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading. Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better. Shared Reading groups are open to all and free to attend.
Sutton Coldfield Library
People of Holy Trinity – personalities in Sutton's pastPeople of Holy Trinity – personalities in Sutton's pastTime: 19:30 - 20:30
Following on from Stella Thebridge’s talk earlier this year focussing on the history of Holy Trinity as a building (https://youtu.be/wh9GN9DGvYA), in this talk Stella will share stories about the people who worked or worshipped at the Church and who played key roles in the town of Sutton Coldfield over the years. Come and find out about many of families who formed the backbone of Sutton society in the past!
Online - Zoom
Booking is free but essential - via the link
24 25Telling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTelling Sutton's Stories - old maps & photos of SuttonTime: 09:00 - 17:00
You are warmly invited to browse historic maps and archive photos of Sutton Coldfield at this free, drop-in event hosted by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield as part of our Telling Sutton's Stories project (http://foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk/map). A perfect opportunity to share your own stories about Sutton or reminisce about the town! We'll also have a small collection of objects for you to handle which may prompt memories, plus information about Sutton Coldfield libraries and how to join them (if you're not already a member). This event is funded by a grant from the Sutton Coldfield Neighbourhood Network Scheme. We'll be set up on tables as part of FOLIO's presence at Sutton Expo. If you're experiencing any COVID symptoms, please join us at another event in this series when you are feeling better. We also encourage attendees to be considerate of others in terms of doing what we all can to minimise the risk of spreading COVID when browsing our maps and photos. Any questions - email zoe@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk. The Parade, Sutton Coldfield B72 Map
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27 28 29 30Shared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldShared Reading in Sutton ColdfieldTime: 14:00 - 15:30
In collaboration with The Reader, and facilitated by FOLIO volunteer Sally and Sutton Coldfield Library staff member Richard, our Shared Reading group offers a regular opportunity to get together with others over a cup of tea to enjoy listening to or reading stories and poems aloud. Everyone is welcome and there’s no pressure to take part or do any reading between sessions – you can just come along and listen, or join in the discussion about what we read. Sessions run weekly in Sutton Coldfield library, Thursdays 2-3.30pm. All sessions are free of charge. You don’t need to commit to all sessions – just come along, try it and see if it’s something you enjoy (we think you will!). To find out more please email Sally on sharedreading@foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk or telephone Sutton Coldfield library on 0121 464 2274. Shared Reading and how it works A group of people, one of them a trained Reader Leader, reads a great novel, short story or poem aloud. We stop and talk about what we have read. There is no need for group members to read aloud or speak – it’s fine to just listen. The idea is to create a space where people feel at ease. Reading the literature aloud in real-time, means that everyone is involved in a shared, live experience. Group members are encouraged by the Reader Leader to respond personally, sharing feelings, thoughts and memories provoked by the reading. Everyone experiences the text in their own way, but the literature provides a shared language that can help us to understand ourselves – and others – better. Shared Reading groups are open to all and free to attend.
Sutton Coldfield Library