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1 2 3 4Shared 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
Telling Sutton’s Stories – sportTelling Sutton’s Stories – sportTime: 19:30 - 20:30
This workshop will include a presentation of old photos and other material relating to the given topic, drawing on Sutton Coldfield Library’s archive material. You’ll also learn how to contribute your own stories, photos and other material to Telling Sutton’s Stories (if you wish to). The workshops aim to be engaging, fun and full of interesting information about different aspects of Sutton! Book your free place via the link.
ONLINE
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8 9Parkinson's CafeParkinson's CafeTime: 10:00 - 12:00
Drop in for free tea, coffee and biscuits and a chance to chat to other people affected by Parkinson’s. Any questions? Please call 0121 308 7826 or email sectparkinsonsnorthbirmingham@gmail.com A Parkinson’s Cafe is also held in Communitea in Boldmere on the 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of every month (ie alternating with this event in Sutton Library). Sutton Coldfield Library
10 11ElderberriesElderberriesTime: 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
The men of Wylde Green who died in the Great WarThe men of Wylde Green who died in the Great WarTime: 19:30 - 20:30
Research into the dead of WW1 – untold millions – continues today. A complete record of those in a local area, such as Sutton Coldfield, may never be fully achieved, since 60% of all army files from WW1 were destroyed by enemy bombing during WW2. Local amateur historian Rob Rolfe has done much work into those who were killed who are commemorated on the war memorial in Emmanuel Church in Wylde Green, and uncovered the lives of many others not on such memorials. Rob will bring forward the stories of some of the men, talk about the research being done, and highlight what remains to be done in the future. Rob is a retired teacher and lecturer in mathematics education, and a lay minister in the Church of England.
Online - Zoom
Booking is free but essential - via the link
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15 16 17 18Shared 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
19 20 21Telling Sutton's Stories through SongTelling Sutton's Stories through SongTime: 16:00 - 17:30
Join us for a community sing-along, learning the song created during our event in September drawing on memories and stories of Sutton Coldfield, and enjoying more music making around the camp fire. This even will be led by local musician Zoë Challenor, hosted by FOLIO Sutton Coldfield as part of the Telling Sutton's Stories project (http://foliosuttoncoldfield.org.uk/map). Refreshments provided. Please book a ticket for each person in your party (except for babes in arms). Booking opens in September. 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)
22 23 24 25Shared 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
26 27Sutton Coldfield in the Second World WarSutton Coldfield in the Second World WarTime: 10:00 - 16:30
Join FOLIO Sutton Coldfield and local author and retired Army Officer Peter Shergold at this free event where we’d love to hear your stories about Sutton during the war.
Peter Shergold is a retired Army Officer, now living in Boldmere, who served in the Staffordshire Regiment (and Mercian Regiment). Peter recently published 'The War in Northern Oman' and he is now researching the 6th Warwickshire (Sutton) Battalion Home Guard, the topic of his next book. At our pop-up exhibition on the 27th we particularly invite anyone with memories of Sutton during the war, and especially those with links to the Home Guard to come and share them.
We'll have a variety of material on display including:
● Newspaper articles about Sutton in the war
● Research by members of Sutton Coldfield Local History Research Group relating to Sutton during the war
● Maps - including an interactive map of sites where bombs were dropped on the town
● Photos - do bring your own too!
● Equipment used at the time
● A searchable database of Sutton’s Home Guard Battalion
You can find out more about Peter Shergold and his research here: https://www.facebook.com/petershergoldauthor
PLEASE NOTE: The library is closed 1-2pm. The exhibition is on all day, but will not be available whilst the library is shut for lunch.
Sutton Coldfield Library
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