NEW for 2017: Stirchley Baths Memory Café & Creative Reminiscence Project

We are delighted to announce that from 24 April 2017 we will be holding a free monthly ‘Memory Cafe’ at Stirchley Baths. At our Memory Cafe we will be inviting people with dementia, Alzheimer’s and with memory problems along with a family member, friend or carer, to talk about the past in a relaxed and welcoming environment. We hope to trigger memories by using props, music, dance, film and the Baths building itself. This monthly activity is being developed as part of the Stirchley Baths Heritage Programme, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, and we hope it becomes a regular feature in the Baths’ regular event programme, run with the support of volunteers.

We are working with Louise Deakin to develop the sessions here. Louise has set up a popular Memory Cafe at Soho House Museum and knows the history of the Baths and area well. Also joining us is local artist Rachel Duggan from Leaf Creative Arts, who will be running a small creative activity at each Memory Cafe session based around our themes.

Alongside, and as an extension of the Memory Cafe, Rachel will be running a project called Creative Reminiscence which includes a further two creative and inclusive workshops at the Baths each month.
For dates and further information about both new initiatives, please see the details on the posters below.

If you would like to book a place at the Memory Cafe, please contact us by email: hello@stirchleybaths.org or telephone: 0121 4649072.

If you would like to book a place at a Creative Reminiscence Workshop, please contact Rachel directly by phone: 07886 546639 or email: leafcreativearts@gmail.com

Any questions, please contact Rachel from Leaf Creative Arts, or ask for Suzanne Carter, the Community Heritage Coordinator, at Stirchley Baths.

 

NEW! Monthly Heritage Tours of the Baths and Underground Tunnels

You’ve probably been to the Baths, but have you been on one of our fascinating history tours, or down into the underground tunnels yet?

Well, this year we are running a monthly Sunday afternoon heritage tour where you’ll get to see behind the scenes; going up on the balcony and down into the Deep End of the pool and along the tunnels to the original well. If you don’t fancy the ‘hard hat’ tunnel experience, there is plenty to hear about, learn and enjoy on the tour above ground.

 

Join us for a fascinating journey into the history of Stirchley’s most iconic historic building from 1903 to present day. Pre-booking is essential. £3 per person. Please book before the Friday of that Sunday’s tour date. Everyone welcome, but please note, only children aged 6+ can go down into the tunnels for safety reasons.

Please wear sensible shoes for the tunnels and probably best not to wear your Sunday best as the tunnels are dirty and dusty!

Tour starts 2pm. Please arrive five minutes early. The tour will be finished by 3.30pm.

All proceeds will be used to support Stirchley History Group. Please bring exact money if possible or write a cheque for £3 to Stirchley History Group.

Tour dates for 2017 are:

  • Sunday 19 Mar
  • Sunday 23 Apr
  • Sunday 21 May
  • Sunday 18 Jun
  • Sunday 23 Jul
  • Sunday 20 Aug
  • Sunday 17 Sep
  • Sunday 8 Oct
  • Sunday 19 Nov
  • Sunday 17 Dec

Please book through email: hello@stirchleybaths.org , telephone: 0121 464 9072 or through twitter @StirchleyBaths or facebook/StirchleyBaths

Hope you can join us!

Memories & Memorabilia: collecting Stirchley’s History

Do you, or a member of your family, have memories of living in Stirchley in days gone by? We’d love to meet you! Pop in to meet members of Stirchley History Group at the Baths on Saturday 25 March; chatter about the past, share your personal stories about the area, bring in your memorabilia, and enjoy a trip down memory lane over a cuppa.

More details on the poster.

Bournville BookFest 2017 at Stirchley Baths

Stirchley Baths is hosting a number of the Bournville BookFest 2017 events including the #BTeens programme.

Saturday March 18, 10 – 12 & 1.30 – 3.30, Stop-motion animation workshops with Tim Allen

Monday March 20, 1.30-3.30 U5s Underwater Adventure drama workshop with Toni Midlane.

#BTeens Programme

Sunday March 19, 4pm West Side Story – Film

Saturday March 25, 6pm Stirchley Youth Theatre Performance of The Stinky Cheese Man and other fairly stupid tales

Sunday March 26, 11-1pm Life Drawing

4pm Clueless – Film

Further details and how to book go on to the Festival website http://www.bournvillebookfest.com

Birmingham Rep Production on Tour – Stories to Tell in the Middle of the Night at Stirchley Baths on Sunday March 5, 6.30pm

Written and Performed by the critically acclaimed Francesca Millican-Slater, this amusing and gripping collection of short quirky tales is reminiscent of Roald Dahl’s stories for adults.

Dreamlike and darkly humorous, this live, late night radio show is inspired by the legendary radio shows of Ronnie Wood and Iggy Pop and includes tales of everything from love and obsession to technology and disconnection. Not to mention Pork Pies !!

Age recommended 16+ (Contains some mild swearing and sexual references)