enter to win***Launching the Lounge Lottery…first draw in July***

You may be aware the future of The Lounge is in crises following withdrawal of some grants and the unfortunate passing away of two key Trustees in 2015.

Since the “Town Hall” meeting was held in village some months ago new volunteers have stepped forward and a new Management Committee is now in place.

The Committee have established that based on current practices and funding levels The Lounge loses circa £1,200 per month….whilst The Lounge is charity and is not looking to make profits (or at least to re-invest any profits into the community), running at such a loss is not viable or sustainable. Its estimated The Lounge may have as little as 3 months left to operate on this basis.

The Committee are making changes in one last attempt to make the café viable (The Youth work would be able to continue separately) including seeking grants to support community work, increasing opening hours, re-looking at menu/pricing/offers to make the café more attractive and also seeking to reduce costs wherever possible (i.e. rent).

One other idea is to launch a lottery and The Lounge has recently received the appropriate licenses to do this…the proposed structure is below….

• Monthly draw
• £5 per number per month
• Draw to take place at the end of each month
• Half the proceeds go to The Lounge, half the proceed are split between three winners…
• The more of your sign up, the larger the prize money
• Payment by monthly standing order

More details will be confirmed this month with the aim to have the first draw in July. If you are interested please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Thank you for continuing to support The Lounge.

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, we are having to postpone this weekend live music event.

We hope to have a new date very soon. Those of you that have bought tickets can hold onto them for the rescheduled event, or you can get a full refund should you wish.


Apologies for this but we do hope to have a new date ASAP and look forward to seeing you there.

Cheeky Monkeys logoVisit The Lounge at the Cheeky Monkeys sale, The Ark, on Saturday 4th June from 10-11:30.

We'll be selling pre-loved childrens toys so come and snap up a bargain....we'll also have a donation bucket for all the lose change you've not been able to spend! Thanks again for your continued support from everyone at The Lounge

Dirty Brass Band imageWe are proud to announce we are holding another band evening on the 11th of June in the Alvechurch Village Hall starting at 7:30pm and going on until late.. The live music will be provided by the excellent "Dirty Brass" who cover music as diverse as Walk On By toUptown Funk, via Higher and Higher, Sing (Ed Sheeran) and Feel Like Making Love. There will be a licensed bar and entry includes a free buffett meal.

The tickets cost £12 and are availble direct from The Lounge.Band Night Promo

On the 26th June 2016, Stuart Reeves i.e. the one looking after this website, will be running the Wythall and Hollywood 10km Fun run.

It will be my first every organised run, having taken myself from playing volleyball once a week (and that's about it), up to running a full 10km. I'm looking for sponsors to help raise funds going directly to The Lounge via online donations using BT MyDonate and in person via the Cafe. We have chosen BT MyDonate as our preferred fundraising platform over the better known ones, as it's a not-for-profit fundraising site. They only charge for debit and credit card fee, unlike most of the others who also charge admin and processing rates, which means more of the money goes directly to us.

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To sponsor me in this event, please visit https://mydonate.bt.com/fundraisers/stureeves or use the qr code to the right, where you can also make direct donations and regular payments, should you wish.

I'll post updates on my training on the MyDonate page, or you can follow me on Endomondo if you are on there (look for Stu Reeves - United Kingdom, with a volleyball player as a Avatar)

 

Wythall Fun Run

Picnic in the Park Logo 2016We would like to thank everyone that helped support us in this years Picnic In The Park, held on the 1st of May in the Meadows, Alvechurch. We were rushed of our feet on the refreshments stand and both the smoothie bike and nearly new stand had a constant stream of buyers. The cake stand was a great success, indeed we have to give a special thanks to everyone who took on the challenge of the Cake Competition.

With all these activities, the Lounge managed to raise an impressive sum of just over £1300.

A great sum, but it is only a small dent in what we need to achive each year in order to keep this valuable asset going.

Once again, a big thank you to everyone that helped out and took part in such a wonderful day.

Lounge Commitee

The Lounge youth and community venue in Alvechurch has been given a boost by a swathe of volunteers stepping forward to help manage it. But it still faces a financial crisis caused by the shock withdrawal of cash by Worcestershire County and Bromsgrove District councils.

The project’s management committee was severely depleted by the sudden deaths of three members earlier this year, coupled with two resignations. But very strong public support was shown at a public meeting in March and following that a group of volunteers formed a new management committee to work on ensuring a long-term future for The Lounge.

The venue, in The Square, has become a well-established hub for the community as well as providing a service for the young people of Alvechurch, which is its first priority. A spokeswoman told The Village: “We now have a new chairman, Bill Ulyett; treasurer, Kate Swadkins; and secretary, Laura Evans.” These are also trustees along with another new addition, Mark Newberry.

The project also now has a working management committee of 15 people of varying ages and backgrounds able to bring many different skills and experiences to the table, including members of the original team as well as many new faces. The spokesman added: “We have a massive challenge ahead of us just to keep the café open past the next couple of months and are very open to any help, be it time as volunteers in the café, help at our Picnic in the Park stall or any ideas to help with fundraising.” 

One event already pencilled in is the rearranged fundraising concert by local band Dirty Brass at Alvechurch Village Hall on June 11.

Any ideas or help can be emailed to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Above: Management committee members Kathy Kirk, Mark Newberry, Natasha Beard, Rachael Bestwick, Lynn Roberts, Kate Swadkins, Tracy Winchester, Chris Thomas and Bill Ulyett.

 

This was an article published in "The Village". The Village is a very popular and highly regarded monthly magazine serving the thriving and beautiful north Worcestershire countryside between Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Solihull and Redditch. The online version can be found at: http://villageonline.co.uk/

People make a place, no matter how pleasant the surroundings.

So it has been uplifiting to see, first, the swell of support at a public meeting in March to highlight the plight of a crisis-hit youth and community project in Alvechurch, and then to find that had crystallised into people stepping forward to offer their help.

The Lounge, which took so much effort to get off the ground and which has proved such a success in its first aim of providing an outlet for young people, is facing an uncertain future.

The ripples spreading from reductions in public support across the land are now reaching and damaging such worthwhile organisations.

Nevertheless, these volunteers are giving their time and skills to try to find a way forward as The Lounge’s financial support is swept away.

We see the same commitment from volunteers across the Village area in so many different spheres, from the Lickey Hills Society, whose members strive to preserve the natural beauty of the area, to the Street Pastors of Bromsgrove, who stay up late at weekends to make sure revellers – some of them our young people – get home safely from the town’s pubs and clubs.

And then there are all the people who helped Alvechurch Football Club host its biggest crowd since the early 1970s and get its ground ready for potential promotion.

As we go to press, Alvechurch is gearing up for what is now the annual Picnic in the Park, while Blackwell’s summer festival is to be matched by a similar event in Lickey, and Barnt Green has just seen volunteers organise a Sport Relief fun run that brought the whole community together.

What is remarkable is that the people running such organisations and events continue to do so, often unaided by outside sources, while daily family life appears to be getting more hectic, with all hands to the pump to pay for sky-high property prices and rents.

So while there are some disappointments, such as the lack of support for a reignition of Alvechurch Alight! and the cancellation of the annual towpath bike ride to Worcester because some participants weren’t raising any money for charity, community spirit continues to thrive and enhance the lives of everyone in this area.

Let’s just hope no one dares to declare that this is “Big Society” in action.

This was an article published in "The Village". The Village is a very popular and highly regarded monthly magazine serving the thriving and beautiful north Worcestershire countryside between Bromsgrove, Birmingham, Solihull and Redditch. The online version can be found at: http://villageonline.co.uk/

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