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/

The Lounge will be at the 2016 Picnic in the Park with several stands to help raise money to keep this valuable community asset going.

We will be hosting a refreshment stand, a nearly new childrens sale, a Youth @thelounge stand, a lottery and our own Bake off and cake stand.

PITP Logo 2016How you can help.

Enter the Great Village bake off competition. Awards for the best tasting, best decorated and the best in show. The winners prize will be a breakfast for 2 in The Lounge. Start planning your entry now and drop off before 12 on the day of the picnic. If you don't have time to bake or no talent - we would welcome any contributions of any cakes or biscuits to be sold on the day!
 
We would welcome any help! Enthusiastic volunteers to give us a hand on the day please register using the "Contact Us" form on this website, or drop into The Lounge.
 
Is your home is full of toys and equipment that your kids have grown out of?  Please donate them to the Lounge childrens nearly new sale. We can pick up from your house, or you can drop off at the Lounge or even bring on the day.
 
Join the lottery. More details will be available on the day.
 
And finally, and by far the easiest, get yourself some refreshments on the day. We aim to be selling, tea and coffee, soft drinks and various snack.
 
Look forward to seeing you there!

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/

You may of noticed that one of the last updates was stating The Lounge had a crisis meeting over it's future due to large scale cutbacks in its funding.

helpsmallWe are pleased to say, a large number of people, realising what a valuable asset The Lounge is to the village of Alvechurch and indeed, to the larger parish area, put themselves forward to help get The Lounge back on it's feet and hopefully make it even better than ever before.

We have enlisted new trustees, a chairperson and treasurer, as well as teams dedicated to enhancing fundraising, financial stability and youth provisioning.

There have been several meetings and countless emails exchanges with ideas, many we will be rolling out over the next few weeks.

We are having to make some tough choices throughout this period, but be rest assured they are in the best interest of The Lounge and Alvechurch Communities Together. Only by making tough decisions now can we ensure the long term survivability of the project.

However there is one critical element that we cannot survive without and that is the custom of the people of Alvechurch. The more you use the facilities, the more money we raise and the more we secure its future.

So please support us, by dropping in  for a coffee and cake, making a donation, entering the forthcoming lottery or consider doing a sponsored event in out name.

Thank you everyone, for you continued support and understanding.

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