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What's On?

In “normal” times, we have a wide range of social and community based activities. We are currently trying out new ways of meeting – either online or over the phone – and of course, some events happen outdoors anyway. Please see our weekly noticesheet for updates.


You’re very welcome to any or all of these activities – please contact the Parish Office for more details, including exact venues and/or Zoom links and phone numbers.

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St John's Coffee morning: Second Wednesday of each month. Weather (and Covid regs) permitting, from July we will be meeting in person in the St John's garden. Come along for a cuppa and a chat.

Happening next: Wed 11th Aug; 10:30am

Advance notice: Our annual MacMillan Coffee morning will be on Weds 8th September. Put the date in your diary!

St James' Churchyard working group: Wednesday mornings from 10am for 1-2 hours. Everyone welcome to join this friendly group maintaining St James' Churchyard for the benefit of all - visitors and wildlife. Please see here to find out more about what we are currently working on.

Happening next: Every Wednesday


Messy Church: Get creative with the Creator! Glue and worship for everyone!

Every third Saturday, 10am - 11:30am.

More info here.

We're meeting In Real Life from Sat 19th June. 

Nordic Walking: Whether you like striding out or ambling along, there will be someone to walk with. Please contact Sarah Penfold 0121 681 1525 for details, so we can ensure everything we do meets with Covid safety requirements.

Happening next: 26th June;10am. Meet in the carpark by the children's play area in Hillfield Park.

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Shirley Parish Book Club: Each book is chosen by one of our members - we usually have 5-6 weeks per book. We've recently read The President's Hat by Antoine Laurain, and The Gustav Sonata by Rose Tremain. 

Whilst we cannot meet in person we are writing a very short response to share our thoughts. These are then sent to the other members and a summary is published in the Parish Magazine. We have also tried meeting over Zoom.

We're always on the lookout for new members. Please contact the Parish Office for more information.


Activities currently suspended due to coronavirus:

Sadly we are just not able to run some of our usual activities at this time. Please keep checking back for updates on the following:

Mothers' Union: Find out more on the national website here 

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Jimmy Tots: Stay and play for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers.

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Engagement with schools: Including Journey to the Stable, Easter Journey and Open the Book.

Ploughman's Lunch: fortnightly lunch and chat.

Friends of St James': Organising fund-raising activities to support the fabric of St James Church building and Church House.