The 2018 Bournville Village Festival

This year’s Bournville Village Festival will take place on Saturday 30th June 2018 at the Cadbury Recreation Ground, Linden Road, Bournville.
The Festival has many attractions including the Craft Market (selling jewellery, paintings, crafts and cakes), Arena Events (Marching Bands and Dance Troupes), side stalls, a traditional maypole dance with a Grand Firework display.
Click here to learn more about the Festival.

Maypole Moms to perform at this year's Festival

Some of the mothers of the children taking part in this year's Maypole dancing have agreed to dance themselves.

In a change to our normal programme of dances, this year a number of the mothers of the maypole dancers have agreed to perform themselves on Festival Day.

This will happen after the girls have finished the afternoon performance and before they leave the field.

There is still time to get involved in what could be a great deal of fun, by contacting,

Sue and Olivia Walsh
Maypole Teachers
0121 244 8899

Our new Festival Queen for 2018 is chosen

Congratulations to Katie Falk, pictured centre, this year’s new Festival Queen.

Katie has been dancing in the Maypole for a number of years and would have been dancing as a gypsy this year were it not for her good fortune in being selected as Festival Queen.

She was chosen from six contestants by invited judge Mr Gerrard Baldwin, General Manager of Cadbury World and his wife Mrs Christine Baldwin.

The judges said “It was a very difficult task to pick just one winner as the standard of entrants was so high, well done to all the girls that entered.”

A special mention to our runners up, Mia Evans and Gemma Seeley pictured left and right respectively.

New EMSC reps elected

The latest resident reps to join a committee which plays a vital role in protecting Bournville’s open spaces can now be revealed.

We are pleased to announce that Bill Rice and Alan Drabble will become the Bournville reps on our Estate Management and Scheme Committee (EMSC). Bill and Alan, who were voted in at elections at Bournville Village Council’s Annual Public Meeting on Sunday 21st January, will join Jennifer Shardlow, who will represent Shenley, on the Committee which meets four times a year.

Jennifer has lived in Shenley for 43 years while Bill, who was a member of Bournville Village Council for 33 years, has lived in the village for 45 years.

Alan is an active member of the Bournville Society (current vice-Chairman) and a member of Bournville Gentle Cycling.

Bournville Society presentation talk on Feb 7th : Shoot First, thirty years behind a BBC camera

Film Cameraman, John Williams was one of the most respected and admired cameramen in the BBC. He joined BBC Birmingham when television was expanding fast, turning to colour, and building a new state of the art television Centre “Pebble Mill” to broadcast to the nation.
John gives a talk on his cameraman career at Pebble Mill studios working across most disciplines of programme making including drama, documentaries and current affairs.

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