A celebration of the life of Andy Hamilton

Concert in memory of the late great Bearwood jazz musician Andy Hamilton, who was once the Bandleader on Errol Flynn’s Caribbean yacht

The Bearwood Blog

Next weekend Andy Hamilton, the great saxophonist would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

To commemorate Andy’s centenary the Silvershine Jazz Club will by hosting a special celebration of his life in a concert where many of the musicians who played with him over the years will be coming along to pay their respects and play on stage.

The concert is on Saturday 24th March, from 8pm at Corks Club in Bearwood, tickets £7

You can buy tickets via the Silvershine Jazz Club… http://www.bearwoodjazz.co.uk/

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Birmingham St Mary’s poll to remember city’s greatest icons

My greatest Brummie is JRR Tolkien for inventing the fantasy literature genre with The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings….Birmingham ought to have a statue of Tolkien as well as a flower in my opinion…….


via Sian for Birmingham St Mary’s

Charity launches poll to remember city’s greatest icons

Birmingham St Mary’s is launching an online poll to find the Greatest Brummie – so that they can be honoured in a unique art installation which celebrates the lives of loved ones.

Taking place throughout March, the Selly Park-based hospice is asking local people to vote for their favourite Birmingham icon who is sadly no longer with us but left a lasting legacy to the city.

The winning Brummie will then have a handcrafted wrought-iron flower planted in a beautiful art installation in the heart of Brindleyplace – which will form part of the hospice’s annual Forget Me Not appeal.

Birmingham St Mary's Forget Me Not Birmingham St Mary’s Forget Me Not

To decide the Greatest Brummie, voters can take part in a series of polls via the Hospice’s Twitter page, which will take place every Sunday this month (MARCH). The…

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March newsletter

Highbury Hall was the home of the great Birmingham political family: The Chamberlain’s with its scion Joseph Chamberlain, one time Colonial Secretary and President of the Board of Trade, his son Nobel Peace Prize winner for his work on the 1925 Locarno Pact which laid the groundwork for the United Nations: Sir Austen Chamberlain and the most successful of the Chamberlain men Neville Chamberlain who rose to become Prime Minister, a job Joseph Chamberlain would have loved. Neville Chamberlain is always remembered for his ‘little piece of paper’ post Munich and as an appeaser of Hitler with Churchill getting the kudos for defeating the Nazis…..A revisionist view of the Chamberlain Premiership says that his appeasement of Hitler and the Nazis may have gained Britain time to rearm and ultimately defeat Germany and there may be something in this….As they say the ‘victors always rewrite history’ and Churchill certainly did that in his failure, whereas Chamberlain died a broken man in 1940…a forgotten footnote to the Second World War…….

The Chamberlain Highbury Trust

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Up ‘N’ Under at Birmingham Rep

I played Rugby Union for over 30 years and loved the game which has given me everything, including my lovely wife


by David Fox

Up ‘N’ Under at Birmingham Rep

John Godber’s Happy Jack and Bouncers were staples of my A level theatre courses so I was really looking forward to seeing perhaps his most famous play, Up ‘N’ Under, for the first time, at Birmingham Rep. Godber, the northern working class dramatist who is said to be the third most performed playwright behind Shakespeare and Alan Aykbourn, delivers his signature mix of real life emotion, drama, and observational humour in this brilliant tale of a down on its luck rugby club.

The Wheatsheaf Arms rugby team, the laughing stock of Castleford’s Amateur Rugby League Seven-a-Side tournament, have never won a game, don’t have seven players and spend more time in the pub than on the pitch. Set up in a bet with his arch rival Reg, our hero coach Arthur has five weeks to convince them they can beat…

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