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22nd August 2016


The next public meeting of Finchfield & Castlecroft Community Association will be held at Smestow school on Tuesday, September 13th. 6.30 pm. Until 8.45 pm. All are welcome, as FCCA is not just an association to promote community events, but are also keen to maintain and enhance our environment and keep a watchful eye on local issues which may affect residents, and  which we direct towards the City Council, and or our local councillors, so if you have an issue, come along and make your views known. We can only help if we know about it.

During August, over 80 of you took advantage of our special offer price for tickets to see The Folksy Theatre Company’s productions of Shakespeare’s  As you Like It,  and their outdoor adaptation of the  children’s play, The Smartest Giant in Town. This was part of our “Go and See” programme, in conjunction with Creative Black Country, using our Arts Council grant.  The response far exceeded our initial allocation, but with a bit of judicious quantative  easing with our ticket printing, we managed to meet the demand. The productions were superb, and the weather was kind enough to allow everyone to have a picnic and enjoy the entertainment.

We now have a proper website, the maintenance of which is being undertaken by our friendly web guru, Ian Cole.  Further information about FCCA  events and activities will be posted there, together with local information, and a picture gallery taken at various activities. The website can be found at www.finchfieldandcastlecroft.com

Also August saw the return of “Puppet Summer” at Bantock Park. Every weekend there were puppet themed events, ranging from Punch and Judy shows, Marionette performances, and dedicated “make your own puppet” workshops for children to make their own puppets, to keep and take home. All events were free of charge, including puppet making materials There was also a large display of puppets inside the Museum, sourced from the fantastic collection of the renowned puppet expert, Mike Dixon.

Our “Smart Device Yoga” drop in sessions for those of you with problems with your computer, tablet, smart phone etc., held at Bantock House continues to be popular. Sessions are free of charge, and are held every Wednesday, alternating mornings and afternoons. Dates and times for September are :-  14th. & 28th. 10.00 am – 12.00 am.  7th. & 21st.  2.00 pm – 4.00 pm. Further information, together with a time table until end of December is on our website  www.finchfieldandcastlecroft.com

Our 3rd Annual barn dance will be held in the performance space at Bantock Park on Saturday November 12th.   With music provided by the excellent New Corona Band. There will be a licensed bar and food available. To reserve your ticket(s) email your request to fandc.ca@gmail.com

Windmill Community Church have been very busy this month requesting various quotations for the St Thomas Church improvement works. Because the building has moved the foundations will require piling and underpinning which has greatly increased the costs. Once the final quotations are received the project will be put to the Church members and Trustees. The vendor is now progressing matters with various external parties and these will take time to resolve. However, assuming everything can be satisfactorily concluded announcements will be released and  full community engagement will be enlisted for volunteers to help us to save this iconic building and bring it back into use. Windmill Community Church wish to thank Finchfield and Castlecroft Community Association for their continued support

We still welcome new members to the FCCA committee, and would particularly like to welcome a treasurer, preferably living in the WV38 area to take charge of our war chest !  A knowledge of funding applications and overseeing Lottery funded projects would be an advantage

Photographs of some of this month’s activities can be found on our website:  www.finchfieldandcastlecroft.com

9th August 2016

A picture gallery is being added


27th July 2016

At last we can report some movement regarding the St.Thomas Church Building, as the leaders of Windmill Community Church visited the current owners in London on the 13th July,and a way forward was established. Written confirmation of the discussions are now awaited, and on receipt, matters will be presented to the members and trustees of WCC.The process is subject to various external bodies co-operating, and receipt of planning consent, which will take several months. Further updates will follow.

The WEC debate kept us busy this month, and FCCA collaborated with Alison Fowler, Estates Valuation and Disposal Manager with Wolverhampton City Council and held four public engagement meetings, at the end of June and beginning of July at Smestow School.Ms. Fowler outlined plans for a small housing development of 14 units on the footprint of the existing buildings, revenue from which would ensure preservation of the rest of the site, which would be incorporated  into the Smestow Valley Nature Reserve as a site of special importance for nature conservation, open to the public and with improved access points and security. It must be emphasised that plans are at an early stage, and further meetings will be held to take account of residents comments.

Our “Smart Device Yoga” IT sessions at Bantock House, are proving to be a success, and we are now into our 2nd monrh of helping residents with problems using computers, mobile phones, tablets etc. The dates and times for July / August are :- July 27th, 2.00pm – 4.00 pm., August 3rd, 17th & 24th 10.00 am – 12 .00 am, and August  10th. & 24th. 2.00 pm – 4.00 pm. All are welcome, and there is no charge.

On the 16th July we held our first outdoor play,” The Fate of The Green”, set in the Rose Garden at Bantock House, and the theme explored the impact of the loss of green spaces to developers. The players were from The Wolverhampton City College Drama Dept, and back of house lighting and sound provided by their technical dept. Our second play “River’s Up” followed a week later on the 23rd., and showed how global warming could affect all our lives. Both plays were well attended, the weather was kind, allowing the audience to enjoy the outdoor atmosphere and a picnic. The plays were part of our groundworks programme with Creative Black Country, sponsored by The Arts Council, and we hope to bring another 6 plays to this venue next year.

During August, every week-end there will be various activities themed around puppets, ranging from Punch and Judy shows to workshops where children can make their own pupets. Entry is free of charge, and a detailed programme and timetable  is available from Bantock House Museum. Or email fandc.ca@gmail.com for your copy.

The committee of FCCA have several exciting projects in the pipeline, however we would welcome new committee members to help us bring them to fruition. In particular we need a Treasurer, preferably living in our area, and able to give a couple of hours of voluntary time each month. A knowledge of Lottery Funded projects and grants would be an advantage. Contact fandc.ca@gmail.com for further details.

The Folksey Theatre Company will be performing Shakespeare’s “As You Like It” in the open air in the gardens of Wightwick Manor, on the 11th., and 12th. August at 7.00 pm. Bring your own deckchair, blanket and a picnic, and watch some enjoyable theatre. We have a few tickets available, discounted from £13.50 to £5.00 ea. To reserve a place, email fandc.ca@gmail.com.  Discounted tickets for the children’s play,” Smartest Giant in Town” on the 13th. have all gone, but are still available at the full price from Wightwick Manor.



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