The Blues Brothers stormed into Kidderminster with a full-scale family-friendly production of the well-known and much-loved stage show at Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre (22nd – 24th November).

With a cast of over 40 students, the show was produced and directed by the school’s Head of Music, Mrs Vikki Vincent and co-director and Head of Drama, Mrs Lynn Dawes.

Mrs Vincent commented: “With such a vast stage show we owe as always, our sincere thanks to everyone, both in front and behind the scenes, including our technical team and the school’s PTA, who all helped to make this production such a visual and musical success.

“With so much happening on stage at any one point, the choreography, costumes, lighting, stage props and cast were phenomenal, delivering a wholly professional and captivating show for everyone to enjoy.”

The culmination of months of planning and endless rehearsals, which began back in the summer term, the show played to packed audiences for both its evening and Saturday matinee performances, with the musical delivering a stunning stage-show worthy of any West End production and featured a live band.

Excitement is building for the annual PTA Christmas Fayre on Friday 30th November at Kidderminster’s Holy Trinity School and Sixth Form Centre following the arrival of the Christmas tree kindly sponsored by local business, Bill White Nurseries in Far Forest.

PTA chair, Mrs Michelle Howles, said: “We are once again indebted to Bill White for his generosity in sponsoring our Christmas tree and for his continued support of the school and the PTA Christmas Fayre”

Organised by the school’s Parents Teachers Association (PTA) the Christmas Fayre extravaganza is open to all and is a must-visit event with ‘pocket money presents’ face painting, cake-buying, external traders, tombolas and so much more!

Popular with local people due to the extensive range of seasonal handicrafts, toys, jewellery and Christmas goods available for purchase, and of course there is always the big PTA fundraiser raffle, with all monies raised ploughed back into the school for the benefit of its pupils.

Mrs Howles added: “It’s wonderful that our tree has been grown locally in the Far Forest and our sincere thanks to local tree surgeon, John Russell of Happy Banana Tree Services for helping fell this year’s tree, and as in previous years, the PTA will donate the tree to a local care home or charity in the area. Our sincere thanks also to Steven Brooke from Collision Repair Specialists who very generously transported it to the school for us.”

The Christmas Fayre is on Friday 30th November from 2pm to 4pm. More information is available from the PTA by emailing: [email protected]

Local charity the Oakland Foundation, which supports children in Redditch and Bromsgrove and the surrounding area, has relaunched its website to make it easier for people to find information.

The website’s new clean look means individuals, groups, youth organisations, community projects and schools can easily donate, become a Foundation partner and apply for funding, and since relaunching the uptake in funding applications has increased.

Foundation Trustee, Luke Attwell, commented: “The new website is easier to navigate and provides improved functionality, which put simply means it’s easier to find the information you need and to apply for funding. We are extremely thankful for all the support we receive from the local community, either through individual or group donations, or from businesses choosing the Oakland Foundation as their chosen charity, each and every donation makes a real difference to children’s lives.”

Over the next year the Foundation is planning to increase its match-funding partnerships and opportunities with the council, local businesses and community groups with a focus to support access for all, particularly for those who would not routinely be able to access such opportunities.

Initiatives and activities funded are based on educational, sports and health and nutrition for children under 16 and their families living in Redditch, Bromsgrove and the surrounding area.

The Foundation’s new website is the primary digital channel to apply for funding and will help to raise its profile locally and encourage more people to engage with the charity.

Added Luke: “Keeping it local and working with a fantastic web-design company, who the Foundation has known for many years, has made the whole process that much easier. We can’t thank Graham Biggs and his team at The Naked Creative enough, and we’re simply delighted with the result!”

To apply for Foundation funding or to donate or fundraise, please visit: www.oakland-foundation.com or call 01527 596222.