Easter at Temple Balsall

Temple House and St Mary's Church

Temple House, St Mary’s Church and the almshouses of Lady Katherine Housing and Care at Temple Balsall. Photo: Steve Hammett.

Here are the services and activities taking place at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall celebrating Holy Week 2015:

Monday 30 March 10 a.m. Eucharist
Tuesday 31 March 10 a.m. Eucharist
Wednesday 1 April 10 a.m. Eucharist

Maundy Thursday 2 April
7 p.m. Passover Supper with Eucharist

Good Friday 3 April
10.30 – 11.45 Children’s workshop
2 p.m. An Hour by the Cross

Saturday 4 April
8 p.m. Easter Vigil

Sunday 5 April
5.45 am Dawn Eucharist
10 a.m. Easter Eucharist

We look forward to welcoming you during our Easter Celebrations.

Can you help the Sunday afternoon team?

Summer Sunday Teas will start again on Easter Sunday 5 April. We need new people to join our team, so if you could help on about three Sundays, 2.00 pm until 5.30pm, during the summer months we would be very grateful. We also need people who can make some cakes. Please speak to Jen Jones in the Parish Office, 01564 778022 if you can help. Thank you.

Christmas at Temple Balsall

St. Mary's Christmas Crib

Part of the tradition of St Mary’s Church

You are warmly welcomed to our worship at St Mary’s Church, Temple Balsall this Christmas.

Thursday December 18th at 9 a.m.
School Nativity Service

Sunday December 21st at 10 a.m.
Parish Eucharist

Sunday December 21st at 4 p.m.
Candle-lit Carol Service

Wednesday December 24th at 11.30 p.m.
Midnight Mass

Thursday December 25th at 10 a.m.
Christmas Morning Eucharist

Christmas is coming

Here are some events happening in the run up to the main Christmas celebrations at Temple Balsall.

Confirmation – Sunday 23 November 10.00 am
Bishop David will conduct the confirmation of St. Mary’s candidates, including several candidates from our school – please come and support them

Coffee Morning in the Court – Saturday 29 November 10.00 – 12 noon
Our annual coffee morning raises funds to help provide social events for the residents.

Churches Together Quiet Morning – Saturday 29 November 9.30 – 12.00
In the Old Hall at Temple Balsall please contact Doug Timmis (01676 534346) or Anne Cloke (01564 772922) if you would like to attend.

Christingle – Sunday 30 November, St Mary’s Church 10.00 am
The school service will be held in church on Thursday 4 December at 9.00.

ADVENT CRAFT TABLE – will be in St Mary’s Church 7 – 14 Dececember
We will be selling hand-made Christmas cards, gifts and decorations, cakes and mince pies, chutneys and pickles, pots of bulbs and wreaths and flower arrangements.

Saturday 13 December 2014 7.30 pm – Hampton Singers present
An evening of Christmas Carols and seasonal readings’
Tickets £6 to include mulled wine and mince pies, available from the Parish Office or you can pay on the door.

Heritage Weekend 2014: 13 – 14 September

Our annual festival celebrating the community of Temple Balsall and its 800 years of history will soon be here and we hope you will put a date in your diary to join us. Highlights of the weekend will include:

Saturday 13 September
Art Exhibition – open 10.30am to 5pm
Featuring works from many local artists in a wide range of media.

Autumn Fair – open 12 noon to 5 pm
All the usual attractions including hot food, refreshments, games, books, produce, children’s activities, toys, bric-a-brac, raffle, plus displays by Warwickshire Knights Hospitallers and music from Birmingham Concert Band. Guided tours of the historic buildings leaving from the Old Hall – 12th Century headquarters of the Knights Templar

Sunday 14 September
Art Exhibition – open 11.30am to 4pm
Teas and refreshments, stalls, exhibits & guided tours, 2 to 5pm

Choral Evensong – St Mary’s Church – 6pm
with Birmingham Cathedral Choir, preacher Canon Dr James Woodward, former Master of the Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson.

Car Parking off Fen End Road West, Temple Balsall, B93 0AN,
signposted on the B4101 between Knowle and Balsall Common
More information tel: 01564 772415 or  01564 778022

Poster for Temple Balsall Heritage Weekend 2014

Poster for Temple Balsall Heritage Weekend 2014

Tea is served in Temple Balsall

The famous weekend afternoon teas in Temple Balsall have just begun their summer 2014 season. These teas are popular as a walkers’ and cyclists’ refreshment stop. The teas are rightly renowned for the quality of the cakes and scones served. Starting at 2.30pm to 4.30pm every Sunday the season runs until the end of August (NB there will be no service on 20th July due to a private function).

Summer Sunday Teas

Teas served in the ancient Old Hall at Temple Balsall on summer Sunday afternoons are always popular.

To augment the quality tea service there are also free concerts providing a pleasant way to pass an afternoon in a tranquil setting experiencing a range of different performances.

The first free Sunday concert is on 15th June with Norman Marsden and friends paying a tribute to the Everley Brothers and other artistes from the same era. The second concert on 13th July will be given by the Dorridge U3A Choir and on 10th August Simply Purple will give a performance. The final concert is on 21st September and will feature the Jubilee Singers. All concerts commence at 3pm.

On Saturday 17th May there is a special fundraising concert in St Mary’s church at 7.30pm. Voices of Temple Balsall is a celebration of the Natural World in Words and Music. It will feature readings by Steve Hill, Phil Aspinall and Caroline Johnson. Music will be provided by

Elizabeth Siggs on piano and Norman Ashfield playing the wonderfully restored church organ with singers Heather and Henry Plumptre. Tickets are available from the parish office (tel: 01564 770772), Val Murray (tel: 01564 771755) or boxoffice@templebalsall.org. Each ticket costs £8 if booked in advance and £10 on the door. The price includes a glass of wine after the concert.

Tours and talks on the history of the site can be booked privately and morning coffee, lunch or afternoon tea can be provided on these occasions. Details of prices and any booking enquiries can be made by telephoning The Foundation of Lady Katherine Leveson on 01564 772415.

Advance Diary Date: Temple Balsall’s “Heritage Weekend and Autumn Fair” will take place on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th September 2014.

Watch this space too for details of a quiz in the Autumn and other events.

Get a Jazz On!

At a loose end this Saturday night 16th November? Wondering what’s on around Balsall Common and Knowle? Music fans your search is over! The Basement Band is back at St Mary’s Church in Temple Balsall by popular demand and you have a chance to sample this amazing 18-piece big band. It performs a wide range of hits by Count Basie and Duke Ellington such as April in Paris, and One o’clock Jump, Do Nothing Til You Hear From Me and Perdido.

The acoustics of St Mary’s Church make this a great venue to hear the trumpeting sounds of a big band and the church is proud to once again host these amazing performers. As with other concerts at St Mary’s your ticket price includes a complimentary drink – £8 in advance or £10 on the door. These are available in advance from Val Murray by telephoning 01564 771755.

St Mary’s Temple Balsall is just off the B4101 between Knowle and Balsall Common and there is ample parking available on site. For directions and a map visit http://www.get-to-templebalsall.org

To sign up for details of our forthcoming events email enews@templebalsall.org

We look forward to swinging along with you from 7.30pm this Saturday 16th November at St Mary’s Church so book your tickets now on 01564 771755.