Santa Claus is Coming to Winson Green! Christmas Eve Celebration in Bishop Latimer Church and Hall.

A Christmas eve service/party celebration will be held in Bishop Latimer Church and the Hall from 6-8pm, 24th December, 2017. The evening will start in the big church where carols will be sung and an interactive nativity play will be held and then into the Bishop Latimer hall for food, games, prizes and a special visit from a very busy Santa .

All are most welcome to be part of the night. Please come dressed in Christmassy attire and bring a bottle of pop to share. All children need to be accompanied by an adult.

Please just let Anji know if children are coming (Anji.Barker@oasisfoundry.org) so she can make sure all children get a gift from Santa. (we would hate any child to miss out!). 

Many Winson Green residents will also go on to attend the 11pm Midnight Mass at St Michaels in Handsworth too to see Christmas day in.

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New Winson Green Vicar to be commissioned on Sunday

All are welcome to Winson Green’s Bishop Latimer Hall on Sunday 6:30pm for the commissioning of Rev Dr Ash Barker as a Minister in our Parish. He promises not with wear the green poncho!

Bishop Anne and a host of local heroes and Christian leaders will be there to commission Rev Dr Ash Barker in his new Pioneering Minister role in Winson Green. As resident of Winson Green for over 3 years, this commissioning has been a long time in the making, but all are welcome to share special occasion if at all possible.

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New video shows why Winson Green’s Alpaca’s are good, but sheep and goats need solutions.

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A brilliant new video from Church of England’s Birmingham Diocese has been released that shows the joy and challenges of Oasis Animal Encounters. The social enterprise with alpacas, bearded dragons, sheep and goats is based in Winson Green’s Oasis Academy Foundry and Newbigin House, and helps young people in the community with animal therapy and generates income by being hired out to events.  The video shows how the alpacas are very good, but also how the sheep and the goats need a creative solution. The video can be seen Here

 

Winson Green residents visit ‘Winterfell’ in Northern Ireland

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Thirty Winson Green residents visited Northern Ireland  for a trip of a life time. Co-ordinated by Newbigin House and travelling on the local Oasis Foundry buses via an overnight ferry, the experience helped bring diverse people neighbours together for a lot of fun.  The group stayed at self-catering Slievemoyle Cottages, Strangford, County Down from 28th September to 1st September.

A highlight was visiting nearby Castle Ward which is featured as Winterfell in TV’s Game of Thrones.

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Another highlight was the ferry trip to Exploris Aquarium.

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It is hoped that this visit could be an annual event.

Winson Green’s Alpacas and Pygmy Goats help to comfort children

gwen and alapacaHave you seen Alpacas or Pygmy Goats walking the streets of Winson Green? You’re not seeing things! Its part of an innovative local project based at Oasis Foundry Academy that helps children recover from trauma.  ‘Oasis Animal Encounters’ has Alpacas, Pygmy Goats, Chinchillas, Bearded Dragons, African Pygmy Hedgehog and Sheep helping children in the Primary school and children around the West Midlands.

Gwen Gardner, local Winson Green residents and one of the Animal Encounters founders says, ‘Animals bridge the gap where human communication fails. They speak a universal language that brings peace and calm.’

The animals are also available for hire! Could your events and parties be better with alpacas, guinea pigs and other animals for children to get up close with and experience holding and petting? All proceeds help support the animals in the school.

For more information see the Animal Encounters Facebook Page or email Gwen on BritishGwen46@msn.com

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