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1 month ago

Edited to add better photos now I’ve learned how my scanner works!
Mrs Marcus, Mrs Patridge, Mr Shinton and Bas Titford class - leaving date 1992
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2 weeks ago

This is a colourised version of a black and white photograph I took of my class that I found in an obscure corner of my computer this morning. Early 1970s I think. I can recognise Richad Duncombe? Julian Thompson, Tim O'Brian, Christine Chatts? Nicola, Kay, Patrick, Glenn. ... See MoreSee Less

This is a colourised version of a black and white photograph I took of my class that I found in an obscure corner of my computer this morning. Early 1970s I think.  I can recognise Richad Duncombe? Julian Thompson, Tim OBrian, Christine Chatts? Nicola, Kay, Patrick, Glenn.

As we hear the stories of the Three Kings we also explore lands far away, long journeys we have made, and the awe and wonder found in anticipation.

#threekings #HappyNewYear #elmfield
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2 weeks ago

COMING SOON!!!!!🐥🐣🐰
EASTER WORKSHOP!!!
Date as yet to be decided.
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2 weeks ago

Hello
Can any one remember any of the pupils in Miss Dorringtons class
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Hello 
Can any one remember any of the pupils in Miss  Dorringtons class
2 weeks ago

Joining the group, and reading the posts, seeing the pictures, brings back lost memories. I do have an album and will dig it up and post some pictures from the late 50's and early 60's.
I recall we were standing on the front lawn in October 1962, waiting for the Nuclear flash we thought as it was the Cuba crisis, And it had been reported Birmingham was one of the targets. Funny to think back.
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3 weeks ago

Please join me in welcoming Vincent Smalley to our group ... See MoreSee Less

3 weeks ago

Before things get crazy I would like to wish you a happy new year with some realism as to its normality.....happy new normal ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago
Michael Sinclair

Wishing everyone a very merry Christmas ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Merry Christmas to all Elmfield Alumni,
have a wonderful festive time.
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4 weeks ago

Christmas in nz. People out shopping in their shorts and jandles. The music in the shops singing of a white Christmas. The candles melt on the advent log.. the evenings are long lots of light. I remember my friends and family in England that I can no longer visit. The world has changed. Wishing you all a happy peaceful Christmas. From Kathleen ( sumner) ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

Happy Holidays from my home to yours I wish you seasons greetings ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Holidays from my home to yours I wish you seasons greetings
1 month ago

Please join me and the team in wishing a belated happy birthday to our committee member Mary Rawson and and happy birthday to our very own committee member Michael Sinclair

Hope they have a lovely birthday weekend with a big thank you for all their efforts in the group and committee
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Please join me and the team in wishing a belated happy birthday to our committee member Mary Rawson and and happy birthday to our very own committee member Michael Sinclair 

Hope they have a lovely birthday weekend with a big thank you for all their efforts in the group and committee
1 month ago
Michael Sinclair

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1 month ago

Please join me and the team in wishing our committee member Teresa Wilson and very happy birthday ... See MoreSee Less

On any clear evening this advent, we shall be treated to views of Venus as an evening star just to the left and above the sunset. Venus will get brighter and higher as we approach Christmas and on into new year, but the planet is already strikingly bright. Tremendously positive in a poetic sense, Venus in the evening has inspired many of the chief poets of England: Blake, Keats, Lawrence for example.

To the left of Venus and staying above the horizon for a couple of hours longer is Jupiter, the second brightest of the planets. Saturn is paler but can be found between the other two at the moment so we can see an arc of three curving toward the Western horizon. The separation of Saturn and Jupiter is small enough to remind us of their conjunction last winter, and we are now one twentieth of the way through the 20 year cycle of these slow wanderers.

I hope you can encourage the young ones to look at this part of our solar system during December in order that later in life they will appreciate the rhythms of time in which all of our lives are embedded. Seasons Greetings.
#stargazing #keats #blake #Venus #saturn #jupiter #advent
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On any clear evening this advent, we shall be treated to views of Venus as an evening star just to the  left and above the sunset. Venus will get brighter and higher as we approach Christmas  and on into new year, but the planet is already strikingly bright. Tremendously positive in a poetic sense, Venus in the evening has inspired  many of the chief poets of England: Blake, Keats, Lawrence for example.

To the left of Venus and staying above the horizon for a couple of hours longer is Jupiter, the second brightest of the planets. Saturn is paler but can be found between the other two at the moment so we can see an  arc of three  curving toward the Western horizon. The separation of Saturn and Jupiter is  small enough to remind us of their conjunction last winter, and we are now one twentieth  of the way through the 20 year cycle  of these slow wanderers.

I hope you can encourage the young ones to look at this part of our solar system  during December in order that later in life they will appreciate the rhythms of time in which all of our lives are embedded. Seasons Greetings. 
#stargazing #keats #blake #Venus #saturn #jupiter #adventImage attachment
2 months ago
Michael Sinclair

www.facebook.com/220678084721986/posts/4324823867640700/This afternoon, the children in Classes 1 to 3 held their candles and carefully walked the spiral in our Advent Garden and filling it with light. Such a beautiful sight! #adventspiral #advent #steinereducation ... See MoreSee Less

https://www.facebook.com/220678084721986/posts/4324823867640700/
2 months ago

Calling all Elm Leaves!
Members of your Committee are preparing a History of Elmfield School. Teresa Wilson has done a lot of work on the earliest beginnings in the 1930s in Selly Oak, Birmingham. This will form Part 1 of the history. I have collected material on the post-war period, which will form Part 2. We don't have much material on the more recent history from about 1980 onwards. So we are asking those of you who were at the school then to come forward with your memories, photographs, scanned documents etc. If anyone feels inspired to join us in compiling a Part 3 history that would be even better!

Note: The Committee had been planning for some time to release this appeal, but the current wave of interest in the history of the School makes this a good time to do so!
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2 months ago

Dear Elm Leaves, 47 years ago this morning, 3rd December 1974, I would have been woken up by Mr Senior ringing the bell at Wolverley Court. He did this at 7am every school day morning by pulling a rope downstairs. The bell clanged away outside on the roof but we could hear it in our boys dormitory, which was up several flights of stairs, on the second floor.
Our room would have been the nursery or servants quarters, when the house was run like Downton Abbey in days gone by. Mr Senior would also have come up the stairs to see if we had heeded his wake up call. When we heard his footsteps coming up the wooden stairs then we knew it was time to slide out of bed and get ready for school.
After breakfast downstairs, ‘rusks and cereals again’ in the beautiful wooden panelled dining room, we gathered our school things together and piled on to the school minibus. Mr Senior was our bus driver and we headed to Elmfield in Stourbridge. Sometimes we went via Cookley and picked up Carmen Plant on the way, probably when she was about age 7 years old.
Living at Wolverley Court was a wonderful experience for many of us boarders but the move away from Stourbridge seperated a lot of us from our classmates. In Elmfield we had been able to have friends over or meet them down Mary Stevens Park but this wasn’t so convenient once we moved six miles away.
Being a boarder also meant that you didn’t experience birthday parties, like you enjoy at home with your family. Anyway, I’m sure that 47 years ago today, on my 15th birthday, Mr and Mrs Senior would have got our cook to make a cake or maybe I had a ‘rusk’ with a candle on it!

I will add some pictures below...one of Andy Fish, Yogi, Monica Senior and myself in the main doorway at Wolverley Court taken around 1975. The letters sent to me by my Welsh grandparents from Pontypool, show the dates as 10/11/1975 and16/02/1976. They would often send me a £1 note as welcome pocket money for half terms, (what could you get for that now?). When boarding finished at Wolverley Court after Easter 1976, I was then boarding with a lovely family in 32 Pargeter Street in Stourbridge. The letter shows that was in May 1976. I wonder if anyone could please remind me of the families surname...The Lady was called Edna, I believe and her husband had a printing business.
So if you read this far, thank you very much. Now I’m going to go off to Narberth for a birthday coffee with my beloved Suzie, who I also met in the Summer of 1976. 😀❤️👍
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On the eve of our Advent Fayre …

An astonishing collaborative effort from staff, students and parents has been under way today.

Some sneak peaks below but we are so proud of everyone that has thrown themselves into preparation today.

Tomorrow might be the event itself, but the spirit, good humour and effort from all concerned over the day feels like the real story of the week.

#advent #fayre #steiner #waldorf
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2 months ago

Dear Elm Leaves, I’m hoping to write about us Elmfield boarders, who had the adventure of moving to Wolverley Court during 1974-75. As I was trying to find some of the history of Wolverley Court, I came across information on the internet yesterday, that is advertising the Court for sale now. The picture that I have posted is from the sales brochure and has helped to bring the memories flooding back. I only recently learnt, that sadly, the purchase of Wolverley Court caused huge financial problems for Elmfield. The memories that I will share are obviously those of an adolescent fourteen to sixteen year old, who was very excited to move to such a beautiful house. As a boarder in Love Lane, I too enjoyed the freedom of Elmfield’s school grounds and was saddened to learn that Wolverley Court was behind the financial difficulties that ultimately, led to the sale of those wonderful large lawns, that we had all enjoyed. ... See MoreSee Less

Dear Elm Leaves, I’m hoping to write about us Elmfield boarders, who had the adventure of moving to Wolverley Court during 1974-75. As I was trying to find some of the history of Wolverley Court, I came across information on the internet yesterday, that is advertising the Court for sale now. The picture that I have posted is from the sales brochure and has helped to bring the memories flooding back. I only recently learnt, that sadly, the purchase of Wolverley Court caused huge financial problems for Elmfield. The memories that I will share are obviously those of an adolescent fourteen to sixteen year old, who was very excited to move to such a beautiful house.  As a boarder in Love Lane, I too enjoyed the freedom of Elmfield’s school grounds and was saddened to learn that Wolverley Court was behind the financial difficulties that ultimately, led to the sale of those wonderful large lawns, that we had all enjoyed.
2 months ago
Michael Sinclair

It would be wonderful to read more Elmfield School stories/experiences like the recent excellent one from Sam Scadden.

Your memories can form a vital part of The Elm Leaves group by providing excellent reading, memories and talking points so please put pent to paper ( fingers to keypad) and get writing. Let's hear your Elmfield memories.
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2 months ago

Memories of an Elmfield School “Boarder”

I have many happy memories of my time boarding at Elmfield from 1973 to 1976...the exact dates of when they occurred can be hazy, but I’m willing to share them...if any “Elm Leaves” would like to read them.

Elmfield was the ninth school that I attended. This was because my parents were nurses and moved around as my father trained as a nursing tutor. I was very upset when my father’s role as a Principal Nursing Officer ended and we had to move from Carmarthen to Epsom. I didn’t like living there and asked to go to a boarding school. We looked at the various Steiner Schools and found a place at Elmfield School, Love Lane, Stourbridge.

I arrived at Elmfield in time for the new term in September 1973, aged 13 years old. The boarders were all together like one big family. We lived in Love Lane in rooms attached to the Kindergarten. I shared a room with Andy and Max. Maria and Mai Britt were boarders from Sweden and shared a room on the top floor. Mr & Mrs Senior looked after us with their two daughters, the eldest was called Monica. Thomas was with us from Germany, and there were others but I’m sorry that I can’t remember their names at this time.

I remember the kitchen and having bread “rusks” that were baked in the large Aga for breakfast. I’ve always enjoyed my food and probably ate everything that Mr & Mrs Senior prepared for us. I don’t remember if we had anyone else cook for us.

I joined Class 8 with a young Mr Schneider and loved the fact that the class numbers were small. Our classroom was at the bottom of the stairs on the right. My fellow boarders Andy and Max were in the year above me and their classrooms were upstairs on the first floor.

I enjoyed the curriculum and style of teaching. I found it better than what I’d experienced previously in the strict grammar schools that I had attended. The main lesson, with its longer session and large blue book was very enjoyable. I still treasure these books, taking the occasional glance through them forty six years later.

Although sports sessions were much smaller, we still enjoyed going down the various large lawns to play together. Mr Schneider would have liked us to play rugby but we didn’t have enough people to make up two teams.

The 1970’s were a time of rock bands such as Status Quo, Thin Lizzy and Led Zeppelin. I used to have drum lessons, learning the rudiments on a single floor tom, usually in the dinning room after school. Andy Fish was learning the electric guitar and was very good. Later we used to play in the hall together with Paul Williams on bass guitar and Steve Davies playing rhythm guitar. Exciting times especially when we would be encouraged by both Robert Plant and John Bonham...

When we weren’t in school we were allowed out around Stourbridge and often walked to Mary Stevens Park. Max used to call the bandstand the “round house” and we were often to be found chatting in there. I went to the park with my wife Suzie just last week. We walk, I reminisce, we have a coffee in the park cafe and Suzie nods and smiles as she hears the same stories again.

I met Suzie in the summer of 1976 after I had left Elmfield to work locally as a motorcycle mechanic. Suzie has visited Elmfield with me several times and we still have a Father Christmas knitted decoration that goes on our Christmas tree, bought from a Christmas Fair in the hall.

Enough for now 🙂 next time I’ll write about when in 1974/5 the school bought Wolverley Court near Kidderminster as a wonderful home for us boarders...a bit like living in Downton Abbey 👍 thanks for reading. Sam
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2 months ago

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2 months ago

I have loads of mistletoe in my apple tree - if there was a kind (and tall) person who had an hour or so spare to come and cut it, it could be sold at the advent fayre. Caroline ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

Hi John Nicholson, would you like me to post some stories of being a boarder at Elmfield from 1973 to 1976...🙂 ... See MoreSee Less

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We are delighted to be hosting local author, Ken Preston, today to work with students, primarily in Class 7, but across the whole school. He held an assembly about being an author and then will host workshops across the school.

In these, Ken asks the children to just write, without fear of spellings, grammar or untidy handwriting. He then offers a story writing exercise, using dice to generate ideas or a description exercise where brings in prompts for the children to write about.

Thanks to Ms Nock for organising!

kenpreston.co.uk/

#kenpreseton #creativewriter
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We are delighted to be hosting local author, Ken Preston, today to work with students, primarily in Class 7, but across the whole school. He held an assembly about being an author and then will host workshops across the school.

In these, Ken asks the children to just write, without fear of spellings, grammar or untidy handwriting. He then offers a story writing exercise, using dice to generate ideas or a description exercise where brings in prompts for the children to write about.

Thanks to Ms Nock for organising!

http://kenpreston.co.uk/

#kenpreseton #creativewriter

This week Class 11 are in charge of Social Media.

Please enjoy the talent, skill and verve of our oldest students in their ceramics module and in their Art lessons.
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On Friday, the Early Years Department hosted our first woodland event for our youngest children and their families. The theme was ‘Autumn Leaves are Falling Down’. Great fun was had by all, exploring nature and making lanterns and leaf pictures to take home. A warm drink was enjoyed by all around the cosy fire.
Thanks to all who made this possible. This is the first of what is sure to be popular seasonal Woodland adventures so keep an eye on the website and social media to book your place on the next one!
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On Friday, the Early Years Department hosted our first woodland event for our youngest children and their families. The theme was  ‘Autumn Leaves are Falling Down’. Great fun was had by all, exploring nature and making lanterns and leaf pictures to take home. A warm drink was enjoyed by all around the cosy fire. 
Thanks to all who made this possible. This is the first of what is sure to be popular seasonal Woodland adventures so keep an eye on the website and social media to book your place on the next one!Image attachmentImage attachment

Class 10 have taken in part in several activities for Remembrance Day. It started with a minutes silence at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

Yesterday’s assembly was also on the theme of remembrance. The assembly was about the purple poppy for the animals in the world wars.

Lastly, the class researched their local area to see who had lived and fought in the First World War. This led to discussion around the ages of the soldiers and how many men fought and died during the war.
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Class 6 have spent their craft lesson splitting ash logs for carving. Never a dull moment in woodwork!
#waldorfschooling#woodwork
# #woodworkcraft #steiner #waldorfschool
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The Early Years Department went for their annual Lantern Walk Early in the morning on the day that in some Traditions is known as ‘ Martinmas’. Many cultures have festivals of light at this time of year; when the days grow shorter and darker, and we tend naturally to be inward facing lighting a lantern can remind us to kindle our own light to shine in the darkness of winter. ... See MoreSee Less

The Early Years Department went for their annual Lantern Walk Early in the morning on the day that in some Traditions is known as ‘ Martinmas’. Many cultures have festivals of light at this time of year; when the days grow shorter and darker, and we tend naturally to be inward facing lighting a lantern can remind us to kindle our own light to shine in the darkness of winter.Image attachment

We are delighted to say we have reached our target of £1000 for the Sponsored Read over half-term.

Thank you so much for all of you in Classes 2-7 that have contributed to us reaching this outstanding target: there is still the opportunity to return your forms should you not have done so already which can add to this number.

We have been in touch with Usborne to let them know: and they will be matching this amount with a £600 donation.

Classes will be involved in choosing the books we purchase with this fundraising - more details there shortly.

Thanks again to all involved and well done.
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We are delighted to say we have reached our target of £1000 for the Sponsored Read over half-term.

Thank you so much for all of you in Classes 2-7 that have contributed to us reaching this outstanding target: there is still the opportunity to return your forms should you not have done so already which can add to this number.

We have been in touch with Usborne to let them know: and they will be matching this amount with a £600 donation.

Classes will be involved in choosing the books we purchase with this fundraising - more details there shortly.

Thanks again to all involved and well done.
2 months ago

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2 months ago

Please join me and the rest of the committee t in wishing our committee member Jonathan Barber a very happy birthday ... See MoreSee Less

As part of our drive on literacy across the school, we are pleased to have received 100 books from Lit in Colour - now proudly available in the Upper School.

Books create belonging. They help us see each other and understand one another. They shine a light on the world.

It’s vital that the books we read in our formative years reflect the rich diversity of the society we live in.

See the research here - litincolour.penguin.co.uk/#group-section-About-Lit-in-Colour-J3ZIrTsrhw

#LitinColour
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As part of our drive on literacy across the school, we are pleased to have received 100 books from Lit in Colour - now proudly available in the Upper School.

Books create belonging. They help us see each other and understand one another. They shine a light on the world.

It’s vital that the books we read in our formative years reflect the rich diversity of the society we live in.

See the research here - https://litincolour.penguin.co.uk/#group-section-About-Lit-in-Colour-J3ZIrTsrhw

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Class 10 can be seen as the heart of adolescence and it is during this time that they study human biology.

When studying homeostasis the discussion turned to COP26 and what needs to be done to keep the planet in balance, it elicited some very strong views. It is ability to study a topic in depth and look at the wider world, which makes our main lessons so valuable.

One of the pupils was asked to reflect on what they have been studying and these are their thoughts.

“For the past week, we in Class 10 have been learning human biology with Mr Murrell and despite the giggles in some obvious place, we have learned a lot. First, we studied the digestive system, then kidneys, then respiration and now blood. Some curious pupils found their pulses and investigated whether or not our veins have blue blood. Which we don’t; much to our disappointment.”

#humanmade #biology #blood
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Class 10 can be seen as the heart of adolescence and it is during this time that they study human biology. 

When studying homeostasis the discussion turned to COP26 and what needs to be done to keep the planet in balance, it elicited some very strong views. It is ability to study a topic in depth and look at the wider world, which makes our main lessons so valuable.

One of the pupils was asked to reflect on what they have been studying and these are their thoughts.

“For the past week, we in Class 10 have been learning human biology with Mr Murrell and despite the giggles in some obvious place, we have learned a lot. First, we studied the digestive system, then kidneys, then respiration and now blood. Some curious pupils found their pulses and investigated whether or not our veins have blue blood. Which we don’t; much to our disappointment.”

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Class 5 have been making leaf rubbing note cards for the Advent Fayre. #preparationshavebegun ... See MoreSee Less

Class 5 have been making leaf rubbing note cards for the Advent Fayre. #preparationshavebegunImage attachment
3 months ago

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3 months ago

Currently having fun with my old steam powered PC.

Maybe an update is needed!
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3 months ago

It was great to pop along to see alumnae Iona at her craft stall selling her handcrafted felted goods. The stall looked fabulous.

Was also an opportunity to present her with a little runner's up prize for her entry into the logo competition.

Well done once again to our winner Ifan
and our two runners up, Iona and Margaret.
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It was great to pop along to see alumnae Iona at her craft stall selling her handcrafted felted goods. The stall looked fabulous. 

Was also an opportunity to present her with a little runners up prize for her entry into the logo competition.

Well done once again to our winner Ifan 
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3 months ago

Alumnae Iona of the Felting Hut is at Botany Bay Nurseries (nr Alcester) today from 10:30 - 15:30. She's selling some beautiful handcrafted wares. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Martin Whittaker welcome to the Elmfield School Alumni Committee Group (Aka Elmleaves).
You will find old school friends and class mates here, there are all sorts of stories, Elmfield history and discussions and plans for our next reunion are afoot and soon the launch of our new website. Good to have you with us 😁
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5 months ago

Who remembers the cedar tree? This photo was taken in May 1966 when the Hall was almost finished. A roofing board is propped up against the end of the building - probably a spare. ... See MoreSee Less

Who remembers the cedar tree? This photo was taken in May 1966 when the Hall was almost finished. A roofing board is propped up against the end of the building - probably a spare.
5 months ago

Do you think that learning about the myths and legends is a good thing in terms of creating a creative and open mind for life

Or bad in the sense of creating unrealistic expectations in life

I was a sucker for them like a form of escapism, still feel the essence of the King of Ireland Son story...
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3 months ago

I am exhibiting at a craft fair this weekend if any one is in the area pop along there will be about 30 stalls. If there is anything you like please message me as i make to order. ... See MoreSee Less

3 months ago

Read this in the Stourbridge News and thought it was worth sharing with the group. ... See MoreSee Less