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Ingot Studios : Introduction Show, 7:30pm, Sat 16th July, P Café

July 14, 2016
It’s one year now, since Ingot Studios was launched. In that time, 9 artist/makers have been creating, thinking, painting, doodling, cutting, sawing, printing, etching and much more. This Saturday, at 7:30pm in P Café, they reveal some of the fruits of their labour at the inaugural Ingot Studios show. They hope to give you an idea of the range of work which has emanated from their brains and hands, as well as hosting a friendly welcome. Come along and say hello.
(If you can’t make this Saturday, the exhibition will run until Monday 25th July. Please contact P Café for details @pcafestirchley.)

The Shop Around The Corner

November 20, 2015

TSATC poster A4

If Christmas is about anything it’s about corners. Corners are to be found everywhere – at the points where the edges of cuboid-boxes-containing-presents meet, on sharply-cut festive potatoes and (help us out here) cornery-baubles. Which is lucky, as this film features a corner. Or at least a shop in the vicinity of (i.e. around) a corner. Specifically a street corner. Although, come to think of it, we can’t actually remember seeing the corner in the film, but it must have been there otherwise the title wouldn’t have made sense.  Um, perhaps we should start again …

The Shop Around The Corner is a delightful film. Really funny. It made us laugh. And it’s set at Christmas, too. Released in 1940, it features screen greats Jimmy Stewart (did anyone say Vertigo?) and Frank Morgan (did anyone say Wizard of Oz?) alongside Margaret Sullavan, who was not too shabby herself, having been nominated for an Academy Award in 1938. The film is a romantic comedy. It’s good. It was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry in 1999, which is before we even first started having a tentative waft of thoughts about screening popcorn-fuelled shifting shapes (i.e. films) in Stirchley. But really, don’t just listen to us, the infallible Internet Movie Database gives it a score of 8.1 out of 10, which means a) we’re not lying and b) if you come and watch it you’ll most likely have a super time.

The screening will take place at 5pm on Sunday 6th December at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, B30 2JX. Tickets are £4 adults, £3 concessions, on the door. It’s suitable for families but not a children’s film, as such. We’d love to see you there!


Ingot Studios

June 5, 2015

This summer, Ingot Studios launches in Stirchley – a workspace for artists, makers, thinkers and doers.

Established by Stirchley Happenings member Tom Cahill-Jones, nine individual plots are available, suitable for people looking for affordable studio space and wanting to be part of a new creative community. Informed by its open-plan design, an interest in the possibilities of collaboration would also provide a good fit. The price is £65 per month per plot.

Ingot Studios is holding two open days to give people the chance to view the space. Tickets (free) should be booked via the links below.

Day 1: Saturday 6th June, 11:00 – 13:00

Day 2: Wednesday 10th June 19:00 – 20:30

For more information, please visit the Ingot Studios website:


Ingot Studios interior

GREMLINS are coming to Stirchley!

December 19, 2014


Stirchley Happenings’ Travelling Bug House will be back to help you celebrate the new year with this balti n’ blockbuster seasonal combo!

Munch on The Cottage’s finest baltis whilst watching furry fury and chaos unravel in this horror-comedy Christmas classic.

Date: 8:30pmFriday 2nd January. Venue: Upstairs at The Cottage, Stirchley, 1480 Pershore Rd, B30 2NT. Tickets are priced at £15, and that includes a poppadom, a main course, rice or naan, and tea afterwards. You must pre-book your meal from a set menu beforehand, so make sure to ask the Cottage about the selection. Food will be served at 8:30pm sharp and then the film will begin once everyone has got their grub.

Places for our curry/film nights go really quickly, so it might be worth calling ahead to see if The Cottage have any tickets left before you head down there to pick one up on 0121 459 6867.

Christmas Double Bill

November 27, 2014

Double Bill 2014

We’re excited to be back at Stirchley Community Church for our fifth Christmas film screening on Saturday 13 December – and this year it’s a double whammy.

The first of our festive films is The Holly and The Ivy (1952), a British drama starring Ralph Richardson and Celia Johnson. It’s a poignant yet austere story, based in a remote village in Norfolk. The tale centres on a clergyman who has inadvertently neglected his children over the years whilst putting all his energy into the local parish. Suppressed issues begin to surface just as Christmas day approaches…

We thought no other film could contrast better with this stark realism than The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992). Whilst there is some thematic overlap (redemption, personal tragedy, family strife) this one is generally much more puppetty (with increased levels of furriness and spontaneous song).

The Holly and The Ivy starts at 4:00pm

The Muppet Christmas Carols starts at 5:45pm

There will be a short break in between for drinks and snacks.

Adults: £4 per film, £7 for both

Concessions (over 60s and under 16s): £3 per film, £5 for both

Tickets are available from the Church café, Stirchley Community Market (Tuesday 4 December) and on the door.

Eat My Shorts

May 23, 2014

The Immigrant

Stirchley Happenings presents a programme of short films at Loaf Cookery School and Bakery, from 8pm on Thursday 12th June.

Tickets cost £10/£8, and will include a selection of filmic food from the Loaf kitchen, so it’ll be a good idea to come with an empty stomach. The shorts will culminate with Charlie Chaplin’s ever-hungry Little Tramp in ‘The Immigrant’, via archive Brummie footage, a singing fish, and a talking ham sandwich, with drinks available at the event courtesy of the ever-brilliant Stirchley Wines.

Tickets are on sale here.


Barnacles and Chris Tye at the British Oak

May 13, 2014

Chris Tye

Join us on Sunday 25th May for  an afternoon of free live music and sunshine* at the British Oak, Stirchley.

From 2 – 4.30pm we’ll have sets from London’s finest arthropod band, Barnacles and West Midlands-based singer songwriter Chris Tye in one of Birmingham’s best beer gardens.

Barnacles are a “male-female vocal duelling sitting prettily on top of delicate ukulele, electric guitar and bass ukulele arrangements that recall Kings of Convenience… a gently bitter sweet, pitch perfect performance that may bring a tear to your eye.”

Chris Tye is appearing ahead of the launch of his new album, The Paper Grenade. “Sweet-edged and soaring between melancholy and ecstasy, Tye sings of love and betrayal, dreams and fears, and is always full of desire to communicate… The Paper Grenade is urban folk music with lyrical intelligence, with heart and soul.”

*we can’t guarantee sunshine, but if it rains we’ll be under-cover on the patio.