Bollywood Night a Huge Success

Sunday 23rd June saw yet another successful fund raising event held jointly by the Astwood Bank Community Group and the Little India restaurant in Astwood Bank.

The people of Astwood Bank really went to town and joined in the fun at the Bollywood Night by many of them turning up in spectacular Indian dress outfits. Two sittings were held over the afternoon and evening event with hundreds of pounds raised to be distributed later in the year by the Astwood Bank Community Group.

Deborah Bates the event organiser for Astwood Bank Community Group commented “Little India have been a great supporter of our efforts in bringing the community together, having fun, and helping raise money for local groups and organisations. It was lovely seeing families come along to the first sitting, and so many people coming to both sittings having made so much effort in pulling together some beautiful Indian outfits. It is great to have businesses like Little India work so closely with us, and then get raffle prizes from other local businesses such as Manor Wines, The Oddfellows, and the Bank Cafe. Without their support none of this would be possible.

Work now moves at a pace ready for the Astwood Bank Carnival Weekend, which this year will see a Barn Dance on Friday 12th July, Carnival procession and field events on the Saturday, and this year a Carnival Finale at the Why Not in Astwood Bank.

Carnival Procession Marching Bands

We are delighted to welcome back Shirley Pipe Band and Redditch Air Cadets Band to our Carnival Procession!

Shirley Pipe Band

Formed well over 50 years ago the band, have a repertoire ofaround 60 tunes, with a wide selection of marches complemented by airs, strathspeys and reels. These are mainly traditional tunes from Scotland and the rest of Great Britain, supplemented by some of their own compositions.

The central part of their uniform is the Hunting Stewart tartan, worn by permission of Her Majesty the Queen. Being of Hunting pattern, the predominant colour is green, with bands of red, yellow, and dark blue.

Redditch Air Cadet Band

216 Redditch Squadron was formed in 1984 and has a long proud history within West Mercian and also the Wales and West region. The squadron is based at the Army Reserve Centre in Winyates, Redditch and operates 50 weeks a year.

With a number of hard working staff and over 30 cadets the squadron has loads of opportunities for its members ranging from flying to shooting to sport, to playing in the band.