At the movies!


Thanks as ever for Ken Harrison for the photographs.


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9 Responses to At the movies!

  1. hazel shipton says:

    great to see so many people having fun in the park,how about sound of music next and we can all sing along

  2. Cherie O'Sullivan says:

    What a fantastic night!!! Another great event in Lightwoods Park. Well done to everyone involved especially Richard and his family – for both coming up with the initiative and ensuring the event took place and that everyone had a great time. Thank you to all, including the volunteers who as always did an excellent job – (I heard Sam was great with the traffic) and Ken, thank you once again for your photos! Thank you to the local ward councillors for their support, SLT for their first class marketing campaign and all of the council staff from a number of departments – the park staff, the neighbourhood manager, the grounds maintenance supervisor and the wardens (it is so great to see everyone working so well together – apologies if I have left anyone out). Thank you also to everyone for coming along and supporting the event – it sounds like you all had a great time! It was so great to see Lightwoods Park and Team Bearwood on the News – not so sure about the dancing though – haha! Congratulations….and remember…..great things happen in Bearwood when we go together like rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong!!!

  3. keithbracey says:

    Thanks to you Bob and Richard Marshall and his ‘Team Bearwood’ volunteers who were superb all night…..I hope that local residents in Lightwoods Road were not inconvenienced too much on the night….? I will ask one of my friends who lives towards the bottom of Lightwoods Hill near its junction with Galton Road, how it was for them on the night….? At one point before ‘Grease’ started there was a cresecendo of a cacophony of car horns going off mostly instigated by a bunch of kids in a car with their parents absent to whom I shouted in my best school masters’ voice: ‘Have some respect for the local residents….!!!!’ and that must have been pretty scary as they desisted immediately, looking a little sheepish…..! Job done…and I’m not even one of team Bearwood….! One other observation, in front of us there was a tall, fair-haired woman in a long black coat (on a very dark night too…..) without any high-viz jacket who was helping to direct traffic….very well actually (not sure she was an off-duty policewoman, or a ‘special’ ? However from an insurance point of view she should NOT have been doing it, no matter how much she wanted to help….Naturally in the rush to the exits when the ‘Grease’ credits started to roll she was nearly run over in the rush as cars streamed past us in row 3 near the front and middle as we soaked up the last bit of ‘Grease’ atmosphere by watching the fantastic cartoon closing credits (by the way who is: ‘Louis St Louis’ ? who wrote most of the lyrics for the songs) All it needed was for one of the cars to clip the leg of this kind and concerned lady and she would not have had a ‘leg to stand on’ quite literally if her leg had been broken…..? Think of the consequences for ‘Team Bearwood’ and future events at the park….? I would say leave all of the stewarding to ‘Team Bearwood’ as they are experienced in these matters. Enthusiastic ‘amateurs’ are not what is wanted as they are a danger to themselves and others! A fantastic night of nostalgia and ‘singalong’ songs for me my wife Mary and our friend Caroline. I was 20 in 1978 when ‘Grease’ came out first time around and it brought memories flooding back for me of that time and my then girlfriend at the University of Birmingham. I think we saw ‘Grease’ at The Gaumont Cinema in Birmingham City Centre. Our fantastic evening started with traditional ‘Yarkshire Style’ fishnchips from Simon and his team at Chamberlain’s Quality Fish and Chips nestled between the former Jonathan’s Hotel and McDonald’s up by what we used to call the ‘Warley Bowl’ ( it was the former cinema on that site which was turned into a Bowling Alley) AKA the Bass House, now the Amber Tavern junction of Hagley Road West and Wolverhampton Road. At Chamberlains
    I had the mini fish and chips which was an absolute bargain at £4.95 and my wife had a burger and chips (she is not too keen on fish in batter, Chamberlain’s will grill fish to order for those none too partial to batter) which had a slice of cheese and also a thick slice of Bowketts Black Country Black Pudding smothered in fried onions….. it looked and was delicious….The bill came to just over £10 with drinks which IMHO is an absolute bargain. As we were attending the drive in presentation of ‘Grease’ we got a 20% discount from Simon the proprietor of Chamberlains upon production of our ticket….Thanks to Simon and his team for looking after us so well! With full tummies we ambled back to our car and settled down to watch Grease and were not disappointed….a couple of pints in The Dog afterwards and a perfect night concluded as we drove home singing: ‘You’re the one that I want……! Ooo, ooo, ooo, Honey!!!!’ very satisfied at Lightwoods Parks first drive-in movie presentation… more thing next Spring the next ‘singalong film’ should be: ‘Mamma Mia’! featuring local heroine Julie Walters who grew up in Bearwood at 10 Bishopton Road, nearer the entrance to Lightwoods Park, and after that what about ‘Dirty Dancing’ with Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey, another fantastic ‘feelgood film’ or a darker film for the adults: Liza Minelli’s 1972 Oscar-laden classic: ‘Cabaret’ or even ‘Westside Story’ on ‘My Fair Lady’ those would be my choices for future films that ought to be considered IMHO. What do other Bearwood Folk think? I’m looking forward to the next ‘Bearwood Shuffle’ today…..Bearwood really is the ‘place to be’ this weekend!!!!! Well done ‘Team Bearwood’ and Richard Marshall, Chair of the ‘Friends of Lightwoods Park and House’ and local Abbey Ward Councillor Bob Piper for having the vision to stage this event which was a fantastic triumph of a night for the Bearwood Community

  4. richard - chair FLPH says:

    Hi Keith, I have done a bit of digging into the ‘ the phantom steward’. She was in fact one of ours who for some reason had to nip off site during the film and forgot to put here bib back on, it was a total oversight on her part and once we were a few minutes from the end she got into her alloted position without realising she didnt have it back on. She had obviously filled in her insurance form prior to the event so was covered in case of any issue.

    Thanks for pulling us up on it though, we learn more from mistakes. Just on a footnote for the whole ‘Team Bearwood’ concept we have now had in less than 9 months had over 190 individuals stand up to be counted and help out at different volunteer events, including Bearwood on Ice, clearing Thimblemill Brook, litter picks, charity car wash, leafleting, bucket collecting for the woods, ‘June Day’, stewarding the Olympic Torch and now the Drive In, each one that gives up their time are amazing and do it for the love of their town and nothing else, I salute you all

    • Keith Bracey says:

      Hi Richard, thanks for that, I wasn’t trying to be over-critical as we had a fantastic time but as the cars rushed towards the exits that woman was nearly run over.

      Enjoyed the evening though…..can’t wait for the next one!

      Keith Lightning AKA Keith Bracey

  5. Annie says:

    What an amazing night …Rushed home from work got changed and straight up the park for 6.30pm after parking up my daughter and i went for a stroll round the park and how surprised were we when we see all the old american cars and the fantastic vw camper vans …The atmosphere was amazing with all the cars flashing the headlights and beeping the horns at the end of the film ..No trouble No noisy crowds the end of the film I thought it would take forever to get off the park but thanks to the wonderful stewards I was off home in no time …Thanks again Bearwood ..”Please can we have some more”

    • richard - chair FLPH says:

      Annie – thank you so much , really glad that you and your daughter enjoyed our park for the evening. All the stewards, being volunteers, were really buzzing wth everyone smiling and waving at them on the way out. Makes life muh easier for us to ‘recruit’ for the next event with such a friendly audience, so thank you Annie!!

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