THERE was plenty of fun for all ages when the annual ‘Enjoy Rubery’ festival took place in the village last weekend.
Performances and displays were held at Father’s Barn last Friday and on Saturday New Road hosted a multitude of activities and events.
Street magician Luke Baker, Bromsgrove singer Jack Goodall, Blackwell Concert Band, Glamba and members of Richardz Dance all performed on Rubery’s main shopping street.
The event was wool-attended by members of Rubery WI who yarn-bombed the village as part of the celebrations and four-legged Rubery residents improved their fitness levels with dog agility training in St Chad’s Park.
Also in the park was high-octane skateboarding and DJs as part of the ever-popular Summer Jam.
A silk screen exhibition was held at Rubery Library along with a Teddy Bears’ Storytime for youngsters while representatives from Rubery in Bloom educated and encouraged locals on what they could do to help make the village ‘cleaner, greener, prettier and more neighbourly’.
St Chad’s Church hosted a craft fair on the Saturday, there were bite-sized classics from Bromsgrove’s Orchestra of St John and wannabe movie-makers found out how to create films on their phones with a professional directing team.
Festivities kicked off with Meet the Rubery Singers at St Chad’s Church last Tuesday and the curtain came down on the festival with Love Rubery at the village’s social club on Sunday afternoon when there was also a history walk around the village.
At Love Rubery a number of acts performed live including singers Scott Cartwright, Issi Young, Gary Lynail, Libby, Charley T, Roy and Ella and Tammy Moore.
Stand-up comedians Jay Edkins and The Standard’s own Tristan Harris also performed their sets.
Rev Claire Turner from St Chad’s Church said: “The opening night at Father’s Barn was brilliant – we had so many people turn up and many of them said we needed to hold events like this more often.
“The fun then continued for the whole weekend – there was a brilliant atmosphere and community spirit and everyone was really positive about the event.
“We are already looking forward to next year’s event and the Rubery Village Association will be meeting soon to start planning it.”
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