A large number of external organisations meet on our premises during the week. For more information on any of these groups, visit the organisation’s web site, or use our contact form – your message will be passed on.
Autism West Midlands
The group provides an evening support group for adults with Asperger Syndrome or High Functioning Autism. This is a chance to share experiences and get support from other people with the same diagnosis. Each meeting is led by an Autism West Midlands member of staff and includes specially designed training and activities to help you learn more about Autism. The group meets once per month on a Monday evening, 18:00-19:30. This is followed by a meal and drink at a local pub. If you would like to attend please contact Joanne via the Church Office.
Birmingham Ileostomy Association
Provides support to ileostomists and internal pouch patients within the Birmingham area.
We have links with the stoma care nursing staff at all the local hospitals. Members receive the IA Journal and the Midlands IA Bulletin at regular intervals throughout the year.
Regular meetings are held throughout the Birmingham area. Please contact Mary Cotterill via the Church Office for details
Chronic Fatigue Support group
11:00-12:00 on the third Wednesday of the month in room 1.
Deaf Feel Good Group
This was set up by members of the deaf community in 2013 to try and combat the social isolation felt by many members of the older Deaf BSL Community. We believe that our bi-weekly clubs provide an important opportunity for the older generation of the Deaf community to meet, socialise and have fun in their preferred language of BSL. Our club runs every other Monday of and is held in the Solihull Methodist Church Hall. The club is open from 11:00–15:00, allowing four hours to relax, chat and socialise. Some weeks we invite a guest speaker to come and share information or stories with the group. Each member of the club pays just £3.00 to attend, and then we provide tea, coffee and biscuits. We also organise trips and outings to different places – most recently to the Harry Potter Studio tour. If anyone would like to attend the club, or would like more information they are welcome to contact the group via Church Office.
Solihull Embroiderers’ Guild meet on the first Tuesday of the month (except August and October), from 14:00-16:00 or 19:30-21:30. We welcome anyone with an interest in textiles and embroidery – no experience necessary! We also hold regular workshops and friendly stitching sessions which are suitable for all levels of ability. For more information, please visit the national Embroiderers Guild web site www.embroiderersguild.com.
Second Wednesday in the month from 19:30 in room 1.
Meetings are for Families and Friends of those with a Drug or Related Behavioural Problem.
To make contact with a local FA member before going to a meeting, please contact the Church Office.
Every other Saturday between September and June from 10:00-12:30 in the Community Centre, teaching the Finnish language to adults and children.
FIRS (Friends in Retirement)
FIRS exists to provide low cost enjoyable daytime activities for the over-50s of the borough. We have 1400 members in 5 branches, offer 16 different activities. Some 60 sessions each week spread over 14 venues. Short mat indoor bowling, numerous dances, keep fit and Tai Chi groups, art and craft sections, Bridge and whist, and a rambling section are provided by the Central Solihull branch. Visit our web site at www.friendsinretirement.co.uk.
FIRS have two groups working out of the Methodist church complex:
- Friday afternoons our German Conversation group meet in the Crèche,
- Our “Singing for Pleasure” section get together in the Margaret Wharam Room to give it their all. This is a large group who enjoy singing together, and often now travel round the area to give recitals and a lot of pleasure. They don’t consider themselves good enough to be called a choir, but do enjoy singing. “If you sing in the bath, then we have a place for you”.
Gentle Exercise Class
Come and join us for gentle exercise to music, have fun and meet new people and get your body moving. Especially designed for those with osteoporosis and arthritis or anyone wishing to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Classes are held on Wednesday mornings from 10:00
Meet in the Room 4 on Thursdays from 13:45-15:45.
Beginners and more experienced lace makers welcome but booking essential.
The Solihull Centre of the National Trust holds a Meeting on the last Friday of the month, September to March (except December) at 14:00 when Members enjoy illustrated talks on a wide range of topics.
Examples are lectures on properties, canals, countryside, cities of Europe, Queen Mary cruiser, behind the scenes by an Auctioneer and antiques expert, and Trooping the Colour and Ceremonial duties.
New members are encouraged to join when attending, whilst guests are always welcome for a small admission fee, which includes tea and a biscuit during the interval.
Full details can be seen on the Centre Website: www.nationaltrust.org.uk/features/solihull-centre.
Parkinson’s UK (Solihull Branch)
Solihull Branch of Parkinson’s UK meet every Tuesday morning in the Church Hall for exercise classes given by a qualified Extend teacher. There are two classes, one starting at 10:00 until 11:00 when there is a coffee break, with the second class starting at 11:30 until 12:30. They are easy going, friendly classes and anyone with Parkinson’s and their carers are welcome to come along.
The Solihull Branch is a thriving group with over 300 members. There are also lots of social events and bi-monthly meetings with a variety of speakers. Anyone wishing to come along to any of the events would be most welcome.
For more details, contact Barbara Xifaras (Membership Secretary) via the Church Office.
Solihull Evening Women’s Institute
We meet in room 5 in the Community Centre at 19:30 on the third Wednesday of every month except August. We have varied and interesting speakers at our meetings and have the opportunity to attend organised events and outings throughout the year.
Visitors and new members are always very welcome to come along and enjoy the fun and friendship of local women. The WI is so much more than about making jam and cakes these days.
Solihull Pensioners’ Convention
We are a local group which pursues the interests of pensioners in the Solihull area and promotes their welfare both now and in the future; securing dignity, respect and financial security in retirement.
Our branch holds monthly meetings with talks on a wide range of topics; legal, social, financial, health, transport and some of general interest. Our meetings are informal with about 30 to 40 people. Membership is not restricted to those who have actually retired.
We are affiliated to the National Pensioners’ Convention (NPC) which is the principal organization representing pensioners in the United Kingdom.
Solihull Photographic Society
Our long-established Society welcomes members with an interest in photography whatever their level of experience. Our activities include talks from well-known photographers and members regularly get together for meetings, competitions, trips out, social events and practical sessions. We are also keen to provide help to those who wish to improve their photographic skills. This includes regular informal technical workshops held at the Methodist Church Hall on the last Monday of most months. For further information check out our website: www.solihullphotographicsociety.co.uk
Solihull Singing for Pleasure
The Solihull Singing for Pleasure group invites anyone who wants a jolly good sing, a cup of tea and a new set of friends, to join them on Wednesday afternoons at 14:00 in the Margaret Wharam Room.
For further details, please contact the Church Office.
Solihull Writers is a friendly club for people who have a shared interest in writing. Our programme of activity is designed to encourage all aspects of writing and to support the different interests of members. Meetings start at 19:30 on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month except for August and the second Wednesday in December. They are held in the Margaret Wharam Room. Please see our website for more details at www.solihullwriters.co.uk
The University of the Third Age is the national representative body for U3A’s across the country. U3A’s are self-help, self-managed lifelong learning co-operatives for older people no longer in full time work, providing opportunities for their members to share learning experiences and to pursue learning not for qualifications, but for fun. Solihull Widney U3A is one of 13 U3As in the Solihull area and of those we, Solihull Central U3A and Silhill U3A all use Solihull Methodist Church Hall for their respective monthly meetings.
- Solihull Widney U3A Core meeting: third Friday in the month, 10:00-12:00
- Central U3A Core meeting: last Thursday in the month, 10:00-12:00
- Silhill U3A Core meeting: first Friday in the month, 10:00-12:00
- Widney U3A: Painting
- Central U3A: Book Group
- Central U3A: Gardening
- Silhill U3A: Painting
- Widney U3A: Recorder groups
- Silhill U3A: Recorders
- Blossomfield U3A: Music Appreciation
- Central U3A: Craft
- Blossomfield U3A: History
Warwickshire Leisure Studies: History of Art
Every Tuesday from 14:00-16:00 in the Margaret Wharam Room.
Fully illustrated lectures on the history of art.
Warwickshire Leisure Studies: Reading
Every other week on Thursdays from 10:00-12:00 in room 1.
This is a friendly, well-established, study group where new faces are always welcomed. Classes are run to a lively, tutor-led, discussion based format where, after introductions to the author and set texts, students concentrate on a set portion of the text each week and consider pre-selected extracts in order to discuss a range of questions and topics both those planned by the tutor and those introduced by themselves.