Disability Day, Lip Reading and Spanish courses, live music and more at Coventry's BVC Community Centre - The Coventry Observer

12th Aug, 2022

Disability Day, Lip Reading and Spanish courses, live music and more at Coventry's BVC Community Centre

THE BVC Community and Conference Centre in Bulkington has a busy few weeks ahead with a host of events to suit all ages and tastes.

The former school was taken over by charitable company BVC in 1996 which developed it into a multi-activity venue.

It initially received a large amount of funding from the National Lottery and is now a financially self-supporting with all profits ploughed back into the venture.

This Saturday, August 28, there is a Disability Family Fun Day with lots of activities to keep children busy.

Other local disability groups have been invited along to share their own sessions.

The day is free but people need to book in advance via eventbrite here.

On September 1, the daytime film club will be showing Quartet which features Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Pauline Collins.

It is about a group of musicians who live in a home for musicians and every year there is a concert to celebrate composer Giuseppe

Verdi’s birthday and they take part.

The showing is at 2pm and tickets are £5 each.

From September at the centre, a Lip Reading course is running from 2.30pm to 4.30pm every Monday.

The free course taught by qualified tutors is useful for those who have trouble hearing or use a hearing aid.

For more information, email contactcelst@gmail.com or call Sue on 07547 226420

On September 11, Ma Bessie and the Pig Foot Band will be back at the centre by popular demand.

The Pig Foot Band was  in mid-2015 by Julia Titus to share the music of Bessie Smith and her contemporaries, with a new generation of listeners.

Bessie and her band perform classic blues and jazz tunes from the inter-war years with a selection of original songs added to the hand-picked covers.

The gig starts at 7.30pm and tickets, which are selling fast, are £12.50.

Email admin@bulkingtoncommunityandconferencing.co.uk or call 02476 494094 for more information and tickets.

From September 14, people can learn Spanish with Julia who has been running lessons in the language for many years.

There is no set syllabus and sessions are carried out in a relaxed and informal way.

The beginners’ classes will take place every Tuesday between 10am and 11.30am with the course costing £80 for the ten weeks.

Anyone wanting more information should email Julia at tivey@hotmail.com or call her on 07776 195569.

On September 23, The Very Grimm Brothers bring a night of poetry, comedy, silliness and wistfulness to Bulkington.

The pair – aka Adrian Mealing and John Denton – speak about their fears and woes, the relief of pilates, boot camp, lockdowns and sourdough.

Adrian is a Malvern Poetry Slam Champ and sings à cappella with Men In General, A Fistful of Spookies and The Spooky Men’s Chorale (Aus).

John wears several musical hats including his John Denton’s Midnight Band hat.

It starts at 7.30pm and tickets are £12.

Search for The Very Grimm Brothers on Facebook for more information.

On October 1, Boss Acoustic – the sounds of Springsteen – will take place to raise funds for the Bulkington Community and Conference Centre.

Steve Steinhaus returns to play the first of two gigs which will feature classic rock, folk and Americana, along with special guests – blues duo Holly Hewitt and Pete Gardner – in support.

His other gig – on January 29 – will see him team up with his band Dr Teeth who play every year at the BVC.

Visit the ‘BVC Community and Conference Centre’ Facebook page for more on the venue and its events.

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