Manor Musical Theatre Company – Fiddler On The Roof ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Fiddler On The Roof – Manor Musical Theatre Company

Sutton Coldfield Town Hall

Tuesday 24th October 2023 – Dress Rehearsal

By Nigel Gambles

Photography – Nigel Gambles Photography

Tradition – something Manor has always been respectful of, and tradition is the main theme of this classic musical.

This the tale of Tevye, the turn-of the century Russian peasant wishing he were a rich man. Battling the wills of his five daughters and keeping the Jewish faith, as sinister forces infiltrate the peace of an historic village, and modern life starts to shift the balance of power. This production is more earthy than showy, and it was all the better for it. It was a stripped-back piece of theatre performed in a way that gave it an especially human touch and immediacy. Beautifully-textured costumes contrasted the threadbare layers of Russian winters with silky, Sabbath finery. Tam Weir a newcomer to Manor anchored the piece as conflicted Tevye (his third outing in this role) complemented by the wonderfully expressive Paula O’Hare as wife Golde, each trapped in the circumstances of changing times, their duet “Do you love me” was perfect. I’m sure we all remember Topol’s wonderful rendition of “If I Was A Rich Man” well Tam’s doesn’t disappoint.

The three older daughters played by Sasha Marsh (Tzeitel) Malaika Martin (Hodel) and Eliza Tall (Chava) play their roles wonderfully showing their struggles with what tradition dictates and what their own hearts want.

The story flows well, the cast gel superbly, and the show set as it is in 1905, resonates in today’s political landscape even more than the company must have anticipated when it was first programmed in.The importance of community is a message clearly at the heart of this production.

Directors Pam and James Garrington have done an amazing job creating a cast with a strong bond supporting each other and sharing their enjoyment at performing with the audience. The group numbers were performed beautifully and choreographed perfectly by Jennie Mason

Midlands Food & Drink Awards 2022

The finalists for the Midlands Food, Drink and Hospitality Awards 2022 have been announced – and there’s plenty for Sutton Coldfield to cheer about, out of the 28 categories Sutton is featured in

People can vote now for their favourites by visiting Voting closes on June 12 and the winners will be announced at a ceremony at The Eastside Rooms in Birmingham on July 4.

Here are the categories and establishments for the Sutton Coldfield

Afternoon Tea Establishment of the Year

The Belfry Hotel & Resort in Sutton Coldfield

Bar/Restaurant Manager of the Year

Jennifer Burton – The Belfry

Gastro Pub of the Year

Butlers Arms in Sutton Coldfield

General Manager of the Year

Rebecca Giles – Butlers Arms

Hotel Bar of the Year

Brabazon Bar – The Belfry Hotel

Oriental Restaurant of the Year

Sushido in Sutton Coldfield

South Asian Restaurant of the Year

Panache in Sutton Coldfield

Vegetarian – Vegan Restaurant of the Year

Cracked Pepper in Sutton Coldfield

For full list of finalists click the link

Sutton Coldfield BID Plans for 2022


The Sutton Coldfield BID has worked and continues to work closely with Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council who have been leading the way in the preparation of the Sutton Coldfield Town Centre Masterplan, working in partnership with stakeholders such as Gbslep Growth Hub and Birmingham City Council community organisations, and Transport for West Midlands.
Statement from BID
“Through these relationships the BID has not only represented business interests but has generated and coordinated practical and financial support for businesses, influenced development plans for the future of the town.
The collective voice of businesses working together translates into productive relationships and outcomes, and when working with other organisations and public bodies, the ability to influence more strategic issues such as the redevelopment of the town centre.
The BID plan for 2022-2027 has been developed to ensure it:
✅ Is balanced to cover all business sectors
✅ Seeks to create and take advantage of new opportunities
✅ Remains relevant and has deliverable and achievable objectives
✅ Tackles issues identified by businesses with the aim of creating a positive and more profitable trading environment”
Find out more about their plans for the future, at
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Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID

The current Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID term is due to end on 31st December 2021 and must undergo a Renewal. Businesses within the BID area have the opportunity to support a third five-year term.
There have been many challenges throughout the last few years that have impacted Sutton Coldfield town centre. The retail industry has changed beyond measure – this is why it is even more important to work together to ensure we all get it right for the future.
Through a business-led programme, the BID’s vision is to work with others to define, develop and promote the identity of Sutton Coldfield which reflects its strengths, characteristics and heritage and is a safe and vibrant place generating pride for its businesses, residents and visitors.
Angela Henderson, Chair of Sutton Coldfield Town Centre BID, said:
“By collaborating with Sutton Coldfield Town Council and Birmingham City Council on delivering and promoting the town’s master plan we have a unique opportunity to survive huge changes and have a say in future changes.”
This is why we need you to #VoteYESsuttoncoldfieldBID to ensure that the business people in the town have a voice and ensure that we end up with a town fit for purpose.
Renewal information has been sent to all eligible businesses, so make sure to return your paper so we can continue to have a collective business voice in the town centre.


PRESS RELEASE 1 February 2021

A new site for Sutton Coldfield’s Covid-19 Vaccination Programme has been launched today, Monday 1st February.

The significant development in the roll-out of vaccines at Sutton Coldfield Town Hall has been the result of collaboration between Sutton Coldfield Group Practice, University Hospitals Birmingham (UHB) Trust, Summerhill Services Ltd, Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group (BSOL CCG), Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, Sutton Coldfield Town Hall and the Rt Hon. Andrew Mitchell MP.

Sutton Coldfield Group Practice has been granted permission by NHS England to change their designated Covid vaccination site from the Falcon Lodge Medical Centre to the Edwardian venue in King Edwards Square. This will allow the Falcon Lodge site to return to surgery use, with its final vaccinations taking place on Sunday 31st January. This move will enable the team to deliver more vaccines per week.


Dr Jean-Claude Desveaux of SCGP said “Both vaccines -Pfizer and Astra Zeneca ‘Oxford’- are very effective and which one given on any day depends on the deliveries we receive.


“We have a wide pool of vaccinators including retired doctors and nurses, paramedics, nurses seconded from different organisations, physios, podiatrists etc to enable us to continue to deliver medical services from our individual sites. The site will be active for 9 hours per day 7 days a week vaccine supply permitting.”


Vaccinations are allocated according to NHS and Government guidelines and visitors will be contacted by telephone for their appointment. Those without an appointment will not be admitted.


Those attending for vaccination do not need to purchase a ticket in the Birmingham City Council pay and display car park which is opposite the Town Hall on Anchorage Road. Adjacent to the BCC car park, The Townhouse has also granted free parking for people attending for vaccination.


Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council is co-ordinating the volunteer steward roles to support the vaccination programme, details of which can be found at Sutton Coldfield Together.

Councillor Simon Ward, Leader of Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council said,

“Thanks to a monumental effort by the SCGP team, many thousands of vaccinations have already been given at the Falcon Lodge Medical Centre. Adding our iconic Sutton Coldfield Town Hall on board as the central vaccination centre for our royal town will increase both the number of jabs delivered to the residents and the speed at which they can be administered. Crucially, it will make residents across our community safer more quickly. Throughout the pandemic the Town Council has stood ready to provide whatever support and assistance residents need and is delighted to again offer this practical support to our local NHS, GPs and residents in this next stage in the fight against coronavirus.”


Rt Hon Andrew Mitchell MP said “ As the National vaccination campaign gathers pace it has always been clear that our Town Hall is the right and best location for our Royal Town . I am proud that working closely with Dr Rahul Daub our lead GP, the Royal Sutton Coldfield Town Council, and the NHS locally and nationally we are now able to surge ahead delivering this life saving service for my constituents in our great Town Hall”.


Birmingham Community Healthcare Trust (BCHC) staff have also begun doing home visits to vaccinate our housebound patients who are not able to travel to any vaccination centres.


Sutton Coldfield Town Hall is an independent, charity-run venue. The Theatre has been closed to the public since March 2020, however it has operated as a Blood Donor Centre, Dance School and Food Bank Donation Centre during the pandemic. Food Bank donations continue at the far side of the building on Mondays and Fridays, 10am – 2pm.

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