It’s nearly time for Alvechurch’s annual Pumpkin Festival, which takes place this year on Saturday October 26 from 10.30am to 4pm in the village hall.

Entrants can pick up an entry form from The Lounge or download from http://www.alvechurchvillagehall.co.uk, and carve or decorate a home-grown or shop-bought pumpkin or create a pumpkin-related craft item.

As well as the pumpkin display, there will be pumpkin-themed activities for children, and pumpkin soup and cakes in the Pumpkin Café. Alvechurch Community Choir will be singing to promote the Festival at 11am in the square and 11.45am outside the hall.

Funds raised will go to the hall and Papyrus (Prevention of Young Suicide).