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Weekend Picks: The Women of the Great War

Leicester: Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens - Sunday from 2pm

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The efforts of the Women of the Great War have long been credited as a significant reason for the winning of the female vote.

With the political landscape of the past 12 months being at the forefront of everyones mind, it's hard to imagine a time where half the population were denied the freedom of expression or political opinion.

Hosted by Cynthia Brown, this talk will look at the experiences and contributions of women to the efforts of the first world war, and the effect those efforts had in later years.

The talk will focus on the wartime roles of women in the home and in local industries, as wives and widows of men in the forces, and on their own account in the Women’s Land Army and other wartime services.

Refreshments will be available, booking is essential.

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Weekend Picks: The Big Castle Bird Watch

Kidderminster: Worcestershire Museum, Hartlebury Castle, Sunday 11am-4pm

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The RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch is an initiative encouraging people all around the UK to give at least an hour to discover the bird life in their area.

This weekend, you can take part in the project alongside other budding wildlife watchers by joining the Hartlebury Castle Big Bird Watch.

Use binoculars to see which birds you can identify, try the bird quiz, create your own Bird Blow Darts game and make an Apple Bird Feeder to take home.

The project has been taking place since 1979 and allows the charity to monitor trends and understand how birds are doing. Don't forget to register online for your free big bird watch pack.

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Weekend Picks: Another Happy New Year

Nottingham: Old Market Square, Saturday 11:00 to 16:00

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It's still a week to go until the beginning of the Chinese new year, and this year it's the year of the Rooster, but theres plenty to get involved with to get you in the mood ahead of the official celebrations.

With a brand new free event showcasing Chinese culture in Nottingham's Old Market Square this weekend, there's no reason not to get involved.

Visitors can expect food, drink and craft stalls, live singing and dancing and even traditional lion dance performances.

And to compliment the events, a Nottingham-based artist will also be illuminating the University's iconic Trent Building with an array of images to capture contemporary and traditional elements of Chinese art and culture.

Police confirm "false" bomb threat at Crown and Magistrates' Courts

Police have confirmed the bomb threat was false Credit: BPM

Birmingham's city centre law courts were evacuated today over a "false" bomb threat.

Staff were told to leave Birmingham Crown and Magistrates' Courts around 8.30am after the alarm was raised.

Police used sniffer dogs to complete searches of both city centre sites for around two hours.

Police issued the following statement:

We were called to reports of suspicious packages being left at the Birmingham Magistrates and Crown courts at around 8.40am today.

Around 10.40 officers announced staff had been allowed to return to the buildings after "false reports of a suspicious package."

– Police statement
A heavy police presence remained following the threat. Credit: BPM

It is understood the threat was made to the law courts by an outside caller.

Security of the site is conducted by private security firm G4S.

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