Many people love the idea of spending a romantic evening with their beloved on Valentine’s Day. On the other hand, some people just hate the whole cheesy idea of it. And what to do if you’re single?!

This year, there could be an answer! A special “Escape the Cheese” event is to be held this Tuesday evening, all in aid of the Northfield Orchards project.

We asked Tim and Rachna to tell us more:

B31 Voices: Why?!

Rachna: I just don’t like Valentine’s day. I’ve never been a fan of flowers and big pink hearts, but I especially never liked the way Valentines makes people feel inadequate or bad if they don’t celebrate it in some way. So, when Tim was looking for someone to help him organise an alternative Valentine’s day event I jumped at the chance to help out.

Tim: I’m a bit of a romantic myself, but Valentine’s has never really worked for me. It all feels a bit too artificial. So I thought: let’s get people together on the 14th, but let’s do something different.

B31 Voices: Why “Escape the Cheese”?

Rachna: We were in the initial planning stages of the event and we’d been pulling together all the ideas of things we didn’t want our event to be and everything we came up with was all the usual red hearts and flowers. So once we had our list of what we wanted to avoid, with cheese in big letters, we just had to come up with a name. All the names that came to mind at first were really cheesy so I just started to think “How can we avoid the cheese? How can we escape it?” and there you go.

B31 Voices: Why Northfield Orchard as beneficiary?

Tim: We really wanted to raise money for a good local project – something where people could see the difference on their doorsteps. So we asked a few people for ideas and the Northfield Orchards project was our favourite. We really like the idea of fruit trees springing up all around Birmingham!

You can join Rachna and Tim and other like-minded people on Tuesday 14th February, 6.30 – 8.30pm, Urban Coffee Company, Church Street , B3 2NP  

Tickets: £2 (booked in advance via Eventbrite) or £3 if you just turn up. (18+ only)

The night combines good company with live music from ragtime blues good-timers The Mellow Peaches, spoken word and a raffle with fantastic prizes from companies like Lush and Birmingham’s Electric Cinema (see the Facebook page for a peek).

All to raise money for the Northfield Orchards project to plant trees which will one day grow into local orchards.

Read More:

Northfield Orchards project 

Escape the Cheese on facebook

Escape the Cheese on twitter

Venue: Urban Coffee Company leaflet.pdf


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