Check out the free events taking place in Stockfield during half term week:
May 21, 2013
April 15, 2013
There was a great turn-out of volunteers on Saturday 13th April to launch the Village in Bloom 2013 entry, and for once it was warm and sunny. Box hedging was planted as well as holly and hawthorn hedging and a variety of herbs. The focus of the Village in Bloom this year is edible plants, so it is appropriate that this year we have had the addition of the wonderful Mallard Community Orchard to Acocks Green. Nine fruit trees have been planted as well as fruit bushes. There is lots more work to do around the village, to make it more attractive, not just with gardening, but tidying, painting and repairs. A friendly bunch of volunteers meet most Wednesdays and Sundays and new volunteers are always welcome. Find out more on the Village in Bloom page.
April 4, 2013
Acocks Green is celebrating the nationwide launch of Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Britain in Bloom 2013 in its newly created orchard in Mallard Close, slap bang in the middle of two blocks of shops, on Saturday 13th April starting at 10 am – come along to find out more.
Many local people have already been involved by planting fruit trees including apple, plum and damson and a ‘jam hedge’ but volunteers shall be adding to this by sowing seeds provided by the RHS to produce an array of herbs including thyme, chives and rosemary which everyone can pick and eat in future.
Fran Lee the co-ordinator of Acocks Green Village in Bloom says that this project has been very popular with locals creating an edible oasis on what used to be a derelict piece of land full of rubble, sweet wrappers and car parts!
Stephanie Eynon, RHS Community Horticulture Manager, said
Britain in Bloom isn’t just about pretty hanging baskets brightening up gloomy streets, it’s about improving the environment, enhancing lives and bringing communities together through gardening. Edible Britain’ will see new public herb and vegetable gardens planted across the UK, bringing access to tasty produce to thousands.
Each year more than 200,000 people devote almost 4.4 million hours to enhancing their community through Britain in Bloom, saving the country thousands of pounds. On average groups plant 115,000 trees, 352,000 shrubs and 21.6 million plants and bulbs each year.
Anybody can set up or join their nearest group by typing in their postcode into an online map found at www.rhs.org.uk/getinvolved For more information regarding Acocks Green Village in Bloom, please contact Fran Lee at Acocks Green Village in Bloom on 0121 706 0076/e.mail: firstname.lastname@example.org . New volunteers are always welcome.
March 28, 2013
Arts in the Yard (Yardley Arts Forum) and Blakesley Hall are working in partnership to offer a free arts weekend at Blakesley Hall in Yardley. It has been kindly funded by South Yardley Community First, through the Community Development Foundation.
It will include music workshops, drawing and painting, dance performances, storytelling, craft activities, group sculputre a treasure hunt and art gallery
It runs on Saturday 30th and Sunday 31st March from 12 til 4pm. It is easily accessible by no.11 bus, about 2 miles walk from Acocks Green.
For further information you can contact Blakesley Hall on 0121 464 2193
March 27, 2013
March 25, 2013
The are some interesting and varied courses proposed at Stone Hall Adult Education starting in April. The subjects and lengths of courses vary from a few weeks to 10 weeks and include such subjects as Art Appreciation, On-Line Marketing for your Small Business, Clothes Making, Nail Art, Workskills, Music Technology, as well as First Step Computers and English and Maths skills. Call into the centre for the new programme or give them a ring - tel: 0121 464 9150
You can also have a look at the full list of courses citywide on the Birmingham Adult Education Service website:
March 17, 2013
Thanks to all the locals who came along to Mallard Community Orchard on Saturday 16th March to take part in the first ever Big Dig, a national campaign to encourage community gardening and growing food together. Despite the cold and drizzle, lots of volunteers got stuck into the digging and 7 fruit trees were planted as well as fruit bushes, including blackcurrants and an unusual edible honeysuckle. After 4 months of hard digging the orchard is nearly complete. Whilst working on the land the volunteers have found a selection of buried ‘treasure’ which was put on a display table, and is now known as The Acocks Green Hoard.
Thanks to The Spread Eagle and The Swan Trio who supplied refreshments to the thirsty gardeners. Also thanks to all the locals who came to say hello and express their interest and support. There is still lots more gardening and tidying work to do as part of the Village in Bloom and new volunteers are always welcome. Here is a selection on photos from the day, if anyone else has some to share, please get in touch.