Swansong at St Mary’s

A wonderful evening of classical music was enjoyed last week in Acocks Green. Once again the Swansong musical series has delighted music-lovers in the area with an interesting mix of concerts performed at St Mary’s Church. The acoustics are perfect for the instruments, and here is a little snippet of the concert –  Cypress Trio performing Brahms Piano Trio in C Minor.

They also performed a delightful Debussy Trio. Thanks again to Mike Byrne for organising this musical series. Tickets for future concerts are available from Acocks Green Library or check out our What’s On Page.




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Westley Vale Warm Up

We are lucky to have the 5.5 acre Westley Vale Millennium Green in our area, offering a chance to get close to the natural world and a relaxing place to enjoy a walk or jog.  This time of year you can spot a variety of birds and ducks as well as lots of squirrels. There is also a good range of trees and the autumnal colours are most  impressive.  If anyone would like to share some photos of the Millennium Green then please get in touch. Here is one created and taken by the editor last weekend. The yellow leaves from the willow contrast well with the dark brown of the brown beech leaves.

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Land Art Installation Westley Vale – November 2015

Also on Saturday mornings there is a chance to really work up a sweat with the local Fitness company.  If you fancy trying it out, the first session is FREE.


The main entrance to Westley Vale Millennium Green is on The Avenue.

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Towpath Upgrade and Temporary Closure

As part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution Funding, which aims is to encourage more people to cycle, the upgrade of the towpath into Birmingham City Centre continues. It is soon to reach Acocks Green. Therefore the towpath from Yardley Road bridge to the corner of Oak Meadow will be closed to cyclists (and possibly pedestrians) from 16th November to 24th December, whilst the work takes place.

Cottesbrooke Walking Group next to Oak Meadow and the Grand Union. November 15

Cottesbrooke Walking Group next to Oak Meadow and the Grand Union. November 15

Fortunately, at the junction with Oak Meadow there is the alternative path that runs alongside the allotments and the Yardley Cemetery, and so hopefully the work won’t be too much of an inconvenience for those cyclists and walkers that use the towpath. Any more information that anyone has on the towpath work would be appreciated.

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Happy Twenty First to Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

A Twenty First Celebration – A message from the Chair

1994 to 2015  Congratulations on reaching this  milestone

May I also offer a very special thanks to all the executive members and officers, who over these years, have voluntarily given their time and efforts to ensure there’s a place for the principles and work of the Forum, for the benefit of all.

We have had many projects and challenges that have resulted in successful outcomes. Hforumowever, one of our main aims is the opportunity to bring residents together, to share experiences and discuss topics. Many of these at our 69 public meetings, to date, where over 2000 residents have joined in with these discussions.  We have had many successes and influences  over the years, readily seen and reported and, of course, we have seen areas where we may not have been so successful. But one of our main aims is to promote community engagement and that our social neighbourhood should be a delight and a refuge, for the benefit of all who are involved with it.

Vineries Bridge, Acocks Green, received Grade II Listing thanks to AG Neighbourhood Forum

Vineries Bridge, Acocks Green, received Grade II Listing thanks to AG Neighbourhood Forum

Always, to continue to promote the interests of our local area and all its community, where we can  work together for the benefit of all.  Where belonging to a place and to support each other, is considered important, where there is  a feeling of engagement and connection to that place where we live and a sense  of being part and respect for who we are and our heritage, where we can hopefully, in some way, be able to influence what happens.

We are currently, experiencing many challenges and the times ahead may be difficult and we could foresee a reconfiguration of our experiences and circumstances.  Therefore, it may be even more important to maintain our collective engagements and values that make us who we are, a civic heritage that many of us still consider worthwhile and which has served us well, over many years.

Finally, it has been a great privilege to have served you over many of these years and to have had the opportunity to work with many great people  in Acocks Green.  To share their thoughts and ideas, to ask the many questions in search for the answers and to stay and remain safe and  hopeful for the future of our common interests, in Acocks Green.  A place that some of us still call the ‘Village.’

Therefore, let us continue and build on the strengths of ‘Team AG’, where anything is always possible.

Kind regards to you all

David Treadwell, Chair, Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

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Panto Season is Just Round the Corner….

Fancy something interesting to do on the cold winter evenings?


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Clean Up and Tidy Morning on the Grand Union Canal – This Sunday

We are lucky here in Acocks Green to have a stretch of the Grand Union Canal enhancing our local environment. The canal adds to the local heritage and offers humans and wildlife an oasis of calm. With the added greenery of Westley Vale Millennium Green beside the canal, you can easily forget you are in Birmingham at all!


This Sunday we are having our fourth working morning with the Canals and Rivers Trust as part of the ‘Adopt a Stretch of Canal’ event and all locals are welcome to come along and help. Jobs include litter picking, cutting back branches and painting railings.

All locals are most welcome to come along and help improve our waterway for ourselves and the wildlife. All equipment is provided, just wear sensible shoes.

Meet at the old Vineries Bridge on Woodcock Lane at 10am – See you there!

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New Community Choir in Acocks Green

This looks like a pleasant distraction from the longer nights, cold weather and Sunday evening blues!  Everyone knows that singing lifts your spirits. All the information below, £2.50 per session or termly rate.

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I love to hear a choir. I love the humanity…to see the faces of real people devoting themselves to a piece of music. I like the teamwork. It makes me feel optimistic about the human race when I see them cooperating like that.
Paul McCartney (born 1942); Singer/songwriter

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