Acocks Green Village In Bloom – Launch Saturday 25th April

The theme of this year’s Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom project is:

Greener Streets: Better Lives, the RHS explains the theme:

Greener Streets: Better Lives is a new campaign to tackle the growing number of grey spaces spreading across our comunities and transform them into beautiful green places. It forms part of a wider RHS call to action to get the nation Greening Grey Britain, to address the creeping loss of green spaces across the nation’s towns, cities and villages.

So our local Village in Bloom team having been working hard all year to plan and improve the Green spaces around the village. Plans for this year include hanging baskets to grace the front of Acocks Green train station, more planting on both corners of Woodcock Lane and the team are asking businesses to put out planters and hanging baskets where possible..  The official launch of the campaign takes place at Mallard Community Orchard,  in Mallard Close, 10am-2pm.  All the details are below. Come along and find out more and this special event:

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New Adult Education Courses -April 2015

The new Adult Education Centre Programme is out including some new courses at Stone Hall in Acocks Green. Click on the link to find out more.

Latest Birmingham Adult Education Centre Programme

Birmingham Adult Education Centre - Stone Hall, Acocks Green

Birmingham Adult Education Centre – Stone Hall, Acocks Green

Stone Hall will also be having an Open Day on Friday 10th July 11 til 2pm. Thinking about learning something new? Want to improve your skills for work? Then go along to the Open Day and find out what is on offer at your local Adult Education Centre.



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Springtime beside the Grand Union Canal, Acocks Green

What a wonderful turn out of enthusiastic locals we had on Saturday for the first ‘Adopt a Stretch of Canal’ project we had. The sun shone and we met Steve Lambert the friendly and helpful Volunteer Co-ordinator from the Canals and River Trust. All equipment was provided and the group worked for 2 hours to fish rubbish from canal and towpath and other improvement work. There are lots more jobs planned for future work days including sanding and painting railings and other repairs and maintenance. Also a a working boat will be coming along our stretch on 29th/30th April and volunteers are invited to get aboard and help clear rubbish from the bank and water. Please contact us if you would like to be put on the mailing list for latest updates on how to get involved.

10am and volunteers gather on Vineries Bridge

10am and volunteers gather on Vineries Bridge

Two hours later - satisfying work, time for home and a cup of tea!

Two hours later – satisfying work, time for home and a cup of tea

The community spirit is running high as next Sunday 19th April volunteers are invited to come along to a Spring Clean Up Day at Westley Vale Millennium Green, with free refreshments for all helpers. All the details are here. Also check out some lovely spring photos taken by local resident Tom on the updated Westley Vale Millenium Green page.

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Adopting a Stretch of Grand Union Canal -Saturday 11th April

Local people are invited along on Saturday 11th April to the first working morning of local volunteers and the Canals and Rivers Trust. The plan is to meet on Vineries Bridge (Woodcock Lane) at 10am and then be introduced to Steve Lambert – our Man from Canals. We will work as a group for an hour or so, to tidy and improve the canal stretching from Oak Meadow to Lincoln Road Bridge and hopefully discuss future ideas on ‘Adopting the Canal’ project.  Equipment will be provided but wearing gloves is advisable. We look forward to some great community spirit and seeing lots of you there.

Summer on the Grand Union Canal, Acocks Green

Old Vineries Bridge, Grand Union Canal, Acocks Green


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Friends of Fox Hollies Park – Easter Litter Pick this Saturday

Our near neighbours – Friends of Fox Hollies Park are organising this great event this Saturday, see below. Fresh air, exercise and doing something really worthwhile for the community. Its a lovely green space – here is a little history:

Fox Hollies Park – In 1929 Birmingham City Parks Department acquired Fox Hollies Park, some 40 acres of beautiful park land which was valued then at £250. Winding through the middle of the park is Westley Brook, on which once stood Broomhall Mill, one of a string of mills that ran through the area.  A main feature of the park is the large pool, which boasts a great variety of fish. There are some small wooded areas throughout the park, enhanced in 1989 by the planting of some 3,000 trees.



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Millennium Mural

This month has seen a drab brick wall transformed in Westley Vale Millennium Green by local graffiti artist Hoakser with funding from Arts in the Yard.

Mural by local artist Hoakser, Westley Vale Millennium Green

Mural by local artist Hoakser, Westley Vale Millennium Green

A whole array of native wildlife can be spotted on the mural which you can see from The Avenue entrance. Now it is officially spring and the days are longer than the nights and the lighter evenings will be with us shortly, its a great time to visit our Millennium Green. Listen out for the birds singing, (can you hear the woodpecker knocking?) Spot the ducks on the canal too. If anyone has captured photos of the nature in Westley Vale then contact us and we can arrange for you to send us photos which we can put up a gallery here. Recently seen on the canal were 3 tufted ducks, noticeable by their black and white colouring and funny little pony tail on their heads. Look out for herons too and if you are lucky a kingfisher – on the mural, but also in real life!

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St Mary’s Delight – Bach by Candlelight

A wonderful evening of Bach music organised by the Kimichi School took place on Sunday 1st March. The famous Brandenburg Concertos were performed in full by a talented orchestra from the Northern College of Music, in the impressive surroundings of St Mary’s Church with added atmospheric candlelight. The audience were treated to a rousing performance and it was obvious the orchestra were enjoying playing the music too. This was a rare musical treat for Birmingham and especially for Acocks Green. We were very honoured.  This was all thanks to the exciting new musical addition on the cultural landscape that the Kimichi School is bringing to our area.

Royal Northern College of Music perform Bach's Brandenburg Concertos at St Mary's Church

Royal Northern College of Music perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos at St Mary’s Church

The concert was the culmination of a weekend of music hosted by the orchestra’s lead violinist Charlotte Moseley, in aid of the Kimichi School who are based in the historic Eastbourne House, Yardley Road. The school need people to support them and you can even help by ‘buying a brick’ or two for £5 each to help secure its future. Follow them on Facebook or check out their website to find out more: Kimichi School.

Hopefully there will be lots more musical events to enjoy, we try to keep our What’s On in the Community Page up to date, and you can sign up to our email alerts to receive updates.


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