****** UPDATE: Great news that in the last week the Canals and River Trust have now removed the sunken burnt out barge that had been a serious obstacle to other boats. Thanks to Dave Treadwell for the photos. Also we have had quite a few people say they would like to help with this community project but are still looking for more community-spirited people to come forward.  *****

Many people around Acocks Green enjoy walking and exercising along our ancient waterway, the Grand Union Canal which runs adjacent to Westley Vale Millennium Green, Oak Meadow and through the Grade II listed Vineries Bridge. It almost feels like you are in the countryside here and that time has stood still.  It is a place to escape our busy lives and enjoy peace and quiet, the views and the wildlife.  Back in June a group of locals organised a litter pick along a stretch of canal and quite a few people got involved and took an interest in helping out. Litter is one of the main problems that blights this natural beauty spot. As a way to encourage local communities to take an interest in their local canal the Canals and Rivers Trust  have launched a scheme to encourage local groups to take active role in looking after the waterways. For example this could be a guided walk, nature survey or litter-pick

Click on this link to read more about the scheme: The Canals and Rivers Trust Adopt a Canal Scheme . The campaign is based around the understanding that one activity takes place on the canal at least once a month. Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum is interested to see if local people who enjoy the benefit of having the waterway on their doorstep would like to sign up to be part of this working group. Just a few hours a month would be enough to have the official backing by the Canal and Rivers Trust. As well as improving your local neighbourhood, it gives people the opportunity to get to know others in the area and get some fresh air and exercise. Are you interested? Please contact us by responding to this post or the Contact Us page. We can then go from there. Your details will be kept confidential and not be published on this site (unless you specifically wish us to.).

Everyone is welcome to the Public Meeting this week where you can find out about what is happening in Acocks Green. All the movers and shakers will be there including the Police with their crime update and Fleet and Waste Management talking rubbish and wheelie bins. There will also be discussions on the Post Office plans to move to a new premises in Acocks Green. Refreshments (and biscuits) available.

Autumn on the Grand Union

Autumn on the Grand Union

 

 

 

 

Thanks to Acocks Green History Society for photograph.

Thanks to Acocks Green History Society for photograph

Many local people will be interested in the developments at Eastbourne House, Yardley Road. There was much relief that this beautiful Victorian building with many of its original features intact, has been conserved and it now houses a new music school. The owners of the school welcome local people to come along and have a look at this important landmark house and find out more about the music school.  Here is their website for more information: Kimichi Music School . The school will be open from 10am to 4pm and everyone is welcome to come and have a look round.

 

**UPDATE*** 11th September

There are still places left in the Free Computer First Steps course. Do you or someone you know want to gain more confidence using IT? Or learn how to access the internet or use Word? Ask at Reception of Stone Hall or give them a ring. The course runs Monday 12.30 to 2.30pm and 6.30pm to 8.30pm and Wednesday 3.30pm to 5.30pm (Unfortunately there is no disabled access to this course).

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Acocks Green’s Adult Education Centre has a wide array of courses to make the most of this September. Whether you want to learn something for fun, get more out of life, or gain an important qualification to help your job prospects, you may well find a suitable course in Acocks Green, or at one of the many other Adult Education Centres across the city.

Stone Hall Adult Education Centre, Warwick Road, Acocks Green

There are day time and evening courses, from improving your English and Maths, learning how to use a computer, singing, clothes making, British Sign Language, computerised accounts and LOTS more.  Some courses are free of charge, or if you are in receipt of certain benefits you might not have to pay. The full programme of classes is here.  You can enrol for most courses on line, on the phone: 0121 303 4318, or at the centres in person from Monday 1st September to Saturday 13th September. The usual advice is that if possible, turn up at the time of the class you are interested in. At these times you can usually get to meet the tutor. From September you can also phone Stone Hall Centre directly on: 0121 464 9150 Or you can call into Acocks Green Library to pick up the full programmed of Adult Education Courses across the city.   Learning something new cchange your life (in a good way)!

Wheelie bins in the Acocks Green Ward will be delivered during the month of October. However do not start using them until November. A leaflet with all the information you need will be with the Wheelie Bin and a calendar of the new collection dates.

***There will be an opportunity to find out more about new ways of collecting rubbish and recycling. See the wheelie bins and ask questions on Friday 24th October 10 til 2pm at Fox Hollies Leisure Centre*****

Watch this new video made by local school children:

From November our recycling and rubbish collections are changing. The council has recently been posting out information about the new wheelie bins.  They will be delivered from October if your household has been deemed appropriate, having received a ‘Green Card’.  Each suitable household will receive two wheelie bins, one for household rubbish and one, with separate compartments for recycling.

Wheelie Bin Deliveries will start from the end of September for up to 8 weeks for all suitable (green card)  households.  Each household will have 2 wheelie bins, (unless a request has been received for a second recycling bin from larger households) . Each bin will be fitted with a microchip that will be associated with the property address.  Each bin will also be marked with an address label that states the house number to which it was delivered. An information pack will also be provided, including a collection time calendar, bin use instructions and information about the green waste bin collection service. New bins will be sealed with a tape which will remind residents not to put the new wheelie bins out before the start of the scheduled collection times, as shown on your calendar.

Large Households – If your household consists of 6 or more people then if you wish you can also apply for a larger household rubbish wheelie bin and an additional recycling bin. You must however contact the council by Tuesday 2nd September to put this additional request in. You can complete the form at the website:  www.birmingham.gov.uk/wheeliebins or phone them on 0121 303 1112 (Mon to Friday, 9am-5pm)

Collection of old bins and recycle boxes  – a date is to be arranged for the collection of your old dustbins and recycling boxes.  Alternatively, residents can keep their old bins/boxes or take them for disposal at the Household Recycling Centres.

Start of Wheelie Bin collections –  This will commence from 24th November 2014

Possible Change of Delivery Day – Because of the major changes to the service, there may be changes to your current collection day. You will be informed if this is the case when the bins are delivered.

Non Wheelie Bin Properties –  If you should receive a ‘red card’ which informs that your property is not suitable for wheelie bins there will be no change – you will remain  and continue with black-bags/recycling boxes.
-Blocks of high-rise flats will not receive a card. These properties are already on communal collection services with large containers and they will remain unchanged.
-Houses in Multiple Occupation will receive an information leaflet which informs of what can / cannot go into each of their bins.  There is currently a mix of collection services at such properties and the opportunity will be taken to standardise these as a communal collection service for both rubbish and recycling wherever possible. This will be carried out  from September, separate from the main assessment and delivery of new wheelie bins. . Blocks of flats comprising 4-8 properties will also receive an information leaflet which informs them likewise. As these also have mix of services and the opportunity is being taken to standardise these on a communal collection service for both rubbish and recycling. This will be carried out on a bespoke basis during the autumn.

Don’t forget more information can be found at www.birmingham.gov.uk/wheeliebins

 

If you want to encourage the kids to read more then this is the time – the Summer Reading Challenge is taking place at libraries across the country including Acocks Green Library. Children aged 4 to 11 are invited to sign up to the challenge which involves reading 6 books over the school holidays and writing reviews. Stickers and rewards are given out free along the way. Its a great opportunity to be part of a national club of reading and it’s all free and on our doorstep.

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To check details of opening times click on links below:

Acocks Green Library

South Yardley Library

Many locals and people passing through the village may have been struck by the display of whistles on the central island in Acocks Green. Yes they are whistles! A floral display was designed and produced by Birmingham City Council for this year’s entry into the Chelsea Flower Show. The design represented the contribution that Birmingham made to the First World War. As it is the centenary of the beginning of the WWI, it was felt this would be a poignant display. The whistles were used by advancing troops as a signal to their fellow soldiers. Acme Whistles are still made in Birmingham and have a long history, including being used on the Titanic and are the whistle of choice for football referees.

The Acme Whistle Display

The Acme Whistle Display

Also included in the orginal display were other remembrances of the First World War – including a BSA folding bicycle, a train that carried the troops to the war, a biplane, horses, carrier pigeons and dogs, all of  which played vital roles in the war effort. The different elements have now been separated and many appear in the current Birmingham City Centre’s floral trail. We are lucky in Acocks Green to have part of this award-winning and poignant display.

The whistles were in place just in time for the Village in Bloom judgement day on Tuesday 15th July. So the Bloom team were delighted to have this addition to their work around the village. To read more about Acocks Green Village in Bloom click here

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