**** This Friday*****Stone Hall Open Day – Birmingham Adult Education Service in Acocks Green

The details of the Open Day at the Stone Hall are below:

Friday 10th July 11am – 2pm

Floristry demonstration
Discover what it is possible to create with flowers when in the hands of an expert.
Ukelele and Guitar performance

Our music groups will be playing during the event. Come along, talk to the musicians and have a go yourself.
IT & Computers
Test your I.T Skills and find out which of computer courses would be the most suitable one for you.
Business and Employability
Find out about our range of traineeship, pre-employability and standalone courses in Business Administration, Retail, Customer Service, Enterprise & Accounts.  Come along, meet the team and find out more about our courses and work experience opportunities.
GCSE Maths & English Information session
Find out about our GCSE courses starting in September. Full course details and induction dates will be available.

mathsLooking to improve your English or Maths skills?
Meet our tutors and find out whether an ESOL, English or Maths Skills for Life course could help you get on better in your everyday life.

For more information check out the website:
Birmingham Adult Education Service
call in to Stone Hall or give them a ring on:
0121 464 9150

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Acocks Green Carnival – this Saturday – 4th July

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum will be represented at this year’s Carnival with a stall selling a variety of plants, some unusual ones too – from herbs and chilli peppers to colourful annuals, all at bargain prices, not the usual garden centre rates. There will be LOTS of stalls from local organisations selling a variety of bric-a-brac, treats and much more. Come along and support your local community and find out about some of the local groups in the area and enjoy the entertainment.


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Smarter Route – New Planters and Trees

The Bloom team has been advised that before the end of June, the council will be placing twenty rectangular containers on the new paving. These will be the same as the one by Burtons.

One of the existing colourful planters with flowers from Jeffries

One of the existing colourful planters with flowers from Jeffries

Seventeen new street trees will be planted in the Autumn and due to a large underground gas pipe, the council is placing 10 large square planters on the pavement with trees and shrubs for all year round interest.

Acocks Green is being judged by the Royal Horticultural Society on Wednesday 8th July in the Britain in Bloom campaign, so if you can help us to meet the deadline with all types of last minute jobs please contact the Village in Bloom Team, watering, weeding, litter-picking and planting, every little bit can help the campaign.

Co-ordinator Fran Lee on 0121 706 0076 or e mail: fran.lee47@yahoo.co.uk.

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*** Update – One Way Restriction on Warwick Road,Acocks Green for Resurfacing: 20th-29th June

Due to resurfacing as part of the Smart Route it is important to note that Warwick Road will be one way and the 37 bus will be diverted:

From Saturday 20th June to Friday 29th June 2015, the carriageway of Warwick Road from Lincoln Road to Shirley Road roundabout will be closed.


Bus Service 37 to City will be diverted via Warwick Road, Olton Boulevard East, Shirley Road and onto Warwick Road to continue normal line of route.  Traffic in the direction of Solihull, (including the 37 bus) will run along the normal route.

****** Please support your local shopping centre during this short disruptive time – they need the shoppers shopping, it may just take a little extra time and change of route. And the Green will look great when its all finished!******

ALL the roadworks in Acocks Green village should be completed by the second week of July and the completion of the Smart Route will be officially opened, with new street furniture and lots more trees and planters to follow.

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Smart Route – Smart New Buses

The end of the road works in Acocks Green is now in sight. It is anticipated that it will be completed by the end of the first week in July. Large planters, benches, cycle parking will be the finishing touches with semi-mature trees being planted in the autumn. Coinciding with the improved village layout will be a fleet of new buses for the 37 bus route.

New buses in Acocks Green arriving this month.

New buses in Acocks Green arriving this month.

They will be painted the new crimson coloured livery and being used on the 37, 71 & 72 buses from Acocks Green Garage. They will have an more environmentally-friendly Cummins Euro 6 Engine, improved heating and ventilation systems, wider isles and easier access. Altogether there will be 50 buses rolled out in the next few weeks, replacing the current fleet. For all you bus spotters out there they will be numbered 2201-2250.

Alexander Dennis Ltd is one of the fastest growing British bus and coach building companies in the world and is based in Scotland.


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16-19 yrs? Opportunity Knocks

If you are 16 to 19 years old and looking for a job, college course, training or an apprenticeship then make sure you get along to this Opportunity Fair in Yardley, just off the number 11 bus route.

A5 BCS - Get Sorted 4 Summer Opportunities Fair flyer


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Yardley Arts Forum – Arts in The Yard

Last week the Neighbourhood Forum invited Arts In The Yard to talk about their work in Acocks Green (and Yardley district).  They look after the local arts forum and work in partnership with local groups on curating and delivering arts projects with social impact.  Hopefully many of you have already seen the two new murals in Acocks Green that Arts In The Yard helped shape.  One is at the Sports Pod on Stockfield Park and the other is an 80ft long wildlife mural designed by lead artist Hoakser.  The lead artist worked closely with the committee at Westley Vale Millennium Green to ensure the piece enhanced the conservation area.  The piece will also form part of Acocks Green In Bloom’s entry this year (the judges love to see new things every year!)  Arts In The Yard hope to work with other community groups in the near future to develop a series of public artworks.

Arts In The Yard are also busy supporting Acocks Green Carnival, which this year takes place on Saturday 4th July.  The carnival committee could really do with some help this year.

There are lots of ways you can help, such as:
  • Attend the next carnival meeting at 7pm in June ( date tbc) at Acocks Green Methodist Church.  Only an hour and the committee are looking for new volunteers
  • Donate a raffle prize
  • Help sell raffle tickets to your family, friends and neighbours

More details from acocksgreencarnival@yahoo.com or find them on facebook.

Also if you are interested in all things creative then come along to one of the regular Arts in The Yard meetings or get in touch. Details below:

Nicola Toms – Forum Coordinator  Arts in the Yard 07743 59 34 39

The Arts Forum for Yardley District covering Acocks Green, Sheldon, South Yardley and Stechford & Yardley North.  Our meetings are scheduled for the first Thursday of most months, 5.15-6.45pm at South Yardley Library

Next planned meetings:
4 June 2015 – 5.15-6.45pm at South Yardley Library
2 July 2015 – 5.15-6.45pm at South Yardley Library

TWITTER: @artsintheyard
FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/artsintheyard
INSTAGRAM: artsintheyard

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