Village in Bloom Presents Best Shop Front Award

This year, as part of the Acocks Green Village in Bloom project, a Best Shop Front Award has been launched. The AG Village in Boom team recently presented the first award to The Swan Trio for their contribution. Fran Lee, Bloom Co-ordinator tells us why they won this prestigious award:

Best Shop Front – The Swan Trio

Hazel and her colleagues put on a fantastic show for the judges from Britain in Bloom when they visited us on 8th July. They had the brilliant idea to display a representative range of items customers can find inside their shop. The judges were greeted by a line of plant pots on top of the wall, adorned with handmade poppies moulded from old CDs and a pair of boots to illustrate their shoe repairing business (not a load of cobblers), planted up with flowers.

Another clever idea was to use garden canes topped with mohair wool in a variety of colours, echoing a vase of flowers. Butterflies made from brightly coloured pieces of material fluttered from tennis rackets, timed perfectly for Wimbledon and, to add to the welcoming aspect of this business, Hazel’s daughter served drinks and snacks to the judging party which was gratefully received.

Knitted dolls, showing that they sell all kinds of wool, were dressed in baby clothes which are also for sale inside.  The window displayed a good range of jewellery, photo frames and leather goods. What a delight to visit.

Also making our village look attractive, Bowen’s estate agency adorned a new fence with patio roses in addition to the line of Pelargoniums displayed over the shop – who said that estate agents did not always smell of roses?! Banquet Cafe has put up an new attractive awning and E and J Barbers by Woodcock Lane have painted the front of their shop. Gossips took advantage of one of our hanging baskets as well as two planters at the entrance of their shop. Midland Schoolwear also have one of our hanging baskets. The Inn on the Green displays four of our hanging baskets, as does the Red Lion and Thai Dy nail bar next door. Bodylines also enters into the spirit, with their colourful hanging baskets throughout the summer. The team are very grateful for the support it has received from such businesses. Lets hope it is a sign of more support to come.

We are all starting to realise that a clean, well presented shopping centre will attract the crowds made even more attractive, of course, by all the wonderful planting.

Please contact us if you are interested in supporting the campaign in any way.

Fran Lee Co-ordinator – Acocks Green Village in Bloom 0121 706 0076

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Like to Sing? This Sunday in Acocks Green

Come and visit the lovely Eastbourne House, Yardley Road, home of the Kimichi Music School and lift your spirits with a Sing-a-Long.


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A Good Morning’s Work beside the Canal.

Thanks to the 9 volunteers who turned up on a sunny Sunday morning to improve the Canal around Vineries Bridge. Lots of litter was collected, railings rubbed down and painted and weeding done.

Steve, the Volunteer Co-Ordinator, brought along his power tools and spent time cutting back overhanging branches. The towpath looked a lot more tidy after 2 hours work. The next working session will be in October. If you make use of the canal and want to help improve it then get in touch to go on the mailing list for updates on our sessions.

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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!

Our Oasis of Calmness

Tranquility beside the Grand Union

This Sunday we are having our third 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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Summer Reading Challenge – Record Breakers!

Birmingham Libraries have launched the latest Summer Reading Challenge for children to take part in during the school holidays.  The challenge is to read 6 books during their school break and to write a short review of each book, did you love it? Did it scare you? Was it interesting? There will be small rewards along the way and Acocks Green Library will have a disco for all those children who complete the challenge at the end of the summer. So why not go along to the library and sign up to the Challenge and start a summer of reading enjoyment?

The theme of the Challenge this year is Record Breakers.


There are lots of other free activities happening in Acocks Green Library too during the holidays, including Craft Sessions, Story Time and a Sci Fi Day on 1st August. Call in for more details or give them a ring.

Contact and Opening Times of Acocks Green Library

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Get Active in Fox Hollies Park – Starts This Week

foxhollies pop up

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Family Funday at Stockfield Park – This Saturday


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