******Update Monday 15th December**** Apparantly the majority of dustbins and boxes were collected over the weekend. If yours was not then leave it at the front of your property and it will be collected in the next 7 days according to our councillors.

If you have received wheelie bins and no longer require your old recycling boxes and old dustbin then you can put them out on the front of your property, for collection by the council over the weekend of 13th & 14th December, they will then recycling them. The council ask that they are, as far as possible, clean before they are collected. Put them out before 6am on Saturday 13th December and they will collect them on either the Saturday or Sunday, or you can dispose of them responsibly yourself.

You can however keep the containers if you wish. An old dustbin could make a water butt or compost bin.

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Also you can now order your Garden Waste Collection for 2015 via the website and save £5 if you order before 31st December – the annual cost is £30

Click here to continue or commence the Garden Waste fortnightly collection in the springtime.

For more about rubbish and litter and what to do about it click on the Village in Bloom Page for the latest in a campaign to clean up our streets.

Until Saturday at our local theatre. Fun for all the family. Check out the theatre’s website for all the information:  HGLT

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Managed by the Community Development Foundation Supported by HM Government’s Office for Civil Society, Community First is an England-wide programme which has run for nearly 4 years. Two funds of money, worth £80m, have been created to help communities come together, become more resilient, and make their local area a better place to live. The funding comes to an end in March 2015

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Each eligible Birmingham Ward had the opportunity to apply for this community funding scheme. Each ward had a Community First Panel, made up of 4 to 8 local people who would represent their community to produce a Community First Plan and to recommend local projects/activities for funding. Panel members were all volunteers and no individual received any financial advantage for their work.

It was also necessary to identify and work with a Panel Partner, who were able to offer support and advice to the panel and ensure that all was fully accountable and transparent in carrying out their responsibilities. Acocks Green Ward Panel received excellent support throughout this period from the Birmingham based Chamberlain Forum who were also a member of the panel. The Acocks Green Community First Panel was ably chaired and administered by Jon Morris of Fox Hollies Neighbourhood Forum with support from the Chamberlain Forum and panel members. They were collectively responsible and facilitated near £90,000 funding being made available for local community organisations over the 4 years. The Neighbourhood Forum are very grateful to the team of volunteers involved for this valued and much-appreciated work, on behalf of the community of Acocks Green.  To give you an example of some of the organisations that received support from the Community First funding, here are just a few of the beneficiaries:

  • Friends Community Centre
  • Fox Hollies Skills Club
  • Acocks Green Carnival
  • Sport 4 Life
  • House of Play and Education
  • ReCom
  • Churches Together Acocks Green
  • Jericho Job Club
  • Westley Vale Millennium Green
  • Acocks Green Focus Group
  • 219th Birmingham Scout Group
  • C de Vision
  • Gospel Oak Community Centre
  • Acocks Green Village in Bloom
  • From Zero to Hero Steering Group

Many of our local organisations, working with dedication and passion for the local community, rely upon external funding such as Community First. The fairness and management of the allocation of these funds is an essential part of the process. The community groups have subsequently benefitted many people. As representatives of Acocks Green, once again we say a Big Thank You!

Acocks Green Carnival has been the biggest annual community get together for 41 years. Many local organisations take the opportunity to promote their causes and raise funds at this important family- focussed summer event. The planning for next year’s carnival starts early and the Carnival AGM will take place on:

Thursday 20th November at 7pm at Acocks Green Methodist Church. Shirley Road.

Stone Hall's Carnival Float 1987. Photo courtesy of Acocks Green History Society

.Stone Hall’s Carnival Float 1987. Photo courtesy of Acocks Green History Society

Because of the dwindling committee, 2015 is likely to be the last Acocks Green Carnival. At the AGM the future of the Carnival will be discussed.  New people and enthusiasm for the event could help secure its future. If you are interested in playing a part in the annual organisation of the event then please come along to the meeting or get in touch with the committee:

Acocks Green Carnival
c/o Fox Hollies Forum
Greenwood Avenue
Acocks Green
Birmingham
B27 7RA

0121 706 0652     email: acocksgreencarnival@yahoo.com

An opportunity to find out more about the goings on in our constituency and voice your opinions to help plan future district priorities.  If you require more information contact: Kam Badhan, Professional Support Officer, Yardley District Office Tel: 0121 464 9095 or  email: kamaljeet.badhan@birmingham.gov.uk Scan039

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: 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.).

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