Acocks Green Calendar 2020

The exclusive Acocks Green wall calendar full of colourful photos of our area is now available! The first batch is in the shops and more have been ordered. A BIG THANK YOU to everyone who submitted photos, from children to semi-professionals, we had such a wide array of interesting photos to choose from. We really appreciate the effort that people went to. We could only choose 12 photos (+ 1 for the cover) however. The photographers who had their photos selected for the calendar have been notified and will be receiving their complimentary copies very soon.Calendar 2020 Promo

All profits from the calendar will go to Acocks Green Village Partnership, which is a not- for-profit umbrella organisation of local groups. Last year the Partnership agreed to donate the profits to the cost of summer bedding plants for the village.

The calendar is being sold at everyone’s favourite hardware store – Jeffries and our lovely, friendly S & H Jewellers and this year they are only £6. (And you may notice  our local celebrity cat features in February 2020!)

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Help with Getting Online

**** STOP PRESS*** FREE  WORKSHOP for Over 55s*********
In collaboration with Vodafone, Yardley Neighbourhood Network Team are running a free workshop to help citizens in the area get the most out of their technology – whether that is a mobile phone, tablet or computer. The TechConnect workshop will offer practical advice and easy tips on how to keep in touch with friends and family, find and connect with online communities, and how to use devices to pay bills, do online shopping. The first TechConnect workshop in Yardley takes place on:

Friday 1st November, 2019, 1pm – 3pm at South Yardley Library B25 8LT
These friendly, informal workshops are aimed at the over 55’s and are free to those that attend, so if you know anyone who would benefit do let them know!  Please contact either Natalie Tichareva or Andrea Maynard on 0303 040 2040 or email ntichareva@disability.co.uk

Big thanks also to ReCOM who came to our Public Meeting 1st October and gave an interesting presentation about their work in our area.
recomReCOM’s aim is to help people get online. With more and more government services going online and access to opportunities going “digital by default”, many are missing out on the practical, social and financial benefits the internet can bring. Their training is tailored for the individual, helping explore what each person would like to learn and help grow their confidence in using IT and the internet safely and independently.

We like to think of ourselves as a small charity with big impact! The work we do wouldn’t be possible without the dedication and passion of our amazing volunteers. Each volunteer is trained to support learners improve their IT and digital skills but, above all, they are friendly, patient, and able to put each learner at ease, working at their own pace.

Local Projects include Access IT for Employment project and IT@Home – both are completely free for those using the service.

Wednesday mornings at Acocks Green Library you’ll find their team running
Access IT for Employment. Here, those looking for work can book onto one-to-one sessions to improve their digital skills. Using the library PCs, you can have support to build a CV and cover letter, set up and use email, register on jobsites and complete online applications effectively – all while learning computer skills that can be used both professionally and personally. They also partner with other local employment organisations, so if you need help with interview skills or clothes, they can point you in the right direction!

IT@Home is their service for those who have difficulty leaving the home, perhaps due to health or mobility issues or because they care for someone who is housebound. A visiting volunteer can provide weekly home visits for up to 12 weeks, bringing our IT training direct to the learner. Often supporting IT@Home learners with digital skills that help them to regain independence, e.g. completing home shopping, managing utilities and accessing services online, as well as reconnecting with friends and family, e.g. through social media or applications such as Skype.

Get in Touch! If you would like to find out about volunteering for ReCOM, or know someone who could benefit from some training, please contact: ReCOM at admin@recom.org.uk or by phone 0121 663 0335

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Tuesday 1st October

A chance to find out more about what is happening in our area. The new Acocks Green Police Sergeant Craig Woolaway will be present as well as other representatives. Oct19 POSTER

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Village in Bloom Strike GOLD Again

Well done to the dedicated team of volunteers who have worked hard all year to make the village look lovely with freshly sanded and varnished benches, colourful planters, community projects, amazing flower beds and so much more. The judges were again impressed by the variety of improvements and community engagements the team had achieved. This is an excerpt from the RHS judges comments:

The team do an outstanding job with tremendous support from local residents, schools, businesses (large and small!) Community groups and Birmingham City Council. With events and initiatives throughout the year the Bloom campaign makes a real difference with everyone pulling together to brighten up the Village.

Just a few photos that highlight some of the work achieved over the summer. Hover over the photos to read more about the work.
So WELL DONE once again to our volunteers. If you are interested in helping Village in Bloom in someway there are lots of ways to do this from digging, making donations, painting, litter-picking, watering and tidying up beds/planters. To find out more come along and chat to us or contact the co-ordinator :
Fran Lee: – fran.lee47@yahoo.co.uk or  0121 706 0076

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Canal Clean Up – 15th September

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum set up a collaboration with Canals and Rivers Trust to adopt a stretch of canal back in 2016. A group of volunteers meet up a few times of year to clean and tidy the canal, picking up litter, cutting back branches, fishing dumped junk out of the water. Anyone who would like to come and help is welcome. We would really like to find someone who had a dingy or canoe to come down and help fish rubbish out of the canal too! New people are always welcome.posterCANALsep19

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Saturday 31st August at Woodcock Lane

Come along and support Acocks Green Village in Bloom. There will be plant sales, bric-a-brac, a raffle, local Acocks Green honey to buy, free seed-sowing with children and gardening advice. A chance to meet some of the team that work hard to improve Acocks Green. You can find out more about their work.

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Acocks Green Calendar 2020 !

Following the sell-out success of previous Acocks Green calendars we are thinking ahead and putting a call-out for your best landscape photos taken of our area in the last couple of years. We have had some great contributions from local people and we are hoping to for a high calibre again.

Just a reminder of some of the lovely photos used in this calendar from three different contributors:

Last year’s calendar raised several hundred pounds that went towards funding some of the colourful planting around Acocks Green, so the money raised goes straight back to the benefit of our village.

The photos should be landscape, high quality at least 8 megapixels (3000 pixels wide & 2000 pixels high). The photos should be identifiable as Acocks Green and it is good to see the different seasons and aspects of our area.

Closing date for submissions in 30th September. You need to email the photos to AGNForum@hotmail.co.uk. You can submit as many photos as you like. Have a look through your photo files or get snapping !

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