Hooray for Village in Bloom!

Representatives from Acocks Green Village in Bloom attended the award ceremony for the Heart of England RHS In Bloom Ceremony in Burton on Trent on
Thursday 20th September.

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The Golden Team 2018 – the hard work has paid off.

Great news! Acocks Green Village has won Gold for the forth year in a row.  It has been a real team effort and so many people, businesses and organisations have supported the work of the Bloom team – this is a big part of their success. The motivation remains the same as Bloom Co-ordinator Fran Lee said about the award ceremony:

People were present today from all walks of life – from lovely rural towns to Soho Road in Handsworth but all of us have the same philosophy – a love of being involved in shaping our surroundings and giving pride to the people who live in these places.

Next on the agenda –  the RHS Heart of England Neighbourhood Awards – around 300 people have been personally invited to Acocks Green to attend these Bloom Awards next week.  We have been chosen as the host because of our established involvement in Village in Bloom and our continued success.

And then we will be advertising dates for Mass Autumn Bulb-Planting Sessions so that our village can be full of even more beautiful spring flowers next year. Watch this space!

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Public Meeting – Tuesday 18th September

Our next Public Meeting (and AGM) will be held at our usual venue – the Baptist Church Hall on Yardley Road at 7.30pm.  There will be community updates from the local police and other community representatives.  This time we are also honoured to have a very special guest speaker: West Midlands Elected Mayor – Andy Street.  He will talk about his role and responsibilities and how he oversees the different regional councils to work on major policies around housing, transport, jobs and economic growth.  We are sure that it will be a fascinating insight into the policy-making and decisions that can directly affect residents across the West Midlands. So do come along and make the most of this opportunity on your doorstep.

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Guest Speaker – West Midlands Mayor Andy Street.

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My Guides for Birmingham

Eleanor Stephens from the Guide Dogs charity has been in touch with us. The charity are looking for volunteers (over 18yrs), in our area as ‘My Guides’  As Eleanor says about the role:

a rewarding and flexible volunteering role – even giving a couple of hours once a fortnight can make all the difference, particularly if someone has just lost their sight! No previous experience is necessary and full accredited training is provided.

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Watering Duties

Village in Bloom Team have been working hard to keep planters alive around the village in this exceptionally hot and dry weather. They have worked out a watering system with the use of a large water tank on wheels to pull through the village.

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George with the Village in Bloom’s Watering tank.

In this continued hot weather think about the planters and trees in your neighbourhood. If you have a tree on a grass verge by you, especially a young tree, give it some water. Most have a pipe in the ground that you can see from the surface this goes down to the roots. You might help keep it alive and help keep Acocks Green Green!

You can read a lot more about the work of Acocks Green Village in Bloom on their page on this site Village in Bloom

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Summer Reading Challenge at the Library

Kids – what a great way to enjoy the free time of school holidays than to lose yourself in a book – whether you like great stories or facts and figures, the choice is yours – the Challenge – to read 6 books over the holidays. Are you up for it? Call in at Acocks Green or South Yardley Library to join in. All the info is HERE

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Summer Activities for Young People and Children in AG

Thanks to the Acocks Green Youth Project for this very useful document showing all the great things to occupy local young people and children during the summer holidays. The activities are helpfully grouped in age order. Check out the links to Facebook, instagram and Twitter too, so you can find out updates.

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Help Local Children with their Reading

Everyone knows how important reading and writing is, if children have difficulties with these basic skills, without extra support their futures can look bleak.  But all around the country volunteers are helping children overcome their struggles and setting them on a path to a successful life. What a difference the Beanstalk Volunteers can make to young lives! If you feel inspired to help children with their reading and have some spare time Beanstalk are looking for people to help out in a primary school in nearby Hall Green.
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Prospective volunteers would need to give 3 hours of their time each week, split over two afternoon visits to school to support 3 children with reading. Beanstalk requires a 12 month commitment. Training will be given and a DBS would be arranged.

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