Come to our Public Meeting – Back Together

Our first Real Life Public Meeting for over 2 years.. come along and find out what is happening in the Neighbourhood.

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Library Coffee Morning Restarts

Great news! Before Covid 19 the popular coffee mornings at Acocks Green Library were a friendly drop-in for local people. It is great to hear that this relaxed social morning starts again this week (14th April). Everyone is welcome to drop in for a cuppa and a chat.

While there its a great opportunity to find something to read from the vast array of reading matter the library has to offer. If you haven’t joined the library then just bring recent name and address ID to get a library card.

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Free Computer Course at Acocks Green Library

If you feel a little left behind by the digital age then this free course might be right up your street. In the friendly surroundings of your local library. Starting soon, so get in touch today. Call in or phone Acocks Green Library on 0121 464 1738.

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Jubilee Tree Planting and Tidy Up at Westley Vale

On Sunday 6th March the Trustees of Westley Vale Millennium Green organised a Springtime tidy up at at the site. Thirty-three volunteers turned out to help and our councillors had the honour of planting a special tree to mark the 70 year reign of our monarch Elizabeth II.

Many might remember the beautiful Copper Beech tree which grew in the central reservation on Warwick Road, near Holy Souls church. The tree had to be felled when they created the Smart route around 5 years ago. Jacqui, a local tree-lover, saved a self-seeded sapling from the tree. She has nurtured it and grown it on and recently offered it to the trustees of the Millennium Green to plant, where hopefully it will have the space to grow into a magnificent tree, as was it’s parent on Warwick Road.

As you can see, our Councillors Roger Harmer and John O’Shea officially planted it, and we have to thank Mick from the Village in Bloom team for transporting it to the site in his trailer. Also thanks to Mike and Robert Turner who dug the hole. May it have a long and happy life.

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Public Meeting and AGM – Tuesday 15th February

Everyone in the area is invited to this meeting which will be held on zoom.

Click the link at the bottom to join.

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81729677868

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Local History Talk – Tuesday 8th February

This month’s talk, held again at St Mary’s Church, is about the fascinating life of Birmingham’s car pioneer – engineer and founder of the Austin Motor Company.

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Explore the Past – Monthly Local History Talks

Acocks Green Local History Society is back in operation, at the present time it is being held in the beautiful surroundings of St Mary’s Church.

The next talk is on Tuesday 11th January. Why not come along and find out more about the local area? Everyone is welcome.

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Festive Lights Brighten the Village

We hope that people have noticed the colourful lights brightening up the village, which were a positive way to end a difficult year for local individuals and businesses. The Neighbourhood Forum were disheartened to hear that, in October, the Acocks Green Business Improvement District (BID) were not successful in securing a third term in the village after 10 years service. We thank the BID team for their hard work and efforts over the years.

Local businesses and residents working with the council must now fill the gap left by the BID. We are fortunate to have many active local organisations that contribute to community life and hope that, with the many volunteers, we can keep positive for the future of the village.

The success in raising funds for our village Festive Lights this year shows what can be achieved. When it was clear that the BID would be winding up and not able to fund the lights as usual, the community stepped in. Mick, on behalf of Acocks Green Village Partnership, set up a GoFundMe page asking people to donate what they could to make the lights possible. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organisations the lights were switched on at the beginning of the month and have added a much needed festive brightness at this darkest time of the year!

Thank you everyone who contributed – you know who you are – your kind-heartedness has made a real difference.

(We know there are lots of good photographers out there, and if any of you can capture the festive lights well, do send us your photos to AGNForum@hotmail.co.uk for us to use on this site!)

The Neighbourhood Forum wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Acocks Green Calendar 2022

Thanks to everyone who contributed photos to next year’s exclusive calendar. There were so many nice shots to choose from.

Acocks Green Village Partnership are pleased to say that the exclusive calendar is now available in the shops – Jeffries Hardware, S & H Jewellers and Beads and Bobbins. They cost £6.50 and all profits go back to Acocks Green Village. Get them while you can!

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Spring Bulb Planting – Sunday 21st November

Even if you’ve never done any gardening before, you can still come and help plant bulbs. Its straightforward work but there’s over 1000 bulbs to plant to brighten up the village in the springtime. So come and lend a hand – many hands make light work!

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