Christmas in Acocks Green

So it’s the darkest, coldest time of the year and it’s no coincidence that this is the season of coloured lights, singing and social gatherings in order to help us get through the bleak midwinter. There’s lots to enjoy now December is upon us, regardless of background or religion we can get together and support the many local organisations that
Acocks Green has to offer. Get these dates in your diary!

December – click on images to see more details
Friday 6th – 5pm Fox Hollies Forum Christmas Fayre
Saturday 7th 7.30pm Silent Movie Night (£10)
Saturday 7th Holy Souls Christmas Bazaar 11 til 2pm  Social Club (drive to left of church)
Wed 11th Kimichi School Concert 4.45pm St Marys
Friday 13th  from 5pm Stockfield Christmas Cracker Cedars Academy
Friday 13th & Saturday 14th Pop Up Community Fayre (former Post Office) 10-4pm
Sunday 15th Arden Road Residents Sale and Carols 3pm til 5pm
Also Acocks Green Lions Santa’s Sleigh will be round & about (see schedule)

Seasons Greetings from Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum!

 

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Daffodils and Tulips for Acocks Green

The Village in Bloom Team have been busy choosing and buying hundreds of spring bulbs to plant, so that in the Springtime the village will be a mass of beautiful and contrasting colours.

Meet at the Inn on the Green -10am  Sunday 24th November

The saying goes – ‘Many Hands Make Light Work’, so it would be great if the team could be joined by some volunteers to help get the bulbs planted around the village on 24th November. No gardening skills are required and the result will be a springtime delight.

bulb planting Nov19

Places where bulbs will be planted – The Triabout on Warwick Road, on the corner of Woodcock Lane, the main island, outside the library and at St Marys Church. People are asked to meet at The Inn on The Green at 10am. If you have trowels, gloves, bulb-planters or a heavy iron bar (great for making the holes) bring them along, but there will be spare equipment. You can choose where you want to plant and work with others.

 

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Local GP Surgery to Relocate

People registered at the Dudley Park Road Doctors Surgery may have heard about recent plans to relocate. There has now been a notice issued to advise on the situation, (see below).  The premises have been sold, but the Medical Centre has secured a 12-month tenure whilst the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and the NHS estates are scoping for a suitable site, but the 7k + patients are still registered and will continue to receive GP Services at the current medical centre until a suitable relocation and premises are found in the Acocks Green area.

This is the notice to inform patients:
Dudley Park MMP surgery notice & updates Oct 2019

There is an ongoing concentration of effort by MMP and NHS/CCG, supported by our local councillors, which should prove to have positive outcomes in relation to a new site, building, and available space, in shaping a new surgery to embrace the overall needs of the local community.

There were additional thoughts in setting up ‘Friends of Dudley Park Medical Centre’ so patients are in a position to positively engage in shaping a new surgery to embrace the overall needs of the local community.

We do continue to have long term concerns with the recruitment of GPs, but these challenges, which are nationwide problems and will hopefully be addressed.

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Acocks Green Calendar 2020

The exclusive Acocks Green wall calendar full of colourful photos of our area is now available!  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.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.

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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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