Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum is a group of local volunteer residents who work with the council and organisations to for the good of the area. Normally we organise Public Meetings and a regular newsletter, but because of Covid-19 like so many other events, these have had to be temporarily cancelled.
However the Executive Committee have been meeting on Zoom and keeping in touch with activities and developments. So many people have pulled together and adapted in many ways to support people in the community who have needed help. Neighbours have got to know each other a little more and lots of people have discovered their neighbourhood a little better. Westley Vale Millennium Green has never been so busy on a summer evening, with people discovering this haven on their daily exercise. The quiet streets made the spring birdsong even more noticeable and uplifting.
Our Peaceful Place – Westley Vale Millennium Green
One local resident got up at the crack of dawn to record the Dawn Chorus at the Millennium Green. Here it an audio recording for you to enjoy:
Dawn Chorus at Westley Vale Millennium Green
The local shops have been such a useful resource to people who don’t want to venture into the bigger, busier shops. Also so many people locally work for the NHS or in a caring capacity and have gone beyond the call of duty in so many ways to support people through this pandemic.
As a community we need to continue to build on the positive connections we have made and find strength in our links with others.
If you wish to contact the Neighbourhood Forum and tell us something positive that has been a result of the lockdown then please get in touch and perhaps we can share some of your stories. Use the Contact Us link. Or if you wish to contact us on any other matter we will endeavour to respond.
An opportunity to attend an online forum next week for the Eastern European community in Acocks Green. Get in touch with Centrala
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On Sunday a team of volunteers planted up the majority of the 22 planters in Acocks Green village with a colourful array of bedding plants. Working individually (and keeping our social distance) a team of 7 worked tirelessly to put in the plants. In the afternoon Fran and Ged gave them a first good watering.
Fran waters the bedding plants
Do you live or work near one of these planters on Warwick Road? Could you ‘adopt’ one over the summer and water it every other day when it doesn’t rain significantly? Village in Bloom can supply a watering can if required.
Without help from the community, the regular watering of the 22 planters is a huge task with our volunteers carrying or pushing large tanks of water through the village. But if we can get lots of local people to help out, the task becomes a lot easier. If you can help you will be contributing to keeping Acocks Green looking colourful and floral throughout the summer.
Map of Planters in Acocks Green Village
If you would like to help please contact us by responding in the comments here or emailing the co-ordinator Fran Lee : email@example.com
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Pete Paphides is a successful music journalist who grew up in Acocks Green. Over the years Pete has written for music papers, Time Out and The Times. He has interviewed many well known musicians including Prince and ABBA and now he has written a memoir about his childhood growing up in and around Acocks Green intertwined with his fascination with pop music and musicians of the 1970s and 80s. Broken Greek came out in March and is now a best seller.
Many people who live in our area will remember Pete’s parents, Greek Cypriots – Victoria and Chris. They ran two popular chip shops in Acocks Green – The Great Western opposite the Police Station (now Big Johns) and the Kingfisher (now Lincoln Fish Bar) on Lincoln Road. Pete went to Cottesbrooke Infants and Junior school and then on to Yardleys.
From Monday 4th May you can hear Pete reading from Broken Greek on Book of the Week on Radio 4 (9.45am). You will also be able to catch it on the BBC Sounds App.
In the book he talks a lot about little details of life growing up in suburban Birmingham, including school life, journeys on the no.11 bus and going to Preedys, Easy Listening and Woolworths to spend his pocket money on precious singles. He also reflects on being the child of immigrants and searching for his own identity through his love of British pop music.
Back in November the Village in Bloom Team, along with other volunteers, took part in a community bulb planting morning. Little did we know then what the future would hold. But amidst the upsetting turn of events and change of life as we know it.. the tulips and spring flowers have come through and lift the spirit of people passing through and walking through the village.
The completed Triabout with its colourful shrubbery and circular raised bed is a mass of colour with the beautiful variety of tulips. And last month daffodils brightened up the entrance into Birmingham.
The orchard with its mass of forget-me-nots and herb bed looks great
punctuated by the bright colours of tulips.
Considering the difficult situation we are all in – here is something to do with spare time to help our local community, whilst getting fresh air and exercise. Make sure that you abide strictly by the social distancing advice at all times – keeping a minimum of 2 metres from anyone that you encounter. .
Saturday 7th March saw a sell-out evening at the Westley Hotel. Locals gathered together to support the work of Acocks Green Village in Bloom. Guests enjoyed a quiz, buffet, slideshow and live music from the talented band – Canoe. There was a huge raffle with great prizes donated by local businesses and shops. Thanks to everyone who donated money, prizes, time and effort to make the evening go with a swing. For those interested – below is one of the quiz rounds – how many birds do you know? (All spotted in Acocks Green).
George supplies the answers
An array of prizes
Delicious cakes from Cake Box – thank you!
Jackie’s bird knowledge helped them win quiz!
Maggie with a great raffle prize
Another happy winner
The picture round
Enjoying the band
Here is a way to support the Village in Bloom team and all the hard work they do around the village and, at the same time, have a great night out in Acocks Green! The 4th fund-raising Bloomin’ Good Night takes place on 7th March and has sold out previously, so get your tickets in advance from S & H Jewellers or Jeffries Hardware. There will be lots of locals there and a chance to get to socialise with other Acocks Greenians (Outsiders are very welcome too!).