Public Meeting -Tuesday 24th January

Local residents are invited to our public meeting – all the details here

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Who Do You Think You Are?!

Next Monday at Acocks Green Library – the first step to finding out your family history..book a place at the library.

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Local Historian Honoured

On Friday 16th December there was a Community Christmas Party for people who play an active role in the community of Acocks Green. It was set up several years ago to acknowledge the work of community champions and named after long-standing Acocks Green Carnival volunteer Ray Newton. This year it was presented to Mike Byrne who is a familiar face in Acocks Green and hard to miss bring a very tall man. The former Librarian at Acocks Green Library, Mike has established and continued to play a key role in the historical and cultural development of Acocks Green.

Mike originates from Nottingham and came to Birmingham in 1969 to study at Birmingham University, and after graduation in 1973, joined the library service in Birmingham in 1974. He commenced as a librarian at Central Library, moving to Hall Green, then South Yardley until joining Acocks Green in 1993.

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Mike Byrne receives the Ray Newton Active Citizen Award with previous winner Sue Weake and Ray Newton.

Whilst in post as Librarian, Mike was very influential in facilitating opportunities for the history and heritage of Acocks Green. He was instrumental in producing one of the most detailed and thorough histories of Acocks Green and supported the local history society. He also produced and published a number of local history books and a pictorial record of
local areas.

Even though Mike is resident in Kings Norton, he has always shown a particular interest in Acocks Green, promoting a number of regular groups and events to celebrate the particular heritage and culture of outhe area such has the Local History Group, Arts and Media Group, Friends of the Library and the regular professional musical concerts –Swansong  that take place at St Mary’s Church. These all add to the cultural scene of Acocks Green and the interests of its residents.

The latest addition has been the promotion and establishment of the Village gaining its own Heritage Trail, one of only a few in Birmingham and comprising of eight information boards around the village, linked to the Village history website and supported by tour guides and an information leaflet.

Through Mike’s unwavering efforts and enthusiasm, Acocks Green has been well served in its heritage and culture, which could be considered ‘second to none’. In short, Mike has worked tirelessly, often unacknowledged in raising the substance and profile of Acocks Green.In fact, the Village of Acocks Green would be a lesser place without his
interest and commitment.

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Friends of Kimichi School Christmas Concert

A guaranteed enjoyable evening of classical music performed by professional musicians and some carols to sing along with!kimichi-bach-carols

 

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Stockfield’s Christmas Cracker – Friday

This Friday, a festive treat for local families..

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Acocks Green Carnival Development

A message from Acocks Green Carnival Committee: –
Did you know Acocks Green Carnival is over 40 years old? In the last four decades carnival has seen many changes and developments, but 2017 could see some of its biggest challenges yet. In austere times how does Acocks Green fund a large scale community celebration? Is the current carnival structure secure enough to deliver this event? Can all the tasks and responsibilities be accomplished with only a handful of new volunteers?
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The Big Lottery has awarded Acocks Green Carnival a grant to explore these challenges and hopefully develop solutions to ensure carnival takes place in 2017 and beyond. We are looking for individuals who have an interest in Acocks Green to join us and share their opinions. You could be a local resident or supporter of your community. You may run a local charity or community group. Perhaps you enjoy attending local events and have enjoyed carnival for many years.
We invite you to our first FREE development session on Thursday 15th December 7.00-9.00pm at Acocks Green Methodist Church, B27 7YF.
The session will cover:
  • What is Acocks Green Carnival?
  • What are its aims and objectives?
  • Who is Acocks Green Carnival for?
If you are a member of the AGC committee already then please bring a friend to the event so we can guarantee good numbers and get a great mix of people from around the area.
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Exclusive Village in Bloom Calendar 2017

For the first time Acocks Green has a calendar of contemporary photographs that highlight attractive views of our village as well as the work of the Village in Bloom volunteers. The full colour wall calendar, with plenty of room to write on your appointments, is available in shops around the village including:  Bodylines,  Jeffries Hardware and S & H Jewellers and Dennetts Furniture.  It costs just £6.50 and all profits go back to Village in Bloom to continue their hard work in the community enhancing and improving the area. If you would like to see more of their work check out the Village in Bloom page.

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Acocks Green Vilage in Bloom Calendar – Available in shops NOW!

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