The Green is Gold!

Congratulations to the Village in Bloom team who did it again and were awarded a GOLD by the Royal Horticultural Society. Lots of hard work and support from a network of local businesses and individuals has really brightened up our Village. The RHS campaign slogan is ‘Greening Grey Britain’. This has definitely been achieved in Acocks Green.

The Gold Team on the Central Island

Time is approaching for bulb-planting. Hundreds of bulbs have been purchased ready to plant in the large containers along the Warwick Road. Local people are invited to come along and help plant the bulbs to fill the village with spring colours – a mass of narcissi daffodils and colourful tulips. The team would love anyone who would like to come and help plant some bulbs, young or old, to meet at the orchard in Mallard Close at 10am on the dates below. Equipment will be provided, but if you have trowels and gardening gloves bring them along. Then when springtime comes along you can feel you have helped brighten up our village and played a part in the success of Village in Bloom!

Sunday 16th October 10am –  Narcissi bulb-planting
Sunday 10th November 10am – Tulip bulb-planting

 

 

 

 

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If you go down to the woods this Thursday..

This Thursday at Fox Hollies Park..sept2016_poster

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Enrolment Week -5th to 10th Sept 2016

The main enrolment week for Birmingham Adult Education Service starts Monday 5th September.

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Birmingham Adult Education Centre – Stone Hall, Acocks Green

There are a wide variety of courses, plenty in Acocks Green at Stone Hall Adult Education Centre on Warwick Road, as well as 15 other centres around Birmingham. You can call in or phone Stone Hall directly on 0121 464 9150. The full course programme is also available at Acocks Green Library to take away and peruse.

For general enquiries phone 0121 303 4318 for general course or visit www.learnbaes.ac.uk

Some courses are free, depending on your circumstances and previous qualifications.
Sign up this week and take the first step to a new interest, qualification or adventure in learning!

 

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Singing for Pleasure in AG

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Books and Benches

Every library in Birmingham runs the Summer Reading Challenge each summer holidays. The challenge to children is to read 6 books during the school holidays and write reviews of the books. There are incentive rewards along the way and a special certificate if you complete the challenge. The books you read can be any type, whether its fiction, joke books or factual, just as long as you read it and write a review. So don’t delay sign up the the Challenge. This year it has a Roald Dahl theme and is called the Big Friendly Read, promoting the the centenary of Roald Dahl’s birth.

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Acocks Green is also lucky to be on the The Big Read Book Bench Trail this year (similar to the Owl Trail last year), the benches have been hand decorated by schools and groups and placed around Birmingham and beyond. There are 175 benches altogether in place until 13th September. You can pick up a map at the library which shows you where to find them all. AG library is lucky enough to have 5 benches to see and tick off all hand directed with different designs and themes.

As well as that there this there are other free children’s activities in the library this summer including craft sessions, a puppet show for younger children, jewellery making and a showing of the BFG on 31st August. Call in to find out more.

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Free Fun in the Park – Fox Hollies & Stockfield

 

Fox Hollies Park FFF spring summer poster 2016-2

Also House of Play and Education have lots of free activities:

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The Acocks Green Heritage Trail

Who has noticed our new Heritage Trail, which has been installed recently? The eight information boards placed in strategic positions around Acocks Green inform locals and visitors alike about the history and development of our district. There is also a QR link that those with smart phones can scan for more information about the area.

Local Historian Mike Byrne will be offering a  free guided tour of the boards in the next couple of weeks. Available dates: Sunday 11th September, Wednesday 14th or Sunday 18th, meet at board 1, outside Aldi, Warwick Road. email: aghistsoc@hotmail.com to let Mike know which date you are interested in.

The heritage trail initiative has been funded with a grant from the National Heritage Lottery Fund with support from the Acocks Green BID and the Acocks Green Village Partnership. The organisation and hard work has been  driven by local historian Mike Byrne with the help of Jon Morris.Also Debby from Dennetts Furniture designed the accompanying leaflets which will be available next week and can been seen on the Acocks Green History website, which has lots more information and the history and development of our area. Also below is a link to the accompanying leaflet.

The Heritage Trail and Map

A condition of the Lottery funding is to engage with volunteers to promote the trail. This can be by helping to distribute leaflets to residents, local businesses, community meeting places, schools and local youth groups. There will also be opportunities for Trail Guides.
The guides will have a comprehensive information ringbinder that they can take around with them, so there will be no need to retain all the knowledge in your memory.

If you would like to register your interest in helping promote this exciting Acocks Green project, please inform the project team coordinator Jon Morris – jon.214morris@btinternet.com.

This should prove to be a great community and knowledge asset for Acocks Green. Thanks again to all those who made this important project happen.

 

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