A Bloomin’ Good Night at The Westley

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!). Bloom Night Poster 2020

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Canal Clean Up and Public Meeting

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum have two events at the beginning of February – come along and join volunteers to help tidy up the canal on Sunday and on Tuesday we have our Public Meeting – updates from the local police, Youth Forum and Acocks Green Men’s Shed.

We can all play a part in our community and connect with local people to
improve our area.

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Get Active for 2020

It is a new year, and a new decade so it’s a great time to think about how you can get out there and make a difference, both for yourself and for the community.

Here in Acocks Green and in the surrounding area we are lucky to have some great facilities and opportunities to get more active.  There is an array of community groups and activities to get involved with. Don’t be shy, just turn up and introduce yourself – you have nothing to lose and lots to gain! Here are a few of our friendly local groups looking for new people to help:

Feelgood Factor Every Weekoaklands

There is free Active Parks Tai Chi every week in Westley Vale Millennium Green (off The Avenue). You can just turn up, sign up and get going.
In Oaklands Park (next to the Swan) there is a weekly Parkrun – if you don’t know about this great free global activity check out the website and find out more! You can sign up online, print out your personalised barcode and just turn up and run (or walk) 5K, it is very friendly and welcoming to everyone, no matter your level of fitness. The events are completely run by volunteers too so they are always looking for people to help out.

What about getting together with neighbours or out on your own organising a local tidy up or litter pick? The council will supply bags and equipment. Everyone  can make a difference. For more information follow this link or contact Acocks Green Village in Bloom.
People have been dealing with terrible litter situations and posting BEFORE and AFTER photos (example below). Why not make this one of your New Years Resolutions to get out there make a difference and get some exercise while you are doing it? In Acocks Green we already have lots of litter-picking volunteers who like to improve their area, fitting it in their spare time. You could be one of them.

before after litter

People have been posting Before and After photos on Social Media 

We hope we have inspired you to become an Active Citizen! Here’s to 2020 – with Best Wishes from Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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