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.


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:

summer 16 leaflet

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The Acocks Green Heritage Trail

Who has noticed our new Heritage Trail, which has been installed this week? 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.

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 –

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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Harvest Time at the Orchard

If you fancy some free fresh  fruit, then pop along to Mallard Community Orchard this week, there are lots of raspberries and currants ripening and ready to eat. The orchard was developed for local people to enjoy and look after. Acocks Green Village in Bloom maintain the orchard at the moment, if you would like to help here then do contact:

Village in Bloom Co-coordinator – Fran Lee  : , tel. 0121 706 0076


currants and raspberries

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*** Cancelled due to Unforeseen Circumstances**Swansong Concert at St Mary’s

On Tuesday (12th July) Swansong presents The Burgundy Piano Trio at St Mary’s Church. The trio studied together at Birmingham Conservatoire and will be performing pieces by Schubert amongst other classical pieces. When they played last year in Solihull they were described by the audience as ‘stunning’. 7.30pm start. There will be an interval with refreshments served. Everyone is welcome. Donations at end.


Tuesday is also the day that the Royal Horticultural Society judges visit Acocks Green to judge our entry into Village in Bloom 2016. Last year we received GOLD and are hoping we can achieve such success again. Lots of improvement work to the grounds of St Mary’s has been taking place over the year by the gardening volunteers, so do have a look.


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Stockfield Fun Day – Saturday 9th July

All local residents are invited along to Stockfield Park. There is lots to enjoy and Acocks Green Village in Bloom will be there, getting people into the gardening vibe, offering gardening advice also children can sow seeds to take away and there will be a…

                            PLANT SWAP

If your have too much of a particular plant then bring it along to the fun day and swap it for a new plant! It is a great way of sharing and expanding the variety of plants you have in your garden. Hope to see you there.

stockfield funday

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This Saturday..

Come along and enjoy this community get together and you can meet us here on our stall. We will be next to Acocks Green Village in Bloom and Clay Lane Allotments. There will be an opportunity to find out more about the wide variety of organisations that work together for the good of our village. Also the Forum, Village in Bloom and the allotments will be selling a wide variety of bargain plants and profits go back into the local community.

The Carnival procession will leave Archbishop Ilsleys at 12 noon and parade through the Green, so hope to see lots of you there.


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