Category Archives: local history

Clean Up and Tidy Morning on the Grand Union Canal – This Sunday

We are lucky here in Acocks Green to have a stretch of the Grand Union Canal enhancing our local environment. The canal adds to the local heritage and offers humans and wildlife an oasis of calm. With the added greenery of Westley Vale Millennium … Continue reading

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Adopting a Stretch of Grand Union Canal -Saturday 11th April

Local people are invited along on Saturday 11th April to the first working morning of local volunteers and the Canals and Rivers Trust. The plan is to meet on Vineries Bridge (Woodcock Lane) at 10am and then be introduced to Steve … Continue reading

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Bach by Candlelight in Acocks Green

Kimichi School who opened their doors in 2013 are enlivening the musical culture of Acocks Green with the development of a community choir, music workshops and concerts. They are a very welcome asset to our area. It is also great to … Continue reading

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Open Day at the Historic Eastbourne House – this Saturday 4th October

Many local people will be interested in the developments at Eastbourne House, Yardley Road. There was much relief that this beautiful Victorian building with many of its original features intact, has been conserved and it now houses a new music school. The … Continue reading

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Why Whistles?

Many locals and people passing through the village may have been struck by the display of whistles on the central island in Acocks Green. Yes they are whistles! A floral display was designed and produced by Birmingham City Council for … Continue reading

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Village in Bloom – Commemoration

Thanks to Fran Lee for this uplifting news story – Some of  the members of The Acocks Green Village in Bloom team had been looking after the War Memorial in front of our library since 2007 and this has been … Continue reading

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Swansong Concert this Tuesday at St Marys

Come along to the historic Church of St Marys, Warwick Road, on Tuesday (24th June) for a musical evening featuring classically trained musicians – Sally Minchin (violin) and Rich Hughes (piano). The evening promises music to suit all tastes, from classical to jazz … Continue reading

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Smithy’s Cafe – A Long History

Thanks to a local resident, Ross, for an interesting article and photos about the long history of our local friendly cafe on Yardley Road. I wonder whether Margo Hitchinson and Ethel Baldwin foresaw that the cafe they opened at 73 … Continue reading

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