If you feel a little left behind by the digital age then this free course might be right up your street. In the friendly surroundings of your local library. Starting soon, so get in touch today. Call in or phone Acocks Green Library on 0121 464 1738.
On Sunday 6th March the Trustees of Westley Vale Millennium Green organised a Springtime tidy up at at the site. Thirty-three volunteers turned out to help and our councillors had the honour of planting a special tree to mark the 70 year reign of our monarch Elizabeth II.
Many might remember the beautiful Copper Beech tree which grew in the central reservation on Warwick Road, near Holy Souls church. The tree had to be felled when they created the Smart route around 5 years ago. Jacqui, a local tree-lover, saved a self-seeded sapling from the tree. She has nurtured it and grown it on and recently offered it to the trustees of the Millennium Green to plant, where hopefully it will have the space to grow into a magnificent tree, as was it’s parent on Warwick Road.
As you can see, our Councillors Roger Harmer and John O’Shea officially planted it, and we have to thank Mick from the Village in Bloom team for transporting it to the site in his trailer. Also thanks to Mike and Robert Turner who dug the hole. May it have a long and happy life.
We hope that people have noticed the colourful lights brightening up the village, which were a positive way to end a difficult year for local individuals and businesses. The Neighbourhood Forum were disheartened to hear that, in October, the Acocks Green Business Improvement District (BID) were not successful in securing a third term in the village after 10 years service. We thank the BID team for their hard work and efforts over the years.
Local businesses and residents working with the council must now fill the gap left by the BID. We are fortunate to have many active local organisations that contribute to community life and hope that, with the many volunteers, we can keep positive for the future of the village.
The success in raising funds for our village Festive Lights this year shows what can be achieved. When it was clear that the BID would be winding up and not able to fund the lights as usual, the community stepped in. Mick, on behalf of Acocks Green Village Partnership, set up a GoFundMe page asking people to donate what they could to make the lights possible. Thanks to the generosity of many individuals and organisations the lights were switched on at the beginning of the month and have added a much needed festive brightness at this darkest time of the year!
Thank you everyone who contributed – you know who you are – your kind-heartedness has made a real difference.
(We know there are lots of good photographers out there, and if any of you can capture the festive lights well, do send us your photos to AGNForum@hotmail.co.uk for us to use on this site!)
The Neighbourhood Forum wishes you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Thanks to everyone who contributed photos to next year’s exclusive calendar. There were so many nice shots to choose from.
Acocks Green Village Partnership are pleased to say that the exclusive calendar is now available in the shops – Jeffries Hardware, S & H Jewellers and Beads and Bobbins. They cost £6.50 and all profits go back to Acocks Green Village. Get them while you can!
Even if you’ve never done any gardening before, you can still come and help plant bulbs. Its straightforward work but there’s over 1000 bulbs to plant to brighten up the village in the springtime. So come and lend a hand – many hands make light work!
The British Heart Foundation Shop in Acocks Green is on the lookout for some new volunteers to join their team.
Would you like to gain new skills?
Would you like to make new friends?
Are you looking to gain more experience in retail?
Look no further then volunteering for the British heart foundation furniture store in Acocks Green.We are looking for warehouse, shop floor and admin volunteers! If you are interested then please pop into store and speak to us or call on 0121 222 1360
The Trustees of Westley Vale Millennium Green have been advised that five of the large Crack Willow trees along the Westley Brook need to be cut down to the ground for safety reasons. There has already been several large branches come down, as by their nature, the trees crack. This could obviously be dangerous for passing walkers or those enjoying the free Tai Chi class.
The tree surgeons will be coming to the Millennium Green on Wednesday 3rd November, so there will be some restrictions as to where you can walk whilst the work is going on.
The trees will shoot again from the trunks, but Westley Vale will look quite different to those walking though the site at the end of the week.
Don’t forget there is free one hour Tai Chi classes to enjoy Mondays (3.15pm) and Thursdays (10am). Just turn up. Beginners are always welcome.