Summer Activities for Young People and Children in AG

Thanks to the Acocks Green Youth Project for this very useful document showing all the great things to occupy local young people and children during the summer holidays. The activities are helpfully grouped in age order. Check out the links to Facebook, instagram and Twitter too, so you can find out updates.

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Help Local Children with their Reading

Everyone knows how important reading and writing is, if children have difficulties with these basic skills, without extra support their futures can look bleak.  But all around the country volunteers are helping children overcome their struggles and setting them on a path to a successful life. What a difference the Beanstalk Volunteers can make to young lives! If you feel inspired to help children with their reading and have some spare time Beanstalk are looking for people to help out in a primary school in nearby Hall Green.

Prospective volunteers would need to give 3 hours of their time each week, split over two afternoon visits to school to support 3 children with reading. Beanstalk requires a 12 month commitment. Training will be given and a DBS would be arranged.

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Bike Haul !

Thanks to all the volunteers who came out on this blistering morning to help clean up our adopted waterway with the support Canals and Rivers Trust.  It was actually nice and shady on the water’s edge. As well as the usual litter-picking the towpath and floating rubbish on water, the guys got the grappling hooks out and in a short space of time had pulled out 8 dumped pushbikes, 3 shopping trolleys and a motor scooter!

Canals and Rivers Trust sent a truck over to take away all the old bikes and trolleys, the metal will be recycled.

We painted the canal signage on Lincoln Road and swept and tidied the access steps.  The local police turned up by chance and took the motorcycle off to their compound to check it out to see if they could locate the owner.

A good and rewarding morning’s work. If you would like to help next time just get in touch to go on the mailing list.

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Acocks Green Foodbank Call Out

This is a message from our friends at Acocks Green Foodbank

“During the last two months the local Acocks Green Foodbank helped over 200 people, in some desperate situations from single men who are homeless with no income at all, to families with unexpected bills to pay and growing debts.  Every person leaves with at least one bag of shopping and many with several.  This month we will have been working for two years with an amazing team of volunteers and heard countless stories of hunger and desperate need.  We are determined to see an end to hunger and poverty in Acocks Green. foodbank2


The closing of Sainsbury’s in the Green after Easter has made a serious dent in our stocks and ability to provide the kind of help we would like to provide. We are calling on everyone who has previously helped and anyone in the local area to donate whatever they can afford to help us to keep helping others.You can help in a few ways:

  • Donate food and bring in to the Acocks Green Christian Centre, Rear of 100 Westley Road, Acocks Green, B27 7UL on a Tuesday or Friday 10-12pm.  As much as you can spare.  If you can’t deliver it, please think about making an order online and ask a supermarket to deliver it!  Any dried or tinned goods are more than welcome.
  • Pop in to Iceland in the Green and add a few items to the collection basket in there.
  • Pop in to Westley Road and donate money if you don’t have time to shop.  Every penny will be used for Foodbank.  The church does not charge the foodbank for operating in its premises.
  • If you are a community group, you can collect food for us and deliver it once a fortnight or perhaps hold a fundraising event.  We are more than happy to connect with you and provide feedback about the difference you are making.   We desperately need people willing to partner with a shop or school and deliver food to us when you’re free.  All you need is a car and half an hour.
  • We’re always on the lookout for volunteers who can commit to attending one day a week for 2.5 hours.  Training will be given and the team is great!

We really do rely on the generosity of the local community to help us to keep going.  Please help support your local foodbank.”

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Aged between 13 – 18?

Do you live in Acocks Green? Get your voice heard and help in developing youth activities in our area. All the information is here:

youth champion

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Classical Music at St Mary’s – this Wednesday 27th June 7.30pm

As part of the Swansong series, St Mary’s Church will be hosting a classical delight from the talented Verbunkos Trio.

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Trained at the Birmingham Conservatoire the Trio will be playing a contrasting mixture of pieces. The proposed programme is below:

7.30pm start
Milhaud – Trio for violin clarinet and piano.
Debussy – Premiere Rhapsodie for clarinet and piano
Boulanger – Nocturne for violin and piano, Bartok – Contrasts
Katchaturian – Trio for violin clarinet and piano.

There will be an interval and refreshments.

Donations collected at end. Come and support this cultural evening in Acocks Green, everyone welcome.

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A Thank You Note to Acocks Green

Remember the terrible floods last month around Birmingham? Acocks Green was particularly badly affected. Today a man called Robert got in touch and we thought we would share his comments with you.  An example of the kindness of strangers and the great community we have here in AG.  Thanks also to Helen Talbot for the photograph which captures the scale of the floods well.

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Acocks Green 27th May                photo: Helen Talbot


Dear Acocks Green
On the Bank Holiday Sunday my car was inundated in the downpour while negotiating the flooded Acocks Green roundabout. This could have been so much more of a disaster were it not for the kindness of so many of you in Acocks Green.
No sooner had the car stopped but volunteers jumped into the water to help push us out – Thank you. As we tried to get the car going someone asked if she could help and went back to her home and brought us a can of maintenance spray – Thank you. While we waited for the recovery company the Pizza Hut Delivery people offered to feed us – Thank you. To the many motorists, pedestrians & residents who stopped to ask if they could help & offered their sympathy- Thank you all. To the staff of Beeches the recovery company who were so considerate and helpful when they recovered the car and accommodated us in their office and sustained us with tea while we waited – Thank you
Our thanks go out to all of the people of Acocks Green – your actions and your humanity in this time of crisis was truly astounding and renewed my faith in the goodness of human nature.
On the upside the journey home on a low loader dried our car out and it is now none the worse for wear.

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