The Pump Centre on Kitts Green Road is the venue for our next ward meeting, which will be held on Monday 10 February, starting at 7pm.
Items to be discussed include the regular report from the local police team, an update on the district budget, presentations from Reel Access on the exciting Reawakening Lea Village and Glebe Farm Tapestry projects and a report on the activities provided by the Pump itself.
All residents are welcome!
I’m delighted to announce that the work to preserve the magnificent Yorkswood Griffins is finally under way.
This is a project that I’ve been pushing for, along with Yorkswood Residents Association, ever since I was first elected as a Shard End Councillor. The Griffins are an important part of our local heritage, so please come and join us on 19 February for what promises to be a fantastic and exciting day!
Shard End Community Centre is SAFE from the axe – despite the massive cuts inflicted on Birmingham City Council by the Government.
The Council has given a commitment that the Centre will be rebuilt over the next couple of years, so that it continues to serve future generations of Shard Enders. This is great news, as Shard End Community Centre is used by hundreds of residents from across the ward and beyond. I’m delighted that it is not only safe, but has an exciting future too!
If you’d like to find out more about the plans, please come along to the public meeting that Councillors Marje Bridle, Ian Ward and I have arranged for this coming Saturday, 1 February at 11am. The meeting will be held at the current Shard End Community Centre building on Packington Avenue.
You can download the latest report from our local police team by following this link.
People living in the area around All Saints Square and the new Shard End Crescent development have been setting up a new residents group and they’re keen to welcome new members!
The next meeting will be held tomorrow evening (Monday 27 January) at Shard End Library, starting at 6:30pm. The organisers have been working closely with the police, the Shard End Councillors and local housing association Affinity Sutton to tackle some pressing local issues. At tomorrow’s meeting there will also be a chance to put questions direct to Barratts, who led the redevelopment of the estate.
For more information, please click on the newsletter above. Hope to see you at the meeting!
If you’re unemployed, looking to improve your skills or thinking of starting your own business, then advice and support is on hand this coming Tuesday, 14 January.
The Jobs and Skills bus will be at the Heathway Shopping Centre (just opposite the Heathway pub) from 10am to 2:30pm. Come along and talk to one of the trained advisors about employment, education and training opportunities.
The bus will be carrying out regular visits across the ward and I’ll post more details as soon as I have them.
Last Thursday, I was delighted to join with local residents and the Town Crier of Lichfield to officially unveil the Lea Village History Boards – the culmination of the Heritage Lottery-funded “Re-awakening Lea Village” project.
Over the past year and a half, Lea Village residents have been busy compiling and chronicling the history of a neighbourhood that dates back over 900 years. They’ve compiled an archive, which you can view at Shard End Library, made a film and put together these four information boards, which are now located along the original line of Lea Village.
You can find out more by reading the information leaflet here. Better still, the next time you’re in and around the Village, spare ten minutes to have a look and share in the fascinating history of Birmingham’s “lost village”.
Just a quick post in between the last minute shopping and wrapping to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
For those of you who are planning to use public transport over the festive period, you might find this guide to the holiday bus and train services useful.
As today is Christmas Eve, please note that my advice bureau at St. Peter’s Church won’t be taking place this evening. My next advice session is at Shard End Community Centre on Tuesday 14 January. However, I can still be contacted in plenty of other ways in the meantime – see here for details!
I hope you all have a wonderful festive break.