The Reawakening Lea Village Festival takes place this coming Saturday, 25 May, from 2pm to 5pm. Come and join performers, dancers, artists and residents to celebrate the story of Lea Village!
It will be a fantastic day bursting at the seams with arts activities, fun filled happenings, and exciting performances for all ages. This traditional festival with a modern twist will include face painting, pottery and finger puppet workshops, Punch and Judy shows, Morris dancing, Lea Village’s Got Talent and much more.
The Festival will also feature the premiere of The Lost Village – a community film written by and starring local residents.
The Village Cafe is joining in the fun by providing a barbeque and bouncy castle and The Pump Cafe on Kitts Green Road will also be open for coffee and cake. If you fancy learning more about the rich history of the area, why not book yourself onto the first ever Lost Village Tour as part of the Birmingham Architecture Festival?
With activities happening within a one minute walk from Lea Hall train station, (just 6 minutes on the train from Birmingham New St) or 35 minutes on the No.14 bus from Birmingham, why wouldn’t you come and experience the now re-awakened Lea Village?
The next meeting of the Ward Committee will be held next Monday, 11 February at The Pump, Kitts Green Road, starting at 7pm.
Items on the agenda include updates from the local police and Environmental Health Officer. There will also be presentations from local youth support organisation Fitcap and the Reawakening Lea Village team.
All residents are very welcome. Hope to see you there!
If you live in the Lea Village or Kitts Green areas of the ward, you might like to know about the tremendous range of community activities taking place at St. Richard’s Church, on Hallmoor Road.
Take a look at their weekly programme by clicking here.
I was really pleased to meet up with the pensioners’ club at Glebe Farm Library earlier this month for a discussion about local issues.
Glebe Farm Library is just over the border from Shard End Ward (literally a matter of yards over) and is well used by residents of the Glebe, Kitts Green and Lea Village. The Library hosts a wide range of activities for all ages. You can find out more about what’s on offer by clicking here.
The WiSH Project is an initiative to help local people overcome obstacles and get back into work. They currently have a team of Outreach Coaches working in Shard End Ward who provide advice and support, helping residents to access employment, training and educational opportunities.
The team will be hosting an “Employment Extra” event at St Richard’s Church in Hallmoor Road, Kitts Green, on Thursday 23 February. It’s a chance for local people to find out more about the WiSH Project and get advice from the WiSH coaches on a whole range of issues, including:
- Money matters
- Help with your CV
- Support with job searches
- Advice on volunteering
- Self employment
The event is open to all people living in the B33 and B34 postcode areas and takes place between 10am and 3pm. For more information, please call the WiSH team on 0121 255 8304.
The CCTV cameras covering Lea Village, Kitts Green and the Glebe need an urgent upgrade – but it’s down to the votes of local people to help us win the funds to get the work done!
Birmingham East Local Policing Unit is currently holding a public vote to determine where to spend money recovered through the Proceeds of Crime Act. The Act was passed in 2002 by the then Labour Government and allows police officers to recover money and other assets gained by offenders through their crimes. The money can then be spent on community improvements.
Three projects from the Hodge Hill Constituency, including the Lea Village cameras, have submitted a bid for these funds and its now down to a public vote to decide who wins! Please spare a moment to cast your vote by visiting the police website here. Every vote will count, so make sure you tell your friends, family and neighbours to have their say too!
St. Richard’s Church, on Hallmoor Road, is a hive of community activity, providing a home to local groups and activities for old and young alike. But the building itself is still recovering from the impact of an arson attack and there is a desperate need to bring the whole of the Church Centre site back into use.
There’s a chance to help this worthwhile cause on Sunday 11 December, between 1pm and 4:30pm. The Church will be launching their Fundraising Appeal with a Community Lunch and a Celebration, which will also feature a Christingle and a visit from Father Christmas.
Tickets for the lunch (beef casserole and desserts) cost £1.50 per person and are available from the Reverend Paul Bracher and other user group leaders. I’ll be joining residents to support this worthwhile cause and hope to see you there too!