Monthly Archives: May 2013

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Hay Festival comes to Shard End!

The world famous Hay Festival of Literature kicks off today and you can catch up on one of the highlights by going no further than our very own Shard End Library!

This year’s Festival Library Lecture is being delivered by children’s illustrator and writer Quentin Blake.  Quentin’s long collaboration with Roald Dahl, together with his own work, has confirmed him as one of Britain’s greatest artists.  It promises to be a fascinating talk.

Thanks to our excellent library team, you don’t need to go to Hay to hear the talk.  They will be live streaming the lecture over the internet, so you can watch it from the comfort of The Shard.  The talk starts at 2:30pm, so if you’d like to come along, please try and arrive around 2:15pm.

What’s happening on the Heath Way?

Shard End Police and the city’s Community Safety Partnership have been doing some excellent work to sort out problems with anti-social behaviour in the area around the Heath Way.

You can find out all about the action they’ve been taking and their plans to help keep the area safe in the latest edition of their newsletter.  Click here to download a copy.

The Lost Village, Morris Men and a whole lot of Punch!



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?

Click here for more info!