Monthly Archives: January 2014

Day of the Griffins!



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!


Bright future for Shard End Community Centre


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.

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Weekly police report

You can download the latest report from our local police team by following this link.

All Saints Square Residents Meeting

1401 Policing Team Newsletter

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!

Get on board for a brighter future!

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.

Re-awakening the history of our lost village


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”.