Birmingham Settlement have “settled in” down on Lea Village now and there’s lots happening in and around their new base in the heart of the shopping area. They’ve asked me to share details of these upcoming events, but for more info, do give them a call on 0121 603 8924, or drop in the next time you’re in the Village!
I’ve received word from Post Office Ltd that two of our local Post Offices are on the move to new locations, albeit just a short distance away from their current homes.
The Heath Way branch will move just a few doors up from 209 Heath Way to the Costcutter supermarket at 197-199 Heath Way, with effect from 19 March. The office will be open from 9am to 5:30pm Monday to Saturday, providing the same wide range of services available at the previous branch, but with the addition of a Car Tax service. Some Post Office products will also be available from the main shop counter, each day of the week (including Sundays) from 6am to 11pm.
Meanwhile, the Lea Village branch will be crossing the Kitts Green Road and relocating to the Loco store, opposite its present location. Post Office products and services will be provided from the main retail counter each day from 7am to 11pm, with effect from 23 March.
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!
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”.
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!
I’ve just received notice that part of Kitts Green Road is set to be resurfaced, in the next phase of upgrades and repairs to our local roads network.
Work on resurfacing the stretch of road that runs from Lea Village roundabout to The Meadway is expected to start during the week ending 1 March 2013 and will take up to ten nights to complete. The team have to work on this road at night because it would cause congestion or access problems if it were to be closed during the day. They will endeavour to keep noise to a minimum but inevitably the work will cause some disruption.
Whilst surfacing operations are being carried out the section of road affected will be entirely closed to ALL traffic. If you require access for medical/personal reasons, please contact 0121 303 6644 (option 2), to discuss how access can be arranged. Pedestrian access will be maintained as well as access for emergency vehicles.
The team also need to ensure that vehicles are not parked on the road during these hours. Any cars left on the road will be removed by the City Council Parking Enforcement Team, which could include a cost to the owner. They will help you with access where possible if you contact them prior to the works starting, by calling 0121 303 6644 (option 2).