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Community activities at St Richard’s Church

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.

Let’s talk about Lea Village

There’s another chance to get involved in the exciting “Re-awakening Lea Village” project tomorrow, following on from the successful launch at The Pump last Friday.

The project team are hosting an “open source conference” at St. Richard’s Church, on Hallmoor Road, between 2pm and 5pm.  The aim of this event is to bring as many people together as possible to talk to each other about the issues that interest them and discuss how to explore them. You can also find out about will also how you can volunteer for the project; for example, as interviewers or film makers or researchers. The team will be providing training and trips for all of these roles so please let them know what you would like to do!

You can also keep up to date with the latest news about the project by visiting

WiSHing for a fresh start?

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
  • Childcare
  • Training
  • Support with job searches
  • Advice on volunteering
  • Benefits
  • 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.

Community Lunch to raise funds for St. Richard’s Church

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!