Posts Tagged ‘Handsworth park’

Summer Holiday Activities in Handsworth

Posted on 17th July 2013 by

Stuck for something to do with the children over the Summer holidays? Then it might be worth taking a look at the activities listed below:-

  • Handsworth Park playday on Wednesday 7th August from 12.00 midday – 4.00 p.m. for children age 5 – 13 years. This event is FREE and offers fun, child led activities. A team of playworkers will be situated in the park with play equipment.

     

  • Soho House Musuem, Soho Avenue, B18 5LB – come along and join in various craft activities running every Friday from 26th July to 30th August from 1.00 p.m. – 3.00 p.m. This is suitable for all ages although if your child has disabilities please call (0121) 554 9122 for further information. The cost is £1.00 per child although normal (adult) admission charges apply to the house. To see details of craft acivities provided visit www.bmag.org.uk/soho-house

 

  • Summer Family Big Brum History Buz – come and join a fun filled family day onboard the Big Brum Buz. This is an opportunity to travel the city and see some of our historic gems with a child friendly tour. There will be singing and quizzes and trails and a warm welcome at the Heritage Sites. The event is running on Friday 9th August and Friday 23rd August. The open top bus tour will leave Visctoria Square, Birmingham at 11.30 a.m. and will call at Sarehole Mill and Sosho House. Tickets are £8 for adults and free for children. Entry at Sarehole and Soho is included in the ticket price. The bus will arrive back at Victoria Square at 4.00 p.m. All children must be accompanied by an adult. If your child has disabilities please call (0121) 303 1966 for further information. Pre book only via BMAG Box Office on (0121) 303 1966. Please note that you can bring picnics but refreshments area available at the sites.       

Summer Events and Activities in Handsworth

Posted on 20th June 2013 by

Well Summer is here and as ever there is plenty going on in Handsworth over the next few months. Listed below are events and activities that may be of interest to you:

  • Saturday 29th  June 2013 Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community Trust Open Day at Lozells Methodist Church Community Centre, 163 Gerrard Street, B19 2AH from 11.00 a.m. – 1.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 29th June 2013 Handsworth Wood in Bloom at Springfield Tennis Club, Kilbys Grove, B20 2ER from 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 6th July 2013  Midland Heart Customer Carnival at the Lighthouse, 100 Alma Way, B19 2LN from 11.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m.
  • Saturday 14th July 2013 Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park from 12.30 p.m. – 7.30 p.m.
  • Sunday 4th August 2013 Birmingham Carnival in Handsworth Park from 12.00 midday – 8.00 p.m.
  • Sunday 25th August 2013 Birmingham Sports and Cultural Day – Malcolm Marshall Cup in Handsworth Park from 10.00 a.m. 9.00 p.m.
  • From 1st June 2013 to 4th September 2013 free Heritage Trail Walks are available starting from Soho House. For further details about the Heritage Walk please contact info@legacy-wm.org

For further details about these events or other events taking place in Birmingham please visit: http://events.birmingham.gov.uk

Vaisakhi Mela 2013 in Handsworth Park

Posted on 2nd May 2013 by


Once again a wonderful time was had by all those who attended the Vaisakhi  Mela celebrations in Handsworth Park on Sunday 28th April. To view the event visit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/25904993@N07/sets/72157633357181831/show/

 

Love Where You Live

Posted on 4th September 2012 by

Together we can make a difference - Madonna, Birmingham

I love the ‘Love Where You Live‘ campaign, “Love Where You Live is a new campaign that aims to inspire, encourage and enable us to make where we live, work and play the kind of place we really want it to be”.

It makes us as local people proud to have such a diverse community. The feeling of being part of a campaign  that looks at promoting ways to keep our community clean is one which we should all do our bit to promote.

Some of the events that have taken place just outside your doorstep, include:

Local community action at its best in Handsworth

Posted on 21st May 2011 by

I attended a community event this morning which I was invited to held in Brunswick Gardens in Handsworth.

Local residents have been working for months with West Midlands Police, Midlands Heart, Groundwork and Birmingham City council to claim back the alleyways that run between Albert Rd and Herbert Rd.

Through neighbourhood management we were able to get some funding to clean up the area and put in new fences and get an alcohol restriction sign up.  

At the end of neighbourhood management local residents led by Sonia Hymen, Marlene Graham and Selwyn Clarke were keen to keep on with their plans to transform this area.

They have been working with Wilkes Green Infants School and Groundwork to create some mosaics which have just been fitted on site this week.

In the next few weeks the iron art panels will be fitted along the metal fence to really help change the feel of the alleyway when you walk through. The designs have been chosen by local people and represent the diversity and culture of Handsworth; Handsworth park, Handsworth carnival, Vaisakhi, cricket & music etc.  

These will be painted once they go up lovely bright colours.

Slowly but surely residents plans to improve this area are beginning to take real shape. Sometimes it is these small things that make a big difference to local people so it was great to see how wonderful the mosaics look. It was also great to see so many kids enjoying the games provided by Groundwork Street games team.

Next steps for the residents is to try and get agreements in place to keep the alleyways clean and  to take over management of the small piece of land adjacent to the alleyway. Good to see the residents supported by the new councillor for Lozells and East Handsworth Waseem Zaffer and Srg Dan Wickenden & PCSO Stacie Muir from West Midlands Police.

BRMB Walkathon 2011 through Handsworth this Sunday May 8th

Posted on 6th May 2011 by

This year’s Walkathon is all in aid of Birmingham Children’s Hospital – and to help rebuild the Emergency Department.

It is this Sunday May the 8th – visit the BRMB website for more details

Part of the route is through Handsworth click here to see the route and how to join

Whats on this Easter in Handsworth

Posted on 22nd April 2011 by

Looking for something to do this Easter weekend in Handsworth then here are a few suggestions:

Sunday 24th April –  Vaisakhi in Handsworth Park

Processions and cultural entertainment mark the beginning of the Sikh New Year in this colourful celebration. With stalls and displays, music, sport and food. Entrance is free starts at 12.00 finishes at 6pm for more details about the event click here

Visit Soho House & Museum which re-opened in April for the summer season – see opening time by clicking here. 

Monday 25th April – Full Stream Event, Easter Monday family steam fund Day at Soho House from 12 until 4pm, special free entry

Fancy a walk then there are a number of options

Or fancy a swim than joining Be Active and you can swim for free at Handsworth Leisure Centre

#Handsworth Carnival Could be set to return

Posted on 31st March 2011 by

Story today in the Birmingham Mail speculating about the possible return of the carnival to Handsworth?

The carnival was held in Handsworth Park from 1984 until 1994 when it moved to Perry Park.

Some great images of the carnival available online; Digital Handsworth photos by Brigitte Winsor like the one below. Larrie Teirnan on flickr has some wonderful vibrant images of the carnival.

Interesting clip on You Tube from West Midlands Police video from 2009 featuring Professor Black who helps local people make the wondeful costumes. Also views from police from their perspective of policing the event.

What do people think should the carnival come back to Handsworth?

New Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted on 23rd February 2011 by

Several months ago as part of a local heritage project the idea to create a heritage trail for Handsworth emerged. What we found from talking to people was that many local people haven’t visited local heritage sites such as Soho House & Museum. Or know much about the great buildings across Handsworth.

People have also said that they are unhappy about negative images and media coverage about Handsworth. It is hoped that the trail will provide a way to positively promote Handsworth and attract some new visitors to the area.

We are also very keen to get people out walking in Handsworth and exploring their neighbourhood perhaps in a different way?

Initially a few of us got together and walk around the area taking photos of places that people might find of historic interest. See photos from this walk on Flickr

We then formed a steering group which included Pat Mills from Handsworth Historical Society, Brian Hall Rector at St Mary’s Church, Suzanne Carter from English Heritage, Annette French from Soho House, Rob Horricks local resident, Geoff Henderson trail designer from DNA and Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager.

On September 11th we held a taster walk as part of Heritage Open Days and ran three guided walks. Over 25 people took part and overall really liked the trail that they were taken on that day. This included Soho House, St Michaels Church, Handsworth Park & St Mary’s Church.

After much discussion the steering group selected 13 places that are of historic interest and prominence within the local area. It isn’t to say other buildings aren’t important or of value but we could only include 13 and had to think carefully about devising an interesting trail.

Hopefully this can be expanded and we can build up via Hands on Handsworth Blog information about other interesting places.

Send in your – places that are special to you. Please include a brief bit of text and a photo email to: tracey.thorne@birmingham.gov.uk

Handsworth Heritage Trail Leaflet – is now available from Handsworth Fire Station and very soon across Handsworth. If you’re interested in attending the launch event it is on Friday 11th March at 2pm email tracey.thorne@birmingham.gov.uk

Here is what the front cover looks like – pdf version will be put up on the blog very soon.

I would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all involved and hope people enjoy this walk. Special thanks go to Be Birmingham & Urban Living who have provided funding for the wider heritage project that has been used in part to develop this trail. The trail art work design has been done by Geoff Henderson from Digtal Native Acadmey and photos by Dee Patel outroslide – big thanks to them both!

#Local Governement Challenge

Posted on 22nd February 2011 by

Spent a grate two days with local residents last week during the local government challenge. Great news the team that were sent to Handsworth won – so we consider that HANDSWORTH won. As if we ever doubted that!

They were impressed by local people, Handsworth Park and the wonderful cooking from the Boat House Cafe. Although we didn’t get a prize it was great to see local residents showing people around there neighbourhood. And then on the Friday we all went to the Council House with the great work being done by local residents being talked about!

Thnak you to Groundwork for your support, Chamberlain Forum, Kate Foley,Karen Cheney and all the residents!