Posts Tagged ‘soho rd’

Exploring the many faith buildings along handsworth heritage trail

Posted on 5th April 2011 by

One of the key aspects of the new Handsworth Heritage trail is its connection with some of the faith buildings around Handsworth. Many of these buildings are spectacular and add immense vaule to the way the neighbourhood looks today. Some of them have pretty impressive history such as St Mary’s Church which has stones that can be dated back to 1160.

If you start the trail at Soho House it takes you through the garden at St Micheal’s Church built in 1850.

Across the road the trail takes you past the Guru Nanak Niiskam Sewak Jatha, which sits impressively at the bottom of the Soho Rd in Handsworth.

The trail then takes you up Thornhill Rd into Handsworth Park where St Mary’s Church is situated on its boundary by Hamstead Rd. I was very lucky in 2009 I got the chance to get up on the roof of the tower and look at accross Birmingham, what a few. Not for the faint hearted thou as it is quite a treck up the tower which isn’t really very easy to access so isn’t open to the public. For pictures showing outisde of St Mary’s visit the photostream for the trail on flickr

The next part of the trail takes you up to Oxhill Rd and past St Andrews Church dates back to early part of the 19th century

You can download a copy of the heritage trail from this site click on the heritage trail page

One Road Many Gods

Posted on 28th February 2011 by

We have just published in the latest Hands on Handsworth Magazine a feature on Photographer Liz Hingley. The Guardian last Saturday 26th Feb also ran a much longer story about faith along the Soho Rd and printed one of Liz Hingley’s photos

Handsworth highly commended in Homes & Communities Awards 2010

Posted on 24th September 2010 by

Last night I attended the Homes & Communties Awards 2010 in London. Earlier this year Urban Living’s Sense of Place Project was shortlist as a finalist for Leadership of Place category. This project was a partnership between a consortium of partners, local community researchers and Birmingham City Council. The area of focus for the project was Dudley & Soho Rds and used partcipatory arts activties and digital recording to enage with local residents. The aim of the project was to empower local residents to make a difference to improving the local neighbourhoods.

We were delighted on the night to receive a Highly Commended award for the Sense of Place Project, this is great for Soho Ward and handsworth to receive recogition for some of the important work that is going on within these neighbouhoods to bring about improvements.

It was also great too see so many projects from Birmingham, I think that we had more nominations in the finalist stage than any other area.

Aston Hall won Flourishing Places

Balsall Health Forum won Stronger Communties

Urban Living highly recommended Leadership of Place

With the New Oscott Retirement Village & Midland Hearts Raleigh Close (handsworth) work also finalists in two categories.

Nick Corbert & Peter Latchford Urban Living

Adnan Saif, Urban Living, Noha Nasser, Cudos & Tracey Thorne, Birmingham City Council

Supporting the Midland Heart nomination Cllr Paulette Hamilton attend along with Paul Street & Jason Chapman from West Midlands Police. They were delighted that the work at Raleigh Close had been recoginsed by the H&C Awards .