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Police Community Meeting

Posted on 29th June 2013 by
Come along to the East Handsworth Police Community Meeting, 
at Golden Croft Handsworth, on Saturday July 6th 
2013 at 18:00pm. Bring any concerns or issues you 
would like to raise with your local Police Officers.
This is a great opportunity to offer any suggestions 
to make this community safer! 
So don't forget.

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

Handsworth Job Fair

Posted on 13th June 2013 by

A Job Fair will take place on Wednesday 19th June from 10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. at the Handsworth Campus (Soho Road) of South and City College, Birmingham. The event has been organised by Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Lozells and East Handsworth Ward with the Department of Work & Pensions (Handsworth Job Centre Plus), East Birmingham  Community Forum and South & City College Birmingham.

This is a great opportunity for local residents as over 20 employers will be in attendance recruiting for over 100 current vacancies.

For further information please contact:

Councillor Waseem Zaffar  Email: waseem.zaffar@birmingham.gov.uk or telephone 0779 016 1889

 

Handsworth Heritage Priorities

Posted on 24th May 2013 by

Museum Collections Centre - 25 Dollman Street - warehouse - Fish & Chip Fryer - sign

 

There’s an interesting piece on the Handsworth Wood blog about a discussion on priorities for heritage in Handsworth.  They are summarised as:

Heritage register – undertake a ward wide audit to identify and record the arts, cultural and heritage assets of West Handsworth and the Handsworth Wood Ward overall.

Arts & culture – CDT to work with existing arts & cultural producers in the Ward in order to showcase their work, and build the Ward’s profile as a major centre for creative industries in Birmingham (using a variety of community, on-line, discursive and inter-generational learning methods).

Heritage – CDT to bring together relevant partners to make the most of the Ward’s heritage (e.g. the history of Camp Lane and the gun emplacements on Manwood Hill, the old Council House on Slack Lane, the Sandwell Valley Country Park)

More here.

CDT is the Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community Trust Ltd – we mention the launch of this earlier this year.

Launch of Lozells and Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted on 20th May 2013 by

Legacy West Midlands received Heritage Lottery Funding to develop a Heritage Trail in Lozells and East Handsworth ward. On Saturday 25th May this all comes to fruition with the launch of Lozells and East Handsworth Heritage Trail . Registration will start at 9.30 a.m. at Soho House, Soho Avenue, off Soho Road, B18 5LB. The tour will take up to two hours and will include historical landmarks like St Mary’s Convent and St Mary’s Church where Matthew Boulton, Jomes Watt and William Murdoch are buried.

At 1.00 p.m. after the walk there will be a reception at . at South and City College, Soho Campus, Soho Road. Working with South and City College 20 passionate people have  been trained to become ‘tour guides’. They will be the tour guides and will share their knowledge of the area on the walk.

If you would like to attend the launch please email Raihan Hussain – r.hussain92@live.co.uk

Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community Fund

Posted on 13th May 2013 by

The Lozells, Birchfield and Handsworth Community First Matched Fund has been allocated £67,820 to award in small grants between 2011 and 2015. Community First introduces a new approach to funding projects – leveraging time, money and other resources – helping neighbourhoods play a leading role in regenerating their area.

The outcomes that Community First will acieve are:-

  • Communities being able to help themselves and others.
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to express their needs and influence decisions made about that community.
  • Neighbourhood groups that are better able to take control of resources needed to make a difference – enhancing confidence, capability and partnership.

Grants of up to £1,500 are available for activities and projects in three priority areas:-

  • Advice Services
  • Young People / NEET
  • Health and well – being 

Key dates:-

  • Round 3 Launch 13th May 2013
  • Deadline for submission 7th June 2013
  • Contingency Panel meeting 17th June 2013
  • Announcements 20th June 2013

For further details email leh.birmingham@nwbda.org.uk or telephone 0844 8707982

 

 

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/

 

A new Community Choir for Handsworth

Posted on 22nd April 2013 by

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra (CBSO) is launching a new community choir in Handsworth. You don’t need any prior singing experience, you don’t need to be able to read music, and you certainly don’t need to have the world’s greatest voice. There are no auditions. Everyone can sing: you just need enthusiasm – and be willing to give it a go.

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The Choir is open to all residents of the Handsworth area aged 18 or over. Weekly rehearsals are due to start on Wednesday 24th April from 5.30 p.m. – 7.00 p.m. in the Red Hall at Rookery School.

The choir’s first performance will be on Friday 12th July, in a pre-concert performance before the CBSO John Williams Blockbusters concert at Symphony Hall, one of the world’s greatest concert halls.   

For more information or if you’re interested in joining the new community choir please contact Katie Gardner, Assistant Manager, Chorus and L&P Community Engagement at email kgardner@cbso.co.uk

We Need You!

Posted on 15th April 2013 by

Are you interested in getting involved in your local neighbourhood? Then come along to the Hands on Handsworth resident network, our goal is to make Handsworth cleaner and greener. The meetings provide a good way to find out what is happening in the neighbourhood and meet other active citizens. 

Meetings are held monthly (except August) at Handsworth Community Fire Station, Rookery Road and start at 7.00 p.m. The remaining dates for 2013 are:

  • Wednesday 8th May 2013
  • Wednesday 12th June 2013
  • Wednesday 10th July 2013 (AGM) 2013
  • Wednesday 11th September 2013
  • Wednesday 9th October 2013
  • Wednesday 13th Movember 2013
  • Wednesday 11th December 2013

All residents are welcome. Come along and have your say!

For more information contact Hands on Handsworth Residents Network on:

Selwyn Clarke, Chair 07860546170 

 

Mobile Business School Drives in to Visit Budding Entrepreneurs

Posted on 12th April 2013 by

A business school, in the form of a distinctive double decker bus will be encouraging students to climb aboard, on Monday 15th April, in a bid to inspire budding entrepreneurs.

The NatWest Mobile Business School will be paying a visit to both Holte School in Lozells and South and City College in Handsworth, as part of a project that is being delivered in partnership with local youth organisation, Birmingham Leadership Founadtion (BLF).

A team of NatWest business advisors will be on board to provide consultations, answer queries, discuss career plans and offer advice on business start up ideas. The top deck of the bus will be the hub for a series of interactive business workshops and a range of useful literature will be on hand for visitors to take away.

Mashkura Begum, Executive Director for Birmingham Leadership Foundation, says:

“BLF is delighted to be working alongside NatWest in delivering this important event. Within Birmingham’s inner city communities there is a vast amount of untapped potential and business talent. The intention of this event is to provide important opportunities and crucial support in areas where such expert advice would usually be unavailable. It’s also important to highlight that the mobile business school is not just open to students but also to any local residents who would like to drop by and speak to NatWest’s team of business experts.”

Andrew Harrison Managing Director for Royal Bank of Scotland Group in Midlands and East of England said,

“We are delighted to be able to bring the Mobile Business School to Birmingham’s inner city communities and to work alongside Birmingham Leadership Foundation. The bus provides a unique way of taking the support, advice and expertise that we can provide out to future entrepreneurs. We are committed to delivering a first class level of enterprise education locally and will continue to work with the Birmingham Leadership Foundation and other key strategic partners.”

The NatWest Mobile Business School will be at Holte School on Monday 15th April between 10.30 a.m. – 12.30 p.m. followed by South and City Birmingham College, Handsworth Campus on Soho Road from 1.30 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. For further information contact the BLF Team on tel: (0121) 554 0472 or email: info@bleaf.co.uk

Story by Keira Huber