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Great Launch of New Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted on 15th March 2011 by

New trail launch went well last Friday opend by Cllr Paulette Hamilton pictured below. Big thanks to everyone that came along and those that had ago at the walk which was led by Ian Braisby guide from Birmingham Tours

New Handsworth Heritage Trail Launched Today

Posted on 11th March 2011 by

Today its the offical launch of the new Handsworth Heritage Trail leaflet at Soho House. Cllr Paulette Hamilton, Cllr Hussain and Adnan Saif from Urban Living our kindly attending to help launch the trail. We are delighted that a number of people involved in the project are attending as well as some of the people from some of the featured sites.

We hope to get people out to have a taster of the walk. Shame that the lovely sun which was out earlier has gone away!

Have a look of the some of the trail photos on Flickr more photos will be added soon. If you try the walk send in your photos and we can add or join the group.

Download a copy of the trail here: Handsworth Heritage Trail

Other copies are available at Soho House, Handsworth Library and a range of other location soon.

Co-Producing the Big Society 18th & 19th March

Posted on 10th March 2011 by

On Friday 18th March, Be Birmingham will be hosting a summit on the Big Society.  In the afternoon, Resident University will be following up some the questions, issues and themes raised at the summit.  In particular, how residents and public services can coproduce the Big Society together.

Those attending the summit are all welcome to join this event which is organised by Chamberlain Forum.

Join Resident University on Friday Afternoon For:

  • Lord Nat Wei, government advisor for the Big Society, speaking about the part community groups play in making the Big Society, and how government can support them
  • Sessions highlighting what residents are already doing in relations to community organising, Timebanking, Developing Community Hubs and Social Innovation
  • Discussion of the future of N’hood Management in Birmingham

And join Resident University on Saturday for:

  • Ed Mayo, sec-general of Co-operatives UK, and Cllr Rachel Hayward of Lambeth Council looking at the ‘Co-operative Council’ idea developed in Lambeth
  • Sessions looking at the Localism Bill, N’hood Websites, Commissioning Community groups to deliver public services and a study visit to Balsall Heath
  • A discussion on the role of faith communities in neighbourhood renewal and management

Places are FREE to people that live and work in Birmingham

To book a place, please fill in the form below, and we will be in touch with further details as soon as they are confirmed.  Alternatively, you can email us via, or call us on 07795 448 462

New dates for Hands on Handsworth Resident Network

Posted on 8th March 2011 by

Hands on Handsworth Resident Network

Please see the dates for the rest of the year for the resident network – all welcome

New fencing is up in Albert Rd Alleyways

Posted on 4th March 2011 by

I have just popped down to the albert rd alleyway to have a look at the completed clearence and new fencing for a project that I have been working on with local residents and partners such as Midland Heart & Groundwork. It was lovely as it is so sunny today and this part of the alleyway looks so much better – much lighter.

Part of the work that has been done inculdes a new gate for residents on Herbert Rd who back on to a small section of the alleyway. Here is the new gate.


We have also helped the owner of one of the properties that run along the side of the alleyway put up a new wooden fence this looked dreadful before.

We have also helped Midland Heart clean up their garden that runs along the other side of the alleyway. This area was regulary used by young people for drinking, had high level of dumped rubbish & litter, overgrown shubs. The difficulty is that many of the gardens in Handsworth are very large, this makes it hard for tennants to manage. This type of partnership working with residents provides a really good opportunity to clean up the area by working together.  We are really grateful to staff at Midland Heart who have heldped us take this project forward.

Below is two photos I took a few weeks ago and then the cleaned up photo from today.

Groundwork have come up with some designs to help improve the actaul public footpath of the alleyway after talking to residents ; this will inculde creation of 6 mosaic tiles, painting the lamp posts and and some laser cut panels that could be fitted to metal fence. Children from Wilkes Green school will be helping design and create the floor tiles.

This part of the project will hopefully help people feel it is a nice clean space where people feel safe walking through. You can view the Groundwork design by clicking here

Lord Mayor of Birmingham goes back to college in Handsworth

Posted on 4th March 2011 by

On the 24 February City College Birmingham – Handsworth Campus were pleased to welcome back former student Councillor Len Gregory, Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham was taken on a tour of the College where he studied Telecommunications after joining the General Post Office as a trainee Telephone Engineer at the age of 16. Len studied at what is now City College Birmingham at the Handsworth Campus, on Soho Road, for 7 years, obtaining a City and Guilds and a HNC in Telecommunications. Later he continued his studies, whilst combining work and family life, with a BSc degree course in Electrical Engineering.

Len, and his wife Gillian, the Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, feel that Birmingham’s greatest strength is its residents and they are keen to encourage people to take pride in the City and to recognise how many opportunities it has to offer its residents. Len will always be grateful that he was given the opportunity to attend College, which certainly had a hand in making him what he is today.

Make it Happen Thursday 24th March @ Handsworth Library

Posted on 4th March 2011 by

This looks like a really great event at Handsworth Library. On Thursday 24th March 12 until 5 you will be able to watch films on the new vintage movie bus. The event is organised as part of the Flatpack Festival with lots of events happening across the city over that weekend.

For more information see the poster below

Handsworth Poster

Consultation on the Black Cat Site Villa Rd

Posted on 28th February 2011 by

In 2009 the buildings that were part of the old Black Cat Cafe were demolished as they had been empty and derelict for sometime. The site is situtaed on Villa Rd, Lozells. Birmingham City Council & Urban LIving have been working together to come up with a set of options that have a potential to bring some new life into this part of the Villa Rd.

Proposed Develop Project – options for the black Cat site can be viewed by click here

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

Latest edition of Hands on Handsworth Community Magazine

Posted on 25th February 2011 by

Back in September and October we ran a range of workshops to try and encourgae local people to get involved in a new community journalist project. The aim of the project is to take forward the idea to create a community magazine for Handsworth written by local people. Through the neighbourhood management programme, Tracey Thorne created two pilot issues on Hands on Handsworth.

The Community Journalist Project is now being developed and facilitated by Karl Greenwood from Multistory and Brian Homer from Homer Creative. They have been supporting many local people to get involved and start writing some stories.

Down load the first editions which has been mainly written by local people. Congratulations to them for creating an interesting edition…I look forward to reading more.

HOH Issue 3 PDF

If you would like to get involved contact Karl details in the magazine attached. Or if you would like a paper copy collect from Handsworth Community Fire Station or email me your address;