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:


October Fun in Handsworth

Posted on 21st October 2012 by

One thing that I love about the holidays, apart from the fact that it is one of the only times I can just relax, is the fact that there is so much going on and so many activities that your young ones can be part of.

Here is  just some of those activities:

1. Black History Photography Project

Working in partnership with the MAC/Vanley Burke for young people to create photographic skills and produce pictures for gallery project.

Where: Oakland Young People Centre, Oaklands Road, Handsworth,Birmingham, B21 0NA

Contact: Russell Green on 0121 523 7702

You can bring or buy your lunch.

Age: 12 – 16 years

Cost: FREE

There is a range of activities that are suitable for children and young people with disabilities.

2. Boulton’s Big Draw

As part of the Big Draw, take part in funky art activities inspired by our new displays.

Where: Soho House Museum, 5 Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB

When: 23/10/2012, 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Contact: 0121 554 9122

Normal charges to Historic House apply.

3. Spooky Soho

Soho’s spooky cellars are transformed into the Soho Dungeons for Halloween as we explore terrible tales of 18th century crime and punishment.

Where: Soho House Museum, 5 Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB

When: 23/10/2012 – 28/10/2012, 12.00pm – 16.00pm

Contact: 0121 554 9122

Free entry for all those in Halloween fancy dress.

Normal charges to Historic House apply.

Family Event

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4. Boulton goes to Bollywood

To celebrate Black History Month, Soho House goes to Bollywood with free activities and workshops. Tours of the House explore intriguing links between the Lunar Society and the anti-slavery campaign in the 18th century.

Where: Soho House Museum, 5 Soho Avenue, Handsworth, Birmingham, B18 5LB

When: 24/10/2012, 12.00pm – 16.00pm

Contact: 0121 554 9122

Normal charges to Historic House apply.

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5. D’vine Chance Kidz Playscheme

Where: D’vine Chance Kidz, Laurel Road, B21 9PB

When: 22/10/2012 – 26/10/2012, 9:00am – 18:00pm

Costs: £55 a week, 9.30am-3.30pm or £68 a week 9am-6pm. Can cater for children with additional needs, please contact to discuss needs.

Contact: 07769575378

6. Grove Community Project Playscheme

Where: Grove Community Project, Arthur Road, B21 9HY

When: 22/10/2012 – 26/10/2012, 8:30am – 17:30pm

Cost: TBC (Please Contact to find out)

Please bring a packed lunch and wear old clothes suitable for fun and messy play. Can cater for children with disabilities, please ring to discuss. Part-time sessionavailable from 10am to 2pm.

Contact: 0121 515 3864

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So if you have youngsters that are bored this Half term, as you can see Handsworth is packed with so much things for them to do! Get the involved.

Breaking the Silence: Empowerment Day For Women

Posted on 20th October 2012 by

I 100% AGREE that: “Sexual assault and domestic violence are significant issues facing women today in the West Midlands. Violence against women and girls is a worldwide pandemic – approximately one out of every three women worldwide will be beaten, coerced into sex, or otherwise abused in her lifetime. Also statistics show that 1 in 4 girls will be sexually abused before they turn 18.”

This sell-out show is a hilarious, empowering and deeply moving play which openly addresses taboo issues such as religion, sexual health, sexual abuse and domestic violence. These subjects are rarely discussed within the community and as a result women often suffer in silence.

For more information about the play please visit .

ICU’s groundbreaking Empowerment Day for Women takes place on Thursday 25th October, 2012 at the Arena Theatre, Wolverhampton. Drawing on themes from the play and a wide range of art forms, such as Creative writing, Visual Art and Drama, the day will include a Live performance, workshops and discussion. This event is priced at only £20 and open to women of all backgrounds.

Tonya and her team will provide a safe space to help women develop effective strategies to create positive change and take back control of their lives.   The day will explore issues such as:

  • The relationships we have with ourselves and with others.
  • How culture impacts on sexual and domestic abuse
  • Breaking the cycle of abuse.
  • How to prevent, recognise and react responsibly to the reality of abuse.

So I urge all you women out there to attend this inspirational event, and together let’s overcome this Worldwide panademic.



Posted on 25th May 2012 by

West Bromwich Olympian Eddie Wedderburn to open Schoolympics, May 21.

Over 6,000 children from Birmingham are set to take part in the UK’s biggest Olympic school sports event this summer, organisers announced yesterday. Over the next two months, pupils from 17 primary schools across Handsworth will be coming together to participate in the “Schoolympics” — described as an “explosion of colour, youthfulness and excitement” to celebrate the London 2012 Olympic Games. Youngsters aged between five and 11 will engage in 16 different sporting events such as gymnastics, athletics, archery, football and BMX cycling — with the winners receiving medals especially designed by pupils.

The Schoolympics programme — which runs until July — will be officially launched on Monday, May 21 at a “glittering” opening ceremony in West Bromwich. Special guests include BBC correspondent and High Sheriff of Birmingham Anita Bhalla, who is part of the UK Olympic Committee, and Birmingham-born British Olympian Eddie Wedderburn. A spokesperson for event organisers the Handsworth Association of Schools (HAS) — an educational charity which comprises 24 primary, six secondary and one special school in the area — says the massive project is an “incredible opportunity to inspire young people with the Olympic spirit”.

Anita Harding, HAS Strategic Manager said: “We believe that the Schoolympics is the biggest Olympic programme involving primary schools in the whole of the country and our teachers, children and staff cannot wait to get our celebration off the starting line. “Once-in-a-lifetime tournaments such as the Olympic Games not only showcase the nation but also have huge potential for engaging and reaching young people in a way few other events can.

“The project is a fantastic way to mark the London Olympics in a memorable way and over the next few month it will inspire over 6,000 young people in Birmingham to share in the incredible Olympic spirit of achievement and co-operation.” Recent research by educational charity the Centre for British Teaching (CfBT) shows that ‘mega-events’ such as the Olympics can have long-lasting educational benefits. For example, they can be used to increase participation in school sports and exercise, promote values of teamwork and friendship, and teach children about collaboration and citizenship, culture and enterprise, and internationalism.

For the Schoolympics event — which run from May 22 to July 5 — all the schools involved will each be adopting an Olympic country and exploring their history and culture. Each individual school will also be marking the event by holding their own ‘Schoolympic’ torch events and flag carrying ceremonies. Secondary schools in Handsworth are also engaged in the project and will be offering their facilities and resources for the hosting of sporting events.

In addition, young sports leaders from the secondary schools will be acting as marshals and role models at the events, which include handball, volleyball, indoor rowing, netball, multi-skills, cricket, triathlon, tri-golf, tennis, badminton and hockey. “Handsworth is a multi-cultural neighbourhood with a richness of culture and diversity. Unfortunately, in recent years it has been known more for its issues around gangs and drugs than sense of community,” said HAS Chair, Moira Foster Brown.

“We hope the Handsworth Schoolympics will help change this, providing a platform for the children and young people of Handsworth to truly reflect the positive work happening and show real ‘unity in the community’. “HAS intends to make the most of the Olympics as a focal point for youth activity — encouraging participation in school sports and physical exercise, and giving children a chance to become more involved with countries from around the globe.”

At the opening ceremony, taking place on May 21 from 6–7.30pm at Bethel Convention Centre, more than 750 pupils, parents, carers and staff will be entertained with music, dancing and drama inspired by the adopted Olympic countries. Guests speakers Anita Bhalla and Eddie Wedderburn will be appearing alongside Schoolympics mascot ‘Whistle’, and all schools will also be singing a specially-commissioned Schoolympics anthem. Retired athlete and West Bromwich resident Wedderburn, who represented Great Britain in the men’s 3000 metres Steeplechase at the 1988 Olympics Games in Seoul, said: “Nothing compares to the Olympics for uniting people and communities through sports and culture, and I am therefore delighted to be part of this important event teaching children true Olympic values.”



Next edition of the Hands on Handsworth magazine out in August

Posted on 2nd August 2011 by

The Carnival is returning to Handsworth this August and the anticipation and excitement from local residents in the build up to the big event is now at boiling point . The next edition of the Hands on Handsworth magazine features a great story on the Carnival with Professor Black, a carnival costume designer, giving a real sense of what this momentous occasion means to the community and to get a brief insight behind the scenes; highlighting the hard work and dedication needed to bring the Carnival alive. Fingers crossed it doesn’t rain!

We also sent journalists and photographers along to the Simmer Down Festival in July and the summer edition of the magazine includes a great feature on this.

The magazine also showcases some of the wealth of creative talent the area has to offer with articles on Willard Wigan and other artists from the area.

Hands on Handsworth also ran a blogging session for the journalists in July so the blog should start to come together soon.

The magazine will be out in early August and you can pick one up from many different venues in Handsworth including Handsworth Library, fast food places, hairdressers and the Community Fire Station.

The journalists (all volunteers remember!) have been working exceptionally hard bringing the stories and images together for this edition so a big thank you goes out to all those that have contributed to the magazine. Remember, we are always looking for local stories so get in touch if you have any.

Enjoy the Carnival!



Birmingham Sports & Cultrual Day

Posted on 3rd August 2010 by

Simmerdown in Handsworth

Posted on 30th June 2010 by

I am back after a short holiday in Italy so really need to catch up over the next few days with blogging. Italy were booted out of the world cup when I was there and now England so we need some cheering up.

Good job there are loads of wonderful things happening in Handsworth over the next few months. Lets hope that the weather stays good and local residents can get out and enjoy!

Great events to look out for here which I will upload information about in the next week are:

Saturday 10th 12-3 Community Action Day at Brunswick Gardens

Saturday 17th July from 12.00 noon the Simmerdown Reggae Festival in Handsworth Park

Friday 23rd to 24th July ArtWalk activties all over Handsworth for people to enjoy for free

I am very excited about the Simmer down Festival as it is great too see a music event for free like this happening again in Handsworth Park for the whole family to enjoy. If you’re not a big fan of reggae don’t worry there is something for everyone and lots of free activties. I will be somewhere in the information tent. Come and say hello!