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Vehicle Crime Safety

Posted on 2nd November 2012 by

Residents of Handsworth, there has been 5 vehicle offences, mainly vehicles getting broken into due to items left on display, for example electrical items and car cd players.

Please ensure you remove all valuables from display and take off faceplates from your cd players. Hotspot areas include – Whateley Road, Montague Road, Mostyn Road and Holly Road. So please take care and ensure your vehicle is safe!

As you may also know that it is getting very dark quick, here is a small list of things you can do to be more safe:

  •  Leave a light on when your out
  •  Ensure all doors and windows are locked
  • Activate an alarm or Install one
  • Fit motion sensor lights
  • Monitor your children whilst playing outside
  • Ensure when you are walking home that you pay full attention to what is happening all around you


New Municipal Housing Development for Rent in Handsworth

Posted on 1st November 2012 by

picture of two story buildings in red brick

Did you know that a total of 33 affordable new homes are currently being built at Brunswick Place in Handsworth? This is a partnership project between the Council’s Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust  (BMHT) and Keepmoat with some funding provided by the Homes and Communities Agency. To find out more about this scheme you can visit the sales office which is open from Thursdays to Mondays from 10.00 a.m. until 5.00 p.m. or you can contact Hilary Kendrick, Communications Manager on 01992 655771 or email hilary.kendrick@keepmoat.com.

You can find the site plan here (downloads as a pdf)

By the way Keepmoat also donated £5000 to local community projects – for more see here.

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 www.tonyajoybolton.com .

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.


Register With A Doctor At Saini & Saini Health Centre

Posted on 13th October 2012 by
I received this from a Local Doctor and thought I would share this with  you:
IF you need a Doctor? If you want a Health Centre just on your doorstep? If you want to register with a Male GP or a Female GP?
As you may know it is fast approaching to winter, I don’t know about you but I am usually down with a cold or a flu! Well you don’t have to worry this winter, at Saini & Saini Health Centre you can make use of the daily morning walk in clinics ; where you can get a Flu injection. Or, if you have any other medical attention then you can benefit from the wide range of top NHS and private services offered. Why go anywhere else, when Saini & Saini Health Centre is right on your doorstep.
Don’t forget to come down to Saini & Saini Health Centre and register with a Female GP or a Male GP it is very easy and quick!
Saini & Saini Health Centre

Soho Health Centre, 247-251 Soho Road, Handsworth, Birmingham, West Midlands, B21 9RY Tel: (0121) 465 4660

People of Handsworth, Let’s make our Health our priority today, why waste anymore time!


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.”



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

New local website in Handsworth for the Shri Guru Ravidass Bhawan temple on Union Row

Posted on 8th April 2011 by

The Shri Guru Ravidass Bhawan temple on Union Row, near Grove Lane Handsworth has a new website. The roots of the Bhawan on Union Row, Handsworth go back to before the 1960s in Birmingham, when a group of Ravidassia immigrants from Punjab, India decided to set up their own place of worship.

You can find out more about its history and what is happening there now by visiting the site. Good to see more local sites/blogs being developed across the neighbourhood. Real potential for social media to help connect people in Handsworth.

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

#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?

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