Posts Tagged ‘Handsworth’

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

Local Elections & Referendum

Posted on 14th April 2011 by

The local elections are being held on the 5th May for information on the elections you can visit the Birmingham City Council Local Election pages.

Handsworth falls between three wards; Handsworth Wood, Lozells and East Handsworth and Soho. Each ward has three elected members. On the 5th of  depending on which ward you live in – you can vote for 1 candidate from the list for that ward.

The nominations for each of the three wards are;  

Persons nominated – Handsworth Wood
Other names in full
Home address in full Description (if any)
Kingsley Seymour
8 Island Road,
B21 8NP
Liberal Democrats
Rabinder Singh
12 The Slieve,
Handsworth Wood,
B20 2NR
The Conservative Party
348 Sarehole Road,
B28 0AQ
Green Party Candidate
* Hamilton
Paulette Adassa
821 Chester Road,
B24 0BX
The Labour Party Candidate
Persons nominated – Lozells and East Handsworth
Other names in full
Home address in full Description (if any)
129 Bacchus Road,
B18 4QR
The Conservative Party
46 Stamford Road,
B20 3PN
Liberal Democrat
215 Hubert Road,
Selly Oak,
B29 6ES
Green Party Candidate
123 Leonard Road,
B19 1JH
The Labour Party Candidate
Persons nominated – Soho
Other names in full
Home address in full Description (if any)
Steven John
30 Lansdowne House,
Great Colmore Street,
B15 2AR
Green Party
Robert John
172 Poplar Avenue,
B17 8EP
The Conservative Party
* Spence
Sybil Eurlena
69 Babington Road,
B21 0QD
The Labour Party Candidate
23 Willes Road,
Winson Green,
B18 4PZ
Liberal Democrat

Election results will appaer on the local elections home page as they come in click here

 On Thursday 5 May 2011, there will be a referendum on the voting system you use to elect MPs to the House of Commons.

To find out more to help you make a decision about how to vote you can  watch the May 5 Referendum short video

For information on women and electrol refrom visit the Fawcett Society

Why electrol reform matters to Britains Black community visit the OBV site

Electrol reform popular with young people visit British Youth Council

Electrol Reform Society

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

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 Handsworth Heritage Trail

Posted on 23rd February 2011 by

Several months ago as part of a local heritage project the idea to create a heritage trail for Handsworth emerged. What we found from talking to people was that many local people haven’t visited local heritage sites such as Soho House & Museum. Or know much about the great buildings across Handsworth.

People have also said that they are unhappy about negative images and media coverage about Handsworth. It is hoped that the trail will provide a way to positively promote Handsworth and attract some new visitors to the area.

We are also very keen to get people out walking in Handsworth and exploring their neighbourhood perhaps in a different way?

Initially a few of us got together and walk around the area taking photos of places that people might find of historic interest. See photos from this walk on Flickr

We then formed a steering group which included Pat Mills from Handsworth Historical Society, Brian Hall Rector at St Mary’s Church, Suzanne Carter from English Heritage, Annette French from Soho House, Rob Horricks local resident, Geoff Henderson trail designer from DNA and Tracey Thorne, Neighbourhood Manager.

On September 11th we held a taster walk as part of Heritage Open Days and ran three guided walks. Over 25 people took part and overall really liked the trail that they were taken on that day. This included Soho House, St Michaels Church, Handsworth Park & St Mary’s Church.

After much discussion the steering group selected 13 places that are of historic interest and prominence within the local area. It isn’t to say other buildings aren’t important or of value but we could only include 13 and had to think carefully about devising an interesting trail.

Hopefully this can be expanded and we can build up via Hands on Handsworth Blog information about other interesting places.

Send in your – places that are special to you. Please include a brief bit of text and a photo email to:

Handsworth Heritage Trail Leaflet – is now available from Handsworth Fire Station and very soon across Handsworth. If you’re interested in attending the launch event it is on Friday 11th March at 2pm email

Here is what the front cover looks like – pdf version will be put up on the blog very soon.

I would like to send out a BIG THANK YOU to all involved and hope people enjoy this walk. Special thanks go to Be Birmingham & Urban Living who have provided funding for the wider heritage project that has been used in part to develop this trail. The trail art work design has been done by Geoff Henderson from Digtal Native Acadmey and photos by Dee Patel outroslide – big thanks to them both!

#Local Governement Challenge

Posted on 22nd February 2011 by

Spent a grate two days with local residents last week during the local government challenge. Great news the team that were sent to Handsworth won – so we consider that HANDSWORTH won. As if we ever doubted that!

They were impressed by local people, Handsworth Park and the wonderful cooking from the Boat House Cafe. Although we didn’t get a prize it was great to see local residents showing people around there neighbourhood. And then on the Friday we all went to the Council House with the great work being done by local residents being talked about!

Thnak you to Groundwork for your support, Chamberlain Forum, Kate Foley,Karen Cheney and all the residents!

#Local Government Challenge coming to #Handsworth tomorrow

Posted on 16th February 2011 by

Local community or neighbourhood groups up for a challenge

Birmingham City Council has been selected to host one of the five annual Local Government Challenges. Starting in January 2011, 10 short listed contestants from local government across the country will take part in the challenges, run along the lines of the hit TV show, The Apprentice.

 Working in partnership with the Chamberlain Forum, local community and neighbourhood groups were invited to set the challenge for Birmingham. It could have been developing an action plan or business plan, researching and writing a funding bid, undertaking some local consultation, or anything else that would benefit their group.

 The two chosen winning challenges were Hands on Handsworth Resident Network and Second to None based on the Hagley Road, Edgbaston. Both challenges will take place tomorrow the 17th Feb.

We are expecting our team of five contestants to arrive in Handsworth at about 11.00. They will meet local residents who have put forward the challenge.

The Challenge: Residents are challening the contestants to help them take forward plans to improve the alleyways between Albert and Herbert Rd in Handsworth. Staff from Birmingham City Council and Groundwork will be on hand to support the team.

You can follow events during the day on hands on Handsworth twitter or the LGChallenge twitter

Reggae Britannia Features Some Handsworth Reggae artists

Posted on 14th February 2011 by

BBC Four our currently running a season on reggae music if you missed it last week it focused on the British Reggae Music scene from the 1960s and contains some Handsworth Artists. Well worth a view – Reggae Britannia

BBC Music Blog

Handsworth Pop up Team Room

Posted on 14th February 2011 by

Pop up Tea Rooms have proved to be a success! There have been four pop up tea rooms opened in empty shops across Birmingham,  in Handsworth it was based at the old Harriet Tubman Bookshop on Grove Lane, Handsworth. Great to see empty shops like this open again especially in busy shopping areas such as Handsworth.

There was an interesting write up about the Pop Up Tea Rooms in the January in the Guardians, Society

Next Hands on Handsworth Resident Network meeting Monday 14th at 7pm

Posted on 10th February 2011 by

The next Hands on Handsworth Resident Network meeting will be held this coming Monday 14th Feb at 7pm @ Handsworth Community Fire Station, 41 Rookery Rd, Handsworth.

New members welcome!

Great time to get involved as the group will be becoming a constituted resident network focusing on environmental issues. See attached agenda below;

Agenda HOHRN Feb 2011