Posts Tagged ‘Pride in Handsworth Awards’

Uplands Allotment Beams with Pride

Posted on 30th July 2010 by

Last Saturday Cllr Paulette Hamilton and I went along to the Uplands Allotment to present the Pride in Handsworth Award that they won back in May. The Uplands allotment is one of the biggest allotments in Europe. I was blown away with the passion that people have for it and the hours that people spend on their plots. This isn’t just a hobby for some of the allotment holders but a way of life.

Brian featured in the photo below has 3 plots and proudly talked about the three generations of his family that have used the plots, his son now being the youngest.

Cllr Paulette Hamilton & allotment holder Brian

 We were met at the allotment by Dorothy Wallace one of the committee members who gave us a great tour of the site and ensured we left with a big bag each of fresh produce. The allotment has a small shop in the clubhouse which sells produce & seeds on a saturday.

Cllr Hamilton & Dorothy Wallace in the Uplands Shop

Allotments did decline for some years accross the country but there now seems to be a new energy for growing your own produce. For more information about the benefits of allotments visit the FoodVison Website Every plot at the Uplands is taken and covers a vast site in the corner of Handsworth. This interest has spread accross Handsworth where residents have fought for several years to get the Jubliee Allotments open and ready for use. Nick Booths “How they Influence me ” short film highlights  the  residents campaign featuring allotment campaigner Simon Badderley.

Walking round the allotments you meet some quite amazing people all so passionate about their allotment. I was quite amazed at the size of some of the plots and quite envious about the fabulous range of produce…really gets your taste buds going. Barington Osbourne world famous chef is just one of the allotment holders that your likely to bump in to down there. It is a real education I love gardening and cooking but I struggled to know what osme of the crops were all looks alot different in the ground. 

Later on in our tour we met Neville the chair of the Uplands Allotment Commitee who accpeted the Pride in Handsworth award presented by Cllr Paulette Hamilton.

Cllr Hamilton was delighted to present the Uplands with this award and congratulated them on their hard work.

Upland Allotment annual Garden Show  is due to be held on 11th Sept great chance to go along have some food, check out the plants and take in the wonderful vibes.

Lord Mayor visits Old Town Hall

Posted on 1st June 2010 by

One of Handsworth hidden gems got some much earned recognition in May, the Old Town Hall was erected in 1460 and is one of Handsworths oldest buildings. I think it is a real hidden gem most people have no idea that this wonderful building is right on their doorstep.

The Old Town hall is just off Slack Lane in Handsworth and is looked after by the Handsworth Historical Society, all volunteers.

The society were delighted in May to win the Arts & Culture Award at the Pride in Handsworth Award and said “that they had never in over forty years been recognised for the work they have done”.

On the 11th May they were also delighted to welcome the Lord Major & Majoress to the Old Town Hall

Let’s hear it for the Handsworth heroes

Posted on 25th May 2010 by

Great story in the Birmingham Mail tonight celebrating the winners of the Pride in Handsworth Awards winners click here to follow link

Pride in Handsworth Awards evening tonight

Posted on 13th May 2010 by

Very excited about attending the Pride in Handsworth Awards tonight it is fully booked with over 230 local residents & community groups attending.

Photos and details of winners will be published next week….Watch this space

Pride in Handsworth Awards

Posted on 10th May 2010 by

A big thank you to everyone who has nominated individuals or groups from Handsworth. I think it highlights the great work that is going on within the neighbourhood.

The judges have now narrowed down the winner and highly recommeded for each one. The awards evening will be held this Thursday the 13th where finalists will find out how they have done and get the chance to get some recognition for the great work they have done. The evening is full booked now so I will post photos and details of winners here next week.

Good luck to all the finalists!

Tune into BBC Radio WM tomorrow at 11pm to the Joe Aldred show to hear some more about the awards.

Faith Act’s Birmingham one of the Pride in Handsworth Award 2010 Nominees

Posted on 5th May 2010 by

Faith Act’s Birmingham are based at the Nishkam Centre on Soho Rd and have  recently been nominated for an award for the Pride in Handsworth Awards 2010. They have been successful in being selected by the judges as part of the shortlisting for the Living in Faith Award. Faiths Act will attend the evening on the 13th May to find out if they have won.

There are some great stories and photographs on the Tony Blair Faith Foundation blog that Sean & Pritpal from Faiths Act have updated. It highlights the important work they are doing about poverty and the impact that this has on millions of people worldwide. It is great too see that they recently attend the Vaisakhi Mela Festival in Handsworth Park to get this message out in the local community.

Vaisakhi Mela Handsworth Park 2010

Child of Courage nominations for Pride in Handsworth Awards wanted

Posted on 26th March 2010 by

Child of Courage
This award is for a courageous child or young person up to the age of 18. Do you know
of someone who is a shining example, who has overcome adversity, disability or done
something remarkable for someone else?

If you know a young person who deserves this award them please nominate closing date is the 2nd April

Pride of Handsworth Final

Pride in Handsworth Awards: get nominating!

Posted on 19th February 2010 by

Nominations are invited for the forthcoming Pride in Handsworth Awards to be held in May. Who do you think is giving to the neighbourhood, who should we recognise for their achievements?  There are 13 categories to choose from, all below, and the you can download the application for by clicking here.

Closing date for nominations is the 2nd April 2010 at 5pm and I would love to hear from you about people you know in Handsworth.

1. Child of Courage
This award is for a courageous child or young person up to the age of 18. Do you know
of someone who is a shining example, who has overcome adversity, disability or done
something remarkable for someone else?
2. Young Person of the Year
This is for someone under 21 who has either, achieved great things in sport, represented