Social Enterprise Meeting

Birchfield Social Enterprise Hub

Following a very productive workshop in December at Grosvenor Road Studios looking at social enterprise in the area and how we can nurture and support it in the future, we are planning monthly sessions in partnership with UnLtd.

The first session will be 10am – 12.30pm on Thursday 7th February at Grosvenor Road Studios and will look at Marketing your business and branding.

For more details please contact:

Andrew Simons – 07421 994752
Carol Reid (ATHAC) – 07977 880132
Victor Shaw (UnLtd) – 07841 779981

Autumn Fete 2018

Autumn Fete

Thanks to everyone who attended the BRAG Autumn Fete at the Pavilion building, Livingstone Road Allotments. For once the weather was perfect and the attendance better than ever. Phil Bowers entertained everyone with live music and Claudette Holmes ran a children’s arts workshop which was very popular.

There was a display of historical photographs of the area provided by Tom Clements and an opportunity for people to plant up pots with winter flowering plants and spring bulbs with Barbara and volunteers. Thanks to Mehnaz for providing us with some great food and to Albert for arranging access to the Allotment Pavilion for the day.

The event was organised by BRAG – Barbara, Lurlyn and volunteers, with support from Birchfield Big Local. There were some great pumpkins and gourds on display all grown on the Livingstone Road Community Allotment which were sold at the end of the day – proceeds to support the future work of BRAG and the allotment project.

Half-Term Youth Activities

Half-Term Youth Activities

A selection of photos from the Young People’s Half-Term Project on Arts and Heritage run by Birchfield Big Local and Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust.

The young people visited Soho House and Aston Hall – and engaged in music, dance and drama sessions at Grosvenor Road Studios.

For more information about future youth activities please contact Russell on 07419213430

Birchfield Ward Forum Meeting

Come and have your say at the Birchfield Ward Forum Meeting on Wednesday 21st November at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road B20 3NP. The meeting starts at 7.00pm.

Key items on the agenda are issues arising from some Houses in Multiple Occupation (HMO’s) and contributing ideas for the new Ward Plan.

Please come along and share your ideas with other residents and Councillor Mahmood Hussain.

Autumn Fete at Livingstone Road Allotments

Please come and join us on Saturday 17th November between 1 and 4pm at the Pavilion building, Livingstone Road Allotments to celebrate Birchfield in Bloom.

There will be arts and crafts for children, live music, a photographic exhibition on the history of the area, and food and refreshments.

Everyone is welcome, so please join us for this free family-friendly event.

Entrance to the allotment is on Livingstone Road – opposite Broadway Dance Centre B20 2LL


Young People's Half Term Project Poster

Arts and Heritage Project

This half-term Birchfield Big Local and Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust will be presenting a FREE arts and heritage project for local young people aged 8 – 16.

The project runs from Monday 29 October till Friday 2 November at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, Handsworth, Birmingham B20 3NP and will start each day at 10 am and finish at 3 pm.

The week will include a creative writing workshop, heritage workshop, music, dance and arts. There will be a trip to Soho House Museum and St Francis Centre and a film showing.

All tickets and transport will be provided for the trips out.
Download the flyer >

To find out more and book a place please contact or call Russell at Birchfield Big Local on 07419213430.

Play course participants with certificates

“Play Works” Training

Ashebo CIC were funded through the Birchfield Big Local small grants scheme to provide a play training course for local people interested in children’s outdoor play.

The training, led by Kemi Folarin, was one day per week over four weeks and 14 people attended in total. One participant said: “I thoroughly enjoyed the course and gained a new outlook on children’s play. It has inspired me to advocate for play opportunities for local children.”

The course was so popular that there was a waiting list. Birchfield Big Local will be looking for further opportunities to provide play training and promote children’s play outdoors.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help at the Secret Garden, a community garden and play space hidden away behind Grosvenor Avenue, Westminster Road and Hutton Road.

If you are interested, please contact us.