Christmas Choir Concert Video

 ‘Christmas Choir Concert’

Venue: Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, B20 3NP

Birchfield Big Local would like to invite all local people to come and join us at our Christmas Choir Concert.

The concert is about bringing the community together and celebrating Christmas in an open, friendly and welcoming environment.

We are looking for volunteers to join our ‘Community Karaoke Choir’ to sing carols for Christmas with other people. No singing experience needed just enthusiasm and a smile!

Join us to promote unity and celebrate Christmas time with people of different religions and beliefs whilst promoting our shared values.

Together Is A Wonderful Place To Be!

Volunteers for Junk Food Project

178-1Birchfield Children’s Centre is looking for volunteers to help with a Junk Food Project. Shirley Graham describes what the project involves.

“The real Junk food project prepares and cooks food that would have been wasted. If you live in the B19 or B20 area then Birchfield Children’s Centre will be setting up a café in the new year for our local families who are on low incomes or for those who have no recourse to public funds. The families that access this will benefit from a hot cooked meal. We are also looking for volunteers to help with this by preparing and cooking food or assisting with the tidying up.”

For more information please contact Shirley or Davina on 0121 675 2530.

Birchfield Environment Summit

img_3022-1Grosvenor Road Studios hosted the first Birchfield Environment Summit on Wednesday 16th November. Organised by Birchfield Big Local and Birmingham City Council (BCC), the summit brought together residents, Birchfield Residents Action Group (BRAG), Midland Heart, BCC and other local groups and organisations to look at how we can encourage people to take more pride in the environment and reduce waste, litter and fly tipping. Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for Clean Streets, Recycling and Environment gave a key note address and this was followed by presentations and workshops. The day culminated with a Question and Answer session with a panel including representatives from Midland Heart, BRAG, BCC and Big Local.

BRAG chair, Barbara Petris, gave a presentation about the achievements of the Bloom in Birchfield campaign, now in its third year, and including the front garden competition, which is soon to be featured in the RHS “Grassroots” magazine. Street Scene Coordinator, Theresa Tammam, provided an overview of the work across the city in engagement, education, employment and enforcement. Nigel Collumbell, Director of Housing Management at Midland Heart gave a presentation highlighting the numbers of Midland Heart properties in the area and the contribution that Midland Heart can make to help improve the public realm.  Kemi Folarin and Abi Issac talked about the Crick Project, a community garden on Crick Lane, Handsworth.
Two videos were also shown of projects supported through the Birchfield Big Local Small Grants Scheme: a project by local social enterprise, Eco Gardening Services, to recycle garden waste as compost and mulch; and a project to promote environmental awareness with young people by the local Mosque – Masjid-e-Nimra and Community Centre.

Workshops covered topics ranging from the role of education; re-using waste; mapping local issues and finding solutions; environment and health; and improving communication between the City Council, residents and other stakeholders.


An action plan is being developed with the aim of coordinating the activities of residents, City Council departments, Midland Heart and other stakeholders to help reduce waste, increase recycling and prevent fly tipping in the Birchfield area.

Arts and Crafts Sessions for Women at BRAG

Birchfield Big Local Women’s Group invites you to take part in a fantastic opportunity:

3 FREE Workshops for Women by artist Lizzie Bean an established artist who is experienced in creative arts and engaging communities

Workshop 1 Thursday 24th November 10am to 12pm ‘Mosaic Designs’

Workshop 2 Thursday 1st December 10am to 12pm ‘Personalise a Diary’

Workshop 3 Thursday 8th December 10am to 12pm ‘Textile Session’

All sessions will take place in Livingstone Road Community Allotments Pavilion Hut, on Livingstone Road. All material will be provided at no cost and you will be taking finished items home with you to keep.

Please note there is no heating in the venue, so please wear warm clothing, hot drinks and a light lunch will be provided.

Address: Livingstone Road, B20 3LN, Opposite Broadway Dance Studio (see link to map below)

Come along and enjoy the nice friendly, relaxed environment for women to chat, relax, use your creativity and learn new skills!

Please book your place by emailing me on or call 07421 994753

We have a limited number of places so please book early!

Environment Summit


Birchfield Big Local and Birmingham City Council – Perry Barr District are holding an Environment Summit in association with other key stakeholders in the area to explore what positive actions can be taken, initially in Birchfield, to improve clean streets, recycling and the physical environment.

The date is Wednesday 16th November 2016, commencing 9.30am (registration and refreshments) for a 10am (prompt) start. The Summit will conclude at 3pm.

Lisa Trickett, Cabinet Member for clean streets, recycling and environment will be attending.
There will be a mixture of presentations and workshops exploring themes such as Environment and Education; Environment, Health and Wellbeing; Mapping local issues and identifying solutions; Working in partnership to reduce and re-use waste. The day will conclude with a Question and Answer session with a panel including representatives from Birmingham City Council and other key partners.

For further details and to book a place, please contact Andrew Simons on 0121 448 5594 (Mobile:07421 994752) or email:

Birchfield wins two awards

Birchfield Residents Action Group was awarded two awards at this year’s It’s Your Neighbourhood Awards – a Special Merit Award and also a Level 4 – Thriving Award. The awards were presented at an event at the Assembly Rooms in Ludlow, Shropshire on Tuesday 20th September organised by RHS Heart of England In Bloom. The awards were collected by Barbara Petris, Lurlyn Salmon and Michelle on behalf of Livingstone Road Community Allotments. They are the culmination of the many efforts made by BRAG, local residents and other partners over the past year to encourage people to take more pride in the local environment. Well done all involved!


Bloom in Birchfield – Assessment Day!

Birchfield Residents Action Group (BRAG) welcomed Carol Miller and Jenny Brewer on Wednesday 20th July to assess Bloom in Birchfield – part of the Royal Horticultural Society’s It’s Your Neighbourhood campaign. Carol and Jenny started at the Livingstone Road Community Allotments and enjoyed some wonderful food prepared by Lurlyn and Barbara and sourced from the allotment site. They looked at front gardens on Havelock and Westminster Road before visiting Westminster Primary School to talk to the children and see the fruit, herbs and vegetables they have grown in the school grounds – including Strawberries, Tomatoes, Potatoes and Fenugreek or Methti. Stamford Road was also included for the first time this year where the interest generated by the front garden competition is spreading fast.

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