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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BRAG Project Manager Post

The BRAG Livingstone Road Community Allotment is advertising for a part time Project Manager to manage, maintain and develop the allotment site. They will also have a key role in organising the Bloom in Birchfield campaign – part of the national It’s Your Neighbourhood initiative to encourage local residents to take greater pride in their neighbourhoods. For more details see

Launch of Dancercise for Health and Fitness

Local resident and Star People Award winner Jacqeline James will be launching Dancercise for Health and Fitness sessions on 19th June (4 – 6pm) at The Lighthouse, 100 Alma Way. Jacqueline has been awarded a Do It Award from UnLtd to help support the setting up of the Dancercise programme.

“The benefits of dance to a person’s health and wellbeing have been recognised for many years, says Jacqueline. “Throughout each 12 week cycle we’ll use a variety of music genres and activities such as Hula Hoops, skipping, aerobics and dance exercises. The sessions are designed to be challenging, mood and fitness enhancing – and most of all fun!”

For more information or to reserve a space, please telephone: 07969 556 427; email:; or visit the website:

Family Fun Day

Please come a join us for Birchfield Big Local’s annual Family Fun Day on Sunday 29th May beside Boat House Cafe, Handsworth Park. The event is from 2pm to 6pm and will include fun and games; arts and crafts; face painting and mehndi; creative play; and market stalls. Food and refreshments will be available at the Boat House Cafe and pedalo and row boat rides on the lake.

For further information, please contact us on 0121 448 5594 or 07421 994752. Follow us on Twitter @BirchfieldBigL and #BirchfieldFunDay16

Secret Garden receives Pocket Park funding

This former community garden site located behind Grosvenor Avenue, Westminster Road and Hutton Road is to receive £15,000 in funding as part of the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) Pocket Parks initiative.
It is one of just six sites in Birmingham to receive the funding and is a partnership involving Birchfield Big Local, The Conservation Volunteers (TCV), ATHAC CIC and Groundwork West Midlands. The funding will enable the landscaping of the green space including building new raised beds and a seating area; the introduction of elements for natural play; secure storage for children’s play equipment; a mural project; and repairs to the hard standing area for ball games.
With support from TCV we are organising regular volunteer sessions every Monday, 12 – 3pm, to carry out practical activities on site.
At the first session held on Monday 22nd February, volunteers removed the remaining fly-tipping to a skip and started work dismantling the old raised beds. Please join us if you would like lend a hand.
We would recommend using the Hutton Road entrance, but there are also entrances on Westminster Road and Grosvenor Avenue.

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Small Grants Scheme Launched

Do you have an idea for a project that will benefit people in the Birchfield Big Local area and help make a real difference to the community?
Birchfield Big Local are offering small grants from £50 to £2000 for individuals or groups that have project ideas to help tackle local priorities.  The project should meet one or more of the priorities for the area in the Birchfield Big Local Plan, for example: celebrating the cultural heritage of the area or bringing people together; engaging local people in improving the environment; providing activities for the young, elderly or people with disabilities; improving health and wellbeing; or  promoting the local economy and helping people develop new skills.
The small grants will be awarded in three rounds spread over the year, with £5000 available in each round. The first round will close on 14th March.
There is a straight-forward application form and Guidance notes which are available from:
Birchfield Big Local office
16 Grosvenor Road,
B20 3NP

Early Years Health and Wellbeing Services – Have Your Say!

Birmingham City Council is consulting on how Early Year Services will be delivered in the future. They are looking at creating a new integrated Health and Wellbeing offer for parents by changing the way the following key services are delivered: Children’s centres; Health visiting and family nurse partnerships; Parenting support services; Pregnancy and breastfeeding support services.

The consultation runs from Monday 30th November 2015 to 28th February 2016. You can respond using a computer, tablet or mobile phone by completing the online questionnaire at, or if you prefer you can also complete the consultation questionnaire at Birchfield Children’s Centre.  Please contact Annette (0121 675 2530) if you need further information.