Elders’ Christmas Meal

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In the week leading up to Christmas volunteers organized a meal for local elders at the Sons of Rest building in Handsworth Park. Andrea Walker from the Boat House Café provided a delicious Christmas meal of Turkey and Chicken with all the trimmings (vegetarian option – Nut Roast) – and entertainment was provided by local poet and musician Milton Godfrey (with sound engineer Mikey Godfrey). Partnership member, Dorette Hanson, expertly compered the bingo and a quiz. Thanks to Suki – Volunteer Co-ordinator and all the volunteers including Mehnaz, Israt, Koli and Sharon for planning and organizing the event. Many thanks also to Shaana, Asda Community Life Champion, who provided gifts and prizes.

Stepping Forward

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Stepping Forward aims to provide a friendly and relaxed environment in which local people can improve their prospects for the future and explore the opportunities available to them. It includes the support you might find in a job club. For example:

  • help with writing CV’s
  • how to access employment, training and education opportunities
  • help with completing applications and letters

However, it will also offer the opportunity for people to learn new skills, for example, conversational English and basic IT and build their confidence. The support provided will be tailored to meet the specific needs of those attending and much of the support will be one-to-one.

The sessions will take place every Tuesday 12 – 3pm, at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, Birchfield B20 3NP. Places are limited, so please book early. Tea and coffee will be provided.

For further information, please call: 0121 448 5594, email: steppingforward@birchfieldbiglocal.org or call in at the studios for a leaflet.

Public Speaking Competition 2015 | Westminster Primary School

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Westminster Primary School held their public speaking awards on Wednesday 9th December.
The awards were presented by David Campbell, publisher of the Everyman Library of Books.

The participants spoke on different topics. For example:  Inside the cupboard; What they want to be in the future; Views about how to make the world better place or change the world in terms of equality, fairness, environment; and Best and worst sports.

All participants received a medal. Four junior students, Raza Khan, Chelsey George 3P, Mohammed Yusuf Sajjad 4F, Zakaria Ali 4M received a prize, and Maryam Islam 4M received a trophy for excellent public speaking.
Senior students, Tania Khan 5C, Sanaa Azhar 5S, Hasib Miah and Amna Rahman 6Y received a prize. Saliha Mahmood 5C was honoured by a fabulous trophy.

Thanks to Mehnaz Fatma for the article and Patrick Groll for the photographs.

Lozells and East Handsworth Ward Meeting

Local residents are invited to the Lozells and East Handsworth Ward Meeting at 7.00pm on Tuesday 15th December at Grosvenor Road Studios, 16 Grosvenor Road, Birchfield B20 3NP. The main item for discussion will be planning issues in the local area. Please contact Kay Thomas for further details on 0121 675 5664 or email: kay.thomas@birmingham.gov.uk

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Community Survey

IMG_2339 (1)Gavin Orton and Santosh Rai are carrying out a survey for Birchfield Big Local of the buildings and land in the Birchfield area to find potential sites for either a community centre or children’s play area.
There is still time to contribute your views about the proposed community centre/hub and children’s play area.

To join in please see the link here

Many thanks to all who have taken part already.

 

Community Assets Survey

Do you know of any buildings that could become a community centre or hub? Is there land in the Birchfield area that could be developed as a children’s play area?
What facilities would you like a community centre to provide? What would make the ideal play space for children?
These are some of the questions we would like you to help us answer. We have appointed Santosh Rai and Gavin Orton to carry out a survey of assets in the Birchfield area.
The purpose of the survey is to find land or buildings that could be used for community benefit – either as a community centre/hub or children’s play area.
We would like your help. To take part please complete the survey form at – http://goo.gl/forms/Q5TUdAij99.
The survey will also be distributed with the next newsletter with a free post envelope.
Many thanks for taking part.

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