Change of Chair for Sheldon HLB


Long serving Chair of Sheldon Housing Liaison Board Linda Shuttleworth has resigned as Chair because  she is leaving Sheldon. Linda was presented with a card. flowers and a bottle of bubbly by members of the Housing Liaison Board. Colin Fish second from the left in the photo above has been selected as the new Chair of the HLB.


Acocks Green In Bloom 2013

Do you care about Acocks Green? Would you like to help make it a nicer place to shop, live and work?

Acocks Green Village is entering Britain in Bloom 2013.

A friendly team of locals meet up regularly to work on making the village more attractive by gardening, tidying and painting.  We are also working on an exciting new Community Orchard in Mallard Close.

Can you spare a couple of hours on Sunday or Wednesday mornings to help? If so look out for the volunteers or contact the project

co-ordinator Fran Lee: –

0121 706 0076

No experience necessary!



Make a real difference in 2013

Get Started with Martial Arts in Acock’s Green

The Prince’s Trust
Get Started with Martial Arts!
Are you a young person aged16-25?
Are you currently unemployed?
Would you like to gain some new skills?
Would you like to try something new involving Martial Arts?
Yes?? Then Get Started with The Prince’s Trust on our motivating and
rewarding FREE 5 day programme!
 Try Boxing and Kickboxing – A great way to get and keep fit!
 A very practical course using great facilities based in Birmingham.
 Free gym kit.
 Work with helpful instructors who will guide you through the week.
 Develop your Communication, Confidence and Teamwork skills.
 Gain the ISKA Red Belt in Kickboxing.
 Gain an Emergency First Aid qualification.
 Receive certificates and references upon completing the programme.
 Great to put on your CV.
 Lunch provided every day.
 Public transport costs reimbursed.
 Upon completion apply for a Prince’s Trust development award to take you
to the next level.
 Help with progression onto further training courses like the Prince’s Trust
Team programme.
We are now recruiting for this exciting programme and we’re keen to receive
referrals and enquiries from interested young people.
Please note, we cannot take any enquiries from young people who are on the ‘work
Get Started with Martial Arts will take place 4th – 8th February 2013
Interested young people will be invited to a Taster session on Thursday 31st January, to
see if it’s for them.
For more info or to book a place on the course please call/text or e-mail us on one
of the numbers below;
0121 772 9230 or 0121 772 9250 or Text ‘martial arts’ to 07766417341

Housing Liaison Board Meetings Dates

There are four Housing Liaison Boards in Yardley District one for each Ward. If you are a Council tenant or Council leaseholder you are welcome to come along and observe any of our HLB meetings , please phone me on 0121 464 1615 and then pop along you may then wish to ask to join. We are looking for members  for all four of our HLBs and at each one you will get a warm welcome and an excellent cup of tea and coffee with biscuits! The meetings dates are as follows:

Acock’s Green HLB 6.30pm on the third Tuesday of the month (for example Tuesday15 January 2013 ) in the Community Room St Marys Close Sheltered Housing Scheme Acock’s Green.

Sheldon HLB 1.30pm on the fourth Thursday of the month( for example 1.30pm Thursday 24 January 2013) in the Community Room at Manston Road Sheldon.

South Yardley HLB 1.30pm on the first Wednesday of the month ( for example 1.30pm Wednesday 6 February 2013) in the Community Room , Kings Road Sheltered Housing Scheme Kings Road, Tyseley.

Stechford and Yardley North HLB 12 noon on the second Wednesday of the month( for example Wednesday 13 February 2013) in the Community Room , Bucklow Walk,off Ipstones Avenue, Stechford.

Kents Moat


Kents Moat

I wonder how many people know that just off the Sheldon Heath Road in Stechford and Yardley North Ward  there are the remains of a large rectangular medieval moat . The site which now has a number of low rise Council Flats on it called Fleetwood Grove is a Scheduled Ancient Monument protected by law. Kents Moat is named after John and Marion Kemp, who lived in the house during the early 15th century. The house was a sub-manor house of Sheldon Hall at Tile Cross and was first occupied in the 12th century

Yardley Gardening Competition 2012


Yardley Gardening Competition 2012

This year there were 118 entries for Yardley Gardening Competition. The Competition is open to all Council Tenants and Leaseholders and this year there were six categories including best front garden, best back garden, best hanging basket, balcony or tub, best communal garden and best vegetable patch or vegetables grown in containers. The awards for the Gardening Competition were presented at Stechford Cascades on 25 October 2012 when over 180 people attended .The aim of the Competition is to reward those residents who care for their gardens and to encourage other residents to join in and so improve whole streets and neighbourhoods.
Pictured above is the winning entry for the hanging baskets, balcony or tubs category
If you would like to enter the competition in 2013 ring Andy Sheppard on 0121 464 1615 or email Andy.Sheppard

Housing Liaison Board Projects


Housing Liaison Board Projects

The residents of Needwood House and Rayleigh House in Acocks Green asked for higher fencing for the communal gardens around both blocks to stop people stepping over the existing kick rail fencing to take short cuts over the gardens. Acock’s Green Housing Liaison agreed to match fund the budgets which both blocks receive for having aerials on top of the blocks, and the new fencing makes both blocks more secure and enhances the appearance of the whole area.