Faith Watch Walkabout

Rev Dr Griphus Gakuru of All Saints Parish Church Stechford and Sgt James Littlehales from Stechford Police today led the Faith Watch Walkabout around the Albert Road area of Stechford.

The Walkabouts aim to connect people with local knowledge about an area with local service providers.


Today the walkabout was particularly looking at the problem of litter and fly tipping. Often if an area has a litter problem it can encourage other problems to develop.

Pictured above from left to right Sgt Littlehales, Rev Gakuru, Lot Masiane Environmental Services, PCSO Steve Cosford, Gary Elwell Housing and Shaid Ali Environmental Services . If you would be interested in joining a walkabout in your area of Yardley District or of joining Faith Watch please email


City Housing Liaison Board meet at Highbury Hall

City Housing Liaison Board Members work hard at Highbury Hall.

On Monday 25 February 2013 members of Birmingham’s  City Housing Liaison Board attended an away day at Highbury Hall , Moseley. The Board members met to discuss how to take further  the results of the recent consultation on tenant engagement and how to improve resident involvement at four levels: Neighbourhood, Ward, District and City.

Further work needs doing but to find out about progress so far phone Andy Sheppard on 0121 464 1615 or email Andy at Andy.Sheppard@birmingham

Pictured below are members of our local Housing Liaison Boards  Gill Evans,  Shard End HLB, Sheila DeVaney Yardley HLB, Derrick Novell Acock’s Green, HLB and below Mick McCormack Stechford and Yardley North HLB ,

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Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

Progress is going well on the Mallard Close Orchard. Sunday morning saw 10 enthusiastic volunteers helping prepare the land for the tree-planting which takes place on Saturday 16th March. This will be as part of  The Big Dig national event, encouraging people to get involved in community gardening schemes. Read more about it on their website and come along to the orchard on the day.

With all the digging over the last few months on the site, we were really hoping to find a Saxon Hoard or at least some valuable jewellery or maybe old British King or two. Mostly we have found historic sweet wrappers; there have been few interesting finds though. On the day of the Big Dig, we will have a table displaying all the ‘treasures’ that have been dug up.

Thanks to the support from local people who have taken an interest in the project and said nice words of encouragement, its…

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Police and Fire Service join forces to fight hate crime

Police and Fire Service join forces to fight hate crime

20 February 2013

OFFICERS from Birmingham East have been working with West Midlands Fire Service to make it easier to report hate crime to police.

Hay Mills Fire Station recently became a ‘Hate Crime Third Party Reporting Centre’ which enables victims to visit the station and get advice on how to report hate crime to West Midlands Police in a secure environment.

Victims will be able to make an appointment at the centre as well as get advice from trained staff.

During December and January, 10,000 leaflets were distributed at the St Andrew’s retail park in Small Heath to promote the launch of the reporting centre. Local businesses such as Toys-R-Us and Outfit also helped to distribute the leaflets.

The next stage of the project is to train West Midlands Fire Service staff at other fire stations in hot spot areas of hate crime, so that they can become third party reporting centres.

Superintendent Angie Whitaker from Birmingham East Local Policing Unit, said: “I believe that the project shows yet again the great partnership between West Midlands Police and West Midlands Fire Service.

“It is really important to us that people feel comfortable reporting hate crime to us. Third party reporting centres are really important because they offer another way that hate crime can be reported.”

Firefighter Karl Smith, of Purple Watch, Hay Mills Fire Station, who has led on the project, said: “We can provide a safe, welcoming, neutral environment to let victims take the first step in reporting hate crime and getting help.

“We really welcome the opportunity to work with colleagues from West Midlands Police on this initiative. It’s yet another way for us to work with and support the communities we serve.”

Hate crime is any criminal offence committed against a person or property that is motivated by an offender’s hatred of someone because of their: race, colour, ethnic origin, nationality or national origins, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation or disability.

Hay Mills Fire Station was recently nominated for a Diamond Award and although they didn’t win they have been awarded an LPU award to recognise the hate crime work they have done.

For more information on hate crime, or to report an incident online, visit:

Blakesley Hall


Blakesley Hall

The amazing Blakesley Hall , Yardley opens again on Saturday 30 March 2013. The timber framed Tudor Hall was built 1590 by Richard Smallbroke a wealthy merchant and gentleman farmer, The hall has a 17th Century brick kitchen extension, and is furnished using an inventory from the period. If you live in Yardley don’t miss the opportunity to visit one of Birmingham oldest buildings right on your doorstep.

Community First Planning Event for Sheldon Ward


The Sheldon Community First Funding Body would like you views and help in creating and developing a Community Plan for the Sheldon Ward

We want to hear from residents, community groups and organisations, what’s important to you and what you would do to improve your local area or ward.  This is a great opportunity for everyone to participate and help the Community First Panel develop a plan to target the funding into projects or activities and areas that the community has identified.

This is to ensure that funding in the last two years of the programme is targeted in areas that the panel and the community have identified.

If you want to be involved in developing the plan, then please book a place at the event to be held on Saturday 9th March 2013, 10.30 am – 12pm at the Sheldon Heath Community Centre

To book a place at this event please email: or telephone 244 8437 or 07779230748.  Only two people from anyone group or organisation that are based in the area can attend the event.  Places are limited so booking will be on the first come basis only





Its Your Neighbourhood

Nancy Noriega resident of Hollypiece House Acock’s Green wanted to brighten up the view out of the Common Room window of her block. Nancy attended the planning meeting of Pemberley Road’s, ‘Its your Neighbourhood entry and asked if Housing would fit window boxes and baskets to the wall outside the Common room.

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Nancy helped the Caretakers and Environmental Trainees to put up the window boxes and baskets and then Nancy filled them with bedding plants.


When the assessors visited Pemberley Road to judge the scheme’s entry for the It’s your Neighbourhood competition they commented on the window boxes and baskets outside Hollypiece House and they helped the scheme win the coveted title of Thriving Neighbourhood