Springtime at St Mary’s

Acocks Green Neighbourhood Forum

The path through the churchyard of St Mary’s was lined with spring flowers such as bluebells and primula on the sunny evening of the Swansong’s aptly named  ‘Music in Spring’ concert.

St Mary’s have been hosting these delightful musical evenings instead of the usual venue of Acocks Green Library, because of the impending roof works. Talented Swedish musicians Sarah Wilander (piano) and LinneaMarkgren (soprano) delighted the 50 strong audience with a varied programme of songs and piano. The sun shone through the striking Byrne-Jones stained glass window as the musicians took to the alter.  The local community enjoyed a wonderful selection of music linked with the themes of spring, summer and nature. These included some Swedish and French songs, and piano solos of nocturnes from Benjamin Britton and Samuel Barber. After refreshments the pair continued to entertain with another selection including Debussy’s beautiful Clair de Lune and the exciting and powerful Dance of the Trolls from Grieg’s Peer Gynt.  Linnea introduced each selection with little insights about the pieces and their…

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Service Birmingham

Service Birmingham

Members of South Yardley Housing Liaison Board ( HLB) and Acocks Green HLB visited Service Birmingham on 8 May 2013 to look at their Call Centre.
The Call Centre is based in the old Fort Dunlop Building and they handle all the Repairs calls for the Housing Department together with calls to many other Council Services such as Fleet and Waste Management and Benefits. HLB members found it very interesting to meet the people who answer and deal with so many calls and also to know that if they have any problems or concerns about how a call has been dealt with they can contact the managers at Service  Birmingham directly. For more information on your local Housing Liaison Board please ring Andy Sheppard on 0121 464 1615 or email Andy.Sheppard@birmingham.gov.uk