Stirchley at Heritage Open Day

On Saturday 18th September Stirchley Baths and Stirchley Library will be open for Heritage Open Day. Come along and take a look – or offer to help out on the day.
As a bonus this year the Church of the Ascension on Pineapple Grove will be open on Sunday afternoon (19th) and there will be tea on the Green. The Dads Lane Estate is nearly 100 years old, as is the original St Hugh’s Church. The ‘new’ church is almost 50 years old!

Stirchley History Group have been given a Ten Acres and Stirchley Cooperative Society confectionery order form (probably from the 1950s).
If you know how to make the following cakes please do get in touch;
Feathers, Cherry Wine, Boston Tart or a Pixie Pudding
The Heritage Open Days theme is Edible England so it would be great to have something to show visitors and recipes to share! 

September’s agenda and previous minutes

In September you get two for the price of one! As well as the usual Forum meeting Karen Cheney will be leading the selection process for the first part of the Celebrating Communities Fund (info after agenda here).

For this meeting we will be trying something different in that Rob Morris (our Chair) and some of the Committee members will be in the hall whilst everyone else is on Zoom. This is to enable us to try out the technology with a view to having hybrid meetings (in the Hall and on Zoom) going forward.

There is a special item on the Agenda this month as the Forum has been made aware of a proposal to move the post office currently on the corner of Dogpool Lane further up Pershore Road to the Nisa store (almost opposite the BP garage). There is an opportunity to make your views known.

Although it is not in Stirchley we know that many Stirchley residents will be interested in (and affected by) development of the former Fitness First site. A planning application has been lodged and can be found here.

Online using ZoomJoin Zoom Meeting

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 12th July 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update – subject to operational issues PCSO Paul Blackford will be present
  6. Planning issues
  7. Changing location of the post office currently in Dogpool Lane
  8. Networking
  9. Any other business

Next Forum meeting Monday 11th October 2021

Minutes from June’s meeting

Minutes from the June 2021 meeting are available here. They cover the meeting that took place on Monday 14th June, including topics such as Commonwealth Games Funding, police update around crime figures and road safety, planning issues and an invitation for the Forum to challenge the council as part of the Pioneer Places initiative.

If you would like to attend the next Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting, it will take place on Monday 12th July at 7.30pm, on Zoom. To be added to the newsletter circulation list to recieve the Zoom link, please email stirchley.forumb30[@]

Notice of June Meeting. What is on your mind?

In this Newsletter;

  • Meeting Agenda
  • Joining information
  • Information about the latest Seven Capital planning application
  • Challenging Birmingham City Council

June’s Stirchley Forum Agenda

7.30pm, online using Zoom

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 10th May 2021 (found here )
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update – subject to operational issues PCSO Paul Blackford will be present
  6. Planning issues, including latest Seven Capital application
  7. Birmingham City Council Challenge
  8. Networking – including; Pioneer Places
  9. Any other business
  10. Next meeting Monday 12th July 2021
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Seven Capital has applied for planning permission for the Hazelwell Lane site

Reserved Matters Consent seeking permission for appearance, layout, scale and landscaping of a food retail store with associated parking, engineering, landscaping, drainage and infrastructure works following outline approval 2018/10370/PA  f
Details are available here

Challenge the Council

As part of the Pioneer Places initiative we have been invited to challenge Birmingham City Council. At a recent meeting Cllr Thompson (Cabinet member) emphasised how important it was that the Council continued to be challenged around its commitment to Localisation and for the council to learn from what hasn’t worked well and how it could have been done better. 
Councillor Thompson has just set up  a Localisation Star Chamber – where service areas will present what they have been doing that contributes to the Localisation  agenda as well being challenged as to what else could be done
 Pioneer Places have been asked to  contribute into the star chamber process  with the Challenge Case Studies.

Below is a pro forma form which we have been asked to complete so bring your ideas to the meeting (we can submit more than one form – the more the merrier).

Pioneer Places – BCC CHALLENGE Case Studies

The 4 key Measures of Success as outlined in the “Working Together in Birmingham’s Neighbourhoods” Strategic Document are: –

  • Services being different, better suited to the area, and more efficient
  • Officers working for “one council”, putting shared outcomes and local places first, not their service or directorate
  • Local councillors having more influence on services
  • Residents feeling they are more in control of their services and their local area

Minutes from May 2021 Stirchley Forum

Thank you to everyone who attended May’s Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum; including representatives from Taylor Wimpey, PCSO Paul Blackford and Councillor Mary Locke.

The minutes are available online here.

The next Stirchley Forum meeting is on Monday 14th June at 7.30pm on Zoom. A link will be sent to those who have signed up to receive notifications. If you would like to attend, please email

May Newsletter

This Newsletter contains;

  • Notice of Ward Forum on 20th May
  • Information about an event on Saturday 22nd May
  • A link to the Ward Plan – soon to be updated
  • A link to information about the Commonwealth Games Funding and online information sessions.
  • The next Forum meeting is on Monday 14th June at 7.30pm on Zoom – link will be sent shortly before the meeting.

via Microsoft Teams
Date: 20 May 2021
Start Time: 7pm

  • Agenda
  • Welcome & Notice of Recording Chair of the meeting to advise residents listening/participating in the on-line meeting that a recording of the meeting will be available for future record.
  • Future Parks Accelerator/Crowd Funding – Daniel Lloyd, Public Health, will give an update
  • Update on Dads Lane Community Centre from Steve Squires
  • Leaf Creative Arts – Brendan Callaghan will give some information about Leaf Creative Arts activities and update on Stirchley, a dementia friendly ward
  • Update on Birmingham Commonwealth Games Celebrating Communities Fund
  • Local Councillor Updates
  • Link to join the meeting

Dementia Action Week is a national event led by the Alzheimer’s Society that aims to raise awareness of dementia, but also improve the lives of people affected by it and their carers. This year it is taking place across the UK between the 17 – 23 May.

To support this, Leaf Creative Arts are running an event on the 22nd May behind Stirchley Library and Stirchley Baths from 12-3 pm. It will be free, socially distanced and will illustrate local available services. We are setting up a number of stalls for local service providers, including;

  •  Councillor Mary Locke
  •  Forward Carers
  •  St. Mary’s Hospice
  •  Home Instead
  •  Dementia Friends
  •  Woolly Mammoth Stitch Works

We will be running arts and crafts activities throughout the afternoon, and you can also join in with interactive demonstrations from;

  •  Beat it Percussion, with Lynn Kaye
  •  Tai Chi, with Perry Bennett
  •  Choir Singing, with Ellie Dattani
  • Silent Memories, a silent disco

For those who want to get their caffeine fix in, we will have Jo’s Coffee to Go on site, serving freshly ground coffee and other delights.
We would love to see you there, but if you would like to know more information or would like to be involved, please email us at:
Warm wishes,
Carla Smith and Brendan Callaghan
Stirchley Ward Plan

Message from Community Matters re Commonwealth Games Funding

We’re enjoying delivering grant support sessions to people interested in applying for Celebrating Communities grants. Celebrating Communities is a £2m fund set up by Birmingham City Council to help community and voluntary groups make the most of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games. 

Grant funding is available for projects under three themes: ‘Getting Active’, ‘Ready, Steady, Fun’ and ‘Celebrating Culture’. 

You can:

Agenda for May 2021’s Stirchley Forum

MONDAY 10TH MAY 2021 – 7.30pm 
Online using Zoom

  • Update from Taylor Wimpey
  • Welcome
  • Apologies
  • Minutes of meeting 12th April 2021 (posted here)
  • Matters arising
  • Commonwealth Games Funding opportunity
    Suggestions include;
    • Working on Parks and greenways (including River Rea & canal)
    • Facilitating use of green areas by all ages
    • Promotion of wild flowers
    • Spring Clean Stirchley (perhaps with prizes for amount collected)
    • Events, for example a Community Games event, other events to foster community spirit
    • Engaging the community in discovering links with other Commonwealth countries, perhaps leading to a mural or artwork
    • A combination of some or all of the above
  • A Stirchley Festival 2021
    one event or a series of events? Date? Organisation
  • Police Update – subject to operational issues PCSO Paul Blackford will be present
  • Planning issues 
  • Networking – including;
  • Possible Stirchley involvement in RSA Research Project
    A series of events about how to improve wellbeing through residential actions to tackle housing challenges and reinserting residents’ voices into decision making processes about where they live.
  • Pioneer Places
  • Any other business

The next meeting of the Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum will be on Monday 14th June 2021

Covid-19 update from the Birmingham City Council

Rapid COVID-19 tests now available at home

The government has announced that everyone in England will be able to access free, regular, rapid coronavirus testing twice a week. You can order the tests online and it is an extremely quick and simple way to make sure you and keeping yourself and others safe:

Rapid testing survey

The University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council have launched a survey to improve people’s experiences of rapid testing in Birmingham. The purpose of the survey is to explore the reasons why rapid tests were taken and general experiences.

The council would be grateful if you could take part:

Vaccinations for over 45s

People over 45 years of age can now book a Covid-19 vaccine. Book here:

COVID-19 Mobile Vaccination Van

Aberdeen Street COGOP Car Park (Winson Green) is holding a ‘pop up’ vaccination clinic at 10am-1pm on 17 April. If you are over 45, a carer, an eligible healthcare worker or have an underlying condition, please call 0121 551 3019 or email to book your appointment.

Celebrating Ramadan during COVID-19

For some Muslims the holy month of Ramadan begin last night and for others it will begin this evening.  Birmingham City Council has continued to work closely with Islamic leaders of the city to support the continuation of spiritual support of our Muslim citizens as well as keeping everyone safe during the pandemic. We ask everyone celebrating to observe Ramadan safely and within national COVID guidelines.

Wishing You a Blessed and COVID Safe Ramadan video: 

Please also find below short, animated messages on vaccination, test & trace and social distancing produced by the Bahu Trust in Urdu, Arabic, Bangla, and Sylheti:

As always, if you know anyone who lives or works in Birmingham who might be interested in becoming a Covid-19 Community Champion, simply direct them to where they can sign-up or find out more.

April’s meeting agenda

Below is the agenda for April’s meeting, taking place on Monday 12th April 2021 online. If you’d like to attend, please email us ( to be sent the link.

Since the last meeting, the planning application in respect of 1256-1258 Pershore Road (on the corner of Twining Road) has been approved. Subject to IT issues the applicant has agreed to join the meeting.

  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 8th March 2021 (posted here)
  4. Matters arising
  5. Police Update – subject to operational issues PCSO Paul
    Blackford will be present
  6. Planning issues
  7. Networking – including;
    1. Commonwealth Games funding opportunity
    2. Stirchley Community Festival (September)
    3. Pioneer Places
  8. Any other business

Next meeting Monday 10th May 2021

News about Stirchley Co-op Development’s affordable housing and retail space

There is an interesting article talking about the Stirchley Cooperative Development that was approved for planning in late January. It includes quotes from Stirchley residents and Steve McCabe, MP for Birmingham Selly Oak (which covers Stirchley).

“Approved by Birmingham City Council on 21 January, the £6.6m development will include 39 flats and three retail units in Stirchley. It will also feature a new community space including a pedestrian walkway, seating, a community garden, cycle parking and a closed panel timber frame building.”

The rest of the article can be found on the coop news website.