Update on former Constituency Office

Birmingham City Council has announced a new leaseholder for the former Constituency Office on Stirchley High Street.

Following months of discussions and negotiations, the lease has now been agreed between Grace Church and Birmingham City Council. Work will now focus around agreeing the formal lease, developing the plans for the site and securing funds for the works.

Having outgrown their current building on Dell Road, Grace Church aim to renovate the building, having also outlined their intentions to preserve the heritage and appearance because of its historical significance. Subject to planning permission and local consultation, they intend to undertake an extension to the rear of the building to allow greater flexibility and community use.

Further communications will be circulated by Birmingham City Council to advise when the works will commence.

Free creative sessions in Stirchley

Image reads: Abandoned Ideas. Exploring access and inclusion in community spaces. Wednesday 3rd and Friday 5th August, 6-8pm; Saturday 6th August 1-3pm. Free.

A Stirchley resident is looking for people to attend one (or more) of their August sessions exploring creativity – no artistic talent required at all.

Abandoned Ideas is a series of workshops run by local artist Heidi Murphy to ignite creativity, and discuss what play means as an adult. Over the two hour session, participants will be given access to the artists’ personal stash of abandoned project supplies and a series of prompts.

No artistic talent is required, all you need to bring is yourself. Sessions are free and take place in Artefact on Stirchley High Street on

  • Wednesday 3rd August – 6pm-8pm
  • Friday 5th August 6pm-8pm
  • Saturday 7th August 1pm-3pm (extra materials suited for small children will be available at this session)

If you’re interested in attending, please sign up on the Eventbrite for Abandoned Ideas here.

Beyond Relaxed is a research project supported by Arts Council England, exploring how access and inclusion affects us all. It aims to answer the question: what is an inclusive space? Are people listened to?

Leaf Creative Arts & Stirchley School banner

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Join Leaf Creative Arts at Stirchley Baths on Saturday 16th July for the unveiling of the Birmingham Commonwealth Games banner made by Leaf participants and pupils from Stirchley School.

The team will be in the courtyard at the back of the Library / side of the Baths from 11am – 1pm. As part of the day, it will also include a steel pan drumming workshop with Norman Stewart, bhangra dancing, games and photography station by Picture This Media CIC. The event is free and open to all ages.

The banner was funded as part of the Celebrating Communities fund, assembled by Birmingham City Council to maximise the benefits and legacy of being the Proud Host City for the Commonwealth Games. Funds totalling more than £1.4million have been given to 320 projects across all 69 of the city’s wards through.

Commonwealth Games marathon route in Stirchley

The Commonwealth Games Birmingham marathon takes place on Saturday 30th July and athletes will be visiting Stirchley as part of the race.

From what we can see from the website, the runners will come up Pershore Road, turning onto Ribblesdale Rd, on to Bond Street and up Bournville Lane to Linden Road. They will skirt around Stirchley on the way back, taking in Rabblebarn Rd, Warwards Lane and St Stephens Rd. However it is worth keeping an eye on the website as this route may change.

These roads will be closed to motor vehicles during that day. We understand that motorists who usually park on these roads will need to remove their cars from the roads on the route – however we are awaiting more information.

To quote the website;

“The course and associated road closures are planned through a partnership of Birmingham 2022, Birmingham City Council, Transport for West Midlands, Emergency Services, and other key agencies and organisations to design a course that delivers the requirements of the sport (it has been approved by World Athletics) and showcases the city.

“Local authorities that know the roads and the area well have provided detailed information to inform the planning process, and the course has gone through the formal Safety Advisory Group (SAG) process before receiving full approval from all partners and stakeholders.” 

To keep up to do on the marathon, visit the Commonwealth Games’ marathon website here.

Work to begin on new station

Public to choose names of new Birmingham railway stations - BBC News

From 4th June 2022 work will start to prepare for the new Hazelwell / Pineapple Road / Stirchley station.

West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) have advised the majority of the work will take place during standard working hours: Monday to Friday, 07.30am – 5.30pm. To ensure the safety of workers some work will need to take place on weekends and at night-time when the railway line is closed.

Out of hours work is due to take place:

  • 9pm on Saturday 4 June to 2pm on Sunday 5 June
  • 0.01am to 5.30am each morning from Tuesday 7 toFriday 10 June
  • 9pm on Saturday 11 June to 2pm on Sunday 12 June
  • 9pm on Saturday 18 June to 2pm on Sunday 19 June
  • 9pm on Saturday 25 June to 2pm on Sunday 26 June

Notice of works have been sent to residents in Pineapple, Cartland, Priory and Avebury Roads as well as Bloomsbury, Avebury and Spa Groves, as they may be impacted by the works. WMRE has said to expect noise from equipment, including chainsaws and strimmers. However, they will keep disruption to a minimum, minimising night-time working, noise and light pollution. Measures will be in place to monitor and reduce any noise. Task lighting will be directed away from neighbouring areas. T

The first stage of work will be carrying out surveys to inform the detailed design of the station. This will take approximately four weeks.

To access certain survey areas safely there may be a need to remove some vegetation. WMRE are working closely with an ecologist throughout the process and will only be removing vegetation if absolutely necessary.

To contact them, please call 0345 303 6760 or email customerservices@tfwm.org.uk

wmre.org.uk/camphill