Leaf Creative Arts & Stirchley School banner


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.

June’s Forum meeting and update from Councillor

It is that time of the month again. Here is the notice for the June Forum meeting which will be in person in Stirchley Community Church and online via Zoom.

The meeting will take place on Monday 13th June at 7.30pm. You can attend in person at Stirchley Community Church, Hazelwell Street, Stirchley or online using Zoom. To join the Zoom meeting, click here.


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of meeting 9th May 2022 (minutes available here
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Commonwealth Games Marathon
    There will be a session at Stirchley Baths on 13th July where full updates will be given. Here is a link to the relevant page of the Commonwealth Games website for Marathon details.
  6. Police Update
  7. Planning issues
  8. Networking
  9. Any other business
    The next Stirchley Forum meeting will be on Monday 11th July 2022.

Councillor Mary Locke has sent her apologies for not being present at the meeting. She has requested if there are any questions, please email her, or the Forum (who will pass on the message). She has provided the following updates from previous meetings.

  • Enterprise still issues re parking I believe they have secured parking opposite near Balti Hut this will cause issues for flats above shops and businesses 
  • Wickes and parking this has been resolved 
  • Lyndworth cricket club:  it appears part of Seven Capital called Seven Homes are pursuing this. Earlier letters went to residents of Lyndworth road in regards to compulsory purchase.  It appears two are interested others not. The club have to find new play area in city that is bring pursue with Sport England.
  • Aldi site is progressing well 
  • Cooperative housing development also will be progressing soon also 
  • Jubilee Events: The events I attended here during Jubilee bank holiday were excellent Ascension church, Pitleasow close, stirchleycircle22 afternoon tea was excellent thank you to all who organised and the hard work involved 
  • Councillor advice surgeries will begin again on first Friday of month at Stirchley baths 10:30 -12 noon. Plus Third Saturday of month at Ascension Church on Pineapple Grove from 10:30-11:30
  • Mobile recycling centre 17th June Pineapple Road, opposite Ascension church Pineapple Grove 7am until 12 noon 
  • Mary’s councillor-led ward meeting is on 6th July at Stirchley baths 7pm  

Stirchley Ward meeting – 7th March

You are invited to the next Stirchley Ward meeting that is taking place as an in-person meeting on Monday 7th March, at 7pm, at Stirchley Baths Community Hub, 2-4 Bournville Lane, B30 2JT.

Please note this is not a Neighbourhood Forum meeting, rather one organised by the Stirchley Councillor, Mary Locke. The Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum meeting will take place as normal on Monday 14th March, this is a council-led meeting and a chance to hear from the councillor as well as updates from council officers.


  1. Welcome & Introductions from the Chair
  2. Update on New Train Station from Liam Brooker, West Midlands Rail Executive
  3. Great Birmingham Run Update from Garry Peal, Events Commissioning Manager 
  4. Commonwealth Games – Sarah Boundy, CWG Team will provide an overview of the Get Set for the Games programme, how partners will be working together, engaging local residents and businesses around the venues and road events routes
  5. Update on Dads Lane Community Centre from Steve Squires
  6. Update on the Fruit & Nut Village from Rob Tilling
  7. Local Issues/Updates

For more information, please contact Kay Thomas, Community Governance Manager, on email kay.thomas@birmingham.gov.uk

Commonwealth Games Celebrating Communities Fund meeting

(We have received the below message from the council)

I’m contacting you to let you know that a special meeting has been arranged for residents to hear about applications made to the Commonwealth Games Celebrating Communities Fund.

The meeting will be held online (via Microsoft Teams) on 1 March at 6.30pm. The link to join the meeting is here.

It’s important that as many residents as possible join the meeting to hear the presentations and take part in the Q&A session and vote so if you could share the details with your neighbours and group it would be really helpful.


Welcome and Introductions – Karen Cheney

  • Ward Allocation – £14,300
  • Round 1 Amount Approved – £1,837
  • Amount Available for Round 2 – £12,463
  • Total Round 2 requests – £44,620

Applicants’ Presentations for Funding £1,001 – £5,000

  • Cotteridge Primary School – Mural – £2,000
  • Cotteridge Primary School – Community Sporting sessions for children and families – £2,500
  • Riverside Performance Arts – Productions of “Elmers Walk” shown locally – £4,950
  • Picture This Media CIC – Community Portrait (photographs and oral history – £4,500

Applicants’ Presentations for Funding £5,001 – £10,000

  • B’ham Bike Foundry – Local Bike maintenance sessions – £7,800
  • Hipkiss & Grainey – Local outdoor activities and arts sessions – £9,720
  • Kombat Martial Arts – Free outreach martial arts for young people in Stirchley – £10,000

Q & A session to all applicants

Applicants requested to leave meeting

Facilitated discussion between remaining attendees about each proposal

Summary of all proposals and requested amounts

Invitation for remaining attendees to vote for preferred project within each fund category, votes counted by show of hands

Closing summary and end the session