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.

AGENDA

  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.

Agenda

  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

Ward meeting – November 2021

Councillor Mary Locke will hosting the Stirchley Forum Ward meeting on Tuesday 30th November from 6:30pm, via zoom.

Join the meeting on Zoom
Meeting ID: 868 1815 7436
Passcode: 593194 

Agenda

  • Welcome & Notice of Recording – Chair to advise those participating/listening to the online meeting that a recording will be available for future record on the council’s You Tube channel
  • Covid Update from Public Health, Nadeem Mohammed 
  • Local Anti-Bullying/Self Defence Project Update from Aimran Majid
  • Parks Update from Sue Amey, Parks Manger
  • Kier Highway Update from Stuart Cross, Local Highway Steward
  • Stirchley High Street Update from Darren Share, Assistant Director Street Scene
  • Councillor Update/ Local Issues/Updates

Chair’s report 2020 – 2021

The last year has challenged all in every part of life. Some changes can be swiftly charted.  The challenges of isolation, work, poverty, skills, health, learning and active well-being remain.  The pandemic has however given them new shape and depth but we may now be clearer on what may work and what may have to change. 

Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum, thanks to the informed and faithful commitment of those who have sustained and supported our work, has continued to meet and to develop what we do alongside our Councillor Mary Locke, and Karen Cheney with her City Council colleagues at Stirchley Baths.  With them and many other local partners we have welcomed and worked with the newly planned development of the former Tesco site, other sites whose use may change and the wider High Street renewal initiatives.   Corners have been turned.  More will come and be met successfully.  We continue to work with police, library, health, transport and education providers to ensure that their work responds to Stirchley’s needs.  

Our core work is of course exactly as our name says.  Forum is first and last a gathering place of experience, wisdom, needs, opportunity and action.  Our Neighbourhood Forum is utterly committed to offering this for the benefit of Stirchley’s excitingly varied residents.  We are not confined to the High Street.  Our commitment is to the whole ward including the Pineapple (Dad’s Lane) estate, housing, industrial and business areas away from Pershore Road and to areas brought in since 2018 to the new Stirchley Ward.  We have already begun to develop new work in housing especially in relation to sheltered housing and multi-occupation sites, new and old.

The future demands that we continue all this.  We want, from now on, however to explore the ways in which we might be a means, on behalf of residents, to gather together Stirchley’s many different stakeholders.  Stirchley is never short of creativity and enterprise, whether in work, business, learning, healing, culture or social change.  We are however as a Neighbourhood much in need together of a means of effective communication and where appropriate for joint working and partnership. Within all else that the next twelve months offers must be sharp focus for the sake of all who live here and all who care for its future.

My very large thanks to all who have attended meetings and supported us and especially to our Committee for their faithful work and wise insight.  Paula Aubrey our Treasurer has not only been assiduous in keeping our books straight and in enabling the Stirchley Together funds to operate effectively but also in ensuring with Pastor Matt and his colleagues at Stirchley Community Church that we have a steady welcoming place to meet.  Julie has been indefatigable on Zoom, Margaret, Heidi and Stacey give wisdom and a wide range of contacts and of course Sandra Cooper, our vice-Chair, Planning Officer and Acting Secretary has worked with assiduity, commitment and deep insight to further the Forum’s work.

It has been a great personal joy to be their colleague in the service of Stirchley.  Please join us.

Rob Morris, Chair

To read the full annual report from 2020 – 2021, click here.

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.

STIRCHLEY ON-LINE WARD 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: leafcreativearts@gmail.com.
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: