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:

Councillor Locke’s next advice surgery

Stirchley’s representative, Councillor Mary Locke, will hold her next advice surgery online, via Microsoft Teams, on Friday 18th September 2020, between 12.00 noon – 1.00pm.

To attend, please use the link to join the Advice Surgery on this date to discuss your issues or concerns with Mary, Stirchley’s local councillor.

Latest news

Former District Office for rent

We have been informed this evening that the former District Office has now been advertised for rent as D1 Community Centre use at a rent of at least £25,000pa for a term of 3 or 5 years full details are here.

Sub-post office for Stirchley

Is anyone interested in opening a sub-post office in Stirchley? As the High Street has now lost it’s last bank this could be a good opportunity. You can lodge your interest here The post office at Dogpool has been closed since March and we understand that there are plans afoot to redevelop that corner and the former telephone exchange.


There have been two recent planning applications that relate to the High Street

  • 2020/03996/PA is proposing work that would result in a 6 bedroom House of Multiple Occupation at 1511 Pershore Road.
  • 2020/04099/PA is proposing to turn a current HMO & supermarket storage space into flats. It is Hazelwell House, Hazelwell Road. People living in Warren Road should take a look.

Both applications can be seen on Birmingham City Council Planning Online.

Virtual Hazelwell Station presentation and Q&A

There will be an online public meeting on 22nd July from 6 – 7.30pm about the Hazelwell train station.

Join the meeting online at Teams, the link is here.

A few things to be aware of

  • Teams Live Events can be accessed by downloading the Teams app to your laptop, smartphone or tablet or you can join the meeting via a browser session
  • The public  will be able to see and hear the Councillor and presenters but you will not actually be audible or visible.
  • You are able to write Questions whilst viewing OR send any questions by e-mail to me or   prior to the date of the meeting.
  • This is new technology to us all and has been a steep learning curve so please be patient with us.
  • The live virtual meeting will be recorded and then be accessible to the public.

Please feel free to pass on the e-mail to others in Stirchley who you think would like to attend and do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.


We understand that Morrisons is on track for opening on 9th July. It is now possible to take a look through the side window, by the cafe, tables and chairs have now been delivered.

Leaflet – Stirchley together through COVID-19

By now all households in Stirchley Ward should have received a leaflet giving COVID-19 related information. It was very much a collaborative effort and we would welcome your feedback.

May Forum meeting

This is the time in the month when Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum committee members and helpers are usually busy preparing for our monthly evening meeting (second Monday in the month 7.30pm at Stirchley Community Church). Of course, for the time being, this isn’t possible.

We’re aware that you haven’t heard from the Forum for a while. At the beginning of the crisis, after an early flurry of information about changes to services, contact details, etc which we wanted to convey to you, things settled down. We didn’t want to bore you with reiterating the same information.


After speaking with city planning officers we understand that the proposed gin bar in Maryvale Road will not be going ahead, although the licensing application was approved.

Bournbrook Hotel will be opening when they are permitted to do so.

Work on Morrisons new store has temporarily halted (manager has been on paternity leave and staff temporarily redeployed). The Forum has been in contact about the increasing level of graffiti which is appearing on the building.  We will let you know when we hear anything further from Morrisons.


Amended plans have been submitted for the application for 1386-1392 Pershore Road which has extended the date for comments to be made until around 22nd May. 

Based on previous applications in the area, the Forum has concerns about the size and mass of the building (in particular the height), the lack of parking (except for 2 spaces for disabled parking) and the apparent use of wood on the elevations when red brick is more in keeping with the locality.

Take a look for yourselves and let us know your thoughts.
Application number 2019/10502/PA by Stirchley Cooperative Development.

West Midlands Police Update

Recent reports from PCSO Blackford suggest that there have been a number of thefts (mainly from sheds and garages) and thefts of and damage to cars in the area.

Many of you will also know that the container in the car park at Stirchley Baths has been broken into and all items within it have been stolen, this includes: a number of bicycles, tools and equipment belonging to Friends of Stirchley Park; gazebos belonging to the Forum; and equipment relating to Halloween and Christmas events held in the park.


Councillor Mary Locke cannot hold surgeries in the usual way but is keen that residents of the ward know that she is available by email or telephone if you have any issues that need her help. She hopes that residents are keeping safe and well. or 07703372981

Future Meetings

It appears that it is going to be a while until we can hold our usual meetings (with social distancing in place of course). We are looking at how we might be able to hold ‘virtual’ meetings if residents would find them helpful.

We’d be interested to hear from you if you feel that Zoom meetings (or something similar) would be of interest to you.

Written on behalf of Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum Committee
by Sandra Cooper – Vice Chair and Planning Officer