Earlier today as we were planting the last of the 1600 daffodil bulbs I suggested that Simon open up a random page of the small green New Testament& Psalms book which we’d found at the bustop.
It was quite amazing …he flicked through pages and stopped randomly -he’d stopped at Luke 8.. which is called the Parable of the Sower!! What are the odds of that happening- we were all amazed and a bit spooked.
For those of you who are interested its the farmer who sows the seed in different areas: rocky areas, paths and thorn including good areas
To read more see photo. My thanks go to local Brandwood Forum residents and the Brandwood Housing team for all their help planting the daffs- looking forward to seeing them in the spring!! Brandwood Chair, Karen Osborne
Come and have your Say at Brandwood Forum Meeting 17th September Monyhull Church 7- 8.30pm
Local Councillors will be there to answer your questions about any local issues.
On the agenda-
Police & Community Safety
Local news & Events
Everyone who lives in the Brandwood Ward is very welcome
Colmore parent Bethan Drew has posted the following on the Ask Colmore Parents Facebook group: “With regard to one point on the letter that sports and music will get “pushed out” because of the new curriculum. I am music coordinator at a school with excellent music, we have over 150 children learn instruments, we have choirs, ukulele clubs and children all learn the recorder. And we are teaching the new curriculum. Feel free to quote me.”
For other interested in finding out what NASWT has to say about the pros and cons…
Both Brandwood Forum and Stirchley Forums carried out a community consultation to ask local residents and users of the Tunnel about what they think would help improve the tunnel. Currently it is in a pitiful state , dirty, dark and scruffy.
Local residents mainly use this tunnel during the day light hours as it attracts gangs who congregate here after dark and are especially noisy and in greater number during the summer months. We spoke to two residents who also experience problems with young people gathering inside their small arch ie on their property! I have asked the City Council to gate this area if possible?
As well as the consultation Network rail, Brandwood Housing team and caretakers met with Brandwood Forum on site to discuss ideas and issues.
Network Rail confirmed that they will instruct a team to cut down brambles..but they could not afford to repaint the 44m long ceiling . They might work with local youth group to help clean up the tagging- but this is still to be confirmed
Brandwood Housing team sent out a team that week to paint over the swear words and also sent out a letter stating intolerance of ASB form to local residents. The Police have agreed to monitor the tunnel on a regular basis- I stressed the emphasis on after dark not day time!!
BCC is looking into the repair of the lights and Waste services have agreed to clean the tunnel on a weekly basis. There may be funds to do a small art project with local primary schools but this is to be confirmed.
If you have an opinion or any comment to make please get in touch! Have your say.
Brandwood Forum meeting this month is focussing on Anti Social Behaviour: What is regarded as ASB and if we are experiencing it , where can we get help and support?
We are delighted to welcome Councillor Jess Phillips who has created the Victim Support Survey, the Housing Manager for Brandwood , Natalie Potter and Laksmi Kerrisson , BCC Environmental Noise Officer .
As well as our special guests , Residents are invited to raise concerns to local Councillors about the Environment, Community Safety and Planning applications.
7- 8.30pm Grove Road Social Club, in between Brandwood House & Cocksmore House , next to red Lion.
This is an interesting development from our Brandwood Forum Environmental focussed meeting ( January 10th) to which I invited Cabinet member James MacKay to talk to residents about wheelie bins . I received this email notification earlier today – I’m delighted that Brandwood has been chosen because Brandwood Forum will enable residents to feed back issues and praise when appropriate.
“Brandwood and Harborne have been announced as the wards that will pilot Birmingham City Council’s new wheelie bin refuse collection scheme later this year.
The two areas have been selected following a detailed assessment programme, which looked at which of the council’s 40 wards would give the council the best feedback for shaping the wider project.
Factors such as the location of refuse depots, current recycling rates and the type of housing stock in every area was considered. The pilot is due to begin in late spring, and the council will work with residents to get the best possible solution for everyone.
Cllr James McKay, Cabinet Member for a Green, Safe and Smart City, said: “The current system of black bags and small recycling boxes is costing us money we can no longer afford. Recycling rates have flat-lined, so the city is left picking up a huge bill for disposing of waste and paying landfill taxes. In these austere times, we can’t just carry on burning money.
“The naming of Brandwood and Harborne as the pilot wards is a major milestone on our journey fixing that problem.
“The pilot will help us refine and shape the plan to roll out wheelie bins across Birmingham in the coming years, delivering a better deal for taxpayers, along with cleaner streets for us all, as bags will no longer get ripped open by vermin.”
The council’s plan to introduce wheelie bins was made possible by a £29million grant, awarded to the city by the Government last year as part of a scheme to protect weekly refuse collections.
Birmingham’s new scheme will see the current system of sacks and recycling boxes replaced by two wheelie bins per household, plus an optional bin for green waste, with exemptions where wheelie bins are not appropriate.”
Birmingham South Partnerships Inspector Cate Webb-Jones conducted a LIVE webchat on Tuesday 20 November Please follow this link .http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamsouth/findoutmore/live-chat.asp
Inspector Webb-Jones is responsible for the Partnerships Team in south Birmingham. This team works with Birmingham City Council, schools, universities, anti-social behaviour teams and Housing Associations to ensure a joined up approach when tackling local concerns.
The full webchat is saved for later viewing on this link… http://www.west-midlands.police.uk/np/birminghamsouth/findoutmore/live-chat.asp.
You can also follow Birmingham South Police online at:
We are delighted to welcome Cabinet member James MacKay to Brandwood Forum Meeting 10th January to answer questions about the introduction of wheelie bins, discuss ideas to deter irresponsible dog owners and talk about the general street cleaning around Brandwood ward.
This meeting is a chance to have your say ! Grove Road Social Club 7-8.30 10th January( Next to the Red Lion, Grove Road in between the two Tower blocks, next to Sids Off License)