In spite of the gloomy coronavirus news and its social implications, there is still very much beauty in our world to view and rejoice in, without needing contact with our fellow citizens. Continue reading
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BCN 250th Year’s 50 Boat Flotilla – What Happened
After a shaky start the flotilla delighted all those who purposely came and the Saturday lunch time passers by at Brindleyplace. Continue reading
Birmingham Pride Parade 2018 Photos
This is now surely the most joyous of festivals to hit the Birmingham folk during the year.
The turnout was huge to watch the seemingly endless procession of merrily adorned floats and colourfully and characterfully dressed walking groups.
Crescent Theatre – Another Local Gem of Birmingham
Its amateur status, let’s you get involved with a vast variety of volunteer activities and hence meeting other people like yourself with common interests.
The performances presented on stage are varied and involve amateurs as well as professionals, all with low ticket prices and high entertainment value . Continue reading
Peace Gardens in Bath Row Again in Need of Attention
The really wonderful and revered Peace Gardens in Edgbaston are having to be used by rough sleepers as a toilet..
What can be done about it?
Homelessness In Our City – How You Can Help
Homelessness, Living on the Streets, Rough Sleeping and Hardship is unfortunately very common in our city today.
The image on the left gives a cheery front to these problems, but for those who suffer from them it is not funny at all!
You can help. Continue reading
City Living Survey – Your Help Needed
A University of Birmingham Masters student would like you to give your views on the quality of city living in Birmingham. Can you help him and, who knows, maybe help we residents? Continue reading
Summer at Winterbourne Gardens
The wet and sunny Summer so far has done wonders for our “public” parks and gardens. During August the Summer blooms are splendid. Continue reading
Roundhouse Restoration Project News
The National Trust and Canal & River Trust are working in partnership to restore the Roundhouse at the north end of Sheepcote Street and make great use of this historic and architecturally outstanding building.
Centenary Square Redevelopment Update
The developers of the revamped Centenary Square have published their first newsletter about the project.
Does this answer our hopes and questions about the disruption to our main square?
Chris Hoy and cyclists! at the HSBC City Ride on Saturday
There must have been hundreds of all ages and sizes turning out with their bikes for the 5km bike ride on a city road circuit.
Chris Hoy was also there. Continue reading
The Future of the Midlands Metro
The future development of the Metro tram system is organised differently from the Snow Hill to Grand Central one which opened on 30 May 2016. Further extensions to the existing network will be of great benefit to West Midlands folk and visitors and should encourage new business investment in the region. Continue reading
Memories of the 2016 Jazz Festival
If you visited or missed the 2016 Birmingham and Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival in July 2016 the following videos may be of interest. Continue reading
NHS Public Governor Vacancy in Birmingham
A vacancy has been brought to the attention of the Neighbourhood Forum for someone to represent, on NHS matters, the constituency of Central and West Birmingham. Continue reading
Sand Pits Into City Road Opens on 23 October
The major traffic restrictions around the Paradise construction site, a major traffic thoroughfare through the centre of Birmingham City, are about to be relaxed in a major way. Continue reading
20mph Limits Enforced From Monday 10 October
Yes from Monday 10 October you can be fined if stopped by the police for exceeding the 20mph speed limit in certain so-signed areas of Birmingham. Continue reading
Brasshouse Language Centre Moves to LoB
The Brasshouse Language Centre has moved from a rather run down building just off Broad Street and has taken over the entire first floor of the Library of Birmingham. Continue reading
Birmingham & Solihull Jazz Festival Starts Friday
The Birmingham and Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival runs from July 15th to 24th 2016.
All the family is catered for! Continue reading
Metro Reaches Grand Central – Take A Video Trip
Today at 8am the first tram covered the extension from Bull Street to Stephenson Street outside the northern entrances to New Street Station and Grand Central. Continue reading
Ozzy Osbourne Welcomes The Tram With His Name
Ozzy duly arrived today, as promised in my earlier post, at the new Metro tram stop in Corporation Street at 11am and was greeted by a crowd of several hundred and loud cheers. Continue reading
Ozzy Osbourne To Name Metro Tram
One of the new Metro trams will be named Ozzy Osbourne on Thursday 26 May. Continue reading
City Jazz Festival is Coming Soon
The Birmingham and Solihull Jazz & Blues Festival celebrates its 32nd year from July 15th to 24th 2016. Continue reading
Metro News – Now Go and Stop
Great disappointment as the start of the tram extension to New Street Station is postponed… Continue reading
Metro Tram – Great News
The overnight trials during the night of this Saturday and Sunday, 23/24 April, seem to have been successful. So, a start of service down to New Street Station is foreseen to start on Monday 22 May. Continue reading
Video Used to Sell Birmingham at MIPIM in Cannes
What is MIPIM? Read on to find out and how the City of Birmingham is involved.
Midland Metro News – Stop and Go
Our splendid local transport system , the Metro Tram, is making progress….but slowly! Here is the latest news I have. Continue reading
Safer Travel Partnership
It’s comforting to know that there is a public organisation in the West Midlands that aims to reduce the number of public transport related crimes and keep passengers safer – A SUCCESS! Read More.
Women’s Consortium at BMAG
On Saturday 5th March from 10am – 4pm, the Women’s Consortium will be at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery.
This cold be something you may find beneficial to your wellbeing. Continue reading
Disability Awareness Day
If you’re a parent or someone who cares for a child with a disability or long term condition, you may be interested in attending a local event which takes place in mid-March. Continue reading
Petition to Save Birmingham Shopmobility at Bullring
Unfortunately, closure is planned of this essential service which provides the means of accessing mobility equipment to West Midlands residents. Continue reading
Grand Hotel Restoration Gets Funding to Proceed
Substantial funding has been given to the restoration of the Grand by local investment organisations. This will enable the hotel refurbishment to proceed following the nearing completion of the restoration of the external facades in Colmore Row and Church Street. Continue reading
Don’t Lose Your Vote in Future Elections!
This Friday, over 56,000 people could be wiped off the Birmingham electoral register! New government rules mean you must register personally by this Friday, 20 November, to be able to vote in local and national elections. Continue reading
Paradise – Closure of Forum Passage Confirmed
Birmingham Connected has today confirmed that the pedestrian passageway through the old library will indeed be closed starting from Sunday.
At last the revamp of the prestige shopping centre has opened to the public. Continue reading
Paradise – Road & Pedestrian Route Changes from October
Birmingham Connected has issued a leaflet showing major road and pedestrian route changes starting on 18 October. Continue reading
New Street Station Reborn
Yesterday, (Sunday 20 September), the revamped New Street Station opened successfully and delighted the many people who came especially to see it. Continue reading
New Street Station & Grand Central Opening – Are they Ready?
As the opening of this £540m twin development nears, we take a look at the outside.
Will they be ready in time? Continue reading
Noise in the City Centre – A Public Consultation
Birmingham City Council is responding to complaints received about obtrusive noise in the city centre. People can submit their comments on the possible introduction of measures to control excessive street noise. Continue reading
Public Rally Over Library of Birmingham Cuts
The Friends of the Library of Birmingham (LoB) are holding a rally this Saturday, 7 February, over the proposed cuts in operational budget for the library. Continue reading
What is this building and why is it important
Probably unbeknown to many city centre residents, much industry has been employed locally to preserve our world as we know it . Here we look into the hidden engineering that is now in operation. Continue reading