More participants for networking event

The list of organisations taking part in the networking event being organised by Kings Heath Residents’ Forum on 7 October 2017 continues to grow. The day is being organised to give residents the chance to find out about groups that provide help, advice and support. A range of groups will have displays at the event. Local people will be able to move around, gathering information on subjects that interest them.

Age UK and Moseley and Kings Heath Shed have already been featured as participants. One of the other groups that’s expected to attract attention is Moseley and Kings Heath neighbourhood Policing team. Members of the team will be present to discuss issues of concern to local people.

The newly formed Friends of Kings Heath Park will also be present, explaining how residents can get involved in making Kings Heath Park a family-friendly, community green space for future generations.

There is no charge for the networking day – all people need to do is to walk in, join in and benefit from all the information that will be available.

Event information:

Date: 7 October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 2pm

Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, Kings Heath, B14 7DB.

Meetings of the Kings Heath Residents’ Forum Management Committee 2017/18

Meetings of the Kings Heath Residents’ Forum management committee take place each month. The dates for the next six months are:

  • Wednesday 8 November 2017
  • Wednesday 6 December 2017
  • Wednesday 3 January 2018
  • Wednesday 7 February 2018
  • Wednesday 7 March 2018
  • Wednesday 4 April 2018

Meetings start at 7pm and take place at Whitesmiths Croft Community Centre, Silver Street, Kings Heath.

Networking event – sources of help and support

The networking event being organised by Kings Heath Residents’ Forum on 7 October 2017 will give local people the chance to find out about organisations offering advice, help and support in the area. Most of the spaces for organisations have already been filled although there are still a few available.

Among the first to confirm attendance was Age UK which provides help for older people. The range of advice and support includes information on the benefits individuals are entitled to, how to find help at home and guidance  on health conditions. If you, an elderly friend or relative needs help or support, Age UK representatives will be on hand to explain what the organisation does.

Members of Moseley and Kings Heath Shed will also be at the event, explaining what the organisation does and how older men and women in the area can join in the activities. The Shed itself, in Kings Heath Park, is a fully equipped workshop providing the tools needed for woodwork, metal-work and working with glass. Again, representatives will be at the networking day to explain how people can benefit from taking part in the Shed’s activities.

The event will also include youth groups, fitness groups, the Police and local Councillors.

Event information:

Date: 7 October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 2pm

Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, Kings Heath, B14 7DB.

New bus lane enforcement cameras in Birmingham

Motorists driving in bus lanes on the Lichfield Road, Tyburn Road and Pershore Road after Monday 4 September 2017 will run an increased risk of a fine. That’s the date when new bus lane enforcement cameras go live.

Anybody caught driving in those bus lanes during September will receive a warning letter. If they are caught after 2 October 2017, they will receive a £60 fixed penalty notice.

Councillor Stewart Stacey, Cabinet Member for Transport and Roads at Birmingham City Council, said, ‘This isn’t about trying to catch people out. I want everyone to know exactly where these cameras are so that they keep out of the bus lanes, rather than having to pay a fine.’

Networking event – information for groups wanting to take part

There are still a few tables available for community groups wanting to take part in the Kings Heath Residents’ Forum networking event on 7 October 2017. However, the number of spaces is limited so interested groups need to apply by email within the next week.

The intention is to provide an opportunity for groups that provide information and support about financial issues, personal safety, social and sports activities for young people and older residents an opportunity to talk to local people.

There will be no charge for groups taking part.

If you represent a group that you think would fit into the day, please send an email with details of the group to katherinewilcox@btinternet.com A decision on the final list of participating groups will be made within two weeks and everybody who has applied for a table will be told the result by email.

Event information:

Date: 7 October 2017

Opening hours: 10am to 2pm

Location: Kings Heath Community Centre, 8 Heathfield Road, Kings Heath, B14 7DB.

Firefighter extinguishing the burning polytunnel

Fire at Highbury Orchard Community group site

A fire has destroyed a significant part of the orchard that has been created in a neglected corner of the Highbury Estate by the Highbury Orchard Community. The Fire Service was called out late on the afternoon of 25 August 2017 and, although the fire was put out within an hour, it destroyed one side of the wooden enclosure, a polytunnel and part of the surrounding area.

There have been a number of attacks by vandals over the summer and the suspicion is that the fire was caused by vandals.

A cleanup is being organised on Wednesday and Thursday 30 and 31 August 2017. Volunteers are needed to help with this work.

In addition, the project needs donations of materials and cash to help with the rebuilding work.

Here’s a list of the materials needed.

If you prefer to donate cash, there’s a donate button on the Highbury Orchard Community’s home page.

This is a volunteer group that is doing invaluable work in our community. Any help that can be provided will be gratefully received.

Photo by Highbury Orchard Community