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H ll Hello, Some positive changes happening in the town centre shortly, with new litter bins and floral hanging basket hopefully brightening the place up.
iinvestment, t t the th new bins bi will ill also l come with a tidy up campaign here. We want to encourage shoppers and businesses to take pride in your town centre.
New litter bins may be a boring piece of news, but it is part of a wider campaign by the Erdington BID to improve the look of the town centre.
Elsewhere in the magazine this month, we announce some details of the Erdington Village Fete, on Saturday July 12, which, weather permitting, looks to be even bigger than last years event.
Research tells us that shoppers always take a view of their environment when shopping, albeit sometimes subconsciously, so, in order to keep them coming back, and hopefully to attract new
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Contents Events News
Town Centre Improvements
Look after your dog
Street Guide and maps 10 Visitors flooding to Brum
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News from the Town Centre Summer fun in Erdington music to be the centrepiece of the day because Erdington has such a rich musical heritage down the years. At the time Mother’s was open, (1968-71), every major music act in the world appeared there, and John Peel was the resident DJ. Before that, we must not forget, it was the Carlton Club, where many, if not all, of the bands in the city had their start.” It is hoped that these events will be repeated for many years to come and be part of the fabric of Erdington.
And that’s not all! The High Street will be closed for the day to vehicles, and we will be turning the pedestrian area into a mini fairground for the kids, and the Six Ways end of the High Street will house market stalls and more family entertainment.
Jo Holyoak, Director of the Town Centre Partnership, and store manager at New Look in the High Street, said: “Last year we found that the village fete brought in many new shoppers and visitors, and really, that’s what these events are about. Erdington town centre has great shop s with wonderful bargains, and these days, with people watching their spending, there’s no better place to shop”. To help the day along, the four council car parks surrounding the town centre, Church Road (2), Machin Road, and Hart Road, will offer free parking for the day.
A full programme of events on July Since the successful Village Fete Day in 2013, locals have been ask- Director of Erdington Town Centre 12 will be published in next month’s Partnership, organisers of the event, magazine. ing – “are you doing it again?” David Darkes, told us: “Went the The answer is ‘yes’ and it will be on Saturday 12th July. Last years’ event centred on music, with our live stage and the tribute to the former Mother’s Club, culminating in the unveiling of the Blue Plaque, now to be seen on site above the Erdington Home Express and PDSA stores opposite St Barnabas church. This year the event promises to be even bigger and better! The live music stage will be once again outside St Barnabas, and the headline act will be 70’s superstars, The Pretty Things, with exciting support acts to be announced shortly.
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Local News More resources to tackle litter in the town centre Meet Erdington local Ian Binnell. He has been drafted in to help clear litter and rubbish from the car parks in the town centre.
War on Rubbish dumping Continues As part of the ongoing battle to clear the town centre of rubbish, the Erdington BID has been working with Birmingham City Council to tackle the problem of fly tipping.
Readers of this magazine will be pleased to know that it can now be read and downloaded form Fly tipping is defined as, “dumping the Erdington town waste illegally instead of in an centre website. authorised rubbish dump. It is the illegal deposit of any waste onto land; Go to: waste dumped or tipped on a site with www.erdingtontowncentre.com, no license to accept waste”. and click ‘Magazine’ on the menu A Council spokesman told us: “Dumped rubbish is unsightly. Abandoning (fly tipping) rubbish is also illegal and can lead to a fine of up to £50,000 along with imprisonment. We investigate dumped rubbish and can serve a legal notice to landowners to clear rubbish that attracts or harbours vermin. Where we have sufficient evidence we will prosecute fly-tippers”.
Ian Binnell, left, with Cllr Alden
Erdington councillor Robert Alden secured extra funding to clear rubbish from each of the four council car parks in the High Street area. As he told us: “Litter and rubbish have been accumulating in the car parks for some time now, and with the funding, we hoped to clear it away. “Of course, having a one-off exercise like this means that the rubbish will accumulate again. So, working with the Town Centre Partnership, the funding has been matched from the Erdington BID to make this a longer term project”.
Jill Guest, Chair of Erdington Town Centre Partnership, administrators of the Erdington BID, added: “The task to keep the town centre clear of rubbish is a huge one, and we have enlisted the help of the Council;s Environment Department in identifying who is fly Ian initially will be clearing the car tipping.”
parks on a part time basis, and in the longer term, helping to keep the rest It is the job of all of us to help keep the town centre tidy and make the of the town centre clean. environment as pleasant as possible for shoppers”. Ian’s services were supplied by recruitment agency, AM2PM, from Any rubbish dumped in the town their offices in York Road, in the centre will be investigated with a view town centre. to prosecution.
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Town Centre News Town Centre Improvements Underway This summer will see the start of a number of improvements to the town centre. Following the replacement of the pavements at Six Ways, which completed the cycle of pavement improvements started in 2012, the Erd-
ington BID is also contributing to positive changes. During the month of June, the old, battered metal litter bins will be replaced by sturdy new ones, coloured navy blue, and with the Erdington Business Improvement District logo on the side. Thirty new bins are on order, replacing twenty of the old ones. In addition, summer will see the return of the hanging baskets along the High Street area – also funded by the BID. kets also, giving businesses a better deal”. Jill Guest, chair of the Erdington Town Centre Partnership, who administer The new bins will be presented alongthe BID, told us: “The Erdington BID side a cleanup and tidy up campaign, has always been known for promoting encouraging businesses and shoppers and marketing the town centre, with alike to keep Erdington tidy. In the magazine, the web site and events addition, the small garden area by the etc, but we have turned our attention library, in Mason Road will also be to the ‘look’ of the High Street with a tidied and planted up to create a rest view to making improvements that area for shoppers. shoppers and visitors appreciate. With restricted spending by the council we It becomes imperative that if Erdington took the decision to fund the new bins is to attract shoppers, the town centre ourselves, and we have renegotiated must be presented in a positive light. the amount we pay for hanging bas-
Poundland goes from strength to strength Poundland is the largest single price value general merchandise retailer in Europe by both sales and number of stores. The group opened its first store in 1990 and has grown to operate a network of more than 500 across the UK and Ireland.
WEST Midlands-based discount retailer Poundland Group has seen sales leap by 13.3% year on year.
It has identified further opportunities for growth, both in the UK and internationally, with plans to open 60 net new stores a year in the UK and Ireland and to move towards ten trial stores in Spain over the next two years. Jim McCarthy, chief executive officer, said: "Poundland delivers amazing value to our customers every day and millions of them, across the UK and Ireland, are voting with their purses and wallets every week.
Its figures released this morning chime with those of other discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl whose fortunes have risen over the last few years as “As a result of this support from our shoppers search for value for customers, we have achieved another money. record profit performance across the with our store opening Poundland said it had delivered a good group, underlying profit performance with programme on track, underlying profits in margin well managed and costs tightly line with market consensus and good controlled across the business. It is cash generation. expecting that underlying profits will be in “Looking ahead, we will continue to line with market consensus. manage the business tightly while
The Willenhall company, whose shares started trading on the London Stock Exchange in March, revealed in a trading update this morning that in the 52 week period ended March 30 total sales were The group said its store opening £997.8m year compared to £880.5m in programme continues to progress well, with 70 net new stores opened during 2013. the period, bringing the total estate to 528 stores at the year end.
investing in clear opportunities for future growth. We are confident in making further progress in the new financial year."
BUILDING FUTURES IN ERDINGTON Birmingham Metropolitan College is investing almost £4million, of which £1.33million is grant funded by the Skills Funding Agency, in redeveloping its successful Skills Centre in Erdington – making a valuable contribution to building futures for people in local North Birmingham communities. The Erdington Skills Centre currently offers a range of Entry and Level 1 Construction as well as Foundation Learning and ESOL courses for local schools groups, people who are not in education, employment or training (NEETs) and for unemployed adults who are aged 19 or over. The existing mix of Edwardian and 1950s buildings which used to be Erdington Technical School will be replaced with purpose built facilities including classrooms and workshops which have been specifically designed to accommodate a range of provision including construction trades as well as training rooms with enhanced technology.
John Starmer, Executive Director for Estates at Birmingham Metropolitan College, said: “The facilities on offer at the Erdington Skills Centre, especially the old school buildings are not fit for purpose in terms of the training and education provision we offer now. We have committed to investing a considerable amount of money, combined with the Skills Funding Agency grant, to demolish the existing buildings and build a state-of-the-art facility dedicated to construction where eventually we hope to expand the courses on offer to a much wider selection of learners.” Jack Dromey, MP for Erdington, said: “The plans to invest in rebuilding the Erdington Skills Centre is an important and exciting development, not only for Erdington and the surrounding area, but for Birmingham as a whole. “The improvements to facilities will mean that we have an exceptional with skills to support the growing facility on our doorstep to deliver economic upturn – especially in the practical and valuable training construction industry.” experience to help equip local people
Hospice Kicks off Festival of Football John Taylor Hospice has put together a special Festival of Football booklet full of ideas which is available by contacting community investment ambassador Liz Wood on 0121 465 2000 and
pharmacists, social worker and family support worker and dietitian. The Hospice also has psychological therapies and well-being team trained to provide counselling and bereavement support to patients and their families.
Erdington’s John Taylor Hospice CIC is urging everyone to go soccer mad this summer and join in a Festival of Football. The Hospice is celebrating this year’s World Cup in Brazil by launching its very own Kick for the CIC with masses of ideas to join in the fun without the need to travel to Rio. Why not have a kick at the crossbar challenge, aim for the sky with a keepyuppy competition or pit your wits with a quiz night? All participants are being encouraged to raise money for John Taylor which provides expert end of life care in the Hospice and the community. Launching the Festival is freestyle footballer and internet sensation Matt Wolstenholme, who holds the 20km keepy-uppy world record. “It’s fantastic to be involved in helping such a great cause. The festival is a really easy and fun way for the community to get stuck in and support the hospice,” he says.
To see Matt in action click on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m7J4 “There is something for everyone,” says DAm9e2o Liz. “From beach parties to competitions And and from football challenges to fancy http://www.mattfreestyle.co.uk/ dress. And we’ve made sure we’ve got some ideas for people wanting to escape the football for a few hours – or a few days! “We’d love to hear from anyone interested in holding a Kick for the CIC Festival of Football event. And everyone taking part will know they are supporting John Taylor Hospice to support hundreds of local families.”
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The Hospice’s Community Investment Crew is also selling special John Taylor Hospice footballs priced £6.50 with all proceeds going to support its ‘Taylormade’ care. It costs £13,500 to pay for all of the Hospice’s services each day. These include care in the Hospice’s In-patient Unit or at someone’s home or visits to the Heart of the Hospice Day Hospice. Families can benefit from the team of specialist community nurses and the multi-disciplinary team of physiotherapists, occupational therapists, clinical
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Dog Care Local dog walker Ester learns from the ‘Wolfman! Local dog walker, Ester Naylor, had an unusual calling from a pack of captive wolves in Devon. On the eve of her fortieth birthday, and quite by chance, Ester found herself camped outside The Wolf Centre run by Shaun Ellis. Shaun aka The Wolfman gained popularity a few years back with the documentary, ‘A Man Among Wolves.’ Shaun is an expert in his field, and his lifelong study of canids (wolves, to you and me!), has led him to understand how the behaviours and social systems of the wolf relate to those of the domestic dog. At his Wolf Centre, and not long after midnight on a milestone fortieth birthday, the wolves seemed to announce the event with a chorus of howling that woke Ester up. The wolves woke her again at dawn – the only time they howled like this over the five nights she was there! The next day, seeing all the wolves and the wolf hybrids at the
Louise Cox, she enrolled on Shaun’s dog behaviour courses. A friendship developed between the three of them and Shaun invited Ester and Louise to join his team at The Wolf Centre, and now also The Dog Education Centre. Inspired, Ester set up her dog-walking business, Off The Beaten Track, in Erdington. Her aim is to assist the community in taking care of their dogs when modern lives sometimes make us too busy to do the right thing by our animals. Dogs add so much to our lives, we owe it to them to make sure they are fulfilled. This in turn gives them the good Ester with ‘Wolfman, Shaun Ellis reputation that they deserve. Ester is a long time dog owner and also a puppy walker for Guide Dogs. centre that were responsible for the If you would like Ester to walk and howling made for a very special day. care for your dog then please Back in Erdington, Ester read Shaun’s contact her on book from cover to cover in one sitting, (0121) 240 2770 or 07791 334116. The Wolf Centre was definitely calling her back. So, together with her good friend
New Dog Care Rules for Owners The kind of service offered by Ester on this page may offer help to Erdington locals who struggle to balance work commitments with pet welfare. Birmingham City Council recently issued new Dog Control Orders with a view to curbing the tide of dog mess on all our streets and helping to restrain dogs who may be running wild. • Dog Mess. It is an offence for any dog owner to fail to remove dog mess on any land where the public has access. • Dogs on Leads. Any person in charge of a dog must keep it on a lead at all times on all public roads, adjoining footways and paths. • Children’s Areas. It is an offence for any person in charge of a dog to allow it to enter or remain in demarcated children's play areas or school land. • Dog owners who fail to put a lead on their dog when asked to do so by an authorised officer face prosecution. • It is an offence for a person to take more than four dogs onto open land in Birmingham These stringent new rules have been issued because of the health risks and public safety concerns around dog owners who do not care for their pets responsibly.
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BRIDES & GROOMS: Beautiful Dreamer (Bridal Wear) Well Groomed (Men’s Outfit Hire)
CAFES & RESTAURANTS: Baguettes Coasters Café / Restaurant Curry Garden Giovanni Snack Bar Golden Cafe & Restaurant IIndia Gate Mother’s Cafe (Central Square) Rohan’s Caribbean Restaurant Spice Blue Indian Restaurant The Cafe The Red Couch Coffee House York Café Diner
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CARDS & STATIONERY: Card Factory Greetings 2000 Greetings 2000 Ink Print (Barnabas Road) Ryman Stationers
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CARE AGENCIES Carewatch (Sutton New Road) Surecare (Sutton New Road) Solid Homecare (Central Square) West Midlands Home Based Care (Harrison Road)
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CARS & CAR ACCESSORIES Abbey Service Centre Colliers Fletchers Motor Parts Tyre World CHARITY SHOPS Anchor Bookshop (Central Sq.) British Heart Foundation Furniture British Heart Foundation Cancer Research UK Marie Curie MIND PDSA St Vincents’ (Central Sq.) Salvation Army Scope Settlement Shop Shelter YMCA
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CHURCHES: Six Ways Baptist Church St. Barnabas Church The Abbey The Gospel Hall (New Street)
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DISCOUNT STORES: 99p Store B&M Bargains Cash Converters Cheap Cheap Bargains Discount Fortress Poundland
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DRY CLEANING, & ALTERATIONS: 8B Eclipse Dry Cleaners 3C H&N Clothing Alterations EDUCATION & SCHOOLS Abbey School Birmingham Metropolitan College Erdington Education Centre Highclare School Osborne Adult Education Osborne Nursery School Osborne Junior & Infant School
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ESTATE AGENTS & LETTINGS: Arion Business Centre(Rear Central Sq.) Burchell Edwards (York Rd) Dixons (Six Ways) Goodchilds (Y ork Road) Green & Company (York Road) Just Move Lloyds Property Services (Wood End Rd) Paul Carr (York Road) Preferential Properties (York Rd) Seekers (York Road) Waller & Farnworth (York Road)
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FLORISTS: Williams Florists Plants & Flowers (Harrison Road) Zambon (Inside Co-Op)
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FOOD & DRINK: Abadan Brew Genie (Home Brewing) City Meats & Deli (Wilton Market) Firkins Bakers (Central Sq.) Fruity Fruits George’s Express Greggs Bakers Greggs Bakers (Central Sq.) Interpol Supermarket Janosik Polish Shop Joe Richards Greengrocers MS Fruits Greengrocers (Central Sq.) Pindys Polish Shop (Wood End Rd) Robinsons Greengrocers Spizarnia Polish Delicatessen Viktors Drinkstore Walter Smith Butchers
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HAIR & BEAUTY: Beauty Supreme (Barnabas Rd) Billies Salon (Unisex) Christopha Hair Design Christos Consul Sun Centre Extra Ordinhair Design (SNR) Glamour Hair & Cosmetics Hollywood Hair Salon Innovation Hair Design Kennedys Hair Salon Kizuri Marchelles Hair (York Road) ME Hair Salon )Coton Lane) One Stop Cosmetics Roshair Sarah Joanne Hairstyles Slicks Barber Shop Star Nail Art U 1st Nails
HEALTH & PERSONAL CARE: Boots (+ Pharmacy) Chinese Herbal Centre Erdington Day & Night Chemist (+Pharmacy) Erdington Osteopaths (Coton Lane) Grahams Herbs & Dr Hearing Centre (Sutton New Rd) Holland & Barratt Hypnos Clinical Hypnotherapy
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HOUSE & HOME: Abbey Fire Centre All Domestic Electrical Bright House Church Road New & Nearly New Erdington Carpets Erdington Home Express Furniture City Furniture Express Hart’s Textiles Ltd Homerite Litecraft Magnum Furnishings Optima Designs Granite Worktops Rainbow Carpets ReUpholstery By George Young Russells Fine Furnishings (Central Sq.) Sleep (Beds & Mattresses) Tower Vacuums (Repairs) Traditional Furniture Stores West Midland Lighting Centre
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INSURANCE & PERSONAL FINANCE: Albermarle & Bond (Cheque & Pawn) Cash Generator Buy & Sell Mart Cheque Centre Coton Financial Management Ltd Money Shop Money Shop My Home Finance (Central Square) Rounds
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JEWELLERS: Direct Jewellers Golden Crystal (Orphanage Road) The Gold Bar
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MUSIC, TV, VIDEO & GAMES: Entertainment Exchange Game Station Smokin’ Vinyl
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NEWSAGENTS: Apex News Erdington News Plus Supernews W H Smith
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OPTICIANS: Charles Morris Opticians Peter Bainbridge Opticians Scrivens Specsavers Ward Opthalmic Opticians
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PUBS & CLUBS: Erdington Club Ltd (Sutton New Road) HQ Bar (Orphanage Road) The Acorn The Charlie Hall JD Wetherspoon
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RECRUITMENT & TRAINING: AM to PM (York Road) HR Go Templine The Permanent Link / Link 2 Recruit
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SERVICES: A Hazel Funeral Directors Black Cab Taxi Rank Erdington Fire Station Erdington Walk-In Health Centre High Street Funeral Directors Job Centre Plus Library Neighbourhood Office Police Station Post Office (inside WH Smiths) Regency Cars - Taxis (Wilton Road) Town Centre Management (Central Sq.) We Pay Cash For
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SPORTS & FITNESS: Erdington Leisure Centre (Mason Rd) Kym’s Gym (Women Only) The Sports Shop (Central Sq.) Ultimate Training Centre
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SUPERMARKETS: Cooltrader Farm Foods Iceland Iceland (Central Sq.) Midland Co-Op Superstore Tesco Express (Six Ways)
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TAKE AWAY / FAST FOOD: Baguette Du Maison Big John’s Caspian Pizza Classic Fish Bar KFC Lee Garden Ocean Blue Fish Bar Peri-Peri Iriginal Pizza Hut Delivery Ruby Cantonese Takeaway Sam’s Chicken Souperataste Caribbean Tasty Fryer
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FIRE SERVICE: Keep your Business in Business 0121 380 6067 Free Home Fire Safety Check 0800 389 5525 ERDINGTON HEALTH & WELL- General Enquiries BEING WALK IN CENTRE ENT NTRE NT TRE RE (Non-Emergency) 0121 686 8010 0845 500 0900 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: NC CE E:: West Midlands Police lice cee 0845 113 5000 Birmingham Women’s Aid 0121 685 8551 Family Domestic Violence 0121 507 0707 Victim Support (North Birmingham) 0121 386 4300 POLICE: West Midlands Police 0845 113 5000 Business Watch 0778 984 4437 Crimestoppers 0800 555 111
Emergency Services (Police, Fire, Ambulance) 999 Erdington Constituency Office 0121 303 9299
DRUG ADVICE: Birmingham Drugline 0121 632 6363 National Drugs Helpline 0800 77 66 00 Parents for Prevention 0121 200 2277
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Erdington Library 0121 464 0798
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Boots Uk Limited Unit 8, Fort Dunlop Retail Park, Erdington, B24 9QS Boots Uk Limited 87 High Street, Erdington, B23 6SA Buchan Chemist 194-196 Streetly Road, Erdington, B23 7AL Erdington Day & Night Chemist 213 High Street Erdington, B23 6SS Evergreen Pharmacy (Midlands) Ltd 238 Wheelwright Road, Erdington, B24 8EH High Street Pharmacy (Midnight Pharmacy) 36 High Street, Erdington, B23 6RH Jhoots Pharmacy 70 Station Road, Erdington, B23 6UE Lloyds Pharmacy Health Centre, Reservoir Road, Erdington, B23 6DJ Lloyds Pharmacy 416 Birmingham Road, Wylde Green, B72 1YJ Lloyds Pharmacy 32-32a High Street, Erdington, B23 6RH Lodge Pharmacy 1 Dovedale Rd/Capilano Rd, Erdington, B23 5BG M W Phillips (Sutton Coldfield) Ltd 273 Kingsbury Road, Erdington, B24 8RD Prinja Pharmacy 1128 Tyburn Road, Erdington, B24 0SY Prinja Pharmacy 1097 Chester Road, Pype Hayes, B24 0PP Superdrug Pharmacy 94-100 High Street, Erdington, B23 6RS Wood End Pharmacy 103 Wood End Road, B24 8NT Wylde Green Pharmacy 441a Birmingham Road, Wylde Green, B72 1AX Your Local Boots Pharmacy
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Buy and Sell Mart REPAIR CENTRE We repair electrical & electronic goods: TV’s, Laptops, Computers, HiFi’s & Radios If it’s broken - bring it to us! Buy and Sell Mart, 260-262 High Street, Erdington, B23 6SN (Near Six Ways) 0121 384 7337
Fun, affordable childcare in a safe and secure environment
Helping your child discover their potential. )PYTPUNOHT
At The Orchard, 301 Reservoir Rd, Erdington, Birmingham. B23 6DB
YMCA Child care proven and trusted By Laurence Chilver, Social Enterprise Director, YMCA, Birmingham
Easter funday a success in the town centre Easter Saturday, April 19th proved to be a warm and sunny day, bringing out local shoppers looking for Easter bargains. A surprise awaited the younger members of our visitors - two Easter bunnies, giving away free Eggs and other gifts for every child. The bunnies entertained families for the main part of the day and were accompanied by a strolling jazz band to cheer everybody on.
On the page opposite you will see detail of our fun and affordable childcare services available at here at the YMCA in Erdington. We are Ofsted approved in childcare from birth to 12 years. Children are served and offer the following service: • Healthy nutritious meals • Qualified and experienced staff • Competitive prices with discounts for siblings • FREE places for 3 & 4 year olds • Funding available for 2 year olds • Structured, educational play with child centred learning • Large external play area • Excellent modern facilities AND, we’ve worked with children and young people in Birmingham for over 160 years, so give your child the best start in life. For more detail, or to arrange a tour, call us on 0121 478 4237 or 07906 431992 You’re welcome to pop in any time, just ask for Lisa Mellors, the Nursery Manager September places now available Hand in Hand Nursery At The Orchard, 301 Reservoir Road Erdington, B23 6DB (Just off Six Ways Island, next to Tesco)
Local Estate Agent Awards creativity As announced in last month’s magazine, local estate agent, Just Move, whose offices are in York Road, sponsored a competition for the children of Osborne Junior & Infant School in Station Road. Judging for the best Easter Bonnet resulted in superb entries all round and picking outright winners was hard to do, as Ammo Jutley of Just Move told us: “We had a great time handing out prizes, and it was a good opportunity to introduce children to local businesses”. Prizes were also handed out for best essays, which were displayed in Just Move’s shop front window over Easter. (see right).
Visitors Flooding to Brum Upsurge in visitors bringing new job opportunities say experts
BIRMINGHAM attracted a record number of overseas visitors in 2013, with numbers up by more than one third, latest figures show. The Office for National Statistics figures show there were almost one million visits to the city last year (941,000) - an increase of 228,000 on 2012’s figure of 713,000. With numbers rising by a third (32%)
in the last year alone, Birmingham’s growth in attracting visitors is higher than any other city in the UK. The national growth of international visits was just 5.6%, while London managed 8.6%. Birmingham is the fourth most visited city in the UK, after London, Edinburgh and Manchester. Birmingham has closed the gap on Manchester’s international visits from 219,000 to 47,000 in one year. The reason for the increase is thought to be the city’s focus on key international visitor markets, including India and China. Direct flights from the two countries as well as the city’s strategy to target these areas are both thought to have been major factors for the increase. Sales missions and campaigns with Chinese and Indian travel agents are also being cited as key reasons for the growth. With many booking trips online, inward investment body Marketing
Birmingham said the data also tourist destination. pointed to a strong online offer and the ease of booking trips aboard. “The airport broke the nine million passengers mark last year for the first The boost in Birmingham’s profile time since 2009, launched several new has also attracted record levels of routes including Amritsar, Bordeaux, investment, with foreign direct Knock, Stockholm and Barcelona, and investment in 2012/13 up by more saw growth on existing routes such as than 50% against a national Dublin, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, New increase of just 11%. This has York, Dubai, Knock and Istanbul; all been estimated as creating an key departure points for inbound additional 4,000 local jobs and is worth tourists. an estimated £174m to the local economy per year. “This growth demonstrates that the airport is playing a vital role in Emma Gray, Director of Marketing, connecting Birmingham with the world Marketing Birmingham, said: and we are continually growing our “Traditionally we’ve been known as a network, with further new routes national destination with visitors launching this year to Beijing, Porto, coming from across the UK for our Cologne, Florence and many more.” shopping, food and attractions. This is now widening and Birmingham is on “Many thanks for the feature you the international map. did for us in last month’s magazine “Working with (Birmingham) Airport as about the health benefits of tea. well as Visit Britain we have focused We had a great response”. on raising the city’s profile with Beccy, Store Manager, Holland & international travellers, both business Barrett. High Street, Erdington. and leisure. Top attractions last year such as the Black Country Living Advertising in our magazine Museum, the new Library of works! Birmingham and the 50 festivals that Call 0121 384 5860 or email: took place within the city all attracted firstname.lastname@example.org overseas visitors. “Our strategy has been to target international visitors and to focus on markets with large numbers of potential visitors. Our geographical position enables us to be a gateway to the UK, visitors can be based here and easily travel to all parts of the country. We also like to think that our range of attractions and our reputation for being a city of food, our shops and our warm welcome are noticed and all make a real difference to how we are perceived overseas.” Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport’s chief executive and chairman of Marketing Birmingham, said: “These figures are testament to the partnerships in place to promote the city both in the UK and overseas and validates that Birmingham has become a world-class
Serving our communities, protecting them from harm
West Midlands Police takes lead on female offenders custody so we can refer them to support groups; one possibility we’re looking at is getting staff from women’s groups into custody blocks to help with that process. “We know female offenders are more likely to respond positively to interStudies have also shown women are ventions and support to reduce their around four times more likely to have re-offending than males. I’m hopeful the summit will lead to some positive mental health concerns, especially action and an agreement from police self-harm related issues. and partners on the best way of reSgt Carver, added: “It’s these kinds of ducing re-offending amongst women.” issues police need to identify when vulnerable women are brought into Around 80 per cent of women in prison report physical, sexual or emotional abuse within their family or relationships, whilst more than half say unemployment and a lack of skills and training drive their offending.
West Midlands Police is taking the lead on addressing the issue of female offenders by hosting a summit bringing together women’s groups, counsellors, domestic abuse specialists and reformed criminals. The conference – Offender Management: a Female Perspective – organised by the West Midlands Office for Policing and Crime and is being held in Birmingham on May 13, explored ways of cutting crime committed by women. Almost 13,000 women were arrested by West Midlands Police last year – around 13 per cent of all people brought into custody – predominantly for theft and dishonesty offences. Many cite unemployment, relationship problems or domestic abuse as triggers for their offending – and studies by Birmingham women’s group Anawim show just one per cent of its clients re-offend if given the right support and guidance. Sgt Helen Carver from West Midlands Police’s Offender management team, said: “The causes of offending amongst women tend to be more complex than men…often they are coerced or bullied into committing offences, like theft, by an abusive partner. Rather than quickly process them through custody we need to develop better understanding of what triggers their crimes to make it less likely they offend again. “That involves greater understanding by police officers and more joined up working with partner agencies who can offer support to break their offending cycle – that could be counselling, help to leave an abusive relationship, employment training, or drug and alcohol support services.”
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Overnight closures, 10.00pm to 6.00am Full 24hr closures
We’re making improvements to make your journey better in the future The A38 St Chad’s and Queensway tunnels through %LrPLnghaP wLll Ee FoPSletely Flosed to all traI¿F from 18 July to 1 September. Employees based in and around the city are being asked to plan ahead • Plan how you will travel around the city during the closures. Consider viable alternatives to driving such as public transport or cycling. • Ensure any visitors or deliveries that you are expecting are informed of the closures • Where possible, avoid peak travel times. Speak to your manager about the possibility of Àexible working arrangements.
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Published on May 22, 2014