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Allens Cross Community Centre has a long and proud history being the first community centre of its kind to be built in Birmingham in 1931 and amongst the very first to be built in Britain.

Cadbury and thanks to his efforts and the help he received from local residents, the first Community Association in Birmingham and almost the first in the country was born in 1931 with a brick built hall situated in Tinkers Farm Road. Allen’s Cross residents can be very proud to have been associated with this pioneer movement which in the next 20 years was to be copied all over Britain. The hall consisted of a large room with a stage, two committee rooms and toilets with a grass tennis court, small Bowling Green and an outside hut at its rear.

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The story of Allen’s Cross Community Association really began with the building of a large estate of 2,161 houses by the City of Birmingham in the vicinity of Allen’s Cross Farm at Northfield. At that time, huge municipal estates were being built by Local Authorities on the outskirts of large cities and the two largest in Birmingham were Kingstanding and Allen’s Cross. The new housing being provided was a vast improvement on that of the inner city slums from which most of the tenants came, but Local Authorities failed to provide any community or recreational facilities on these estates. Apart from public houses, churches and schools there were no public meeting rooms, no playing fields and no centres at which a community spirit could be built. So a group of volunteers decided to form Community Associations with Community Halls on these two estates. This development aroused the interest of an important local benefactor, George


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However much effort you make with your garden, you can be sure that there will still be a few things that look awful. You may have made (or hope to make) beautiful borders, sensational shrubbery and lots more besides, but how do you cope with those things you just cannot seem to hide? A washing line: It may be essential but it rarely adds to the appeal of the garden. If yours is like mine and consists of two large poles with a line between them, try growing a pretty climber up the poles. If you use a self clinging plant such as variegated ivy it will do its own thing without any form of additional support. Alternatively make a chicken wire, trellis ‘box’ or frame around the posts and then allow the climber to scramble up, using plant ties if necessary too. Summer flowering clematis will look great or you could make a seasonal display for summer only using pretty climbers such as sweet peas. If you do use one of the more vigorous climbers then be prepared to do some intermittent pruning to ensure that it does not use your washing line as a plant support. Garden buildings may be useful but all too often they are also a real eyesore. Sometimes a thorough scrub of the walls will do the trick, or why not make a feature out of the shed or garage and re-paint it perhaps using a masonry paint or wood paint that tones in with existing garden structures, the colour of your window frames or perhaps simply a colour that


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Is it the neighbouring garden that harbours the eye sore which makes you want to retreat back into your house? Something nasty next door is of course even harder to conceal but why not add a layer of trellis to the top of your existing fence and then use climbers once it is in position. Hold the trellis in position using batons of wood attached to the existing fence posts or special post-joining metal sleeves that you can buy from your fencing supplier or garden centre. Trellis is available in a range of shapes and need not be straight edged so you can create a range of different looks to suit your gardening style. Another option is to erect a pergola or arch to obscure or break up an unsightly view or the eyesore in their garden and adding plants will help to add a bit more height and soften the outline.

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We meet on the first Monday in the month (except if it is Bank Holiday then it is the 2nd Monday) at Dame Elizabeth Hall in Firbank Close. Do you like to receive flowers on special occasions but are never quite sure what to do with them ? Why not join us at the South B’ham Flower Club and watch professional demonstrators. Doors open at 7.00pm for a 7.30pm start when demonstrators will produce 5 or 6 arrangements based on a theme. These may be won as raffle prizes. Annual fee’s are £30 or visitors fee is £5.00 per evening. Enquiries to Mrs Jeffs on 0121 458 2414.

Singalong With Angela

Come along to the Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge and enjoy singing from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. You can also have a dance and enjoy a song on the microphone, socialise and make new friends. This takes place every Monday from 1.30pm - 3.30pm Entrance fee is £2.50 per person and includes refreshments and a FREE raffle. For more information please contact Angela on 0121 251 1700. OPERATION SHOEBOX UK

Would you like to help lift spirits, make life a little more bearable for our troops out in Afghanistan! Well now you can. We are Operation Shoebox and we are appealing for individuals, clubs, and organisations to send out shoe boxes filled with goodies and basic items to the troops serving in Afghanistan many whom have been away from home for months. All our details are on the website below. We arrange collection of the boxes and onward delivery. I am the Bournville regional co-ordinator for Operation Shoebox. It doesn't cost alot to fill a box but it means such a lot to our troops. We send boxes out all year round so if you, your work place, club or school are interested in donating any filled shoeboxes or items please contact me. They will be very much appreciated. Thank you Bev 07872163037

Longbridge Baptist Church, Turves Green Please join us for a free coffee morning every Friday between 10.00am - 12 noon. South Birmingham Ramblers We are a local group of ramblers and have a regular programme of countryside and urban walks, both at the week and at the weekends. We walk throughout Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Birmingham, as well as further afield. For more information contact Kate Wilcox 0121 443 1315 or Liz Walkling on 0121 624 2533 or visit


The Bournville Society Meetings are held in Dame Elizabeth Hall, Firbank Close, off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville, at 7.30 p.m unless otherwise stated. 1 May 2013: 7.45pm: Valerie Richards, a former nurse at Selly Oak Hospital, will tell us its history, from its origins as the Kings Norton Union Workhouse of 1872, to its latter day role as a busy NHS hospital, renowned for its work in the field of trauma and for housing the Royal Centre for Defence Medicine. 1 June 2013: A Brian Draper ‘river themed’ coach outing: The Teme Valley. If you have any queries please telephone the Secretary, Rosemary Shutt on 0121 458 2547 or email: Tinkers Farm Opera is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year with a series of concerts in the south Birmingham area commencing on 7th June at The Friends Meeting House, Bournville and continuing at Allens Cross Community Centre, Northfield (13th June), St. Davids Church, Shenley Green (14th June), Moorpool Hall, Harborne 15th June) and St. Andrews Parish Hall, Barnt Green (29th June). The concerts are entitled ‘Fanfare For The Fifties’ and includes songs from celebrated musicals launched in the 1950’s along with numbers from Gilbert & Sullivan Operas which TFO presented in that era. Ticket enquiries for the concerts can be made by phoning 01384 373670 or emailing Barn Dance Sat June 29th 7pm at Rowheath Pavilion Live band and caller, ploughmans supper, home baked cakes, charity auction. For tickets please call 0121 766 6603 or email Friends of Kings Norton Nature Reserve welcome you to Spring on Saturday 4th May 2013 Starting at 5.30 am with a Dawn Chorus Walk, meeting at the corner of Meadow Hill Road and Wychall Lane. Throughout the day activities for adults and children, tombola etc on Waterways Meadow of the reserve, corner of Wychall Lane and Meadow Hill Road. Ending with a bat walk at dusk, meet at the corner of Wychall Lane and Meadow Hill Road. Do come along and enjoy the day for free. Kings Norton Women's Institute (Afternoon) Branch This branch of the WI meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 2.00 pm. Please join us at the Friends Meeting House, Watford Road, Cotteridge. For more information, please contact Jennifer Crow on 0121 459 0779.


South Birmingham Pages May 2013  

Local community magazine distributed around South Birmingham

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