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Civic Voice Conference

It’s less that 4 weeks to go until we host the annual Civic Voice Conference at The REP on 19-20 October! The conference will focus on "How do we balance conservation and regeneration?" which is pertinent for our city which is changing almost on a daily basis with the level of regeneration happening. But how do we conserve some of the city's greatest assets? Join us, other civic societies and professionals from across the country to debate this issue. 

We have an outstanding line up of keynote speakers lined up for Friday 19 October including Sir Terry Farrell (Farrells), Ben Derbyshire (RIBA President), Ros Kerslake (CEO of Heritage Lottery Fund) and Deborah Lamb (Deputy Chief Executive of Historic England) to name just a few. 

Included in the ticket price are a number of workshops, talks and tours on Saturday 20th for you to sign up to on the day - from seeing Birmingham’s canal heritage by canoe to workshops on conservation area appraisals and more. 

The conference will give you the opportunity to meet with individuals involved in conservation and regeneration projects across the country and comment on how we can balance regeneration and conservation. 

Birmingham Civic Society are members of Civic Voice so your ticket will be £60.00/person for this two-day conference. To find out more about the conference programme and to book, follow this link.

Breakfast Briefing with Andrew Fuller

Andrew Fuller, Birmingham City Council’s City Design Manager, will be giving an exclusive talk to our Corporate Members and built environment professionals attending the conference. There will also be a chance for networking with other professionals and breakfast will be provided. The Breakfast Briefing will be 8.00-9.30am on Friday 19 October at The REP. There is no additional charge for attending the Breakfast Briefing - it is included within your ticket to the main conference!

Curry in the Cathedral 

On Friday 19 October, 7.30-9.30pm, Birmingham Civic Society will be hosting Civic Voice Conference delegates at Birmingham Cathedral for a ‘Curry in the Cathedral’. Join us for an informal dinner celebrating some of the best that Birmingham has to offer. There will be performances and presentations throughout the evening whilst you enjoy a curry and a bit of Civic Pride!

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Private Audience with Martyn Pugh and the Guardian Timepiece

Join us for an exclusive evening on 17 October with Martyn Pugh at The Assay Office. Five years of determined research and collaboration between skilled craftsmen and leading academic scientists have culminated in the spectacular 'Guardian Timepiece' which now hangs in the impressive foyer of the new Assay Office building.  This project has drawn on the ingenuity, experience and skill of many businesses and individuals, driven by Martyn Pugh, Goldsmith and Silversmith. We will hear from Martyn and have the opportunity to see the fantastic facilities of The Assay Office, a true Birmingham gem.

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BTfL secures funding from HS2 Community and Environment Fund

Birmingham Trees for Life has been successful in its bid to the HS2 Community and Environment Fund for funding for a tree planting and community engagement project along the route of the proposed HS2 train line. The project will take place over three years, with ten planting events on public open spaces that are within one kilometre of the HS2 route, or are the only local green space used by communities in the area being impacted by the work being undertaken to construct the line.

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Special centenary Blue Plaque to SIFA Fireside unveiled

For the first time in the history of the Society, a Blue Plaque has been unveiled this month to an organisation which is contributing to the life of the city today, rather than to an individual which has made a significant impact in the past. The special centenary Blue Plaque, awarded to SIFA Fireside, who support vulnerably housed and homeless adults in the city, was unveiled at an assembly at Chandos Primary School, attended by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, a past pupil, and the children who made the case for SIFA Fireside to win.

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Second special centenary Blue Plaque to be unveiled

Our second special centenary Blue Plaque goes to the New Frankley in Birmingham Parish Council, nominated by the staff and pupils of Balaam Wood School, for its service to the community and the environment. The plaque will be unveiled on Friday 26 October, as part of a larger community art project unveiling. Details of the event are being finalised, so if you would like to come along, email Penny and she’ll get back with more information. The photo shows where the plaque is going to be installed outside the Parish Council’s office.

Next Generation Awards finals

Join the Lord Mayor of Birmingham for the Next Generation Awards finals at Highbury Hall in Moseley on Thursday 11 October, 6.30 – 8.30pm. On the evening, the five finalist teams from Turves Green Girls' School & Technology College, Edgbaston High School for Girls, Moseley School & Sixth Form, St Paul's School and Bordesley Green Girls’ School & Sixth Form will make their Gold Award winning presentations to a panel of judges representing the Society and Birmingham businesses. The winning team will be awarded the ‘Newman Prize’ of £1500 to put their ideas into action. Email Jo to attend.

September centenary events round up

September has been packed full of The City Beautiful events contributing to a hugely successful Birmingham Heritage Week. Darren Share gave us a fascinating insight into the history of Birmingham Parks at Aston Hall, Ranger Jim Harrison guided visitors around Aston Park, looking at work of the Society and almost 70 visitors joined artist Sally Harper in a garden inspired felt making family workshop. Birmingham Cathedral’s Heritage Manager, Jane McArdle celebrated the life and work of Edward Burne-Jones on a guided tour of aspects of the city associated with the artist and a keen group (including dog) joined Irene de Boo to discover the history of Cannon Hill Park.

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Annual Leaders’ Breakfast

Book your place at our Annual Leaders' Breakfast on Friday 23 November, 7.15 – 9.15am at Hotel du Vin, with guest speaker the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Councillor Ian Ward. This event is for Civic Society corporate members and their guests. It includes coffee during the networking reception and a full English breakfast.

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Help shape the future of the Society

Our centenary year has been a fantastic celebration of the Society, our city and our heritage. If you want to get more involved and help Chair Elect, Amelia, shape the future of the Society, then why not put yourself forward to join our board of trustees at our AGM on 15 November? Email Gavin if you would like to know more.

Centenary activities in October
The Civic Gospel and Citizenship
Winterbourne House and Gardens Curator, Henrietta Lockhart, recounts the history of the Civic Gospel, a significant movement in Victorian Birmingham and its influence on local government and citizenship.
Roots, Rights and Resistance
Join Rachel West from Legacy WM for a lively tour of Handsworth and find out more about the people, movements and struggles that shaped this area and wider Birmingham.
Written Word
A free, family friendly drop-in activity for accompanied children of all ages exploring words and writing around Birmingham Cathedral.
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