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2019 Summer Reception: Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

Our Summer Reception exclusively for corporate members and their guests will take place this year on Wednesday 5 June, 6-8pm, at the offices of DWF, One Snow Hill.

This year our keynote speaker will be Neil Carney, Programme Director – Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games at Birmingham City Council.

Neil has considerable experience in the planning and delivery of major multi-sport Games operations having worked at a senior level at the 2012 London Olympics, the 2015 European Games, 2017 Islamic Games and recently, the 2018 Commonwealth Games. Having worked across different continents and cultures, Neil has now moved ‘closer to home’ providing strategic leadership to Birmingham City Council in their preparations for hosting the 2022 Commonwealth Games.

Neil will share with us some of the exciting plans for both the games and the city, before taking questions from the audience.

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2019 Renaissance Award Shortlist Announced

We are pleased to announce the shortlisted projects are:

Garth House, Edgbaston Park Horel & Conference Centre – Glancy Nicholls Architects

Mary Street – Malcolm and Jan Kirkham

Squirrel Works – Sjölander da Cruz Architects

The New Standard Works – Ruskin Mill Land Trust

Our Planning Committee are looking forward to visiting and judging the shortlisted buildings over the next few weeks and we will announce the recipients of our 2019 Renaissance Award in early summer. 

View shortlist.

Blue Plaque to Florence Barrow unveiled

This month we unveiled a Blue Plaque to Florence Barrow, Quaker humanitarian, adult educator and housing reformer. We were particularly pleased that many members of the Barrow and Cadbury family were able to join us at the Friends Meeting House, Edgbaston, with special thanks to Sheila Barrow, whose late husband Corbyn Barrow was Florence’s nephew and to George Barrow, Florence’s great nephew. Florence Barrow was a remarkable woman and we are marking her endeavours in view of the important relief work she carried out internationally during major periods of conflict and also for the social work and housing reforms she pioneered in Birmingham from the 1920s and continued to pursue for more than 30 years.

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Enjoy spring in the woods!

BTfL’s Project Manager Jane Harding reminds us that spring is well and truly here and that there is no better time to get out and about and appreciate the beauty of nature in this time of new life. Jane writes: ‘The gorgeous bright green of the young leaves just bursting from their buds and lit up by the morning sun, the carpets of bluebells now in flower, the birds flying about with nesting material in the beaks – it is all a joy. If you get out of the city to the Lickey Hills, you might be also treated to close up visits from a tree creeper, a buzzard or a nuthatch too!’

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Next Generation Awards update

Our 2019 NGAs are well underway with many Birmingham Secondary Schools returning to participate, plus a number of new participants including Oscott Manor Special School, St George’s School and King Edward VI Aston School. We are also delighted to confirm that Selly Oak Trust School are participating again after a break of a few years. May and June promise to be busy and we would welcome any new volunteers that are able to spare a couple of hours to assist in judging our young citizens’ ideas. In addition to the current year’s activity, the two teams that were awarded prize money and mentoring last October are currently working with their mentors to put their projects into action.

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Frankley and The City Beautiful

Film maker Scott Johnston has finished editing another two of our young peoples’ films commissioned as part of our centenary project last year. Both are now uploaded to YouTube. Frankley Beautiful, made by students from Balaam Wood School celebrates their local community of New Frankley in Birmingham and records the unveiling of new artworks around their local shops and a Blue Plaque to the Parish Council. #TheCityBeautiful is a film made by the young people of Ladywood. Filmed over the summer, it shows the beauty of Ladywood and the city centre through their eyes.

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Save the date

Friday 20th September
Annual Leaders’ Breakfast at Hotel du Vin, with Councillor Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council, as our keynote speaker

Thursday 10th October
Next Generation Awards finals at Highbury Hall, with the Lord Mayor presenting the awards

Argent College creating a safe environment for its rooftop bees!

Argent College, at the New Standard Works in the Jewellery Quarter, are raising money to fund modification works to its rooftop garden to create a safe environment for its new bees and its students this summer. These urban bees will be a first for the JQ and will hopefully be producing organic honey within the next year. To learn more about the work of Argent College and how keeping bees will be beneficial to the students, and how you can donate, click on the link below.  


Happy Birthday Civic Voice!

This month Civic Voice celebrated its ninth anniversary and the statement from HRH The Prince of Wales: “Nowhere should be without its civic society and no-one should be without the voice you can provide” still stands true today. Set up by civic societies, who came together to say that they wanted a national organisation to speak up on their behalf, for the past nine years it has been working to increase the civic movement’s voice in the areas of planning, community engagement, and the built and historic environment.


The men, women & children of Soho

Apprentices were once at work at the Soho Foundry [photo c1895] and apprenticeships were 7 years. Contractually they were not to ‘play at Cards, Dice, Tables & not haunt Taverns & Alehouses.’ Hear more about everyday workers’ experiences and relationships with their employers on Saturday 18 May, 11.30am-12.30pm, at the Library of Birmingham.

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Lord of the Wines: Middle Earth tales & tasting

Sarehole Mill in collaboration with the Wine Events Company are hosting an evening of tales, songs and of course wine on Saturday 25 May. This Lord of the Wines event includes a welcome drink, themed readings paired with wine and ends with a sing-a-long, led by the landlord himself!

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