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Announcing our finalists of the 2019 Next Generation Awards.

Our finalists for this year’s Next Generation Awards are the teams from the following schools:

Autism Aware - Oscott Manor School
Knife Crime! - Bordesley Green Girls’ School and Sixth Form
Cherish - Hamstead Hall Academy
Dream Green - King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls  

The finals this year will be on the evening of Thursday 10 October at Highbury Hall (Moseley) so please try to keep it free. The winning team will receive up to £1500 and mentoring support courtesy of UpRising Birmingham, a national youth leadership development organisation. New for this year, the remaining teams, to recognise their achievement in reaching the final, will also be mentored by experienced students from Aston University and have a smaller budget to work with.

Annual Leaders’ Breakfast

Join us for our Annual Leaders' Breakfast on Friday 20 September, 7.15 – 9am, with our keynote speaker Councillor Brigid Jones, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council. This year the Breakfast is kindly hosted by Park Regis Birmingham in their Level 16 Sky Loft, which enjoys spectacular panoramic views across the city centre. Booking is now live for this event, which is for Civic Society corporate members and your guests. It includes coffee during the networking reception and a full English breakfast.

Book here.

A Blue Plaque to Emmy Bridgwater

Join us on Monday 5 August at 1.30pm in Gallery 21 at BMAG where we will be unveiling a Blue Plaque to Emmy Bridgwater, alongside her work - "Night Work is about to Commence". Emma Frith Bridgwater (1906-1999), known as Emmy, was an English artist and poet associated with the surrealist movement and was a significant member of the Birmingham Surrealists and the British Surrealist Group. After the unveiling the Blue Plaque will be erected on her former home in Lee Crescent, Edgbaston.

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Congratulations to Andrew, Sustainability Champion!

Birmingham Trees for Life has been working with HSBC UK in Birmingham over the last couple of years and are very pleased to congratulate their main contact there, Andrew Marshall, on winning HSBC’s Global Sustainability Champion award. The competition is part of HSBC’s Water Programme, which was launched in 2012. The 8 year $150 million programme in partnership with Earthwatch, WaterAid & WWF has so far brought clean water to 2.5 million people and access to sanitation for 1.6 million in places such as Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Ghana and Nigeria.

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Pride in our city, our city’s pride

Join us on Saturday 14 September, 2 -4pm, at Stirchley Baths for a Birmingham Civic Society, Stirchley Baths and Stirchley Open Cinema collaboration event showcasing young people and their films about Birmingham’s heritage, people and places. All our centenary young people’s films will be screened alongside other youth-led short films, and as the event is taking place during Birmingham Heritage Week, there will also be an opportunity for guided tours of the Baths. Check out the Birmingham Heritage Week 2019 events website which goes live on 1 August.

Where is your favourite Conservation Area?

Civic Voice are asking Civic Societies to nominate their favourite Conservation Area for 2019. This unique award is open to all conservation areas across England to help encourage greater awareness and appreciation of conservation areas. Swindon Railway Village, the 2018 winner, received over 3000 votes from the local community and Civic Voice are hoping that the competition will encourage other areas to raise their profile. Birmingham currently has 30 Conservation Areas so let us know which is your favourite, by 31 August, and we’ll nominate the most popular.

Birmingham’s Conservation Areas

Centenary year round up

At Blakesley Hall this month members heard a round up of our City Beautiful centenary project from Jane and Rachel of Mrs History then enjoyed guided tours of the Hall and Old Yardley village and joined in the family fun at the Summer Fête. During the centenary project we held almost 50 additional events, where we engaged with over 1700 people and 190 school children, had over 5000 social media interactions and were supported by 200 days of volunteer time. 4 films were produced by school children, 6 new Blue Plaques were erected and 1 centenary arboretum was replanted!

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Join us for another year

A huge thank you to members who have already renewed your membership for another year. Thank you for your ongoing support of the Society as we continue to make a difference in the city for the next 100 years. Subscription renewals remain the same as last year and were due on 1 July. We believe this is great value and with your continued support, will ensure that we can deliver on the Society’s objectives in the coming years. It is a great time to be living and working in Birmingham and to be part of our great Society.  

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Watt in the World

Watt in the World is a major exhibition at the Library of Birmingham, 12 July – 2 November, exploring the life and legacy of James Watt 1736 – 1819. Featuring more than 100 internationally important archival and museum objects, the exhibition includes paintings, works on paper, furniture, silver, scientific instruments, personal items, photographs, documents, notebooks and letters. Highlights include James Watt’s notebooks detailing his experiments, personal correspondence with friends and family, silverware by Matthew Boulton, a Watt copy press, a working scale model engine and Sir Thomas Lawrence’s 1812 portrait of the great engineer.

Photo credit: Anne-Marie Hayes


Birmingham Literature Festival is back for 2019

The 2019 Birmingham Literature Festival, 3 - 13 October, with 57 events in 11 days, promises to be Writing West Midlands’ biggest festival yet. The full programme of events goes on sale from 1 August, but in the meantime, there are four events already on sale, including the new Poet Laureate, Simon Armitage, in conversation with Stuart Maconie and podcaster-of-the-hour Elizabeth Day, with her recent book based on her hit podcast of the same name, ‘How To Fail’, in conversation with Sathnam Sanghera.

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Welcome to new personal member Richard Sapcote and new corporate members Harrison Clark Rickerbys, Leonard Curtis Business Solutions Group and Stace LLP . We look forward to seeing you all at our events throughout the year.

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