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Anita Pickerden, Trustee

It is with great sadness that we share with you the news that Anita Pickerden, Trustee of the Society, passed away recently following being diagnosed with cancer earlier in the year. Although receiving treatment, Anita continued to come along to a number of centenary events including our Civic Picnic in June. 

Anita became a Trustee in 2016, and wanted to help the Society plan not only our centenary year but also shape the Society in the years beyond. Anita was instrumental in delivering our +PLUS Strategy, and through this, worked to broaden our vision and identify opportunities. She was always keen to get things sorted with lots of energy, enthusiasm and a smile!

Anita’s approach was open, honest and well-considered and her advice was always given hand-in-hand with wisdom, experience and knowledge. Anita was a great asset to the Society and the Board. Her counsel and friendship will be greatly missed by all the Trustees.

Our love and thoughts are with Bill, her partner, at this time. 

2018 AGM and The City Beautiful

Join us on Thursday 15 November, 5 for 5.15pm for our 2018 AGM, held at the offices of Pinsent Masons at 55 Colmore Row. Following the formal part of the evening, from 6 – 7.30pm, we will be looking back at our centenary programme ‘The City Beautiful’, sharing highlights of this important anniversary and looking forward to the next 100 years! We look forward to seeing you there.

RSVP by 14 November to Kay

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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Turves Green Girls’ School are our 2018 Next Generation Award winners

At Highbury Hall, on Thursday 11 October, Chloe, Megan and Maya, the Elderly Explore team from Turves Green Girls’ School, were announced as our 2018 Next Generation Award winners in front of the Lord Mayor of Birmingham and over 110 school children, parents and business professionals. Their project plans to run regular events at their school for local older residents, to help prevent loneliness and social isolation. The girls have been awarded the ‘Newman Prize’ of £1500 and mentoring support to help turn their idea into a reality.

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Civic Voice Conference 

On 19-20 October over 150 delegates, from across the country, came to Birmingham for the annual Civic Voice Conference. Although most of the city is a building site, drenched in sunlight and with clear blue skies, it was the perfect location to debate and discuss ‘How do we balance conservation and regeneration?’. Initial feedback from those that attended has been incredibly positive, about the conference and our city, of which we can be very proud. Thank you to all our members who helped plan and deliver an outstanding conference! 

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Centenary tree planting rounds off conference

Continuing our centenary celebrations, BTfL arranged a tree planting in City Centre Gardens, behind The REP, at the end of the Civic Voice Conference. Gavin, Amelia and conference delegates got stuck in to plant the tree, a lovely cockspur thorn, on a beautiful autumn afternoon. BTfL had also run a workshop at the conference on green spaces, to encourage delegates to think about the value of green space in the urban environment and how perceived problems with them, such as anti-social behaviour and the costs of looking after them, might be managed and overcome.

Blue Plaque to Bertha Ryland to be unveiled

Join us at the unveiling of a Blue Plaque to suffragette Bertha Ryland in the Round Room at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, Friday 16 November, 12.00 – 1.30pm. On 9 June 1914 Bertha Ryland entered the museum and attacked a painting as part of the militant campaign for women’s rights. This plaque doesn’t condone Bertha’s actions but honours her principles and the fight for women's rights. An optional tour of a new exhibition ‘Women, Power, Protest’ will follow with curator Emalee Beddoes-Davis.

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Double celebrations in New Frankley

Over the last few months a resident-led community-action project has brought together local schools and groups to design new artwork to cover up the graffiti on the murals at Arden Road Shops in New Frankley, and to renew pride in the area. On Friday 26 October the ten new murals were unveiled and at the heart of the celebrations was New Frankley in Birmingham Parish Council, the first parish council in the city, now awarded a special centenary Blue Plaque for their services to the community and environment since 2000.

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October centenary events round up

October’s The City Beautiful events featured the theme of citizenship. At Winterbourne, Henrietta Lockhart recounted the history of The Civic Gospel, a significant and influential movement in Victorian Birmingham. Following this was a inspiring presentation from a member of the King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls Next Generation Award 2017 winning team. On 21 October, Legacy WM’s Rachel West took visitors on a fascinating walk around Handsworth. Her Roots, Rights and Resistance tour looked at the people, movements and struggles that shaped this area of the city.


Help Reel Access make Wetlands a reality

Help Reel Access fund this incredible new project to make the invisible visible by bringing homeless drama Wetlands from page to screen, challenging how society views homelessness.

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Welcome to new personal members Peter Brunskill, Simon Felton, Samantha Sharpe and Peter Tod. We look forward to seeing you at our events throughout the years.

Centenary activities in October
Women of the early Birmingham Civic Society
Join Heritage Committee member Sian Roberts at the BMI, as she reveals the history of women from the formation of the Society including politician Mary Cottrell.
William Haywood and the Birmingham Civic Society
Trustee Stephen Hartland introduces us to the Society’s first Honorary Secretary and illustrates a man dedicated to making Birmingham a better place for everyone. At The Gunmakers Arms.
The Suffragette Movement in Birmingham
The City Beautiful in Archives
A unique opportunity to view selected archive material at the Library of Birmingham relating to the Society, its work and achievements over the past 100 years.
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