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2019 Summer Reception: Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

There’s still time to book for our Summer Reception exclusively for corporate members and their guests taking 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. 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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The City Beautiful project end celebration

We are delighted to be celebrating the end of the hugely successful The City Beautiful centenary project in the idyllic surroundings of Blakesley Hall Museum, Yardley. Members are invited to Blakesley Hall’s Summer Fete on Sunday 14 July where a programme of events and activities are planned alongside this popular family, public event. Following an informal reception in the gallery space members will have the opportunity to visit Blakesley Hall free flow or as part of a guided tour and also join an exclusive guided tour of Old Yardley village with the Mrs History team.

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History Plaque to Birmingham Law Society unveiled

The History Plate was awarded at the end of 2018, during the Law Society’s bicentenary year, in recognition of its longeveity and status as one of the UK’s oldest law societies and for its work in serving and representing the legal community locally and nationally. It was jointly unveiled by our Chairman, Amelia Ladbrook and Birmingham Law Society’s Chairman of the Board Eileen Schofield and is now in place on the exterior of 8 Temple Street, acquired by the Society in 1932 for its headquarters and to house the Society’s library and now occupied by Revolution de Cuba.

Judging our 2019 Renaissance Award

Planning Committee member Anne-Marie Hayes helped judge our 2019 Renaissance Award and here’s a link to her blog about the experience, the process involved and some of the photographs she took whilst out and about in Brum visiting the nominated projects. This year, we received a very strong list of nominations and although it seems like we say this every year, the standard was exceptionally high, so choosing a winner is going to be a difficult task to say the least!

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Can you help BTfL to involve people in tree planting?

Birmingham Trees for Life is looking for a new member of the team to take on the role of Communications and Liaison with schools, community groups and volunteers. Jane Edwards, who has been BTfL’s Schools and Community Liaison Officer for over a decade, is leaving to enjoy her retirement, and will be greatly missed. A key aim of BTFL is to involve school children, local groups and other volunteers in hands-on tree planting and related activities across the city.

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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 a guided tour of the Baths.

The JQ Festival is back!

With a theme celebrating the life and works of James Watt who lived in the JQ from 1777 to 1790, the JQ Festival is back for the 5th year running with an exciting change in format. Saturday 29 June is all about family fun activities with street food and live music in the Golden Square and St Paul’s Square. Sunday 30 June celebrates the history of the JQ with a series of talks and walks and on both days there will be chance to go behind closed doors and meet the makers as part of JQ Open Studios.

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Quiet simplicity of Quaker Meeting Houses celebrated

There are thousands of practising Quakers in Britain, with around 500 meetings around the country. This month 17 Quaker meeting houses have been celebrated by Historic England through listing, including the Edgbaston Meeting House where we unveiled our Blue Plaque to Florence Barrow last month, which is now Grade II listed. Built in 1893 as meeting houses in central Birmingham became overcrowded, it was designed by architect William Henman, who also designed the General Hospital.  

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Calthorpe Residents’ Society launch Blue Plaque walks

Members are invited by Calthorpe Residents’ Society to the launch of four Blue Plaque walks on 27 June at Edgbaston Golf Club, 5.30 – 7pm. The idea for the walks, three around Edgbaston and one around Harborne, came from a desire to explore ways of developing green pathways through the area. The research and design, carried out by volunteers, was made possible by funding from a Local Innovation Fund grant by Edgbaston councillors and Calthorpe Estates have also supported the venture by helping with the graphics and distribution.

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Congratulations!

Congratulations to Sjolander da Cruz Architects, winner of the RIBA West Midlands Conservation Award 2019 for Squirrel Works, one of our shortlisted nominations for this year’s Renaissance Award, and also to corporate member University of Birmingham for its Collaborative Teaching Laboratory, winner of the RIBA West Midlands Sustainability Award 2019 and overall Building of the Year Award 2019. Corporate member BPN Architects also received an RIBA West Midlands Award 2019 for The Ghost House for a private client in Stratford-upon-Avon.

Love the JQ? Love meeting people?

If you love being out and about in the JQ and love meeting people, then this could be the role for you. The JQBID is looking to recruit an Ambassador Supervisor. You’ll work alongside its dynamic team interacting with local businesses, providing a welcoming presence for visitors and establishing good working partnerships with organisations such as the city council and the local police team. Read the full job description here and contact info@jqdt.org to apply.

The Birmingham Civic Society

9 Margaret Street
Birmingham B3 3BS

07780 976928

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