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[12.02.21] The Women & Theatre group are now working towards sharing snapshot monologues created from the research conversations that they have had / are having with various women and girls about their ‘Women/girls & Cricket’ project.

They hope these monologues will stimulate discussions with a wider audience, and further inform their project plans.

Their Zoom meeting is on Tuesday 23rd February 2021 from 7-8.30pm. For information and the Zoom joining link, please email jesspearson@womenandtheatre.co.uk


[30.01.21] On January 19th, I attended the Birmingham City Council Webinar on the Clean Air Zone (CAZ), which comes into force on 1st June (1).

The rationale behind this initiative, its roll out and operation, including all the exemptions that will apply, were clearly described. However, I was left with some questions and further thoughts about how this will affect me and how I should respond.

Clearly, we need to get people out of their cars and using public transport or walking/cycling, especially given the high proportion of car journeys that are less than a mile. School runs are an issue here! But there are some easy things drivers can do to reduce tail pipe and brake/tyre dust pollution.



Studies have shown (2 3) that gentle driving – no harsh acceleration or braking – and modifying traffic flows at rush hour can markedly reduce vehicle pollution. So just being more relaxed and considerate and maybe changing working hours to reduce congestion could achieve substantial improvement in air quality. The thing that most annoys me is people sitting in stationary cars with their engines running!

Should I change my car? I drive a non-compliant 20 year old 1.9 TDi Skoda which has returned 55mpg over 125,000 miles and still drives like new. It always passes the MOT emission tests with flying colours! My annual mileage is normally quite low – about 3,000m/year, but is almost non-existent at present because of the pandemic. I have no problem with paying the £8 to go into the CAZ on the very few occasions that this might be required, so it is not economic for that reason. I also know that the way I drive probably produces a lot less pollution than someone driving a brand new CAZ-compliant car badly. But there is another issue which worries me!



The total amount of CO2 produced by the manufacture of a new car works is about 720 Kg per £1,000 retail price (4). So if I go out and buy a £25,000 CAZ-compliant petrol car, the manufacture of that will have generated 18,000 Kg (17.7 tons) of CO2 globally. If I keep my old car and continue with 3000 miles per year, it will take me 27 years before the CO2 produced by the diesel I will use will exceed that amount! I strongly believe that this consideration should be taken into account when encouraging people to change their cars, which they do far too frequently anyway! Reducing pollution locally may increase it globally!

You might ask, what about the particulates produced by diesel cars, (although many newer ones have DPFs)? But consider this, domestic wood burning has been shown to be the UK’s largest single source of PM2.5 emissions, 2.4 times greater than all PM2.5 emissions from traffic (5 6). So if you have a wood burning stove (I don’t), you might think about this!

Food for thought! [JM]


[21.01.21] Women & Theatre (W&T) wishes to engage with women and girls living in Edgbaston, to develop a new community project about women and girls and cricket, linked to the 2022 Commonwealth Games, when Women’s Cricket will feature for the first time.
W&T is a Birmingham-based company with over 36 years’ experience of making exciting, stimulating theatre. This project will follow their 2018 production ‘Into the Water’ at Moseley Road Baths and their ‘Track & Field’ outdoor show at Perry Barr later this year. They are keen to connect with Calthorpe residents living near Warwickshire Cricket Ground, who may have stories of cricket and what living close to the cricket ground means to them.
W&T are happy to attend existing meetings or invite individuals or groups to Zoom interviews. They are hoping to start research interviews on 28th January and are holding a Group Research Session via Zoom on Tuesday 2nd February, 7 – 8pm for anyone interested. Research conversations will involve W&T’s Artistic Director Janice Connolly BEM, working with freelance associate Rupinder Kaur. An A5 flyer (pdf) is here.
For more information, please email jesspearson@womenandtheatre.co.uk, or call 07906 158 939.