CRS News 2022 Archive
[08.12.22] A special Edgbaston Ward Forum Meeting will be held on Wednesday 14th December at 7pm in the main hall at Edgbaston Community Centre, Woodview Drive, for residents to learn more about the proposed development for Student Accommodation at the former The Trees Public House. Concerned residents are invited to attend and spread the word amongst their neighbours.
[08.12.22] Following the wishes of their Patron, His Majesty The King, The Queen’s Green Canopy (QGC) initiative will be extended to the end of March 2023 to give people the opportunity to plant trees in memoriam to honour Her Majesty. Go here for the QGC website, which states:
“As a nationwide initiative created to mark the Platinum Jubilee, the QGC was due to conclude in December – the end of the Jubilee year. However, as the official tree planting season in the United Kingdom is from October to March, the initiative will now be extended to include the full tree planting season, beginning in October 2022 and concluding in March 2023.”
CRS members are encouraged to plant trees rather than cutting them down!
[22.11.22] – Once again, we are grateful to Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett for organising another collection. This will be on Tuesday 6th December, 07:00 – 12:00 at Sir Harry’s Road. The flyer with instructions is here; the map is here.
[16/11/22] The Friends of Birmingham Botanical Gardens are hosting a Christmas Wreath Making Workshop on Thursday, 1st December at 09:30 and 13:30. The cost is £45, which includes all materials, home-made mince pies and hot drinks. If you are interested, please go here. You may also download a flyer here.
[16.11.22] The Calthorpe Estate Christmas Carol Service will be held at 12:15-1:30 on Wednesday 14th December at St George’s Church, Westbourne Crescent, B15 3BQ,
[10.11.22] We are now sending month newsletters to our members. Please go here for more information.
Update [08.12.22] – the December newsletter is now available.
[02.11.22] – Once again, we are grateful to Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett for organising another collection. This will be on Wednesday 16th November, 07:00 – 12:00 at Metchley Park Road . The flyer with instructions is here; the map is here.
[07.10.22] Pritchatts Park Village Update: The University of Birmingham continues to share detailed information about imminent work in their regular email updates, as well as a further look ahead on their ‘Community Updates’ page. This information can also be accessed via their main ‘Our plans for Pritchatts Park’ page. If you have any queries, or if you wish to raise any concerns, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 0121 414 9022.
Coffee hour – You are welcome to join a coffee morning with teams from utilities companies, Pritchatts Park Village and the University of Birmingham on the 14th October, 11am-12pm, in the Elgar Room at the Edgbaston Park Hotel. The event provides an opportunity to discuss recent work with Western Power Distribution (WPD) and Severn Trent Water (STW). For Catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by emailing Harriet Kent: email@example.com
Community evening – You are welcome you to join the EQUANS and University of Birmingham teams at our next community evening event on Thursday 10th November at 18:00 – 19:30 in the Corelli & Lodge room at the Edgbaston Park Hotel. For Catering purposes, please confirm your attendance by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
[07.10.22] Our next Litter Pick is on Saturday 26th November 2022, from 10:30 – 12:30. Please email us if you wish to participate.
[26.09.22] – Once again, we are grateful to Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett for organising another collection. This will be on Friday 7th October, 07:00 – 12:00 at Richmond Hill Road near Chadbrook Crest. The flyer with instructions is here; the map is here.
[23.09.22] The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Small Grants Fund will be one of the Agenda items at this meeting. All are welcome. The contact for further information is Beverly Edmead, Community Governance Team, Email: email@example.com
[12.09.22] Our next Litter Pick is on Saturday 24th September 2022, from 10:30 – 12:30. Please email us if you wish to participate.
[12.09.22] There will be another West Midlands Police PACT meeting at 19:00 on Thursday 27th October 2022. The venue is the Hallmark Hotel, 225 Hagley Rd, Birmingham B16 9RY
[09.08.22] UPDATE – the end time is now 11.00!
[23.07.22] Our Councillors Deirde Alden & Matt Bennett have once again organised another mobile household recycling centre visit to Hermitage Road on Friday 12th August from 07:00 – 11:00. A flyer may be downloaded here.
[10.08.22] A message from Chief Inspector Dawn Fox regarding the policing of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, is on our CWG page here.
Two important messages!
 Now that the pandemic is behind us, the CRS Committee is looking to increase its pool of volunteers, particularly in the area of recruiting new members. We are specifically looking for people who could help in the following roles:
> CRS Members who may have marketing or PR experience
> CRS Members who would like to be involved in assisting in building partnerships with local businesses, clubs and societies in order to further CRS’s aim of strengthening community togetherness
If you feel you would like to be involved could you let us know? Just send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org – we can then take matters further.
 We remind you that the next Edgbaston Village Artisan Market in Greenfield Crescent is an extended one – alongside the Birmingham Commonwealth Games –- starting tomorrow, Friday 29th July running until Sunday, 31st July, 10am – 6pm.
CRS will have a stand on Saturday – please come and say “hello”!
On offer will be a fantastic range of artisan food and drink, handmade arts and crafts. A street food coffee & deli company and a vintage ice cream van will provide delicious treats. You may relax in the seating area, listen to live jazz and blues throughout the day and soak up the atmosphere.
Easily accessible, the Market is only two minutes walk from the Edgbaston Village Metro stop. Go here to find out more.
[26.07.22] The Queen’s Baton Relay is coming to Edgbaston TOMORROW – 27th July! Further information is on the official website here. It comes to Birmingham Botanical Gardens first, (we believe this is a ticketed event) then proceeds to the University. The University’s announcement is given below:
Welcoming the Queen’s Baton to the University of Birmingham campus – 27th July
Our local community is invited to welcome the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games Queen’s Baton to campus on Wednesday 27 July between 8am and 9am. Please join us on the Green Heart at 8am (the Green Heart is found next to R34 on the campus map), before the Baton’s arrival shortly after. The baton will be carried around the Green Heart by five Baton bearers selected from a nationwide competition.
The Baton is making its way to Alexander Stadium in time for the Opening Ceremony on Thursday 28 July.
Please note, due to the Games, parking is currently reduced on campus and is therefore reserved for staff and students only. We ask that anyone who wishes to welcome the Baton onto campus visits us by foot, bicycle or public transport and we apologise for any inconvenience.
If you would like to attend, please contact Danann Swanton: D.Swanton@bham.ac.uk
Inaugural Lecture: Professor Alan McNally
6 July | 4.30-5.30pm | Leonard Deacon Lecture Theatre or watch via Zoom Webinar
You are invited to attend the inaugural lecture of Professor Alan McNally: ‘Viruses to bacteria and back again: A scientific journey plagued by good fortune’. In this lecture Professor McNally will talk about his career path that led to him working on the frontline of containing the H5N1 avian influenza epidemic in 2004. He then went on to become a lecturer working in the field of genome sequencing using this method to study how the pathogenic plague bacteria Yersinia evolve, and how antimicrobial resistance evolves in bacteria. Finally, he will talk about his prominent role in the UK’s COVID testing efforts, and some key lessons he learned from this exciting but exhausting experience. Please register online here.
[25.05.22] – We are once again grateful to Deirdre & Matt for organising another event. This will be on Monday 13th June 2022, 07:00 – 12:00, at Cannon Hill Park car park (Edgbaston Road) B5 7QU. Please see the leaflet here for what you may or may not bring, and a map here.
CRS 51st AGM – Wednesday 25th May
[23.05.22] Our 51st AGM is this week! Join us on Wednesday 25th May, 6.30 for 7.00 at Edgbaston High School for Girls On Westbourne Road. The AGM is for members, but you may join on the night – it is only £10 per household. There will be a presentation by the Police and Commonwealth Games Liaison people on the impact of the Games on Edgbaston residents and a talk by the head – Mrs Clare Macro. Refreshments will be provided at the end of the meeting and there will be a retiring collection for the Ukraine humanitarian appeal. To register, please email us, or use our Contact form.
[10.05.22] Our next Litter Pick is on Saturday 28th May 2022, from 10:30 – 12:30. Please email us if you wish to participate.
[09.05.22] The next PACT meeting is at 19:00 on Wednesday 18th May, 2022. The venue is the Hallmark Hotel, 225 Hagley Road, B16 9RY.
[01.05.22] The University of Birmingham are holding Games campus tours on Tuesday 17th May 2022. More information on our special page here.
[03.04.22] We are grateful once again to Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett for another mobile recycling event. This will be on Tuesday 12th April 2022, 07:00 – 12:00 at Ampton Road, B15 2UR, near the Wellington Road junction.
[27.03.22] Click on the image above to go to the Birmingham City Council web page for this event.
[22.03.22] Due to lifting of Covid-19 restrictions, the University of Birmingham have scheduled their next Pritchatts Park Community Event to take place in-person. Details of the event are opposite.
If you have any questions or concerns, or if you are unable to join the event, but would like to discuss developments with the team, please get in touch via email at email@example.com or by phone on 0121 414 9022.
The details of the event are as follows:
Date: Monday 4 April, Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Pevsner Room, Edgbaston Park Hotel, 53 Edgbaston Park Road, B15 2RS
Please let the UoB team know if you plan to attend the event by emailing Olivia Barfi: O.Barfi@bham.ac.uk. They look forward to meeting residents in person.
[15.03.22] An update on the Get Set Drop-in sessions is on our Birmingham Commonwealth Games page here.
[14.03.22] Our next litter pick will be on Saturday, 26th March 2022 at 10:30. Please email us if you would like to participate.
[10.03.22] Please go here for the new Press Release from the Lapal Canal Trust about the start of the work to complete the restoration of the Dudley No. 2 Canal in Selly Oak.
[26.02.22] A special meeting for Edgbaston Ward will take place on Tuesday 8th March, 7.00 – 9.00pm at Edgbaston Community Centre, Woodview Drive (Hall 2). The meeting will be an opportunity for you to hear from applicants hoping to secure funding from the Celebrating Communities Fund (CCF) to help provide activities and a lasting legacy for local people in celebration of this summer’s Commonwealth Games. Residents will have the opportunity to vote for the project proposals they like. Document links: Poster, Agenda, Applications
[26.02.22] Please find here the press release from the Lapal Canal Trust, announcing the agreement with M & G Real Estate, Sainsbury’s, the Canal and River Trust and the Lapal Canal Trust, to construct a new turning area in Selly Oak.
This will enable canal boats to turn and enter and exit the soon to be restored Dudley no 2 Canal that used to link Selly Oak to Halesowen and the coal fields in Dudley.
Andy Street has kindly agreed to mark the start of work with breaking ground on Wednesday the 2nd of March at 11.30. A map of the site is here.
[31.01.22] We have launched a new page here to provide links to news about the 2022 Commonwealth Games (28th July to 8th August) and how residents may get involved.
[31.01.22] CRS Litter Pickers braved Storm Malik on Saturday 29th January to once again clean up many streets on the Estate – from St Georges to Edgbaston Old Church, Templefields Square and Church Road to St James Road. Although windy, the weather was bright and dry. A big thank you to Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett for their support.
Save the Date: the next CRS next Litter Pick should be on Saturday 26th March – all are welcome!
(We know many members carry out their own personal litter picking, so another big thank you to them! It would be great for all do their bit and monitor the pavements outside of our homes.)
[22.01.22] Our Councillors Deirdre Alden and Matt Bennett have once again arranged for another mobile household recycling centre to be available on Richmond Hill Road between the hours of 07:00 and 12:00 on Wednesday 9th February 2022. Please download the leaflet here to see what items can and cannot be brought there.
[18.01.22] In the recent issue of the UoB Regional Buzz, the main story is that the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City Council (BCC) and the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) signed an historic Civic University Agreement on the 5th November 2021, as a Memorandum of Understanding in front of key regional stakeholders celebrating the Civic Launch of the Exchange.
The agreement will see the University of Birmingham work jointly with BCC and WMCA to enhance and develop their civic commitment and role in Birmingham, with wide-ranging collaborative programmes which will contribute towards the development of the city and wider region.
The agreement covers four related thematic areas, all of which contribute to the civic engagement: education and skills, public engagement, research and innovation, policy and public sector support.
Go here for the UoB web page.
CRS will be taking a keen interest in this agreement and its impact on residents!
[05.01.22] Our next litter pick will be on Saturday, 29th January, 2022, 10.30 – 12.30. If you would like to participate, please email here.
[06.01.22] Due to current Covid rates, the in-person Pritchatts Park Community event, which was scheduled to take place on Monday 10 January, 18:00 – 20:00, has been re-scheduled and moved online.
The new details of the event are as follows:
Date: Monday 24 January Time: 18:00 – 20:00
Location: Online – Should you still wish to attend, please register here.
Local residents will receive a pack of information about the latest developments through their door over the next week. We welcome all discussion and questions in our meeting on the 24th January.
We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the change of plans and look forward to meeting with you at our online event on Monday 24 January. We hope to hold an in-person event on Monday 4 April, Covid-19 guidelines allowing.
If you have any questions or concerns in the meantime, or if you are unable to join us on the 24th but would like to discuss the developments with us, please do not hesitate to get in touch. You can contact us via email or by phone on 0121 414 9022.
Thank you, the EQUANS and University of Birmingham team look forward to speaking with you.