Super show by the staff at Victoria School. Everyone encouraged to take part in the Royal Wedding preview at Shenley Lane. The QUEEN was there too, an extraordinary and brilliant performance by one of our members of staff who came to work for a week, and ended up next Friday having done 40 years! This was dedication, and I hope there will have a Thankyou celebration. The Children were magnificent. We (Victoria and I) did not win a prize, but the fun was taking part, and having our pictures taken. I was especially pleased to see the Scout, Cubs, and Beaver groups all there.
The launch of the British Sikh Report in the Birmingham City Council Chamber was a timely reminder that although we all acknowledge and admire the success of many many Sikhs in this country, there is also another side to the story. A hidden downside is the pressure to succeed and outcomes that include Mental Health issues. This affects all sectors of the community both BME and indigenous. A good speech was made by Paul Uppal, the previous MP for Wolverhampton South West, who also took the chance to point out that many members of the BME community were suffering from lack of organ donations. He, like many of us, carries a donor card in his wallet. We need to carefully encourage minorities to look at this problem. Paul, and his wife, Kashmir, sat next to me during the talks by academics, and the authors of the report. My congratulations to the two organisers, Jasvir Singh OBE, and Jagdev Singh Virdee.
We put on a show with two other choirs for the Lord Mayor’s fund raising. One member of the congregation thought it was the best he had ever heard.
Presenting a thank you to Ruth Tetlow for her magnificent efforts over ten years in the Faith Endounter Programme. This aims to get youngsters to mix with people of other religions, and is a magnificent way to get positive results from the Prevent Programme. New organiser on left is Mrs Henna Rai – a real live wire for the organisation!
I said I have been supporting Food Banks since 1995, every year seen an increase in demand. Second time last week in Cotteridge, as they like my rhubarb! But told some people not genuine. The poor we have with us always, the over worried we will not – at least 5,500 suicides last year! So I support the government mental health measures. Everyone we put back in control – we save them and their dependants!
I am descended from Tinkers, and people of colour! So are most of us.
Great operation run by Dr. Noha Nasser who combines brilliant management with a wealth of experience. There were plenty of issues, but it was a superb way to bring the communities of Balsall Heath together, to appreciate the heritage of Moseley Road Baths, the School of Art opposite, and the ways that people interact if they are encouraged to do so. I think this is the start of a project that will enhance the diverse groups into a cohesive unit, based on a sense of place.
THIS IS PROBABLY NOT THE BEST PICTURE OF WHAT HAPPENED!
(But it shows the operation, some of the complexity, and care at the start of taking small groups round the whole Art School building)
This is the new, low cost, West Midlands Police Drone. It was on display in the square outside the theatre today as well as in the Cathedral grounds in the morning as part of a public relations exercise. It is funded by the proceeds of Crime Act, which gives a project the right to be funded in this way, provided it is not for typical expenditure, or staff use. These drones will be used to target criminals, as they have a high definition camera, and are backed up by thermal imaging. This will enable more ground to be covered in a way that would be very expensive with the normal helicopter. I understand that with the force aircraft, you have spent £10,000.00 a few moments after take off! There are three drones in the background which are controlled by seven trained pilots who are also policemen. The site to see what the drones are used for is on Twitter – @DronesWMP.