31st. August 2013

The new Sanctuary Housing Association home "CASTLECROFT" in Weoley

The new Sanctuary Housing Association home “CASTLECROFT” in Weoley

Sanctuary Housing was collecting for a minibus for the residents at Castlecroft in Weoley. They therefore asked Peter to open the fete. There was some magnificent singing, and a lot of visitors. When we opened the home early this year it had one resident in it. Now there are 16. By next year there will be 64 and then it will be full. It is very handy for Our Lady and St. Rose of Lima, and the Square is not too far away. All in all it is a way for people to stay in the area they love. Castlecroft will specialise in cases of dementia, although there will be residents without it. When Peter asked for three cheers for Sanctuary Housing there was a rousing chorus of everyone there. Peter warned them to expect a request for another Minibus when there is a full complement of residents!


About douglasosborn

He has been a Councillor for 17 years representing Weoley Ward on Birmingham City Council. He has worked for, and overseen through planning, the improvements to Weoley Castle Square, and Northfield Town Regeneration. He worked in Sparkbrook as a Youth Leader for 5 years and lectured the City Careers service on the employment of disabled people. He originally trained as a Mining Engineer qualifying in 1970, specialising in Explosives and Mine Lighting. He was a member of the Institute of Minerals, Mining, and Metallurgy, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers, now Professionals. He was a member of the West Midlands Police Authority (1976-1980) and a member of the board of Birmingham Airport (1976-1981). He took a B.Th. degree at Oxford University, and gained a Master of Arts degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University. He was Chairman of Birmingham City Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, until the change in administration, but is still a member of the committee. He now serves on the Police and Crime Commissioner panel, and was a West Midlands Regional Ambulance Service Shadow board member. He is a Governor of Bournville College, and Victoria Federation. He serves on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. He is still Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion'. He has never claimed any expenses in the 17 years he has served on the City Council, perhaps because the forms are too complicated !!
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