Should Libraries Be Quiet?

Choices made half way through the morning.

Choices made half way through the morning.

WEOLEY CASTLE LIBRARY. Major resource of the community, involved in public consultation. This year superintended by the Children of Paganel School. Brilliant Kids! They have interviewed myself and other members of the community (for posterity!), as they have a magnificent historical resourse in the details of the school going back over 50 years. In the punishment book, there is a record of one child being caned 12 strokes – for trying to burn down the school. I used to get the same number, but it was only for taking the mickey out of the masters. Any body else remember running from the Head’s office to sit down on a cool chair?

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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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