imageI really wish to thank Councillor Mariam Khan for her hard work in chairing the Eid Mela Council Committee of Big Johns Mela. She handed over the considerable responsibility to me a few times, but she was the prime mover, and keeper of the principles of the Mela. However the fairy god mothers to the whole event are Big Johns without whom it would not take place. We all wish their business well, and congratulate them this year in the biggest attendance yet – over 45,000 and that is a figure I have been given by the safety staff so it must be true!


About douglasosborn

I was a Councillor for 18 representing Weoley Ward, including the western side of Bournville Village Trust, on Birmingham City Council. I worked for, and have overseen through planning, the improvements to Weoley Castle Square, and Northfield Town Regeneration. After going to school in Edgbaston, then college, and degree I returned to Birmingham. I worked in Sparkbrook completing a "Bessy" course as a Youth Leader for 5 years and lectured the City Careers service on the employment of disabled people. I originally trained as a Mining Engineer qualifying in 1970, specialising in Explosives and Mine Lighting, and was a member of the Institute of Minerals, Mining, and Metallurgy, and the Institution of Lighting Engineers, now Professionals for 20 years. I played Rugby for Kings Norton RFC for 5 years, sometimes in the 1st. XV. I was a member of the West Midlands Police Authority (1976-1980) and also a member of the board of Birmingham Airport (1976-1981), taking a B.Th. degree at Oxford University, and gaining a Master of Arts degree in Urban Design from Birmingham City University. This enabled me to be the Chairman of Birmingham Conservation Trust where I was able to help with the famous "Back to Backs" project, and conduct the negotiations for purchasing the "Coffin Works" with Advantage West Midlands. Therefore chosen to be Chairman of Birmingham City Planning Committee from 2008 to 2012, until the change in administration, but remained a member of the committee until this year. I served on the Police and Crime Commissioner Panel, and was a West Midlands Regional Ambulance Service Shadow board member. I was a Governor of Bournville College for 15 years, and am still one for the Victoria Federation. I served on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. I was appointed Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion', and am a trustee of Moseley Art School, and Chairman of Shencare Community Transport. I never claimed any expenses in the 18 years on the City Council - perhaps because the forms are too complicated.
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