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About douglasosborn

He was a Councillor for 18 representing Weoley Ward, including the western side of Bournville Village Trust, 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 for 20 years. He played Rugby for Kings Norton RFC for 5 years, sometimes in the 1st. XV. 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. This enabled him to be the Chairman of Birmingham Conservation Trust where he 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 he was then 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. He served on the Police and Crime Commissioner Panel, and was a West Midlands Regional Ambulance Service Shadow board member. He was a Governor of Bournville College for 15 years, and is still one for the Victoria Federation. He served on the West Midland Combined Authority Mayoral scrutiny panel. He was Birmingham's 'Heritage Champion', and is a trustee of Moseley Art School, and Chairman of Shencare Community Transport, which is located in Bournville Ward. He has never claimed any expenses in the 18 years he served on the City Council - perhaps because the forms are too complicated.

Birmingham International Dance Festival

1st. to 24th. June, and backed by the Hippodrome and DanceXchange there are lots of interesting, and mind blowing events taking place this year. Type in for a list of all the fantastic shows, and come into the city to enjoy … Continue reading

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RAF Cosford

Granting of the freedom of the City to the RAF at Cosford. We have a great relationship with these professionals, who also oversee our Air Cadets at the various locations of the ATC around the city, including the University Air … Continue reading

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Countryfile Advice

Advice from Countryfile this Saturday is to be careful with your dog in the beautiful fields of bluebells such as this on Clent. Apparently dogs can suffer in this environment so it is best to keep them off the patches. … Continue reading

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Meghan and I

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 … Continue reading

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British Sikh Report

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 … Continue reading

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Emmanuel Church Sutton Coldfield

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.

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Faith Encounter Programme

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 … Continue reading

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