trip to Cirencester Roman Museum which is a great day out. Hoping to take some 32 children from my wife’s school, and we have to work out what problems may occur. Firstly that the coach has somewhere to park, then that the children can get across the roads safely (need hi viz jackets) and finally that the museum is ready to accommodate that number in various smaller groups. All will be well! Above pictures are of the arena. It is not pleasant to recognise what would have been the predominant entertainment for those rich enough to pay for a show!
New flight paths for the exiting aircraft from the airport were discussed at a final meeting that staff arranged for us in the consulting suite. It seems that the vast majority of Birmingham will suffer less noise pollution, but there is a significant objection coming from Castle Bromwich. When I was a member of the Airport Commttee under the legendary Bob Taylor the organisation had a great reputation for consultation, and remediation to insulation and windows of adjoining residential areas. It is good to see that that policy has continued. They are listening and have altered the plans to accommodate various observations. Naturally this process cannot satisfy everyone, but there is an increasing demand for package flights, and I cannot see that reducing. However we can, and do, pressure manufacturers to come up with wider bodied quieter aircraft.
Modern day slavery symposium at Tally Ho, the Police training ground off the Pershore Road. I think it was called the lord Knight’s suite after my old boss on the Police Authority. As I am on the PCCP I attended as an observer. The PCC attended for his speech, and we seemed to concentrate on Gangs from Eastern Europe – not the endemic slavery for which west Africa is famous. Still there was some good advice: – do take notice, do not do nothing, and do not interfere where there are experts! Contact them and let them deal with it as they are more likely to get a conviction.
Tradition of the Planning Committe’s new Chairman Cllr. MIke Sharpe, that we should all ride on the German Market carousel at the last meeting of the year. I must have been asked for my prediction of the New Year Aston Villa result. Very prescient – 5 Nil !
Bit earlier than I expected, but what is wrong with being prescient?
FC visited Castlecroft (above) and spoke to all residents who were available on the three floors, with some “Celebrations” that his elves had wrapped earlier. However when he visited Weoley Castle with “Roses” he was too early at 10:00 and needs to time it later next year. The Children do not seem to have gone shopping that time!! The Cadbury connection is very strong, and one resident said he had been packing these sweets last night and could show the elves a thing or two! Many congratulations to the Rev. Fiona Harrison-Smith and friends for their hard work in cooking the cakes that were handed round the square. The community is well served by such helpful and hardworking spiritual leaders. The future for Weoley is bright!
Shopping in Weoley Castle – the British Middleweight Boxing Champion Tommy Landgford, with his son Freddie, a lovely lad, and his beautiful wife Leanne (who was taking the picture). He had done a sports degree at Birmingham University, and she is a qualified nurse, so they are very welcome here. I hope he will be successful in his quest to reach higher in his boxing career. He had heard of (my) miserable attempts at Milling, which is more than recompense for the pain received!!