Broad Street (Westside BID)

imageSelected to speak at the Broad Street – Westside awards.  Debbie Gooding, Dave Gooding and Me. We were able to thank them all for their contribution in raising our £35,000 for the Birmingham Poppy Sppeal.  They had a good time, as the noise showed. (If you are hearing this!!)

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Fox and Grapes

imageSad demise of this historic pub. This is where the Murphy riots started and there should be some replacement of the acknowledgement! Birmingham has a very violent past, and we should not forget it, as it puts the present in context, and prevents us from overreacting!

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Weoley Castle Community Church.

imageMeeting to discuss how to get Weoley Castle working together. There are many social problems that need to be addressed, and there are good publicly minded people who have come together. If only it was not on the same day as planning committee in the city!!

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Birmingham Heritage Committee

imageWe meet in Margaret street to discuss the Birmingham Heritage week in September, and the coordination of events round the city so as to maximise what is on offer. There are a tremendous range of venues and activities on offer. This year we will have the Sealed Knot back at Aston Hall, and probably a better show. The aim is to have a huge show next year to mark the 375th. anniversary of the battle of Aston Hall. Thanks must go to the Wesley and General for their generous donation to the city’s event!

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Cllr. Robert Sealey

Contrast the statesmanship of Councilor Robert Sealey arranging a meeting with Planning Staff to address the loss of major regeneration (and a store) in Stirchley with the crass opinion of the local Labour MP who blames city employees. It was a Tesco BOARD decision. Amazingly the opinion of local MPs does not control that. Mind you if Corbyn gets in then it will be back to GOOM department stores with empty shelves!

2/. Labour controls the city council, and they take responsibility for the granting of planning permission to change an important fitness centre <Stirchley> to a food store. It was Conservatives that spoke, and voted, against this – because as I repeated, ad nauseam, this city has an obesity problem!!

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Mark Regev

image Very impressive Israeli ambassador comes to Birmingham. Being somewhat of a history buff I could not help thinking that if this was 100 years ago, this gentleman would have made a fine contestant to be British Prime Minister. Having grown up with a primrose league family memento, it must be a consistent appreciation!

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Andy Street 2

From the Mountain blocks of Hong Kong to the skyscrapers of Shanghai ….imageit is difficult to work out the more impressive!imageand more support from the Terracotta Army!image

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