Civic Reception For The Birmingham Bears

Today Cllr James Hutchings and I joined other Birmingham Councillors at a Civic reception hosted by the Lord Mayor of Birmingham  for the Birmingham Bears cricket squad, in honour of the team winning this year’s T20 Blast Championship. The fact that the finals were played at Warwickshire’s home ground of Edgbaston was the icing on the cake!

At the reception the Lord Mayor was presented with a signed cricket bat by the Bears, which will be used to help raise money for this year’s Lord Mayor’s charity appeal.



Christmas Cake Competition

This morning I was one of the judges at the Regional final of Anchor Housing’s Christmas cake competition.  The event was held at Edgwood Court in Edgbaston.

Cakes were entered in three categories – those made by individual residents, by staff and joint entries by the residents of Anchor care homes. Entries in the latter category were accompanied by fascinating portfolios of photos and text showing how the designs were arrived at and the making of the cakes.

The standard was extremely high and picking the winners was very hard indeed. Prizes were awarded to the top three in each category – and these cakes will now go to the National Finals to be held in Denham in two weeks time.

Many thanks to Anchor Housing for inviting me along to such a lovely event!

The judges with the winning cakes

The judges with the winning cakes


Saturday Leaflet Session

The Edgbaston Conservative Campaign Team were out campaigning in the ward this morning – even the weather held good!

Campaigning in Edgbaston

Campaigning in Edgbaston

Parking Problems Outside Schools

Parking problems outside schools is a problem across the whole of Edgbaston Ward and understandably infuriates residents who live around schools. It is also highly dangerous for school children, other pedestrians, and other motorists when cars are parked in unsafe locations.

On Tuesday of this week, I joined residents outside one of our schools – talking to, and giving leaflets to parents who had parked on double yellow lines, and on junctions.

The leaflet has been produced by West Midlands Police, Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Fire Service and gives useful information about inconsiderate parking and possible alternatives to using a car for the school run.



With the Tesco Community Champion at the Waterworks Community Event

With the Tesco Community Champion at the Waterworks Community Event

Today I went to the Waterworks Estate Community Event held in the church hall at the Church of the Redeemer.

The event remembered two World Wars and was supported by Tesco at Five Ways,


Edgbaston Autumn In Touch

We were out delivering our autumn In Touch in Edgbaston Ward this morning. The delivery is almost complete, so most houses will already have had the leaflet now, and the few who haven’t will be getting it shortly.

Many thanks to our teams of helpers for all their hard work!

Grit Bin 008

Anyone For Ski-ing?

Today I visited two Household Recycling Centres, and The ReUsers shop in Sutton Coldfield, as part of Birmingham Council’s Scrutiny report into HRCs.


The ReUsers shop, situated immediately outside the HRC and supported by Jericho, gives people the opportunity to donate usable items instead of throwing them away at the tip. The items are then sold on. They employ a number of staff including a large per centage of apprentices.

The amount of goods on sale at very reasonable prices was amazing! Skis, golf clubs, vintage items, toys, baby equipment, china, tiles, furniture….the list goes on. And shortly they will be opening a Christmas department as well. A great place to visit if you’re looking for a bargain and like a rummage!

It was interesting to contrast the two HRCs we visited. One which was modernised only a few years ago and is all on one level, and one which is yet to be modernised and has steps etc.

All in all, a fascinating afternoon, and thanks to Veolia for arranging it.