March 2011

Missing  Jack Russel puppies were happily reunited with their owner after being found safe at a Dog Refuge in STOKE ON TRENT .

They had been found in Smethwick and handed into the Birmingham Dogs Home. who didn’t have room for them so they were moved to Stoke On Trent.

Anna the owner of the puppies spotted them on the Stoke On Trent Dogs Home Website and went to collect them.

Its nice to have some good news!!

Anna Harris has had 3 Jack Russel Puppies go missing from her back garden in Watt Street, Handsworth on Wednesday 2nd March 2011 and is appealing for anyone who has been offered or found the puppies to contact her on 07787 369454.

This looks like a really great event at Handsworth Library. On Thursday 24th March 12 until 5 you will be able to watch films on the new vintage movie bus. The event is organised as part of the Flatpack Festival with lots of events happening across the city over that weekend.

For more information see the poster below

Handsworth Poster

from Hands on Handsworth by Tracey Thorne

On the 24 February City College Birmingham – Handsworth Campus were pleased to welcome back former student Councillor Len Gregory, Lord Mayor of Birmingham.

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham was taken on a tour of the College where he studied Telecommunications after joining the General Post Office as a trainee Telephone Engineer at the age of 16. Len studied at what is now City College Birmingham at the Handsworth Campus, on Soho Road, for 7 years, obtaining a City and Guilds and a HNC in Telecommunications. Later he continued his studies, whilst combining work and family life, with a BSc degree course in Electrical Engineering.

Len, and his wife Gillian, the Lady Mayoress of Birmingham, feel that Birmingham’s greatest strength is its residents and they are keen to encourage people to take pride in the City and to recognise how many opportunities it has to offer its residents. Len will always be grateful that he was given the opportunity to attend College, which certainly had a hand in making him what he is today.

from Hands on Handsworth by Tracey Thorne

A HANDSWORTH campaigner who has dedicated her life to cleaning up her riot-torn neighbourhood is one of 23 local heroes whose faces are being used to motivate young offenders to turn over a new leaf.

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A CELEBRATION to mark the centenary of International Women’s Day will be held in Birmingham on Saturday.

Workshops on employment and information on a range of services provided by JHP training, Midland Heart, CAB, Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health Trust, RNID, Women’s Federation for World Peace, Birmingham Settlement, Gateway and more covering areas such as health, education, employment, will be available.

Entertainment, refreshments and free pampering sessions will also take place. The event runs from 10am to 1pm at Mayfield School in Heathfield Road, Handsworth.

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A groundbreaking and award winning Birmingham leisure project will continue into 2011/12 after a £2.5 million funding package was agreed.

Backed by the NHS and Birmingham City Council, Be active offers all Birmingham residents* free swimming, group exercise classes and gym sessions.

Over 300,000 people are now registered for the scheme, meaning one in three people across Birmingham enjoy free use of their council–run leisure facilities, attending gyms, swimming pools, walking groups, and fitness classes and reaping the health and wellbeing benefits it brings.

Be active has not only received national and international acclaim for its innovative and successful approach, it has most importantly delivered a scheme which has enormous benefits to residents in Birmingham.

Kevin McGee, Chief Executive of the Heart of Birmingham Teaching Primary Care Trust explains why they are continuing to support Be active:

“We are delighted that we are able to continue to financially support Be active across the city of Birmingham. Investment in this scheme provides immediate benefits to residents in the city in terms of their lifestyle, health and social network however we believe it will also have a long term positive gain on the health needs of the city over the next few years.

“The projected long term benefits include financial savings to the NHS as well as a healthier, happier population.”

Be active is offering a more flexible scheme in 2011, adapting to the needs of local communities, and offering a much wider range of activities which include provision for mums and toddlers, Nordic walking, indoor bowling sessions, family exercise and Tai Chi classes.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney added: “Be Active has been a fantastic success and demonstrates what can be achieved when we work closely with our NHS partners.

“The people of Birmingham have made this scheme a huge success and the results speak for themselves. We’re now delighted with the news that this groundbreaking scheme can continue.”

Talks are already underway to secure funding from 2012/13 onwards, with organisers looking at potential commissioning through GPs and private finance deals.

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