May 2011

Tracy Lester, Aman Sahota, Kiran Sahota and Sabby Rano from KrayZKiz raising money for the John Taylor Hospice.

The weather was awful but we had a great time at the Lord Mayor’s Show.


The latest edition of the hands on Handsworth magazine written by a team of local community journalist is out now

You can down load a copy here

Hands on Handsworth Community Magazine Issue 4

You can also get a copy from Handsworth Library or other outlets accross Handsworth


Soho Road houses to be turned into primary school

Soho Road houses to be turned into primary school

A ROW of crumbling historic Georgian townhouses are to be revived and given an unlikely new lease of life – as a primary school.

The conversion of six large houses in Soho Road, Handsworth, will see a massive extension on the back, including a raised first-floor playground.

It will become a Sikh faith school, funded under the Coalition Government’s Free Schools policy.

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On 16-17 July 2011, the National Indoor Arena will be transformed into 28 badminton courts to stage a mass participation event encouraging families – including a mix of children, adult beginners and social players – to experience all the benefits that playing badminton can offer.

The ‘badminton bonanza’ – run in association with proud official partner, Yehlex UK – is open to the general public of all ages and all sporting ability.

Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport and Culture, Cllr Martin Mullaney, said: “This is a great mass participation event and hopefully Birmingham residents will take the opportunity to enjoy a fantastic family-friendly sport.”

The weekend will feature 4 separate levels of on court activity to take part in ensuring participants enjoy badminton at a suitable level and maximise their enjoyment on the day:

  • Under 14 & Under 16s – beginner, social and league competitions
  • Adults – beginner, social and league competitions
  • Over 40s – social and league competitions
  • Family competition

Organisers are expecting record numbers of entries this year so to join in the fun at this ever popular event, visit:  (Entry Deadline: 17 June 2011).

The action starts at 10am each day with the knock out stages expected to run through to 7pm.  Entry fees start from as little as £6.

Andrew Mitchell, Marketing Manager for BADMINTON England stated “The Birmingham Badminton Bonanza is now into its 6th year and continues to offer a fantastic, great value opportunity to get involved in an Olympic sport within a relaxed, laid back atmosphere.”

“Last year’s bonanza saw over 600 people enter and the badminton community in the West Midlands is thriving so Birmingham is perfect as a host city for the 2011 Badminton Bonanza Series, alongside Liverpool and London”.

The 2011 Badminton Bonanza series aims to encourage 1,000 people of all age and ability onto 62 courts at 3 different venues in 3 different cities in June and July.

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Karl Hinett, and the Red Watch Crew Commander Andrew Potts and his colleagues Mark Hancox and Matt Dee1.jpg

Karl Hinett, and the Red Watch Crew Commander Andrew Potts and his colleagues Mark Hancox and Matt Dee1.jpg

A TEAM of firefighters is celebrating after completing a marathon alongside the man who inspired them.

Red Watch Crew Commander Andrew Potts, based at Handsworth Community Fire Station, along with Mark Hancox and Matt Dee, ran the Shakespeare Marathon on Sunday in aid of Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.

They were joined by Karl Hinett, a former soldier badly burned on duty in Iraq, who is running 52 marathons around the world in aid of the charity to thank the burns staff who cared for him during his five years of treatment.

Andy said: “A massive thanks to everyone who has supported us. We really hope we can reach our target of £1,000 and make a real difference to the lives of patients on the burns unit.”

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POLICE in Birmingham have today released photographs of hundreds of valuables recovered from a property in Winson Green as part of a large scale burglary investigation.

Officers from West Midlands Police and South Staffordshire Police joined forces during the investigation and recovered the property from an address in Willes Road on 11 February 2011.

Officers hope that by releasing these images, rightful owners may recognise their heirlooms and ultimately be reunited with their property.

Items in the horde range in value from a few pounds to thousands of pounds and include Gucci wrist watches, diamond earrings, porcelain figures and old coins.

Detective Sergeant Steve Temperton, from Birmingham Central police station, said: “We have recovered a large amount of jewellery, watches and other items from the address in Winson Green.

“These items vary greatly in price, but many will be of sentimental value to their owners.

“Hopefully we can reunite a number of people with their property, and if we can make even one person happy by returning their valuables then it will be worth it.”

Four people have been arrested during this investigation on suspicion of burglary. Three have been released on police bail while the fourth was charged and remanded in custody.

If you think any of the photographed items may belong to you or a member of your family, please contact Detective Sergeant Steve Temperton at Birmingham Central police station on 0345 113 5000.

Callers will need proof that any items belong to them. This should ideally be in the form of a crime number from when the item was reported stolen.

Follow these links to view the recovered property:

POLICE in central Birmingham are advising cyclists to be extra vigilant following a spate of bike thefts around the city.

The thefts include 43 bikes in the city centre over the past two weeks where offenders have stolen insecure bikes and a number of thefts from back gardens in Ladywood and Soho. Officers are urging cyclists to keep their bikes secure by remembering to lock them securely to a solid, object like lamp posts.

Two locks should be used where possible and bikes should be securely marked to enable police to return stolen bikes to their owners

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