November 2011

Photocall: 10.30am onwards on Sunday 13 November
Centenary Square, Broad St

The Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Anita Ward, will lead the Remembrance Day Service and Parade on Sunday 13 November at the city’s Hall of Memory and Centenary Square.

Everyone is invited to attend and also to observe the two-minute silence at 11am.

Order of the day:
10.00 hrs: Salvation Army Band commences to play on Centenary Square
10.20 hrs: Uniformed Contingents march on
10.30 hrs: Members of the City Council and VIP’s proceed to the Grandstand
10.35 hrs: The Civic Wreath Laying Party leaves the ICC
10.40 hrs: The Mercian Band, West Midlands Fire Service Pipe Band, Standards & Associations march
10.50 hrs: The Lord Mayor’s party will proceed from the ICC to the platform.

The Rev Victor Van Den Bergh will conduct the Service of Remembrance and the Bishop of Birmingham, the Right Rev David Urquhart, will lay a wreath.

The Lord Mayor will lead the Act of Commemoration, saying: “They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”

Prior to 11am a Roll of Drums will take place, then the playing of “The Last Post”.  After the two-minute silence, a salute of gunfire will take place.  The Salvation Army will lead the singing of “O God our Help in Ages Past”.

Day of National Remembrance
Wreath laying will then take place, led by the Lord Mayor.  After all wreaths have been laid the Lord Mayor will proceed to await the march past.  The Parade will disperse in Cambridge St.

Traffic Restrictions for the event:
0700 – 1230 hours – Cambridge Street between Brindley Drive and King Alfred’s Place
0900 – 1200 hours – Broad Street between Gas Street and Paradise Circus

Signed diversions will be in operation.

from by KarenB

Birmingham City Council, along with many other local authorities, will not be collecting green waste during the winter season, because people tend to garden less.

The last fortnightly green waste collections will take place between 14th and 25th November. Collections will resume, on the usual allotted day, from 6th February 2012.

Black sack, paper and mixed waste recycling collections will continue as normal throughout the winter.

Councillor Timothy Huxtable, Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Regeneration, said: “With the majority of plants and trees dormant through the winter our experience shows that the demand for green collections throughout these months is minimal. It is therefore far more efficient for us to suspend the service and concentrate our resources on other areas throughout this period.”

Members of the public can still take green waste to their local household recycling centre or consider a more long term solution, such as composting their own garden waste and kitchen vegetables, by purchasing a compost bin.  

Compost bins can be purchased from or by calling: 0845 130 6090

from by SimonH

WEST Midlands Police, together with other police forces in the region, is launching a new, non-emergency contact number for the public today (Tuesday 08 November).

The new 101 number is being introduced to improve access to police, ease pressure on the 999 system and to help tackle crime and anti-social behaviour.

The 101 service is part of a national programme to improve access to the police and will give the public an easy way to get in touch with the police for calls that do not require an urgent response.

The system will work by redirecting people’s calls, wherever they are in the country, to their nearest police force and is intended to be easier for people to remember.

Callers using the number will incur a flat rate charge of 15p no matter how long the call lasts and whether their call is made from a landline or mobile.

The 101 number should be used to report a crime or anti-social behaviour which does not need an emergency response. For example, it could be used to report a crime that has already happened, seek crime prevention advice or make police aware of local policing issues.

In an emergency, members of the public should continue to use 999.


There’s a distinctly traditional feel to this year’s spectacular Christmas Parade on Saturday 12 November, when Father Christmas is joined by Mary and Joseph, and the Three Wise Men … riding real camels!

Marking the start of the festive season when Birmingham’s Lights are switched on, two sleighs pulled by Rudolph and his reindeer head the parade with Father Christmas, the Lord Mayor and the Lord Mayor’s Consort escorted by a party of elves. 

Bringing the real meaning of Christmas to the parade, they will be closely followed by a traditional nativity scene float with Mary, Joseph and a donkey and the Three Wise Men on camels.

Helping Father Christmas on his way through Birmingham city centre will be all our favourite Christmas characters.  Expect to see larger than life Jack Frosts, Christmas Trees, Crackers, Holly, Mistletoe, Angels and even some Tap Dancing Turkeys! 

You can also get a taste of Birmingham’s Christmas productions with a chance to see the REP’s beautiful Sleeping Beauty and a pink Cadillac, T Birds and the Pink Ladies from the New Alexandra’s Christmas production of Grease.  But watch out for Darth Vader and the Storm Troopers!

At the rear of the parade will be an illuminated smiley land train with four lucky prizewinning families aboard.  Last of all will be a giant puppet Father Christmas, a massive 4.8 metres high.

Before and after the parade children can meet the stars of the Christmas movie ‘Chipwrecked’, as life-sized Alvin and the Chipmunks mingle with the crowds in Victoria Square.  There’s also a chance to meet the real reindeer, camels and nativity donkey taking part, from 3pm – 4.30pm and after the parade from 6.30pm – 7pm.

Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said, “Birmingham’s hugely popular Christmas Parade signals the start of the festive season.  It is one of many free and exciting events organised by Birmingham City Council and everyone is invited to join in the celebrations.”

Starting at 5pm, temporary traffic restrictions around Birmingham city centre will be in place with roads re-opening as soon as the Parade has passed.  Roads affected are: Colmore Row, Temple Row West, Temple Row, Cherry Street, Corporation Street and Bull Street.

The Parade line-up and timings are correct at time of going to press but may be subject to change