Events & Notices
PLEASE SUPPORT MIDLANDS AIR AMBULANCE Each year the Chairman of Fordbridge Town Council stages an event to support a charity of his or her choice. The current chairman, Councillor Sarah McLaughlin will be hosting this year's event in support of the Midlands Air Ambulance which is an extremely worthwhile and vitally important cause. The event will take the form of a Charity Dance at the The Fordbridge Centre, Nineacres Drive, Fordbridge, Birmingham, B37 5DD on 29th April 2017 commencing at 7.30 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by local favourite Derek James. Tickets are priced at £5.00 each which is tremendous value for the chance to see this wonderful entertainer, raise funds for a worthy cause and also includes a buffet. Last year's event was a massive success and raised the magnificent sum of £2,282.62 for the Cancer Ward at Birmingham Children's Hospital. We always hope to do better each year so please come and join us and help to raise even more than last year. Tickets are available from the Fordbridge Centre. Get yours early to avoid disappointment and to support a very worthwhile and important cause.
Fordbridge in Bloom 2016 Fordbridge Town Council is proud to announce the result of its 2016 garden competition. All properties in Fordbridge with a front garden are eligible to enter and the standard of the entries is always incredibly high. The competition is designed to celebrate the many wonderful gardens in Fordbridge but also to promote pride in the area and encourage residents to take an interest in their gardens and their local environment. The parish of Fordbridge is home to some absolutely beautiful gardens ranging from traditional lawns and flower beds, to pots and hanging baskets and some fantastic imagination to make the most of difficult sloping gardens. The Town Council takes the view that people who don't live here and may not have the most favourable opinion of Fordbridge should take the trouble to get down off their high horse and have a walk round they will be pleasantly surprised. The competition is judged independently and this year's overall winner was the fabulous garden of 91 Heathmere Drive. Each year the Council seeks to attract new entries to the competition and offers a trophy and vouchers to the value of £50 to the best new entry. This year's winner was 6 Clopton Crescent The prizes were presented this year at a joint event organised by Solihull Council as part of their "Neighbourhoods in Bloom" competition. Photographs of the winning gardens can be seen by clicking here. Why not enter next year's competition? You never know what might happen and you can't win if you don't enter! If you want to receive information about next year's competition then please contact the Clerk to the Council and he will send you the relevant details at the appropriate time next year. Full results of the 2016 Fordbridge in Bloom competition are as follows:- Overall Winner - 91 Heathmere Drive Runner up - 32 Oak Croft Third place - 240 Conway Road Fourth place - 29 Runcorn Close Fifth Place - 45 Yorklea Croft Sixth Place - 253 Bosworth Drive Best New Entrant - 6 Clopton Crescent Best "Previous Winner" - 14 Yorklea Croft
Birmingham Children's Hospital The Council was delighted recently to make a donation of £2,282.62 to the Cancer Ward at Birmingham Children's Hospital. This is the sum raised by this year's Chairman's Charity Dance. The cheque was presented by the former Chairman, Councillor Flo Nash who made the Cancer Ward at the Children's Hospital her chosen beneficiary. Councillor Nash also presented £200 of Touchwood gift vouchers to the Hospital. These vouchers were originally very kindly donated by Birmingham Airport and auctioned at the Dance. The winning bidder however donated them back to the Council and we are extremely grateful to him for his wonderful gesture. The Council once again wishes to thank everybody who attended and supported the Charity Dance and raising this fantastic sum of money. Pictured are Councillor Flo Nash and Councillor Sorrell presenting the cheque.
CHAIRMANíS CHARITY DANCE 2016
The Chairman of the Council, Flo Nash hosted the annual Charity Dance on Saturday 16th April 2016 A sell out crowd enjoyed a magnificent evening dancing to the superb entertainment provided by the splendid "Boomerang" and the very popular Derek James all in support of a very worthy cause. This year's beneficiary will be the Cancer Ward at Birmingham Children's Hospital and the final figure including ticket sales, donations and a raffle raised the marvellous sum of £2,282.62. The Council wishes to record its sincere gratitude to Birmingham Airport for the wonderful donation of a £200 Touchwood gift card. This was auctioned on the night with a successful bid of £70 by a local resident. However the gentleman in question very kindly donated the card back to the Chairman and we offer our heartfelt thanks to him for this incredibly kind gesture. The card will be donated to the Cancer Ward for their use together with the rest of the proceeds from the evening. The Chairman was extremely pleased with the success of the evening remarking on the tremendous entertainment and thanking everybody for coming and hopefully having a good time. The Council will be making arrangements as soon as possible to take the donation along to the Children's Hospital. The Council is as always extremely proud and honoured to host this event because it brings together so many people in a real show of community spirit, raising money for an important local cause. The Council wishes to place on record its gratitude to the many residents of Fordbridge and further afield who attended for their magnificent support of the dance.
SCHOOL CHOIRS DELIGHT ALL AT CHRISTMAS CAROL CONCERT
The Town Council was once again delighted to herald the beginning of the festive season by hosting its annual carol concert.
This yearís event took place on Monday 30th November at the Fordbridge Centre and the captive audience enjoyed another magnificent show from the children of Fordbridge and Coleshill Heath primary schools.
Choirs from both schools introduced and performed a number of thoroughly entertaining modern Christmas songs and a couple of old favourites all intertwined with some nifty dance moves. The assembled parents, grandparents and other friends and relatives were splendidly entertained as always and were very appreciative of the efforts of the youngsters.
We are sure that the audience shares the pride of members of the Council and are also impressed by the confidence, enthusiasm and talent of all of the children. They were as ever an absolute credit to themselves, their families and their schools and it is always an absolute joy to have the children visit the Fordbridge Centre and perform.
The miserable weather put a little bit of a dampener on the switch on of the Christmas lights but the buttons were pressed by the Fordbridge Prize winners, Conor Thompson and Josh Adams who you can read about elsewhere on the site.
Chairman of the Council, Councillor Flo Nash thanked and praised the children for their tremendous efforts. She also thanked and praised the staff for their ongoing support for local children and then wished everybody seasons greetings and a happy New Year. The Council is extremely grateful for the continuing support of both schools.
Everybody was then able to enjoy a mince pie, a glass of mulled wine and other refreshments and the Council hopes that everybody enjoyed the evening. The Council views this event as a valuable opportunity to bring the local community together and it wishes to offer its appreciation to the staff of both schools, particularly the music teachers who attended on the evening for their support and co-operation again this year.
Pictured at the end of the evening are the children from both schools together with Chairman of the Council, Councillor Flo Nash.
FORDBRIDGE PRIZE WINNERS
The Town Council is proud to honour two special young men from Fordbridge.
The Council decided last year to introduce a Prize to recognise and reward young people from Fordbridge working voluntarily in their local community.
Nominations were sought from local schools and two young people shone through as a result of their commitment and involvement. These two young men demonstrated exactly the kind of qualities that the Council envisaged when it was considering introducing the prize.
Conor Thompson started helping a football coach as part of his work experience last year and he so impressed the coach that he started helping out at weekends and during school holidays. He has since completed well over 200 hours of voluntary work and helped numerous local youngsters develop their skills and build their confidence.
Josh Adams loves ballroom dancing and he enjoys it so much that he wants to share what he does and give something back to the community. He dances at senior citizenís parties and in care homes to entertain the residents and has also organised and participated in shows to raise money for charity. He enjoys dancing so much that even on the night that he was presented with his prize he had to dash off to teach at a local studio!
The Council offered both Conor and Josh the opportunity to choose their own prizes and they chose football boots and dance studio vouchers and they were presented with them and a small trophy at the Councilís recent Christmas carol concert. The Chairman of the Council, Flo Nash congratulated and thanked them for the work they do.
These two young men are both shy and humble but they make a significant contribution to the Fordbridge area and Fordbridge Town Council is proud to celebrate the achievements of two young people from this community.
Pictured are Conor (left) and Josh (right) with Councillor Flo Nash after receiving their prizes.
FORDBRIDGE IN BLOOM 2015
Fordbridge Town Council is proud to announce the result of its 2015 garden competition.
This year the competition was so fierce that four gardens will share the prize as they could not be separated.
All properties in Fordbridge with a front garden are eligible to enter and the standard of the entries is always incredibly high. The competition is designed to celebrate the many wonderful gardens in Fordbridge but also to promote pride in the area.
Members of the Council and the independent judge, Mr. Bruce Brant from Solihull Council were yet again astonished and delighted by the quality and diversity of gardens from all around the parish. The Town Council wishes to place on record its gratitude to Bruce who stepped into the breach at the last minute and did a magnificent job with great integrity and commitment in judging the various entries.
The four joint winning gardens were 11 Clopton Crescent, 240 Conway Road, 91 Heathmere Drive and 29 Runcorn Close. The prizes were presented this year at a joint event organised by Solihull Council as part of their "Neighbourhoods in Bloom" competition. Photographs of the winning gardens can be seen by clicking here. Pictures of all the gardens that entered the competition can be seen by visiting our Facebook page.
Each year the Council seeks to attract new entries to the competition and offers a trophy and vouchers to the value of £50 to the best new entry. This yearís winner was 45 Yorklea Croft and the best "Previous Winner" was 15 Clopton Crescent. There were also joint runners up in 7 Clopton Crescent, 25 Glovers Croft and 18 Piggots Croft.
Why not enter next yearís competition? You never know what might happen and you can't win if you don't enter! If you want to receive information about next yearís competition then please contact the Clerk to the Council and he will send you the relevant details next year.
MARIE CURIE HOSPICE BENEFITS FROM COUNCIL CHARITY EVENT
The Council welcomed a special guest to its meeting on 17th August. Tracey Finnegan from Marie Curie Solihull very kindly attended to take receipt of a cheque for £3,069.55 which is the sum raised by this year's Chairman's Charity Dance. The cheque was presented by former Chairman, Catherine McLaughlin who made the Marie Curie Hospice her chosen charity and remarked that "she was very proud that so much money had been raised and delighted that it would be put to the vey best use". She also thanked everybody who had been involved in raising the money and particularly her fellow councillors.
Tracey offered her sincere gratitude for the generous donation and outlined details of the facilities which are available at the hospice and how they aim to make people as comfortable as possible. She also touched on other services which are designed to help and support as many people as possible. She advised the Council that the hospice could not function without the help and support of its local community and once thanked the Council and people of Fordbridge for their generosity.
Pictured is Councillor McLaughlin presenting the cheque to Tracey.
The Town Council has decided after more than 40 years to discontinue the supply of milk to infant school children at the schools in the parish. The Council made this move following a decision by the government which requires that all primary school children should be offered a drink of milk with their school meal, and as a result the school catering service is required to provide the milk.
The decision was not taken lightly but the Council believes that to continue providing the milk would be an unnecessary duplication and consequently a waste of money for Fordbridge Council Tax payers. Mr. Fletcher the current head teacher at Fordbridge School responded to the news from the Council by saying ...
"I would like to thank the Council for providing milk to our children for many years. This extremely kind and supportive gesture has ensured that hundreds, if not thousands of children have had the opportunity to have a healthy drink during every day"
FORMER FORDBRIDGE COUNCILLOR AND MAYOR OF SOLIHULL REMEMBERED
A former Mayor of Solihull and long time servant of this community has been immortalised with a new road being named in honour of him.
Eric Collins served for over 50 years in Birmingham, Meriden and Solihull before retiring from the local political scene in 2012.
Collins Way is part of the new development of houses on the site of the old Whitesmore school which has been developed as part of the ongoing regeneration of the area, which is apt given Ericís involvement in the estate since it was first built.
Eric served for three and a half years in the Fleet Air Arm during the Second World War preparing him for many future battles in numerous council chambers. He then embarked on a long and distinguished career representing the local community. This involved serving on Birmingham, Meriden and Solihull Councils and holding many different offices. From 1969 onwards he was particularly active in the Fordbridge and Chelmsley Wood areas, campaigning for improved services and facilities and helping to shape and ease the transition for people as they moved here.
Eric's dedication and commitment was rewarded by becoming the first Labour Mayor of Solihull in 1979 and he was also awarded the British Empire Medal in recognition of his contribution to the Trade Union movement and his service of its members.
He served on Chelmsley Wood Town Council and two stints on Fordbridge Town Council with his second period of office running from 1999 to his retirement. Eric was a doughty fighter for his principles and beliefs and this was the case right up until the end of his career. In September 2012 the Chairman of Fordbridge Town Council made a presentation to Eric in recognition and gratitude for his long service to this community and the public generally. Sadly he passed away in January 2013 after a brave fight against illness.
Eric's widow, Winnie, was present at the naming of the road and said: "I am proud to think of a road being named Collins Way and I'm certain Eric would have been very honoured too." Catherine McLaughlin, Chairman of Fordbridge Town Council, added: "It is a real pleasure to be able to commemorate Eric like this; he was an inspirational man who contributed greatly to this area. When Solihull Council asked us if we had any suggestions for a new road name we jumped at the chance to put Eric's name forward"
The Town Council is absolutely delighted that this road will serve as a permanent reminder and memorial of the incredible service of one man to his local community.
Pictured are Eric's widow, Winnie and Chairman of the Council, Catherine McLaughlin.
A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
The Chairman of the Council, Catherine McLaughlin hosted the annual Charity Dance on Saturday 18th April 2015.
This year's event was held at the Onward Club following the success of last yearís dance to allow more tickets to be sold and to raise more money for this yearís beneficiary, the Marie Curie Hospice in Solihull. More than one hundred and fifty people were in attendance thoroughly enjoying the wonderful entertainment provided by singer "Natasha Marie" and the evergreen Pete's Disco.
There was an added bonus with spectacular ballroom dancing from young students at CTC Kingshurst Academy, which delighted and impressed the audience. We do have some wonderfully talented youngsters living in this area and Fordbridge Town Council and its members will always champion their cause and encourage them to reach for the stars.
The Chairman was delighted with the success of the evening and the magnificent turnout. "Everybody has had a fantastic time and they have contributed significantly to a very worthwhile and local cause" she enthused before going on to thank everybody for attending.
The final sum of money raised has not yet been confirmed but proceeds from the function ticket sales, a prize draw and a raffle on the evening amounted to £1,216.00. Please check back soon as the final tally will be confirmed in the next couple of weeks. All of the money raised will be presented to Marie Curie Hospice Solihull at a suitable function later in the year. The Council wishes to place on record its particular gratitude to Birmingham International Airport who donated a VIP tour of the airport for the prize draw.
The Council is extremely proud to host this event because it brings together so many people in a real show of community spirit, raising money for an important cause. The Council wishes to place on record its gratitude to the many residents of Fordbridge, Chelmsley Wood and further afield who attended for their magnificent support of the dance.
The charity dance is held every year and the money from the sale of tickets goes to the nominated charity. The Council urges people to get involved each year, buy a ticket and support a very worthy cause.