Who is your Hodge Hill Avon representative?

Sophia's blog 'Avon Lady in Birmingham'

Many of us may have seen, heard or ever ordered from cosmetics brand Avon in the past. If you don’t already have a representative, then you may be wondering who they are and how you can get in contact.

Sophia Palmer is our local Hodge Hill Avon representative and is pushing her work further by maintaining her own personal blog and opening her own Twitter page.

Sophia has been working for Avon for 5 months and like many women who choose to work for companies similar to Avon, it fits around her busy life style.

“I have been a self employed Avon representative since November last year, one of the main reasons for doing this is because I wanted to work hours that would fit around my family.”

However, Sophia has opened up many new options by making Avon more convinient to her customers through her blog and social networks. Sophia opened up her own blog as an extension to her work, and uses it to interact with her customers.

“I find that this is a good way to interact with my existing customers, in terms of passing out information such as the latest brochures, order & delivery dates dates, any problems that might arise, they can also see my reviews on products that I have used myself and other bits of information.It is a good way to also widen my customer base, as my blog is also linked to other social networks, such a Facebook, twitter &  blogging networks,” says Sophia.

By expanding her work through social networks, contacting and ordering from her is even easier, but don’t think you can’t still contact her in the traditional ways, as she still covers many raods in Hodge Hill.

Sophia’s allocated territory in Hodge Hill is:

Thirsk Croft 1-33 odd

Reynoldstown Road 1-39 odd and even

Redcar Croft 1-39 odd

Sprig Croft 1-20 odd and even

York Drive 1-8 all

Bromford Drive 51-117 odd

Drews Lane

If your area is not listed above, Sophia is happy to represent residents living near these roads who do not already have an Avon Representative.

Sophia supplies both paperback and ebrochures, so can accept orders via email(24hrs)/Facebook/text or the traditional doorstep collections.

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Polarbear performs ‘RETURN’ at The Hub, Bromford

Birmingham- born wordsmith Polar Bear, performed the moving piece ‘RETURN’ at The Hub, Bromford on Saturday 19th March, as part of the pop up arts tearoom project.

One of the most respected spoken word artists in the UK, Polarbear is renowned for delivering stories that make sense; stories that relate. With hip-hop roots that combine perfectly with his brilliant poetry, his performance was both unique and memorable.

“RETURN” tells the story of Noah, a man trying to figure out where he fits. Convinced he had to leave home in order to make his mark, Noah returns to find a world where a lot of things seem the same but nothing actually is.

Combining storytelling with a distinctive lighting and projection design, “RETURN” exploits its relationship with cinematic genres. The show journeys through scenes and landscapes, encouraging you to explore and, like a film director, be challenged to re-imagine as the story unfolds…

The Bromford tearoom slowly filled up, as people from outside crept in, intrigued as to why the room was so dimly lit and why we were all transfixed with this performance, once they were in, they didn’t leave.

His audience chuckled as they related to his 90’s film and music references and memories of hanging around girls in the park. His voice, his tone, his pauses between scenes were perfect; the soft music in the background and words projected onto the board behind put you in the scene immediately.

Both captivating and moving, Polarbear captures the sense of ‘home’ perfectly. His scene setting and descriptions allow you to picture the characters and places, making the performance all the more real. Polarbear encourages you to reminicse on your own memories of home, triggering emotion in those who have ever left and returned.

It was a unique performance that will stay with you for a long time and proved to be a great opportunity for his audience, who were appreciative and applauding throughout this compelling story.

Watch a small clip of ‘RETURN,’ performed at The Hub, Bromford.

All content in this video was filmed by B36Blogger.

Find out more about the pop up arts tea room in Bromford.

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Boot camp exercise class in Castle Vale

Image from Harriet Norris Personal Training

A Wednesday night in Castle Vale is spent getting rather sweaty for some certain ladies, who are regular attendees to a sucessful bootcamp workout session.

Harriet Norris from Solihull set up a women’s only bootcamp exercise class at Topcliffe Primary School in Castle Vale after the success of the same class in Water Orton.

By day, Harriet is a personal trainer, at just 21 she is extremely knowledgeable and skilled at what she does. The highly demanded class in Castle Vale is an extension to her personal training work and Harriet is calling all local ladies to give it a try.

The class is intense and tones just about every muscle in your body, and for just £5, you really are getting a good work out for your money.

“The class involves a full body work out,” says Harriet “We do cardio work, strength based work, full body toning and aim to reduce body fat.”

No matter what your age or exercise history is, Harriet lets you go at your own pace, “We have many different women at the class who range from early 20’s up to 55 years old, ” says Harriet “We currently have around 12 members who attend the Castle Vale class.”

The session is on a Wednesday night, held at Topcliffe Primary School in Castle Vale from 6:45 to 7:45 pm and costs £5. New recruits can also contact Harriet through her Twitter or Facebook page.

For more information about the class or Harriet Norris Personal Training, click here.

Police Appeal: Anti Social Behaviour- Castle Bromwich

West Midlands Police are asking for people to come forward regarding anti-social behaviour in the Green Lane area of Castle Bromwich. The specific roads concerned are Wyckham road and Windleaves road.

If you have any information regarding people involved please contact telephone number 0345 113 5000  ext 7922 6741.

Alternatively, you can email castlebromwich@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

Pop Up Arts Tearoom arrives on Bromford Drive

Jane Baker / Greensnapper Photography

Driving through the Bromford Estate, it’s hard to spot- blink and you’ll miss it. Tucked away amongst the other shops on Bromford Drive is The Hub, home to Hybrid’s latest ‘Inhabit’ pop up arts tearoom project for the next few weeks.

Birmingham City Council funded the project that came into action after a tender was put out to fill empty high street shops around Birmingham. The project fuses artwork, tea and community spirit and has been successful in Handsworth and Stirchley. Hodge Hill is the latest area to play host to one of these unique pop up tearooms.

As I peek through the door, the woman sitting at the nearest table beams at me “Are you here for the tea room? Karen is over there.” I carry on walking past the old round tables and pretty cake stands accompanied by vintage cups and saucers when Karen pops up from under the counter.

Karen Meng, project assistant at Hybrid is working at the Hodge Hill tearoom over the next few weeks.

“It’s really culture on your doorstep,” she explains, “We want to bring people in to an arts space, it’s a great way to engage people with art work.”

The Hub already holds after school clubs on a weekly basis, so far the project has been popular amongst children and parents in Hodge Hill.

“When the children come in they get really excited and parents have been stopping for tea too,” says Karen “we sit at one big table so we try to encourage people to get chatting.”

There are a variety of different activities on offer at the tearoom involving several different independent artists commissioned by Birmingham City Council. Although the project does encourage local independent artists to come forward and they have the opportunity to host a workshop of their own at the tearoom.

“We have had different characters in each tearoom,” says Karen “from children to older people, the homeless and local workers who stop by for tea.”

So far, the project has been publicised through the use of Twitter and promotional post cards and has had attention from BBC4 and The Guardian.

Karen explains; “We like to take the soft approach, the project aims to target the surrounding area so usually we get a lot of publicity just by word of mouth.”

The project was funded from April 2010 and is due to wrap up at the same time this year. Many visitors to the pop up arts tearooms have been sad to see them go, so what does the future hold for projects such as this one?

“It wasn’t something that we anticipated would carry on, we knew from the beginning it would only last until April 2011. People could really benefit from permanent tearooms, just as momentum has built up with the tearooms it’s time for us to pack up again, particularly in Stirchley- people really wanted us to stay.

But what are the chances that a similar project would come round again? Due to Government cuts it’s not guaranteed that the project would receive funding again.

“It depends what funding is available and how the local council feel about the outcomes of the project. However it’s really not about the council, we hope that we have made an impact upon people and that a local business or local citizens decide to set something like this up through the social enterprise model.”

The next stop for the pop up arts tearoom is the Pavilions Birmingham, which opens on Thursday 10th March.

Find a full schedule of activities at the Bromford tearoom here.

Census 2011 arrives in Hodge Hill

2011 census

Hodge Hill residents- if your census didn’t land on your doormat yesterday, it probably will today, in one of the biggest single mailouts the Royal Mail has handled. According to the Office For National Statistics, the census is to reach 26 million homes in England and Wales by census day on March 27th.

The census is sent out every ten years and helps to plan the future of services such as transport, education, healthcare and housing.

This year we have the option to fill it out online or by traditional paper form, but surely filling it out online is easier for everyone at the other end reading the results?

According to the Office For National Statistics, 2011 Census Director Glen Watson believes that the online census is more convenient:

“This will be quicker and it’s better for us because we won’t need to scan the forms and decipher all that handwriting. Of course if people want, they can still do it by hand. Completing the census form promptly and sending it back to us means no one will have to knock on your door to remind you.”

However, 61 year old resident of Hodge Hill, Maureen will be filling her form out by paper: “I shall be filling my census out in paper form, I find it more convenient and I can fill out questions when I want and stop and come back to it if I need to.”

If you need help with you census visit www.census.gov.uk or call 0300 0201 101.

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Recycling Points- Hodge Hill and surrounding areas

B36Blogger have put together a map of recycling points in Hodge Hill, Bromford, Alum Rock, Castle Vale and Castle Bromwich.

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