Bank Holiday at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

'Easter Bonet' winners with the Mayor & Mayoress of Solihull- CB Hall Gardens Trust

The beautiful Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens played host to their ‘Easter Event’ this bank holiday weekend which proved to be a great success.

The sun was blazing on Saturday 23rd April as locals met to wander around the gardens, picnic in the shade and take part in the children’s activities provided.

The event included a ‘Festive Hunt’  and a children’s ‘Easter Hat Parade’ with children’s entertainer Ronnie Crackers perfoming. Children ran around excitedly looking for hidden clues around the gardens.

The Gardens also raised well needed funds by holding a raffle. The grand prize, however, was taken indoors in fear of melting. Those seeking more shade gathered in the coffee shop where volunteers served cake, tea and some well needed cold drinks.

Press Officer Graham High was very pleased with the day itself:

“I would just like to thank all attendees for their valued support, and it was great to see so many happy and smiling faces enjoying the day.”

View B36Bloggers snapshots of the event here:

Spring time at Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

For those of you who aren’t able to make it there yourself, Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens have begun to put together slide show images. The first is a selection of images from the gardens in early spring, listen carefully and you will hear the birds whistling in the background.

Don’t forget Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens ‘Easter Event’. Saturday 23rd April- 1-4pm. Free car parking. Click here for more information. 

Castle Bromwich library introduces ‘Book Doctor’

Image by Jason Brackins

When was the last time you visited the library? Did you know that even if your local library doesn’t have the book you want you can still order it in?

Castle Bromwich library is the latest of  Solihull Council’s Libraries to take part in the Book Doctor scheme in a bid to get more people reading. The scheme aims to target people who haven’t read for a while or may be stuck on which book they should read next.

Book Doctor works by filling out an online form that analyses you reading interests, whether it is a short read or a large print book, the Book Doctor scheme aims to help a variety of book requests and needs.

But will it work with in the community? Local resident Jessica Hood says:

“When I’ve finished a book I’m often stuck as to which I should read next, so the scheme will really help with suggestions that suit my taste. Knowing that I can then borrow these books from my local library will save a lot of money.”

For more information about the scheme, please click here.

Royal Wedding fever hits Acorns

Acorns’ Castle Bromwich manager Gemma Key (centre) with volunteers Darren Hall and Bernadette Costello.

Royal Wedding fever made its way to Acorns, Castle Bromwich last week as staff members dressed in donated wedding gowns in a bid to encourage couples to buy donated dresses.

The Timberley Lane branch will be celebrating the Royal Wedding in style with its new dedicated bridal wear department that will help raise vital funds for life limited children at Acorns Children’s Hospice.

Couples spend thousands of pounds on their wedding so Acorns are encouraging people to save hundreds by buying donated dresses.

Acorns’ Castle Bromwich manager Gemma Key said:  “It helped people to realise that we had a bridal floor, and we had an exciting day wearing the gowns.  It felt like a real wedding.”

The day was said to be a success and attracted lots of attention from shoppers:

“Chocolates were on offer to all the customers everyone was in high spirits. Everyone was talking about it:  Customers loved our wedding floor and bought dresses. We had fantastic feedback: everyone loved the fact that we went all out to promote it. I want to thank all of our volunteers who dressed up – including the boys wore designer suits for the groom – and made the day successful.”

Acorns works to provide children with constant care by offering stasy at the hospices for short breaks, emergency and end-of-life care.  The community team give support to the family 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Donations can be taken in Acorns stores from 9-5pm.

Click here to visit Acorns.

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens launches its first blog

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens Blog

The beautiful Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens has launched its very first blog in hope that contributors and volunteers will come forward to help preserve this special part our history.

Already responsible for their successful Twitter account (@cbhallgardens) and Facebook page, press officer Graham High is extremely passionate about the gardens and hopes the blog will help to promote, inform and create opportunity for contributors.

“I wanted to open up the site to serve as an outlet for the many creative and knowledgeable people I have met, worked, and corresponded with during my limited acquaintance with the gardens. Volunteers, staff and visitors have quite an astonishing breadth of knowledge and experience, and I feel that it is a real shame that this resource remains largely untapped. It is open to anyone in the world who would like to contribute,” says Graham.

Grahams hopes that contributors will bring ‘knowledge, creativity and fun’ to the blog and that it will offer something different to any other heritage website.

“Our official website and Twitter takes care of the Trust’s news, so the blog has an opportunity to step out a little from the beaten track.”

The blog provides local residents with a great opportunity to get involved and help to preserve the history of Castle Bromwich. Contributors can be of any age group and articles can be about history, natural history, science, horticulture, stories, poetry, photography or arts. Graham also hopes that volunteers may also come forward to help in the running of the gardens as a direct result of the blog.

“I would like the blog readers to also occasionally take a moment to think of Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens, what an incredible asset it is to the community and for them to help preserve this miniature wonderland by visiting or offering their services as volunteers.”

For more information about how you can contribute please click here.

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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

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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