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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Rare Plant Fair coming to Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens

Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens/ Bill Dargue

The Rare Plant Fair will be paying a visit to the historic Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens this spring.

According to rareplantfair.co.uk “the impressive gardens of Castle Bromwich Hall grew, flourished and fell into decay.  Having been developed by two generations of the Bridgeman Family (the son and grandson of Charles II’s great lawyer, Sir Orlando Bridgeman) these walled, terraced gardens have always remained somewhat of a mystery, to the extent that even in the immediate area, their true origins and pedigree had been forgotten in the intervening centuries.”

Held on Sunday 1st May from 11am to 4pm, tickets are priced at £4.00 for adults and £1.00 for children.

According to rareplantfair.co.uk, it will include the following nurseries:

For more information contact Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens.

www.cbhgt.org.uk
0121 7494100

*Image by Bill Dargue.

*Quotes from the Rare Plant Fair.

Hodge Hill jumble sale!

Coleshill road, Hodge Hill/ Jessica Dutton

It’s something most of us exclude ourselves from, mainly because we don’t have the time or perhaps we feel like we just don’t fit in, but community events not only give you a chance to meet your neighbours, but also make you feel even more a part of your local community.

Hodge Hill’s United Reform Church (Blue Cross) on the Coleshill Road is a regular in hosting coffee mornings, fairs and fete’s in the summer.

As it is a little too chilly at the moment, this week’s event will be held in doors. The jumble sale will take place on Saturday 5th March from 11am, so there’s no excuses for it being too early in the morning!

Go and have a browse through, you never know, you might find some hidden gems! If you have anything to donate or would like a stall for yourself please contact the church directly.

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Snapshots of a demolition

As the work to demolish the Bayley and Stoneycroft Towers on the Bromford estate continues, passers-by stop to watch as bit by bit, the multi-storey falls away.

Pieces of the building are showering down to the ground, a faint rumble is heard in the distance and passers-by stop to watch the building be demolished.

Even local residents have been coming out to take pictures and videos on their phones.

Local resident on the Bromford estate, Andrew, says “I’m glad that they are finally being demolished, they were an eyesore.”

Bromford Towers demolition/ Jessica Dutton

Bromford Towers demolition/ Jessica Dutton

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Demolition of Bromford & Firs towers begins

In November of last year liambyrne.co.uk reported that the internal soft stripping had begun on the 20 storey Bromford and Firs towers.

This week, work has begun by Birmingham City Council to demolish the multi storeys that shadow over the M6 and the whole of the Bromford estate.

According to 24dash.com the work to demolish the flats has begun as the cost of refurbishment was estimated to cost around £7.4million.

The work to demolish the flats has been delayed for some time, but they have been coming down bit by bit each day this week.

Councillor John Lines said: “I’m delighted we are now in a position to get rid of these towers and I thank the Homes and Communities Agency for supporting us with funding.

Birmingham’s Cabinet Member for Housing continued,“I’m committed to building more high quality new council homes in the area and making improvements to the wider community. Last year we started work on 600 new council homes through the Birmingham Municipal Housing Trust and I’m keen to continue to deliver more new council homes for our people in Hodge Hill.”

Watch out for updates and pictures of the process on B36Blogger.

Valentine’s Day special: Love is in the air at Hodge Hill florists

As the supermarket shelves are emptied of chocolates, and the card shops are left bare, the florists are also being run off their feet with Valentine’s Day orders and last-minute customers.

Beaufort Florists located on Coleshill road in Hodge Hill was no exception, stocked with roses, bears and champagne, they expected to be very busy today.

And it seems there are no new trends this year in Hodge Hill, as men are still opting for the traditional Valentine’s Day flower.

“The red rose is still as popular, no new trends or different flowers have been requested so far,” said a spokesperson for Beaufort Florists.

And it seems the men of Hodge Hill are making no outlandish gestures this year, as Beaufort Florists have had no special requests or marriage proposal cards in any bouquets… you boring lot!

The shop was steadily busy, with a constant trickle of men wandering in, looking slightly confused and awkward, one customer had even backed his car up to the front door to fit his large bouquet and balloons for his lucky lady in the boot.

“Our typical customers on Valentine’s Day are definitely men looking for a last-minute bouquet and gift”

We expect that they will have many more male customer’s today, even up to closing time..

However, in the recent climate are men spending as much on their loved ones? Speaking to Beaufort Florists about the credit crunch, they said:

“The recession has definitely affected our business, we don’t sell as many add on gifts as we would have in previous years such as bears or champagne to accompany the bouquet. The bouquets we sell have got smaller and we sell a lot of pre arranged bouquets that are on display out the front of the shop.”

How will you be celebrating Valentine’s Day, leave your comments below!

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Hodge Hill: Have your say!

According to west-midlands.police.uk the main priorities that arose in the last neighbourhood tasking meeting were tackling drug dealing and drug use on the Bromford Estate, reducing anti social behaviour and parking issues around our schools.

From personal experience, I know that travelling past Hodge Hill school on early mornings and in the afternoons, traffic can be quite hectic.

To find out  what is in progress to tackle these issues, residents of Hodge Hill can attend a neighbourhood tasking meeting.

Don’t sit back and let issues about your area go unspoken, the next meeting for Hodge Hill will be held at Ambridge House, Bromford Drive on February 24th at 10am.

Police and council members urge you to tell them about crime and community issues in your area.

What do you think are the main issues in Hodge Hill? Leave your comments below.

For more information visit the West Midlands Police website.

Hodge Hill is put on the map… the crime map

According to Police.uk Hodge Hill have 201 reported crimes in the area, ranging from burglary to violent crime, anti social behavior and vehicle crime.

In a radius stretching as far as Fort Parkway to Kitts Green road the crimes include:

-21 counts of burglary

-61 counts of anti-social behavior

-6 counts of robbery

-16 counts of vehicle crime

-33 counts of violent crime

-64 counts of other crime, which can include criminal damage, shoplifting and drug offences.

Bromford Drive proved to have the most counts of crime in the radius, with a total of 13 reported crimes, 3 of those on Sundew Croft including burglary, anti social behavior, violent crime and other crime.

Moving up to Chester road in Castle Bromwich, there are 8 reported counts of crime including anti social behavior, violent crime and other crime.

The site requires only a postcode to provide you access to crime data in your area.

Access Police.uk here.