West Midlands Police ‘Tweeting’ live today

Five members of West Midlands Police press office are in Birmingham Magistrates Court today, tweeting live from the court rooms.

Starting from around 10 am, the tweets are planned to run throughout the morning. All tweets are tagged with the hash tag #wmpcts.

So far they have broadcasted live results of crimes associated with drugs, drink driving and theft. Click here to start following the live feed.


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.

Are you registered to vote?

Birmingham City Council are urging members of the public to ensure they are registered to vote by April 14th 2011.

Anyone from the age of 16 can be registered to vote, but you must be 18 years old to make a vote.

Once registered you will recieve your poll card a few weeks before the vote which is for you information purposes only- the next election for Birmingham City Council is Thursday May 5th.

For more information or to register to vote, click here.


INHABIT finale today

The INHABIT pop up arts tearoom project has reached Ladywood, Handsworth, Pavilions, Stirchley and Bromford, but it comes to end today as they are to celebrate with a final event- Bromford Dreams.

From 5-7pm, the tearoom and it’s visitors will be releasing lanterns in to the sky to represent their dreams, followed by a cup of tea of course.

Support the final event of this successful project by coming along to The Hub, Bromford Drive from 5-7pm tonight.

Welcoming our new contributor

B36Blogger would like to welcome our new contributor David Parker. David teaches sociology at the University of Nottingham. When not working there he continues to live in Hodge Hill in the house his family has owned since it was first built in the 1920s.

David’s first article can be found below. Please contact b36blogger(at)rocketmail(dot)com to contact David directly.