Newbigin House to host ‘Living Nine Beats to the Bar’

fullsizeoutput_1ab1Newbigin House will host a special Saturday Event ‘Living Nine Beats to the Bar – The Beatitudes as a Rhythm of life for Personal and Community Transformation.’

Writer, Artist, Theologian and Community Activist, Mark Scandrette has been instrumental in developing what’s he’s called a “Nine Fold Path” for life and spiritual practice, based round Jesus’ Beatitudes. Following their appearances at the Greenbelt Music Festival, Mark and American singer songwriter Heatherlyn will be in Winson Green to explore the relevance of these ancient words spoken on a Mount as a counter narrative for today.

Costs? £10 donation (including lunch)

When? 10am-4pm, 16th September, 2017.

Where? Newbigin House, 28 Handsworth New Road, Winson Green, B18 4PT. (Newbigin House seeks to be a seedbed for urban change

How to book? Please book on Facebook Event to let us know numbers for lunch:

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Restore the Centre of the Earth in Winson Green!

Help is sought to see Winson Green’s ‘Centre of the Earth’ return to being a leading environmental education centre for Birmingham and the Black Country.

Centre of the Earth

The Centre of the Earth, officially opened in 1993, was designed by architect David Lea, renowned for his ecologically sensitive building designs, and built by Keith Hall, a founder member of the Association for Environment Conscious Building. The building is a unique timber framed structure built to demonstrate the sustainable use of natural resources. This once derelict half-hectare site was transformed with the help of the local Winson Green community into an attractive and exciting natural landscape used as a learning resource and for play.

It is now in need of an upgrade and The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country is looking for support to restore this building to its former glory.

Located in Winson Green, Centre of the Earth is a valuable community space for people offering education sessions for schools, family activities, wildlife events and hosts other local groups. It’s important for wildlife too with a resident fox, 26 species of song birds identified a wildflower meadow and a newly created woodland.

Support is sought to help restore Centre of the Earth to be a leading sustainable environmental education centre. Plans include working with local schools, developing health and wellbeing programmes and ensuring it is a fantastic space for the local community in Winson Green.

Recommendations are sought for companies able to do the following:

  • Conversion of 4 toilets into 3 complying with Disability Discrimination Act and creating a wet room
  • Most cost effective way of insulating adobe walls
  • Upgrading our heating system
  • Install CAT5 cabling

At least £20,000 will need to be raised to achieve Centre of the Earth’s vision and an  appeal page here has been launched for anyone wishing to support this cause.

West Brom sparks Soho Albion FC in Winson Green

West Bromwich Albion FC have established a ground-breaking youth football club just a stone’s throw from The Hawthorns in the Birmingham ward of Soho that includes  Winson Green.   fullsizeoutput_1fc1

‘Soho Albion’ is the first football setup for youngsters in the Soho ward and the only free-of-charge junior outfit to be organised and supported by a Premier League club’s Academy Recruitment department.

It is the brainchild of Albion’s Head of Academy Recruitment Steve Hopcroft – himself a childhood resident of Winson Green – who has worked with volunteer coaches, local schools and West Midlands Police to get the project off the ground.

More than 50 boys have signed up for Soho Albion’s four age groups, from under-7s through to under-10s, after more than 1,000 children were trialled.

Soho Ward extends from The Hawthorns along the A41 (Soho Road) to Hockley and encompasses parts of Winson Green, Smethwick, Bearwood and Ladywood.

“We have a long-term strategy which focusses on recruiting boys from the local area,” said Hopcroft.

“We looked at the Soho area and thought about what we could do to get boys playing organised football.

“This project will mean all aspects of playing football will be completely free of charge for the boys’ parents, meaning a real investment in youngsters in the areas immediately surrounding the club’s Stadium.

“With our assistance the volunteers have made a fantastic start and it looks set to be a sustainable club which will offer football for free.

“We’re really pleased the project has progressed so quickly and it’s exciting to think that boys from Soho Albion could make their way into our Academy.”

Soho Albion Director, Ash Barker, added: “I lived and worked in Bangkok for 12 years and saw there how football could bring people together.

“I moved to Winson Green and realised there was no football club here, we met Steve [Hopcroft] and we connected really quickly.

“We dreamed that football could be that galvanising catalyst for relationships and we’re really looking forward to seeing some of our boys progress.”

For more information see: and   West Brom did a promo video on Soho Albion with Winson Green resident Steve Hopcroft and current resident Ash Barker

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