Welcome to the Francis Road Community Page

July 28, 2009 at 11:18 am 19 comments

Hello to all!

Welcome to our comfy, cosy community blog which we hope you will find informative and useful.

As you can see we have various pages now for you to browse and which we will endeavour to keep updated! 

Our new page ‘what’s the craic’ is for general information and gossip that we find out and which we think maybe of interest to you.  We have also now added summaries of the meetings we attend so that you can be up to date with issues in your local area.  If you would like to join us for any of the meetings we will be happy to call on you on our way up the road!

We hope you enjoy the blog and please do not hesitate to drop us a line if you need any neighbourly help or advice.

Firstly, a big THANK YOU to everyone for a great (and successful) Halloween celebration.  The trick or treat cards worked really well and the children knew not to knock on those doors.  We hope it was appreciated by both those who took part and those who did not.  We felt that it was really helpful in making the evening work for everyone.

We would also like to say that the children looked absolutely wonderful and were very polite and respectful to their very generous benefactors!

Neighbours were really generous and we hope that we can repeat it all next year and maybe there will be some new recruits who were considered a little bit too small to join this year!

We hope you enjoyed our end of evening game – this is our first year of organising this event so we were not sure how many children would come, their ages, and what would be suitable -( which is why we picked a game that involved a lot of running around that seems to appeal to all ages!). 

 Suggestions or comments about how we could make the evening better, what you feel worked or did not work, are always welcome.  Feedback is always helpful!

We will be updating the blog after the next forum meeting (4th December) and police tasking meeting (24th November) –

Thank you also,  to those who spoke to Mandy and the police about being part of Neighbourhood Watch.  Although it does not particularly ask anything of you it is good to know that Francis Road has a strong community spirit!

On the subject of  community we would like to say that the ‘issues’ with the road i.e. dog fouling and unhygenic littering, which residents have mentioned to us, has been flagged up to environmental health and our ward officer.  We are still waiting for a reply and action.  In the meantime, we are looking to put up our own posters about it but the dog mess has very suddenly become a real  problem –

Changing the subject completely… if you are looking for somewhere to go on firework night (Thursday 5th November) check out our local events page where you can find a link to the Hall Green dog stadium who are having a bit of a do!

Finally, just a reminder that the police are looking to get out in the community and speak with people at their own homes as they are aware that many people, even if they have issues, may not come to the public meetings.  To this end the police may come round just for a friendly call in the next few weeks as we know they are making the rounds in Acocks Green.

Kind Regards and…..

keeeeeeeeeep twitchin’!

Mandy (91) and Rebecca (73)

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19 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Owen  |  July 28, 2009 at 6:07 pm

    Hello Francis Road

    Wishing you all all the best Rage Arts creates productions using film theatre and music and assists others to do the same.

    We are currently seeking to set-up a community arts and media centre where people of all ages can come and create productions using film,theatre and music…interested? contact us via our website


    • 2. Mandy  |  August 12, 2009 at 10:17 pm

      Hi Owen

      Having just returned from holidaying in Cornwall where this is very popular, I think its a great idea !

  • 3. Jo Ind  |  July 28, 2009 at 6:31 pm

    Well done for getting your blog up and running. It’s a great idea. I wish you every success with it.

  • 4. gedhughes  |  July 28, 2009 at 6:58 pm

    Looking Good, well done, look forward to seeing you in the Bham Post!

  • 5. Amanda Baker  |  July 28, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    Hello, Francis Road – this is Douglas Road calling!

    The traffic is pretty heavy for us with the diversion, but I suppose it’s very quiet up your way with Yardley Road being closed!

    • 6. Mandy  |  August 12, 2009 at 10:46 pm

      Hello ,Douglas Road – Francis Road calling – Long time no see!

      Each new day I am discovering a new creative way to get to my destination, remembering to allow extra time for my journey, and the same goes for my return. How to get home in 10 easy lessons! Alexander Rd are bearing the brunt of things at the moment and increased traffic around Stockfield Estate too- my dog gets really excited when we approach the park in the car then gives me filthy looks when we pass it without stopping!

      Did you go to the Teddy Bears Picnic on the 25th July ? If so how did it go?


      • 7. Amanda Baker  |  August 29, 2009 at 5:09 pm

        Good afternoon!

        I ended up spending the day with my mother instead of going to the Teddy Bears Picnic.

        It is good that the Yardley Road works has been completed, but I am sad to see people driving at excessive speeds along there once again. I wonder whether we could one day have a Yardley Road Shared Space scheme around the schools and shops?

        I would be very interested to read more on this blog about your Francis Road Neighbourhood Watch – how things are going with running it, and how residents are getting involved, and what you all feel are the benefits?

        Best wishes,


      • 8. francisroadb27  |  August 31, 2009 at 7:54 am

        HI Amanda! I was talking to the lady from the local greenpeace group was was saying that there is a campaign called 20 is plenty which they are trying to get off the ground. The acocks green forum is also looking into this issue – perhaps you oughta come to the meeting on the 17th sept!

        See ya soon

      • 9. Amanda Baker  |  August 31, 2009 at 4:52 pm

        Hi! I know about “20 is Plenty” – it sounds like a really good scheme. This seems to their Web site: http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/

        “Far from slowing a town to a crawl, 20 mph in residential areas makes hardly any difference at all to journey times.”

        Sounds good to me!

        I will try my best to make it to the AG NF meeting on Thu 17 Sep 2009, but just in case something comes up … hopefully they will put something up on their ‘blog about the discusssions (and could you give my apologies?!)

  • 10. Mary Horesh  |  July 28, 2009 at 8:57 pm

    Love this idea behind your blog, we need to get more communities together like this. Local communities working together makes us stronger.

    Hopefully catch up with you at another Social media surgery.

    Mary Horesh
    Birmingham Friends of the Earth

  • 11. Steve Cooper  |  July 28, 2009 at 10:14 pm

    Hi Mandy and Rebecca,

    Glad to see the blog up and running. As I said to Rebecca any problems drop me a note and I’ll see what I can do.



    • 12. Mandy  |  August 12, 2009 at 10:37 pm

      Hi Steve

      Many thanks!
      See you soon

  • 13. chris  |  July 29, 2009 at 9:12 am

    Hola from Cornellà, Barcelona.

    Congratulations on getting your blog up & running – it looks like you have some great plans and it’s interesting to see how you intend to use the blog.



    • 14. Mandy  |  August 12, 2009 at 10:36 pm

      Hi Chris

      Thank you for your kind wishes!


  • 15. Joanne Proudler  |  August 13, 2009 at 10:46 am

    Hi Rebbca and Mandy

    I’m a Community Fundraiser for Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice and I’ve just read your article in the Birmingham Post and thought this would be a brilliant opportunity for me to ‘plea’ for help with an event I’ve got coming up soon.

    Our Anuual Street Collection takes place over two consecutive days (Friday 25 and Saturday 26 September) and covers the whole of Birmingham. We have huge support from the people in Acocks Green area but as yet I’ve only got a couple of collectors in the town on the Saturday so need more people. I’m wondering if you can help me in any way with recruiting volunteer collectors in Acocks Green?

    Any help you can offer me would be very much appreciated.

    Many thanks

    Jo Proudler
    0121 472 1191

  • 16. Steve Cooper  |  August 13, 2009 at 3:23 pm

    Just for you info, the blog was mentioned in the Birmingham Post today in Jo Ind’s write up (page 26).

    Hope everything is good, probably see you at the next surgery (probably early to mid September).

  • 17. Simon M  |  August 14, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Read your feature in the Birmingham Post yesterday. Keep up the good work. Its inspired me to use my spare time to do something where i live in solihull.

    all the best.

  • 18. Paul Bradshaw  |  August 17, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    Really pleased to see this – look forward to reading more, and if there’s anything I can do to help let me know.

  • 19. Jo Ind  |  August 20, 2009 at 2:51 pm

    Here’s the URL for the piece in The Birmingham Post about creating your blog at the social media surgery in Acocks Green: http://bit.ly/YeQBJ


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