Brierley Hill Christmas Festival – Craft Fair – this Saturday 30th November 12-4pm – Insight House, Pearson Street

Christmas FairCome and join a host of crafters and community organisations at a very festive Fair. Be greeted by Anna and Nobby, two adorable Donkeys who will spend a few hours stabled at the front door!

There is a wide range of quality craft stalls for you to make a start on your Christmas shopping, live music to support the festive mood and excellent tea and coffee in the Secret Coffee Venue.

There will also be chance to try your hand at a bit crafting yourself, so if you have been watching Kirsty Allsop and wanted to have a go this might be your chance!

N.B This is a free entry event with one large joint tombola to raise money for participating charities so please pop along and support them.

Santa Joggle – A Festive Fun Run at the Dell Stadium – Saturday 30 November 10am

HatYou’ve heard of the famous Santa races, well here comes the first Brierley Hill and Pensnett Santa Joggle!   This is a Family Friendly Fun Run/Jog/Walk which will take place on the morning of 30 November at the Dell Stadium from 10am to 11am. 

The event has kindly been organised by Birmingham Metropolitan College students as part of the community based activities taking place around the Brierley Hill Lights Switch On.   We really want members of the community to come along and have a go.

We are hoping that you will be happy to promote this activity through your organisation.  We have enclosed here a copy of the entry form which gives full details of the event and how to enter.

Time is cracking on as entries must be received by 12 noon Friday 29th November.

If you would like more information please do contact

Or email

Community First Brierley Hill – panel meeting 19th November 2013 – all welcome

Community FirstYou are cordially invited to the next meeting of the Community First Brierley Hill panel which will commence at 7pm on Tuesday 19th November 2013 at St Michael’s Church, Brierley Hill.

The panel aims to encourage participation from members of our community and all are welcome to attend its meetings.

The agenda will be:

1. Apologies

2. Minutes of previous meeting

3. Matters Arising

a) Participatory budgeting – following the last meeting an email newsletter was sent to over 100 email contacts informing them of the Big Brierley Hill Give Away, informing them how to apply and asking them to circulate information. A news release was issued to local media outlets. Information was disseminated via social media. An advice surgery was held on 22nd October at Brierley Hill library. In spite of this only four applications had been received. On review of the applications it was noted that there were issues with each one. Panel members were informed of this via email with the applications attached (11th November 2013. Four panel members indicated that they felt that in view of the issues with the applications the meeting on 19th November should be held as a normal panel meeting and asked that the applicants be informed accordingly.
b) Emails were sent to the AW Surgeries Patients Panel, Brierley Hill Community Radio, Dudley Federation of Tenants and Residents and Tiny Tots following the last meeting informing them of the panels considerations. Following this Brierley Hill Community Radio have submitted a further application. No response has been received from the other applications.

4. Grants report

a) It should be noted from the grant report that £39,609.50 has been recommended by the panel to date. £4,000 has been earmarked for the participatory budgeting process. £325 has been allocated for panel expenses. £45192 is available for the panel to the 31st March 2014. Therefore the amounts available to recommend for funding is £4,000 from the participatory budgeting budget and £1257.50 from the remainder of the allocation.

5. Grant applications

a) Age Concern UK
b) Brierley Hill Community Radio
c) Learning for Life
d) Outreach – (18th November – now on application under The 3c’s)

e) Tiny Tots – (updated 18th November)

6. Any Other Urgent Business
7. Dates of future meetings

a) Wednesday 15th January
b) Tuesday 18th March

Access to the agenda papers can be achieved by clicking on the links above.

Alternatively a combined set of papers can be downloaded by clicking here.

N.B. you will be need to download the late applications from 3c and Tiny Tots.

Key documents

Terms of reference
Community First Plan

You are invited to “More Miles Than Venice: an appreciation of the canals of Birmingham and the Black Country” – a talk by Graham Fisher MBE – Civic Society Monday 18th November, 5.30pm

I am delighted to invite you to the next meeting of Brierley Hill Civic Society which takes place on Monday 18th November 2013, at St Michael’s Church, Bell Street South, Brierley Hill.

Graham Fisher MBE

Our speaker is the renowned Graham Fisher M.B.E. Graham will be talking on “More Miles Than Venice: an appreciation of the canals of Birmingham and the Black Country”, with some special highlights regarding Brierley Hill.

For those who know such things Graham is a highly regarded speaker. As one paper put it:

Spend just a few moments in Graham Fisher’s company and you quickly realise he is an extraordinarily engaging Black Country character – offering informed opinions about anything from existentialism to the current economic doldrums.

I do hope you can make what should be an absolutely fascinating talk.

The agenda for the meeting will therefore be:

  1. More Miles Than Venice: an appreciation of the canals of Birmingham and the Black Country – a talk by Graham Fisher MBE
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of the previous meeting (see below)
  4. Matters arising not elsewhere on the agenda
  5. Treasurer’s report
  6. Brierley Hill in Bloom update
  7. Brierley Hill Christmas Festival
  8. Brierley Hill Community Forum merger
  9. Information exchange
  10. Any Other urgent business

I do hope you can make the meeting which should be fascinating for all of those interested in the past, present and future of Brierley Hill. Look forward to seeing you on Monday.

Kind regards,


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Hawbush Tenants and Residents Association AGM – Tuesday 26th November 2013

screenshotJust a reminder of our Annual General meeting to be held on Tuesday 26th November 2013 at St Paul’s Community & Learning Centre in Hawbush Rd Brierley Hill.

A special guest has been invited to talk about important changes to health provision in the area, this is your chance to find out what is going on.

We will also be electing new officers and committee members, we look forward to seeing you all.


Your Hawbush TRA Team

Miranda Dickinson to speak at October Civic Society Meeting

mirandaSunday Times best selling author Miranda Dickinson will be Brierley Hill Civic Society’s start speaker at its meeting on 21st October 2013.

The locally born author of It Started With A Kiss and Fairy Tale Of New York will be one of the start speakers of the Civic Society’s 2013/2014 programme which has been part funded by the Community First programme covering the Brierley Hill ward. Other speakers will be talking on historical an topics.

Mark the day in your diary (the event starts at 5.30pm) and watch this space for more details.

Public meeting on Brierley Hill waste plant proposal – 7pm 15th May – Brockmoor Primary School

Invitation from your local Councillors

to attend a

Public meeting about the proposed new

Food Waste Processing Plant

on Moor Street

Brockmoor Primary School

Belle Isle


Wednesday 15th May at 7.00pm

Dudley council officers will be in attendance along with

Brierley Hill & Brockmoor and Pensnett Councillors

to hear your views about:

Planning application P12/1287

The erection of an Advanced Conversion Technology (ACT) and Anaerobic Digestion (AD) facility comprising of a pyrolysis plant and digestion facility on the Brierley Hill Freight and Steel Terminal, Moor Street.

Brierley Hill christmas lights switch on fixed for Saturday 30th November #BHXmas2013

2012 – rain on the day, but a good time had by all. Perhaps we need an umbrella competition this year!

Brierley Hill Christmas lights switch on has been fixed for 30th November 2013.

A christmas fair, Santa Run, lantern parade, pantomime hunt, choir and other musical sensations are in the feasibility/planning stage as the planning group gets to grips with the logistics of putting on an even bigger and better event than last year.

A small committee of volunteers, traders, councillors. Stourbridge College, schools  and council officials has been established and community engagement will be a key theme.  The group has already been able to achieve an award from the Community First initiative towards the cost of the event.

All offers of help are welcome – email  Watch this space as details firm up.

Cake Sale and Vintage Cafe – 8th March 2013 – Buy a special cake to help a special care bab

We have great pleasure inviting you to our special event for cake-a-difference 2013

Dudley Bliss Family Group is holding a Cake Sale and a chintzy Vintage-Style Café on Friday 8th March, 10am-2pm. At  <> The Secret Coffee Club, Insight House, Pearson Street, off High Street, Brierley Hill DY5 3BL (near Asda entrance), Car parking available.

Buy a special cake to help a special care baby – 100% of cake sales will be donated to Bliss, the special care baby charity.

We will be selling all kinds of yummy, beautiful cakes and bakes.  These are being especially baked for us by some very talented local amateur and professional bakers and cake-makers.

Buy some cakes and receive a free raffle ticket to win a large cake.

Eat-In and/or Take-Away.

If you would like to eat in and treat yourself to a drink in our chintzy vintage style cafe, we will have an offer of buy-one-get-one-free on filter coffee, tea or squash.

At work, or haven’t got time to stop?  Buy some cakes to take away for a treat for your work colleagues, friends and family.