Brierley Hill Festival of Christmas Trees 2013 – photos

Seriously.  You have to go and see it.

Brierley Hill Festival of Christmas Trees got underway today (Saturday 7th December), and it runs until next Sunday (15th December).

It was a privilege to be asked to open the Festival and to turn on the lights.  Humbling too.

At least 28 individuals, organisations and local businesses contributed a tree – a fantastic number for a festival which is in its first year.  It is heartwarming when our local community comes together like this in Brierley Hill and it makes me very proud to live in the town.

Although you’ll spot from the pictures that I’m not the greatest of photographers, you can click on any image to see a Flickr slideshow of the trees.  In truth to get the impact you have to go and see for yourself.

They came in all shapes and sizes, a wide range of materials and lots of different themes.  But all were contributed with a generosity of spirit which is one of the great strengths of our town.

The contributors to this year’s festival were (in no particular order):

Bob and Maggie Titmus; Early Years Nursery, Adelaide Street; Brierley Hill Primary School Art Club; Brierley Hill Keep Fit Group; Brierley Hill Market Traders; Churches Together In Brierley Hill; Unit 67 Ltd, Developers; 3rd Brierley Hill Beavers; 3rd Brierley Hill Cubs; St Michael’s Flower Arrangers; Estrella Dance Academy; West Midland Chair Covers; Freeman’s Family Australia; St John’s Brockmoor, Messy Church; The Withers; Brierley Hill Civic Society; St John’s Brockmoor ‘Open the Book’; ‘Lest we forget’; Ann Bishop; The 3 C’s Group, Hawbush Memorial Tree; Stourbridge Flower Club; Christmas Cards to Each Other; Insight for Carers; Beryl Fisher; Noel Simpson; Brierley Hill Children’s Centre – ‘Sure Start’

Well done to all involved.  Next year will be even better!


Oh yes it is!!!! The Brierley Hill Panto Trail – 30th November 2013 – 11am-3.30pm


Jack290Take part in the a lovely trail to win a pair of tickets to the brilliant 2014 performance of Brierley Hill Musical Theatre’s Jack and the Beanstalk at the Civic Centre.

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The tour is part of the Brierley Hill Christmas Festival and will take place on 30th November from 11 am unitl 3.30pm.

Starting at Dreamland in Mill Street your mission will be to find the beautiful Pantomime props which have been decorated by  children and Bromley and Pensnett School.

Trail forms will be available at Brierley Hill library and participating shops. Or you can download one by clicking here:

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When you’ve completed the trail had in your form and you will be entered into a draw for the prize tickets with the winner being announced at the Moor Centre Stage during the lights switch on starting at 4.30pm.

Minutes of 15th July 2013 Civic Society Meeting – see what was discussed and what was decided

Brierley Hill Civic Society
Brierley Hill Civic Society

Brierley Hill Civic society met on Monday, 15th July.

The key speaker, funding by the Community First programme was Terry Church who gave a cracking talk on “1942 – a vintage year”.

The society also heard updates and local issues.  You can read the minutes here: Continue reading Minutes of 15th July 2013 Civic Society Meeting – see what was discussed and what was decided