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Old Birmingham / Re: Farm Street, Hockley
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 11:05:33 PM »
Friends Hall, Farm Street - What a great asset to the local community, I spent the last year (1959) of my junior school education in an over-spill classroom there because of lack of space at my junior School (Farm St).
P.S. I wonder how long ago the farm disappeared that gave it's name to the street? :-\
Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by Peg Monkey on Yesterday at 09:43:25 PM »
When I lived near the Banners Gate entrance to Sutton Park Mrs Monkey and me enjoyed many a pleasant Sunday afternoon walk in the park, we would watch members of the Sutton Park Model Aero Club flying their craft and then one day we learned flying had been halted because someone had been hurt, not sure how, maybe a member of the public had strayed on to the take-off and landing strip, I can't remember the date but flying was banned for quite a while, the club is flying again I'm pleased to say.
As a youngster I built a number of model planes starting with Airfix Kits, the largest I built was a balsa wood flying glider of 6ft wingspan, which I built when I was 15/16 for the Pursuits and Projects Section of the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award Scheme.
Old Birmingham / Death in the Quarry? Rose Hill on the Lickeys.
« Last post by Salsin on Yesterday at 12:02:06 PM »
There is a rumour that two Boy Scouts were killed when they fell down the sheer face of the quarry at the foot of Rose Hill (opposite what was the old Bilberry Hill Tea Room and then became the building owned by the Birmingham Boys Clubs).
Sadly I have no idea when this tragic event took place, if indeed it actually happened. It might have been as far back as the 1940s or 1950s.
Does anyone perhaps remember their parents talking about this?
I am researching the long history of the 1st Lickey Scout Group and would like to establish if there is any truth to the rumour and, if so, did it involve Lickey Scouts. Or were they scouts from a different Group who just happened to be on the Lickey Hills that day.
A digital search of the Birmingham Post (via British Newspapers Online) has not revealed anything. If true, there must have been a coroner's inquest but sadly those records are not open to the public.
Can anyone throw any further light on this rumour?
Thanks in anticipation. Mike Dodman, Bromsgrove.
Old Birmingham / Re: Shard End
« Last post by townie on Yesterday at 11:07:21 AM »
Sean do you know if they hold once a month meetings at the community centre for old shard enders reminiscing about the old days. They might have held them at the library at one time but not to sure.

All the best townie.
Old Birmingham / Re: Holidays and Leisure
« Last post by Peg Monkey on November 11, 2019, 11:47:50 PM »
Unusual Leisure Activities - Bog Snorkelling, I have to confess, for me, it's up there with Cow Pat Winging and Ferret Legging where the appeal passes me by.
P.S. I'm guessing making sure the ferrets are well-fed before the event starts is a must. :-[
Birmingham Chat / Re: Congestion Charge For Birmingham
« Last post by JudithM on November 11, 2019, 01:33:04 PM »
hi spud...i have a theory as to why the german market will be on for an extra 2 weeks.. in my opinion the city centre has become a ghost town since all the building work and metro work has started coupled with constant pedestrian diversions and bus route changes resulting in a loss of revenue for the city...apart from the people who work in the city who have no choice in the matter the normal shoppers are keeping included as its just a constant building site and is so the powers that be are hoping by giving the market this extra 2 weeks they can claw back some lost revenue...of course come the new year it will be back to a ghost town again..just my opinion... :(


I think that there might be something in that.  I don't know how well it will work though, as I can't think that extra people will come because it's open longer, will it just be the same number of people will come spread over a longer time? 

By the time it's gone the city centre tram works will have finished (although the extension from Centenary Square to Five Ways will be ongoing) so perhaps things will settle down some.   I hope so, because the city centre really is dire right now there seem to be more baguette shops than anything - as you say, capturing the office workers with their lunch break needs!
Birmingham Chat / Re: Congestion Charge For Birmingham
« Last post by Phil on November 11, 2019, 01:31:41 PM »

On reality what it is no matter what they call it is a ploy to get you out of your car and on public transport. So being a person who would rather attempt driving to the moon than into the city centre it will never affect me.
Old Birmingham / Re: Balsall Heath as it was.
« Last post by Phil on November 11, 2019, 01:27:19 PM »
Hi Mark

Welcome to you, I have a vague memory of the parents baby clothes shop on Ladypool Road, but only because I passed it every day on the way to Dennis Road School and it was next to M & J's which called for an obligatory stop to look in the window to see the latest gear even if I could never afford it at that time no matter how cheap it was.
Birmingham Chat / Re: Congestion Charge For Birmingham
« Last post by JudithM on November 11, 2019, 01:27:02 PM »
This is all very well, and I realise I'm as guilty as anyone else, but it has very little to do with the congestion charges in Birmingham City Centre.
It kind of does. Although it's not really a congestions charge (officially it's a Clean Air Charge) it probably will have the knock on effect of reducing car traffic into the city centre.  People will still have to get there to work (or shop), so they will have to come in by train, tram or bus - or cycle if that's an option for them.

I'll start off by saying I don't drive, so mostly travel by bus & very rarely have the kinds of issues people who don't use buses regularly assume happens constantly  ;D All jokes of smelliness aside, overcrowding is a big issue right now, and if more people are going to turn to public transport then something does need to be done about it.  One evening last week I waited over an hour to be able to get on a bus as they kept coming round full already (I get on 4 stops into the route).  It doesn't often happen to that extent, but once or twice a month, or if there are issues with the trains, it can be a problem.  And talking about trains, my colleagues who commute by train talk of delays almost every day, and regularly say trains are too full to get on as they are showing up with only 2 carriages.

Don't get me wrong, I think measures to cut air pollution are a good thing, but they have to provide a viable alternative to the car to make it work & I don't see that happening at the moment.
Birmingham Photos and Videos / Re: Then & Now
« Last post by JudithM on November 11, 2019, 01:12:50 PM »

Arriving home early-ish  we told my Girl Friend's Dad that we had been to the Robin Hood

 ;D ;D ;D
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