Hall Green District Good News Stories
Baroness Helen Newlove's Valentine's Day Visit to Moseley
Baroness Helen Newlove, the new Government Victims Champion paid a special visit to Moseley on 14 February 2013. Despite feeling unwell, she was able to make the trip and discover how Birmingham has been tackling local alcohol abuse concerns.
She seemed to love what she saw and experienced. In 2012, Moseley became one of only 10 areas in the UK to successfully bid for funding of £90,000 over two years to set up a new Moseley Alcohol Partnership. The impact has been that local problems have reduced significantly according to crime statistics. After only six months, a recent perception survey also revealed 69% of people think problems have improved compared to a year ago. A great start.
Baroness Newlove also enjoyed "One Too Many", a special interactive drama performed by Loudmouth Theatre about the dangers of alcohol abuse. This was an educational project commissioned by Moseley Alcohol Partnership.
Delegates then heard more about how Hall Green District Office has been making a big difference to Moseley issues, talking with representatives from Safer Communities Team, SIFA Fireside, Aquarius, Midland Heart Rough Sleepers Team, Police, Trading Standards, Fire Service and Birmingham City Council - a true partnership effort.
Calthorpe Park Play Centre at the Sports Awards 2012
Calthorpe Park Play Centre was invited to the Birmingham City Council Sports Awards on 16 November 2012 at the new Bramall Music Building, University of Birmingham.
The event was attended by over 400 people, including sports celebrities and TV presenters.
Calthorpe Park Play Centre team was invited for their role in managing the Olympic Torch events across the city.
A short film about the Torch relay was shown at the beginning of the event featuring Calthorpe Park's 'Brum to Brazil' event, and other celebrations across the city.
Sport Success for Local Teen
Zhor Malik the manager at Calthorpe Pavilion is very proud and pleased for the success of one of the young players, who started playing football in Calthorpe Park and is now representing England Under 16s at the age of 14.
Easah Suliman aged 14 is a local lad living in the Hall Green District. He started playing in Calthorpe Park, then played for local leagues and Maypole FC. He won player of the tournament at Butlins and was scouted by Aston Villa FC. He was then selected for the Under 8s at centre back position.
Easah has played for them ever since. He is a very talented young man, and has played for at least one age group above for the last three seasons. He trains regularly with the youth team at Aston Villa. He plays all the under 16s games as well as some 17/18s matches, although his age group is under 15s.
Last season aged 14, he went to Germany with the Aston Villa Under 17s team in an indoor tournament. Three months ago he took part in trials for England and was selected to play for the Under 16s in the Victory Shield.
He played against Wales on 1st November and started the game as a left back. The match was broadcast live on Sky Sports 1.
Not only is this young man a talented footballer, but he is also an exceptional cricketer who played for Warwickshire's 13s and 14s. He was selected as one of only two boys in his age group on the emerging player programme last season. He did have to give up cricket due to football commitments. His parents and family are very proud of him.
Easah's father also started his playing career in Calthorpe Park, and has played at a very high level in both football and cricket. One of his highlights was when he played indoor cricket for England in the 2007 World Cup held in Bristol. He still plays cricket in the park.
The Calthorpe Pavilion Manager Zhor Malik is very proud of the achievements of Easah, saying: "It's very fulfilling to learn that the facilities at Calthorpe Park are benefitting our local youth. This is now two young men of the area representing England at cricket and football."
National Success in RHS Britain in Bloom Awards 2012
Following the recent local success in the regional Britain in Bloom Awards, parks in the Hall Green District have had further success at the Britain in Bloom National Awards.
Birmingham was awarded a Gold and was overall winner in the 'Large City Category'.
Cannon Hill Park won two awards - the Horticulture Award for the best floral displays throughout the entry period, and the Public Park Award.
Birmingham was also shortlisted for the Pride of Place award.
Including the local success detailed in the story below, our District has managed to win four awards for Birmingham.
Local Success in Heart of England in Bloom Awards 2012
At the most recent round of Heart of England in Bloom Awards 2012, the Hall Green District has had some outstanding results in several areas.
Large City Award Results
Gold and Category Winner Birmingham Parks included Sarehole Mill, Moseley Bog, The Dingles and Cannon Hill Park - all areas within the Hall Green District.
Urban Community Category
- Moseley achieved a Gold
- Balsall Heath achieved a Silver Gilt
- Kings Heath achieved a Silver Gilt
A big well done to all of the winners. We also received a Discretionary Award for the Rose Display in Cannon Hill Park.
The success is due to the hard work of the Parks Team all year round. Lisa Trickett, Councillor for Moseley and Kings Heath Ward, praised all the efforts of the residents from Moseley, Kings Heath, Balsall Heath and other areas, saying:
"Carol, Jenny and all who worked so hard, well done. I'm really pleased for you and the community we are part of. Attending the awards today, it was clear that no other part of the city or region could match the contribution or commitment of these communities. I look forward to working with you all over the coming months to build upon our strengths to forge further success in the future."