NHWN Update: Action Fraud

Please see below for the latest update from Action Fraud:

We are the UK’s national reporting centre for fraud and financially motivated cyber crime and are run by the City of London Police, working alongside the National Fraud Intelligence Bureau. Our specialist team uses information from all of the fraud and cyber crime cases reported to us to create alerts about new types of crime or those which are increasing in severity.

Issues that we commonly see, and that we will be informing you about specifically over the coming weeks and months include the following:

  • People who call to tell you that there is a problem with your bank card and that they need to collect it from you to fix the problem;
  • Fraud committed by people selling event / entertainment tickets, weight-loss / teeth whitening drugs, or vehicles online;
  • Fraud committed by people who cold-call thousands of people in the UK in order to sell them an investment in shares or precious metals, or who want them to invest their pension;
  • People pretending to be someone they are not in order to persuade your business to send money to a new bank account to pay for an invoice;
  • The activities of cyber-criminals who want to infect your computer or smartphone in order to steal your banking details or “lock” important files to prevent you from using or viewing them;
  • Fraudsters who persuade people to pay a fee in advance of receiving a loan, which never appears.

All of these can be avoided by following the simple prevention advice we will include in every alert we send you, which you will also be able to find on the Action Fraud website.

We hope that you find our alerts interesting and that they can help you to keep the criminals at arm’s length.
The Action Fraud team

Eastside Projects – January 2015 Events

When: Friday 30th January, 18:00-20:00
Where: Eastside Projects, 86 Heath Mill Lane, Digbeth, B9 4AR

The new year brings new exhibitions to Digbeth’s creative spaces, and Eastside Projects is certainly no exception. Next Friday, join others in the gallery to see the public preview of three new exhibitions from various artists. The Black Pleasure bar will be open and it promises to be a fantastic evening.

Birmingham Show
Exhibition continues until 11 April

Birmingham Show is an exhibition as history and not history, connecting gaps, distances and potentials of artists who have lived, worked or studied within the city. Three key questions underpin the exhibition making – ‘What is the art of Birmingham?’ ‘Is there an accent to Birmingham’s art making?’ and ‘How is Birmingham useful for the production of art?’.

Eastside Projects’ intention is not to create an authoritive survey, but to initiate conversations and to think again about our city as a place that produces and supports artists in many different ways. By displaying a set of works that wouldn’t otherwise be experienced together, they hope to make visible co-existing and overlapping objects, processes, politics, relationships and scenes emanating from Birmingham. To help contextualise the exhibition, a series of short talks by artists, groups and projects will take place at the gallery on Saturday 31 January from 14:00.

Kelly Best: Velum
Exhibition continues until 28 February

Jerwood Encounters: 3-Phase is a new artist development collaboration between Eastside Projects, g39 (Cardiff) and Jerwood Charitable Foundation. 3-Phase offers two early career artists, in this instance Kelly Best and Georgie Grace, the opportunity to make new work that will be exhibited through a year long programme of exhibitions across the collaborating galleries.

Kelly’s practice is rooted in drawing; she deals with architectural concerns, thinking past the constraints of the edge of the paper and drawing directly onto the wall and floor. At Eastside Projects she has developed a bespoke, modular wall structure; a large curved sculptural surface that supports a dense, ten metre long pencil drawing.

Digbeth Community Garden – January 2015 update

When: Saturday 24th January, 7th February, 21st February, 11:00-16:00
Where: Digbeth Community Garden, Shaw’s Passage, Digbeth, B5 5TH

There’s always room for willing volunteers and hands at work days in the Digbeth Community Garden. Everyone is welcome to lend their support at the next work days; see the latest newsletter from the team below:

Beat the January Blues at The Anchor

When: Friday 23rd January, 20:00 onwards
Where: The Anchor, 308 Bradford Street, Digbeth, B5 6ET
Tickets: £3 available from the bar

Stuck for something to do tomorrow night?

The Anchor presents an evening of great stand up comedy, with 11 acts (at the last count!) starting at 8pm this Friday.

Tickets are only £3, so grab yourself a pint of the finest real ale, pull up a pew, and get ready to be entertained! The night usually goes on until around 22:30, and it’s a good idea to arrive early as all previous shows have sold out quickly.

The Misfits Comedy group was formed in the summer of 2013, comprised of comedians trained by Birmingham’s very own Barbara Nice, who continue to perform at various comedy nights in Birmingham, the Midlands and further afield.

Keep an eye out on the website as The Misfits hope to organise some free open mic shows at The Anchor to try out new material along with their well-honed jokes and anecdotes.

St Patrick’s Parade Charity Event

When: Friday 20th February, 19:00-03:00
Where: Irish Centre Birmingham, Digbeth, B12 0LN
Tickets: £10

Birmingham’s finest Irish bands have decided that they are going to do all they can to save Digbeth’s St Patrick’s Day Parade. As such, they invite you to the Irish Centre Birmingham on Friday 20th February, for an evening of live music, dancing and lots of yummy food to raise money to save the parade.

Taking over the Leinster Suite will be: Black Jack Davey, The Small Geezers, The Father Teds, The Hurling Boys, Little Jimmy, Mick Sullivan, Pat Breslin, Fran The Man, Caidre, Lampa, John Kiernan, DJ Eddie Boland and more to be confirmed!

Tickets are only £10 and include a free hot buffet. For more information, see the flyer below or call 0121 622 2314.

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Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza

When: Sunday 1st February 2015, 11:30-16:30
Where: Fazeley Studios, 191 Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5SE
Tickets: £3 in advance (available online), £6 on the door

If you’re looking for something different for your wedding day, then you’re in luck! The Eclectic Wedding Extravaganza returns to Digbeth in February, showcasing the very best in alternative wedding suppliers, in a fun, friendly and relaxed environment.

The event offers a wonderfully diverse range of services and products including live music, stilt walkers, a catwalk show, and amazing prizes in the treasure hunt. One thing you can be sure of is that it will be a fun day out with lots of giveaways, lots to see, and not one bit like a ‘normal’ wedding fair!

For more information and to buy advance tickets, visit the event website. To learn more of what to expect, check out a video from a previous event below:

Food Offers at Alfie Bird’s

When: daily from 17:00
Where: Alfie Bird’s, 204 The Green House, Custard Factory, Digbeth, B9 4AA

This past year, Alfie Bird’s has been on the receiving end of some fab reviews for its mix of freshly made food and live music.

Although you may be feeling the pinch of January, that shouldn’t mean you should avoid going out altogether, especially with Uncle Alfie’s weekly food offers available daily from 5pm:

  • Blue Mondays
    Anyone wearing blue gets a free upgrade from a small pizza to large pizza, or a house burger to premium burger
  • Tuesdays
    Two house burgers for £10
  • Wednesdays
    2-4-1 on large pizzas
  • Thirsty Thursdays
    A free bottle of beer or glass of wine with any large pizza or premium burger
  • TFI Friday
    The Three Tenners: A bottle of house wine, a bucket of five beers, or four Jägerbombs for £10 each

See the full menu below. To keep up to date with news from Alfie’s, check out the Facebook page or follow @Alfiebirds on Twitter.

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The ever irreverent Spotted Dog landlord John Tighe recently sent us his solution to the struggles currently facing the new Library of Birmingham…

Birmingham City Council already has its own tried and trusted template for dealing with problems such as those threatening the new library.

Look no further than the solution they came up with to deal with the cost of running one of the top Science Museums in Europe.

They closed it and stored all the exhibits in a warehouse that is open to the public for two days a year. Great idea. They even stacked the exhibits randomly on shelves up to the ceiling so that most were out of sight (also a great idea since it discourages visitors). But, the full-time staff savings! – only needs two microbiologists to stop bugs eating the exhibits.

Now, I’m not proposing that they should close the library (unless one of their favourite developers wants the site), but have they not considered storing the books in another warehouse in Nechells? Think of the benefits: Run the library as the world’s largest coffee bar (International publicity, Guinness Book of Records); Fewer and cheaper staff (no qualifications needed to serve coffee); Massive profits (have you seen what idiots pay for espresso?). The only downside, of course, is that they would have to employ at least two more microbiologists.

Having worked for the NHS for over thirty years and my wife having worked as a teacher for the same length of time we simultaneously formed the theory that both professions would work swimmingly if we could get rid of the patients and the kids. How refreshing to find that our theories have been proved empirically.

I still smile when I remember that Birmingham once competed to be City of Culture.


Shelanu: Women’s Craft Collective is a social enterprise, supported by Craftspace, which is based in the Custard Factory.

Comprised of migrant and refugee women, Shelanu produces high quality craft objects inspired by the women’s adopted home of Birmingham, and their experiences of migration.

Shelanu – which means belonging to us – aims to assist refugee women to become more aspirational through their creative and holistic development, encouraging better integration into local communities, and for those communities to profit from the diversity and richness of the women’s experience.

The collective’s wares are available to buy from the Sara Preisler Gallery at the Custard Factory in Digbeth. If you’d like to learn more, you can find Shelanu on Facebook and Twitter.

DIE DAS DER – January 2015

When: Friday 23 January, 19:30 onwards
Where: The Rainbow, 160 Digbeth High Street, B12 0LD
Tickets: £5

DIE DAS DER continue their aural takeover of Digbeth with their first outing of 2015 at The Rainbow.

With live music from four great bands, followed by DJs in the bar afterwards, this is certainly one way of dusting off the January cobwebs!

For more information, see the flyer below, or visit the Facebook event page.

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