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Birmingham Beer Festival – This Week!

When: Thursday 25th to Saturday 27th October, 11:00 – 23:00
Where: Second City Suite, Sherlock Street, Digbeth, B5 6LT

Birmingham CAMRA will be holding this year’s Birmingham Beer Festival in Digbeth, and we are delighted to report that Digbeth Residents Association (DRA) has been chosen as this year’s designated charity!

DRA will be running the cloakroom at the event, so make sure to come along to support the festival and residents of Digbeth at the same time!

The Birmingham Beer Festival has certainly evolved over the years, moving from Aston Students’ Guild to the Second City Suite in 2010. The 2011 Beer Festival surpassed all expectations with 4854 people in attendance, and this year with over 220 real ales and more than 60 real ciders/perries available, together we hope to welcome even more people through the doors!

DRA looks forward to seeing lots of residents at the Birmingham Beer Festival 2012. For more information and to stay in the know with the festival, please visit Facebook or follow @brumbeerfest on Twitter.

Regeneration in Digbeth and HS2 – Feedback

Digbeth Residents Association’s (DRA) recent Regeneration in Digbeth and HS2 event was a resounding success, but don’t take our word for it. Before the event, the story was featured on the Birmingham Mail website, and since, DRA have featured on Rail News, live on BBC WM Radio and even on BBC News!

An attendance of over 100 people was recorded at our meeting on the 8th October; evidently the subject struck a chord with many people who are passionate about Digbeth and its future. Many attendees have already given their feedback (included below), but we’d love to hear from you too. Please comment on this post, or get in touch by email, Facebook or Twitter.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters, Bay Leaf, Custard Factory, Nisa Local, and Sbragias, without whom this event would not have been possible. Equally vital was the support and time put into the event by our resident volunteers, including Michael Butler, John Gordon, Karolina Kosciuch and Lisa Zdravkovic. Thank you for all your help!

The speakers’ presentations are included below for reference. Further information, including videos and a recording of Digbeth Residents Association’s appearance on BBC WM Radio on Tuesday 9th October, will be made available as soon as possible, so please ensure to check back regularly.

The next open meeting of Digbeth Residents Association will take place on Monday 10th December 2012, at 18:00, and will include a discussion on the future of the Birmingham Wholesale Market. Further details will be publicised in due course, but for now, do put this date in your diary.

Regeneration in Digbeth 08.10.12

CONGRATULATIONS on a very successful event. Very good sessions.
Sandra Hall, Co-Director, Friction Arts

Congrats to you all. Thought last night’s event was really good, well-paced and good food!
Richard Trengrouse, South and City College

Just thought I would say how impressed I was by the organisation and content of the meeting. People need to make sure that the unique history and architecture of Digbeth is preserved so that it remains a great place to live and work.
Andy Sheppard, Tenant Participation Officer, Birmingham City Council

Thank you for the ‘Regeneration in Digbeth’ evening. I found the speakers interesting and informative.
Ruth Robinson, MISC.arts org. England

Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to present on HS2 to Digbeth’s communities. I found the meeting to be very enjoyable and extremely well organised and have made some very useful contacts which I am following up; a credit to all involved in the group.
Jonathan Lord, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd

I found the meeting very interesting and useful. The DRA did a great job pulling it together and the level of attendance demonstrated just what a good job you did.
Keith Simpson, Birmingham Wholesale Fresh Produce Association

I have been attending meetings about the regeneration of Digbeth for the last twenty years and the meeting on the 8th of October 2012 was the best I have been to this far. The quality of the speakers and the interaction with the participants was excellent.
We all have a voice and by joining forces and representing DRA means we will be heard.
Michael Dadra, Owner of Nisa Local

It was fantastic to see the audience, interest and community turn out grow in numbers. Let’s hope this continues. Thank you to all behind the DRA who work so hard and care for our community.
Lisa Zdravkovic, Birse Civils

I thoroughly enjoyed the event.
John Wells, Institute of Consulting

I would like to congratulate you one more time. It was great event and I am very happy that I could be part of it.
Karolina Kosciuch, Polish Expats Association

The event went extremely well with many types of professionals in attendance. Well done and thank you.
Damon Hillan, CIMA

Regeneration in Digbeth and HS2 – Monday 8th October

When: Monday 8th October 2012, 18:00-19:00
Where: The Penthouse, Zellig Building, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
(Upon entering the Custard Factory on Gibb Street, turn into the Zellig Building near to Urban Village Vintage. Walk towards the ‘white sticks’ sculpture to find the lifts, the Penthouse is on the 4th floor.)

Residents, local businesses and not-for-profit organisations are invited to attend an event to engage with Birmingham City Council, HS2 and National Express on the theme of Regeneration in Digbeth. Digbeth Residents Association wants to help ensure the successful regeneration of Digbeth with the development of long-term sustainable growth.

The following speakers have been confirmed:

  • Mark Barrow, Strategic Director of Development, Birmingham City Council
  • Jonathan Lord, Community & Stakeholder Advisor – West Midlands, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
  • Jack Kelly, External Communications Manager, National Express
  • Yvonne Mosquito, Councillor, Birmingham City Council

We will be discussing the effects of the Enterprise Zone and HS2 on the area, and how Birmingham City Council, HS2 and National Express could support economic growth in Digbeth.

Please RVSP here for catering purposes.

 

Our supporters Bay Leaf Restaurant have offered all attendees a three course meal for only £9.95, along with a free glass of wine (or J20) when dining after this event.  With additional thanks to:

Regeneration in Digbeth and HS2

When: Monday 8th October 2012, 18:00-19:00
Where: The Penthouse, Zellig Building, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
(Upon entering the Custard Factory on Gibb Street, turn into the Zellig Building near to Urban Village Vintage. Walk towards the ‘white sticks’ sculpture to find the lifts, the Penthouse is on the 4th floor.)

Residents, local businesses and not-for-profit organisations are invited to attend an event to engage with Birmingham City Council, HS2 and National Express on the theme of Regeneration in Digbeth. Digbeth Residents Association wants to help ensure the successful regeneration of Digbeth with the development of long-term sustainable growth.

The following speakers have been confirmed:

  • Mark Barrow, Strategic Director of Development, Birmingham City Council
  • Jonathan Lord, Community & Stakeholder Advisor – West Midlands, High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
  • Jack Kelly, External Communications Manager, National Express
  • Yvonne Mosquito, Councillor, Birmingham City Council

We will be discussing the effects of the Enterprise Zone and HS2 on the area, and how Birmingham City Council, HS2 and National Express could support economic growth in Digbeth.

Please RSVP here by 1st of October for catering purposes.

 

Our supporters Bay Leaf Restaurant have offered all attendees a three course meal for only £9.95, along with a free glass of wine (or J20) when dining after this event. Bay Leaf will also be providing snacks during the event. With additional thanks to:

Digbeth Bike Ride – TODAY!

Inspired by the Olympics? Have nothing planned for this afternoon? Dust your bike off and join us for a social beginners ride!

The last bike ride organised by Digbeth resident Val was a route including Sarehole Mill and was attended by 18 people. See some pictures below, along with some more information about today’s expedition!

Get out on your bike and have fun! Join us for a social ride and explore Digbeth.

It’s perfect for beginner and those that haven’t been out on their bike for a while. We’ll always ride at the pace of the slowest rider so no one is left behind.

It’s a good idea to bring some water and you may also want to bring a snack or you can buy refreshments so please bring some money. Wearing a helmet is advisable; if you don’t have one please do not to worry you can still take part. If you enjoy the bike ride and would like to come again perhaps you could look to buy one then.

Apologies for delay in adding details. I was waiting to check the weather forecast. Its not bad, so the canals should not be too muddy, and a picnic should be fun.

Plan therefore is a circular going to the canal via a few quiet roads in Lee Bank; along the Worcester and Birmingham canal to Kings Norton and then back along cycle route 5 through Cannon Hill Park and some more quiet roads to Digbeth.

Lets have a late season picnic in Kings Norton Park. I’ll provide some goodies – there is not a handy café.

Toilets in Cannon Hill Park, but afraid there are few elsewhere.

Parking usually okay on the streets of Digbeth on Saturdays.

Look forward to seeing you there!
Val Woodward

For more information, please check the Sky Ride website, but hurry, it sets off at 11:00!

Birmingham Beer Festival 2012

When: 25th-27th October, 11:00 – 23:00
Where: Second City Suite, Sherlock Street, Digbeth, B5 6LT

Birmingham CAMRA will be holding this year’s Birmingham Beer Festival in Digbeth, and we are delighted to report that Digbeth Residents Association (DRA) has been chosen as this year’s designated charity.

As well as benefiting from unused beer tokens, DRA will be running the cloakroom at the event, so make sure to come along to support the festival and residents of Digbeth at the same time!

The Birmingham Beer Festival has certainly evolved over the years, moving from Aston Students’ Guild to the Second City Suite in 2010. The 2011 Beer Festival surpassed all expectations with 4854 people in attendance, and this year with over 220 real ales and more than 60 real ciders/perries available, together we hope to welcome even more people through the doors!

Birmingham CAMRA need as many volunteers as possible to help with the festival; if you can spare any time, please complete a staffing form available on the website.

DRA looks forward to seeing lots of visitors to the Brum Beer Fest 2012. For more information and to stay in the know with the festival, please visit Facebook or follow @brumbeerfest on Twitter.

Yard Talk

When: Saturday 21st July, 13:00 onwards
Where: The Edge, 79-81 Cheapside, Digbeth, B12 OQH

Yard Talk is part of Bass Festival, and is the culmination of the first stage of Friction Arts’ Echoes project. Echoes aims to share and preserve stories from Digbeth and Highgate, leading to an exhibition in 2013.

Everyone is asked to bring a dish from home to share at Yard Talk; please also bring old photographs, film or audio recordings and Friction Arts will help you digitize these so you can keep them forever.

Come to The Edge to relax, share stories of work and play whilst enjoying Caribbean food and great music from local reggae DJs.

Friction Arts are always looking for people with interesting stories to tell about the area, if this is you, click here to get in touch!

Another Bike Ride!

When: Tuesday 24th July, 17:30-21:00
Where: Leaving from the Spotted Dog in Digbeth at 17:30

Digbeth resident Val Woodward is organising another fun and easy bike ride next week!

Eat, drink and chat at the Black Eagle in Hockley after cycling along the canals, returning to Digbeth before dark. The route is approximately 9 miles, and all adults are welcome to join in! Simply turn up at the Spotted Dog by 17:30 or canal-side outside NIA just before 6pm.

Please contact Val beforehand if you would like to try arranging the borrowing of a bike for you. More information on the Facebook event page.

Warwick Bar Summer Fete – Tomorrow!

When: Saturday 14th July, 12:00 – 17:00
Where: Warwick Bar, Fazeley Street, Digbeth

Just a reminder that Warwick Bar‘s Summer Fete is taking place tomorrow afternoon!

To mark their first year of activities, come and enjoy a free afternoon of arts, music and performance at Warwick Bar, whilst indulging in freshly cooked locally produced food and enjoying plenty of waterside entertainment.

Ikon’s Slow Boat, Grand Union and Edible Eastside are some of the well-respected tenants of Warwick Bar, who have been working with Digbeth Residents Association to promote the event market the event.

Click here to see the Warwick Bar Summer Fete Programme, along with a map and directions, or follow them on Twitter (hashtag #B5fete).

 

Event in the Irish Centre this evening

When: Today, Wednesday 4th July, 19:00-21:00
Where: Irish Centre Birmingham, Digbeth High Street

Deirdre O’Byrne of Nottingham Irish Studies Group, will be presenting a talk on the work of Colm Tóibín, the multi-award-winning Irish writer, in the Irish Centre this evening.

This is a free event and everyone is welcome! Come along and support the Irish community in Digbeth.