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Sourcing and restoring the finest vintage, retro and period furniture, collectables and gifts for all tastes and all budgets, Ffrenchy’s is located in the Zellig part of the Custard Factory in Digbeth. From period antiques and gifts to 60s, 70s and 80s iconic furniture, everything at Ffrenchy’s has a history and an impressive back-story.
Complementary afternoon tea is served in store for all customers from 3pm Tuesday to Friday. All Digbeth residents are warmly invited to pop down to Ffrency’s, enjoy a proper cuppa and a truly unique shopping experience.
When: Sunday 13th January, from 18:00
Where: Bay Leaf, Custard Factory, Digbeth
Free – Please RSVP (details below)
Unfortunately, the 12th January will see the Bay Leaf restaurant in the Custard Factory close its doors. Digbeth Residents Association would like to thank Bay Leaf for all their help and support.
However, if you’re anything like us and will seriously miss their delicious food, all is not lost… Owner of the Bay Leaf, Aftab Rehman, will be launching a new venture, Bay Leaf at Home, next weekend:
We are leaving the Custard Factory, but we are not leaving you.
As a valued customer we would like to invite you to exclusive and exciting launch of Bay Leaf at Home on the 13th January at 6pm. We will be closer to you by focussing on cooking classes, supper club, external catering and event management.
The evening will include live music, canapés and a buffet meal – you are welcome to make a donation towards the food – as well as an introduction to Bay Leaf at Home. We will also be auctioning some of the Bay Leaf’s artwork.
We would like to thank everyone for their support and custom over the last 18 months. We are more grateful for your continuous support for Bay Leaf at Home and further adventures in the future.
We do hope to see you at the launch.
If you would like to attend the launch of Bay Leaf at Home, please RSVP by email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or phone (0121 224 7700) by the 11th January.
When: Tuesday 8th January, 19:00-21:00
Where: Thinktank Planetarium, Millennium Point
Entry £6 – advance tickets only (available here)
Sir Patrick Moore challenges you to locate and observe his 50 favourite celestial objects in the winter night sky. Are you up to the challenge?
Twenty-five of these objects are visible with the naked eye or binoculars and the remaining 25 require a telescope. In a special astronomy show hosted in partnership with the Birmingham Astronomical Society, Thinktank Planetarium will help you locate all 50 objects inside the comfortable dome and demonstrate how to find them in the real sky outside.
Everyone attending will receive a 2013 BBC Stargazing LIVE starguide and a British Association of Planetaria Moon Calendar.
Where: Unit 6, Fazeley Street, Digbeth, B5 5RS
Sbragia’s is a Digbeth institution among those who frequent Fazeley Street. Described as a typical greasy spoon, but Sbragia’s offers far more than just a fry up.
Nestled among its industrial neighbours, the unassuming façade of the building would make you think the sandwiches are just as unassuming – but don’t be fooled! Sbragia’s provided sandwiches and other nibbles at Digbeth Residents Association’s Regeneration in Digbeth event back in October, and received nothing but very high praise indeed.
As well as the friendly staff providing fresh sandwiches over the counter, Sbragia’s also provide a catering service, promising to “cater to every need” from silver service and canapés, to corporate breakfasts and weddings. And if the great reviews are anything to go by, you won’t be disappointed.
When: Monday 28th January, 18:00-20:30
Where: Maple House, 150 Corporation Street, B4 6TB
Refreshments will be served from 18:00, the Summit will start promptly at 18:30
Has your business been a victim of crime, or do you work for an organisation that needs more Police support? If so, the new West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC), Bob Jones, would like to invite you to his first Business Summit.
Bob met with members of Digbeth Residents Association in November, where he informed us of his desire to engage with business communities and to hear local issues and concerns first hand.
The Summit takes place on Monday 28th January; further information and an invitation follows. Places are limited, so if you would like to attend, please click here to register and complete a business crime survey as soon as possible.
Please see below for the latest message from HS2 Community Forums:
Dear Forum Member,
Please find attached the draft meeting notes and actions arising from the Washwood Heath to Curzon Street Community Forum meeting on 3rd December.
For those who attended the meeting please could you check that your name is included as I have only been able to include those who signed the attendance list. If you have been omitted please let me know.
The Community Forums Team
High Speed 2 (HS2) Ltd
This summer will see a new exhibition in the Community Gallery at Birmingham Museum. Echoes is due to open on 20th May and run until 19th August 2013.
The bands we heard. The pubs we drank in. The smell of metal in the air. Step into the memories of people who lived, worked and played in Digbeth and Highgate in the 1960s, 70s and 80s. History with the paint still wet.
This exhibition is part of the wider Friction Arts Echoes project, funded by the HLF. The project is working with people in Digbeth and Highgate to uncover, preserve and celebrate the diverse recent history of these areas. Click here to learn more about the project or to get involved.
Rest assured that we will keep our readers updated about this exhibition in the New Year.
When: Monday 31st December
Where: Bay Leaf Restaurant, Custard Factory, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Tickets £15 – including a two course meal
Why not welcome 2013 in a style like no other? Only in Digbeth will you find Irish Music in a Bangladeshi restaurant, and a Bangla dish with a bit of Irish in it!
In the second installment of the Bangla Irish Night, Reel Note will play Irish folk songs while Bay Leaf provide their famous Guinness Balti this New Year’s Eve. Tickets are a very reasonable £15, which includes a two course meal.
Booking early is recommended, and free parking is available at the Custard Factory. Call 0121 224 7700 or email to book your table now!
Jay Rayner, food critic for the Observer, regular on Masterchef, and presenter of Radio 4′s The Kitchen Cabinet, recently visited Digbeth.
While here, he sampled the atmosphere of Fazeley Studios and the culinary delights of The Karczma Polish restaurant on Bordesley Street. Naturally, Jay had quite a bit to say about The Karczma…
There is something very special going on here: a true instinct to feed, a massive generosity of spirit, and an outstanding love affair with the noble pig. This is Polish food the way you want it: deep, rich, soothing, hearty. It is one long hug on a plate.
We’ve said the Karczma is a great alternative restaurant right on our doorstep here in Digbeth. But Jay’s verdict? “Go there.” We don’t need to be told twice!