Health and Homelessness Week‏

When: 4th – 10th October 2014

SIFA Fireside will be launching Health and Homelessness Week on Saturday 4th October.

Designed to raise awareness of the issues homeless people face with physical and mental health, the week also wants to encourage people to consider their own, or a friend’s, well being.

Starting with a quiz and raffle at Aston University on the Tuesday 7th October, charity supporters can win some fab prizes and even an iPad! A lunch at SIFA Fireside on Friday 10th October will round out the week with the handing out of harvest festival donations.

There are many ways in which you can support the Digbeth-based charity, but perhaps the most fun is by baking! Taking advantage of the excitement surrounding the Great British Bake Off, and the fact that making and eating cake is scientifically proven to be good for you*, SIFA Fireside has created a fundraising pack which includes some tasty recipes.

Taking time out to bake a cake can help your own well being, but by selling that cake (and sharing the calories) you can raise some much-needed funds for SIFA Fireside to continue their excellent work. The fundraising pack also comes with some top tips about how to approach a conversation with someone you care about, as well as how to look after your own well being.

See the flyer below for more information about Health and Homelessness Week; to request a fundraising pack or to ask a question, email or call 0121 7661700.

* may not be true

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Award Winning DRA!

John Gordon with our award

Earlier this year, Digbeth Residents Association were – completely unexpectedly – recognised by Birmingham City Council.

Chairperson John Gordon attended the Ladywood District event to represent DRA, and was presented with the pictured placard by Councillor Yvonne Mosquito as part of the Proud People Proud Places awards. It’s safe to say we remain fiercely proud of Digbeth!

We would like to extend our thanks to Birmingham City Council and Councillor Yvonne Mosquito for their recognition of Digbeth Residents Association, and assure all our members and supporters that we will continue to work towards our mission of bringing the community together while building a vibrant place to live in Digbeth.

Thank you!

The B Store

Where: 14 The Gallery, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 11:00-18:00

The B Store has recently opened up in the Custard Factory.

Specialising in Casio G-Shock brand watches and offering a growing collection of custom single speed (fixie) bikes that are perfect for city living, the team behind the concept have certainly got the right independent and niche mentality for Digbeth!

The B Store will also be running a number of unique urban bike-related events; visit the website or Facebook page to keep up to date with what’s on offer.

Digbeth Viaduct Illuminations

When: Friday 26 and Saturday 27 September, 18:00-22:00
Where: 119 Floodgate St, Digbeth, B5 5SU (ex-AJ Wild factory)

A group of artists are getting together this weekend to play homage to the working viaducts over Digbeth, while re-lighting enthusiasm for the unused Viaduct.

As part of the nationwide Scalarama festival, a number of films will be shown in the pop-up space on Floodgate Street (the old AJ Wild factory), including Breathing Space and Daisies, alongside a photo study and an interactive kaleidoscope.

However, it’s outside where the most excitement will happen, with illumination light artists taking over Floodgate Gardens, using light pens to colour the viaduct above.

Colour palettes may be mixed with water from the River Rea below, from the blue to the red and white of bricks, or other natural mosaic images…

The pop-up gallery and gardens will be open from 6pm tonight and tomorrow evening. If you pop along, make sure to take photos and Tweet them using the hashtag #Digbeth!

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October Meeting of DRA

When: Monday 13th October 2014, 18:00 onwards
Where: Old Crown Restaurant, High Street Deritend, Digbeth

The next meeting of Digbeth Residents Association will take place on Monday 13th October at 18:00 in the Old Crown on Digbeth High Street. Please find an agenda for the meeting at this link. The meeting will include a discussion of recent research into the Slow Architecture approach to regeneration adopted at Warwick Bar.

The research explored how taking regeneration step by step – as opposed to flattening a neighbourhood and starting again – can actually help build a stronger sense of community and responsibility between the owners and residents of an area. During the meeting we hope to discuss the future of Digbeth and how it may evolve, particularly in light of HS2 and its unquestionable impact.

For more information, please see the flyer below (click on the image for a larger version). If you have any questions or would like to submit apologies, please do email

Birmingham TradFest – Line up released

When: Thursday 27 – Sunday 30 November 2014
Where: various locations in Digbeth
Tickets: from £5 (available online here)

Birmingham Tradfest is the city’s first traditional Irish music festival, and will be coming to Digbeth very soon!

Taking place in November, the line up has just been released, with more acts to be added as the festival approaches. See the flyer below for more information, or visit the Tradfest website to buy your tickets now.

Peaky Blinders Series 2

When: Thursday 2nd October, 21:00
Where: BBC2

It’s the moment we’ve all been waiting for: Peaky Blinders is back on our screens!

Starting next Thursday, 2nd October, I’m sure most (if not all) of our readers are just as delighted as I am for the show’s return. To celebrate, Digbeth Residents Association will be hosting weekly group screenings of the series at The Spotted Dog. Come along to enjoy the show in the fitting atmosphere of a period Digbeth pub with fellow fans.

Members of Digbeth Residents Association, including Chairperson John Gordon and Secretary Pamela Pinski, were invited to the show’s premiere last Sunday at the Cineworld. We’ve included some photos of the team hobnobbing with the stars, including writer Steven Knight and Tommy Shelby himself, Cillian Murphy, below.

Following the premiere of the first episode of the second series (you’re in for a treat – it’s excellent!), the show’s stars, Cillian Murphy and Helen McCrory, writer Steven Knight, and Director Colm McCarthy, all took part in a Q&A session. Of course, it wouldn’t be right if we left the Q&A without an exclusive: we can reveal that the Digbeth Kid will feature in episode 3, and in episode 5, Aunt Polly goes for a drink in The Spotted Dog after a bad experience…

That’s all we know for now, and we won’t be giving any spoilers of the first episode, but we can’t wait to find out more once Peaky Blinders is back on our screens next week!

In the words of Steven Knight himself: “God bless Digbeth!”

Flamingo Vintage Boutique

Where: 5 Gibb Terrace, Gibb Street, Digbeth, B9 4AA
Opening Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10:00-18:00

Having just opened a little boutique on Gibb Terrace at the Custard Factory, Flamingo Vintage aims to bring you the finest hand-picked vintage clothing and accessories.

With the loss of Urban Village, Flamingo is filling a gap by selling a great selection of quality items from the 50s, 60s, 70s all at very affordable prices.

For more information, visit the Facebook page, email, or call Jo on 07966 137496.

No Thyself

When: Tuesday 30th September, 19:00 (doors will close at 20:00)
Where: Green Street Arts, 22 Green Street, Digbeth, B12 0NB
Tickets: email a 100-word statement of interest to

Acclaimed artists Glenn Anderson, graffiti legend Chu, and lighting/visual artist Liam d’Authreau, have spent a month constructing an installation utilising a variety of found and recycled materials, techniques and technologies at Green Street Arts.

With a supporting soundtrack from Swedish band GOAT, they will exhibit their creation for one night only on Tuesday 30 September.

Drawing from thousands of years of history and culture, hundreds of years of artistic expression and decades of experience in the study, practice, execution and exhibition of the arts. The experience is the sum of many parts – There is no thy self, only synergy.

Those who are successful in obtaining tickets to the event will be invited to share their experience on the No Thyself website, where members of the public will also be able to view the installation via an interactive 360° image.

Green Street Arts is an open collective of artists, providing space and resources to aid the creation of art all funded by donations. For more information, visit the Facebook page or website.

20 is Plenty

Residents of Digbeth should have recently received a postcard outlining proposals to cut speed limits on most of our streets from 2016. This is the latest stage in the council’s consultation on the 20 is Plenty plans to make roads more pedestrian friendly and reduce accidents.

The consultation is open from now until 17 October, after which plans will be finalised. More information is available on the Birmingham City Council website, but if you’d like to see the plans in person, who can do so at the following places/times in and around Digbeth:

  • The Irish Centre
    14-20 High Street Deritend, Digbeth, B12 0LN
    During normal opening hours until Friday 17 October
  • Stanhope Hall Community Centre
    Emily Street, Highgate, B12 0XJ
    Thursday 25 September, 15:00-19:00
  • Birmingham Council House
    Victoria Square, B1 1BB
    Saturday 11 October, 11:00-15:00