News and Diary Dates
The Halls re-opened on August 29th to coincide with the end of the school holidays and the autumn school term. A full risk management had been drawn up which restricted capacity, introduced a one-way system and a comprehensive cleaning regime. We are still assessing the restrictions on numbers announced for September 14th so the situation is, as always, fluid.
- Thursday, September 24th- Reading Group
Lower Hall, 7:30pm start
- Saturday, December 12th - Carol Walk
- Saturday, January 30th 2021 - Residents' Association AGM
Moor Pool Heritage Trust
Moor Pool in Bloom
The estate has a wide range of active clubs and societies that are open to residents and non-residents. Full details here.
- Coffee Mornings
Coffee mornings are held on the last Saturday of the month (excluding December), 10:30 - 12:00, in the Lower Hall (or Bowling Club at times of fine weather). All are welcome and, as usual, any donations of cakes will be gratefully received.
- The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service
We are delighted to announce that, thanks to all our members, volunteers and supporters, Moor Pool Heritage Trust has been selected as a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2019. This unique UK national honour recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers; it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE for individuals.
Simon Sterling (Chair)
Further details and a full list of the winners of this prestigious award.
- Moorpool Players
After nearly 40 years entertaining Moorpool and Harborne, their excellent production in May 2016 of "Talking Heads" will be their last. A letter from John Healey and Norma Mason explain the decision. There will be a grand sale of furniture, costumes and props later in the autumn.
- Circle Cinema
The Circle Cinema are the winners in a competition sponsored by BFI and Saville Audio Visual. A Grand Inaugural Launch of the Circle Cinema was over the weekend of June 4th and 5th 2016. Full details of their upcoming schedule and membership forms here.
- Moor Pool Heritage Trust Acquires Community Facilities
The Moor Pool Heritage Trust (MPHT) is delighted to announce that as of 19th December 2014, we have now completed the acquisition of the Moor Pool community facilities from Grainger Plc.
We could not have done this without the fantastic support of our residents and the wider local community in helping raise the £325,000 required.
To all of you who supported us, we say a huge thank you on behalf of the Trust. Also, to all our volunteers – we are indebted to you for the time, energy, enthusiasm and skills you have committed to the project.
We look forward to ensuring that these heritage facilities are restored and remain a critical part of the community for future generations.
The Trustees, Moor Pool Heritage Trust
- The Moor Pool Heritage Trust now owns the Spinney Garages
The Moor Pool Heritage Trust completed the ownership of the Spinney garages from Banner Homes on Friday 4th October. This marks a landmark step in the Trusts overall plan to take on ownership of the local community facilities for the benefit of the community.
The completion of the ownership of the Builders Yard will probably be next followed by the allotments. The rents from the garages at the Spinney and Builders Yard will provide a long-term income stream for the Trust as part of its comprehensive business plan.
The Trust would like to express its thanks to Banner Homes and to Trustee Becky Phillips who has spent considerable time and effort seeing through the legal work required.
- Moor Pool Heritage Trust achieves charitable status
Unfortunately just too late for the public meeting at the Moor Pool Hall on the 23rd July, the Trust has received confirmation from the Charity Commission that the company has achieved charitable status and has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1148252.
This is an important step forward.
- It will enable the Trust to reclaim tax on donations significantly increasing their value.
- It will open up a far greater number of grant providers who only deal with organisations with charitable status.
- It gives recognition to the aims of the Trust and enhances the Trusts credibility.
- Japanese Knotweed Update
As the problem of Japanese Knotweed has been ongoing for a least 5 years without any successful treatment being undertaken, a petition was presented to Birmingham City Council to take some action to finally sort the issue out. A site visit took place on the 22nd June. Present were Rob Sutton MRA, Liz Muir MRA and Joe Hayden, the BCC Constituency Parks Manager. Joe Hayden was taken on a tour of the Knotweed sites which include the Circle, the Bowling Green, the Square and the Orchard. Additional growth to the rear of the Circle flats was also identified during the tour. We have now received a report from Joe Hayden and this will be conveyed to members of the Ward Committee on the 26th July at Lordswood Girls School. Unfortunately, the majority of the growth is not on Council controlled land and from the report it would seem there is limited action that can be taken. Despite this Grainger have agreed a 3 year treatment and management plan to remove the Knotweed from the Circle, Square and Bowling Green. We shall monitor closely whether this is carried through to a successful conclusion. All residents should be extremely vigilant for further outbreaks of this plant. It is extremely difficult to control and can have significant financial implications for property owners if discovered. Treating it weakens the plant until finally it will die but this can take longer than 3 years and treatment needs to be continued until there is no more evidence of growth.
The Counil have issued a strategy document for help in identifying the invader and how best to deal with it.
Further Update - September 3rd 2010
Following efforts by the Residents Association over many years culminating in a petition to the Council, the first steps have finally been taken to deal with the Estate's Japanese Knotweed problem. The treatment is already having effect as can be seen from the photograph. We are advised though that It has to be left in its dead-looking brown condition for a while longer before being cut down to allow time for the treatment to spread right through its system to the roots. Further courses of treatment as growth recurs will be needed over the next couple of years and we shall be monitoring this closely with your assistance. We will also be monitoring the outbreaks at the Bowling Green, the Circle flats, The Square and Orchard to see if the same progress is being achieved there.
- Coffee Mornings
The Residents' Association held their first Coffee Morning on Saturday, January 19th 2008 and this proved to be extremely popular. It was attended by over 60 residents of all ages and even showed a modest profit (although this was not the primary intention). It ihas now become a regular monthly event. Held in the Lower Hall, 10:30 - 12:00, on the last Saturday of the month (except in December), all are welcome and any donations of cakes will be gratefully received.