The Old Meeting House

Birmingham Friends Meeting House of #TheQuakers

The Iron Room

MS 1061-2-5-1 Copy of a sketch of Bull St. Quaker Meeting House (3rd building from the left) in 1702, n.d. [Ref MS 1061/2/5/1]

It is thought that a small Quaker community established in Birmingham in the 1650s. Initially meetings for worship were held in private houses but in 1661 a house and garden were bought in New Hall Lane for use as a meeting house and burial ground. New Hall Lane became known as Bull Lane (and later Monmouth Street) and was located at the end of what is now Colmore Row. The meeting house was located roughly where the entrance to the Great Western Arcade is today. Unfortunately, no plan of the meeting house has survived in the Central Area Meeting Archives deposited here, but there is a plan of the graveyard, drawn by the banker Charles Lloyd (1748 – 1828), with a key containing a list of names of those buried there.

SF (2014-213) 1262 e Plan of the…

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The Gracechurch Centre lights out for Earth Hour

Sutton’s Gracechurch Centre to be plunged into Darkness for #EarthHour


Via Claire for The Gracechurch Centre

The Gracechurch Centre to plunge into darkness for Earth Hour this weekend

Sutton Coldfield’s Gracechurch Centre is set to join thousands of businesses across the UK this Saturday 25th March, as it puts the spotlight on climate change by turning off its lights in support of Earth Hour.

From 8.30pm, the Centre will switch off all external signage around the Centre, as well as all non-essential lights, to mark the annual global initiative.

earth hour

Angela Henderson, centre manager at The Gracechurch Centre, said: “This is the fourth consecutive year that we’ve participated in the global ‘lights out’ event Earth Hour.

“Taking part in Earth Hour is a great way to show your customers and community that your organisation genuinely care about the environmental footprint. It’s such a simple way to show your support on an important issue and we would encourage…

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Dua Lipa Announced as Birmingham Pride Festival Headliner

#Birmingham’s #Pride #Festival #DuaLipa to be headliner


Birmingham Pride have announced that international recording artist Dua Lipa will headline at this year’s two-day LGBT festival, which sees 2017 celebrating the 21st year of the event.

Dua Lipa’s hit singles in the last 12 months,  including ‘Be The One’, ‘Hotter Than Hell’, and  ‘Blow Ya Mind’, together with collabrations on Sean Paul’s ‘No Lie’, and Martin Garrix’s ‘Scared To Be Lonely’, have collectively notched up over 350 million views on YouTube alone.

The star will be joined by ’90s electronic dance duo Basement Jaxx, ‘Dreams’ star Gabrielle and ‘Superstar’ pop artist Jamelia over the festival weekend, as well as multiple hit-maker Sophie Ellis-Bexter. You can expect the MASSIVE ‘Murder On The Dancefloor’ hit plus ‘Take Me Home’ and of course the 1999 No.1 hit ‘Groovejet (If This Ain’t Love’ (Spiller)).

Other artists appearing at the event, which takes place over the Spring bank holiday weekend on Saturday 27 and Sunday…

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Greater Birmingham welcomes thousands of prospective investors at MIPIM 2017

#Birmingham @MIPIM 2017

Leader of Birmingham

Midlands UK at MIPIM

  • Nearly 3,000 delegates visit the Midlands UK pavilion
  • Events showcased key projects including Peddimore, The Hub at UK Central and the Wolverhampton Interchange
  • Panel discussions on connectivity and HS2 drew large crowds

Nearly 3,000 international delegates visited the Midlands UK pavilion during global real estate show MIPIM 2017 (Cannes, France, 14-17 March) to learn about opportunities to invest in areas across the region.

The Greater Birmingham delegation, which attended MIPIM as part of Midlands UK, comprises Birmingham, Solihull and the Black Country. Representatives from Greater Birmingham took part in more than 20 events within the Midlands programme, including panel debates and showcase presentations featuring approximately 50 speakers.

Based at a pavilion for the first time, the wider Midlands UK delegation featured more than 40 organisations from the private sector, working in collaboration with the public sector to promote the region. The companies ranged from property agents to developers, consultancies and architects.

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