Brummie Bonds – £45 million breakthrough for new homes

#Brummie #Bonds 2 provide new housing in #Birmingham

Leader of Birmingham


Labour’s pledge to build more homes has taken a major step forward following a multi-million pound deal between Birmingham City Council and a leading institutional investor.

Midlands-based pensions and life assurance specialists Phoenix Life, which employs around 600 people in Wythall, has agreed to invest in a ‘Brummie Bond’ and will lend the Labour-run council £45 million at favourable rates of interest.

The money will go towards building much-needed new homes, helping to deliver a key pledge by Birmingham City Council Labour leader John Clancy to tackle the housing crisis.

The interest rate the council will pay to borrow the money is, lower than that charged by the Public Works Loan Board (PWLB), which means the council will pay £1.4 million less in interest over the course of the loan than would have been the case had it borrowed from the PWLB.

Councillor Clancy said: “It is clear that the…

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Americana comes to Bearwood

John Statz at the Mill…..Thimblemill Library that is! This coming Saturday 29th April…..#Get there #Get Down

The Bearwood Blog

Ireland, Sheffield, London, Belgium, Germany….

All the way from Denver, Colorado….John Statz and The Brave Sons of Elijah Perry…supported by The Bearwood Bandits.

This Saturday, 7.30 for an 8pm start. Tickets £5 in advance, £7 on the door!

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Brill Brummie attraction at #Birmingham Botanical Gardens #BrumIsBrill…’ll scare those gels nextdoor at #Edgbaston High School for Gels to DEATH……!!!!!!


Prehistoric experience takes over Botanical Gardens from 20 May until 4 June

Jurassic Kingdom: Where Dinosaurs Come To Life, is an extraordinary, new animatronic experience, which will see life-sized DINOSAURS taking over Birmingham Botanical Gardens from 20 May until 4 June, where visitors will be transported back to a time when they ruled the earth.

In a UK first, over 30 true-to-life dinosaur models and installations will transform the 15 stunning acres of gardens as part of a tour across major UK cities in seven months, ready to roar, spit and snarl at those brave enough to get up close and personal.

Diplodocus heads will poke 16 metres above the ground, amongst the tree canopy as Triceratops escort their young through the bushes beneath. The ear-piercing screeches of the Pterosaurus will alert visitors to the danger in the skies above and guests must be wary of the spitting defence of the Pachycephalousaurus, in case he lurks around the…

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On this momentous day when #GabbyAgbonlahor scored the goal at#VillaPark which will hopefully send those Bluenoses and Small Heathens down to Football League One where they belong we look into my family history as Aston Villa FC (AKA Historians FC) fans…..

Charlie Aitken

Me Dad Les Bracey and his Dad before him me Grandad Wilfred Bracey were #VillaFans loike me Uncle Norman Bracey who died in the 1970’s before we won the League Championship and European Cup in 1981 under Managers Ron Saunders and Tony Barton under the Bendall’s ownership before #DougEllis returned to the club.

Sir William MacGregor Statue at Villa Park

Doug steered us through our most successful period under first the late, great manager Graham Taylor who left the Villa for the England job, Brian Little and Ron Saunders who both won the League Cup as Managers for #AstonVillaFC…..

I love the Villa and will always follow #HistorianFC…….#AVFC#ComeonYouLions #UptheVilla #UTV

Sir William Macgregor Grave in St Mary's Church Handsworth

I am an avid and staunch Aston Villa fan and have been since my Dad Les used to take me on the Number 11 Outer Circle Football Special “Buzz” from the King’s Head in Bearwood where we lived.

Gabby Agbonlahor

We travelled on the “Buzz” through Bearwood and then Rotton Park where my Mom and Dad Dot and Les Bracey lived in a bedsit before I was born at St Chad’s Maternity Hospital on Hagley Road in Edgbaston.

We passed through Winson Green where my Mom Dot Merriman as she was then lived in the back-to-backs of Dugdale Street off Dudley Road, Winson Green, through Handsworth, then through Perry Barr and the Crown and Cushions pub via Aston Lane to Trinity Road in Witton and thence to the Witton End at Nirvana, Villa Park.

Villa Park RWC

The Witton End was just a grass mound at one end of the ground with railway sleepers and great big (to a 4 year old little boy anyhow) red-painted stanchions up and down the grass mound which my Dad Les would sit me on with his big brawny arms protecting me on either side with me in the middle having bought me a shilling white paper bag of pineapple rock or pear drop boiled sweets from the sweet shop next to Villa Park on Trinity Road.

#RIPUgoEhiogu #UTV #ComeOnYouLions #UptheVilla #HistoriansFC

Ugo Ehiogu RIP

feeling excited with Bob Egan at Villa Park, England.Charlie Aitken

Mount Misery

#MountMisery in #Birmingham

Notes from 19th Century Birmingham

Getting by in 19th century Birmingham could be hard.  A town of great innovation and opportunity it was also subject as much as any other to the vagaries of fluctuating economic fortunes and depressions.  Small trades could be impacted by changing fashions and new inventions. Another factor, particularly during the first half of the century, was the lull in heavy international conflicts, which caused a drop in the demand for guns and metal arms, for which Birmingham was a leading manufacture. In those days people suffering from poverty could become dependent on the poor rate. This was before the days of the Victorian workhouses. There was a workhouse in Birmingham, but it was not run under the sort of system more familiar in ‘Oliver’, and most of the poor were given ‘out relief’, a very small amount of money and often in return for otherwise unpaid labour.  This piece from 

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