Delve into chocolate history at Cadbury World’s Heritage Weekend in Birmingham

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Heritage Weekend at Cadbury World in Birmingham

Discover the history behind the iconic Cadbury brand, as Heritage Weekend returns to Cadbury World from Saturday 1st July – Sunday 2nd July.

During the weekend, visitors can delve into the rich history of the Cadbury brand on Cadbury World’s guided walks (weather permitting) throughout Bournville Village.

Highlighting significant places of interest, the tour brings to life George and Richard Cadbury’s story and their revolutionary vision to build both a new factory and community.

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Alternatively, for families who prefer to explore the scenic village at their own pace, there is a family-fact finding trail.

Back at Cadbury World, there’s even more history to discover through the attraction’s chocolatey zones. In the reception area, you’ll find a live human statue of John Cadbury to help bring the magic of the past to…

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Foodies Festival

Foodies Festival at Cannon Hill Park in #Birmingham

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This weekend sees the annual  Foodies Festival  taking Place in Cannon Hill Park . I was lucky enough to attend on Friday and Saturday and had a really great time both days.

For anyone who has not attended a Foodies Festival, they do take place nationwide and you can find where your local  Foodies Festival is http://foodiesfestival.com/

So what does entry to Foodies Festival give you? Obviously food, lots and lots of food. Drinks, both alcoholic and not. Live music and live theatres ranging from cooking skills to celebrity chefs, kids cooking class and drinks theatres. We didn’t go to see any of the theatre shows as we were far too busy enjoying the stalls and live music available outside. So I really can’t tell you what they are like, but they are always well attended, and there was a few guests I should have liked to see had I…

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BRUMMAGEM SONG – A BIRMINGHAM POEM

#Brummagem Song – A #Birmingham #Poem by the #BrummieBard #KeithBracey @1truclaretnblu

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BRUMMAGEM’S SONG
If you’ve never been to Birmingham then you ought ta……….

It’s a grand city made up of many a quarter………

There is jewellery to be sold, diamonds, platinum and gold

Jewellery Quarter Clock

Boulton’s silver to assay, precious gems from far away.

Guns were made nearby, helping soldiers fight and die

In the English Civil War we made musket, cannon and ball

A more powerful Lewis gun helped the British beat the Hun.

Mr Webley made a revolver fired by many a pitiful soldier

Gunmaker's Arms

On a lighter note in The Theatre Quarter

The stage is set for talented daughters

The Rep, the Alex and Hippodrome…..

Birmingham Hippodrome

Encourage performers to make Birmingham their own

Chaplin, Burton and Olivier

Travelled here to perform their plays

Musicals, ballets and pantomime

Ensure cultural visitors have a good time

The NEC and NIA have changed their names along the way

Barclaycard Arena

The Good Food Show, Crufts and fashion…

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BRUMMAGEM SONG – A BIRMINGHAM POEM

BRUMMAGEM’S SONG
If you’ve never been to Birmingham then you ought ta……….

It’s a grand city made up of many a quarter………

There is jewellery to be sold, diamonds, platinum and gold

Jewellery Quarter Clock

Boulton’s silver to assay, precious gems from far away.

Guns were made nearby, helping soldiers fight and die

In the English Civil War we made musket, cannon and ball

A more powerful Lewis gun helped the British beat the Hun.

Mr Webley made a revolver fired by many a pitiful soldier

Gunmaker's Arms

On a lighter note in The Theatre Quarter

The stage is set for talented daughters

The Rep, the Alex and Hippodrome…..

Birmingham Hippodrome

Encourage performers to make Birmingham their own

Chaplin, Burton and Olivier

Travelled here to perform their plays

Musicals, ballets and pantomime

Ensure cultural visitors have a good time

The NEC and NIA have changed their names along the way

Barclaycard Arena

The Good Food Show, Crufts and fashion galore

Ensure our visitors come back for more

In the Symphony Hall there was often a battle

Between the CBSO and Sir Simon Rattle

Symphony Hall

The Chinese Quarter is colourful and bright

A fantastic place to go out at night

Stir-fried noodles, a tantalising odour

A grand Dragon Parade from Wing Yip’s Pagoda.

Pagoda

The Balti Belt, full of saris and spices

Tasty Asian food cooked with different rices

An area to visit to sample a curry,

At Adil’s or Imran’s there’s no need to hurry

Bring your own beer, share various starters

Poppadoms, Pakoras, Aloo with tomatoes

A ‘curry in a bucket’ naan size of a table

Mild, medium or hot, eat it all, if you’re able.

Balti Karahi

Our City has Cadbury, Jaguar Land Rover too,

Speedway, rugby, and cricket for you

A passion for sport, you can all hear the roar

For a goal scored by Blues or Aston Villa football.

Charlie Aitken

Indoor and outdoor, The Bull Ring Markets

Sell everything from cheese to carpets

The Germans come at Christmas time

Bringing Bratwurst, Schnitzel and Gluhwein

Birmingham Frankfurt Christmas Market

Birmingham has ‘More Canals than Venice’

We also invented the game of lawn tennis.

Major Harry Gem

The Botanical Gardens and Cannon Hill Park

Have flowers and lawns, hosting shows: ‘What a lark!’

An airport, coach and New Street Station

Grand Central Birmingham

Make us the “Centre of our Nation”

To travel by car to any sort a function

You may have to negotiate Spaghetti Junction!!!!!

Spaghetti Junction at night

The ‘Stroll from St Philip’s to St Paul’s’

Where Boulton and Watt occupied the pew stalls

St Paul's Church

Pugin’s St Chad’s, the Roman Catholic Cathedral

St Chad's Cathedral

Anglican St Martin’s, on the steps to the bronze Bull

St Martin's Church

The Kennedy Memorial near Digbeth’s Custard Factory,

Kennedy Memorial

Healed the wounds of the Irish after the Birmingham atrocity

The Rotunda stood proud, so tall and so round

Blown to small pieces with ‘The Tavern in the Town.’

Rotunda New

The City recovered, no flags at half mast

Brummies look FORWARD, don’t dwell on the past

Birmingham Motto

Our mixture of cultures live well together

Our heritage, our history will go on forever.

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Keith Bracey Birmingham Poet #BrummieBard

A PREVIOUS #BRUMBID2022 FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES WOULD HAVE SEEN A NEW STADIUM BUILT ON WOODGATE VALLEY IN BIRMINGHAM

#BrumBid2022 A previous 1966 Commonwealth Games bid would have seen a stadium built in Woodgate Valley.

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Fascinating Birmingham history…..I had not realised that they planned to base the Commonwealth games in Woodgate Valley in South Birmingham in a previous Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid in 1966…..

Woodgate Valley Country Park

Winning the Commonwealth Games would have been great for the city of Birmingham and would have created the ideal environment for a ‘friendly games’ in Birmingham with the legacy being that the Athlete’s Village built for the games being given over to social housing once the games had concluded.

Birmingham City Council had plans to build a brand new Athletics Stadium for the 1970 Commonwealth Games which were eventually staged in Edinburgh.

The Council also wanted to create a lake for the yachting and rowing events in Woodgate Valley by damming the stream that flows through the Woodgate Valley and using water from Joseph Chamberlain’s Elan Valley Scheme.

Elan Valley Dam

Chamberlain’s great engineering project brought Welsh water from the mountain dams of North…

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A PREVIOUS #BRUMBID2022 FOR THE COMMONWEALTH GAMES WOULD HAVE SEEN A NEW STADIUM BUILT ON WOODGATE VALLEY IN BIRMINGHAM

Fascinating Birmingham history…..I had not realised that they planned to base the Commonwealth games in Woodgate Valley in South Birmingham in a previous Birmingham Commonwealth Games bid in 1966…..

Woodgate Valley Country Park

Winning the Commonwealth Games would have been great for the city of Birmingham and would have created the ideal environment for a ‘friendly games’ in Birmingham with the legacy being that the Athlete’s Village built for the games being given over to social housing once the games had concluded.

Birmingham City Council had plans to build a brand new Athletics Stadium for the 1970 Commonwealth Games which were eventually staged in Edinburgh.

The Council also wanted to create a lake for the yachting and rowing events in Woodgate Valley by damming the stream that flows through the Woodgate Valley and using water from Joseph Chamberlain’s Elan Valley Scheme.

Elan Valley Dam

Chamberlain’s great engineering project brought Welsh water from the mountain dams of North Wales to Birmingham as fresh water for Birmingham workers and artisans whose water in the mid nineteenth century was foul and typhus infested. Chamberlain’s great engineering feat bought clean water to the citizens of Birmingham with a balancing lake at Bartley Green Reservoir for the Welsh water.

 

Bartley Green Reservoir

Mayswood Grove backed onto the old former Beckett’s Farm which formed the Woodgate Valley Estate. It is where my 88 year old father in law George lives

George has lived there for over 60 years and was married to Mary Sherwood’s mom Aussie Sheilah born in Calgoorlie,Western Australia in 1929.

They got their card from The Queen congratulating them on the 60 years as man and wife until Sheilah succumbed to Alzheimer’s 4 years ago.

Sheliah passed away in Bearwood Nursing home which is the office block for the old Bearwood company British Pens where over 1000 women worked back in the day, pressing pen nibs at the turn of the 20th century…..

Bearwood Nursing Home

Back to the building theme….me Grandad Wilfred Bracey was a carpenter with Birmingham Public Works Department at the back of Baskerville House.

Wilf built the wooden shuttering for the concrete plinth for the statue of Boulton Watt and Murdock at the top end of Broad Street in the early 1950s.

At that time my Bracey family lived in the back to backs of the Gun Quarter where me Dad Les Bracey carried the completed sporting guns to the Birmingham Gun Proof House near Curzon Street Station…..

Me Mom’s family the Merrimans lived in back to backs of Winson Green in Dugdale Street where Mills Munitions who invented and made the hand grenade…..

Me Grandad Arthur Lewis Augustus Merriman worked at Mills after he tried to sign up to fight in the Second World War but was deemed too old at 41 after distinguished service in the Great War….

Arthur joined the Auxiliary Fire Service based at M&B Cape Hill Brewery……fascinating Bracey/Merriman family history……