This blog is written by Penny Hall, one of the team of street connectors in Firs, Bromford and Hodge Hill. The reflection was originally written for Hodge Hill Church. Here is a story about a little plum tree… A man in our neighbourhood had an idea that if lots of people planted fruit trees in … More A story of a plum tree – but who do we share the fruits with?
The deeper we get into ‘lockdown’ here in the UK the more I am noticing abundance in my neighbourhood and with my neighbours. We are at the end of week 5 of lockdown, and during this time I have been blessed with an opportunity to slow down a little. Restricted in many ways from the … More Gaining a deeper awareness of Abundance through the Covid-19 lockdown
The Bluebell wood walk is a ½ mile trail through the top edge of Bromford from Comet Park to the Paddock. Called Bluebell woods because once a year it floods with Bluebells, which is a wonderful sight. It is a place we’ve been promoting for years but up until the past few weeks remained a … More How a table and chairs became a symbol of unity, joy, resilience and hope during Covid-19
Tuesday 17th March is going to live long in my memory, when the Covid-19 global pandemic suddenly felt very real. Up until that point it was a thing we were being mindful about. For example, at church we washed hands as soon as we arrived, sharing the peace didn’t include the usual hand-shake and hug … More A neighbourly response to Covid-19
Whilst recently attending a social research conference, I remembered that nearly 8 years ago we undertook a community research project here in Firs & Bromford. It was in the very early stages of Big Local, with the end goal of having a neighbourhood plan written through a greater insight and understanding of our communities ‘passions’, ‘wants’ … More Having a different conversation, a Good Life Conversation
One of the questions people ask us is whether you can evidence the impact that intentional asset-based community building is having. It is a very interesting and often loaded question. When asked it is usually from someone funded in a role who is feeling the pressure of their funder or commissioner to show and prove … More Evidencing Impact – Together We Can!
Our friends at Nurture Development asked us to write a blog about our ABCD journey in Firs & Bromford, and the emerging vision of where this journey is possibly taking us to. Hopefully the blog gives an essence of our community building in action. Grab a cuppa and have a read: Mountaintop and Valley Blog
“When you start with what people can give, and we start with what people are passionate about, what their skills are, and what they wish to share with each other, actually you unlock a treasure trove of riches” Rev Dr Al Barrett This is a short film produced by the Church of England in Birmingham. … More Neighbourhood Heroes in Hodge Hill
I am beginning to believe this is one of the most important and valued things we have created in our neighbourhood. Before you start thinking is there something in this photo cleverly hidden or something you are not seeing. No, it is just a bench! And it’s not even a flashy fancy bench. I’ve sat … More The story of our bench
Recently I was asked to share my thoughts on what it means to have a sense of common / shared identity in our place i.e. our streets, neighbourhoods, cities? And with that how can we be more imaginative and creative in drawing this out of ourselves and others? This inspired me to write a blog … More Having a common shared identity in a place