The school hall is wonderfully decorated with the theme of a rainbow, the symbol used around the world to show unity and gratitude during those days of isolation at home when the world as we knew it was turned upside down. People are starting to arrive and the atmosphere is beginning to build. Over 100 … More The Unsung Heroes of Covid19 – Celebrating Our Community Story
We welcome Clare McLean who in January started as the street connector trainee. Clare has been a member of the street connecting team for a long time and has been active in Firs and Bromford for many years. The new role is about training to be a street connector mentor. To give a bit of an … More Welcoming Clare, the new street connector trainee
The Bromford Theatre Group pantomime has become a tradition in our community life together. Always performed in December, it has become an anchor point in our year. During the pandemic it was one of the many things that had to be suspended, and the loss was immense. The theatre group took on a new life … More This is us! The Bromford Theatre Group’s tribute to our community
Many neighbourhoods around the world have a tradition of Father Christmas visiting their streets. Here in the UK on a cold winter evening as the darkness sets, the quiet street will be pierced by the sound of very merry Christmas tunes, followed by the lights of a trailer converted into a sleigh. Riding the sleigh … More Bringing Santa to the streets – the story continues to grow
The last 6 months have reassured me that community building starts with a doorstep, a street or a block. Don’t overcomplicate it #ABCD #COMMUNITYBUILDING pic.twitter.com/vYV1ER07MD — Paul Wright (@LeanLeft_Wright) September 5, 2020 https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js Recently I posted a tweet saying that the last 6 months had reassured me that community building starts with a doorstep, a … More Community Building starts with a doorstep, a street or a block. Don’t overcomplicate it!
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