Highlights from “BCC Weekly News” – election WhatsApp; awards; green waste; active parks; swimmers; what’s on



Sign up for election updates on WhatsApp

With the general and local elections on 7 May approaching rapidly, the council is making it as easy as possible for everyone to receive news and results. So this year – in addition to existing coverage via Twitter, Google+ and www.birminghamnewsroom.com – we’re adding mobile messages via WhatsApp. We’ll publish voter information, candidate lists and other election news in the build-up, and results throughout the counts.


Making Birmingham Greener and Healthier Awards

Do you know a business, community group or school who should be recognised for making Birmingham greener and healthier? Awards organisers are looking to celebrate the work of Birmingham’s ‘green’ champions in the categories of energy efficiency, waste and recycling, greener and healthier lifestyles, and sustainable travel. The winners and runners-up will be awarded their prizes at an awards ceremony at the Council House on 5 June.


Household Recycling Centres – extended opening hours

City residents are being reminded that Birmingham’s three ‘super’ Household Recycling Centres (HRCs) are open from 8am to 8pm every day of the week during the summer season: from now until 31 October. The centres at Lifford Lane (Kings Norton), Holford Drive (Perry Barr) and James Road (Tyseley) also have larger sites and extra staff. The May Day bank holiday week sees many householders giving their gardens a spring tidy.


Earning rewards with Active Parks is a walk in the park!

Would you like to be rewarded for being active? Why not start earning BetterPoints? BetterPoints is an Android/iOS mobile app that rewards you for making healthier choices – and it’s literally a walk in the park. You get points for being active in Birmingham’s beautiful parks, volunteering, and utilising greener transport choices.  And you can redeem them for hundreds of different high street vouchers – or give them to parks, community groups or your favourite charity.

  • Visit betterpoints.uk/activeparksand get started today. Please use sign-up code ‘APLCM428’ to get a 250-point bonus – and a further one when you record your first activity.


Birmingham swimmers shine brightly in British Championships in London

No fewer than 13 Birmingham swimmers have performed outstandingly in swimming’s British Championships at the London Aquatic Centre, which acted as trials for a number of prestigious upcoming world events. Chloe Finch joins the GB team for the World Junior Championships in Singapore; Luke Davies and Phoebe Bradley Smith will represent us in the European Games in Azerbaijan.

  • Outside core hours, you can follow their progress on Twitter @COB_Swim


What’s On

VE (Victory in Europe) Day 70th Anniversary Celebration, Friday 8 May, Centenary Square, 12pm-9.30pm

Join in with special events to mark 70 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe – including a street party, stage programme, Spitfire replica, rationing workshop, school life workshop, 1940s fashion, 1940s makeovers, vintage photographer, make-do-and-mend workshop, WW2 encampment and lindy hop dance workshop. There will be:

  • Two minutes’ silence at 3pm, followed by Winston Churchill’s famous Victory speech and a small homecoming parade for veterans
  • A WW2 Dakota flypast at 4pm
  • A national beacon lighting ceremony at 30pm
  • To find out more, please see the council’s events webpages.


Real Ale Festival, Friday 15 May, Highbury Hall, 4 Yew Tree Lane, Moseley, 6pm-12am, £12 per person (booking required). Price includes a novelty glass, 1 pint of ale and a guide book

A variety of 11 ales will be available from local breweries around the West Midlands. Live music (from 7pm).


Birmingham Pride, 23 and 24 May, gay village, in and around Hurst Street, city centre

The UK’s biggest two-day lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender festival returns and features a parade through the city centre. The main Pride festival site will host the Nightingale main stage, dance arena, cabaret marquee, funfair, community village green, central market street, and street party.  Headliners include Example, Jess Glynne, Ms Dynamite, Jimmy Sommerville, Boney M, and M People and Heather Small.

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