Stirchley baths Time Capsule

Below is a video of the opening of a time capsule that was buried at the old Stirchley community centre, the building  was closed down last year. (2013)

Jess Allen is taking the video and Brenda Thomas, Sandra Cooper and Peter Walker, are giving us a description of its contents.

The Capsule was buried in the old community centre in 1989 and judging by some of the contents wasn’t expected to be discovered for at least another 25 years.

The time capsule will be buried in the new community centre which will be part of the Stirchley baths development, it  will possibly include  this video and other memorabilia from present times.

Update on Baths Development Progress

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Following the arrival of the crane, poking out of the top of the site, refurbishment work has progressed following some delay because of asbestos and its removal. New scaffolding is up, walls are being removed and rebuilt, the old boiler and filtration tanks have been removed and the white hoarding boards are now around the frontage. Attached are some of the recent photographs from the site – kindly sent through by Steve and Jon from Balfour Beatty and a few of my own arty shots !!

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A very successful open day for invited community stakeholders was held in July which allowed everyone to see some of the work – one of the most interesting bits being the basement, almost set out like an old roman  baths!

On 6th September Mark ( scheme architect) and I enjoyed ourselves at the excellent Stirchley Bash event in Stirchley Park with  the up to date proposals for the site including the proposed much improved 2 way entry/ exit system to the car park – attached below. What do you think?

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You’re all invited to Stirchley Late Summer Bash!

One of the rides at last year's Stirchley Fun Day.

One of the rides at last year’s Stirchley Fun Day.

Tomorrow will be the 6th year of Stirchley Fun Day. It’s beginnings stem from the then elected councillors (Timothy Huxtable, Rob Sealy, and Nigel Dawkins ) suggesting that should the Neighbourhood Forum apply for funding they would support the application. The funding was granted and the council helped a great deal in the early days, not only funding for the event but also sorting things like event licencing, permission to use the park and public liability insurance.

 

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The first year was quite slow, probably because the only advertisement was posters in and around Stirchley. The next year was busier, flyers were printed and volunteers distributed them. That’s when things really began to take off. Last year a local sign maker was asked to make banners for the event, which he did for free, as he was happy to support local not for profit community events, even though his business is located in Cotteridge.

Last year the event was funded by The National Lottery Fund to the tune of just over £6,000, but this source of funding is a one off event. This year it has proved very difficult to obtain funds. This year’s funding is £1850.00, however, this hasn’t deterred the Neighbourhood Forum. To manage the shortfall in funding, the decision was made to change the name and the venue, the thinking was that if residents came along to Hazelwell Park expecting the same as last year that they would be slightly disappointed. This years event will take place on Saturday 6th September in Stirchley Park. For those who aren’t familiar, Stirchley Park is located at the rear of the Co-op and can be accessed from an entrance near Farm Foods and Bond Street. The park’s importance to the community will grow over he next few years, as it is directly behind Stirchley Baths.

The Bourne Brook which passes through Stirchley Park

The Bourne Brook which passes through Stirchley Park.

One of the new benches as part of the recent improvements to Stirchley Park.

One of the new benches as part of the recent improvements to Stirchley Park.

Nearly everyone who had stalls for the event in the past have rebooked for this year and the children’s rides will still be free.

Previous stall holders.

Previous stall holders.

There will also be the return of the famous Stirchley raffle!

 

Neighbourhood Forum Chairman Peter Walker says:

‘I am still amazed at the generosity of local Traders and at how the word has spread further. We now have prizes from the hippodrome, Cadbury world, businesses in Cotteridge and even from the National Trust. I think over 70 prizes so far, have to thank Rowena Evans especially, without whom we would have no funding to start with plus she has done all the stall bookings for me, my wife Margaret, who has to organise and put up with me, and also the raffle. Brenda who also collects prizes and Di from Stirchley News Facebook & Twitter, who has received prizes from further afield (like the golf for two on the Lickey Hills).’

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We hope Stirchley residents will enjoy the event this year and for many years to come!

 

Going Swimmingly

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A message about the Stirchley Baths restoration from Senior Site Manager Steve Marsh:

‘There’s been lots happening since [the recent restoration tours]. The traffic management that is in place in Bourneville Lane & Hazelwell St is to allow us to put up hoardings and scaffold the building from the footpath for brick and stone repairs. The corner of the building next to the library is now down and the giant boiler removed, the other big blue tank that was on the ground floor is also gone along with all of the old balconies from around the pool. Just out of interest the blue tank was a filtration system for the pool water and contained 23 tons of sand and gravel. As everyone can see we have scaffold the chimney and will be starting the repair’s this week, so plenty going on.’

There will be more updates in the coming months and further restoration tours will take place in due time. Watch this space!

 

Stirchley’s Fallen

The first World War began 28th July 1914 and ended 11th November 1918. More than 9 million combatants and 7 million civilians died.

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Opened by the Prince of Wales in June 1923, The Hall of Memory was built to commemorate the 12,320 Birmingham citizens who died and the 35,000 who were wounded in the First World War. Inside is the First World War and Second World War Roll of Honour.

The battle on land was played out in trench warfare and poison gas became one of the most-feared and best-remembered horrors of the war. Tanks were first used in combat by the British in 1916, with only partial success. However, their effectiveness would grow as the war progressed.

At sea Britain began a naval blockade of Germany. The strategy proved effective, cutting off vital military and civilian supplies. German U-boats attempted to cut the supply lines between North America and Britain.The nature of submarine warfare meant that attacks often came without warning, giving the crews of the merchant ships little hope of survival.

In the skies Germany employed zeppelins for reconnaissance over the North Sea and Baltic and also for bombing raids over England and the Eastern Front.

Ward at the University of Birmingham. (Photograph taken from www.birminghammail.co.uk)

Ward at the University of Birmingham. (Photograph taken from www.birminghammail.co.uk)

In 1909 it was decided buildings at the University of Birmingham were to be used as a 520- bed hospital, should war mobilisation ever be needed. The first convoy of 120 casualties arrived on September 1st 1914. In October 1915 annexes were created in nearby schools. To avoid confusion with the area of Selly Oak, Selly Park annex was renamed as the Stirchley annexe. It had 225 beds, with tented accommodation in the gardens for a further 320 each.

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As soon as troops were deployed overseas, Cadbury began producing ‘chocolate for the troops’. These gifts were distributed throughout the the war and in total 20,000 parcels were sent to the front, and to those who were wounded and recovering at home or in  hospital. Each box was packaged up with the message, ‘a present to our friends at the front, from the workpeople at Cadbury’s Bournville’. Many of these workers would have been local women, required to join the work force as men were conscripted. During this time, Cadbury had disbanded their bar on the employment of married women, meaning wives, daughters and mothers of Stirchley fighting men may have played a part.

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Conscription resulted in the calling up of nearly every physically fit man in Britain – six of ten million eligible. Of these, about 750,000 lost their lives and 1,700,000 were wounded. Of those soldiers that did return many suffered shell shock and even more kept silent about their experiences. Most deaths were to young unmarried men; however, 160,000  wives lost husbands and 300,000 children lost fathers.

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Below are the names and addresses of Stirchley men who fell in the Great War:

J IRVING
 Son of Thomas and Alice Irving, of 1620, Breedon Hill, Stirchley, Birmingham.



LEONARD GEORGE CHISWELL 
Son of Joseph and Phoebe Ellen Chiswell, of 45, Ribblesdale Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



SIDNEY GEORGE JONES
 Son of Thomas Henry and Mary Ann Jones, of Bournville, Birmingham; husband of Elsie Violet Jones, of 14, Victoria Road, Stirchley, Birmingham.

FORRESTER GREEN
 Father of Eveline Violet Green, of 1228, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



ARTHUR THOMAS
 Son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas, of 237, Cartland Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



HORACE WILLIAMS
 Son of C. and K. Williams, of 1319, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



JOHN ROBERTS 
Husband of Martha Roberts, of 43, Victoria Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



WILLIAM WESLEY EDWARDS
 Son of Job and Florence Edwards, of 10, Ash Tree Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



BERNARD HAROLD PITCHER 
Son of Thomas and Ruth Pitcher, of 70, Charlotte Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. His brother Carl Rudolph also fell.



THEODORE HEMMING
 Son of Mr. and Mrs. T. Hemming, of 22, Warren Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



HOWARD SILVANAS HAROLD HUGHES 
Son of Hugh Thomas and Ellen Hughes, of 2, Newland Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



CYRIL HARRY JOHNSON
 Husband of Mrs. C. M. Johnson, of 62, Beilly Rd., Fordhouse Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.



ARTHUR JOHN DAFFIN
 Son of William and Amelia Elizabeth Daffin, of 3, Dorset Cottages, Ashtra Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



SYDNEY TWINE
 Son of Josiah and Amelia Twine, of Birmingham; husband of Laura Twine, of 1, Newlands Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



ARTHUR JAMES FRANKS
 Son of James Franks, of Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove, Worcs.; husband of Lily Maud Franks, of 9, Norton Terrace, Warren Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



BRAITHET EUSTACE SIVITER 
Son of Thomas and Beatrice Siviter, of 41, Lea House Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



A ARCULUS
 Son of Thomas and Ellen Arculus; husband of Frances Eliza Arculus, of 45, Bond St., Stirchley, Birmingham.



CHARLES HENRY BANKS
 Son of Mr. and Mrs. Hry. Banks, of Pershore Rd. South, Stirchley, Birmingham; husband of Mabel E. Banks, of 8, Second Avenue, Selly Park, Birmingham.



JOHN WINZER HUTT 
Son of John Jephcott Hutt and Sarah Ann Hutt, of 42, Maryvale Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



C ELDER
 Son of Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Elder, of 21, Dog Pool Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.



PHILIP GOODRICK GENDERS 
Son of Samuel and Annie Genders, of 239, Ford House Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham. Native of Northfield, Birmingham.


STUART McKENZIE BLOOMFIELD
 Son of Thomas and Clementina Bloomfield, of 49, Bournville Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.



FRANK HENRY TAYLOR
 Son of Francis and Susan Emily Taylor, of 119, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Born at Bromsgrove, Worcs.



WILLIAM HENRY WESTON
 Son of George Weston, of 35, Windsor Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Born at King’s Norton, Worcs.



HARRY BARR
 Son of Benjamin and Mary Ann Barr, of Birmingham; husband of Ethel Elizabeth Barr, of 80, Newlands Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



GEORGE DAVIS
 Son of Mrs. Maria Davis, of 21, Regent St., Stirchley, Birmingham. Native of Bearley, Stratford-on-Avon.



ALBERT HERBERT MIDDLETON 
Son of Albert and Alice Middleton, of 1555, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



C E DERRINGTON
 Son of Mrs. Fanny Derrington, Back of 1324, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



J C H V MALLETT
 Son of George and Louisa Mallett, of Tavistock; husband of Eliza Mallett, of 38, Oxford St., Stirchley, Birmingham.



CYRIL FINLAY KITCHEN
 Son of Edward and Rosina Kitchen, of go, Brent Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Born at Leafield, Witney, Oxon.



CHARLES JESSE DAVIS WELLS 
Son of the late Charles and Emma Wells; husband of Ruth Wells, of 50, Twyning Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Born at Cheltenham.



F CARTER
 Son of the late John and Susannaha Carter, of Hawkridge, Berkshire; husband of Elsie Carter, of 173, Cartland Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



JAMES BOLSTRIDGE
 Husband of Emily Bolstridge, of 42, Ripple Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



WILLIAM TULK 
Son of Arthur and Liza Tulk; husband of Edith Annie Dale (formerly Tulk), of 2, Ashbrook Grove, Stirchley, Birmingham. Born at Yardley.



WALTER WARD
 Son of Herbert and Martha Ward, of 25, Rowheath Rd., Cotteridge, King’s Norton, Birmingham; husband of F. E. Ward, of 2, Plymouth Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



HARRY PALMER
 Son of Charlotte Palmer, of 10, Regent St., Stirchley, Birmingham.



H STANTON
 Son of Albert and Rose Stanton, of 45, Windsor Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Born at Selly Park, Birmingham.



JAMES DAVIS
 Son of William and Maria Davis, of 21, Regent St., Stirchley, Birmingham.



L QUIGLEY
 Son of Thomas and Louisa Quigley, of 72, Charlotte Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



ALBERT EDWARD BUDD 
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Budd, of 116, Umberslade Rd., Selly Oak, Birmingham; husband of Gertrude A. Budd, of 50, Mary Vale Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



JOHN HAROLD DOWNING 
Son of John H. and Clara Downing, of 305, High St., Stirchley, Birmingham.



ERNEST HANDSCOMB 
Son of Ernest C. Handscomb and Nellie Handscomb, of 50, Ribblesdale Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Native of Birmingham.



S STEPHENS
 Husband of Catherine Stephens, of 1079, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



WILLIAM QUIGLEY 
Son of Thomas and Louisa Quigley, of 72, Charlotte Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



FREDRICK A. BOX
 Son of Jesse and Rosina A. Box, of 59, Dogpool Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham. Native of Ladywood, Birmingham.


F PULLIN 
Son of Alfred and Harriet Pullin, of King’s Heath; husband of Gertrude Pullin, of 21, Bond St., Stirchley, Birmingham.



A SODEN
 Son of Mrs. E. Soden, of 78, Oxford St., Stirchley, Birmingham, and the late Mr. Soden.



FREDERICK WILLIAM WELLS 
Son of Mr. T. D. Wells, of 5, Norton Terrace, Warren Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



DOUGLAS NOEL EUGENE MASON 
Son of Abishai and Elizabeth Mason, of 1322, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



JOSEPH ARTHUR RICHARDS
 Son of James and Anne Richards, of 45, Cartland Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Native of Shustoke. Birmingham.



CARL RUDOLPH PITCHER
 Son of Thomas and Ruth Pitcher, of 70, Charlotte Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



DANIEL WESTON BOULTON 
Husband of Mary S. Godding (formerly Boulton), of 51, Windsor Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Native of Lechlade, Glos.


ARTHUR WALDRON PROVERBS 
Son of Thomas and Harriet Jane Proverbs, of 28, Oxford St., Stirchley, Birmingham.



FREDERICK THOMAS HUTCHINS 
Son of Thomas Hutchins; husband of Caroline Hutchins, of 54, Twyning Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham. Born at Reigate, Surrey.



W RICH
 Son of Sydney and Annie Rich; husband of Ethel Rich, of 2, Victoria Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



W T ATKINS
 Son of William and Clara Atkins, of 8, Lea House Road, Stirchley, Birmingham.


HAROLD FREDERICK GOUGH 
Husband of Lily Gough, of 48, Newlands Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



JOSEPH BAMFORD
 Son of Mrs. Elizabeth Carrington, of 30, Bewdley Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



MARK BOLSTRIDGE 
Son of Samuel and Clara Bolstridge, of 42, Ripple Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



THOMAS HENRY BALLER
 Son of Henry Baller, of 69, Leahouse Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham; husband of Florrie Pritchard (formerly Baller), of 15, Laurel Rd., Cotteridge, King’s Norton, Birmingham.



WALTER WATSON
 Son of Elizabeth Watson, of Dog Pool Mills, Ten Acres, Birmingham, and the late William Watson; husband of May Watson, of 5, Twyning Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



WILLIAM HENRY BAGLEY HOBBS 
Son of Mrs. L. Hobbs, of 85, Dog Pool Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.



FRANCIS HENRY HARTLES
 Son of John and Ellen Hartles, of Warrens Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham; husband of Margaret Fountain (formerly Hartles), 91, Pontefract Rd., Barnsley, Yorks.



THOMAS RICHARD JEYNES
 Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Jeynes, of 3, Ivy Rd., Stirchley; husband of Alice Jeynes, of 9, Ivy Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.

THOMAS PAYNE 
Son of the late Thomas and Jane Payne, of Woodgate, Quinton, Birmingham; husband of Lucy Florence Payne, of 30, Twyning Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



JAMES WILLIAM ROSE
 Son of William and Caroline Rose, of 1161, Pershore Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



THOMAS REYNOLDS
 Son of Mrs. Sarah Ann Reynolds, of 80, Windsor Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



ALFRED WILLIAM ERNEST SMITH 
Son of Mrs. R. E. Smith, of 242, Fordhouse Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.



ELI NASH
 Son of Eli and Elizabeth Nash, of 55, Bournville Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham.



H P PITTAWAY 
Son of Mrs. Stoker (formerly Pittaway), of 21, Hunts Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



CYRIL SMITH
 Son of John and Rosina Smith, of 37, Twyning Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



GEORGE PERCY BOX 
Son of Jesse and Rose Box, of 54, Dogpool Lane, Stirchley, Birmingham; husband of Lily Box, of 57, Queen St., Sparkbrook, Birmingham.



HENRY ALFRED GOODMAN 
Son of Mrs. Goodman, of 9, Ivy Rd., Stirchley, Birmingham.



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