Stirchley Forum meeting tomorrow…. 14th April

Mick has just posted this here.

MONDAY 14TH APRIL 2014
STIRCHLEY COMMUNITY CHURCH
HAZELWELL STREET, STIRCHLEY B30 2JX
STARTING AT 7.30PM
SPECIAL GUESTS
RYAN HOLLINGS FROM HEALTH EXCHANGE
TOM HOLNESS FROM BIKE RIGHT
PLUS YOU’RE LOCAL COUNCILLORS
COME & GET UP TO DATE ABOUT WHAT IS HAPPENING IN STIRCHLEY
(HELP TO SHAPE A BETTER STIRCHLEY)

Sign of the Times

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Stirchley is littered with old signs. Inspired by fellow heritage fan Tracey and her love for ghost signs, one afternoon I spent an hour searching for some along Pershore Road. If you’re familiar with the area you’ll have seen the many house and ‘villa’ names on properties. One such stone sign is an historic reminder of Stirchley’s community in times past.

The brickwork of 1399 Pershore Road (at the junction of Hunts Road) has a stone reading ‘The Central Bakery 1891’. In 1875, a group of locals formed the Ten Acres & Stirchley Street Co-operative Society (TASCOS). By 1914, the society had 12 branches and had spread as far as Bromsgrove. At its height it had over 50 branches, its own dairy, bakery, laundry, fishmongers and funeral home. It was an independent society, which in 1971, merged with the Birmingham Society.

.20140329_182140_resizedThe Co-operative Group has its origins in Rochdale, Lancashire. Famously established in 1844 it was based upon the notion of ethical trading and belief that the profits of the business should be shared amongst members according to their purchases. By 1900 there were over 1,400 separate independent co-operative businesses in the UK, all members of a wider Co-operative Movement. During the 1900s, many of these independent societies began to merge.

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At the TASCOS bakery, bread and cakes were baked on the premises and sold in the shop and distributed to shops throughout the area. The original bakery was only a stones throw away from the current Loaf and Stirchley Stores which is a co-operative run business.

Many of the Co-op’s great buildings are still standing, in one form or another. The fancy dress shop in Cotteridge (with the life-size cow outside) was a co-op shop and on Pershore Road stood a butchers with the slaughter house at the back. The Wolsey Sausage factory still operates at the rear on Charlotte Road.

The site where the Co-op supermarket now stands on the corner of Umberslade and Hazelwell was once a fantastically beautiful Edwardian department store. Originally built in 1915, it was known as TASCOS branch number one and housed many departments, such as ladies shoes.

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To see more historical photos of Stirchley visit

https://www.flickr.com/photos/co-ophistory/sets/72157594372662134/

 

Farewell Stirchley Community Centre

Stirchley Community Centre closed its doors on the 14th March
to allow the development of a new TESCO supermarket.

 

Sue Jackson’s farewell poem.

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Farewell Stirchley Community Centre

A sad. sad day for everyone
No matter what the occasion
Emotions run high when saying goodbye, but,
You’ll all meet again in a brand new location

Mel is a’ mopping. T Dancers are bopping
The toddlers are playing in the hall
Stitchers are sewing, the place is just glowing
No one wants to leave at all

David massaging, the staff are all charming
Soccer Stars having a ball
Nassar’s children are chanting, makes you feel just like dancing
The atmosphere a welcome to all

Shambuyi  is preaching,  Ghana Union are meeting
And STELLA are  laughing with glee
Martial Arts is exciting, self defence is enlightening
Then a break for a nice cup of tea

Table tennis balls pinging,  they sound like their singing
Shuttlecocks high in the air
The Alliance are meeting and Pilgrims are eating
Their cake – it’s a private affair

New venues were found after shopping around
Don’t  get  too comfy that’s all
Groups are welcome back, there’s no doubt about that
The new centre means total recall
 

SEJ

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Sue Jackson on the final day.

Stirchley Community Centre, Not The End But A New Beginning

Below is a selection of videos taken by Jess Allen at the closure of the Stirchley Community Centre.

Video by Jess Allen

Sue Jackson, Community Developement Projects and Initiatives Co-ordinater.
Talking about the closure event at the Stirchley Community Centre.

 

Video by Jess Allen

Cynthia Allen, Stirchley Community Centre Caretaker.
Talking about the day to day running of the Community Centre

 

Video by Jess Allen

Claire Wilkins, from the Stitchers Circle,
Talking about the anti Poll Tax Meeting