Earlier this month, Digbeth Residents Association gave out their coveted Community Awards at The Old Crown, as part of their end of year celebration. The winners all thoroughly deserved their awards, all having made a positive contribution to Digbeth.
The first award went to City of Colours festival, for their hugely successful inaugural year of events in Digbeth. The organisers Becci, Karl, and Julie, shown receiving their award from DRA Chair John Gordon above, have volunteered countless hours of their time and invested their own money into making the festival happen. Not only did City of Colours attract audiences and interest from all over Europe, the lasting legacy of world-class street art on walls in Digbeth has made the area even more of a tourist destination. Congratulations to the team!
Every so often you learn of people who go above and beyond to improve an area, and who remind you that one person (or two people in this case) can make a real difference. Warwick Bar residents Alison Tuck and Louise Moore live on a narrowboat, and have recently adopted a stretch of the Grand Union Canal in Digbeth. What this means is that in their spare time, Louise and Alison collect rubbish left along the canal, do a spot of gardening, and generally look after the area. They are also applying for funding in order to replace broken furniture and bins, and liven up the neglected waterway. Simply their presence by living on the canal has made a huge difference to Digbeth, but the fact that they volunteer to make it a more inviting and pleasant area for the general public is certainly something we are grateful for. Well done Alison and Louise! You can keep up with their fantastic work via Facebook.
Last but not least, the final award of the evening went to The Woodman. The team behind the pub have been supporters of Digbeth Residents Association since before their opening, and have made a real difference to the area. The completion of Eastside City Park massively improved our neighbourhood, but the addition of a fantastic community pub is the icing on the cake! The Woodman team have restored as much of the original décor as possible, and in turn have saved a listed building recognised as nationally important by CAMRA. The pub continues to go from strength to strength, and the team are working with the Friends of Eastside City Park to create a programme of free public events to make Digbeth even more welcoming and vibrant. Thank you and congratulations!
Although it’s early, if you would like to nominate an individual, group or local business for a Digbeth Community Award for 2015, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.