Digbeth Community Awards 2014

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.

John Gordon with Becci Wright, Karl Paragreen and Julie Pickering

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!

John Gordon presents Alison Tuck with an award

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.

Manager Ant receiving an award on behalf of The Woodman from John

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 contact@mydigbeth.co.uk.

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday, 21st December
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Sunday, 21st December
The Spotted Dog
16:30
Free Entry

Sunday Classics – Christmas Special

Sunday, 21st December
The Old Crown
18:30
Free Entry

Candlelight Acoustic

Wednesday, 24th December
Suki10c
19:00-00:00
Free Entry

Acoustic Wednesdays

Friday, 26th December
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:30 – 13:00
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Sunday, 28th December
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

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Candlelight Acoustic

When: Sundays from 16:30
Where: The Old Crown, 188 Digbeth High Street, Digbeth, B12 0LD

With the cold and dark setting in, there’s no better place to spend a Sunday evening than a warm and cosy atmospheric pub.

The Old Crown certainly fits the bill, and with four talented acts there to entertain you with acoustic music, there’s probably no better pub to visit!

Along with the live music, there are free nibbles on offer and two-for-one on all mulled wine and cider, so you really have no reason not to venture out for a quiet night in Birmingham’s oldest pub.

Cheers!

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Dig Digbeth

In case you haven’t seen it all over Twitter and social media, a new visitor guide for Digbeth has been launched this month.

Called Dig Digbeth, it showcases the best things to see and do in our little part of the city, along with a potted history. Digbeth is Good is given a nod, of course, along with Digbeth Residents Association, which we think highlights how vibrant our area is regardless of whether you live here or are just visiting.

Hard copies of the free guide have been distributed all over the city, in public libraries, travel shops, educational establishments and visitor attractions. Not only that, but it is also available at National Express stations in London, Bristol, Manchester, Leeds, Cardiff and Nottingham!

You can find an electronic of the guide below, so make sure to send it on to all your friends and family, and pick up a copy to share when you have guests staying over!

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Save St Pats

When: Sunday 15th March 2015, 12:00-14:00
Where: Digbeth High Street

Planning for the next St Patrick’s day parade is underway in earnest, despite recent announcements from Birmingham City Council to cut funding for public events across the city. The Birmingham St Patrick’s Festival Committee have launched a crowd funding project to make up the deficit and save the parade.

The effect of the celebration is felt throughout the city with iconic buildings such as Selfridges and the Library of Birmingham lighting up green in a show of support. After a record-breaking 90,000 attendees at the 2014 parade, it is now classed as the second largest Irish parade in the world!

It is important to remember is the parade is organised by volunteers from the Birmingham Irish community, who are not paid for their tireless hard work in the months before and after each event. The parade means so much to so many which is why the organisers are calling on supporters to help in any way they can to keep the parade alive.

The Show Must Go On is aiming to raise £20,000, although the parade itself costs more than £70,000 to stage, including the cost of essential requirements such as road closures, safety barriers, street cleaning, toilets, bins, first aid provision and security.

Anyone wishing to support the St Patrick’s Day Parade can do so by:

See the St Patrick’s Birmingham website to learn more, and remember to share the funding campaign with everyone you know so that together we can save the parade!

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DIE DAS DER Christmas Special

When: Saturday 20th December, 20:00 onwards
Where: Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street South, Digbeth, B5 6LB
Tickets: £4 on the door

DIE DAS DER invite you to celebrate the end of their first year of live events at Muthers Studio. Featuring four disjointed, raucous, blood-curdling bands from Birmingham and further afield:

For more information, see the flyer below or the Facebook event page.

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DJ Destruction 2014 Final

When: Friday 19 December, 21:00–04:00
Where: Suki10c, 21 Bordesley Street, Digbeth, B5 5PJ

This Friday sees the final of the third annual DJ Destruction competition at Suki10c! The reigning champion Feva will be defending his title, but will he triumph one last time or will one of the challengers walk away with the title and the £500 cash prize?!

DJ Jimi Needles and DJ Shorty will be joining this epic battle as guest judges, and will be demonstrating their own awesome deck skills and tune selections to help set the Suki10c Christmas Party off with a bang.

Doors open at 9pm sharp and it’s free entry all night long so come down, show the finalists the support they all deserve and have a stonking good party at the same time.

And don’t forget the Tequila Time! When the red light starts flashing it’s only £1 a shot of Tequila!

For more information, see the Facebook event page.

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Keep SIFA Fireside Cooking!

Earlier this month, the Lord Mayor of Birmingham came to SIFA Fireside, one of his nominated charities, to launch their Keep Us Cooking This Winter campaign.

Cath Gilliver, Chief Executive of SIFA Fireside, and Councillor Shafique Shah thanked everyone for their attendance and continued support, and explained the importance of a warm welcome:

By having a warm safe space to have a hot shower and a hot meal, we can work with homeless people at their pace. We build trust and support them to move forward with their lives. We offer accommodation advice, alcohol recovery support, training opportunities, volunteering, plus many more activities and opportunities.

However, the charity needs your support to cover the basics this winter; to heat the drop-in centre, provide hot water, and cook c.2259 lunches per month they need to raise £6,078.

SIFA Fireside are asking supporters to hold fundraising events, donate what they would have otherwise spent on Christmas cards, or simply text WARM23 £5 to 70070.

With your help hopefully they can reach this target! For more information about the campaign, see the flyer below.

Thank you!

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Live Music Round Up

See more live music at the Live Brum website.
Click here for gig listings for the Irish Centre Birmingham

Sunday, 14th December
Sunday, 23rd November
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Tuesday, 16th December
Jazz Tuesdays at The Spotted Dog
20:30
Free Entry

Christmas Big Band Special – Jonathan Silk Big Band

Wednesday, 17th December
Suki10c
19:00-00:00
Free Entry

Acoustic Wednesdays

Thursday, 18th December
The Spotted Dog
20:00
Free Entry

Blues Thursdays

Friday, 19th December
St. Martin’s Church in the Bullring
12:30 – 13:00
Free Entry

Free Lunchtime Concerts every week, featuring local, national and international musicians. Some concerts are in association with Birmingham Conservatoire.

Friday, 19th December
The Rainbow
18:30
Tickets £5 in advance

Winstons’ Big Brother
Superficials
Revolver

Friday, 19th December
Connaught Bar
Irish Centre Birmingham
Free Entry

The Crooked Jacks

Saturday, 20th December
Digmas at The Custard Factory
12:00-18:00
Free Entry

Roo Savill Trio
The Glamophones
Clutching at Straws
Rich McMahon Folk
Santa Babies

Saturday, 20th December
DIE DAS DER Presents
Muthers Studio, 14 Rea Street South
20:00
£4

Them Wolves
Youth Man
Frauds
JOHN

Saturday, 20th December
The Dubliner
21:00
£3 advance, £5 on the door

The Suits (plus special guests)

Sunday, 21st December
Sunday, 23rd November
Alfie Bird’s
Custard Factory
16:00
Free Entry

Andy Bennett of Ocean Colour Scene and Khaliq host an open mic in the heart of Digbeth

Sunday, 21st December
The Spotted Dog
16:30
Free Entry

Sunday Classics – Christmas Special

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Funding Success for Eastside City Park

Eastside City Park is Birmingham’s newest public open space and is heavily used by a wide range of people including students, families visiting ThinkTank and the Science Garden, and patrons of The Woodman pub, amongst others.

Following a summer of activity as part of Birmingham City Council’s Active Parks programme, including weekly rounders and tai chi, the Friends of Eastside City Park are planning a calendar of events for 2015.

The group has been successful in gaining a grant of £9,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund which will be spent on new signage, a website, self-guided walking tours, games equipment (including a large chess set), and a series of consultation events to obtain feedback from park users.

This is fantastic news and we would like to congratulate the Friends of Eastside City Park in their grant success! As part of our neighbourhood, we will of course continue to offer our support to the park and events taking place there in 2015 and beyond.

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