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Toyah Interviewed in the Mail PDF Print

20120717_BirminghamMailSmall01Leading Birmingham Mail journalist Jasbir Authi recently covered King's Heath's Walk of Fame inaugural concert at the Hare and Hounds pub in the famous Birmingham suburb writing, "PUNK legend Toyah Willcox delighted fans as she became the first star to grace a walk of fame celebrating a Birmingham suburb’s rich musical heritage." 

The article summarises Toyah's singing career before discussing specific details of her roots and origins as she grew up in King's Heath and how her family developed from her grandfather's business. The reasons behind the 'intimate show' at the Hare and Hounds pub on the corner of York Road are then developed as the article moves on to highlight the idea behind the King's Heath Walk of Fame, and the movers and shakers that made this happen.

To read more of Jasbir's article simply go to:

Come and join in the Summer Planting PDF Print

Ken and Oz updating planters in May 2011

Come along and help with the summer planting up of the planters and brighten up Kings Heath as part of our 2012 In Bloom entry.

Sunday morning sessions will take place on 27 May, 3 June and 10 June starting at 9 a.m. (but latecomers are always welcome!)

At the first session on 27 May we will be meeting at The Parade (opposite Argos) to replace 5 old planters. This will be quite hard work for which we require a lot of volunteers with spades and brooms! The two following sessions should be more straightforward.

We are looking forward this year to receiving help from staff from NatWest and other local businesses as well as from many local residents.

All the sessions will be led by a renowned local horticulturalist. If you cannot make the Sunday sessions, then other sessions will take place on weekdays. Please get in touch to find out when.

This is a great opportunity for local residents and businesses to meet each other, get involved in improving the community and share ideas. Normally we will adjourn to a local cafe afterwards for a drink and a chat.

Please let us know if you will be coming along by phoning or texting Philip Osman (Oz) on 07816 622459 or e mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

And don't forget to bring gardening gloves and trowels. Hi-Viz jackets as modelled by Oz above will also be available!


King's Heath is a 2012 Britain in Bloom Finalist PDF Print

King's Heath has been selected to be one of only 73 finalists in the Britain in Bloom 2012 campaign from over 1,000 entries.

King's Heath will be judged in the Urban Community Category alongside:-

  • Chirk in Wrexhamwelcome to kings heath 002
  • Dyce in Aberdeen
  • Kippax in Leeds
  • London Bridge in Southwark
  • Moor in Huntingdon
  • Seedley and Langworthy in Salford

This means King's Heath will be judged twice in 2012.

On the morning of Wednesday 11 July for Heart of England in Bloom and on the afternoon of Tuesday 7 August for Britain in Bloom

The results for Heart of England in Bloom will be announced at an Awards Ceremony to be held at All Saint's Church in King's Heath that will be attended by over 200 delegates.

The results for the Britain in Bloom finals will be announced at an Award Ceremony in St. Peter Port, Guernsey on 6/7 October.

Here We Come A-Wassailling in King's Heath! PDF Print


alysgathering02King's Heath's very first Wassail is thought to have taken place at the Community Centre Edible Garden on Sunday 15 January.

Wassailing is a traditional ceremony which normally takes place in cider-producing counties that involves singing and drinking the health of trees in the hope they might better thrive.

Morris dancing by King's Heath's very own Brethren Border Morris group began the Wassail, toast soaked in cider was then placed on the fruit trees in the garden and food and drink shared by all those who attended.

Sharron Carr-Wu rounded off the Wassail by telling stories and Alys Fowler demonstrated how to prune the trees in the garden.

A great afternoon was enjoyed by all those who came to what is hoped will become a regular annual event.

Many new volunteers were recruited to help maintain the grarden throughout 2012 with more events in the garden being planned for the summer.


treebread02(Wassail images within gardens belonging to Heathfield Road Community Centre's "Edible Garden". Permission and courtesy - Marcus Belben of KHCC Garden Club who must be thanked for largely organising the Wassail!)

The image below is of King's Heath's very own Brethren Border Morris Group. Click on the image to go straight to their website.Click on image to go to Brethren Border Morris

Thank You 2011 PDF Print

JC_Crowd01_small2011 has been an auspicious year for the Kings Heath Floral Trail (KHFT), culminating in the Gold Medal award of the Urban Community section of the Heart of England in Bloom regional competition. Because of this achievement, Kings Heath will now represent the region in next year's prestigious national Britain in Bloom competition. It is entirely down to our army of volunteers, supporters and helpers that KHFT managed to attain such a high accolade this year and so, as a way of showing our appreciation, we the organisers held a "Thank You" event at the Hare and Hounds pub on the 20th September 2011, inviting everyone who helped to attend. Compering on the night was Britain's favourite housewife and Kings Heath Resident Janice Connolly aka Mrs Barbara Nice. JC_01smallThe organisers would further like to thank all those that couldn't make it to the event, or who were somehow part of a list too numerous to recount (apologies if that was the case), but regardless, would just like to reiterate how important everyone's help was and how gratefully it was received.   

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