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George Cadbury’s last home burns!

July 31st, 2014

George Cadbury's last home

The last home of George Cadbury, Manor House on the Bristol Road South, caught fire on Wednesday and has been left in a serious condition.

To all those who value the history and legacy of George Cadbury this is a shocking occurrence.

The authorities have hinted at arson but the question still remains how could such an historic house have been left over the years to fall into such disrepair and why was it so lightly guarded from probable vandalism and possible arson.

It is hard to imagine the last home of Sir Winston Churchill or Lloyd George or even Joseph Chamberlain being left so vulnerable and neglected.

George Cadbury bought Northfield Manor House in 1890 and the Cadbury family moved there from their home, Woodbrooke, on the Bristol Road in Bournville in 1894. They lived there together until George’s death at the house in 1922. Elizabeth continued to reside there until her own death in 1951.

Northfield Manor House was then bequeathed to the University of Birmingham in 1953 by the Cadbury family.

On acquisition by the University, the property was renamed The Manor House and converted for use from 1958 as a hall of residence. Additional wings have since been added. Its use as a hall of residence ceased in 2007, apparently because of prohibitive costs of bringing the property up to current health and safety standards.
It was then shamefully abandoned by the University allowing it to slowly fall into disrepute.

A planning application had recently been accepted by the City Council to redeveloped the house and its surrounding grounds by Banner Homes Midlands.

Bournville Village Council bids a fond farewell
to Tessa Mitchell

July 30th, 2014

Bournville Village Council bids a fond farewell to Tessa Mitchell

At a recent meeting, members of the Bournville Village Council presented Tessa Mitchell, BVT’s Head of Community Services, with a cut glass engraved bowl as some small token of their huge appreciation for all of her wonderful community work in Bournville over the last eight years.

Tessa, standing centre, is now moving on to new challenges and all members wished her the very best for the future.

‘Jazz in the Church’ was a great success

July 19th, 2014

Jazz on the Green

The bad weather caused this year’s free ‘Jazz on the Green’ concert to be moved indoors. St Francis Church very kindly offered to host the music event and opened their doors wide to all the Bournville music lovers who dared to come out.

Organised by the Bournville Village Council this annual Jazz concert forms part of Birmingham’s city wide 30th International Jazz Festival.

We have a strong line up this year beginning with the Chase Jazzmen (pictured) who did two sets for us. In-between we had the fabulous the New Orleans Hotshots.

An appreciative crowd braved the weather and were rewarded with a great afternoon of music.

At the end of the concert a bucket collection organised by the Bournville Village Council raised over £100 which was donated to St Francis Church as some small way of saying thank you for their life saving hospitality.

The Bournville Green through the seasons

June 28th, 2014

The Great Interior Design Challenge

To celebrate the centenary of the Rest House on the Bournville Green, the Bournville Village Council has pleasure in presenting a series of panoramic images of the Bournville Green through the seasons.

Summer, spring and winter are currently present with autumn being added very soon.

Each image can be navigated a full 360 degrees using either a mouse or using the navigation tool presented on the screen. The summer scene has flashing ‘Information Points’ which identify significant locations on the Green such as the Rest House and the Carillon. By clicking on these various these flashing ‘Information Points’ some explanatory text will appear regarding that specific location.
The ‘Bournville Green through the seasons’ panorama can be viewed by clicking here.
Alternatively it can be found under the menu item entitled ‘Bournville’ at the head of this page.
The Rest House was originally gifted to George and Elizabeth Cadbury by employees from the Cadbury factories around the world to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. It now forms an important aspect of the landscape of Bournville.

Paint it, knit it, craft it or simply bake it…….. Enter the craft competition to celebrate the centenary of Bournville’s Rest House

March 25th, 2014

The Great Interior Design Challenge

To mark the centenary of the Rest House on Bournville Green, ‘The Friends of the Carillon’ are looking for local residents to enter their craft competition to celebrate this iconic building’s history and heritage.

The Rest House was originally gifted to George and Elizabeth Cadbury by employees from the Cadbury factories around the world to celebrate their silver wedding anniversary. It now forms an important aspect of the landscape of Bournville.
Our competition is open to all with three categories of entry.
• Under 12 years
• 13 – 18 years
• Over 18 years
They are looking for creative interpretations of the Rest House from paintings and drawings, collages and wood work to knitting and even baking.
All entries will need to be submitted to Bournville Village Trust, 350 Bournville Lane, Birmingham B30 1QY by 7th April 2014. You can also submit your entry by posting a picture of your creation on the BVT Facebook page. (Note – we will also need your craft work to be submitted in person)
The winner of each age category will be announced at a special centenary event at the Rest House on 12th April 2014.
Prizes include:
• Family ticket to Cadbury World – under 12 years
• Family Ticket to West Midlands Safari Park – 13 – 18 years
• Family Canal Trip – Over 18 years
Entries will be displayed in the Rest House from April 12th 2014.

This Monday evening is the night to register for children who would like to be Maypole Dancers at this year’s Bournville Village Festival.

March 9th, 2014

maypole dancers

Each year at the Bournville Village Festival in June, a traditional dance takes place around the Bournville Village Maypole. It is, perhaps, the country’s largest Maypole and follows a tradition going back over 100 years.

The Maypole Dance requires a great many children to participate. However, the preparations, the rehearsals and the final performance can be tremendous fun both for the children and for the parents.
If your child would like to join us and be a Maypole Dancer, registration begins on Monday 10th March 2014 between 6pm – 7pm at Dame Elizabeth Hall on Firbank Close just off Oak Tree Lane, Bournville.
Children must be 5 years or older and live on or near the Bournville estate. (Boys up to 10 years old can be accepted).

George Cadbury’s last home to be redeveloped as flats

February 21st, 2014

The Rest House

The last home of George Cadbury, Manor House on the Bristol Road South, left abandoned since 2007, is now the subject of a planning application submitted to convert it into 20 apartments.

George Cadbury bought Northfield Manor House in 1890 and the Cadbury family moved there from their home, Woodbrooke, on the Bristol Road in Bournville in 1894. They lived there together until George’s death at the house in 1922. Elizabeth continued to reside there until her own death in 1951.

A planning application has now been submitted to the City Council to redeveloped the house and its surrounding grounds by Banner Homes Midlands. The house will be converted into 20 apartments and much of the surrounding buildings erected since 1953 being demolished. An additional 103 dwellings will be built in the grounds.

Northfield Manor House has belonged to the University of Birmingham since 1953, when it was bequeathed to them from the Cadbury family.

On acquisition by the University, the property was renamed The Manor House and converted for use from 1958 as a hall of residence. Additional wings have since been added. Its use as a hall of residence ceased in 2007, apparently because of prohibitive costs of bringing the property up to current health and safety standards.
It has since been shamefully abandoned by the University allowing it to slowly fall into disrepute.

It will be interesting to see what the University plans to do with the capital sum it receives for this development. The property was bequeathed to them by the Cadbury family. In addition we look forward to hearing what plans, if any, they have to commemorate this house as the last home of George Cadbury.

Carols on the Green raised over £3,000 for local charities

January 13th, 2014

carolsonthegreenThe ever popular Carols on the Green held each year on Christmas Eve was once again well supported with over 3,000 people helping to celebrate the imminent arrival of Christmas.

The charitable bucket collection organised by the Bournville Village Council raised a very generous £3,188.88. This money will be used to support local charities.
The service was once again organised by the B30 churches and was wonderfully led by the Reverend Peter Babington from St Francis Church.

Come and sing with the newly formed Weoley Hill Community Choir

January 10th, 2014

The Rest House

Come and sing at Weoley Hill.

The newly formed Weoley Hill Community Choir will be meeting this Friday, 10 January, at Weoley Hill United Reformed Church in Green Meadow Road. The rehearsal will be from 6.45 to 8pm, but you are welcome to arrive at 6.30 if you would like a hot or cold drink first. We intend to hold meetings fortnightly, on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month, and would be pleased to welcome any new members.

No previous experience is required, and the ability to read music is optional! People of any age are welcome to attend, including children (provided they are accompanied by a responsible adult). Come along and give it a go: you might even enjoy it!
For more details contact Don Fripp – Weoley Hill E-News.
Tel: 0121 604 3843 : Mobile: 0792 950 9982.

Carols on the Green, Christmas Eve at 6pm

December 3rd, 2013

carolsonthegreenChristmas Eve sees the annual gathering on the Bournville Green for the Carols on the Green service, beginning at 6pm.

A wonderful Bournville tradition stretching back over 60 years, under the light of Bournville’s famous Christmas tree and to the magical accompaniment of the Carillon bells, thousands of people gather to celebrate the imminent arrival of Christmas by singing a selection of traditional carols and listening to readings taken from the bible. The service is organised by the B30 churches and is led by the Reverend Peter Babington from St Francis Church.

Visitors are encouraged to bring a lantern of some description to add to the atmosphere.

Do give generously after the service to the bucket collection organised by the Bournville Village Council which goes towards supporting worthy local charities.