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October 12th, 2014

The Rest House

Come and sing at Weoley Hill.

The newly formed Weoley Hill Community Choir is going from strength to strength.
We meet EVERY Friday evening at Weoley Hill Church from 6.45 to 8pm. Tea and coffee are available at 6.30pm. Do come along and give it a try – you will be made most welcome. The only requirement is your enthusiasm!”.

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 will enjoy it!
For more details contact Don Fripp – Weoley Hill E-News.
Tel: 0121 604 3843 : Mobile: 0792 950 9982.

An illustrated talk on the past, present and future of the Cadbury Barn in Manor Farm Park

September 17th, 2014

George Cadbury's Barn

There will be a talk about the past, present and future of the Cadbury Barn in Manor Farm Park on Wednesday 24th September at 7.45pm for 8pm start. It will be held at the Weoley Hill United Reformed Church on Green Meadow Road in Selly Oak.

Built in 1894, the Cadbury Barn served as a base for the Friends Ambulance Unit during WWII, and played host to some very noisy children’s parties hosted by George and Dame Elizabeth Cadbury!
All are welcome to the talk with no need to book. Come and have your say about what the future use of George Cadbury’s ‘Barn’ should be!

Bring your memories!
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A new future for the ‘Cadbury’ barn?

August 28th, 2014

George Cadbury's last home

The Birmingham Conservation Trust is seeking local residents’ help in finding a new future for George Cadbury’s barn.

‘The Barn’ on Manor Farm Park, just off the Bristol Road, is a large wooden building constructed by George Cadbury just after 1884 when Manor farm Park was originally part of his home estate. It was built to help entertain hundreds of inner city children. Each year, literally thousands of children from some of the most deprived areas in Birmingham and the Black Country came to his home for the day to enjoy the fresh air of the countryside, to eat and drink good food and to enjoy George Cadbury’s hospitality.

The interior of the disused Barn.

The Barn, along with much of George Cadbury’s estate was given to the city council back in 1953.
After many years, the building has now fallen into disuse.
However, the Birmingham Conservation Trust are working with the Bournville Village Trust, the Friends of Manor Farm Park, Birmingham City Council and others to find a new and sustainable future for the ‘Cadbury’ barn.
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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.