Our History

The origin of the Bournville Village Council

George Cadbury, founder of Bournville.

George Cadbury wanted to give some form of representation to the residents of his embryonic new village, Bournville. He formed the Bournville Village Council (BVC) in 1901 as a tenants committee.

Members were elected by the whole village at a time when there was still limited male suffrage in the United Kingdom and no women had the vote.

The BVC is now one of the largest residents' associations in Birmingham acting as both a go between with local authorities (whether that be the Bournville Village Trust or the City Council) to help resolve issues which are of importance to you as a resident.

The Village Council represents more than 4,000 households from Raddlebarn Road in Selly Oak through to Church Road in Northfield. Should you not know the right, or the most appropriate, organisation to call on about your problems the Village Council will assist you with information and advice. We pledge to work, actively for residents in the Bournville area.

Events

The BVC organises the famous Bournville Village Festival.

The Bournville Village Council has evolved over the years and is now much more than a residents association. It is one of the major event organisers in Birmingham.

It all started back in 1901 when a children’s fete it had organised was so successful that it was turned it into the annual event now known as the Bournville Village Festival.

The BVC organises Jazz on the Green.
 

This annual event, held on the last Saturday in June, has grown to be the largest village festival in the United Kingdom raising precious funds for local charities.

It now helps to organise other events around Bournville - including the 'Jazz on the Green' festival and the hugely popular 'Christmas Tree Lights Switch On' in December.

The Organisation

The BVC consists of 15 elected members and 5 co-opted members. Elected members serve for 3 years and then step down, but they may stand again for another 3 year term if they wish. Co-opted members serve for just one year at a time. The elected members are there to help keep Bournville special.

The current Village Council Committee includes:

  • Chairman : Del Wilford
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  • Vice Chairman : Tony Marriott
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  • Secretary : Jean Dunlevy
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  • Treasurer: June Marriott
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  • Web Media : Nigel Dawkins
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  • Dennis Carson : Life Member
  • Terry Davies (co-opted)
  • Monica Hardie
  • Sue Walsh : Maypole Teacher
  • Councillor Rob Sealey (opted)

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