Bournville Village Council


Who is george cadbury?

George Cadbury was born on September the 19th 1839 and he died on October the 24th 1922. He was an English businessman and social reformer who, with his elder brother, Richard, took over their father’s failing enterprise and built it into the highly prosperous Cadbury Brothers cocoa- and chocolate-manufacturing firm.
George was perhaps more important for his improvements in working conditions and for his successful experiments in housing and town planning.

when did george cadbury set up bvc?

George Cadbury formed the Bournville Village Council in 1901 as a tenants committee.

Why did george cadbury set up bvc?

George Cadbury wanted to give some form of representation to the residents of his embryonic new village, Bournville.

how was the council formed?

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.

Since 1901

Making the lives better for ALL in Bournville.

Our History

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.

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..

What Drives Us

Our Mission Statement

To improve the lives for all in Bournville.

Bournville Village Trust EMSC Reps:

Estate Management and Scheme Committee (EMSC)

EMSC play an important role in maintaining the appearance and amenity of BVT areas. It covers matters ranging from landscaping to advising on planning policies. The Committee also considers issues relating to the management charge and design guides, including hearing appeals about applications for alterations to homes.

Both EMSC Reps noted below regularly attend BVC meetings in order to keep the trust infomed with anything BVC brings to their attention through residents.

Bill Rice

Bill Rice

Bill has lived in Bournville for 46 years, when he met and married his wife Pauline. Before retiring, Bill worked for the West Midlands Ambulance service. He has played a very active role in the community and was a member of Bournville Village Council for 33 years.

Bournville Village Festival Accounts:


2023 Accounts will be published at the APM on Wednesday the 4th of September from 7pm