Welcome to the Birchfield 'Our Bigger Story' website. This is part of the multi media evaluation of 15 Big Local areas in England. The website is an opportunity to follow what is changing in Birchfield as a result of Big Local over a ten year period.

The aim of the website is to share the learning from everything that is happening in Birchfield with other Big Local areas and highlight what works in communities with a wider audience of practitioners and policy makers.

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  • October 31, 2021 Film

    In 2019 we made a film about the impact the coming of the Commonwealth Games to Birmingham would have on the Birchfield Big Local area. This film follows the changes that have since been made over the last two years in terms of new housing, road and rail links. A further film will record the actual coming of the Commonwealth Games to Birchfield and Perry Barr

  • October 29, 2021 Film

    COVID-19 highlighted the lack of quality green space in Birchfield area. This film records the Big Local's efforts to change this and ways in which what limited green space there is can be used creatively for the benefit of the community.

  • October 28, 2020 Film

    Light Night Arts Commission in Birchfield, North Birmingham Work with the local community to create a Light Night celebration in partnership with Gallery37/Punch Records, Birchfield Big Local and Saathi House. We have a £20K to commission artists or an arts organisation to create three/four light-based, highly visual, LED, neon or projection installations celebrating the heritage and cultural diversity of the Birchfield area. The birthplace of Birchfield Harriers and Aston Villa FC, Birchfield is now a vibrant multicultural area with a rich cultural heritage including Grovesnor Road Studios " the second oldest operational recording studio in the UK after Abbey Road.

  • August 27, 2020 Film

    Great performance by Kate, Lekan and Reuben at the Creative Civic Change Pop up event today at Grosvenor Court. You can hear the rain, but people enjoyed from their windows and balconies. Some photos of the pop-up music event at Grosvenor Court, Birchfield. Thanks to Kate, Lekan and Reuben for a great performance and Tom for providing shelter. We are planning another pop-up event at another location next week, with hopefully better weather!

  • March 2, 2020 Film

    Winston Harris - Malkeys Music Productions - has been working with a group of young people in Birchfield on this video - Forward to Success. Enjoy!

  • October 10, 2019 Film

    Birchfield Big Local is the residential area closest to the site of the Commonwealth Games Athletes Village. This photo-story records both how the areas around Big Local have changed over the years and the major infra-structure and accommodation changes that are planned for the 2022 Games. This is a record of how the area looks and feels prior to major roadworks, the building of the Athletes Village and the redevelopment of the Birchfield shopping area. Our Bigger Story will continue to record the impact of these changes on local communities up to, and after, the Games themselves.

  • August 5, 2019 Film

    This video was produced as a result of a multimedia workshop with young people as part of the Summer Scheme this August 2019. A small group of young people worked with Winston Harris - Malkeys Music Productions - to create a track from scratch using instruments, software and creative writing sessions. The group also created a video for the track which is to be released later.

  • July 13, 2019 Film

    The event was to launch the booklet and mural produced as part of the 'My Endz' project with young people. At the event we were joined by guest speakers Father Bob Stephens (St Mary's Church, Handsworth), artist and photographer Vanley Burke and Hector Pinkney MBE. Young people entertained with words and music. The project was funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and coordinated by Kate Luxmoore (Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Trust) and Russell Green (Birchfield Big Local Youth Worker) with assistance from Nyah Cole and Daniel Hamilton.

  • June 22, 2018 Film

    In these three short films, Andrew Simons introduces the proposed Birchfield Big Local community hub and plans for the future. Members of Birchfield Residents' Action Group (BRAG) then talk about the work of the Action Group, reflect on change over time in Birchfield, the allotments project/Birchfield in Bloom and the role of Birchfield Big Local. In the final interview film, the local planners of the new Birchfield Jazz Festival talk about the thinking behind the Festival in promoting Birchfield and local artistic talent.

  • April 21, 2017 Film

    This film introduces the work of ATHAC (Access to Heritage, Arts and Culture) in Birchfield. ATHAC is a locally run social enterprise which supports children with disabilities to access creative and environmental activities which have enhanced their educational attainment.

  • November 14, 2016 Film

    This film records Christmas Celebrations at Birchfield Big Local. On addition to Christmas carols, music and poetry readings certificates were awarded to participants in the English Conversation and IT classes " as well as celebrating the work of Big Local volunteers.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Andrew Simons looks back on a year in the life of Birchfield Big Local. The highlights include the work of the Birchfield Environment Group, the Secret Garden development, Birchfield in Bloom, playschemes and family fun days " and much more.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Shaida Nagis talks about how a Birchfield Big Local small grant helped to develop the School+ project. The project provides additional homework support for children from local primary schools and, in particular, supports newly arrived children with learning English.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Yunus Memi talks about how a Big Local small grant helped get young people involved in litter picking and improving the environment in Birchfield.

  • October 6, 2016 Film

    Birchfield Big Local: Small Grants and Social Enterprise " 6/10/16 This film introduces the work of Birchfield Big Local. It focuses particularly on the use of small grants, and support from UnLtd, to develop sustainable local social enterprises. These include Hope Acupuncture Clinic, School+ (homework club), Eco Gardening Services and holiday playschemes

  • October 5, 2016 Film

    In this film Dorothy Dixon talks about developing nursery provision and picking up a closed down out of school club for children in Birchfield " and the support received from the Big Local.

  • October 5, 2016 Film

    Andrew Simons looks back on a year in the life of Birchfield Big Local. The highlights include the work of the Birchfield Environment Group, the Secret Garden development, Birchfield in Bloom, playschemes and family fun days " and much more.

  • September 6, 2016 Film

    Dr Rhonda Lee talks about developing the Hope Acupuncture Clinic as an affordable social enterprise service for local residents " and supported by Birchfield Big Local. Some of those attending the clinic also talk about the health benefits of the services provided by the Hope Acupuncture Centre.

  • June 2, 2016 Film

    Birchfield Big Local partnership talk about what Big Local has achieved in the community and their hopes for the future. In particular they highlight the role of volunteers in delivering local services against the Big Local's objectives.

  • April 22, 2016 Film

    In this film local residents talk about the benefits of volunteering with Birchfield Big Local: the skills and knowledge they have gained and how they hope this will lead to employment.