Friday afternoon was a very emotional event when we were joined by Mr Tariq Jahan and members of both families to the unveiling of this memorial to remember 3 young men who died in the riots of August 2011.
This memorial from the outset was going to be made from within the community for the community.
I am with Tariq Jahan and the Team led by Matt Lloyd from Infamous Community Arts who have managed the project from start to finish
A very special thanks goes to ASDA for supporting this project, Stacey Corker Community Life Champion, and John Perry the Store Manager at Cape Hill for the time they have put in to get the project completed, and thanks to Managers and their colleagues for attending.
Special thanks to the pupils of St Phillips Primary School and Victoria Park Primary for making the mosaics for the lamp posts, and for the imput they had in the final design for the memorial. Also pupils from St Phillips, Victoria Park, St Matthews, Shireland, Crockett’s Lane and Cape Primary the Community Choir who played a part at the end of the ceremony.
Wednesday lunchtime we were honoured to have special guests from India and distinguished members of our community to visit us in the Big House to have a cup of tea.
Mr Bhatia was present to introduce everyone and it was a very joyous occasion especially when His Holiness Baba Daljit Singh Ji put on Mayoral Robes and the chains, and had his photograph taken.
Monday afternoon we invited Mr Bill Woodhouse into The Big House to have a cup of tea with us.
Mr Woodhouse is a quiet unassuming gentleman who doesn’t seek recognition even though he has worked tirelessly for Sandwell. He was awarded an MBE in 1989 for his work in setting up Sandwell Enterprise Ltd. He was also instrumental in setting up a Sandwell Chamber of Industry and Commerce. He has served as a Director of The Sandwell Homes Board and he was Chair of the Shadow Standards Committee for two years from 1998, and Chair of The statuary Committee from 2000 until 2012.
Mr Woodhouse decided to stand down when changes of legislation removed the requirement for independent members of The Standards Committee.
Mr Woodhouse has been an invaluable asset to The Standards Committee, he has been committed, fair and professional and has been a major factor in the success of The Standards Regime in Sandwell.
Cllr Geoff Lewis, who has known Bill for many years and spoke fondly of their time together.
We were joined by distinguished guest and members of the committee who came to say farewell.
Sunday morning at All Saints Church Newton Road West Bromwich, I was delighted to be asked to wear my Robes and have the Mace preceding me.
It was a great honour to be part of the Battle of Britain Thanksgiving and Dedication Service. We had representatives from The Air Force with their Standards.
It was good to see so many in the congregation and some familiar faces enjoying a cuppa afterwards.
Sunday lunchtime we went to Victoria Park Tipton,who were having their fun day. It was a good day with lots of people attending and l was lucky enough to be asked to open the event and let some balloons off.
The weather was being kind to us all and there were plenty to do with lots of stalls and amusements for the young people. With true Tipton hospitality we had refreshments.Walking around we saw so many people of all nationalities and we even saw a wedding party. The groom and his family and guests were walking to the brides house.
Saturday morning we were invited to the Council House in Birmingham, where we met distinguished guests and we walked to the Hall of Memory Centenary Square.
At 11.00 am we joined the veterans and after the wreath laying the Mayor of Birmingham inspected the Standard Bearers before joining the party returning back to the Council House.
It was a very moving ceremony and so pleased we were invited to take part in it.
Saturday morning we were asked to open the new Dentist Centre that was a new venture which is very exciting to be involved with, this is something l feel would benefit the residents of Sandwell.
Not only do they cater for a seven day’s a week, they are also extending their hours from 8 am till 7.30 pm with a weekend facility. It was nice to see the affordable charges for service displayed prominently.
First of all we met Louisa Pouli a member of Team GB Rhythmic Gymnastic Team, it was a real pleasure to be in her company.
The dentist Harry Singh together with Lucy and Elizabeth gave us a tour of their well equipped centre.
We wish them every success for the future.