Community News

Joint Police And Community Speed Watch Operation

On the 13th June 2017 the Rural Neighbourhood Police Team in Partnership with Tidbury Green Community Speedwatch Volunteers,carried out a Speed Enforcement Check in Norton Lane, Tidbury Green.

Officers were at the location for an hour. During that hour 222 vehicles went along Norton Lane, of those 8 vehicles were stopped by officers for excess speed.

Hopefully this will impact on the amount of speeders in the area in a positive way, as not obeying the speed limit is both dangerous and irresponsible.

Remember, speed kills!! Please drive responsibly.

World Cafe Event – Active Citizens

A series of local events are due to take place across Solihull starting in June 2017.  These events branded World Café Events will give members of the public the opportunity to discuss issues in their community that are important to them and help identify how they can become involved in a community project or activity and how to apply for funding from the Police and Crime Commissioners Active Citizen Fund to turn their ideas into reality and help resolve local issues.

Whether you are already involved in a community group or would like to start one to address local issues we can help guide you through the process of forming a group through to applying for funding to start a long term project or one off activity.

The Active Citizen funding scheme will involve nearly a million pounds being spent on schemes throughout the West Midlands. Each Neighbourhood Policing Unit (NPU) has an annual budget allocated to it to help fund local community initiatives.

The Active Citizens Fund combines three previous streams of funding using money seized from criminals so that West Midlands Police will be better placed to engage with the public and encourage ‘active citizenship‘ to enable the public to help solve local issues and to make communities safer.

Small Grants may be used to help the community to purchase equipment or may be used to support a one-off community event or initiative.  These grants will usually be smaller amounts, although there is no upper or lower limit.

Your local World Café Event for Monkspath, Dickens Heath, Cheswick Green, Tidbury Green, Earlswood is on:

13th July 2017 6:00pm to 8:00 pm at:
Hockley Heath Pavillion
Old Warwick Road, Hockley Heath, Solihull B94 6HH

Your local Neighbourhood Team will be running the event supported by the Police Partnership Team and partners. We’d welcome your attendance and any other local residents who are interested in making a difference and entering into conversation with a purpose with their local team.

Details can be found on the attached flyer :-

Flyer 1

Flyer 2

Should you need further details please contact the Rural Neighbourhood Team by the below contact details:

Email: rural@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk or Tel: 101 Ext 892 6032

Advise From West Midlands Police -WMNOW – Holiday Security Tips

Please see below the advise received from West Midlands Police

As many of you are planning to go on holiday over Easter please also remember to plan your security provisions whilst you are away too.

  • ​Set timers so that lights come on in your house.
  • Test and use your alarm and outside security lights.
  • Lock all doors, including porches and remove keys from the locks
  • Can a neighbour take in your post to avoid it being visible in a porch for days?
  • Ensure all valuables are safely stored away.
  • Register your valuables for free on www.immobilise.com
  • If you are travelling by car, could a neighbour leave a car on your drive to give the impression someone is home?
  • If you are leaving your car at home, install additional security such as steering wheel locks.
  • Avoid telling everyone on social media that you are going away.
  • Avoid posting holiday photos on social media whilst you are away.
  • Ensure all bushes at the front of your property are trimmed down. High front hedges are a criminals dream when committing burglaries as they cannot be seen from the road / pavement.
  • Ensure ladders, garden tables and furniture is secured / locked away, including your wheelie bins !! especially if you have single storey extensions / conservatories.
  • Ensure you do not leave garden tools around that could be used to break in. Lock them securely in a shed or garage.
  • If you have bicycles in a shed or garage make sure they are all locked together  with a quality assured lock.Also consider letting the tyres down whilst you are away to make them less attractive to take !
  • Ensure a neighbour or relative have your contact details of where you are going and ask them to keep an eye on your home whilst you are away.
  • Visit http://www.securedbydesign.com/crime-prevention-advice/secure-your-home/ for more tips and security advise.

West Midlands Police – WMNOW – Watches Recovered

Have you had a watch stolen in a burglary?
Can you help Solihull Police try and locate the rightful owner of the watches shown in the attached document, which were recently recovered from an offender.

If you have recently been burgled or know someone that was and had any watches stolen please take a look at the watches to see if you recognise any of them.

 

Please contact Solihull Police on 101 and ask to speak to the Solihull Investigation Team if you recognise any of them.

West Midlands Police also recommend that residents registers valuables (for free) on https://www.immobilise.com/ – They are able to interrogate all registered items to locate the owners, sadly in this case these watches do not seem to be registered.

Over Sixties Christmas Lunch 2016

The 2016 over 60’s Christmas Lunch once again proved to be a great success. It was well attended and fun was had by all.

Special thanks to Jo Hudson for her excellent organisation skills and for yet again ensuring a great social event was delivered.

Christmas Carol Concert in Association with Tidbury Green School

2016 saw the second Christmas Carol Concert organised in association with Tidbury Green School. Tidbury Green School Choir’ and The Shirley Band once again joined together to provide an excellent evening and really get those attending in the Christmas spirit.

Tea/coffee, mulled wine and mince pies were available on the evening. The event was in aid of AGE UK.

This was a sell-out event which received excellent feedback from those who attended.

Well done to everyone involved.

2016 Scarecrow Competition

As Clerk of the Parish Council I was delighted to be asked to be one of the judges for the Tidbury Green 2016 scarecrow competitionalong with Pam Cole who lives in the village and Lorraine Hart from Age UK. The three of us had a great time judging and we were very impressed with the quality of the entries. People had put a lot of thought and effort into designing and making their scarecrows. We completed independent scoring as we were taken around by Pauline Fisher, to view and judge the scarecrows. When we finally returned to the school hall and sat down to discuss our scores we were unanimously agreed on our three winners.

 Congratulations to the winners:-

First Place – The Wright Family from Tilehouse Lane with a Royal party where there was plenty of beer and wine had. (Photograph above)

Second Place – The Hickey Family from Lowbrook Lane, where the queen was sat upon her “throne”. A great example of British humour.

 Third Place – Maureen Clerk of Norton Lane with the queen having Tea, in the company of the corgis

Also well done to:-

 The winners of the Bake Off

Ruby, Vivian & Jasmin (Under 9’s Category)

Hattie (9-15 Category)

Darcey (16+ Category)

Winners of the children’s painting Competition

Ruby (age 6) and Edith (age 3)

The winner of the Flower Arrangement Competition

Ann Duddeley

Thank you also to everyone who entered the day’s competitions. Without the support and participation of you all these great events would not take place.

The Social Committee would like to thank the group that meet at the school hall that was used to host the event, for entering into the spirit, by submitting cake and flower arranging entries and adding material in support of the day to their noticeboards. It was really appreciated.

Dog Fouling

Dog fouling continues to be a problem in Tidbury Green. Once again we would like to remind you that if you take out a dog you must clean up after its mess, regardless of whether you are the owner or not. This anti-social behaviour is taken very seriously by the Police, as well as Local Councils. As well as being an unsightly, unpleasant nuisance dog mess can also be a health hazard.

It is an offence to allow a dog to foul in a public place, without clearing the mess up. Solihull environmental health officers make regular patrols and respond to complaints. For first time offenders fixed penalty notices of £75 (reduced to £50 if paid within 5 days) are given. Persistent offenders can be fined up to £1000 and have gone to jail in Solihull for such an offence.

Parishioners can report incidents of dog fouling online via the Solihull MBC Website: www.solihull.gov.uk/Resident/Pests-pollution-food-hygiene/animal/dogfouling or by calling them on 0121 704 8000.

Christmas Tree Thanks

Whilst Christmas feels like a distant memory to many of us, we would like to say thank you to those people who helped to make the Village look festive over the Christmas period. Thank you to Woods Farm for supplying and delivering the Christmas Tree at the Junction of Lowbrook and Norton Lane, thank you to Margaret and Roger Ballard for allowing us to light their holly tree and finally thank you to Peter Seddon for his help with lighting the trees.