Community News

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.

Litter Champion

Like many areas litter is a real issue in Tidbury Green. Not only is it unsightly, but it can attract unwanted pests, which can create health hazards and litter can be dangerous for birds and animals. The Parish Council work in partnership with Solihull MBC to arrange regular litter picks and removal of rubbish caused by Fly Tippers. However with restricted resource there is only so much that can be achieved. There are parishioners that are regularly seen picking up litter, and these people make a real difference and the Parish Council are very grateful to them. We understand that it is very annoying when people discard rubbish and we all have that thought of why should I clean up after them?, however if everyone followed this approach our village would have a much worse litter issue. So whatever you can do to help, however small will make a difference and help to keep the area looking clean and tidy, having a positive impact on the community. One Parishioner that is noted for her ongoing efforts with litter picking is Pam Cole. Pam has worked hard and remained committed to picking litter in the village for almost 2 decades. This has had such a positive contribution to making Tidbury Green a cleaner and tidier place to live. The Parish Council invited Pam to our December 2015 meeting and in recognition for her ongoing efforts and commitment thanked her and presented her with some M&S vouchers. Once again Many Thanks Pam.

Superfast Broadband

Broadband Upgrade By BT Openreach

Superfast broadband is now available in parts of Tidbury Green!

CSW Broadband has now brought superfast broadband to parts of Tidbury Green! Cabinet Wythall 3 has been upgraded meaning that many properties connected to the upgraded cabinet can now order the improved service. What this can do is to shorten the time to download and upload data (by typically a factor of 7 or 8 times) making the use of the internet that much more enjoyable and enabling films and video in HD to be watched without stuttering or freezing.

To check which cabinet you are connected to and what speeds you might achieve enter your address/landline number here: https://www.dslchecker.bt.com/

There are a number of different Internet Service Providers (ISPs), and it is best to check carefully as there are a wide range of packages available, with some including telephone calls and even TV options. For impartial advice and to see which might be best for you visit http://www.moneysavingexpert.com/phones/cheap-broadband or http://www.uswitch.com/broadband/packages/

You may also wish to use a broadband comparison site such as one or more of the following:

www.broadbandchoices.co.uk/

www.uswitch.com › Broadband

https://www.cable.co.uk/compare/broadband/

The CSW Broadband website has lots of information about Internet Service Providers, a very useful jargon buster to help you to get through the sometimes baffling terms surrounding broadband, and lots of self-help guides so that you can get the most from your new, improved service http://www.cswbroadband.org.uk/about-broadband/

Happy surfing!

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Help For Hedgehogs – Update

There has been a major decline in the number of hedgehogs across the country and in 2015 Solihull was selected to spearhead research to try and reverse that decline. A major publicity drive was started talking about the plight of hedgehogs and giving ideas as to what we can all do to try and improve their habitat in our urban environment. The second stage was a programme of research work that set out to establish where in the Solihull area there were hedgehogs. Baited tunnels were set up to encourage hedgehogs in the hope they would leave tracks as they left the tunnel.

Support From Tidbury Green Residents

Tidbury Green residents were invited to participate in this work by hosting a tunnel for a period of 5 days. Results were varied and we had cats, voles, mice, rats and foxes all come and sample the special hedgehog bait. We finished up having hedgehog tracks from four different sites around our area which was encouraging. We also deployed a camera trap in one garden where hedgehogs were regular visitors and shot video of them whilst they went about their foraging. Thank you to all those who helped collect the track data.

Making Your Garden More Hedgehog Friendly

Hedgehogs roam far and wide whilst foraging for food and to find a mate. They need access to our gardens as they are a rich source of food. They need access to the wider area via our gardens. We can all help to make our gardens more Hedgehog friendly by ensuring they have paths into and out of our gardens. Fences and wire netting that we use to secure our gardens are not hedgehog friendly but by making holes about the size of a hand (10-15cms) in the bottom of a fence can allow hedgehogs free access to roam. Security is barely compromised but the access it will offer hedgehogs will in the long term help their return.

Slug Pellets

Whilst Slug pellets keep our plants safe from slug attack, such pellets are very poisonous to hedgehogs, and we should try and find other ways to stop slugs (a beer trap can be quite effective!).

What's Next

The work is being extended to other midlands centres and further research into the hedgehog densities should be started in the spring.

Further Information

For further information see http://www.helpforhedgehogs.co.uk/ Or The Warwickshire Wildlife Trust at Solihull Tel 0121 704 0768.

Thank You To The Social Committee

For a number of years the Social Committee have given up their time free of charge and worked immensely hard to organise and deliver some fabulous social events for the benefit of Tidbury Green Parishioners. As mentioned the Annual Scarecrow Competition has grown in popularity year on year, yet again the 2015 Barn Dance Supper evening was a great success where fun was had by all and for the first year in 2015 a Christmas Carol Concert in association with Tidbury Green School was organised. This was a sell-out event which received excellent feedback from those who attended. The Social events have such a positive impact bringing people together and helping to build a strong community spirit. Also the Social Committee use a number of events to raise money for charity. Most recently a Cheque for £250 has been sent to Edwards Trust from the events and collections from last year. The Parish Council would therefore like to say a massive thank you to all those who are part of the Tidbury Green Social Committee. All your hard work is really appreciated and events organised are very much enjoyed.