Author Archives: Andy Mabbett

About Andy Mabbett

Man of many talents - some of them useful. Multiple monomaniac. Author of 'Pink Floyd: The Music and The Mystery' and more. Birder. Cyclist. Wikimedian. FRSA.

New Heights Warren Farm Community Project could win Award

Congratulations to New Heights Warren Farm Community Project, which has reached the final of the National Lottery Awards 2013. They could win a £2,000 cash prize and appear at a star-studied BBC One event. You can vote for them until … Continue reading

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On the Buses

National Express West Midlands have announced changes to local bus services 66, 934, 935 and 997, as well as a new 936 service. The 66 will run to Birmingham, via Perry Common, Erdington, Star City, the Gravelly Industrial Park, and Nechells. The 997 … Continue reading

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Free Social Media Help for Voluntary Organisations

Volunteers in North Birmingham – including the B44’s Andy Mabbett – are running a series of drop-in “Social Media Surgeries” to help local voluntary organisations develop an on-line presence. Anyone from a not-for-profit organisation, whether a registered charity or just … Continue reading

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All change: Bus service 451 becomes route 5

Sandwell’s buses are changing. So how does this affect B44? Well, until now, Kingstanding Circle has been served by route 451, between West Bromwich and Sutton Coldfield. From tomorrow, that is renumbered to route 5. More details — and the new timetable — are … Continue reading

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Warning on bogus workmen

West Midlands Police officers from the Oscott Neighbourhood Team tell us that they recently stopped two men in Great Barr, who were delivering cards (pictured below) asking for for gardening jobs. The police believe that the men were involved in … Continue reading

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Lost cat: Toodles

A flyer has been distributed in the Dunedin Road area of B44 this evening: Have you seen this cat? This is Toodles our kitten – he is only 5 months old If you see him or know anything, please contact … Continue reading

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Dangerous Road Markings at Thornbridge Avenue – Aldridge Road Junction

The crossroads at the junction of Thornbridge Avenue, Aldridge Road and Greenholm Road is a notorious accident blackspot (“one of the most dangerous in the area“). Birmingham City Council’s own signage warns of “13 casualties over 3 years” (see image … Continue reading

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Can you identify man suspected of Kingstanding assault?

West Midlands Police are appealing for help from B44 residents to identify a man who attacked a private hire driver. They say: At around 2am on Saturday 5 May, the 42-year-old victim picked up two young women on Priory Queensway … Continue reading

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‘Life in the circle’ – artwork at Kingstanding

We’ve just noticed this over the shopping precinct at Kingstanding Circle: It’s very large — over 6 feet (2 metres) tall. The most recognisable feature is the listed Odeon cinema building, now a bingo hall. Is it new? Or have we been … Continue reading

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New Sign for The Kingfisher

We notice that The Kingfisher, on Birdbrook Road, has a new pub sign: It depicts an example of the eponymous bird, the Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis). The new image is more lifelike than its somewhat cartoonish predecessor (below), with a … Continue reading

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