Celebrating Communities:
Talking Benches & Walking Tour

Celebrating Communities was Birmingham City Council's project to allow communities to benefit from the Commonwealth Games coming to Birmingham. Bartley Green Ward was allocated  £35,000 to be awarded to community groups in the ward who made applications. Friends of Bartley Reservoir made two bids; the first for £5,000 to purchase benches x 5 to be installed along Bartley Meadows, and the second for £10,000 for signposts x 5 to be installed at key points around the reservoir to direct people to explore their local heritage. We were successful in both thanks to there being plenty of funds remaining even after everyone who made an application were awarded funds.

Talking Benches

The 'talking benches' project had two parts; the first to purchase and install 5 benches along Bartley Meadows, and the second to hold an event both celebrating the benches and the Commonwealth Games. Unfortunately the benches were not received in time, but we went ahead with the event thanks for Newman University lending us their gym benches for the day.

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