Welcome to the Moor Pool website, created for the community of Moorpool, Harborne in Birmingham, U.K. It is provided as a service to local residents by the Moor Pool Residents' Association. If you are new to our community, then Welcome to Moor Pool.

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What's Coming Up?

Sunday, August 18th - Lego Building
Sunday, September 8th - Circle Cinema
Sunday, September 15th - Moor Pool Heritage Festival
Thursday, September 19th - Moor Pool Reading Group
Tuesday, September 24th - Local History Talk
Sunday, September 29th - Den Building
Sunday, October 13th - Circle Cinema
Saturday, October 19th - Fish & Chip Quiz
Saturday, October 26th - Moor Pool Memories
Sunday, November 3rd - Log Sale
Tuesday, November 5th - Local History Talk
Sunday, December 1st - Circle Cinema
Saturday, December 7th - Santa's Sleigh
Sunday, December 8th - Santa's Grotto
Sunday, December 15th - Carol Walk
Sunday, January 12th - Log Sale


Related Sites

Moor Pool Heritage Trust

Moor Pool Allotment Association

Moor Pool Regeneration Group


Residents' Association Membership Form

Moor Pool Neighbourhood Watch Scheme


The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service

We are delighted to announce that, thanks to all our members, volunteers and supporters, Moor Pool Heritage Trust has been selected as a recipient of The Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service (QAVS) 2019. This unique UK national honour recognises the outstanding contributions made to local communities by groups of volunteers; it has an equivalent status for voluntary groups as the MBE for individuals.

Simon Sterling (Chair)

Further details and a full list of the winners of this prestigious award.


Badgers, May 26th 2019


We understand that 2 badgers were recently found dead in Carless Avenue. We understand the concern this is causing to local residents. This matter has been reported to the RSPCA who are investigating. Once further information is received from the RSPCA about the cause of the badgers' death (which we understand is due in the middle of next week) we will provide a further update including posting on social media. We hope this will include any further steps local residents should consider taking to ensure the wellbeing of their pets. In the meantime, we thought it helpful to make people aware and please feel free to share more widely

The RSPC pages on badgers make interesting reading and you can also download the 'Living With Badgers' leaflet.

Update:

Two months later and still no word from the RSPCA. Repeated attempts to contact them have also failed to get a response. Draw your own conclusions, and perhaps factor those into any decision on future charitable donations.


Best Places to Live in the UK 2019

Harborne has again appeared in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in the UK.
Sunday Times, April 14th 2019, view the full article here.


Best Places to Live in the UK 2018

Harborne appeared in the Sunday Times Best Places to Live in the UK 2018 list.
Starting with “The best suburb in up-and-coming Brum”, the article finishes off with: “The biggest draw here, though, has to be Moorpool, an idyllic enclave of Arts & Crafts homes built around a pond, a bowling green and a tennis court, with allotments.”
Best address Moorpool: a lovely, leafy model village.
Sunday Times, March 18th 2018


View the full article here.


Moorpool Players

After nearly 40 years entertaining Moorpool and Harborne, their excellent production in May of "Talking Heads" will be their last. A letter from John Healey and Norma Mason explain the decision. There will be a grand sale of furniture, costumes and props later in the autumn.


Circle Cinema

The Circle Cinema are the winners in a competition sponsored by BFI and Saville Audio Visual. A Grand Inaugural Launch of the Circle Cinema was over the weekend of June 4th and 5th. Full details of their upcoming schedule and membership forms here.


A warning has been issued to Birmingham residents who receive occupational therapy products via Medequip, employed by the city council’s Birmingham Better Care service.


Residents' Association 2015 leaflet - Where To Get Advice About Your Rent Or Tenancy


MRA AGM, January 2015


A message from the new Chair

Dear Moor Pool residents, after what has been a truly momentous 2014 for our community I am proud and delighted to have been appointed as the new chair of your Residents' Association at the recent AGM. I have lived on the Moor Pool estate for nearly 17 years and am passionate about ensuring that your voice, as local residents, continues to be at the heart of our thriving community. We may be a small community but we certainly have a big heart, which is summed up by the dedication and commitment of so many local people who, together with people from wider Harborne and Birmingham, gave over 31000 volunteer hours in 12 months to raise the £325k that was needed to Save Moor Pool. Now we have saved Moor Pool we have the opportunity to build on the community spirit that has been increasingly evident over recent years. People often ask what is the difference between the Resident’s Association and Moor Pool Heritage Trust (MPHT). Put simply, the Residents' Association is about the people who live on the estate and MPHT is about the place, namely, the community facilities and cherished environment that lie at the heart of our garden suburb. The two go hand in hand because it is the people who make Moor Pool and it is our community facilities that bring us and people from beyond Moor Pool together.

Over the next year all of us on the Moor Pool Residents' Association (myself, Sarah Copley, Mike Foster, Mike Frost, Jill Howes, Norma Mason, Maureen Mauser, Paula McGee, Jayne Millicheap, Helen Nicholas and Rob Sutton) are here to listen to and support you on issues that affect your lives whilst also ensuring we have plenty of fun doing things together as a community. To this end we will be planning a series of events (including of course our monthly coffee mornings; the legendary and well established annual heritage Festival in September and the carol walk). Keep watching this space for some new ventures on the social calendar.

At the AGM I asked residents to share with us those local issues on which you wish us to focus. Themes that were raised included rent increases for tenants (particularly our older residents); the responsibilities of private landlords and owner-occupiers on planning and maintenance in line with our conservation status, and, inconsiderate parking. Residents also shared thoughts on learning from other garden suburbs; on the importance of supporting Raj and H whose shop on The Circle provides an invaluable service to local residents, and, on supporting isolated older people living here. Another theme that came up at the AGM was the importance of communication – something I know all of us on the committee are eager to focus on. The Duck is a key part of how we communicate with you and we will also explore other ways to keep you involved and updated. As a starter for 10 I have created a new e-mail address and would encourage you to share your thoughts, ideas, and, feedback directly with me via salbmoorpool@gmail.com. You can also leave a note in the MRA post box in Raj’s shop. We have our first committee meeting of 2015 on February 12th where we will start to develop our focus and a calendar of events for 2015. I will keep you updated on what we are doing throughout the year. If you want to volunteer and get involved in helping (and having a lot of fun!) just drop me a line.

Recently Moor Pool was described as ‘the jewel in Harborne’s crown’ (The Sunday Times, 25th January 2015). What a perfect description! And to add to the bejeweled theme……all of us on your Moor Pool Residents' Committee are going to do our utmost with you to bring ever more sparkle to your lives as Moor Pool residents.

With my very best Moor Pool wishes,

Sal



Moor Pool Heritage Trust


The Moor Pool Heritage Trust (MPHT) is delighted to announce that as of 19th December 2014, we have now completed the acquisition of the Moor Pool community facilities from Grainger Plc.

We could not have done this without the fantastic support of our residents and the wider local community in helping raise the £325,000 required.

To all of you who supported us, we say a huge thank you on behalf of the Trust. Also, to all our volunteers – we are indebted to you for the time, energy, enthusiasm and skills you have committed to the project.

We look forward to ensuring that these heritage facilities are restored and remain a critical part of the community for future generations.

The Trustees, Moor Pool Heritage Trust



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