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.
What's Coming Up?
Thursday, August 31st - Reading Group
Sunday, September 3rd - Circle Cinema
Sunday, September 10th - Moor Pool Festival
Thursday, September 21st - Local History Talk
Sunday, October 15th - Circle Cinema
Moor Pool Heritage Trust
Moor Pool Allotment Association
Moor Pool Regeneration Group
Ron Pearson, a long time resident of Moor Pool, sadly passed away in December at the age of 103. A veteran of the second World War, keen gardener, cricketer and golfer. His funeral was on the 3rd January 2017 at Lodge Hill Crematorium and his life was celebrated afterwards at a reception at Harborne Golf Club.
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.
We are sad to announce the death of Mary Saunders. Mary was born at No 1 North Gate 98 years ago and lived there all her life. Her parents moved there when the house was first built. Until recent months she could be seen on her daily constitutional walking from her home to the bus stop on Ravenhurst Road. She epitomised the community spirit that makes our estate so very special and unique. The funeral will be on 2nd June at 2pm at Lodge Hill Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations to Heart Foundation. Our condolences go to Mary's family and the many who knew her.
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.
We are saddened to hear of the death of Liz Muir on 14th December after a short illness. Liz did a great deal for Moor Pool through her Moorpool in Bloom initiative and will be missed by all her friends.
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 email@example.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,
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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