News and Diary Dates
- Sunday, July 31st - Moor Pool Decathlon
12pm to 3pm. Come and try out the various sporting facilities that Moor Pool has to offer. Get your Moor Pool Decathlon passport stamped at each site – or just choose from tennis through to Little Kickers football or to yoga. This has been generously funded by Birmingham City Council’s Celebrating Communities Fund.
- Tuesday, August 2nd - History Talk
Corrine Brazier illustrated talk on West Midlands Police Museum, 7pm-8pm, refreshments from 6:30pm.
- Sunday, September 4th - Circle Cinema
We will be screening the Oscar winning Belfast (12). Directed by Kenneth Branagh. with Jude Hill, Lewis McAskie, Caitríona Balfe and Jamie Dornan, it tells the story of a young boy and his working-class Belfast family during the tumultuous late 1960s. Doors open 6:15pm for refreshments followed by 7:15pm screening.
- Sunday, September 11th - Heritage Festival
Moor Pool's 13th Heritage Festival, 11am - 3pm. This year's theme is Astounding Inventions. Poster available here.
- Friday, September 16th - Fungi Walk
Free Fungi Walk with Natural Science Curator Lukas Large (part of Moor Pool Heritage Festival)
- Sunday, October 16th - Circle Cinema
We are planning to screen The Duke (12) with Jim Broadbent and Helen Mirren. In 1961, 60-year-old Kempton Bunton stole Goya's portrait of the Duke of Wellington from the National Gallery. He sent ransom notes saying that he would return the painting on condition that the government invested more in care for the elderly. What happened next became the stuff of legend. Doors open 6:15pm for refreshments followed by 7:15pm screening.
- Tuesday, October 25th - History Talk
Steven Hearn, curator at Stourbridge Glass Museum on Stourbridge Glass, 7pm-8pm, refreshments from 6:30pm.
- Tuesday, November 22nd - History Talk
Elizabeth Thomson on the Bricks that built your house, 7pm-8pm, refreshments from 6:30pm.
- Saturday, January 28th 2023 - Residents' Association AGM
12:15pm in the Main Hall following the coffee morning.
Moor Pool Heritage Trust
Moor Pool in Bloom
The estate has a wide range of active clubs and societies that are open to residents and non-residents. Full details here.
- Coffee Mornings
Coffee mornings are held on the last Saturday of the month (excluding December), 10:30 - 12:00, in the Lower Hall (or Bowling Club at times of fine weather). All are welcome and, as usual, any donations of cakes will be gratefully received.
- Sheila Retires
MRA committee members presented Sheila Preece with a box of fresh flowers to mark her retirement on 30 September as Moor Pool Hall caretaker after 17 years service to the community.
- 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.
- Moorpool Players
After nearly 40 years entertaining Moorpool and Harborne, their excellent production in May 2016 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 2016. Full details of their upcoming schedule and membership forms here.
- Moor Pool Heritage Trust Acquires Community Facilities
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
- The Moor Pool Heritage Trust now owns the Spinney Garages
The Moor Pool Heritage Trust completed the ownership of the Spinney garages from Banner Homes on Friday 4th October. This marks a landmark step in the Trusts overall plan to take on ownership of the local community facilities for the benefit of the community.
The completion of the ownership of the Builders Yard will probably be next followed by the allotments. The rents from the garages at the Spinney and Builders Yard will provide a long-term income stream for the Trust as part of its comprehensive business plan.
The Trust would like to express its thanks to Banner Homes and to Trustee Becky Phillips who has spent considerable time and effort seeing through the legal work required.
- Moor Pool Heritage Trust achieves charitable status
Unfortunately just too late for the public meeting at the Moor Pool Hall on the 23rd July, the Trust has received confirmation from the Charity Commission that the company has achieved charitable status and has been entered onto the Register of Charities with the Registered Charity Number 1148252.
This is an important step forward.
- It will enable the Trust to reclaim tax on donations significantly increasing their value.
- It will open up a far greater number of grant providers who only deal with organisations with charitable status.
- It gives recognition to the aims of the Trust and enhances the Trusts credibility.
- Coffee Mornings
The Residents' Association held their first Coffee Morning on Saturday, January 19th 2008 and this proved to be extremely popular. It was attended by over 60 residents of all ages and even showed a modest profit (although this was not the primary intention). It ihas now become a regular monthly event. Held in the Lower Hall, 10:30 - 12:00, on the last Saturday of the month (except in December), all are welcome and any donations of cakes will be gratefully received.