Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Thimblemill Library Calendar October 2015

Knowing me knowing you! 
Thimblemill Library have got it just right for their events which are taking place next month, there's something for everyone.   

Find your inner dancing queen, get your platforms on and get down at Thimblemill Music Club ABBA night on Thursday 1st October, bring your popcorn to the film nights (Cinderella for the kids on 3rd October, Malcolm X as part of Black History month on 17th October and then Nosferatu for their Halloween special on 31st  October) or even take your pop up tent along to their Thimble Size Camp on Not So Fright Night Saturday 24th October . 

If you fancy a FREE (our favourite word) cuppa and a bite to eat Thimblemill Library will cater for you every Monday morning starting from 5th October. 

And then from November they’re holding FREE (there it is again!) computer classes.  If you want to surf the net, keep up with your children's computer skills or learn the basics pop along to Bearwood's no 1 library and sign up today.

Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Bearwood Art With History


Local illustrator, Joshua Whitehouse, contacted welovebearwood with the exciting news of his exhibition which takes place next month on 3rd October at Oops Gallery on Sandon Road.
Joshua explained that his ‘Bearwood – Art with History’ exhibition “will re-tell the untold historic stories of Bearwood using research from local historian Mary Bodfish” and will include “a collection of illustrations showcasing this history, a large A2 print capturing the whole of Bearwood and postcards depicting landscapes and elements of the town.”


We love the fact that Joshua’s exhibition mixes old Bearwood with new Bearwood and reckon he's definitely a Bearwood All-Star.

You can find out all about Joshua’s artwork via his website (right here!),  his blog (right here!), his Facebook page (right here!) and his Twitter account (right here!).

Monday, 21 September 2015

Warley Woof Talk

One for all you dog lovers out there! 
We've heard tickets are selling first so if you want to find out more please contact Warley Woods Community Trust on 0121 420 1061 or pop into the Pavilions today.

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Bearwood’s got talent: Caroline Jariwala

We’ve featured Bearwood’s Mosaic Maker, Caroline Jariwala, on welovebearwood before so it was mosaic-tastic to see her crafting away on our fellow Bearwood bloggers, We Are Bearwood (check it out right here for everything Bearwood) website too.

"Mosaic has a long history, starting in Mesopotamia in the 3rd millennium BC. Pebble mosaics were made in Tiryns in Mycenean Greece; mosaics with patterns and pictures became widespread in classical times, both in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome.

Bearwood mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala and ten young people who helped design and create Birmingham City Council’s owl for the city’s Big Hoot event have received recognition from the High Sheriff for their efforts. Caroline Jariwala was commissioned by Birmingham Children’s Services to create a mosaic Owl for The Big Hoot. A fundraiser for Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

The Big Hoot is presented by creative producers Wild in Art working in partnership with Birmingham Children’s Hospital. The Big Hoot has brought businesses, artists, schools and the local community together to create a public art trail of stunning owl sculptures on display across Birmingham.  The Owls are on public display from July to the end of September 2015.

Her artistic career started in the 1980s when she studied Fine Art. 2014 was a big year for Caroline – started with a trip to the 1st International Urban Mosaic Intervention in Santiago, Chile, which Caroline was especially selected to take part in.  In April she had a major exhibition at the Corinium Museum in Cirencester which was incredibly well received."

There is also something magically about mosaic-making with broken, chipped, discarded, rejected and second-hand crockery.  Using the unwanted and making it desirable; transforming ‘ugly’ into a thing of ‘beauty’.” - Caroline Jariwala

To view more of Caroline’s work go to:

Caroline Jariwala with the mosaic Owl created for The Big Hoot.

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Bearwood's Best Mum!


Welovebearwood caught up with Khakan Qureshi who's hosting Bearwood's Best Mum competition.  The competition closes on Friday so you need to get your nomination forms in very quickly.

Khakan told us that you can "nominate yourself, your own mum or someone else. All you have to do is pick up a nomination form from Mad As A Hatter (28 Abbey Road Bearwood) or email me at  and state on the form (within 25 words) why you think the nominee deserves the title of Bearwod's Best Mum."

There are wonderful prizes for the best entries to treat your Mum which include:
A wash and dry from Vangelis
High Tea at Mad As A Hatter
A Bouquet of flowers from Eros
A Gift Voucher worth £25 from Beauty Works
A Hamper from Co-op
A handmade, home baked cake from QT Cakes
A toiletry hamper

The closing date is this Friday 11 September so you haven't got long. The winner will be announced on Saturday 12 September at Mad As A Hatter.

This is a community competition independently organised by Khakan to raise funds for Diabetes UK.

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Well done winners!

It’s official…Bearwood has award winning front gardens. 
We’ve mulched the details of this year’s We Are Bearwood Front Gardens Competition green fingered winners from our fellow bloggers, We Are Bearwood, (check out their website our for everything Bearwood right here)…..
“Well done winners! In fact, congratulations to everyone who entered the We Are Bearwood Front Gardens Competition.  The judges had such a difficult time judging.  For a start, we were overwhelmed with all the fabulous entries right across Bearwood, including traditional gardens, quirky gardens, sustainable gardens and large & small gardens.

On Saturday 29th August the judges, entrants and sponsors gathered in Warley Woods for the prize giving with a social cuppa provided by our lovely Committee Member Marian Hills. Us organisers had a lovely time and we hope everyone else did – many of you seemed to have enjoyed being part of the competition and the spirit of the day was one of lovely, friendly competitiveness!

We were joined by staff representatives of our main sponsors, Robert Oulsnam & Co Estate Agents. Becky and Ben were there to hand out the Gold (£300), Silver (£150) and Bronze (£50) prizes.  We’re very grateful to their support and to the other supportive local businesses who have provided category prizes (see below).

We’ve really enjoyed exploring different parts of Bearwood and seeing how green and beautiful it can be thanks to green fingered residents – as seen in this video made voluntarily by Jamie and Jake of BCM media.

So who scored the highest in our criteria and won the generous sponsors’ prizes?  Here’s the list.  Congratulations all!  If any readers take a little tour of the winners’ gardens, do let us know what you think! And don’t forget you can find out all the entries from our competition map.

Gold: 7 Pargeter Road
Silver: 198 Park Road

Bronze: 76 Ethel Street

Best Design: 10 Katherine Road, with thanks to prize sponsors Bearwood TSB

Most Sustainable: 43 Richmond Road, with thanks to prize sponsors BBC Wildlife Trust

Most Improved: 138 Park Road, with thanks to prize sponsors Webbs Walled Garden & Gift Shop

Judge’s specials: 194 Park Road, with thanks to prize sponsor Deborah Yuill

The Bearwood Vote!: 259 Barclay Road, with thanks to prize sponsors Abbey Road Post Office.

Well done everyone, and thank you for participating!

From all the We Are Bearwood volunteers.”