Friday, 2 December 2011

New Carpets to be fitted in low rise blocks


The rolling out of new carpets (excuse the pun!) has already begun in low rise blocks. If your block hasn't got it's new carpet yet, then it will be done by the end of March 2012.



Wednesday, 5 October 2011

It's scrumping season!

Check out nature's windfall in the park!

Did you know we had an apple tree?


I tried one, and I'm pretty sure they are cooking apples (unless you like your eating apples really, really sharp!)

Where is this apple tree?

Here's a little map.


There are still a few apples left on it, so it's not too late to gather a few up and make a Wake Green Park apple pie or crumble!



I wonder if there's any blackberry bushes in the park?

 They would go nicely with the apples!

Friday, 2 September 2011

A reunion story: Missing Cat and Missing Parcel

A little while ago I blogged about a missing cat that was found on the park, and also a missing parcel (the parcel had been delivered to my address but I couldn't trace the owner).

We'll both the cat and the parcel have been reunited with their rightful owners!

The cat's owner left a comment on the blog (thank you Lynn).

Hi she is my cat and has been wandering about Moseley for the past 15 years or so - not a kitten at all but a rather old lady. Now has new collar with my phone number on it
In the case of the parcel, it's owner and resident of the park, was doing a search for 'Wake Green Park' on google in relation to a work matter, so it was quite by chance that she found this blog, started to read it and much to her surprise discovered I had her missing parcel!

This is a very small hyperlocal blog covering a very small area, but it usually comes up on a google search for 'wake green park' at the top of the first page (over all the estate agents websites) - hence the parcel's owner was able to solve the missing parcel mystery.

As always, if you have any stories or news you wish to share, or have lost an item in the park, or anything park related at all that you wish to have mentioned on the blog, please drop me a line at hello@karenstrunks.com :)


Friday, 1 July 2011

Missing tabby female kitten in Moseley


Found in Wake Green Park!


From the poster:

Have you lost this Kitty?

Found wandering and currently being fed and looked after.

Tabby, female, friendly, in very good general health, distinctive collar and features, unchipped.

Call 07518 796 959 for immediate return.


Monday, 20 June 2011

Wake Pink Park

Wake Pink Green Park is in full bloom this summer!

You can't have missed the new additions of these blooming lovely Geraniums. They add a cheery dash of colour to our flowerbeds.



They arrived last Friday. I think keeping them watered will keep out brilliant gardener, Martin, very busy!


I don't think we've had a poem on the blog before...

by Theresa Ann Moore

Geraniums...crimson spheres
Attached to broad leaf greenery
Red Sizzles with jubilant cheers
Stealing attention from the scenery


Thursday, 2 June 2011

MISSING from Wake Green Park - BLACK CAT CALLED JESSIE

A black 10 month old cat called Jessie escaped from her home in Stanley Court yesterday.

She is completely black with no collar.

Please keep an eye open for her. She is quite a nervous cat and may run away if approached.

If you spot her please call Jessie's owner: Teresa 07753 990 962

Alternatively you can email me: karenstrunks@hotmail.co.uk

THANK YOU

Wednesday, 25 May 2011

Work maintenance that's happening in and around the park.

You don't see a work man for weeks, then they all decend at once! At the moment, at every turn in Wake Green Park you will see a hi-viz jacket.

First up. New garages.

Court 1 garages are being fitted with new doors and roofs. The infrastructure was crumbling, so they are having a make over.

As for the other garage blocks, as it stands at the moment, Court 2 and 3 are in good nick, and Court 4 may have some work done at some point when it's required.




You may have seen some heavy duty lorries coming in and out of the park, and heard the rumbles of road works and drilling coming from Michael Blanning House. There are new car park spaces being added into the M.Blanning car park.

These new spaces are not for Wake Green Park residents to use, but the hope is that the M.Blanning car owners can use up the spaces in their new car park which will alleviate the over spill of parked cars in WGP, thus leaving more car parking spaces for WGP residents.

ALSO

Wake Green Road is being re-surfaced at the moment. During the night! They seem to be closing the road in the early evening until about 6am. I hope WGP residents aren't losing too much sleep!


Monday, 16 May 2011

Have you sent a parcel to Horley in Surrey recently?

The Royal Mail popped one of their red cards through my door on Saturday saying that a parcel had been delivered, but it was too big for the letterbox, and notifying me it was at the Moseley Delivery Office awaiting collection/re-delivery.

BUT! The surname that is on the card is Roberts.

I rang the Delivery Office. The parcel has the senders address as mine, but the surname they have put is Roberts.

The parcel was meant to be delivered to Horley, Surrey, RH6 0AS. It was a failed delivery, and so the parcel has been returned to sender (at my address).

I hope that makes sense!

If your surname is Roberts and you tried to send a parcel to Horley in Surrey, the Moseley Delivery Office now has it and will keep it for two weeks.

Their details are:

25 Howard Road East
Bham
B13 0RZ

Tel 0121 253 4202

Opening hours:
Mon, tue, thur, friday - 7am - 12.15pm
Wed - 7am - 8pm
Sat 7am - 2pm

If you need me to explain the error to them so you can collect it (you may need the red card), give me a shout karenstrunks@hotmail.co.uk or call 07835 754 310

Thursday, 28 April 2011

Did you know......?! Wake Green Park Facts!

Did you know that our flats were deisgned by celebrated Birmingham architect John Madin?!

John Madin has design many of the buildings in Birmingham including the Central Library (pictured below), the Camber of Commerce, BBC Pebble Mill, and the (former) Birmingham Post and Mail Building.


FA Cup Final Photo by Glenn Wood


My friend pointed this fact out to me when he was reading a book about John Madin.

(sorry for the wonky scans!)











On Wake Green Park, it says in the book...




"Not far from the Calthorpe Estate and close to his parents' house in Moseley, on land at Belle Walk, Bromford Warden Housing Association appointed Madin to plan and design a block of 30 elderly persons' dwellings together with warden's accommodation and communal facilities. On the same site, Bromford Park, 249 two and three person flats and bedsitters with garages for the Bromford Housing Association were constructed in phases between 1967 and 1974. These schme have since been incorporated inot a gated community called Wake Green Park, which is managed commercially by Metro PM."




It's good to know some of the history of where we live. Have you got any interesting facts about the park you would like to share? Drop me an email hello@karenstrunks.com :)

Wednesday, 23 March 2011

Census 2011




I received an email from Moseley's Census Collector asking if a reminder could be put on the blog for Wake Green Park Resisents.

The deadline for filling in the 2011 Census is 17th March.

You may fill out the paper Census you will have received in the post, or fill it out online.

I chose to fill it out online and it was a really easy process that took about 5 minutes.

Please visit the Government's How to Complete Your Cenus Online page for instructions and further information.

There is also a really informative Frequently Asked Questions Page.

A bit more about the Census 2011

2011 Census: 27 March 2011

Help tomorrow take shape


The Office for National Statistics (ONS) carries out a census to find out more about the people who live in England and Wales and about the make-up of local neighbourhoods.

The next census will take place on 27 March 2011. ONS will be sending out questionnaires for around 25 million households to complete, asking about work, health, national identity, citizenship, ethnic background, education, second homes, language, marital status and so on. The answers will be turned into statistics used to build a picture of today’s society.

Why should this matter to you?

Census population statistics are really important in understanding people’s needs and making sure all communities get the services they need where they live.

It’s simple. If the census can’t see you, the organisations responsible for delivering the services you need won’t be able to see you either. In discovering and understanding communities, the census could make a very real difference to people’s lives. The census needs to include everyone, everywhere – and that’s why everyone has to take part.

What will you need to do?

Just answer a few questions about yourself and the people who share your household with you on census day, 27 March 2011.

Whatever you tell the census will be in strictest confidence and will only be used to produce statistics. ONS will not share your personal information with any other government department.

You’ll be able to do it online. Or by post. But you must do it. If you need help and advice, you will be able to find everything you need online and on the census helpline from 4 March 2011.

The census needs everyone to take part in helping tomorrow take shape – and this will be your chance to make a difference.

For more information, visit www.census.gov.uk

Thursday, 17 March 2011

Beware! Spate of number plate thefts in the area

UPDATE: This has happened to TWO residents of the estates who parked on Belle Walk in the last few days.

Please be aware that there is a rise of number plate thefts in the area. Recently a resident had his number plate tampered with on Belle Walk. According to Kings Heath Police there has been a significant rise in this crime.

Stolen plates are used to fit over or replace an existing plate and are often used in crimes. The criminals use them to evade getting caught when committing a crime such as

•speeding
•illegal parking
•not paying congestion charges
•driving away from a petrol forecourt without paying
•not paying for parking tickets or speeding fines
•‘disguising’ a stolen vehicle

The Safer Birmingham Partnership has written a guide on how to protect your number plates and your identity.

Directgov.uk have written a guide on what to do if your plate is stolen and also advise on theft resistant number plates.

There is lots of information in the above guides advising of a number of things you can do to prevent number plate theft.

With parking spaces at a premium on the park, the safest place to store your car would be your garage. Not all cars will fit in the garages, so please park considerately on the estate. For example a motorbike was parked in a car parking space recently.

Just be aware and park as safely as you can and hopefully we can avoid being a victim of this crime.

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Our blog is up for an Innovation Award at the Midlands Media Awards 2011


Great news Wake Green Park-ers! Our blog is up a Midlands Media Award alongside other local communities blogs in Birmingham!

The Birmingham Mail supports local blogs like ours and last year set up a Communities page on their website dedicated to hyperlocal websites and in addition the Birmingham Mail prints highlights from the blogs in their newspaper on Tuesday.








We (this blogs and the other community blogs) are up for the Innovation Award. Myself and Dave Harte from the brilliant Bournville Village blog will be attending the award ceremony tonight courtesy of the Birmingham Mail.
Keep your fingers crossed that we win in this category and become an award winning blog! :)




Thursday, 24 February 2011

Crime mapping in Wake Green Park!

At the beginning of this month a new website came into existence: Police.uk

Police.uk is a 'local crime and policing website'.

You are presented with this screen first and asked to enter an area or post code. I've entered B13 9XU in Wake Green Park's case.




It will then take you to a page where you can view the contact details of Moseley local police which includes the phone number and the names of the local police men and women.





AND it also displays the crime map! At the moment the crime data displayed relates to December 2010. There seems to be plans to update this data every month, and if that is the case the map is due an update now. And there has been suggestions that the previous month's data will be removed upon updating which isn't a great idea as it would be interesting to see more than one month's data and also to be able to make comparisons in the crime rate.




Above is the crimes recorded in the immediate vicinity of Wake Green Park. It's nice to see no crime data concerning the park itself!

There is one recorded house burglary on Belle Walk in December 2010.




HOWEVER! There is a bit of a furore about the accuracy of the data in the crime maps. This article in The Guardian gives some more insight in to the uproar; Crime Maps Are 'worse than usless' Claim Developers.

From The Guardian's website: "The newly released crime maps site are a fundamentally unreliable source of information, because they are subject to unreported changes by the police forces compiling them both before and after they are displayed, and the data will not be stored on the site for comparison over time, observers say."

The same article also lists 5 key flaws in the data from Jonathan Raper:

• Locations used are approximate (so that "top 10 crime streets" may actually be places which have had no crime).
• Data for streets with fewer than 12 postal addresses is apparently not recorded "to protect privacy".
• Some data such as sexual offences and murder is removed – even though it would be easy to discover and locate from other police reports.
• Data covers reported crimes rather than convictions, so some of it may turn out not to be crime.
• The levels of policing are not provided, so that two areas with the "same" crime levels may in fact have "radically different" experiences of crime and policing.





So, to sum up, the Police.uk website does have a lot of potential to be really useful, especially when it comes to moving house into a new area. But, it needs to be more accurate and display the location of (all) crimes more precisely otherwise the map is bascially misleading in it's information. It needs to store all the data accumulated and not delete one month's data to replace with another.

I guess, at best, at least for the time being, it's more of a guide to crime in the area, and should be treated as such until improvements are made.

Wednesday, 2 February 2011

Map of Wake Green Park in the 1930's

Well, not strictly a map OF the estate, as it hadn't been built in the 1930's!

Do you know of the history of the park and the grounds?

I heard that the grounds belongs to a very wealthy Moseley family. Their house was near by and the park was rough woodland.


This photo was taken from a 1930's book which was similar to today's A-Z of Birmingham. Thank you to my friend Niki Pugh who found this old book of maps.

As always, if you have any news, views or comments, it would be great to hear from you. Everyone is welcome to contribute to this blog! :) hello@karenstrunks.com

Monday, 24 January 2011

We can see clearly now the trees have gone...!

You may have noticed, if not heard, some activity over by Bowen Court on Friday. If you haven't been to that area in the park you will notice a bit of a difference.

We had Tony and Rob, the tree fellers (or is that tree fellas?) come into the park and give a good tidy up to the dell.

They have shortened some trees and tall bushes. This has been done for security reasons. The trees/bushes were causing an obstructed view over the garages. Also it will make for a more secure walk back into the park from the garage.

It's also good to know that the tree felling/clearing of the area, was done with the minimal amount of disturbance to the wildlife that lives in the dell.








Ross


Tony

Don't forget! If you have any news, view or stories about the park, please get in touch hello@karenstrunks.com :)


Tuesday, 11 January 2011

What a load of rubbish!

Good news. We may finally be rubbish free very soon!





No one could have missed the situation that had occurred in the estate over Christmas and into the new year. Our rubbish over flowed onto the pavements.




The good news is that Metro are hiring a private waste disposal firm to come out and remove the backlog of rubbish.
Apart from being an eyesore, it's also a health and safety issue.
BBC Midlands Today came to visit our park yesterday and even did a live news report from the bin area at the back of Bowen Court which was broadcast on the the 1.30 news. I gave a quick interview and made a few comments about the state the bin areas and that we were having a private company come in to remove the rubbish.


So our estate makes the news and we will be rubbish free soon! Not a bad start to the week on Wake Green Park :)

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