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6/3/2016

Music in the Park: Majestic Jazz

This June, ‘Music in the Park’ returns to Solihull and will celebrate the Queen’s official birthday with a special concert. 

‘Music in the Park: Majestic Jazz’ is the second ‘Music in the Park’ event this year and takes place in Elmdon Park on Sunday 12 June from 2.00pm to 4.15pm. The concert features a performance from the George Huxley Hot Five jazz quintet, who will play a brand of traditional and Dixieland jazz. 

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6/9/2016

Chelmsley Wood property closed after drug offences

A property in Solihull has been made the subject of a Closure Order by Birmingham Magistrates Court as a result of there being drug offences related to the address. 

Jason Clarke, 41, failed to appear at Birmingham Magistrates Court on 31 May, having been served with a Closure Notice for the property at 77 Arbor Way, Chelmsley Wood.

West Midlands Police received a warrant to search the property under the Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 and found drugs and related paraphernalia which would indicate drug dealing was taking place at the residence. Two males were arrested from the address, one being the tenant Mr. Clarke.

The Closure Order, obtained under the Anti-Social Behaviour Crime and Policing Act 2014, has now been acquired and entry to the address by anyone is prohibited for the next three months.

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6/21/2016
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Solihull celebrates National Volunteers Week!

On Friday 10 June, Solihull’s Volunteer Managers’ Forum with support from Solihull SUSTAiN and Solihull Council welcomed volunteers from across the borough to a celebratory cream tea. The event was part of the National Volunteers Week celebration and was a reward to some of the many people who give up their own time to look out for others and for the community.

Scones were made and donated by pupils at Solihull School for the event, held at Junction, the former Chapelhouse Boys Club in Fordbridge.  

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Mike Robinson, attended and as well as chatting to the volunteers about their activities, he also handed out certificates to thank them for their hard work. Attendees included those who support: Solihull Carers Centre, Love Solihull and Castle Bromwich Hall Gardens amongst many others.

The Mayor said “it was a really lovely afternoon and a nice way to thank those who help others in their spare time. Meeting some of the people who give back to the community was very inspiring and reminded me how wonderful the people of Solihull are. I would like to thank everyone across the borough who goes out of their way to volunteer.”

To find out more about volunteering and how you can get involved with the Volunteer Managers’ Forum contact Solihull SUSTAiN on 0121 704 7860 or louiseb@solihull-sustain.org.uk.

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6/22/2016
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You’re hired!: Solihull looks for the next top apprentices

The fifth annual Solihull Apprenticeship Show takes place at the Christian Renewal Centre on Monday 27 June between 12.30pm and 7.30pm. The popular event gives people of the borough the opportunity to find out about available apprenticeships and is a great chance to meet the prospective employers.

There’s no need to book, although it is recommended that people avoid the busy time which is likely to be between 3 and 4pm. Attendees can meet those who are currently completing apprenticeships and quiz them on their work. There are jobs available in a wide range of sectors including: automotive, childcare, construction, engineering, hairdressing, healthcare, hospitality & catering and in the theatre.

Employers who will be attending include: Jaguar Land Rover, BMW, Balfour Beatty, Civil Service Fast Track Apprenticeships, National Grid, and the Royal Shakespeare Company amongst many others. There will also be stands for the training providers who offer nationally recognised qualifications alongside apprenticeship placements.

Apprenticeships allow people to gain practical experience whilst giving them the chance to study and develop their skills. 90% of those who complete an apprenticeship are either asked to stay on or are quickly able to find a new position within their industry.

Councillor Ken Meeson, Cabinet Member for Children, Education & Skills, said “I’m looking forward to the Solihull Apprenticeship Show; it’s always an excellent event that gives people the chance to find their perfect job. There are some top quality employers who are giving people great experience whilst allowing them to gain a qualification that will benefit them whatever they do in the future.”

Larissa Evans is in her third year as apprentice working at Jaguar Land Rover, she said: “I'm really enjoying my apprenticeship and am studying towards achieving a degree. The best thing about being an apprentice is that I am continuously developing valuable skills within the workplace whilst also benefiting from educational support from college and university.”

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6/23/2016

Partners Assemble!

On Wednesday 8 June, the annual Solihull Partnership Assembly took place at Solihull College. The event was an opportunity for partners and stakeholders from across the borough to come together around the theme for the event ‘Growing Stronger Together’.

The keynote speech was given by Dominic Campbell, the CEO of FutureGov, who talked about how we can encourage more social action by individuals and groups to make a difference to the quality of people’s lives and the places that they live.

Dominic’s speciality lies in using digital technology to encourage greater networking between people to create more innovative ways for delivering public services through social action.

After the speeches, there were three workshops designed to stimulate new ideas and approaches for building stronger communities. The workshops includes: an example of ‘communities in action: Three Trees Community Centre’; ‘the role of digital technology in building stronger, safer communities’; and how to ‘develop community enterprise’.

Cllr Diana Holl-Allen, Chair of the Solihull Partnership, said “It was a marvellous evening with lots of new and innovative ideas being discussed. I hope that everyone who attended learnt some things that they can take away and apply in their community to help make Solihull an even better place to live.”

If you would like copies of the speeches, email solihullpartnership@solihull.gov.uk or call on 0121 704 8347 to discuss ideas about how you could make more use of digital technology to build stronger communities in Solihull. 

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