Supporting West Midlands Police
Street Watch is a community-led initiative based on street patrols carried out by members of the public with no police powers.
Volunteers patrol in pairs and register each patrol on a website. The neighbourhood policing team can look at the website before the patrols take place. If volunteers spot suspicious activity, they should report it to the police but not get involved.
Minimum age 18.
If you would like to register your interest to participate in Street Watch please e-mail Streetwatch@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk
Community Speed Watch volunteers work in partnership with the local policing team and the fire service to monitor speeding in their area. They make use of our pro-laser speed gun technology, and results are fed back to the police and council for monitoring and further action.
To get involved with Speed Watch in Selly Oak, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Find out what's happening in your community by signing up to WM Now for updates about crime, safety advice and road closures
You can choose the types of updates that are most interesting and useful to you.
Register for free by visiting www.wmnow.co.uk
Police Tasking meetings
Each Neighbourhood Policing Team holds regular tasking meetings to discuss crime trends and policing priorities with local residents.
Attending tasking meetings is your opportunity to influence the tasks officers carry out in the local area. In Selly Oak, residents have previously asked for a focus on issues such as speeding and education around burglary prevention.
Our meetings are held on a bi-monthly basis, alternating between venues at Umberslade Nursery (Umberslade Road) and the Christian Life Centre (Frederick Road)
Christ Church Selly Park
Christ Church, 953 Pershore Road, Selly Park B29 7PS, (0121 471 2379), is the Parish Church of the Neighbourhood and provides facilities for the local community including the meeting place for the Neighbourhood Forum.
Christ Church provides a variety of activities for the whole community. During school term time these include:
Toddler Club, for babies and toddlers up to the age of 4 years inclusive and their parents, grandparents or carers. It meets during school term time on Monday mornings and afternoons and Thursday mornings.
Lunch Club, which meets on Wednesdays, for retired members of the community.
Friday Coffee Morning, open 10.30am to 12.00noon. Hot or cold drink and a teacake only £1. Other cakes and biscuits as available. Open to all - everyone welcome.
To view the Christ Church website which gives full details about the church and its activities and services please click here.
Pebble Mill and Holders Lane Friends of Holders Lane and Pebble Mill Fields
Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Fields lie between Pershore Road and Moor Green Lane on either side of the River Rea. This is the hidden jewel of Birmingham's parks - for walking, running, enjoying the open air or a range of outdoor activities from having a picnic or exercising your dog to model aeroplane flying, the fields are the place to come and take in the diverse landscape of open grassland, woods, river banks heath and hedgerows. To find out more about it and what is going on there please click here.
CONSERVATION WORK: Takes place on te first Sunday afternoon of each month, meeting at Holders Lane Car Park at 2pm. New volunteers are alawys most welcome. An opportunity to help protect and improve the green gem of the Fields in our urban environment and to meet new people. Please note in September only the activities will be between 11am and 1pm on Sunday 10th.
Cannon Hill Friends
For a wealth of information about our flagship local park and urban green space extending southwards along the Rea Valley please click here.
The River Rea Heritage Trail
To find out more and to explore the heritage and environment of OUR river and its valley please click here.
Arts Forum Selly Oak
Selly Oak Constituency Art Forum brings together creative people and organisations who work or live in the area to continue to strengthen our local arts scene click click here.
Warwards Lane Neighbourhood Watch
Warwards Lane and Darris Road Neighbourhood Watch are a very active group with a website which carries community news as well as crime prevention information. As they are our immediate neighbours to the south west and of course in common with us are part of Selly Oak you will find information on their site which is also relevant to our own neighbourhood. To visit their website please click here.
Selly Park Residents Community Association
The neighbouring community association to our north - Selly Park Residents Community Association (SPRCA) covers First, Second, Third and Fourth Avenues, Sir John's Road and the east side of Pershore Road between Sir John's Road and First Avenue. To view their website please click here.
Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum
The neighbouring community association to our south - Stirchley Neighbourhood Forum covers a much larger area than our own Forum and includes the Pineapple Road estate. To view their website please click here.
SwingTrain Fitness Classes
Tuesday evenings - 6.00pm to 6.45pm.
SwingTrain is an exercise to music class to the vintage vibes of swing, gospel, rhythm & blues and jazz – a marked difference to the electronic music that dominates the majority of cardio exercise classes. The fitness regime has been developed by Scott Cupit, the award winning dance teacher and entrepreneur whose pitch for Swing Patrol – the dance school and events company – secured investment on BBC Dragons’ Den. Duncan Bannatyne wanted to try swing in health clubs and Piers Linney was looking for ‘the Zumba of Swing’. SwingTrain launched this year under the guidance of investor Deborah Meaden, and local fitness instructor Carola Lange has been selected as the first SwingTrainer in South Birmingham.
The SwingTrain total body workouts are inclusive and suitable for all levels of fitness and coordination. No dance or fitness class experience is required whatsoever. Qualified SwingTrain fitness instructors lead participants through a series of fun, follow-along moves. The full body cardio workouts exercise legs, arms and core, as well as developing coordination and mental agility through memorable routines. SwingTrain session lasts for 30 minutes, or an hour, including warm-up and warm-down time, depending on whether you attend the full high-intensity work-out or the new gentler 30-minute 'Get Active' sessions.
To find out more and to take part please click here or to visit the SwingTrainBrum Facebook page please click here
Community Partnership for Selly Oak (CP4SO) regeneration campaign
CP4SO has been formed to protect Selly Oak from inappropriate and unsympathetic developments and promote the regeneration of Selly Oak for the benefit of the whole community. Its central interest at the moment is the controversial changes in the plans for the regeneration of the Battery Park derelict indiustrial site which lies between Bristol Road and the A38 Selly Oak New Road. Selly Park Neighbourhood Forum, along with other community groups across the whole of Selly Oak Ward, supports and has now affiliated with CP4SO. To find out more about this issue and CP4SO please visit their website by clicking here.