Tree felling in Lightwoods Park As the diseased trees are brought down.


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A sad farewell…

“As you are all aware I keep you all regularly updated with project news and announcements and today I have a new announcement for you all.

I have a new job with Sandwell Council and will be changing job role from April 2015 meaning that as of April 2015 I will no longer be the project officer for Lightwoods Park and House. The post I will be starting in April is Parks and Green Spaces Commercial Manager based at Sandwell Valley.

I have really enjoyed working on the Lightwoods Park and House restoration project and forming good working relationships with the Friends Group, the ward councillors and local partners. I am delighted that work has started on site and that it is currently progressing well – there is a lot going on including tree felling, demolition of the playground and house courtyard boundary wall, drainage works in the Shakespeare garden, the re-landscaping of the former bowling green (soon to be events lawn) and the internal works in the house have started. I will give the project my all until the transfer of the project to another project officer who will need to be recruited to take up my role within the project (this officer will then be in post until mid-2016 when the project will be completed).

Please note the Community Engagement Officer will be starting on 30th March 2015 to continue with the community engagement at Lightwoods Park – this is a good appointment and the new officer will be of a huge benefit to the project and the local community.

I would like to thank you all for your hard work, dedication and commitment to the project and for your support over the last 4 years – long may this interest and commitment to your local beautiful park continue! Your input into the whole project has been invaluable (this has been evident in the recent user survey which has been sent round – in 2 weeks we have had a record 312 responses – thank you to you all) and I think we have all worked exceptionally well together – I shall miss you all and the project dearly.

I wish you all the very best for the future and I shall look forward to attending the grand opening in summer 2016 and seeing Lightwoods Park and House restored and open for everyone to access and enjoy.”

Thank you,


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Shakespeare Garden benches

“To those who own a memorial bench in the Shakespeare Garden at Lightwoods Park and / or a memorial name plate located on the wall in the garden.

Please could you contact the Lightwoods Park project officer, Cherie O’Sullivan on 0121 569 4740 or cherie_osullivan@sandwell.gov.uk

We currently do not know who a number of the benches / name plates belong to and we need to get in touch with you about these as the garden is currently undergoing restoration. The contractors are currently storing the memorial benches and name plates and safely whilst the park is undergoing restoration.

Please get in touch with the project officer before the 31st March 2015 to discuss this”.


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Stargazing….this Friday

On Friday 27th the Warley Woods Community Trust will be hosting their Stargazing event at the Pavilion in Warley Woods between 7pm -9pm.

Go along and meet members of Birmingham Astronomical Society. There will be talks, equipment to use and look at and you can ask any questions you have about the sky above Warley Woods.

Only £3 for adults, children free.

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Lightwoods Park survey

Dear All,


Just a request regarding the online user survey for the Lightwoods Park and House restoration project – If you haven’t had chance to do so already please could you spare 5-10 minutes to help us out with this data collection and analysis by completing a short survey about the park and house and the restoration project?


The survey can be accessed using the following URL:




I would be very grateful if you could fill this out before 24th February 2015 as data analysis will be taking place then ready for submission to HLF at the end of February 2015.

Many thanks in advance for your assistance!


Kind regards,




Cherie O’Sullivan

Lightwoods Park Project Manager

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A taste of Palestine…


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Litter picking on Thimblemill Brook

If there's anyone out there who wants to get a bit of good outdoor exercise, whilst helping the community at the same time, the good folk from the Friends of Thimblemill Brook are doing a litter pick on Saturday morning.

So, give your fancy gym membership a miss, wrap up warm, and bring some wellies and gloves, and the litter pickers and bags will be provided.

Meet up at the Hurst Lane Community Centre at 10am. People of all ages welcome!


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