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Christmas parties in full swing

By Martin Graham
Thursday, December 8th, 2016

The first of many Christmas parties have taken place, with some breaking all records for attendance.  Virtually 100 residents packed into the Danbury Crescent party (featured…

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New partnership with LSE, RSA and UClan

By Martin Graham
Friday, September 23rd, 2016

A major project, supported by the Birmingham Better Care Fund, has recently started in Kingstanding, Birmingham. In addition to working closely with the residents of 10…

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Queen’s 90th street parties

By Martin Graham
Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

Street parties were held across the West Midlands by Street Associations wanting to be patriotic – or enjoying an excuse to get together! Thanks to everyone…

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New street associations launched with BBQs

By Martin Graham
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

The new season of street association launches has started with a series of barbecues, each dodging typical April showers successfully – although one, in Alspath Road,…

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Solihull goes egg-static

By Martin Graham
Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Easter Saturday 2016 saw a clutch of Solihull Street Associations going crazy – for eggs! Ely Close and Ipswich Walk in Chelmsley Wood got in first,…

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Elves fill Vauxhall Crescent

By Martin Graham
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Elvish antics made the running at the Vauxhall Crescent street association Christmas party in Smith’s Wood, Solihull.   The party attracted about 45 children and 30…

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Street adopts brain injury unit

By Martin Graham
Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Middle Park Road street association, in Weoley, Birmingham, has for the second year running held a carol service at the Brain Injury Unit, which adjoins their…

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Santa arrives at Christmas party

By Martin Graham
Monday, December 21st, 2015

The Ely Close and Ipswich Walk street association Christmas party was given a huge lift when Santa himself chose to drop in – arriving in his…

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“They made me feel so young again”

By Martin Graham
Monday, December 14th, 2015

The Green Hill Way Christmas party, in Shirley, Solihull, was supposedly all about the kids.  But that’s only part of the story.  Bringing together people of…

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Solihull Council showcases Street Association

By Martin Graham
Tuesday, December 8th, 2015

The ‘Your Solihull’ magazine, which is delivered to every door in the council area, has showcased what is happening with the Vauxhall Crescent Street Association as…

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Christmas party season gets into swing

By Martin Graham
Monday, December 7th, 2015

Kingsley Street Association in The Pleck, Walsall, just had its second Christmas party.  A visit from a children’s entertainer, and another from Santa himself, made it…

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‘Love my street’ comes to Solihull

By Martin Graham
Friday, September 25th, 2015

The first Street Association in Solihull, with the strap-line ‘love my street’, has been launched in Solihull. Vauxhall Crescent, in the Cars Estate, Smiths Wood –…

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May the Force be with you!

By Martin Graham
Tuesday, February 17th, 2015

A thriving Street Association in a challenging neighbourhood has made a new alliance with the local police to help transform the street. The meeting, on Scarborough…

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East Cheshire Council adopts Street Associations

By Martin Graham
Thursday, January 15th, 2015

East Cheshire Council has backed Street Associations with a £25,000 grant to promote it locally, funding a local co-ordinator to work with strong backing from the national…

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Community spirit meets Christmas spirit!

By Martin Graham
Saturday, January 3rd, 2015

Street Association Christmas parties showed communities, not least in poorer areas, being incredibly generous, with residents donating food galore, expensive raffle prizes, decorations – and creating…

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Pleck communities put things right – with a Christmas party!

By Martin Graham
Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

Two streets in Pleck, Walsall have each thrown a family Christmas party just for their street, bringing the community together with something really positive. In both…

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Community spirit goes up in smoke

By Martin Graham
Thursday, November 6th, 2014

A big firework party to bring a whole street together has ‘sparked’ a revival in community spirit, following the establishment of a Street Association, part of…

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Key new alliance with Neighbourhood Watch

By Martin Graham
Friday, October 17th, 2014

Neighbourhood Watch is teaming up with Street Associations in an unprecedented alliance, helping both models of local community activity to ‘reach the parts’ they would otherwise…

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Street in deprived Walsall neighbourhood unites

By Martin Graham
Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

A free barbecue, held to bring together residents of a troubled Pleck street, was attended by 50 residents from a wide range of ethnic backgrounds and…

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Multi-racial is no barrier

By Martin Graham
Saturday, July 26th, 2014

A free barbecue was recently held by Street Association founders, Martin and Gina Graham, in Kingsley St, Pleck. Pleck is a deprived area of Walsall, one…

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