News from Castle Bromwich Parish Council & Arden Hall





The annual Remembrance Parade Service this year was led by Reverend Gavin Douglas, Rector of St Mary and St Margaret's Parish Church. Chairman of the Parish Council, Councillor Mark Hayes, read the verses "In Flanders Fields" and led the laying of wreaths. Other wreaths were laid by the Royal British Legion, representatives of the Services, and the Borough and Youth Councils. Youth Cllr Chairman Jessica Browne laid a cross on behalf of all Youth Councillors.
As in previous years the congregation was then invited to lay wreaths or crosses as their own acts of remembrance.

Parish Cllr John Horne-MacDonald, spoke the words:

"They shall not grow old,
as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them,
nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun
and in the morning.
We will remember them"

The bugler then sounded the Last Post before a two minutes silence was observed.

The service concluded with the singing of the National Anthem and a March past with Salute by the Parade which included members of the Royal British Legion, the Youth Parish Council, Castle Bromwich Parish Council, Army Cadets, Air Training Corps, uniformed youth organisations and other local groups.

On behalf of the Royal British Legion (Firs Branch) and Castle Bromwich Parish Council, thanks are formally given to the group of dedicated, reliable helpers and volunteers who give their time so generously in the months leading up to this event. Cathy Tibbles, Clerk to the Parish Council, added "The Parish Council particularly appreciates the help of the Safety Marshals on the day, as without their reliable and vital commitment this event could not take place in its current format. Castle Bromwich has some incredibly generous local residents and neighbouring friends who work together and support this moving and important day each year."

News from Solihull MBC: Hurst Lane Place Project

Works will start on Monday 20 October 2014 and are expected to be complete by the end of March 2015. Local businesses & residents directly affected will be kept up to date through regular progress updates during the works, the Project webpage will also be updated regularly to help keep people informed of progress. A scheme notice board will also be provided & maintained in the area.

Mr. Jerry Dutton

The Parish Council is deeply saddened to announce the death of Mr. Jerry Dutton, on Tuesday, 15th April 2014.

Jerry Dutton was formerly Chairman of the Parish Council from 1998 - 99 and again 2005/06, being originally elected as a parish councillor in May 1991 and serving for 16 years until May 2007. Jerry served on both the Leisure Services Committee and the Finance and General Purposes Committee, including serving as Chairman of the Finance and General Purposes Committee from 1995/96 and part of 1997. Jerry Dutton served as a representative of the Parish Council on the Dame Mary Bridgeman Trust from 1996 until 2003. When he stood down from the Parish Council he continued in his role as Trustee and Treasurer of the Trust.

Jerry was also a member of the North Arden Local History Society, with an avid and passionate interest in the history of Castle Bromwich and the wider community. He had an incredible knowledge of the changing face of the village, being able to recall at will an amazing variety of accurate facts and interesting stories. In conjunction with Colin Green, Jerry also published books on the history and development of Castle Bromwich. After leaving the Council, the Clerk was grateful that he was willing to be called upon for all matters 'historical' and she will sadly miss the opportunity to call upon his knowledge to respond to public enquiries.

Jerry Dutton will be deeply missed by members, officers and staff of the Parish Council and our sincere condolences go to his two sons and daughter and their families.


DO YOU LIKE MEETING PEOPLE? - You could become a Parish Councillor.

WHY ME? As a new Councillor you will bring to the Council fresh enthusiasm and new ideas, a care for your community and a willingness to learn. You should want to take the Council and the Parish forward into the future.

WE ARE LOOKING FOR TWO NEW COUNCILLORS AT THE MOMENT - this would bring us up to full strength of our normal fifteen.


If you are still reading this you are probably interested, so ...

.... to find out more about what is involved then please phone the Council Office between 9 am and 1 pm on 0121 747 6503 and speak to our Parish Clerk, Mrs. Cathy Tibbles. She will be happy to answer your questions and give you more information - without any obligation.

In Warwickshire and Solihull there are 174 Parish and Town Councils and Castle Bromwich is one of them - your Parish Council was formed in 1894. The range of powers Councils have are many and varied and include the purchase of land and buildings, providing and maintaining village greens, the provision of recreational facilities, crime prevention measures, and traffic calming. They have the right to be consulted by the Local Planning Authority on all planning applications in their area and can work in partnership with the principal Councils i.e. the District, Borough and County Councils.

Parking Problems in Castle Bromwich

Following growing concern of the Parish Council, a joint initiative is being taken by all relevant authorities to raise awareness of the problems caused in the local community by careless, inconsiderate or illegal parking. This is to let residents and motorists know the relevant facts and we hope that by telling you it can help stop offences being committed. The Borough Council, the Parish Council and the police receive regular complaints from members of the public who are concerned about the damage caused by parked vehicles on the grass verges, or by dangerous or inconsiderate parking next to schools and other local places. Pedestrians are daily being put at risk and it is dangerous for anyone, but especially our children and disabled people, to have to walk in the road when vehicles block pavements ....

Read full joint initiative letter

Investigation Report For Castle Bromwich Parish Council and Castle Bromwich Cricket and Sports Club

The Parish Council commissioned and paid for an independent investigation report to establish the findings of fact into the issues that existed between members of Castle Bromwich Cricket and Sports Club and the Council. The report is available to view here. Please note the preface that gives some additional information.