News from Castle Bromwich Parish Council & Arden Hall



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.


There are two vacancies on the above Council for a parish councillor to represent the Bradford Ward and the Timberley Ward.

If, by 8th January 2014, ten electors for the Ward give notice in writing claiming a bye-election to the Returning Officer, then such an election to fill the relevant vacancy will be held.

The Returning Officer is the Chief Executive, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, The Council House, PO Box 18, Solihull, West Midlands B91 3QS.

If no such notice is given the Parish Council may fill the vacancy by co-option. Persons interested in becoming a Parish Councillor should contact the Council Office for further information.

Mrs. Margaret Turner, MBE

The Parish Council is deeply saddened to announce the death of Mrs. Margaret Turner, MBE, on Sunday, 5th January 2014.

Margaret Turner was formerly Chairman of the Parish Council from 1990 - 91, being originally elected as a parish councillor in May 1987 and serving until April 1995. Mrs. Turner first got involved through her father, who was also a Parish Councillor from 1946 until he died in 1957. With her father's encouragement, we believe that Margaret's contribution was quite unique in first being employed as a Committee Clerk, then Deputy Clerk to the Parish Council working in the office that used to be behind the projection room in the Hall. She later became an elected member of the Parish Council and took an active part in all areas, including serving as Chairman of the Leisure Services Committee in 1994.

Margaret and her husband Albert were highly valued and very active members of the Parish Council and the community of Castle Bromwich. Together they took an active role with Castle Bromwich Friends of Acorns and Castle Bromwich Age Concern group, organizing regular events, excursions and holidays. Margaret Turner was awarded an MBE in 2005 for services to the community of Castle Bromwich. In 2008 Margaret and Albert Turner jointly received the Birmingham Mail Local Heroes Award for their long serving dedication to helping other people, whether through raising money for charity or providing places to meet socially.

Having lived in Castle Bromwich for 75 years she had seen a lot of changes and believed the Parish Council was something to be very proud of, with her husband Albert serving as Chairman of the Parish Council in it's centenary year of 1994. She had seen the planning, building and development of Arden Hall which was a facility for young and old people alike. Margaret and Albert Turner often urged others to get involved and volunteer to put something back in the community.

Margaret Turner will be sorely missed by members, officers and staff of the Parish Council and our sincere condolences go to her husband Albert, their daughter Helen and son-in-law Ian.


The Parish Council is consulting with the local community regarding ways in which Hob Farm could be better utilised, for example perhaps by provision of some facilities. You might like to see some equipment or a football pitch, with associated parking provision, the possibility of organised activities to take place by schools or teams, or perhaps allotments. Perhaps you are perfectly happy with Hob Farm as it is and would not like to see any changes.

Latest update - 21 November 2013 ...

Vacancy - Hobb Farm Recreation Ground

Part time key holder required - more details ....

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.

Opening of a new fitness area

Opening of a new fitness area

The Mayor of Solihull, Cllr Joe Tildesley and his wife the Mayoress Joan Tildesley, were guests of honour of Castle Bromwich Parish Council recently, when they officially opened a new fitness area comprising of trim track equipment at the Parish Council's playing fields. The Mayor emphasised the importance of sporting facilities such as these for all of the community.

The Chairman of the Parish Council, Cllr John Whelan stated that the facilities were provided with the aid of funding by the National Lottery through the Big Lottery Fund. The Parish Council felt that provision of equipment would promote exercise for the local community for people of all ages and abilities and bring the community together through the facilities for sport, recreation and fitness. The fitness area was part of the Council's 'Footloose in the Park' project, an initiative led by Cllr Bob Amos.

The equipment was demonstrated by local group 'Fit for Life' which meets at Arden Hall on Thursday mornings.