Weekly News 258
This week’s news from around the council
Council/ Community Hub news
Watch the iESE Awards live online
The iESE awards ceremony – at which South Staffordshire Council is up for three awards – takes place in London on March 9.
This event will be live streamed, meaning everyone is able to tune into the occasion online from 9pm till 10.30pm via this link or on the iESE Facebook page.
Pattingham Tiny Forest
Pattingham Parish Council is involved with the planting of a Tiny Forest in partnership with Severn Trent and Earthwatch Europe in recognition of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games.
The Pattingham Daffodil Tiny Forest is being planted on Saturday, March 19, 2022 by St Chads First School, Pattingham.
Council job vacancies
Latest Codsall Community Hub tenants: Codsall Foot Care
Business Support Drop In Clinic: Grant funding, finance and more
Codsall Leisure Centre: Temporary gym closure for refurb
Codsall Leisure Centre is delighted to announce that the gym is being fully refurbished next week.
The upgrade will take place between Wednesday, March 9, till Friday, March 11, and will involve a full closure of the gym facility.
The leisure centre and other facility areas will remain open and operate as normal. The gym facility is scheduled to re-open on Saturday, March 12.
Please be aware that on Sunday, March 13, and Monday, March 14, the facility will remain open for use however electrical and connection work is planned therefore there may be some disruption.
To stay up-to-date with progress, follow Codsall Leisure Centre’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/codsall and subscribe for free to receive the latest news on progress at www.sstaffs.gov.uk/alerts
Red Nose Day: Join our walk
Our fabulous walk leaders are holding a group walk on Friday, March 18, at Baggeridge Country Park in aid of Red Nose Day to raise money for Comic Relief.
The steady-paced, short walk will take place between 10 and 11am. Participants are encouraged to wear a red nose or come in fancy dress if they wish to. Everyone is welcome.
We are not charging for parking, so all those that come to take part will be given a parking pass to display; we are however asking all those that come along to make a donation via our just giving page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/baggeridgerednosewalk
We are asking for a suggested donation of £2, however all donations (big or small) will be gratefully received.
To find out what your money does, visit https://www.comicrelief.com/what-your-money-does
Easter School holiday activity camps
Baggeridge Wellbeing Walk and walk leader training
Harlequins Orienteering Club at Baggeridge Country Park
Join the Harlequins orienteering club at Baggeridge Country Park every Saturday, from March 5 to April 9, from 1 till 2.30pm.
For more information visit https://harlequins.org.uk/Baggeridge/ or call 07505 381666.
South Staffordshire Training Academy
South Staffordshire Council’s leisure centres provide a range of courses throughout the year enabling people to train up as lifeguards and swimming teachers.
The next available courses are detailed below. For more information and details on other courses, visit https://www.sstaffs.gov.uk/leisure/south-staffordshire-training-academy.cfm
Platinum Jubilee Celebrations
This year, Her Majesty The Queen will become the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee after 70 years of service.
Applications to attend the Platinum Party at the Palace, to be held at Buckingham Palace on June 4, close on March 23 and can be submitted online. For event and ticket information, click here
The organisers of the Platinum Jubilee Pageant, taking place on the streets of London on June 5, have also announced a public competition for tickets. For more on the competition, click here
They have produced celebration pack of ideas to inspire communities across the UK to organise their own events that connect to the main Pageant. Find out more here
Birmingham 2022 Festival
The Birmingham 2022 Festival has announced its six-month long cultural programme taking place across Birmingham and the West Midlands. It will be the biggest celebration of creativity ever seen in the region and one of the largest ever cultural programmes to surround the Commonwealth Games.
There will be over 200 events including a spectacular open-air show, a brand-new Birmingham inspired album, an immersive 3D experience on public transport, photography exhibitions across billboards, a city centre forest of magical proportions, a mass tap-dancing extravaganza and much, much more.
With events running from March to September, the festival will put Birmingham and the West Midlands’ creativity, ambition, heritage and diversity on a global stage.
You deserve the best care. They deserve to work without fear.
Every day last year, a staggering 32 ambulance staff were abused or attacked; more than one every hour of every day during the whole of last year, totalling 11,749 staff. This is an increase of 4,060 incidents over the last five years.
The most significant rise covered the initial period of the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020 when assaults jumped up by 23% compared with the year before.
County Lines crime
County Lines is the name given to drug dealing activity that often involves the exploitation of young, vulnerable people who are targeted and manipulated into selling drugs by organised criminal gangs.
Do you know how to spot the signs of County Lines?