We are looking for residents of Billesley Ward and Brandwood neighbourhoods, aged 50+ to take part in our Metre Meadow project, a community wildflower ‘sewing’ and ‘sowing’ project to help brighten up the area.
What is the project about?
It’s all about sewing and sowing for fun and for wellbeing and bringing older people living in the same area together in a relaxed, safe and sociable environment. The metre meadows will be created for the wider community and visitors to enjoy (including the bees!)
We are collaborating with The Patchwork Meadow charity (more about them below!)
We will meet once a month on Tuesdays from 15 March until 26 July to embroider wildflower tapestry designs and create metre artworks together for a public art trail in Brandwood (during the Commonwealth Games in July/August), followed by a trail around Billesley. If you want to keep stitching from home, we’ll supply you with more resources to keep the creativity flowing in between meet ups!
Where and when will we be meeting?
We are holding stitching get togethers every 3-4 weeks. These will be held on the following dates:
- 15 March
- 12 April
- 3 May
- 24 May
- 14 June
- 5 July
- 26 July (launch event)
Venue 1: Warstock Community Centre
Address: 1 Daisy Farm Road, Yardley Wood, B14 4QA
Getting there: If you are using public transport, the following bus routes serve the community centre: 2, 18, 27 (about 3 mins walk).
Venue 2: St Bede’s Church Hall
Address: 41 Bryndale Ave, Brandwood, B14 6NQ
If you are using public transport, there is a bus stop on Brandwood Road (by Yarningale Road). The 35 bus route serves the church hall (about 2 min walk).
Join the team of Meadow Makers too!
We’ve joined forces with The Patchwork Meadow, a voluntary-led constituted organisation with charitable aims who work across the city to help people brighten up their own neighbourhoods, bring back the pollinators and give people the opportunity to engage with nature on a daily basis.
We will be inviting you to volunteer and join in the fun, prepare ground (in places we identify) and sow seeds in March and April ready to bloom this summer. It’s not all work though, we’ll be stopping for hot drinks, a biscuit and a chat too!
Planting dates with The Patchwork Meadow
We don’t have locations or times to meet yet, but here are the dates!
- 25 March
- 1 April
- 8 April
- 22 April
- 29 April
- 6 May
- 13 May
Interested? We would love to connect with you.
Don’t stitch? Don’t garden? Don’t worry, we’ll show you how! No previous experience required.
We have 40 places available on this project and these are open to people with a postcode in a Brandwood neighbourhood or Billesley ward and over the age of 50.
Contact us to sign up or to find out more! We need to register everyone to the project.
Call Suze on 07726 230798
How much does is cost to take part?
Nothing! This project is free to take part thanks to funding from Selly Oak Neighbourhood Network Scheme. You will have to find your own way to the venue, however.