Nature Survey – Marmalade Hoverfly

Helped by the Local Nature Reserves’ Officer, the Castle Bromwich Youth & Community Partnership spent a gloriously sunny afternoon observing and recording wildlife in the graveyard. One of the species discovered was the Episyrphus balteatus (marmalade hoverfly). It is small – approximately 10mm long – and has an orange parallel-sided abdomen with narrow black bands....
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Cosy Room for Two

Thanks to 237 Explorer Scouts birds such as Robins and Blue Tits now have ready made nesting boxes at the graveyard in Castle Bromwich. All that now remains is for the birds to set up home and we can watch their daily lives from nesting through to the chicks...
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Least we Forget

Looking at the graveyard today, it’s easy to forget just how much has been achieved. The voluntary efforts of the community have made a remarkable difference in just a few years. So, in case we forget, here are a few images of the graveyard as it was before we began the clear-up. Thank you to everybody who has helped to make a difference. The slideshow below contains a few photographs from...
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Reaching out from Beyond the Grave

Even eighty-four years after his death, Castle Bromwich residents are still indebted to the influence and philantrophy of Alderman Thomas Clayton. The businessman and local dignitary was one of the founding partners of Canal Carriers and boat builders Fellows, Moreton and Clayton. After hearing that the graveyard containing his final resting place was in dire need of a water supply, British...
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32 Volunteers Make an Amazing Difference

Castle Bromwich Community Project wishes to thank the 32 volunteers who, despite the rain, turned out this week to help clear the debris and brambles at the bottom of the graveyard and create a shrub bed. Members of the Castle Bromwich Community Project supported by Solihull Council’s Environmental Champions and joined by employees of local business, ISS, Castle Bromwich & District...
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Graveyard Volunteers Receive Epic Youth Award

A group of young people who have spent their holidays from school vcolunteering for the Castle Bromwich Community Project were recognised at an Award’s Ceremony held at Solihull Library Theatre on February 3rd. The young people who attend Castle Bromwich Youth & Community Centre have been supported by youth workers to combine their volunteering in Castle Bromwich graveyard with working...
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Did you know?

As part of a nationwide exercise by the Womens Institute the memorials on the gravestones in the churchyard by St Mary & St Margaret Church were transcribed. Four copies of the transcriptions were made and were deposited in the following places: Warwick County Record Office The Local Studies Department of the Birmingham Reference Library The Society of Genealogists, London The BMSGH Library,...
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Students Go Wild…………

Local community group, Castle Bromwich Community Project is all set to celebrate the achievement of student volunteers during Student Volunteering Week which will take place during the last week in February. A partnership between students and the volunteer run Castle Bromwich Community Project has reaped rewards for the community and all involved. Local residents, community groups and students...
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Spring Clear-up & Planting

Castle Bromwich Community Project will be undertaking a further extended clear-up of the graveyard during half term week (February 21st-24th). Volunteers will be undertaking tdying of unkept graves and planting shrubs around the graveyard perimeter. Volunteers will be on site from 10.30am-3.00pm on the Monday and Tuesday and from 12.00pm-3.00pm on the Wednesday and Thursday. Additional...
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Conserving Wildlife

Castle Bromwich Community Project has taken advice from Warwickshire Wildlife Trust on how to balance preservation of historic monuments with conserving an environment which is wildlife...
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Charles Edward Bateman

Charles Edward Bateman was a Castle Bromwich born Architect known for his Arts and Crafts and Queen Anne style houses. He built many of these large dwellings within Castle Bromwich including the old Rectory building in Rectory...
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Sowing the Seeds of Community

The clear-up of the closed graveyard has involved volunteers from all sectors of the community. Initially, support was received from Solihull Council’s Neighbourhood Management team who arranged for Community Payback to help with clearing some of the over growth. Since then the work has been undertaken by community members and groups with advice being given by Warwickshire Wildlife...
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