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Acocks Green Hertiage Trail Launch



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A formal launch event to celebrate the long-awaited Acocks Green Heritage Trail took place on Monday 25th July in Acocks Green Library. Guests enjoyed a wine and canape reception, serenaded by musicians from the local Kimichi Choir, whilst enjoying a detailed look at the content of the 8 heritage trail boards led by local historian Mike Byrne.
The Acocks Green Village Partnership (AGVP) working alongside the Acocks Green History Society and the Village Business Improvement District (BID) was recently successful in receiving £34,000 in grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) for an exciting new project which will bring lots more visitors into the area as well as being an added bonus for the community, and an educational extra for the local schools.
Led by volunteers from the local community, the Acocks Green Heritage Trail takes in the Village and wider area and will incorporate public display boards depicting 150 years of local history including the places and people that made the town what it is today.
The 8 heritage display boards which are now in place thanks to National Lottery players describe the rich history of Acocks Green. A trail leaflet showing the location of the boards and online guided walks, as well as official trail guide hosts, are all ready now to receive visitors from far and wide, as well as locals, to earn more about this surprising area.
The AGVP brings together the key groups in Acocks Green that make up the volunteers involved in this project.  Mike Byrne, former Village librarian and member of the Acocks Green History Society said “We are delighted that this project has finally come together and we look forward to showing off the rich history of our area to others”, he added,
“We are proud of our history, Acocks Green was a rural backwater until the arrival of the railway in the early 1850s. Businessmen and wealthy individuals had large houses built near the station and a sophisticated social life developed over the next 30 years. The Edwardian era saw another surge in population as middle-class workers came to occupy large numbers of new houses.

Inter-war municipal estates produced another increase, and a vibrant shopping area with around two hundred businesses thrived for many years”.
Chair of the AGVP David Treadwell said “Here in Acocks Green we feel very passionate about our heritage, and with the generous grant from HLF, it has enabled us to create this amazing visual history via the trail for all to enjoy for years to come. We feel it’s also important that the schools are aware of Acocks Green’s eventful and surprising history and they learn to love and appreciate the place where they live”.
Also commenting on the award, Ian Jeffries, Acocks Green business owner and Chair of the Acocks Green Village BID said “from our point of view as a business improvement district, the history trail will be another reason for people to come into Acocks Green; to enjoy the trail, learn about our history, and then back to the Village to visit our wonderful array of shops and enjoy a coffee or meal in one of our great cafes! It is hoped that this will encourage more people to spend time and shop in the Village centre, which will boost our local economy. ”
Vanessa Harbar, Head of Heritage Lottery Fund West Midlands, said: “We are delighted to see the long-awaited launch of this excellent project, and are very pleased that we have been able to support it, thanks to National Lottery players. The trail and display boards offer a great opportunity for the local community to learn about and explore the heritage on their doorstep.”

History Board