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Construction & regeneration
21 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Progress update in photos of the 32 floor Bank Tower Two on Broad Street, now up to the 25th floor on the main structure.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Progress update in photos of the 32 floor Bank Tower Two on Broad Street, now up to the 25th floor on the main structure.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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21 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

J.R.R. Tolkien's Birmingham (inspiration for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings)

J. R. R. Tolkien lived in the Birmingham area from when he was a child until he left for Oxford. Famous for writing The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings he lived in Sarehole, a hamlet now in Moseley, and later Edgbaston.

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J.R.R. Tolkien's Birmingham (inspiration for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings)




J. R. R. Tolkien lived in the Birmingham area from when he was a child until he left for Oxford. Famous for writing The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings he lived in Sarehole, a hamlet now in Moseley, and later Edgbaston.


Sarehole 1896 - 1900

Tolkien lived with his mother Mabel and his younger brother Hilary from about 1896 to 1900 in house near the bottom of Wake Green Road in the hamlet of Sarehole (now part of Moseley). Nearby was Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog which inspired him to create The Shire in The Hobbit. There is now a nearby country park that runs alongside the River Cole called The Shire Country Park.

Moseley Bog where JRR Tolkien and his younger brother would play as children. Inspiration for woods in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Tolkien lived in a property on Wake Green Road close to Moseley Bog and opposite Sarehole Mill. It is now Gracewell Cottages and is home to retired people. The Tolkien family lived at 264 Wake Green Road. Also known as No 5 Gracewell Cottages.

Originally made for Birmingham's 2013 display at the Chelsea Flower Show, these models of The Two Towers (Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower) were later moved to the garden area in front of the Library of Birmingham (before it opened in September 2013). A few years later in 2015, they were moved to an area close to Sarehole Mill where they are on permenant display.

Edgbaston 1900 - 1911

The Tolkien's later moved to Edgbaston. His mother placed the Tolkien boys in the guardianship of Father Francis Xavier Morgan of the Birmingham Oratory before her death. Inspiration for The Two Towers came from Perrott's Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower.

The Birmingham Oratory seen on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston near Ladywood. JRR Tolkien was a parishioner and altar boy here from about 1902 to 1911. Not far from his homes at the time.

This was the home on Highfield Road in Edgbaston of Tolkien. He lived at No. 4 from 1910-11. He previously lived at Duchess Place in Ladywood from 1902 to about 1910. A modern building called Teleperformance House is on that site from the Hagley Road.

The Plough and Harrow pub on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston. Tolkien stayed here in June 1916 according to a blue plaque on the side of the building.

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Photography
20 Sep 2018 - Pete Davies

Sopwith Snipe c1918

The Sopwith Snipe replaced the Sopwith Camel and saw active service on the Western Front at the end of World War 1.

Part of the fabulous RAF100 event in Birmingham over the bank holiday.

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18 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

handmade with love

another throwback post

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another throwback post


I miss the days when I could play with clay and make random stuff to sell. But I am also grateful that I've gotten more focussed and am working hard to hone my illustration skills so each book that get's published is stronger and leaves a more impactful legacy than the last!

Get in touch using the details on my home page if you have a book in need of that extra special spark to bring it to life!

http://noushka7.wixsite.com/illustration

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17 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

Sensory Processing

A look back at some of the autism questions groups have raised and I contributed my answers to. Do share and comment if the information below is interesting and helpful to yourself or people you may know!

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Sensory Processing




A look back at some of the autism questions groups have raised and I contributed my answers to. Do share and comment if the information below is interesting and helpful to yourself or people you may know!


Sight

Because I am fairly alert and observant I am very aware of what I see and any changes to my sight, which helps my opticians keep up to date. I also use the computer a lot and can work using a very dimmed backlight. Bright or florescent light and colours reduce my appetite, especially when they are paired with a contrasting or similar colour (e.g. red and gray, or red and florescent pink). I am careful about my own clothes and have to think of polite comments when someone shows me a bright outfit and asks my opinion! I am much better with sparkly things than when I was a child and I had an absolute phobia of the colour red. I don’t mind it as much but neon colours still make my eyes ache…

I also have a thin retena so blood-cells in my eye create a static tv effect on my vision. It is very noticeable on plain surfaces, and in the dark. It’s less noticable when I look at grass and gravel.

 

Sound

I bring earplugs just in case but this sense fluctuates depending on how tired or anxious I am. Sometimes my state can affect how sensitive I am, but other times noisy environments drain me or set me on edge. I do counting and close my eyes to reduce visual sensory stress but sometimes I still end up stimming after a tiring day, until I get to a quieter place.

 

Taste

I am actually hyposensitive to taste and don’t make a great connoisseur for food and drink. I also don’t like gum as the sound and texture is distracting and outweigh the benefit of the taste. I do however have a low tolerance for spicy food and even Chinese-style curry can be too hot for my pallet!

 

Smell

Smell can really affect my appetite and the first thing I experience when I am run down is a smell in the back of my throat. It might be psychological, as it doesn’t affect my actual breath. I also smell sewage much stronger than other people and I have resorted to using a scarf or mask (like in East Asia) to reduce it a bit. I keep body spray in my bag in case it turns out to me. It can come in useful when I am the first to smell gas leaks.

 

Touch

Weirdly enough, I have to wash and dry my hands half way through washing up as I don’t like my hands to stay soapy or wet for more than 10 minutes. If I don’t do this, my co-ordination gets really bad and my focus wavers so I end up almost breaking things. I keep hand cream in my bag in case I handle dusty stock at the shop I volunteer at, and also hand wipes for when I eat food, or touch something slimy or sticky by accident. My face gets very oily when I’m even slightly warm so wipes a gentle way of drying my face without having to use loads of spot creams which can dry skin out too much with daily use.

 

Senses “blending”

Sound if at a high pitch or loud enough volume can have a metallic flavour for the duration but doesn’t leave an after-taste so I know it is a psychological experience. In some cases I also get phantosmia triggered by certain colours or stressful circumstances. These aren’t entirely to do with sensory input, but it does affect my sense of smell and thought it was worth mentioning.

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History & heritage
17 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Inspirational day at Highbury Hall - well done Trustees and Volunteers of Chamberlain Highbury Trust!

Wonderful Open Day at Highbury Hall showed just what people with passion to protect Birmingham's great history & heritage can achieve.

Because of the time, passion & energy put in by trustees and volunteers, we can all enjoy the very best of our history & heritage.

Take the full post for a some great photography courtesy Daniel and Elliott.

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Inspirational day at Highbury Hall - well done Trustees and Volunteers of Chamberlain Highbury Trust!




Wonderful Open Day at Highbury Hall showed just what people with passion to protect Birmingham's great history & heritage can achieve.

Because of the time, passion & energy put in by trustees and volunteers, we can all enjoy the very best of our history & heritage.

Take the full post for a some great photography courtesy Daniel and Elliott.


Photography courtesy Daniel Sturley and Elliott Brown.

Join our people with passion here and promote your passion with us at BirminghamWeAre.

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17 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Inspired to go back in time with King's Heath Local History Society!

At the Highbury Hall open day, we were blown away by the passion on display and the time and effort put in by people with passion. 

In particular, we were amazed by the wonderful collection of photos and great 'did you know' facts held by the King's Heath Local History Society.

We look forward to being able to showcase more of this great heritage.

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16 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

There are many more ceramic stripes installed on the building now, 12 photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




There are many more ceramic stripes installed on the building now, 12 photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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12 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Proposals for Commonwealth Games (2022) Athletes Village in Perry Barr, Birmingham

The proposed multi-million pound village for the Games will accommodate up to 6,800 athletes and officials. Here are the images for the plans as prepared by Birmingham City Council which are out for consultation till 13th September.

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Proposals for Commonwealth Games (2022) Athletes Village in Perry Barr, Birmingham




The proposed multi-million pound village for the Games will accommodate up to 6,800 athletes and officials. Here are the images for the plans as prepared by Birmingham City Council which are out for consultation till 13th September.

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11 proposed plots making up the Athletes Village for the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Village to be located at Perry Barr. 

Overview of Athletes Village.  Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 1. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 2. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 3. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 4. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 5. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 6. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 7. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 8. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 9. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 10. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 10. Athletes Village (internal). Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 11. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plots making up the application for Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

See 2022withYou for more on the Commonwealth Games plans and developments. To get involved as someone who is passionate about the Games and what it offers Birmingham and community, connect with us here.

 

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Architecture
12 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Thomas Telford: A Tale of Three Bridges (including Galton Bridge in Smethwick)

Here we take a look at the 18th century engineer Thomas Telford and some of the bridges that he designed. Along the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line, he designed the Galton Bridge in Smethwick. In North Wales two suspension bridges at Conwy and Menai on the road to Holyhead.

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Thomas Telford: A Tale of Three Bridges (including Galton Bridge in Smethwick)




Here we take a look at the 18th century engineer Thomas Telford and some of the bridges that he designed. Along the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line, he designed the Galton Bridge in Smethwick. In North Wales two suspension bridges at Conwy and Menai on the road to Holyhead.


Galton Bridge

The bridge was built in Smethwick on the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line carrying the Roebuck Lane in 1829, and was named after Samuel Galton a member of the Lunar Society. . When it was built, it's single span of 151 feet (46 metres) was the highest in the world. It used to be a road bridge, but it now only carries pedestrians. It is now a Grade I listed building. Smethwick Galton Bridge Station nearby (opened in 1995) was named after it.

This view is seen shortly after getting off a train on the Snow Hill lines from Birmingham on the High Level of Smethwick Galton Bridge Station.

Down on the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line (Birmingham Level), this view of the Galton Bridge is towards the Galton Tunnel.

The best views from canal level normally have the 1829 bridge with the 1995 railway station behind it.

Quite an impressive view. But with all of Telford's bridges covered here, railway bridges were later built beside. The station only came when the Jewellery Line opened in 1995. The nearby Smethwick West Station closed in 1996 (platforms are still visible if you are on a train to or from Stourbridge Junction).

A look at Roebuck Lane both directions on the Galton Bridge in Smethwick.

It's time to see what Thomas Telford was up to in North Wales. He built two suspension bridges on the A5 road from Chester to Holyhead. It allowed road traffic from 1826 to get from London to Holyhead (on Anglesey) then to get a ferry to Dublin in Ireland.

The problem was crossing the River Conwy in Conwy and the Menai Strait between Gwynedd (near Bangor) and Anglesey (near what is now Menai Bridge Town).

Conwy Suspension Bridge

The bridge was built to cross the River Conwy in Conwy County Borough, and was built close to Conwy Castle. The bridge designed by Thomas Telford was built from 1822 to 1826. The bridge is 99.5 metres long (326 ft). Road traffic used it from 1826 to 1958 when it was replaced by the nearby Conwy Bridge. A Toll House was at one end where tolls were collected. The bridge was designed to match the castle with castellated towers. It closed to road traffic in 1958, and the National Trust owned it from 1965. The bridge is Grade I listed.

The bridge has been closed to road traffic since 1958, only pedestrians cross it now. Got it to myself at one point during my visit!

The towers were built in a castellated form to match with Conwy Castle.

The Toll House at the other end of the Conwy Suspension Bridge. It has been laid out as if it was 1891 by the National Trust. Vehicles would have to stop here and pay their tolls (usually horse and cart, people with mules, bicylcles etc). By the mid 20th century this caused traffic jams into Conwy, and a new bridge was built and opened nearby in 1958.

Alongside Telford's bridge is the 1848 Conwy Tubular Bridge by Robert Stephenson. Also castallated. This view to Conwy Castle.

It carries the North Wales Coast Line railway, on this section between Llandudno Junction and Conwy Station. Then onto Anglesey via the Britannia Bridge and onto Holyhead.

 

Menai Suspension Bridge

The bridge crosses the Menai Strait from the Gwynedd side (close to Bangor) to the Isle of Anglesey (near Menai Bridge Town known in Welsh as Porthaethwy). The bridge spans 176 metres (577 ft). It was completed in 1826 and is still used by road traffic. Construction of the bridge began in 1819. The deck of the bridge was later strengthed in 1840 by W. A. Provis. And the wooden surface replaced by a steel surface in 1893 by Sir Benjamin Baker. In 1999 the bridge was closed for a month to allow for resurfacing and strenghen the structure. There is pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge. Buses both single and double decker are able to cross the bridge, but have to slow down under the arched towers.

Crossing the bridge towards Anglesey. It's on the A5 to Holyhead. But you can also use the A55 North Wales Expressway over the Britannia Bridge instead (faster).

The bridge is ok for small buses like this one.

Bigger buses, single or double deckers normally struggle when they head under the towers.

Some buses go to the nearby City of Bangor (to the right of this location)

It's a long way down to the Menai Strait. Walking on either side of the bridge, you certainly feel a bit of vertigo. Best to not be scared of heights.

All photos taken by Elliott Brown

 

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Environment & green action
12 Sep 2018 - Debra Power

Christine Wright - A winner of best captured photograph taken at the Botanical Gardens (A Birmingham Gem)

Well done Christine! for winning the IGers Birmingham Competition for photgraphy taken at the Botanical Gardens, 'A Birmingham Gem', with nearly 500 entrants, a difficult task for the Botanical Gardens to select just 2 winners along with Christine is also winner photographer Dan Matthews.

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Christine Wright - A winner of best captured photograph taken at the Botanical Gardens (A Birmingham Gem)




Well done Christine! for winning the IGers Birmingham Competition for photgraphy taken at the Botanical Gardens, 'A Birmingham Gem', with nearly 500 entrants, a difficult task for the Botanical Gardens to select just 2 winners along with Christine is also winner photographer Dan Matthews.


Sunset over the glasshouses at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (The winning photograph!)

Photo by Christine Wright 

 

Lush growth in the rock garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Golden evening sun behind the summer house at the Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The aviary at sunset.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

"Raindrops on roses..." Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Maple leaves starting to turn at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Cherry blossom, Botanical Gardens, Birmingham (Spring 2018)

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Japanese Garden, Birmingham Botanical Gardens (April 2018)

Photo by Christine Wright

 

 

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Environment & green action
12 Sep 2018 - Debra Power

Fantastic work by Friends of Kings Heath Park

Join them for a litter pick that is taking place on Saturday 29th September.

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Fantastic work by Friends of Kings Heath Park




Join them for a litter pick that is taking place on Saturday 29th September.


Picture by Paul Tyrrell

Friends of Kings Heath Park

 

Picture by Christine Wright

 

Picture by Sara Aboutorabi

 

Picture by Christine Wright

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

Picture by Christine Wright

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

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History & heritage
12 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Go back in time at Highbury Hall this Sunday 16th September - unmissable!

Take a trip back in time at Highbury Hall on Sunday 16th September. Doors open 11am to 4pm. So much to door and see and you will be amazed by the bravery and the tireless work of brave men and women at the auxilliary hospital set up at Highbury during World War 1. 

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Go back in time at Highbury Hall this Sunday 16th September - unmissable!




Take a trip back in time at Highbury Hall on Sunday 16th September. Doors open 11am to 4pm. So much to door and see and you will be amazed by the bravery and the tireless work of brave men and women at the auxilliary hospital set up at Highbury during World War 1. 

Take the full post below for more details.


Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

The doors of Highbury were opened in 2017 and after a successful event, the open door event will happen again this year! Go and learn about ‘Highbury During the Great War’ on Sunday 16th September from 11am – 4pm.

Look around the house, meet a WW1 soldier, take a guided tour of the grounds and fully immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Highbury and WW1. This is going to be one unmissable event!

Family friendly. Refreshments. Car parking available at Uffculme School on Yew Tree Road.

For more details and directions, connect here.

 

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Art, culture & creativity
11 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

throwback

Throwback to a few years ago when I first started getting into freelance business.

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Throwback to a few years ago when I first started getting into freelance business.


Things have developed drastically as I've learned so much along the way!
You are welcome to visit my site for more details and to get in touch with books you need illustrating, or an idea you need design work for
http://noushka7.wixsite.com/illustration

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10 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Boulton & Watt - the founding fathers of Birmingham!

James Watt came down from Scotland at the invitation of Matthew Boulton in the late 18th century after Watt had made improvement's to Thomas Newcomen's steam engine. Boulton who owned the Soho Manufactory obtained a patent from 1775 onwards.

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Boulton & Watt - the founding fathers of Birmingham!




James Watt came down from Scotland at the invitation of Matthew Boulton in the late 18th century after Watt had made improvement's to Thomas Newcomen's steam engine. Boulton who owned the Soho Manufactory obtained a patent from 1775 onwards.


You can see one of Boulton & Watt's engines at Dartmouth Circus. Easier to see if you enter the subways and walk past it. But is visible from the road in cars or buses etc. It was built in 1817 and was used at the Netherton Ironworks.

The Smethwick Engine is now located at the Thinktank science museum, it was made in 1779. It's the oldest working steam engine and the oldest working engine in the world. Originally located in Smethwick close to the Soho Foundry. It was previously at the Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry at the Newhall Street site in the Jewellery Quarter (now Newhall Square). Was moved to Thinktank from 2001.

The gold leaf covered statue of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch was by William Bloye. Unveiled at this site in 1956. But was planned from 1939 (before the Second World War). It was removed to storage in 2017, and will return to the other side of Broad Street at a new site in Centenary Square.

The statue of James Watt used to be in Chamberlain Square outside the now demolished Birmingham Central Library until it was removed to storage in 2015.

Close up view of the James Watt statue. He seemed to have more sculptures of him than Mr Boulton did!

Boulton and Watt - there is a pair of busts of the pair in the Drawing Room at Soho House in Handsworth. It was the home of Boulton during the late 18th century.

Matthew Boulton

James Watt

Portaits at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Matthew Boulton by Carl Frederick von Breda in 1792.

James Watt by Sir Thomas Lawrence in 1812.

This bust of James Watt was found at the Birmingham Museum Collections Centre. It is similar to the one found at Soho House (see above).

All photos taken by Elliott Brown

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Environment & green action
10 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Are you passionate about wildlife? Join Us!

WildlifeAndUs is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for wildlife, help protect our wildlife and connect with people who share their passion.

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Are you passionate about wildlife? Join Us!




WildlifeAndUs is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for wildlife, help protect our wildlife and connect with people who share their passion.


WildlifeAndUs is all about engaging people in the promotion of our wildlife and the recognition that our wildlife is there for us all to enjoy, value and protect.

WildlifeAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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10 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

WildlifeAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for wildlife.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is wildlife!

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WildlifeAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for wildlife.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is wildlife!


WildlifeAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

WildlifeAndUs is a digital space for people who are passionate about wildlife and want to do whatever they can to help protect and promote wildlife.

At WildlifeAndUs, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

WildlifeAndUs

WildlifeAndUs will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for wildlife.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for wildlife.

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Civic pride
06 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Joseph Priestley the discoverer of oxygen

Joseph Priestley was an 18th century theologian, natural philosopher, chemist etc, who discovered oxygen. He was in Birmingham from 1780 to 1791, when he had to leave due to the Priestley Riots.

View this great post by Elliott Brown, one of Birmingham's People with Passion.

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Joseph Priestley the discoverer of oxygen




Joseph Priestley was an 18th century theologian, natural philosopher, chemist etc, who discovered oxygen. He was in Birmingham from 1780 to 1791, when he had to leave due to the Priestley Riots.

View this great post by Elliott Brown, one of Birmingham's People with Passion.


Joseph Priestley statue in Chamberlain Square

Priestley was born in 1733 and died in 1804. He was based in Birmingham from 1780 to 1791. While there he made friends with the Lunar Society including Matthew Boulton. He was the minister of New Meeting which was located close to what is Moor Street Queensway and New Meeting Street.

The statue that used to be in Chamberlain Square until 2016 was by Francis John Williamson and was made in 1874.

Maquette of Priestley in the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre

Williamson probably made this maquette before making the full sized statue.

Saint Michael's Catholic Church built on the site of Priestley's New Meeting

In 1791 riots erupted in Birmingham, known now as the Priestley Riots. On the 2nd anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille that started the French Revolution in France. Rioters attacked Priestley's families home at Fairhill in Sparkbrook. They also burnt down the New Meeting Chapel followed by the Old Meeting Chapel.

Today Saint Michael's Catholic Church stands on the site and there is a blue plaque on New Meeting Street about Priestley. It is now a Polish church.

Photography and article by Elliott Brown.

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05 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

Introducing Noushka - a talented artist who promotes awareness of autism

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Hi everyone!
As a youtuber I thought it would be helpful to make a little trailer for my channel to let you guys know what sort of content I produce! It's a mixed bag of goodies so please subscribe as I vlog and learn, bringing you as viewers along for the ride :D

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People & community
03 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The 'Golden Men' of Birmingham - Boulton, Watt & Murdoch

Here, with the help of People with Passion, we pay tribute to 3 great industrialists and entrepreneurs who contributed greatly to the city's prosperity during the 18th century. Their monument, in Centenary Square until summer 2017 was known locally as the 'Golden Men' and also 'The Carpet Salesmen'.

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The 'Golden Men' of Birmingham - Boulton, Watt & Murdoch




Here, with the help of People with Passion, we pay tribute to 3 great industrialists and entrepreneurs who contributed greatly to the city's prosperity during the 18th century. Their monument, in Centenary Square until summer 2017 was known locally as the 'Golden Men' and also 'The Carpet Salesmen'.


Did You Know?

James Watt invented the condenser sytem for steam engines which ushered in the steam age.

William Murdoch left his home town in southern Scotland aged 23 and walked the 300 miles to Birmingham. Upon arrival he asked James Watt for a job, got one and went on to become a full partner with Matthew Boulton and Watt. Murdoch developed many innovations, but is well known for inventing gas lighting.

Matthew Boulton was the father of mass production, developing the first systems for producing many identical objects like coins, cutlery and 'toys' using production lines in his Soho Manufactury in Hockley, he was also a founding member of the Lunar Society, a full moon meeting group of luminaries considered to be founders of the British Industrial Revolution.

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History & heritage
02 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

The Old Grammar Schools of Kings Norton and Yardley

Did you know that there are buildings in Kings Norton and Yardley both called The Old Grammar School (no relation).

The Old School in Kings Norton is in the churchyard of St Nicholas's Church. The one in Yardley is close to St Edburgha's Church.

This post and all photography courtesy Elliott Brown. 

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The Old Grammar Schools of Kings Norton and Yardley




Did you know that there are buildings in Kings Norton and Yardley both called The Old Grammar School (no relation).

The Old School in Kings Norton is in the churchyard of St Nicholas's Church. The one in Yardley is close to St Edburgha's Church.

This post and all photography courtesy Elliott Brown. 


The Old Grammar School Kings Norton

Old Grammar School, Kings Norton was probably built as a priest's house to St Nicholas's Church, and it dates to the early 15th century. The building was expanded in the early 16th century. Along with the Saracen's Head it won the BBC Restoration programme in 2004, and was restored and reopened by 2008.

 

The Old Grammar School Yardley

Known as The Trust School. There is evidence of a school in Yardley by 1260 AD. The Masters were Monks from Maxstoke Priory. The present building dates to around the 15th century. It was originally a guild hall. The school closed in 1908. Now used as Parish Rooms with a Youth Club upstairs and a lounge downstairs.

All photos by Elliott Brown

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People & community
01 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Great opportunities to work on one of sports greatest events!

Six jobs advertised 

Take the full post for the jobs and the links.

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Great opportunities to work on one of sports greatest events!




Six jobs advertised 

Take the full post for the jobs and the links.


Jobs as advertised through Morgan Hunt on their Birmingham2022 page - connect HERE

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

 

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Connect here to Morgan Hunt job description and specification.

Great opportunity for talented jobseekers who want to be a part of something very special. 

 

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31 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

2022withYou - Helping to make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham

2022 will be a very special year for Birmingham, the UK and for Community. However, much has to be done ahead of the Games and the great people of Birmingham have a key role to play.

2022withYou is a collaborative space and digital gateway for people who are keen to play a role and help make the Commonwealth Games a great success.

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2022withYou - Helping to make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham




2022 will be a very special year for Birmingham, the UK and for Community. However, much has to be done ahead of the Games and the great people of Birmingham have a key role to play.

2022withYou is a collaborative space and digital gateway for people who are keen to play a role and help make the Commonwealth Games a great success.

Take the full post for more.


Introducing BirminghamWeAre - a Community of Passion

Before we go on to explain more about the collaborative digital space created at 2022withYou.net, let us first tell you what has been achieved by our Community of Passion at BirminghamWeAre.

In 2015, BirminghamWeAre set up an account on twitter to keep the people of Birmingham updated on a new impact focused digital space and portal being built (at that time) by FreeTimePays for people who are passionate about making a difference and creating a positive impact.

In just a couple of years, the reach of, and interest in, BirminghamWeAre has grown significantly. For example, over 0.7 million impressions is now typically achieved every month by BirminghamWeAre through social media.

BirminghamWeAre.com was established as the first Community of Passion by FreeTimePays in 2017.

BirminghamWeAre.com is a digital 'shout out' space for people to promote their passion and connect with people who share that passion. 

But most importantly BirminghamWeAre is a digital gateway through which passionate people can gain access to a suite of FreeTimePays engagement tools which they can use to create an impact and make that all important difference for themselves and others.

FreeTimePays is all about positive social value and economic growth and achieving this by supporting the passions of individuals and community.

Already attracting a following of 100,000. FreeTimePays connected Communities of Passion will continue to grow its reach by 100% every year.

Birmingham is the first City to benefit from FreeTimePays digital technology. 

2022withYou - a space for shared passion in support of the Commonwealth Games

2022withYou is a Community of Passion dedicated to making the Commonwealth Games a success for Birmingham

BirminghamWeAre has been totally behind Birmingham's bid for the games and the engagement channel has several 'Games' related features already running and provides access to a huge gallery of Birmingham related content (including stunning photography).

However such is the commitment of BirminghamWeAre in helping to make the Games a great success for the City, we have gone one step further. 2022withYou as a domain has been registered to promote passion, support people with passion and give access to the FreeTimePays portal for collaborations and projects in support of a successful Commonwealth Games for Birmingham.

2022withYou will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect with the Games. Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space.

This space will also provide unlimited access to the latest engagement tools for conducting surveys, polls, online group discussions and conversations

In November 2018 we launch Passion Points, a FreeTimePays form of gamification that recognises and rewards people who get involved, help make a difference and collectively create impact.

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for Birmingham and for the Commonwealth Games.

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30 Aug 2018 - FreeTimePays

Help make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham - Join Us!

2022withYou is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Birmingham and the Games and connect with people who share their passion.

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Help make the Commonwealth Games a great success for Birmingham - Join Us!




2022withYou is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Birmingham and the Games and connect with people who share their passion.


2022withYou is all about engaging people in the promotion of Birmingham and the Games and the recognition that the Games are there for us all to enjoy and for community to value and benefit from.

2022withYou is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to support passion and deliver positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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Construction & regeneration
29 Aug 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of The Cube During the Summer of 2009

During June and July of 2009 Daniel Sturley took photos of the construction of Birmingham's iconic The Cube. Lots of great photos in the full post.

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The Construction of The Cube During the Summer of 2009




During June and July of 2009 Daniel Sturley took photos of the construction of Birmingham's iconic The Cube. Lots of great photos in the full post.


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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