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Save Merrishaw Day Nursery from closure

Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts are supporting  a parents campaign to save Merrishaw Day Nursery in West Heath from closure.

This closure is imminent and the campaign needs your urgent support. A similar threat was announced 12 months ago but a campaign by parents, staff and UNISON caused councillors to u-turn.

The campaign also believes that the rest of service will be scaled down so that only those classed as “children in need” would be able to access the day nursery.

Don’t let this  happen!
*We are not being heard
*No consultation
*We do not want our children  to move.
*Our children are happy and settled at Merrishaw.

What you can do

1. Join our stall / street leafletting on Saturday.  We will meet at West Heath Shops, Alvechurch Rd, by the Co-op at 10:30am

There will now also be a stall/street leafletting on Saturday 23rd July, from 10:30am, at Faifaax Shops, bottom of Cropredy Road, West Heath

2. Join us on Saturday 30th July, 9.30a.m at Merrishaw Nursery, 49  Merrishaw Road, B31 3SL as we walk to Hampstead House to deliver our petition to the councillors.

Next Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts Planning meeting will be on Tuesday 26th July, 7:15pm, Stirchley Community Church, Perhsore road (opposite the old Stirchley Paths)

To contact Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts, Email StirchleyAntiCuts@Gmail.com or call 07828 013 091

Although Birmingham City Council has previously denied that there will be any closures, GMB union which represents many of the nursery workers were able to find out from the council that the plans do in fact involve closing the following nurseries:

Teviot Tower – Aston
The Chestnut Centre – Bordsley Green
Yatesburry Avenue – closed in May 2011- Castle Vale.
Millpool Gardens – Kings Heath
Merrishaw – West Heath
New Spring St – Ladywood
Belgravia -Highgate
Dyson Gardens – Alum Rock.

These plans have not yet been finalised, and GMB will be working against the plans with the workers and we need to include the parents who use these nurseries and make sure that the councillors know that their communities do not accept the need to close nurseries in Birmingham.

If you are a parent who uses one of these nurseries, please get in touch with us at BirminghamAgainstTheCuts@Gmail.com.  Perhaps you could work on a campaign to save the nursery that you use, along with other parents.  If you’ve never done any campaigning before, don’t worry, we can put you in touch with experienced activists living in your area who can help.  Working together we can save our services from closure.




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J30 Mass Strikes in Photos

(c) Geoff Dexter Sherborne Publications

Thursday 30th June (dubbed J30) saw mass strikes around the UK from NUT, ATL, UCU and PCS Unions over pensions.  In Birmingham we also had UNISON members striking – council workers out because of pay cuts and changes to conditions, and Connexions members out over job cuts.  With hundreds of pickets, 14 feeder demos and the main strike rally & march, there is far too much to cover in a word report, so here are pictures from the day (A second post of pictures is found here


Selly Oak Library

Norfolk House

Central Library

City Centre House


Victoria Square House

Hamstead Hall Secondary School

Handsworth Leisure Centre

Redfern Fleet and Waste Depot

Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts

Weather Oak Day Centre picket line

Northfield Demo

Strike Rally

8,000 people on the March


I’m afraid I don’t recognise most of these people, and I wasn’t there this afternoon – so if anyone can fill in the blanks, I’d be grateful 🙂 – Just tell me in a comment

Rhiannon Lockley, Halesowen College UCU

Caroline Johnson - Birmingham Unison

Kevin Courtney - NUT



With thanks to everyone for the photos:
Geoff Dexter Sherborne Publications (all the ones with GD in the filename, if you hover your cursor over an image) More of his photos here and here

Chris Hughes from Strichley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts
Sue Thomas
Sharon McCourt
Fiona Rachell
Edward Bauer


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Stirchley & Cotteridge Public meeting – 15th June

Why the cuts aren’t necessary – How we can defend services

Public meeting called by Stirchley + Cotteridge Against the Cuts


James Anthony (staff nurse + chair of QE hospital UNISON branch where 17% budget cuts are proposed)
Linda Burnip (Disabled People Against Cuts)

Weds 15th June 7.30pm
Stirchley Community Church, Pershore Road (opposite the old baths on Bournville Lane)

stirchleyanticuts@gmail.com  phone 07828 013091

other topics discussed will be local day centre, neighbourhood offices, fire service cuts, social care cuts, cuts at Lindsworth School (local special needs school), Merrishaw + Rea Meadow day nurseries under threat

There are also public meetings planned in June and July by other local groups around Birmingham, including Stockland Green and Handsworth, and we will post information about those when we have it.


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Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts Public Meeting

Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts will hold a public meeting on Wednesday 15th June 7.30pm at Stirchley Community Church, Pershore Road (opposite the old baths on Bournville Lane).

Why the cuts aren’t necessary

How we can defend services


James Anthony (staff nurse and chair of QE hospital UNISON branch)

Linda Burnip (Disabled People against the Cuts)

Charlie Friel (Connexions steward)

Derelict Stirchley Baths
Is this the future for our public services?

• The Cotteridge Day Centre for the elderly has been granted a temporary reprieve, but its future is not guaranteed.

• The neighbourhood office service is being run down. What future for the Cotteridge office?

• Big cuts at the Lindsworth School

• Job cuts to the Fire service

• Merrishaw and Rea Meadow day nurseries threatened.

• Huge cuts to the Connexions service for young people.

• Social care for the elderly slashed.

We could go on, but as the half million strong TUC demonstration on March 26th stated; there is an alternative to this slash and burn attack on our vital public services.
Many public sector workers will be striking on June 30th in defence of a decent pension. Come along to our meeting
and have your say on what we can do to protect our area.

There are plenty of other events coming up in Birmingham before this meeting, take a look at our upcoming events page and see which you can come to to help fight the cuts.

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Cotteridge stall report

The latest activity by Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts was today’s street stall on the Cotteridge island.

We set out our stall in defence of a publicly owned blood service, as part of a well funded and publicly owned health service.
A few years ago it would have been unthinkable that we would have to campaign over such things, but the ConDems are clearly trying to to pull the NHS towards the failed US model of private health care. They are currently trying to sell off the blood and organ donation service.

In response, a new campaign “Save our NHS – West Midlands” is to be set up in about a week’s time. It seeks to build up a local network of people via email, text, FaceBook and leaflets. People should visit ‘Save Our NHS – West Midlands’ on Facebook for the time being. The campaign phone number is 0121 3140607 (24 hour voicemail). The website is not live yet either but will be at http://www.saveournhs-wm.org.uk

As today’s stall showed, our cause is very popular, as is our public campaigning against the city Council cuts. The “pause” in the ConDem offensive is a recognition of how unpopular their counter-reforms are, and we are confident that when we really get our message out, their pause can become permanent.

Reminder; the next meeting of Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts is Thursday, 14th April, 7.30pm at the Stirchley Community Centre.

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Defend the NHS Stall, Sat 11am, Cotteridge

Defend the NHS – stall this Saturday, 11am Cotteridge Island

The NHS is the heart of Britain’s welfare state. It treats millions of people every year, and prevents millions more from living in fear of ill health. Andrew Lansley’s Health and Social Care Bill is set to butcher an institution owned by the people, for the people. Without a mandate the coalition government is proposing to spend £3 billion to carry out their reforms to destroy our NHS.

Kill, kill, kill the bill, it will make you very ill – join our stall on Saturday!


Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts supports Connexions

Connexions Stewards will be holding a half day industrial action tomorrow (6th April) in opposition to 30% cuts in the Connexions service in Birmingham.

There will be protests outside local Connexions offices in Northfield and Kings Health. A rally outside the Council House in Victoria Square will also be held at 2.30pm.


also coming up…

Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts local organising meeting
Thursday 14th April, 7:30pm
Stirchley Community Centre
(Pershore Road, in between Stirchley Co-op / British Oak pub)


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Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts Meeting

“Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts” held another very successful meeting on Monday evening.

It heard that the local day centre for the elderly in Cotteridge, which it has been campaigning to support, has been granted seven months more funding. We will be campaigning for this funding to be made permanent.
Our next activity will be a street stall this Saturday in Cotteridge, from 11am till 1pm, in defense of the NHS. We will also be organising a hustings near to the Council election date on the subject of local cuts, and a public meeting after that.

Our next meeting will be on Thursday 14th April, 7.30pm, at the Stirchley Community Centre, Pershore Rd.

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Activities over the next week

There are a few things going on over the next week, helping to build Birmingham Against the Cuts and the two demonstrations at the end of the month – 23rd March in Birmingham on budget day, and the TUC national demonstration in London on the 26th.:

St Patricks Day (Sun 13th) – stall and leafletting, meeting at 11am Waterstones, near the Bull Statue, High Street.  Conatct Tony Foley on 07845 969 959.

Stirchley and Cotteridge against the cuts will be street leafleting this Saturday (12th) (meet at the Grant Arms, Cotteridge at 2pm), Sunday (meet on Park Avenue, Cotteridge Park at 2pm) and Monday evening – contact Stirchleyanticuts@gmail.com for more information

Sat 19th – Stalls around Birmingham, confirmed stalls:

City Centre – times tbc, contact birminghamagainstthecuts@gmail.com if you can help.

Erdington – 11am-1pm, Erdington Co-op – contact Stuart 0777 594 2841 or Pete 0780 940 6973 if you can help.

Cotteridge – 11-12:30, Cotteridge Island – contact stirchleyanticuts@gmail.com if you can help.

Handsworth – 12 – 1.30 Soho Road,  Meet outside the library at 12.  Contact Bernie on 07835972704 if you can help.

If you would like to do a stall for Birmingham Against the Cuts in your area please contact us – birminghamagainstthecuts@gmail.com – we can supply you with leaflets about us, March 23rd and March 26th for you to use along with other materials such as Save the NHS leaflets.

If you are already planning a stall for us, and I’ve forgotten about you, then let me know so I can add you onto the list 🙂

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Stirchley and Cotteridge Against the Cuts meeting

After its successful recent public meeting, Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts held a follow up meeting of those who wished to continue the campaigning. It has agreed a programe of future activity and a next meeting.

 Its main focus is the local day centre for the elderly and the Cotteridge Neighbourhood Office. Our demand is that they both stay open and provide the same level of service as before. However, we are now waiting to see the outcome of the Council budget vote and how it will affect us.

 In the meantime, we will be focussing on building for the TUC demonstration on the 26th March and the Birmingham budget day protest on March 23rd.

 There will be a street stall on Saturday 19th March at Cotteridge island, 11am till 12.30pm, and street leafletting this Saturday (meet at the Grant Arms at 2pm), Sunday and Monday evening.

We agreed to try and attend the Selly Oak Labour Party meeting next Thursday with Ed Balls speaking, and we also heard a report of the new “Save our NHS West Midlands” campaign.

 Our next meeting will be on Monday 4th April, 7.30pm at the Stirchley Community Centre

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Stichley and Cotteridge Against the Cut organising meeting

Open organising meeting
Weds 9th March 7.30pm
Cotteridge Church – all welcome

The Condem coalition that runs the Council has, without any mandate, voted through over £200m worth of cuts, with only minimal opposition in the chamber. But how will this affect the Day Centre, the Neighbourhood Office and other local services? What is the next step for our anti cuts campaigns?

After our successful public meeting on 23rd February, we must maintain our momentum of protecting these services. We are asking you to come along to a more informal meeting to decide what we can do next.

(Even if you cannot make it, please keep in touch.)

If services are targeted and closed without a protest, the council will only come back for more. We need to make sure they know that every time a local cut is announced, a strong community campaign will be ready to respond.

Hope to see you all there

Stirchley and Cotteridge against the Cuts


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