Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers performing at Crosspool Festival 2010 (video)

The warm weather may seem like a long time ago, but you can remind yourself of the summer with this video of Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers performing as part of July’s Crosspool Festival:

The dance took place outside Stephen Hill Methodist Church on Manchester Road, opposite the Sportsman pub.

The video introduction is an animated version of the cover of the festival programme, originally designed by Joseph Bates and Max Rowlands of Lydgate Junior and Infant school respectively.

Crosspool Festival 2010

Handsworth Traditional Sword Dancers

Look out for the Autumn 2010 edition of the Crosspool Clarion

Crosspool Clarion Autumn 2010
Crosspool Clarion Autumn 2010 (PDF, 747KB)

The new edition of the Crosspool Clarion is going to press and will soon be falling on the doormats of all Crosspool households.

The latest issue includes:

  • Crosspool Festival report
  • Open Gardens
  • Road safety
  • Chairman’s report
  • Other local news
  • Letters
  • Crosspool quiz

Download Crosspool Clarion Autumn 2010 edition  (PDF, 747KB)

Some back issues of past editions of the Crosspool Clarion are also available to download.

The Crosspool Clarion is the official newsletter of Crospool Forum. It is a free, quarterly publication, with over 2,500 copies delivered to local households.

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Crosspool Open Gardens raises over £3,000 for charity

Twelve charities are to share the £3,300 raised from this year’s Crosspool Open Gardens on Saturday 3 July.

The annual event, which is co-ordinated by members of Stephen Hill Methodist Church, ran this year as part of the Crosspool Festival programme.

There were 15 gardens around the neighbourhood to explore, including allotments off Back Lane, two adjoining houses on Cairns Road and the Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway.

One Manchester Road garden also accommodated an art sale, plus a book signing by local historian and author Judith Hanson. Plentiful supplies of tea and cake were also available at most of the gardens.

Open Gardens started as a fundraising event for the church’s development appeal but has now been extended to support charities nominated by the owner of each of the showcased gardens.

Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010
Den Bank Close garden featuring a model railway at Crosspool Open Gardens, July 2010