Saturday 13th July was another glorious summers day, and the sun certainly shone down on the 'Friends of the Fields' and the local communities from Moseley & Selly Park- who turned out in numbers to support the Holders Lane Field Day. The north west corner of the site became a vibrant hub of activity and community spirit. Yellow clad volunteers bustled around welcoming, informing, and assisting people around the site, which was set out with fun activities for all the family. We were entertained by an eclectic mix of music and dance, showcased on the main stage, while sports and arts activities took place in other areas and marquees, nearby. Most of the activities were free, and all of them were fun. The main focus of the event was a community consultation, and in the largest marquee was a huge map of the Holders Lane & Pebble Mill Playing Fields, on which attendees were invited to give their views by placing flags indicating areas of concern, or thoughts on what should happen at the site in the future.
The event was funded by the Big Lottery and was supported by Birmingham City Council- who were represented on the day by two local Councillors. The event was organised by local resident Carey Baff- Chair of the Friends of the Fields, and an enthusiastic and committed group of volunteers who planned and delivered this great community event.
As for what happens here at Holders Lane, the community continues to wait and see what the results of Saturday's consultation produce. The good news is that there is an emerging group of passionate local community-minded people who have shown just how much they care about these Playing Fields, and who undoubtedly will have a significant role in deciding what happens to them in the future. Watch this [green, open] space!