Location

The park is located in the south of Birmingham just off the Bristol Road South, opposite The Royal Orthopaedic Hospital between Selly Oak and Northfield, in the Weoley Ward.

See map here.

 

OCTOBER 2018

Our favourite autumn month in which we hold our increasingly popular Annual Autumn Antics Event. See here.

It is also the time for planting bulbs and sowing seeds, the time to look forward to bright, colourful late winter/early springtime displays of wildflowers. Of course, that is not all we do, there will be the usual two main, monthly activities - the Ranger Led Maintenance and WaterSide Care, details of which can be found here.

This year, because there is more to do in October than usual, we are going to fit in a couple of extra days of work. Information regarding dates and times of these extra days will be displayed on the park notice boards and here on the website, so if you are interested in helping, keep an eye open. 

Because of the continuing necessity to save money, the City Council had to cut back heavily on spending again this year and the grass-mowing in parks and residential areas were reduced quite drastically. It should be noted that, although it was probably not observed by everyone, Manor Farm Park did not suffer from these cutbacks quite as badly as other parks. We even managed to hang on to our 'Parkie', who does an excellent job of keeping our park clear of litter, when the majority of other parks in the City lost theirs.

 

 

 

The Barn:

Now

In order to keep up to date with developments regarding the Cadbury Barn and what we are doing, please go here

The Barn:

Then

Oddly enough, right from when it was erected in 1896, the Cadbury Barn has never been used as a barn. The main purpose of the building was to entertain children from the inner City who were less fortunate and had never experienced the countryside.

Every weekend, right up until WWII, hundreds of children would have fun on the farm and learn about the countryside; then, in the late afternoons they would enjoy a feast of sandwiches and cakes in the Barn, creating lots of noise and laughter, to the delight of George and Elizabeth.

At the outbreak of the Second World War, the barn and the surrounding buildings became a training centre for the Friends Ambulance Unit, which you can read more about here.

The Barn:

Future

The original building, having been destroyed by fire means there is not, in reality, a future for the Barn at all. However, the Stakeholder Group continue to meet and plan for a future that will include, if not the original and unique Barn being brought back into community use, then a reasonable facsimilie being utilized that will include parts of the original witin its construction. Nothing can be confirmed, one way or another at this time, there is still a lot of planning and preparation to be done.

One thing that can be confirmed though, is our need of funds and you can help in any number of ways: join the FoMFP, which is only £2.00/year per person; buy our calendar; come to our events and have a go on the Tombola, make donations for the free refreshments and/or buy a cuddly hand made toy. You can even help right now by visiting this article and following the instructions.

 

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