Get your votes in quick – The CV community Awards vote closes this Friday

Vote banner 2015Have you voted for who you would like to be recognised in this years Castle Vale Community Awards yet?  The deadline is Friday 25th September at 5pm

How to vote

You can vote online by following this link here or by completing the paper copy and taking to the voting boxes at The Sanctuary, CVCHA or Greenwood Academy.  Forms can be found by the voting boxes or if you want to download and print the paper copy yourself you can here Castle Vale Community Awards Nominations

Award Category Descriptions

The Valued Contribution award is for those who have done more than could be imagined and helped to make Castle Vale a great place to live. To find out more about the nominees visit: CV Community Awards 2015 – Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Nominees

The Young Person’s award is to recognise those under 25 years old who have volunteered or helped others beyond expectations. To find out more about the nominees visit: CV Community Awards 2015 – Young Person’s Award Nominees

The Volunteer of the Year award recognises those who give their time to make things happen in Castle Vale e.g. supports activities, supports events, helps behind the scenes. To find out more about the nominees visit: CV Community Awards 2015 – Volunteer of the Year award Nominees

The Arts and Creativity award is for those who should be recognised for their participation in or leading of an arts or creative activity/event (including visual, performing and digital arts). To find out more about the nominees visit: CV Community Awards 2015 – Arts and Creativity Award Nominees

The Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing award is for a person, team or group that should be recognised for their participation in or leading of any sports, fitness or wellbeing activity. To find out more about the nominees visit: CV Community Awards 2015 – Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Nominees

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Final Voting Round Now Open

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Thank you for all the suggestions for the nomination categories – we’ve had a record breaking amount come through.  We’ve been through them and put together the final list for you all to start voting.

They’ve all made incredible contributions to Castle Vale and we look forward to celebrating all the nominees and winners on Friday 16th October 2015 at this years event. Tickets can be bought from The Sanctuary, the Library, the TRA or reserved online, more details on the website page.

Final Voting Round  – Now Open Till Friday 25th September 5pm

You can vote online by following this link here or by completing the paper copy and taking to the voting boxes at The Sanctuary, CVCHA or Greenwood Academy.  Forms can be found by the voting boxes or if you want to download and print the paper copy yourself you can here Castle Vale Community Awards Nominations

We will be putting up longer profiles of the nominees and highlighting them as part of our countdown campaign.  So remember to get sharing on Facebook, email or other favourite online chat as well as when you’re out and about.

Award Category Descriptions and Nominees

The Valued Contribution award is for those who have done more than could be imagined and helped to make Castle Vale a great place to live. The Nominees are:

  1. Ann Jephcott
    has been volunteering at Forge Farm Stables (Animal Sanctuary) for the last 12 months.
  2. Castle Vale Neighbourhood Tasking Group
    are residents who meet to report issues and ensure that service providers take action.
  3. Callum Gillam
    is a part time youth worker for CVCRS who volunteers in addition to help CV young people.
  4. Jane Roche 
    has gone above and beyond her role at the TRA to support people when they are in need.
  5. Ken Sims
    is an active resident ensuring local people are represented through roles on key boards.
  6. Merlin Venture Limited
    have supported local people to gain employment and training opportunities for 15 years.
  7. Ray Goodwin
    has led by example with his endeavours and persistence in making Castle Vale a better place for all.
  8. Sheila Hyland
    has supported local groups fundraising and activities through her job and beyond.

The Young Person’s award is to recognise those under 25 years old who have volunteered or helped others beyond expectations. The Nominees are:

  1. Aaron Moroney
    for his involvement in a range of community activities and encouraging others to be leaders.
  2. Abigail Watts 
    for all her volunteering and representing young people at national and local events.
  3. Brian Savage
    for all his volunteering, representing young people locally and supporting events.
  4. Martyn Ramsey 
    for his volunteering for the HeadStart project and becoming a Vale Maker.

The Volunteer of the Year award recognises those who give their time to make things happen in Castle Vale e.g. supports activities, supports events, helps behind the scenes. The Nominees are:

  1. Castle Vale Pool User Group
    have despite adversity and criticism continue to work hard to keep Castle Pool open.
  2. Colin Stokes 
    has worked hard to coach the Under 10’s football, raised funds and inspired young people.
  3. Lamidi Aminu
    has for more than 22 years contributed to the community from the days of the HAT to now.
  4. Stephanie Norton
    has been volunteering with the Castle Vale Literacy Champions Programme for nearly a year.

Apprentice/Young Enterprise Award is for those who have worked hard in their endeavours to develop themselves within their chosen profession. The Nominees are:

  1. Dylan Hughes
    is an apprentice at CVCHA, who has worked and now volunteers his own time at CVCRS.
  2. Charlotte Dodd
    For setting up La Rochette, a new dance academy for people of all ages on the estate.
  3. James O’Hare, Amy Caddick, Ben O’Hare (WINGS)
    for creating a new group for all ages, that will help people with their next steps into the arts.

The Arts and Creativity award is for those who should be recognised for their participation in or leading of an arts or creative activity/event (including visual, performing and digital arts). The Nominees are:

  1. Claudette Griffiths
    For her role in helping to set up The Happy Snapper and supporting a range of arts activities.
  2. Happy Snappers
    For their work to create a new local interest group and sharing their love of photography.
  3. James O’Hare,Amy Caddick, Ben O’Hare (WINGS)
    for creating a new group for all ages, with high quality drama, dance and singing training.

The Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing award is for a person, team or group that should be recognised for their participation in or leading of any sports, fitness or wellbeing activity. The Nominees are:

  1. Castle Vale Couch to 5K Group 
    for working hard to achieve the challenge of running 5k in less than 9 weeks.
  2. Castle Vale Town FC
    for local residents who give up their time to support the club in a range of key roles.
  3. Colin Stokes
    has worked hard to coach the Under 10’s football, raised funds and inspired young people.
  4. Kick Start Academy
    for giving children many opportunities and making a difference to their lives.
  5. Lee Crofts
    For his commitment to get fit and healthy, motivated by fundraising.

Plus remember we have the Unsung Hero open category where you can name anyone or group that you think should be recognised for actions over the last 18 months that have largely been unnoticed or not celebrated enough.

For all the full details and Terms and Conditions visit the main Community Awards 2015 page.

Get voting!

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Castle Vale Community Awards – NOMINATE NOW (Deadline 11th August)

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Do you know someone that deserves recognition for the great things they do?

This year’s Castle Vale Community Awards will take place on Friday 16th October at Greenwood Academy.

The nominations round is open for the categories in which we shortlist the top 3 or 4 people before we ask you to vote in September.

Shortlisting Round – Now Open Till Tuesday 11th August 10am

We are currently seeking nominations for our main categories:

  • Valued Contribution Award
  • Young Person’s Award
  • Volunteer of the Year Award
  • Arts and Creativity Award
  • Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing Award

If you would like to put someone forward to be considered for the shortlist in the categories above please email activeartscv@gmail.com or complete the online form here: Nomination Form

_DSC2178We will need their full name, contact details, the reason why you think they should be shortlisted, the category nominated for and your contact details.

Please note that submitting a form does not guarantee that your nomination will be shortlisted – this is down to the panel’s decision based on the terms, the criteria for the award and selecting the top names they believe are best to put forward taking into account the information provided as to the reason for nomination.

Please complete the form more than once if you wish to nominate more than one person/group/organisation for an award.

Award Category Descriptions

The Valued Contribution award is for those who have done more than could be imagined and helped to make Castle Vale a great place to live.

The Young Person’s award is to recognise those under 25 years old who have volunteered or helped others beyond expectations.

The Volunteer of the Year award recognises those who give their time to make things happen in Castle Vale e.g. supports activities, supports events, helps behind the scenes

The Arts and Creativity award is for those who should be recognised for their participation in or leading of an arts or creative activity/event (including visual, performing and digital arts)

The Sports, Fitness and Wellbeing award is for a person, team or group that should be recognised for their participation in or leading of any sports, fitness or wellbeing activity

Additional award categories to be given at the next voting stage.  Sponsors may choose to create their own award category – please contact Claire Marshall on activeartscv@gmail.com or Carla Belle on carlab@cvcha.org.uk if you would like to do this.

Full details regarding this years Awards Evening including terms and conditions can be found here: https://activearts.wordpress.com/activities/community-awards-2015

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Swim, Run, Walk, Food, Fun: Vale Challenge & Community Picnic

Saturday 25th July is Vale Challenge Day and Community Picnic.  There’s something for everyone and to help you plan your day here’s what you need to know.

Start at Castle Pool at 9am withWonder-Woman
9.00am Amanda Cutler and Ray Goodwin welcome Active Arts and West Midlands Fire Service to the Pool

9.05am Aqua Zumba Challenge

10am-12pm Set yourself your own Swim Challenge during public swim time
All are welcome to take a dip whether conquering a width or swimming a mile.

11/11.30am Commander Steve Vincent will swim in full rescue gear (minus helmet and wellies)
Lord Mayor, Councillor Ray Hassell will attend and be welcomed by Amanda Cutler.

11.15-1pm Ducklings and Saturday Session members challenges and session

1pm-3pm PUBLIC SWIM all ages – normal charges apply

£2 to take part in the Swim Challenge – Usual charges for public swim
Special rate for those taking part in both Challenge and public swim

PLUS WEST MIDLANDS ROAD CASUALTY REDUCTION TEAM PROVIDING ADVICE

Then make your way to Farnborough Fields and Vale Stadium where you can find

11am Youngstars Carboot and Fun Zone opens with bargains to be had and lots of fun on a range of inflatables (small charges apply)

12pm-1pm Run Challenge for those who’d like a go at the 5k run challenge with 3 laps round the field

1pm-2pm Walk Challenge for those who’d like to take a more gentle approach to the 5k course

12-2pm Assault Course Challenge – Positive Forces will put you through your paces either in teams or individual tasks on the courseCaptain-America

12pm-2pm Active Parks will get you involved in a number of fun sports activities and highlight how the outdoor multi-gym can be used

12-3pm the Youth Team from CVCRS will be on hand to run old fashioned sports events with the Egg & Spoon Race, Three-Legged Race, Sack Racing and Tug of War.  Plus they will have the boxing equipment for people to try.

12-3pm the Community Environmental Trust will be leading craft activities using locally sourced natural materials

12-3pm Knits & Pieces will be displaying work from the last 2 years with the Candy Cottage through to the most recent award winning knitted garden. Plus at the Challenge Sign-Up desk Active Arts will have information of a range of local groups that you can get involved in to be active in your community.

1-3pm Live Music from african jazz fusion band ARFBI and choir singing from the Castle Vale New Testament Church of God The-Butterfly-Effect-Logo-Green-368

PLUS COMMUNITY PICNIC – bring your own picnic and also buy drinks from Vale Stadium, snacks from across the site and Caribbean food at the picnic area.

All challenges, sports and craft activities are free but we’d hope you’ll make a donation on the day or use the opportunity to raise sponsorship for a charity or local group of your choice.

Challengers will receive a certificate and medal (first 100) plus prizes from Active Parks of 24x coke football’s, and 70x £5.00 sportswear vouchers

We’re going to bring out the sun in this day that is about getting together, having fun and raising money for charities and good causes.

Can’t wait to see you there.

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Thursday’s Double Fun

Family Fun Day Flyer Live and Loud flyerThis Thursday 16th July it’s going to be double the fun as Active Arts and The Butterfly Effect will be at Greenwood Academy for the Family Fun Day and for Live and Loud.

The Family Fun Day is 3.30-6.30pm and will have all the inflatables, stalls and fun that you can jam pack into 3 hours.  For more details visit the Facebook Event Page here. It’s free to attend and rides work out at under 35p each!

Live and Loud now in it’s third year will be at the school (rather than the festival field) and will be a fab evening with local acts including Just James, Laura Green, Castle Vale’s Got Talent 2015 winners Skye’s The Limit as well as Michael Hayes. From further afield you can see Louie Walsh’s latest boyband Hometown – check out one of their videos below. Only £2 a ticket – for more details go to the Facebook Event Page here.

Vale Makers will be at both events giving out information about The Butterfly Effect, promoting activities that can be joined as well as helping out at the events.  Hope to see you there.

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Come And Have A Natter With Us This Evening…

The Natter Network LogoThe Natter Network meeting will take place this evening:

Wednesday 8th July, 5pm – 7pm at Sanctuary

Come along to the Natter Network and find out more about:

  • Become a Vale Maker – find out about the many volunteer opportunities we have available
  • The Vale Challenge and Community Picnic – sign up to the Vale Challenge and make a Health Pledge
  • The Big Production – Find out more about the plans for the production and how you can get involved
  • New groups – find out about the new performing arts group ‘Wings’, the new singing group ‘Pitch Perfect’, the local photography group ‘The Happy Snappers’, the ‘Friends of Farnborough Fields’ group plus many more
  • Share your ideas – what activities you would like to set up or need assistance with

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Carla Belle on 0121 748 8189 or carlab@cvcha.org.uk 08.07.15

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Vale Challenge and Community Picnic – Saturday 25th July 2015

Vale Challenge Poster-page-001This year’s Vale Challenge and Community Picnic will take place on Saturday 25th July, 9am-12pm at Castle Pool and 12pm-3pm at Farnborough Fields

The big challenges this year will include:

  • Aqua Zumba
  • Swim (you choose the distance)
  • 5km walk/run
  • Assault Course

There will also be a number of mini challenges including rounder’s, cheer leading, boxing, old school races such as egg and spoon etc., power hoop.

On the day there will be a picnic so bring along your family and friends, a blanket and picnic or you can buy from one of our food stalls.

There will also be entertainment such as music, face painting, bouncy castles etc. and Youngstars will be holding a car boot sale at the stadium.

How to sign up

Complete a basic registration form, the form can be completed online by following this link https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ValeChallenge or by using the this form Vale Challenge Registration Form 2015, email it to thebutterflyeffectcv@gmail.com. Forms are also available at the Sanctuary, The Library or Castle Pool.

There is a section on the form which asks people to make a health pledge…

CV Health Pledge v2Health pledge: we are asking people to make a health pledge and then nominate someone else to make one (ice bucket challenge style!!). The pledge could be to complete a Vale Challenge; quit smoking; start swimming; join a new group; walk more or eat healthier……..the list is endless!!!

If you have any questions and would like to find out more contact Claire Marshall on 07775 712 788 or  activeartscv@gmail.com or Carla Belle on 0121 748 8189 or carlab@cvcha.org.uk

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The BIG Lunch – Friday 26th June 2015

IMG_1726This year we will be holding a BIG Lunch at 2 venues in Castle Vale on Friday 26th June. Alongside the lunch you will be able to sign up to the Vale Challenge and Community Picnic, sign up to make a health pledge and find out about health and wellbeing activities in Castle Vale.

The Sanctuary – 12pm to 2pm

This year the Sanctuary will be serving jacket potatoes with a variety of fillings (cheese, beans, coleslaw, tuna or plain) and a drink for £2.50.

All are welcome – it is preferable that you order your food  by Wednesday 24th June so they can cater for the correct numbers but it is not essential and you can turn up on the day! To order contact Beki on 0121 748 8134 or rebeccabe@cvcha.org.uk or Antonia on 0121 748 8111 or antoniaw@cvcha.org.uk.

There will also be a delivery service available, times for these deliveries are 12.00, 12.45 and 1.15 so please advise which slot you would like if ordering a delivery. (drinks not available for delivery).

st cuthberts big lunchSt Cuthbert’s Church12pm – 2pm

This year St Cuthbert’s Church will be serving a 3 course lunch with a starter, main (probably Lasagne, with a vegetarian alternative), salad, a cold pudding and Tea or Coffee for £6.

All are welcome – please let them know you will be attending so they can cater for the correct numbers by contacting Father James on 0121 747 4041 or fr.jamescopessc@sky.com.

Tiggywinkle Pegasus

Child and staff at Tiggywinkles Pegasus will also be holding a BIG lunch and dress up day – parents/carers can find out more information from the staff.

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Wings – a new performing arts group

Wings advertAre you interested in singing, dancing and acting and feel you should be showcasing your talents on stage?

This is you chance to take part in the new ‘Butterfly Effect’ production.

We are looking for people who want to be part of the core performance group ‘Wings’.

All ages welcome, rehearsals weekly across June, July, August and September and for the main performance on Saturday 19th September 2015.

For more details and to register your interest please contact: wings-performingarts@hotmail.com

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Come and have a ‘Natter’ with us….

The-Butterfly-Effect-Logo-Dark-Blue-2728You are invited to attend the Natter Network on Wednesday 10th June 5pm – 7pm at the Sanctuary, Tangmere Drive, Castle Vale, Birmingham, b35 7PX.

come along to the Natter Network and find out more about:

  • The latest information about the Vale Challenge and Community Picnic, The Big Lunch and Wings!
  •  your ideas regarding activities you would like to set up or need assistance with
  •  Find out about lots of different activities, events and groups in Castle Vale
  •  Find out more about the general progress of the Butterfly Effect project
  •  Find out how to become a ‘Valemaker’ volunteer and identify other volunteer opportunities currently available in Castle Vale

Please confirm your attendance by contacting Carla Belle on 0121 748 8189 or carlab@cvcha.org.uk

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