On the 8th of January 2014 the Lea Village History Boards were unveiled to a specially invited audience by town crier Ken Knowles, Reel Access Creative Producer Laura Breakwell and Shard End Councillor John Cotton.
The set of four local history boards located along the border of Lea Village, from the site of the original Lea Hall to the nearby Lea Village shop,s have been installed as a permanent reminder of the long history of the village. Each board focuses on a particular aspect of village life across its 800 year history.
A handy leaflet has been produced which maps out the boards locations and you should be able to pick these up at various locations across the area in the coming weeks. The boards contain just a small selection of the stories and images uncovered during the project and more information can be found in the Lea Village Archive which will be available to view at The Pump and Shard End Library.
Reel Access and BCC Birmingham Youth Service teamed up to help promote anti gun, knife and gang crime across the UK. Filmed at The Pump in Birmingham. Managed by Eudina Jarrett. Funded by the Prince’s Trust.
This short film was made during the ‘Re-Awakening Lea Village’ launch event held back in August. The film also features a brief interview with Guy Collier, lead researcher on the project and a brief look at the tour around Lea Village with local resident George Chiswell.
Keep checking back to see how the project is progressing and don’t forget to get in touch if you have any information, memories or stories you have about Lea Village.
We have set up a Tumblr page for the project where we will be posting photographs, comments and anything else we discover about Lea Village so come over and join the conversation there if you can – Re-Awakening Lea Village Tumblr.
Next Friday Friday 30 November 2012 sees the Premier Official Screening of ‘Run For It’ a film made in Lea Village. The film is based on Alan Sillitoe’s short story ‘The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner’.
The film has been produced by Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Reel Access and was filmed and stars young people aged 14 – 18 from Birmingham. The film will screen continuously between 5 – 7pm at The Pump, Kitts Green.
Along side the screening you can enjoy the events and activities being put on as part of the Lea Village Christmas Light Switch On festivities. The event kicks off at 4pm and will be a fun night out for all the family.
‘Re-Awakening Lea Village’ is a Heritage Lottery funded project about a specific area of Birmingham, its lost buildings and its oral history. Lea Village is in the Shard End ward of Birmingham and has come to be known as Kitts Green although some local residents say that’s inaccurate. Historical evidence in terms of maps and plans date Lea Village back to 1275 when it was an early settlement. It subsequently developed into an estate on which Lea Hall was built. More recently it was swallowed up by Birmingham city and developed as a post-war estate.
To officially launch this project we are holding an arts festival on Friday 24 August from 2pm-5pm at The Pump, 286 Kitts Green Road, Birmingham. There will be plenty going on with a play, music, arts & crafts and we would love for you to bring along any memorabilia you have such as photos, maps, images etc of Lea Village so we can all learn about it’s rich history.
We look forward to seeing everyone at the Pump, spread the word!