Parish Council update

In line with government guidance and to support the safety of our parish residents and staff the council’s facilities which are classed as for recreation, meetings and leisure are closed. This means Arden Hall, the playing field and Hobs Farm park are not open to the public.
The council will continue to empty the litter bins for which it is responsible, although this may not be quite as often as previously. If you see a litter bin that is full, please contact the parish council preferably by email to

Latest guidance on staying at home

Here is the latest government guidance on staying at home, staying safe and protecting our NHS.

Need help?

Solihull Council is in the process of producing further guidance for community groups. In the meantime, if you need help call 0121 704 8001/6000, or call SCH on 0121 717 1515 if you are an SCH tenant.

Latest Message from Solihull Council’s Leader

Stay Home, protect our NHS and save lives
I am pleased that people do seem to be heeding the advice and are now staying at home. This, along with keeping your distance, is the most important action we can take to fight coronavirus; it’s all about reducing the spread of infection by minimising day to day contact, protecting capacity in our NHS and helping save lives.
The situation is deadly serious and has caused us to close all the communal areas within parks, such as playgrounds, sports courts, outdoor gyms and each park’s car park, to reduce the chance of people congregating and passing on this highly infectious virus.
Now we do have to stay at home, with just one trip out a day for fresh air and exercise, our parks and open spaces are important to us all – but it is only two of us at any one time, keeping at least 2m away from anyone else we might come across. Be prepared to step off the path to maintain this distance. (This is something we now have to deal with; even at that distance we can smile and say hello, continue to be friendly, kind and supportive, from a few metres away!).
If you, or a family member, is one of the 1.5 million people that the government has identified as being particularly vulnerable to COVID-19 on medical grounds, you will be receiving a letter from your GP, titled “IMPORTANT ADVICE TO KEEP YOU SAFE FROM CORONAVIRUS”.
This is because the NHS has identified you, or the named person you care for, as someone at risk of severe illness if you catch COVID-19; it outlines the special precautions you need to take to keep safe and contains important contact information. If you are able to use existing help and support, please continue to do this. If you need additional support, please register online or by phone. The details are in the fourth paragraph of the letter. You can ask someone else, for example, a family member or friend to do this for you.
The Council is facing increasing demands due to this crisis and is having to further prioritise and limit its services: we will not be able to register births for the foreseeable future; although, crucially, you will be able to apply for universal credit without registering your child’s birth. (There are more details on our website about all these things)
In light of the new rules, our cemetery grounds will remain open, but the waiting rooms, Book of Remembrance and memorial rooms are all closed and other services we usually offer are suspended until further notice.
I would personally like to say a big thank you to all our parents in the borough. The vast majority of you are keeping your children at home and, as a grandfather myself, I appreciate the additional challenges that this will bring. However, some people are having to work. We owe a debt to those in schools, to child care providers, for keeping them open to support our frontline workers and vulnerable children; likewise for the heroic efforts of our NHS staff, to those serving us in the supermarkets, the pharmacies and the thousands of backroom staff keeping deliveries flowing.
I have been asked about some Council services that are continuing and, although these are having to be prioritised it is important to continue, wherever we can, to try and keep our public places safe, clean, tidy and presentable. Sometimes, the presence of our staff can help promote a feeling of community safety and a little sense of normality at a very uncertain time for us all. In the past, they have also played an important role in being our eyes and ears on the ground, on the lookout for vulnerable people in our borough, those who need help the most.
A big thank you is due to the community groups – both those long established, and also recently set up – who have been doing such a sterling job in these difficult times. We recognise the very valuable role you are playing and please continue with this, but remember to observe the social distancing minimum two metre guidance, leaving food etc. on doorsteps.
The Council is in the process of producing further guidance for community groups. In the meantime, people can contact our call centre if they need help on 0121 704 8001/6000, or if they are an SCH tenant, they should call SCH on 0121 717 1515
It is great that lots of people are offering to volunteer; check to see if a group has been set up online which covers your street, as I am sure they would value your support. If you want to volunteer (and it is safe for you to do so) and you can’t find a local group covering your area, then you can ring us on 0121 704 6811 from Friday 27 March.
If you are considered at risk through age or health, please do not volunteer, it is more important that you help our NHS by self-isolating.
This new normal will test everyone’s mental health resilience and you need to keep mentally fit – have a look at the ‘Every Mind Matters’ campaign – there are some very simple ways to help us all keep positive and motivated.
Stay home, stay safe, help protect the NHS and save lives.
Councillor Ian Courts, Leader of Solihull Council
26 March 2020

Parish Council, Arden Hall and parks

In keeping with government guidance to “Stay at home. Protect the NHS. Save lives.” all parish council business is temporarily suspended. This means Arden Hall, the parks behind Arden Hall and at Hobs Farm are closed. Council meetings will not take place until the all-clear is given, although we are looking into the possibility of holding on-line meetings that can be recorded.
Parish Council officers are working from home and will answer emails.

Coronavirus: Help our communities by volunteering

Message from Stefanie Sadler, Engagement and Consultation Officer, Birmingham. West Midlands Police
The Coronavirus outbreak has impacted every single one of us. During this difficult time it’s important we stick together and keep each other safe. Lots of people have already been in touch asking us how they can get involved, and we’re working with lots of organisations who need extra help right now.
If you’re interested in volunteering in your community please email:
Tell us your name, phone number, email address, location and any relevant skills, experience, and qualifications you have that will help you to support others.
Our team will be working to connect willing volunteers with local organisations and support services so that they can help others in the best possible way.

Vélo Birmingham & Midlands 2020 CANCELLED

From the Vélo Birmingham & Midlands Route Team:
It is with a heavy heart that I write to announce the cancellation of Vélo Birmingham & Midlands 2020 that was due to take place on Sunday 21 June 2020.
HM Government are strongly advising against mass gatherings and non-essential travel and even if it is possible that the situation may have improved by June 21 (which seems far from certain), working restrictions and self-isolation recommendations mean that we are simply unable to complete the work necessary in the next few weeks to ensure that the event could proceed safely and with minimum support from and/or disruption to local emergency services, whose vital work is rightly focused on supporting public health needs through these exceptional circumstances.
Vélo apologise for any inconvenience caused, particularly to those that made specific arrangements around the event and associated road closures. You can find more information about the cancellation on our website at
To confirm, Vélo Birmingham & Midlands will not be taking place on Sunday 21 June and there will be no road closures associated with the event.
On behalf of the whole Vélo Team, we want to wish you well over the coming weeks and months.

Wildlife Ways making Solihull greener

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Stay connected in Solihull by walking and cycling along these improved greener routes. For more information see the website: