The money raised at events held by Moor Pool Heritage Trust are all in aid of ongoing projects to improve the community facilities.
Moor Pool Hall: Main Hall Kitchen Upgrade
The Main Hall kitchen was is in desperate need of an upgrade and modernisation to bring it up to current environmental health standards and to cater for the current and increasing needs of the hall. The kitchen refurbishment project was the first major fundraising project carried out at Moor Pool Hall, made possible by generous donations, and the amount raised through fundraising events, so thank you to everyone who has attended these events and those who have generously donated. We were also delighted to have received a grant from Harborne Parish Lands and generous donation from the Moor Pool Players and Moor Pool Residents Association.
The kitchen refurbishment was completed on schedule in the Summer of 2017. The Main Hall now has a modern and up-to-date kitchen with increased storage space, worktops and improved appliances, which will hugely benefit those using it, and will widen the range of activities the Main Hall can host.
The Community Garden Committee are a dedicated team of local volunteers and residents who have been working hard on the new Nettlefold Garden. At the end of 2016 the government awarded match funding to pocket parks across the country, and a last minute application for Moor Pool was successful. The funding is being used to develop this area at the corner of Margaret Grove and Moor Pool Avenue into a pocket park, to provide a public green space that could be used by the local and wider community. This space was where the first sod was cut by Margaret Nettlefold in 1907 and was also used for May Day festivities in 1909. The official naming ceremony took place on Sunday 11th September at the Moor Pool Heritage Festival and the official opening of the Nettlefold Garden is set for Sunday 21st May. The Nettlefold Garden is open every day until dusk and is available to anyone to use.
The latest event was the Moor Pool Heritage Festival, as part of Birmingham Heritage Week and Heritage Open Days.
Nettlefold Eco Learning Centre
The building which was the Builder’s Yard for Harborne Tenants has been purchased by the MPHT from money which was raised some time ago, before the deal from Grainger to buy the community facilities was arranged. We have ambitious plans to turn this building into a satellite ‘outdoor’ classroom as a cross-curricular education resource for Harborne Primary School, the local community, and any other schools that may wish to use it. The ‘classroom’ will be located in the refurbished Builders Yard Offices. Nearby Harborne Primary School has negligible green space and this is an opportunity to provide a resource, which will not only help deliver the national curriculum, but also educate children (and adults) as part of the educational programme ‘Todays Children, Tomorrows Community’ about their environment and how they can help safeguard it for future generations.