See below the Annual Report from the Chair of Friends of Lightwoods Park. Details of this year's AGM to follow.
We can feel justifiably proud for what we have achieved not only in Lightwoods or the community of Bearwood but for our wider community of Smethwick which only last week was recognised in the regional press for having the best parks in Sandwell.
One of the reasons highlighted for Lightwoods being awarded the HLF is the commitment from the Friends Group in particular the events, the support of the community and the volunteers which was all noted by HLF officers. We have registered thousands of volunteer hours in the past two years which Cherie had to increase during the bid at least 3 times because we had exceeded expectations (this had a very positive impact on the bid) so from all the committee I would like to say a special thank you to all the 350 plus volunteers that have worn a team Bearwood bib over this period helping with events, litter picking, patrolling the park and every third Sat of the month attending the volunteer gardening morning in The Shakespeare Garden. We are pleased HLF noted this as we , the committee, took a conscious decision early on to make our principle role to increase and maintain Lightwoods profile whilst the HLF bid went through, and we believe we have achieved that.
I feel very proud and privileged to be a part of this transformation especially after reading the history of Lightwoods, how it was purchased by local people, then given as a gift to the city of Birmingham to be used for the people. When the park was handed over by Alexander Macome Chance in November 1902, it was stated “The only suggestion we venture to offer is that the park be known by its old familiar name of “The Lightwoods” with this in mind the committee made a request of the same to the consultants and I am pleased to announce that this is now being considered.
Chair of The Lightwoods.