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PLATINUM JUBILEE PARTY on Victoria Road,STECHFORD Birmingham B33 8AH Sunday 5th June 2022  from 12pm to 6pm
Mrs. McGhie-Belgrave MBE is coordinating a Street Party on Victoria Road, Stechford, with local residents, Shades of Black Community group, Friction Arts, People as Heritage Co-operative and primary schools - Paganel, Corpus Christi and Stechford. The event is supported by funding from the Lottery Community Fund and The National Archives Jubilee Testbed.She will be raising funds for Birmingham MIND

GRAEN STUDIOS Blog interviews Mrs McGhie_Belgrave in her Stechford garden


"We visit great grandmother Eunice Mcghie, who,in her 80's, still teaches gardening to young people in her back garden in Stechford,Birmingham"
go to 19.40:00
on BBC IPlayer

See Mrs McGhie-Belgrave's contribution to Brum BIOPHILIC video "NATURE in the CITY" go to 2:37



Welcome to 'Shades Of Black' HELP/SIGNS project

"Help Enables Learning Positively" "Social Inclusion Greenland Nurturing Scheme"


Shades of Black Community Family project came into being on the 1st February 1989 after the Handsworth riots in 1985 when commercial and domestic buildings were destroyed by fire. This area of Handsworth, Birmingham, UK seems to retain a very high rate of unemployment and severe housing problems with low academic achievements amongst West Indian young people, which create a stressful situation. This causes a high percentage of mental health problems.

Shades of Black Committee Members have been successfully presenting social activities at grass root level for the past ten years. Because of Shades of Black's involvement and assistance in defusing misunderstanding on racially important debatable issues, local community people became very supportive. Some of the subject matters which have been tackled include HIV/Aids, mental health awareness and first aid educational sessions at certificate standard through statutory organisation input.

Other activities that have been and are still arranged, are Senior Citizens' birthday parties, Christmas dinner celebrations, day trip outings to several historical buildings, visits to school assemblies and an allotment gardens project.

Also, several exhibitions of educational value. Because of the multi-cultural connections in Handsworth, Birmingham, SOB project unique voluntary service delivery work has been highly recognised.

Please feel free to browse our website and find out more about what we do. If you are able to help us then please see the 'Help Us' section of this site.







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Details about our Heritage Lottery funded Project

for the Commonwealth World War I and

World War II Veterans of Handsworth and

Stetchford can be found by clicking

on the photograph below of the

Cenotaph memorial in Stetchford, Birmingham.

Listen to our SPECIAL CD

"We will Remember Them"

performed by Black Voices.

Click the song to listen,

but remember you must have

a media player on your computer

Song 1 "A Soldier Now",

words by Mr William Stephens

Song 2 " Where Poppies Bloom",

words by Mrs D.Lawton/Music Arr. L.Douglas

Song 3 "O Rosemary",

words by Mrs F.Morgan, Music S.Storrod