One year ago today we founded this website with a view to reflecting community life in this beautiful model village of ours. With so much vibrancy, history and local charm, the lack of coverage of what’s going on in the area felt like a real shame – we hoped the Bournville Village website would become a vital community resource, linking up partnerships and sharing information for the benefit of Bournville residents and visitors. We wanted to create a platform for the community, and increase social cohesion through social media. And look how far we’ve come!
The site has come on leaps and bounds in the last year and we hope you have enjoyed watching it grow.
Here are some of our highlights from the first year of Bournville Village.
- We kicked off with a bang in August last year when gun shots heard in the Woodlands Park road area shook the community – we were one of the first places for information from the police and reaction from residents
- We started reporting on the Bournville Council meetings
- As the Christmas season approached, the first frost began to fall over Cadbury’s management – and we sensed something big
- It’s Christmas! What time is Tesco open? Still our most popular post!
- When the Cadbury/Kraft story broke we were ready – giving the news a local feel and reflecting how it might affect residents as well as rounding up the national coverage of the story. We were subsequently asked by international news organisations to speak on radio, tv and in the BBC debate due to our local knowledge of the issue – the takeover dominated our blog in the early months of 2010
- Over the snow blitz we received national recognition for our map of gritting routes (which roads are prioritised by the council) made from local government data
- We quizzed the council over trees removed from Acacia and Willow road
- As the general election approached we looked at our local candidates and covered a number of hustings – later on we exposed the truth about the candidates’ election expenses and put them online for you to scrutinise too
- The head teacher of Bournvile school gave an exclusive interview on the history of the school
- This week we found out Linden and Maryvale Road are the most dangerous in the village from a freedom of information request
- We even managed to get the council to update their picture of Bournville on their website!
I’m sure you’ll agree the website has done a sterling job over the last year of holding the local authorities and politicians to account on behalf of residents as well as providing a reliable source for news, events and features which matter to Bournville.
But the site does not run itself. It’s mantained through the hard work, love and labour of local residents – at the moment editor Dave Harte is doing much of the leg work and now we’re appealing for more contributors to keep the site going. It’s not a one-man job – we want this to be a community project and for the site to be sustainable in the future we need your help.
There are a number of ways you can get involved:
You can email us firstname.lastname@example.org with a story, a tip off, your contact details for a story, some information or just an offer to help
You can follow us on Twitter @bournvillenews
You can add a comment on the one of the posts on the blog
You could send us some photos, submit a freedom of information request or offer to help with web development of the site
You can write for us – it’s simple and easy – if you have a story or something to say just get in touch!