Love Stirchley More



This week there are a few Valentines events taking place in Stirchley.

Love Stirchley More – a festival of love, commerce and art”

Thursday 14 – Saturday 16 February 2013.

Stirchley Prospects invited several local community groups, businesses and individuals to come together and present a whole host of activities on the high street. There are going to be performances, pop-ups, film screenings and more, with the full programme available on their blog. Highlights of the mini festival include the Love boat show with comedian Barbara Nice (performance on a canal boat nonetheless), a pop-up event ‘get your noodle out’ from community baker and Stirchley ambassador Loaf, and a series of fun short films from Stirchley Happenings KINO 10 upstairs at the Bike Foundry.

The overall aim of the event, is to raise the profile of Stirchley. There are certainly a lot of good things going on. I’m slightly biased of course because I do live here, and I’m on the committee for the Stirchley Community Market, a community organised food and arts market, with local stallholders selling local produce – with the first market of the year returning on the 2nd April (plug over!)

“It is hoped that Love Stirchley More will grow and become a regular event, a stepping stone towards becoming a bigger festival, harking back to the Stirchley Carnival which took place regularly up until 1939 and briefly resurrected in the 1980s.” When Stirchley Prospects/Place Prospecters were researching the area they came across some wonderful programme covers which have taken my fancy too:



  • Jeannette
    posted Feb 11th, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    Please can you publish the time sof all this. We’d love to come but we haven’t got a clue when it all kicks off. When is the procession?

  • Kerry Leslie
    posted Feb 11th, 2013 at 8:45 pm

    Hi Jeannette,

    The times/dates of the festival are on their website ( on the left hand side under ‘programme’ – I’ll try and clear that up in the blog post.

    ps, procession:

    “6pm – What’s Love Got To Do With It? The opening event will be an acapella performance of the classic Tina Turner Hit. Performed by local people it will start at Bournville Station, Maryvale Road and process to the High Street culminating in front of the Constituency Office. Departs Maryvale Road 6.00 pm – concludes at Constituency Office 6.20/6.30pm. FREE.”

    Best wishes,

  • Rachel Harvey
    posted Feb 13th, 2013 at 10:45 am

    Hi I work for a service called youthspace aimed at helping young people with mental health difficulties get the right help. I was wondering if there was a number I could contact to ask about handing out our free materials at some of the events.

    Kind regards,

    Rachel Harvey.

  • Annabel Clarke
    posted Feb 13th, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    Hello all,

    Full information on Love Stirchley More can be found at
    The programme is in the menu on the left hand side of the webpage.

    Rachel – Email us at talktous [at] and we will get back to you as soon as we can!

  • Ann-Marie Mitchell
    posted Feb 14th, 2013 at 9:14 am

    Hi, I would really love to have a chat about doing something very similar in my local area – it seriously needs some love!! Would that be possible?


  • Annabel Clarke
    posted Feb 14th, 2013 at 11:42 am

    Hello Ann-Marie,

    Please email Jayne Murray & Emma Larkinson, organisers of the event: talktous [at]

    They will get back to you as soon as they can!

  • cazza
    posted Feb 16th, 2013 at 5:38 pm

    We live off Clifford lane and have had no idea all this was going on. Why hasn’t the event been advertised well?

  • Kerry Leslie
    posted Feb 16th, 2013 at 7:42 pm

    Hi Cazza,

    I live in Stirchley myself and we had a leaflet through the door. Several local blogs have written about the event, and there are posters up in almost all of the shops on Stirchley High Street. As well as this, I know that subscribers to the website had emails telling them about the festival.

    Where would you have liked/expected to have seen it advertised? It’s always good to hear feedback from local community members, and perhaps anyone else reading this comment can take on your feedback too.