Acocks Green Christmas lights appeal shines on - The Solihull Observer

Acocks Green Christmas lights appeal shines on

Solihull Editorial 13th Nov, 2022   0

A GARDENING group is raising funds to help Acocks Green shine this Christmas.

Acocks Green Village In Bloom has taken on the challenge to decorate the roundabout where Warwick Road meets Shirley Road and Westley Road with Christmas lights and pay for the running costs.

The switch on was left hanging in the balance after Acocks Green Business Improvement District (BID) closed, which used to fund the Christmas lights.

But undeterred by the situation the group, which has set up an orchard in the middle of two block of shops and planted 1,400 tulip bulbs in the village, set about to raise the £3,000 needed.

So far they have raised £1,125.

Acocks Green Village In Bloom have teamed up with the Acocks Green Village Partnership to raise funds for the Christmas lights and Birmingham City Council to install the lights.

The group said: “The lights effect gives people that ‘feel good’ factor which is much needed for them and for the problems with the high street exacerbated by the cost of living crisis.

“After the news of the Acocks Green BID coming to a close, we as a community would like to raise spirits and demonstrate hope, encouragement and success in making a difference and touching each and every one of the community during the Festive Season, by way of lighting and illumination.

“This time of year marks an important point in time to recognise people from all walks in life, including those who have worked hard, those who have faced struggles and all of us who are pushing forward to try and create a bright future for each and every person.”

For more or to donate visit the Go Fund Me website and search Acocks Green.

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