Since June, Place Prospectors, a non-profit community interest company, have been working creatively with Stirchley residents, organisations and businesses with their Stirchley Prospects project. Based in a former shop unit on the Pershore Road they have been exploring what is of value to the people, what is unique about the area and what will be beneficial in the long term for regeneration that is badly needed.
Over the last few months they have started the Stirchley Knows zine, celebrating the past and present and the uniqueness of the area and held some great events including the Love Stirchley event earlier in the month (above).
The project will run until February/March next year and have some interesting events coming up:
‘January – Prosperity – Three artworks on buildings at intervals along Pershore Road in Stirchley with imagery symbolising Stirchley’s prosperity. The intention is to add something beautiful to the degraded environment. The pieces reference the former industries of the area including Guest, Keen and Nettlefolds, famous manufacturers of nuts, bolts, and screws, Cox Wilcox – lamp manufacturers, and natural phenomena such as willow beds. It will also reference the keeping of pigs in the area, particularly for the Co-operative supermarket who has had a presence in Stirchley for many years, and Jewells award-winning pork pies which were popular in the 1940s.
February 2012 – Stirchley Street Railway Station – Art will be located at Bournville Railway Station, known as Stirchley Street Station when first built. The piece aims to reassert Stirchley’s claim to the station, situated in Stirchley yet having taken the name of the famous home of Cadbury’s for over a hundred years. The art, which will be seen by thousands of commuters will highlight the area.
3 March 2012 – Hazelwell Lane In Memoriam– Soon to be lost due to the impending controversial Tesco development on the site, a series of workshops held on Thursday 9 and Wednesdays 22 & 29 February will commemorate the historic street for future generations. The project will culminate in a walk to celebrate the lane’s life on 2 March.’
The project’s headquarters on Stirchley High Street (1427 Pershore Road) will continue to welcome people who want to take part in the project and bring their local expertise. Their hq is open Tuesdays and Thursdays 10am-4pm (but get in contact with them re: Christmas/New Year opening times.)