The Tipton Community Association was formed in May 1964 by Iris Beddall, Barry Doggett, Terence Hyde and Barry R Whitehouse. The inauguration meeting was held at the Beehive Pub in Elliotts Road, but it was actually October 1963 when a small group got together first to put the wheels in motion. They met on a regular basis and organised varied activities and events throughout the town. Our President Barry R Whitehouse MBE remembers the many critical and negative remarks that were made by people within the town through the press, "the TCA will not change Tipton, people have tried before, give it two or three years, and it will cease to exist." Surprise, surprise, we are still here, many years on. Groups have come and gone, and we are now the oldest voluntary community group of its kind in Tipton. Photograph courtesy of Keith Hodgkins.
Our logo was designed by our President Barry R Whitehouse. He drew up the design in 1966, and, as we were making use of some of the Borough of Tipton Coat of Arms, the design was sent to the Heraldry office for their consent which we received, and the logo became our official logo.
Description: From a rock there are the tips of three spears of steel, intended to convey to the mind, as in accordance with the true spirit of heraldry, the name "Tipton", which was originally Tibbingstone. It seems therefore to have some relation to Tipstone (Tipps-Stone). The two wheels are symbolical of engineering which was a major industry in the town in the 1960s when the TCA was formed. (These two areas of the logo were taken from the Borough of Tipton Coat of Arms.) The two hands represent the friendship within the Association and indeed amongst the Tipton people.
In 2006 our Association was awarded with the Queen's Award Certificate and Trophy. The presentation was held at Birmingham Council House in August 2006. Presentation was made by the West Midlands Lord Lieutenant. President Barry R Whitehouse, chairman Darren Smith and trustee Derek Care received the award on behalf of the TCA. In July of the same year president Barry R Whitehouse and treasurer Steve Downing, together with their wives, attended the Queen's Garden Party. Two years later chairman Darren Smith and committee member Karen Simms attended the same event. Below right you can see Darren, Derek and Barry collecting the award on behalf of the Tipton Community Association.
In 2006 we were also Winners of the Nationwide Central Region Award for Voluntary Endeavour. Below left you can see Barry, Darren, Derek and Joy collecting the award on behalf on the Tipton Community Association.
Over the years members of our Association have organised a multitude of annual community events. The first Tipton Carnival for 21 years was held in 1966 with 10,000 people passing through the gates of Jubilee Park. It is still going now but, due to health and safety issues, the street parade was cancelled in 2008. However 2008 saw the start of a new event called Tipton Canal & Community Festival, and in 2009 another event named Princes End Community Fun Day will be added to our calendar. For full details of all our annual events please refer to our event calendar and photo gallery.
During our history we have always been involved in local issues and offered and given support where needed. We are represented in the Sandwell Road Safety Organisation, Tipton Traders Association, Tipton Civic Society, Brook Street Community Centre and SCVO panel.
1964 Formation of Tipton Community Association - Tipton's first such organisation.
1965 Part of the original fundraising committee form the Tipton Sports Union.
1966 Revival of Tipton Carnival after a lapse of 25 years, now known as Tipton Community Show and Carnival.
1966 Organised Tipton Service of Remembrance to ensure this event continued after the amalgamation of Tipton with West Bromwich.
1967 Affiliated to National Carnival Association, which ensured that the name of Tipton Carnival would be known nationally.
1972 Set up Tipton's first independent community centre.
1974 Tipton Carnival Queen becomes 'United Kingdom Carnival Queen'.
1975 Tipton Junior Carnival Queen becomes 'United Kingdom Junior Carnival Queen'.
1976 In conjunction with Sandwell Evening Mail we organised Sandwell's first press ball and also introduced the first 'Miss Sandwell' competition.
1977 Set up the 'All Midlands Carnival Association' and introduced the first 'All Midlands Carnival Queen' competition.
1982 We led the campaign with the Black Country Society to save Tipton library from closure and won.
1984 After a lapse of many years we financed the provision of a Christmas tree in Tipton.
1985 Affiliated to the International Carnival Guild, which enabled the Tipton name to be made known further afield.
1987 We organised Tipton's first Festival of Remembrance.
1987 After the success of the first Festival of Remembrance we worked with the Ex-Servicemen's Organisations to set up the Royal British Legion - Tipton Branch after a lapse of 50 years.
1988 We led the campaign for the 'Tipton Roll of Honour' to be renovated and erected in the entrance foyer of Tipton library.
1988 We organised an exhibition to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the granting of the charter making Tipton a municipal borough.
1988 From the success of this exhibition we worked with local historians to set up the Tipton Civic Society.
1998 We set up, with the help of Tipton City Challenge, Tipton Community Resource Centre.
2008 Organisation of first Tipton Canal & Community Festival
2009 Organisation of first Princes End Community Fun Day
2009 Introduction of Tipton Canal Cleaning Day
2011 We initiated the 48-hour mooring facility outside Neptune Health Park