Presentation Night figures:
Donations from fundraising at Barry's Charity Show - October 2016
Midlands Air Ambulance - £530.00
Russells Hall Hospital Cancer Unit - £530.00
Donations from fundraising connected to Christmas Events & Sleigh Tour
Bloomfield Over 50's Group - £365.00
Brian Williams (Russells Hall Cancer Unit) - £200.00
Brickhouse Regis Residents Association - £1000.00
CAN Comedy (Foodbank Appeal) - £35.00
Churchfield Caravan Project - £175.00
Coseley Comets - £175.00
Coseley Fellowship for the Physically Handicapped - £200.00
Friends of Young Achievers Charity - £50.00
Great Bridge Parents Association - £275.00
Mayor of Sandwell's Charity Appeal - £240.00
Pets as Therapy - £185.00
Robert Hazel (Sally Gutteridge's MacMillan Nurse Fund) - £25.00
Rowley Scout Association - £200.00
Sam's Dream Appeal - £1000.00
Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children - £150.00
Sedgley Bowling Club - £385.00
Sheila Hadlington ( Russells Hall Cancer Unit) - £75.00
Sherpa Project - £100.00
Spotlight Dance Group - £25.00
Station Fields Community Forum - £130.00
Tibbington TRA - £265.00
Tipton Camera Club - £50.00
Tipton Guides Association - £385.00
Tipton Scouts Association - £535.00
TS Centaur Sea Cadets - £50.00
Victoria Park Bowls Club - £25.00
Wednesbury Celebrates Community Association - £1000.00
Friends of Tipton Cut - £100.00
Total Donations: £ 8460.00
From left to right: Steve Parkes (SF), Nigel Freeman (Winner Gents), Julie Ainsbury (Finalist), Doreen Fellows (Winner Ladies), Carol Clansey (SF), Andrew Hancox (Runner-up), Annette Parton (SF), Martin Morris (SF)
Press Release from Tipton Community Association...
The 51st Jonah Whitehouse Memorial Bowls Tournament
(formerly Tipton Carnival Tournament) was held on Sunday
3rd July at Victoria Park Tipton. There was a good turn out
in beautiful sunshine.
Mens Section: Winner Nigel Freeman (Coseley) beat Andrew Hancox (Tividale) 21 - 9. Losing Semi Finalists were Martin Morris (Dudley) and Steve Parkes (Tipton).
Ladies Section: Winner Doreen Fellows (Tividale) beat Julie Ainsbury (Dudley) 21 - 6. Losing Semi Finalists were Carol Clansey (Tipton) and Annette Parton (Tipton).
Our Patron, Barry R Whitehouse MBE thanked everyone for their support and also Victoria Park Bowling Club for their assistance.
4 July 2016
Tipton Community Association
Contact: Steve Downing 07958 684716
Monday 11th April 2016
We are pleased to announce that Tipton Community Association, the town’s oldest community group which was established in 1964, and Brook Street Community Centre, Tipton’s premier community run venue for social and leisure activities have joined forces to create a superb new charity organisation.
The new Tipton Community Association will combine all the expertise of running the vibrant and popular community centre, including regular activities like indoor bowls, sequence dancing and toddler playgroups, with the management of our outdoor community events such as Tipton Canal Festival and Santa’s Sleigh Tour. The centre will be rebranded as Tipton Community Hub and a host of new activities and services will be introduced including Bloomfield Gold, a full programme of activities for the over 50s providing a lunch club, film shows, physical exercise etc. The Sherpa Project, a new advocacy and befriending service, will also be launched at the beginning of May, together with our own minibus transport available to service users.
Community leader Steve Downing, who has been involved with both organisations for many years in a variety of posts including Chairman and Treasurer has now been appointed as Chief Executive to oversee the transition and develop the organisation further. Steve said “we are truly excited about this merger and modernisation of our two community groups and look forward to serving the people of Tipton, both with our existing popular activities and with new and varied services” Founder member of the original Association and Trustee Barry Whitehouse, has seen over 50 years of service added “this is a great step forward and will ensure the continued growth and development of both the centre base and the outdoor events for the local community” Barry is set to be honoured for his exemplary service and is now appointed to lifetime patron of the new Tipton Community Association.
The group wants to appoint two new trustees within the next few months and invites applications from anyone interested in becoming a charity trustee, the person should have a keen interest in the local community and demonstrate a relevant skill which will enhance our development team. Further details from Steve Downing – 07958 684716.
The 2016 Tipton Canal & Community Festival is over and what fun it was. All this fun would not be possible though were it not for the tireless efforts of a band of volunteers. This year we tried to involve two youth groups in assisting us with the numerous tasks we are faced with. One group changed their mind quite late in the year, whereas the other group did not even have the courtesy to answer our request for help.
Hence we will now use this platform to address Tipton citizens and groups with our plea for help for next year’s event. We are looking for adults or youth groups led by adults to assist with a number of tasks during the festival, but also for erecting and dismantling stalls, marquees, gazebos etc. Please get in touch with us
Facebook: Tipton Community Association
Phone: 0121 557 0371 and ask for Steve to have your details registered.
This festival is a community event and any offers for help would be much appreciated. Let us demonstrate that Tipton is ‘one cut above the rest’.
Our motto is (and that goes for every Tipton citizen): Our community is our concern.
We look forward to hearing from you.
Tipton Community Association
We met this friendly lady at our fundraising stall over the weekend. As she got talking to us we found out that she was part of the BCNS Explorer Cruise and that she had come all the way from Australia with her husband Terry to take part in it. Their boat is named Birraman which means traveller in Aborigini.
Sue told us that she and her husband were thoroughly enjoying themselves during the festival and that she felt at home in Tipton. She said that the people of Tipton were lovely and friendly and that they had had a nice meal in the Bangladeshi restaurant Eastern Spice. We also spotted her in the Fountain Inn on Saturday night.
Sue had a word with the Mayoress and expressed how proud Tipton can be to have such a wonderful event.
The couple plan to return next year. It is a long way to Tip(perary)ton.
24 September 2015
As you can see from the picture above our Association, represented by Betty Shinton, Brian Williams (aka Santa), Steve Downing and Roland Hemmings, received the Community Group award for the Tipton sleigh run and its contribution to local charities. Our heartfelt thanks go to all the helpers and participating groups/charities involved in making it a great success once again. This year the bar was set higher as we had a record income.
Further awards were won by:
Mrs Norma Sherma - Lifetime Achievement
Mr Michael Dabbs - Good Neighbour
Mr Karl Hynett - Overall Pride of Tipton Winner
Mrs Julia Farnsworth - Inspirational Teacher
Mrs Diane Bing - Community Champion
Mr Joshua Jackson - Inspirational Young Person
Mr Alex Bedall - Inspirational Person
11 April 2015
It was unanimously agreed by all members present at a series of special meetings on Thursday February 12 to merge Brook Street Community Centre and Tipton Community Association to create a new charitable company, enabling us to effectively manage our current activities and to build a robust and efficient organisation to develop existing activities and introduce new and exciting community initiatives.
That process has now commenced and you will be kept informed about our progress.
We look forward to your continued support throughout the transition but should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact Steve on 07958 684 716.
As the reorganisation continues we hope to create some opportunities for paid employment and of course, if you are interested, you can apply for any position advertised.
We will have a proactive volunteer programme involving all aspects of our work from office administration to event management, bar servery work, housekeeping and even minibus driving.
Current volunteer opportunities:
If you are interested in volunteering for any of the above opportunities please register initially in the administration office at Brook Street Community Centre.
For many years now Tipton Community Association have organised an annual Tipton Sleigh Run which operates all through December until Christmas Eve. Local groups and organisations are invited to take part giving their causes much needed funds.
The old sleigh being at the end of its working life and looking rather tired we felt it needed a well deserved rest. Another sleigh was soon found. However, during its trip from the north, disaster struck – one of the reindeers lost part of its leg! But not to worry, lots of love and tender care combined with surgical skills made sure the animal recovered and was ready for the long haul.
In December 2014 our Santa Sleigh raised a record total of £7044.82 which is an amazing amount and testament to the hard work and commitment of our small band of volunteers and helpers from other local organisations.
Donations from the Sleigh Appeal 2014 will be made at the Presentation Gala Evening on Friday 30th January, the Annual General Meeting of the Association will also be held on this date at Brook Street Community Centre from 6.30pm.
Beneficiaries as follows:
Tipton Royal British Legion £75.00
Great Bridge Parents Association £245.00
Bloomfield Over 50s Club £320.00
Churchfield Caravan Project £245.00
3rd Tipton Guides £230.00
Tipton Toddlers £140.00
7th Great Bridge Scouts £295.00
Coseley Comets £90.00
Sandwell Parents for Disabled Children £150.00
Brook Street Community Centre £400.00
UK Dreams £85.00
9th Tipton Brownies £230.00
Purple People £50.00
Avia Dance Academy £25.00
Darren's Hawks & More £100.00
Tipton Tigers £25.00
Wednesbury Celebrates £100.00
Tipton Christian Church £100.00
Victoria Park Bowls Club £25.00
3rd West Bromwich Boys Brigade £50.00
Russells Hall Hospital Cancer Care (Brian Williams) £100.00
White House Cancer Care (Sheila Hadlington) £40.00
Tipton Camera Club £25.00
A further £620.00 will be presented to Breast Cancer Care following the Charity Show back in October 2014.
14 January 2015
In 1952 a 13 year old boy, in a tent in his back garden, staged a show with the aid of his friends performing/displaying their varied talents, the proceeds being for the Lynmouth flood disaster in Devon. The young man’s name was Barry Whitehouse, one of the founders of Tipton Community Association 50 years ago, who is now their president.
In 1996, after Mrs Whitehouse’s successful surgery for breast cancer, Barry felt the need to give something back to the hospital for the care and attention she received. After talking to the surgeon, doctors and nurses, he decided to do some fundraising for equipment, first raising money for the purchase of chemotherapy infusion pumps. This was done under the Tipton Community Association banner and called the 'President’s Charity Appeal.' Barry organised sponsored walks, sponsored dog walks, raffles, etc, and 1996 was also the year that the first charity show was held in aid of this appeal. Dudley town hall was the chosen venue. The artistes were all local and friends of Barry, the only expenditure being the room hire. Obviously things have progressed since then and eventually the name 'Presidents Charity Appeal' was changed to 'Barry’s Charity Show.
After using many venues over the years, ‘Barry’s Charity Show’ has been staged at Brook Street Community Centre over the last decade. There have been some brilliant shows with so many talented and popular artistes including Jimmy Cricket, The Bachelors, The Grumbleweeds, Freddie 'Parrot Face' Davis, Tommy Mundon, Harry Harrison, Doug Parker, Our Trace, Norman Collier, Michael Brooks, just to name but a few.
Thanks to the many friends who have supported these shows over the years, some from day one, Tipton Community Association have raised thousands of pounds for breast cancer and hope to carry on doing so for many years to come.
17 Nov 2014
Barry and Dot working at the last charity show.
In 2012 the moorings at Neptune Health Park in Tipton were officially opened. Since then a lot has happened in this area.
Tipton now boasts two annual visits of Birmingham Canal Navigation Society (BCNS) cruises with about 15-20 boats per cruise, which are highly valued by the participants due to the friendliness of the people and the services available. Plans are underway to have one of the cruises culminate in next year's Tipton Canal & Community Festival, which will take place September 19 and 20.
It is also worth mentioning that a group of canal lovers was formed. The 'Friends of Tipton Cut', have adopted a stretch of the Tipton canals, which means that the area will be cleaned and maintained regularly. This group works alongside the Canal & River Trust (CART).
2014 saw the first Easter Boat Rally at the moorings, and there are plans for another one to take place next year due to popular demand.
The moorings are used extensively throughout the year due to local services such as shops, pharmacy, optician's, post office, churches, library, community centres, pubs and more than enough places to eat at competitive prices.
Boaters now seem to have more confidence and stay in the Tipton area, where once they just would have passed through.
The annual Tipton Canal & Community Festival is going from strength to strength and very popular throughout the area and surrounding boroughs.
We feel that all the above mentioned facts have made a positive contribution to the lifting of community spirit in Tipton, and we have seen wonderful examples of community empowerment in action. Local businesses are reaping the rewards, too, and the people living near the canals enjoy seeing the canal boats moored up outside their door.
The first canal festival in 2008 was the drop which caused a lot of ripples. What a great development for the area and people's perception of the canals!
We would like to take this opportunity to thank all involved for making this possible, and please feel free to spread the news that Tipton is now on the map.
Opening of the new moorings 2012. Please look in gallery for more photos
07 October 2014
For many years the Tipton Community Association organised a Bonfire Night in Tipton. In 2007 this event was cancelled due to an unlucky incident the year before when a caravan caught fire. Besides the health & safety issues there were also problems with lack of funding.
To make up for the loss of this well attended event the Tipton Community Association felt the need to fill the gap. The idea of a festival celebrating the Tipton canals and their heritage had been floating about for some time, and in 2008 the Association was lucky enough to secure the only date left in the boaters’ calendar for their new venture. The Tipton Canal & Community Festival was born.
The inaugural event was just for one day to test the response of the public and the boaters. Based on the positive feedback received the following festivals have been over 2 days. Now thousands of guests flock to Tipton every year to attend the Tipton Canal & Community Festival.
Since the beginning this event has gone from strength to strength and is now engulfing the town in and around Owen Street. Positive spin-offs have been
· The creation of a canal cleaning group called ‘Friends of Tipton Cut’
· The installation of overnight moorings at Neptune Health Centre
· The co-operation and involvement of different local and other groups, a perfect example of community empowerment
· Increase of local trade
· Lifting of community spirit
The support from the local community has been tremendous, and local exhibitors and outside visitors alike appreciate the friendly atmosphere.
The next festival will be held on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 September. If you want to know more please refer to www.tiptoncommunityassociation.com.
12 Sept 2014
Winner Betty Johnson with Chris Martin (Tipton & Coseley Building Society) and Robbie Williams (Tipton Civic Society).
Betty had 5 nominations. Betty is an active member of Friends of Tipton Library, the local history group, Tipton Civic Society, Tipton library's Knit and Natter group and Friends of Victoria Park. She attends the Sandwell Agewell forums, and she can be found at most of the charity and fundraising events at the Tipton library. She has also assisted a local school helping with reading lessons.
Runners-up Ann Roberts and Pauline Roper with Chris Martin.
Runners-up Ann Roberts and Pauline Roper have run the Friday club at Grace Community Church in Tipton for more than 25 years. During this time hundreds of elderly housebound people in Tipton have benefited from the companionship and support provided. Every week they organise transport, activities, lunches and outings, a lifeline to the outside world for many who attend.
These are three photos of Bittell from Dudley Canal Trust breaking ice on 18th January 2013. The ice was around 4" thick on that day. Photo one shows Bittell and its team just coming into Coronation Gardens. On the second photo you see what ice Bittell had actually broken up. The third photo depicts Tipton Green Junction (Old Main Line looking towards Tividale) with the ice still unbroken.
(Photos provided by Steve Bingham from Dudley Canal Trust.)
In an attempt to breathe new life into Tipton's Unity Walk Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council have outsourced the weekly Tuesday market to an external provider. Steve Evans, owner of Bescot Promotions, was on site to oversee the launch, and he also made the longstanding traders welcome. 7 local councillors attended the launch.
The first photo shows BBC presenter Adrian Goldberg officially launching the new market.
The event was blessed with great weather, and many Tipton residents took the opportunity to have a little stroll and take a look. Hopefully this market will thrive and provide much needed shopping opportunities.
Our Association had a generous invite from Mr Evans, and we will be happy to attend future market days.
Tipton Carnival Queen Bonnie Leigh Staines assists dignitaries in the launch.
To see the Mayor's comments click on the link below.http://mayorofsandwell.wordpress.com/
Steve Downing and Barry R Whitehouse MBE present the cheque from the show to the Breast Care Unit at City Hospital, Birmingham .
Thanks to Karen from the care unit for the photo
For the second year running the Tiptonian of the Year award was won by one of our members, Karen Simms, for her outstanding community work within the voluntary sector. Well done, Karen!
Runner-up for her work with local youngsters for many years was another of our members, Betty Shinton. Congratulations, Betty.
You will find more photographs of the award evening on our 'Gallery' page.
We are happy to inform you that Sandwell Council have now completed their review and have agreed to extend the lease on Brook Street Community Centre for another 5 years. Thank you all for your support.
Timmy was invited to join in the opening ceremony with Sandwell mayor Pauline Hinton. He was well behaved as the teacher was around with his cane.
Six of the best was at the ready for anyone not up to scratch.
See more pictures in 'Gallery'.
One of Tipton's most famous sons came back to life last weekend as part of the annual Tipton Canal & Community Festival.
Staff from Tipton Library and volunteers from the Save St John's Church Preservation Group performed a short play chronicling the life and times of William Perry The Tipton Slasher.
Tipton Library manager Robert Hazel is seen here sparring with The Slasher otherwise known as Brian Darby from the local PCT.
Three performances took place over the weekend and over 180 people came to see the play.
The cast took the opportunity to have their photograph taken underneath the Slasher's statue in Coronation Gardens and it is hoped the play will have a farewell performance in Tipton Library during the next few months.
(Text and photos received from Robert Hazel)
Pictured is our very own Gundi Jones receiving a cheque from Inspector Dale Randle along with Councillor Syeda Khatun and some of Inspector Randle's team. The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund and was presented at the 'Be Proud of Tipton' event held beginning of July at the Tipton Sport Academy.
For infos about the event please click on the following link: http://www.beproudofsandwell.co.uk/
More than 40 interested fellow Tiptonians and the present mayor of Sandwell, Councillor Geoff Lewis, attended our very own Barry Whitehouse's talk on the life of his father Jonah Whitehouse, who was the last mayor of Tipton from 1965 to 1966.
The event was part of a series of monthly history talks held at Tipton Library in Unity Walk and was enjoyed by all present.
The visitors had the great opportunity to see the mace and regalia in the library.
On Tuesday 6 April we attended Tipton market for the first time. On your request we attended again the following week and had an overwhelming response. Weather permitting we will now be on site every Tuesday to raise funds by selling and collecting bric-a-brac, second-hand clothes, books, CDs etc. and also to promote our cause. Thanks to all for your great support!
Firefighters in the Black Country are celebrating today after their station was named the best in the West Midlands. Tipton Fire Station has seen huge changes and has been honoured at the West Midlands Fire Service Aspire Awards.
In the past 12 months, the Alexandra Road station has taken on an extra engine, brought in more staff and worked tirelessly within the community.
Firefighters have opened up a boxing club on a Friday night and Sandwell Youth Service is also based there.
The youth group started in 2008 with a small team of off-duty firefighters but now has more than 45 who work with youngsters to help them gain qualifications.
At Wednesday night's ceremony at Birmingham's ICC, Tipton was named Station of the Year and Sandwell Youth Service won the Outstanding Contribution award.
Crew commander Ian Wright said: "This has been the biggest year of change Tipton has ever had and we are all chuffed to bits to have won. Tipton battled it out for Station of the Year against Highgate and Erdington in Birmingham."
Crew commander Wright, wo has been at the station for four years, added: "We were delighted with the nomination so to win was just fantastic."
In the past 12 months, Tipton has grown from a one to two-engine station and taken on more staff.
(Elizabeth Joyce, Express & Star, Riday February 12, 2010)
This is Tiptonian of the Year, Ozz Garret, presenting his prize of £100 to Malcolm Jones, chairman of Tipton Community Association.
Ozz asked for the money to go towards a Tipton event, so it was agreed that the donation will contribute to financing the Tipton Canal and Community Festival taking place on 18/19 September this year.
The Civic Society founded the award in 1991. The persons we have to thank for this are Rob Williams and our very own Barry Whitehouse.
Ossie Garrat of Grace Road, Tipton, runs the William Perry Boxing Club (named after the Tipton Slasher) for 11 to 18 year olds. It is based at St Marks Church Hall and meets three days a week.
During our chairman's presentation at Tipton Library Betty Johnson brought along two items. One was a tankard awarded to the winners of the tug-of-war competition at Tipton carnival 1934. Her father-in-law, Harry Johnson, was a member of the winning team. The second item was a photo of Harry Johnson taken around 1944. One cannot help but wonder whether there are any more tankards about, or did the winning team only get one? Our thanks go to Betty for these interesting mementoes.