The Tipton Community Association was formed in May 1964 by Iris Beddall, Barry Doggett, Terence Hyde and Barry R Whitehouse. With an inaugural meeting held at the Beehive Pub in Elliots Road, this small group started a motion that would continue through the years.
Despite being told on multiple occasions that the TCA ‘would not change Tipton and would quickly cease to exist’, the group is still going strong in the present day and is now the oldest voluntary community group in the area.
In 2006, we were awarded with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service. The presentation was held in Birmingham Council House and celebrates outstanding achievements for volunteering groups across the UK. It was this same year that we also won the Nationwide Central Region Award for Voluntary Endeavour, marking a great year for the TCA as a whole.
Over the years, we have also 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. Fast-forwarding to 2008 saw the start of a new event, the Tipton Canal & Community Festival, an alternative to the cancelled street parade. The following year we also started the Princes End Community Fun Day.
The story of Brook Street Community Centre began in 2003, when the founding trustees took on responsibility for what was previously a daycare centre. In anticipation of the planned re-development of the Bloomfield area from industrial to new housing estates, a small but committed group of community leaders got together to form the independent organisation, Brook Street Community Centre.
After lengthy discussions, Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council agreed to lease the premises to the group. The aim of the community centre was to provide a safe, secure and comfortable venue for a host of community led activities and social events, establishing facilities for the local population of Tipton and the surrounding area.
In 2015, an agreement between Tipton Community Association and Brook Street Community Centre was made, creating a new organisation with the experience of running a successful community centre alongside organising outdoor community events, leisure activities and more. The Community Centre has since become an important community hub for numerous user groups and is also a preferred base for a number of local voluntary organisations, including the Tipton Hindu Association and the Tipton Resource Centre.
Although external funding has been limited, we have been able to generate funds through regular lettings by voluntary and community groups as well as private function hire. This has allowed us to invest in the building, providing improved toilet facilities, a new laminate dance floor in 2012 and security measures such as metal shutters and a comprehensive alarm system.
With seating for up to 250 people and a fully stocked and licensed bar, Brook Street Community Centre can be transformed into a cabaret venue. We regularly have top name entertainers that are more than happy to appear here and BSCC has been instrumental in raising thousands of pounds for various charities.