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BirminghamWeAre - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays is delighted to welcome Birmingham as a Community of Passion. Together with our People with Passion, this digital space will be used to showcase all that's great about the City.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and promote the passion that is Birmingham!

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BirminghamWeAre - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays is delighted to welcome Birmingham as a Community of Passion. Together with our People with Passion, this digital space will be used to showcase all that's great about the City.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and promote the passion that is Birmingham!


BirminghamWeAre is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

BirminghamWeAre delivers a digital space for people who are passionate about Birmingham and want to do whatever they can to help their community.

At BirminghamWeAre, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

BirminghamWeAre

BirminghamWeAre will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for their community.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts.

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for Birmingham.

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Are you passionate about Birmingham? Join Us!

BirminghamWeAre is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact for Birmingham.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Birmingham and connect with people who share their passion.

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Are you passionate about Birmingham? Join Us!




BirminghamWeAre is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact for Birmingham.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for Birmingham and connect with people who share their passion.


BirminghamWeAre is all about engaging people in the passion that is Birmingham.

BirminghamWeAre is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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Connect with FreeTimePays for social impact, economic growth and community engagement

Take up a partnership with FreeTimePays, advertise, build brand image or even launch your own community of passion using FreeTimePays digital technology.

 

 

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Connect with FreeTimePays for social impact, economic growth and community engagement




Take up a partnership with FreeTimePays, advertise, build brand image or even launch your own community of passion using FreeTimePays digital technology.

 

 


There are many ways you can use and deploy FreeTimePays technology to engage your community and support your objectives. 

 

Take a look at the packages we offer and Connect with us for a solution that is tailored to meet your precise requirements.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call us on 0121 410 5520 or Connect with us to discuss our partnerships.

 

For more about the FreeTimePays engagement suite and the many applications for engaging, inspiring and rewarding people for collectively making a difference, see more details here.

 

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Construction & regeneration
22 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

Construction at Arena Central - September 2018

The start of the public space around Arena Central is seen here with the first part of the compressing wavy path from Centenary Square down to Holliday Street. More angles and perpectives of the whole site in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 

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Construction at Arena Central - September 2018




The start of the public space around Arena Central is seen here with the first part of the compressing wavy path from Centenary Square down to Holliday Street. More angles and perpectives of the whole site in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

 


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
21 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square

Two Chamberlain Square has imposed itself on the scene at Paradise Birmingham and is continuing to rise, quite some square footage in this building! More photos in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Two Chamberlain Square




Two Chamberlain Square has imposed itself on the scene at Paradise Birmingham and is continuing to rise, quite some square footage in this building! More photos in the full post.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
21 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of Bank Tower Two

Progress update in photos of the 32 floor Bank Tower Two on Broad Street, now up to the 25th floor on the main structure.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of Bank Tower Two




Progress update in photos of the 32 floor Bank Tower Two on Broad Street, now up to the 25th floor on the main structure.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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History & heritage
21 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

J.R.R. Tolkien's Birmingham (inspiration for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings)

J. R. R. Tolkien lived in the Birmingham area from when he was a child until he left for Oxford. Famous for writing The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings he lived in Sarehole, a hamlet now in Moseley, and later Edgbaston.

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J.R.R. Tolkien's Birmingham (inspiration for The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings)




J. R. R. Tolkien lived in the Birmingham area from when he was a child until he left for Oxford. Famous for writing The Hobbit and the Lord of the Rings he lived in Sarehole, a hamlet now in Moseley, and later Edgbaston.


Sarehole 1896 - 1900

Tolkien lived with his mother Mabel and his younger brother Hilary from about 1896 to 1900 in house near the bottom of Wake Green Road in the hamlet of Sarehole (now part of Moseley). Nearby was Sarehole Mill and Moseley Bog which inspired him to create The Shire in The Hobbit. There is now a nearby country park that runs alongside the River Cole called The Shire Country Park.

Sarehole Mill

Moseley Bog where JRR Tolkien and his younger brother would play as children. Inspiration for woods in The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.

Moseley Bog

Tolkien lived in a property on Wake Green Road close to Moseley Bog and opposite Sarehole Mill. It is now Gracewell Cottages and is home to retired people. The Tolkien family lived at 264 Wake Green Road. Also known as No 5 Gracewell Cottages.

Wake Green Road home of Tolkien in Sarehole

Originally made for Birmingham's 2013 display at the Chelsea Flower Show, these models of The Two Towers (Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower) were later moved to the garden area in front of the Library of Birmingham (before it opened in September 2013). A few years later in 2015, they were moved to an area close to Sarehole Mill where they are on permenant display.

The Two Towers at Sarehole Mill

Edgbaston 1900 - 1911

The Tolkien's later moved to Edgbaston. His mother placed the Tolkien boys in the guardianship of Father Francis Xavier Morgan of the Birmingham Oratory before her death. Inspiration for The Two Towers came from Perrott's Folly and the Edgbaston Waterworks Tower.

Perrott's Folly and Edgbaston Waterworks Tower

The Birmingham Oratory seen on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston near Ladywood. JRR Tolkien was a parishioner and altar boy here from about 1902 to 1911. Not far from his homes at the time.

Birmingham Oratory

This was the home on Highfield Road in Edgbaston of Tolkien. He lived at No. 4 from 1910-11. He previously lived at Duchess Place in Ladywood from 1902 to about 1910. A modern building called Teleperformance House is on that site from the Hagley Road.

Highfield Road Edgbaston home of JRR Tolkien

The Plough and Harrow pub on the Hagley Road in Edgbaston. Tolkien stayed here in June 1916 according to a blue plaque on the side of the building.

The Plough and Harrow - Hagley Road, Edgbaston

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Photography
20 Sep 2018 - Pete Davies

Sopwith Snipe c1918

The Sopwith Snipe replaced the Sopwith Camel and saw active service on the Western Front at the end of World War 1.

Part of the fabulous RAF100 event in Birmingham over the bank holiday.

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Art, culture & creativity
18 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

handmade with love

another throwback post

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handmade with love




another throwback post


I miss the days when I could play with clay and make random stuff to sell. But I am also grateful that I've gotten more focussed and am working hard to hone my illustration skills so each book that get's published is stronger and leaves a more impactful legacy than the last!

Get in touch using the details on my home page if you have a book in need of that extra special spark to bring it to life!

http://noushka7.wixsite.com/illustration

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Fundraising & charity
17 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

Sensory Processing

A look back at some of the autism questions groups have raised and I contributed my answers to. Do share and comment if the information below is interesting and helpful to yourself or people you may know!

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Sensory Processing




A look back at some of the autism questions groups have raised and I contributed my answers to. Do share and comment if the information below is interesting and helpful to yourself or people you may know!


Sight

Because I am fairly alert and observant I am very aware of what I see and any changes to my sight, which helps my opticians keep up to date. I also use the computer a lot and can work using a very dimmed backlight. Bright or florescent light and colours reduce my appetite, especially when they are paired with a contrasting or similar colour (e.g. red and gray, or red and florescent pink). I am careful about my own clothes and have to think of polite comments when someone shows me a bright outfit and asks my opinion! I am much better with sparkly things than when I was a child and I had an absolute phobia of the colour red. I don’t mind it as much but neon colours still make my eyes ache…

I also have a thin retena so blood-cells in my eye create a static tv effect on my vision. It is very noticeable on plain surfaces, and in the dark. It’s less noticable when I look at grass and gravel.

 

Sound

I bring earplugs just in case but this sense fluctuates depending on how tired or anxious I am. Sometimes my state can affect how sensitive I am, but other times noisy environments drain me or set me on edge. I do counting and close my eyes to reduce visual sensory stress but sometimes I still end up stimming after a tiring day, until I get to a quieter place.

 

Taste

I am actually hyposensitive to taste and don’t make a great connoisseur for food and drink. I also don’t like gum as the sound and texture is distracting and outweigh the benefit of the taste. I do however have a low tolerance for spicy food and even Chinese-style curry can be too hot for my pallet!

 

Smell

Smell can really affect my appetite and the first thing I experience when I am run down is a smell in the back of my throat. It might be psychological, as it doesn’t affect my actual breath. I also smell sewage much stronger than other people and I have resorted to using a scarf or mask (like in East Asia) to reduce it a bit. I keep body spray in my bag in case it turns out to me. It can come in useful when I am the first to smell gas leaks.

 

Touch

Weirdly enough, I have to wash and dry my hands half way through washing up as I don’t like my hands to stay soapy or wet for more than 10 minutes. If I don’t do this, my co-ordination gets really bad and my focus wavers so I end up almost breaking things. I keep hand cream in my bag in case I handle dusty stock at the shop I volunteer at, and also hand wipes for when I eat food, or touch something slimy or sticky by accident. My face gets very oily when I’m even slightly warm so wipes a gentle way of drying my face without having to use loads of spot creams which can dry skin out too much with daily use.

 

Senses “blending”

Sound if at a high pitch or loud enough volume can have a metallic flavour for the duration but doesn’t leave an after-taste so I know it is a psychological experience. In some cases I also get phantosmia triggered by certain colours or stressful circumstances. These aren’t entirely to do with sensory input, but it does affect my sense of smell and thought it was worth mentioning.

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History & heritage
17 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Inspirational day at Highbury Hall - well done Trustees and Volunteers of Chamberlain Highbury Trust!

Wonderful Open Day at Highbury Hall showed just what people with passion to protect Birmingham's great history & heritage can achieve.

Because of the time, passion & energy put in by trustees and volunteers, we can all enjoy the very best of our history & heritage.

Take the full post for a some great photography courtesy Daniel and Elliott.

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Inspirational day at Highbury Hall - well done Trustees and Volunteers of Chamberlain Highbury Trust!




Wonderful Open Day at Highbury Hall showed just what people with passion to protect Birmingham's great history & heritage can achieve.

Because of the time, passion & energy put in by trustees and volunteers, we can all enjoy the very best of our history & heritage.

Take the full post for a some great photography courtesy Daniel and Elliott.


Photography courtesy Daniel Sturley and Elliott Brown.

Join our people with passion here and promote your passion with us at BirminghamWeAre.

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History & heritage
17 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Inspired to go back in time with King's Heath Local History Society!

At the Highbury Hall open day, we were blown away by the passion on display and the time and effort put in by people with passion. 

In particular, we were amazed by the wonderful collection of photos and great 'did you know' facts held by the King's Heath Local History Society.

We look forward to being able to showcase more of this great heritage.

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Construction & regeneration
16 Sep 2018 - Daniel Sturley

The Construction of One Chamberlain Square

There are many more ceramic stripes installed on the building now, 12 photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley

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The Construction of One Chamberlain Square




There are many more ceramic stripes installed on the building now, 12 photos in this update.

Photo by Daniel Sturley


Photos by Daniel Sturley

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Construction & regeneration
12 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Proposals for Commonwealth Games (2022) Athletes Village in Perry Barr, Birmingham

The proposed multi-million pound village for the Games will accommodate up to 6,800 athletes and officials. Here are the images for the plans as prepared by Birmingham City Council which are out for consultation till 13th September.

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Proposals for Commonwealth Games (2022) Athletes Village in Perry Barr, Birmingham




The proposed multi-million pound village for the Games will accommodate up to 6,800 athletes and officials. Here are the images for the plans as prepared by Birmingham City Council which are out for consultation till 13th September.

Take the full post and links. 


11 proposed plots making up the Athletes Village for the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. Village to be located at Perry Barr. 

Overview of Athletes Village.  Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 1. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 2. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 3. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 4. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 5. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 6. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 7. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 8. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 9. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 10. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 10. Athletes Village (internal). Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plot 11. Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

Plots making up the application for Athletes Village. Copyright Birmingham City Council

See 2022withYou for more on the Commonwealth Games plans and developments. To get involved as someone who is passionate about the Games and what it offers Birmingham and community, connect with us here.

 

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Architecture
12 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Thomas Telford: A Tale of Three Bridges (including Galton Bridge in Smethwick)

Here we take a look at the 18th century engineer Thomas Telford and some of the bridges that he designed. Along the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line, he designed the Galton Bridge in Smethwick. In North Wales two suspension bridges at Conwy and Menai on the road to Holyhead.

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Thomas Telford: A Tale of Three Bridges (including Galton Bridge in Smethwick)




Here we take a look at the 18th century engineer Thomas Telford and some of the bridges that he designed. Along the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line, he designed the Galton Bridge in Smethwick. In North Wales two suspension bridges at Conwy and Menai on the road to Holyhead.


Galton Bridge

The bridge was built in Smethwick on the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line carrying the Roebuck Lane in 1829, and was named after Samuel Galton a member of the Lunar Society. . When it was built, it's single span of 151 feet (46 metres) was the highest in the world. It used to be a road bridge, but it now only carries pedestrians. It is now a Grade I listed building. Smethwick Galton Bridge Station nearby (opened in 1995) was named after it.

This view is seen shortly after getting off a train on the Snow Hill lines from Birmingham on the High Level of Smethwick Galton Bridge Station.

Galton Bridge from Smethwick Galton Bridge Station

Down on the Birmingham Canal Navigations New Main Line (Birmingham Level), this view of the Galton Bridge is towards the Galton Tunnel.

Galton Bridge Smethwick

The best views from canal level normally have the 1829 bridge with the 1995 railway station behind it.

Galton Bridge in Smethwick

Quite an impressive view. But with all of Telford's bridges covered here, railway bridges were later built beside. The station only came when the Jewellery Line opened in 1995. The nearby Smethwick West Station closed in 1996 (platforms are still visible if you are on a train to or from Stourbridge Junction).

Galton Bridge in Smethwick

A look at Roebuck Lane both directions on the Galton Bridge in Smethwick.

Roebuck Lane, Smethwick - Galton Bridge

Roebuck Lane, Smethwick - Galton Bridge

It's time to see what Thomas Telford was up to in North Wales. He built two suspension bridges on the A5 road from Chester to Holyhead. It allowed road traffic from 1826 to get from London to Holyhead (on Anglesey) then to get a ferry to Dublin in Ireland.

The problem was crossing the River Conwy in Conwy and the Menai Strait between Gwynedd (near Bangor) and Anglesey (near what is now Menai Bridge Town).

Conwy Suspension Bridge

The bridge was built to cross the River Conwy in Conwy County Borough, and was built close to Conwy Castle. The bridge designed by Thomas Telford was built from 1822 to 1826. The bridge is 99.5 metres long (326 ft). Road traffic used it from 1826 to 1958 when it was replaced by the nearby Conwy Bridge. A Toll House was at one end where tolls were collected. The bridge was designed to match the castle with castellated towers. It closed to road traffic in 1958, and the National Trust owned it from 1965. The bridge is Grade I listed.

Conwy Suspension Bridge

The bridge has been closed to road traffic since 1958, only pedestrians cross it now. Got it to myself at one point during my visit!

Conwy Suspension Bridge

The towers were built in a castellated form to match with Conwy Castle.

Conwy Suspension Bridge

The Toll House at the other end of the Conwy Suspension Bridge. It has been laid out as if it was 1891 by the National Trust. Vehicles would have to stop here and pay their tolls (usually horse and cart, people with mules, bicylcles etc). By the mid 20th century this caused traffic jams into Conwy, and a new bridge was built and opened nearby in 1958.

Toll House - Conwy Suspension Bridge

Alongside Telford's bridge is the 1848 Conwy Tubular Bridge by Robert Stephenson. Also castallated. This view to Conwy Castle.

Conwy Tubular and Suspension Bridges to the CastleIt carries the North Wales Coast Line railway, on this section between Llandudno Junction and Conwy Station. Then onto Anglesey via the Britannia Bridge and onto Holyhead.

Conwy Tubular and Suspension Bridges

 

Menai Suspension Bridge

The bridge crosses the Menai Strait from the Gwynedd side (close to Bangor) to the Isle of Anglesey (near Menai Bridge Town known in Welsh as Porthaethwy). The bridge spans 176 metres (577 ft). It was completed in 1826 and is still used by road traffic. Construction of the bridge began in 1819. The deck of the bridge was later strengthed in 1840 by W. A. Provis. And the wooden surface replaced by a steel surface in 1893 by Sir Benjamin Baker. In 1999 the bridge was closed for a month to allow for resurfacing and strenghen the structure. There is pedestrian walkways on both sides of the bridge. Buses both single and double decker are able to cross the bridge, but have to slow down under the arched towers.

Menai Suspension Bridge

Crossing the bridge towards Anglesey. It's on the A5 to Holyhead. But you can also use the A55 North Wales Expressway over the Britannia Bridge instead (faster).

Crossing the Menai Suspension Bridge

The bridge is ok for small buses like this one.

Bus on the Menai Suspension Bridge

Bigger buses, single or double deckers normally struggle when they head under the towers.

Cyclist and a bus on the Menai Suspension Bridge

Some buses go to the nearby City of Bangor (to the right of this location)

Bus to Bangor on the Menai Suspension Bridge

It's a long way down to the Menai Strait. Walking on either side of the bridge, you certainly feel a bit of vertigo. Best to not be scared of heights.

Menai Strait and the Menai Suspension Bridge

All photos taken by Elliott Brown

 

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Environment & green spaces
12 Sep 2018 - Debra Power

Christine Wright - A winner of best captured photograph taken at the Botanical Gardens (A Birmingham Gem)

Well done Christine! for winning the IGers Birmingham Competition for photgraphy taken at the Botanical Gardens, 'A Birmingham Gem', with nearly 500 entrants, a difficult task for the Botanical Gardens to select just 2 winners along with Christine is also winner photographer Dan Matthews.

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Christine Wright - A winner of best captured photograph taken at the Botanical Gardens (A Birmingham Gem)




Well done Christine! for winning the IGers Birmingham Competition for photgraphy taken at the Botanical Gardens, 'A Birmingham Gem', with nearly 500 entrants, a difficult task for the Botanical Gardens to select just 2 winners along with Christine is also winner photographer Dan Matthews.


Sunset over the glasshouses at Birmingham Botanical Gardens (The winning photograph!)

Photo by Christine Wright 

 

Lush growth in the rock garden at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Golden evening sun behind the summer house at the Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Birmingham Botanical Gardens. The aviary at sunset.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

"Raindrops on roses..." Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Maple leaves starting to turn at Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Cherry blossom, Botanical Gardens, Birmingham (Spring 2018)

Photo by Christine Wright

 

Japanese Garden, Birmingham Botanical Gardens (April 2018)

Photo by Christine Wright

 

 

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Environment & green spaces
12 Sep 2018 - Debra Power

Fantastic work by Friends of Kings Heath Park

Join them for a litter pick that is taking place on Saturday 29th September.

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Fantastic work by Friends of Kings Heath Park




Join them for a litter pick that is taking place on Saturday 29th September.


Picture by Paul Tyrrell

Friends of Kings Heath Park

 

Picture by Christine Wright

 

Picture by Sara Aboutorabi

 

Picture by Christine Wright

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

Picture by Christine Wright

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

Picture by Christine Wright 

 

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History & heritage
12 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Go back in time at Highbury Hall this Sunday 16th September - unmissable!

Take a trip back in time at Highbury Hall on Sunday 16th September. Doors open 11am to 4pm. So much to door and see and you will be amazed by the bravery and the tireless work of brave men and women at the auxilliary hospital set up at Highbury during World War 1. 

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Go back in time at Highbury Hall this Sunday 16th September - unmissable!




Take a trip back in time at Highbury Hall on Sunday 16th September. Doors open 11am to 4pm. So much to door and see and you will be amazed by the bravery and the tireless work of brave men and women at the auxilliary hospital set up at Highbury during World War 1. 

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Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture. Every year in September, places across the country throw open their doors to celebrate their heritage, community and history.

The doors of Highbury were opened in 2017 and after a successful event, the open door event will happen again this year! Go and learn about ‘Highbury During the Great War’ on Sunday 16th September from 11am – 4pm.

Look around the house, meet a WW1 soldier, take a guided tour of the grounds and fully immerse yourself in the fascinating history of Highbury and WW1. This is going to be one unmissable event!

Family friendly. Refreshments. Car parking available at Uffculme School on Yew Tree Road.

For more details and directions, connect here.

 

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Art, culture & creativity
11 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

throwback

Throwback to a few years ago when I first started getting into freelance business.

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Throwback to a few years ago when I first started getting into freelance business.


Things have developed drastically as I've learned so much along the way!
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http://noushka7.wixsite.com/illustration

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History & heritage
10 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Boulton & Watt - the founding fathers of Birmingham!

James Watt came down from Scotland at the invitation of Matthew Boulton in the late 18th century after Watt had made improvement's to Thomas Newcomen's steam engine. Boulton who owned the Soho Manufactory obtained a patent from 1775 onwards.

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Boulton & Watt - the founding fathers of Birmingham!




James Watt came down from Scotland at the invitation of Matthew Boulton in the late 18th century after Watt had made improvement's to Thomas Newcomen's steam engine. Boulton who owned the Soho Manufactory obtained a patent from 1775 onwards.


You can see one of Boulton & Watt's engines at Dartmouth Circus. Easier to see if you enter the subways and walk past it. But is visible from the road in cars or buses etc. It was built in 1817 and was used at the Netherton Ironworks.

Boulton & Watt engine at Dartmouth Circus

The Smethwick Engine is now located at the Thinktank science museum, it was made in 1779. It's the oldest working steam engine and the oldest working engine in the world. Originally located in Smethwick close to the Soho Foundry. It was previously at the Birmingham Museum of Science & Industry at the Newhall Street site in the Jewellery Quarter (now Newhall Square). Was moved to Thinktank from 2001.

Smethwick Engine at Thinktank

The gold leaf covered statue of Boulton, Watt and Murdoch was by William Bloye. Unveiled at this site in 1956. But was planned from 1939 (before the Second World War). It was removed to storage in 2017, and will return to the other side of Broad Street at a new site in Centenary Square.

Boulton, Watt & Murdoch on Broad Street

The statue of James Watt used to be in Chamberlain Square outside the now demolished Birmingham Central Library until it was removed to storage in 2015.

James Watt statue Chamberlain Square

Close up view of the James Watt statue. He seemed to have more sculptures of him than Mr Boulton did!

James Watt statue in front of Birmingham Central Library

Boulton and Watt - there is a pair of busts of the pair in the Drawing Room at Soho House in Handsworth. It was the home of Boulton during the late 18th century.

Matthew Boulton

Matthew Boulton bust at Soho House

James Watt

James Watt bust at Soho House

Portaits at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery.

Matthew Boulton by Carl Frederick von Breda in 1792.

Matthew Boulton portrait BMAG

James Watt by Sir Thomas Lawrence in 1812.

James Watt portrait BMAG

This bust of James Watt was found at the Birmingham Museum Collections Centre. It is similar to the one found at Soho House (see above).

James Watt bust at BMCC

All photos taken by Elliott Brown

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Environment & green spaces
10 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Are you passionate about wildlife? Join Us!

WildlifeAndUs is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for wildlife, help protect our wildlife and connect with people who share their passion.

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Are you passionate about wildlife? Join Us!




WildlifeAndUs is a FreeTimePays Community of Passion that utilises digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

‘People with Passion’ are given the digital space and the digital tools so they can promote their passion for wildlife, help protect our wildlife and connect with people who share their passion.


WildlifeAndUs is all about engaging people in the promotion of our wildlife and the recognition that our wildlife is there for us all to enjoy, value and protect.

WildlifeAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

With Passion Points and with the support of our FreeTimePays partners, we recognise people for the difference and contribution they make and the positive impact they collectively deliver. 

Connect with us HERE and take your passion to the next level.

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Environment & green spaces
10 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

WildlifeAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!

With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for wildlife.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is wildlife!

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WildlifeAndUs - a FreeTimePays Community of Passion and digital portal for people who want to make a difference!




With a combined reach of 100,000, FreeTimePays launches a unique digital space and portal for people to promote and share their passion for wildlife.

Take the full post to find out more and see how you can get involved.

Connect with us and help promote the passion that is wildlife!


WildlifeAndUs is a Community of Passion that utilises FreeTimePays digital engagement and social media to deliver real change and positive social impact.

WildlifeAndUs is a digital space for people who are passionate about wildlife and want to do whatever they can to help protect and promote wildlife.

At WildlifeAndUs, we help connect people where passions are shared; we give people FREE access to their very own digital space where they can promote their passion; and we recognise people for the contributions they make through the allocation of Passion Points. Interested? Connect with us HERE.

The reach of FreeTimePays is huge and is growing with Communities of Passion being rolled out across the UK. 

Companies and organisations keen to support People with Passion play an essential role and we have a range of partnership, sponsorship and advertising packages available.

We can even go as far as to set groups and networks up with their own portal so they can grow their own branded Community of Passion linked to their own website or social media account.

View our Partnership arrangements or connect with us HERE.

Now let's show you what you get with FreeTimePays. 

FreeTimePays

FreeTimePays is an impact focused digital platform and social media channel specifically for people who want to make a difference and create a positive social and economic impact.

FreeTimePays is the social media of choice for 'People with Passion'.

With FreeTimePays, we help people take their passion to the next level by giving them access to a suite of digital tools and applications.

There are three components to FreeTimePays.

There’s Community Passport, Community Workspace and Community Matchmaker. Operating right across the platform in recognition of the valuable contribution being made by users is FreeTimePays gamification. This takes the form of points and rewards for passions shared.

FreeTimePays is here for people who really want to become involved in their community or with their particular passion and for those people who are really serious about making a difference. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the great ideas with those who have the potential to turn an idea into something that really does make a difference.

Community Passport

Passport is a personal space which registered members can make their own. With a passport, members can choose to get involved with their passion and participate in many different ways.

They can view regular content and posts; sort and save this content by type or by passion; they can collect points for giving their views through polls and surveys, attend events or even join a discussion.

With a FreeTimePays Community Passport, members can follow inspiring people and they can learn more about their community and their passion by following regular ‘Did you Know’ features. And the more they decide to do and the more they get involved, the more points they collect and the greater the opportunity to take up offers and win prizes.

Community Workspace

With their unique Community Workspace, FreeTimePays is able to help those who are inspired and serious about taking things to the next level. FreeTimePays will give these people their own access rights environment where they can work on their idea or project.

In this digital space they can work alone, or bring in others to share in building evidence, acquiring knowledge and developing plans. This is the ideal space for working on the business; working on the idea; working on the initiative.

A range of facilities and tools can be found in workspace and users can effectively utilise this space for collating documents, photos, videos and web links, for opening up discussion and chat with others, or for running surveys and analysing results.

Community Matchmaker

The whole focus and rationale for FreeTimePays is MAKING A DIFFERENCE. It’s our job at FreeTimePays to provide the tools and functionality that helps bring together those who create the GREAT IDEAS with those who have the potential to turn an IDEA into something that really does MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

Matchmaker is where the dreamers can join with the dream makers – with those who are more than happy to put their support, their resources, their connections, and their wealth of experience behind the idea and behind the passionate people responsible for coming up with the idea.

These are the community drivers, the investors, the philanthropists, the funders of great initiatives, the Lottery, and those from local government and the public sector who are responsible for the provision of public services.

These are the people and the organisations who are in positions of making things happen for those who are passionate and inspired to want to make a difference.

For more detail on what is provided by FreeTimePays connect HERE.

WildlifeAndUs

WildlifeAndUs will grow as a shared space for the many individuals, communities and businesses that will want to connect and share in their passion for wildlife.

Their work, their ideas and their proposals can be pulled together in the one collaborative space giving them access to a huge resource bank for sharing images, documents and web links. 

In this space people can chat in a secure environment if they wish; they can set up and promote events; or they can communicate with any of the FreeTimePays Communities through creating and submitting posts. 

We would be delighted to tell you more.

Contact Jonathan Bostock at jonathan.bostock@freetimepays.com or connect HERE with FreeTimePays for more information on sharing your passion for wildlife.

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Civic pride
06 Sep 2018 - Elliott Brown

Joseph Priestley the discoverer of oxygen

Joseph Priestley was an 18th century theologian, natural philosopher, chemist etc, who discovered oxygen. He was in Birmingham from 1780 to 1791, when he had to leave due to the Priestley Riots.

View this great post by Elliott Brown, one of Birmingham's People with Passion.

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Joseph Priestley the discoverer of oxygen




Joseph Priestley was an 18th century theologian, natural philosopher, chemist etc, who discovered oxygen. He was in Birmingham from 1780 to 1791, when he had to leave due to the Priestley Riots.

View this great post by Elliott Brown, one of Birmingham's People with Passion.


Joseph Priestley statue in Chamberlain Square

Priestley was born in 1733 and died in 1804. He was based in Birmingham from 1780 to 1791. While there he made friends with the Lunar Society including Matthew Boulton. He was the minister of New Meeting which was located close to what is Moor Street Queensway and New Meeting Street.

Joseph Priestley statue in Chamberlain Square

The statue that used to be in Chamberlain Square until 2016 was by Francis John Williamson and was made in 1874.

Joseph Priestley statue in Chamberlain Square

Maquette of Priestley in the Birmingham Museums Collection Centre

Williamson probably made this maquette before making the full sized statue.

Priestley maquette at BMCC

Saint Michael's Catholic Church built on the site of Priestley's New Meeting

In 1791 riots erupted in Birmingham, known now as the Priestley Riots. On the 2nd anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille that started the French Revolution in France. Rioters attacked Priestley's families home at Fairhill in Sparkbrook. They also burnt down the New Meeting Chapel followed by the Old Meeting Chapel.

New Meeting now Saint Michael's

Today Saint Michael's Catholic Church stands on the site and there is a blue plaque on New Meeting Street about Priestley. It is now a Polish church.

New Meeting now Saint Michael's

New Meeting now Saint Michael's

Photography and article by Elliott Brown.

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People & community
05 Sep 2018 - Noushka Galley

Introducing Noushka - a talented artist who promotes awareness of autism

https://www.youtube.com/embed/Kkv1MR05yh0

Hi everyone!
As a youtuber I thought it would be helpful to make a little trailer for my channel to let you guys know what sort of content I produce! It's a mixed bag of goodies so please subscribe as I vlog and learn, bringing you as viewers along for the ride :D

My YouTube Channel

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History & heritage
04 Sep 2018 - FreeTimePays

Help protect our City's history & our City's heritage!

BirminghamWeAre has once again selected the Birmingham Museums Trust as the charity to benefit from its hugely popular Birmingham Gems calendar.

Due to massive demand, our 2019 calendar wll be printed early November 2018 and launched at a reception at the Birmingham Council House.

Help promote and protect our city's history & heritage and be a sponsor.

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Help protect our City's history & our City's heritage!




BirminghamWeAre has once again selected the Birmingham Museums Trust as the charity to benefit from its hugely popular Birmingham Gems calendar.

Due to massive demand, our 2019 calendar wll be printed early November 2018 and launched at a reception at the Birmingham Council House.

Help promote and protect our city's history & heritage and be a sponsor.


As a sponsor and/or partner of the 2019 Birmingham Gems calendar, you and your organisation will be showing just how important it is to protect our City's history and heritage, both now and in the future!

Your invaluable contribution will go towards the cost of printing over 4,000 calendars and the production of framed prints and canvases that will be auctioned on the day of the launch event, Over 200 distribution points (including shops, hotels, visitor attractions and businesses) will be used to ensure the Calendar reaches people who live and work in the City, as well as those visiting Birmingham. A text donation request of £5 will ensure the Museum Trust, as a charity, is well supported.

As a thank you, and in recognition of your valuable support as a sponsor, you will receive :

100 calendars free for your own use and distribution. (Please note: The text donation reguest is £5 per calendar so this represents the equivalent of £500 in calendars)

Your organisation logo and/or brand will appear prominently throughout the calendar on every diary page and your logo and description will be printed on the inside cover of the calendar (see below).

In addition, we would be delighted if you, your colleagues and invited guests were able to join us at a launch event, to be hosted by the Lord Mayor, on the 6th November (noon till 3pm).

Join us as one of our valued and essential sponsors with a contribution (per sponsor) of £500. 

Contact us on 0121 410 5520 and ask for Debra Power, email Debra.Power@freetimepays.com or connect with us here.

Inside cover containing sponsors and descriptions (example from 2018 calendar)

January 2018 diary page with sponsor logos and brands (example from 2018 calendar)

Here is the 2018 Birmingham Gems calendar in full :

Contact us on 0121 410 5520 and ask for Debra Power, email Debra.Power@freetimepays.com or connect with us here.

 

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