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Highbury Orchard Wassail

Saturday 15th, 2-3.30pm

Come a-wassailing through Highbury Park. Meet at the Alcester Road main entrance to Highbury Park and parade down to the Orchard to make crafts and wake up the apple trees with blessings for an abundant new year. Hot drinks and cake available to buy after as a fundraiser.

Coronavirus Update 12.01.22

Birmingham City Council’s dashboard of Covid-19 information for the week ending 7th January can be seen here. Across Birmingham, the number of positive cases have increased again from the previous week.

In hospitals across the city, admissions ranged between 44 and 110 new cases a day in the week ending 1st January, an increase of 84% when compared to last week. There were 14 deaths reported this week in Birmingham, no change from the previous week.

From 11th January, if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result, most people will not need to take a PCR test to confirm the result. You must self-isolate immediately if you get a positive rapid lateral flow test result. Your self-isolation period includes the day your symptoms started (or the day you had the test, if you do not have symptoms) and the next 10 full days. You can stop self-isolating after 7 days if you do a rapid lateral flow test on days 6 and 7 of your self-isolation period and both tests are negative, you did both tests at least 24 hours apart, you do not have a high temperature.

From 4th January. Face coverings are recommended in schools with pupils in year 7 and above. They should be worn in most classrooms, and by pupils, students, staff and adult visitors when moving around buildings.

International Travel

From 4am on 9th January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated, you can take either a rapid lateral flow or PCR test within 2 days of arriving in England. If you have a positive result on the rapid lateral flow test, you must take a PCR test.

From 4am on 7th January, if you qualify as fully vaccinated or are under 18, you do not need to take a PCR test or Lateral Flow Test before you travel to England or self-isolate when you arrive.

More information about international travel here


This Week at Moseley Hive (15th to 21st December)

Pop into our community venue, The Moseley Hive, for events including:

Wed 15th Dec 6-8pm. Working Clasp Jewellery Workshop
Book here

Thursday 16th Dec 3-5pm. Family Crafting with Margaret Murray
Make 3D snowflakes.

Thursday 16th Dec 6-8pm. Kinmos Festive Fundraisers
Karaoke, food and fun. Bring your change to help raise funds for Kinmos, a local mental health charity.

Saturday 18th 10-12pm. Winter crafting
Decorate jars for our upcoming illumination trail.

Sunday 19th 11-10pm. South Asian Arts Collective Bazaar.
Explore workshops, painting and local craft stalls plus food and drink, before DJs and open mic in the evening.

Moseley Hive location: 93 Alcester Rd, Moseley B13 8DD (old Pizza Express building)


The Kingsway on King’s Heath – Free activities for children

Book your place to participate. Age range 5 to 16 years old.

20th to 23rd December, Bring it on Brum. Christmas trail. To book click here

27th to 30th December, Bring it on Brum. Arts & crafts, live music, sporting activities, circus skills workshop, food demo booth. To book click here


Moving to Plan B Covid-19

The government has released new guidelines in response to the new Omicron variant.

From Friday 10th December, face coverings will become compulsory in most public indoor venues, such as cinemas, theatres and places of worship, and public transport, unless you are exempt. There will be exemptions in venues where it is not practical to wear one, such as when you are eating, drinking or exercising. For that reason, face masks will not be required in hospitality settings.

From Monday 13th December, those who can will be advised to work from home.

From Wednesday 15th December, the NHS Covid Pass on the NHS App will become mandatory for entry into nightclubs and settings where large crowds gather – including unseated indoor events with 500 or more attendees, unseated outdoor events with 4,000 or more attendees and any event with 10,000 or more attendees.

People will be able to demonstrate proof of two vaccine doses via the app. Having considered the evidence since the emergence of Omicron, proof of a negative lateral flow test will also be accepted.

International travelling. All people aged 12 years and over must take a PCR or LFD COVID-19 test before they travel to England from abroad. This will apply whether you qualify as fully vaccinated or not. Also all international arrivals into the UK will have to take a Day 2 PCR test and self isolate until they receive a negative test. More information about international travel here.