More than sixty representatives from local community organisations gathered in Birmingham last week to discuss the latest Community Rights at a Locality event hosted by Birmingham Settlement.

The new Community Rights are part of the Localism Act introduced in 2011 with the aim of devolving more decision making powers from central government back into the hands of individuals, communities and councils.

Don Foster MP, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DCLG was guest speaker at the event entitled ‘Communities Taking Control – solutions from the frontline’.  Other speakers include Steve Wyler, CEO of Locality and Alison Seabrooke, CEO of the Community Development Foundation.

Martin Holcombe, CEO at Birmingham Settlement said, “We had a hugely successful day with input from a wide range of organisations that were able to share their experiences and discuss the challenges they have faced. “

Steve Wyler added, “   This was an opportunity to see beyond the legislation and discover how initiatives are actually working at grass roots level. It was inspiring to see how many varied projects are making a real difference in local communities.

Birmingham Settlement is part of Locality’s West Midlands Regional Action Group and a ‘Kickstarter’ host for the national Community Organisers programme.

PIC CAPTION: Martin Holcombe, Rt. Hon. Don Foster MP and Steve Wyler


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Editor’s notes

Founded in 1899, Birmingham Settlement is one of the oldest charities in the city. The role of Birmingham Settlement is to improve the quality of life for individuals and communities facing social and economic exclusion.

Birmingham Settlement supports the community with: older people’s services, children’s services, training and employment advice, money advice, building cohesion, development support for voluntary and community organizations.


Locality is the leading nationwide network of development trusts, community enterprises, settlements and social action centers.

Leading British kitchen manufacturer Mereway Kitchens has unveiled ‘Newark’ a stunning new kitchen, available in a range of warm, earthy tones including Pumice, Pebble and – new to the Mereway palette, Mussel.

Featuring ‘wood-grain’ texture and a hand-painted look on flat doors, Newark adds a stylish new option to Mereway’s popular Complete Kitchen Collection.

The Newark kitchen represents affordable beauty, says Mereway Sales & Marketing Director Graham Jones, with touches of traditional craftsmanship that speak of fine quality, yet without the designer price tag.

“We’ve designed our Newark kitchen to be incredibly flexible, as well as beautiful,” Graham explains. “Although a contemporary style, the Newark range lends itself to individual flair, offering optional additional features, such as cornices and pilasters, which transform the kitchen and create a more traditional feel.”

New colours have been introduced for Newark based on research into consumer choice; Mereway expects Mussel to be a particular favourite and offer matching carcasses in this hue. In addition to the earthy warm tones, Newark is also available in fresh Spring White and subtle Ivory.


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Mereway is one of the most respected UK manufacturers of high quality kitchens, recognised for their commitment to product innovation and design. Over the last 25 years they have built an enviable reputation for delivering excellence in customer service and created an outstanding portfolio of three kitchen collections designed for every lifestyle.

The Complete Kitchen Collection encompasses classic, modern and traditional looks. Variety, choice and quality are the key attributes of this collection, which caters for all tastes.

The other two collections include Cucina Colore which is inspired by cosmopolitan culture and delivers colour, texture and drama and the English Revival collection, a bespoke handmade option based on traditional craftsmanship.

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Local retailer, Roman Bathrooms has launched a gorgeous new website that showcases their design skills and excellence in customer service.

The slick new website is specifically tailored to represent the qualities that Roman Bathrooms value in kitchen, bedroom and bathroom design – quality, luxury and style.  The new site also celebrates Roman’s recent addition of Mereway Kitchens and Utopia bedrooms to their successful business, a new step for the Roman brand.

Visitors to the site are able to take a 360° virtual tour of the beautiful showroom which gives viewers an insight into the quality of the designs and access to over 40 different displays. Additionally, navigating through to the gallery section of the site will lead to a comprehensive collection of photos representing the many bathrooms, kitchens and bedrooms that Roman has completed.

Trendsetters can also visit the news area of the site, where Roman shares advice and announcements of the coming fashions and new ranges.

Those looking for confirmation of Roman’s reputation for excellence need only navigate to the case studies page, where potential customers can see examples of transformations and testimonials from happy owners.

“We are delighted with our new website,” says owner Caroline Cooper.  “We have made it easy to navigate and hope the fresh new look, wealth of images and the 360° virtual tour will inspire homeowners to visit the showroom.”


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