Minutes of meeting – 11th August 2021

The Friends of Moseley Road Baths Committee meeting minutes – Wednesday 11th August 2021 at 7.30pm, via Zoom.

Present: Joe, Mark, Rachel, Polly, Janet, Philippa and Viv

Apologies: None received

  1. Minutes of the meeting of 12th July – circulated. Meeting took place on Zoom, not Telegram as Joe and Polly unsuccessful in attempting to download and test the platform.

2. Reports from MRB CIO and management

  • Baths are currently closed due to a boiler failure, current wait for parts.
  • Niki has added members of FoMRB to volunteer list.  Any queries about the list should be directed to Niki.
  • Call out for a clean-up of the Slipper Baths for space for volunteers and staff, w/c 12th August.

3. MRB Alive events

Summer programme of events in person and online.  Includes Threading Tales Together exhibition in the Gala Pool and wellbeing activities in person in the Gala Pool.

4. 2021 Birmingham Heritage Week: Open Day 12.09.21

  • All tours booked up via Eventbrite on the first day of BHW going live.  84 people in total, 12 people per tour over 7 tours.
  • Joe, Russ, Damian, Janet and Mark are willing to lead tours.  Joe writing new notes and will do a ‘practice run’ with tour leaders prior to the tours.  Volunteers to meet at 2pm on Saturday 11th September to set up.
  • Discussion about Covid Risk Assessment – Rachel to share her Risk Assessment from Nelson Mandela Primary tours.  Request visitors wear masks, use hand sanitiser. FoMRB to provide disposable masks and plastic visors for tour leaders.
  • Route for tour to be agreed – congregate in Gala Pool where there will be chairs and information.
  • Rachel and Polly to do meet and greet in addition to tour leaders when they are not leading tours.
  • Joe writing a summary of the work that has been done by the CIO and Coalition to date which will be distributed to visitors.
  • Rachel to print 5×7 images of the Caretaker’s Flat and Committee Room taken by Kat for display on the day.
  • Gala Pool toilets will be accessible to the public on the day.
  • Viv has checked Public Liability Insurance covers the tours.
  • Joe is arranging for badges to be made for all volunteers.
  • Donations will be accepted on the day.
  • Rachel to create a sign-up sheet for contact.
  • Conversation about future tours to be taken forward into future meetings.

5. Possible changes to the constitution

The constitution as agreed in 2016 allows anyone to join regular meetings, rather than committing to a committee structure.  We will revert to a system whereby anyone can attend regular meetings, although they will need to request access to the Zoom call whilst we are still meeting online.

6. Any other business

The plant protocol will be taken to the CIO, although there is unlikely to be space at the next CIO meeting to discuss it.

The CIO are considering starting a gardening group in the rear courtyard.  Anyone interested should contact Emily Butler of Moseley Road Baths Alive.

Review https://birminghamheritage.org.uk/mrbaths.html and send any amendments about access to Rachel.

7. Date of the next meeting

Monday 11th October at 7:30pm.

What’s the Truth? What have you heard?

What’s the truth? What have you heard? is a series of short digital pieces for social media and messaging apps, developed by Women & Theatre from research with women living in Balsall Heath, working in partnership with Moseley Road Baths. They feature Yasmin Jasmine responding to local women’s concerns about different issues relating to Covid-19 and vaccines.

These films were developed from research working with older women who attend the baths’ weekly Chat & Splash session for women for whom English is a second language. The research sessions were fun, friendly and informal conversations with swimmers and other local people in May 2021.  Each short piece explores a different area of concern regarding public heath guidance relating to COVID-19. They were developed following social distancing guidelines, by Janice Connolly working with freelance writer Rupinder Kaur and community filmmaker Rachel Gillies.

Yasmin Jasmine was created in response to women saying they would like to hear stuff from a woman like them who they felt  had her feet on the ground and listened with her ears Yasmin is played by Rupinder Kaur.

What’s the truthWhat have you heard? debunks myths and explore new ways of community messaging around public health and wellbeing, by using the language and lives of ordinary people. For more information visit: www.birmingham.gov.uk/coronavirus.

You can also get up to date information direct to your phone or inbox by signing up to be a Covid-19 Community Champion. www.birmingham.gov.uk/COVID-19_Community_Champions.

Minutes of meeting – 12th July 2021

The Friends of Moseley Road Baths Committee meeting minutes – Monday 12th July 2021 at 7.30pm, via Teams.

Present: Joe (Chair), Rachel (Secretary), Mark (Treasurer), Polly and Viv

Apologies: Philippa, Zhor, Damian and Sarinder

  1. Minutes of the meeting of 14th June
  • Minutes approved, all items to be addressed during this meeting.
  • Polly’s draft plant protocol will be presented to the next CIO meeting.
  • Viv will create the Steve Beauchampé memorial board and get quotes from a framers.

2. Reports from MRB CIO and management

  • Joe gave a funding update.
  • There have been some strong applications for the role of Chair of Trustees of the CIO.
  • A new member of staff has been interviewed and will begin soon.
  • As part of ‘MRB Alive’, young people held a live streamed event featuring 10 presentations from ‘Little Ambassadors’.  The group had learnt about the history of the building and prepared presentations to advocate for the building for a live audience.
  • Splash and Scream event took place on 27th June, at least three local schools and pre-schoolers involved.  There may be scope for school tours in future.
  • Women & Theatre have been having conversations with the Women’s Only group and Chat and Splash group as part of a project to create short films addressing myths and misinformation about Covid-19.  Rachel has been working with them as the project’s Film Maker.  The films will be shared publicly within the next week.
  • MRB Comms meeting taking place on 13/07/21.  Viv and Rachel will be in attendance.

3. Moseley Road Cultural Activity Zone (CAZ)

A consortium of seven organisations on Moseley Road Baths have been successful in a bid for £45,000 to create a CAZ.  They will seek a part time manager to run it and organise monthly social, public facing events between August 2021 and March 2022 on the Moseley Road.  It may involve a road closure of Lime Grove.  Joe to circulate the document outlining the plan.

4. 2021 Birmingham Heritage Week: Open Day, 12th September 2021

  • Joe to request all FoMRB members attend if possible.  All in attendance at the meeting are able to attend on the day.
  • Open to the public 12pm-5pm
  • Joe will create a list of roles (including tour guides) and will assign people to roles.
  • The Gala Pool toilets will be available to the public.
  • Rachel to set up Eventbrite for bookings – possibly liaise with the CIO.
  • Maximum of 12 people per tour.

5. FoMRB finances

  • Outstanding amount due to Rachel for the FoMRB website domain name and hosting.
  • Comms – decided against purchasing a Zoom membership.  Polly, Joe and Ellie to try out the ‘Telegram’ platform. (N.B. Following meeting Rachel checked if Telegram has a video chat function for multiple members and they have recently introduced the service.)

6. FoMRB constitution

Discussion about the role of the ‘Committee’ and ‘Friends’ as laid out in the Constitution.  Need to build support and relationships through activities.  Will use the Comms meeting and BHW tours to build more support and invite new people to join FoMRB.  Important to remember that plenty of people ARE active in supporting the Baths already in other ways, particularly through the CIO’s activities.

7. Any other business

  • Niki as Volunteer Co-ordinator is building a list of volunteers for regular CIO activities.
  • CIO to send direct requests for support and help to members of the FoMRB Committee. All Committee members to e-mail Rachel to state if they are happy to be included on the CIO volunteer e-mail list.

8. Date of the next meeting

Joe to contact regular attendees to see if there is a better day of the week / month to meet.

Splash and Scream at Moseley Road Baths – 27th June 2021

Come and help _underscore as they develop the musical soundscape of a new site-specific opera at the Moseley Road Baths…

In this entirely free event we are opening the doors of the Gala Pool for private sessions of up to 6 members of the public to explore how this unique space behaves when it is animated through sound, which we’ll make using our hands, feet and voices.

Discover space through sound in these 30 minutes sessions as we explore the intimacy of its corners, dialogue with its echoes, murmur with its reverberations.

Through acoustics we unite… our distance may be socially separate but our sounds can come together.

You don’t need swimming costumes, but you may want to take off your shoes and socks for an optional splash!


Date: Sunday 27th June

Session timings:

Sessions run throughout the day but please note, our first session is for families who swim with us only

  • 12.00-12.45 – Family session only (following the morning family swim session)
  • 14.00-14.30 workshop 1
  • 14.40-15.10 workshop 2
  • 15.20-15.50 workshop 3
  • 16.00-16.30 workshop 4
  • 16.40-17.10 workshop 5
  • 17.20-17.50 workshop 6
  • 18.00-18.30 workshop 7
  • It is 1 ticket per person (not family or household) although baby in arms do not need a ticket, everyone else will for Covid restrictions.
  • You must have booked a ticket to enter the event.
  • We only have 6 spaces per session, first come first served! (2 households are allowed to book, just email the address below to organise this)
  • Please get in touch if you have any additional requirements on emily.butler@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk.

Tickets available via Eventbrite 

Please note that by booking this ticket and attending the session you automatically consent to granting full rights to use the images and sounds resulting from the photography/video filming, and any reproductions or adaptations of the images for fundraising and publicity. This might include (but is not limited to), the right to use them in their printed and online publicity, social media, press releases, funding applications and short promo videos. Takt will be filming on behalf of Outdoor Places for Unusual Spaces and Moseley Road Baths.

Minutes of meeting – 14th June 2021

The Friends of Moseley Road Baths Committee meeting minutes – Monday 14th June 2021 at 7.30pm via Teams.

Present: Joe (Chair), Rachel (Secretary), Mark (Treasurer), Polly, Janet

Apologies: Zhor Malik, Philippa, Damian

Minutes: Rachel

1. Minutes of the meeting of 19th May

  • Plant item may need rewording.
  • Balsall Heath NNO ‘What’s Happening in Balsall Heath?’ meetings are not currently taking place.

2. Reports from MRB CIO and management

  • Two funding applications are pending.
  • Emily Butler (MRB Alive programme) is planning for more community events to take place in the Gala Pool area (see below for current activity).
  • There are discussions about putting a stage into Gala Pool.
  • The CIO are recruiting for a new Chair of Trustees.  Friends are to share the role description widely.  The deadline is 23rd June.

There are no outstanding questions for the CIO this month.

3. 2021 Birmingham Heritage Week: Open Day 12.09.21

  • Please let Joe know if you are available to assist on the day.  We need greeters, people to sell merchandise and people willing to lead tours.
  • Joe exploring insurance issues with Viv.
  • Online booking will be available through Eventbrite.  Rachel to support.
  • Mark willing to lead tours – we will need to consider group size and frequency dependent on Covid restrictions
  • BHW organisers may provide detailed guidance nearer the time.

4. Communications to FoMRB

Rachel to set up an automatic e-mail on the contact@friendsofmrb.co.uk e-mail address to highlight that there may be a delay with responding to e-mails and to direct people to the CIO and to the FoMRB/CIO websites.  Monthly Mailchimp summary also to go out.

5. Plants at the Baths: draft protocol

FoMRB are happy to take responsibility for maintenance of the plants in the building – we will first ascertain whether or not the CIO are happy to keep plants in the building and for FoMRB to take responsibility for their maintenance.  We will put a call out for people willing to take responsibility for plant maintenance.  Polly will now finalise the draft plant protocol.

6. Steve Beauchampé memorial

The amended text has been sent to the CIO and the memorial will be created soon.  Joe to circulate the final text to the FoMRB committee  Joe to check the timescales with Viv.

7. Catch-up on the FoMRB constitution

An updated copy to be circulated by Joe to all Committee members and discussed at a later point.

8. MRB Alive and Educational Activities

  • Femtinos online children’s workshops. Joe to attend and present at ‘Little Ambassadors’ workshop on Saturday 19th June and Joe, Polly, Janet and Ellie willing to attend sharing event on Sat 10th July.
  • BCAT – art workshops taking place.
  • Splash n Scream – workshops commencing on 27th June.
  • Chat and Splash – Women Only sessions on Thursday mornings
  • Women & Theatre – running a Covid related project with women’s groups, Rachel involved as freelance artist.
  • Nelson Mandela School tours – Rachel and Viv leading on this, tour is booked for 23rd June.

9. Any other business

  • Pool of Memories book – question of whether to seek to republish.  Has previously been explored and cost and time is prohibitive.
  • Joe to send through funding application slides from Jo Dimitri (National Trust)
  • Discussion of FoMRB finances to be agenda item for July.

10. Date of the next meeting

Monday 12th July at 7:30pm via Zoom

Minutes of meeting – 10th May 2021

The Friends of Moseley Road Baths meeting minutes – Monday 10th May 2021, 7.30pm, via Teams

Present: Joe (Chair), Rachel (Secretary), Mark (Treasurer), Polly, Viv, Janet, Philippa

Apologies: Damian

Minutes: Rachel

1. Minutes of the meeting of 6th April

Circulated prior to the meeting.  Approved, matters arising to be covered in this meeting.

2. Report back from CIO

  • Reopened on 4th May following some technical issues
  • More morning lane swimming happening, Shoals and Diamond Swimming Academy are back.
  • No Aquarobics happening yet, Adult lessons not yet resumed. 
  • Schools not yet back but hoped that they will begin to return.
  • Swim Academy lessons starting a year after intended, will expand after half term.
  • Gala Pool is available for hire (dependent on the activity).
  • Emily Butler now in post focusing on wellbeing on demand sessions (Drum n Bounce, Yoga, Children’s Yoga, Breathing Project) this will then develop into in-person, paid activities.
  • Next stage of repairs is imminent and will focus on repairing and clearing the front elevation of the building.  Repair work will also be done on the Money-Taker’s flat and Committee Room on the first floor.

3. Questions to the CIO

  • Insurance cover for tours?
  • Can we be Included on mailouts to CIO volunteers?
  • Clarity on callouts for invigilators for Specular Reflecular.
  • Protocol for plant care to be discussed.

4. 2021 Birmingham Heritage Week – 9th-19th September

Joe has informed BHW organisers that we are interested in running an event for BHW. Proposal for an Open Day with tours on Sunday 12th September.  Consideration of Insurance (could come under CIO insurance?).  Focus on tours, selling books and merchandise and recruiting new members.  Possibility of tours for local school pupils during the week.

5. Communications: inclusion in CIO mailings

FoMRB to have monthly agenda items ‘Report back from CIO’ and ‘Questions to the CIO’.  Any questions will be minuted and sent to Kat Pearson, to be taken forward to CIO meetings which take place on the second Thursday of each month.  Answers will be sent through to Rachel as Secretary and fed back into FoMRB meetings.  Friends request to also be added to the CIO mailing list.

6. Steve Beauchampe memorial

A2 panel to be printed and framed to be displayed in the Tearoom, CIO to cover the costs.  We will xo-ordinate the unveiling and a celebratory event with Steve’s friends and family and with Emily Butler at the CIO (who is already co-ordinating with Steve’s friend on this).  FoMRB members encouraged to write a short blogpost with their memories of Steve for https://moseleyroadbaths.org.uk/.

7. Plants at the Baths

Donations of houseplants welcomed.  Issue with plant care being inconsistent.  Joe to raise the issue with the CIO and Polly to draft a protocol to emphasise that the Friends, not CIO staff or volunteers, maintain the plants at present.  Philippa to create labels for plants.

8. Neighbourhood News Online

Rachel plans to host a monthly ‘What’s Happening in Balsall Heath’ online gathering for local organisations to share their news and events for inclusion on www.neighbourhoodnewsonline.com.  This helps lay the groundwork for future Neighbourhood Council plans. Request that FoMRB is represented at this, but further information to follow next month.

9. Date of the next meeting

14th June 2021 at 7:30pm via Teams. E-mail contact@friendsofmrb.co.uk if you wish to attend.

Baths re-opening and clean up

We are excited to learn that Moseley Road Baths CIO have announced that swimming will commence on 4th May. This is the result of lots of hard work by the team to get everything up and running. They are requesting the help of volunteers to clean public areas ahead of opening.

The timetable

This is the provisional timetable from Tuesday 4th May. Do check the Moseley Road Baths website for any updates.

Volunteer clean up

If anyone is able to come along on Thursday evening, any time between 5pm and 8pm, e-mail niki.trenbath@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk. Full cleaning equipment will be provided and Covid restrictions will be in place to keep both staff and volunteers safe. Do please wear a face mask and observe all guidance whilst in the building.

Appeal for volunteers to clean building ahead of reopening

Please read this appeal from Niki from the CIO (who operate swimming at Moseley Road Baths).

As we prepare for reopening (yay!) we need to get the Baths ready to go! So we will be holding a clean up day this Saturday, and it would be great to see you there.

In an effort to help distancing I would like to make it in two shifts, so please let me know if you would rather come in the morning (10am to 1ish) or the afternoon (1ish to 4) so we can make it go as smoothly as possible.  Snacks will be provided!

If you can help, please e-mail Niki at niki.trenbath@moseleyroadbaths.org.uk

Minutes of meeting – 6th April 2021

Friends of Moseley Road Baths meeting, 6th April 2021 via Zoom

Present: Joe Holyoak (Chair), Rachel Gillies (Secretary and Minute Taker), Mark Gunton (Treasurer), Polly Feather, Janet Lewis, Viv Harrison, Damian Hursey

Apologies: Sarinder, Philippa, Raj, Zhor

1. Co-opting members

Viv Harrison and Philippa Webster have been co-opted onto the Committee.

2. Minutes of the AGM

Circulated and approved.

3. Future of the Friends of Moseley Road Baths

No need to replicate CIO’s work to promote the building, but we can work with them to complement what they are doing. Rachel in conversation with Social Media team.

We will seek to host an open day with a tour when allowed.

Membership model briefly discussed but not taken further at this point.

Need to maintain communication with the CIO – putting our minutes online will help, as will regular FoMRB meetings where CIO members can report back.

4. Steve Beauchampé Memorial

A panel to commemorate Steve Beauchampé will be displayed in the Baths    – a draft was screen-shared during the meeting.  It will be A2 size, some amendments will be made to the text.  Rachel to look for images of Steve in the FoMRB archive.  There may be an event in late June to mark Steve’s life.  Any comments or amendments should be sent through to Joe Holyoak at jh@joeholyoak.co.uk by Friday 9th April.

5. Birmingham Heritage Week

We will make plans for a public event at Moseley Road Baths in September 2021.  This also marks 15 years of the Friends of Moseley Road Baths.  Joe to link with whoever is co-ordinating BHW this year.

6. Plants at Moseley Road Baths

The plants in the foyer have suffered during the most recent lockdown.  Thanks to Polly and Carol for caring for plants over the past year.  Viv to enquire about CIO capacity to maintain plant displays.  FoMRB to discuss giving funds at next meeting.  Members of the group are welcome to approach plant centres to seek donations – Rachel to provide letterhead.

7. Date of next meeting

Monday 10th May at 7:30pm via Teams.  Rachel to circulate link in advance – do send agenda items through to her prior to the meeting.

Immersion – Footage of the Gala Pool in 2003

We were recently made aware of a film that was produced in 2003 as part of Birmingham’s bid to be Capital of Culture.

The film was shot in 2003, the year that the Gala Pool was closed for swimming, so it provides a wonderful snapshot of the pool just before it was emptied.

Thank so much to the film’s Director, Paul Green, for sending this through to us. We’re sure it will bring back memories for so many of you!