Celebrating 20 Years of the Friends of Cotteridge Park


Friends of Cotteridge Park will be 20 years old this Spring.  That’s quite an achievement for a small community group.

We think that deserves a party…there will be dancing and food and fun, but because it’s March we are going indoors.

Now all we need is guests – to book your tickets click here.

Booking tickets in advance is essential as we need to know about food and the size of the room.


CoCoMAD 2017 - already!

Believe it or not planning for CoCoMAD starts now.

As we head into the dark months there’s nothing better than thinking about what’s going to be happening on the 1st July 2017.

But CoCoMAD needs volunteers to make it happen.  The next planning meeting is on Wedneday 22nd March at 7.30pm at the Cadbury Club.

We need music fans, food connoiseurs, fundraisers and design & marketing experts.

If you can’t make the meeting but want to get involved in planning CoCoMAD 2017 send an email to info@cotteridgepark.org.uk

SwingFit - Back on 11th January

Thanks to the kind generosity of the Cadbury Club, SwingFit has a Winter home.

Wednesdays at 6pm through the dark, damp nights you can dance yourself fitter.

Fantastic music, easy steps, great teacher and really good laugh.  No one cares what you wear, if you are going right and everyone else is going left, if you arrive late or have to leave early.

And it’s FREE because it is part of Parklives and Active Parks – so the only excuse is that just don’t want to.

Bring the children, friends, family, work colleagues and neighbours – spread the word.

GreenFit Baby & NEW Baby Stroll - Back on 10th January

20140304_095630GreenFit Baby is at 9.30am on Tuesdays – a great way to get some fresh air, a little exercise & meet other parents & carers.   We meet at the Car Park entrance at 9.30am.

Baby Stroll is the NEW beginners class…as it says more of a stroll and a chat for new parents who want to make friends and get out of the house. It’s the class for you if you are dealing with anxiety or post- natal depression, have had an injury or a difficult birth.  Meet at the Orchard at 11am.

Here’s what some of the Mum’s at the beginners class say:

“I’m so glad I heard about GreenFit Baby beginner class! In just 2 months my fitness has improved so much that I can now run up and down hills without being too out of breath. My weight loss has been an added bonus and I’m toning up nicely.

The physical changes aren’t the only plusses to going. I’ve met some fabulous people with babies of the same age and look forward to catching up with them each week.”

“I came along to this mornings beginners session. I’m so glad I did! Even though I didn’t know anybody I was made to feel welcome! I struggle with confidence but that was no issue with these lovely ladies! I can’t recommend joining one of these groups enough! Thank you and I can’t wait until next time!

The trainers, Sarah and Lorraine, are supportive and encouraging at all times and help look after our well-being in all areas! I’d recommend it to anyone with young babies and children.”



Pre-Schoolers Forest School - Back on 10th January

IMAG0056 Ranger Dean from Birmingham City Council is running a weekly Forest School session for pre-school age children and their carers. Bugs, mud, leaves, trees and plants – come suitably dressed! It’s FREE Meet at the Forest School – behind the Millennium Wood

Couch to 5K and Running in Cotteridge Park

Congratualations to the graduates of the Cotteridge Park Couch to 5k group.

It’s now too late to join the current course. If you are inspired to give it a go watch this space for the next starting date.

If you are already a runner a Social Running Group (no targets or timings) is at 6.30pm on Tuesday.

All sessions are FREE and supported by a qualified, experienced, friendly run leaders. Meet at the car park entrance on Franklin Rd.  If it’s your first session arrive a little early so we can get you registered.

Tuesdays: Couch to 5k and Social Running Group – 6.30pm

Thursdays: Couch to 5k and 5-10k sessions – 6.30pm

Tai Chi & Walking Group Thursdays - back on 5th January

IMG-20130321-00246 Thursday is the day for gentle exercise in Cotteridge Park.  You don’t have to get hot and sweaty to get fitter.  Improve your breathing, balance and state of mind by joining the Walking or Tai Chi groups. The Walking Group meets at the car park entrance at 10am.  Friendly people to walk & chat with. Tai Chi starts at 10.30 and is a form of gentle exercise that combines deep breathing & relaxation techniques with slow, graceful movements.These sessions are suitable for beginners, just wear comfortable clothes & shoes. If you want to know more about Tai Chi. click here to read Bridget’s Blog. Meet at the basketball court If you want to know if tai chi is for you check out the videos from some of the regulars by clicking here And if it’s too cold or wet for you click here for a video of a session you can join in with

Donations for Cotteridge Park

donations buckets Click here to donate securely The Friends of Cotteridge Park always needs more donors & donations. You can donate securely to Friends of Cotteridge Park via PayPal either as a one-off or you can set up a regular monthly donation. If you are a UK tax payer you can make your donation go further by filling in and returning a FoCP – Gift Aid declaration – HMRC model form Donations are used to pay for activities in the park and CoCoMAD.

Sunday Volunteers
wheelbarrow compressed Volunteers are always needed for a variety of tasks on Sundays from 10.15-11.15(ish).  Everything from weeding and planting to dead hedging and tree felling.  Followed by hot drinks & cake – what more could you ask for? And you get to relax in the sun in a wheelbarrow Meet at the Orchard