A new home for... alpacas
The future's looking up for a historic pub and an ACDC tribute band takes to the stage
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Your daily Brum in Brief is below with the weather and a round-up of interesting stories, plus a couple of things to do. Our next in-depth story will be out on Wednesday, so look out for that…
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Brum in Brief
🌦️ The day starts off sunny but in the afternoon patchy cloud will move in with scattered showers.
🏚️ The future looks a little brighter for an abandoned historic pub which was set on fire by Suffragettes in 1912. The Golden Lion Inn in Cannon Hill Park is a Grade II listed building and Historic England has received £32,000 to establish the extent of decay and cost of repairs. Historic England regional director, Louise Brennan, said: "These works are a vital first step in securing the future of this storied landmark for the people of Birmingham and bringing it back into use.”
💰 Hundreds of local councils in England have failed to meet the deadline to publish their audited accounts. The process is meant to enable scrutiny of public spending and the failure to file on time removes any “early warning system” for local authorities in financial difficulty. Birmingham City Council announced de facto bankruptcy in September and its accounts for the last three years are yet to be signed off.
🔎 The police have put out a fresh appeal for any information relating to a man who was last seen 24 years ago. Terence Potts is five feet four inches tall, has several tattoos, and by now would be 78 years old. He was last seen on 10 November 1999 in Digbeth.
🦙 An inner-city school in one of Birmingham’s most deprived wards now has a farm to inspire pupils and teach them responsibility and to care for others. St Michael's C of E Primary School in Handsworth is now home to alpacas, goats, chickens and lambs.
🧠 An interesting talk about psychopaths is taking place at The Glee Club tonight. NHS psychiatrist Dr Jonathan Illiff will explain the characteristics and behaviours associated with the misunderstood disorder. Tickets cost from £12.69 and the event starts at 7pm.
🎸 Hells Bells, an ACDC tribute band takes to the stage this Saturday at Joe Joe Jim’s Bar at the foot of the Lickey Hills. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are £14 - but hurry as there’s only a few left.