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22 Oct 2017 9:00 am - 10:00 am

Oct
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22 Oct 2017 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

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24 Oct 2017 10:00 am - 11:00 am

St Agatha's church towers above Sparkbrook - a landmark in every sense of the word! These are just two books in print which feature the church;

This is Birmingham
by Jan Bowman
Waverley Books

An inspiring and beautifully illustrated book, revealing some of Birmingham's secrets. The church is depicted on a double-page spread next to the A1 24/7 Asian supermarket.

Pevsner Architectural Guides : City Guides : Birmingham
by Andy Foster
Yale University Press

A survey of many of the city's most notable buildings, including a chapter devoted to St Agatha's.

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Sparkbrook in Birmingham, is "one of the most deprived areas in Western Europe "(Ladypool Road School Ofsted Report 1999). Male life expectancy is 57 years.
Crime is twice the city average. 53% of children receive free school meals. 65% of the population (86% of school) Asian Muslim, half of whom are under 20 years of age.

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Having said all that - the area is very vibrant and includes the famous Ladypool Road - possibly the original home of the Balti. The City Council did attempt to remarket the area as Apna Town - somehow this name doesn't seem to have caught on, but the subcontinental lampposts and other street furniture remain giving the area a unique feel.

Sparkbrook continues to become more Islamic - almost every pub has closed (including The Angel and The Lamb and Flag), usually to be replaced by plush steak houses. The church's neighbour is now a 24-hour asian supermarket; there can't be many churches in Britain where on leaving midnight mass the worshipper sees piled up fruit and vegetables on display on the pavement outside the shop - the shop almost never closes.

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Both Sparkbrook and Balsall Heath were the real locations for 'Sparkhill' in the BBC1 comedy series 'Citizen Khan' with our own Father John Herve making an unplanned cameo appearance:

Meeting 'Citizen Khan' (Adil Ray)

Finding us is easy:

St Agathas

is on the Stratford Road in Sparkbrook. Its by far the tallest building around. Bus passengers can use the 6 & 37, or the inner circle 8. For drivers, don't worry that the Stratford Road is on a red route. - there are plenty of nearby streets with parking space. Taxi drivers best know us as being the church next to the Tahira Supermkaet (formerly the A1 supermarket).

GPS postcode - B11 1QT

St Barnabas

is on the renowned Ladypool Rd in the balti belt of Balsall Heath

GPS postcode - B12 8JU

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St Agatha's Quiz

Add to your visit to St Agatha's with this
interactive multimedia quiz