Greets Green Partnership achieved so much during its 10 year lifetime that it is impossible to mention them all. This is a snapshot of just of the many and varied highlights which impacted so greatly on the lives of Greets Green residents.

Click on the years below for more information.

1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004
2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010


Sept - New Deal bid put together by steering group.

Oct - Consultation bus tours the area to enable as many local people as possible to have their say.

Nov - Greets Green Partnership Board established.


May - Jan Rowley appointed Executive Director of Greets Green Partnership.

July - Greets Green Neighbourhood Police Team established.

Nov - Greets Green Community Newspaper launched.


Jan - Partnership staff move from temporary offices in Oldbury to permanent accommodation in Court House, High Street, West Bromwich.

April - Crime Concern open their Community Safety Base on Claypit Lane.

July - Kingsmill Corner play area officially opened - the Partnership's first major project.

Sept - First seven elected Community Reps join the Board plus two youth reps.

Dec - Citizens' Jury members quiz Lord Falconer about the 10 year programme.


April - Guru Nanak Community Centre officially opened.

June - Launch of the bi-monthly Greets Green Community Magazine.

Sept - Greets Green Residents Conference.

Sept - Launch of the new look West Bromwich & District YMCA.

Dec - Neighbourhood Wardens begin patrolling the streets.


May - Hambletts Community Association officially open Wood Lane Community Centre.

Aug - Extensive housing consultation programme gets underway.

Sept - Ally Allerson replaces Jan Rowley as Executive Director.

Oct - Swan Village Action Group set up.

Oct - Child Home Safety project launched.

Dec - Greets Green Events Steering Group set up.


April - The African Caribbean Centre Point Group set up their weekly luncheon club.

May - The Confederation of Bangladeshi Organisations launch their "Moving Forward" project.

May - Sandwell Women's Agency Network (SWAN) set up their first "Drop In" base.

July - Official opening of the Greets Green Access Centre / Yemeni Community Association in Tildasley Street.

Aug - Fun Day & Olympics Summer event held at The Rec.

Nov - Completion of The Courtyard housing development in Wood Lane.

Dec - Resident groups established for all nine Greets Green neighbourhoods.


Jan - Sandwell Advice and Moneylink opens its doors.

April - Launch of the new Greets Green Crime Fighting Team.

May - Completion of the Caroline Street allotments.

June - 'Have Your Say' workshops launched.

Aug - Greets Green Magazine Community Hero awards launched.

Sept - Launch of the Business Grants project.


Jan - Hat-trick Community Football project launched.

Feb - Greets Green Community Enterprises (GGCE) Shadow Board set up.

April - Small Sites project launched.

June - Albion Road Business Improvement District (BID) formed.

July - 'Down Your Street' surgeries launched.

Sept - Sixth form opens at George Salter.

Nov - New Greets Green Children's Centre opens its doors.


Feb - First Ask the Audience event.

May - GGCE holds first AGM.

May - More than 70 women get involved with the Social Swimmers project.

June - New look Jobs & Skills Theme launched.

June - GGCE takes over at Wood Lane Community Centre.

July - First ever street games tournament is held at George Salter.


Feb - PC Lou Carter wins West Midlands Policewoman of the Year Award.

April - West Bromwich & District YMCA celebrates 120 years of service.

June - The Public opens its doors for the first time.

Aug - George Salter achieves 89% GCSE pass rate exceeding both Sandwell and national average.

Sept - Blooming Marvellous showcase event and launch of community cookbook.

Oct - Environmental improvement work gets underway in Claypit Lane.

Dec - Public launch for Greets Green Young Advisors.


Jan - Official opening of the refurbished Shree Krishna Mandir Community Hall.

March - People power wins the day and the Hambletts bus service returns.

March - Pastoral Managers become a permanent feature at George Salter

April - First pull out 'News from GGCE' published in Greets Green Magazine.

June - Work begins on the Dartmouth Street environmental improvements

July - GGCE take over the organising of the Summer Event and hold their Beach Party

July - First Neighbourhood Forum jointly-led by GGP and West Bromwich Town Team.

Sept - GGCE holds first community forum meeting.

Oct - Former Robinson Brothers offices purchased by GGCE and renamed Waterside House.


Jan - GGCE moves into new premises at Waterside House in Charles Street.

Jan - Greets Green Partnership's 10 year celebration event at The Public.

Jan - 'Making Greets Green Great' DVD released.

Feb - Carters Green Clock Tower refurbished.

Feb - Dartmouth Centre group launch new office space.

March - Greets Green Partnership closes its doors for the final time.

The Future

Although Greets Green Partnership came to an end in March 2010, it made sure that the transformation of the area didn’t just grind to a halt.

The Partnership developed a ‘succession strategy’ which outlined different ways of making sure key parts of its work will be carried on for many years to come.

Plans were put in place so that other organisations could mainstream key projects with long-term funding. At the strategy’s launch in March 2009, more than 150 written pledges were received from organisations vowing to carry on different parts of Greets Green Partnership’s work

A legacy body, Greets Green Community Enterprises (GGCE), was also set up.

Greets Green Community Enterprises

The Partnership provided significant funds for GGCE to invest in a range of business premises - Belper Enterprise Park (nine offices and starter units), Great Bridge Business Park (five high quality, modern business units) and Waterside House (the former Robinson Brothers offices on the corner of Charles Street which has been transformed to provide high quality serviced office accommodation for over 40 businesses with meeting rooms for hire).

The income generated from the above will ensure GGCE is a sustainable organisation capable of making a profit which can then be reinvested into the community.

Based at the popular Wood Lane Community Centre which it owns and manages, GGCE also operates a children’s Play Bus, Woody’s after school club for local children and holds quarterly community forums which give a voice to the local community. Volunteering opportunities are also available.

To find out more about GGCE, call 0121 525 2662 or email