Bournville and the local area

Find out about the local area, including Bournville Quaker Meeting and at Woodbrooke.

Bournville was created as a green and leafy estate for Cadbury employees and others in 1895 by George Cadbury.  It was designed as a place that would be a pleasant and healthy environment for its residents, and it still is today.  In 1900 the Bournville Village Trust was established to ensure that the estate would be maintained for future generations to the original high standards.

The Cadbury Factory and the very popular visitor attraction, Cadbury World, are at the heart of the village, next to a picturesque village green.  Nearby is the local primary school, the Parish Church of St. Francis and the Friends Meeting House.  On the Green there is a cafe, butcher, baker, chemist, florist, bank and newsagent; all within a short walk from Oak Tree House.

Bournville Quakers meet in the historic Meeting House which was build in 1905 by George Cadbury as the first place of public worship in the new ‘village’.  Between thirty and forty people usually gather there for worship at 10.30 on Sunday mornings.  There are periodic study groups and social events.  Bread and Cheese lunches, followed by a short lunch-time concert, are held on most Fridays.  The Meeting House is also used by a variety of other community groups.

Other local Quaker Meetings include Selly Oak and Cotteridge, which are accessible by foot or by bus.

St Francis of Assisi is the local Parish Church (Anglican) with a full programme of services throughout the week.  There is a thriving community at the Selly Oak Methodist Church, which is not very far away in the opposite direction.

Woodbrooke is Europe’s only Quaker Study Centre, offering adult education short courses on personal spiritual growth, theology, creative arts and training for Quaker roles.  It lies approximately half a mile west of Oak Tree House, and offers bed and breakfast and beautiful landscape gardens.