Over the past decade or more, the Muslim population of Perry Barr & Great Barr has steadily grown due to the movement of Muslims from the surrounding areas, like Aston,Lozells Handsworth etc. and even from other parts of Birmingham and the UK generally.
The Great Barr Muslim Foundation (GBMF) came about due to the lack of a community centre for the growing Muslim population. A few concerned individuals in and around the Walsall Road, Perry Barr and even as far as Queslett Road in Great Barr, came together with a common desire to help setup something for the Muslim community and the wider Perry Barr/Great Barr community. The aim was to serve the community we live in and to promote harmony and goodwill, as well as cater for the needs of the growing Muslim population.
The vision is to provide:
The GBMF, was formed with 5 trustees all from various backgrounds and skills.
Over the past few years, the individuals had been meeting and discussing options available to acquire a suitable building for making the vision a reality. Alhamdolillah, the former police station property on Walsall Rd, became available – we tried to acquire it prior it going to auction, however the Police Department were not willing to sell it as they wanted it to go via the auction.
We had several meetings, including meetings with a wider group of people within the Muslim community, and decided on a value of the property to us. Alhamdolillah, we managed to successfully bid for the property – £820,000, on the 6th Sept 2017. A 10% deposit was paid by the 5 trustees.
We have until 3rd October 2017 to raise and pay the remaining sum to secure the building.