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Music at the ‘Mill 

20 Mar 17

With the very talented Ruth Theodore…


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The Russians are coming…. 

16 Mar 17

Thimblemill Library are launching a lending service for Russian books in particular but would like Polish and other central/eastern European books.


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Open Mic at The Mill 

27 Feb 17

The first time that I visited the Open Mic at the Mill I didn’t know what to expect.


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On the mARTch 

21 Feb 17

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.


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Learn Spanish…. 

15 Feb 17

Spanish lessons at the ‘Mill…


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Tell us what you want from leisure services 

13 Feb 17

Over the past five years, Sandwell Council has invested millions of pounds in the upgrade and renewal of sport and leisure buildings in the borough.


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Work in progress… 

4 Feb 17

Lightwoods House is nearing completion, and Richard Marshall has been inside for a sneak preview…


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Bringing Bears to Bear-wood 

3 Feb 17

Remember the Birmingham Big Hoot Owl Trail last year, (starring our own Caroline Jariwala)….


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Beware of lottery scam 

30 Jan 17

A message from the police: We have been made aware of a crime where criminals are approaching people stating that they have a winning lottery ticket but they cannot cash it in as they are here in the UK illegally, they then ask for help to cash it in.


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Holocaust Memorial Commemoration 

27 Jan 17

This year’s Sandwell Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day will take place on Sunday, 29th January at 10.15am at the Highfields Memorial Gardens, High Street West Bromwich.


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Consultation on changes to bus routes 

24 Jan 17

National Express are consulting on changes to bus services which would impact on some routes in Bearwood.


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Nashville Cats 

23 Jan 17

This Saturday at Thimblemill Library, the spectacular Nashville band The Wild Ponies will be strutting their stuff.


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Just…beautiful 

22 Jan 17

Simon Lea’s frost woods…


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Bus diversion 

12 Jan 17

During the road closure because of resurfacing in St Mary’s Road, (see previous post) the number 48 bus will be diverted via Three Shires Oak Road…


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Sandwell libraries amongst the best! 

11 Jan 17

An army of volunteers and a packed programme of activities have put Sandwell libraries among the best in the country according to recent figures.


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This looks brilliant! Drive-in Sunday 

3 Jan 17

Build your car, then sit in it to watch the movie….


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Simon’s latest 

18 Dec 16

Sunset over the meadow in Warley Woods…


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Pete from Dexys live at Corks 

12 Dec 16

Pete Williams a founder member of Dexys Midnight Runners has recently finished 32 dates as special guest to The Proclaimers, and is now coming home to Bearwood this weekend.


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Hang Simon Lea! 

1 Dec 16

Yes you can! If you’re going to the Craft Muthas 2nd Christmas Fair (Saturday, Bearwood Baptist Church in Rawlings Road from 10am) you will have the opportunity to buy one of Simon Lea’s fantastic prints, framed and in a range of sizes, to hang on …


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An Enchanted Christmas at St Hilda’s 

30 Nov 16

The promise of a wonderful festive evening with carols, music and readings.


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A TV film which shook the country 

26 Nov 16

…”an ice-pick in the brain of all who saw it” was how one critic responded to Cathy Come Home.


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Tickets still available… 

25 Nov 16

…you can pay on the door.


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Switched On 

24 Nov 16

…and a big shout out for the Ukulele kids choir for leading the singing, and Global Wines for supplying the warming mulled wine.


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A good night out… 

23 Nov 16

…and supporting a great cause…


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Christmas Tree lights switch on 

18 Nov 16

This year we have replaced the rather tired looking lights we have had previously with something a tad brighter.


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Super Saturday in Bearwood 

17 Nov 16

As the run-up to Christmas picks up pace, this Saturday Bearwood is buzzing.


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Two Christmas Crackers 

8 Nov 16

Not one, but two fabulous Craft Fairs this year…and with food and drink too…


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The mist beyond the path 

7 Nov 16

Our very own Simon Lea has recently entered this photo of Warley Woods in a photo competition with Countryfile.


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25th Anniversary of the skateboard park 

26 Oct 16

Bikes, skates, scooters, blades and music… what’s not to like…


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The Voice…that is Sally Barker 

26 Oct 16

Sally Barker, finalist and runner-up in the BBC’s The Voice returns to Thimblemill Library on Friday…miss it if you dare!! Sally reduced Tom Jones to tears on The Voice , she has acted as support to Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, sings Sandy Denny …


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For adults and courageous children… 

23 Oct 16

Theatre at the ‘mill…


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Abbey Labour Film Club presents 

21 Oct 16

Film maker Michael Moore says he has had enough of the US invading other countries and stealing their natural resources…he wants the US to go to other countries and steal their good ideas and superior lifestyle choices.


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Let there be cake! 

18 Oct 16

For one day only We Are Bearwood are re-opening Coffee Junction for a conversation café where we will be giving free drinks and cakes in exchange for a bit of your time and your stories of Bearwood, both real and imagined.


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Warley Woods voted one of the best ten parks in Britain 

18 Oct 16

One of Simon Lea’s beautiful photographs of the park Warley Woods has been voted one of the most popular public parks in Britain from those parks awarded Green Flag status.


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New café offers free cuppa and a cake… 

13 Oct 16

The new Serenity Café opens next Monday, (just up from the Bear pub) and the owner, Jake, tells me that all customers calling in on the opening day will be welcomed with a free cup of tea or coffee, and a piece of cake.


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Pamper Party for CARES 

6 Oct 16

On Friday, 14 October 2016 CARES is holding a fundraising Pamper Party at the Victoria Centre, Suffrage Street, Smethwick B66 3QB (close to Asda, Cape Hill).


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Bud’s Run gets Olympic boost 

2 Oct 16

A Birmingham 5K charity fun run has been given an Olympic-sized boost by a gold medal winning British hockey player.


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Jumble Trail (Part Deux) 

2 Oct 16

Some of the people who had a garden stall washed out yesterday are giving it another go today.


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The Tempest…. 

1 Oct 16

Thick as Thieves theatre have clocked up thousands of miles travelling round the UK performing in open-air Shakespeare productions.


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Street Jumble Saturday 

28 Sep 16

It’s time once more for the great Bearwood jumble trail… the jumble sale with a difference! Community organisation We Are Bearwood and the Abbey Road coffee shop Mad as a Hatter Tea Party bring you the great Bearwood Street Jumble Sale.


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Simon again… 

27 Sep 16

Simon Lea’s latest spectacular Bearwood sunset…


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Janice in the sky 

27 Sep 16

Janice Stirrup, a mother of two and grandmother of one (with another grandchild expected very soon) has completed a zip wire run at Velocity Zip World in Snowdonia.


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In memory of Luke Morton (30/11/92 – 7/8/2016) 

23 Sep 16

Luke Morton, who lived in Bearwood for all of his short life, tragically drowned in August off Mwnt beach in Wales where he had gone to observe the seals and dolphins.


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Solidarity with refugees In torchlit procession 

21 Sep 16

A torch-lit community procession in solidarity with refugees promoting hope, friendship and welcome, the Procession of Light will meet at the Fountain, walk through the woods and culminate at the Pavilion.


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Skate park consultation 

20 Sep 16

This weekend there is a consultation event for young people who want to contribute ideas for how the skate park in Lightwoods Park can be improved.


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They’ll pave paradise and put up a parking lot! 

19 Sep 16

So, after years of neglect and vandalism, it finally looks like the end for the once beautiful cottage on Sandon Road.


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Stunning scene over Warley Woods 

15 Sep 16

Even by Simon Lea’s exceptional standards…this is breathtakingly beautiful.


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Could you become a Friend of Thimblemill Brook? 

8 Sep 16

You can drive down Norman Road and hardly notice the Thimblemill Brook, but it is one of our lesser known local beauty spots and it is home to a wide variety of plant life and wildlife species.


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Caroline’s exhibition 

8 Sep 16

Bearwood’s renowned mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala currently has an exhibition of her work at Winterbourne House in Edgbaston.


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More on the Crafty Pantry… 

7 Sep 16

Two groups who have successfully organised some of Bearwood’s biggest and most loved events are joining forces next weekend (September 17th) to put on a Crafty Pantry Food Festiva l.







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