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Taxi driver found guilty of refusing to take blind man and his Guide Dog 

18 Jan 18

A taxi driver has been found guilty of refusing to drive a visually impaired man and his Guide Dog into Birmingham.


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Apprentices kickstart their careers on £32million Smethwick housing development 

17 Jan 18

Apprentices are building homes of the future in Smethwick working as plumbing and electrical apprentices.


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Money advice with BetterOff Sandwell 

17 Jan 18

People looking to manage their money better, avoid debt and look for jobs in 2018 are urged to check out the new BetterOff Sandwell website.


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Tributes paid to Cyrille Regis and long-serving community leaders 

17 Jan 18

Tributes were paid at the full council meeting last night to Cyrille Regis MBE – West Bromwich Albion legend and Freeman of Sandwell.


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Fun football sessions coming soon 

15 Jan 18

Plans have been announced for more fun football sessions across Sandwell in 2018 to help people get more active.


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Improvements planned for Wednesbury’s historic centre 

15 Jan 18

Sandwell Council is working on a scheme to conserve Wednesbury’s Market Place area which is one of the Black Country’s most recognisable historic locations.


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Make a new start this New Year 

12 Jan 18

Connexions Sandwell are hosting their annual New Year, New Start event to help young people aged between 14 and 19 and looking for work, training or further education.


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Check out support to help tackle obesity 

11 Jan 18

It’s National Obesity Awareness Week – and there’s now a dedicated website to help people in Sandwell get free support and advice on losing weight.


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Tackling modern slavery and human trafficking in Sandwell 

11 Jan 18

Sandwell is marking Human Trafficking Awareness Day today with a high-profile conference to raise awareness and drive forward joint work to protect victims.


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Sandwell councillor found to have breached code of conduct 

10 Jan 18

A Sandwell councillor accused of improper involvement in the sale of public toilets to someone he knew getting his family’s parking tickets reduced or cancelled breached the members’ code of conduct…


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Welcome for extension to car cruising ban 

10 Jan 18

Sandwell Council has welcomed the High Court’s decision to extend a ground-breaking injunction banning car cruising in the Black Country for a further three years.


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Living Memory project launched to record photo collections and life stories 

10 Jan 18

A major new project based around photography collections and life stories from the Black Country has been awarded an £85,200 National Lottery grant.


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Volunteers invited to help at Sandwell libraries 

10 Jan 18

Sandwell people looking for a new challenge this year are invited to sign up as volunteers at their local library.


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Banish Blue Monday at your local library 

9 Jan 18

Sandwell libraries are serving up a feast of activities for anyone who may need a bit of cheering up around Blue Monday, supposedly the most miserable day of the year.


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Holocaust Memorial commemoration event in Sandwell 

9 Jan 18

Sandwell will remember the millions of victims of genocide at a special Holocaust commemoration event in West Bromwich.


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Weigh2GO at Sandwell libraries 

9 Jan 18

A new, free way to help people to monitor their weight has been introduced at Sandwell libraries.


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Get fit with cycleathon at Central Library 

8 Jan 18

People can banish the winter blues and get fitter by joining in cycleathon sessions at Sandwell Central Library this month (January).


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Drop-in event for businesses and community organisations to get involved in town plans 

8 Jan 18

Local businesses and community organisations in Sandwell are invited to share their ideas and comments about town plans across the borough’s six towns.


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Community clean-up at scholl and cemetery 

4 Jan 18

Litter Watch volunteers have been praised for their efforts to clean up an area in Smethwick.


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Community clean-up at school and cemetery 

4 Jan 18

Litter Watch volunteers have been praised for their efforts to clean up an area in Smethwick.


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Make a new start in the New Year 

2 Jan 18

Connexions Sandwell are hosting their annual New Year, New start event to help young people aged between 14 and 19 and looking for work, training or further education.


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Sandwell Valley High Ropes set to re-open in the Spring 

22 Dec 17

The highly-popular High Ropes adventure activity in the Sandwell Valley at West Bromwich is to re-open in the spring – when it is rebuilt following an arson attack.


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Sandwell libraries success 

22 Dec 17

Sandwell libraries are among the most popular and cost-effective in the country, a national survey of councils has confirmed.


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Sandwell Park Farm tearooms plan 

22 Dec 17

Visitors to Sandwell Valley Country Park will get free access to the award-winning tearooms at Sandwell Park Farm – in a pilot scheme to make visits more enjoyable.


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Alice in Wonderland delight at Oldbury Library 

22 Dec 17

Families got to join in the festive fun at Oldbury Library at Alice in Wonderland’s tea party with local entertainers Once Upon A Dream.


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West Bromwich community boost for Mayor’s charities 

22 Dec 17

Nearly £600 was raised for the Mayor of Sandwell’s charities at the West Bromwich Community Awards night.


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Sign up for free swimming this winter 

22 Dec 17

Young and older people in Sandwell can register for free swimming this winter at any of Sandwell’s leisure centres across the borough.


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Learn more about Oxford Road supported housing scheme 

22 Dec 17

People interested in finding out more about a new supported housing scheme in West Bromwich are invited to an open day in January.


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Winter warmth packs help older and vulnerable people 

22 Dec 17

Winter warmth packs were handed out this week to older and vulnerable people in Oldbury and Smethwick to help them through the cold weather.


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Disused West Bromwich office block to be demolished from March 

22 Dec 17

A tired and out-of-date office block in West Bromwich has been approved for demolition to start in March.


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Good progress on gas showroom demolition 

22 Dec 17

Work to demolish the former West Bromwich Gas Showroom in the heart of West Bromwich is making good progress with the site set to be cleared by March 2018.


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Unauthorised encampments fall 60% in Sandwell 

22 Dec 17

Firm action to deal with unauthorised encampments has seen the number of groups setting up camp in Sandwell fall by 60% during 2017.


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Christmas and New Year bin collections 

21 Dec 17

Residents are being reminded that there will be changes to their normal bin collection day over Christmas and New Year.


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Council staff Christmas collection for food banks 

21 Dec 17

People needing help from food banks in Sandwell are benefiting from a Christmas collection organised by council staff.


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£170,000 parking scheme for Carters Green 

21 Dec 17

A section of pedestrian paving in West Bromwich High Street is set to be improved under a £170,000 refurbishment scheme.


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New community and faith network to help keep people safe 

21 Dec 17

Community and faith groups in Sandwell have signed up to a new safeguarding network launched to help protect vulnerable children and adults.


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Fifty new council homes on the way in Friar Park 

20 Dec 17

Plans to build 50 new council homes in Friar Park, Wednesbury have moved one step closer with the awarding of a building contract.


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New assessment house to speed up equipment requests 

20 Dec 17

A special ‘assessment house’ has been created at the Independent Living Centre in Smethwick to speed up requests for equipment and adaptations to help people live independently in their own homes.


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Special school in Oldbury given Christmas treats from The Co-op 

19 Dec 17

Children at The Meadows special school in Oldbury were treated to a Christmas extravaganza organised by staff from local branches of The Co-op.


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Chinese delegation on fact-finding visit to Sandwell bereavement services 

19 Dec 17

A delegation from the Chinese government was recently invited by the Federation of Burial and Cremation Authorities to visit Sandwell Valley Crematorium.


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Nursery in Rowley Regis brings Christmas joy to older people 

19 Dec 17

Rowley Regis children from Cornerstone Nursery have been spreading Christmas joy with older people in sheltered housing.


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Welcome for West Midlands Prepared booklet 

18 Dec 17

Sandwell councillors have welcomed a special booklet launched to give people vital information on how to reduce potential risks and be prepared for emergencies they may face in everyday life.


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West Bromwich community heroes recognised 

18 Dec 17

West Bromwich community heroes were celebrated at a special awards evening.


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Residents urged to fill out survey on pharmacies 

18 Dec 17

Health chiefs are urging Sandwell residents to tell them what they think about their local pharmacy by completing a short survey.


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More fly-tipping fines as crackdown continues 

15 Dec 17

Thirty-four fly-tippers have now been issued with maximum £400 fines as Sandwell Council’s crackdown continues.


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Advice ahead of ‘Booze Black Friday’ 

15 Dec 17

Sandwell health bosses are encouraging local people to take care with how much they drink ahead of Booze Black Friday.


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Dudley Port regeneration plan takes a step forward 

13 Dec 17

Proposals to improve a ‘regeneration corridor’ from Oldbury to Tipton are moving forward after backing from Sandwell Council’s Cabinet.


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Football matches on council pitches cancelled 

13 Dec 17

Football matches on Sandwell pitches are cancelled this weekend (Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 December) due to the weather.


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Team effort to keep hospital beds free this winter 

13 Dec 17

Health and council social care staff are working around the clock to keep hospital beds available during the busy winter period.


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New protocol to fight scams 

13 Dec 17

The launch of a new banking protocol to help people from becoming victims of scams and doorstep frauds has been welcomed by councillors and trading standards bosses in Sandwell.





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