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Another baby capuchin! 

19 Sep

We’ve had another yellow-breasted capuchin birth less than five months after his half-brother, Archie arrived.


Last chance for castle tour 

18 Sep

It’s the last opportunity for visitors to learn more about Dudley Castle this Friday as we host the final tour and talk of the year.


Mesh Flowers 

18 Sep

Here is my DT card for the new challenge at Make my Monday The theme this time round is Autumn colours The main focus on my card is the flowers that are made from a copper Mesh ribbon which has been formed to make flowers.


Reduced zoo opening 

18 Sep

With autumn on its way this week we’ve reverted to our shorter winter hours today.


Pwll Dwfn 

17 Sep

I got up on the 17 th Sept expecting it to be raining due to the fact it had been forecast to rain so it was a pleasant surprise when it was just overcast, but even so i put on my waterproof hi-vis jacket and trousers and loaded my motorbike ready ...


Taking the kids for an elephant ride at Dudley Zoo 

17 Sep

THIS picture really does take us back to another age you wouldn't get a ride on an elephant at any zoo today.


Friendly football rivalries 

17 Sep

DZG staff celebrated the end of our busy summer season with a friendly football match and party in the castle courtyard.


Raise a glass to a good cause as Scout hut serves up real ale 

16 Sep

IT'S NOT too often you can get pie-eyed and claim it's all in a good cause, but there's a rare opportunity to do just that in Sedgley next week.


I recognised my uncle in Tipton Home Guard photographs 

16 Sep

TWO WEEKS ago we printed a large photograph of the entire Tipton Home Guard.


Celebrating red pandas 

16 Sep

It’s International Red Panda Day and we’re celebrating with Yasmin and Gawa.


Brierley Hill paper that had an office in the heart of London 

15 Sep

IN 1907 John Addison, who had by now become sole proprietor of The Advertiser, disposed of the business to Messrs.


Battle of Britain remembrance 

15 Sep

The Royal Air Force Ensign is flying proudly from Dudley Castle as we join the nation in marking the Battle of Britain today.


Ivan played for Dudley schoolboys then joined Baggies part time 

14 Sep

LIKE MANY a young lad, Ivan Andrews lived for football.


Six-wheeled pioneers who carried passengers right around the… 

14 Sep

HOW many Bugle readers, we wonder, remember when Wolverhampton's bus fleet was home-made?Guy Motors, one of several world-famous vehicle builders once based in the town, made the town's buses for decades, and anyone who visited the town from anywhere...


Outreach team’s hot date! 

14 Sep

Our Outreach team have a hot date o n Saturd ay as they’re attending the Birmingham Extreme Chilli Fe stival in Brindleyplace.


Stourbridge family history research evening 

13 Sep

STARTING to research your family history can be a daunting prospect, especially if you don't know where to begin.


Training on target 

13 Sep

Training is on target for Chester, our Colombian Black Spider Monkey, thanks to the efforts of Keeper Jade Reddall.


Olivia’s amazing day! 

12 Sep

An animal lover from California had an amazing time when she became a DZG Keeper for a Day.


How the Brierley Hill Advertiser started 

11 Sep

IN THE early years of the 19th century, towns and villages throughout the Black Country were heavily industrialised with collieries, ironworks, forges, foundries, quarries, brickworks and glassworks, as well as countless smaller businesses and trades.


Treating Inca 

11 Sep

DZG’s Asiatic black bear, Inca, is well and truly spoilt by keepers, who buy her tasty goodies each month.


Daseep’s day! 

10 Sep

There are celebrations in the Tiger Tecton today as our beautiful Daseep celebrates her seventh birthday! And to mark her special day we’re giving our two Sumatrans a brand new climbing frame! Curator Richard Brown, said: “We’re hoping to start...


Fruity meerkat meals 

9 Sep

Juicy pear kebabs were on the menu for our meerkat mob this week.


Dementia Friends sessions in Sedgley 

8 Sep

THE SALVATION Army in Sedgley are inviting the community to become 'Dementia Friends' by launching the new Singing By Heart group.


Santa booking’s open! 

8 Sep

Booking is now open for DZG’s Santa’s Winter Wonderland Grotto and this year he’s got his own special hotline! Visitors can either call and speak to his elves on 01384 215306 or book their own timed slot for the three-week festive period ...


Sail Away 

7 Sep

It's time for a new challenge at Crafting with an Attitude An the theme as always is Anything Goes My inspiration card is for a young boy's birthday.


Quest for Thomas Barratt VC photographs 

7 Sep

WITH THE 100th anniversary of his death in July, interest in Thomas Barratt VC, the Coseley-born hero of the First World War is at an all time high.


First proper party in six long years 

7 Sep

THE celebrations captured in our front page photograph were part of a wave which swept across the entire country in 1945.


Adam’s leap of faith! 

7 Sep

Brave DZG Keeper Adam Wrench took a leap of faith and raised more than £800 for our Orangutan Appeal.


Canals talk launches new season 

6 Sep

SEDGLEY Local History Society's new season of talks begins on Thursday, September 14 at 7.30pm in St Andrew's Church, Bilston Street, Sedgley.


When pub offered creature comforts for man and beast 

6 Sep

HAVING relocated from Birmingham to the Black Country in 1974, the only pub I can recall in John Smith's fascinating tour of watering holes of yore Black Country Bugle No: 1309 was The Fountain in Owen Street.


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Rowley, John Thomas 

20 Jun

Advertiser 18 Dec 1915 Advertiser 25 Dec 1915 BRIERLEY HILL SOLDIER’S DEATH.


Terror, being a man, and my son Ben 

4 Jun

I had my son in bed with me again last night because he was frightened.


River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 14th May 

1 May

River Stour clean-up event Date: Sunday14th May Time: 10.15 for 10.30 Place: Still to be decided Other dates: June 11th, July 16th, August 20th Please email Rosanne for further information  rosanneadams@yahoo.


Abortion rights and the wider struggle: a call to arms 

28 Jan

In this week of unfolding dystopia, there is a lot going on.


To my 7 year old daughter on the day of #Womensmarch 

21 Jan

To my lovely baby You belong to you.


Further Ed is vital for a healthy democracy: 5 fatal flaws need changing to let it flourish 

17 Jan

I trained to teach in FE in 2004 and since then have had the privilege of sharing the journeys of hundreds of learners as they progress through college and on to bright futures.


Fight austerity, don’t scapegoat migrants: Midlands trades unionists respond to Coyne 

2 Jan

On Monday 2nd January, Unite West Midlands official Gerard Coyne addressed a Birmingham group of supporters as part of his campaign to take the Unite leadership from Len McCluskey.


Corporate Governance and Social Responsibility Debate 

14 Dec

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to a debate on corporate governance and social responsibility.


Business, Innovation and Skills Questions 

13 Dec

Margot James answers questions from MPs on subjects including the trends in the number of women on boards and support for the self-employed.


Retail Store Closure: Boxing Day 

13 Dec

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary debate resulting from an e-Petition on closure of retail stores on Boxing Day.


Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film 

8 Dec

Transforming the Food System – A public talk and short film You are warmly invited to an evening on ‘Transforming the Food System’.


Scottish Questions 

24 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions relating the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in Scotland.


Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

9 Nov

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to counterfeit and substandard electrical goods, carbon monoxide alarms and opportunities for the development of small businesses.


Margot James responds to debate on workplace internships 

4 Nov

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to the Second Reading of a Private Member’s Bill to ensure all workplace internships are paid the National Minimum Wage.


Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage 

3 Nov

Margot James responds to a debate on the national living wage which has brought immense benefits and seen wages for the low paid rise more than twice as much as those on average or higher pay around the country.


MP’s Stourbridge Careers Evening less than 2 weeks away 

1 Nov

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James will be hosting her next ‘Aspirations Event’, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


Margot James responds to BHS debate 

20 Oct

Margot James responds to a Parliamentary Backbench Business Committee debate on the governance of British Home Stores.


Halloween happenings at Dudley Castle 

20 Oct

Chance to witness ghostly goings on at haunted venue.


Chef Evans, due process, and equality fights 

15 Oct

***Content warning – may be triggering in relation to sexual assault and rape*** I wanted to write something briefly on this in solidarity with the opening up of pain and frustration I have seen from lots and lots of women I admire and value and ...


MP announces 2016 Careers Evening 

10 Oct

Local MP and Business Minister Margot James is hosting her next Aspirations Event, a Careers Evening, on Friday 11th November at the Glasshouse College in Stourbridge.


Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...


Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Questions 

14 Sep

Margot James answers MPs’ questions in relation to white goods product recall and employment protections.


Faulty Tumble Dryers (Fire Risk) Debate 

13 Sep

Margot James responds on behalf of the Government to an adjournment debate on fire risk of faulty tumble dryers.


Harvest 2016! 

12 Sep

Hello Everyone We are excited to be preparing for the Harvest season.


Welcome Back! September 2016 

5 Sep

Hi All The BCFB Warehouse is open as usual, Monday to Friday 9am-2pm.


Vote Elane for FE disabled rep, NEC 

3 Sep

This week ballot papers will arrive for a UCU NEC by-election for FE disabled members rep.


The Single Market CON 

31 Aug

So Theresa is holding a big meeting at checkers, well don't hold your breath on the outcome, as most of her EU loving team want to submit to the EU's threats, made by the EU's autocratic unelected dictatorial masters.


May’s Honeymoon Is Over 

4 Aug

All over the UK good and true Conservatives are worried that the “Remain” team inside this new cabinet will NOT deliver our Exit to Britain's best advantage.


Playing the race card: Smith and working class identity politics 

26 Jul

Women workers’ banner at the black country museum workers institute It wasn’t too many decades ago that it was the tories who attacked the Labour party with the race card – if you want X for a neighbour vote Labour and all of that.


Summer Holiday Storehouse Opening Times 2016 

21 Jul

Hi All The Storehouse is Albion Street will be closed from (and including) Monday 29th August and reopen on Monday 5th September.


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