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Throwback Thursday 

27 Jul

We’re continuing our look back at DZG across the decades as part of our 80th anniversary celebrations.


Bucket list ticked! 

26 Jul

When Stoke’s Signal1 Breakfast Presenter, Jennie Longdon, launched a summer campaign to complete a recently discovered childhood bucket list, we stuck out our necks to help! As on her list, written when she was 15 to complete during the school ...


Wombourne line carried passengers for just seven years 

25 Jul

BUGLE reader Ramon Williams of Kidderminster has sent in this fine photograph of a steam train that he took some 60-odd years ago.


Clowning around! 

25 Jul

There’ll be plenty of clowning around during the summer holidays as we welcome Flip and Dippy every weekend.


Zebra Stripes 

24 Jul

It's time for a new challenge at Make My Monday and the theme this time is Monochrome I've been playing with a friends new dies from Joanna Sheen.


Bucket loads of fun! 

24 Jul

It’s the summer holidays and our meerkats are already having bucket loads of fun following a delivery of new sand for their enclosure.


Abraham Darby to have Woodsetton memorial 

23 Jul

I FIRST GOT the idea for a memorial to Abraham Darby I last October after reading about him and what he had achieved and his place of birth.


Looking smart! 

23 Jul

Continuing our anniversary rebrand we’re kitting out staff in a new-look uniform.


Permanent memorial to VC hero Thomas Barratt 

22 Jul

DUDLEY Council are planning a ceremony for the unveiling of a Victoria Cross memorial paving stone for Thomas Barratt, who was born in Coseley.


Discover DZG this summer! 

22 Jul

Learn all about lynx, lemurs and gibbons in new summer season talks.


Do you remember this old pub? 

21 Jul

THERE is something of a mystery about this sketch of an old pub and we hope readers may be able to solve it.


Birthday greetings 

21 Jul

We’ve a birthday girl and boy on site today! Birthday boy, Oba, gets some fishy treats from Senior Keeper, Sarah Evans.


Flying the Black Country flag at the Houses of Parliament 

20 Jul

FOUR of the Black Country's MPs flew the Black Country flag at Westminster last week to help bring Black Country Day to the nation's seat of power.


Greatest gathering of Pat Collins funfair vehicles set for steam… 

20 Jul

THIS YEAR the Ross-on-Wye Steam Engine Society's annual Steam and Country Rally at Woodside Farm, Welland, takes place 28th, 29th and 30th July and will feature an unprecedented display of steam engines and other equipment once owned by the legendary...


Cradley youngsters who had some dark days ahead of them 

20 Jul

THEY say that schooldays are the best days of your life not everyone would agree, but it's fair to say that these youngsters, if we're right in thinking that they were pictured in the 1920s, certainly had some tougher times ahead of them.


Earn your stripes for tigers! 

20 Jul

Visitors are encouraged to earn their stripes and help us raise funds for tigers next weekend.


Choir impress sell-out crowd 

19 Jul

Cradley Heath Male Voice Choir performed a one hour concert in the Singing Caverns for the Dudley Canal Trust on July 8.


Sunflower turns 1! 

19 Jul

We’re wishing a very happy 1 st birthday to reindeer, Sunflower – whose birth made headlines last year! This time a year ago the UK was basking in a heatwave and July 19 was recorded as one of the hottest days of the year, as we welcomed our ...


Cars in the castle 

18 Jul

There’ll be cars in the castle on Sunday as we host the West Midlands Classic Car Club’s annual show.


Voting visitors 

17 Jul

We’re looking ahead to our 2018 redevelopment plans and inviting visitors to choose our next exciting animal project, involving either bears, tigers or chimpanzees.


Alum Pot……a Sunday trip? 

16 Jul

After a good nights sleep we headed to Inglesport for a full breakfast to start the day and also to pick up some 60m of club rope.


Put some colour in the Black Country! 

16 Jul

THE rise of adult colouring books is a phenomena that it's fair to say few of us saw coming, but it shows no sign of slowing down.


Forming a conservation community 

16 Jul

DZG hosted its first ever Community Conservation Forum attended by a variety of local nature groups.


A rather wet Swinsto Pull Through Trip 

15 Jul

With only Kay and I available for this weekend away I decided to head up to Yorkshire to introduce Kay to a couple of the Yorkshire classics.


Confessions of a Ashford Dairies delivery man 

15 Jul

ASHFORD DAIRIES and their Fiesta brand of ice cream and desserts were once a household name and the Stourbridge firm has featured several times in the Bugle over the years.


Kirk’s a cutie! 

15 Jul

Our newest ring-tailed lemur has been called Kirk, after keepers discovered he’s a boy! The baby was born in March, just prior to Mothers’ Day and is the 12 th offspring to mum, Phoebe and dad, Frank.


Great War Victoria Cross hero killed in action 100 years ago 

14 Jul

THOMAS BARRATT was born on May 5, 1895, to James and Sarah Barratt.


Celebrating our bostin’ heritage 

14 Jul

We’re celebrating our bostin’ heritage today as it’s Black Country Day.


Mystery over letter 

13 Jul

In last week's Bugle (July 5) we carried a letter headlined Mystery why Ramrods didn't make the big time.


Doreen’s deer! 

13 Jul

We welcomed royalty to DZG when self-employed Queen of the Black Country, Doreen Tipton paid us a visit.


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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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