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Zulu war talk at history society 

22 Feb

THE next meeting of the Halesowen History Society takes place on Thursday March 2, at 7.15pmThe group welcomes back speaker Max Keen, who will be giving a talk on the five-month long Anglo-Zulu War of 1879.

Kind-hearted Keetan 

22 Feb

Our snow leopard enclosure appeal has been boosted by the fundraising efforts of an animal-mad eight year-old, who has raised £70 for DZG.

Highlights of the Caving Year 2016 

21 Feb

Dudley Caving Club 2016 Round Up.

Capuchin work underway 

21 Feb

DZG’s £295,000 anniversary revamp programme is underway with contractors getting to work on a new-look home for one of our rarest species of primate.

Bird box building 

20 Feb

It’s National Nest Box Week and we’ve joined forces with a group of crafty Dudley pensioners to help care for the site’s feathered friends.

Lemurs leave 

19 Feb

We’ve said goodbye to three lemurs who have gone to join a new animal collection in York, but said a brief hello to a familiar face! Black lemurs, Florence and Kagani, as well as collared lemur, Fred, have joined Askham Bryan Wildlife and ...

Buy2Help DZG! 

18 Feb

Do you love shopping? Then did you know you can support DZG through your purchases? We’ve signed up to Buy2Help, an online shopping experience where people can buy a variety of goods from fashion, gifts, beauty and furniture and donate to us ...

Spotlight on noisy primates! 

17 Feb

Discover all about some of the nosiest primates on site with our new half term talks.

Throwback Thursday 

16 Feb

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

A pink streak! 

15 Feb

There was a streak of pink in Flamingo Falls yesterday morning as our leggy birds made a dash outside.

When Simon of Dudley were flying high around the world 

14 Feb

IF SOMEONE asked you to name a type of fire engine your response, especially if you are of a certain age, may be Green Goddess, but I would instantly reply Simon Snorkel.

Happy Valentine’s Day! 

14 Feb

Happy Valentine’s Day! Love is in the air across DZG’s 40-acre site for the many furry, feathered, prickly and scaly couples who have been carefully matched as part of vital breeding programmes to ensure the continuing survival of the world’s ...

Hedgelayers hope to help save rare moth 

13 Feb

A GROUP of budding volunteers are this week learning the ancient craft of hedglelaying at one of the borough's local nature reserves.

Recognition for tiger funds 

13 Feb

DZG’s conservation work for critically endangered Sumatran tigers have earned us a Silver Certificate from 21 st Century Tiger in recognition of our fundraising efforts The certificate acknowledges the £1,000 we donated to the charity last year, ...

New reps settle in 

12 Feb

Five new exotic arrivals have boosted the Reptile House stock.

A fab family photo! 

11 Feb

Smile! Our gelada baboons are getting in on the selfie act in this fab family photo! Here’s dad, Ebano, proudly showing off his brood – females Jimma, Tana and Addis and his three boys, Billie, Ambo and little Gimbi in their half-acre natural ...

New Football Academy Kicks Off 

10 Feb

A new Football Academy which is a joint partnership between Dudley College and Stourbridge FC has opened its doors to male players wanting to take their first steps into professional football.

Lorikeet Lookout reopens 

10 Feb

We’re getting set to reopen Lorikeet Lookout tomorrow, allowing visitors to feed our colourful birds.

Toys and treats 

9 Feb

DZG’s blue and gold macaw, Charlie, has been well and truly spoilt thanks to the generosity of her adopter.

Always looking for ‘stink pipes’ 

8 Feb

REGARDING your article in The Bugle of January 25, on the 'stink pipes'.

So many old big houses in Sedgley were demolished 

8 Feb

READING about the Belgian refugees over the last couple of weeks reminded me of the Belgian House at the end of Whites Drive in Sedgley.

A fond farewell to Teddy Gray, the Black Country’s king of rock 

8 Feb

DUDLEY will say goodbye to one of its best-known sons later this week, when the funeral of sweet factory legend Teddy Gray takes place at St Edmund's Church.

Create a unique ‘zoovenir’ 

8 Feb

Calling all our arty young visitors – we’re challenging you to help us create a unique ‘zoovenir’ for our 80 th anniversary.

Naughty Taïga! 

7 Feb

Snow leopard, Taïga, has been up to mischief and broken the enclosure’s waterfall! Big cat keepers couldn’t fathom how the water pipe had been removed from the pool, until zoo member, Karen Edwards shed light on the mystery when she caught the ...

Free return continues 

6 Feb

We’ve lots going on at DZG this 80 th anniversary year and there’s just four weeks left of our winter offer to discover it for yourself for free! Every full-paying person who visits us until the end of February will be given a ticket for a ...

Bright Spot and a Filament 4th September 

5 Feb

The conditions were far from great, but in the depths of winter it is nice just to get an image of the sun as it skirts the roof lines and tree tops of the urban environment.

AR12632 in Ha 4th February 

5 Feb

This little decaying active region had very little other than a few plasma rifts going on, and, with a sun heading towards solar minimum is why a scope like the 0.2m Airylab HaT is the way forward.

Chromosphere on The Limb In Calcium Light 4th February 

5 Feb

Not really a lot going on on in this image taken in Calcium light of the north eastern limb of our star taken with the 80mm scope at 2000mm focal length with the PGR CH3 and 2x2 binning.

Mandy’s big 4-0! 

5 Feb

It’s party time in the chimp house today as it’s Mandy’s 40 th birthday! And for her big day, primate keepers surprised all seven girls to an enrichment gift inside their indoor den, bursting with delicious tastes, smells and interesting ...

AR12629 in CaK 4th February 

4 Feb

While todays seeing wasn't great there were moments when it showed some promise, to the point I decided to get out the 100mm Tal100R refractor.

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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.

Brexit Light 

19 Jul

The new unelected Remain Prime Minister has now been appointed by the party board and all over the UK Brexit voters see no change in the direction of the UK's governance.

If you really want out, VOTE GOVE 

1 Jul

All over the UK following a world shattering referendum result our Government was given clear direct democratic instruction “LEAVE THE EU”, yet inside one week the very remain politicians in the Tory party helped by Labour are now ignoring your ...

Margot supports Theresa May – for a country that works for everyone 

30 Jun

I was delighted to attend the launch of Theresa May's campaign for the leadership this morning.

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