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Creating habitats 

27 Jul

Were doing our bit for native wildlife and highlighting the importance of natural habitats.

Family’s Shakespeare brass is a real cracker 

26 Jul

I WAS very interested to read the article in the June 22 edition of the Bugle about Coseley Brass Foundry in the Duck Hole, Wallbrook.

A spooktacular screening 

26 Jul

For the first time ever DZG is hosting a spooktacular afterhours event, as we transform the 11 th century Dudley Castle courtyard into an open-air cinema.

Joan and Derek’s sixty happy years 

25 Jul

JOAN and Derek Bunce, now age 79 and 82 respectively, first met in the Doughty Arms pub on the five ways in Tipton.

On the trail of Dudley police in the days of borough force 

25 Jul

I HAVE been researching the history of the police forces in Worcestershire for many years.

Tiger day plans 

25 Jul

Were planning a grrreat day on Friday as we mark Global Tiger Day.

Power cut that packed a punch 

24 Jul

I HAVE just read your recent item on Dudley Hippodrome when it was used as a wrestling venue.

Art attack! 

24 Jul

DZGs reindeer hut is even more a home from home after being transformed into a tundra habitat.

Netherton wartime firefighters 

23 Jul

IN THE Second World War thousands of men and women across the Black Country answered the call to duty, not just in the armed services but also in the different branches of civil defence on the Home Front.

Dudley students celebrating Black Country Day 

23 Jul

THE students in Class One at Old Park School in Dudley have been working on celebrating Black Country Day.

Halesowen dance school grabs gold at World Cup event 

23 Jul

HALESOWEN'S Jordon School of Dance have taken gold, representing England at this year's Dance World Cup.

Well done, Sam! 

23 Jul

Were sending DZG congratulations to local lad, Sam Allardyce, on his new job as manager of the England national football squad.

School’s out! 

23 Jul

Schools out and were looking forward to welcoming thousands of families to DZG over the next few weeks.

T-shirts are animal magic! 

22 Jul

Fancy some animal magic? Then make sure you get your hands on our fab new t-shirts in the Safari Shop.

The Pokémon hunt’s on! 

21 Jul

The hunt is well and truly on for one young Pokmon fan, who headed straight to DZG after breaking up from school today! No read more...

Last Call for Elmfield School Stourbridge Reunion 

21 Jul

THIS is a last call for a reunion of those pupils and teachers who went to Elmfield Rudolf Steiner School in Stourbridge, West Midlands.

Dudley Tug-of-war team from the time when it was an Olympic sport 

21 Jul

WHEN this Tug-of-War team posed for pictures, in 1912 or thereabouts, their sport was recognised as an Olympic event.

Stourbridge hospital served community for 112 years 

21 Jul

MANY readers will remember the old Corbett Hospital in Amblecote, Stourbridge.

Birthday of opposites! 

21 Jul

Weve got two milestone birthdays on site today the first is one of DZGs biggest animals, while the other is one of the smallest! No read more...

Glass making lives on in South Staffordshire – new £5.5m glass museum, studios, maker network website 

20 Jul

I’m pleased to see there’s a new £5.5m glass museum in South Staffordshire.

A surprise summer arrival! 

20 Jul

Summer isnt usually the season associated with reindeer, but on the hottest day of the year so far we welcomed a new arrival! Seven-year-old Lily gave birth to a baby in the early hours of yesterday and the youngster has taken its first steps outside...

Hot on The Sun – 19th July (Mods and Developments in Solar Animations) 

20 Jul

Temperatures may have been up in the low 30's on the hottest day of the year, but things are much hotter on the sun.

Gornal anniversary march and Rag Day parade through Dudley 

20 Jul

UNTIL the 1970s, a roll of colour film for the family camera was seen as something of a luxury; the cost of the film itself and the subsequent processing were a considerable expense to the average snapper.

Ice lolly cool down! 

20 Jul

Weve all been there the suns shining and its boiling hot outside so you reach for that tasty ice lolly to cool you down only to get brain freeze with the first bite!! No read more...

Delighted to find picture of royal visit 

19 Jul

THE Bugle ran an article on my dad, Harry Harrison CBE, in the May 11, 2016 issue, under the heading 'Netherton Boy Done Good'.

New arrivals at DZG! 

19 Jul

Weve had a number of new critters arrive at DZG over the last few days, but keepers dont need to feed or care for these, in fact we need help catching them! No read more...

Gawa’s out and about! 

18 Jul

Gorgeous Gawa was so excited at meeting our resident red panda, Yasmin, for the first time this afternoon he fell out of a tree! But rest assured hes okay and was straight up and off exploring the rest of his hillside enclosure after keepers moved ...

Thanks for shedding light 

18 Jul

THANK you for printing my letter about Sunlight Treatment (May 25 edition) and what it was used for.

Onesie Walk raises £5,500! 

18 Jul

We're saying a HUGE THANK YOU to our generous and energetic onesie walkers who have helped raise 5,500 for our snow leopard appeal.

Duck Hole was favourite haunt for us children 

17 Jul

REGARDING your query on the 'Duck Hole' in Wallbrook which was mentioned in an article about the Coseley Brass Foundry in the June 22 edition of the Bugle.

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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.

Nature Returns to the River Stour 

28 Jun

River Stour behind Lion Health Centre Murrays Chemist Thanks to our dedicated and committed volunteers we’ve almost completely cleared the River Stour behind the Lion Health Centre .

#KeepCorbyn : An open letter to the Labour right in the PLP 

24 Jun

I’m writing to you as a Labour party member to beg you to respect the mandate of Jeremy Corbyn as leader.


24 Jun

Jean-Claude Juncker, Angela Merkel, François Hollande, Dave Cameron, James Morris , Margot James Sajid Javid, Tom Watson, Adrian Baily , Eddie Izzard, Peter Mandelson, Will Straw, Richard Branson, Sayeeda Warsi, Barack Obama, Christine Lagarde, Mark...

#SayHerName: Justice For Sarah Reed 

22 Jun

Wednesday 22nd June would have been Sarah Reed’s 33rd birthday.

News from the Combined Authority AGM 

20 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority intended to hold its inaugural AGM last Friday, 10 June, but a little local difficulty in the House of Commons meant that the legislation hadn’t been completed in time.

Jo Cox, motherhood and antifascism 

16 Jun

Just had a cry in the pouring rain and thought I would quickly express some thoughts about what happened today.

EU Q&A Event Cancelled 

16 Jun

Following the shocking and tragic death of Jo Cox MP, the QA Event has been cancelled tonight.

Wolves Civic appeals for Fleetwood Mac memories 

16 Jun

Did Fleetwood  Mac play Wolverhampton Civic Hall?   This pic shows Dave Finely and Pamela Evans in the 1970s and a picture of the American/UK supergroup from this period.

Sedgley Post Office Burglary Leaves Owners and Local Residents Shocked 

13 Jun

The scene outside Sedgley Post Office today after the burglary on Sunday night Sedgley Post Office is usually a hive of activity at the start of each new week.

Stourbridge MP to host Senior Cabinet Minister for EU Q&A 

7 Jun

Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, will host a senior Cabinet Minister to answer questions and listen to comments from local residents in a session ahead of the forthcoming referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union (EU).

True Patriots talk while lesser MP’s Hide 

4 Jun

Last night Mr Gove gave a passionate talk about the UK leaving Europe and how we can rid this country of unelected faceless people who over 40 years have dictated the very rules that have destroyed our society and factories, the same faceless rulers ...

Most Tories Don’t believe Cameron’s Lies 

31 May

While Cameron's team threaten you with World War 3 if we leave the EU, more sensibly today we offer you VAT free energy bills and a commitment to protect our British borders.

University Fee Lies 

23 May

You are probably wondering how your child can afford the £9000 per year University fees, full in the knowledge some of our local MP's voted to raise them.

River Stour Clean-up – Sunday 5th June 

18 May

Our next event is Sunday June 5th at Murray’s, Bradley Road, Stourbridge.

Make Britain Great Again “VOTE LEAVE” 

15 May

Just over 50 years ago a great American president was stolen from the world, he foretold of a corrupt power that linked a number of governments, he said only a free press could inform and educate the people if Governments did wrong, weeks later JFK ...

King Edward VI College EU Referendum Q&A 

13 May

Q and A today at King Edward VI College, Stourbridge featuring Margot and Rt Hon Justine Greening MP.

Hundreds attend MP’s University Fair 

9 May

On Friday 29th April, Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, hosted the latest event in her Aspirations programme.

Tory Fraud Probe Deepens 

9 May

Just over a month ago following a TV program linked to Channel 4 news, details came out about irregularities in the Conservative Parties declaration of election expenses and allegations they could have spent more that twice the legal limit on ...

MP to host charity fundraiser with International Development Secretary Justine Greening 

5 May

Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, will host a charity fundraiser coffee morning next Friday in support of Christian Aid.

Theresa May’s Voting IN and Out 

26 Apr

We now have three EU sides to your Referendum Vote we have the “OUT” group who want to retain self rule, we have the disgusting “ IN” group who want to hand Britain on a plate to the Europeans and now we have Theresa May's “I'm voting in, ...

Junior Doctors’ Strike 

26 Apr

Statement from Margot James MP and radio interview.

Clockfields road saga nearing an end after major step forward 

26 Apr

A breakthrough resolution in the Clockfields road saga means an agreement to maintain the area’s roads has moved a step closer.

Margot welcomes falling crime in the West Midlands 

26 Apr

Margot James, MP for Stourbridge, has welcomed the news that crime has fallen by 14% in the West Midlands since 2010.

We need to do more to tackle the incidence and outcomes for people suffering brain cancer 

25 Apr

Parliament debated a petition signed by over one hundred thousand people into brain tumours last week.

Do as Europe tells you or else you will suffer threat 

17 Apr

The whole UK now knows what these Europeans are really like they are SICK , we've had threats from the French President followed by more threats from the French foreign minister with a smirking Mr Cameron close by The good folk of Great Britain need ...

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