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Good form will attract players – Pulis 

5 Dec

West Bromwich Albion boss Tony Pulis hopes their early-season form can help him attract new players in January.

Great Barr School shut by gas leak 

5 Dec

Great Barr school was shut today after a gas leak over the weekend left some classrooms without heating.

‘No plans’ for free M6 Toll road, says government 

4 Dec

The government says it has 'no plans' to spend about £1bn on buying the M6 Toll road in order to make it free for users.

West Bromwich Albion v Watford 

2 Dec

Preview followed by live coverage of Saturday's Premier League game between West Bromwich Albion and Watford.

Man jailed for West Bromwich car crash that killed 12-year-old Amar Atwal 

2 Dec

A man who killed a 12-year-old boy after he crashed into the side of a car at a junction is jailed for six years.

DfE orders review of children’s services at ‘inadequate’ council 

30 Nov

The government has ordered a review to determine whether Kirklees council should be stripped of its responsibility for services following a highly-critical inspection report.

Great Barr based Perry Beeches Academy slips to inadequate Ofsted rating 

28 Nov

Poor leadership, a dysfunctional governing body, pupils vulnerable to online radicalisation, serious financial failings and haphazard identification of students with special needs.

Man Charged Over Kidnap and Death of Birmingham Teen 

12 Nov

A Birmingham man has been charged with the kidnap and manslaughter of Tipton teen Kaydel Williams.

Drug dealers jailed for throwing heroin from car in M6 police chase 

11 Nov

Two drug dealers who flung heroin out of their car on to a motorway as they fled from police are jailed.

Tributes to boy, 12, killed by bus in Wednesbury 

11 Nov

Tributes are paid to a "brave" schoolboy, 12, who died after being hit by a bus in Wednesbury.

Heroin thrown on to motorway during 130mph M6 police chase 

11 Nov

Drug dealers create a cloud of heroin on a motorway by throwing it from a car travelling at 130mph while chased by police.

Damning Ofsted report on troubled Ace Academy in Tipton 

10 Nov

A troubled academy is still underachieving two years after plunging into special measures, Ofsted has ruled.

Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion 

4 Nov

Preview followed by live coverage of Sunday's Premier League game between Leicester City and West Bromwich Albion.

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Filming starts on four-part West Brom documentary for American TV viewers 

20 Feb

American viewers are going to be treated to a new documentary mini-series all about Albion, commissioned by the NBC TV network.

Mark Clattenburg taking charge of West Brom game as Saudi Arabia put on hold 

20 Feb

Saudi Arabia-bound Mark Clattenburg has been named referee for Albion's home match with Bournemouth this weekend.

Clattenburg handed Premier League match 

20 Feb

Mark Clattenburg will referee a Premier League game this weekend, despite agreeing to become head of referees in Saudi Arabia.

Matt Wilson’s West Brom update – Feb 20 

20 Feb

Matt Wilson gives his latest West Brom update.

West Brom’s Tyler Roberts making waves on loan at Shrewsbury Town 

20 Feb

Albion youngster Tyler Roberts continues to impress on loan at Shrewsbury Town, and it hasn't gone unnoticed at the Baggies.

Tony Pulis: We haven’t achieved anything yet at West Brom 

20 Feb

Tony Pulis says Albion haven’t achieved anything yet this season and has urged his players to keep their feet on the ground.

Job Vacancy: Inspire Coach 

20 Feb

 ‘Inspire’ Staff – Education and Engagement team  Salary Range – £16,000 – £19,000 Contract – one year in the first instance (Please note that this position is not a football or sports coaching job vacancy)  The Albion Foundation (...

Darren Fletcher: No West Brom let up from Tony Pulis 

20 Feb

Training remains as tough as ever under Tony Pulis, skipper Darren Fletcher has confirmed, as the gaffer refuses to rest on his laurels.

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Sandwell Action continue fine start in Clinton Cup 

20 Feb

SANDWELL Action boosted their hopes of a place in the knockout stages of the new Beacon Sunday League Clinton Cup when pulling off a 3-0 home success over Shere Punjab this week.

Albion stars pay tribute to Brian Whitehouse 

17 Feb

FRIENDS, family and more than a few Hawthorns legends gathered last week to pay tribute to former Albion forward Brian Whitehouse, who died on January 16.

Cradley Heathens 2017 fixtures revealed 

14 Feb

Cradley Heathens fixtures for 2017 have been revealed, detailing all of the team's clashes for the upcoming season.

Tividale must find top gear again – King 

14 Feb

TIVIDALE boss Dave King says he's working hard to help his side recapture their pre-festive form.

First Aid Course 

12 Feb

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March Colour Belt Grading 

9 Feb

March Colour Belt Grading Thursday 16th March 2017 – 6.45pm start (please arrive 15 minutes early) The hall can be accessed from 6.30pm Oldbury TAGB The Portway Lifestyle Centre Newbury Lane Oldbury B69 1HE New starters need to provide...

Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

8 Feb

BATTLE FOR THE CHAMPIONSHIP, 1953-4Continued from last weekDURING March, Albion qualified for the FA Cup final by knocking Tottenham Hotspur out of the competition 3-0 in the sixth round before edging past Third Division (N) side Port Vale ...

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Learn Spanish…. 

15 Feb

Spanish lessons at the 'Mill...

Tell us what you want from leisure services 

13 Feb

Over the past five years, Sandwell Council has invested millions of pounds in the upgrade and renewal of sport and leisure buildings in the borough.

Work in progress… 

4 Feb

Lightwoods House is nearing completion, and Richard Marshall has been inside for a sneak preview...

Bringing Bears to Bear-wood 

3 Feb

Remember the Birmingham Big Hoot Owl Trail last year, (starring our own Caroline Jariwala)….

“Lol” – Cooper Lied to the C*ck-Suckers! 

1 Feb

Over at the Joseph Goebbels Institute in Wolverhampton (aka The Express and Star) the editor, Harrison, and some of his staff spent years with their tongues metaphorically rimming the anus of the late Smethwick Scumbag, Cllr "lol" Darren Cooper.

Give The Keys Back, Lardarse Rowley! 

31 Jan

Even by Sandwell standards this is f*cking unbelievable! Once again The Skidder has led the way in exposing the murky doings of Jan Britton's bent paid service at Sandwell Labour Council - in this case the Parks Department.

Beware of lottery scam 

30 Jan

A message from the police: We have been made aware of a crime where criminals are approaching people stating that they have a winning lottery ticket but they cannot cash it in as they are here in the UK illegally, they then ask for help to cash it in.

Cllr Rouf STILL Protected! 

30 Jan

A major new revelation about the Rouf mansion scandal came out from Sandwell Council last week but Cllr Rouf continues to avoid scrutiny! I have written no less that six posts on the scandal of the Rouf mansion plus others referring to it but matters...

Cllr Frear’s Council House 

29 Jan

I will be posting in detail about the matters arising out of all the new fraud and corruption allegations coming to the surface from the disastrous Cooper/Britton years but at least it looks like Mahboob Hussain's bag man Cllr Andrews/Bloxham/Kerton/...

Holocaust Memorial Commemoration 

27 Jan

This year's Sandwell Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day will take place on Sunday, 29th January at 10.15am at the Highfields Memorial Gardens, High Street West Bromwich.

Butt Out Tom Watson MP! 

27 Jan

As ever, it has been Adam Smith and The Halesowen News who have blazed the trail in the local media with the latest fraud and corruption allegations engulfing the Labour rotten borough of Sandwell.

Consultation on changes to bus routes 

24 Jan

National Express are consulting on changes to bus services which would impact on some routes in Bearwood.

Nashville Cats 

23 Jan

This Saturday at Thimblemill Library, the spectacular Nashville band The Wild Ponies will be strutting their stuff.


22 Jan

Simon Lea's frost woods...

Cllr Bawa Allegations NOT New to BENT West Midlands Police! 

20 Jan

It's been another explosive week in Sandwell as further fraud allegations rock the corrupt Labour Council.

Is Ian Jones “The Third Man”? 

18 Jan

I will, of course, be blogging soon about today's major developments in the stinking cesspit that is Sandwell Council.

Potty-Mouthed Piper On Fine Form! 

13 Jan

I quite like my Facebook chum Cllr Bob Piper even if he is a foaming-at-the-mouth acolyte of the absurd Corbyn.

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How banns can be banned and we can still be missional 

20 Feb

Marriage in the Church of England is a complex legal thing.

Social Impact Workshops 

20 Feb

Funders and commissioners are increasingly looking at the social impact resulting from their investment, and the social value created by schemes they support .

GM2FL Community Event and AGM 

20 Feb

Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local Partnership will be hosting a community event and their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 15 Mach 2017.

National Lottery Awards 

20 Feb

Get your favourite National Lottery funded project the recognition it deserves.

Creative Black Country – 100 Masters Nominations 

20 Feb

The Black Country was forged at the hands of men and women from all walks of life who had honed their skills to the highest levels.

Facebook to Deliver Digital Skills Training to 10,000 Women 

20 Feb

Facebook is continuing to invest in digital skills development by joining forces with Enterprise Nation to support female entrepreneurs across the country.

Spotlight on Creative Black Country 

20 Feb


Healthy Sandwell Micro-Grants: Open for Applications 

17 Feb

The Healthy Sandwell Micro-Grant Fund is still open for applications – and the maximum grant amount available has just been increased…to £500.

East Lothian 

15 Feb

Whilst we were at our daughter last week, we too the opportunity to explore around East Lothian and the nooks and crannies along the coast of the Firth of Forth.

Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 5 and 6 

15 Feb

Thursday was another poor weather day but we decided to take a risk and drive to the Muir of Dinnet and hope the weather wasn't too bad to stop up us going for a walk.

Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 3 and 4 

14 Feb

Tuesday (day 3) proved to be a bad weather day, it rained all day and was very murky, and very difficult to see anything, this was about the best, as we stayed very local and drove around the area and explored the Linn of Dee, although on our travels...

Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 1 and 2 

13 Feb

Most years we head up to the Highlands for a week in late January or early February, in fact the only year we have missed since 2009 is 2015 when we went to the Orkneys instead.

Complete Kidz becomes first CIC to receive gold CAA accreditation in the UK 

13 Feb

Sandwell-based Complete Kidz is celebrating its recent success of attaining Gold accreditation from the CAA – becoming the first community interest company (CIC) in the UK to achieve this important accreditation.

Brilliant Boards: How to Create the Best Voluntary Sector Set of Trustees 

13 Feb

With 2017 now in full swing, voluntary sector trustees up and down the country will be thinking about what their board could do better, and what they, as an individual trustee, can do differently.

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Councillors fail to buy into new supermarket scheme 

17 Feb

Plans to build a discount supermarket next to a giant Asda store on the outskirts of Birmingham have been rejected by councillors.

Traffic Alert: Long delays to M6 after accident 

17 Feb

Drivers using the M6 in Birmingham have been warned of long delays on the southbound carriageway following an accident between a car and a lorry.

Wasps out to sting the opposition after securing new JLR deal 

17 Feb

A Coventry sports team has secured a new sponsorship deal from one of the citys best known businesses.

US airline pledges continued support for Birmingham Airport 

17 Feb

West Midlands companies looking to boost their exports by trading with businesses in the United States are set to energise the region and bring it to the attention of global investors.

Aldi Great Barr store plan rejected 

17 Feb

The company was told that its plans for the site next to the Asda store on Queslett Road would add to the already bad traffic in the area and lead to the loss of woodland.

Revealed: 360 firms named and shamed for cheating workers out of minimum wage 

16 Feb

Retail giant Debenhams was accused of failing to pay almost 135,000 to just under 12,000 workers...

Tata Steel workers back pension cuts to secure jobs 

16 Feb

Tata Steel workers including hundreds in the West Midlands have agreed to take a cut in their pensions in order to try and secure the future of the business, which has been sold to new...

Competition authority to examine Heineken’s Punch takeover 

16 Feb

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) is to examine Heineken\'s £402.7m takeover of Punch Taverns to see if it will result in "a substantial lessening of competition".

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Safer 6 Is Back 

23 Sep

Safer 6 Campaign is Back for Autumn 2015 Sandwell’s Safer 6 campaign is back again for 2015 – Six weeks of targeted action and community safety work across the boroughs six towns.

Schools quiz 2015 

13 Jul

Pupils from a Sandwell school are celebrating, after taking first place in the final of the West Midlands Fire Service Schools’ Safety Challenge 2015.

Poland here we come! 

7 Jul

Members of Wednesbury Young Firefighters Association are set to head off to Poland to represent the UK in the 2015 CTIF (International Technical Committee for the Prevention and Extinction of Fire) competition.

A sound partnership! 

22 Jun

A Birmingham community group is set to be heard loud and clear, after receiving a second-hand PA system from West Midlands Fire Service.

Battering Ram Cam – Crime blitz continues across Sandwell 

1 May

Battering Ram Cam - Crime blitz continues across Sandwell This week saw another series of early morning raids across Sandwell as part of #SpringSafer6.

Oldbury Fire 

29 Apr

At 1.17pm today (Wed 29 April) we received a 999 call reporting a large fire at a plastics factory on Tat Bank Road in the Langley area of Oldbury.

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Work starts on new Oldbury manufacturing facility for Steel & Alloy 

20 Feb

The first stage of a major new £27m manufacturing facility got under way in Oldbury with a ceremony to mark the start of construction.

Reduced overall benefit cap- numbers and average benefit deduction 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Robert Claridge on 20 February 2017 .

Households affected by the household benefit cap 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Jenny Pennington on 20 February 2017 .

Garden waste collections start in time for spring 

20 Feb

Garden waste collections in Sandwell are to get underway in time for spring gardening – starting from 27 February and will run until November 2017.

Come along to event to find council apprentices 

20 Feb

Young people interested in an apprenticeship with Sandwell Council are invited to find out more at an event next month.

Social Workers and Management for Adults with a Learning Disabilities 

20 Feb

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Sue on 20 February 2017 .

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