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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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West Bromwich Albion »

Nathan Judah’s West Brom update – Jan 24th 

24 Jan

Nathan Judah offers today's West Brom video update.

Brave young amputee Tommy wins West Brom fans’ hearts 

24 Jan

A brave five-year-old who has endured multiple amputations delivered the match ball to the Premier League plinth at the latest West Bromwich Albion game.

Former Wolves, West Brom and Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott joins Sunderland 

24 Jan

Former Wolves, West Brom and Aston Villa defender Joleon Lescott has joined Sunderland until the end of the season.

Albion Works course comes to an end 

24 Jan

THE Albion Foundation has been running an employability course for young people aged between 16-24 who have a variety of additional needs.

January transfer window: West Brom in the black 

24 Jan

Albion are one of only two clubs in the Premier League to have made a profit in January transfer windows, a survey has revealed.

Tony Pulis factor a lure for West Brom’s Jake Livermore 

24 Jan

West Brom new boy Jake Livermore has revealed how the promise of working with boss Tony Pulis and the quality of the squad persuaded him to join Albion.

West Brom transfer news: Tony Pulis keen for one more signing 

24 Jan

Albion are confident of making one more signing in the January transfer window – but it may not be Watford striker Odion Ighalo.

West Brom transfers: Five centre-backs Tony Pulis should consider signing 

24 Jan

West Brom have had a brilliant season so far, but with January a key time for making improvements, Tony Pulis is fully aware of where he needs to strengthen.

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Sport »

Vital spell on the horizon for relegation-threatened Tividale 

23 Jan

TIVIDALE are facing a vital period in their quest to avoid the drop from the Midland Football League Premier Division.

Warley Boxing Club to host another night of action 

23 Jan

FIGHTERS from Warley Amateur Boxing Club are set for action next month.

First and third team home games off 

21 Jan

Frozen pitch...

Junior training and badgers fixture cancelled 

21 Jan

Frozen pitch...

Jamie Hughes is aiming to match Glen Durrant 

21 Jan

Tipton’s Jamie Hughes is aiming to take a leaf out of Glen Durrant’s book and pour all of his efforts into toppling the new BDO world champion.

Hammers look to the future with new academy 

18 Jan

CRADLEY Town are set to start an academy next month which will cater for players from Under-7s right through to open age.

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

18 Jan

DOUBLE FOR ALBION in 1951-52AT EASTER 1952, Albion and Wolves were locked together in the bottom half of the First Division table.

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Comment »

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.

Bus diversion 

12 Jan

During the road closure because of resurfacing in St Mary's Road, (see previous post) the number 48 bus will be diverted via Three Shires Oak Road...

Sandwell libraries amongst the best! 

11 Jan

An army of volunteers and a packed programme of activities have put Sandwell libraries among the best in the country according to recent figures.

Darren Cooper – Greedy Scrote: Part Two 

5 Jan

There is plenty of new material in this post but I'm afraid I do have to rehearse some issues from this blog for it all to make sense.

Kerry Bolister “A Liar” Claims Cllr Hackett! 

3 Jan

We saw in the last post that Darren Cooper and Jan Britton routinely used huge, secret, payments to buy the silence of departing employees from Labour fiefdom, Sandwell Council, and that this policy is continuing to the detriment of long-suffering ...

Adrian Scarrott £350K Secret Pay-Off Claim! 

3 Jan

Before I start on the meat of this post may I apologise for my lack of activity recently but I have been a little unwell.

This looks brilliant! Drive-in Sunday 

3 Jan

Build your car, then sit in it to watch the movie….

Simon’s latest 

18 Dec

Sunset over the meadow in Warley Woods...

Pete from Dexys live at Corks 

12 Dec

Pete Williams a founder member of Dexys Midnight Runners has recently finished 32 dates as special guest to The Proclaimers, and is now coming home to Bearwood this weekend.

Mrs Hackett’s Parking Ticket 

8 Dec

Unlike the late Smethwick Scumbag, Darren Cooper, it is not usually my style to refer to the family of councillors and bent staff in the Sandwell Council cesspit but it is necessary here as Tom Watson's poodle, Cllr Simon Hackett, does feature in ...

Darren Cooper – Greedy Scrote: Part One 

7 Dec

I have to start this post with a caveat that some of the content may not be true! Regulars will know that there have been attempts by the comrades to pass me false information in the hope that I will then blog it and they can discredit me - a tactic ...

Hang Simon Lea! 

1 Dec

Yes you can! If you're going to the Craft Muthas 2nd Christmas Fair (Saturday, Bearwood Baptist Church in Rawlings Road from 10am) you will have the opportunity to buy one of Simon Lea's fantastic prints, framed and in a range of sizes, to hang on ...

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Features »

Local history day at Tipton’s Glebefields 

24 Jan

GLEBEFIELDS Library in St Mark's Road, Tipton, will be hosting its first local history day on Saturday February 4, from 10.30am-1pm.

EU Looks to Remove ‘Annoying’ Cookie Law 

23 Jan

The European Union has announced plans to cut down on cookie banners that web users ‘find annoying’.

Demystifying Risk Assessments and Method Statements 

23 Jan

Infamous Community Arts has been developing a workshop to help demystify and bring clarity to understanding and writing those dread documents – Risk Assessments and Method Statements.

Part-time positions based in North Smethwick 

23 Jan

The Brasshouse Community Centre, managed by North Smethwick Development Trust, is a hub for the local community and provides a great range of services.

The Football Foundation Club Cashback 

23 Jan

Fundraise by shopping online using Club Cashback – The Club Cashback Scheme is a partnership between the Foundation and Club Website to support local clubs, raise much needed funds, and ensure future sustainability within the grassroots game.

Beat the Street – the Physical Activity Challenge That Works! 

23 Jan

We would like to let you know about Beat the Street which is coming back to Sandwell in February 2017! This is a 7-week mass participation challenge across Sandwell.

Need a venue in the evening or Saturday morning? 

23 Jan

Do you need to hire a venue in Bearwood/Harborne? Did you know that Lordswood Academies Trust have a range  of rooms for hire for all occasions.

Eymore Wood 

22 Jan

On Friday we took the opportunity of some nice weather to go to Eymore Wood, unbelievably we haven't been over there since August 2014, so it was long overdue.

A Wild Goose (Waxwing) Chase 

19 Jan

We have been keeping an eye on Twitter and the Bird Forums to see if any Waxwings turn up close to us and while there have been some nearby sightings we have resisted motoring off to try and find them on the basis that they wouldn't be there when we ...

Let’s Talk workshop 

19 Jan

LET’S TALK  is an inclusive, discursive participatory workshop taking place in Sheffield for LGBT+ HUB  and BELIEF and/or RELIGION HUB  members to learn more about one another and talk.

Fans queued through the night when Wolves met Albion in the FA… 

19 Jan

BLACK COUNTRY clubs enjoyed mixed success earlier this month in the third round of the FA Cup.

West Midlands Schools Cross Country Championships 

18 Jan

This Saturday (21st) we will be home to our second large cross country event of the season.

Time to talk shop on Tividale Road 

18 Jan

I AM writing with regard to the piece in the Bugle's edition of last week (January 11) on Tividale, and St Michael's Church.

Father Tim, aged 93, and still caring for his flock 

18 Jan

THIS month, on January 3, Father Tim Burke reached the grand old age of 93, and is still engaged as a working parish priest at the Holy Cross Church in West Bromwich.

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Business »

Traffic Alert: Long delays on M5 after accident closes three lanes 

24 Jan

There are long delays reported on the M5 northbound between Junction 2 at Oldbury and the connection with the M6 following a serious accident.

Alleged fraud cases rise by 330% in the Midlands 

23 Jan

THE value of alleged fraud reaching the Midlands courts increased by 330% in 2016 compared to 2015, according to a new study.

Airline codeshare agreement set to boost services from Birmingham Airport 

21 Jan

SERVICES at Birmingham Airport have been boosted by a new codesharing agreement between airlines Flybe and Finnair.

Manufacturers bear the brunt as insolvencies rise 

21 Jan

INSOLVENCIES rose in the Midlands last year, ending a six-year downward trend, with the manufacturing industry the worst affected.

London Midland conductors balloted on strike action 

21 Jan

LONDON MIDLAND train conductors are to be balloted on strike action over the introduction of security contractors on its trains.

MP’s praise for Sandwell Valley School at opening 

21 Jan

Deputy Leader of the Labour Party officially opened Sandwell Valley School...

JLR crush accident leaves victim ‘unable to dance’ 

20 Jan

900,000 is first stage in 'drawing a line' under accident as factory worker seeks compensation for leg amputation following 2015 factory crush...

Jaguar Land Rover pioneers VR to enhance car buying experience 

20 Jan

JAGUAR Land Rover is pioneering a new way of buying cars across its global network through Virtual Reality.

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999 »

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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LocalGov »

Thimblemill celebrates 80th anniversary 

24 Jan

Entertainment ranging from acclaimed Nashville musicians to a string quartet is on offer at a Sandwell library celebrating its 80th anniversary.

Businesses can have their say on council spending 

23 Jan

Some of Sandwell's biggest employers are to be given the chance to talk to council chiefs on how money is spent on local authority services.

Building of new council houses under way 

23 Jan

Sandwell’s housing boss has welcomed the start of a redevelopment scheme which is building 27 new council homes in Sandwell.

Primary school places boost welcomed 

20 Jan

Sandwell’s education boss met pupils and teachers at a Smethwick school to celebrate a £6.6 million plan to create more than 700 new primary places across the borough.

Mummy Monster comes to Thimblemill Library 

20 Jan

Bristol-based artist Liz Hart brings her new one-woman theatre show to Thimblemill Library in Smethwick next month.

Team effort to keep hospital beds available 

19 Jan

Sandwell’s social care boss has praised the round-the-clock efforts of health and council staff working hard to keep hospital beds available during the busy winter period.

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