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Guilty plea over body at West Bromwich police station 

23 Apr

A man admits killing Harish Kumar whose body was found in a BMW outside West Bromwich police station=.


Driver caught speeding on M6 the day his ban was lifted 

22 Apr

The Central Motorway Police Group recorded over 270 driving-related offences in a week-long "blitz".


West Bromwich Albion 2-2 Liverpool 

21 Apr

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says West Brom produced a "useless comeback" by scoring late earn a point at the Hawthorns.


Safe standing: West Bromwich Albion have proposal rejected by government 

9 Apr

West Brom have a proposal to introduce safe standing at The Hawthorns rejected by the government.


Watford v West Bromwich Albion 

2 Mar

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


West Bromwich shopkeeper takes on clown mask knifeman 

1 Mar

CCTV footage shows a tussle in which the store's wares are sent flying.


Alan Pardew: West Bromwich Albion will stick with manager for trip to Watford 

25 Feb

West Brom will stick with boss Alan Pardew for Saturday's trip to Watford, but there is serious concern about their position.


Killer lorry driver Felix Gillon was watching porn 

14 Dec

Felix Gillon is jailed for causing the death of another driver while watching porn on the M69.


Alan Pardew: Liverpool draw ‘like gold dust’ for West Bromwich Albion, says boss 

14 Dec

West Bromwich Albion head coach Alan Pardew admits he was not too ambitious with his tactics in the 0-0 draw at Liverpool.


Liverpool 0-0 West Bromwich Albion 

13 Dec

Liverpool fail to unpick West Brom's defence during a frustrating stalemate at Anfield that leaves the Reds outside the top four.


Swansea City 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 

9 Dec

Wilfried Bony fires a late winner as Swansea end their winless run with a hard-fought victory over West Brom at Liberty Stadium.


M54 remains: Murder arrests over Surjit Takhar death 

5 Dec

Surjit Takhar had been missing for seven years when his remains were found.


West Bromwich Albion 0-0 Crystal Palace 

2 Dec

Alan Pardew's first game as West Brom boss ends in a goalless draw with Crystal Palace at The Hawthorns.


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West Bromwich Albion »

Moore: It’s a sign of things to come 

3 Jul

New head coach say Johnstone signing sends out the right signals .


Albion sign Sam Johnstone 

3 Jul

Keeper signs four-year deal with the Baggies .


Baggies fine wantaway pair 

29 Jun

Foster and Dawson both train alone after refusing to travel .


Boss: It’ll be Moore of the same 

29 Jun

New Baggies boss Moore keen to continue leadership style .


Baggies get new fitness coach 

29 Jun

Nick Davies replaces departing Matt Green.


New deal for Leko 

20 Jun

Academy graduate pens improved terms .


Baggies get Championship fixtures 

20 Jun

Albion to open at home to Bolton.


Morrison given Albion lifeline 

20 Jun

Midfielder given opportunity to prove fitness .


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Sport »

Tividale well on track for new season 

16 Jul

DAVE King says it's "so far, so good" as Tividale's pre-season gathers pace.


Stimpson battles to seventh place finish in Hamburg 

16 Jul

OLDBURY'S Jodie Stimpson battled to a seventh place finish in round six of the World Triathlon Series in Hamburg.


Oldbury United preparing for new campaign 

13 Jul

OLDBURY United boss Chris Butts is looking forward to making more progress when West Midlands League Division Two get back underway.


Sen secures British cruiserweight crown 

9 Jul

OLDBURY'S Matt Sen claimed the British Cruiserweight title in only his fourth professional fight.


Golfer Jack South takes on PGA EuroPro Tour after sponsorship support 

3 Jul

OLDBURY golfer Jack South is taking on the PGA EuroPro Tour across the UK after winning sponsorship support.


Tividale boost firepower with addition of Rion Francis-Mills 

2 Jul

TIVIDALE have boosted their forward line with the addition of Rio Francis-Mills.


Old Hill slip up despite Tahir heroics 

26 Jun

OLD Hill suffered their first league defeat in four games due to a late collapse against Pelsall last Saturday.


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Comment »

Here It Is – The Skidder “Million” Quiz! 

16 Jul

As promised - it is finally here! To commemorate one million views of the Skidder blog (DRUMROLL PLEASE) about an unknown Labour dictatorship who have spent over 40 years turning a West Midlands Borough into a sh*t-hole I present a "prise" quiz.


Where are the Tories Hiding? 

15 Jul

Warning On this very blog on Saturday, 16 th July 2016 to be precise, I foretold that Mrs May would be the last leader of the Conservative Party, how true that prophesy seems today.


Lightwoods House Open Day 

12 Jul

This Saturday……Lightwoods House Summer Open Day features guided tours andaccess to the house and Shakespeare Garden from 11am3pm.


The Betrayal of a Nation 

10 Jul

Over two years ago, we the people of this United kingdom were given a vote.


Wife-Beater’s Picture Removed! 

4 Jul

Only bent Labour Sandwell Council could have glorified a wife-beater by placing a photo of him directly outside the Council chamber.


July e-Bulletin 

28 Jun

The July edition of our Bearwood e-Bulletin, with news about things happening in Bearwood and beyond, is out today…and can be downloaded here .


Lion Farm Scandal – Who Did Kerry Tell? 

26 Jun

Before I start on the latest Lion Farm news can I remind you of tomorrow night's event - which is important not just to Lion Farm folk but for all those who want to stand up to Sandwell corruption and to protect the local environment with its toxic ...


More Proof of Eling’s Lies! 

22 Jun

There was panic at the Oldbury Kremlin yesterday when a national media organisation threatened to publish a major story relating to Steve "The Milkman" Eling's (aka Elying's) bizarre lie (when he was savaging James Morris MP like a crazed stoat) that...


Lion Farm – Nothing from Government Yet. 

22 Jun

Back in March I wrote to the then Secretary of State for Local Government etc, Sajid Javid, who also happens to be my MP.


Skidder Shorts #33 – Coincidences Again… 

21 Jun

In 21st May, 2018 I sent the following by first class post to what I believe to be the home address of a female - "If you are the xxxxxxxxx who works for Sandwell Council I would appreciate a quick and private discussion.


Why Were These Councillors/Officers Lying? 

21 Jun

Nothing should surprise me any more with regard to the comrades at bent Labour Sandwell Council but this is an odd one even by their gutter-level standards.


Threats of Violence by Elings “Frivolous”! 

18 Jun

Recently the corrupt Labour Council in the rotten Borough of Sandwell announced that there is now to be"zero tolerance" to verbal and physical threats to SMBC staff or to the binmen/women who work for private company, Serco.


Public Notice to All Sandwell Labour Councillors. 

15 Jun

Here is a notice that I have sent to all the Labour Councillors at corrupt Sandwell.


Jan Britton Seeks Revenge? 

15 Jun

Chief Constable Dave Thompson has crime cracked in the West Midlands.


Bearwood Action for Refugees 

13 Jun

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week and we are celebrating at our very own Library of Sanctuary with Stories and Celebration.


Cllr Elying On The Ropes! 

12 Jun

Under pressure and failing "leader" "lol" of the Sandwell Labour dictatorship, Steve "The Milkman" Eling (aka Elying), has been caught out telling porkies again - this time by the left-wing media via The Skwawkbox.


Technical Blog – Lion Farm Standards Complaint 

12 Jun

This is a Standards Complaint I have submitted today in respect of the secrecy, lies, deceit and total incompetence surrounding the bent Lion Farm deal: Standards Complaint June, 2018 re Cllrs Eling, Hackett, Horton (Linda) and Moore.


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Features »

Building Connections Fund – Deadline: 24th August 2018 

17 Jul

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.


Sandwell Children Set for Summer Reading Challenge and Mischief Making! 

16 Jul

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Sandwell libraries – and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! The annual challenge encourages children aged four to 11 to read six library books during the long...


Five Great Automated Email Marketing Programmes for Charities 

16 Jul

It seems that finding a solution to bridge the gap of not ‘keeping in touch’, ‘keeping email recipients up to date’ or ‘sending an immediate response’ is high on the priority list for most organisations in the non-for profit sector.


Localgiving/Postcode Community Trust 

16 Jul

Localgiving has once again partnered with the Postcode Community Trust to offer over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups across the UK through its Magic Little Grants Fund.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation 

16 Jul

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas, the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.


Warley Woods wins its 10th Green Flag. 

16 Jul

Warley Woods, managed by Warley Woods Community Trust, is among a record-breaking number (1,883) of parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.


Invitation to SCVO’s 2018 AGM and 20th Anniversary Celebrations 

12 Jul

You are warmly invited to join us for SCVO’s 2018 Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Tuesday 25th September 2018 from 9.30 am – 1.00 pm at North Smethwick Development Trust, Brasshouse, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.


Summer Open Day 

12 Jul

This Saturday……Lightwoods House Summer Open Day features guided tours andaccess to the house and Shakespeare Garden from 11am3pm.


Scottish Power Foundation 

11 Jul

The Scottish Power Foundation is now accepting applications from Registered Charities and not-for-profit organisations and expects to fund around 20 projects over the next year.


The Weavers’ Company 

11 Jul

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st July 2018.


Teenagers Invited To Sandwell Careers Event 

10 Jul

Teenagers aged between 14 and 19 are invited to a careers event in Oldbury to help them decide what they want to do after school and college.


UnLtd – Transforming Employment for Disabled People 

10 Jul

Transforming Employment for Disabled People is a new partnership between UnLtd and Scope.


Rosa – Advice and Support Programme 

10 Jul

Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, has announced that as part of the new Justice and Equality Fund, it has opened two new funding programmes.


FREE Golf Camp for Juniors in August – Book now 0121 429 2440 

9 Jul

Thanks again to Sandwell MBC for the funding to offer local juniors FREE golf sessions during August, each child can select up to 3 FREE sessions to attend.


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Business »

Salts Healthcare, now at Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston. 

17 Jul

Last year Salts Healthcare , which manufactures medical devices, moved into the Apollo building in Birmingham’s Advanced Manufacturing Hub in Aston.


Sandwell Business Ambassadors give backing to borough awards 

11 Jul

SANDWELL Business Ambassadors has announced its sponsorship of one of the categories at this week’s Sandwell Business Awards.


A Perry staff to take on Snowdon charity climb 

7 Jun

CHARITABLE staff at a Cradley Heath manufacturing firm are lacing up their walking boots as they attempt a climb up Snowdon this weekend.


Midlands first for Towcraft with industry accreditation 

25 May

A BLACKHEATH firm have become the first company in the Midlands – and only the third in the country – to receive accreditation as a Witter/Westfalia Approved Service Centre.


The Times, the FT and the Chancellor focus on late payment 

13 May

o Earlier two football clubs were commended on this site: Liverpool managed an average of 27 days, beating Arsenal’s 35.


More good news from West Midlands manufacturers: ADI Electrical, W H Tildesley and Brooks Forging 

30 Mar

o Gasification Plant Converting Waste to Fuel – a ’world first’ This post updates the 2016 coverage of Adi Electrical, whose head office is in Kings Norton, Birmingham.


Post-Brexit, with an ageing workforce and a shortage of graduates with science, engineering or mathematics qualifications, effective training is needed for younger and older workers 

18 Feb

In April 2017 an apprenticeship levy was introduced.


Comment: Message to GKN shareholders – stick with it 

16 Feb

Shareholders now have a choice between what Melrose and current GKN Management are offering, says Professor David Bailey...


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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 »

Performance Management Team and Infrastructure 

17 Jul

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Sarah Clein on 17 July 2018 .


International jazz at Sandwell Arts Café 

17 Jul

International musicians will be delighting audiences at Sandwell Arts Café in West Bromwich as part of the Birmingham, Solihull and Sandwell Jazz Festival.


Sandwell’s libraries and museums take centre stage for Jazz Festival 

16 Jul

Sandwell's libraries and museums are taking centre stage at this month's Birmingham, Solihull Sandwell Jazz Festival, which gets under way this Friday (20 July).


Sandwell Beat the Burglar scheme launches in Friar Park 

13 Jul

Beat the Burglar sessions are being rolled out across Sandwell to help residents protect their homes and property.


Secrets to success: Sandwell’s top 50 fastest growing businesses for 2018 are revealed 

13 Jul

For the fourth year Sandwell Council has published details of the borough’s 50 fastest growing businesses.


Antiques at the Manor House Museum 

13 Jul

Visitors to the Manor House Museum, Hall Green Road, West Bromwich are being treated to something different this weekend as an Antiques and Collectables fair descends on this fabulous 13th century building, once the medieval Manor House for...


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    The great crested grebe fishing on swan pool in Sandwell valley west Bromwich



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