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West Bromwich Albion v Middlesbrough 

26 Aug

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


Wednesbury children’s activities contract axed over crime checks 

26 Aug

A contract to provide summer activities for children is cancelled as staff do not have the proper criminal records checks, a council says.


West Brom need five new players – Pulis 

12 Aug

West Brom head coach Tony Pulis says they need to sign "five players" if they are to have a successful season.


Crystal Palace v West Bromwich Albion 

12 Aug

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


West Brom accept Villa’s Chester bid 

11 Aug

West Bromwich Albion accept Aston Villa's bid for Wales defender James Chester, reports BBC WM.


Chinese investors to buy West Brom 

5 Aug

West Brom chairman Jeremy Peace agrees a deal to sell the club to a Chinese investment group led by entrepreneur Guochuan Lai.


Five Dead In Industrial Accident in Birmingham 

7 Jul

Emergency services were called to Hawkeswood Metal in Aston Church Road at 8.45am to reports that a wall had collapsed.


Guns Village School: Parents upset at proposed name change 

29 Jun

Guns Village School wants to change its name over link to weapons - but some parents say the title is historic.


Guns Village Primary name change row: Petition launched by parents 

28 Jun

A petition has been launched by parents to stop Guns Village Primary School in West Bromwich changing its name.


Should pupils be allowed to go on holiday in term? Sandwell Council considers rule change 

27 Jun

Council bosses will open talks with schools across Sandwell to debate children going on holiday during term time.


‘Endlessly kind’ student dies in crash 

5 Jun

A 19-year-old student dies after being hit by a car in Sandwell, as another man is arrested on suspicion of driving while on drugs.


Campaign to save Bearwood’s Coffee Junction 

1 Jun

A community cafe in Smethwick that helps youngsters with learning disabilities get into work could close in July, it has been claimed.


Probe into councillor’s ‘house buy’ plan 

25 May

An investigation is launched into an allegation a senior Sandwell councillor urged his authority to buy back his mother's previously council-owned home.


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West Bromwich Albion »

Baggies Boing – Middlesbrough 28-08-16 

29 Aug

Baggies Boing - Middlesbrough 28-08-16 Vitalfootball:WBA:29/08/2016 13:37:00 Premier League (returning) new boys Middlesbrough remain unbeaten with West Brom having to settle for a point from a nil-nil draw.


Vote now for your Man of the Match against Boro 

29 Aug

Who caught your eye against Boro...


Pulis:Time to move on 

29 Aug

Boss again call for new recruits after Boro bore draw...


Read all about it: Albion 0 Boro 0 

29 Aug

What the papers had to say about Albion's draw...


Tottenham’s Nacer Chadli undergoes medical at West Brom ahead of £13m move 

29 Aug

Nacer Chadli is having a medical today ahead of his club-record £13million move from Tottenham Hotspur to West Brom.


WATCH: Matt Wilson’s 60-second Albion update – Aug 29 

29 Aug

Matt Wilson gives his latest update and discusses the Albion transfer activity before deadline day...


Celtic consider offering Cristian Gamboa escape from West Brom 

29 Aug

Exiled full-back Cristian Gamboa could be given an escape route from West Brom by Scottish champions Celtic as head coach Tony Pulis attempts to off-load his fringe players.


Premier League Predictions From A Neutral 

29 Aug

Premier League Predictions From A Neutral Vitalfootball:WBA:29/08/2016 00:24:00 Alex Roberts is back, and this time he's turned pundit and given his Premier League predictions for 2016/17.


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Sport »

Report: Tivi forced to wait for first win after battling draw with Loughborough 

27 Aug

Tividale 1, Loughborough University 1...


Tividale v Loughborough University 

27 Aug

Follow the action as Tividale take on Loughborough University at The Beeches today (3pm).


Follow the action as Tividale take on Loughborough 

26 Aug

TIVIDALE will welcome Loughborough University to the Beeches tomorrow looking for their first league win of the season.


Wednesbury RUFC Youth Section Training Night Changed 

26 Aug

Wednesday evening...


Warley and District Sunday League 

26 Aug

PremierO.


Old Hill facing crucial Sutton clash 

25 Aug

OLD Hill face a vital clash with Sutton Coldfield on Saturday as they continue to right for survival in Division One of the Birmingham Premier League.


Tommy Langford v Chris Eubank Jnr is on 

24 Aug

'The Baggies Bomber’ Tommy Langford will challenge Chris Eubank Jnr for the British middleweight title in Wales on October 22.


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Comment »

As one cafe closes… 

29 Aug

Just weeks after Bearwood lost the Coffee Junction cafe, we hear of another one planning to open.


Skidder Shorts #27 – BBC Midlands Today 

26 Aug

Thanks to a correspondent who has solved another little mystery...


Labour’s Legal Costs Shocker! 

26 Aug

Hold on to your hats, pants and socks because they will be blown off with this one! The new regime under Steve Eling is now having to cope with the fallout from the disastrous Cooper/Britton regime and costs are being cut and cash scrimped from all ...


Simon nails it again 

25 Aug

Simon Lea's Misty summer woods… Taken this morning up in the woods.


No rounders tonight! 

24 Aug

A message from Julia Morris… Unfortunately Rounder’s at Lightwoods Park is cancelled for this evening but will be back on next week – hope to see you there...


Hussain Property Valuation Mystery! 

17 Aug

Loony Labour Sandwell Council have spent a small fortune - still to be confirmed but subject to a Freedom of Information Request - on the pathetic "Wragge Report" into a few selected land sales by the corrupt Borough..


The restored bandstand 

12 Aug

In the summer sunshine….


Arts in Sandwell – A Chink of Light? 

12 Aug

Thick scumbag Darren Cooper hated "the arts" and was only too happy to work with Mahboob Hussain to destroy The Public.


Richard Marshall True to His Word…. 

11 Aug

I am indebted to the new Cabinet Member for Leisure, Richard Marshall, for replying in detail concerning the Sandwell Great Train Robbery.


Work to start on Bear Junction next Monday 

9 Aug

An extensive programme of work is due to start on the Bearwood Road/Sandon Road/Three Shires Oak Road junction next Monday.


Sandwell F*cked-Over By The Hortons Again! 

8 Aug

How I ever missed this story I shall never know but, once again, I am indebted to local residents for their input into this community newsletter.


Another Simon Lea cracker… 

7 Aug

A stray leaf...


Utterly Clew-less? 

6 Aug

The three characteristics of the Cooper/Britton regime at Labour Sandwell Council were corruption, cronyism and incompetence.


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.


Bat walking….. 

2 Aug

At Thimblemill Library, this Thursday...


Bit of a Catch-Up + A Victory! 

1 Aug

Regulars may be aware of my filming efforts via "Periscope" after the last Council meeting (including the classic when ex-Mayor Derek Rowley threatened to kick me "in the bollocks").


URGENT – IMPORTANT CONSULTATION EVENT TOMORROW! 

31 Jul

The Cooper/Britton years were notorious for poor governance (and worse) and one of the hallmarks was no or no adequate consultation on important issues - often, under Britton's administrative "leadership" "lol", also illegally - see, for example, the...


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Features »

Thailand, Koh Samui & Bangkok 

27 Aug

We have just returned from 12 days in Thailand, this wasn't a birding/wildlife holiday.


Oldbury carnival in the Swingin’ Sixties 

26 Aug

THE history of Oldbury Carnival is peppered with individual memories and anecdotes of those who regularly attended them, the procession having been repeated over many decades until interest in such socially historic events such as these waned in ...


Sustainability and Transformation Plans – Strategic Briefing Session Invitation 

25 Aug

Many of you will have heard the phases Sustainability and Transformation footprints or Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), and may well be involved in the work around STPs already.


International Friendly at The Hawthorns 

25 Aug

West Bromwich Albion FC are delighted to announce the Club will host Delhi Dynamos in an international friendly at The Hawthorns.


GCSE Results Day – Congratulations! 

25 Aug

Students at Oldbury Academy are celebrating following the publication of the 2016 GCSE results.


Cradley wedding car was an American classic 

25 Aug

WE WONDER how many blushing birdes arrived at their weddings in this car, a 1959 Chevrolet Impala.


Too late… we were told we should have saved files! 

25 Aug

I WORKED at furniture makers Pel in Oldbury from 1952 until approximately 1961.


Sabbatical Day 66: Feet up 

24 Aug

This is the first day the Robbies have put our collective feet up since leaving the UK.


Spotlight on Wednesbury Tennis Club 

24 Aug

Tell us what you do We provide tennis for anyone in Wednesbury who wants to play.


Improving Day Hospice Services Consultation 

24 Aug

Day Hospice services are an important part of End of Life Care and should support patients to live as well as possible in their last months of life.


Sabbatical Day 60: Delayed publication 

24 Aug

I wrote this post offline on day 60, but we have either not had the time or reliable wi-fi since then (even now I can’t upload pictures!) We’re taking an afternoon rest in Taman Negara after a sweaty jungle trek and canopy walk which we finished ...


It’s a Crafty Pantry Food Festival! 

23 Aug

We have some great news to share.


Word for Weapons Awards 2016 

23 Aug

If there is someone that you think deserves to be commended for their outstanding contributions in the community, or for their inspirational impact as a role model to others in their community then please nominate! We have nominations open for the ...


Top 5 tips for a tip-top event! – Part 2 

23 Aug

We hope you found last week’s five top tips to planning your event interesting and useful? Here are another five top tips for you to consider in your event planning.


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Business »

Sertec Group completes WILD automotive takeover to create £250m giant 

26 Aug

The Jaguar Land Rover supplier has bought Midlands firm WILD automotive creating a roup with 10 manufacturing plants across the UK, Germany and Hungary...


Airport’s profits soar during successful year 

25 Aug

PROFITS at Birmingham Airport have soared by nearly £10m as its passenger numbers continue to set new records.


New finance chief at Carillion 

24 Aug

Zafar Khan will replace Richard Adam when he retires later this year...


Revenues up 10% at Carillion 

24 Aug

STRONG growth in its support services operation has led to a 10% first half revenue boost for construction and facilities management group Carillion.


Lower sterling benefiting manufacturing exports claims CBI 

23 Aug

DOUBTS about the robustness of the manufacturing industry have been dispelled slightly after new figures showed output in the sector continuing to grow.


Birmingham Airport records busiest year in its history 

23 Aug

Eleven million passengers have passed through the transport hub since August 2015 with the airport now targeting 12 million over next year...


New first for Jaguar Land Rover as it offers completely digital sales option 

22 Aug

JAGUAR LAND ROVER has become the UKs first premium carmaker to offer a fully online purchasing package.


Birmingham Airport scales new heights after processing a record number of passengers 

22 Aug

BIRMINGHAM Airport has recorded its busiest-ever 12-month period, processing more than 11 million passengers.


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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 »

Volunteer plea to launch new horticultural show 

26 Aug

A Sandwell councillor is seeking volunteers to help him to try to launch a Wednesbury Horticultural Show in a bid to give local flower and vegetable growers the chance to show-off their skills.


Sandwell Park Golf Club to host national golf finals 

26 Aug

England Golf has announced it will hold the English County Golf Finals in 2016 at Sandwell Park Golf Club, West Bromwich.


Tipton Community Fun Day 

26 Aug

Come and join us for a day full of fun at Victoria Park, Tipton to celebrate the 10th Tipton Community Fun Day as part of the Tipton Communities Connected Programme.


Mortgage 

26 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Devinder Dhallu on 26 August 2016 .


Domiciliary Care 

26 Aug

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Callum Finn on 26 August 2016 .


GCSE results across Sandwell 

25 Aug

Students in Sandwell are bringing in a bumper set of GCSE results in schools across the area.


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    Taken at Sandwell Valley Park in the Farm area.



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