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Sandwell councillor Richard Marshall quits cabinet role 

6 Nov

Labour's Richard Marshall allegedly made sexually offensive comments about colleagues in a Whatsapp chat.

Huddersfield Town 1-0 West Bromwich Albion 

4 Nov

David Wagner says his reign as Huddersfield manager has been "something unbelievable" after seeing his 10 men beat West Brom.

Ambulance in crash outside Sandwell hospital 

14 Sep

An ambulance en route to a 999 call has been involved in a collision with a car outside Sandwell hospital.

West Bromwich ‘fire risk’ flats leaseholders in court 

17 Aug

Up to 80 residents were moved from Metro Court after Sandwell Council issued a closure notice.

Bus lane camera nets £1m in six months for Sandwell Council 

13 Jul

The camera in West Bromwich is already among England's most lucrative.

Man jailed for ‘one punch’ killing in Great Barr 

23 May

The victim "never regained consciousness" and died nearly three years after the attack, police said.

Swansea City v West Bromwich Albion 

19 May

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

Craig Gardner: Birmingham sign West Brom midfielder for undisclosed fee 

11 May

Midfielder Craig Gardner signs a three-year deal at Birmingham City following a loan spell from West Bromwich Albion.

West Bromwich Albion v Chelsea 

11 May

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

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.

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Pulis Gets His Marching Orders 

21 Nov

Pulis Gets His Marching Orders Vitalfootball:WBA:21/11/2017 00:23:00 Yesterday West Bromwich Albion confirmed that head coach Tony Pulis had been sacked.

Albion sack Tony Pulis 

20 Nov

Head coach leaves after disastrous run of results .

West Brom sack Tony Pulis 

20 Nov

West Brom have sacked Tony Pulis, the club has announced.

3 Reasons Why Tony Pulis Got Sacked at West Brom 

20 Nov

WBA-MAD Editor Iain Bate takes a look at why Tony Pulis finally got the boot.

Vital View – Premier League – 18th November 2017 

19 Nov

Vital View - Premier League - 18th November 2017 Vitalfootball:WBA:19/11/2017 12:47:00 The Premier League season continued with the latest round of games played over the weekend, 18th November.

Instant Reactions – West Brom v Chelsea (18/11/17) 

19 Nov

Instant Reactions - West Brom v Chelsea (18/11/17) Vitalfootball:WBA:19/11/2017 00:34:00 Following yesterday's clash between West Bromwich Albion and Chelsea, here are the instant reactions from both managers.

Down the Social: Chelsea Home 

19 Nov

Albion fans have their say after another defeat .

Pundit: I don’t think Tony Pulis can survive this 

19 Nov

Former England international reckons Pulis' time is up.

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Tony Pulis had to go – but let’s not pretend there’s a free-flowing ‘West Brom way’ 

22 Nov

Kieran Doody is dubious about this traditional footballing philosophy that some WBA fans boast of...

Alan Pardew is now clear favourite with bookies to be new West Brom manager 

22 Nov

Is it a done deal, West Brom fans...

West Bromwich Albion striker bags late goal and assist to earn Walsall vital win – Saddlers 4 Fleetwood 2 

22 Nov

Goals in the 89th and 90th minutes help Saddlers claim crucial win.

‘A bit of both’ The real challenge facing the West Brom board 

22 Nov

Paul Suart looks at the dilemma the WBA hierarchy must contend with as they replace Tony Pulis...

‘That gets right up my hooter’ Gary Megson’s fascinating take on Tony Pulis, West Brom and what happens next 

22 Nov

Megson has been placed in caretaker charge until WBA replace Pulis...

West Brom manager latest: Alan Pardew talks; our writers pick who they want; fans have their say; Gary Megson on the job and Tony Pulis exit 

22 Nov

The latest on the West Brom managerial vacancy...

Why West Brom fans don’t need to be careful what they wish for 

21 Nov

There's nothing to worry about, West Brom fans...

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Xmas Craft Fair at Lightwoods 

22 Nov

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Your votes can help… 

18 Nov

Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell (BUDS) are bidding for funding from the AVIVA Community Fund, to enable them to provide iPad sessions for their day centres.

Anchoring community wealth 

16 Nov

Preston’s skyline: Carl Ji , a Chinese student, at the  University of Central Lancashire Austerity has been devolved to local councils and, perversely, areas with higher levels of poverty have been hit hardest, councils have on average faced 40% ...

Women’s Aid Xmas appeal 

13 Nov

How can you help? There are lots of ways you can help someone this Christmas.

The First Ladies Of folk hit Bearwood 

7 Nov

This Thursday, (9th) 7.30, at Thimblemill Library, two superb American folk musicians will be serving up a real treat.

Steve Eling – You Are A F*cking Liar! 

5 Nov

N ew Sandwell Council Labour Leader Steve "The Milkman" Eling is showing himself to be a lying c*nt like his wife-beating predecessor, Darren Cooper.

Warley Woods Calendars now available 

5 Nov

Simon Lea, Bearwood photographer extraordinaire, has produced his latest Warley Woods calendar, and it makes a fantastic xmas present.

Eling & Marshall Planned Melanie’s Demise! 

31 Oct

While Steve Eling and Richard Marshall are facing renewed criticism (but no Labour Party action yet) in the Sp*nkgate affair, media commentators are overlooking their massive hate campaign against Cllr Hussain, Ian Jones and others plus their ...


26 Oct

Some of you will know that I attended the Chance Glass Trust "presentation" at Oldbury Council House on 29th March, 2017.

Next Thursday at The Silvershine 

21 Oct

Doors open at 8.30pm at Corks Social Club, Bearwood Road… Paul Foad writes… “We’re extremely excited to welcome back Tom Ollendorf and his band to the Silvershine.

Charity music group get lottery grant 

19 Oct

Congratulations to Elms.

Skidder Shorts #32 – Guns’n’Red Roses 

19 Oct

I love the posturing of the likes of Socialist Landlord Cllr John "Jedward" Edwards and Sadwell's class clown, Cllr Bob Piper, who seem to strive to outdo each other in their tear-stained paeans of praise for "economic imbecile" Jeremy Corbyn - the ...

If you don’t recycle your food waste yet… 

18 Oct

If you dont have a food waste bin, order one today to get it in time to recycle your Halloween pumpkin Go to www.

Spunk on Comrade Maria! 

18 Oct

This post is interesting (I hope) on a number of levels dealing with a range of issues from the sheer viciousness of Cllr Eling's new regime to the important matters of governance discussed by councillors at Local Government Association (LGA) ...

HELP – Sandwell Kids In Danger! 

17 Oct

Please join us tonight between 5pm and 5.50pm to show solidarity with the 6,226 victims of reported child abuse in Labour Sandwell over the last 5 years.

The History Boys…. (and Gals) 

13 Oct

When the annals (or anals) of Sandwell's bent Labour Council are scratched into vellum historians will need a record of the infamy of its weirdo Councillors.

Was It Something I Said? 

12 Oct

Toys out of the pram big-style from the Sandwell ("aka" Sadwell) Labour Whips Office! I heard on the grapevine that these clowns are STILL trying to take action against Cllr Yvonne Davies for trying to tell "the comrades" the truth about the recent ...

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Xmas Craft Fair at Lightwoods 

22 Nov

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Oscar Sandwell seeks Volunteer Treasurer 

20 Nov

The Organisation for Sickle Cell Anaemia Research and Thalassaemia Support (OSCAR) was first set up in the United Kingdom in 1975.

EMI Music Sound Foundation 

20 Nov

Schools in the UK, that wish to purchase musical instruments and equipment can apply for funding of up to £2,000 through the EMI Music Sound Foundation’s Instrument and/or Equipment Awards.

Dan Maskell Tennis Trust 

20 Nov

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations, etc for equipment and specialist wheelchairs to enable disabled people to play tennis.

DM Thomas Foundation 

20 Nov

The next application deadline to the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People is the 6th February 2018.

Cross Country Event Sunday 19th November 

17 Nov

The first major cross country event that is held in Warley Woods will be on this Sunday (19th) November.

Funding for Projects that Combat Abuse and Violation of Human Rights 

15 Nov

UK-registered charities that seek to combat abuse and violations of human rights can apply for funding through the A B Charitable Trust (ABCT).

We’re Back 

14 Nov

So we are back from Australia and New Zealand.

New Grant Funding Programme Now Open! 

13 Nov

Do you have an idea that will change your locality for the better? Are you able to create opportunities that enhance quality of life and have a lasting impact? for example, making localities friendlier, safer, healthier etc.

Steps to Work seeks Hubs in Sandwell and Dudley 

13 Nov

Steps to Work is thrilled to have been successful in securing the sub- contract with Shaw Trust to deliver the Work and Health programme in Sandwell and Dudley.

Don’t miss the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017 

13 Nov

You are cordially invited to the last Voluntary Sector Breakfast Meeting of 2017, to be held on Thursday 23 November, 7.30 am – 9.00 at Ebenezer Church, High Street Langley, Oldbury B69 4SL.

The GDPR…Some New Resources to Assist Your Journey 

13 Nov

As we move ever-closer to May 2018 and the implementation of The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), new resources are regularly appearing that are designed to assist organisations in their preparation for ‘G-day’.

Henry Smith Charity 

13 Nov

The Henry Smith Charity provides grants of between £20,000 and £60,000 per year for up to three years to charitable organisations that help people when other sources of support have failed, are inappropriate, or are simply not available.

Big Lottery and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport 

13 Nov

A new funding programme supporting communities to take action on issues which matter locally has been launched by the Big Lottery Fund and Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).

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New look, new name and new approach for Oldbury business centre 

21 Nov

AN Oldbury business centre has rebranded itself after changing management.

Council’s controversial Service Birmingham IT company to be wound up in January saving £43 million over four years 

17 Nov

Parent company Capita will still provide IT support to city council...

Jaguar Land Rover tests driverless vehicles on public roads 

17 Nov

Luxury car manufacturer has taken to city centre streets for trials among everyday traffic...

Virgin Trains’ West Coast staff vote to STRIKE in pay dispute 

16 Nov

The Rail, Maritime and Transport union said the dispute involves almost 1,800 train managers...

New GKN chief leaves firm before starting the job 

16 Nov

Kevin Cummings was meant to take over top job in January as company prepares for another write off...

£7m deal for Longbridge housing development 

16 Nov

St Modwen sells land overlooking Cofton Park to Taylor Wimpey...

New housing plans for site once courted by Tesco 

16 Nov

Long-running saga over proposed supermarket moves forward with new plans for apartments on derelict site...

‘No room for complacency’ – Black Country businesses warned over new GDPR regulations 

15 Nov

A SEMINAR dealing with the EU’s general data protection regulation (GDPR) which will come into force in May 2018 has been held by a Cradley Heath law firm.

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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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Health and safety message inspires art work 

22 Nov

Local children have created an eye-catching art display at the site of a new £9.6 million supported housing development being built by Sandwell Council in West Bromwich.

Interim, temporary and social services accommodation statistics for domestic violence survivors and NRPF families in Sandwell 

21 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Miss Phillips on 21 November 2017 .

Site licence SL487 Coneygre foundry Tipton 

21 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Mr Carroll on 21 November 2017 .

Site licence SL487 Coneygre foundry Tipton 

20 Nov

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Mr Carroll on 20 November 2017 .

Use of Lightwoods House by MP 

20 Nov

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 20 November 2017 .

Staying safe online sessions for parents and children 

20 Nov

Parents and carers of young people who attend Sandwell secondary schools are being invited to attend Clickwise sessions to learn about keeping safe online.

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