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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.

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.

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Barry Proud To Be On Verge Of Premier League History 

21 Sep

Barry Proud To Be On Verge Of Premier League History Vitalfootball:WBA:21/09/2017 13:25:00 Gareth Barry has said it will be a proud moment for him when he writes his name down in the Premier League history books with a 633rd top flight appearance...

Pulis Pleased Despite City Defeat 

21 Sep

Pulis Pleased Despite City Defeat Vitalfootball:WBA:21/09/2017 08:04:00 West Bromwich Albion head coach Tony Pulis has declared himself pretty pleased with the side's showing in last night's clash against Manchester City.

Vital View – League Cup – 19th-20th September 2017 

21 Sep

Vital View - League Cup - 19th-20th September 2017 Vitalfootball:WBA:21/09/2017 07:54:00 The League Cup season continued with the third round games, which were played in midweek, 19th-20th September.

Down the Social: City Home (League Cup) 

21 Sep

How Albion fans reacted to Albion's League Cup exit .

Boss rues missed opportunities as Albion exit League Cup 

21 Sep

Pulis disappointed with third round exit .

Record near for Gareth Barry who did not think he would reach milestone tally 

21 Sep

West Brom midfielder Gareth Barry insists he never expected to be a record breaker as he closes in on the Premier League appearance mark.

Stats: WBA v Manchester City 

20 Sep

Stats: WBA v Manchester City Vitalfootball:WBA:20/09/2017 21:51:00 All the stats from WBA (1) vs (2) Manchester City, The Hawthorns, 20/9/17 Att: 14,953...

West Brom v Manchester City – Team Sheets – 20-9-17 

20 Sep

West Brom v Manchester City - Team Sheets - 20-9-17 Vitalfootball:WBA:20/09/2017 19:25:00 West Brom are at the Hawthorns with Manchester City the visitors for the latest League Cup game.

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Sport »

West Brom analysis: A pumped player; forgotten scorer; risky business; a swiveling four and sleeping pills 

21 Sep

Five findings from WBA's 2-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City...

West Brom’s Kieran Gibbs in for “strange” return to Arsenal, says Arsene Wenger 

21 Sep

Gibbs ended a 13-year association with the Gunners when he switched to WBA in August.

West Brom’s FIFA 18 player ratings revealed: Summer signing takes top spot 

21 Sep

The FIFA 18 stats for the WBA squad have been released...

Wednesbury run riot over Redditch 

20 Sep

Midlands RFUJunior Vase Round 1REDDITCH RUFC 0WEDNESBURY RUFC 19WEDNESBURY travelled to Worcestershire to play Redditch in the first round of the Junior Vase.

Second-half slump sees Tipton pipped by Old Wulfrunians 

20 Sep

TIPTON TOWN 0OLD WULFRUNIANS 1OLD Wulfrunians, hailing from Castlecroft, proved a tough nut once again, deserving of their eventual victory.

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

20 Sep

Results Sunday September 17Langley Town 4-0 Brandhall FCWednesbury Rosehill 7-0 Yeltz BarKCB United 1-6 Crown CourtBearwood FC 0-5 Team VGSA Reserves 1-4 Forest FalconsCoombswood 3-0 Forge RangersWednesbury CD 4-3 Netherton Sports SocialSummerhill...

Heathens miss out on National League play-off place 

19 Sep

CRADLEY Heathens have missed out on the play-offs after league bosses rejected their request to extend the season cut-off point for a top four place.

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Comment »

Travels With My Aunt? 

21 Sep

Stay with me Sandwell (aka "Sadwell")...

This Sunday….body diversity 

20 Sep

EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image.

The Britton Doctrine “Lol”! 

18 Sep

This blog has frequently asked how Jan Britton, the joke "Chief Executive" of Labour basket-case Sandwell (aka Sadwell) Council, has managed to keep his job when - if he is to be believed - he was simply unaware of the fraud and corruption going on ...

Road closures for cycle race 

13 Sep

On Sunday 24 th September 2017 between approx.

Zumba in the House! 

8 Sep

Coming this month – Low Impact Zumba – upstairs @ Lightwoods House………a fun Latin inspired dance fitness class! Edited with BlogPad Pro...

Vote for Warley Woods 

4 Sep

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Where next for Bentley? 

4 Sep

At the conclusion of The Big Sleuth this month the majority of bears will be auctioned off to raise vital funds to assist Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

Fox Off Zorro! 

3 Sep

Even by the standards of the weird bunch of Labour Councillors in the socialist hermit kingdom of Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Cllr Peter Hughes is up himself.

Three Degrees Statue Shocker! 

31 Aug

You could always tell when the old wife-beater Darren Cooper was lying - his lips were moving! The late Smethwick Scumbag, who was the laughable "leader" of bent Labour Sandwell Council, had sh*t for brains and saw everything in life as either "...

Sandwell Rebellion Gathers Pace! 

30 Aug

Yesterday Cllr Bob Price became the third Labour Councillor to say "enough is enough" and leave the vile dictatorship under Steve Eling and his bankrupt sidekick Cllr Richard Marshall (who have yet to resign despite the publication of the "Eling/...

Sandwell’s Shame! 

29 Aug

In five years there have been 6,226 reports of child abuse to social services - remember this is just REPORTED cases and may well be the just tip of the iceberg...

Another Bog-gate Mystery! 

25 Aug

In the useless "Wragge Report" much was made of the "fact" that the initial letter - out of the blue - offering to buy the bogs was sent to Cllr Ian Jones.

Complaint to The Labour Party 

23 Aug

This is a letter I have today sent to Iain McNicol, The General Secretary of the Labour Party.

The Eling/Marshall Files 2017 – Technical blog. 

23 Aug

2017 I am still unwell.

The Eling/Marshall Files 2016 – Technical Blog 

23 Aug

August 2016 Anti - Cllrs Ian and Olwen Jones: 09/08 Re Cllr Elaine Costigan: "Shes [sic] on our side but the Joneses don't know it".

Watson Demands Return of the W*nker! 

21 Aug

What is it about Tom "The Walrus of Lurve" Watson MP and cocks? No, I am not referring to his allegedly indiscriminate dalliances with "Watson's Wags" but the way his name crops up when Sandwell Labour Councillors have been getting their choppers out...

Are you on the register? 

21 Aug

You should recently have had a form from Sandwell Council asking you to make sure you are on the electoral register.

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Features »

I was a very lucky lad to be Albion’s mascot 

21 Sep

TWO WEEKS ago, in Bugle 1306 we featured this picture of West Bromwich Albion on the very first day of the 1963-64 season and we asked if anyone knew the whereabouts of their young mascot.

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20 Sep

FLORENCE Caroline Goddard sadly past away last month, aged 101.

Funding Opportunity for Youth Organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality youth provision 

19 Sep

The Youth Investment Fund (YIF) supports voluntary, community and social enterprise youth organisations to deliver, expand and create high quality local youth provision in targeted communities across England.

Social Audit Network Prove, Improve and Account Workshop 

19 Sep

The Social Audit Network (SAN) is a not-for-profit organisation which facilitates the exchange of information and experience between practitioners of social accounting and audit in the social economy and voluntary sectors.

Black Country Together seeks a Family Matters Finance Officer 

19 Sep

Black Country Together CIC was founded in 2013 by the four Councils for Voluntary Service in the Black Country with the aim of increasing levels of funding coming into the sub-region.

‘Positive Change for a Positive Future’ – Invitation to SCVO Annual General Meeting 

19 Sep

SCVO is pleased to invite you to its 2017 Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Thursday 19th October 2017 from 9.30 am – 12.30 pm at Hawthorns House, Halfords Lane, Smethwick B66 1BB.

Dancing the night away at Smethwick baths 

19 Sep

A SWIMMING pool does not, at first, appear to be the perfect venue for a dance but, as many readers will remember, a number of pools in the Black Country would close over the winter months when they were converted into dance halls.

Buzzard Fest at Kinver 

18 Sep

On Friday we went for a walk at Kinver along the canal from The Vine in the direction of Whittington Lock, we hadn't done this since February and it is one of our favourite walks.

Ernest Cook Trust 

18 Sep

Schools, charities and not for profit organisations wishing to encourage young people’s interest in the countryside; and literacy, numeracy and science can apply for funding to the Ernest Cook Trust (ECT).

Friends Provident Foundation 

18 Sep

The next deadline for applications to the Friends Provident Foundation – Building Resilient Economies programme is the 6th November 2017.

BUDS’ Fundraising Evening of Music, Comedy and Magic 

18 Sep

Buds (Better Understanding of Dementia in Buds) is pleased to announce a fundraising evening of Music, Comedy and Magic at the Village Hotel, Dudley on Thursday 5th October 2017, 7 pm to 10 pm.

Democracy Week Invitation 

18 Sep

Andy Street, Mayor of the West Midlands, set up the West Midlands Leadership Commission to improve opportunities for people from our communities who are under-represented in the governance and direction of the region.

Lawn Tennis Association 

18 Sep

Clubs, local authorities and educational institutions (schools, colleges and universities, etc) have the opportunity to come together with other local partner organisations to apply for capital funding to create a community tennis network in their ...

Birmingham’s Project Aspie hosts session of ‘Alphabet 12’ – preview of ‘Alphabet 12’ Community Impact Video 

18 Sep

On the 23 September 2017 Project Aspie (in conjunction with BMAG museum) presents last session of the Second Series of ‘Alphabet 12’.

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Business »

Pay deal for Cadbury workers in Bournville 

19 Sep

Trade union members agree deal which it says will counter inflation...

College is ‘futureproofing’ student learning 

18 Sep

CADBURY College has introduced an innovative new approach to learning for its students to ensure they are prepared for a future in the digital age.

Sainsbury’s to fine drivers who illegally park on-site £70 

18 Sep

It is understood four number plate recognition cameras will be erected at the retailer in a bid to tackle the problem...

Engineering group chief executive to retire 

14 Sep

GKN head will step down at the end of the year after 16 years on the Worcestershire group's board...

Halfords swoops on Dixons Carphone for new chief executive 

13 Sep

Graham Stapleton will take over the top job at listed group in early 2018...

Chance Brothers Glassworks added to ‘at risk’ register 

13 Sep

The Victorian Society says a sensitive approach is needed to preserve former glass factory in Smethwick...

Land Rover unveils its new Discovery 

12 Sep

Model is the first to carry the SVX badge...

Former chief exec to leave Carillion in boardroom shake-up 

11 Sep

Richard Howson among the directors who will exit the listed construction group as other senior appointments are made...

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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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LocalGov »

Use/Mis-use of Internal Audit Department 

21 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Julian Saunders on 21 September 2017 .

Use/Mis-use of Internal Audit Department 

21 Sep

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Julian Saunders on 21 September 2017 .

Partner needed for new secondary school in Sandwell 

20 Sep

Sandwell Council is searching for partners interested in developing a new secondary school in West Bromwich.

Unauthorised encampments down 50% thanks to tough action 

20 Sep

The number of unauthorised encampments in Sandwell has fallen by more than 50% in just one year, thanks to tough measures by the council and police.

More ‘Techplay’ on the way 

20 Sep

Special ‘TechPlay’ craft sessions held at Sandwell’s six town libraries over the summer holidays proved a runaway success with more than 2,000 young people attending the 24 events.

Just ten days left to vote for your favourite green space 

20 Sep

There's just ten days left to vote for your favourite Sandwell green space in a national poll.

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