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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 »

Matt Wilson’s 60-second West Brom update – Sept 28 

28 Sep

Matt Wilson gives his latest Albion update.

Big interview with Ben Garner – West Brom’s ambitious assistant reaping rewards of years of graft 

28 Sep

Ben Garner has come a long way since he started teaching PE at school, but after years of hard work the 36-year-old is now an assistant head coach of a Premier League club.

Allan Nyom learning lots from West Brom boss Tony Pulis 

28 Sep

Summer signing Allan Nyom says he’s already learned a lot from Albion head coach Tony Pulis.

Sam Field understands why West Brom boss Tony Pulis left him out 

27 Sep

Albion’s rising star Sam Field has thanked Tony Pulis for putting his long-term interests at heart and hopes he'll return to the first team later in the season.

WATCH: Matt Wilson’s 60-second West Brom update – September 27 

27 Sep

Matt Wilson is back with another West Brom update with news on Saido Berahino and Chris Brunt in action for Albion's under-23s and the views of James Morrison on his Baggies future.

Former West Brom winger Stephane Sessegnon joins Montpellier 

27 Sep

Former Albion midfielder Stephane Sessegnon has signed a two-year contract with Ligue 1 side Montpellier.

West Brom’s amazing Allan Nyom is impressing Claudio Yacob 

27 Sep

New full-back Allan Nyom is ‘physically amazing’, according to midfield team-mate Claudio Yacob.

James Morrison promises to fight for his West Brom place 

27 Sep

Long-serving midfielder James Morrison has vowed to fight for his Albion place and says suggestions he wants to leave in January have been blown out of proportion.

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Sport »

Now it’s Tommy Langford v Sam Sheedy 

28 Sep

‘The Baggies Bomber’ Tommy Langford will vie with Sam Sheedy for the vacant British middleweight title after Chris Eubank's Jnr withdrawal from the contest.

Cradley defeated after last heat decider against Eastbourne 

28 Sep

CRADLEY lost out in a last heat decider as they were defeated 46-44 by Eastbourne in the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final on Tuesday night.

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

28 Sep

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Heathens aiming for more home joy 

27 Sep

CRADLEY are targeting a third straight home victory when they host Eastbourne at Monmore Green in the first leg of their Knockout Cup semi-final tie tonight (7.30pm).

BC JAC and BC JDC news. 

26 Sep

Information Posters.

West Midlands Tae Kwon Do Christmas Party 2016 

26 Sep

West Midlands Tae Kwon Do Christmas Party Tickets will be available soon on a first come first served basis! The date for your diary is Sunday 18th December 2016 Date: Sunday 18th December Tme: 19:00hrs till late Venue: The Waterfront, Level...

Team Selection 01/10/2016 

26 Sep

Details of this weeks squads...

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Comment »

Parish Beauty 

28 Sep

It’s been too long since I’ve blogged and too much has happened to write about: much joy, much sadness and many glimpses of beauty.

Street Jumble Saturday 

28 Sep

It’s time once more for the great Bearwood jumble trail… the jumble sale with a difference! Community organisation We Are Bearwood and the Abbey Road coffee shop Mad as a Hatter Tea Party bring you the great Bearwood Street Jumble Sale.

Simon again… 

27 Sep

Simon Lea's latest spectacular Bearwood sunset...

Cooper Rumours…. 

27 Sep

Sandwell was on fire with rumours over the weekend about the late Smethwick scumbag, Darren Cooper.

Janice in the sky 

27 Sep

Janice Stirrup, a mother of two and grandmother of one (with another grandchild expected very soon) has completed a zip wire run at Velocity Zip World in Snowdonia.

Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...

Tom Watson – Can You Help Me Please? 

24 Sep

Dear Lazy Tom (as your local Unite Regional Organiser publicly calls you), As you know, I write a community newsletter in Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") where you are supposed to be an MP - at least when you can manage to drag yourself away your London ...

In memory of Luke Morton (30/11/92 – 7/8/2016) 

23 Sep

Luke Morton, who lived in Bearwood for all of his short life, tragically drowned in August off Mwnt beach in Wales where he had gone to observe the seals and dolphins.

A New 5 Star Rogering From Wednesbury Celebrates! 

22 Sep

Just when you thought this outfit was on the way out (owing taxpayers huge sums of rent) it seems they have found another mug organisation to fund them! And worse, they have also set up a mysterious organisation to serve [sic] Wednesbury called "5 ...

Melanie F*cks Sandwell Over One Last Time! 

22 Sep

Rejoice, rejoice - at least while you read the first part of this post! All the rumours of the last couple of weeks are true and The Skidder is pleased to be able to reveal that "Sadwell" Council's unpopular "Assistant Chief Executive" Melanie Dudley...

Redactions, Redactions…. 

21 Sep

Labour Sandwell Council during the Cooper/Britton era became notorious for corruption, incompetence and cronyism.

Solidarity with refugees In torchlit procession 

21 Sep

A torch-lit community procession in solidarity with refugees promoting hope, friendship and welcome, the Procession of Light will meet at the Fountain, walk through the woods and culminate at the Pavilion.

Skate park consultation 

20 Sep

This weekend there is a consultation event for young people who want to contribute ideas for how the skate park in Lightwoods Park can be improved.

Sandwell College Sh*g Us For Another Half Million! 

19 Sep

I don't know why Mr Keith Harrison, who purports to be the "editor" of The Wolverhampton c*ck-suckers (aka The Express and Star), has been so keen to allow his rag to peddle the lies about Dickhead Darren Cooper (Deceased) and Mahboob Hussain's bent ...

They’ll pave paradise and put up a parking lot! 

19 Sep

So, after years of neglect and vandalism, it finally looks like the end for the once beautiful cottage on Sandon Road.

Stunning scene over Warley Woods 

15 Sep

Even by Simon Lea's exceptional standards…this is breathtakingly beautiful.

Wednesbury Celebrates – Or Does It? 

14 Sep

The proven liar Labour Cllr "lol" Ian Jones is apparently due to appear before the Sandwell Council Audit Committee on Thursday 29th September.

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Features »

Project Co-ordinator Vacancy 

28 Sep

The Lyng Community Association, a small housing association in West Bromwich has been successful in gaining a Children in Need grant to run a youth project across the estate.

A Day In The Life – Work Shadow Scheme 2016/17 

28 Sep

A Day In The Life is a work-shadowing initiative that provides a unique opportunity for staff from government and voluntary organisations to step into each other’s shoes for a day and learn about how the other sector operates.

How Your Brain Can Stop You Choosing The Right Candidate 

28 Sep

People are naturally biased, which means even when you intend to be completely fair, your brain has a hard time remaining impartial.

An Experience That Will Change a Young Person’s Life This Autumn 

28 Sep

Do you know or work with 16-17 year old young people who would benefit from a life changing experience this October? Groundwork West Midlands are one of the successful charities who will be delivering the NCS programme this October.

Can You Help The NHS This Winter? 

28 Sep

Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group is on the lookout for families of all shapes, sizes and backgrounds to join us through autumn and winter to share their real experiences of keeping healthy through the winter months along with...

Rowley Regis Awards for All – Deadline Extended 

27 Sep

SCVO and The Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme have teamed up to invite applications from local voluntary, community and not-for-profit/charitable organisations in or working in the Rowley Regis Area (i.

Building a Stronger Britain Together 

27 Sep

The Government is determined to tackle extremism in all its forms: violent and non-violent, neo-Nazi and Islamist.

Planning Your Project – Part 3 

27 Sep

Continuing on from last week’s e-bulletin here is your next two tips to planning your project.

Institute of Physics 

27 Sep

The Institute of Physics has announced that its public engagement grant scheme is now open for applications.

Haden Cross Community Fire Station – Activities Available 

27 Sep

Did you know that Haden Cross Community Fire Station have a variety of activities to educate and help young people and the community? People who help us project.

Patient Network Support Group Event – Sept 2016 

26 Sep

OSCAR Sandwell Centre Manager and Elaine Davis attended The Patient Network Support Group in association with the Funeral Organiser on 15th Sept.

Community Connect Foundation seeks Employment Support Officer 

26 Sep

Community Connect Foundation (CCF) provides a broad range of services to the communities of Smethwick.

We Are Bearwood Street Jumble 

26 Sep

It’s time for the great Bearwood jumble sale with a difference! We Are Bearwood and Mad as a Hatter Tea Party brings you the Bearwood Street Jumble! Lining the streets around the monthly Abbey Road market in Bearwood, stalls will be set up in front...

Training for Campaigners 

26 Sep

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s popular five-day “Influencing Change” programme will begin again on 8 November 2016.

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Business »

Land Rover takes wraps off new Discovery 

28 Sep

Luxury car maker has packed new model with latest technology and aims to offer a lighter and greener car...

Arrests follow slave labour raids in Black Country 

28 Sep

THREE men have been arrested on suspicion of working a group of Polish nationals like slaves following police raids in the Black Country.

Expanding Birmingham Airport will be Labour mayor candidate Sion Simon’s priority 

28 Sep

Labour mayor candidate Sion Simon sets out his vision for Birmingham and the West Midlands...

Birmingham Airport invests £100m in long-term growth plan 

27 Sep

BIRMINGHAM Airport is to invest £100m on improvements to its facilities and infrastructure as it looks to keep pace with increasing passenger volumes.

Birmingham Airport plans £100m overhaul 

27 Sep

Transport hub vows to improve parking, speed up baggage handling and add extra capacity for check in...

Jaguar Land Rover lorry death – tributes paid to young worker 

27 Sep

Victim is understood to have been involved in a collision with an HGV...

Man dies after being trapped by lorry at Jaguar Land Rover plant 

27 Sep

Workers at the factory said they were in shock and claimed he was just 22...

Former Jaguar Land Rover chief in new role at defence firm 

27 Sep

THE former chief executive of Jaguar Land Rover has been named as the new Chief Financial Officer of defence supplier QinetiQ.

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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 »

New sessions at children’s centres in Friar Park 

28 Sep

Sessions aimed at children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) are now a permanent fixture in Friar Park.

West Bromwich At War exhibition at Sandwell Arts Cafe 

28 Sep

A new exhibition of photographs and memorabilia, West Bromwich At War 1939-45, will go on show at Sandwell Arts Café in October.

Sandwell crematorium officially reopens 

27 Sep

Sandwell names the outdated Rowley Regis Crematorium and Chapel is officially reopening following a £1.3 million modernisation scheme.

Rowley Regis Crematorium officially reopening 

27 Sep

Rowley Regis Crematorium and Chapel is officially reopening following a £1.3 million modernisation scheme.

Sandwell names its Top 50 businesses for growth 

27 Sep

Sandwell Council has released details of its 50 fastest-growing companies, in order to celebrate their achievements and the contributions they make to the West Midlands.

School Office Supply Agency Spends 

27 Sep

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Rebecca Brookes on 27 September 2016 .

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