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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.


Great Barr based Perry Beeches Academy slips to inadequate Ofsted rating 

28 Nov

Poor leadership, a dysfunctional governing body, pupils vulnerable to online radicalisation, serious financial failings and haphazard identification of students with special needs.


Man Charged Over Kidnap and Death of Birmingham Teen 

12 Nov

A Birmingham man has been charged with the kidnap and manslaughter of Tipton teen Kaydel Williams.


Drug dealers jailed for throwing heroin from car in M6 police chase 

11 Nov

Two drug dealers who flung heroin out of their car on to a motorway as they fled from police are jailed.


Tributes to boy, 12, killed by bus in Wednesbury 

11 Nov

Tributes are paid to a "brave" schoolboy, 12, who died after being hit by a bus in Wednesbury.


Heroin thrown on to motorway during 130mph M6 police chase 

11 Nov

Drug dealers create a cloud of heroin on a motorway by throwing it from a car travelling at 130mph while chased by police.


Damning Ofsted report on troubled Ace Academy in Tipton 

10 Nov

A troubled academy is still underachieving two years after plunging into special measures, Ofsted has ruled.


Leicester City v West Bromwich Albion 

4 Nov

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


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West Bromwich Albion »

Manchester United v West Bromwich Albion 

29 Mar

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


Paul Pogba will miss West Brom game, says Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho 

29 Mar

Paul Pogba is set to miss Saturday's clash with Albion, Jose Mourinho has confirmed, as Manchester United's injury concerns worsen.


Matt Wilson’s West Brom update – March 29th 

29 Mar

Matt Wilson offers up all the latest West Brom news in his video update.


120 Learn Life Saving Techniques 

29 Mar

The Albion Foundation continue paving the way for youngsters with invaluable lessons to carry them through into adult life.


Jonas Olsson always welcome back at West Brom 

29 Mar

Jonas Olsson may be looking forward to the new chapter in his life, but Tony Pulis has told him he will always be welcome back at the Baggies.


Salomon Rondon ends 15-game drought for club and country with goal for Venezuela 

29 Mar

Baggies striker Salomon Rondon ended a 15-game drought for club and country with a goal for Venezuela last night.


Craig Dawson wants to play a central West Brom role 

29 Mar

Craig Dawson wants to step into Jonas Olsson’s vacant boots at centre-back and has told Tony Pulis about his long-term aim.


Jake Livermore won’t get carried away for West Brom after England showing says Tony Pulis 

29 Mar

Baggies boss Tony Pulis is confident down-to-earth Jake Livermore won’t get carried away after his stint with England.


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Sport »

Boxer Soloman Dacres has Olympic aim after linking up with Team GB 

29 Mar

WARLEY Boxing Club super heavyweight Solomon Dacres is targeting Olympics selection after joining Team GB.


Danny Ayres rocking for big Cradley debut 

29 Mar

Danny Ayres can’t wait to make his Cradley debut tonight – after securing a dream winter move.


King upbeat despite looming relegation for Tividale 

28 Mar

TIVIDALE boss Dave King says he's taking heart in the fact his young side can still improve regardless of their impending relegation.


Danny Ayres named as Heathens number one 

27 Mar

DANNY Ayres starts the season as Cradley’s new number one.


West Brom fan Tommy Langford looking for big-time breakthrough at Leicester Arena 

27 Mar

Undefeated Birmingham fighter Tommy Langford is not daunted by the ‘big step-up’ he faces in his WBO interim world middleweight championship bout next month.


Oldbury wrestling champion hit with four-year ban for failed drugs test 

24 Mar

OLDBURY-based British Wrestling champion Chinu Sandhu has been given a four-year ban after failing a drugs test.


Presentation Evenings 

23 Mar

Don't Forget.


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Comment »

Free at last 

30 Mar

Historians will undoubtedly look back and describe these exciting times that we are privileged to be living through as a glorious English Spring bringing about a bright political, economic and social future.


The Amazing Disappearing Khatun! 

21 Mar

This is a strange tale even by "Sadwell" standards.


Music at the ‘Mill 

20 Mar

With the very talented Ruth Theodore...


SMBC Block Report on “Innocent” Hackett! 

17 Mar

The Leader of Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council, Steve Eling, promised some time ago that he would be attempting to ensure that the out of control bent paid service under joke "Chief Executive" Jan Britton would stop paying fast and loose with the law...


Sandwell Parks Scandal Latest! 

17 Mar

The Skidder raised serious issues concerning the goings-on at Sandwell Parks Department with both the Council and bent West Midlands Police.


A UK First – “The Corruptour” – Book Now! 

16 Mar

Book now for the UK's first ever "Corruptour"! The minibus is booked and the Skidder will take you on a magical tour of southern "Sadwell" with a fun commentary on the locations of corruption, cronyism and incompetence that have been such a part of ...


The Russians are coming…. 

16 Mar

Thimblemill Library are launching a lending service for Russian books in particular but would like Polish and other central/eastern European books.


Thanks Audit Committee – But No Thanks! 

13 Mar

The Audit Committee of scandal-ridden Sandwell Council recently resolved to invite the writer to appear before it.


Breaking News – Civil War in Sandwell Labour! 

1 Mar

The simmering feud between the Eling and Jones factions in the "Sadwell" Labour Group burst into the open last night.


Hussain Family Loot Rolls In! 

1 Mar

The Hussain Family occasionally like to display their wealth and power with do's at Akbar's Restaurant in Birmingham.


Open Mic at The Mill 

27 Feb

The first time that I visited the Open Mic at the Mill I didn’t know what to expect.


Hussain – More WM Police Corruption? 

25 Feb

This blog has pointed out time and time again that West Midlands Police have been corruptly protecting Labour Sandwell Council in general and Cllr Mahboob Hussain in particular (who enjoys "special protection" for allegedly rendering certain "...


On the mARTch 

21 Feb

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.


Learn Spanish…. 

15 Feb

Spanish lessons at the 'Mill...


Tell us what you want from leisure services 

13 Feb

Over the past five years, Sandwell Council has invested millions of pounds in the upgrade and renewal of sport and leisure buildings in the borough.


Work in progress… 

4 Feb

Lightwoods House is nearing completion, and Richard Marshall has been inside for a sneak preview...


Bringing Bears to Bear-wood 

3 Feb

Remember the Birmingham Big Hoot Owl Trail last year, (starring our own Caroline Jariwala)….


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Features »

Ketentuan Pemberian Nomor Faktur Pajak 

29 Mar

Ketentuan pemberian nomor Faktur Pajak ini seharusnya diberlakukan sejak tanggal 1 April 2013.


Faktur Pajak Fiktif 

29 Mar

PKP yang telah dipusatkan tempat terutangnya PPN ditempat lain, PKP yang pindah alamat ke wilayah kerja kantor DJP lain, serta PKP yang tidak lagi memenuhi peryaratan subjektif dan objektif.


By what kind of death did Jesus die? What death do all humans face? 

29 Mar

“But we have no right to execute anyone,” the Jews objected.


Welfare Benefits Caseworker for Citizens Advice Dudley 

28 Mar

Citizens Advice Dudley Borough is a charity that offers free, impartial and independent advice to over £15,000 people per year, resolving 55,000 advice issues to diverse communities across the borough, many of whom often have complex support needs ...


Open Access Round 8 Open! 

27 Mar

The Open Access Award supports activities that build audiences and promote artistic excellence in the Black Country.


Sandwell Businesses Invited to Health Event 

27 Mar

Sandwell businesses are invited to an event to discuss how they and the council can best work together to improve the health of their employees and customers.


Free NHS Health Checks 

27 Mar

The check happens every five years, so if you have had one recently you don’t need to see us.


Barbara Ward Children’s Charity 

27 Mar

Charities and organisations helping children who are disadvantaged in some respect can apply for grants from the Barbara Ward Children’s Charity.


Do you remember the High Town Wortons or Harry the landlord? 

26 Mar

MANY of us these days are familiar with that frustration that comes from hitting a dead-end with our family tree research.


Any old irons? Nigel’s curious collection forms new exhibition 

25 Mar

THE thought of ironing isn't likely to get many of us excited, but a curious exhibition currently running at Tipton Library is showing visitors what an unusual history that most mundane of household implements has.


How can someone die and never die? 

24 Mar

When Martha went to meet Jesus, after her brother, Lazarus, has died, she told Jesus that she believed confidently in the general resurrection of all people.


Wajibkah Parpol Dikukuhkan menjadi PKP? 

23 Mar

Berbeda denga Pajak Penghasilan (PPh), pengenaan kewajiban PPN ditentukan oleh faktor objektif.


Vinci UK Foundation – Deadline: 31st March 2017 

23 Mar

VINCI recognises that its sustainable economic success is linked to an ambitious social commitment.


Parpol sebagai Wajib Pajak Badan 

23 Mar

Sebagaimana diketahui, Parpol merupakan organisasi politik yang dibentuk atas dasar kesamaan kehendak dan cita-cita.


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Business »

We need inquiry into council’s Lidl plan mistake says MP 

22 Mar

Selly Oak MP Steve McCabe wants inquiry to prevent repeat of error in which wrong advice was given to planning committee leading to permission being granted for controversial Lidl store...


Birmingham colleges snubbed in new apprenticeship push 

20 Mar

Trio of colleges fail to make new key government register which will connect employers with training providers running schemes for apprentices...


£1bn Black Country manufacturing strategy looks to lure investors 

17 Mar

Investment opportunities in a ground breaking High Value Manufacturing City development have been highlighted by the Black Country LEP at the MIPIM property exhibition in Cannes.


Birmingham Airport underlines its importance to region’s transport infrastructure 

16 Mar

Birmingham Airport has underlined its importance to the region and its transport infrastructure by announcing two years of continuous record monthly passenger growth.


Jaguar unleashes new EV onto the roads of the UK 

16 Mar

Jaguar has unleashed its first electric vehicle the Jaguar I-Pace onto the streets of the UK for the first time.


London Midland backs tech firms to boost train journeys 

16 Mar

Rail operator is supporting ten start-up companies to create new technology products which will improve passengers' journeys...


Neville in rethink over controversial £200m St Michael’s scheme 

15 Mar

Football star turned property mogul Gary Neville has asked Manchester City Council to hold off making a decision over the controversial £200m St Michaels scheme.


Leading Midlands property figure dies 

14 Mar

One of the Midlands most experienced commercial property figures has died.


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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 »

Social Workers and Management for Adults with a Learning Disabilities 

29 Mar

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Sue on 29 March 2017 .


Easter fun at the Manor House 

28 Mar

Young authors can write their own Wimpy Kid-style diaries and enjoy some fun storytelling in a packed programme of Easter fun at a Sandwell museum.


New season starts at Sandwell’s museums 

28 Mar

Sandwell museums open their doors to visitors again from Saturday 1 April, with a great programme of events, exhibitions, family activities and school holiday fun throughout the year.


Display marks 75th anniversary of Smethwick war hero’s bravery 

28 Mar

A special display to mark the 75th anniversary of a major World War Two operation has been set up at Smethwick Library to commemorate the event and a brave local serviceman awarded the Victoria Cross.


Birds and bees at Oak House this Easter 

27 Mar

Birds and bees are set to keep visitors busy when they visit a Sandwell historic house over Easter.


Investigation by Jan Britton into award of taxi contract. 

27 Mar

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Julian Saunders on 27 March 2017 .


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    Taken at Sandwell Valley Park in the Farm area.



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