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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 »

Matt Wilson’s West Brom update – Nov 6 

6 Dec

Matt Wilson is back with your latest update on all things Albion including news on potential new deals in the offing for two of the club's biggest stars.


Time for West Brom to go FA Cup crazy 

6 Dec

With Albion sitting pretty in seventh place on 20 points from 14 games, this season is already shaping up to be a successful one, writes Matt Wilson.


Vital View – Premier League, 3rd-5th December 2016 

6 Dec

Vital View - Premier League, 3rd-5th December 2016 Vitalfootball:WBA:06/12/2016 09:27:00 Chelsea's win against Manchester City keeps them at the top ahead of Arsenal now.


West Brom planning to offer new deals to Darren Fletcher and Chris Brunt 

6 Dec

Albion are planning to offer new contracts to experienced midfield pair Chris Brunt and Darren Fletcher in the new year.


West Brom not giving up on ‘£30million’ Saido Berahino 

5 Dec

Albion are still trying to persuade Saido Berahino to sign a new contract as head coach Tony Pulis claims he could be a £30million striker.


Fletcher Gives Watford Thoughts 

5 Dec

Fletcher Gives Watford Thoughts Vitalfootball:WBA:05/12/2016 22:00:00 Midfielder and skipper Darren Fletcher has been giving his thoughts following the three one victory over Watford at the weekend.


FA Charge West Brom Post Watford 

5 Dec

FA Charge West Brom Post Watford Vitalfootball:WBA:05/12/2016 22:00:00 The Football Association yesterday confirmed that both West Bromwich Albion and Watford would be charged following the game on Saturday.


Pulis Delighted With Watford Win 

5 Dec

Pulis Delighted With Watford Win Vitalfootball:WBA:05/12/2016 21:59:00 The victory over Watford this weekend certainly created a few talking points, victory, a bounce up the table and a certain James McClean.


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Sport »

Warley & DistrictSunday League 

7 Dec

APD Challenge CupPreliminary Round 3Britannia Inn 3--11 AFC CambridgeThree D FC 3--4 JinglersOldbury Cottage 6--4 Snooks FCLangley Gold 7--3 Academy Boys A.


New Cradley Heathens signing Joe Lawlor ‘over the moon’ after deal is done 

6 Dec

New Cradley signing Joe Lawlor has paid tribute to the fans after becoming the first signing for next season.


Speedway: Cradley Heathens to race on at Wolverhampton and Birmingham 

5 Dec

THE immediate future of Cradley Heathens has been secured despite another scare over having a place to race.


Jamie Hughes whitewashed in the semis 

4 Dec

Tipton’s Jamie Hughes was walloped by best friend Glen Durrant after making the semi-finals of the BDO World Masters today.


Jamie Hughes makes BDO Masters quarters 

3 Dec

Tipton’s Jamie Hughes is through to tomorrow’s quarter-final in the BDO World Masters after seeing off Jim Williams this afternoon.


Fun and games with the Baggies in Europe 

3 Dec

THE Bugle article of November 2, which marked the fiftieth anniversary of West Bromwich Albion's first foray into a European competition, prompted me to check my own box of Albion memorabilia.


Jamie Hughes wins BDO World Masters opener 

2 Dec

Tipton’s Jamie Hughes will take on Welshman Jim Williams in the second round of the BDO World Masters after dumping out Gary Robson.


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Comment »

Hang Simon Lea! 

1 Dec

Yes you can! If you're going to the Craft Muthas 2nd Christmas Fair (Saturday, Bearwood Baptist Church in Rawlings Road from 10am) you will have the opportunity to buy one of Simon Lea's fantastic prints, framed and in a range of sizes, to hang on ...


An Enchanted Christmas at St Hilda’s 

30 Nov

The promise of a wonderful festive evening with carols, music and readings.


A TV film which shook the country 

26 Nov

…”an ice-pick in the brain of all who saw it” was how one critic responded to Cathy Come Home.


Tickets still available… 

25 Nov

…you can pay on the door.


Switched On 

24 Nov

…and a big shout out for the Ukulele kids choir for leading the singing, and Global Wines for supplying the warming mulled wine.


A good night out… 

23 Nov

…and supporting a great cause...


Hackett Investigated for Alleged Bullying! 

18 Nov

Tom Watson's boy and Sandwell Cabinet flop Simon "Two Homes" Hackett has been subject to an investigation in respect of alleged bullying of Council employees.


Christmas Tree lights switch on 

18 Nov

This year we have replaced the rather tired looking lights we have had previously with something a tad brighter.


Super Saturday in Bearwood 

17 Nov

As the run-up to Christmas picks up pace, this Saturday Bearwood is buzzing.


Wednesbury Police/Sandwell Labour In Pictures! 

16 Nov

We know that there is a bent copper (or coppers) within the higher echelons of West Midlands Police protecting Sandwell Labour.


Scumbag Dishonours Sandwell War Dead 

13 Nov

Shock and horror as alleged provider of "special services" to West Midlands Police and disgraced Councillor Mahboob Hussain played a leading role in Oldbury's Remembrance Sunday commemorations today.


Exclusive Breaking Sandwell News! 

9 Nov

The Yanks may have elected a clown but in Sandwell, Labour still have the whole bloody circus in control.


Skidder Shorts #30 – The Joneses 

8 Nov

BREAKING NEWS - this blog has previously established that Richard Jones - son of Labour Councillors (the proven liar) Ian Jones and Olwen Jones and the brother of Cllr Stephen Jones - was directly involved in the bent bid to Sport England (supported ...


Two Christmas Crackers 

8 Nov

Not one, but two fabulous Craft Fairs this year…and with food and drink too...


The mist beyond the path 

7 Nov

Our very own Simon Lea has recently entered this photo of Warley Woods in a photo competition with Countryfile.


Skidder Shorts #29 – Who Is The Mystery Miscreant? 

7 Nov

With special thanks tothe brilliantPrivate Eye Magazine who have produced an interactive map concerning those councillors who, in financial year 2015/16, were late in paying their council tax or were even summonsed for non-payment.


Cllr Liam Preece 

3 Nov

Steve Eling seemed to start so well as the new Leader of Sandwell Council but his promise of "greater transparency" already looks hollow.


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Features »

Christmas Tree Festival and concert at Wesley 

7 Dec

A DISPLAY of over twenty Christmas trees can be seen at Wesley Methodist Church, High Street, West Bromwich during its first Christmas Tree Festival.


Time for a talk on Blackheath 

7 Dec

THE next meeting of the Blackheath and Rowley local Interest Group is on Tuesday, December 13, at 10am at Blackheath Central Methodist Church in High Street.


Barang Berwujud yang Menurut Sifat atau Hukumnya Berupa Barang bergerak 

6 Dec

Apabila yang di jual adalah barang bergerak, maka cara penyerahan hak miliknya dilakukan sesuai dengan pasal 612 Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Perdata.


Winter Wonderland at SAFS 

6 Dec

Asian Family Support Service – SAFS – is a Smethwick based charity which provides a range of quality care and support services.


Pengertian Barang Kena Pajak 

6 Dec

Pasal 1 angka 3 UU PPN PPnBM menyebutkan: Barang Kena Pajak adalah barang yang dikenai pajak adalah barang yang dikenai pajak berdasarkan Undang-Undang ini.


Ocker Hill towers’ demise seen from on high 

6 Dec

LAST week's page 23 featured some pretty spectacular photographs of just over thirty years' vintage.


Kinver Canal 

5 Dec

We had a very productive day out on Thursday last week.


Demonstrating Impact Essential for Smaller Charities 

5 Dec

New research by Think:Learn:Do commissioned by NAVCA highlights difficulties smaller charities have when using data to demonstrate their value.


Brexit vote shows dangers of ‘parachuting’ into beneficiaries’ lives, says Barrow Cadbury Chief Executive 

5 Dec

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union was a reminder to charities to be more aware of the dangers of “parachuting” into beneficiaries’ lives without consulting them, according to the chief executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust.


Masonic Charitable Foundation 

5 Dec

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Support Grants Scheme.


Baring Foundation 

5 Dec

The Baring Foundation has announced that its Support for the Voluntary Sector programme has re-opened for applications.


Let’s celebrate our local charities… 

5 Dec

Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector organisations bring huge value to our area.


Family Holiday Association 

5 Dec

The Family Holiday Association (FHA) has announced that its funding programme open for applications.


Residents share their stories of West Brom in wartime 

5 Dec

WEST BROMWICH Local History Society are launching a brand new book documenting the town's experiences during the Second World War.


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Business »

Aldi strikes back with fresh plans for controversial new Birmingham store 

6 Dec

The German supermarket has revised its designs for a shop off Queslett Road in Great Barr after suffering a setback during the summer...


HS2 depot site sold by St Modwen 

6 Dec

50-acre plot in north Birmingham acquired by the Government to house a new rolling stock maintenance depot...


Is F-Pace proving too hot for Land Rover? 

5 Dec

LAND ROVER has seen a near 20% dip in vehicle sales in the UK, according to new figures.


St. Modwen confirms strong interest in London project 

5 Dec

BIRMINGHAM regeneration specialist St.


Birmingham Airport delays warning as strike action looms 

5 Dec

Trade union members at baggage handling and ground crew provider Swissport vote in favour of strike action...


Ryanair launches package holiday service and promises ‘lowest prices’ in UK 

4 Dec

Dublin-based airline said holidaymakers have been overcharged for years and promised to 'transform travel industry...


Birmingham industrial site sold for £25m to support HS2 development 

2 Dec

A PRIME industrial site on the fringe of Birmingham city centre has been sold in a deal worth around £25m.


Traffic Alert: Long delays to M42 after serious accident 

2 Dec

AN accident between a car and a lorry has brought massive disruption to the West Midlands motorway network and threatens to delay people heading to Birmingham Airport.


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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 »

Apprenticeship funding event for employers 

6 Dec

Sandwell Council is teaming up with Sandwell College to put on a free event next Tuesday , 13 December to help employers get to grips with the changes to apprenticeship funding.


Silver award for Sandwell’s Armed Forces commitment 

6 Dec

Sandwell’s Armed Forces Covenant has won a prestigious silver award for its support for the Armed Forces Community.


Premises licence 

6 Dec

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Ian Jones on 6 December 2016 .


Uber Not in sandwell shame 

6 Dec

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to sha on 6 December 2016 .


Uber Not in sandwell shame 

6 Dec

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by sha on 6 December 2016 .


Consultation on services for deaf and visually impaired people 

5 Dec

Sandwell Council is seeking the views of local people on the future of two groups who work with deaf and visually-impaired people.


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    Taken at Sandwell Valley Park in the Farm area.



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