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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).


Leading Charities Urge Government to Address ‘Crisis’ Of Mental Health Services in UK 

13 Nov

Twelve mental health bodies write open letter urging ministers they ‘cannot go on’ with so many patients ‘locked out’ of vital services.


Call-out for Artists for Winter Open All Media Exhibition 

13 Nov

Following successful September and October Exhibitions, The Art Yard Gallery Studios, Cradley Heath, is pleased to announce its Winter Open All Media Exhibition , on Monday 20 November to Friday 22 November 2017.


National Financial Capability Week 13-19 November 2017 

13 Nov

During Financial Capability week Sandwell Financial Services Hub, its partner agencies and Black Country Housing Group – BC Click Start, will be celebrating the work they do to improve financial capability within the community by hosting events in ...


Christmas Cards – new for 2017 

8 Nov

You can buy the cards online.


Sandwell Adult Learning Network 

7 Nov

Sandwell Adult and family learning (SAFL) is a direct contract holder with the Skills Funding Agency for the provision of community learning.


A new website is helping people in Sandwell to manage their money. 

2 Nov

BetterOff Sandwell will help residents to: access advice on benefits and ways to improve their job opportunities apply for welfare benefits find work that pays and record their job search activity see how their money changes when they move into work.


Trustees Required at Citizens Advice Sandwell 

31 Oct

Trustees Required Citizens Advice Sandwell are holding their AGM on 7 th December and are looking for Trustees to serve on the Board.


AVIVA Community Fund…Your Vote Counts! 

31 Oct

The Aviva Community Fund offers the chance to get funding for an important cause in your community.


Fundraising Platforms Discuss Online Transparency and Trust 

31 Oct

Key discussion areas and next steps agreed at a summit about online giving held by the Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator.


The Chink in A Charity’s Armour? 

31 Oct

Everybody forgets about printers when it comes to data security says Alistair Millar, Altodigital Group Marketing Manager.


It’s Not the Law That’s Silencing Charities: It’s Their Own Lack of Imagination 

31 Oct

When things fall silent, it takes a while to notice.


Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants 

31 Oct

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


Grants to Help New, Innovative Visual Arts Projects (UK) 

31 Oct

The Elephant Trust offers grants to artists and for new, innovative visual arts projects.


Funding and Support for New Community Businesses (England) 

31 Oct

The Community Business Bright Ideas Fund, which supports community groups in England wanting to set up new community businesses will re-open for applications on the 1st November 2017 .


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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 ...


Chancers? 

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 ...


Warley Woods voted one of Britain’s best parks again 

11 Oct

Warley Woods has again received aclaim as one of Britains favourite parks in a national vote organised by Keep Britain Tidy.


Garden Waste and Xmas collections 

4 Oct

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Jan Britton’s £16m Big Black Hole! 

3 Oct

It gets more incredible by the day...


She Was Gagging For It! 

3 Oct

Normal Labour Party rules appear not to apply to the socialist sh*thole of Sandwell.


Property closed after ASB reports 

29 Sep

Dudley Magistrates’ Court granted a closure notice on a property in St.


Coffee, cake…and a natter! 

27 Sep

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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.


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