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Data Protection and GDPR…beyond 25th May 2018. 

24 May

As you will no doubt be aware, 25th May 2018 sees the commencement of new legislative changes regarding Data Protection in the UK (and across the European Union) – enshrined in the UK’s ‘ Data Protection Act 2018 ‘ and the EU’s ‘ General ...


iSandwell Camp 2018: Building our Digital Champions Network 

24 May

Do you want to develop and become involved in networks and digital development in Sandwell? Come to this one-day event to explore with others about what’s involved in being a digital champion and what difference it can/could make to you and your ...


Local Giving’s Small Charity Week Challenge 

24 May

To celebrate Small Charity Week 2018 Local giving are delighted to announce their small charity week challenge .


Romania with Naturetrek – Part 3, The Danube Delta 

22 May

An early start saw us leave Zarnesti, heading for Tulcea a port on the Danube, where our House Boat for four nights and the gateway into the Delta awaited.


Free Short Course – Introduction to Bid-writing 

21 May

With over a decade’s experience of providing grant fundraising for organisations such as sports clubs, charities, community groups, schools and churches, as well as grant giving services and application assessments, GetGrants holds a wealth of ...


Dan Maskell Tennis Trust 

21 May

Grants of up to £1,500 are available to special schools, disability groups and associations etc.


Woodward Charitable Trust 

21 May

The Woodward Charitable Trust primarily funds charitable organisations (charities, social enterprises and community interest companies) in the UK and can make grants for overseas projects, usually via UK charities.


Giving World Online – Vital resources available free of charge 

21 May

The charity, Giving World Online, provides the opportunity for those in struggling circumstances to access goods donated by businesses and public sector organisations free of charge.


Government Announces New Tech Fund to Support Disabled People and Their Employers 

21 May

Access to work is a government initiative that provides financial support to ensure that someone’s disability or health condition does not hold them back at work.


Rowing Foundation Grants Programme 

21 May

The Rowing Foundation has re-opened its grants programme.


Romania with Naturetrek – Part 2 

20 May

So Day 3 too us to the Piatra Craiului National Park, we started with a drive up a gorge, finally stopping and walking the rest of the way, this was a gentle climb up, where we saw many Grey Wagtail, our first ever Wood Warbler, that proved to ...


Romania with Naturetrek – Part 1 

18 May

We have just returned from a 10 day trip with Naturetrek to Romania.


Promoting Sandwell Young People’s Emotional Health and Wellbeing Event 

18 May

Supporting our young people to manage the ups and downs of life and grow into happy, healthy and resilient individuals is important to us all.


Blog Post: Smelly Sandwell Valley by Sue Fox 

17 May

After a few weeks volunteering at RSPB Sandwell Valley, usually on a Tuesday, I found that this was the day when, once every few weeks, the tanker comes to collect the waste from the septic tank! That got me thinking, what does all the wildlife make ...


Open Day 

16 May

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Blog Post: My first month as a Learning Assistant Intern by Christina Nijar 

14 May

It’s been about a month since I joined the RSPB Sandwell Valley team and it'a been bit of a whirlwind so far.


Meet Frances Craven Newly Appointed Chief Executive Sandwell Children’s Trust 

14 May

SCVO are inviting voluntary and community sector organisations to attend a lunch and networking session which is being held on Wednesday 27th June 2018 from 1.00pm – 2.00pm at Krunch, Sandwell Christian Centre, Langley Crescent, Oldbury, B68 8RE If ...


Payment Gateways for Charities – Which One is Right for You? 

14 May

For a charity, there are few decisions that weigh as heavily as selecting the right payment gateway.


How to Make the Most of Facebook Charitable Giving Tools 

14 May

Running England’s national air ambulance transfer service for children without any government funding is a costly feat – each life-saving transfer costs around £2,800, with two new helicopters planned for 2018.


Hilden Charitable Funds 

14 May

The Hilden Charitable Fund is open for applications.


Skipton Building Society Grassroots Giving 2018 

14 May

Community groups in the UK can apply to Skipton Building Society’s Grassroots Giving programme from the 1st May until the 31st July 2018.


May At Manor House Museum 

14 May

Spring is here and staff at the Manor House Museum in West Bromwich are getting ready for a host of events and activities for all ages.


Dormant Trust Funds Set to Help Children and Young People 

14 May

Sandwell Council is set to release over £250,000, held in more than 20 dormant trust funds, to support projects giving children and young people the best possible start in life.


Blog Post: Owen helps save the albatross! 

11 May

Hi, I am Owen! I am not only speaking for myself, but for the Eco-council at Witton Middle School in Droitwich.


Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG Oncology Event 

10 May

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG, working on behalf of NHS England, is currently undertaking a robust programme of engagement activity regarding oncology services in the area.


The UK Civil Society Almanac is now available…and it’s more interesting than it sounds! 

10 May

What is the UK Civil Society Almanac? It’s an  online publication  that combines data from charities’ accounts, administrative data and surveys to map the structure and economy of the UK voluntary sector.


Enrol Yourself Learning Marathon – open for applications in Birmingham now 

10 May

Enro l Yourself’s  Learning Marathon  is launching in the West Midlands.


The Naming of Bears is a special matter 

9 May

We recently asked members of the Trust if they would like to suggest names for our family of carved bears.


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Girlie Name “Jan” Gets His Own Back “Lol”! 

24 May

On the advice of the Office of The Information Commissioner I made a formal complaint to bent Sandwell Council about their failure to comply with the Freedom of Information Act 2000.


Hackett’s Amy Gets The Shaft! 

23 May

Let me take you back to January.


Lion Farm Fields – ASDA Money???? 

21 May

In the social club at Lion Farm Fields the bent Labour Council put up a sign (pictured) boasting how they had given the fields to the people of Sandwell "forever".


Dave Thompson’s Blues Interfere in Democratic Process 

17 May

We have seen time and time again in this blog the very unhealthy "partnership" between West Midlands Police (WMP) and bent Sandwell Labour Council.


Lion Farm – More Secrecy! 

13 May

At the bottom of this post is the so-called "report" to bent Sandwell Council's Labour "Cabinet" prepared by new director Dr Alison Knight.


Abbey Ward Election Result 

4 May

Abbey Ward Result: Mike Allen, Green Party 391 Bob Piper, Labour Party 2223 Richard Kemp, Conservative 411 Labour Majority 1,812.


Mohammad Rouf Speaks! 

1 May

I was picking by way through the canine excrement-smeared streets of Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") yesterday distributing the leaflet set-out below and talking to folk about the 43 years of failure during the Labour dictatorship.


Another Simon Lea stunner 

30 Apr

This is just beautiful… Worlds End…..


We Present – The Incredible Disappearing Elings!!! 

25 Apr

Roll up, roll up folks for the latest magic from the "Leader" "lol" of bent Sandwell Council, Steve "The Milkman" Eling - a disappearing act of the first order! The Milkman may be able to p*ss down the legs of the BBC and West Midlands Police but The...


Lion Farm – Gavan Breaks Ranks (+ Farewell Dicky!) 

21 Apr

Cllr Bill Gavan is up for election in May.


It’s Official – Labour Sandwell is Sh*te! 

18 Apr

Yesterday the Birmingham Mail published the results of a survey showing Sandwell as the 18th worst place to live in the whole country - this after 43 years of Labour dictatorship.


More B*llocks From Bob Piper! 

11 Apr

It is that time of year again when the moronic prats who live in Abbey Ward elect a Labour Councillor again.


For lovers of World Music… 

10 Apr

This promises to be a treat! Afro-roots duo from Sierra Leone/UK, formed out of the ashes of World/dance act Le Cod Afrique in 2004.


Lion Farm – Public Meeting 

10 Apr

A public meeting into Sandwell Labour's bent deal to build on the Lion Farm Playing Fields (c urrently held in trust for the people of Sandwell ) will be held a week on Sunday at the local St James's Church.


Peter Farrow and Me…. 

27 Mar

I received an insulting and patronising email today from one Peter Farrow who styles himself as the "Audit Services and Risk Management Manager" "lol" of corrupt Labour Sandwell (aka "Sadwell Council").


West Midlands Police + My Phone 

26 Mar

Sorry to bang on about corrupt West Midlands Police (WMP) but it is very serious that they are deliberately ignoring fraud within Labour basket-case Sandwell Council and now trying to shut down this blog on behalf of their friends.


Costigan (Plus More…) 

22 Mar

If it wasn't so serious for me, it would be amusing that the "Complex Crime Unit" of bent West Midlands Police (WMP) should be relying on a statement from Wednesbury Police's de facto "Gold Commander", Cllr Elaine Costigan.


A celebration of the life of Andy Hamilton 

19 Mar

Next weekend Andy Hamilton, the great saxophonist would have celebrated his 100th birthday.


Yet Another Hussain Land Fraud? 

19 Mar

Mr James Morris MP recently castigated corrupt Labour Sandwell Council in the House of Commons.


Sadders Odds and Sods! 

18 Mar

1 The Skidder is pleased to announce over 900,000 views on this blog (although a lot may be the West Midlands Police "complex crime unit" pouring over it to try and shut me down for their friends at corrupt Labour Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council "...


Water Aid 

17 Mar

Thanks to John Stokes for this….


Lion Farm Scandal – Letter to CC & Sajid Javid 

14 Mar

Herewith a letter sent to the Chief Constable of bent West Midlands Police and to Sajid Javid who is not only the Secretary of State for Local Government but also my MP.


Councillor E – False Statement! 

11 Mar

Regular readers will know all about the police debacle.


Breaking News – Marshall Suspended! 

11 Mar

One of the three complainants to bent West Midlands Police hoping to get them to close this blog down is in deep doo doo again.


Thinking of starting your own business? 

11 Mar

This could be for you...


Tuesday’s Council Meeting and More… 

9 Mar

The morons who keep voting Labour for their local council in the sh*thole that is Sandwell after 43 years of dismal failure deserve everything they get and Tuesday was an object lesson in how they get shafted by the comrades.


Skidder WMP Stitch-Up! 

6 Mar

Yesterday The Skidder spent around four hours at West Midlands Police Oldbury Custody Suite on a "voluntary" [sic] basis and was interviewed under caution by 2 officers from, and I kid ye not, WMP "complex crime unit" from Wolvo.


English for Speakers of Other Languages 

5 Mar

Anyone interested in attending these courses starting after Easter should register their interest at Thimblemill Library...


Technical Blog – Eling Emails 

4 Mar

1 At the secret meeting at The Windsor pub in Brum on 29th June, 2016 I bemoaned the way Jan Britton's bent paid service were playing fast and loose with the legal provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.


Hussain Family – The Dosh Keeps Rolling In! 

3 Mar

At a time when bent West Midlands Police "complex crime unit" are spending hundreds of hours trying to close down this blog on behalf of Sandwell Labour Council it is worth noting again the result of their corrupt decision not to investigate the ...


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