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21 Feb

After a week on the west coast of Scotland, we had a brilliant weekend in Edinburgh with our daughter, before travelling north and stopping in Tomintoul for 5 nights.

Pine Marten Video 

21 Feb

As an after thought here's a bit of video...

Scotland West Coast, Lochaber Area and Pine Martens! 

21 Feb

We decided to explore somewhere new in Scotland this winter and stay on the coast, west of Fort William at Glenuig.

Project Aspie – ‘Alphabet 12’ Conference 

21 Feb

Project Aspie – Special ‘Alphabet 12’ Conference Event will be taking place March 7th 2018.

People’s Postcode Trusts – Reminder 

21 Feb

People’s Postcode Trust, Postcode Local Trust and Postcode Community Trust are now  open for applications until the 28th February! • People’s Postcode Trust seeks applications for projects that focus on the prevention of poverty, promotion of...

Your town, your future…be part of Vision 2030 

20 Feb

Get involved in Town Events to share your ideas and comments about towns plans and how they are developed.

Masterclass: Speaking with IMPACT! 

20 Feb

The Nishkam Centre is an aspiring leading community anchor organisation to all communities, working for the wellbeing of everyone.

Sandwell Big Spring Clean campaign 

19 Feb

Over the past 12 years over 20,000 people have supported and helped to make Sandwell a cleaner and safer place to live by taking part in the boroughs multi award winning Big Spring Clean campaign.

National Careers and Apprenticeship Week: 5 – 9 March 

19 Feb

Connexions Sandwell will be hosting a National Careers and Apprenticeship Week from Monday 5th to Friday 9th March 2018, (excluding Wednesday), at Oldbury Council House, One Stop Shop, Freeth Street, B69 3DE.

New Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA) Consultation 

19 Feb

Sandwell Health and Wellbeing Board (HWB) is developing a new Pharmaceutical Needs Assessment (PNA).

Norfolk Parts 2 & 3! 

18 Feb

I never got around to continuing with Norfolk, as we scooted off up to Scotland for a couple of weeks, so I will condense parts two and three into one, so that I can get on with the Scottish stuff.

File: Snipe 

14 Feb

Common Snipe from the Lakeside hide.

Comment on tuneful Sandwell Valley 

12 Feb

what tune can you play...

Mosque Open Day at YCA Cultural Centre 

12 Feb

As part of the nationwide initiative, YCA Sandwell would like to welcome neighbours, friends and colleagues to a Mosque Open Day at the Cultural Centre, Tildasley Street, West Bromwich B70 9SJ, on Sunday 18 February 2018, 2 – 6 pm.

Spotlight on KeyRing 

12 Feb

1 Tell us what you do KeyRing offers low level tenancy support for vulnerable people in their own homes across Sandwell.

Fundraising Mistakes to Avoid – Part 5 

12 Feb

Following on from last week’s e-bulletin top tips here are two more tips to help you in your funding journey.

The Weavers’ Company 

12 Feb

The Weavers’ Company, a textile-related, charitable and sociable organisation, has announced that the next closing date for its grants programme is the 31st March 2018.

Charities invited to take part in Amazon’s online giving scheme 

12 Feb

UK charities are being invited to take part in an Amazon scheme in which the online shopping giant will donate a percentage of the cost of purchases made by customers who use a special link.

Symposium Event 

12 Feb

HOME: Heart of Sandwell (Routes to Roots) researches and captures the untold stories of multi-cultural communities that have settled in creating ‘homes’ for themselves within the area of Sandwell.

Fly-tipping Crackdown Continues With Six More £400 Fines 

12 Feb

The council launched a new enforcement team last May and is now seeing a sharp fall in fly-tipping reports.

Forum Post: RE: A chilly day in February 

11 Feb

Very nice pictures Lawrence, and hope your buddy liked his day out.

Forum Post: A chilly day in February 

11 Feb

It's been some time since I posted here...

Job Opportunities at SWEDA 

8 Feb

Skills Work and Enterprise Development Agency (SWEDA) has been providing services to all diverse communities in Sandwell and surrounding areas since 1989.

West Midlands PCC Outstanding Citizens Awards 

5 Feb

Nominations are now open for this year’s West Midlands PCC Outstanding Citizen Awards.

The Whiskey Poets to Perform at Blackheath Library 

5 Feb

An alternative country-blues band fronted by international best-selling author R.

Community Trees Fund Re-Opens for Applications 

5 Feb

The Community Trees Fund, which forms part of the Tree Council’s Annual Community Action Programme, has re-opened.

Fundraising Mistakes to Avoid – Part 4 

5 Feb

Following on from last week’s e-bulletin top tips here are two more tips to help you in your funding journey.

Postcode Community Trust – Small Grants 

5 Feb

Postcode Community Trust will re-open its Small Grants Programme on the 14th February 2018 for Expressions of Interest.

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Cashing In On Big Cyrille’s Death! 

21 Feb

There have, unsurprisingly, been tremendous outpourings of grief following the death of the great Cyrille Regis.

Lion Farm – Eling & Britton Take The P*ss! 

19 Feb

Steve "The Milkman" Eling - who somehow "missed" all the fraud going on at Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council whilst maintaining a tight grip on the purse strings "lol" - claimed he was going to overhaul the Freedom of Information "system" which has ...

Tricky Dicky Dumped! 

19 Feb

One Sp*nk Brother down! Bankrupt Councillor and keen amateur swordsman Richard Marshall was due to stand for election again in May but at the recent Labour Campaign Forum meeting in Sandwell he was given the bum's rush by the comrades! His fall from ...

Building Relationships 

11 Feb

Building Relationships by Susie Pottinger.

What Does Jim Brennan Know? 

9 Feb

The new highly-controversial Monitoring Officer (at Director-level) Surjit Tour is playing silly buggers with me - refusing to even acknowledge correspondence let alone reply to it (a matter shortly to be referred to the Local Government Ombudsman.

Caroline on the telly…. 

7 Feb

Bearwoods own Caroline Jariwala will be featured on Midlands Today at 6.30pm on Thursday evening celebrating the fantastic success of her 100 Masters video which has now had over 3.7 million views.

Will Self Meets The C*ck-Suckers! 

2 Feb

It's the weekend and as those of us who retain some hair prepare to let it down we could all do with a good laugh.

Corbyn’s Evil Wench – Sarah James 

1 Feb

Sarah James claims to be against bullying - at least if women are the victims.

Labour Rebellion Against Tyrannical Eling! 

31 Jan

It looks like the worms are beginning to turn.

P*sspoor BBC Thrash Eling With Wet Lettuce Leaf! 

29 Jan

Time and time again we have seen the BBC fail to cover the corruption, cronyism, incompetence and bullying within their friends at Labour Sandwell Council and to show clear partiality when they do get their act together.

A belated “Happy New Year” message… 

28 Jan

The team at We Are Bearwood have been working behind the scenes on a few things – including planning for Bearwood Street Festival 2019.

Lion Farm Fields – A Major Fraud? 

28 Jan

The current Leader of Labour Sandwell Council, Steve Eling, has been on the Council since 1986.

An Exchange of Correspondence with Surjit Tour! 

25 Jan

At PRECISELY the same time that Sandwell Council was being hammered in the House of Commons I received this letter from the controversial new Monitoring Officer (see my blog earlier today as to how his secret and highly-irregular "briefing" meeting ...

Stop Press – Eling Attacks Staff! 

25 Jan

I have been writing recently about the increasingly paranoid Labour Leader [sic] of bent Sandwell Council, Steve "The Milkman" Eling.

The Statement Sandwell Don’t Want You To See! 

25 Jan

I was asked by Cllr Ian Jones to provide a statement for his Stalinist Show Trial yesterday (such is the truth of the one-party state in Sadders that, at one point, Cllr Steve "Luvvie" Trow forgot it was supposed to be a Standards Hearing and started...

The Skidder’s Witness Statement in Jones Case 

24 Jan

I was supposed to be giving evidence at Cllr Jones's Standards Hearing today and supplied a detailed statement to SMBC.

Shock News – Steve Eling Tells the Truth! 

24 Jan

Remember this terrible photo? It caused great concern to one of the Sandwell Sp*nk Brothers, Steve "The Milkman" Eling, currently the "leader" of the bent Council.

Holocaust Memorial Commemoration 

22 Jan

Sandwell will remember the millions of victims of genocide at a special Holocaust commemoration event in West Bromwich.

Bin collection days to change in February 

21 Jan

Bearwood bin collection days are changing from Wednesdays to Fridays from February.

Breaking News – Hackett Faces Legal Claim! 

20 Jan


Prinz Grizzley at Thimblemill 

20 Jan

Next Saturday, (27th) Austrias Prinz Grizzley will be bringing his own blend of country, folk and blues to Thimblemill Library as part of his UK tour.

Skidder Shorts #33 – Jan Britton Lying Now! 

18 Jan

As if Jan Britton's reputation (if he ever had one) isn't already in tatters! Now we can add "LIAR" to his pathetic record.

Jan Britton Bars Campaigners From Public Meeting 

18 Jan

Many moons ago the late Smethwick Scumbag, Darren Cooper, and his social media trolls regularly attacked me as "troll" and "keyboard warrior", "anonymously" attacking him and bent Sandwell Labour Council despite the fact that everyone knew who I was ...

Protected: Localising Prosperity – a short film 

15 Jan

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Cyrille Regis 

15 Jan

This blog has been - and remains - fiercely against Jim Cadman's bent "Three Degrees" statue con.

Steve Eling – You Are A F*cking Liar – No. 2 

15 Jan

In part one of "Steve Eling - You Are A F*cking Liar" I placed the entirety of Eling/Marshall's hate-filled message feed in the public domain (subject to a few unavoidable redactions).

Edgbaston MP Made Non-Disclosure “Oversight”! 

10 Jan

Pisspoor Sandwell Councillor/MP Preet Kaur Gill has made an early slip-up in her, hopefully, short parliamentary career.

You’re ‘aving a laugh! 

10 Jan

Open mic comedy night next week at Thimblemill.

Formal Complaint Against Street Warden – Cockgate! 

10 Jan

Here is a formal complaint sent this morning to Sandwell's joke "Chief Executive" Jan Britton which should be self-explanatory.

Lovely Smear of Jonesy by Goudie QC! 

8 Jan

2018 in Sadders has started with a bang! Ok, more of a whimper...

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