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Local history day at Tipton’s Glebefields 

24 Jan

GLEBEFIELDS Library in St Mark's Road, Tipton, will be hosting its first local history day on Saturday February 4, from 10.30am-1pm.


EU Looks to Remove ‘Annoying’ Cookie Law 

23 Jan

The European Union has announced plans to cut down on cookie banners that web users ‘find annoying’.


Demystifying Risk Assessments and Method Statements 

23 Jan

Infamous Community Arts has been developing a workshop to help demystify and bring clarity to understanding and writing those dread documents – Risk Assessments and Method Statements.


Part-time positions based in North Smethwick 

23 Jan

The Brasshouse Community Centre, managed by North Smethwick Development Trust, is a hub for the local community and provides a great range of services.


The Football Foundation Club Cashback 

23 Jan

Fundraise by shopping online using Club Cashback – The Club Cashback Scheme is a partnership between the Foundation and Club Website to support local clubs, raise much needed funds, and ensure future sustainability within the grassroots game.


Beat the Street – the Physical Activity Challenge That Works! 

23 Jan

We would like to let you know about Beat the Street which is coming back to Sandwell in February 2017! This is a 7-week mass participation challenge across Sandwell.


Need a venue in the evening or Saturday morning? 

23 Jan

Do you need to hire a venue in Bearwood/Harborne? Did you know that Lordswood Academies Trust have a range  of rooms for hire for all occasions.


Eymore Wood 

22 Jan

On Friday we took the opportunity of some nice weather to go to Eymore Wood, unbelievably we haven't been over there since August 2014, so it was long overdue.


A Wild Goose (Waxwing) Chase 

19 Jan

We have been keeping an eye on Twitter and the Bird Forums to see if any Waxwings turn up close to us and while there have been some nearby sightings we have resisted motoring off to try and find them on the basis that they wouldn't be there when we ...


Let’s Talk workshop 

19 Jan

LET’S TALK  is an inclusive, discursive participatory workshop taking place in Sheffield for LGBT+ HUB  and BELIEF and/or RELIGION HUB  members to learn more about one another and talk.


Fans queued through the night when Wolves met Albion in the FA… 

19 Jan

BLACK COUNTRY clubs enjoyed mixed success earlier this month in the third round of the FA Cup.


West Midlands Schools Cross Country Championships 

18 Jan

This Saturday (21st) we will be home to our second large cross country event of the season.


Time to talk shop on Tividale Road 

18 Jan

I AM writing with regard to the piece in the Bugle's edition of last week (January 11) on Tividale, and St Michael's Church.


Father Tim, aged 93, and still caring for his flock 

18 Jan

THIS month, on January 3, Father Tim Burke reached the grand old age of 93, and is still engaged as a working parish priest at the Holy Cross Church in West Bromwich.


SCVO Member Feature: Emerging Communities Network 

16 Jan

SCVO is pleased to feature groups which have recently signed up to become members.


Sport England’s Active Ageing Fund 

16 Jan

Sport England are putting tackling inactivity right at the heart of their new strategy Towards an Active Nation – which means over the next four years, the are going to triple the amount they invest in helping inactive people become active.


A New Code for Sports Governance 

16 Jan

The Code for Sports Governance, launched on 31 October 2016 by UK Sport and Sport England, sets out the levels of transparency, accountability and financial integrity that will be required from April 2017 from sports organisations which seek funding ...


Training for Small Charities 

16 Jan

The Foundation for Social Improvement is delivering training for small charities   in Solihull on 1st February, offering full day and half day courses on key fundraising skills and governance topics.


A Brilliant Start to the Kinver Year 

15 Jan

On Thursday we went to Kinver again for a good walk along the canal and river before a lovely late lunch and a cheeky pint of ale at the Vine.


A pale ale fit for a princess 

14 Jan

BANKS'S, that most famous of Black Country brewers, are best known for their bitter and mild, but on one grand occasion nearly 36 years ago, they knocked up a Special Brew.


Kick Start Your Future with Sports Structures 

9 Jan

Sports Structures are busy recruiting participants for their Coaching Communities programme   beginning on the 23 January in Sandwell, for people who are aged 25 and over who are currently unemployed or economically inactive.


SCVO’s Fourth ‘Funding Network’ Event Invitation 

9 Jan

SCVO is pleased to announce its fourth ‘Funding Network’ event, which will be held at Hawthorns House on the morning of Wednesday, 8th February 2017 between 10 am and 12 noon .


Charities ‘Can Help More People’ If They Use Tech to Change How They Work 

9 Jan

Charities could help more people if they embraced new technology such as cloud computing and machine learning, an event at Microsoft has heard.


IoF Launches New Suppliers Forum 

9 Jan

The Institute of Fundraising has launched a new Suppliers Forum designed to bring the IoF’s corporate supporter members together to share ideas and discuss sector-wide challenges.


The Clothworkers’ Foundation 

9 Jan

The Clothworkers’ Foundation awards capital grants to charities which work in one of their programme areas (alcohol and substance misuse, disabled people, disadvantaged minority communities, disadvantaged young people, domestic and sexual violence...


The Foyle Foundation Small Grants Scheme 

9 Jan

The Foyle Foundation is an independent grantmaking trust that distributes grants to UK charities and does not support applications from individuals.


Britannia Park Friends Group Needs a Treasurer 

9 Jan

Rowley Community Activity Network are in the process of setting up a ‘Friends of Britannia Park Group’ in Blackheath.


23,000 milestone: a perfect 20th birthday present for Ideal for All 

9 Jan

One of the Black Country’s leading charities is celebrating its 20th birthday in style by passing an important milestone in its history.


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Consultation on changes to bus routes 

24 Jan

National Express are consulting on changes to bus services which would impact on some routes in Bearwood.


Nashville Cats 

23 Jan

This Saturday at Thimblemill Library, the spectacular Nashville band The Wild Ponies will be strutting their stuff.


Just…beautiful 

22 Jan

Simon Lea's frost woods...


Cllr Bawa Allegations NOT New to BENT West Midlands Police! 

20 Jan

It's been another explosive week in Sandwell as further fraud allegations rock the corrupt Labour Council.


Is Ian Jones “The Third Man”? 

18 Jan

I will, of course, be blogging soon about today's major developments in the stinking cesspit that is Sandwell Council.


Potty-Mouthed Piper On Fine Form! 

13 Jan

I quite like my Facebook chum Cllr Bob Piper even if he is a foaming-at-the-mouth acolyte of the absurd Corbyn.


Bus diversion 

12 Jan

During the road closure because of resurfacing in St Mary's Road, (see previous post) the number 48 bus will be diverted via Three Shires Oak Road...


Sandwell libraries amongst the best! 

11 Jan

An army of volunteers and a packed programme of activities have put Sandwell libraries among the best in the country according to recent figures.


Darren Cooper – Greedy Scrote: Part Two 

5 Jan

There is plenty of new material in this post but I'm afraid I do have to rehearse some issues from this blog for it all to make sense.


Kerry Bolister “A Liar” Claims Cllr Hackett! 

3 Jan

We saw in the last post that Darren Cooper and Jan Britton routinely used huge, secret, payments to buy the silence of departing employees from Labour fiefdom, Sandwell Council, and that this policy is continuing to the detriment of long-suffering ...


Adrian Scarrott £350K Secret Pay-Off Claim! 

3 Jan

Before I start on the meat of this post may I apologise for my lack of activity recently but I have been a little unwell.


This looks brilliant! Drive-in Sunday 

3 Jan

Build your car, then sit in it to watch the movie….


Simon’s latest 

18 Dec

Sunset over the meadow in Warley Woods...


Pete from Dexys live at Corks 

12 Dec

Pete Williams a founder member of Dexys Midnight Runners has recently finished 32 dates as special guest to The Proclaimers, and is now coming home to Bearwood this weekend.


Mrs Hackett’s Parking Ticket 

8 Dec

Unlike the late Smethwick Scumbag, Darren Cooper, it is not usually my style to refer to the family of councillors and bent staff in the Sandwell Council cesspit but it is necessary here as Tom Watson's poodle, Cllr Simon Hackett, does feature in ...


Darren Cooper – Greedy Scrote: Part One 

7 Dec

I have to start this post with a caveat that some of the content may not be true! Regulars will know that there have been attempts by the comrades to pass me false information in the hope that I will then blog it and they can discredit me - a tactic ...


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...


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