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Building Connections Fund – Deadline: 24th August 2018 

17 Jul

Charities and community groups in England can now apply for a share of close to £9 million aimed at tackling loneliness by building strong social connections and welcoming communities.


Sandwell Children Set for Summer Reading Challenge and Mischief Making! 

16 Jul

The Summer Reading Challenge is back at Sandwell libraries – and this year children can hunt for buried treasure and become ultimate mischief makers! The annual challenge encourages children aged four to 11 to read six library books during the long...


Five Great Automated Email Marketing Programmes for Charities 

16 Jul

It seems that finding a solution to bridge the gap of not ‘keeping in touch’, ‘keeping email recipients up to date’ or ‘sending an immediate response’ is high on the priority list for most organisations in the non-for profit sector.


Localgiving/Postcode Community Trust 

16 Jul

Localgiving has once again partnered with the Postcode Community Trust to offer over 400 grants of £500 to small charities and community groups across the UK through its Magic Little Grants Fund.


Trusthouse Charitable Foundation 

16 Jul

The Trusthouse Charitable Foundation is offering Community Centres in deprived urban communities and Village Halls in remote and economically deprived rural areas, the opportunity to apply for capital grants of between £10,000 and £45,000.


Warley Woods wins its 10th Green Flag. 

16 Jul

Warley Woods, managed by Warley Woods Community Trust, is among a record-breaking number (1,883) of parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green Flag Award.


Invitation to SCVO’s 2018 AGM and 20th Anniversary Celebrations 

12 Jul

You are warmly invited to join us for SCVO’s 2018 Annual General Meeting which is taking place on Tuesday 25th September 2018 from 9.30 am – 1.00 pm at North Smethwick Development Trust, Brasshouse, Brasshouse Lane, Smethwick, B66 1BA.


Summer Open Day 

12 Jul

This Saturday……Lightwoods House Summer Open Day features guided tours andaccess to the house and Shakespeare Garden from 11am3pm.


Scottish Power Foundation 

11 Jul

The Scottish Power Foundation is now accepting applications from Registered Charities and not-for-profit organisations and expects to fund around 20 projects over the next year.


The Weavers’ Company 

11 Jul

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


Teenagers Invited To Sandwell Careers Event 

10 Jul

Teenagers aged between 14 and 19 are invited to a careers event in Oldbury to help them decide what they want to do after school and college.


UnLtd – Transforming Employment for Disabled People 

10 Jul

Transforming Employment for Disabled People is a new partnership between UnLtd and Scope.


Rosa – Advice and Support Programme 

10 Jul

Rosa, a charitable fund set up to support initiatives that benefit women and girls in the UK, has announced that as part of the new Justice and Equality Fund, it has opened two new funding programmes.


FREE Golf Camp for Juniors in August – Book now 0121 429 2440 

9 Jul

Thanks again to Sandwell MBC for the funding to offer local juniors FREE golf sessions during August, each child can select up to 3 FREE sessions to attend.


BUDS Out and About – visit to Black Country Living Museum 

9 Jul

Are you caring for a person diagnosed with dementia? Would you like to visit a local attraction with your family? BUDS is having a group visit to the Black Country Living Museum on Friday 20 July 2018, 11.30 am to 3.00 pm.


Collaboration: More Than the Sum of The Parts 

9 Jul

The FSI’s research has shown that collaborating more effectively can not only help to solve social problems but can also facilitate efficiency, growth and sustainability.


Small Charities Must Harness the Support Available in the Sector 

9 Jul

Funding cuts and an uncertain economic landscape are challenges familiar to every small charitable organisation but, similar to those within the wider sector, arts, culture and heritage fundraisers continue to demonstrate a great capacity for ...


ICO Privacy Notice 

9 Jul

The Information Commissioner’s Office layered privacy notice is an example of how you can present your privacy information.


Blog Post: A chance to save nature – by Samantha Lyster 

6 Jul

It’s a rare situation where national political debate is sparked by women wearing bikinis.


Fundraising Qualifications from the FSI 

6 Jul

The Foundation for Social Improvement (FSI) has as its Mission:  To build and share knowledge, to elevate the voice of small charities with policy makers and the public, to build leadership in small charities and to support small charities to raise ...


Develop Confidence & Skills in Fundraising for Faith Based Social & Community Action. 

6 Jul

This training will look at sources of funding for faith based groups,  how to apply, how to develop application information and how to fund-raise.


Blog Post: RSPB Sandwell Valley – What it means to me 

5 Jul

It is often difficult to answer the question about why you enjoy a site so much.


Social Audit Network Roadshow for the Faith Sector 

5 Jul

Social Audit Networking is having a roadshow on Thursday, 12 July 2018, starting at 10 am, in Birmingham.


Noel Buxton Trust 

2 Jul

The Noel Buxton Trust supports voluntary and community based organisations in Great Britain and in some of the most vulnerable parts of Africa.


Top Tips for Preventing, Detecting and Responding to Fraud 

2 Jul

The Fraud Advisory Panel have published fraud resources for trustees, senior managers and professional advisers of charities in England and Wales.


Cyber Security: Charity Guide 

2 Jul

In March 2018 the Charity Commission supported the National Cyber Security Centre in the development of the first, dedicated cyber security guide for charities .


A quick visit to North Wales and RSPB South Stack 

30 Jun

Last weekend brought about the need to head to Rhyl for family reasons, so we tagged a couple of nights on the front, found ourselves a hotel deal in Llandudno and did a bit of birding in our one full day that we had.


Heavy Metal Time – Cosford Airshow 2018 

28 Jun

My annual indulgence to metal birds, managed to get some photos, but missed some good shots especially of the Red Arrows, but still I already have one or two photos of them...


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Here It Is – The Skidder “Million” Quiz! 

16 Jul

As promised - it is finally here! To commemorate one million views of the Skidder blog (DRUMROLL PLEASE) about an unknown Labour dictatorship who have spent over 40 years turning a West Midlands Borough into a sh*t-hole I present a "prise" quiz.


Where are the Tories Hiding? 

15 Jul

Warning On this very blog on Saturday, 16 th July 2016 to be precise, I foretold that Mrs May would be the last leader of the Conservative Party, how true that prophesy seems today.


Lightwoods House Open Day 

12 Jul

This Saturday……Lightwoods House Summer Open Day features guided tours andaccess to the house and Shakespeare Garden from 11am3pm.


The Betrayal of a Nation 

10 Jul

Over two years ago, we the people of this United kingdom were given a vote.


Wife-Beater’s Picture Removed! 

4 Jul

Only bent Labour Sandwell Council could have glorified a wife-beater by placing a photo of him directly outside the Council chamber.


July e-Bulletin 

28 Jun

The July edition of our Bearwood e-Bulletin, with news about things happening in Bearwood and beyond, is out today…and can be downloaded here .


Lion Farm Scandal – Who Did Kerry Tell? 

26 Jun

Before I start on the latest Lion Farm news can I remind you of tomorrow night's event - which is important not just to Lion Farm folk but for all those who want to stand up to Sandwell corruption and to protect the local environment with its toxic ...


More Proof of Eling’s Lies! 

22 Jun

There was panic at the Oldbury Kremlin yesterday when a national media organisation threatened to publish a major story relating to Steve "The Milkman" Eling's (aka Elying's) bizarre lie (when he was savaging James Morris MP like a crazed stoat) that...


Lion Farm – Nothing from Government Yet. 

22 Jun

Back in March I wrote to the then Secretary of State for Local Government etc, Sajid Javid, who also happens to be my MP.


Skidder Shorts #33 – Coincidences Again… 

21 Jun

In 21st May, 2018 I sent the following by first class post to what I believe to be the home address of a female - "If you are the xxxxxxxxx who works for Sandwell Council I would appreciate a quick and private discussion.


Why Were These Councillors/Officers Lying? 

21 Jun

Nothing should surprise me any more with regard to the comrades at bent Labour Sandwell Council but this is an odd one even by their gutter-level standards.


Threats of Violence by Elings “Frivolous”! 

18 Jun

Recently the corrupt Labour Council in the rotten Borough of Sandwell announced that there is now to be"zero tolerance" to verbal and physical threats to SMBC staff or to the binmen/women who work for private company, Serco.


Public Notice to All Sandwell Labour Councillors. 

15 Jun

Here is a notice that I have sent to all the Labour Councillors at corrupt Sandwell.


Jan Britton Seeks Revenge? 

15 Jun

Chief Constable Dave Thompson has crime cracked in the West Midlands.


Bearwood Action for Refugees 

13 Jun

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Refugee Week and we are celebrating at our very own Library of Sanctuary with Stories and Celebration.


Cllr Elying On The Ropes! 

12 Jun

Under pressure and failing "leader" "lol" of the Sandwell Labour dictatorship, Steve "The Milkman" Eling (aka Elying), has been caught out telling porkies again - this time by the left-wing media via The Skwawkbox.


Technical Blog – Lion Farm Standards Complaint 

12 Jun

This is a Standards Complaint I have submitted today in respect of the secrecy, lies, deceit and total incompetence surrounding the bent Lion Farm deal: Standards Complaint June, 2018 re Cllrs Eling, Hackett, Horton (Linda) and Moore.


Ways with words…. 

12 Jun

This promises to be a really great evening…and its open mic so if youve got something to say...


An Open Letter to Jeremy Knight Adams 

10 Jun

I have written to the property developer friend of ex-Sandwell Councillor Mahboob Hussain.


West Midlands Travel Survey 

6 Jun

The West Midlands Combined Authority are carrying out a survey of travel patterns across the region.


The First Lion Farm Secret Document Is Here! 

4 Jun

Here is one of the important documents that Fields in Trust (formerly the National Playing Fields Association) and corrupt Sandwell Council have refused to disclose about Lion Farm even though it refers to land belonging to us, the people.


Homes To Be Destroyed in Bent Lion Farm Deal 

31 May

It is not just the Fields corrupt Labour Sandwell Council are desperate to obliterate at Lion Farm but in the bent property deal with Jeremy Knight-Adams they are going to destroy homes too! Council housing! The Skidder can exclusively reveal that ...


Bearwood e-Bulletin 

29 May

The June edition of our monthly e -Bulletin containing news and info about whats happening in the area is out now.


Chris Bowden at The Silvershine 

27 May

Next Thursday, (31st May) one of the best saxaphonists around will be appearing at the Silvershine Jazz Club, accompanied by international pianist, Edgar Marcais from Venezuela.


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.


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