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How banns can be banned and we can still be missional 

20 Feb

Marriage in the Church of England is a complex legal thing.


Social Impact Workshops 

20 Feb

Funders and commissioners are increasingly looking at the social impact resulting from their investment, and the social value created by schemes they support .


GM2FL Community Event and AGM 

20 Feb

Grace Mary to Lion Farm Big Local Partnership will be hosting a community event and their Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, 15 Mach 2017.


National Lottery Awards 

20 Feb

Get your favourite National Lottery funded project the recognition it deserves.


Creative Black Country – 100 Masters Nominations 

20 Feb

The Black Country was forged at the hands of men and women from all walks of life who had honed their skills to the highest levels.


Facebook to Deliver Digital Skills Training to 10,000 Women 

20 Feb

Facebook is continuing to invest in digital skills development by joining forces with Enterprise Nation to support female entrepreneurs across the country.


Spotlight on Creative Black Country 

20 Feb

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Healthy Sandwell Micro-Grants: Open for Applications 

17 Feb

The Healthy Sandwell Micro-Grant Fund is still open for applications – and the maximum grant amount available has just been increased…to £500.


East Lothian 

15 Feb

Whilst we were at our daughter last week, we too the opportunity to explore around East Lothian and the nooks and crannies along the coast of the Firth of Forth.


Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 5 and 6 

15 Feb

Thursday was another poor weather day but we decided to take a risk and drive to the Muir of Dinnet and hope the weather wasn't too bad to stop up us going for a walk.


Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 3 and 4 

14 Feb

Tuesday (day 3) proved to be a bad weather day, it rained all day and was very murky, and very difficult to see anything, this was about the best, as we stayed very local and drove around the area and explored the Linn of Dee, although on our travels...


Our Annual trip to the Highlands (Braemar) Days 1 and 2 

13 Feb

Most years we head up to the Highlands for a week in late January or early February, in fact the only year we have missed since 2009 is 2015 when we went to the Orkneys instead.


Complete Kidz becomes first CIC to receive gold CAA accreditation in the UK 

13 Feb

Sandwell-based Complete Kidz is celebrating its recent success of attaining Gold accreditation from the CAA – becoming the first community interest company (CIC) in the UK to achieve this important accreditation.


Brilliant Boards: How to Create the Best Voluntary Sector Set of Trustees 

13 Feb

With 2017 now in full swing, voluntary sector trustees up and down the country will be thinking about what their board could do better, and what they, as an individual trustee, can do differently.


Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s Ideas and Pioneers Fund Supports Projects for Positive Social Change 

13 Feb

A recent blog published by Knowledge Quarter highlights how Paul Hamlyn Foundation’s (PHF) Ideas and Pioneers Fund has provided investment for 27 projects to create positive social change since 2015.


Comic Relief Tech v Abuse Initiative 

13 Feb

Organisations and partnerships that are working to develop technology solutions which will make a difference to people affected by domestic abuse, and enable service providers to extend their reach, have until the 13 March 2017 to apply for funding ...


Coffee morning takes a look at Tipton’s old firms 

11 Feb

THE new season of local history coffee mornings at Tipton Library starts this month with a return visit from popular historian Keith Hodgkins, who will be going along to talk about some of the town's famous old firms.


Two Support Worker positions at Alzheimer Society 

10 Feb

Alzheimer’s Society is the UK’s leading dementia charity.


P/T Administrator for Sandwell Financial Services Hub 

9 Feb

Sandwell Financial Services Hub is an exciting service that provides joined up financial support, confidence and skills-building services to people living in Sandwell.


There’s a sad story behind the statue 

8 Feb

One of Keith Cherrington's excellent photographs of Tividale in the 1980s (Bugle, January 11, 2017) shows the statue of St George in the old St Michael's Church helmet at his feet, and clutching his lance, presumably fresh from slaying a dragon.


Mom Florence must be one the town’s oldest residents 

8 Feb

My mom Florence Fellows, born 1931 in Wednesbury, daughter of Frank and Martha Wood, lived in Foley Street.


When a woman’s work was never done – even on the M6… 

8 Feb

WE ARE all familiar with the busy intersection of the M5 and M6 motorways at West Bromwich.


New Charity Checklist Part 2 

6 Feb

Following on from last weeks Directory of Social Change’s five checklist points, here are five more to get you thinking about what you should be doing as a charity.


Spotlight on Listening Ear 

6 Feb

Tell us what you do.


Heart of England Community Foundation to launch Funding Alert Newsletter 

6 Feb

In March, the Heart of England Community Foundation will be launching its new Funding Alert Newsletter – keeping you up-to-date on all the latest funds that are open for applications .


Life at Great Barr Hall – Quakers, guns and anti-slavery… 

5 Feb

GREAT BARR Hall is of international importance because of its links with the Lunar Society, which included pioneers of the Industrial revolution like James Watt, Matthew Boulton and Erasmus Darwin.


Work in progress… 

4 Feb

Lightwoods House is nearing completion, and Richard Marshall has been inside for a sneak preview...


Invitation to Event seeking a “New Vision for Sandwell 2030” 

3 Feb

Sandwell Council is inviting representatives from voluntary and community organisations in Sandwell to come to an event that will help to shape the future ambitions for Sandwell .


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On the mARTch 

21 Feb

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.


Learn Spanish…. 

15 Feb

Spanish lessons at the 'Mill...


Tell us what you want from leisure services 

13 Feb

Over the past five years, Sandwell Council has invested millions of pounds in the upgrade and renewal of sport and leisure buildings in the borough.


Work in progress… 

4 Feb

Lightwoods House is nearing completion, and Richard Marshall has been inside for a sneak preview...


Bringing Bears to Bear-wood 

3 Feb

Remember the Birmingham Big Hoot Owl Trail last year, (starring our own Caroline Jariwala)….


“Lol” – Cooper Lied to the C*ck-Suckers! 

1 Feb

Over at the Joseph Goebbels Institute in Wolverhampton (aka The Express and Star) the editor, Harrison, and some of his staff spent years with their tongues metaphorically rimming the anus of the late Smethwick Scumbag, Cllr "lol" Darren Cooper.


Give The Keys Back, Lardarse Rowley! 

31 Jan

Even by Sandwell standards this is f*cking unbelievable! Once again The Skidder has led the way in exposing the murky doings of Jan Britton's bent paid service at Sandwell Labour Council - in this case the Parks Department.


Beware of lottery scam 

30 Jan

A message from the police: We have been made aware of a crime where criminals are approaching people stating that they have a winning lottery ticket but they cannot cash it in as they are here in the UK illegally, they then ask for help to cash it in.


Cllr Rouf STILL Protected! 

30 Jan

A major new revelation about the Rouf mansion scandal came out from Sandwell Council last week but Cllr Rouf continues to avoid scrutiny! I have written no less that six posts on the scandal of the Rouf mansion plus others referring to it but matters...


Cllr Frear’s Council House 

29 Jan

I will be posting in detail about the matters arising out of all the new fraud and corruption allegations coming to the surface from the disastrous Cooper/Britton years but at least it looks like Mahboob Hussain's bag man Cllr Andrews/Bloxham/Kerton/...


Holocaust Memorial Commemoration 

27 Jan

This year's Sandwell Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day will take place on Sunday, 29th January at 10.15am at the Highfields Memorial Gardens, High Street West Bromwich.


Butt Out Tom Watson MP! 

27 Jan

As ever, it has been Adam Smith and The Halesowen News who have blazed the trail in the local media with the latest fraud and corruption allegations engulfing the Labour rotten borough of Sandwell.


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.


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