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Oldbury carnival in the Swingin’ Sixties 

26 Aug

THE history of Oldbury Carnival is peppered with individual memories and anecdotes of those who regularly attended them, the procession having been repeated over many decades until interest in such socially historic events such as these waned in ...

Sustainability and Transformation Plans – Strategic Briefing Session Invitation 

25 Aug

Many of you will have heard the phases Sustainability and Transformation footprints or Sustainability and Transformation Plans (STPs), and may well be involved in the work around STPs already.

International Friendly at The Hawthorns 

25 Aug

West Bromwich Albion FC are delighted to announce the Club will host Delhi Dynamos in an international friendly at The Hawthorns.

GCSE Results Day – Congratulations! 

25 Aug

Students at Oldbury Academy are celebrating following the publication of the 2016 GCSE results.

Cradley wedding car was an American classic 

25 Aug

WE WONDER how many blushing birdes arrived at their weddings in this car, a 1959 Chevrolet Impala.

Too late… we were told we should have saved files! 

25 Aug

I WORKED at furniture makers Pel in Oldbury from 1952 until approximately 1961.

Sabbatical Day 66: Feet up 

24 Aug

This is the first day the Robbies have put our collective feet up since leaving the UK.

Spotlight on Wednesbury Tennis Club 

24 Aug

Tell us what you do We provide tennis for anyone in Wednesbury who wants to play.

Improving Day Hospice Services Consultation 

24 Aug

Day Hospice services are an important part of End of Life Care and should support patients to live as well as possible in their last months of life.

Sabbatical Day 60: Delayed publication 

24 Aug

I wrote this post offline on day 60, but we have either not had the time or reliable wi-fi since then (even now I can’t upload pictures!) We’re taking an afternoon rest in Taman Negara after a sweaty jungle trek and canopy walk which we finished ...

It’s a Crafty Pantry Food Festival! 

23 Aug

We have some great news to share.

Word for Weapons Awards 2016 

23 Aug

If there is someone that you think deserves to be commended for their outstanding contributions in the community, or for their inspirational impact as a role model to others in their community then please nominate! We have nominations open for the ...

Top 5 tips for a tip-top event! – Part 2 

23 Aug

We hope you found last week’s five top tips to planning your event interesting and useful? Here are another five top tips for you to consider in your event planning.

Sandwell – A Hive of Activity 

23 Aug

Artist Jon Williams of Eastnor Pottery has been commissioned by Creative Black Country to make 24 giant ceramic bees to accompany a stunning ceramic garden.

Celebrity Chef Cyrus Todiwala Takes a Closer Look at The Black Country’s Desi Pubs 

23 Aug

The project began with potraits comissioned of regulars from the Prince of Wales Pub in West Bromwcih and now includes work of local artists creating portarits, watercolours, mosaics, moving images, special pub signage and even a stained glass window.

Take up Something New this September! 

23 Aug

Sandwell Adult and Family learning are pleased to announce their new prospectus Courses Guide, from September 2016, is now available on their website .

Jaivant Patel Dance Presents Tiranga 

23 Aug

Tiranga celebrates the rich Indian heritage and culture present in the UK today.

Celebrating Participation in Healthcare Community Grants – apply now! 

23 Aug

Has your community group done some amazing patient, service user or carer engagement work that’s improved healthcare services? If so we want you to tell us about it.

1938 brought a new lease of life to Tipton 

20 Aug

THESE photographs represent a snapshot in time: Tipton in 1938, from a souvenir booklet which was printed to celebrate the granting of the Royal Charter to establish the town as a Municipal Borough.

Nominations Sought to Join SCVO’s Board of Trustees 

19 Aug

SCVO will be holding their Annual General Meeting 2016 on Thursday 20th October 2016.

Invitation to free Safeguarding Seminar 

19 Aug

Trustees, senior management, employees, volunteers, or anyone working with children or vulnerable adults within a charitable or not for profit organisation in Sandwell are invited to a free Safeguarding seminar.

GCSE Results Day 2016 

18 Aug

GCSE results will be available to students on Thursday 25th August from 8am-10.30am.

Sixth Form Results – Congratulations! 

18 Aug

Students at Oldbury Academy are celebrating their best ever vocational results with the average grade being a Distinction*, showing our students make outstanding progress.

SWEDA wants 16 – 18 year olds to be Positively Young! 

17 Aug

SWEDA, supported by Children in Need, are currently offering free advice, guidance, mentoring and training to young people aged 16 -18 throughout the Black Country as part of the Positively Young Project.

Sandwell Arts Festival brings Creative Black Country’s Imagine That! Season to a Successful Close 

17 Aug

Thousands turned out to enjoy a fun-filled weekend of activity in west bromwich which included a dance piece with a red telephone box, a brand new puppet show inspired by Shakespeare and 24 giant terracotta buzzing bees.

Gates Closed until 12 noon on Friday 19th August 

17 Aug

The gates at Lightwoods Hill car park will remain closed until around noon on Friday 19th to allow for testing of the automatic gate system.

Home Start Dudley seeks Scheme Manager 

17 Aug

Home-Start Dudley is an established local charity committed to promoting the welfare of families with at least one child under the age of five.

How Can Small Charities Fundraise in a World Dominated by the Big Fish? 

17 Aug

Individual giving is the largest source of fundraising income for charities.

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Skidder Shorts #27 – BBC Midlands Today 

26 Aug

Thanks to a correspondent who has solved another little mystery...

Labour’s Legal Costs Shocker! 

26 Aug

Hold on to your hats, pants and socks because they will be blown off with this one! The new regime under Steve Eling is now having to cope with the fallout from the disastrous Cooper/Britton regime and costs are being cut and cash scrimped from all ...

Simon nails it again 

25 Aug

Simon Lea's Misty summer woods… Taken this morning up in the woods.

No rounders tonight! 

24 Aug

A message from Julia Morris… Unfortunately Rounder’s at Lightwoods Park is cancelled for this evening but will be back on next week – hope to see you there...

Hussain Property Valuation Mystery! 

17 Aug

Loony Labour Sandwell Council have spent a small fortune - still to be confirmed but subject to a Freedom of Information Request - on the pathetic "Wragge Report" into a few selected land sales by the corrupt Borough..

The restored bandstand 

12 Aug

In the summer sunshine….

Arts in Sandwell – A Chink of Light? 

12 Aug

Thick scumbag Darren Cooper hated "the arts" and was only too happy to work with Mahboob Hussain to destroy The Public.

Richard Marshall True to His Word…. 

11 Aug

I am indebted to the new Cabinet Member for Leisure, Richard Marshall, for replying in detail concerning the Sandwell Great Train Robbery.

Work to start on Bear Junction next Monday 

9 Aug

An extensive programme of work is due to start on the Bearwood Road/Sandon Road/Three Shires Oak Road junction next Monday.

Sandwell F*cked-Over By The Hortons Again! 

8 Aug

How I ever missed this story I shall never know but, once again, I am indebted to local residents for their input into this community newsletter.

Another Simon Lea cracker… 

7 Aug

A stray leaf...

Utterly Clew-less? 

6 Aug

The three characteristics of the Cooper/Britton regime at Labour Sandwell Council were corruption, cronyism and incompetence.

May’s Honeymoon Is Over 

4 Aug

All over the UK good and true Conservatives are worried that the “Remain” team inside this new cabinet will NOT deliver our Exit to Britain's best advantage.

Bat walking….. 

2 Aug

At Thimblemill Library, this Thursday...

Bit of a Catch-Up + A Victory! 

1 Aug

Regulars may be aware of my filming efforts via "Periscope" after the last Council meeting (including the classic when ex-Mayor Derek Rowley threatened to kick me "in the bollocks").


31 Jul

The Cooper/Britton years were notorious for poor governance (and worse) and one of the hallmarks was no or no adequate consultation on important issues - often, under Britton's administrative "leadership" "lol", also illegally - see, for example, the...

LOOK at Labour’s Money-Wasting Mayoral W*nkers 

29 Jul

I have commented before on allegedly cash-strapped Sandwell Labour Council running two chauffeur-driven limos - mostly about the egomaniacal former "leader's" use of them.

Melanie Dudley’s Bonanza via Late Stiff! 

29 Jul

If you think things cannot become anymore bizarre in Jan Britton's Sandwell Circus prepare yourself to be amazed...

OMG! Beautiful 

21 Jul

Another Simon Lea stunner...

Major roadworks due at Bear junction 

20 Jul

Major improvements are coming to a busy junction in Bearwood as part of a £700,000 scheme.

Brexit Light 

19 Jul

The new unelected Remain Prime Minister has now been appointed by the party board and all over the UK Brexit voters see no change in the direction of the UK's governance.

Bopping at the ‘mill 

18 Jul


Britton F*cks-up Again! Parks Latest! 

17 Jul

A curious bout of trade union-advised "sickness" has broken out in the Parks Department of Jan Britton's dismal "Sadwell" Council as yet another scandal breaks under his alleged "leadership".


16 Jul

Another absolute stunner from Simon Lea: “Between the shadows! With the sun popping out between clouds it led to patchy areas of sunlight in the woods.

Meet the Bearwood Players 

14 Jul

…and try out the splendid Windsor too...

Road closure planned 

12 Jul

Via Sandwell Highways...

Charity Boot Camp 

8 Jul

It won't be as big as last week's picnic, but on Sunday, from 12.30pm There's a charity boot camp in Warley Woods! We're told they have had some fab donations for raffle prizes from local businesses.

Fun in the sun 

4 Jul

The Warley Woods Picnic in the Park gets better every year, and yesterday thousands have a great day in the sun.

Setting up and ready to go… 

3 Jul

All that is needed…is you! It's looking good...

A Vote for May will Destroy the Party 

3 Jul

What a disgraceful CON, in a last ditch attempt to deceive the party members and con people of this country, we hear there are calls for the leadership to be halted and Teresa May appointed as leader.

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