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Have your say…on anti-social behaviour 

22 Mar

Sandwell Council (SMBC) is considering introducing a Public Spaces Protection Order (also known as a PSPO) for West Bromwich town centre and would like to hear your views on this.

Walsall Voluntary Sector Funding & Support Fair is back for 2018! 

22 Mar

One Walsall are delighted to announce the annual Voluntary Sector Funding Support Fair will return on 18 April, 12pm – 5pm at Manor Farm Community Association, King George Crescent, Walsall, WS4 1EU.

Free ERDF Workshop on Bid Writing 

22 Mar

The Black Country Technical Assistance Team will be holding a free ERDF workshop for Bid Writing on Friday 6th April 2018, 9:45am – 3pm at Himley Hall, Dudley, DY3 4DF.

Apply to be a Co-op local cause 

19 Mar

The Co-op Local Community Fund gives money to local causes, helping to bring people together and make a difference.

May they be one as you, Father, and I are one: overcoming segregation in the church 

19 Mar

God is using the changes in our parish to make us read the scriptures from a fresh perspective.

Rethink Mental Illness 

19 Mar

Rethink has a network of more than 100 support groups across the country, which many people find to be an important factor in their recovery.

Interested in shaping local maternity services? 

19 Mar

As part of the its commitment to engaging women and their families in the transformation of maternity services across the Black Country, the CCG will be holding two ‘Whose Shoes’ events.

Webinar: The Cyber Essentials Checklist 

19 Mar

Implementing Cyber Essentials: A Checklist for Charities.

Come along and see the House and join the Friends 

19 Mar

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Blog Post: Spring, spring, spring! 

16 Mar

After being hit by stormy winds and snowy blizzards from the east, we’re all waiting in anticipation for spring to finally arrive.

Comment on Golden Eye 

15 Mar

Golden Eye  taken today 15/3/2018 at Sandwell Valley, See photo at  Sandwell Valley photo's...

Comment on Grey Heron died the next morning after tasking this Photo 2 (Portrait ) 

15 Mar

May have been shot, notice what looks like a Pellet mark at the top by the eye, The Two photo,s was take just a few feet from the bird...

Introduction to Fundraising Workshop 

13 Mar

Are you just starting on your fundraising journey/career and would like some guidance on how to go about raising money for your organisation? If so, why not come along to SCVO’s ‘Introduction to Fundraising’ workshop on Tuesday, 17th April ...

Thank you for your input! 

12 Mar

SCVO would like to thank you, if you have been involved in any way in promoting and responding to the Victim of Crimes Survey.

Spotlight on Aspire4U CIC 

12 Mar


New Guide Aims to Help Charities Navigate Through Change 

12 Mar

A new guide has been published to help charities navigate their way through a time of unprecedented change, from new regulation and fundraising models to cyber-crime and digital innovation.

Charitable company conversion to charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) 

12 Mar

Five years after the new charitable incorporated organisation (CIO) structure became available for unincorporated charities in England and Wales, it is finally!!! also available for charitable companies.

Ragdoll Foundation 

12 Mar

Not-for-profit organisations in the UK that are working with children and young people using the arts and creative media can apply for funding of up to £50,000 through the Ragdoll Foundation’s Open Grants Programme.

Free Online Resource for Charities, Social Enterprises and Community Organisations 

12 Mar

The Institute for Voluntary Action Research has launched a free online resource on its website.

Blog Post: Volunteering at RSPB Sandwell Valley by Jenni Wilding 

9 Mar

I have been volunteering at the RSPB Sandwell Valley Reserve for over a year now, and my only regret is that I didn’t start volunteering sooner, having lived in the local area for a fair number of years.

Development Officer (New to Walsall) 

8 Mar

Print One Walsall is seeking an enthusiastic, committed and experienced individual to increase the reach of their community development and voluntary sector capacity building support within the borough’s new communities, particularly those of ...

Concert in benefit of Black Country Women’s Aid 

7 Mar

Halesowen Orchestra, supported by The Rotary Club of Halesowen and Rowley Regis, will be performing in a concert in benefit of Black Country Women’s Aid, 7.30 pm on Saturday, 17 March 2018 at the Cornbow Hall, Halesowen.

When Jesus saw their faith. The healing of the paralytic, a physical expression of true faith. 

6 Mar

In Mark’s gospel, physical healings and miracles, done by Jesus, parallel a spiritual reality in his followers.

Stakeholder Consultation: proposed changes to 3 GP Practices in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

5 Mar

Sandwell and Birmingham CCG is currently reviewing the contracts at the three GP practices, below, as they are due to end on 31 March 2019.

Disabled Access Day at Black Country Living Museum 

5 Mar

Black Country Living Museum will be hosting its second Disabled Access Day 10.00 am to 4.00 pm Saturday, 10th March.

Youth Hostel Associations – Challenging Lives Support Programme 

5 Mar

The Youth Hostels Association (YHA) has announced that the Challenging Lives Support Programme will open for applications on the 1st March 2018.

War Memorials Trust 

5 Mar

The War Memorials Trust is providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England.

National Churches Trust 

5 Mar

Grants of up to £10,000 are available to help churches of any Christian denomination develop high quality sustainable repair and community projects.

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Costigan (Plus More…) 

22 Mar

If it wasn't so serious for me, it would be amusing that the "Complex Crime Unit" of bent West Midlands Police (WMP) should be relying on a statement from Wednesbury Police's de facto "Gold Commander", Cllr Elaine Costigan.

A celebration of the life of Andy Hamilton 

19 Mar

Next weekend Andy Hamilton, the great saxophonist would have celebrated his 100th birthday.

Yet Another Hussain Land Fraud? 

19 Mar

Mr James Morris MP recently castigated corrupt Labour Sandwell Council in the House of Commons.

Sadders Odds and Sods! 

18 Mar

1 The Skidder is pleased to announce over 900,000 views on this blog (although a lot may be the West Midlands Police "complex crime unit" pouring over it to try and shut me down for their friends at corrupt Labour Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Council "...

Water Aid 

17 Mar

Thanks to John Stokes for this….

Lion Farm Scandal – Letter to CC & Sajid Javid 

14 Mar

Herewith a letter sent to the Chief Constable of bent West Midlands Police and to Sajid Javid who is not only the Secretary of State for Local Government but also my MP.

Councillor E – False Statement! 

11 Mar

Regular readers will know all about the police debacle.

Breaking News – Marshall Suspended! 

11 Mar

One of the three complainants to bent West Midlands Police hoping to get them to close this blog down is in deep doo doo again.

Thinking of starting your own business? 

11 Mar

This could be for you...

Tuesday’s Council Meeting and More… 

9 Mar

The morons who keep voting Labour for their local council in the sh*thole that is Sandwell after 43 years of dismal failure deserve everything they get and Tuesday was an object lesson in how they get shafted by the comrades.

Skidder WMP Stitch-Up! 

6 Mar

Yesterday The Skidder spent around four hours at West Midlands Police Oldbury Custody Suite on a "voluntary" [sic] basis and was interviewed under caution by 2 officers from, and I kid ye not, WMP "complex crime unit" from Wolvo.

English for Speakers of Other Languages 

5 Mar

Anyone interested in attending these courses starting after Easter should register their interest at Thimblemill Library...

Technical Blog – Eling Emails 

4 Mar

1 At the secret meeting at The Windsor pub in Brum on 29th June, 2016 I bemoaned the way Jan Britton's bent paid service were playing fast and loose with the legal provisions of the Freedom of Information Act.

Hussain Family – The Dosh Keeps Rolling In! 

3 Mar

At a time when bent West Midlands Police "complex crime unit" are spending hundreds of hours trying to close down this blog on behalf of Sandwell Labour Council it is worth noting again the result of their corrupt decision not to investigate the ...

The Eling Meeting – Contemporaneous Email 

2 Mar

The Skidder is being hauled in on Monday for interrogation by West Midlands Police "complex crime" unit from Wolverhampton.

Oh Dear – Costigan Forgot Her Private Emails! 

1 Mar

Regular readers will know that Cllr Elaine Costigan was tapping up a company in Wednesbury called KTC Edibles for donations to her personal fiefdom Wednesbury Celebrates (that is the one where she - and others - failed to pay SMBC any rent for using ...

West Midlands Police Go After The Skidder (Again!) 

28 Feb

I have been offered the opportunity of "volunteering" for an interview under caution by WMP at Oldbury nick following a complaint by corrupt Sandwell Council's leader [sic] Steve "The Milkman" Eling (pictured with some of the filth he and Marshall ...

Twice A Knight! 

22 Feb

Sandwell (aka Sadwell) Council insiders have been expressing concern that Leader [sic] Steve "The Milkman" Eling has appointed - or, more accurately, re-appointed - one Alison Knight as "Executive Director, Neighbourhoods".

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.

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