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Rowley Regis Awards for All – Deadline Extended 

27 Sep

SCVO and The Big Lottery’s Awards for All programme have teamed up to invite applications from local voluntary, community and not-for-profit/charitable organisations in or working in the Rowley Regis Area (i.


Building a Stronger Britain Together 

27 Sep

The Government is determined to tackle extremism in all its forms: violent and non-violent, neo-Nazi and Islamist.


Planning Your Project – Part 3 

27 Sep

Continuing on from last week’s e-bulletin here is your next two tips to planning your project.


Institute of Physics 

27 Sep

The Institute of Physics has announced that its public engagement grant scheme is now open for applications.


Haden Cross Community Fire Station – Activities Available 

27 Sep

Did you know that Haden Cross Community Fire Station have a variety of activities to educate and help young people and the community? People who help us project.


Patient Network Support Group Event – Sept 2016 

26 Sep

OSCAR Sandwell Centre Manager and Elaine Davis attended The Patient Network Support Group in association with the Funeral Organiser on 15th Sept.


Community Connect Foundation seeks Employment Support Officer 

26 Sep

Community Connect Foundation (CCF) provides a broad range of services to the communities of Smethwick.


We Are Bearwood Street Jumble 

26 Sep

It’s time for the great Bearwood jumble sale with a difference! We Are Bearwood and Mad as a Hatter Tea Party brings you the Bearwood Street Jumble! Lining the streets around the monthly Abbey Road market in Bearwood, stalls will be set up in front...


Training for Campaigners 

26 Sep

The Sheila McKechnie Foundation’s popular five-day “Influencing Change” programme will begin again on 8 November 2016.


Early Help Innovation Fund – Further Round Announced 

26 Sep

SCVO is pleased to announce that a further round of funding is now available via the Sandwell Early Help Innovation Fund (SEHIF).


Richard Baxter on weakness in ministry. 

26 Sep

Christian ministry is a high calling and demands on ministers can cause us to weaken.


Healthy Sandwell Micro-Grant Fund – Round Two Now Open! 

26 Sep

Round Two of the Healthy Sandwell Micro-Grant Fund is now open for applications.


Improving Mental Health and Wellbeing Support in Sandwell 

26 Sep

Sandwell Council is seeking feedback and views on accessing support available for adults who are experiencing mental health issues.


Talent Match Black Country Vacancy 

26 Sep

Talent Match is a Black Country wide Lottery funded project that is in the process of securing additional funding through the European Social Fund (ESF).


Weighty matters at Walsall pub 

26 Sep

THIS is another evocative image from the Bugle's collection and it shows a pub in Walsall in the early 1900s.


West Bromwich Police parade their new hats 

25 Sep

UNUSUALLY, for such an old photograph, we know exactly when this picture was taken April 17, 1895.


Just a few pics from the garden! 

24 Sep

Spent half an hour messing with the camera this week...


Let’s talk about Christmas 

23 Sep

With the mighty successful Crafty Pantry done and dusted it’s time to move on and start thinking about the next opportunity to celebrate craftiness in Bearwood.


Year 11 Raising Achievement 

23 Sep

Dear Parent/Carer We had a really successful Raising Achievement Event last week.


Locality Working Partnership Event – 30 September 2016 

23 Sep

Sandwell Council would like to invite you to the Locality Working Partnership Event.


Partnership Opportunity with Giving World 

23 Sep

Giving World Online is a registered charity which allows groups to access free goods donated by businesses and public sector organisations through their website.


SCVO’s First Opinion Poll – Have your Say! 

23 Sep

Welcome to a new feature SCVO are introducing to ask for your opinion on ‘hot’ topics of the day.


Church Urban Fund’s Lookup Tool 

23 Sep

The Church Urban Fund lookup tool has been recently updated with the latest statistics to provide you with in depth and easy to access insight into the area that you live.


Coseley before it was divided among neighbours 

23 Sep

HALF a century after a sweep of a bureaucrat's pen obliterated centuries of local history and tradition, Black Country folk are still angry at the loss of their old boroughs and boundaries.


Parliamentary Boundary Changes for the West Midlands 

22 Sep

The Boundary Commission are in the process of reviewing the current Parliamentary Boundaries, which define the geographic area represented by each MP – their Parliamentary constituency.


Sandwell Healthy Homes Advocate Project 

22 Sep

Did you know the condition of your home can affect your health and well being? Sandwell has a Healthy Homes Advocate Project in your area that aims to improve your health by improving the quality and condition of your housing.


Forum Post: RE: Bullfinch & Kingfisher 

22 Sep

That's great thank you, we'll be sure to tag you in them! See you soon in the centre! Lucy...


Riding the rails through the Black Country in the 1950s 

22 Sep

THESE evocative images from the last great years of the steam age have been kindly passed on to us by Reece Atkiss of Oldbury.


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Simon again… 

27 Sep

Simon Lea's latest spectacular Bearwood sunset...


Cooper Rumours…. 

27 Sep

Sandwell was on fire with rumours over the weekend about the late Smethwick scumbag, Darren Cooper.


Janice in the sky 

27 Sep

Janice Stirrup, a mother of two and grandmother of one (with another grandchild expected very soon) has completed a zip wire run at Velocity Zip World in Snowdonia.


Leave Means Leave, but only if Donald Trump Wins 

25 Sep

This site has not hidden the notion we DO NOT trust Theresa May's government to get the best deal for the British in our exit negotiations, the reasons are simple, she is a strong remain MP, she loves Europe, worst of all she refuses to introduce any...


Tom Watson – Can You Help Me Please? 

24 Sep

Dear Lazy Tom (as your local Unite Regional Organiser publicly calls you), As you know, I write a community newsletter in Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") where you are supposed to be an MP - at least when you can manage to drag yourself away your London ...


In memory of Luke Morton (30/11/92 – 7/8/2016) 

23 Sep

Luke Morton, who lived in Bearwood for all of his short life, tragically drowned in August off Mwnt beach in Wales where he had gone to observe the seals and dolphins.


A New 5 Star Rogering From Wednesbury Celebrates! 

22 Sep

Just when you thought this outfit was on the way out (owing taxpayers huge sums of rent) it seems they have found another mug organisation to fund them! And worse, they have also set up a mysterious organisation to serve [sic] Wednesbury called "5 ...


Melanie F*cks Sandwell Over One Last Time! 

22 Sep

Rejoice, rejoice - at least while you read the first part of this post! All the rumours of the last couple of weeks are true and The Skidder is pleased to be able to reveal that "Sadwell" Council's unpopular "Assistant Chief Executive" Melanie Dudley...


Redactions, Redactions…. 

21 Sep

Labour Sandwell Council during the Cooper/Britton era became notorious for corruption, incompetence and cronyism.


Solidarity with refugees In torchlit procession 

21 Sep

A torch-lit community procession in solidarity with refugees promoting hope, friendship and welcome, the Procession of Light will meet at the Fountain, walk through the woods and culminate at the Pavilion.


Skate park consultation 

20 Sep

This weekend there is a consultation event for young people who want to contribute ideas for how the skate park in Lightwoods Park can be improved.


Sandwell College Sh*g Us For Another Half Million! 

19 Sep

I don't know why Mr Keith Harrison, who purports to be the "editor" of The Wolverhampton c*ck-suckers (aka The Express and Star), has been so keen to allow his rag to peddle the lies about Dickhead Darren Cooper (Deceased) and Mahboob Hussain's bent ...


They’ll pave paradise and put up a parking lot! 

19 Sep

So, after years of neglect and vandalism, it finally looks like the end for the once beautiful cottage on Sandon Road.


Stunning scene over Warley Woods 

15 Sep

Even by Simon Lea's exceptional standards…this is breathtakingly beautiful.


Wednesbury Celebrates – Or Does It? 

14 Sep

The proven liar Labour Cllr "lol" Ian Jones is apparently due to appear before the Sandwell Council Audit Committee on Thursday 29th September.


Could you become a Friend of Thimblemill Brook? 

8 Sep

You can drive down Norman Road and hardly notice the Thimblemill Brook, but it is one of our lesser known local beauty spots and it is home to a wide variety of plant life and wildlife species.


Caroline’s exhibition 

8 Sep

Bearwood's renowned mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala currently has an exhibition of her work at Winterbourne House in Edgbaston.


More on the Crafty Pantry… 

7 Sep

Two groups who have successfully organised some of Bearwood’s biggest and most loved events are joining forces next weekend (September 17th) to put on a Crafty Pantry Food Festiva l.


No litter pick this weekend 

7 Sep

Unfortunately the litter pick of Thimblemill Brook this Saturday (10th) has had to be cancelled.


Skidder Shorts #28 – Connections, Connections….. 

7 Sep

It was one of the great mysteries of recent "Sadwell" times how the ill-thought of Garry Morris managed to hold down a well-paid job at Sandwell Council whilst keeping his talents and abilities so well-concealed.


Have you ever thought about fostering? 

2 Sep

Why not get some more information, at Thimblemill Library on 29th September, 6.30pm...


Vote to support Warley Woods 

2 Sep

A few years ago Warley Woods finished runner up in a popular online vote to name the best green flag park in the UK.


Zip wire run for charity 

31 Aug

Janice Stirrup, a mother of two and grandmother of one from Oldbury is to undertake an extreme and challenging sponsored zip wire run in aid of a local charity, Sandwell Young Carers.


The Single Market CON 

31 Aug

So Theresa is holding a big meeting at checkers, well don't hold your breath on the outcome, as most of her EU loving team want to submit to the EU's threats, made by the EU's autocratic unelected dictatorial masters.


Sunrise in Bearwood… 

31 Aug

Another Simon Lea stunner...


As one cafe closes… 

29 Aug

Just weeks after Bearwood lost the Coffee Junction cafe, we hear of another one planning to open.


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...


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