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My immediate response to the Manchester terrorist attack. 

24 May

I am writing on the morning after the bomb in Manchester which killed 22 people, injured another 59 and we are waiting for news of those who are still missing, including an eight year old girl.

Vigil for Manchester in Oldbury Civic Square – Thursday Evening, 25 May at 7 pm 

24 May

Communities in Sandwell are joining together for a vigil in memory of the victims of Monday’s Manchester concert attack.

Music video was filmed in Blackheath 

24 May

Regarding Bugle 1288, May 3rd, 2017, on page 13 you have two photos of the ongoing demolition of Terrace Street in Blackheath.

Sketches discovered of lost Tipton grand houses 

24 May

AMONG the landmark buildings that have become lost to the Black Country are many of the grand houses that wealthy industrialists of old had built for themselves.


23 May

Reward yourself.

Creative Black Country Desi Pub Crawl: Sunday 28th May 2017 

23 May

Hop onto the Creative Black Country’s Desi Pub bus for a tour around the Black Country’s best kept secret; its Indian pubs.

Photography Exhibition at Brasshouse 

22 May

As part of National Volunteers Week, that runs from 1 – 7 June, North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers, by organising a photography exhibition.

How To Protect Your Charity IT Systems 

22 May

Cyber-attacks have been ‘big news’ in the last few weeks, most notably the WannaCry Ransomware that caused much disruption across the NHS .

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants 

22 May

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity awards Marvellous Family Grants of up to £500 to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness.

Co-operative Pitches Competion 

22 May

The Co-op invites existing co-operatives, or individuals/groups looking to set up a new co-operative initiative to put forward their ideas or innovative solutions in a bid to win a cash prize of up to £2,000.

Seventies scenes at Dudley’s British Federal 

20 May

BRITISH FEDERAL was once a big employer of Dudley and Tipton folk.

Calling ALL Volunteers & Volunteer involving Organisations 

16 May

The 1 – 7 June is National Volunteers Week and North Smethwick Development Trust will be celebrating the impact and contribution of volunteers by organising a photography exhibition , from 2 – 30 June at Brasshouse.

PRS Foundation – Writer Producer Fund 

16 May

The Writer Producer Fund offers an opportunity for songwriters and writer-producers working in popular music genres to further develop their careers and writing/production credits with grants of up to £10,000.

Bumping into bantamweight brings back memories of boxing in the… 

16 May

THE Black Country has produced many fine boxers over the years and a recent chance encounter with a former bantamweight brought back memories of a bout from 30 years ago.

New Plan for GM2LF Big Local 

15 May

The GM2LF (Grace Mary to Lion Farm) Big Local Partnership is excited to announce that its new ‘Big Local Plan’ has been endorsed and the funding for the next 3 years has been approved by the funder, Local Trust .

Comic Relief Community Cash deadline extended. 

15 May

The dead line for Heart of England’s ‘Comic Relief Community Cash’ programme has been  EXTENDED to 12 noon on Monday, 22nd May 2017.

Vintage in the Park 

15 May

Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park...

Celebrating Volunteers’ Week 2017 

15 May

Volunteers’ Week is an annual celebration of the fantastic contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.

Spotlight on Beanstalk 

15 May


Youth Social Action Fund 

15 May

Worcestershire Community Foundation Youth Social Action Fund is open for applications from 15 May, 2017.

The tragic tale of the father who was killed on his honeymoon 

15 May

MARY GUTTRIDGE of Tipton has lived quite a nomadic life.

Worcestershire Nightingale (Croome Park) 

14 May

A day out yesterday saw us at the National Trust Croome Park with then intention of going for a longish walk, it was a lovely day and much warmer than we though it would be.

Historic house and garden restoration scoops top award 

13 May

RECENT restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been recognised in a building excellence award.

Project Aspie’s next ‘Alphabet 12’ meeting 

12 May

Alphabet 12 is a networking event that supports people with Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism.

360 VR 

12 May

3dnative is currently working on some incredible new projects using advanced techniques in 360 video.

West Bromwich coronation parties in ’37 and ’53 

11 May

THESE coronation souvenirs of 80 and 64 years ago have been passed to us by Carol Hall.

Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust seeks Project Coordinator 

9 May

The CGWHT was formed with the intention of regenerating the Chance Glassworks in Smethwick.

Eat Well Spend Less 

9 May

Brasshouse Community Centre is running a six week free course, learn how to cook and eat healthily on a budget.

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Sandwell MP’s say “Peace Off Jeremy”! 

26 May

The dreary bore and long-standing friend of terrorists "Jeremy" Corbyn is doing his "man of peace" shtick today.

Au Revoir Big Dog…. 

24 May

A belated - and I hope temporary - farewell to local newshound Adam Smith - formerly of The Halesowen News.

Manchester attack was “beyond words” 

24 May

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray responds to last night’s attack: We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.

Don’t F*ck With Helen Williams! 

23 May

This is Part One of an extraordinary tale.

Bearwood Burning 

18 May

After a dreadful day of rain, Simon Lea took this stunning picture of the spectacular sunset over Warley Woods.

Car thief jailed 

17 May

West Midlands police have issued this statement about the jailing of a car thief which contains a warning for anyone considering selling a vehicle from their home: Nine years jail for test drive car robber A man who posed as a prospective car buyer ...

Help Please – Urdu Translation Required! 

16 May

It is a whole year since I publicly demonstrated outside Sandwell Council House demanding an enquiry into the cheap deal whereby Cllr Mohammad Rouf and his family secured the building plot on Florence Road at Cape Hill and built their seven-bedroom ...

Opening of the John Hoyland Wing at Anchovy Primary School, St James 

15 May

Beverley Heath-Hoyland with some of the children in the new music room of the John Hoyland Wing at Anchovy School.

Vintage in the Park 

15 May

Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park...

Plants in the Shakespeare Garden 

13 May

Leigh Pipkin on the Bearwood Facebook page helpfully suggested using a google search to find details of the plants in the Shakespeare Garden in Lightwoods Park….

The Shakespeare Garden 

13 May

With the work coming to an end inside Lightwoods House, attention is moving to the restoration of the Shakespeare Garden….

The circus is back in town… 

9 May

The circus has returned to Lightwoods Park, and will be there through to Sunday night.

Comrades At War – Now The MP’s Join In! 

9 May

Whilst Corbyn destroys the Labour Party nationally, the comrades are still having a good go and bringing the local "group" into yet further disrepute - although it seems the rebel army is shrinking and making a last stand around the flag of useless ...

Lightwoods House Tour 

8 May

Monday, May 15th 2pm Post restoration tour of Lightwoods House This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes on a post restoration tour of Lightwoods House before the commercial spaces are occupied.

Come to the Refu-Tea Party! 

4 May

The Bearwood Action for Refugees RefuTea Party fundraiser in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network, is taking place at Thimblemill Library on Sunday (7th May) between 12-3pm.

Top award for Lightwoods House 

4 May

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been recognised in a building excellence award.

There will be kazoos… 

4 May

Two great acts this Saturday at Thimblemill Library.

Two prosecuted for aggressive begging in Bearwood 

3 May

West Midlands police report that Christopher Stewart aged 46 and Stephen Philips aged 39 appeared before Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court on 05/04/2017 for the offences of begging under the Vagrant Act 1824 and breach of Community Protection ...

Sion Simon Expenses Scandal! 

3 May

If you are considering voting for Tom Watson's puppet, Sion Simon, tomorrow (for the mayor we voted to say we didn't want) then may I just remind you of the incident when he got caught out over-claiming expenses and was forced to pay a substantial ...

Tom Watson Scores Again! 

28 Apr

I hope the title of this post hasn't excited you to believe that I am about to report that Lazy Tom is shagging again after the demise of his relationship with the fragrant Ms Peacock.

Steve Eling – Ay Up Me Duck? 

28 Apr

In 2012 "socialist" Steve Eling dreamt up a scheme to shaft the very poorest and most deprived folk of Sandwell.

Hackett IS guilty says Information Commissioner! 

27 Apr

You probably haven't got time now to put the kettle on and break out the custard creams but when you get a chance please take a look at my post of 17th March, 2017 and the failure of the deeply corrupt Sandwell Labour Council to answer my Freedom of ...

Americana comes to Bearwood 

26 Apr

Ireland, Sheffield, London, Belgium, Germany….

Andy Street’s Big Flore? 

7 Apr

At an "Ask Andy" event recently would-be West Midlands Mayor (that's the one we voted to say we didn't actually want) wealthy Andy Street boasted about his Birmingham connections and his residency in his flat in the posh "Cube" building at the back ...

Jan Britton P*sses On Us All! 

4 Apr

For some 7 years Jan Britton has "run" Sandwell's bent paid service.

Come along and join in… 

3 Apr

We Are Bearwood are having a Street Festival...

Are the region’s schools and hospitals sourcing food locally? 

2 Apr

BBC Scotland made freedom of information requests to all 32 Scottish councils about the sourcing of food products bought last year.

#Boggate – Those Sandwell Coincidences Again! 

1 Apr

Last Wednesday I was at the Oldbury Council House ("The Heart of Darkness") for the very well attended Chance Glassworks Heritage Trust beano.

Councillors Try To Stop “Corruptour”! 

31 Mar

Sunday sees the first ever UK "Corruptour" where for just £3 per head you can take a minibus tour of some of the Sandwell Council hotspots of corruption, cronyism and incompetence (just a couple of places left - details below).

Free at last 

30 Mar

Historians will undoubtedly look back and describe these exciting times that we are privileged to be living through as a glorious English Spring bringing about a bright political, economic and social future.

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