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Christmas Tree Festival and concert at Wesley 

7 Dec

A DISPLAY of over twenty Christmas trees can be seen at Wesley Methodist Church, High Street, West Bromwich during its first Christmas Tree Festival.


Time for a talk on Blackheath 

7 Dec

THE next meeting of the Blackheath and Rowley local Interest Group is on Tuesday, December 13, at 10am at Blackheath Central Methodist Church in High Street.


Barang Berwujud yang Menurut Sifat atau Hukumnya Berupa Barang bergerak 

6 Dec

Apabila yang di jual adalah barang bergerak, maka cara penyerahan hak miliknya dilakukan sesuai dengan pasal 612 Kitab Undang-Undang Hukum Perdata.


Winter Wonderland at SAFS 

6 Dec

Asian Family Support Service – SAFS – is a Smethwick based charity which provides a range of quality care and support services.


Pengertian Barang Kena Pajak 

6 Dec

Pasal 1 angka 3 UU PPN PPnBM menyebutkan: Barang Kena Pajak adalah barang yang dikenai pajak adalah barang yang dikenai pajak berdasarkan Undang-Undang ini.


Ocker Hill towers’ demise seen from on high 

6 Dec

LAST week's page 23 featured some pretty spectacular photographs of just over thirty years' vintage.


Kinver Canal 

5 Dec

We had a very productive day out on Thursday last week.


Demonstrating Impact Essential for Smaller Charities 

5 Dec

New research by Think:Learn:Do commissioned by NAVCA highlights difficulties smaller charities have when using data to demonstrate their value.


Brexit vote shows dangers of ‘parachuting’ into beneficiaries’ lives, says Barrow Cadbury Chief Executive 

5 Dec

The UK’s vote to leave the European Union was a reminder to charities to be more aware of the dangers of “parachuting” into beneficiaries’ lives without consulting them, according to the chief executive of the Barrow Cadbury Trust.


Masonic Charitable Foundation 

5 Dec

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Support Grants Scheme.


Baring Foundation 

5 Dec

The Baring Foundation has announced that its Support for the Voluntary Sector programme has re-opened for applications.


Let’s celebrate our local charities… 

5 Dec

Sandwell’s voluntary and community sector organisations bring huge value to our area.


Family Holiday Association 

5 Dec

The Family Holiday Association (FHA) has announced that its funding programme open for applications.


Residents share their stories of West Brom in wartime 

5 Dec

WEST BROMWICH Local History Society are launching a brand new book documenting the town's experiences during the Second World War.


Thanks to Bugle Mom saw a photo of her granddad for the first… 

5 Dec

BECAUSE of a story that appeared in the Bugle two years ago, a reader has been able to see for the first time ever a photograph of her grandfather killed in the First World War.


Norfolk, The last bit! 

4 Dec

Day 5 of our Norfolk trip, had us looking for Shorelarks, the weather had improved so walking around the Beach at Wells and Holkham was on the cards, followed by spending some time in the two hides at Holkham.


Norfolk – Days 3 & 4 

3 Dec

The weather on the Monday was dreadful heavy rain and windy all day, not pleasant for walking, so on occasions like this we resort to using the car as a hide.


Smethwick folk on holiday in Blackpool in the 1930s 

3 Dec

AS WE face the onset of another winter, we have found this picture of Black Country holidaymakers in the Bugle collection and hope it may raise spirits with its reminder of sunnier days.


Norfolk Day 2 – Sculthorpe Moor & RSPB Snettisham 

2 Dec

The weather wasn't looking great for the Sunday so we made a plan to go to the Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe Moor and hopefully if the weather improved as per the forecast head up to Snettisham to see the Pink Foots come in.


Sandwell Cardiac Club invites you to an Evening of Carols 

2 Dec

Sandwell Cardiac Club, a support group for cardiac patients and their families, would like to invite you to an Evening of Carols.


Stiff white aprons and hearts of gold … West Bromwich nurses of… 

2 Dec

OUR front page picture this week is a lovely image of pre-war nurses, immaculate in their white overalls, with matching hats and gloves.


Bearwood Handmade December…Cakes, Bakes and Sweet Sweet Treats 

1 Dec

Along with the truly beautiful biscuits that Honeycat Cookies will be selling on Saturday we have lots more delicious sweet treats for our lucky visitors to enjoy.


Bearwood Handmade December…Even More Lovely Makers 

1 Dec

Kate Pennington produces greeting cards, Christmas cards, prints and commissioned work under the name Little Penn , as well as tea towels, hand printed tote bags and textiles.


Bearwood Handmade December…Meet More Makers 

1 Dec

Peta Jackson of Squeaky Clean Soap  says “ I began making soap as a school holiday project with a friend’s daughter.


Bearwood Handmade December…Meet the Makers 

1 Dec

They’ve been with us since the very first Bearwood Handmade and we’re always delighted to have them back – three generations of artists from the same family under one roof! The White Flamingo Gift Company promotes the artwork of the mother and ...


Please Vote for Warley Woods in Tesco during December 

1 Dec

Warley Woods has been chosen of the Tesco Bags of Help charities for December.


Library launch for new Wednesbury book 

1 Dec

A NEW BOOK is to be launched at Wednesbury Library this weekend to commemorate an old Black Country favourite publication which was on local Christmas present lists for many years.


Norfolk Day 1 – RSPB Titchwell & Holkham 

30 Nov

We have just returned from a wonderful week in Norfolk, despite two or three days of bad weather.


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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.


A TV film which shook the country 

26 Nov

…”an ice-pick in the brain of all who saw it” was how one critic responded to Cathy Come Home.


Tickets still available… 

25 Nov

…you can pay on the door.


Switched On 

24 Nov

…and a big shout out for the Ukulele kids choir for leading the singing, and Global Wines for supplying the warming mulled wine.


A good night out… 

23 Nov

…and supporting a great cause...


Hackett Investigated for Alleged Bullying! 

18 Nov

Tom Watson's boy and Sandwell Cabinet flop Simon "Two Homes" Hackett has been subject to an investigation in respect of alleged bullying of Council employees.


Christmas Tree lights switch on 

18 Nov

This year we have replaced the rather tired looking lights we have had previously with something a tad brighter.


Super Saturday in Bearwood 

17 Nov

As the run-up to Christmas picks up pace, this Saturday Bearwood is buzzing.


Wednesbury Police/Sandwell Labour In Pictures! 

16 Nov

We know that there is a bent copper (or coppers) within the higher echelons of West Midlands Police protecting Sandwell Labour.


Scumbag Dishonours Sandwell War Dead 

13 Nov

Shock and horror as alleged provider of "special services" to West Midlands Police and disgraced Councillor Mahboob Hussain played a leading role in Oldbury's Remembrance Sunday commemorations today.


Exclusive Breaking Sandwell News! 

9 Nov

The Yanks may have elected a clown but in Sandwell, Labour still have the whole bloody circus in control.


Skidder Shorts #30 – The Joneses 

8 Nov

BREAKING NEWS - this blog has previously established that Richard Jones - son of Labour Councillors (the proven liar) Ian Jones and Olwen Jones and the brother of Cllr Stephen Jones - was directly involved in the bent bid to Sport England (supported ...


Two Christmas Crackers 

8 Nov

Not one, but two fabulous Craft Fairs this year…and with food and drink too...


The mist beyond the path 

7 Nov

Our very own Simon Lea has recently entered this photo of Warley Woods in a photo competition with Countryfile.


Skidder Shorts #29 – Who Is The Mystery Miscreant? 

7 Nov

With special thanks tothe brilliantPrivate Eye Magazine who have produced an interactive map concerning those councillors who, in financial year 2015/16, were late in paying their council tax or were even summonsed for non-payment.


Cllr Liam Preece 

3 Nov

Steve Eling seemed to start so well as the new Leader of Sandwell Council but his promise of "greater transparency" already looks hollow.


Cockgate – Spot the Difference! 

1 Nov

I thought it might be fun toplay a little game.


25th Anniversary of the skateboard park 

26 Oct

Bikes, skates, scooters, blades and music… what's not to like...


The Voice…that is Sally Barker 

26 Oct

Sally Barker, finalist and runner-up in the BBC's The Voice returns to Thimblemill Library on Friday…miss it if you dare!! Sally reduced Tom Jones to tears on The Voice , she has acted as support to Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, sings Sandy Denny ...


For adults and courageous children… 

23 Oct

Theatre at the 'mill...


Abbey Labour Film Club presents 

21 Oct

Film maker Michael Moore says he has had enough of the US invading other countries and stealing their natural resources…he wants the US to go to other countries and steal their good ideas and superior lifestyle choices.


Let there be cake! 

18 Oct

For one day only We Are Bearwood are re-opening Coffee Junction for a conversation café where we will be giving free drinks and cakes in exchange for a bit of your time and your stories of Bearwood, both real and imagined.


Warley Woods voted one of the best ten parks in Britain 

18 Oct

One of Simon Lea's beautiful photographs of the park Warley Woods has been voted one of the most popular public parks in Britain from those parks awarded Green Flag status.


Sterling Albion 

16 Oct

Samuel Johnson`s assertion that patriotism is this last refuge of a scoundrel only works if the scoundrel is clever enough to manipulate prejudice and ignorance to manufacture a state of false patriotism and, therefore, extreme international danger...


What Melanie Did Next? 

15 Oct

I don't like to deal in rumours but it is a great shame that so many folk in Sandwell "do a Watson" when asked perfectly reasonable questions.


Shooting The Messenger – SMBC Make Legal Threats! 

14 Oct

I have tonight received the following letter by hand-delivery from SMBC which is not marked as being sent on a private and confidential basis: It will probably come as no surprise that SMBC make no comment with regard to the substantive allegation ...


Cllr Simon Hackett – Part 1 

14 Oct

An open letter to Edward Timpson MP, Minister for Vulnerable Children with copies to Cllr Steve Eling, Jan Britton (for what that is worth) and The Albion Foundation.


New café offers free cuppa and a cake… 

13 Oct

The new Serenity Café opens next Monday, (just up from the Bear pub) and the owner, Jake, tells me that all customers calling in on the opening day will be welcomed with a free cup of tea or coffee, and a piece of cake.


Pamper Party for CARES 

6 Oct

On Friday, 14 October 2016 CARES is holding a fundraising Pamper Party at the Victoria Centre, Suffrage Street, Smethwick B66 3QB (close to Asda, Cape Hill).


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