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Pyjama party at Rowley Regis pre-school nursery 

26 May

Sandwell libraries teamed up with Cornerstone Nursery in Rowley Regis to organise a pyjama party for parents and pre-school age children.


People urged to volunteer at libraries 

26 May

Sandwell people are being urged to get involved in the work at local libraries as part of National Volunteers’ Week effort to get more people interested in volunteering in their communities.


Have fun at half-term 

26 May

It’s going to be all about  fun at half term in Sandwell as youngsters get the chance to get a taste of magic shows, messy craft sessions and film clubs.


Check out award-winning creative arts at open day 

23 May

Award-winning art featuring ceramic flowers and woolly creations goes on show at an Oldbury studio’s open day.


Woolly Weekend at Sandwell Valley 

23 May

Sandwell Valley visitors can meet lambs and chicks at a special Bank Holiday Woolly Weekend.


Sandwell Arts Cafe showcases local artistic talent 

23 May

A summer season of art is set to go on show at Sandwell Arts Café showcasing local creative talent.


New antenatal classes for Sandwell 

23 May

Special free antenatal course for parents-to-be in the borough are being offered by Sandwell Public Health.


Residents capture unauthorised encampment breaking on to West Bromwich playing fields on film 

19 May

An unauthorised encampment has been removed from a West Bromwich playing field after criminal damage was committed to break onto the site.


Campaign encourages young people to register to vote 

18 May

Students at schools and colleges in Sandwell are being encouraged to register to vote and participate in democracy under a scheme to get young people interested in both politics and civic leadership.


Annual family picnic in West Bromwich 

18 May

Families are invited to a fantastic day out at the Sandwell Families Big Picnic this half-term.


MAN v FAT football game kicks weight into touch 

17 May

Fat-fighting men on a weight-loss football scheme scored a great goal – losing a whopping 61 stones, the equivalent of 61 FA cups, between them.


New Mayoral team for Sandwell 

16 May

Sandwell has a new Mayoral team for the year ahead – with Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE as Mayor and Councillor Susan Eaves as Deputy Mayor.


Jazz at Central Library this Friday 

16 May

Sandwell libraries are gearing up for this year’s Birmingham and Solihull Jazz and Blues Festival in July with a special lunchtime jazz and blues session this Friday (19 May).


Green Man day at Oak House 

16 May

All things Green Man are coming to Sandwell’s historic Oak House as part of traditional spring celebrations.


Everybunny Dance! National Bookstart Week comes to Sandwell 

15 May

Libraries in Sandwell are hosting special events to celebrate books and reading to mark National Bookstart Week (June 5-11).


Half-term fun at Haden Hill House 

15 May

From magic tricks to exploring the jungle, lots of fun is lined up at a Sandwell historic house to keep children entertained during half-term.


Bloomin’ art deadline 

15 May

Artists are being reminded about the looming deadline for a Sandwell arts trail showcasing how bloomin' lovely wildlife, flowers and nature in the borough are.


B-loomin’ art deadline 

15 May

Artists are being reminded about the looming deadline for a Sandwell arts trail showcasing how bloomin' lovely wildlife, flowers and nature in the borough are.


Underage sales clampdown 

11 May

A clampdown on selling alcohol and cigarettes to minors in Sandwell is driving the number of illegal sales down, say trading standards officers.


Have your say – topics wanted for scrutiny boards 

10 May

Sandwell residents have the chance to suggest topics for the council's scrutiny boards to look at.


Big launch for ‘Giants’ 

10 May

A new short film about fostering, called ‘Giants’, has been launched to mark the start of Foster Care Fortnight (8 – 21 May) across the Midlands.


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FOI requests »

Cashless Parking Statistics 

26 May

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Krishna Bholah on 26 May 2017 .


Housing Benefit – Minimum Earnings Threshold 

26 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Ranjit Bains on 26 May 2017 .


temporary agency Labour 

26 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Helen Whitfield on 26 May 2017 .


Councillor’s Casework logged for period 2016/17 

25 May

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Darryl Magher on 25 May 2017 .


Parades, Marches & Funding 

25 May

Follow up sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Darryl Magher on 25 May 2017 .


PFI PPP Safety Audit 

25 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Stuart Gamblin on 25 May 2017 .


PFI PPP Safety Audit 

24 May

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Stuart Gamblin on 24 May 2017 .


Tender Decision for a Social Care Case Management System 2015/16 

24 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Anita Bushell on 24 May 2017 .


SEN children transitioning from primary to secondary school in 2017 

24 May

Response by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council to Christina Savage on 24 May 2017 .


SEN children transitioning from primary to secondary school in 2017 

24 May

Request sent to Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council by Christina Savage on 24 May 2017 .


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FixMyStreet »

Broken open black bags in road, 11th June 

11 Jun

At the end of st johns road, victoria road end, a black household rubbish bag has burst openj in the road, food etc spending out across the road Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 65 St Johns Road...


Travellers camp Stony Lane park, 10th June 

10 Jun

Travellers have set up camp on the back field of Stony Lane park.


Impassible pavements Greenfield Road, 10th June 

10 Jun

Every night, large areas of pavement are unusable to pedestrians due to bins, badly parked cars and vans, overgrown hedges, rubbish, building waste etc.


Overgrown grass, 10th June 

10 Jun

Overgrown grass at top of alleyway .


Litter in bus shelter, 10th June 

10 Jun

There is a large amount of litter (chip wrappers/pizza boxes/drinks cans etc.


Overhanging bushes, 10th June 

10 Jun

When you come from asda to join the main road when you look to the right the bushes overhang into your line of vision that the oncoming vehicles are hard to spot with out you pulling out into carriage way and risk collision.


Illegally parked, 8th June 

8 Jun

Car keeps parking in path on white line and caused an obstruction Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 3 Castle Road East, Oldbury Report on FixMyStreet...


Lamp 15 on at noon, 8th June 

8 Jun

Lamp 15, on the Eastern side of Whitecrest, at its junction with Queslett Road, is burning, at noon.


Potholes, 7th June 

7 Jun

Needs filling/resurfacing Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): M5, Lyng Report on FixMyStreet...


Pavement re done after electric work in road January hole now appeared in in pavement in front of No 33, 7th June 

7 Jun

Hole appeared in pavement this is new Tarmac only done couple of months ago outside No 33 Nearest road to the pin placed on the map (automatically generated by Bing Maps): 22 Jill Avenue, Great Barr Report on FixMyStreet...


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Westminster »

Child Sexual Abuse Independent Panel Inquiry | Home Office | Written Answers 

6 Aug

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, pursuant to the Answer of 14 July 2015 to Question 5979, whether any files relating to child abuse have been destroyed by the intelligence and security services since 1 September...


Offences against Children: Victim Support Schemes | Home Office | Written Answers 

4 Aug

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department, if she will place in the Library copies of the assessment criteria used to determine applications received to the (a) Sexual Abuse Fund and (b) the Child Abuse Inquiry Support Fund since...


Afghanistan: Armed Conflict | Ministry of Defence | Written Answers 

24 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 7 July 2015 to Question 5927, if he will commission a lessons learned post-Afghanistan review to inform future military strategy.


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


Counter-ISIL Coalition Strategy | Oral Answers to Questions – Education | Commons debates 

20 Jul

Will the Secretary of State tell the House on what date he authorised the first embed with US forces in Syria...


USA: Military Bases | Ministry of Defence | Written Answers 

14 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, whether the US has sought permission from his Department to use US bases in the UK in connection with airstrikes in (a) Libya, (b) any other country in North Africa and (c) Yemen.


Enterprise Zones: Derelict Land | Department for Communities and Local Government | Written Answers 

14 Jul

To ask the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, what his policy is on prioritising the development of Enterprise Zones on existing brownfield sites.


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NHS »

Local health organisation named as best in country – for the second time in three years 

19 Nov

The NHS organisation responsible for planning and buying health services for the residents of Sandwell and West Birmingham is celebrating after scooping a national award – repeating its success from 2013.


Got diabetes? Get the flu jab! It’s World Diabetes Day 

12 Nov

World Diabetes Day (14 November 2015) is a timely reminder to all those with diabetes to protect themselves this winter with a free flu jab, say doctors in Birmingham.


Nominations open: put forward your health champions for the Equality Awards 2016 

15 Oct

Local groups and organisations that make a difference by reducing health inequalities in their community are being urged to enter Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group’s (CCG) Equality Awards 2016.


Listen up: final week to have your say on GP services in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

12 Oct

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham only have one more week to share their views and opinions of local GP services with their local healthcare commissioner.


Have your say on GP services in Sandwell and West Birmingham 

22 Sep

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to give their views on GP services at two public meetings this month.


Local people encouraged to have their say on GP services 

1 Sep

Patients in Sandwell and West Birmingham are being urged to share their experiences of local GP services.


Bank Holiday advice from health commissioner to avoid a hospital stay 

28 Aug

By taking a little extra care over the Bank Holiday, you can stay well and enjoy the extended weekend avoiding an unnecessary trip to hospital, say doctors at Sandwell and West Birmingham Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG).


August Bank Holiday – GPs and Community Pharmacies open on Bank Holiday Monday, and how to access dental care over the weekend 

27 Aug

GP PRACTICES Practices will close at their normal closing time on Friday, 28 th August, 2015, and open at their normal opening time on Tuesday, 1 st September, 2015.


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