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Darrell and Nigel’s First Forage Of The Season ……. 

27 Jul

My tactic yesterday to distract Darrell from all things X Factor seems to have worked, because this morning he woke up distracted, not by the thought of what is in the bowl that Simon constantly picks at while he is judging, but by the thought of ...

Sankey cricketers who liked to go fishing 

26 Jul

LAST MONTH, in Bugle 1296, we featured a team of cricketers from the well-known manufacturing firm of Joseph Sankey and Sons.

A Bit Of A Distraction Strategy 

26 Jul

I have to admit that the X Factor Boot Camp fever that seems to have permeated any semblance of normal life at The Towers since Darrell found out that he’d got two tickets for Saturday’s show has rather got to me, so I suggested that, perhaps, he...

Stitch doodling – taking a stitch for a walk 

25 Jul

Saturday saw the talented Kathleen Murphy, from Murgatroyd and Bean, showing us how to take a stitch for a walk.

Wombourne line carried passengers for just seven years 

25 Jul

BUGLE reader Ramon Williams of Kidderminster has sent in this fine photograph of a steam train that he took some 60-odd years ago.

The Brice is Right 

25 Jul

FUNNY GIRL Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Monday 24 th July, 2017   Barbra Streisand indelibly stamped herself on this role fifty years ago so it’s a tough job for anyone to follow in her Oscar-winning footsteps.

X Factor Fever Hits Chez Towers. 

25 Jul

This morning absolute pandemonium broke out at The Towers….

Wolverhampton supplier promised unrivalled service in the 1950s 

24 Jul

LAST WEEK we featured pictures from the 1950s of the Wolverhampton wholesale grocery suppliers G.

Has Nigel Potentially Found The Biggest Book In The World In An Evesham Charity Shop? 

24 Jul

This has got to be the biggest book Nigel has ever seen, not in pages but in sheer size, found in one of the charity shops of Evesham…..

Making a Difference – Dictionaries 4 Life 

23 Jul

One person in six in the UK lives with poor literacy.

Evesham River Festival 

23 Jul

I know Nigel has, at times, hankered for the days of the village carnival and the floats that used to pass by Castle Greysquirrel each year …… but yesterday Evesham came up trumps and I have the feeling that we may never hear the melancholy sighs...

World’s first 200mph car built in Wolverhampton 

22 Jul

THE SUNBEAM 1000hp car is among the most iconic feats of Black Country engineering.

A Promise Of Fruitfulness 

22 Jul

Before we went away, I had checked on the blackberry situation and it looked very promising, but on our return Nigel decided to check too ……..

Wolverhampton Youth Orchestras Summer Tour 

21 Jul

We had a great evenings entertainment from the Wolverhampton Youth Orchestra and the Wolverhampton Youth Wind Orchestra at their pre-tour concert on Thursday.

Peace Of Mind 

21 Jul

Darrell and I still seem to be suffering from an unduly vigorous and debilitating bout of jet lag, we have always succumbed to a certain degree after all our Greek Odysseys, but never this bad.

BBC Wages 

20 Jul

To be honest I was a bit dispirited by the revelation of the wages paid out to the BBC “celebrities”.

Sublime Product 

20 Jul

40 Years Old.

Flying the Black Country flag at the Houses of Parliament 

20 Jul

FOUR of the Black Country's MPs flew the Black Country flag at Westminster last week to help bring Black Country Day to the nation's seat of power.

Back On Hallowed Ground 

20 Jul

We arrived back at The Towers in the very early hours of the morning, to be honest all Darrell and I wanted was our beds, Nigel was a little more chipper.

Bilston palace from the golden age of cinema 

19 Jul

THE INTER-WAR years were a golden age of cinema with many grand picture houses built across the Black Country.

Our Last Night Toast To Corfu. 

19 Jul

As is our usual last night holiday tradition we took a bottle of Prosecco and some glasses down to the deserted beach ……….

Wuchang: Libraries, Parks & Street Life! 

18 Jul

So, it's safe to say that Wuchang called me back two weeks ago or so, I adore this part of Wuhan city even though its changing.

Darrell’s Holey Stone 

18 Jul

For as long as I can remember Darrell has always tried find and bring home a holey stone (a natural hole, not made by the hand of man) from our many holidays as a sort of lucky talisman ….

Considered Purchases Of A Souvenir Type Nature 

17 Jul

We’ve been mooching around the shops of Arillas throughout our holiday, but last night, after a delicious evening meal and a very acceptable cocktail or two, it was time to finally get our wallets out and partake in the purchase of a few souvenirs ...

Chace Terrace miner’s life and work enshrined in his old watch 

16 Jul

OLDER readers may remember Sam Castle's second-hand shop in central Wolverhampton back in the 1960s All nice articles bought and sold.

A Reflective Moment 

16 Jul

Each time we come on a Greek Odyssey we can’t help notice all the many different beautiful small chapels/shrines know as kandylakia that are scattered along the road sides.

Pop across the border – Brum band were Black Country faves 

15 Jul

ONE significant aspect of the 1960s local live music scene was the camaraderie between Black Country and Birmingham pop groups.

Arillas Sunsets 

15 Jul

It has to be said that Arillas sunsets are truly, truly romantic in a Greek sunset type way ……… It’s become part of our Corfuvian evening routine, a cheeky cocktail …… …… a stroll along the sea front ……..

Comedy/Tragedy Tonight! 

14 Jul

ROMEO JULIET/TWELFTH NIGHT Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Wednesday 12 th and Thursday 13 th July, 2017   The Watermill Theatre’s tour of a Shakespeare double bill arrives in Wolverhampton and gets off to a stirring start with a contemporary ...

Corfu Town 

14 Jul

Corfu town promised much and in turn delivered much in buckets and spades……..

Clin d’Oeil Festival Update 

13 Jul

Last week we shared the news that Co-Founders of Deaffest and Zebra Uno‘s Directors Nikki Stratton and Marilyn Willrich had joined the biennial deaf international arts festival Clin d’Oeil, which took place last weekend from 6th-9th July.

Wolverhampton 1903 – The biggest exhibition outside London 

13 Jul

OUR STRIKING front cover photograph this week takes us back more than a century to the Wolverhampton Art Industrial Exhibition of 1902.

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Emma urges residents to have their say on the Black Country Core Strategy 

24 Jul

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging local residents to have their say on the Black Country Core Strategy.

2017 Summer Rota 

6 Jul

3/7 Catherine Lamond, Anne-Marie Beaumont 10/7 Penny Welch, Jane Harvey 17/7 Aidan Byrne, Jane Harvey 24/7 Catherine Lamond, Mike Cunningham 31/7 Paul Barrow, Whyeda Gill-McLure 7/8 Paul Barrow, Whyeda Gill-McLure 14/8 Stuart Farquhar, Sue Gill 21/8 ...

Emma Reynolds MP expresses concerns about potentially flammable cladding on Wolverhampton student accommodation but welcomes plans to relocate students 

5 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has expressed concern following the discovery that cladding on two student blocks in Heath Town is a type of aluminium composite material (ACM) which may be flammable.

Emma Reynolds MP encourages schools in Wolverhampton to mark School Diversity Week 

4 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has encouraged schools to mark School Diversity Week (3-7 July), an initiative organised by the charity Just Like Us.

Emma Reynolds MP welcomes u-turn by the government to give women from Northern Ireland better access to abortion in England and Wales 

4 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP from Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed a u-turn by the government this week, which will give women from Northern Ireland better access to abortion.

Emma Reynolds MP calls for more investment for public services in Wolverhampton and votes in favour of scrapping the public sector pay cap 

30 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, on Thursday 29 June voted against Theresa May’s Queen’s Speech and has called for more funding for schools, the NHS, the police, housing and for local services provided by the City Council in...

MPs write to local mosques following the terror attack on worshippers at Finsbury Mosque 

27 Jun

Wolverhampton MPs, Emma Reynolds, Pat McFadden and Eleanor Smith, have jointly written to mosques in Wolverhampton offering their sympathy following the terror attack at Finsbury which tragically resulted in the death of a man, and further offering ...

Emma Reynolds MP thanks our brave service personnel on Armed Forces Day 

23 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has encouraged people to mark Armed Forces Day (Saturday 24 June).

Emma writes to government demanding action to make tower blocks safe for residents 

22 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has written to the government in light of the terrible fire at Grenfell Tower to call on them to improve fire-safety in tower blocks.

Emma seeks assurances for residents on the safety of high rise buildings in the city 

19 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has today written to the city council and Wolverhampton Homes seeking assurances for tenants and residents in the wake of the horrific fire at Grenfell Tower.

President’s Report 2017 

15 Jun

WBDTUC President's Report The President's report tends to focus on the political situation of the previous year whilst the secretary will report on the many and varied meetings, activities and campaigns of the Trades Union Council In previous years ...

Please use your vote to re-elect Emma as your local MP today 

8 Jun

It has been a privilege to serve as the MP for Wolverhampton North East since I was elected in 2010.

Workers’ Rights – manifestos analysed 

28 May

The Institute of Employment Rights (to which WBDTUC is affiliated) has analysed the parties' manifesto effects on your rights at work if Tories or Labour are elected at the general election - use your vote wisely to protect and improve your rights.

Refugee Week 

28 May

Monday 19 June 6pm Wolverhampton Amnesty are putting on the film Fire at Sea.

500 Wolverhampton jobs threatened by Tory cuts 

28 May

The Conservative government announced that it was closing 150 Tax Offices, including the Wolverhampton office at Crown house, which employs over 500 staff.

Election campaigning has been suspended due to terrorist attack in Manchester 

23 May

All general election campaigning has been suspended due to the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester.


19 May

Women Against State Pension Inequality WASPI fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law (1995/2011 acts) riasing pension age for women from 60 to 68 and to achieve fair transitional ...

Don’t lose your right to vote 

13 May

Apply to register to vote https://www.

Resolution calling on the OVC to demonstrate its commitment to genuine consultation: 3rd of May 2017 

10 May

UCU Negotiating Committee calls on OVC to demonstrate its commitment to genuine consultation on the MARS document by: a) agreeing a schedule of meetings in May and June 2017 with UCU and UNISON representatives b) completing this schedule of ...

Resolutions passed unanimously: Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) & ‘The Wolverhampton Academic’ 

9 May

As you can see below, we are expecting a formal response by May 22nd to the following two resolutions; this is in addition to the expected response to the resolutions that we informed you about yesterday, regarding the consultation process relating ...

Newsletter November 2016 

3 May


UNISON/Fairtrade meeting 

1 May

all welcome...

Out of the Darkness 

29 Apr

Out of the Darkness - new exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery .

Emma launches survey to seek your views on the priorities for our city after the general election 

28 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has launched an online survey seeking residents’ views on their priorities for our city.

Emma forced out on the campaign trail with newborn baby Theo 

25 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has been forced out of maternity leave to campaign ahead of the snap election.

Emma Reynolds announces the arrival of baby Theo into the world 

20 Apr

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed baby Theo as a new addition to her family.

Emma issues Easter message to local churches and faith groups 

13 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has issued an Easter message in which she thanks Wolverhampton’s churches for the significant contribution they make to our city.

Emma Reynolds MP is supporting Parkinson’s Awareness Week 

12 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is promoting Parkinson’s Awareness Week, (this week 10-16 April).

Making a Will 

11 Apr

Anyone over 18 can make a will.

Emma Reynolds thanks people who responded to her recent housing survey 

10 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently surveyed her constituents’ views on housing.

TUC Midlands Region Annual Conference 

10 Apr

AGM report 25 February 2017...

Bereavement Support Service 

10 Apr

Wolverhampton City Council with partners such as the Hospitals Trust runs an excellent accessible Bereavement Centre from the ground floor of the Civic Centre, next to the Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages.

JSA or ESA? 

10 Apr

Some of our service users have been asking what the point is of being on ESA in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), now that the benefit has been cut, and you get the same money as you would on JSA.

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England is Mine 

26 Jul

A portrait of Steven Patrick Morrissey & his early life in 70’s Manchester before he went on to become lead singer of seminal 80’s band The Smiths.

The Big Sick 

26 Jul

When aspiring comedian Kumail falls in love with student Emily, he has to manage expectations of his traditional Muslim family who are relentlessly trying to set him up with potential brides.

Thomas and Friends: Journey Beyond Sodor 

26 Jul

Join Thomas and his friends in this exciting adventure to the mainland that shows us friendship is more important than being the favourite engine.

Cars 3 

26 Jul

REAR VIEW — The legendary #95 may be leading the pack, but the high-tech Next Gen racers are closing in fast.

The Midwife 

26 Jul

Sage Femme Self-righteous & inhibited midwife, Claire is stuck in a rut.

An Inconvenient Sequel: Truth to Power 

26 Jul

A decade after An Inconvenient Truth brought climate change into the heart of popular culture comes the riveting and rousing follow-up which shows just how close we are to a real energy revolution.

Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie 

26 Jul

Two overly imaginative pranksters named George & Harold hypnotize their headmaster into thinking he’s a ridiculously enthusiastic, incredibly dimwitted superhero named Captain Underpants.

The Black Prince 

26 Jul

Based on the true story of Maharajah Duleep Singh, the last King of Punjab, one of the most powerful and prosperous Kingdoms of the 19th century before it was annexed by Britain.

Baby Driver 

26 Jul

Baby (ANSEL ELGORT) charms Debora (LILY JAMES) at her work in TriStar Pictures’ BABY DRIVER.

Land of Mine 

26 Jul

Oscar nominated film.


26 Jul

Norman Oppenheimer is a small time operator who befriends a young politician at a low point in his life.

Rock Dog 

26 Jul

When a radio falls from the sky into the hands of a Tibetan Mastiff, he leaves home to fulfil his dreams of becoming a musician, setting into motion a series of unexpected events.

Spider-Man: Homecoming 

26 Jul

Tom Holland is Spider-Man in Columbia Pictures’ SPIDER-MAN: HOMECOMING.

The Sculpture Place 

21 Jul

The Sculpture Place offers a range of sculpture classes and workshops.

Infuse Dance Academy 

19 Jul

Infuse Summer Dance Project The opportunity to work with quality dance artists Boys & girls welcome Age 5-16 years...

Sonic Art in the Art Room (Gothic horror) 

17 Jul

Sonic Art in the Art Room 2-4pm Art Room, G6 Work with sound artist Liz Pritchard and visual artist Hannah Boyd to create experimental music using percussion instruments Himalayan bowls and a gong, your voice or body in response to a still life ...

Sonic Art in the Art Room (Journey) 

17 Jul

Sonic Art in the Art Room 2-4pm Art Room, G6 Work with sound artist Liz Pritchard and visual artist Hannah Boyd to create experimental music using percussion instruments Himalayan bowls and a gong, your voice or body in response to a still life ...

Brix & The Extricated 

14 Jul

Brix & The Extricated were formed in 2014 by vocalist/guitarist Brix Smith-Start and the legendary bass player Stephen Hanley.

The Head Wrap Diaries 

8 Jul

Uchenna Dance :  The Head Wrap Diaries a funny and uplifting dance theatre performance by London based company uchenna Dance This is an interactive show set in a hair salon about people, and their ongoing relationship with hair.

Journey Fitness: Zumba Class 

6 Jul

Journey Fitness comes to Newhampton Arts Centre so lets have some fun! to find out more call 07891 140907...

The Met Opera: Cendrillon 

5 Jul


The Met Opera: Luisa Miller 

5 Jul

James Levine and Plácido Domingo add yet another chapter to their legendary Met collaboration with this rarely performed Verdi gem, a heart-wrenching tragedy based on Friedrich Schiller’s novel Intrigue and Love.

The Met Opera: Cosi Fan Tutte 

5 Jul

Cosi Fan Tutte Goaded by their cynical friend Don Alfonso, soldiers Ferrando and Guglielmo decide to test their fiancées’ fidelity.

Paint the Day Success 

5 Jul

Over 50 artists took to the streets in Paint the Day 2017 and the quality and range of the art work gave the judges and the public a hard time choosing the winners.


3 Jul

Future Perfect presents Flyte Wednesday 27th September 2017           Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton    Tickets – £7adv Age restriction – 16+ Doors – 7.30pm Curfew – 11.00pm...

John Kirkpatrick 

3 Jul

John Kirkpatrick is one of the most prolific figures on the English folk scene, performing solo, in duos, acoustic groups and electric bands, and has established an enviable reputation as an instrumental virtuoso and session musician, as well as a ...

Chris Wood 

3 Jul

Chris Wood is an English songwriter and composer who plays fiddle, viola and guitar, and sings.

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