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Darrell Does An Historic Hostelry 

22 Nov

Darrell very much appreciates a bit of history, especially when it also involves a little light refreshment, so it was a no brainer when he nipped into Worcester the other day for a spot of early Christmas mooching, to avail himself of the ...

Inexplicable Elephant 

21 Nov

A CHRISTMAS CAROL Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 21 st November, 2017   First version of the classic seasonal tale I’m seeing this year, this version’s staged by Bilston Operatic Company.

Nigel Misses Out ….. But Finds Another Reason To Muse …… 

21 Nov

Following on from yesterday …..

Nigel Spots A Modern Antique! 

20 Nov

It hasn’t gone unnoticed by Nigel that almost all the charity shops of Evesham have received a whole plethora of unwanted, donated Christmas trees, especially the one on the corner on the road to The Towers, which has no less than four boxed trees ...

A Retro Delicacy To Look Forward To …….. 

19 Nov

Darrell spotted something in a poundshop the other day that he thinks was quite a delicacy in the olden days, but which has fallen out of favour in recent times ……..

Autumn Pumpkins Akimbo 

18 Nov

Iris was desperate for her beloved Uncle Nigel to go with her to her Nursery Autumn Festival ……… …….

Darrell’s Final Brush With Celebrity 

17 Nov

On his way home from London via Paddington Station Darrell couldn’t help notice this “homage” to Paddington Bear ……..

A taste of Wolverhampton School of Art 

16 Nov

Bournville College students have enjoyed sampling a range of creative workshops within Wolverhampton School of Art.

Darrell ……. Out And About On The South Bank 

16 Nov

Darrell didn’t really have that long in London, but still managed to have a bit of a look round the South Bank, somewhere he hadn’t really delved much before …… …… everything he saw seemed to have an artistic bent ….

A Haunting Sort Of Feeling 

15 Nov

As you know Darrell always takes a keen interest in all the “art work” he finds in his various hotel rooms ……… but this picture that was in his Southwark hotel, while he was in London for The Apprentice has been troubling him …… more ...

Remembrance Sunday and all that 

13 Nov

Remember the fallen It’s important to remember those who served the Country in Armed conflict.

Home for Christmas – our seasonal concert 

13 Nov

We'll be kicking off the festive season with a concert of favourite Christmas carols and songs, on Monday 18th December.

Succulent’s Akimbo 

13 Nov

Darrell was very taken by the artistic use of the very en trend and de rigueur succulent outside the Hilton London Bankside during his stay in London.

Boots and All 

12 Nov

HOBSON’S CHOICE Crescent Theatre, Birmingham, Sunday 12 th November, 2017   Harold Brighouse’s classic comedy first appeared in 1916 when the tide of women’s suffrage was running high.

Lest We Forget 

12 Nov

Large remembrance poppies have been put on either side of the Workman Bridge in Evesham …….

Blonde Ambition 

11 Nov

LEGALLY BLONDE Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Friday 10 th November, 2017   I have seen this show before, years ago, but if you put a gun to my head I would be able to tell you very little about it.

In Certain Circumstances Some Things Are Best Covered Up ….. Especially In Front Of Hotel Windows! 

11 Nov

Darrell was very, very pleased with the location of his London hotel, it was a only humble Travelodge, but all he really needed on this trip was a bed for the night, no whistles and flutes, but a restaurant and a comprehensive menu never goes amiss.

Darrell’s Good Morning Experience 

10 Nov

Darrell is now back back home ……..

An Emotional Evening …… Even If It Was Without Darrell 

9 Nov

Darrell should be back from London tomorrow, full of tales of his wonderful Apprentice adventure, but that meant that he wasn’t actually with us last night for “ his ” episode of “The Apprentice, You’re Fired” ……..


8 Nov

CD Review Pretty Peggy Sam Kelly has one of the most recognisable voices around the folk and acoustic scene.

Fired Or Hired? 

8 Nov

As I write, Darrell has already partaken in his The Apprentice, You’re Fired adventure, but just like Bake Off and X Factor he almost had to sell his soul to the devil re: confidentiality, until tomorrow night when the programme he saw recorded is ...

NO Nigel …… NO! 

7 Nov

Nigel does have a certain propensity to find “ useful ” things on his travels, which he has been known to occasionally bring home with him …….

Autumnal Indulgences 

6 Nov

There’ll be absolutely no doing with Darrell until Nigel and I finally wave him off tomorrow morning on the start his Apprentice Adventure, the ultimate ticket on his 2017 bucket list.

Notting Hill & Kensington, London 

5 Nov

Stepping back into London, Golborne Road became my runway, giving me all kinds of European and North African flavours! Seeing Trellick Tower being fashioned into its next phase for London City living, I had almost everything! Of course Portobello ...

It’s Almost Too Too Much For Darrell 

5 Nov

I came home from the library yesterday afternoon to find poor Darrell in a rabbit caught in the headlights type scenario in front of his laptop.

City of London: Cathedrals, Banks & Markets… 

4 Nov

London crept back into my life somehow, I had waited three long months to renew my visa to return to China.

Nigel’s Favourite Dustbin 

4 Nov

On moving into a bijoux riverside apartment we forwent the pleasures of the green and black wheelie bins of our past lives …… and gained the unbridled freedom of the communal bin! All worries of overfilling and then subsequently not having your ...

Evesham Finally Gets A Poundstore 

3 Nov

As you know we very much appreciate a poundshop, but sadly, up until now, Evesham has been sadly lacking, but imagine my excitement when I found out that while Poundstretcher had closed a few weeks back, it had been replaced by a Poundstore...

A Bit Of A Damp Squid! 

2 Nov

While Nigel and I were enjoying the pleasures of Dawlish, Darrell spotted this poster …….

Jessica Terry on her time at CYT 

1 Nov

I was lucky to join my current theatre company last September/October time.

The Day After The Day Before ……. 

31 Oct

I have to say our Halloween celebrations were quite, quite wonderful …….

It’s Halloween ……… 

31 Oct

There is much occurring of a spooky type nature at The Towers today as we are entertaining later on today.

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Emma signs letter to the Chancellor in support of the Devolution Deal for the West Midlands Combined Authority 

22 Nov

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, together with other West Midlands MPs, has jointly signed a letter to the Chancellor of the Exchequor ahead of the budget.

Emma Reynolds MP writes to Chancellor ahead of budget calling for the lifting of the public sector pay cap 

20 Nov

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has written to the Chancellor to demand that he use his budget to increase spending on health, education and policing in Wolverhampton and to reverse the public sector pay cap.

Emma encourages everyone to get involved and to dig deep to support BBC’s annual Children in Need fundraising campaign 

17 Nov

Tonight will be the climax of many months of fundraising activities when the annual BBC Children in Need Telethon will showcase some of the amazing fundraising events and groups and individuals who will benefit from the fundraising.

Emma urges people to mark World Diabetes Day and by helping to raise awareness of the condition 

14 Nov

Today (14 Nov) is World Diabetes Day.

PIP – new guidance on “safely” being able to do things 

14 Nov

Penny Mordaunt MP, Minister of State for Disabled People, Health and Work, has, this month made some changes to the guidance for the DWP about how they decide whether someone can do something  safely and whether they require supervison which will ...

Emma will attend Wednesfield Remembrance Sunday commemorations to honour our servicemen and women 

9 Nov

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, will be attending the Remembrance Sunday service (this Sunday, 12 November) at St Thomas’ Church in Wednesfield to honour the brave men and women of our armed forces.

Childcare costs up nearly five times faster than West Midlands wages 

9 Nov

TUC highlights ‘childcare gap’ for parents with one-year-olds The cost of childcare for young children has risen 4.8 times faster than wages in the West Midlands since 2008, according to new analysis published by the TUC.

Emma expresses concern at the planned roll-out of Universal Credit 

6 Nov

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has called on the government to pause the roll-out of Universal Credit.

Emma encourages people to support ‘Hear the Homeless’ event this Saturday in Wolverhampton 

20 Oct

Emma has paid tribute to the organisers of this year’s ‘Hear the Homeless’ event which is being held this Saturday, 21 October at St Peter’s Church in the city centre .

Emma celebrates local libraries during National Libraries Week 

12 Oct

This week is the first National Libraries Week, a great opportunity for libraries in Wolverhampton to showcase all of all the creative, innovative and diverse activities that they offer local residents.


12 Oct


Unionlearn Supporting Learners Event 

12 Oct

Tuesday 21 November 2017, 10.30 – 3.30 CWU, Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3TH...


12 Oct

This first event will be held on Thursday 2nd November 2017 from 10.30am in the training room at the TUC Offices, Summer Lane, Birmingham, B19 3TH.

TUC Workshop on Organising Migrant Workers and Tackling Discrimination at Work 

12 Oct

This workshop, being held in Birmingham, will explore the discrimination and exploitation that migrants and BME workers frequently face which lowers conditions for all workers.

Black History public lecture 

12 Oct

Rivers of Blood in Wolverhampton? Enoch Powell, Racism and Resistance Date: Thursday 19 October 2017 Time: 5.30pm to 7pm Venue: MH002, Ground Floor, Mary Seacole Building, Nursery Street, Wolverhampton WV1 1AD Please book your place via Eventbrite...

Emma supports World Mental Health Day – Tuesday 10 October 2017 tackling the stigma of mental health 

10 Oct

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging people to help raise awareness of mental health problems which can affect anyone, at any time.

Adult Care charging consult 

25 Sep

The City of Wolverhampton Council wants people to have a say about proposals to revise its policy on contributions towards non-residential adult social care.

Emma launches her annual Christmas card competition 

22 Sep

Did you know that there are only 94 days until Christmas! This year I am once again running my Christmas card competition.

The news is out! 

22 Sep

After much soul-searching, I have decided to retire from Wolverhampton Homes, and City of Wolverhampton Council, early in the New Year.

Emma backs calls for public sector pay cap to be lifted 

21 Sep

For the past seven years, public sector workers in Wolverhampton and across the country have seen deep cuts to their pay.

Emma wishes Jewish Community a happy Rosh Hashanah 

20 Sep

Today marks the start of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

Birmingham Bin Strike demo 

12 Sep

Sunday 17 Sept 11am Victoria Sq Birmingham B1 1DB...

Scrap the Pay Gap 

12 Sep

Wed 20 Sept B'ham 6pm UNITE + PCS public meeting with Mark Sewotka and Len McClusky...

Emma launches crime and policing survey 

11 Sep

I have launched a survey about crime and policing because public safety is a number one priority for me.

Emma enourages people to consider registering as organ donors during Organ Donation Week 

6 Sep

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is encouraging people to consider becoming organ donors during Organ Donation Week 4-10 September 2017.

Emma congratulations everyone who took part in yesterday’s Carver Wolverhampton City Marathon 

4 Sep

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East.

Emma wishes the local Muslim community in Wolverhampton a happy Eid al-Adha 

31 Aug

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has sent her best wishes to the local Muslim community in Wolverhampton ahead of Eid al-Adha.

Emma congratulates Wolverhampton’s A-level and GCSE students on their exam successes 

24 Aug

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has congratulated students and teachers at Wolverhampton’s schools and sixth form colleges on their A-Level and GCSE results.

Emma praises multi-agency approach to tackling modern slavery in raid on local business 

23 Aug

Yesterday, West Midlands Police raided the Ming Moon restaurant on the Stafford Road.

National Conversation on Immigration 

19 Aug

We held a structured discussion – the results of which fed into the national debate...

Emma Reynolds marks the 72nd anniversary of VJ Day 

15 Aug

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East will today be marking VJ Day and the sacrifices made by so many.

no to fascists in Wolves 

11 Aug

Gather Queens Sq 11am Saturday, 12 Aug 2017 - join Wolves TUC/ Black Country UAF in opposition to fascist group coming to Wolverhampton.

Demonstrate at Tory conference 2017 

11 Aug

National Demonstration - Sunday 1 October 2017 Tories Out | No More Austerity | Scrap the Pay Cap For Decent Health, Homes, Jobs Education Assemble: 12:00pm, Castlefield Arena, Rice Street, Manchester - March to the Conference Centre This is the ...

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Oscar Wilde Season Live: Lady Windermere’s Fan 

21 Nov

A new production of Oscar Wilde’s social comedy, Lady Windermere’s Fan, directed by award-winning writer, actor and director Kathy Burke, will be broadcast live to Light House from the Vaudeville Theatre in London’s West End.

RSC: The Merry Wives of Windsor 

20 Nov

Broadcast live from Stratford-upon-Avon, Macbeth is the latest in our THINEMA season from the Royal Shakespeare Company.

Wolverhampton Original Literature Festival 

20 Nov

WOLVERHAMPTON ORIGINAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL The Festival returns for the second year from Thursday 25 – Sun 29 January.

Bingham and Woodall 

20 Nov

WOLVERHAMPTON ORIGINAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL presents BINGHAM AND WOODALL David Bingham and John Woodall present their delightfully off the wall poetry following their triumphant debut at October’s Comedy Festival.

Our Beautiful Scars 

20 Nov

WOLVERHAMPTON ORIGINAL LITERATURE FESTIVAL presents: ‘ Our Beautiful Scars’ (Click title for details) Women’s poetry from Wolverhampton.

The Post 

20 Nov

A cover-up that spanned four U.

Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri 

20 Nov

In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter’s murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.

Happy End 

20 Nov

Happy End The latest film from director Michael Haneke (Amour) returns with a drama about a well-off French family living in a bourgeois bubble in northern France, oblivious to the human misery unfolding in migrant camps around the town port of ...

The Greatest Showman 

20 Nov

Inspired by the imagination of P.

Molly’s Game 

20 Nov

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world’s most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI agent.


20 Nov

Based on the New York Times bestseller, WONDER tells the incredibly inspiring & heart-warming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters fifth grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.


20 Nov

Suburbicon is a peaceful, idyllic suburban community with affordable homes and manicured lawns.

Find out What’s On at the Newhampton Arts Centre this December 2017/ January / February / March 2018 

20 Nov

Find out What’s On at the Newhampton Arts Centre this December 2017/ January / February / March 2018 Thanks to joomag you can view our digital magazine on your smart phone just scroll through the pages and watch music videos and trailers related to...

Battle of the Sexes 

20 Nov

Battle of the Sexes The true story of the 1973 tennis match between world number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

The Florida Project 

20 Nov

The Florida Project Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.

The Man Who Invented Christmas 

20 Nov

The film tells the magical journey that led to the creation of Scrooge, Tiny Tim and other classic characters from ‘A Christmas Carol’.

Claire Hastings and Jenn Butterworth 

17 Nov

Sat 24th March 7:30pm(D) / Pre-Show Meals 6:00pm Ages 14+ Two amazing up and coming talents on the folk scene with Claire Hastings winning the prestigious BBC Radio Scotland’s Young Traditional Musician of the Year award.

NAC Fundraiser Concert ft. The Kitchen Collective 

17 Nov

Sat 3rd March 7:30pm(D) / Pre-Show Meals 6:00pm Ages 14+ An evening of music in aid of the Newhampton Arts Centre featuring the Kitchen Collective.

Out of Time 

17 Nov

Sat 24th February 8:00pm(D) Ages 18+ One of the countrys top nights playing soul, 50’s R&B, Ska, mod obscurities and classics, make sure you get your tickets in advance as its always a fast sell out! Tickets: £7 Advance (Tickets go on sale Fri 8th...

Cellar Rooms Rehearsal Studios presents Lakhota 

17 Nov

Fri 2nd Feburary 7:00pm(D) Lakhota are a 4 piece alternative grunge band from Wolverhampton whos debut EP “Three Into Four” will be available as a physical release on the night.

An Intimate Evening with Mark Stanway 

17 Nov

Fri 26th January 7:30pm(D) Come spend an intimate evening with Magnums former long time keybord player as he reminisces in his naturally jovial way about his long & colourful career.

The Selected Few Exhibition 

17 Nov

Fri 12th January Photographic exhibition, more details to come.

Pete Fij & Terry Bickers 

17 Nov

Pete Fij & Terry Bickers Tue 30th January  7:30pm(D) Pete Fij (alkowski) ex-Adorable/Polak and Terry Bickers, he of House of Love/Levitation, are making sweet miserable music together.

The Spitfires 

9 Nov

plus support from Samuel Rogers Band The Spitfires are a Watford-based 4 piece who’ve released two acclaimed albums ‘Response’ (2015) and ‘A Thousand Times’ (2016), several singles and extensively toured the UK and Europe since the band’s...

Oscar Wilde Season Live: A Woman of no Importance 

28 Oct

An earnest young American woman, a louche English lord, and an innocent young chap join a house party of fin de siècle fools and grotesques.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi 

28 Oct

Star Wars: The Last Jedi..


28 Oct

Join us for our annual Mistletoe and Mulled Wine event, with a choice of screenings, It’s a Wonderful Life, or Elf.

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