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Looking forward to Final Show 2018 

24 May

The staff and students from the University of Wolverhampton's Faculty of Arts are looking forward to this years final show which is open from Saturday 9 June - Wednesday 20 June from 10am - 4pm (closed Sundays).


Too Much Time On His Hands To Think!???? 

24 May

Running here, there and everywhere during the week for the nursery run, does occasionally get a bit boring, so Darrell tries to make an extra effort in taking notice of every little thing along the way, which also sometimes gets him pondering...


Now …… That’s What We Call Garden Ornaments! 

23 May

Darrell spotted something yesterday that he can’t believe he has never spotted before ……..


A Weird Phenomenon 

22 May

Nigel spotted something very, very weird when he got to Tom and The Lovely Laura’s estate yesterday morning.


How Brilliant Is That ……… 

21 May

Just look what Nigel spotted …….


It Was …….. Emotional. 

20 May

What can we say ……….


Ding Dong The Bells Are Going To Chime ….. 

19 May

We were all up, showered, wedding breakfasted and sat ready on the sofa by 8.30 this morning, there is no way we want to be found wanting in any department of a Royal Wedding audience type nature.


Cutting and Slashing with Karina Thompson 

18 May

On the Saturday 12 th May we had a brilliant workshop with Karina Thonpson.


Well, ……………. We’re Ready 

18 May

We’ve got the flags, we’ve got the badges, we’ve got the mug and enough Monster Munch to host our own upmarket wedding reception.


Vote for our music video! 

17 May

I Believe has been officially selected for Feel the Reel International Film Festival (April Edition).


Whisky Business 

17 May

WHISKY GALORE New Vic Theatre, Wednesday 16 th May, 2018   Based on true events, which were subsequently novelised by Compton Mackenzie, this adaptation by Philip Goulding arrives at the New Vic via Oldham Coliseum and Hull Truck Theatre.


A Suitable Ensemble For A Royal Wedding? 

17 May

Darrell has bought himself a new pair of zebra print “jeggings”, in honour, he says of the Royal Wedding.


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16 May

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All Bodes Well For The Royal Wedding ……. 

16 May

After the excitement of Eurovision last night we really needed something to buoy up our spirits, knowing that it will be another year before our annual televisual highlight comes round again …..


Sage Advice Sought 

15 May

As I write this we are all back at The Towers and Hugh has returned to London, divulging only that he’d got a “final fitting” with his Saville Row tailor.


Here’e To Discrete Friends 

14 May

It’s so lovely to be with Hugh again ……..


Eurovision 2018–All Aboard 

13 May

Let’s just say, last night was, as expected, emotional! Being all together with Hugh was wonderful enough, but to be together for Eurovision as well was …… almost too much, with Hugh as per usual the consummate host.


An Offer Just Too Good To Refuse. 

12 May

Where’ve we gone? …….


Promise Dreams Festive Film Day 

11 May

Come and join us for this special Christmas event at Light House and into the festive spirit with a seasonal family film.


Deja Vu? 

11 May

The lilac on our way to and from town is now in full bloom ……… ……..


Eeeeeeek! 

10 May

It’s usually Nigel who “finds” things on his various tooings and froings to nursery with Little Miss Iris and Young Master Bertie ……..


Some You Gershwin… 

9 May

CRAZY FOR YOU Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Tuesday 8 th May, 2018   The songs of George and Ira Gershwin provide the music in this musical comedy – and there are some timeless classics here: Someone To Watch Over Me , They Can’t Take That Away ...


Darrell Speculates Upon Meghan’s Wedding Dress 

9 May

Sadly evidence of the impending Royal Wedding is a little low on the ground in Evesham, perhaps enthusiasm will pick up a bit nearer the day ……..


Rugby and The Silent Soldier 

8 May

The hottest Bank Holiday for 20 odd years saw a very busy time for me socially – for a change.


Winston Churchill As I Knew Him by Violet Bonham Carter 

8 May

This is one of those books about Churchill that biographers about Churchill read and quote quite often as Violet Bonham Carter, being H H Asquith’s daughter, new Churchill on a more or less daily basis and she was one of his early “confidantes...


The Circle Of Life ……. 

8 May

Nigel has been down to the weir to see his beloved expectant swans and their new nest … Let’s just say it was emotional, very emotional, and not a few tears were shed.


The Best Welcome Home! 

7 May

What better welcome back home for Nigel……… ……….


Home Sweet Home ……… At Last 

6 May

Our beloved Nigel is home, what more can I say? It’s a funny thing to say, but The Towers seemed to become lighter and brighter as soon as the little fella came through the front door ……..


Hired and Fired-Up 

5 May

THE HIRED MAN The Albany Theatre, Coventry, Friday 4 th May, 2018   If Thomas Hardy upped sticks and moved north to Cumbria (or Cumberland, as it was known then) the chances are he would have come up with something very like Melvyn Bragg’s family ...


Nigel Is A-Flying Home 

5 May

Nigel’s flight back to the UK was at midnight, so to be honest the pleasures of JFK airport, (as watched avidly in Border Security by Darrell) were a bit beyond him ……….


Nigel’s Last Proper Day in New York 

4 May

Nigel’s last proper day in New York was tinged with not a little sadness, but also with a glad heart that he would soon be back within the bosom of his family.


Cake 

3 May

The story of two sisters from Karachi, one of whom has moved abroad.


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Emma is supporting Dementia Awareness Week 

24 May

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is supporting Dementia Awareness Week to highlight the support available to those living with dementia.


Emma raises case in Parliament regarding identical twins and serious Personal Independence Payment failings 

23 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently raised a case involving identical twins who have the same genetic condition which involves lifelong learning disabilities and associated health problems.


Emma is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week, 14 – 20 May 2018 

17 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting Mental Health Awareness Week which runs until the 20 May 2018.


Emma supporting Bikeathon in aid of Bilston War Memorial 

11 May

Tomorrow, Saturday, 12 May at 12pm, Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East will be taking part in a Bikeathon.


Council partners with Trade Unions to improve Health and Safety standards 

11 May

City of Wolverhampton Council has signed an agreement to mark a new partnership with Trade Unions to encourage the importance of health and safety in the workplace.


An Evening with Dennis Skinner 

10 May

Socialist, Trade Unionist Labour Member of Parliament Saturday 23rd June @Lightouse cinema tickets on sale now...


Emma welcomes Wolverhampton aerospace apprenticeships to Parliament 

10 May

Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds, was delighted to welcome a group of apprentices to Parliament recently.


Emma speaks in debate in the House of Commons over the treatment of the Windrush generation 

9 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, last week I spoke in a debate in the House of Commons about the government’s scandalous treatment of  the Windrush generation.


Emma responds to Tata Steel’s proposal to sell its Engineering Steels business in Wolverhampton 

9 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on Tata Steel to pause its proposals to sell its Engineering Steels business in Heath Town, Wolverhampton.


TUC Women in Leadership Course 

7 May

Completed applications must be received by 12 noon, Thursday 31 May .


Emma takes part in Westminster Hall Petition Debate on the Windrush generation 

2 May

On Monday, Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East spoke in a debate on a petition calling on the government to grant an amnesty to the Windrush Generation.


Emma gives speech to Wolverhampton Black Business Leaders’ Network 

1 May

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has given a speech to the Wolverhampton Black Business Network.


Emma receives petition organised by Labour council candidates against closure of Wednesfield police station 

30 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has been presented with a petition signed by over 2,000 local residents in opposition to plans to close and sell off Wednesfield police station.


Emma welcomes the resignation of Amber Rudd as Home Secretary 

30 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed Amber Rudd’s decision to resign as Home Secretary for misleading Parliament about the Home Office’s immigration policy.


Emma pays tribute to those killed and injured in the workplace 

30 Apr

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has paid tribute to those workers who tragically died at work.


Emma visits Moreton School to see the work of the Brilliant Club in promoting opportunities 

30 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, paid a visit to Moreton School in her constituency to see first hand the work of the Brilliant Club.


Emma calls for compensation for Paulette Wilson and other members of the Windrush generation 

27 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to give compensation to her constituent Paulette Wilson who was detained and treated in an appalling and inhumane manner.


Emma supports plans for St George’s Day to be a bank holiday in England 

25 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting plans for St George’s Day to be made a bank holiday in England.


Emma signs pledge to help promote awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young 

19 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has pledged to help raise awareness of Cardiac Risk in the Young.


Emma questions Home Secretary over the treatment of the Windrush generation 

18 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has criticised the government over the treatment of The Windrush Generation by the Home Office.


Emma shows her support for Male Cancer Awareness Week 9 – 15 April 2018 

13 Apr

Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, Emma Reynolds, has shown her support for Male Cancer Awareness Week by backing the FACE up to Prostate Cancer, a campaign which focuses on the three key factors associated to the condition.


Emma celebrates 10 years of the free pensioner bus pass and campaigns for better investment in bus services 

13 Apr

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting the TUC’s campaign to protect the free buss pass.


Walsall TUC event 

11 Apr

Rise Like Lions! Banner Theatre Chuckery Club April 17th 7.30pm £5.00 (2.00 concessions) Banner Theatre presents 'Rise, Like Lions!': a stirring, stomping, roaring celebration of grassroots resistance to those who plot to tear apart our welfare state, ...


Emma takes part in the Willenhall – Wednesfield Annual Vaisakhi procession 

9 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has attended the annual Willenhall to Wednesfield Vaisakhi March.


Emma is supporting people living with arthritis in Wolverhampton North East and raising awareness of the condition 

6 Apr

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently attended a parliamentary event to highlight the effect of living with arthritis related conditions has on the 17.8 million people across the UK.


Emma visits residents to discuss their concerns over traffic speed in Wednesfield 

4 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has met with residents on Waddens Brook Lane in Wednesfield to discuss their concerns over traffic speed in their area.


Emma celebrates the importance of the work of Brain Tumour Research charity by celebrating Wear a Hat Day 

29 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is marking Wear a Hat Day to highlight the work of the charity Brain Tumour Research.


Emma urges people to have their say on plans to close Wednesfield Police Station 

27 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is consulting residents on plans to close Wednesfield Police Station.


Emma voices concerns about the latest unemployment figures for Wolverhampton 

21 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has voiced her concerns at yet more bad news on unemployment in the city.


Emma is urging people to get involved in Residents’ Wekk to showcase the best of Wolverhampton 

20 Mar

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging people to help mark and celebrate Residents’ Week.


Tuesday 1st May 2017 Wolverhampton Workers’ Day – May Day 

16 Mar

doors open 6-45pm venue: Pegasus Banqueting Suite, Jackson Street, Whitmore Reans, Wolverhampton WV6 0QQ...


Emma opposes government plans to deny free school meals to up to 1 million children 

15 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East is opposing the government denying free school meals to pupils.


Emma visits Tata Steel in Wednesfield to celebrate National Apprenticeship Week 

14 Mar

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East paid a visit last week to Tata Steel in her constituency during National Apprenticeship Week.


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The John Hendley Memorial Comedy night 

20 May

A night of comedy to raise money for John’s chosen charities featuring DANDY, Will Morgan, Bob Bignell, Rob Craddock, Velvet Green MC – John Richards...


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Andre Rieu 2018 Maastricht Concert 

16 May

ANDRE RIEU 2018 MAASTRICHT CONCERT : AMORE, MY TRIBUTE TO LOVE Sat 28 July 7pm & Sun 29 July 3pm ‘Amore, My Tribute to Love’, is the renowned violinists tribute to his love for music, and his love for both of his families; his wife and children, ...


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16 May

We send out a monthly newsletter with news of our upcoming events and films.


Finding Fassbender 

16 May

Artsfest 2018 Eve’s leaving Wolverhampton to live in the big smoke because it’s something you should do isn’t it? But the capital’s charm quickly wears off and Eve decides to pack her bags and head home to her boyfriend Rich and cat, Steve ...


Hal Cruttenden (Work In Progress) 

14 May

Plus support from Dominic Frisby.


ANDREW LAWRENCE: PREVIEW ‘CLEAN’ 

12 May

Andrew Lawrence, star of Live at The Apollo and Michael McIntyre’s Roadshow and UK comedy’s foremost controversialist takes a break from all the outrage to present an all new hour of good, clean fun.


Promise Dreams Festive Film Day 

11 May

Come and join us for this special Christmas event at Light House and into the festive spirit with a seasonal family film.


MUSE Drones World Tour 

10 May

Light House is pleased to be able to bring to you a stellar screening from British band Muse for one night only on 12th July.


Long Quan Dao Wu Guan – Way Of The Dragon Fist Martial Arts Association 

8 May

Dragon style Martial arts system.


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie 

4 May

Based on a real life story set in Sheffield where the musical originally launched at the Crucible Theatre in early 2017, the action is set in a Sheffield school where 16 year Jamie realises he is different from others, but wants to share his secret ...


Nothing Like A Dame 

4 May

Join us for a special encore screening of NOTHING LIKE A DAME from director Roger Michell.


Classic Film & Cream Tea: South Pacific 

4 May

On a South Pacific island during World War II, love blooms between a nurse and a secretive Frenchman who’s being courted for a dangerous military mission.


Human Flow – A Film By Ai Weiwei 

4 May

Wolverhampton Amnesty presents this film by renowned Chinese artist Ai Weiwei.


Dennis Skinner – Nature of the Beast 

4 May

A documentary about socialist, trade unionist and Labour politician Dennis Skinner.


A Quiet Place 

4 May

In this modern horror thriller, ‘A Quiet Place’ tells the story of a family of four who must navigate their lives in silence after mysterious creatures that hunt by sound threaten their survival.


Cake 

3 May

The story of two sisters from Karachi, one of whom has moved abroad.


On Chesil Beach 

3 May

Based on Ian McEwan’s best selling novel.


Tully 

3 May

The story of Marlo, a mother of three including a newborn, who is gifted a night nanny by her brother.


The Bromley Boys 

3 May

A Boy.


Pottery Workshop with Helen Brown 

3 May

Working in a small intimate group (min.


Elephant Tails 

3 May

Elephant Tails the half term Workshop Find out how the elephant lost his big bottom, make an Elmer mask and follow Nellie the Elephant.


Watercolour Art Class by ART STUDIO 107 

3 May

Develop your existing painting and drawing skills with the new watercolour art class by ART STUDIO 107.


Trembling Bells 

25 Apr

Future Perfect presents Trembling Bells Trembling Bells are a psych-folk phenomenon.


Acting Up Presents ‘The Just so Stories’ 

17 Apr

Acting Up presents ‘The Just so Stories’ ‘How the whale got his throat & How thc camel got his hump’ Saturday 16th June 2.30pm at Newhampton Arts Centre.


NC BIG BAND – Swinging Jazz sounds of the Big Band Era 

16 Apr

NC BIG BAND recreates the swinging Jazz sounds of the Big Band Era.


5 week Art Course by the Art Room (wet and dry medium) 

16 Apr

5 week Art Course in the Art Room Tuesday 6:30 – 8:30pm Work with Artist Hannah Boyd, using a mixture of still life and images ranging from objects, nature and portraiture dependent on skill and preference.


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