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The Most Boring Film Ever Made? 

30 Mar

Nigel hasn’t been very impressed by the film that has been showing at The Regal over the past few weeks, even if it is an Oscar winner …….


29 Mar

Coming Your Way Husband and wife team Kathryn Roberts Sean Lakeman have a full touring schedule this month beginning on April 7 at The Beehive Folk Club , 16 Union Street, Harthill, Sheffield S26 7YH.

Lots Of Things To See And Do In The West Midlands – April 2017 

28 Mar

The lesser-spotted LOTTSADITWM post returns.

A Post Especially For Dianne, Our Wonderful Friend In Orange Abundant and VERY Hot Florida 

28 Mar

We know our friend Dianne loves everything British …… …… so Nigel decided to give her a little treat today by showing her his favourite row of houses in Evesham.

Crunchy Cheese? 

28 Mar

I am always on the look out for something a bit different to tickle our taste buds at The Towers to broaden our comestible horizons, so when I saw “Crunchy Cheese” on the supermarket shelves, it would have been rude not to purchase a pack for our...

2014-2017: The Road To China… 

27 Mar

After graduating with honours I was not prepared for the journey ahead of me, taking a road less travelled before wasn't easy but what really is in this life? In honour of this 300th blog post that marks six years of blogging, I want to see how life ...

Both my parents worked through the war at Thompsons Bros 

27 Mar

RECENT articles by Gavin Jones about Thompson Brothers (Bilston) brought back my early life so clearly.

Much Excitement–The Caravaners Are A Coming ….. 

27 Mar

Nigel came home from his afternoon meander in a very excited state yesterday, there were a few caravans and camper vans pitched up on field of the camp site across the river, “The open season for camping and caravanning must be here ” he mused...

Grocer great uncle was Wolverhampton mayor 

26 Mar

IN BUGLE 1280 we asked readers if anyone in their family had served as a mayor or councillor of a Black Country borough.

Easy Like Sunday Morning ….. 

26 Mar

How our lives have changed so much in the past nine months……… …… there is no way Nigel could ever have imagined that Sunday mornings would start with a bacon sandwich on much seeded bread and a latte in Moo Moos on his way to collect the ...

A Task Of Great Responsibility. 

25 Mar

Last night Nigel and I stayed over at “The Family Tree”, so named by Iris after Stickman, her favourite story ……….

New museum opens celebrating Wolverhampton transport heritage 

24 Mar

ON SATURDAY, March 11, the Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Barry Findlay, rang in a new era of the preservation of the city's rich transport heritage, at the official opening of the Tettenhall Transport Heritage Centre.

Open Wide Please Sir! 

24 Mar

Yesterday afternoon Nigel paid his first visit to our new Evesham dentist …… …..

D-PAN Presentation by Sean Forbes 

23 Mar

Deaf Performing Arts Network presentation by Sean Forbes Date: Saturday 13th May 2017 Location: Studio Cinema, Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT Times: 11.30am – 12.30pm Who is Sean Forbes? He’s from Detroit, he’s a musician, an ...


23 Mar

CD Review Dance of the Copper Trail One remarkable thing about the music of Oka Vanga is that it’s not like listening to an album, it’s more akin to reading a book because Angela Meyer and William Cox are such good storytellers.

Keep up with our news 

23 Mar

Please do check our website regularly for our latest news and if you feel that any of the information isn’t clear, or have any concerns/questions – do get in touch with us at enquiries@deaffest.

The Final Frontier ……. Ikea! 

23 Mar

Again, it was an early breakfast and roll call by the car for Darrell and Nigel this morning.

Winner of Young Deaffest 2017 Poster Competition 

22 Mar

We’re delighted to announce the winning poster for Young Deaffest 2017! Congratulations to Katrina (aged 13) for her fantastic poster.

Albion v Wolves – the complete history of the Black Country… 

22 Mar

WOLVES League Champions againFOUR years after winning the Football League championship for the very first time, Wolves captured the top prize again in 1957-58, having a convincing five point margin over runners-up Preston North End when the last ball...

I saved the Tipton Slasher’s clock from being thrown away 

22 Mar

WILLIAM PERRY, the Tipton Slasher, may be the most famous son of the Black Country but very few of his personal possessions have survived to the present day.

Young Deaffest 2017 Mistresses of Ceremonies 

22 Mar

Meet the Up For It? Presenters Mia Ward and Rosie Benn! “Hi my name is Rosie Benn! I’m 22 years old and I live in the UK.

No Carpet Burns On Darrell! 

22 Mar

Yesterday Lucy, Darrell and Nigel were on a mission to find a de rigueur stair carpet for Maison De La Lu! Breakfast was at 9 o’clock sharp with a roll call, with tape measures, beside the car at 9.30! According to Darrell things did not start too ...

Acting Masterclass with Brian Duffy and Sean Berdy 

21 Mar

Acting Masterclass with Brian Duffy and Sean Berdy Date: Saturday 13th May 2017 (Suitable for over 18) Location: Light House Media Centre, Wolverhampton WV1 1HT Times: 11.00am – 12.30pm Join award-winning actor, director, and screenwriter Brian ...

Planks Akimbo 

21 Mar

From what I can gather Lucy is taking no prisoners back in the homeland, in getting as much import as she possibly can as to what is de rigeuer and en-trend or just plain common or naff as far as wooden flooring her mansion is concerned from Darrell...

Getting The Confirmation That We Long Suspected 

20 Mar

We have long suspected that the fishing pegs below The Towers were the prime spots for fishing along our stretch of the river, as they always seem to have someone fishing there, come rain or shine.

Sheffield Utd 2:1 Charlton Athletic 

19 Mar

Mr Five Pints invited me up to Sheffield this weekend so of course we went to Bramall Lane to watch Blades beat a competent Latics side 2-1.

Photo puzzle of Coseley bowls club 

19 Mar

THIS FINE photograph, getting on for 100 years old, has been donated recently to the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre but, sadly, very little is known about it.

Darrell And Nigel Get A Better Offer 

19 Mar

Sadly, we never made it to Spirit Fest yesterday, for all our hype and excitement Darrell got a better offer! Lu text him and said that if she picked him up, would he like to go looking at wooden flooring with her, he had done such a good job at The ...

One Of Our Barges Is Missing …… 

18 Mar

Poor Nigel is in a bit of a state, the barge that is always parked directly opposite us wasn’t there when he opened the blinds this morning …….

URGENT news of matinees this week 

17 Mar

Please note that due to a licensing change, we will not be showing weekday matinees until our new daytime cinema licence renewal arrives around 27th March.

Charity Shop Find Of The Week …… And A New Piece of Domestic Equipment Due At The Towers 

17 Mar

As you know Marmite is our very favourite savoury spread of choice, so you can imagine my delight when I found this cookbook for just 60p in one of the charity shops in town.

Lizzie Harper “Illustrating the Natural World” 

16 Mar

Today we welcomed Lizzie Harding - a natural history and botanical illustrator ''The bumper book of nature'' by Stephen Morris, included Lizzie's husband posing while digging the garden in his wellies Lizzie's wonderful illustrations can be seen ...

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Emma has written an article for the New Statesman about Article 50 and how Labour must champion progressive free trade deals 

29 Mar

I have written an article today for the New Statesman about Article 50 and how Labour must champion progressive free trade deals, now that negotiations with the EU have commenced.

Emma welcomes start of formal Brexit negotiations, but warns against leaving the EU without a deal 

29 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed the start of formal negotiations between the United Kingdom and the European Union but she has also warned about the dangers of leaving the EU without a deal in place.

Lonliness – some help 

23 Mar

Over 70% of older people are lonely according to research published by the over 50s site gransnet .

Emma offers her condolences to all those affected by the terrible events in Westminster 

23 Mar

Yesterday we witnessed a terrible event in Westminster, one that must have been extremely distressing to those in the immediate area.

Emma appears on the BBC’s Inside Out Programme about homelessness and its effect on children 

22 Mar

On 20 March, Emma appeared on the BBC’s Inside Out programme to talk about the impact of homelessness on children and how it is impacting on children.

Stand Up to Racism demo 

16 Mar

National March against Racism this Saturday, March 18th , in London supported by TUC, Unison, Unite, PCS, NUT, CWU still some coach seats from Wolverhampton...

Emma calls on government to scrap unfair new funding formula for schools 

16 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to scrap its new funding formula which would cut funding to many primary and secondary schools in Wolverhampton.

Emma calls on government to act over rising unemployment in Wolverhampton North East 

15 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has responded to the latest unemployment figures for Wolverhampton and the UK, published today.

ESA Changes 

13 Mar

People in the work related activity group of Employment Support Allowance get a work related activity component of up to £29.05 a week.

Child Tax Credit – new rules 

13 Mar

From 6th April the family element of child tax credit is scrapped.

Housing Benefit for under 35s 

13 Mar

If you are single, under 35 and rent from a private landlord,  your housing benefit will be capped at £65 per week.

Emma welcomes local apprentice to Parliament during National Apprenticeship Week 

10 Mar

This week (6 -10 March) was National Apprenticeship Week.

Emma criticises the missed opportunities and failings of Chancellor’s Budget 

10 Mar

On Wednesday in Parliament, the Chancellor delivered his Spring Budget.

Liberating Arts Festival 

7 Mar

Film, poetry, visual arts, performance, music, song, dance, theatre.

Emma speaks at a Women’s March in the city in celebration of International Women’s Day 

7 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is today (Wednesday 8 March) marking International Women’s Day.

Emma visits UTC ahead of National Apprenticeship Week to celebrate the role of apprentices 

7 Mar

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, dropped into the UTC Aerospace Actuation Systems facility on the Stafford Road on Friday, March 3, ahead of National Apprenticeship Week.

march for Education 

7 Mar

Sat 11 March 10am Shrewsbury Castle Lawn, the Quarry union March for Education...

‘Dare Devil Rides To Jarama’ anti-fascist play 

7 Mar

The MAC, Birmingham (Tel: 0121 446 3232 https://macbirmingham.

Housing Benefit changes for under 35s 

7 Mar

If you are single, under 35 and rent from a private landlord,  your housing benefit will be capped at £65 per week.

Emma surveys local pharmacists on plans to reduce funding to community pharmacies 

6 Mar

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has written to pharmacists in Wolverhampton to get their views on just how government plans to reduce funding to community pharmacies will affect their businesses.

Abortion is a Workplace Issue 

6 Mar

Abortion is a Workplace Issue (by West Midlands UCU) Saturday 25 March at 1:30pm Birmingham and Midland Institute in Birmingham...

Equality Commission wants views on housing access 

6 Mar

From the EHRC: In December last year, the Commission launched a formal inquiry into the chronic lack of accessible and adaptable housing available for disabled people in Britain.

Emma backs breathing space for families experiencing problem debt 

23 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has backed calls for a new scheme to help thousands of families regain control of their finances.

Emma congratulates local Wolverhampton optometrist for winning national award 

20 Feb

Emma has sent her congratulations to Wolverhampton optometrist, Prabhjit Boparai, who has won a prestigious national award.

Emma attends opening of big investment by Tata Steel at its Wednesfield Steelpark site 

15 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East attended the opening of Tata Steel’s new production line.

Emma helps launch powerful new voice for Key Cities in Parliament 

13 Feb

Mid-sized cities across the UK have gained a powerful new voice in Parliament following the launch of an All Party Parliamentary Group for Key Cities last week.

Emma votes in favour of triggering Article 50 during parliamentary debate 

10 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, voted this week in favour of triggering Article 50.

Emma visits the Beacon Centre to see the excellent work being done by the charity 

10 Feb

Wolverhampton North East MP Emma Reynolds has paid a visit to the Beacon Centre to find out about the work the charity does to help those with sight loss in the area.

Time is running out to have your say on the proposed link road to the former Royal Ordnance Factory (ROF) 

9 Feb

Emma is urging residents to have their say on proposals to create an access road to the former ROF site in Featherstone.

Welcome to the village of Tettenhall 

7 Feb

Guest Blog by Matt Mills Tettenhall is of course a very old and historic village and until 1966 the village and its neighbourhoods were governed by the Urban District of Tettenhall.

Emma urges residents to visit the ‘Stay Well in Wolverhampton Bus’ 

7 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, paid a visit to the Stay Well in Wolverhampton Bus and urged people to hop on board to get some top tips about improving their health and wellbeing.

Emma appeared on the Westminster Hour this weekend 

6 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East appeared on the Westminster Hour this weekend to discuss what a post Brexit immigration system might look like.

Emma visits local Gurdwara in celebration of the temple’s 50 year anniversary 

3 Feb

On Sunday, 29 January, Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East visited the Cannock Road Guru Nanak Sikh temple in her constituency to help them celebrate the temple’s 50th anniversary.

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24 Feb

Winner of 2 Golden Globes, Oscar nominated and one of the most critically acclaimed films of the year so far.

Trespass Against Us 

24 Feb

Three generations of the notorious Cutler family live in the Gloucestershire countryisde, spending their time hunting, thieving & tormenting the police in the heart of Britain’s richest neighbourhood.

Join our creative hub. 

24 Feb

  Looking for studio, office, training spaces? NAC has some resident spaces coming up.


24 Feb

The story of Richard & Mildred Loving, an interracial couple, whose challenge of their marriage in Virginia led a legal battle that would end at the US Supreme court.

Wolverhampton Beer & cider festival 2017 

22 Feb

The CAMRA Wolverhampton Beer & Cider Festival returns to the Newhampton Arts Centre starting Thursday 8th and ending Saturday 10th June.

Vin Garbett 

22 Feb

Winner of BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards “Best Live Act” Award 2001   Vin’s career has spanned over 40 years of constant world wide touring which must make him some kind of elder statesman of folk.

Ewan Mclennan 

22 Feb

Ewan McLennan has, in a short space of time, come to be known as a guitarist at the forefront of his generation; a troubadour, balladeer and storyteller cut in the old style; a singer that can move audiences with his passion and pathos; and a ...

Half Term: Paint the Town 

22 Feb

Get inspired for Paint the Day on 24th June.

Alchemy Festival: Daughters of the Curry Revolution 

22 Feb

12:00pm / 2:00pm / 7:00pm (Audience is limited to 10 people per show) “When I was little, I used to hang out at my dad’s restaurant every weekend, back when they used to stay open until 5am.

Alchemy Festival: Rajasthan Heritage Band 

22 Feb

A spectacular celebration of Rajasthan’s vibrant and colourful lifestyle, music and dance in a heady, exciting and hypnotic reflection of this enchanting region.

Amy – A Tribute 

22 Feb

Marking the 10th Anniversary of  Back to Black An 8 piece tribute act with full brass section, that celebrates the songs of Amy Winehouse and the songs that inspired her.

Half Term: Spring Suprises Workshop 

22 Feb

Creative workshop with a spring theme.

Wool-ves Yarnival 

22 Feb

Fancy spinning a yarn, dropping a spindle, knitting a map? Drawing on local skills, try out a range of traditional craft activities in our unique yarn, fleece, thread and fibre focused event: spinning, using wheels and drop spindles, weaving on a ...

Out Of Time.. Mod night 

22 Feb

Out of Time is back with plenty more hip shakin’ than before.

Paint the Day 2017 

22 Feb

A challenge, competition, exhibition and festival all in one.

Out Of Time.. Mod Weekender 2017 

22 Feb

The Out of Time weekender is back with plenty more hip shakin’ than before and with a new summertime date.

Live and Picking 

21 Feb

Support Live music with our regular live music night for up and coming fresh young talent.

Wonder Woman The Naked Truth 

21 Feb

One big project.

The Town – Charity Gig 

21 Feb

The Town will be getting back together for a one off gig raising money for diabetes UK.

Out Of Time 3rd Anniversary 

21 Feb

Out of Time returns to celebrate 3 years of hip shakin mod club nights in Wolverhampton.


20 Feb

THE FOUNDER The story of Ray Kroc, a salesman who turned two brothers’ innovative fast food eatery, McDonalds, into one of the biggest restaurant businesses in the world with a combination of ambition, persistence & ruthlessness.

Viceroy’s House 

20 Feb

Hugh Bonneville (Lord Mountbatten) and Gillian Anderson (Edwina Mountbatten) in VICEROY’S HOUSE Celebrating British Film In 1947, Lord Mountbatten assumes the post of last Viceroy, charged with handing India back to its people.


20 Feb

Winner of Golden Globes & nominated for 8 Oscars.

Hidden Figures 

20 Feb

Hidden Figures A story based on true events, about a group of African-American women who were hired by NASA for their skills in mathematics to be part of America’s space programme in the 1960s.


20 Feb

Denzel Washington plays Troy Maxson and Viola Davis plays Rose Maxson in Fences from Paramount Pictures.


20 Feb

Nominated for a Golden Globe, BAFTA Oscar for Best Film in a Foreign Language.

Transmission the sound of Joy Division 

13 Feb

Transmission + Support TBA + Dj Devoted to recreating the atmosphere of a live Joy Division gig, Transmission emulate the sound of one of the most inventive, evocative and influential groups of their era.

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