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ALASTAIR SAVAGE 

22 Jul

CD Review Alone With History This fourth album from Alastair Savage , who is an absolute master of the fiddle, is his first of fiddle solos and he straddles and blurs the lines between what could be considered classical music and folk, but do you ...


Writer’s reminiscences of Wolves and the Hurricane 

22 Jul

SPORTSWRITER John Dee, who spent most of his working life in the Black Country, has celebrated his 80th birthday by writing a book of reminiscences.


West Midlands Police Family Fun Day 

21 Jul

Light House Media Centre are pleased to again be supporting West Midlands Police Family Fun Day in West Park on Saturday 6th August.


Glass making lives on in South Staffordshire – new £5.5m glass museum, studios, maker network website 

20 Jul

I’m pleased to see there’s a new £5.5m glass museum in South Staffordshire.


How Travelling Can Improve Your Job Prospects… 

20 Jul

It's fair to say that being a teacher out here in Wuhan, China my own future job prospects are being expanded on a daily basis.


HARP & A MONKEY 

19 Jul

CD Review War Stories Harp a Monkey 's new album, War Stories, is inspired by the anniversary of the start of the First World War .


New Conductor on the block! 

19 Jul

As of the Festival of Folk concert on the 2nd of July Daniel Galbreath stepped down from his post as Musical Director for the choir.


Tuppence to get into park 

19 Jul

SOMETIME during 2015 I came across an old wallet which contained some old papers and tickets.


Mother looks back on 1980 pram race round Tipton pubs 

17 Jul

TIPTON CARNIVAL, before it was curtailed by Health and Safety issues, used to dominate the streets of the town, and one of the more bizarre scenes of carnivals gone by was the Pram Race.


Helping where I can 

16 Jul

Last night the owner of Southcart Books announced that the shop would be closing until further notice due to moving premises.


Heath Town Community Hub 

15 Jul

ON Monday, June 27, Geoff Thompson MBE joined residents from Heath Town, Wolverhampton, to officially open their new Community Hub.


2016: A Brand New Secret! 

14 Jul

So, I have been so busy recently that I haven't been able to blog, that's quite frankly not on but I'm back to serve some of my Spring/Summer collection.


Workshop at BDA 125 Year Congress 

14 Jul

As part of the British Deaf Association’s 125th anniversary, the BDA will be holding an event – the ‘BDA 125 Year Congress‘ in Torquay from 20th to 24th July 2016.


National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea 

13 Jul

A new production from The National Theatre is announced for September.


A Visit To Ciego de Avila 

13 Jul

A few weeks ago Director of Zebra Uno & Zebra Access Marilyn Willrich and 6 other people had the honour of visiting Municipal Education, a charity committed to supporting young orphans in Ciego de Avila, Cuba.


Can you help with search for 1900s pictures of Bilston United? 

13 Jul

DURING the 1980's, I had the opportunity to meet an old gentleman in Bilston who showed me a framed photograph of Bilston United football team taken in the early 1900's.


Tracking down family with pub connections 

13 Jul

I READ your paper every week and wondered if your readers might be able to help trace my ancestors.


People worked through night on munitions 

12 Jul

THIS snapshot, right.


District Governor John Sayer 

11 Jul

As part of their duties Rotary District Governors are expected to visit every Club in their area during their year in office.


Anyone recall Sarah and the Planes group? 

11 Jul

I WONDER if any Bugle readers can help me?In the 1980s a group called Sarah and the Planes recorded an old Motown classic Two can have a party.


KARA 

9 Jul

CD Review Some Other Shore The cut glass crystal voice of Daria Kulesh is back in action with the band Kara for what is a wonderfully eclectic mix of Russian influenced music and folk tunes.


Ray was a brilliant winger 

9 Jul

WITH reference to the team photograph of Bilston Town F.


Galas, dancing and boxing at Smethwick baths 

9 Jul

IN our June 22 edition we featured the old swimming pool in Bilston.


Stevie Walker workshop 

8 Jul

Saturday saw us enjoying "Quilty Painty Landscapes with Stevie Walker.


University of Wolverhampton 96% Employability 

7 Jul

Students at the University of Wolverhampton are among the most employable in the UK after a new report revealed more than ever are going into jobs or further study.


The Royal Ballet: Anastasia 

6 Jul

ANASTASIA WEDNESDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2016 Live 7.15pm A Ballet in three acts Running time: To be announced, with one interval An identity in crisis; a country in revolution.


ALICE JONES 

6 Jul

CD Review Poor Strange Girl Just as the prospectors of old filled with excitement when finding that one nugget of solid gold so comes the shining debut album of super-talented, Yorkshire songstress Alice Jones .


Wolverhampton butchers ship shape for a jolly day out 

6 Jul

IN THE May 11 edition we printed a photograph of local members of the National Federation of Butchers enjoying a meal at the Central Baths in Wolverhampton in 1921.


A Country Divided 

5 Jul

I’ve avoided blogging about the EU referendum as there has been so much vitriol on other social media platforms.


Emma Sproson and the battling women of Wolverhampton 

5 Jul

IN THE Black Country, women have long battled oppression, perhaps most notably the Cradley Heath Chain women, whose brave efforts secured the first example of the minimum wage.


Promoting Numeracy and Literacy 

4 Jul

A new Rotary year sees a new President of Tettenhall Rotary Club with the appointment tonight of John Margetts.


EUAN DRYSDALE 

3 Jul

CD Review Songs From The Boarwood Scot Euan Drysdale opens his follow up to his debut album, Parcel of Rogues, with a lively song which has that easy beat reminiscent of Paul Heaton of The Beautiful South and The Housemartins , but also has the ...


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Emma welcomes start of work on Heath Town regeneration project 

19 Jul

Emma has welcomed the start of work on the Heath Town Estate regeneration project.


Angela Eagle coming to Wolves 

14 Jul

Angela Eagle will be at Chubb buildings (Lighthouse) Friday 15 July @6pm for a women only meeting and @7pm for all LP meeting.


Mental Capacity Act Video 

5 Jul

The Mental Capacity is the law about how people can be supported to make decisions for themselves, including the right to make mistakes.


WH Job – Quantity Surveyor 

23 Jun

Wolverhampton Homes seek applications for the job of Quantity Surveyor.


Universal Credit and Rent Arrears 

21 Jun

According to a survey of people on Universal Credit who are in ALMOs like Wolverhampton Homes, over three quarters of those receiving Universal Credit are in arrears, compared to less than one third of tenants overall.


Permission to perform – Kuli Kohli 

21 Jun

In May 2016, I was invited to take part in ‘Permission to Perform’ workshop and performance gig for disabled people at the Newhampton Arts Centre.


annual conference of Trade Union Councils 2016 – delegate report 

16 Jun

The 85th annual conference of Trade Union Councils...


Midlands TUC Regional Council – delegate’s report 

15 Jun

21 May 2016, Derby  - WBDTUC delegate's report...


Emma joins Labour In for Women campaign day in Birmingham City Centre 

15 Jun

On Monday 13th June, Emma joined other Labour women MPs including Harriet Harman, Labour’s former Deputy Leader, Angela Eagle , Shadow First Secretary of State, and Yvette Cooper, former Shadow Home Secretary, who were campaigning in the West ...


Stop government taking control over local government pensions 

15 Jun

5 million people rely on the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) to pay their pensions.


Recovery House 

14 Jun

City of Wolverhampton Council reply to the Recovery House Consultation: Between November 2015 and February 2016 the City of Wolverhampton Council proposed changes to the four bed crisis support and outreach service for people with mental health ...


Emma explains why she is voting to Remain in the EU on 23 June 

14 Jun

Emma appeared on the BBC Sunday Politics to explain why she is voting to remain in the EU on 23 June.


autism strategy 

13 Jun

Autism can affect people in different ways.


Emma welcomes progress on new train station for Wolverhampton 

13 Jun

Emma has welcomed the progress towards Wolverhampton’s new railway station.


June 2016 

8 Jun

Secretary's Report June 2016 Wolverhampton, Bilston District TUC   www.


125 years of Usdaw 

8 Jun

exhibiting at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre until 30 June 2016 A pop-up exhibition ‘Usdaw: 125 Years Strong’ will open to the public, free of charge, from  at the Dudley Archives and Local History Centre.


Emma and other MPs write to The Guardian explaining the EU’s workers’ rights protections 

8 Jun

Emma today has written to The Guardian newspaper with other MPs.


Emma calls on government to extend voter registration deadline 

8 Jun

Emma has urged the government to extend the deadline for voter registration to ensure that everyone can have their say on this important issue.


Emma tours the West Midlands to make the case for remaining in the EU 

8 Jun

On Friday 3rd June, Emma Reynolds MP for Wolverhampton North East, joined the Labour In For Britain bus visiting sites across the West Midlands campaigning for Britain to vote to remain in the European Union on 23rd June.


Emma calls on those not registered to vote to sign up for the EU Referendum 

7 Jun

Emma is calling on everyone not yet registered to vote to register before it is too late.


Emma challenges EU Leave campaign over their threats to workers’ rights 

7 Jun

Emma is backing a Labour campaign to highlight the threat posed to workers’ rights from Conservative eurosceptics.


Unwelcome the Tory Conference to Birmingham 2016 

2 Jun

Saturday 1st October  Counter Conference  Sunday 2nd October, the day the Tory Conference starts, TUC demo/rally with Victoria Square and Colmore Row booked.


Do we vote to stay in europe or leave? 

2 Jun

Dudley Trades Union Council have organised a public meeting and debate to discuss this vital question.


Do we vote to stay in europe or leave? 

2 Jun

  Dudley Trades Union Council have organised a public meeting and debate to discuss this vital question.


Emma warns of less money for NHS if Britain votes to leave the EU 

26 May

Emma has warned that a vote to leave the European Union will lead to less money being available for the NHS because of the economic shock that would result.


Emma hosts parliamentary reception for Wolverhampton employer Alstom 

26 May

Emma hosted a parliamentary reception on Tuesday on behalf of Alstom, a company operating in the railway sector.


Emma welcomes high-flying Wolverhampton apprentices to Parliament 

26 May

Emma has welcomed apprentices from Wolverhampton to the House of Commons to celebrate the 10,400 apprenticeships provided by the UK’s aerospace, defence, security and space industries.


Emma criticises Vote Leave plan to destroy UK and West Midlands manufacturing 

24 May

Emma has condemned plans revealed by a Vote Leave economist to destroy UK manufacturing if Britain votes to leave the EU.


People’s Post Campaign 

19 May

Stop the privatisation of our public services - Birmingham Saturday June 4t h,  5-7pm Speakers include: Jeremy Corbyn - Leader of the Labour Party...


Old Tree Nursery 

16 May

Heantun Housing Association, has stepped up to support Old Tree Nursery, a 5.5 acre garden, plant and fresh produce nursery in Pendeford Hall Lane, Off Wobaston Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands.


Health Services – Have your say 

16 May

Wolverhampton CCG is hosting a number of Commissioning Intention Events to discuss how health services can best meet the needs of local residents.


Emma Reynolds MP celebrates Vaisakhi in West Park 

4 May

Emma attended the Vaisakhi celebrations in West Park in Wolverhampton on Sunday.


Make it or Bake it: The twice yearly village green treat that began with a treat 

30 Apr

It doesn’t seem five minutes since we launched the first Spring Make It or Bake It market on Tettenhall Upper Green in 2013 as a bi annual treat.


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West Midlands Police Family Fun Day 

21 Jul

Light House Media Centre are pleased to again be supporting West Midlands Police Family Fun Day in West Park on Saturday 6th August.


Paint the Day 2016 Belongs to the Young 

14 Jul

Paint the Day 2016 celebrated upcoming talent at the weekend, with all the top prizes going to artists aged 18 or under.


Little Tinkers 

14 Jul

SCARF’s Little Tinkers (suitable for ages 16 months- 3 years) – Get creative and have fun in SCARF’S parent and toddler craft workshop.


Animal Friends 

14 Jul

Create a new fun animal friend or animal mask using colourful, soft, foam materials.


Rock Music Summer School 

14 Jul

RML (Rock music school Ltd) present their popular performance workshop week for budding rock musicians.


National Theatre Live: The Deep Blue Sea 

13 Jul

A new production from The National Theatre is announced for September.


Stagecoach summer holiday workshop – Charlie and the Chocolate Factory 

13 Jul

2016 marks 100 years since the birth of Roald Dahl – the world’s number one storyteller.


Dance & Drama Bootcamp 

13 Jul

Does your child love performing? Or want to learn? Bring your children to Voice Theatre Company’s Dance & Drama Bootcamp, where they will have the best time of the entire summer holiday! They will learn to dance, act, be confident, speak in public...


Diddi dance drop in 

13 Jul

Drop in summer dance class for pre-school children Limited places so please contact Svenja to book a place 07846373910...


Summer Holidays Start Here 

11 Jul

There are a whole host of creative fun opportunities at Newhampton Arts Centre this summer.


Drama Discovery Days 

11 Jul

Develop new acting skills while making friends and having fun with ACTS Theatre School 5-11 years 12-16 years This year ACTS were selected from youth theatres across the country to perform at the National Theatre in London.


Wild Art 

11 Jul

Join us on a family treasure hunt in nearby West Park to gather materials to create some unique natural art.


SCARF’S Suncatcher Workshop 

7 Jul

Design and create a decorative sun catcher with recycled materials to take home and sparkle in your window.


Moon Hooch 

7 Jul

Explosive American horn-and-percussion trio Moon Hooch – Mike Wilbur (horns), Wenzl McGowen (horns), and James Muschler (drums) – has taken their exhilarating blend of virtuosic jazz, groovy funk, and pulse-pounding electronic dance music from ...


Royal Ballet: Dream/Symphonic Variations/Marguerite and Armand 

6 Jul

Steven McRae as Oberon from The Royal Ballet in The Royal Ballet revival production of The Dream (1986), choreographed by Frederick Ashton (1904-1988) to music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809-1847) and arranged by John Lanchbery (1923-2003), ...


The Royal Ballet: The Sleeping Beauty 

6 Jul

THE SLEEPING BEAUTY TUESDAY 28 FEBRUARY 2017 Live 7pm A Ballet in a prologue and three acts Running time: 180 minutes including two intervals A perennial delight and a much-loved classic, The Royal Ballet’s The Sleeping Beautycombines the best of ...


The Royal Ballet: Jewels 

6 Jul

A scene from Jewels by The Royal Ballet @ Royal Opera House (Opening 21-09-11) ©Tristram Kenton 09/11 (3 Raveley Street, LONDON NW5 2HX TEL 0207 267 5550 Mob 07973 617 355)email: tristram@tristramkenton.


The Royal Ballet: Anastasia 

6 Jul

ANASTASIA WEDNESDAY 2nd NOVEMBER 2016 Live 7.15pm A Ballet in three acts Running time: To be announced, with one interval An identity in crisis; a country in revolution.


The Royal Ballet: The Nutcracker 

6 Jul

THE NUTCRACKER THURSDAY 8th DECEMBER 2016 Live 7.15pm A Ballet in two acts Running time: Approximately 2 hours 15 minutes (including 1 interval) The Royal Ballet’s glorious production of The Nutcracker, created by Peter Wrightin 1984, is the ...


Tritone Quintet 

5 Jul

Tickets on sale soon for this international band of Dutch, German and British Jazz musicians, on a mini-tour of the UK late summer 2016.


The Royal Opera: Otello 

5 Jul

Jonas Kaufmann photographed by Julian Hargreaves Live from The Royal Opera House Wednesday 28 June 2016, 7.15pm AN OPERA IN FOUR ACTS Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Sung in Italian with English subtitles Cast includes: Otello Jonas Kaufmann Desdemona Maria ...


The Royal Opera: Madama Butterfly 

5 Jul

Live from The Royal Opera House Thursday 30 March 2017, 7.15pm AN OPERA IN THREE ACTS Composer: Giacomo Puccini Sung in Italian with English Subtitles Cast includes: Cio-Cio-San Ermonela Jaho B.


Annette Gregory Live 

5 Jul

Jazz Angel Star presents: ANNETTE GREGORY Sings and celebrates Ella Fitzgerald From her new EP ‘Living the Dream’ Friday 19th August 7.30pm Tickets £8 To book online, click the blue time link to the right of this screen or call the box office on ...


The Royal Opera: Il Trovatore 

5 Jul

Live from The Royal Opera House Tuesday 31 January 2017, 7.15pm AN OPERA IN FOUR PARTS Composer: Giuseppe Verdi Sung in Italian with English Subtitles Cast includes: Count di Luna Dmitri Hvorostovsky Azucena Anita Rachvelishvili Leonora Lianna ...


The Royal Opera: Les Contes D’Hoffman 

5 Jul

Live from The Royal Opera House Tuesday 15 November 2016, 6.15pm AN OPERA IN THREE ACTS WITH PROLOGUE AND EPILOGUE Composer: Jacques Offenbach Sung in French with English Subtitles Cast includes: Hoffmann Vittorio Grigolo Villains Thomas Hampson ...


The Royal Opera: Norma 

5 Jul

Live from The Royal Opera House Monday 26 September 2016, 7.15pm AN OPERA IN TWO ACTS Composer: Bellini Sung in Italian with English Subtitles Cast includes: Joseph Calleja Sonia Ganassi Conductor: Antonio Pappano Director: Àlex Ollé Running time: ...


Paint the Day Exhibition and Drop in Workshop 

30 Jun

Join us to enjoy the art work produced as part of the Paint the Day 2016 Challenge Free entry to Paint the Day 2016 Art and Photography Exhibition of new work and chance to meet and mingle with the artists Vote for your favourite art work Buy an ...


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