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Chinese Spring Festival 2017 

22 Feb

Spring Festival is undoubtedly the new Christmas for me, after two in China I'm anticipating my third but before that Guangdong and Fujian moment I want to reflect on my sub-zero affair.


It’s Not Really On …… But ……. 

22 Feb

This Moses basket and stand, plus bedding have been left outside one of the houses up the road, beside the bin, for at least two months now and to be honest it’s beginning to really get on Darrell's nerves.


Nice Hooters 

21 Feb

HOOT OWL – Master of Disguise Artshouse, Stratford upon Avon, Wednesday 21 st February, 2018   It is not uncommon for successful children’s picture books to make the transition to the stage.


It’s Been A Long Time Coming …….. 

21 Feb

But, how brilliant is it to leave The Towers for work in the morning ……….


Darrell Succumbs To The Unknown 

20 Feb

There was much excitement Chez Towers this morning with the arrival of Darrell’s subscription craft beer.


Wood 

19 Feb

Back to work today and a bit knackered as I’ve spent the weekend mostly shifting wood around which involved sorting the shed out.


The Fall Of Wolverhampton Hippodrome 

19 Feb

Wolverhampton Hippodrome was formerly the old Empire Palace Theatre But what caused the fall… of the old Wolverhampton music hall? The tragic loss of this majestic Queen Square icon happened sixty-two years ago this week.


A Festive Easter Quandary ………. 

19 Feb

With the Lenten Season upon us, Nigel, being Nigel, has naturally been taking a very keen interest in all the Easter Eggs that are now starting to fill the shop shelves, deciding which one he might liketo find at the bottom of his Easter bed...


Evesham Hit By An Earthquake! 

18 Feb

OMG ……..


We Review Labertz Krauten Printen 

17 Feb

OMG …….


Nigel Explores Uncharted Territories 

16 Feb

Nigel finally got round to toddling down to the pond that none of us had ever noticed before until recently.


Oh Dear …….. Oh No ….. 

15 Feb

Darrell has become very taken by the range of, how shall I say, very vibrant and unusual hair colours available at one of the hairdressers in town ……….


Happy Valentines Day 

14 Feb

A very Happy Valentines Day 2018 from The Towers ………… It’s a day that finds us, sadly, still relative strangers to matters of the heart.


It’s Pancake Day 

13 Feb

Well, Darrell, as per every year, has been slaving over a hot stove to provide us with our annual Pancake Day pancakes.


The Bleak Mid-Winter 

12 Feb

I do find the middle of February a mental struggle.


Nigel!!!!!!!! 

12 Feb

It’s never a good sign to hear rampant screaming at The Towers, especially when it’s coming from the bedroom and when it’s Darrell who’s doing the said screaming! So, imagine my alarm yesterday when such a scenario occurred! I found Darrell, ...


Love Is In The Evesham Air 

11 Feb

February is famously the month in which lurve is generally celebrated ……….


Darrel Dun Gud! 

10 Feb

Darrell has finally “ allowed ” me to return to my bedroom ………..


Press Release: Wolverhampton treasure in the spotlight 

9 Feb

PRESS RELEASE 9 February 2018 Wolverhampton treasure in the spotlight for a Shakespeare Classic Fans of the Bard are looking forward to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s live screening of his most famous comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ on Valentine’s ...


A New Discovery ……. 

9 Feb

Heaven help us ……….


Audio Description 

8 Feb

Due to a technical problem, Audio Description will not be available in our upstairs Studio Cinema until this issue has been resolved.


Norton Canes School – enjoy a creative day in the Art School 

8 Feb

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Who’s The Daddy? 

8 Feb

MAMMA MIA! Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Wednesday 7 th February, 2018   The mother (the Mamma) of all jukebox musicals arrives in Wolverhampton as part of its bid for world domination.


A New Place To Nom? 

8 Feb

Darrell has noticed that there is a new Polish cafe opening soon in Evesham…….


Exhibition: Suitable for all Lenses 

7 Feb

We are currently hosting the exhibition SUITABLE FOR ALL LENSES.


Eurovision–We’ve Decided 2018!!!!! 

7 Feb

Tonight we shall be glued to BBC 1 for an evening of pure Eurovision pleasure as the country, including our good selves, get to decide who will represent us at this years Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon in May ……..


Deaf Youth Film and Performance Academy News 

6 Feb

Deaffest to run a residential Deaf Youth Film and Performance Academy for young deaf people this summer.


Dirty tricks strikes the Essington by-election 

6 Feb

Who would have thought that local politics could raise such passion in the small village of Essington! But of course you know the answer to that is true – by it’s very nature, politics is very local and none more so than here.


Kokos – Makronem 

6 Feb

We have been terribly remiss of late with our reviews, in particular with the selection of delicacies sent to us by our very dear friends Ze Monkeys in Teutonic Germany just after Christmas.


Wolves Captain Kick-Starts Search For Wolverhampton Young Citizen Of The Year 2018 

5 Feb

Wolverhampton Wanderers team captain, Conor Coady has kick-started this year’s bid to find the city’s Young Citizen of the Year.


Darrell Wields A Mighty Paint Roller 

5 Feb

It has to be said that due to our recent unfortunate bout of flu, Darrell’s dream of a fabbbbbbbuuuuulous bedroom makeover has got just a tad behind.


Moseley Park School Get Creativity Down To A Tee 

4 Feb

Sixth form students from Moseley Park School made their mark during a visit to Wolverhampton School of Art.


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Emma calls on the government to properly fund West Midlands Police 

21 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has criticised the government for it’s cuts to Police funding.


Emma welcomes the city’s first council houses built by modular construction 

14 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East has welcomed the city’s first modular constructed council properties.


Emma writes for the i newspaper after fighting an election four days after giving birth 

13 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has written an article in the i newspaper online.


Emma criticises more Tory government cuts to Wolverhampton City Council 

13 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has criticised the Tory government for imposing more cuts on Wolverhampton City Council.


Emma marks the start of the TUC’s Heart Unions week, 12 – 18 February 

12 Feb

On Saturday, 10 February, Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, joined local councillors and members of Wolverhampton, Bilston and Districts, Trades Union Council to kick-start the TUC’s Heart Unions week.


Emma visits Woden Primary School judged to be “Outstanding” by Ofsted 

9 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has visited Woden Primary School and met with the Headteacher, Mrs H Vernon, staff and pupils.


Emma helps promote the importance of being a union member by taking part in Heart Unions Week 

9 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East will tomorrow, Saturday 10 February, be in Wednesfield High Street supporting Wolverhampton, Bilston and Districts Trades Union Council highlighting the value of unions and union membership ahead of a...


Emma supports cross-party proposals to reform maternity and shared parental leave for MPs 

7 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting cross party proposals for a new formal system for maternity leave and shared parental leave for MPs.


Wolverhampton exhibitions to celebrate women partially winning right to vote 

7 Feb

Thurs March 8th lecture 11-12noon £2 Running until Saturday, March 24 , Votes for Women, is on at the City Archives, Molineux Hotel Building, Whitmore Hill, Wolverhampton, WV1 1SF admission to the exhibition is free.


Emma appears on the Sunday Politics Show 

7 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, was a guest on the Sunday Politics Show on the 21 January 2018.


Emma marks World Cancer Day 2018 by wearing her Unity Band 

7 Feb

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has helped mark World Cancer Day which was the 4 February.


Emma’s Crime and Anti-Social Behaviour Survey tells her the Police don’t have enough resources 

6 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East is continuing to survey local residents for their views on whether West Midlands Police have the resources to ensure they can adequately tackle the levels of crime in our areas.


Emma calls on Parliament to do more and to set an example to the country on parental leave 

2 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has called on Parliament to lead by example on parental leave.


Emma criticises proposals for a blue plaque for former MP Enoch Powell 

1 Feb

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has criticised proposals for a plaque to be erected honouring former MP Enoch Powell.


Emma visits Dublin with Brexit Select Committee to discuss the post-Brexit border issue 

31 Jan

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East last week visited Dublin as a member of the House of Commons cross-party Brexit Select Committee as part of their investigations into how the government is handling the negotiations to leave the EU.


Wolverhampton mosques open day 

31 Jan

Sunday 18 February 2018...


Emma is encouraging people to have their say on the future governance of the West Midlands Fire Service 

31 Jan

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging residents to have their say on whether West Midlands Fire Service should be run by the West Midlands Combined Authority in the future.


We Are The Lions, Mr. Manager!’ Grunwick strike play 

30 Jan

the remarkable story of Jayaben Desai the inspirational leader of the 1976-78 Grunwick Film Processing Factory Strike Mon 5 March 7.30pm Midlands Arts Centre £ 12 / £10...


Emma Reynolds calls on government to guarantee future of maintained nursery schools 

29 Jan

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to guarantee the future of maintained nursery schools, by removing the threat of future funding cuts.


Emma attends launch of Open Doors’s World Watch List in Parliament, highlighting religious persecution 

26 Jan

Emma has attended the launch of the 2018 World Watch List, organised by Open Doors, in Parliament on Wednesday, 10th January.


Emma marks Holocaust Memorial Day by signing Book of Commitment in Parliament 

26 Jan

This week, Emma signed the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment, to honour those who were murdered during the Holocaust  and to pay tribute to the extraordinary Holocaust survivors who work tirelessly to educate young people today.


Emma visits Ashmore Park Nursery School to meet with staff and discuss funding 

25 Jan

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East paid a visit to Ashmore Park Nursery School with local Councillor, Phil Bateman MBE who is the Chair of Governors.


Emma visits The Big Venture to meet volunteers and to see a great community asset first-hand 

25 Jan

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has visited volunteers at The Big Venture on the Scotland’s estate.


Emma celebrates The Way’s two year anniversay of a £5.5 million investment in young people 

23 Jan

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, attended the two year anniversary of the building of The Way Youth Zone on Saturday, 20 January.


Birmingham UNISON Home Care Workers 

19 Jan

will be striking Saturday 20th Jan between 11am and 2.30 pm.


Emma presents one of the Express and Star ‘Big Thank You’ winners with their prize 

19 Jan

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, presented one of the winners with their prize and trophy at last night’s ‘Big Thank You’ awards.


Emma to attend TheWay 2nd Birthday Party on Saturday, 20 January 

18 Jan

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East will celebrating TheWay 2nd anniversary this Saturday.


Emma questions the government over their handling of the Carillion collapse 

17 Jan

Monday’s announcement that Carillion has entered liquidation is deeply concerning to Carillion’s 20,000 UK employees and thousands of companies in their supply chain.


WM economy strategy conference 

16 Jan

Sat 10 March , Birmingham 1-30 to 4-30pm...


TUC calls for national task force on Carillion 

16 Jan

TUC calls for national task force on Carillion Union group calls for risk assessments of other large outsourcing firms TUC to convene crunch talks between unions The TUC has called for the government to assemble a national task force to deal with the...


Emma calls on government to support Carillion employees 

15 Jan

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to do all it can to support Carillion employees after the Wolverhampton based company entered liquidation today.


Express and Star ‘Big Thank You’ Awards 

15 Jan

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, will again be attending the annual ‘Big Thank You’ Awards hosted by the Express and Star on Thursday, 18 January.


Emma supports growing calls for Channel 4 to come to the West Midlands 

12 Jan

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East is supporting calls for Channel to move to the West Midlands when they leave their current offices.


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Events »

Summer Holiday Activities 

19 Feb

Summer Holiday Activities Various Dates Throughout the summer holiday there will be a wide variety of themed workshops for all tastes and ages.


Paint the Day 2018 

19 Feb

    Paint the Day Sat 23rd June Paint the Day sets the challenge of capturing a scene from the an area of Wolverhampton, interpreting the scene in any visual style.


The 43rd Wolverhampton Beer and Cider Festival This Weekend 

19 Feb

Wolverhampton Beer and Cider Festival Thur 7th – Sat 9th June (Various Times) The city beer & cider festival returns to the Newhampton Arts Centre starting Thursday 7th and ending Saturday 9th June.


Live and Picking 

19 Feb

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


FREE SHOW TICKETS 

13 Feb

Sharing the Love.


Free Dance Workshop 

12 Feb

Join Steve Elias, choreographer of The Dancing Club and presenter of BBC2’s ‘Our Dancing Town’,  for a free workshop on 8th March, and join us for the performance of The Dancing Club on Friday 16th March.


Press Release: Wolverhampton treasure in the spotlight 

9 Feb

PRESS RELEASE 9 February 2018 Wolverhampton treasure in the spotlight for a Shakespeare Classic Fans of the Bard are looking forward to the Royal Shakespeare Company’s live screening of his most famous comedy ‘Twelfth Night’ on Valentine’s ...


Recruiting now for new CEO 

8 Feb

NAC is seeking an inspirational and ambitious CEO to lead the company through an exciting new stage of development as an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation 2018-2022, following the retirement of Christine McGowan in late spring 2018.


Audio Description 

8 Feb

Due to a technical problem, Audio Description will not be available in our upstairs Studio Cinema until this issue has been resolved.


Exhibition: Suitable for all Lenses 

7 Feb

We are currently hosting the exhibition SUITABLE FOR ALL LENSES.


Chameleons Vox 35 Years Of Script Of The Bridge 

6 Feb

Future Perfect presents Chameleons Vox 35 Years Of Script Of The Bridge Sunday 3rd June 2018 Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton Tickets – £16.00 Age restriction – 16+ Doors – 7.30pm Curfew – 11.00pm...


Alex Ohm 

6 Feb

Future Perfect presents Alex Ohm Friday 6th April 2018 Newhampton Arts Centre – Wolverhampton Tickets – FREE ENTRY Age restriction – 16+ Doors – 7.30pm Curfew – 11.00pm...


Life Drawing 4; Explore colour and take inspiration from the Impressionists: 

2 Feb

This new life drawing course explores the use of colour whilst taking inspiration from the Impressionists pursuits of colour and depiction of light.


Call for Trustees 

31 Jan

Join us! We are looking for people who are passionate about the role Light House plays and will bring their skills, expertise and experience to complement and enhance the existing Board of Trustees even further.


Wool-ves Yarnival 

29 Jan

An opportunity to see demonstrations traditional crafts and try to them for yourself.


Greg Russell 

29 Jan

Greg began his career in folk singing at the age of 14, performing floor-spots at Chester’s Raven Folk Club but, with remarkable speed, established himself as a singer, musician, songwriter and song interpreter of great promise.


Women, Art and Action ft Sylvia 

29 Jan

Women, Art and Action ft Sylvia Friday 2nd March at 7pm Join Women of Wolverhampton, Newhampton Arts Centre and local artists, as we celebrate 100 years of votes for women and International Women’s day, with an evening of words and pictures that ...


A 5-Week Taster Pottery Course for Beginners 

29 Jan

Are you feeling creative ? Would you like to do something that may help you relax and relieve stress ? Have you ever wondered what it would be like to work with clay ? Why not come along and enjoy trying out different pottery hand building techniques...


Oil Painting with Wayne Attwood RBSA 

29 Jan

A day to learn techniques in oil paint £25 Book via me on clare.


“Hellebore Brooches” with artist Kanj Nicholas 

29 Jan

Learn the art of needlefelting and make your own seasonal flower brooch.


Art Jewellery with Linda Alton 

29 Jan

Come and design and make your very own jewellery from handmade beads etc.


Life Drawing Course in the Art Room (bi-monthly) 

29 Jan

Work with Artist Hannah Boyd in the Art Room with a model on a a 5 x 2 hour bi-weekly life drawing course with clothed, semi nude and nude poses.


5 week Art Course in the Art Room 

29 Jan

Work with Artist Hannah Boyd, using a mixture of still life and images ranging from objects, nature and portraiture dependent on skill and preference.


5 week Afternoon Art Course in the Art Room 

29 Jan

Working with Artist Hannah Boyd using a mixture of still life and images ranging from objects, nature and portraiture dependent on skill and preference.


Early Man 

25 Jan

Early Man The latest feature from animator Nick Park (Wallace and Gromit).


A Fantastic Woman 

25 Jan

A Fantastic Woman Marina, a waitress who moonlights as a nightclub singer, is heartbroken by the sudden death of her older boyfriend Orlando.


Sweet Country 

25 Jan

Sweet Country Australian Western set on the Northern Territory frontier in the 1920’s.


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