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6 Dec

CD Review Bloodlines Merry Hell are part of the modern tradition which was arguably started by Fairport Convention in that amalgamation of acoustic and electric folk to produce the bigger than life sound which was carried along by bands such as the ...

Announcement of Deaffest’s New Patron 

6 Dec

Deaffest is delighted to announce that Rachel Shenton, has agreed to become the Patron of Deaffest, the UK’s leading Deaf-led Film and Arts Festival.

Darrell Indulges In A Bit Of Rod. 

6 Dec

The last time we all saw Rod Stewart was at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, it was Darrell’s special treat, but, it’s hard to believe that it was just over three years ago now? It was a wonderful, wonderful night, something we will never forget, but...


5 Dec

As en-trend trailblazers of the "complete" festive decor look, we have received several requests begging to know where Darrell purchased the snowman and Santa hand wash dispensers which are gracing our Christmas bathroom and kitchen sink, hoping, no ...

Nigel’s Monday Mornings 

5 Dec

On Monday mornings Nigel usually goes with Iris and Bertie to the library for “Music, Rhythm and Rhyme”, always meeting first at The Brew Bear for a cup of tea and a slice lemon drizzle cake.

Wolverhampton landmark is all set to rise from the ashes 

4 Dec

A WOLVERHAMPTON landmark is rising from the ashes of a devastating fire.

When the Queen took a sword and made mayor of Wolverhampton an… 

4 Dec

TODAY, November 30, marks the 150th anniversary of the visit of Queen Victoria to Wolverhampton, to unveil the statue of her late husband Prince Albert, a momentous occasion given that the grieving monarch had barely shown her face in public in the ...

A Question Of Festive Hygiene 

4 Dec

It may be the festive season with Darrell is up to his eyeballs in all manner of baubles and delicately draped tinsel, but he has still managed to weave his magic in matters of hygienic type nature.

2016 christmas workshop 

3 Dec

We held our christmas workshop today which turned out to be a brilliant 'party'.

We’ve Made Our Festive Beds So We Are Jolly Well Going To Lie In Them. 

3 Dec

After last year and the introduction of another new tradition, Christmas, just wouldn’t be Christmas now without our festive bedding.

Calling all artists for Wolves in Wolves project! 

2 Dec

We’re looking for talented artists to be part of the biggest public art project to take place in the city during the summer of 2017.

04 Dec 2016 11:30 : Wolves in Wolves Information Event 

2 Dec

We’re looking for talented artists to be part of the biggest public art project to take place in the city during the summer of 2017.

A Most Romantic Barge 

2 Dec

Please excuse the quality of the photos today, the light was the sort of light what you would write poetry about, mean, moody and a brooding fiery red but not the stuff of illustrative monkey shots.

Art & Photography Exhibition Update 

1 Dec

The Art & Photography Exhibition is now full.

06 Jan 2017 10:00 : Information & Enrolment 

1 Dec

If you are looking to take a new direction this January come to Adult Education Wolverhampton.

05 Jan 2017 17:00 : Information & Enrolment 

1 Dec

If you are looking to take a new direction this January come to Adult Education Wolverhampton.

05 Jan 2017 13:00 : Information & Enrolment 

1 Dec

If you are looking to take a new direction this January come to Adult Education Wolverhampton.

The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year! 

1 Dec

Oh my goodness me, can you believe it’s December, already? Where has a year gone? It only seems like yesterday that we were donning our gay apparel last year, yet here we are again! At the start of the New Year we resolved that we would to be ...

Exhibition: A Grand History of Panto 

30 Nov

An exhibition from The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton is now open, ideal for those visiting the city for ‘Aladdin’ – on stage from 10th December.

Someone Explain To Nigel Please! 

30 Nov

There is a rather nice looking beauty salon at the top of Evesham High Street.

Black Country ‘landmarks’ in the golden age of steam trains 

29 Nov

BUGLE reader Raymond Harris of Bilston is another of those whose youthful passion was trainspotting.

Darrell And Nigel, Budding Entrepreneurs? 

29 Nov

Just below the kitchen window we have a perfect view of two fishing decks …….

Fun and games and smashing windows in Wednesfield council Drawing… 

28 Nov

THE BUGLE article about the old Wednesfield Urban District Council, in the September 14 edition, brought back many fond memories for me, of working for the council as a young and inexperienced engineer, from 1964 to 1966.

A Fortuitous Find or Not Quite Sure? 

28 Nov

There’s a charity shop up the road, which is a bit of a quandary to Darrell.

An away day with Rupert and Toby 

27 Nov

My first Rugby Union International at the home of the English game i.

Santa Comes To Town! 

27 Nov

As you know, it is usually de riguer to only don our gay apparel on 1st December and not a second before, however yesterday we decided that we would break this time honoured tradition, and throw caution to the wind in honour of Santa, who was coming ...

Brian Fallon & The Crowes at The Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton, UK – 26th November 2016 

26 Nov

Previous Gaslight Anthem front man Brian Fallon took to the stage with his current band mates on Saturday night ‘The Crowes’ at the Wolverhampton Wulfrun Hall.

Adjusting To Bijoux Apartment Life. 

26 Nov

There are a few things that we have had to get used to since downsizing from a castle in Wolverhampton to a bijoux riverside apartment in Evesham, which mainly concern the getting in and out of! The first “barrier” is the main communal portal...

A Film Suggestion For Lu Perhaps 

26 Nov

It seems The Regal Cinema in Evesham is showing The Accountant in December ……… Darrell was wondering if it in any way mirrors the working life of our own beloved Lu.

National award for outstanding support for students 

25 Nov

The University of Wolverhampton has won the Outstanding Support for Students award at the Times Higher Education Awards 2016, held in association with Santander Universities.

Calm Is Restored. 

25 Nov

After the raging torrents of Monday, the river, though still a little murky, has returned to it’s normal ebb and flow and the riverside pathway into town is now passable, without the aid of wellies, so Darrell went for a little stroll to show you a...


24 Nov

EP Review Ships Even though this is Bethan Lees ' first EP she has been around a little longer than this initial offering suggests.

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Search for new paralympic swimmers 

29 Nov

You can go along to a FREE swimming session this Sunday at Wednesbury Leisure Centre, disabled swimmers and carers are welcome, Swimmers of all ages with a disability are invited to one of the local Para-Swimming Talent Identification sessions ...

Emma visits local supermarket to discuss challenges facing the retail sector post Brexit 

23 Nov

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East visited her local Asda supermarket at Heath Town for a tour of the store and to discuss, with the company, their thoughts and concerns on Brexit.

OvenGleamers are cleaning local ovens in time for Christmas 

22 Nov

It’s been a busy summer for Franchise owner John Rorke, at OvenGleamers Wolverhampton West, the UK’s premier oven cleaning brand, now in the Wolverhampton, South Staffordshire & Bridgnorth areas.

Christmas Lights Switch On in Tettenhall 

21 Nov

Is it really that time of year again – ‘yes’ I hear some of you groan..

Emma attends Remembrance Sunday to honour those who made the ultimate sacrifice 

18 Nov

On 13 November, Emma attended the Remembrance Sunday Service at St Thomas’ Church in Wednesfield, in the centenary year of the Battle of the Somme.

The Wolverhampton Worker 

17 Nov

monthly newspaper of Wolverhampton Trades and Labour Council (now known as Wolverhampton, Bilston District Trades Union Council), circulation 17,000.

Emma gives annual lecture to Brussels Labour 

10 Nov

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has delivered the annual Brussels Labour Lecture in memory of John Fitzmaurice.

Emma attends unveiling of Goodyear plaque at the Civic Centre 

7 Nov

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has attended the unveiling of a relocated plaque at the Civic Centre.

people working night shifts in the West Midlands up by 22,000 

6 Nov

New analysis published by the TUC 31 October 2016, shows that the number of people who work night shifts in the West Midlands increased by 22,000 (9%) between 2011 and 2016 to 267,000.

fees cause Midlands 90% drop in sex discrimination ET claims 

6 Nov

  Discrimination at work allowed to “flourish unchecked” as employment tribunal claims fall sharply in the Midlands, says TUC    4 November 2016 TUC condemns steep fees which allow bad bosses to get away with discrimination and unfair ...

Quaker Quiz 

6 Nov

Fri 18 Novemb e r , Friends Meeting House 7-15pm, fundraising for refugee support groups...

Battle of Orgreave exhibition 

6 Nov

now until – 26th November 2016 2016 Jeremy Deller: The Battle of Orgreave @ Worcester City Art Gallery Museum.

Birmingham TUC 150 years celebration 

6 Nov

John McDonnell MP, Shadow Chancellor is now a  Confirmed speaker @ Birmingham Trades Union Council 150th Anniversary Event Saturday 12th November 2016 Less than 30 places are left; tickets are £5 waged and £2.50 unwaged and are available from i.

Social Care SOS 

3 Nov

SOS DAY -  Wednesday 16th NOVEMBER QUEEN SQUARE, Wolverhampton 12noon-1pm £1.95 billion has been cut from social care budgets over the last ten years;  At present funding levels, 37,000 care beds will be lost over the next five years; Spending on...

Emma calls on the government to keep the European Arrest Warrant 

1 Nov

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to ensure that the UK retains the European Arrest Warrant and membership of Europol when we leave the EU.

Emma supports new cross-party legislation to tackle homelessness 

31 Oct

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting a new private member’s bill, with cross party backing, which would ensure that both families and individuals get the help they need to prevent them from becoming homeless.

Increasing fun and friendships for disabled children and young people 

31 Oct

Include Me TOO launched a new project Callum’s Promise which aims to increase Fun, Adventures and Friendships to disabled children and young people.

Emma Reynolds MP appointed to the new Brexit Select Committee 

27 Oct

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has been chosen by her fellow Labour MPs as a member of the new cross-party Brexit Select Committee.

Emma calls for £350 million a week for the NHS promised during EU referendum campaign 

26 Oct

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to give the £350 million a week to the NHS that was promised during the EU referendum campaign.

Emma questions government about youth unemployment in Wolverhampton 

19 Oct

Emma has called on the government to do more to tackle youth unemployment in Wolverhampton.

Emma stands up for local community pharmacies 

18 Oct

Emma is campaigning against the Government’s plan to cut the budget for local pharmacies.

Emma visits local European work placement provider 

12 Oct

Emma has visited Gecko Programmes, who organise Erasmus work experience placements in Europe for young people, as well as other training programmes.

Emma visits news building projects at two local secondary schools 

11 Oct

Emma has visited new building projects at two local secondary schools.

Omega Bereavement Support 

11 Oct

Omega Care is offering a series of free bereavement support groups; Share experiences and learn from others in similar situations Discover new coping skills and begin to focus on the future Develop your own plan for moving forward with life Friday ...

Friends Against Scams campaign 

10 Oct

Trading Standards has started a campaign called Friends Against Scams for anyone who wants to protect themselves, friends, or family against scams – the UK population is stung for £5-10  billion  due to scams.

Online bullying is cyber crime 

10 Oct

The Crown Prosecution Service has issued new rules and guidelines about which types of online behaviour can be prosecuted as a crime.

International Asbestos Trade Today 

9 Oct

Annual General Meeting of West Midlands Hazards Trust will take place on Tuesday 11 th  October 2016, 6.15pm in the offices of Irwin Mitchell, Imperial House, 31 Temple Street, Birmingham, B2 5DB.


27 Sep


Market success & Cupcake Lane celebration 

26 Sep

It was an action packed day in Tettenhall for both the Make It or Bake It street market and Cupcake Lane cafe on Sunday.


26 Sep

WORLD DAY FOR DECENT WORK by UNISON West Midlands   Free Thu 6 October 2016 19:00 – 21:30...

Emma attends opening of new Marston’s House offices in Wolverhampton city centre 

23 Sep

Emma has attended the opening of the new Marston’s House building in Wolverhampton.

Emma opens new £2.2million grassroots sports facilities 

23 Sep

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has opened two state-of-the-art sports facilities at Our Lady and St Chad Catholic Sports College and at a site adjacent to Aldersley High School.

Carers Rights Day Event 

23 Sep

Carers Suppport Wolverhampton are holding an event for carers on Friday 25th November, 10a.

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Looking Back plus special guests 

6 Dec

Looking Back are really pleased to be back in their home town of Wolverhampton to play a gig to promote their forthcoming CD and DVD.

Theatre Foyer Makeover 

6 Dec

The Foyer in the Theatre block is undergoing a transformation thanks to the hard work of some Nactivist Volunteers and the generosity of theatre goers who have sponsored carpet tiles.

RSC: Titus Andronicus 

30 Nov

The decay of Rome reaches violent depths in Shakespeare’s most bloody play.

RSC: Antony and Cleopatra 

30 Nov

Iqbal Khan directs Shakespeare’s tragedy of love and duty, picking up the story where Julius Caesar ends.

RSC: Julius Caesar 

30 Nov

Angus Jackson directs Shakespeare’s epic political tragedy, as the race to claim the empire spirals out of control.

NT Live: Twelfth Night 

30 Nov

Thursday 6th April – Estimated start time 7pm Tamsin Greig is Malvolia in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic comedy of mistaken identity.

NT Live: Hedda Gabler 

30 Nov

“I’ve no talent for life.

Exhibition: A Grand History of Panto 

30 Nov

An exhibition from The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton is now open, ideal for those visiting the city for ‘Aladdin’ – on stage from 10th December.


30 Nov

Lee Chandler is a brooding, irritable loner who works as a handyman for a Boston apartment block.


30 Nov

First there was opportunity, then there was betrayal.

A Monster Calls 

30 Nov

Based on the novel by Patrick Ness, a young boy seeks the help of a tree monster to cope with his mother’s terminal illness.

Bring Your Own Music Night – Fundraiser 

30 Nov

Join Light House in a celebration of music from the era of Trainspotting – 1996.


21 Nov

The latest film from Martin Scorsese.

Who am I? introduction to family history 

21 Nov

Penny Smith from Birmingham & Midland Society for Genealogy and Heraldry will lead this introductory course to get you started on this fascinating research process and give you the confidence to explore records to build the story of your family.

La La Land 

21 Nov

A jazz pianist (Ryan Gosling) falls for an aspiring actress (Emma Stone) in a must-see musical set in present day Los Angeles.

Live and Picking Xmas Special 

21 Nov

Live and Local band night featuring fresh young talent.

Half Term: BEginnings 

21 Nov

Helen and John present Beginnings Follow the antics of this wrinkly, mischievous creator as he struggles hilariously to create.


21 Nov

Directed by Clint Eastwood, Sully tells the story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the River Hudson in order to save the flight’s passengers and crew.

Half Term: Puppet Making Workshop 

21 Nov

Puppet Making Workshops 12pm: Pre-show family workshop for ages 4+ with an adult.

Mum’s List 

21 Nov

Based on the true best-selling book by St John Green.

The Birth of a Nation 

21 Nov

Nat Turner is a Southern literate slave and preacher in pre-Civil War USA, working for his financially strained owner, Samuel Turner.

Sculpting: tutored class (Monday) 

21 Nov

Monday tutored class starts 9th January 10am – 1pm six weeks Six sessions cost £48 or £8 per week.

Nocturnal Animals 

21 Nov


Sculpting: tutored class (Wednesday) 

21 Nov

Wednesday tutored class starts 11th January 10am – 1pm six weeks Six sessions cost £48 or £8 per week.

American Pastoral 

21 Nov

Based on the novel by Philip Roth.

NT Live: St Joan 

17 Nov

National Theatre Live presents Gemma Arterton as Joan of Arc, broadcast live from the Donmar Warehouse.

NT Live: Amadeus 

17 Nov


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