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Our Most Favourite Flag 

17 Jul

Naturally the Union Jack (Flag) is our most favourite flag of a national type nature …… …….


New Designers 2018 

16 Jul

The Visual Communication Department at the University of Wolverhampton exhibited at New Designers, Show Two; the annual showcase of the best new talent from graduating students.


The Truth Will Always Out 

16 Jul

We are still a little taken aback by the palatial holiday apartment we have been given at our hotel complex ……..


Best Holiday Must Have Ever…….. 

15 Jul

Well, I think we have Nigel to thank for our best holiday must have ever this year.


New sponsorship from Carvers Building Supplies 

14 Jul

Light House is delighted to announce our latest sponsor – a familiar name in the city: Carvers Building Supplies.


Sea Legs Required. 

14 Jul

Last night we decided to go for an evening meal at Kalidon, the floating restaurant on the quay that Darrell has had his eye on since we arrived.


Tigley Textiles 

13 Jul

Enchanting embroideries along the coastal path Our July 2018 lecture was a visit from Julie Brand of Tigley Textiles.


We Do Love A Greek Church 

13 Jul

As you know, we love a Greek church and as such we have been checking each day to see if the church we spotted in the middle of Elounda is open so that we could have a little peek inside and then light a candle, a long held Greek odyssey tradition...


A Bit Of Sculptural Culture In Agios Nikolaos 

12 Jul

We think we must have done a big circle round Agios Nikolaos during our day there, until our feet got the better of us and we could walk no further.


Nigel Finds A Greek Treasure 

11 Jul

I have to say that Nigel has quite an art for finding the quaint and quirky of a Greek café type nature.


The Tank War by Mark Urban 

10 Jul

This is a book I read whilst holidaying on Normandy recently and a good read it is too.


Exploring Agios Nikolaos 

10 Jul

As there were a few storm clouds over Elounda we decided to leave “our” beach for a short getting a taxi to explore the pleasures of Agios Nikilaos round the bay……..


Be the Inspiration in 2018-2019 

9 Jul

District Governor Ashley Gray joins us at this evenings meeting to share Rotary International President Barry Rassin’s theme for the new 2018-19 year - Be the Inspiration.


The Elephants In The Room 

9 Jul

The covers on the sofa/beds in our holiday apartment lounge area have a very definite African theme to them, which Darrell says must be a current, de rigueur, must have in Greece ……… …… but to be honest I just can’t see it, Greece is just...


Home Thoughts From Abroad 

8 Jul

I couldn’t help noticing that sometimes Darrell drifts off into his own little world when gazing far across unbelievably blue sea to the mountains.


Crete Brings About A Change In An Almost Implacable Holiday Habit ……. 

7 Jul

Partaking in a pre and apres dinner cocktail has always been very much part of our holidays of a foreign type nature …….


Nigel, Found Without ……. 

6 Jul

I have a sort of feeling that this is going to be a holidays of swings and roundabouts as regards to our fortunes ……….


Nottingham Film Festival 2018 Update 

5 Jul

We asked you to vote for our videos a while ago and while I Believe didn’t get through to the final round, we’re delighted to share that the Deaffest 2017 promo has gotten through to the final round for Best Advert/Trailer at the Hothouse ...


We’ve Got Wings ………. 

5 Jul

I have to admit that when we arrived at our hotel at stupid o’clock this morning, we were all totally incapable of taking anything in, we just went into what we thought was “the bedroom” and collapsed on either one of the twin beds.


And So …… Our Crete Odyssey Begins 

4 Jul

The eagles have landed …….


A Wolverhampton Development Of A Bus Type Nature ….. 

3 Jul

We’re staying with Lu for a couple of days before we jet off to the hotter climes of Crete as her house is very convenient for the airport and while we are here , well, Nigel just couldn’t resist a trip into Wolverhampton on the bus to see what...


Look Out Romantic Island Of Crete, Here We Come …….. Well Almost 

2 Jul

Passports – check, EHIC cards – check, an ample sufficiency of euros and a few pounds for emergencies and the airport – check ……… ……..


The Times They Are A-changing 

1 Jul

Well, after much planning and the poring over of plans, Darrell and Nigel’s room has been emptied ……… …… and The Towers is now full of the carcasses of new drawer units, cupboard and shelves and all the other paraphernalia that goes with ...


An Art Installation ….. Or Something Missed By The Bin Men 

30 Jun

As you know Nigel had a habit of finding things on his daily meanderings…….


Beyond The City Walls… Datong, China! 

29 Jun

Fresh from the Yungang Grottoes, things kept on moving during my second day in Datong, China! The weather in Beijing was bleak but Datong served nothing but sunny skies and warm temperatures, I was in the right place! Still expecting to see four more...


A Late Addition To Our HoliBob Packing …….. 

29 Jun

I thought we were almost packed for our Cretan Odyssey ……..


Nikki Stratton’s Day Out at the Royal Windsor Cup 2018 

28 Jun

Sunday 24th June 2018 has been an absolutely wonderful day for Deaffest’s Co-Founder and Co-Director Nikki Stratton, who attended the Royal Windsor Cup 2018.


And There Was Light ……. 

28 Jun

I have to admit that there have been a few dark days Chez Le Towers of late ……..


Light House Nominated in WIRE Awards 2018 

27 Jun

We’ve been nominated! Light House is so pleased to announced that we’ve been nominated as a Community Contributor of the Year in the Wolverhampton Independent Retail Excellence (WIRE) Awards.


Do Not Block The Entrance 

27 Jun

The temporary duck pond that tickled Nigel so much the other day is now drying up …… However, this is no bad thing, it had caused the little fella no end of worry knowing how many huge lorries must have passed over it each day.


Mission: Impossible – Fallout 

26 Jun

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission has gone wrong.


Swings And Roundabouts Of A Confectionary Type Nature …….. 

26 Jun

With great sadness our Evesham confectionary emporium of choice, Mr Chills, is no longer ………………… However, all is not lost ………..


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Emma celebrates annual Black Country Day 

16 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, celebrated Black Country Day this weekend.


Emma visits Wolverhampton Festival of Food and Drink which sees attendance increase to over 25,000 

13 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, visited the City of Wolverhampton Festival of Food and Drink which was attended by over 25,000 – up by almost 7,000 people on the inaugural event last year.


Emma congratulates all the volunteers involved in Wednesfield in Bloom 2018 

13 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, visited Wednesfield to support Wednesfield in Bloom during the day that Heart of England in Bloom judges were there.


Emma visits Wednesfield in Bloom to congratulate the many volunteers involved 

10 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has visited Wednesfield to see this year’s display and to meet with volunteers.


Emma celebrates 70th anniversary of NHS and criticises Tory government’s record of failure 

5 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the NHS on Thursday 5 July.


Emma visited Wednesfield High School and Corpus Christi Primary School 

3 Jul

Last week Emma visited two schools in her constituency.


Emma welcome Anil Sharma from Leonard Cheshire to his week of work experience 

2 Jul

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for  Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed local resident, Anil Sharma, who is carrying out work experience with his local MP.


Emma is supporting Armed Forces Day this Saturday and encouraging others to do so 

29 Jun

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East wants people to help commemorate Armed Forces Day.


UCU REPS SUMMER ROTA 2018 

28 Jun

2/7 W.


Taxi drivers’ protest 

28 Jun

Wolverhampton disruption expected as taxi drivers protest WHAT: Taxi drivers to protest at Wolverhampton council over Uber licensing WHERE: Civic Centre, North Street, Wolverhampton, WV1 1RD WHEN: Thursday 28 June 12:00 – 14:00 Taxi drivers from ...


Emma urges government to end business uncertainty over Brexit 

27 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has called on the government to provide clarity over its Brexit plans to end the damaging uncertainty being caused to businesses in Wolverhampton across the UK.


Emma votes against Heathrow expansion after government admits it will mean fewer flights from Birmingham 

26 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has voted against government plans to expand Heathrow after the Transport Secretary admitted – and the government’s own figures showed – that there will be fewer flights to Birmingham ...


Emma attends Wolverhampton exhibition as part of Windrush Day celebrations 

22 Jun

On the occasion of Windrush Day, Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East attended the Windrush 70 exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of the HMT Empire Windrush at Tilbury Docks – ...


Emma questions Minister over the costs of what is termed affordable rents 

19 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has questioned the government over affordable rents and the lack of affordable social housing.


Emma is hosting the Jo Cox ‘Great Get Together’ Friday, 22 June, 3 – 5pm 

19 Jun

On Friday, 22 June, Emma is urging the community to come together to celebrate the life of Jo Cox by attending her ‘Great Get Together Tea Party’ she is holding at her constituency office.


Emma supports ‘Go Run For Fun’ Great School Run encouraging primary school children to take up sport 

15 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, went along to celebrate the collective achievements of pupils from across the city who were taking part in ‘Go Run For Free’.


Emma sends her best wishes to those celebrating Eid al-Fitr 

14 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has sent her best wishes to Muslims across the world marking the end of Ramadan.


Emma is supporting Cervical Cancer Awareness Week and urges women to take the test 

14 Jun

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, is supporting Cervical Screening Awareness Week and urges more women to attend the potentially life-saving test.


Emma’s statement on the passage of the EU Withdrawal Bill 

12 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has today issued a statement ahead of the coming votes on the EU Withdrawal Bill.


Emma is celebrating Carers’ Week and encouraging people to find out more about being a carer 

12 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East is encouraging local people and groups to celebrate the role of carers during Carers’ Week which runs from 11-17 June 2018.


Emma signs Book of Remembrance to commemorate the thousands of members of the Sikh faith who lost their lives 

8 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has signed a book of remembrance in the House of Commons to commemorate the thousands of members of the Sikh faith who lost their lives in the Golden Temple Massacre in 1984.


Emma questions the government on the number of women affected by the breast screening reminder failure 

7 Jun

In May the government announced that due to a technical issue dating back to 2009 which was only identified this year some women in England were denied the last of their invitations for breast cancer screening.


Emma saddened at the news House of Frazer is to close its iconic Wolverhampton Store 

7 Jun

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East has today said how saddened she is by the news that House of Frazer will close its store in Wolverhampton.


Emma celebrates National Bookstart Week promoting the importance of reading 

5 Jun

Emma Reynolds, labour MP for Wolverhampton North East is urging people to celebrate National Bookstart Week.


Emma disappointed by Channel 4 decision not to locate new creative hub in Wolverhampton 

5 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has expressed disappointment after the broadcaster Channel 4 rejected a bid from Wolverhampton to be the home of one of two new creative hubs.


Emma urges people to get behind the Great Get Together in memory of Jo Cox 

1 Jun

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East will be hosting an event at her constituency office on Friday 22 June 2018 as part of the ‘Great Get Together’ to celebrate the life of Jo Cox.


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.


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Eden Support presents a Summer Double Feature with The Discoverers and Take a Bow Drama groups.


Howling Wolves 

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Join Howling Wolves the Community Chir for their annual summer concert, bringing you a special night of unforgettable voice and harmonies.


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11 Jul

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Dinosaur Den 

9 Jul

Join us this summer for a dino-tastic morning of dinosaur crafts, fossil making, fun facts, story-telling at Newhampton Arts Centre.


Peter Pan Workshop by Stagecoach 

5 Jul

Children and teenagers can make friends, have fun and develop some great new skills these summer drama clubs run by Stagecoach.


Shine a Light On 

5 Jul

International Exchange with Central Youth Theatre ran by Central youth Theatre.


Rock School Music Workshop 

5 Jul

This is a music workshop run by RML that is open to all Wolverhampton students, giving them the chance to learn instruments and play live in the end of workshop performance.


Aspire for Excellence 

5 Jul

Aspire for Excellence’s summer play scheme will keep your children busy and safe during working hours.


Innovations Dance 

3 Jul

Thursdays – Studio 3 Ages 16-23 Street 6-7pm Contemporary 7-8pm Pay as you go £5 a class or £8 for both sessions...


SOUND OF THE SIRENS 

29 Jun

SOUND OF THE SIRENS   Exeter-based duo Abbe Martin and Hannah Wood dovetail beautifully on their debut album For All Our Sins which was released in 2017 to wide praise including from R2 Magazine who called it a “stunning debut collection”.


Glenn Wool: Wool’s Gold II (The Iron Pirate) 

28 Jun

Comfortably in his forties, award-winning comedian & new dad Wool delves into his back catalogue of material spanning 25 years to perform some of his more subversive routines.


Light House Nominated in WIRE Awards 2018 

27 Jun

We’ve been nominated! Light House is so pleased to announced that we’ve been nominated as a Community Contributor of the Year in the Wolverhampton Independent Retail Excellence (WIRE) Awards.


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26 Jun

Ethan Hunt and his IMF team, along with some familiar allies, race against time after a mission has gone wrong.


Paint the Day Artists Exhibit 

26 Jun

On Saturday 23rd June, around 60 artists went out to Wolverhampton City Centre and Whitmore Reans to paint the wonders of the area on the lovely summer’s day.


Alien 

25 Jun

As part of this year’s Scifest, Light House is bringing you Ridley Scott’s classic film Alien.


Easy Like Sunday 

12 Jun

Before our afternoon subtitled screnings of Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! (2.15pm) & Peter Rabbit (2.30pm) there will be community singing of Easy favourites in the courtyard, from The Carpenters to Neil Diamond, in the style of our mistletoe and mulled...


Sing Along La La Land 

12 Jun

Join us for a singalong version of the smash hit musical starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone.


Scifest 

12 Jun

The University of Wolverhampton presents an all age celebration of science, tech, engineering and maths plus performances, music and stand up at venues across the city.


Buskin’ For Parkinson’s Festival 

12 Jun

Courtyard Stage Black Country Radio’s Omma N Chain Show presents a special event featuring Billy Spakemon (Dr Brian Dakin).


ACTive Drama & Dance School Week 

12 Jun

ACTive Drama & Dance School Week by NAC Summer workshops by ACTs acting school are set to give your children creative fun in one explosive week.


The Greatest Shows This is Me 

11 Jun

Star-Struck Theatre Company presents a night of music from the very best of stage and screen.


Mary Shelley 

10 Jun

The love affair between poet Percy Shelley 18 year-old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley creating the classic novel ‘Frankenstein’.


Thomas, Big World! Big Adventures! 

10 Jun

Thomas leaves Sodor to fulfil his dream of seeing the world.


Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again! 

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