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Happy Birthday Hugh 

27 May

Nigel was a little reluctant to leave his beloved swans behind, but we had promised to spend the weekend with Hugh at his country bolt hole in Worcester for his birthday.

Voices and Choices 

26 May

MY COUNTRY Warwick Arts Centre, Coventry, Thursday 25 th May, 2017   This touring show from the National Theatre is described as a work in progress – largely because, I suspect, Brexit has yet to happen and the debate still rages on – this ...

Nigel’s Emotions Are Wrung Through The Mill ……. 

26 May

Nigel went to visit his beloved swans nest yesterday afternoon and got a the most horrendous shock …….

Time For Darrell To Return Home ….. 

25 May

Darrell’s stay in London with Hugh, his showbiz friend, bon viveur and style guru to the stars has been short and but very sweet, Eurovision, a spot of mooching and then homeward bound.

May Day is still marked 

24 May

Just read the article by Vanessa Scott in Bugle 1289 about the celebrating of May Day.

Eva was able to identify herself in photograph 

24 May

As outlined in my previous letter (on page 9 of last week's edition) on Easter Sunday 2017, Eva Wixon (nee Cox) returned to her childhood church, All Saints' in Sedgley, to attend Evensong.

Half-Decent Proposal 

24 May

THE WEDDING SINGER New Alexandra Theatre, Birmingham, Tuesday 23 rd May, 2017   There is a trend among theatre-makers to turn a mediocre film into a stage musical (eg Legally Blonde ) and this show sits firmly in that genre.

A Most Romantic Nursery School …… 

24 May

Just up the road from Hugh is a bilingual nursery called La Petite Ecole Bilingue, just how romantic is that? Darrell has been imagining who unbelievably cute it would be to pick Iris up from nursery and greet her in French, with something along the ...

Deaffest 2017 Music Video 

23 May

The FIRST ever music video that Deaffest has created by combining TWO incredibly talented Deaf professional artists from the UK and US – Chris Fonseca and Rosa Lee Timm! The NDCS’s children were inspired by these brilliant Deaf role models and ...

Back in Black 

23 May

THE WOMAN IN BLACK Grand Theatre, Wolverhampton, Monday 22 nd May, 2017   It’s unusual to have a long-running show in the West End (27 years and counting!)  that isn’t yet another musical or The Mousetrap .

Darrell Ventures Into Portobello Road Market 

23 May

While Hugh was out giving several radio interviews on Theresa May’s election wardrobe Darrell decided to have a mooch around Portobello Market, about a five minute walk from Hugh’s flat.


22 May

CD Review The Seventh Wave Scots band Skipinnish is looking to tap into the power of legend and folklore with their new album The Seventh Wave.

Book making with Ann Patterson 

22 May

Ann Patterson led a brilliant workshop on Saturday making simple books.

An Evening with Boycott & Aggers 

22 May

I took my Sister, Brother-in-Law and Nephew to The Grand Theatre in Wolverhampton to this event and what a great evening it was.

The U-Boat Offensive by V.E. Tarrant 

22 May

This is quote an academic book regarding one of the most vital conflicts of WWII.

Victoria Square 

22 May

  Victoria Square Two trolley buses pass the top of Fryer Street.

A Belated Eurovision 2017 

22 May

As you read this, Eurovision is well and truly over, but on the evening, in Notting Hill, Darrell and Hugh had a wonderful, wonderful night ……..

Lhasa, Tibet: Temples, Pilgrims & Palaces 

21 May

Lhasa kept giving me everything but the dizzying altitude had sent me sick, waking up with what felt like a hangover and a nosebleed I hadn't paid all that money to rest! Dosed up with a handful of un-named tablets and a bottle of oxygen I was set ...

Darrell Returns To London 

21 May

While Nigel and I were in Devon, Darrell travelled down to London for the first time in over a year, as he/we now tend to visit Hugh in his Worcester Cottage Bolt Hole, where he is a very different Hugh to the one we see in Notting Hill when he is ...

Photography meets textiles with Maggie Finney 

20 May

Examples of Maggie's textile work including the theme of space.

Historic Wednesfield events in new exhibitions 

20 May

WOLVERHAMPTON'S Library Service is working with members of Wednesfield History Society to commemorate two events which occurred in the village in the month of May.

Memento from when Billy Dainty opened church’s Xmas fair 

20 May

MORE THAN 30 years after he died, Billy Dainty remains one of the most popular entertainers from the Black Country.

Nigel Gets The Most Wonderful Surprise 

20 May

As soon as Nigel and I got home from Devon Cliffs the first thing he wanted to do was go down to the lock to check on his swans and their eggs ………..

Upwards and Onwards Or Vice Versa 

19 May

This morning it was time to bid a fond farewell to Devon Cliffs.

Young Deaffest Film Award | 2017 

18 May

Deaffest 2017 Light House Media Centre Saturday 13th May 2017 Best Young Deaffest Film SSL | Dir.

A Tiny Bit of Beach Respite for Nigel 

18 May

This morning we decided that we would get up bright and early to be the first in the queue for when the doors of campsite swimming pool opened.

Senior Cup was a major competition in the 1800s 

17 May

I don't have much information about George Kinsey, but wanted to add a note to the Wolves team photo that appeared in issue 1288.

Lhasa, Tibet: Like A Prayer… 

17 May

Refreshed from my train journey from Lanzhou I was ready to begin my Lhasa city tour.

Nigel’s Changing Role ……. 

17 May

Nigel’s role so far this holiday has been chief sandwich sandcastle maker, however, today Iris changed tack in her requests and wanted to be a mermaid on the beach …….

6th Film & TV Awards | 2017 

16 May

Deaffest 2017 Light House Media Centre Saturday 13th May 2017...

Deaffest 2017 News Release 

16 May

  A celebration of Deaffest’s 12th year and the return of the biennial Film & TV Awards Gala.

A Tour Round Our Bijouxesque Holiday Homestead. 

16 May

The best thing about our bijouxesque caravan is that we have a sea view from the lounge area …….

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Election campaigning has been suspended due to terrorist attack in Manchester 

23 May

All general election campaigning has been suspended due to the horrific terrorist attack in Manchester.


19 May

Women Against State Pension Inequality WASPI fights the injustice done to all women born in the 1950s affected by the changes to the state pension law (1995/2011 acts) riasing pension age for women from 60 to 68 and to achieve fair transitional ...

Don’t lose your right to vote 

13 May

Apply to register to vote https://www.

Resolution calling on the OVC to demonstrate its commitment to genuine consultation: 3rd of May 2017 

10 May

UCU Negotiating Committee calls on OVC to demonstrate its commitment to genuine consultation on the MARS document by: a) agreeing a schedule of meetings in May and June 2017 with UCU and UNISON representatives b) completing this schedule of ...

Resolutions passed unanimously: Mutually Agreed Resignation Scheme (MARS) & ‘The Wolverhampton Academic’ 

9 May

As you can see below, we are expecting a formal response by May 22nd to the following two resolutions; this is in addition to the expected response to the resolutions that we informed you about yesterday, regarding the consultation process relating ...

Newsletter November 2016 

3 May


UNISON/Fairtrade meeting 

1 May

all welcome...

Out of the Darkness 

29 Apr

Out of the Darkness - new exhibition at Wolverhampton Art Gallery .

Emma launches survey to seek your views on the priorities for our city after the general election 

28 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has launched an online survey seeking residents’ views on their priorities for our city.

Emma forced out on the campaign trail with newborn baby Theo 

25 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East has been forced out of maternity leave to campaign ahead of the snap election.

Emma Reynolds announces the arrival of baby Theo into the world 

20 Apr

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed baby Theo as a new addition to her family.

Emma issues Easter message to local churches and faith groups 

13 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has issued an Easter message in which she thanks Wolverhampton’s churches for the significant contribution they make to our city.

Emma Reynolds MP is supporting Parkinson’s Awareness Week 

12 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is promoting Parkinson’s Awareness Week, (this week 10-16 April).

Making a Will 

11 Apr

Anyone over 18 can make a will.

Emma Reynolds thanks people who responded to her recent housing survey 

10 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, recently surveyed her constituents’ views on housing.

TUC Midlands Region Annual Conference 

10 Apr

AGM report 25 February 2017...

Bereavement Support Service 

10 Apr

Wolverhampton City Council with partners such as the Hospitals Trust runs an excellent accessible Bereavement Centre from the ground floor of the Civic Centre, next to the Registrar for Births, Deaths and Marriages.

JSA or ESA? 

10 Apr

Some of our service users have been asking what the point is of being on ESA in the Work Related Activity Group (WRAG), now that the benefit has been cut, and you get the same money as you would on JSA.

Emma sends her best wishes to the Sikh community ahead of Vaisakhi celebrations 

7 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has sent a message to those attending the Vaisakhi celebrations and the procession from the Well Lane Gurdwara in Wednesfield in her constituency to the Willenhall Gurdwara on Sunday 9 April.

Emma Reynolds MP backs the Great Get Together to honor the memory of Jo Cox 

5 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, is encouraging communities in Wolverhampton to take part in ‘The Great Get Together.

Emma backs Carbon Monoxide Be-Alarmed! campaign to install detectors in every home 

3 Apr

Emma Reynolds, Labour Member of Parliament for Wolverhampton North East, wishes to raise awareness of the dangers of carbon monoxide.

Emma is urging people to be part of Residents’ Week which is aimed at people getting the most out of living and working in Wolverhampton 

31 Mar

Emma Reynolds, MP for Wolverhampton North East is supporting Residents’ Week here in Wolverhampton which is a series of events to promote the many benefits of living, and working, here in the city of Wolverhampton.

Emma Reynolds MP marks ovarian cancer awareness month 

30 Mar

Emma Reynolds, Labour MP for Wolverhampton North East, has welcomed the work done by ovarian cancer charities during ovarian cancer awareness month.

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.

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Micah P. Hinson and the Holy Strangers 

26 May

Future Perfect presents Micah P.

The Royal Opera: Rigoletto 

26 May

The corruption of innocence is at the heart of Verdi’s potent tragedy in David McVicar’s production for The Royal Opera.

The Royal Ballet: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland 

26 May

Credit: Johan Persson / Royal Opera House / ArenaPAL At a garden party on a sunny afternoon, Alice is surprised to see her parents’ friend Lewis Carroll transform into a white rabbit.

The Royal Opera: La Boheme 

26 May

When Rodolfo, a penniless poet, meets Mimì, a seamstress, they fall instantly in love.

The Royal Opera: The Magic Flute 

26 May

Die Zauberflote by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Mozart’s glorious opera The Magic Flute is brought enchantingly to life in David McVicar’s production with beautiful sets by John Macfarlane.


26 May

Churchill – Publicity Productions Still © Salon Churchill Ltd The biographical drama about Sir Winston Churchill in the days immediately before the D-Day Landings.

Fire at Sea 

26 May

As part of activities around Refugee Week, and presented by Amnesty International Wolverhampton.


26 May

Widow Emily Walters (Diane Keaton) lives beside the picturesque Hampstead Heath.

My Cousin Rachel 

26 May

A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian.

Wonder Woman 

26 May

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, Princess of the Amazon and a trained warrior.

My Life as a Courgette 

26 May

My Life as a Courgette Nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature.

The Levelling 

26 May

Ellie Kendrick as Clover Set during the aftermath of the Somerset floods.

It was 50 years ago… The Beatles Sgt Pepper and Beyond 

25 May

On 1st June 1967, The Beatles released their ground-breaking studio album… Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The Smiths: My Story – An Evening with Mike Joyce 

25 May

A rare chance to hear the story of Mike Joyce, drummer of legendary band The Smiths, on his first visit to Light House.

John le Carre – An Evening with George Smiley 

24 May

Credit Nadav Kandar John le Carré AN EVENING WITH GEORGE SMILEY In aid of Médecins Sans Frontières / Doctors without Borders (MSF) Tickets £12/£11 Call 01902 716 055 or click the blue link on the right for online booking.

The Handmaiden 

24 May

Sook-hee the orphaned daughter of a thief and master pickpocket becomes a handmaiden for the beautiful but seclusive Hideko who lives with her domineering uncle.

Lucy Spraggan 

18 May

For Lucy Spraggan, 2017 has already been a year to remember.

University of Wolverhampton Media Awards 2017 

17 May

An Artsfest Event 19 June 2017 – 19 June 2017, 2pm UoW Media Awards recognize journalistic talent.


17 May

An Artsfest Event She – Open Dress Rehearsal A restaurant.

Pulp Function 

17 May

An Artsfest Event From Winehouse to Mars, The Supremes and Beyoncé, live covers band Pulp Function take you on a journey through the last 50 years of popular music.

The Holy Family Album: The Vision of Angela Carter 

17 May

An Artsfest Event The Holy Family Album: the Vision of Angela Carter’ celebrates the life, work, visual imagination and influences of Angela Carter twenty five years after her death.


15 May

Set in a TV studio cooking show, Chokolatul is an interactive theatre show about a bittersweet relationship to hot chocolate.

Artsfest: In Flux – Excavate 

15 May

“The first lie of a map is that it is the truth” In Flux is a provocative, witty and enlightening performance performed by a cast from England, Turkey, Syria and Iran, that throws new light on the issue of asylum and migration from the Middle ...

Love, Life, Laughter Comedy Night 

15 May

Comedy night featuring Mo, Aurie Styla, Axel and Road Man.


9 May

Saltflat Neal Cook was the singer/songwriter in 80’s indie/jangle rock band “The Wild Flowers”.

The Met Opera 

4 May

This autumn we welcome back, by popular demand, the full season from The Met Opera.

The Hippopotamus 

3 May

Based on the best-selling comedy novel by Stephen Fry.

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