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At Bearwood Handmade… 

22 Nov 14

There are 'crafty people'….


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An evening of Jazz standards and new music… 

21 Nov 14

Tomorrow night, after you put your feet up from visiting the craft fairs, why not take in a bit of laid back, relaxing music……


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Having a crafty weekend 

20 Nov 14

For those of you who delight in craft fairs, this Saturday is nirvana for you in Bearwood.


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Thimblemill Brook/Sandwell Stride Walk 

17 Nov 14

There is a Sandwell Stride Health Walk on Wednesday 19th November commencing at 10 a.


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Temporary road closure 16th November 

13 Nov 14

In order to allow works to improve the Galton Road/Hagley Road West junction , a road closure will be in place on Galton Road and a right turn ban in place for vehicles wishing to turn right into Galton Road from Hagley Road West on Sunday 16 th …


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Party Time 

11 Nov 14

This Saturday is the WINTER PARTY at Webbs Walled Garden on Three Shires Oak Road.


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Bonfire night in the park… 

7 Nov 14

If the last two years are anything to go by, this promises to be a pretty good night… and it's free too…


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You wouldn’t want to miss it… 

6 Nov 14

Tonight, at Corks in Bearwood, Silvershine Jazz present… the legend that is Steve Ajao…


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Blues Giants at the Silvershine 

1 Nov 14

Anyone who saw Steve Ajao and his Blues Giants at Thimblemill Library during the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival a few months ago will want to be at The Silvershine Jazz Club at Corks next Thursday.


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First World War exhibition 

31 Oct 14

There is an exhibition commemorating the 1st World War tomorrow between 10am and 3pm and again next Saturday at St Mary's Church Hall.


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You’ve only got until 4pm…. 

25 Oct 14

…to visit Bearwood's first food festival, and the way things are going you may need to get there before then, because at midday it was getting pretty packed.


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Storytime at Thimblemill 

24 Oct 14

This is a spin off from the sell out event Tell me on a Sunday that ran for 3 years at the Ikon gallery in Birmingham.


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Lightwoods Park update 

23 Oct 14

There has been a lot of speculation about what will be happening in Lightwoods Park, what elements are due to close, and when.


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From tiny acorns… 

20 Oct 14

…mighty oak trees grow! The Farmers' Market in Moseley, voted one of the best in the country, grew out of local residents getting together and organising it themselves.


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Support your local traders 

17 Oct 14

Here at the Bearwood Blog we like food fairs and farmers' markets, and only recently praised the splendid Leamington Spa Food Fair , saying we could do something like that in Bearwood.


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Light..Woooooo..ds!!!! 

14 Oct 14

Recently Dudley Castle has hit the national headlines with a visitor taking a picture of the castle's notorious 'Grey Lady'.


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In good company… 

11 Oct 14

Well, what do you know, The Telegraph (not our normal daily read) has published a feature about Britain's Best Councils .


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Work due to start on danger junction 

8 Oct 14

“ Road works due to start on the Hagley Road ” is probably not the headline most drivers want to read at the moment, given the months of delays caused by the reconfiguration of the Kings Head junction, and the seemingly endless issues …


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Some great photos from the Bearwood Jam… 

3 Oct 14

Photos edited by Donston Taylor-Powell Rewind Live Sessions via Tom Naylor's Facebook Page, where you can see loads more…


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Calling all budding thespians… 

3 Oct 14

This is available to any budding actors or actresses over the age of 12, and it is a wonderful opportunity to take place in a workshop with talented professional performers.


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Stay fit and healthy… 

29 Sep 14

and have fun at Thimblemill Library! …and Slimming World follows straight after at 7.30pm…


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Planning Committee reject Thimblemill Rec plans 

23 Sep 14

Sandwell Council's planning committee this evening voted to reject plans to build luxury homes on the land alongside Thimblemill pool.


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Thimblemill Rec. proposal going to Planning on Wednesday 

22 Sep 14

Plans to chop down the woodland on the Thimblemill Recreation ground to clear the way for building 13 luxury homes will go to Sandwell Council's planning committee on Wednesday.


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Magical… 

18 Sep 14

For all those who think Harborne is nirvana… via the brilliant Simon Lea…


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Lots of great ideas… 

17 Sep 14

Lots of people, with lots of good ideas for Bearwood Road improvements this evening.


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Drop-in…. 

17 Sep 14

Tonight, between 6pm and 8pm there is a drop-in session to give you an opportunity to take a look at some draft plans for improvements along Bearwood Road It isn't a 'meeting' in the sense that you turn up, sit quietly during a …


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Bearwood Road improvements 

12 Sep 14

Over the next few weeks we will be consulting on some proposals for improvements along the length of Bearwood Road.


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Vote for the People’s Park! 

12 Sep 14

Around 1902 William Henry Jones, owner of factories and quarries, bought Warley Abbey and the estate.


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Jammin’ 

9 Sep 14

On Sunday 14 th September the free Bearwood jam event will take place at Lightwoods Park skate park from 10.00am – 4.30pm.


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Luvvely grub – we could do this! 

6 Sep 14

The Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival is a terrific example of something we could consider in Lightwoods Park, particularly in front of Lightwoods House when it has been restored.


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Vote for Sandwell Women’s Aid! 

4 Sep 14

Sandwell Women's Aid have for the last 25 years offered refuge, support and counselling to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.


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This Sunday… Dog Day Afternoon! 

4 Sep 14

Warley Woods Community Trust are holding their Annual All About Dogs day on Sunday 7th September between 11am and 4pm.


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Thimblemill Rec. decision delayed again 

1 Sep 14

The planning hearing over the proposal to build houses on the wooded area on the Thimblemill Recreation Ground has been put back again and will now take place on Wednesday 24th September at 5pm.


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Community Group launch 

29 Aug 14

The We Are Bearwood community group are holding a public launch of their new website tomorrow afternoon (Saturday).


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Lightwoods project set for January start 

28 Aug 14

The Lightwoods Park and House Project Board have confirmed that work is expected to start in the January.


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Youth training opportunity with the Albion Foundation 

27 Aug 14

The Albion Foundation has teamed up with Barclay’s and the Premier League to offer a great opportunity to young adults aged between 16-24 years , who are not in education, training or employment above 16 hours per week.


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TREC Open Days – genuine openness…or a cynical ploy? 

25 Aug 14

The Committee at TREC, or the Thimblemill Recreation Entertainment Centre (formerly the GKN Social Club) are having two Open Days to show the local community the amenities on offer, and to try to recruit new members.


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Moseley Road swimming baths ‘Terracotta Army’ 

21 Aug 14

I love this.


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Don’t get caught out… 

20 Aug 14

Trading Standards have advised people to remain vigilant after they were notified of a scam operating in the Great Barr area.


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The Jumble Trail 

19 Aug 14

This Saturday (23rd) the Jumble Trail comes to Bearwood .


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Polling Station changes 

18 Aug 14

There are a couple of changes to polling stations in Abbey Ward for this Thursday's Police and Crime Commissioner elections, which have been bought following the unexpected death of the previous Commissioner, Bob Jones.


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On the radio…. 

13 Aug 14

Bearwood Traders have gone all hi-tech with a new digital radio service that will link up businesses and alert traders of issues in our shopping centre.


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At last… 

12 Aug 14

The Thimblemill site has been secured, ready for demolition.


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Mark your valuables… 

12 Aug 14

There have been a spate of burglaries, particularly from garden sheds, in Abbey Ward over the last few months.


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Consultation on Bearwood Road improvements 

8 Aug 14

The Abbey Ward councillors will holding a consultation in September on a set of proposals aimed at brightening up Bearwood Road and dealing with some of the issues that have been raised with us in recent years.


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Warley Woods Volunteer social drop-in 

8 Aug 14

Have you heard of the Warley Woods volunteers and wondered exactly what it is they do? Do you want to find out a bit more? Tomorrow (Saturday) between 10.30 and 12.30 there's a volunteer drop-in session for new and existing volunteers, where you …


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Demolition notice issued 

6 Aug 14

Following on from yesterday's post which appears to have generated more heat than light in some quarters, I can now confirm that a demolition contractor has today issued a demolition notice on The Thimblemill, and work will commence as soon as …


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Having a Bearwood Summer Jumble Trail…. 

5 Aug 14

Having a what???? A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street, communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever.


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Councillors demand action over vacant pub site 

4 Aug 14

Abbey Ward councillors are demanding enforcement action over the shocking state of the former Thimblemill pub site.


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Bake-off contestants of the future… 

2 Aug 14

…get baking…


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Everyone likes a fireman…. 

31 Jul 14

…and here's your chance to see loads of them…


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PCSOs on Twitter 

29 Jul 14

For those of you who use the world of Twitter, you can now follow Bearwood's Police and Crime Support Officers (PCSOs) via @AbbeyWMP It's not an appropriate place to report crime, but useful if you want to see what Officers/PCSO's are …


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Sunrise sunbeam 

27 Jul 14

Simon Lea's latest stunning picture of a Warley Woods sunrise……


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‘Sprint’ planned for Bearwood 

25 Jul 14

Plans have been revealed for a new bus-based rapid transit system in to Birmingham, with Bearwood as one of the stops on the route.


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Advanced talks to bring the Kings Head clock back home 

24 Jul 14

As the traffic works are finished on Hagley Road, and the building workers prepare to decant their site offices from the area around the junction, our thoughts turn to what we do with that area when they are gone.


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Woodland planning application deferred 

23 Jul 14

The planning application to build houses on the small wood in Thimblemill Road has been deferred by planning committee until early September.


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Two by two…. 

23 Jul 14

At the Picnic in the Woods a couple of weeks ago the Abbey Churches Together had a stall and many children made clay animals for a Noah's Ark.


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Theatre in the Park 

22 Jul 14

Tickets for Theatre in Warley Woods are now on sale.


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Blues at the Library 

20 Jul 14

Fantastic night of blues at Thimblemill Library last night as part of the Jazz and Blues Festival.


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Temporary lights Lightwoods Hill/Adkins Lane 

18 Jul 14

Highways will be starting drainage diversion works along Lightwoods Hill / Adkins Lane and Bishopton Road on Monday 21st July / Tuesday 22nd July in advance of the Lightwoods Park and House Restoration contract works.