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In memory of Luke Morton (30/11/92 – 7/8/2016) 

23 Sep 16

Luke Morton, who lived in Bearwood for all of his short life, tragically drowned in August off Mwnt beach in Wales where he had gone to observe the seals and dolphins.


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Solidarity with refugees In torchlit procession 

21 Sep 16

A torch-lit community procession in solidarity with refugees promoting hope, friendship and welcome, the Procession of Light will meet at the Fountain, walk through the woods and culminate at the Pavilion.


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Skate park consultation 

20 Sep 16

This weekend there is a consultation event for young people who want to contribute ideas for how the skate park in Lightwoods Park can be improved.


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They’ll pave paradise and put up a parking lot! 

19 Sep 16

So, after years of neglect and vandalism, it finally looks like the end for the once beautiful cottage on Sandon Road.


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Stunning scene over Warley Woods 

15 Sep 16

Even by Simon Lea’s exceptional standards…this is breathtakingly beautiful.


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Could you become a Friend of Thimblemill Brook? 

8 Sep 16

You can drive down Norman Road and hardly notice the Thimblemill Brook, but it is one of our lesser known local beauty spots and it is home to a wide variety of plant life and wildlife species.


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Caroline’s exhibition 

8 Sep 16

Bearwood’s renowned mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala currently has an exhibition of her work at Winterbourne House in Edgbaston.


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More on the Crafty Pantry… 

7 Sep 16

Two groups who have successfully organised some of Bearwood’s biggest and most loved events are joining forces next weekend (September 17th) to put on a Crafty Pantry Food Festiva l.


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No litter pick this weekend 

7 Sep 16

Unfortunately the litter pick of Thimblemill Brook this Saturday (10th) has had to be cancelled.


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Have you ever thought about fostering? 

2 Sep 16

Why not get some more information, at Thimblemill Library on 29th September, 6.30pm…


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Vote to support Warley Woods 

2 Sep 16

A few years ago Warley Woods finished runner up in a popular online vote to name the best green flag park in the UK.


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Zip wire run for charity 

31 Aug 16

Janice Stirrup, a mother of two and grandmother of one from Oldbury is to undertake an extreme and challenging sponsored zip wire run in aid of a local charity, Sandwell Young Carers.


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Sunrise in Bearwood… 

31 Aug 16

Another Simon Lea stunner…


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As one cafe closes… 

29 Aug 16

Just weeks after Bearwood lost the Coffee Junction cafe, we hear of another one planning to open.


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Simon nails it again 

25 Aug 16

Simon Lea’s Misty summer woods… Taken this morning up in the woods.


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No rounders tonight! 

24 Aug 16

A message from Julia Morris… Unfortunately Rounder’s at Lightwoods Park is cancelled for this evening but will be back on next week – hope to see you there…


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The restored bandstand 

12 Aug 16

In the summer sunshine….


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Work to start on Bear Junction next Monday 

9 Aug 16

An extensive programme of work is due to start on the Bearwood Road/Sandon Road/Three Shires Oak Road junction next Monday.


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Another Simon Lea cracker… 

7 Aug 16

A stray leaf…


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Bat walking….. 

2 Aug 16

At Thimblemill Library, this Thursday…


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OMG! Beautiful 

21 Jul 16

Another Simon Lea stunner…


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Major roadworks due at Bear junction 

20 Jul 16

Major improvements are coming to a busy junction in Bearwood as part of a £700,000 scheme.


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Bopping at the ‘mill 

18 Jul 16

Tonight…


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Breathtaking! 

16 Jul 16

Another absolute stunner from Simon Lea: “Between the shadows! With the sun popping out between clouds it led to patchy areas of sunlight in the woods.


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Meet the Bearwood Players 

14 Jul 16

…and try out the splendid Windsor too…


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Road closure planned 

12 Jul 16

Via Sandwell Highways…


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Charity Boot Camp 

8 Jul 16

It won’t be as big as last week’s picnic, but on Sunday, from 12.30pm There’s a charity boot camp in Warley Woods! We’re told they have had some fab donations for raffle prizes from local businesses.


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Fun in the sun 

4 Jul 16

The Warley Woods Picnic in the Park gets better every year, and yesterday thousands have a great day in the sun.


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Setting up and ready to go… 

3 Jul 16

All that is needed…is you! It’s looking good…


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Toe tapping and finger picking good! 

1 Jul 16

Saturday night at the ‘Mill you can get in the mood for the picnic with the fabulous Dynamix and Ukelele Union…


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That’s the spirit! 

22 Jun 16

Bearwood Action for Refugees’ 8 hour JAMATHON got Refugee Week off to a great start last Sunday at Thimblemill Library.


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Music at the picnic… 

22 Jun 16

Here’s the line up for the music stage at the picnic in Warley Woods, courtesy of the Bearwood Promoters…


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Jamathon…the schedule! 

16 Jun 16

The jam-packed JAMATHON schedule (subject to change) is as follows: 12.15 The Bearwood Bandits 12.45 The Birmingham Comedians Choir 12.55 David Benjamin Blower 13.35 FOLK JAM 14.05 Phil Lewis 14.40 CHILDREN’S JAM 15.10 Holly Thomas Band 15.50 JAZZ JAM 16.20…


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5 Broken Cameras 

4 Jun 16

“ An extraordinary work of both cinematic and political activism, 5 Broken Cameras is a deeply personal, first-hand account of non-violent resistance in Bil’in, a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements…


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Well done Wolfs 

1 Jun 16

I really like this.


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What’s happening at Lightwoods Park? 

29 May 16

When will the work be finished? What’s going to be done in Lightwoods House? Will there be lighting in the park? Are the paths going to be done? Get your questions answered….


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Half term footie coaching 

27 May 16

…and again, it’s free folks…


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The Amazing Adventures of Librararian Lil 

26 May 16

Get in quick, this is going to be big! Thursday 16th June, 6pm at Thimblemill Library Librarian Lil has worked in the library for forty-five years.


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Pop-up play in Lightwoods 

26 May 16

…and it’s free…


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Ola, this weekend at Thimblemill 

24 May 16

A little bit of Spain comes to Bearwood this weekend, with music, food, dance and more…


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Pram pushers…now on Wednesday 

23 May 16

Pram Pushers the outdoor post-natal exercise class for moms with pushchairs at Lightwoods Park will now take place on Wednesday mornings 10am till 11am, free to join in meet at the Galton Road entrance.


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Road closure 

16 May 16

Notice of Temporary Road Closure Rathbone Road, Smethwick In order to facilitate road works Rathbone Road will be closed on 23rd-26th May 2016 between Abbey Road and Hamilton Road.


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Jamathon 

13 May 16

Advance notice for those of you who recently enjoyed the excellent Bearwood Action for Refugees Refu-tea Party in aid of Syrian refugees…


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This sounds terrific… 

9 May 16

Promising a performance of classic Indian tales blended to a backdrop of contemporary hip-hop and Asian beats.


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Roll of honour 

6 May 16

Just a few words to say a massive thank you to those branch members (and three non-members) who worked during this election campaign to ensure Ann was elected with a record percentage of the vote, and achieved the highest turnout of any Ward in …


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Abbey Election result 

6 May 16

The election result for Abbey Ward is: Mike Allen (Green) 337 Richard Kemp (Tory) 396 Ann Jaron (Labour).


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Rounders returns… 

3 May 16

Roll roll up for the return of the highly popular… Rounder’s at Lightwoods Park, starting up again tomorrow.


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Don’t forget to vote! 

2 May 16

This Thursday is polling day.


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Another clock for Bearwood! 

21 Apr 16

The clock has returned to Lightwoods House! Lightwoods House took a step back in time last week as the turret clock returned to the front of the house fully restored and gilded.


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Folk, Blues and Americana at Thimblemill 

19 Apr 16

This Saturday, a special session, all the way from the USA, Josh Harty sings at the library.


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Wow!!! 

16 Apr 16

Simon Lea in the snow…


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Last chance to get your vote…. 

15 Apr 16

If you haven’t already registered to vote, you need to do it by Monday.


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Saturday night at the movies… 

8 Apr 16

Free Refreshments available or bring your own In the 1930’s the hotel is a popular European ski resort presided over by the concierge, Gustav H (Ralph Fiennes), Zero becomes Gustav’s friend and protege.


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Bearwood volunteers star in Smethwick Community Awards 

4 Apr 16

A number of Bearwood volunteers featured heavily in the recent Smethwick Community Awards celebrations, including our very own Julie McKirdy BEM who scooped the major award, The Outstanding Citizen Award, named after Bob Cohen, a Smethwick volunteer …


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Bearwood volunteers star in Smethwick Community Awards 

4 Apr 16

A number of Bearwood volunteers featured heavily in the recent Smethwick Community Awards celebrations, including our very own Julie McKirdy BEM who scooped the major award, The Outstanding Citizen Award, named after Bob Cohen, a Smethwick volunteer …


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Just 12 days to catch the circus experience! 

30 Mar 16

Get yourselves to Lightwoods Park between now and 10th April.


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Easter egg roll 

26 Mar 16

The Warley Woods Community Trust Easter Egg Roll, Painted Egg competition and Treasure Hunt are all taking place on Easter Monday, March 28th at the top of the meadow by the Upper St Mary’s/Barclay Road Road entrance from 10.30 am.


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Sandwell’s Got Young Talent! 

24 Mar 16

This year’s Sandwell’s Young people’s talent competition is being run in conjunction with Sandwell College.


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The circus is in town… 

22 Mar 16

Setting up today in Lightwoods Park…


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Another Simon stunner… 

14 Mar 16

Simon Lea captures Bearwood looking pretty in pink…