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The winners… 

21 Aug 15

Well done to Nathaniel, over 12's winner, (centre in stripes) and Luke, the under 12's winner, (to his right) of the Summer FIFA competition at the library.


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Bat Walk 

21 Aug 15

If you were thinking of going to the Warley Woods bat walk tonight and you haven't already booked, please be advised that it is fully subscribed.


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FIFA finals at Thimblemill 

21 Aug 15

There is great excitement at the library as the FIFA finals come to a head…


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Bread making for children… 

19 Aug 15

Water, salt, flour and a bit of yeast, that's all you need to make delicious bread.


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Cannabis factory busted in Beakes Road 

18 Aug 15

A message from Sgt.


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For those that didn’t get there… 

17 Aug 15

a superb little clip capturing the atmosphere of Balloons and Tunes… Thanks to Gurmej Badesha Untitled from Bob Piper on Vimeo .


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Some great pics from the Balloons & Toons event 

16 Aug 15

Pinched from Facebook, thanks to Richard Marshall and Vicky Hughes&#8230…


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Bullseye….!! 

14 Aug 15

Anyone for arrows? Have a Go Archery at Lightwoods Park Age restrictions: Unaccompanied: 14 years of age Accompanied by an adult: from 5 years upwards Further information call Julia: 0121 569 4740…


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This weekend…Balloons and Tunes 

13 Aug 15

Balloons and Tunes from Bob Piper on Vimeo .


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This looks like it’s going to be massive… 

11 Aug 15

A fair…tribute acts…and an awesome hot air balloon display (on the Saturday and Sunday…


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Bearwood Front Garden competion 

8 Aug 15

There have been an incredible 55 entries to the 2015 We Are Bearwood front garden competition.


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No bare walls in Bearwood! 

5 Aug 15

You'll always find some merchants of doom wondering around telling you that 'things ain't what they used to be'…but you can also find plenty of people who are trying to make things better too! Well, Ooops! Artisan Gallery …


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The music line up… 

5 Aug 15

For the Victoria Park hot air balloon festival….


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Looking for Bearwood’s Best Mum 

4 Aug 15

Khakhan Quereshi, who was the brains behind the Bearwood Bake-off, has now launched a competition to discover Bearwood’s best mum.


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B.U.D.S. in Sainsbury’s Oldbury 

1 Aug 15

Lots of Bearwood folk supported local charity organisation BUDS (Better Understanding of Dementia in Sandwell) in the vote to nominate a charity of the year from Sainsbury’s in Oldbury.


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Green Flag again… 

23 Jul 15

Warley Woods is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official.


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Food Festival returns to Bearwood 

21 Jul 15

The Bearwood Food Festival is coming back in September, with a special emphasis on traditional Black Country snap! After the resounding success of last year’s Bearwood Food Festival, organisers are planning another event on an even bigger scale, …


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Thimblemill FIFA champions league…players wanted 

20 Jul 15

Thimblemill Library is looking for two groups of children to play 12 games in the library champions league.


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Coming shortly… 

19 Jul 15

A date for your diary next month, Victoria Park in Smethwick are hosting a spectacular weekend between 14-16th August.


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An apple for the teacher 

18 Jul 15

When Abbey Ward Councillor Ann Jaron decided it was time to undo 40 years of bad swimming habits, she signed up for lessons with Sandwell Leisure Trust's Swim School.


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Team Up to Shake Up at Lightwoods Park…. 

16 Jul 15

This summer Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to inspire children to get active with the launch of the new, exciting 10 Minute Shake Up.


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Tomorrow… 

11 Jul 15

It's The Big Gig at Thimblemill Library….


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Well done Smethwick in a Stew 

7 Jul 15

Thanks to the good folk from Smethwick in a Stew who have volunteered to adopt the planters at the junction with Bearwood Road and Poplar Road.


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New shop proposed for Tesco store 

6 Jul 15

Planning permission has been submitted for new signage for a business to move in to the site of the former Tesco store on Bearwood Road.


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Thank you everyone… 

3 Jul 15

The Sainsbury's award…..


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If you’re shopping around… 

2 Jul 15

…on Saturday…


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Lightwoods shock 

1 Jul 15

Sandwell Council has today issued this statement: The council are really sorry to announce that the contractor, Fairhurst Ward Abbotts (FWA), carrying out restoration to Lightwoods House and Park has gone into administration.


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It’s on it’s way…. 

28 Jun 15

Birmingham…this morning! More pictures to follow this week…


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Vote for B.U.D.S.!!! 

17 Jun 15

Dementia is a tremendously debilitating disease which can seriously affect the daily lives of sufferers and place a real hardship on those who are carers It is predicted there will be around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia in 2015.


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The boy who became a beetle… 

17 Jun 15

The Young Producers, children from St Gregory's and Uplands Primary have spent the last year working on this production, and it is a bit special! Greg’s an ordinary boy, much like any other.


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About time too! 

12 Jun 15

Arise…Dame Julie is recognised at last! The Birmingham Mail on the Birthday Honours List…


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Sunday at Thimblemill… 

12 Jun 15

The fantastic Smethwick in a Stew have two tables here, why not pop along and give them your support…


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Buying…selling…or telling! 

9 Jun 15

Do you want to sell some of that clutter hanging around the house? That old exercise bike gathering dust… the juicer that you no longer use… the set of baby clothes than no longer fit your eight-year old? Or are you looking for a hose to …


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Now…this looks good! 

8 Jun 15

This Saturday at Thimblemill Library… with lemonade too…


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Doorstep survey 

8 Jun 15

From 8 June 2015, 1000 residents from across Sandwell will be visited on their doorstep and asked their opinions about the waste and cleansing service.


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Having a barbie? 

4 Jun 15

If the weather is as nice as they are predicting, and you're thinking of getting out into the garden, brushing the cobwebs off the barbie and doing a bit of outdoor cooking this weekend…why not drop in to your local Bearwood butcher, Dave …


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Now, here’s an enterprising idea…. 

3 Jun 15

How many times have you seen on Facebook someone crying out to borrow something that they either can't afford to buy, or want to try something out before committing themselves to a purchase? A heavy job in the garden could be made easier with a …


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Parisian Gypsy Jazz at the Silvershine 

25 May 15

This Thursday Gypsy Jazz comes to the Silvershine At Corks in Bearwood.


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More from Oops! 

23 May 15

Jacqui from Oops! Says… “We are an artisan gallery/gift shop selling high quality, quirky and interesting hand made items from carefully selected artists from all over the U.


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Opening today… 

23 May 15

A new Bearwood business, on Sandon Road, opposite T C Hayes&#8230…


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Introducing Julia 

15 May 15

Hello, My name is Julia Morris and I am the new Lightwoods Park and House Community Engagement Officer.


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Anyone for rounders? 

15 May 15

Rounders is back in Lightwoods Park this summer.


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Bearwood Front Garden Competition 

11 May 15

Following the fantastic success of the 2013 competition, local voluntary group We Are Bearwood has launched the second Front Gardens Competition.


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Don’t forget the bake-off 

9 May 15

Put your post-election blues behind you today… and do cake! The Bearwood Bake-off is taking place at Coffee Junction today, between 3-5pm.


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Abbey Ward election result 

8 May 15

The result has just been announce for the Abbey Ward seat on Sandwell Council.


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The result in Warley 

8 May 15

Buckman ( Green) 1465 Durnell (UKIP) 6237 Smith (Lib Dem) 805 Spellar (Labour) 22012 Williams (Con) 7310 John Spellar elected with a majority of 15,775…


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Not tonight, Josephine! 

7 May 15

If you are staying up late for the election programmes tonight the Warley result is expected to be declared sometime after 2am.


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Thank you to our party workers 

6 May 15

Whatever happens tomorrow, it has been a fantastic effort by members of Abbey Branch Labour Party in our campaign to re-elect Steve Eling on to the council, and John Spellar as our MP.


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Planning Inspector allows woodland destruction 

5 May 15

An inspector from the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate has upheld an appeal by a property developer to build 13 4-bed roomed luxury homes with double garages on the stretch of natural woodland on the Thimblemill Rec site.


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Get your glad rags on….. 

24 Apr 15

One of the problems with the row of shops being empty at the Hagley Road end of Bearwood, is the impact that has on the businesses of those traders who are trying to operate up there.


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Bulldozing local democracy 

23 Apr 15

As we wait for the Planning Inspectorate to deliver their decision on the Thimblemill Rec site, this makes interesting reading….


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The Green Man returns… 

21 Apr 15

When we asked people about improvements on Bearwood Road last Autumn, one of the points that a number of people raised was the difficulty, particularly for the elderly, in getting across the road safely.


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An Inspector calls…. 

21 Apr 15

The man from the Planning Inspectorate came along to Thimblemill Recreation Ground this morning to look at the site as part of the club's appeal against the council planning committee's decision to refuse permission for luxury homes to be …


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Wigorn latest 

16 Apr 15

The l atest information we have is that they have not been able to do a complete repair today and have to do some further surveying and a full repair at another date.


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Wigorn Road update 

16 Apr 15

Last night the Council's Highways Department closed a section of Wigorn Road near the ABC nursery for safety reasons after a large hole appeared in the road.


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Planning Inspector set to visit Thimblemill Rec site 

16 Apr 15

The developers who want to build 'luxury homes' on the woodland on the Thimblemill Recreation site have appealed against Sandwell Panning Committee's rejection of their planning application.


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Are you registered….? 

14 Apr 15

When the majority population of South Africa were given the right to vote, many of them queued up all night outside the polling stations to cast their vote.


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The Great Bearwood Bake-off is Back 

12 Apr 15

The Great Bearwood Bake Off Returns! After last year’s success, this independent community event returns to Bearwood for the Second Year.


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Tonight, at Thimblemill Library… 

11 Apr 15

…at 8.15pm, a classic&#8230…


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Interested in volunteering? 

10 Apr 15

Thimblemill library are offering work experience for volunteers.