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Half term football coaching in Lightwoods 

11 Feb 16

Free football coaching is back at Lightwoods this half term.


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Having your steak and eating it… 

11 Feb 16

For those thinking of cooking your partner a Valentine’s meal, Bearwood’s Dave Patrick butchers have got a special offer on… Dave Patrick Butchers Valentines Offer British Fillet Steak £17.00per Kg LESS than half price This Valentines weekend only…


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Doing the street surgery… 

6 Feb 16

Sodden Abbey Ward councillors (no pun intended, honestly) out in the pouring rain this morning to do our latest street surgery.


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It’s on tomorrow…shake off those Xmas pounds! 

30 Jan 16

If you would like to get a little fitter this year and don’t think of yourself as much of a jogger then the Community Jogging Sessions at Lightwoods Park are a good place to start.


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Sandwell marks Holocaust Memorial Day 

20 Jan 16

The Mayor of Sandwell will be leading a Holocaust Memorial service on Sunday 24 January.


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Shake a leg at the Warley Woods disco 

20 Jan 16

If you’re going to Thimblemill Rec, be sure to wear some flowers in your hair…at the Warley Woods 60’s and 70’s disco (loon pants and platform heels not obligatory…


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Rooms for hire… 

18 Jan 16

Evening classes, slimming clubs, dance sessions…


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Another Simon Lea special… 

17 Jan 16

Snowy, frost, woods…


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Personal alarms 

31 Dec 15

Abbey Ward councillors, using a small fund called the local area budget, have purchased 50 personal attack alarms which the police will be allocating to women who feel vulnerable when walking the streets alone.


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Simon Lea calendars… 

22 Dec 15

Warley Wood Community Trust and Webbs Walled Garden have both obtained a small number of the wonderful Warley Woods 2016 calendars consisting of 12 of Simon Lea’s terrific photographs of the Woods through the seasons.


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Merry Christmas & Lightwoods News 

21 Dec 15

Slate messages for the roof, and news of the post-celebration plod-a-thon in Lightwoods…You can download the newsletter from project co-ordinator, Julia here…


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Great Bearwood support for Syrian refugees 

18 Dec 15

Prompted by the success of their first appeal in September for items to help Syrian refugees stranded in Calais, local residents were keen their Christmas appeal would go some way to help children affected by the refugee crisis.


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It’s open! 

18 Dec 15

Some children from Abbey School were given special dispensation this morning to try out the new children’s play area in Lightwoods Park when it opened.


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Children’s play area open for Xmas holidays 

15 Dec 15

The new children’s play and adventure playground in Lightwoods Park is due to be officially opened this Friday (19th) at 11.


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If you’re going to Sainsbury’s this weekend… 

11 Dec 15

…As you pass the entrance, stop and say hi to the good folk from BUDS.


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Another great Bearwood calendar… 

8 Dec 15

I think there may be one or two of the excellent Simon Lea Bearwood calendars available at Webbs and the Warley Woods pavilion, but there is also another superb 2016 calendar from local historian Andrew Maxam.


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Shop local 

5 Dec 15

It’s national small business day today, and people are being urged when buying their Christmas presents and ordering their food to consider their local businesses.


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Santa in the Woods 

1 Dec 15

This weekend is Santa in the Woods in Warley Woods.


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A circus for Lightwoods Park? 

1 Dec 15

Talks are currently underway about bringing a circus to Lightwoods Park next year.


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The switch on… 

25 Nov 15

the carol singers entertained us before the lights went on… …`and Santa’s little helpers posed for their annual picture by the tree! Thanks to everyone who came out…and this time the rain held off! Thanks also to Global Wines for the drinks, …


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A book for children… 

25 Nov 15

A reminder that Christmas is getting much nearer.


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Xmas tree lights switch on 

23 Nov 15

The festive lights will be switched on the Christmas Tree by the ‘Kings Head Clock’ and on Bearwood Road on Wednesday evening.


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Open and ready for business… 

21 Nov 15

It’s cold in the Baptist Church Hall (Rawlings Road)…but they’ve got hot drinks and their thermal tights on…and the craft fair is underway…


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It’s bin day tomorrow… 

17 Nov 15

Not sure what rubbish to put in which bin? Download the guide here .


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The first of two… 

16 Nov 15

The famous Bearwood Craft Fair, and the first one is this Saturday…


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Guess what I’ve got… 

14 Nov 15

…courtesy of the brilliant Simon Lea…and despite the wicked rumour being spread by Samantha Davis…it doesn’t say Bob’s a mug…


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On the road again… 

13 Nov 15

It’s another Abbey Ward councillors’ street surgery tomorrow (Saturday).


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Demolition team move in 

12 Nov 15

As we prepare to complete the work around the ‘Kings Head Clock’ and landscape through to the bus station, the demolition team have arrived on site to remove the old toilet block.


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Corks and Children in Need 

12 Nov 15

It might be a bit cold in the new Corks garden, but you’ll get a warm welcome and a cuppa and a cake in the club on Friday…


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Have your say on further curbs on fast food takeaways 

11 Nov 15

If you believe some people, the only shops we have in Bearwood are fast food takeaways.


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Some changes to bus services… 

11 Nov 15

A pity about the ‘Warely’ bit….


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DYNAMIX playing two free gigs 

10 Nov 15

DYNAMIX are a six piece close harmony singing group who share a passion for music, and they were the winners of the Sandwell Libraries All That Jazz competition .


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Can you help to train runners for the Plod-a-thon? 

6 Nov 15

Volunteers are needed to help train people for a Lightwoods Sport Relief event next March…


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The Fairy Doors 

31 Oct 15

Simon Lea…The Enchanted Woods…


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The Big Smethwick Bonfire 

31 Oct 15

…with spectacular firework display…


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Use it…or lose it! 

27 Oct 15

Can Bearwood sustain a fishmongers? From time to time on the Bearwood Facebook Page someone posts something saying…what sort of shop would you like to see in Bearwood? Sandwiched between those who want a McDonalds and a Waitrose, there are always …


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Another stunning Simon Lea… 

24 Oct 15

Bearwood cloaked in a golden mist..


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Damp but not deterred 

24 Oct 15

Thanks to everyone who came along to the official opening of the Kings Head Clock this morning, and thanks to the Kings Head who provided some refreshments and shelter for those who adjourned to hear the speeches.


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Free half-term football coaching in Lightwoods 

22 Oct 15

Fancy some free football and multisport coaching this half term? Led by qualified coaches from Sandwell Leisure Trust, open to ages 7 years plus , all abilities welcome…and it is free to join in.


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2016 calendar now available 

22 Oct 15

After the success of last year’s calendar containing Simon Lea’s stunning photographs around Bearwood, Simon has produced another one for next year with some truly amazing photographs of Warley Woods throughout the seasons.


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It’s here! 

20 Oct 15

The Kings Head clock arrived this morning from Smiths of Derby, the clock makers who have painstakingly restored it to its original glory.


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The Big Hoot farewell 

16 Oct 15

Well done to Bearwood mosaic artist Caroline Jariwala whose splendid mosaic owl was identified as one of the highlights during Birmingham’s Big Hoot.


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Back at work 

14 Oct 15

Thanks to Richard Marshall who has been up on the scaffolding to take these photographs of Lightwoods House as the contractors get back down to work on the HLF restoration project.


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Kings Head Clock restoration 

12 Oct 15

Work is moving fast now on the restoration of the ‘Kings Head’ clock, ready for its unveiling back in its new home in Bearwood later this month These ‘before and after’ pictures taken at the internationally renowned clock makers Smiths of Derby, show…


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Looking good 

6 Oct 15

The new public garden outside Corks is looking good.


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Open mic night 

2 Oct 15

6pm-8pm Sunday…


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Bryan Corbett at the Silvershine 

1 Oct 15

Tonight, at the Silvershine Jazz club at Corks, in my humble opinion the best jazz trumpeter for many a mile will be playing with his own trio.


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Man jailed for Bearwood child snatch attempt 

30 Sep 15

A statement from West Midlands Police: A man who tried to snatch a young girl from a street as she walked in broad daylight has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail with an extended 5-year-long licence upon his release.


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Blood Moon! 

28 Sep 15

For those of you who haven’t seen Simon Lea’s incredible picture of last night’s Blood Moon over Warley Woods…here it is! And of all the pictures taken of this, I can’t say I’ve seen a better one! (click on the picture to see it enlarged…


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Bearwood Art With History 

27 Sep 15

When? – 3rd-10th October Where? – Ooops- Artisan Gallery and Gifts (Sandon Road, opp TC Hayes) How did the Windsor cinema (Sandwell Snooker Club) play its role in spying on the Germans in WW2? Which night classes did Bearwood Primary School offer…


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Zorbing and climbing 

25 Sep 15

The ‘We Are Bearwood’ group have organised an exciting event for young people in the Lightwoods Park Extension (off Galton Road) this Sunday 27th September, between12pm – 5pm.


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Protest over Morrisons closure 

24 Sep 15

Local residents are to lead a protest tomorrow (Friday) over the decision by Morrisons to close their Bearwoid store on Pottery Road.


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Has the Rec had a reprieve? 

22 Sep 15

The crucial passage in this notice from the Secretary of the Thimblemill Rec reads… “…as the developers are now considering selling the land on rather than developing it” We always thought there were enormous problems in developing that piece…


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Great news on Lightwoods 

21 Sep 15

After 3 months stoppage we can announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund have now agreed the transfer of the contract for the Lightwoods House and Park restoration to a new construction company.


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Warley Woods in the mist… 

19 Sep 15

For those of you who may have not seen this on Facebook: Fire mist and icy mist in the woods … by Simon Lea! Truly stunning…


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Don’t miss out… 

18 Sep 15

Late arrivals at last year’s inaugural Bearwood Food Festival missed out as the delicious range of foods available had proved so popular that some items had sold out altogether.


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Noses off…. 

16 Sep 15

On October 10th, 1831, Nottingham Castle was burnt down by crowds demanding the Charter.


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Sweet Soul Music 

14 Sep 15

This week at the Silvershine Jazz Club at Corks…Sixties Soul.


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Bearwood Morrisons set to close 

11 Sep 15

A press release from Morrisons has announced the closure of their store in Pottery Road as part of national restructuring including closing some of their smaller sized stores.


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Getting ready for the clock… 

10 Sep 15

The area around the junction with Bearwood Road and Hagley Road is currently being landscaped in preparation for the return of the Kings Head clock.