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A sad farewell… 

25 Feb 15

“As you are all aware I keep you all regularly updated with project news and announcements and today I have a new announcement for you all.


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Shakespeare Garden benches 

24 Feb 15

“To those who own a memorial bench in the Shakespeare Garden at Lightwoods Park and / or a memorial name plate located on the wall in the garden.


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Stargazing….this Friday 

24 Feb 15

On Friday 27th the Warley Woods Community Trust will be hosting their Stargazing event at the Pavilion in Warley Woods between 7pm -9pm.


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Lightwoods Park survey 

18 Feb 15

Dear All, Just a request regarding the online user survey for the Lightwoods Park and House restoration project – If you haven’t had chance to do so already please could you spare 5-10 minutes to help us out with this data collection and …


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Litter picking on Thimblemill Brook 

13 Feb 15

If there's anyone out there who wants to get a bit of good outdoor exercise, whilst helping the community at the same time, the good folk from the Friends of Thimblemill Brook are doing a litter pick on Saturday morning.


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As work on Lightwoods gets ready to start… 

8 Feb 15

…the brilliant Simon Lea gives us a shot of the ghostly, haunted bandstand…


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Handing out winter warmer packs 

5 Feb 15

Volunteers from Smethwick in a Stew are out and about in Smethwick tonight handing out 'Winter Warmer' packs to elderly and vulnerable people.


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Report – Buses to blame for Bearwood Road pollution 

2 Feb 15

Old outdated buses are overwhelmingly responsible for shocking pollution levels on Bearwood Road, according to a traffic survey carried out by Sandwell Public Health.


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No May Day Festival this year 

29 Jan 15

A message from Cherie as the Lightwoods Park work gets underway… “Unfortunately, we are not running the Lightwoods Park and House May Day Festival this year as Lightwoods Park and House are undergoing a full restoration and both the park and …


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Developers to appeal GKN Rec decision 

29 Jan 15

The developers proposing to build luxury homes on the natural woodland on the GKN Recreation Club are appealing against Sandwell Planning Committee's decision to refuse planning consent.


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Developers to appeal GKN Rec decision 

29 Jan 15

The developers proposing to build luxury homes on the natural woodland on the GKN Recreation Club are appealing against Sandwell Planning Committee's decision to refuse planning consent.


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Tesco announce closure of Bearwood store 

28 Jan 15

Tesco has announced they are to close their store on Bearwood Road.


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Remember the holocaust… 

21 Jan 15

This Sunday in West Bromwich.


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Bubbles makes the Beeb 

20 Jan 15

The BBC website has picked up on the Bubbles massage parlour story today, with the story of the temporary closure by planning officials from Sandwell Council.


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Not again… 

19 Jan 15

10 years ago the police raided Cuddles , a 'private massage parlour' on the Hagley Road opposite the Kings Head.


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Lightwoods Park final plans 

19 Jan 15

For those of you who were unable to get the the presentation last week on the final plans for the Lightwoods Park and House project, (or even for those that were and who want to study them in detail) Cherie has saved them as a PDF file that you can …


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Bearwood Community Cafe… 

15 Jan 15

…are planning a little “Open Day” for their café on the 24th January .


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A message from Cherie… 

12 Jan 15

If you are interested in the future of Lightwoods Park and House, then at the meeting on Wednesday the managing director, contract manager and community engagement officer from Fairhurst Ward Abbotts (appointed conservation contractor) are attending…


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A welcome addition…. 

11 Jan 15

…to the Bearwood eating scene.


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“Beyond this point, all colour is lost” 

10 Jan 15

Another gem from the lens of Simon Lea in Warley Woods&#8230…


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Protect your children’s phones 

8 Jan 15

In recent weeks there have been reports of some yobs preying on children either on the way to and from local schools, or in our parks and stealing their mobile phones.


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What is happening to Lightwoods Park? 

7 Jan 15

When will work on Lightwoods House start, and what is being done? When is it happening? What work is taking place elsewhere in the park? And when will it all be finished? How much of the park will be closed whilst the work is taking place? The answer…


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Graffiti removal 

6 Jan 15

Whilst some graffiti may be regarded as 'street art' – mostly only by the 'artist' themselves you may think – much of it is unsightly and/or obscene and does nothing to enhance the appearance of buildings it is daubed …


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New Year’s Night freebie! 

31 Dec 14

New Year's night can often be a bit quiet as people catch their breath after the Hogmanay celebrations.


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2014 in review 

29 Dec 14

The WordPress.


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Yippeeee! 

18 Dec 14

Work is due to start at the end of January on the £5.2 million restoration of Lightwoods Park and House.


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Lightwoods Park and House Restoration update 

11 Dec 14

Dear Friend of Lightwoods Park and House / Neighbouring Resident Firstly, may I take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support and assistance with the events at Lightwoods Park and with the Parks for People Project; the restoration of …


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October…. 

11 Dec 14

Here's the pic for October in Simon Lea's calendar of stunning Bearwood landscapes.


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October…. 

11 Dec 14

Here's the pic for October in Simon Lea's calendar of stunning Bearwood landscapes.


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Santa’s in his grotto… 

6 Dec 14

Today Warley Woods Community Trust holds the first of it's Santa in the Woods days.


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It’s Super Saturday… 

5 Dec 14

Forget Black Friday or Cyber Monday, tomorrow in Bearwood it's Super Saturday! First up, the second of this year's Bearwood Handmade Winter Fairs will be on at Bearwood Baptist Church in Rawlings Road, with lots of gifts and craft objects …


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The switch on! 

4 Dec 14

They seemed well impressed….


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Bobby Wellins at The Silvershine 

4 Dec 14

Tonight at Silvershine Jazz, Bobby Wellins, one of Britains greatest ever Jazz musicians, will be joining the Blue Notes.


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Lights switched on at 5pm 

4 Dec 14

The Lights on the Christmas tree near the bus station will be switched on at 5pm tonight by Councillor Steve Eling.


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If you’re going to Bearwood Handmade… 

3 Dec 14

…for their 2nd Winter Fair at Bearwood Baptist Church this Saturday, and you want to know what the refurbished Snooker Hall over the road is coming along like… here's a good reason to pop in…


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January…. 

30 Nov 14

This is January in Simon Lea's brilliant Bearwood calendar… featuring some of Simon's stunning images of our wonderful parks…


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Now…this looks like it will be fun! 

25 Nov 14

Starting in 2015….


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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&#8230…


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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.