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Another Simon Lea stunner 

19 Jul 17

Simon Lea captured this beauty in Warley Woods.


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The Great Bearwood Bake-off returns for a 4th year in a row 

19 Jul 17

This independent community event returns to Bearwood and is hosted again by Thimblemill Library on Sunday 27th August 12 – 3pm.


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Warley Woods gets Green Flag Award for 9th year! 

18 Jul 17

Warley Woods, managed by Warley Woods Community Trust, is among a record-breaking number (1,797) of parks and green spaces that will today receive a prestigious Green FlagAward.


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Life’s a beach… 

16 Jul 17

Still a few tickets left for 6pm…


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The Bearwood Bears are in town… 

10 Jul 17

The Bearwood Bears, part of the Big Slueth Trail, are now in place at the bus station, Lightwoods House, and in Warley Woods.


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French Film Club 

19 Jun 17

Tonight at Thimblemill 7.30pm Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is an aimless child at an austere boarding school in France.


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The great get together in Lightwoods Park 

17 Jun 17

If you are local to Bearwood, why not take a stroll down to Lightwoods Park on Sunday, if you’re not already planning a meal out to treat Dad?! Bring your family, something to sit on, and a picnic, and if you can spare it, maybe bring along a dish …


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All the way from Nashville Tennessee…. 

15 Jun 17

Please note the change of door time…


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Thimblemill baths closing for essential repairs 

14 Jun 17

Pools at Smethwick Swimming Centre will close next month to allow essential maintenance work to take place.


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In Bearwood tomorrow… 

10 Jun 17

…the fabulous Digbeth Dining Club! Street food, music, stalls, and so much more at the Bearwood Street Festival…


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Bearwood Hosts Poetry Slam for Refugee Week 

8 Jun 17

SLAMATHON Sunday 25 June , 2-7pm Thimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Bearwood Bearwood Action for Refugees are celebrating UK Refugee Week 2017 in style and inviting the whole community to join them.


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Warley Woods wins Gold in Excellence Award 

7 Jun 17

Warley Woods in Smethwick is the model which “others should aspire to and emulate,” so said judges announcing that Warley Woods Community Trust has taken gold in the RoyalForestry Society (RFS) Excellence in Forestry Urban and Community Forestry …


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Volunteers urgently needed 

6 Jun 17

This Sunday the first Bearwood Street Festival will take place on Bearwood Road.


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This Sunday, on Bearwood Road… 

5 Jun 17

…it’s time to party…


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Prize Raffle 

1 Jun 17

The Friends of Thimblemill Library are raffling two tickets for Elton John’s concert next Wednesday at the Genting Arena, near the NEC.


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Manchester attack was “beyond words” 

24 May 17

Assistant Chief Constable Alex Murray responds to last night’s attack: We remain deeply shocked following last night’s tragic incident in Manchester and all our thoughts are with those affected.


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Bearwood Burning 

18 May 17

After a dreadful day of rain, Simon Lea took this stunning picture of the spectacular sunset over Warley Woods.


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Car thief jailed 

17 May 17

West Midlands police have issued this statement about the jailing of a car thief which contains a warning for anyone considering selling a vehicle from their home: Nine years jail for test drive car robber A man who posed as a prospective car buyer …


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Vintage in the Park 

15 May 17

Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park…


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Plants in the Shakespeare Garden 

13 May 17

Leigh Pipkin on the Bearwood Facebook page helpfully suggested using a google search to find details of the plants in the Shakespeare Garden in Lightwoods Park….


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The Shakespeare Garden 

13 May 17

With the work coming to an end inside Lightwoods House, attention is moving to the restoration of the Shakespeare Garden….


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The circus is back in town… 

9 May 17

The circus has returned to Lightwoods Park, and will be there through to Sunday night.


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Lightwoods House Tour 

8 May 17

Monday, May 15th 2pm Post restoration tour of Lightwoods House This is an opportunity to go behind the scenes on a post restoration tour of Lightwoods House before the commercial spaces are occupied.


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Come to the Refu-Tea Party! 

4 May 17

The Bearwood Action for Refugees RefuTea Party fundraiser in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network, is taking place at Thimblemill Library on Sunday (7th May) between 12-3pm.


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Top award for Lightwoods House 

4 May 17

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been recognised in a building excellence award.


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There will be kazoos… 

4 May 17

Two great acts this Saturday at Thimblemill Library.


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Two prosecuted for aggressive begging in Bearwood 

3 May 17

West Midlands police report that Christopher Stewart aged 46 and Stephen Philips aged 39 appeared before Walsall and Aldridge Magistrates Court on 05/04/2017 for the offences of begging under the Vagrant Act 1824 and breach of Community Protection …


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Americana comes to Bearwood 

26 Apr 17

Ireland, Sheffield, London, Belgium, Germany….


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Come along and join in… 

3 Apr 17

We Are Bearwood are having a Street Festival…


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Music at the ‘Mill 

20 Mar 17

With the very talented Ruth Theodore…


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The Russians are coming…. 

16 Mar 17

Thimblemill Library are launching a lending service for Russian books in particular but would like Polish and other central/eastern European books.


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Open Mic at The Mill 

27 Feb 17

The first time that I visited the Open Mic at the Mill I didn’t know what to expect.


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On the mARTch 

21 Feb 17

A month-long roadshow of workshops and sessions to get artists of all ages being creative and talking about the future of the arts is coming to Sandwell.


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Learn Spanish…. 

15 Feb 17

Spanish lessons at the ‘Mill…


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Tell us what you want from leisure services 

13 Feb 17

Over the past five years, Sandwell Council has invested millions of pounds in the upgrade and renewal of sport and leisure buildings in the borough.


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Work in progress… 

4 Feb 17

Lightwoods House is nearing completion, and Richard Marshall has been inside for a sneak preview…


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Bringing Bears to Bear-wood 

3 Feb 17

Remember the Birmingham Big Hoot Owl Trail last year, (starring our own Caroline Jariwala)….


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Beware of lottery scam 

30 Jan 17

A message from the police: We have been made aware of a crime where criminals are approaching people stating that they have a winning lottery ticket but they cannot cash it in as they are here in the UK illegally, they then ask for help to cash it in.


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Holocaust Memorial Commemoration 

27 Jan 17

This year’s Sandwell Commemoration for Holocaust Memorial Day will take place on Sunday, 29th January at 10.15am at the Highfields Memorial Gardens, High Street West Bromwich.


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Consultation on changes to bus routes 

24 Jan 17

National Express are consulting on changes to bus services which would impact on some routes in Bearwood.


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Nashville Cats 

23 Jan 17

This Saturday at Thimblemill Library, the spectacular Nashville band The Wild Ponies will be strutting their stuff.


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Just…beautiful 

22 Jan 17

Simon Lea’s frost woods…


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Bus diversion 

12 Jan 17

During the road closure because of resurfacing in St Mary’s Road, (see previous post) the number 48 bus will be diverted via Three Shires Oak Road…


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Sandwell libraries amongst the best! 

11 Jan 17

An army of volunteers and a packed programme of activities have put Sandwell libraries among the best in the country according to recent figures.


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This looks brilliant! Drive-in Sunday 

3 Jan 17

Build your car, then sit in it to watch the movie….


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Simon’s latest 

18 Dec 16

Sunset over the meadow in Warley Woods…


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Pete from Dexys live at Corks 

12 Dec 16

Pete Williams a founder member of Dexys Midnight Runners has recently finished 32 dates as special guest to The Proclaimers, and is now coming home to Bearwood this weekend.


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Hang Simon Lea! 

1 Dec 16

Yes you can! If you’re going to the Craft Muthas 2nd Christmas Fair (Saturday, Bearwood Baptist Church in Rawlings Road from 10am) you will have the opportunity to buy one of Simon Lea’s fantastic prints, framed and in a range of sizes, to hang on …


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An Enchanted Christmas at St Hilda’s 

30 Nov 16

The promise of a wonderful festive evening with carols, music and readings.


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A TV film which shook the country 

26 Nov 16

…”an ice-pick in the brain of all who saw it” was how one critic responded to Cathy Come Home.


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Tickets still available… 

25 Nov 16

…you can pay on the door.


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Switched On 

24 Nov 16

…and a big shout out for the Ukulele kids choir for leading the singing, and Global Wines for supplying the warming mulled wine.


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A good night out… 

23 Nov 16

…and supporting a great cause…


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Christmas Tree lights switch on 

18 Nov 16

This year we have replaced the rather tired looking lights we have had previously with something a tad brighter.


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Super Saturday in Bearwood 

17 Nov 16

As the run-up to Christmas picks up pace, this Saturday Bearwood is buzzing.


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Two Christmas Crackers 

8 Nov 16

Not one, but two fabulous Craft Fairs this year…and with food and drink too…


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The mist beyond the path 

7 Nov 16

Our very own Simon Lea has recently entered this photo of Warley Woods in a photo competition with Countryfile.


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25th Anniversary of the skateboard park 

26 Oct 16

Bikes, skates, scooters, blades and music… what’s not to like…


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The Voice…that is Sally Barker 

26 Oct 16

Sally Barker, finalist and runner-up in the BBC’s The Voice returns to Thimblemill Library on Friday…miss it if you dare!! Sally reduced Tom Jones to tears on The Voice , she has acted as support to Bob Dylan and Robert Plant, sings Sandy Denny …


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For adults and courageous children… 

23 Oct 16

Theatre at the ‘mill…