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Magical… 

18 Sep 14

For all those who think Harborne is nirvana… via the brilliant Simon Lea…


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Lots of great ideas… 

17 Sep 14

Lots of people, with lots of good ideas for Bearwood Road improvements this evening.


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Drop-in…. 

17 Sep 14

Tonight, between 6pm and 8pm there is a drop-in session to give you an opportunity to take a look at some draft plans for improvements along Bearwood Road It isn't a 'meeting' in the sense that you turn up, sit quietly during a …


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Bearwood Road improvements 

12 Sep 14

Over the next few weeks we will be consulting on some proposals for improvements along the length of Bearwood Road.


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Vote for the People’s Park! 

12 Sep 14

Around 1902 William Henry Jones, owner of factories and quarries, bought Warley Abbey and the estate.


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Jammin’ 

9 Sep 14

On Sunday 14 th September the free Bearwood jam event will take place at Lightwoods Park skate park from 10.00am – 4.30pm.


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Luvvely grub – we could do this! 

6 Sep 14

The Leamington Spa Food and Drink Festival is a terrific example of something we could consider in Lightwoods Park, particularly in front of Lightwoods House when it has been restored.


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Vote for Sandwell Women’s Aid! 

4 Sep 14

Sandwell Women's Aid have for the last 25 years offered refuge, support and counselling to victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence.


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This Sunday… Dog Day Afternoon! 

4 Sep 14

Warley Woods Community Trust are holding their Annual All About Dogs day on Sunday 7th September between 11am and 4pm.


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Thimblemill Rec. decision delayed again 

1 Sep 14

The planning hearing over the proposal to build houses on the wooded area on the Thimblemill Recreation Ground has been put back again and will now take place on Wednesday 24th September at 5pm.


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Community Group launch 

29 Aug 14

The We Are Bearwood community group are holding a public launch of their new website tomorrow afternoon (Saturday).


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Lightwoods project set for January start 

28 Aug 14

The Lightwoods Park and House Project Board have confirmed that work is expected to start in the January.


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Youth training opportunity with the Albion Foundation 

27 Aug 14

The Albion Foundation has teamed up with Barclay’s and the Premier League to offer a great opportunity to young adults aged between 16-24 years , who are not in education, training or employment above 16 hours per week.


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TREC Open Days – genuine openness…or a cynical ploy? 

25 Aug 14

The Committee at TREC, or the Thimblemill Recreation Entertainment Centre (formerly the GKN Social Club) are having two Open Days to show the local community the amenities on offer, and to try to recruit new members.


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Moseley Road swimming baths ‘Terracotta Army’ 

21 Aug 14

I love this.


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Don’t get caught out… 

20 Aug 14

Trading Standards have advised people to remain vigilant after they were notified of a scam operating in the Great Barr area.


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The Jumble Trail 

19 Aug 14

This Saturday (23rd) the Jumble Trail comes to Bearwood .


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Polling Station changes 

18 Aug 14

There are a couple of changes to polling stations in Abbey Ward for this Thursday's Police and Crime Commissioner elections, which have been bought following the unexpected death of the previous Commissioner, Bob Jones.


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On the radio…. 

13 Aug 14

Bearwood Traders have gone all hi-tech with a new digital radio service that will link up businesses and alert traders of issues in our shopping centre.


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At last… 

12 Aug 14

The Thimblemill site has been secured, ready for demolition.


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Mark your valuables… 

12 Aug 14

There have been a spate of burglaries, particularly from garden sheds, in Abbey Ward over the last few months.


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Consultation on Bearwood Road improvements 

8 Aug 14

The Abbey Ward councillors will holding a consultation in September on a set of proposals aimed at brightening up Bearwood Road and dealing with some of the issues that have been raised with us in recent years.


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Warley Woods Volunteer social drop-in 

8 Aug 14

Have you heard of the Warley Woods volunteers and wondered exactly what it is they do? Do you want to find out a bit more? Tomorrow (Saturday) between 10.30 and 12.30 there's a volunteer drop-in session for new and existing volunteers, where you …


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Demolition notice issued 

6 Aug 14

Following on from yesterday's post which appears to have generated more heat than light in some quarters, I can now confirm that a demolition contractor has today issued a demolition notice on The Thimblemill, and work will commence as soon as …


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Having a Bearwood Summer Jumble Trail…. 

5 Aug 14

Having a what???? A Jumble Trail is like a car boot sale but on your street, communities co-ordinate to set up stalls outside their houses to sell bric-a-brac, toys, vintage clothes, cakes or whatever.


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Councillors demand action over vacant pub site 

4 Aug 14

Abbey Ward councillors are demanding enforcement action over the shocking state of the former Thimblemill pub site.


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Bake-off contestants of the future… 

2 Aug 14

…get baking…


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Everyone likes a fireman…. 

31 Jul 14

…and here's your chance to see loads of them…


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PCSOs on Twitter 

29 Jul 14

For those of you who use the world of Twitter, you can now follow Bearwood's Police and Crime Support Officers (PCSOs) via @AbbeyWMP It's not an appropriate place to report crime, but useful if you want to see what Officers/PCSO's are …


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Sunrise sunbeam 

27 Jul 14

Simon Lea's latest stunning picture of a Warley Woods sunrise……


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‘Sprint’ planned for Bearwood 

25 Jul 14

Plans have been revealed for a new bus-based rapid transit system in to Birmingham, with Bearwood as one of the stops on the route.


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Advanced talks to bring the Kings Head clock back home 

24 Jul 14

As the traffic works are finished on Hagley Road, and the building workers prepare to decant their site offices from the area around the junction, our thoughts turn to what we do with that area when they are gone.


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Woodland planning application deferred 

23 Jul 14

The planning application to build houses on the small wood in Thimblemill Road has been deferred by planning committee until early September.


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Two by two…. 

23 Jul 14

At the Picnic in the Woods a couple of weeks ago the Abbey Churches Together had a stall and many children made clay animals for a Noah's Ark.


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Theatre in the Park 

22 Jul 14

Tickets for Theatre in Warley Woods are now on sale.


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Blues at the Library 

20 Jul 14

Fantastic night of blues at Thimblemill Library last night as part of the Jazz and Blues Festival.


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Temporary lights Lightwoods Hill/Adkins Lane 

18 Jul 14

Highways will be starting drainage diversion works along Lightwoods Hill / Adkins Lane and Bishopton Road on Monday 21st July / Tuesday 22nd July in advance of the Lightwoods Park and House Restoration contract works.


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Fire safety 

18 Jul 14

With the hot weather and the school holidays arriving more people will be having barbecues, taking holidays, and trips out into the countryside.


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How does he do it? 

17 Jul 14

Another spectacular photograph from Simon Lea, a double rainbow over Warley Woods last night.


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Fully booked! 

15 Jul 14

All Lightwoods House Tours are now fully booked but if would still like to see the internal of the house please email cherie_osullivan@sandwell.


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The Blues Giants… 

14 Jul 14

…led by the great Steve Ajao are looking to rock the Thimblemill library on Saturday night as part of the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival.


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Great news as court endorses compulsory purchase 

14 Jul 14

Residents of Barclay Road and Galton Road will be delighted to hear that the High Court has backed Sandwell Council's decision to compulsorily purchase the land between 103-109 Barclay Road.


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Ooops! 

13 Jul 14

The planning visit to Thimblemill Rec, and the planning committee meeting on the evening is NOT this coming Wednesday…but the Wednesday after (23rd July).


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At the picnic… 

13 Jul 14

Once again, a great turnout for the Warley Woods picnic, and a bit of late afternoon sunshine.


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If you go down to the woods today… 

13 Jul 14

(Go on, tell me you didn't just sing that!) Bring your picnic, bring a blanket or fold up chair, listen to the music put together by the Bearwood Promoters and compered by Mr Naylor, and sit back and enjoy the good company of thousands of …


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We have less than one week… 

12 Jul 14

…to save the wildlife area by Thimblemill pool.


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Should be good… 

12 Jul 14

This year's Big Gig…


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Take a look around… 

3 Jul 14

Before the major restoration work starts to Lightwoods House there is going to be a last opportunity for people to take a guided tour of the House in its current condition, and it will give some idea of the scope the building has for future community…


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Made in Smethwick and what made Smethwick 

3 Jul 14

An informative Black Country talk by Bearwood's Mary Bodfish from the Smethwick Local History Society about the industrial heritage of Smethwick.


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Smethwick author set for big breakthrough 

3 Jul 14

Smethwick author Christina Kelly has recently been accepted by Britains Next Bestseller publishers for a book that she has written.


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An early snifter…. 

2 Jul 14

Some friends of The Midland had a sneak preview last night, and the comments were universally positive.


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Are you ready…. 

1 Jul 14

Bearwood's new real ale bar, The Midland, opens tomorrow, and it's looking good…


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Poppy planting postponed… 

27 Jun 14

Due to unforeseen circumstances, not unrelated to the condition of the poppies, about which less said is better, the poppy planting due to take place this weekend has had to be postponed.


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Plant a poppy of remembrance 

26 Jun 14

Volunteers will be out this Sunday planting up the tubs in the shopping centre with poppies as a commemoration of all of those who died in the 1st World War.


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Brum Jazz & Blues comes to Bearwood 

25 Jun 14

OK, it's not Birmingham, but on this occasion we'll forgive them as…the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival is coming to Bearwood once again this year! The wonderful Steve Ajao is well known to Bearwood Jazz fans for his virtuoso …


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A warm welcome Richard and Morwenna – Bearwood’s new golden couple 

21 Jun 14

The Bearwood Blog can exclusively reveal that the new hosts at The Midland real ale bar on Bearwood Road will be Richard Parling and Morwenna Hughes.


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Plans for Bearwood Improvements move forward as money is allocated 

19 Jun 14

Plans for improvements along Bearwood Road that Councillors Steve Eling, Bob Piper and Ann Jaron have been talking to residents and traders about for some time are moving a step closer with the allocation of the money needed to make them happen.


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The Sounds of Summer 

16 Jun 14

Lots of music, a glass of wine, and fresh strawberries… what more could you ask for at only £3 (£1.50 concessions…


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If you’re going to the Shuffle this weekend… 

11 Jun 14

…you can not only see a line-up of top bands, including the Silvershine Jazz Club’s very own Blue Notes, you can also get your hands on this little fellah…the Bearwood Bear.


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The Bearwood Bake-Off 

8 Jun 14

Saturday 28th June will see the first Bearwood bake-off competition.