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Another clock for Bearwood! 

21 Apr 16

The clock has returned to Lightwoods House! Lightwoods House took a step back in time last week as the turret clock returned to the front of the house fully restored and gilded.


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Folk, Blues and Americana at Thimblemill 

19 Apr 16

This Saturday, a special session, all the way from the USA, Josh Harty sings at the library.


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Wow!!! 

16 Apr 16

Simon Lea in the snow…


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Last chance to get your vote…. 

15 Apr 16

If you haven’t already registered to vote, you need to do it by Monday.


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Saturday night at the movies… 

8 Apr 16

Free Refreshments available or bring your own In the 1930’s the hotel is a popular European ski resort presided over by the concierge, Gustav H (Ralph Fiennes), Zero becomes Gustav’s friend and protege.


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Bearwood volunteers star in Smethwick Community Awards 

4 Apr 16

A number of Bearwood volunteers featured heavily in the recent Smethwick Community Awards celebrations, including our very own Julie McKirdy BEM who scooped the major award, The Outstanding Citizen Award, named after Bob Cohen, a Smethwick volunteer …


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Bearwood volunteers star in Smethwick Community Awards 

4 Apr 16

A number of Bearwood volunteers featured heavily in the recent Smethwick Community Awards celebrations, including our very own Julie McKirdy BEM who scooped the major award, The Outstanding Citizen Award, named after Bob Cohen, a Smethwick volunteer …


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Just 12 days to catch the circus experience! 

30 Mar 16

Get yourselves to Lightwoods Park between now and 10th April.


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Easter egg roll 

26 Mar 16

The Warley Woods Community Trust Easter Egg Roll, Painted Egg competition and Treasure Hunt are all taking place on Easter Monday, March 28th at the top of the meadow by the Upper St Mary’s/Barclay Road Road entrance from 10.30 am.


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Sandwell’s Got Young Talent! 

24 Mar 16

This year’s Sandwell’s Young people’s talent competition is being run in conjunction with Sandwell College.


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The circus is in town… 

22 Mar 16

Setting up today in Lightwoods Park…


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Another Simon stunner… 

14 Mar 16

Simon Lea captures Bearwood looking pretty in pink…


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Your chance to win circus tickets… 

10 Mar 16

…and don’t blame me if they don’t know that Lightwoods Park isn’t in Birmingham.


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Sandwell stride.. 

24 Feb 16

The health walks at Lightwoods Park returns this week to enable people to get a bit of exercise, get to know new people, and generally enjoy yourself in the fresh air.


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RefuTea Party a roaring success 

22 Feb 16

This weekend Bearwood Action for Refugees held their first fundraiser raising a huge £845 for Leros Solidarity Network who work on the ground with Syrian refugees arriving in Greece.


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9 holes of golf for a fiver… 

18 Feb 16

It’s Fiver Friday this week….


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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…