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Your votes can help… 

18 Nov 17

Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell (BUDS) are bidding for funding from the AVIVA Community Fund, to enable them to provide iPad sessions for their day centres.

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Women’s Aid Xmas appeal 

13 Nov 17

How can you help? There are lots of ways you can help someone this Christmas.

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The First Ladies Of folk hit Bearwood 

7 Nov 17

This Thursday, (9th) 7.30, at Thimblemill Library, two superb American folk musicians will be serving up a real treat.

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Warley Woods Calendars now available 

5 Nov 17

Simon Lea, Bearwood photographer extraordinaire, has produced his latest Warley Woods calendar, and it makes a fantastic xmas present.

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Next Thursday at The Silvershine 

21 Oct 17

Doors open at 8.30pm at Corks Social Club, Bearwood Road… Paul Foad writes… “We’re extremely excited to welcome back Tom Ollendorf and his band to the Silvershine.

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Charity music group get lottery grant 

19 Oct 17

Congratulations to Elms.

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If you don’t recycle your food waste yet… 

18 Oct 17

If you dont have a food waste bin, order one today to get it in time to recycle your Halloween pumpkin Go to www.

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Warley Woods voted one of Britain’s best parks again 

11 Oct 17

Warley Woods has again received aclaim as one of Britains favourite parks in a national vote organised by Keep Britain Tidy.

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Garden Waste and Xmas collections 

4 Oct 17

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Property closed after ASB reports 

29 Sep 17

Dudley Magistrates’ Court granted a closure notice on a property in St.

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Coffee, cake…and a natter! 

27 Sep 17

The worlds biggest coffee morning Edited with BlogPad Pro…

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This Sunday….body diversity 

20 Sep 17

EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image.

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Road closures for cycle race 

13 Sep 17

On Sunday 24 th September 2017 between approx.

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Zumba in the House! 

8 Sep 17

Coming this month – Low Impact Zumba – upstairs @ Lightwoods House………a fun Latin inspired dance fitness class! Edited with BlogPad Pro…

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Vote for Warley Woods 

4 Sep 17

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Where next for Bentley? 

4 Sep 17

At the conclusion of The Big Sleuth this month the majority of bears will be auctioned off to raise vital funds to assist Birmingham Children’s Hospital.

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Are you on the register? 

21 Aug 17

You should recently have had a form from Sandwell Council asking you to make sure you are on the electoral register.

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Skate park jam! 

15 Aug 17

A summer Skate Jam comes to Lightwoods Park’s skate park in Bearwood this Saturday, 19th August.

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Baths closure postponed 

11 Aug 17

The temporary closure at Smethwick Swimming Centre (Thimblemill Baths) will no longer take place, as Sandwell MBC have cancelled the work until a later date in the year, to be notified.

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Live tonight at The Windsor Theatre Bar 

5 Aug 17

Hayley Moore will be hosting a night of live music from her extensive repertoire… From 8pm, free admission, and fine ale on hand pump…

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New interactive website set to revolutionise contact with the police 

31 Jul 17

West Midlands Police has taken the first step towards a new interactive website that’s set to revolutionise the way members of the public contact the force – and give people the chance to report some crimes online.

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The weather’s looking fine… 

31 Jul 17


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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.