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Thank you everyone… 

3 Jul 15

The Sainsbury's award…..


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If you’re shopping around… 

2 Jul 15

…on Saturday…


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Lightwoods shock 

1 Jul 15

Sandwell Council has today issued this statement: The council are really sorry to announce that the contractor, Fairhurst Ward Abbotts (FWA), carrying out restoration to Lightwoods House and Park has gone into administration.


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It’s on it’s way…. 

28 Jun 15

Birmingham…this morning! More pictures to follow this week…


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Vote for B.U.D.S.!!! 

17 Jun 15

Dementia is a tremendously debilitating disease which can seriously affect the daily lives of sufferers and place a real hardship on those who are carers It is predicted there will be around 850,000 people in the UK with dementia in 2015.


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The boy who became a beetle… 

17 Jun 15

The Young Producers, children from St Gregory's and Uplands Primary have spent the last year working on this production, and it is a bit special! Greg’s an ordinary boy, much like any other.


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About time too! 

12 Jun 15

Arise…Dame Julie is recognised at last! The Birmingham Mail on the Birthday Honours List…


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Sunday at Thimblemill… 

12 Jun 15

The fantastic Smethwick in a Stew have two tables here, why not pop along and give them your support…


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Buying…selling…or telling! 

9 Jun 15

Do you want to sell some of that clutter hanging around the house? That old exercise bike gathering dust… the juicer that you no longer use… the set of baby clothes than no longer fit your eight-year old? Or are you looking for a hose to …


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Now…this looks good! 

8 Jun 15

This Saturday at Thimblemill Library… with lemonade too…


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Doorstep survey 

8 Jun 15

From 8 June 2015, 1000 residents from across Sandwell will be visited on their doorstep and asked their opinions about the waste and cleansing service.


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Having a barbie? 

4 Jun 15

If the weather is as nice as they are predicting, and you're thinking of getting out into the garden, brushing the cobwebs off the barbie and doing a bit of outdoor cooking this weekend…why not drop in to your local Bearwood butcher, Dave …


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Now, here’s an enterprising idea…. 

3 Jun 15

How many times have you seen on Facebook someone crying out to borrow something that they either can't afford to buy, or want to try something out before committing themselves to a purchase? A heavy job in the garden could be made easier with a …


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Parisian Gypsy Jazz at the Silvershine 

25 May 15

This Thursday Gypsy Jazz comes to the Silvershine At Corks in Bearwood.


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More from Oops! 

23 May 15

Jacqui from Oops! Says… “We are an artisan gallery/gift shop selling high quality, quirky and interesting hand made items from carefully selected artists from all over the U.


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Opening today… 

23 May 15

A new Bearwood business, on Sandon Road, opposite T C Hayes&#8230…


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Introducing Julia 

15 May 15

Hello, My name is Julia Morris and I am the new Lightwoods Park and House Community Engagement Officer.


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Anyone for rounders? 

15 May 15

Rounders is back in Lightwoods Park this summer.


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Bearwood Front Garden Competition 

11 May 15

Following the fantastic success of the 2013 competition, local voluntary group We Are Bearwood has launched the second Front Gardens Competition.


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Don’t forget the bake-off 

9 May 15

Put your post-election blues behind you today… and do cake! The Bearwood Bake-off is taking place at Coffee Junction today, between 3-5pm.


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Abbey Ward election result 

8 May 15

The result has just been announce for the Abbey Ward seat on Sandwell Council.


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The result in Warley 

8 May 15

Buckman ( Green) 1465 Durnell (UKIP) 6237 Smith (Lib Dem) 805 Spellar (Labour) 22012 Williams (Con) 7310 John Spellar elected with a majority of 15,775…


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Not tonight, Josephine! 

7 May 15

If you are staying up late for the election programmes tonight the Warley result is expected to be declared sometime after 2am.


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Thank you to our party workers 

6 May 15

Whatever happens tomorrow, it has been a fantastic effort by members of Abbey Branch Labour Party in our campaign to re-elect Steve Eling on to the council, and John Spellar as our MP.


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Planning Inspector allows woodland destruction 

5 May 15

An inspector from the Bristol-based Planning Inspectorate has upheld an appeal by a property developer to build 13 4-bed roomed luxury homes with double garages on the stretch of natural woodland on the Thimblemill Rec site.


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Get your glad rags on….. 

24 Apr 15

One of the problems with the row of shops being empty at the Hagley Road end of Bearwood, is the impact that has on the businesses of those traders who are trying to operate up there.


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Bulldozing local democracy 

23 Apr 15

As we wait for the Planning Inspectorate to deliver their decision on the Thimblemill Rec site, this makes interesting reading….


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The Green Man returns… 

21 Apr 15

When we asked people about improvements on Bearwood Road last Autumn, one of the points that a number of people raised was the difficulty, particularly for the elderly, in getting across the road safely.


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An Inspector calls…. 

21 Apr 15

The man from the Planning Inspectorate came along to Thimblemill Recreation Ground this morning to look at the site as part of the club's appeal against the council planning committee's decision to refuse permission for luxury homes to be …


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Wigorn latest 

16 Apr 15

The l atest information we have is that they have not been able to do a complete repair today and have to do some further surveying and a full repair at another date.


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Wigorn Road update 

16 Apr 15

Last night the Council's Highways Department closed a section of Wigorn Road near the ABC nursery for safety reasons after a large hole appeared in the road.


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Planning Inspector set to visit Thimblemill Rec site 

16 Apr 15

The developers who want to build 'luxury homes' on the woodland on the Thimblemill Recreation site have appealed against Sandwell Panning Committee's rejection of their planning application.


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Are you registered….? 

14 Apr 15

When the majority population of South Africa were given the right to vote, many of them queued up all night outside the polling stations to cast their vote.


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The Great Bearwood Bake-off is Back 

12 Apr 15

The Great Bearwood Bake Off Returns! After last year’s success, this independent community event returns to Bearwood for the Second Year.


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Tonight, at Thimblemill Library… 

11 Apr 15

…at 8.15pm, a classic&#8230…


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Interested in volunteering? 

10 Apr 15

Thimblemill library are offering work experience for volunteers.


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A different sort of rolling… 

8 Apr 15

After the excitement of the Easter Egg roll, there's a whole different sort of rollin' going on down at Hadley Stadium starting this weekend… Every Friday and Saturday night Roller Disco sessions are running at Hadley Stadium.


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Having fun in the sun… 

6 Apr 15

…at the Easter Egg roll.


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Rolling, rolling, rolling…. 

6 Apr 15

…get those eggs rolling! Starts at 11am in Warley Woods.


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30 years of trading in Bearwood 

2 Apr 15

Today marks the 30th anniversary of our very own Rutland Sheds opening up in Bearwood.


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The Midland’s 1st Real Ale Festival 

31 Mar 15

Thursday 2nd April – Monday 6th April With 23 real ales, 4 ciders on tap, and food available, including a specially installed extra bar, things are looking good for the Easter weekend at The Midland…


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Double Dutch… 

26 Mar 15

The brilliant virtuoso horn player Dutch Lewis will be playing a variety of saxophones with his band at Thimblemill Library on Saturday night, and he'll also be at Silvershine Jazz tonight (Thursday) playing a tribute to the late great Andy …


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In Bearwood tomorrow… 

24 Mar 15

Our very own Andy White tops the bill, with Juliet Meyers, and Britain's only deaf comedian, Steve Day&#8230…


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The bandstand – then and now. 

18 Mar 15

Images of the Lightwoods Park bandstand – 235 years apart.


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Lightwoods Park on Big Centre TV 

16 Mar 15

Abbey Ward Councillor Steve Eling and parks officer Cherie O'Sullivan talking about the Lightwoods project of the new Freeview channel, Big Centre TV.


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A tribute to Lord Dickie Attenborough 

12 Mar 15

Saturday, March 14th 7pm Thimblemill Library Film Club presents….


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Massage Parlour latest! 

9 Mar 15

Sandwell Council's planning officers have rejected an application for the continuing use of the premises at 497 Hagley Road (Bubbles) as a massage parlour.


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Abbey Ward update 

7 Mar 15

Thursday 12th March 6pm St Mary's Church Councillors and officers will give an update on some of the things that have been prioritised for Abbey Ward over the next year.


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Lightwoods Park on TV 

6 Mar 15

Those of you with Freeview and who have access to Big Centre TV – it's a new local channel on channel 8 and you may have to retune your Freeview channels in order to get it – will be able to watch a feature tonight on Lightwoods Park…


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Have you paid your car tax? 

5 Mar 15

Now that there are no longer any car tax discs on car windscreens you may not know if the cars parked in your street have paid their road fund license.


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Timberrrrrrrrrrrrrr! 

27 Feb 15

Tree felling in Lightwoods Park As the diseased trees are brought down.


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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 …