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What’s happening at Lightwoods Park? 

29 May 16

When will the work be finished? What’s going to be done in Lightwoods House? Will there be lighting in the park? Are the paths going to be done? Get your questions answered….


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Half term footie coaching 

27 May 16

…and again, it’s free folks…


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The Amazing Adventures of Librararian Lil 

26 May 16

Get in quick, this is going to be big! Thursday 16th June, 6pm at Thimblemill Library Librarian Lil has worked in the library for forty-five years.


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Pop-up play in Lightwoods 

26 May 16

…and it’s free…


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Ola, this weekend at Thimblemill 

24 May 16

A little bit of Spain comes to Bearwood this weekend, with music, food, dance and more…


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Pram pushers…now on Wednesday 

23 May 16

Pram Pushers the outdoor post-natal exercise class for moms with pushchairs at Lightwoods Park will now take place on Wednesday mornings 10am till 11am, free to join in meet at the Galton Road entrance.


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Road closure 

16 May 16

Notice of Temporary Road Closure Rathbone Road, Smethwick In order to facilitate road works Rathbone Road will be closed on 23rd-26th May 2016 between Abbey Road and Hamilton Road.


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Jamathon 

13 May 16

Advance notice for those of you who recently enjoyed the excellent Bearwood Action for Refugees Refu-tea Party in aid of Syrian refugees…


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This sounds terrific… 

9 May 16

Promising a performance of classic Indian tales blended to a backdrop of contemporary hip-hop and Asian beats.


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Roll of honour 

6 May 16

Just a few words to say a massive thank you to those branch members (and three non-members) who worked during this election campaign to ensure Ann was elected with a record percentage of the vote, and achieved the highest turnout of any Ward in …


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Abbey Election result 

6 May 16

The election result for Abbey Ward is: Mike Allen (Green) 337 Richard Kemp (Tory) 396 Ann Jaron (Labour).


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Rounders returns… 

3 May 16

Roll roll up for the return of the highly popular… Rounder’s at Lightwoods Park, starting up again tomorrow.


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Don’t forget to vote! 

2 May 16

This Thursday is polling day.


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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….