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Dad told me pool opened in 1930s 

7 Jun

With regards to the photo of the Gordon Sports Pool in Bugle 1292, it was situated just past Thompson Brothers works, off Great Bridge Road.

Warley Woods wins Royal Forestry Award 

Warley Woods Community Trust 6 Jun

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 Royal Forestry Society (RFS) Excellence in Forestry Urban and Community Forestry...

Lost farm in the heart of Tipton 

6 Jun

EVEN in the darkest days of the old Black Country, when the landscape was scarred by decades of mining and industrial waste, there was still lots of agricultural land, with farms nestling cheek-by-jowl with the slag heaps, marl pits and spoil.

How to use more secure IT systems 

5 Jun

To complete the third article in our series about protecting you and your organisation online (with information from NCVO’s KnowHowNonProfit website) we look at some important measures that even the smallest organisation can take.

Veolia Environmental Trust 

5 Jun

The Veolia Environmental Trust, has announced that the next closing date for stage 1 applications is the 31st August 2017.

Paul Hamlyn Foundation Arts Access and Participation Fund 

5 Jun

The Paul Hamlyn Foundation has announced the latest grants to be awarded through its Arts Access and Participation fund.

Mayor of the lost borough of Tipton 

5 Jun

THERE is no such role these days, since the formation of Sandwell Borough, but Tipton once had its own mayor, and thanks to Tiptonian Brian Williams, we can show you this rare image of a Tipton mayor from the early 1960s.

Tipton Library hosts cartoons and poetry 

5 Jun

THERE'S always something going on at Tipton Library.

Looking Up in Trafalgar Square 

Two Black Country Birders 4 Jun

After a busy afternoon of theatre going and even a museum visit, we found ourselves in Trafalgar Square, where we spotted a Peregrine Falcon zoom into the square and disappear into a recess at the top of Nelson's Column.

Singing stars and a wartime works dinner at West Bromwich 

3 Jun

WE HAVE here a range of West Bromwich gatherings, all courtesy of our old friend Terry Price, historian and author on the subject of that very town.

Bearwood Street Festival – Sunday 11 June 2017 

1 Jun

On Sunday 11 June from 11.30 am to 5.30 pm, Bearwood High Street will host its first ever community-led music and arts festival right in the centre of the neighbourhood.

Summerfield Community Garden Project Open Day – Saturday 10 June 2017 

1 Jun

Summerfield Community Garden Project would like to invite you to their Open Day on Saturday 10th June, between 11 am and 4 pm, at the City Hospital greenhouse, Western Road, entrance.

The ‘Getting Contract Ready’ Workshop 

1 Jun

The world of funding can often seem confusing and at times impenetrable.

Save money on the goods you need to support communities. 

31 May

Founded in 1997 by HRH The Prince of Wales, In Kind Direct (IKD) distributes new, usable consumer goods donated by companies to UK charities working in the UK and overseas.


Two Black Country Birders 31 May

We have recently come back from a weeks family holiday on Zakynthos (Zante), this definitely was not a birding holiday, plenty of sun, sea, food and the odd alcoholic beverage!! We stayed pretty close to our villa near Beloussi with walks down to the...

The day my ball broke Mrs Dainty’s window 

31 May

I've been following the items about Billy Dainty with interest.

George Road Community Church Surgery Sessions 

30 May

Do you have an idea for a project, but you just need that extra little bit of support to get your application at its best or to get your project idea off the ground? Do you need advice or support with your project planning or business plans? SCVO in ...

Join North Smethwick Development Trust in The Great Big Walk at The Brasshouse 

30 May

North Smethwick Development Trust at The Brasshouse invite you to share a wonderful opportunity to join them in The Great Big Walk.

Maker-Centric Project – Participants Needed! 

30 May

The University of Wolverhampton is looking for participants to get involved with their Maker-Centric Project, which examines the power of making and crafts in helping people to understand and play a part in their communities.

Free Training Opportunity Available from CORC 

30 May

The Child Outcomes Research Consortium ( CORC ) is the UK’s leading membership organisation that collects and uses evidence to improve children and young people’s mental health and wellbeing.

How to stay safe from email scammers 

30 May

For the second instalment in our ‘staying safe online’ (with content from the NCVO’s KnowHowNonProfit website) we’re looking at how you can (hopefully) prevent your organisation falling victim to email scammers.

Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust 

30 May

The Andy Fanshawe Memorial Trust (AFMT ) supports projects that allow disadvantaged young people the chance to develop an existing interest in the great outdoors.

Masonic Charitable Foundation 

30 May

Registered charities in England and Wales can apply for funding to the Masonic Charitable Foundation’s Community Support Grants Scheme.

The final representatives of Smethwick Borough Council 

27 May

THE 32 FACES you see on these pages were all alderman and councillors who left office 50 years ago.

My immediate response to the Manchester terrorist attack. 

Transforming Grace 24 May

I am writing on the morning after the bomb in Manchester which killed 22 people, injured another 59 and we are waiting for news of those who are still missing, including an eight year old girl.

Vigil for Manchester in Oldbury Civic Square – Thursday Evening, 25 May at 7 pm 

24 May

Communities in Sandwell are joining together for a vigil in memory of the victims of Monday’s Manchester concert attack.

Music video was filmed in Blackheath 

24 May

Regarding Bugle 1288, May 3rd, 2017, on page 13 you have two photos of the ongoing demolition of Terrace Street in Blackheath.

Sketches discovered of lost Tipton grand houses 

24 May

AMONG the landmark buildings that have become lost to the Black Country are many of the grand houses that wealthy industrialists of old had built for themselves.

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Bearwood Hosts Poetry Slam for Refugee Week 

Bearwood Blog 8 Jun

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.

A Letter to West Brom East. 

7 Jun

Dear Folk of West Brom East, I just wonder why you find the behaviour of Tom Watson acceptable? Are there no depths he will not plumb for what he thinks is his own advantage.

Warley Woods wins Gold in Excellence Award 

Bearwood Blog 7 Jun

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 ...

Labour’s Edgbaston Candidate Loses The Plot! 

7 Jun

One person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist.

Edgbaston Candidate Gets Touchy! 

6 Jun

Labour have put up the deeply ambitious Sandwell (aka "Sadwell") Councillor Preet Kaur Gill (PKG) as their candidate for MP in Birmingham Edgbaston.

Volunteers urgently needed 

Bearwood Blog 6 Jun

This Sunday the first Bearwood Street Festival will take place on Bearwood Road.

This Sunday, on Bearwood Road… 

Bearwood Blog 5 Jun

…it's time to party...

Prize Raffle 

Bearwood Blog 1 Jun

The Friends of Thimblemill Library are raffling two tickets for Elton John's concert next Wednesday at the Genting Arena, near the NEC.

Sandwell MP’s say “Peace Off Jeremy”! 

26 May

The dreary bore and long-standing friend of terrorists "Jeremy" Corbyn is doing his "man of peace" shtick today.

Au Revoir Big Dog…. 

24 May

A belated - and I hope temporary - farewell to local newshound Adam Smith - formerly of The Halesowen News.

Manchester attack was “beyond words” 

Bearwood Blog 24 May

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.

Don’t F*ck With Helen Williams! 

23 May

This is Part One of an extraordinary tale.

Bearwood Burning 

Bearwood Blog 18 May

After a dreadful day of rain, Simon Lea took this stunning picture of the spectacular sunset over Warley Woods.

Car thief jailed 

Bearwood Blog 17 May

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 ...

Help Please – Urdu Translation Required! 

16 May

It is a whole year since I publicly demonstrated outside Sandwell Council House demanding an enquiry into the cheap deal whereby Cllr Mohammad Rouf and his family secured the building plot on Florence Road at Cape Hill and built their seven-bedroom ...

Opening of the John Hoyland Wing at Anchovy Primary School, St James 

Black Firsts: Merrise Crooks 15 May

Beverley Heath-Hoyland with some of the children in the new music room of the John Hoyland Wing at Anchovy School.

Vintage in the Park 

Bearwood Blog 15 May

Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park...

Plants in the Shakespeare Garden 

Bearwood Blog 13 May

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….

The Shakespeare Garden 

Bearwood Blog 13 May

With the work coming to an end inside Lightwoods House, attention is moving to the restoration of the Shakespeare Garden….

The circus is back in town… 

Bearwood Blog 9 May

The circus has returned to Lightwoods Park, and will be there through to Sunday night.

Comrades At War – Now The MP’s Join In! 

9 May

Whilst Corbyn destroys the Labour Party nationally, the comrades are still having a good go and bringing the local "group" into yet further disrepute - although it seems the rebel army is shrinking and making a last stand around the flag of useless ...

Lightwoods House Tour 

Bearwood Blog 8 May

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.

Come to the Refu-Tea Party! 

Bearwood Blog 4 May

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.

Top award for Lightwoods House 

Bearwood Blog 4 May

Sympathetic restoration work to a Grade II listed Sandwell house has been recognised in a building excellence award.

There will be kazoos… 

Bearwood Blog 4 May

Two great acts this Saturday at Thimblemill Library.

Two prosecuted for aggressive begging in Bearwood 

Bearwood Blog 3 May

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 ...

Sion Simon Expenses Scandal! 

3 May

If you are considering voting for Tom Watson's puppet, Sion Simon, tomorrow (for the mayor we voted to say we didn't want) then may I just remind you of the incident when he got caught out over-claiming expenses and was forced to pay a substantial ...

Tom Watson Scores Again! 

28 Apr

I hope the title of this post hasn't excited you to believe that I am about to report that Lazy Tom is shagging again after the demise of his relationship with the fragrant Ms Peacock.

Steve Eling – Ay Up Me Duck? 

28 Apr

In 2012 "socialist" Steve Eling dreamt up a scheme to shaft the very poorest and most deprived folk of Sandwell.

Hackett IS guilty says Information Commissioner! 

27 Apr

You probably haven't got time now to put the kettle on and break out the custard creams but when you get a chance please take a look at my post of 17th March, 2017 and the failure of the deeply corrupt Sandwell Labour Council to answer my Freedom of ...

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