Dad told me pool opened in 1930sBlack Country Bugle 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 AwardWarley 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 TiptonBlack Country Bugle 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 systemsSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 TrustSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 FundSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 TiptonBlack Country Bugle 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 poetryBlack Country Bugle 5 Jun
THERE'S always something going on at Tipton Library.
Looking Up in Trafalgar SquareTwo 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 BromwichBlack Country Bugle 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 2017SCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 2017SCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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’ WorkshopSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 1 Jun
The world of funding can often seem confusing and at times impenetrable.
Save money on the goods you need to support communities.SCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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.
ZakynthosTwo 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 windowBlack Country Bugle 31 May
I've been following the items about Billy Dainty with interest.
George Road Community Church Surgery SessionsSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 BrasshouseSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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!SCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 CORCSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 scammersSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 TrustSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 FoundationSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 CouncilBlack Country Bugle 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 pmSCVO: Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations 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 BlackheathBlack Country Bugle 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 housesBlack Country Bugle 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.
A Letter to West Brom East.In The Public Domain? 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 AwardBearwood 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!In The Public Domain? 7 Jun
One person's freedom fighter is another person's terrorist.
Edgbaston Candidate Gets Touchy!In The Public Domain? 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 neededBearwood 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 RaffleBearwood 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”!In The Public Domain? 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….In The Public Domain? 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!In The Public Domain? 23 May
This is Part One of an extraordinary tale.
Bearwood BurningBearwood Blog 18 May
After a dreadful day of rain, Simon Lea took this stunning picture of the spectacular sunset over Warley Woods.
Car thief jailedBearwood 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!In The Public Domain? 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 JamesBlack 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 ParkBearwood Blog 15 May
Two new vintage fairs in Lightwoods Park...
Plants in the Shakespeare GardenBearwood 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 GardenBearwood 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!In The Public Domain? 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 TourBearwood 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 HouseBearwood 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 BearwoodBearwood 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!In The Public Domain? 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!In The Public Domain? 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?In The Public Domain? 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!In The Public Domain? 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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Bearwood Hosts Poetry Slam for Refugee WeekBearwood 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.