Looking good

The new public garden outside Corks is looking good.

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Open mic night

6pm-8pm Sunday

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Bryan Corbett at the Silvershine

Tonight, at the Silvershine Jazz club at Corks, in my humble opinion the best jazz trumpeter for many a mile will be playing with his own trio.

Bryan Corbett is a long standing supporter of jazz in Bearwood, and is always warmly welcomed when he plays here.

Bryan always plays with the best musicians around, and tonight will be joined by Ben Markland on bass and Al Gurr on piano. Some high class, cool music, is guaranteed.


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Pram Pushers


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Man jailed for Bearwood child snatch attempt

A statement from West Midlands Police:

A man who tried to snatch a young girl from a street as she walked in broad daylight has been sentenced to four and a half years in jail with an extended 5-year-long licence upon his release.

Edward Burns, aged 38, from Smethwick, was jailed at Wolverhampton Crown Court today after he pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing of attempting to abduct the nine-year-old girl.

The court heard that Burns, spotted the girl on the afternoon in March this year as she walked along Belmont Road in Bearwood.

He went up to the child, pushed her to the floor and lay on top of her, before dragging the terrified child across the road by her coat hood into an alleyway.

Fortunately a woman passing heard the child’s screams and shouted at Burns to let her go. He then ran off into a flat where he lived nearby.

Officers went to the scene immediately and searched the area for a man matching the suspect’s description, before arresting Burns.

Detective Constable Luke Stephens said: “This was a terrifying incident for the child, who was extremely upset by the attack. We believe his intentions were sexual in nature. Luckily a woman saw what happened and heard the child’s screams and he let her go.

The child was very brave and gave us a detailed description of the man who attacked her, which led to the quick arrest of Burns. I would also like to thank the public spirited actions of the woman who intervened and helped the child.”


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Blood Moon!

For those of you who haven’t seen Simon Lea’s incredible picture of last night’s Blood Moon over Warley Woods…here it is! And of all the pictures taken of this, I can’t say I’ve seen a better one! (click on the picture to see it enlarged)

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Bearwood Art With History

When? – 3rd-10th October

Where? – Ooops- Artisan Gallery and Gifts (Sandon Road, opp TC Hayes)

How did the Windsor cinema (Sandwell Snooker Club) play its role in spying on the Germans in WW2? Which night classes did Bearwood Primary School offer in the late 18th century?

These questions and more will be answered at the Bearwood Art with History exhibition this weekend.

Bearwood resident Josh Whitehouse (Jowybean) has been working with local historian and chairperson of the Smethwick Local History Society, Mary Bodfish to bring to life the history and culture of Bearwood in an utterly fresh and unique way.

Josh is is a 24 year old freelance illustrator, character designer, storyboard and comic artist living in Birmingham. His work merges keen interest in international architecture with an encyclopedic knowledge of illustration: from children’s cartoons to Japanese anime and everything in between. These different influences, combined with a fluency in a range of styles of illustration means that a Jowybean piece, more often than not, is not just a scene to admire but a whole new world to enter.

To launch this exhibition, from 3-5pm on Saturday 3rd October, Mary will be using Josh’s pictures to talk through some fascinating elements of Bearwood’s rich history and then leading a history walk, starting at the Ooops gallery, to visit some of the areas depicted in these images.

It is very unusual for such a passion for local history and culture to combine with such an individual artistic talent, so make sure you don’t miss your opportunity to experience Jowybean’s Bearwood. The exhibition will be open all week upstairs in Bearwood’s newest artisan gallery and gift shop, Ooops (except Sunday and Wednesday). All the prints will be for sale as will a series of postcards and small canvases, also featuring art focusing on Bearwood.

For more information about the exhibition or artist, try any of the following:

email: jonny@creativeartsnetwork.co.uk

twitter: @BearwoodAWH

facebook event: Bearwood Art With History



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