Anyone for rounders?

Rounders is back in Lightwoods Park this summer.

Sessions are free of charge and all are welcome.

If you are under 14 bring along a playing adult. No need to book, just turn up.

Sessions will run each week starting 20th May right through summer until September on Wednesdays between 6pm-7.30pm (this year at the top end of the park).


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Bearwood Front Garden Competition

Following the fantastic success of the 2013 competition, local voluntary group We Are Bearwood has launched the second Front Gardens Competition. Gardens small, large, newly planted or established are all welcome for a chance to win cash prizes. Prizes rise from £50 to a blooming marvellous £300, thanks to generous sponsorship from local estate agents Robert Oulsnam & Co.

Last year's competition certainly got people talking…

“My immediate neighbours have supported me and teased me in equal measure, and strangers from further down the road have stopped for a chat, keen to talk about my flourishing potato crop… It's been a great way of getting to know a few more people in my community and I feel a little bit proud every time I approach my front door now.”

Many Bearwood folk walked the beautiful 2013 Front Gardens trail which we’ll create again this year, and novice gardeners grew proud of their achievements:

“We only started our pink and purple garden last year, shortly after moving in, so it is very much a work in progress!… our house is opposite a car park so we are trying to create an all year round attractive, colourful space that creates cleaner air, better health and homes for wildlife.”

We Are Bearwood has received fantastic support from local businesses too. Robert Oulsnam & Company in Bearwood are sponsoring the main cash prizes, to a total of £500. Manager Jenna Hill said that the competition is a great way to encourage us all “to take pride in the appearance of the outside of the home, and we are more than happy to support any local initiative that will help improve and boost the profile of Bearwood – our working home!”

Bearwood's very own garden store Webbs on Three Shires Oak Road has a wide range of plants on offer and owners Pauline Davis and John Webb have offered a prize of vouchers for the ‘Most Improved Garden’ category. They explained: “we hope this will encourage novice gardeners as well as the green-fingered locals we know so well. It was lovely to see the gardens looking so lovely in the last competition and we look forward to offering advice to anyone needing it!

The competition is open to anyone living within the competition map area. For an entry form, map, and competition details please see our website:

Entry forms are also available at Thimblemill Library and Warley Woods pavillion shop.

The competition will be judged by three green-fingered local residents, led by 2013 competition creator Deborah Yuill, whose message to us all is “save it, don’t pave it!”.




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Don’t forget the bake-off

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.

For more info, contact Khakan via:


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Abbey Ward election result

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

The votes cast for each party were:

Keith Bracey (Green) 482

Steve Eling (Labour). 3386

Richard Kemp (Tory) 952

David Perry (UKIP) 745

Lynn Wadding (TUSC) 89

A great result for Abbey as Steve Eling is elected with a majority of….2434

We would like to thank all of our supporters for a magnificent result here in Abbey, on what was a disappointing night for Labour across the country.

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The result in Warley

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!

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

But there is no count for the local election ballot until Friday afternoon. Tonight, all the boxes will be checked to ensure the right papers have gone into the correct boxes, and only then can they start the General Election counting. As so many of those counting tonight will have been on polling stations between 7am and 10pm they will go home after the General Election result has been declared and reconvene on Friday afternoon to start the council count.

The Bearwood Blog is hoping to be able to post the result for Abbey Ward sometime between 3pm and 4pm on Friday.

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Thank you to our party workers

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. We have also been over to help Stephanie Peacock in Halesowen and Rowley Regis, and Ian Austin in Dudley North, two key marginals for Labour.

Running an election campaign involves a lot of work for our team in Abbey Ward, deliveringleaflets (over 10,000 in the two months before the election), knocking on doors (5,500 in just over 3 weeks), polling station and count observers, running a committee room, and all the election administration paper work.

So, big thank you to everyone who has contributed to Team Abbey’s election campaign this year, in no particular order… Patrick, Sita, Pam, Richard M., Richard N., Bob, Liz, Ann, Marcin, Lesley, Steve E., Steve P., John K. Phil, Annie L., Hayley Marie, Claire, John G., Rod, Prem, Annie H., Ceri, Abi, Scott, Helen, Hilary, Jeannie, Elaine, Barbara, Shabeeh, John T., Cait, Andy, Steve I., Fran, John S. and Mary.

And now…it's over to the voters!



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