Green Flag again…

Warley Woods is one of the very best in the UK – and that’s official. It is among a record-breaking 1,582 parks and green spaces that have been awarded a prestigious Green Flag Award. The award, handed out by environmental charity Keep Britain Tidy, recognises and rewards the best parks and green spaces across the country. A Green Flag flying overhead is a sign to the public that the space boasts the highest possible standards, is beautifully maintained and has excellent facilities.

“We are delighted to be celebrating another record-breaking year for the Green Flag Award scheme. All the flags flying this year are a testament to the efforts of the thousands of men and women, both staff and volunteers, who work tirelessly to maintain the high standards demanded by the Green Flag Award.”

The Trust will be proudly flying their new 2015-16 Green Flags over the Pavilion on Lightwoods Hill and at Abbey Road shortly.


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Food Festival returns to Bearwood

The Bearwood Food Festival is coming back in September, with a special emphasis on traditional Black Country snap!

After the resounding success of last year’s Bearwood Food Festival, organisers are planning another event on an even bigger scale, and they’re on the lookout for local delicacies and traditional Black Country fare.

Jo Capper, founder member of Bearwood Pantry, hosts of the event, says: “This festival is going to be even bigger and better than the last. The first one was us testing the water and people came in droves with many stalls selling out by lunchtime. This time, we’re expecting the big crowds and we’ll have a wider range of food and produce, food based talks and more community involvement.

Once again, the Food Festival will be celebrating Bearwood’s diverse community and championing great quality, affordable food with a range of stalls offering cuisine from Asia, the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe. And this time the organisers are keen to show off the best the Black Country has to offer. “We’re especially looking for producers of traditional Black Country fare, like faggots, gray paes, leaf scratchings and grorty pudding” suggests Jo. “We’d love to hear from you if you’re still making these traditional foods. We’re proud of the Black Country’s heritage and we’d love to support local producers at this event.

The Food Festival will take place in and around Bearwood Road and Bearwood Baptist Church Hall, in Rawlings Road from 11.00am until 4.00pm on Saturday 19th September.


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Thimblemill FIFA champions league…players wanted

Thimblemill Library is looking for two groups of children to play 12 games in the library champions league.

Like the premiership they will be awarded 3 points for a win 1 for a draw and nil if they lose. The top 6 teams from their league will go through to the quarter finals and then onto the semi and grand final. All these are being run by some new young volunteers. They are running every week and the final is Tuesday, 25th August.

For details, see the attached poster, or contact Thimblemill Library


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Coming shortly…

A date for your diary next month, Victoria Park in Smethwick are hosting a spectacular weekend between 14-16th August.

Amongst other things…there will be lots of hot air balloons!

More info to follow!


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An apple for the teacher

When Abbey Ward Councillor Ann Jaron decided it was time to undo 40 years of bad swimming habits, she signed up for lessons with Sandwell Leisure Trust's Swim School.

Six months later she managed to complete a 500m open water swim in Ullswater in the Lake District with a water temperature of 13 degrees, rather than the usual pool 29 degrees. Here Ann shows off her medal and presents her teacher Stephanie with an apple… Which just goes to prove that you can teach an old dog new tricks!



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Team Up to Shake Up at Lightwoods Park….

This summer Change4Life and Disney have teamed up to inspire children to get active with the launch of the new, exciting 10 Minute Shake Up.

Families with children aged 5 to 11 years can team up with some of their favourite Disney characters and help the team win by keeping active. You can choose to team up with the characters from; Frozen, Toy Story, Monsters or Big Hero 6.

Shake Up sessions start at Lightwoods Park on Monday 20th July and run every weekday throughout the 6 week holiday from 9am till 10am, free to take part just come along.

Families who sign up will receive a fantastic free pack for each child (maximum 3 per household) that includes; a team wrist band with a timer, loads of 10 minute shake up activities to do and stickers to go on a big team poster to track the activities. Plus you can find new activities on line in the 10 minute Shake Up zone.

Sign up here

What are you waiting for…Sign up now to Shake Up your family this summer!


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It's The Big Gig at Thimblemill Library….


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