Double Dutch…

The brilliant virtuoso horn player Dutch Lewis will be playing a variety of saxophones with his band at Thimblemill Library on Saturday night, and he'll also be at Silvershine Jazz tonight (Thursday) playing a tribute to the late great Andy Hamilton.


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In Bearwood tomorrow…

Our very own Andy White tops the bill, with Juliet Meyers, and Britain's only deaf comedian, Steve Day…


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The bandstand – then and now.

Images of the Lightwoods Park bandstand – 235 112* years apart.


…and now!

*Sorry, given wrong info. The bandstand was built in 1903!  Thanks Ken for the heads up.

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Lightwoods Park on Big Centre TV

Abbey Ward Councillor Steve Eling and parks officer Cherie O'Sullivan talking about the Lightwoods project of the new Freeview channel, Big Centre TV.

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A tribute to Lord Dickie Attenborough

Saturday, March 14th


Thimblemill Library Film Club presents….

Join us to pay tribute to this iconic British actor/director, in his breakthrough role as Pinkie. British film noir at its finest.


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Massage Parlour latest!

Sandwell Council's planning officers have rejected an application for the continuing use of the premises at 497 Hagley Road (Bubbles) as a massage parlour.

The reasons given are that given the previous history of the premises for criminal activity, and in light of a visit by West Midland police to inspect the premises, it was likely that granting planning permission would be allowing the opening of a brothel.

Thank you to the 32 people who wrote objecting to the proposal, and to the police for taking such a proactive approach to the prevention of crime.

The full text of the planning officers' report is here.

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Abbey Ward update

Thursday 12th March


St Mary's Church

Councillors and officers will give an update on some of the things that have been prioritised for Abbey Ward over the next year.

What has happened as a result of the Bearwood Road consultation last Autumn? There will be an update on de-cluttering the street scene, plans for dealing with pollution and greening the shopping area and improvements for pedestrians.

What are the plans for Lightwoods House and Park next year? The drawings and plans around the House and Park will be on display.

There will also be an update on the re-sighting of the Kings Head clock in Bearwood?

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