About Us

This is the blog of the Abbey Ward Labour Councillors in the Borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands.

We want to use this blog to update people on a regular basis about items of news and information about Bearwood and beyond.

The Bearwood Blog will supplement our monthly Bearwood E-Bulletin which goes out in pdf format by e-mail each month to over 700 people in the Bearwood area. The Bearwood Blog will contain news items which arise in between publication dates of the Bulletin and also give us the scope to include a wider variety of material and information. It will also give residents an opportunity to pass their comments on to the councillors about the items featured on the blog.

Feel free to give us your views, and to refer the Bearwood Blog to your friends and neighbours.

You can be added to the subscription list for the Bearwood Bulletin by e-mailing Bob Piper via bob.piperATgmail.com (replacing AT with @)

Your Abbey Ward Councillors

CLLRS6884 Steve Eling has represented Abbey Ward on Sandwell Council since 1986. He was the first Labour councillor to represent Abbey Ward on the Council, and the first councillor to hold a regular weekly surgery in the Ward.

Steve is currently the Deputy Leader of the Council, with responsibility for Finance and Strategic Resources within the Council’s Cabinet, and he also represents the Council on a wide range of external bodies and organisations.

He is the Chairman of the Warley Woods Community Trust, and he was instrumental in negotiating the transfer of Warley Woods from Birmingham to the new Charitable Trust.

Steve, who has lived in Bearwood all his life,  is also Chair of Governors of Bearwood Primary School.

Ann

Dr Ann Jaron was elected to the Council to represent Abbey Ward in May 1996. She is the Chair of the Council’s Audit Committee, after being  the Chair of the Council’s Development Control (Planning) Committee from 2002 to 2011.

She has been a governor at St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Primary School! Chair’s the Friends of Thimblemill Brook and is a Friend of Thimblemill Library. Ann is a local General Practitioner at the Sherwood House Medical Centre. Her interests include the environment, gardening and working on her allotment.

DSC_16001Bob Piper is the newest member of the Abbey team. He was first elected to the Council in 1999.

Bob is Vice-Chair of Licensing and he sits on the Children’s Scrutiny Board. Bob edits the Bearwood e-Bulletin and hosts the Bearwood Blog

He has lived in Bearwood for over thirty years, and he has been a governor on Bearwood Primary School, which both of his children attended, since 1989.

Bob has had a long interest in the National Health Service. He is the Chairman of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and has previously been a Non-Executive Director of the Trust.

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23 Responses to About Us

  1. Catharine Jenkins says:

    I was wondering whether you were planning to include info on the blog about which local services are open over Christmas (eg chemists). If so perhaps you could add that Jaz at St Mary’s News (on corner of Upper St Mary’s Rd and Wigorn Rd) will be opening from 9.30-2.00 on Christmas day. She sells all sorts of useful things apart from newspapers.
    Thank you
    Catharine (deputy paper-delivery worker)

  2. sumayyah tall one bwood says:

    this website looks very interesting why not visit our blog called bearwood primary school sandwell blog and see all the amazing things!

  3. Lesley Ann Darling says:

    Hello,
    Although I have only visited a few times, Lightwoods Park is very, very important to me. My Mom and Dad met in the Shakespeare’s garden on Easter Sunday when they were 14 years old. We lost my Mom in 1996 and my Dad (at 80) last year. My Mom and Dad agreed to “meet again” in Lightwoods Park and I would love to honor them and their love for each other . I am inquiring to see what I can do that would benefit Lightwoods Park and also honor the most amazing Mom and Dad you could ever imagine. I welcome your reply.

    Sincerely,
    Lesley Ann (Bunting) Darling

    • Bob says:

      Lesley, that’s really nice. I know Warley Woods and a number of other parks have schemes where people can have a bench dedicated to a loved one, with a small plaque of remembrance. That could be the sort of thing that we could suggest for the park. I’ll ensure it is fed in to the friends group.

  4. sumayyah says:

    no i am in year five we are a very creative year group just visit year 5 5h, but thank you any way i hope your school is as good as ours i think it might be

  5. Stefan Smith says:

    Great site, despite the minor political leanings.

    I am trying to put together a sort of key contacts matrix for residents of Bearwood. This initially will be pasted to my friend’s facebook group “let’s make Bearwood VIBRANT” as a document which will be a useful aid to anyone thinking of doing anything in Bearwood.

    But if I could refer to back to this page where people could click a link and see the who’s who and their contact information for Bearwood that would fantastic. It all seems a bit spread out across a few sites at the moment.

    Let me know if you can help.

    Stefan

  6. Cerys Atchison says:

    Do you know who I could contact to ask to play at Picnic in the Park this year? Thanks.

  7. Hi, I am a local business woman and I wanted to know what the best sources of advertising are for Bearwood?

    Also, I would like to be able to advertise on the Bearwood High Street notice board (by Argos), could you let me know his I would do this please?

    • Bob says:

      Mel, one of the best sources of advertising is through Gem Media who handle the advertising/sponsorship for Warley Wood picnic, Bearwood on Ice and other events. The notice board is really for community based organisations rather than commercial traders because if every trader wanted to plug their business it would be a massive task.

  8. David Dunne says:

    HI there. Farlands Games run a board games night at The Thimblemill pub every Thursday night, £2. entry fee. We supply a lot of games, ranging from Scrabble right the way through to Wargames. We are trying to get people away from the TV and computers, and back to playing real games. We also sell new board games at a discount, as we understand that these can become expensive. We offer a range of special offers throught our facebook page and blog. (www.facebook.com/farlandsgames , farlandsgames.blogspot.co.uk)

    I would be interested if there could be a way to help me promote this here. Its a great community event if feel, and one that I do not think is already being done around Bearwood/Smethwick. If you want to post some details up, please get back in contact with me so I can give you the full details about Farlands Games Thursday Night Gaming.

  9. Theresa Casey says:

    I contacted the council last year after a tree had to be felled on Lightwoods road, to ask about replacing it. I was informed it is not Sandwell’s policy to replace trees but as I had asked for one a replacement would be planted during the winter. This has not been done and although I have chased it up I havn’t had a response. Can a councillor help shed any light on this and the bizarre policy of not replacing trees despite the levels of pollution in bearwood?
    Regards
    Theresa Casey

  10. Bob says:

    I have attached the policy for you in relation to the trees in a nutshell the key things are that:

    1. Policy 13 States The Council will seek a replacement of all felled trees subject to a suitable location being available and financial resources being available.

    2. Policy 17 The Council will endeavour to respond positively to requests made by residents of the borough for tree planting.

    If the resident complaint is in relation to a replacement around No.182 Lightwoods road where a tree had fallen down, they will be putting a tree back into place but they are behind on replacements due to the poor weather etc however I have asked for a date when this will be done, once I have it I will forward it you.

  11. Marie says:

    Hi,
    I’m wondering if it’s possible to add to the ‘what’s on in Bearwood’ section or the ‘Bearwood Links’?
    Thanks

  12. Dean painter says:

    hi there, i’m a officer from a local boys brigade company in bearwood, is it possible to add a website to your page please as we are a organisation for children from 5 – 19 yrs? thanks

  13. John Holland says:

    Would you be able to warn people of scam e mails purporting to come from Royal Mail .I have received 4 e mails to say there is a problem with a parcel i recently posted.At this time of the year the people behind the scam know there is a better than normal chance that a parcel may have been posted. In my case no parcels have been posted.

  14. Miranda Alison says:

    Hello, is it possible to have an update about what’s happening with the closure of the tunnel under Hagley Road at the Bearwood/Lordswood Road intersection and the installation of pedestrian crossing lights? I know there have been numerous repeated delays in finally getting this done but I noticed the other day there was some kind of vehicle which looked like a cement mixer parked at the corner and a workman poking a hose from it down into the tunnel. I got excited that perhaps they were finally starting work on filling it in? If you could post an update on the Blog that would be really helpful. Thanks

  15. Keith Bracey says:

    Hear! hear! Miranda….we soon hear enough from SMBC Councillors when BCC mess up….how about a bit of praise for a change now they are getting on with the reconfiguration of The Kings Head Junction which will have a fantastic effect on Bearwood….?

    Praise where praise is due please!

    • Bob says:

      I’m not sure how much praise we should give the City Council for the eight years of dithering and delay, but well done to Sir Albert Bore’s administration for sorting out the mess inherited from the Conservative-Liberal coalition. Now…can we have the clock back at the junction, currently residing in a City Centre backwater?

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