Friends and Neighbours

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Don’t lose your vote!

You must return your details

Sandwell residents are being reminded not to lose their right to vote – by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to the council.

Letters were sent every household in Sandwell in early August to check who lives there and who is eligible to vote. Anyone who hasn’t responded needs to do so as soon as possible.

Reminders will soon go out to people who have yet to respond to the form. 

By responding, either to confirm the details are correct or to make changes, residents can ensure they can vote in future elections. It also means the council can remove people who have moved away from the electoral register.

Being on the electoral register also has other advantages – if you’re not registered to vote it can affect your credit rating.

Sandwell Council’s Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer, Jan Britton, said: “We’ve already had responses from more than half of all households in Sandwell, so for those who haven’t responded yet, it’s important you do that as soon as possible.

“We need to make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Sandwell to make sure you are able to vote in future.

“All households must respond – even if they have no changes. You can do this online, by text or through an automated phoneline and only takes a couple of minutes.”

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.

Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.

Across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

For people who are not already registered to vote, they can register in five minutes online by going to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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This will be rocking….

Thimblemill Library, tonight, (1st Sept) 7.30. Adults £4, concessions £2.50, children free

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September e-Bulletin

The September edition of the Bearwood eBulletin is now available for download here

If you want to receive your copy directly to your e-mail every month, just complete the subscription form here

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Who is dealing with this criminality?

Over the last few weeks, on this page and in my mailbox, there have been loads of complaints about late night/early hours disturbances. Cars revving, handbrake turns, screaming tyres, shouting and screaming, usually near bars…The Pheasant, Sion Bar, The George and the former Queens Head have all been mentioned in the last couple of weeks.

We raised this directly with the police last week, and asked what was being done in response to the complaints. The answer was…not much! There are just not enough police. 

Apparently, the response teams at West Bromwich deal with this type of incident after midnight, and they are run off their feet dealing with violent incidents and domestic violence, and there appears to be little hope of anyone coming out to deal with this sort of intimidatory anti-social behaviour. In fact, the police view was that if you want to complain, ring 101, (health warning: don’t hold your breath whilst dialling) but also, write to the Chief Superintendent and tell him. 

So, ok… here’s his e-mail address…let him know! Richard Baker via r.baker@west-midlands.pnn.police.uk

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Coming to Thimblemill….

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Life’s a Beach….

This promises to be something special…

Two caravans – each one a specially created performance space, each one a different part of an experience shared across cultures – the British seaside.

These unique shows created from interviews with the people of the Black Country and Skegness. Together, they explore the glitz, the grot, and the fish and chips; the sea, the sand and the seagulls; the wind, the waves and the fairground rides that make up our holiday experience.

But what’s it like to live there all year round? Meet the bingo caller who dresses as Elvis and the lifeboat crew who keep us safe.

Thimblemill Library 23 August Tickets are just £1.00 per performance(caravan) we have fifteen tickets for each 20 minute slot from 10am – please book slots in advance.

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