French Film Club

Tonight at Thimblemill 7.30pm

Pierre (Jean-Baptiste Maunier) is an aimless child at an austere boarding school in France. The students and faculty are constantly at odds with one another, until a music teacher, Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot), arrives and starts a choir. Clément — who has troubles of his own — tries to change the reactionary policies of the school, choosing instead to encourage his students. His efforts have a particular impact on Pierre, who shows great musical promise.


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The great get together in Lightwoods Park

If you are local to Bearwood, why not take a stroll down to Lightwoods Park on Sunday, if you're not already planning a meal out to treat Dad?! Bring your family, something to sit on, and a picnic, and if you can spare it, maybe bring along a dish for the communal table to share with everyone.

Like Jo Cox, I believe that we have more in common than that which divides us, and for me the international language of food is always a great leveller! It brings us together and allows us to sample a little of each others' lives.

On Sunday we will have a communal picnic table on the bandstand, where you are free to share a dish with people, or if you woud prefer, simply bring your own picnic and eat with your own family. I am busy thinking whether there is time for me to make my gran's recipe welsh cakes before Sunday!

We are also providing a selection of samosas and bhajees from local businesses for free, so please come along and meet your neighbours from 12 – 3pm this Sunday.

Ceri Saunders


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All the way from Nashville Tennessee….

Please note the change of door time!


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Thimblemill baths closing for essential repairs

Pools at Smethwick Swimming Centre will close next month to allow essential maintenance work to take place.

Sandwell Council is working with Sandwell Leisure Trust (SLT) to ensure minimal disruption for customers while work is carried out for three weeks from August 28.

Additional swimming sessions will be put on at nearby Langley Swimming Centre to accommodate Smethwick pool users while the work is carried out.

Councillor Richard Marshall, Sandwell’s cabinet member for leisure, said the essential work was unfortunately unavoidable.

“We take pride in the excellent range of sports facilities across the borough but with such an aging building it’s inevitable that regular work has to be carried out,” he said.

“Smethwick Leisure Centre is one of our oldest sports facilities and unfortunately requires lots of maintenance work. On this occasion the pools need to close for a few weeks however we will make sure the work is done quickly so our customers can get back to swimming at Smethwick as soon as possible.

“The good news is we have other excellent swimming facilities across Sandwell for people to use while the Smethwick pools are temporarily closed.”

Smethwick Leisure Centre’s gym, dance studio, fitness classes and sauna steam facilities will remain open as usual while the work is being carried out.


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In Bearwood tomorrow…

…the fabulous Digbeth Dining Club!

Street food, music, stalls, and so much more at the Bearwood Street Festival!


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Bearwood Hosts Poetry Slam for Refugee Week


Sunday 25 June, 2-7pmThimblemill Library, Thimblemill Road, Bearwood

Bearwood Action for Refugees are celebrating UK Refugee Week 2017 in style and inviting the whole community to join them. On Sunday 25 June, in partnership with Agora Poetry, they are hosting a mammoth poetry slam, SLAMATHON, at Thimblemill Library, 2-7pm. It will be fun-packed for all ages with storytelling, comedy, poetry workshops, crafts and plenty to eat with a bringand share buffet. The event will be in aid of Aegean Solidarity Network and every penny raised will help support refugees in transit.

Last year Bearwood Action for Refugees celebrated Refugee Week with a music marathon, JAMATHON, this year's event will be all about words. A poetry slam is a chance for poets to put their best poem forward and perform to an audience alongside other poets battling it out for the ultimate slam title. Performances are scored by guest poet judges including the acclaimed Casey Bailey and Aliyah Denton, on writing, performance, and fun categories relevant to the theme of the event.

Applications are open for any keen poets wanting to apply to take part in the event. Translation, including BSL interpreting, will be available for those who want to perform in languages other than English. Those wanting to apply can email for details. Poets of all ages and levels of experience are invited to apply and the deadline for applications is Sunday 18 June. Any schools keen to get involved should also contact Bearwood Action for Refugees at the above email address for links to a range of resources collated specifically for schools.

Poet and spoken word artist Bethany Slinn will be running a FREE polish up your poem workshop prior to SLAMATHON on Tuesday 20 June, 6.30-8pm at Thimblemill Library, for anyone not sure what to expect or who wants the chance to work on their poem with a pro prior to the event.

Audiences will also have chance to view Anon on its final day of exhibition on 25 June at Thimblemill Library. The photographs by Maria Falcon and Paul Hill were taken in refugee camps in Greece last year and portray the reality of life for refugees in transit.


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Warley Woods wins Gold in Excellence Award

Warley Woods in Smethwick is the model which “others should aspire to and emulate,” so said judges announcing that Warley Woods Community Trust has taken gold in the RoyalForestry Society (RFS) Excellence in Forestry Urban and Community Forestry Awards.

There was particular praise from the judges for its well prepared woodland managementplan. They said: “The Trust is extremely well organised and has an impressive system ofgovernance which gives every confidence of long term security and continuity… This is anexceptional, high achieving and extremely well run and managed urban woodland andcommunity led site and is well deserving of first place.”

The award will be presented on 14 July at Grimsthorpe Castle in Lincolnshire. RFSMidlands Division Chairman Andrew Shaw said: “Urban and community woodlands playan important part in the overall woodland cover in the UK. Well managed woodlands willflourish well into the future and the Trust is showing how management, including treefelling and squirrel control, strengthens and improves the biodiversity of the wood and itsenjoyment for all.”

Viv Cole, Trust Manager said: “Everyone at Warley Woods is incredibly pleased to havebeen chosen for this award. We are all proud of Warley Woods and what the Trust hasachieved over the last 14 years, but it is so lovely to have that recognised by others. Wewill be able to share the Award with everyone who comes to help so they will know thattheir involvement does really contribute to something extra special. It will help bolster ourcommitment to keep doing more, for this inspiring place and the community who care somuch for it.”

More details here



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