Are you ready to Jumble?

Bearwood Street Jumble is back! If you haven’t already caught up with it, it’s like a jumble sale, but people set up a stall in their front garden and as people wander around the route they stop, peruse, have a chat and maybe purchase something.

The organisers at We Are Bearwood produce a map of the participating houses, which you can view via: https:// 

Best to take a look before you set out, because people are still listing their properties.

So, if you fancy emptying your cupboard under the stairs, or foraging around the loft, cleaning out that spare bedroom or rooting out unwanted tools in your garden shed …and setting up your own stall, email for details of how to take part and to get your address added to the map.

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May e-Bulletin

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

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Tonight at The Silvershine

The Trevor Lines Quintet

Trevor Lines always uses his many contacts in the Jazz World to bring quality musicians to the Silvershine Club and, once again, this gig is no exception.

The quintet has Richard Foote (trombone), Bruce Coates and (sax) Ben Thomas (trumpet) confirmed for front line with Trevor on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums.

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Getting ready for the street festival

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Planning Inspectors give the go ahead to bedsits

The government’s Planning Inspectorate has overturned Sandwell Council’s Planning Committee decision to reject the creation of over 50 bedsit units above the shops on Bearwood Road.

Despite a wave of opposition from local residents living nearby, the Bristol-based Inspectorate ruled that the property developers could go ahead and convert the rooms above the shops in to bedsits.

Abbey councillor Bob Piper, who opposed the bedsits at the planning hearing in Sandwell said, “This is once again evidence of remote civil servants completely ignoring the wishes of local people. No-one seriously opposed the use of the space above the shops being converted for use for flats. In fact, some of the units already do have people living in them. However, this proposal attempts to maximise the developer’s profits by cramming as many units as possible in to the smallest space! One of the double shop fronts will find the space above the shops converted into 11 separate homes. For people living in nearby Herbert Road this threatens to be a nightmare as their properties are overlooked, and parking, already at a premium, threatens to become near impossible.

“There is barely any allowance for communal space whatsover, neither inside nor outside of the bedsits. It appears the developers are happy creating these equivalents to human battery farms, and the Planning Inspectorate, who won’t have to live with the consequences of their decision are content to allow them to do so.

“The units so far only apply to half of the row of shops. If and when they extend their plans to all of the shops there could be over 100 bedsits. The developers say they intend to let their tiny bedsits to ‘young professional single people without cars’ although they fully admit that they cannot enforce that as a tenancy condition. The reality is, now the Inspectorate have caved in and allowed the plans the landlords can let their properties to anyone they wish.”

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March e-Bulletin

The March copy of the Bearwood eBulletin is now available for download here

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Smethwick Community Awards

Nominations are now open for the Smethwick Community Awards 2019. It’s an opportunity for local people and community organisations to be recognised for their outstanding contributions to the Smethwick town and its people. The Smethwick Community Awards 2019 is organised by the Sandwell Community Hubs in partnership with the Sandwell Council. Nominees are being sought for seven categories of awards. The categories open for submissions are:

• Outstanding Volunteer Award: Someone whose volunteering makes a huge impact on the local community.

• Outstanding Young Person Award: A young person who makes a positive contribution to the local community.

• Outstanding Good Neighbour Award: Someone who helps their neighbours & makes a difference to someone else.

• Outstanding Community Project Award: A community project that makes a difference to the local community.

• Outstanding Community Organisation Award: A community project/organisation that makes a difference to the local community.

• Outstanding Partnership Working Award: A Group has shown that partnership working has had a positive impact.

• Community Special Award: An individual that has contributed positive lifelong service to the area.

To enter, all projects or services must take place in the town. All entries will be judged by an independent panel involving local councillors and businesses. Deadline for the Smethwick Community Awards 2019 is Friday 1st March 2019 at 11:30 pm.

Please visit to submit your nominations. You can also download the attached nomination paper and email it back

All Nominees will be invited to an Awards Ceremony to be held on 15th March 2019 from 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm.


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