Crime Wave

 There has, unfortunately, been a spate of overnight burglaries in the area in the last 48 hrs

 Homes in Merrivale, Marlborough, Pargeter, Park and Rathbone Road have been targeted; vehicle keys and vehicles, tools and electrical items have been taken. 2 of the attacked premises were shed breaks where 2 push bikes were taken 

If anyone has any information or CCTV in these areas please contact us 

As the evenings are getting darker please…close and lock doors and windows…leave a light on to give the impression that someone is home if you go out…don’t leave valuables on display…if possible fit and use an alarm…ensure fencing is secure and in good repair…fit and use a lock on garden gates…remain vigilant…report suspicious activity

999 in an emergency (happening now and urgent assistance needed)

101 (to report damage or pass on information)

Online at (further crime prevention information and advise can also be found online)

Local neighbourhood team email is 

Message Sent By Lesley Pardoe (Police, PCSO, Smethwick)

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A State of Independence

I read a terrific book earlier this year called Prisoners of Geography, which showed through a series of 10 maps how political developments are often constrained by the geography of the regions. Chapters on Russia, China, India and Pakistan, and Latin America gave a different and quite fascinating perspective on historical events.

Well, in a major scoop for Bearwood, the author, Tim Marshall will be at the excellent Why Not Cafè on Bearwood Road this Sunday (November 11th), at 11am. Talking about his work, and particularly his new book, Divided: Why we’re living in an age of walls. His books have sold over over 1 million copies worldwide and we’re wondering how he will fit all of those fans into Why Not!

After a career spanning the BBC and Sky News, Tim stepped back to concentrate on his writing career and his independent international affairs analysis site,

Divided: Why we’re living in an age of walls was published by Simon and Schuster earlier this year and received much critical acclaim. We love his calm delivery of sometimes unpalatable news and when talking live, about his career and books he is a compelling raconteur.

We are seeing walls being built along borders everywhere. Despite globalization and advances in technology, we seem to be feeling more divided than ever. Thousands of miles of walls and fences have gone up around the world in the twenty-first century. At least 65 countries, more than a third of the world’s nation states, have built barriers along their borders; half of those erected since the Second World War sprang up between 2000 and now.”

Why Not Cafe

594 Bearwood Road

Sunday November 11th


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November e-Bulletin

The November 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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Lots of half term fun at Thimblemill Library

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A good gig for a good cause…

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Community unite for 3rd procession of light

Bearwood Action for Refugees and We are Bearwood are hosting the third annual community Procession of Light in Warley Woods on Saturday 20 October, 6pm.  Following the successful and popular events of the past two years, the community of Bearwood will be coming together once again to spread messages of hope, solidarity, friendship and welcome.  In partnership with We Are Bearwood and Near Neighbours all are welcome to join the procession uniting families, community groups and those of different faiths for a torch-lit walk through the woods.  
Meeting at The Fountain at 6pm, bearing torches to light their way, the procession will make its way to The Pavillion where it will culminate.  Representatives from all faiths will be present and faith leaders from the Abrahamic Foundation and a local church along with a poet from Writers Without Borders will speak on the importance of friendship, welcome and hope within our local community.  We also welcome Brandhall Community Choir who will perform a selection of songs.


In the lead up to Diwali, the procession’s symbolism will be manifold.  Smethwick Craftivistas are holding workshops, funded by Near Neighbours, with a number of different community groups in the run up to the event. They have also created a tutorial that people can use to make their own torch lantern at home to project their very own messages and light pictures into the twilight that can be downloaded from   At the culmination of the procession, torch beams, light pictures and messages will join together to create an installation of light.

A free lantern-making workshops run by the Smethwick Craftivistas will take place 4.30 – 5.30pm in Warley Woods Pavillion prior to the procession, for those wanting to make their own torch lantern.  If schools and groups want to discuss how they can get more involved they can e-mail

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Science as fun

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