Next Thursday at The Silvershine

Doors open at 8.30pm at Corks Social Club, Bearwood Road…

Paul Foad writes… “We’re extremely excited to welcome back Tom Ollendorf and his band to the Silvershine. We first met Tom in Kent on a family holiday around 5 years ago. He’d just finished a gig and we told him about the club, invited him to play, and we weren’t disappointed. We’ve watched this fabulous, young, Internationally-acclaimed guitar player develop over the years as a musician and composer. Alongside him will be Marc Michel (drums), Tom Barford (sax) and Mark Trounson (bass), who are all equally as talented.”

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Charity music group get lottery grant

Congratulations to Elms. ELMS (Entertainment Live Music & Singing)

The popular group was formed about a year ago to provide fun music sessions for health and wellbeing, to  groups for the elderly, dementia suffers, carers and people with cerebral palsy and other community groups.


The sessions consist of sing a long songs, fun interactive songs, use of percussion instruments and other music based activities.

Although the sessions have become very  popular and successful, they have been struggling to afford to keep funding them. They recently applied for National Lottery funding and are delighted to say they have been successful in being awarded a Big Lottery Grant to cover the expenses for the next twelve months, which will enable them to reach more of the community.
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If you don’t recycle your food waste yet…

If you don’t have a food waste bin, order one today to get it in time to recycle your Halloween pumpkin 🎃

Go to – replacement food waste bins are free.

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Warley Woods voted one of Britain’s best parks again

Warley Woods has again received aclaim as one of Britain’s favourite parks in a national vote organised by Keep Britain Tidy. It is the second year running the Woods has been voted as one of the nation’s top ten parks in an online poll.

Viv Cole writing on the Trust website said…”Thank you so much to everyone for voted for Warley Woods this year.  We are incredibly proud to win this special accolade for the second year because we know it was people who use and love Warley Woods who voted for us.  Over 73,000 votes were cast in the competition this year – which was double the votes cast last year – so our supporters would have had to work doubly hard to keep us in the top 10.  Thank you very much for loving Warley Woods, just as much as those who manage it and volunteer for it.”


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Garden Waste and Xmas collections

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Property closed after ASB reports

Dudley Magistrates’ Court granted a closure notice on a property in St. Mary’s Road, Bearwood on 29/09/2017 using powers under the Antisocial Behaviour, Crime and Policing Act 2014 following numerous complaints from local residents over the last few months of significant incidents of antisocial behaviour including drug user, prostitution and public nuisance.

The closure notice is effective immediately and valid for one month until the existing occupant leaves or risks being sent to prison. Local residents have expressed their delight with the news. The premises in question was a magnet for ASB and caused a great deal of distress to all those concerned. PC GILL of Smethwick NHPT said: “We will not tolerate those who hide behind closed doors and are committed to making the lives of others a misery.”

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Coffee, cake…and a natter!

The world’s biggest coffee morning at Thimblemill Library

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