Superstar at Silvershine Jazz

A real Jazz superstar takes to the stage at Silvershine Jazz at Corks in Bearwood this Thursday (15th).

BBC Young Jazz Musician of the Year, Xhosa Cole, who first picked up a saxophone at the Ladywood Community School of Music, an Andy Hamilton project. From there he took every opportunity to develop his skills including a stints in the fabulous MYJO and the National Youth Jazz Collective before going on to TV success where he showcased his own composition ‘Moving Ladywood’. For this gig Xhosa will be performing with the Blue Notes to play Andy Hamilton’s music and his own.  

Xhosa with Sandwell Mayor Ann Jaron



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Polling station review

Sandwell Council is required by law to conduct a periodic review of it’s polling stations. There is currently a consultation exercise taking place which could have an impact on polling stations in Abbey Ward.

Two changes being proposed include closing the polling station at St Hilda’s church hall and adding those voters to those at Abbey Infants School and closing Thimblemill Library polling station and relocating to Bearwood Road School.

Information on the review, and your opportunity to comment by 18th August can be found here.

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Jonathan’s in the Park presents…


Comes to Jonathans in the Park on 

Wednesday 7th and 14th August at 7pm

Direct from touring with The Proclaimers and fresh from his BBC interviews, Pete will be performing his one-man show.

Free entry.

 Irish Traditional Dinners on both evenings
at £12.95 pp

Booking for dinner is essential
so please call asap on  0121 4201888

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it’s judging week for the Bearwood front garden competition

The judges have more front gardens than ever to see with the biggest entry yet of 69!  See for yourself just how utterly gorgeous Bearwood’s Front Gardens are with our map – just click on the link to see where the entered front gardens are located:


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Friday, at Lightwoods House….

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July e-Bulletin

The July edition of the Bearwood e-Bulletin is available for downloading here

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Thimblemill Library to host Sandwell’s first LGBTQ+ festival

A British Social Attitudes survey in 1987 reported that 75% of the British public thought homosexuality was ‘always’ or ‘mostly’ wrong. Egged on by a hostile media, gay and lesbian people were frequently faced with violence, and were legally fired from their jobs if they revealed their sexuality.

Homophobia, transphobia, sexism and racism are still pernicious problems, trans people in particular are still a media punchbag, but society’s attitudes are changing.

It is in this spirit that this weekend (Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd) the Friends of Thimblemill Library is hosting the Rainbow Mill Festival, Sandwell’s first ever festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

The weekend will host a variety of free or affordable events including a free family singing workshop on Saturday morning called Rise & Shine, a flag making competition on all weekend and a cabaret variety show from 4.30pm on Saturday followed by a Silent (Drag) Disco featuring local drag queen Dhaliah Rivers (£2 for adults, £1 for children).

On Sunday, families are invited to Lunchtime Storytime where they can get involved in an interactive reading of children’s books that will become available for loan from the library after the event. 

 Thimblemill, which also had the accolade of being the first ever Library of Sanctuary for refugees, are hoping that by including these books on their shelves, they are showing support for welcoming all types of families to the library and acknowledge that these narratives are important for children to be able to access. 

The Rainbow Mill Festival is produced by local artist and creative producer, Hannah Graham, funded by Arts Council England Creative Black Country and Black Country Touring.

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