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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This Sunday….body diversity


“EMBRACE is a social impact documentary that explores the issue of body image. The project has been supported by nearly 9000 Kickstarter pledgers who responded to a fundraising trailer I released in 2014, which has now had over 25 million internet views.

The inspiration for EMBRACE came about after I posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 that sparked an international media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles. But I soon realized how restrictive 4-minute TV interviews, 800 word articles and 140 characters on Twitter can be. This issue needed a louder voice on a bigger platform, so the idea of creating the documentary EMBRACE was born.” – Embrace Director Taryn Brumfitt

Embrace is told from the point of view of Taryn as she traverses the globe talking to experts, women in the street and well-known personalities about the alarming rates of body image issues that are seen in people of all body types. In her affable and effervescent style, Taryn bares all (literally) to explore the factors contributing to this problem and seeks to find solutions.

After 24 months of travelling, interviewing, production and post production Taryn and the Embrace team have created a film that is relevant, relatable, highly engaging – but above all life changing.

Embrace had its world premiere at the 2016 Sydney Film Festival, where it made it into the festival directors’ top 5 picks and was nominated for the Documentary Australia Foundation Award for Best  

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Road closures for cycle race

On Sunday 24th September 2017 between approx. 5.00hrs & 11.00hrs the following roads in Sandwell will be closed in order to facilitate Sandwell’s section of the 100 mile cycling Sportive, Velo Birmingham.


A456 Hagley Road / Hagley Road West, Smethwick will be closed in both directions from its boundary with Birmingham City as far as A4123 Wolverhampton Road


At A4123 Wolverhampton Road cyclist will travel along the westbound carriageway only on A456 Hagley Road West as far as Quinton Expressway roundabout where they not proceed via the underpass but will travel via eastbound slip road onto the roundabout, eastbound (Birmingham bound) traffic will be allowed to travel east along this stretch of road but will be required to turn left onto A4123 Wolverhampton Road and will not be allowed to travel straight ahead into Birmingham.


The cyclists will then proceed via A458 Hagley Road West as far as the borough boundary with Dudley where the event will continue. A total road closure will be operational except for that stretch of dual carriageway commencing at Spies Lane & continuing into Dudley.  Vehicles will be allowed to travel east at this location in order to gain access to ASDA, Starbucks etc


A4123 Wolverhampton traffic will not be allowed access onto Hagley Road West and will be stopped at Broadway and advised to find alternative routes by means of signage well in advance of Broadway and at Birchley Island.


A4030 Bearwood Road traffic will not be allowed access onto Hagley Road /Hagley Road West and will be advised to find alternative routes at the Three Shires Oak Road / Sandon Road junction.


Please note that vehicles will be allowed to cross the route between 5.00hrs and 11.00hrs at A4123 Wolverhampton Road and A4030 Bearwood up until 20 minutes before the arrival of the first event vehicle. Frontagers will also be allowed access until this time


Gaps in the central reservation of the dual carriageways will be closed.

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Zumba in the House!

Coming this month – Low Impact Zumba – upstairs @ Lightwoods House………a fun Latin inspired dance fitness class!

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