Water Aid

Thanks to John Stokes for this….

Most Bearwood residents receive water from South Staffs Water (for the others it’s Severn-Trent.)  SSW have a scheme called ‘Assure’ where households with an income of less than £16,105 per year (£1,342.08 per month or £309.71 per week) excluding income from Disability Living Allowance, Personal Independence Payment & Attendance Allowance may qualify for a discount of up to 80% on their water bill.  Severn-Trent has a similar scheme for their customers.

This may not be relevant to you but you may know of others who would benefit from this information (e.g. an elderly person on state pension as their only income), and possibly your help in downloading and printing the form.  If you apply before March 31st, there will be a rebate for the whole of this financial year.



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Thinking of starting your own business?

This could be for you…

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English for Speakers of Other Languages

Anyone interested in attending these courses starting after Easter should register their interest at Thimblemill Library…

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Building Relationships

Building Relationships by Susie Pottinger. Performed by Angela Harvey

A play Exploring isolation, grief, depression, love, hope and family.

‘Rita takes in laundry from her neighbours in a block of flats. As she tackles each new load she chats to her husband in the next room and we find out about these people she would never normally have come into contact with and how they have slowly but surely become a part of her life’.

Remote Goat awarded the show 5 stars

“[Rita’s] one-sided conversation with her off-stage husband gradually transforms into a moving work of intense beauty, encapsulating profound truths about the state of the nation and the human condition.’

“Susie Pottinger has captured a perfect sliver of hope in a theatrical landscape populated by vogue despair. This small, contained, beautifully observed story of communal survival says far more about the state of the nation, far more elegantly, than most plays written by better known playwrights over the last decade.”

Tuesday 20th February 6.30pm (Doors open 6pm)

Tickets £6

Moor Pool Hall, 

37 The Circle, 

Harborne, Birmingham, B17 9DY

Tickets via: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/building-relationships-tickets-42438459575

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Caroline on the telly….

Bearwood’s own Caroline Jariwala will be featured on Midlands Today at 6.30pm on Thursday evening celebrating the fantastic success of her 100 Masters video which has now had over 3.7 million views.

Caroline’s ability to turn old pieces of crockery into stunning works of art has taken her around the world. Her work has been commissioned far and wide to produce intricate and beautifully crafted mosaics for schools, community spaces and even a pub. 

Her mosaic art is often inspired by the replicating patterns discovered within nature, and also by the Rangoli designs and Mendhi patterns of Caroline’s Indian heritage.

You can watch the video here… https://www.facebook.com/OneHundredMasters/videos/198946740684787/

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A belated “Happy New Year” message…

The team at We Are Bearwood have been working behind the scenes on a few things – including planning for Bearwood Street Festival 2019.  Read all about what they are going to be up to this year and next and how to get in touch if you want to be a part of it: http://www.wearebearwood.org/blog/happy-new-year-from-we-are-bearwood/ 

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Holocaust Memorial Commemoration

Sandwell will remember the millions of victims of genocide at a special Holocaust commemoration event in West Bromwich.

The event, to mark Holocaust Memorial Day 2018, will be held on Sunday 28 January 2018 at Highfields Memorial Gardens, off High Street, West Bromwich.

Arrive from 10.15am for a 10.30am start. Everyone is welcome.

Mayor of Sandwell Councillor Ahmadul Haque MBE said: “I invite everyone to join us at what will be a solemn observation to respect the memory of millions of victims of genocide over the years.

“We need to make sure people now and in the future remember the Holocaust and more recent atrocities. We will be thinking about those who died and also those who live with the memories.”

This year the meeting will be addressed by a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust.

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