The Tempest….

Thick as Thieves theatre have clocked up thousands of miles travelling round the UK performing in open-air Shakespeare productions. The Tempest will sweep into Bearwood accompanied by some of the theatre’s finest elements: relentless energy, breakneck costume changes, real foliage….


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Sunday Night at The ‘Mill


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Street Jumble Saturday

It’s time once more for the great Bearwood jumble trail… the jumble sale with a difference!

Community organisation We Are Bearwood and the Abbey Road coffee shop Mad as a Hatter Tea Party bring you the great Bearwood Street Jumble Sale.

In addition to the monthly Abbey Road market in Bearwood, stalls will be set up in people's front gardens and public spaces offering a wide variety of goods.

It’ll all be taking place on Saturday 1st October between 10am and 3pm.

It will be a much smaller area (see map) than in previous years, to increase the numbers of people who can get round each stall and to avoid anyone being stuck out on their own this year. The streets included are within the red dotted lines, which was where the highest concentration of stalls were last year, and some people living outside the are will be bringing their wares and sharing garden space.


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Simon again…

Simon Lea's latest spectacular Bearwood sunset…


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Janice in the sky

Janice Stirrup, a mother of two and grandmother of one (with another grandchild expected very soon) has completed a zip wire run at Velocity Zip World in Snowdonia. It is the longest zip wire in Europe and the fastest in the world reaching speeds of between 85 and 105 miles an hour.

After the event, Janice said it was, ‘Scary but exciting’.

Janice is a member of St. Hilda’s Church, Warley Woods which has adopted Sandwell Young Carers as its charity for the current year and

is holding a number of fundraising events. Janice’s effort added another £800 to the amount raised so far bringing the total to £3,500

This was far in excess of her expectations and she felt overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of all those who sponsored her.

Sandwell Young Carers supports 350 children and young people between the ages of 5 and 18 whose health, education and social lives have been affected as a result of caring for a dependent family member.



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Once Upon a Pillow Fight


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In memory of Luke Morton (30/11/92 – 7/8/2016)

Luke Morton, who lived in Bearwood for all of his short life, tragically drowned in August off Mwnt beach in Wales where he had gone to observe the seals and dolphins.

Luke, who will have been known to many people in Bearwood went to Abbey Infants, then the Abbey Juniors, before going to Earls Senior School in Halesowen. He was a popular lad who supported Abbey School in their orienteering events and also Warley Wasps Swimming Club.

Caught by a freak wave, Luke was swept off the rocks, and despite the best efforts of the RNLI, he sadly drowned.

His family are understandably devastated by their loss, But in Luke's memory the family have set up a Just Giving Page in Luke's memory, with proceeds to go to the RNLI. This is from the Just Giving page…

The Lifeboat service attended within minutes and didn't stop, not even in poor conditions, and continued their search for days after. Sadly Luke's body was found nearly 4 weeks later. The men and women of the RNLI didn't ask questions when they received the call, they dropped everything and went, no matter the danger and risked their lives.

Anyone who would like to make a donation, no matter how small, can go so by going to:


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