The lights are on…

…and the Bearwood xmas tree is looking good!


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Emma Archer – Botanical Works

Lightwoods House December 9th – 22nd 
Artist Emma Archer left her native Birmingham nearly a decade ago to immerse herself in a new life in the Italian countryside. By that time she’d spent a decade on the front lines of the British art scene and was ready for something else entirely. Her lifelong passion for Italy led Emma and her partner to acquire a derelict farmhouse, which they lovingly and painstakingly restored using traditional methods and materials. 
Emma took a break from her artwork to start a family and cultivate the land attached to the farm. Finally, Emma developed a beautiful studio overlooking her olive grove, where she returned to drawing and painting. It’s as idyllic as it sounds and the beauty of Emma’s surroundings inspired her new work. Gone are the urban cityscapes of her post art-school Birmingham days, replaced with the languid-cool, lazily-listless, vibrantly-vivid watercolours and acrylics of the Botanical Collection Emma will have on display at Lightwoods House. Just looking at Emma’s paintings on a computer monitor is mesmerising, and Lightwoods House seems like the perfect place to enjoy them.


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Bearwood lights switch on

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A jazz special…

This Thursday (6th) there is a real feast of jazz music at the Silvershine Jazz Club as some of the finest musicians around grace the stage of the Corks Club.

Bryan Corbett, a simply brilliant trumpet player, brings his Blue Note Quartet to Bearwood. Bryan’s interpretation of some of the jazz blue note classics is wonderful to behold, and as this session is designed to include some of those classics, it really shouldn’t be missed.

Joining Bryan will be the American bass virtuoso Tom Hill, a long time friend of Andy Hamilton’s Bearwood Jazz, and the immensley talented Carl Hemmingsley on drums and pianist Al Gurr.

Seriously…for just £6 admission!! Doors open 8.30pm


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The December edition of the Bearwood eBulletin is now available for download here

If you want to receive your copy directly to your e-mail every month, just complete the subscription form here

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Friends Group relaunch

The Friends of Lightwoods Park and House are having a relaunch on Wednesday (28th).

The meeting is looking to recruit a number of volunteers to serve on the committee.

Anyone interested, please come along, 6.30pm in the Chance Room, Lightwoods House.

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Crime Wave

 There has, unfortunately, been a spate of overnight burglaries in the area in the last 48 hrs

 Homes in Merrivale, Marlborough, Pargeter, Park and Rathbone Road have been targeted; vehicle keys and vehicles, tools and electrical items have been taken. 2 of the attacked premises were shed breaks where 2 push bikes were taken 

If anyone has any information or CCTV in these areas please contact us 

As the evenings are getting darker please…close and lock doors and windows…leave a light on to give the impression that someone is home if you go out…don’t leave valuables on display…if possible fit and use an alarm…ensure fencing is secure and in good repair…fit and use a lock on garden gates…remain vigilant…report suspicious activity

999 in an emergency (happening now and urgent assistance needed)

101 (to report damage or pass on information)

Online at (further crime prevention information and advise can also be found online)

Local neighbourhood team email is 

Message Sent By Lesley Pardoe (Police, PCSO, Smethwick)

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