Your votes can help…

Better Understanding of Dementia for Sandwell (BUDS) are bidding for funding from the AVIVA Community Fund, to enable them to provide iPad sessions for their day centres. These sessions help to slow down the irreversible progress of dementia by keeping the mind active. There are various forms of mental stimulation you can use with an iPad, including puzzle-solving and quizes. It may seem strange to be introducing mostly elderly people to advanced technology but seriously, they love it!

You can help by registering on the AVIVA web page and casting your TEN votes to help BUDS get the 1,000 votes they need. It only takes a couple of minutes.

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Women’s Aid Xmas appeal

How can you help?
There are lots of ways you can help someone this Christmas. To get involved, contact Deborah Slater, Fundraising Officer, on
0121 553 0090 

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The First Ladies Of folk hit Bearwood

This Thursday, (9th) 7.30, at Thimblemill Library, two superb American folk musicians will be serving up a real treat.

Sally Barker and Vicki Genfan bring their Small Mountain Tour to Bearwood, and as this write up in Outside Left says… ”This can be tough to get people to leave their log burners in Bearwood in the winter, but it’s going to be one incredible night in the library on Thursday and let’s hope these First Ladies of Folk get the audience they deserve.”

Read more here….

Tickets £5 in advance, £8 on the door.

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Warley Woods Calendars now available

Simon Lea, Bearwood photographer extraordinaire, has produced his latest Warley Woods calendar, and it makes a fantastic xmas present.

The calendar contains a dozen of Simon’s beautiful landscapes of Warley Woods, representing the different seasons of the year.

As usual you can buy a copy (or more) from the Warley Woods shop in the pavilion, or from the treasure trove that is Webb’s Walled Garden…at a bargain price of just £11. 


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Next Thursday at The Silvershine

Doors open at 8.30pm at Corks Social Club, Bearwood Road…

Paul Foad writes… “We’re extremely excited to welcome back Tom Ollendorf and his band to the Silvershine. We first met Tom in Kent on a family holiday around 5 years ago. He’d just finished a gig and we told him about the club, invited him to play, and we weren’t disappointed. We’ve watched this fabulous, young, Internationally-acclaimed guitar player develop over the years as a musician and composer. Alongside him will be Marc Michel (drums), Tom Barford (sax) and Mark Trounson (bass), who are all equally as talented.”

For more info, check out

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Charity music group get lottery grant

Congratulations to Elms. ELMS (Entertainment Live Music & Singing)

The popular group was formed about a year ago to provide fun music sessions for health and wellbeing, to  groups for the elderly, dementia suffers, carers and people with cerebral palsy and other community groups.


The sessions consist of sing a long songs, fun interactive songs, use of percussion instruments and other music based activities.

Although the sessions have become very  popular and successful, they have been struggling to afford to keep funding them. They recently applied for National Lottery funding and are delighted to say they have been successful in being awarded a Big Lottery Grant to cover the expenses for the next twelve months, which will enable them to reach more of the community.
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If you don’t recycle your food waste yet…

If you don’t have a food waste bin, order one today to get it in time to recycle your Halloween pumpkin 🎃

Go to – replacement food waste bins are free.

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