Community unite for 3rd procession of light

Bearwood Action for Refugees and We are Bearwood are hosting the third annual community Procession of Light in Warley Woods on Saturday 20 October, 6pm.  Following the successful and popular events of the past two years, the community of Bearwood will be coming together once again to spread messages of hope, solidarity, friendship and welcome.  In partnership with We Are Bearwood and Near Neighbours all are welcome to join the procession uniting families, community groups and those of different faiths for a torch-lit walk through the woods.  
 
Meeting at The Fountain at 6pm, bearing torches to light their way, the procession will make its way to The Pavillion where it will culminate.  Representatives from all faiths will be present and faith leaders from the Abrahamic Foundation and a local church along with a poet from Writers Without Borders will speak on the importance of friendship, welcome and hope within our local community.  We also welcome Brandhall Community Choir who will perform a selection of songs.

 

In the lead up to Diwali, the procession’s symbolism will be manifold.  Smethwick Craftivistas are holding workshops, funded by Near Neighbours, with a number of different community groups in the run up to the event. They have also created a tutorial that people can use to make their own torch lantern at home to project their very own messages and light pictures into the twilight that can be downloaded from https://bearwoodaction.wordpress.com/procession-of-light.   At the culmination of the procession, torch beams, light pictures and messages will join together to create an installation of light.

A free lantern-making workshops run by the Smethwick Craftivistas will take place 4.30 – 5.30pm in Warley Woods Pavillion prior to the procession, for those wanting to make their own torch lantern.  If schools and groups want to discuss how they can get more involved they can e-mail bearwoodactionforrefugees@gmail.com.

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Science as fun

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October e-Bulletin

The October edition of the Bearwood e-Bulletin is now available for download here

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Friends and Neighbours

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Don’t lose your vote!

You must return your details

Sandwell residents are being reminded not to lose their right to vote – by completing their annual canvass form and returning it to the council.

Letters were sent every household in Sandwell in early August to check who lives there and who is eligible to vote. Anyone who hasn’t responded needs to do so as soon as possible.

Reminders will soon go out to people who have yet to respond to the form. 

By responding, either to confirm the details are correct or to make changes, residents can ensure they can vote in future elections. It also means the council can remove people who have moved away from the electoral register.

Being on the electoral register also has other advantages – if you’re not registered to vote it can affect your credit rating.

Sandwell Council’s Chief Executive and Electoral Registration Officer, Jan Britton, said: “We’ve already had responses from more than half of all households in Sandwell, so for those who haven’t responded yet, it’s important you do that as soon as possible.

“We need to make sure we have the right details on the electoral register for every address in Sandwell to make sure you are able to vote in future.

“All households must respond – even if they have no changes. You can do this online, by text or through an automated phoneline and only takes a couple of minutes.”

People who have moved address recently are particularly encouraged to keep an eye out for the form and check the details.

Research by the independent Electoral Commission indicates that recent home movers are far less likely to be registered than those that have lived at the same address for a long time.

Across Great Britain, 94% of people who have been at their property for more than sixteen years will be registered, compared to 40% of people who have lived at an address for less than one year.

For people who are not already registered to vote, they can register in five minutes online by going to https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote

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This will be rocking….

Thimblemill Library, tonight, (1st Sept) 7.30. Adults £4, concessions £2.50, children free

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September e-Bulletin

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

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