Coming to Thimblemill….

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Life’s a Beach….

This promises to be something special…

Two caravans – each one a specially created performance space, each one a different part of an experience shared across cultures – the British seaside.

These unique shows created from interviews with the people of the Black Country and Skegness. Together, they explore the glitz, the grot, and the fish and chips; the sea, the sand and the seagulls; the wind, the waves and the fairground rides that make up our holiday experience.

But what’s it like to live there all year round? Meet the bingo caller who dresses as Elvis and the lifeboat crew who keep us safe.

Thimblemill Library 23 August Tickets are just £1.00 per performance(caravan) we have fifteen tickets for each 20 minute slot from 10am – please book slots in advance.

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Bearwood Road bedsits refused

Plans by a developer to convert the rooms above the shops on Bearwood Road into nearly 50 bedsits have been rejected by Sandwell Council’s Planning Committee.

The committee heard from residents in Herbert Road, and Ward councillor Bob Piper, that the scale of the development would not only impact on neighbouring properties, but would also have an adverse impact on the character of the area.

There were also objections from West Midlands Police, who expressed concern that so many flats with no off street parking would mean cars parking way outside the sightlines of residents and would be likely to lead to car crime. The police and highways officers also said to put so many bedsit apartments in a small space would place excessive demands on already congested streets.

Bob Piper told the committee that local residents and Abbey councillors welcomed the investment in the shops, and didnt object entirely to some living accomodation above the shops – some already have tenants – but that the overintensity of these proposals would be damaging, and residents and councillors were happy to talk to the developers to see if there was a solution which would be acceptable to everyone.

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The weather is set fine…

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August e-Bulletin

The August edition of our Bearwood e-Bulletin, with news about things happening in Bearwood and beyond, is out today…and can be downloaded here.


If you want to subscribe to receive your copy automatically in your e-mail box each month, just complete the subscription form here

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Tuesdays and Fridays in Lightwoods Park

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Lightwoods House Open Day

This Saturday……Lightwoods House Summer Open Day features guided tours and access to the house and Shakespeare Garden from 11am–3pm. 

Classic cars exhibited at the front of the house and jazz on the bandstand to round off the day at 3pm.

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