The tip is now open…

…but be prepared to queue

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Stay safe

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Garden Waste Collection

Reminder, Sandwell garden waste collections recommence this week, so your collection in Bearwood will be on Friday 8th May

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Flatten your recycling

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Police surgery

PCSO’s Lesley Pardoe and Linda Bagnall will be holding a Police Surgery on

THURSDAY 20th FEBRUARY 2020

ABBEY ROAD POST OFFICE

Abbey Road

Bearwood

from 13.30hrs until 15.00hrs

Drop by and speak to them if you have any concerns or issues of a police nature.

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Climate Change and Air Quality Consultation

Sandwell Council have produced a draft Climate Change Strategy and draft Air Quality Action Plan and it is out to consultation for eight weeks starting on the 20th January 2020. As part of this process we are holding some evening events in schools for the general public to attend. For the Smethwick area the consultation will be on Wednesday 12th February  at Crocketts Community Primary School Smethwick.

The consultation event will run from 5.45pm-7.30pm and will involve a short presentation, some exercises and the potential to ask questions, give ideas and feedback. The key part of the consultation will be an online survey that we will be encouraging everyone to use but we will also be collating  information from these face-to-face events.

Please feel free to share and invite others along to this event, we look forward to seeing you there.

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Outside Left returns to Why Not….

The second OUTSIDELEFT NIGHT OUT proudly presents Millicent Chapanda along with the Germa Adan Trio at Bearwood’s Why Not Coffee on Saturday, 1st February, 2020.

Mbira musician Millicent Chapanda is on a vibrant mission to bring the lived experience of women in Zimbabwe onto international world music stages. She has previously performed as a solo artist or with her duo, ‘Sisters in Mbira’ and in different collaborative projects. Millicent has performed at the Moseley Folk & Arts Festival, Afrika Festival Hertme, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall (THSH), Shambala Festival and most recently in Bearwood supporting Bearwood Action for Refugees at the torchlight procession through Warley Woods.

Germa Adan’s musical journey is no less incredible. Born in Haiti, Germa was raised in the creole soaked southern states of the USA. Germa melds her folk roots with historical British folk melodies to create her sonically unique, and critically acclaimed, sound. Her 2017 LP, Kenbe Fèm is a record of indelibly rare beauty, establishing her as an esoteric, gentle force on the folk scene.

++ (Double+) DJ Warren on the decks until you get tired of dancing…

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Christmas Food and Support for rough sleepers

Sandwell Council officers are supporting rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness over the Christmas period.

They are working with partner organisations to provide donations of food, plus support and advice on a range of issues.

Rough sleepers and people at risk of homelessness can come along to the YMCA West Bromwich in Carters Green at the following times.

Housing officers, welfare advisors, the Housing First project and Cranstoun’s clinical nurses will all be attending the sessions.

Cranstoun’s nurses will carry out health checks and provide medical support, with drug and alcohol workers giving advice.

Accord Group, Midland Langar Seva, Love Peri Peri Bilston and Avasa are also supporting the sessions.

Anyone sleeping rough over the Christmas and New Year period will be assessed and accommodation will be offered.

Anyone who is concerned about a person sleeping rough should call the council’s Housing Solutions Team on 0121 368 1166 (option 2) in office hours and 0121 569 6883 outside of office hours. The council can then arrange for support to be provided.

Councillor Joanne Hadley, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for homes, said: “No one should have to sleep rough at any time of the year, but the Christmas and winter period is a particular concern.

“I want to thank all staff and organisations who are working over Christmas to help rough sleepers, provide food and support them into accommodation.”

The Housing First project enables rough sleepers to access mainstream accommodation from which to build a stable life.

Sandwell Council works in partnership with community and voluntary agencies to both identify and help rough sleepers.

The Midland Langar Seva provides food and hot drinks from 5.30pmuntil approximately 6.15pm on Wednesdays adjacent to the YMCA in West Bromwich. This service often provides that all important first point of contact to help people off the streets and is enhanced by having officers present to help signpost people to relevant services.

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Jazz for xmas

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