This is the blog of the Abbey Ward Labour Councillors in the Borough of Sandwell in the West Midlands.
We want to use this blog to update people on a regular basis about items of news and information about Bearwood and beyond.
The Bearwood Blog will supplement our monthly Bearwood E-Bulletin which goes out in pdf format by e-mail each month to over 700 people in the Bearwood area. The Bearwood Blog contains news items which arise in between publication dates of the Bulletin and also give us the scope to include a wider variety of material and information. It will also give residents an opportunity to pass their comments on to the councillors about the items featured on the blog.
Feel free to give us your views, and to refer the Bearwood Blog to your friends and neighbours.
You can be added to the subscription list for the Bearwood Bulletin by e-mailing Bob Piper via firstname.lastname@example.org
Your Abbey Ward Councillors
Steve Eling has represented Abbey Ward on Sandwell Council since 1986. He was the first Labour councillor to represent Abbey Ward on the Council, and the first councillor to hold a regular weekly surgery in the Ward.
Steve is currently the Deputy Leader of the Council, with responsibility for Finance and Strategic Resources within the Council’s Cabinet, and he also represents the Council on a wide range of external bodies and organisations.
He is the Chair of the Warley Woods Community Trust, and he was instrumental in negotiating the transfer of Warley Woods from Birmingham to the new Charitable Trust.
Steve, has lived in Bearwood all his life, and is also a Governor of Bearwood Primary School.
Dr Ann Jaron was elected to the Council to represent Abbey Ward in May 1996. She is a member of the Council’s Audit Committee, after being the Chair of the Council’s Development Control (Planning) Committee from 2002 to 2011, and Cabinet Member for Adult Services.
She has been a governor at St Gregory’s Roman Catholic Primary School, she Chair’s the Friends of Thimblemill Brook and is a Friend of Thimblemill Library. Ann is a local General Practitioner at the Sherwood House Medical Centre. Her interests include the environment, gardening and working on her allotment.
Bob Piper is the newest member of the Abbey team. He was first elected to the Council in 1999.
Bob is Vice-Chair of Licensing and he sits on the Health and adult Care Scrutiny Board, as well as representing the Council on the Birmingham Airport Board. Bob edits the Bearwood e-Bulletin and hosts the Bearwood Blog
He has lived in Bearwood for over thirty years, and he has been a governor on Bearwood Primary School, where both of his children were educated, since 1989.
Bob has had a long interest in the National Health Service. He was the Chair of the Black Country Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for 10 years until November 2014, and is currently a Trustee of Better Understanding of Dementia in Sandwell, and the learning disability charity Options for Life.
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