Thimblemill Library to host Sandwell’s first LGBTQ+ festival

A British Social Attitudes survey in 1987 reported that 75% of the British public thought homosexuality was ‘always’ or ‘mostly’ wrong. Egged on by a hostile media, gay and lesbian people were frequently faced with violence, and were legally fired from their jobs if they revealed their sexuality.

Homophobia, transphobia, sexism and racism are still pernicious problems, trans people in particular are still a media punchbag, but society’s attitudes are changing.

It is in this spirit that this weekend (Saturday June 22nd and Sunday June 23rd) the Friends of Thimblemill Library is hosting the Rainbow Mill Festival, Sandwell’s first ever festival celebrating the LGBTQ+ community.

The weekend will host a variety of free or affordable events including a free family singing workshop on Saturday morning called Rise & Shine, a flag making competition on all weekend and a cabaret variety show from 4.30pm on Saturday followed by a Silent (Drag) Disco featuring local drag queen Dhaliah Rivers (£2 for adults, £1 for children).

On Sunday, families are invited to Lunchtime Storytime where they can get involved in an interactive reading of children’s books that will become available for loan from the library after the event. 

 Thimblemill, which also had the accolade of being the first ever Library of Sanctuary for refugees, are hoping that by including these books on their shelves, they are showing support for welcoming all types of families to the library and acknowledge that these narratives are important for children to be able to access. 

The Rainbow Mill Festival is produced by local artist and creative producer, Hannah Graham, funded by Arts Council England Creative Black Country and Black Country Touring.

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Alex Clarke at The Silvershine

There’s a real treat in store at the Silvershine Jazz Club on Thursday (20th) as we welcome a hot new talent to play with The Blue Notes. Classically trained on piano and flute, Alex Clarke now plays saxophone, clarinet and flute in her Jazz performances. Known for her versatility and open-minded attitude towards jazz, Alex enjoys performing a variety of genres from New Orleans to bebop, whilst, outside of Jazz she plays everything from Ska and Northern Soul to Prog Rock.

Alex has played with a lot of big names (Roy Williams, Bruce Adams, Enrico Tomasso, Gilad Atzmon…) and held the tenor sax chair in the Greater Manchester Jazz Orchestra last year.We think she will blend in perfectly with The Blue Notes.

Silvershine Jazz, Thursday, Corks Social Club. Doors open 8.30 £5 (£4 concessions)





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June Bearwood e-Bulletin

The June edition of the Bearwood e-Bulletin can be downloaded here.

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Saturday at the ‘Mill

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Are you ready to Jumble?

Bearwood Street Jumble is back! If you haven’t already caught up with it, it’s like a jumble sale, but people set up a stall in their front garden and as people wander around the route they stop, peruse, have a chat and maybe purchase something.

The organisers at We Are Bearwood produce a map of the participating houses, which you can view via: https:// 

Best to take a look before you set out, because people are still listing their properties.

So, if you fancy emptying your cupboard under the stairs, or foraging around the loft, cleaning out that spare bedroom or rooting out unwanted tools in your garden shed …and setting up your own stall, email for details of how to take part and to get your address added to the map.

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May e-Bulletin

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

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Tonight at The Silvershine

The Trevor Lines Quintet

Trevor Lines always uses his many contacts in the Jazz World to bring quality musicians to the Silvershine Club and, once again, this gig is no exception.

The quintet has Richard Foote (trombone), Bruce Coates and (sax) Ben Thomas (trumpet) confirmed for front line with Trevor on double bass and Mark Sanders on drums.

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