January e-Bulletin

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

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The Any Book Bookclub

In January, the Any Book Bookclub will be meeting for the fourth time. We normally meet on the second Tuesday of the month, at 7.30pm at Thimblemill library. As the name suggests, instead of having a single book that everyone reads and which is then discussed, I would like to invite you to come along and share one book you read recently that you really loved. There are no rules as to what that  could be, any genre is allowed and indeed welcomed. So whether you like to curl up with some romance, the latest spy thriller, the most lauded award winning book, memoir, science fiction, fantasy…. it does not matter. Share it with us, you may hold to key to someone else’s next favourite read.

I truly believe that every book has its reader and I love hearing people talk about the books they love. There are no good and bad books, just books that are enjoyed by some but maybe not by others. If you got the book in physical form bring it along, otherwise, the title and authors name, (maybe a screenshot of the cover on your mobile phone) will do. Each member is invited to briefly introduce their book, what it is about and most importantly why they liked it, what made it special for them. And then other members can ask questions.

After each meeting, I will post all the introduced books on the Facebook page (fb.me/anybookbearwood), so you can check up the title. It will create a nice little snapshot – hopefully – of what Bearwood is reading. Naturally, you don’t have to live in Bearwood to attend.  



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Beware of these scammers

People in the Black Country have been warned about a new scam trying to steal their hard earned cash. 

Crooks are now sending out emails claiming to be from the TV Licensing Authority saying there is a problem with their direct debit and threatening a fine.

John Spellar MP said “ These low life are trying to ruin Christmas for ordinary decent folk. I am particularly  worried that pensioners will be fooled and urge their families to keep a watch out for these emails, one clue is that they word it as the American spelling as License rather than the British spelling as Licence.”

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Support your local traders

Whether you do your shopping online, or do your main weekly shop in a supermarket chain, you can still help our local economy and support local traders by getting some items from our shops on Bearwood Road. #UseItOrLoseIt

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The lights are on…

…and the Bearwood xmas tree is looking good!


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Emma Archer – Botanical Works

Lightwoods House December 9th – 22nd 
Artist Emma Archer left her native Birmingham nearly a decade ago to immerse herself in a new life in the Italian countryside. By that time she’d spent a decade on the front lines of the British art scene and was ready for something else entirely. Her lifelong passion for Italy led Emma and her partner to acquire a derelict farmhouse, which they lovingly and painstakingly restored using traditional methods and materials. 
Emma took a break from her artwork to start a family and cultivate the land attached to the farm. Finally, Emma developed a beautiful studio overlooking her olive grove, where she returned to drawing and painting. It’s as idyllic as it sounds and the beauty of Emma’s surroundings inspired her new work. Gone are the urban cityscapes of her post art-school Birmingham days, replaced with the languid-cool, lazily-listless, vibrantly-vivid watercolours and acrylics of the Botanical Collection Emma will have on display at Lightwoods House. Just looking at Emma’s paintings on a computer monitor is mesmerising, and Lightwoods House seems like the perfect place to enjoy them.


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Bearwood lights switch on

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